Sweet Heart Crochet Pattern

Here is an easy crochet heart pattern for Valentine’s Day! This is a great pattern if you want to perfect your magic circle skills. I have included some hints that might be helpful if you are new to crocheting. I hope you enjoy this free pattern.

Sweet Heart Crochet Pattern

Skill Level: Easy

Finished Size: Width 1 ¼ inches Height 1 inch

Yarn: Lion Brand Yarn “Bonbons” in Beach

Hook: 3.5mm E hook

Notions: Yarn Needle

  • There is just one round in this pattern
  • After you make your magic circle make sure you secure it with a very tight slip stitch, then chain 3
  • All of your stitches are worked into your magic circle
  • I keep my magic circle small, about the size of my pointer finger
  • It helps to push your stitches together after you do a few and keep your stitches tight and close together
  • After your last ch3, I start to close my magic circle, by pulling my starting yarn, just around 80% and you will see the heart shape start to form, then you do your last slip stitch into the center of your magic circle
  • Now it is time to finish closing your magic circle, the last 20%, by pulling the starting yarn tight and now you will see the complete heart shape form
  • Now finish off, to do this, yarn over, pull your yarn through, cut the yarn and weave in both ends.
  • To shape the heart, I flatten out the lobes and push together and pull a little on the bottom point.

List of Abbreviations:

yo= yarn over                       wrap yarn over hook
sl st = slip stitch                 insert hook into circle, yo, pull through circle and the loop on the hook
ch = chain                             yo, pull through loop on hook
dc = double crochet           yo, insert hook in circle, yo, pull up loop through circle (3 loops on hook), yo pull  through 2 loops, yo pull through last 2 loops on hook
tr = treble crochet               yo 2 times, insert hook in circle, yo, pull up loop through circle (4 loops on hook), yo pull through 2 loops, yo pull through 2 loops, yo pull through last 2 loops on hook



Begin with magic circle
Rnd1: ch3, 3tr, 3dc, ch1, 1tr, ch1, 3dc, 3tr, ch3. sl st into magic circle. Close your magic circle tight and finish off.


Special thanks to Angie from https://www.etsy.com/shop/angiehcrochet for testing my pattern.



Happy New Year 2017


I would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year. Here’s to a year filled with good health, happiness and peace!

Bailey Celebrating 2017!

Bailey Celebrating 2017!


I made Baileys’ festive party hat in one evening.  I used “Sugar’ n Cream cotton yarn from Lily and my favorite 5mm clover crochet hook.

Thank you mamachee crochet patterns for the free “Crochet Party Hat Pattern”.  You can find it here: http://mamachee.com/2011/05/06/crochet-party-hat-crochet-pattern/



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Free Crochet Pattern – Windowpane Mason Jar Cover






Free Pattern from calicrochet.com – Windowpane Mason Jar Cover



Happy February to all!

I’ve got a really FUN, FAST, EASY, & FREE Crochet Pattern  for you today.

I decided to name it the, “Windowpane Mason Jar Cover” because it is so similar to the windowpanes in my home. I designed this crochet cover pattern to fit around a pint size Mason Jar. This pattern is great for beginners and it’s perfect for a quick, last minute gift.

So, go grab a 5mm crochet hook and some yarn and in no time you will create your own Windowpane Mason Jar Cover!




Crocheted with 100% cotton yarn – Lily Sugar’ n Cream


Free Crochet Pattern – Windowpane Mason Jar Cover

This crocheted cover was designed to fit around a 12 ounce, pint size Mason jar.

Skill Level:   Easy

Finished size:   When completed and lying flat, it measures 5 inches tall and 4 ½ inches in diameter.

Yarn:    Lily Sugar’ n Cream 100% Cotton (One 120-yard skein of Sugar’ n Cream makes 4 Mason jar covers)

Hook:   5.0 mm hook or hook to fit gauge
If your work is too loose, use a smaller size hook to tighten gauge or if your work is too tight, use a larger size hook to loosen gauge.

Notions:   Yarn needle, tape measure, scissors, stitch marker, and a 12-ounce Mason jar.

Gauge:   Your completed second round should measure approximately 2 ½ inches or 6 cm across.


  • This Mason jar cover is crocheted in completed rounds starting at the bottom of the Mason jar and then continuing up the sides.
  • If you are a beginner, you can put a stitch marker on the 3rd chain of the first ch 3 in rounds 1-2 to show you where to slip stitch to close the round.
  •  For rounds 3- 8, you can put the stitch marker on the 3rd chain of the chain 5’s to show you where to slip stitch to close the round.
  •  For rounds 9-11, you can put the stitch marker on the first sc after the ch 1 to show you where to slip stitch to close the round.

