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Every year after our Networking Event at Creativation, FaveCrafts hosts our Best Blogger Contest! This contest invites guests to use products from our sponsors to make a stunning new craft. Our team then selects twenty finalists, and the most popular projects are voted on by readers like you!
It was so hard for us to select 20 finalists, and voters certainly had a selection of beautiful projects to choose from. Now, voting is over and the results are in! Check out our top projects from the Best Blogger Contest 2019.
From the Designer: “I almost took a set of 3 canisters I had in my kitchen that I used to use for sugar and flour to the thrift store. They really did not work for me as a kitchen storage item, but then I thought why not use them in a different way, as storage for my craft space for beads and sequins! I added etching and a DecoColor gold pen for a fun design on the jars and also fun StyleTechCraft vinyl cut outs for a little bit of added flair.”
DIY: Diamond Art Dahlia Clock with Rinea Foiled Paper Leaves
From the Designer: “Create a dazzling flower wall clock that sparkles in the light! The Diamond Art by Leisure Arts Blue Dahlia and Starstruck Emerald Foiled Paper by Rinea are the stars that shine in this functional piece of art. Shiny foiled paper leaves are “stiffened” in to shape by mounting the foiled paper on to felt, applying Mod Podge® Stiffy and shaping them over aluminum foil armatures until they are dry. The dahlia is mounted on a piece of 1/8″ Baltic Birch cut out on a Proxxon Scroll Saw. This project includes downloadable patterns for the Blue Dahlia base and dahlia leaves.”
From the Designer: “Transform a plain white box or similar container into a work of art in just a few simple steps. Use painter’s tape and metallic copper paint to create a one-of-a-kind design. The project is easy so get the kids involved. I finished painting the box in no time at all and grabbed a couple of rocks to paint too! Use the painted metallic box to show-off faux greenery, as a work desk organizer, table centerpiece, etc. I added artificial greenery to my metallic copper and white graphic design painted box and the look is designer worthy.”
Leisure Arts Unicorn Pillow
From the Designer: “To create this project I used Plaid fabric paint to make a circle rainbow on the pillow. I let it dry overnight and set it with an iron the next day.I painted a circle the same way. As the circle dried I made the unicorn with Diamond Dotz by Leisure Arts, trimmed it out and used Fabric Tac by Beacon to adhere to the pillow. To finish it off, I added sequins around the circle to make it magical — just like a unicorn :-)”
DIY: Diamond Art Bee and Honeycomb Chalkboard “Honey Do” List
From the Designer: “Create a chalkboard to track all your Honey Do tasks by combining a sparkling Diamond Art by Leisure Arts Bee kit, FolkArt® paints, Mod Podge® Stiffy, Rinea Foiled Paper, Styletech Craft vinyl, glass from a picture frame and wood. Move from crafting to making by building a functional art piece that really is mixed media. Use the downloadable patterns and instructions to create this project or let it get your imagination buzzing to create your own interpretation of a chalkboard embellished with a 3D bee covered in faceted diamond gems. Each gem in a Diamond Art kit has 13 facets!”
From the Designer: “Create a stunning wall art piece by just rolling beautiful Rinea foil papers in a circular layered pattern to create a dimensional floral centerpiece. To highlight the copper tone in the paper, a wooden palette was painted in an aqua color. This paint is unique as it gives off a brilliant metallic luster of colors as the light changes! Thus, its name Color Shift by Plaid. Make this wall art for any room in the house by following the tutorial!”
From the Designer: “With Diamond art you can transform a simple leather wallet in a complete jewelry piece. Just select your diamond art design, follow the colors and instructions and after finish it use the art piece created to decorate what ever you want. This is a hand wallet or pouch that I made using a Beginning Diamond Art with a flower design and after finish it, I cut and paste over the wallet to create an extraordinary pouch that can be wear in your special events.”
