Free Crochet Pocket Hot Pad Tutorial

Can you believe we are only 72 days away from Christmas (as of October 14th anyway). It is crazy how quick these next few months will go. A couple years ago I shared a hot pad tutorial with printables that everyone loved making for gifts during the holidays. So this year I put a spin on it and am sharing a Pocket Hot Pad Crochet Pattern.

Pocket Hot Pad

I love to have a stash of small gifts to give. Everyone always needs last minute gifts for those that happened to not make the gift list during the hustle and bustle of shopping. But, we still want to recognize them and gift them something. Therefore, having a stack of small useful gifts in your stash is helpful and convenient.

Crochet Hot Pads Make Great Gifts

Crochet hot pads are one of those gifts everyone, and I mean everyone, LOVES. Plus they can be hard to find for most people that don’t crochet. So, gifting hot pads is a great handmade gift that will be appreciated. Check out my traditional hot pad and dish scrubby pattern that also has a free printable gift tag by clicking HERE.

Because that last design was so popular I wanted to create another hot pad with a different spin on it. I created another FREE hot pad tutorial, but this time it features a handy pocket! Everyone loves pockets, plus it makes an adorable way to gift goodies!

Pocket Hot Pad

But, before I get to the details about the Pocket Hot Pad crochet pattern, I want to share with you a great resource for more fun stash buster projects that make great last minute gifts.


The 2021 Holiday Stashdown CAL

Every Monday and Thursday from October 4 through December 16, 2021, a free crochet pattern from a different designer will be shared. Each pattern will be a one-skein project, or a stashbuster/scrappy project, so you can work from your own existing yarn stash to make a great winter holiday gift, decoration, or wrap. If you’d like to go ahead and buy some yarn just for the project, we won’t stop you! We love yarn as much as you do.

Holiday Stashdown CAL

Plus at the end of the CAL there is a huge giveaway so don’t forget to enter in this post on Underground Crafter by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, December 31, 2021! Enter HERE.

How to Participate in the Stashdown CAL

  • You can join in by crocheting the featured patterns as you have time.
  • Share your progress and post pictures of your finished projects. Tag your projects and posts #CALCentralCrochet and #HolidayStashdownCAL on all social media.
  • If you’d like to chat with other crocheters, join the CAL Central Crochet Facebook group, or visit this thread in the CAL Central Ravelry group.
  • By the end of the CAL, you’ll have up to 22 gifts, decorations, or wrap projects for the winter holidays.
  • Visit Underground Crafter to learn more about the prizes, enter the end-of-CAL giveaway, and to get links to each Holiday Stashdown CAL pattern as it is released.

About the Pocket Hot Pad

The design of the hot pad is created with a stitch that practically crochets a double thickness so there is no need for a double layer. This is a big time saver. The pattern includes 2 sizes and can be made with or without a pocket on it. But, my favorite part is the cute little hanging loop in the corner!

Pocket Hot Pad

Materials Needed

  • Crochet Hook Size I (5.50mm)
  • Worsted (#4) Weight Yarn in 2 colors – these were so much fun to make I made a few samples to show you- you can check out the yarn details below:
  • Large Red sample – Premier Anti Pilling Everyday Worsted
    • Main Color (Burgundy) ~ 120 yards (less than 1 skein)
    • Contrasting Color (Cream) ~ 30 yards (less than 1 skein or scrap)
  • Small Blue sample – Premier Anti Pilling Everyday Worsted
    • Main Color (Quiet Blue) ~ 100 yards (less than 1 skein)
    • Contrasting Color (Admiral Blue) ~ 25 yards (less than 1 skein or scrap)
  • Small with No Pocket Gold sample – Premier Anti Pilling Everyday Worsted
    • Solid Color (Mustard) ~ 95 yards (less than 1 skein)
  • Measuring Tape
  • Yarn Needle
  • Scissors

Stitches Used

  • Ch = Chain
  • Slst = Slip Stitch
  • Sc = Single Crochet
  • Dc = Double Crochet
  • ThermalDc = Thermal Double Crochet (photo tutorial & video tutorials are below in this post)
  • ReversePuff = Reverse Puff Stitch (photo tutorial & video tutorial are below in this post)
  • BL = Back Loop

Gauge

Gauge will be checked while making the pattern. However, gauge isn’t essential unless you want the final size to be exact. It is essential that your stitches are even throughout the pattern and tight so heat doesn’t transfer through to your fingers too quickly. If your stitches are not tight, change hook to smaller size until this is achieved.

