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Top-Down Christmas Stocking

May 27, 2017 No comments yet
Top-Down Christmas Stocking

Here is a new mini Christmas stocking crochet pattern. This 6 inch long stocking pattern features a ribbed cuff and is worked top-down. There is an option for a folded over cuff which was a later idea added to the original pattern. Directions for both styles are listed in the free crochet pattern below.

Top-Down Crocheted Mini Christmas Stocking Pattern

G (4 mm) crochet hook – approx. 52-55 yards depending on yarn medium weight yarn
or 56-60 yards for longer fold-over cuff option.

With Caron Simply Soft yarn- length is 6 inch long from top cuff to toe. 2.75 inches wide across top cuff.

With Red Heart Super Saver yarn- length is 6-1/3 inches long. 3 inches wide across top cuff.

R 1: Leaving a long tail to start, chain 8 and Sc in the 2nd chain from hook. Ch 1, turn. (7 sts)[…]

Easter Towel Topper

April 15, 2017 3 comments
Easter Towel Topper

I found this pretty Easter flowered towel at Shopko and turned it into a crocheted Easter gift. I folded it in half and crocheted a pink towel topper onto the kitchen towel.

I used the free crochet pattern called double layered waffle towel topper pattern. The only change I made was for the extra large pink button I added for the closure. Because it was so large, I chained 3 stitches for the buttonhole. I then crocheted a few extra stitches into the buttonhole on the next row to secure the large opening for the button. It worked out great and the button fits through the hole nicely.

I love this double layered, no cutting or sewing towel topper. They make such nice gifts and work up super fast. So if you need a quick gift idea, check out this crochet project.[…]

Waistcoat Crochet Mini Christmas Stocking

March 17, 2017 1 comment
Waistcoat Crochet Mini Christmas Stocking

Here is a new crochet pattern for a mini 6 inch long Christmas stocking. This pattern uses the waistcoat stitch. I love the look of this stitch as it appears to be a knitted sock when it is really crocheted. Here is a link to a waistcoat stitch tutorial to help demonstrate how to crochet this knit-look stitch. I also found doing graph images can add a nice touch to a crocheted waistcoat stocking.

I have been practicing this stitch and I must say it is a bit hard to master. It is very dense and finding the V space to crochet into can be difficult. I found a larger crochet hook helps and crocheting in bright light makes it easier too. One important tip to pass along is to go slow and have patience as you crochet this stitch. I also found that the more I practiced the stitch, the better I became so keep at it if you find it difficult.

In working the heel in waistcoat stitch, you have to cut the yarn for each row. I found in future stockings I crocheted that it was easier to work the heel in regular single crochet stitches. It also helps so the heel isn’t so pointy looking. I have included both options below in the written pattern. So if you want to do the whole stocking in the traditional waistcoat stitch you can or use option 2 below.

Waistcoat Mini Christmas stocking pattern
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5-1/2 to 6 inch Mini Christmas Stocking
H (5 mm) crochet hook – 1 ounce of medium weight yarn (50-52 yards)

Chain 3 and join to form circle or you can use a magic circle.[…]

Merry Christmas the Recycled Way

December 24, 2016 2 comments
Merry Christmas the Recycled Way

I was thinking about my recycled craft projects and as I was recycling some old Christmas cards, I thought of a great Christmas greeting. Merry Christmas the recycled way! It sums up what I think about much of the time and a fun message this time of the year.

Here are more Christmas ornaments that I made by recycling old Christmas cards and crocheting an edging around them. For more details check out the recycled Christmas card tutorial.[…]

Mini Cuffed Christmas Stocking Pattern

October 1, 2016 2 comments
Mini Christmas Crochet Stocking Back

I make many mini Christmas stockings each year for the Warmth for Warriors group. I decided I wanted to try a new crochet pattern to change things up a bit on my stocking making and came up with this new pattern. I took my cuffed baby booties pattern and tweaked it to create this mini cuffed Christmas stocking. The pattern is easy and can be crocheted in less than an hour plus it is free so enjoy the crochet pattern below.

Mini Christmas Cuffed Stocking Pattern

Crochet hook: H (5 mm) hook
Yarn: 3/4 oz Worst Weight Yarn (42-50 yards depending on yarn)
Finished size: 6 inches tall, 4.75” wide at toe, & 2.75” wide at top.

Rnd 1
Ch 2, work 9 Sc in 2nd ch from hook. (You can also start with a magic circle and work 9 Sc’s in circle.) Don’t join as the toe section is worked in rounds without joining. Place a stitch marker at the beginning of each round. (9 sts)[…]

Easter Plarn Projects

March 16, 2016 3 comments
Easter Plarn Projects

Easter is just about upon us and what better time to share some recycled plastic bag or plarn projects.
Here is a cute Easter basket you can crochet using some recycled green, yellow and white plastic bags.

Here is a larger basket that I crocheted several years ago with some hard-to-find purple plastic sacks. An on-line friend sent me these purple retail sacks and I happily recycled them into plarn. I cut the bags 1 inch wide and crocheted the basket using this free Easter basket pattern. […]

Merry Christmas

December 25, 2015 No comments yet
Christmas Greeting

May the magic of Christmas be with you throughout the coming year. I will be back in the new year to share more crocheting and recycled craft projects. Until then happy holidays everyone![…]

Recycled Christmas Card Ornaments

December 16, 2015 1 comment
Recycled Christmas Card Ornaments

Here are recycled Christmas cards I crafted into ornaments. These are promotional cards mailed out to advertise Christmas cards that can be ordered. I glued the cards back to back to hide the advertising on the reverse sides of each card. The cards are so pretty and different companies mail out several sets to us each year.

By cutting out shapes from the cards and using a big craft needle and yarn, these make beautiful Christmas ornaments. This is a recycled craft that children especially can enjoy as you just need to stitch around the holes and tie a long strand of yarn at the top for a hanger.

Here is another style of trim I made by crocheting around the edges of the card using a small C crochet hook. I did 2 single crochet stitches in each hole and just worked my way around the ornament. The small crochet hook works best as it fits through the punched holes.

Here is my picture tutorial on how to recycle old Christmas cards into ornaments. Just follow my step by step process […]

Plarn Star Christmas Ornaments

December 7, 2015 1 comment
Plarn Star Christmas Ornaments

Crafting with recycled materials is always a rewarding venture for me. It is truly taking trash or otherwise useless material and creating something new. The new item can be a work of art that is pleasing to see or repurposed into something useful. In this case of recycling plastic bags, I have crocheted some Christmas ornaments that I affectionately call my plarn star Christmas ornaments.

Below I have two different sets of Christmas stars, one is crocheted with recycled plastic bags or plarn and then the other matching one is done in acrylic yarn. The granny stitch stars are both made using the exact same pattern that can be found here[…]


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