Medina market tote crochet pattern

Medina Market Tote Crochet Pattern and Free Video Course

Today I’m so happy to share the Medina Market Tote Crochet Pattern with you all! Read on to find out how you can learn how to crochet in my free step by step video course.

I love this cute bag because it is so useful and fun to make.

You could definitely crochet this bag in a weekend (maybe even several bags!).

This is a great project for beginners because you only need to know how to chain, single crochet, and double crochet.

This bag is designed with sturdy handles and a reinforced bottom so your bag will last longer!

Medina market tote crochet pattern

Market bags can be used for so many things:

  • fruits and vegetables
  • light books
  • drawing/art supplies
  • fill it with goodies for a housewarming gift
  • use it for a get well basket
  • keeping things organized
  • if you have other ideas, please share!

Medina market tote crochet pattern

I have to talk about this fabric yarn, that I really love.  This yarn is made from recycled fibers from the garment industry and is 80% cotton.  It’s very durable and therefore perfect for things like bags, totes, purses, and backpacks. It’s also super bulky so it works up very quickly.  Plus, it’s easy to find. The Love Crochet website has this Hoooked RibbonXL in a ton of beautiful colors. Wouldn’t it be fun to make one in every color?

Plus, if you’re a beginner, I will walk you through every single step in my FREE video course! In the videos, I will teach you how to crochet and make this bag step by step. There are 13 short videos (like 1-3 minutes each) that are clearly organized so you can even skip to the part that you need help on.  If you just need help in certain parts, no need to watch a long 20 minute video to find the part that you need help on.

Take a peek at the intro video:

I’ve organized each round and step clearly in the video titles so you can find exactly what you’re looking for.  I really love Skillshare for the ability to do just that.  It’s so easy to save time and learn how to crochet when the videos are organized this way. So go check it out!

If you already know how to crochet and just want to purchase the pattern, you can do that too!

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round purse crochet pattern

Celestial Crossbody Bag Crochet Pattern

Today I have a fun new Crochet Pattern to share with you!  The Celestial Crossbody Bag is a quick and easy weekend project, not to mention a great accessory update!

Round Purse Crochet Pattern

(Be sure to check out the end of this post where I tell you how you can access the pattern for FREE.)

I wanted to design a purse that had a unique shape and would go with anything.  This little purse could easily be dressed up or down. Plus, it’s a fast enough project that you could make it in several colors to go with anything in your closet.

I wanted a durable yarn for this purse, so I chose fabric yarn. This yarn is great because it’s made from recycled fabric scraps. So it acts more like clothing than yarn, and it’s giving new life to what would’ve otherwise been trash.  I like that is won’t fuzz out or get worn out the way regular yarn will, so it’s great for bags of any kind.

I got mine from We Are Knitters.* It’s called The Tape, and the best part is you only need one skein! So it’s easy to make two (or three…) This little purse would make a great gift! Who wouldn’t love a little round purse like this?

*If you want, you can use my referral code to save $12 on your first purchase from
We are Knitters: MGM9G37N6 (thank you!).

round purse crochet pattern

The purse comes with a long strap and I love that you could tie a knot in the end to make it shorter, so versatile. And no need to buy anything else for this project–it closes with a braided tassel that goes through a hole in the front, easy!

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I hope you enjoy the Celestial Crossbody Bag Crochet Pattern! I know I sure did. I really want to make more as soon as I can.

There are several ways to access this pattern. You can purchase the pattern only on one of the websites below:

Purchase the pattern on Etsy.

Purchase the pattern on Ravelry.

OR, you can watch a FULL VIDEO COURSE on how to crochet the round purse AND download the pattern (for FREE) by signing up for my class on Skillshare.  You’ll be able to watch 10 videos where I walk you through every step of the way.  Then, download the PDF and keep it for your reference. The best part is the first two months are free! There’s no obligation when you use my referral link. Enjoy!

Here’s a little sneak peak of the intro video:

Be sure to tag me with your photos when you make your bag, I love to see them! @tealandfinch #tealandfinch

BTW, If you want to see another way to use this fabric yarn, check out my doll backpack carrier pattern. The little girls in your life will be sure to love it!

Doll Backpack Carrier Crochet Pattern

I have a fun new kids pattern to share with you today! The Doll Backpack Carrier Crochet Pattern is perfect for both 15″ and 18″ dolls.

doll carrier crochet pattern pin

My daughters want to take their dolls everywhere they go now, so of course I had to crochet a carrier for them.  I wanted to design something that would be easy for them to put on and take the dolls in out by themselves. They have tested them out and these backpacks definitely fit the bill!

They have both 15″ and 18″ dolls, so I designed the backpack in two sizes.  I also included strap adjustments for different size girls. There are separate strap lengths for ages 2-4, 5-7, and 8-10.

Wouldn’t this backpack carrier make a great birthday or Christmas gift?

All you need is two skeins of The Tape fabric yarn (I used We are Knitters*). You can use any bulky yarn for this project, but I really liked using this fabric yarn. Having a lot of experience with kids and yarn, I wanted something that would be durable and could hold up to lots of wear and tear.

*If you want, you can use my referral code to save $12 on your first purchase from
We are Knitters: MGM9G37N6 (thank you!).

doll backpack carrier crochet pattern pin

I hope you enjoy!

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Don’t forget to share your photos and tag me @tealandfinch. I love to see them!

BTW, it you want to crochet another accessory with fabric yarn, maybe for the teen or young adult in your life, be sure to check out my post on the Round Purse Pattern. I think she’ll love it!

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Knit Look Sweater Crochet Pattern

Today I’m happy to share my newest crochet pattern! I wanted to design a “knit look” sweater crochet pattern for children and adults: The Strata Sweater.

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knit look crochet sweater pattern

I named it the Strata Sweater because I’m always inspired by nature, and the rows of knit look stitches in this sweater reminded me of the strata layers in The Grand Canyon and other places where rock layers can be found.

This crochet pattern isn’t just for kids; the pattern includes 11 sizes from kids 4 to women’s 4X.

I just love the unique look of the crochet stitches in this pattern.  I included side slits and extra wide ribbed cuffs for a modern look.

The worsted weight yarn works up fairly quickly, always a plus in my book. And, while you can use any worsted yarn for this sweater, cotton yarn gives great stitch definition for showing off the knit look.  I used Color Mist from Knit Picks.

knit look crochet sweater pattern

One of the reasons that I wanted to design sweater patterns was because I wanted to challenge myself to learn new things. This sweater challenged me because I was forced to find a solution to a problem.

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Most of the time when you’re crocheting in the round, you will do one of two things: join with a slip stitch and chain one (or two or more) or crochet in a spiral. Well, neither of those techniques worked well for this pattern. Thankfully, I found the solution in a great crochet book!

In the video below, I explain the BEST way to create a seam when crocheting a sweater in the round.

best way to crochet in the round

You may have heard of hdc in the third loop only, but how about sc in the third loop? I love this stitch pattern! And I couldn’t find an abbreviation for it, so I made up my own: sc3lo.

In this video, I explain how do the sc3lo and the details of creating the straight seam.

I hope you enjoy this new knit look sweater crochet pattern! I can’t wait to see what you make. Grab your yarn and your pattern and have some fun!

Be sure to share on Instagram #tealandfinch and tag me @tealandfinch, I LOVE to see them.

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Crochet a Boho Wall Hanging

Today I get to share with you this fun new way to crochet a boho wall hanging for your home or office!

crochet boho wall hanging

I love a simple and quick refresh to my home decor and this project fits the bill!  I designed this wall hanging to be quick to make with very few materials.  You may already have them all on hand!

 

You’ll just need a ball of wool yarn, a crochet hook, and a stick. I actually found my stick at the local craft store, because it was pouring rain when I was finishing this project. But I would much prefer to go on a nature walk with my family and bring one home as a memory.

This project is great for the adventurous beginner who wants to learn something new. But don’t worry, I’ve created a class that walks you through the whole process step by step!

I’m really happy to have another crochet course available for you all on Skillshare. And, you can try it out for FREE for two months!  There are tons of great classes there…I especially love the art and watercolor courses. So go ahead and check it out!

Back to the pattern…If you just want the crochet pattern, I have that available for you as well on Etsy. Check out the pattern on Etsy.

Or find the pattern on Ravelry.

The written pattern comes with a link to this short video clip on how to SC3LO. It’s a pretty cool stitch!

For another fun and easy crochet project, I love to crochet this cozy weekend throw.  I created another class on Skillshare showing how to make this simple project.

crochet throw pattern

Thank you so much for your support of my crochet designs! I hope you all enjoy!

And, as always, please let me know if you have any questions and don’t forget to tag #tealandfinch on Instagram so we can all see your makes!

The Dahlia Crochet Sweater Pattern

Dahlia Crochet Sweater Pattern

Today I’m happy to share with you the latest from Teal & Finch: The Dahlia Crochet Sweater Pattern!

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dahlia crochet sweater pattern

I love this pattern because it’s actually two for one! The PDF includes instructions for both short and long sleeves.

So, depending on the type of yarn you use, this could be your go-to sweater year round.

I love Knit Picks CotLin for spring and summer.  It’s a dk weight yarn with a touch of linen so it doesn’t stretch.  As you may know, 100% cotton yarn might stretch a bit.   My daughter has worn hers several times and I haven’t seen any signs of stretching.

For for fall and winter, I’m imagining any dk weight yarn with some merino wool such as Swish DK. It would be gorgeous with the puffs!

Speaking of puffs…how cute are these? I named it the Dahlia sweater, because the circles of puffs remind me of the layers of petals in a dahlia flower. I love the added touch of the puffs on the sleeves…it just adds that extra dimension of interest.

I designed the pattern so it is worked from the top down with the sleeves finished last. The best part is, there’s no seaming!

The pattern also includes links to 4 private videos to help you along the way. And as always, if you need help, you can always contact me.

The pattern comes in all sizes from child size 4 to women’s 3X. So you can make one for yourself and someone you love. So grab some yarn and have some fun!

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The Dahlia Baby is now also available! The baby sweater has a back slit with button closure to accommodate baby’s head.  It comes in sizes 0-6M, 6-12M, 12-24M, and 2T.

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I hope you enjoy The Dahlia Crochet Sweater Pattern!  Be sure to share your photos with me, I love to see them. #tealandfinch on Instagram.

Happy crocheting!

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Snow Flurries Capelet Knitting Pattern

Snow Flurries Capelet Knitting Pattern

I have a fun new accessory to share with you today! It’s the Snow Flurries Capelet Knitting Pattern!

snow flurries capelet knitting pattern

This beautiful capelet is a similar style to the Granny Square Capelet that I designed a few weeks ago. But this knitting pattern has a unique stitch that you may not have seen before.

Snow Flurries Capelet Knitting Pattern

I thought this stitch was so pretty and fun to work that I wanted to come up with a garment that would easily show it off.  I included six photos in the pattern to show you how to complete this stitch step by step. It is a really fun stitch to work!

Snow Flurries Capelet Knitting Pattern

Capelets are so versatile because not only are they warm and pretty, but you can wear them with a dress that has “statement sleeves.” You don’t have to worry about bulky sleeves going through the arms of a sweater. You can just pop the capelet over your head and it is surprisingly warm!

Snow Flurries Capelet Knitting Pattern

 

The pattern includes all the details you’ll need to make your own capelet, including what yarn I used, needle size and gauge.  Best of all, I designed it for ALL sizes from 18 months to women’s 4XL.  So you can make one for yourself and more for gifts!

Snow Flurries Capelet Knitting Pattern

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I hope you enjoy! Please tag me on Instagram #tealandfinch when you have some photos of your make! I love to see them. And be sure to follow me there as well @tealandfinch.

Happy Knitting!

snuggle up sweater crochet pattern

Snuggle Up Sweater Crochet Pattern

Hi Friends! I’m so excited to announce my newest design: The Snuggle Up Sweater Crochet Pattern!

snuggle up sweater crochet pattern

I wanted to design a sweater that was snuggly and warm, something you could cozy up with in front of the fire with a good book or your favorite show.

snuggle up sweater crochet pattern

 

It’s made with super bulky yarn with a touch of wool, so it’s a relatively quick make and very warm.

 

It features a cowl neck, side slits, a longer back, and ribbing along the cuffs and hem.

Best of all, it comes in all the sizes from a child’s 4 to adult 3XL. So you can make one for yourself and others as well!

If you’ve never crocheted a sweater before, this is a good one to start with.  I wanted to make it simple, so I used a drop shoulder design, which means the front and back are rectangles with no increases or decreases. The only decreases are on the sleeves.

The super bulky yarn works up quickly, so it’s a pretty satisfying make!

snuggle up sweater crochet pattern

 

All the info you’ll need is in the pattern. Please let me know if you decide to give it a try, I can’t wait to see what you make! Tag me on Instagram #tealandfinch.

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girls' nightgowns

Girls’ Nightgowns and Extending a Placket

Hello, my sewing friends! I’m so excited to share with you these beautiful girls’ nightgowns that I made for my daughters!

Confession: my daughters have never had nightgowns before.  They have always loved their footie pajamas and that’s all I’ve ever bought for them.

But when I saw this girls’ nightgown pattern and new watercolor floral fabric, I could not wait to make these.  And the verdict? I think you can tell from these photos that my daughters are IN LOVE!  And I love them because they’re cotton, which means they’re made from a natural, breathable fiber.  And they are just so pretty!!

So what are my secret sources, you ask? Here I will reveal all:

Pattern:  Esmee girls’ nightgown pattern by Violette Field Threads. I have been using VFT patterns for years and find myself going back to them again and again…they are so easy to follow and I’ve learned SO MUCH about sewing simply from following their tutorials.

Fabric:  Indy Bloom watercolor floral quilting cotton from Hawthorne Threads.  All the designs in this fabric collection are simply stunning and would make great girls’ nightgowns.  The ones I used are linked below. My youngest asked me if she could pretend she was wearing the queen’s nightgown.  I said, “of course!” She could NOT stop dancing!

For the nightgown in the photo above I used the 48″ wide quilting cotton: Little Mae in Green by Indy Bloom

For the nightgown below I used the 48″ wide quilting cotton: Little Blushing Floral in Melon on Mist by Indy Bloom

 

I added some sturdy lace to the bodice that I’ve been saving in my stash for ages.  It’s a modern lace that complimented the florals and provides a place for the eyes to rest.

I made a couple changes to the pattern, both due to the specific comfort requirements of my kids.  First off, instead of shirring, I created a simple elastic casing for the long sleeve.  I must confess that I’ve tried shirring before and that elastic thread in the bobbin does not like me… I’m open to tips if you have them! But I really liked how the elastic casing turned out. My daughters think it is very comfortable as well.  To make the elastic casing, I measured their wrists and added 1″. I cut 1/4″ wide elastic that length.  Then I made a casing at the end of each sleeve to thread the elastic through. If you’d like a tutorial on this process, please let me know!

And for my youngest daughter’s nightgown, I decided to extend the placket to make it easier for her to put on and take off.  It’s kind of difficult to tell in this photo (which is actually good for style, but not for showing you things).

So here’s a close-up. Another confession: my girls are used to wearing knits. So anytime I make them something that doesn’t stretch, there is much consternation and maybe a little grumbling.  So I’ve learned to make things easier to put on and take off. Hence, the placket that extends beyond the bodice.

And then I prettied up the skirt with a long ruffle at the bottom.

Check out that ruffle!

She LOVES it!  “Look! I’m wearing the queen’s nightgown!”

Alright, now down to business.  Here is how I extended the placket. It’s very simple!

Sew your bodice as directed in the pattern.

Here is what to cut for the skirt:

Skirt yoke: Cut a rectangle the desired length for your size x the width of the fabric. Mine was 20.5″ long by 48″ wide.  Cut this piece in half to make a front and a back.  Cut the front piece in half to make a left and right.

Plackets: Cut two rectangles 2″ wide x the length of the previous rectangle you just cut. So mine were 2″ x 20.5″.

Skirt ruffles: Cut two rectangles the desired length for your size x the width of the fabric. Mine were 12″ long by 48″ wide.

Take your two front yoke pieces and pin the plackets to the inner edge, right sides together.  Sew with half inch seam allowance.

Press the placket and seam allowance towards the center.

Get ready to hem the edge of the plackets by folding over 1/4″ and press.

Fold along the seam towards the wrong side and press.

Topstitch along the inside edge of both plackets and then you can add your buttonholes to the left side.  I added two but you can add more if you want!  Be sure to leave at least 1/2″ between your buttonhole and the top raw edge of your skirt. Mine was actually a tad too close, but it still worked out fine.

Lay the left placket (the one with the buttonholes) directly on top of the right and topstitch the rest of the placket closed.

Gather your ruffle pieces and sew the front and back to the skirt yoke front and backs. Sew the side seams together.  Follow the rest of the directions for these girls’ nightgowns as explained in the pattern, just be sure to leave your placket open when you attach the bodice to the skirt.  Now would be a good time to sew on your buttons, if you have them. Mine didn’t arrive in time for this post (shh! don’t tell!) but my daughters couldn’t wait to wear their nightgowns anyway.

TADAH! A beautiful girls’ nightgown, customized with a little extra room.

Perfect for sleeping, drinking hot chocolate, and all their girly adventures!

Have questions? Let me know! I’ll do my best to answer.

If you make these nightgowns, be sure to let me know! Tag me on Instagram, I would love to see it!

Happy Sewing!

Jen

Granny Square Capelet free crochet pattern

Granny Square Capelet Free Crochet Pattern

I have a new idea to share with you today, it’s the Granny Square Capelet free crochet pattern!

free capelet crochet pattern

This elbow length capelet is perfect for wearing over a pretty dress with sleeves that you want to show off.  It adds an extra layer of warmth and is a great alternative to wearing a sweater over your special dress.  It’s also easier to take on and off than a sweater – convenient for kids (and adults!) who are uncomfortable with bulky sleeves inside their sweater. The pattern features directions for children and adult medium, with easy tips on how to make it bigger (or smaller).

 Supplies:

Super Bulky Weight Yarn (I used 212 yards for child size shown.) (I used Lion Brand Thick and Quick)

N hook (9mm) or size needed to obtain gauge

Yarn or tapestry needle

Stitch marker or scrap of yarn to mark the beginning of each round

free crochet pattern

Abbreviations used:

Ch: chain

Dc: double crochet

Dec: decrease (insert hook in first st, pull up a loop, insert hook in next st, pull up a loop, yo, pull through all loops on hook)

Hdc: half double crochet

Sc: single crochet

Sl: slip

St: stitch

 

Gauge:

2” = 3sc

2” = 4 rows in sc

 

Sizing:

Finished circumference at bottom edge/Finished height (with neck folded over):

Child: 36”/11”

(The child pictured is 9 years old and wears a size 7.)

Adult: 48”/15” (Approximately an adult medium. See sizing tips at the bottom of the pattern to find out how to make it bigger)

Directions for Granny Squares (make 6 child, 8 adult)

Ch 3, sl st to form a loop, ch 2

  1. 12 dc in loop, pull tail tight to close loop, sl to join to first dc, ch 2
  2. *Dc between next 2 sts, ch 2, Dc between next 2 sts, ch 2, dc between next 2 sts, ch 4, repeat from * around, sl to join to the top of the first dc, ch 1
  3. Sc in each dc, 2 sc in the ch2 spaces and 4 sc in the ch 4 spaces. Join and tie off. Weave in ends.

 

Use tapestry needle and a long piece of yarn to sew the squares together side by side.  Sew the last one to the first one at the sides to form a complete circle.  This will form the bottom row of the capelet.

You will now begin crocheting across the top of the row of granny squares to create the rest of the capelet, working upwards.

Round 1: Join to top corner of one square.  Working in the back loops only, sc in every other stitch around the entire top. Sl to join to the first sc and ch 1.

Hdc stitches are worked in back loops only. Sc stitches worked in both loops as usual.  At the end of each round, Join to first st and ch 1.

Round 2: Hdc

Round 3: Sc (Advanced tip: you can repeat rounds 2 and 3 to add length to the capelet.)

Round 4: Hdc

(For child size, continue below. For adult size, skip down to adult directions.)

Round 5: Sc, inserting 4 dec evenly

Round 6: Hdc, inserting 4 dec evenly

Round 7-8: repeat rounds 5-6

Round 9-15: sc

Finish off, leaving a long tail for attaching one of the tassles.

Adult size directions:

Round 5: Sc

Round 6: Hdc

Round 7 Sc, inserting 4 dec evenly

Round 8: Hdc, inserting 4 dec evenly

Rounds 9-12: repeat rounds 7-8

Rounds 13-23: sc

Finish off, leaving a long tail for attaching one of the tassles.

 

Tassles (child and adult)

Attach the long tail from the capelet to a yarn needle and set aside. Cut a scrap of yarn about 12” long and set aside.  Picking up your skein of yarn, holding the end with your thumb, begin loosly wrapping the yarn from your skein around the width of four fingers about 20 times.  Insert the yarn on the needle through the top of the tassle, just above your index finger and let it hang for the moment.  Insert the scrap yarn between your forefinger and middle finger (near the top of the tassle) and wrap it around the tassel. Carefully remove your hand and tie the scrap yarn around the tassel. Knot tightly.  Finish off the long tail with the yarn needle to the top of the capelet so your tassle is now securely attached.  Repeat for the second tassel, attaching a long piece of scrap yarn to tie your second tassel next to the first one. Trim the ends to even out the tassles.

Fold over the top of the capelet to form the cowl and you’re all done!

Sizing Tips:

You can make the capelet bigger (or smaller) by making more (or fewer) granny squares. Measure yourself (or the recipient) around your chest and arms with your arms at your side.  Then make one square and measure its width. Use these measurements to determine how many squares you will need to go around your body.  Keep in mind, you want the capelet to fit snugly and stretch a little bit, so round down.  Then you can add height by using the tip in the pattern (repeating rows 2 and 3).

Happy crocheting! Share your makes by tagging me on Instagram @tealandfinch. I would love to see them!

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Pattern and photos copyright ©Jen Dwyer of Teal & Finch. This pattern is my original design and may not be reproduced or sold in any form. You may make and sell the finished product, just be sure to use your own photos.