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Crochet Yoga Mat Strap {free crochet pattern}

In preparation for my crochet yoga mat bag pattern, I’m first rolling out the patterns for the strap, flower motif, and a puff stitch tutorial. Then, the star of the show – the mat bag!
I’m so excited about this strap – it’s so fun to use and doesn’t pull on the yoga mat itself, which is the problem I had with the previous strap. I was cringing as I watched it pull on all my hours and hours of work!
So, here’s the yoga strap pattern!
Crochet Yoga Mat Strap
Written and designed by Sara McFall of My Merry Messy Life
Hook: I (5.5 mm)
Yarn: Chunky weight or two strands of worsted weight – I used two different colors of Red Heart yarn. Red Heart yarn is sturdy and perfect for this type of project.

SL ST = slip stitch
CH = chain
SC = single crochet

CH 6
Join with a sl st to form a ring
CH 140
Count 7 chs back from the end & join the last ch to it with a sl st
Work a SC in the next CH & in each of the chs across, stopping at the loop to join to the closest chain to your hook in the first loop.
Done!

Now, here is a photo tutorial to make it into the two big loops that be adjusted to any size mat. It’s so neat because the original loops can move up and down the strap.

 Step #1 – Take one loop and thread it through the other.

After step #1, it looks like this – one loop done!

Step #2 – take the entire loop from step #1 and thread it through the other loop. Pull tight until it looks like the first picture.

Each large loop goes over one end of the yoga mat, like so:

Here is what it looks like with both loops over the bag.

Merry Crocheting!
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Crochet 3-D Flower {free crochet pattern}

Today we’re going to learn how to make the 3-D curly flower that goes with the V-Stitch Cuff Bracelet I designed! This flower is neat because the ends of it curl up, giving it it’s name.

You will need to know how to work in the round, double crochet, single crochet, chain and slip stitch. See my tutorial on how to work on the round if you need.

Here is the pattern without pictures (for a print friendly version, click the link at the bottom of this page):

Crochet 3-D Flower
Written by Sara McFall

Hook: G, 4.25 mm
Yarn: Worsted, I used Lion Brand’s Vanna White collection here

Abbreviations
CH = chain
SL ST = slip stitch
SC = single crochet
DC = double crochet

Pattern
CH 3
SL ST to form a ring
CH 2
9 SC in ring (10 total)
SL ST to join

Round 2
*CH 5
In 3rd CH from hook, work 1 DC
Work another DC in next CH
Work a SC in last CH

SL ST in next space*

Repeat from * all the way around and after the last SL ST, join to the beginning CH 1 of the CH 5.

Make 2 of them if you like, and sew them together, rotating the top one so all the petals from both flowers can be seen. Sew a button in the middle et voila! C’est fini!


Photo Tutorial
Step #1 – Chain 3, join to make a ring with a slip stitch, then chain 2

Step #2 – Work 9 single crochet in ring for a total of 10 single crochet stitches. Join with a slip stitch, and chain 5

Step #3 –  In 3rd chain from the hook, work 1 double crochet. Work another double crochet in the next chain, and a single crochet in the last chain.

Step #4 – Work a slip stitch in the next space (not the same space where the chain 5 comes from, but the one after)

Step #5 – Chain 5 and repeat steps 3 to 4 until you have made 5 petals. After the last slip stitch, join with a slip stitch to the beginning chain at the chain 1.

If you like, make 2 and sew them together so one is rotated on the top of the other and all the petals can be seen! Then, add your favorite bling in the middle.

See how they curl up and make the 3-D effect?

Add to the V-Stitch Cuff Bracelet or the Shell Bracelet. Merry Crocheting! Enjoy!

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Crochet Bracelet Cuff – V-Stitch {free crochet pattern}

Crochet Bracelet Cuff - Free Pattern
Cuffs are really popular right now, and I’m excited to have made my own that I can wear when, or if, we ever get out and go somewhere nice sans enfants. I’d freak if Grayson started grabbing on the flowers and ripped them clean off! For the 3-D flower pattern, click here.

