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    Mad About Boo Crochet Halloween Pillow

    The Mad About Boo Pillow is a Black Crochet Pillow with a White Ghost and the word Boo on it in orange.
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    The kids are back in school and there is a bit of a chill in the air and that means one thing… Halloween is almost here! It’s time to work on an adorable and fun crochet Halloween pillow. The Mad About Boo Halloween Pillow is an easy crochet project that is fun without being too scary for young kids.

    This project uses the Intarsia crochet technique. Intarsia crochet is a crochet colourwork technique where you can use multiple colours in a row and “float” (carry loosely) the strands of yarn behind your work. Every time you need a new colour, you would insert your hook into the indicated stitch as you normally would, pull up a loop and then finish your stitch by pulling through your final loop in your new colour. The next stitch is done in the new colour.

    Pillow Panels

    The front panel of the Mad About Boo crochet Halloween pillow (the ghost side) is worked using the Instaria technique. I made small balls/bobbins of black yarn to minimize how much “floating” was happening behind my panel. It meant a few extra ends to weave in, however, it was cleaner and minimized pulling on the back. If you don’t carry your yarn loosely, it can cause your panel not to lay flat so be sure to watch the tension on that yarn.

    Reading Intarsia Colour Charts

    To read the chart, you will start in the bottom right hand corner of your chart and read right to left.  For Row Two, you would read the chart from left to right. For Row 3 you would read the chart right to left again.  Every time you turn your work, you’ll be reading the chart from a different direction. Each square in your chart = 1 SC stitch

    The back panel of the halloween pillow is made is the standard crochet technique and it made using only one colour.

    Get an ad-free PDF version of this pattern HERE on Ravelry or HERE on Etsy which includes both the chart and the written instructions for this pattern.

    Mad About You Intarsia Crochet Chart Free Pattern
    1 box = 1 stitch

    Mad About Boo Crochet Halloween Pillow

    Skill Level: Intermediate

    Supplies:

    4.5 mm hook
    3.6 oz/103g of Red Heart Super Saver in Black
    2.6 oz/73g of Red Heart Super Saver in White
    0.7 oz/19g of Red Heart Super Saver in Carrot
    Tapestry Needle
    Scissors

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    Abbreviations:
    CH = Chain
    ST = Stitch
    SL ST = Slip Stitch
    SC = Single Crochet
    HDC = Half Double Crochet
    FO = Finish Off

    Finished size:  11.5” Long by 10” tall

    Gauge: 15 sts x 16 rows = 4 inches

    NOTES:

    • Each square = 1 SC stitch
    • To read the chart, you will start in the bottom right hand corner of your chart and read right to left.  For Row Two, you would read the chart from left to right. For Row 3 you would read the chart right to left again.  Every time you turn your work, you’ll be reading the chart from a different direction.
    • This project uses the Intarsia crochet technique.  Intarsia crochet is a crochet colourwork technique where you can use multiple colours in a row and “float” (carry loosely) the strands of yarn behind your work.  Every time you need a new colour, you would insert your hook into the indicated stitch as you normally would, pull up a loop and then finish your stitch by pulling through your final loop in your new colour. The next stitch is done in the new colour. 
    • You can use the chart or the written instructions for the pattern for the front panel.  The written instructions are needed for the back panel and edging.
    Mad About Boo Crochet Halloween Pillow with some pumpkin decor and a furls crochet hook

