Cowl crochet pattern

Plum Creek Cowl Crochet Pattern

checkerboard stitch cowl

I am so excited to bring to you the Plum Creek Cowl, my newest crochet pattern.  When I found this beautiful basketweave stitch (see how-to video below), I just knew I had to try it with super bulky yarn.  This stitch pattern creates such a textured yet simple design that elevates any crochet piece to something special. Plus, there is some overlapping in the stitches, so it provides extra warmth.  The best part is that this stitch is so easy to do…if you can double crochet, you can work this stitch. But if not, no worries, I have created a video tutorial for you below!

cozy cowl crochet pattern

Tools & Materials:

  • Purchase the cowl pattern in all sizes for $5:
  • I used Loops & Threads Cozy Wool…This is one of my favorite super bulky yarns.  It is soft and flexible, not as stiff as some bulky yarns can be, so it’s perfect for a project like this.
  • Size N crochet hook I like large crochet hooks like this Clover one that have more of a rounded point because it doesn’t snag in the yarn as much. But if you have another favorite, go for it!
  • Yarn needle
  • Scissors

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The pattern comes with sizing and instructions for toddler, child, youth, and adult x-small, small, medium, and large.  I am always available to answer any questions you have via e-mail given in the pattern.

You can watch the basketweave stitch video tutorial for FREE here below and then purchase the cowl pattern in all sizes for $5: 

I hope you enjoy and happy crocheting!

Be sure to share your photos by tagging me on Instagram @tealandfinch. I would LOVE to see them!

crochet pillow cover

Crochet Pillow Cover Free Pattern

I’m so happy to share with you this new Crochet Pillow Cover Free Pattern!

I just love the look of crocheted or knitted pillow covers… They add so much texture and warmth to a sofa or bed.  I’ve been wanting one of my own for a long time, so of course I had to make one myself.  I used super bulky yarn and some wooden buttons for a natural look and I just love how it turned out!

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Don’t you just love the texture this stitch pattern creates?  And it’s really easy to crochet!  You only need to know how to single and double crochet.

I’ll show you how to make the pillow cover in any size. So whether you get a new pillow insert or just want to cover a pillow you already have, you can make this custom to fit!

You’ll need:

  • Pillow in any size (new or repurpose an old one!)
  • Super bulky yarn…I used Knit Picks Tuff Puff (11 skeins for my 20″ pillow).  But you could also use Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick. I love this yarn and it comes in so many colors!  The amount you would need depends on the size of your pillow.
  • Size N crochet hook
  • Buttons…I love to use wooden coconut shell buttons for most of my crochet projects. But you can use any buttons that suit your decor. I have found that 1-1.5″ buttons work well for this pillow cover. I tried 2″ buttons and they were too big to fit through the holes.
  • Yarn needle
  • Scissors
  • Sewing needle and thread to match the buttons

Crochet Pillow Cover Free Pattern

Okay, so here’s the pattern. It’s very simple!

Begin with your N hook and make a chain the width of your pillow minus about 2″.  Count your stitches and be sure you have an ODD number.  You’ll need an odd number for the upcoming pattern to work. So if you have an even number, just add one or take one out, either one should work.

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Abbreviations used in this pattern and their UK equivalents:

sc: single crochet (dc in UK)
dc: double crochet (tr in UK)

Row 1: Chain 2 more stitches and then insert your hook in the third chain from your hook. *Sc, dc in the same stitch, skip one stitch, and repeat from * until you have 2 chains left.  Skip one and sc in the last stitch. Ch 2 and turn. (ch 2 counts as the first stitch in the next row.)

Row 2: Skip one and *sc, dc, in the same stitch, skip one and repeat from * until you have one stitch remaining, sc, ch 2 and turn.

Repeat row 2 for several rows and then place your work on top of your pillow to check that the width is correct. It should stretch slightly and reach just to the side seams on either side of your pillow. You want it to be nice and snug but not so tight that the holes are opening between the stitches.

Continue your rows until your rectangle is long enough to go around the front and back of your pillow, plus about a 6″ overlap for the envelope enclosure.  Cut yarn and weave in loose ends.

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Lay your pillow cover flat and fold up the front over the back so that the envelope enclosure is sticking out at the top.  Use a long piece of yarn and your yarn needle and whip stitch to sew the side seams.  Insert your pillow inside the cover and decide where you want to position your buttons. Sew your buttons on the front of your pillow cover.  Use the open stitches of the envelope flap as your button holes.

