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The first week of the Sweet and Simple event went well! This week there are 13 awesome easy crochet patterns for you which are free with the coupon code between 15th and 21st February 2022.
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Shall I show you the fabulous easy crochet patterns for this week?
This Week’s Patterns
Elegant Hair Scarf by Sunflower Cottage Crochet
This week I am contributing my Elegant Hair Scarf to this event.
This one is a super simple pattern using double crochets (US terms – triple crochet in UK terms) and works up quickly!
The Freedom Beanie by Carroway Crochet
This one is worked up using a chunky yarn so you will be finished this one in no time!
The thicker yarn with the gaps make this one a perfect make for those chillier late winter / early Spring Days.
The Suzette Hanging Basket by Made by Gootie
I adore this basket so much! The stitch is so pretty and the basket is so handy for lots of things.
Would you use yours as decoration like Agat has here, or would you keep it by your bed to keep your phone and glasses in? What about somewhere to keep those extra toilet rolls in the bathroom?
Crochet Rose Bobble by Off the Hook for You
How cute is this one? I know that my daughter and nieces will be wanting a few of these along with a few done in smaller yarn with a smaller hook for pigtails and plaits.
Ear Warmer / Head band by My Crochet Space
These are really popular gifts and quick makes! Whether you just make the ear warmer, or add a scarf to match, maybe add it to a spa set for the perfect pamper yourself gift, you cannot go wrong with making one or two (or seven or eight) of these!
Cross Stitch Infinity Scarf by Loops and Love Crochet
This winter I have been drawn to infinity scarves and this one is a great one with an easy repeat. It is a perfect project for practicing those X stitches on and will look great dressed up if you are going for a meal, or dressed down for walking the dogs!
Alpine Scarf by Crochets by Trista
How elegant and cozy does this one look?
Trista has a great eye for detail and the simple repeat in this pattern works just perfectly!
Pine Trees Headband by Creations by Courtney
Now this lady is not afraid to play with texture.
Courtney’s design is perfect for the Spring and is another quick and easier than it looks project!
What colours would you make yours?
Houndstooth Sunglasses Case by Itchin’ for some Stitchin’
Can you go wrong with a bit of houndstooth?
If you have never tried it before then grab this project and give it a go!
Criss Cross Hat by Pam’s Cozy Corner
This project would make a great set with the criss cross scarf by Loops and Love above!
By the time you have finished this project you will be a master at the X stitch!
I love how a row or two of a complimentary colour work so well in designs.
Striped Cup Cozy by Pine Tree Crochet
In my house I can never have enough cup cozies. It is an unspoken rule that there must be one or two in both my car and my husband’s, and at least one in my bag. My daughter has been known to also give them away in the local coffee shop because people have admired them!
Boho Wall Decor by Valzies Boutique
This COLOURWAYS reminds me of the setting sun. This wall hanging just makes me smile.
Do you have any particular colours that mean anything to you that you would make this one in? What about birthstone colours of your children / grandchildren?
The midsummer infinity scarf by Once Upon a Cheerio
There are a few ways to wear this beautiful design – you should check them out!
This is another elegant but simple project that will work up in no time.
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This 2 in 1 beach / Market bag started life as a market bag. But I loved the textures and way these stitch combinations were working and so had to make the tote style too! The peacock fan stitch is definitely one I will be using again.
That is a bonus for you guys, because it means that you get both styles in the pdf pattern!
The handles are super easy to adjust the sizing of – you literally just make them longer before attaching the second end.
The free pattern below is for the round market bag style (which can also double as a great beach bag) – you will surprised how much it holds. I think the round version can hold a little more than the tote version.
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I used Dishie yarn for these bags. Do you remember the Ava Table runner? You may remember that was also designed specifically for an event that was sponsored by WeCrochet. Well, the lovely guys there sent me this Dishie yarn to try and compare it to the LionBrand 24/7 that they had sent for me to work up the table runner design.
Being in the UK getting hold of some yarns can be difficult for me. I am really grateful to WeCrochet for going above and beyond to support indie designers like us in this way!
