<![CDATA[Crochet and Positivity - Free Crochet Patterns]]>Mon, 05 Oct 2020 17:54:23 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Intro to the 30 Days of Cozy]]>Tue, 01 Sep 2020 16:17:10 GMThttp://crochetandpositivity.com/free-crochet-patterns/30-days-of-cozy
Okay, friends, I’ve been keeping a secret...but today...
is the day I get to share some great news with you!
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Some designer friends and I have gotten together for the Third Annual 30 Days of Cozy, where we'll release 36 free and premium designs over the course of the next 30 days, and you'll get to download the PDF's for FREE!!
That's right, a new designer will be featured each day and they'll be sharing an amazing holiday home decor design just for you!  I can't wait...it's going to be epic!
You can keep up to date on each day's new design, right here at https://madewithatwist.com/30daysofcozy2020/ !
The first two designs, released today, are incredible, but I know what you're thinking...30 days is a long time to wait for all these amazing designs...and that's where the even better news comes in...
Because we know you're busy and might not be able to check back for each new design, you can get the entire bundle of 30+ crochet patterns TODAY in The 30 Days of Cozy Pattern Bundle.
This fabulous bundle is a collection of all 36 crochet patterns from some of your favorite bloggers and designers and IT'S ON SALE FOR A LIMITED TIME FOR JUST $18!  That's 87% off the retail price and a value of over $140 in beautiful, cozy patterns perfect for selling, gifting or treating yourself!
You can't miss it!!!
I'm so excited and honored to share that my design, Mr. Turkey Coasters, will be included in the bundle, just in time to add it to your fall maker schedule!

CHECK OUT ALL THE AMAZING DESIGNS TO BE RELEASED DURING THIS EVENT AND, DON'T WAIT, DOWNLOAD YOUR BUNDLE TO START MAKING YOUR FAVORITES TODAY!

My design contribution is a beginner friendly pattern for an adorable turkey coaster, meant to make your holiday table happy and welcoming!  Wouldn't a set of Mr. Turkey Coasters look adorable on your table?
Did you catch the 30 Days of Cozy Bundle last year?  If so, you already know the quality and professionalism of each design that Pam, the Crochetpreneur, includes in the event.
Now, you get another chance to add some more absolutely fantastic patterns to your collection and I can't believe they're all included for just $18!!
Don't miss out on this LIMITED TIME OFFER as these patterns will never be offered at this low price again!

JUST CHECK OUT THE LIST OF DESIGNS IN THE 30 DAYS OF COZY BLOG HOP AND BUNDLE SALE...ALL FOR JUST $18!

I hope you enjoy all of the patterns!  

Sending you positive energy always,
Krista ☮💜
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<![CDATA[Bathroom Wipes Cozy]]>Tue, 18 Aug 2020 21:57:43 GMThttp://crochetandpositivity.com/free-crochet-patterns/bathroom-wipes-cozy
I just couldn't look at it for one more day...
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I'm talking about the wipes in our bathroom, that my family affectionately calls "potty wipes".  You may use them, or you may be like my son, who finds them unnecessary.  Either way, it's all a matter of personal preference!  
If you do use them, you know that you can buy the nice little plastic holder that nicely opens up and then just buy the refills.  In my house, that nice little plastic holder inevitably gets thrown away, and we're left with this:
Well, one day I woke up and decided I couldn't stand it anymore and came up with this:
So much better, right?  Our bathroom walls have pink tiles on the bottom half and light cream paint on the top, so I opted to use an Oatmeal colored yarn.  You can use whatever color yarn compliments your bathroom colors!  The only yarn requirement is that it has to be #6 weight (super bulky) yarn.  So let's get to the details!!

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Bathroom Wipes Cozy

Skill Level:  Beginner

Measurements:  Base measures 8 1/4"L x 5"W x 2"H, which fits over the refill packs of bathroom wipes that measure 7"L x 5 1/4"W; (note that the cozy is stretchy)

Gauge:  3 1/2 HDC rows in 2", 4 HDC ST in 2"

Materials needed:
  • Approximately 43 - 45 yards of Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick in the color, Oatmeal, or any comparable #6 weight (super bulky) yarn of your choice; I also made a cozy using Lion Brand Hometown yarn, which worked just as well
  • Size M-N/9.00 MM crochet hook
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle for weaving in your ends

Abbreviations used:  
  • CH = chain
  • ST = stitch
  • SL ST = slip stitch
  • SC = single crochet
  • HDC = half double crochet
  • YO = yarn over
  • BLO = back loops only
  • HDC2tog = half double crochet 2 together
  • * to * = indicates a repeat of the stitches that are inside the asterisks

Special Stitches:
HDC2tog:  YO, insert hook into the 1st ST, YO and pull up a loop (3 loops on the hook), YO, insert hook into the 2nd ST, YO and pull up a loop (5 loops on the hook), YO and pull through all stitches on the hook

Notes:  The base of the cozy is made using back and forth rows, then the rest is worked in rounds
Need yarn?  Michael's has it!

How to Make the Bathroom Wipes Cozy

The Pattern:
Row 1:  CH 15, HDC into the 2nd CH from the hook and into each CH across, CH 1 and turn (14 HDC’s)
Row 2:  HDC 1 into each ST across, CH 1 and turn (14 HDC’s)

Row 3 - 4:  Repeat Row 2

Row 5:  HDC 1 into each ST across (14 HDC’s), do not CH 1 and turn; instead, rotate your work counter-clockwise and HDC 1 into the end of each of the 5 rows
Then we’re going to rotate our work counter clockwise again and HDC 1 into each ST across our original chain row (14 HDC’s)
We’re going to rotate our work counter clockwise again and HDC 1 into the ends of each of the 5 rows, then join with a SL ST into the 1st HDC ST from Row 5
Note:  This is where the pattern changes to rounds, because we’ll be working around the whole piece from this point.  The stitch count for each round is now 38, two sides of 14 stitches (28) and 2 ends of 5 stitches (10).  We’ll continue with ROUND 6..
Round 6:  CH 1, HDC 1 into the BLO of each ST around, SL ST into the 1st HDC ST (38 HDC’s)
Round 7:  CH 1, HDC 1 into each ST around, SL ST into the 1st HDC ST (38 HDC’s)
Round 8:  Repeat Round 7
Round 9:  CH 1, in BLO, HDC 1 in next 2 ST, HDC2tog, *HDC 1 in next 2 ST, HDC2tog*, repeat from * to * around, SL ST into 1st HDC ST (29 HDC’s)
Round 10:  CH 1, in BLO, HDC 1 in next 2 ST, HDC2tog, *HDC 1 in next 2 ST, HDC2tog*, repeat from * to * around, SL ST into 1st HDC ST (22 HDC’s)
Now, tie off your yarn and weave in the ends and you’re done!  No more ugly potty wipes!  I hope you enjoyed this pattern!    I'd LOVE to hear from you!!  You can comment down below or connect with me through the links below!