    Front Panel

    Row 1: Using Black, CH 45 SC in the 2nd CH from the hook and each stitch across. CH 1 turn. (44 sts)
    Row 2: 44 Black. CH 1 and turn. (44 sts)
    Row 3: 6 Black, 3 Orange, 9 Black, 1 White, 5 Black, 1 White, 5 Black, 1 White, 5 Black, 1 White, 7 Black. CH 1 and turn. (44 sts)
    Row 4: 6 Black, 3 White, 3 Black, 3 White, 3 Black, 3 White, 3 Black, 3 White, 8 Black, 3 Orange, 6 Black. CH 1 and turn. (44 sts)
    Row 5: 6 Black, 3 Orange, 7 Black, 5 White, 1 Black, 5 White, 1 Black, 5 White, 1 Black, 5 White, 5 Black. CH 1 and turn (44 sts)
    Row 6: 4 Black, 25 White, 15 Black. CH 1 and turn. (44 sts)
    Row 7: 6 Black, 3 Orange, 6 Black, 25 White, 4 Black. CH 1 and turn (44 sts)
    Row 8: 4 Black, 25 White, 5 Black, 5 Orange, 5 Black. CH 1 and turn (44 sts)
    Row 9: 5 Black, 5 Orange, 5 Black, 25 White, 4 Black. CH 1 and turn (44 sts)
    Row 10: 4 Black, 25 White, 5 Black, 5 Orange, 5 Black. CH 1 and turn (44 sts)
    Row 11: 5 Black, 5 Orange, 5 Black, 25 White, 4 Black. CH 1 and turn (44 sts)
    Row 12: 4 Black, 25 White, 5 Black, 5 Orange, 5 Black. CH 1 and turn (44 sts)
    Row 13: 15 Black, 25 White, 4 Black. CH 1 and turn (44 sts)
    Row 14: 4 Black, 25 White, 4 Black, 7 Orange, 4 Black. CH 1 and turn (44 sts)
    Row 15: 4 Black, 7 Orange, 4 Black, 25 White, 4 Black. CH 1 and turn (44 sts)
    Row 16: 4 Black, 25 White, 4 Black, 2 Orange, 3 Black, 2 Orange, 4 Black. CH 1 and turn (44 sts)
    Row 17: 4 Black, 2 Orange, 3 Black, 2 Orange, 4 Black, 25 White, 4 Black. CH 1 and turn (44 sts)
    Row 18: 4 Black, 25 White, 4 Black, 2 Orange, 3 Black, 2 Orange, 4 Black. CH 1 and turn (44 sts)
    Row 19: 4 Black, 2 Orange, 3 Black, 2 Orange, 4 Black, 25 White, 4 Black. CH 1 and turn (44 sts)
    Row 20: 4 Black, 6 White, 3 Black, 7 White, 3 Black, 6 White, 4 Black, 7 Orange, 4 Black. CH 1 and turn (44 sts)
    Row 21: 4 Black, 7 Orange, 4 Black, 5 White, 5 Black, 5 White, 5 Black, 5 White, 4 Black. CH 1 and turn. (44 sts)
    Row 22: 4 Black, 4 White, 7 Black, 3 White, 7 Black, 4 White, 15 Black. CH 1 and turn (44 sts)
    Row 23: 4 Black, 7 Orange, 4 Black, 4 White, 7 Black, 3 White, 7 Black, 4 White, 4 Black. CH 1 and turn. (44 sts)
    Row 24: 4 Black, 4 White, 7 Black, 3 White, 7 Black, 4 White, 4 Black, 7 Orange, 4 Black. CH 1 and turn (44 sts)
    Row 25: 4 Black, 2 Orange, 3 Black, 2 Orange, 4 Black, 4 White, 7 Black, 3 White, 7 Black, 4 White, 4 Black. CH 1 and turn (44 sts)
    Row 26: 4 Black, 4 White, 7 Black, 3 White, 7 Black, 4 White, 4 Black, 2 Orange, 3 Black, 2 Orange, 4 Black. CH 1 and turn (44 sts)
    Row 27: 4 Black, 2 Orange, 3 Black, 2 Orange, 4 Black, 4 White, 7 Black, 3 White, 7 Black, 4 White, 4 Black. CH 1 and turn (44 sts)
    Row 28: 4 Black, 4 White, 7 Black, 3 White, 7 Black, 4 White, 4 Black, 2 Orange, 3 Black, 2 Orange, 4 Black. CH 1 and turn (44 sts)
    Row 29: 4 Black, 7 Orange, 4 Black, 5 White, 5 Black, 5 White, 5 Black, 5 White, 4 Black. CH 1 and turn. (44 sts)
    Row 30: 4 Black, 6 White, 3 Black, 7 White, 3 Black, 6 White, 4 Black, 7 Orange, 4 Black. CH 1 and turn (44 sts)
    Row 31: 16 Black, 23 White, 5 Black. CH 1 and turn (44 sts)
    Row 32: 6 Black, 21 White, 6 Black, 7 Orange, 4 Black. CH 1 and turn (44 sts)
    Row 33: 3 Black, 3 Orange, 3 Black, 2 Orange, 7 Black, 19 White, 7 Black. CH 1 and turn (44 sts)
    Row 34: 8 Black, 17 White, 8 Black, 2 Orange, 3 Black, 3 Orange, 3 Black. CH 1 and turn (44 sts)
    Row 35: 4 Black, 7 Orange, 9 Black, 15 White, 9 Black. CH 1 and turn (44 sts)
    Row 36: 10 Black, 13 White, 10 Black, 2 Orange, 3 Black, 3 Orange, 3 Black. CH 1 and turn (44 sts)
    Row 37: 3 Black, 3 Orange, 3 Black, 2 Orange, 11 Black, 11 White, 11 Black. CH 1 and turn (44 sts)
    Row 38: 33 Black, 7 Orange, 4 Black. CH 1 and turn (44 sts)
    Row 39: 44 Black. CH 1 and turn. (44 sts)
    Row 40: 44 Black. (44 sts)

    Fasten off and sew in your ends

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    Back Panel

    Using Black, CH 45.
    Row 1:  SC in the 2nd CH from the hook and each stitch across (44)
    Rows 2 – 40: CH 1 and turn. SC in the first stitch and in each stitch across. (44)
    FO and weave in ends.

    Mad about Boo Crochet Halloween Pillow

    Assembly and Trim

    Row 1: Place the panels on top of one another with the wrong sides facing each other and the front panel on top.  We’ll be crocheting through both layers to add a trim to our pillow as well as seam it together.  Attach the yarn to any stitch along the top of the pillow and working through both layers, SC in the same stitch that you joined,  SC around the pillow, putting a single SC in each stitch/end of each row and placing (SC, HDC, SC) in each corner. When you’re about ¾ of the way around your pillow, start adding your stuffing.  Continue to stuff firmly as you add your trim and your pillow is fully seamed closed.  Join to the first stitch with a sl st.