You can change up the hook size to create a different look, but it will change the size, so adjust your rows accordingly.

If you’re not familiar with the V-Stitch, you might visit my V-Stitch Tutorial to learn from my step-by-step photo-labeled tutorial!

Crochet V-Stitch Bracelet Cuff with 3-D Flower

Crochet V-Stitch Bracelet Cuff

By Sara McFall of My Merry Messy Life

Abbreviations

  • DC = double crochet
  • CH = chain
  • HDC = half double crochet
  • SL ST = slip stitch

Materials

Hook: H (5.00 mm)
Yarn: Worsted weight, medium, 4

Pattern

  • CH 7
  • In the 3rd CH from the hook, DC
  • CH 1
  • Work another DC in the same space
  • Skip 1 CH
  • In the next CH, work another V-Stitch (DC, CH 1, DC)
  • In the last space, DC
  • *CH 2
  • Work a V-Stitch in the CH 1 space below (between the 2 double crochets): DC, CH 1, DC
  • Skip the next space
  • Work another V-Stitch in the CH 1 space below
  • Work a DC on the end at the top of the previous double crochet*
  • Repeat from * until you have the length desired, which for my wrist with a size H crochet hook, was 10 rows.

Crochet A Button Loop at the end of the cuff:

  • After the last row, CH 2.
  • In the next space, which is the top of one of the V lines, work a HDC in the top 2 loops.
  • In the next space, which is the CH 1 space in the middle of one of the V’s, work a HDC.
  • CH 3 or 4, depending on how big your button or rosette button will be
  • Skip 1 space – the space in between the two V’s and work a HDC
  • In the next space, which is the CH 1 space in the middle of one of the V’s, work a HDC
  • In the next space, which is the top of one of the V lines, work a HDC in the top 2 loops.
  • Work a HDC in the last space
  • Tie off, sew in ends
Add a button or crochet a tiny rosette at the other end of the cuff to be able to close it. See my rosette tutorial for more instructions, or follow the pattern below.

Button Rosette

  • CH 7
  • In the 2nd CH from the hook, work 2 SC
  • Work 2 SC in each CH all the way down
  • It will spiral or curl by the end – work with that spiral to curl it into a rose shape. Sew the tail several times through the middle of the rose and sew it onto your cuff.
That’s it! Now you can go onto the next post to learn how to make the 3-D crochet flower.
Merry Crocheting! 

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Crochet Easy Tiny Flower {free crochet pattern}

Here’s a free crochet flower pattern that’s great for the beginner, and it’s so versatile with color options! I make these all the time and they work up really fast. They are about one and a half inches wide and tall.
Free Crochet Pattern for an Easy Tiny Flower

I got my inspiration from Attic24 – Lucy has incredible talent for crochet and she also has a free pattern for flowers. I wanted my petals to be bigger, so I changed the pattern a bit for myself. See this flower on my shell bracelet.

 

Crochet Easy Tiny Flower

By Sara McFall of My Merry Messy Life

Abbreviations

  • CH = chain
  • SL ST = slip stitch
  • SC = single crochet
  • DC = double crochet

Pattern

  • CH 3
  • Join with a SL ST to form a ring
  • CH 2 (counts as first single crochet)
  • Work 9 SC into the ring (10 total)
  • Join with a SL ST to beginning CH 2 (you can change colors here, by fastening off, then join the new color with a SL ST)
  • CH 2
  • Work 1 DC in the same space (technically it’s next to the CH 2) as the CH 2
  • Work 1 SC in the same space
  • SL ST in the next space
  • *Work a petal in the next space – 2 DC, 1 SC
  • SL ST in the next space*
  • Repeat around until you’ve worked 5 petals
  • Join to beginning petal at the CH 2

 

Photo Tutorial

Step #1 – chain 3. Join with a slip stitch to form a ring and chain 2. The chain 2 counts as the first single crochet.

