Showing posts with label crochet. Show all posts
Showing posts with label crochet. Show all posts

Sunday, April 2, 2017


I found this amazing stitch and instantly fell in love. Its simple and creates a wonderful texture. I have a baby shower coming up and of course a lot of yarn laying around so I thought I'd give it a try. It turned out great and worked up rather quickly. I am looking forward to using this stitch for cowls and hats! Below is the free pattern. Give it a try and let me know what you think. As always share your photos.


Skill Level: Easy

Materials Needed:                                                       
Yarn: worsted weight yarn.
Hook(s): Size H-8 (5.0 mm)

ch = chain
sk = skip
sp = space
st(s) = stitch(es)  

Foundation Row: chain 100 loosely to measure approximately 26 inches. Sc in stitch across, turn.

Row 1: ch 3, 3dc in 1st stitch, *skip 3st, [1sc, ch 3, 3dc] in next stitch* repeat across, end with 1sc in last stitch, turn.

Row 2. ch 3, work 3dc in the sc of the previous row. *[1sc in the space made by ch 3 of previous row, ch3, 3dc] in same ch 3 of previous row* repeat across, end with 1sc in last stitch, turn.

Repeat Row 2 throughout. Continue until the blanket is 26 inches long.

If you need help figuring out how to do a specific crochet stitch, I would recommend going to Annie’s Catalog. They have a huge selection of videos and picture tutorials that will walk you through the process.

I would love to see pictures of your finished work. Share them on my Facebook:

You are welcome to sell any finished products made from my patterns. If you sell items from this pattern, you must mention my Etsy store name and website in your listing. Both my patterns and my images are copyright protected and you may not use my images to sell your finished items.

You do NOT have permission to recopy, rewrite, or redistribute this pattern in any form as your own or otherwise. You may NOT resell my patterns.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Little Girl's Shell Crochet Hat

This is one of a few little girl hats I made a couple of weeks ago. They are crocheted using Caron Simply Soft acrylic yarn. The simple shell stitch makes this a very nice hat to wear all season. The way this hat is made it can fit a girl from age 3 to 10 years old. I just love the way it turned out. Of course, great photos make any item look like a thousand bucks!

I worked with Kayla from CBK Photography. She did an awesome job with a great turn around time. Go "like" her facebook page to see her amazing photos. I will be posting new pictures as I get items listed. I can't wait to show you the wonderful pictures I have!

Of course this and a few other items are available in my Etsy shop. If you want a color I don't have listed let me know. I would love to do a custom order for you.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Thrift Store Wednesday

The last Wednesday of every month is 50% off at all Ohio Thrift stores. As if you needed  another reason to go shopping to find lovely hidden treasures!

I love going to see what goodies I can find. I find myself a little heartbroken when I run across a hand crocheted item. How could someone have such disregard for something that was made especially for them. When I can I purchase those forgotten crochet beauties and recycle their yarn.

My trip this time was to look for baskets. I will be attending a craft show in the next month and thought presenting my items in baskets would make for a good look. I was thrilled to find two baskets that met my needs. Although they weren't part of the 50% off sale I did get them at the low, low price of $0.99 each. Who could argue with that!

So now I have two pretty little baskets to store some of my inventory in and use during craft show. I am very excited to get more.

What goodies have you gotten from the thrift store lately? Or am I the only one who love thrifting?

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Self Striping Yarn

Saw this patriotic yarn and just had to have it. I didn't know what self striping yarn was. I am very thrilled with the way it looks. I will spend the evening making washcloths. Have you made anything using self striping yarn? Would love to see your projects.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Crochet Hat Fanpage Giveaway

A unique and beautifully handmade crochet women's hat just for you. The turquoise color is perfect for those chilly spring mornings or to brighten up your winter outfit.

Made of 100% acrylic yarn. It is recommended that you hand wash your hat and lay flat to dry. I love crocheting and enjoy making unique items that can be enjoyed by anyone who appreciates handmade.

About the giveaway item:
Enter for a chance to win this lovely handmade one of a kind hat. This is a warm and fashionable hat. Its the perfect winter or spring accessory.

This giveaway is open internationally!!

"Like" MyHobbyShop Fanpage and click on the "Giveaway" icon. Follow the directions.

This giveaway will end at midnight EST on April 13th

It's that simple!
~ Good Luck ~

Don't forget to leave me a note & let me know you stopped by!!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Where Is The End??

There are some days that too much crocheting can be stressful!

Time to put the yarn and hook down. Slowly step away. Poor a glass of wine and relax!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Spring Cleaning

Spring is just around the corner. For many people it means its time to do some spring cleaning. Get into your closets and start pulling out stuff you haven't touched since you've moved in! Its also the perfect time to get your windows, pantries and basement cleaned. Sounds like fun doesn't it?

