Free Crochet Pattern – Sweet Stripes Alpaca Baby Blanket

I’ve been in the mood to make baby blankets lately … don’t ask me why. I don’t know anyone that’s expecting a baby and I certainly am way past those years. Maybe it’s because it took so long to warm up here in Ohio, and I haven’t minded having my lap covered with a warm alpaca blanket!

One thing for sure is that it will be warm and soft on that brand newborn baby skin. Can you think of any better way to welcome baby into this world than swaddled in a blanket made of natural alpaca fiber?

Speaking of babies, this is our newest cria, Ophelia. I just couldn’t resist posting a picture. She was just two weeks old when this was taken.

Newest Cria - Ophelia

I’m really happy with how this baby blanket turned out.

The grey, white, pink combo is so pretty and the scalloped edge is the finishing touch!

The pattern is a free one, from the Lion Brand website. You do have to set up an account and log-in to download the pattern, but there is no cost to do so. They call the pattern Summer Stripes Baby Afghan Pattern.

I used the Classic Alpaca yarn by The Alpaca Yarn Company in the colors Petal Pink, White House, and Liberty Grey. Click the links (or images) if you’d like to purchase!

It’s gotten warmer since I started this post, 90 degrees in Ohio today. I think I’ll opt for some smaller projects, like this matching Baby Hat and Booties!

Both the Sweet Stripes Alpaca Baby Blanket and the Baby Alpaca Booties and Hat Set are available to purchase, and would make a wonderful baby gift, just click the links!

DIY Summer Outfits for Crocheters

Ok DIY-ers, crocheters, and yarn-lovers…don’t think all your projects have to be winter scarves, hats and gloves! Check out these awesome summer pieces and create your very own chic, unique, summer wardrobe.

Boho Mini Dress

This lightweight fun mini-dress is a free pattern by Jenny and Teddy. The pattern uses a worsted weight yarn and you’ll need a few buttons for the front. Our Espiral Yarn is 100% alpaca and is the perfect weight. This pattern is at a beginner level, so it’s great for those of you who want a quick project or are just beginning to crochet. Looking for a solid color, perhaps the white that is pictured? Take a look at our Classic Alpaca or our Astral Yarn, both a DK weight but easily adaptable to this pattern.

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Did you know you can wear alpaca clothing in the summer time? One of the miracles of alpaca wool clothing is that it regulates your body temperature in winter and summer, something called thermoregulation. Read more about it here.

Catalina Tank Top

Enjoy another great beginner pattern for free from Stitch and Hustle.  

Designed specifically for beginners who may not be familiar with making garments, this tank has a light, open, nature with its lacy crochet stitches and will make for a cool tank in warm weather.

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Easy Breezy Cover-up

Wouldn’t this be an awesome cover-up for your next beach day?! This pattern isn’t free but it can be purchased from megmadewithlove on Etsy for only $3! That’s a steal for this precious pattern. Once again, this is made with a worsted weight yarn.

Currituck Coverup

Ok I had to include one more cover up because this is too cute. If you prefer a style that doesn’t cinch at the waist and sports some tassels, this is the pattern for you! This pattern can be purchased from TheStitchandHookBCS. Don’t worry, this pattern is beginner friendly.

Summer Crop Top

This crocheted crop top is the perfect hippy vibe and would look great with a pair of high-waisted shorts or a maxi-skirt. You can find this pattern on Etsy in the CONCEPTcreativeSTORE. This pattern was done with a fingering weight yarn..check out our Mariquita yarn for this one. These big bell sleeves give this top an awesome vintage look.

Maxi Skirt and Crop Top

These two-piece outfits have been pretty popular in stores lately! This pattern can be found on Casale Crafts. What a sweet duo…I think I’ll make a multi-colored pair. I have the perfect skein of Paca Paints yarn in mind!

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Lace Shorts

On to shorts. Forget denim this summer and go with lace! These crocheted shorts are sure to be more breathable, stretchy and more comfy than denim. With DIY clothing, you can adjust the length and waist size to your own comfortability! This free pattern is provided by DIY 4 EVER.

Summer Dress

And…one more dress for good measure! Such a fun and cute pattern for summer…especially in this cheery yellow color. I have a golden tone yarn called Serengeti that I’d love to try with this pattern!

