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Roundup: Out-Of-The-Box Patterns

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Do you ever get in a yarn rut?

I don’t know about you, but I tend to make the same crochet items over and over again. For me, it’s blankets and hats. (And with an Etsy shop to keep up, I find myself making a LOT of hats!)

It’s fun to get better and better at something, but sometimes, we just need to expand our horizons a bit; we need a challenge. We need to think outside the box.

Crafty Crochet Embellishments Online Class

There’s an awesome Craftsy class called “Crafty Crochet Embellishments” that teaches quite a few techniques that you may not have tried; from adding embellishments to plain ol’ sweaters, to putting fancy edging on blankets and pillowcases, this class includes hours of close-up instruction and printable patterns for 7 different projects. You’ll learn how to:

  • edge a fleece blanket
  • edge a pillowcase
  • edge a handtowel
  • embellish a cardigan
  • change the look of flowers by swapping yarns
  • crochet leaves
  • crochet earrings
  • embellish flip flops

Want to check it out for yourself? Click here!

In honor of “thinking outside the box”, I’ve put together a fun roundup of 8 FREE crochet patterns that will hopefully get you thinking way beyond blankets! Some of these might already be in your “box”; maybe you’ve made lots of coffee cozies, but you’ve never attempted to crochet a pair of earrings. Or maybe you crochet blankets all the time, but you’ve never tried adding crochet edging to a fleece blanket. I hope that something on this list will catch your eye and get you brainstorming about how YOU can get creative with the skills you already have!

8 Free Crochet Patterns to Get You Thinking Out of the Box | Little Monkeys Crochet

1. Crochet O’Clock Tutorial | According to Matt
2. Copenhagen Pillow Crochet Pattern | Red Heart
3. Striped Mug Cozy | Little Monkeys Crochet
4. Crochet Fleece Blankets | Little Yellow House Blog
5. Blocks Curtain | Bernat
6. Crochet Flip Flops | Lion Brand (free registration required)
7. Crochet Ring Necklace | Cre8tion Crochet
8. Flower Power Crochet Earrings | Diva Stitches Crochet

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  • Toni Young July 17, 2014, 12:14 pm

    Have you checked out the EdgeryDoo for crocheting around fleece blankets? It’s a great product!! I looove mine and use it all the time for this very thing. Works well on any fabric!

    • Rebecca August 5, 2014, 9:45 am

      I haven’t, but I will definitely take a look. Thanks Toni!