Pocket Hot Pad Size Comparison

Pocket Hot Pad Size

7” square (blue sample)
9” square (burgundy sample)

Pattern Notes

  • The pattern has 2 sizes. Instructions are written for the smaller size with larger size in parenthesis.
  • The hot pad is made in 2 pieces, a front and back that are then stitched together.
  • Do not count the beginning chain as a stitch.
  • When the pattern states to repeat, repeat what is stated in the brackets [ ].

Main piece of the Hot Pad Pattern

Begin by making the back of the hot pad (this is the full square piece) and if using 2 colors of yarn use your main color of yarn.

R1: Ch 25 (31), sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch to end, turn (24, 30)

R2: Ch 1, working in BL only for this row, dc in each st across, turn (24, 30)

Small Size Measures 6″ Wide / Large Size Measures 8″ Wide

Row 2 Measurement

R3: Ch 1, ThermalDc in each st across, turn (24, 30) Note: the first couple rows of the thermal stitch it is easier to rotate your work instead of turning, this allows you to see your stitch plaement. After a couple rows have been crocheted, a traditional turn works great. If this is confusing you can watch my video tutorial below.

Thermal Double Crochet tutorial

https://youtu.be/HzY7in-bZIk

Continue to repeat R3 until you have crocheted a total of 10 rows. This is when you should/can do a gauge check, your height for both the small and larger size should measure 3″ high.

Gauge Check

Repeat R3 until measures 6” (8”) high or until the height matches the width

Final Row: Ch 1, in each st across sc through both loops of stitch AND the BL (unworked loop) of corresponding st from the prior row, fasten off and weave in ends (24, 30)

Make The Front Pocket for the Hot Pad (optional)

Repeat R1-R3 of the Hot Pad

Repeat R3 until measures 4” (6”) high or until the height is 2” short of the hot pad height

Switch to contrasting color

Final R1: Ch 1, in each st across sc through both loops of last stitch AND the BL (unworked loop) from the prior row, do not turn

Note: if you are right handed work next row from left to right / if you are left handed work the next row from right to left

Final R2: Ch 1, see above note, [skip st, yarn over, insert hook into next st from the right of your hook, pull up a loop, yarn over, insert hook into same st, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through all 5 loops on your hook, ch to close], repeat [ ] until 2 sts remain, skip next st, slst into next st, fasten off and weave in ends.

Video Tutorial for the Reverse Puff Stitch

https://youtu.be/x6W2OIowynI

Stitching Pocket & Border of Hot Pad

  • 1st Step: If you did not make a pocket, skip to step 2. Place the pocket on top of the hot pad. Single crochet the pieces together working through both the hot pad and the pocket. Join with a slip stitch in the lower left corner, chain 1, working an even number of stitch on each side sc in each row end and/or st around (working 3 sc in the corners), do not count these corner 3 sc in your even number of stitches, join in top of the first sc, do not turn.
  • 2nd Step: Begin the left side reverse puff stitch: Ch 1, Reverse Puff along the first side (left side working from bottom towards the top) until you reach the 3sc corner. 

Create the Hanging loop

  • 3rd Step: Reference photos below: Slst into 1st sc of the corner, ch 18 (same for both sizes), skip next st, slst in next st, turn, ch 1 and work 20sc in ch sp, slst into same st as beginning slst, turn, (if this transition is not the cleanest it is okay-it will be covered up when we wrap the base of the loop) slst into each sc in loop, slst into same st as slst in 3rd corner sc.
  • 4th Step: Repeat the Reverse Puff around the remaining 3 sides & corners of the hot pad, join in the beginning st of the round, fasten off and weave in ends.  
  • 5th Step: Wrap the base of the loop about 20 times, secure with a knot in the back and weave in the ends into the stitches of the border.

A Traditional Hot Pad, Dish Scrubby and Gift Printable

I mentioned in my earlier post that I have a tutorial for a traditional hat pad. That same tutorial includes a dish scrubby and a super cute printable for gift giving during the Christmas Season.

Hot Pad Dish Scrubby Printable

Pocket Hot Pad Samples

I wanted to share how cute some of the hot pads that my pattern testers finished. They always do such an amazing job! Their samples show how different you can make this pattern. Some demonstrate what it looks like with no pocket, or no hanging loop, solid color or multi-colored. Each one is unique and handmade with love.

