• How To's

    How to Single Crochet (SC)

    step by step photos showing how to do the single crochet stitch.
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    The single crochet stitch is a simple, basic and versatile stitch. This stitch is used extensively in amigurumi patterns as it creates a dense, closed fabric. This tutorial will show you how to do the single crochet stitch with simple, step-by-step photos and instructions.

    When the single crochet stitch is used in a pattern, it will be abbreviated as SC.

    Step 1: Make a slip knot and chain your desired number of stitches. Insert your hook into the second chain (CH) from the hook through the center of the V and under the back bar of the chain. (You will never work in the 1st chain from the hook unless it is specified in the pattern).

    Step One of the Single Crochet Stitch
    Step Two of the Single Crochet Stitch

    Step 2: Yarn over (YO) your hook and pull the yarn through the stitch. You will now have two loops on your hook.

    Step Three of the Single Crochet Stitch

    Step 3: Yarn over (YO) your hook and pull through both loops on your hook. You will have one loop remaining on your hook. One SC completed.

    Step 4: Insert your hook into the next chain (CH) through the center of the V and under the back bar of the chain. Yarn over (YO), pull through the stitch. You will now have two loops on your hook. Yarn over (YO) and pull through both loops on your hook. You will have one loop remaining on your hook. This is your second single crochet stitch (SC) completed.

    Repeat Step 4 in each remaining chain.

    Completed Row of Single Crochet Stitches
    Completed first row of single crochet stitches

    To add a second (or more) row(s):
    To add a second row of single crochet, chain 1 and turn your work counterclockwise. You’ll now be working across the tops of the stitches you just made.

    Starting the second row of crochet stitches

    Step 1: Insert your hook into the last stitch of the previous row under top 2 loops (often referred to as the first stitch because it is the first stitch of this row), yarn over (YO) and pull through the stitch.
    Note: The chain 1 does not count as a stitch unless the pattern tells you otherwise

    Stitch Tutorial for beginner crocheters

    Step 2: Yarn over (YO) and pull through both loops on your hook. One Single Crochet Stitch completed.

    Completed first stitch

    Step 3: Insert your hook into the next stitch, yarn over (YO) and pull through the stitch. Yarn over (YO) and pull through both loops on your hook. One Single Crochet Stitch completed.

    Step 3: Repeat Step 2 in each remaining single crochet stitch across.

    Second completed row of single crochet stitches

    To add more rows, you would repeat the instructions for adding your second row until your piece reaches the desired size.

    Single Crochet Stitch Swatch

    I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial! Please don’t forget to pin and share this post. Like stitch tutorials? Check out my Foundation Single Crochet Stitch Tutorial! Want a pattern that uses the Single Crochet Stitch? Check out my Carter the Carrot Amigurumi Pattern.

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  • Crochet Patterns

    The Vendbar Tote Bag

    The Vendbar Tote Bag hanging on a fence, comprised of stripes of blue and white.
    This post may contain affiliate links. This post is sponsored by Hobbii Yarns. All opinions are my own.

    I am excited to share with you my latest pattern: The Vendbar Tote Bag. This bag has a wonderful texture on the “right side” and that stitch pattern creates a really cool colour pattern on the “wrong side”. It is seriously hard for me to tell you which side I like more. The seam is nearly invisible on this bag due to the textured stitches. So no matter of The Vendbar Tote Bag which side you prefer, just go with it.

    During the design process, I always try to come up with a name for a project early on. Naming my projects is something I sometimes struggle with because so many names have been used already. While I was designing this bag, I could not come up with a name I was happy with. My husband suggested the Blueberry You-Carry and although it was hilarious, it wasn’t what I was looking for. Then I came up the idea of using a Danish word since Hobbii Yarns is from Denmark. Vendbar means reversible in Danish. So it isn’t the most creative name if I call it The Reversible Tote but it sounds a bit better when it’s called The Vendbar Tote.

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    Add this to your Ravelry Queue HERE.

    Woman holding the Vendbar Tote

    The Vendbar Tote Bag

    Skill Level: Intermediate

    Supplies:

    Get an inexpensive copy of the ad-free, PDF version of both these patterns HERE on Ravelry or HERE on Etsy.

    Abbreviations:
    CH = Chain
    ST = Stitch
    SL ST = Slip Stitch
    SC = Single Crochet
    SCINC = Single Crochet Increase
    DC = Double Crochet
    TR = Triple/Treble Crochet
    BLO = Back Loop Only
    FO = Finish Off

    Size: One Size
    Finished size: 14 inches tall at bag’s tallest point (not including handles) x 14.75 inches wide.

    Gauge: 19 sts across x 15 rows (Rows 10 – 23 of bag pattern repeat) = 4” square

    The inside of The Vendbar Tote

    NOTES:

    • Anywhere “join” is indicated it means to join the last stitch of the round to the first stitch of the round with a sl st.
    • This bag is reversible but how you work your TR stitches is vital to making that happen.  When I make my TR stitches (as noted in Row 11), I put my hook through the stitch as normal (under both loops) but I push the stitches of the previous row backwards before I do my YO and pull through the stitch.  This ensures that the working yarn doesn’t wrap around the previous row of stitches.

    Using Colour 76 (Dark Blue), CH 51
    Row 1: In 2nd CH from hook, SCINC.  SC 48, SC 3 in the last CH. Working up the other side of the chain, SC 48.  SC in the last CH. Join last stitch to first stitch with a sl st. (102)
    Row 2: CH 1.  SC in the first stitch, SCINC in the next.  SC 48, SCINC, SC 1, SCINC, SC 48, SCINC in the last st.  Join with a sl st (106)
    Row 3: CH 1. SC, SCINC in the next two stitches. SC 48, SCINC in the next two stitches, SC 1, SCINC in next two stitches, SC 48, SCINC in the last two stitches. Join with a sl st (112)
    Row 4: CH 1. SC, SCINC in the next two stitches. SC 52, SCINC in the next two stitches, SC, SCINC in next two stitches, SC 52, SCINC in the last two stitches. Join with a sl st (122)
    Row 5: CH 1. (SC in the first stitch, SCINC in the next stitch) x 2, SC 54, (SCINC in the first stitch, SC in the next stitch) x 3, SCINC, SC 54, SCINC, SC, SCINC. Join with a sl st (130)
    Rows 6 – 9: CH 1. In BLO, SC in the first stitch and each stitch around. Join.  (130)
    Row 10:  CH 4 (counts at first stitch and CH 1), skip second stitch and DC in the third stitch. *DC, CH 1, skip 1* until end.  Join the third CH of your CH 4 with a sl st. (130)

    Change to Colour 71 (Light Blue)

    Row 11: CH 1.  SC in the first stitch.  TR in the stitch directly underneath the CH space. *SC in the next stitch, TR in the stitch directly underneath the CH space* repeat til end. Join with a sl st.  (130)
    Row 12: CH 1.  SC in each stitch around. Join with a sl st. (130)
    Row 13:  CH 4 (counts at first stitch and CH 1), skip second stitch and DC in the third stitch. *DC, CH 1, skip 1* until end.  Join the third CH of your CH 4 with a sl st. (130)

    Blue Tote Bag, Crochet Tote Bag, Crochet Market Bag, Striped Bag
    The outside of the Vendbar Tote

    Change to Colour 2 (Cream)

    Row 14: CH 1.  SC in the first stitch.  TR in the stitch directly underneath the CH space. *SC in the next stitch, TR in the stitch directly underneath the CH space* repeat til end. Join. 
    Row 15: CH 1.  SC in each stitch around. Join. (130)
    Row 16:  CH 4 (counts at first stitch and CH 1), skip second stitch and DC in the third stitch. *DC, CH 1, skip 1* until end.  Join the third CH of your CH 4 with a sl st. (130)

    Change to Colour 70 (Medium Blue)

    Row 17: CH 1.  SC in the first stitch.  TR in the stitch directly underneath the CH space. *SC in the next stitch, TR in the stitch directly underneath the CH space* repeat til end. Join.  (130)
    Row 18: CH 1.  SC in each stitch around. Join. (130)
    Row 19:  CH 4 (counts at first stitch and CH 1), skip second stitch and DC in the third stitch. *DC, CH 1, skip 1* until end.  Join the third CH of your CH 4 with a sl st. (130)

    Change to Colour 1 (White)

    Row 20: CH 1.  SC in the first stitch.  TR in the stitch directly underneath the CH space. *SC in the next stitch, TR in the stitch directly underneath the CH space* repeat til end. Join.  (130)
    Row 21: CH 1.  SC in each stitch around. Join. (130)
    Row 22:  CH 4 (counts at first stitch and CH 1), skip second stitch and DC in the third stitch. *DC, CH 1, skip 1* until end.  Join the third CH of your CH 4 with a sl st. (130)

