Learn to Crochet: How to Make a Slipknot and Chain (VIDEO)

If you are following along with my Learn to Crochet series, you will remember that, in my last post, I told you everything you needed to gather before you could get started with your project. This week, I am going to show you how to start your project. Most crochet projects (except some that are worked in the round) start with a slipknot and a certain amount of chains. The first row of stitches is worked into those chains and whatever you are crocheting grows from there. So you can see why it’s important that you know how to chain before you learn anything else.

I am using a 4mm crochet hook and 100% cotton yarn. We are just going to start by making a slipknot and 10 chains. To make a slipknot, you need to hold the tail end of the yarn in your left hand and the working end of the yarn in your right hand. Wrap the working end of the yarn around your index finger, from front to back and then to the top of your index finger again, to make an x shape. Pull the working end of the yarn underneath and through the loop on your finger, then pull both the tail end and working end of the yarn, whilst still keeping hold of the loop, to tighten the slipknot.

To make your first chain, place the slipknot on to your hook, with the tail end at the back and the working end towards the front. Hold the yarn over your index finger. Pass the hook in front of the yarn, catch the yarn with the hook and pull it through the loop on the hook. Repeat until you have 10 chains on your hook.

Well done! You can now make a slipknot and work the chain stitch. You will be a crochet queen in no time!

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Summer Crochet Pattern Roundup

Summer is a tricky time for crocheters, because most of the crochet things we make are more suited for cold weather. I know I always struggle a lot more with finding things to crochet in summer, so with that in mind, I compiled a list of summer friendly, free crochet patterns for you to choose from. Please go and visit the blogs of the patterns you like and show the designers some love ❤

Free Summer Crochet Patterns

https://www.leftinknots.com/home/crochet-water-balloons

My kids would love these, and anything that means less plastic in the world is fine by me.

https://www.eandpcrochet.com/sweet-summer-tee-crochet-pattern/

This tshirt is so sweet and simple, I feel like I need one in every colour!

I made one of these bags to give as a gift to my Auntie and it was really easy to make. It looks really cute aswell!

https://www.acrochetedsimplicity.com/wandering-free-summer-top/

I am in love with this top and the colour is just perfect for it!

https://hattingmadlycrochet.wordpress.com/2011/12/01/free-toddler-princess-crown/

Which princess wouldn’t love her very own crochet crown!

https://by-katerina.com/sea-breeze-cover-up-crochet-pattern/

This is stunning and contains a link to a little girl version aswell.

https://www.repeatcrafterme.com/2013/04/crochet-fruit-coasters-pattern.html

How perfect would these fruit coasters be for a garden party!

There you go, plenty of inspiration to keep you crocheting until the weather cools down again. I hope you enjoy looking through these cute ideas and planning your next project. Stay safe and happy crocheting!

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Baby Bear Beanie (Free Crochet Pattern)

Is there anything cuter than a baby in a baby bear hat? I love how adorable these hats are, especially considering how quick they are to make. This is an easy project so will be perfect for a beginner. The pattern can be used to make a basic beanie aswell, but the bear ears really make the hat for me, so I add them on as many things as possible.

To make your own baby bear hat, you will need a 6mm crochet hook, double knit yarn, a tape measure, a pair of scissors and a yarn needle.

This pattern is for a hat to fit a newborn, with a head circumference of up to 14.5″. At the end of round 3, the hat should measure approximately 4″ in diameter. Please bear in mind that I crochet quite tightly, so you may need to change your hook size to get the right diameter. Use whichever hook you need to get the correct hat size. When you have finished your hat, the length should be around 5.25”. You can add or remove length rows as needed, to get the right size.

