Last year I made a dress entirely out of granny squares – that damn thing took about ten years off my life trying to make half sized squares to fill in the gaps but I really enjoyed making a garment only using squares (plus some other weird shapes). I’ve had a crochet beach cover up pattern floating around in my head for a while but I wanted the perfect yarn and the perfect square to make it happen. After experimenting and test swatching, I finally settled on a square I loved.
This is a mid-length and mid-length sleeve kimono but you can keep adding squares to make the sleeves or overall length longer. You can also remove squares to make it shorter.
It’s the perfect thing to pop on over your swimmers when you go to the beach or to tie up with a wrap belt for a glam-casual dress.
The Summer Jacket is probably the most advanced pattern I’ve designed and although it’s construction is fairly straightforward you do need to concentrate and plan ahead with this project.
It’s made in the join-as-you-go style which means the motifs are joined as you make them on the last round of each motif.
A diagram of the full garment has been provided in the pattern as well as a diagram for each square and how they attach to each other. A video has also been provided to show the joining technique as well as tips for successfully joining your squares.
How you make and join your squares is entirely up to you. You can start with making the back of the garment or the sides or the bottom edge. You could print out the diagram of the garment and cross off each square as you make it. Just be sure to plan ahead and know where and how you’re going to join each square because depending on where the square is located will affect whether it’s attached to other squares along 1, 2, 3 or 4 edges.
The jacket is made up of 140 squares but they’re joined as you go on the last round of each square – so don’t make a stack of completed squares expecting to join them later! This project is neither quick nor easy but it’s very satisfying and once you get your groove it’s a methodical and quite lovely project to work on. You need to have basic dress makers knowledge and good spatial awareness to make this project to ensure your squares are connected effectively and facing the correct way.
This is a simpler, modified version of the Eco String Bag, designed for people who are keen to make their own crochet market bags for shopping but want a quicker, easier pattern they can smash out in an evening.
I used a cotton/acrylic blend for this pattern so it will maintain its structural integrity. I always err on the side of making string bags smaller than you think they need to be because they stretch quite a lot. 20 rows of mesh worked perfectly for me with this style of yarn but if you’re using a different yarn (like 100% cotton instead of a blend) just stop after about 15 rows of mesh, pop a few cans or some grocery style items in the bag and hold it up to see how much it stretches. Then you can add a few more rows if it seems a bit on the short side!
Bottom of bag – 12cm diameter (4.7 inches)
Length of bag from base to bottom of handles – 25cm (9.8 inches)
Length of straps, halved from top of bag top of strap – 15cm (5.9 inches)
Gauge is not critical to this project but the bottom circle should be roughly 12cms in diameter
Terminology: US terminology
What You Need
Sample made with Anette Eriksson Cotton Soft, 1 ball in Colour 28 (55% cotton/45% Acrylic, 100gms, 600m, 3 ply) – Any 3ply yarn in a similar fibre blend will also work. You can also use 4 ply (or sock or sport weight) cotton but just be aware that cotton stretches and doesn’t bounce back unless you wash it so it’s best to do about 15 rounds of mesh when using cotton and around 20 rounds of mesh when using acrylic
I’ve had a few Crochettes asking for quick and easy gift ideas, so I thought it was time to add a dreamcatcher style pattern but with a twist.
This isn’t a dreamcatcher, it’s a goal catcher and it’s designed to be made for a loved one that’s focusing on a goal they want to meet. It could be studying law, building their dream house, pursuing a singing career or going back to university to study. You (the Crochette!) create this little shrine while thinking about your loved one achieving their goal. You then gift them the goal catcher for them to hang in their workspace, so they’re reminded in rough times that someone believes in them.
This sample Goal Catcher was made for my best friend who has just started a business called Lady Scarlett Murder mysteries. She runs fabulous murder mystery parties that she not only writes but also performs in. She’s growing the business from home with a one year old in tow and she’s doing the most incredible job. This Goal Catcher has a secret diary with a key and puzzle-like coin charms on theme with her business. I hope every time she looks at it she knows how proud I am of her and how much I support her chasing this fabulous career.
