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Crafty Sassy: Top 10 Free Beach/Summer Crochet Patterns

Hi Dearies! I’m back! I’ve had a lot on my plate and have been crocheting constantly lately! So, since we are finally in the summer season, I figure this would be the perfect time to find some patterns that are perfect for the beach or for summer in general!

Since I LOVE going to the beach, I figured this would be the best time to look for some patterns that would be perfect for going! Some of the patterns that I’ve found are not just for us adults, but for kids as well! 

Note: These patterns are not mine and all credit goes out to their original creators. I have left links for each of the patterns. 


1. Beach Cover-up Shorts

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That’s right! Crocheted shorts do exist! I was shocked when I was a beginner and saw this! These aren’t for your normal closet, but if you are headed to the beach, these are perfect, especially if you don’t have a sundress or want to wear jeans to cover your bathing suit bottoms. Also, the yarn is very breathable, which is a plus!

Link to the pattern: https://furlscrochet.com/blogs/crochet-tutorials/crochet-shorts-beach-cover-up


2. Stuffed Beach Ball

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Don’t have your own beach ball to play with? Or have a beach theme going on in your house, then this is a very fun project to make! This stuffie is also perfect for the little ones and the best part is, you don’t have to worry about blowing it up or any holes that those plastic ones usually get. Not to mention, you can mix around the colors and make something similar to this one or get creative and make it into a rainbow theme!

Link to the pattern: https://persialou.com/crochet-beach-ball-pattern/


3. Beach Hat

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Can’t go wrong with a beach hat, that’s for sure! The good thing about this is that it’s very simple to make, not to mention very breathable, although you might have to work with a different type of yarn, it’s worth the try! I also love the ribbon that they placed around it for the finishing touch!

Link to the pattern: https://www.craftpassion.com/beach-hat-crochet-pattern/


4. Sun-Kissed Crop Top

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These are cover-ups that don’t necessarily have to be for your bikini, but you can use for tank tops or dresses, like in the picture. I also want to say that this person, who created the pattern, I actually follow her and her blog, she has a lot of free patterns, so check it out when you can!

Link to the pattern: https://yarnutopia.com/2016/06/18/sun-kissed-crop-top/


5. Sea Shells By The Shore Market Bag

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I love how this bag looks! Especially how they look like little shells that were embedded into the bag itself. Not to mention the colors they chose were amazing and what really caught my eyes. Now, market bags aren’t just for the market, but these bags are perfect for the beach just because there are lots of open spaces for sand to fall out!

Link to the pattern: https://undergroundcrafter.com/2019/06/05/crochet-market-bag-tutorial-pattern-sea-shells-by-shore-market-bag-by-nanas-crafty-home/


6. Beach Ball Hat

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This pattern is for the kiddos, but so cute and for both boys and girls! This pattern is also a fun one to switch out the colors with, especially if you are making this for someone who is having a baby around the summertime! I love how creative this pattern!

Link to the pattern: https://traversebaycrochet.com/2019/06/04/beach-ball-crochet-sunhat/


7. Beach Day Louge Towel

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I’ll be looking into making one of these for myself for sure! Now, this isn’t a towel you dry yourself with, you could, but this makes for a wonderful towel-blanket to use to tan or sit in the sand, without the sand sticking to your legs. Not to mention, I love the colors they chose! Simply amazing!

Link to the pattern: https://snappy-tots.com/pattern-beach-day-lounge-towel/


8. Sand Dollar Beach Bag

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Are you one of those that just loves to go on the hunt to find sand dollars? Then this bag is perfect for that, not to mention, it small enough to carry around and soft enough to prevent the sand dollars or shells from breaking! Perfect to make for the kiddos, when they go out to search for them! Or it could be used for picking up rocks, like my 2 1/2 year old does!

Link to the pattern: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/sand-dollar-beach-bag


9. Breezy Swim Cover

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Cover-ups aren’t something I’ve worn or felt comfortable enough to wear in public, but the design for this cover-up is simply beautiful! I think I might actually add this to my list of stuff to make for myself! I also love the soft pink shade that they used, very pretty!

Link to the pattern: https://megmadewithlove.com/blog-2/2018/5/19/free-crochet-pattern-for-the-easy-breezy-swim-cover


10. Sandy Shore Cover Up

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I had to look for another cover-up because you never know what people’s tastes might me, but this one is super cute and very simple to make. Not to mention, there is a hood attached to it, which is perfect for keeping your hair being blown everywhere on a windy beach day! This type of style isn’t something I would wear, but the color really caught my eye for sure!

Link to the pattern: https://www.croydencrochet.com/sandy-shore-crochet-cover-up/


There you have it! Some ideas for you to make for the summer! Not to mention, you got to know that there is more stuff, such as clothes, to make for us adults! Let me know in the comments down below if you have attempted to make any of these or are you thinking about making one of these, I’ve got a few that I’ve added onto my list!

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Crafty Sassy – Single Crochet Square (Beginner)

Hey Dearies! Here is another pattern that is perfect for beginners! Single crochet is one of the most basic stitches20200526_085325.jpg that is commonly used in most, if not all patterns, especially for beginners.

 

What I like most about the single crochet is that is it very simple and easy to do, although I don’t really recommend using the stitch to create a blanket with unless you are using double strands.

We are only working with one strand, so don’t get too nervous!

Single crochet is the stitch that makes your work look ‘tighter’ just like the half double crochet, but we will talk about that one later!

So, what do you need to make the single crochet square? The answer is the same for the solid granny square and regular granny square, any yarn or hook size you want to use or need to use for a project or just to practice it with different yarn sizes and hook sizes.

Let’s start!


What I used:

  • 5.0 mm
    • For most beginner projects, a 5.0 mm hook is the ‘normal’ hook size, especially when it comes to crocheting for the first time!
  • Medium Size yarn
    • This is the normal size yarn that you will use for most projects.
    • Today, I am using Mainstays Basic Yarn in the color Soft Gray Heather
  • Sewing needle
    • You’ll always need this, there is no if and or buts about it, you need to sew in your ends!

Note: For single crochet, you can chain however long you would like to like, but once you have reached your desired length, chain 1 extra, this extra chain isn’t going to be crocheted in. 

Make a slip knot and chain 26. (As I said before, you can chain whatever size you want, but make sure to have 1 extra chain. Example: I want 25 stitches, but I added an extra chain, making it 26 chains I do.)

Row 1: Single crochet into the second chain from your hook. (Not counting what is already around your hook.) Single crochet in the next stitches across. (25)

Row 2: Chain 1. Single crochet in the next stitch and across. (25)

Repeat Row 2 until you reach your desired length or however long you want to practice it.

I kept going till about 30 rows, you can stop whenever, but once you are done, it makes a great washcloth, if you are using cotton. The more rows you do, it’s more practice for you!

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Now, if you noticed, it will tend to roll or fold on you, when you try to flatten it out, with is normal. Most people will block them, which is when you get your project wet and peg it to a block for it to dry, and they usually don’t fold after that!

But this project is so simple and fun to do, that you could easily make a bunch of these squares into a blanket or make a bunch of them into washcloths, towels, and even blankets! The possibilities are endless!

 

 

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Crafty Sassy: Top 10 Free Crochet Shawl Patterns

Hey Dearies! So, here is another top 10 list, but for shawls! Since spring/summer is the perfect time to wear these, and since most of us are stuck at home with nothing to do, these are something you want to make.

Shawls can be used for fashion or something that can keep you warm, especially if you decide to go to the ocean or coast and don’t necessarily need or want to put on a sweatshirt.

One of the best things that I just love about these shawls is that they are perfect for using yarn cakes, which are a type of yarn that is in a ‘cake’ shape that is in different colors. Which turn out beautiful!

Note: These are not my patterns, all rights go out to their original creators. I will leave links to the patterns. 


1. In The Garden Shawl

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This shawl is perfect for enjoying your garden views or taking a hike in the forest. The design is open but very beautiful. This shawl isn’t using a ‘cake’ yarn, but if you have extra yarn laying around, I would use it to make one of these.

Link to the pattern: https://knotions.com/in-the-garden-shawl-2/


2. Triangle Shawl

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I just love the ‘cake’ yarn that they used for this shawl, especially when the greens slowly turn into pink. In this showing, of a shawl, it shows that you don’t have to wear it as a wrap, but you can wear it as a sort of scarf.

Link to the pattern: https://www.anniedesigncrochet.com/2019/09/23/crochet-triangle-shawl-with-shells-free-pattern-fragrant-shawl/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest&utm_campaign=tailwind_tribes&utm_content=tribes&utm_term=838450652_35449804_530964


3. The Earth Shawl

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One of the thicker looking shawls, however, more simple to create, perfect for a starter shawl. I also just love the colors, although when I saw that this shawl was called an ‘Earth’ shawl, I was surprised to see that they didn’t choose more of the green colors.

Link to the pattern: https://merrymarystories.blogspot.com/2019/01/how-to-crochet-earth-shawl.html


4. Cara Shawl

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A more inclosed shawl, perfect for those chilly nights to hang around the campfire. This is more of a solid color, which is perfect if you are looking to make a simple shawl. It would also make a wonderful gift to grandmothers, as well.

Link to the pattern: https://trulycrochet.com/cara-shawl-free-crochet-pattern/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest&utm_campaign=tailwind_tribes&utm_content=tribes&utm_term=932303504_41169220_351291


5. Mahogany Shawl

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This flower shawl is amazing! I just love the pattern and the color that they choose. Plus, the deep purple that they used, makes seeing the flowers easier and in more detail. Making this to go with a simple white dress, would look perfect together.

Link to the pattern: https://www.ravelry.com/projects/tearaleaf/south-bay-shawlette


6. Amore Wrap

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Another ‘cake’ yarn pattern, but this one is the blues turning into pinks, which is beautiful, not only does it look like the perfect yarn to make a baby blanket with, but shawls look amazing in it.

Link to the pattern: https://noowul.com/amore-wrap-free-crochet-pattern/


7. Fairy Tale Shawl

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I am one of those people that just love a good fairy tale and this shawl is perfect for whenever you think of the word ‘fairy tale’. The design is simply amazing, I just love the boarder, plus this shawl is longer, kinda like a cape.

Link to the pattern: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/fairy-tail-2


8. Bella Vita Shawl

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Looking for a shawl to make that isn’t too open or flashy? This one is perfect for those who work in an office setting, this shawl is simple yet elegant. The ‘cake’ yarn that they used is amazing, perfect for making a lap blanket.

Link to the pattern: https://wilmade.com/bella-vita-shawl/


9. Primrose and Proper Triangle Shawl

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Another thicker shawl that would be perfect for those chilly days that we get in between spring and summer. I also love the tassel idea, but if you have cat, watch out because they will think you made the shawl not just for yourself, but for them as well. This is also another design that is simple and perfect for beginners when it comes to making shawls.

Link to the pattern: https://kirstenhollowaydesigns.com/2019/12/primrose-and-proper-easy-triangle-shawl-crochet-pattern.html?crlt.pid=camp.1QzozM5GPMil


10. Bottom Up Shawl

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Last, but not least, this shawl is one of my favorites, when it comes to the pattern and the ‘cake’ yarn that they chose for this project. Not only is the pattern look simple, but it looks like if you cut the solid granny square in half. You can also use this shawl to make it into a scarf, as well.

Link to the pattern: https://trulycrochet.com/bottom-up-shawl-free-crochet-pattern/


What do you think of these shawls? Is this something you would want to make or wear? Let me know in the comments.

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Crafty Sassy – Top 10 Free Crochet Bag Patterns

Hey Dearies! Since summer is right around the corner, I figured I would show you some free bag patterns. When it comes to crocheting, there are lots of bag patterns, from purses to handbags to market bags and so much more!

It’s crazy to see so many designs and patterns that they have for these super cute bags! I’ve made a few of them myself, which I have ended up using a few of them myself, not to mention, I’ve figured out what type of yarn is the best for crocheting bags, too.

So, these patterns, you can use the yarn that is recommended, but I’m going to put in my suggestion, just in case you don’t like how the cotton or acrylic feels or looks like as a crochet bag.

I recommend using the Bernat Maker Home Dec. I’ve used this yarn to create my make-up travel bag and I love how it’s not fuzzy, but it also looks a little better. Not to mention, this yarn is perfect for creating placemats, seat covers, or even coasters. The link below is where you can find some of this yarn, but you can find this at Walmart as well.

Note: These patterns are not my own, all rights go out to the creators. I will be linking the website for each pattern. 


1. Valerie’s Market Bag

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I’ve done a few patterns from The Lavender Chair and I just love her designs! I actually made my daughter’s first Easter dress from one of her patterns. Her bags though are just so beautiful! I also love the colors that she chooses for her bags as well!

Link to pattern: https://www.thelavenderchair.com/valeries-market-tote-crochet-pattern/


2. Beginner Market Tote Bag

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This one is a simple market bag or for those of you that have little ones, this would be perfect to hold any sand toys, the best part is the gaps that would allow sand to fall out as you are leaving the beach. This is a pretty simple pattern if you are looking to learn how to crochet a market bag.

Link to pattern: https://easycrochet.com/market-tote-bag-crochet-pattern/?utm_content=buffer56f22&utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest.com&utm_campaign=buffer#.VcZWYCZVikp/


3. Easy Market Tote

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I love the colors that they used for this bag! Perfect for the little girls that you know, especially if they want a bag like their mommy. This is another easy bag and has the granny square build into it, which is very simple to follow in a pattern.

Link to pattern: https://loopsandlovecrochet.com/2019/07/18/easy-market-tote-free-crochet-pattern/


4. Beach Please Summer Tote

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I actually have this bag save in my ‘to-do’ list for myself! I love the design, but they are also using the same yarn that I recommend! Also, the color combination is perfect for this tote bag! I think I will actually get the yarn to recreate this!

Link to pattern: https://loopsandlovecrochet.com/2019/07/07/beach-please-summer-tote-free-crochet-pattern/


5. 1 Skein Farmer’s Market Bag

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Another simple farmer’s market bag, but this one is different from the others. Some of the bags that are on this list or others that you might find somewhere else might require to use more than just one skein, however this pattern, you’ll only need one. This is super helpful if you have a skein of yarn just hanging around and your not quite sure what to make with it, which would make this project perfect for that!

Link to pattern: https://www.sewrella.com/1-skein-crochet-farmers-market-bag/?epik=dj0yJnU9M3pTN2p3ZDBsd0VweXJqS09wZFVoN1hkR1hiNVVoeGYmbj1ZMVVyRHQwRUVVZTFQdk5IWXBEaUFnJm09MyZ0PUFBQUFBRjI1Ny1V


6. Starling Handbag

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I love this one as well, a simple, yet beautiful design. I just love how the ribbon intertwines with the bag. This bag looks a little smaller than the others, so if you are looking for a bag that is perfect for a ‘Mommy & me’, this one would be perfect! Not to mention, all you would need to do, to make a smaller bag would be to use a smaller hook size to do so.

Link to pattern: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/starling-handbag


7. Solid Granny Square Bottom Bag

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This bag is a solid granny square, which is perfect for those beginners wanting to practice with patterns or just to challenge yourself with something new to do! I also love the colors they choose for this, going from white to pink to dark pink into grey!

Link to pattern: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/solid-granny-square-bottom-bag-crochet-tutorial


8. Sweet Pea Tote Bag

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I would say this is the perfect bag for the beach, just because the stitch is a shell stitch! I also love the yarn they used for this. I think I might add this to my list of endless patterns to try out! However, I might more of an ocean color yarn mix or a blue color yarn mix or add some 3D crochet turtles onto the bag.

Link to pattern: https://capscrochet.webs.com/apps/blog/show/1523376-sweet-pea-tote-bag-pattern


9. Meshy Shells Market Tote

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Another shell’s bag, but instead of the shells being really close to together, they are more spaced out, which is makes this a wonderful bag to use for either the market or for the beach or ocean. I also love the handle that she chose for this pattern!

Link to pattern: https://www.thelavenderchair.com/meshy-shells-market-tote-crochet-pattern/


10. Puff Stitch Market Bag

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Another granny square stitch, but this bag is a little bigger than the other one, which would be perfect for the beach, not to mention the colors that they chose for the bag, I just love it! I also like how this bag is taller, which is perfect for holding quite a bit of stuff.

Link to pattern: https://crochetbag.einsnummer.com/puff-stitch-market-bag-pattern-free-easy-crochet/


Which patterns were your favorites? Any of them that have caught your eye or get you interested in recreating one of these? Let me know in the comments below!

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Crafty Sassy – Crochet Solid Granny Square (Beginner)

Hey Dearies! I’ve been quite busy with college since my finals are almost here, I figured I would post another free pattern for you! Now, since I’ve shown you how to do a regular granny square, I figured it was time to show you what a solid square looks like and how to make it.

So, when I first started crocheting, I didn’t like the granny square and how there were spaces in between it all, but now, I don’t mind it for some projects. Which lead me to create my temperature blanket squares with solid granny squares instead of regular granny squares.

Not only is this square is something you can play with the colors with, but it is really simple to make for those who are looking to try something new to do!

Let’s talk about what you will need for this project:

  • 5.0 mm hook
  • Medium Size Yarn (Size 4)
  • Sewing needle

Note: You don’t need to use a 5.0 mm hook or size 4 yarn, you can use whatever hook or yarn you would like, but if you are a beginner, I recommend using my suggestions.

Let’s Begin!

First, make a magic circle, however, if you don’t know how to make a magic circle, you can always chain 4 and slip stitch into the first chain to create a circle that we will be working into.

Tip: Using a magic circle will make it so that the hole will be closed tighter, however, it can be undone if you don’t leave a long tail. Chaining 4 will keep it more together. 

Round 1: Chain 3. (This counts as 1 double crochet). Working in the circle, make 2 double crochets, chain 1, make 3 double crochet, chain 1, 3 double crochet, chain 1, 3 double crochets, chain 1. Slip stitch into the top of the chain 3.

Round 2: Chain 3. In the first corner, double crochet. *Double crochet until you reach another corner. When you get to the next corner, make 2 double crochets, chain 1, 2 double crochets.* Repeat * til you get to the last corner. 2 double crochets and chain 1. Slip stitch into the top of the chain 3.

Round 3-5: Repeat round 2 until the desired length. For my temperature blanket, I went 5 rounds but only recommend 4 rounds. Fasten off and weave in your ends!

Get creative and change up each row with a different color or use a multi-colored yarn!

There you have it! A simple solid granny square that makes an incredible blanket! Not to mention, for the beginners, this gives you something different to try out.

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Crafty Sassy: Top 10 Crochet Bookmarks (Free Patterns)

Hey Dearies! Since most of us are stuck home, some of us, like me, are taking the time to get some reading done. Or you are a bookworm, like me, then these patterns are perfect for you!

Not only are these bookmarks super cute and fun to make, but they are also free patterns! Now, I had to do some real digging to find these! These are perfect for a beginner project and these gifts can be perfect for those kiddos that are trying to learn how to read!

These projects are also very quick to make and don’t require a lot of yarn either, which is perfect for another item to sell at a craft fair or online to your friends!

Note: These aren’t my patterns, all rights go to those creators. The link for each of these patterns will be provided.


1. Bow Bookmark

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Theses bows are not only super cute, but you can crochet these very quickly! Not to mention, if you are a teacher, these are perfect to make for your students to have! These would also make a perfect addition to a craft fair or a gift!

Link for the pattern: https://justbcrafty.com/2014/06/mini-bow-bookmark-free-crochet-pattern_25.html


2. Leaf Bookmark

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Since spring is just around the corner, I had to include these cute leaf bookmarks! These are perfect for those bookworms who also have a love for gardening! Not to mention, these are also perfect for the classroom or giving them away as gifts! If you wanted to be a little more creative, you can always add a flower with the leaves as well!

Link for the pattern: https://www.tyinganend.com/budding-leaf-bookmark/


3. Daisy Bookmark

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Another spring theme bookmark, I just love these! I love this pattern because you can get creative with what kind of button to use for the center of the flower. Not to mention, you can always use just the flower part as a pin, or adding design for any hats or clothes!

Link for the pattern: https://daisycottagedesigns.net/free-crochet-pattern-dainty-daisy/


4. Cat Bookmark

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For those of you, who love cats just as much as I do, these bookmarks are perfect for you! This pattern is another simple easy one to create and would make an amazing addition to any book fair or craft fair.

Link for the pattern: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/city-cat-bookmarker


5. Overlapping Hearts Bookmark

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This pattern has more of a longer tale, which I don’t mind and if you are like me, you don’t want your bookmarks getting too thick, especially for those of us that have lots of paperbacks, this are perfect for those!

Link for the pattern: https://forum.crochetville.com/topic/88245-overlapping-hearts-bookmark-pattern/#entry1494542


6. Little Angel Bookmark

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I know this one is more of a ‘Christmas’ theme, but if you are looking to try something different, here is another pattern you can try! You can also start crocheting these for Christmas presents now! It’s never too early for that!

Link for the pattern: https://suzies-yarnie-stuff.blogspot.com/2009/12/suzies-little-angel-bookmark.html


7. Little Boxes Bookmark

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This bookmark is more of a traditional one, but has a lot of detail that’s put into it, which I love! Also, as you can see in the background, this bookmark is being used for a recipe book, which works! I just can’t get over the detail!

Link for the pattern: https://crochetncreate.com/little-boxes-crochet-bookmark/


8. Webster the Elephant

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As you know, I LOVE to find anything with elephants in it and when I saw this pattern, I just had to share it! I also LOVE Heart Hook Home, she does an amazing job with her patterns and I was so excited to find out she made a bookmark! These are perfect for the kiddos that are learning how to read! Not to mention, this is more of a 3D bookmark, which is always fun!

