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Hexagon Crochet Baby Blanket: Candy Shop Blanket by The Blue Elephants

Multi-color crochet hexagon blanket draped over chair - Candy Shop Baby Blanket, free crochet pattern in Paintbox Yarns Wool Mix Super Chunky yarn by The Blue Elephants for Underground Crafter

Do you love making portable crochet motif projects? Then you’ll love this guest post by Shehla from The Blue Elephants! The Candy Shop Baby Blanket is a vibrant and adorable hexagon crochet baby blanket. Shehla shares her method for joining the hexagons to minimize the number of ends you’ll need to weave in, too. There’s even a helpful video at the end of the post!

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. Photos in this post are © Shehla Ahmed/The Blue Elephants and are used with permission.

About The Blue Elephants

Shehla Ahmed from The Blue Elephants

Shehla Ahmed started knitting and crocheting in high school with the help of tutorials on YouTube. Since then, she’s created The Blue Elephants blog to share her designs and new projects, and to help others. You’ll learn how to crochet, knit, and get access to patterns that are fun and modern – but more than that, you’ll be part of a community of makers. A community of strong women who make things happen and empower each other to grow and share their unique gifts. Shehla’s goal here is to guide and teach you how to take your passions and create a business with them, to find joy in doing what you love no matter what others think, and to reach for the things you want in life.

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Candy Shop Baby Blanket

Hexagon Crochet Baby Blanket Pattern by The Blue Elephants

Multi-color crochet hexagon blanket folded over chair (top photo) and draped over chair (bottom photo) | Candy Shop Baby Blanket, free crochet pattern in Paintbox Yarns Wool Mix Super Chunky yarn by The Blue Elephants for Underground Crafter

Hello, everyone! I’m thrilled to be back here sharing another pattern. One of the first blankets I ever sold was the Hudson Baby Blanket and since then, it’s still one of my favorites. It’s modern and fun and easy to work, and I wanted to incorporate some of that into this new design. This pattern is for the Candy Shop Baby Blanket, a bright and colorful take on the original that’s much faster to work up!

Colorful crochet hexagon blanket laid flat with letterboard sign on top - Candy Shop Baby Blanket, free crochet pattern in Paintbox Yarns Wool Mix Super Chunky yarn by The Blue Elephants for Underground Crafter

The inspiration behind this blanket is a candy shop here in Chicago called Dylan’s Candy Bar. It’s an explosion of color and when I walked into it for the first time, I felt giddy and excited and I wanted to take it all in. So, the colors I chose for this blanket are ones that feel like summer and childhood and candy!

These hexagons are all made separately and then joined together with some half hexagons using a continuous join. I did this join for the first time on this blanket and it’s super easy once you see how it’s worked. Rather than seaming each hexagon to its neighbor and then weaving in a million ends, I wanted to have as little extra work to do as possible. The entire joining and border only has 2 ends and 1 join where I added another ball of yarn.

Detail of back of joined crochet hexagons - Candy Shop Baby Blanket, free crochet pattern in Paintbox Yarns Wool Mix Super Chunky yarn by The Blue Elephants for Underground Crafter

Materials

  • 12.00mm crochet hook
  • 10.00mm crochet hook
  • #6 super bulky yarn – I used Paintbox Wool Mix Super Chunky in Buttercup (1), Spearmint Green (1), Marine Blue (1), Dusty Lilac (1), Bubblegum Pink (1), Candyfloss pink (1), and Stormy Gray (2)
  • Tapestry needle
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Abbreviations

  • BLO – back loop only
  • BO – bind off/finish off
  • ch – chain
  • DC – double crochet
  • FLO – front loop only
  • SC – single crochet

Pattern Notes

  • Skill level: Beginner
  • Sizing: 30” (76 cm) x 36” (91.5 cm)
  • Gauge: 2S x 1R per inch
  • Oombawka Design Crochet has a helpful magic loop/magic ring tutorial here.

