• Crochet Patterns

    Buttons the Bunny Crochet Along – Part 3

    Buttons the Bunny sitting next to a skein of Bernat Premium yarn which is used in this free bunny crochet along pattern.
    This post may contain affiliate links. The giveaway has been sponsored by Clover Needlecraft. All opinions are my own.

    Please note that this is Part Three of the Buttons the Bunny Crochet Along. This is a free crochet along pattern. For Part Two we will be crocheting Buttons’ body/torso and arms.

    • Part One which gives instructions to make the Ears, Head and Embroiding the Face can be found HERE.
    • Part Two which gives instructions to make the Torso and Arms can be found HERE.
    • The next Live Wednesdays will be at 7PM EST on January 29th in The Loopy Lamb Crochet Community Facebook Group.

    ***Join the Buttons the Bunny Crochet Along Here! Add this design to your Ravelry queue HERE!

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    You can purchase an inexpensive ad-free PDF version of this pattern with all three parts together in one convenient file HERE on Ravelry and HERE on Etsy.

    Giveaway

    Clover USA has generously sponsored a giveaway for participants of the crochet along. A Clover Squad box of Clover goodies is up for grabs. Don’t forget to share your pictures of the crochet along using #theloopylambcal on both Facebook or Instagram and tag myself (@theloopylamb) and Clover USA (@cloverusa on IG and @cloverneedlecraft on FB). I can’t wait to see all your bunnies! To see the contest rules, check out the original post HERE.


    Skill Level:

    • Intermediate

    Supplies:

    Add this to your Ravelry Queue HERE.

    Abbreviations:

    Finished size:

    • Approximately 12 inches tall from tips of ears to bottoms of legs

    Gauge:

    • Bunny: 9.5 sts across x 9 rows = 2” square
    • Sweater: 7 sts across x 5.5 rows = 2” square

    NOTES:

    • All parts of the bunny are worked in continuous rounds.  Do not join at the end of the row, unless indicated.  A stitch marker is used to keep track of the beginning of the round.
    • For a cleaner SCDEC, do your SCDEC under the front loops only of the stitch rather than under both loops.  This is often referred to as an invisible decrease.
    • The CH 2 at the beginning of every row in the sweater and in the CH spaces do not count as a stitches.
    • The sweater is worked in a raglan, top-down method.  The piece is worked flat to create the neckline, armholes are created and then the body of the sweater.  Yarn is rejoined at the armholes to create the sleeves.

    Buttons the Bunny Pattern:

    Legs (make 2)

    Row 1: Using Café au Lait and a 3.5mm hook, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC (6)
    Row 2: (SCINC) x 6 (12)
    Row 3: (SC 2, SCINC) x 4 (16)
    Rows 4 – 20: SC around (16) – start stuffing, adding more stuffing with each added round.
    Row 21: (SC2, SCDEC) x 4 (12)

    FO leaving a long tail.  Whip stitch the leg hole closed and sew onto the bottom of the body on either side of the center.

    Tail


    Row 1: Using White yarn and a 3.5mm hook, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC (6)
    Row 2: (SCINC) x 6 (12)
    Row 3: (SC 1, SCINC) x 6 (18)
    Row 4: SC1, SCINC, (SC 2, SCINC) x 5, SC 1 (24)
    Row 5: (SC 3, SCINC) x 6 (30)
    Rows 6 – 9: SC around (30) – start stuffing, adding more stuffing with each added round.
    Row 10: (SC 3, SCDEC) x 6 (24)
    Row 11: SC1, SCDEC, (SC 2, SCDEC) x 5, SC 1 (18)
    Row 12: (SC 1, SCDEC) x 6 (12)
    Row 13: SCDEC x 6 (6)

    FO leaving a long tail and sew onto the bum of the bunny.  Place the tail in a place where the tail will assist the bunny in sitting upright. I like to sew my tail on after the sweater has been completed and put on Buttons so I can ensure that my placement doesn’t interfere with the sweater in anyway.

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    Sweater

    Using 4.0mm hook and Burgundy, CH 21
    Row 1: HDC in the 3rd CH from the hook (counts as first HDC). HDC, (HDC, CH 2, HDC) in the next CH, HDC 3, (HDC, CH 2, HDC) in the next CH, HDC 5, (HDC, CH 2, HDC) in the next CH, HDC 3, (HDC, CH 2, HDC), HDC 2. (23 HDCs and 4 CH spaces)
    Row 2: CH 2, Turn.  HDC 3, (HDC 2, CH 2, HDC2) in the next CH, HDC 5, (HDC 2, CH 2, HDC 2) in the next CH, HDC 7, (HDC 2, CH 2, HDC 2) in the next CH, HDC 5, (HDC 2, CH 2, HDC 2) in the next CH, HDC 3. (39 HDCs and 4 CH spaces)


    Row 3: CH 2 and turn.  HDC 5, (HDC 2, CH 2, HDC2) in the next CH, HDC 9, (HDC 2, CH 2, HDC2) in the next CH space, HDC 11 (HDC 2, CH 2, HDC 2) in the next CH space, HDC 9 (HDC 2, CH 2, HDC 2) in the next CH space, HDC 5 (55 HDC, 4 CH spaces)
    Row 4: CH 2 and turn.  HDC 7, HDC 1 in CH space. SKIP 13 HDC and HDC in the next CH space. HDC 15, HDC 1 in the CH SP. SKIP 13, HDC in the next CH space. HDC 7. (33)
    Rows 5 – 8: CH 2 and turn. HDC across.  FO. (33)
    With the right side facing you, attach the yarn with a SL ST to any stitch on the bottom row of the back of the sweater. CH 1 and SC in the same stitch.  SC around the edge of the sweater (not the sleeves), putting a single SC in each stitch/end of each row and 3 SCs in each corner. Join your last st to your first stitch with a sl st.  FO and weave in ends.

    Sleeves

    Row 1: Turn the sweater inside out so the wrong side of the sweater is facing you.  Attach your yarn to the stitch closest to the underarm.  CH 2 and HDC in the same stitch.  HDC 16.  Join your first stitch to your last stitch with a sl st.  (16)
    Rows 2 – 3: CH 2 and turn.  HDC around.  Join to first stitch with a sl st. (16)
    Row 4: CH 1 and turn.  SC around.  Join to first stitch with a sl st. (16).
    FO and weave in ends. 
    Repeat Rows 1 to 4 on second sleeve.

    If you would like to join the Buttons the Bunny Crochet Along, please join our Facebook group HERE!  You can post your yarn and yarn color selections, work-in-progress photos, and let us all know how your bunnies are coming along. I’m loving the pictures I’ve seen of your bunnies so far. Please keep sharing them using #theloopylambcal so I can continue to see your beautiful work and ensure you’re photos are counted as entries in the giveaway. I hope you have enjoyed making your very own Buttons the Bunny. Thanks for crocheting along with us!

    Disclaimer:

    Feel free to sell the item created by this pattern but please provide pattern credit back to me when posting online, and please provide a link to my Etsy Shop: www.etsy.com/ca/shop/theloopylamb.  Please do not resell, distribute, duplicate, or share this pattern in any printed or digital form, claiming this pattern as your own original design.  Please do not use my photos when selling your finished items.  Utilizing or purchasing this pattern does not grant permission for mass production.

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  • Crochet Patterns

    Buttons the Bunny Crochet Along – Part Two

    Buttons the Bunny sitting next to a skein of Bernat Premium yarn which is used in this free bunny crochet along pattern.
    This post may contain affiliate links. The giveaway has been sponsored by Clover Needlecraft. All opinions are my own.