Link for the pattern: https://hearthookhome.com/webster-the-elephant-bookmark-amigurumi-crochet-pattern/


9. Easter Chick Bookmark

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Here is another 3D bookmark pattern and this one is a little bit more towards the spring or Easter theme! Especially if you can’t see those family on Easter, you can always send them a bookmark for Easter! Not to mention, you can always not add the bow on the top and take a ribbon and tie it to the neck for the boys!

Link for the pattern: https://www.garnstudio.com/pattern.php?id=4552&cid=17


10. Rainbow Bookmark

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Rainbows are another favorite for the kids and these are fun to make as well! Not to mention, the cheeks have a little bit of blush, under their eyes, which makes this pattern even more perfect! Details, as such, are what make these projects just so amazing to make!

Link for the pattern: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/rainbow-bookmark-2


What do you think about these patterns? Any of them look super cute enough for you to want to make them for yourself or others? Which one was your favorite? Let me know down in the comments!

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Crafty Sassy: Top 10 Easter Free Crochet Patterns

Hey Dearies! Easter is right around the corner and if you are at a loss of what to make for this year or want to make gifts isn’t just buying chocolate for the kids, then look no further! I have found 10 FREE patterns for you to check out!

There is a mix of patterns that aren’t just for kids, but for babies as well, especially if this is their first Easter!

Note: These are NOT my patterns, I will leave a link to where I found the original pattern. All rights go to the original creators. The only pattern that is mine is the last one. 


1. Chocolate Easter Bunny

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This little guy is perfect for the kids, especially for the younger ones that aren’t ready to have chocolate, but they don’t have to be left out in not getting a ‘chocolate’ bunny, except this one, they can cuddle with.

Link to pattern: https://crochet-news.com/crochet-easter-bunny-pattern/#_a5y_p=6626917


2. Marshmallow Bunny Baby Booties

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This one is for the babies! Especially, if you are unsure what to get them, these booties are super cute and perfect for Easter! The best part about these is that they aren’t just for the bunnies, but they come in 3 different styles.

Link to pattern: https://www.passionatecrafter.com/marshmallow-baby-boots/


3. Easter Bunny Mug Cozy

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Of course, knowing me I would have to have a mug cozy on here, this one really fits for the Easter season! This pattern is also super easy to create, not to mention, look at his little fluffy butt! I can’t get over this pattern, it’s just too cute! These look like they would be killer sellers for any craft fair!

Link to pattern: https://haakmaarraak.nl/free-crochet-pattern-easter-bunny-mug-cozy/


4. Belle The Bunny

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I had to have another stuffie on this list, but the funniest part about this little guy, is that it has the same name as my daughter, Bella, but instead of an ‘a’ at the end, its an ‘e’. This one is perfect for those younger kiddos to have for a gift!

Link to pattern: https://yarnsociety.com/patterns/belle-the-bunny/


5. Carrot Treat Pouch

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These aren’t just for the bigger kids, but for the younger ones too, just instead of jelly beans, you can fill these up with the Gerber puffs or yogurt melts! You can even make these for the older kids to have a little ‘jiggle’ from Easter.

Link to pattern: https://pattern-paradise.com/2019/03/18/free-crochet-pattern-carrot-treat-pouches/


6. Easter Wreath

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Another item that I just had to find, but I just had to! Plus you just have to have a wreath for every season. This one might take some time to do, especially when it comes to making the bunny, but once it’s complete, it would look so cute on your door. However, like I’ve said before, I would keep these wreaths away from rain or snowy, just because it can ruin them.

Link to pattern: https://www.dailycrochet.com/fabulous-crochet-easter-wreath-pattern-to-make-now/


7. Bunny Ears Headband

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I think this one is for those little girls that actually keep headbands in their hair. The best part about this pattern is that you can try out different colors for the roses to either match what they are wearing for Easter or have them pick out the colors and just have fun with it!

Link to pattern: https://www.graceandyarn.com/2018/03/crochet-bunny-headband-free-pattern.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest&utm_campaign=tailwind_tribes&utm_content=tribes&utm_term=586785218_20891078_493480


8. Marshmallow Bunny Peeps

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Okay, so ‘Peeps’ are a hit or miss type of item that comes out EVERY Easter, whether you are a fan or not, these ones are too cute to make for the babies. I’m not a big fan of the actually marshmallow ‘Peeps’, but I LOVE the shapes that they have for the chicks and bunnies, which in the end, makes it more fun to create these little guys instead of eatting them.

Link to pattern: http://whiskersandwool.blogspot.com/2011/04/easter-marshmallow-bunnies-free-pattern.html


9. Mini Easter Basket

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I have to include a type of basket, especially when the you need one for holding the eggs that the Easter bunny left behind for the kiddos. However, this one is more for decoration to hold those mini chocolate eggs or jellybeans for anyone one to take. Or you can get a little creative and put in ‘nips’ for the adults.

Link to pattern: https://www.skiptomylou.org/crochet-basket-pattern/


10. Stuffed Easter Egg

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This pattern is the one I posted last year, that went with the actual baskets I was selling for Easter. However, I still think these are an awesome idea to make for the babies to have for Easter. Not to mention, they would look super cute in a photoshoot for Easter!

Link to pattern: https://katiesblog96971617.com/2019/02/26/crafty-sassy-crochet-stuffed-easter-egg-easy/


Which ones are your favorites? Any of them catch your eye for you to want to make this year for Easter? Let me know in the comments down below!

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Crafty Sassy: Crochet Granny Square (Beginners)

Hey Dearies! I know it’s been a while, but I’ve been trying to figure out my plans for my online college classes and with everything that is going on in the world, I’ve been trying to keep busy and not panic.

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When thinking about getting into crocheting, one of the first patterns that I’ve ever attempted to do was a granny square. There are LOTS of versions to create a granny square, but the best granny square tutorial that I’ve found super easy was the Nervous Knitter.

Below is a link to her video. She slows down the steps and makes it very easy for you to follow along with her.

However, this is not the version of the granny square pattern that I’m going to share for you. The only that I’m introducing to you is a simple, but very easy to create, especially for any beginners that are looking to pick up the crocheting hobby!

Now, granny squares can be used to make anything you can think of, the most common, and one that I have made is the blanket. But there are so many other items I’ve seen the granny square being used for, such as hats, bonnets, towel toppers, placemats, cardigans, coasters, etc.

The list goes on and on for what ideas you can use to make with these granny squares! Not to mention, you can also get created and switch out colors every other row and see what you get! Without further due, let’s get started!

Things You Will Need:

  • Medium size yarn
    • You can used any size yarn, but just make sure you adjust your hook to go with the size of yarn you are planning to use.
    • I’m using a medium size yarn, but I’m not sure what brand it is from, this was given to me as a gift, so it didn’t come with a label, but the color is a type of aqua.
  • 5.0 mm hook
  • Sewing needle

Let’s crochet!

Make a slip knot on your hook and chain 6. Then slip stitch into the first chain. We will be working into this circle.

Round 1: Chain 3 (This counts as double crochet!) Work 2 double crochets into the center of the ring. Chain 3. *Work 3 double crochets into the center and chain 3.* Repeat 2 more times. You should have 4 sets of 3 double crochets in the center. Slip stitch into the top of the first chain 3.

Round 2: Chain 3. In that space, work 2 double crochets. Chain 1. Into the next space or the chain 3 space, *work 3 double crochets, chain 3, 3 double crochets. Chain 1.* Repeat 2 more times. Once you are at the last corner, make 3 double crochets and chain 3. Then slip stitch into the top of your chain 3.

Round 3: Chain 3. In that space, work 2 double crochets. Chain 1. Into the next space, crochet 3 double crochets. Repeat this for the sides. When you reach a corner, make 3 double crochets, chain 3, and 3 double crochets. Repeat this process for the remainder of the round. Making sure to slip stitch into the top of the chain 3 for each round.

After that, the process is still the same, so, you can stop right here or keep on going! One of my very first actual projects was a granny square rasta blanket that I made for my fiance.

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One of my very first attempts at a granny square blanket and also one of my first successful projects for crocheting!

Personally, the granny square isn’t something that I will also run to for my projects, just because it, in my option, I don’t like how ‘open’ it is, especially when it comes to blankets, but for a beginner, this was something quick and easy to start out with!

Have you ever crocheted a granny square? Was it what go you into crocheting? Let me know in the comments!

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Crafty Sassy: Top 10 Crochet St. Patrick’s Day Free Patterns

Hey Dearies! I know this post is a little late, but since my midterms are literally around the corner, it’s been hard to push out these blog posts, but once the madness of midterms is over, I should be back on track, or that’s the plan.

Anyway, because St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, I figure I would share some of the free patterns that are available to give you some ideas. I know St. Patrick’s Day isn’t a very celebrated holiday, but if you are me and love to theme your house with those decorations, even if it’s for a short time.

Note: All these patterns are NOT my own, all rights go out to the creators. I will be leaving a link for each of the patterns.

So, let’s get started!


1. St. Patrick’s Day Leprechaun Gonk

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This cute guy, ‘Gonk’, is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day. The perfect decoration for the holiday! Not to mention, he’s a perfect gift for those kiddos who were born in the month of March.

Link for the pattern: https://hookedonpatterns.com/a-gonks-journey/gonk-free-crochet-patterns/st-patricks-day-leprechaun


2. Pot-Of-Gold Hat

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This is a very decorated hat, that is perfect for the kids who love to get excited for each holiday, not to mention, they are perfect to still wear for the month of March if you are like me and it’s still chilly out, you might need a hat still!

Also, when you click on the link for the pattern, the hat pattern is on another link, so make sure you check out that link, it will be in green saying ‘Link Here’, that’s for the hat.

Link for the pattern: https://pattern-paradise.com/2014/03/02/free-crochet-pattern-pot-o-gold/


3. St. Patrick’s Day Scarf

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Scarfs are always my favorite to create and like I said with the hats, it’s still a little chilly in March, so we can still wear scarves. These ones can be a little tricky, just because of the detail, when it comes to crocheting the shamrock. I think it would definitely be fun to make.

Link for the pattern: https://www.repeatcrafterme.com/2016/02/crochet-shamrock-scarf.html


4. Classy Leprechaun Boot Cuffs

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I love boot cuffs and when I saw these, I got excited! This pattern is not only perfect for St. Patrick’s Day, but it is more simple and can work with your outfit easily. It doesn’t have those really bright greens, but more of the settled greens that make this boot cuff more desirable to make.

Link for the pattern: https://www.mamainastitch.com/st-pattys-easy-crochet-boot-cuffs-with-poms/


5. Shamrock and 4 Leaf Clover

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You can’t have St. Patrick’s Day without seeing or creating a few of these shamrocks and 4-leaf clovers. These are perfect for adding them to blankets, hats, scarves, or anything else you can think of. The cutest part about these is that they are shaped in tiny hearts.

Link for the pattern: https://www.goldenlucycrafts.com/2017/02/22/crochet-st-patricks-day-shamrock/


6. St. Patrick’s Day Wreath

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You probably knew I was going to have more than just one type of decoration and the St. Patrick’s Day Wreath is perfect! I love how much detail the creator put into this and it makes me want to create one for myself to hang on my door, although, it would have to be on the back of the door since these aren’t water proof.

Link for the pattern: https://www.highlandhickorydesigns.com/st-patricks-day-wreath/


7. Leprechaun Hat Beer Cozy

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If you have been following my blog for a while, I asked on a poll to make one of these life and since this didn’t get picked, I decided to make sure I at least have a free link for making these super cool beer cozies! These are perfect for the men in your life, or for yourself!

Link for the pattern: https://www.youshouldcraft.com/leprechaun-hat-beer-cozy/2/


8. St. Patrick’s Day Leprechaun Hat

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I had to find a leprechaun hat, not only is it super cute for St. Patrick’s Day, but if anyone in your family wants to dress up as Lucky, from Lucky Charms Cereal, this hat is perfect for that!

Link for the pattern: https://spotconnie.blogspot.com/2017/02/free-crochet-st-patricks-day-hat.html


9. St. Patrick’s Day Mickey Mouse 

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Here is a tribute to all of those Disney fans out there, but more importantly, those Mickey Mouse lovers. My daughter is in that stage where Mickey Mouse is her favorite stuffy to sleep with, so I figured I had to find something “Mickey” related, not to mention my mom is a HUGE fan of it too!

These can be used for decorations, I’ve seen a few people add pin clips to the back of these to wear as a pin or attaching them to a headband. You could even add these to a blanket, the possibilities are endless!

Link for the pattern: https://www.olyat.com/st-patricks-day-mickey-head-crochet-pattern/


10. St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Baby Booties

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Now, last, but not least, are some super adorable baby booties. So, if you know someone who just had a baby or is due in March, these are a perfect gift to create for them!

Link for the pattern: http://www.hopefulhoney.com/2016/02/st-patricks-day-shamrock-baby-booties.html


There we have it! I hope this gave you all some ideas on what to make for St. Patrick’s Day! There are a few that I have on my list and I really can’t wait to make a few of these.

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Crafty Sassy: Top 6 Crocheted Hanging Towels

Hey Dearies! So, when I was looking for patterns for last week’s post, I ended up finding a few that I didn’t want to put on that list, just because these deserve a list of their own.

As a beginner, theses towel toppers are simple and really easy to make, but not only are they simple, but they are also hanging towels or have the crochet towel toppers, but instead of crocheting on top of a towel, for these projects, we are crocheting the entire thing!

I find these so amazing and super cute! Although, I’m not sure whether theses would be considered to be a ‘decoration’ or for ‘actual’ use? It might depend on the type of yarn you use or if you would rather use an actual kitchen towel or one that’s been crocheted.

Note: These are NOT my patterns, all rights go to the original creators themselves. I will be leaving a link for each of the patterns. 


  1. Chevron Kitchen Towel

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This crochet kitchen towel is perfect for learning to switch colors, not to mention, this is perfect for kitchens that don’t really have a set theme. These are very simple to make, but also really fun to mix and match different colors for different holidays.

Link for the pattern: https://crochetdreamz.com/2016/03/chevron-kitchen-towel-free-crochet.html#.VuBmh_krLIU


2. Farmhouse Striped Kitchen Towel

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If you are looking for a simple, yet plain crochet towel, this one is perfect for just that! Not only is it a hanging towel, but a very simple one at that, especially for those that don’t really know what they have for a ‘kitchen theme’. Not to mention, I see these as a great seller item for craft fairs.

Link for the pattern: https://www.acrochetedsimplicity.com/farmhouse-striped-kitchen-towel-free-crochet-towel-pattern/


3. Citrus Kitchen Towels

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If you are looking for a more abstract towel for your kitchen, these are perfect for your liking! Not only can you play with the different colors, but the design is something you don’t normally see. This design also looks like it would be really fun to try out, not to mention the border that goes around it completely, adds a nice touch!

Link for the pattern: https://www.willowyarns.com/product/citrus+towels+free+download.do


4. Cup Cake Kitchen Towels

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Love sweets and treats? Or know something that’s a big fan of baking, these towels would make a wonderful gift! It also something different that you don’t normally see every day, but the design itself is amazing to look and makes me want to try it out and make a few of these.

Link for the pattern: https://crochetdreamz.com/2017/04/cup-cake-kitchen-towel-crochet-pattern.html


5. Happy Hanging Towel

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Another simple and towel, but the difference between this one and the others, is that this towel doesn’t need buttons! So, if you want to make a towel topper, but don’t have buttons, then this towel is perfect! These seem more like a bathroom towel, but depending on picky you are with your designs, they seem very universal.

Link for the pattern: https://snappy-tots.com/free-pattern-happy-hanging-towel/


6. Ocean Waves Towel

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Last, but not least, the reason why this one is last is because of this towel having not one, but two buttons to hold this up. Not only that, but the design itself, I’m a big fan into the ocean and waves, just looking at this towel makes me wish summer would hurry up!

Link for the pattern: https://www.highlandhickorydesigns.com/ocean-waves-towel/


There we have it! Actually crocheted towels with towel toppers. What do you think about these? Are they more of a decoration or would you personally be able to use them? Let me know down below!

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Crafty Sassy: What Types Of Different Crochet Towel Toppers Are There?

Hey Dearies! So, ever since I’ve started crocheting, my goal was to learn how to make my great-grandmother’s famous towel toppers. If you have been following me since day one, you will know that I’ve posted 2 kinds of towel toppers patterns.

The first one was my ‘trial and error’, but because I was new to crocheting, there was a lot of frogging and trying new things. Also, I want to know that I was going off of an already crocheted towel topper that my great-grandmother made, which did help me a lot!

Then when I perfected it, I wanted to rewrite the first one, but with a more straight forward pattern. At this time, I also found out that my great grandmother didn’t just make all her towels the same, but each of them had a different pattern.

So, to keep from repeating the same old pattern 50 times, she came up with different ones whenever she felt like it, which kept the towel topper making not as boring. Which is why I loved how unique and talented she was.

Because of this, and that I’ve been looking back at her old towel toppers, it got me thinking to how many different types of toppers could you do?

The possibilities are, of course, endless, but I wanted to find some patterns that are different from what you normally see, but just as unique, as my great grandmother has done in the past.

Note: These are not any of my patterns! All rights go to the creators themselves, I will be including the link to these patterns. 


-Pineapple Towel Topper

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When I first was looking into the towel toppers, this pattern has popped up on my search many times and I just love how much detail is into it. Although I’m not a fan of where the button is placed, this would be a design to definitively try out for sure! I see this being an awesome item to sell at craft fairs since this pattern is very eye-popping.

Link for the pattern: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/pineapple-towel-topper


-Hanging Kitchen Towel Topper

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So, if you are looking to make your towel toppers, without having to cut the towel in half, Naztazia does an amazing job with this tutorial, not to mention, these are sewed on first, and then you crochet, which can be tricky to do, but can make it so much easier, especially if you are just starting out in crocheting. I have actually made a few of these, but if you are looking to cut your towels in half, the mattress stitch, I’ve found, didn’t really work for me when I tried it out.

Link for the pattern: https://naztazia.com/hanging-kitchen-towel/


-Dress Towel Topper

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When I found this pattern, I was jumping for joy because of the fact that this was a type of design that my great-grandmother had free-handed it many times before. This changes up the towel topper game to a new level because not only are these different from normal towel toppers, but they are perfect for balancing the colors with the towel, instead of using one solid color. This one would be another eye-popping item at a craft fair that would really catch the eyes of buyers!

Link for the pattern: https://thewhoot.com/crochet/crochet-dress-towel-topper-pattern-video


-Dish Towel Toppers

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As I said before, with the previous towel topper, helping to balance the colors among each other, can be difficult to do when you are working with just a solid color, but this pattern takes it to the next step. Not only does this pattern aloud for more colors, but the finished border really gives its complete finish. Also, this has nothing to do with the towel toppers, but those buttons are super cute and now on my shopping list to get!

Link for the pattern: https://poshpoochdesignsdogclothes.blogspot.com/2018/09/dish-towel-toppers-crochet-pattern-posh.html


-Bounding Towel Topper

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This one is another eye-popping towel topper because there aren’t many out there that have a lot of open space, especially because more people like their towel toppers to be more ‘filled in’ or ‘not as open’ as other patterns do. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a beautiful pattern, but for my liking, I would’ve altered between a solid row and the opened space.

Link for the pattern: https://stitch11.com/bounding-towel-topper-free-crochet-pattern/


-Summer Sundress Towel Topper

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So this one is like the dress towel topper, but more for the summer vibes. However, this pattern is more for those who are skilled with a hook, but this would be perfect for summer for sure! I also want to say that the little accessories that they added are too cute and would make amazing mini magnets for the fridge!

Link for the pattern: https://www.crochetmemories.com/blog/summer-sundress-towel-topper-set-cal/#more-5153


-Chicken Towel Topper

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The last type of towel toppers, that I find so adorable, are the character ones, such as this chicken one. There are LOTS of these ones, I’ve seen from hearts to Santa’s, for towel toppers. This one steals the cake for sure because if you got a rooster theme going on, this is the perfect item to complete your theme or a wonderful present for that friend who is like in love with chickens!

Link for the pattern: https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/beautiful-skills-crochet-knitting-quilting-18832375/chicken-towel-topper-free-pattern-6905101995


There we have it! So, out of all the designs, which ones were your favorites? Or are you like me and keep your towel toppers sweet and simple? Let me know in the comments down below!

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Crafty Sassy – Top 10 Crochet Valentine’s Day Projects

Hey Dearies! With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I figured I would find some free patterns for this lovely holiday! Even if you don’t do anything, these ideas are perfect to make for the kiddos of your family!

Note: These aren’t my patterns, but free patterns that I have found and will have the website link for that pattern. All rights go to the creators of these patterns!

1. Valentine’s Day Cat

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If you are a cat lover, then you should definitely add this to your do-to list! The cutest thing about this cat is that it’s shaped in a heart! Not to mention, you don’t have to sew on the whiskers, another option would use some puffy paint, but it can be challenging to do.

Valentine’s Day Cat crochet pattern


2. Valentine Heart Flap Hat

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Super cute hat and since February can still be a little nippy out, these are a perfect gift to gift the kiddos for Valentine’s Day! The best part about these is that you can wear them for all the winter season.

https://classycrochet.wordpress.com/2014/01/21/free-pattern-crochet-valentine-heart-earflap-hat/


3. Crochet Rose Wreath

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I’ve actually made a wreath, something like this, but it was so difficult to do and if you have been following me for a while, you’ll know that wreath, such as these, take a very long time to do, but once they are finished they are so worth all the hard work!

Crochet Rose Pattern: Learn How to Crochet a Rose Wreath!


