Little Scrappy Bag (free pattern)

These cute little satchels are so easy and quick to make! They only take about a half hour to crochet, and have only the most basic stitches. I made one for my son as a way to carry around those small toys that he needs to have with him at all times, and it was so fun that I spent the next two days making a whole bunch more. These little satchels are a great way to use up even really tiny scrap yarn balls, and are also a great way to experiment with color combos.

Note: This pattern is written so that the bag can be made as one continuous piece, without having to cut the yarn. If you want to change colors, do so at anytime with whatever method you prefer. As you work the pattern, the side that is facing you – the front – becomes the outside of the bag, so your stitches will all be facing the same way and will have that uniformity. 🙂

Base:

Ch 17

Round 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hk and in next 14 ch, 4 sc in last ch, [On the other side of the ch, sc in next 14 ch, 4 sc in next ch, sl st to 1st sc]

Round 2: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 15 st, 3 sc in each of next 2 st, sc in next 17 st, 3 sc in each of next 2 st, sl st to 1st sc

Round 3: Ch1, sc in same st, sc in next 16 st, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 19 st, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st, sc in next st, sl st to 1st sc

Body:

Round 4: Ch4 (counts as 1st dc and ch1), *sk st, dc in next st, ch1, rep from * all the way around, sk st, sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch4, sl st into next ch sp

Round 5: Ch4 (counts as 1st dc and ch1), *sk st, dc in next ch sp, ch1, rep from * all the way around, sk st, sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch4, sl st into next ch sp

Rounds 6-15: Rep round 5

Round 17: Ch1, 2 sc in same ch sp, 2 sc in each ch sp all the way around, sl st to 1st sc, sl st into next sc

Strap:

Ch110, sl st to sc directly across from where ch started, sl st to next st, sc in each ch of the 110, sl st to sc next to the sc where ch110 is anchored.

Cut yarn, weave in ends.

Good! Now grab some more scraps and make another one. 😉

Sea Spray Square

So this blanket came about because I had a lot of scrap yarn (as usual). I used all blues and neutrals, and alternated stripes of back loop half doubles with stripes of the Sea Spray Square.


Here’s the free pattern for the Sea Spray Square:

Start with a magic circle

Round 1: ch2 (counts as 1st hdc), 11 more hdc in circle, tighten circle and sl st to ch2 to join

Round 2: Join in any stitch with a standing dc, ch1, *dc in next st, ch1, rep from * 10 more Xs, sl st to standing dc

Round 3: Join in any ch sp with standing sc, 2sc in same sp, 3sc in each of next 11 ch sp, sl st to standing sc

Round 4: Join in any st with standing dc, dc in next 2 st, ch1, *dc in next 3 st, ch1, rep from * 10 more Xs, sl st to standing dc

Round 5: Join in any ch sp with standing sc, sc in same sp, ch4, *2sc in next ch sp, ch 4, rep from * 10 more Xs, sl st to standing sc

Round 6: Join in 1st sc of any pair with sl st, ch1, *sc2tog over both sc, (hdc, dc, htrc, dc, hdc) in ch4 sp, rep from * 11 more Xs, sl st to 1st sc2tog

Round 7: *Fphdc around any sc2tog, ch2, sk 2 st, sc in htrc, sk 2 st, repeat from * 11 more Xs, sl st to 1st fphdc

Round 8: Join in any ch2 sp with standing dc, 2 more dc in same sp, ch 2, *3dc in next ch sp, 3hdc in next ch sp, 3sc in each of next 2 ch sp, 3hdc in next ch sp, 3dc in next ch sp, ch2, rep from * 3 more Xs, sl st to standing dc

Round 9: Join in any corner ch 2 sp with standing tr, (2tr, ch2, 3 tr) in same corner. Now you will be working in sp bet groups of 3 st. *3dc, 3hdc, 3sc, 3hdc, 3dc, (3tr, ch3, 3tr) in corner, rep from * 3 more Xs omitting last corner, sl st to standing tr

Cozy Striped Throw

You know that mohair-like yarn? Like it’s soft, but also kind of rough? I didn’t know if I could make a blanket with it because it’s so airy and light, but I gave it a try and you know what? It is so cozy! Here’s the free pattern:

With color A ch 150

Row 1: Hdc in 2nd ch from hk and in each ch across

Row 2-20: Ch 1 (doesn’t count as a st here and throughout), blohdc in 1st st and each st across

Row 21: Ch 3 (counts as dc), *sk 2 st, v-st in next st, rep from * to last 3 st, sk 2 st, dc in last st, changing to color B on last yo, do not break yarn for color A

Row 22: Ch 3, v-st in each v-st across the row, dc in last st, pull out a big loop to save your work with color B, do not turn

Row 23: Go back to the beginning of the row, pull color A through the 3rd ch in the ch 3, ch 3, v-st in each v-st across, dc in last dc, turn

Row 24: With color B, ch 3, v-st in each st across, dc in last dc

Repeat rows 23 and 24 until you have 4 v-st rows of each color. Break yarn for color A.

