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Does your family ever host Fourth of July parties, picnics or barbecues for friends and neighbors to enjoy? If so, there are many considerations that go into the planning and hosting of such an event.
Of primary importance is the food; of course, you will want to have a bunch of delicious barbecue-ables on hand to tempt all your picnic guests, not to mention a variety of of cold drinks and some luscious desserts. But since this is a crochet blog and not a food blog, we’ll skip any further discussion about the edibles, and focus on discussing the decorations instead.
If you would like to make crochet a part of your Fourth of July celebration, perhaps you’d enjoy crocheting any of these Americana-themed decorations in red, white and blue. They’ll make lovely accents to your party décor, and you’ll be able to use them every summer, for many years to come.
I think these red, white and blue potholders are ideal for summer time use, including but not limited to Fourth of July entertaining; they’re great for carrying hot food between the kitchen, the picnic table, and the barbecue area. You can also crochet dishcloths in red, white and blue as well. One of the objects in the picture above is an afghan stitch dishcloth I crocheted in a variegated red, white and blue yarn colorway. Although that exact yarn has now been discontinued, the idea remains useful. Overall, the dishcloth design is well-suited for using on patriotic occasions however you decide to incorporate red, white and blue into the color scheme.
A pearl necklace is a chic, timeless accessory. I can’t imagine that a pearl necklace would ever go out of style.
While I do love classic Coco-Chanel-ish pearls, the perfectly round white variety that looks killer with a fab fifties-style angora sweater, I love the look of gorgeous, shimmery, shiny freshwater pearls even more. To me, there’s something so unique and intriguing about each little pearl. To crochet with them…ah, my idea of perfect bliss. It’s delightful to watch each tiny pearl slip past my crochet hook in succession, while the necklace takes shape in my hands. And then, soon enough, comes the best part: getting to wear my creation.
I often wear neutrals, as pictured, and rosy-brownish freshwater pearls set off my wardrobe perfectly. If your wardrobe isn’t constructed that way, don’t worry, it’s really easy to substitute different sorts of beads, and different bead colors, into this design. It’s almost begging to be personalized and customized to your tastes, and your own wardrobe.
The free crochet pattern for this necklace is available on the Internet.
If you’ve never crocheted with wire before, this project is a nice introduction to the technique. It’s a reasonably quick project, and one of the easier wire crochet projects you’ll find available. You may also wish to take a look at this free wire and bead crochet tutorial, which is posted at freecrafts.info. The tutorial will show you how to make a beaded napkin ring with wire, and it’s also a good starter project for learning this technique.
Yarn is lovely to crochet with, but there are many reasons why a person might want to crochet with materials other than yarn.
If you’d like to try crocheting with something other than yarn, but you’re not sure where to start, you might be interested in checking out this page at KnittingandCrochet.net. It’ll offer you some ideas for how to bypass the yarn and find other things to work with.
This baby blanket is so colorful! The predominant color is pink, but many other baby-friendly colors are used as accents. The main colors used in the blanket are “Prettiest Pink,” which is a vibrant orangy-coral-pink color, and “Pink,” which is more of a traditional pastel baby-pink. Both of these yarns are Bernat Softee baby yarns.
Red, white and blue is one of my favorite color schemes. I write this not only because I was born in the USA, although I am sure that does contribute to my appreciation and affection for this lively color trio. It’s more than that: I adore the way these colors harmonize, and I find the color combination both refreshing and inspiring.
If you’d enjoy crocheting a project with a USA theme — either in red, white and blue or in a different color scheme — there are free crochet patterns posted online that you probably will want to take a look at. These links will whisk you away to related pages where you can feast your eyes on an abundance of red, white and blue projects — and grab free crochet patterns for making your own version of these designs:
Everyone is welcome to use these free crochet patterns, regardless of location or nationality. If you are located outside the USA, and the red white and blue color scheme isn’t your thing, please feel free to re-color any of our designs into your own country’s colors, or for that matter, into any other colors at all.
Want to get in on some opportunities to win two new GORGEOUS spring and summer pattern collections by crochet designer Alla Koval? If so, keep reading for the details on how to find bunches of giveaways!
