• Addison's Delight Doily
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    This is a fun-to-make doily for the holidays or any time of the year. The color ...
  • Arrows & Popcorn Super Scarf
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    Crochet this stunning super scarf featuring the arrow, popcorn, and low front ridge ...
  • Boughs & Berries Garland
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    Hyperbolic crochet poufs are strung onto a crocheted vine to create this eye-catching ...
  • Cabin Striped Afghan
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    Inspired by thoughts of being in a cool winter cabin wrapped up in bulky warmth, this ...
  • Chimney Gift Card Ornament
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    A gift card is a quick way to give a gift, but it is more fun when you put it in a cute ...
  • Christmas Cookie Ornaments
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    Christmas sugar cookies are no longer just for Santa. These beauties will look great on ...
  • Christmastime Doily
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    This gorgeous doily, with its snowflake center surrounded by evergreens, is the perfect ...
  • Cozy Cabin Cardi
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    Stripe your favorite colors in this easy-to-stitch cardigan! The gathered cuffs keep the ...
  • Denali Pullover & Cowl
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    Combine a wonderfully textured stitch with a beautiful yarn and the result is a pullover ...
  • Dora Doily
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    This small crochet doily is a beautiful and timeless piece and complements its sister ...
  • Dora Oval Doily
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    This beautiful oval doily in lovely Christmas colors features puff stitches, picots and ...
  • Easy Christmas Throw
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    Traditional Christmas colors in slightly different hues combine in a special and easy-to ...
  • Eira Coaster
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    Puff stitches, V-stitches and clusters come together with a perfect trio of colors to ...
  • Frosty Gift Card Ornament
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    This snowman-inspired gift card holder doubles as an ornament for double the gift.
  • Hexagon Flower Fidget Toy
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    Simplistic in its design, this is a silent, satisfying fidget toy used by sliding a marble ...
  • Holly Jolly Bed Runner
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    On cold winter nights, this bed runner will keep your feet toasty warm. Itís so soft and ...
  • Icy Trails Tunic
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    This tunic-length, raglan-style sweater is perfect to cozy up in on those snowy days. The ...
  • Jack's Hooded Pocket Shawl
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    Keep yourself warm when Jack Frost comes calling! The moss stitch pairs with this ...
  • Knotted Cable Pullover
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    A network of knotted cables gives dramatic style and rich texture to this striking and ...
  • Kringle Kitchen Set
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    Give your kitchen some farmhouse vibes this holiday season with this set. The classic look ...
  • Little Christmas Tree Ornament
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    This small ornament is the perfect project to give working with thread a try. Crochet ...
  • Marzipan Pear Ornament
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    Inspired by pastel-colored marzipan candies, these little pears will be lovely hanging ...
  • Mini Christmas Tree Set
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    Step back in time with the soft retro colors of this charming little decorated tree. The ...
  • Night Sky Tunisian Shrug
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  • Poinsettias & Plaid Place Mat Set
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    This easy-to-stitch set in traditional Christmas colors utilizes ...
  • Polar Star Hat & Mittens
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    The beauty of this stunning set is in its chunky 3-D stitch and rich, fluffy texture.
  • Preppy Penguin Ornament
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    Adorn your tree with this adorable amigurumi penguin perfect for the winter season.
  • Snow Buddy Ornaments
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    Santa's friends are here to bring Christmas cheer to your tree! These reindeer and snowman ...
  • Textured Cup Cozy
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    Grab a tall, hot mug of cocoa and enjoy the soft, warm textures of your new favorite cozy.
  • Textures Scarf
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    Worked in two identical halves using puff stitches combined with basic stitches and a ...
  • Tree Silverware Holder
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    Stitch several of these to give as party gifts with the added bonus that they can easily ...
  • Under the Pines Afghan
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  • Warm Chai Mitts
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Standards & Symbols

Skill levels: Beginner, Easy, Intermediate, Experienced Standard yarn weight system

Gauge

Gauge is determined by the tightness or looseness of your stitches, and affects the finished size of your project. If you are concerned about the finished size of the project matching the size given, take time to crochet a small section of the pattern and then check your gauge. For example, if the gauge called for is 10 dc = 1 inch, and your gauge is 12 dc to the inch, you should switch to a larger hook. On the other hand, if your gauge is only 8 dc to the inch, you should switch to a smaller hook.

If the gauge given in the pattern is for an entire motif, work one motif and then check your gauge.

Understanding Symbols In Crochet Patterns

As you work through a pattern, you'll quickly notice several symbols in the instructions. These symbols are used to clarify the pattern for you: Brackets [ ], curlicue brackets { }, asterisk *.

Brackets [ ] are used to set off a group of instructions worked a number of times. For example, "[ch 3, sc in ch-3 sp] 7 times" means to work the instructions inside the [ ] seven times. Brackets [ ] also set off a group of stitches to be worked in one stitch, space or loop. For example, the brackets [ ] in this set of instructions, "Sk 3 sc, [3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc] in next st" indicate that after skipping 3 sc, you will work 3 dc, ch 1 and 3 more dc all in the next stitch.

Occasionally, a set of instructions inside a set of brackets needs to be repeated too. In this case, the text within the brackets to be repeated will be set off with curlicue brackets {}. For example, "[Ch 9, yo twice, insert hook in 7th ch from hook and pull up a loop, sk next dc, yo, insert hook in next dc and pull up a loop, {yo and draw through 2 lps on hook} 5 times, ch 3] 8 times." In this case, in each of the eight times you work the instructions included in brackets, you will work the section included in curlicue brackets five times.

An asterisk * are also used when a group of instructions is repeated.

They may either be used alone or with brackets. For example, "*Sc in each of the next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc, rep from * around, join with a sl st in beg sc" simply means you will work the instructions from the first * around the entire round.

"*Sk 3 sc, [3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc] in next st, rep from * around" is an example of asterisks working with brackets. In this set of instructions, you will repeat the instructions from the asterisk around, working the instructions inside the brackets together.

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