How to Finish Off & Weave in the Ends of Your Crochet Project

When I was first learning how to crochet I really had no idea how to finish off my yarn. I tied knots, but something niggled at the back of my mind telling me this probably wasn’t the best way to do it. Afterall, there was a knot in my project and I was pretty sure fiber artists had a smoother option than an ugly knot! I admit I’m a perfectionist, so this really bothered me until I finally found this weaving in method. Continue reading How to Finish Off & Weave in the Ends of Your Crochet Project

This Little Piggy Crochet Bookmark and Applique

“Qu’il Fait Bon Chez Nous” by W. J. Gage limited [1941]


A few weeks ago I was scrolling scrolling along ravelry looking for bookmark patterns and I came across this elephant by Katie Young at Jelly Designs. Isn’t it so cuuuuute!?

I posted it to my Facebook and immediately I got a request from my sister-in-law asking me for a piggy bookmark. I said yes really quickly, but then when I went looking I couldn’t find a pig! So, I made up my own pattern and I’m really happy with it. The pattern looks like it may have pieces, but it’s actually worked with very minimal sewing (only for the black details in the eyes, nose and toes.)
I worked it in thread so it would lay flat for a bookmark, but I’m sure you could make this as an applique with any yarn and coordinated hook size.

“Qu’il Fait Bon Chez Nous” by W. J. Gage limited [1941]
As a side story, this little old children’s french book was one that my french canadian grandmaman used to have me read to her when I was little. It’s very delicate, but Continue reading This Little Piggy Crochet Bookmark and Applique

How to Change Yarn Colors in Crochet Video Tutorial

How do you change yarn colors? When I first started crocheting I didn’t know how to change colors and would just tie a knot. That’s fine and dandy when you’re making something like a stuffie that hides the knots on the inside, but not so much for other projects.

Once I learned this method for changing colors in any crochet project it was a game changer.

Do me a favor and watch this short video and let me know what you think in the comments. Do you have another method that works for you? I’d love to know!

 

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Let me Teach You How to Crochet the Magic Circle with this Video Tutorial ~ You can do it!

A lot of crocheters, new and seasoned, are often intimidated by the Magic Circle. I’m here to give you a little guidance and a lot of encouragement. It’s a wonderful technique that once mastered that gives your circle work a tighter beginning than can’t always be achieved using chain loops.

I’m here to tell you, don’t be scared, you CAN do this! I have taught many people and all you really need is some determination and a few rewinds on the YouTube tutorial. Most people don’t get it on the first try. You have to keep at it a few times to get your hands to work it. The first few times the yarn will likely become very loose, but as long as you do the steps in the video it will still work. Just make it happen!

I offer you my teaching method: (BIG Hugs, you’ve got this!!!)

And when you’ve done it, please come celebrate with me and show me your work on my Facebook Page!

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Crochet an Ecig Dual Vape Case ~ Free Pattern

A year ago I received a request from my Mom for a case that would hold her shark vapes in her purse pocket and keep them from banging into each other. After  researching came up with nothing like what she asked for, I came up with this design, but never wrote it down. She’s just asked me to make up a few more, so this time I decided to share the pattern with others.

This E-cig / vape case holds 2 pen style vapes. You can make it with or without a closing flap and there are also 2 options for closing the flap using Velcro or a button close. You can also add a lanyard or cross body strap to carry it with you for festivals or traveling.

I do sell this case on my Etsy Shop here.

This case is great for keeping them safe in your purse, beach bag, or backpack.

Go get your supplies (listed below) and we’ll get started.

Continue reading Crochet an Ecig Dual Vape Case ~ Free Pattern

Learn to Crochet for Beginners Part 3 ~Elegant Washcloth Border

Welcome! This is the 3rd video in a Beginners Series for those who want to learn (or relearn) crochet. I hope that through this video you’ll feel like a friend who is sitting right next to me!

In this video you’ll learn how to add the Elegant Border to your washcloth or just about any project you’d like. I’ll be teaching you the single crochet (sc) and double crochet (dc) stitches and how to turn a corner. This comes in handy when you want to turn just about any corner in crochet.

In case you missed the washcloth beginning, you can find Part 1 here

Go get your supplies (listed below) and we’ll get started.

Supplies needed:
**Yarn size and type: Worsted Weight, 4-ply. 100% Cotton.
**Hook size: H/5.0 mm
**Scissors
**Darning needle
**Stitch Markers : Scrap yarn, Bobby pins, or Plastic Crochet markers

If you make this Elegant Washcloth I’d love to see it! Come on over to my Facebook Page and show me!

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I am only human after all, so if you find a mistake in the pattern please let me know so I can amend it. My email is crochetshay at gmail dot com.

This is an original Shannon Hendon pattern: Owner / Designer of Crochet Shay. This pattern is copyright protected and may not be redistributed for free, sale or trade. Finished products may be sold as long as a link back to my website and/or etsy shop for this design is provided.