Baby Bear Hat (Free Crochet Pattern)


With a 6mm crochet hook and two strands of double knit yarn held together –

1. make a magic loop, ch2, work 12dcs in loop, join with slst in top of 1st dc, pull centre yarn tail tight to close magic loop (12)

2. (inc row) ch2, turn, work 2dcs in st at base of ch and each st around, join with slst in top of 1st dc (24)

3. (inc row) ch2, turn, work 2dcs in st at base of ch, dc in next st, *2dcs in next st, dc in next st*, repeat from around, join with slst in top of 1st dc (36)

4-8. ch2, turn, work hdc in st at base of ch and in each st around, join with slst in top of 1st hdc (36)

9. ch1, turn, fpdc around 1st st of previous row, *bpdc around next st of previous row, fpdc around next st of previous row*, repeat from *-* around to end, join with slst in top of 1st fpdc

10. bind off and weave in ends

11. make a magic loop, ch2, work 6dcs in loop, pull centre yarn tail tight to close magic loop (6)

12. ch1, work 2scs in each st across, bind off, leaving a long tail to attach ear to hat (12)

13-14. repeat rows 11-12

15. use the long tail left on the ears to attach them to the hat, I like to attach the ears between the 2nd and 4th rows on the hat

I hope you have enjoyed this free baby bear hat crochet pattern. If you make one, please let me know so I can see your amazing work. You can tag me on social media (@adeleuyancrochet) or why not join our Facebook group to show off your creations.

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Sunflower Table Set Crochet Pattern

Is there anything more summery than a sunflower? I love how bright they are and how they always turn their faces to the sun. This week, the weather has been less than summery so I decided to bring summer inside instead. I absolutely adore how much this table set brightens up our dining table.

I made placemats, coasters, napkins and napkin holders. The inspiration to make this set actually came from the slippers I made last week. The flower on the front is almost but not quite a sunflower, so I decided I wanted to make an actual sunflower. I made the coaster first, then made lots more coasters to go with it. I was actually planning on leaving it at that but then I thought that a placemat would look lovely, to go with the coaster. While I was making the placemat, I decided to make a napkin holder and finally, I thought I may aswell make a napkin to go with it and complete the set. The final product is a full sunflower table set, for use everyday or for parties.

The coaster, placemat and napkin holder can be made in the yarn of your choice, although I would definitely recommend something washable. Cotton yarn, or another natural yarn, should be used for the napkin, to make it absorbent.

With this pattern, you will learn how to make a sunflower coaster, a sunflower placemat, a cotton napkin and a sunflower napkin holder. The pattern is written using US terminology. Basic knowledge of crochet is assumed, however the pattern is suitable for beginners and instructions are given for some stitches. To make this pattern, you will need a 3.5mm crochet hook, a 5mm crochet hook, 60g brown double knit yarn, 60g black double knit yarn, 50g yellow double knit yarn, 50g white cotton double knit yarn, a pair of scissors and a yarn needle.

This pattern is available in my Etsy store, where you can also find my handmade crochet clothes and accessories. Feel free to join us in my Facebook group to see more pictures, get feedback and ask any questions you may have.

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Crochet Slippers (Free Pattern)

Whenever I get the urge to crochet something, I usually prefer to make something quick and easy. Because of that, I tend to crochet more for babies and children than I do for adults. This week I needed a quick crochet project to give as a gift and I racked my brains to think of something I could make to gift to an adult. I finally remembered some slippers I had made a few years ago, and luckily I had written the pattern down! They are very quick and very easy so perfect for someone like me. I love that they fit so many different sizes aswell so one pattern is all you need to make slippers for most adults. This pattern makes slippers that will fit from a UK size 4 to a UK size 7 (I think that is 6.5 to 9.5 in American shoe sizes and 37 to 40 in European shoe sizes).

To make your own slippers, you will need a 3mm crochet hook, a 5mm crochet hook, some double knit yarn, a tape measure, a pair of scissors and a yarn needle.

Crochet Slippers (Free Pattern)

Toe:

With 5mm hook and two strands DK yarn held together –

1. ch10, 2scs in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 7sts, 2scs in last st, turn the work to crochet up the other side of the foundation chain, sc in next 7sts, join with slst in top of 1st sc (18)

2. ch1, turn, hdc in next 8sts, 2hdcs in next st, hdc in next 8sts, 2hdcs in next st, join with slst in top of 1st hdc (20)

3. ch1, turn, hdc in next st, 2hdcs in next st, hdc in next 9sts, 2hdcs in next st, hdc in next 8sts, join with slst in top of 1st hdc (22)

