Welcome, Crafty Friend! I am so glad you found your way here.
You probably already have more craft ideas of your own than you could use in a lifetime — but it never hurts to have more. Pictured above is a mood board featuring craft projects made in a palette of blues and greens. I have free crochet patterns and free craft tutorials available for most, but not all, of the projects pictured above. If you like any of these ideas, you are welcome to use these patterns and tutorials to make your own versions of these projects.
Striped Checkerboard Square: Free Crochet Chart
I have a baby blanket pattern posted that makes use of both the striped heart and striped checkerboard square designs. If you want to use the striped checkerboard chart, you can grab it from this page.
- I have patterns available for the individual crocheted squares you use for making this blanket. You don’t have to make them into a blanket; you can use them for making whatever other projects you have in mind. Click or tap here to go to a list of the square patterns from this series that I currently have available online.
- Click or tap here to get the pattern for putting all the squares together to make an afghan.
If you’re curious about the behind-the-scenes making of the Pattern Sampler Afghan, pictured above, this scrapbooking layout will give you the inside scoop — plus it’s also useful if you’d like some ideas for documenting your own craft projects, road trips, etc.
The afghan stitch tutorial linked above will teach you how to crochet solid-colored fabrics in afghan stitch. To make the colorful variation shown in the photo collage above, pictured in the far right-hand-side column in the middle, the trick is to use two different colors of variegated yarn. The yarn colorways I chose for this are self-striping yarns with fairly long stretches of color, but you can also get interesting results with shorter, choppier bits of variegated color.
What you do is complete a forward pass, drop your active color, and pick up the other color. Complete the return pass, then work the next forward pass, then drop the active color and pick up the other color. You don’t ever cut your yarns in between, so you don’t have extra ends to weave in with this technique — yet you can achieve a vibrantly-colored project using this method. I love this idea and use it often to make interesting projects. If it inspires you, too, I hope you’ll give it a try.
Thanks so much for dropping by! I really appreciate your interest in these craft projects. Please feel free to drop me a comment if you’d like to have tutorials or instructions for how to do any of the other projects that I pictured in the mood board but didn’t link to in the body of the post. Happy crafting!