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Simple and easy crochet tutorials and patterns.

Adorable Little Crocheted Pumpkins

It’s FINALLY fall in Chicago!

For a few days there, Chicago was experiencing weird 80 degree fall days and I was having NONE OF IT.  BRING ON THE SWEATER WEATHER!

To help cozy up my house for cool weather, I decided to make a couple of these adorable little crocheted pumpkins.  Aren’t they the cutest?!

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This pattern is very forgiving and you can make a whole series of pumpkins smaller and bigger than this by stopping or continuing your increase rows.

You can find this pattern at 5littlemonsters.com.  I made two of the “large” pumpkins, but there’s also a pattern for a pumpkin about half the size of these.

You can also add a little face for a fun jack-o-lantern or just leave them as is to decorate your home for Halloween and Thanksgiving!  I think I might even make some pumpkins in a series of fall colors to help cozy up the living room!

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7 Cute Crochet Projects to Decorate Your Home for Fall

These aren’t your grandma’s crochet patterns.  Liven up your fall décor by creating a cozy space with these adorable fall crochet projects.  Cute pumpkins, festive garlands, cozy blankets…these projects will help you turn your living room into a comfy, cushy fall oasis!

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7 Cute Crochet Projects to Decorate Your Home for Fall

Plaid Crochet Pumpkin
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Fall in Love Afghan
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Fall Apple Basket
apple basket

Crochet Succulent Planter
succulent planter

Tea Time Pumpkin Coasters
pumpkin coasters

Thanksgiving Crochet Banner
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Cozy Crochet Pinecones
cozy pinecones

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12 Crocheted Afghans for Fall

Fall is right around the corner, so now’s the perfect time to get those hooks ready and start crocheting your cozy and comfy fall afghans!

Great for beginners, crocheted afghans instantly cozy up your home and work best when accompanied with a book and a cup of coffee!

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12 Crocheted Afghans for Fall

Shades of Blue Afghan

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Grey Crocheted Blanket

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Purple and Orange Crocheted Blanket

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Rainbow Blanket

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Brown and White Striped Blanket

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Cozy Afghan

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Cream and Coffee Afghan

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Large Hexagon Afghan

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Granny Square Afghan

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Southwestern Print Afghan

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Teal and Brown Cozy Afghan

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Fall Colors Afghan

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9 Cool Crochet Bags and Purses

If you get bored of crochet projects or love a classic one-skein wonder or stashbuster, than crochet bags are for you.

Often easy to work up in a couple hours or less, crochet bags make shopping at stores and farmer’s markets so much easier.  Clear out your stash by making bags in various colors or just practice the basics with these simple crochet bags for “hookers” of all skill levels!

crochet bags and purses

Grey and White Winter Clutch

Granny Square Bag

Teddy Bear Coin Purse

Tapestry Bag

Fox Bag

Pineapple Bag

Pizza, Watermelon, and Candy Corn Bags

Farmer’s Market Bags

Slushee Bags

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Crochet Granny Square Baby Blanket

I usually avoid making crochet blankets because I will NEVER finish them.  I’m much more of an amigurumi girl…or scarves or hats or basically anything I can make over the course of binging a few episodes of Dawson’s Creek.

Then a few months ago I began a project to use up some extra yarn.  I started making these little granny squares and kept going until my stash ran out.  As luck would have it, I had JUST ENOUGH to make into a small baby blanket!

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After realizing this, the little crochet squares continued to sit in my stash for yet another three or four months because I just didn’t want to commit to starting a blanket…but after going through a deep apartment purge, I finally decided to get started…I began laying out my squares and started assembling…

Well after weaving in all my ends (SO MUCH WEAVING) I’ve finally completed it!  I think it looks kind of cute!  I had some extra yarn left over so I made little pom-poms for the corners.