Free Crochet Pattern for an Easy, Tiny Flower - Step #1

Step #2 – Work 9 single crochets into the ring. Join with a slip stitch to the beginning chain 2 and chain 2.

Free Crochet Pattern for an Easy, Tiny Flower - Step #2

Step #3 – Double crochet into the same space as the chain 2, then work a single crochet into that same space.

Free Crochet Pattern for an Easy, Tiny Flower - Step #3

Step #4 – Work a slip stitch into the next space

Free Crochet Pattern for an Easy, Tiny Flower - Step #4

Step #5 – Work another petal into the next space – 2 double crochets, 1 single crochet. Then, slip stitch into the next space.

Free Crochet Pattern for an Easy, Tiny Flower - Step #5

Step #6 – after you work 5 petals (with a slip stitch after each petal), work a slip stitch into the last space and join to the beginning petal with a slip stitch.

Free Crochet Pattern for an Easy, Tiny Flower - Step #6
Free Crochet Pattern for a Tiny Flower - Perfect for Beginners

See this flower on my shell bracelet.
Merry Crocheting!

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Crochet Shell Bracelet {free crochet pattern}

Here’s a pretty little shell bracelet that’s so quick to work you could make one to match every outfit in an hour! The color and adorning possibilities are endless, but here’s one option above with a fancy button and tiny flower. I had to find a project to use my elegant gray yarn, and this worked perfectly. The buttons really make it more fancy.

Crochet Shell Bracelet Free Crochet Pattern

This is exactly like the shell headband I designed, but shorter, naturally. Visit that post to get a full photo and chart tutorial on how to work the shell stitch. Otherwise, continue below!
Crochet Bracelet Free Pattern with a Button

Crochet Shell Bracelet

Written By: Sara McFall of My Merry Messy Life https://www.mymerrymessylife.com

Abbreviations:

  • CH = chain
  • SL ST= slip stitch
  • DC = double crochet

Materials:

The Pattern

Chain to the length desired, but it must be divisible by 4, then add 3 chains at the end. For my wrist, my chain needed to be 27 – so that’s 6 sets of shells and about 7 inches long (17 1/2 cm). There is some overlap on my bracelet, where one shell lays on top of the other. So I suggest to make your chain about as long as the circumference of your wrist, because it will stretch quite a bit with acrylic yarn.Make sure your chains are nice and loose because you will work on the top and bottom of them.

  • In the third chain from the hook, work 3 DC in the same CH.
  • Skip a CH, and work a SL ST in the next CH.
  • Skip a CH, and work 4 DC in the next stitch.
  • *Skip a CH, and work a SL in the next stitch.
  • Skip a CH, and work 4 DC in the next stitch.*
  • Repeat from * to the end, making sure to end with a shell (4 DC).
  • Turn your work 180 degrees, and work the first shell into the same chain (but on the bottom) of where you worked the last shell on the top.
  • Repeat from * above to the end – working the shell stitches in the bottom of the middle of the top row’s shells
  • Join the last shell to the first shell with a SL ST.

Add A Button

Sew your favorite button on one end (make sure it’s on the right side, the same side where you can add embellishment).
You don’t have to crochet a hole into the pattern because the shell stitch naturally opens up where you can insert the button – see below.

Free Pattern for a Crochet Shell Stitch Bracelet
Now you get to count my freckles!
Merry Crocheting!
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Brace Yourself – 5 New FREE Crochet Patterns Coming!

It’s a week full of crochet here at My Merry Messy Life – stick around for the next five days where you’ll get one new pattern each day, starting tomorrow!

