WIPs 'N Chains

Kim Guzman, Knit and Crochet Design

April 19, 2014
by Kim Guzman
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1. At Make It Crochet | Your Daily Dose of Crochet Beauty, the most popular post this week was the Alpine Shawl from Cascade Yarns. Click HERE.

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2. Kathy of ELK Studio designed this hat specifically for Crochet for Cancer, a non-profit organization. A lovely hat for chemo patients. I thank Kathy for contributing to this worthy cause. Click HERE.

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3. Jennifer of FiberFlux introduced this free pattern for the “Vintage Corsage Cowl”. It’s a perfect project if you, like me, pick up single skeins of sock yarn. Click HERE.

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4. Amanda of MNE Crafts introduced her lovely multi-colored hat, Springtime Showers. Click HERE.

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5. I have three terrific stitch patterns to show you from this week. (You see how I did that? Just lump them altogether so you really get 12 Things This Week instead of 10! Woot!)

Little Waves Stitch Pattern from Moogly. Click HERE.

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Interweave Cable Stitch Pattern from Meladora. Click HERE.

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Easter Afghan Stitch Pattern from Chelsea Craft. Now, this one isn’t free, but it’s very inexpensive. And, I’m not ashamed to say that my mouth dropped to the floor when I saw it. Once I cleaned up the drool, I promptly purchased it. Click HERE.

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6. If you enjoy working with finer weight yarns during the warmer months, Heather of Just Crochet has introduced this new free crochet pattern for a Table Centre Doily. Click HERE.

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7. Rhondda of Oombawka Design introduced a wonderful crochet cheat sheet! Click HERE for the entire cheat sheet. (This is only a partial shot of it.)

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8. These fabulous Bugz Hat patterns were released as free patterns this week by Heidi of Snappy Tots. Click HERE.

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9. Tera of Trifles N Treasures released the free pattern for the Bonny Bunny Surprise. It’s a little crocheted egg with a little crocheted bunny inside. Positively adorable! Click HERE.

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10. Teri of Knot Your Nana’s Crochet released this free pattern for Koo Koo Bunny. Click HERE.

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And, that’s it for this week! I hope you enjoyed it. Until next week….

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April 18, 2014
by Kim Guzman
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Free Crochet Pattern Internet Navigation

Because I see so many questions about this from all over the internet (not just my websites), I thought I would break it down.

There are many people on the internet providing free crochet patterns. And, we love them! But, they’re doing this to earn a living. No one expects anyone to work 60 or more hours a week for free, right? I wouldn’t expect anyone to give me something for free and not be reimbursed in some way and you shouldn’t either.

So, websites with free crochet patterns have ads. Videos on YouTube have ads. Ads for revenue aren’t anything new. So, don’t get all panicked. You are faced with ads every single day. Open a magazine, there are ads. Turn on the television, there are ads. Go to a website, there are ads. You just have to learn to live with them and work around them.

Keep in mind that no one is getting rich from ads on free crochet pattern websites. The payout is about $1 or $2 for every 1000 visitors. But, every little bit helps pay those people who are working so hard to give you something for free.

Here is a page from one of my websites.

For the most part, I don’t have a lot of control over the ads shown on my websites. But, there are some confusing ads which you need to watch out for. Don’t click willy nilly on the ads. READ THEM FIRST! If the ad says “Download the Free PDF Converter,” for instance, don’t go thinking that it says “Download the Free Pattern.” READ!

Feel free to ignore the ads just like you have grown to ignore the ads on television and in magazines. Of course, I have a hard time ignoring the ads when they display something with kitchen appliances. I’m a sucker for kitchen appliances and those Fingerhut ads will always get me clicking away. ha!

There are many types of ads on the internet. And, let’s face it. Ads can be annoying. How many times have you heard, “Another commercial?” or “Just how many commercials are in this program?”

And, some ads are more annoying to some people than others. There are pop-up ads, pop-over ads, pop-under ads. But, just when you think you are annoyed, remember that the free crochet pattern is the important thing. And, that less than one cent that you’re providing to the pattern writer really is a GOOD thing!

Not all individual, non-commercial websites will have handy-dandy Print Now buttons. 

It’s true! Not everyone who has the desire to provide you with free crochet patterns has thousands of dollars to spend on a website development department. Some of these people working hard to provide you with free crochet patterns are actually one person sitting behind a computer screen with no website building experience at all! They work hard, but there are only so many hours in the day.

So, what do you do in order to download those free crochet patterns?

You have several options.

  • Use your internet browser to send the web page to your printer.
  • Download a free PDF writer program (CutePDF.com) and print to a PDF that you’ll save on your computer.
  • Visit PrintFriendly.com and print to PDF that you’ll save on your computer.
  • Copy and paste the text you want into a word processing program (like Microsoft Word) and save it to your computer.

Enjoy the internet and enjoy all the wonderful thousands upon thousands of free crochet patterns available to you! If you see an ad that interests you, you don’t have to be scared to click on it. But, you do need to use some common sense when navigating and picking up those wonderful free patterns.

Here’s an ad! :-)


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