Traveling a Forgotten Path
From the Designer: “After traveling many miles, you start seeing the remnants of a once mighty city, now taken over by nature. Slowly walking through the dense forest a fragment of a patterned wall slowly appears. What ancient artist created this image and who was it intended for? Don’t just frame your Diamond Art kit, create your own forgotten image, now found once again! Supplies: Diamond Art by Leisure Arts Tribe Design, Mod Podge Ultra Matte Spray, FolkArt Crackle Medium, FolkArt Home Decor Chalk Paint, Liquid Fusion Clear Urethane Glue, 9 inch x 12 inch Cradled Wood Board, Assortment of artificial plants, 2 Paint Brushes, Scissors, Ruler, Pencil, Cotton swabs, Isopropyl alcohol, Used coffee grounds”
From the Designer: “I combined many products from the Prime Publishing Event to create a Journaling Box. The Box contains three Japanese bookbinding journals, a bookmark, and a crocheted pen pouch. The box The box began as two parts. I cut off parts and created a hinge with packing tape. Using the Ultra Mod Podge, I attached the floral diamond painting to the cover, trimmed away the excess, and then covered the rest of the outside and inside with coordinating scrapbooking paper. Some of the edges of the box have a silver edge which is made using vinyl strips from StyleTec. Inside the box there is a pocket made with Rinea foil paper to hold a bookmark made from scrapbooking paper (double sided) and it includes words made from StyleTec vinyl. The bookmark was put together using the Xyron sticker maker. The Pouch I combined the two colors of yarn from Spinrite and crocheted a pen pouch. I added a black button for the closure. The Pouch contains the pens provided by Marvy Uchida. The Journals The three journals are created from sketch paper and scrapbooking paper. They are sewn together using Japanese bookbinding techniques. Each journal is a different technique. One journal has a decorative element that was attached using the Xyron sticker maker.”
Foiled Treasure Box
From the Designer: “The Treasure Box is cut using a Sizzix Scoreboards Die and covered with dazzling Rinea Foil paper. It measures 5.25 x 3.25 x 6 inches so you can fit quite a bit inside. What treasure would you store in it? You can use it as an elegant home decor piece or as a kingly gift container for a very special present. Read on to see what techniques I used to construct it. I think you will be surprised at how easy it is!”
Sweet Dreams Bedroom
From the Designer: “Create a sweet little bedroom for a special little girl or for the kid in you. Annie’s Sweet Dream Bedroom is made using chipboard, scrapbook paper, the Xyron Creative Station Beacon’s 3-in-1 glue, inexpensive doll furniture from Dollar Tree and a few extra miscellaneous craft items. I love working with miniatures and creating little rooms. For this room, I wanted to create a “mini make” over for Annie’s Bedroom. With a little imagination it’s easy to make it special.”
Fabulous Faux Stained-Glass Table
From the Designer: “Create a fabulous faux stained-glass accent table with the magic of Gallery Glass Liquid Leading and Paints. The humble beginnings of this piece are nothing more than an enlarged coloring sheet traced onto glass with liquid leading paint and filled in with color. When dry the Gallery Glass Paints turn a plain glass surface into a colorful work of stained glass art that is sure to add the perfect pop of color to any space.”
DIY: Dragon in the Window Featuring Diamond Art, Lights and “Stained Glass”
From the Designer: “As everyone knows, dragons are curious creatures. This dragon couldn’t resist the temptation to peek inside the castle windows. One night she did just that. But her curiosity got the best of her and she got a bit too close – shattering the stained glass window with her nose. A custom made shadow box fits the Diamond Art by Leisure Arts Dragon Eye and houses the battery pack for the string of LED lights that bring this window to life. Includes downloadable patterns.”
When it comes to crochet, I simply can’t get enough granny square patterns. I love them. Granny squares are the perfect way to add unique designs to virtually any crochet project. With the right colors, they can make your project decadent and elegant or stylish and kitschy, which makes them incredibly useful and versatile. While most crafters tend to use granny squares for afghans, I like to experiment. It’s fun to see how many different projects you can use them with.
I recently discovered this Adorable Granny Square Crochet Scarf Pattern from Red Heart Yarn, and it incorporates a new granny square design in a phenomenal way. With this pattern, the granny square is used to build a crochet scarf that’s beautiful and very eye-catching. The scarf is so ornate that you would think it was made by a leading fashion designer. That’s the beauty of it. Even more beautiful is the fact that this crochet scarf pattern is easy to duplicate. With just a handful of materials, you could use this crochet scarf pattern to make a piece so stunning that you’ll have family and friends asking you where you bought that magnificent scarf.
Craft trends for 2019 should make their way into your projects and home decor this year. You have 11 more months to make sure you’re on trend! After attending the 78th annual Creativation show in Phoenix, we’ve come away with some thrilling new projects and old favorites to try in 2019.
Macrame was trending at the 2018 Creativation Show and it made its reappearance at this year’s event as well. Wall hangings and plant hangers were abundant at yarn company booths across the show floor.
In a similar vein, dream catchers sprouted up at the show this year, complete with pom poms and doilies embedded!
Dream catchers spotted at the Darice booth.
Yarn Crafts without Knitting or Crochet
Knitting and crochet are popular at the show every year; these are two crafts that aren’t going away any time soon. However, this year yarn companies released new loop yarn that allows fiber enthusiasts to make knit projects without any tools—just use your fingers!