4. C2C Heart Table Runner

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As you know, I love to include kitchen sets, especially when it comes to holiday stuff like this! These are a super cute idea to have for the month of February! This also gives you more on practicing the C2C stitch and how to change colors.

Crochet C2C Valentine’s Heart Table Runner


5. Valentine’s Day Bag

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This is another cute idea to make for the kiddos, especially perfect for putting in some chocolate kisses! This type of pattern is something that you can also use to practice changing colors, as well as switching colors!

https://www.littledoolally.com/2014/02/valentines-day-gift-bag.html


6. Valentine’s Day Mini Gift Bags

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When I saw these, all I could think of was what a great idea these would be for teachers! These are small but super easy to make and to make many of these! I’ve always wanted to be a teacher and if  I prepared myself, I would have these for my students!

Valentine’s Day Mini Treat Bags


7. Heart Butterfly

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These are more for decoration when it comes to placemats, blankets, clothing, and even bibs. However, they are also perfect for making them into magnets! Not to mention, these are perfect practice for those that learning to sew pieces of their projects together!

Crochet Butterfly Applique


8. Valentine Bear

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I know, this bear is too cute! The best part about this pattern is that there is a FREE PDF print out! Which makes them perfect to add to your binder of patterns! These bears are super soft and perfect for those babies that were born or will be born around Valentine’s Day!

https://www.yarnspirations.com/bernat-velvet-valentine-crochet-bear/BRC0334-012696M.html?utm_source=pinterest&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=2019_02_Curated_Valentines&utm_content=BernatVelvetValentineCrochetBear


9. Light Heart Valentine Dishcloth

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From one of my favorite crochet YouTubers, Naztazia has created this amazing pattern that is perfect for Valentine’s Day or for people who have a theme of Hearts for their kitchen! The best part, there is a video to show you how to create this amazing dishcloth!

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/893330


10. Heart-Shaped Bookmark

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Doesn’t this one look familiar? It should because this was the first pattern that I have EVER created and posted on my website! If you have been following me since day one, this was when I was first starting out or getting into crocheting! This is perfect for beginners!

https://katiesblog96971617.com/2018/08/21/crafty-sassy-how-to-make-a-heart-shape-bookmark-for-beginners/


Which ones were your favorites? Which one would you love to create for yourself? Let me know in the comments!

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Crafty Sassy – Crochet C2C Baby Doll Sleeping Bag (Beginner)

Hey Dearies! I know this is a day late, but here is it! So, this idea was also based on my daughter and her love of baby dolls, this project is a sleeping bag or pouch to put her babies in.

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This again is another C2C design, which is also great practice if you are wanting to get better at the stitch!

Another note I wanted to add that I did not add a pillow to attach to it, but here is my pattern from last week if you want to add a pillow to this project. Here is the link for that pillow:

https://katiesblog96971617.com/2020/01/21/crafty-sassy-crochet-c2c-baby-doll-pillow-beginner/

Let’s talk about what you will need!

  • Medium Size Yarn
    • I am using a Red Heart Yarn Pink.
  • 4.5mm hook
    • If you want to make the pouch bigger or small, all you have to do is adjust your hook.
    • This size is more like a small/medium size for a baby doll
  • Sewing

Now, if you aren’t familiar with the ‘C2C’ stitch, here is a wonderful video that Heart Hook Home has, that not only helped me understand how to do the stitch but also shows how to increase and decrease. Here is the video:


This pattern is great for learning and getting familiar with the ‘c2c stitch before moving on to bigger and more complicated projects.

The sleeping bag size is 25×41 squares, you can, of course, add or decrease squares to fit a small or large size baby doll.

Let’s Begin!

Sleeping Bag

Chain 5.

Row 1: Double crochet into the 3 chains from the hook and in the next 2 stitches.

Row 2: Chain 5. Repeat from row one. (This is how we increase.) Then flip your ‘square’, like you are going connect it. Slip stitch in the chain three, from the last square. Chain 2. Make 3 double crochets in that same space.

Repeat until you have 25 squares across. Once you do, after making your last square, slip stitch on the top of the square. (This is how you decrease). Chain 2 and make 3 double crochets in that chain 3 space.

Keep going until the other side has reached 41 squares and on that finally square, slip stitch on the top of the square. Chain 2 and make 3 double crochets in the chain 3 space. As you continue to go back and forth, you’ll notice the rows start to get smaller.

Chain 1 and single crochet about the piece and fasten off.

In the next part, you can either hand sew together or single crochet the two sides together.

Assembly:

Fold your project, the long way, or the ‘hotdog fold’. Taking your crochet hook (or needle) crochet or sew one of the longer sides. Once you reach the shorter side, fasten off. Then repeat on the other side.

Then you are done! Fasten off and weave in any loose ends.


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There it is! A very simple sleeping bag for the baby dolls! Remember, you can always add a pillow as well! I just didn’t have time to do so.

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Crafty Sassy: Crochet C2C Baby Doll Pillow (Beginner)

Hey Dearies! So, last week I posted a pattern on a baby doll blanket, but I wanted to take a further step and make a pillow to go with it. This pattern is simple too, working with that C2C stitch, again.

I also wanted to make sure that it matched the blanket as well. The only thing I didn’t get a chance to do for the blanket was adding a white border around it, like I did for the pillow.

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If you haven’t seen or want to make the complete set, check out my C2C Baby Doll Blanket pattern that goes with this pattern:

https://katiesblog96971617.com/2020/01/14/crafty-sassy-crochet-c2c-baby-doll-blanket-beginner/


Now, let’s talk about what you will need:

  • Medium Size Yarn
    • I used I Love This Yarn in the color Green, Turquoise & Red Print.
    • You’ll only need 1 skein.
    • If you would like to add another color for the border, you can, but you don’t have to.
  • 4.0 mm hook
  • Any type of stuffing
    • I used cotton stuffing.
  • Sewing needle

Now, if you aren’t familiar with the ‘C2C’ stitch, here is a wonderful video that Heart Hook Home has, that not only helped me understand how to do the stitch but also shows how to increase and decrease. Here is the video:

This pattern is great for learning and getting familiar with the ‘c2c stitch before moving on to bigger and more complicated projects.

The blanket size is a 7×9 square project, you can, of course, add or decrease squares to fit a small or large size baby doll.

Let’s Begin!

Chain 5.

Row 1: Double crochet into the 3 chains from the hook and in the next 2 stitches.

Row 2: Chain 5. Repeat from row one. (This is how we increase.) Then flip your ‘square’, like you are going connect it. Slip stitch in the chain three, from the last square. Chain 2. Make 3 double crochets in that same space.

Repeat until you have 7 squares across. Once you do, after making your last square, slip stitch on the top of the square. (This is how you decrease). Chain 2 and make 3 double crochets in that chain 3 space.

Keep going until the other side has reached 9 squares and on that finally square, slip stitch on the top of the square. Chain 2 and make 3 double crochets in the chain 3 space. As you continue to go back and forth, you’ll notice the rows start to get smaller.

Once you are at your final stitch, slip stitch the top of that last square and fasten off.

Sew in any loose ends in and then repeat this again to create another square.

Border:

Once you have created two of the same size squares, it’s time to put them together!

Place them together, on top of each other, making sure the corners match to each side. Then, taking either a white or colored yarn of your choice, make a slip knot onto your 4.0 mm hook.

Into the first corner, it doesn’t matter which corner you start in, enter your hook in BOTH pieces through the square and pull up a loop and slip stitch.

Then chain 1 and single crochet in that same spot you entered in. Single crochet around and when you reach a corner, make 3 single crochets in that same corner.

When you have single crocheted 3 of the sides, start to stuff your pillow, don’t stuff too much because it can make it very difficult to close. Once your pillow is stuffed, continued single crocheting around until you reach the last corner.

Make 2 single crochet in that same stitch. Then slip stitch into the next stitch.

Cut the yarn and then fasten off your work.

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There you have it! A simple baby doll set that you can make for anyone!

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Crafty Sassy – Crochet C2C Baby Doll Blanket (Beginner)

Hey Dearies! So, for our first pattern of the year, I decided to create something that’s a little different. For Christmas, my daughter got quite a bit of baby dolls. It got me thinking and searching on Pinterest, what ideas they had for baby dolls.

What really got me to create this idea is when my 2-year-old came up to me and said, “Mommy, baby is cold.” I could’ve given her one of her old receiving blankets that I still had, but what fun would that be? While she was napping, I crocheted her baby doll a blanket.

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Let’s talk about what you’ll need for this project:

  • Medium Yarn
    • I used I Love This Yarn in the color Green, Turquoise & Red Print.
    • You’ll need only 1 skein.
  • 4.0 mm hook
  • Sewing needle.

Now, if you aren’t familiar with the ‘C2C’ stitch, here is a wonderful video that Heart Hook Home has, that not only helped me understand how to do the stitch but also shows how to increase and decrease. Here is the video:

This pattern is great for learning and getting familiar with the ‘c2c stitch before moving on to bigger and more complicated projects.

The blanket size is a 22×25 square project, you can, of course, add or decrease squares to fit a small or large size baby doll.

Let’s Begin!

Chain 5.

Row 1: Double crochet into the 3 chains from the hook and in the next 2 stitches.

Row 2: Chain 5. Repeat from row one. (This is how we increase.) Then flip your ‘square’, like you are going connect it. Slip stitch in the chain three, from the last square. Chain 2. Make 3 double crochets in that same space.

Repeat until you have 22 squares across. Once you do, after making your last square, slip stitch on the top of the square. (This is how you decrease). Chain 2 and make 3 double crochets in that chain 3 space.

Keep going until the other side has reached 25 squares and on that finally square, slip stitch on the top of the square. Chain 2 and make 3 double crochets in the chain 3 space. As you continue to go back and forth, you’ll notice the rows start to get smaller.

Once you are at your final stitch, slip stitch the top of that last square and fasten off.

Sew in any loose ends and you’re done!

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There you have it! A perfect mini blanket for those baby dolls! Make sure you check back in next Tuesday, I’ll have a crocheted pillow that goes with this baby doll blanket set!

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Crafty Sassy – Top 10 Snowman Crochet Projects

Hey Dearies! Since it has been snowing quite a bit in Maine, I figured I would share some patterns for snowmen! Now, snowmen aren’t just for the Christmas season, since you can make them whenever it snows!

Note: These are NOT my own work, as I will be providing the link that goes with each free pattern. All rights go to the creators.

 1. Snowman Potholder

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This snowman is so cute! Even though it says it’s for a potholder, but you can definitely make a few of these to add onto a snowflake or even Christmas blanket!

Click here for the free pattern: https://melodys-makings.com/snowman-pot-holder/


2. Snowman Coffee Cup Cozy

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Again, as you know, I LOVE coffee cup cozies and this one is too cute not to make one for yourself or others! Most of the ones I’ve found didn’t have the cute little hat, but this one did!

Click here for the free pattern: http://hamburke.blogspot.com/2013/12/another-easy-crochet-pattern-share.html


3. Snowman Wall Hanger

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Wall hangings are something I usually don’t have, but when I saw this pattern, I thought about making one for my house! As long as you keep this little guy inside, he will stay nice and neat, these are also perfect for those new homeowners!

Click here for the free pattern: https://www.allfreecrochet.com/Christmas-Crochet/Snowman-Wall-Hanging


4. Snowman Hanging Dishcloth

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Dishcloths aren’t something I’ve been known to create, but this little guy is too cute! Not only could you use this as a decoration, but it would look pretty cute hanging from the oven handle!

Click here for the free pattern: https://snappy-tots.com/free-pattern-snowman-hanging-dishcloth/


5. Melted Snowman

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I’m melting for this project! This is one I have never seen, but once I did, I was even more excited to see that the pattern was FREE! This little guy is not only the perfect decoration for the holiday season but he could even work as a newborn gift idea as a snuggle! As long as the buttons aren’t added!

Click here for the free pattern: https://www.highlandhickorydesigns.com/melted-snowman/


6. C2C Snowman Scarf

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Ah, you know me and my love for C2C projects! This snowman will keep you nice and warm until Spring! As the pom-pom adds the perfect touch to make this project an amazing gift for someone, or even yourself!

Click here for the free pattern: https://www.windingroadcrochet.com/c2c-snowman-scarf-free-crochet-pattern/


7. Snowman Towel Topper

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Towel Toppers I just LOVE! This one really takes my breath away, with so much detail, I didn’t think it was free, but I had to double-check! The creator of this piece of work took such great time and detail to this project for sure, definitely going to put this on my list of stuff to make this year!

Click here for the free pattern: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/snowman-towel-topper


8. Snowman Hat

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Hats are always great to make, especially if it is still snowing outside! This pattern is not only free but comes in all sizes so that you can make your entire family snowman hats!

Click here for the free pattern: https://www.repeatcrafterme.com/2016/01/crochet-snowman-hat.html


9. Snowman Hanging Towel

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This towel hangs without a button, which is something that I have not quite tried, yet. This one has a lot of detail put into it, but this same pattern can be used to making Santa or a Gingerbread, but if you aren’t ready to start going down the Christmas train, this guy is something you’ll want to make for sure!

Click here for the free pattern: https://www.acrochetedsimplicity.com/snowman-kitchen-towel-free-crochet-towel-pattern/


10. Snowman Stuffie

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Last, but not least, one of the cutest stuffies I’ve ever seen! There are a few of stuffy snowmen and women, that you can choose to pick from, but this one looks so soft and cuddly, I just had to put him on this list!

Click here for the free pattern: https://www.amigurumiforum.com/free-snowman-amigurumi-crochet-pattern-for-chirstmas/


There you have it! Snowman ideas for the snowy season! Which one did you like the best? Or which one can’t you wait to try out next? Leave a comment down below to let me know!

Posted in Crochet Blanket 2019

Temperature Blanket Update – December 2019 (Finished)

Hey Dearies! I am finally finished with our 2019 temperature blanket! The reason it has taken me a few days to post, because I did have a gap where some more squares could’ve gone, so I crocheted some white ones to fill in the blanket.

The only thing I want to do next adds a simple single crochet border and crochet the numbers to make 2019 and add them to the blanket as well! However, I will try my best to post the update of the blanket on my Facebook Page and Instagram, so make sure you are following me on there to check it out!

December came and went as soon as it did! Lower temperature, lead to more blues and purples when it came to squares. I’m just so grateful that this project is now done and finished!

Makine a temperature blanket isn’t as easy, as I thought it was going to be, but I managed to create one! As this being my first blanket to ever work on, I’m really proud how it came out!

Here is the list of colors I used for the blanket:

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100 degrees – Fire Red (I Love This Yarn)
90 degrees – Pumpkin (Red Heart Super Saver)
80 degrees – Bright Yellow (Red Heart Super Saver)
70 degrees – Jelly Bean (I Love This Yarn)
60 degrees – Green (Main Stays Basic Yarn)
50 degrees – Turqia (Red Heart Super Saver)
40 degrees – Soft Blue (I Love This Yarn)
30 degrees – Dark Orchid (Red Heart Super Saver) *Changed to the following – Violet (Red Heart With Love)
20 degrees – Orchid (I Love This Yarn) *Changed to the following – Orchid (Red Heart Super Saver)
10 and below – Light Gray (I Love This Yarn)

How do you tell which color to use?

I, personally, go with the overall temperature. So, let’s go by today, for example:

Today in Maine, the overall temperature is 17 degrees. I would choose the light gray.

Let’s say that it was an overall temperature of 22 degrees, I would choose the Orchid color. All my temperatures, for my colored yarn, has to have the same number first number. If that makes any sense, I’m sorry if it doesn’t!

What was the highest temperature for this month?

Sadly, we didn’t get a 60-degree days, but have had quite of bit of 50 degree days, which isn’t bad, but I prefer my 60 degree days any day!

What was the lowest temperature for this month?

We did hit below 10 degrees, which isn’t fun, but now, I’ll be able to snuggle in this blanket to keep me nice and warm.

Do you post daily updates?

Yes, I do. On my Facebook page, I post a picture of the square for each day. I also tried to post every week’s worth, but it was hard to keep track of, so I’ll be posting monthly and daily instead.

If you haven’t liked my Facebook Page, here is the link below! It keeps you posted and updated on my temperature blanket and any updates for my blog and YouTube channel, as well!

https://www.facebook.com/katiesblog96971617/?ref=bookmarks

Thank you all for watching how this blanket turned out to be! I’m so glad that it’s finally done and the amount of support and motivation that I had was so helpful, so thank you to all that have watched this blanket go from just a few squares to a giant masterpiece!

Here is a slideshow of the progress of the blanket from month to month:

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Note: The month of February, I forgot to take a photo of, but other than that they are all there!

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Crochet Temperature Blanket: Tips and Tricks for Starting One

Hey Dearies! As you all know, I’ve been working on a temperature blanket all year long! If you are a follower and like my Facebook page, you will know that I have been posting updates and squares, as I go along, but because this was my first ever temperature blanket, I’ve picked up on some tips and tricks to help out anyone who wants to create one.

Now, I want to explain that a temperature blanket isn’t a bunch of granny squares that you sew together as you go. You can choose to use any type of blanket for this, although, if you want to do a C2C blanket, you’ll have to work on a lot of planning to make one of those. Here are a few examples:

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Any blanket pattern you can think of, you can pretty much make it into a temperature blanket! If you are still confused about what a temperature blanket is, let me explain a little better:

A temperature blanket is when someone who knits or crochets the temperature of each day for a year. Using different colors to represent all of the temps.

That’s just a quick explanation of what it is. Let’s talk about what you are gonna need to do, in order to actually start this blanket. I really wished I did some more digging on what colors and how big or small I needed to make my squares.


Making a color chart

This is one of the most important things you need to think about before even starting the temperature blanket! I looked on Pinterest, just to get an idea on what others have done for their temperature blankets, but here’s mine:

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100 degrees – Fire Red (I Love This Yarn)
90 degrees – Pumpkin (Red Heart Super Saver)
80 degrees – Bright Yellow (Red Heart Super Saver)
70 degrees – Jelly Bean (I Love This Yarn)
60 degrees – Green (Main Stays Basic Yarn)
50 degrees – Turqia (Red Heart Super Saver)
40 degrees – Soft Blue (I Love This Yarn)
30 degrees – Dark Orchid (Red Heart Super Saver) *Changed to the following – Violet (Red Heart With Love)
20 degrees – Orchid (I Love This Yarn) *Changed to the following – Orchid (Red Heart Super Saver)
10 and below – Light Gray (I Love This Yarn)

See anything wrong with it? I had to scratch out the original colors, for a few of the temperatures, due to me not having enough yarn for a few of the temperatures. Not to mention, the way I planned this out, wasn’t the best idea. Let’s look at a few other peoples temperatures charts:

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I based my chart off of this person temperature chart, which isn’t a bad idea, but if you are going to do it this way, make sure you have a few skeins stocked for each color, which I did not, hence why I wouldn’t update on time because I ran out of color.

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These two examples are what I wished I went with because there are more colors for all the temperatures. When I mean by that, more colors means more yarn, but less likely of a chance of running out very quickly.

Not to mention, more colors, the more you’ll be able to have a rainbow blanket.

If you aren’t a big fan of rainbow colors, it doesn’t mean you have to do them. I’ve seen people do different shades of one color, with the added greys, browns, or whites added in.

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The best part of these, you can switch out the ‘purple’ color for any color you wish! Not only are these are a little different than the normal temperature blanket, but these would make a great gift to crochet the temperature of their baby’s first year!

With whatever you decide to do, making a chart by scratch or following someone else temperature chart, make sure you have the extra yarn for each temperature, just in case so you have back up!


-Picking out the supplies

This is another step that determines, not only how much yarn you’ll go through, but also how thick or thin your blanket will me. I used a size 5.0mm hook, which is the normal size that most projects require, I consider this to be the normal hook that most people and beginners, work with a lot.

Of course, you can change the hook to be bigger or smaller, depending on what you are going for.

Remember, the small the hook, the thinner or smaller your stitches will me.  The bigger the hook, the thicker or bigger your stitches will be.

Either way, whatever hook size you chose to use, should be decided on the type of yarn you use. Not all yarns are the same. For my temperature blanket, most of my yarn was a mix of ‘I Love This Yarn’ and ‘Red Heart Super Saver’.

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I do recommend using the SAME brand when it comes to your temperature blanket. If you want it to look good, I would use the same brand, but if you are going through your stash of yarn, that’s okay too.

If this is your first time creating a temperature blanket, using your stash or straps isn’t a bad idea, but will give you a chance to make trial and errors, when starting this project.


-How to start working at it?

Once you have the temperature color chart ready and what type of supplies you need, its time to make time for this project. Since you are crocheting a color according to the temperature, doing it every day can be a challenge or you may not have the time.

Writing the temperatures is never a bad idea, but I also found it very helpful, especially when I get behind or run out of yarn, you can always look back and have the temperature written down and ready to go when you need it so.

I want to say that I used to crochet a square a day, which wasn’t a bad idea, but sometimes I would forget to do so. That’s why I started writing down the days and what their temperatures were so that I could catch up during the weekend.

This system not only made it easier but also gave me more time to spend with the project itself. Whatever works for your schedule.


-Don’t forget to have fun!

Temperature blankets always sound fun to make in the beginning, but don’t just work on that project, have a few mini-projects to work on along with your temperature blanket. Sometimes only working on a temperature blanket can become boring, especially if you have been doing the same stitch.

If you are like me, and only thought of having one project at a time, versus working on 5 to 6 unfinished projects. I didn’t think I could be someone that got bored, but I understood that once you start a big project, it can get bored or old faster if that’s the only one you are currently working on.

I’ve learned that having a few or more projects unfinished is okay to have, but it keeps the balance of making sure that you are always doing something different versus repeating the same stitch over and over again.