The Dishie Yarn was really nice to work with and frogged easily when I needed it to. It was much easier on my tension finger than the Lionbrand 24/7 (which caused a huge divit in my finger and rubbed it raw). And it looks great worked up. The stitch definition of the Dishie is really nice. However, I do think that I made the right call to use the 24/7 for the table runner – because of the sheen it gives such a nice finish to a statement piece which is on show in the home, rather than the softer comfort of the Dishie.
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- #4 worsted weight cotton (I used 3 skeins of dishie in green and 2 skeins in white for the market bag and 2 skeins of green and just over 1 white for the tote version)
- 5mm hook
- Stitch markers (optional)
- Tapestry needle
Not important for this project as long as your tension is consistent
My bag is 15” wide and the body section is 15” tall, with the bottom being 15” in diameter.
- YO – yarn over
- SC–single crochet
- DC – double crochet
- SS–slip stitch
- TC – treble crochet
- FDC – foundation double crochet
- Written in US terms
- Chain 1 does not count as a stitch unless specifically stated.
- Pattern is worked from the bottom up, and in one piece.
- You can make this one as a round market bag or a beach bag / tote style.
- One of my testers preferred to do the dc rows with a 4.5mm hook, and the peacock fan sections with a 5mm hook as she found the fan section was a little tighter so looked like it pulled the bag in a smidge.
Pattern for the Market Bag
In color A:
Round 1 In magic ring ch3 (counts as a st), 9DC. Ss to join (10)
Round 2 Ch3, DC in same st, 2DC in next and each st around. Ss to join (20)
Round 3 Ch3, DC in same st, DC in next st, *2DC in next st, DC in next st* Rep from * to * around. Ss to join (30)
Round 4 Ch3, DC in same st, DC in next 2 sts, *2DC in next st, DC in next 2 sts* Rep from * to * around. Ss to join (40)
Round 5 Ch3, DC in same st, DC in next 3 sts, *2DC in next st, DC in next 3 sts* Rep from * to * around. Ss to join (50)
Round 6 Ch3, DC in same st, DC in next 4 sts, *2DC in next st, DC in next 4 sts* Rep from * to * around. Ss to join (60)
Round 7 Ch3, DC in same st, DC in next 5 sts, *2DC in next st, DC in next 5 sts* Rep from * to * around. Ss to join (70)
Round 8 Ch3, DC in same st, DC in next 6 sts, *2DC in next st, DC in next 6 sts* Rep from * to * around. Ss to join (80)
Round 9 Ch3, DC in same st, DC in next 7 sts, *2DC in next st, DC in next 7 sts* Rep from * to * around. Ss to join (90)
Round 10 Ch3, DC in same st, DC in next 8 sts, *2DC in next st, DC in next 8 sts* Rep from * to * around. Ss to join (100)
Round 11 Ch3, DC in same st, DC in next 9 sts, *2DC in next st, DC in next 9 sts* Rep from * to * around. Ss to join (110)
Round 12 Ch3, DC in same st, DC in next 10 sts, *2DC in next st, DC in next 10 sts* Rep from * to * around. Ss to join (120)
Round 13 Ch3 or alt DC in the first st, Working in the back loops only, DC in each st around. Ss to join (120)
Note: if you are comfortable with third loops you may prefer to go through both the back and the third loops to help your bag keep its shape with heavier items. See fig photo above.
Rounds 14-15 Ch3 or alt DC, DC in each st around. Ss to join (120)
In color B:
Round 16 Ch1, SC in first st, *sk 4 sts, 9 TC in next st, sk 4 sts, 1 SC in next st* rep from * to * around, ending with sk 4 sts, 9 TC in next st, sk 4 sts, ss to first SC. (12 sets of 9TC, and 12 SC)
Round 17 Ch4 (counts as a TC), 1 TC in the first sc of the previous round, *ch3, sk 4 TC, 1 SC in the next TC (which is the middle of the 9TC fan), ch3, sk 4 TC, 2 TC in next SC*. Rep from * to * around ending with ch3, sk 4 TC, SC in the next TC, ch3, sk 4 TC and then ss to the top of the ch4 to join.
