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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

14 Patterns for the Fourth of July



We love the Fourth of July in our house. When the kids were little we lived in a small town in Northern Wisconsin and the Fourth of July was a major event. There was the craft fair in the park, the parade that took hours, then everyone would go home and get changed for the fireworks and head back downtown. There was always some youth group or another selling glow necklaces, and popcorn and soda/water vendors walking up and down the main street. Our church was right across the street from where the fireworks were set off (right in front of the propane gas station) and everyone would gather on the lawn like a big family.  Then, we would go back to our house and light up the fire pit, and a bunch of friends and family would come over and roast marshmallows and finish off the day. Those are some of the best memories. 

We moved away from our small town 11 years ago, and I miss the event that the Fourth used to be for us. So, I decided to find some fun and interesting patterns to bring some of that zing back into the holiday. I have patterns for your home, for your table, and for your body! I hope you find something festive to create for your own Independence Day celebrations!!

14 Patterns for the Fourth of July

Decorate Your Home!

1. Maybe you want to start off with something simple and traditional to decorate your front door. This project is great because it's made in one piece and sewn onto a wreath form. Minimal work for a great reward!

American Flag Wreath Crochet Pattern - Petals to Picots


2. Or maybe you are looking for a bit of a challenge? This beautiful boho rendition of the American flag should fit the bill. It's not that the patterns are hard, there is just more assembly required with this one. I find its "simplicity" quite beautiful and appealing. 

Bohemian American Flag Crochet Pattern — Megmade with Love


3. I really like this bold pillow for outside decorating. A nice, simple statement. :)

Red Heart Patriot Heart Pillow | Yarnspirations


4. I have a thing for banners. I just think they are the cutest. This one in particular has so many applications. Craft fair tables, voter registration booths, back porch decorations...so cute! 
(And you could totally change out the colors and make a bunch of seasonal ones.)

Star Spangled Banner Crochet Bunting Pattern - Petals to Picots


Decorate Your Table!

5. So, I wanted to find something other than just your basic tabletop runner to decorate the table. And, recently, I've become enamored with zig zag patterns. This one looks like fun!

4th of July Patriotic Table Runner Free Crochet Pattern (hearthookhome.com)


6. Or this one! Simplicity at its best. Individual motifs (so that means the project is portable!) are stitched together on one tip. Guaranteed to brighten any table up.

Red Heart Americana Star Table Runner | Yarnspirations


7. A great way to add a little flair to your celebration tables. These would even be great to hold drinks or taller chip dip containers.

Americana Hat - Free Crochet Pattern - Highland Hickory Designs


8. A smart way to protect your tables from sweaty drinks. No more water stains on the wood!

4th of July Round Coaster – Free Pattern | Creative Grandma


9. If you've been around for more than a minute, you also know I'm obsessed with jar covers. They are such a simple way to turn something so plain into something cute and themed. These are a great idea for your holiday silverware.



10. More help for your table tops, plus these will help keep your drinks colder longer, as well as catch all the "sweat". 



Decorate You!

11. This adorable crop top was too fun to not include in this week's lineup. I'm sure you can make it longer if you want to. But, with the heat the way it has been- you're going to need something cool to wear!

the dream crochet blog.: Happy Fourth of July: Free Crochet Top Pattern!



12. This top is also very cute. I remember wearing stuff like this in the 70's when I was a little girl. 



13. You can finish off your celebration outfit with a cute bandana to hold your hair back. 





14. Last, but not least, finish off your busy celebration day by pampering your feet with a new pair of patriotic slippers. 

Free Crochet Pattern: Stars and Stripes Slippers - Pattern Paradise (pattern-paradise.com)




I hope you found something useful in this roundup to make your Fourth of July more fun!

Happy Crocheting!
Biz






Wednesday, June 15, 2022

10 Patterns for the First Day of Summer


The first day of Summer, according to the calendar, is next week! It's been "summer" in Florida for a few months already, but who's counting? This list was initially inspired by freeze pop covers and reusable water balloons. If you haven't noticed, I have been on a "cover" pattern binge lately, and while I was looking up some patterns for freeze pop covers that I could make as a gift I ran across these. With the kids all getting out of school and summer really getting into full swing, I thought a few of these patterns might make it a little more fun. This is by no means a comprehensive list of what is available on the interwebs, but these are the ones that made me smile. 

