The basic treble crochet stitch is one of the foundation-level crochet stitches that it’s important to know if you want to be able to work a wide range of different crochet patterns. If you haven’t learned the treble crochet stitch yet, I invite you to give it a try!
Want to whip up something special to wear on New Year’s Eve? Here are a few ideas, with links to free patterns for crocheting each item.
A lace wrap would look stunning worn overtop of a little black dress. There are so many incredible shawl and wrap options that it’s a challenge to choose just one, but I’m eyeing the Luna Moth shawl as one possibility. I think it would be a gorgeous holiday wrap, yet wearable for many other occasions (and non-occasions) too.
Jeweled Neck Warmer — I designed this easy, beginner-friendly neck warmer with the holiday season in mind. This piece is sort of like a cross between a necklace and a scarf; it’s warmer than a necklace would be, and it’s dressier than your average winter scarf. In fact, it’s dressy enough to wear out on New Year’s Eve, so if you are tired of freezing in the name of fashion, why not give this project a try.
This gorgeous necklace is lovely for accessorizing on any occasion that calls for a bit of sparkle. It’s a bit artsy and, I think, totally fabulous. It’s often a conversation-starter when I wear mine; people are typically fascinated by the dichroic glass pendant, and interested to learn that each one is unique and handmade.
If you’re spending your New Year’s Eve socializing with a rather conservative group, a pearl necklace might be a better choice in the jewelry department.
Anybody need some quick, fun holiday themed crochet projects to work on? Here are a few ideas that I hope you can use if you have any "down time" in the next couple of months. (And if not..I hope you'll at least take a moment to grab the patterns anyway, 'cause you can always use 'em next year…)
It doesn't take long to whip up this quick little Christmas tree applique. You could use the applique to transform just about any type of crochet or craft project into a Christmas project. You could even use the applique on store-bought items if you're in a hurry.
Ornaments come in handy for both decorating and gift-giving. They’re pretty quick to make, too. The ornament linked above is really similar to the Christmas tree applique pictured above — and no wonder, because the ornament is constructed using two of those appliques.
The original cupcake design was a square with a light pink background, darker pink frosting, red cherry, and tan “cake”. My new colorway: I changed the background to off-white, the frosting to green, and the cake to a slightly darker brown. I kept the red cherry the same.
To transform this design into a potholder, I added a red border around the outside edge, along with a hanging loop in one corner, and a bit of green surface crochet detailing.
I don’t do much Christmas baking any more, but if you do, perhaps you’ll enjoy having these potholders on hand while making Christmas cookies and cakes (and cupcakes! Don’t forget the cupcakes…)
Either way, I hope those of you who celebrate Christmas will enjoy your holiday season this year.
I originally designed this edging pattern to be used for finishing off a 14″ wide hand towel. Great, but what if your towels are slightly different sizes? Or what if you wanted to use that edging on bath towels? Or sheets and pillowcases? The way I originally wrote the pattern, you were outta luck — unless you either used the exact same size of towel, or messed around with your gauge in a hit-or-miss fashion, or wanted to do a whole. bunch. of. MATH! Yikes.
I knew that those things would be issues even as I was publishing the pattern, but I was on a tight schedule with deadlines for the site where the pattern was originally published. I didn’t have the time it would have taken to adequately expand and test the pattern then. Still, I had it in my head that at some point I would go back and revise the pattern to make it much more flexible and include many more options. Well, that time has come.
You can now use the pattern for finishing much more than just 14″ hand towels. You can now use it on any straight flat edge, and on some curved edges as well. The only thing I haven’t done yet: given it a corner, which would make it suitable for use on blankets and similar rectangular / square linens. I may get to that eventually, but for now, I hope you’ll enjoy the latest update.