4. ch1, turn, hdc in next 10sts, 2hdcs in next st, hdc in next 10sts, 2hdcs in next st, join with slst in top of 1st hdc (24)

5. ch1, turn, hdc in next st, 2hdcs in next st, hdc in next 11sts, 2hdcs in next st, hdc in next 10sts, join with slst in top of 1st hdc (26)

6. ch1, turn, hdc in next 11sts, 2hdcs in next st, hdc in next 12sts, 2hdcs in next st, hdc in next st, join with slst in top of 1st hdc (28)

7-9. ch1, turn, hdc in each st around, join with slst in top of 1st hdc (28)

10. bind off

Foot:

1. with wrong side facing, skip st at base of bind off st then count 7sts to the right, join yarn, ch1, hdc in same st and next 22sts (23)

2-13. ch1, turn, hdc in each st across (23)

14. bind off, leaving a long tail, fold the back with right sides together and stitch together to form the heel

Finishing:

1. with right side facing, join yarn at the back seam, ch1, sc in same st and evenly around, join with slst in top of 1st sc (33)

2. ch1, turn, sc in same st, ch2, sk1st, *sc in next st, ch2, sk1st*, repeat from *-* around to end, sc in last st, ch2, join with slst in top of 1st sc

3. ch1, turn, sc in each chsp and st around, join with slst in top of 1st sc (33)

4. bind off and weave in ends

Tie:

With 5mm hook and one strand DK yarn –

1. ch100, sc in 2nd ch from hook and across, bind off and weave in ends (99)

2. thread through the holes made in the top of the slipper and tie off in a bow

Flower:

With 3mm hook and one strand DK yarn –

1. with contrasting yarn, make a magic loop, ch2, work 16 dcs into loop, join with slst in top of 1st dc (16)

2. ch1, do not turn, sc in same st, *ch4, sk 1st, sc in next st*, rep *-* until last st, ch4, join with slst in top of 1st sc

3. ch1, do not turn, *work sc, hdc, dc, trc, dc, hdc, sc, all into one chain space*, rep *-* around, join with a slst in top of 1st sc, bind off

4. join main yarn in one of the skipped stitches on round 2, ch1, sc in same st, *ch3, sc in next skipped stitch*, rep from *-* around, ch3, join with slst in top of 1st sc

5. ch1, do not turn, *work sc, hdc, dc, hdc, sc, all into one chain space*, rep *-* around, join with slst in top of 1st sc, bind off, weave in ends then stitch to front of slipper

I hope you found this pattern useful and make lots of pairs of pretty slippers. If you make anything using one of my patterns, I would love to see it. You can tag me on social media (@adeleuyancrochet) or why not join our Facebook group to show off your creations.

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Owl Earflap Hat (Free Crochet Pattern)

Ever since my babies were born, I have preferred an earflap hat over a basic beanie. I find that an earflap hat keeps little ears warmer, it can be tied on to stop it from falling off, and it tends to fit for longer than a beanie hat. All of my babies have had earflap hats made by me and it is my usual gift for new babies aswell.

A few years ago, I came up with this pattern for an owl earflap hat. Since then, I have made hundreds of hats with it. This hat is really easy to make but it looks like a lot of work went into it. It can be made in a variety of colours to mix it up but looks amazing in neutral colours well.

This pattern is for an owl earflap hat in size newborn. Newborn size will fit up to approximately 14.5″ head circumference. The finished hat has a diameter of 3.9″ and is 4.75″ in height.

To make your own owl earflap hat, you will need approximately 30g double knit yarn, a 3mm crochet hook, a 4mm crochet hook, scissors, a tape measure, scraps of white, black and yellow yarn and a yarn needle.