    Change to Colour 76 (Dark Blue)

    Row 23: CH 1.  SC in the first stitch.  TR in the stitch directly underneath the CH space. *SC in the next stitch, TR in the stitch directly underneath the CH space* repeat til end. Join.  (130)
    Rows 24 – 27: CH 1.  SC in each stitch around. Join. (130)
    Row 28:  CH 4 (counts at first stitch and CH 1), skip second stitch and DC in the third stitch. *DC, CH 1, skip 1* until end.  Join the third CH of your CH 4 with a sl st. (130)

    Change to Colour 71 (Light Blue)

    Row 29: CH 1.  SC in the first stitch.  TR in the stitch directly underneath the CH space. *SC in the next stitch, TR in the stitch directly underneath the CH space* repeat til end. Join.  (130)
    Row 30: CH 1.  SC in each stitch around. Join. (130)
    Row 31:  CH 4 (counts at first stitch and CH 1), skip second stitch and DC in the third stitch. *DC, CH 1, skip 1* until end.  Join the third CH of your CH 4 with a sl st. (130)

    Change to Colour 2 (Cream)

    Row 32: CH 1.  SC in the first stitch.  TR in the stitch directly underneath the CH space. *SC in the next stitch, TR in the stitch directly underneath the CH space* repeat til end. Join.  (130)
    Row 33: CH 1.  SC in each stitch around. Join. (130)
    Row 34:  CH 4 (counts at first stitch and CH 1), skip second stitch and DC in the third stitch. *DC, CH 1, skip 1* until end.  Join the third CH of your CH 4 with a sl st. (130)

    Change to Colour 70 (Medium Blue)

    Row 35: CH 1.  SC in the first stitch.  TR in the stitch directly underneath the CH space. *SC in the next stitch, TR in the stitch directly underneath the CH space* repeat til end. Join.  (130)
    Row 36: CH 1.  SC in each stitch around. Join. (130)
    Row 37:  CH 4 (counts at first stitch and CH 1), skip second stitch and DC in the third stitch. *DC, CH 1, skip 1* until end.  Join the third CH of your CH 4 with a sl st. (130)


    Change to Colour 1(White)

    Row 38: CH 1.  SC in the first stitch.  TR in the stitch directly underneath the CH space. *SC in the next stitch, TR in the stitch directly underneath the CH space* repeat til end. Join.  (130)
    Row 39: CH 1.  SC in each stitch around. Join. (130)
    Row 40:  CH 4 (counts at first stitch and CH 1), skip second stitch and DC in the third stitch. *DC, CH 1, skip 1* until end.  Join the third CH of your CH 4 with a sl st. (130)

    Change to Colour 76 (Medium Blue)

    Row 41: CH 1.  SC in the first stitch.  TR in the stitch directly underneath the CH space. *SC in the next stitch, TR in the stitch directly underneath the CH space* repeat til end. Join.  (130)
    Rows 42 – 45: CH 1.  SC in each stitch around. Join. (130)
    Row 46:  CH 4 (counts at first stitch and CH 1), skip second stitch and DC in the third stitch. *DC, CH 1, skip 1* until end.  Join the third CH of your CH 4 with a sl st. (130)

    Change to Colour 71(Light Blue)

    Row 47: CH 1.  SC in the first stitch.  TR in the stitch directly underneath the CH space. *SC in the next stitch, TR in the stitch directly underneath the CH space* repeat til end. Join.  (130)
    Row 48: CH 1.  SC in each stitch around. Join. (130)
    Row 49:  CH 4 (counts at first stitch and CH 1), skip second stitch and DC in the third stitch. *DC, CH 1, skip 1* until end.  Join the third CH of your CH 4 with a sl st. (130)

    Change to Colour 2 (Cream)

    Row 50: CH 1.  SC in the first stitch.  TR in the stitch directly underneath the CH space. *SC in the next stitch, TR in the stitch directly underneath the CH space* repeat til end. Join.  (130)
    Row 51: CH 1.  SC in each stitch around. Join. (130)
    Row 52:  CH 4 (counts at first stitch and CH 1), skip second stitch and DC in the third stitch. *DC, CH 1, skip 1* until end.  Join the third CH of your CH 4 with a sl st. (130)

    Change to Colour 70 (Medium Blue)

    Row 53: CH 1.  SC in the first stitch.  TR in the stitch directly underneath the CH space. *SC in the next stitch, TR in the stitch directly underneath the CH space* repeat til end. Join.  (130)
    Row 54: CH 1.  SC in each stitch around. Join. (130)
    Row 55:  CH 1.  SC 23. CH 78. Skip 34. SC31. CH 78. Skip 34. SC 8.  Join. (62 SCs and 156 chs)
    Rows 56 – 58: CH 1. SC in each stitch and CH around. Join. (218)

    FO and weave in ends.  Enjoy your 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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    Like Tote Bags? Check out these free tote bag patterns! The Shoreline Seeker Tote or The Rainbow Saver Tote.

    The Vendbar Tote Bag - A Free Crochet Pattern by The Loopy Lamb.

The Vendbar Tote has a wonderful texture, easy colour changes and best of all....it's reversible!  The bag has a totally different and beautiful texture on the inside that is just as beautiful as the "right side".  

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  • Crochet Book Reviews

    Dinosaurs to Crochet: A Crochet Book Review

    The book Dinosaurs to Crochet by Megan Kreiner laying next to three toy dinosaurs
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    If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ve probably caught on to the fact that I’m a bit of a crochet book lover. I have a stack of crochet-related books next to my bed that I’m working through. This week I read Dinosaurs to Crochet by Megan Kreiner so I thought I’d review it for you all this week. I’m also giving away a copy of this book! Keep reading to find out how to enter.

    Last fall, after a dramatic trip to the library, I made it home with a copy of Christmas Ornaments to Crochet: 31 Festive and Fun-to-Make Designs for a Handmade Holiday by Megan Kreiner. (You can read that review and the tale about the dreaded library trip HERE). I came home, consumed the book and posted my review.

    I was so shocked when Megan contacted me directly and thanked me for the review. It seriously made my day. She mentioned that she had a dinosaur crochet book in the works. Dinosaurs are a big deal at my house so we couldn’t wait for it to come out.

    Fast forward several months and Dinosaurs to Crochet is here and my first impression was “This. is. SO. COOL!” I reached out to Megan and she kindly arranged to get me a copy of the book to review.

    Megan is an animator for DreamWorks (how cool is that?) and her attention to detail in this book is insane. The dinosaurs in Dinosaurs to Crochet aren’t your normal cutesy cartoonish crochet dinosaurs. These dinosaurs are legit. They look like actual dinosaurs and each one is an absolute work of art. Don’t believe me? Take a look at this ankylosaurus!

    crochet ankylosaus from new book by Megan Kreiner

    Each pattern is accompanied with multiple pictures to guide you through the process of making your own prehistoric pal. Many of the projects include instructions for utilizing wire to make your dinosaur poseable and keep them stabilized. It is an optional step but I love that it is included

    Dinosaurs to Crochet comes with 12 patterns so you’re sure to find something for the dinosaur lover in your life. Dinosaurs in this book include:
    – T-Rex
    – Triceratops
    – Stegasaurus
    – Velociraptor
    – Brachiasaurus
    – Pteradon
    – and more!

    Preview of crochet triceratops from new dinosaur pattern book by Megan Kreiner

    As with most crochet books, Dinosaurs to Crochet includes written and visual instructions for the stitches used in the book, crochet and finishing techniques. I found the patterns to be clear, concise and logical. If you’re a beginner or absolutely new to amigurumi, all the steps involved may seem a little daunting upon first inspection but I think Megan has done a great job of making this book accessible to everyone.

    This book generated a lot of excitement when it arrived at my house. My family has already put in requests for me to make almost every dinosaur in this book. Even my husband asked me to make him a triceratops. So if you plan on getting yourself a copy of Dinosaurs to Crochet, you may find yourself very busy making dinosaurs if you forget to put it away when company is over.

    If you’re interested in buying a copy of Dinosaurs to Crochet by Megan Kreiner, it can be purchased from Amazon HERE. If you purchase through this link, I will get a small commission which helps keep my site running and my patterns free.

    Group of triceratops looking at a crochet triceratops in Dinosaurs to Crochet by Megan Kreiner
    My husband and I had a bit of fun taking pictures.