    Please note that this is Part Two of the Buttons the Bunny Crochet Along. This is a free crochet along pattern. For Part Three we will be crocheting Buttons’ Legs, Tail and Sweater.

    • Part One which gives instructions to make the Ears, Head and Embroiding the Face can be found HERE.
    • Part Three which gives instructions to make the Legs, Tail and Sweater can be found HERE.
    • The next Live Wednesdays will be at 7PM EST on January 22nd and 29th in The Loopy Lamb Crochet Community Facebook Group.

    ***Join the Buttons the Bunny Crochet Along Here! Add this design to your Ravelry queue HERE!

    Pin it for later Save

    You can purchase an inexpensive ad-free PDF version of this pattern with all three parts together in one convenient file HERE on Ravelry and HERE on Etsy.

    Giveaway

    Clover USA has generously sponsored a giveaway for participants of the crochet along. A Clover Squad box of Clover goodies is up for grabs. Don’t forget to share your pictures of the crochet along using #theloopylambcal on both Facebook or Instagram and tag myself (@theloopylamb) and Clover USA (@cloverusa on IG and @cloverneedlecraft on FB). I can’t wait to see all your bunnies! To see the contest rules, check out the original post HERE.

    Skill Level:

    • Intermediate

    Supplies:

    Abbreviations:

    Add this to your Ravelry Queue HERE.

    Finished size:

    • Approximately 12 inches tall from tips of ears to bottoms of legs

    Gauge:

    • Bunny: 9.5 sts across x 9 rows = 2” square
    • Sweater: 7 sts across x 5.5 rows = 2” square rows = 2” square

    NOTES:

    • All parts of the bunny are worked in continuous rounds.  Do not join at the end of the row, unless indicated.  A stitch marker is used to keep track of the beginning of the round.
    • For a cleaner SCDEC, do your SCDEC under the front loops only of the stitch rather than under both loops.  This is often referred to as an invisible decrease.
    • The CH 2 at the beginning of every row in the sweater and in the CH spaces do not count as a stitches.
    • The sweater is worked in a raglan, top-down method.  The piece is worked flat to create the neckline, armholes are created and then the body of the sweater.  Yarn is rejoined at the armholes to create the sleeves.

    Pattern:

    Body

    Row 1: Using Café au Lait and a 3.5mm hook, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC (6)
    Row 2: (SCINC) x 6 (12)
    Row 3: (SC 1, SCINC) x 6 (18)
    Row 4: SC1, SCINC, (SC 2, SCINC) x 5, SC 1 (24)
    Row 5: (SC 3, SCINC) x 6 (30)
    Row 6: SC 2, SCINC, (SC 4, SCINC) x 5, SC 2 (36)
    Row 7: (SC 5, SCINC) x 6 (42)
    Row 8: SC3, SCINC (SC 6, SCINC) x 5, SC 3 (48)
    Rows 9 – 18: SC around (48)
    Row 19: SC3, SCDEC (SC 6, SCDEC) x 5, SC 3(42)
    Row 20: SC around (42) – start stuffing, adding more stuffing with each added round.
    Row 21: (SC 5, SCDEC) x 6 (36)
    Row 22: SC around (36)
    Row 23: SC 2, SCDEC, (SC 4, SCDEC) x 5, SC 2 (30)
    Row 24: SC around (30)
    Row 25: (SC 3, SCDEC) x 6 (24)
    Row 26: SC around (24)
    Row 27: SC1, SCDEC, (SC 2, SCDEC) x 5, SC 1 (18)
    Row 28: SC around (18)

    FO leaving a long tail to sew the body onto the head.  Sew body onto head.  Add stuffing to the body as you sew the head on and stuff firmly to help support the head.  Not enough stuffing may cause the head to droop.

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    Arms (make 2)

    Row 1: Using Café au Lait and a 3.5mm hook, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC (6)
    Row 2: (SCINC) x 6 (12)
    Row 3: (SC 2, SCINC) x 4 (16)
    Rows 4 – 18: SC around (16) – start stuffing, adding more stuffing with each added round.
    Row 19: (SC 2, SCDEC) x 4 (12)
    FO leaving a long tail.  Whip stitch the arm hole closed and sew onto either side of the body.  Mine are placed approximately 4 rows down from the top of the body.

    If you would like to join the Buttons the Bunny Crochet Along, please join our Facebook group HERE!  You can post your yarn and yarn color selections, work-in-progress photos, and let us all know how your bunnies are coming along. I’m loving the pictures I’ve seen of your bunnies so far. Please keep sharing them using #theloopylambcal so I can continue to see your beautiful work and ensure you’re photos are counted as entries in the giveaway.

    Disclaimer:

    Feel free to sell the item created by this pattern but please provide pattern credit back to me when posting online, and please provide a link to my Etsy Shop: www.etsy.com/ca/shop/theloopylamb.  Please do not resell, distribute, duplicate, or share this pattern in any printed or digital form, claiming this pattern as your own original design.  Please do not use my photos when selling your finished items.  Utilizing or purchasing this pattern does not grant permission for mass production.

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  • Crochet Patterns

    Buttons the Bunny Crochet Along – Part One

    Buttons the Bunny sitting next to a skein of Bernat Premium yarn which is used in this free crochet along pattern.
    This post may contain affiliate links. The giveaway has been sponsored by Clover Needlecraft. All opinions are my own.

    Welcome to the Buttons the Bunny Crochet Along! Buttons the Bunny is a sweet little amigurumi bunny that my daughter named Buttons. Ironically, Buttons doesn’t have any actual buttons in his pattern but since this was the first thing she hasn’t named Booba or Mister Happy Face, I didn’t have the heart to change his name.

    I hope you will join along with us for the crochet along. If you do, you can join The Loopy Lamb Crochet Community Group on Facebook where we’ll be chatting and sharing our progress. There’s also a giveaway sponsored by Clover USA for participants of the CAL so keep reading to learn more.

    The free crochet pattern for Buttons the Bunny has been split into three parts to make creating him a little more manageable and so you can crochet along with us. Please reference the posts below for each part of the CAL and instructions.

    • Part One: Ears, Head and Face Embroidery
    • Part Two: Body and Arms
    • Part Three: Legs, Tail and Sweater

    ***Join the Buttons the Bunny Crochet Along Here! Add this design to your Ravelry queue HERE!

    Pin it for later Save

    Live Wednesdays

    For those of you that will be tuning in to the live discussions on Wednesdays during the CAL they will be happening at 7:30PM EST on January 15th, 22nd and 29th.

    You can purchase an inexpensive ad-free PDF version of this pattern with all three parts together in one convenient file HERE on Ravelry and HERE on Etsy.

    Giveaway

    Clover USA has generously offered to sponsor a giveaway for the participants of the CAL! One lucky participant will win a Clover Squad Box full of Clover tools and goodies!

    During the crochet along, share your pictures of your progress and finished bunny, tagging me (@theloopylamb) and Clover USA (@cloverusa on IG and @cloverneedlecraft on FB), using #theloopylambCAL. Each photo shared (must be different pictures) will be an entry into the giveaway. Don’t forget to tag us so we can make sure we see them. The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Must be 18 years or older to win. This giveaway is not affiliated with Facebook in any way. Giveaway will close Friday February 7th at midnight EST. A winner will be announced Monday, February 10th.