    Row 2: Ch 1 and SC in each stitch around, placing (SC, HDC, SC) in each HDC stitch from the previous round.  Join your last stitch to your first stitch with a sl st.  FO and weave in ends.

    You don’t have to finish the pillow here.  Add some stripes, tassels or pompoms to your edging to spice it up and give it a bit more flair.

    Now that you’re done with your crochet Halloween pillow, why not get a jump on your Christmas decor with these free Christmas crochet patterns: Saint Prickolaus Cactus Cuddler and Randy the Cactus Reindeer.

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    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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  • Pattern Round Up

    Halloween Crochet Pattern Round-Up

    Collage of free Halloween Crochet Patterns available in this roundup

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    This is an unsponsored post and the thoughts/opinions are all my own.

    I don’t know how it has happened, but Halloween is almost here again. For those of you that are looking for something festive and fun free Halloween crochet patterns, I’ve created this free Halloween crochet pattern roundup to give you some fun suggestions and inspiration.

    Halloween Free Crochet Pattern Round Up by The Loopy Lamb

    So I’m starting with this adorable Baby Bat Costume by Amanda Saladin of Amandasaladin.com because seriously, this kid in the costume is ridiculously cute.  It makes me wish my kids were smaller so I could squish them into one of these and enjoy some untamed cuteness.

    Halloween Free Crochet Pattern Round Up by The Loopy Lamb

    Got a little cutie in your life that loves Cinderella?  Head on over to Lovableloops.com to try out this great little dress and wig pattern for your little one.  The pattern was recently updated to include sizes 18 – 24 months!

    Halloween Free Crochet Pattern Round Up by The Loopy Lamb

    These little ghosts are cute and quick.  When I first saw this on Pinterest, I knew I had to make it.  I made it about a year and a half ago and gave it to my kids to play with and they love it.  Check it out here: Baby Ghost Ornament for Halloween by A Morning Cup of Jo Creations

    Halloween Free Crochet Pattern Round Up by The Loopy Lamb

    Need a last minute but beautiful Halloween costume?  Check out this feminine and gorgeous Crochet Masquerade Mask from blog.darice.com.

    Halloween Free Crochet Pattern Round Up by The Loopy Lamb

    These shark bags from cookiesnobcrochet.com would make fun candy bags!

    Halloween Free Crochet Pattern Round Up by The Loopy Lamb

    Make one of these Extra Thick Knight’s Helmet for the knight in shining armor in your life.

    Halloween Free Crochet Pattern Round Up by The Loopy Lamb

    I love these adorable little Glowing Crochet Ghosts by Jen’s A Little Loopy.  Plus, I LOVE her blog name.  These are cute AND they light up!  So much fun!

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    Halloween Free Crochet Pattern Round Up by The Loopy Lamb

    For those that love to accessorize for the holiday, JenniferQ.com has a free Halloween crochet pattern for these great Halloween Frankenstein Cozies!

    Halloween Free Crochet Pattern Round Up by The Loopy Lamb

    Puns are one of my favourite things and this pattern is pun-tastic!  The Eye-Candy Toddler Crochet Halloween costume is hilarious and awesome.  Now to go work on convincing my son that he needs to be this instead of Iron Man this year…wish me luck!

    Halloween Free Crochet Pattern Round Up by The Loopy Lamb

    This Jumbo Crochet Pumpkin pattern from doriyumi.com is awesome.  I love the curlicue used instead of a standard-looking leaf.

    What’s your favourite Halloween crochet pattern?  Let me know in the comments below!  I’d love to know what everyone is making for Halloween this year.

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    Looking for more inspiration?  Like free crochet patterns?  Check out these round-ups: Last-minute crochet gift ideas, Free Crochet Sweater Patterns, Free Valentine’s Day Crochet Patterns.

    Halloween Free Crochet Pattern Round Up by The Loopy Lamb
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  • Crochet Patterns

    Crochet Tarantula Free Pattern – Taran Tarantula

    Hand holding a black and brown crochet tarantula made with this free crochet pattern
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    The other evening I was struck by inspiration seeing two skeins of We Crochet’s Fable Fur sitting on my shelf. I rushed to get to working on my idea so I could share this crochet tarantula free pattern with you quickly. My kids have been watching a ton of wildlife videos and shows lately and that day, they had been watching a video about tarantulas. When I saw the Falke and Corvo yarns sitting next to eachother, it reminded me of a tarantula I saw on their video and I knew I was going to create one.

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    Plus, an amigurumi tarantula is perfect for Halloween so inspiration struck at the perfect time! I gathered my tools and started working on my crochet tarantula while my husband watched TV. I worked like a woman posessed. I would not be swayed from creating my little crochet tarantula. A few hours later, and my little Taran the Tarantula was born. I couldn’t wait until the next morning when the kids woke up to see their reaction. It was priceless. They knew it was a crochet tarantula right away and both immediately asked if they could have it. Taran passed the kid-approved test with flying colours! Only downside is that now they both want their own tarantulas lol.