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Crochet Father’s Day Gifts {free crochet patterns}

Here are some FREE crochet patterns for Father’s Day, coming up Sunday, June 17. I wanted to find patterns that are not the traditional beanie, scarf and afghan – because it’s June! So many creative ideas.

iPad Case from Red Heart
This pattern is really easy, and I love the camo. I would also do stripes in dad’s favorite team colors, ditch the heart, and crochet an applique of his favorite team’s logo. Would be a great Christmas present, with a real iPad inside!

Golf Club Covers from Lion Brand
Aren’t these the cutest? No one in my family likes to golf, but I couldn’t pass them up.

Socks from Lion Brand
These could be worked in cotton yarn for the summer, and wool for the winter.


Beer Cozy with a Pack of Beer from My Own Ideas
I love this idea because my husband would enjoy it!

Soda Cozy made with Plarn (yarn made from plastic bags!) from Crochet Spot
This is a green gift to give and quite functional for outdoor parties.




Glasses Case from Crochet Spot
This one is super easy and quick to work up. I would make it with stripes and sew an applique of dad’s favorite team on the front!


Coffee Cup Sleeve from Crochet Spot
Another really easy and quick project. You’d be able to make a whole bunch of them!

Cigar Case from All Free Crochet
I love this for the dad who likes his smokes. Pair it with a nice bottle of whiskey, and you’ve got one happy daddy.


Laptop Cover from Red Heart
The colors in this cover are really nice, and I like the shell band around the middle.

Bookmark #1 Dad from All Free Crochet
This would be a treasured work of art that dad would really appreciate!

Remote Caddy from All Free Crochet
Totally functional – just like men like. Match it to the colors of his couch and house, and your mom will be happy about it, too.

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Crochet Toy Basket or Bag – Free Pattern

Crochet this toy basket with my free pattern to hold your child’s favorite trinkets – keeps your shelves clutter-free and you can make it to match your decor!
Free Crochet Pattern for a Kids' Toy Bag

My kids have these cheerful lacing blocks and beads from Melissa and Doug toys (where to buy), but the wooden crate they come in is neither stackable nor convenient in which to house them – perfect crochet project opportunity! This time I didn’t want to go with the traditional double, half double or single crochet. So, this basket/bag is created using my own version of the basket weave stitch, for which I’ve provided a tutorial! The basket weave stitch is such a strong, sturdy and interesting stitch. It looks as if you’ve really created a basket! This bag could be used for a myriad of things and can easily be made smaller or larger by adding rounds to the base.

If you’ve never crocheted in the round before, see my tutorials on crocheting in the round and how to create invisible seams in the round first.

Crochet Toy Bag with or Without the Tie

Crochet Toy Basket or Bag

Written and designed by Sara McFall of My Merry Messy Life (to print this patter, click on the green print button at the bottom of this webpage!)

Materials

  • Hook: G/6 4.25 mm
  • Yarn: Worsted, Medium, 4
  • I used Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Red (where to buy) and Royal Blue (where to buy)
  • Tapestry needle to sew in tails
  • Scissors to cut the tails

A note about the yarn – I do like to use the stiffer Red Heart Super Saver yarn for this because it helps the basket to stand up and makes it strong enough to actually hold objects. The softer yarns are wonderful for hats, scarves and clothing, but not so great for baskets.

Abbreviations

  • SL ST = slip stitch
  • DC = double crochet
  • FPDC = front post double crochet
  • BPDC = back post double crochet
  • CH = chain
  • ST = stitch


Work the Base

(The first CH 2 in every round counts as the first double crochet)

Round 1:

  • CH 3
  • SL ST to form a ring
  • CH 2
  • 7 DC in ring
  • Join with a SL ST to top of CH 2 (8 total DC)

Round 2:

  • CH 2
  • DC in same ST
  • 2 DC in each ST around
  • Join with a SL ST to top of CH 2 (16 total DC)

Round 3:

  • CH 2
  • DC in same ST
  • 1 DC in the next ST
  • *2 DC in the next ST
  • 1 DC in the next ST*
  • Repeat from * to *
  • Join with a SL ST to top of CH 2 (24 total DC)

