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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crochet Shamrock Pattern on: March 02, 2013 12:28:48 PM
I am always so behind on my holiday crocheting.  I'm one of those people who things "Ohh - I should crochet a heart something" on February 13th.  Not this time!  It was one of those lazy Saturday mornings so I decided to crochet up a shamrock pattern.  When I was finished, I celebrated that I am 15 days early! Woo!

Finished size about 4 inches from stem to top.  Adjust your hook size to make a smaller or larger clover.

Materials: Size H (5.0mm) crochet hook and worsted weight yarn

Make a beginning loop by using a slip stitch or the magic ring method.  The shamrocks petals will be worked into this center ring.

Petal 1: * Chain 4 (counts as Ch 3 + first sc), Work 3 treble crochet into center ring.  Chain 3, single crochet into ring.*

Repeat instructions for Petal 1 twice more to make 3 petals, or 4 if youre feeling lucky!

Stem: After working petals, chain 4.  Work 4 slip stitch in chains just made, working back towards the petals.  Join with a slip stitch to last sc of final petal.

Fasten off.  Hope you enjoy!  More details about the shamrock: http://www.jjcrochet.com/blog/crochet-shamrock-pattern-free/

2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Pattern for simple hat - Looks knit! on: December 09, 2012 08:19:27 PM

Ive written a pattern for thick chunky hat.  It's nothing crazy - just your basic hat, but it's nice and warm.  Its chunky, its bulky, and I have been wearing it all afternoon.  Since my roommate and I have determined not to turn on our heat until absolutely necessary, the air in the apartment has an chilly edge to it.  

I even thought about adding a pom-pom to the top, but used all the yarn in the skein so decided against it.  Maybe tomorrow...

Someone commented that the hat looks knit and it kinda does, but I promise it's crocheted!

Hat details: ribbed and made flat.  You sew up the side and sew up the top and you have yourself a sideways-stitched hat. Most crochet hats are made in the round, from the top down, but this method makes the stitches go in a different direction.  If you can make a rectangle you can make this hat!


- Size L (8.0mm) crochet hook
- 106 yards super bulky yarn I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick. This pattern uses every last inch of yarn, so if youre planning to make a bigger hat, youll need a second skein of yarn.


Note: Pattern is worked in back loops only (BLO).

Leaving 12 inch tail of yarn, Chain 24 + 2 (counts as first HDC)

Row 1: HDC in each stitch across (25 stitches)

Row 2: Chain 2, turn.  Working in BLO, HDC in each stitch across (25 stitches).

Repeat Row 2 until you have 21 Rows.  At this point, youll have a rectangle measuring 16.5 inches wide by 13 inches tall.

Do not fasten off yarn.  Fold long sides together.  Single crochet the sides together.  This row will be ridged, just like the rest of the hat.

Do not fast off yarn. Single crochet around the edge of the tube you just made.  This will be the edging of what youll fold up to be the brim of your hat.

Now, fasten off yarn.

Using the long tail of yarn you left at the beginning, loosely weave the needle the entire way around the second side of the tube in two inch long stitches.  Youre trying to create a drawstring that will pull the top of the hat closed.  Pull end of yarn so the top of your hat tightens.

This hat is easy to crochet its the assembly part that can be a little tricky.  Hope the pictures helped.

If you're still stuck, you can find more pics here on my blog: http://www.jjcrochet.com/blog/crochet-hat-free-pattern/  Enjoy!
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crochet Headband Pattern on: June 16, 2012 06:44:55 AM

So I wanted to make something the other day.  It was one of those mornings where I had an URGE to crochet something, anything (have you ever been there?).  I grabbed a skein of pink yarn, a size H crochet hook, and sat on my bed, hoping something brilliant would come to mind.

