Octopus Hand Sanitizer Keychain Pattern

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I am beyond honored to be a part of E’Claire Makery’s FREE PATTERN Back to School Blog Hop!  Every day a new designer features a fun pattern that will help make the new school year a little more fun!  I am excited to release my Handy Little Octopus Hand Sanitizer Keychain Pattern!  This little guy was created to fit a 2 fl oz bottle of hand sanitizer (like Germ X or Purell.)  I am excited to make this all natural hand sanitizer recipe to refill my little bottles and keep my germ-killer “Handy.” 

If you would like an easy to print pdf version of this pattern, you can find it on Ravelry here.  Or if you prefer Etsy, it’s available there, too! My pattern includes a special ONE PAGE double sided section that has the pattern so you can easily take one sheet on the go with you.

Tools and Materials:

Peaches and Creme Yarn (#4 cotton) shown in “Bright Blue”
– Size G crochet hook
(I’m using this game changing Clover Amour hook!)
– 2 fl oz. hand sanitizer bottle (will fit most travel sizes, see notes)
– small amount of yarn or embroidery thread for mouth, optional
– yarn needle for sewing a mouth
– any size buttons for eyes and one approx. 3/4 ” button for closure
– needle and thread for sewing buttons
– stitch marker (I use a bobby pin)
– scissors
– keychain ring – I love these rings with lobster clasps from Amazon.


ch – chain
chs – chains
st – stitch
sts – stitches
sl st – slip stitch
flo – front loop only
blo – back loop only
hdc – half double crochet

Pattern Notes:

– This pattern was intended to fit a small 2 fl oz. size hand sanitizer bottle.  If you have a hand sanitizer bottle that is bigger or smaller, you can simply change your hook size to accomodate.  Your round 1 should be just a tiny bit larger than the bottom of your hand sanitizer bottle (see fig 1.)

– You may want to pause after a few rounds to sew on your mouth and eyes.  It is much easier to sew them on as you go instead of waiting until the sides are taller.  I like to sew the mouth on round 4 and the eyes on round 6.  Make sure to sew the face embellishments on the OPPOSITE side of where you joined.

Octopus Hand Sanitizer Keychain Pattern:

  • Round 1:  Ch 8, hdc4 in 3rd ch from hook, hdc in next 4 ch, hdc4 in next ch, turning to work down other side of beginning chs, hdc in next 4 chs, sl st in FLO of 1st hdc to join. (16 sts)
  • Round 2 (Tentacle Round:)  * Ch 10, 3 sc in 2nd ch from hook and remaining 8 chs.  Sl st in same flo that your chs came out of, scflo in next 2 sts. **  Repeat between * and ** 7 more times.  Sl st to flo of first st, then sl st to blo of same st.  (8 tentacles made)
  • Round 3:  Working in blo, ch 1, hdc in same st.  (Hdc2 in next 2 sts, hdc in next 6 sts, hdc 2 in next 2 sts, hdc in next 5 sts, sl st to first st, ch 1.  (20 sts)
  •  Round 4 – 9:  Working in a continuous spiral, hdc in each st around, do not join.  (20 sts)  *Don’t forget to sew your facial features as you go.  It is much easier than doing them at the end!
  • Round 10:  Sc in 14 sts, ch 13, skip 1 st,  sc in next 4 sts.  Grab your keychain ring and hold it up to the edge of your work.  Working around the ring, sc into the next 2 sts to secure the keychain ring.  Sl st in next 3 sts.  Fasten off and weave in ends.
  • Sew a larger button on the back of the octopus, right on round 8 or 9.  Make sure your loop stretches to fit the size button you choose before you sew it in place.

That's it! Your Handy Little Octopus is ready to go Back to School!

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I hope you enjoy this practical little crochet project.  Play around with different facial features, or leave the octopus plain without adding eyes, mouth, etc.  I’d love to see your finished creations.  Tag me on facebook and instagram with @crochetbossonline, add your pics to the projects tab in Ravelry, and use the hashtag #handylittleoctopus so we can find each others’ cute little buddies.

Summer Stash-Buster Pattern Roundup!

Howdy, Bosses!  How’s your summer going? 