Stay safe and take care of you!
Sending you positive energy always,
​Krista ☮❤

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<![CDATA[How to Do the Single Crochet Stitch]]>Mon, 08 Jun 2020 19:47:05 GMThttp://crochetandpositivity.com/free-crochet-patterns/how-to-do-the-single-crochet-stitch
Hello, my Beautiful Crochet Friend!  I hope this post finds you and your family safe and healthy!  
I decided that dedicating a post to each crochet stitch would make things easier for you and pull together all the pieces in one place - the photos, the video and the written instructions.  I'll still have the separate page for Video Tutorials HERE for when you just need a quick refresher!
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The Single Crochet Stitch, Your First Friend

Call me crazy, but I tend to personify pets, inanimate objects, crochet stitches...it amuses me immensely!  So the single crochet, he's like that first friend you meet in a new school.  He's very kind, helpful and easy to be around.  As you "meet" more complicated crochet stitches, you see him around and say, Hey, single crochet, I remember you, old friend!  Is it weird that my brain works this way?  Anyway, enough with my shenanigans!!

What You'll Need:

Honestly, we're just playing around at this point, so you can use any crochet hook and yarn you have around.  In my pictures and video, I used an H/5.00 MM crochet hook and some Red Heart #4 weight yarn in light blue.  

How to Do the Single Crochet Stitch

Once you have crocheted your beginning chain (according to the pattern you're following) and have accounted for the turning chain of 1 (your number of chains plus 1), you'll start with the second chain from the hook. 

​In this case, we're making 11 chains.  See below
Step 1:  Insert your hook into the second chain from the hook​ 
​Step 2:  Yarn over and pull back through the stitch (you'll have 2 loops on your hook)
​Step 3:  Yarn over one more time and pull through both loops.  If you're crocheting in rows (as opposed to in rounds), you'll chain 1 and turn your work; See below
Repeat the steps above until you have the desired length.  See below

The Video

This video shows the same steps written above!  Check it out!

What If You're Crocheting in a Circle?

No problem!! Just follow the three basic steps for the single crochet stitch above, except into your circle.  Note that this time you won't chain 1 and turn, though, because you'll be making a circle!  Circles come a little later, I just wanted to show you what single crochets in a circle look like!  
I hope this helps you learn how to do the single crochet stitch!  If you need more help or have any questions, please contact me, either in the comments or by email at kristalee@crochetandpositivity.com.   

Also, join me in my new Facebook Group, the Crochet and Positivity Crochet Group!  It's a drama free place to ask questions, show off projects, and celebrate our love of crochet!!  Follow this link to join:  Crochet and Positivity Crochet Group .  I can't wait to see you there!

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That's all for now, my friend.  I'll be adding more stitches so be sure to check back and pay me a visit!  Stay safe and healthy and take care of you!

Sending you positive energy always,
Krista ☮❤
 
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<![CDATA[Kisses N Hugs Bracelet]]>Sat, 06 Jun 2020 23:47:42 GMThttp://crochetandpositivity.com/free-crochet-patterns/kisses-n-hugs-bracelet
Want to learn how to make your own adorable bracelet?
I thought you did!!  Then this post is for you!  This free and easy pattern is for a fun bracelet with some really cute texture!  
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The Kisses N Hugs Bracelet

I know how much you love texture!  If you're familiar with my Kisses N Hugs collection, you know there's lots of texture in those patterns!  I've designed a cowl and some fingerless gloves with a similar stitch sequence.  But I'm not done yet!  Keep an eye out for a hat, coming soon.  For now, though, I wanted to design a pattern for warm weather, that you can make and wear now!

The beauty of this bracelet/cuff is how customizable it is!  You can make it a wider cuff or a more narrow bracelet.  It can be made longer to become an anklet!  And by using different colors and button styles, you can make it bright or more earthy.  I'm just so excited to share this with you because there are so many possibilities for you to really make it your own!  

If you are a more visual learner, I've also included a video tutorial of the 7" bracelet!

There is an inexpensive ad-free PDF available on Ravelry!  The PDF includes instructions for the 6 1/2", 7", 7 1/2", 8" bracelets and 9 1/2 " anklet

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Level of Difficulty:  Easy

Materials Needed:

  • Approximately 13 - 15 yards of #4 weight cotton yarn; I used Peaches & Creme yarn in the color, Rosemary
  • Size G/4.00 MM crochet hook
  • 3/4" button of your choice; if you'd like to use a different size, just make sure you adjust the number of chains for the button loop
  • A sewing needle and thread to sew on the button; I used size #10 crochet thread to sew mine on, but any kind of thread will do
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle for weaving in your ends

Gauge:

15 SCX ST's in 4"
​17 1/2 Rows in 4"

Finished Measurements:

Available widths:  1" bracelet or 1 1/4" cuff
Available lengths:  6 1/2" bracelet, 7" bracelet, 7 1/2" bracelet, 8" bracelet, 9 1/2" anklet
​The instructions that follow are for the 7" L x 1 1/4" W cuff.

Abbreviations Used:

  • CH = chain
  • ST = stitch
  • SL ST = slip stitch
  • SC = single crochet
  • SCX = single crochet x stitch
  • PS = puff stitch
  • YO = yarn over

Special Stitches:

SCX:  Insert your hook into the desired ST, YO from above instead of from below the yarn, pull through the ST, YO and pull through

PS:  YO, insert your hook into the ST, YO and pull up a loop (you now have 3 loops on your hook), YO, insert the hook into the same ST, YO and pull up a loop (you have 5 loops on your hook), YO, insert the hook into the same ST, YO and pull up a loop (you have 7 loops on your hook), YO, insert the hook into the same ST, YO and pull up a loop (you have 9 loops on your hook), YO and pull through all 9 loops on your hook

Pattern Notes:

  • CH 1 at the end of each row does not count as a ST
  • Free pattern is for the 7" bracelet; instructions for the 6 1/2", 7 1/2", 8", and 9 1/2" are included in the PDF
  • * to * indicates a repeat of the stitches that are between the * and *
  • to make the narrow 1" bracelet, simply omit Rows 2 and 5
  • Keep in mind that if you use a different size button, you'll need to adjust the size of the button loop by either adding or subtracting Chains (See the end of Row 5)

How to Make the 7" Kisses N Hugs Bracelet/Cuff

The Pattern:

Row 1:  CH 29, then SCX into the 3rd ST from the hook and each ST across (27 ST's), CH 1 and turn
NOTE:  For the narrower 1" bracelet/anklet, only work Row 1 once, and omit Row 2!

