Crochet Beach Bag

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 — 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

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Why Look for Yarn Alternatives?

Yarn is lovely to crochet with, but there are many reasons why a person might want to crochet with materials other than yarn.

  • Yarn usually warms you, at least somewhat, when you work with it. In the wintertime, that’s fine. But for crocheting with during the summer months, it can get uncomfortable, particularly when the weather is hot and humid. There are some other materials that might prove more comfortable than yarn to work with during the summer months.

  • Yarn can get expensive; for crafters who are out of work or without much (or any) disposable income, yarn might be more of a luxury than a necessity. It’s natural to want to find inexpensive, or free, yarn alternatives.

  • Sometimes yarn might not give you exactly the texture you want. Or the look. Or the feel. Maybe you want something harder and stiffer. Maybe you want something shinier. Or rougher. Branching out a bit can give you some interesting results that you won’t discover otherwise.

  • In some areas, it’s not easy to find reasonably-priced yarn in the local shops; it comes down to a choice between driving a long distance to buy yarn, buying yarn through the mail unseen — and paying for shipping, finding some other alternative to yarn, or abandoning crochet all together.

  • Some people like a creative challenge.

  • Sometimes people might want to try something new, different or interesting.

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 Crochet. It’ll offer you some ideas for how to bypass the yarn and find other things to work with.

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Looking Ahead to Free Crochet Patterns for June 2014

I hope you’re not putting your crochet hooks away for the summer; as the weather warms up, it seems like people crochet less, but there are plenty of things other than hats, scarves and blankets you could be crocheting. I’ll give you some hints about what you’ll find in future blog posts here on our website:

  • Hair accessories — perfect for keeping the hair off your face when it’s hot out! We already have plenty of headbands posted, but next month we’ll be tying it all together with lots of new hair accessory patterns and updates.

  • Crocheted skirts — lacy, lovely skirts are perfect for dressy occasions year-around. I think you’re going to love these!

  • Crocheted curtains and valances — When it’s too hot to work on afghans, why not try something a little different — like a crocheted valance or curtain for your favorite window?

  • See Also: summer crochet patterns and project ideas

There’ll be more, of course, but so far as of right now that’s what I have planned and (nearly) ready to go.

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May 2014: This Month in Crochet History

Are you looking for free spring and summer-friendly crochet patterns you could get started working on immediately? We’ll be posting a bunch of them this month, but if you don’t want to wait, no worries — there are many lovely patterns that are already available online. Let’s take a look back in history at some of the crochet patterns that were brand new at this time last year.

Crochet Housewarming Gift Ideas

When people move, they often choose to do so during the summer months. For one thing, it won’t be as hard on any school-age children, moving when school isn’t in session. For another thing, it allows the grown-ups to schedule the move over a summer vacation as well. If you have friends, family or colleagues who plan to move this summer, it’s time to get thinking about whether you want to make any housewarming gifts for them.

Free Scrap Afghan Patterns

One of my best-ever crochet tips: Save your yarn scraps, and dream up innovative ways to use them. It can be fun and challenging to combine your scraps creatively; you might end up with various scraps of colors that you had never considered using together, and so you’ll find that using up scraps could take you out of your comfort zone a bit.

Last May, I posted a collection of scrap afghan patterns that could inspire some ideas for helping you use up your own scrap yarns creatively.

Last May, a crocheter named Dayle submitted an interesting granny square scrap afghan. Dayle used multiple granny square patterns to create a unique, one-of-a-kind scrapghan.

Dividing Yarn: A Free Tutorial

Why would you want to bother with this little-known crochet technique? What is it exactly, and when would you want to use it? I’ve explored the answers to all these questions, and others.

I also updated several related pages on this site to include links to the tutorial. This men’s headband pattern is much clearer now that you have access to the tutorial; so is the lacy treble shell dishcloth pattern. I also updated the headband photo gallery so you have a reference to all the related headband pictures in one place.