Full Hexagon

  • Use 4 of the colors to make 6 full hexagons each, and 1 color for the half hexagons. The color you have the most of (Stormy Gray in mine) is for joining and the border.
  • Round 1: Start with a magic loop (see Pattern Notes) and secure it with a slip stitch. Ch 2 (count as DC). Work 1 DC into the magic loop. Ch 2 again.  *DC 2, ch 2* 5 more times into the magic loop. You should have 6 sets of DC and 5 ch-2 spaces now.  Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to finish the round. Then, pull the loop closed.
  • Round 2: Ch 2, DC. (DC, ch 2, DC) into the ch-2 space. *Skip the first space, DC 1, [DC, ch2, DC]* repeat around and slip stitch to the top of the beginning ch 2. (3 DC per side)
  • BO and weave in ends.
  • I have a video here of the large version of these hexagons. I modified them to be a bit smaller by skipping the first space and only working until round 2. This gave me exactly 6 hexagons from each ball.

Half Hexagons

  • Round 1: Start with a magic loop (see Pattern Notes) and secure it with a slip stitch. Ch 2 (count as DC). Work 1 DC. Ch 2, *DC 2, ch 2* twice more. Pull the tail ends to close the loop. You should have 3 sets of DC and 2 ch-2 spaces now.
  • Round 2: Ch 2, turn. * Skip the first space, DC 1, then (DC, ch 2, DC) into the ch-2 space* twice. DC 2, increase. (3 DCs per side). BO and weave in ends.

Joining

  • Now that you have all the hexagons made, arrange them in the order you like. You should have 6 rows with 5 ½ hexagons in each row.
  • Then with the smaller hook and your border color yarn, make a slip knot and chain 3 or 4 to start. Now, starting at the first blue (a half), work a line of slip stitches through the back loops only of the line marked in the photo.
Colorful crochet hexagons displayed before joining - Candy Shop Baby Blanket, free crochet pattern in Paintbox Yarns Wool Mix Super Chunky yarn by The Blue Elephants for Underground Crafter
  • When you get to the bottom, turn and pick up the color hex next to it (pink). Insert your hook through FLO of the gray stitch and the BLO of the pink and slip stitch through all the loops. Continue until you get to the top of the where the colors meet.
  • Now the pink and blue are joined, and the seam is flat! Continue in this way along the top two edges of the pink hex, join the pink to the next, and work your way down the row.
Detail of slip stitch join of colorful hexagon crochet blanket - Candy Shop Baby Blanket, free crochet pattern in Paintbox Yarns Wool Mix Super Chunky yarn by The Blue Elephants for Underground Crafter
  • When your first row is all joined, turn the work and continue joining to the next row along the pointy ends and the gray slip stitches from the first row.
Detail of slip stitch join of colorful hexagon crochet blanket - Candy Shop Baby Blanket, free crochet pattern in Paintbox Yarns Wool Mix Super Chunky yarn by The Blue Elephants for Underground Crafter
  • Follow the arrow until the entire blanket is in one piece. I have a video below that can walk you through how I did this.
Detail of slip stitch join of colorful hexagon crochet blanket - Candy Shop Baby Blanket, free crochet pattern in Paintbox Yarns Wool Mix Super Chunky yarn by The Blue Elephants for Underground Crafter
  • At the corner of the last half hexagon, start to work a border around the whole blanket by working 1 rounds of SC around the blanket. BO and weave in ends to finish!
Border close up of colorful, crochet hexagon blanket - Candy Shop Baby Blanket, free crochet pattern in Paintbox Yarns Wool Mix Super Chunky yarn by The Blue Elephants for Underground Crafter

I love how this blanket turned out and I hope the joining tutorial helps you out! I’ll definitely be using it in more projects now. Thanks so much for reading. If you’d like to see more blankets and toys, I’d love for you to stop by at my blog, The Blue Elephants, and take a look around.

