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Wanderlust Crochet Along

Wanderlust Crochet Along – Join Today!

Recently I have really been getting back into the groove of crocheting and have seen a ton of crochet alongs (CAL).  Someone creates a pattern and then releases it in segments for everyone to crochet together.  I absolutely fell in love with this idea because I don’t live near anyone that crochets.  In general, I crochet by myself and even when I share my projects with others, I can’t really share the details of how I created it or what was difficult, because they have no idea what I am talking about.  So, I’ve decided its time I jump on this bandwagon of CALers and create my own pattern to share!  Enter the Wanderlust Crochet Along!

Wanderlust… such a wonderful word!  I love the meaning and I love that it makes my heart happy.  Since I am in the amazing PNW and our family loves the outdoors and all it offers, I decided to base my Wanderlust CAL off of my surroundings.  The great thing about the Wanderlust CAL is that you have plenty of opportunity to personalize it or make it your own.  You can decide to do each release and have a large blanket to snuggle under or you can just do some of the releases and make a lap blanket, baby blanket, or pillows!  You can also personalize each release with whatever colors suit your style… really, the possibilities are endless with this CAL.

Now let’s get down to the details!

What you will need

  • Yarn clips – I highly recommend using these
  • Scissors
  • Yarning Needle
  • Crochet Hook: G or H
  • Yarn – Medium weight (size 4) yarn
    • I am using Red Heart Super Saver, but feel free to use whatever yarn brand you prefer, so long as the yarn weight is the same.  Feel free to mix types of yarn as well… the possibilities are endless.  I have a heard a lot of good things about I Love This Yarn at Hobby Lobby, so you may want to consider this brand as well.

Stitch Options

  • Bobble – If you are not familiar with this stitch, please check out Ashleigh at Sewrella.  She has a great tutorial on it.
  • C2C – Sarah at Repeat Crafter Me is the queen of C2C graphgans!  Here is a detailed tutorial on the C2C technique.
  • Mini C2C – Angela at Chaos & Chop Suey has a video that demonstrates the mini C2C stitch.

Need to Know How to Color Change

  • Bobble Stich – Sarah at Repeat Crafter Me has an awesome tutorial (with video) on color change for the bobble stitch.  Definitely worth reviewing before starting the Wanderlust CAL.
  • C2C & Mini C2C – Jess at Make and Do Crew has a detailed post on how to color change in C2C, which is definitely worth checking out if you are not familiar with it.

Releases

I will release on Friday mornings in hopes of giving you the weekend to supply shop and get a head start on that week’s release.  I will also provide the colors I have selected for that week’s release, but feel free to use your own for your square.

Square Size

Size will vary depending on the hook size you select and the type of stitch you decide to use.  I will be using the bobble stitch and size H hook.  As we get started we can each share how large our squares are based on the hook size and type of stitch we each chose to use.

Bonus & Alternate Releases

Some weeks I will provide bonus squares and other weeks I will provide alternate squares.  There will also be a header and footer release.  Feel free to do them all or only do the ones you like.  This is the beauty of this Wanderlust CAL, you can make it your own.

Facebook

I will have a private Facebook group for everyone that would like to participate in the Wanderlust CAL.  My hope is that the Facebook group will allow us to share our creativity with yarn choices as well as with the type of stitch we decide to use.  It will also act as an avenue to ask questions if we run into issues.

Official Start Date

The first release will be on Friday, September 29th.

Wanderlust CAL Schedule

I will release each pattern on Fridays.  My goal for the Wanderlust CAL is to have the last release be on Friday, December 8th.  This way if you would like to give it as a gift you have time to finish the last square, block, and sew it together, with just enough time to wrap and put under the Christmas tree.

Tips and Tricks

WEAVE IN ENDS AS YOU GO ALONG!!!!  I promise it will make your life way easier once you’ve completed the Wanderlust CAL!

Official Hashtag for sharing on Instagram

#wanderlustcal and I would love for you to share your progress along the way as well as your finished piece(s).

Blog Sign Up

I would recommend subscribing to my blog so you will not miss a release.  Don’t forget the double opt in for signing up for the blog.  When you initially sign up, you will receive an email and you’ll need to click the link to verify you do want to sign up for my blog.  Once you do that, you will receive my emails.  However, if you don’t see it in your inbox, be sure to check your junk mail.