This coordinating set was a Test by Judy

Easter Egg Pocket with Bunny & Chick Crochet Pattern

Do you ever see a craft that was popular in elementary school and a new crochet designs springs into your mind? That is exactly what happened to me a couple weeks ago, I immediately sat down and designed the Easter Egg Pocket with a Bunny or Chick Crochet Pattern.

Do you remember these cute paper weaving and cutting crafts from grade school? This is what was the inspiration behind the latest Easter pattern design.

I have fond memories of coming up with the best color combinations and then coloring so carefully to make the cute animals. As I sat down with my scrap yarn (which is a perfect way to use up all those leftover skeins) I fell in love with the egg pocket and cute animals.

Easter Egg Pocket Design

I love the weave look with the different colors of yarn. It just reminded me of a striped Easter Egg in spring colors. Immediately, I knew what stitch I needed to use to create this look and I already have a video tutorial of it! It is a basic block stitch that I used in my FREE Rock the Block Blanket that you can find by clicking HERE.

Crocheting this block stitch is so fun to see the weave created through the various rows. The pattern walks you through all the color changes and shape of the egg. The pocket can be made in a single color, or just 2 for a quilted look (see cream and teal sample) or add lots of colors for an Easter Egg look.

Bunnies & Chicks

After the Egg Pocket was completed I wanted a quick and simple bunny and chick pattern. The idea was to use the egg pocket as a pouch that it will slide inside of. After making several bunnies and chicks I saw how cute they turned out. Loving all the different pastel colors as they laid out, my daughter said the animals looked like sprinkles which she loves.

Tester Creations You’ve Got To See

You have to check out how adorable my pattern testers patterns turned out. I seriously adore them so much and love how many of the put a personal touch on them.

Where to get your copy of the Pattern:

The pattern includes the Easter Egg Pocket as well as the chick and bunny stuffies. Be sure to share your creations with me and I hope they become a favorite Easter Crochet pattern for you!

Other Easter Patterns You May Love:

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Cabled Candle Wraps – A Home Decor Crochet Pattern

With the weather cooling off, kids back in school (kind of), pumpkin spice lattes back in the shops…. these are all signs that the holidays are coming. I haven’t gotten my holiday decor down just yet, but I am definitely thinking about it. So, it was no surprise when I decided to sit down and design something new, Cabled Candle Wraps!

If you know me, you know I just cannot get enough texture in my crochet designs. These little wraps that dress up your candles are perfect for any occasion, just switch up the colors and your good to go!

Why Cabled Candle Wraps?

Well, it is so close to sweater weather and there is nothing I like better than wrapping up in a warm top and one of the key elements is cables in sweaters. They are so distinct and give that warm and cozy feeling.

Candles do that exact same thing. Light a candle in any room and all of a sudden it transforms into a warm and cozy feeling.

Cable Candle Wraps

Important Note: Only use wickless and/or flameless candles when using the cable candle wraps. Open flames and yarn do not mix and can be very dangerous.


Cable Candle Wraps

About the Cable Candle Wraps Patterns

The wraps all work up quick but feature eye popping texture woven throughout the designs.

Cable Crochet

They are designed to fit around a 3″ candle in varying heights of 3″, 4″ and 5″. I believe they would also work as beverage cozies as well! You will see them used as plant cozies in my testers photos at the end of the post as well. They are versatile and fun to add to your holiday decor.

The above images show the details of the cables in a flat lay (before they are sew together).

Materials Needed for the Candle Wraps pattern

  • Crochet Hook size H (5.00 mm)
  • Worsted Weight Yarn (#4) – Yardage varies for each project between 70-100 yards
    • Small Wrap (70 yards): Sample made with Sprightly Acrylic Worsted Yarn (Poplar)
    • Medium Wrap (75 yards): Sample made with I Love This Yarn (Fire Red)
    • Large Wrap (100 yards): Sample made with Red Heart Love (Pewter)
  • Scissors
  • Yarn Needle
  • Measuring Tape
  • 3” wide WICKLESS/FLAMELESS Candles in heights of 3”, 4” & 5”

I am excited to see how you dress up your home decor with the Cable Candle Wraps.

