Summer Breeze Swim Cover Up Crochet Pattern

The temperatures have been rising and sandy beaches have been calling, therefore it is definitely time to bust out the swim wear. But, I believe many of us like having a cute cover up to throw on as we tromp down to the beach with all our gear in tote. So, I think you will love my latest design, the Summer Breeze Swim Cover Up crochet pattern.

As a crochet designer I try to come up with creative projects to work on in the summer. I am not into crocheting heavy blankets when my thermostat is above 80 (we don’t have air conditioning). So, I tend to work with light weigh yarns or on small projects.

After inquiring with “my favorite people” in SP3 Crochet & Conversations (if your not a member, be sure to check it out HERE), they said they really wanted me to design a swim cover up. When I design something, especially a wearable, I want it to be something I personally would wear.

The Summer Breeze Swim Cover Up is modest, loose fitting, lightweight but oh so dang cute!

Color Changing Blended Yarn

Radhika from The Yarnveda had contacted right around the time I was planning my Swim Cover Up design. She had some gorgeous color changing yarn that was an ideal 50% cotton/50% acrylic blend. I knew this would be the perfect yarn to use, plus, the colors are spot on for beachwear!

Yarnveda

The Stitches in the Summer Breeze Cover Up

With the yarn in hand, I knew the style of the cover up so now I was on the on the hunt for some fun stitches. I usually try to create something brand new but there were a few stitches that kept coming to mind from past designs.

I knew I wanted something that created a finer stitch, not heavy. It was important the stitch would be flowy and lightweight. My Forest Friends blanket was just that and I knew I wanted to combine the main stitch of that blanket into the cover up. Plus, I LOVE crocheting the Extended Single Crochet Stitch.

Summer Breeze Stitch Tutorial

But, I had to throw in a few more stitches for some eye catching appeal. A few years ago I did a CAL for a Big & Comfy Equanimity Blanket and everyone fell in love with a double row X stitch. I knew this stitch combination would leave some open gaps in the cover up and would coordinate well.

Summer Breeze Stitches

But, still hunting for another “quick” row of stitches, my Whispering Willows Poncho was another fun summer design and I decided to pull in those stitches as well. So, I guess I took my favorite stitches from past designs, add some gorgeous yarn and came up with my newest design that I absolutely love.

About The Design

The Summer Breeze Cover Up fits loosely with a decorative belt used to showcase a gathered waistline. The length is designed to hang a couple inches above the knee when standing. The pattern includes sizes from adult small up to XXXL.

Find the Summer Breeze Swim Cover Up

Other Summer Patterns you would enjoy

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A Customized Crochet Woven Basket / Pot Holder Pattern

Crocheting home décor items are a perfect way to showcase your love for working with yarn. However, it can be challenging to find modern designs that add a little texture and warmth without making your display to cluttered. The Woven Basket/Pot Holder is just that, it doesn’t add an extra object (clutter), it just adds that missing piece of texture you’ve been longing for.

I created a full tutorial that will walk you through how to customize this design to suit your need. It can be made as a plant pot cover, for any sized plant, or you can create a shallow basket as a catch all. You could even crochet it smaller to work as a crochet hook holder or can cozy. If you can think of a fun idea, this tutorial will work!

Woven Basket Design

The Accident that lead to the woven basket design

I had a plant that was displayed in my entryway. One afternoon my daughter was goofing off with her brothers and threw something (I honestly can’t even remember what it was) and it bounced off one of the boys, hit the plant which crashed to the floor. The pot completely shattered. Now, all I had was a cute plant with an ugly Styrofoam base.

pant base

I had some leftover home decor yarn from a project I had previously worked on (a whole book on home décor you can find it HERE… link coming soon) and thought the yarn would be fun to use to create a new base for the plant.

The Woven Look of the Stitch

When I stumble upon a new stitch my mind usually starts to buzz with ideas on how to incorporate it into a new design. When I saw this gorgeous woven stitch, I knew right away it had be worked into a basket design. Isn’t this stitch amazing?

Woven Basket Stitch

Materials Needed

Honestly, this is the fun part about woven basket design. The pattern is designed so you can customize it to the size you want. I encourage you to go to your yarn stash and grab the color of yarn you really want to use. Don’t worry about the weight of the yarn, just estimate if you will have enough. I made 3 samples, seen below, in the next paragraph I will let you know how much yarn I used for each one.

Woven Basket Pattern

The short basket that I left empty (we use it as a catch all for keys) uses Berroco Comfort Yarn (color: 9709). This yarn was in my stash and was left over from my Bella Borsetta Clutch pattern, you can find that by clicking HERE. The Berroco yarn is a finer worsted weight yarn. Therefore, I decided to crochet the basket holding 2 strands together and used about 80-100 yards total. For this sample I used a crochet hook size K (6.50 mm).

I used Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn in the smallest sample in the color, Ivory. I used 1 strand of yarn (crochet hook size I (5.50mm) ) and the entire pattern worked up in about 60 yards.

For the larger pink basket I used Lion Brand Rewind yarn which is a (finer) bulky home décor yarn. I used about half of a skein, or 100 yards, and used a crochet hook size K (6.50 mm). The Mahogany Rose color is very soft and muted.

Lion Brand Rewind

Other items you may want to have on hand are a stitch marker, scissors and yarn needle.

Stitches and abbreviations Used

  • Ch(s) = Chain(s)
  • St(s) = Stitch(es)
  • Sc = Single Crochet
  • Hdc = Half Double Crochet
  • Spike Sc = Spike Single Crochet
  • Reverse Sc = Reverse Single Crochet (also known as the Crab Stitch)
  • FP = Front Post
  • BL = Back Loop Only
  • FL = Front Loop Only
  • R = Row/Round

The ridged bottom of the Woven Basket

The woven stitch creates a nice thick fabric which holds up great for sides of a basket. However, when you create something with sides are are thicker/heavier it is important to have a sturdy base. This took some trial and error but I eventually came up with a fun way to do just that.