Five minutes later, this little guy was made:


This crochet headband pattern is the simplest of patterns, but looks very advanced.  The entire pattern involves chains and slip stitches, but it can be weird to wrap your head around the technique at first.  To help with some of the confusion, I created a crochet how-to video because sometimes it helps to see what's going on. Smiley

And here's the entire pattern:

Materials:  Size H (5.0mm) crochet hook and a few yards of worsted weight yarn

Chain 25
Chain 5, work a slip stitch into the top of the 25th chain (first circle made)
Flip your work to make the slip stitch easier to work (optional watch the video for clarification, I promise its not as complicated or advanced as it sounds!)
*Chain 5, slip stitch into previous circle.  Flip work.*
Repeat from * to * around until you have 28 circles.

Chain 25 (creates second headband tie).
Fasten off, weave in ends.


For more details about this headband and other free crochet patterns, swing by my crochet blog.  Hope you enjoy! Smiley
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Free Crochet Bird Pattern on: February 26, 2012 08:51:18 AM
I recently held an experiment on my crochet blog. I was having a lazy Saturday and wanted to crochet.  The deal was people could post pictures of things they wanted crochet pattern for and I would crochet them, share the pattern, then send the finished item to the person requesting it.

I had some strange requests, but my favorite one had to be these cute little birds.  Spring is coming and these little guys are just too cute.  They only take a few yards of yarn and less than 15 minutes to make.  So cute.  I'm still trying to decide what I could do with them - Any ideas?

And here's the free pattern:


  • Size G (4.25mm) crochet hook
  • Worsted weight yarn

Chain 4, join with sl st to form ring

Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as first dc), 14 more dc into ring (15 sts)

Round 2: Ch 1 (counts as first sc). Into same stitch, work [dc, 5 trc, dc, sc].  (Bird head). Sc in each of next 10 sc (around  bird belly).  Into next stitch, work [sc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, sc] (bird tail). Sc in each of next 3 sc (bird back).

Fasten off, weave in ends.

Bird Beak

Join yellow yarn at base of your birds head. Ch 4, sl st back into the stitch where you joined your yarn.

Fasten off, weave in ends.

More details about my Saturday crochet experiment here... Enjoy!
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Fall/ Autumn Wreath Tutorial on: September 10, 2011 09:18:47 PM

After seeing this beautiful wreath on Pintrest (by Itz Fitz), I just KNEW I had to make one for my new apartment.  We live on one of the top floors of our building and every. door. is. the. same.  No color, no personality, just plain purple doors.

I havent crafted anything lately and my hands were-a itchin.  Its (almost) fall so what better way to welcome in the season that with a fall-themed wreath.

A (not-so-quick) trip to Pat Catans and I came home with the supplies for my wreath:
  • 12″ foam wreath form
  • Two little bunches of fake flowers orange and yellow
  • One bunch of brown bally things
  • About 2 dozen Straight Pins
  • One skein of brown yarn (I used 100% wool Vickie Howell Yarn because it was kinda fuzzy and I liked the fuzz)

I didnt take a lot of pictures of the process, but its pretty self explanatory.  Simple instructions follow.

Wreath How-to Directions

1.  Pin the end of you yarn to your wreath then begin to wrap yarn over the tail to hide it. (Tip:  I found by making a small knot then sticking a pin through the knot made the yarn stay on the wreath better than just sticking a pin through a normal piece.)

2.  Continue winding around the wreath until your entire wreath is covered.  I found it easiest to wind the yarn around about 10 times then push the yarn down with my hands to keep it nice and tight.

3.  Once your wreath is covered, you can decide what youd like to put on it.  I got fake flowers and pulled the green plastic stuff off them and just stuck them on with my straight pins.  I even added in some brown bally-things which I think look nice.  Again, just break apart and pin those babies down.

Continue adding things to the side of your wreath until its exactly what you want.

And there you have it!  Your very own autumn/ fall wreath.  I really enjoyed making this wreath.   I fulfilled my crafty need AND have a beautiful fall wreath for my apartment door.  I hope it brings some cheer to the people passing outside our door.  Win-win-win.

