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Crochet Mitts - Free Pattern Roundup

I've said it once and I'll say it again: 'tis the season to crochet mittens! With only 8 days left for Christmas, crochet mittens (with or without fingers) are a sort of Christmas "get-out-of-jail" free card for every crocheter. They usually don't take up a lot of yarn and/or time, they're fairly easy to make and they're a foolproof gift. I've rounded up the cutest, coziest, and warmest mittens for the whole family and created this round-up: 8 free patterns for 8 days until Christmas! Enjoy!

1. Firecracker Gloves, by Ria Saakshi (sizes for women, but easily customizable).

2. Owl mittens, by The Green Dragonfly (sizes for kids, but easily customizable).

3. Mrs Murdoch's Mittens, by Brenda K. B. Anderson (sizes for toddlers, older kids, women, men).

4. OMG, It's Almost Christmas Fingerless Mitts, by The Anarchist Knitter (size for women).

5. Stripy Mitts, by Sandra Paul (medium size, but easily customizable).

6. Adeline Fingerless Mitts with Faux…

Fall/Winter 2014-2015 - The Anarchist's Collection: #4 - Crochet Cat Nest

It's the ultimate crochet pattern (and gift) for cat lovers. It's quick to make, although working with t-shirt yarn and a small hook (8.00mm) can be a challenge (but it is an excellent way of working out while crocheting). I used some t-shirt yarn I bought at the dollar store for €1.85 and used 3 "skeins", for a total of about 1500 gr. Awesome, awesome project, which gave origin to a massive feud between my cats. They keep fighting among themselves to get in the nest and the worst part is that the nest is not even for them... Poor, poor Anarchist kitties... :)

The (free) pattern can be found here!

É, com certeza, o melhor modelo (e prenda) em crochet para os apaixonados por gatos. É fácil e rápido de fazer, embora trabalhar com trapilho e uma agulha pequena (8.00mm) possa ser um desafio (mas é uma excelente forma de irmos ao ginásio enquanto fazemos crochet). Usei trapilho que comprei numa loja asiática (chamemos assim), 500 gr por €1.85 e usei 3 "novelos"…

Fall/Winter 2014-2015 - The Anarchist's Collection: #3 - A Vest For Little Dudes (and Girls)

It's the perfect little vest for little dudes (or girls, for that matter). Knitting/crocheting for little dudes is often a challenge: there are thousands of patterns for cute dresses, cardigans and boleros and shrugs, but not so many patterns for vests ou "manly-looking" pieces (don't get me wrong, personally I prefer gender-neutral garments, but most people have a different option). Anyway, when you do find a pattern "suited" for little guys, you stick to it like glue. My all-time favourite is Felipe, by Joji Locatelli. It's available as a free Ravelry download and it's only fault is that it is only available in one size: newborn. However, I was determined to knit this for one of the little dudes in my life (who's almost 3), so I heavily adapted the pattern. Here are my mods:

Size 9 needles (gauge of 16 st/in);Cast on 104 stitches;Stockinette stitch portion - 9,5 in;Dividing for front and back:BO 4 stitches, remove marker, BO 4 more stitches; K…

Fall/Winter 2014-2015 - The Anarchist's Collection: #2 - Basic Round Knitted Toddler Top

Awesome little sweater and pattern, perfect to quench my obsession with round yokes. It fits like a charm, albeit already on the snug side. It only took me one skein of this gorgeous yarn (YAY!). Anyway, my notes:
Needles: 5.0mm;Gauge: as stated in pattern;Yarn: BMG Affinitas Winter Tweed, colourway 07 (100% acrylic - but good acrylic ;))Increases were made Elizabeth Zimmerman's style, which are super fast and look very good!I may make another, because I feel that it won't fit by Winter... I will use the same pattern, but 6mm needles (3T size).Outra espectacular camisola e modelo simples, perfeito para acalmar a minha obsessão com decotes redondos. Serve como uma luva, embora já esteja um pouco apertadita. Só precisei de um novelo deste delicioso fio (YAY!). De qualquer forma, ficam as minhas notas:
Agulhas: 5.0mm;Amostra: conforme indicado no modelo;Fio: BMG Affinitas Winter Tweed, cor 07 (100% acrílico, mas um acrílico óptimo;)). Custa cerca de 5€, mas tem 100 gramas.Fiz os a…

Fall/Winter 2014-2015 - The Anarchist's Collection #1 - Non Stop Top

It's that heart-breaking time of year again, when you have to sift through drawers and drawers of clothes that no longer fit. But, as always, every cloud has a silver lining: it's also time to knit and crochet compulsively to build up an entirely new "collection"! Yay!

