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Easy Crochet Patterns Just for You

Easy Crochet Patterns Just for You

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.   How do I get my free PDF patterns? The 

Bunny Pillow – Free C2C Pattern

Bunny Pillow – Free C2C Pattern

The Bunny pillow and the Mini Corner to Corner course! The bunny pillow was designed to be part of the free corner to corner mini course I have designed. It is aimed at teaching people the very basics of corner to corner. You can find 

Sweet and Simple Round Up – Week 1

Sweet and Simple Round Up – Week 1

When Pam at Carroway Crochet asked me to participate in the Sweet and Simple event she had planned I wasn’t going to say no. You know that I LOVE to bring you guys free pattern events when I can!



How do I get my free PDF patterns?

The answer to that is easy.

  1. Make a note of the coupon code you need for this week (see below)
  2. Scroll down and check out the patterns that are available free this week
  3. Click on the photos of the ones you would like
  4. If you do not go straight to Ravelry for your download, scroll the designer’s post until you see the Download now button. It looks like this:
the button you need looks like this

5. Use the code to get your free PDF Pattern

6. Come back here and get another one!




The coupon code

This week the code you need is SWEETANDSIMPLE



This Week’s Patterns

There are 10 fantastic patterns available for you to get for free with the coupon code this week!

Susan Wrist warmers by Sunflower Cottage Crochet

If you have not grabbed the pdf for these yet then you really should!

You cannot see it in the photo but there is an option to add a beautiful cuff to the bottom of your wrist warmers and the pattern shows you how to make them fit any hand.

Mason Jar Cozy by Carroway Crochet

Jar cozies are so popular! I use them in my craft room where I have lots of jars containing quilting clips, blocking pins, D links etc. It makes the room feel much tidier and cozier!




Chunky Bowtie Head Warmer by Itchin’ for some Stitchin’

These head warmers are so cute. You could raid your scraps and make a ton of these for little easter gifts. My nieces would adore them.

Who would you make these for?

Crunch Stitch Scrubbies by Made by Gootie

Agat has some gorgeous scrubby designs. These are quick and super easy. The crunch stitch makes a great texture for scrubbies and washcloths!

Easy Beginners Hat by Off the Hook for You

This hat can be made in less than an hour!

The key to it’s speed – super chunky (or super bulky) yarn and 10mm hook!

So if you are looking for a quick gift idea or want some super quick projects for your donation box then this one should be considered.

Crochet Fingerless Gloves by My Crochet Space

Another great practical pattern idea that takes no time to work up. That velvet yarn looks so cosy!

My daughter is now a pre-teen and has her own phone so these would be perfect for the spring and autumn for her and her friends.



Owl Amigurumi by Loops and Love Crochet

I am a sucker for owls so this one is a must make!

It’s not just a stuffed decoration – I would make one to be a pin cushion, a paper weight or pop a zip in the top of the head for a coin purse for a little girl!

Coastal Waves Coaster by Pine Tree Crochet

Another sweet and simple design that is a great scrap buster!

That bright green is giving me all the happy spring feels this morning.

Buttercream Dishcloth by Crochets by Trista

I love Trista and her designs are always fantastic! I have actually made this pattern – it is beautiful and works well as a dishcloth or washcloth.

On a side note – those strawberries look so yummy!

Sunglasses Pouch by Valzies Boutique

Protect your glasses from getting scratched or lost with this pouch!

I’ll have to find some of that yarn – it’s gorgeous!

Share your projects with me!

Use the hashtag #sweetandsimple and share your projects online so that the designers can see your makes too! We LOVE seeing them!!

Want to join a friendly, welcoming and active face book group? Then the Sunflower Cottage Crochet Community may just be for you.