© 2019 by Shehla Ahmed (The Blue Elephants) and published with permission by Underground Crafter. This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Shehla’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. if you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: https://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2019/08/23/hexagon-crochet-baby-blanket-candy-shop-blanket-by-the-blue-elephants/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

Cricut Basics: Iron-On Vinyl Tutorial by How To Heat Press

Cricut Basics: Iron-On Vinyl Tutorial by How To Heat Press for Underground Crafter - sweatshirt with iron-on applied on wood background

Naomi from How To Heat Press is back with the second of three guest posts to help you explore your Cricut! Today, she’ll share an iron-in vinyl tutorial. Iron-on, also known as heat transfer vinyl (HTV) is a really fun material for customizing projects. By the way, you can use what you learn from this iron-on vinyl tutorial to make any iron-on project with any cutting machine.

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. Photos in this post are © How To Heat Press and are used with permission.

About How To Heat Press

How To Heat Press was started by Naomi and Dan in 2016. They’ve been using heat press and cutting machines for years, and they love all the wonderful projects you can create with these machines. How To Heat Press provides information about heat press and cutting machines (with a focus on Cricut machines), heat press and Cricut tips and tutorials, and t-shirt business tutorials.

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Cricut Basics: How To Make A Cricut Iron-On

Tutorial by How To Heat Press

Cricut Basics: Iron-On Vinyl Tutorial by How To Heat Press for Underground Crafter - Cricut Design Space screen capture with SVG image and sweatshirt with iron-on applied

Making custom t shirts, sweatshirts, and baby onesies are among my favorite things to create with Cricut.

It’s so much better being able to make it yourself, rather than buying it from the shop, don’t you think? It makes the top more memorable and precious!

Last time I shared on Underground Crafter, I customized a pencil case with adhesive vinyl. In this post, I’m going to show you how you can jazz up a plain jumper with a cute HTV design. Find out more about the differences between HTV & adhesive vinyl here!

Cricut Basics: Iron-On Vinyl Tutorial by How To Heat Press for Underground Crafter - sweatshirt with iron-on applied on wood background

The design I’m using comes from this awesome SVG bundle on Creative Fabrica.

I uploaded the design to Cricut Design Space and then decided what size I wanted it to be, as well as what colors I wanted to use.

I decided to use black and blue Siser EasyWeed HTV, which I will cut with the Cricut Maker, and press with the Power Press heat press.

I made the design 5 inches wide which is a good width for a baby/toddler shirt.

Cricut Basics: Iron-On Vinyl Tutorial by How To Heat Press for Underground Crafter - Cricut Design Space screen capture of SVG image

How To Cut Iron-On With The Cricut Maker

I mirrored my mat so that the design would be cut out in reverse (essential for Iron-On).

Next, I set my material to ‘Iron On’ in Design Space.

I placed the HTV shiny side facing down on the mat.

Depending on the type of HTV you use, you may want to do a test cut, and alter the default pressure settings. I cut out two different mats, one for each color in my design.

Cricut Basics: Iron-On Vinyl Tutorial by How To Heat Press for Underground Crafter - Cricut Maker cutting vinyl

Once the Cricut Maker had cut out the design, I weeded away the excess HTV. That is, I took away all the vinyl that is NOT part of the design, so that only what I wanted remained on the carrier sheet.

Using the Cricut BrightPad, as described in this post, will make weeding vinyl even easier!

Cricut Basics: Iron-On Vinyl Tutorial by How To Heat Press for Underground Crafter - weeded pieces of iron-on

How To Press HTV With A Heat Press

To transfer Siser EasyWeed HTV with a heat press:

  • Set the temperature on the heat press to 305°F, and the pressure to medium
  • Pre-press the garment for a couple seconds to remove wrinkles and moisture
  • Press each layer/color for 1 second to tack it down, then press the full remaining time on the last layer
  • Peel the carrier sheet away while hot or cold

See this post for how to apply iron-on with the Cricut EasyPress 2.

I turned on my heat press and left it for ten minutes to heat up to 305°F. Once it had heated up I pre-pressed the jumper.