Row 2:  Repeat Row 1, (27 ST's), CH 1 and turn
Row 3:  Work 1 PS into the first ST, then 1 SCX into the next ST, *1 PS into the next ST, 1 SCX into the next ST*, continue from * to * across the row; your last ST should be a PS, (27 ST's), CH 1 and turn
Row 4:  Work 1 SCX into each ST across (27 ST's), CH 1 and turn

NOTE:  For the narrower 1" bracelet/anklet, you will stop at Row 4!
Row 5:  Repeat Row 4, (27 ST's), then SC into the turning CH from Row 3, CH 3 for the button hole (CH 4 or 5 for the narrower 1" bracelet), SC into the end ST of Row 1, SL ST into the 1st CH ST from Row 1
Tie off your yarn and weave in the ends

Time to sew the button on!  Sew the button on the end that's opposite the button loop, between the first 2 puff stitches.
Ta daaaaa!  Your own Kisses N Hugs Bracelet!  I really hope that you love this pattern and make lots of bracelets/cuffs/anklets for the summer!  I'd love to see how yours come out!  

That's all for now.  Please stay safe and take care of you!

Sending you positive energy always,
​Krista ☮❤

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<![CDATA[Easy Sunny Summer Headband]]>Sat, 30 May 2020 07:00:00 GMThttp://crochetandpositivity.com/free-crochet-patterns/easy-sunny-summer-headband
Hello, Crochet Peeps!! 
​Do you get migraines?  I do too!!  Ugh, they are the worst!  🤕 And it's funny the strange things that can trigger them.  Two of my notorious triggers are having my hair up or wearing a headband that's too tight.  
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And I HAVE to wear a headband because silly me thought it would be a great idea to have bangs cut in my hair 🤦‍♀️! Now, I'm not judging anyone who has bangs!  I think they're adorable!  And I loved them for about a day because I honestly think they made me look younger.  Come to find out, though, I can't stand my hair in my face.  So until my bangs grow out, a headband it is! 

The Problem with Some Headbands

Do you have these issues too?  Please tell me I'm not alone!  When a headband is the same width all the way around, it causes a bump in your hair on the back of your head!  I'm always reaching around, feeling the bump, and tugging the back of the headband down.  And let's not forget the headaches!  Yes, I know I'm kind of a delicate mess..

The Solution

There's this ONE headband I own, and I don't remember where I bought it from.  It has a pretty braided design on the top, but the bottom is made with two stretchy hair ties.  It's the most comfortable headband ever, because it never squeezes my head!  But I only have one..that's where the design for this Summer Headband came from, and I had to share it with you!  It's so fun to be able to make your own hair accessories!  I'm going to show you how easy it is too!

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Difficulty Level:

Easy!

Finished Measurements:  

The yarn portion of the headband is 11" L x 1 1/4" W, then the hair ties add another 5" to the length

Gauge:

17 HDC's in 4", 7 HDC rows in 4"

Materials:

  • Approximately 16 yards of Caron Simply Soft yarn, although you can substitute any comparable #4 weight acrylic yarn
  • Size G/4.00 MM crochet hook
  • 2 - 2 MM hair ties (the thin ones), 2 3/4" wide
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle for weaving in your ends

Abbreviations:

  • CH = chain
  • ST = stitch
  • SL ST = slip stitch
  • SC = single crochet
  • HDC = half double crochet
  • SK = skip
  • * to * = indicates a repeat of the stitch sequence that's in between the asterisks

Notes:

  • You can increase the width of this headband by simply adding repeats of Row 2 until you reach the width you like; just make sure to always work the last stitch of each row into the stitch AND around the hair tie as well!
  • Although there are pictures to show the steps to make this headband, I've also included a video tutorial!

Video Tutorial:

How to Make the Sunny Summer Headband

The Pattern:

Start by joining the two hair ties together using a slip knot.  Attach your yarn onto one of the hair ties by working a CH ST around the hair tie
Row 1:  CH 49, including the CH you worked around the hair tie; work the 50th CH around the other hair tie, CH 1 more, and work 1 SC into the 2nd CH from the hook and into each CH across, working your last SC through the ST AND the hair tie (50 SC's), CH 1 and turn
Row 2:  HDC into the 1st ST, *SK the next ST, HDC into the next ST, now go back and HDC into the ST you skipped*, repeat from * to * across until the last 3 ST of the row remain; SK a ST, HDC into the next ST, go back and HDC into the skipped ST, then HDC into the last ST of the row AND around the hair tie, CH 1 and turn

NOTE:  Row 2 can be repeated until your headband is the desired width, or worked just once for a narrow headband!  
Row 3:  Repeat Row 2 exactly, with the last HDC worked into the last ST AND around the hair tie, CH 1 and turn

Row 4:  SC into each ST across, working the last SC into the ST AND around the hair tie.  Tie off your yarn and weave in the ends! 

​Ta daaaa!!  Your beautiful headband!
I hope you love this pattern and enjoy making your own hair accessories!  I'm always open to your thoughts and feedback, either in the comment section or by email at kristalee@crochetandpositivity.com!

Sending you positive energy always,
​Krista ☮❤

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If you liked this pattern and love making your own hair accessories, then you might love this pattern also, Free Hair Scrunchy Crochet Pattern!!
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<![CDATA[The Crochetpreneur Virtual Retreat]]>Wed, 27 May 2020 18:49:07 GMThttp://crochetandpositivity.com/free-crochet-patterns/the-crochetpreneur-virtual-retreatHello, Crochet Peeps!  In this post, I just want to share some businessy information.  If you're not interested, just skip this post.  I want to talk about Pamela Grice, who is my crochet guru!  If you're a crochet hobbyist looking to become a crochet business owner, then this post is for you!  
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The Crochetpreneur Virtual Retreat - June 27th and 28th, 2020

What is this all about, you ask.  It's a retreat for crochet business owners that's packed full of benefits!  In addition to virtually meeting with other crochet business owners for deep-dive classes, Pam offers:
  • Earlybird Virtual Retreat Ticket pricing through 6/7/20
  • Learning how to step into your role as the CEO of your business
  • Planning for a profitable 3rd and 4th Quarter of 2020
  • Sessions based on your business model, whether it's designing, product selling or both
  • Small group masterminds
  • and lots more!
I'm gonna be there and I'm so excited!!
Take Me to the Retreat!

A Webinar from the Crochetpreneur!

Have you been waiting for the doors to the Crochetpreneur Business Academy to open?? I have some great news!  The doors are open NOW, but only to Webinar attendees!!  If you're ready to grow your crochet business, check out "​​The 3 Step Framework for a Profitable Crochet Business" Webinar HERE!  
Guys, this is huge!  If you've been thinking about starting a crochet business, you probably already know there are TONS of experts out there who say they can show you how.  I can't speak for all of them, but Pam is the REAL DEAL.  If you follow her instructions, you will succeed!

That's all for now.  Please stay safe and take care of you!