Succulents, air planters, terrariums, oh my! These striking plants are as popular as ever, emerging in scrapbooking lines, paper crafts, and more.
A snapshot from the new Greenhouse line by Kaisercraft.
Dogs Wearing Glasses, and Corgis in General
I saw at least three dogs wearing glasses, or rather, images of dogs in glasses, on the show floor. They were spotted in embroidery kits, heat-transfer vinyl, diamond art kits, and more. Time for nerdy cute style!
This glasses-and-bowtie adorned Hug a Pug image was spotted at the Diamond Dotz booth, among many other sparkly creations!
This glasses wearing pup was spotted at the Fabric Editions booth.
Related: my Dad happened to text me this photo of our family dog, Mocha, while I was at the show.
MAKE WAY for the most exciting, sparkly new craft that was showcased this year! Diamond art kits by companies like Diamond Dotz and Leisure Arts are like embroidery or paint-by-number with flatback gemstones for the prettiest canvases. Check out these examples:
Similar to Diamond Art, other takes on painting by number appeared at the show. One of my favorite booths was StickTogether, which invites people to craft together with large scale sticker kits! Sometimes keeping your hands busy with an activity or goal serves as the perfect ice breaker when gathering people together. At the show, they had passersby add stickers to this image. By Day 3, the image was complete:
Marbling and Geodes
Unique paint pouring methods, sealers, and more were popular at paint manufacturer booths throughout the show.
Featuring FolkArt paint at the Plaid booth, these are some of the incredible creations showcased using these techniques.
Last but not least, vinyl was popular across crafting genres at the show. There were entire company booths dedicated to vinyl, and many fabric companies as well as paper crafts and die cutting brands featured crafts with vinyl. We’ve seen a number of them show up in our User Submitted Articles as well, so this trend is definitely on the rise!
These projects and products were on display at the EK Success booth. Vinyl is a quick and easy way to make really adorable, decorative projects.
What craft trends will you follow in 2019?
Sometimes I look at Christmas as a competition. Who can come up with the absolute best Christmas gift idea? Each year, I want to give gifts to my family and friends that are different, unique, and handmade. Personally, I feel that DIY Christmas gift ideas are great because they’re unexpected. They’re off the beaten path.
Anyone can go out and buy that hot new video game or movie release for a friend. It’s easy. That friend can probably even buy said gift for him or herself, too. Homemade Christmas gifts, however, are one of a kind. No two are alike, and giving the gift of something homemade is a feeling akin to sharing a moment together.
What could have been a simple movie purchase from the store is a sensation that’s much greater. It’s a heartwarming connection shared between two people, and it bears the warmth and spirit that all of those classic holiday tunes remind us of year after year.
Lists happen. In my last Christmas article, 10 Jar Gifts to Get You Through the Holidays, I focused on quick, thoughtful, and fun gifts for all of those cousins, second cousins, and third cousins that make up your extended family. Today’s list is a little more personal. These homemade gifts are for the men, women, and children you see every day. These crafts are cute, clever, beautiful, and exciting, and I’ve broken them down into three categories.
Upgrade your accessories with the beautiful fashion painting projects in 30+ Fashion Painting Ideas with DecoArt® Stylin. Our friends at DecoArt have a new line of paints called Stylin, and these paints have been specially formulated to be used on fabric, leather, and other textiles so you can take your accessories to new heights!
There is a wonderful variety of fashion painting ideas in this eBook from several different designers. You’ll find gorgeous retro projects, watercolors, stenciling ideas, projects with templates, and more. The ideas in this eBook are so inspiring, and you don’t have to be a master artist to pull them off! Follow the thorough step-by-step instructions to make any of the beautiful projects in this eBook.
Here is a sneak preview of some of our favorite projects from this eBook:
These shoes and the purse are such sweet accessories, especially when paired with a red lip and 50s hairstyle!
From now until September 13, you have the option to win some of this fantastic new paint and a gift card to buy shoes to paint! Check out our giveaways page to see the latest giveaways, and enter for your chance to win! Open to US and Canada residents only, excluding Quebec.
How would you update an item in your wardrobe with paint?
Nothing truly represents summer like bohemian fashion. Well, maybe a few other things might, but this trend definitely screams summer! And I absolutely love anything influenced by bohemian style. During this sunny season, I’ll only be wearing boho pieces! That boho-inspired sewn bag pattern? I’m taking it everywhere with me. That boho beaded bracelet? I’m showering with it until it’s winter.
So, when I saw this Boho Crochet Wrap Pattern from Red Heart, I (obviously) fell in love. The crochet wrap’s geometric design and its bright blue color really stood out to me. And I decided that I needed to share this crochet wrap pattern with everyone!
