Beginner Twist Headband

These are THE PERFECT quick gift, stocking stuffer, etc. Last Christmas, when I had a gift that I felt was missing a personal touch (i.e. gift cards), I would add one of these to the gift bag; my friends and family loved it! It’s an all around practical and thoughtful gift, that happens to be cheap and really quick to make! 😛

I also make these to keep in my car during winter, it’s really nice to have as a ‘just in case’ item. Here are two different interpretations of the twist headband that I have made. I’ll link the websites where I found the FREE patterns!

The pattern for this headband came from www.thepurpleponcho.com .

The pattern for this headband came from Kay Krochets

They both work up extremely fast, are easily adjustable for different yarns/head sizes and they are adorable for all ages!

Happy crocheting,

Melissa

Beginner Dog Sweater – Free Pattern

Quick and Easy Dog Sweater

This adorable dog sweater is so easy and quick to make. I love how customizable it is. When I was making this sweater, I was frequently trying it out on my dog, Zoey, to see if it needed more increases, where the leg holes would need to be, etc. Luckily, she was pretty sleepy and let me use her as my little model.

Overall, this worked up pretty quick. It took me the length of a football game from start to finish (with lots of snack breaks ;P).

Without further ado, lets get started!

Materials:

Abbreviations:

ch = chain

sc = single crochet

hdc = half double crochet

st(s) = stitches

Notes:

Pattern written in US terms

Customize this pattern to fit your pup! Keep trying it on your pup and adjust as needed.

First we’ll create the neck:

Ch 21 (Make this however tall you want the neck to be, I did a long neck as I wanted a turtle neck vibe)

skip first ch and sc in each ch across, turn

Row 2: ch 1, skip first sc and sc in each st across, back loop only, turn

Row 3-21: Repeat row 2

Tip = Use your dog’s collar to know how many rows to do, the width of this neck should be one or two rows longer than your dog’s collar.

Join the first row and last row together using slip stitch or sc.

Where the neck is going to continue on to be the body of the sweater, sc in each row along the bottom.

Body of Sweater:

Now we will hdc all the way around!

For the body of the sweater, either have your dog close by to check measurements or measure your dog ahead of time and have the measurements of their chest with you.

The body is really easy and customizable. It’s basically half double crochet’s all the way around using increases/decreases as needed.

My dog, Zoey, has a puffy chest, but small waste. So I increased every 6 half double crochets for about the first 3 or 4 rows, and then decreased every 6 half double crochets for one row after chest.

Creating Leg holes:

I was repeatedly trying the sweater on Zoey as I was making it to see when I should make the leg holes. When I finally reached the point where the sweater reached her legs, I added stitch markers when it was on her, to know how wide the leg hole needed to be (see photo below).

Continue to hdc in each stitch until you reach the first stitch marker. To create the leg hole, *ch the number of sts you’re skipping in between the stitch markers + 2 (I added two ch for some extra leg room) After the second stitch marker, continue with hdc.* When you reach the next stitch marker, rep *.

When you have the leg holes in, make sure to try it on your pup to make sure it’s fitting at this point.

Continue hdc until it’s the right length for your pup.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Crochet Bohemian Bag

This adorable crocheted boho purse is my new favorite thing that I’ve made. It’s the perfect size to carry around the next crochet project that I’m working on. (I often times will take my projects with me to work so that I can work on them during my lunch break). It easily fits a couple of skeins of yarn and my hook pouch.

Normally, I’m more of a neutral color person, but in this bag, I’m really liking the pop of color it ads to my outfit. It certainly helps that all my outfits are grey or black :P.

I used Make & Do Crew’s Bohemian Fringed Crochet Bag (pattern link at bottom of the post). I love that a lot of her patterns are a modern twist to the bohemian style.

The pattern is straight forward and easy to follow. It’s a great pattern for those beginners looking to move to the next level and try a few new stitches as well as double crochet stitch decreasing (used in the flap).

Cute Boho Crochet Purse

Materials Used:

One of my favorite things about crochet is that you can take any pattern or idea and customize it to yourself. There’s been very few times where I’ve followed a pattern to the T. I always see something and think ‘hmm… I think this way will be better…‘ certainly has led to many failed attempts, however, It’s been a great learning curve!

I did make a couple of changes to her pattern. I opted out of the fringe, and I also skipped the flap from the pattern. I had made it, but couldn’t get myself to cover the beautiful design below. I love the flap and fringe for a white bag, but since mine is a brighter purple, I opted for a more simple design.