I positioned the black layer of my design onto the jumper, covered it with a Teflon sheet, and pressed it for a second to tack it down. I peeled the carrier sheet away while hot.

Next I positioned the blue layer on top, covered it with a Teflon sheet again and pressed it for the full remaining time (14 seconds). Then I peeled away the carrier sheet from the blue layer.

If your Siser EasyWeed doesn’t seem to tack down after 1 second this could be because:

  • The pressure on the heat press is not high enough – turn it up so that it applies more pressure
  • Seams, buttons or zips are interfering with the pressure applied to your transfer – use a heat press pillow within the garment or position it on the platen so that you avoid pressing on seams, zips etc.

All done… What a cute top!

Cricut Basics: Iron-On Vinyl Tutorial by How To Heat Press for Underground Crafter - close up of iron-on applied to sweatshirt

There are many ways to make your own custom garment designs at home – heat transfer vinyl, screen printing, embroidery, infusible ink transfers, and more. But I think HTV is my favorite! It’s so easy to use, and the results are always amazing.

Let us know what you’ve been making in the comments down below!

Crochet Triangle Shawl Pattern: Summer Sunset Shawl by Two Brothers Blankets

Summer Sunset Shawl, free crochet pattern in Lion Brand Wrap Star yarn by Two Brothers Blankets for Underground Crafter

Are you looking for the easy crochet triangle shawl pattern that you can style as a scarf or a shawl? Then you’ll love this guest post by Michelle from Two Brothers Blankets! The Summer Sunset Shawl is an easy, two-row repeat crochet triangle shawl that you can customize to your preferred size. You can make it with a self-striping yarn that does all the colorwork for you, too!

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. Photos in this post are © Michelle Ferguson/Two Brothers Blankets and are used with permission. Yarn for the sample was generously provided by Red Heart.

About Two Brothers Blankets

Summer Sunset Shawl, free crochet pattern in Lion Brand Wrap Star yarn by Two Brothers Blankets for Underground Crafter | Two Brothers Blankets logo

Michelle Ferguson lives in Florida with her husband, two sons, and two dogs. She has been crocheting for just over 7 years and designing crochet patterns for 5 years. She loves to create crochet garments and accessories that are simple and modern. When she is not crocheting she loves to go to the beach, read, and watch football.

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Summer Sunset Shawl

Crochet Triangle Shawl Pattern by Two Brothers Blankets

Summer Sunset Shawl, free crochet pattern in Lion Brand Wrap Star yarn by Two Brothers Blankets for Underground Crafter

Materials

  • 874 yards DK (#3) weight yarn – Lion Brand Wrap Star in the colorway Eve was used in sample pictured.
  • H (5.0mm) crochet hook
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Yarn needle
Summer Sunset Shawl, free crochet pattern in Lion Brand Wrap Star yarn by Two Brothers Blankets for Underground Crafter | Triangular, striped shawl in progress with crochet hook and yarn

Difficulty

  • Easy

Gauge

  • Row 4 = 4” (10 cm) across the top

Sizing

  •  54” (137 cm) across the top, unblocked

Pattern Notes

  • Starting chain DOES count as first stitch, unless stated otherwise within the pattern.
  • Add to your queue or buy the ad-free PDF of this pattern on Ravelry or Etsy.

Stitches Needed & Abbreviations (U.S. Terms)

  • ch(s) – chain(s)
  • dc – double crochet
  • mb – mini bean – insert hook into stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop (2 loops on your hook), yarn over, insert hook into stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop (4 loops on your hook), yarn over and pull through all 4 loops.
  • MC – magic circle – Oombawka Design has helpful video and photo tutorials for the magic ring/magic circle here.
  • st(s) – stitch(es)

