Clutter Eating Monsters – Free Crochet Pattern

UPDATE 11/17/2016: It was brought to my attention that there was an error in the pattern on round 12. It should be R12: 17dc, (dc dec, 4dc) x 3, 13dc (45 sts). I have updated the PDF file to reflect the change.

FEEEEEED MEEEE!! This little monster loves to eat plastic bags and other household odds and ends!

This guy wants to eat clutter!!

After I made my pup her dog wallet, I had to do something about the plastic shopping bags in the kitchen. They were getting out of control, and shoving them all inside another plastic bag just wasn’t cutting it. I knew the bag holder would have to visibly hang in our kitchen, so I wanted to make something cute. I ended up with this charming crochet monstrosity who just happens to have an appetite for bags!

blue crochet clutter eating monster plastic bags

MMmmMM!! Lunch bags!!!

Of course by the time I sat down to write this post there wasn’t a plastic bag in sight for the little guy to munch on. Between keeping the dog wallet stocked and making a conscious effort to remember our reusable grocery bags, the collection had long since been depleted. Plastic shopping bags are terrible for the environment anyway, so this monster has adapted to eating all sorts of miscellaneous household items instead!

He proved to be so useful that I made him a monsterette…

crochet purple clutter plastic bag eating monster

Purple Monsterette

…and baby monster to hang out with!

green crochet clutter plastic bag eating monster

I’m the baby…gotta feed me!

They love eating everything from hand towels to kitchen clutter – just don’t ask them to eat their vegetables! I personally think a giant monster would make a fabulous clothes hamper 🙂

Have some clutter of your own that needs to be eaten? Make your own Bag Eating Monster with my free PDF pattern. This pattern is for personal use only and may not be sold, reprinted, or copied in any way without my express permission. If you decide to sell something you make from one of my patterns, I ask that you give credit to me as the pattern designer. I also ask that you include a link back to the free pattern, so that others may have the opportunity to make the item themselves.

crochet plastic bag clutter eating monsters

Beware: They multiply…quickly!!

I’ve added this as a free pattern on Ravelry as well. If you’ve got a camera and a minute, pretty please upload your monster pictures. I’d really love to see the finished projects! Good luck with your own little monster(s)!

Can’t get enough of these cute monsters? Check out my Colorful Cartoon Monsters design – inspired by the creatures lurking around on the Clutter Eating Monsters PDF pattern 🙂

Crochet Bath Mitt Bear

I was recently asked to make a couple more crochet Bath Mitt Buddies, and I’m so glad too because they’re super cute and fun to make! I was really happy with how the hippo turned out before, so I decided to make another one. In case you missed it, you can make the hippo ears by following the How-To instructions from my other post.

crochet hippo bath mitt buddy smile

Happy Hippo

This time I gave him some hippo nostrils. I used the same color yarn as I did for the mouth to embroider the nostrils. I was going to try and add a of couple teeth too, but in the end I couldn’t get them to look right.

crochet hippo bath mitt buddy nostrils

Hippo With Nostrils

For his buddy, I wanted to try changing up the pattern and making a monkey. I studied the free Bath Buddies pattern from Sugar ‘n Cream for a few days before I finally figured out how I would modify the pattern. I followed the first part of the instructions as if I was making the whale. When it came time to add the chin extension, I went back and followed the instructions for the frog.After more pattern decoding, I found that if I made the frog mouth it would still line up with the top of the head, even though I had followed the hippo instructions. Yay!

So long story short: body & front of head = whale; chin extension & mouth = frog. Easy 🙂 Too keep my bath mitt from looking like a brown whale with a frog chin, I added a couple of ears. I made a minor change to my hippo ear pattern and ended up with this:

happy smiling crochet bath mitt buddy bear

This Bear Is All Smiles : )

Monkey/ Bear Ear How-To:
(make 2 using same size hook from bath mitt)

Row 1: sc, 4dc, sc into a magic ring; ch1, turn.
Pull almost all the way tight. (6 stitches)

Row 2: sc increase in each stitch; fasten off leaving
a tail long enough to use to sew onto your bath mitt buddy (12 sts)

Pull the magic ring tight, sew one ear to each side of the head just
below where it starts to slope down for a bear buddy.