So, kicking off the collection, here's one of my favourite top patterns ever - Non Stop Top, found here on Ravelry. Why is it one of my favourite patterns? Well, it's knitted in one piece, without breaking yarn, for one. It's seamless, which is also great. But, most importantly, it's this sort of magical design that grows and stretches immensely, which means that a sweater will last - and FIT - at least two years, which is a great deal when you're knitting for tiny humans. It will probably look like the weirdest thing that you'll ever knit, but I assure you that it is awesome!

Fall/Winter 2014-2015 - The Anarchist's Collection #1 - Non Stop Top
Yarn I used: Drops Fabel (in &qu…

Sock Yarn Baby Blanket - Free Knitting Pattern

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate/referral links, which only means that if you click the link and buy something, I'll get a small commission. And trust me: by small, I mean small as in so-small-that-it-cannot-even-support-my-yarn-addiction. 
Most baby blankets' patterns give me the creeps. They're heavy, frumpy, impractical and even worse is when they have a right side and a wrong side (who has time for that when you're trying to wrap up a baby in the cold?). More, baby H., my much-anticipated godson, will be born right in the middle of summer and temperatures here get quite high. So, with all this in mind, I decided I wanted something extraordinarily light, colourful and easy. And this was born: 
It only weighs 150 gr, it's light, airy but still able to keep those cold summer evenings and nights at bay! And the pattern (if we can even call it a pattern) couldn't be any simpler: you knit, knit, knit and let the yarn speak for itself. I think the most imp…

Baby Dungarees (or the Cutest Thing I ever made)

Work has been really getting in the way of my knitting/crocheting. Humpf. And, with a brand new baby from a very dear friend around the corner, let's just say that I'm not amused. But, considering how limited my time is, I need to be savvy in my projects and I need to be fast and furious. With that precise thought in mind, I decided to go for a pair of baby dungarees. And here is my train of thought:
I wanted the "main body" to be knitted and not crocheted;I wanted them to be seamed;I would then add the back straps later on. Having chosen Cotton Merino by Drops Design (colourway 08), I needed a pattern for worsted yarn and I came across this one here, available as a Ravelry download.

So, I just knitted the whole thing and sew the seams. And then my mods began:
I did not pick up stitches for the legs (I HATE PICKING UP STITCHES); instead, I just single crochet around the leg openings and the end results is pretty cool;For the straps: at the back of the shorts, after de…

Snug as a Bug Sleep Sack

It's called "Baby fever". Every crafter knows what I'm talking about. As soon as you hear that someone you know is having a baby, it begins: you plan your projects, you buy the yarn, you browse through thousands of patterns and finally you roll up your sleeves and knit/crochet. Add someone you really like into the mix and multiply this for a thousand.

This is my take of the Snug as a Bug Sleep Sack, by Robyn Devine.It's avialble as a free Ravelry download (here) and it's pretty straightforward, just the kind of pattern I like. I didn't have to make any mods whatsoever! To maintain my level of sanity, I used a self-striping yarn (Drops Garnstudio Fabel Print, colourway 677, purchased at Bolas de Tons) and I think the end result is pretty nifty. And I only used 1.5 skeins, so I'm sure I still have enough yarn for a pair of matching booties, for instance. The buttons are also cute, just right to keep the little dude warm!

Primavera - Ruffle Shrug for Babies

Primavera (i.e., "Spring" in Portuguese). That elusive time of year when your nose is constantly running, you kind of itch all over and you begin to live. You start spending more time outdoors, you relish the sun and babies begin to show those wonderful baby rolls. But that doesn't mean that you no longer need some warmth. This is where this cute shrug comes into play. Designed to be crocheted in cotton, it is simple but cute, adding just that extra-layer (much needed during Spring or even during Summer/Autumn). So, grab your hook and yarn and go!

Primavera - Ruffle Shrug for BabiesSizes: 6 months, 12 months, 18 months, 2 years
(shown here in 6 month size) 

100/125/150/200 mt of worsted cotton yarn (shown in Rowan Classic Cotton Jeans);5.5 mm/I hook;5/6 buttons.

Instructions Instructions are for the smaller size, with changes for the larger size noted in parentheses as necessary.
Foundation Row: Chain 43 (47, 49, 53). Row 1: Dc in 3rd chain from hook and next 2 (2,…

Zip It! - One Skein, One-hour Zippered Crochet Cowl

And, I'm back! After almost 2 weeks (2 WEEKS) stuck in an apparently endless job, I'm "free" once again. And, obviously, I need to compensate my abstinence by knitting/crocheting every bit of yarn in sight! I was particularly drawn to this boucle orange yarn I bought for 37 cents a skein (I kid you not). I kind of love it and hate it, all at the same time. Could I possibly be able to do something pretty - or at least functional - out of it? I went for a cowl. A quick-to-make, one skein, one-hour cowl. The zipper was added later as a sort of architectural element (wow, don't I sound pretentious?). Well, I think it turned out cool. I wish I had a prettier zipper (one of those gold-like ones), but whatever. I was in "Crochet-Frenzy" mode!