Hopefully this gets everyone a little more excited for summer and inspires some projects! Let me know if anyone tries out any of these patterns, I’d love to see your results. Happy Crafting!

**I do not own any of these images, image credits all go to the wonderful pattern creators**

5 Unique Crochet Patterns to Try

There’s so many things that can be made by knitting and crocheting…the possibilities are endless! If you’re bored of hats, scarves, blankets etc., here are a few unique things you can make! There are great patterns for unique gifts, decorations, or just a new accessory for yourself!

Save The Drama Llama

Llama doll crochet pattern
Pattern by Nancy Anderson

Llama and alpacas are all the trend lately when it comes to decorations, toys and accessories. Every time I go to the store I see something with a cute alpaca or llama pattern or some new alpaca knick knack. With this pattern, join the alpaca/llama craze and crochet your own! Customize your llama to be any color you like! My recommendation would be to use Snuggle yarn for a fluffy, squishy soft alpaca or llama! For some extra crochet help see
Online Crochet Classes.

Floor Pouf

crocheted floor pouf
Pattern by MJ’s Off the Hook Designs

Ok, I think poufs are the perfect addition to any living room! Everyone likes to kick back and put their feet up. Relax in style with your own custom floor pouf … you can even make it multicolored! The pattern calls for three strands of bulky cotton and an (L) crochet 8mm crochet hook . Again, I would use our bulky Snuggle yarn for a super soft pouf!

Slipper Boots

Crocheted slipper boots
Pattern on SMP Craft

Slippers are great in the winter and summer! These babies would make an awesome Christmas gift! Just sayin’, it’s never too early to be thinking about Christmas gifts. Try out some Classic Alpaca Tweed yarn for this pattern!

Gypsy Boho Bag

Pattern on Make & Do Crew

I guarantee no one else will be carrying the same purse as you after this pattern! Create your own one-of-a-kind bag! The style is so “Gypsy Boho”… this is sure to be the perfect lightweight purse for you this summer. Choose one of the many solid colors of Classic Alpaca Yarn or go with a worsted weight and use one of the pretty colors in our new Espiral Yarn line. I am also picturing using some Alpaca Art Yarn on this bag for some wild colors and texture.

Cactus Pots

crocheted decorative cactus pots
Pattern by PlanetJune

Anyone have trouble keeping houseplants alive? Problem solved. Add some greenery to your house that you never have to remember to water! These cacti pots are sooo stinkin’ cute…and Southwestern decor seems to be all the rage lately.

Crochet and Knitting Patterns for Alpacas and Llamas

We’ve been raising alpacas for quite a few years, and now suddenly they’ve become popular! They seem to be everywhere, and on everything. There are some darling knitting and crochet patterns for alpacas and llamas, as well as purses, backpacks, finger puppets, pillows, hats and mittens, shaped like or adorned with these magical creatures!

Crochet and Knitting Patterns for Alpacas and Llamas

Some still mistake alpacas for llamas, and vice versa. The size difference between alpacas and llamas is obvious, but the other distinct difference is their ears. Alpacas have smaller, spear shaped ears and llamas have larger, banana shaped ears. Find out more by reading 6 Differences Between Llamas and Alpacas by Modern Farmer.

Photo by Modern Farmer

Hope you enjoy my Pinterest board collection of Crochet and Knitting Patterns for Alpacas and Llamas … some of the patterns are free!


Snuggle Wrist Cuffs and Yarn Substitution

This was a FREE knitting pattern I picked up at JoAnn Fabrics, also available on the Lion Brand website, and Ravelry.  It is an easy beginner’s pattern.

I substituted one of our Snuggle yarns for the Lion Brand Yarn that the pattern called for.  Both the Snuggle Yarn and the Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Yarn are considered Super Bulky weight at 5-6 wraps per inch.

Snuggle Yarn - Black

When substituting yarn for projects different than what the project calls for, the gauge of your pattern determines which weight of yarn you should select. You can use any yarn that has a suggested gauge equal to the gauge of your pattern. Ideally, you’d confirm the match by knitting and blocking a gauge swatch.  Potential substitutes might also be found in other gauge (weight) categories. By increasing and decreasing your needle size, you can alter the gauge and characteristics of the knitted fabric.

Snuggle Wrist Cuffs

If a pattern doesn’t tell you the gauge, it likely will tell you the weight of the yarn, whether its chunky, worsted, or fingering weight. Some patterns that give gauge will also tell you the weight of the yarn, which is handy information to help in your search.