Learn to Crochet for Beginners Part 2 ~ an Elegant Washcloth

In part 2 of this Beginner’s Series I’ll teach you the half double crochet (hdc) stitch and how to use 3 types of stitch markers (stM). I go slowly and demonstrate each step several times. This gets you used to hearing how the stitch is done. The text on the screen also gets you used to crochet abbreviations which will be handy if you want to learn to read patters in the future.

In case you missed it, you can find Part 1 here

Go get your supplies (listed below) and we’ll get started!

Supplies needed:
**Yarn size and type: Worsted Weight, 4-ply. 100% Cotton.
**Hook size: H/5.0 mm
**Scissors
**Darning needle
**Stitch Markers : Scrap yarn, Bobby pins, or Plastic Crochet markers

If you make this Elegant Washcloth I’d love to see it! Come on over to my Facebook Page and show me!

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I am only human after all, so if you find a mistake in the pattern please let me know so I can amend it. My email is crochetshay at gmail dot com.

This is an original Shannon Hendon pattern: Owner / Designer of Crochet Shay. This pattern is copyright protected and may not be redistributed for free, sale or trade. Finished products may be sold as long as a link back to my website and/or etsy shop for this design is provided.

Learn How to Crochet for Very Beginners Part 1 ~ Easy Video Tutorial

So, you want to learn how to crochet? Or perhaps you’re experienced and know someone wants to learn, too? Here’s the chance to share our love of crochet to anyone who wants to learn!

In this video, I go slowly and step by step to teach you how. I truly believe anyone can learn and with YouTube it’s so easy with pause and rewind. I’ve had so many friends ask me to teach them crochet that I started a class in my home. I also hear from a lot of people who’ve learned many years ago and need a refresher course to get back into it.

I want to extend my passion for crochet by giving you an easy to follow video and I hope that you’ll feel like a friend who is sitting right next to me. Look in the description for the supply list and let’s get started today!

In this video we’ll be learning how to get the yarn onto your hook with a slip knot and take the first steps into chaining and single crochet stitches. You can turn this project into a scarf and have something to be very proud of!
So, go get your supplies (list below and very inexpensive) and we’ll get started. I’m so excited!

Supplies needed:
Yarn size and type: Super Bulky, 6-ply. Acrylic is best for learning.
Hook size: L/8.0 mm
Scissors
Yarn/Darning needle

Play the video below

In the next video, we’ll be making a simple washcloth/dishcloth together using cotton yarn and a size H/5.0 mm hook.

I take requests, so let me know what you’d like to see and tell me if my videos have helped you in the comments below 🙂

Happy Hookin! ~ Crochet Shay

If you are just beginning I’d love to see it your first work! Come on over to my Facebook Page and show me!

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I am only human after all, so if you find a mistake in the pattern please let me know so I can amend it. My email is crochetshay at gmail dot com.

This is an original Shannon Hendon pattern: Owner / Designer of Crochet Shay. This pattern is copyright protected and may not be redistributed for free, sale or trade. Finished products may be sold as long as a link back to my website and/or etsy shop for this design is provided.

Pokemon Family Time – Crochet Pokeball Pattern

I have four children who have been Pokemon fans since they were little. I remember making a Pokeball cake from two glass bowls for one of my son’s birthdays over 15 years ago. And when Team Rocket showed up complete with the cutest Pikachu Volkswagen beetle I think we solidified our ranking as the “cool” parents.

Now my kids are young adults, one married and in the military with 2 kids (my beautiful grandchildren) and they are all crazy about the new Pokemon Go app. All 9 of us recently took a road trip from Florida to Nashville, TN to visit my parents and they played the app all through the trip. It has been great bonding for all of us!

I brought an assortment of cotton yarn with me to make some washcloths, but of course I had to go to the store when we got there for MORE yarn when I decided to make them some Pokeballs. The grandkids love throwing these crocheted balls and I don’t fear them hurting each other or breaking anything with them.

It’s a simple beginner’s ball pattern using red, black, and white yarn. Continue reading Pokemon Family Time – Crochet Pokeball Pattern

Crochet to the Rescue! – A Bear’s Eye Patch Pattern

One of the absolute best things about crochet for me is the ability to make something useful. I’m a very practical gal at heart and if I see a need for something I immediately try to find a crochet remedy (like these Car Seat Strap Covers I made for the 2 year old who complained about the straps cutting her little neck).

Last summer my grand kids came for a visit and our two Great Danes, while they are gentle giants, hadn’t been around children’s toys in a long time. My 3 yr old grandson is very attached to his “Puppy” and cannot sleep without it. No matter how good I was at watching the dogs, the unthinkable happened… Zeus, chewed off the plastic eyes from Puppy. *gasp*

Hoping to avoid a complete meltdown I asked him if it was ok for me to crochet some new eyes for Puppy and to my delight he was ok with that. If I’d had time to think it through I may have tried to make the eyes look better than this, but the quick fix was good enough to make him happy.

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There was more damage to the right side beyond just the eyes, but by making them a bit larger I was able to bring all the fuzzy fabric bits together. Puppy has since been on many more trips with his new eyes and is looking lovingly worn.

PATTERN for Bear Eyes or to Patch a Hole:  Continue reading Crochet to the Rescue! – A Bear’s Eye Patch Pattern