10 Easy Crochet Patterns for the Hot Days of Summer

1. This coverup top is so cute and trendy. It would be cute thrown over a swimsuit or a pair of shorts AND it's available in 5 sizes. :)

Enjoy Summer Top. Crochet pattern – ByKaterina (by-katerina.com)


2. This is the first of two bags in the list. I would use either one at the beach. This one is great because of the drawstring to carry your sunglasses and keys in case your stuff falls over. Or it could be your project bag? 

Summer Slice Drawstring Bag – Clover Needlecraft (clover-usa.com)

3. This is the second bag. This would be great for carrying the towels and sunscreen and the snacks. 

Beach Please Summer Tote - Free Crochet Pattern Loops & Love Crochet (loopsandlovecrochet.com)


4.  I used to wear tops like this in the 70's and I remember loving them. They cover up what's important but leave lots of space for a breeze. And with it being available in so many sizes- you can't lose. 

Ravelry: Child swing top pattern by Kristin's Creations

Available in sizes from 3 years to 12 years.


5. I also remember hauling around freeze pops when I was a kid and we always froze our fingers off. There are SO MANY cute ideas out there for freeze pop covers, but I'm sharing my two favorites here. 

MERMAID TAIL POPSICLE HOLDER CROCHET PATTERN - Ariana Hall (ariana-hall.com)


6. My kids would have been all over these when they were little. These would be fun to make for a birthday party or any kind of children's event.

Freeze Pop Holder - Free Crochet Pattern • Green Fox Farms Designs


7. These are the most ingenious little things. The people that I see making these for markets swear by them. I have never made them because I don't have little kids anymore. But, I'm pretty sure if I did I would be making these! 

Crochet Water Balloons - A Free Crochet Pattern - Left in Knots


8. Let's talk about our Summer tables. I was looking for some coaster patterns and ran across these placemats. What a great idea! This is just so fun and just screams Summer. You could use these for a girl's night, make them as a hen party gift, or just for fun on the table at your summer cottage. Really, these will be great anywhere you want that splash of beach summerness.

Crochet Flip Flop Placemats - Not a free pattern.


9. These are great for parties where you need to keep everyone's wine glasses separate. Another fun addition to a party!



10. Last, but not least, let's not forget about taking casseroles and dishes to our Summer parties! This is a great idea. I would finish this off with row of sc on the ends and some slip stitch rows along the handle to keep it from stretching out. 

 Lily Sugar'n Cream Casserole Carrier to Crochet | Yarnspirations


I hope today's list has given you some good ideas to welcome the first day of Summer!


Happy Crocheting!

Biz

Wednesday, June 08, 2022

5 Quick Father's Day Crochet Patterns


I don't know about you, but Father's Day is a holiday that creeps up on me without seeing it coming every year. So, while I was looking at the calendar for other reasons, I saw Father's Day and decided I needed to look up some gifts to make the guys in my life. Here are five that I loved:

1. My husband is what I consider a micro-nerd. He's not deeply into all the superhero stuff. Still, he will patiently watch any movie the rest of us like and can hold a good conversation concerning any of the doings of the characters. My son is a huge comic book nerd, so my husband gets a lot of the details from him. Even though he's not a super-nerd he would still love one of these cozies!!

 Father's Day Crochet Gift - Free Super Dad Mug Cosy Pattern - Hooked On Patterns


2. This is another gift I thought would be a great idea for my guy. He doesn't drink alcohol, but he does drink the flavored waters and juices that come in those tall skinny bottles. And every once in a while, he drinks a craft root beer, so I thought these would be good for him to use to keep it colder longer! 



3. Maybe your guy likes to bring his own bottles to the party? I know back in the day, mine would have. I love this little six-pack bag from Moogly. It's such an ingenious idea- and it could even double as a yarn tote...?? 



4. Gnomes are so popular now. I ran across an entire pantheon of different gnome personalities on Winding Road Crochet's site. I swear there's one for every type of guy.

Make sure you check out the rest of her gnome patterns- there's one for every personality!!


5. Last, but not least, is this microwave bowl cozy. These are SO helpful! We use them in our house and it's literally the difference between keeping your fingerprints or having a mess. We love them, and if your guy uses the microwave for soups or dips or whatever- he needs these!




