Foundation Herringbone Half Double Crochet

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I like using foundation stitches to create my starting row, because when I use a chain and crochet into, I don’t get as much stretch. So the other day when I started creating a new pattern (Lacy Clover Tank, coming soon), I played with the foundation row and came up with a way to do Foundation Herringbone Half Double Crochet (FHBhdc). I’m pretty excited about this and really excited to share it with y’all. This stitch can be used for any pattern that calls for a starting row of HBhdc. This “trick” is brought to you as part of the Tips & Tricks Tuesday at American Crochet. Be sure to check out the other tips and tricks she is sharing from various designers and others.

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Trellis Waves Slouch – Free Crochet Pattern

Trellis Waves Slouch

Trellis Waves Slouch

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I was recently a competitor in Round 9 of Battle of the Stitches which used the Trellis Waves stitch. When I started working one of my designs for the round, the idea for this hat came to me and I have to say that I am so in love with how the Trellis Waves Slouch turned out. It came to life exactly how I thought it would and my testers loved the design as well. This is my contribution for Cre8tion Crochet. Be sure to check her out for more great patterns from her and other talented designers. [Read more…]

Crochet for a Cause: Awesome Breastforms

I recently became involved with an amazing group of volunteers called Awesome Breastforms. You may already know if you have been following me any length of time, but this is a cause that is near and dear to my heart. My mom is a breast cancer survivor coming up on her 5 year mark and I am loving helping other women. These knitters and crocheters have joined ranks to help provide women get their curves back. We provide breastforms absolutely free of cost to the recipient. As volunteers, we buy yarn, give our time to lovingly hand make the breastforms and then pay shipping to send them “home”. We are shipping all over the world and changing lives one woman at a time! We have also started making swim forms as well.

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Infant Basic Beanie Free Crochet Pattern

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New free crochet pattern just for y’all! This is the infant basic beanie (still to come are the toddler through child and adult sizes) in 0-3m, 3-6 m, and 6-12m. For preemie and newborn sizes, go HERE. I love having a good basic beanie pattern because if you have a base, you can go anywhere from there! I would get so frustrated because my kids have heads in the 90th plus percentile and nothing ever seemed to fit them.

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Mermaid Dreams Boot Cuffs Free Crochet Pattern

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I am so excited to be hosting the Holiday Stashdown CAL this month. My pattern this month is for the Mermaid Dreams Boot Cuffs. It is the perfect accompaniment to the Mermaid Dreams Wristers. I used some wonderful yarn from Premier Yarns, the Deborah Norville Serenity Garden in the Gems colorway. This yarn is a great alternative to the hand-dyed yarn I used from Butterfly Dreams with its long color changes and vibrant colors. There are several great colorways for this yarn.

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Lacy Clover Infant Bonnet – Free Crochet Pattern

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The Lacy Clover Infant Bonnet was inspired by St. Patrick’s Day! I wanted to use a stitch that looked like clover so I went on the hunt for one that “spoke” to me. What I found was the Clover Lattice stitch in my copy of Robyn Chachula’s Crochet Stitches Visual Encyclopedia which is one of my go to resources for great stitches. I wanted a stitch that said springtime to me and was open enough it could be worn in spring or even summer. For summer wear, I would recommend a cotton or other breathable yarn. This is my contribution to Cre8tion Crochet.

Lacy Clover Infant Bonnet 1

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Chetnanigans Product Review

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Back in October with the Holiday Stashdown CAL 2015, Marie of Undergound Crafter did a designer spotlight when I contributed a pattern to the CAL. During that, I mentioned that I had several items from Chetnanigans on my holiday wishlist. I was so excited when, as a result of that, Holly of the husband and wife team that make up Chetnanigans contacted me to review a couple of their products. I picked the Broomstick Lace Pin/Tool and the SpinOff. The only compensation I received was the products and these are my own opinions.

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Butterfly Dreams Fibers and Mermaid Dreams

Through my crochet and designing journey, I have been blessed to get to know so many wonderful people. One of them is Betty at Butterfly Dreams Crochet and Crafts. I got to know Betty when she became a tester for me and then she started to release her own designs. You can find a free pattern, Crystal Dreams Potholder, on my blog. She is now starting to venture into dying fibers under the name Butterfly Dreams Fibers.

Butterfly Dreams Fibers

When she first started talking to me about dying fibers, she mentioned sending me some to create patterns, so of course, I got excited! I requested a purple, blue and green colorway with long changes and the skein I got did not disappoint! She sent me some sport weight and when we were talking decided that the colors reminded us of mermaids. So with her business name and the yarn colors reminding us of mermaids, the Mermaid Dreams Wristers came into being! Since we were going with the mermaid theme for these, I decided to use a shell stitch on the design.

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Nautilus Baby Beanie – Free Crochet Pattern

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One of my first pattern lines was the Nautilus line. My second contribution to Cre8tion Crochet was the Nautilus Baby Beanie. It is hard to believe that this pattern has been out for almost 2 years! The inspiration for these patterns was a knit hat that I saw on Pinterest that I fell in love with. One of my favorite things is to take inspiration from knit designs and try to recreate something similar in crochet.

Nautilus Baby Beanie Collage WM

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Swirling Leaves Beanie – Free Crochet Pattern

One of my favorite stitch patterns is the one that I have dubbed Swirling Leaves. This pattern for the Swirling Leaves Beanie was originally published on Cre8tion Crochet as a contributor pattern but I am going to be slowly moving the patterns here over the next month or so.

Swirling Leaves Beanie collage

You can either make this beanie to hug your head or make it slouchy. For a slouch you just need to work more rounds. It is also size from 18″ doll to adult so it is great for everyone! For a tutorial on working the Swirling Leaves stitch in the round, you can go HERE. [Read more…]