Round 4:

  • CH 2
  • DC in same ST
  • 1 DC in the next ST
  • 1 DC in the next ST
  • *2 DC in the next ST
  • 1 DC in the next ST
  • 1 DC in the next ST*
  • Repeat from * to *
  • Join with a SL ST to top of CH 2 (32 total DC)

Round 5:

  • CH 2
  • DC in same ST
  • 1 DC in the next ST
  • 1 DC in the next ST
  • 1 DC in the next ST
  • *2 DC in the next ST
  • 1 DC in the next ST
  • 1 DC in the next ST
  • 1 DC in the next ST*
  • Repeat from * to *
  • Join with a SL ST to top of CH 2 (40 total DC)

Round 6:

  • CH 2
  • DC in same ST
  • 1 DC in the next ST
  • 1 DC in the next ST
  • 1 DC in the next ST
  • *2 DC in the next ST
  • 1 DC in the next ST
  • 1 DC in the next ST
  • 1 DC in the next ST
  • 1 DC in the next ST*
  • Repeat from * to *Join with a SL ST to top of CH 2 (48 total DC)

Round 7:

  • CH 2
  • 1 DC in each ST around (48 total DC)

The bottom of your bag or basket will look like this:

Continue in this manner, adding more rounds where you add an increasing stitch (the 2 DC’s in each stitch) one less time every round, if you wish for your bag to be larger than mine. Otherwise, follow below. If you follow my tutorial on crocheting invisible seams in the round, you should have a nice, clean base with no gaps where the round stops and starts.

Basket Weave Stitch (sides)

If you’ve never worked with the Front Post Double Crochet and Back Post Double Crochet before, see my tutorial first. Then, you’ll be able to work the basket weave stitch.

Rounds 1-16:

CH 1

Work a FPDC on the post directly below the CH 1.

  • Work 1 FPDC on each of the next 3 posts below.
  • *Work 1 BPDC on each of the next 4 posts below.
  • Work 1 FPDC on each of the next 4 posts below.*
  • Repeat from * to * and join with a SL ST to the previous CH 1
  •  Finish off the top with 1 HDC in each stitch around (48 total), or maybe a shell stitch if this is for a girl. If you’d like it to be a bag, make a chain of about 80 and weave it through the back where you’d like it.

Merry Crocheting!

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Crochet Cluster V-Stitch Headband – Free crochet pattern for all sizes

A free crochet pattern for a cluster v-stitch headband, rosette and leaf.
Free Crochet Patterns for a Cluster V-Stitch Headband and Rosette

This is my new favorite headband, and this time, it’s for ME! Just in time for Mother’s Day. I wore it today as I taught yoga and it kept the hairs out of my face. It’s very similar to the V-Stitch Headband I just wrote about, but is a thicker V, which I like better. The Cluster V-Stitch is a satisfying stitch to work with because it’s an interesting pattern, but easy to do. This was the very first stitch I learned after learning how to double crochet, and made a whole baby blanket for my little Grayson from it. Art of Crochet by Teresa has a great video from which you can learn as well, but I also have a photo tutorial below.

The pattern for the rosette can be found here.

It’s quick and easy to work up, and can be made for any size head by adjusting how many rows you work.

My Merry Messy Life: Crochet Cluster V-Stitch Headband Free Pattern with Rosette
Here are some approximate headband measurements:
  • Newborn 13″
  • 3-6 months 14″
  • 6-12 months 16″
  • 12 months-tween 17.5″
  • Adult 18″

