Toy Hammock Crochet Pattern

Toy storage is one of those things that frustrates me. As an adult, I have shelves for my books, baskets for my yarn, and cupboards for everything else. When it comes to my kids’ toys, they like having lots of things on display — like their stuffies.

My daughter has a whole PILE of stuffies. When she makes her bed, they all have to line up perfectly along the wall, and then she sleeps and they go everywhere and she has to do it all over again.

So, when I got an order from a friend to crochet her daughter a toy hammock, I had to look it up. What was a toy hammock? Basically, all the pictures I saw looked like a crochet triangle shawl, hung in the corner of a wall, filled with stuffies. I didn’t think my daughter needed one until I worked up the order, figuring out a nice stretchy but sturdy pattern. After I wove in the last end, I decided to quickly hang it in my daughter’s room to get an idea of what it would look like and I fell in love!

It works up super quickly and is definitely close to a triangle shawl. The entire hammock is worked up in a netting pattern and then I crocheted around a few times to give it a more polished, finished look, adding some wood rings to make it easy to hang. The whole thing took a couple of hours — if that — to whip up and voila! Now there’s another place to keep stuffed animals.

Once I took the picture of it hanging in my own daughter’s room I realized I had to make one for her. Not only did I now have the command hooks in the wall, but the soft greys and pinks in the yarn matched her room perfectly — and maybe now she won’t be swimming in a sea of stuffies every night.



  • The chain 3 at the beginning of rounds counts as a dc+ch 1


  • 100% Cotton yarn ( I used Bernat Handicrafter in ‘Granite Pink’)
  • 6.0mm (J) crochet hook (Clover hooks are my absolute favourite!)
  • 3-3/4″ wood rings
  • Darning needle
  • Scissors


Start by chaining 4 and slip stitching into the first chain to make a ring.

Round 1: Chain 3, dc in ring, ch 1, dc in ring, turn. (3 dc, 2 ch-1)

Round 2: Chain 3, (dc, ch 1, dc) in first space, ch 1, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next space, turn. (5 dc, 4 ch-1)

Round 3: Chain 3, (dc, ch 1, dc) in first space, (ch 1, dc in next space) across to last space, ch 1, (dc, ch 1, dc) in last space, turn. (7 dc, 6 ch-1)

Round 4: Chain 3, dc in first space, (ch 1, dc in next space) across to last space, ch 1, (dc, ch 1, dc) in last space, turn. (8 dc, 7 ch-1)

Round 5: Repeat round 4. (9 dc, 8 ch-1)

Round 6: Chain 3, (dc, ch 1, dc) in first space, (ch 1, dc in next space) across to last space, ch 1, (dc, ch 1, dc) in last space, turn. (11 dc, 10 ch-1)

Round 7: Repeat round 6. (13 dc, 12 ch-1)

Round 8 – 31: Repeat rounds 4 – 7. (49 dc, 48 ch-1)


Make sure you turn your work after the last round worked.

Chain 1 and sc across the top row, placing one sc in both the dc AND ch-1 spaces, ending with one sc in the last space.

Turn your work 90 degrees.

Place 2 more sc in the same space as your last sc. Continue to work down the side, placing 2 sc in each space.

When you reach the bottom corner, where you first started, place 3 sc in the space.

Turn your work another 90 degrees.

Continue to work up the last side, placing 2 sc in each space until you reach the top. Join with a slip stitch to your first sc. DO NOT TURN.

Chain 1 and sc in the first stitch. Continue to work a sc into each stitch. When you reach a corner, you’ll notice there are 3 sc. Sc in the first sc, then in the 2nd sc you’re going to place 3 sc, joining your wooden rings as you sc (or you can join the rings using your own method). Sc in the 3rd sc as normal and continue to work around. When you reach the end, you’ll join your last wooden ring in the last stitch with your 3 sc and slip stitch to the first sc.

Fasten off and weave in ends. Block, if you like.

