Seed Head Scarf Free Crochet Pattern

Do you like to use your leftover yarn to crochet a project in multiple colors?  Well this Seed Head Scarf Free Crochet Pattern is perfect to use that scrap yarn left over from projects you have been working on all year. 

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I am collaborating in the Scrap Busting Blog Hop hosted by Raffamusa Designs and Made by Gottie and my Seed Head Scarf crochet pattern is part of the Scrap Busting Blog Hop on January 12, 2022.

On January 12, 2002 you will be able to get a FREE pdf copy of my Seed Head Scarf crochet pattern.  To be able to get a copy, the image below lets you know what you need to do.

 

Stop by the Scrap Busting Blog Hop to get the Coupon Code for a FREE pdf copy of my Seed Head Scarf crochet pattern.  Click on the button below and you will be directed to the Main Blog Hop website.

 

 

Next write down the Coupon Code from the Main Blog Hop website.  Click on the button below and you will be directed to my Ravelry Store to get the free pattern.

 

Enter the Coupon Code at checkout and you will receive the FREE pdf copy of my Seed Head Scarf crochet pattern!  That’s it!

If you have missed any days of the Scrap Busting Blog Hop there is a Scrap Busting Bundle that you can purchase for $9.99!  You get 31 pdf crochet patterns from a number of great crochet designers!  Click on the button below to grab your copy of the Scrap Busting Bundle!

 

If you missed my day of the Stash Busting Blog Hop you can still get the Seed Head Scarf Free Crochet Pattern below.  Or you can find a premium copy of the Seed Head Scarf at my Ravelry Store or LoveCrafts or my Etsy Shop.

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The Seed Head Scarf crochet pattern used the Seed Stitch. The Seed Stitch uses the basic stitches, single crochet and double crochet.  Also in the crochet pattern you will find instructions on how you can customize this to meet your style, size, and color. You can customize it to fit babies, toddlers, tweens, teens and all adult sizes.

Materials:
US G Hook/4 mm
MC 150 yds of  #3/DK Weight Yarn
CC 150 yds of #3/DK Weight Yarn
Tapestry Needle

Gauge:
US G Hook/4 mm
16 st x 16 rows = 4”

Size:
4” wide x 56” long

Abbreviations/Stitches Used:
ch = chain
sl st = slip stitch
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
sp = space
CC =  Contrasting Color
MC = Main Color

 

 

You can also find a premium copy of the Seed Head Scarf Crochet Pattern at my Ravelry Store or LoveCrafts or my Etsy Shop that contain Picture Tutorials and Step-by-Step instructions.

Notes:
Alt ch 2 counts as a dc
You will change colors after every 32 rows or every 8”
You can customize how many rows you would like to do before you change colors.

 

Special Stitches:
Foundation Single Crochet:  creates your foundation row at the same time as your first row of single crochet stitches.
Seed Stitch:  alternate sc and dc in the 1st row then you add a dc in the sc and a sc in the dc in the consecutive rows.

 

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Head Scarf Pattern:

Using MC

R1:  fsc 16 turn  (16 sc)
alternative:  ch 17, sc in the 2nd ch from hook and each remaining st across.  (16 sc)

R2:  ch 1, alt ch 2 in 1st st. *sc in the next st, dc in the next st*  rep from * until last st, sc in last st.  turn ( 16 st)

R3-R32:  alt ch 2 in 1st st. *sc in the next st, dc in the next st*  rep from * until last st, sc in last st.  turn (16 st)

Using CC

R33-64:  alt ch 2 in 1st st. *sc in the next st, dc in the next st*  rep from * until last st, sc in last st.  turn (16 st)

Repeat R1-R64 or until you reach your desired length.


Fasten off and weave in ends.

You can find a premium copy of the Seed Head Scarf Crochet Pattern at my Ravelry Store or LoveCrafts or my Etsy Shop that contain Picture Tutorials and Step-by-Step instructions.

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That’s it!  You have made the Seed Head Scarf!  You can customize it to fit your style, size, and color(s) using your yarn stash!  I would ❤️ to see your version!  You can tag me at any of my Social Media Sites and using the hashtags listed below.

#seedheadscarf #seedheadscarfcrochetpattern #seedheadscarffreecrochetpattern #joscraftyhook #joscraftyhookdesigns #handmadecrochetedcreations #jo_bear38

You can check out some of my scarf crochet patterns at the sites listed below.

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LoveCraft  
Etsy Shop    

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North Star Blanket Square

Welcome to Jo’s Crafty Hook!  My North Star Blanket Square is part of the Love and Joy Blanket CAL 2021 hosted by Bear Rye and Knottie Hooks.  This CAL is a mystery CAL so all of the crochet squares that will be featured after my given day, December 20, 2021, will be FREE for 1 day only.   Click on the image below to get your FREE pdf copy of my North Star Blanket Square on December 20, 2021 from Ravelry.

 

Be sure to stop by the Love and Joy Blanket CAL’s main page to grab the code needed to get a the FREE pdf copy of my North Star Blanket Square on December 20, 2021.  You can also see the blanket squares that have already been released and to find out more information on how the CAL works, click on the image below.

 

You can find all of the squares you may have missed or if you don’t have time to blog hop to get each day’s new square, you can take advantage of the Love and Joy Blanket CAL Bundle.  The bundle only costs $10 for 31 squares!  If you would like to grab a copy of the Love and Joy Blanket CAL 2021 Bundle, you may use my affiliate link.

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  The stitches used in the square creates the Angel Motif in the North Star Blanket Square.  Below you can find the materials you will need to make the North Star Blanket Square.  You can find the Ad-Free pdf crochet pattern free on 12/20/21 at my Ravelry Store.

