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DIY Crochet Braids #3: Pre-braided Deep Wave

Author: dallernaturel

#DIY Crochet Braids #3: Pre-braided Deep Wave #crochetbraids #naturalhair #protectivestyles #teamnatural

pre-braided crochet strands feature

As you all know, I LOVE crochet braids–they are my absolute favorite protective style!

pre-braided crochet strands

pre-braided crochet strands 3

pre-braided crochet strands 2

I’ve worn crochet braids the most throughout my transition, so my techniques are evolving.  I decided to do an update to both my cornrow patternand how to make pre-braided strands last a while.  As you’ll remember, I typically only wear pre-braided crochet braids for only 3 – 4 weeks because the new growth…

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Author: dallernaturel

Crochet Minion Egg

Author: mrsflythe

So cute and fun! Here’s how I made it 😀



G6 4.25 mm crochet hook

Stuffing (yarn scraps are also great for this)

Stitch Marker


Worsted Weight yarn in yellow, blue, white and black

Yarn needle for weaving in ends and sewing on the eyes


dec – decrease (insert hook into next stitch yarn over and draw up a loop, insert hook into next stitch and yarn over and draw up another loop,
yarn over and draw through both loops decrease made)

inc – increase (put 2 single crochets in the same stitch)

sc – single crochet


We will be working in a continuous loop

With blue make a magic ring and and chain one

Round 1: sc 6 times into magic ring and pull tail to close (6)

Round 2; inc around (12)

Round 3: (inc, 1 sc) around (18)

Round 4: (inc, 2 sc) around (24)

Round 5: sc around (24)

Break off blue and join in yellow

Round 6: sc around (24)

Round 7 – 10 repeat round 6

Round 11: (dec, 2 sc) around (18)

Round 12: sc around (18)

Break off yellow and join black

Round 13 – 14: sc around (18)

Break off black and join in yellow

Round 15: (dec, 1 sc) around (12)

Round 16: sc around (12)

Round 17: dec around (6)

Round 18: dec around (3)

Finish off and weave in ends


With black make a magic ring and chain 1

do 3 sc in the circle, pull tail to close and join with a slip stitch to the first sc

Fasten off black and join in white

inc around (6) finish off with white and leave a long tail for sewing on.

can also do these in the purple and add a pom pom to the top for the
evil Minions. I would LOVE to see your finished work either here or on
IG (mrsflythe14).

Enjoy 😀

Author: mrsflythe

A Yarn Update

At work today I wound the yarn so that I could get working with it, and decided to post the results:

Lorna’s Laces Solemate in Devon

Pretty nice. It’s a bit shadowy in these pictures, but you can tell that the blues are going to work beautifully together. But then…

Three Irish Girls Adorn Sock Yarn in Florabunda

That’s it. I love it. I am going to make a full outfit out of this yarn. I will have socks and a hat and a sweater and a skirt and gloves and a scarf and I will wear it without irony and look fabulous because this yarn is possibly the most beautiful colorway I have seen anywhere. Suffice to say that I will be using Three Irish Girls yarn for the stuff I sell on Etsy (if I ever get the shop going). 


Bower Bird – finished!

Author: bluehwys

Attic 24 released the pattern for her cute little bower bird, and I waited about a week before I gave in and made one for myself, lol.

You can follow that pattern on her blog (always fun – she has such a great writing style), or you can download a PDF here.



I don’t usually do any kind of decorative stitching on my crochet, so I’m pretty pleased with how it came out.  It’s pretty simple, but for not doing it a lot, I’m rather proud of it.



I love the soft, vintage-y colors in this yarn.  And in a happy coincidence, they’re totally the same colors that are in my bedspread, just lighter.


BTW, the yarn is Lily Sugar and Cream in Buttercream (varigated) and Jute (solid).

Author: bluehwys

Crochet Bird Nest by Crochet For You | CBL Project

Crochet Bird Nest by Crochet For You | CBL Project

A Crochet Bucket List Project by Oombawka Design

Crochet Bucket List Project

Design: Crochet Bird Nest
Designer: Erangi Udeshika (Crochet For You)
Pattern Price: Free!

Erangi's Crochet Bird Nest

Photo Credit Erangi of Crochet for You

Last year I had the opportunity to crochet Erangi’s Crochet Bird Nest pattern. I have had MANY requests from friends and family members for one for their yards too!

