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  • All Free Crochet Patterns by Vashti Braha

    Directory of My Free Crochet Patterns

    Bookmark this page! It contains self-updating links to my future free crochet stuff too. After the three self-updating links below is a gallery of clickable photos of each free crochet pattern that’s available as of today (April 19 2016).

    Three Self-Updating Links to All Free Crochet Stuff by Vashti

    Self-Updating Link #1: This shortcut link tells Ravelry to display only my crochet patterns that are free. I have over 100 crochet patterns in Ravelry and I add at least one new one each month. If I publish a new free crochet pattern on this blog, I also add it to Ravelry.

    Self-Updating Link #2: This link tells this blog to display all the posts that I’ve tagged with “free pattern.”

    Self-Updating Link #3: This goes to my list of the 20 most recently published issues of Vashti’s Crochet Inspirations Newsletter. Occasionally I put a free crochet pattern right into an issue. In fact, I originally expected to put free crochet patterns in most issues, but I discovered the hard way how limited a newsletter is for full pattern instructions. (For example, space is very limited, and there’s no way to update an issue if errors are found. It’s also not searchable, so Google can’t find it for you.) Each newsletter offers other kinds of information for free that you either won’t find anywhere else, or that you usually have to buy a book or pattern to get.

    Please note that I do not own the rights to some of the older free crochet designs. Even though I wrote the original pattern, the company that bought all rights to it then edits it. These companies are the best equipped to deal with questions about their versions of the patterns. Thank you for your understanding.

    Clickable Gallery of Vashti’s Free Crochet Patterns

    Under construction (and may end up being too much work…!)

    Clicking an image will [hopefully…(once tested)] take you to another page of this blog with more information about the pattern, and a direct link to download the pattern. It’s not to make you jump through hoops. It’s just how my blog template deals with clickable images.

    This [incomplete!] gallery is current as of April 30, 2016. For my newer free crochet stuff, use the self-updating links above. Over time, some of the older free crochet patterns in this gallery might develop a broken link that is out of my control. If you try to download a pattern in this gallery and it doesn’t work, let me know so that I can update the link.

    • May 2nd, 2016 by Vashti Braha

    National Crochet Month Specials

    National Crochet Month 2016! I've got my ticket!

     I’ve got my ticket!

    Welcome, Natcromo Blog Tour Visitors!

    In honor of (Inter-)National Crochet Month, I’ve added a FREE lacy spring scarf pattern to my Ravelry shop: the double-flounced Emdash Scarf. It’s free for one week.

    I thought I’d show you Emdash’s crochet story in pictures. National Crochet Month is for crochet stories, right? Especially about lacy spring scarves. First, the design sketches:

    Original Emdash Sketches for National Crochet Month spring scarf

    Emdash has two design sisters.

    Antoinette is the eldest (I published her popular pattern in Nov. 2011). She loves lace weight metallic mohair with sequins and other holiday party yarns. Cantina is the youngest, even though her pattern was published before Emdash’s (in Dec. 2015). Cantina is a freewheeling hippie girl who likes color parties, scrap yarns, and beads. Below are front page snippets of the three designs. It’s easier to show some alternate views of them this way.

    Emdash Scarf Sister Designs: National Crochet Month 2016 spring scarf freebie

    How did Emdash get her name?

    While I was exploring special characters on my keyboard, I kept seeing the scarf draped on my mannequin. The columns of tall stitches are grouped with vertical spacers. (I like the slightly different crocheting rhythm of it.) They started reminding me of emdashes, yes—a type of punctuation. It shortens so nicely to “Emmy.”

    The last part of her design story is that I learned how to format and print out kit patterns with the Emdash Scarf, for the show booth I had last summer. This means Emdash is also available as a printed pattern here.

    Since you’ve read this far, you can also take 15% off anything in my shop by clicking this link. Remember, shipping is already free to US addresses, so 15% off really is 15% off.Emdash Kit Story for National Crochet Month 2016

    Enjoy your free crochet pattern! And Happy National Crochet Month!

    • March 30th, 2016 by Vashti Braha

    New Lotus Yarn Colors: Help Us Choose!

    Can’t find where to add a comment? Click the title (or just click here) then scroll down a bit until you see comments.

    On this first day of National Crochet Month we’re fantasizing about more colors of Lotus yarn.