Free Patterns and Tutorials from May, Two Years Ago

  • Gingham Check Baby Blanket Pattern — If someone you know is expecting a baby boy, this is a fantastic pattern to get started on. It works fine for baby girls, too, although it isn’t particularly “girly”. When I wrote up the pattern, I included several different sizes, including a twin size. So, this doesn’t necessarily need to just be a baby blanket if you’d like to “go big.” If you choose to make the twin sized blanket, it could still be used when the sweet little baby grows up a bit.

  • Beaded Wire Crochet Bracelet
  • — Think pink! This pretty pink bracelet is made of rose-colored cat eye stone chips, plus glass seed beads and wire. You could easily substitute other materials if pink isn’t your thing.

  • Wire Crochet Flower Pendant — continuing the pink theme, this pretty pendant is crocheted using pink wire and vibrant pink seed beads. Again, feel free to make it in other colors if pink is not your favorite color.

  • Red Coral Wire Crochet Bracelet — This bracelet is similar to the pink one linked above, but the stringing pattern is a little different and I’ve used different materials.

  • Does Freeform Crochet Have Rules? — Since freeform crochet is one of my favorite techniques, I’ve been meaning to share some of the things I’ve discovered about it over the years. This article only scratches the surface; there’s more. Much more. If this technique interests you, be sure to visit our freeform crochet resources for further insights.

  • Bedroom patterns — You could give your bedroom a whole new look with this fab bunch of projects.

  • What is self-striping yarn? — If you’ve heard the term but have no idea what it means, this page will help.

  • Simply Cotton Worsted Yarn by Knitpicks — This link takes you to a product review of this lovely yarn, which I’m using to crochet several new projects for you.

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Beaded Crochet Necklace With Freshwater Pearls

A pearl necklace is a chic, timeless accessory. I can’t imagine that a pearl necklace would ever go out of style.

Beaded Crochet Necklace With Freshwater Pearls

Beaded Crochet Necklace With Freshwater Pearls

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 website.

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 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.

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Crochet Hearts — Free Patterns for Appliques, Coasters, Trivets and More

Earlier today, I linked you up to a stunning silk heart applique. Pictured below, you can see several different ways to style the same heart pattern.

Crochet Hearts -- Free Patterns

Crochet Hearts -- Free Patterns for Heart Appliques, Heart-Shaped Coasters, Trivet and More

It’s amazing how different you can make the same heart design look, just by using different materials to crochet the pattern, and by using different doodads to embellish it with.

On the upper right, we have a small heart applique crocheted using red embroidery floss. It’s embellished with a small satin bow, and accented with a tiny faux pearl.

On the lower right, we have another heart applique crocheted using wine-colored wool yarn. It’s embellished with a large paisley button.

On the left, we have a larger fabric crochet heart shape. This could be used as either a coaster or a trivet, whichever you prefer. There’s a separate pattern for this version of the design. A summary of the pattern would be as follows: crochet the heart applique using fabric strips. The long version of the pattern goes a little more in-depth, explaining more details about how to put the project together.

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Silk Heart Applique

Oh, how I adore the look of hand-painted silk.

Silk Heart Applique

Silk Heart Applique -- Click the Photo to Get the Free Crochet Pattern

As an experiment, I recently crocheted my new infinity scarf using a gorgeous hand-painted silk yarn. The recommended yarn for the scarf is merino wool, so the silk was something totally different, and I wasn’t sure how it would work out. It turned out fabulous! I’m quite pleased with it, and can’t wait to show it to you. If all goes according to plan, I’ll be posting more about the scarf shortly, once I have taken some photos to show you. Please do be sure to check back soon for that post.

The scarf is exciting, but what I really want to write about at the moment is the heart design that you see pictured above.

I had a little of the silk yarn left over when I was finished making my scarf, so after that, I tried making this little silk heart applique, just for the fun of it. I embellished the applique with a heart-shaped Czech glass button and a bow made from silk ribbon yarn.