I tried to get a photo all summer of a bird using this…

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Conversation Heart

Author: stitchem


Valentine’s Day is getting closer!! Which means all the heart shaped candy and chocolate are for sale! I actually dislike the candy conversation hearts. I have never liked powdery candy, but a crocheted conversation heart is a lot better! But the sayings on conversation hearts are pretty sweet!


– medium weight yarn in red and white

– 4.0mm hook


– Steps 1-15 are worked in rows. Ch 1 and turn to start the new row.

– sc (single crochet), hdc (half double crochet), dc (double crochet), tr (treble crochet), sl st (slip stitch), sts (stitches), inc (increase)

Heart: make 2

In red

1) ch 4. Starting in the second ch from the hook, 1sc in each ch (3)

2) 1sc, inc, 1sc (4)

3) 1sc, inc, 1sc in the next 2 sts (5)

4) 1sc in the next 2 sts, inc, 1sc in the next 2 sts (6)

5) 1sc in the next 2 sts, inc, 1sc in the next 3 sts (7)

6) 1sc in the next 3 sts, inc, 1sc in the next 3 sts (8)

7) 1sc in the next 4 sts, inc, 1sc in the next 3 sts (9)

8) 1sc in the next 4 sts, inc, 1sc in the next 4 sts (10)

9) 1sc in the next 5 sts, inc, 1sc in the next 4 sts (11)

10) 1sc in the next 5 sts, inc, 1sc in the next 5 sts (12)

11) 1sc in the next 6 sts, inc, 1sc in the next 5 sts (13)

12) 1sc in the next 6 sts, inc, 1sc in the next 6 sts (14)

13) 1sc in the next 6 sts, inc, 1sc in the next 7 sts (15)

14) 1hdc, 1dc, 4tr, 1hdc, 1sc, 1hdc, 4tr, 1dc, 1hdc (15)

15) 1dc, 1tr, tr inc, tr inc, 1dc, 1hdc, 1sl st in the next 3 sts, 1hdc, 1dc, tr inc, tr inc, 1tr, 1dc (19)

16) Now working in rounds on the edge of the heart, 1sc in the next 37sts, inc, 1sc, inc, 1sc in the next 23sts, 1sl st in the next 3sts, 1sc in the next 2sts, inc, 1sc in the next 2sts, inc, 1sc in the next 2sts. (78) change to white

17) 1sc in the next 17sts, inc, 1sc in the next 19sts, inc, 1sc in the next 2sts, inc, 1sc in the next 3sts, 1sl st in the next 3sts, 1sc in the next 3sts, inc, 1sc in the next 2sts, inc, 1sc in the next 2sts. 1sl st in the next 2sts. Fasten off and leave a tail for sewing.


Since I wanted this to be a conversation heart, I needed to sew a cute little saying onto one of the hearts. I used my tapestry needle, and a long strand of white yarn.

Have I ever mentioned how much I hate hand sewing? The “B” took me a long time to do!


Sew the 2 hearts together. This will help the hearts keep their shape, and not curl onto itself.

I love how these hearts can be personalized depending on what you phrase you decide to sew on! They also make great drink coasters!

Happy crocheting and happy Valentine’s Day!


Please use this pattern for personal use only. Do not claim this pattern as your own or sell items made from this pattern. If you want to share this pattern, link it to Stitch-em. Do not reprint this pattern on your website. Thanks!

Author: stitchem

A Day at Stitches

Author: kerriknits

I filled you guys in on my last post that I had the opportunity to attend Stitches Midwest while Ben and I were in Chicago visiting friends and family. I was only there on Saturday afternoon, but it was such a fun experience! I arrived a little before noon, and stayed until just after 5. I was definitely tired by the end of the day, since I spent most of that time walking around on the show floor!

I arrived at the perfect time to attend the Podcaster Meetup. Silly me, I did not get out my camera as I was having too much fun chatting with Danie & Susie of Prairie Girls Knit & Spin, Jen of Down Cellar Studio, Megan of the Stockinette Zombies, and Sarah of In a Sknit. It was great getting to meet the people behind the voices of these podcasts! Yes, I know that a couple are videocasts, but I usually just listen & have the video turned off while doing other work. After attending the meetup and grabbing a bite to eat, I hit the show floor to shop. There was an incredible range of vendors, from small indie dyers to big retailers like Webs and the Yarn Barn of Kansas.