I used Joann’s Big Twist in Red.  100% acrylic, worsted weight #4 or Aran Weight Yarn.  Weight 6 oz/380 yds

I also used Red Heart Super Saver in Gold. 100% Acrylic, worsted weight #4 or Aran weight yarn.  198 g/7 oz, 333 meters/364 yards

US Terms Advanced Beginners/Intermediate

Finished Size:  Square:  8” x 8”
Star:  6″ x 5″

Materials:

US H Hook or 5 mm          
MC – 45  yds Worsted/Aran Weight Yarn
CC – 15 yds Worsted/Aran Weight Yarn
Scissors
Tapestry Needle

Abbreviations: sc = single crochet
sk = skip
ch = chain
sl st = slip stitch
rep = repeat
hdc = half double crochet
trc = triple crochet
dtrc = double triple crochet

MC = Main Color
CC = Contrasting Color
RS = Right Side

You will find step-by-step picture tutorials.  There are also helpful video tutorials inside the pattern to help you master the Triple Crochet and the Double Triple Crochet stitches.  

 

You can find the Ad-Free PDF North Star Blanket Square Crochet Pattern at my Ravelry Store or LoveCrafts or my Etsy Shop. Below you will also find the inspiration behind the North Star Blanket Square and my Christmas Angels Square found in my O Holy Night Wrap.

 

The O Holy Night Wrap was designed specifically for the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop I collaborated in.  This blog hop was hosted by Fosbas Designs and was sponsored by WeCrochet and KnitPicks. 

The story behind this pattern comes from the Christmas song you hear during the Christmas season, ‘O Holy Night’

“O holy night, the stars are brightly shining, It is the night of the dear Saviour’s birth; Long lay the world in sin and error pining, ‘Till he appeared and the soul felt its worth. A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices, For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn; Chorus Fall on your knees, Oh hear the angel voices! O night divine!”

The stitches used in the pattern will create the stars and angels motifs from the lyrics of the song.  I hope you enjoy crocheting the O Holy Night Wrap. 

You can grab yourself a copy of the crochet pattern at LoveCrafts or my Ravelry Store.

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Unisex Herringbone Set Free Crochet Pattern

In this post I want to share with you the Unisex Herringbone Set Free Crochet Pattern.  It is hard to find crochet patterns that are just for boys and men so I found a perfect crochet stitch that creates a unique design that can be used for men and women, the Herringbone Half Double Crochet.

Unisex Herringbone Set

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In the Herringbone Crochet Set you will find crochet patterns for a Beanie and a Cowl.  You will also find 3 sizes to choose from:  Teen, Small & Large Adult.  The good thing about this crochet pattern is that it can be customized to fit your style, size, and color!  The stitch count is a multiple of 6, so it you want to make a smaller or larger size, you can use the multiple of 6.

As I stated above, the Unisex Herringbone Set Free Crochet Pattern is a great crochet pattern boys, men, and women.  My husband and I modeled the set, so as you can see it fits men and women.  You will find some wonderful versions from my testers of the set at the bottom of this post.

You can also find the ad-free pdf  Unisex Herringbone Set crochet pattern at my Ravelry Store or LoveCrafts or my Etsy Shop.

 

 

You can find my ad-free pdc crochet patterns at these locations listed below.

Ravelry
Lovecraft
Etsy

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Materials Needed:
US Hook I/5.5 mm
100-300 yards of #4 Worsted Weight Yarn
Scissors
Tapestry Needle

Gauge:
US Hook I/5.5 mm
8 HHDC x 6 Rows = 2 inch

Notes:
Ch 1 does not count as a stitch

Gauge Swatch:
R1:  Ch 9, sc in 2nd st and sc in each st across. Ch1
R2:  Turn.  HHDC in each st across.  Ch 1
R3-6:  Repeat R2

Abbreviations:
CH = Chain
Sl St = Slip Stitch
SC = Single Crochet
BLO = Back Loop Only
HHDC = Herringbone Half Double Crochet
SC BLO = Single Crochet in Back Loop Only
HDC2TOG = Half Double Crochet 2 Together
FHDC = Foundation Half Double Crochet

Special Stitches:

To make the HHDC stitch:
1. Yarn over, insert hook into the next stitch and pull up a loop (3 loops on hook)
2. Pull first loop straight through the second (similar to a slip stitch)
3. Yarn over, pull through two remaining loops on hook. 

Special Notes:
The stitch count is a multiple of 6 if you need a smaller or larger size.
Pattern written for: Teen, Sm Adult, Lg Adult
Be sure to count your stitches once and awhile.  It is important once you start the decreasing to have the right stitch count.

Video Tutorials:
YouTube Video Tutorial for HHDC  here
YouTube Video Tutorial for SC in BLO here.
YouTube Video Tutorial for HDC2TOG here.
YouTube Video Tutorial for FHDC here.

 

You can find the ad-free pdf  Unisex Herringbone Set crochet pattern at my Ravelry Store or LoveCrafts or my Etsy Shop.  There is an additional crochet pattern for matching fingerless gloves that you can find at my stores as well.

 

Brim

R1:  Chain 11,  SC in the 2nd chain and each ch across.  Ch 1 and Turn.  10 SC

R2:  sc in 1st st, sc in blo in the next 8 st, and sc in the last st.  Ch 1 and Turn.  10 SC

R3:  Repeat R2 for a total of 54 (60, 66) Rows

Join Brim:  Holding both ends together without twisting, sl st together through blo loop of the previous row and foundation row.

 

Body

R1:  Ch 1, work HHDC across the side of each row, sl st in 1st HHDC st to join.  Ch 1 and Turn.  54 (60, 66)

R2:  HHDC in the 1st st and in each st around.  sl st in 1st HHDC to join.  Ch 1 and Turn.  54 (60, 66)

R3:  HHDC in each remaining st around.  sl st in 1st HHDC to join.  Ch 1 and Turn.  54 (60, 66)

Repeat R2-R3 until hat measures 6 – 6.5”  ( 6.5 – 7” or 7 – 7.5”) inches, including the Brim.  Move on to Decrease Rows.

 

Decrease Rows  

R1:  Ch 1 and Turn. * HHDC in the next 6 (8,9) st, HDC2TOG*  Repeat from * to * around.  sl st into 1st to join.  Ch 1 and Turn.  48 , 54, 60  stitches

R2:  *HHDC in the next 5 (7, 8) st, HDC2TOG*  Repeat from * to * around.  sl st  into 1st st join.  Ch 1 and Turn.  40 (48, 54) st

R3:  HHDC in the next 4 (6, 7) st, HDC2TOG*  Repeat from * to * around.  sl st into 1st st join.  Ch 1 and Turn.  34 (42, 48) st

R4:  HHDC in the next 3 (5, 6) st, HDC2TOG*  Repeat from * to * around.  sl st into 1st st join.  28 (36, 42) st  Do not fasten off.

