3 Hour Easy Crochet Basket!

easy crochet basketKeep organization fun with baskets that have a personal touch! I whipped up this little beauty during a Harry Potter Marathon. It took approximately 1.5 Harry Potter Movies to make this, so this easy crochet basket should take about 3 hours. If you aren’t distracted by a movie, this probably will go a lot faster!

Final dimensions: 9 inches in diameter, 6 inches tall.

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Review of Celeste Young’s Ripple Baby Blanket

Celeste Young

Celeste Young is a very talented crochet designer that created the free pattern for the blanket pictured here. Check out the link below to her Ravelry account to see all the other blankets that people have made from this awesome design!

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Knitting Abbreviations

Whether it is knitting or crochet, the pattern will most likely be written in symbols and short characters. If the pattern of choice did not come with a list of what the abbreviations mean, no worries! Here is a list of common knitting abbreviations. For crochet abbreviations, click here.

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Dyeing Wool Yarn- Simple!

dyeing wool yarnI have thrown myself into several kinds of craft- sewing, embroidery, pasta making, and pretty much everything else. However, I always shied away from dyeing things; whether it was tie dye or dyeing yarn for a special project, I was terrified. Have no fear, though, it is actually quite simple! Below is my simply easy how-to on dyeing wool yarn a solid color with Rit Dye. Later on this week, I’ll be featuring how to variate the colors, and how to dye cotton.

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Spring and Summer Crochet Wreaths

I’m currently house hunting, and all I can think about is making things to decorate the new door! I spent hours shuffling through Pintrest and Google, so I thought I should share the treasures that I discovered. Below are some really great free patterns that I have found for crochet wreaths that are fresh for spring or summer (and they look neater than any store bought wreath).

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Baby Octopus Crochet Pattern

baby octopus crochet pattern

Baby Octopus Crochet Pattern

I have recently been working on a baby blanket for a customer, and I love when things match. Since I am not very good at making newborn hats, I thought a little plushie would be perfect! Below is the Baby Octopus Crochet Pattern, so you can try it out too! The feet alternate colors to match the blanket, and it is so puffy, it is sure to be a cute addition to any other stuffed animals they may have.

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Crochet Abbreviations

One of the scariest parts of reading a pattern is reading the crochet abbreviations…. Below are common abbreviations used and their meanings. Usually, a pattern includes a list of abbreviations at the beginning, but if not, here is a nifty list for reference!

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Fire Crochet Dishcloth

free pattern Add some dimension to the kitchen with this Fire Crochet Dishcloth. I saw a commercial for the new Hunger Games movie this November, and I just had to make something in honor of it. This uses Lily Cotton Yarn, so it will be very absorbent. Because of the raised up “arrows” that lead up to each corner, this crochet dishcloth is sure to catch fire to all stains and dirt in its path! (note: This is a common type of design. This is simply my version of an amazing type of crochet, and is not an “original” crochet stitch that I created). Final dimensions of project are approximately 8″x8″.

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Crochet Storage Basket Pattern

 

free patternBaskets are awesome regardless of the size. One of the best crochet gifts or projects is a crochet storage basket. There are hundreds of different ways to do this, so below is my version of the crochet storage basket pattern (and how to modify it to make the versions in the picture you see here!).

The most important things for a basket are:20150307_141158

  • Versatility
  • Durable- as in, can handle ANYTHING I put it in it
  • Looks amazing
  • Can be washed easily (let’s face it, stuff happens)

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Crochet Charity Organizations

Do you have a bunch of handmade items laying around that need a home? Or are you looking for a worthy cause to send your items to? If you don’t want to drop off items yourself, listed below are some crochet charity organizations that distribute items locally and globally for animals, children, and young adults. Some even accept money or supplies if you don’t have the time to make the items they need! Continue Reading →