I will be doing the Wanderlust CAL along with you, which means I have not completed it ahead of you.  Please keep checking back… I will start posting portions of the Wanderlust CAL so you will know what it looks like before starting.  I am so excited!  Please share and encourage anyone you know that enjoys crocheting to join us.  Friday, September 29th is go time!

Cheers,
Lisa

 

Wanderlust Crochet Along
Wanderlust Crochet Along
Stars and Stripes Crochet Beanie - FREE Pattern

Stars and Stripes Beanie – Free Crochet Pattern

Hello, hello, hello my friends!  It is a lovely Friday and we are gearing up for a nice hike as a family.  After such a slow start to summer, we’re trying to take advantage of every sunny day that comes our way.  However, before kicking off our family fun day, I thought I would share my newest crochet project with my awesome readers!  The Stars and Stripes Beanie and just in time for Independence Day!

I am super excited because my entire family loves the 4th of July.  Delicious food, family & friends, and FIREWORKS!!!  It also means being outside after dark in the chilly air of the Pacific Northwest.  Since I am the annoying mom that loves to have her kiddos decked out in holiday gear, I just hate it when I have to add mismatched weather gear so my little ones won’t freeze.  This year I decided I would beat the weather and design some hats to keep my littles cozy and holiday cute while watching the fireworks.

This pattern works up quickly and it uses my favorite stitch… the star stitch!  Feel free to sell on a small scale any beanies you make from this pattern, but please do not sell my pattern nor use my pictures.  I would greatly appreciate a link back to this post, but it’s not a requirement… just appreciated!

Sizing for Stars and Stripes Beanie:
This beanie fits an average toddler between the ages of one to three years old.  If you would like a different size, you can increase or reduce the number of increasing rounds and you can do the same for the length.

Stars and Stripes Beanie Supplies:
I Hook
Red Yarn – I used Caron Simply Soft Autumn Red
White Yarn – I used Vanna’s Choice White
Blue Yarn – I used Caron Simply Soft Dark Country Blue
Yarn Needle
Scissors

Notes & Stitches
*Chains do not count in total stitch count
Magic Ring
Chain – ch
Slip Stitch – ss
Half Double Crochet – hdc
Star Stitch
Single Crochet – sc
Reverse Single Crochet – rsc

Stars and Stripes Beanie Crochet Pattern:
Magic Ring
R1:  RED YARN
Ch2, 10 hdc, ss in top of first hdc
(10 total stitches)

R2:  RED YARN
Ch2, 2hdc in each stitch, ss in top of first hdc
(20 total stitches)

R3:  WHITE YARN
Ch2, *2hdc in first stitch, 1hdc in next stitch* repeat ** around, ss in top of first hdc
(30 total stitches)

R4:  WHITE YARN
Ch2, *2hdc in first stitch, 1hdc in next 2 stitches* repeat ** around, ss in top of first hdc
(40 total stitches)

R5:  RED YARN
Ch2, *2hdc in first stitch, 1hdc in next 3 stitches* repeat ** around, ss in top of first hdc
(50 total stitches)

R6:  RED YARN
Ch2, *2hdc in first stitch, 1hdc in next 4 stitches* repeat ** around, ss in top of first hdc
(60 total stitches)

I STOPPED INCREASING HERE… hat diameter was 5 inches.  Be sure your total stitch count is an even number.

R7 – R12:  Alternate WHITE and RED Yarn every two rows
Ch2, 1hdc in each stitch, ss in top of first hdc

Once you have completed the 12th row, you will now begin the star stitch.  I do want to reference The Spruce as a resource for learning how to crochet the star stitch if you do not already know how to crochet it.

Star Stitch – this is a two-row stitch.  The first row of stitches will build the top half of the star and the second row of stitches will finish the bottom half of the star.  The star stitch needs to be completed on an even number of stitches.

First star stitch of the round…
Insert your hook into the 2nd chain from your hook and pull up a loop.  Insert your hook into the 3rd chain from your hook, and pull up a loop.  Insert your hook into the 4th chain from your hook and pull up a loop.  Insert your hook into the first stitch, and pull up a loop.  Then insert your hook into the next stitch and pull up a loop.  Then yarn over and pull your hook through all 6 loops.  Ch 1 to finish the stitch.

