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Summer Crochet Free Pattern Roundup

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Hello everybody! Welcome back to Couch Surfer Crochet!

If you’re working on the Changing Chevrons CAL, don’t forget to share it with me on Instagram or Facebook! Some of you who are working on the Crochet Along have said you have too much time in between sections (for some two weeks is too long in between). I thought I’d take a quick peak around the internet and maybe give you all some inspiration or ideas for a couple of new projects to try in the down time!

Since summer is right around the corner here in Tennessee, it is getting pretty warm and humid already. I like to make smaller projects in the summer. And I tend to use a lot more cotton during this time because it’s easier to work with when it’s hot outside.

Here are a few quick and easy patterns I found that seem perfect for the summer!

1. This adorable Water Bottle Carrier. This cutie is perfect for hiking, camping, really just about any awesome outdoor activity you can think of when the weather is gorgeous. This will help keep your hands free when you are out and about. They also make perfect end-of-year teacher gifts!

2. Cotton Sandals made from upcycled flip flops! I’ve got so, so , so many flip flops around my house. I can’t wait to make a few pairs of these as soon as possible in all sorts of colors. I think I’ll try out this Lily Sugar n’ Cream yarn that I just got at the last mega sale at Michaels.

3. While we’re talking about shoes, check out these boots! I absolutely love wearing my ankle boots, but man are they too hot to wear in the summer time. I think this pattern solves that problem perfectly!

4. This cotton potholder is simply stunning. I especially love that color way, but I can picture it in so many different shades! I’m definitely making a few of these to give out as gifts (and a few to keep for myself)!

5. Why not go all in on the gift idea and make all the items in this basket! I love this handmade spa gift basket idea sooo much! I think these would be a big hit with a lot of people in my life.

I’m going to get started on a couple of these things as soon as I get the time this weekend!

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If you make any of these items I would love to see your progress and finished pieces. Half the joy of creating is sharing it! You can post your work here in the comments, on my Facebook page, or you can join the Couch Surfer Crocheters FB Group!

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Switch It Up Beanie Free Crochet Pattern

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Switch It Up Beanie Free Crochet Pattern
(Basic Beanie)

Today I want to share another pattern with you! It’s that time of year again! Time to fill up a couple of bags with lots of lots of handmade hats for the local clothing drives! Previously I shared with you all the hats that I donated to the homeless clothing drive last year. I got really creative last year and tried out all sorts of different patterns. It was a lot of fun working on those! I used the Slouchy Side Saddle Hat Pattern, The Crochet Beret for a few, and I made lots of hats using the Criss Cross Hat Pattern. That Criss Cross stitch helps add a layer of warmth!

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Three Color Baby Blanket Pattern

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Oh my gosh you guys, I am so excited! I just found out one of my oldest friends is expecting her second baby! She already has a gorgeous little girl that I love so much! This time she is having a boy! When she had her daughter I made a blanket for her crib, so I knew I wanted to do the same thing for her son!

Her husband is in the military, so I wanted to choose colors that tied into that. I thought tan, navy, and green would look very nice together. I chose to use Soft Taupe, Soft Navy, and Forest.

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Crochet Quick – Keychains

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Happy Monday to you all! I hope May is starting off beautifully for all of you!

If you are participating in the Crochet Along, Week 3 will be available next Monday, May 8th!

Today I wanted to share a couple of quick projects you can do: crochet keychains! Every year, a friend of mine does a backpack drive for the kids in our area. He is so selfless in his love for the children in this community, and for helping them get the necessary supplies they will need for the upcoming year. Not every family can afford the huge list of school supplies that are required, and this really goes a long way to help them!

I always like to help out however I can. This year I was inspired to make cute little crochet keychains to add to the backpacks. I figured that way each kid could “personalize” their bag a little bit, and it gave me a chance to try out a couple of new patterns.

I used Lily Sugar n’Cream cotton yarn in Hot Pink for these particular key chains (but any cotton yarn will work), and a 5mm (H) hook.

I wanted to make sure to choose a few designs that could work for girls and boys! I decided to do a granny square, a flower, and a star.

