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Free Crochet Pattern: St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Applique

If you’re anything like my cats, the promise of spring is trying to lure you outside to bask in what little bits of sun make it through those snowy clouds. But then the harsh reality that our most hopeful season is three weeks away slaps you in the face with another bout of freezing weather.

Yes, before spring comes, we still have a few more depressing weather hurdles to overcome. But that doesn’t mean we can’t still find something to celebrate. For many of that, that celebration comes in the form of St. Patrick’s Day.

Whether or not you’re Irish, the sight of four leaf clovers is often the first sign of spring to come. And while we wait for the last of the technically-still-winter winter holidays to arrive, there’s no reason why we can’t start enjoying its sights early.

So here’s a cute little shamrock I whipped up using some yarn I purchased from Blitsy. It’s perfect for wearing on a cute jacket, or can be modified as a cute hair accessory (for kids or adults!)

Free Knitting Pattern: Tears of Joy Hat

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Pinterest has become my new go-to resource for discovering obscure knitting stitches. Most recently, I stumbled upon an unnamed, but interesting stitch pattern that I absolutely fell in love with. I knew I had to convert the pattern into a hat.

The conversion turned out to be quite a challenge, partially because I needed the pattern to be in the round as opposed to back-and-forth in rows; however, I managed to create a number of charts and finally found one that worked exactly as I wanted it to. I hope you enjoy it!

Free Crochet Pattern: Really Easy V-Stitch Beanie

Cute and simple, this free crochet hat pattern uses basic hat construction to create a great-looking accessory while experimenting with different stitches (I wouldn’t want you to get bored!). It’s perfect for beginners looking to crochet something a bit more advanced, but more advanced crocheters will enjoy how fast this hat works up.

Free Knitting Pattern: Winter Waffle Hat

Where I am, winter has been a long time coming. Finally (or unfortunately, depending on how you feel about it!), it has arrived, leading most of us to cuddle under blankets, blast the heat, turn on the wood stove, and chug tea like it’s our jobs.

I sat down to design a hat and originally picked up a thin (but beautiful) yarn. Just as I was about to start the stitch pattern, I decided I wanted something that was going to be quick and - perhaps most importantly - warm! This Winter Waffle hat is the result. Check it out:

Craft: Knitting

Level: Easy

Materials:

  • Super Bulky weight yarn (I used one skein of Bernat Roving in the color Teal)
  • Size US 10 circular needle and DPNs (you can use the DPNs for the entire hat if you'd like; otherwise, you'll just need them for decreasing at the top)
  • Tapestry needle
  • Stitch marker

Abbreviations:

  • PM: Place Marker
  • K2tog: Knit 2 Together: Knit the next two stitches together (right-slanting decrease)
  • YO: Yarn Over
  • st/s: Stitches

Notes:

  • Slip stitch marker at the end of each round so you know where the next row begins

Pattern:

CO 58 sts

Ribbing Pattern: *K1, P1* around, PM

Repeat Ribbing Pattern for 1"

Row 1: *YO, k2, pass YO over 2 knitted sts* around

Row 2: Knit around

Repeat rounds 1 + 2 until entire hat measures 6" high, ending on R2

Decreasing for top of hat

Note: Switch to DPNs once hat is too small to fit on your circulars.

Row 3: *YO, k2tog, pass YO over the k2tog st* around

Row 4: Knit around

Repeat rounds 3 + 4 until 4 sts remain, ending with an R3 row.

Finishing:

Cut yarn. Using a tapestry needle, thread yarn through remaining stitches and tug. Weave in ends and enjoy!

Free Knitting Pattern: Autumnal Sun Coaster/Dishcloth

I recently survived an "I don't have enough cotton-based yarn" phase. I'm not sure if it was the plethora of dishcloth patterns I'd seen (combined with my need for instant gratification) or if I just couldn't get over all the overwhelmingly beautiful colors now available from Lily Sugar 'n Cream.

Whatever the reasons, I had stockpiled a full, ginormous box of Lily Sugar 'n Cream that I purchased from Blitsy during my cotton yarn gorge-fest. And I needed to do something with it.

So I dug into my new stash and got to town on a new technique I've become obsessed with: knitting wedges to create a circle. It's a simple technique and there's a lot you can do with it, and I wanted to see what I could design.

And so, this quick-and-easy dishcloth/coaster was born. The size can easily be adjusted to create a placemat that would look lovely as part of your holiday settings this year.

Although I used fall colors for my prototype, a red-and-white variegated cotton yarn would make for an amazing peppermint motif post-Thanksgiving (hint-hint!) Or choose solid colors to coordinate each circle with your home's decor. The options are endless, which makes this pattern versatile and customizable to your preferences!