Just imagine how lovely this wrap pattern will look draped over your shoulders. If you’re spending a summer night outside, throw it over your shoulders for a lightweight yet warm clothing piece. If you’re looking for an airy shawl to complete your look, this crochet wrap pattern is absolutely perfect. And once summer is over, you won’t have to store it away in your attic or the back of your closet. You could wear this crochet wrap during the winter too.
So, whatever you’re planning for your next crocheting project, forget about it because you need this crochet pattern in your life!
Boho Crochet Wrap Pattern
Boho Crochet Wrap Pattern
2 balls Red Heart Fashion Soft Yarn in Cobalt
5 mm (US H-8) crochet hook
Gauge: 16 sts = 4 in. (10 cm) in double crochet
Finished Size: 60 in. wide across top edge x 27.5 in. long (152.5 cm x 70 cm), excluding fringe.
ch = chain(s)
dc = double crochet
sc = single crochet
st(s) = stitch(es)
( ) = work directions in parentheses into same st
[ ] = work directions in brackets the number of times specified
* = repeat whatever follows the * as indicated
Picot = (Sc, ch 2, sc) in indicated stitch
V-shaped shawl is worked from the bottom up.
For a sleeker appearance, carefully
steam fringes straight
Row 1 (right side): Work 2 dc in 4th ch from hook (beginning skipped ch count as first dc here and throughout), turn—3 dc. Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as first dc here and throughout), 2 dc in first dc, dc in next dc, 3 dc in top of beginning ch, turn—7 dc. Row 3: Ch 4, 2 dc in 4th ch from hook, dc in each dc across to beginning ch, 3 dc in top of beginning ch, turn—12 dc. Row 4: Ch 4, 2 dc in 4th ch from hook, ch 5, skip next 5 dc, sc in next dc, ch 5, skip next 5 dc, 3 dc in top of beginning ch, turn—6 dc, 1 sc, and 2 ch-5 spaces. Row 5: Ch 3, 2 dc in first dc, dc in next dc, 3 dc in next dc, ch 3, dc in next sc, ch 3, 3 dc in next dc, dc in next dc, 3 dc in top of beginning ch, turn—15 dc and 2 ch-3 spaces. Row 6: Ch 4, 2 dc in 4th ch from hook, dc in next 6 dc, 3 dc in next dc, ch 1, skip next dc, 3 dc in next dc, dc in next 5 dc, 3 dc in top of beginning ch, turn—23 dc and 1 ch-1 space. Row 7: Ch 4, 2 dc in 4th ch from hook, *ch 5, skip next 5 dc, sc in next dc, ch 5*, 3 dc in next ch-1 space; repeat from * to *, skip next 5 dc, sc in next dc, ch 5, 3 dc in top of beginning ch, turn—9 dc, 2 sc, and 4 ch-5 spaces. Row 8: Ch 3, 2 dc in first dc, dc in next dc, *3 dc in next dc, ch 3, dc in next sc, ch 3, 3 dc in next dc, dc in next dc; repeat from * across, 3 dc in top of beginning ch, turn—23 dc and 4 ch-3 spaces. Row 9: Ch 4, 2 dc in 4th ch from hook, dc in next 6 dc, *3 dc in next dc, ch 1, skip next dc, 3 dc in next dc, dc in next 5 dc; repeat from * across, 3 dc in top of beginning ch, turn—34 dc and 2 ch-1 spaces. Row 10: Ch 4, 2 dc in 4th ch from hook, *ch 5, skip next 5 dc, sc in next dc, ch 5, 3 dc in next ch-1 space; repeat from * across to last 12 dc, skip next 5 dc, sc in next dc, ch 5, skip last 5 dc, 3 dc in top of beginning ch, turn—12 dc, 3 sc, and 6 ch-5 spaces. Rows 11–55: Repeat Rows 8–10 fifteen times—57 dc, 18 sc, and 21 ch-5 spaces. Rows 56 and 57: Repeat Rows 8 and 9—210 dc and 18 ch-1 spaces. At end of last row, do not turn or fasten off.
Border Round 1 (right side): Ch 1, *working in ends of rows, evenly space 132 sc across long edge*; sc in opposite side of foundation ch (corner st); repeat from * to * once, ch 1, [picot in next dc, skip next dc] 6 times, **sc in next ch-1 space, [picot in next dc, skip next dc] 5 times, picot in next dc; repeat from ** across, ch 1; join with slip st in first sc—265 sc, 114 picots, and 2 ch-1 spaces. Row 2: Ch 1, sc in same st as join; working down first long edge, *ch 1, skip next sc, sc in next sc*; repeat from * to * to last st before corner st, ch 1, skip last st, picot in corner st; repeat from *
to * up other long edge; join with slip st in next ch-1 space; leave remaining sts unworked—132 sc, 132 ch-1 spaces and 1 picot. Fasten off.