Plus, the technique I used created a ridge on the basket bottom/base which helps keep the circular shape of the basket.

Woven basket bottom

Gauge Check

This pattern is very unique since it can be customized to any size and can be made with any type of yarn. Due to all the customization available, you do not need to check your gauge. Just follow the instructions to make the basket the size you want. Make sure you use the recommended hook size on your yarn label.

A step by step video

Beginning your custom basket or pot holder

R1: Ch 2, 8hdc in 2nd ch from hook, join with a slst in the top of the 1st hdc of the round (8) pull beginning strand of yarn to close hole *note: you may begin with a magic circle if you prefer

Woven Basket Round 1

Part 1 of R2: you will crochet 2 layers in this round, Ch 1, work this section in the BL only, 2hdc in each st around making sure not to work into the joining slst of R1 (16), do not join

Part 2 of R2: you will now work a round in the unworked FL (1st image) repeating the 2hdc in each st around, this will create a 2nd layer (2nd image) join in both of the 1st stitches from both layers (3rd image) to complete the round (4th image)

R3: Ch 1, work this round working through both layers of R2, 2hdc in 1st st, hdc in next st, [2hdc in next st, hdc in next st], repeat [] around (24)

Woven Basket Round 3

R4: using the same technique you used on R2, crochet 2 layers in this round, Ch 1, work this section in the BL only 2hdc in 1st st, hdc in each of the next 2 sts, [2hdc in next st, hdc in each of the next 2 sts], repeat [] around (32) do not join, you will now work a round in the unworked FL repeating [] around, join in both of the 1st stitches of each layer in this round

R5: Ch 1, work this round working through both layers of stitches from R4, 2hdc in 1st st, hdc in each of the next 3 sts, [2hdc in next st, hdc in each of the next 3 sts], repeat [] around (40)

*note: at this point you will continue to crochet increase rounds working every even rows with a double layer. Odd rows crochet as a single layer while working through the double layer of the previous row. Continue this pattern until the bottom of your basket in your desired size. You can end on either an even or an odd row.

Final Round: Ch 1, sc in each st around, join

Creating the turn from bottom to side of basket

R1: Ch 1, loosely FPsc in each st around, join and turn

If you are wondering what a FP (front post) single crochet is, take a look at the photo tutorial below: Ch 1, insert hook around the post of the st from the prior row (see image 1 & 2), yarn over and pull up a loop (image 3 & 4), yarn over pull through both loops on hook to complete the FPsc (image 5), repeat around row (image 6).

R2: Ch 1, sc in each st around, join

R3: Ch 1, spike st in each st around, join

See the tutorial below for the spike stitch: Begin with a ch 1, insert your hook into the base of the sc from the prior row (image 1 & 2), pull up a loop (image 3), yarn over, pull through 2 loops on hook to complete the spike st (image 4), continue working a spike stitch (image 5) around entire row, join (image 6).

The Woven Stitch / Side of Basket

R4: Ch 1, skip first st, in next st work 1 row below , working into the skipped st of current row repeat [], {skip next st, in next st work 1 row below repeat [], working in the skipped st of the current row repeat []}, repeat {} around, join (see photo tutorial below).

Repeat R4 to desired height – I recommend watching the video to see stitch placement. It is much easier to show than try to explain. Video is further up in the blog post.

A Rolled Finished Edge

Once you finish the sides of your basket it is nice to have an easy and clean edge. I love the rolled look of the last round. It helps create a clean and professional edge that doesn’t take away from the beautiful stitching throughout the design.

Rolled Edges

R1: Ch 1,reverse sc (crab st) in each st around, fasten off and weave in all ends.

Reverse Single Crochet Tutorial: You will work backwards going from left to right. Insert hook into 1st st (image 1 & 2), pull up a loop (image 3), you now have 2 loops on your hook.Yarn over and pull through both loop on hook to complete your first reverse sc (image 4), insert your hook into the next st to your right, remember you are working backwards (image 5-see where needle is pointing), repeat in each st (image 6).

Other patterns I think You’ll like

  • Free Simple Basket Pattern – click HERE
  • Free Coffee Cozy Patterns – click HERE
  • Free Hot Pad & Scrubby Pattern with Free Gift Tag Printable – click HERE
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Paradise Beach Tote Crochet Pattern

With Spring upon us and the sun shinning, I know we are all dreaming of visiting the nearest sandy shores for a splendid day at the beach. Grab your tote, fill it with goodies such as a towel, sunscreen, water, snack and flip flops. Oh wait, is your old tote need to visit the recycle bin? No worries, take the stress out of it and crochet up a new Paradise Beach Tote with this fabulous crochet pattern.

Paradise Beach Tote Crochet Pattern

Not only is this an ideal size for a day at the beach, you may learn a few new tricks of the trade (our crochet trade)!

the Paradise Beach Tote

Designed to be just the right size for a day trip, the totes completed size will come out at about 14” wide by 15” tall and is 3” deep. The square base allows for more room to place those essentials in a more organized fashion.

As the crochet pattern progresses up towards the top, you will follow a graph. But, don’t fret over this. If reading graphs is not your favorite thing, I have included a “cheat sheet” on the graph. It will tell you exactly how many stitches in each color need to be worked in each row.

So Many Tutorials – Twist Cord

The Paradise Beach Tote was so much fun to design and see it develop into what I had envisioned. As I neared the top I had to make a decision on what type of strap I wanted. I have always loved the look of Twist Cords so thought that would be a fun way to reintroduce the colors back into the design.

But, it is a little tricky to explain how to make one of these fun and colorful twist cords. As in so many of my designs, I decided to just make a quick video tutorial to help demonstrate how easy they really are to make.

More Tutorials on Grommets too!

