Crochet Roundup :: Easter Cuteness!

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Easter is the demonstration of God that life is essentially spiritual and timeless.  ~Charles M. Crowe

Easter is early this year, landing on Sunday March 27, not in usual April.  So if you want to add some crochet fun to your Easter goodies line up.  It's time to get started.  Here are a few fun patterns I found.  They are free, so please respect the designers, by not making the items and selling them as your own, even if it is for your Church fundraiser. 

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Free Patterns :: New Projects Using Smoothfoam for St. Patrick's Day

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For each petal on the shamrock
This brings a wish your way -
Good health, good luck, and happiness
For today and every day.
~Author Unknown


St. Patrick's day with all it's green, reminds me that spring is just around the corner less than a calendar week away.  Celebrate the luck of the Irish with these fun crafts from Smoothfoam that honor both family and the lucky.  These projects are brought to you by the following Smoothfoam design team members:

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Free Pattern: Super Quick Crocheted Valentine Decor



A heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by other. -- Frank Morgan

This project is simple and takes full advantage of the yarn and valentine decoration sales happening at local craft stores.  To create a felt heart with a crocheted trim takes just a half hour or less. Use a large felt heart for a placemat or small ones for coasters.  

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Valentine's Day Welcome Wreath


A smile is the universal welcome. -- Max Eastman


 The history of the wreath dates back to Ancient Greco-Roman times the first being worn as a crown.  They were worn to represent rank, status and achievements. While these original wreaths were made of ribbon or fine metals, bay laurel branches were later fashioned into the shape of a circle.  Laurel was associated with the Greek God Apollo and became symbolic of victory and therefore the winning athletes in the original Olympic Games wore laurel wreaths.

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Free Pattern :: DIY Dog Toy


I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love.

For me they are the role model for being alive. --- Gilda Radner

Toony loves to play.  When we first adopted her from the Humane Society, she was nervous and chewed through all our other dogs toys in quick order until she got to what we call the mop which is essentially just a rope with knots on either end.

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free pattern :: Crocheted T-shirt Yarn Rag Rug


My little dog — a heartbeat at my feet. ~Edith Wharton

I love my dogs.  They protect me, watch over me, and provide endless amount of joy and amusement.  Their favorite perch in the house is in the bench window seat of my studio on the second floor of our house.  They love to watch all the action on the street, barking their warning of approaching dogs and humans.  The bench seat was getting a bit torn up by their claws, so I need to add some protection and with my ever growing stash of t shirts, I decided to upcycle them into t-shirt yarn that I could crochet into a rag rag.  I wanted the rug to be substantial, machine washable and yet a  soft spot for my dogs to hang out.  As you can see above, Josie loves her new spot.  Miss Toony was jealous and decided to move in on Josie's territory.  Missing from the pic was their ensuing dog spat of snarling and snapping at each other.  Josie wanted the rug to herself.  

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Free Patterns :: New Projects Using Smoothfoam for Valentine's Day

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Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love. ~Albert Einstein

I love Valentine's Day.  It is my favorite holiday.  What's not to love about pink, red, lace, chocolate and smooches???
Here are a small selection of fun Valentine Crafts from the design team for Smoothfoam.  

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Free Pattern :: Rainbow Children's Hat / Beanie


When you realize how perfect everything is you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky. ~Buddha


I love rainbows.  Aren't our children the treasure at the end of the rainbow?  I love to knit with highly saturated colors and what better way to do that then to knit a  youngster a rainbow hat to keep them warm on winter days.  The hat is sized at 18" circumference to fit a 7-8 year old. Children at this age frequently draw rainbows in art class, so give them one to wear.

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Free Pattern :: Zippy Knitting Loom Infinity Scarf



Knitting not only relaxes me, it also bring a feeling of being at home. -- Magdalena Neuner

I have been knitting for 33 years now, once worked for a yarn company,  owned a yarn shop, so I am a bit jaded when it comes to new knitting products, but I tell you I bought myself a zippy loom and have fallen in love with it.  It's a sturdy plastic loom with 4 pegs, but you can buy more to make a longer board or to create a frame with it, so you may easily knit extra bulky hats and afghans.  


