A slouchy hat that’s big enough to cover all your hair and your ears. Special chainless beginning double crochet stitch technique means there’s no visible seam. It’s the Bombe!
Crochet Me! has put together a free e-book collection of seven crochet patterns that are perfect for handmade gifts. The collection includes a hat, juggling balls, hat & scarf set, market bag, baby cardigan, lace bracelet, and nesting dolls.
Visit Crochet Me! to download your free book. Interweave does require free registration to the Crochet Me! membership community which allows you to access the blogs, forums, videos, and galleries. Plus, you can share your work with the other crochet community members.
Crochet Bags and Purses: 7 Free Crochet Bag Patterns is another free e-book from Interweave that is available as a free download. You can crochet your own market bag, messenger bag, cell phone case, and more. Some of the techniques included are felting, crocheting motifs, embroidery on crochet, making tassels, and crocheting chevrons.
Simple extended single crochet and chain stitches are combined with a stretchy yarn to make this versatile headband. Instructions are included for both the narrow and wide versions of the headband. The wide headband can also be worn as a crown-less hat, neck covering, or ear covering.
Interweave Crochet has put together 4 Free Tunisian Crochet Patterns plus Tips on Basic Tunisian Crochet Stitches and How to Tunisian Crochet. This is a great primer to learn or brush up on your Tunisian crochet skills, and you get four free patterns to try.
Lacy panels are punctuated with small mirrors that catch the light to throw kaleidoscopic bits of shine around the room. Large motifs are joined as you go, then smaller motifs are joined in between, with double sides of mirrors crocheted into the center. These curtains are a great introduction to working with thread.
First for Women Magazine asked me what were my five favorite sites for free crochet patterns for their December 7, 2009 issue.
Here are my favs:
My Top Five (Ten) Free Crochet Pattern Websites
1. Crochet Pattern Central
Crochet Pattern Central is an online directory of thousands of links to free crochet patterns of all levels. In addition to the patterns, CPC has links to tutorials and stitch instructions.
Berroco is a yarn company that also offers free patterns featuring their yarns. The patterns are stylish and contemporary, and they range in level from this cute Stanley doll, http://www.berroco.com/exclusives/stanley/stanley.html to this jazzy Aruna sweater, http://www.berroco.com/exclusives/aruna/aruna.html.
Ravelry is an online community for fiber lovers to keep track of patterns, yarn, tools, etc. There are also messageboard forums, a newsletter, and groups. Users can list their own designs to share or to sell. There are several thousands of free patterns on Ravelry. New ones are added everyday. Visitors have to join to participate. There is a small waiting period to join, but it is more than worth it.
4. Lion Brand Yarn
Lion Brand Yarn has thousands of free crochet patterns for adults, babies, children, teens, pets and the home. Visitors must register in order to view patterns.
The Crochetville messageboard community features a Free Original Patterns forum. Members of the community share their original designs. This is a great place to try new patterns, and there is the added benefit of being able to ask the actual designers your questions.
Naturally Caron, http://www.naturallycaron.com
Interweave Crochet, http://www.interweavecrochet.com/projects.asp
Stargazer’s Crochet, http://home.inreach.com/marthac/links.html
Yarn Lover’s Room, http://www.knitting-crochet.com/crochet/antiquecrochet.html
Free Vintage Crochet, http://www.freevintagecrochet.com
Do you have any favorite sites for free crochet patterns? If you do, please leave a comment and share them.
Lots of ruffles make dressing up fun. This e-pattern was originally published in the August 2009 issue of Crochet World magazine.
This is an easy and simply way to make a hat without being able to make a circle or crochet in the round. This pattern is basic but allows for any type of embelishment you can imagine.