    Top view of the spider made with this free crochet pattern

    Tips for Working with Faux Fur Yarn

    If this is your first time working with faux fur yarns or if you’re nervous about doing so, go into this project knowing that it is seriously much easier than it looks. All my faux fur patterns use simple stitches and shaping techniques and although you can’t really see your stitches, the Fable Fur yarn from We Crochet has a thick strap on the yarn that makes it easy to feel. your stitches. Working with faux fur yarns is incredibly forgiving so even if you don’t think your stitch placement is perfect, I bet no one will even notice 😉 I’ve got a video below here with my top tips for working with faux fur yarns so check this out before you get started with this pattern.

    Standing Crochet Tarantula

    Other Projects Made with Faux Fur Yarn

    I am a bit totally in love with working with faux fur yarn for amigurumi. Ever since I got my hands on my first skein of Fable Fur in Kuma and designed my Crochet Koala with it, I haven’t been able to stop. Check out some of my other free amigurumi patterns using faux fur yarn:

    Crochet Spider with Fable Fur Yarn from We Crochet and a Furls Crochet Hook

    Skill Level:

    • Intermediate

    Supplies:

    If you’re planning on buying the materials for this project, please consider doing so through this affiliate link. It helps to support the blog at zero cost to you and allows me to continue to bring you great free crochet patterns like this one.

    Abbreviations:

    • CH = Chain
    • MC = Magic Circle
    • ST = Stitch
    • SL ST = Slip Stitch
    • SC = Single Crochet
    • SCDEC = Single Crochet Decrease
    • SCINC = Single Crochet Increase
    • FO = Finish Off
    close up of the amigurumi spider's face


    Finished size:

    • 8” Long along the body x 13.5” wide across the legs measuring from the end of one foot on the left and one foot on the right.

    Gauge:

    • 5 sts x 5 rows = 2 inches

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

    NOTES:

    • Gauge is not vital to the project but it may effect the amount of yarn needed for the project. 
    • A 5.5mm crochet hook is recommended for the project but if you find you are unable to feel your stitches, you can adjust your hook until you can more easily feel your stitches to more easily know where to place your stitches.  This may however effect your gauge and therefore, the amount of yarn needed. 
    • This pattern is worked in continuous rounds (unless stated otherwise).  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.
    • All pieces made in the Fable Fur are worked and sewn onto the project with the wrong side facing out to show the better-looking side of the fur. 
    • When crocheting the stripes in the legs, carry the unused yarn inside your stitches to be used for the next set of stripes. 
    • Do not stuff the legs of the spider.

    Free Crochet Tarantula Pattern

    faux fur amigurumi spider holding a furls crochet hook

    Body & Head


    Round 1: Using 5.5mm hook and Fable Fur in Corvo, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC. (6)
    Round 2: (SCINC) x 6 (12)
    Round 3: (SCINC, SC) x 6 (18)
    Round 4:  (SCINC, SC 2) x 6 (24)
    Round 5: (SC 3, SCINC) x 6 (30)
    Rounds 6 – 7:  SC around (30)

    Black and brown amigurumi spider


    Round 8: (SC 3, SCDEC) x 6 (24)
    Round 9:  SC around (24)
    Round 10:  (SC 2, SCDEC) x 6 (18)
    Round 11:  SC around (18)
    Round 12: (SC, SCDEC) x 6 (12) – Start stuffing and continue adding stuffing every couple of rounds
    Round 13: SC around (12)
    Round 14:  (SCDEC) x 6 (6)
    Round 15: (SCINC) x 6 (12)
    Round 16: (SC, SCINC) x 6 (18)

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    Round 17:  (SC 2, SCINC) x 6 (24)
    Rounds 18 – 19:  SC around (24)
    Round 20: (SC 2, SCDEC) x 6 (18)
    Round 21: SC around (18)
    Round 22: (SC, SCDEC) x 6 (12) – Place safety eyes in STs 2 and 7 of Row 22
    Round 23: (SCDEC) x 6 (6)

    Crochet Tarantula made with faux fur

    FO leaving a long tail. Weave the tail through the front loops of the last round to cinch the hole closed.  If you cannot find the front loops, use the tail to sew the hole closed as neatly as possible.  Weave in ends.

    Legs (Make 8)

    Round 1: Using 5.5mm hook and Fable Fur in Corvo, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC. (6)
    Rounds 2 – 3: SC around (6)
    Change to Falke
    Rounds 4 – 6: SC around (6)

    Furry crochet spider on top of a pumpkin


    Change to Corvo
    Rounds 7 – 9: SC around (6)
    Change to Falke
    Rounds 10 – 12: SC around (6)

    FO leaving a long tail.  Use the tail on each leg to sew the leg to either side of the body, placing four legs on either side.  Weave in your ends.

    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 blog: http://www.theloopylamb.com.  Please do not resell, distribute, duplicate, or share this pattern in any printed or digital form, or claim this pattern as your own original design.  Please do not use my photos when selling your finished items.   

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  • Crochet Book Reviews

    Crocheted Wreaths for the Home Review

    Picture of the cover of Crocheted Wreaths for the Home
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    The fall season is coming up and one of the things that makes me think of fall is wreaths. I don’t really see too many wreaths in the summer around here but when fall hits, they really start to make their debut. It seems appropriate that in light of this, I’m reviewing the book Crocheted Wreaths for the Home by Anna Nikipirowicz. Thanks to Search Press, they have provided us with a copy of the book to giveaway to one lucky winner so keep reading to learn you you can possibly win a copy for yourself.