The Twist Cords for each strap of the tote are completed! Yay, you may have just learned something new. But, adding them to the tote can be a little tricky. Leaving holes in your crochet piece works but over time, they stretch and won’t hold their shape.

The solution: Grommets! You will be amazed at how easy they are to add. Again, I went to my video camera and threw together another quick tutorial:

Where Can I get My Grommets & Tools

Hopefully you are convinced this is a great tool to use and so easy! Now, are you wondering where to get the grommets, and what about those tools? Well, it is easy to purchase a small kit. I used this one on Amazon:

The great part about this Grommet Kit is that it comes with multiple grommets and all the tools you need including that scrap piece of wood.


See Samples Made by my Pattern Testers

One of the greatest rewards with designing crochet patterns is seeing the completed projects from those that have made something from them. This test was so fun when I got the feedback and photos from my testers.

Susie made her tote using Red Heart Ombre yarn (in the color ‘scuba’) and it created lovely color fades. The bold contrast of the Hobby Lobby I Love that Yarn (in the color ‘coral sparkles’) was the perfect color for the lettering. Susie said, “I can fit my large beach towel, water shoes, mask, snorkel and so much more.”

Nancy tested the tote and I love the alterations she made. The bold colors are perfect for spring. She also adjusted the final round to be made in a contrasting color showing off the texture. More alterations included her brilliant addition of the pegs on the bottom of the bag and the strap running straight across from one end to the other (instead of 1 strap on each side like mine).

Paradise Beach Tote Bottom

The next test that came is was done by Heidi. She made the straps slightly shorter and in 3 colors (instead of 4) and I love how distinct all the colors are in it! Heidi also topped the bag with the same colors as the middle lettering which really tied the bag together.

The final test that was completed was by Vickie, she did a fabulous job and shows off the size and how useful the tote is! Pluss her decision to use the same multi-colored yarn for all the lettering turned out perfect.


Materials Needed for Paradise Beach Tote Crochet Pattern

  • Crochet Hook size H (5.00 mm)
  • Worsted Weight Yarn (#4)
  •          920 total yards
  •          Sample Made using Premier Anti-Pilling Everyday   
  • Measuring Tape
  • Scissors
  • Yarn Needle
  • 4 – 3/8” grommets (hammer for installation)

Paradise Beach

Where to find the Paradise Beach Tote crochet pattern


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Bella Borsetta Clutch Crochet Pattern

Spring is in the air and everyone is on the hunt for some fun new patterns. As I sat down to decide what to design, I kept running across the cutest handbags and knew that I needed to design one. It didn’t take long for the Bella Borsetta Clutch crochet pattern to come into view and become a complete and ready design just for you.

Bella Borsetta Clutch

The clutch pattern is a great small crochet project. It is ideal to crochet during the warmer spring and summer months when we don’t want blankets or other big projects being created and laying on our laps.

Behind the Bella Borsetta Clutch Name

Bella Borsetta, just the sound of it is lovely and has a fancy ring to it’s name. Do you know what Bella Borsetta means? It is translated to “Pretty Handbag” in Italian, which is a perfect fit for this design. I need to thank Judy from my Crochet & Conversations Facebook group for suggesting it.

The Design

Designed as a small purse for your essentials. The clutch is about 5″ by 5″ and a perfect size for quick errands, evenings out or a day shopping. If you would like the clutch to be slightly smaller {like for a phone case} or larger {deeper to hold something like books} just adjust the length of the main body.

The crochet clutch has a beautiful decorative flap. The raised edges angle towards the center tip of the flap to accentuate the triangular closure. It is finished off with a slight scallop edge that resembles flower petals and adds that perfect touch of spring… plus the flirty tassel that adorns the front is just plain fun!

Video Tutorials Included

Crochet bags sometimes don’t hold their shape or they stretch in the wrong places. However, in this design the thermal single crochet stitch constructs the body of the clutch. It creates an extra thick fabric that assists in holding the shape of the clutch and preventing the dreaded “holes” in your crochet.

Thermal Single Crochet Stitch Tutorial

I have created a couple tutorials to assist you with the clutch pattern. The first tutorial is for the Thermal Single Crochet Stitch.

Fish Bone Cord

The next stitch tutorial included in the pattern is for the Fish Bone Cord. I love this cord because it creates a fun and unique woven and/or braid. You can make it with a single strand of yarn but it is ideal to use 2 strands held together for the clutch to make it a more appropriate thickness for the strap. Instructions on how to begin the cord can be found in the pattern.


See Samples Made by my Pattern Testers

Pattern testers work along side me to help me release patterns that are easy to read, follow and helps reduce the possibilities of errors (but we are human) in the pattern. I couldn’t do what I do without all their hard work.

I have to admit, it is super rewarding to see how amazing their samples turn out and know that the pattern does come out how it is suppose to-LOL! Check them out gorgeous their Bella Borsetta Clutches turned out


Materials Needed for Bella Borsetta Clutch

  • Crochet Hook H (5.00 mm)
  • Crochet Hook K (6.50 mm)
  • Worsted Weight Yarn (#4) ~ 180 yards       
  • Samples made using Berroco Comfort Worsted Weight Yarn colors: 9707 Boy Blue & 9709 Jadeite
  • Other Suggested Yarn:  see testers yarn in above section
  • Measuring Tape, Scissors, Yarn Needle

Bella Borsetta Clutch

Where to find the Bella Borsetta Clutch crochet pattern


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Snap Closure Glasses Case – Free Crochet Pattern

Do you wear glasses? Whether you are like me and have aging eyes, have worn glasses most of your life or just protect your eyes from the sun, it is fun to have a cute handmade eye glasses case. Add a fun snap closer and our favorite craft of crochet, and you’ve got a perfect afternoon project.