Cable Candle Wraps

More Samples of the Cable Candle Wraps You’ll Love

These are made in beautiful fall colors by Jillian P…………….

Cable Candle Wraps in Fall

I was excited to welcome my new tester, Nicole. She dove into her stash and made her wraps to match her everyday home decor!

Where to find the Cable Candle Wrap Pattern

More Holiday Patterns I Think You’ll Love:

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Tree Garland + Gift Tag FREE Crochet Pattern

One of my favorite Christmas Traditions is the tree. Not the decorating, although that is a huge part of our holiday, but that fact that you are bringing in something beautiful, something living and something that fills your home with an aroma that is incomparable!

So, you may have guessed it. I am a huge fan of the pine tree. So, when I was thinking of a fun, cute, and quick holiday crochet pattern I could design and offer for free, this cute Tree Garland popped into my mind!

Tree Garland + Gift Tag Pin Image

I started off creating a bunch of pine trees in the traditional color of pine green and bright green. It was fantastic how quick they worked up but then I thought….. I need to add more color! So, again, I turned to my favorite things again and decided I loved the ombre look. And next thing I knew, I had a bunch of darling gift tags!

About the Tree pattern

I love to create patterns with texture so I always turn to my notebook of trusted stitches and sat down to play around. I fell in love a stitch that was “loopy” and made the layers of the branches whimsical and stand out.

Tree Gift Tag Ombre Sample

The “trunk” of the tree is a great place to add your own personality too. I love the look of the tassels in the garland but on the gift tags I kind of liked to add a bead with a smaller tassel to make it look longer. It really is just a personal choice. So be creative and have fun.

Materials Needed for the Tree pattern

  • Worsted Weight yarn (#4) – scrap amounts
  • Crochet Hook H (5.00 mm) – recommend a hook with no comfort handle
  • Measuring Tape
  • Scissors
  • Yarn Needle

Stitches + Abbreviations Used

  • Ch = Chain
  • Sc = Single Crochet
  • Slst = Slip Stitch
  • St(s) = Stitch(es)
  • Sp = Space
  • R = Row/Round

Finished Size of Crochet TREE

The completed tree will be approximately: 2 ½” wide X 3 ¼” high

For this tutorial, since the crochet piece is so small I do not have a gauge in this pattern. Instead, I recommend making 1 tree. If you want your tree larger, go up a hook size until you reach the desired height. If your finished tree is too large, go down a hook size accordingly

Christmas Tree Gift Tag Sample in Ombre

Notes about the Tree pattern

  • The final size of the tree may vary. The height that you customize your stitches can change the final size of your tree.
  • You can make your tree a solid color or change throughout the pattern. In the ombre sample, I changed yarn color at the beginning of rows 3, 5 & 7.
  • Other yarn weights may be used to make the tree pattern, be sure to adjust your hook size down one size from the recommend size on the yarn label.

Tree Garland + Gift Tag Pattern

The pattern is worked in a Tunisian crochet style. Each row will have a forward and a backwards pass. This is much easier than you think and does not require a special hook. Just follow the photo tutorials and you’ll be surprised and how much fun they are to make.

R1 forward: Ch 1, pull loop up about ¾” high, [yarn over, insert hook into st, pull up a loop about ¾” high], repeat [] 3 more times in same st, do not turn, 9 loops on your hook

Tree Row 1 Forward pattern

R1 return: yarn over, pull through 2 loops on your hook, [yarn over, pull through 3 loops on your hook], repeat [] 1 more time, yarn over, pull through last 4 loops on your hook, do not turn

Tree Row 1 Return of pattern

R2: Ch 1, sc in each space between sts from prior row, turn (3)

Tree Row 2 pattern

R3 forward: pull up a loop about ¾” high and ch 1, [yarn over, insert hook into st, pull up a loop about ¾’ high], repeat [] in same st, repeat [] in each st across repeating 2 times in last st, do not turn, 11 loops on hook

Tree Row 3 pattern

R3 return:  yarn over, pull through 2 loops on your hook, {yarn over, pull through 3 loops on your hook}, repeat {} 2 more times, yarn over, pull through last 4 loops on your hook, do not turn

R4: Ch 1, sc in each space between sts from prior row, turn (4)

Tree Row 4 pattern

R5 forward: pull up a loop about ¾” high and ch 1, [yarn over, insert hook into st, pull up a loop about ¾’ high], repeat [] in same st, repeat [] in each st across repeating 2 times in last st, do not turn, 13 loops on hook

