Little Dude Bow Tie- Free Crochet Pattern

The Little Dude Bow Tie is the 2nd pattern in my Dude Collection! This bow tie is great for photo shoots, playing dress up, and for costumes! **Please supervise your child at all times when he/she is wearing the Little Dude Bow Tie.**

 

Purchase the ad-free pdf pattern HERE.

 

Materials

  • < 50 yards worsted weight yarn
  • H (5.0mm) crochet hook
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Tapestry needle
  • Small button

Difficulty

  • Easy

Gauge

  • 16 sts (alternating hdc and blo hdc) x 11 rows = 4”

Sizing

  • 10-14” neck
  • To make bigger or smaller, chain by multiples of 4 + 1.
  • You can also go down a hook size to make just slightly smaller.

Pattern Notes

DO NOT leave child unsupervised when wearing this bow tie.

Starting chain does not count as first stitch, unless stated otherwise within the pattern.

Stitches Needed & Abbreviations

ch- chain

st- stitch

sc- single crochet

hdc- half double crochet

blo- back loop only

**- repeat from

Bow

Ch 21

Row 1: Hdc in 2nd ch from hook and across. (20)

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, 1 hdc in blo of 1st st, 1 hdc in both loops of next st, *1 hdc in blo of next st, 1 hdc in both loops of next st*, repeat from * across. (20)

Rows 3-6: Repeat row 2.

Ch 1, turn, sc evenly around the entire rectangle, working 2 sc into each corner, join to 1st st, fasten off. Weave in ends.

Strap

Ch 41

Row 1: Hdc in 2nd ch from hook and next 37 sts, ch 1, skip next st, hdc in last. (40)

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, 1 hdc in each st and ch across. (40)

Fasten off. Weave in ends.

 

Attach button to side of tie opposite of button hole.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Use a long piece of yarn and your tapestry needle and weave yarn down the middle of the bow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now place the tie on the back side of the bow and wrap your yarn around the bow and the tie. Tie a know to secure. Fasten off. Weave in all ends.

 

Winter Wear FREE Pattern Roundup!

It is still extremely cold in many parts of the world right now so winter wear is a must! Enjoy these 8 FREE crochet patterns that will keep you warm and cozy!

 

1.The Abby Cowl is a new cowl pattern from KMT Creations! You can grab the free pattern from her blog or purchase the PDF from Ravelry!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. The Winter Rose Earwarmer is a super cute design by Butterfly Dreams Crochet and Crafts!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. The Corrugated Cap Crochet Pattern is free for only a limited time by Grammy Dirlam!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. The X Band by Little Red’s Handmade Creations is a quick workup that will keep your ears nice and warm!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. The Unicorn Hat by Snuggly Fox Designs is one the girls will love!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. The Pokeball Beanie by Made by Mary is a great one for the boys!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. The gorgeous Faux Cabled Mittens by Sweet Potato Crochet Creations will keep your hands warm!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. The Delightful Scarf by Two Brothers Blankets is soft and cozy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy these free designs and be sure to share your projects on Ravelry!

Delightful Scarf- Free Crochet Pattern

The Delightful Scarf is a quick and easy workup that is great for gifts, craft fairs, or just for yourself! This is an easy pattern that most anyone with basic crochet skills should be able to work!

delightful scarf

The Delight Scarf uses the Lion Brand Yarn Scarfie line which is a #5 bulky weight and has 312 yards. You only need one skein to make this scarf, but the Scarfie line comes in so many fun color combinations that you will have trouble deciding on only one!

The Delightful Scarf is just that! Delightful! I hope you enjoy making it as much as I did.

You can purchase the ad-free, printable pdf version of the pattern on Ravelry or Etsy!

Materials

  • 312-350 yards #5 bulky weight yarn. (Lion Brand Scarfie was used in sample.)
  • K (6.5mm) crochet hook
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Tapestry needle

Difficulty

  • Beginner

Gauge

  • Gauge is not necessary, but width of scarf should be approximately 11” across.

Sizing

  • 56” x 11”

Pattern Notes

Starting chain counts as first stitch unless stated otherwise throughout the pattern.

Scarf is not written as an infinity scarf. To make it an infinity scarf just use a yarn needle and a long piece of yarn to sew your two ends together.

