Flora Lace Crocheted Shawl

The unique design of this shawl pattern immediately caught my eye as I was scrolling through an AllFreeCrochet.com email (you can access the site here: https://www.allfreecrochet.com/Shawls/Flora-Shawl). I wanted to try out the pattern.
You can check out the free pattern at Annie Design Crochet, thanks to designer, Carmen Heffernan. Here’s the link: https://www.anniedesigncrochet.com/2019/04/29/flora-shawl-one-skein-free-crochet-pattern/
For my shawl, I used one ball of Lion Brand’s Shawl in a Ball (5.3 oz/150 g/ 518 yds/473 m) in “Peaceful Earth” and a 4.5 mm hook. I love this yarn—the brushed texture is beautiful for scarves and shawls, and the colour choices are all really attractive.

My finished, blocked shawl is 18” at its widest point x 69” long.
I so liked how this design turned out, I made another one in purple (Shawl in a Ball colour, Mindful Mauve).


My pattern will be featured at ALLFREECROCHET.COM

I just received news that my pattern from yesterday’s post will be featured at one of my favourite crochet sites, ALLFREECROCHET.COM. You can see it here: https://www.allfreecrochet.com/Scarves/Hoodie-Scarf-Pattern


Now, wouldn’t Miss Piggy just adore this hat?

I love all the animal-themed children’s hats I see on the Web these days. They’re not only fun to make, I’m sure any kid will tell you that they’re also fun to wear.

I fell in love with the Piggy Hat crochet pattern at http://kandjdolls.blogspot.com/2011/10/free-piggy-hat-crochet-pattern.html and so I made one. But I did change it up a little by using plain pink worsted weight yarn, and edging it in a simple single crochet stitch instead of using the recommended crab stitch. I also added a pink ribbon to each ear to make it clear that she’s a little girl piggy!
baby_hat piggy copy

I had so much fun making the piggy hat that I ended up making a bunch of different hats for the children of my nieces and nephews. I handed them out at the family picnic and you can see pictures below of everyone wearing their hats.

Check out my favourite site, ALLFREECROCHET at http://www.allfreecrochet.com/HatsforChildren/Adorable-Animal-Hats-Free-Crochet-Hat-Patterns-for-Kids to discover loads of patterns for some adorable animal hats!
brady in owl hat group shot 2nd cousinsbrooklyn in chick hat

brooklyn spencer weston

Crochet yourself the best sun hat ever!

In my quest to put off looking like an apple doll for as long as is possible, I always wear a brimmed hat (along with sunblock) when I’m out in the sun.

hat_floppy brim cream & brown1bA couple of years ago, I made my first attempt at crocheting a brimmed hat and it turned out to be the best hat I’ve ever owned—better than any hat I’ve ever purchased! I’m about to wear it for my third summer and it doesn’t look any worse for wear. It does a fantastic job of keeping the sun off my face.

To find the pattern (free!), I first visited my favourite site http://www.allfreecrochet.com/Caps-With-Brims/Natural-Colored-Floppy-Brim-Hat which led me to this printable PDF pattern:


hat_floppy brim cream & brown1aThe instructions were very easy to follow, even for a beginner. I used a worsted-weight cream yarn and edged it with a brown worsted. I also crocheted a few matching flowers just to fancy it up a bit.

Once the hat was completed, the brim was floppy, so here’s how I stiffened it: I purchased a plain straw hat with a brim a bit narrower than my crocheted hat for just a buck at my local dollar store. Then I fit it into my crocheted hat and hand-stitched them together. The straw hat not only adds the stiff support that the crocheted hat needs, it also doubles up on helping to block the UV rays that I want to keep away from my skin.

hat_floppy brim cream & brown1cI thought that this cream colour would be difficult to keep clean, but it wears extremely well and still looks as new as the day I made it. I wear it out on my boat every weekend in the summer, as well as out and about in the yard and I take it with me on vacations down south, so it gets a lot of wear!

Try making one. I guarantee you’ll be impressed.

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