Free Pattern – Sargassum

Sargassum - a free crochet pattern on StitchesNScraps.com

Capture the feeling of delicate, lacy strands of seaweed, white sand beaches littered with shells, and the sparkle of sunshine on the clear, blue ocean. Sargassum is the name of a seaweed that washes ashore on the gulf beaches of Florida, where I recently went for a vacation. The days were full of warm sunshine, but there was still enough of a chill in the early mornings and late evenings to make this shawl a welcome accessory. The striping pattern gently shifts from more green to more blue, without repeating, while optional beads add a nice weight, and occasional sparkle as they catch the sunlight.

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Scrappy Stitchers Link Party #29

Princessa - by Lilia Craft Party Designs

We had some really pretty projects in the March Scrappy Stitchers Link Party. Congrats to LiliaCraftParty for the most clicked link, her Princessa Baby Blanket! Now it’s your turn to share your pictures. Remember, any fiber related project you’ve made is fine – it does not have to be your own design and you don’t have to have a blog. You can link up your Ravelry project pages or Instagram photos too. While you’re here, help support each other by clicking on a few of the other entries.

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Free Pattern – Beach Ball Square

Jump into summery fun with this Beach Ball Square! Vibrant colors and a raised edge make the beach ball really pop on a neutral, sandy background. Finished off with a fast and colorful border, this square is sure to add a little sunshine to your project. This pattern was designed for the Moogly 2017 afghan CAL.

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Tutorial – Crocheting with Beads (pre-strung)

Setting a Bead - StitchesNScraps.com

Ready to add a bit of sparkle to your crochet? There are several different ways to add beads to crochet, and all end up having a slightly different effect. In this tutorial we’re looking at crocheting with beads that have been pre-strung. This means we string the beads onto the yarn first, and then work them in as we go along.

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Tutorial – Linked Double Crochet (ldc)

Linked dc tutorial on StitchesNScraps

Double crochets are fast and easy, but for some applications they are too loose and leave unwanted gaps. Linked double crochet (ldc) stitches close those gaps by linking the stitches together in the middle. This creates a firmer, denser fabric that’s not quite as stiff or thick as single crochet. I love ldc for borders on lacier items. It can add shape and structure to an otherwise floppy piece, while creating a decorative edge. It’s also great for things like pockets where you still want a little drape, but want to limit gaps.

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Tutorial – Puff Stitches

Puff Stitch tutorial on StitchesNScraps.com

Puff stitches are soft, squishy, versatile, and easy to make. Learn how with this tutorial!

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Free Pattern – Jelly Beads

Jelly Beads - a free crochet pattern on StitchesNScraps.com

It’s stretchy, it’s glittery, it’s jelly yarn! This quick and easy bracelet can be worked up in about 15 minutes. Stack them, share them, give them as gifts. The pattern works for any size – you can even make a really long one and wear it as a necklace. If you’re not into the jelly look, you can make this simple bracelet with other yarns as well.

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