    Help us choose the next colors of DesigningVashti Lotus yarn and you might be the lucky recipient of 200g (512 yds or two balls) of it. That’s enough to crochet many of the patterns on this page, and all of the Ravelry projects that came up in this search.

    These are the 15 colors we already have:

    The 15 Lotus yarn colors

    The 15 Lotus yarn colors

    The existing 15 colors happen to fall into a tidy symmetry: there are 5 pastels, 5 neutrals, and 5 deep gem tones. What to add, oh what to add?

    What do you think our 16th Lotus yarn color should be? (You’re welcome to add a suggestion for #17 and 18 too.) Just mention it in the comments below. A one-word comment is fine. Color is very inspiring, and I’m especially passionate about color right now because I’m reading books by indie yarn dyers. So feel free to add why that color, or what you would crochet with it, or other colors you’d combine with it–whatever comes to mind. We look forward to reading every comment.

    The gift recipient will be randomly chosen on March 15, and announced here on this blog that same day. We’ll use a random number generator. Commenting more than once won’t increase your chances. The yarn gift can be mailed free to a US address only.

    • March 1st, 2016 by Vashti Braha

    Slip Stitch Crochet Hearts Free Pattern

    Slip Stitch Crochet Heart, reverse sc border, for my Slip Stitch Shaping Class 2014.This blog post is an overflow page for issue #76 of my crochet newsletter. Scroll down to see the heart shape chart, and then the full text of the Slip Stitch Crochet Hearts Free Pattern. To print, click on the little printer icon at the end of this post.

    We Need to Talk: Slip Stitch Skill Levels

    I rate this pattern Intermediate for slip stitch crocheters, and Advanced if you’re new to Slip Stitch Crochet. A good free crochet pattern for slip stitch beginners would be Eva’s Ribs Scarf. After that, Slip Tectonics or Undaria would bring novices solidly up to speed for these hearts.


    I originally designed these crochet hearts for a three hour intermediate-level class on slip stitch shaping methods. “Slip Stitch Crochet 101” class was a prerequisite. After crocheting this heart, students would be equipped to crochet fitted sleeve caps and gracefully shaped armholes!

    You’ll be adding or subtracting only a stitch or two to make this heart. Not a big deal if you’ve ever increased and decreased with single crochets. It takes practice, though, to shape every row of slip stitches. Consider that even if you’ve already completed some slip stitch projects, most existing slip stitch crochet patterns involve only occasional shaping, if any. (If you’ve crocheted a slip stitch pattern with a significant amount of shaping, please tell me about it in the comments.)

    For a slip stitch beginner, the biggest challenge is recognizing what the stitches are doing to avoid increasing or decreasing by accident. It’s like learning to crochet all over again—and that can be humbling if you don’t expect it, but what a beautiful thing! How many of us long-time crocheters remember what it was like to learn how to crochet for the first time? If you’ve been crocheting for at least ten years already, you can revisit this life changing moment!

    I recommend that you cross off each row when you complete it to easily keep track of where you are. (I have to. For these crochet hearts I’d rather count stitches than rows.) For pattern help, visit my fabulous forum.

    Challenge Accepted? Great!

    Welcome to the “heart” of slip stitch country. Start with a thick smooth yarn and a big hook.


    Slip Stitch Crochet Hearts: Project “Shortbread Cookie”

    A Valentine Heart Pattern in Vertical Fss Rows.

    Abbreviations: ch=chain, Bss=back-loop-only slip stitch, Fss=front-loop-only slip stitch, sc=single crochet, ss=slip stitch,  st(s)=stitch(es).

    Slip Stitch Crochet Hearts: Chart for free pattern

    Chain 4.

    Row 1: Skip ch nearest your hook, ss in any loop of each remaining ch, turn: 3 ss. Easy, right?

    Notice that every odd-numbered row ends at the top of the heart and every even-numbered row ends at the bottom of it. The yarn end (referred to as “tail” from now on) is at the top of the heart, so whenever you crochet toward the tail end, you must be on an odd-numbered row.

    Row 2: Ch 2, ss in 2nd ch from your hook (an increase of one st), Fss in first ss, 2 Fss in each of next 2 ss, turn: 6 ss. 

    • Increasing: There are lots of ways to increase with slip stitches. Try a slip stitch in the front loop, and then in the back loop of the same stitch. Or, use the method you prefer. I described my favorites in the newsletter issue.