Pattern

  • Create a MC.
  • Row 1: Ch 3, work 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in the magic circle. Pull tight to close. (6)
  • Row 2: Ch 3, turn, 1 dc in same st, 1 dc in next 2 sts, (2dc, ch 2, 2dc) in ch-2 space, 1 dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in last st. (12)
Summer Sunset Shawl, free crochet pattern in Lion Brand Wrap Star yarn by Two Brothers Blankets for Underground Crafter | Woman wearing striped triangular shawl with her back to camera in front of trees
  • Row 3: Ch 3, turn, 1 dc in same st, 1 mb in next st, *1 dc in next st, 1 mb in next*, repeat to ch-2 space, (2dc, ch 2, 2dc) in ch-2 space, 1 mb in next st, *1 dc in next st, 1 mb in next st*, repeat to last st, 2 dc in last st. (18)
  • Row 4: Ch 3, turn, 1 dc in same st, *1 mb in next st, 1 dc in next st*, repeat to ch-2 space, (2dc, ch 2, 2dc) in ch-2 space, *1 dc in next st, 1 mb in next st*, repeat to last st, 2 dc in last st. (24)
Summer Sunset Shawl, free crochet pattern in Lion Brand Wrap Star yarn by Two Brothers Blankets for Underground Crafter | Woman wearing striped triangular shawl with point in front with hand on hip
  • Repeat Rows 3 and 4 until you reach 300 sts or desired size for your shawl. You will be increasing by 6 sts each row.
  • Fasten off. Weave in ends. Block if desired.
© 2019 by Michelle Ferguson (Two Brothers Blankets) and published with permission by Underground Crafter. This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Michelle’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. if you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: https://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2019/08/21/crochet-triangle-shawl-pattern-summer-sunset-shawl-by-two-brothers-blankets/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!
Summer Sunset Shawl, free crochet pattern in Lion Brand Wrap Star yarn by Two Brothers Blankets for Underground Crafter | Woman wearing striped triangular shawl with her back to camera in front of trees

Simple Crochet Cardigan Pattern: Summer Isle Cardigan by Itchin’ for Some Stitchin’

Free crochet pattern: Summer Isle Cardigan by Itchin' for Some Stitchin' in Red Heart Bunches of Hugs yarn for Underground Crafter

Are you looking for the simple crochet cardigan pattern? Then you’ll love this guest post by RaeLynn from Itchin’ for Some Stitchin’! The Summer Isle Cardigan is a beginner-friendly sleeveless crochet cardigan pattern in five sizes. It also includes a video tutorial to guide you through seaming the pieces together.

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. Photos in this post are © RaeLynn Endicott/Itchin’ for Some Stitchin’ and are used with permission. Yarn for the sample was generously provided by Red Heart.

About Itchin’ for Some Stitchin’

Free crochet triangular shawl pattern: It's a Colorful Summer Shawl in Lion Brand Mandala for Itchin' for Some Stitchin' for Underground Crafter | RaeLynn Endicott from Itchin' for Some Stitchin'

RaeLynn Endicott is the crochet designer and blogger behind Itchin for some Stitchin’, where she provides beginner-focused crochet, sewing, and knitting patterns, tutorials, tips, and general know-how.

She is a self-taught stitcher who learned how to crochet and knit as part of her church’s Prayer Shawl Ministry eight years ago.  Around the same time, her husband bought RaeLynn her first sewing machine and her love of sewing was born!

RaeLynn not only has a passion for these wonderful hobbies, but she also has a love of teaching others how to do them, which is why she started her blog three years ago — to provide others with the resources she struggled to find while learning to crochet, knit, and sew.

RaeLynn has only recently discovered a new love – crochet pattern design.  And because she is dedicated to beginners, all her patterns are as beginner-friendly as possible.

As a mother to four step-daughters and one rambunctious toddler, finding the time to design and blog can be challenging, but RaeLynn is up to the task!  

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Summer Isle Cardigan

Crochet Pattern by Itchin’ for Some Stitchin’

Free crochet pattern: Summer Isle Cardigan by Itchin' for Some Stitchin' in Red Heart Bunches of Hugs yarn for Underground Crafter - woman wearing striped, sleeveless crochet cardigan, standing against greenery

Breeze into summer with this lightweight Summer Isle cardigan. Designed with trendy open shoulders and a super easy granny stitch variation that’s great for beginners, this stylish cardigan is the perfect addition to your summer wardrobe!