I hope this roundup helps you find something fun and/or useful to whip up for the guys in your life. 

Fathers are worth celebrating!

Happy Crocheting!
Biz






Monday, June 06, 2022

Happy Scrappy Wipes Cover

 


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My Mother in Law/second Mom requested that I make her some covers for her disinfectant wipes because they leave them out for easy access in their house. This way, they can stay out and not be an eye sore. These are great for busting your stash, as usual, and they are super simple to make! Of course, you can decorate them with any appliques you would like- the flower pattern is included. 

An ad-free version is available on my Website, Etsy, or Ravelry.

Happy Scrappy Wipes Cover

by Elizabeth Mareno

Materials: 

Worsted Weight yarn- Samples used Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn, Lion Brand Heartland, and Caron Simply Soft.

MC- 1 oz

CC1- .5 oz

CC2- .5 oz

Accent color & flowers- Small bits- less than a 1/2 oz each.

Hook & Notions:

#7/4.50mm Hook

Large Eye Needle for weaving ends and applying flowers

Gauge: #7 hook & WW yarn- 16sc x 17 rows = 4" x 4"

Rounds 1- 5 should be 4.75" before moving on.


NOTE: Beginning chains do not count as stitches throughout.

I cut my colors and striped them after rounds 10, 14, & 18. I usually choose my MC by whatever I have the most of because that requires a little more, but you can use up a lot of miscellaneous balls of yarn this way. 

Pattern:

Round 1- MR, ch3, 12 dc in ring, pull ring tight, join with 1st dc. (12dc)

Round 2- ch2, 2dc in join and each stitch around, join with 1st dc. (24dc)

Round 3- ch2, dc in join, 2dc in next, (dc, 2dc in next) around, join with 1st dc. (36dc)

Round 4- ch2, dc in join and next, 2dc, (dc in 2, 2dc in next) around, join with 1st dc. (48dc)

Round 5- ch1, sc in join and next 2, 2sc, (sc in 3, 2sc in next) around, join with 1st sc. (60sc)

Round 6- ch1, bpsc in each st around, join with 1st bpsc. (60 bpsc)

Round 7- ch3, dc in join and each sc around, join with 1st dc. (60dc)

Round 8-22- Repeat Round 7. 


Finishing:
Lines between colors: top stitch using a sl st in the tops of dc's between stripes. Make sure you keep your line color inside the cover and pull through to the front. Commence with sl stitching in the top of each stitch around. 


Flowers: Uses two colors;  A and B. Make as many as you wish- the sample has 2.
Rd 1: With color A, MR, ch1, 10 sc in the ring, pull snug and join with 1st sc. (10sc) cut color

Rd 2: With color B, join in join with ch2, in the same space- dc and tr, in the next sp- tr, dc, ch2, sl st, *sl st in next st, (ch2, dc, tr) in same st, (tr, dc, ch2, sl st) in next st; repeat from * 3 more times, cut color leaving a long end for sewing to the cover. (5 petals)


Wednesday, June 01, 2022

Last-Minute Wedding Gifts- Summer Themed



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Welcome to June, everyone! 

This is sort of known as the "wedding" month, so I thought I would throw together a short list of last-minute gifts for the new couple. I have made my suggestions Summer-themed, just because it's that time of year and all of these items can definitely be used for gifts and for yourselves!


Coasters make great gifts!

1. Here's a great boho style mug rug by Through The Loop Yarn Craft:

 Mug Rug Free Pattern - Through The Loop Yarn Craft (throughtheloopyc.com)



2. And here is one of my favorite coaster books from Annie's. I love the bright colors:




Cotton Covers also make Great Gifts!

1. If they are coffee drinkers, I'm sure they would appreciate a matching set of iced coffee sleeves.


Or if they are movie fans, you could make them character cozies. Here's one idea:





2. If they are ice cream lovers, matching covers for their pints and quarts are awesome for keeping hands warm and ice cream cold! My family swears by them and they are great stashbusters!




Bizzy Crochet Quart Cover


They can also be used for Ball jar covers...just decorate to coordinate!

Dishcloths are another hit for wedding gifts!