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The best granny square tutorial I have found is HERE. It has written instruction with pictures included. Once I had completed two rounds of the granny square pattern, I fastened off my ends and then threaded the key chain loop through one of the ch 3 corners. My square measured approximately 3″ x 3″ when finished. You can find a pack of 100 of these key chain loops on Amazon for just $6.99!

I found the flower tutorial HERE. The first one I made matched my bag so perfectly that I decided to keep it for myself! Don’t worry, I’ll make another one to donate! I found the star tutorial HERE. Each one of these is such a fun quick project. I think I was able to finish each one in about 5 minutes!

We’re hoping to provide backpacks for around 200 children this year, so I definitely have quite a few of these to make! Lily Sugar n’Cream comes has an awesome variety of yarn, so I can make them in lots of different colors! I am still on the lookout for maybe one or two more options. If any of you have any cute keychain patterns, I’d love for you to share them!

If you haven’t heard about the Mixed Stitch Crochet Along, check it out HERE! Week 3 will be live next Monday, May 8th!



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Crochet Baby Blanket Pattern

Crochet Quick – Baby Blanket

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Hope you are all enjoying the Crochet Along! The 2nd round will be posted on Monday April 24th at 8:00 am EST.

Today I want to share with you a quick and fluffy baby blanket pattern. For Christmas last year I was given 4 balls of Bernat Baby Blanket Yarn. I had never worked with it before, but it was just so soft and squishy I couldn’t wait to make a baby blanket out of it!

This yarn is SUPER bulky! Using an L/11 (8.00mm) hook, this should only take a couple of hours to complete!

The colors I was given were Baby Lilac, Baby Teal and White. Knowing I had a limited amount to work with I wanted to find the perfect pattern to show off the gorgeous colors.


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I decided to go with the “From the Middle Baby Blanket.” The written pattern was right there on the yarn wrapper, but your wrapper may be different. The written pattern can be found HERE. It also helped me to follow the VIDEO tutorial from The Crochet Crowd. The tutorial is in two parts, but YouTube will link you straight to the second part once you finish the first!

I had leftover yarn when I finished the main body of the blanket, so I went one step further and added a row of single crochet (sc) in each of the three colors to give it a more “finished” look!

Bernat Baby Blanket Yarn comes in a variety of colors, so you can make one of these in any variation you choose! You could do variable pinks for a baby girl, blues for a boy, or yellows and greens for a gender neutral blanket!

I’m going to try to do a “Crochet Quick” post at least once a month. I find that the small “quickie” projects keep me motivated in between the “big” items!

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This finished blanket can be found in my Facebook shop HERE.

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Crochet Cotton Washcloths - Free Crochet Pattern

Crochet Cotton Washcloths

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Hello again friends! Tonight the hubby and I are catching up on some shows on the DVR. Tonight we’re binge watching the new season of Lethal Weapon. Have you guys seen it?! Damon Wayons and Clayne Crawford are perfectly cast as Murtaugh and Riggs! Remember the old Lethal Weapon movies? This is like that, but much funnier in my opinion. They’ve really brought it up to modern day while keeping it action packed and fun. I recommend checking it out if you haven’t already.

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But anyway…back to the topic at hand: Crochet Cotton Washcloths!! A few weeks ago I had a customer make a special request for 10 cotton washcloths. Her only request was that they be brightly colored!

Since Lily Sugar n’ Cream yarn comes in so many great colors, this was for sure an easy task! I don’t work with cotton all that often, so this was a fun project for me! I wanted to find a stitch that would really pop with the bright colors, so I searched on Pinterest. I found the perfect thing over at 5 Little Monsters. She has a tutorial there for the Blossom Stitch! She also has a few other free washcloth patterns if you want to try something different!

I wound up making quite a few color combinations because I really enjoyed these bright colors! I’m going to make a few for myself next, methinks! They sure are cute! You can find these in my Facebook shop HERE.

I hope you’ve had fun making these cute little washcloths! Join me on April 10th to start the Mixed Stitch Blanket Crochet Along! I can’t wait for it to get started! See you again soon!

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