Please keep in mind that silk yarn isn’t a necessity for crocheting this design. You could make this little applique in just about any yarn or fiber. Although I think smooth fibers would be the most straightforward, it could also be interesting to experiment with using novelty yarns and textured yarns in this design as well. It would also be lovely if crocheted in thread — which I actually tried as well. You can look forward to an upcoming blog post about that as well.

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Crochet Lace Choker Necklace for Valentine’s Day

Crochet Lace Choker Necklace -- Free Pattern Available

Crochet Lace Choker Necklace -- Click the Photo to Grab the Free Crochet Pattern

This crochet lace choker is an easier project than you’d think. Because it’s crocheted vertically, it’s easy to get just the right length you want. Adjustments are quick and painless. The beads are easy too — they’re added at the end as a sort of afterthought. Or, you could skip the beads all together and embellish the choker with ribbon instead.

This is a Valentine-friendly project. It’s a delightfully feminine and sexy way to accessorize for a romantic dinner date. On the other hand, it’s a project that you’ll be able to wear often. You don’t need to reserve it for Valentine’s Day, since it would be beautiful for wearing all spring and summer too.

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A New Crochet Infinity Scarf — Get the Free Pattern

Easy Crochet Infinity Scarf -- A Free Crochet Pattern Is Available

Easy Crochet Infinity Scarf -- The Free Crochet Pattern Is Available

I’d like to share a link to the free crochet pattern for my latest favorite scarf-of-the-moment. It’s a brand new infinity scarf that I just finished crocheting a couple of days ago. I’m excited about this scarf for a number of reasons:

  • It’s an easy, kick-back-and-relax type design that doesn’t involve much brainpower or heavy concentration. Anyone who’s learned the basics of crochet could succeed with this pattern.
  • The design is really simple but, I think, really pretty too. It’s feminine without being froo-froo, and it’s also chic and stylish.
  • It’s super-duper warm.
  • It matches just about every single piece of clothing in my fall / winter wardrobe, and a good bit of my spring wardrobe too.
  • I’ve had more compliments so far on this scarf than any other scarf I’ve crocheted!
  • When I put this thing on, it’s absolutely dreamy to not have to worry about how I will tie my darned scarf. I just loop it a couple of times around my neck, and it’s as good as tied, without me having to actually do any tying.

I’ve posted a rather silly picture of the scarf above. Although the picture is a little kooky, I thought perhaps it might interest you, because it shows off the shape of the scarf and gives you an idea of the sort of crochet project this is. I don’t actually suggest wearing the scarf like this; as I hinted already, it’s intended to be a cowl-neck style scarf that loops casually around the neck, and doesn’t need to be tied.

You can see better pictures of how to wear the scarf on the actual pattern page at I hope you’ll check it out. You’re invited to click on over to the website and grab the free crochet pattern to add to your pattern stash.

Even if this scarf isn’t your style, it’s a great gift idea for friends, family, colleagues or charity crochet.

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Crocheting Great Accessories for Men

Some people think of crochet as being a “girly” technique. Of course, it can be that sometimes, but crochet can also be as masculine as you want it to be. It’s often little details that distinguish a guy-friendly pattern; for example, once you’ve come up with a stitch pattern that’s appealing to guys, it’s a whole lot easier to use that as a basis for coming up with wonderful crocheted accessories that men will want to wear.

Here are links to several guy-friendly crochet projects — plus the stitches that inspired them.

Men's Headband  -- Get the Free Crochet Pattern at

Item: Men’s Outdoorsy Headband; this versatile accessory is ideal to have on hand for keeping a guy’s ears warm.

The Details: Crocheted in half double stitch worked through back loops; this gives the project a ribbed appearance that’s quite rugged and masculine. Utilizes worsted weight yarn; an easy, zippy-quick project.

Men's Scarf and Hat Set -- Get the Free Crochet Pattern at

Items: Men’s Hat and Matching Winter Scarf

The Details: crocheted in a classic menswear stitch, an easy stitch pattern that utilizes slip stitch and single crochet. Both patterns require light worsted weight yarn.

More Accessories for Dudes:

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