    Clover Squad box of goodies up for grabs for crochet along participants.

    Skill Level:

    • Intermediate

    Supplies:

    Add this to your Ravelry Queue HERE.

    Side view of Buttons the Bunny made with the free crochet along pattern.

    Abbreviations:

    Finished size:

    • Approximately 12 inches tall from tips of ears to bottoms of legs

    Gauge:

    • Bunny: 9.5 sts across x 9 rows = 2” square
    • Sweater: 7 sts across x 5.5 rows = 2” square

    NOTES:

    • All parts of the bunny are worked in continuous rounds.  Do not join at the end of the row, unless indicated.  A stitch marker is used to keep track of the beginning of the round.
    • For a cleaner SCDEC, do your SCDEC under the front loops only of the stitch rather than under both loops.  This is often referred to as an invisible decrease.
    • The CH 2 at the beginning of every row in the sweater and in the CH spaces do not count as a stitches.
    • The sweater is worked in a raglan, top-down method.  The piece is worked flat to create the neckline, armholes are created and then the body of the sweater.  Yarn is rejoined at the armholes to create the sleeves.

    Pattern:

    Head:

    Row 1: Using Café au Lait and a 3.5mm hook, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC (6)
    Row 2: (SCINC) X 6 (12)
    Row 3: (SC1, SCINC) X 6 (18)
    Row 4: SC 1, SCINC, (SC2, SCINC) X 5, SC1 (24)
    Row 5: (SC3, SCINC) X 6 (30)
    Rows 6 – 7: SC around (30)
    Row 8: SC2, SCINC (SC 4, SCINC) X5, SC2 (36)
    Row 9: SC around (36)
    Row 10: (SC5, SCINC) X 6 (42)
    Row 11: SC3, SCINC (SC6, SCINC) X 5, SC3 (48) – **Place safety eyes in stitches 27 and 44 of Row 11

    To define the face, we will be using a technique called eye indentation. After inserting the safety eyes (don’t attach the washers yet), use your two long strands of yarn in different colours to tie knots around the post of each safety eye. Place the washers on the safety eyes. The long ends of your yarn should point downwards towards the back of the head and through the opening. Just before closing the head, we’ll pull these strings so that that the eyes will be pulled back, creating an indent in the face.  As you add stuffing to the head, make sure these pieces don’t get pushed in with the stuffing.

    Rows 12 – 16: SC around (48)
    Row 17: (SC7, SCINC) X 6 (54) – Start stuffing, adding a bit more each row.
    Row 18: SC around (54)
    Row 19: (SC7, SCDEC) X 6 (48)
    Row 20: SC around (48)
    Row 21: SC3, SCDEC (SC6, SCDEC) X 5, SC3 (42)
    Row 22: (SC5, SCDEC) X 6 (36)
    Row 23: SC2, SCDEC (SC 4, SCDEC) X5, SC2 (30)

    Now we’re going to indent the face.  Using two differently coloured strands helps make this step a little easier so you know which yarn is tied to which eye.  Take the yarn attached to the right eye post and cross it over top of the yarn attached to the left yarn post (creating an x with the yarn).  Pull the yarn taught gently until you get the indentation in the face that you like.  You’ll want to make sure you have the amount of stuffing you want in the face when you do this step because if you have too much, you can pull your stitches or if you have too little, you can have too much of an indent.  Once you’re satisfied, knot the two strands of yarn together.  It is helpful if you have someone to hold the cross in the yarn while you make the knot so you don’t lose tension.  Make sure the knot is secure.  Tuck your ends into the head with the rest of the stuffing.

    Buttons the Bunny Amigurumi Crochet Along diagram to show how to do facial indentation.



    Row 24:
    (SC3, SCDEC) X 6 (24) – Continue to add stuffing with each row.
    Row 25: SC 1, SCDEC, (SC2, SCDEC) X 5, SC1 (18)
    Row 26: (SC 1, SCDEC) x 6 (12)
    Row 27: (SCDEC) x 6 (6)
    FO and weave in ends.

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    Embroidering the Nose

    Using the pink embroidery thread and a tapestry needle, embroider the nose onto the face starting in the stitch directly below the MC.  Put your needle through 1 stitch above and to the either side of the MC to create a V shape.  Continue embroidering through these three stitches until you are satisfied with your nose.  FO and hide your ends inside the head.

    close up image of Buttons the Bunny's face to show placement of embroidery stitches.



    Ears (make 2)

    Row 1: Using Café au Lait and a 3.5mm hook, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC (6)
    Row 2: (SC2, SCINC) x 2 (8)
    Row 3: SC around (8)
    Row 4: (SCINC, SC3) x 2 (10)
    Row 5: SC around (10)
    Row 6: (SCINC, SC1) x 5 (15)
    Row 7: SC around (15)
    Row 8: (SC2, SCINC) x 5 (20)
    Rows 9 – 16: SC around (20)
    Row 17: (SC2, SCDEC) x 5 (15)
    Row 18: SC around (15)
    Row 19: (SC1, SCDEC) x 5 (10)
    Row 20: SC around (10)

    FO leaving an extra-long tail to sew onto head. Do Not Stuff. When sewing the ears on, pull the yarn taught to help the ears stand upright.  After I complete one pass through, I go back and stitch them again to give them a firm foundation.  You can add pipe cleaners to the ears if you’d prefer to help them stand up but I do not recommend giving it to children if they are used.

    If you would like to join the Buttons the Bunny Crochet Along, please join our Facebook group HERE!  You can post your yarn and yarn color selections, work-in-progress photos, and let us all know how your bunnies are coming along. I can’t wait to see all of your finished bunnies!

    Disclaimer:

    Feel free to sell the item created by this pattern but please provide pattern credit back to me when posting online, and please provide a link to my Etsy Shop: www.etsy.com/ca/shop/theloopylamb.  Please do not resell, distribute, duplicate, or share this pattern in any printed or digital form, claiming this pattern as your own original design.  Please do not use my photos when selling your finished items.  Utilizing or purchasing this pattern does not grant permission for mass production.

    I’d love to see your finished items!  Please share your finished makes by tagging the pattern on Ravelry, sharing it to our Facebook page or Instagram.  Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest  Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheLoopyLamb
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  • Crochet Book Reviews

    Kawaii Crochet by Melissa Bradley – A Crochet Book Review

    Kawaii Crochet by Melissa Bradley cover image with a furls crochet hook underneath.
    All opinions are my own. This page may contain affiliate links.

    I was recently given the opportunity to review the brand new Kawaii Crochet: 40 Super Cute Crochet Patterns for Adorable Amigurumi by Melissa Bradley. In this fun new book, Melissa brings us a variety of cute amigurumi patterns, organized by colour. Keep reading for a sneak peak inside this exciting new book and a chance to win a copy of Kawaii Crochet!

    My first impression of this book was “adorable!”. The cover art is colourful, inviting and fun. I would’ve definitely picked this up to take a further look when browsing the book store. The bright and fun colours are continued throughout the book and it’s hard not to smile when flipping through it’s pages. The patterns in this book are organized by colour so flipping through this book is like flipping through a rainbow.

    Fun illustrations compliment the colourful pages in Kawaii Crochet. One of my favourite features of the book are the little suggestion boxes sprinkled throughout the book. Many of these boxes have puns (which you know I love) and were a fun addition. Besides the puns, the boxes contain tips for additions and alterations to the pattern on that page.