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That’s all the tips and tricks I have for you this year! I’m not sure if I’m going to be making a temperature blanket for 2020, but if I do, I’ll let you all know all the details when I do.

Are you working on a temperature blanket? If so, what design are you going for? Let me know in the comments!

Make sure to follow me on my Facebook page, Twitter, and Instagram, to keep up with what my final result will be when I finish my 2019’s temperature blanket. Not to mention, I’m usually active on Facebook, especially when it comes to my blog.

And also, have a Happy New Year!

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Crafty Sassy 2019 Pattern Recap

Hey Dearies! Sadly, 2019 is coming to the end and I posted my final pattern for this year, but I wanted to do a recap on all the patterns that I have shared with you for the year of 2019!

I will be doing a mini description of them and adding the link, just in case you would like to check out that post or you missed it.

Crochet Mug/Coffee Cozy w/ Pocket

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This one was super fun to make! I wanted to have a mug cozy that worked for both mugs and regular coffee cups, not to mention, having a pocket for holding sugar or a tea packet, especially if you are on the go!


Crochet Coin/Gift Card Purse

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I came up with this idea for my daughter since she was only a year old, this purse fit her size. Not to mention, I wanted to make sure it would fit the size for a gift card because I didn’t find any patterns that looked this cute!


Crochet Stuffed Easter Egg

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This one I thought about selling these with a basket that I made during Easter, but they were a pain in the butt to make, so I decided to have the pattern free for all of you! They look perfect for baby’s first Easter!


Crochet Tablet Cover 

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I made this for my kindle, since the case it came in was very broken, not to mention, I wanted to try this pattern out for it. However, I made it too small, as to why I choose to work around it with a different color. But in the end, I came out really cute!


Crochet Completely Solid Granny Square

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I wasn’t going to post this pattern, but at the time, I was working on a project and was looking everywhere for a pattern of a completely solid granny square. I figured there was someone else that was looking for the same thing. These are perfect for creating a pixel blanket, however, it will take forever to sew them together.


Crochet Adult Size Dragon Ball Z Hat

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My fiance requested this one, saw it on Pinterest and I had to make him one. Sadly, the owner of the original hat didn’t sell the pattern, but the hats themselves, so I decided to create it but looking at the picture, which is harder than it looks, but not impossible.


Crochet Ice Pop Cozy

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These were pretty simple to make and when I first got into crocheting, ice pop cozies are one of the basic projects that every beginner should make because they not only give you some practice working in rounds but are really easy and quick to make quickly for a craft fair.


Crochet Striped Washcloth

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Usually, washcloths are the first thing beginners make, when they first start to get into crocheting, but I didn’t make one until a customer asked me. Don’t get me wrong, making washcloths were on my list to make, but I wanted to do something that was a challenge for myself.


Crochet Circle Coaster 

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Coasters are another fun and cool idea to make, if you have been following for a while, you know that I love to crochet coasters! The only downfall with some of these coasters that they have out there, they don’t make them big enough for a normal size mug, I make sure to make my coasters to be as big, if not bigger, for all mug sizes.


Crochet C2C Phone Case

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Ever since I learned the C2C stitch, I love working with it! It’s just so much fun to create and so many ideas I can’t wait to make in the future with it! Once you know how to work with the C2C stitch, the ideas of making pixel designs are endless!


Crochet C2C Wrist Pocket

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Again, this year I was trying out new patterns that had to do with the C2C stitch. I figured this idea would be useful for holding cash, when out and about. Or for kids who lose their teeth. Another idea would be to use this to hold your buttons or stitch markers as you crochet or knit!


Crochet Can Cozies

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Cozies are also one of my favorite things to make, as well! Whether they are for cans, mugs, or coffee cups, I love to decorate my drinks, cold or hot! Don’t be surprised to see some more of them coming up in 2020.


Crochet Basic Square Coaster

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As I have said, I love making coasters! You’ll be most likely seeing more of them in the new year, but I want to make it more creative and festive for all the seasons and holidays.


Crochet Travel Bag

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Crocheted bags and purses are always something that I loved to see made, they aren’t always the easiest bags to make, but seeing how creative some of the bags come out is so amazing! Made this one for my niece, she loved it!


Crochet Halloween Coaster

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These coasters aren’t just for Halloween, but if you try out different colors, you can make them for any time of year! This one goes with a placemat, which I love the placemat sets that have coasters!


Crochet Halloween Placemat

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Placemats are another pattern that I hope you will see this new year! These aren’t the ones you see all the time, but placemats are something that I think brings out a kitchen or dining room nicely.


Crochet C2C Scarf

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Scarfs are a first for me to make this year and I hope to come up with more fun and bright ideas as well! This idea came from the C2C Grinch scarf but made it like a candy cane or peppermint stick.


Crochet Child Size Mittens

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Are these super cute? Yes, but they were a real pain in the butt to make, especially when it came to the thumb part of the mitten. Not to mention, I wanted to make my nieces and nephews all a set, but because of how I don’t like working in small circles, I ended up making something else instead.


Crochet Child Size Hat w/ Pom Pom

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Last, but not least, the hats! These are based on how the Dragon Ball Z hat, but sized to fit a child. When it comes to hats, go bigger than the actual size. Going bigger isn’t a bad idea because, knowing how fast kids grow, they can just grow into them.


There they are! All the patterns from 2019! I know I haven’t been as active as I wanted to, but with starting college and being a stay at home mom with a 2-year-old, it’s been really busy!

However, I am planning out how I want to be more active for 2020. If you have any ideas or have something you would like me to create or come up with, feel free to let me know!

And as always, make sure to follow me on my Facebook page, Instagram, and Twitter. I’m more active on my Facebook, so make sure you are following!

I hope you all have a wonderful rest of the year and we will see you all back in 2020 for new patterns, crafts, stories, and so much more!

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Temperature Blanket Update – November 2019

I know this post has been way overdue, with my college classes and the holidays being around the same time, I have put this project on due, but now that I am currently on ‘break’ for college and holidays are just about over, I can put my focus on finishing this blanket.

Now that the temperature has gone down, for November, it has been getting cold, and we even hit the 20s. Lower the temps, more chance for snow and we have gotten a few snowstorms up here in Maine.

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We only have a month left! I can’t wait for this project to be completed, not only does this take forever to make, but it was also a pain in the butt for me to do, just because of how unprepared I was, but I will make sure to create on a post on how I would change or become more prepared on creating a temperature blanket.

As always, here is the list of colors and what temperatures they represent:

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100 degrees – Fire Red (I Love This Yarn)
90 degrees – Pumpkin (Red Heart Super Saver)
80 degrees – Bright Yellow (Red Heart Super Saver)
70 degrees – Jelly Bean (I Love This Yarn)
60 degrees – Green (Main Stays Basic Yarn)
50 degrees – Turqia (Red Heart Super Saver)
40 degrees – Soft Blue (I Love This Yarn)
30 degrees – Dark Orchid (Red Heart Super Saver) *Changed to the following – Violet (Red Heart With Love)
20 degrees – Orchid (I Love This Yarn) *Changed to the following – Orchid (Red Heart Super Saver)
10 and below – Light Gray (I Love This Yarn)

How do you tell which color to use?

I, personally, go with the overall temperature. So, let’s go by today, for example:

Today in Maine, the overall temperature is 17 degrees. I would choose the light gray.

Let’s say that it was an overall temperature of 22 degrees, I would choose the Orchid color. All my temperatures, for my colored yarn, has to have the same number first number. If that makes any sense, I’m sorry if it doesn’t!

What was the highest temperature for this month?

Well, we haven’t seen anything higher than 50s degrees, which is cold, but I would prefer 60 degree days. As we get closer to the end of the year, we most likely won’t see anything warmer than 50 degrees.

What was the lowest temperature for this month?

We actually hit 20 degrees a few times this month, but nothing colder than that and we had to make sure we were bundled up. Best part about making this blanket during the winter, it definetly keeps you warm while you add the squares to the blanket.

Do you post daily updates?

Yes, I do. On my Facebook page, I post a picture of the square for each day. I also tried to post every week’s worth, but it was hard to keep track of, so I’ll be posting monthly and daily instead.

If you haven’t liked my Facebook Page, here is the link below! It keeps you posted and updated on my temperature blanket and any updates for my blog and YouTube channel, as well!

https://www.facebook.com/katiesblog96971617/?ref=bookmarks

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Crafty Sassy: Crochet Child Size Hat w/ Pom Pom (Easy)

Merry Christmas! This will be the last pattern I will be posting for 2019! This one is also another gift that I made for my nieces and nephews, this actually goes along with the mittens I posted a few days ago.

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The pattern for the mittens will be at the bottom of the post!

When it comes to crocheting hats, I’ve learned to go big versus going by the actual size the pattern is intended for, especially when it comes to babies and child sizes. For the adults, it’s easier to pick a size that fits all. Having the hat be bigger also gives them that extra growing space, so if now they don’t fit in it just right, they’ll grow into it.

Here’s what you will need:

  • Medium Size Yarn
    • I chose a light and dark pink, that matches the mittens, but you can change it whatever color or colors you prefer.
  • Size 6 mm hook
    • You can use whatever size hook, change the size to make it bigger or smaller.
  • Sewing needle

-Hat

Make a magic ring, slip stitch to lock it in place.

Round 1: Make 11 double crochets in the magic ring. Join with a slip stitch in the first double crochet. Chain 2.

Round 2: Make 2 double crochets in each stitch around. Join. Chain 2. (22 dc)

Round 3: *2 double crochets in the first stitch, double crochet in the next. * Repeat around. Join. Chain 2. (33 dc)

Round 4: *2 double crochets in the first stitch, 2 double crochet in the next. * Repeat around. Join. Chain 2. (44 dc)

Round 5: *2 double crochets in the first stitch, 10 double crochet in the next. * Repeat around. Join. Chain 2. (48 dc)

Round 6: *2 double crochets in the first stitch, 11 double crochet in the next. * Repeat around. Join. Chain 2. (52 dc)

Round 7: *2 double crochets in the first stitch, 12 double crochet in the next. * Repeat around. Join. Chain 2. (56 dc)

Round 8: *2 double crochets in the first stitch, 13 double crochet in the next. * Repeat around. Join. Chain 2. (60 dc)

Round 9: *2 double crochets in the first stitch, 14 double crochet in the next. * Repeat around. Join. Chain 2. (64 dc)

Round 10: *2 double crochets in the first stitch, 15 double crochet in the next. * Repeat around. Join. Chain 2. (68 dc)

Round 11-15: Double crochet around. Join. Chain 2.

Note: If you wish to add the stripe, as seen in hats above, switch color at Round 14, going around at Round 15. Change it back to the main color before round 16.

Round 16-17: Single crochet around. Join. Chain 1.

Fasten off and sew in loose ends.

-Pom Pom

If you don’t know how to make a pom-pom, here is a video showing you how to. You don’t have to have one, this part is optional.

 

There you have it! Last pattern of 2019!

Also, here is the link for the pattern that goes for the mittens:

https://katiesblog96971617.com/2019/12/20/crafty-sassy-crochet-child-size-mittens-easy/

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Crafty Sassy: Crochet Child Size Mittens (Easy)

Hey Dearies! I have a few patterns that I want to get out to you guys before Christmas! I didn’t know how these would come out, but I’m hoping that they fit my niece!

If you are like me and are rushing to finish last-minute projects in time for Christmas, well, you aren’t alone! I know tons of people who are working to get their hand-made gifts done in time.

So, this is actually part of a set and I’m gonna get the hat pattern out as soon as I can.

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Here’s what you will need:

  • Medium Size Yarn
    • I am using Red Heart, you can choose one color or two!
  • 4.25mm hook
    • This is supposed to be a ‘child’ size, but if it doesn’t look big enough for a child or the size you are looking for, you can always go up a hook size or use 2 strands of yarn instead of just one.
  • Sewing Needle
  • Stitch Marker
    • This is needed! If you don’t have a stitch marker, you can always use a paper clip, safety pin, or even a bobby pin.
  • Measuring tape or ruler

Let’s begin!

Mitten

Chain 2.

Round 1: In the second chain from the hook, make 6 single crochets. DO NOT JOIN! Place your stitch marker in the last single crochet you made. You’ll be moving this stitch marker to each round and in the last stitch. 

Round 2: Make 2 single crochets in each stitch. (12 sc)

Round 3: *Single crochet in the next stitch, make 2 single crochets in the next stitch* Repeat 6 times. (18 sc)

Round 4: *Single crochet in the next 2 stitches, make 2 single crochets in the next stitch* Repeat 6 times. (24 sc)

Round 5: *Single crochet in the next 3 stitches, make 2 single crochets in the next stitch* Repeat 6 times. (30 sc)

Round 6: Single crochet in each stitch until the piece measures the length of your fingers or the length you need them at. Make sure to keep moving the stitch marker to the end of each row. Don’t fasten off!

Creating the Thumb Opening

Round 1: Single crochet in the first 15 stitches, chain 10 (this is for the thumb opening), single crochet in the last 15 single crochet.

Round 2: Single crochet in each stitch and chain around. (40 sc)

Round 3: Single crochet in each stitch around.

Round 4: *Single crochet in the next 7 stitches, skip the next single crochet* Repeat 5 times. (35 sc)

Round 5: Single crochet in each stitch around.

Round 6: *Single crochet in the next 6 stitches, skip next single crochet* Repeat 5 times. (30 sc)

Round 7: Single crochet in each stitch around.

Round 8: *Single crochet in the next 5 stitches, skip next single crochet* Repeat 5 times. (25 sc)

Round 9-11: Single crochet in each stitch around. If you want to, switch to a different color for the cuff part of the mitten. Don’t fasten off.

Cuff

Note about creating the cuff, when we are creating the cuff, we are working back and for creating the ‘ribbing’ effect. At the end of every other row, make sure to slip stitch to attach it to the mitten. 

Row 1: Slip stitch in the next stitch, chain 9, single crochet in the 2nd chain from the hook (In the back loops only) and in each of the remaining chains across, slip stitch in the next 2 stitches of the last round of the mitten. (8 sc)

Row 2: Skip the slip stitches, working in the back loops only, single crochet in each stitch across. Turn.

Row 3: Chain 1, working in the back loops only, single crochet in each stitch across, slip stitch in the next 2 stitches of the last round of the mitten.

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until the ribbing has been made around the last row of the mitten. Fasten off, leaving a long end for sewing the ribbed cuff together.

Thumb

You can use the same color as your mitten is, or mix it up and do what I did and have the cuff match the thumb part of the mitten! Or try a different color to go with the mix!

Round 1: Join the yarn with a slip stitch anywhere in the thumb opening. Work 10 single crochets evenly around the thumb opening. DO NOT JOIN! Place your stitch marker at the end of every stitch and move it as you go! (11 sc)

Round 2: Single crochet in the 5 stitches, skip the next stitch, single crochet in the last 5 stitches. (10 sc)

Round 3: Single crochet in each stitch around. Repeat until you have reached your desired length from the base of the thumb to the tip of the thumb.

Remainer Round: *Single crochet in the next stitch, skip the next stitch* Repeat 5 times. (5 sc)

Fasten off, leaving a long end to sew the ends through the stitches of the last round and pull tight to close the top of the thumb.

Note about the thumb: This part might be the hardest to do, but if you are feeling brave, you can always crochet the thumb part and then sew it to the mitten, but if you are just starting out, it might be even trickier than this part. Whatever you are comfortable with! 

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There you have it! A perfect pair of mittens for anyone!

And if you want to add the long string, that is optional, I added it so that you can keep the mittens in the jacket just so you don’t lose them, but you don’t have to add them if you don’t want to.

Make sure you keep an eye out for the hat pattern that I’ll be posting sometime soon, that goes with this pair of gloves.

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Crafty Sassy: Crochet C2C Scarf (Easy)

Hey Dearies! I’m officially on break from school and wanted to show you guys what I’ve been working on! As most of you know the Christmas season is here and as most of us crocheters start working on last-minute Christmas presents.

So, for the past year or so I’ve been making hand-made items, such as these, for my family, mainly my nieces and nephews. I’m always on the lookout for new things to try, but at the same time, I have to do what I know I can get done before Christmas.

I actually got the idea from the Grinch C2C crochet scarf that I found on Pinterest and alter the pattern to work out for my nephew.

Here’s what you will need:

  • Medium Yarn (Size 4)
    • I’m using, as always, Red Heart Brand.
    • You don’t have to use just two colors, you can switch it up and use as many or just one color, whatever you like!
  • 5.0 mm hook
  • Sewing needle

If you don’t know how to do the C2C and find it easier to see what it looks like, here is a video from Heart Hook Home that I found very useful. Not to mention, if you like your C2C stitches to look nice and neat, her way works amazing and it’s the same way that I’ll be using for this pattern.

Let’s Begin!

Chain 5.

Row 1: Double crochet into the 3 chains from the hook and in the next 2 stitches.

Row 2: Chain 5. Repeat from row one. (This is how we increase.) Then flip your ‘square’, like you are going connect it. Slip stitch in the chain three, from the last square. Chain 2. Make 3 double crochets in that same space.

Repeat until you have 9 squares across. Once you do, after making your last square, slip stitch on the top of the square. (This is how you decrease). Chain 2 and make 3 double crochets in that chain 3 space.

Keep repeating until you have 140 squares. (In order to make it longer, add more squares if needed.) Then end it, as you did for the other side and then fasten off.

Tips for changing color: 

  • I worked with the same color for 5 squares, and then switched to another color.
  • Try out different colors, have fun with it!

 

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There you have it! A simple scarf that is quick and easy to make, especially if you don’t know what to make for anyone!

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Crafty Sassy: Top 5 Free Crochet Wine Bottle Cozy Patterns

Hey Dearies! Happy Thanksgiving! I figured since we are getting closer to Christmas, as crazy as it seems that its almost here! I would find some wine bottle patterns that would be perfect to make for those of you who have wine lovers in the family!

Not only are they simple to make, but they make a great way to bring a bottle of wine over for dinner. These are also reusable and I’ve added a pattern or two that is simple, no holiday theme, just in case you want to give a neutral wine cozy!

Before I begin, I just want to note that these aren’t my patterns, so all credit goes to the original owners! I will be adding the link to their websites so that you are able to create these amazing creations!

  1. Football Wine Cozy

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These are perfect for the football fans that also love to drink wine! You could also change the wine bottle for a 24oz of beer, as an idea. Never a bad idea to drink wine and watch the famous football games they always have on Thanksgiving!

Football Wine Cozy


2. Striped Wine Cozy

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Here is one of those simple patterns that you can create if you don’t want it to have a holiday theme. This also has a different type of stitch that you are working with as well, then it just being plain double crochet all around. You can also just use one main color as well!

Free Crochet Pattern Wine Bottle Cozy


3. Pumpkin Wine Cozy

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I know what you are probably thinking, Halloween is over, but pumpkins tie into Thanksgiving. Especially if you want some pumpkin pie with a glass of wine! You could even switch the orange color for red and make an apple wine cozy instead.

Pumpkin Wine Cozy


4. Poinsettia Wine Cozy

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This one is perfect for Christmas time, especially with the famous flower you see during the holiday season! The flower can be a challenge to create, but it is definitely worth a try! Also, if you don’t like the green that they used, you can always switch it out for a darker green or white, as well!

Poinsettia Wine Cozy


5. Snowman Wine Cozy

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I had to save this one for last! This little guy is too cute! Plus he has a lot of detail put into him, which is simply incredible! If you were making a few of these, I can see you switching out the red for green, blue, purple, or any other color you can think of.

Crochet Snowman Wine Cozy


 

There you have it! Some new ideas for what to give out for Christmas!

With that being said, I wanted to let you know that I have new pattern ideas coming soon, but with Christmas around the corner, this is the time that I am working on towel toppers and gifts for my family before the big day.

I’ll be trying my best to be active and I’m going to be making another post on what we are going to be doing next year for the blog, and how I’m going to try my best to be as active as I can!

Happy Thanksgiving! Make sure you eat some turkey and crochet!

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Crafty Sassy: Top 10 Free Thanksgiving Crochet Patterns

Hey Dearies! So, to start out this wonderful month out, I figured I could do some searching to find some super cute and amazing decorations for Thanksgiving since it’s almost here!

Note: I don’t own any of these patterns, all rights go to their original creators. I will be proving the link to the original patterns. Make sure that if you create any of these, please don’t claim the patterns as your own, these creators work hard to create these patterns!

I wanted to get a variety of Thanksgiving stuff, so it won’t just be placemats or potholders. Its a little bit of everything. Without further ado, here are some free patterns just in time for Thanksgiving!

1.Pumpkin Pie Pot Holder

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This pie looks so good enough to eat! Just kidding, but it makes a very festive potholder for Thanksgiving Dinner or for those who just LOVE the famous pumpkin pie!

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/pumpkin-pie-pot-holder

2.Fall Maple Leaves

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These are perfect for adding more of a ‘3D’ effect to blankets, hats, or anything! Of course, you could use them as coasters, if you make them big enough!

Fall Maple Leaves Free Crochet Pattern

3. Thanksgiving Wreath

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Ain’t this the most cutest thing ever?! If you are looking for something to hang on your door for Thanksgiving, this would be perfect! Not to mention, you could even hang this on your wall, as well.

Thanksgiving Wreath

4. Autumn Placemat

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Now, if you are looking for a simple, yet festive for a placemat, these are for you! Very simple to make, but also are perfect for the big turkey day! Not to mention the color pattern that they chose for the yarn is beautiful!

Crochet Autumn Placemats

5. Pumpkin Pie Cuddler

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If you are a big pumpkin pie fan, then you definitely need to make this cuddler for yourself! Not to mention, these creators have a lot to offer, especially when it comes to free patterns, but this pie is too cute!

