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Awesome Applique Roundup – Free Crochet Patterns on Karla’s Making It

If you are looking for Free Crochet Patterns, you came to the right place. My goal is to be the place you check FIRST for crochet inspiration and ideas. Let me know how I can make that happen. I welcome your ideas!!

Awesome Applique Roundup – Free Crochet Patterns on Karla’s Making It

Hello Friends,

How are you this fine week? I’m doing particularly well since the weather has been warming up.

We have been unusually cooped up here this winter with all the extra cold and rain.

While that has led to a lot of Crochet time, I am ready to work in the garden and hang out at the beach during the day!

How about you? Ready for summer??

Awesome Applique Roundup – Free Crochet Patterns on Karla’s Making It!

This has absolutely nothing to do with today’s Free Crochet Pattern Roundup, lol.

Or maybe it does… my short attention span is looking for short easy to finish projects – appliques are always good for this.

What to do with Crochet Appliques

There are so many things we can do with those little cuties. I have been brainstorming about doing a baby ABC book or even an afghan.

They are great for adding to the border of an easy blanket or purse. In fact, there are so many uses!

  • Magnets
  • Bookmarks
  • Sew together for wrap, scarf, tablecloth
  • Add to clothing/socks
  • Jewelry
  • Headband
  • Pacifier clip
  • Coasters
  • Garland
  • Ornaments
  • Pillows
  • Corsage, Bouquet, Boutonniere
  • so much more!!

What have you used Crochet Appliques on?

Free Crochet Patterns

Free Crochet Pattern Owl Applique
Free Crochet Pattern Deer Head Applique
Free Crochet Pattern Monkey Applique
Free Crochet Pattern Paw Print Applique
Free Crochet Pattern Butterfly Applique
Free Crochet Pattern Fish Applique
Free Crochet Pattern Bunny Applique
Free Crochet Pattern Bunny Applique 2
Free Crochet Pattern Carrot Applique
Free Crochet Pattern Shell Applique
Free Crochet Pattern Crab Applique
Free Crochet Pattern Octopus Applique
Free Crochet Pattern Starfish Applique
Free Crochet Pattern Turtle Applique
Free Crochet Pattern Flamingo Applique
Free Crochet Pattern Squid Applique
Free Crochet Pattern Elephant Applique
Free Crochet Pattern Frog Applique
Free Crochet Pattern Dragonfly Applique
Free Crochet Pattern Ladybug Applique
Free Crochet Pattern Sheep Applique
Free Crochet Pattern Pineapple Applique
Free Crochet Pattern Strawberry Applique
Free Crochet Pattern Apple Applique
Free Crochet Pattern Cherries Applique
Free Crochet Pattern Banana Applique
Free Crochet Pattern Pear Applique
Free Crochet Pattern Tree Applique
Free Crochet Pattern Bird Applique
Free Crochet Pattern Birthday Candle Applique
Free Crochet Pattern Ice Cream Applique

What are you going to make with these Free Crochet Patterns? I would love to see. 

Have you ever visited the Karla’s Making It Pinterest Board? If not, you are missing out! Seriously 1,000’s of Free Crochet Patterns!!! You’re welcome 😉

Visit the Karla’s Making It Facebook Page and see what I’m working on today.  While you are there post a photo of your WIP (work in progress), and click that like button.

That will keep you up to date with all the new free patterns!

Thanks so much for visiting.  It wouldn’t be any fun around here without you.

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Update on The BEST – Most Lovely Crochet Flower Rug Ever Challenge and a New Sweepstakes from my favorite yarn company!

Crochet Flower Rug

Crochet Flower RugUpdate on The BEST – Most Lovely Crochet Flower Rug Ever Challenge and a New Sweepstakes from my favorite yarn company!


Hello My Crocheting Friends,

The BEST – Most Lovely Crochet Rug Ever Challenge has been a very popular post here on Karla’s Making It and I wanted to give you an update on my progress.

If you remember, we have been drooling over these fabulous rugs…

UPDATE – The Dahlia Flower Crochet Rug Pattern is now available in the KMI Shop!

Crochet Flower Rug

Man, every time I look at these I want one so badly!

I have been working with flower patterns, crocheting my little fingers to the bone and of course having a lot of do-overs. You know how it goes.

But I think I may have created something I can use here.  I have been playing around with stitches and sizes. I don’t have a final final pattern created but I’m so darn close.

