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Top Five FREE Patterns to Crochet this Summer

Updated on August 11, 2011

There are still a few weeks left of summer, just enough time to finish a few fun, quick projects before getting back - to - school.

We all know that craft is healing, and we all like a freebie, and what's better than to find FIVE free crochet patterns all in one spot? Summertime is the time for crocheting small. I love a good afghan, but this time of year, I just don't want to hold the afghan while I'm working on it!

Keep reading to see what I've found for you:

Leia by Carey Huffman
Leia by Carey Huffman

Free crochet toy pattern

1) Leia by Carey Huffman

Kids love robots but they tend to not be very cuddly. Leia on the other hand is soft enough to sleep with at night but strong enough to do whatever robots do during the day. There were so many cute crocheted things in the Summer 2011 issue of Petite Purls Magazine that it was hard to choose just one. Check out the magazine for yourself to see even more adorable (free) crochet patterns.

Free crochet cuff pattern

Crochet cuff by Robyn Chachula
Crochet cuff by Robyn Chachula

2) Crochet Cuff by Robyn Chachula (PDF download link)

These gorgeous cuffs are one of the many cool projects in Robyn Chachula's book, Blueprint Crochet. What a great way to hone your crochet skills and create a little bit of "string bling" at the same time. Crochet jewelry is really hot right now, and this would definitely make a cool summer project!

Free Tawashi pattern

free tawashi pattern by Linda Permann
free tawashi pattern by Linda Permann

3) Tawashi by Linda Permann

Japanese Tawashi, or dish scrubbies, have become popular crochet (and knit) items over the past few years, perhaps because they are small, cute, and useful. They can be washed and dried, meaning there's not the same gross-out factor as with commercial sponges that end up getting tossed. Linda Perman designed this tawashi out of Red Heart Eco-Cotton Blend, which is made out of recycled T-shirt remnants (factory waste). You can also make these out of acrylic (the scratchier the better!) for extra scrubbing power—in Japan, they even sell yarns that have silver ions in them and are antibacterial. Supposedly they need no detergent to work—now that's eco-friendly!

Free croceht flower coaster pattern

Free crochet coaster pattern
Free crochet coaster pattern

4) Flower Coasters

These fun coasters will brighten up any summer table. Equally great by the pool or in the dining room, they'll bring some summer fun to any gathering. Crochet a set for your own house, and then make some extras to keep on hand as hostess gifts.

Free crochet hats pattern

free garden party hats pattern by Alla Koval
free garden party hats pattern by Alla Koval

5) Garden party hats by Alla Koval

I think this hat would be so cute on any little girl! From the website:

"One size fits ALL! The direction is given for one size hat. The difference for Infant (Child, Adult) sizes makes different weight of yarn used. This sweet and feminine hat is just perfect for a lady of any age and can be made in any color and worn with any crochet accessories, ribbons or what ever you can think off! Get a fun to create a look you would love!! A Perfect addition for spring/summer wardrobe. This hat is fun to make and fabulous to wear!"

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How To: Double Crochet from Crochet Lab: - Craft, Rock, Love with Vickie Howell

About Crochet Lab:

Veteran designer, author, mother, and best known as host of TV's Knitty Gritty, the charming and energetic Vickie Howell brings a love for craft and a funky enthusiasm for teaching to Crochet Lab. In this introductory course, Vickie guides you through the fundamentals of crochet, including what yarn and hooks to use for a desired look and feel, four basic stitches, and how to put them all together to create a square motif--all of which will allow you to create wonderful items and express your own individual style with only some yarn and a crochet hook. You'll learn to crochet a chain, single crochet, double crochet, half-double crochet and create granny squares, as well as how to measure gauge and how to read a crochet pattern. With each lesson building on the previous, from simple stitches, up to more complex patterns and skills, Vickie Howell crochets along with you, through making your very first slipknot to creating original housewares like pillow covers, wash cloths and blankets, and lots of fun accessories.

How To: Fix a Mistake or Dropped Stitch with a Crochet Hook - Stefanie Japel

In this free clip from her online knitting course, "Knit Lab" Stefanie Japel explains how you can use a crochet hook to fix a mistake or dropped stitch without have to undo all your work!

Crochet: Beyond Rectangles with Linda Permann on Craftsy.com

About Crochet: Beyond Rectangles:

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Tired of crocheting scarves and blankets, but nervous about moving on to more complex patterns? Well, fear no more! In Beyond Rectangles, published author and crochet designer Linda Permann personally teaches you the techniques necessary to take your crocheting to new heights.

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      Wednesday-Elf 4 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Cool patterns. Love the robot! I love to crochet.

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      harman1915 6 years ago

      Great job on the blog, it looks great. I am going to save it and will make sure to visit weekly

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      agoofyidea 6 years ago

      These are great patterns. I want to try them all. I especially like the feet on the robot. This is a great lens and I hope you do more.