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free crochet pattern: crochet snowflake 2018

Call me a purist, but in our house the magic of winter season doesn’t start until the first day of December. Which is today! Which made me want to go “Hooray!” more than once. ‘Tis the season.

My 5-year-old son was helping me decorate the house for the first time today. At one moment, he picked up a little jingle bell ornament, kissed it, and proclaimed, “Oh, jingle bell, how I’ve missed you!” Seriously, what can be cuter than that?

While we certainly share love for jingle bells, the quintessential holiday decoration for me comes in the form of a snowflake. Made of wood, paper, fabric, yarn, beads, twigs, wire, or the special Swarowski crystal snowflakes my husband has been gifting me in our son’s name every year since our boy was born – I cannot get enough of them!

An so, in order to perpetuate my love for snowflakes, I am kicking off an annual tradition of bringing you an original crochet snowflake design each year on the first of December.

Ta-da! Here’s Snowflake 2018!

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free crochet pattern: beaded karma pendant

Happy Halloween!

When I scheduled the release of this free pattern for Halloween, I had no reason to choose this date other than pure practicality. I love sharing – even fueling – my 5-year-old’s excitement about Halloween and all things spooky. Personally, though, October 31 is just an ordinary day.

But as I was editing tutorial photos earlier this week, something on my desk caught my eye. The pendant I had just photographed ended up atop what we call The Souls binder. And as it often is with memories, this fleeting glance was all that was needed to open up memory floodgates to my childhood. You see, this season holds a special place in my heart not because of costumes and candy, but because of a different tradition: All Souls Day.

Honestly, I had originally no intention of including a personal story about this time of year, but as memories popped up in my mind I found my fingers instinctively typing along. And when I was done, I realized it was something I wanted to share. So read on if you’d like after the pattern for some childhood recollections, a new family tradition, and why I am dedicating this newest addition to my free crochet patterns collection to the memory of my paternal grandmother.

But onto the pattern first.

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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. Continue reading free crochet pattern: pinwheel coaster

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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.  Continue reading free crochet pattern: colorful necklace

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free crochet pattern: small one-round snowflake

Quick and easy winter crochet project - a perfect yarn buster.

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

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free crochet pattern: medium one-round snowflake

Quick and easy winter crochet project - a perfect yarn buster.

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

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free crochet pattern: large one-round snowflake

Quick & Easy Christmas Crochet Project - Free Snowflake Crochet Pattern by JaKiGu

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

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free crochet patterns: one-round crochet snowflakes

Handmade holidays.

There is something utterly satisfying about decorating one’s home with items that were made with love, and with a particular purpose in mind. Stitch after stitch sliding off a hook in a calming rhythm of focus.

These unique one-round crochet snowflakes are an ideal budget-friendly Christmas decor project for those who don’t have much time as they work up in mere minutes, and use the tiniest amount of yarn.

Quick and easy Christmas DIY project that works up in minutes and costs next to nothing - free crochet pattern for 3 unique snowflakes

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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 quickly become one of B’s favourite toys.

Crochet Teether Toy by JaKiGu

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