A Free Baby Beanie Pattern to Crochet Using the Back Loops

DIY Baby Beanie Free Crochet Pattern

You can crochet this easy baby beanie by working through the back loops of your stitches. This technique creates the interesting ribbed texture you see in the picture. Click here to get the free crochet baby hat pattern at KnittingandCrochet.net.

Correctly-formed crochet stitches all have components known as “loops”. There are front loops, and there are back loops. You can crochet into these loops in different patterns, a process that can be really interesting to experiment with.

Back loop single crochet stitch is one of the easiest examples of a stitch you can crochet using the back loops. There are many other stitches you can create as well. For more information, you may wish to view the following pages:

Making Hearts for Valentine’s Day 2016

These hearts are ideal craft projects for Valentine's Day.

These hearts are ideal craft projects for Valentine’s Day. They’re also great to use for wedding crafts, anniversary crafts, birthday crafts or everyday crafts.

Hearts are some of the most popular motifs for crafting — particularly when making Valentine crafts, wedding crafts and anniversary crafts. They’re also fantastic motifs for use in birthday crafts and everyday crafts. Check out the following heart designs and heart patterns if you’re looking for some up-to-date ideas for heart motifs you can incorporate into your craft projects for Valentine’s Day 2016.

Find Free Heart Patterns:

Are You Ready for the Holiday Season This Year?

Holiday Crafts 2015

This photo collage shows bunches of different holiday craft projects. These projects are all current for Christmas 2015, and are ideal for Christmas gifts or decorating your own home for the holidays. Ideas include Christmas tree motifs, wreaths, Christmas blankets and more. These designs are all available as free craft patterns on the Internet.

The holiday season is coming up quickly. September is almost over, and next month is Halloween. Then the following month is Christmas, followed by the New Year.

Are you ready?

Now’s a great time to make a list of all the most important thinks you want to get done before the holiday rush. This is particularly important if you want to make holiday crafts. You can’t do everything, much as you might like to. Having the list prioritized on paper makes it so much easier to remember the most important things, and to not get sidetracked by less important stuff. Your list can also be a helpful motivator for accomplishing your most important goals.

So, what’s going to be on your list?

Our free holiday craft patterns and tutorials could help you with any of these worthy goals. You’re invited to load up on free patterns and instructions for any of the holiday (or other) craft projects we’ve posted.

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Wishing you and yours the happiest, healthiest, most creative holiday season ever!

Blessings,

Amy Solovay

New Craft Giveaway! Free Crochet Books for Lucky Winners

Craft Giveaways! Win 2 Brand New Crochet Books.

Craft Giveaways! Win 2 Brand New Crochet Books.

Bunches of crochet and craft bloggers are hosting giveaways for these 2 spectacular new crochet pattern books. Click here to go to the first giveaway (enter by July 19, 2015.) Then make your way through the list of other bloggers to find even more chances to win!

So far there have only been several entries in the giveaway, so your odds of winning are excellent!

Valentine Heart Crafts

Valentine Heart Crafts

Valentine Heart Crafts

Happy Valentine’s Day!

If your Valentine’s Day plans include crafting this year, we invite you to check out these lovely heart patterns:

Some of these designs are components, meaning that you’ll be able to use them for making or embellishing other, larger craft projects. The appliques can be attached to just about any item for a bit of updated, handcrafted chic. The squares can be used to make blankets or other projects. You can apply a bit of imagination and creativity to come up with bunches of different projects you could make. I hope you find these ideas inspiring.

Wishing you a lovely, enjoyable Valentine’s Day!

Crafting With Sunflower Motifs

Sunflowers are blooming at this time of year, providing us with beauty, healthy delicious treats to munch on, and lots of crafting inspiration.

Want to get busy crafting a new project featuring sunflowers? If so, I invite you to check out our brand new page of sunflower crafts: free instructions, free patterns, and free ideas.

Pictured here, I give you a sneak peek at one of the designs included on the page. It’s a vintage embroidery pattern for a sunflower border.

The page also includes links to free crochet sunflower patterns, a sunflower floral arrangement and more. I hope you’ll enjoy it.

Ideas for Crocheting With Fabric Strips

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Rag Crochet

You’ve probably seen rag rugs crocheted with fabric strips, but did you realize that you can crochet bunches of different projects with fabric instead of yarn? While rugs are ideally suited for making with this technique, there are infinite possibilities for other items that you might want to try making as well. I’ve tried crocheting rugs, tote bags, hot pads, and jewelry, but that doesn’t even begin to cover all the different possible ideas for things you could make.

This technique is often referred to as either “fabric crochet” or “rag crochet.” If you already know how to crochet, you’d use the same basic stitches you already know how to do, but with a few differences.

The most noteworthy difference I have so far encountered: usually, you would have to design and create your own rag balls before you can proceed with crocheting. (Or maybe, if you’re lucky, you could find rag balls available to buy from Etsy or similar “artsy-craftsy” online shops.)

Want to learn more? If so, you might enjoy looking at the following pages online:

Crochet Using Beads

If you want to use beads in your crochet work, there are different ways you can approach it.

You can string the beads onto your yarn or thread, and incorporate the beads into your fabric as you crochet. You can see many examples of this technique by browsing through the bead crochet patterns posted at Crochet.About.com.

Another approach: you can stitch or embroider the beads onto the project after you’re finished crocheting. An example of this approach would be this beaded choker, which is also posted at Crochet.About.com.

I recently posted an in-depth step-by-step tutorial for another approach to crocheting with beads. The tutorial is for how to crochet with beads and wire, and it includes a free napkin ring pattern. I think the napkin ring is timely right now, with the holiday season in full swing; we have Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s all coming up in the next several months.

If you’re planning on entertaining guests for any of the holidays, napkin rings are lovely little accents to have on hand for enhancing your holiday table decor.

How to Wire Crochet With Beads -- Free Tutorial With Napkin Ring Pattern

If you celebrate Christmas, this page of Christmas beadwork patterns might also be of particular interest.

These are not the only possible approaches to bead crochet, but they are few of the most popular, and also a few of my favorites. You can find a few more ideas for crocheting with beads at About.com Crochet. I’ve enjoyed all of these approaches to crochet using beads, and I hope you will enjoy playing around with them too!