Crochet Owl Earflap Hat (Free Pattern)

Hat:

1. with a 4mm crochet hook, make a magic loop, ch2, work 12dcs in loop, join with slst in top of 1st dc, pull centre yarn tail tight to close magic loop (12)

2. (inc row) ch2, turn, work 2dcs in st at base of ch and each st around, join with slst in top of 1st dc (24)

3. (inc row) ch2, turn, work 2dcs in st at base of ch, dc in next st, *2dcs in next st, dc in next st*, repeat from *-* around, join with slst in top of 1st dc (36)

4. (inc row) ch2, turn, work 2dcs in st at base of ch, dc in next 2sts, *2dcs in next st, dc in next 2sts*, repeat from *-* around, join with slst in top of 1st dc (48)

5-6. ch2, turn, work dc in st at base of ch and in each st around, join with slst in top of 1st dc (48)

7-11. change to second yarn colour if using, ch2, turn, work dc in st at base of ch and in each st around, join with slst in top of 1st dc (48)

12. bind off and weave in ends

Earflap 1:

1. with wrong side facing, join yarn in 6th st from bind off, ch1, sc in same st and next 12sts (13)

2. ch1, turn, sc2tog, sc across to last 2sts, sc2tog (11)

3. ch1, turn, sc in same st and across (11)

4. ch1, turn, sc2tog, sc across to last 2sts, sc2tog (9)

5. ch1, turn, sc in same st and across (9)

6. ch1, turn, sc2tog, sc across to last 2sts, sc2tog (7)

7. ch1, turn, sc in same st and across (7)

8. ch1, turn, sc2tog, sc across to last 2sts, sc2tog (5)

9. ch1, turn, sc in same st and across (5)

10. ch1, turn, sc2tog, sc across to last 2sts, sc2tog (3)

11. ch1, turn, sc in same st and across (3)

12. bind off and weave in ends

Earflap 2:

1. with wrong side facing, join yarn in 30th st from bind off, ch1, sc in same st and next 12sts (13)

2. ch1, turn, sc2tog, sc across to last 2sts, sc2tog (11)

3. ch1, turn, sc in same st and across (11)

4. ch1, turn, sc2tog, sc across to last 2sts, sc2tog (9)

5. ch1, turn, sc in same st and across (9)

6. ch1, turn, sc2tog, sc across to last 2sts, sc2tog (7)

7. ch1, turn, sc in same st and across (7)

8. ch1, turn, sc2tog, sc across to last 2sts, sc2tog (5)

9. ch1, turn, sc in same st and across (5)

10. ch1, turn, sc2tog, sc across to last 2sts, sc2tog (3)

11. ch1, turn, sc in same st and across (3)

12. bind off and weave in ends

Eyes: make two

1. with black yarn and a 3mm hook, make a magic loop, ch2, work 12hdcs in loop, join with slst in top of 1st hdc, pull centre yarn tail tight to close magic loop (12)

2. (inc row) with colour yarn, ch2, turn, work 2hdcs in st at base of ch and each st around, join with slst in top of 1st hdc (24)

3. (inc row) with white yarn, ch2, turn, work 2dcs in st at base of ch, dc in next st, *2dcs in next st, dc in next st*, repeat from *-* around, join with slst in top of 1st dc (36)

4. bind off, leaving a long tail to attach to hat

Beak:

1. with yellow yarn and a 3mm hook, ch7, sc in 2nd ch from hook and across (6)

2. ch1, turn, sc2tog, sc across to last 2sts, sc2tog (4)

3. ch1, turn, sc across (4)

4. ch1, turn, sc2tog, sc2tog (2)

5. ch1, turn, sc across (2)

6. ch1, turn, sc2tog, bind off, leaving a long tail to attach to hat

Finishing:

1. with right side facing, join yarn at back, ch1, sc in each st around bottom of hat to bottom corner of 1st earflap, work 2scs in corner st, sc in middle st, ch35, slst in 2nd ch from hook and across, sc again in middle st to secure, work 2scs in corner st, sc around to bottom corner of 2nd earflap, work 2scs in corner st, sc in middle st, ch35, slst in 2nd ch from hook and across, sc again in middle st to secure, work 2scs in corner st, sc around to end, join with slst in 1st st, bind off and weave in ends

2. attach eyes to front of hat

3. attach beak under the eyes

4. to make the ear tassels, cut 6 lengths of yarn 5″ in length then use a crochet hook to pull them through the hat between the 3rd and 4th row, secure with a loop

I hope you enjoyed making this pretty hat. Let me know if you make it. I would love to see your creations on social media. Tag me (@adeleuyancrochet) so I can find it. Or why not join our Facebook group to show off your creations.

What other patterns would you like to see?

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