Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Amazing Crochet Textures a FREE Online Craftsy Class!



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I know how much you guys like free crochet patterns and that is why I am excited to share with you a FREE mini crochet class by Drew Emborsky (aka The Crochet Dude)! This free online class is brought to you by Craftsy, an amazing website and resource for crocheters. If you aren’t already familiar with Craftsy, they have a wide array of crochet classes and tutorials that are extremely clear and detailed and great for a beginners as well as more advanced crocheters.

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I just finished checking out a free online class called “Amazing Crochet Textures!” After my kids were finally asleep, I found myself hanging out with my computer and crochet hook and got to work on one of the squares for this 12 square afghan. I started with a sample square to get the hang of the pattern but I fell in love with the ribbed texture and plan on finishing my own baby blanket soon. You can even take the squares to the next level by creating cables and adding beads – the detailed video will show you just how to do that!


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There are so many valuable tips and techniques in this particular class. I especially loved the tutorial on how to begin your square with a chainless foundation – that information was priceless (literally and figuratively!) And the Craftsy community is fabulous. Once you are logged-in to the site you can chat with fellow Craftsy crocheters!
I love that you can view the videos on your own schedule and learn at your own pace. You can pause or rewind the videos as many times as you like with an easy to use 30-second repeat feature. You can also follow a downloadable written pattern if that is what you prefer! Plus your access to classes never expires.
But I don’t need to sell you on this…it’s FREE! And I know you will enjoy all that this mini class has to offer. You can sign up for your Free Amazing Crochet Textures Craftsy Class by clicking HERE. Happy Crocheting!
*Thank you to Craftsy for sponsoring this paid post. Of course all thoughts and opinions are my own!


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Monday, October 27, 2014

Z is for Zebra: Crochet Zebra Applique

Z is for Zebra

WOW! I can't believe this is the last day of my animal appliqués! I hope you have enjoyed this series and stay tuned for the reveal of my Animal Alphabet Afghan in the next couple weeks! This Zebra is actually the same pattern as my Giraffe appliqué so that makes it easy :) You could probably use this pattern for a variety of other animals as well!

Materials:
- Worsted weight yarn. I used Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in Chocolate and White and Black.
- Size G Crochet Hook (the bigger the hook the bigger the appliqué and vice versa)
- Tapestry needle

Abbreviations:
Sl St = Slip Stitch
SC =  Single Crochet
SC Decrease = Single Crochet Decrease
HDC = Half Double Crochet
DC = Double Crochet

Zebra Applique Pattern:
Starting with black...
Magic ring, chain 1 and make 5 SC in ring, pull tight but don't join, chain 1 turn
Row 2: 2 SC in each stitch, chain 1, turn (10 SC)
Row 3: SC in each stitch, chain 1, turn (10 SC)
Continue to SC across flat side of half circle. You should have 6 single crochets along this edge.
Switch to white yarn, chain 1, turn
Row 4-8: SC in each stitch across, chain 1, turn (6 SC)
Row 9: SC decrease, SC in next 2, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 10: SC in each stitch across (4 SC), chain 3, turn
Row 11: HDC in second chain (of the chain 3), slip stitch in last chain, join in same stitch with a slip stitch (you have now made one of the ears), slip stitch across row, in last stitch chain 3, HDC in 2nd chain from hook, slip stitch in last chain, join in same stitch with slip stitch. Fasten off leaving long tail.

Tie on black yarn in the middle of the ears to create a mane.

With your tapestry needle, stitch on black stripes. Add black eyes as well and two little white nostrils. Weave in loose ends.


*** You may make and sell products from my patterns but if you do I ask that you link back to my post. Please do not copy and post this pattern and claim it as your own. Please do not re-publish photos as your own.***

Want more free patterns? Keep in touch on my Repeat Crafter Me Facebook Page for new pattern sneak peeks and when they will be available on my blog! And feel free to post pictures of your finished hats and/or links to your shops on my Facebook wall so all can see. Be sure to also follow me on Instagram! I love when you tag me (@repeatcrafterme)!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Y is for Yak: Crochet Yak Applique

Y is for Yak

Wow I can't believe there is only one more day left of my animal appliqués! That went by too fast. I'm not sure where else you would use a Yak appliqué unless you are crocheting the alphabet but maybe a couple of you will find another use for it :)

Materials:
- Worsted weight yarn. I used Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in chocolate brown, white, black and a little bit of beige.
- Size G Crochet Hook (the bigger the hook the bigger the appliqué and vice versa)
- Tapestry needle