R5 return:  yarn over, pull through 2 loops on your hook, {yarn over, pull through 3 loops on your hook}, repeat {} 3 more times, yarn over, pull through last 4 loops on your hook, do not turn

R6: Ch 1, sc in each space between sts from prior row, turn (5)

R7 forward: pull up a loop about ¾” high and ch 1, [yarn over, insert hook into st, pull up a loop about ¾’ high], repeat [] in same st, repeat [] in each st across repeating 2 times in last st, do not turn, 15 loops on hook

R7 return:  yarn over, pull through 2 loops on your hook, {yarn over, pull through 3 loops on your hook}, repeat {} 4 more times, yarn over, pull through last 4 loops on your hook, do not turn

R8: Ch 1, sc in each space between sts from prior row, turn (6)

R9: Ch 1, loosely slst in each st across, fasten off and weave in ends

Optional: add a tassel, fringe, bead or any other accessories to the center of the last row.

Blocking is not necessary, but sometimes I like to block just to give my crochet piece the best shape.

Blocking Tree Applique

You can then add your finished tree to a gift as a cute tag that everyone will love. Or you can string it on some yarn or cord to create a fun garland.

Tree Garland Crochet Pattern

If you enjoyed this Tutorial, check out the ones below:

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Joyeux Noel Christmas Stocking Crochet Pattern

Christmas stockings are a holiday tradition that many families enjoy. The act of simply hanging them on the fireplace hearth brings so much joy and a sense of family time. As parents we anticipate our children waking up Christmas morning and the excitement of what they will find inside.

Adding a handmade touch on the tradition of stockings is always meaningful. I designed the Joyeux Noel Stocking pattern to help you add that loving touch to your holidays this year.

Joyeux Noel Stocking

The Joyeux Christmas Stocking crochet pattern is made using a unique crochet stitch that creates a thick fabric. This allows the stocking to hold it’s shape while being displayed and helps while being filled with goodies as well.

Make the stocking in any color combination to match your holiday decor. Then you can add tassels (as shown in photo), buttons, flower appliques or more to make each stocking just slightly different.

The crochet instructions for the Joyeux Noel stocking includes a photo tutorial for the unique stitch as well as progress photos throughout the pattern.

Supplies for the Joyeux Noel Stocking

  • Crochet Hook Size I (5.50mm)
  • Crochet Hook Size J (6.00 mm)
  • Worsted (#4) Weight Yarn in 2 colors – Main Color 250-275 yards / Contrasting Color 100-125 yards (sample was made using Caron Simply Soft – MC: Taupe / CC: Bone)
  • Measuring Tape
  • Yarn Needle
  • Scissors

Where to find the Joyeux Noel Christmas Stocking pattern



More Christmas Pattern you may Love:

  • O’Christmas Tree Skirt pattern: Click HERE
  • Long John Christmas Stocking pattern: Click HERE
  • FREE Elf Hat with Curved Tip & Bell pattern: Click HERE
  • Mitten Bunting & Advent Calendar pattern + printable: Click HERE

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St. Patrick’s Day Crochet Pattern Round

The feast of St. Patrick’s Day is nearly here and it is time to get your crochet on and whip up some lucky patterns for the occassion.

Every March 17, the United States becomes an emerald country for a day. Americans wear green clothes and quaff green beer. Green milkshakes, bagels and grits appear on menus. In a leprechaun-worthy shenanigan, Chicago even dyes its river green.

https://www.history.com/news/st-patricks-day-origins-america

However you plan to celebrate, I can guarantee that one or many of the below St. Patrick’s Day crochet pattern finds will warm up your home and get you ready for the big day.

St Patrick's Day Pattern Round Up

A few St. Patricks Day Facts According to History.com

  1. For several centuries, March 17 was a day of solemnity in Ireland with Catholics attending church in the morning and partaking of modest feasts in the afternoon.
  2. The party atmosphere (in America) only spread to Ireland after the arrival of television when the Irish could see all the fun being had across the ocean.
  3. For decades, Irish laws prohibited pubs from opening on holy days such as March 17. Until 1961, the only legal place to get a drink in the Irish capital on St. Patrick’s Day was the Royal Dublin Dog Show, which naturally attracted those with only a passing canine interest.
  4. The meal that became a St. Patrick’s Day staple across the country—corned beef and cabbage—was also an American innovation. While ham and cabbage was eaten in Ireland, corned beef proved a cheaper substitute for impoverished immigrants.