In the time it took me to watch one episode of Perry Mason (1 hour), I had knit a  scarf that was 130" x 4".  I cast off and stitched the ends together so it made an infinity scarf, which as you can see is really quite flashy fab.  Perfect to wear over a t-shirt with a jean jacket for date night.  



The key to this scarf is drape.  You want to work with bulky yarns that are lightweight such as a traditional "eye-lash " yarn carried with an acrylic. Bulky wools wools won't have the same drape.

You will need:

1 ball (135 yd) of Lion Brand Jiffy

2 balls (57yd) of Lion Brand Fun Fur

1 Knitting Board zippy Loom

Tape Measure


tapestry needle

The directions for casting on, knitting and casting off are included n the kit and are exactly what I did.  They are straight forward and simple.  To see how to videos  and to find other cute quick patterns for the zippy loom.

If your children have learned to finger knit, then move them forward with knitting using the zippy loom.  Be warned, you will go through quite a bit of yarn, so ask friends  if they have nay left over bits in their stash that you may use.  Get several boards and make afghans to donate to your local hospital or senior center.  These warm gifts if knit in acrylic, for ease of washing, will be an appreciated gift.

Free Pattern :: Beginner Level Crochet Baby Hat for Little Hats, Big Hearts


Our hearts are lamps for ever burning... -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I designed this hat in honor of the American Hearts Association's "Little Hats, Big Hearts" campaign to bring national attention to Congenital Heart Defects.  Make one for a loved little one, make one to give.  These are simple and quick to make.  A fun Sunday afternoon project.  This is sized for a 16" diameter hat, 6-12 months old.

To get started you will need

2 skeins of Lion Brand Vanna's Choice acrylic yarn, 1 each of  Red and White.
Size G crochet hook
Ruler or tape measure
locking stitch marker
Tapestry Needle

Guage: 4 sts and 2.5 rows to the inch.

Stitches you will need to know: Double-crochet, single crochet, slip stitch

Let's crochet!

Start with a magic circle.  But rather than use single crochet stitches. Chain 2 and Double crochet 12 sititches into the circle.  Once finished, tighten the circle.  This closes it firmly at the top.  

Round 1: Add a stitch marker, Ch2,1 dc in the same place,  2Dc into each stitch. Slip stitch the last stitch to the fi=the top of the chain-2 for a total count of 24.  Move stitch marker to beginning of next round.

Round 2: Ch2,  *2 double crochet in next stitch, 1 double crochet in next stitch.* Repeat from *to* , slip stitch last stitch to top of chain-2 for a total of 36 stitches.  Move stitch marker to beginning of next round

Round 3: Ch2, Chain 2, 1 double crochet in the same place, 2 double crochet in each of the next 2 stitches, slip stitch last stitch to top of chain 2 for a total count of 48 stitches.  Move stitch marker to beginning of next round.

Round 4: Ch2, Chain 2, 1 double crochet in the same space, 3 double crochet in each of the next 3 stitches, slip stitch last stitch to top of chain 2 for a total count of 60 stitches.  The circle should be 5" in diameter.

Ch2, 1 dc into into the same space. 1dc into each stitch fro the entire round, end with a a slip stitch into the top of the Cha2.  Repeat this round until the hat measure 7- 8 inches. At the 6th inch, switch to white and work for 1 inch in white to add a bold horizontal stripe.  

Scallop Edge:  *Skip 1st, 1sc in next st, skip next st, 5 DC in next st.*  Repeat from * to .* End wth a slip stitch to the the first single crochet.


Heart Embellishment: Use white to match white stripe.

Chain 4. Work 3 tr (triple crochet) into first ch(center), 3 dc into the same space (center)., ch 1, 1 tr into center, ch 1, 3 dc into center, 3 tr into center. Ch 3, sl st into center and fasten off. Use tails to sew heart to the hat.  

Sew in all tails.

Download Our hearts are lamps for ever burning - Excuse the crazy title to this file, but it is a PDF of this pattern for you to download and print.  Happy Crochet!