Abbreviations:
Sl St = Slip Stitch
SC =  Single Crochet
SC Decrease  = Single Crochet Decrease
HDC = Half Double Crochet
DC = Double Crochet


Yak Appique Pattern:
Magic ring, chain 1 and make 8 SC in ring, join, chain 1,
Round 2: 2 SC in each stitch around, join, chain 2
Round 3: 2 DC in first, DC in next, 2 DC, DC, 2 HDC, HDC, 2 HDC, HDC, 2 DC, DC, 2 DC, DC, 2 HDC, HDC, 2 HDC, HDC, join, fasten off

Horns:
With white
Attach and chain 7, SC in 2nd chain from hook, SC in next, SC Decrease over next two, SC in last two attach to same spot.
Leave three stitch spaces along top and attach yarn, chain 6, SC in 2nd ch from hook, SC in next, 2 SC in next, SC in last two, attach to same spot.

Ears:
With light brown, attach yarn in stitch below horn
Chain 3, SC in 2nd chain from hook, HDC in next, join to same spot, do the same on other side under horn.

Eyes: (Make 2)
Magic ring, chain 1 and make 5 SC in ring, pull tight and join. Add french knot for eyeball. With tapestry needle, stitch eyes on so that they are touch each other.

Stitch on nostrils with light brown.


*** You may make and sell products from my patterns but if you do I ask that you link back to my post. Please do not copy and post this pattern and claim it as your own. Please do not re-publish photos as your own.***

Want more free patterns? Keep in touch on my Repeat Crafter Me Facebook Page for new pattern sneak peeks and when they will be available on my blog! And feel free to post pictures of your finished hats and/or links to your shops on my Facebook wall so all can see. Be sure to also follow me on Instagram! I love when you tag me (@repeatcrafterme)!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

X is for X-ray Fish: Crochet X-ray Fish Applique

X is for X-ray Fish

The Pristella Tetra are freshwater fish that are tiny in size and can often be used as pets for home aquariums. They have a highly transparent body which is why they are known as the X-ray Tetra or X-ray Fish! I chose to make mine dark purple but you could use any color. I believe they are realistically a more yellowish color.

Materials:
- Worsted weight yarn. I used Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in Egglplant and white and little bit of black for the eye.
- Size G Crochet Hook (the bigger the hook the bigger the appliqué and vice versa)
- Tapestry needle

Abbreviations:
Sl St = Slip Stitch
SC =  Single Crochet
SC Decrease  = Single Crochet Decrease
HDC = Half Double Crochet
DC = Double Crochet

X-ray Fish Appliqué Pattern:
With purple
Chain 9, SC in 2nd chain from hook and in next 6, 4 SC in last chain, SC in each stitch on other side of chain (18 SC), join, chain 1
Round 2: SC in first 2, HDC in next 2, DC in next 2, 2 DC in next 6, DC in next 2, HDC in next 2, SC in next 2, join,
Chain 4, SC in 2nd chain from hook, HDC in next, SC in last, chain 4, SC in 2nd chain from hook, HDC in next, SC in last, join, fasten off.
Join yarn 4 stitches from tail. Chain 3, DC in same stitch as chain 3, HDC in next, SC in next, slip stitch to join. Join yarn 8 stitch from tail on the other side but work the opposite way, join with slip stitch, SC in next, HDC in next, DC + chain 3 all in one stitch.
Fasten off.
With white
Chain 5, SC in 2nd chain from hook, HDC + DC in next, DC + HDC in next, SC in last, fasten off leaving long tail.
Sew on skeleton head the use long yarn tail to stitch on the fish skeleton body.

*** You may make and sell products from my patterns but if you do I ask that you link back to my post. Please do not copy and post this pattern and claim it as your own. Please do not re-publish photos as your own.***

Want more free patterns? Keep in touch on my Repeat Crafter Me Facebook Page for new pattern sneak peeks and when they will be available on my blog! And feel free to post pictures of your finished hats and/or links to your shops on my Facebook wall so all can see. Be sure to also follow me on Instagram! I love when you tag me (@repeatcrafterme)!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Yarn Giveaway! #Scarfie



Lion Brand Yarn has graciously allowed me to host a giveaway here on my blog! I am giving away 2 skeins of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick to TWO winners! This is the same yarn I made my Crochet Hooded Cowls with! But you have the chance to choose whichever colors you like if you win. You can see all the colors HERE.