Row 29: Ch 1, hdc in 1st st, *hdc in 1st dc of v-st, hdc in sp bet dcs of v-st, hdc in 2nd st of the v-st, repeat from * across, hdc in last st, turn

Rows 30-49: Ch 1, blohdc in 1st st and each st across

Continue in this manner until blanket is desired length, throwing in a color C if you want.

Border:

Round 1: Using the color B, sc evenly around, doing 3 sc in each corner.

Rounds 2-5: Sc in each st around, doing 3 sc in each corner. Fasten off

Round 6: With color C, {puff st, ch 2 (ch 1 to finish puff plus 1 more ch), puff, ch 2, puff} in corner, sk 2 st, *ch 2, puff in next st, sk st, repeat from * to end, sk 2 st, repeat corner and sides 3 more times, fasten off

Round 7: Using color A, join in 1st ch 2 sp of corner. Ch 1 (doesn’t count as a st), *3 sc in same ch2 sp, 3 sc in next ch 2 sp, 2 sc in each ch 2 sp on the side, repeat from * 3 more times

Round 8: Sc in each stitch around (in corner spaces, sc, ch 2, sc)

Round 9: *(In corner sp 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc), crdc across side, repeat from * 3 more times

Round 10: Sc in each st around, (sc, ch 2, sc in corners)

Round 11: Repeat round 9

Rounds 12-13: Repeat round 10

Round 14: With color C, repeat round 6

Round 15: With color B, repeat round 7

Rounds 16-18: Sc in each st around, (in corners sc, ch 2, sc)

Round 19: In corners do 3 picots, along sides, 2 sc, picot, repeat from *

Atlanticus

Atlanticus is a beautiful pattern designed by Vanessa Smith of Hooked on Sunshine. It’s a mixed stitch blanket with a stunning mandala center that was surprisingly easy to crochet. (The blanket pictured above was made by me in a really short amount of time considering the large size.) The pattern can be found for free on Ravelry, along with pictures of completed blankets in every imaginable colorway. Happy crocheting!

Ruffled Rainbow Throw

Ruffle are my favorite thing to crochet! I don’t know why – they’re just so much fun for me to do. I don’t particularly love frilly ruffled things and ruffles are total yarn-eaters, but for some reason I could just sit and mindlessly crochet ruffles all day long, stopping occasionally only to run my hand back and forth over the ruffles. It’s therapeutic! If you’ve never tried crocheting ruffles before, I hope you try it soon, because it just might be your new favorite way to relax!

I adapted the Ruffled Rainbow Throw from the Rainbow Ruffle blanket at https://www.dadasplace.com/2017/03/free-rainbow-ruffle-blanket-tutorial.html for two reasons – my absolute love of crocheting ruffles and the fact that I had almost a whole skein of each of the rainbow colors left over from doing the Rainbow Sky Baby Blanket. I only had to buy one skein of black yarn for the ruffles. This throw is so quick and easy to make and can be done in any color scheme or size that you want!

Here’s the free pattern:

Abbreviations:

Ch – chain

Dc – double crochet

Hk – hook

St – stitch

BLO – back loop only

Sl st – slip stitch

Ch 135 (or whatever number of chains give you the desired width of your throw)

Row 1: Dc in 4th ch from hk and in each ch across, turn

Row 2: Ch 1, dc in first st and each st across to end, changing color on last yarn over of last dc, turn

Row 3: Ch 1, working in BLO, dc in first st and in each st across to end, turn

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until throw reaches desired length, changing colors every two rows, and ending on a row 2. (Number of rows should be a multiple of 8.)

Edging (big ruffles):

Join in any corner st, ch 3, 7 dc in same st as ch 3. Make 4 dc in each st around and 8 dc in the corners. Join to beg ch 3 with a sl st.