    This book was provided to me free of charge in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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    Crocheted Wreaths has patterns for 14 different seasonal wreaths that you can crochet. You could potentially get many other wreaths by mixing and matching the components to create your own custom wreaths. Some of th wreath patterns included are:

    • Valentine Wreath
    • Autumn Wreath
    • Berry Wreath
    • Halloween Wreath
    • Christmas Wreath
    • Summer Wreath
    • Easter Wreath
    • and more.
    Inside cover of the crocheted wreaths for the home book

    Most of the wreaths use a premade wreath form as the base of the wreath and the crochet patterns provided are for the various components added to the wreath and assembly instructions. Each wreath pattern has a mini project that can be made with one or more components of the wreath pattern. For example, One of the pumpkins from the halloween wreath can be used to make a pumpkin pincushion and the author gives instructions for how to do that. The patterns are written in the UK terminology. The UK/US terminology conversion chart hs been included to aid those that may not be familiar working in the UK terminology.

    The yarns used in the books are popular in the UK and Europe and may need to be ordered online for North American readers that want to use the exact yarns in the book. The yarn weights used range from lace to light worsted. Other yarns could be substituted if you are able to match guage or keep in mind that you may have a finished project that is much larger (or smaller) than expected if you are substituting yarn weights.

    crocheted wreaths found inside the book

    The resource section in the back of the book is helpful covering techniques used in the book like how to crochet an i-cord, crocheting with beads, crocheting with wire, blocking your pieces and more. This section is well illustrated and explained although, does not cover all the techniques in the book. There are no basic stitch demonstrations or explanations in the book so you will need to have at least an intermediate level of crochet knowledge in order to pick up this book and start working with it. There are brief written explanations of how to do some the stitches in an abbreviations section at the front of the book but this wouldn’t be enough for most beginners.

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    This book is suitable for intermediate to advanced level crocheters. The patterns offer a lot of variety and you can create some stunningy detailed crocheted wreaths with them. If crocheted wreaths are your thing, this resource has the patterns to provide you with a diffferent wreath for every new season. The elements of the patterns could be mixed and matched to create a wide variety of different and customized wreaths beyond those given in the book.

    If you’re interested in purchasing a copy of Crocheted Wreaths for the Home you can find it HERE.

    crochet halloween wreath

    If you enjoy crochet pattern books, you can check out some more of my crochet book reviews on my blog:

    Giveaway!

    Thanks to Search Press, I have a copy of the book Crocheted Wreaths for the Home by Anna Nikipirowicz to giveaway to one lucky winner!

    The Crocheted Wreaths for the Home Giveaway on The Loopy Lamb is open to participants in the U.S., Canada and U.K. and ends Friday, September 25th, 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. Please note that by entering your email below, you are subscribing to The Loopy Lamb email list. We will not send you spam, just notifications about new free crochet patterns, news and giveaways.

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  • Crochet Patterns

    Free Crochet Pattern for a C2C Blanket

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    I realized a little while ago that I haven’t published a free crochet pattern for a C2C blanket yet but I’ve had the idea for this blanket kicking around in my head for some time. I decided to finally make the idea a reality and I’m thrilled with how it turned out. This is my first corner to corner blanket design and I really enjoyed creating the chart and trying out different techniques to find which C2C technique that I preferred.

    I always struggle with naming my projects and this C2C blanket was no exception. After a lot of thought, I just couldn’t come up with anything fitting. I kept coming back to thinking of Greece (one of my top dream destinations to travel to) because the combination of blue and white always seems to remind me of Greece. Growing up I had always been fascinated by Greek mythology and while was finishing my blanket I saw one of my greek mythology texts on the shelf and considered getting it back out and revisiting a few favourites. Then I looked down at my blanket and thought “it’s all Greek to Me” and decided that would be it’s name. I figured it was fitting since I just couldn’t get away from thoughts of Greece everytime I see the colour combo. And that’s how I came up with the name for this C2C blanket pattern. Not the most scientific or artistic process but it works for me lol.

    close up image of the texture on this Free Crochet Pattern for a C2C Blanket

    If you’re new to corner to corner crochet check out my tutorials to learn the basics you’ll need to know in order to do this pattern.



    Corner to Corner Basics: How to Crochet Corner to Corner




    Changing Colours in Corner to Corner

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



    Skill Level:

    • Intermediate


    Terminology:

    • U.S. Terminology
    Woman holding a navy blue and white C2C blanket across her shoulders

    Supplies:

    If you’re planning on buying the materials for this project, please consider doing so through this affiliate link (or the links in the supplies list). It helps to support the blog at zero cost to you and allows me to continue to bring you great free crochet patterns like this one.

