Boxy Bobble Scarf – free pattern

I’ve had this pattern listed as a paid pattern for quite a while, but today I decided to dust it off and offer it free to you all.  I’m constantly looking for new pattern projects to work on and I couldn’t really find any interesting free scarf patterns, so here’s one for you all looking for a scarf with a twist.  Enjoy and as always, send me your pics so I can feature them on the blog: bobblesandbaubles@gmail.com

Boxy Bobble Scarf

Boxy Bobble Scarf - free pattern by Bobbles & Baubles Boxy Bobble Scarf - free pattern by Bobbles & Baubles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MATERIALS
Size K/10.5—6.50 Crochet Hook
Worsted Weight Yarn in at least 2 colors
Sample: I Love This Yarn
Main Color—Sea Blue
Contrast Color—Retro Mod
Yarn Needle

MEASUREMENTS
65” Long
6” Wide

GAUGE
8 rows of 6 sc’s = 2” square

ABBREVIATIONS
ch – chain hdc – half double crochet sc – single crochet
sl st – Slip Stitch
sp—space
st – stitch
yo—yarn over

BOX CROCHET
Yo, insert hook into st, yo, pull through st, yo, pull through 2 loops.
Yo, insert hook into st, yo, pull through st, yo, pull through 2 loops (3 loops on hook)
Yo, insert hook into st, yo, pull through st, yo, pull through 2 loops (4 loops on hook)
Yo, insert hook into st, yo, pull through st, yo, pull through 2 loops (5 loops on hook)
Yo, pull through all 5 hooks.

 

SCARF (with main color)

R 1: ch 176

R 2: sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across . Ch 2. Turn

R 3: Skip next st, sc in next. *ch 1. skip next st, sc in next* around. Ch 2. Turn.

R 4: Box crochet in ch 1 sp. *ch 1, box crochet in ch 1 sp* around. Ch 2. Turn

R 5: Repeat row 3

R 6: Repeat row 4

R 7-12: Continue repeating rows 3 and 4 consecutively. At the end of row 12, ch 1 instead of 2

R 13: Turn. Sc in every st and ch 1 sp across (176)

Finish off. Weave in ends.

 

EDGING 

Rnd 1: Join with sl st to any corner. Sc in same st and every st around, working 2 sc in every corner

Rnd 2: Working in sc of previous round only, ch 1. hdc dc hdc in same st. *ch 1, skip next st, sl st in next. Ch 1, skip next st, hdc dc hdc in next st* around working a hdc dc hdc in every corner st.

*note: If you added too many stitches in rnd 1, you may have to forgo skipping a st in order to work the hdc dc hdc in the corners. This will not affect the final look of the scarf.

 

Boxy Bobble Scarf - free pattern by Bobbles & Baubles

 

 

Retro Afghan – Free Pattern

It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted a free pattern for an afghan.  A few days ago, I was really in the mood to crochet a baby afghan.  I have no idea why since I have no one to give it to.  But, when the mood strikes, I have to act!  This afghan was super quick to work up, in all it took just over a day.

Retro Afghan - Free Pattern by Bobbles and Baubles

The afghan pictured above ended up measuring 28″ x 32″.  Of course, you can make it bigger or smaller depending on who it’s for.  So here are the steps.  Happy Hooking!

NOTE:  You can use an array of different types of yarn for this afghan.  The hook size used will depend on how big or small you want your afghan to be.  For the one pictured, I used an I hook

MATERIALS
I hook
14 oz of any 2 colors
Yarn Needle

ABBREVIATIONS
sc – single crochet
sk – skip
sl st – slip stitch
sp – space
ch – chain
dc – double crochet
hdc – half double crochet

Retro Afghan - Free Pattern by Bobbles and Baubles

Retro Afghan - Free Pattern by Bobbles and Baubles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INSTRUCTIONS

R1:  Ch 102

R2:  Dc in 4th ch from hook.  *ch1, sk next, dc in next* across.  Change color. Turn.

R3:  Ch2.  Working in front of the stitch from row 2, dc in skipped chain from row 1.  Ch1.  Working behind the stitch from row 2, dc in skipped chain from row 1.  (see pic below)  *Ch1. In front of row below, dc in skipped chain from row 1.  Ch1.  Behind row below, dc in skipped chain from row below* across.  Turn

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R4:  Ch3.  Sk next st, dc in next.  *ch 1, sk next st, dc in next* across.  Change color, turn.

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R5:  Ch2.  In front of row below, dc in ch1 sp of previous row.  Ch1.  Behind row below, dc in ch1 sp of previous row.  *Ch1.  In front of row below, dc in ch1 sp of previous row.  Ch1.  Behind row below, dc in ch1 sp of previous row* across.  Sl st to 2nd of beginning ch3

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Repeat rows 4 and 5 until you reached your desired length, ending with a row 5.  Finish off

BORDER

Hdc in any corner space.  Hdc in each st around, making sure to keep the sides even.  3hdc in ever corner.  Twice around.  Finish off and weave in ends.

