5 Cool Summertime Crochet Patterns For Your Bucket List

summertime crochet patterns

Don’t put down your hook when the temperatures go up. Crochet means so much more than heavy blankets and slouchy wintertime beanies. In fact I’ve put together 5 of my favorite projects to keep my crochet skills sharp through the brutal Texas heat.

Summertime Crochet Patterns

1. Crochet beach bag

Crochet Nautical Beach Bag on Moogly
Crochet Nautical Beach Bag

There’s just something about navy blue and white stripes that transports me to the water. I’ve loved everything nautical since I was a little girl, so it makes sense to crochet yourself a nautical inspired beach bag. This one is rated as intermediate. It has some cool techniques thrown in to make it extra special, like the cool rope detail up the front and some surface crochet around the top band.

2. Crochet Coasters

Crochet Coasters by Risa Culpepper
Crochet Coasters by Risa Culpepper

There’s something about instant gratification. You can make a set of these coasters in an hour or so. With a simple pattern like this your choices for color combinations are virtually endless. Of course, I’d make mine in rainbow tones. Surprise! These would also make a super cute gift stacked and wrapped with ribbon. Find the pattern here. The English version is toward the bottom of the page.

3. Crochet Cover Up

Crochet Beach Coverup
Crochet Beach Coverup by the Double Stitch Twins for Red Heart

Think open, light and airy when you’re crocheting for summer. That’s why this clever cover up works as a dress or a skirt. Throw it on over your poolside attire. Ranked as intermediate, the pattern calls for Bamboo Ewe yarn which has been discontinued, but any size 4 yarn will work. Check out the cover up pattern here.

4. Crochet Face Scrubbies

Crochet Face Scrubbies
Crochet Face Scrubbies on Craftaholics Anonymous (R)

Good for your face AND good for the environment. These washable, reusable face scrubbies are another quick and easy crochet project. These would look pretty stored in a clear glass jar on your vanity. This pattern is great for beginners and it doesn’t take a lot of cotton yarn to make a whole set.

5. Crochet Rainbow Mobile

Crochet Rainbow Baby Mobile
Crochet Rainbow Baby Mobile

Know someone having a baby this summer? Crochet up this adorable rainbow baby mobile for a unique and thoughtful handmade gift. The free pattern originally printed in Crochet Today is available over on Instructables.

Well, I have my summertime crochet pattern bucket list all set. What’s on your project list for this summer?

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Make Your Own Fuzzy Fleece Yarn Using Only Scissors

FLEECE YARN TUTORIAL

I’ve had this beautiful pile of fleece sitting in my craft room since I made my Rainbow Unicorn Halloween costume back in October. I wanted to make something with it, but kept changing my mind. Then I had an epiphany of sorts. I’ve watched videos of people making t-shirt yarn and I thought, I bet I could do that with fleece. So I pulled the stash and got to experimenting. It was super easy and I love the soft thick pile you get from the finished product.SONY DSC

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Supplies

Step 1: Fold fleece in half and sew along the top using a 1/4″ seam allowance. This gives you a long tube of fabric with a seam at the top and the folded edge at the bottom. (Keep in mind: size doesn’t matter in this scenario. Larger pieces of fleece will make a longer continuous strand of workable fleece yarn.)

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Fold fleece in half and sew along the top using a 1/4″ seam allowance

Step 2: Lay your ruler on top of your fabric with the seam at the top and the fold at the bottom. Make vertical cuts into the fabric in 1″ intervals from the bottom folded edge, up to 1/2″ away from the seam at the top edge. Do NOT cut through the top seam. This *June Tailor Shape Cut Ruler really comes in handy for this job. If you don’t have the Shape Cut Ruler, you can use any straight edge to mark and cut.

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We’re going to slice into the fabric in 1″ intervals from the bottom folded edge, up to 1/2″ away from the seam at the top edge. Do NOT cut through the top seam.
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Here you can see my cuts every inch apart, but we didn’t cut through the top seam.

Step 3: Now you can carefully slip your arm through the loop. The seam will be resting at the top of your arm. In order to make one continuous piece, you begin by making a cut from the right edge of the seam, over to the the the first slice. This and every cut you make will angle up to the left. Continue cutting from the top of the slice below the seam over to the bottom of the slice above the seam. See the diagram below.

Now you can carefully clip your arm through the loop and get ready to make a few cuts.
Now you can carefully slip your arm through the loop and get ready to make a few cuts.
Follow these cut lines to get a long spiral of fleece that will already be stitched together.
Follow these cut lines to get a long spiral of fleece that will already be stitched together.

Step 4: Here’s where this process got fun by accident. As I began to wrap my strips of fleece (which I planned on using to weave a rug) into a ball, I found that if I gently tugged on the strip, it thinned out and the fuzzy fleece formed what looked like a chunky piece of yarn (you may want to keep a lint roller on hand to catch all the fuzzies flying around). Keep in mind you will have the seam joins throughout the length of your yarn. Don’t pull too hard at the seam or it will come apart. You can either resew if this happens, or just tie a square knot.