Easy Pumpkins Crochet Pattern

It’s that time of year again when the leaves start falling, the days start getting shorter (and cooler!), and the smell of pumpkin spice is in the air. Fall!

I am in no way a summer person; I can’t tolerate the heat and I get really grumpy. But fall is another thing. It’s like spring for me, I want to clean and decorate, and I get so happy about the season finally changing!

With fall decorating comes one thing: pumpkins!

These little pumpkins won’t rot on you like the real thing, and with a variety of colours you can be a little dreamy (pastels), a little traditional (pumpkin coloured), or a little moody (jewel tones).

For me, I wanted to go a little moody with a touch of tradition, using Lion Brand’s Heartland yarn. I was dreaming of charcoal and deep purple coloured pumpkins and this yarn did not disappoint.

What you’ll need:

  • Lion Brand Heartland Yarn (100% Acrylic, 251yd/230m per 5oz/142g skein). Colours shown are Great Smoky Mountains, Yosemite, and Hot Springs.
  • 5.0mm (H) crochet hook (see note)
  • Measuring tape
  • Tapestry needle
  • Polyfil, or stuffing of your choice
  • Various sizes of wood branch pieces (see note)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Twine (optional)


  1. Ch-1 at the beginning of the row is NOT considered a stitch.
  2. While a 5.0mm hook is recommended, if your tension is really loose you might want to go down a hook size. If your tension is really loose, you might see the polyfil more when your pumpkin is finished.
  3. Wood branch pieces can be found in your backyard in most cases, but if you can’t find any you can always use a cinnamon stick.

What size do I make?

This is really based on your gauge, but for my own gauge, I have about 3.6 half-double crochet stitches per inch. For this pattern, I’m making a 5″ pumpkin but also made a 2.5″, 4″, and 5-3/4″ pumpkin by chaining the following:

  • 2.5″ – initial chain 10 (crochet until ~6″ long)
  • 4″ – initial chain 15 (crochet until ~10″ long)
  • 5″ – initial chain 19 (crochet until ~13″ long)
  • 5-3/4″ – initial chain 24 (crochet until ~15″ long)

Gauge really doesn’t matter for this pattern as this is just decoration, but knowing your initial width is helpful in order to make your piece long enough before assembly.


Using your colour of choice, chain 19.

Round 1: Hdc in second chain from hook, hdc across, turn. (18 hdc)

Round 2: Ch-1, hdc across, turn. (18 hdc)

Repeat round two until your piece is approximately 12.5″-13.5″ across. This does not have to be precise, but you do want your piece’s height to be just slightly less than 3 times the width.


First, we’re going to want to stitch up our fabric to make a tube. Fold your piece in half so the short sides are lined up and chain 1. You’re going to face it so your hook is on the back side (image 1) and slip stitch up the side to close, going through both loops on both sides (image 2). Fasten off. Don’t worry about weaving in ends – they’ll be hidden inside. Keep your piece with the wrong side (i.e. the one with your slip stitch seam – image 3) facing outward.

While you could keep a really long end and use it to sew up one end of the tube, I prefer to take a length of yarn, about 15″, and weave it in and out of the bumps (image 4) along the edge like a running or gathering stitch. As you make your way around the edge (image 5), weave your yarn through your first loop and then pull tightly, but gently, and double knot (image 6).

Now you can flip it so it’s right-side out and tuck all your ends inside (image 7). Just like with the first outer edge, you’re going to take a length of yarn and weave it in and out of the bumps along the edge like a running stitch, but this time don’t pull it tight (image 7). Stuff your pumpkin with polyfil (image 8), then pull your running stitch ends tight (but be gentle so you don’t snap your yarn!) and double knot, leaving one end short as we won’t need it until the end (image 9). You’ll want it long enough that you can pull it through to the other end (i.e.the butt) of your pumpkin.

We’re almost done!