E estou de volta! Depois de quase 2 semanas (2 SEMANAS) presa a um trabalho que aparentemente não tinha fim, estou "livre" novamente. E, obviamente, tive de compensar a minha abstinência tricotando/crochetando t…

Puff.Puff: Easy Crochet Tablet Cozy

Poor tablet, running around naked in a house filled with handmade items. It wasn't fair. It deserved some pretty, especially since it was Little A.'s and Big J.'s birthday present to me. (Also, I needed an excuse to procrastine, to take my mind from the nagging work that has been taking up more time than I like and to crochet a little).
Pobre tablet, a correr pela casa nu e isto numa casa cheio de coisas feitas à mão. Não era justo. Merecia algo bonito, especialmente porque foi o presente que a Little A. e o Big J. me deram nos anos (Também precisava de uma desculpa para procrastinar, para deixar de pensar no trabalho aborrecido que me tem ocupado mais do que aquilo que gostaria e crochetar um pouco).

Puff.Puff: Easy Crochet Tablet Cozy
Finished Measurements: 8.5 in x 6 in (21,5 cm x 15 cm)
To fit a 7' tablet.
You can easily increase the finished size; just make sure that your starting chain is an even number. 

Materials:Sports yarn in 4 colours: 20 gr. for main col…

Easy-as-1-2-3 Toddler Pompom Skirt

Yes, yes, yes, kids (especially ours) are awesome little persons that fill your life with joy while driving you to the brink of madness every single day. But a crocheter/knitter/crafter has a secret reason to love kids: they represent endless opportunities to MAKE something. Later last week, we came to the sudden realization that Little A. had very few skirts (some dresses, but very few - 2 - skirts). In my attempt to raise a gender-neutral human being, I often forget Little A. is a girl. Well, no harm done: it's just yet another opportunity to create! In a matter of hours, the first crochet skirt was created. Hope you also like it (I know I do!).
Sim, sim, sim, as crianças (principalmente as nossas) são pessoas pequeninas fantásticas que nos enchem a vida de alegria ao mesmo tempo que nos levam à loucura todos os dias sem excepção. Mas uma crocheteira/tricoteira/artesã têm uma razão secreta para adorar crianças: representam oportunidades infindáveis para FAZER alguma coisa. No fi…

80's child - Easy, Fast and Gorgeous Baby Legwarmers

Most baby legwarmers are awesome and stupid, all at the same time. Awesome, because they look cute and fluffy and... did I say CUTE already? But they are also stupid. Little legs are, as a rule of thumb, restless little legs, always-kicking little legs, won't-stop-until-I'll-get-rid-of-the-legwarmers little legs. But, for every problem, there's always a solution. I remembered those dreadful stirrup pants people insist on using still today and although the notion of having a strap under the foot to hold the pant legs in place seems utterly nonsensical in adults, it makes perfect sense for babies. So, here is my Free Crochet Pattern for a pair of Easy, Fast and Gorgeous Baby Legwarmers:

80’s child - Easy, Fast and Gorgeous Baby LegwarmersMaterials: (0-12 months) - 25 gr of dk weight yarn, in Colour A (CA); - 25 gr of dk weight yarn, in Colour B (CB); - 4mm/G hook. (12-24 months) - 25 gr of worsted weight yarn, in Colour A (CA); - 25 gr of worsted weight yarn, in Colour B (CB); - 5mm…

How to pick "random" colours for granny motifs - Tutorial

How to pick "random" colours for granny motifs
At first sight, you may think that the colours on those beautiful crochet grannies blankets are completely random and that the people crocheting them simply and randomly picked up the colours they had at hand. Well, that's not entirely true. The "oh-so-random-look" of the granny squares is often intentional, i.e., most crocheters like their colour choices to appear random, but they plan it that way... What? Planning randomness? What is this madness, I hear you ask? Well, it is the truth. But have no fear, I'll guide you through the easy, simple process.

(Note: if you need help choosing the colours to begin with, there are some tools I find helpful:
Always choose one colour for the last row of every motif. White is often the colour of choice for this, but, for a baby blanket, for instance, you may opt for the classical pink or blue or even a light grey;Choosing the remaining colours:COLOURlovers: Website with m…