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  • Crochet Patterns

    The Elgin Tote and Cup Cozy Patterns

    The Elgin Tote Bag, a grey bag with a blue stripe at the top hanging on a fence.
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    While I was on vacation recently, I found myself without my crojo. Everything I attempted to make didn’t turn out. I kept trying though and eventually the Elgin Tote and Cup Cozy were born. Named after the place we vacation, and the place that helped me slow down and relax enough to help me get my crojo back. Comprised of simple stitches, this bag and cup cozy work up quickly and have wonderful texture.

    For this bag, you’ll need to know how to chain, single crochet, single crochet increase, double crochet, slip stitch, half double crochet and crocheting in the third loop.

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    Looking for a quick and easy tote bag pattern?  Looking for a cup cozy for regular or iced coffee that works up quickly but still has a lot of texture?  This free crochet pattern for the Elgin Tote and Cup Cozy from The Loopy Lamb is exactly what you're looking for.

    This bag uses Bernat Maker Home Dec yarn which is a bulky (5) yarn in two different colours. For my bag I used Steel Blue and Clay. You can use your favourite bulky yarn as a substitute for the Bernat Maker Home Dec when making your Elgin Tote and Cup Cozy, but I would recommend using a cotton or cotton blend to minimize stretching.

    Try this cup cozy out on your iced coffee! Although it’s a simple stitch pattern, the chunky yarn gives it a bit of a different look.

    Get an inexpensive copy of the ad-free, PDF version of both these patterns HERE on Ravelry or HERE on Etsy.

    Looking for a quick and easy tote bag pattern?  Looking for a cup cozy for regular or iced coffee that works up quickly but still has a lot of texture?  This free crochet pattern for the Elgin Tote and Cup Cozy from The Loopy Lamb is exactly what you're looking for.

    The Elgin Cup Cozy Pattern

    Skill Level: Beginner

    Supplies:
    8.0 mm hook
    0.78 oz/22g of Bernat Maker Home Dec in any colour
    Tapestry Needle

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

    The Elgin Cup Cozy pictured with a beautifully handmade wooden crochet hook and a skein of Bernat Maker Home Dec yarn.

    Size: One Size
    Finished size: 3 inches tall x 4 inches wide.
    Gauge:
    5 sts across x 4 rows = 2” square

    The Elgin Cup Cozy pictured with a beautifully handmade wooden crochet hook

    Pattern

    CH 22.  Join your last stitch to your first stitch with a SL ST, taking care not to twist your CH.
    Row 1: CH 1. SC in the first stitch.  DC in the next st.  (SC 1, DC 1) to end of round.  Join with a SL ST. (22)
    Rows 2 – 8:  CH 1.  (SC 1, DC 1) to end of round.  Join with a SL St. (22)
    FO and weave in ends.

    Keep reading to get the Elgin Tote Bag pattern.

    Looking for a quick and easy tote bag pattern?  Looking for a cup cozy for regular or iced coffee that works up quickly but still has a lot of texture?  This free crochet pattern for the Elgin Tote and Cup Cozy from The Loopy Lamb is exactly what you're looking for.
    Looking for a quick and easy tote bag pattern?  Looking for a cup cozy for regular or iced coffee that works up quickly but still has a lot of texture?  This free crochet pattern for the Elgin Tote and Cup Cozy from The Loopy Lamb is exactly what you're looking for.

    The Elgin Tote Bag Pattern

    Skill Level: Intermediate

    Supplies:
    6.0 mm hook
    8.6 oz/245 g/311 yards of Bernat Maker Home Dec in Clay (Main Colour)
    0.5 oz/13 g/17 yards of Bernat Maker Home Dec in Steel Blue (Contrasting Colour)
    Tapestry Needle
    Scissors

    Abbreviations:
    CH = Chain
    ST = Stitch
    SL ST = Slip Stitch
    SC = Single Crochet
    SCINC = Single Crochet Increase
    HDC = Half Double Crochet
    DC = Double Crochet
    FO = Finish Off
    Finished size: Approximately 14.5 inches tall x 15 inches wide.

    Gauge: 13 sts across x 10 rows = 4” square

    Pattern

    Row 1: Using you Main Colour, Ch37.  In 2nd CH from hook SCINC, SC 34, SC 5 in last CH. Working up the other side of the CH, SC 34, SC 3 in last CH. Join last ST to first ST with a SL ST and CH 1 (from here on out referred to only as “join”). (78)

    Row 2: (SCINC) x 2 SC 34, (SCINC) x 5, SC 34, (SCINC) x 3. Join. CH 1. (88)

    Row 3: (SC 1, SCINC) x 2, SC 34, (SC 1, SCINC) x 5, SC 34, (SC 1, SCINC) x 3. Join. CH 1.  (98)

    Rows 4 – 7: SC in the first stitch, DC in the next stitch. (SC 1, DC 1) around. Join. CH 1 (98)

    Row 8: HDC in the first stitch and each stitch around. Join. CH 1 (98)

    Row 9: In 3rd loop, (SC, DC) around. Join. CH 1 (98)

    Rows 10 – 12: (SC, DC) around. Join. CH 1(98)

    Row 13: HDC in the first stitch and each stitch around. Join. CH 1 (98)

    Row 14: In 3rd loop, (SC, DC) around. Join. CH 1 (98)

    Rows 15 – 17: (SC, DC) around. Join. CH 1(98)

    Row 18: HDC in the first stitch and each stitch around. Join. CH 1(98)

    Row 19: In 3rd loop, HDC around. Join. CH 1 (98)

    Row 20: in 3rd loop, (SC, DC) around. Join. CH 1 (98)

    Rows 21 – 23: (SC, DC) around. Join. CH 1 (98)

    Row 24: HDC in the first stitch and each stitch around. Join. CH 1 (98)

    Row 25: In 3rd loop, (SC, DC) around. Join. CH 1 (98)

    Rows 26 – 28: (SC, DC) around. Join. CH 1 (98)

    Row 29: HDC in the first stitch and each stitch around. Join. CH 1 (98)

    Change to Contrasting Colour

    Row 30: In 3rd loop, (SC, DC) around. Join. CH 1 (98)

    Rows 31 – 33: (SC, DC) around. Join. CH 1 (98)

    Row 34: HDC in the first stitch and each stitch around. Join. CH 1 (98)

    Row 35: In 3rd loop, HDC in the first stitch and each stitch around. Join. CH 1 (98)

    Looking for a quick and easy tote bag pattern?  Looking for a cup cozy for regular or iced coffee that works up quickly but still has a lot of texture?  This free crochet pattern for the Elgin Tote and Cup Cozy from The Loopy Lamb is exactly what you're looking for.

    Row 36: In 3rd loop, SC in the first stitch and each stitch around around. Join. CH 1 (98)

    Rows 37- 39: SC in the first stitch and in each stitch around. Join. CH 1 (98)

    Row 40: SC 17, CH 70, skip 28, SC 21, CH 70, skip 28, SC 4. Join. CH 1 (42 STS, 140 CHs)

    Row 41: SC in each stitch and chain around. Join. CH 1 (182)

    Row 42: SC in each stitch around. Join.  1 (182)
    FO and weave in 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 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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    Like tote bag patterns? Check out my free patterns for the Rainbow Saver Tote or Shoreline Seeker Tote.

    Looking for a quick and easy tote bag pattern?  Looking for a cup cozy for regular or iced coffee that works up quickly but still has a lot of texture?  This free crochet pattern for the Elgin Tote and Cup Cozy from The Loopy Lamb is exactly what you're looking for.
  • Pattern Round Up

    Free Flamingo Crochet Pattern Round Up

    image collage of various free flamingo crochet patterns.
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    I don’t know about you, but everywhere I look this summer, I’m seeing flamingo stuff. Flamingos are pretty awesome so it’s no wonder that their popularity is gaining this summer. I’ve rounded up some of the best free flamingo crochet patterns available here for you. Know a great free flamingo crochet pattern that wasn’t included? Let us know in the comments below!

    This Fabulous Flamingo Bag by Crafty Cruella really is fabulous! Use it on the go, at the beach, everywhere. Get the free pattern HERE.

    Fabulous Flamingo Bag by Crafty Cruella

    These Flamingo Feet Baby Booties by Nadia Faud of YARNutopia are beyond adorable! I just love them! The pattern is available for baby size (6 months) and adult but some guidance is provided on adjusting the size. These can also be used as a basis to make other birds as well. You can get the free pattern HERE.

