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We are gearing up for Spring here at Bobbles & Baubles. And what better way to get in the spirit than trying your hand at some spring crochet. I've scoured the web and found some of the best free patterns available. Some new and some oldies but goodies. So dust off those hooks and prep that yarn, it's time for Spring Crocheting! Click on each picture to be taken directly to the pattern.
A Crocheted Simplicity has some GREAT patterns. I have more than my fair share of them. She has easy to read, step by step instructions - you will not be disappointed. This week, she released her new Easter Basket pattern.
Red Heart some great patterns over on their site, if you haven't been there yet you should go take a quick peak. Among their lovely patterns I found this little gem, perfect to bright up any little girls room for the Spring - the Spring Fling Pillow
That's it for today, stay tuned later this week for some more free patterns. Until then, Happy Hooking!
I've said it before and I'll say it again, I have the very best readers. You all leave the greatest comments and send me the sweetest emails. It's always nice to know how much the free patterns are appreciated. And I absolutely love the stories behind the afghans, some are tear-jerking, others make me laugh. Please keep sharing with me!
One such reader, Carolyn Swope, sent me a lovely email telling me how inspired she was by my Never Ending Bobble Blanket (found here). So inspired in fact that she made her own version. She contacted me and asked if she could share her pattern with all of you. of course I said yes! Take a look at her lovely afghan
To download Carolyn's pattern, click the link below. And as always, please share pics of the items you make from the free patterns listed on my site. And keep those emails, comments and requests coming. Until next time, happy hooking!
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Many of you know that I have some awesome free patterns on my Pinterest boards. But did you know that I add tons of free patterns several days per week? Every pin added has been personally checked out to make sure that all links are in working order. And every single pattern is 100% free. Below are a few of the boards you will find over on the Bobbles & Baubles Pinterest page. To check out the rest, follow us by clicking the link on the right or heading here
Ever since I posted my free pattern for the Market Bag with Floral Accent (found here), I've been getting lots of reader pictures of their completed projects. My readers are a talented group of crocheters!!
I wanted to share with you how awesome their bags have turned out. They've used a variety of yarns, colors and hook sizes. The gallery below shows all of their uniqueness.
And finally, check out this one. This lovely crocheter altered the pattern a little and instead of joining the strap on one end, she made it adjustable by adding a button! Genius!!
Special thanks to Sandra B., Linda, Jenny, Jill and Ann for sharing their pics. Keep those pictures coming!
By now most of you know that there are many many ways to join your yarn and/or change colors. Some are not as stable as others.
For many years, I would join my yarn, or change colors by tying two end pieces together and then weaving in the excess. That is a fairly stable method as the knot keeps the ends from separating. It was not until recently that I changed my method to a more secure one. Who knew that was even possible?
This method is called the Russian Join. There are absolutely no ends to weave in and the join is seamless! I learned by watching the video below, and I will never go back to my old method. Enjoy!
Lately I've gained a whole new appreciation for the granny square. I don't know why that is, maybe because I've seen all of the possibilities of this extremely versatile pattern. I've been itching to make one, so this week I decided to give it a go. I made 2 lovely afghans, one is a security blanket / car seat or stroller blanket and the other a regular baby sized afghan. I decided to add a lovely edging to the bigger one just to give it a little flair.
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MODERN GRANNY AFGHAN
NOTE: You can use an array of different types of yarn for this afghan. The hook size used will depend on the type of yarn chosen. For the yellow one, I chose 100% cotton yarn (Lily Sugar N' Cream) with an H hook and for the blue one, I used worsted weight yarn (Loops & Threads Impeccable Impeccable) with an I hook.
Refer to note above for yarn - how much you need is dependent on how big you make it
Refer to note above for hook - the thicker the yarn, the bigger the hook size
sc - single crochet
sk - skip
sl st - slip stitch
sp - space
ch - chain
Rnd 1: Start with a magic ring (tutorial found here). Instead of sc in the ring, *3dc in center, ch 1* Repeat from *to* three more times. Ch 1. Join to top of first dc. Tighten ring. (you should have 4 sets of 3dc and ch 1 sps in the middle)
Rnd 2: Sl st in next dc. Continue to sl st until you reach the ch 1 sp. Ch 2. 2 dc, ch 1, 3dc in ch 1 sp. *skip next 3 dc. 3dc, ch 1, 3dc in space between 3dcs* Repeat from *to* around. Join
Rnd 3: Sl st until you reach the ch 1 sp. Ch 2. 2dc, ch 1. 3dc in sp. *Skip next 3 dc. 3dc in next sp. Skip next 3 dc. 3dc, ch 1, 3dc in space between 3dcs* Repeat from *to* around. Ch 1. Join
Continue last round, keeping the following in mind:
* 3 dc only along the sides of the blanket (do not ch 1 between the 3dcs)
* 3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc in every corner
To change color at the end of a round:
* Sl st until you get to a corner ch 1 sp. Finish off. Weave in ends. Start new color.
(shown in yellow blanket)
Hdc around every st. 2 hdc in every corner
(shown in blue blanket)
Rnd 1: Sl st in any corner ch 1 sp. Ch 5. *Sl st between 3dc. Ch 5*. Repeat from *to* around. Join to first sl st. Finish off. Weave in ends
Rnd 2: Join with sl st to any ch 5 loop. Ch 5. *Sl st in next ch 5 loop. Ch 5* repeat from *to* around. Join to first sl st. Finish off. Weave in ends.
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Many of you have written to me asking for some clarification on the Reversible Shell baby Afghan. As I was responding to some of your messages last night, I had a chance to look it over. I see how it can be a bit confusing!
So last night, I took a bit of time to update the pattern You can find it here. I've added some pictures for guidance and simplified the steps. I know that this one is a bit tricky so I really hope that helps. Please let me know how it works out for you. And if you have any pics of the finished product to show, please share.
I'm in the process of making another one so I will add better pics of it once I'm done.
Until then, happy Hooking!