List of Abbreviations:

chain = ch – yo, pull through loop on hook

slip stitch(es) = sl st(s) -Insert hook in st or sp, yo, pull through st and loop on hook

single crochet = sc – Insert hook in st, yo, pull through st, yo, pull through both loops on hook

double crochet = dc -yo, insert hook in st, yo, pull through st, [yo, pull
through 2 loops] twice

single crochet 2 together = sc2tog – Insert hook into st, yo, and pull through st, insert hook into next st, yo, and pull through st, yo, pull through all 3 hooks on hook

round(s) = rnd(s)

space(s) = sp(s)

yarn over hook = yo

skip = sk

Begin with a magic circle or ch 4, join with a sl st to the first ch to form a circle.

If you need help on how to make a magic circle here is the link to one of my favorite tutorials    http://www.mooglyblog.com/the-magic-circle/

Rnd 1:  Ch 3, (this ch-3 counts as first dc), 12 dc in circle, sl st to first dc to join. (12sts)
Rnd 2:  Ch 3, (this ch-3 counts as first dc), dc in same st as sl st, 2 dc in each dc around, sl st to first dc to join. (24sts)


Rnd 3:  Ch 5, (counts as first dc and first ch-2), skip next dc st, dc in next dc, ch 2, [skip next dc st, dc in next dc, ch 2), 10 times, sl st to 3rd ch of ch 5 to join. (12dc’s and 12 ch-2’s) (36sts)
Rnds 4-8: Ch 5, (counts as first dc and first ch-2), sk the next ch-2 sp, dc in next dc, ch 2, [sk the next ch-2 sp, dc in next dc, ch 2), repeat 10 times, sl st to 3rd ch of ch-5 to join. (12dc’s and 12 ch- 2’s) (36sts)


Top Edging
Rnd 9:  ch1, sc in same st as sl st, 2sc in next ch-2 space, [sc in next dc, 2 sc in ch-2 sp), repeat 11 times, sl st to first sc to join. (36 sts)

Rnd 10: (decrease round) Ch 1, sc in first sc, sc2tog, (sc in next sc, sc2tog), repeat 11 times, sl st to first sc to join. (24sts)
Rnd: 11: Ch1, sc in each st around, sl st in first dc to join. (24sts)

Fasten off, and weave in ends. Turn inside out so right side is facing outward. Turn Mason jar upside down, and use two hands to pull the cover over it.

Congratulations, you are done!


I hope you enjoy crocheting this Windowpane Mason Jar Cover. I would love love love to see a photograph your masterpiece! Please feel free to post pictures on my Facebook page:


or leave a comment if you can be so kind.

Thank you to Angie from https://www.etsy.com/shop/angiehcrochet and

Patrice from http://www.yarnoverpullthrough.com for testing my pattern.

Thank you to Sara, Patrice and  the others from CreateCrochetPatterns.com for their amazing step-by-step e book that I downloaded and followed to write this crochet pattern. This e book was so helpful to me!

You are welcome to sell finished items made from this pattern  but please give credit to me by posting a link to the pattern in your listing. You are also welcome to share this pattern with others by linking  it to this page.

 If you are here, you are so awesome!



The Moogly 2015 Crochet-a-long has begun!

I am so excited to say that I joined my first crochet-a-long! WooHoo!!

Thanks to Tamara Kelly from MooglyBlog.com for taking the time to put together this amazing crochet-a-long afghan project for 2015. Tamara got together 24 awesome crochet bloggers and each of them designed a 12″ block crochet pattern for this crochet-a-long.

Every two weeks, Tamara will post a pattern for the next 12″ block. After the 24 blocks are completed, you can then put them together to create your own unique afghan. Brilliant idea Tamara!

Read more at:


I’m using a new yarn for this project that I have never used before. It’s made by Lion Brand Yarns and named “Heartland”.  I chose Acadia, Yellowstone, Yosemite and Sequoia as my four colors. The colors remind me of the natural colors in our world and the changing colors of leaves. I’m using a 5.0 H clover hook. I tend to crochet loosely so I went down in my hook size. My finished square came out to be about 11″. Once  blocked, the square measured 12″.   I’m happy with the result so I’m going to crochet on!

Lion brand Yarns      "Heartland"

Lion brand Yarns

The first block is titled, “Tamara’s Kismet Square” and it was designed by Jessie Rayot. Thank you Jessie,  from Jessie At Home,  for writing a clear challenging pattern where you explained in detail how to make the Jacob’s Ladder stitch. It was a new stitch for me and I love it!


Here is a photo of  my completed first block here:

Tamara's Kismet Square    Block #1

Tamara’s Kismet Square
Block #1

I’m so looking forward to Block #2!

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The word of the day is Amigurumi

Have you ever tried making an Amigurumi?

You might be saying, “What’s that?”

Amigurumi is the Japanese art of crocheted dolls.

I found this  little book titled, “Learn to Crochet Toys” by Ida Herter and I fell in love with her designs. She gives easy step-by-step instructions for 4 adorable amigurumi projects. In addition, she has several “tips & hints” throughout her instructions that really helped me learn all the precise techniques involved with completing an Amigurumi project.


I have a special little cousin, we call her Baby M, who just turned 2. I have made her two of the amigurumi projects from this book.