    Flamingo Feet Baby Booties by Nadia Faud of YARNutopia

    This Flamingo Friend by Blackstone Designs is the perfect cuddle-size stuffy. I was going to say that this is perfect for the kids in your life but let’s be honest, I want to cuddle this guy. Check out the free pattern HERE on the Blackstone Designs blog.

    Flamingo Friend by Blackstone Designs

    If you’re wanting to add more flamingo to your decor, then check out the Decorative Flamingo C2C Pillow by Damn It Janet, Let’s Crochet (plus, I LOVE her blog name). This pillow is so cool and you could customize the back to fit your colour scheme. Check out the free pattern HERE.

    Decorative Flamingo C2C Pillow by Damn It Janet, Let's Crochet

    This Flamingo Wallhanging by Winding Road Crochet is another fun and bold make for home decor using the C2C technique. Get this beautiful free pattern HERE.

    Flamingo Wallhanging by Winding Road Crochet

    Want to take your flamingo on the go? Then you’re definitely going to need this Flamin-to-Go Cup Cozy pattern by (me) The Loopy Lamb. Get the pattern HERE.

    Flamin-to-Go Flamingo Cup Cozy by The Loopy Lamb - Free flamingo crochet patterns

    Flamingos are perfect for the beach. So why not make this fantastic Flamingo Towel by Stitch and Hound to take with you? Get the free pattern HERE.

    Flamingo Towel by Stitch and Hound

    Get your flamingo on year-round with this gorgeous Flamingo Lapghan Graph Pattern by Psychedelic Doilies. Get the free pattern HERE.

    Flamingo Lapghan Graph Pattern by Psychedelic Doilies
    Created with Stitch Fiddle: www.StitchFiddle.com

    Want an applique that you can use to embellish anything from blankets to purses? Check out this free Flamingo Applique pattern by Kerri’s Crochet. You’ll want to put it on everything. Get the free pattern HERE.

    Want to wear your flamingo? The Friendly Red Fox has got you covered with this Flamingo Style Crochet Hat Pattern that is so cute it hurts. Check out the free pattern HERE.

    Flamingo Style Crochet Hat by The Friendly Red Fox

    This Crochet Flamingo Ornament from Stellas’s Yarn Universe is perfection. I kind of want to make 50 of them and cover my tree in them. There is even a version with a santa hat guy! I just can’t handle it’s cuteness. Check out the free pattern HERE.

    Crochet Flamingo Ornament from Stella's Yarn Universe

    Looking for a cute flamingo amigurumi project? Check out this free Flamingo Amigurumi Pattern by Sir Purl Grey HERE.

    Flamingo Amigurumi Pattern by Sir Purl Grey

    Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed this round up of free flamingo crochet patterns. Want to see more great pattern round ups? Check out this round up of Must Make Summer Crochet Patterns or my Spring Shawl and Wrap Round Up

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  • Crochet Patterns,  Feature Maker

    The Catena Hat by Designs by Diligence

    Woman in glasses wearing a blue crochet Catena Hat.
    This post may contain affiliate links.

    This week I can’t wait to introduce you to Julia Schwartz of Designs by Diligence. Julia is a talented maker living in Kansas and she has shared her great Catena Hat crochet pattern with us this week. I’ve interviewed her so you all can get to know this lovely maker better. The links to Julia’s social media profiles are at the end of the post so please go give her some love and a follow as a thank you for the free pattern.

    Tell me a little bit about yourself.

    I’m a midwest girl who loves to create. I’ve recently just moved back to the midwest after being in Toronto, Canada for the last 5 years. My husband is a preacher at a local church. I also have 2 daughters who also have the creating bug. I love learning new things and teaching so having a blog has been a great fit for me.

    Julia Schwartz of Designs by Diligence

    How long have you been crocheting?

    My mom taught me to crochet when I started college back in 2003. I’m a fidgeter and I picked at my nails so I was looking for something that I could keep my hands busy. When I was a little girl she taught me how to sew so it was a natural progression. A few years later my mother-inlaw taught me how to knit. Knitting was really slow for me and I had a hard time enjoying it. When I moved to Canada I gave knitting another try. After lots of practice I can now say that I’m just as fast on knitting as crochet and I probably knit more now than I crochet. I love that I can use different muscles and hands for each craft. It helps with pain and flexibility when I can switch from one to the other on a given day.

    Are there any other crafts that you enjoy doing?

    I love any and all of the fiber arts. I also like baking and card making. I tell people if I’m using creativity and my hands I probably love doing it.

    What is your favourite thing to crochet?

    A lot of people talk about being process or project oriented when creating. I’m very project oriented. I like to get done and move on to something else, so I tend to do smaller projects. Even with blankets I would much rather make squares and sew them together than just making a giant blanket. With all that said, my favorite makes are hats.

    When did you start pursuing a business as a maker and why?

    Back in 2011, I had just joined Ravelry. I had already been making my own improvised patterns and building on patterns that already existed. There was a call for submissions for a new online crochet magazine called Crochetvolution. I decided to submit something, and the pattern was
    accepted. I worked with the magazine for 2 years and the writing bug struck. I decided to start a blog to put my other ideas and patterns on. I had no idea that people made money from these things and it has been a learning experience since then as I try and make a business out of
    what I love.

    What are your aspirations for your business?

    I don’t have any huge aspirations for my business. In the end I want people to say that I taught them new things and I gave them the desire to try new things. Fiber arts has a huge rich history that I love and I’m just happy to be a part of that. I can’t wait for my girls to grow up and find a love for it too. Through having a business I hope I’m showing them that they can reach and work for what they want and achieve it.

    Model wearing Catena Beanie

    How do you organize yourself and stick to your goals?

    I usually have one crochet project, one knitting project, and one on the go project that I’m working on. I have a weekly schedule that I try and follow so I can publish 2 patterns a month. Sticking to the schedule really helps me focus on the important things that have to get done. For organizing I use secret pinterest boards and google docs to collect my thoughts. I have also
    started using Stitch Fiddle for chart making, that have been a game changer for me when I want to remember ideas. I also try and follow other publishing schedules of the different fiber arts magazines that are out there.

    What tips would you give to someone wanting to start out with a maker business?

    Don’t be afraid of “ oversaturating the market.” Everyone has creativity and has something to bring to the table. You are going to have something new and something that is yours, that alone makes it special.

    What are your biggest struggles as a maker?

    I have a lot of imposter syndrome. Especially when I find a mistake in one of my patterns. I feel terrible, and I wonder why I keep designing. I have to remind myself that I have something to show and I do have a lot of knowledge about fiber arts. Everyone starts somewhere and everyone deserves grace, even myself.

    Where does your inspiration come from?

    I get a lot of inspiration in art in general. I love working with different texture and lines. Lately tile work and rugs have been where I have been getting my ideas from. Also just life in general is inspiration. When there is a need that arises I always think of ways to solve it with yarn.

    What’s your favourite yarn/fibre to work with?

    I just like yarn, but don’t we all. I would much rather work with fingering weight yarn than any other size. I’m pretty in love with any kind of super wash merino wool.

    Who inspires you? Who are your favourite makers?

    For Crochet: Kim Guzman: She is the Tunisian crochet queen. Her youtube videos are my go to when I need to remember how to do something. She is a wonderful advocate of other crochet designers, and I love her crochet group Only Free Crochet Patterns. It’s a no drama no extra group.

    Heather Anderson from the Unraveled mitten: I met her a few years ago in a blogging group. She set her mind to starting a crochet blog and she did it, very successfully. She loves cables and texture just like me.

    For knitting I love the gals from Tin Can Knits. They make beautiful well thought out patterns. Not just their finished products but also their PDFs when you purchase from them you know you are getting high quality work.

    What are your favourite tools?

    I love a well planned out project bag. I like to make big drawstring bags to put my wips in. In each bag I put everything I will need for the project, so the hook, needles, darning needle, measuring tape, printed pattern, stitch markers, scissors, and of course yarn. With that said I have lots of everything and sometimes I still can’t find what I need. The tools that I use more than anything else would be my addi interchangeable set for knitting and crochet. It was an investment but it was well worth it. I use the crochet hooks even when I’m not working on Tunisian projects.

    If time and money were not an issue, what would your dream project be?

    My dream crochet project would be to make the Reminisce Sweater by Heide May, with a Knit Picks Dk. But of course i would find some way to add some texture somewhere.

    Anything else you’d like to tell us about? (i.e. exciting future projects, fun tidbits, etc.)

    I am in the beginning stages of making a CAL for the crochet version of Welsley Hat. The Project will be called the Ansley Hat. The CAL will be hosted on my Facebook page and Instagram, so you can be on the look-out for that. I also live on Pinterest so I would love to follow you.