A few years ago I turned the dreaded big 4-0! Honestly, life has been amazing after 40, with the exception of my eyesight. I have noticed I need to lean a little closer to see clearer. Then last week I renewed my drivers license and decided it is time for me to go see an eye doctor. Thankfully, we have an optometrist in the family.

Snap Pouch Glasses Case Pattern

Blue Light Reading Glasses

I don’t officially have a subscription for glasses so I have been relying on readers.com over the last year. Just a little magnification helps so much! Then, I started hearing about blue light glasses and the benefits of them.

Blue light blocking glasses can help to filter out a percentage of blue light and lessen eye fatigue when you’re working on your computer screen or using electronic devices. Say goodbye to digital eye strain with a pair of blue light blocking* glasses! Also available with magnified lenses, known as “blue light reading glasses”, for those seeking the benefits of both.

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Check out how cute my glasses are! I love the Tortoise shell of the rims. I mean if you have to wear glasses, you better make them cute. Right.

blue light readers

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Snap Pouch Glasses Case

How to make your Snap Closure Glasses Case

The snap closure on the glasses case makes it easy to slide your glasses in and out of the case. I used a quick and easy stitch that creates a thicker fabric to protect the glasses. I hope you enjoy learning something new and enjoy the tutorial.

The materials needed for the Glasses Case

  • Crochet Hook size G (4.00 mm)
  • Crochet Hook size H (5.00 mm)
  • Light Weight Yarn (#3) I used about 100 yards. In the sample shown, I used Lion Brand Vanna’s Style yarn
  • Metal Tape Measure – Tape should be ¾” wide (use an old one that you can re-purpose/upcycle if possible)
  • Tape – electrical tape is best, but duct tape or packaging tape will also work
  • Yarn Needle
  • Tin Snips or Old Scissors (cutting may dull the edges so don’t use your best pair)
Supplies for Glasses Case

Stitches & Abbreviations Used:

  • Ch = Chain
  • Sc = Single Crochet
  • FP = Front Post
  • St(s) = Stitch(es)
  • R = Row/Round

Completed Size of Glasses Case:

  • 3” opening and 7″ long, but instructions will allow you to customize the shape to fit any glasses

Pattern Notes

  • The pouch will be made while crocheting in the round working from the opening (top) down.
  • Beginning chain will not count as a stitch unless stated.
  • Gauge is very important when crocheting. However, in this design I will give you measurements to follow. Use these measurements to get the correct size of your finished glasses case.

Prep the Snap Closure

  • All glasses are different in size. It is a good idea to make your opening a minimum of 1 inch wider than your glasses. In this sample my glasses measure 2” so I made my opening 3”.
  • Cut 2 pieces of the tape measure 3” long (image shows just over 2″-follow the size noted in the above note for the size of your glasses).
  • Trim the sharp points so they are rounded, this will make them less likely to break through the tape and cut the yarn after construction.
  • Wrap the ends of the metal pieces with a sturdy tape. Electrical tape works best but you can use duct tape or packaging tape.
  • Set aside for use later.

Crocheting the Glasses Case

Using Hook G & Light Weight Yarn

Ch 32, making sure beginning chain is not twisted, join in first ch to form a ring (or chain as many chains as needed to equal the length of your prepared metal snap strips plus 2 stitches)

R1: Ch 1, sc in each ch around, join (32)

R2-4: Ch 1, sc in each st around, join (32)

At this point check to see if the rows are equal to the width of your tape. If they are then double your row count and add 1 more row (I met my width in 4 rows, therefore I will complete a total of 9 rows (*4 rows x 2 = 8 rows + 1 more row = 9 total rows) Make sure to adjust for your tape width.

After completing the 9 rows (or the number of rows needed *see notes above), fold the crochet piece in half. I liked having a little different look to the stitches so I folded mine so the back side of the sc rows was showing on the outside, this was just personal preference and you can fold either way you want.

Place one of the prepared metal pieces inside the fold. Make sure the curved side of the measuring tape is facing the outside of the case.

Single Crochet the snap strip into the fold by crocheting through the tops of the stitches from your last row AND through the beginning chain. Complete half of the row (16 stitches in my sample). Insert second prepared snap strip, again making sure the curved edge is facing outside. Continue to sc together around the rest of the row.

The opening snap of the eye glass case has been made. Just press on the edges and will snap open!

Change to Hook H (5.00 mm)

The body of the pouch will be made in rounds and made to the length of your glasses. Increase your hook size up two sizes

The first row will be the most difficult because the stitches from the snap section are tighter. Be patient and work slow, after the first round it is much easier.

Ch 1, FP single crochet around, do not join, you will work in continuous rounds.

Continue to FP single crochet in each stitch around until the length of your case (not counting the snap portion) measures the length of your glasses. Mine was about 7″ long.

Once the length has been reached, slst into the next stitch and fasten off leaving a long tail. Use that left over tail of yarn to sew/seam the bottom together and you are done!

More fun Crochet Tutorials Free from Sweet Potato 3

  • How to make a Twist Ear Warmer – click HERE
  • Dream Catcher Delight Wall Hanging – click HERE
  • Tree Garland and Gift Tags – click HERE
  • Hot Pads & Kitchen Scrubby with Gift Tag Printable – click HERE

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How Crochet Helps and Heals People

Crocheting has always been more than just a hobby for me, it is also like a therapy. After a stressful day, I can always unwind and relax while crocheting. I know many people also use crochet as a way to heal, especially during the annual hat drive for the Crochet Cancer Challenge.

Crochet Helps

This year I was so excited to have Marly Bird join as a designer in the challenge. We got to chatting and she asked if she could do a guest blog post about how crochet helps and heals. She wrote a lovely post and I am honored to share it with you all today.


Marly Bird

Crochet is a wonderful craft that’s simply a lot of fun to do. However, there’s also a lot more to it than that for many people. People use crochet as therapy to heal from depression, anxiety, and stress. People also use crochet to work through the challenges of both short and long-term physical health conditions. Crochet heals individuals and can bring communities together.