Now, with your long piece of yarn, you’re going to make sections on your pumpkin. Currently, your yarn is coming out of the top of your pumpkin, so you’re going to want to put your darning needle through the top of your pumpkin (image 10) and out the bottom (image 11), and then back around the outside to go back through the top (image 12). Pull tightly and you’ll see your first section forming. To make it symmetrical, I like to now go through the bottom and then bring the yarn around the opposite side so the pumpkin now has two equal sections. Continue in this manner until you have 6 or 8 sections. I like to do a mix of both for my pumpkins so they’re all a little unique.

Once you’ve finished your sections, your yarn will be coming out of the bottom of your pumpkin. Pull your other end through to the bottom and double knot the two together. Thread them both through your darning needle and poke them from the bottom to the top. Trim them short.

Now your pumpkin just needs a top! My favourite top is an actual piece of wood, which most people will be able to find in the backyard. You can also use a cinnamon stick. Trim it down to fit your pumpkin, then put a dab of hot glue on one end and push it gently into the top of your pumpkin.

You can now leave your pumpkin as is or tie a piece of twine around the stem.

And now you have a cute little pumpkin!

Now you can start your fall decorating …

… or make a whole family of pumpkins. Happy crocheting!

Seaside Sunglasses Pouch

It’s almost summertime! Sunshiny days full of lemonade, bonfires, friends, family, trips to the zoo, trips to the spray park, and so much more!

But what is one thing that is a MUST-HAVE for summertime? Sunglasses!

Now, this isn’t a post about the importance of proper eyewear when out in the sun, but rather a post about what you need to PROTECT that eyewear.

Enter, the Seaside Sunglasses Pouch!

This pouch came about after I had made a simple pouch for myself and then my mom asked me to make her a couple pouches for her own sunglasses. I had a few issues with my own pouch and decided to work on a fresh, new pattern for hers.

My goals were to have a pouch that worked well with variegated or self-striping yarn, as well as one that looked cute with a tie and tassels because any boho tassels on my yarn creations are life. #bohotasselsforever

This pouch is perfect to throw in your bag to keep your sunglasses free from damage, plus it’s super cute and I’m sure all of your friends will want you to make one for them after they see how cute yours is. Any reason to crochet, right?

Seaside Sunglasses Pouch


Begin cluster: Chain 2, (Yarn over, insert hook into stitch, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through first 2 loops on hook) 3 times, yarn over, pull through all 4 loops on hook.

Cluster: (Yarn over, insert hook into stitch, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through first 2 loops on hook) 4 times, yarn over, pull through all 5 loops on hook.


  • 100% cotton yarn, worsted weight (I used Bernat Handicrafter in ‘On the Sea’)
  • 4.0mm (G) crochet hook
  • 5.5mm (I) crochet hook
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle


Using the larger hook, leave a long tail and chain 24. Join with a slip stitch to make a ring.

Round 1: Chain 1, sc in same, sc around, join. (24 sc)

Round 2: Ch 1, sc in same, dc in next, (sc, dc) around, join. (12 sc, 12 dc)

Round 3: Ch 1, dc in same, sc in next (dc, sc) around, join. (12 sc, 12 dc)

Round 4: Begin cluster, ch 1, skip 1, (cluster, ch 1, skip 1) around, join to the first cluster. (12 clusters, 12 ch-1)

Round 5-16: Repeat rounds 1-4.

At this point, your pouch should be approximately 6.5″ high. If you want your pouch longer, feel free to repeat rounds 1-4 until your pouch is about 1-1/4″ shorter than the desired length.

Rounds 17-19: Repeat rounds 1-3.

Round 20: Ch 1, sc in same, ch 1, skip 1, (sc, ch 1, skip 1) around, join to first sc. Fasten off. (12 sc, 12 ch-1)

Flip your pouch so it is wrong-side out and whip stitch the bottom together, going through the outer loops only. Weave in your ends.


Using the smaller hook, chain 60 and fasten off. Before weaving in the ends of your tie, thread it in and out through the chain spaces on the top of your pouch.

You can leave your drawstring as is and weave in your ends, or you could add tassels. I just wrapped my yarn around my hand about 30 times and tied the top with the end of my drawstring to attach it. Finish off your tassel and cut off the bottom of it so it’s about 2″ long on the bottom.

I also added wood beads, though it was tricky to add them to the chain – I used my darning needle to try and stuff the chain into the hole on the bead and that worked! I did my first tassel and drew the bead down to the top of the tassel and made a knot on TOP of the bead to secure it. Then, I strung my drawstring through the chain spaces, added my next bead, and finished the second tassel.


Calming Lavender Blooms Pattern

Ah, lavender, isn’t it just one of those flowers that instantly brings you joy and calmness? This little lavender bloom crochet pattern might not bring you straight to the lavender fields but it will definitely bring you joy and calmness. Maybe give it a spritz with some lavender spray before attaching it to a card or gift and I’m sure your recipient will love it!


  • Scheepjes Catona, 100% Mercerized Cotton (#2, Sport Weight)
    • Colour 515, Emerald (A)
    • Colour 282, Ultra Violet (B)
  • Size 2.75mm (C) hook
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Hemp or twine, for finishing


With colour A, chain 20.

  1. Sc in the back bump of the second chain from hook and all the way to the end, ch 2 and ss to the first sc. Fasten off.
  2. With colour B, join yarn about 10 stitches down from the ch 2 space. (Ch 4, ss to the same st, skip 1, ss in next st) all the way around until you are across from the first petal. Fasten off.

Weave in all ends. Make two more.


Gather the stems of your three lavender blooms together and tie a small bow around them with hemp or twine. Now use it to embellish a card, or to send to a friend!


Farmhouse Wash Cloth Crochet Pattern

Whenever a person starts their journey with knitting and crochet, the first project people recommend is usually a dishcloth. Dishcloths? Wash cloth? BORING, right? Wrong!

Both dish and wash cloths are the perfect project for newbies and intermediate knitters and crocheters; they are the perfect projects for learning new stitches on a small scale, they take very little yarn, and they are super fast to work up! Plus, they make wonderful gifts or add ons to gifts for friends and family. Whip up a few of these wash cloths, tie them up with a pretty bow, toss in a handmade or locally-made soap and voila! Perfect gift.

These Farmhouse Wash Cloths are beautifully textured and easy to make. I used Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton which is a braided, mercerized cotton that lends itself to beautiful stitch definition and it comes in a variety of colours. Honestly, I’ve used many different cottons for any kind of cloth and I love how this yarn works up.

100% cotton yarn (Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton, worsted weight, 186 yards/170 meters per 100 gram/3.53 ounce skein)
– 1 skein in Cafe au Lait
6.0mm (J) hook
Darning Needle

Gauge is not important

While gauge is not important, you do want to make sure your wash cloths works up into a square. If you find that by the time you reach the end of the pattern repeats and you haven’t made a square, you might have to add on more repeats. If you add on more, keep in mind you’ll have to add more sc to the border.


Chain 31.

  1. Hdc in 2nd chain from hook and across, ch 1, turn. (30 hdc)
  2. (Sc, dc) across, ch 1, turn. (15 sc, 15 dc)
  3. Repeat round 2.
  4. – 5. Hdc across, ch 1, turn (30 hdc)

Repeat rounds 2 – 5 five times ending on round 4. Do not fasten off.


  1. Sc across the top, placing 3 sc in the first corner. Sc 22 evenly down the first side, placing 3 sc in the next corner. Sc across the bottom, placing 3 sc in the next corner. Sc 22 evenly up the next side, placing 2 sc in the last corner. Attach with a slip stitch to the first sc. Do not turn.
  2. Ss into the next stitch. Ch 3 (counts as 1dc + ch1), dc in the same stitch. *Skip one, (dc, ch1, dc) in next* repeat from * around, ss into the 2nd chain to join. Fasten off and weave in ends.


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