    Abbreviations:

    • CH = Chain
    • ST = Stitch
    • SL ST = Slip Stitch
    • DC = Double Crochet
    • WS = Wrong Side
    • RS = Right Side
    • FO = Finish Off
    Blue and White Corner to Corner Blanket Made with the It's All Greek to Me C2C Pattern


    Finished size:

    • Approximately 44” Long by 34” wide

    Gauge:

    • 9 squares x 9 squares = 5 inches


    NOTES:

    • To work this corner to corner (C2C) graph, begin with the box/tile in the bottom right corner of the graph.  That will be your Row 1. The graph will be read from left to right and then right to left.
    • Each box/tile in the graph corresponds to with one C2C cluster in your row.  A C2C cluster = CH 2 + 3 DC sts.
    • I recommend crossing off each row in the pattern or graph as you complete it to assist you in keeping track.
    • WS and RS are labelled next to each row number on the ad-free PDF version of this pattern to indicate whether you are working with the WS or RS facing you. The arrows indicate in which direction you are working.

    Free Crochet Pattern for a C2C Blanket: It’s All Greek to Me C2C Blanket

    Free Crochet Pattern for a C2C Blanket - Graph

    I hope you enjoyed this free crochet pattern for a C2C blanket! While you’re here, check out some of my other free crochet patterns:
    Timeless Teal Chevron Blanket, Striped Thicket Stitch Blanket, Mad About Boo Pillow, Otis the Owl, Salty the Seal. Find all my free crochet patterns HERE.

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  • Pattern Round Up

    Free Crochet Sweater Pattern Round-up

    Collage of images of women wearing stylish crochet sweaters
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    Fall is upon us and it’s time to break out those cute fall sweaters. If you’re looking for a great free crochet sweater pattern to make for fall, check out this free crochet sweater pattern round up to get some inspiration for your fall wardrobe.

    Comfy Cozy Cardian by Yay for Yarn

    This Comfy Cozy Cardigan by Yay for Yarn looks so comfy it just screams fall wardobe staple. It’s a beginner-friendly garment and is available for free on the Yay for Yarn blog HERE.

    crochet raglan sweater pattern by Joy of Motion Crochet.

    The Fall Favourite Classic Raglan Carigan by Joy of Motion Crochet is a simple to make cardigan that doesn’t require any seaming since it’s made in the raglan style. Score! Check out the free sweater patter HERE.

    free crochet sweater pattern by Sewrella - the pucker pullover sweater

    The Pucker Pullover Sweater from Sewrella is a great make using worsted weight yarn and is available for sizes XS to 3XL. Check out the free pattern HERE.

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    Herringbone cardigan by Burgundy and Blush

    Grab your I hook and your worsted weight yarn to make up this pretty cardi by Burgundy and Blush using the Herringbone Half Double crochet stitch. Get the free pattern for the Hibiscus Herringbone Crochet Cardigan HERE.

    Cascading Bobbles Sweater Pattern by Stephanie Erin

    This Cascading Bobbles Sweater pattern by Stephanie Erin is simply beautiful. Check out the free pattern HERE on The Hook Nook blog.

    Caron Branching Out Crochet Pullover, free crochet sweater pattern

    I am actually swooning over the cable detail on this Caron Branching Out Crochet Pullover from the Yarnspirations website. Add this one to your list and get the free pattern HERE.

    Mysa Sweatshirt sweater pattern by 1 Dog Woof, fall sweater pattern

    The Mysa Sweatshirt Sweater pattern from 1 Dog Woof just screams cozy and it makes me think of long fall walks and crunchy leaves. I love it. Get the free pattern HERE.

    Cabled crochet sweater free crochet pattern

    I am a sucker for cables and this Red Heart Entwined Chic Cable Sweater is no exception. The pattern is available for free from the Yarnspiration website in sizes XS – 2XL HERE.

    Thanks for checking out my free crochet fall sweater pattern round up! If you enjoy pattern round-ups, check out my Last-Minute Crochet Gifts Pattern Round Up and my Halloween Crochet Pattern Round Up.

    Looking for a great free crochet sweater pattern for fall?  Check out this round up of some stylish and cozy fall sweater patterns.
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  • How To's

    How to Get Your Crojo Back: Overcoming Creative Block as a Crocheter

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    We’ve all been there. You want to pick up your crochet hook and get started on your next project but you’re not sure what to make. You try a few things and nothing feels right. Then it hits you: maybe you’ve lost your “crojo” (crochet mojo). I’ve been there on a number of occassions and it can be frustrating. Here are some ideas for helping you overcome your creative block and get your crojo back.

    Just Make Something… Anything!

    This one works for me when I suspect that my creative block may actually be just indecision. I check out my Ravelry Queue and I eenie miny moe that shit. Then, I just make it. Full disclosure: sometimes I get my kids to pick it for me so I don’t cheat with this process! Then I just work on the project. Even if I feel like I hate it and I want to frog it, I just push through. The relaxation that comes from crocheting tends to kick in and I get into the project. Once I’m done I’m ready to tackle something new and get creative again.

    Check out some of my free crochet patterns to get you started HERE.

    Go Through Your Stash

    When just making something doesn’t work, I shop my own stash. I am an incredibly tactile person so I touch different yarns and just go wherever my eye takes me. I have a few skeins of yarn that I keep around just as inspiration (don’t tell my husband this. I keep saying I’ll make something with them someday). These yarns are beautiful and inspire me in different ways. Sometimes all it takes is a good old fashioned yarn cuddle to get the juices flowing. (Check out my tips HERE for organizing your yarn stash.)