Maybe a vote is in order?? What do you think?

Crochet Flower Rug

Above is the first pattern I came up with for the Crochet Flower Rug.  As you can see, it is super large at about 14 inches. (wouldn’t that make a great pillow?!?).

It may be good for a huge living room rug, but I was thinking maybe a little smaller – even for a large room rug. Maybe 12 inch or even 10 inch flowers?

From what I can see in my favorite of the three Crochet Flower Rug Patterns below, it shows 8 flowers across.  

So based on my calculations, if I used the 14 inch flower, I would have a final product of 9 feet across (assuming I would use all the same size flowers in the rug).

The 12 inch flower would produce an 8 foot side and the 10 inch would make a 6.5 foot side.  I think that may be what I’m looking for in a living room rug.  

But, lets back up for a minute.  I really want to finish at least one crochet flower rug so I’m thinking of starting with a smaller kitchen rug for my first go at it.

Crochet Flower Rug

Which brings us to the smaller flowers I came up with.  I played around with different size stitches and hooks and these are my three favorites below.  

The ones on the left are about 7 x 7 in and the center smaller one is 6 x 6 in.

Crochet Flower Rug

I like the pattern of the small center one the best. In my opinion, it has the perfect sized petals and a nice soft texture (yes, I have been walking on them) that bounces back and isn’t too uneven to walk on.

Crochet Flower Rug

What do you think? Can you picture a cute cozy little kitchen rug made out of these lovely flowers?

I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

Enter To Win at Yarnspirations – contest over

…and now the sweepstakes from Yarnspirations! Yarnspirations is the largest craft yarn producer in North America. The offer tons of great yarns for all projects including well-known brands like Patons, Bernat, Caron, and Lily Sugar ‘n Cream. They have recently introduced new yarn styles, including:

new yarns from yarnspirations

Yarnspirations wants to send you a Prize Pack of their new yarn!  Click here to enter for a chance to win 1 of 2 New Yarn Prize Packs from Yarnspirations!! I entered  and you better too before it’s too late! Good Luck!!  I sure hope one of us wins. If you do, please let me know so I can celebrate with you!!

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Thank you my crocheting friend for visiting me today! I truly appreciate you reading my random thoughts and creative ideas. I hope you’ll come again soon.

In the meantime, you can check out the hundreds of free patterns here on Karla’s Making It. From Afghans to Zebra Wreaths, you will find it here!  I would love to showcase your free pattern!! Send me a couple images and a link to your website and I will add it for my readers.

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How to Provide Comfort to a Loved One by Crocheting a Prayer Shawl

Prayer Shawl

Prayer shawl

How to Provide Comfort to a Loved One by Crocheting a Prayer Shawl

(Bonus – Mother’s Day Gift Idea, Story Lockets – a steal!!)

Prayer Shawl
Friendship Shawl by RedHeart

Creating a prayer shawl is a warm gesture of compassion and comfort for anyone that needs healing or even just reassuring a hug. When bad things happen to someone we know, we sympathize with their pain and discomfort and can offer solace through our creativity.  Prayer shawls are a great project for not only helping to heal the recipient, but a great catalyst for healing ourselves.

You can call it whatever you want: Prayer Shawl, Comfort Shawl, Friendship Shawl, Peace Shawl, etc. The point is to offer blessings and/or healing to someone going through a rough time.  In addition, Prayer shawls are not only for a tragedy, but also wonderful gifts for celebrations like pregnancies and weddings.

Reasons for a Prayer Shawl

  • Person undergoing a medical procedure
  • For a loss or times of stress
  • During bereavement
  • Marriages or birth of a baby
  • During an illness and recovery
  • Graduation
  • Birthday
  • Anniversary
  • Holiday Gift
  • Or just because

With every stitch, you can pray for (or send intention to) a loved one or someone else in distress.  It is an opportunity to inspire, embrace, and celebrate, as well as to send strength, hope, and encouragement to anyone who needs it.

Many people think that Prayer Shawls are an indication of a specific religious tradition. That could not be further from the truth. Prayer Shawls are a comforting project whether you consider yourself spiritual or not. Below you will find information about the process of creating a prayer shawl even when you don’t pray.