Wool-Ease Thick & Quick yarn is super bulky and just like its name suggests, it works up quickly making it ideal for beginners. Right now Lion Brand is running a #scarfie campaign (scarf + selfie = scarfie!) and encouraging all crocheters to post their crochet cowls and scarves using Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick yarn. Search for the hashtag #scarfie on Facebook and Twitter to find lots of gorgeous projects and links to FREE patterns! And of course feel free to post your own #scarfie project on social media so we can all see!

Now for the GIVEAWAY! 

Two winners will each win two skeins of Wool-Ease Thick & Quick – in their choice of colors! This giveaway is sponsored by Lion Brand Yarn and is open to residents in the US and Canada. This giveaway ends October 30, 2014.


W is for Whale: Crochet Whale Applique





W is for Whale

I have a feeling you will be able to use this whale on multiple projects! Whales seem to be popular and trendy among kids decor. In fact, my kids have a whale-themed bathroom! I look forward to seeing all the places you use this appliqué.

Materials:
- Worsted weight yarn. I used Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in Aqua (it's one of their baby yarns) and a little black for the eye and mouth.
- Size G Crochet Hook (the bigger the hook the bigger the appliqué and vice versa)
- Tapestry needle

Abbreviations:
Sl St = Slip Stitch
SC =  Single Crochet
SC Decrease  = Single Crochet Decrease
HDC = Half Double Crochet
DC = Double Crochet

Whale Applique Pattern:
Magic ring, chain 1 and make 8 SC in ring, join, chain 1
Round 2: 2 SC in first, SC in next, repeat around, join, chain 2
Round 3: 2 DC in first 4, 2 HDC in next, 2 SC in next, 2 HDC in next, DC in last 5, chain 1, turn
Row 4: SC in next 5, ch 1, turn
Row 5: SC decrease, SC, SC Decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 6: SC in each stitch across, chain 1, turn (3 SC)
Row 7: SC in first, SC Decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 8: SC in first, chain 6, SC in 2nd chain from hook, HDC in last 4 chains... Chain 6 again, SC in 2nd chain from hook, HDC in last 4 chains, join to second stitch from row 8,
Continue to sC around whale body, fasten off when you get back around to tail.

Stich on a small smile with black yarn.
Make a french knot for the eye.

*** You may make and sell products from my patterns but if you do I ask that you link back to my post. Please do not copy and post this pattern and claim it as your own. Please do not re-publish photos as your own.***

Want more free patterns? Keep in touch on my Repeat Crafter Me Facebook Page for new pattern sneak peeks and when they will be available on my blog! And feel free to post pictures of your finished hats and/or links to your shops on my Facebook wall so all can see. Be sure to also follow me on Instagram! I love when you tag me (@repeatcrafterme)!




Thursday, October 23, 2014

V is for Viper: Crochet Viper Snake Applique

V is for Viper

The letter V was another tricky one. I suppose I could have done Vulture but I thought a Viper Snake would be a better fit! If you aren't familiar with Viper Snakes you can read about them HERE. My crochet version is much more friendly and less venomous :)

Materials:
- Worsted weight yarn. I used Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in fern green, mustard yellow and scarlett red and a little black for the eyes.
- Size G Crochet Hook (the bigger the hook the bigger the appliqué and vice versa)
- Tapestry needle

Abbreviations:
Sl St = Slip Stitch
SC =  Single Crochet
HDC = Half Double Crochet
DC = Double Crochet

Viper Snake Applique Pattern:
Magic ring, chain 1 and make 3 SC, 4 DC , 3 SC in that order in ring. Pull tight, join, chain 1
Round 2: 2 SC in first, SC in next, repeat around, join, chain 30
SC in 2nd ch from hook and in next 11 stitches, HDC in next 6, DC in next HDC in next 3, SC until end. Feel free to create your own combo of different widths or just SC down chain.

With yellow, slip stitch along bottom edge.

Tongue:
With red, join to tip of head, chain 5, slip stitch in 3rd chain from hook and last chain. Fasten off.

Make french knots for eyes.

*** You may make and sell products from my patterns but if you do I ask that you link back to my post. Please do not copy and post this pattern and claim it as your own. Please do not re-publish photos as your own.***

Want more free patterns? Keep in touch on my Repeat Crafter Me Facebook Page for new pattern sneak peeks and when they will be available on my blog! And feel free to post pictures of your finished hats and/or links to your shops on my Facebook wall so all can see. Be sure to also follow me on Instagram! I love when you tag me (@repeatcrafterme)!