    Hand dyed yarn in a basket from crocheter's yarn stash

    Check Out a Stitch Dictionary

    After checking my yarn stash I tend to break out my stitch dictionaries to see if anything there sparks interest. It typically does. Sometimes I just grab a ball of yarn and a stitch dictionary and do some swatches. This kind of ties back to my first point. Just make something. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had inspiration strike while making swatches. Plus, these swatches could be seamed together later to make another project. Score! (THIS book is a good stitch dictionary to start with.)

    The Complete Book of Crochet Stitch Designs - Crochet Stitch Dictionary

    Surf the Net!

    Pinterest is a wonderful thing and inspiration is plentiful. Do a search for crochet and literally a million results comes up. Explore the results. Discover new makers and projects. Be sure to pin anything great you find so you don’t lose it (and you support the maker at the same time!). You can follow me on Pinterest HERE to see the pins that I’m pinning.

    Youtube is great for inpiration too! Search for crochet stitches to learn a new technique, crochet patterns and tips. There are so many incredible makers creating videos on Youtube that you’re sure to find something great to inspire you. Subscribe to my YouTube to be alerted of when I post new content.

    Try Instagram too! There are so many stunning projects shared by makers on Instagram everyday that it can make your head spin. Try searching using the hashtags #theloopylamb #crochet, #yarnpunk, #crochetersofinstagram, #amigurumi and #crochetgirlgang to get you started. You can follow me on Instagram HERE.

    mobile phone showing social media apps that can be used for crochet inspiration to get your crojo back.

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    Take a Break

    I know, I know. This is a blasphemy to even suggest but let’s be real. Sometimes, you just need to take a break. Go for a walk, exercise, have coffee with friends, meditate, take a nap. Do whatever helps you relieve stress and recharges you. Personally, I love to put on some energetic music and go for a walk.

    a person walking in the woods - talking walks is great for getting your crojo back

    I hope that this has given you some ideas on how to get your crojo back. What do you do to try to get your crojo back? Let me know in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you!

    Want to try some fun crochet projects each using some different techniques to get the crojo flowing? Check out my free crochet patterns for The Bobblelicious Bag, Carter the Carrot, The Vendbar Tote, The Mad About Boo Pillow, The Crochet Tartan Cowl and Seth the Sloth.


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  • Pattern Round Up

    Free Valentine’s Day Crochet Pattern Round Up

    collage of trendy valentine's day crochet projects

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    Love is in the air and I’ve rounded up some adorable free Valentine’s Day crochet patterns and projects for you all.

    Crochet Conversation Hearts

    These Crochet Conversation Hearts from Once Upon a Cheerio are so fun! The Netflix & Chill one sounds like my kind of Valentine’s Day. Check out the free pattern HERE on the Once Upon a Cheerio blog.

    Free Valentine's Day rochet Pattern Round Up - Available from The Loopy Lamb Blog.

    Wool You Be Mine Cards

    So this one isn’t exactly a crochet project but it is still insanely adorable and definitely needs to be on this list. It’s perfect for the yarn addict in your life, someone that enjoys puns or anyone that knows you’re a little nutty for crochet. Check out the tutorial on the All About Ami blog HERE.

    Free Valentine's Day rochet Pattern Round Up - Available from The Loopy Lamb Blog.

    Little Sweetheart Hat

    This Little Sweetheart Hat from Lace Kennedy Crochet is beautiful and the colours are just perfect for Valentine’s Day for your little one. Check it out HERE.

    Free Valentine's Day rochet Pattern Round Up - Available from The Loopy Lamb Blog.

    Crochet Heart Keychain

    Learn how to make these cute an easy heart keychains with this video tutorial from Jennae’s DIY Studio HERE.

    Free Valentine's Day rochet Pattern Round Up - Available from The Loopy Lamb Blog.

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    Crochet Strawberry Hearts

    Move over chocolate covered strawberries! These crochet strawberry hearts are way cuter and they are calorie free. Check out the free pattern HERE on the Magic Loop Blog.

    Free Valentine's Day rochet Pattern Round Up - Available from The Loopy Lamb Blog.

    Heart Corner to Corner Scarf

    This heart scarf is so pretty and fun! Nana’s Craft Home blog gives you instructions on how to make this great scarf but there is also a pattern to make a matching hat. Check it out HERE.

    Free Valentine's Day rochet Pattern Round Up - Available from The Loopy Lamb Blog.


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  • Freebies

    Free Crochet Pumpkin Carving Stencils

    Close up image of pumpkins on a green background with word overlay that says free crochet pumpkin carving stencils

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    Every year for Halloween, my husband and I love to carve pumpkins for our porch.  We like to do different types of carvings that aren’t the typical pumpkins you see on someone’s porch. We’re definitely no carving artists but we can hold our own. The kids always want to do a dinosaur or something from their favourite shows. My husband and I tend to pick things that are weird, geeky and fun. When I told my husband that I wanted to find a crochet pumpkin carving stencil online for my pumpkin this year, he said something about “going too far” and “that’s just weird”. Looking online, the results that came back were very limited and by limited, I mean non-existent.

