There are still a few weeks left of summer, just enough time to finish a few fun, quick projects before getting back-to-school.
We all like a freebie, and what’s better than to find FIVE free crochet patterns all in one spot? Summertime is the time for crocheting small. I love a good afghan, but this time of year, I just don’t want to hold the afghan while I’m working on it!
Keep reading to see what I’ve found for you:
1) Leia by Carey Huffman
Kids love robots but they tend to not be very cuddly. Leia, on the other hand, is soft enough to sleep with at night but strong enough to do whatever robots do during the day. There were so many cute crocheted things in the Summer 2011 issue of Petite Purls Magazine that it was hard to choose just one. Check out the magazine for yourself to see even more adorable (free) crochet patterns.
2) Crochet Cuff (Editors Note: This pattern is no longer available) by Robyn Chachula (PDF download link)
These gorgeous cuffs are one of the many cool projects in Robyn Chachula’s book, Blueprint Crochet. What a great way to hone your crochet skills and create a little bit of “string bling” at the same time. Crochet jewelry is really hot right now, and this would definitely make a cool summer project!
3) Tawashi by Linda Permann
Japanese Tawashi, or dish scrubbies, have become popular crochet (and knit) items over the past few years, perhaps because they are small, cute, and useful. They can be washed and dried, meaning there’s not the same gross-out factor as with commercial sponges that end up getting tossed. Linda Perman designed this tawashi out of Red Heart Eco-Cotton Blend, which is made out of recycled T-shirt remnants (factory waste). You can also make these out of acrylic (the scratchier the better!) for extra scrubbing power—in Japan, they even sell yarns that have silver ions in them and are antibacterial. Supposedly they need no detergent to work—now that’s eco-friendly!
4) Wiggly Hot Mat by Magie Weldon
Ok, this crochet hot mat is pretty high up there in its kitsch factor, which is probably why I love it. It reminds me of the crochet I’d see when going to a friend’s grandma’s house in the 1970s…ruffly, purple-y, and sticky-sweet. I can also, though, visualize this crafted in some very interesting colorways…imagine this in bright, bold, summery Fiestaware colors! And you could make it small like a pot-holder or big enough to support a casserole dish. Endless summer – kitschy – fun.
5) Garden party hats by Alla Koval
I think this hat would be so cute on any little girl! From the website:
“One size fits ALL! The direction is given for one size hat. The difference for Infant (Child, Adult) sizes makes different weight of yarn used. This sweet and feminine hat is just perfect for a lady of any age and can be made in any color and worn with any crochet accessories, ribbons or what ever you can think off! Get a fun to create a look you would love!! A Perfect addition for spring/summer wardrobe. This hat is fun to make and fabulous to wear!”
If you’re new to crochet and still trying to navigate your way through the stitches, check out one of our three fun online crochet classes, taught by Vickie Howell and Linda Permann. And, once you’ve finished your summer crochet projects, be sure to share your projects with us on Craftsy.com!