10 FREE CHRISTMAS CROCHET PATTERNS


Like to crochet some Christmas projects?  Check out the free patterns below!

crochet Christmas slippers

CHRISTMAS MINI CROCHET SLIPPERS

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CROCHET GUMDROP TUTU

CROCHET GUMDROP TUTU

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crochet Christmas bootie

CROCHET CHRISTMAS BOOTIE

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crochet starry starry night decorations

STARRY, STARRY NIGHT CHRISTMAS CROCHET DECORATIONS

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PATCHWORK CROCHET CHRISTMAS TREE AFGHAN

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PATCHWORK CROCHET CHRISTMAS TREE PILLOW

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crochet mitten

CROCHET WINTER MITTEN ORNAMENT

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crochet snowflake

CROCHET SNOWFLAKE AFGHAN

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crochet Christmas granny square tree skirt

CROCHET CHRISTMAS GRANNY SQUARE TREE SKIRT

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crochet baubles

PIP’S CROCHETED CHRISTMAS BAUBLES

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Must Have Crochet Calculators


Need to substitute yarn for your next project?  Want to make your own afghan pattern, but don’t know how to figure out size?  Want to make a sweater pattern larger or smaller?  Check out these yarn and stitch calculators to make that next project come out great!

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YARN SUBSTITUTION CALCULATOR

YARN BALL SUBSTITUTION CALCULATOR

YARN WEIGHT CONVERSION CALCULATOR-CONVERTING YOUR STASH YARN & AVAILABLE STORE YARN TO MEET PATTERN REQUIREMENTS

AFGHAN SIZE CALCULATOR-A FORMULA TO FIGURE CHAIN COUNTS FOR YOUR AFGHAN

AFGHAN STITCH & ROW CALCULATOR-FIGURE OUT STITCH SET REPEATS & ROWS FOR YOUR AFGHAN

SWEATER STITCH CALCULATOR-CONVERT PATTERNS TO MAKE THEM LARGER OR SMALLER

“I Love Yarn Day” Friday, October 10, 2014


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I LOVE YARN DAY!

This Friday, October 10th, 2014 is the Craft Yarn Council’s “I Love Yarn Day”!  They are already celebrating with a week-long event that includes new free patterns and prizes, along with tips and ideas to have fun with yarn.

Here are a few ideas from their I Love Yarn Day! Pinterest Page:

yarn ball balloons

POM POM YARN BALL BALLOONS!

These were made with purchased pom poms, but you can make your own with your own yarn scraps!

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pom pom wedding rice

THROW YARN POM POMS AT THE BRIDE & GROOM INSTEAD OF RICE OR CONFETTI!

What a cool idea!

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yarn cake

Perfect Yarn Cake!

Great Birthday Cake idea complete with instructions.

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How Crochet & Knitting Judges Judge


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This week I judged the crochet and knit categories of our local Fall Festival and I thought I would pass along some tips on letting you know what a judge might look for in your entries.  Remember, every judge is different and will have their own opinions on what is most important in an entry.

The judge’s score sheet may have a point system (etc. 1-5) where a 1 is just OK to a 5 which is very good.  Other judging sheets may have a judge mark Excellent, Good, Fair, or Needs Improvement on each entry.  Some sheets may be very simple with a few categories to judge, while other judging sheets may have more categories, going into more detail.  From this score sheet, they will add up the points or make a decision and determine who is 1st, 2nd, or 3rd, along with any other ribbons that may be awarded, such as Lot Champions and Grand Champion winners.  Some judging score sheets may also include a Comment section where the judge can let the participant know the good points of the item, as well as what could be improved upon.  Following are a few basic categories that will probably be on most judge’s sheets:

Design

*Overall Visual Impact

This is your entry’s first impression.  Color, shape, yarn choice.

*Degree of Difficulty

Simple stitches or simple item to make or more difficult stitches or pattern.

*Suitability of Item for Purpose

Workmanship

*Good Technique

Is the technique of choice (Tunisian, Traditional crochet, Filet Crochet, Intarsia Knitting, Lace Knitting. etc.) done properly?  Are the stitches uniform in appearance?

*Type & Quality of Material Used Suitable for Project

For example, a washcloth should be made with a kitchen cotton yarn, not an acrylic yarn.  A toy for a baby or child should not have sewn-on buttons for eyes or a nose, as these can come loose and be swallowed.

*Tension, Smooth & Even

Is the tension smooth and even in one area, but too tight or loose in another area?  Tension should be smooth and even throughout.

Finishing

*Finished, Clean & Ready to Use

Is your entry completely finished, as well as spot-free, pet hair-free, with no smoke or other offensive odors?  Could your entry come off the judging table and be ready to use?

*Yarn/Thread Ends Well Hidden

Are your yarn ends hidden within your entry item so that it would be hard to see where you added yarn or finished off your project?

Remember, these are a few basic categories that are usually on every judge’s sheet.  Be sure and read the events’s rules and requirements, make sure your entries are clean, finished and ready to show, and above all, have some fun!

Corner to Corner Crochet


I have been seeing a lot of interest in the corner to corner crochet technique, so I have put together some patterns and tutorials for you to try out.  I am definitely giving this a try!

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Corner to Corner Tutorial with Mikey (The Crochet Crowd)

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crochet corner-to-corner-dishcloth

Corner to Corner Crochet Dishcloth Pattern by Sugar n’ Cream

Corner to Corner Crochet Dishcloth Tutorial Video 1 by Stitchinstacy

Corner to Corner Crochet Dishcloth Tutorial Video 2 by Stitchinstacy

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crochet CornerToCornerScarf

Corner to Corner Scarf by Michael Sellick (The Crochet Crowd)

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Crochet Wrist Warmer Round-Up


Once again, it’s time to start crocheting fall and winter fashion accessories!  Here are just a few patterns to help get you started.