When I think of spring, I think of bright and pastel colors. This past weekend I made a bunch of washcloths in some amazing colors that get me excited for spring. These washcloths can also be used as dishcloths so you can be eco friendly while you do your spring cleaning!


Feel free to check out my Etsy shop if you are interested in looking at my other washcloth.

Monday, March 19, 2012

{Crochet Pattern} How to make a basic beanie

A week ago I wrote about a charity that provides our service members handmade beanies. So I thought I’d post a really simple crochet beanie pattern for those of you who would like to try to crochet your very own beanie to donate… or wear yourself!

Yarn: Worsted Yarn
Hook: I - Hook

Ch 4, join with sl st to first ch to form ring.
Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as first dc), 9 dc in ring. Join with sl st to top of beginning dc (10 dc).
Round 2: Ch 2, dc in same st (2 dc in next st) around. Join (20 dc).
Round 3: Ch 2, 2 dc in next st (dc in next st 2 dc in next st) around. Join (30 dc).
Round 4: Ch 2, dc in next st 2 dc in next st (dc in next 2 st 2 dc in next st) around. Join (40 dc).
Round 5: Ch 2, dc in next 2 st 2 dc in next st (dc in next 3 st 2 dc in next st) around. Join (50 dc).
Round 6: Ch 2, dc in next 3 st 2 dc in next st (dc in next 4 st 2 dc in next st) around. Join (60 dc).
Round 7: Ch 2, dc in each st around. Join (60 dc).
Round 8 – 14: Repeat Round 7 (or until reached desire length)

Would love to see what you make! Come back and share your pictures!

Happy Crocheting ♥

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Beanies for our Service Members

For a while now I have wanted to do something to “give back”. I have been very blessed with my family, my job and my business. I feel as if I need to share this blessing with others. Time never seems to be on my side. Many of you can relate, with family, work, school, etc it’s hard to find time to sleep, let alone time to volunteer. But let’s face it that’s not really a good excuse. Each of us can find time to do something, even if it’s from our home.

So how excited was I when I was doing my morning reading and came across this website: Operation Beanies.  This is an organization founded by Miki Sessle to honor her late husband Bertram Sessler. Her goal is “to provide one million (1,000,000) beanies for our service members in the U.S. Armed Forces and Veterans in hospitals and convalescent facilities.” How wonderful is that!

This is my plan… make beanies to donate! My goal is to make at least two beanies a month. Not a bad goal! I will ship beanies on a monthly basis and keep you updated on how many I’ve completed. If you crochet or knit you should join me in this goal/challenge!

I am so excited to get started on this!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Crochet Chicago Flag Scarf

My customers always come up with the most amazing ideas. That is why I was thrilled when a customer emailed me about having a scarf made to look similar to the Chicago flag. She was very specific in her directions, which was great. The easiest part was getting the scarf itself made.

Now all I had to do was add the stars. Easier said than done. I literally crocheted a dozen different stars using several different types of yarn. None of them met my satisfaction. Then I decided to use red felt. While it was easy to cut, it’s not so easy to sew onto crochet! But the end results is definitely worth all the work!

I am hopeful that there will be many more creative challenges ahead!!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Looks Good Enough To Eat

When most people hear crochet they automatically think of granny squares and afghans. But there is so much more to crochet.

I want to share with you the work of Kate Jenkins. With a degree in Fashion & Textile, Kate has sold her "designs to fashion labels Marc Jacobs, Missoni, Sonia Rykiel and Donna Karan before establishing her own label Cardigan in 2003 which produces gorgeous fashion and homewares."

In 2010 she did an art exhibit "Come Dine With Kate". I just love her creativity and all the wonderful pieces of art she was able to create with yarn!

I love finding amazing talented artist like her. Especially when it comes to the art of crochet!

Sunday, January 29, 2012


Photo Credit:   

It's Sunday evening, my kids are spread out across the house entertaining themselves. I am sitting in our dining room surrounded by bags from Hobby Lobby, full of yarn. My table has patterns, invoices, crochet hooks, scissors and of course my trusty energy drink. As I sit here and crochet a cowl that is on its way to Colorado, it came to me, I am truly blessed.

I love to crochet and I am so grateful that my online store has started to take off. I am by no means a business major so this whole thing has been learn as I go. But the bottom line is I love to crochet. I love the idea that there are people all over the country (mainly the US & Australia) that have my handmade items. How cool is that!

Photo Credit:   

I honestly couldn't have made it this far if it wasn't for my supportive husband and our amazing kids. Juggling a full time job, while being a wife and a mom is hard in itself. But then trying to squeeze a business into every other waking second I got, can be challenging. They have cheered me on and helped make adjustments around the house so I can do what I love and for that I couldn't be more grateful!