St. Patrick's Day Round Up

More Round Ups You Will Love

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Hearts of Love Scarf Crochet Pattern

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, the Hearts of Love Scarf pattern is here just in time! Whip one, two, three or more of these up for your loved ones.

Hearts of Love is the way this scarf is made and how it warms you.

Hearts of Love Scarf

Made with a popular stitch that creates a quick fabric that isn’t too thick. This scarf is ideal to wear as an accessory or to warm you in the cool outdoors.

The hearts that adorn the angled ends of the scarf are crocheted right into the pattern, no need to add appliques after you are done.

The main section of the scarf is made in a striped pattern using two different colors of yarn. You can make the scarf and it will be just as darling in a single main color of the yarn and only changing up the heart color.

Hearts of Love Scarf

Hearts of Love Pattern Info & Material

Skill Level: Intermediate

  • Crochet Hook I (5.50 mm) / Crochet Hook G (4.00 mm)
  • Worsted Weight Yarn (#4) – 450 yards total
  • Sample Made In: Sprightly Worsted Weight Yarn
  • C1: Suede ~ 250 yards
  • C2: White ~ 175 yards
  • C3: Red ~ 25 yards
  • Measuring Tape / Scissors / Yarn Needle
  • Optional: Tassel Maker
Hearts of Love Crochet Scarf

Where to get the pattern & Release SALE

The Hearts of Love Scarf is available in all of my pattern shops. As a new pattern release it will be 50% off through Friday January 31, 2020. No code needed.

I will be hosting a mini-CAL beginning January 29 and running through February 4, 2020. I will be doing LIVE videos demonstrating the stitches and how to read the chart. Hope to see you in there, click this LINK HERE to join.

More Valentine Pattern You May LOVE

Elf Hat with Curved Tip Crochet Pattern

Christmas is in full swing in my household and I am sure it is in many of yours too. A quick and easy addition to that Christmas spirit is this fun Elf Hat with a whimsical curved tip crocheted right in!

Make it in a solid color or 2, 3 or more fun colorful stripes for a fun and playful look. Then you can choose to add a pom or a jingle bell to make your hat fit your personality. The natural curve is crocheted right into the tip so it actually stands up all by itself.

Elf Hat with Curved Tip Crochet Pattern

The Elf Hat crochet pattern is darling for those newborns but don’t stop there, this pattern includes sizes up through children (about 12 years old). Make them for all your children or grandchildren for a perfect holiday photo opp.

I love when you can crochet a hat that can have so many looks to it. This crochet pattern is just that, the possibilities are endless.

About the Elf Hat with Curved Tips

As I already mentioned, the elf hat comes in so many sizes including:

  • newborn
  • 3-6 month
  • 6-12 month
  • 12-24 month
  • child (up to about 12 years old)

The hat is made using the popular worsted weight yarn. I love working with #4 weight yarns because they work up quick and are nice and warm for crochet hats.

Elf Hat Crochet Pattern

The curve stands up!

You got it! This photo was not photoshopped with someone holding the curve up. The curve is crocheted in the hat by alternating single crochet, half double crochet and double crochet stitches. This adds a cute whimsical look to an already dreamy holiday.

Elf Hat with Curved Tip

Grab the Elf Hat pattern for FREE

That is absolutely correct! I designed this darling hat a few years ago and just love it so much I wanted to release it to you all for FREE this holiday season! You can download it by clicking HERE.

You can also save it to your Ravelry Library by clicking HERE (it will link back to this blog post to download the pattern).

Other Christmas Patterns you May Like

Pumpkin Crochet Hat Pattern {Free}

Just in time for fall, I am re-releasing my pumpkin crochet hat pattern. It will now come in a new, more reader friendly format, and it is now available for FREE. See out how cute this pumpkin patch is.

The pumpkin crochet hat pattern comes in sizes from newborn up to adult. You can make one for each member of your family.

The hat is made using any worsted weight yarn. Give each hat a different look by using a different shade or orange or green for the cute curly vine that adorns the top of the hat.