Free Crochet Pattern for a Cluster V-Stitch Headband

Crochet Cluster V-Stitch Headband

By Sara McFall of My Merry Messy Life

Abbreviations

DC = double crochet
CH = chain

YO = yarn over

Materials

Hook: J (6.00 mm)
Yarn: Worsted weight – I used Sugar’n Cream cotton yarn

Pattern

Row 1

  • CH 6
  • In the 4th CH from the hook, work a V-Stitch (see tutorial below for pictures).
    • *YO, insert hook into the chain, and pull up a loop.
    • YO, pull through first two loops on the hook. There are two loops that remain.
    • YO, insert hook back into the same chain, and pull up a loop. There are now four loops on the hook.
    • YO, pull through first 2 loops on the hook. There are three loops that remain.
    • YO, pull through last 3 loops on the hook.*
    • CH 1
    • Repeat from * above working the 2nd half of the Cluster-V stitch into the same space as the first half
  • **In the last CH, work a DC

Row 2

 

 

  • CH 3
  • Work A V-Stitch in the ch 1 space below
    • YO, insert hook into the chain, and pull up a loop.
    • YO, pull through first two loops on the hook. There are two loops that remain.
    • YO, insert hook back into the same chain, and pull up a loop. There are now four loops on the hook.
    • YO, pull through first 2 loops on the hook. There are three loops that remain.
    • YO, pull through last 3 loops on the hook.*
    • CH 1
    • Repeat from * above working the 2nd half of the Cluster-V stitch into the same space as the first half
  • In the last CH, work a DC

Repeat Row 2 for the remainder of the headband until you have the length desired, and sew the ends together with a tapestry needle, or sew a button onto the end to close.

The rosette is super duper easy to make – see the pattern here.

Cluster V-Stitch Photo Tutorial 

Step #1: After you’ve already started your first cluster v-stitch, continue working by chaining 3.

Step #2: YO, insert hook into the chain 1 space (or just chain if you’re just starting the headband), and pull up a loop.

Step #3: YO, pull through first two loops on the hook. There are two loops that remain.

Step #4: YO, insert hook back into the same chain, and pull up a loop. There are now four loops on the hook.

Step #5: YO and pull through the first 2 loops on the hook (3 loops remain)

Step #6: YO and pull through the last 3 loops on the hook. Half of the Cluster-V stitch is done!

Step #7 – CH 1 and repeat steps 1 to 6

To make the flower leaf: chain 6

In the second chain from the hook, work 1 single crochet, Then work 1 HDC in each of the next 2 stitches, and 1 DC in each of the next two stitches. Fasten off and you’re done!

Merry Crocheting!

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Crochet V-Stitch Headband {free crochet pattern}

A quick and easy headband for all ages – works up in less than 30 minutes!
Crochet V-Stitch Lacy Headband - Free Pattern

Headbands are a great first project when you’re starting to crochet because they’re quick, most are easy, and within a short amount of time, you have the satisfaction of a completed project! This one is a V-Stitch headband, where you have to have already mastered the double crochet stitch. I made this for myself, so it fits an adult, and it’s just in time for Mother’s Day! See my free pattern for the rosette here.

Here are some approximate measurements for headbands in case you want to make your’s smaller than mine:

  • Newborn 13″
  • 3-6 months 14″
  • 6-12 months 16″
  • 12 months-tween 17.5″
  • Adult 18″
Crochet Headband Pattern - V-Stitch

Crochet V-Stitch Headband

Copyright 2013 by Sara of My Merry Messy Life

Abbreviations

  • DC = double crochet
  • CH = chain

Materials

  • Hook: J (6.00 mm)
  • Yarn: Worsted weight – I used Sugar’n Cream cotton yarn

The Pattern

Row 1:

  • CH 6
  • In the 4th CH from the hook, DC
  • CH 1
  • Work another DC in the same space
  • Skip 1 CH
  • In the last CH, work a DC

Row 2:

  • CH 3, turn
  • Work a V-Stitch in the CH 1 space below (between the 2 double crochets): DC, CH 1, DC
  • In the last CH, work a DC

Repeat row 2 until you have the length desired, and sew the ends together with a tapestry needle, or sew a button onto the end to close.

The rosette is super duper easy to make – see the pattern here.

Merry Crocheting!