Sunday, March 21, 2010

free crochet patterns this week

Spring has arrived, my daffodils are blooming, the forsythia is starting to bloom and my sinuses are killing me;) Oh well, I always have to have something to whine about, don't I?

I'm in between projects now. I've made 31 preemie hats, but I got to give them to my sister-in-law before I count them as given to charity. I've been very lax on that this year.
My beloved redid my kitchen, did a great job. Now I'm thinking "hmm, do I want to make some sort of rug? or maybe some potholders or something sunflowery? " I got new white cabinets and blue tiles for a splashback. I always need potholders. but a rug would be nice, too.
Plus I think I should pursue a more detailed project I have been putting off. That's making the matching tier for the one lion tier I made. Or maybe make some of those crocheted Peeps for Easter? Or *shudder* plan how to organize my yarn....that's a scary thought...
On the other hand, I just want to veg out. Go outside, look at the flowers, be happy spring has sprung and do nothing. I'd like to say it was spring fever but I think it's laziditis. But in reality I should pick something relatively simple to work on this week. It's the big print week and I will be working late at least 1 day this week. Maybe I should investigate Ravelry a bit more as to their project queueing ability.
Anyway, enough about me - on with the show

This isn't a pattern but crocheting as a love story. I thought it was pretty good.
http://centurycrafts.blogspot.com/2010/01/afghan-love-story.html

Yes, it is past Valentine's Day, but love and hearts never go out of season. So here's a printable heart chart that you can mess about with - maybe a scarf or a table runner for Mother's Day?
http://crochet.about.com/od/motifs/ss/Crochet_Heart_Chart_5.htm

I think I posted this before, if I have, please forgive me. That's what Claritin does to you;) But I am fascinated by this pattern and I'm thinking of doing it in a rug pattern. I know, sounds squirrely, but there you are.
http://www.favecrafts.com/Crochet-Afghans/Afghan-Circles-in-Rectangles


Yes, I know it's gotten warmer in most places (except for you, Pat, with your spring snow) but this is still pretty cool - a flower afghan
http://www.favecrafts.com/Crochet-Afghans/Flower-Squares-Afghan-Crochet-Pattern-from-Red-Heart
This is supposed to be for "egg cozies" which is great if your eggs are col. But they say "egg cozies", I say "finger puppets"
http://www.favecrafts.com/Kitchen-Crochet/Egg-Cozy-Crochet-Pattern-from-Red-Heart-Yarn

For those of you who embellish your stationary or maybe work on scrapbooks, this pattern is for you - I think it's pretty neat, an embroidery thread flower embellishment
http://nicholeheady.typepad.com/capture_the_moment/2009/05/embellish-it-senior-challenge.html

Yes, Saint Patrick's Day is over, the green beer finally finished and the corned beef made into corned beef hash. You may have even found a pot of baked beans at the end of the rainbow. But just in case you want to start early for next year - or maybe for some Irish friends - here's a shamrock afghan pattern:
http://nicholeheady.typepad.com/capture_the_moment/2009/05/embellish-it-senior-challenge.html

As usual, I receive no payola for posting any of these items. I do have a special bank account set up if anyone wants to contribute any payola (it's at a place I call "my pockets";)) but so far, nobody has offered anything. But I'll show them, I'll keep buying yarn and crocheting. Hey, wait, that sounds kind of goofy....

_enjoy_

Sunday, March 14, 2010

More free crochet patterns

I'm feeling a little untogether with this stupid cold. But it is getting better, slowly but surely. Plus it's not the flu and usually I get maybe 2 colds a year at the most. My daffodils are finally starting to bloom. Now if they don't float down the street in all this rain we're having, I'll be lucky. There are still piles of snow around, mostly in shopping center parking lots, but soon, it too will disappear (I hope)....