Pumpkin Crochet Hat Pattern

Grab your copy of the FREE pumpkin crochet hat pattern:

The pumpkin hat is a free download, you don’t even need to be a member of a special site. Simply click on this LINK and it will download to your device. Check your device setting so you know where it will download and you can find it later.

Find more adorable crochet Halloween Hat patterns for Free

The pumpkin crochet hat pattern is just the tip of the iceberg though. I have many other fun Halloween hat patterns available on my blog as well. Check each one of them out below to find just the right one for you this year.

  • Frankenstein Crochet Hat Pattern: HERE
  • Monster Crochet Hat Pattern: HERE
  • Candy Corn Crochet Hat Pattern: HERE

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Monster Crochet Hat Pattern {Free}

Halloween is nearly upon us! Are you ready for the big day and will you stay warm enough?

Halloween in the Northwest can be very chilly, so having a fun Halloween Hat is almost an essential. An easy hat that can also dub as a costume is this fun Monster Crochet Hat.

Monster Halloween Hat

The Monster Crochet Hat pattern is a fun and simple beanie that you can customize to make just your own! The hat pattern includes sizes for newborn up to child (about 12 years old). Then have fun customizing.

Make the hat with 1, 2 or 3 eyes. Then add as many poms in all the colors you can dream of. You can make this hat 100 different times and never have the same hat, each one can be different and unique.

Crochet Monster Hat

Where to get the Monster Hat pattern?

You can get the Monster Crochet Hat pattern for free and download directly from my site. You do not need to be a member on another page to get this crochet pattern. Grab the Monster Crochet Hat pattern for FREE by clicking HERE.

Monster Crochet Hat Pattern

Find More Adorable Halloween Crochet Hat Patterns Free

But, the monster crochet hat is not the only design I have for Halloween. I have many more and some are also available for free. Check out the links below to find one for everyone in your household, for each kid in the classroom, or each neighbor on the block.

  • Frankenstein Hat Pattern: HERE
  • Pumpkin Hat Pattern: HERE
  • Candy Corn Hat Pattern: HERE

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Candy Corn Crochet Hat Pattern {FREE}

One of the classic fall hats is the classic Candy Corn Hat! I cannot think of another hat that represents the sweet treats of fall better than this.

Crocheted in the popular colors of white, orange and yellow, this crochet hat pattern works up quick and is an all time favorite of many. Or, if you are one that enjoys the Indian Corn version, just work one up in white, orange and brown colors instead.

The Candy Corn hat pattern comes in sizes from newborn up to adult. You can make one of these fall hats for everyone in the family including the neighbors down the street.

Where can I get the Candy Corn Hat pattern?

You can download a copy of the Candy Corn pattern right from this post. No need to sign up for anything, it is my gift to you. Get your copy of the Candy Corn Crochet Hat pattern for Free by clicking, HERE

Find More Adorable Halloween Crochet Hat Patterns Free

As much as I love this hat for Halloween, there are some other adorable options out there. I have a few other Halloween beanies you better take a peak at:

  • Frankenstein Hat Pattern: HERE
  • Pumpkin Hat Pattern: HERE
  • Monster Hat Pattern: HERE

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Skull & Crossbones – Free Crochet Applique Pattern

When I first started my blog (almost 8 years ago), I posted a simple Skull & Crossbones applique pattern. A few years ago when I switched to a new website that post just vanished, I couldn’t find it anywhere. However, I kept getting requests for the pattern. After digging through files I was finally able to locate it, so today is your lucky day!

Skull & Crossbones Applique

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You can make the applique in any yarn weight, just use a hook at least 1 size smaller than the recommended size on the yarn label. For the sample above, I used Red Heart Comfort (#4 weight) yarn and crochet Hook H (5.0 mm). The yarn weight and crochet hook size will affect the final size of your applique.

Completed Size of Sample Applique is

Using Hook H (5 mm)

R1: Ch 3, 12 dc in 3rd ch from hook, join with a slst in top of first dc (12 counting beg ch 2)

note: pull starting strand of yarn to close the hole made by the stitches (or you can begin with a magic circle if you prefer)

R2: Ch 2, dc in same st you joined in, dc in next st, ch 2, slst in same st as last dc (this makes the lower part of the jaw), slst in next 2 sts, [ch 6, slst in the back bar of the 3rd ch from hook, ch 3, slst in the back bar of the 3rd ch from hook, slst in the back bar of remaining 3 chs working back down to the skull, slst in the same st you beg the crossbone in], slst in the next st, repeat [], slst in next 5 sts, repeat [], slst in next 2 sts, repeat [], slst in last 2 sts, fasten off leaving a long tail of yarn to sew applique onto desired crochet piece.

