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free crochet pattern: pinwheel coaster

I have a new crochet pattern for you to try! It’s a wonderful yarn stash buster, and if you aren’t bothered by clingy toddlers or demanding husbands, you could make more than a couple in an afternoon.
Pinwheel Coaster Free Crochet Pattern by JaKiGu

These lovely pinwheel coasters are so versatile – the colour combinations in which they can be worked are virtually endless. You be the designer: let the pattern inspire you and then run wild with it! Make something truly yours; to fit your mood, home decor, or current season. One can never have enough coasters – and if she does, she can always give them away as thoughtful, handmade gifts.Pinwheel Coaster Free Crochet Pattern by JaKiGu

Though Easter is passed, many holidays during which families gather (and frosty cups, glasses, and mugs create those dreadful circles on your furniture) are just around the corner. Pinwheel Coaster Free Crochet Pattern by JaKiGu

Can you imagine these worked in red, white, and blue for Independence day? Orange and charcoal grey for Halloween? In the colours of fall foliage for Thanksgiving? Red, green, and gold for Christmas? Pinwheel Coaster Free Crochet Pattern by JaKiGu

Or, why not go ahead and plan for next Easter right now? Think lovely spring pastels, mixed-and-matched to make them look like spring flowers. Aw! Wouldn’t it be cute?Pinwheel Coaster Free Crochet Pattern by JaKiGu

This pattern is written in standard American terms and uses only basic crochet stitches. At the same time, it calls for working in an unusual direction; and depending on how many colours you choose to work it, it might require several colour changes and weaving in a few more ends. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this pattern to a novice crocheter – but I would most certainly not discourage her from trying!

And even if you don’t feel like diving into making these coasters right now, there might be something else that inspires your creative inner self in my shop. Go ahead and check in out!

Pinwheel Coaster Free Crochet Pattern by JaKiGu

If you like the pattern, go ahead and tell me! I always love reading your comments! And don’t be shy to show off your crochet skills by posting pictures of your finished coasters on my Facebook page.

Click on the image below to download a 3-page PDF pattern with detailed instructions to make one (or a dozen) of these fun little coasters.

Happy crocheting!

Pinwheel Coaster Free Crochet Pattern by JaKiGu

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free crochet pattern: colorful necklace

 

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A long time ago I made a lot of tiny crochet circles, using embroidery floss leftovers. Not sure what to do with them, I tucked them away until I rediscovered them one cold day last fall. After playfully arranging them for a while, they lined up and asked to be put together into a colorful necklace. I instantly liked the necklace – a cheerful, rainbow-colored piece of textile jewelry that’s not too bold for a conservative minimalist like myself. But when my son was about 4 months old, he started noticing the necklace, too; reaching out for it as he nursed. And just like that, this simple piece of jewelry became the first nursing necklace I made. When a couple people asked for instructions on how to make their own, I wrote a crochet pattern and it quickly became a popular design in my Etsy shop. But as I woke up this morning and saw all the snow we got overnight, I felt like it was Christmas morning again. And I wanted to spread the joy. So I decided to take the pattern off the store shelf, so to speak, and offer the pattern for free instead.It’s a perfect quick little project for a snowy Saturday, when all you need to do is make some hot tea, put on your warm socks, and spend the afternoon making something adorable.

Colors of the necklace can be customized to your liking, so you can create a necklace as unique as you are. Circles of my necklace are arranged so that the necklace is reversible – with rainbow of pastel hues on one side, and primary colors on the other. The skills needed to complete the project are easy enough for a beginner crocheter (only slip stitches, chain stitches, US single and double crochet are used). And you probably already have enough thread at home to make it this afternoon – scraps are all you need.The wonderful thing about the necklace is that it could be so much more than just fashion accessory. It might work for you and your little one as a nursing necklace (whether you are breast feeding or bottle feeding – children are drawn to bright colors). It could easily be made longer for an adorable nursery room bunting; you could hang it on the car seat handle to give your infant something bright and colorful to look at while you’re driving; and crocheted in white or cream and gold (or green, red, and gold) it would make a lovely Christmas garland.

Click here to download a PDF file with complete instructions and a pattern to make the necklace.

And when you’re finished, I would love to see your creations! Feel free to post pictures of your necklace on Facebook, or leave a comment below, on Pinterest, or Twitter. Let me know what you think of the pattern, how you like the necklace – I am eager to hear everything!

