Free Crochet Pattern: Patriotic Beer Cozies

Red, white and blue beer cozies are perfect for the 4th of July! Plus they’re quick to whip up, so if you wanted to make a bunch for a party, you still have plenty of time! You can find the free beer cozies crochet pattern right here. I wanted these ones to have some sparkle so I used Caron Simply Soft Party in Red Sparkle, Snow Sparkle and Royal Sparkle.

And if you’re heading to the beach this 4th of July, a red, white and blue beach bag would be perfect! Ravelry user Espralopez used my Seafoam Beach Backpack crochet pattern to make this one! This can also be made in a day or two so there’s still time if you want to use it this weekend! :)

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New Crochet Pattern: Seafoam Beach Backpack

I’m so thrilled to be able to say that my pattern won this week’s Design Wars Challenge! Thank you all so much for your votes! Now I’d like to tell ya all about it! With this pattern, you can create a tri-colored, lacy backpack that is perfect for carrying your towel and other essentials to the beach this summer!


(use code DWSALE for 50% off, through Saturday, June 27th)

When I got this yarn, I knew I wanted to make a bag. I love cotton yarns for bags because they’re sturdy and hold up well over time (unlike other fibers that get all fuzzy and worn out looking). Originally it was going to be a purse, then a market bag, but it evolved into a backpack and I’m so happy it did because I know it’s going to be so useful!

You could line it if you wanted to, if you plan on carrying anything small in it (I’m eventually going to make a lining tutorial to share). But as a beach bag, it’s nice to have no liner so that any sand that gets inside will just fall out through the holes. The open, lacy design also gives it a lot of stretch which is great when you want to stuff your towel and a change of clothes in there.

This design uses a simple repeating stitch pattern that’s easy to memorize. It’s perfect for road trips, days at the beach, Netflix nights and other times when you can’t give crocheting 100% of your attention!

It’s intended for worsted weight yarn and like I said, cottons work great! I designed it with Red Heart Creme de la Creme and also made another one using Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Cotton! If you wanted to make a smaller backpack (a purse maybe?), you could try it with DK or Sport weight yarn.

You can read more about the stitches and techniques used on Ravelry.


(use code DWSALE for 50% off, through Saturday, June 27th)

P.S. Be sure to check out Design Wars’ Design Lovers Club! You can subscribe to automatically get all (or just a few) of the Design Wars patterns each month! This is brand new and you’ll be able to start out for just $1 for the first month! This pattern will be one of the ones you’ll get :)

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Last Insta-Week

Please excuse me for all of the opossum pictures! He’s just toooo cute! Seriously, I have way more than I post! I’ll be releasing him soon though, he’s almost ready!

Hiking is my therapy & mid-week hikes are necessary for maintaining my sanity! :)

Sunflowers in my yard! & I’ve been dumpster diving once a week to feed my friend’s tortoise. It’s crazy how much perfectly good food stores throw away! Cauliflower is his favorite!

I just fell in love with biking in Orange County! I have a new favorite beach spot in Huntington and a lunch spot with a pretty view in Newport! Christmas beer on the first day of summer because why not?! :P

If you’d like to follow me on Instagram, I have two accounts: @gleefulthings (crochet/crafts) & @oolie (personal)



I love this, made with real flowers! @bohemiancraftress
Such a pretty knit stitch! I wonder if I can do something similar with crochet? @mindesignstrikk

This makes me want to paint! @annmarieloves
These yarns remind me of Red Heart Unforgettable but with sparkle! Want! @stylecraftyarns

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Yarn Review: Red Heart Creme de la Creme

Stop by the Design Wars blog today and check out my review of Red Heart Creme de la Creme (one of my new favorite cottons)! Plus I have a couple crochet patterns that would be perfect for this yarn and they’re on sale today through Saturday, June 27th! Get the details here >>

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My First Design Wars Challenge!

I’m so thrilled to be participating in my very first Design Wars challenge this week! My pattern is the Seafoam Beach Backpack and the Dolly’s Moses Basket was designed by Lisa of Holland Designs. We used Red Heart Creme de la Creme yarn for our designs. Both patterns will be available this Thursday after voting finishes. Be sure to go vote for your favorite! :)

> > Click here to vote! < <


P.S. If you’re interested in having these patterns, check out Design Wars’ Design Lovers Club! You can subscribe to automatically get all (or just a few) of the Design Wars patterns each month! This is brand new and you’ll be able to start out for just $1 for the first month!


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