Pumpkin Pie Kawaii Cuddler™ – Free Crochet Pattern

6. Falling Leaves Afghan

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Now that it’s getting colder, time to make some blankets! This one is perfect for the fall, especially if you love to cuddle up in a blanket on the colder days!

https://www.favecrafts.com/Crochet-Afghans/Falling-Leaves-Afghan-Crochet-Pattern-from-Red-Heart

7. Turkey Coasters

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These turkey coasters are by far the cutest I’ve ever seen! The creator put a lot of detail into these and I think they are just too cute! These can be perfect for coasters for the kids for Thanksgiving!

Turkey Coasters Crochet Pattern

8. Thanksgiving Turkey Stuffie

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Looking for something cute to make for a shelf for Thanksgiving, this little guy is just too adorable to not want to make! I love how his feathers came out!

Thanksgiving Turkey Crochet Pattern

9. Chestnut Leaf Table Runner & Placemat

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I just LOVE this design! Even if it isn’t for Thanksgiving, having these places mats up during the fall would be too cute to have! Not to mention, you crochet three of the placemats to get the runner!

https://www.abc-knitting-patterns.com/1329.html

10. Pumpkin Placemat Set

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Are you one of those people who just LOVES pumpkins? Then you need to make yourself a table set of these! Even if you don’t like the pumpkins, this would make a wonderful placemat come Thanksgiving time or just in general for your everyday use!

https://www.momsloveofcrochet.com/PumpkinSet.html


There you have it! New free patterns for you to try out, even if it isn’t Thanksgiving, these are still a fun idea to try out in time for the holidays. They would also make great gifts for new newlyweds or new homeowners as well!

Which ones were your favorites? Which one would you love to create for yourself? Let me know in the comments!

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Temperature Blanket Update – October 2019

Halloween has come and gone, but I know everyone is interested in what our temperature blanket is starting to look like. Since we are officially in the fall season, the temperature has cooled down quite a bit!

With only two months left of this year, I can’t wait for it to be completely finished! This is one project I can’t wait to see, once it is completed, but as you can see, I might need to fill in the blanks, to complete the blanket, since I didn’t plan this one well.

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I also wanted to mention that with this year coming to an end, time for another blanket to create for next year, but I will be making another post and giving out some tips for anyone who wanted to create their own temperature blanket themselves!

As well, here is the color list that I’ve been using:

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100 degrees – Fire Red (I Love This Yarn)
90 degrees – Pumpkin (Red Heart Super Saver)
80 degrees – Bright Yellow (Red Heart Super Saver)
70 degrees – Jelly Bean (I Love This Yarn)
60 degrees – Green (Main Stays Basic Yarn)
50 degrees – Turqia (Red Heart Super Saver)
40 degrees – Soft Blue (I Love This Yarn)
30 degrees – Dark Orchid (Red Heart Super Saver) *Changed to the following – Violet (Red Heart With Love)
20 degrees – Orchid (I Love This Yarn) *Changed to the following – Orchid (Red Heart Super Saver)
10 and below – Light Gray (I Love This Yarn)

How do you tell which color to use?

I, personally, go with the overall temperature. So, let’s go by today, for example:

Today in Maine, the overall temperature is 17 degrees. I would choose the light gray.

Let’s say that it was an overall temperature of 22 degrees, I would choose the Orchid color. All my temperatures, for my colored yarn, has to have the same number first number. If that makes any sense, I’m sorry if it doesn’t!

What was the highest temperature for this month?

The highest our temperature has gotten is 60-degrees, but as we go into winter, 60-degree weather is something that we will want to have back!

What was the lowest temperature for this month?

The lowest we hit was actually 40-degrees, so make sure you have oil in your tanks or firewood ready to go if you haven’t already started keeping your house warm. I’m sure we will be seeing more of the colder temps pretty soon!

Do you post daily updates?

Yes, I do. On my Facebook page, I post a picture of the square for each day. I also tried to post every week’s worth, but it was hard to keep track of, so I’ll be posting monthly and daily instead.

If you haven’t liked my Facebook Page, here is the link below! It keeps you posted and updated on my temperature blanket and any updates for my blog and YouTube channel, as well!

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Crafty Sassy: Top 10 Free Crochet Halloween Stuffies

Hey Dearies! Since we are in the last week of October and Halloween is just days away, I figured I would share some of these super cute stuffies that you can make for this spooky holiday!

Note: I don’t own any of these patterns, all rights go to their original creators. I will be proving the link to the original patterns. Make sure that if you create any of these, please don’t claim the patterns as your own, these creators work hard to create these patterns!

Now, some of these patterns might be a little hard for beginners, but we love to challenge our skills! These are also perfect gifts to that person who are big fans of the Halloween season.

1. Cute Baby Ghost
https://www.windingroadcrochet.com/pretty-little-ghost-free-crochet-pattern/

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This is super cute! I also love the little spider that they added on the side for the ghost! If you are wondering how their cheeks get pink, any lite blush or eyeshadow can create that effect.

2. Little Bat
https://coolcreativity.com/crochet/amigurumi-little-bat-free-crochet-pattern/

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This is another adorable pattern, I just love these cute baby bats!

3. Little Pumpkins
https://stringydingding.com/pumpkin-amigurumi-free-crochet-pattern/

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Last year, I made a bigger version of these mini pumpkins, although, I didn’t have enough time to make it more adorable. I’m tempted to make a mini one!

4. Sharlotte The Spider
https://woolpatterns.com/cute-halloween-amigurumi-free-crochet-patterns/

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If you don’t like real spiders, I think you’ll be on board with Sharlotte! This reminds me of Charlotte’s Web book I read back in elementary school.

5. Frankenstein
https://spinayarncrochet.com/frankensteins-monster-free-crochet-pattern/

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This little guy is freaking cute! These are perfect for the little ones to cuddle with at night. This creator has a few of these little guys and the next one is on this list!

6. Classic Vampire
https://spinayarncrochet.com/vampire-amigurumi-free-crochet-pattern/

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I’m a big vampire fan and the reason why I said this was a ‘classic vampire’, because, well, it is. That and it doesn’t sparkle in the sunlight, that’s for sure. However, putting a little bit of highlight on it could make this little monster shine in the daylight.

7. Candy Corn Cuddler
https://3amgracedesigns.com/candy-corn-kawaii-cuddler/

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This is something I would definitely create and put on my couch, however, my two-year-old would most likely take it whenever I wanted to cuddle with it. I can’t blame her either, that cuddler is too cute!

8. Zombie Bear
https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/zombie-bear-2

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This bear is cute and spooky, just look at him. Now, this stuffy is one of those fun one that you can use your scrap yarn for. If you are a big Halloween fan, this might be something that you want to make for your spooky collection.

9. Oogie Boogie
https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/oogie-boogie

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If you already know who this guy is, then you must either have seen The Nightmare Before Christmas or are a HUGE fan of the movie. I couldn’t forget this guy, that’s for sure, but the best part, he’s a free pattern. And if you check out the creator, you’ll also find that they have created Zero and Jack, as well.

10. Hocus Pocus Witches
http://thecrochetqueendesigns.com/free-pattern-red-haired-witch/

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Well, I had to save the best for last! Hocus Pocus is one of those movies that you have to see every year for Halloween and when I saw this on Pinterest, I was so excited! More excited that the pattern was free!

Which ones were your favorites? Which one would you love to create for yourself? Let me know in the comments!

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Crafty Sassy: Top 10 Free Crochet Costumes for Newborns

Hey Dearies! So, I wanted to make this post last year, but I changed my mind. Even tho my daughter will be turning two at the end of this month, I wanted to share some links to some super amazing patterns for newborns!

I didn’t get into crocheting until after my daughter was born and really missed out on making her one of these costumes to do a photoshoot for her. However, just because I missed out, I still want to keep in mind, just in case I ever get asked to make them in the future.

When it comes to looking for free patterns, for this type of project, it is a little bit of slim picking, but if you don’t mind paying for the pattern itself, you can find more Disney characters. (Which I will be making a post with links to those very soon!)

Even if you don’t know how to make them, always see if your friendly crocheters wouldn’t mind creating them for you. I love to getting sent a project to do, such as this, it gives me a challenge and something new to try out!

Disclaimer: None of the patterns shown are mine, all rights go out to their creators. I have left links to where the free patterns come from. Make sure that if you chose to make these, or have them made, that you give credit where credit is due to the original creator.

  • Baby Turtle

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Here is the link for this free pattern: https://coolcreativity.com/crochet/crochet-turtle-newborn-photo-prop-with-free-pattern/

  • Baby Cinderella

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Here is the link for this free pattern: https://lovableloops.com/patterns/free-cinderella-dress-crochet-pattern/

  • Baby Chick

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Here is the link for this free pattern: https://www.leftinknots.com/home/baby-chick-infant-hat-and-cocoon-free-crochet-pattern

  • Baby Dino

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Here is the link for this free pattern: https://letscrochet.org/crochet/free-patterns/babys-dino-hat-cape-crochet-free-pattern/

  • Hello Kitty

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Here is the link for this free pattern: http://dearestdebi.com/crochet-newborn-hello-kitty

  • The Hungry Caterpillar

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Here is the link for this free pattern: https://letscrochet.org/clothing/baby-caterpillar-cocoon-crochet-free-pattern/

  • Baby Santa

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Here is the link for this free pattern: https://yourcrochet.com/baby-santa-hat-cocoon-bunting-free-crochet-pattern-video-tutorial/

  • Baby Firefighter 

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Here is the link for this free pattern: https://snugglyfoxdesigns.blogspot.com/2019/02/firefighter-overalls-and-hat-free.html

  • Baby Mermaid 

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Here is the link for this free pattern: https://knitting-bordado.com/crochet-mermaid-baby-outfit-pattern-free/

  • Baby Unicorn

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Here is the link for this free pattern: https://lovableloops.com/patterns/free-unicorn-diaper-cover-crochet-pattern/

There you have it! A big shout out to the creators of these amazing patterns! Especially for beginners who are looking for something different to try out!

 

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Crafty Sassy: Crochet Halloween Placemat (Easy)

Hey Dearies! Sorry, this is a day late, but with my college midterms coming up, it’s been pretty busy, but without further ado, here is the pattern for this super cute placemat!

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If you want to create the placemat with the coaster, here is the link for the coaster that I posted last week: https://katiesblog96971617.com/2019/10/01/crafty-sassy-crochet-halloween-coaster-easy/

Note: It has been brought to my attention that I need to clarify the yarn, especially with placemat, potholders, or oven mitts. This pattern, with the yarn chosen, is for DECORATION and shouldn’t have anything hot on top of it.

Acritic yarn MELTS! If you want to use this as an everyday placemat, make sure you use cotton! It doesn’t have to be the same brand that I use, as long as it is the same size.

Let’s talk about what you will need:

  • 5.5mm hook
  • Medium Yarn (In black and orange)
    • I am using Red Heart Super Saver in Pumpkin and I Love This Yarn in Black.
    • Please make sure you see my note if you are making this placemat for everyday use!
  • Sewing needle

Placemat

With orange or black yarn, chain 23.

Round 1: Double crochet in the 4th chain from the hook. Double crochet in each of the next 18 chains. Make 5 double crochets in the last chain. Working on the opposite side in the unused loops of the beginning chain, double crochet in each of the next 19 loops. Make 6 double crochets in the next chain. Join in at the beginning of the chain 3. (50 dc)

Round 2: Chain 3. Double crochet in each of the next 19 double crochets. Make 2 double crochets in each of the next 5 double crochet. Double crochet in each of the next 20 double crochet. Make 2 double crochets in each of the next 5 double crochets. Join in at the beginning of the chain 3. (60 dc)

Round 3: Chain 3. Double crochet in each of the next 19 double crochet. Make 2 double crochets in the next 10 double crochets. Double crochet in each of next 20 double crochets. Make 2 double crochets in the next 10 double crochets. Join in at the beginning of the chain 3. (80 dc)

Round 4: Chain 3. Double crochet in each of the next 22 double crochets. Make 2 double crochets in each of the next 14 double crochets. Double crochet in each of the next 26 double crochets. Make 2 double crochets in each of the next 14 double crochets. Double crochet in each of the next 3 stitches. Join in at the beginning of the chain 3.  (108 dc)

Round 5: Chain 3. Double crochet in each double crochet. Join in at the beginning of the chain 3.

Round 6-8: Repeat round 5.

Round 9: Chain 3. Double crochet in the next 23 double crochets. Make 2 double crochets in the next 26 double crochets. Double crochet in each of the next 28 double crochets. Make 2 double crochets in the next 26 double crochets. Double crochet in each of the next 4 double crochets. Join in at the beginning of the chain 3. (160 dc)

You can fasten off, but if you want a nice border, switch to your other color.

Border

Round 1: Chain 1. Single crochet in the same chain as joining. Working in the back loops, single crochet in each remaining double crochet around. Join with the first single crochet.

Round 2: *Skip the next single crochet, make 5 double crochets in the next stitch, skip the next single crochet, slip stitch into the next stitch.* Repeat around. Slip stitch into the first stitch. Fasten off.

There you have it! A perfect placemat for Halloween! The best part about this is that you can mix and match different colors for whatever theme you have in your kitchen! I actually make one with white and a lite purple border for my Mother’s Day giveaway!

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Crafty Sassy: Crochet Halloween Coaster (Easy)

Hey Dearies! I know it has been quite a while since I’ve posted for Crafty Sassy, but because Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, not to mention my birthday is in October, I had to share this super cute pattern with you all!

So, this is part of a set, but the placemat will come out next week. This pattern set was part of my Mother’s Day giveaway, while I used a light purple and white. However, this is Halloween, so the colors will be black and orange.

Here is the link for the matching placemat that goes with this coaster: https://katiesblog96971617.com/2019/10/09/crafty-sassy-crochet-halloween-placemat-easy/

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As much as I love working with black, it’s very difficult to see the stitches, but here are a few tips to help you out.

Tips for working with black yarn:

  1. If you are lucky enough to be a crochet hook collector, you might have heard of the ones that light up, and yes they do work great, especially when you are working with darker colored yarn.
  2. If you don’t have those light-up hooks hanging around, a lamp or overhead lights will be your best friend. I always use an overhead light for my life and when working with darker colors.
  3. If you don’t have any of the 2 above, sunlight or daylight works well!

Let’s talk about what you will need:

  • Medium Size Yarn
    • I’ll be using Pumpkin, in Red Heart Super Saver, and Black, in I Love This Yarn.
  • 5.5mm hook
  • Sewing needle

Take the color you would like to use for the middle. I’ll be using black as my middle.

Chain 6.

Round 1: Chain 3 (counts as double crochet on thisd rounds and the others). 9 Double crochets in the ring. Join at the top of your chain 3. (10 dc)

Round 2: Chain 3. Double crochet in the same chain as joining. 2 Double crochets in each stitch. Join at the top of your chain 3. (20 dc)

Round 3: Chain 3. Double crochet in the same stitch as joining. 2 Double crochets in each stitch. Join at the top of your chain 3. (40 dc)

You can stop here if you want, but if you want to make it bigger, do Round 4. If you want to stop here, skip to the border step. 

Round 4: Chain 3. Double crochet in the same stitch as joining. *Double crochet in the next stitch, make 2 double crochets in the next stitch.* Join at the top of chain 3.

Border

Grab the second color and chain 1 with it.

Round 1:  Single crochet in that same stitch you joined in the last round and all around. Slip stitch into the first single crochet.

Round 2: Chain 1. Skip the next stitch. *Make 5 double crochets in the next stitch. Skip the next stitch. Slip stitch in the next stitch.* Repeat until you reach the end and slip stitch.

Fasten off and sew in any loose ends.

There you have it! Make sure to check in next Tuesday for the placemat that goes with this coaster.

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Temperature Blanket Update – September 2019

Fall is officially here! One of my favorite seasons! So, right now in Maine, we are going through what we like to call ‘second summer’, which is when we get a few days that the sun is out and it’s hot. Then it goes back to be cold, again.

With September finally coming to the end, I will say we were lucky enough to get some nice last days of summer, but the leaves are changing colors, which makes car rides so much fun to enjoy because of the beautiful scenery.

As you can see, the blanket is starting to fill itself back up, but I think a few of you might be wondering if I’ll have enough to fill the other side. I might not, but I will be crocheting white squares to fill in what is needed.

Here it is!

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The photo may not do justice, but it is super big! I had to move furniture around just to get a full photo of the blanket.

As always, here is my color list:

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100 degrees – Fire Red (I Love This Yarn)
90 degrees – Pumpkin (Red Heart Super Saver)
80 degrees – Bright Yellow (Red Heart Super Saver)
70 degrees – Jelly Bean (I Love This Yarn)
60 degrees – Green (Main Stays Basic Yarn)
50 degrees – Turqia (Red Heart Super Saver)
40 degrees – Soft Blue (I Love This Yarn)
30 degrees – Dark Orchid (Red Heart Super Saver) *Changed to the following – Violet (Red Heart With Love)
20 degrees – Orchid (I Love This Yarn) *Changed to the following – Orchid (Red Heart Super Saver)
10 and below – Light Gray (I Love This Yarn)

How do you tell which color to use?

I, personally, go with the overall temperature. So, let’s go by today, for example:

Today in Maine, the overall temperature is 17 degrees. I would choose the light gray.

Let’s say that it was an overall temperature of 22 degrees, I would choose the Orchid color. All my temperatures, for my colored yarn, has to have the same number first number. If that makes any sense, I’m sorry if it doesn’t!

What was the highest temperature for this month?

We got one last day in the ’80s, but I’m pretty sure we won’t see another on until next year. On that day, I ended up going to Popham Beach and was it a perfect day to walk along the beach and collect shells!

The water was too cold to swim in but wasn’t too back to walk in.

What was the lowest temperature for this month?

60’s have been our lowest, so far, I expect us to start seeing more days get colder as we go into October, which makes me sad because I do love the warmer weather.

Do you post daily updates?

Yes, I do. On my Facebook page, I post a picture of the square for each day. I also tried to post every week’s worth, but it was hard to keep track of, so I’ll be posting monthly and daily instead.

If you haven’t liked my Facebook Page, here is the link below! It keeps you posted and updated on my temperature blanket and any updates for my blog and YouTube channel, as well!

https://www.facebook.com/katiesblog96971617/?ref=bookmarks

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Temperature Blanket Update 2019 – August

August has finally ended and fall is closer than we know it! Temperatures have stayed the same for the most part, but now are starting to get a little cooler as we watch the leaves change colors we watch the end of summer slowly turn into fall.

I did use a different yarn for the last few 80 degree days, but I have a feeling we won’t have any more of those days in the future. I can’t wait to slowly watch our colors go back into the blues and purples.

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I also wanted to note that I will be putting an update on how I would redo or change anything from this year’s temperature blanket because as you can see, this is pretty huge for a blanket, let alone, it’s bigger than my bed, even sleep on a queen!

Anyway, here are the colors that I used, just in case you forgot what each of them meant.

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100 degrees – Fire Red (I Love This Yarn)
90 degrees – Pumpkin (Red Heart Super Saver)
80 degrees – Bright Yellow (Red Heart Super Saver)
70 degrees – Jelly Bean (I Love This Yarn)
60 degrees – Green (Main Stays Basic Yarn)
50 degrees – Turqia (Red Heart Super Saver)
40 degrees – Soft Blue (I Love This Yarn)
30 degrees – Dark Orchid (Red Heart Super Saver) *Changed to the following – Violet (Red Heart With Love)
20 degrees – Orchid (I Love This Yarn) *Changed to the following – Orchid (Red Heart Super Saver)
10 and below – Light Gray (I Love This Yarn)

 

How do you tell which color to use?

I, personally, go with the overall temperature. So, let’s go by today, for example:

Today in Maine, the overall temperature is 17 degrees. I would choose the light gray.

Let’s say that it was an overall temperature of 22 degrees, I would choose the Orchid color. All my temperatures, for my colored yarn, has to have the same number first number. If that makes any sense, I’m sorry if it doesn’t!

What was the highest temperature for this month?

So, the highest has been 90, we never reach a 100-degree day, which I was hoping to at least happen once. I do go for the overall highest temp, but its never been 100, but has gotten very close to it!

What was the lowest temperature for this month?

The lowest, we actually hit a 60-degree day. We have had a lot of 70 or 80 degree days but finally hit a 60-degree day this last week. I believe we will start to see more of those to come in the upcoming weeks!

Do you post daily updates?

Yes, I do. On my Facebook page, I post a picture of the square for each day. I also tried to post every week’s worth, but it was hard to keep track of, so I’ll be posting monthly and daily instead.

If you haven’t liked my Facebook Page, here is the link below! It keeps you posted and updated on my temperature blanket and any updates for my blog and YouTube channel, as well!

https://www.facebook.com/katiesblog96971617/?ref=bookmarks

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Crafty Sassy: Crochet Travel Bag (Easy)

Hey Dearies! Back with another super cute pattern! This is a market back that I had a blast making! Plus it was super simple to make as well. I ended up making this for my nieces 5th birthday and she loved it!

I would say that this bag a normal size for a bag, it’s not huge, but it’s big enough to fit what you would normally put in your purse. Well, for me, but you can use it for anything!

This pattern is going to be split into 3 parts. The base, handle, and gussett (which is a long part than connects both of the bases, I will explain more as we get there to hopefully make a little more sense).