Crochet As Stress-Relief

One of the biggest ways that crochet helps people is through stress-relief. The modern world presents so many stressors, especially in 2020! Stress can lead to, or exacerbate, a variety of other health issues. Therefore, by controlling stress levels, you improve overall health. 

Crochet has been proven to offer relief from stress:

  • Focusing on the stitches and sensations of crocheting brings you into the present moment.
  • You can even practice mindfulness and breathing while you crochet.
  • The repetitive motions of crocheting row after row or round after round release serotonin which helps bring happiness back into your body.
  • In general, the craft grounds you in your body, allowing you to release the stress of the outside world.
  • There are so many things in the world that we have no control over. However, it helps to focus on what we can control. Being able to choose yarn and patterns and work those stitches to produce something tangible is healing.
Marly Bird Pod Cast

Learn More: Craft Yarn Council’s Mary Colucci shared thoughts about how to Stitch Away Stress on the Yarn Thing Podcast with Marly Bird.

Crocheting Through Depression and Anxiety

As aforementioned, studies show that repetitive motions including those of pulling up loop after loop in crochet can release serotonin which helps improve depression symptoms. And in the same way that coming into the present moment with crochet helps reduce stress, it can also lower symptoms of anxiety.

crochet helps

Crochet has also been found to help people with depression and anxiety because it interrupts the ruminations of the mind. Particularly in depression, but also in terms of the worrying aspect of anxiety, the mind wants to go over the same old stories again and again. This makes the symptoms of a condition worse. Interrupting that by counting stitches, refocusing on the pattern at hand, and creating something beautiful can give your mind a much needed restorative break.

Moreover, crochet has been found to boost self-esteem. Many people struggling with depression have low self-esteem. Crochet is a way that you can create something beautiful, functional, or just plain interesting. You can give crochet as gifts. Maybe you can even sell some crochet items or patterns of your own to contribute some income to the household. All of this helps people struggling with depression and anxiety to move forward.

crochet helps heal

Fun Fact: Crochet designer Ellen Gormley was a mental health counselor who used therapeutic crochet to help people with depression and anxiety. Learn more about her here.

Crochet During Chronic Illness

Many of the same reasons that crochet helps with mental illness also help when someone is coping with a physical illness. If you’re wiped out from chemo treatment, you might begin to feel like a useless burden upon your family; crocheting items that give them joy can be a way that you overcome that feeling. If you’re stressed about medical test results, learning to practice mindfulness through crochet can help you stay in the present moment and feel as much peace as possible while dealing with those challenging things.

Vibrato Violin

Fun fact: Music is also healing. The Vibrato Violin Crochet Blanket Pattern combines a love of music and a love of crochet in one healing blanket pattern. A related fun fact is that established crochet designer Dora Ohrenstein had a career in music before her career in crochet.

Crocheting for Charity is a Healing Act

Each year since 2014 Sweet Potato 3 has hosted the Crochet Cancer Challenge as a way to raise awareness and funds for people living with cancer. It’s also a way for the community to come together. Many designers share their patterns for the challenge. For example, one of the contributions this year was the Wings of Hope hat pattern from Marly Bird. This is a warm and cozy crochet hat patterns with a fun pom on top, made of soft yarn so that someone going through chemo treatment could comfortably wear it.

Wings of Hope Hat

Charity crochet helps with healing in a variety of ways including:

  • Studies show that focusing on helping others is good for your own mental health.
  • You can feel useful in the face of big challenges including when you or a loved one get a scary diagnosis. Crocheting for others in that same community can feel very healing.
  • When you share about crocheting for charity, or participate in something like the Crochet Cancer Challenge, it allows you to spread the word about causes that you care about. This is empowering.
  • It helps you connect to your community of people. Community itself is also healing. And connecting with other crocheters who share your same causes of concerns can be a very therapeutic experience.

How to Choose a Healing Crochet Pattern

People need different things when it comes to healing crochet. Some people find that they need to work on new crochet techniques or a challenging crochet pattern, because that’s the only way to get their mind to quiet down. Overwhelmingly, though, when seeking stress relief crochet, people seek easy, repetitive crochet stitches that allow both body and mind to get lulled into a healthy rhythm. 

Stellar Stripes

Marly Bird’s Stellar Stripes Shawl (also available in a knit pattern version for those of you who are bi-crafty) is a good example. It’s a repeating stitch pattern using simple single crochet and half double crochet stitches. However, after every two rows, you change colors to create the stripes. You get the meditative repetition with just enough of a steady interruption that your mind can’t wander into dark, worried places so much. 

Plus this crochet pattern is designed to be made with yak yarn, which has a soft luxuriousness to it. Why does that matter? Because crochet has the potential to engage all of your senses, enhancing the healing potential. Choose yarn that feels good to the touch in colors that truly delight you and your crochet project will make you feel that much better.

This is a guest post by Kathryn Vercillo, author of Crochet Saved My Life, working in collaboration with Marly Bird. Follow Marly Bird on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, or Pinterest. You can also sign up for her free newsletter, which includes many links to new free patterns each week.

Everyday Spirit Wall Hanging Crochet Pattern & Tutorial

Wall Hangings with fringe are all the top trends in home decor right now and I love how these decor pieces showcase our Everyday Spirit! The whimsical charm with the modern single color is the perfect combination to add to any room.

The Everyday Spirit Wall Hanging combines the love of crochet and the look of the ever popular fringe wall decor. This is a fun design that can be made in a day and you can change up your colors with endless possible looks.

Everyday Spirit

Everyday Spirit Crochet + Photo Tutorials

The pattern features a full step by step tutorial to put all the pieces together. Basic crochet skills are required for the crochet pieces.