Prayer Shawl
Pink Ribbon Shawl by Yarnspirations

Receiving a Prayer Shawl

A Prayer Shawl is a wonderful keepsake that offers comfort and warmth that can be handed down through generations or across to friends, offering recipients a reminder that there is someone who cares for them. The shawls are like a warm hug helping recipients to deal with difficult times; an illness, disaster, or grieving the loss of a loved one.  The person can physically feel the hope, warmth, love and care that went into each and every stitch.

Making a Prayer Shawl

The process of making a Prayer Shawl has as many benefits as receiving one.  Your own troubles melt away as you concentrate on intentionally sending good thoughts and blessings to the person who will receive your gift.  It relieves our sense of helplessness when there is nothing else we can do to ease their pain. It connects you to another person spiritually, opening up your heart and bringing prayer or meditation into your life.  It offers an excuse to pursuing creative projects and offers companionship by joining a crafting prayer/meditation group. Finally it can help you heal old wounds by offering comfort to those who are dealing with issues you went through.

If You Do Pray

This is a personal process and these are suggestions only. You could start with a prayer and a blessing as you begin your project.  Your blessings, kind words, and intentions are continued throughout the project.  You can finish with a final blessing before it is sent on it’s way.

Touching someone elses heart is so comforting to me.  I made an extra large shawl for a friend of mine who’s baby was born with heart issues.  She was so thankful and even cried when I gave it to her.  To this day, she occasionally will send me a text of a heart when she and little Kasidy are wrapped up together in their shawl.

prayer shawl
Comfort Shawl by Lion Brand Yarns

Practices for People who don’t Pray

There are no official practices to crafting a Prayer Shawl. This is a personal endeavor and whatever you are comfortable doing during the project is up to you.  You can simply think good thoughts about the recipient, or you can intentionally send strength and healing.  You can repeat a phrase, such as, “I wish you good health,” or focus on love and compassion as you make your stitches. You could choose a quiet space with dim lighting, burn a candle or incense, or whatever else you choose for meditative crafting.

You don’t even have to make a shawl! Chemo caps, baby blankets, lapghans, scarves, and many other items are wonderful for prayer crafting. See the Free Crochet Pattern Index for other choices in meditative crochet.

My Recommendations

I have gotten some books over the past years with prayer shawl patterns in them that I really enjoyed making.  I will add links at the bottom of this post with my recommendations for books you can pick up that have wonderful patterns and some also have touching stories.  Another amazing book is Crochet Saved My Life: The Mental and Physical Health Benefits of Crochet by author Kathryn Vercillo. Kathryn is an expert on using crafting to heal.

You can visit the Free Crochet Shawl and Wrap Patterns for some FREE shawl patterns. I recommend using a cuddly, warm and cozy yarn like Bernat Caron Simply Soft Light Yarnor Lion Brand Homespun Yarn.  They are both available at Michaels and there are even a 40% off coupon this week!

If you don’t personally know anyone who you could make a prayer shawl for, then visit my Crochet (or Knit) for Charity Page for places that would love to receive your donation. Alternatively, you could contact a local hospital, hospice, or church to see if you can join a charity gifting group or if they take donations. If you cannot find anything locally, then think about a cause that you care about (Cancer, Organ Transplantation, Premature Babies) and contact that group to ask where they accept donations.

How has it helped you to make or receive a knit or crochet prayer shawl? Which prayers, affirmations or thoughts do you use when crafting for others? Share in the comments below!

Karla’s Recommended Books for crocheting Prayer Shawls

Bonus – Mother’s Day Gift Idea

Right now Michael’s Arts and Crafts has Story Lockets on SALE at 30% off!! Have you seen these? They are so lovely.  My kiddos got me one last year for Mother’s Day and I truly cherish it.  They put each of their birthstones inside as well as a Mom heart, a seahorse and a shell (because I LOVE the beach). There are SO MANY charms available, you can create a one-of-a-kind gift that is so special.

Story Lockets and Michaels Arts and Crafts
Story Lockets from Michaels Arts and Crafts

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Crocheting with Beads – How to Resources and Inspiration!

bead crochet at Karla's Making It

Crocheting with Beads – How to Resources and Inspiration

Ready to take your crochet to the next level? Once you know how to crochet – even just a single crochet, you can embellish with beads creating beautiful, one of a kind projects. Bead Crochet turns basic crochet scarves, clothing, purses, hats, flowers, and more into sparkling masterpieces!