Leave a long tail of 6-10 inches for weaving the top of the hat closed.  You will weave the top of the Beanie closed by using your Tapestry Needle.  

You will go into the 2 loops created by the dc using the long tail you have left.  You will go back and forth weaving the long tail between the 2 loops until you reach the end.  

At the end you will pull the long tail tight, closing the top of the Beanie.  Pull tight and go into the 1st st and create a knot, tying off the long tail.   

If you are having trouble here is the YouTube Video Tutorial showing the process.   

Fasten off and weave in ends.

 

You can find the ad-free pdf crochet pattern at my Ravelry Store or LoveCrafts or my Etsy Shop.

 

 

Herring-Bone Cowl

R1:  FHDC 14 (16, 18) 

Optional:  Chain 16 (18, 20) hdc in the 4th chain and each remaining stitch.     Turn  14 (16, 18)

R2:  Ch 1.  HHDC in 1st st and remaining stitches across.   Turn  14 (16, 18)

R3:  Ch 1.  HHDC in 1st st and remaining stitches across.  Turn  14 (16, 18)

Body of Scarf

R4:  Ch 1.  HHDC in 1st st and remaining stitches across.  Turn  14 (16, 18) 

Repeat R4 until the scarf measures 44”  ( 56”, 68”) inches or until your desired length.  If you would like to leave it as a Scarf, fasten off and weave in the ends.  For the Cowl, do not fasten off, move to the closing of the cowl.

 

Closing the Cowl

R1:  Ch 1 and place HDC in each st across.   14 (16, 18)

Join Ends:  Holding both ends together without twisting, sl st together through blo loop of the previous row and foundation row.

Fasten off and weave in ends.  You are done!

 

 

 

As you can see above the different versions of the Unisex Herringbone Set Free Crochet Pattern from my wonderful testers!  Thanks a  bunch ladies!

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You can find my crochet patterns at these locations listed below.

Ravelry
Lovecraft
Etsy

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Christmas Angels Square

Welcome to Jo’s Crafty Hook!  My Christmas Angel Square is part of the Love and Joy Blanket CAL hosted by Bear Rye and Knottie Hooks.  This CAL is a mystery CAL so all of the crochet squares that will be featured after my given day, December 11, 2021, will be FREE for 1 day only.   Click on the image below to get your FREE pdf copy of my Christmas Angel Square on December 11, 2021 from Ravelry.

 

Be sure to stop by the Love and Joy Blanket CAL’s main page to grab the code needed to get a the FREE pdf copy of my Christmas Angels Square on December 11, 2021.  You can also see the blanket squares that have already been released and to find out more information on how the CAL works, click on the image below.

 

You can find all of the squares you may have missed (check out the image below) or you don’t have time to get each day’s new square available in the Love and Joy Blanket CAL Bundle.  The bundle only costs $10 for 31 squares!  If you would like to grab a copy of the Love and Joy Blanket CAL 2021 Bundle, you may use my affiliate link.

Be sure to sign up to my Newsletter so you can be notified when things like this happens!  As a new subscriber you will receive a free pdf crochet pattern.  You can find out more about me and the steps you would need to follow for signing up on my Newsletter Incentive page on my website.
 
 

 

 

The stitches used in the square creates the Angel Motif in the Christmas Angel Square.  Below you can find the materials you will need to make the Christmas Angel Square.  You can find the Ad-Free pdf crochet pattern free on 12/11/21 at my Ravelry Store.

I used Joann’s Big Twist in Green and Red.  100% acrylic, worsted weight #4.  Weight 6 oz/380 yds

US Terms
Advanced Beginners/Intermediate

Finished Size:  8” x 8”

Materials:
US H Hook or 5 mm          
MC – 15 yds Worsted Weight Yarn
CC – 25 yds Worsted Weight Yarn
Scissors
Tapestry Needle

There are also helpful video tutorials inside the pattern to help you master the angel stitch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below you will also find the inspiration behind the Christmas Angels Square found in my O Holy Night Wrap.

The O Holy Night Wrap was designed specifically for the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop I collaborated in.  This blog hop was hosted by Fosbas Designs and was sponsored by WeCrochet and KnitPicks.  The story behind this pattern comes from the Christmas song you hear during the Christmas season, ‘O Holy Night’

“O holy night, the stars are brightly shining, It is the night of the dear Saviour’s birth; Long lay the world in sin and error pining, ‘Till he appeared and the soul felt its worth. A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices, For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn; Chorus Fall on your knees, Oh hear the angel voices! O night divine!”

The stitches used in the pattern will create the stars and angels motifs from the lyrics of the song.  I hope you enjoy crocheting the O Holy Night Wrap.  You can grab yourself a copy of the crochet pattern at LoveCrafts or my Ravelry Store.

This post contains affiliate links.  If you make a purchase using these links I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you.)

 

 

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Find me, Jo of Jo’s Crafty Hook at the places listed below.

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Facebook Page Jo’s Crafty Hook   

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Tips for Selling at a Crafts or Vendor Show

In today’s post my friend, Joyce Wilson of TeachSpark.org will be sharing with you Tips for Selling at a Crafts or Vendor Show.  This is the perfect time of year to sell all of those items you have crocheted throughout the year or items you made just for the gift giving holidays.

 

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Below you will find the tips for selling at a crafts or vendor shows.

There is something really exciting about selling in person. You get to meet your customers face to face and find out exactly what they like about your products. Also, you can answer all the questions they have and persuade them to buy something.

However, if you are new to selling at a craft show and you have no idea how to go about it, we are about to show you how with these simple steps.

For handmade crocheted creations and helpful tips and resources, visit Jo’s Crafty Hook!

 

Check out the competition

First, take a look at the trade shows, feel their vibe, and get an idea of what people do and what booths are getting the most traffic. If you already have something to sell, survey your specific niche and see how they compare.