Sending you positive energy always,
​Krista 
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<![CDATA[Easy Scrunchy Crochet Pattern]]>Mon, 18 May 2020 20:00:01 GMThttp://crochetandpositivity.com/free-crochet-patterns/easy-scrunchy-crochet-pattern
Hello, my Crochet Peeps!  The weather is getting warmer, so do you know what that means??
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It's Scrunchy time!!  As a woman in my..ahem..40's..I cannot stand my hair down when the weather gets warm.  And who wants to spend extra money on scrunchies when you can make your own?  I didn't think you did, so scroll down to see the free pattern!
I've also included a video tutorial for making this scrunchy!  
Skill Level:  very easy!

Materials: 
  • Caron Simply Soft Yarn in the color Limelight
  • Size H/5.00 MM crochet hook
  • 1 regular size hair tie
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle for weaving in your ends
Gauge:  Gauge is not crucial to this pattern
Finished Size:  
Stitch Abbreviations:  
  • SC = single crochet
  • HDC = half double crochet
  • SL ST = slip stitch
  • * to * = indicates a repeat of whatever stitches are in between the asterisks
Pattern Notes:  The Chain 3 in Round 2 does count as a stitch

How to Make this Easy Scrunchy

Pattern:
Start by inserting your hook through the middle of the hair tie.  Turn the hair tie so that your stitches will be made around the hair tie.  Secure the yarn to the hair tie by making a SL ST around the hair tie.
​Round 1:  Work 45 SC around the hair tie, join with a SL ST into the first SC (45 SC's), see photos below
Round 2:  CH 3, work 2 HDC into the same ST as the CH 3, *work 3 HDC into the next ST*, repeat from * to * all the way around, join with a SL ST into the top of the CH 3 (135 HDC's)

​Tie off your yarn and weave in the ends!
And that's it!!  I hope you enjoy these! This pattern is great for using up those small amounts of yarn left over from other projects.  I'd love to see your scrunchies!  

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If you loved this pattern, you may also love the Sunny Summer Headband Crochet Pattern!
As always, I would love to hear your thoughts, or answer any questions you might have!  No question is too small!  I'm here for you!  That's all for now!  Please stay safe and take care of you!

Sending you positive energy always,
Krista ☮❤

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<![CDATA[Easy Little Soap Saver]]>Sat, 09 May 2020 14:44:05 GMThttp://crochetandpositivity.com/free-crochet-patterns/easy-little-soap-saver
Hello, Crochet Peeps! How are you?  I hope you're doing awesome!  What I have to share today should make you even happier, because it's a new free crochet pattern!  

So let's talk about showering!  I know it's a little personal, but I promise you...
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it's not gonna be gross or anything!  I'm talking about soap savers!  There's a story behind this.  My family and I used to be "puffers", meaning users of bath puffs and shower gel.  With five people in my household at one time, we were constantly buying shower gel and puffs, and it was adding up!  

The Hero of the Story
Enter the cotton soap saver to save the day!  I get so excited because I LOVE them!  You can make your own soap savers, so you don't have to buy store puffs.  You can get several bars of soap for the same price or less than shower gel.  Each family member gets their own soap saver and bar of soap, and the soap lasts so much longer!  No sad little soap slivers have to be thrown away anymore, instead they get used!  It's like having a mini wash cloth to help your soap lather up nicely.  AND they're eco-friendly in that they can be washed, dried and re-used over and over again!  What more can I say?

So Quick and Easy

If you haven't noticed already, I tend to lean toward patterns that don't take super long to work up.  Once in awhile I'll create a more time consuming pattern, but for the most part, quicker is better!  These little soap savers work up so quickly, you can make a bunch!  The majority of the saver is made with double crochet stitches, so it would have lots of holes for the soap to come through.   Throw in a few single crochet stitches to make the base and that's it!  Any beginner can make these!  

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Skill Level:

Easy

Materials:

  • Approximately 19 yards of #4 weight cotton yarn; I used Lily Sugar'n Cream in the color Hot Green 
  • Size J/6.00 MM crochet hook
  • a Stitch Marker is helpful
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle to weave in your ends

Gauge:

17 ST in 4", stitch sequence is 2 DC, SK ST, 2 DC, SK ST
6 1/2 rows in 4"

Finished Size:

5 1/2" L x 2 3/4" W

Abbreviations Used:

  • CH = chain stitch
  • ST = stitch
  • SC = single crochet
  • DC = double crochet
  • SK = skip
  • * to * indicates a ST repeat of whatever ST's are between the * and *

How to Make This Easy Soap Saver

The Pattern:
You'll start with the base or bottom of the soap saver.
Row 1:  CH 7, SC in 2nd CH from the hook and in each CH ST across (6 ST), CH 1 and turn 
Row 2:  SC into each ST across (6 ST); do not turn because you'll be working across the end, the first CH row, then the other end 
Without turning, SC into the end of each row (2 ST's), then continue to SC into each ST from the beginning CH (6 ST's), then into the other end of each row (2 ST's), SL ST into the first SC of Row 2; you'll have a total of 16 ST's around. 
This next section will be worked in continuous rounds, so you will not be joining at the end of each round.
Rounds 3 - 7:  SK the first ST, work 2 DC into the next ST  (I mark the 1st DC with a ST marker), *SK the next ST, 2 DC into the next ST*, continue from * to * until you have 7 rounds (the ST marker will let you know how far you have to go to have 7 complete rounds, it should be lined up with your last completed ST)
Once you have 7 complete rounds, SL ST into the very next ST 
Round 8:  CH 3, then work 1 DC into each ST around, SL ST into the top of the CH 3 (16 ST)
Tie off yarn and weave in the ends of the soap saver.

To make the Drawstring:  CH 35, then tie off yarn again, using the yarn needle, weave the drawstring in and out of the DC ST's from the last round.  Tie the 2 ends of the drawstring together  and secure with a couple of knots, then cut off the ends to your desired length.  I like to leave a little bit of an end.
And that's it!  So simple and quick.  I hope you love this pattern.  I'd love to see your finished soap savers!  What colors will you make?  Drop me a line in the comments below!  

​As always, you're welcome to sell anything you make from this pattern.  I just ask that you give me credit for the pattern ❤.  Please tag me @crochetandpositivity if you sell online.  

So that's all for now.  I'll be adding more free patterns soon, so be sure to stop by and visit!  Stay safe and take care of you!

Sending you positive energy always,
Krista☮❤

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<![CDATA[Free Pattern for Cheerful Flower Coasters]]>Sat, 25 Apr 2020 14:12:16 GMThttp://crochetandpositivity.com/free-crochet-patterns/free-pattern-for-cheerful-flower-coasters
A couple of days ago, there was snow on the ground here in Central New York, the wind was gusting and it felt more like February than the end of April.  
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Today the sun is shining, the birds are singing, and it's a glorious 60 degrees!  Ah, the craziness of Spring weather.  Every day is an adventure!  
I have to admit that I struggle with winter and even rainy days.  They tend to give me the blues, so I wanted a project that was cheerful and bright.  These flower coasters were perfect!

This pattern is so simple and quick.  It consists of only four rounds including the petals of the flowers.  You can use so many colors in all different combinations to make them your own!  I do have to say that if you choose to make a coaster with four different colors,  add some extra time for changing colors and weaving in multiple ends.  

