Category Archives: Free Patterns

Water Bottle Bag

If you’re like me, you often find yourself carrying an armful of stuff.  Without fail, if I’m going to drop something, it will be my water bottle.  So, here’s a solution!

I made this water bottle bag based off of a pattern for a gift bag by K&J Dolls.  I made it as part of a birthday gift.  I did make some modifications to fit my needs:

I used a 3.25 mm hook (D) instead of a 3 mm as the pattern suggests.  There was no real reason to it except that I knew where my 3.25mm hook was and didn’t want to look for my 3mm hook.

I only increased out to 60 sts rather than to the full 84 sts because that’s all it took to make the size I was looking for.

With the decorative stitching, I only did 15 rounds instead of the 23 in the pattern because that’s all I needed to get the height I wanted.

I also didn’t do the little ball ties as in the pattern.  Instead, I used a double strand of yarn and a 6mm (J) hook to chain 200 so the drawstring can be used as a shoulder strap.

My bag ended up being 3 1/2″ in diameter and 8 3/4″ tall.  (Pattern makes 4″ diameter & 10″ tall)

Because this bag uses a small crochet hook, it actually took HOURS to complete (small stitches and inevitable snagging!).  In the end, it turned out really well.  It’s durable.  The bottom is made of very dense single crochet stitching, so it can easily support the weight of a bottle.

Would I make this bag again?  I’m not sure, it was very time consuming for what I made.  That being said, it made a very good bag.  This particular bag was made as a gift, however, so I may have to make one more!

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Baby Barefoot Sandals

I’ve noticed an obvious trend for barefoot sandals.  If you haven’t seen these, they are basically a decoration for your feet when you want to be barefoot but still cute.  Most fit around the 2nd toe (next to the big one) with a loop and tie around the ankle.  The styles are numerous and they’re actually really cute.

Of course, being a mom, I never think to make things for myself because, let’s face it, baby feet are cuter than mine!  So I made some Baby Barefoot Sandals.  These particular ones are very easy to make (minus the flower which is a little more tricky & time consuming).

As much as I would love to claim this pattern as my own design, it is not.  I found a free pattern on Living the Craft Life if you would like to try making them yourself.  The flower I used was also a free pattern from Crochet and Other Stuff.  I decided to make the flower removable and had made these flowers months ago and have been trying to find something to add them to.  Here’s the end result:

And, like I said, everything is cuter on baby feet:

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Fun Free Purse Crochet Pattern for Kids or You!

I just finished making a play purse for my daughter.  It actually turned out cute enough that I was tempted to add a lining and a zipper and keep it for myself!  But, I didn’t.

I’m feeling generous today, so I decided I’d make this available to all of you for FREE!!!
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Here is the purse pattern:
I used an H/5mm hook and Red Heart Super Saver yarn (Warm Brown & Coffee)

Purse Panel (Make 2)

Ch 32.
Row 1: Starting 2nd ch from hook, sc across. (31 sts)
Ch 1. Turn.
Row 2: (Sc in next. Dc in next.) 15 times. Sc in last st. (31 sts)
Ch 1. Turn.
Row 3: Sc across. (31 sts)
Ch 1. Turn
Rows 4-15: Repeat rows 2 & 3.
Row 16: Ch 4. (Counts as dc & ch1) (Skip next st. Dc in next. Ch 1.)  across. (31 sts)
Row 17: Repeat row 3.
Row 18: Repeat row 2.
Row 19: Repeat row 3.
Row 20: Sl stitch across.
Fasten off.

Sl st panels together with right sides facing (bumpy sides together).

Draw String

Take 3 strands of contrasting color that are 7-8 times as long as the width of the purse.
Tie a knot at one end.  Weave through the double chains of row 16.  Tie a bow and trim ends as desired (cut knot off or knot other end as well).  Secure bow knot with thread & needle. (It only needs a stitch or two, just so it won’t come undone)
*I tightened the draw string to narrow the opening a little bit to help keep things inside.

Strap

Sl st in 3rd stitch from side seam of purse into sl sts on the back of the panel. 4 sc in next 4 sts (will go over the seam). Sl st in next.
Ch 1. Turn.
Work 2 sc together over sl st & 1st sc of previous row. 2 sc in next 2 sts. Work 2 sc together in next sc & sl st of previous row.
Ch 1. Turn.
Sc across. (4 sts)
Ch 1. Turn.
Repeat (4 sc. Ch 1. Turn.) Until strap is desired length. (4 sts ea row)
Work 2 sc into first sc of previous row. 2 sc in next 2 sts. Work 2 sc into next st. (6 sts)
Sl st across to join purse & strap (through previous row’s sts & sl sts on back of purse panel) (6 sts)

Fasten off & weave in ends.

If you want to use this for yourself, you can sew a lining and even add a zipper!  :)

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Beard Beanie II

Another beard beanie!!!  What could be better?