    Check out the links to find Julia on social media and links to her blog at the bottom of this post! Up next, Julia’s pattern for the Catena Hat.

    You can get an ad-free PDF version of this pattern HERE in Julia’s Ravelry shop.

    Completed project photo

    Catena Hat Crochet Pattern

    Materials Needed

    Bernat Softee Baby 100% acrylic, 4.25 oz./ 120 g., 310 yrds/ 283 m.
    Hook: 4.00 mm, US G/6
    Tapestry needle

    Size: Adult (21 inches)
    Gauge: 18 hdc x 14 rows = 4 in/ 10 cm 

    Stitches Used: Chain (ch), Half Double Crochet (hdc), Slip Stitch (sl st), Front Post Double Crochet (fpdc), Front Post Double Crochet 2 together (fpdc2tog)

    Notes:
    ● This hat is worked flat using short rows.
    ● Testers made a note that the fpdc stitches liked to pull the fibric tight. To keep gauge keep your fpdc stitches loose and pull them up to meet the height of the current row.

    Row 1: Ch 37, sk 1 ch, hdc in each chain for a total of 36 hdc.
    Row 2: Ch 1, turn, hdc in each of the next 35 hdc.
    Row 3: Ch 1, turn, sl st into each of the next 2 hdc, ch 1, hdc in the same st as the last sl st, hdc in the next 33 sts. (34 hdc)
    Row 4: Ch 1, turn, hdc in the next 3 sts, make a fpdc around the 6th hdc of row 2, sk1 st, hdc in each of the next 3 hdc of the current row, make a fpdc around the 6th hdc of row 2, sk 1 st, hdc in each of the next 25 sts. (31 hdc, 2 fpdc)
    Row 5: Ch 1, turn, sl st into the next 2 hdc, ch 1, hdc in the same st as the last sl st, hdc in each of the next 31 sts. (32 hdc)
    Row 6: Ch 1, turn, hdc in each of the next 2 sts, fpdc around the fpdc of row 4, sk 1 st, hdc in each of the next 5 hdc of the current row, fpdc around the fpdc of row 4, sk 1 st, hdc in each of the next 22 sts. (29 hdc, 2
    fpdc)
    Row 7: Ch 1, turn, sl st into each of the next 2 hdc, ch 1, hdc in each of the same st as the last sl st, hdc in the next 29 sts. (30 hdc)
    Row 8: Ch 1, turn, hdc in each of the next 4 sts, fpdc around the fpdc of row 6, sk 1 st, hdc in each of the next 3 hdc of the current row, fpdc around the fpdc of row 6, sk 1 st, hdc in each of the next 20 sts. (27 hdc, 2
    fpdc)
    Row 9: Ch 1, turn, sl st into each of the next 2 hdc, ch 1, hdc in each of the same st as the last sl st, hdc in the next 27 sts. (28 hdc)
    Row 10: Ch 1, turn, hdc in each of the next 6 sts, fpdc2tog around the 2 fpdc of row 8, sk 1 st, hdc in each of the next 20 sts, (26 hdc, 1 fpdc2tog)
    Row 11: Ch 1, turn, sl st into each of the next 2 hdc, ch 1, hdc in the same st as the last sl st, hdc in each of the next 25 sts. (26 hdc)
    Row 12: Ch 1, turn, hdc in each of the next 3 sts, fpdc around the right post of the fpdc2tog of row 10, sk 1 st, hdc in each of the next 3 sts, fpdc around the left post of the fpdc2tog of row 10, sk 1 st, hdc in each of the next 18 sts, hdc in each of the next 10 hdc (those skipped at the ends of the previous rows). (24 hdc, 2 fpdc, plus 10 hdc at the end= 36 sts)
    Row 13: Ch 1 turn, sl st into the next 2 hdc, ch 1, hdc in the same st as the last sl st, hdc in each of the next 34 sts. (35 hdc)

    Close up of the post stitches on the Catena Hat

    Row 14: Ch 1, turn, hdc in each of the next 2 sts, fpdc around fpdc of row 12, sk 1 st, hdc in each of the next 5 hdc of current row, fpdc around fpdc of row 12, sk 1 st, hdc in each of the next 25 sts. (32 hdc, 2 fpdc)
    Row 15: Ch 1, turn, sl st into each of the next 2 hdc, ch 1, hdc in the same st as the last sl st, hdc in each of the next 32 sts. (33 hdc)
    Row 16: Ch 1, turn, hdc in each of the next 4 sts, fpdc around the fpdc of row 14, sk 1 st, hdc in each of the next 3 hdc of the current row, fpdc around the fpdc of row 14, sk 1 st, hdc in each of the next 23 sts. (30 hdc, 2 fpdc sts)
    Row 17: Ch 1, turn, sl st into each of the next 2 hdc, ch 1, hdc in the same st as the last sl st, hdc in each of the next 30 sts. (31 hdc)
    Row 18: Ch 1, turn, hdc in each of the next 6 sts, fpdc2tog around each of the fpdc of row 8, sk 1 st, hdc in each of the next 23 sts, (29 hdc, 1 fpdc2tog)
    Row 19: Ch 1, turn, sl st into each of the next 2 hdc, ch 1, hdc in the same st as the last sl st, hdc in each of the next 28 sts. (29 hdc)
    Row 20: Ch 1, turn, hdc in each of the next 3 sts, fpdc around the right post of the fpdc2tog of row 18, sk 1 st, hdc in each of the next 3 sts, fpdc around the left post of the fpdc2tog of row 18, sk 1 st, hdc in each of the next 21 sts, hdc in each of the next 10 hdc (those skipped in the previous rows). (36 sts)
    Continue, repeating rows 13- 20 4 more times.

    At the end of row 52, finish off leaving a long tail. Using the long tail, whip stitch the two edges together to form the hat. Cinch closed the opening at the top of the hat. Weave in your ends.

    Enjoy your finished Catena Hat!

    Copyright: Julia Schwartz. Do not reproduce, copy, distribute, or sell this pattern without permission of the designer. This pattern must not be translated, reproduced, or circulated in another language without prior consent. If you have questions about this pattern please contact Julia.diligence@gmail.com

    Want to know where to find this talented maker? You can find Julia and Designs by Diligence at the links below:

    Ravelry: https://www.ravelry.com/designers/julia-schwartz
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/julia.diligence/
    Facebook:www.facebook.com/designsbydiligence
    Pinterest:www.pinterest.com/diligence
    Blog:www.designsbydiligence.com

    Want to meet some other talented makers? Check out the features for Osage County Crochet and Sharky Knows Crochet!

    The Catena Hat - Free Crochet Hat Pattern by Featured Maker Designs by Diligence - Available on The Loopy Lamb Blog.

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  • Crochet Patterns

    Flamin-To-Go Cup Cozy Pattern

    Two side by side pink flamin-to-go crochet flamingo cup cozies
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    Flamingos are really popular this summer and I can’t resist them. I came up with the flamingo cup cozy because I wanted a cute cup cozy that was a little goofy at the same time. This is a beginner crochet pattern but you’ll need to know amigurumi basics like working in a continuous round and single crochet increasing to make the beak. So let’s cut the squawking and get down to making this cute flamingo cup cozy.

    The skills you’ll need in order to be able to complete this cozy are:
    Chain, Single crochet, Half Double Crochet, Slip Stitch, Single Crochet Increase, working in the Back Loops Only (BLO) and colour changes. You’ll also need to know how to sew on some buttons and weave in your ends.

    This cozy makes a great gift for others (and yourself! *wink*) and works up quick for markets, craft fairs and etsy shops.

    An ad-free PDF version of this pattern can be found HERE on Etsy and HERE on Ravelry.

    Skill Level: Beginner

    Supplies:

    3.5 mm hook
    4 mm hook
    Red Heart Super Saver in Flamingo (0.6 oz/32 yards), Black (0.15 oz/8 yards) and White (0.4 oz/2.5 yards)
    Tapestry Needle
    Stitch Marker
    9mm Black Mushroom/Shank Buttons
    Polyester Stuffing

    Flamingo Cup Cozy

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    Abbreviations:
    CH = Chain
    ST = Stitch
    SC = Single Crochet
    SCINC = Single Crochet Increase
    HDC = Half Double Crochet
    SL ST = Slip Stitch
    BLO = Back Loops Only
    FO = Finish Off

    Size: One Size
    Finished size: 2.5 inches tall x 4 inches wide. Measurements do not include beak.

    Cup Cozy Gauge: 6 rows x 9 stitches x 2” square
    Beak Gauge: Not important as long as the same tension is maintained throughout.

