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I Saw These and Thought of You – New Crochet Patterns and Inspiration from Karla’s Making It

Tunisian Ripple Scarf Pattern

Hi Friends,

How are you all??? Summer is officially over, well, the weather isn’t acting like it… But the kiddos are back in school and I’m back here for YOU with New Crochet Ideas, Inspiration and of course New and Free Crochet Patterns.

I thought I would start with some crochet inspiration I have run across and the multitude of ideas that I get from Pinterest.

Do you Pinterest? If you do, you have to follow me – I have over 12000 pins (I know!!! But, in my defense,  I started pinning back when they were new, so… yeah)

If you DON’T Pinterest – are you crazy? It’s my life. Ok, not my life – my Prince and my pesky darling kids are my life but crochet comes in a close fourth or fifth… 😉

Anyway, I love seeing something else in a pattern.  Do you do that? For example, I see this jacket (free chart below) and I want to make a tablecloth with those large pineapple flower squares so bad! I wish I could crochet faster – ugh! I would make two!

Crochet Vest Pattern that would make a great tablecloth!
Crochet Vest Pattern that would make a great tablecloth!

This Cape pattern inspires me to design a Christmas Tree Skirt. Wouldn’t that be pretty? I see white lofty yarn – or maybe light blue with metallic?

Shawl or a Christmas Tree Skirt?
Shawl Pattern or a Christmas Tree Skirt?

And speaking of Christmas – how about some snowflakes.  Those are always fun when you have a little bit of cotton around… Great when your board or need some I-finally-completed-a-pattern Project.  You know the ones….

Plus they make good gift toppers and tags. I fantasize about an entire tree of them! Someday…

Snowflake Gift Topper
Snowflake Gift Topper Pattern
Enchanted Forest Snowflake
Enchanted Forest Snowflake Pattern
King's Crown Snowflake Pattern
King’s Crown Snowflake Pattern


Are you inspired to start making Christmas gifts? I have started a few things but they haven’t worked out.  You know how it goes.  Sometimes, a pattern is just too boring or I’m just not feeling it.  Am I the only one? Anyone else do that?

Historically, I don’t usually give Crochet gifts for Christmas.  The only reason I ever came up with is that I didn’t think anyone would want that stuff.

I don’t know – perhaps I will change my mind someday.  How about you? Do you like to give crochet gifts? What kinds of crochet patterns do you deem worthy of gift giving?

I was considering some spa gifts with my new spa washcloth and scrubby patterns. I haven’t written this one up yet – isn’t it cute?

Lacy Spa Tunisian Washcloth
Lacy Spa Tunisian Washcloth (pattern coming soon)

The Scrubby has been the most popular so far. Maybe I will put some in a basket with bath salts, a candle, hmmm what else???

Farmhouse Magnolia Crochet Scrubby
Farmhouse Magnolia Crochet Scrubby Pattern

I was also admiring this scarf. Doesn’t it look luscious? I NEED that yarn in my life!  Do you think it looks manly enough for, well, a man? That would make a good gift for my east coast family.  We don’t have much use for scarves here.

Tunisian Ripple Scarf Pattern
Tunisian Ripple Scarf Pattern

Beyond Christmas, my kiddos are college age so we still have wedding and babies in our future and that is always inspiring.

I have come across this dress (pattern no longer available)

Dress Pattern - this stitch would make a beautiful wrap
Dress Pattern – this stitch would make a beautiful wrap

and it inspires a lovely wrap, maybe in white for a wedding?

I love these capes / wraps too:

wedding cape (Etsy sold out)
wedding cape (Etsy sold out)
Gardenia Shawl
Gardenia Shawl Pattern
Bridal Shawl
Bridal Shawl Pattern

Well that’s it for this edition of “Saw These and Thought of You.” I’m thinking about making this a regular thing… Let me know what you think! What has been inspiring you lately? I would love to talk crochet with you. Let me know in the comments.

I hope you all enjoy what is left of the summer! Enjoy the Labor Day Weekend – (OH YEAH! 10% off all patterns at Etsy this weekend only – it’s supposed to be an automatic thing, no code necessary). xoxo

Make it a Beautiful Day,



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New Annies Signature Designs for Spring 2017, 25% off Dahlia Rug Pattern, and Other Fiber Arts

Annies Spring Breeze Collection Starry Night


New Annies Signature Designs for Spring 2017, 25% off Dahlia Rug Pattern, Other Fiber Arts


Annies Spring Breeze Collection Cover

New in Annies Signature Designs

I stumbled across these two picture book-style ezine Lookbooks from Annies Signature Designs for their upcoming Annies Spring Breeze Collection for 2017 and I think you might want to go check it out.