Weave in ends and block to finished measurements.
For each fringe, cut 2 strands, each 18 in (45.5 cm) long. Fold strands in half to form a loop. Insert crochet hook from right side through any corner. Place fold on hook and draw fold through, forming a loop. Thread ends of strands through loop and pull to tighten. Repeat to attach fringe in other corners and in every ch-1 space across both long side edges of shawl. Knot again, about 1″ (2.5 cm) below top knot, using 2 strands from each of 2 adjacent tassels. For 2 top tassel ends, use all strands of end tassel plus half of strands of next tassel. Trim ends evenly.
Everybody loves a homemade gift. Whether you’re given a crochet scarf or a handmade card, homemade gifts make you feel a little extra loved and appreciated. I mean, don’t get me wrong; I would love a brand-new pair of shoes. But nothing beats a homemade gift because it means somebody spent their time and energy crafting a personalized gift just for you.
Although receiving homemade gifts is wonderful, crafting one is even better! When you create your own gift, you’re showing someone that you care about them so much that you’d go above and beyond to make them happy. And when you’re married or in a relationship, it’s always important to show your appreciation for your significant other on special occasions (and every other day, really).
So, if you’d like to make your man feel special on your anniversary or his birthday, I’ve compiled this list of Our Top 5 Homemade Gifts For Men! With any of these homemade gifts for men, your special guy will see that you’ve dedicated a lot of time and energy to creating his present. He’ll know that you really love and appreciate him. And he’ll be so happy that he might cry tears of joy!
Our Top 5 Homemade Gifts for Men
Our Top Homemade Gifts for Men
Men’s Winter Hat and Scarf
Men’s Winter Hat and Scarf
Everybody needs a warm and cozy hat and scarf, including your boyfriend or husband! If your man is someone who never wears winter accessories, then he’ll definitely need this lovely crochet set. Sometimes, practical items are the best gifts, and your significant other will surely thank you once it’s wintertime! Every time that he leaves the house wrapped up in this hat and scarf, he’ll remember that you spent your time crocheting them for him. After all, crocheting is the best way to the heart!
Does your boyfriend or spouse wear watches often? Are his watches beginning to look old and worn-down? If so, you should definitely craft this DIY watchband for your next special occasion! This woven watchband withstands all types of pressure, and it’s super long-lasting. This homemade gift is great if your guy works in laborious conditions. And he’ll look so fashionable with this watch that he’ll enjoy wearing it every day!
While you might’ve never thought about gifting your man a self-care product, this DIY Beard Oil is definitely a gift that you should consider! Most men do not practice any form of self-care, so their skin and hair tend to be dry and rough. Beard oil is important because it moisturizes your husband’s facial hair and the skin beneath it. And if your significant other has wild facial hair, the DIY oil will help tame that too! So, although your spouse/boyfriend might not immediately appreciate it, he’ll definitely thank you later.
Is your husband or boyfriend a beer enthusiast? If so, this DIY bottle holder is a must! Whether he has a few friends over for a barbecue or you’re both enjoying a lovely day outside, this beer bottle holder will be super handy to him. With his beer holder, he won’t struggle to find a beer underneath all the ice. Instead, his drink will be easy to find and super convenient! This DIY bottle holder will quickly become your favorite guy’s favorite, and he’ll carry it everywhere!
Yes, I know that I’ve already included a crochet hat in this collection. But can you blame me? Crochet projects are always fun, and this hat is absolutely beautiful! If your boyfriend/husband loves the rustic trend, then he’ll wear this cap all the time. The hat’s lovely colors will bring out your husband’s best features, and it’ll keep him warm during the fall and winter. And imagine how handsome he’ll look in this crochet hat? You’ll be drooling over him!
Until a few years ago, I never really cared about decorating my home. My mom, however, loved (and still loves!) going to Home Goods and buying decorations for her home. In the fall, she’ll buy nicely-dressed scarecrows to place outside, and in the winter, she’ll buy way too many Santa Claus dolls. When I was younger, I was often annoyed by the season-themed excessive decorations, but I really enjoy them now. Sometimes, I’ll even go into Home Goods and imagine how I would decorate my own home.
