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Free pattern Friday: Something for almost everyone

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This is the first installment of a new series, Free Pattern Fridays. Every Friday, check back here for free patterns. Crochet, knitting, weaving, and other needle crafts will be included. This week, there are two crochet patterns, a knitting pattern, a video class for quilters, and one pattern for a small plastic loom. Enjoy yourself as you browse through these patterns. It’s a good way to pass the time when the weather is miserable.

Crochet

From Craftsy, the Moonlight Mohair Scarf will take you a weekend to complete if you crochet at an average rate and have a little time on your hands. The pattern is free, but you might have to register with Craftsy in order to download it. Registration is free. The pattern is easy to follow and is done in mostly half-double crochet—making it easy to watch TV while working on it.

From Red Heart Yarn is an adorable owl pillow. This pillow would make a great addition to a kids room or family room. It could also add a touch of whimsy to a more formal living room. Owls are hot this winter and spring. The body of the pillow is done in double crochet; alternating between front and back loops. The edging is a picot and you crochet the owl separately. The project calls for inexpensive Super Saver Yarn. If you use a pillow form instead of fiberfill stuffing—make one end of the pillow easy to open (use Velcro along one side instead of seaming.) Then you can take the pillow cover off and machine wash it. This makes it great for homes with kids and pets.

Knitting

Knit and Crochet Now! TV has amazing projects. The Stained Glass Afghan looks like it would take forever to do. In reality you knit large and small diamonds and sew them together using a button hole stitch. This project goes quickly, both diamonds are just knitted—no purling or cables. The hardest part is going to be connecting all the diamonds and weaving in the ends. You have to register to download the project and registration is free.

Weaving

This project calls for Lion Brand Yarn Knit and Weave Loom Kit, but it can be done on almost any plastic loom that is adjustable. The Loom knit diagonal baby throw can be worked up quickly. It would make a wonderful baby shower gift. The finished size is 20 by 20 inches. This project is rated as easy and it uses Martha Stewart Crafts Extra Soft Wool Blend yarn. Use whatever color you want. The one shown is done in Igloo (a light blue.)

Quilting

This page has mostly focused on knitting and crochet, but I did not want to forget the quilters out there. I love to quilt and have three unfinished projects waiting for me to have the time to complete them—including a Dear Jane quilt.

Craftsy is offering their Block of the Month club for 2014. It is free to follow online with this video. How cool is that? Registration is free and I have found the Craftsy free classes to be amazingly informative. Unlike many other “free” classes which just give you a promo for a paid class, the online videos at Craftsy provide great information—this course provides you with more than 90 minutes of instruction. The theme is color theory and they use batiks for the quilt. The online class includes downloadable handouts and the course is in HD video.

Lynda Altman is a professional crafter and writer. She started crocheting as a young child. She crochets, quilts, sews, and creates beaded jewelry. Lynda loves vintage stitching samplers and enjoys counted cross stitch. You can find her work for sale on Etsy. She writes a crochet blog called The Granny Squared. You can contact her at the above link or on Twitter @fusgeyer.

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