    Kawaii Crochet by Melissa Bradley open to pattern page featuring image of an apple.

    The beginning of the book includes a bit of an intro to colour theory which was interesting. It doesn’t get too technical or in-depth, which keeps it easy and accessible to everyone. It outlines the different colour terms which I found helpful and made me consider how colour theory applies to my own colour choices in my designs.

    The book includes 10 pages of tips and instructions for techniques which were clear and helpful. If you’re someone new to crochet that wants to take a stab at making the little cuties in Kawaii Crochet, then you have all the tools needed to get started here in the book.

    If you would like to support my blog, you can do so by doing your regular shopping on Amazon. As an Amazon affiliate, I earn a small commission on qualifying purchases made through my Amazon link, which in turn helps to support the blog so I can keep bringing you patterns and great content like this for free.

    The projects in Kawaii Crochet are indeed “super cute” as the title suggests. With everything from pencils and brussel sprouts to condiment bottles and bowls of cereal, there is a great selection of fun and unique patterns in this book. The patterns themselves are clear and easy to follow. I made the beet in the picture below and found the pattern to be quick and simple. My daughter scooped it up immedately and claimed it as her own. My son wants me to make him the pencil (among other things) from the book so the patterns are definitely a hit with little ones.

    Kawaii Crochet opened to a book featuring images of crochet patterns in the book.

    Overall, the book is a visual pleasure and contains plenty of patterns to keep your interest. Everything in the book is well-thought out to maximize the cuteness factor. The difficulty gauge is illustrated with little clouds! It is really adorable. This book is just cute, cute, cute! I’d gladly gift this book to any crocheter in my life.

    If you’re interested in grabbing your very own copy of Kawaii Crochet by Melissa Bradley, you can grab a copy of it HERE.

    Follow Melissa Bradley, the author/designer of this adorable book on Instagram: @yarnblossomboutique.

    Kawaii Crochet Giveaway

    Thanks to David and Charles publishing, I have a copy of this beautiful book to giveaway to one lucky winner.

    The Kawaii Crochet by Melissa Bradley Giveaway on The Loopy Lamb is open to Canadian and U.S. participants and ends January 17th, 2020 at 11:45pm Eastern Standard time.

    To enter, use the King Sumo form below. If you are on mobile and have difficulty entering, please use a desktop computer to enter. Only the Email option is mandatory – all other tasks are optional, for bonus entries only.

    Check out some of my other crochet book reviews: Dinosaurs to Crochet by Megan Kreiner, Crochet Animal Rugs by Ira Rott and, The Crocheter’s Skill-Building Workshop by Dora Ohrenstein

  • Pattern Round Up

    Free Crochet Dress Pattern Round Up

    collage of images of free crochet dress patterns
    All opinions are my own. This page may contain affiliate links.

    Looking for a great free crochet dress pattern? I’ve rounded up some fantastic free crochet dress patterns from some talented designers all in one place for you. If you find a pattern you like, let me know what it is! I know the designers would appreciate you letting them know you love their patterns by leaving them a comment on their blogs!

    I really enjoy doing round-up posts to introduce you all to other designers. If you have an idea for a round-up that I haven’t done yet, let me know in the comments below. This round-up was created after a reader named Sandra commented and requested a round-up of free crochet dress patterns. Thanks Sandra for the idea. I hope you all enjoy.

    Girl wearing blue Winter Solstice Dress made with the free crochet dress pattern from Dora Does.

    The Winter Solstice Dress from Dora Does is absolutely beautiful. It looks like it would keep you warm and cozy while still looking stylish. It’s a classic garment you’ll want to keep in your wardobe for years. Get the free crochet pattern for The Winter Solstice Dress HERE.

    Grey Idlewild Dress and Yellow Idlewild shirt hanging from a tree branch

    I like thie Idlewild Dress by Make and Do Crew for a few reasons. First off, it comes in child sizes all the way to size 5x! Yay for size inclusivity! Second, it’s beautiful (obviously). Third, it can be adapted into a shirt. What’s not to love? Get the free pattern for the Idlewild Dress HERE.

    Mom and daugther wearing matching dresses made using the free crochet dress pattern by Snakewood and Grace

    This gorgeous dress is called the Audrey Dress by Snakewood and Grace. It is available as a free download via Ravelry. As soon as I saw this mom and daugther picture, I knew I had to make it for me and my daughter. Check out the free pattern HERE.

    Woman wearing the Fons dress - a free crochet dress pattern from Joy of Motion

    Y’all know I love a good raglan pattern. Well, Joy of Motion delivers with this simple and fun raglan dress pattern called the Fons Dress. Size inclusive, it’s available in sizes XS to 5X (woot!). Get this free dress pattern HERE.

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    woman wearing a handmade plus size wedding dress.

    The Plus Size June Bride Dress by Abigail Haze is available as a free download on Ravelry. It’s available in size 1x to 5x so it is curvy exclusive. Yes, it’s a wedding dress but choose some fun colours and make is a gorgeous summer dress. Get the free pattern HERE.

    woman wearing the parisian dress made with the free crochet pattern from Desert Blossom Crafts

    The Parisian Dress is a free crochet dress pattern available from Desert Blossom Crafts. It’s a pretty design that comes in sizes XS to 2XL. The designer even gives tips to adjust various parts of the dress so you can get a well-fitting dress you’ll love. Get the free pattern HERE.

    Woman wearing the Bruma Dress from the Joy of Motion free crochet pattern.

    The Bruma Dress by Joy of Motion is another raglan design that’s size inclusive, up to 5xl. This pattern can be made as a sweater or a dress, just adjust the length! Get the free pattern from Joy of Motion HERE.

    Woman wearing the penelope dress by Sewrella.

    The free crochet dress pattern for the Penelope Dress from Sewrella is an easy and quick make. The designer says that this dress can be made in a weekend. The pattern is available for sizes XS to 3XL. Get the free pattern HERE.

    Full disclosure: The pattern for this dress is a paid pattern. However, I wanted to include it because I just love it! The designer gives instructions in the pattern to make this a sweater or a dress and it is available for sizes XS to 3XL. It looks fab as a dress or a sweater so I had to include it. You can check out the post about the Tribute Crochet Sweater and Dress and get the pattern HERE from Dora Does.

    Thanks for reading! Which dress pattern is your favourite? Did I miss any? Let me know in the comments below.

    If you like crochet round-ups and free crochet patterns, check these out: Free Valentine’s Day Crochet Pattern Round-Up, Crochet Spring Shawl and Wrap Round-Up, Free Crochet Sweater Pattern Round-Up.

  • Crochet Patterns

    Juneau Blues Beanie – Free Crochet Hat Pattern

    Woman wearing a blue hat made with this free crochet pattern by The Loopy Lamb.
    The yarn for this free crochet hat pattern was provided by Hobbii.com. This post may contain affiliate links. All opinions are my own.

    I’m back this week with a new free crochet hat pattern – The Juneau Blues Beanie. This is a fitted beanie that alternates between a knit look stitch with a post stitch overlay to create a brick-like texture. I had a difficult time coming up with a name for this pattern and decided to name it after the colourway that inspired it. This is an intermediate level crochet pattern. There are some special stitches used to create this effect so please be sure to read the “special stitches” section of the pattern before jumping in.