NB: There are more patterns in my Etsy shop and you’re welcome to stop by anytime. These days, crocheters can’t get enough of this stacking baskets bundle in three matching designs – and just between you and me, these baskets are my favorite, too.

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free crochet pattern: small one-round snowflake

Small Crochet Snowflake - Free Crochet Pattern by JaKiGu

One of 3 free crochet patterns by JaKiGu – just in time for holidays! Links to the other two free patterns are at the bottom of this post.

And there are more wonderful crochet Christmas gift ideas at JaKiGu on Etsy – be sure to visit and see for yourself.

Materials:

Any appropriate combination of yarn/thread and hook should work; I used Sugar n’ Cream Cotton in Ecru (medium weight) and a 5mm hook.

Small Crochet Snowflake - Free Crochet Pattern by JaKiGu

Pattern:

(Chain 1 instead of the first sc)

Magic circle – *2scs into magic circle – ch 3 – sl st into bl of 2nd ch from the hook, sc into bl of next ch* 6 times –  work an invisible join

Invisible Join:

Cut yarn after the last single crochet. Leave a 6 in (15 cm) tail and pull it through the stitch. Insert the hook under both loops of the first chain of chain 3 at the beginning of the round, from the wrong side (back) to the right side (front). Pull tail end through. Insert hook under back loop of the last single crochet, from the wrong side (back) to the right side (front). Pull yarn through, weave the end securely in,  and trim excess.

Abbreviations:

ch: chain
sc: single crochet
sc2tog: single crochet 2 stitches together
bl: back loop
Small One-Round Crochet Snowflake - Free Crochet Pattern by JaKiGu

Links to the other two free crochet snowflake patterns:

Medium Crochet Snowflake
Large Crochet Snowflake

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free crochet pattern: medium one-round snowflake

Medium Crochet Snowflake - Free Pattern by JaKiGu

One of three free crochet patterns – Happy Holidays from JaKiGu! Links to the other two are at the bottom of this post.

And there are more wonderful crochet Christmas gift ideas at JaKiGu on Etsy – be sure to visit and see for yourself.

Materials:

Any appropriate combination of yarn/thread and hook should work; I used Sugar n’ Cream Cotton in Ecru (medium weight) and a 5mm hook.

Pattern:

(Note: chain 2 instead of the first dc)

Magic circle – *dc2tog into magic circle – ch 4 – sc into bl of 3rd ch from the hook, dc into bl of next ch* 6 times – work an invisible join

Invisible Join:

Cut yarn after the last double crochet. Leave a 6 in (15 cm) tail and pull it through the stitch. Insert the hook under both loops of the first chain of chain 4 at the beginning of the round, from the wrong side (back) to the right side (front). Pull tail end through. Insert hook under back loop of the last double crochet, from the wrong side (back) to the right side (front). Pull yarn through, weave the end securely in,  and trim excess.

Abbreviations:

ch: chain
sc: single crochet
dc: double crochet
dc2tog: double crochet 2 stitches together
bl: back loop

Medium Crochet Snowflake - Free Pattern by JaKiGu

Links to the other two free snowflake patterns:

Large Crochet Snowflake
Small Crochet Snowflake

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free crochet pattern: large one-round snowflake

One-round Crochet Snowflake, Free Crochet Pattern by JaKiGu
Free crochet pattern by JaKiGu – Happy Holidays! Links to the other two free patterns are at the bottom of this post.

And there are more wonderful crochet Christmas gift ideas at JaKiGu on Etsy – be sure to visit and see for yourself. December is a month of specials – up to 50% off.

Materials:

Any appropriate combination of yarn/thread and hook should work; I used Sugar n’ Cream Cotton in Ecru (medium weight) and a 5mm hook.

Pattern:

(Note: chain 3 instead of the first tc)

Magic circle – *tr2tog into magic circle – ch 5 – sc into bl of 3rd ch from the hook, dc into bl of next ch, tc into bl of next ch* 6 times – work an invisible join

Invisible Join:

Cut yarn after the last triple crochet. Leave a 6 in (15 cm) tail and pull it through the stitch. Insert the hook under both loops of the first chain of chain 5 at the beginning of the round, from the wrong side (back) to the right side (front). Pull tail end through. Insert hook under back loop of the last triple crochet, from the wrong side (back) to the right side (front). Pull yarn through, weave the end securely in,  and trim excess.