Photo Credit: All Things Bright 

Saturday, October 15, 2011

MyHobbyShop Fanpage Giveaway

Facebook now has an application that allows you to hold a giveaway right from your fanpage. The application can be found here. Just follow the simple steps and have your very own giveaway posted within 24 hours. This is a great tool to obtain new followers for your page.

So I decided to give is a try. Here are the details:

About the giveaway item:
Enter for a chance to win this lovely scalloped cowl. This is a warm and fashionable cowl. Its the perfect winter accessory. Its also compact and will fit in your pocket or purse.

This giveaway is open internationally!!

"Like" MyHobbyShop Fanpage and click on "Enter Giveaway". Follow the directions.

This giveaway will end at midnight EST on October 22nd

It's that simple! 
~ Good Luck ~

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Crochet Mama

What do your parents do for a living?

This is a picture of my family. My brothers, sister and my mom, standing in her white dress glowing on her wedding day.

My mom has always been an artist. For as long as I can remember she was always painting, crocheting or just decorating. She lives, eats and breathes art. In 2009 she married a man that supports her in every way possible with her passion. It helps that he's an artist as well. He's a wonderful painter & musician.

I have to admit her crocheting skills are amazing. She works without patterns. All her designs are originals. She works from home and travels to various places doing craft shows. She is constantly getting compliments on her work.

I developed my passion for crocheting from her but I still have a long way before I can do anything remotely as beautiful as the clothing that she makes.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Revamping an Old Design

About a year ago I decided to make beanies for my shop. I loved the way they came out and how warm they were. Since I listed them I sold about a hand full. Not bad but not nearly as well as I wanted them to sell.

So here I am looking through my inventory and I have these beanies that have not found a home. What to do with them?

**This is where I would insert a before picture, but I have misplaced my memory stick so just use your imagination.** :-)

After brainstorming. I came to the conclusion that I over analyze things way too much and just need to learn to keep things simple and stick with what I know!! So I decided to change the design up a little by making the bottom of the hat look like it has a band.

Then I thought it might be nice to be able to accessories the hat in case your feeling a little flirty! So I made flower pins. Customers can pick whatever color combination they want. Wear it with the hat or as a brooch.

I haven't listed the flower pins yet but its on my to do list. What do you think?

Monday, August 8, 2011

Top 10 Reasons You're Not Selling

Today's post is by Diana from Knotworkshop
She has a wonderful sense of humor and I just love her forum post. Hope you enjoy!

1) Etsy. It's all Etsy's fault. Yes, even though they are the reason you were ever selling, they're also the reason you're not selling now.

2) All the changes on the site. I mean come on, how are sellers, let alone buyers going to be able to keep up with all the changes? Things used to be on the left that are now on the right; pictures are now better quality; coupons codes- the list goes on. It should all just go away. When people only had three channels on tv they all watched the same shows. All this newfangled stuff... get off my lawn!

3) The weather. It's so fricking hot. Who wants to be inside in the cool air shopping on one of their ten devices from which they can access the internet? No way! They want to be outside sweating their balls off instead. Especially since Etsy keeps changing everything. It's less effort to dehydrate oneself and get heat stroke and die on the tennis court.

4) Resellers. The problem's just getting worse, eh? I know, there aren't any resellers flogging anything even remotely close to what you're selling. But still, they're taking away your business! Maybe if buyers hadn't spent their $20 on a clearly hand carved metal pocket watch, they would've spent it on your hand sewn sleeping mask! Bastards!

5) The FP and Etsy Finds repetition! God, I loathe this issue with a passion. But it needs to be addressed. All of the Etsy shoppers are buying what's on the FP every single day. Yes, the same people who would buy the set of nesting dolls would be interested in your cock rings, but because they saw those in the Finds, well, they're not interested in your shop anymore.

6) Admin. Yup, they hate your guts. Which admin? All of them. From the "admin" who change the color of the font on the pages, to the "admin" who organize the lunchroom in Brooklyn, they all know you and HATE YOU! They've all banded together to make sure no one ever sees your shop again. Even you. What you see is like the Matrix. It's a loop of your shop being shown over and over again, but not your actual shop. Your real shop is sitting in a pool full of goo, hooked up to some weird ass machines that make it think it's a real live shop on Etsy.

7) The economy. Yeah, I got nothing. The economy really does suck.

8) The new forums. All your sales used to come from people who saw you in the forum. Now that the forum is boring, you don't visit and many others don't as well. So now they don't see you and you don't see them and nobody sees each other. And then nobody buys from each other. Which is odd when you think about it, because you're here reading this thread right now. So...

9) Your photos really do suck. It's not just a rumor. When you read this don't assume, 'Oh, she doesn't mean me.' Yes. Yes I do.