Check these out!

bead crochet at Karla's Making It

Photo Credit: Beads Beads Beads Doily Pattern. Barefoot Sandals Pattern. Festival Shawl by Lyn Robinson Pattern. Beaded Bag & Belt Crochet Pattern. Woodland Trail Headband Pattern.

Fabulous! See how adding a few beads can make a beautiful project even more beautiful?

In her book, The Beaded Edge: Inspired Designs for Crocheted Edgings and Trims, Midori Nishida shows you how to add a personal touch with beautiful beaded trims. The book offers 18 designs created with simple thread, a crochet hook, beading needle, and inexpensive beads. She also authored The Beaded Edge 2: More Inspired Designs for Crocheted Edgings and Trims.

Another great resource for bead crochet is Lily Chin’s book Knit and Crochet with Beads. Lily will take your crochet (or knitting!) to a whole new level with stylish designs and easy step-by-step instructions. She will inspire you to incorporate beads into masterful designs to add to clothing, pockets, collars, and pillows! This book is wonderful for all skill levels. Lily organized the book into techniques, whether you want to weave beads into a project or embellish completed projects. This is Lily’s 3rd book. She is also the author of Lily Chin’s Crochet Tips & Tricks: Shortcuts and Techniques Every Crocheter Should Know and Couture Crochet Workshop.

Bead Crochet is not just for embellishing clothing. You can create one of a kind jewelry pieces as well. In her online video Crocheting with Beads Online Class at Annie’s, Ellen Gormley teaches beginners bead crochet techniques including how to choose beads, which yarns to use, other beading tools and gadgets, 5 techniques using beads, along with patterns including a tube bracelet, wristlet clutch, shawlette, keyhole scarf, herringbone pendant and cat portrait.

Need to get down to the bare bones basics? Check out this Free Craftsy Tutorial, Just Bead It: How to Crochet with Beads. Here Ashly Little provides the basics with links to some fabulous patterns for inspiration.

Here’s a picture tutorial on How To Crochet: Single Crochet with Beads.

Leisure Arts has a few interesting books on Bead Crochet. Embellished Crochet which features easy embroidery and beads designs that dress up a stylish collection of eight fashions featuring (one of my favs!!) Caron International’s Simply Soft worsted weight yarn. Another interesting book by Leisure Arts is this Elegant Beaded Bags in Crochet 12 Designs for every occasion! At the very least, take a peek at these bags.  They are gorgeous!

Need more inspiration?

bead crochet at Karla's Making It

Photo Credit: Elise Shawl by Evan Plevinski. Strawberry Hat with Daisy and Ladybug button by Anna caron. Flower applique by Vendula Maderska. Crochet pin cushion by Ksenia Lark (Ksenia Design). Fritillary Shawl by Aparna Rolfe. Star Decoration by Lucy of Attic24. Beaded Crochet Roses by YHcrochet. Girl’s purse – San Francisco collection by Vendula Maderska. The Secret Garden by Lily Go.

Just Wow! Some amazing work from these talented designers. What are you inspired to crochet with beads? I would love to hear your ideas in the comments below. Also, I would like to see your creations; tag me in a photo on Facebook! If you prefer Twitter or Instagram, I’m there too! I can’t wait to hear from you.

Check out the Free Patterns Index to find hundreds of patterns you can add beads to!

Make it a Beautiful Day,


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Free Crochet Patterns for Mother’s Day

Free Crochet Patterns for Mother's Day

Free Crochet Patterns for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is on May 10, and there is still time to whip up a fabulous Crochet Gift. Below you find a ton of Free Crochet Patterns, one of which should put a smile on any Mother’s face. Go grab your hooks, some yarn and prepare to be inspired!

Free Crochet Flower Patterns

Short on time? Use one of the darling flowers on the Free Crochet Flower Pattern Page to make a cute card for Mom. Or, use one of these flowers, crochet a tail for a quick bookmark. How about a Brooch? Attach a pin to the back and there you go!

Free Crochet Cup Cozy Patterns

Is your mom a coffee or tea lover? See the Free Crochet Cup Cozy Patterns Page for cute cup Cozies and even a few teapot cozies too!

Free Crochet Washcloth/Dishcloths Patterns

Does your mom love to be pampered? There are some luscious spa cloths and Bath Poufs on the Free Crochet Washcloth/Dishcloths Patterns Page and face scrubbies on the Free Crochet Scrubby Patterns Page.