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Tunisian Color Block Scarf
Susan Tote


Stag Throw Pillow – Free pattern

Stag Throw Pillow – Free pattern

Here is the first of several patterns in the Stag Collection – the stag throw pillow.   Note: this post may contain affiliate links. This means if you make a purchase using them we may get a small commission so that we can continue to 

Elegant Hairscarf

Elegant Hairscarf

Something came over me one day and I just had to design an elegant headscarf. I know! It’s not my usual kind of design. When I think of head scarves I think of the 1950’s and old movies with (not so fast) open top cars, 

A Handy Storage Basket – Free Pattern

A Handy Storage Basket – Free Pattern

I needed a handy storage basket so why not write it up as a free pattern? We had recently had a log burner put in and I needed something pretty to keep the logs in. I had also just gotten my first order of Hoooked Zpagetti and was looking for a good project to try it out with.

Yes, I was really late to the recycled jersey / t-shirt yarn party! I have been inspired by Knitz and Purlz and I have been loving seeing her jersey yarn and watching her create some gorgeous things. Every time I saw one of her posts it reminded me to make a storage basket.

Originally I wasn’t going to write this pattern up but I put a photo on IG and some people said they would love to check the pattern out. So it has waited for a couple of months (or 4!) until I could get it written up and tested properly.

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I liked the storage basket so much I made another one in white for my bathroom. It would also make a great gift basket for someone filled with toiletries or yarn!


Pattern Links:

If you would like an ad free pdf version of this pattern you can find it in all of the usual places:

Our Shop here

Ravelry here

Etsy here

Lovecrafts here


Materials needed:

  • 60-70 yards of super chunky yarn – I suggest Paintbox recycled jersey T-shirt yarn or Hoooked Zpagetti solid
  • 12 or 15mm
  • Stitch markers (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle

Gauge is not important for this project


Using a 12mm hook my basket was 6.5” in diameter by 4” in height

Using a 15mm hook my basket was 10.5” in diameter by 6.5” in height – my testers found that when they did one of each they nested perfectly!



  • Ch(s)–chain(s)
  • St(s)–stitch(es)
  • rep–repeat
  • sk—skip
  • sc – single crochet
  • fpdc – front post double crochet
  • Bpdc – back post double crochet
  • Blo – back loop only
  • YO—yarn over
  • FO—fasten off
  • [] – everything noted between these is worked into the same st


Pattern Notes:

  • Written in US terms.
  • Any ch stitches at the beginning do count as a st unless otherwise stated.
  • The stitch count is in parenthesis at the end of each row.
  • You must turn as indicated to keep the structure of the basket sturdy


Special Stitches:

You can find our video tutorial on the fpdc at https://youtu.be/nmWe76Y4v08 – right handed version

https://youtu.be/biHxNSKo5Vw – left handed version

For the bpdc visit https://youtu.be/hTPKAPQblkE


Free Pattern:

Round 1 –       In a magic ring sc 6    OR    ch3, ss into first ch, sc6 into center. SS to join (6)

Round 2 –       Ch1, 2sc in each st around. SS to join (12)

Round 3 –       Ch1, sc in the first st, 2sc in the next st, *sc in the next st, 2sc in the next st*. Rep from * to * around. SS to join (18)

Round 4 –        Ch1, sc in the first 2sts, 2sc in the next st, *sc in the next 2 sts, 2sc in the next st*. Rep from * to * around. SS to join (24)

Round 5 –        Ch1, sc in the first 3sts, 2sc in the next st, *sc in the next 3sts, 2sc in the next st*. Rep from * to * around. SS to join (30)

Round 6 –        Ch1, sc in the first 4sts, 2sc in the next st, *sc in the next 4sts, 2sc in the next st*. Rep from * to * around. SS to join (36)

Round 7 –        Ch1, sc in the first 5sts, 2sc in the next st, *sc in the next 5sts, 2sc in the next st*. Rep from * to * around. SS to join (42)

Round 8 –        Ch1, hdc blo in each st around. SS to join (42)



Let’s start the textured section!