We are in full swing at my place, one kid off to camp and I’m preparing for a fun road trip of my own!  I hope today’s roundup is super, duper useful for all of you!  I think it will be because…

In just the last few weeks I’ve seen both:

– a bunch of clearance yarns that we designers are grabbing by the cartfuls…
– a bunch of designers with “too much yarn!” by either their own definition or labeled as such by an adoring spouse. 😉

Let’s bust some of those stashes, shall we?  Here are some amazing patterns I’ve made or are on my to-do list that will help you use up some of those leftover balls of yarn, eh? 
Also these are amazing things that you can use or sell at markets! 
EVERY. SINGLE. ONE of these patterns is something I’d be proud to display, use or gift.  This is not your granny’s scratchy, out-dated crochet!

I’ve divided the patterns into the following categories: 
Home and Bath / Toys / Clothing / Bags / Headbands.

Home and Bath

I’ve been drooling over some mug rugs I’ve seen lately and my friend Stacey decided the world needed a Cup Carpet, too!

Many of us have picked up some of that delicious Bernat Maker Home Dec and now we don’t know what to do with it. 
I love how these stitches look together – I was going for the texture of one of those hand woven rag rugs my mama had when I was growing up.

These little cup carpets work up quick, make a great gift or market item and I love that these are washable!
(Not that I ever spill my beloved coffee, riiiiiight?)

You can find this pattern on my blog over here.

I just love the mid-century modern design of this home accessory.  Head on over to Joy of Motion Crochet and customize one for your favorite plant-baby!

Most of us have a little cotton yarn lying around – not even enough for a washcloth maybe? That’s okay! These cute coasters use just a little of each color and you can make a whole garden by mixing and matching the yarns you have leftover. Visit Gava Crochet Love for the free pattern!

How cute is this thing??!?? Head over to E’Claire Makery for free instructions on how to create your own llamariffic home decor. Just think – the background can be made of that half skein you’ve been staring at for months! Turn it into something amazing.

Another fun project from Gava Love Crochet, these cotton makeup remover pads are so much better than the disposable alternative.  Use up some more tiny balls of cotton yarn to make solid or multicolor facial rounds.  These would be perfect as a set of 2 or 3 at a summer market!

This is one of my favorite patterns lately!  I got the cutest glass Starbucks tumbler and I love how stylish it looks when protected in this amazing cozy by The Roving Nomad.  She made this pattern for TWELVE different cup and jar sizes, y’all!  Grab the pattern here.

I love the boho style of this wall hanging by FunSizeCreations.  Check out that multicolor fringe and just imagine the color combinations you could play with!  Grab the pattern here.

This fun pillow screams new retro! Lots of uses here for little scraps of yarn.  I think this would do well at markets or to sell online!  Grab the pattern from the blog at Gava Crochet Love.

These cute coasters are so great for using up those tiny balls of yarn that beg for purpose!  Grab the free pattern on Knitting with Chopsticks.


This inexpensive pattern gives you two projects in one!  Make a baby or mama jellyfish using little bits of all kinds of yarn.  One thing I love about this pattern is that I can use all different textures to make the tentacles – the more different they are the better!  Mix and match to your hearts content.  If you don’t have safety eyes, you can simply use buttons or yarn to sew eyes on yourself, or just make a jellyfish with no eyes at all, (I mean, that is more realistic probably, anyway!) . This is one of my original CrochetBoss.com designs and I love selling these little cuties in the beach shops where I live.

Another fun, reusable new way to do summer!  These Crochet Water Balloons by Left in Knots use leftover blanket yarn.  They are super absorbent and give a great “SPLAT!” upon impact and kids love using them over and over and over and over again. 
Enjoy the FREE, easy pattern!

Oh I can’t handle how darling this crochet Ring Pop is! 
I love any way to reward children without more SUGAR in their diets!  These little gem rings will make great party favors, market sellers and gifts for the little ones you love.  Grab the FREE pattern on E’Claire Makery’s blog.

When I used to teach little preK-2nd graders in an active play class, they called me “Miss Joni Balonie.”  Somehow that makes me relate to this little sandwich on an emotional level.  Look how many colors of yarn you can use up to create this cute little sandwich that every little kiddo will love to make over and over again.  The free pattern is available on By Jenni Designs.


Oh, so you still have more of that Bernat Maker Home Dec, don’t you?  Taylor helps us use it up with this amazing crochet halter top pattern!  Find it free on her blog and have fun mixing up the colors to use up what you’ve got on hand!

