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Weekly Gathering: 20 Handcozy Patterns for the Whole Family!

Sorry for the prolonged absence; I spent the weekend with friends in another state, and I didn’t get around to posting this crochet pattern collection last week before I left. Today, my fingers are frozen (we have a very drafty old house with single-pane windows), so perhaps I need to pick out one of these “handcozy” patterns for myself! FYI: I just made up the term “handcozy;” it just means “gloves, mittens, muffs, fingerless gloves, and basically anything that covers the bulk of your hand.” Aren’t words fun?

20 Handcozy Crochet Patterns for the Whole Family!

 

1. 80’s Fishnet Gloves by Bethany, at Whistle & Ivy: Looking for a light and lacy fingerless gloves pattern for the spring, summer, or fall? Make these vibrant gloves to go with a Halloween costume or in a solid color for everyday use!

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2. Fair Lady Gloves, at Free Vintage Crochet: Made using size 50 crochet thread, these delicate gloves would add a touch of femininity and old-world charm to any modern-day outfit.

Fair Lady Gloves Pattern

3. Bella Bricks Wristers/Wrist Warmers by The Stitchin’ Mommy, at My Hobby Is Crochet: I love the stripes on these wristers!

4. Mrs. Murdock’s Mittens by Brenda K.B. Anderson, at CrochetMe: These warm and simple mittens can be made in three different sizes: preschool, older kids, and women.

Crochet Mittens - Mrs. Murdock's Mittens

5. Gauntlet Style Fingerless Gloves by Nichole Verville, at Ravelry: Feeling a bit medieval? These gloves are the perfect addition to any medieval costume, or just as a casual throwback to the knights and ladies of yore.

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6. Two Tone Baby Mittens by Sara, at Tangled Happy: Never lose your baby’s mittens in the shuffle with these clever two tone mittens! Christmas presents, anyone?

7. Fingerless Gloves With a Bow by DearBitsy: For that one in your life who loves bows and wristers, why not consider making this cute pair of gloves?

8. Men’s Afghan Stitch Gloves, at Free Vintage Crochet: Guys need warm hands, too! (They just might not say that out loud sometimes.)

9. Key Tab Fingerless Gloves by Elisabeth Spivey, at Calleigh’s Clips & Crochet Creations: What a unique stitch pattern! They look so soft and warm… (my hands are still freezing!)

10. Holiday Mittens, at Lion Brand: With pattern sizes ranging from toddler to adult large, you can make up a cozy pair of mittens for the whole family!

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11. Ruffled Muff by DesignsByKN: This muff conjures up the paintings on those old holiday postcards of the women in long skirts ice skating with their hands all snug in a muff just like this. What fun!

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12. Owl Mittens by Janette, at The Green Dragonfly: Definitely the cutest fingerless gloves I’ve ever seen! Who-oo do you think would like a pair?

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13. Moroccan Midnight Fingerless Mitts by Tamara Kelly, at Moogly: As always, any of Moogly’s patterns are great! I love the stained-glass effect these mitts have.

Moroccan Midnight Fingerless Mitts - free #crochet pattern on Moogly! Be sure to check out the matching hat and cowl!

14. Baby Mittens by Kelly Kearney, at Bella Bambina Knits: These precious little mittens will keep your little one’s hands nice and warm, and they also have a handy tie to keep them from coming off so easily.

15. Shell Wrist Warmers by Emma, at Lulu Loves: These lovely, colorful wrist warmers are written using UK crochet terms, so substitute the US terms, if needed! Aren’t they so pretty?

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16. DROPS Gloves with a Wavy Border, at Garn Studio: Has pattern written with both US and UK crochet terms (I am linking to the US version). I feel like going to a tea after seeing these gloves… they look so warm, too!

17. Men’s Sideways Gloves by Rose Powell, at Ravelry: I love the stripes, and I could see my dad or my brother definitely wearing gloves like these.

18. Kitty Paws Mittens by Joy, at The Craft Frog: For the mittens pattern, just scroll down the page a ways, and there it will be! If you’re feeling extra adventurous, make up the matching hat, too!

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19. Adeline Fingerless Mitts/Arm Warmers by Crochet Dreamz: I love the faux cables on these mitts! I need to start doing some more cables…

20. Houndstooth Gloves or Fingerless Gloves by Maria Bittner, at Pattern Paradise: With the option to make either gloves or fingerless gloves, these stylish houndstooth gloves are the perfect addition to any winter wardrobe!