The next star stitch…
Insert your hook into the ch 1 you just made and pull up a loop.  Then insert your hook into the strands on the side of the last loop made in the prior stitch and pull up a loop.  Next, you will insert your hook into the ch space that the last loops of the prior stitch were worked in and pull up a loop, then pull up a loop in the next stitch, and then pull up another loop in the next stitch.  Yarn over and pull all 6 loops through, and then ch 1 to finish the stitch.

*When pulling up all six loops, be sure to keep your yarn loose.

R13:  BLUE YARN
Ch5, around completing the top portion of the star stitch, ss in ch2 spot
(30 total top half stars)

*do not chain 1 after you close the circle on the last start stitch (right before you ss) – it will make too big of a hole.

R14:  BLUE YARN
Ch2, 2hdc in each eye spot, ss into ch2 (30 total completed stars)

R15 – R16:  BLUE YARN
Repeat R13 and R14

R17 – R18:  RED YARN
Ch2, 1hdc in each stitch, ss (60 total stitches)

R19:  WHITE YARN
Ch1, 1sc in each stitch, ss (60 total stitches)

R20:  WHITE YARN
Ch1, 1rsc in each stitch, ss, and finish off (60 total stiches), finish off and weave in ends.
Length:  7.25 inches

Stars and Stripes Beanie

If you complete this project, I would love for you to share a picture in the comment section!  If you’re looking for the perfect 4th of July tote to pack the evenings snacks while waiting for the fireworks, check out Repeat Crafter Me.  Thanks for stopping by!

Cheers,
Lisa

 

Stars and Stripes Crochet Beanie - FREE Pattern

 

Stars and Stripes Crochet Beanie - FREE Pattern
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Pumpkin Head Warmer Crochet Pattern

Welcome everyone and I am pleased to say, HAPPY FALL!  It is my absolute favorite season… I love the cool, crisp weather, the rain, wearing sweaters, boots, and of course, head warmers.  Keeping with the season and gearing up for the pumpkin patch, I decided it was time to share my crochet Pumpkin Head Warmer!

Now the pattern that I am sharing will fit a toddler (completed project measures 18 inches in circumference).  If you would like a different size, just chain until your chain measures to the size you want.  Here is a quick reference guide for sizing.

Toddler             16” – 18”
Child                  17” – 19”
Teen                  18” – 21”
Adult                 20” – 22”

Supplies Needed to Complete Project:

  • Hook G 4.00 mm
  • Yarn:  I used Red Heart Soft in Off White, Tangerine, Chocolate, and Guacamole
  • Yarn Needle
  • Scissors
  • Measuring Tape

The Pumpkin Head Warmer: Toddler Size 18 inches

Using the OFF WHITE yarn, Chain 70, join with a slip stitch (careful not to twist)

*This pattern is worked in the round

Round 1:  ch 2, hdc in each stitch around then slip stitch into the first hdc.

Round 2:  ch 1, sc in in each stitch around then slip stitch into the first sc.

Round 3:  ch2, hdc in each stitch around then slip stitch into the first hdc.

Round 4:  ch 1, sc in each stitch around then slip stitch into the first sc.

Round 5:  ch 2, hdc in each stitch around then slip stitch into the first hdc.

Round 6:  ch 2, dc in each stitch around then slip stitch into the first dc.

Round 7:  ch 2, hdc in each stitch around then slip stitch into the first hdc.

Round 8:  ch 1, sc in each stitch around then slip stitch into the first sc.

Round 9:  ch 2, hdc in each stitch around then slip stitch into the first hdc.

Round 10:  ch 2, hdc in each stitch around then slip stitch into the first hdc.

CHANGE COLORS TO TANGERINE

Round 11:  ch 1, sc in each stitch around then slip stitch into first sc.

Cut yarn and weave in ends.

Round 12:  Attach TANGERINE yarn with a slip stitch to the bottom of the head warmer and ch 1, sc in each stitch around then slip stitch into the first sc.

Cut yarn and weave in ends.

Pumpkin

*Chains count in total stitch count.

