Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Welcome to the Round-Up - Pumpkins

One of my favorite things to see on other blog sites is the pattern round-ups they do!  I decided that it would be a fun feature to add to our blog on a weekly basis.  We have quite a few we want to do and hope you'll give us your ideas for others.  Our plan is to feature patterns that you may or may not have seen before, but that cover a variety of project ideas.  Whether you're a crocheter, a customer, or just a fan, we hope to give you all some ideas.

* For the crocheters - you'll be provided with links to patterns fitting each week's Round-Up theme.  Some of these may be free patterns, some may be paid.  Either way, you'll be able to go directly to the source if you see a project you want to work on.
* For our customers (past, present, or future) - if you see something on our Round-Up that you're interested in having us make for you, let us know.  We'll be able to work with you to get the order processed.
* For fans - we know not everyone crochets or is able to purchase handmade items.  Maybe these are just crocheted items that will bring a smile to your day by seeing the pictures.  Either way, you're still welcome to join us for the Round-Ups each week.  Who knows, maybe you'll become a crocheter or a customer one day soon!

With both Halloween and Thanksgiving right around the corner, we thought it fitting that our first Housewives Round-Up should be PUMPKINS!!!  These are patterns that you may or may not have seen in the past - we wanted to feature a variety of pumpkin items.  Let's get started...

1.  Stackables Hat by Snappy Tots
2.  Fall Wreath by Repeat Crafter Me
3.  Halloween Pumpkin Beanie by Crochet by Jennifer
4.  Pumpkins Galore Afghan & Pillow by Crochet Village
5.  Squeeze n' Sniff Pumpkin Pie by Crafty is Cool
6.  Pumpkin Treat Bowl by One Sheepish Girl
7.  Pumpkin Vine Scarf by Wicked Crochet
8.  Pumpkin Table Set by Mom's Love of Crochet
9.  Pumpkin Baby Booties by Kittying

These patterns would be fun for both Halloween and Thanksgiving so check them out and let us know what you think!!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Alabama Won - So Do You!!!

The Hooking Housewives are BIG Alabama Crimson Tide fans!!  To celebrate their big win against the Florida Gators yesterday, you win by getting 40% off our Houndstooth patterns in our Ravelry shop!! 

You can use coupon code ROLLTIDE today and tomorrow to receive the discount on our Houndstooth Hat and Boot Cuff & Legwarmer patterns.  Enjoy!!! 

P.S.  Jamie is working on a few Houndstooth patterns that y'all will be sure to love!  They are patterns we haven't found online from other designers.  ;)  Stay tuned for previews...

Friday, September 19, 2014

Perfect Simplicity Collection

Several months ago I introduced y'all to the Perfect Simplicity Collection.  First came the Hat, along with the Boot Cuffs & Legwarmers.  A bit later we added the Scarf.  Now the e-Book and other patterns are finally complete!!  In full, the collection includes those patterns already mentioned, along with a Headband & Earwarmer, Market Bag, Slouchy Cowl, and Fingerless Gloves.  And exclusive to the e-Book (not available for purchase separately) are the Cozies (Coffee Sleeve and Can & Bottle Cozy).  The patterns were all released a couple of weeks ago in our Ravelry shop.  As of today, they are now available through Craftsy as well!!  You can click on the photos below to see larger versions of each design.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Free Pattern: African Flower Slouchy

A few weeks ago, one of my regular customers sent me a picture of a hat she'd come across online and wanted me to make for her.  Since I wasn't able to find a pattern to go with the original photo, I started with a basic African Flower and worked out from there to create the slouchy.

If you're making this hat, gauging is a must!!!  Because there are 3 different size hooks used, you need to be sure the gauge is accurate or it's almost guaranteed that the hat won't fit.

You can pick up your own copy of the African Flower Slouchy for free in our Ravelry or Craftsy stores. 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Pattern Review: Killer Dishcloths

One of my customers ordered some dishcloths but had no particular design in mind.  I took advantage of the moment to try out the new Killer Dishcloth pattern from Shannon over at The Hookeraholic Crochet.

The pattern was super easy for even a beginner to work up.  And I'm pleasantly delighted with the final size:  9" x 9" - a great size for getting those big dirty jobs done!!

I used I Love This Cotton yarn from Hobby Lobby to make the washcloths that were ordered, with some scraps of Peaches & Cream that I had on hand to make them two-tone.  Shannon included simple, easy-to-understand instructions on how to work the them up in two colors if desired. 

I can say that I found only one thing I did not like about the pattern - there was no gauge.  I get that it's a dishcloth so the final size isn't really an issue, but I would have preferred to know what size the recommended hook was going to work up before starting.  In the end, the size isn't an issue, but for those who crochet super tight, it could become an issue.

If you're interested in trying out this pattern, you can get your own copy for free here