Hope y’all enjoyed today’s pattern collection! Happy makings, and let me know what you’re making this week in the comments!

Ever made gloves before? A little nervous or really excited? Let me know!

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Simply Chenille Cowl

As promised, I’m pleased (excited!) to share my newest free crochet pattern with you. I have fun coming up with new ideas to use up my slowly-diminishing yarn stash, and it gives me practice in my crochet design skills. [Note: if you find anything in my patterns that you don’t understand or that I didn’t explain, let me know!]

I’ve had some Lion Brand Chenille Thick & Quick that has been sitting very patiently just waiting for me to use it. Inspiration struck the other day, and I pulled out the chenille yarn and whipped up this lovely little cowl in just under 3 hours!

Simply Chenille Cowl

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Isn’t it so thick and plush? I love the way it feels, and it doesn’t feel heavy at all! Perfect for the cold weather coming ever closer!

Simply Chenille Cowl Pattern

By Lauren Lasher

Simply Chenille Cowl

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Materials:

9mm crochet hook

85-100 yards of chenille yarn (I used Lion Brand Chenille Thick & Quick in Purple, but any other chenille yarn, or even a bulky weight yarn, should work just as well! I can’t guarantee the yardage will be the same, however.)

Abbreviations:

ch = chain

sl st = slip stitch

sc = single crochet

trc = treble crochet (US). To make a treble crochet, yarn over your hook twice, insert your hook into the next stitch, yarn over, pull through two loops on your hook, yarn over, pull through next two loops on your hook, yarn over one more time, and pull through last two loops on your hook. Look at that; you’ve made a treble crochet!

Pattern: [note: the first row is worked flat then seamed at the ends to make it round]

Ch 74.

Row 1: Work first trc in 4th ch from hook. Work one trc in each ch across to the end of the row. Use sl sts to join the two sides together, forming the round cowl shape.

Round 1(Row 2, if you prefer): Ch 4. Work one trc in each st around to end of round. Sl st in beginning trc.

Round 2 (Row 3, if you prefer): Ch 4. Work one trc in each st around to end of round. Sl st in beginning trc.

Round 3 is optional if you don’t want the edging. Just work one more round of treble crochet, then slip stitch to finish. Make it however wide you want!

Round 3(Row 4, if you prefer): [edging] Ch 3, *skip next 2 sts, sc in next st, ch 3* to end of round, ending with a sl st in last st.

That’s all there is to it, friends! As always, let me know if you come across any problems or have any questions! Just comment or you can find my contact info on my About Me page.

~Copyright Lauren L. 2014. I don’t mind if you use my patterns to sell items (just don’t sell the pattern itself), but I would appreciate it if you used your own pictures of what you’ve made on your website or listing. My pictures might not be very good, but they are mine!~

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Weekly Gathering: 10 Dorm Room Essentials!

Hello, friends! I hope your week is going well and is filled with lots of makings! This week’s pattern collection is one that I have been wanting to put together for a while now, and I am so pleased to share it with you. This collection of free crochet patterns has been put together based on my first-hand dorm experience, and each one of these items were or would have been very useful to have! Something about handmade items just makes a dorm room feel more cozy and homey, in my opinion.

On with the show!

10 Dorm Room Essentials!

1. Cat Schoolbag by Sayjai, at K and J Dolls: Pencil cases are so handy to have when you’re rushing off to class! She also has a pencil case variation with flowers, if you don’t like cats. (But how can you resist such a cute face?)

2. Women’s Loafer Slippers by Bethany, at Whistle & Ivy: If you don’t want to freeze your toes on cold floors, slippers are your best friend!

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3. Mug Cozy by Lisa, at Bubblegirl: Mugs are in high demand when you’re hanging out with the girls. A cute cozy like this one will help to distinguish between mugs!

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4. Dorm Organizer Square Baskets, at AllFreeCrochet: Storage, storage, storage! In a small space, anything that is both small and practical is necessary. Work up these baskets in neutral or vibrant colors, according to your preference!

Dorm Organizer Square Baskets

5. Rainbow Days Afghan, at PurpleKitty Yarns: This afghan is great to work through your yarn stash, while also giving you a lot of color to cheer up your room!