Let’s begin talking about what you will need for this project:

  • Medium Yarn
    • Make sure you have 2 skiens of the colors you want to use. You will be working with 2 strains of yarn with this project.
    • I used Red Heart in white and orchard. You don’t have to change colors unless you want to, but I did just to see how it would look like.
    • 5.0 mm hook
    • Sewing needle
    • Stitch markers

Base and Handle (Make 2 of these)

Grab 2 strains of yarn, of your choice, chain 37. 

Row 1: Single crochet in the second chain from your hook and in each chain across. Turn. (36)

Row 2: Chain 1. single crochet across. (36)

Rows 3-12: Repeat row 2. Once row 12 is done, you can change into another 2 strains of color. I dropped the white by cutting it and crocheting over it. I just grabbed the other end of the yarn I was working on to replace my white.

Note: You don’t have to switch colors, but I did.

Row 13: Chain 3 (counts as a double crochet), skip the first stitch, double crochet in the next stitch and in each st across. Turn. (36)

Rows 14-19: Repeat row 13. Once at row 13, go back to using the 2 main colors that you were working with before. (You don’t have to do this unless you want to!)

Rows 20-27: Repeat row 2. Turn.

Now, we are going to be working on the handle part, we are NOT fasting off, not yet, but I just wanted to make sure before you start to fasten off. 

Row 28: Chain 1, single crochet in the next 6 stitches. Chain 50. Single crochet the last 6 stitches.

Row 29: Chain 1. Single crochet in the 6 stitches. Work a single crochet in each of the chains. Single crochet in the last 6 stitches. Fasten off and sew in any loose ends.

Once you have made two of the bases with handles, lets start on the gussett, or the part we are going to use to connect it all together!

Gussett (Make only 1 of these)

Working with 2 strains, again.

Row 1: Single crochet in the second chain from the hook. Single crochet across. Turn. (5)

Row 2: Chain 1. Single crochet across. Turn.

Repeat row 2 until it measures out to be about 30in. Fasten off and weave in any loose ends. Fold the gussett, from front to back, at the folded part, place a stitch marker on the row that is in the middle fold.

Assembly: 

There are two ways to do this:

  1. Single crochet around the long sides of the gussett and single crochet around the 3 sides of the bases. Sewing them together.
  2. Single crocheting all the pieces together, using 2 strands.

Whichever way you want to do it, is fine. I found that the first one made it a little bit easier for me to connect them, but I also wanted that nice thick border it has.

When you connect them, the short side of the gussett is the closest to the handles.

If you are single crocheting around, to connect them, make sure that when you get to the corner, you single crochet 3 times.

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There you have it! I’ve been one of those people that just love the crochet bag idea and I had to share this on with you all! A very simple pattern, but it can be tricky to assemble!

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Crafty Sassy: Crochet Basic Squared Coasters (Beginner)

Hey Dearies! Back at it again with another super easy pattern for you! This even goes with the can cozies we made last week, but I will be adjusting the size so that it will fit all sizes!

If you want to make a can cozy to go with this, here is the link: https://katiesblog96971617.com/2019/08/06/crafty-sassy-crochet-can-cozies-beginner/

So, when it comes to coaster patterns, a lot of them don’t make them as big as they need to be for normal or bigger size mugs/cups. Sometimes the pattern’s picture is zoomed in, so you really can’t tell if they are that big unless you make them yourself.

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Let’s talk about what you will need:

  • Medium Size Yarn
    • I’ll be using Red Heart Super Saver in White and the border in the same blue mix as the can cozy.
  • 5.0 mm hook
  • Sewing needle

Let’s begin.

Chain 18

Row 1: Single crochet into the 2nd chain from your hook and in each remaining chains. Chain 1 and turn your work.

Row 2: Single crochet across. Chain 1 and turn. Repeat until your desired length.

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Note: I kept crocheting until the height of my coaster was about 4in. You also have to keep in mind that we are also adding a border as well!

Once at your desired length, fasten off and weave in your ends.

Boarder

Grab another color, or you can use the same color to make the base. I’ll be using the same blue mix colored yarn for the border.

Insert your hook on any side of your coaster. Chain 1 and single crochet across. When you reach a corner, make sure to make 3 single crochets in that same corner.

Fasten off and weave in any loose ends!

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There you have it! A perfect and simple coaster to make for your guest or just yourself. If you still want to make the can cozy that goes with this pattern, make sure to check out the link at the top of the page.

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Crafty Sassy: Crochet Can Cozies (Beginner)

Hey Dearies! So, today I have another super easy pattern for you all! Since we are still in the hot weather in Maine, I figured we would make some can cozies for our soda cans! This also goes with a set, so next week, I’ll show you all how to make the coasters that go with them!

If you are just starting out, this is going to be perfect for you! Especially if you don’t want to just make a dishcloth, which is what most crocheters recommend to start out.

Let’s talk about what you will need:

  • Medium Yarn
    • I’m going to be using a multi-colored yarn from Red Heart. I forgot what it was called since I lost the label for it.
  • 5.0 mm hook
  • Sewing needle
  • Stitch Marker

Let’s Begin!

Round 1: Chain 2. Make 7 single crochets in the 2nd chain from your hook. Do NOT join, we will be working into a spiral. (7sc)

Make sure you place a stitch marker at the end of each row. Move the marker up after each row is completed. This will help you stay on track.

Round 2: 2 single crochet in the next 6 single crochets, single crochet in the last single crochet. (13 sc)

Round 3: *Single crochet in the next single crochet, 2 single crochet in the next single crochet* Repeat 6 times. Single crochet in the last single crochet. (19 sc)

Round 4: *Single crochet in the next 2 single crochets, 2 single crochets in the next single crochet* Repeat 6 times. Single crochet in the last single crochet. (25 sc)

Round 5: *Single crochet in the next 3 single crochets, 2 single crochet in the next single crochet* Repeat 6 times. 2 single crochets in the last single crochet. (32 sc)

Round 6: Working in the back loops only. Single crochet in each single crochet around.

Round 7: Single crochet around. Repeat until your project reaches your desired length. I’ll be crocheting until I reach about 3.5 inches tall.

Last Round: Slip stitch in each single crochet around. Fasten off and weave in all loose ends.

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There it is! Sadly, I didn’t have any cans to actually use and show you how it would look, but I tried my best to shape it so it looks like it was holding a can. I think these are super cute and fun to make or have for guest to use!

Make sure you see next weeks blog post, it will go along with this pattern. It’s a coaster that is perfect for this can cozies!

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Temperature Blanket Update 2019 – July

Hey Dearies! With July finally coming to an end, it’s time to show you what our lovely temperature blanket is looking like! So, this month has been SOOOOO hot! Although we haven’t reached 100-degree weather, it has felt like 100 degrees on some days!

As you can see, our blanket looks different. It has an addition to it, and let me explain why.

So, as I have mentioned before, this is my first crack at the whole temperature blanket thing. I didn’t have a lot of time to really think this through and get the yarn I needed for the blanket.

I was gonna add the addition to the beginning of June, but totally spaced it, when connecting my squares together. I didn’t realize until I was in the middle of July that I wanted to do so. With that being said, I finished off July with the addition.

Let me tell you, I didn’t plan for the blanket to be this BIG, but on cold winter days, this will be the perfect thing to snuggle with on those chilly days. Anyway, take a look of it yourself!

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January, February, March, April, May, June, and July.

I tried my best to get the entire blanket in the shot, but for the future, I will be taking two pictures, just to make sure that I get the entire blanket in the shot! Literally, I was moving furniture around just so I could get a full shot of how big it is.

This is in my living room if you were wondering. The bigger it gets, the harder it will be to take photos, but I will try my best to keep giving you an update on it!

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100 degrees – Fire Red (I Love This Yarn)
90 degrees – Pumpkin (Red Heart Super Saver)
80 degrees – Bright Yellow (Red Heart Super Saver)
70 degrees – Jelly Bean (I Love This Yarn)
60 degrees – Green (Main Stays Basic Yarn)
50 degrees – Turqia (Red Heart Super Saver)
40 degrees – Soft Blue (I Love This Yarn)
30 degrees – Dark Orchid (Red Heart Super Saver) *Changed to the following – Violet (Red Heart With Love)
20 degrees – Orchid (I Love This Yarn) *Changed to the following – Orchid (Red Heart Super Saver)
10 and below – Light Gray (I Love This Yarn)

How do you tell which color to use?

I, personally, go with the overall temperature. So, let’s go by today, for example:

Today in Maine, the overall temperature is 17 degrees. I would choose the light gray.

Let’s say that it was an overall temperature of 22 degrees, I would choose the Orchid color. All my temperatures, for my colored yarn, has to have the same number first number. If that makes any sense, I’m sorry if it doesn’t!

What was the highest temperature for this month?

We have had a few days of 90 degrees, which are the orange squares. We haven’t hit 100 degrees, yet, but this is Maine. It’s rare for it to hit 100 degrees, but it has been 100 before in the past. It’s gotten close, but once it does, you’ll start to see some red squares when we do!

What was the lowest temperature for this month?

70 has been the lowest temperature we have seen, but only if we have a wonderful rainy day! Although, we have been getting a lot of thundershowers, that I HATE! Thunder scares the crap out of me and makes my anxiety go from 0-100 pretty quick when it comes to that.

Do you post daily updates?

Yes, I do. On my Facebook page, I post a picture of the square for each day. I also tried to post every week’s worth, but it was hard to keep track of, so I’ll be posting monthly and daily instead.

If you haven’t liked my Facebook Page, here is the link below! It keeps you posted and updated on my temperature blanket and any updates for my blog and YouTube channel, as well!

https://www.facebook.com/katiesblog96971617/?ref=bookmarks

 

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Crafty Sassy: Crochet C2C Wrist Pocket (Easy)

Hey Dearies! So, I’ve got another super fun project to show you guys! This one is another c2c pattern and since I created a c2c phone case, I figured we do another pattern using the c2c stitch!

This idea happened to show up, while I was on Pinterest, which is usually where I get a vast majority of patterns or ideas. I saw that they had a wrist pocket and I wanted to try it with more of a C2C kick to it!

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These are perfect for going to amusement parks or just a hike or just in case you don’t want to have to take your purse/wallet with you. Plus they can look pretty stylish too!

Let’s talk about what you’ll need:

  • 5.0 mm hook
  • Medium Size Yarn
    • I’m using a Red Heart Brand. I’m not sure what the color is labeled, but it does look like hot pink!
  • Sewing Needle
  • Button

Before we begin, if you don’t know how to do a C2C stitch, here is a link to a video on how to do so, if you need to visually see how to do the stitch. This is NOT my video, all credit goes to Heart Hook Home.

Now, let’s begin!

C2C Base

Chain 5. 

Row 1: Double crochet into the 3 chain space from the hook. Double crochet in the last 2 chains.

Row 2: Chain 5. Double crochet into the 3rd chain space. Double crochet in the next 2 spaces. Turn your square and slip stitch in the chain 3, from the previous stitch. Chain 2. Work 3 double crochets in that same stitch where you did your slip stitch.

Row 3: Repeat Row 2.

We are now going to end the top row. If you want to make it thicker, add another row or repeat Row 3.

Row 4: Turn your work and slip stitch in the next 3 stitches. *Chain 2. Make 3 double crochet in the chain 3 gap.* Repeat until you reach the other side. Chain 5.

Row 5: Double crochet into the 3rd chain from the hook. Double crochet in the next 2 chains. Slip stitch into the chain 3 gap. *Chain 2. Make 3 double crochet in the chain 3 gap.* Repeat until you reach the other side. Chain 5.

Repeat this process until your work can wrap around your wrist. Make sure you add another row, for when we add the button.

Remember: To end a side, after you finish your double crochets, slip stitch in the top 3 holes to end the side. Look back into the video for more help!

Once you end your base, single crochet around it. Make sure to make 3 single crochets in each of the corners.

Button Hole

On one of the shorter sides, single crochet together in the first two stitches. Half double crochet in the next stitch. Double crochet in the next stitch. Treble crochet in the same stitch as your double crochet.

Chain 3. Treble crochet in the next stitch. Double crochet in the same stitch as the treble crochet. Half double crochet in the next stitch. End the last two stitches with single crochet together.

Pocket

Row 1: Chain 9. Single crochet in the second chain from your hook and single crochet across. You should have 8 stitches. Chain 1 and turn.

Row 2-8: Single crochet across. Chain 1 and turn. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Note: I made this to be about the same size as the width of the wrist base. You can make yours bigger if you need to. 

Attach this to the wrist base by sewing it on. Only sew 3 of the sides. Weave off any ends.

Pocket Button Hole

Slip stitch into the top of the base, right above where your pocket opens up.

Row 1-3: Chain 1 and single crochet across the length of the pocket. Turn. Repeat.

Row 4: Chain 1. Single crochet in the first 2 stitches. Chain 3. Single crochet into the last 2 stitches. Turn.

Row 5: Chain 1. Single crochet into the first 2 stitches. Single crochet in the chain space 3 times. Single crochet into the last 2 stitches. Fasten off and weave in any ends.

Sew on the buttons for the pocket and wrist base and you are all set!

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There you have it! This is another pattern that is perfect to practice, especially if you want to get into C2C stitches.

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Crafty Sassy: Crochet C2C Phone Case (Easy)

Hey Dearies! I’ve got another free pattern for you guys and I can’t wait to show it to you all! So, as you all know, if you follow me on Instagram, I showed you one of my pieces that was a C2C (Otherwise called a Corner 2 Corner), that I sadly rushed and didn’t pay attention to the details and ended up taking it apart.

Now, I am currently been practicing with the C2C stitch and I figured this pattern would be an awesome idea, especially if you want to try and make this particular stitch. This phone case is a basic ‘sleeve’ case.

For this case, I ended up pulling out an unused skein of yarn that has been sitting in my closet of yarn, that I got for Christmas. I also know a LOT of people and family members who just LOVE camo stuff and I figured, why not use it for this!

Let’s talk about what you will need:

  • Medium Yarn
    • I am using the Red Heart Super Saver in Camo.
    • You can use whatever colors you wish, but using a mixed colored yarn makes it more fun!
  • 5.0 mm hook
  • Sewing needle

Let’s Begin!

Making the Base

First thing is first, grab your yarn and make a slip knot onto your hook!

Row 1: Chain 5. Double crochet into the 3rd chain from the hook. Double crochet into the next 2 chain stitches.

Row 2: Repeat row 1. *Slip Stitch into the opening gap of the last square you made, in the chain 3 space. Chain 2. Make 3 double crochets in the same gap that you made your slip stitch in. * Repeat * one more. Turn your work.

Repeat Row 1 and Row 2 until you reach your desired height. Mine has 12 squares for my height, I wanted to make it a little bit bigger so it wasn’t so snugged tight. 

When you reach the desired height, turn your work and slip stitch into the next 3 stitches. After that, Chain 2 and make your 3 double crochets. You do this same thing for your width as well. (I did about 13, making sure it wrapped around my phone, but adding an extra row, making it 14 just so it wasn’t as snug.

I know this can sound confusing, but if you need to watch someone do this, I will be leaving a link from Heart Hook Home, that shows you what you need to do. If you are like me, you want to see what you need to do, but once you learn to do it, you’ll catch on pretty quick!

This video was SO helpful when I was looking for a good C2C teaching video. You see, when you do a normal C2C, they have you chain 6 instead of 5, making the project have more of a gap between squares.

Anyway, how long you want to make your width, is totally up to you. I based it on how long it needed to be to wrap around my phone, but I added another row so that it wouldn’t be so tight.

Here is what it will look like:

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As you can see, my length is about 12 squares going up and my width is about 14 squares going across. 

Border/Sewing Together (Optional)

Now, for the next part, you can do of 2 ways.

  1. Single crochet around the entire base. 
    1. I went with the first one because it does make it easier to add the buttonhole to the case itself. It also makes it look nice and neat.
    2. When you single crochet around, make sure to make 3 single crochets in all of the corners. You’ll see why when we come to the next step!
  2. Fold it and sew it together. 
    1. You can do the second way, but if you are looking for an easier, and simple way to sew them together, step one is the way to go! If you are set on step 2, just skip down to the buttonhole step.

Once you have finished with step 1, grab your sewing needle, sew in any loose ends before we begin. Get enough yarn, that you will think will be enough, and thread your needle.

Note: I usually grab more than necessary, but the extra yarn that is leftover, we are going to use for the buttonhole or you can use it for any scrap projects in the future! NEVER THROW YOUR SCRAPS!

Once your needle is threaded, line the two ends together and tie a know. This will make it so that our sewing is a little thicker. Then start sewing! I went back an forth, going through both of the stitches from the single crochet.

Sew ONLY 3 of the sides, one of the short sides will be the opening for the case itself. Cut any extra yarn and weave in any loose piece of yarn. Any extra yarn we will be using for our next step!

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Here is what mine looked like, once I sewed around it all!

Buttonhole and Button

By the opening at the top, find where you want to place your buttonhole.

Slip knot the extra yarn onto your hook and insert it onto the top. Single crochet in that same spot.

Chain 20.

Note: You can chain more or less, depending on where you want your button to be, just remember, you need to make sure that it will reach the button. You can always sew the button to where you want it to be and then create the buttonhole. 

Single crochet into the next stitch/and or place.

Fasten off and weave the ends. Add your button and you are done!

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This is what mine turned out to be!

There you have it! I think these would be perfect gifts for stocking stuffers for the teens or adults. I won’t be surprised if you can fit a PSP or DS in these no problem!

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Crafty Sassy: Crochet Circle Coasters (Easy)

Hey Dearies! Back again with another super cute pattern! Not only is this super cute, but it is one of those patterns you can play around with the colors. I figure this would be the perfect time to show you how to make a coaster since we are in summer!

This pattern will have TWO sizes, since I’ve found most patterns, for coasters, are usually very small or not big enough for your super big mugs, which what I use on the daily! So, let’s start with what you need!

What you need:

  • Medium Size Yarn
    • I’m using Red Heart Super Saver in a light purple and dark purple.
  • 4.5mm crochet hook
  • Sewing Needle

Alright! So, let’s begin!

Make a magic circle with your main color.

Round 1: Chain 3. (This counts as your first double crochet.) Work 11 double crochet in the circle. Pull the tail of the magic circle to tighten and close the circle. Slip Stitch in the top chain of the beginning of chain 3.

Round 2: Chain 3. (Counts as your first double crochet.) Work a double crochet in that same stitch. Work 2 double crochets in each stitch around. Join with a slip stitch in the beginning of chain 3.

Round 3: Chain 3. (Counts as your first double crochet.) Work 2 double crochets in the next stitch. *Double crochet in the next stitch. 2 double crochets in the next stitch.* Repeat from * around. Join with a slip stitch in the top of chain 3.

Round 4: Chain 3. (Counts as your first double crochet.) *1 double crochet in the next 2 stitches, 2 double crochets in the next stitch. * Repeat from * around. Join with a slip stitch in the top of chain 3.

Round 5: Chain 3. (Counts as your first double crochet.) *1 double crochet in the next 3 stitches, 2 double crochets in the next stitch. * Repeat from * around. Join with a slip stitch in the top of chain 3. Fasten off.

This should fit most cups, if not, you can always add another row or so! Also, if you see your project curling up, stretch it out and adjust, if you have too. Now, if you don’t want to make the swirl design, just sew in your loose ends and create for your table!

Contrast Swirl

Since I am using a dark purple, I’m going with a light purple. You can also use white for any dark colors for the swirl part as well!

Insert your hook near the center of the circle, in between the next 2 stitches, from round 1 and pull up a loop. Insert your hook in between the next 2 stitches and pull up another loop.

Keep doing this around in the same manner, creating a spiral until you reach the end of the last round. Fasten off and weave your ends.

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You can make a set of 4 coasters, for your table, or make more so that you have them for when you have company over on a hot day, these will not only help keep the water droplets from soaking into your table but they will look super cute!

Tip: If you don’t like the fact that your coaster slips and slides on your tables, try taking a hot glue gun and make dots on the back of the coaster. Let them dry and they see if that helps prevent it from sliding around.

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Crafty Sassy: Crochet Striped Washcloths (Easy)

Hey Dearies! So, today I figured I would teach you how to create a simple washcloth! If you are very new to crochet, this would be the place to start! Creating washcloths are one of the most basic thing to crochet, not to mention, it helps you with learning how to single crochet.

When a beginner is looking for a project to practice on, washcloths are usually where they start from. You can make them with different stitches or styles! This particular pattern also shows you how to change colors and to create a simple single crochet border!

Let’s talk about what you will need:

  • Medium Yarn
    • This pattern requires two types of colors. You can use any colors you would like!
    • I’ll be using Red Heart Super Saver in White and Cherry Red.
  • 3mm hook
  • Sewing needle
  • Stitch Marker (optional)

Now, let’s begin!

Using your main color, chain 35. (I’ll be starting with the White first.)

Row 1: Single crochet in the second chain from the hook. *Single crochet into the next stitch.* Repeat from * to the end. Turn. (34)

Tip: You can place a stitch marker at the end of each row, it will make sure that you don’t lose track or make sure that you don’t add any unwanted stitches!

Row 2-23: Chain 1. *Single crochet into the next stitch.* Repeat from * to the end. Don’t chain 1 on the last row, we are going to change colors at this point! (34)

Should measure about 4 3/4in (12cm). Change to your other color. (I’ll be switching to the Cherry Red.)

Row 24-25: Chain 1 with your second color. *Single crochet into the next stitch.* Repeat from * to the end. Don’t chain 1, when you are the last row.

Switch back to your main color.

Row 26-27: Chain 1 with your main color. *Single crochet into the next stitch.* Repeat from * to the end. Don’t chain 1, when you are the last row.

Row 28-29: Chain 1 with your second color. *Single crochet into the next stitch.* Repeat from * to the end. Don’t chain 1, when you are the last row.

Switch back to your main color.