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Cheerful Flower Coaster Pattern

Skill Level:  Easy
Materials: 
  • Approx. 12 yards of Red Heart Super Saver in Pumpkin, which is a #4 weight yarn
  • Size H/5.00 MM crochet hook
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle for weaving in your ends

Gauge:  Not important in this pattern
Finished Size:  4 1/2"L x 4 1/2"W

Abbreviations Used:
  • MC = magic circle
  • CH = chain
  • DC = double crochet
  • SL ST = slip stitch

Pattern Notes:  The CH 3 at the beginning of each round counts as 1 DC stitch

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How to make this Cheerful Flower Coaster

Pattern:
Round 1:  Start with a MC, then CH 3 and DC 11 into the circle, join with a SL ST into the top of the CH 3 (12 ST)
Round 2:  CH 3, work a DC into the same ST as the CH 3, then work 2 DC into each ST around, join with a SL ST into the top of the CH 3 (24 ST)
Round 3:  CH 3, work a DC into the same ST as the CH 3, then work 1 DC into the next ST, then *2 DC into the next ST, then 1 DC into the next ST*, repeat from * to * around, join with a SL ST into the top of the CH 3 (36 ST)
Round 4:  CH 2 this time, work a DC into the same ST as the CH 3, work 2 DC into the next ST, SL ST into the next 2 ST's, *2 DC into the next 2 ST's, SL ST into the next 2 ST's*, repeat from * to * around; join with a SL ST into the top of the CH 2
And there you have it, your own Cheerful Flower Coaster!  Doesn't it feel good to be able to make something so cute?  These would make the perfect Mother's Day gift!  And they're a fun way to use up any small amounts of yarn you have around that you didn't think would be enough to do anything with!  

If you'd like to make a flower with multiple colors, I've included a video tutorial HERE to show you how!  I'd love to see what colors you choose!  The possibilities are endless!  Look at these cuties for the 4th of July!  Just use your red, white and blue yarn!

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That's all for now.  Please stay safe and take care of you!

Sending You Positive Energy Always,
​Krista ☮
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<![CDATA[Busy Hands Towel]]>Sun, 29 Mar 2020 16:26:57 GMThttp://crochetandpositivity.com/free-crochet-patterns/busy-hands-towel
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Hi there!  How is the beginning of Spring treating you?  Are you staying safe and calm?  Freaking out a little?  Or a lot?  All of these feelings are completely understandable, but trying to stay calm is so much healthier for us than giving in to panic and fear.  

As someone who suffers from anxiety, I know how easy it is to feel helpless when it feels like so much of our environment is out of control.  When I start to feel those nervous vibes creeping up on me, I crochet!  The repetitive motion of crocheting instantly grounds me.  

These little hand towels are the result of me feeling anxious and trying to focus on something that is in my control.  In my house, we have one bathroom.  Everyone tends to use the SAME towel to dry their hands, which is just not a great idea right now.  Paper products are in high demand so I decided to make something.  These hand/face towels are so simple to make and work up so quickly that you can make a lot of them in a very short time!  I figured I would make so many that I could wash them often and still have plenty to use.  
So that happened....and I'm still making more!  I don't know if you can tell from the pictures, but if I used up one color of yarn in the middle of a towel, I just added a different color.  I figure the more unique they are, the less chance of people using someone else's towel!  
If you want a super simple yet useful project, just crochet up a bunch of these towels.  I took a poll of my family members and they all felt that these are big enough to use as face/hand towels!
Level of Difficulty:  Easy

Finished Measurements:  
14 3/4"L x 10 1/2"W

Gauge:
11 HDC ST in 4"
​10 Rows in 4"

What You'll Need:  
  • Any worsted weight cotton yarn; I used size 4 yarn of different brands
  • Size J/6.00 MM crochet hook
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle for weaving in your ends

​Abbreviations Used:
  • CH = chain
  • ST = stitch
  • SC = single crochet
  • HDC = half double crochet; Note, if you need to see a quick video tutorial of this stitch, check it out HERE!

The Pattern:
Row 1:  CH 30, work 1 HDC into the 3rd CH from the hook and into each CH across (28 ST), CH 1 and turn
Row 2:  HDC into each ST across (28 ST), CH 1 and turn
Row 3 - 34:  Repeat Row 2 until you have 34 rows total; don't tie off your yarn yet!
We're going to add a SC border around the whole piece.  Starting with the last ST you worked into, work a SC into the same ST.  
Rotate your work 90 degrees so you're working along the side of your towel, and SC into the ST at the end of each row (34 ST)
Don't forget to work 2 SC's into the corner.  This helps the towel to lay flat.
Rotate your towel 90 degrees again and work 1 SC across your beginning chain end (28).  Work 2 SC's into that corner, and rotate your towel again and place a SC into the ST at the end of each row (34), place 2 SC's into the corner

Rotate your towel one more time and SC into your last row of HDC's (28), SL ST into the first SC; don't tie off your yarn yet!

I'm sure you can tell I love putting loops on everything!  I just feel like items that can be hung on a hook are less likely to collect germs. 

​To add a loop on the corner:  CH 10 and SL ST into the same ST the CH came out of, now you can tie off your yarn and weave in your ends!
I really hope you love this pattern!  You might also like this easy washcloth pattern HERE!  As always, I'd love your feedback, thoughts and ideas about how I can help you on your crochet journey!

​Stay safe and take care!

Sending you tons of positive energy,
Krista ☮
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<![CDATA[Free Simple Dish Scrubby Pattern]]>Thu, 19 Mar 2020 21:08:11 GMThttp://crochetandpositivity.com/free-crochet-patterns/free-simple-dish-scrubby-pattern
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Hi there!  How are you holding up?  I'm not gonna lie, I've been stressed.  So far, knock on wood, my family has stayed healthy.  My husband has a terrible cough, but has seen the doctor, and was told it's his asthma acting up.  So I've been praying a lot.  And trying to stay positive in spite of the chaos outside of the house.  
I'm trying to think of quick and easy crochet projects that will keep us busy!  For some reason, I've been in a cottony mood.  Awhile back, I made these cute little dish scrubbies, and I absolutely love them!  First of all, sponges get so germy.  I think we've all smelled a sponge that's overstayed its welcome...gross (insert exaggerated fake gagging noise).  And other dish cloths I've used are so sloppy!  Have you ever been washing away and you get a dish soap bubble in the eye from the dish rag flopping around?  If you haven't, then I'm probably weird.  Either way, these little round scrubbies have a soft side for nonstick pans and a rough side for scrubbing.  And no flopping!  As an added bonus, you can just toss them in the laundry whenever they get dirty.  