You’re all done! Let me know in the comments below if you have any questions and be sure to share a picture of your finished cover and tag @tealandfinch on Instagram.  I’d LOVE to see it!

Happy Crocheting!

 

crochet throw pattern

Cozy Weekend Throw Free Crochet Pattern

Today I’m excited to share how to crochet a cozy weekend throw!

cozy weekend throw free crochet pattern

I designed this blanket to be a quick project with plenty of instant gratification.  If you are making the baby size or the throw, you can even make it in a weekend!  We use super bulky yarn and a stitch that covers a lot of ground with each row.

cozy weekend throw free crochet pattern

I just love how warm and cozy this blanket is since it’s made with Knit Picks Tuff Puff.  I have loved Knit Picks ever since I discovered their website about five years ago. I used a lot of their yarn for my business when I crocheted newborn hats and photo props.

crochet throw pattern

I have been admiring Tuff Puff for months and spent some time thinking of what would be the perfect project for this yarn.  The wool in the yarn gives a lot of warmth to this cozy weekend throw even with its loose, open stitches.  Plus, this yarn is single ply wool, which gives the blanket a unique, on trend texture.

And here is the pattern:

Tools & Materials

~Super bulky yarn  (see table below for approximate amounts)
~N/10mm crochet hook
~yarn or tapestry needle
~scissors
~yardstick or ruler

Gauge

9sc = 4″

Common Blanket Sizes

The chart below gives you all the information you need to make this blanket in many sizes, from baby blanket to bedspread.

Blanket type Dimensions in Inches Approximate Yards Needed of Super Bulky Yarn* Skeins of Tuff Puff by Knit Picks
Baby stroller 30×35 396 9
Crib 36×52 666 16
toddler 42×52 792 18
throw 50×65 1,155 27
twin 70×90 2,244 51
double/full 85×108 3,262 75
king 110×108 13,814 97

*You can use any brand of super bulky yarn.  I’ve calculated the yardage based on my crochet gauge just to give an approximate amount, but yours may be slightly different.

cozy weekend throw free crochet pattern
cozy weekend throw free crochet pattern

Begin the blanket by chaining the number of stitches to achieve the length that you want (minus about 2” for stretch).  Then work your rows to achieve the width:

Row 1: Treble crochet in 4th chain from hook and in each stitch across, turn.

Row 2 and remaining rows: Chain 4, skip first stitch.  Treble crochet in the front loop only of each stitch, ending with treble crochet in the top of ch 4, turn.

Finish off and weave in ends.

Tassels 

Lay four 8” long loops
Insert into corner stitch and fold in half
Tie with yarn
Clip and snip ends to make them even

That’s it!

And once you get started, don’t forget to share photos of your blanket and work in progress. We would LOVE to have you join us and see what you create!  And feel free to ask questions…I’d be happy to help!

crochet throw pattern

You might also like to learn how to crochet this fun boho wall hanging. It makes a great gift for a friend or for yourself to decorate your home or office!  Read more about it in this blog post.

free adult crochet beanie pattern

Free Crochet Beanie Pattern

 

faux fur beanie crochet pattern

Whether you’re new to crochet or just want a quick, simple project, this is for you. I LOVE how quickly this hat whips up…hello instant gratification!  Using bulky yarn or two skeins of worsted held together makes this hat fast AND cozy warm.

free crochet beanie pattern

If you really want a warm hat, choose a yarn with a little bit of wool, or better yet, baby alpaca.  Baby alpaca is the softest and least scratchy, I find. And it’s beautiful…

This pattern uses mostly single crochets.  The ribbing is made with front and back post double crochets. If you’ve never tried this stitch pattern, you’re going to love it!  It’s easy and fun and makes the nicest, stretchy ribbing for crochet.  Don’t worry if you’ve never done front and back post stitches before, I give you step by step photos below to walk you through it.

Let’s get started!