Skull & Crossbone Crochet Applique

Sew Applique On with Invisible Stitches

Now that you have a fun applique you need to sew it onto something. This can be applied to a hat, scarf end, pillow, bag, blanket and so many more items. The trick is to sew the applique on invisibly so you cannot see the stitching on the back side. Follow this tutorial below, I will show you how to do just that.

Love Bug Crochet Hat Pattern {FREE}

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I would like to take a minute and share my Love Bug Crochet Hat Pattern with all of you.

Love Bug Crochet Hat

Holiday’s are a fun time to sport a cute “themed” hat. It is an easy way to show that you enjoy a holiday and crocheting a cap is a cute way to do just that. The Love Bug Hat is very adorable with its dangling antennas topped with hearts.

About the Love Bug Hat Pattern

The Hat pattern is a basic beanie made in the popular worsted (#4) weight yarn. Any brand will work fine with this pattern as long as you make sure to match your gauge. The amount of yarn needed will be determined by what size of hat you decide to make.

The Love Bug Hat pattern comes in sizes for newborn, 3-6 month, 6-12 month, 12-24 month and child.

Another option is to omit the antennas and attach the hearts on top of the hat. This gives you a cute loving teddy bear hat which is just as cute as the love but.

Crochet Hat Pattern

Get the Love Bug Hat Pattern

You can get your own copy of the Love Bug Hat pattern from Sweet Potato 3, by clicking this LINK HERE.

You May also Enjoy these Valentine Crochet Patterns:

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O’ Christmas Tree Skirt Crochet Pattern

Before we know it, the time will be here to set up our Christmas Tree and begin our holiday traditions. For the Tree is one of my favorite parts. Every year we give out kids ornaments that symbolize something important in the last year. We then take turns decorating the tree with the finishing touches being the angel on top and the O’Christmas Tree Skirt.

The O’Christmas Tree skirt was designed to fit my own homes style. A little classy but down home and simple. Made in traditional colors of red and white with some texture, some cables and an elegant touch make this one of my favorite holiday designs yet.

O'Christmas Tree Skirt

Designing the O’Christmas Tree Skirt

My first consideration when designing a tree skirt is that so many cover up the detailed design whether it is by placing gift under the tree or by the tree itself.

My solution was to make the center of the tree skirt pretty basic and make the details really stand out along the edge. I focused on color changes, cables and of course a row that looks like little poms to really add that extra touch of cheer.

O'Christmas Tree Skirt

The tree skirt is designed in sectioned pieces, not as one big crochet piece. Each “pie shape” is made individually. After all the pieces are made they are stitched together with a hook, no need for difficult needle seaming.

The O’Christmas Tree Skirt was originally released in a crochet along format. Some of them turned out amazing, even in the non-traditional colors. Here are a few samples that the participants were so gracious to allow me to share with all of you.

Aren’t these amazing? The above photos show a small sample of the finished tree skirts. The color combinations are endless in this classic design. The best part of this CAL was that it was mystery. No one knew what their tree skirt would turn out to look like and they all did such an amazing job.

Supply List for the Tree Skirt

  • Hook size I (5.5 mm)
  • Worsted Weight Yarn (#4)
  • Sample made in: Knit Picks Brava Worsted (Red & White)
  • Main Color (Red in sample): 1700 yards
  • Contrasting Color (White in sample): 600 yards
  • Measuring Tape
  • Scissors
  • Yarn Needle

Where to get your copy of the O’Christmas Tree Skirt Pattern

More Christmas Patterns You’ll Love

I designed the Long John Christmas Stocking to coordinate with the O’Christmas Tree Skirt pattern. I adore how this hang by their suspenders AND that little flap, well it dubs as a gift card holder.

Long John Stockings Crochet Pattern
  • Long John Stocking Pattern, click HERE
  • Sleepy Reindeer Hat pattern, click HERE
  • Rudy & Ruby the Reindeer pattern, click HERE
  • Christmas Stocking Cocoon & Santa Hat for Newborns, click HERE
  • Mitten Bunting &/or Advent Calendar with printable, click HERE
  • Peppermint Twist Christmas Hat, click HERE