Free crochet pattern: Summer Isle Cardigan by Itchin' for Some Stitchin' in Red Heart Bunches of Hugs yarn for Underground Crafter - woman wearing striped, sleeveless crochet cardigan, standing against greenery

Difficulty Level

  • Level 1-2 – Advanced Beginner

Finished Sizes

  • XS, S, M, L, XL.

Finished Dimensions

  • XS: 24” (61 cm) length x 22” (56 cm) width.
  • S: 25” (63.5 cm) length x 22.5” (57 cm) – 23” (58.5 cm) width.
  • M: 26” (66 cm) – 26.5” (67.5 cm) length x 23.5” (59.5 cm) – 24” (61 cm) width.
  • L: 27” (68.5 cm) – 27.5” (70 cm) length x 24.5” (62 cm) – 25” (63.5 cm) width.
  • XL: 27” (68.5 cm) – 27.5” (70 cm) length x 25.5” (65 cm) width.
  • **All dimensions are approximate.
Free crochet pattern: Summer Isle Cardigan by Itchin' for Some Stitchin' in Red Heart Bunches of Hugs yarn for Underground Crafter - woman wearing striped, sleeveless crochet cardigan, standing against greenery

Gauge

  • 8 rows  and 13 stitches = 4” (10 cm) in double crochet
  • 5 (2dc clusters) and 4 (ch2-sp) X 7 rows = 4” (10 cm) in pattern

Materials

  • Medium worsted #4 weight 100% acrylic yarn
    • Total yardage: 1,000 yd (914.5 m) – 1,500 yd (1,371.5 m)
  • Crochet Hook size G-4.25mm or whatever hook is needed to obtain gauge
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle

Abbreviations

Additional Notes

  • A video tutorial for seaming the Summer Isle Cardigan is available at the end of the written pattern.
  • An ad-free PDF of this pattern is available to buy on Etsy or Ravelry.
  • Add this pattern to your Ravelry queue or favorites.
  • 2 dc stitches = 1 dc cluster
  • Blocking the finished product is recommended, but not necessary.  Use your method of choice.
  • This is a very forgiving pattern and therefore, all dimensions are APPROXIMATE.
  • Instructions for each size are provided as follows: (XS), (S), (M), (L), (XL)
  • Your cluster count will be based on the number of chains in your foundation chain.  If you chained more or less than the number of  chains instructed in the pattern you will need to keep track of your cluster count.
  • If for some reason you cannot obtain the recommended stitch count or you choose to use a different yarn weight and /or hook size, you will need to adjust the number of chains in your foundation chain (both the Back panel and Front panels) so that the width of your project meets the width indicated in the chart under Finished Dimensions (see above).  However, be aware that this pattern expands as you crochet so the length of your foundation chain is not  equal to your finished width.  Thus, it may take a bit of trial and error before you find the correct number of chains to meet the required width.
  • As an alternative to chaining, you can use the foundation single crochet stitch (fsc) in this pattern.

Instructions

Back

  • Ch (75), (79), (83), (87), (89)
  • Row 1: Turn work,  sc in 2nd ch from hook in the bpo and in each ch across. (74), (78), (82), (86), (88) sts.
  • Row 2: Ch 5 (counts as a ch 3 turning chain & a ch 2 that will become a ch2-space), turn work, skip 2 sts, 2 dc in the next st,*ch 2, skip 2 sts, 2 dc in the next st*. Repeat from * to * across. (25), (26), (27), (28), (29) clusters.
  • Row 3:  Ch 5 (counts as a ch 3 turning chain & a ch 2 that will become a ch2-space), turn work, 2 dc in the 1st ch2-space, skip the 1st dc cluster, *ch 2, 2 dc in the next ch-2 space, skip the next dc cluster*.  Repeat from * to * across.   (25), (26), (27), (28), (29) clusters.
  • Continue to repeat row 3 until you reach the indicated length for your chosen pattern size (see Finished Dimensions). 
  • NOTE: If you have met the recommended gauge, this should be approximately row 45 (XS), 47 (S), 49 (M), 51 (L), and 51 (XL). If you stitch more tightly you will need to stitch more rows.
  • Bind off & weave in ends.
Free crochet pattern: Summer Isle Cardigan by Itchin' for Some Stitchin' in Red Heart Bunches of Hugs yarn for Underground Crafter - back piece