Free Crochet Shawl and Wrap Patterns

Wrap your mom up in love with a classy Shawl from the Free Crochet Shawl and Wrap Patterns page.

Free Crochet Cup Cozy Patterns

If your mom is more of a Home Decor lover, you can quickly make some coasters from the Free Crochet Coaster Patterns page. If you have more time, why not create a delicate doily or sturdy cotton potholder.

I hope that one of these ideas inspired you to make something wonderful for any Mom in your life.  If you need more inspiration, see the Free Crochet Pattern Index Page for more ideas. Need even more inspiration? Head over to the Yarnspirations Facebook page, you will find Mother’s Day recommendations and a whole month of Free Crochet Patterns.

What are you inspired to make for mom this year? I would love to hear your ideas in the comments below. Also, I would love to see what you whip up for mom; tag me in a photo on Facebook! I would love to see your work.  If you prefer Twitter or Instagram, I’m there too! I can’t wait to hear from you. Happy Mother’s Day!!

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Friday Craft Coupon / Sale Roundup!!

Craft Coupon

Friday Craft Coupon / Sale Roundup on Karla’s Making It!!


Craft Coupon

Michael’s is my go to place for yarn, patterns, and inspiration.  They often run sales on my two favorite (and inexpensive) yarns, Lily Sugar and Cream Cotton (on sale this week for $0.97!!!!), and Caron Simply Soft and they always offer a 40-50% off coupon!!  I LOVE all the fun cotton colors that Lily offers for my kitchen crochet. Caron Simply Soft is my favorite because of the silky softness, variety of colors, and the best feature…No Dye Lot!! That means if I mess up and don’t get all the yarn for a pattern, or worse, I ruin it and need more – I can run over with my coupon in hand and get more without ruining my project.

Shop Knitting and Crochet Supplies at Michaels

50% Off Any One Regular Price Item Promo Code LPOS415A Offer Valid April 10-18

60% Off Entire Regular Price Purchase Of Recollections Stickers & Embellishments Promo Code STICKER415A Offer Valid April 10-18

20% Off Entire Purchase Including Sale Items Promo Code 20ENTIRE15A – Offer Valid April 19-25

40% Off Entire Regular Price Purchase Of Bead Gallery Strung Beads Promo Code APRBEADS15A – Offer Valid April 19-25

Hancock Fabrics!

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Love yarn? Our collection will tickle the fancies of knitters and crocheters alike, with an extensive variety of colors and textures to suit any creative project. Whether you’re shopping traditional cotton yarn or soft baby yarn, these materials are perfect for clothing, blankets, and more. Shop acrylic, wool & wool blend, and fashion yarn for more inspiring and original ideas.

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Great savings on denim, ribbon and much more. Take $20 Off on purchase of $80 or more by using code: AYSTN or Get $10 Off on purchase of $50 or more by using code: AYSFT at

Get Coupons at Hancock Fabrics – Get Hancock Fabrics coupons now! Redeem online or in-store.

Yarns on Sale – Hundreds of yarns to choose from at Hancock Fabrics!

Shop Amazon – Top Rated in Arts, Crafts & Sewing

Before I check out at any online store, craft related or not, I will check prices at Amazon just to see if there’s a better deal out there.  You can use this custom search engine widget to check prices on your favorite yarn or crochet goodies.  You don’t even have to leave this page.  Try it out!!

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Craft Coupon
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Leisure Arts is a leading publisher of lifestyle and instructional craft publications. In addition to printed publications, the Leisure Arts product line also includes ebooks, digital downloads, and DVDs.

Leisure Arts 15% off Make Stuffed Crochet Toys. Use promo code ART15

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60% off Clearance Sale at Leisure Arts

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Get an extra 20% off your first order with code 20SPRING

40% off Star Buys from Wilton, Mod Podge and more!

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Wonderland Savings! Up to 50% off top brands like Spellbinders, Couture, Chameleon + more!