This Goal Catcher probably took me about 2 hours to make all up so it’s a very time and cost-effective gift. Perfect for those of you who like quicker projects!
5cm (1.96 inches) width
18cm (7 inches) length from tip of hook loop to bottom of longest tassel
Gauge is not critical to this project but the centre motif should be around 3cm (1.25 inches) to make the middle of the dream catcher taut when you stretch and sew it to the ring.
Terminology: US terminology
What You Need
Sample made with Sullivan’s Crochet Cotton 2 ply (1.76 oz/50gm; 420 yds/384m; 100% double mercerized cotton), 1 ball in Natural
(you need such a small amount of yarn for this project so just use any 2 or 3ply yarn leftovers you have lying around)
50mm (1.96 inch) metal ring sealed, without an opening
US B/1 (2.25 mm) hook
Assorted charms appropriate to your loved one’s goal (I bought mine from the scrapbooking/beading section at a craft store)
Fun fact? I used to work in a bead shop and I studied jewellery design ate tafe so I’m actually a qualified jeweller. I’m also a qualified watch technician from when I worked in a watch shop when I was at uni. It was really only a matter of time before I came up with a crochet earrings pattern.
These earrings were cooked up while I was watching the Pixar film Coco which is all about the Day of the Dead. It’s a marvellous film – if you haven’t watched it, get on it now! It’s lovely.
I think most creative women have a bit of an affinity with Frida Kahlo (who wouldn’t? She’s fabulous!) and I’ve been wanting to make something with a strong, colourful vibe for ages. One of my favourite crocheters The Little Bee designed this gorgeous Frida inspired Flower Crown and I’ve been wanting to make it for ages but as much as I love it, it’s not really my style and I knew I wouldn’t get much wear out it. I wanted to capture that colourful, powerful, Mexican vibe while making sure I was creating something I’d actually wear. And so the Coco Earrings were born.
These earrings come in two sizes – regular and enormous – depending on your earring style. I also did them in two different colour combos – very colourful and more laid back if that’s the style that suits you better.
Enormous size – Sullivan’s Crochet Cotton Satin 2ply (1.76 oz/50gm; 420 yds/384m; 100% double mercerized cotton) 1 ball in Duck Blue (Colour A), 1 ball in Lipstick (Colour B), 1 ball in Sunshine (Colour C)
Regular sized – Sullivan’s Crochet Cotton Satin 2ply (1.76 oz/50gm; 420 yds/384m; 100% double mercerized cotton) 1 ball in Natural (Colour D), 1 ball in Duck Blue (Colour E)
Steel crochet hook US 7 (1.5 mm)
4 – 1/2-inch (12 mm) Round high bezel earring findings with ring – I bought mine from here. The ones I used are sterling silver but I have very sensitive ears so feel free to use nickel or base metal if you prefer.
When I first started crocheting, I had some mates of mine ask if I could make them some crocheted topped tea towels. They absolutely love them but didn’t love the style that most people make them in. They were after something a bit more modern and funkier so I made them a brightly coloured set out of Missoni tea towels and they were a big hit, so I thought it was about time to do a modern crochet tea towel pattern.
Most patterns for crochet topped tea towels advise cutting the tea towel in half so you can get two out of the same tea towel. I’m not against doing this but there are two reasons why I didn’t do that for this design.
It requires getting the sewing machine out to hem the raw edge which can be a big deterrent for some crocheters.
I tend to use tea towels as oven mitts (which I’m sure many people do!) and that extra layer is often the difference between safely getting something out of the oven and burning your entire hand.
These make great gifts for housewarming parties, kitchen teas and even Christmas and birthdays. Everyone loves a practical gift, and these are also super affordable. They use a very small amount of yarn (perfect for using up any half balls of cotton yarn you have lying around!) so you can generally make them for the cost of the tea towel alone. Bargain, right?