    Well, if I can’t find it, I’ll make it. And so, I set out to make my own crochet-themed pumpkin carving stencils and I decided to share it with all of you. Hopefully I’m not the only one out there looking to share their crochet love in pumpkin form.

    To get your own free crochet pumpkin carving stencils, click on the link below image you want to use below to download it. You’ll need to have an a PDF reader to open it. Once it’s downloaded, print it out. Pin it to your pumpkin and carve along the lines for the crochet hooks. For the yarn ball, you can either cut on the inside of the lines (leaving a small piece of pumpkin in between) or you can scrape/etch that section off which leaves a translucent orange shade.

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    Crochet Pumpkin Carving Stencil from The Loopy Lamb
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    Crochet Pumpkin Carving Stencil from The Loopy Lamb
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  • Crochet Patterns/Tutorials


    As crochet patterns become available, I’ll post the links to their posts here for you to reference.  

    Crochet Hats, Ear Warmers & Hair Accessory Patterns

    Free Crochet Hat Pattern - Arctic Gem Beanie. Featuring Caron X Pantone yarn in Peacock Blue. This hat is a fun and colourful addition to your winter wardrobe. Available at The Loopy Lamb Blog
    Free Crochet Ear Warmer Pattern
    Picture of woman wearing a crochet hat with text indicating it is made with this free crochet beanie pattern
    The Polar Puff Messy Bun Hat Free Crochet Messy Bun Hat Pattern
    Crochet Lobster Hat in a flat lay with crochet accessories
    Twisted Shell Crochet Ear Warmer - Free Crochet Pattern by The Loopy Lamb #crochet #earwarmer #headband #headwrap #crochetpattern
    Free Crochet Hat Pattern - The Aeipathy Beanie - Crochet Hat with Bobbles
    Crochet Tartan Hat - Crochet Plaid Pattern
    Woman wearing a blue hat made with this free crochet pattern by The Loopy Lamb



    Crochet Cup Cozies

    Free Crochet Sloth Cup Cozy Pattern - The Loopy Lamb - Great Cup Cozy Pattern for Beginners
    Crochet Cup Cozy Pattern Free
    Two Flamingo Cup Cozies on a white background with text overlay



    Crochet Cowls, Scarves and Shawls

    Crochet Tartan Cowl, Crochet Plaid Cowl, Free Crochet Cowl Pattern
    Super Quick Chunky Cowl Free Crochet Pattern - Excellent beginner's crochet pattern that can be made up in approximately an hour. Makes a great last minute gift.
    Woman wearing a yellow crochet scarf made with this free crochet scarf pattern
    Crochet Shawlette Free Pattern
    The Ava Cowl Free Crochet Pattern by The Loopy Lamb #Cowl, #crochet #crochetpattern #freecrochetpattern #oneskein #oneskeinproject #beginnercrochet
    Once in a Blue Moon Triangle Scarf - Free Crochet Pattern by The Loopy Lamb #crochet #freecrochetpattern #crochetpattern #freepattern #shawl #scarf #trianglescarf #grannystripe #caronchunkycakes
    Crochet Pocket Scarf Free Pattern



    Crochet Gloves and Mittens

    Mommy's Go-To Fingerless Gloves - Free Crochet Pattern by The Loopy Lamb #Fingerlessgloves #CrochetPattern #Freecrochetpattern #Quickcrochet #Stripedgloves #gloves #Mittens



    Amigurumi Patterns

    Saint Prickolaus Cactus Cuddler - Free Crochet Pattern
    Penny the Bunny Cactus Free Crochet Pattern
    Image of Clawdia Cat, small amigurumi cat made with this free crochet pattern
    Free Crochet Dinosaur Pattern
    Crochet Koala made with Fur Yarn being held in someone's hands.
    free crochet sloth pattern
    Crochet Mermaid Doll
    Randy the Cactus Reindeer Free Crochet Pattern from The Loopy Lamb #crochetcactus #Cactus #cactusreindeer #christmascactus #holidaycactus #amigurumi #amigurumicactus #christmasamigurumi #reindeer
    Free Crochet Whale Pattern, Amirugurmi Narwhal Pattern Cover Image with Text Overlay
    free crochet carrot pattern
    Free Crochet Bunny Pattern
    Two Amigurumi Birds made with this free crochet bird pattern



    Crochet Blankets

    Striped Thicket Stitch Blanket - Free Crochet Blanket for Beginners
    Free crochet blanket pattern - crochet chevron blanket


    Crochet Bags, Purses & Pouches

    Sloth Hook Case - Free Crochet Pattern by The Loopy Lamb #sloth #crochet #freecrochetpattern #crochetpattern #crochetsloth #hookcase #clutch #easycrochetpattern #beginnercrochet
    Crochet tote bag pattern free
    Shoreline Seeker Tote - Free Pattern from The Loopy Lamb Blog. Quick, easy and accessible for beginners. #crochet #tote #crochettote #marketbag #beachbag #crochetpattern #freecrochetpattern #pattern #summercrochet #beachbum #shorelineseeker
    Colour Block Make Up Bag Free Crochet Pattern


    Crochet Accessories & Decor

    Crochet Rainbow Keychain

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