Last summer, I made her “Lu Lu the Panda”. I made Lu Lu with Lily Sugar ‘n Cream 100% cotton yarn and used a 3.75mm hook.

First, I made all her body parts. That was a piece of cake! The trickiest part was sewing the various pieces together. I carefully whipstitched the face, ears and the bow onto her head. You use the photos in the book as a guide to show you exactly where they should be placed. Then I whipstitch her head on to her body. Finally, one by one, I placed her arms and legs on her body and whipstitch them in place.

I was so intrigued with this challenging finishing process that I stayed up so so late that night putting Lu Lu together. I loved watching her come to life during this process, although it took much longer than I ever imagined. When Lu Lu is all put together she stands about 10” tall and she is absolutely darling. I am told that Baby M loves Lu Lu and she sleeps with her.


Next on my list to make was “Morty the Monkey” for Baby M’s 2nd birthday. Morty is also made with Lily Sugar ‘n Cream 100% cotton yarn and a 3.75mm hook. He is made up of stripes so I quickly became an expert at changing colors.

When it came to putting Morty together, I set up a meeting with my amazing crochet teacher Angie. Angie is my crochet “guru” who taught me how to crochet. She is always there to help and I love when she shares her vast knowledge of crochet with me. Angie is very talented when it comes to both knitting and crocheting. I was so very proud of her when she won 1st place for her Christmas Chess Set in the 2011 Vanna Choice Yarn Contest. Here is the link:  (Be sure to scroll down to the “Gifts & Crafts Category”)

Here is a photo of Morty all in pieces ready to be finished.


First, we had to connect the face to the head. This next picture shows one of Angie’s tricks for attaching the face to the head. These long pins were brilliant for holding the eye patch in place. We carefully positioned the safety eyes and pushed them through the eye patch and through the head and attached the back part. This step takes some real strength.


Next we whipstitched the eye patch, snout and the ears to the head creating a sweet monkey face. Finally, we attached the arms, legs and his tail. Isn’t he cute? We had a wonderful time putting this adorable monkey together.


Morty the Monkey by Cali Crochet

All I can say is, Baby M get ready for Bruce the Dinosaur and Bernard the Dragonfly!

Baby M kissing Lu Lu the Panda

Baby M kissing Lu Lu the Panda


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Spring is Full of Crocheted African Flowers !




Crochet African Flowers

Cali Crochet African Flowers


These are my  African Flowers to celebrate the first day of Spring 2014!


I crocheted these sweet flowers with a 3.75mm (F)  hook and they are made with this  soft 100% cotton  Bonbon Yarn from Lion Brand Yarn in “Beach”.




Bonbon Yarn from Lion Brand Yarn in “Beach”



The Bonbon yarn comes in a package with eight little skeins of  cotton yarn in eight different colors.

I used orange, yellow and teal for my flowers.

This package is perfect for all kinds projects with color changes like flowers and small amigurumi projects.





Cali Crochet African Flowers



Lion Brand Yarn makes other Bonbon yarn packages and another one with great colors is called “Nature”.

Here is the Lion Brand Yarn pattern  and a picture for this little  frog I crocheted from the “Nature”  package.





Amigurumi Frog from Lion Brand Pattern

“A little Madness in the Spring

Is wholesome even for the King”

Emily Dickinson



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St. Patrick’s Day Crochet Shamrock Garland


Cali Crochet Shamrock Garland ♣



While navigating my way through this exciting social media world, I stumbled upon this innovative blog named EverythingEtsy.com.

(I need all the help I can get…my blog is in its infancy period).

I first checked out the podcast titled, “The 10 Secrets of Successful Blogging.” I found the podcast had an abundant amount of useful information, but the part that really made me happy was the free Crochet Shamrock Pattern with a “how to” video. Here is the link to the Crochet Shamrock Garland Pattern from EverythingEtsy.com .



Why don’t you make a crochet garland for St. Paddy’s Day? It’s simple, charming and green! The individual shamrocks are so easy to crochet; they each take less than 5 minutes to create. Even if your a beginner, go give it a try. I used a 5mm hook and some leftover Lily Sugar n’ Cream cotton yarn in Sage Green.





Cali Crochet Shamrock Garland ♣


Here is a St. Patrick’s Day joke for you…

How can you tell if a leprechaun is having a good time?

(He is Dublin over with laughter!)

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How 3 Young Men Used Their Crochet Skills to Change The Lives of 100’s of People

Krochet Kids / This is Empowerment

Krochet Kids / This is Empowerment

I truly believe in the power of people helping one another.  Here is proof! This is an uplifting  philanthropic story about a charity named, “Krochet Kids, International”.

Lion Brand Yarn has partnered up with Krochet Kids and will be donating  to this amazing cause that empowers women and lifts entire families out of poverty.

Click here watch the video that tells their inspiring story. (scroll down a little till you see the, “This is Empowerment” vimeo video)

Let’s support this great cause together!