Round 9 –       Alt ch3, [dc, ch1, 2dc] in the same st, sk2, fpdc in the next st, *sk2, [2dc, ch1, 2dc] in next st. sk2, fpdc in the next st*. Rep from * to * to end of round. SS to join (7 shells and 7 fpdc)

Round 10 –     Ch1 , turn, bpdc around the last stitch you made in the previous round, *in the next ch1 sp (2dc, ch1, 2dc), sk the next 2 sts, bpdc around the post of the next dc *

                  Rep from * to *. SS to join (7 shells and 7 bpdc)

Round 11 –      Ch1 , turn, fpdc around the last stitch you made in the previous round, *in the next ch1 sp (2dc, ch1, 2dc), sk the next 2 sts, fpdc around the post of the next dc *

                  Rep from * to *. SS to join (7 shells and 7 bpdc)

Rounds 12 – onwards – repeat rounds 10 and 11 until your basket is almost as tall as you

would like (I repeated round 10 once only)

Note: the taller this one gets the less stable it appears because of the stitches used.

Round 13 –       ch1, hdc in each st and ch1 space around. SS to join (42)

Round 14 –       With the outside facing you, you have a choice as to how to finish this one off:

  1. ss in each stitch around (42) OR
  2. crab stitch in each st around if you feel like your yarn needs a little bit more stability.

FO and weave in ends.

And voila! A gorgeous storage basket for your home!


Bring on Spring Event

On Friday 26th February 2021 we offered  this pattern as a free pdf as part of the Bring on Spring event hosted by Through The Loop Yarn Craft. If you would like to see what other patterns were included in this event and get some inspiration you can click the button below!





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Bee Pillow


The Bee Pillow – Free Crochet Pattern

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The Kate Scarf

The Kate Scarf

The Kate scarf is our newest member of the Kate Collection! The Kate collection is actually named after one of my sisters. There are a few more items coming in this collection – we have a beanie, a baby bonnet and baby blanket, a mug 

The Kate Hat

The Kate Hat

What came first – the Kate hat or the matching scarf? Honestly, it was the hat… I think! I mentioned in the scarf post that these patterns were actually designed a year ago but releasing them was postponed. Another designer brought out a very similar design after we had completed testing etc. I was nervous about releasing this pattern because I didn’t want to be accused of copying. I have seen how these things can play out in social media and being a new designer that scared me. It turns out I shouldn’t have worried. Our designs are sufficiently different and the designer has been lovely about it.

Isn’t this stitch combo gorgeous!!

I love this stitch combo! It is quite a fun one to work up and works up quickly so I have really enjoyed coming up with different patterns for this. Of course we have several just waiting in the wings to release – a coffee beanie cozy, mug cozy, baby bonnet (from size preemie) and blanket, a gorgeous wrist bag which is perfect for bridesmaids! The list just goes on.



Do you love this stitch combo as much as me?

If you can chain, double crochet, front post double crochet and back post double crochet then you can make just about anything with this stitch combination! If you want to see how easy it is check out our YouTube video tutorial on how to make there scarf pattern. (We also have a left handed version on our channel.)




Pattern Links:

This one is a paid pattern only. You can get the inexpensive pdf in all of our shops:

Ravelry here

Our Shop here

Etsy here

Lovecrafts here



Pattern specifics:

The Kate hat comes in three sizes:

Small – 18’’ circ, 7.5’’ tall

Medium – 19’’ circ, 9’’ tall

Large – 20’’ circ, 10’’ tall


You will need the following materials:

– #4 weight yarn (aran)

– large hat – around 180 yards

– medium – 155 yards approx.,

– small –  140 yards approx

– 4mm and a 5 mm hook

– Needle to sew in ends

– Tape measure

– Stitch marker (optional)


Links to video tutorials for all special stitches are included in the pattern.


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Kristine Cowl Pattern

Kristine Cowl Pattern

Introducing the Kristine Cowl pattern Yesterday I  released and give you the Kristine ear warmer patterns. Today’s cowl matches them perfectly and so far completes the ‘set’. Although I am thinking that I may need to come up with some fingerless gloves or mittens or