Here we go for this week
These next two patterns are from Crochet Spot - How about a crochet peace sign?
http://www.crochetspot.com/crochet-pattern-peace-sign/

And an apple coaster
http://www.crochetspot.com/crochet-pattern-apple-coaster/

This is from an Australian designer - a charmed prayer shawl
http://crochetroo.blogspot.com/2010/02/charmed-prayer-shawl-crochet-pattern.html

The Art of Crochet always has wonderful tutorials - here is one to teach you how to crochet in the round instructions
http://www.ehow.com/how_6005567_circular-crochet-instructions.html

These next two patterns come from Fave Crafts a lovely daffodil dishcloth
http://www.favecrafts.com/Kitchen-Crochet/Daffodils-Dish-Cloth-Crochet-Pattern#

and a pansy teapot cozy. I do drink tea and I do collect teapots but I have never made a teapot cozy. I'm not sure why
http://www.favecrafts.com/Kitchen-Crochet/Pansie-Teapot-Cozy-Crochet-Pattern

Not a pattern but an article about Shauna Richardson, the woman who will crochet lions for London's Olympics - check it out, her work is amazing.
http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/featured/creepy-crochetdermy/20414


Again, not a pattern but a very cute idea - an egg baby
http://madebyjoanne.blogspot.com/2010/02/crochet-egg-baby.html

Another one from Fave Crafts, this time an easy crochet shamrock
http://www.favecrafts.com/St-Patricks-Day/Easy-Crochet-Shamrock


And to finish up, a crochet bear tutorial from "The Art of Crochet"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8pphemYMJk

As usual, no endorsements or promotions have been given to me for mentioning anything on this post. I'd definitely take some bribes, but nobody is giving any out - at least to me;)
_enjoy_

Friday, March 12, 2010

time for a quickie;)

I thought I'd post this so you can enter it, too. Berroco is giving away 50 books of crochet and knit afghans. Yeah, I know not everybody knits, but come on, it's a free book from Berroco, quit being so picky;)
You do end up signing up for their email "Knit Bits" but it's not just about knitting, there are crochet patterns there. Give it a shot.
http://www.berroco.com/polls/poll_031210.html

Thursday, March 04, 2010

huh? crochet patterns?

I am totally untogether. Not unusual but becoming a little too common for my liking,I'm not exactly sure what to do about it. Work has been a pain and luckily it has just eased up (for a little while). Anyway, I thought I'd post some free patterns

Yes, it's a "Peep" but you can't eat it. You can crochet it, however. (Have you ever tried dipping the Peeps in melted chocolate? It is not for the faint hearted or anybody watching their weight or sugar intake)
http://www.favecrafts.com/Crochet-for-Kids/Large-Crochet-Bunny-Peep

For some reason, I am fascinated by round afghans. I guess because I've made so many square shaped ones...
http://www.favecrafts.com/Crochet-Afghans/Crochet-Circle-Afghan-from-Red-Heart-Yarn


Gain, another heart tutorial
http://tinyurl.com/hearttutorial


I particularly liked this pattern of Max - King of the Wild Things. I might make it for my own grown up "king of the wild things"
http://pomoboho.blogspot.com/search/label/Free%20Pattern

The year of the tiger began on February 14, 2010. So if you need a pattern for a tiger, here you go: http://www.favecrafts.com/Crochet-Amigurumi/Year-of-the-Tiger-from-Lily-Sugar-n-Cream#


And last but not certainly least, there's a new online crochet magazine. It's called "Tension Magazine" and you definitely need to check it out for their cool patterns
http://www.tensionmagazine.com/

That's it for now. Between getting the yarn for the Special Olympics scarf way too late and work destroying my hand, I have yet to manage to make _1_ scarf for the Special Olympics. I hope I can finish the one I'm working on and get it out in time. Somewhere along the way, I must have missed what the colors were supposed to be for this year. I need to pay closer attention or have somebody poke with with a stick or something. I can't figure out how everything has gotten so complex when it appears that nothing's going on. I think I need a vacation;)