Front (Make 2)

  • Ch (39),  (41), (44, (45), (45).
  • Row 1: Turn work, sc in 2nd ch from hook in the bpo and in each ch across. (38), (40), (43), (44), (44) sts.
  • Row 2: Ch 5 (counts as a ch 3 turning chain & a ch 2 that will become a ch2-space), turn work, skip 2 sts, 2 dc in the next st,*ch 2, skip 2 sts, 2 dc in the next st*. Repeat from * to * across. (13), (13), (14), (15), (16) clusters.
  • Row 3: Ch 5 (counts as a ch 3 turning chain & a ch 2 that will become a ch2-space), turn work, 2 dc in the 1st ch2-space, skip the 1st dc cluster, *ch 2, 2 dc in the next ch-2 space, skip the next dc cluster*. Repeat from * to * across.   (13), (13), (14), (15), (16) clusters.
  • Continue to repeat row 3 until you reach the indicated length for your chosen pattern size (See Finished Dimensions). 
  • NOTES
    • If you have met the recommended gauge, this should be approximately row 45 (XS), 47 (S), 49 (M), 51 (L), and 51 (XL). If you stitch looser than recommended gauge you will need to work less rows.  If you stitch more tightly you will need to stitch more rows.
    • The two front side panels should each be approximately half the width of the back panel, but should be the same length.
  • Bind off & weave in ends.
Free crochet pattern: Summer Isle Cardigan by Itchin' for Some Stitchin' in Red Heart Bunches of Hugs yarn for Underground Crafter - front pieces for assembly

Finishing

  •  Place BACK panel on a hard surface (EX. table or floor) with the RIGHT side facing UP.
  • Place each FRONT panel on top of the back panel with RIGHT sides facing DOWN.
Free crochet pattern: Summer Isle Cardigan by Itchin' for Some Stitchin' in Red Heart Bunches of Hugs yarn for Underground Crafter - pieces for finishing
  • *One front panel placed on the left.
Free crochet pattern: Summer Isle Cardigan by Itchin' for Some Stitchin' in Red Heart Bunches of Hugs yarn for Underground Crafter - finishing diagram
  • *Both  front panels placed.
  • Seam the panels together per the section chart below.
  • NOTE:   I used the whip stitch (see below for video tutorial) to seam this pattern. 
Free crochet pattern: Summer Isle Cardigan by Itchin' for Some Stitchin' in Red Heart Bunches of Hugs yarn for Underground Crafter - finishing chart in inches
Free crochet pattern: Summer Isle Cardigan by Itchin' for Some Stitchin' in Red Heart Bunches of Hugs yarn for Underground Crafter - finishing chart in cm
  • **All dimensions are approximate.
  • Bind off & weave in ends.
© 2019 by RaeLynn Endicott (Itchin’ for Some Stitchin’) and published with permission by Underground Crafter. This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate RaeLynn’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. if you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: https://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2019/08/05/simple-crochet-pattern-summer-isle-cardigan-by-itchin-for-some-stitchin/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

26+ Free Handmade Gift Ideas for Pets

Welcome to the fifth and final roundup of the Christmas in July Make Along! This week’s theme is pets. Most of my loved ones consider their pets to be part of the family, so I often make gifts for furry friends, too. I’ve searched the web to find you 26 handmade gift ideas, including 13 free crochet patterns, 6 free knitting patterns, and 7 free sewing patterns. If you still need more inspiration, I’ve included links to two more roundups with over 100 more ideas!