Round 18 Ch1, SC between the ch4 and TC which started the previous round, *sk 3 ch, 9 TC in the next SC, sk 3 ch, SC in the space between the next 2 TC.* Rep from * to * around. On the last repeat instead of working a SC in the sp between the next 2 TC, ss to top of the first SC to join.
Round 19 repeat round 17
Round 20 repeat round 18
Round 21 repeat round 17
Change to color A:
Attach color A between any set of of tc’s.
Round 22 Ch3(counts as a st), 4 DC in the ch3 sp, DC in the next SC, 4 DC in next ch3 sp, DC between the next 2 TC of the previous round *. Rep from * to * around ending with 4 DC in ch3 sp, ss to top of ch3 to join. (120)
Rounds 23-24 Ch3 or alt DC, DC in each st around. Ss to join (120)
Rounds 25-30 In color B rep rounds 16-21
Rounds 31-33 In color A rep rounds 22-24
If you want 2 straps / handles on the market bag
Row 1 Ch1, SC in same st and next 7 sts, turn (8)
Rows 2-66 repeat row 1 (or until strap is desired length).
Take a stitch marker. Find the left hand side of your strap and mark the 20th unworked st to the left. Take another st marker. Moving in the same direction count out another 7 sts mark that st. Between these stitch markers is where you need to attach your handle. You can SC it together or whip st.
(*If you are doing one strap you need to leave 54 stitches between the straps on either side).
FO and weave in ends
Lay you bag flat so that the handle is effectively folded in half. From the left of that handle mark the 29th stitch across with a stitch marker. Attach your yarn here for the second handle.
Repeat rows 1 -66 for the second handle and follow the same process and counts to attach the other end of the strap.
FO and weave in ends.
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The Lacy Hair Scarf was actually the first hair scarf pattern that I designed! Even before the Elegant Hair Scarf (also a free pattern). My hair scarves are inspired by those glamourous silver screen icons. The carefree car rides over the mountains or along the …
Do you remember when we launched our Joy Wrap last summer as a guest design on Joy of Motion Crochet?
Well, now we get to post about it here too! And include the free pattern of the Joy Wrap for you. Of course if you wish to purchase an ad free copy of this pattern you can do so at the links a little further below!
The Joy Wrap is a great spring and summer accessory. You can make it as long as you choose – I give you the stitch multiples to do that. With this one I wanted mine to be a little bit longer. Living on the coast in the UK the wind can be a little chilly, even in summer, so I like to have something to cover my shoulders and chest on family walks and when out with the dogs.
This is my first Lacey stitch design
I set out with this one to challenge myself to come up with a more lacy and feminine design that everyone would have fun crocheting. Usually my designs are ones that you can snuggle into and wrap yourself up in on those colder days. My ideal day is a brisk walk along the beach with my dogs followed by curling up on the sofa with a hot drink and an old movie. I think my designs tended to reflect this … until I designed and made this project!
I have spent many years stuck in a rut with being comfortable wearing darker colours and jeans so I also wanted something that The yarn I used for this one does just that.
If you haven’t used this yarn yet I would highly recommend it!
Any #3 weight yarn or double knit will work for this pattern creating such a lovely drape. I chose Stylecraft Batik Swirl because it screamed summer and made me smile! Our testers seemed to favour Lionbrand Mandala and the cake yarns. I think this would also look great in a solid colour too. It would be stunning as a wrap for a bride to have handy on her wedding day. Stylecraft is one of those yarns that is available almost everywhere here. It’s such a good quality yarn and looks fantastic when it’s worked up.
If you want it chunkier for the colder weather you can use a light #4 weight such as Caron simply soft.
I had thought about blocking my wrap but I love the bounce that this one has before the blocking so I chose not to!
A great beginner project!!!
The Joy Wrap is suitable for every skill level whether you are just starting your crochet journey or have been travelling it for some time! This pattern really is super easy – it uses only chains and single crochet with about 10 double crochets thrown in. And it looks stunning!
