Category Archives: Needlearts

How to Make a Moss Stitch Washcloth

By Guest Blogger Barbara

My name is Barb, and I started doing crafts during high school while taking a home economics course. The class taught me how to crochet, knit, cross-stitch, macrame and sew. I have been doing these crafts for over 35 years and I still love to learn new techniques and challenging myself. I don’t know everything, but I love to learn and I’m always excited to try new things.

Visit Barb at her blog, One Crafty Gal today! 

I love to make washcloths, not only because they are useful and are so much better than the rough ones you buy at the store, but because they give me an opportunity to try new stitches. Whether it’s crocheting or knitting, making a washcloth allows you to practice a new stitch or one you have not used in a while without making a huge commitment. You can make a small mistake here and there and no one will ever know. Once you finish the washcloth you can confidently take on a larger project because you’ve gotten some great practice.

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Crocheted Back Packs

By Guest Blogger Jasmine

Visit Jasmine at her blog, PinkOlay Crochet, on YouTube here, and be sure to visit her Etsy shop today! 

   

So me and my daughter’s were walking through the mall and they saw these cute little back packs that they wanted, looking at these back packs I said I could make these so I set out to make my own pattern for these back packs, as well as my own graphs. My younger daughter want something simple just zigzags, ( which you can get here) and my older daughter want Bendy and the it Machine, ( mind you I had know idea who this was I had to do a whole lot of research, you can get that here) my daughters love there back packs and can’t get enough of them. Now you can use any graph you like on the front of your back pack these are just the ones my daughters like. I hope you enjoy this pattern as much I did making it. Also don’t forget to check out the video here

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Rainbow Easter Bonnet Hat Pattern

By Guest Blogger Crystal

Hi, my name’s Crystal!  I’m a wife and stay at home mom to two kids, E & O and we’re expecting baby P very soon.  I have been crocheting ever since my oldest was born.  I had tried to learn for years by reading books with little success, but then one day I came across tutorials on the internet and it finally all made sense!  I’ve never looked back.

I started my blog, Marching North to share what I’ve come up with, as well as things I’ve made following patterns I’ve found online from all the super talented crocheters out there (giving them all due credit of course!)

Easter is right around the corner! My kids have been making me aware of that for a couple of weeks now. My daughter is a big fan of rainbows and colorful things so I thought this rainbow Easter bonnet hat would be perfect for her. I imagine she’ll be wearing it any time it’s cold enough, not just at Easter time! It makes me feel so good when I make them something and they actually want to wear it!

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Create for a Cause – Head Huggers

I can’t lie, the first time I created for a cause when Disney was giving away free tickets for community service. I was stocked when I found that I could use my love for crochet to make hats, and get free Disney tickets! So for about a month, whenever I was relaxing in front of the tv to watch a movie or tv program, I was also making hats for newborns. I sent in way more than I needed to, and I never did use my free day pass, but I was so thankful to find a simple way to help others.

If you would like to Create for a Cause, I would love to help you, and to do that every month I am going to share an organization that would love your help!

 

Head Huggers

Do you knit? Crochet? Sew? Would you like to use this skill to help someone who has lost their hair due to chemotherapy, brain surgery, or burn wounds? Sue Thompson started Head Huggers to do just that, and would like to invite you to join her.

Sue started Head Huggers in December 2001 after meeting a wonderful lady who had a cold head while going through chemotherapy treatments for her then recently diagnosed breast cancer. Her one and only apparent side effect was that she had lost her hair. While they were out shopping and having lunch, this neat lady chose to wear a baseball cap to keep her head warm, even though the weather was mild.

A frequent side effect of chemotherapy, brain surgery, and burn wounds is hair loss and there are many folks out there with cool heads as a result. To provide needed hats for warmth, comfort, and dignity, Sue is building a workforce of craftspeople to create caps by knitting, crocheting, and/or sewing. These caps will be distributed to hospitals, oncology offices, hospices, etc. so that they can more readily be available, without cost, to those who have lost their hair.

If you are interested and would like more information (including patterns and ‘Head Huggers Guidelines’), please visit the Head Huggers website for information and patterns.