It is totally beach inspired and fresh, yet timeless, elegant, and practical.  Right up my alley – and I know some of you like this beach inspired crochet theme as much as I do.

Annies Spring Breeze Collection features tanks, tees, pullovers and cardigans all geared to an audience of crocheters in their 30’s, 40’s, and 50+. That’s us! 

Here are my favs:

Annies Spring Breeze Collection Starry Night Annies Signature Designs
Annies Spring Breeze Collection – Starry Night

Can’t you just see the Sand Dollars on her top? and…

Annies Spring Breeze Collection Wisteria Top Annies Signature Designs
Annies Spring Breeze Collection – Wisteria Top
With the California sun warming my heart I am excited to present the Spring Breeze Collection. Every element of this collection reflects my never-ending love for yarn and the needle arts. I’m fascinated with the details of the seashore, the shells, the rhythm of the tides, and the infinite pastel spectrum of the morning sky. The theme and color palette I chose for this collection captures some of these delicate tones. Please join me in a walk along the shore. Our footprints in the sand may wash away, but my passion woven into this collection will stay on-trend for years to come…
— Lena Skvagerson, Lead Designer, Annie’s Signature Designs


They snuck in some darling afghans on the back cover with no pattern in sight yet, hoping they come soon!

I really appreciate their use of natural fibers in this collection and the color palette is amazing. I think you will like it too.

New Yarn

While I was there, I saw their new yarn arrivals.  If you like yarn as much as I do, check out this new one. It’s recycled, so comfortable and look at those colors! YUM!

New Yarn arrivals from Annies
New Yarn arrivals from Annies

25% off Dahlia Rug Pattern

Now through Monday get 25% off the Dahlia Crochet Rug Pattern at Etsy with Coupon Code ILOVEKMI

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Do you use yarn for anything other than crochet? I have been eyeing some macrame and fiber wall art projects and I think I’m gonna make one! I would love to see yours if you have made some.

Here’s what I’m thinking about…

Diy Fiber wall Art
DIY tutorial
DIY tutorial
DIY Ombre Macrame Hanging
DIY Ombre Macrame Hanging

Lets talk about this on the KMI Facebook Page!

Bonus Free Patterns:

The whole beachy theme reminded me I need – yes need – one of these new beach cover ups I found. Which one of these free patterns do you like best?

Beach Cover Up
Beach Cover Up Free Pattern



Well, thanks for taking the time to spend a few minutes of your precious time with me! I hope I have inspired you to do something yarn related this weekend.

Until next week…

Make it a Beautiful Day,

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9 Ways to Save Money on Yarn!

9 Ways to Save Money on Yarn!9 Ways to Save Money on Yarn!

If you have a Knitting or Crochet addiction like I do, you may find yourself drooling over all the luscious fibers at your local yarn store only having to walk out empty handed because you just cannot justify the expense.

Don’t get me wrong, I treat myself all the time, but the guilt!! Especially when I know I have many works-in-progress waiting for me at home screaming at me to complete them before I buy more yarn.

I have compiled a few ideas to increase our yarn stash without all that pesky guilt! Here are 9 ideas to help you save money and have a yarn stash worth bragging about!

1. Craigslist

Craigslist is a classified advertisements website where you can find all sorts of things for sale, or free, including yarn! Here you mainly purchase yarns in “lots” for one low price. They also have a FREEBIE section.

2. Freecycle

The Freecycle Network™ is made up of 5,000+ groups with 7 million members across the globe. It’s a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Membership is free, and everything posted must be free, legal and appropriate for all ages. This may be hit or miss but who knows, maybe one of your neighbors is cleaning out their craft room!!

3. Take Apart Sweaters

Take advantage of deals at thrift store by buying sweaters and taking them apart to reuse the yarn.  You may come across some beautiful fibers, like cashmere, and re-purpose that into something beautiful!