This method works best if the gauge of your pattern is given over stockinette if knitting, or over single crochet if crocheting.

Be sure to swatch and check your gauge carefully, using whatever size hook or needle is needed to obtain the gauge of the pattern. Be sure you are satisfied with the fabric that results; it should be neither too stiff nor too loose.

I have to be honest, I have never knit a swatch to check the gauge in my life.  I do a lot of winging it, making adjustments as I go, making notes for next time.  Sometimes I’m happy with the results, sometimes I’m not.

Free Crochet Pattern – Elf Slippers

Tis the season to be crocheting up some Elf Slippers!  This super cute crochet pattern was designed by KJ Hay and calls for a bulky weight yarn and and a US I-9 (5.5mm) crochet hook.   It is written for sizes XS to XL.

elf slippers crochet pattern

I’m thinking the perfect yarn would be our Snuggle bulky weight alpaca blend yarn.  Oh would these slippers be soft and warm!

        Snuggle Bulky Alpaca Blend Yarn - Jubilee  

I’d choose the colors Jubilee, Snow White, and either Shire or Pine Tree for the green.  Not exactly the same as the picture, but I like this combination.

 

The pattern suggests jingle bells or pompoms for the toe.  I definitely would opt for pompoms, thinking the jingle of the bells might get a little tiresome!

I think I’ll try a pair, in a small size, which would be really cute, don’t you think?

Free Crochet Pattern – Lost In Time Alpaca Shawl

I used the pattern called Lost in Time on the Mijo Crochet website for this beautiful alpaca shawl.

Johanna Lindah, who designed this pattern, lives in Sweden, and has included 12 different translations of the pattern, including English, lucky for me.  I love the vintage look, and all the different stitches she has included, which just makes this project so interesting and fun!  Her pattern is a repetition of 12 rows, and because I like to combine colors, I used 12 different alpaca yarn colors, some solid colors, some hand painted, some tone-on-tone.

lost_in_time_alpaca_shawl

Johanna put tassels on her shawls, which I opted not to do, just thought the edge was so pretty all by itself.

You can use any yarn, or hook, and customize your shawl size by the number of repetitions.   Using a 4.0mm (G) Hook, the finished dimensions of the shawl I made were 72″ across x 42″ from the center to the point of the triangle, and took 1015 yards.

Stitches used in this pattern (US terms):
Ch -chain
Sl st – slip stitch
Sc – single crochet
Dc – double crochet
Fp dc – front post double crochet
Bp dc – back post dc
Popcorn
Picot with 2 ch

Several stitches you might not be familiar with are the Picot Stitch and the Popcorn Stitch.  Check out the helpful tutorials below:

A “Peek-o” at the Picot Stitch: How to Make It Work for Any Crochet Project

Crochet Picot Stitch Tutorial With Variations and Patterns

Popcorn Stitch Tutorial

Crochet Popcorn Stitch Tutorial & Patterns to Try

It is a perfect pattern for our NEW Mini Madness Yarn Packs.  I’m thinking with one size smaller crochet hook than what I used, 900 yards would work for this shawl.

mini madness yarn packages

Be sure to check out the pictures that the designer has included with the pattern.   She has made this shawl in solid colors too, which are also very pretty!

Free Crochet Pattern – Simple Ridged Fingerless Mitts

This is a simple crochet pattern for fingerless mitts using our Snuggle Yarn.  The color pictured is called Knot of Naturals.  All but the foundation row uses half double crochets, with four different rows crocheted in the black loop only, creating texture in this simple design.  These fingerless mitts work up quickly in this bulky alpaca blend yarn.

SKILL LEVEL

Easy

HOOK

5.5 mm (H)

MATERIALS

Approximately 90 Yards of Snuggle Yarn

NOTES

Row 1 calls for a Foundation Single Crochet, or FSC.  Instead you may just chain 24 and slip stitch to join, making sure you don’t twist the chain, then do a row of single crochet into your foundation chain.  I prefer the FSC as it is a bit stretchier.  Below is a tutorial that will show you how.

How to Crochet Foundation Single Crochet (FSC)
How to Crochet Foundation Single Crochet (FSC)

DIRECTIONS

RIGHT MITT:

Row 1: Fsc 24. Join with sl st.