Here is my fleece all wound up and ready to use on any project you would use a bulky yarn.
Here is my fleece all wound up and ready to use on any project you would use a bulky yarn.
Continue this process until you have enough yarn to complete your project.
Continue this process until you have enough yarn to complete your project.

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I can’t show you my weaved rug on account of I screwed it up. LOL I ignored all the warnings about pulling your material too tightly as you weave. I ended up with a misshaped item in the end that only got worse once I tried to **FIX** it.

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Pretty thick super bulky fleece yarn made by me

Although the rug was a #fail, the process of making this thick, fluffy yarn was a definite #win. I will most definitely be making it again. Next time I may try to crochet a throw rug using this yarn. We shall see. Until then, what do you think I have on my hands? Jelly fish? Mushroom cap? Let me know what it looks like to you and maybe offer a suggestion of how I could re-purpose this in the comments.

It should have been a rainbow throw rug

 

Craft a Colorful Spring Wreath with Some Yarn and a Hook

SPRING WREATH tutorial

I find myself admiring wreaths I see hanging on doors in the neighborhood, pinning pictures of holiday wreaths on Pinterest, yet for some reason, I never seem to make them. Of course, I have no trouble buying supplies to make them…regardless. So, I figured now is as good a time as any. And if I’m going to make one, you’re going down with me.

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Spring is creeping up on us, though the frozen North might not know it yet, so I picked out some rainbow colored yarn from my stash (you know, to remind everyone of sunnier, more cheerful days), my trusty K size hook and a foam wreath form. Even if you’re a beginner, this is a crochet project you can handle. We’re basically going to make single crochets around the wreath form.

Rainbow Wreath
Make marks on the wreath where you want to change colors.

Supplies

Susan Bates 5-1/2-Inch Bamboo Handle Silvalume Head Crochet Hook, 6.5mm (K), Green *

Crafter’s Secret Yarn (Hobby Lobby) in your preferred colors

Extruded Foam Wreath 14″ tall

Scotch Precision Scissor *

Starting with your first color, make a slip knot around your hook. Take up your hook through the middle of the wreath from back to front. Bring your hook to the top of the wreath form. Your working yarn will be in the back of the wreath form. Yarn over and pull through slip knot.

Rainbow Wreath
Yarn over and pull through slip knot.

Now, reach through the middle of the wreath and grab your working yarn. Pull it through the middle from back to front and wrap it around your hook. This makes your second loop. Now, with your hand behind the wreath, take your working yarn around the back of the wreath form and yarn over your hook and pull through both loops on the hook. You’ll be leaving your hook where it is and just bringing the yarn to the hook throughout.

Rainbow Wreath
Yarn through the middle, wrap around. Yarn from behind, yarn over and pull through 2 loops.

As you work, you’ll notice the little single crochets forming. Just keep squinching (totally a word) your yarn closer together so you don’t see the wreath through the yarn.

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When you get to the first mark you made, it’s time to change colors. Here’s how I did that. I left my hook in the loop and cut the working yarn leaving myself about 8 inches to work with. Then I grabbed my next color and, leaving an 8 inch tail, looped it over my hook and pulled it through the loop on the hook. Now I had one loose piece of, in my case, orange hanging loose down the front of the wreath. I just pulled that around the back of the form and did a square knot with the 8″ tail from the red yarn. See?

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Changing colors

When you’re done, you can just trim all those long pieces and you’ll never see them on the back of the wreath. 🙂  Now just keep working through all the colors of the rainbow until you get back to where you started, and finish off by tying a knot in your working yarn.

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The wreath was fine as a rainbow, but I decided to add a little rain to it. So I grabbed some white yarn from my stash and chained 15 and left my last loop unfinished and trimmed off an 8″ tail. I did one more chain 15 and one chain 25. All three had the last loop unfinished so that I could add the raindrops to the end of each chain.

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I freehanded the raindrop shape. Now, keep in mind, I don’t really know how to write proper crochet patterns, but see if you can follow this:

In aqua yarn, chain 3.
6 sc and 1 dc in first chain, slip stitch to close round
SC in next 2 st, 2 sc in next 3 st, sc in next 3 st, chain 4, sl st to close round

Pull yarn to back and weave in loose ends. (Tip: I used the weaving-in process to help me shape my raindrop by closing up the gap in the chain 4 section.)

Now, put your hook back into the working loop of one of your white chain pieces, slip the hook through the point of the raindrop, yarn over and pull through both loops. Raindrop is now attached. Yay! Now just weave in the loose bits and trim.

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Attach the raindrops to the white chain pieces

Then you’re just going to attach the other end of the white chain pieces to one of the single crochets on the back of the wreath by slipping your hook through one of the single crochets and yarning over with the tail end of the white chain piece and pulling it though then knotting it. That’s it. Do that 2 more times and then take a bunch of pictures of your pretty new wreath, maybe a selfie of you and the wreath, whatever you’re feeling. I won’t judge.

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Rainbow Wreath
Rainbow Wreath