4. Buy Yarn In Discount and Dollar Stores

My local Dollar Tree does not sell yarn, but they do sell twine and hemp which I used to create rustic pumpkins last Halloween. I have heard from some of my crafting friends that their local dollar stores carry yarn! Check it out!

5. Garage Sales and Estate Sales

In the past, I used to make a hobby of getting up early on the weekends to peruse garage sales looking for a deal on furniture to refurbish. Every so often I ran across a yarn sale.  You can get a HUGE stash for a steal!!

6. Make Rag Balls

Cut up your old T-shirts and make a large rag ball. There are websites that show you how to do this most efficiently.

7. Buy Wholesale Yarn

If you sell items at craft fairs or online, why not use a wholesale license to purchase your yarn? Keep in mind that you will probably have minimum purchases dealing with yarn retailers, but you can get yarn half off or more! Check with your local state department on how to get a wholesale license.

8. Swap with Other Crafters

Facebook is just one place that typically has local sales and swaps. You can use their Buy and Sell Groups to find people almost giving yarn away!

9. Buy Yarn on Clearance, Sale, or use Coupons!

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Free Crochet Halloween Patterns, DIY Glow in the Dark Yarn, and Specials from Yarnspirations and Red Heart Yarn

Free Halloween Crochet Patterns

Free Halloween Crochet Patterns, DIY Glow in the Dark Yarn, and Specials from Yarnspirations and Red Heart Yarn

Hi All!! Halloween is getting closer and it’s time to start those spooky projects! And, of course, Karla’s Making It is here with inspiration, information and savings!!

Free Halloween Crochet Patterns
Candy Corn Banner from Red Heart Get Spooky! eBook

RedHeart’s new eBook GET SPOOKY!

Red Heart Get Spooky!

First I would like to share RedHeart’s new eBook GET SPOOKY! It is a great one this year filled with festive party decorations, treats for the little ones and fun things to wear. They have showcased themes including Skulls & Bones, Ghost & Pumpkin Party, Bats & Spiders and Candy Corn & Treats. Look through the pages for the spooky projects that speak to you and get your yarn, hook and needles together to make this the spookiest Halloween ever!

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Michaels usually has a great selection of yarn on sale too! And, if your favorite yarn isn’t on sale this week, you can usually find at least a 40% off coupon! I LOVE using these to stock up on Simply Soft (no dye lot) yarn or even my favorite colors of large cotton skeins!

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DIY Glow in the Dark Yarn

Glow in the Dark Yarn

Tanya Naser from HodgePodge Crochet shows us how to “dye” yarn with Folk Art Glow in the Dark Paint Acrylic Paint. Imagine all the fun you can have with this stuff on Halloween!!

Free Halloween Crochet Patterns

Finally, without further ado, here is a new selections of Free Halloween Crochet Patterns, never before featured before here on Karla’s Making It! Get those hooks, make some glow in the dark yarn, and get hooking!!

Trick or Treat Afghan
Trick or Treat Afghan
Spooky Crochet Throw
Spooky Throw
Pumpkin Afghan
Pumpkin Afghan
Macrame Afghan
Macrame Afghan
Spiral Spider Web
Spiral Spider Web
Pumpkin Coasters
Candy Corn Pouch
Candy Corn Pouch
Free Crochet Halloween Patterns
Click here for more Free Crochet Halloween Patterns from Karla’s Making It

For even more Free Crochet Halloween Patterns – including one of my favorites, the Halloween Cup Cozy Pattern from Repeat Crafter Me – visit the Free Crochet Halloween Pattern Page on Karla’s Making It!

I hope you have found some Halloween inspiration here today!! If you have any questions or comments, the best way to reach me is through the Karla’s Making It Facebook Page. While you are there, click the like button so you can keep updated with any new patterns or other content. If you prefer Twitter or Instagram, that’s fine too but I check there less often. I can’t wait to hear from you. Thanks!!

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Friday Special Deals and Coupon Roundup!

Special Deals and Coupon Roundup!

Special Deals and Coupon Roundup!

Since changing the content of my website, I have many more deals and coupons to offer you. Enjoy these new updated offers from many fine retailers including; Kay Jewelers, Living Proof, Too Faced, Ahava, eBooks,, The Biggest Loser, and more!!


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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.

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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!

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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!!

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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.

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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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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

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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! 🙂

Make it a Beautiful Day,