Free cardstock with any order! Add item to cart and enter code CARD4FREE. Valid through 4/22

Save up to 36% off Perfect Paper Crafting bundles! Sale ends 4/19


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Save $5 off Purchase of $20+ with Coupon Code WEAVE520

Save 15% on your entire order. Use Coupon Code, WEAVE15

Welcome to the Interweave Store! Browse our craft shops, discover our broad selection of art resources and craft products, enjoy great deals, find inspiration, and stay current on the latest trends. Interweave is has discounts on many of their kits during the month of April. You can combine the deals below with the coupon code to maximize your savings

Baby Crochet Collection

Crochet Gifts for Big Siblings Pattern Collection

Crochet Flower Collection

Paige Crochet Hoodie Kit

Where is your favorite place to find deals on yarn and other crochet supplies?? Let me know and I will try to work with the store for exclusive coupons and deals, Just for Karla’s Making It Readers!!

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Stitch Away Stress – April is National Stress Awareness Month


Stitch Away Stress – April is National Stress Awareness Month.


Did you know that April is National Stress Awareness Month? Either did I!! Did you know that crocheting (and knitting) is proven to reduce stress? YES! You’re so smart.  I thought so too and I typically crochet in the evenings while watching TV or while my honey is surfing the Internet before bed to relax. Do you crochet to relax?

You know what else I noticed? Increasing your yarn stash is also relaxing (not proven – just my own experience)! So buy more yarn too!!

Anyway, this month the Craft Yarn Council (CYC) has launched a campaign to educate the world about the health benefits of knitting and crocheting. They released a video Changing Global Health One Stitch at a Time and an article, The Truth About Knitting and Crocheting… They’re Good For You! You can read about all the positive ways that yarn crafts can affect your well-being.

Clara Parkes authored a book entitled, The Yarn Whisperer: Reflections on a Life in Knitting: My Unexpected Life in Knitting by Parkes, Clara (2013) Hardcover and is the founder and publisher of She says:

“Is knitting therapeutic? Heck yes. It’s a proven scientific fact, just like we know chocolate and red wine are good for us. Since turning my life over to yarn, I’ve talked to thousands of knitters who claim it’s cured everything from gout to their weight problems. I can’t speak to all cures, but it can certainly improve one’s mental health. I know it helps mine.”

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Back in the 1990’s, the Craft Yarn Council (CYC) has been surveying knitters and crocheters about why they participate in yarn crafts.  The most popular answer is that crocheting is a stress reliever, and provides creative fulfillment. In fact, a growing number of studies have been done about the positive health benefits of knitting and crocheting, with results including mood elevation and treating symptoms of disease. Amazing!!

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In addition to providing you all this information and ammunition as to why you need a WHOLE WALL OF YARN in your craft room and ALL DAY TO CROCHET, the CYC is sharing FREE PATTERNS for Lemon Stress Balls for knitters and crocheters. by designer, Twinkie Chan.  You can find the free crochet pattern here and check out Twinkie’s blog here. It’s a fun read!! Don’t forget to check in with the CYC all month long on their  Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter pages  to find fun and unique ways to use knitting and crochet to #StitchAwayStress and share with them how you use these crafts to feel your best.

Ok my yarn loving friends, get your crochet hooks out and take some time to unwind and relax.  With all of the demands of work, family, financial stressors, and the many other things that can cause us stress, there is a low cost (Did you know that Michael’s has Lily Sugar and Cream cotton yarn for $0.97 this week!!! – Shop Knitting and Crochet Supplies at Michaels)  and highly effective treatment?  It’s called crochet.  The directions are simple: for maximum effectiveness, use as often as needed.

Michaels Knitting & Crochet

So take some time to unwind and make a couple pot holders or start a cozy afghan, or even work up a Lemon Stress Ball and crochet away your stress all month long! 🙂

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Get Inspired with all the Free Crochet Flower Patterns on Karla’s Making it!

Need Some Inspiration to Make Something Beautiful with all those Free Crochet Flower Patterns on Karla’s Making It? You’ve come to the right place!

Free Crochet Flower PatternsFree Crochet Flower Patterns

If you are looking for easy and darling flowers to crochet, you will find plenty of Free Crochet Flower Patterns here on the Karla’s Making It. From Beginner’s to Advanced crocheters, there are options for all. You will find a picture for each pattern, so it easy to choose the right one for your project.

Free Crochet Flower PatternsFree Crochet Flower PatternsWhether you need embellishments for a hat, want to make garlands and buntings, or even if you want to crochet an entire garden, there are so many lovely choices. Crochet a flower with a long stem or a single flower attached to a paperclip for a cute bookmark. Add a grouping of flowers to a yarn wrapped wreath. Add crochet flowers to headbands, brooches, baby blankets, scarves, bags, dresses, in fact there are many projects you could attach a flower or two, to make something spectacular for yourself or for a gift.

