13 Character-Inspired Crochet Baby Hat Patterns

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When I hear the joyous news from friends and family that a new baby is on the way, the first thing I always do is reach for my crochet hook and a free baby crochet pattern.  My favorite gift to give is a fun crochet baby hat, not only are crochet baby hat patterns plentiful, […]

In a Jiffy! 11 Less than One Hour Crochet Patterns

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Tick-Tock, Tick-Tock… You only have a few minutes to sit down and crochet, but you really want to have something finished soon.  Perhaps you’ve got a gift you need to give and you don’t have time to work up something complicated.  Don’t fret, because I have collected our favorite “Less Than An Hour” free crochet […]

Knitting Word Search + 10 Free Fall Knitting Patterns We Are Addicted To

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Busy week?  Need a little breather from the stress?  Everybody loves word searches, right? So, take a relaxing moment to check out this word search and see what words you find.  There’s no answer key, so everyone who searches will find their own set of three words to describe their knitting personality.  There’s no answer key to […]

10 Cold Weather Knitting Patterns for Boys

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The cold weather will be upon us before we know it.  It’s time to get started on the the cold weather knitting patterns. If we get started now, while the weather is warmer, these great free knitting patterns for boys will surely be done in time.  Whether you are looking for a simple knit cardigan […]

Tippy Top Toppers! 16 Animal-Inspired Free Crochet Baby Hat Patterns

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When my first little one came into the world someone gave us a handmade chicken hat for her to wear home from the hospital.  It was probably the silliest thing we were given for the new baby, but that crochet baby hat was THE MOST ADORABLE thing I had ever seen once I put it […]

Christmas in July: Homemade Christmas Decorations to Knit

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It’s July, and that means that we are officially half way to Christmas.  In just a few short months the holiday season will be upon us, and it will see like it arrives in the blink of an eye with the flurry of fall holidays and back to school.  This year, get a jump on […]

Summer Lovin’ Had Me a Blast

Summer Crochet and Knit Patterns

Sadly, it seems like summer is almost over, but at the same time it almost feels like it hasn’t begun. I say this because it’s been so rainy here in the Chicagoland area and we haven’t hit the all-time high temperatures like usual. There’s still plenty of time left to make the best of the […]

Stashbuster: Embellish a Chandelier with Tassels & Pom Poms

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Sometimes we have a little bit of extra yarn left over from a project, but we can’t bring ourselves to throw it away.  Enter the stashbuster projects!  One of my favorite ways to use up yarn is to make pom poms and tassels.  Pom poms and tassels are so easy to make and can really […]

Tips and Techniques: Avoiding Hand Fatigue

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I used to teach how to crochet and beginning knitting lessons at 2 different yarn stores, which equaled 20 to 30 hours a week of crochet and knitting on the clock and another 20 or so for my own fun per week. After the first week of that you can imagine that my wrists, arms […]

Going Gaga Over Grannies: Flower Granny Squares

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While I walk my neighborhood I’m constantly looking to the left and right of me seeing all the fabulous flowers in everyone’s yard. In my own yard I have these beautiful bold, colorful flowers of orange, purple, pink and yellow. My favorite are the lilacs, but those seem to come and go all too quickly. […]