Stitches Needed & Abbreviations

ch(s)- chain(s)

st- stitch

dc- double crochet

shell- 3 dc, ch 3, dc

Scarf

Ch 39

Row 1: (3dc, ch 3, dc) in 6th ch from hook, *skip 4 chs, (3dc, ch 3, dc) in next ch*, repeat to last 3 chs, skip 2 chs, dc in last ch. (7 shells)

Row 2: Ch 3, turn, (3dc, ch 3, dc) in each ch-3 space across, dc in top of ch 3. (7 shells)

Repeat row 2 until scarf reaches 56” or desired length.

Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Pattern is a copyright of Two Brothers Blankets. Please do not alter, copy, share, or sell in any way. You may, however, sell your finished products from this pattern.

Boston Washcloth- Free Crochet Pattern

The Boston stitch combo provides such amazing texture I can’t stop designing patterns with it! I LOVE a good textured washcloth so I used the same stitch combo to create  the Boston Washcloth! This washcloth has such great texture that is perfect for washing dishes!

Boston Washcloth Free Crochet Pattern

The Boston Washcloth is a free crochet pattern for everyone to enjoy! Please do not copy, alter, or sell this pattern or the photos in this pattern. However, please feel free to share the link to the pattern on social media, Pinterest, and with your crocheting friends so they can visit and make the washcloth themselves! You are also welcome to sell your finished products created from this pattern, just please use your own photos and provide the link for pattern credit.

You can purchase the ad-free, printable pdf version of the pattern on Ravelry and Etsy!

Materials:

  • 85 yards worsted weight (#4) cotton yarn
  • H (5.0mm) crochet hook or hook to obtain gauge
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Tapestry needle

Difficulty:

  • Easy

Gauge:

  • Row 2= 9″ across

Sizing:

  • 9″x 9″

Pattern Notes: 

  • Turning chain 1 does not count as first stitch.
  • Starting fsc can also be: ch 38, sc in 2nd ch from hook and across.

Stitches Needed & Abbreviations:

  • fsc- chainless foundation single crochet- Tutorial: https://youtu.be/er7YdiGbOGE
  • ch- chain
  • sc- single crochet
  • hdc- half double crochet
  • st(s)- stitch(es)
  • *- repeat from

Washcloth

Row 1: Fsc 37.

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sc in 1st st, skip 2 sts, *(sc, hdc, sc) in next st, skip 2 sts*, repeat from * to last st, sc in last st. (35) (Should measure 9” across here.)

Row 3: Ch 1, turn, sc in 1st st, *(sc, hdc, sc) in next st, skip 2 sts*, repeat from * to last st, sc in last st. (35)

Repeat row 3 until 9” high.

Trim

SC evenly around entire square working 2 sc in each corner.

Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Herringbone Half Double Crochet Stitch and Herringbone Half Double Crochet Decrease- Video Tutorials!

I have a few patterns that use the herringbone half double crochet stitch as the main stitch. So I thought it was high time I make a video tutorial for it! My brand new Charlotte Cardigan crochet pattern is one of those designs that uses this stitch, as well as a hhdc2tog (herringbone half double crochet 2 together) decrease. So I’ve made a video for both!

I am left-handed, so this tutorial will be slightly easier to follow for left-handed crocheters, but the steps are exactly the same for right-handed crocheters, just worked in the opposite direction!

 

I hope you find these tutorials helpful! If at anytime you have any questions, please feel free to contact me!

Red Heart Soft Essentials Yarn Review + New Pattern Release and Sale!

*I am not affiliated with Red Heart Yarn or Micheals Stores in any way. This is my honest review.*

Red Heart has recently come out with a new yarn and when it went on sale at Micheal’s I knew I had to check it out! I knew I loved Red Heart Soft, a worsted weight yarn, so I had a feeling I would love the new Red Heart Soft Essentials Yarn too!

Soft Essentials Details:

Weight: #5 Bulky

Material: 100% Acrylic

Weight: 5oz

Yardage: 131 yds

Suggested Crochet Hook: 6.5mm (K)

This yarn holds to it’s name. It is very soft! It’s also not a very thick bulky. I’d compare it to holding two strands of worsted weight yarn together. It’s not very heavy at all. When I purchased it I knew exactly what I wanted to make with it. So I brought it home and got to work. This yarn is very easy to work with. It glides through the stitches very smoothly with no snagging and very little pilling. I really enjoyed working with it.

The end result turned out beautifully! Introducing the Charlotte Cardigan!

