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!
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?
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!!
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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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!!
“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.”
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!!
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.
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!
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.
Whether 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.
Mother’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!
Crocheting 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.
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.
2. If you have a little more time, and yarn, work up this amazing Shamrock Afghan from Red Heart!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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??
Kaydee’s Sweet Spring Doily – Free Patterns and Coupons Codes
Hello My Crocheting Friends,
Doilies always bring treasured memories of my granny and the charm and beauty doilies added to her home.
Hers were made with cotton or linen thread and always crocheted. The openwork allowed her lovely wood furnishings to show through. They were utilitarian in that they protected her furniture from scratches from other decorative items and beautiful at the same time.