Visit as many shows as possible and note these;
The type of products on sale. Will your product fit in or stand out?
The quality of the products. Do you offer the same, poor or better quality than what’s available?
The price of the products. How have you priced yourself?

Boost your business knowledge

If you want to run a profitable business, an MBA degree can prepare you for success and teach you skills in operations management, marketing, communication, and more. Online programs allow you to continue to earn as you learn so you can still manage your business responsibilities.

 



Find the right show for your product

If you are selling food at a jewelry or art show, you will not move anything since that’s not your audience. Being at the right show is important because buyers are coming specifically for your products.

Search by joining communities within your area, search for websites online, and discover the right audience to suit what you are selling.

Decide your budget

Ensure you evaluate how much you might spend, then decide on how to price your product. In most cases, you may get people trying to bargain, so ensure that you account for this in your budgeting to avoid losses.

However, if it is your first show, you might not be sure of what to expect. Try and get someone to share a booth with or seek advice from experienced sellers in your industry. Also, ensure that you’re ready for the tax season by keeping accurate sales records.

Brand your booth

Seeing that you already have products ready for market means that you have an established brand. Therefore, how you present yourself is important. Take your time and think about the message you are about to convey to your buyers.

Your booth must be perfect for making a good first impression. Are your products hand-made or ethically sourced? This is a piece of important information that your clients should know. Also, have business cards printed for clients who’ll be interested in more business.

Think about the bigger picture

Your full efforts may go in to ensure that the day runs smoothly, but it is also a great opportunity to take advantage of future-making efforts. During this time, talk to your customers and ask them to leave their email addresses so that you can send updates, offers, and new products or new music.

However, if you are struggling to get people to leave their contact details, think about running a giveaway, so they have a reason to leave you their email. Take photos of your booth, products and consenting customers for use on your social media pages.

 

Offer customized merchandise

There is a wide range of hand-crafted merchandise or vintage collectibles that sell very well at craft shows. But many buyers show interest in products that can be customized with a personalized name, message or initial.

Most trade show enthusiasts show interest in special occasion gifts. Hence, shows are a great space for potential customers looking for a perfect gift for loved ones.

Selling at a crafts show as a first-timer can be a bit of a hustle. For a successful experience, research, seek advice and make sure you are well prepared before launching your products. Also, ensure that at the end of the day you get permanent clients from the show.

Thank you for stopping by Jo’s Crafty Hook and I hope you learned something from these great tips from Joyce Wilson of TeachSpark.org If you have any questions about these tips, please reach out to Joyce of TeachSparks.org 

Again, be sure to sign up for my Newsletter.  You will receive news about Sales, Giveaways, Blog Hops and more!

If you would like to crochet some items that would be perfect for selling at crafts shows, you can find some FREE crochet patterns on my website.  Also if you don’t have time to crochet those gifts for your family and friends, I am offering items that I have designed this year.  You can find them here.

 

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Men’s Tool Belt Crochet Pattern

Do you make New Year’s resolutions?  Do you make them to help you start organizing things in your house, especially after you received gifts from the Holidays?  Well I am collaborating with Cosy Rosie UK in the New Years Resolutions Blog Hop where you can get a FREE pdf cop of my Men’s Tool Belt Crochet Pattern.

This post contains affiliate links.  If you make a purchase using these links I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you.)

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During the New Years Resolutions Blog Hop you can get a new FREE pdf copy of a new designer each day starting at 8a EST until the next day at 7:59a EST.  The New Years Resolutions Blog Hop runs from January 1 -31, 2022.  Click on the image below to view the Roundup of each day’s FREE pdf copy of each designer’s crochet patterns.

 

 

 

You can get a FREE pdf copy of my Men’s Tool Belt Crochet Pattern on January 24, 2022 from 8a EST until January 25, 2022 at 7:59a EST. This is a great pattern for him to get organized when he works on a project.  He can put certain tools in the pockets that will be needed for his upcoming project.  You can even customize this crochet pattern for women too! I even designed a Kids Tool Belt!

 

 

Be sure to visit the Main Page of the New Years Resolutions Blog Hop by clicking of the button below on January 24, 2022 to get the Coupon Code needed to get the FREE pdf copy of the Men’s Tool Belt Crochet Pattern.  

 

 

Once you have received your Coupon Code click on the image below where you be directed to my crochet pattern at Ravelry.  During Checkout add your Coupon Code and you will receive the FREE pdf copy of my Men’s Tool Belt crochet pattern.

 

 

If you have missed any of the free daily crochet patterns or you don’t want to do all the blog hopping, there is a New Years Resolutions Blog Hop Bundle that you can purchase.  Inside the bundle you get all 31 pdf crochet patterns to help you meet your New Year’s Resolutions.  The bundle can be purchased for $14.95.  Click on the image below to check out or purchase the New Years Resolutions Blog Hop Bundle.

 

 

Thank you for stopping by Jo’s Crafty Hook!  I hope you have enjoyed the FREE crochet patterns from the New Year Organizational Roundup, the New Year’s Resolutions Blog Hop and the Scrap Busting Blog Hop during January 2022.

Be sure to come back by in February to check out all the great events that will be happening!  Also, be sure to sign up for my Newsletter so you don’t miss out!

As a new subscriber you will receive a free pdf crochet pattern.  You can find out more about me and the steps you would need to follow for signing up on my Newsletter Incentive page on my website.

 

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Men’s Tool Belt Free Crochet Pattern

 

There are not very many crochet patterns for men out there.  I recently designed an apron for men and it sparked an idea for this men’s tool belt design.  This is a great pattern for him to get organized when he works on a project.  He can put certain tools in the pockets that will be needed for his upcoming project.  You can even customize this crochet pattern for women too! 

 

 

You can find a premium copy of the Men’s Tool Belt at my Ravelry Store or LoveCrafts or my Etsy Shop that contain Picture Tutorials and Step-by-Step instructions.