I went into the show mostly looking to buy tools, since I had just bought a few skeins of yarn the week before at the Mid-Ohio Fiber Fair. So, I just took my time wandering through the booths, making notes of vendors I would love to purchase from in the future. There’s really nothing that compares to being able to see and feel yarns in person. One of the first booths I stopped at was Shalimar Yarns. I was first introduced to Shalimar in the inaugural knitspot Fall in Full Color club, and I also saw them at Maryland Sheep & Wool in 2013. Kristi creates a gorgeous range of colors on a variety of decadent bases.




While walking along the show floor, I noticed the Purrfectly Catchy Designs booth, which had an entire wall full of sock blockers! They offered 3 sizes to fit a small woman’s foot, a medium/large woman’s foot, and a man’s foot. Each blocker pair has a fun design cut out of the top – I just loved these!



I had heard so many good things about Erin Lane bags, but I never had the chance to see her bags in person before Stitches. She offers a range of sizes from a mini bag (just barely fits a sock project — I tested it out!) all the way up to large totes. I love that her smaller bags have a tab with a snap, so you can attach it to one of your bigger bags, or around a belt loop so you could walk and knit at the same time. The prints on her bags are also so pretty!




The Miss Babs booth was, of course, another highlight. Her booth had a constant stream of traffic, but there was still enough room to move and check out all of the gorgeous yarns. I love going to her booth at shows, because you can really see the scale of her large skein yarns, like the 560 yard worsted weight skein Yowza, or the massive 1750 yard fingering weight skein Katahdin.





Stitches was the first time I have ever seen Sun Valley Fibers in person. I had heard a few podcasters mention Sun Valley Fibers, and of course I’ve poked around the website. But, wow, what gorgeous colors! I definitely need to keep this shop in mind for future purchases.



Of course, you can never pass up The Verdant Gryphon booth when she is at a show! I can only describe her color sense as elegant. It really is a treat to see so many beautiful skeins in person!





I initially walked by the Lickin Flames flames booth since they didn’t have any yarn (ha!) but on a second pass around the floor, their gorgeous raku items caught my eye. Good thing too, or I would have missed their stunning buttons and coasters!




Fiberstory was one of my favorite booths. I don’t think I had ever heard of this hand-dye company, and man, had I been missing out! This shop is definitely going to be on my radar going forward. Their skeins beautifully integrate even contrasting colors so they seem to fit right in together. Once I get through my next round of designs, I think I need to buy myself something from their shop as a treat.




Dragonfly Fibers has been on my radar from a while, thanks to The Loopy Ewe. I love the range and depth of colors that Dragonfly offers.





Gnome Acres was my favorite booth display by far. I usually try to get booth photos here and there, along with overall atmosphere photos, but you can tell that I got very distracted by yarn! The setup of this booth made me feel the need to step back to make sure I could capture the whole thing. The booth theme comes together incredibly well, and it really draws you into the space.



See what I mean? Not only is the booth gorgeous, but that bunting that they have strung about the booth actually serves a purpose. Each little flag is one of their colorways so you can see how each one looks knit up. How clever is that?



That’s all I have for today — sorry for the photo overload! Stitches Midwest was such a fun experience, and I would love to go again in the future. I probably spent 4 hours on the show floor, and I still feel like I missed seeing some vendors. I’ll be back very soon with my purchases from Stitches — I didn’t go too overboard, but I’m very happy with my purchases. Until next time, happy knitting!

Author: kerriknits

Alright, So my mother crochets

Author: korkunpine

Alright, So my mother crochets things occasionally when she gets the chance but of recently she’s been on medical leave from her job but she is trying new things to crochet, she usually crochet’s baby blankets and baby stuff but she decided to try crocheting a teddy bear. 

The bear didn’t go as she planned so we called it “Crack Bear” because it’s limbs were off and such. But I obtained the lucky dong munch and so I decided it would be a nice gift for my boyfriend. So, I start the journey of “C.B“‘s new life. 

As you can see, C.B doesn’t really like puddles.

C.B looked a little dead on the way until

Until we reached Tim Horton’s

A bus bench

And kentucky fried chicken sign. But after a tiring journey we made it.

Author: korkunpine