Featured in these collections, you’ll find a variety of beautiful crochet clothing and accessory patterns for girls aged 2-12, plus several outstanding baby blanket patterns. The collections also include some versatile and useful components such as edgings, ruffles, and motifs — plus flowers that can be used as pins or appliques. Overall, I’m enthralled with these designs, and I’m excited to show you pictures of these projects — plus offer you the chance to win them for yourself.
If you want to get in on these giveaways, this is your first chance.
The giveaways are open worldwide, and entering is easy (just leave a comment!) Please see the blog post linked above for more detailed info.
I had a chance to review both of these lovely pattern books, and I’m happy to give them both my stamp of approval. These books include some exceptional design work, plus symbol crochet charts, schematics, written instructions and stunning, on-trend color photographs. The patterns are really beautiful and detailed, and they’ve been tech edited by popular crochet designer Edie Eckman, who I’m sure many of you have heard of. In a world of mediocre patterns, it’s rare to find a collection this exceptionally beautiful and well thought out. I really hope you’ll find these patterns as inspiring as I do.
I’ve already started crocheting one of the projects from the spring pattern book. The design I’m working on is a lovely, lacy springtime cowl pattern for young girls.
I have a baby on the way. I’m not sure whether I’m expecting a girl or a boy (I want to be surprised!) but if I have a daughter, I’m hoping this cowl will become a cherished part of her future wardrobe. If I have a son, the cowl will become my first charity crochet project of 2015 — which makes me just as happy. It’s win / win either way.
I’ve posted a work-in-progress picture of the cowl I’m crocheting, along with bunches of photos from the book and more of my thoughts about these patterns. If you want to check it out, please visit my book review of the Imagical Seasons spring pattern collection. I’ve also reviewed the summer pattern collection as well.
I should mention that these books are both brand new, and that they are part of an ongoing series. The current giveaways are a offered as part of a celebration of the books’ blog tour and publicity efforts.
Remember the days when authors used to travel and do book signings? Well, these days with so many people having Internet access, fewer authors are literally traveling. Instead, the trendy thing nowadays is for authors to do blog tours — and so Alla has a fantastic lineup of bloggers who are participating in her blog tour.
Participating bloggers are posting additional book giveaways, insights from the author, Alla Koval, and their reviews of these crochet pattern books.
The series of books is planned to be 4 volumes all together — a book for each season in the year. Later this year, Alla plans to release the fall and winter volumes. I’ll definitely be on the lookout for those.
I was curious about Alla’s design process, not to mention how she approaches the book writing process and other things. So I offered to interview her as part of the blog tour. Alla agreed to contribute an interview at KnittingandCrochet.net in order to satisfy my curiosity and give us some insights into what it’s been like for her behind the scenes.
Is the weather getting really cold where you live? If so, ’tis definitely the season to be crocheting warm winter hats and scarves to bundle up in. Cowls and Neck warmers are on-trend and popular for this season too. If you need some ideas or inspiration for cold weather accessories to crochet, there are plenty of free patterns available for you to browse through.
Pictured here, we have a set of coordinating crocheted accessories that are super easy to crochet — easy enough, in fact, for total beginners. The pieces included in the set are a long traditional scarf, a snug-fitting hat, a headband, an ear warmer and a pair of texting gloves. You can crochet these items separately, or make several of the items, or all of them.
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Want to decorate your home with crochet? If so, you’ll find plenty of appropriate crochet patterns on the Internet — with many of them being available for free. We’ve rounded up bunches of free home decor patterns here for your consideration.
Perhaps you’d like to crochet a rag rug. Or, maybe doilies are more your style. Whether you’d like to decorate your kitchen, your bedroom, your dining room, your bathroom or any other room in your home, you’ll find free crochet patterns to suit.
Imagine this enchanting scenario: you, bronzed, oiled and carefree, sipping a fruity tropical drink at the beach this summer, carrying all your treasures in a creative, eye-catching beach bag — a beach bag that you made yourself!
How lovely would that be?
You can grab a free pattern for a chic fabric beach bag on the Internet; if that one’s not quite what you’re looking for, be sure to check out this list of free bag and tote patterns too.