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Materials:
  • Approximately 15 yards of #4 weight Cotton yarn of your choice (I've even used acrylic yarn for some of mine and it's worked just fine); I used Lily Sugar'n Cream in multiple colors
  • Approximately 15 yards of Scrubby yarn of your choice; I used Red Heart Scrubby yarn in Ocean
  • Size H/5.00 MM crochet hook
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle for weaving in your ends
Abbreviations used:
  • CH = chain
  • ST = stitch
  • SC = single crochet
  • DC = double crochet
  • SL ST = slip stitch
Special Stitches:
  • ​Magic Circle; if you don't know how to do one, follow this LINK to see a video tutorial!
Notes:
  • ​The CH 3 at the beginning of each round counts as a stitch
Pattern:

Starting with a Magic Circle in your scrubby yarn,​

​Round 1:  CH 3, work 11 DC into the magic circle, SL ST into the top of the CH 3 (12 ST)
​Round 2:  CH 3, work 1 DC into the same ST as the CH 3, then work 2 DC into each ST around, SL ST into the top of the CH 3 (24 ST)
​Round 3:  CH 3, work 1 DC into the same ST as the CH 3, then work 1 DC into the next ST, work 2 DC into the next ST, work 1 DC into the next ST, continue this sequence around, SL ST into the top of the CH 3 (36 ST)
Tie off your scrubby yarn, pull your magic circle closed, and weave in your ends!
Starting with a Magic Circle and your cotton yarn,
Round 1:  CH 3, work 11 DC into the magic circle, SL ST into the top of the CH 3 (12 ST)
Round 2:  CH 3, work 1 DC into the same ST as the CH 3, then work 2 DC into each ST around, SL ST into the top of the CH 3 (24 ST)
Round 3:  CH 3, work 1 DC into the same ST as the CH 3, then work 1 DC into the next ST, work 2 DC into the next ST, work 1 DC into the next ST, continue this sequence all the way around, SL ST into the top of the CH 3 (36 ST)
Don't tie off your cotton yarn yet!  Pull the magic circle closed, and weave in the tail.  Now, taking your scrubby round, line both rounds up together, CH 1, and starting with the next ST, insert your hook through both your cotton and scrubby ST, and SC both of them together, work 1 SC into each ST around, SL ST into the first SC (36 ST)
Tie off your yarn and weave in your ends.

​You're done!  Easy, colorful scrubbies for you and no soap in your eye ;-)  What colors are you going to make?  I'd love to see them!  Take care of you and stay safe!

​Sending you Positive Energy,
​Krista ☮

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<![CDATA[Free Crochet Pattern for the Puffy Washcloth]]>Mon, 16 Mar 2020 01:25:45 GMThttp://crochetandpositivity.com/free-crochet-patterns/free-crochet-pattern-for-the-puffy-washcloth
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Hi.  I hope this post finds you healthy and calm.  I know the world has been a scary place the last couple of weeks.  I wake up some days and feel like I'm in the Twilight Zone.  It's been so overwhelming, hasn't it?  In my house we've adopted certain habits, like only watching happy movies or funny shows, and trying to carry on life as normally as possible.  I also thought what a great time to post some easy crochet patterns so you and I can de-stress! 
In the spirit of staying positive and calm, let's crochet something!  Do you wanna crochet a washcloth?  It's super easy, has lots of texture, and is oh so pretty!  Crochet your own little piece of happiness and calm in less than an hour!
Gauge: 
In rows with puff stitches, 11 1/2 ST in 4"
In rows with HDC's, 12 ST in 4"
11 rows in 4"
Finished Measurements:  Approximately 8"L x 9"W
What You'll Need:
  • 2 oz of cotton yarn; I used Lily Sugar'n Cream cotton because it's more absorbent for bath items.  
  • Size H/ 5.00 mm crochet hook
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle for weaving in your ends
Abbreviations:
  • CH = chain
  • ST = stitch
  • SC = single crochet
  • SL ST = slip stitch
  • YO = yarn over
  • HDC = half double crochet
  • PS = puff stitch
Special Stitches:
  • HDC (half double crochet):  YO, insert your hook into the desired stitch, YO and pull up a loop (you now have 3 loops on your hook),  YO and pull through all 3 loops.
  • PS (puff stitch):  note, this puff only has 5 loops - YO, insert your hook into the desired stitch, YO and pull up a loop (you have 3 loops on your hook), YO and insert the hook back into the same stitch, YO and pull up a loop (you have 5 loops on your hook), YO and pull through all 5 loops.
Pattern:  
Row 1:  CH 26, then HDC into the 3rd CH from your hook and into each CH across (24), CH 1 and turn
Row 2:  PS in the first ST, SC in the next ST, PS in the next ST, SC in the next ST, continue this sequence to the end of the row (24), CH 1 and turn
​Row 3:  PS in the first ST, SC in the next ST, PS in the next ST, SC in the next ST, continue this sequence to the end of the row (24), CH 1 and turn
Row 4:  HDC into each ST across (24), CH 1 and turn
Row 5:  Repeat Row 3
Row 6:  Repeat Row 3
Row 7:  Repeat Row 4
Row 8:  Repeat Row 3
Row 9:  Repeat Row 3
Row 10:  Repeat Row 4
Row 11:  Repeat Row 3
Row 12:  Repeat Row 3
Row 13:  Repeat Row 4
Row 14:  Repeat Row 3
Row 15:  Repeat Row 3
Row 16:  Repeat Row 4
Row 17:  Repeat Row 3
Row 18:  Repeat Row 3
​Row 19:  Repeat Row 4
The Edging: 
Work a SC into the same ST as the last HDC ST
Rotate your work 90 degrees so that you are working along the side of the washcloth, and work 1 SC into the end of each of the 19 rows, making sure to work 2 SC ST into the corner (this ensures that your washcloth will lay flat and not curl up at the corners)
Rotate your work 90 degrees so that you're working along the beginning CH row and work a SC into each ST across (24), work 2 SC ST into this corner as well
Rotate your work again and work a SC into the end of each of the 19 rows on the other side of the washcloth, work 2 SC ST into the corner
​Rotate one more time and work a SC into each ST of the last row of HDC ST, SL ST into the first SC ST, DO NOT TIE OFF YET

To make a loop for hanging at the corner of the washcloth:  From where your hook is, CH 10 and SL ST back into the same ST where you started the CH 10 (this forms the loop).  Now you can tie off your yarn and weave in the ends! 

I hope you enjoyed this pattern.  I'd love to see the colors you choose to make yours!  I love to make a bunch in all different colors! 

​Please take care of yourself and give your loved ones lots of hugs!  Hugs, love and crochet are all awesome stress reducers!  Hug your kids, your husband, your dog, your cat, or even your yarn!  Talk to you soon!

