New crochet pattern releases for November 2018
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I am SO excited I can finally show you what I've been working on over the summer! It's been a while since I've released any major crochet patterns and this is why. If you've followed me for at least the past year, you know that I've enjoyed creating crochet pattern collections for the home. Since I learned to crochet 30+ years ago, making afghans has been my passion. I just love everything about them! I love that you can give them to family and friends and they can wrap up in warmth knowing you put your heart and soul into making them something special.
The past 2 years, I wanted more than just the afghans though. I love seeing throws nicely set over couches or placed across beds. But then what? How do you coordinate it with everything else?
What goes better with a beautiful crocheted throw than pillows?
What do you think? The Queen of Hearts Afghan is nice, but doesn't it just look complete now with the pillows?
I'm in LOVE!
Purchase the collection HERE
What you get in the Queen of Hearts
One of my favorite stitches to work is the Tarfaya stitch which I came across in my Crochet Stitches Visual Encyclopedia book. I call it the "Loop the Loop" stitch. It gives such a cool look to projects and the texture is fun to play with!
New Loop the Loop Cowl Crochet Pattern
When I designed the Loop the Loop Boot Cuff crochet pattern, I knew I wanted a cowl to coordinate with them. I actually designed the cowl not long after, worked up the sample and shipped it off to a photographer. She ended up moving to another state and it must have been misplaced in the move. The pattern was pushed aside until now. I love how it turned out and that it can easily be worked to the length and width that each of us enjoy!
Loop the Loop Crochet Video Tutorial #1 (Loop stitch)
The 12 Weeks of Christmas Blog Hop
When I joined this event, I asked all of you what you would like to see designed for quick gifts to crochet. Many of you mentioned these events focus a lot on cold weather projects and it makes it harder for those of you in warmer weather climates. I decided to take a slightly different approach to my design and I hope you'll enjoy it!
First, if you're just joining this event, you can find a list of all designers and links to their projects HERE on my blog. This will give you easy access to each pattern as it is released and you can quickly find those you've missed. Be sure to check them all out! There really are some great designs.
Why I chose this crochet project
Materials & Details
Skill Level: Easy
Materials: 63 yards Vanna’s Choice 4ww yarn or similar, 1 stitch marker or safety pin, 1” Button or barrell button, Kitchen Towel, Sewing machine or needle and thread to hem towel, needle and thread to stitch button
Finished Size: 9” at widest section, 13 ½” height (9” height when buttoned)
Hook: sizes D & H
Gauge:(H hook) 14 hdc & 11 rows = 4”
st(s) - stitch(es), sl st - slip stitch, ch - chain, yo - yarn over, sc - single crochet, hdc - half double crochet, dc - double crochet, tr - treble crochet
Front Post Double Crochet (FPdc): Yo, insert hook from front to back to front around post of indicated stitch, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through 2 loops on hook, yo, pull through remaining 2 loops on hook
Half Double Crochet 2 Together (hdc2tog): [Yo, insert hook in next indicated stitch, yo, pull up a loop]2x, yo and pull through all 5 loops on hook
Note: This design uses standing stitches to begin rows unless otherwise stated. If you are unfamiliar with how to begin a row with standing stitches, you can use the following: ch 1, turn, sc in very first st; ch 2 and skip very first st to be counted as a hdc; ch 3 and skip very first st to be counted as a dc
If you would like to learn how to work standing stitches, you can find a great tutorial here: http://jessieathome.com/crochet-techniques-chainless-row-turns-sc-hdc-dc/
Star Kitchen Towel Top Crochet Pattern
Quick, easy and made with love!
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Star stitch crochet video tutorial
DIY Recipe Card Holder
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My daughter and I came up with a fun idea. Turn them into card holders! We got out all our craft supplies (and purchased TONS more!) and went to work.
We had a BLAST coming up with as many different looks as we could possibly think of. I wish I had photos of the gift baskets we created but that's been so many years ago that I either didn't take photos or they're in the stacks of memory cards that I have. I hope that you'll enjoy creating some card holders of your own!
Recipe Card Holder Supplies
3. 6" Dowls (I bought the 12" dowls and cut them in 1/2)
4. Hot glue gun
6. 2" Craft Clothespins
7. Scissors and wire cutters
8. Small craft supplies of your choice (wood shapes, miniature hats, flowers, ropes, birds, butterflies, etc)
Hey there! Thank you for joining my blog here at Crafting Friends Designs. Grab your hook, some yarn and get comfy as we crochet some fun, unique and beautiful projects together.
I'm Kate and crochet is my passion. I've been crocheting for 30+ years and as you can see from the selection of designs on my site, blankets are my obsession. I absolutely love creating something that will wrap my love around friends and family when they're in need of comfort.
Having 4 beautiful girls of my own has also inspired many infant, toddler and child size dresses. They are my biggest cheerleaders and have enjoyed wearing the things I've made them.
If you love what you see, please leave a comment and let me know!