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To join my squares, I used the single crochet method, but there are several methods for joining granny squares if you don’t like the look of the border.  The reason I liked the single crochet method is that the front and back of the blanket look totally different, so you can showcase either side:

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I also arranged my squares in Excel before starting because I’m a nerd that way…it also ensures that you have enough squares AND that you don’t screw up your pattern as you numbly assemble all these squares.

granny square layout

If you’d like to make this blanket, you’ll need about 1 skein of each color (I used 7 colors).  Follow the instructions for making the little granny squares and keep going until you have about 156 squares (this blanket is 12 squares x 13 squares and measures about 24 in. x 26 in.).  If you follow my pattern, your blanket will be slightly small, perfect for a tiny human…but approximate that each granny square will give you about 2 in., so you can plot out the size of your blanket that way.

To assemble, I made one row at a time.  I joined back sides of 2 squares together and single crocheted to join the squares…then just repeated until the row was complete.  Once all my rows were done, I joined the rows together by placing back sides of the rows together and single crocheting to join row to row.

THEN I WEAVED IN ALL THE ENDS.

That took forever…mostly because I just got sick of it…but after a few cheesy movies, you should make good progress…especially if you weave in ends as you create the squares…which I didn’t do…so I was weaving like a mad-woman.

After making all my squares, I had a few strands of extra yarn…so I added some cute pom-poms to the corners of the blanket and tah dah!!

Whoever has a baby next, you have a cute little blanket comin’ your way!  😉

 

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Crocheted Ice Cream Cone Garland

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

Let’s face facts…ice cream is the best part of summer.  It’s also the best part of fall and winter and spring, too!  Ami right?

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But ice cream certainly gets some extra love in the summertime, and this cute crocheted ice cream banner is the perfect addition to your summertime BBQ or birthday party.

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An AWESOME yarn scrapbuster, these mini ice cream cones will clean out your yarn stash in no time.  Use beads to add sprinkles or chocolate chips…or use multi-colored yarn to create delicious-looking flavor combinations!

Crocheted Ice Cream Cone Garland

Materials:

  • Tan yarn for cone
  • Bright yarn for ice cream
  • 3.5 mm crochet hook
  • Scissors
  • Stuffing

Instructions:
*Rows are worked in continuous rounds.

Starting with tan yarn, make magic circle.  SC 6 into magic circle.

Row 1:  SC in each stitch around (6 SC)

Row 2:  SC 2 in first stitch, SC in next stitch.  Repeat two more times (9 SC)

Row 3:  SC in each stitch around (9 SC)

Row 4:  SC 2 in first stich, SC in next two stitches.  Repeat two more times (12 SC)

Row 5:  SC in each stitch around (12 SC)

WITH ICE CREAM COLOR YARN:

Row 6:  SC in each stitch around (12 SC)

Row 7:  SC in FLO each stitch around (12 SC)

Row 8:  SC in each stitch around (12 SC)

Row 9:  SC in each stitch around (12 SC)

Stuff firmly.

Row 10:  SC2TOG.  Repeat to close.

Bind off; weave in ends.

With cone facing away from you, attach yarn to one of the ridges created in the FLO round.  SC 3 in ridge.  Skip next ridge.  SC in third ridge.  Repeat around entire cone.

Bind off; weave in ends.

Tread a needle with the color yarn of your choice.  String yarn through tops of cones.

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Little Crocheted Robot

You guys…I am in LOVE.

Just look at this adorable little crocheted robot!! DON’T YOU WANT TO GIVE HIM ALL THE SNUGGLES??!!??!

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I saw a similar robot to this while browsing Pinterest one day, but could not find a pattern to make one of my own…so I decided to write one myself! Therefore, I present to you my first 100% hand-written crochet pattern!

Yay!

I love this little robot so much…and this project works up surprisingly fast. Nonstop you could easily make one in a couple hours. I think I might have to make him a little robot buddy or lady friend so he’s not lonely!

Want to make one of your own? Check out the free crochet pattern below!