I’ve had so much fun using up my littlest balls of yarn to create these granny squares, then picking up about a half-skein of a solid color to make this little gem come to life.  Check out Croby patterns for the amazing video to help you through the romper construction.  Look at how cute mine turned out in coral and teal with white trim.



While we’re all talking about grannies, how amazing is this fun Granny Tote by Girlie’s Crochet?  Another great, free pattern you can find on her blog.  Have fun using smaller amounts of yarn for a fun stripe of color!

Check out this unique, stylish design!  Use up some of that wintery yarn on something you can wear (or sell!) all year long!  Grab the free crochet pattern at A Purpose and a Stitch.  (While you’re there, check out this post about how she’s helping to eradicate human trafficking!)


I know you have some beautiful DK yarn lying around without a purpose.  This Daisy Headband is a free pattern by BearRye, and I made one up in about an hour with some gorgeous blue hand-dyed yarn I got for my birthday.

I know, I know…this is more of an autumn or winter accessory, but this design By Stephanie Erin Designs is so unique, I know you’ll want to start using your stash to prepare for fall markets and holiday gifts.  You can use a yarn that slowly changes color as shown, or change colors every row to create any effect you’d like.  So gorgeous!

Surprise your bestie on her bday with a tiara fit for a YAS QUEEN! This adult size crown is fun for so many occasions and doesn’t use much yarn!  Again, striping with different colors is a fun way to use up those tiny balls of yarn.  Nab that free pattern here!

That’s it!  I hope you found a project (or ten) that inspires you to use up some delicious yarn that’s been begging for purpose.  

Once we make some empty room in that stash….it’s only natural to fill it up again….. r i i i i i ight?

Lots of Love,

Joni from CrochetBoss.com

Magic Cup Carpet Crochet Pattern

Free Crochet Pattern for Magic Cup Carpet. Create this Crochet Mug Rug with this free pattern! This Crochet Coaster is unique and looks like a hand tied rug!

You’ve heard of the Mug Rug. I give you…A Cup Carpet!
My friend Stacey named this before it existed and I had to come up with a pattern that fit. I love how Bernat Maker Home Dec Yarn makes this stitch sequence look like a hand tied rug. If it was a little bigger I would hop on this magic carpet and ride it straight to Agrabah (don’t worry, I’ll just make a “quick trip” to the marketplace for some local yarn and be back before dinner.)

SKILL LEVEL:  Intermediate 

– Size I (5.5mm) Crochet Hook (I love my Susan Bates hook!)
Bernat Maker Home Dec Yarn (shown in Clay)
– Scissors
– optional tape measure for fringe


ch – chain
sk – skip
sp – space
sl st – slip stitch
st – stitch
sts – stitches
fsc – foundation single crochet
sc – single crochet 
hdc – half double crochet
dc – double crochet
rsc – reverse single crochet (aka crab stitch)



4.5 – 5″ x 4″ without fringe
7″ x 4″ including fringe



– Directions are written in U.S. terms.
– Watch out for directions “TURN” and “DO NOT TURN” as some of these rows are worked backwards.
– The reverse single crochet (or crab stitch) can be tricky if you’ve never done it.  You will work backward to create a gorgeous spiral.  Check out this great tutorial by Knit and Crochet Ever After and you’ll be spiraling out of control in no time. 😉
– Have fun using a different color for the border and/or fringe, or include two colors for each fringe knot instead of two strands of one color.
– Ch 1 at end of each row does not count as a stitch.
– Each row will have a total of 10 stitches.  (10 sts)

Magic Cup Carpet Crochet Pattern:

  • Row 1:  Fsc 10 (or, if you prefer, ch 11, sc in 2nd ch from hook and across remaining chains. Ch 1, turn.  (10 sts)
  • Row 2:   [Sk 1 st.  (sc, dc) in next st.]  Repeat across. 
    Ch 1, turn.  (10 sts)
  • Row 3:  [Sk 1 st.  (sc, dc) in next st.]  Repeat across. 
    Ch 1,  DO NOT TURN.   (10 sts)
  • Row 4:  Working backwards across the row, work 1 rsc in each st.  Ch 1, DO NOT TURN.  (10 sts)

    Now you will have a nice spiral like this:

  • Row 5:  Working in the spaces under the spirals, 
    [sk 1 sp, (sc, dc) in next sp.]  Repeat across.   Ch 1, turn.(10 sts)
  • Row 6:   [Sk 1 st.  (sc, dc) in next st.]  Repeat across.  
    Ch 1,  DO NOT TURN.   (10 sts)
  • Row 7:  Working backwards across the row, work 1 rsc in each st.  Ch 1, DO NOT TURN.  (10 sts)
  • Rows 8-10:  Repeat Rows 5-7.
  • Row 11-12:  Repeat Rows 5-6.
  • Row 13:  Ch 1 more, Hdc in each st across.  (10 sts)

Ch 2, work 13 sc evenly down the side, with last sc in the next corner.
Ch 2, work a sc in each st across the other end of the carpet.  (10 sts)
Ch 2, work 13 sc evenly down the other side, with last sc in the next corner.
Ch 2, sl st in 1st hdc of row 13 to join.
Fasten off and weave in ends.


Now you will have this cute little crochet rectangle that I think looks cute enough to eat:

Cut 48 pieces of yarn, 5″ each.  
(This is a great time to use up another color of this yarn – even mixing two colors in each fringe space.)

From the back (wrong side) of the cup carpet, insert hook into each stitch, pull up a loop using two of your cut strands of yarn.  Pull the tails of the yarn through the loop you have pulled up and then pull tails to tighten fringe knot.  Continue fringe knots, adding fringe to 11 sts on each end of your rectangle.

When I’m all done with my projects I like to block them by covering with a sheet or pillowcase and ironing for a few seconds on a low heat setting. This helps the Cozy Cup Carpet lie flat and hold its shape a little better, and I normally do this for all of my projects. Just be careful not to ever hold it too long that you burn the yarn or fuse it together (especially dangerous wtih acrylic!)

That’s it!  Now your little Magic Cup Carpet is ready for gifting, selling or stealing for yourself.  After all, you deserve it!

I would love to see your finished projects.  Please upload your photos to a Ravelry project for this pattern, and tag me on Instagram and Facebook with @CrochetBossOnline.


Please do not distribute this pattern in part or in whole, either physically or electronically.  You have permission to sell items handmade from this pattern.  If possible, please credit CrochetBoss.com or my Ravelry Shop at:

Ravelry.com/designers/Crochet-Boss-Online …

Lots of Love,
Joni from CrochetBoss.com

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Why you shouldn’t be scared of crochet designing…

Start a Crochet Blog or Craft Blog.  You can Inspire others by designing Crochet Patterns! Read why we need you to start crochet blogging.

Maybe you’re fairly new to crochet patterns.
Maybe you just figured out how to read this “secret code.”
Maybe you’ve been crocheting for years and are ready to explore sharing your ideas with others…

No matter where you are on your crochet journey – it’s the perfect place to start!

I’m very new on my crochet design path – with just a few patterns released, a few more in the works and a very beginner Etsy Shop, sometimes it is intimidating to see Instagram and Pinterest feeds of designers “Much more Boss than Me.”

These people probably have a lifetime of crochet experience, marketing degrees, expensive advertising budgets or a large staff to get their work out there….right?

What I have come to find instead is that the maker community is a bunch of people MUCH LIKE ME, many of whom picked up crochet JUST in the last couple of years (WHAT?!) and are just being themselves, putting in a little daily work to communicate their personality to the world. 

Creativity is contagious.
Positivity is contagious.
Authenticity is contagious.

When all three combine you have a recipe for success.  These designers are honest about mistakes, bad days and trashed craft ideas that didn’t work out.  They are courageous in their brainstorming and find ways to work with others so everyone benefits.

If they can do it, I can do it…
If I can do it…YOU can do it!

Other newbies want to follow along and watch you grow. Did you know it is much more inspiring to be imperfect and still engaged than perfect and fake-looking?

You have so much to give – right where you are.

If you are at all curious about getting your ideas out there and joining the designer world, there are a bunch of us waiting to help in the amazing Ash and Tay Crochet Facebook Group.  This is just one amazing community – I know there are many more.
Posters are consistently looking for pattern testers, asking advice about how to start patterns, how to blog, how to advertise, and Ashley and Taylor do live chats where viewers can ask anything – from website help to which market platforms sell best, to what to do with the yarn we got on sale today at Hobby Lobby! 😉

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Joining this group may result in high volumes of clearance yarn shopping trips as they are announced.