Row 30-31: Chain 1 with your main color. *Single crochet into the next stitch.* Repeat from * to the end. Don’t chain 1, when you are the last row.

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Row 32-33: Chain 1 with your second color. *Single crochet into the next stitch.* Repeat from * to the end. Don’t chain 1, when you are the last row.

Switch back to your main color.

Row 34-38: Chain 1 with your main color. *Single crochet into the next stitch.* Repeat from * to the end. Fasten off. Weave in any ends from switching colors.

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This is what it looks like the washcloth without the boarder. You can leave it like this, but for me, I think the border adds or makes it look better and evener.

Border

Grab the secondary color that you used for the stripes, and attach it to the side of the washcloth. You can start where ever, but I recommend not starting on a corner.

Chain 1 and then single crochet around your washcloth. When you get to the edges, make sure you make 3 single crochets in each corner.

Once you have reached to where you started, slip stitch into the next single crochet and fasten off. Weave in any loose strings.

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There you have it! A simple washcloth for you! This was the very first one that I’ve ever made. I was one of those beginners that just jumped into beginner patterns and never got a chance to create a washcloth.

The best part, you can use this in the kitchen, bathroom, or living room! Where ever you need it! However, when you do finish creating this, it will be very stiff. The more you get it wet and use it, the more it will start to loosen up.

I recommend hand-washing these in lukewarm water, and having them air dry. Once they begin loose enough, you can put them into the dryer, but I would be careful. I’ve had a few projects unravel in the washer before.

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Crochet Blanket 2019

Temperature Blanket Update 2019: June

Hey Dearies! Another month as went and gone, but we officially in the summer months for sure! I’ve already had to re-stock on the 70 degrees weather since I really didn’t plan this too well, but it was something that was completely new to try out.

Lately, it has been either raining or just too hot to do anything. For us crocheter’s or ‘hookers’, we would rather be inside in the cool AC, working on our projects, especially if you are working on blankets.

Although I will admit, I did go outside a few times with my hook and crocheted outside, but once the sun starts to move around, you just want to find another place with shade. Not to mention the bugs are crazy this year!

Now, let’s take a look at what we have so far:

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January, February, March, April, May, and June

As this blanket is getting bigger, it’s been harder to take pictures of it, not to mention each of my squares is bigger than a normal temperature blanket would be.

Oh, and don’t mind the toys that are scattered around the blanket, I was taking this photo, just after my daughter woke up from her nap. I had to rush a little bit, just to make sure that I got the entire blanket in the frame.

Not to mention, my daughter wanted to have fun on the blanket itself!

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100 degrees – Fire Red (I Love This Yarn)
90 degrees – Pumpkin (Red Heart Super Saver)
80 degrees – Bright Yellow (Red Heart Super Saver)
70 degrees – Jelly Bean (I Love This Yarn)
60 degrees – Green (Main Stays Basic Yarn)
50 degrees – Turqia (Red Heart Super Saver)
40 degrees – Soft Blue (I Love This Yarn)
30 degrees – Dark Orchid (Red Heart Super Saver) *Changed to the following – Violet (Red Heart With Love)
20 degrees – Orchid (I Love This Yarn) *Changed to the following – Orchid (Red Heart Super Saver)
10 and below – Light Gray (I Love This Yarn)

 

How do you tell which color to use?

I, personally, go with the overall temperature. So, let’s go by today, for example:

Today in Maine, the overall temperature is 17 degrees. I would choose the light gray.

Let’s say that it was an overall temperature of 22 degrees, I would choose the Orchid color. All my temperatures, for my colored yarn, has to have the same number first number. If that makes any sense, I’m sorry if it doesn’t!

What was the highest temperature for this month?

Yes, we have hit the high 80’s, which means it won’t be much longer until we start to see some higher temperatures. For the most part, it’s been in the ’70s, but as we start to get into July, the temperature is sure to crank up.

What was the lowest temperature for this month?

We only had maybe a day or two that was just in the ’60s, which is just the way I like it. As we get more into July, we may not see another 60-degree day for a little bit, but hopefully, it will and give us a chance to cool down.

Do you post daily updates?

Yes, I do. On my Facebook page, I post a picture of the square for each day. I also tried to post every week’s worth, but it was hard to keep track of, so I’ll be posting monthly and daily instead.

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Unforgotten – Chapter 20

If you haven’t read Chapter 19, here is the link:

https://katiesblog96971617.com/2019/06/10/unforgotten-chapter-19/

Marie’s P.O.V
As I laid on the bed, in my hall, trying to catch my breath. James rolled over and laid his head on my chest. I smiled. It felt good to feel like a human, although, I’ll miss being a vampire, just because you never get tired.

“Wow, it feels like a long time since I’ve actually had to catch my breath.” James chuckled, tilting his head up to look at me.

“I know. I just can’t believe it.” I said, sitting up, grabbing a sheet to cover myself, as I got off of the bed. “Now, we really need to get you prepared.” I grabbed James’ pants and underwear and threw them on him.

He grabbed them and got out of bed to put them on. “Fine, but we are taking a break and doing that again.” He smirked. I rolled my eyes.

I quickly grabbed my clothes and threw them on, then remaking the bed, again. I felt his arms wrapped around my waist, as I tried to make the bed. “James, we really need to focus,” I said as he turned me to face him.

“I know, but this is exciting. We have been dreaming of this since we were both turned. I know things were different when we were human before, but my feelings haven’t changed and we need to tell them, Marie.” James said as I nodded.

As much as I want to tell them, I’m not sure my sister-in-law will really understand. Back when we first met, James was in love with Jade and left me to be with her. After she chose my brother, James went down a bad hole but managed to send me a message before he overdosed. I turned him and taught him the ways of being a vampire.

After being by ourselves for a few years, things started to change and we both fell for each other. We would talk about having a family, living in the same cottage that we were and being together for the rest of our life. We never thought that we would become human again, let alone be a part of the spiritual circle.

“We will, I promise. Let’s just take care of one thing at a time, okay?” I said as he pressed his lips against mine. I pulled away and smiled. “Now, back to work.”

Before we got over to the table to continue, Tanner busted through the door. “Marie, it’s the twins.” As I looked at my brother, he had a worried look on his face. I knew something was wrong. James and I quickly followed my brother.
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As we got into the main hall, Athena and Logan were laying on the floor, it looked like they are sleeping, but their eyes were open and completely white. I knew what was going on, they were having a vision. Not just any normal vision, but one that they are apart of, someone put them into this.

“How long have they been like this?” I looked up and asked Elle. I saw Jade hovering over both of the twins. “Don’t touch them, they are having a vision.”
Jade’s eyes grew, as I could see the fear in them. My brother, stood by her, as I looked over at Elle. “They just started.”

“What’s going on with them?” Tanner asked as I kneed down, looking over Athena and Logan. “They just dropped to the ground as if they were shot.”

“Someone put them into this spell. James and I might be able to break it, but we need to put them in a circle of salt, now.” I said as I stood up and Elle handed both James and I salt. We poured it around them, once the circle was complete. their eyes closed but still weren’t awake.

“Whoever was controlling them, wasn’t as strong as I thought,” Elle spoke as she looked over to me. Dean and Roxi ran over to see what was going on. I looked up at both of them and looked over to Elle. “You think that will work?”

“There’s only one way to find out,” I said, looking over to Dean and Roxi again. “I’ll explain what happened to them, but you both need to do something for them, right now.”

“Anything,” Dean spoke. I looked at Dean.

“You need to kiss Athena.” I paused and looked over at Roxi, “And you need to kiss Logan.”

Jade looked at me like I was crazy and pulled Dean away from kissing Athena. “You are not going to make them kiss my children while they are sleeping. They don’t even know each other! This isn’t right!” Jade yelled at me.

“Do you want your children to wake up? This is just a theory that we can try, we need to get them up. The other leaders will be here soon, we don’t have time to waste.” I replied, I then nodded over to Dean and Roxi, as they both nodded back.

Once Roxi’s lips met Logan’s his eyes fluttered awake, we all heard him take a deep breath in. Jade and Tanner rushed over to make sure he was alright, and carefully sat him up. Logan quickly looked over at his sister, with panic in his eyes. “We need to wake her!” He screamed, Tanner pulled Logan back.

Dean then pressed his lips against Athena’s, but nothing happened. “Why didn’t she wake up?” Dean asked as Athena didn’t move. Dean tried kissing her again, but nothing happened. That’s when I noticed the blood coming from her stomach.

“Fuck,” James spoke as he noticed the blood, Dean pressed his hands on her wound, as Elle grabbed towels to help keep the pressure. “We need to heal her, Marie.”

“I know,” I said, getting down on my hands and knees. “Dean, I need you to move your hands.”

“No, I’m not going to let her bleed to death.” He said, as tried moving his hands. “Teach me how to heal her.”

“There’s no time! She’s bleeding out right now.” I pushed him aside and closed my eyes.

“Beatus esse: obsecro, sana quod” I felt the power flow through my hands and onto Athena. I heard Athena breathing, again, as my eyes opened.

I saw her eyes open but saw that something happened to her, something she saw. She turned to look over at her brother, as they both held each other in their arms. “What happened to us?” Athena spoke as her eyes met with mine.

She looked down and saw the blood that was over her body, as she started to freak out. I grabbed her hand and calmed her. “Take a deep breath, and look under your shirt. I took care of it.” She lifted her shirt and showed her stomach, which had nothing there, just dried blood. I saw the relief in her eyes.

Athena looked over at Logan. “We need to tell them, what happened,” Athena said as Logan nodded.

“Athena, why don’t you go clean up and relax, Logan will tell us,” I said as Athena frowned, Dean, helped her up and walked with her to her hall.

“I’ll be with Athena,” Jade spoke, walking with Dean and Athena. Once they left the room, we looked over at Logan.

“You guys aren’t going to like this,” Logan said as his eyes where glazing straight as Roxi.

Chapter 21: https://katiesblog96971617.com/2019/07/01/unforgotten-chapter-21/

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Crafty Sassy: Crochet Ice Pop Cozies (Beginner)

Hey Dearies! So, since we are in summer, I wanted to give you all a pattern that was perfect for this season! As I was growing up, one of the favorite cold treat to have on a hot day, other than ice cream, was freeze pops!

We would always have so many of them that the only ones that were left in the fridge were the colors that we didn’t care to have. My favorites were red, pink, and of course blue!

These cozies are not only super cute, but they are perfect for the little ones and those who don’t like holding cold stuff in their hands. These are just a simple and very basic to make, so if you are short on time, these can be finished within a  few minutes, depending on how fast you crochet.

I have also included two sets of the same pattern, one for switching colors and the other one for making just solid colors. The color switching one will be first and the solid color one will be after that.

Here’s what you will need:

  • Medium Yarn (In any color you would like, or have two colors for more fun!)
  • 4.5 mm hook
  • Stitch Markers (This is optional, but if you are a beginner, I highly recommend to use.)
  • Sewing Needle

Let’s Begin! (Color Switching)

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Chain 13 and slip stitch into the first ch to create a ring.

Round 1: Ch 2. 13 half double crochet in the ring, slip stitch on the top of your ch 2 to close. Work each round continuously; use a stitch marker to help keep track of the rounds.

Round 2: 13 half double crochet around.

Round 3: 13 half double crochet around.

Round 4: 13 half double crochet around. (This is where you can choose to switch colors if you like.)

Round 5: 13 half double crochet around.

Round 6: 13 half double crochet around.

Round 7: 13 half double crochet around. (This is where you would switch your colors again.)

Round 8: 13 half double crochet around.

Round 9: 13 half double crochet around.

Finish off and sew in ends.

 

Let’s Begin! (Solid Color)

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Chain 13 and slip stitch into the first ch to create a ring.

Round 1: Ch 2. 13 half double crochet in the ring, slip stitch on the top of your ch 2 to close. Work each round continuously; use a stitch marker to help keep track of the rounds.

Round 2-9: 13 half double crochet.

Finish off and sew in ends.

This is something that can be done very quickly and it’s also fun to mix the colors around. These are also perfect for selling at craft fairs since it is something simple to create!

Also, if you don’t like the size of the cozie, you can always add more rows to make it longer.

Another thing, if you wanted it to sit at the end of the freeze pop, you can always sew the bottom of it. However, I like the cozy being the size it is since it’s easier to move and adjust when you are eating the freeze pop.

 

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Unforgotten – Chapter 19

If you haven’t read Chapter 18, here is the link:

https://katiesblog96971617.com/2019/05/21/unforgotten-chapter-18/

Athena’s P.O.V.
After I left Dean’s hall, I hurried over to my hall, my parents were looking around, I can see the smile in my dad’s face when he saw me. I ran up to him and hugged me. He squeezed tightly and I looked up and saw a tear escape from his eyes. I’ve never seen my dad cry a lot, but this made me cry.

He finally got his sister back. I finally got my aunt back. No longer was she a vampire, but she was one of the two leaders that had the Spiritual element.

“I’m so proud of you both.” My father said as he let go of the hug and looked into my eyes. “I never thought that it would’ve worked and I would get my sister back to normal, well almost.” He chuckled. I smiled.

I looked over at my mom, she didn’t seem to say much but nodded. I hugged my dad back, again. I was glad that he was proud of us, I just wished my mother felt the same way.

“So,” My father pulled away. “What’s next?”

“What do you mean?” I asked.

“Your brother told us about Ricky and your visions.” I froze, I didn’t think that Logan would mention this stuff to our dad, but I didn’t want to give off the vibe that I was afraid. It didn’t feel normal to talk about these kinds of things with them.

“Well, the first thing we had to do was turn the vampire’s humans. Next, we have to have a meeting about what to do next.” I said as I looked over at my mom. She had tears falling from her eyes.

“Is it true?” I was confused, what was she talking about? “Is she really gone?” She asked again.

Then it hit me, she was talking about Ricky’s mom. She was best friends with his mom and they had us kids grow up together. The thing that sucked was that I hoped she wasn’t dead, but I didn’t want to give my mother hope if she was still alive.

“I’m not sure if my visions are true or not, but I don’t want to-” I cut off by another voice.

“Give you hope.” I turned and saw my Aunt Marie coming towards us. “Which at this point, we are still unsure what Ricky’s father really wants to do.” I smiled at my Aunt Marie, as she didn’t look quite as pale, but she looked glowing. “Athena, we are having a meeting and have to go.”

“Just like that, you are going to take my child away from me, again?” My mother bluntly said.

“I’m not taking your children away, they were chosen to be who they are today. You should be proud that your twins are doing everything they can to keep this world’s supernatural balanced.” Aunt Marie snapped back at my mother.

My mother stayed slight as we both walked out of my hall. “I’m sorry for snapping at your mother, but she needs to realize that there are worse things going on than her problems.”
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“So, Ricky and Ricky’s father could be a hybrid? What the hell is that?” James asked as he looked up at my Aunt. “How many supernatural do we have?”

“James, I know this is a lot of information that we are pushing on you, but you need to focus on the bigger picture.” Elle interrupted, as she then looked over at my Aunt Marie.

“Which is?” James chimed in again.

“Hybrid is a half werewolf, half vampire. They are a lot stronger than a regular werewolf and vampire because they have both of the strengths of both supernatural. For centuries, they have been wanting to take over our world completely. We have been able to keep peace among the vampires and werewolves for centuries because they want the same thing, peace.” Aunt Marie explained.

“Now, if Athena’s visions are true, he is creating an army of hybrids, which we must make sure that is destroyed. I’ve gotten in contact with the pack leader of werewolves and the Queen of fangs. They will be here to talk about the opinions on what to do next.”
James rubbed his eyes, still trying to process all the information that is going on. I looked over at Dean as he gave me a smirk.

“Basically, we will be going into war with the hybrids?” Logan asked.

“Yes, but with the help of our allies, we should be able to destroy them with no problem at all,” Elle spoke as she turned to me. “We need you to let us know when you have another vision, knowing how many have been created, will determine everything.” I nodded.

“With that being said, practice your magic, for the time being, I’ll be teaching James and practicing myself. Elle will let us know when our allies are here and we will be back here to figure out our next move.” My Aunt Marie said as we all got up from the chairs and started to head toward the Main Hall.

Elle stopped Dean and me before leaving. “I know you have the spark together.” She bluntly spoke as I looked at her, surprised. “As I told Logan and Alexa, be very careful. It’s been very rare for Fire and Earth element witches to have a spark, but it’s not all a bad thing.”

“You two are very powerful if you can work together. Which can help us when it comes time to destroy the hybrids. I suggest you get stronger together since Dean is a little more advanced, he will help you get strong quicker.” Elle said as she gave us a soft smile and left the meeting room.

It was just Dean and I. As I started to walk to the door, he grabbed my wrist. I looked over at him as he came closer to my face, he pressed his forehead against mine. I leaned in, surprising him, and pressed my lips against his.

He smiled as I pulled away. “I’m sorry, were you going to do that?” I smirked as he chuckled.

“Took the words right out my mouth,” Dean smirked.

Chapter 20: https://katiesblog96971617.com/2019/06/17/unforgotten-chapter-20/

New chapters will be posted every Monday! Can’t wait til then? Check out the book on Wattpad! Search ‘katieasehl’, not only will you find this book, but other’s that I’ve finished or currently working on!

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Temperature Blanket Update 2019: May

Hey Dearies! Another month has passed for 2019! We FINALLY are getting some warmer weather, just in time for summer! As you can see, I have taken the picture from the floor and not on my bed because the blanket is starting to get really big!

I bet you are wondering how long it will get, huh? Well, not much longer because once the end of June has come and gone, I will be starting July from the beginning of our blanket. I know that it’s not something people do normally when it comes to temperature blankets.

So, let’s talk about this month some more! So, we finally hit a few 70 degree days, but nothing has gotten warmer than that, though, it has felt like that. Not very many 40 degree squares, but it looks like we won’t be seeing days like those for awhile!

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January, February, March, April, and May.

Sorry for the picture quality not being the best, but we can see every square all in one frame, which is harder, especially trying to fit it on the bed to take a perfect picture of it.

As always, here is the chart of colors that I am using, nothing has really changed, but I think I did switch out a brand for the 60 degrees color to a Red Heart brand since my entire blanket is almost completely made up of it.

The good thing is, the color didn’t really change at all, still the same color, just a different brand.

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100 degrees – Fire Red (I Love This Yarn)
90 degrees – Pumpkin (Red Heart Super Saver)
80 degrees – Bright Yellow (Red Heart Super Saver)
70 degrees – Jelly Bean (I Love This Yarn)
60 degrees – Green (Main Stays Basic Yarn)
50 degrees – Turqia (Red Heart Super Saver)
40 degrees – Soft Blue (I Love This Yarn)
30 degrees – Dark Orchid (Red Heart Super Saver) *Changed to the following – Violet (Red Heart With Love)
20 degrees – Orchid (I Love This Yarn) *Changed to the following – Orchid (Red Heart Super Saver)
10 and below – Light Gray (I Love This Yarn)

How do you tell which color to use?

I, personally, go with the overall temperature. So, let’s go by today, for example.

Today in Maine, the overall temperature is 17 degrees. I would choose the light gray.

Let’s say that it was an overall temperature of 22 degrees, I would choose the Orchid color. All my temperatures, for my colored yarn, has to have the same number first number. If that makes any sense, I’m sorry if it doesn’t!

What was the highest temperature for this month?

We finally got to 70 degrees, but haven’t reached that 80 degrees either. As we keep going into June, the weather will start to warm up a little more for us.

What was the lowest temperature for this month?

We had a few days that were 40 degrees, which aren’t that cold, but I would rather them be 50 degree days instead. We might see another 40-degree day, but I think we are in the clear and might only see 50-60 degree days in the future.

Do you post daily updates?

Yes, I do. On my Facebook page, I post a picture of the square for each day. I also tried to post every week’s worth, but it was hard to keep track of, so I’ll be posting monthly and daily instead.

If you haven’t liked my Facebook Page, here is the link below! It keeps you posted and updated on my temperature blanket and any updates for my blog and YouTube channel, as well!

https://www.facebook.com/katiesblog96971617/?ref=bookmarks

 

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Crafty Sassy: Crochet Adult Size Dragon Ball Z Goku Hat (Easy)

Hey dearies! Today I am back with a NEW pattern that I had to try and recreate. As you all know, some patterns can be available for a limited time or a price. A lot of creators rather create the items instead of having an option to buy the pattern.

Especially, if you know someone or really want something that they have created. Well, that’s what happened to me. As I was scrolling on Pinterest, I happened to see this hat set:2019-05-21.png

As soon as I saw it, I showed it to my fiance, who is a HUGE Dragon Ball Z fan and loved it! So, I looked into seeing if there was a pattern or someone who sells the pattern itself. Sadly, I didn’t get a pattern or couldn’t purchase a pattern.

When you can’t get a pattern, what do you do?

Recreate it, of course! Now, this was a simple recreate because the beanie is simple and those patterns are free, but I put a little twist to mine. I’m going to show you how to make the orange hat, the green one I am still currently looking for another pattern for the antenna’s, but once I do, I’ll have that pattern up for you all!

Let’s talk about what you will need:

  • Medium Size Yarn (In Orange, Black, and White)
    • I used Red Heart Super Saver Pumpkin, since I still have a huge skein of that left and same with the white.
    • I also used I Love This Yarn for the black, since I didn’t have any Red Heart in black.
  • 5.0mm
    • You can change the hook size to a 5.5mm or 6.0mm because the beanie will be really snug when it’s finished.
  • Sewing Needle
  • Scissors

*Note: This size fits an adult. My fiance’s head size is 21 inches, but I did adjust the pattern so that it wasn’t so tight. If anyone wants me to re-adjust the size if you want me to make one for the kiddos or baby sizes!

