If you understand the basics of crochet, you can use your crocheting skills to make handmade gifts for any occasion. If you don't have a lot of time or money to put into a gift, you can still make it special when you use free, easy, and quick crocheting ideas from local resources or the Internet. You can complete some crochet projects in an hour or two, but the impression they leave will be lasting.
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Crocheted flowers range from simple to complicated. Find free crochet patterns for flowers on the Crochet Pattern Central website. When you crochet flowers, you can use any combination of yarn and crochet hooks. The only difference is that a flower may turn out larger or smaller than the one in the pattern if you use a different type of yarn or hook than the pattern calls for. It will take less than one hour to crochet a simple flower, and you can use it in a variety of ways. Sew a pin on the back to make a brooch. Attach some ribbon, and it's a gift wrap topper. Sew it onto a bag or a shirt for an embellished touch on a store-bought item. One simple pattern provides multiple gift options.
Motifs are small pieces that you crochet in the round. They might become doilies or decorations, depending on the type of yarn and the way you want to use them. Just as with crocheted flowers, motifs can result from any combination of yarn and type of crochet hook.
Crochet several granny square motifs and sew them together to make a blanket. Crochet tiny round motifs using a steel crochet hook and crochet thread, and then attach them to earring hooks. Make several more, and chain them together for a matching necklace. Sew motifs onto your bags or pouches or even jeans for a distinctive, finishing touch. Motif patterns are also online at Crochet Pattern Central.
For a way to try out crochet books for free, head to your local library. They often carry modern and vintage crochet books, so there's something for everyone. Check out the book and try out patterns without having to buy them. If you know others in your area who crochet, arrange to swap pattern books with one another.
Crochet Pattern Central is only one crochet resource on the Web. A variety of other sites contain links to free and easy crochet patterns. Try Ravelry.com; you have to sign up for an account, which allows you to use the site to catalogue your crochet projects, chat in forums with other crafters, and search pattern databases for free and easy crochet patterns. You can even read the notes about the patterns other crocheters have made and get help making a pattern in the advice forums.
If you want to complete charity crochet projects, try Bevscountrycottage.com. This site contains numerous resources for knitting and crocheting, including directions for the best types of yarn to use and size guidelines for garments for the charity projects you want to complete.
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