I hope you enjoy it! Smiley
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Hexy Crochet Blanket on: June 30, 2011 12:28:13 PM
Since its inception on November 15, 2010, I knew this crocheted hexagon blanket was going to be awesome.  With over 17 different colors combinations and 159 hexagons in a wonderful yarn, how could it not be?  

Project Details:
Inspired by Attic 24′s Crocheted Hexagon Blanket (free hexagon how-to crochet pattern can be found on her crochet blog)
Yarn: Rowan Hand-Knit Cotton
Crochet Hook: Size E
Time it took to make working on-and-off: 5 1/2 Months (while finishing my 8th semester and graduating from college!)
Intended use:  High school graduation gift for a lovely girl
Worth it factor (WIF):  YES!  Id do it again in a heartbeat.

As I was recently reminded, I said in one of my posts that, and I quote, I dont crochet afghans.  But with two crocheted afghans under my belt (this hexy one and another hexagon baby blanket), Im starting to be converted to the world of crocheted afghans.

Afghans are different than crocheting hats.  In a way, theyre therapeutic.  Especially afghans made from motifs.  Completing a large project is more satisfying.  Watching something grow piece-by-piece is exciting.  Its all about the thrill and theres nothing like a crocheters high.  Wait, or is it a runners high?  Whatever crocheting and running are the same as far as Im concerned.  (But dont listen to me clearly Im no runner.)

Well, hexy is finished and I am so very proud of her.  I mailed her off a few weeks ago to live at her new home.  Thought saying goodbye was bittersweet, Im overjoyed knowing shell be sharing her rainbow of joy with others for years to come.

I wish you all could see the beauty of this blanket in person, but these pictures will have to do.

More details about this crocheted hexagon afghan can be found on my blog:

Thanks for looking!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Start of Summer Skirt on: May 17, 2011 05:52:57 PM
Finals Are Over.  College is over.... Forever.  I graduated this weekend.  After taking finals, packing up my apartment, graduating, hauling everything home only to unpack it, I needed to seriously de-stress.  So I decided to sew.

Normally, I crochet, but since I'll be starting a grown-up job in a couple of weeks (hello real world!), I decided to make something work-appropriate.  I wanted something simple and mindless to sew yet classic and fresh looking.

After a productive trip to JoAnn's, I scored some amazing green and white fabric with a chic floral print.  I'm a sucker for anything classic with a young vibe.  I also picked up a vintage belt at the new Goodwill that just went in by my house for $1.00. See, great things do happen when you're away at school for 4 years!

And here is the end result.  Please note that I have not showered in 2 days, ha.  Only for you, my Craftster friends.  Smiley

And beltloops!

I used New Look Pattern # 6843, Style C

More details on my blog:  http://jjcrochet.com/blog/jjsew/

Hope you like it!
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crochet Flower Pattern (or is it a star?) with Step-by-Step Instructions on: May 04, 2011 07:05:01 AM
Free Crochet Flower Pattern

Materials: Any size crochet hook (I used a size J) and worsted weight yarn.
Size: My crocheted flower/ throwing star measures 5 inches across, point to point.

Chain 4.  Join with Slip stitch to form ring.
Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as first hdc).  11 more hdc into ring (12 hdc).  Join with sl st to beginning ch-2.
Round 2: Ch 5 (counts as sc + ch-4).  *Skip 1 stitch.  SC in next stitch.  Ch 4.*  Repeat around to create 6 petals.  Join by working a sl st inside the first petal.
Round 3: Sl st counts as first sc.  1 hdc, 2 dc, chain 4, 2 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc into first petal.  *Skip sc and into next chain-4 petal work: 1 sc, 1 hdc, 2 dc, chain 4, 2 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc*  Join by working a sl st into first stitch.

Fasten off - you're done!

For Complete Step-by-Step Photo instructions, visit my blog - http://www.jjcrochet.com/blog/crochet-flower-star-pattern/
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crochet Chunky Cowl + Pattern on: December 30, 2010 07:31:22 AM
I've been seeing all these chunky cowl lately at places like The Limited, American Eagle, JCrew that I knew I'd have to make my own.  (Curse of the knitter/ crocheter/ diyer, right? ha)  They're the hot look for winter.