Let’s Begin!

-Hat-

Starting with the orange yarn, chain 5 and slip stitch in the first stitch chain to form a loop

Row 1: Chain 2. Make 10 double crochets in the loop. Join at the top of the first double crochet with a slip stitch. (10)

Row 2: Chain 2. Make two double crochets in each stitch. Join as you did before in row 1. (20)

Row 3: Chain 2. *Double crochet in the first stitch, Make 2 double crochets in the next stitch* Repeat * around. Join. (30)

Row 4: Chain 2. *Double crochet in the next 2 stitches, 2 double crochets in the next stitch* Repeat *around. Join. (40)

Row 5: Chain 2. *Double crochet in the next 3 stitches, 2 double crochets in the next stitch* Repeat * around. Join. (50)

Row 6: Chain 2. *Double crochet in the next 4 stitches, 2 double crochets in the next stitch* Repeat * around. Join. (60)

Row 7: Chain 2. * Double crochet in the next 5 stitches, 2 double crochets in the next stitch* Repeat * around. Join. (70)

Row 8: Chain 2. *Double crochet in the next 6 stitches, 2 double crochet in the next stitch* Repeat * around. Join. (80)

Row 9-15: Chain 2. Double crochet in each stitch. Join. (80)

Row 16-19: Switch to the black yarn. Chain 2. Double crochet in each stitch. Join. (80)

Row 20: Chain 1. Single crochet in each stitch. Join. Fasten off. (80)

Now that our hat is done, we need to create the circle part.

-Symbol Base (White circle)-

Grab the white yarn, chain 5 and slip stitch into the first chain to create a loop.

Row 1: Chain 2. Make 10 double crochets in the loop. Join. (10)

Row 2: Chain 2. Make 2 double crochets in every stitch. (20)

Row 3: Chain 2. *Double crochet in the first stitch, 2 double crochets in the next stitch* Repeat * around. Join. (20)

Row 4: Chain 2. *Double crochet in the next 2 stitches, 2 double crochets in the next stitch* Repeat * around. Join. (30)

Row 5: Chain 2. *Double crochet in the next 3 stitches, 2 double crochets in the next stitch* Repeat *around. Join. (40)

Row 6: Chain 1. Single crochet in each stitch. Join

Row 7: Change to black yarn. Chain 1. Single crochet in each stitch. Join. Fasten off.

The next part is totally up to you. My fiance didn’t want the symbol that they had, in the original picture, so he wanted me to do this symbol instead:

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I’m sorry that I don’t know the symbols, but this is what he chose. You have to do one of two things to get the symbol on the white piece.

  1. Sew on the symbol.
  2. Puffy Paint it on.

I’ve never used puffy paint, but I wanted to give it a try and still give the ‘3D’ effect. I can sew, but let’s be honest, I got very frustrated on trying to do so. The good thing about sewing is that you can pull it from your project.

Here’s how the puffy paint came out:

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You don’t have to do either of the symbols, get creative and put whatever you would like!

Once you are done with the symbol, make sure that if you used the puffy paint, let it dry for about 4 hours before touching it or doing this next step.

Take your hat and white symbol circle, grab some black yarn and sew on the circle symbol piece to the hat. And you should be all set to wear it!

I’m going to try my best and create the other hat, but make sure you are following my Facebook page! I usually update when I’m about to create a new pattern or if you want to suggest any ideas that you would like me to recreate!

 

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Unforgotten – Chapter 18

If you haven’t read Chapter 17, here is the link:

https://katiesblog96971617.com/2019/05/13/unforgotten-chapter-17/

Athena’s P.O.V.
As we all stood around in our elemental spots, Elle was handing us all a candle. Our Aunt Marie and James stood in the middle. As Elle approached me, she told me that I would be starting the ritual again.

“I’ll repeat what you have to say if you need me too.” She told me, handing me a green candle as I gave her a smile. I felt comfortable doing it by myself, but I needed to know what I had to say, especially since we are doing the ritual to change vampire back to humans.

“Is everything the same as the last ritual we did?” I asked as she nodded.

“The only thing that will be different, is that after we summon all the elements into the circle, you need to say one more thing before it is complete. I’ve already given James and Marie the potion. We are ready when you are.” Elle smiled as she headed over Roxi, handing her candle.

Each of us lit our candles. Dean smirked as I gazed over at him. I gave him a smiled and then took a deep breath to relax me. I was so nervous that something would go wrong. I closed my eyes and chanted: ‘Ego autem in terra circulus receperint.’

I opened them to see my flame get brighter. I carefully placed my candle on top of my stone, that glowed green. Slowly, I walked towards Roxi, as she gave me a smile, but I knew she was nervous as I. I closed my eyes once more and chanted: ‘Nunc receperint Aeris circulus.’

I opened them and saw her flame get brighter, as did the stone she stood on. I looked over to Elle as she nodded with approval. I then headed over to Dean. I noticed a smile appeared on his face, as I approached.

Standing in front of him, once again, I closed my eyes and chanted: ‘Nunc receperint pinguibus ignis Adfixus circulus.’

His flame grew brighter, as I slowly walked away towards my brother. He looked nervous, but seeing how I was, he relaxed his shoulders. Closing my eyes, I chanted: ‘Nunc receperint aqua circulus.’

I smiled how my brother flame got brighter. I headed towards the center of the circle where James and Aunt Marie were standing. I lifted the candle and stood in front of them. My Aunt Marie gave me a soft smile before I closed my eyes and chanted: ‘Nunc receperint Spiritus circulus.’

All of the elements started to glow as the ritual was almost completed. I looked over at Elle, as she had a smile on her face. “Now, Marie and James, you will need to stand looking at each other, holding the purple candle. Once Athena is back on her stone holding her candle, you will all chant ‘Beati eritis. Reduc eos maledictio data apou.'”

I nodded as I handed the candle over to my Aunt and James. The stood facing each other as I headed back to my candle. Once I was there, I closed my eyes and we all chanted: ‘Beati eritis. Reduc eos maledictio data apou.’, three times.

Opening my eyes, I saw everyone’s candles were out, but the Spiritual candle wasn’t. The Spiritual stone was also the only stone that was glowing. We all stood there amazed. I didn’t understand if we did it or not, but Elle seemed excited.

“Well, are we human or not?” James asked as Elle came towards him and smiled. I looked over and saw my Aunt Marie smiling and started to cry some tears.

“Well, you aren’t just human now, you are both the new Spiritual Element Leaders we have been waiting for.” Elle said as she blew out the candle and smiled at them both. She looked at James and smirked. “I knew there was something about you that was special, young man, but I never thought in a million years that we would see this happen in a ritual!”

I smiled as Dean came over and hugged me. His scent wrapped around me wanted me to kiss him, but I returned the smile. He leaned closer to my ear and whispered, “Come with me, I want to show you something.” I looked up and nodded.

Roxi and Logan kept talking as Elle was taking care of the candles and explaining to James everything that we had already heard. Dean and I snuck out, him holding my hand, as we laughed. I had no idea what he wanted to show me, but I was curious to know.

No one was in the main hall, but we headed toward the Fire Hall, which I have never been. The longer we walked down the hall, the hotter it got. Once we entered, it we were walking on a stone bridge, he held my hand as we crossed it.

I looked up to see a stone-like castle, covered in vines that climbed the walls. We started walking up the steps as he let go of my hand to open the old wooden door. My eyes were amazed at how incredible the castle was.

“Coming?” Dean asked as I looked back at him, still amazed with his home. I have always loved castles and fairy tails, but this was in-between an evil castle and a kings castle. As I entered into it, we were in a throne type room, with two staircases that were on each side of his elemental throne chair.

Dean grabbed my hand, as we headed up towards the stairs. As we went through the hall, there were 3 rooms. The one of the left, was a library, the one on the right was an extra room, and the only in the middle had another giant wooden doorway. Entering inside of it, there was a master bedroom.

It wasn’t as messy as I thought it would be. I always thought there would be his clothes everywhere or the bed wasn’t made, but it was spotless. I was shocked. “I never expected your room to be so clean.” I said as he chuckled, laying on his bed.

“You think I was a slob?” He joked as I laughed.

“Well, a little, but I’m kinda jealous,” I said, laying down with him on the bed. “I wished I was more organized like you.” I looked over at him and held my head up by my arm.

“Maybe I’ll surprise you some time and do it randomly someday for you.” He smiled as I leaned over and kissed his cheek.

“I’d like that.” I replied, as he leaned into my face and placed a soft kiss on my lips. It was gentle but soft. When he pulled away, I was sad, knowing that I wanted more from him.

“So, what was it that you wanted to show me?”

“This, my hall. I’ve always liked your hall better since there is more to do than in here.” He spoke as he stood up and walked over to the balcony, looking over at a warm red colored water that was flowing down some rocks below.

I followed him, looking over at the view as well. “So, do you have any duties?”

“Yeah, but I usually don’t have to do them, unless Elle tells me too or I’m angry and want something I can put my angry out.” He paused and looked over at me. “I make weapons, tools, and mine a bit, but I rather be spending it with you.”

I felt my cheeks blush. I didn’t know what to say, other than I didn’t want to make any promises to him that I couldn’t keep. Ricky was still alive, but I have felt that I have mourned him. Dean, on the other hand, is something that could be very dangerous for me to act on.

I gave him a friendly smile. “I’ve got to go. I want to see my parents for a little bit. Thank you for showing me your hall. I love the old fashion style it has to it.” I then left his castle and headed back to the main hall.

Chapter 19: https://katiesblog96971617.com/2019/06/10/unforgotten-chapter-19/

New chapters will be posted every Monday! Can’t wait til then? Check out the book on Wattpad! Search ‘katieasehl’, not only will you find this book, but other’s that I’ve finished or currently working on!

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Temperature Blanket Update 2019: April

Hey Dearies! I know I’m a little behind on the update, but I was currently out of the 50-degree yarn and of course, it was the last square for April. The yarn FINALLY came in yesterday, so I was able to finish up April.

So, this month, as you can see, we are starting to warm up a little more! Although it did rain quite a bit in April, we did have some nice days! We haven’t hit 70-degree weather, yet, but I’m pretty sure that we will see some next month for sure!

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January, February, March, and April!

Now, as you can see, this blanket is getting pretty big! The more we get into summer, we will start to see the rise in temperatures quite a bit. In Maine, once it gets hot, it gets hot pretty quick before it stays like it.

Right now, this is my kind of weather. Not too hot, but not too cold. Just enough where you might need a sweatshirt, but even if you sit in the sun, you won’t want to have keep taking it off.

Just in case you forgot what colors and yarn I’m using, here it is:

 

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100 degrees – Fire Red (I Love This Yarn)
90 degrees – Pumpkin (Red Heart Super Saver)
80 degrees – Bright Yellow (Red Heart Super Saver)
70 degrees – Jelly Bean (I Love This Yarn)
60 degrees – Green (Main Stays Basic Yarn)
50 degrees – Turqia (Red Heart Super Saver)
40 degrees – Soft Blue (I Love This Yarn)
30 degrees – Dark Orchid (Red Heart Super Saver) *Changed to the following – Violet (Red Heart With Love)
20 degrees – Orchid (I Love This Yarn) *Changed to the following – Orchid (Red Heart Super Saver)
10 and below – Light Gray (I Love This Yarn)

How do you tell which color to use?

I, personally, go with the overall temperature. So, let’s go by today, for example.

Today in Maine, the overall temperature is 17 degrees. I would choose the light gray.

Let’s say that it was an overall temperature of 22 degrees, I would choose the Orchid color. All my temperatures, for my colored yarn, has to have the same number first number. If that makes any sense, I’m sorry if it doesn’t!

What was the highest temperature for this month?

We are still in that 60-degrees mark. We haven’t hit 70-degrees, yet, but we were pretty close to it. As we begin May, we should at least see a few days that will hit 70-degrees.

What was the lowest temperature for this month?

We didn’t get as cold as 20-degrees is, but we did have a few days that were pretty low, which was 30-degrees

Do you post daily updates?

Yes, I do. On my Facebook page, I post a picture of the square for each day. I also tried to post every week’s worth, but it was hard to keep track of, so I’ll be posting monthly and daily instead.

If you haven’t liked my Facebook Page, here is the link below! It keeps you posted and updated on my temperature blanket and any updates for my blog and YouTube channel, as well!

https://www.facebook.com/katiesblog96971617/?ref=bookmarks

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Crafty Sassy: Crochet Hooks, What Should I Get? (For Beginners)

Hey Dearies! Since I am working on a few projects, I figured I would talk to you about the many crochet hooks that you can come to choose from. Especially if you are a beginner, knowing what hooks to get can is very important!

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As a beginner myself, I jumped right into buying a set of crochet hooks from Wish and went from there. However, since I got lucky and only paid 3 bucks for a mini set, I wish I would’ve known there was more than just one type of hooks.

Each type of hooks can have a different feel or how they are in general, but before we get into how they feel, let’s talk about the different kinds of hooks you can get:

  • Aluminum Hooks
  • Plastic Hooks
  • Steel Hooks
  • Wooden/Bamboo Hooks
  • Japanese Hooks

I’m going to break each of these down just so you can get a picture of how they are like and if they are for you. The only ones that I don’t have in my possession, are the Japanese Hooks, but I will still explain and have a photo of them just so you know what they look like.

Also, I am going to put a chart of the different sizes of hooks you can get and how they are labeled, as well.

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As you can see, there are 3 different types of labels for these hooks. USA, English, and Metric. The easiest one to go by is Metric, I found that it was easier to find hook sizes by using their actually metric size.

To me, using letters to determine which size hook, has been confusing and usually if a pattern says a hook size as a letter, I always end up looking up in my crochet books or search in Google, to get the metric size. Hence why my patterns, don’t have the hooks in letter sizes.

If you are a beginner, Metric is the way to go, but you can determine which one you feel most comfortable following. If you are wondering how small these hooks can be, they can get pretty small or really huge.

Now, let’s get down to talking about the actual hooks themselves.


Aluminum Hooks 

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There are one of the most common hooks you can get. I prefer them/use them, for almost every project! These hooks were one of the first ones that I bought to get into crocheting. They can come in all different colors and can go as little as 0.60!

However, for the little hook sizes, you have to be VERY careful. I actually have a few of the tiny ones and let me tell you, they can bend very easily. I haven’t even used them once, but they bent trying to get them out of the packaging!

Lucky, I haven’t reached a project where I’m required to use them, yet.

Another thing to look out for is that they can’t get wet! When I mean by that is if you have sweaty palms or hands, they can tend to be more difficult to work. First time I used them, I was so excited and nervous that it made it difficult to want to work with them.

Although, you can get grips or even use tape to place around the handle of the hook, making it easier to grip and easier to handle your work better!

Overall, they are perfect for beginners! Plus, I love the different colors you can get them in. My family usually get me crocheting books, and some of them come with these hooks, so I have already started a collection with my metal hooks!


Plastic Hooks

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These next hooks are another fun-coloring type of crochet hook. Now, I want to let you all know that I haven’t had the pleasure to work with a plastic hook in a ‘normal’ size, meaning the only sizes I have are an 8.0-11.5.

Have I worked with them? Yes, I actually used one of them to make a basket for my mini balls of yarn. I do plan on getting myself a plastic set, just so I can have them for an option, which a lot of crocheters tend to so that.

These hooks work pretty well, I don’t have any complains, although I have seen and heard from a few people, that they are very easy to break, which I figured they would because they are made up of plastic.

However, I haven’t had one break on me, ‘knock on wood’, but I can see the smaller ones breaking a lot quicker than the bigger ones.

Overall, I see more people use the bigger plastic hooks more than I do the smaller ones.


Steel Hooks

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I know you are probably thinking, ‘What’s the difference between these and the aluminum ones?’. Well, there are a few differences, but let me explain why.

These hooks have a built-in handle, which is perfect for if you have sweaty hands, as I do from time to time. Not only that, having a handle makes it easier for you to grip the hook better, but it makes it easier to control smaller hooks.

Yes, they do make them in smaller hooks. I actually bought myself a set, that also came with a storage bag, because I was looking for something to help me better grip my smaller hooks, especially, since I crochet a lot of towel toppers.

Although, these are one of my ‘go to’s’, the only problem I have with them is the grips. Now, the set that I bought, had rubber grips, but they were starting to slide off and it made it bothers me when they do that. Especially, when you are crocheting.

If you do want to get yourself a set of these hooks, go for the ones that are built onto the hook itself. If you do end up getting a rubber set, take some hot glue or craft glue, and glue the inside of the rubber piece, and slide your hook back on.

Overall, they do have some very cute grip holders and they can come in multiple colors. These are definitely a must, especially, if you are a beginner!


Wooden/Bamboo Hooks

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These hooks were the first thing that I really wanted, as soon as I got into crocheting! They were handmade and hand-carved, but I really just wanted them as an option and to grow my hook collection.

They are so smooth to the touch and have a point at the top of the hook, which makes going into stitches easier. The size of every hook is hand carved into the hook itself. These were so pretty I didn’t want to use them, but I did have some problems.

The ones I have, they felt weird to use, but when it comes to trying out different hooks, it can take a while to adjust, but it felt weird to use them. It’s not that I didn’t like them, I just the hook itself is very awkward.

I even put on a handle, which I didn’t want to do, but with the handle, it was a little easier.

The smallest size they go, in carving them with would, is a 3.0. Anything smaller is just a metal hook with a wooden grip, which I would like to note, the wooden grip is very strong and I haven’t had any problems with it.

Overall, I like to have a set, just to have it, but I have used them before. It does take some type to get used to, but you also need to be careful because since these are made up of wood/bamboo, they are very easy to break. Hence why they don’t go smaller with size!


Japanese Hooks

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Now, as I said in the beginning, I’ve never tried these, so I can’t really give a good detailed explanation whether they are good or bad. I do see quite of bit of other crocheters that do use them.

What I have read, from my crocheting books, these hooks are perfect for people who have small hands and it helps with arthritis. From the looks of these hooks, they do look very comfortable.

Overall, you have to try them to get the feel from them. I do plan on getting a set in the near future.


In order to find out what hook works for you, try them all out! Of course, you don’t have to buy the entire set of them, you can always get just one of each and see how they are for you!

I like to have options, especially when crocheting. Have a set of each different hook can give me more options to choose from, no matter what size hook I need!

Leave a comment down below letting me know what kind of hook you prefer to use! I’d love to know!

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Posted in Arts and Crafts, Beginner Patterns, Crochet

Crafty Sassy: Crocheting a Completely Solid Mini Granny Square (Beginner)

Hey Dearies! I wanted to show you how to make a solid granny square, but this one is an actually solid granny square. The reason why I wanted to show you what a complete solid granny looks like, I wanted to also kinda see what I’m going to use it for.

The question I know I’m going to get asked is, ‘What’s the difference between a solid granny square and a completely solid granny square?’

Well, let me show you!

The purple square is a completely solid granny square. The blue one is a granny square, which is actually what I used to make my temperature blanket. The difference is that you can’t see the holes that are made for making the granny square.

*Note* They are NOT the same size. The completely solid granny square or the purple one is only 2 rows. While the other square has 5 rows.  

I actually found the pattern on Youtube because I was looking for it for one of my ‘big’ projects. Needless to say, I got very lucky and it just happened to be in my suggestions for videos to watch.

Here is the link for the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3TElIayQS8&t=640s

Now, you are probably wondering, ‘What project were you going to use to make with these?’

Well, here’s the thing. I love making stuff for others and I wanted to make my mother a blanket for her birthday, but I ended up going with the C2C method. The only problem was that I jumped into it and made a lot of mistakes.

To the point where I ALMOST finished it, but instead of printing out another sheet and20190416_084725.jpg ripping it, I decided to just rip it and got granny square small instead. Which is why I suggest to really pay attention when it comes to C2C and learn as much as you can!

With that being said, I am currently, been making a bunch of tiny granny squares. You are also probably thinking that I’m crazy for doing so, but in the end, it will look awesome!

 

However, you don’t need to make a bunch of small ones, as I did. Anyway, let’s get down to what you need for this pattern:

  • Medium Yarn or Size 4
    • I’ve been using Red Heart Super Saver since it’s what I’ve been using for the project itself.
  • 5.0mm hook
    • You can use any size, depending on the size yarn you are using.
  • Marker
    • These are a must when it comes to doing this the first time! Especially if you plan on making these squares bigger!
  • Sewing needle

The pattern is pretty simple, but it can get confusing, let’s begin!

You can either start with a magic circle or a chain 4. The difference between the two is that the chain 4, you have to make a slip stitch to start. Which

Row 1 ( If you used a Magic Circle to start): Chain 2.(counts as your first stitch) Make 2 double crochets in the circle. *1 treble crochet. 3 double crochets.* Repeat from * until you have 4 corners. Join with a slip stitch at the top of the chain 2. Place a marker at the top of each of your treble crochets.  

Row 1 (If you chained 4 to start): Make 2 double crochets in the last chain from your hook (You’ll be working in this chain). *Make 1 treble crochet. 3 Double crochet.* Repeat from * until you have 4 corners. Join with a slip stitch at the top of the chain. Place a marker at the top of each of your treble crochets. 

The next row is the same for both the magic circle and chain 4.

Row 2: Chain 2. *Double crochet in the next stitches, until you reach your stitch marker or first corner, remove it and remember to put it back for each treble crochet stitch. Make 2 double crochets where your stit marker was. Make treble crochet in that same stitch and another 2 double crochets in that same stitch.* Repeat from *. Join with a slip stitch in the top of your chain 2.

Repeat Row 2 until you have reached the desired size. Fasten off and weave ends in. 

There you have it! I will also make sure that I update you on my current project that I’m working on for my mom!

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