Abbreviations:

ch: chain
sc: single crochet
dc: double crochet
tc: triple crochet
tr2tog: triple crochet 2 stitches together
bl: back loop

Links to other two free crochet snowflake patterns:

Medium Crochet Snowflake
Small Crochet Snowflake

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one-round crochet snowflakes – 3 free crochet patterns

Crochet Snowflakes - 3 Free Crochet Patterns by JaKiGuEnjoy these 3 free snowflake crochet patterns and crochet away – there is plenty of time to decorate this year’s Christmas tree.
Crochet Snowflakes by JaKiGuWhat makes these snowflakes so special is the fact that they are all crocheted in a single round! It’s a super-easy afternoon project for a crocheter of any experience.
Crochet Snowflakes by JaKiGuString them on colourful ribbons, crochet them onto a chain to wrap around the tree, sew them together to make a decorative table runner, or use them as unique handmade gift tags.
Crochet Snowflakes by JaKiGu

Follow JaKiGu on Facebook and on Pinterest for more cool projects, or check out my shop and see what other simple home decor crochet projects you could tackle before Christmas.
Crochet Snowflakes by JaKiGu

Crochet Snowflakes by JaKiGu

Links to the Free Patterns:

Large Snowflake
Medium Snowflake
Small Snowflake

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free crochet pattern: hexagonal coaster

Quick and simple. Enjoy!

Free Crochet Coaster Pattern by JaKiGu

{Materials}

Worsted weight yarn
4.0 – 5.5 mm hook (US size G/6-I/9); or any other appropriate yarn-hook combination

{Finished Size}

Depends on the hook and yarn used. With a 4.0 mm hook: approximately 11.5 cm  (4 5/8 in)

{Stitches Used}

  • chain stitch (ch)
  • single crochet (sc)
  • slip stitch (sl st)
  • 2-double-crochet cluster (2-dc cluster)
  • 3-double-crochet cluster (3-dc cluster)
  • 3-double-crochet shell (3-dc shell)
  • 5-double-crochet shell (5-dc shell)

Free Crochet Coaster Pattern by JaKiGu

{Pattern Instructions}

Round 1:   

ch 2 – 6 sc into the first chain stitch – sl st to form a ring (to tighten the ring, pull the loose yarn end)

Round 2:             

ch 2 – 2-dc cluster – *{3-dc cluster – ch 5}* around – sl st

Round 3:       

ch 1 – *{into chain spaces only: 3 sc – ch 3 – 3 sc – ch 2}* around  – sl st

Round 4:              

sl st into each of the next 3 sc – ch 1 – *{sc into the 3-chain space – ch 5 – 2-dc cluster into the 2-chain space – ch 5}* around – sl st

Round 5:

sl st into the chain space – ch 1- sc into the same chain space – *{5-dc shell into the 2-dc cluster – sc into the chain space – 3-dc shell into sc – sc° into the chain}* around – weave ends in

° Note: the last single crochet in this round should be replaced by a slip stitch into the first single crochet of the round to neatly finish the coaster off.

Free Crochet Coaster Pattern by JaKiGu

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free crochet pattern: black-and-white crochet teething ring

Ever since our little Bubba was born in September, I have been on the lookout for toys for him. Sadly, almost everything commercially available and marketed to ages 0 months+ is not necessarily age-appropriate for clumsy newborns and their tiny hands. Toys I found were either too thick to grasp; too heavy for the accidental, yet inevitable drops on the little one’s face; or overly stimulating with way too many colours, textures, and sounds in a single item.

I knew if I wanted him to play with something different, I’d have to create it myself.

{What I didn’t know was how hard it’d be to find a minute here and there to finish the project. What would have normally taken me less than a single afternoon took me almost three weeks with a brand-new newborn at home!}

As I suspected, this simple high-contrast black and white squeeze-and-suck ring has become one of Bubba’s favourite toys.

Crochet Teether Toy by JaKiGu

If you’d like to make a one just like that, you can follow these simple instructions. Or, let this pattern spark your imagination and create something truly unique for that special little person in your life.