    Flamingo Cup Cozy

    NOTES: The end of each row of the cup cozy is joined to the first stitch of the row with a sl st.
    The beak is worked in continuous rounds.  Do not join at the end of each round.  A stitch marker is utilized to mark the beginning of each round and is moved up with each new round.

    Flamin-To-Go Cup Cozy Pattern

    Coffee Cozy Body

    Using 4mm hook and Flamingo, CH 35 and join with a sl st to the first CH, taking care not to twist.

    Row 1: CH1.  HDC in the first stitch and in each stitch around.  Join with a sl st. (35)
    Rows 2 – 8: CH1.  HDC in the first stitch and in each stitch around.  Join with a sl st. (35)
    FO and weave in ends.

    Beak

    Row 1: Using Black and 3.5mm hook, MC 6 (6)
    Row 2: SC around (6)
    Row 3: (SC 2, SCINC) x 2 (8)
    Row 4: SC around (8)
    Row 5: (SC 3, SCINC) x 2 (10)
    Row 6: SC around (10)
    Row 7: (SC 4, SCINC) x 2 (12)
    Row 8: SC around (12)
    Row 9: (SC 5, SCINC) x 2 (14)
    Change to white
    Row 10: In BLO, SC around (14)
    Row 11: (SC 6, SCINC) x 2 (16)
    Row 12: SC around (16)
    FO leaving a long tail and sew onto the cozy.  Sew the beak onto the cozy.

    The Flamin-to-go Cup Cozy - Free Crochet Pattern by The Loopy Lamb.  This fun flamingo crochet pattern is easy, quick and accessible for beginners.  

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    Assembly

    Sew the eyes on to the cozy into the row above there the top of the beak is with 5 stitches in between them

    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.   

    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 

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    Like Cup Cozies? Try my Sloth Coffee Cozy Pattern too.

    The Flamin-to-go Cup Cozy - Free Crochet Pattern by The Loopy Lamb.  This fun flamingo cup cozy crochet pattern is easy, quick and accessible for beginners.  

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  • Pattern Round Up

    Free Summer Crochet Pattern Round Up

    Collage of fun and stylish free crochet patterns for summer
    This is an unsponsored post. All opinions are my own. This post may contain affiliate links.

    Let’s be real for a second. Some people think that crochet is a fall and winter thing and projects are limited to winter wear and accessories. That could not be further from the truth! There are so many gorgeous summer crochet patterns out there that my personal to-make list is out of control! I’ve gathered some popular and beautiful free crochet patterns specifically for summer here in this round up for you to check out.

    Rainbow Shawlette by Knitter Knotter - Warm Weather Shawl

    The Rainbow Shawlette crochet pattern from Knitter Knotter is light, airy and perfect for the warmer weather. Check out the free pattern HERE.

    The Open Waves Top by Loopingly Made - Crochet Garment for Summer

    This top promises to keep you cool and stylish this summer. The Open Waves Top by Loopingly Made is available in sizes XS to 4XL on her blog HERE.

    The Beehive Bag by Evelyn and Peter Crochet - Summer accessory pattern

    This cute Beehive Bag from Evelyn and Peter Crochet would be great for day trips and trips to the beach! Check out the free crochet pattern HERE.

    Crochet Water Balloons by Left in Knots - Summer accessory pattern

    These crochet water balloons are a huge hit during the summer. Add a bucket and water and let the fun begin! Find the free pattern HERE on the Left in Knots blog.

    Bloom Headband by Banana Moon Studio

    Looking for a quick and easy make or something to add to your market booth? Check out the free Bloom Headband pattern by Banana Moon Studio found HERE.

    Butterfly Amigurumi Pattern by Loops and Love Crochet

    This Butterfly Amigurumi Pattern by Loops and Love Crochet is way too cute not to share. Perfect for the kids on your list. The free pattern can be found HERE.

    Dragonfly Tee by Desmour Designs - crochet summer garment

    How cute is this Dragonfly Tee by Desamour Designs? I love the contrasting band in the middle! If you want to check it out, the pattern can be found HERE.

    A Crafty Concept - Crafty Lemon Pillow Pattern - Home decor project for summer

    Ashley from A Crafty Concept has this adorable Lemon Pillow pattern for free on her blog and it is giving me all the summer feels. You can find the pattern HERE.

    This striped tunisian bow tie for kids is a quick and easy project that is festive and fun. Check out the free pattern HERE by Noors Knits

    She sells Sea Shells Top by E'Claire Makery - Crochet project for summer

    This She Sells Sea Shells Top by E’Claire Makery is super cute and is available in sizes XS to 5x HERE.

    Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed this round up. Looking for more great free summer patterns? Check out this other round up of Must Make Summer Crochet Patterns.

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  • Crochet Patterns,  Feature Maker

    Derek The Dinosaur by Sharky Knows Crochet

    Green crochet dinosaur named Derek the Dinosaur.
    This is an unsponsored post. All opinions are my own. This post may contain affiliate links.

    This week I can’t wait to introduce you to Charlotte of Sharky Knows Crochet! Charlotte is a talented maker living in Dubai and she has shared her ADORABLE Derek Dinosaur crochet pattern with us for free this week. I’ve interviewed her so you all can get to know this lovely maker better. The links to Charlotte’s social media profiles are at the end of the post so please go give her some love as a thank you for the free pattern.

    Tell me a little bit about yourself. 

    Hi, I’m Charlotte! I live in Dubai with my husband and two young children. I used to live in Devon in the UK but have been living in Dubai for 6 years now.

    Woman smiling - Charlotte from Sharky Knows Crochet
    Charlotte of Sharky Knows Crochet

    How long have you been crocheting?

    I have been crocheting for about 12 years.

    Are there any other crafts that you enjoy doing?

    When I was at school I studied textiles and had a wonderful teacher. It was at school that I developed my skills as a dress maker and went on to make bridesmaid dresses for family weddings including my own, and also some for customers. I do love a sewing machine! As well as dress making, I like making cards, patchwork quilts, all sorts really! I always have some sort of project on the go.

    How did you learn to crochet?

    I was taught to crochet by my mother in law. I think it was one of the first weekends I had stayed with them and was interested by the crochet and knitting work she was doing. I was too impatient for knitting so gave crochet a go. I picked it up pretty quickly and never really stopped after that!

     What is your favourite thing to crochet?

    I love making amigurumi. I think creating animals is fun as they seem to develop a character of their own. There is also an instant appreciation of cuddly toys from children which helps. Its so nice to see my sons little face light up when he sees what I have made.

     When did you start pursuing a business as a maker and why?

    My Sharky Knows business kind of developed slowly while I was a stay at home mum. I had all this desire to create and make beautiful things but only so much space in our apartment! So I just started slowly selling bits and pieces I was making and eventually it got more and  more popular. By selling my makes it makes me feel a bit more useful by bringing a bit of extra income to the family. Being a stay at home mum can be hard sometimes and crochet is my way of keeping my personality and a hobby to focus on; my ‘Me’ time.

     What are your aspirations for your business?

    The next target for Sharky Knows is to start producing and sharing my own patterns. As I make the majority of my products to order, I am often creating my own original designs to meet client’s briefs. So I would like to take this to the next step and share those designs with others. 

     How do you organize yourself and stick to your goals?

    Erm… sometimes I don’t feel very organized! I have 3 or 4 different notebooks with lists of orders, ideas, to do’s etc in. I always put my custom orders first, as this is my bread and butter. I am always coming up with ideas i want to try out and this is often my summer job – when the kids can be entertained a bit by family. Crochet is a really creative process so often happens in bits and pieces for me.

     What tips would you give to someone wanting to start out with a maker business?

    Find your niche, find something you love doing otherwise it will feel like a chore if the orders come rolling in. Also try to take up every opportunity you can, however small it may feel, as you never know what might happen from it.

     What are your biggest struggles as a maker?

    TIME. Being a stay at home mum to a 2 year old toddler and 7 year old who is at school, time is always a problem. Sneaking in crochet when I can, as well as all the other responsibilities that come with being a mum. You will often find me sat on the living room floor, wooden train in one hand, crochet hook in the other!

     Where does your inspiration come from?

    My children have also been a big inspiration to my work. Their favourite animals often creep in there and if they like my finished product then to me it’s a job well done.

     What’s your favourite yarn/fibre to work with?

    I have recently started using Alize cotton gold and gold plus which is great for amigurumi. It has vibrant bright colours which are perfect for creating fun creatures. For my blankets and loveys I really like Nako Saten yarn. It is so soft and again comes in beautiful colours. Its quite tricky to get interesting yarns in Dubai, most come from Turkey. However there is definitely a growing community of knitters, crocheters and yarn dyers.