Tea towel – 50cm x 70cm (19.6 inches x 27.5 inches)
Top – 27cm (10.6 inches) from first row to final row
Gauge is not crucial to this project
Terminology: US terminology
What You Need
1 – 50cm by 70cm (19.6 x 27.5 inch) tea towel (I bought mine from Woolies, but you can get them at Spotlight, Target, Ikea… heaps of places!)
The inspiration for this crochet top pattern comes from Crochette Elizabeth Borham, who had a crochet top she bought that she wore until it fell apart. She desperately wanted to replace it with a handmade item so she sent me a photo and I designed a crochet top pattern for her.
My design is denser than the one Elizabeth sent through but I wanted to make sure that the Crochettes could wear this top either with a camisole underneath or nothing underneath on really hot days!
This is a very straightforward, t-shirt style crochet top pattern so once you have your stitch pattern down, this is a very easy make and a wonderful introduction for adventurous beginners who want to delve into garment making. With no increases or decreases, this pattern is perfect for both new and advanced crocheters who want to make something that looks complicated but actually isn’t. Sneaky right?
This crochet top pattern comes in 6 sizes ranging from S to 3XL but it’s a very customisable design – you can increase the body length and sleeve length as you’re making it to suit your own style.
I’ve had the idea for some crochet toys rattling around in my head for some time (see what I did there?). I wanted it to be an organic, scrappy looking rattle that’s super easy to make and can be made from scraps you have lying around the house. This is a great baby gift for anyone who doesn’t particularly want to make a baby blanket and for anyone who wants to dip their toe into the world of amigurumi.
I’ve had many Crochettes ask for an amigurumi project so I thought it was about time I did one.
These are a very quick make (pretty sure I made the sample in a single evening and I was writing down the instructions as I went!) and you can make them in any colours you like. I have a musician mate who’s pregnant and I’m definitely making a black and white rock star version for her bub!
I generally always make blankets for babies – they tend to get used and loved a bit more than clothing in my experience but I know that a lot of people live in very hot climates and aren’t too keen on making blankets for gifts for tropical babies.
I thought a baby rattle pattern would be a perfect introduction into crochet toy making as well as being a great gift pattern for the little ones in your life.
Yarn: Moda Vera Yarns Beetle (50% cotton/50% acrylic; 1.76 ounces/50 g; 120 yards/110 meters) Color A: 1 ball in cream, Color B: 1 ball in turquoise
‘Oh that looks pretty!’ I muttered to myself as I clicked through to the Etsy store. One of my Crochettes (Crochet Coach members) has gone to the dark side and started dying her own yarn. You know you’ve reached the next level of yarn addiction when you start doing that. I won’t say I haven’t been tempted by straight up fibre art myself. There’s a vintage spinning wheel in my grandmother-in-law’s shed that’s been calling my name for years so it didn’t surprise me when Ellie opened her own indie yarn store. Fibre art will get us all eventually. Mark my words.
I promptly bought two skeins of her lux yarn, with absolutely no idea what I wanted to do with them. I do this a lot with lux yarn. Everywhere I go in the world, I have to visit all the yarn stores and I never leave empty-handed. A teeny, horrifyingly expensive ball of linen yarn. A one-kilo cone of raw alpaca yarn. Very fine crochet thread with actual gold spun through it. I’m a total sucker for the fancy shit. Most crocheters are right? The problem with this is that we all end up with these gorgeous, expensive stashes that we can’t really use because we don’t have enough of any yarn to make something decent with it.
That was the inspiration behind this crochet scarf pattern. I had a Crochette send me a photo of a knit tapered scarf and asked me to design a crochet version. When Ellie’s yarn arrived in the post (smelling sweet as all hand dyed yarn does!) I challenged myself to make a scarf using just those two skeins.
Here’s all the stuff you need to make this crochet scarf – the pattern will be available this week. Although this scarf is designed to use up your lux yarn stash so if you have two skeins of 8ply fancy yarn lying around definitely use them up. It’s all about the stash busting with this project.
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What’s your favourite crochet scarf pattern? And how much lux yarn do you REALLY have in your house?