    No row will ever have more than 10 sts in it. If you have trouble seeing which loops to crochet into:

    • It will get easier after 3 rows or so. You won’t see the heart shape develop until you’re halfway there (Row 9).
    • The st count matters more than choosing the correct loop. Count as you crochet and add a st in a good enough loop if need be. The most common problem for slip stitchers is identifying which st is the last one of the row. Counting as you go helps and you won’t need to use a stitch marker.
    • I don’t count my rows. As I complete each row I put a checkmark next to it on the pattern. I also rely heavily on the yarn tail–whether I’m crocheting a row toward the tail or away from it.
    • Questions? Ask in my forum

    Row 3: Ch 2, ss in 2nd ch from your hook, Fss in each ss, turn: 7 ss.

    Rows 4 & 5: Repeat Row 3. At the end of Row 5 you’ll have 9 ss.

    Row 6: Ch 1, Fss in each ss, turn: 9 ss.

    Row 7: Repeat Row 3: 10 ss.

    Row 8: Ch 1, skip first ss (a decrease of one st), Fss in each remaining ss, turn: 9 ss.

    Row 9: Ch 2, ss in 2nd ch from your hook, Fss in each ss to last st, turn leaving last st unworked: 9 ss.

    Row 10: Ch 1, skip first ss, Fss in each ss to last st, 2 ss in last st, turn: 9 ss.

    Row 11: Repeat Row 10: 9 ss.

    Row 12: Repeat Row 9: 9 ss.

    Row 13: Ch 1, Fss in each ss to last st, 2 ss in last st, turn: 10 ss.

    Row 14: Ch 1, Fss in each ss to last st, turn leaving last st unworked: 9 ss.

    Row 15: Repeat Row 6: 9 ss.

    Row 16-18: Repeat Row 14. At the end of Row 18 you’ll have 6 ss.

    Row 19: Ch 1, skip first ss, Fss in next ss, [skip next ss, Fss in next ss] twice, turn: 3 ss.

    Before edging. Slip Stitch Crochet Hearts: free pattern 2016.

    This is how it looks after quick blocking and before edging it with a round of slip stitches.

    Round 1 (add a border of ss): Fss in each ss of Row 19, ss in one loop at the end of each row to bottom point of heart, [ss, ch 1, ss] in it, continue edging row ends to first row, ss in each of the 3 foundation chs, ss in remaining row ends, join to start of round with a ss.

    Note: Edging these crochet hearts is not as laborious as it might seem. Even though it’s not easy to identify each row end, this needn’t slow you down. I mostly just estimate where to put my next stitch, and it comes out looking perfectly nice, especially after simple blocking.

    Finishing: Fasten off, or add another round of ss, or reverse sc. Be sure to damp block: stretch all edges in every direction then let it settle into a smooth, symmetrical-enough heart shape and let dry. Make another like the first so that you can seam them together with a ss seam, add a bit of stuffing and hide the ends.

    Experiment Freely with this Free Heart Chart

    The grid rows of the chart are tailored to Fss stitch height, but why impose limits on your heart? You could try using single crochets instead, for example. The heart shape may widen or narrow a bit. Or, try back-loop slip stitches (Bss) after you’ve made a few crochet hearts in all front-loop slip stitches (Fss). (The back loops of slip stitches are trickier to identify than front loops for some folks at first.)

    I hope you’ll show us your crochet hearts in my fabulous forum.

    • February 12th, 2016 by Vashti Braha

    Deluxe Crochet Hook Diagram: Free Download

    I created a detailed crochet hook diagram while researching the next section of Vashti’s How to Crochet Book. (I’ve started blogging the first draft of it!)

    Deluxe Crochet Hook Diagram by Vashti Braha (thumbnail of page 1)

    Scroll down for download link.

    The crochet hook diagram actually serves two more purposes: it was a big part of “Beyond Crochet Hook Debates” issue #71 of Vashti’s Crochet Inspirations newsletter. And, new crochet hooks and sets are the big news in my shop this fall.

    I wanted to create the most complete crochet hook diagram possible. A PDF is really a better format for it than a newsletter column. I added a bit more to the PDF while I was at it. It has more labeled parts and information on it than any other crochet hook diagram I’ve found.

    The PDF also includes another diagram from the newsletter: the “Crochet Hook Heat Map.”