Disney Fever.. Free patterns to crochet

This October, my wife and I took an all adult trip to Disney World with her brother and parents.  Yes, we left the kids at home.  Yes, I felt incredibly guilty.. for the first day!  But once I got over the guilt of going to Disney without our kids (and once they reassured us that they were ok with it), I was able to let loose and have fun.  We had the greatest time.  Now, I’ve been to Disney World more times than I can count.. with the kids.  However, going without them was a completely different experience.  We didn’t have to get on all the kiddie rides (although we did get on some) and we didn’t have to do the required annoying ones (think It’s a Small World).  We ate when we wanted, we took a break when we wanted, we were done when we wanted.  It was so freeing.  I highly recommend it.

My wife and I at Epcot Center

My wife and I at Epcot Center

Ever since we got back from our amazing vacation, I’ve had a really bad case of Disney Fever!  I want to go back – NOW! hahaha.  Since that’s not possible, I’ve been doing other things to fulfill my Disney craving: looking through the Disney blogs and Facebook pages, reading behind the scenes stuff and looking at lots of Disney crochet patterns.

I thought I’d share what I found with you.  Here are some of the best of the free patterns I found.  Click on each pic to be taken directly to the pattern.  Happy Crocheting!

Olaf Amigurumi

Olaf Amigurumi

Mickey Baby Set

Mickey Baby Set

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baby Mike & Sully Amigurumii

Baby Mike & Sully Amigurumi

Alice in Wonderland Amigurumi

Alice in Wonderland Amigurumi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mickey & Minnie Diaper Covers

Mickey & Minnie Diaper Covers

Mickey & Minnie Crochet Hats

Mickey & Minnie Crochet Hats

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frozen Hats

Frozen Hats

Stitch Amigurumi

Stitch Amigurumi

Monogrammed Mugs

This year, my staff (at my regular job) doubled in size.  So I needed to find an inexpensive gift that I could make or buy as Christmas gifts.  My wife and I got together and made a combo gift for each person.

Monogrammed Mugs

 

My wife made the felt ornaments and I made (some) of the mugs.  You will know what I mean by some in a minute.  Today, I’ll show you the process of making the personalized, monogrammed mugs.  They are so very easy to make and really quite fun!

You want to start with a basic white mug.  I ended up ordering a case online since I couldn’t find enough of one kind; I needed 24.  Check your local dollar stores, there are quite a few out there that sell white mugs.   Next, you need some oil based markers… really, any glass or ceramic markers will work.  For my mugs, I used oil based sharpies (the thin ones, the thicker markers tend to bleed under the stickers).  They are a bit on the pricey size but they are worth it because it doesn’t come off when you wash your mugs.  You also want to grab yourself a pack of letter stickers.  Make sure that the stickers are not very thick because they will be harder to stick on the mug, especially around the curves.

Use oil based sharpies        stickers

 

Position the stickers on the mug.  I staggered them a bit, some weren’t even at all.  But, it adds to the uniqueness of them.  So don’t worry about them being perfect, once you start paining, it becomes unnoticeable.

Bobbles & Baubles  Bobbles & Baubles

Once your stickers are down, you’re ready to go.  Just grab a marker and dot away.  I like to make the dots denser around the letters so that the initials stand out after the stickers are removed.  You then want to start spreading out the dots to make a burst pattern.

Bobbles & Baubles

Bobbles & Baubles

Bobbles & Baubles

Instead of a burst pattern, you can get fancy and outline a pattern around your stickers then fill them in.  My wife, who is the artistic one in the family, made some beautiful designs on some of the mugs.

Bobbles & Baubles

 

The markers dry fairly quickly so you won’t have to worry about smudging your pieces.  Once you are satisfied with your work, carefully remove your stickers.

You now want to bake your mugs.  Baking your mugs will set them and make them waterproof.  Place the mugs on a cookie sheet and put in a cold oven.  Turn the heat up to 400 and set the timer for 30 minutes.  When you have about 10 minutes left, turn the oven off and let the mugs cool inside the oven.  The reason you want to warm and cool the mugs inside the oven is to prevent cracking them.  Once the mugs are fairly cool, remove them and … voila!  You have beautiful, hand painted, unique gifts!

If you’re not feeling too crafty and would like to order the finished product, I’m selling them for $10 each on Etsy.  Just click one of the pictures below.

Hand painted monogrammed mugs by Bobbles & Baubles Hand painted monogrammed mugs by Bobbles & Baubles

 

Next post will give instructions on making the felt ornaments.  Until then, HAPPY CRAFTING!

 

Free Spring Patterns!

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.

Bobbles & Baubles - Free patterns
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.

Bobbles & Baubles - Free patterns
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.

Bobbles & Baubles - Free patterns
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.

Bobbles & Baubles - Free patterns
This precious little Blue Bird of Happiness by Sara Elizabeth Kellner can be found over at Ravelry as a free download.

Bobbles & Baubles - Free patterns
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

Bobbles & Baubles - Free patterns
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!

Pattern Stripe Aghan – Reader Submitted Free Pattern

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

Pattern Striped Afghan - Bobbles & Baubles

Pattern Striped Afghan - Bobbles & Baubles   Pattern Striped Afghan - Bobbles & Baubles

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!

Pattern Stripe Afghan

 

Free Patterns Found on Pinterest

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