Supplies for the Wall Hanging

  • 10″ Metal Hoop, click HERE
  • 375 yards Worsted (#4) Weight Yarn
  • Crochet Hook G (4.00 mm)
  • Small Thread Crochet Hook to use as a tool (not for crochet, so the exact size is not necessary)
  • Scissors
  • Measuring Tape
Everyday Spirit Wall Hanging

Where to find the Everyday Wall Hanging pattern


Check out some other samples from a couple testers

Test by Brandi

Brandi is the crocheter behind Craft Creations by Brandi Aldrich on facebook and @brandialdrich on IG. Brandi said her granddaughter snatched this up as soon as she was finished. That is quite the compliment!

Everyday Spirit

Test completed by Michelle Wulf

Michelle is the crocheter at Magic Mommys Yarning on facebook and @wulfmichelle on IG. She does amazing work and I love how she incorporated multiple colors into her wall hanging.


Do you Love Wall Hangings check out a few more:

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Cropped Motif Cardigan – Crochet Pattern

The Cropped Motif Cardigan is an ideal light layer to cut the chill off on spring days. Designed to be a lightweight layer the cardigan will become a staple in your closet.

Designed in a unique square motif style the cardigan is easy to make in steps or on the go. Each square features a flirty floral design that gives is a perfect look of spring and will coordinate with most attire.

Cropped Motif Cardigan

The versatility of the cardi is endless. Pair it with a lightweight long sleeve shirt, like my daughter did (above image) and it works as a vest. Wear it over a spring sleeveless dress or tank top to add a little warmth.

About the Cropped Motif Cardigan Pattern

The cropped design is seen in the capped/cropped sleeves that cover the shoulder and in the length falling mid body. If you prefer a longer cardigan, you could add an additional row of motifs, however, I have not made one. If you do, I would love to see how it turns out.

The pattern comes in adult sizes ranging from Adult Small up to XLarge.

Made in a light (#3) weight yarn and a crochet hook H (5.00 mm) and crochet hook I (5.5 mm), the Cardigan works up quicker than you might think.

Grab your copy of the Cropped Motif Cardigan:

Whip Stitch Tutorial for Sewing Motifs Together

More Patterns You May Love

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Sweet Potato 3’s Home Office Display

I moved about 18 months ago and am fortunate to have a home office. Others might have it easier with access to modular office trailers, especially if they need to partake in remote work every now and then. However, my little office area is enough for me and is predominantly going to be used for storage purposes. Having a designated space to keep all my books, supplies, office materials, and more has been amazing. But, it wasn’t a “fun place to go”.

Home Office

The office is designed with ample storage, which I would never complain about, but with those cabinets there is not much room to decorate. As much as I would have loved to have been able to decorate with hilarious please don’t do coke in the bathroom wall art or some other fun decorations, I simply didn’t have space. It was hard to even fit a standard painting there without taking up some of the precious desk space. So, I had to put on my thinking cap to come up with a simple and fun way to add some fun decor that will make my time doing “book work” a little more fun. A home office idea that I often come across is building a shed in the backyard that can serve as a separate space where you can go and work by yourself without anyone disturbing your flow. Since I already have a great home office (with a little less space, but that is okay), I don’t think I will be exploring that option anytime soon. But for those of you who want a space to just do your thing, then consider getting a shed like that from somewhere similar to Modern Shed. And the best part is, you can make it as big or small as you want, which means, more decor space!!

Considerations in the decor

The workspace is great to have with a large countertop to spread out my paperwork and get organized. However, it isn’t very deep, so I needed to make sure whatever I added was not going to stick out from the wall very much.

Feeling a little clueless on what to do, I turned to Pinterest and found some fun ideas other people had done with their offices such as wall stickers and display yarn from walls to cakes. A yarn wall wasn’t really the look I was going for, but who couldn’t resist a nice showcase of some of your favorite yarn cakes.

Shopping for Ideas

Supplies for Office

Wooden Crates are always cute no matter what you are using them for. I found a coupe different shaped ones that would be cute to display some yarn in and I had to add the cute wooden vase. You can find similar crates and vases by clicking HERE.

My space is very long and narrow, therefore I needed something larger for one side of the display. After searching high and low I decided to create a unique crochet wall piece, so I grabbed a 11X14 photo frame that you can find on the previous link

Creating The Custom Wall Art

I was in the middle of teaching a class on crocheting from a graph so I decide to create a graph with my logo in it using the program Stitch Fiddle. I was excited to crochet the graph and figure out how to add it to the frame.

Feeling excited about my custom logo, the challenge was in attaching it to the frame. It was important to have it evenly stretched across the frame. I decided wrapping yarn through each row end and around the entire frame was the way to go.

The even stretch was perfect, but the black frame showing through was NOT the look I was hoping for. After attempting to single crochet around the frame, the edge wasn’t very clean, it looked bulky and uneven. I decided to just continue with wrapping the yarn. The corners were a bit tricky so I left a little of the frame showing.

Frame Yarn Wrap for Display

Finishing Touches

With the wall art completed it was time to put it all together. Using command strips (found HERE), the crates were attached to the wall and then filled with some of my favorite yarn remnants that had been wound into little cakes using my yarn winder (found HERE).

Adding my crochet hooks in the wooden vase, they slipped all the way in! I realized it was too deep, never fear, because a touch of greenery was perfect. I happened to have a small wooden clip board that matched perfectly, which turned into an ideal way to add my family photo.

Office Display

Adding my Great Grandmothers old ceramic honey pot with some greenery helped bring in another contrasting element. Then I slide my old office name plate under the crate and it filled in the empty spot perfectly.

Office Display

It is a small display with little hight to work with, in between my cabinets. However, this display added a warm “crocheters” touch that was desperately needed. This small touch makes my office feel like it is just for me. I can now admit, a very small part of me gets excited about having to sit in here to do the dreaded “bookwork”.

