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.
Isn't this just adorable. This free pattern, courtesy of Pattern Paradise can be made with or without the applique. It's perfect for your St. Patty's Day celebration.
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.
These Spring Bunnies by Stephanie Jessica Lau are a perfect addition to any Easter Basket. You can add so many embellishments, such as the carrot or the fabric covered ears.
This precious little Blue Bird of Happiness by Sara Elizabeth Kellner can be found over at Ravelry as a free download.
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
These little guys put a smile on my face - Spring Squishies by Josephine Wu. It's another free Ravelry download!
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
INSTRUCTIONS 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.
The other day, I was browsing through Amazon.Com looking for a specific crochet book. I was debating whether or not to get the actual book or get a digital copy on my Kindle. Ultimately, I went with the digital copy because it was much much cheaper. But I found a little gem while I was browsing through the books. Did you know that Amazon has a bunch of free crochet books?? And good ones at that! I was blown away.. and of course I got busy downloading.. immediately. I don't know how long these free e-books will last, if they are permanently free or if it's only for a limited time so get yours while you can!
If you don't have a Kindle, you can always download the Kindle app on just about any device or computer and enjoy these free books in that format. You can download them here.
When I first started out blogging.. way back in the day (like last year), it was strictly for fun. It was a way to share my stories with my family and friends back home (I say that because they were the only ones reading my blog)!
I shared my love of arts, crafts and crochet and offered a few free patterns and got some positive feedback on them. I very very very slowly started gaining followers. I thought to myself, "Huh, I kind of like this pattern writing stuff". I asked myself.. how can I get my patterns out there? So I did a little research and found that it's fairly easy to do. Below are a list of sites where I 'advertise' my free patterns. I found some of them and some of them found me.
If you have any free patterns that you are looking to get out into the crochet world, here is a good place to start (keep in mind that most of these sites require you to sign up as members). Click on the logos to go directly to their site:
Once you become a member of Ravelry, not only do you have access to a massive database filled with free and ready to purchase patterns, you can also list your crochet and/or knitting patterns! Before you complete that first step, make sure that you complete your profile so that the community gets a sense of who you are.
The Yarn Box is another amazing source of free patterns. They have a very cool feature where you can get random patterns. I often times spend way to much times clicking that random button. Again, you have to sign up for membership and complete a profile but once that's done, you can list away. A few things you should keep in mind when listing your patterns: you should make sure your pattern is absolutely free, it must be a crochet pattern (no knitting patterns here), it must be original and you have to include a picture of the finished pattern. Folks over at The Yarn Box review every pattern submitted, so you will have to wait a bit before it is actually published. Not too long though, I promise. While you're at it, I highly suggest signing up for their newsletter. The Yarn Box, like us here at B&B, are not spammy.. at all. You receive one newsletter a week featuring great patterns!
Crochet at Play is one of those rare sites where do you not have to sign up to become a member. All you do is click the submit tab under the logo and follow the instructions. They ask you for the pattern name, link, category and the date. That's it! Easy Peasy! If you have a ton of free patterns available, you may want to consider listing yourself as a designer (you can find B&B here). Designers get their own page on the site and have all of their patterns listed on their page. It's a sweet deal!
Here's another great little gem of a site that found me. Adding your patterns to the site is easy as can be. You do not have to sign for membership, all you do is click the tab marked Add Your Patterns and follow the instructions. You have to submit a picture along with your pattern link, name, email and a brief message. Here's a tip, make sure your picture isn't too large, otherwise you'll get a message asking you to resize it. They also do a button swap, which is a great way to get your name out into crochet world. you grab one of their buttons and ask them to grab one of yours.
Those are the big sites that I submit links to my free patterns on. Aside from that, I also do a bit of networking within the crochet community. Not only is doing so helpful to building a fan base but you get to meet amazing people who are always more than willing to share the tricks of their trade with you. Facebook is always the best place to start. Don't be afraid to join different crochet groups and pages, introduce yourself.. get to know the members and tell them about your free patterns!
I hope you all found this helpful. Stay tuned for more posts like this as well as many more free patterns. Also remember to sign up for our newsletter. Not only do you get a free e-book upon signing up, but you also get access to new, exclusive patterns for subscriber only. I've also been known to give away free copies of my paid patterns.... but shhhh, don't tell anyone. Until next time, Happy Hooking!
Check out the free patterns currently on Amazon.com: