Carefree Crochet by May Britt Bjella Zamori has something for every crocheter. With so many projects to choose from, I had a hard time narrowing down my favorites to share with you! May Britt loves to play with texture, and these projects don’t disappoint. From small accessories to full size sweaters, everything in this book was thoughtfully designed by someone who clearly loves the art of crochet.
This Fringed Bag is practical and cute, with an almost macrame appearance due to the long fringe and flap details. The pattern includes instructions for a crocheted strap, although the designer chose to use a recycled leather strap for the bag in the photo. That sounds like a great chance to get creative!
Size: Approximate 27.5″ circumference; 18.25″ length
Gauge: 19 stitches in pattern = 4″ on size G crochet hook
Yarn: Worsted to Aran weight yarn such as Jo Sharp Desert Garden Aran Cotton Yarn or K1C2 2nd Time Cotton Recycled Yarn, 738 yards
Oh my goodness, is that an adorable dog. he other great thing in this photo is the stitch pattern used for this hat and wristwarmer set! The hat can also be adorned with a pom pom for an extra dose of fun.
Sizes: Hat circumference: 19.75″
Wristwarmer circumference: 8″; Wristwarmer length: 8.25″
Gauge: 1 repeat over 10 ch in pattern = 2″ using size G-6 crochet hook.
Yarn: DK to light worsted weight yarn such as Acadia by The Fibre Company Yarn or Jo Sharp Classic DK Wool Yarn; 600 yards
I love this simple Beige top, worked entirely in double crochet. This versatile top is beautiful in a neutral color, or choose a variegated yarn for more of a statement piece. I’m almost definitely going to make this for myself using the soft and subtly metallic Malabrigo Arroyo Yarn.
Sizes: 34 (37, 39.5, 42.5, 45.75, 48.5)” chest
24.5 (25.25, 26, 26.75, 27.5, 28.25)” length
Gauge: 16 sts and 11 rows = 4″ using size E-4 crochet hook.
Yarn: Fingering weight yarn such as Cotton Carpet Warp 8/4 Yarn or 5/2 Pearl Cotton Yarn; 780 (975, 1170, 1365, 1560, 1755) yards
Another thing I love about May Britt’s designs is her use of contrasting textures. The gauzy White Poncho shown above is the perfect example; fuzzy laceweight yarn makes up the body of this flowing poncho, and the borders worked in a sturdier, heavier weight yarn. This helps keep things tidy while also weighing the piece down a bit, providing excellent drape.
Size: 41″ long at center front.
Gauge: Approxiamtely 7 repeats in pattern over 21 ch and 8 rows = 4″ using size E-4 crochet hook.
Yarn: Body: Lace weight, lightweight yarn such as Herriot Fine Alpaca by Juniper Moon Farm Yarn; 1,337 yards
Border: Smooth DK weight such as Cascade Ultra Pima Cotton Yarn; 480 yards
These fun pillows are perfect stash busters! Each of the covers is made like a tube, with the ends tightened shut after placing the pillow inside.
Size: 15.75″ in diameter
Gauge: Size E-4 crochet hook recommended.
Yarn: DK to light worsted weight yarn such as Jo Sharp Classic DK Wool Yarn or Cascade 220 Superwash Wool Yarn, in an assortment of colors OR leftover scrap yarn.
Carefree Crochet is a great go-to pattern book for crocheters of any level. Whether you’re looking to treat yourself or are in search of gift ideas for loved ones, you’re sure to find something in this hefty hardcover. I don’t know about you, but I’m excited to start crocheting!
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