Sending you lots of positive energy,
​Krista ☮
Just a note:  You are welcome to sell what you make from my pattern, and it would be awesome if you link back to me at crochetandpositivity.com.  I just ask that you don't republish or sell the pattern itself as your own.  
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<![CDATA[WINTER COZY FINGERLESS GLOVES PATTERN]]>Sun, 26 Jan 2020 05:50:45 GMThttp://crochetandpositivity.com/free-crochet-patterns/winter-cozy-fingerless-gloves-pattern
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How have you been?  We're coming to the end of January and I feel like it's been a looong winter here in Upstate New York.  Winters here can be kind of dark and dreary, so I try to surround myself with happy things!  Happy songs, happy movies, happy vibes, you get the idea!  A good cup of hot coffee on a cold day...and yarn, lots of yarn!  

When I think of happiness in winter, I think of anything that keeps me warm and cozy.  The idea for these gloves came from me wanting something fluffy, squishy and warm.  I love how they came out, so I want to share them with you!  I hope you love them too!
This is a beginner friendly pattern.  It basically consists of single crochet and double crochet stitches.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email me and I'll be happy to answer them.  
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Skill Level:  Beginner

Gauge:  gauge is not crucial to this pattern.  You can increase or decrease the size of the glove by using a smaller or larger crochet hook

Materials:  
*Scissors
​*Yarn Needle
*Either a size K - 10.5/ 6.50 MM hook or a size M - 13/ 9.00 MM hook
*Any super bulky #6 yarn will work; the yarn in my pictures is Lion Brand Hometown in Tampa Spice; I love Lion Brand Hometown yarn, it's so soft and warm!

Abbreviations used:
ST = stitch
CH = chain
SL ST = slip stitch
SC = single crochet
DC = double crochet
BLO = back loop only
FLO = front loop only
Notes: 
​*In this pattern, the CH 1 does not count as a stitch.
*The only difference between the Right Glove and the Left Glove is found in Round 6
Pattern:
Starting with the cuff and working in rows,
Row 1:  CH 5, and SC into the BLO of the next ST from the hook and in each ST across (4), CH 1 and turn
Row 2:  SC into the BLO of each ST across (4), CH 1 and turn
Rows 3 - 16:  repeat Row 2 until you have a total of 16 rows
With the right sides facing each other, fold your cuff in half, lining up the ends together, and SL ST into the BLO of each stitch of the end closest to you and into the FLO of each stitch of the end furthest from you.
Now turn the cuff inside out.

Working on the Glove, and now working in rounds,
Round 1:  CH 1 and work a SC into the end of each ST of the edge of the Cuff (16 total), and SL ST into the first SC
Round 2:  CH 1 and work a SC into each ST around (16), SL ST into the first SC
Round 3:  CH 1 and work a DC into each ST around (16), SL ST into the first DC
Round 4:  CH 1 and work a SC into each ST around (16), SL ST into the first SC
Round 5:  CH 1 and work a DC into each ST around (16), SL ST into the first DC

In Round 6, we'll create the hole for the thumb.
Round 6 for the Right Glove:  CH 1 and work a SC into the next 3 ST's, CH 3 and skip the next 3 ST's.  This creates the hole for the thumb.  Continue to work a SC into the remaining stitches around (16), SL ST into the first SC

Round 6 for the Left Glove:  CH 1 and work a SC into each ST around until you have 4 stitches remaining, CH 3 and skip the next 3 ST's, SC into the last ST of the round (16), SL ST into the first SC
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Chain 3 and skip 3 stitches to form the thumb hole

Round 7:  CH 1 and work a DC into each ST around, including each ST of your CH 3 (16), SL ST into the first DC
Round 8:  CH 1 and work a SC into each ST around (16), SL ST into the first SC
Round 9:  Repeat Round 8

Tie off your yarn and weave in the ends!  
I'd love to see your finished products!  If you post them online, please tag Crochetandpositivity!  
You're welcome to sell any items you make using this pattern, just please link back to this post giving credit for the design!  
If you like to crochet fingerless gloves, and would like to try another pattern, click HERE!

Let's keep in touch!  Please contact me below with any comments, questions or suggestions!  I would love to hear from you!  What kinds of projects would you like to see more of?  Drop me a line!

Until the next time, sending you positive energy,
Krista ☮
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<![CDATA[Fingerless Gloves Crochet Pattern]]>Fri, 25 Oct 2019 22:36:55 GMThttp://crochetandpositivity.com/free-crochet-patterns/fingerless-gloves-crochet-pattern
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So the cold weather is making an appearance in Upstate New York!  In the building where I work, it's either warm and stifling or freezing so much that my fingers don't want to type!  Other fingerless gloves I've worn were so bulky that I was unable to write comfortably.
I came up with these gloves that I think are cute and not too bulky if you need to write, text...or smoke (insert disapproving look).  It's okay, some of the ladies I work with love these gloves for their smoke break.  

What You'll Need:

Materials:
US G6/4.00 MM crochet hook
US H8/5.00 MM crochet hook
Any Size 4 yarn will work, but I used Caron Simply Soft yarn because it's so soft!

Abbreviations:
CH = chain
​ST = stitch
SL ST = slip stitch
SC = single crochet
HDC = half double crochet
DC = double crochet
BLO = back loop only

How to Make These Fingerless Gloves

To Make the Cuff using the Size 4.00 MM crochet hook,
Row 1:  CH 11; CH 1 and turn (10 stitches)

Row 2:  SC in BLO of each stitch across (10 stitches)

Row 3:  Repeat Row 2 until you have 24 rows
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Fold your cuff in half and slip stitch across until it's closed.  CH 1
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To Make the Glove:
Round 1:  still using the 4.00 MM crochet hook, work 1 SC in each stitch along the edge of the cuff (24 stitches).  Join with a SL ST into the first SC of the round.  CH 1 
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*Switch to the 5.00 MM crochet hook for the rest of the glove.  

Round 2:  Work 1 HDC into each ST around (24 stitches).  SL ST into the top of the first HDC.  CH 1; ** See photo below

Round 3:  Work 1 SC into the BLO of each ST around (24 stitches).  SL ST into the first SC.  CH 1; ** See photo below
( I slip stitch into the whole stitch here, as it doesn't really change the look of the glove.)

Rounds 4 - 10:  Continue to alternate Rounds 2 and 3 until you have 10 rounds.  Round 10 should be a HDC round.

Round 11 for the Right Glove:  having ended your last round with a CH 1, SC into the BLO of the next 6 ST, CH 4, Skip the next 4 ST, continue to SC in the BLO around (24 stitches), SL ST into the first SC ST.  CH 1

Round 11 for the Left Glove:  having ended your last round with a CH 1, SC into the BLO of each ST around, until you come to the last 4 stitches of the round.  CH 4 and skip those stitches.  SL ST into the first SC.  CH 1

Round 12:  Work 1 HDC into each ST around (24 stitches).  SL ST into the first HDC of the round.  CH 1

Round 13:  Work 1 SC into the BLO of each stitch around (24 stitches).  SL ST into the first SC of the round.  CH 1

Repeat Rounds 12 and 13 until you have 16 rounds.  Your last round should be a HDC Round.  Do not CH 1 at the end of Round 16.