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    The Juneau Blues Beanie is made with a self-striping yarn that was generously provided by my friends at Hobbii.com. The yarn is called Hobbii Lollipop and the colour I used is called Juneau. Hobbii Lollipop is a worsted weight, 80% Acrylic/ 20% wool blend yarn that comes in a variety of fun, self-striping colours. Blue being my favourite colour, I was instantly drawn to the Juneau colourway. One 200g ball of Hobbii Lollipop comes with 383 yards/350m of yarn. The yarn is machine washable but Hobbii recommends laying it flat to dry.

    Juneau Blues Beanie (made with this free crochet hat pattern), laid flat next to a crochet hook and scissors.

    As I like to do with self striping yarn, I deconstructed the ball of yarn into it’s separate colours to have more control over the colour changes. This is an optional step for this pattern as it does result in extra ends to weave in. You can let the colour changes happen naturally from the ball however, the colours changes may happen mid-row. If you’re ok with that, then go for it.

    One of the special stitches that I used in the Juneau Blues Beanie I called the Half Double Crochet in the third loop (of a Treble Crochet Stitch). I could not find any reference to this technique elsewhere so if anyone knows of this technique (and any official name) please let me know. This stitch is similar to completing a HDC in the third loop except that the “third loop” refers to the loop at the back of the stitch that was created by the last yarn over in a treble crochet. It is directly below the back loop of the stitch. To make it simple, think of it like a half double crochet stitch and put your hook under the loop that you would when working a stitch into the third loop of a half double crochet stitch.

    Get an ad-free PDF version of this pattern HERE on Ravelry or HERE on Etsy.

    If you’re making a Juneau Blues Beanie and sharing it on social media, I’d love it if you tagged me or used #theloopylamb so I can see all of your beautiful makes. If you’re looking for another free crochet hat pattern, check out the bottom of this post for some suggestions or click HERE to see all the free patterns available on my site.

    Juneau Blues Beanie – Free Crochet Hat Pattern

    Woman wearing beanie made with this free crochet pattern, holding a mug.

    Skill Level: Intermediate

    Supplies:

    5.0 mm and 5.5mm crochet hooks
    2.4 oz/68 g (120 m/131 yards) of Hobbii Lollipop in Juneau (03)
    Faux Fur Pompom (optional)
    Measuring Tape
    Tapestry Needle
    Scissors

    Terminology: U.S. Terminology

    Abbreviations:

    CH = Chain
    ST = Stitch
    SL ST = Slip Stitch
    SC = Single Crochet
    SCDEC = Single Crochet Decrease
    HDC = Half Double Crochet
    HDCDEC = Half Double Crochet Decrease
    TR = Treble Crochet
    FO = Finish Off


    Special Stitches:

    Half Double Crochet in the third loop (of a Half Double Crochet Stitch)/Camel Stitch:  Yarn over and insert your hook into the third loop on the back of the indicated HDC stitch.  Yarn over, pull up a loop.  Three loops on hook.  Yarn over and pull through all three loops.  Stitch completed. 

    Half Double Crochet in the third loop (of a Treble Crochet Stitch):  Yarn over and insert your hook into the third loop (the last wrap on your post stitch) on the back of the indicated treble crochet stitch.  Yarn over, pull up a loop.  Three loops on hook.  Yarn over and pull through all three loops.  Stitch completed. To make it simple, think of it like a half double crochet stitch and put your hook under the loop that you would when working a stitch into the third loop of a half double crochet stitch.

    Single Crochet in the third loop (of a Half Double Crochet Stitch): Insert hook into the third loop of the indicated stitch.  Yarn over and pull up a loop.  Two loops on hook.  Yarn over and pull through both loops on hook.  Stitch completed.


    Finished Size:  8.5” tall by 10” wide when laid flat.

    Gauge: 15 sts x 13 rows = 4 inches


    NOTES:

    • For this pattern, in order to maintain clean colour changes, I deconstructed my Hobbii yarn cake and made little bobbins of each colour. This is an optional step.  If you don’t want to deal with weaving in the extra ends, you can continue as the yarn comes out of the cake.
    • Tip for cleaner seam: On the camel stitch rows, when joining at the end of the round, rather than completing my sl st the normal way, I take my hook out of the working loop and insert it from back to front of the first stitch of that round.  I then pull the working loop from the front of the hat to the inside of the hat and pull it taught.  Then I do the appropriate number of chains needed and crochet as normal.
    • CH 2s at the beginning of a row do not count as a stitch.
    • Where “Join” is indicated, join the end of your row to the beginning of your row with a sl st.
    Close up of the texture of the Juneau Blues Beanie
    Close up of the texture on the Juneau Blues Beanie

    Band 

    Using 5.0mm hook, CH 7. 
    Row 1: SC in 2nd CH from hook. SC 4.  CH 1 and turn. (6)
    Row 2:  SC in same st.  SC 4 in BLO.  SC in last st, under both loops.  Ch 1 and turn. (6)

    Repeat row two until your band is approximately 18.5” long when slightly stretched.  You can make the band a little shorter or longer than that as needed.  Generally, a good length for a band for an adult is between 18” – 19” long when laid flat and slightly stretched.  When completed, fold the band in half and sl st the two sides together.  Turn the piece so the seam is on the inside and the right side is facing you.

    Hat Body: 

    Using 5.5mm hook
    Row 1:
    CH 1.  SC 72 evenly around the top of the band.  Join. (72)
    Row 2: CH 1.  SC in the first st and each st around.  Join. (72)
    Row 3: CH 2.  HDC in the first st and each st around.  Join. (72)
    Rows 4 – 6: CH 2.  HDC in the third loop of the first st and in each st around.  Join. (72)
    Row 7: CH 1. TR in the first st of Row 3.  HDC in the third loop of the next 5 sts. TR in the 7th st of Row 3.  HDC in the third loop of the next 5 sts. TR in the 13th st of Row 3.  HDC in the third loop of the next 5 sts. TR in the 19th st of Row 3.  HDC in the third loop of the next 5 sts. TR in the 25th st of Row 3.  HDC in the third loop of the next 5 sts. TR in the 31st st of Row 3.  HDC in the third loop of the next 5 sts. TR in the 37th st of Row 3.  HDC in the third loop of the next 5 sts. TR in the 43rd st of Row 3.  HDC in the third loop of the next 5 sts. TR in the 49th st of Row 3.  HDC in the third loop of the next 5 sts. TR in the 55th st of Row 3.  HDC in the third loop of the next 5 sts. TR in the 61st st of Row 3.  HDC in the third loop of the next 5 sts.  TR in the 67th st of Row 3.  HDC in the third loop of the last 5 sts. Join. (72)
    Row 8: CH 1.  SC in the third loop of the first st and each st around.  Join. (72)
    Row 9: CH 1.  SC in the first st and each st around. Join. (72)
    Row 10: CH 2.  HDC in the first st and each st around.  Join. (72)
    Rows 11 – 13: CH 2.  HDC in the third loop of the first st and each st around.  Join. (72)

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    Row 14: CH 1. TR in the first st of Row 10.  HDC in the third loop of the next 5 sts. TR in the 7th st of Row 10.  HDC in the third loop of the next 5 sts.  TR in the 13th st of Row 10.  HDC in the third loop of the next 5 sts.  TR in the 19th st of Row 10.  HDC in the third loop of the next 5 sts. TR in the 25th st of Row 10.  HDC in the third loop of the next 5 sts.  TR in the 31st st of Row 10.  HDC in the third loop of the next 5 sts.  TR in the 37th st of Row 10.  HDC in the third loop of the next 5 sts.  TR in the 43rd st of Row 10.  HDC in the third loop of the next 5 sts.  TR in the 49th st of Row 10.  HDC in the third loop of the next 5 sts.  TR in the 55th st of Row 10.  HDC in the third loop of the next 5 sts.  TR in the 61st st of Row 10.  HDC in the third loop of the next 5 sts.  TR in the 67th st of Row 10.  HDC in the third loop of the next 5 sts. Join. (72)

    Juneau Blues Beanie laid flat next to a furls crochet hook.