     Who inspires you?  Who are your favourite makers?

    I have found Instagram an amazing place to find really diverse makers. Some of my favourites are Irene Strange, Oz and Belle, Airali Design, Le Petit Saint Crochet and Hello woolen.

    Back of Derek the Dinosaur

     What are your favourite tools?

    I am a creature of habbit. I used the same aluminium size 3.5mm crochet hook for years… now I have moved onto a 4mm handled one my mother in law got me and a cheap colourful set of different sizes I bought on ebay. I am not fussy about what I use, as long as its comfy and does the job!

    If time and money were not an issue, what would your dream project be?

    I really want to create a series of Arabian themed characters and animals. Living in the middle east and meeting so many different people has inspired me to try this. At the moment the inspiration behind my planned projects is coming from where I live – Dubai. It’s such a multicultural place and so interesting! There are many iconic images from the Middle East, I’m thinking camels, Arabian oryx, elegant abayas and crisp white Kandoras!  So fingers crossed! Anything else you’d like to tell us about? (i.e. exciting future projects, fun tidbits, etc.

    Derek the Dinosaur Crochet Pattern

    Details

    Derek measures approximately 23cm tall. For a larger size try using a chunky yarn and a larger crochet hook.

    Materials:

    DK Yarn in 3 colours – I used Eco Cotton.
    Black yarn/thread for eyes or safety eyes
    3mm Crochet hook
    Toy stuffing (polyester stuffing)
    2 Buttons
    Tapestry Needle for weaving in ends
    Scissors

    Abbreviations (U.S. standard terms)
    Ch – Chain
    SC – Single Crochet
    Inc – increase by SC 2 into next stitch
    Dec – decrease by inserting hook into front loop of next two stitches, yarn over and pull through all loops.
    DC – Double Crochet
    YO – Yarn Over
    ST – Stitch
    Number of stitches in ()

    Special stitches: DC Cluster
    Yo, insert hook in st, yo, pull through st, yo, pull through 2 loops on hook, (yo, insert hook in same st, yo, pull through st, yo, pull through 2 loops on hook) 2 more times. Yo and pull through all 4 loops on hook.

    HEAD

    Row 1: Using your main colour, make a magic circle and SC 6 into the magic circle (6)
    Row 2: SC inc in each stitch (12)
    Row 3: (SC 1, SC inc) repeat 6 times (18)
    Row 4: (SC 2, SC inc) repeat 6 times (24)
    Rows 5 – 10: SC in each stitch around (24)
    Row 11: (SC inc, SC 1) repeat 5 times, SC inc, SC in next 13 stitches (30)
    Rows 12 – 17: SC in each stitch around (30)
    Row 18: (SC 4, dec) repeat 6 times (24)
    Row 19: (SC 3, dec) repeat 6 times (18)
    Row 20: (SC 2, dec) repeat 6 times (12)
    Row 21: (SC 1, dec) repeat 6 times (6)
    Place safety eyes or embroider eyes onto row 11 where the head increases and sew two little crosses for the nose. Stuff Head. Fasten off and weave in ends.

    EARS (Make 2, in Main colour)

    Row 1: In magic ring, SC 6 (6)
    Row 2: SC in each stitch (6)
    Row 3: (SC 1, SC inc) repeat 3 times (9)
    Row 4: SC in each stitch (9)
    Fasten off, leaving long ends and attach to the head.

    Close up of Derek the dinosaur's head
    Derek’s head once ears are attached.

    LEGS (In Main colour)

    Row 1: In magic ring, SC 6 (6)
    Row 2: SC Inc in each stitch (12)
    Row 3: (SC1, SC Inc) repeat 6 times (18)
    Row 4: In back loops only, SC in each stitch (18)
    Row 5 – 10: Sc in each stitch (18)
    Fasten off and stuff. Make second leg in the same manner but keep yarn attached.

    Derek the Dinosaur's - Completed Leg
    Derek the Dinosaur’s – Completed Leg
    Derek the Dinosaur's Body - Round One
    Derek’s Body – Round 1
    Derek the Dinosaur's Body - Round Two
    Derek the Dinosaur’s Body – Round Two

    BODY(In main colour)

    Row 1: Chain 2, SC into a stich on the top of the 1st leg, SC into each remaining stitch of the 1st leg, SCinto 2 chains, SC into each stitch of the 2nd leg, SC into other side of 2 chains. (40)
    Rows 2 – 5: SC in each stitch (40)
    Row 6: (SC 6, dec) repeat 5 times (35)
    Rows 7 – 9: SC in each stitch (35)
    Row 10: (SC 5, dec) repeat 5 times (30)
    Rows 11 – 19: SC in each stitch (30)
    Row 20: (SC 4, dec) repeat 5 times (25)
    Rows 21 – 26: SC in each stitch (25)
    Row 27: (SC 3, dec) repeat 5 times (20)
    Row 28: (SC 2, dec) repeat 5 times (15)
    Row 29: (SC 1, dec) repeat 5 times (10)
    Stuff body and fasten off, leaving a long end. Close top by weaving end through the 6 stitches. Use this yarn to sew the head to the body.

    ARMS(Make 2 in Main colour)

    Row 1: In Magic ring, SC6 (6)
    Row 2: SC Inc in each stitch (12)
    Row 3: SC 1, DC Cluster into next stitch (makes thumb), SC into next 10 stitches (12)
    Rows 4 – 18: SC into each stitch (12)
    Fasten off, leaving long ends to sew onto the body.

    TAIL (In main colour)

    Row 1: In magic ring, SC 6 (6)
    Row 2: SC in each stitch (6)
    Row 3: (SC1, SC Inc) repeat 3 times (9)
    Rows 4 – 6: SC in each stitch (9)
    Row 7: (SC 2, SC Inc) repeat 3 times (12)
    Rows 8 – 11: SC in each stitch (12)
    Row 12: (SC 3, SC Inc) repeat 3 times (15)
    Rows 13 – 16: SC in each stitch (15)
    Row 17: (SC 4, SC Inc) repeat 3 times (18)
    Rows 18 – 20: SC in each stitch (18)
    Fasten off and leave long end. Stuff tail and attach to the body, centeredon the back between the legs.

    SPIKES (Make 6, in colour 2)

    Row 1: In magic ring, SC 6 (6)
    Row 2: SC in each stitch (6)
    Row 3: (SC 1, SC Inc) repeat 3 times (9)
    Row 4: SC in each stitch (9)
    Fasten off, stretch into shape and attach to dinosaur. Spread the 6 spikes out along the head, body and tail.

    BOW TIE (In colour 3, worked in rows)

    Row 1: Chain 12, SC into each chain starting with 2nd chain from hook. (11)
    Rows 2 – 3: Chain 1, turn, SC across in each stitch (11)
    Fasten off and sew in ends.

    Row 1: Chain 7, SC in each chain starting with 2nd chain from hook. (6)
    Fasten off with a long end. Wrap small piece around the bigger one to create the bow, sew ends of smaller piece together to secure. Attach to body.

    Pieces of the bow tie
    Pieces of Derek’s Bow Tie
    Derek the Dinosaur's Bow Tie
    Completed Bow Tie

    Attach 2 small buttons to the body, underneath the bow tie.

    Close up shot of Derek the Dinosaur's wooden buttons
    Close up shot of Derek the Dinosaur’s buttons

    Want to know where to find this talented maker? You can find Charlotte and Sharky Knows Crochet at the links below:

    Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/sharkyknowscrochet/
    Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/sharkyknowscrochet/
    Shop:  https://saffronsouk.com/shop/handmadebysharkyknows/

    Like amigurumi patterns? Check out my patterns for Clawdia Cat or Wanda the Whale and Ned the Narwhal!

  • Crochet Patterns,  Feature Maker

    Rainbow Keychain Crochet Pattern by Osage County Crochet

    hand holding two crochet rainbow keychains
    This post may contain affiliate links.

    I am very excited to introduce you all to our first featured maker, Sadie Sheppard from Osage County Crochet. I’ve interviewed Sadie so you can get to know a little bit more about her and her lovely crochet patterns. Sadie has shared her adorable Amigurumi Rainbow Keychain crochet pattern with us. The pattern for the Amigurumi Rainbow Keychain can be found following the interview with Sadie. Links to Sadie’s social media profiles are at the end of this post so please go show her some love as a thank you for the free pattern!

    Tell me a little bit about yourself. 