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I used Caron One Pound 16 oz/812 yd (1454 g/742 m)

Materials:

US Hook J/ 6 mm
500-600  yds of #4 Worsted Weight Yarn
Scissors
Tapestry Needle
Stitch Marker

Gauge:
 US Hook J/6 mm
 12 hbdc x 8 rows = 4”

Gauge Swatch
R1:  ch 14, hdc in 3rd ch from hook, hbdc in each st across.  turn (12 st)
R2:  ch 2, hbdc in each rem st across.  (12 st)
R3-R8:  Repeat R2

Abbreviations/Stitches Used:
ch = chain
sl st = slip stitch
fdc = foundation double crochet
rep = repeat
rem = remaining
SM = stitch marker

Special Stitches:
Herringbone Double Crochet:
1. yarn over, insert hook into the next stitch and pull up a loop (3 loops on hook)
2. pull first loop straight through the second (similar to a slip stitch)
3. yarn over, pull through 1 loop again. (2 loops on hook)
4.  yarn over and pull through both loops.

Notes:
* I used 2 strands of yarn held together to create a thicker tool belt.  
* the stitch count is a multiple of 6 if you want to customize the size of your tool belt.
* there are 2 options to choose from in creating the waist ties.
* ch 1 does not count as a st.
* ch 3 counts as the 1st dc.
* alt ch 2 counts as the 1st dc.
* be sure to count your stitches once and awhile.  

Video Tutorials:

Left Hand FDC here.
Left Hand HBDC here.
Right Hand FDC here.
Right Hand HBDC here.

Adding Waist Tie at the end of the row here.

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Customizing:

The tool belt can be crocheted for anyone.  Below you will find the gauge broken down into inches for that perfect fit.

Step 1:
Measure the front side of the waist from 1 hip to the other.  This will be your main tool belt piece.

Step 2:
Using your measurements from Step 1, divide the amount of stitches needed in half, this will give you your waist tie measurements.

**If you would like to make the waist ties longer, be sure to add the amount of stitches needed before you begin crocheting the tool belt**

Step 3:
For the height of the tool belt, measure from the hips down to mid-thigh. This will decide the number of rows you add before the waist ties are added.

Step 4:
Use the gauge below to choose the number of rows needed to meet the tool belt height.

Step 5:
Choose which option of the tool belt you would like to make and move on to the pattern below.  Again, Option 1 adds waist ties right to the tool belt and Option 2 allows you to make them separately.

Gauge:
3 st x 2 rows = 1”
6 st x 4 rows = 2”
9 st x 6 rows = 3”
12 st x 8 rows = 4 “

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You can find a premium copy of the Men’s Tool Belt at my Ravelry Store or LoveCrafts or my Etsy Shop that contain Picture Tutorials and Step-by-Step instructions.

Tool Belt Crochet Pattern:
There are 2 options on how to make the tool belt. 
Option 1 has the waist ties attached right to the tool belt. 
Option 2 has instructions for separate waist ties.


Option 1 Tool Belt with Waist Ties:
**Video Tutorial for adding the fdc row at ten end of the row here**

NOTE:  If you would like longer waist ties this is where you would need to do it.  See Customizing above.

fdc 45 and lay aside, leaving a short tail of yarn to attach to the tool belt.  (this is your 2nd waist tie that will be added on at R18). Fasten off.  

Alternative:  ch 45, leaving a small tail of yarn to attach to the tool belt.  Fasten off.


R1:  fdc 60 turn (60 dc)
Alternative:  ch 63, hbdc in the 4th ch from hook and each rem st across.  turn (60 hbdc)

 

R2:  alt ch 3 (or ch 3), hbdc in the next st and each rem st across.  turn (60 st)

R3-R16:  Repeat R2 do not turn after R16

R17:  ch 2, fdc 2nd ch from hook, fdc 44 more times.  turn (45 fdc)
Alternative:  ch 45.  turn.  (45 ch)

 

**Video Tutorial for doing fdc row at the end of the row here**

R18:  alt ch 3 (or ch 3), hbdc in each rem st until the end of the row.  attach the fdc you crocheted earlier by hbdc in the 1st st and each rem st across.  (150 st) 

Use the short tail of yarn and attach it to the tool belt.

Alternative:  hbdc in 4th ch from hook and each rem st until the end of the row.  attach the ch you crocheted earlier by hbdc in 1st st and each rem st across.  

Use the short tail of yarn and attach it to the tool belt.

Fasten off and weave in ends.  

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Option 2 Tool Belt with Waist Ties:

R1:  fdc 60 turn (60 dc)
Alternative:  ch 63, dc in the 4th ch from hook and each rem st across.  turn (60 dc)

R2:  alt ch 3 (or ch 3), hbdc in the next st and each rem st across.  turn (60 st)

R3-R18:  Repeat R2 

Waist Ties:
Make 2
NOTE:  If you would like longer waist ties this is where you would need to do it.  See Customizing above.

Leave a long tail of yarn for attaching the waist tie to the tool belt.

R1:  fdc 45 turn (45 st)
Alternative:  ch 48, dc in the 4th ch from hook and each rem st across. turn  (45 st)

R2:  alt ch 3 (or ch 3) and hbdc in each rem st across.  (45 st)

If you did the alternative waist tie:
R3:  turn, ch 1, sc in same st and each rem st across.  (45 st)

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Repeat R1 & R2 for 2nd waist tie.

Waist Tie Assembly:

Step 1:
Place waist tie and tool belt RS up.

Step 2:
Line up rows 1 & 2 on the side of the tool belt and waist ties to both sides of R1 of the tool belt.

Step 3:
Sew waist tie to tool belt.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Repeat Steps 1-3 on the other side of the tool belt.

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Pocket:

R1fdc 42 turn (42 dc)
Alternative:  ch 45, dc in 4th ch from hook and each rem st across.  (42 dc)

R2:  alt ch 3 (or ch 3) and hbdc in each rem st across.  (42 st)

R3-R8:  Repeat R2

Leave a long tail of yarn for attaching 3 sides of the pocket to the tool belt. 

Fasten off and weave in ends.  

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Hammer Holder:

Leaving a small tail of yarn for attaching the hammer holder to the tool belt.

R1fdc 12 turn (12 dc)
Alternative:  ch 15, dc in 4th ch from hook and each rem st across.  (12 dc)

R2:  alt ch 2 (or ch 3), hbdc in each rem st across.  (12 st)

R3:  Repeat R2

R4:  ch 1, sc in same st and each rem st across.  (12 st)

Leave a small tail of yarn for attaching the hammer holder to the tool belt.

Fasten off and weave in ends.  

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Hammer Holder & Pocket Assembly:

Step 1:
Measure 1” from the side of the tool belt and place a SM on one side of the hammer holder.  Rep this for the other side of the hammer holder.

Step 2:
Using your small tail of yarn, attach the 2 sides of the hammer holder to the tool belt.

Fasten off and weave in ends.
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Pocket

Step 1:
Measure 2” from the Hammer Holder and place your pocket where you would like to place it.

Step 2:
Place SM on both sides of where you would like to attach the pocket to the tool belt.


Step 3:
Using your long tail of yarn, sew 3 sides of the pocket onto the tool belt, leaving the top of the pocket open.

**Note:  you can sew the middle of the pocket to the tool belt to create 2 pockets instead of 1 big one**

Fasten off and weave in ends.

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That’s it!  You have made the Men’s Tool Belt!  I would ❤️ to see your version!  You can tag me at any of my Social Media Sites using the hashtags listed below.

#menstoolbelt #menstoolbeltcrochetpattern #menstoolbeltpattern #joscraftyhook #joscraftyhookdesigns #handmadecrochetedcreations #jo_bear38

You can find another crochet pattern, the Working Mans Apron, just for him at my Ravelry Store or LoveCrafts or Etsy Shop.  This crochet pattern can be customized to fit your little man and any ladies as well.

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales

Do you like stocking up on crochet patterns during Black Friday and Cyber Monday?  I know I do!  In today’s post you will find 21+ Curated Crochet Designers and their Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales.  You will find crochet patterns for all levels of crocheters!

 

 

Courtney of Creations by Courtney has gathered 21 crochet designers, including myself, and their  Black Friday Deals for Fiber Fans!   You will find things like:

 

As part of my contributions to Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, I am offering 50% off of select crochet patterns from my Ravelry Store and Etsy Shop.  Below you will find all of the patterns you can get for 50% off!

Amy Pullover
Acacia Skirt
Autumn Hues Wrap
Child Size Diamond Arches Pocket Shawl
Diamond Arches Pocket Shawl
Diamonds Poncho
Fairland Cardigan
Fairland Sweater
Jaide Sweater Vest
O Holy Night Wrap
Pocket Full of Diamonds
Pocket Full of Diamonds Shawl
Star Lilies Beach Cover Up
Tulip Sweater Vest
Vee Pullover
Working Mens Apron
Wrapped in Diamonds
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Thank you for stopping by Jo’s Crafty Hook and for all your support!  I am thankful for YOU!  Happy Thanksgiving!

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Working Man’s Apron Free Crochet Pattern

Thank you for stopping by Jo’s Crafty Hook.  In today’s post I am sharing with you one of my newest crochet designs, the Working Man’s Apron Free Crochet Pattern!

You don’t see a lot of crochet patterns for men.  My husband is always working in his garage and hunting around for his tools, so I thought this Working Man’s Apron would be the perfect thing Just for Him.

I also wanted to let you know that the Working Man’s Apron, will be part of the Just for Him Event hosted by Sunflower Cottage Crochet and sponsored by WeCrochet starting November 17 until November 30, 2021.

 

This post contains affiliate links.  If you make a purchase using these links I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you.)

 

Me and 13 other fabulous crochet designers are collaborating and sharing crochet patterns Just for Him.

Each day of the event you can get a FREE pdf copy of a new featured designer and their crochet pattern that was designed Just for Him.  The event will start at 3a EST and run until 2:59a EST the next day.

 

 

You can find out how the Just for Him Event works and get each day’s featured pattern by clicking on the button below.

 

On my featured day, November 20th, you can get my Working Man’s Apron crochet pattern for Free!  Click  on the button below to download your FREE pdf copy on my featured day, November 20th.

 

 

 

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I used WeCrochet/KnitPicks Brava #7 Bulky Weight.  136 yds/100 gram

Materials:
US Hook K/6.5 mm
340 yds of Cobblestone Heather
816 yds of Black
Scissors
Tapestry Needle
Stitch Markers

Gauge:
Hook US K/6.5 mm
12 st x 8 rows  = 4”

Finished Size:
44” tall
20” wide

The Working Man’s Apron can be very easily customized.  Inside the premium crochet pattern you will find step-by-step picture tutorials.  Also, inside the pattern you will find the inches broken down so you can choose how wide your apron is and how long it is.  Not only can you make this just for him, but it is a totally Unisex pattern.

You can get a PDF copy of the Ad-Free and the Premium crochet pattern that has step-by-step picture tutorials at my Ravelry Store.

 

 

Abbreviations/Stitches Used:
fsc = foundation single crochet
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
rep = repeat
ch = chain
sl st = slip stitch
MC = Main Color
CC = Contrasting Color
RS = Right Side
WS = Wrong Side

Special Stitches:
Foundation Single Crochet:  creates your foundation row at the same time as your first row of single crochet stitches.
Seed Stitch:  alternate sc and dc in the 1st row then you add a dc in the sc and a sc in the dc in the consecutive rows.

Notes:
alt ch 2 and counts as a dc.
ch 2 counts as a dc.
Corners consist of (sc, ch 1, sc) all in the same sp.
The pattern has a lot of pieces.  They are panels, pockets, and straps that will be sewn together.
The pieces may shrink due to the tightness of the stitch.  You may want to block it.
You can steam it or wash it and pin it down.