Office Display

Are you looking for Inspiration for a display?

Getting started with ideas was the most difficult part of putting this display together. If you would like to browse some other display ideas visit my Amazon shop by clicking HERE.

Cascading Fringe Wall Hanging Tutorial & Kit

Wall Hangings with fringe are all the top trends in home decor right now and I love the simplicity of the look to the Cascading Fringe design.

I worked in collaboration with BluPrint to come up with a beginner level wall hanging. We decided on a neutral color scheme with blush tones and used basic supplies to create the look.

Cascading Fringe Wall Hanging Sample Photo

Cascading Fringe Video & Photo Tutorials

The Wall Hanging has 3 video tutorials hosted by, Vanessa Vargas Wilson. Vanessa did an amazing job showing the details in each step to create the perfect look therefore, even a beginner can easily follow along.

Supplies Needed to Create your Own Cascading Fringe Wall Hanging

Cascading Fringe Supplies Needed

To make the Cascading Fringe Wall Hanging you have a couple of options. Purchase the Kit through BluPrint and you will get everything you need including the 3 skeins of yarn, wooden dowel and the metal ring.

You can also purchase the supplies on your own or use your own scrap yarn from your stash. If you are looking for the supplies used in the sample you can see the affiliate links included below:

  • Sprightly Yarn (3 skeins – 1 of each color), click HERE
  • Wooden Dowel (this one is slightly shorter but has the end caps on it so will work just as good), click HERE
  • 10″ Metal Ring, click HERE
Cascading Fringe Wall Hanging

Where to find the Kit & Videos

As I mentioned earlier, the Cascading Fringe Wall Hanging can be made by nearly anyone, it is a beginner level project. But, trust me, this is fun for even experienced crafters.

Cascading Fringe Up Close Details

Get all the details on the Cascading Fringe Wall Hanging on BluPrint by clicking HERE. Keep in mind that the Kit does not have any “crochet” in it, so this would make a great gift for any crafter or anyone wanting to give it a try.

Do you Love Wall Hangings?

If you love wall hangings but want to incorporate some crochet into it? Well, check out the fun Forest Friends Wall Hanging. Pick from any of the 6 animal faces to make this whimsical decor perfect for your room: fox (or wolf), owl, skunk, raccoon or deer.

Forest Friends Wall Hanging

Get more details on the Forest Friends Wall Hanging and the coordinating Blanket & Pillow by clicking HERE.

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One More Quick Look at the Project

Cascading Fringe Wall Hanging

Cross My Heart Hat & Gloves Crochet Pattern Set

I am always in search of a classy, cute, unique gift set I can make. My Popular Cross My Heart Scarf & Headband has always been a favorite of many, so I added a lovely hat and fingerless gloves!

I love how beautiful the stitches in the entire Cross My Heart Collection are, and they show off perfectly in the hat and fingerless gloves.

Cross My Heart Crochet Pattern Hat & Gloves

All About that Hat (Cross My Heart-that is)

The hat is designed to have a little slouch to it, this just enhances the look of the plush stitches as the fold in the creases that create the slouch.

The hat is made from the bottom up, with the band being crocheted in an almost knit looking stitch. This streamlined stitch is soft and creates just enough elasticity to shape the hat.

The hat comes in many sizes from toddler up through adult, so go ahead and make one for everyone in the family!

Fingerless Gloves

I have to admit, I love fingerless gloves and think they are one of the most practical accessories to wear. My hands are always cold, but I need to be able to use my fingers freely. So, fingerless gloves are a must!

Just like the hat, the gloves are made with the same plush stitches that create this unique crocheted fabric. The gloves work up quick and come in sizes from toddler up through adult. These gloves can make a great last minute gift idea.

The Sprightly Yarn – my new favorite!

I made the Cross My Heart hat and fingerless gloves in Sprightly Acrylic Worsted Weight yarn. I have had the opportunity to design with this amazing yarn on multiple occasions and I really enjoy working with it.

The yarn comes in many beautiful colors (I used Dusty Rose) which we all love. The yarn is the perfect weight for most projects, is very soft and washes up well. Check out the entire color line of Sprightly yarn by using this (affiliate) link by clicking HERE.

Were you can get the Cross My Heart Patterns

You can get the Cross My Heart Hat & Gloves as a set, which has a discounted price because you are getting both patterns together. But, if you already have one and only need the other, you can also get them separately.

Have you seen the rest of the Cross My Heart Collection? It includes so many fun pieces including a vest, scarf, headband, a triangle shawl and of course the hat and gloves.

Cross My Heart Collection

To find more information on the entire set of all these fun patterns you can click this LINK HERE.

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Mountain Peaks Mitts – crochet pattern

I love seeing beautiful Mountain Peaks silhouetting against a stunning sky. It is so majestic and brings a sense of peace to me.

Mountain peaks
Photo by Samuel Ferrara on Unsplash

That beauty is what inspired me to design the Mountain Peaks Crochet Mitts. Sitting at the base of a majestic mountain with a chill in the air and some warm mitts on keeping me nice and toasty.

I was so excited to create these mitts in a super soft Cloudborn Superwash Merino DK yarn. The yarn is a perfect weight for mitts, they are not bulky at all and are a comfortable fit. The Mountain Peaks Mitt pattern comes with 3 adult sizes, so you can make a pair that will fit perfect.

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Order your copy of the Mountain Peaks Mitts in a KIT

There are a few ways to get the Mountain Peaks Mitts crochet pattern. You can purchase the pattern in a kit format! The kit will include the pattern and the Cloudborn Superwash Merino Yarn, choose from 33 different colors. Order the kit through BluPrint, HERE. You can also become a member of BluPrint and get an additional 15% off along with other member benefits, read more details about a membership option, HERE.