    My name is Sadie and I am the maker behind Osage County Crochet. I was born and raised in a tiny town located in the northern part of Oklahoma. I am a crochet enthusiast! As well as a full-time wife, mother, homemaker, and autism advocate! When I am not homeschooling my kiddos I design free as well as paid crochet patterns!

    Sage Sheppard of Osage County Crochet

    How long have you been crocheting?

    I am 26 yrs old and have been crocheting for over 15 years.

    Are there any other crafts that you enjoy doing?

    Not really! I am pretty much always crocheting whether it’s “work” or just to unwind you’ll always find a hook in my hand! I enjoy journalism
    and creative writing which led me to start my blog!

    How did you learn to crochet?

    My aunt taught me how to chain when I was 8 years old. I taught
    myself everything else via YouTube and other lovely makers on the internet!

    What is your favourite thing to crochet?

    I am guilty of often needing instant gratification a lot of the time, so I tend to stick to smaller projects and designs. Hats, bags, and scarves. Although lately I have been obsessed with amigurumi and ragdoll stuffies. One of my latest makes is this Alien Ragdoll and I just love him! https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/alien-ragdoll/

    Alien Ragdoll Crochet Pattern by Osage County Crochet

    When did you start pursuing a business as a maker and why?

    I started crocheting more frequently after I had my kiddos. It wasn’t until after I started staying home full-time with my son that I began to find my way as a designer. He was diagnosed with autism and is extremely nonverbal. In the beginning there were times I couldn’t get the dishes, laundry, or well basically anything done! It was a learning curve for all of us! I did however discover that even on the worst of days when my son and I were cuddled on the floor crying that I could still manage to crochet. I may not have been able to get the washing done but I was able to hold
    him, love him, and let him sit in my lap while I designed a hat! That was an extremely pivotal moment in my life! It taught me that I still had self-worth and could pursue my own interests while still being the best mom and advocate I could be for my children. My 3rd design was this Mermaid Tail Slouch Hat. It was my first design that was well received by my fellow crochet community. After that I was just smitten with designing and
    never looked back! https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mermaid-tail-slouch-hat/

    Slouchy Mermaid Hat by Osage County Crochet

    What are your aspirations for your business?

    I aspire daily to use my platform to inspire others as well as advocate for anyone who may need it. I plan on continuing to grow my community to
    the point that all of my content can be free. (Currently it’s a mix of free and paid.) Until then I stay grateful and give back to my crochet community whenever I can via giveaways and freebies!

    How do you organize yourself and stick to your goals?

    To be perfectly honest I am very much a go with the flow designer. My kids rule my world! I homeschool and have tons to do to provide the best daily experience for my autistic toddler that I can so, most of the time I just set a
    monthly goal of what I want to get accomplished and as long as it gets done within that time frame then I am happy. I am always working to improve myself and am currently working on sticking to a new content schedule. None of us are perfect and that’s ok! We all always have room for improvement.

    What tips would you give to someone wanting to start out with a maker business?

    Everybody has to start somewhere! Find your niche. Never lose sight of what’s important. Don’t forget about self-care. Don’t ever stop having fun or enjoying what you are doing! Root for the success of others!

    What are your biggest struggles as a maker?

    There are never enough hours in the day!

    Where does your inspiration come from?

    My kiddos! They are constantly inspiring me to make fun new things! They keep my on my toes! All of my mermaid designs have been inspired by my
    daughter’s love of all things mythical. https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mermaid-tailcross-body-purse/ My son has inspired my to always be inclusive of everyone! https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/the-inclusivity-scarf/

    Mermaid Purse Crochet Pattern by Osage County Crochet
    Mermaid Tail Purse by Osage County Crochet

    What’s your favourite yarn/fibre to work with?

    I am pretty simple when it comes to yarn. Most of the time I work with worsted weight acrylic yarn. I do have some big things planned with blanket yarn though!

    Inclusivity Scarf by Osage County Crochet

    Who inspires you?  Who are your favourite makers?

    Wilma of Wilmade! She makes some gorgeous things! I also love following her personal journey! https://wilmade.com/en/

    Jillian of Spin a Yarn Crochet! I just love everything she does. She definitely inspires with all of the cute things on her blog! https://spinayarncrochet.com/

    Oliva Laws! I recently found her on Instagram and she makes some amazing crochet sculptures! https://www.instagram.com/olivialawsart/

    Shauna of @crochetdermy! She makes breathtaking large-scale crochet art pieces. Shauna reminds me to think outside the box when it comes to crochet as an art form! https://www.instagram.com/crochetdermy/

    What are your favourite tools?

    I don’t really use too many fancy tools. Most of my patterns are designed with my Boye 5.00 mm crochet hook.

    If time and money were not an issue, what would your dream project be?

    A large scale yarn bombing or crochet sculpture!

    Anything else you’d like to tell us about? (i.e. exciting future projects, fun tidbits, etc.)

    If you want to stay in the loop feel free to follow my Facebook page! I have some fun collabs coming up. Here is a sneak peak of what’s currently on my hook!

    Here are my links!

    Ravelry: www.ravelry.com/designers/osage-county-crochet/
    Instagram: www.instagram.com/osagecountycrochet/
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/osagecountycrochet/
    Community Crochet Group: www.facebook.com/groups/2601877419852755/
    Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/osagecountycrochet/
    Blog: www.osagecountycrochet.com/blog/

    Amigurumi Rainbow Keychain Crochet Pattern by Osage County Crochet

    Amigurumi Rainbow Keychain Crochet Pattern by Featured Maker Osage County Crochet

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    Get the ad-free PDF version HERE


    Skill Level: Beginner Friendly


    Supply List:
    Scissors
    Tapestry needle
    Keychain hardware
    2.00 mm crochet hook
    Embroidery floss

    Abbreviations:
    • Ch: chain
    • Sl st: slip stitch
    • Sc: single crochet
    • Sc inc: single crochet increase

    Gauge: Gauge is not extremely important for the amigurumi rainbow keychain. Just keep consistent tension throughout the project.

    Final Measurements: Your finished rainbow will measure 1-inch x 2 inches without tassels added. With tassels your finished project will measure 1-inch x 3 inches.

    Yardage: This project uses up very little embroidery floss! You will need scrap amounts of the embroidery floss. One package of each color should be plenty to complete your rainbow keychain.

    Notes: The ch 1 does not count as a stitch unless stated otherwise! This project is worked in rounds. You will sl st to join after every round. You can use your finished rainbow for anything you wish. These would make adorable earrings! Happy Hooking!

    Pattern:

    Start with violet/purple embroidery floss! WATCH for info on when to change colors!

    Round 1: Ch 2. Place 6 sc into the 2nd ch from the hook. Sl st into the 1st sc to join. (6 sts)
    Round 2: Ch 1. Sc inc into each st of the round. Sl st into the 1st sc to join. (12 sts)
    Switch to blue embroidery floss!
    Round 3: Ch 1. {1 sc, sc inc.} Repeat what’s inside the { } for the entire round. Sl st into the 1st sc to join. (18 sts)
    Switch to green embroidery floss!
    Round 4: Ch 1. { 1 sc into the next 2 sts, sc inc.} Repeat what’s inside the { } for the entire round. Sl st into the 1st sc to join. (24 sts)
    Switch to yellow embroidery floss!
    Round 5: Ch 1. {1 sc into the next 3 sts, sc inc.} Repeat what’s inside the { } for the entire round. Sl st into the 1st sc to join. (30 sts)
    Switch to orange embroidery floss!
    Round 6: Ch 1. {1 sc into the next 4 sts, sc inc.} Repeat what’s inside the { } for the entire round. Sl st into the 1st sc to join. (36 sts)
    Switch to red embroidery floss!
    Round 7: Ch 1. {1 sc into the next 5 sts, sc inc.} Repeat what’s inside the { } for the entire round. Sl st into the 1st sc to join. (42 sts)
    Break yarn and weave in any ends you may have! See image below!

    crochet rainbow keychain step 1

    Now fold your rainbow in half. Use red embroidery floss and your tapestry needle to whip stitch your rainbow closed. See image below on where to sew. You will sew along the dotted line!

    Crochet Rainbow Keychain

    Once you are finished. Break yarn and weave in your ends!

    Add your keychain hardware! You could be done at this point, but I chose to add tassels onto my rainbows. I measured out several strands of white embroidery floss to 2.5 inches. Fold in half and use a smaller crochet hook to add the tassels along the bottom of the rainbow. Now your project is complete! Enjoy your new rainbow keychain!

    Crochet Rainbow Keychain

    Check out the best friend amigurumi pattern collaboration I did with Sadie HERE.