6. Canyon Shrug, at Lion Brand: When you’re at the mercy of a roommate who likes to pretend that your room is Alaska in the dead of winter (note: my roommate loved hot weather, so this didn’t apply to me!), a nice cozy shrug is perfect to keep warm.

Image of Canyon Shrug

7. Dorm Room Throw Rug, at Better Homes and Gardens: I had a crocheted rug that I had made that sat right in front of my bed. Every time I saw it, I was reminded of home!

8. Colorful Throw Pillows by Bobbi Anderson, at Red Heart: Pillows of any sort are a must-have when it comes to movie nights or sleepovers when your friends come to visit!

Colorful Throw Pillows

10. Reusable Crochet Face Scrubbies by Jamey, at Dabbles & Babbles: At the end of a long day of classes, homework, and friends, it’s nice to be able to relax, slip on your pajamas, and wash your face before bed. Big plus: these are so easy to make!

Reusable Crochet Face Pads

That’s all for this collection, friends. Happy makings!

Any requests for pattern collections? What would you like to see on my Weekly Gathering?

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All The Makings: Container Completed!

Hello, all! I just accomplished my first crochet challenge ever, and I am so very excited! It was a great project overall, although I accidentally made a small blunder in my yarn choice. This basket is made using the basket weave stitch, but it is hard to tell because my yarn colors are so bold. Oh, well. [You can find the pattern for this basket on my last All The Makings post here.]

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I like the sturdiness, and I know the handles look rather thin, but by the time I was ready to make the handles, I was ready just to finish it! I’m thinking of designating this basket as my “WIP” basket, which translates to “work-in-progress,” for those of you unfamiliar with craft lingo. đŸ™‚

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I might even make the letters “WIP” to put on the side; that would be a neat addition, I think. As Christmas gets nearer and nearer, I’m trying to put together a list of what gifts I’ll be making for my family, so my next project will probably be one of those. I can’t say what that might be right at the moment, as I know my family reads this blog, and I want them to be surprised!

(I’m actually halfway participating in the Mystery Adventure Scarf KAL & CAL over at Yarnspirations; I say halfway because I’m not actually using Caron yarn, and I haven’t been closely following the clues. Crochet rebel, right here. It is fun, though, and you should get started, too, if you’re feeling ambitious!)

Hope y’all have a great week; be on the lookout for this week’s Weekly Gathering and possibly a Doctor Who post, too!

Have you ever done a crochet challenge? Would you like to? Tell me about it!

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Weekly Gathering: 6 Free Crochet Pouch Patterns!

Hello! As you can see from the lack of blog posts this week, I have been quite busy. I hate it when I can’t get my posts out like I should, so thank you for your patience! (And for not boycotting me for missing blog posts – that’s always nice.) This week, I decided to make pouches my focus, and for good reason: loose change.

In my world of college vending machines and printing fees, I need all the change I can get, but if I just put it in my wallet, it falls out into my purse or on the ground. A pouch is a great way to keep that loose change from escaping into the dark depths of a purse, or even to keep other little items in a nice, safe place where they hopefully won’t mysteriously disappear. So, without further ado, here are 6 free pouch patterns just for you!

6 Free Crochet Pouches!

1. Simple Pencil Pouch by Linda, at Craftaholics Anonymous: Isn’t this pouch just perfect? You can make it with stripes or in a solid color; great for pencils or other items!

crochet pencil pouch

2. Little Pouch by Elisabeth Andrée, at About Crochet: Drawstring pouches are the best. The end.

little pouch by elisabeth andrée

3. Hundred Yen Pouch by Melissa, at Inner Child Crochet: I’m not the only one who needs a pouch to carry their loose change! No matter your currency, this pouch will do the trick.

Hundred Yen Pouch by Melissa Mall

4. Travel Tissue Holder by Yenny Gunawan, at CraftAndMe: As someone who lived in a place where you had to carry your own tissues and even toilet paper, this is the perfect pouch to have with you anytime.

5. Bonbon Kisses Pouch by Moogly: The colors are so vibrant and fun! This pattern also has a full video tutorial for those that have trouble with reading written patterns. (I want to eat some candy now.)

Bonbon Kisses Crochet Pouch! Free #crochet pattern from Mooglyblog.com

6. Key Ring Pouch by Kathleen Sams, at Red Heart: What a cool idea! I never thought about having a pouch on my key ring, but it would be great to hold chapstick or a few dollars.

