December 31, 2012

American Girl Doll Gown Free Crochet Pattern

Great new free pattern from Donna's Crochet Designs!

This gown will fit an American Girl Doll or like size doll.

The gown features white pansies with black faces.

Hat has black and white stripe brim.

The hat has an open crown so the doll's hair can cascade out.

Sleeves and hem both feature pansies and black and white stripes.


December 16, 2012

Delightfully French Sweater Free Vintage Knit Pattern

What with the craziness of the holidays I forgot to let everyone know the latest free vintage pattern I have to offer!
It is called: Delightfully French--not sure why-- but it is a vintage knit pattern you can find here

December 10, 2012

Tree Rug and Pillow Free Crochet Pattern

This week's pattern could easily be called a Christmas theme pattern, but I think it could work well for every day use especially if you change the colors.

It is called: Tree Rug and Pillow

What give this pattern a bit of punch is the blanket stitch edging I used around each section of the trees and the triangles that edge the rug and the pillow.

Any worsted weight yarn can easily be used in place of the suede yarn the pattern calls for.

December 07, 2012

Some Of My Favrite Snowmen From Years Pass

This is a Tassel Snowman Ornament.  What I really like about this guy is how easy he is to make.  You just make a hollow snowman and then stuff the tassel in to give him a great wispy look.

Ahhh, Dance Of The Snow People.  I think I'm more in love with the idea that after everyone has gone to bed the all snow people made that wintry day dress up and go to a midnight ball.

Peppermint Snowman At Top A Peppermint Pillow.  He makes a great stand alone decoration.

But my all time favorite has to be these Snowman Faces.  They are so versatile, you'd never get bored playing with these guys!

December 05, 2012

Peacock Afghan A New Free Vintage Pattern

                                                             Free Vintage Pattern!
                                                                Peacock Afghan!

December 04, 2012

Peppermint Purse & Scarf Free Crochet Pattern

I wanted to post something more in line with the holiday spirit.  What goes better with Christmas then Red & White & Peppermints?  How about this Peppermint Purse & Scarf set!

Both are made using worsted weight yarn.  You simply carry the unused yarn behind your stitches as you work them so dropping and picking up colors are a breeze.  For those who aren't familiar with the process here is a tutorial I made awhile back that should help illustrate the idea better.

I used a combination of both the yarns to make the fringe on the scarf and this big, chunky tassel at the bottom of the purse.  Feeling more in the holiday spirit yet?


November 29, 2012

Two Free Vintage Patterns

This week's vintage free pattern is actually 2 patterns.
One is what they called a Ski Sweater.
The second one is for a sleeveless sleeve dress.
Both are done in a worsted weight yarn so it should be easy to find a replacement yarn like from Red Heart or Bernat.


November 27, 2012

Circles & Rectangles Choker Free Crochet Pattern

Great New Free Pattern: Circle & Rectangle Choker!
You can do it with beads, do it withough beads or a combination of both.
Only a few varriations are pictured here, but I'm sure you can think up a lot more!
How about using fun fur yarn or sequins!
Size 10 crochet thread and size E beads are used in the pattern.  I got the wire choker in the jewelry making isle of my local craft store--Michaels I think.
Also here is a beading tutorial to get you started!


November 26, 2012

8 Necklaces From My Favorite Flower

It's been awhile but here is my latest pattern.
It is a series of 8 necklaces all based on my favorite flower to crochet.
The pattern is only 3.99 and found here.
Easy and fast to make!
All done with size 10 crochet thread.
Great for gifts!


November 25, 2012

Buy 1 Pattern & Get 2nd Pattern Free

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Buy 1 Pattern & Get 2nd Pattern Free!
Just write name of free pattern in the comment box on the order form!

November 20, 2012

Photo Tutorial on How To Make Interlocking Loop Stitch in Crochet

 I just published a tutorial on how to do interlocking loop stitch in crochet.  In this example, cuff bracelet,  (pattern) it was done in stripes so that when looped together the blue loops would be over the red stripes and the red loops over the blue. 

 In this cuff bracelet (pattern) the loops are every other in color and make nice long lines.

 This cuff bracelet (pattern) the loops are made with beads. (slide bead, ch-1).

