How to crochet joined rounds

Joining rounds is my favorite technique for making hats, amigurumi and baskets! The 'slip stitch & chain column' (highlighted in red below) allows me to work without a stitch marker. For some reason I always lose count of my stitches when I work in continuous rounds, which results in lots of frogging. Pros no stitch …

Cityscape Gift Tag DIY

DIY cityscape gift tags | Turn plain gift tags into something special with a gel pen & some imagination! These Christmas gift tags are inspired by the row homes that line Amsterdam's canal. mini doodling lesson & inspiration included (: #christmas #upcycle #DIY #house #home #doodle #gift

I was debating whether or not to toss out these old gift tags when I realized that their silhouette looks a bit like the tall & skinny houses along a canal in Amsterdam. With some pens & imagination I turned them into something new! Materials plain gift tags jell pens - I used these jelly …

The Wave Beanie

FREE crochet beanie pattern & video tutorial | The Wave Beanie pattern | picotpals.com | #crochet #hat #pattern

It's been almost a year since I designed my first hat pattern. It feels like so long ago! I forced myself to read through my work, which in turn made me cringe. For example, I thought a half double crochet was a double crochet? This mistake leaves me feeling bewildered but it happened. If you …

How to dye yarn with black beans

For less than $6 you can turn white yarn into a beautiful blue hue. If you're interested in trying out natural dyes, beans might be a great place to start!

Who would have thought that the humble black bean could produce such beautiful colors? This is a cheap and (relatively) simple alternative to the complicated indigo dyeing process. For around $6 you can make your own natural dyes and have lots of beans left over for a tasty taco dip!  Here's a before and after …

Boho Granny Bunting

FREE crochet pattern - Crochet your own bohemian style wall hanging with this free pattern & tutorial. I adore the look of macrame banners. This crochet version of the trend has all of the boho vibes (without having to learn how any complicated knots).

Pretty macrame accessories are all over the place lately. I’ve been itching to give macrame a try. I just can’t justify another crafty adventure while I already have so many unused supplies. I resisted the urge to buy rope & wooden beads & all that jazz and hunkered down with my crochet materials. My efforts …

Scrap Yarn Uses : Home Decor Edition

24 modern yarn craft ideas and tutorials for your home - No knitting or crochet skills required! These projects are great for using up yarn scraps or busting your stash.

I hate to waste any of my yarn! I've been collecting ideas for putting even the smallest of scraps to good use. Most of my favorite ideas for stash & scrap busting are home decor related. Here are a bunch ways that you can clear out your yarn stash while sprucing up your space. None …

Moon Phase Choker

Moon phase choker free crochet pattern #crochet #free pattern #jewelry

I've been so inspired by all of the moon phase home decor and jewelry that I've noticed lately on Instagram! I decided to put my jewelry making skills to the test and create my own crochet accessory. I used embroidery thread to make very tiny moons. I think this could make a cool bunting with …

Dogwood Flowers

Free crochet dogwood flower pattern - #flower #crochet #free #pattern #dogwood

The dogwood flowers in my backyard prompted me to create this pretty pattern! I tested a few different versions before coming up with flowers that looked realistic and still worked up quickly. You can get the printable version of the pattern HERE. Here are my first prototypes: If you'd like these patterns feel free to …