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Crochet Tutorials & More Round-Up

Wanna learn a new crochet stitch? Or need a refresher? Or maybe you’re looking for some free patterns. Today I’m bringing you some websites that have great crochet tutorials and patterns. I’ve gotten away from the homemade part of this blog. So I thought it was time to share some posts from yarn/crochet sites. And this is mostly because I’m terrible at explaining stitches. 🙂

  • Annie’s-Formerly known as Annie’s Attic, this is the link to Annie’s stitch guide. The tutorials include basic stitches, advanced stitches, how to increase and decrease, and much more. They also offer a free Talking Crochet newsletter sent straight to your e-mail. You can sign up here. Annie’s also has magazine subscriptions available. Another great perk with Annie’s is they offer classes. Learn new crochet skills from top experts with Annie’s Online Classes.
  • Red Heart Yarn-They offer video tutorials at this link. Videos are probably more helpful to some people, so you can actually see the stitches being done. Here’s a fun contest from Redcrochet tutorials Heart. For I Love Yarn Day, they are sponsoring an online scavenger hunt for a chance to win a prize worth up to $1,500! I’m planning to do it if I can remember. Red Heart sells their products online as well.
  • Lion Brand Yarn-Their website has a Learning Center with tips and crochet tutorials. Did you know Vanna White has her own yarn with Lion Brand? Products are also available on the site for purchase.
  • All Free Crochet-This is their tutorial page. The page includes crochet tutorials for stitches as well as how to read patterns. They also sell products and have giveaways.
  • Yarn Wars-This is Yarn Wars’ tutorial page. There are also free patterns and contests. Yarn Wars also has a Facebook page where folks in the group can show off their creations.
  • Crochet Pattern Central-I’ve been using this site for years. There’s a tutorial page and tons of free pattern links.
  • Love Crochet-They have free patterns and sell products as well.
  • Yarnspirations-You can find free patterns at this site too, as wells as products to buy.

There are tons more great websites out there with crochet tutorials, cool products, and free patterns. I shared links to a couple of crochet bloggers in a previous post that have some cool patterns. And a pattern for an Easter chick that doesn’t really have to be for Easter can be found here.

Products

So once you check out some crochet tutorials and you’re ready to get started, here are some products I love and also some specials:

  • Ergonomic crochet hooks-Oh my goodness, I love these! They have a nice cushy handle. Ifcrochet tutorials you crochet a lot, these hooks will help with sore wrists and fingers.
  • I Love This Yarn-I really do love this yarn! You can get it at Hobby Lobby, my favorite store.
  • Love Crochet has 15% of DK yarns and hooks, using the Code HOOD15.
  • Yarnspirations has 25% off Bernat Softee Chunky and Baby Chunky yarns.
  • Lion Brand has a clearance page on their website.
  • Red Heart has 10% Unforgettable Waves yarn.

I hope you’ve found some useful information from this post. I’d love to hear from anyone who has used any of these websites or products.

Crochet Pattern Easter Chick

I’ve got a great, easy, fast crochet pattern for you! First, a little back story. When I was young, my grandma and my great aunt crocheted everything under the sun. They were actually the ones that taught my cousin and me the basics of crocheting. Anyway, one thing they made at Easter was chickens with a plastic egg inside. They would put goodies inside the egg of course. I’m sure they can be used as a hard-boiled egg cover as well. I absolutely loved these chickens! I have no idea what happened to mine. A few years ago I remembered these cute little fellers and began a search for a pattern because it was so long ago I really had no idea how to even begin to make some. Well, I found a pattern and have been making them every Easter since. Here’s the link for the pattern I foundThank you April Moreland at The Left Side of Crochet blog!

April’s pattern is great, but I had an idea to modify her pattern and make a smaller baby chick. You know those mini plastic eggs? They fit right inside my baby chicks. So you can make a mama and baby. I’ve been making these this month as a fundraiser for our local volunteer fire department. Keep in mind that I’m not the best at writing out a crochet pattern, but here’s what I came up with.  🙂

  1. Using an H or I hook, ch 12, join with sl st
  2. ch 3, 2 dc in the next st, dc in the next, all the way around, join (18)
  3. ch 3, dc all the way around, join (18)
  4. ch 1, 1 sc in the same st, sc in the next three sts, hdc in the next two, dc in the next 6, hdc in the next two, sc in the next 4, join (18)
  5. ch 6, sl st in last chain from hook, ch 5, sl st in same st, ch 5, sl st in same st (this is the tail)
  6. flatten your work and crochet through both layers of the chick: sc in the next 5, hdc & dc in the next st, dc & tr in the next, 2 tr in the next 2 st, tr & hdc & sl st in the last st, finish off.
  7. for the beak, ch 2, sl st & sc in the last ch, finish off and attach to the chick.

There may be a little trial and error with the opening of the baby chick, depending on your stitch sizes, type of yarn and hook, for the small egg to fit. I have also made these with no egg opening and stuffed it.

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Here’s some more links to free, easy crochet patterns!

I hope you enjoy. Happy crocheting!

Ann

Free crochet patterns make me happy and owls are awesome!

So today I’m going to talk about a way I’ve earned money from home for quite a few years. I love to crochet and I sell my items on Facebook, Etsy, and at craft shows. Sometimes I come up with my own patterns, but lots of times I use free crochet patterns right from the internet! Sometimes I will use a pattern for a base and then do my own thing with the it.

How to choose what to crochet

If you’re going to be selling your items, it’s best to make things that are popular, especially with children. There are patterns out there for Paw Patrol, superheroes, cute hats, and an unbelievable number of cult items, such as skulls, Dr. Who, etc. Owls are something that have come back to popularity over the last few years and I love them. I’ve been known to make some funky ones and some really cute ones.

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Once you’ve figured out the type of item you want to create, start your research. You may find patterns that you must pay for, free tutorials, or free crochet patterns. You have to be careful when using a free pattern, as some writers do not wish you to use their pattern for your own gain, only personal use or as a gift. And always give a shout out to the creator of the pattern you are using if posting information about it online.

Ready for some free crochet patterns?

I was browsing the web the other day for patterns and ideas for patterns and I ran across a few that were easy and free! How cool is that?

I love this one from Mama G. It’s one of the cutest free crochet patterns for an owl purse I’ve seen. I made two this past week. I did one an evening. Not sure about my color choices, though. Let me know what you think. I have some ideas to change this pattern up. I’m going to make a few that are larger for bigger girls and I was thinking of making some with winking or closed eyes. I’m also thinking of making a few small fronts only and attaching magnets to the back for the fridge.

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Red Heart Yarn shared this pattern for an owl mug wrap. I made one last night. Mine is a little dull, it needs to be brighter in my opinion, but it was such an easy and FREE crochet pattern! This one might be cute with, instead of buttons for the eyes, embroidering closed eyes or one eye open.

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Persialou has some cool patterns as well. This one is not an owl, but super cute. It can be a pencil, makeup, or whatever pouch. This is another project I did this week in one evening. It might be cute with an applique attached.

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I have a free pattern here as well, for a cute Easter chick!

Crocheting is a great hobby to have, whether you’re doing it for fun or to earn extra money from the comfort of your home. So start your search today for some cool, funky, free crochet patterns! And I really hope you enjoy these patterns as much as I did.

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