Round 17:  Having ended your last round without a CH 1, *work 3 DC into the next ST, SL ST into the next ST, skip the next ST*, work 3 DC into the next ST, SL ST into the next ST, SL ST into the next ST.  Repeat this sequence 6 more times around until you end up with 8 scallops or shell shapes.  Finish off yarn and weave in the ends!  
So there you have it!  Cute Fingerless Gloves!  Enjoy!  If you loved this pattern, you may also love my Winter Cozy Fingerless Gloves pattern!

Sending you positive energy always,
Krista ☮

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<![CDATA[Super Easy Crochet Pumpkin Coaster Pattern]]>Sun, 13 Oct 2019 23:58:23 GMThttp://crochetandpositivity.com/free-crochet-patterns/super-easy-crochet-pumpkin-coaster-pattern
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Do You Love Fall as Much as I do?

Fall makes me soooo happy!  I love everything about it, from the cooler weather to the colors of the changing leaves.  Just the word "Fall" brings a flood of images to mind...apples...apple cider...scarecrows....hay bales....and PUMPKINS!  
If you love to decorate your home for Fall, I have a free pumpkin crocheted coaster pattern for you!  It's a very simple pattern and works up quickly so you can admire your awesome work in no time.​

Skill Level:  Beginner

Finished Measurements:

The finished coaster measures about 4 1/2"L x 4"W

Gauge:

1 3/4 rounds in 1", 4 ST in 1"

What You'll Need:

  • Approximately 28 yards of Red Heart Super Saver yarn in the color, Pumpkin
  • Approximately 14 yards of Red Heart Super Saver yarn in the color, Green
  • Size H/5.00 MM crochet hook
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle for weaving in your ends

Abbreviations:
  • CH = chain
  • ST = stitch
  • ​SL ST = slip stitch
  • SC = single crochet
  • DC = double crochet
Special Stitches:  
Magic Circle:  Watch HERE for a left handed tutorial!  Watch HERE for a right handed tutorial!
Note:  
  • ​The CH 3 at the beginning of each round counts as a stitch.

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How to make the Easy Crochet Pumpkin Coaster:

Pattern:
The Pumpkin:

Round 1:  Start with a Magic Circle, CH 3, DC 11, join with a SL ST into the top of the CH 3 (12 DC)
Round 2:  CH 3, DC in the same stitch as the CH 3, and work 2 DC into each stitch around, join with a SL ST into the top of the CH 3 (24 DC)
Round 3:  CH 3, DC in the same stitch as the CH 3, then work 1 DC into the next stitch, then 2 DC into the next stitch, and repeat around, join with a SL ST into the top of the CH 3 (36 DC including the CH 3)
Round 4:  work 1 SC into each of the next 14 stitches, SL ST into the next 3 stitches, now work 1 SC into the next 14 stitches, SL ST into the next stitch.  Tie off your orange yarn.
The Stem:
Row 1:  Tie on green yarn with a SL ST into the next stitch after the tied off orange stitch; CH 1, SC into the next 4 stitches, CH 1, turn
Row 2:  SC in each stitch across (5), CH 1, turn
Row 3:  SC in each stitch across (5); tie off and weave in the ends!  Yay, your're done!!  
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​Krista ☮?

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<![CDATA[Creepy Crawly Spider Coaster Pattern]]>Sun, 13 Oct 2019 12:08:52 GMThttp://crochetandpositivity.com/free-crochet-patterns/creepy-crawly-spider-coaster-pattern
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Do not read this post if you have arachnophobia....

Just kidding!  Of course I want you to read this post.  Fun fact about me - I am terrified of spiders!  Even the little ones give me the creeps, much less the huge ones like tarantulas!!  And when I found out that Daddy Long Legs spiders are venomous, oh boy...no, I don't care that their mouths or fangs or whatever it is they have are too small to bite us, the potential is there, people!

So why create a spider coaster?  I have to admit there's a small part of me that likes to be scared, but in a fun way.  And who doesn't love Halloween?  So in honor of the upcoming super fun holiday, I want to share my free pattern with you!
I used:
Size H8/5.00 MM crochet hook
Scissors
Yarn Needle

Abbreviations:
CH = chain
DC = double crochet
ST = stitch
SL ST = slip stitch
The Body
Starting with a magic circle:  (note, if you'd like to see how to make a magic circle, click this LINK for a video tutorial)
Magic Circle
Magic Circle
Round 1:  CH 3 inside the magic circle,  work 11 DC inside the circle, join with a SL ST into the 2nd CH of the CH 3 (12 ST)
Round 1 of the creepy crawly spider coaster pattern
Round 1
Round 2:  CH 3, work 1 DC in the same ST as the CH 3, work 2 DC into each ST around, join with a SL ST into the 2nd CH of the CH 3 (24 ST)
Round 2 of the Creepy Crawly Spider Coaster Pattern
Round 2
Round 3:  CH 3, Work 1 DC in the same ST as the CH 3, work 1 DC in the next ST, work 2 DC in the next ST, and repeat all the way around, join with a SL ST into the 2nd CH of the CH 3 (36 ST)
Round 3 of the Creepy Crawly Spider Coaster Pattern
Round 3
The Legs
Round 4:  CH 3, work 2 DC in the same ST as the CH 3.  This forms half of the spider's head.  SL ST into the next ST, SL ST into the next 3 stitches, CH 9.  Starting from the first CH from the hook, SL ST into each CH, including the ST the CH 9 came out of.  (Leg 1), 

SL ST into the next 3 stitches, then CH 9, and SL ST into each CH, including the ST the CH 9 came out of.  (Leg 2),   

SL ST into the next 3 stitches, CH 9, and SL ST into each ST, including the ST the CH 9 came out of.  (Leg 3),

SL ST into the next 3 stitches, CH 9, and SL ST into each ST, including the ST the CH 9 came out of (Leg 4). 

SL ST into the next 10 stitches.  CH 9, and SL ST into each ST, including the ST the CH 9 came out of (Leg 5),

SL ST into the next 3 stitches, CH 9, and SL ST into each ST, including the ST the CH 9 came out of (Leg 6),

SL ST into the next 3 stitches, CH 9, and SL ST into each ST, including the ST the CH 9 came out of (Leg 7),

SL ST into the next 3 stitches, CH 9, and SL ST into each ST, including the ST the CH 9 came out of (Leg 8). 

SL ST into the next 3 stitches, work 1 DC into the next open stitch, then SL ST into the top of the first CH 3 of the round (this finishes the spider's head).   Fasten off and weave in the ends.
Finished crocheted, black spider coaster
Finished Spider Coaster
Ta daaaaa!!! A creepy little buddy to hold your favorite fall drink!  Enjoy and Happy Halloween!
By the way, if you'd like to buy some finished creepy spiders, click HERE to find them on my Etsy shop!

Until next time, 
Sending you positive energy,
​Krista ☮
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