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

Monday, August 11, 2014

The Grouch is here!!

After teasing y'all with pictures for the last week, the Grouch Cozies are finally here!!!  Let me introduce you to the Coffee Grouch and the Bottle Grouch.  Both are included in this pattern pack, along with a Can Grouch. 


The pattern pack for the Grouch Cozies is $3.49, but you can get them through the end of the day tomorrow for only $2.49!!  Get the pattern in our Ravelry shop or over on Craftsy

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Christmas in July Mystery CAL: Part 3 - FINISHED!!

Up until this point, I was completely clueless as to what the final product would be.  I was happy to see that it's a stocking.  Part 3 was a little tougher than the rest - trying to figure out where all of the stitches along the sides was easier said than done at times.  After a few days of working on it - no, I was not able to sit down and knock this part out due to a crazy schedule - I finally finished last night!!

My final thoughts - I love the design of the stocking.  It was slightly time-consuming, but totally worth it.  I'm not a huge fan of how the heel turned out, nor do I like how the cuff appears too large, but those are adjustments I could easily make when I work the pattern again.  Yes, I will be working it again in the future.  I am hoping to have time to make one for each member of our family in the colors we're using to decorate this year.  I do plan to use a larger hook so I can make them larger in size - Santa only provides one "cool" gift and fills stockings for our kids, so we like to have decent size stockings. 

The pattern has received a name - the Winter Waves Christmas Stocking.  If you did not pick up an advance copy, you can now get the final version here.  Many thanks to the Design Wars team and Jennifer over at A Crocheted Simplicity... and I'm off to post the photos in my projects on Ravelry so I can get my chance to win a full set of Clover Amore crochet hooks!  :)





Monday, July 28, 2014

Pattern Review: Pretty Baby Barefoot Sandals



A few months ago I came across the most adorable pair of barefoot baby sandals while scrolling through Pinterest.  I hadn't had a reason to make any yet, but finally got an order.  YAY! 

I pulled up the String With Style blog and found the pattern for the Pretty Baby Barefoot Sandals  - a freebie, which is always a plus!  The sandals worked up pretty quick once I determined which size to make.  I had an order for a pair in 6-9 month size. Unfortunately, the pattern doesn't include much in the way of details for the sizes -  small, medium, and large are all you get.  That meant I had to work and compare each finished size against another pair of baby shoes I'd already made for the same order. 




In the end, I love how cute they turned out.  The flower was so much easier than I thought it was going to be, and because there are two different edgings to choose from, it's an easy flower even for a beginning hooker.