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Things to Make: Simple Slouch Hat

Today, September 15th, is officially "MAKE-A-HAT DAY!" I bet you didn't know there wan such a thing, huh?

Well, in honor of the occasion, I decided to write up a quick and simple Crochet Slouch hat pattern for you to try!

This pattern uses weight 3 yarn, or light/sport weight yarn. For my hat I used Lion Brand Mandala yarn in Genie. The hat is worked in the round, so there won't be any turning on rows. Also, the pattern in written in Standard US terms.


Things to Make: Crochet Kimono Cardigan

I've been busy with the start of a new school year for my kiddos, but while they've been at school I've been busy trying to write up a pattern for my new favorite thing: a Crochet Kimono Cardigan.
Kimono-style shrugs are all the rage right now, and when I came across this amazing Mandala yarn by Lion Brand I knew I wanted to try making a Kimono of my own!

Things to Make: Crochet Flower Garland Pattern

This project was originally shared on my old I'm updating and adding it here, too!

This cute little flower can be used on other fun projects, too, of course!!  (Don't be scared away by the's really much simpler than it might seem at first glance!!)



Materials Needed:

size I crochet hook

scrap yarn in desired colors


ch  = chain

hdc =  half-double crochet

dc = double crochet

st = stitch

sl st = slip stitch

sp = space

rem = remaining

Great Idea: Crochet Planned Color Pooling

I came across this really cool technique a while ago, and wanted to share some of the projects I made using the Planned Color Pooling technique!

I had no idea that you could use many of the awesome variegated yarn colorways out there to make patterns in your finished projects, without haveing to manually change colors and weave in ends! 


Most of the example I have seen use the Moss Stitch or Linen Stitch to get the right amount of stitches to make an argyle pattern form in your projects...but I have also seen some projects with shell stitches, too!

Things to Make: Granny's Flower Garden - Granny Square Pattern

As promised I'm sharing my Granny's Flower Garden Granny Square pattern today! 

(This is the same pattern I used on the Mint and Coral blanket I shared last week!

I really wanted to use the mint and coral colors in an afghan, but I couldn't find a pattern that I really loved.

So, a couple of weeks ago, after trying a couple of other things out, I came up with this pretty Granny Square pattern!)

Things to Make: Fingerprint Bunnies and Chicks!



When I was a kid I loved to check out drawing how-to books from the library.  Some of my VERY favorite books were those put out by Ed Emberley. (Click his name to be directed to his fabulous website where you there all sorts of fun activities!!)

He had several book that were based on colors (Big Purple Drawing BookBig Green Drawing Book, etc.)  He including everything from cute little animals to intricate pirate ships.  I remember pouring over them and drawing all sorts of environments and creatures.

Feature Friday: 8 Cute & Colorful Free Crochet Patterns for Spring!

Easter is just around the corner, and I wanted to share some of the cute crochet projects I've been seeing around the web lately!

You all know how much I love color, so I'm adding my especially favorite colorful Spring creations here!
Here's my curated list of

Eight Cute & Colorful FREE Crochet Patterns for Spring!

1. First up is this lovely little Crochet Easter Egg Garland from Skip to my Lou! I love the pretty pastel colors!

Things to Make: Crochet Poppy Remembrance Pin

In honor of Veteran's Day here in the US, Armistice Day in the UK, and Remembrance Day in France, I put together this simple little crochet poppy pin pattern.

Hope you will enjoy the pattern...and wear a poppy to remember all of the men and women who have sacrificed their lives for the freedoms of others.



Small amount of red worsted weight yarn - medium weight (4) (I used Caron Simply Soft in Harvest Red!)

Crochet hook - size H (5.00 mm)

Tapestry or yarn needle

A black button

Hot glue

A small circle of felt

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Things to Make: DIY Printable Family Rules

I've been working on some fun projects for our new house, and thought I'd share my latest with you!

I wanted to have a fun way to display our family rules in a prominent place in our home, and to add some color and a little more of our family's relaxed personality to our new space, so I created some font art - featuring our families rules! (And also one for our kids birthdays!)

So here it is:


Things to Make: Crochet Shamrock Garland Pattern

Top o' the morning, to ye!

I know St. Patrick's Day is still a couple of weeks off, but I thought it would be fun to share my Crochet Shamrock Garland pattern here, so you can all make one to bring in some festive Irish decor for the holiday!

Don't you feel so lucky? ;) 


Materials Needed:

  • Size I crochet hook
  • Small amount of any green worsted weight yarn


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