    Row 15: CH 1.  SC in the third loop of the first st and each st around. Join. (72)
    Row 16: CH 1.  SC in the first st and each st across (72)
    Row 17: CH 2.  HDC in the first 5 sts, HDCDEC, (HDC 10, HDCDEC in the next) x 5, HDC in the last 5 sts. Join. (66)
    Row 18: CH 2.  In the third loop, (HDC in the first 9 sts, HDCDEC) x 6.  Join. (60)
    Row 19: CH 2.  In the third loop, HDC in the first 4 sts, HDCDEC, (HDC in the next 8 sts, HDCDEC) x 5, HDC in the last 4 sts.  Join. (54)
    Row 20: CH 2.  In the third loop, (HDC in the first 7 sts, HDCDEC) x 6. Join. (48)
    Row 21: CH 1. TR in the first st of Row 17.  HDC in the third loop of the next 2 sts, HDCDEC, HDC. TR in the 7th st of Row 17.  HDC in the third loop of the next 3 sts.  TR in the 13th st of Row 17.  In the third loop, HDCDEC, HDC 2.  TR in the 19th st of Row 17.  HDC in the third loop of the next 3 sts.  TR in the 25th st of Row 17.  In the third loop HDCDEC, HDC 1.  TR in the 31st st of Row 17.  HDC in the third loop of the next 3 sts.  TR in the 37th st of Row 17.  In the third loop, HDCDEC, HDC 2.  TR in the 43rd st of Row 17.  HDC in the third loop of the next 3 sts.  TR in the 49th st of Row 17.  In the third loop, HDCDEC, HDC 2.  TR in the 55th st of Row 17.  In the third loop, HDCDEC, HDC 1.  TR in the 61st st of Row 17.  In the third loop, HDC, HDCDEC.  Join. (42)
    Row 22: CH 1.  In third loop, (SC 5, SCDEC) x 6.  Join. (36)
    Row 23: CH 1.  SC in the first 2 sts, SCDEC.  (SC 4, SCDEC) x 5, SC in the last 2 sts.  Join. (30)
    Row 24: CH 2.  (HDC 3, HDCDEC) x 6.  Join. (24)
    Row 25: CH 2.  In the third loop, HDC 1, HDCDEC, (HDC 2, HDCDEC) x 5, HDC in the last st.  Join. (18)
    Row 26: CH 1.  (SC 1, SCDEC) x 6.  Join. (12)
    Row 27: CH 1.  (SCDEC) x 6.  Join. (6)
    FO and weave in ends.  If using a pompom, secure to the top of the hat.

    Disclaimer:

    Feel free to sell the item created by this pattern but please provide pattern credit back to me when posting online, and please provide a link to my Etsy Shop: www.etsy.com/ca/shop/theloopylamb.  Please do not resell, distribute, duplicate, or share this pattern in any printed or digital form, claiming this pattern as your own original design.  Please do not use my photos when selling your finished items.   

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    Looking for another free crochet hat pattern? Check out some of my other free crochet hat patterns here: Arctic Gem Beanie, Polar Puff Messy Bun Hat, Crochet Tartan Beanie, The Aeipathy Beanie.

  • Product Reviews

    Furls Crochet Hook Review (and Giveaway)

    Image of the hooks available from the furls crochet hook product line with a word overlay.
    This post may contain affiliate links. Furls Crochet has sponsored this giveaway but in no way has requested or paid for my review. All opinions are entirely my own.

    As a crocheter, we have tons of wonderful options for crochet hooks: handcarved, polymer, ergonomic, resin, steel, aluminum – the list goes on. It can be a bit overwhelming honestly. You’ve likely heard of Furls Crochet hooks and may recognize them for their unique shape and style. But is a Furls Crochet hook worth the hype (and the price tag)? Here I share my honest review of Furls crochet hooks.

    After using these hooks for a while, I reached out to Furls Crochet and they have generously offer to sponsor a giveaway. Keep reading to learn how to enter for a chance to win a $75 gift certificate from Furls Crochet.

    They’re Gorgeous

    I first learned about Furls Crochet Hooks on Instagram. A maker shared a picture of her work in progress with this gorgeous hook laying next to it. As a self-professed hook addict, I needed to know what that hook was (and where she got it!) I quickly learned that this sleek and stylish looking hook was made by Furls Crochet. They really are a beautiful hook.

    three furls odyssey crochet hooks on a black reflective surface.

    Furls Odyssey hooks come in a bunch of fun colour combos. There are nickel tips and gold tips with different coloured handles. I personally have a black and yellow odyssey hooks with nickel tips and a red odyssey with a gold tip. They have different fun coloured resin hooks like the streamline swirls and candy shops. They even have wooden streamline hooks in various coloured woods.

    Five differently coloured crochet hooks from the Furls Crochet hook product line.
    Pictured from left to right: Furls Odyssey Gold, 2 Furls Odyssey hooks, Furls Streamline Hook, Furls Streamline Swirl Hook.

    They’re Ergonomic and Comfy

    As someone that crochets in every spare minute I have, I’m not stranger to hand pain. My first set of hooks were a set of aluminum hooks with rubber covers on the end to make them more ergonomic. As much as I loved them, I found them particularly painful to use when I crocheted amigurumi. All those tight little stitches were taking a toll on my hands.

    I wasn’t about to give up crocheting so I began looking into different hook styles and learning more about crochet ergonomics. I came across Furls Crochet hooks in my search. Furls Crochet hooks have been designed with hand health in mind. Their tear drop shape was designed to required minimal effort of the hand to hold the hook while crocheting. (Check out their videos on hand health HERE)

    Ebony Furls Crochet hook from the streamline product line.
    Furls Streamline Hook

    I use the Furls Odyssey hooks and can tell you that I do find them to be very comfortable to work with. I use hold my hooks with a knife hold primarily and can crochet for hours without issue. I also enjoy the Furls Streamline hooks but I find the shorter shaft of the Odyssey hooks to work better for me.

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    Weight

    It is worth mentioning that if you’re transitioning from plastic/resin or lighter aluminium hooks, the weight of the Odyssey hooks takes some getting used to. They are heavier than other hooks I’ve worked with but I actually like that. They are well balanced. According to the Furls website, this weight assists in driving the crochet momentum into the act of crocheting, rather than hand strain.

    If the weight makes you unsure, they’re streamline hooks made of resin or wood are much lighter and may be preferred by those that hold their hook pencil style. I personally love my Streamline swirl hook and I use a knife hold.

    Furls Streamline Swirl crochet hook on a white backdrop
    Furls Streamline Swirl

    They’re Pricey

    I’m not going to beat around the bush on this one. When you compare the price of an entire set of “ergonomic” hooks on Amazon to the price of a single Furls Odyssey hook, it makes you think twice. You all know how I love a good deal so it was tough to justify at first (especially when you factor in shipping and the currency exchange since I’m Canadian). But my husband made a good point when I was mentioning the hooks to him: I crochet EVERY DAY. Every. Single. Day. When I’m really lucky, I can crochet for a few hours at a time. Crochet hooks are the most vital part of the crocheting process and good tools are worth the money. If they could help minimize future hand pain, they would be worth it. A few weeks later, my husband gave me my anniversary gift: two Furls Odyssey crochet hooks.