I knew when I saw and felt the Soft Essentials yarn that I wanted to design a cardigan! It just had that cozy feel to it that would be perfect for a simple cardigan. This crochet pattern comes with instructions for women’s sizes XS through 2X. It is a top down pattern with trim and sleeves added at the end. It is sew free, except for a small amount of stitching at the pockets, which are optional. This cozy cardigan is perfect for the cool spring mornings and evenings that are coming. And this yarn is the perfect yarn for it!

I’ve just released the Charlotte Cardigan in my Ravelry shop and you can get it for 50% off using coupon code “SoftEssentials” at checkout! The code is good through Friday, March 17, 2017.

Have you tried Red Heart’s Soft Essentials yarn yet? If so, leave me a comment and let me know what you think of it!

National Crochet Month 2017!

I am so excited to once again be featured in Crochetville’s National Crochet Month designer feature! Every day this month they are featuring crochet designers, yarn/crochet product companies, and local yarn stores around the US!

To celebrate my feature on the site and National Crochet Month, I’m offering a special deal! When you purchase one pattern in my Ravelry Shop, you’ll get one free! No exclusions, no limits! Just use coupon code “NatCroMo17” at checkout! This code is good through March 10, 2017!

Thanks for helping me celebrate National Crochet Month!

Simply Textured Scarf and Boot Cuffs Set- Free Crochet Pattern

The Simply Textured Scarf and Boot Cuffs Set is one of my very first patterns, and I’ve finally transferred it here to my website! This super cute and simple textured infinity scarf and boot cuff set is sure to be a crowd pleaser! It’s a very easy pattern that even beginners can follow using just the single crochet stitch and the double crochet stitch! Both pieces work up quick making it great for craft shows and/or gifts!  I hope you enjoy and please share with your crocheting friends as well.

Materials Needed

One skein or less of two or more colors of worsted weight yarn. (I used Loops and Threads Impeccable).

Size I (5.5mm) and  J (6.0mm) crochet hook

Scissors

Measuring Tape

Tapestry needle

Stitches Needed and Abbreviations

Ch- Chain

DC- Double Crochet

SC- Single Crochet

Sl St- Slip Stitch

St- Stitch

CA- Color A

CB- Color B

SK- skip

** Repeat from

Pattern Notes

Gauge is not necessary for this particular pattern.

Directions for adjusting the size of the boot cuffs are at the bottom of the pattern.

Simply Textured Scarf

With size J crochet hook

With CA chain 180

Row 1: SC in 2nd Ch from hook and across, ch 1, turn. Change to Color B here.

Row 2: sk 1st st, *1 SC in next st, 1 DC in same st, sk next st*, repeat across, ch 1, turn. Change back to Color A and alternate colors for each row.

Rows 3-11: Repeat row 2

Row 12:  With Color A sc in first st and in each st around.

Finish Off.

Weave in ends.

**To make the scarf an infinity scarf, with a long piece of yarn and your yarn needle, sew the ends together.**

Simply Textured Boot Cuffs

For 14-16” circumference boot cuffs.With size I crochet hook.

(Make 2)With color A Chain 7

Row 1: SC in 1st ch from hook and in each stitch across. (6 st)

Row 2: Ch 2 (counts as first DC), turn, DC in next 5 st (6 st)

Rows 3-30: Repeat rows 1-2

Finish off, leaving long tail for sewing.

With a darning needle stitch together the ends making a circle.

With Color B, join to circle on one side and ch 1.

Round 1: SC 45 around, join with sl st.

Round 2: Ch 1, sk 1st st, *1 SC in next st, 1 DC in same st, sk next st*, repeat around, join with sl st, change to Color A

Round 3: Ch 1, sk 1st st, *1 SC in next st, 1 DC in same st, sk next st* repeat around, join with sl st.

Round 4: Ch 1, sk 1st st, *1 SC in next st, 1 DC in same st, sk next st*, repeat around, join with sl st. Change to Color B.

Round 5: Ch 1, sk 1st st, *1 SC in next st, 1 DC in same st, sk next st* repeat around, join with sl st.

Round 6: Ch 1, sk 1st st, *1 SC in next st, 1 DC in same st, sk next st*, repeat around, join with sl st, change to Color A

Round 7: Ch 1, sk 1st st, *1 SC in next st, 1 DC in same st, sk next st* repeat around, join with sl st.

Round 8: Ch 1, sk 1st st, *1 SC in next st, 1 DC in same st, sk next st*, repeat around, join with sl st.

Fasten off. Weave in ends.