Sew them right onto the point (a little higher than the bear ears) to make a monkey.

After attaching the ears it was pretty evident that the little guy looked more like a bear than a monkey, hence the post title. I think he would have looked more like a monkey if I had attached the ears a little bit higher, but either way he’s totally cute!

hanging crochet bath mitt bear buddy

Just Hanging Around

Crochet Bath Mitt Buddies

Crochet bath mitt buddies frog whale hippo

I made these adorable bath mitts for my two young nephews who live in Germany. My husband and I love to video chat with the little guys since they live so far away. We always seem to catch them before or after their bath time, so I thought they’d enjoy having a couple buddies to play with in the tub.

I found this free Bath Buddies crochet pattern on the Sugar ‘n Cream website. I used Peaches & Creme 100% cotton yarn for both mitts. The pattern includes instructions for making both a frog and a whale version of the bath buddies. I made the frog first and followed the pattern without changing much. Rather than adding the puffy, bug-eyes, I chose to hand embroider them with some black cotton yarn instead.

Crochet frog bath mitt buddy cotton

I changed things up a little more when I made the whale. Rather than working in the round, I turned between each row on the main piece. That way the body matched the row turns on the head and chin extension pieces, and the whole thing looked uniform. I really liked how the bath mitt looked with the turns, but they’re both so incredibly cute! After I finished the whale, I took a step back and felt like something was missing from the little guy. His eyes were sewn on, all the yarn ends were hidden, but he just didn’t look complete. Then it hit me.

Cotton crochet whale bath mitt buddy

EARS! The whale didn’t look quite finished because he was actually a hippopatamus! He just needed some hippo ears.

Crochet cotton hippo bath mitt buddy

Since the pattern obviously didn’t come with instructions on how to make ears, I had to create my own. After a bit of trial and error, here’s what I came up with:

Crochet hippo ears how-to

Hippo Ear How-to:

R1: sc, dc, 2tr, dc, sc into a magic ring; pull tight into a half-oval; ch. 1 turn (6sts)

R2: 2sc, 2sc increases, 2sc; fasten off – leave enough yarn to sew ear to head (8sts)

Repeat for second ear.

Sew one ear to each side where the head edging starts to slope down.

This bath buddy is ready for his trip around the world!

Crochet frog bath mitt buddy cotton

 

UPDATE: These little guys were so cute I was asked to make more! This time around I made another hippo and a bear. Check them out here in my new post which includes a new how-to for the bear ears.

happy smiling crochet bath mitt buddy bear

This Bear Is All Smiles 🙂

Crochet Dog Wallet – Free Crochet Pattern

Crochet dog bag holder wallet loop clip

It’s no secret that dog is man’s best friend. Sometimes our furry companions show us their love by leaving some not-so-special “treats” while out for a walk. It’s easy to forget to grab a plastic bag on the way out the door and, take it from me, it’s not cool when you do! I came up with this Crochet Dog Wallet so that I’d never be without a way to retrieve Rover’s precious gifts.

I made the wallet a little bit stretchy so that I could cram quite a few bags inside of it. This way I don’t have to remember to refill it every other day! The front opening is partially sewn shut on each side to keep the bags from bursting out.

Crochet dog bag holder wallet

I also added a small loop to one corner of my doggie wallet so I could clip it to the dog’s leash or my backpack. The loop could easily be lengthened to make a “doggie wristlet,” so you can keep your hands free on those long walks.

Crochet dog bag holder wallet heart embellishment

Ready to make a wallet of your own? Here is the Free PDF pattern for my Crochet Dog Wallet! You can also find this pattern on Ravelry! This pattern is for personal use only and may not be sold, reprinted, or copied in any way without my express permission. If you decide to sell something you make from one of my patterns, I ask that you give credit to me as the pattern designer. I also ask that you include a link back to the free pattern, so that others may have the opportunity to make the item themselves. Enjoy and happy crocheting!

