Monday 20 August 2012

Little Blue Baby Booties

Crochet these sweet little blue baby booties!  Follow along with Emi in this simple tutorial:

Monday 13 August 2012

Crochet a Market Bag

Here's a very easy crochet tutorial to show you how to crochet a market bag!


1. Crochet a chain any length. This bag works from the bottom up, so the chain should be as wide as you would like the bag to be.

2. Double crochet in the 3rd chain from the hook. *Chain 1, skip the next stitch, double crochet in the next stitch, repeat from * across the row. At the end of the chain, begin working down the other side, making the double crochet in the space between double crochet stitches on the opposite side of the chain. At the end of the row, slip stitch to join in the 2nd stitch of the first 3 stitches skipped.

3. Chain 3, double crochet in the next double crochet. *Chain 1, double crochet in the next double crochet, repeat from * around, slip stitch to join.

4. Repeat step 3 until the bag is as long as you would like it to be. Fasten off. Weave yarn ends into the finished work.

Working with 4 strands of yarn, make a chain of approximately 80 stitches. Pass the cord through the 3rd row of stitches from the top. Tie the two ends in a knot. 








Sunday 12 August 2012

Message in a Bottle - MidTerm Results

You've been tweeting, liking, sharing, and pinning the Message in a Bottle about the free crochet patterns found here at Hectanooga Patterns .  The message was thrown by Lisa on Friday, and this pie graph shows the current stats for all of your message tosses to date.

Currently, YouTube has it by a slim margin over Facebook. Is this what you expected?

Keep "tossing the message" about the link to this blog, and we'll see if the current results are predictive of the final results.  How?
Pin it!
Tweet it
Share it

Click here to go directly to Hectanooga Free Patterns selection.

Saturday 11 August 2012

Share It Challenge

Emi has been busy working on new patterns to add to this free crochet pattern blog.  She's already got 6 here, and there are many more to come.  I'm sure you know it's a lot of work to design an item, create it, write out the pattern, make a YouTube video, create a blog post and share it with you all.  Phew!

Why does she do it? Because she loves crochet of course!  And she wants to share it with you!

She offers these great designs and tutorials to you for free!  You might be wondering how can you pay her back for all her hard work and dedication. It's easy!  Share her work with others.  

We'd love it if you would share this blog with your crochet friends,  through pinterest, twitter (#hectanooga), your blog, facebook, or any other way you can think of.  Lisa from Sweetpotatopatterns  got things started by throwing a message in a bottle.  Here's the video!

Thanks Emi!  You're the best!

Did you blog about Emi?   Have you uploaded a YouTube video that references this blog?  Post a comment so our readers can check it out!

Friday 10 August 2012

Getting Started with Crochet | Crochet for Beginners

Crocheting is a rewarding and relaxing hobby.  And it's a great way to make homespun gifts for loved ones!  You can make everything from a blanket to a scarf -- items for babies, men, women, and children.

So many YouTube users have written to us to tell us that they got their start using Emi's Learn To Crochet Videos.  Recently a young 12-year old user wrote to say that she learned to crochet using Emi's videos, then she learned to make hair scruchies, and she already SOLD 3 of them!!  Way to go!!

For those of you who would like to get started with crochet, here is a great place to start:

Once you've mastered the basics, you can move on to some beginner projects:

And when you've found your feet with crochet, you can make any of the great patterns featured on this Blog (more being added all the time)  or found on Hectanooga's Youtube Channel.

What are your favorite items that Emi has shown you how to create?

Thursday 9 August 2012

HOW TO CROCHET A SKIRT, any size, any length

Follow along!  The Youtube tutorial video can be found at the bottom of this post. (Just scroll down past the pattern.)


BY Emi Harrington
COPYRIGHT, 2012, M. E. Harrington

You may sell your finished items.
Permission is not granted to copy or distribute this pattern in any manner.

Worsted weight yarn,  400 grams for women’s  size small, up top 800 grams for large.
Crochet Hook, size 6.5mm (US K 10.5), and size 9mm (US M)
Yarn needle

INSTRUCTIONS: (This garment works from the waist down.)
See this skirt video on youtube here: 
1.  First measure around the largest part of your hips, and working with a size 6.5mm crochet hook, 
     make a chain to that measurement. (Measuring around the largest part of the hips guarantees a
     garment that will fit properly.)
     Slip stitch to join, being careful not to twist the chain.  See photo 1.
2.  Chain 2,* skip the next chain stitch, double crochet in the next stitch, repeat from * around, slip
     stitch to join. Photo 2 and 3.
3.  Chain 3 and turn, double crochet in the next stitch.  *Chain 1, double crochet in the next double
      crochet, repeat from  * around, slip stitch to join. Photo 4 and 5.
4.  Chain 2, *in the next space between double crochet stitches, make 3 double crochet (shell formed), in the next
     double crochet, make 1 double crochet.  Repeat from * around, slip stitch to join.  (If you end with 2 shells beside
     each other, simply slip a double crochet between them to maintain the stitch pattern.)  Photo 6.
5. Chain 2, *in the center of the next shell stitch, make 3 double crochet (shell formed), skip the next stitch, in the next
    double crochet,  make 1  double crochet.  Repeat from * around, slip stitch to join. Photo 7.
6.  Repeat step 5 until you have reached the end of the torso, (for women’s small, that is approx. 12 inches).  Then
    change to a size 9mm hook, and continue the pattern for as long as you would like the skirt. Photo 9.  Fasten off.

    Weave all yarn ends into the finished work.  Pass a ribbon through the top row of stitches at the waist.  Photo 11.

In the shortest version, one row of loops was added.  To make the loops: *Chain 5, skip the next stitch, single crochet in the next stitch, repeat from * around, slip stitch to join and fasten off.

In the medium length version, after the initial 12 inches of shell pattern, hook size was changed to 9mm for 5 rows, and then 2 rows of 5 double crochet shells were added for flare at the bottom.  To make the 5 dc shells, simply make 5 dc instead of 3 dc shells. Photo 9.

In the long version, the same instructions were used as for the medium length, except 4 rows of 5 dc shells were added.  Photo 10.

IN MAKING SKIRTS, FOR A GARMENT THAT DRAPES AND HANGS  BETTER,  “KILLING”  THE YARN IS AN OPTION.  Normally, “killing” yarn is something we try not to do with knitted or crocheted garments, however in a skirt, and other items such as scarves, “killing” can add to the garment’s fit and feel.  To “kill” the yarn, arrange the skirt on an ironing board, and steam, pressing very heavily, with a wet cloth.  This will cause the yarn to flatten , and become silkier in feel, as well as hanging better on the body when being worn.

Video Tutorial

Click here for the PDF

Tuesday 7 August 2012


Recycle Newspaper into unique jewelry, learn how to make these easy pendants from flyers and newsprint and protect the environment at the same time!  Win, win!!!  You can see how to make this one of a kind pendant scroll down to the bottom for my youtube free tutorial:  

Youtube Tutorial, watch how!