    Furls Odyssey Crochet Hook with yellow handle on black reflective surface.

    He ordered me 3.5mm Odyssey hook and a 4.5 streamline swirl hook to see if it made any difference in my hands. I do a lot of amigurumi projects and they are hardest on my hands so it made sense to start off with the 3.5mm size. It took a little to get used to the weight difference of the hook but I ended up loving it. I crocheted a large amigurumi bunny over the next few days and had zero issues with my hands. My stitches were just a tight as they had been before, but no pain. Months later and I’m still not experiencing any issues when I crochet with my Furls hooks.

    Are They Worth It?

    In a nutshell: YES. I personally love my Furls Crochet hooks, the Odyssey hooks being my favourite. If you’re unsure about whether a Furls Crochet hook will work for you, Furls has a money-back guarantee that if they hooks don’t help you crochet faster, more even stitches, you get your money back. They also have a $500 hand-health guarantee and a lifetime warranty on all of their hooks. So if something happens to your hook, contact them for a replacement. I personally feel they are worth the price tag. They often have free shipping events so if you’re price conscious, you can usually snag a deal and also get free shipping. Check out the full Furls Crochet hook lineup HERE.

    Image of 5 different hooks that are part of the Furls Crochet hook product line up.
    From left to right: Furls Streamlne Swirl, Furls Streamline, Furls Odyssey Gold, Furls Odysey in Lemon and Black.

    If you’ve decided to purchase a Furls Crochet Hook, please consider shopping through this link. I’ll get a small commission at no additional cost to you and helps me to continue to provide great content like this for free.

    Furls Crochet Giveaway

    Furls Crochet has generously offered to sponsor a giveaway for you guys. They’ll be providing a $75 gift certificate to the winner of the giveaway to purchase the hooks of their choice (or some of their other merchandise) from their site Furlscrochet.com.

    The Furls Crochet Giveaway on The Loopy Lamb is open to worldwide participants and ends December 20, 2019 at 12:00am Eastern Standard time.

    To enter, use the King Sumo form below. If you are on mobile and have difficulty entering, please use a desktop computer to enter. Only the Email option is mandatory – all other tasks are optional, for bonus entries only.

    Want to read some other product reviews? Check out my Knitcrate Review and Unboxing, Crochet Animal Rugs to Crochet Book Review and Christmas Ornaments to Crochet Book Review.

  • How To's

    Can I Take My Crochet Hook On an Airplane?

    Picture of an airplane taking off. Can I take crochet hook on an airplane?
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    When we started talking about taking a vacation that required us to fly, my first question was obviously, “Can I take my crochet hook on an airplane?” I see this and other travel-related questions on Facebook all the time so I decided to share my travel tips and what I’ve found in my research for my own trip here for you.

    Can I Take my Crochet Hook on an Airplane?

    Crochet hooks in a case and hand dyed yarn.

    If you’re travelling in Canada or the U.S. then you can definitely travel with your crochet hooks (and knitting needles) in your carry-on luggage (and in your checked luggage). Both Canadian and U.S. TSA sites state that you can travel with crochet hooks and knitting needles of any size and material. The Canadian TSA and the U.S. TSA have handy tools where you can look up to see if something is allowed on a plain or not. (Check out the Canadian tool HERE and the U.S. tool HERE.)

    Can You Take Scissors on an Airplane?

    Scissors and crochet hooks on a piece of fabric.

    At the time of writing this, Canadian travellers can take small scissors in their carry-on luggage as long as the blades measure less than 6 cm (2.4″). In the U.S. the blades on the scissors must be less than 10cm (4″) long if packed in your carry-on luggage. Sharp objects must be sheathed or securely wrapped to prevent injury to people checking your bags so little foldable ones like THESE are perfect and require no additional work.

    The U.S. TSA site notes that “Circular thread cutters or any other cutter or needlepoint tools that contain blades must be placed in checked baggage. You are permitted to keep scissors smaller than 4 inches in your carry-on baggage. ” So if you have one of those thread cutting pendants, don’t take it with you or place it in your checked bags.

    If you’re unsure about the scissors or don’t have a small set like these, then you can always take nail clippers. They are allowed in your carry-on luggage and they can cut yarn in a pinch.

    The rules can be different depending on where you’re travelling so avoid disappointment and check out the TSA equivalent for wherever you’re going as well as wherever you’re leaving from.

    Can I Take Needles?

    Both Canadian and U.S. TSA sites note that you can take “small needles” with you. Tapestry needles should be fine as long as they are secured with your hooks or knitting needles.

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    Tips for Travelling With Your Crochet

    woman carrying a small pink suitcase

    Don’t Take Your Best Stuff With You

    Now that we’ve established that you can take your crochet hook on an airplane, let’s talk about which ones to bring with you (and which ones to leave a home). That gorgeous and expensive crochet hook you got as a Christmas gift? Leave it at home. In fact, if the thought of losing your hook in your couch makes you panic, don’t take it with you. Luggage gets lost all the time or you could potentially have something confiscated so play it safe and leave the good stuff at home. I have a set of cheap ergonomic hooks that I’ll be taking with me on vacation. It costs me $20 to replace the whole set so if I lose one, it isn’t going to devastate me.

    The TSA site does state that the final decision as to whether or not items are permitted are the TSA officers so there could be a chance that even if an item is on the allowed list, it could be confiscated if the TSA officer feels it poses a risk to safety.

    Choose Small Projects for Carry-On Luggage

    Rows of airplane seats. Can I take a crochet hook on an airplane?

    It’s not news that space on an airplane is limited. You’re not going to be making friends with the person (or people) sitting next to you if you bring your queen size afghan project with you on the flight. Maybe they’ll be into it and want to snuggle under it but odds are, they aren’t going to be thrilled. So keep larger projects in your checked bagged and only take smaller projects with you on the plane.

    Use Project Bags For Your Project

    I like to keep my project, yarn and hook case all contained in a small project bag inside my carry-on. It helps keep my stuff accessible and organized. If your bag has straps, you can keep the bag on your wrist, lap or hang it on the back of the seat in front of you on the plane. If you have space to put your bag on the floor during the flight, it helps keep your project clean. Something like THIS looks like it could do great for a trip.

    Be Realistic About How Much to Take With You

    Kneeling woman holding two skeins of yarn in front of her.

    Confession time (it’s a real shocker): I ALWAYS overpack when it comes to yarn. Everytime I have to pack I tell myself I’ll limit what I take and then next thing I know, I have more projects with me than I could realistically finish even if I was vacationing for weeks. Don’t do what I do. I have to do better with this vacation because we’re flying so I have to limit what I bring. Bring what you need for your project because running out and not being able to get more while you’re away could be upsetting. So take what you need and that’s it.

    Need some quick and easy project ideas to take with you on your trip? Check out these free one skein patterns: Once in a Blue Moon Triangle Scarf, The Ava Cowl, Arctic Gem Beanie.

    Take an Empty Bag

    If you can fit most of what you need in your checked luggage, keep your carry-on empty or near-empty. Why? So you can buy more yarn! If you’re going to a place you haven’t been before or to a place that may have yarn stores you haven’t been before, you’ll thank me for this. On our trip to Orlando, I’ve already scoped out there is a Hobby Lobby a short distance from our hotel. We don’t have Hobby Lobby’s here in Canada so you can bet I’m hoping to get a chance to go check it out and that bag will come in handy.