UPDATE: After making this dog wallet I needed something else to hold the rest of our plastic shopping bags. I crocheted a bag eating monster to devour them all. Of course by the time he was finished, our bag collection was pretty much extinct (from all the wallet refills!). So he adapted to eating all kinds of household clutter instead! I’ve added the free PDF pattern here, but beware – they multiply!!

crochet plastic bag clutter eating monsters

Beware: They multiply…quickly!!

Crochet Broomstick Lace With a Highlighter

Crocheted Broomstick Lace Purse Handles

Crochet Broomstick Lace Handles

Can you believe this delicate, crochet broomstick lace was made using only acrylic yarn, a crochet hook, and a large highlighter?! I chose broomstick lace for the handles of my Orchid Crochet Purse From Scratch. The straps turned out so well I just had to share the technique! I originally found Sandra from Crochet Cabana‘s tutorial on how to crochet broomstick lace. The only thing? I didn’t have a “jiffy” hook or even a thick knitting needle like Sandra suggests. Feeling crafty, I decided to improvise. Since the hook Sandra uses in her tutorial looks like an oversized pen, I searched the house for something suitable. The closest thing I could find was a permanent marker, but it proved to be a bit too small.

Crochet Broomstick Lace using a permanent marker

Permanent Marker = Too Small

Since the marker wasn’t right for the job I kept trying. I got it right on the second try when I used a thick highlighter. The holes of the broomstick lace ended up being nice and big due to the highlighter’s large diameter. I began my handles with a foundation chain of five. This produced one lace loop per row and allowed me to build my rows up to the length I wanted for my strap. I used a size G/ 4.25mm hook for my broomstick lace, but you can always experiment and choose the hook that is right for your tension and/ or yarn.

Crochet Broomstick lace with a highlighter

Highlighter = Just Right!

I was a little nervous to attempt this stitch since it looks so complicated, but it ended up being a lot easier than I thought! When I finished the straps my husband asked if they were going to be strong enough to hold up such a large purse. That’s the beauty though, the lace only looks fragile! In reality it’s actually quite a durable stitch, as so much yarn goes into each loop of lace. My broomstick lace handles were the perfect addition to my basic Orchid Purse.

I’m absolutely in love with broomstick lace! It’s so pretty and simple to make. What’s your favorite use of broomstick lace? Have you ever turned random household objects (like highlighters) into crafting tools?

Crochet Broomstick Lace with a Highlighter

Crochet-Happy

My husband and I recently moved across the country. My mom crocheted us an awesome blanket as a going away present. Right before we left, she gave me a crochet hook and showed me how to weave the yarn ends back into the work to hide them if they came loose.

My mom’s been crocheting for as long as I can remember. For some reason the thought of learning to crochet only popped into my head AFTER moving over 3,000 miles from her. Yeah, real smart! Owning a craft tool that I didn’t know how to use was really eating at me. I was absolutely determined to conquer the art of crochet.

I had my hook and some yarn, but just thinking about all those loops and stitches had my brain in knots! Without my mom close by I wasn’t sure where to begin. I did the next best thing and I asked my pal google for tips on “how to crochet.” I quickly found that learning this new skill by looking at step-by-step pictures was just not working for me. The directions might as well have been in a different language and the diagrams only further added to my confusion.

I was ready to pull my hair out when I finally came across this great video tutorial by Polka Dot Posh. The video shows the basic single crochet stitch as well as a tutorial for a pot holder. The instructions are so easy to follow and the camera angle is just right!

I didn’t end up making the whole pot holder (I didn’t think the acrylic yarn I was using was appropriate), but it was a fun way to learn and practice.

The whole time I was practicing, I kept wondering why it had taken me so long to even attempt to crochet. It ended up being so much easier to understand than I had ever thought! I can’t wait to learn more crochet stitches!!

Do you crochet? If so, how did you learn? Have you ever put off learning something only to find it wasn’t as bad as you thought?