Row 2: Ch 2, hdc in each st across, 24 hdc. Join with sl st.

Row 3: Ch 2, hdc in each blo of each st across, 24 hdc. Join with sl st.

Row 4: Ch 2, hdc in each st across, 24 hdc. Join with sl st.

Row 5: Ch2, hdc in each blo of each st across, 24 hdc. Join with sl st.

Row 6: Ch 2, hdc in each blo of each st across, 24 hdc. Join with sl st.

Row 7: Ch 2, hdc in each st across, 24 hdc. Join with sl st.

Row 8: Ch 2, hdc in each st across, 24 hdc. Join with sl st.

Row 9: Ch 2, hdc in each st across, 24 hdc. Join with sl st.

Row 10: Ch 2, hdc in each st across, 24 hdc. Join with sl st.

Row 11: Ch 2, hdc in each st across, 24 hdc. Join with sl st.

Row 12:  Ch 2, hdc in each st across, 24 hdc. Join with sl st.

Row 13:  Ch 2, hdc in each st across, 24 hdc. Join with sl st.

Row 14:  Ch 2, hdc in each st across, 24 hdc. Join with sl st.

Row15: Ch 2, hdc in the first 2 stitches, chain 3, skip 3, hdc in remaining stitches. Join with sl st.

Row 16:  Ch 2, hdc in each st across, 24 hdc. Join with sl st.

Row 17:  Ch 2, hdc in each st across, 24 hdc. Join with sl st.

Row 18:  Ch 2, hdc in each blo of each st across, 24 hdc. Join with sl st.

LEFT MITT:

Row 1: Fsc 24. Join with sl st.

Row 2: Ch 2, hdc in each st across, 24 hdc. Join with sl st.

Row 3: Ch 2, hdc in each blo of each st across, 24 hdc. Join with sl st.

Row 4: Ch 2, hdc in each st across, 24 hdc. Join with sl st.

Row 5: Ch2, hdc in each blo of each st across, 24 hdc. Join with sl st.

Row 6: Ch 2, hdc in each blo of each st across, 24 hdc. Join with sl st.

Row 7: Ch 2, hdc in each st across, 24 hdc. Join with sl st.

Row 8: Ch 2, hdc in each st across, 24 hdc. Join with sl st.

Row 9: Ch 2, hdc in each st across, 24 hdc. Join with sl st.

Row 10: Ch 2, hdc in each st across, 24 hdc. Join with sl st.

Row 11: Ch 2, hdc in each st across, 24 hdc. Join with sl st.

Row 12:  Ch 2, hdc in each st across, 24 hdc. Join with sl st.

Row 13:  Ch 2, hdc in each st across, 24 hdc. Join with sl st.

Row 14:  Ch 2, hdc in each st across, 24 hdc. Join with sl st.

Row15: Ch 2, hdc in the first 19 stitches, chain 3, skip 3, hdc in remaining 2 stitches. Join with sl st.

Row 16:  Ch 2, hdc in each st across, 24 hdc. Join with sl st.

Row 17:  Ch 2, hdc in each st across, 24 hdc. Join with sl st.

Row 18:  Ch 2, hdc in each blo of each st across, 24 hdc. Join with sl st.

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

These gloves measure 8 inches (20.32cm) around and are 9 inches (22.86) in length and which should fit a medium to large size hand.  Pattern can be adjusted by adding or subtracting from foundation row.

Crochet Abbreviations
ch = chain
fsc = foundation single crochet
hdc = half double crochet
sl st = slip stitch
st(s) = stitch(es)

To purchase these Simple Ridged Crochet Mitts in any of the Snuggle colors available, click here.  Interested in learning more Foundation Crochet Stitches?  Check out the Craftsy online class below.

Mastering Foundation Crochet Stitches Online Class
Mastering Foundation Crochet Stitches Online Class

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Free Crochet Pattern – Squish Cowl

I love this pattern by Tamara Kelly that she calls her Squish Cowl.  She uses a special stitch called Split Bullion Stitch that involves yarning over six times which creates lots of gorgeous texture and squishiness!
Tamara’s pattern is FREE and can be found on her blog that she calls Moogly, by clicking here.

Squish Cowl - Snuggle Yarn

I chose our Snuggle Hand Dyed Yarn, which is a soft and lofty, bulky alpaca blend yarn, and used a 9.0 mm (M/N) crochet hook.  This color is called Knot of Naturals.  I love the effect that the shades of grey produce with this yarn and pattern.