**To adjust sizing for boot cuffs, just make the cuff part to desired length. Then sew ends together. With Color B, join to circle one one side, ch 1, and SC around. Be sure to remember how many SCs you stitched around for the next boot cuff. Then follow the pattern as written.**

Halifax Hat- Free Crochet Pattern

The Halifax Hat is another Fair Isle crochet pattern I’ve designed! This one is great if you’ve never tried Fair Isle Crochet because the repeats are very simple and repetitive!

You can purchase the ad-free, printable version of this pattern on Ravelry or Etsy!

You will need:

  • 100-150 yards worsted weight yarn in 2 contrasting colors
  • J (6.0mm) crochet hook
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Pom Pom Maker (optional)

Pattern Difficulty: 

Intermediate

Gauge: 

14 sc + 15 rows= 4″

Sizing: 

  • Toddler (18-20”)
  • Child (21-22”)
  • Adult (22-23”)

Pattern Notes: 

  • Hat is worked from the bottom up.
  • Starting chain 1 does not count as first stitch.
  • Hat is made in the Fair Isle crochet style. Unused yarn is floated behind the stitches until it is used again.
  • Watch your tension throughout the workup. Don’t pull your floats tight behind the stitches.
  • Pattern is written in toddler size with larger sizes in parentheses as follows: Toddler (Child, Adult).
  • Scroll down for graph to follow and photo tutorial.
  • Pattern is written as number of stitches to work with what color to use as follows: 2 (MC), 2 (CC).
  • Some helpful tutorial videos from Crochet Ever After  can be found HERE.

Stitches Needed & Abbreviations: 

ch- chain(s)

st- stitch(es)

sc- single crochet

blo- back loop only

sc2tog- single crochet 2 together

*- repeat from

Brim of Hat

With MC or CC.

Ch 9

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and across. (8)

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sc in blo of each st across. (8)

Rounds 3-66(72, 78)- Repeat round 2.

Sew both ends of the brim together by slip stitching through both stitches across. Turn brim to the other side and continue to Body of Hat.

Body of Hat

Working along the side of your brim:

Round 1: Ch 1, with MC, work 69(75, 81) sc around, join to 1st. (69, 75, 81)

Round 2: Ch 1, 6 (MC), 3 (CC), *3 (MC), 3 (CC)*, repeat from *, join to 1st st. (69, 75, 81)

Round 3: Ch 1, 5 (MC), 3 (CC), *3 (MC), 3 (CC)*, repeat from * to last st, 1 (MC), join to 1st st. (69, 75, 81)

Round 4: Ch 1, 4 (MC), 3 (CC), * 3 (MC), 3 (CC)*, repeat from * to last 2 st, 2 (MC), join to 1st st. (69, 75, 81)

Round 5: Ch 1, 3 (MC), *3 (CC), 3 (MC)*, repeat from *, join to 1st st. (69, 75, 81)

Round 6: Repeat round 4.

Round 7: Repeat round 3.

Round 8: Repeat round 2.

Round 9: Ch 1, with MC, 1 sc in each st around, join to 1st st. (69, 75, 81)

Round 10: Ch 1, 3 (MC), *3 (CC), 3 (MC)*, repeat from *, join to 1st st. (69, 75, 81)

Round 11: Ch 1, 4 (MC), 3 (CC), *3 (MC), 3 (CC)*, repeat from * to last 2 st, 2 (MC), join to 1st st. (69, 75, 81)

Round 12: Ch 1, 5 (MC), 3 (CC) * 3 (MC), 3 (CC)*, repeat from * to last st, 1 (MC), join to 1st st. (69, 75, 81)

Round 13: CH 1, 6 (MC), 3 (CC), *3 (MC), 3 (CC)*, repeat from *, join to 1st st. (69, 75, 81)

Round 14: Repeat round 12.

Round 15: Repeat round 11.

Round 16: Repeat round 10.

Round 17: Repeat round 9.

For adult and child sizes, repeat rounds 2-8 one more time. ( For less slouch, just do a few repeats of Round 17 instead before moving to Round 18.)

Fasten off CC.

Round 18: Ch 1, sc in 1st st, sc2tog, *sc in next, sc2tog*, repeat from *, join to 1st st. (46, 50, 54)

Round 19: Ch 1, *sc2tog*, repeat from *, join to 1st st. (23, 25, 27)

Round 20: Ch 1, *sc2tog*, repeat from * to last st, 1 sc in last st, join to 1st st. (12, 13, 14)

Fasten off leaving a long tail to close. With a tapestry needle, weave the tail in and out of the stitches in round 20. Pull tight to close. Fasten off.  Weave in ends. Add Pompom to top of hat.