Bohemian crochet purse

Find the pattern HERE from Make & Do Crew

Quick Beginner Crochet Hat – DIY Christmas Present

This crochet winter hat is the PERFECT beginner project. It’s literally just double crochet stitches (in the back stitch) the entire time.

Tools Needed for this project:

  • 2 Skeins of Yarn (Weigh: Bulky 5 or Super Bulky 6) I used Lion Brand Yarns Hometown USA, Super Bulky, 6. However, mine did come out a bit heavy, I would use a bulky 5 yarn for next time!
  • Size L (8mm) crochet hook
  • Tapestry needle
  • Faux Fur Pompom Ball for the top of the hat. I bought my here on Amazon

I used this pattern from Make & Do Crew

Chain 37

Row 1: dc in the fourth chain from the hook and each ch following, turn (34)

Row 2: ch 3, dcblo in each dc to the end of that row, turn (34)

Row 3 – 22: repeat row 2 until you have enough rows. I used 22 rows, because I have a larger head and like a looser fit. You may only need 18-21 rows.

Next, using the tapestry needle, seam together the edges. I used this video’s technique to make a seamless edge.

Closing top — Use a tapestry needle and the strand of yarn leftover from previous seam (or new piece of extra yarn), weave yarn in and out of each stitch. Tighten circle and use the needle to sew in any gaps in top of hat.

Weave in ends, add faux fur ball and voilĂ  !

Quick & Cute Beginner Cowl Crochet Pattern

This easy, beginner friendly cowl is great for a quick Christmas present! It’s quick to make up, super cute, and a great practical gift that your friends and family are going to love!

Quick Beginner Crochet Cowl

I love this cowl for those blustry winter days, it provides great neck/face protection from the wind and snow, yet it’s not as bulky/heavy as a big scarf.

Let’s Begin!

What You Need:

Abbreviations:

ch = Chain

sl st = Slip Stitch

hdc = Half Double Crochet

Gauge = 5 hdc = 3″

Finished Size = ″ circumference & ″ height

Written in Standard US terms

Cowl Pattern:

ch 60, make sure ch is not twisted, sl st to first ch to form a circle

Round 1: ch 2, hdc in 3rd ch from the hook, hdc in every st around, sl st to top of first hdc (60)

Round 2: ch 2, hdc in the first st and continue hdc in every st around, sl st to top of first hdc (60)

Round 3-12 : Repeat round 2

Finish: After the sl st on the last round, fasten off with scissors and weave in loose ends using crochet hook or yarn needle.

The Best Ways to Store Yarn

A few months after starting my crochet journey, I took a step back and looked at my desk– it was scary. Yarn EVERYWHERE. Skeins of yarn, little scrap pieces of yarn, tangled yarn I had given up on, etc.

I thought to myself – there has to be a cute way to display this yarn, while also being practical and easy to access. Below are the best ways I have found!

Wooden Crates

My favorite way to store yarn is using wooden crates. I love the rustic look it adds to the room. Its also nice that this option allows you to group yarn by type or color.

Baskets (Wicker, Crocheted, Wire)

I like using baskets because they are mobile. If you working on a project with a lot of different types of yarn, it’s especially nice to be able to carry it around the house with you. The negative side of baskets — they take up more real estate than the other options, and inside the basket can get a bit messy looking.

Picture from Making a Home

Bookshelf

A very accessible and economical choice. The bookshelf can be as simple or fancy as you want it to be, let the yarn be the decoration!

Yarn bookshelf storage
Photo by Paul Hanaoka on Unsplash

Underbed Storage Bin

If you’re like me, and short on space, this option is great. You can pull it out from under your bed and get a great bird’s-eye view of all the yarn you have.

Wine Rack

Just picture a bunch of beautiful yarn in place of these wine bottles. You would be able to organize by color and make it a beautiful design piece in your home!

Wine Rack
Photo from this Amazon Posting

There are SO many different ways to organize yarn. Peg boards, shoe bags, shoe boxes, and so many more. The above are just a few of my favorites.

VERY Easy Crochet Roses

An adorable, easy, and quick crochet project! This simple project uses chain, sc, hdc, dc, and treble stitches. It makes a long, funky looking strand, all you have to do is roll it up, adjust as needed, and sew it in place!