Little Crocheted Robot

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Materials:

  • Worsted weight yarn in the color of your choice (I used Red Heart Spring Green)
  • 4.0 mm crochet hook
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors
  • Various buttons and embellishments
  • Embroidery thread
  • Pipe cleaners

 

Instructions (Head):

Front and Back Head Panels (make 2):

  • Chain 13.
  • SC in second chain from hook, and in each chain across (12 SC).
  • Ch. 1, turn. SC in second chain from hook, and in each chain across (12 SC).
  • Repeat previous row 8 more times for a total of 10 rows.
  • Bind off.

Top and Bottom Head Panels (make 2):

  • Chain 13.
  • SC in second chain from hook, and in each chain across (12 SC).
  • Ch. 1, turn. SC in second chain from hook, and in each chain across (12 SC).
  • Repeat previous row 3 more times for a total of 5 rows.
  • Bind off.

Side Head Panels (make 2):

  • Chain 6.
  • SC in second chain from hook, and in each chain across (5 SC).
  • Ch. 1, turn. SC in second chain from hook, and in each chain across (5 SC).
  • Repeat previous row 7 more times for a total of 9 rows.
  • Bind off.

Head Assembly:
Keep in mind that the side you seam is the front side, this piece will not be turned inside out. You want those sharp defined lines on the outside of your robot.

  • Join front head panel to top head panel by lining up both pieces on the long sides and SC through both stitches to join.
  • Join bottom panel to bottom of top head panel.
  • Join back head panel to bottom of bottom head panel.
  • When completed, your piece should look like this:

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  • Join top of side panel to side of top head panel. Repeat on other side. Now your piece should look like this:

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  • Continue joining the left side panel to the sides of the front and back panels and bottom panel. Leave the right side panel open for stuffing.
  • Now your piece should look like this:

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  • Now it’s time to weave in all those ends!
  • Phew! Now this is what the head of your robot should look like, with the right panel still open:

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Now is also a great time to add facial features to your robot.

Once your facial features have been added, stuff the head, pushing stuffing into the corners to create a more defined corner. Join right panel to sides of the front and back panels and bottom panel. Cast off and weave in ends.

Yay! Here’s our finished head piece:

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Instructions (Body):

Front and Back Body Panels (make 2):

  • Chain 9.
  • SC in second chain from hook, and in each chain across (8 SC).
  • Ch. 1, turn. SC in second chain from hook, and in each chain across (8 SC).
  • Repeat previous row 3 more times for a total of 5 rows.
  • Bind off.

Top and Bottom Body Panels (make 2):

  • Chain 9.
  • SC in second chain from hook, and in each chain across (8 SC).
  • Ch. 1, turn. SC in second chain from hook, and in each chain across (8 SC).
  • Repeat previous row 3 more times for a total of 5 rows.
  • Bind off.

Side Body Panels (make 2):

  • Chain 5.
  • SC in second chain from hook, and in each chain across (4 SC).
  • Ch. 1, turn. SC in second chain from hook, and in each chain across (4 SC).
  • Repeat previous row 6 more times for a total of 8 rows.
  • Bind off.

Body Assembly:

  • Join body panels exactly like head panels, leaving one side panel open for stuffing.
  • Add any embellishments to body.
  • Stuff body and join remaining open panel. Weave in ends.

And here’s our finished body piece:

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Instructions (Assembly):

Assembling your little robot is super easy! Simply thread your tapestry needle with some excess green thread and run it through the middle three stitches on the top panel of the body and then through the middle three stitches on the bottom panel of the head. I took a pic of mine so you can see…I ran it through twice…so the body dangles just a little from the head, but I love it that way!

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Then just weave in the ends from that string and your robot is ready.

To add arms, legs, and head pieces, I just used pipe cleaners and shoved them into the spaces between my stitches. For the arms, I cut a pipe cleaner in half, then in half again, then wound the ends into small spirals. Then just shove the straight end into each side of the body. I did the same for the legs and the yellow head pieces.

I also added a string to the top of the robot so he could hang if he wanted to!

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When completed, this little guy is a little bigger than my hand and I just love how he turned out! I need to make another so he has a friend!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this fun pattern! I had a great time writing it and I’m in love with this little buddy! ❤

 

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