Feel free to find me on Instagram or email me at crochetbossonline@gmail.com if you need help knowing where to start.

Have a happy summer and keep stitchin like a Boss!

Lip Balm Display for Crochet Cozies – Printable Template

Isn’t it frustrating when you’ve worked so hard on a handcrafted project, only to hear the dreaded words,

“That’s very pretty. What is it?”

Last month I had the chance to sit with a friend at a local Farmers’ Market in a nearby town.  I brought my crochet goodies, not knowing what to display in the middle of February . . . in Florida . . .

I grabbed a few of everything (too much, to be honest) and enjoyed a beautiful day in a quaint beachy town with my friend.  Customers were few and most didn’t want to admit it was still cold enough for a messy bun hat or ear warmer.

What most people DID notice, however, were my cute little Mermaid Tail Chapstick Holder Keychains

Here are my own lip balm cozies that I made using Erin’s amazing pattern. I added beads to a few just for fun. These make great gifts!

Head over to EkayG Designs for this FREE Mermaid Chapstick Holder pattern!


Because my cozies were displayed hanging from a necklace stand with little card stock inserts, everyone knew exactly what these cozies were for and they oooeh and aaahed over them.  I sold a few (and one face scrubby) and it was enough to make me feel like the day wasn’t a total flop.  It also gave me the motivation to make inserts like this available to other crochet artists.

FREE crochet lip balm cozy printable display template.

Download the printable template here and print on card stock (I buy mine with my craft store coupons – SCORE!)

There are several sheets to choose from, using different fonts because I couldn’t decide which one I liked best.  On the last page, I left the little lip balms blank so you can add your own text or font with text boxes or word art if you’d like.  You can write or stick your price on the back – so easy!

mermaid tail chapstick holder

Make these inserts your
own and proudly display your cozies at markets, boutiques, galleries . . . wherever your goodies
are displayed for sale.

I want you to be the BOSS at displaying your beautiful handiwork, and I’d love to see pictures of your cute little keychains displayed proudly!

Don’t forget to check out my free keychain pattern for the oh-so-handy Unforgettable Essential Oil Cozies.
Please let me know what other display solutions would help your business. I’m excited about some others I have in the works.
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Go get ’em, Bosses!

Lots of Love,

Unforgettable Essential Oil Cozy

Clip this little guy to your purse or backpack and keep your essential oil blends handy!

I created this pattern for a friend and then quickly fell in love with the convenience it offers! This little cozy will fit a 30 ml spray bottle from doTerra such as TerraShield® Spray, OnGuard® Sanitizing Mist or similar spritz bottle. You can even buy your own 30ml bottles and create a blend of your own to keep handy on the go!

You can find a pattern in my Ravelry and Etsy shops for all of these other popular essential oil bottle sizes, so you can make a cozy for the oil or blend you need most.

Make a cozy for any size!

Stuff You’ll Need:

  • Size G crochet hook (4.0mm)
  • Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable Yarn (shown in Sunrise)
  • Lobster clasp or keychain ring

Stuff to Remember:

  • Pattern is written in US terms.
  • If work is too loose, try a smaller hook.
  • Keychain is added near the end of the project.
  • Work in continuous spiral; do not join rounds.
  • Weave in beginning tail after completing round 2 as it will be hard to reach later.
  • Make sure to flatten your work to measure correct height before finishing.

Abbreviations used:

  • sc – single crochet
  • st – stitch
  • sl st – slip stitch

How to make it:

Round 1: Chain 2, 8 sc in 2nd chain from hook. Do not join.

Round 2: 2 sc in each st. (16 st)
Diameter of this circle at its widest should measure 2.75 cm.

Round 3: 1 sc in each st. (16 st)

REPEAT Round 3 until flattened piece measures 8 cm tall.

Flatten your work like this to measure how tall it is.

Cut yarn, leaving a 2 ft tail. Holding the keyring next to the top of the cozy, sc around the ring and into the next 2 stitches to connect it.

Sc in the next 16 st, sl st in next 3 st, fasten off and weave in the end.

I hope you enjoy your new Unforgettable Essential Oil Cozy! Please subscribe to The Crochet Boss Beat for all my pattern and blog updates.