1. These fabulous waffle stitch dishcloths would be fantastic in a bundle!

All-Purpose Waffle Stitch Crochet Dishcloths - I Can Crochet That


2. These Pineapple stitch washcloths are super quick to stitch up!



3. Here's another quick project from Through the Loop Yarn Craft.



Last, but not least, are table runners! 

They aren't talked about often when looking for wedding gift ideas, but they are a great and easy way for the new couple to decorate and add a touch of "homemade" to their new home together. Pair one of these with a set of coasters and they are set for Summer!

1. This table runner on the Clover blog is gorgeous and simple!



2. Keeping with the Summer theme, you could make a runner celebrating Summer fireflies! 



No matter what you're looking for in today's roundup, whether it's quick and easy wedding gifts, or something fun and new to uplift your home, I hope it brings you joy!!






Thursday, May 19, 2022

Happy Scrappy Quart Ice Cream Cover Pattern


 People are going to start thinking I'm addicted to ice cream. I'm really not. As a matter of fact, until I hit my late 40s ice cream was food I rarely ever thought about. I was not your typical "If there are chips or ice cream in the house I have to eat them" type of person. 

Then, my hormones changed and we'll leave it at that. 

So, I recently put out a Happy Scrappy Pint Cover Pattern as a way to burn through some of my cotton stash. (I swear those little balls of cotton sit in their container and breed when I'm not looking.) Well, when my husband was out getting ice cream recently, my flavor didn't come in a pint. I had to use a kitchen towel to wrap around it (because who uses a bowl??) as I ate what I wanted out of it. That inspired me to create today's free pattern. 

I knew I wanted it to be simple, bright, color-blocked, and have flowers. Here's what came out...





Happy Scrappy Quart Cover

Also available Ad-Free on Etsy, Ravelry,  and my Website.

By Elizabeth Mareno

Material:

Scrap balls of Worsted Weight Cotton yarn. (Sample used Drops Paris 100% Cotton)
Hook: #7/4.5 mm
Large eye needle for sewing ends

Gauge size: Bottom of cover should measure 3-1/2” across using WW yarn and a #7 hook

US Terminology

Abbreviations:

Ch- chain
sc- single crochet
hdc- half double crochet
dc- double crochet
tr- treble crochet
bpsc- back post single crochet
MR- Magic ring

NOTE: 

1- You can change colors and stripe wherever you would like.

2- It is helpful to have an empty/clean quart container for "fitting" purposes as you are working. 

3- Beginning chains do not count as stitches throughout. (ie, ch3, ch2) Unless otherwise stated.

4- This cover is meant to fit snugly on your quart container. The bottom ridge is meant to be on the underside as you can see in the picture below. 



Pattern:

Bottom:

Rd1- MR, ch3, 16dc in ring, join with 1st dc. (16dc)

Rd2- ch3, 2sc in each st, join with 1st dc. (32dc)

Rd3- ch3, (dc, 2dc in next) around, join with 1st dc. (48dc)

Sides:

Rd4- ch1, bpsc around each dc, join with 1st sc. (48 bpsc)

Rd5- ch2, dc in join and each sc around, join with 1st dc. (48dc)

Rd6-14- Stripe as you like, ch2, dc in join and each dc around, join with 1st dc. (48dc) 

After Rd 14- cut and weave ends. 


Finishing:

Lines between colors: top stitch using a sl st in the tops of dc's between stripes. Make sure you keep your line color inside the cover and pull through to the front. Commence with sl stitching in the top of each stitch around. 


Flowers: Uses two colors;  A and B. Make as many as you wish- the sample has 2.

Rd 1: With color A, MR, ch1, 10 sc in the ring, pull snug and join with 1st sc. (10sc) cut color

Rd 2: With color B, join in join with ch2, in the same space- dc and tr, in the next sp- tr, dc, ch2, sl st, *sl st in next st, (ch2, dc, tr) in same st, (tr, dc, ch2, sl st) in next st; repeat from * 3 more times, cut color leaving a long end for sewing to the cover. (5 petals)


I hope you enjoy today's free pattern!

Happy Crocheting!
Biz

 



14 Patterns for the Fourth of July

We love the Fourth of July in our house. When the kids were little we lived in a small town in Northern Wisconsin and the Fourth of July was...