I don't want you to think this stitch is only for jewelry.  In this example (pattern) the Tab Top Curtains use three colors and the interlocking loops make stripes.


November 19, 2012

How To Crochet With Beads Photo Tutorial

 I just posted this tutorial on How to crochet with beads.  It's a step by step photo tutorial.

Here it the link to the cuff pattern to the left:

And a cuff done using pearl beads.

This technique also works well with sequins like in this phone holder/ extra pocket.

November 16, 2012

How They Transformed Tired Clothes During WWII

Here is how they re-styled old and worn clothes during WWII.
Anyone ready to do thrift store shopping and try them out?
I wonder if you substituted crochet for the replacements how that would work out?

November 15, 2012

Free Vintage Pattern: Open Crown Hat & Bag

This vintage pattern will have you "styling" with the addition of an Open Crown Hat and matching Bag.
The patterns are crochet and from the middle to late 40's.
If you don't like how floppy a hat and purse can get when made solely of yarn you can line it with buckram.
Buckram is a very heavy, but light weight interfacing used in making hats so they will keep their shape.
It's found at most fabric stores, but you do have to ask for it.

November 14, 2012

Free Crochet Ornament and Rug Pattern

 Here are two new free patterns just in time for your Christmas decorating.  The first one is for the tree.  The ornament was made using size 10 crochet threads and features an indented center like ornaments from holidays past. It measures 3-1/2" across and filled with stuffing or fiber fill. 
Make one in a dozen different colors to decorate your tree!
Make them as gifts!
Add them to the bow on a present!

The second pattern is also an ornament but this one was made for the floor!  It's an ornament rug!
The rug features a two-color center that "swirls". It was made using 2 strands of worsted weight yarn and is 24" across.

I hope you enjoy them!

November 13, 2012

Great Baby Cardigans and Hats Free Vintage Pattern

Here is a great pattern that will work for either a boy or a girl!
I believe the pattern is from the late 50's and features a super cute cardigan in 2 colors as well as a tam style hat, baseball hat, booties and mittens.
Remember with vintage patterns the terms may be a little different that what you are use to, but for the most part they can be figured out.  Also the brands and types of yarns called for may not still be made, but if you pay attention to the weight of the yarn called for you can easily find  a substitute.

November 09, 2012

Child's Holiday Yoke Free Crochet Pattern

This week's free pattern is for a fast and easy to

make yoke in child sizes 1-2 yr and 3-5 yr.
It's a great way to take a plain dress and make it Holiday perfect!
Plus if you don't like the idea of the crochet ribbon and bow you can easily change it to actual ribbon!

October 31, 2012

Free Vintage Crochet Pattern: Mardi Gras Afghan

The free vintage pattern from my collection is called: "Mardi Gras" Afghan.  It is a simple block afghan that goes together to create a cute color block design with star like inserts.  I really like this one.  You may not realize it by looking at it, but it is a fairly versatile design.
How about dark blue for the background, light blue for the pink and yellow for the star-like inserts to make it look like the night sky.  Add snowflake appliques to the light blue and you have a winter wonderland afgahn!


October 29, 2012

Black & White Hat, Scarf and Mittens Set Free Crochet Patterns

It's been a long time I know. 
I had a bad move to a rural area where power hits killed my hard drive before I found my surge protector.  Thank heavens for back ups!
So many things got mis-laid and probably more are still in boxes.  Yes I did label all the boxes like: Kitchen.  Problem is that was all I put on the boxes that held everything that goes into my kitchen, including food, towels, the junk drawer, etc.  It was 3 days before I found my pots and pans.
Today is my first day to republish my free pattern site after wading through copies of copies that were mirrored in my back up. It is for a hat, scarf and mittens that are made of blocks of color. 
As long as you know how to single crochet, double crochet (my favorite stitch combination for texture) and how to drop and pick up colors you can make this set.
The easiest to make is the scarf. 
You could change the colors to match the colors of a favorite football team or how about school colors.  Great way to earn a little extra cash making scarves in your school colors!

There is also a purse that can go with the set.
One or all would make nice gifts.

Maybe you could make a hat for Uncle George, a scarf for sister Sue, mittens for little Sammy and a purse for Aunt Mable! 

Wouldn't you just love the look on their faces if they all showed up with their gifts! Especially if you made them all in the same two colors!