My name is Erica--crochet pattern designer, maker, all around craft lover, wife and mom of three amazing boys. I truly love that I get to be creative and utilize my artistic skills to design free crochet patterns for you to enjoy!
If you have followed my crochet design business much, you know that I love to put a twist on traditional stitches to create texture. You know that I love to teach you exactly how to use the texture or stitch combo in a fun, useful and cute design.
I love designing and the art of crochet has allowed me to do just that. I enjoy the many textures that crochet offers. I strive to introduce new stitch combinations and textures in each of my designs. I love designing accessories for Men, Women, Children and Babies along with crochet pieces for the Home and Everyday Life.
All that you need to know is the basics of crocheting, which will vary a little bit for each pattern! I would love to have people of all skill levels! You will have to commit to creating the pattern in the time frame that we decide on (I am flexible), follow all of my instructions (you can change colors), be willing to tell me any problems (typos, confusing areas, recommendations, errors), and provide me with a picture of your finished item. I will always provide a list of materials that you need, abbreviations that I use, and stitch descriptions.
One of my new goals for the year was to decide on the format for my patterns and do my best to make sure they are all consistent. One year ago, January 2015, I decided that I was going to try out pattern writing and began with a basic half double crochet striped hat. I wanted to create a simple hat with simple color change and have it in all sizes. This is what I ended up with.
I will be continuing to add more photo tutorials to my site, so that I can refer customers here instead of trying to include everything in the pattern. This will make the patterns shorter, more printer friendly, and give easier access to you, for reference. Of course, I will still have plenty of pictures in my patterns, but I want to have the basics such as the magic circle, foundation double crochet, and changing color, all available here for reference.
Of course, if you have a pattern of mine already, I will be more than happy to send you the updated copy. If you purchased a pattern from me on Ravelry, you will get e-mailed the update automatically. I would love to hear what you think of my new pattern layout! Since Easter is coming up, I thought I should go back and update my Easter bunny pattern first. I have finished the updated version of the bunny with diaper cover tonight and will be doing the Easter bunny with cape next!
My favorite part of using Craftsy is that you can skip around and view what you want and you have unlimited access! That means, I can come back any time and re-watch any part I want. It is always good to have a reference for a refresher or trying something new. Also, even though it is an online class, there a running chat off to the side, where you can ask questions and post the projects that you have created. I love how easy the videos are to follow and that they are created by pros. Sometimes searching around online and at YouTube you find videos that make things more confusing and could be incorrect. Craftsy gives you a place to get all the information, ask for help, and know that you are learning the correct way. Also, I am a big fan of being able to watch the videos on my phone, though their app, which is great for when I am crocheting while out of the house.
This is my second free bear hat. The first free pattern I used bulky weight pipsqueak yarn, so I am using worsted weight yarn for this one. ? To get my first free pattern, click here. I wanted this hat to be a little bit different, so I decided to use front post and back post double crochet, for some ribbed texture.
Working around the front and back post double crochet is great for providing some texture to any project! I love creating the ribbed stitches, by working around the post for multiple rows, for a fun and stretchy look. I have been using post stitches a lot lately for my alligator (creating spikes on the back/tail), pants waist band, and bear hat. Just remember that it makes your rows of double crochet a little bit shorter! You can always work around the post for other stitches, but the double crochet is the most popular.
I am currently working on a newborn fisherman outfit/photo prop and thought that I should show what I am doing, as I go. I love the magic ring and use it anytime I can! It is my favorite way to start a project, especially hats. ? The reason that I prefer the magic ring to other methods is because it is very adjustable. You can make the ring as large or as small as you would like and can use it with any stitch. For example, in my fisherman pattern, I use the magic ring to start my hat, little fish, fishing pole, bobber, and my fishing reel! Of course this method only works, if you are working in the round, which is why my next post will be about starting with a foundation double crochet (FDC), for my little fisherman pants and suspenders.
Some of these products are tried and true, and some of them are brand new. These are all the best yarns and crochet tools from 2022! I put together a list of my most loved crochet products (mostly yarn) from this year, along with my crochet wishlist for 2023.
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This is also the yarn that I recommend for one of my most popular patterns, the Spring Beanie Crochet Pattern. Simply DK makes these beanies so soft & lightweight! I love using this pattern & yarn to make matching mommy & me beanies for me and my little ones.
This is the yarn that I recommend using for all of my crochet bralette patterns, including my newest crochet top design: The Equinox Top. This pattern is size inclusive and it has multiple variations so you can fully customize it!
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I tried to include a range of different types of crochet projects in this round-up so you can see a variety of different options. There are small quick projects as well as larger patterns like wearables.
This is an approachable, easy-level crochet pattern with a sophisticated fit. The high neckline and solid fabric provide great coverage, bringing a level of functionality and practicality to this design for regular, everyday wear without feeling too exposed. A few simple finishing rows are worked along all the raw edges to add a refined, store-bought look that can be hard to find in crochet pieces. The negative ease tricks the eye by creating the appearance of shaping in the upper portion of this tank top, while in fact, each panel is created entirely from two rectangles without any decreasing.
Before you work the bib, you will crochet a finishing row up to the first marker to even out the undulating shell stitches and get a top edge that is flat and uniform. Next, you will work a section of shells in between your two markers, and then complete the row with similar finishing instructions.
Hi! I tried out the pattern and it came out great. it was easy to adjust to different gauge because of the clear concept and the stitch looks so interesting stretched sideways (i have never been a fan of shells). btw: I simply followed the instructions one size down.
How do you crochet gloves? Some free crochet gloves patterns start at the top of the glove and work their way down to the cuff. Other patterns start with the cuff and work their way up to the top. While both of the construction methods just listed are typically worked in the round, there are also free crochet gloves patterns that are worked flat in back and forth rows.
What is the best yarn to use for mittens? Many of our free crochet gloves patterns use thicker and warmer yarns like worsted weight, bulky weight, and super bulky weight. Acrylic is a common choice for yarn content as it is both warm and durable (and usually machine washable too!) Animal fibers like wool are also a popular choice for crochet gloves because they are extra warm and cozy.
If you are looking for free crochet gloves patterns that work up quickly, then be sure to check out these soft and cozy mittens made with super bulky yarn. This pattern is perfect if you are short on time or if you plan on making multiple pairs of mittens. The design calls for half double and single crochet stitches along with double crochet post stitches.
Learning two new crochet stitches is double the fun with the Diana Mittens from Divine Debris. This design alternates between sections of camel stitch and sections of crunch stitch for an interesting and attractive finish. They are worked from the cuff up, so you can stop part way through the pattern if you prefer fingerless gloves.
Sometimes the extra coziness of mittens can make everyday tasks a little trickier. This clever design features two small openings for your pointer finger and thumb so you can easily type up a text or take a photo of something without taking your mittens off. The pattern uses slip stitches for the ribbed cuff and waistcoat stitches for the glove itself. 2b1af7f3a8