    —> Click here to download it for free: Crochet Hook Deluxe Diagram by Vashti <—

    If you know someone who would like this detailed crochet hook diagram, please be kind and send them to this blog post so that they can download their own copy directly. Right-click this direct link to copy it: http://designingvashti.com/blog/crochet-hook-diagram-free-download. Thanks!

    • September 23rd, 2015 by Vashti Braha

    Picot Crochet Card Edge (Free Pattern)

    The other day I posted a photo of a freeform crochet card edge I did over four years ago. I found the photo by accident while looking for something else. In that post I described how to crochet it, to the best of my memory. Back then I mailed off the card right away. I have no memory of having written down any how-to info.

    Well, I just now I found the notes to myself about it. By accident again! (I’ve been going through lots of old files, boxes, CD roms, etc. so I’m finding all kinds of things.)

    Below I’ve typed in everything from that paper to be readable. I suppose you could say this is a…

    Free Pattern for a Picot Crochet Card Edge


    Supplies Needed:

    • Size #7 Boye steel crochet hook (or size that will pull the thread you’re using through the holes punched in the card).
    • Size #10 cotton crochet thread: Coats Opera (100% mercerized cotton, 230m per 50g ball), 2 colors.
    • Greeting card: the thicker the card stock, the better. Glossy card stock is even stronger.
    • Single hole paper punch: 1/16″ diameter holes. (Look for one in the scrapbooking section of a craft store.)

    Stitches and Abbreviations Used:

    • ch = chain
    • sc = single crochet
    • sl st = slip stitch
    • st(s) = stitch(es)

    Begin Picot Petals Crochet Card Edge (“Crochet Embellishment of Gloria’s sympathy Card, February 24, 2010”)

    Step One: I punched holes fairly randomly. Sometimes I filled in with additional holes later.

    Step Two: With pink thread for flower petals, *ch 6 or 7, sl st in the 6th or 7th ch from your crochet hook, sc in the same or next hole, depending. (Depending on how it looks and how far away the next hole is. Bunching them here and there brings out the petal look.) Repeat from the *, or just sc again in a hole; add a ch or two to adjust the tension of the sts as you edge the card.

    Step Three: With green thread for leaves, ch 6 or 7, sl st in 4th or 5th ch from your hook. Space these out a bit more than the petals were. I spaced them with only just enough chs to sc in the next hole gracefully.

    I ended the pattern notes with, “I like how the bunched pink petals look next to the more spread out green sts.”

    • November 21st, 2014 by Vashti Braha

    The Two Free Victorian Crochet Pattern Books I Love!

    Of course, ALL free Victorian crochet pattern books are lovable. After I researched crochet stitches for my classes, though, I keep these two close by and bookmarked. Both of these antique crochet books were published in 1891. (Click each image for the free download information and link.)

    Last year I searched in literally hundreds of crochet books and booklets. I love researching crochet. Lots of antique, public domain crochet sources are keepers. Perhaps these two stand out in particular because of the specific stitches I was looking for.

    • The Art of Crocheting. By Butterick Publishing Co., Ltd., 1891 (London and New York).
    • Home Work, A Choice Collection of Useful Designs for the Crochet and Knitting Needle… By A. M., Rose Publishing Co. Ltd. (Toronto).

    I recorded all occurrences of star stitches, love knots (“knot stitches” to the Victorians), and lacy Tunisian crochet patterns. I was surprised to discover that in many of the publications ranging from the 1840’s to the 2010’s, these stitches often didn’t appear at all. These two 1891 gems were especially fun for creative star stitch patterns.

    Researching crochet stitches in free Victorian crochet pattern books offers lots of insight into crochet’s development. It’s fascinating to see how crochet is explained, illustrated, and promoted. Exciting, too! By 1891 the public demand for crochet patterns and stitch how-tos was very strong.

    Free Victorian crochet pattern books date from the 1840’s to shortly before World War I. Please support the Antique Pattern Library. It’s one of my favorite sources for some obscure early indie crochet designer booklets too. I hope you will help their cause by donating scans or funds.

    The Home Work book was the focus of an ambitious crochet pattern project by the Cyber Chapter of the Crochet Guild of America (CGOA). Members crocheted actual swatches and projects from the book. The exhibit of them at CGOA’s annual Chain Link conference was a highlight of the event!

    Also see my Antique Crochet Stunners board in Pinterest.