{materials needed}

  • size 5 DMC Coton Perle thread in black and white
  • 2mm crochet hook
  • fiberfill

{pattern}

Note: do NOT join rounds. Instead, work in a spiral. You may want to use a stitch marker to mark the beginning of a round.

With the white thread, chain 14 and use a slip stitch to form a circle.

{round 1; white}

single crochets around

{round 2; white}

3 single crochets – 8 half-double crochets – 3 single crochets

{round 3; black}

single crochet around

{round 4; black}

3 single crochets – 8 half-double crochets – 3 single crochets

{rounds 5-32}

repeat rounds 1 to 4 15 more times

Crochet Teether Toy by JaKiGu

{finishing}

After completing the last round, leave a 4-5 inch tail. Stuff the crocheted tube firmly with fiberfill, shaping it into a doughnut as necessary. When it’s stuffed to your liking, begin sewing the ends together. About two-thirds of the way, pause and stuff some more fiberfill in to ensure a firm join, and then finish sewing the ends together. Weave the end in and trim the excess.

Crochet Teether Toy by JaKiGu

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free crochet pattern: ornate picture frame

There has been quite a lot of interest in the post that introduced my ornate picture frame design. All this attention made me realize it would be selfish of me not to share the pattern.

Ornate Picture Frame by JaKiGu

The pattern for this ornate picture frame is by far the easiest of all picture frame patterns I ever designed.

{Materials used}

  • worsted weight yarn
  • 4mm-5mm crochet hook (US size G/6-H/8)

Note: This picture frame is totally customizable, and gauge is not important. The pattern can be worked out in almost any yarn/thread and an appropriately sized crochet hook.

{Crochet stitches used}

  • single crochet (sc)
  • chain stitch (ch)
  • slip stitch (sl st)

Ornate Picture Frame by JaKiGu

{Pattern}

Step 1: Create the frame base

  • Wrap your yarn 8 times around a container of a similar circumference you wish for the inside of your frame (I used a coffee canister).
    • Note: If you are using a thinner yarn or thread, you will need to increase the number of wraps. Aim for a 1/5 to 1/4 inch thick “cord.”
  • Hold the 8-strand cord in your left hand so that the yarn end is pointing right, and the working end of the yarn is pointing left. Both ends should be on the backside of the cord; that is the side held by your left index finger.
  • Insert the hook under the cord, grab the working end of the yarn and bring it forward. Now, you have a loop on your hook, on the frontside of the cord (which is held by your thumb).
  • Yarn over and pull it through the loop on the hook. Tighten this slip stitch to hold all strands of the cord together. The frame base is finished.

Step 2: Crochet the frame

Round 1: sc all the way around the cord – sl st to join

Note: make sure the total number of single crochets is a multiple of 6

Round 2: sc into each sc – sl st to join

Round 3: {ch 3 – skip 2, sc into the 3rd sc} all the way around – sl st to finish – weave ends in

Ornate Picture Frame by JaKiGu

Step 3: Finish the frame

Pin the frame to a flat surface (I used both a piece of Styrofoam and my ironing board with equal success). Start with the base and pin it into the shape you desire – it can be blocked into a round or an oval shape. Then, pin each of the little arcs on the outside, starting at 12 and 6 o’clock, continuing to 9 and 3 o’clock, and so on, to ensure the overall shape is even and symmetrical. Spray the pinned frame with water until saturated, and let it air dry.

My Etsy shop features more picture frame patterns and each of them comes with detailed instructions on how to secure the art in place. You are more than welcome to check them all out!

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crochet pattern: simple picture frame

I wanted to make these for a long, long time.

Crochet picture frames can be customized to fit any decor, they store well when not in use, they are washable and pretty much unbreakable – and they make wonderful, budget-friendly hostess gifts, or gifts for baby showers and house-warming parties. What’s more, they are ultra-easy and super-fast to make. A perfect afternoon project!

{Materials Needed}

Worsted weight yarn
4.5mm (US size 7) or 5mm (US size H or 8) hook

{Pattern Instructions}

The frame is worked in 4 rows. Simply join chain stitches to form a circle, and then work an adequate number of single crochets into the circle. Next, work a round of single and chain stitch combination. In the last round, work in an appropriate number of 5-double-crochet shells anchored by either a slip stitch or a single crochet.

A detailed pattern along with an idea on how to finish the frame and secure the art in place is now available in my online shop. Happy crocheting!