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  • If you’re just hearing about the Christmas in July Make Along, you can find out more here. 29 bloggers have teamed up to bring you 31 days of handmade gift ideas and the chance to win one of 17 great prizes!
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26+ Handmade Gift Ideas for Pets

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13 Free Crochet Patterns

These free crochet patterns include bedding, toys, clothes, and accessories for both cats and dogs.

Left column, from top to bottom:

  • Mitered Square Pet Blanket by Underground Crafter: This simple square pet blanket can be easily adjusted for any size of dog.
  • Santa’s Best Friend by Dora Does: This cute dog bandana is a great project to kick off the holiday season.
  • Cat Mat by Cute as a Button Crochet: This simple stitch pattern adds some texture and the tassel adds something for kitty to play with.
  • Quick and Easy Puppy Sweater by Itchin’ for Some Stitchin’: This adorable sweater pattern includes a coordinating plaid bowtie.
  • Elephant Squeaker Toy for Dogs by Repeat Crafter Me: This cute rag doll can also be made without squeakers for playing fetch.

Center column, from top to bottom:

  • Pizza Dog Rug by Posh Pooch Designs: This cute dog rug pattern includes a video tutorial.
  • Kent Street Bagel Cat Toy via Lion Brand: Add some catnip to make this a truly savory treat for your kitty.
  • Holiday Pet Sweater by YARNutopia: Let your dogs join in the festivities with these adorable sweaters. Pattern includes a video tutorial.
  • Kennel Blanket by Mamas2Hands: This simple pattern is just right for comforting a new friend.

Right column, from top to bottom:

  • Cat Toy via FaveCrafts: This project uses a toilet paper roll and bell to add fun sounds for kitty.
  • Cat Bed via FaveCrafts: A minimalistic design makes this cat bed perfect for any style of home décor.
  • Holiday Cat Collar via FaveCrafts: Include your cat in your holiday party with this festive collar.
  • Dog Sweater via FaveCrafts: This striped dog sweater is designed to fit small dogs.

6 Free Knitting Patterns

These free knitting patterns include a dog clothes and accessories and a cat toy. Shown clockwise from top left corner.

  • Santa Claus Dog Coat by Handy Little Me: This festive dog coat pattern is available in three sizes.
  • Dog Snood by Posh Pooch Designs: These simple striped snoods are great scrap busters.
  • Modernist Dog Sweater via Lion Brand: This black and white dog sweater is perfect for the dog (or owner) who wants to make a fashion statement.
  • Miss Mousie via Lion Brand: This little mouse toy can be rubbed with catnip to make your kitty happy.
  • Hooded Dog Coat via FaveCrafts: This trendy outfit is available to fit four different dog sizes.
  • Winter Dog Coat via FaveCrafts: The pattern for this festive dog coat is available in six sizes.

7 Free Sewing Patterns

These free sewing patterns include toys for cats and dogs and a dog bed and sweater. Shown clockwise from top left corner.

  • Water Bottle Dog Toy by Laura Kelly Designs: This simple, low-sew project uses an old water bottle for crinkle sounds.
  • How To Make Dog Sweaters by Sew What Alicia: This post includes tips on measurement and a video tutorial for sewing your own dog sweater.
  • Dog Bone Toy by Sew What Alicia: This quick sewing project includes cut files for Cricut or for cutting the bone by hand, along with tips for making a coordinated bag.
  • Christmas Stocking Dog Toy by Swoodson Says: This stocking includes a secret treat pouch.
  • Star Wars Themed Dog Bed by Pieces by Polly: This simple dog bed project is a perfect gift for your favorite Star Wars fan and dog.
  • Legally Adorable Dog Tote via FaveCrafts: This bag is perfect for carrying a smaller dog for a day out.
  • DIY Cat Toys via FaveCrafts: This sewing project includes step-by-step pictures.

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