    • October 18th, 2014 by Vashti Braha

    Free Slip Stitch Crochet Scarf Patterns and Answers

    It’s fall! That’s when my two free slip stitch crochet scarf patterns are downloaded a lot, and I get questions about them.

    I have nine slip stitch crochet scarf patterns published so far. These two are free downloads: Slip Slope Crochet Short Rows Scarf, and Eva’s Ribs Slip Stitch Scarf 101.

    Molly asked me, “I am wondering if you allow our finished items to be sold if you are given credit as the designer?” The answer is yes I do, and thanks for including designer credit. I’m honored when my design inspires a crocheter to make several items. As a crocheter I love it when I’m making something and I start thinking, “Ooo… I could see making one of these for everyone on my gift list this winter.” Or, like Molly: I can imagine so many other people wanting the scarf I crocheted.

    When I keep using the same pattern, I can try different yarns or color combinations. I find ways to perfect little things or increase my speed, like how I finish the edges or something. Another thing that happens is that I start naturally memorizing most or all of the pattern. That’s when I really pick up speed.

    For more questions and answers, see this list of Slip Stitch Crochet FAQs students ask me in my slip stitch crochet classes. Scroll down for a slip stitch short row photo tutorial.

    If you’re new to slip stitch crochet, try the free Eva’s Ribs scarf first. It makes for good TV crocheting, or while listening to an audiobook. The free Slip Slope scarf is the next step after Eva. It’s a lot like Eva with one new skill added (the short rows). A different next step after Eva is the Shamlian Weltie.

    After the Slip Slope scarf, a bunch of my other slip stitch crochet scarf patterns will make perfect sense! For example, Undaria, Notch, and Slip Tectonics.


    • October 10th, 2014 by Vashti Braha

    New Free Crochet Jewelry Pattern & Guide

    My three newest crochet jewelry pattern releases share a theme: all are methods for crocheting beaded strands, without actually using beads. I’ve developed special beady crochet stitches and found jewelry-crocheting ways to make stitches stack up symmetrically and neatly, like beads do.

    Not only do I love crocheting beads instead of adding beads to crochet; sometimes it’s better – allows a crochet project to be more portable or faster to begin, for example. For more images, here’s my “Pearly Crochet Stitch Types for Jewelry Crochet” photo set.

    My free Puffpearls Jewelry Cord Crochet Guide is really three small patterns in one, because each pattern is a jewelry component that can be used independently with other designs. The three components are the Chain Loop Clasp, the Puffpearl Stitch Cord, and the Mushroom Button. Along the way I explain what makes each of these my “go-to” jewelry components, and suggest some creative ways to vary them and enhance their basic features.

    After wearing crochet jewelry for years, and teaching Crochet Jewelry in local yarn shops and at national conferences, I wanted to provide a free guide to some of the simplest basics I find that I’ve relied upon for years. That’s why I came out with the free Puffpearls Jewelry Cord Guide. Together with the Irish Pearl Knot Stitch and the stitch menu in the Sweet Almonds Jewelry Set, I use it myself as a reference guide, so I’ve rounded out the free crochet jewelry pdf with:

    • A chart of standard necklace lengths
    • How to make the best beginning slip knot when starting a crochet jewelry project
    • How to make necessary adjustments for a good match between pendant and crochet cord.

    Something else I’m noticing about crocheting ‘beads’ is that they’re amazing in silk and rayon threads. You might like issue #47 of the Crochet Inspirations Newsletter on using rayon threads for crochet jewelry. You also might like issue #46, “Open and Closed Clones Knots.” It was inspired by the Irish Pearl Knots design.

    The Puffpearl was one of the first (if not THE first) of the pearly stitches I swatched, back in 2008. Allow me to end by counting the ways that I like it now more than ever! The Puffpearl Cord is…

    1. Strong with a bit of built-in stretch. It has clean good looks from any angle and has many uses, so it’s fun to see how it responds to different fibers and hook sizes.
    2. Fun to experiment with simple changes to the stitch’s basic steps for creating alternate versions of the cord.
    3. Fast! A 20-minute crochet friendship bracelet is pretty instant gratification.
    4. Easy to make this stitch uniform in size and shape for a polished-looking pendant cord.
    5. The most straightforward and structurally familiar of all my favorite bead-like crochet stitches for fancy cords. (I especially appreciate this when using slippery threads like silk and rayon.)
    • February 26th, 2013 by Vashti Braha

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