So, as the spring shifts into summer, it’s time to start redecorating our homes to reflect the hot and sunny days! My mom loves the summer because she has so many ideas for our summer kitchen decor. From bright and vibrant wall art to dishcloths, she always finds something to place in our kitchen. However, she never creates her own decor, and I think it’s more exciting to create your own summer kitchen crafts.
Summer Kitchen Crafts
Summer Kitchen Crafts
If you want to redecorate your home for the summer, you should check out these 19 Summer Kitchen Crafts! This collection of kitchen crafts provides so many ideas that you’ll absolutely love, no matter what type of craft you enjoy. Love to crochet? Make one of these crochet dishcloths. Love to organize? Craft one of these DIY organizers. This summer kitchen crafts list has all types of projects that you’ll enjoy. And these kitchen crafts use such colorful materials that it’ll feel like summer in your kitchen. So, brighten up your home with these summer kitchen crafts!
As the state of our environment continues to worsen, I’ve started including environmentally-friendly habits into my lifestyle. For example, if I need to be somewhere nearby, I’ll walk instead of drive. Whether you believe it or not, small habits can go a long way. Maybe you can’t save the planet on your own, but switching to a greener lifestyle will definitely contribute to conserving our environment.
Although you have so many possibilities for helping the earth, green crafting is a great way to reduce pollution and waste. One of the biggest contributors to the environment’s current state is landfills. We throw so much garbage away daily that we don’t know what to do with it anymore. Even recyclable materials such as plastic and paper aren’t always recycled. Instead, they’re mixed with all of the other trash.
Recycled Crafts You Didn’t Know You Needed
To eliminate this large amount of waste, we should start repurposing recyclable materials. And this 15 Recycled Crafts You Didn’t Know You Needed will help you do that. From toilet paper roll to wine bottle crafts, this list of recycled crafts will provide you with so many environmentally-friendly craft ideas. Instead of throwing your glass or cardboard in the recycling bin, you can create a beautiful craft that you’d never expect. Whether it is a vase, footstool or a planter, these DIY recycled crafts will reduce your daily waste and make your home a little greener. And the best part is that these upcycled crafts aren’t useless! All of these recycled crafts have a practical use that you’ll really appreciate.
I absolutely love the summer, and it’s not because my birthday is in August. (On the 16th for anyone who’d really like to get me a present, wink wink). But I love summer because you spend those super warm and sunny days at the beach.
You walk barefoot on the scorching hot sand. You wear more sunscreen than you’ve ever had in your entire life. And when you’re sitting in the passenger’s seat on the drive back, you fall asleep with your head slumped against the window. A beach day is one of the best days of the summer. And I especially enjoy that I can wear a cute crochet beach cover-up.
When people mentioned crochet around me, I’d always thought that crocheting was for the wintertime, like crochet scarves and sweaters. But I’ve learned that you can create so many staple pieces with crochet, including crochet beach cover-ups. And if you’re someone who likes to wear a top or a dress over your swimsuit, then you’ll absolutely love this Shore Thing Crochet Beach Cover Up Pattern. So, next time that you’re at the beach, wear this lovely crochet beach cover-up pattern or, better yet, try creating some crochet crafts while you’re at the beach!
Shore Thing Crochet Beach Cover Up Pattern
Shore Thing Crochet Beach Cover Up Pattern
2 balls of Red Heart It’s A Wrap Yarn in Western
3.25 mm (US D-3) crochet hook
Gauge: 5 pattern repeats =7 in [18 cm]; 12 rows = 4 in [10 cm] in shell pattern of lower section. 20 sts = 4 in [10 cm] in half double crochet (hdc), after blocking.
To Fit Bust: 30-34 (36-42, 44-50, 52- 58)” [76-86.5 (91.5-106.5, 112-127, 132-147.5) cm].
[ ] = work directions in brackets the number of times specified.
* = repeat whatever follows the * as indicated.
dc2tog (double crochet 2 stitches together) = [Yarn over, insert hook in next stitch, yarn over and pull up loop, yarn over, draw through 2 loops] 2 times, yarn over, draw through all 3 loops on hook.
Fdc (foundation double crochet – This technique creates a foundation chain and a row of double crochet stitches in one) =
First st: Place a slip knot on hook, ch 3, yarn over, insert hook in 3rd ch from hook and draw up a loop, yarn over, draw through 1 loop on hook (the “chain”), [yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook] twice (the “double crochet”).
Remaining sts: *Yarn over, insert hook in “chain” of previous stitch and draw up a loop, yarn over, draw through 1 loop on hook (the “chain”), [yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook] twice (the “double crochet”); repeat from * for desired number of stitches.
hdc2tog (half double crochet 2 stitches together) = [Yarn over, insert hook in next stitch, yarn over and pull up loop] 2 times, yarn over and draw through all 5 loops on hook.
shell = (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in indicated stitch.