Using the TANGERINE yarn, make a magic ring,

Round 1:  ch 2, 8 hdc in the magic ring, slip stitch into the top of ch 2 (9 total stitches)

Round 2:  ch 2, hdc in ch 2 spot, then 2 hdc in each stitch around.  Slip stitch into the top of ch 2  (18 total stitches)

Round 3:  ch 2, hdc in next 4 stitches, then place 2 hdc in next 2 stitches, then place 3 hdc in next stitch, then 2 hcd in next stitch, then 2 hdc in next stitch, then 3 hdc stitches in next stitch, then 2 hdc stitches in next stitch, then place 1 hdc in the next 4 stitches… so far you should have a total of 23 stitches.

CHANGE COLORS TO CHOCOLATE – you will be starting the stem now.

sc in next 2 stitches, ch 1 and turn

Round 4:  sc in next 3 stitches, ch 1 and turn

Round 5:  sc in next 3 stitches, cut yarn and weave in ends.

Leaf

Using the GUACAMOLE yarn, ch 5, sc in 2nd ch from the hook and the next 2 stitches.

4 sc stitches in the last chain spot, then sc in the next 3 stitches, slip stitch into the first sc. Cut yarn, making sure to leaving a long enough tail to sew the leaf to the head warmer.

Finally, all parts of the head warmer are completed!  Now it’s time to assemble it.  I put the seam in the back then placed the pumpkin on the front angled on the left side.  I used some tangerine yarn and sewed the pumpkin portion onto the head warmer.  Then I used chocolate yarn to sew the stem portion on.  Using the tail from the leaf, I sewed the leaf on, then weaved in all lose ends.  You now have an awesome Pumpkin Head Warmer for your adorable little pumpkin.  Please feel free to sell head warmers made from this pattern, but please do not sell this pattern.  I would love and appreciate a link back to this page if you do sell items made from my pattern.

As always, if you have any questions or issues with the pattern, please feel free to contact me and I will do my best to help.  If you do make a head warmer, I would love for you to share it!

Cheers to Pumpkins,
Lisa


Top 5 Crochet Blogs for Free Patterns - Dreams and Caffeine

Top 5 Crochet Blogs for Free Patterns

I couldn’t help but notice when I looked at my planner today how close we are to the holiday season.  It is amazing how fast time flies.  That’s why today’s post points you to my top 5 crochet blogs for free patterns.  With keeping the holidays in mind, I decided it was time to start making my holiday gift list.  I started “Pinterest-ing” (seriously, what did we do before we had Pinterest???) and decided on a few crochet projects that I thought would make great gifts… which then made me think about this post.

Without further ado, here are my top five crochet blogs that offer free patterns

  1. Repeat Crafter Me {http://repeatcrafterme.com}
    I absolutely love this blog!  She has amazing patterns that comes in a variety of sizes.  This is actually one of the first blogs I used when I first learned to crochet.  I loved how many different patterns she had and how fun they were, plus, she has a ton of holiday projects… which is perfect for the holiday-obsessed crocheter.
  1. Hopeful Honey {http://www.hopefulhoney.com}
    This blog offers adorable and fun patterns for all ages!  I’m a huge fan of her Disney inspired crochet projects.  They have made wonderful gifts that are fun and useful for the little ones.
  1. Posh Patterns {http://poshpatternsblog.com}
    Posh Patterns offers a variety of free patterns, but the ones I love the most are the cowls and scarves.  I also love the color combos she uses… great inspiration!
  1. ELK Studio {http://elkstudiohandcraftedcrochetdesigns.com}
    This site has tons of great winter wear (hats, scarves, gloves) that include nice projects for men.  As we all know, decent crochet projects for men are hard to come by, so check out this site.
  1. Mama in a Stitch {http://www.mamainastitch.com}
    She offers a variety of different patterns, but my favorite is the Icelandic blanket.  It’s beautiful and is definitely going to be one of the patterns I use this holiday season to make gifts.

The Velvet Acorn {http://www.thevelvetacorn.com} is one of my favorite places to purchase crochet or knit patterns.  She has great patterns that are beautiful and come in most sizes from newborn all the way up to adult 3XL.  The patterns are reasonably priced and she is great about answering any questions you may have regarding your purchases.

Well folks, that is all for today!  I hope everyone takes a peek at these crochet blogs and what they have to offer.  Happy Holiday Crocheting!

Cheers,
Lisa