    Thanks for reading and safe travels! Don’t forget to take your crochet hook on an airplane with you the next time you travel! What have your experiences been like travelling with your crochet stuff on an airplane? Got any tips? Share them below!

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  • Pattern Round Up

    Free Crochet Christmas Decoration Pattern Round Up

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    Christmas is just around the corner and it’s time to get working on your holiday decor. I’ve rounded up some of the best free crochet Chrsitmas decoration patterns available on the net and put them all in one place here for you to check out.

    These Christmas Baubles by Anne Design Crochet are just beautiful and would make a great addition to any Christmas tree. Find the free crochet christmas ornament pattern HERE.

    Colourful Crochet Christmas Baubles  - Free Crochet Christmas Decoration Pattern

    Randy the Reindeer Cactus is a free crochet ornament pattern available right here on The Loopy Lamb blog. He’s fun and unique. Make a whole team of him to decorate your mantle. Get the pattern HERE.

    Randy the Cactus Reindeer , crochet cactus in a pot with christmas decorations around him

    Velvet and faux fur together? Yes please! This Velvet and Fur Christmas Stocking from Moogly just screams cozy to me. Check out the pattern HERE.

    Purple velvet crochet stocking with fur trim next to a furls crochet hook and yarnspirations yarns.

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    This Chimney Kawaii Santa by 3AMgracedesigns is just too darn cute not to make this holiday season. Get the free crochet pattern HERE.

    Amigurumi santa legs sticking out of a chimney. free crochet christmas decoration pattern

    This Caron Countdown to Christmas Advent Calendar is sure to make the little ones in your life smile. Get the free crochet Christmas ornament pattern HERE from Yarnspirations.

    Crochet advent calendar featuring tree and colourful numbers

    No Christmas tree is complete without a gorgeous tree skirt. This beautiful Happy Holidays Tree Skirt from Moogly is something you can treasure for years to come. Get the pattern HERE.

    Crochet Christmas tree skirt made in red, green and white stripes

    The Saint Prickolaus Cactus Cuddler is part cuddly stuffed animal, part decorative pillow. He is a huge hit at my house during the holidays. Get the pattern HERE

    jumbo amigurumi cactus cuddler being held in front of a woman. free 
 crochet christmas decoration pattern

    If you want a Christmas Bauble pattern to use up any left over sock yarn you may have laying around, check out this Sock Yarn Baubles Crochet Christmas Decoration Pattern from Lullaby Lodge. Get the free pattern HERE.

    pink and white crochet baubles with silver bows
    two packages wrapped in brown paper with yarn decorations

    This Holly Jolly Christmas Stocking pattern from A Crafty Concept will work up in a jiffy. Those faux fur pompoms are a great touch! Get the free pattern HERE.

    Looking for something quick and cute to dress up your Christmas gifts? Check out this Christmas Tree Crochet Ornament free crochet pattern from Joy of Motion. Find the pattern HERE.

    Crochet Chrismtas Coasters in Red and White, Free crochet pattern

    Everyone needs some fun and festive coasters to complete their decor. Check out the free crochet pattern for these Crochet Christmas Coasters from Pattern Princess HERE.

    Crocheting Christmas gifts this year? Check out my Last Minute Crochet Christmas Gift Pattern Round Up and use this FREE Holiday Gift Project Tracker to keep organized. Need something to get another crocheter for Christmas? Check out my list of The Best Christmas Gift Ideas for Crocheters.

  • Crochet Patterns

    The Heather Super Scarf – Free Crochet Scarf Pattern

    Woman wearing Heather Super Scarf
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    Looking for a beginner’s scarf pattern or a crochet scarf pattern that works up quickly? Then the Heather Super Scarf is for you! This free crochet scarf pattern is made with super bulky yarn and a big crochet hook so you will be wearing it in no time. It is so warm and cozy, you won’t be worried about getting cold this winter wearing this scarf.

    The Heather Super Scarf is an execellent crochet scarf pattern for beginners or for crocheting while you’re binge-watching your favouriteT.V. shows. This scarf pattern has a simple two row repeat that doesn’t require any counting. The bulky yarn helps define the texture, makes amazing chunky tassels and keeps you super warm.

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    Special thanks to my beautiful cousin Heather for modelling this scarf for me. Doesn’t she look gorgeous in this scarf? She enjoyed the scarf so much that she ended up taking it home with her.

    Ready to get started making your own Heather Super Scarf?

    Woman facing away from the camer holding the Heather Super Scarf out behind her with her outstretched arms.

    Skill Level: Beginner

    Supplies:
    10 mm crochet hook
    4 balls (424 yards) of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick in any colour. I use the colour Mustard
    Tapestry Needle
    Scissors
    6” long piece of cardboard or a tassel maker

    Woman with face partially concelaed by scarf made with this free crochet scarf pattern.

    Abbreviations:
    CH = Chain
    ST = Stitch
    SL ST = Slip Stitch
    DC = Double Crochet
    FO = Finish Off

    Get an ad-free PDF version of this pattern HERE on Ravelry or HERE on Etsy.

    Woman looking off-screen wearing the Heather Super Scarf in mustard


    Finished size: 10” Wide by 84” Long (not including tassels)

    Gauge: 8 sts x 8 rows = 4 inches

    NOTES: The CH 1 at the beginning of each even numbered row counts as a slip stitch.

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    Woman smiling and throwing leave in the air wearing the Heather Super Scarf

    Crochet Scarf Pattern:

    CH 21.
    Row 1: DC in the 4th CH from the hook and each CH across. Turn. (19)
    Row 2: CH 1 (counts as a SL ST), DC in the 2nd st, *SL ST in the next st, DC in the next st*. Repeat instructions in ** until end of row. Turn. (19)
    Row 3: CH 3 (counts as first st. DC in 2nd stitch and each stitch across. Turn.
    Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until scarf measures 84” long.
    FO and weave in ends.

    Woman smiling, wearing the Heather Super Scarf made with the free crochet scarf pattern found on this site.

    Tassels: (make 4)

    Wrap the yarn around a piece of cardboard 6” wide approximately 20 times.  Tie the top of the tassel with another piece of yarn to secure it (ensuring that it is long enough to attach it to the scarf.  I used an 8” piece). Cut one side of the yarn that’s wrapped around the cardboard and remove the yarn from the cardboard.  Take another length of yarn and wrap it around the top of the tassel 8 to 10 times tightly.  Tie a knot and bury the end inside the tassel.   Trim the tassel ends evenly.  Attach a tassel to each corner of the scarf securely.

    I hope you enjoyed this free crochet scarf pattern. Looking for another quick crochet scarf pattern? Check out my Once in a Blue Moon Triangle Scarf. Here are some other quick crochet patterns using chunky yarn you’ll want to check out while you’re here: Super Quick and Chunky Cowl, Striped Thicket Stitch Blanket and, The Bobblelicious Bag.

    Disclaimer:

    Feel free to sell the item created by this pattern but please provide pattern credit back to me when posting online, and please provide a link to my Etsy Shop: www.etsy.com/ca/shop/theloopylamb.  Please do not resell, distribute, duplicate, or share this pattern in any printed or digital form, claiming this pattern as your own original design.  Please do not use my photos when selling your finished items.   

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