This is my husband:

Yea, I know, but I love him anyway.  My husband’s head is, how can I put this…larger-than-average.  Because of this, I had to make him a custom fit beanie & beard.  I think it turned out ok!

The beanie is a simple double crochet beanie.  I started with a magic adjustable ring with 12 dc into it.  Increase each round by 12 dc until you get to the desired size.  Usually I see this at 60 dc.  I find this a little snug, but maybe my gauge is tighter than average. (This particular beanie is 84 dc in the largest round)

For the ribbing around the base of the beanie, I did front-post double crochet stitches.  3-5 rounds will probably get the look you want.  The cool thing about ending the beanie this way is you have vertical ribbing on the front and horizontal ribbing on the back.  The horizontal ribbing on the inside of the beanie will actually help keep the beanie in place.

For striping, I just winged it.  There are two thin stripes, one medium, and then the larger band at the bottom (the front-post dc).

See?  He really is cute.  :)

The beard is a modified version of Jen Spears’ that I have previously linked reference to.  I had to change it a bit, but it’s the same concept.

To attach the beard, I just sewed the beard to the first row of ribbing on the inside of the beanie.  It ends with a clean finish and the seam is hidden by the edge of the beanie.

Crochet Hook Used:
     Size G (4.25mm)
Yarn Used:
     Red Heart Super Saver – Medium Thyme
     Red Heart Super Saver – Cafe Latte
     Red Heart Super Saver – Black

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My First Beard Beanie

Hooray!  I finished a beard beanie!  This one is reserved by my mom.  I’m pretty excited about it.  This one is fuzzy with earmuffs:

I also can make them non-fuzzy and without earmuffs.  I based this on a FREE PATTERN by Jen Spears, but varied it a little bit and haven’t put the pom-pom on top.

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Brown Baby Cowboy Booties

Yet another Christmas gift…can you tell I was busy?

These are some more of the fun little cowboy baby booties that I made for my nephew for Christmas.  Unfortunately I didn’t finish the ones for my 4-mo-old daughter, but I will.

Again I used this FREE PATTERN but this time I left off the little “heel.”  I absolutely love these:

I have to admit, it was a little challenging for me to keep the rows lined up.  They kept working in a diagonal.  I had to use stitch markers and count a lot to keep it straight.  I’m currently looking at some tutorials to see if I can figure out anything I’m doing wrong.  If I do, I’ll share so I can maybe save someone else the frustration.

Crochet Hook Used:
     Size F (3.75mm)
Yarn Used:
     Red Heart Super Saver – Warm Brown
     Red Heart Super Saver – Coffee

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More Bassinet Purses

Again with the Christmas gifts…

These are two rainbow bassinet purses I made for Christmas gifts for my daughter’s two little friends.  They absolutely loved them.

I used the FREE PATTERN from Daisy Designs.

The blanket I just made up as I went along.  It’s 16 dc in length then I just did sc around the edges with 3sc in each of the side dc and 9sc in the corners.  It turned out cute.  At first I wasn’t sure about the rainbow yarn (Calliope), but it grew on me:


These look more difficult than they are.  The pattern even includes a diagram which helps, especially if your a visual person like me.

Crochet Hook Used:
     Size G
Yarn Used:
     Red Heart Super Saver – Baby Pink
     Red Heart Super Saver – Pale Yellow
     Red Heart Super Saver – Calliope

Dolls are from Walmart – $1/ea.

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Crochet Baby Cowboy Boots

I made these cowboy boots for part of a baby shower gift.  I found this FREE PATTERN.

They aren’t too difficult and don’t take very long to make…if you don’t procrastinate before the shower like me!

Crochet Hook Used:
     Size F (3.75mm)
Yarn Used:
     Red Heart Super Saver – Black
     Red Heart Super Saver – Delft Blue

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Bassinet Purse & Doll

This bassinet purse is a Christmas gift I made for a cute little 2 year old girl.  They work great for doctor/dental appointments, church, or anywhere else where your child has to wait. They are small and easy to carry.  It’s basically a drawstring bag that, when turned inside-out, becomes a bassinet for a small doll.

This doll is $1 at Wal-mart.  You could also use the 5-inch Berenguer doll.  You can make little outfits for them and they’re cuter!  They seem to end up being about $8-9 with shipping if you buy them individually.  You can get them for around $5 if you buy in bulk.  I’m still looking.

I didn’t use a pattern for this one.  I have one of these for my daughter and I used that to make my own.  It turned out well, but I didn’t write the pattern down (oops).  I did, however, find a similar  FREE PATTERN on Daisy Designs.  She also has pictures of 3 different doll choices, including the two I’ve mentioned.

Crochet Hook Used:
     Size G (4.25mm)
Yarn Used:
     Red Heart Super Saver – Plum Pudding
     Red Heart Super Saver – Dk Orchid

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