Squish Cowl

SPECIAL STITCH

spbs: Split Bullion Stitch – Yo 6 times, insert hook in first indicated stitch, yo and pull up a loop, yo and pull through 4 loops (5 loops remain on hook), yo, insert hook in next indicated stitch, yo and pull up a loop, yo and pull through all 7 loops on hook.

 There is a video tutorial on Tamara’s blog for both right and left hand folks demonstrating how to do this fun stitch.

squish_cowl (2)

 The finished measurements of my cowl were 42″ circumference (21″ laid flat) x 8″ wide which took 172 yards of the Snuggle Yarn.  To customize the length, begin with a starting chain in a multiple of 2, plus 1.

squish_cowl_3

 

Tamara Kelly is a Craftsy instructor and offers an online class you might be interested in called Quick & Easy Crochet Cowls (w/Tamara Kelly).

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Free Crochet Pattern – Striped Triangular Shawl

Striped Triangular Shawl - Astral Yarn

SKILL LEVEL

Easy

HOOK

4.0 mm (G)

MATERIALS

Total of 512 Yards of Astral Yarn

This pattern is a good one for using up leftover yarn, which is what I was doing.  For this shawl, I used five different colors of our Astral Yarn.  If you happen to be using leftover yarn, use your smaller lengths of yarn first. The rows will get longer as you work, so you’ll want to save the yarns you have more of for later in the project.

The pattern instructions won’t tell you when to change yarn colors.  Change colors as you see fit, making sure to switch colors after completing a row so each stripe is a solid color.

NOTES

This shawl is worked from the center of the wingspan out and downward. Constructing it in this manner means that you can continue until the shawl is the desired size without making any modifications to the pattern.  Each row of the shawl increases by 4 stitches. There will be 1 stitch increased at each end and 2 stitches increased at the center point. Using locking ring markers to note the center 2 stitches will help prevent loosing your place. The pattern notes when to begin using them.

Striped Triangular Shawl - Astral Yarn

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

I crocheted 52 rows and the finished measurements were approximately 60 inches/ 152.4cm across the top, is 29 inches/ 73.66cm long from neck to point of triangle, and 76 inches/ 193cm around the bottom edge.

Striped Triangular Shawl - Astral Yarn

DIRECTIONS

Ch 4 loosely, 2 hdc in 2nd ch from hook, 2 hdc in each of the next 2 ch sts — 6 hdc.

Row 1: Ch 1, 2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in next st, [2 hdc in next st] twice, hdc in next st, 2 hdc in last st — 10 hdc.

Row 2: Ch 1, 2 hdc in 1st st, hdc in next 3 sts, [2 hdc in next st] twice, hdc in next 3 sts, 2 hdc in last st — 14 hdc.

Place locking stitch markers on the center 2 sts. To do this begin counting at one edge and place marker on the 7th and 8th hdc st.

Row 3: Ch 1, 2 hdc in 1st st, hdc in next 5 sts, 2 hdc in next st with stitch marker, replace marker on last st made, 2 hdc in next st with marker, replace marker on first st made, hdc in next 5 sts, 2 hdc in last st — 18 hdc.

Row 4: Ch 1, 2 hdc in 1st st, hdc in next 5 sts, 2 hdc in next st with stitch marker, replace marker on last st made, 2 hdc in next st with marker, replace marker on first st made, hdc in next 5 sts, 2 hdc in last st — 18 hdc.

*Continue working Row 4 until shawl is desired measurements. Be careful to place the stitch markers on the second of each increased stitch or the center point will begin to veer off in the wrong direction.

Finishing
Fasten off and weave in ends.  I always like to block my projects for a nicer finish.  To do this wash or simply wet your shawl, roll in a towel to absorb excess moisture, then stretch your shawl out on a flat surface. Gently shape your shawl to your satisfaction and let dry.  Did your shawl come out slightly smaller than you anticipated? It is made out of natural fiber so you can block it to larger dimensions.

Striped Triangular Shawl - Astral Yarn

Crochet Abbreviations
* = a repeat in the pattern
[ ] = repeat instructions within brackets as many times as indicated
ch = chain
hdc = half double crochet
inc(‘d) = increase(d)
st(s) = stitch(es)

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