Front (little) ruffles:

You will be working on the front surface of the throw in the unused front loops of every eighth row.

Join in the first front loop, ch 3, sl st in same loop

Sl in next loop, ch 3, sl st in same loop, repeat to end, break yarn

Do your little ruffles in the front loops every eighth row.

Weave in all ends.

Striped Beanie (scrap buster)

I needed a quick way to use up some scrap yarn before my closet became overrun with those little colorful yarn balls, so I started making these beanies and basically couldn’t stop for several days. I really found making them to be quite addictive! I made all different sizes and color combinations. Some of them were given away as Christmas presents, and those pictured are the ones I have left.

These beanies were made from the bottom up – I made the brim by going back and forth in rows, slip stitched it together, then worked in decreasing rounds until I reached the top. The pom poms are the cherry on top and were made with my pom pom maker. (You can get a set from Walmart.com for under $4, and they’re so much fun to make!)

These striped beanies are a great scrap buster and super fast, so get creative with your colors and get crocheting!

Here’s the free pattern:

Yarn – worsted weight, 2 colors, small ball of each

Hook – 5.00

Abbreviations:

Ch – chain

Sc – single crochet

Hk – hook

St – stitch

Sl st – slip stitch

Hdc – half double crochet

Hdc2tog – half double crochet two together

In color A, Ch 8

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hk and in each ch to end, turn

Row 2: Ch 1 (doesn’t count as a st, here and throughout) Working in back loop only, sc in 1st st and each st across, turn

Repeat row 2 until band matches the circumference of the head.

Sl st last row to first row

Now you will be working in the round, slip stitching the last stitch of each round to the first stitch.

Round 1: Ch 1 and sc evenly around – one sc for each row

Round 2: Ch 1, Hdc in each sc around, changing to color B on last yarn over of last st

Round 3: Ch 1, Hdc in each stitch around, changing back to color A on last yarn over of last st

Round 4: repeat round 2

Round 5-6: ch 1, Hdc (color B) around, changing to color A on last yarn over of last st of row 6

Round 7: repeat round 2

Round 8: repeat round 3

Rounds 9-10: ch 1, with color A, Hdc around

Round 11: ch 1, hdc2tog in first 2 st, *1 Hdc in each of next 4 st, hdc2tog in next 2 st, repeat from * to end

Round 12: ch 1, hdc2tog in first 2 st, *1 Hdc in each of next 3 st, hdc2tog in next 2 st, repeat from * to end

Round 13: ch 1, hdc2tog in first 2 st, *1 Hdc in each of next 2 st, hdc2tog in next 2 st, repeat from * to end

Round 14: ch 1, hdc2tog first 2 st, *1 Hdc in next st, hdc2tog in next 2 st, repeat from * to end

Round 15: ch 1, hdc2tog in first 2 st and each 2 st across

Using yarn needle stitch top together.

Make largish pom pom in color B and attach.

Weave in ends.

😘

Leaping Stripes and Blocks Hat and Scarf Set

Lately I’m really into making scarves and hats for two reasons: They are usually pretty (1) simple and (2) quick so you get to finish a matched set project in just a couple of sittings. Oh yeah, and (3) they make awesome gifts for friends, family, kids’ teachers, bosses, anyone really.

I found these free patterns (thank you!) on the excellent Moogly blog, here and here. I made the scarf first and it was actually pretty easy because you carry the yarn up the side of the scarf rather than having to cut it and weave in the ends every time you switch colors. (I simplified by only using two colors instead of three.) Then you hide the carried yarn by doing a single crochet border around the whole scarf. The technique of stitching into the previous row was new to me, but the only stitches that I had to do were chains, single crochet, and double crochet so I didn’t have too hard of a time, and I like the look of the finished scarf. 🙂

Then I started on the hat. So much for not cutting the yarn when switching colors! I changed colors seven times so I had to weave in 14 ends! I shouldn’t complain, because weaving in ends is a necessary and important part of crochet (how crappy would a hat look if you didn’t weave in the ends?), and fourteen’s not that many, but I guess I wasn’t expecting to do it at all because I didn’t have to weave in ends with the scarf. Ok, now that I got that whining out of my system 😭, I really like the hat! It matches the scarf perfectly, and I love the technique that they give you for making the brim (thanks again Moogly!). They show you how to create the brim with rows of back loop only single crochets that are already attached to the hat so you don’t have to sew it on later. Genius!