My favorite creations and collections from here and around the web!
The Granite Cape | Free! Paid PDF available! You know that I love everything Stephanie does over at All About Ami, and this Granite Cape is the most fun project I’ve had in a long time! It was not complicated to make, I traveled with it through five different states, and I only had to rip a few rows out (Ha!). The pattern is FREE on her blog, or you can buy the nice, trimmed up pattern PDF in her Etsy shop for $1.92. You could modify the pattern very easily to make it as long as you like.
Granny Squares | $14.62 on Amazon I am possibly obsessed with granny squaresing. But who could fault me, right? They are so cute! I’m stitching together a stack of these to make a cotton bath mat and the colors make me ridiculously happy.
Dahlia Trivet/Dishcloth | Free! This is a fun pattern that you can make in basically a few minutes! The first time I did it, I kept getting hung up on the stitches, but once I learned the pattern I started whipping them out. I had a lot of fun trying different colors of yarn in different ways, as you can see! The one on the left follows the original directions.
Triple Luxe Cowl | Free! I always used to think, Geez people who knit and crochet just make a bunch of scarves all the time. And for the most part, that is in fact what they do; and 95% of the patterns I see I don’t like! The first scarf I tentatively tried was from Stephanie’s blog, All About Ami (see my scarf farther down below), and I FELL IN LOVE. Then there’s this one! Rather than the clunky, desperate look we’re all so familiar with in crochet books, her patterns are elegant, graceful, stylish. This is her absolutely stunning triple luxe. I say stunning because it has a texture and drape like none other! I used 3 skeins of Lion Brand Wool-Ease yarn in the color linen (same as her pattern display), and a 10 mm crochet hook. Instead of stopping at a specific end-point, I just continued making rounds until I ran out of yarn. The thick, plush feel of this scarf is as lovely as the dramatic contrast in appearance from side to side – like two different scarves!!
Cupcake Dishcloth | $11.95 book of patterns. You can order it on Amazon or get it at Michael’s or JoAnn’s, the price is the same. THIS was such a fun project! I’m no advanced crocheter but I was able to accomplish it! There are loads of delicious scrumptious adorable dishcloths in the book. I nominated this as my Whole30 Cupcake! (It’s ironic, because even with compliant ingredients you can’t make a whole30 cupcake. Get it? Did I just kill the joke by explaining it?) Try making it with Sugar’n Cream Candy Sprinkles for a most delectable frosting top!
Bobble Dishcloth | Free! This pattern is from the Michael’s website – I originally saw it on Ravelry. It uses exactly one 86m/95 yd ball of the cotton Lily Spinrite Sugar’n Cream Yarn, and I love it because the remaining scrap is so tiny I can just throw it away! I love not having little scraps leftover! This dishcloth is so pretty, and fun to run your hands over – it makes a great gift. I made a stash of different colors to give as gifts. The information on the Michael’s website is a little messy to print off neatly, so I put the pattern in a nice, neat PDF. | Download the pattern PDF here, or go straight to Michael’s website
Bobble Slouch Hat | $5.00 This pattern is not free – it’s only $5, though, at vogueknitting.com. I absolutely love it – I made a trial run on a cheaper fingering weight yarn, and then made this gorgeous green one from EllaRae lace (fingering weight) merino yarn, color 11. It uses two skeins, but not all of each skein. You have to use two threads at once, and as a beginner I will say you have to count carefully, carefully, very carefully when putting together this hat! I used the A to Z book listed below to learn how to do some of the new stitches (like hdc2tog), and the whole thing came together very easily in two evenings of work.
Long Double-Crochet Cowl | Free! Stephanie over at allaboutami.com is one of my favorite crochet-bloggers! Her creations are works of art (ami is short for amigurumi, those cute little crocheted or knitted creatures). I made this langorous, long scarf from genuine alpaca – expensive, but luxurious beyond belief. You could also use Bulk Buy: Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick Yarn, which is much cheaper and makes a cozy and thick, warm scarf!
Crochet Tools I Use and Recommend
A to Z of Crochet: The Ultimate Guide for the Beginner to Advanced Crocheter | This book is an invaluable guide. Having it on-hand, on the go, everywhere has been a boon for me! It’s not only gorgeously laid out with color photographs of every step, making it fun just to flip through – it is THE reference book for crochet! I highly recommend having this in your arsenal for learning and refreshing.
100 Snowflakes to Crochet: Make Your Own Snowdrift—to Give or to Keep (Knit & Crochet) | This book is just pure fun! I picked it up on a whim at Michael’s in November, when I was learning how to crochet. I was excessively proud of myself that by Christmas I had learned to make three snowflakes, my lifetime dream and the true reason I wanted to learn to crochet – no, I am NOT joking! My mom and my neighbor growing up would crochet the most delicate, beautiful snowflakes and I absolutely adored them, and still do. All I ever wanted was to be able to make them myself! My goal now is to truly crochet an entire snowdrift by next Christmas, and decorate the tree, the windows, the lampshades and anything that will stand still long enough!! The snowflakes in the book progress approximately in complexity, so a beginner can start on the first one (which is what I did) and progress to the end, while a more advanced crocheter could dive in anywhere.
Crochet One-Skein Wonders: 101 Projects from Crocheters around the World | One of the first crochet books I ever got, this has also been well-used and purchased by my long-time expert friends (a few of the projects are as yet out of my reach!). It was an incredible learning tool for me to go through the book, doing one pattern at a time and using the A to Z book (listed above) as reference for the new stitches. I learned a lot about reading a pattern carefully and counting religiously!
25 Fun Dishcloths To Crochet is my favorite dishcloth book right now. It’s just full of FUN stuff! As a beginner, I find all the projects to be achievable. And the citrus slice dishcloths seriously sold me on this book! They were too cute for words (yet here I am trying to put it into words!). I got one of these books for my mom the day after I got mine because we both fell hard in love with it and it was easier to buy two than to arm wrestle for it.
These were the best-priced hooks I could find in each of their respective categories, and I like having them all in my stash. Nothing more disappointing then starting eagerly in on a new project only to realize I don’t have the right size of hook! Never again!!
2mm – 10mm: Aluminum Crochet Hook Set (14pcs 2.0mm-10.0mm)
10-1/2mm – 15mm: Lion Brand Yarn Crochet Hooks, Set of 3: K 10-1/2, N-13, P-15,
Housweety Yarn/fiber/wool/string Ball Winder Hand-operated | A simple yarn-winder can make life easier – just be sure you know how to use it first, and do some careful research if you’ve never wound yarn (especially if you’re using a lightweight yarn, like fingering or lace-weight!). The winder comes with very little instruction, so you’ll have to ask at your local yarn store for any tips on winding.