Gauge: 7 sc 4”

Materials:
~Any bulky weight yarn OR two strands of worsted held together (I used two skeins of Coffee Beenz yarn by Plymouth Yarn Company color 9204.)
~U.S. size N/10mm crochet hook
~A 6” square scrap of faux fur…I used a scrap of Tissavel by Shannon Fabrics for these photos, but I have also bought a 10″ square of faux fur from Incredible Cat on Etsy.
~Polyester fiberfill for your pom
~A long scrap of worsted weight yarn or regular sewing thread for sewing on your pom
~yarn needle
~stitch marker (or a scrap of yarn in another color to mark your rounds)

Symbols and terminology used:

Ch: chain
dc: double crochet
fpdc: front post double crochet (see helpful photos in the pattern below)
bpdc: back post double crochet (see helpful photos in the pattern below)
Front post and back post double crochets are used to form a stretchy rib stitch for the edge of the hat. You will simply perform your dc around the post of the dc in the previous round instead of in the st as you normally would. For fp (front post) you’ll loop behind the post (so the st will show on the front of the hat) and for bp (back post) you’ll loop in front of the post (so the st will show on the back of the hat).
inc (increase): 2 sc in the next st
sl st: slip stitch
sc: single crochet

Sizing: Designed to fit most adults with a 20-22” head circumference

Directions:

Using two strands of worsted weight yarn held together or a single strand of bulky weight yarn:

Form a magic loop or ch3 and join to form a loop.

Round 1: 6sc in loop, pull on the short yarn tail to form a tight circle

Round 2: 2Sc in each st (mark the first st in this round with your st marker and move it up to mark the beginning of each round as you go) (12sc)

Round 3: *sc, inc, repeat from * around (18sc)

Round 4: *2sc, inc, repeat from * around (24sc)

Round 5: *3sc, inc, repeat from * around (30sc)

Round 6: *4sc, inc, repeat from * around (36sc)

Rounds 7-16: sc  (continue to move your stitch marker up as you go)

Round 17: ch 1, dc in each st around

Round 18: *fpdc, bpdc, repeat from * around (see photos below)

For fp (front post) you’ll loop behind the post (so the st will show on the front of the hat) and for bp (back post) you’ll loop in front of the post (so the st will show on the back of the hat).

Round 19:repeat round 18 (Do fpdc on the fpdc and bpdc on bpdc from last round to form ribbing.)
You can repeat rounds 18 and 19 again if you like wider ribbing or your hat needs to be a little bigger.

Join with a sl st to beginning of round.

Tie off. Weave in loose ends.

Making and attaching the pom:

Cut your fur into a 6” diameter circle. Use your yarn needle and a scrap of worsted weight yarn to sew all along the outer edge of the fur.  (You may need to use regular sewing thread and needle depending on the type of backing your faux fur has. )

Don’t knot the yarn at the beginning, just leave about a 6” tail.

faux fur pom hat free crochet pattern

When you get back to the beginning, pull both ends of the yarn to gather the pom into a ball and form a little bag.  Insert the fiber fill stuffing before tying it closed completely. Leave a long tail when you cut your yarn. Use the tail to sew the pom firmly to the top of the hat. If it wobbles, add a few stitches further out from the center to stabilize it. Tie off and weave in loose ends.

 All Done! Congratulations! 

free adult crochet beanie pattern

Be sure to share a photo of your hat and tag me @tealandfinch on Instagram…I’d love to see it!

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Heart mittens crochet pattern

Heart Mittens Crochet Pattern

 

Today I’m excited to share the heart mittens crochet pattern by Teal & Finch! Just in time to get your Valentine’s Day craft on…  Of course, these adorable mittens aren’t JUST for Valentine’s Day…my daughters love wearing them all winter long.

heart mittens crochet pattern

They actually have several pairs in different colors…

 

 

I created this pattern with the beginner in mind.  Technically, it’s more of an intermediate pattern with an introduction to color stranding. I love this technique for carrying one color yarn behind another when you are switching back and forth between colors.  By carrying the color instead of cutting it, you’ll have fewer yarn tails to sew in and your project will be neater, overall.

Heart mittens crochet pattern

 

I include several photos to help you along the way…and once you learn this technique, you’ll want to use it in all your projects! It’s super easy once you get the hang of it and makes switching colors so fun.

Materials needed:

So hop on over to the Heart Mittens Crochet Pattern and start crocheting!

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Heart mittens crochet pattern

 

Who will you make your heart mittens for? Let me know in the comments below. And when you’re finished, tag me in your photo on Instagram, I’d LOVE to see them.

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