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Customizing:

The apron can easily be customized to fit your working man.  Below I have supplied the gauges in 1” 2” 3” 4” and the rows needed for 1” 2” 3” 4”

1” = 3st x 2 rows
2” = 6 st x 4 rows
3” = 9 st x 6 rows
4” = 12 st x 8 rows

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Apron Crochet Pattern:

Chest 10” x 8”

Using MC

fsc 30 turn  (30 sc)
alternative:  ch 31, sc in the 2nd ch from hook and each remaining st across.  (30 sc)

R1: ch 1, sc in the same sp, *dc in the next st, sc in the next st*  rep from * until last st, dc in last st.  turn (30 st)

R2-R16:  Repeat R1 do  not turn after R16

Move to the Border below

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Middle 14” x 12”

fsc 42 turn (42 sc)
alternative:  ch 43, sc in the 2nd ch from hook and each remaining chain.  turn (42 sc)

R1: ch 1, sc in the same sp, *dc in the next st, sc in the next st*  rep from * until last st, dc in last st.  (42 st)

R2-R24:  Repeat R1.  Do not turn after R24

Move to Border below

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Bottom 18” x 16”

fsc 54 (54 sc) turn
alternative:  ch 55, sc in the 2nd ch from hook and each remaining chain.  (54 sc)

R1:  ch 1, sc in the same sp, *dc in the next st, sc in the next st*  rep from * until last st, dc in last st.  (54 st)

R2-R32:  Repeat R1.  Do not turn after R32

Move to Border below

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Chest Pockets 2” x 4”
(make 2)

Note:  For a tighter pocket, use sc only in width and height. 

Using CC

fsc 6 turn ( sc)
alternative:  ch 7, sc in the 2nd ch from hook and each remaining chain.  turn (6 sc)

R1:  ch 1, sc in the same sp, *dc in the next st, sc in the next st*  rep from * until last st, dc in last st.  (6 st)

R2-R8:  Repeat R1.  Do not turn after R8

Move to Border below

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Middle Pocket 14” x 10”

fsc 42 turn (42 sc)
alternative:  ch 43, sc in the 2nd ch from hook and each remaining chain.  turn (42 sc)

R1: ch 1, sc in the same sp, *dc in the next st, sc in the next st*  rep from * until last st, dc in last st.  (42 st)

R2-R20:  Repeat R1.  Do not turn after R20

Move to Border below

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Bottom Pocket 18” x 16”

fsc 54 turn (54 sc)
alternative:  ch 55, sc in the 2nd ch from hook and each remaining chain.  turn (54 sc)

R1:  ch 1, sc in the same sp, *dc in the next st, sc in the next st*  rep from * until last st, dc in last st.  turn (54 st)

R2-R24:  Repeat R1.  Do not turn after R24

Move to Border below

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You can get a PDF copy of the Ad-Free and the Premium crochet pattern that has step-by-step picture tutorials at my Ravelry Store.

Border (RS):

Side 1:
ch 1, turn your work to the side and sc evenly down the sides st.  

Corner:
(sc, ch 1, sc) all in the last st.  

Bottom:
turn and sc evenly in the fsc row until the last st.  

Corner:
(sc, ch 1, sc) all in the last st.  

Side 2:
turn and sc evenly up the side of the until the last st.  

Corner:
(sc, ch 1, sc) all in the last st.  

Top:
turn and sc across until the last st.  (sc, ch 1, sc) all in the last st.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

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Apron Border

R1:

Step 1:
Starting in any corner of the apron, attach yarn with a sl st in the corner st.

Step 2:

sc in the same sp as the sl st.  sc in each st around the apron until you come to a corner st.  (sc, ch 1, sc) all in the same st. 

Step 3:
Continue step 2 all the way around the apron, being sure to place the (sc, ch 1, sc) all in the corner st.

Step 4:
Repeat Step 3 until you come to the last st.  sc, ch 1 in the last st and sl st in th 1st st to join.

R2:  ch 1, sc in the same sp.  *sc in each st until you come to the corners, (sc, ch 1, sc) all in the ch-1 sp of the corner.  Rep from *around the apron until the last st, sc, ch 1 in the last st.  sl st in 1st st to join.  

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Pieces Assembly

Step 1:
Line up the middle of the top piece to the middle of the middle piece.  You want to have the same amount of st on the left side as you do the right side.

Step 2:
Starting where your 2 pieces lined up, sew the RS of the bottom st to the RS of the top st.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Repeat these steps for sewing the top to the middle piece and the middle to the bottom piece.

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Neck Strap 10” x 2”

Neck Strap

When making your slip knot be sure to leave a long tail of yarn for attaching to the top part of your apron.

fsc 30 turn (30 sc)
alternative:  ch 31, sc in the 2nd ch from hook and each remaining st across.  turn  (30 sc)

R1:  ch 1, sc in the same sp, *dc in the next st, sc in the next st*  rep from * until last st, dc in last st.  (30 st)

R2-R3:  Repeat R1.  

R4:  ch 1, sc in the same sp and each st across.  (30 sc)

Fasten off and weave in ends.

For best results for assembling, sc in the end st on both ends of neck straps. 

Leave a long tail on 1 end for attaching to the apron.

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Attaching Neck Strap

Step 1:
Line up the bottom corner of your strap piece to the corner of your top piece.

Step 2:
Starting where your 2 pieces lined up, sew the RS of the bottom st to the RS of the top st.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Repeat Steps 1 & 2 on the other side of your top piece.

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Waist Ties 20” x 1”
(make 2)

Waist Straps

fsc 60 turn (60 sc)
alternative:  ch 61, sc in 2nd ch from hook and each remaining st across.  turn  (60 sc)

R1:  ch 1, sc in the same sp, *dc in the next st, sc in the next st*  rep from * until last st, dc in last st.  (60 st)

R2:  Repeat R1.  

R3:  ch 1, sc in the same sp and each st across.  (60 sc)

Fasten off and weave in ends.

For best results for assembling, sc in the end st on both ends of waist ties. 

Leave a long tail on 1 end for attaching to the apron.

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Attaching Waist Straps

Step 1:
Line up the bottom corner of your strap piece to the corner of your middle piece where the middle and bottom pieces connect.

Step 2:
Starting at the top of your end piece of the strap line up the st evenly.

Step 3:
Sew the RS of your end piece of your strap to RS of the middle piece.  Do NOT fasten off.

Step 4:
Sew the RS of the bottom of your strap to the RS of the top of your bottom piece, being sure to line up your st evenly.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Repeat Steps 1-4 on the other side of your apron.

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Pocket Assembly

Step 1:
Place your pockets where you would like to sew them on, being sure to place the WS of your pockets to the RS of your top piece.

Step 2:
Line up the top, sides, and bottom of your pockets to the corresponding rows of the top piece.