After making a few of these roses, I can’t decide what I should make out of them.

Although, there is a good chance I will make a cute Summer garland out of mine. 😊

I followed the very simple pattern from Melanie Ham: Here

Which Crochet Hook Should You Buy?

Crochet hooks are made in many different materials, sizes, and shapes. How does one know which is the best option for them!?

Crochet Hook Materials

Crochet hooks can be made out of many different types of materials. Below I’ll list some of those materials and the benefit of those materials.

  • Steel – Used in a lot of the smaller hooks. Steel is great for detail work like dollies.
  • Aluminum – Very popular hook choice. They are very affordable and have a nice, easy to use, finish.
  • Plastic – Also very affordable and popular choice. They can come in all sizes and are available in a wide variety of fun colors.
  • Bamboo & Wood – These materials feel soft and warm. They come in most sizes and have a very sophisticated look to them.
  • Tunisian – (aka Afghan) – Longer than regular crochet hooks. Tunisian crochet is special type of crochet that looks more similar to knitting. You work multiple stitches onto the hook, similar to knit.
  • Ergonomic – Larger handles that create an easier grip. Especially for those with conditions such as carpal tunnel or arthritis.
  • Light Up Hook – A hook with a light on it. GENIOUS. For those late nights or movie nights where you don’t want to or can’t have the lights on. I have a long commute everyday and these are great for those dark winter car rides home.
  • Knook – Like Tunisian, Knook is another variation of regular crochet. The Knook crochet has a small hole at the end where you thread a cord for holding your stitches.

My favorite Hooks:

When I started crocheting, i bought two Crochet Hook Sets, one with smaller hooks, and one with the larger hooks. Both VERY affordable. The first two sets below are the ones I use most regularly, however I really do enjoy the feel of the bamboo hooks (third link below). Links to purchase these sets are provided below the images.

This is not an ad or affiliate link, I personally purchased and enjoy these products.

Crochet Hook Set 6.5mm-10mm
Small Crochet Hook Set 2mm-6mm
Bamboo Crochet Set

Crochet Pumpkin Garland

Crochet Pumpkin Garland

My first successful project. It’s SO satisfying finally being able to create something that I can display in my home. Before making these pumpkins (pictured), I had made a couple of ‘practice’ pumpkins. With each pumpkin I learned a lesson that I was able to correct with the next. That’s the beauty of crochet, the more you practice, they more mistakes you’ll make and therefore the better you’ll be!

Crochet Pumpkin
Crochet Pumpkin Garland

Find beginner friendly instructions from mallo: Here

What was your first project!? Comment below!

DIY Crochet Christmas Gifts

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When I think about what to give others for Christmas there’s a list of criteria I always keep in mind:

  • Expense – Luckily for me, my family sets pretty reasonable gift limits for Christmas. Typically my immediate family spends $40 or less for Christmas gifts (per person). My siblings and I usually do a separate gift exchange and put a $20 gift limit for our gifts.
  • Usefulness – I want the person to actually have a use for my gifts. I’m not a fan of gifts that just sit on the a shelf or will be shoved in a drawer until it’s thrown away.
  • Thoughtfulness – I try and listen to people throughout the year and when someone says they want something or are interested in something, I’ll write that item down on my iPhone Notes App. Then when they open it, I can reference that time in August when they mentioned they’ve thought about getting a Netflix account many times, and I bought them a 6 month subscription to try it out!

That’s why I LOVE crocheting gifts. #1 it’s very affordable, #2 you can make the item based on the needs for that person, #3 a homemade gift, in my opinion, is the most thoughtful type of gift you can give.

Top 5 Crochet Gift Ideas

Winter Wear. You can never go wrong with the classic hat & scarf or hat & mittens. Keep in mind I live in North Dakota. You can never have to many hats, mittens or scarfs in ND.

Mug Cozy with Gift Card. The best of both worlds, you give them something homemade (thoughtful), useful, AND it can be as expensive or inexpensive as you want!

Homemade Crochet Basket with Goodies. This is a great gift for anybody, because you can adjust the ‘goodies’ to fit the person. Have a lotion/bath lover? Fill it with soaps and bath bombs! Movie lover? Fill it with a couple of movies, microwave popcorn and candy! You get the idea!

Washcloth & Scrubbies. A more practical gift, but still very thoughtful and cute.

Cozy Crochet Blanket. Who doesn’t love being gifted a blanket?