To follow chart, start with row 15 and work your way across each column, left to right. Then work your way up each row.

Row 15 = Round 2 in written instructions.

To change colors, instead of finishing out the last stitch before you go to the next color, pull the next color through the 2 loops for the last step of your stitch. This will finish out your last stitch and start you off with the new color for your next stitch.
To catch your float when working 7 stitches or more in the same color, simply grab your non-working yarn when working a middle stitch and then drop it again until your next color change.

There you have it! I hope the written instructions with the chart makes it easy for you to work up, but if you ever have any questions, please feel free to contact me at any time!

Crocheting Garments – Tips to Get a Great Fit!

If you’ve been following me for any amount of time, you know that a lot of my crochet designs are clothing. I love to design sweaters and tops for both adults and children! But with crocheting garments, like a sweater, comes a lot of questions and concerns. Mostly about fit and how to get it to fit your shape and size correctly. So here are my best tips for crocheting garments and getting an amazing fit!

crocheting garments

Preparation

Crocheting a piece of clothing like a sweater takes a little more preparation than something small like a hat or a scarf. Here are some tips for preparing for your project.

  1. Choose the yarn called for in the pattern or a comparable yarn. At the very least, stay within the yarn weight that the pattern calls for. You will not get the same fit and look if you use a DK weight yarn if the pattern calls for Bulky yarn and vice versa.        
  2. Make sure you have the amount of yarn you need. I always get more than the amount needed for my size, just to be on the safe side so I don’t run out mid-project.
  3. Get measurements. If you are making the clothing for yourself, it’s a little easier because you can try it on as you go. But if you are making the piece for someone else, it’s very important to take their measurements for a good fit.
  4. ALWAYS check your gauge and match your hook size appropriately. Gauge is very important to check when working on a crochet clothing project.

Making Sizing Adjustments As You Crochet

Most of my patterns have multiple sizes for you to make, but what if you are slightly in between sizes, would like just a little bit more ease, or would like it a little tighter? There are ways to easily adjust the fit just slightly so that the garment can fit you exactly how you want it!

To adjust width

Go up a hook size or two (from the hook you met gauge with) if you’d just like a little more ease in your top. Go down a hook size or two for a slightly tighter fit.

If you are right in between sizes, I suggest going up a size, rather than down to the smaller size.

To adjust length

 Almost all of my patterns are super easy to adjust the length. You can just do more or less rounds to make your garment longer or shorter. This same trick can also be applied for sleeves.

Neckline

If the pattern calls for chainless foundation single crochet (fsc) to start, but your tension is pretty loose for this stitch, you may want to just chain, join, and sc in each stitch around. This will make it less stretchy and loose around the neck. Or if it’s the opposite and it calls for a starting chain, but you want it to fit looser and be stretchier around the neck, fsc is a great option. If you just want a slight change in the neckline, going up or down a hook size will also help with this. Just remember, the weight of your sleeves, once added, will pull the neckline out just slightly.

Armholes 

If the armholes come up too high and feel tight in your armpits, add a few more rounds of the last round you did (no increases) before going to the round that creates the armhole. This will cause the armhole to
sit lower and not be so tight around your underarms.

Sleeves

An easy fix for a slightly looser or tighter fit in the sleeves is, once again, going up or down a hook size. If the sleeves are very tight or very loose, try working the counts for the next size up or down. Also, if the sleeve tapers, and you would like it not to, just leave out any decreases throughout the sleeve. Or if you’d like it to taper more, do another round or two of decreases throughout the sleeve.

Crocheting Garments from the Bottom Up

Most adjustments work the same way for a bottom up garment, but there are a few changes that you would have to make differently. If the armholes feel too small or too high in your underarm, just make your front and back panels longer before joining. For the neckline, if you’d like a looser fit, work less stitches when stitching your two panels together.

I hope these tips are helpful to you as you tackle crocheting garments! If you’re more of a visual learner, here’s  a link to a live Facebook video I did explaining the exact same adjustments: https://www.facebook.com/TwoBrothersBlankets/videos/702587433245799/

And as always, please feel free to contact me at any time if you have trouble or questions with one of my patterns!

Pattern in photos: Savannah Sweater