10) You're not on the right treasury team. Guess what? Lots of these people still don't sell anything. So no worries there. But if you want to work your arse off making treasuries and still not sell much, oh, do be my guest. You can meet lots of great people who can give you lots of advice on how to not sell much too! Yeah, I guess this isn't really a reason you're not selling. More of a, yeah, don't bother. You aren't selling now, and you won't be selling afterwards either.

Have a great day!

Monday, June 13, 2011

PATTERN: Prayer Squares

About a year ago I crocheted a few prayer squares and donated it to a fellow CreateCrochet team member. She then sold them at a Relay for Life event to raise money. The items that she did not sell were donated to a local hospital.

Prayer Squares - pink

Prayer Squares

This is a fantastic way to use up your scrap yarn. Have fun with combining colors. If you make enough squares you can attach them to make a scrap happy afghan.

The idea behind these squares is that the person making them is praying while working on them. So the person receiving the square can be touched and blessed by your prayers.

Prayer Squares - 1

Small amount of worsted weight yarn
Crochet Hook Size 5 (H) - or whatever size your comfortable with

Abbreviations/ Special Stitches:
Hook = HK
Chain = CH
Stitch = ST
Single Crochet  = SC
Puff Stitch = PS: YO, insert hook in next stitch, yo, pull through and bring yarn up to height of rest of stitches (3 loops on hook), YO, insert hook in SAME stitch, yo, pull through and bring yarn up to height of rest of stitches (5 loops on hook), YO, insert hook once again into the SAME stitch, yo, pull through and bring yarn up to height of rest of stitches (7 loops on hook).

Chain 12
Row 1: sc in second ch from hk and in each ch across. ch 1, turn (11sc)
Row 2: sc in each of next 3 sc, puff st in next sc, sc in each of next 3 sc, ch 1, turn
Row 3: sc across, ch 1, turn
Row 4-9: repeat rows 2 &3
Row 10: *sc in 1st sc, puff st in next sc, sc in next sc*, repeat to end
Row 11: sc across, ch 1, turn
Row 12-14: repeat rows 2 & 3
Row 15: sc in each sc across

Once your square is done you can use a single crochet stitch around to create a neat border.
If you have any questions regarding this pattern please let me know.

If you try this pattern I would love to see how it came out. Feel free to share your pictures with me.

Other Stuff:
I would very much like it if this pattern is used for charity and personal use only.
Please do not sell my pattern in part or whole.
If you post your creations on your blog, facebook, flickr or any other social networking site, please provide a link back to this page so others might be able to find this pattern.

Enjoy :-)

edited 8/13/13

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

April Crochet Challenge

I have been collecting crocheted squares for over three years. Basically, anytime I have scrap yarn left over from a project I would whip up one of these nifty little squares. The problem is I never got around to deciding what I wanted to do with them and how to put them together.

I belong to a wonderful group on Etsy called the Create Crochet Team. This is a team for crochet lovers. We share our work, ask questions and have monthly challenges. The monthly challenges are for fun and allow us to learn new techniques and express our creativity.

In April, one of the challenges was to learn a new technique. So I decided to learn a new technique on how to join crochet squares. Normally I would just sew them together or so single crochet stitches all the way around. After a search on google I found a tutorial on how to do a flat braid crochet joining method.

I love the way the stitches came out and I think this will be the way I go from now on. I am still slowly joining squares and hopefully I will have this blanket done soon. So stay tuned for pictures!

If you want to take a look at some other new techniques my teammates learned, go to our team blog: or our facebook fanpage:

Monday, April 18, 2011

Unique Crochet

I am fascinated with all things crochet. There are so many talented people with extraordinary creativity. If you search the internet you will find thousands of these people. Here are a few of my favorites.

This hand-crochet covered crab by Joana Vasconcelos

The crochet chair by Marcel Wanders

President Obama Blanket by Todd Paschall

Friday, March 25, 2011

Thrift Store Treasures

I love thrift store shopping. You never know what you can find. Recently I have been on the hunt to rescue crochet items. It saddens me to know that handmade items, such as baby blankets, that were meant to be keepsakes get sent to the thrift store. Then sold for less than $5. When I find something like scarves, hats or blankets in good condition I buy them. I use the yarn to recreate another wonderful item that will go to another loving home.

Most of the time I just wonder around aimlessly until I find something that interest me. Today I found these wonderful charms. I think they are adorable.

I was able to "rescue" this scarf made out of this great multi color yarn.

My last find was a single skein of variegated yarn. I don't know if I've seen this color before. Its very bright.

Over the last year I have gotten a hand ful of items from the thrift store. I have to admit that most of them are sitting on a rack in my workshop. Its a good thing I have my own space, or my hubby would have went crazy a while ago. They are just waiting for inspiration to hit me. I promise I have all good intentions! I will keep you posted on what I come up with for these items.

Do you thirft store shop? Or am I the only crazy one :-)
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