Free Crochet Flower PatternsFree Crochet Flower PatternsMother’s Day and Teacher’s Appreciation Week are right around the corner, making it the perfect time to amp up your crochet skills and whip up a beautiful bouquet. I love adding these little touches to my projects, and I have collected many options here for you, and new patterns are added all the time!

Free Crochet Flower Patterns

Free Crochet Flower PatternsCrocheting flowers may look complicated but they are truly easier than they look. There are different types of flowers to choose from. Crocheting a flat flower is the easiest for beginners, but advance crocheters may want to create two or three tiered flowers, or attach flowers together to create an Irish lace project or other more advanced patterns.

Go check out all the Free Crochet Flower Patterns available on the Free Patterns Page and see what inspires you! Don’t forget to send me a pic of your creation! I would love to include it on my website!

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New Free Crochet St. Patrick’s Day Patterns

Four Leaf Clover

Now that Valentine’s Day is behind us, get into the GREEN holiday spirit by working up a few of these Free Crochet St. Patrick’s Day Patterns available on the Free Crochet St. Patrick’s Day Page.  Get out your stash of green yarn and a hook and get to it!

1. The basic shamrock is always a classic and this one from Jennifer Gregory at Niftynnifers Crochet and Crafts is extra special.  This would be a great applique for a hat or stitch up a bunch and make a bunting.

Free Crochet St. Patrick's Day Patterns
Lucky Shamrock







2. If you have a little more time, and yarn, work up this amazing Shamrock Afghan from Red Heart!

Free Crochet St. Patrick's Day Patterns
Shamrock Afghan







3. If you love making doilies, you will love the Beaded Shamrock Doily from Mom’s Love of Crochet! This would make a great gift, or keep it for yourself!

Free Crochet St. Patrick's Day Patterns
Beaded Shamrock Doily







4. If you need more color in your life, why not whip up this fabulous St. Patrick’s Day wreath from Petals to Picots.  These rainbow colors will brighten up your day and of course, we can’t forget the Pot ‘o Gold!

Free Crochet St. Patrick's Day Patterns
St. Patrick’s Day Wreath







5.  Keep your coffee hot and your hands cool with this St. Patrick’s Day Cup Cozy.  This little doozie could be whipped up in an hour or so and possibly keep you from being pinched!

Free Crochet St. Patrick's Day Patterns
Jar Cozy







6. Serve your Irish Stew with a pair of Shamrock Potholders from Priscilla’s Crochet.  Stitch two together and make a trivet for under your stew pot!

Free Crochet St. Patrick's Day Patterns
Shamrock Potholder







For more Free Crochet St. Patrick’s Day Patterns, head over to the Free Crochet St. Patrick’s Day Page. If you make something from one of the Free Patterns on Karla’s Making It I would love to see it! Tag me in a photo on FacebookTwitter or Instagram! Enjoy!

Make it a Beautiful Day,


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Cotton Candy Stripes Crochet Baby Blanket

Cotton Candy Stripes Baby Blanket

Hello My Crocheting Friends,
Isn’t this the sweetest baby blanket? Not only cute but cuddly too.

Cotton Candy Stripes Baby Blanket 3

The stitch is a modified popcorn stitch, giving it a nice texture. I love the colors of this baby blanket and how they stand out against the white.

Cotton Candy Stripes Baby Blanket 5

It feels oh so baby soft. I used Simply Soft Yarn in Sage, Orchid, Blue Mint, and White and it is generously sized at 36” x 36”.

This reversible blanket would be the perfect addition to any nursery or as a gift to an expecting couple. Great blanket for the floor, crib, stroller, car seat or just to snuggle on a chilly day. Even can be used for a photo prop for Baby’s first photo session.

Cotton Candy Stripes Baby Blanket 2


Cotton Candy Stripes Baby Blanket 4

If you want to make your own, you can get the pattern in Leisure Arts Little Books entitled Baby Fresh Blankets. They are offering a 15% off coupon if you purchase directly from Leisure Arts.

The book is also available on Amazon.

There are three other patterns in the Book that are equally darling.  I think I may make the Lavender Lace Baby Afghan next.


If I don’t put it up for sale, I can give it to one of my future grand kids. Its never too early, right??

What crochet projects are you working on this week??

Make it a Beautiful Day,