Key Ring Pouch

Hope y’all enjoyed this week’s pattern roundup! Happy makings!

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Weekly Gathering: 10 Free Crochet Vest Patterns To Suit Your Style!

I’m on time this week, friends! Happiness abounds. I don’t know about you, but my wardrobe would not be complete without a vest (or two or four). They are the perfect accessory to practically any outfit in my book, and I’m always on the lookout for new vests in different styles and colors. One day, I will get around to actually making a piece of crocheted clothing, and when I do, you can bet that it will probably be a vest.

I never knew there were so many crocheted vests out there! These are just a sampling of the neat patterns that I came across, so I hope you enjoy them. Happy makings!

10 Free Crochet Vest Patterns

1. Fan Waistcoat, at DROPS Design: Anything light and airy seems to magically find a way into my closet, so I have a feeling this delicate vest would, too! Also available in UK terms.

2. Stunning Vest by Kimberly McAlindin, at Red Heart: I never thought about using a bow as a vest closure. What a neat idea!

Stunning Vest

3. Unique Shell Vest by Lorene Eppolite, at AllFreeCrochet: If you haven’t visited Lorene Eppolite’s Web-home (Cre8tion Crochet), you should as soon as possible! She designs gorgeous patterns, and I am very pleased to include her vest in my pattern roundup.

Unique Shell Vest

4. 60’s Style Vest, at Free Vintage Crochet: My style in clothes ranges from classic to feminine to vintage, and this vest has the kind of vintage flair that I enjoy.

5. Elliot by Maureen Basher, at Berroco: I have never seen a vest like this, ever. It is so cool! A perfect fit for someone with a flair for modern or tailored clothing.

6. Two-Tone Vest, at Yarnspirations: This is the vest that inspired me to make this pattern collection! The motif, the stripes, the style, everything about this vest embodies something that I love about crochet: anything you create can be a reflection of your personality.

7. Loop-Cable Vest by Kristin Omdahl, at Red Heart: Cables; I’m a sucker for cables on vests. A lovely vest that can complement any style!

Crochet Loop-Cable Vest

8. Medallion Vest, at Grandmother’s Pattern Book: Anything to do with vintage crochet, I’m there. The combination of stripes and circles is a fun design, and you’d be the center of attention when you put on this vest!

9. Rococo Waistcoat by Jane Howorth, at Willow Yarns: Simple, stylish, and great for any time of the year, this pretty vest is sure to become a favorite.

10. Lovely Lace Vest by Kimberly McAlindin, at AllFreeCrochet: Purple is one of my favorite colors, and this vest has a delicate, feminine quality that I love.

I want to make a vest now, but if you know anything about my crochet method, that would be a little much at the moment. Anyway, I hope that y’all enjoyed this week’s Weekly Gathering, and thank you for taking the time out of your busy lives to get a little crochet inspiration!

If you were going to make a vest, what color(s) would you use? Stripes, motifs, or something entirely unique?

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All The Makings: Container Challenge Accepted!

Hello, dear friends! I hope this Monday has been going well for you; it has been for me, despite the ragweed currently making my eyes water and itch. I can’t believe that September is already half over! *starts frantically counting the weeks left to finish making Christmas presents* Only 16 and a half weeks… and so far, no gifts have been made. I need to get on that.

I suscribe to lots of fellow crocheters on Facebook, and at the beginning of September, I kept seeing all these shares about a crochet challenge that Red Heart Yarn is sponsoring for the month of September. I read up on the challenge, and decided to do it using what Red Heart yarn I had left in my stash, which is decreasing little by little.

Want to take the challenge yourself? You can read all about the Basket Weave Container Challenge here!

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I have made decent headway with my container. Currently, I am just about to start doing the basket weave stitch, and I really love the way my Red Heart Fiesta in black & gold looks with my soft red Red Heart Super Saver. I am so happy that I finally found a great pattern to showcase the Fiesta yarn; it’s so bold that it needs to stand out, but I like mixing colors, so I threw in a little red yarn to complement it.

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I can’t wait to finish it up! Rest assured, I’ll post pictures when I do. In the meantime, get cracking on those containers! (Or check out some of my Weekly Gathering pattern roundups for some more crochet inspiration and free patterns!)

Ever tried the basket weave stitch before? I haven’t, so this may be a first time for both of us if you decide to try crocheting a container of your own!