I've been making cowls left and right with super bulky yarn and I'm loving how fast they work up.  Most are less than an hour and take one skein of yarn.  You can't beat it!  I've written out the patterns for the cowl below, but you can find more info about them on My Blog: http://jjcrochet.com/blog/crochet-cowl-pattern-free-chunky-bulky-perfect-for-winter/

Worn loose:

Or doubled for a thick chunky crochet cowl:

Size P crochet hook (11.5mm)
100 110 yards of Super Bulky Yarn.  I used 1 skein of Lionbrand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in Barley.

Special Stitches
FCH Foundation Chain (or single crochet chain): Chain 2. Insert hook in the first of two chains.  Yarn over, draw through loop (chain stitch just created). Yarn over, pull through two loops on hook. (Single crochet created). You now have two fch completed. *Insert hook in upper loop of stitch just created. Yarn over, draw through loop. Yarn over, pull through two loops on hook.* Three fch completed. Repeat from * to *across for desired number of chain stitches.

HHDC Herringbone Half Double Crochet. Yarn over, insert hook in next stitch. Yarn over, pull through two loops on hook. (This will be a little awkward, but its correct. You might have to use your left thumb and forefinger to really hold the stitches so you can pull through both of them.) Yarn over, pull through two loops on hook.

FCH 77. Do not join.  [If the foundation chain scares you, just do a regular chain - it won't make that much difference in your cowl.]

Round 1: Chain 2 (counts as first HHDC now and throughout).  HHDC in each stitch across. (77 HHDC)

Round 2: Chain 2, turn.  HHDC in the BACK LOOP ONLY of each stitch across. (77 HHDC)  Working in the back loops only creates a slight ribbed effect.

Repeat Round 2 seven more times.

Fasten off, leaving a 12 inch tail.  Lay piece flat in a long rectangle.  Grabbing either end, bring short sides together.  Add a twist by flipping the right side once.  Match up sides and whip stitch together.  Weave in ends.


To create the infinity loop in your cowl, instead of sewing the sides of your cowl together like this:

Right Side           Left Side

A                              A

B                               B

You should sew them together like this:

Right Side           Left Side

A                                B

B                                A

That's it - so simple, right?  I'd love to see any crochet cowls people make from this pattern.  Careful, though - it's addicting!
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Crochet Flower Pattern with Video Tutorial on: December 09, 2010 07:32:14 AM
Good morning Craftsters! 

So I've been offering some free crochet patterns on my site lately, but I wanted to make a video crochet tutorial on how to crochet a flower.  I asked one of my friends who's into video production if he'd help out so we did one run-through and we got some good footage.  I felt so professional sitting there in the filming studio, ha.  While my friends will watch the video and nod, though they don't quite appreciate it too much, ha.

So here's my video! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwhGRzTww5g

The written pattern for the flower is also on my blog here: http://jjcrochet.com/blog/how-to-crochet-a-flower-video-tutorial-free-crochet-pattern/, but I'll post it below as well:


Any size crochet hook (I used size J)
Small amount of any yarn (~20 yards).  I used Vannas Choice Solids.

Chain 4, join with sl st to form circle.

Round 1: Ch 3 (counts as first dc now and throughout), 11 more dc into circle (12 dc).  Join to first dc with sl st.

Round 2: Ch 4 (counts as first sc + ch 3).  *skip 1 st, sc in next st, ch 3*  Repeat around until beginning.  Join by making a sc in first ch-3 stitch. (Six, ch-3 spaces).

Round 3: Ch 3.  4 more dc in first ch-3 space.  Sc.  In next ch-3 space work *1 s, 5dc, 1sc*  Repeat around until beginning.  Join to first sc with sl st.  (6 Petals)

Fasten off.  Weave in ends.

Tada Youve made a flower!
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