2-dc Cl (2 double crochet cluster) = Yarn over, insert hook in indicated stitch or space and pull up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook (2 loops remain on hook); yarn over, insert hook in same stitch or space and pull up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook; yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook.
Fdc 121 (137, 161, 185)
Lower Shell Pattern Section
Row 1 (wrong side): Ch 3 (counts as dc), turn, dc in next st and each st across.
Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sc in first st, *ch 2, skip next 3 sts, shell in next st, ch 2, skip next 3 sts, sc in next st; repeat from * across working the last sc in top beginning ch-3—15 (17, 20, 23) shells.
Row 3:Ch 3, turn, dc in first st (beginning ch-3 and first dc count as 2-dc Cl), ch 3, sc in ch-1 space of next shell, *ch 3, 3-dc Cl in next sc, ch 3, sc in ch-1 space of next shell; repeat from * to last sc, ch 3, 2-dc Cl in last sc—16 (18, 21, 24) clusters.
Row 4: Ch 1, turn, sc in first st, *ch 2, shell in next sc, ch 2, sc in next cluster; repeat from * across working the last sc in top of beginning ch-3.
Rows 5–18 (16, 12, 10): Repeat Rows 3 and 4 for 7 (6, 4, 3) more times. Decrease in Shell Pattern.
Row 1:Ch 3, turn, dc in first st (beginning ch-3 and first dc count as 2-dc Cl), ch 3, sc in ch-1 space of next shell, *ch 3, 3-dc Cl in next sc, ch 3, sc in ch-1 space of next shell; repeat from * across working last sc in last ch-1 space; leave remaining sts unworked—15 (17, 20, 23) clusters. Row 2: Ch 5, turn, sc in next cluster, *ch 2, shell in next sc, ch 2, sc in next cluster; repeat from * across working the last sc in top of beginning ch-3—14 (16, 19, 21) shells. Rows 3–28 (32, 38, 44): Repeat Rows 1 and 2 for 13 (15, 18, 21) more times—1 shell. Row 29 (33, 39, 45): Ch 3, turn, dc in first st (beginning ch-3 and first dc count as 2-dc Cl), ch 3, sc in ch-1 space of shell; leave remaining sts unworked—1 cluster. Row 30 (34, 40, 46): Ch 5, turn, sc in top of beginning ch-3. Do not fasten off.
Half Double Crochet Bias Section
Row 1 (wrong side): Ch 2 (does not count as a st here and throughout), turn, work 121 (139, 163, 187) hdc evenly spaced along sloped edge of shell section. Row 2: Ch 2, turn, hdc in first st, hdc2tog, hdc in each st to last 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in last st. Row 3: Ch 2, turn, hdc in first st, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in each st to last 3 sts, hdc2tog, hdc in last st.
Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until piece measures about 36 (37, 38, 39)” [91.5 (94, 96.5, 99) cm] from beginning, end by working a wrong side row (Row 3).
Top Shell Pattern Section
Row 1 (right side): Ch 1, turn, sc in first st, *ch 2, skip next 2 sts, shell in next st, ch 2, skip next 2 sts, sc in next st; repeat from * across—20 (23, 27, 31) shells Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as dc), turn, sc in ch-1 space of next shell, *ch 3, 3-dc Cl in next sc, ch 3, sc in ch-1 space of next shell; repeat from * to last sc, dc in last sc—19 (22, 26, 30) clusters. Row 3: Ch 3 (counts as dc), turn, 2 dc in first sc, ch 2, sc in next cluster, *ch 2, shell in next sc, ch 2, sc in next cluster; repeat from * to last sc, ch 2, 2 dc in last sc, dc in top of beginning ch-3—18 (21, 25, 29) shells. Row 4: Ch 3 (counts as hdc, ch 1), turn, 3-dc Cl in next sc, *ch 3, sc in ch-1 space of next shell, ch 3, 3-dc Cl in next sc; repeat from * to last 3 dc, ch 1, hdc in top of beginning ch-3—19 (22, 26, 30) clusters. Row 5: Ch 2 (counts as hdc), turn, sc in next cluster, *ch 2, shell in next sc, ch 2, sc in next cluster; repeat from * to beginning ch-3 space, hdc in beginning ch-3 space—18 (21, 25, 29) shells. Row 6: Ch 4 (counts as dc, ch 1), turn, sc in ch-1 space of next shell, *ch 3, 3-dc Cl in next sc, ch 3, sc in ch-1 space of next shell; repeat from * to last sc, ch 1, skip last sc, dc in beginning ch-2 spac —17 (20, 24, 28) clusters. Row 7: Ch 3 (counts as dc), turn, 3 dc in next sc, *ch 2, sc in next cluster, ch 2, shell in next sc; repeat from * to last sc, 3 dc in last sc, dc in beginning ch-4 space—16 (19, 23, 27) shells. Row 8: Ch 2, turn, sc in next dc (beginning ch-2 and following sc count as hdc2tog), ch 1, 3-dc Cl in next sc, *ch 3, sc in ch-1 space of next shell, ch 3, 3-dc Cl in next sc; repeat from * to last 4 dc, ch 1, skip next dc, hdc2tog, leave beginning ch-3 unworked—17 (20, 24, 28) clusters. Row 9: Ch 3 (counts as dc), turn, sc in next cluster, *ch 2, shell in next sc, ch 2, sc in next cluster; repeat from * to last sc. dc in last sc—16 (19, 23, 27) shells. Row 10: Ch 3, turn, dc in next sc (beginning ch-3 and following dc count as dc2tog), ch 2, sc in ch-1 space of next shell, *ch 3, 3-dc Cl in next sc, ch 3, sc in ch-1 space of next shell; repeat from * to last sc, ch 2, dc2tog (worked over last sc and beginning ch-3 space)—15 (18, 22, 26) clusters. Row 11: Ch 1, turn, sc in first st, shell in next sc, *ch 2, sc in next cluster, ch 2, shell in next sc; repeat from * to beginning ch-3, sc in top of beginning ch-3—16 (19, 23, 27) shells. Row 12: Turn, slip st in next 2 dc, ch 1, sc in ch-1 space of same shell, *ch 3, 3-dc Cl in next sc, ch 3, sc in ch-1 space of next shell; repeat from * to beginning ch-2; leave remaining sts unworked—15 (18, 22, 26) clusters. Row 13: Ch 4 (counts as ch 1, dc), turn, sc in next cluster, *ch 2, shell in next sc, ch 2, sc in next cluster; repeat from * to last sc, ch 1, dc in last sc—14 (17, 21, 25) shells. Row 14: Ch 2 (counts as hdc), turn, 3-dc Cl in next sc, *ch 3, sc in ch-1 space of next shell, ch 3, 3-dc Cl in next sc; repeat from * to beginning ch-4 space, hdc in beginning ch-4 space—15 (18, 22, 26) clusters. Row 15: Ch 1, turn, sc in first cluster, *ch 2, shell in next sc, ch 2, sc in next cluster; repeat from * across; leave beginning ch-2 unworked—14 (17, 21, 25) shells. Row 16: Ch 2 (counts as hdc), turn, sc in ch-1 space of next shell, *ch 3, 3-dc Cl in next sc, ch 3, sc in ch-1 space of next shell; repeat from * across, hdc in last dc of same shell; leave remaining sts unworked—15 (18, 22, 26) clusters. Row 17: Ch 3, turn, dc in next sc (beginning ch-3 and following dc count as dc2tog), ch 2, sc in next cluster, *ch 2, shell in next sc, ch 2, sc in next cluster; repeat from * to last sc, ch 2, dc2tog (worked over last sc and beginning ch-2 space)—14 (17, 21, 25) shells. Row 18: Ch 2 (counts as hdc), turn, 3-dc Cl in next sc, *ch 3, sc in ch-1 space of next shell, ch 3, 3-dc Cl in next sc; repeat from * to last 2 dc, hdc in top of beginning ch-3—15 (18, 22, 26) clusters. Row 19: Ch 1, turn, sc in first cluster, *ch 2, shell in next sc, ch 2, sc in next cluster; repeat from * across—14 (17, 21, 25) shells. Rows 20–55 (55, 73, 91): Repeat Rows 2–19 for 2 (2, 3, 4) more times—2 (5, 3, 1) shells.
Beginning with Row 2, work until no more shells or clusters remain in last row.
Do not fasten off.
Row 1: Ch 1, working in ends of rows, work 95 (112, 130, 148) sc evenly spaced along top edge. Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across. Row 3: Ch 3 (counts as dc), turn, dc in next 14 (17, 20, 23) sts, hdc in each st to last 15 (18, 21, 24) sts, dc in last 15 (18, 21, 24) sts. Row 4: Ch 3 (counts as dc), turn, dc in next 14 (17, 20, 23) sts, slip st in each st to last 15 (18, 21, 24) sts, dc in last 15 (18, 21, 24) sts.
Make same as back.
Block pieces to schematic measurements, straightening edges to ensure that each piece is rectangular.