Step 3:
Sew from one of the top corners down to the bottom corner, across the bottom, and up to the next corner. You will leave the top of your pocket open.

Repeat Steps 1-3 for each piece and pockets

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Finished Working Man’s Apron

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Again, thank you for stopping by Jo’s Crafty Hook.  I would LOVE to see your version of the Working Man’s Apron!!  You can tag me at any social media links below.

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Tips on How to Spend Your Vacation as a Family During School Breaks

In today’s post Joyce Wilson of Teach Sparks is sharing some tips on how to spend your vacation as a family during school breaks.  With Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner these tips really do come in handy especially when dealing with Covid-19.  As someone who crochets, I remember teaching my daughter how to crochet.  When you spend time at home during your child’s school vacations, teaching them how to crochet becomes a skill they can put to use during these times.

Tips on How to Spend Your Vacation as a Family During School Breaks

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With school breaks coming up, you need to figure out the most incredible ways of spending quality time with your family. Whether you choose to stay at home and teach your kids some algebra or take them to a private island abroad, the crucial thing should be to spend time together as a family. While planning a family vacation is one of the easiest ways to get stressed, thanks to the logistics involved, the good thing is that it’s doable. That’s why this article outlines a few tips for amazing family vacations. 

Travel to Your Desired Destination

Traveling for a vacation used to be a to-die-for thing until the pandemic hit. Even so, it is still possible to travel to your desired destination without necessarily jeopardizing the health of your loved ones. When traveling amid the pandemic, consider the following tips: 

  • Choose COVID-19 compliant establishments – Following the directive of the federal government, most hotels are now compliant with the COVID-19 safety measures. This means that by checking in such hotels, your chances of enjoying yourself while keeping safe are high. 
  • Minimize visiting public places – While the essence of traveling for vacation is probably to mingle with other people and see the other side of the world, the pandemic kind of limits that now. However, you can still visit recreational places such as parks and museums with strict adherence to COVID-19 safety measures. 
  • Observe safety measures – Whether your whole family has been vaccinated or not, you still face the risk of contracting and even transmitting the virus to others. To avoid this, ensure you wear masks and observe social distancing in public places. Also, be sure to sanitize your hands always and be on the lookout for possible signs of infection.

Make Your Stay at Home Worthwhile

During these pandemic times, staying at home is, so far, one of the surefire ways to avoid contracting or spreading the virus. This doesn’t mean your holidays have to be boring. There’s a bunch of exciting activities you can engage in as a family and strengthen your bonds. For instance, if you are a large family, you can split into teams and play games such as soccer and tennis. Other fun activities include baking, gardening, playing with cards, making a holiday tree, painting, creating a rainbow using crayons, and playing hide-and-seek.

Outdoor Activities for Holidays 

Outdoor activities are not only enjoyable but also minimize your risk of COVID-19, thanks to the abundance of fresh air. If you decide to spend your vacation at home, outdoor activities such as playing games and building structures should be on your to-do list.

Safety Tips During Holidays

Although outdoor activities are awesome, they also come with risks such as injuries. This means that you should be extra careful to keep your family safe during the school break. Safety tips include: 

  • Warning your loved ones about the possible risks involved in the activities.
  • Putting limits on the extent of exertion when it comes to games such as wrestling.
  • If you’re exploring in nature, a child-friendly smartwatch has safety features like a GPS locator
  • Playing outside only when the weather is safe.

In case you’re traveling for vacation, your home may be susceptible to burglary and vandalism, especially if no one is staying behind. To enhance home safety, consider installing a fence around your property. 

Typically, if you want to install a fence, search “fencing company near me” to contact a local contractor who can get the job done. To make a good hire, be sure to check out factors such as online reviews, company credentials, insurance status, the experience of contractors, and the cost of installation. Take note that the cost of fencing your home depends on things such as the type of material used, location, and size of the fence.

Conclusion

If you intend to travel for vacation as a family, use the tips mentioned in this article to have an awesome experience while staying safe from COVID. Family travels are always a great way to create heartwarming memories.

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In the part of the article where Joyce talks about making your stay at home worthwhile, I have a friend who has 5 kids.  Each kids has learned a different skill and they do these things while staying at home during school vacations.  Each child has learned different skills. They have learned crochet, baking, cooking, mechanics, and sewing.

I previously released my free crochet pattern for the Christmas Star Ornaments.  During testing, one of my testers’ daughter wanted to crochet the star as well.  Below you can find pics of my friend’s daughter crocheting her Christmas Star Ornament.

I hope you find Joyce’s tips on how to spend your vacation as a family during school breaks helpful.  Whether it be Thanksgiving or Christmas break these tips are perfect when dealing with Covid-19 or time of the year.  Whether it be crocheting, baking, cooking, mechanics, sewing or whatever things you would like to do as a family.  Remember to be safe in whatever you do together as a family.

Visit Teacher Spark to find more ideas on how to spark your child’s imagination.  You can find ideas like Creativity, Math Motivation, Reading to spark your child’s imagination.

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O Holy Night Wrap


I have another new crochet pattern that I have been dying to share with you!  I have had to keep a lid on it since August and let me tell ya, my lid was ready to blow off!  So today I am introducing you to my O Holy Night Wrap crochet pattern!

 

This post contains affiliate links.  If you make a purchase using these links I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you.)

The crochet pattern release was held until today as part of the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop hosted by Fosbas Designs.  The yarn used in designing the O Holy Night Wrap was donated by WeCrochet.

 

 

The O Holy Night Wrap is being released at the perfect time because the holidays are right around the corner!  We who like to crochet like to get a head start for those gift giving months.  Plus, with it being the first of November there should still be PLENTY of time for you to crochet the O Holy Night Wrap for those important to your life!  Yes we still have Thanksgiving (US) to get through, but as you know life gets busy especially around this time of year.

 

 

As my gift to you I am giving you a FREE pdf copy of the O Holy Night Wrap for 24 hours!  In order to get the Coupon Code, you need to go to the Round Up for More Patterns button below to get today’s Coupon Code.  Then you can download the free pattern from the button below that says “Download On Ravelry”

 

 

 

 

 

Download the FREE pdf copy of the O Holy Night Wrap crochet pattern using the button below.

 

 

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