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Tunisian crochet wristers

Tunisian Crochet Snugly Mitts by Julia Wardell

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crochet faux cable wrist warmers

Adeline Fingerless Mitts with Faux Cables by CrochetDreamz

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crochet autumnal wrist warmers

Autumnal Wrist Warmers by Kim Ghandour

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Broomstick Lace Wristlets by Gritty Knits

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crochet windy city wristers

Windy City Wristers by Lion Brand Yarn

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Kitchen Crochet Ideas for Gift Giving


Put together any of these kitchen crocheted items for a wonderful gift set!

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easy-breezy-market-bag

Easy Breezy Market Bag by Rhelena

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Pie plate holder

Pie Plate Holder by Bernat

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kitchen scrubby 2 sides

Bobble Kitchen Sponge by Book People Studio

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table runner

Crochet Table Runner by Lily Sugar n’ Cream

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Cable Dishcloth

Cable Stitch Dishcloth by Dedri Uys

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yellow trivet

Spiral Trivet or Potholder by Jessica Prescott

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microwave pinchers

Microwave Pinchers by Aurora Suominen

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Little Birdie Secrets Towel Holder

Crochet Towel Holder by Little Birdie Secrets

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WavyChevrons dishcloth

Wavy Chevrons Dishcloth by Jenny Konopinski

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Halloween Crochet Pattern Round-Up


Check out these Halloween crochet patterns!

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crochet cobweb

Crochet Spiderweb by Jennifer Hansen

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candy corn hat

Candy Corn Crochet Hat Pattern by Taraduff’s Crochet & Other Stuff

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Halloween witch hat

Halloween Witch Hat Ornament by Lion Brand Yarn

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crochet amigurumi pumpkin

Crochet Pumpkin by June Gilbank

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Halloween cat hat

Halloween Cat Hat by Katy McKinley

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Trick or treat bag

Trick or Treat Crochet Bag by Drops Design

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Halloween throw

Halloween Throw by Noreen Crone-Findlay

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wims Halloween crochet hats

Wims Halloween Crochet Hats by Trude Hertaas

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little cauldron

Little Crochet Cauldron by Kara Gunza

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crochet newborn s-s pumpkin hat

Newborn Side-to-Side Crochet Pumpkin Hat by Tiffany Roan

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ghost earrings

Crochet Ghost Earrings by CrochetCauldron

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pumpkin garland

Pumpkin Time Garland by Karen Wiederhold

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ghost dishcloth

Ghost Dishcloth by Lily/Sugar n’ Cream

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Get Your Holiday Crochet Products Ready to Sell Now!


Here are some great articles with tips to get your holiday crochet selling season started.  Some of these articles may repeat certain tips, however that should emphasize to you how important that particular tip really is!

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The Time to Think “Holiday Sales” is TODAY! by Creative Income

Great tips to set up a plan for your holiday sales.

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Moose Necklace

Preparing Your Online Store for the Holiday Rush by Creative Income

Preparation is key to staying organized during the holiday rush.

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Gifts

Marketing Ideas for Christmas Success by Marketing Creativity

Here are a few marketing ideas for the Christmas season to get your craft business noticed.

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Holiday-Survival

How to Keep Your Holiday Spirit During the Busiest Time of the Year by Creative Income

Give a little extra, decorate your work space, and take a time-out to keep yourself in a holiday mood.

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ohmyhandmade

Don’t Lose Your Holiday Sales by Oh My! Handmade Goodness

Some ideas to continue your sales relationship with your customers after the holidays.

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Krafter’s Korner: New Blog for Blind & Visually-Impaired Crafters


Do you ever wonder if you (or someone you know) can participate in crafts, even though you are visually impaired?

Well, you can!  Check out the new Krafter’s Korner blog where you can share your love of crafting with other blind and visually-impaired crafters.

This blog is a wonderful crafting resource sponsored through the NFB (National Federation of the Blind) crafter’s division.  It posts Krafter’s Korner class info, Monday Night Chat info, as well as news for blind crafters.

Krafter’s Korner classes are held over the telephone or through email.  Some current classes include how to make a beaded ornament banner, a Christmas crochet granny square, a loom knitted lace ornament, a loom knitted Christmas bell ornament, and a safety pin beaded Christmas tree ornament.  To be able to attend these classes you do need to be a member of Krafter’s Korner.  However, your yearly dues of just $20 allows you to take any or all classes for the year for free!  Past craft classes have been taught in crochet, knitting, macrame, basket weaving, beading, loom knitting, origami, as well as plastic canvas.  Check out the Classes page on the Krafter’s Korner website for more info.

Monday Night Chats are conference calls (there may be long-distance charges) on most Monday nights at 9 pm EST.  (You DO NOT need to be a member of Krafter’s Korner to listen in on these chats or to join the mailing listserv.)  Topics are wide-ranging, but the thread of crafting runs through each and every one.  Some past chats have included knit or crochet alongs where someone reads a pattern and everyone on the call would follow the pattern.  Other times special guests have been in on the calls, such as owners of crafting-related businesses who have shared their crafting knowledge.  You can check out more Monday Night Chat info on the Krafter’s Korner website.

Check out this wonderful website and blog for more info on crafting for the blind!