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Crochet and loss

crochet and grievingI felt compelled to write this post after I received a comment from a reader that really resonated with me. I realized that this was a story I had heard many times, people who have used crochet as a lifeline after suffering a loss. A woman, who bought some of my yarn at a garage sale, started talking to me about the role crochet played in her life and her story actually encouraged me to start crochettherapy.com. Keep reading after the tag!

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Crochet Block Stitch Hat free pattern

Free Crochet Slouch Beanie PAttern

I’m so excited to share this pattern with you!  I think the canary yellow is so nice and cheerful that I call this hat the Bee’s Knees 🙂 . The hat makes me happy and it’s so comfy that I have found myself wearing it a lot. The free crochet block stitch hat pattern is fun, fast and easy to make. This is definitely a beginner friendly hat!

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Crochet Berry Fingerless Gloves free pattern

free crochet pattern fingerless mitts

I just love the look of crochet fingerless gloves. When the Crochet Berry hat was done the rest of my purple Vanna’s Choice yarn was calling and I had to answer. These crochet fingerless mitts work up really fast and the pattern is pretty easy. The set will really look great and is sure to keep you nice and warm!

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Crochet and Happiness: My Story

crochet against depression

I want to let you in on a secret. If you have landed on my site, you are probably a crocheter or thinking about learning. Did you know you are not ‘just’ enjoying a hobby but you are actively taking care of yourself?  Numerous studies have shown just how good knitting and crocheting are for your mental and physical health. So, congratulations! If your New Years resolution was to take better care of yourself and improve your health, you are already doing it! Read more about Crochet and Happiness after the tag!

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Crochet Berry Hat free pattern

 

free crochet hat patternThe whole time while I was making this hat it reminded me of something. I couldn’t quite tell what it was and only when it was finished did I see it. Blackberries! Make this yummy hat with a ribbed brim to keep your ears nice and toasty. It’s also designed to have a little slouch which makes it very comfy. Keep reading for the free crochet berry hat pattern!

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How to crochet a Ribbed Brim

ribbed edge crochet tutorialCrochet a ribbed Brim

The ribbing stitch is a crochet stitch that almost looks like knit fabric. This stitch is perfect for the brim of a hat, the ends of gloves or the sleeves and bottom of sweaters. I think it gives a nice, finished look to wearable projects and it’s pretty easy to learn. My most favorite part of this crochet trick is that the fabric becomes stretchy. Keep reading for the tutorial on the Ribbing stitch worked two ways!

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Crochet and Happiness: Pride

A version of my fall afghan pattern

Crochet and happiness have an indisputable connection for me. I am continuously on a quest to find out more about this link. If you have read all about crochet and healing, you will know we have been exploring the top ten happiness inducing emotions and why they connect so perfectly with crochet.

Let’s talk about an emotion a lot of us feel a little weird about. Pride. We learn that it’s a bad character trait to be boastful or braggadocios. At the same time I teach my kids to feel confident and be proud of their achievements. This double sided approach to pride can get in the way of deriving pure happiness from an accomplishment and makes this emotion a little difficult to navigate.

What is Pride and how does it connect to crochet?

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Festive Cup Cozies

free crochet pattern cup cozies

These little cuties were so much fun to make! You can whip these crochet cup cozies up in less than an hour. Simply get a re usable coffee cup and add a gift card for a memorable, handmade present. This coffee cozy might also be the smallest crochet make that you can add pom poms to. That is a definite win all on it’s own. Keep reading for the free crochet cup cozy pattern!

free crochet pattern coffee cozies

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