The past few days I have been getting a start on preparing my Etsy shop for the upcoming Fall and Halloween. I decided to try a few new patterns I found on Ravelry and thought I would share my favorites with you.
The first pattern I tried was for this newborn pumpkin hat. The pattern is by Danyel Pink and it was listed on FaveCrafts.com. The hat came out just like it looked in the picture. I only made a few little tweaks to the pattern. I added a row of single crochets to the bottom brim of the hat just because I thought it gave the brim a more finished look. I also added a few more rows of half double crochets to the body of the hat. I found my yarn did not have very much give, so I needed a few extra rows. This pattern is written for a newborn but it is very basic and could easily be modified to fit any size range.
The second pattern I tried was for this amigurumi pumpkin. The pattern is written by June Gilbank from Planet June. June has the best free crochet amigurumi patterns that I have found on the web. This pumpkin came out perfectly without having to make any adjustments to the pattern. I did however decide to use a larger crochet hook and add a few stitches to make a larger version of the pumpkin. It also came out great. These little pumpkins would make great fall/Halloween decorations. I also think they would look absolutely adorable as decorations at your Thanksgiving dinner table.
I have several additional patterns I hope to try this next week as well as a few ideas for new patterns of my own. Stay tuned 🙂
When starting a new project, I usually like to sit down and design my own crochet pattern. However, there have been many times where I am in a time crunch and it becomes necessary to use an existing crochet pattern for my project. Luckily, there are many great sites on the web full of free crochet patterns to sift through. Here are a few of my favorites.
Craftsy not only has many free crochet patterns but they also have sewing patterns, knitting patterns, craft ideas, cake decorating tips…etc. All of their free patterns are available as PDF downloads. They also have crochet patterns available for purchase. Additionally, you can take online crochet courses from Craftsy such as the course on Tunisian crochet below.
Ravelry has tons of free crochet patterns available. Some free patterns are linked to blog posts and some are available as PDF downloads. They have crochet patterns available for purchase as well. Ravelry also has knitting and sewing patterns. I like Ravelry because it gives you so many options when you search for patterns. You can search for free patterns only or you can search by size, style, yarn weight…etc. It makes finding the perfect pattern very simple.
All Free Crochet has hundreds of free crochet patterns. They are broken down into several categories, each containing links to the free patterns. The only downside to All Free Crochet is that you have to click on each link to see a photo of the pattern unlike Ravelry and Craftsy where the photos are displayed in your search results.
Crochet pattern central is very similar to All Free Crochet. Free crochet patterns are broken down into several categories, each featuring links to several free crochet patterns. Just like All Free Crochet, you also have to click on the links to see a photo of the project. However, Crochet Pattern Central also features links to tutorials as well as tips and tricks.
5. Go Directly to the Yarn Companies Websites.
My last tip is to visit some of the sites for yarn and craft companies. Lion Brand Yarn has several free crochet patterns available on their website, as does Jo-Ann Fabrics and Michaels.
The pattern also contains a photo tutorial for people who are left handed. I tried to figure out the stitch from the photo tutorial but couldn’t make it work. So, I searched the web and found this video tutorial from Crochet Geek for broomstick lace. After watching this video, crocheting the cuff was very simple!
My husband and I stopped over to visit my new nephew yesterday and we took some photos of him in the hat I made for his birth announcement. The crochet bear hat fit him perfectly, although he wasn’t thrilled to be wearing it in the 90 degree, humid Florida weather 🙂
A great simple project for a crocheter of any skill level is a headband. Headbands are also a nice way to use up some of the scrap yarn you have lying around. Plus, you can wear them year round. Here are some of my favorite free patterns for crochet headbands.
It’s really started to heat up here in Tampa. This week there are two days where it is supposed to hit 90 degrees. So, I have been searching for some great warm weather crochet patterns to share. Here are a few of the free patterns that I want to try.
Making a Mother’s Day present is a great way to show how much you care. Homemade gifts can be a lot more sentimental than something purchased from a store. Here are a few of my favorite crochet Mother’s Day gift ideas. All the patterns below are free.
1. Crochet four strand necklace with flower from Creative Yarn.