Do you want just the pattern

To get the Mountain Peaks Mitt Pattern and pick out your own yarn of choice, grab the pattern in any of my shops:

Oh, I Love the Yarn used in the Photos

Do you LOVE the Cloudborn Superwash Merino DK yarn as much as I do? I bet you would love to order some extra skeins for more mitts or different project. Use my affiliate link to order more yarn. I get a small kickback so appreciate you using this link, check out all 33 colors HERE.

Other Fingerless Mitts you may like:

Cable Golf Club Cover – Crochet Pattern

Need a quick gift idea for Father’s Day? Does your Dad or Grandfather love to golf? Help protect those expensive golf clubs with the Cable Golf Club Covers. It is the perfect gift that you can make in an evening or two, he is sure to love them. You’ll love making them so much, you just might make a set for you too!

cable golf club cover

3 Different Cable Golf Club Covers

The crochet pattern includes 3 covers, each cover is a different size with a different design. The Cable Golf Club Covers are made to fit the following clubs: Hybrid (small), Wood (medium) & the Driver (large). You can make the set all one color or coordinate with 3 different ones. Then customize them with an optional pom to throw in a little more color if you like!

The Cable Golf Club Covers are made using Worsted Weight Yarn and Crochet Hook H (5.00 mm), the only other tool you may need is a 2″ pom maker (but that is totally optional). Fall in love with crocheting cables as each cover features an easy yet striking look in the textures and weaves of the stitches.

cable golf club covers

Grab your copy of the Cable Golf Club Cover pattern on the following sites.

Do cables intimidate you?

Tuesday through Thursday (6/11/19-6/13/19), I will be hosting LIVE fb sessions showing how to work the cables in the Golf Club Covers. You will need to join my FB Crochet & Conversations group to view them. I hope to see you in there!

Join SP3 Crochet & Conversations: HERE

Other Gifts for Dad:

Teachers Take Note – Crochet Gift Set

Teacher Appreciation Week is fast approaching! This year it is May 6-10, 2019. We all know how wonderful and amazing those folks that teach, inspire and love our children all day long are. So we like to devote an entire week to show them how much we appreciate them. Now, the dreaded question, what do I get them?

Teachers Take Note Snap Pouches Gift Set

I designed this fun and unique set just for teachers, but could also be given to writers, librarians, or anyone who enjoys writing. The Snap Pouch is a fun way to create a small carrying case. The top of each pouch simple “snaps” shut! The set includes a snap pouch that looks like a notebook paper, another snap pouch that looks like a pencil and then it is topped off with a cute apple cozy.

I love to include new techniques and stitches in my patterns and of course I created a couple easy to follow YouTube tutorials to go along with the pattern. This set will even introduce you to the fun technique of Tunisian crochet (yes there is a video to show you just how to do it), no special hook is needed though for this pattern.

Where to get the pattern

Grab your copy of the Teacher Take Note Snap Pouch Gift Set on the following website:

Supplies Needed

I used scrap yarn for most of the Teachers Take Note Set. Any worsted weight yarn will work, I did use Red Heart Super Saver from my stash. All the specific colors are listed within the pattern. Other supplies needed are as follows:

  • Crochet Hook H (5.00) mm & Crochet Hook G (4.00 mm)
  • An old tape measure that is at least 3/4″ wide
  • Tin Snips (or old scissors that you don’t mind ruining)
  • Tape (electrical, duct or packaging)
  • Yarn Needle and Regular Yarn Scissors

More Fun & Unique Gifts to Crochet

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Forest Friends Crochet Pattern Set

Forest Friends Set

So excited to release the entire Forest Friends Set! This adorable set includes the blanket, pillow and wall hanging. Each piece features the darling forest animal faces that are resting peacefully, emphasizing on the main detail in the upper face of the animals especially the eyes and ears while the lower outline fades into the stitches of the blanket.

Customize the blanket with all of the same animals or pick one and do them all the same. The pattern includes the instructions for the following animals: Fox (or change to grey colors for a Wolf), Owl, Skunk, Raccoon and Deer.

Forest Friends Animal Faces

Forest Friends Blanket

The Forest Friends blanket is larger than a traditional baby blanket. This will allow for the baby to grow into it and use the blanket into childhood or even when they are older, or even better, it can be a nice size for me (mom) to wrap up in. The completed size of the blanket is roughly 38” wide X 54” long. Grab your copy of only the Forest Friends Blanket on Ravelry: HERE or Etsy: HERE.

Forest Friends Blanket

Forest Friends Pillow

The Pillow is a very cute, fun and quick project that you can add to any home decor. It makes a cute accent piece for nurseries, children’s bedroom, classrooms, reading nooks or even cabins. The pillow fits a traditional accent pillow size of 14X14 inches square. You can grab the pattern for just the pillow on Ravelry: HERE or on Etsy: HERE.

Forest Friends Pillow

Forest Friends Wall Hanging

The Wall Hanging is whimsical project that accents the pillow and blanket perfectly. The wall hanging can be made off a wooden rod/dowel, a decorative hanger or find a cute branch out in nature for a earthy look. The finished size of the Forest Friends Wall Hanging is about 14-15” wide by 18” long counting the fringe but not the top hanger string. Grab the Forest Friends Wall Hanging pattern on Ravelry: HERE or on Etsy: HERE.

Forest Friends Wall Hanging

Add Appliques to Customize

All the coordinating pieces include instructions for some fun appliques including a small flower, larger flower, a leaf and a fun pine tree. The appliques are customizable-therefore, you can use as many, or as few as you envision on your final project.

Get Your Copy of the Forest Friends Set

The entire set is available, at a discounted price on Ravelry: HERE or on Etsy: HERE

You will love making the entire Forest Friends Set. The main stitch in the pattern creates a thin fabric creating a light-weight blanket. And an even bigger bonus is that it works up pretty quick. Enjoy making the pieces and please share your progress or finished project with me in my Crochet and Conversations group: HERE.

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