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My wrap measures 65” x 13.5” unblocked. You can adjust the length by adding multiples of 6 to the starting chain. Because of its size, and despite it being in #3 weight yarn, it could also double up as a great scarf in winter. It is one of those pieces that you will always find a way of wearing despite the weather.
Size 4 mm / US: G-6 / UK: 8 – of course if you chose to try this with a #4 weight yarn you will need to use a 5mm or even a 5.5mm.
Yarn used: 1100 – 1200 yards of #3 weight or DK yarn.
Yarn Brand – I used less than 2 skeins of Stylecraft Batik Swirl in meadow (approx 1150 yards).
Gauge is really not important with this pattern. To adjust the length amend the starting chain by multiples of 6. To adjust the width add more pattern repeats.
- This crochet pattern is written in US terms.
- All measurements given are unblocked.
- Note that measurements are given as exact as possible. But crochet tension & technique might give variations in the result, that changes from person to person.
- Ch1 at the beginning of the row does not count as a stitch
- Read pattern instructions carefully before beginning to make sure you understand everything. It might save you hours!
Ch = chain (s)
ch-2-sp = refers to chain or space previously made, with 2 ch
ch-7-sp = refers to chain or space previously made, with 7 ch
ch – 5 – sp = refers to chain or space previously made, with 5 ch
Rep = repeat
Sc = single crochet
Sl st = slip stitch
St = stitch (es)
The Pattern for the Joy Wrap:
Row 1 Fsc 391 or ch392, sc in the second chain from hook and each ch across. Turn. (391)
Row 2 Ch1, sc in the first st, *ch5, sk the next 5 sts, sc in the next st* Repeat from * to * across. Turn.
Row 3 Ch1, sc in the first st *ch7, sk the ch-5-sp, sc in the next sc from the previous row* Repeat from * to * across. Turn.
Row 4 Ch1, sc in the first st, *ch7, sk the ch-7-sp, sc in the next sc from the previous row* Repeat from * to * across. Turn.
Row 5 Ch5 (counts as a dc, ch2), *sc over the ch-7-spaces over the last two rows, ch5* Repeat from * to * across until you work the sc over the last set of ch7 sps, ch2, dc in the last st. Turn.
Note: you will insert your hook under the ch7 sp from row 3 and work the sc so it nips together the two ch7 spaces from rows 3 and 4. See figure photo below.
Row 6 Ch1, sc in the first st, ch2, sk the ch2 sp from row 5, sc in the next st, *ch5, sk the ch-5-sp, sc in the next st* Repeat from * to * until you reach the final ch2sp. Sk the final ch2 sp in row 5, ch2, sc in the third ch of the ch5 at the beginning of row 5. Turn.
Row 7 Ch6 (counts as a dc, ch3), sk the ch2 sp, sc in the next st *ch7, sk the ch-5-sp, sc in the next st* Repeat from * to * until you have worked a sc into the last st before the ch2 sp from row 6, ch3, dc in the last st. Turn.
Row 8 Ch1, sc in the first st, ch3, sk the ch3 sp from row 7, sc in the next st, *ch7, sk the ch7 sp from row 7, sc in the next st*. Repeat from * to * until you reach the last ch3 sp from row 7. Ch3, sc in the third ch of the turning chain from row 7. Turn.
Row 9 Ch1, sc in the first st, sk the ch3 sp, *ch5, sc over the ch-7-sp’s from rows 7 and 8* Repeat from * to *, sc in the last st. Turn.
Note: you will work the sc over rows 7 and 8 as you did at row 5!
Row 10 Ch1, sc in the first st, *ch5, sk the ch5 sp from row 9, sc in the next st* Repeat from * to * across. Turn.
Row 11 Ch1, sc in the first st, *work 5 sc in the ch-5-sp from row 10, sc in the next st*. Repeat from * to * across. Turn.
Rows 12-71 Repeat rows 2-11.
Fasten off & cut yarn.
Fasten threads & weave in ends to complete your Joy Wrap. You may choose to block your wrap.
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