Crochet Pattern: Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle Pillow

By Amy – April 26th, 2017 Be the first to comment

“At the table, with an iron in her hand, stood a very stout short person… Her little black nose went sniffle, sniffle, sniffle, and her eyes went twinkle, twinkle; underneath her cap — where Lucie had yellow curls — that little person had PRICKLES!”

— From Beatrix Potter’s story, The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle

Though I adore many of her other characters, I think Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle must be my favorite Beatrix Potter character of them all. She is just a simple washerwoman/hedgehog leading a simple life, and her simplicity is just what makes her adorable. However, my love of the little creatures themselves might have something to do with it.

I was so pleased with how well the Bridgette Bunny Pillow turned out that I wanted to make another vintage-inspired pillow. Lately, pillows have been a fad with me and since moving on to shaped pillows, you might say the possibilities are endless!

Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle is made up of two pillow panels with 4 separate colors. Both panels are shaped using simple increases and decreases, embellished with techniques like surface crochet and easy embroidery, and then buttons, and ribbon. My tip: stuff generously for a huggable, squeezable little woodland friend!

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Crochet Pattern: Basketweave Rug

By Rachel Choi – April 23rd, 2017 Be the first to comment

Crochet a rug with this simple pattern that mimics the look of a woven basket. Whether you need a rug for your front door, kitchen, or bathroom, the length and width can be customized to be any size that you desire to ensure a perfect fit. The pattern uses medium/worsted weight yarn which is readily available in many colors. Choose a yarn that is sturdy and machine washable for easy cleaning, such as acrylic or cotton. An unconventionally large crochet hook is used to create a fluffy, thick, textured rug. The large hook also makes the project quicker to crochet. Since the pattern is easily adjustable to be any size you desire, you can also change the yarn and hook size to create larger or smaller stitches.

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Substituting Light Weight Yarn for Bulky Weight Yarn in Crochet

By Rachel Choi – April 21st, 2017 3 Comments

I LOVE the look of bulky yarn and I LOVE working with it as it makes projects work up fairly quickly. But have you ever encountered a crochet pattern that calls for bulky weight yarn, and you only have medium or light weight yarn on hand? One solution is to crochet with more than one strand of yarn held together to achieve the thickness required for the bulky yarn. The double stranded crochet technique is easy to do, but requires you to have multiple skeins or balls of yarn to pull from.

Here is a hack that I came across, shared from Briana K. This one skein is used to make a bulky weight yarn, crocheting with three strands of yarn together without having to cut the yarn or separate it into multiple balls. It’s too hard to describe in words, so check out the video below!

P.S. I’m a huge Briana K fan! Some of my other favorite hacks are Finishing Off Crochet Round with Seamless Join and Avoiding Twists In Long Crochet Chains. You can also see a lot more of her videos on YouTube.

What do you think of this hack? Will you try it in an upcoming crochet project?

30% OFF Novelty Hat Crochet Patterns

By Rachel Choi – April 19th, 2017 Be the first to comment

If you’re in the mood to crochet a goofy, wacky, silly hat, then I have plenty to choose from! From the cupcake hat to the Christmas tree hat, there is bound to be a fun pattern that you would enjoy crocheting. Starting now and ending on April 26, 2017 select novelty hat crochet patterns are 30% off.

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All the patterns that are part of the sale are already discounted and will say so at the beginning of the pattern’s description. There’s no need to enter in any coupon codes. What are you waiting for? Grab your crochet hook and start crocheting your wacky hat!

Crochet Pattern: Cozy Hooded Poncho (4 Sizes)

By Rachel Choi – April 16th, 2017 2 Comments

This poncho pattern comes in 4 sizes ranging from 6 months to 6 years old. It’s easy to put on crazy, wiggling children since no sleeves are required! The poncho is crocheted from the top down, all in one piece so that no sewing is required (other than the buttons). Feel free to crochet the poncho in any color you wish or even use multiple colors to create stripes.

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Do You Wear Crochet Scarves in the Spring and Summer?

By Rachel Choi – April 15th, 2017 Be the first to comment

Scarves aren’t just for the cold winter months. If you love scarves you can wear them all year around regardless of the weather. The key is to choose a scarf pattern that is light and airy for the warmer months and bulky and warm for the colder months. Scarves are wonderful for accessorizing and adding a pop of color and texture to an outfit.

But how many of us actually wear scarves in the spring and summer? Do you? Do you tend to only use them as a necessity during the cold winter months or do you actually love them so much you will wear them all year around? Share you thoughts in the comments below and see what others are saying!

P.S. Feel free to check out the crochet scarf page for patterns!

Crochet Baskets, Containers and Bowls

By Rachel Choi – April 12th, 2017 Be the first to comment

Baskets, containers and bowls, oh my! If you’re ready to get organized this spring, crochet a few baskets, containers, or bowls. The handmade touch will complement any home decor. Crochet large storage baskets for children’s toys and easily store them on shelves. Check out the various container crochet patterns to see what suites you. Bowls are great for small nick nacks or even in the kitchen for fruit.

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Need help while crocheting your baskets, containers, or bowls? Leave a comment below and I’ll be sure to help!

Crochet Pattern: Baby Bear Booties (3 Sizes)

By Rachel Choi – April 9th, 2017 Be the first to comment

Crochet a pair of baby bear booties for your baby girl or boy. This unisex pattern contains 3 sizes ranging from 0 – 12 months. The booties are crocheted in the round from the bottom up. The ears are then sewn on and the face is embroidered. An optional tie to secure the booties is included in the pattern. For more animals, check out the Animal Baby Booties pattern set.

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The Great Spring Crochet Destash!

By Caissa "Cami" McClinton – April 7th, 2017 Be the first to comment

It is hard to believe that one quarter of 2017 is already behind us! For readers in the northern hemisphere, it’s time to gear up for warmer weather and sunshine, and shed all of the extraneous yarn and supplies that kept you warm all winter long. But regardless of your location, now is a great time to make a commitment to destash! Read this post and make a plan to get rid of the supplies that have long plagued you and get your space ready for creativity.

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Crochet Pattern: Bridgette Bunny Pillow

By Amy – April 5th, 2017 6 Comments

Do you remember the animal shaped pillows that used to be popular some years ago? I vaguely remember my brother having one growing up. They have made a comeback more recently, like everything always does, and you can buy them from various crafters today. While brainstorming a pattern for Easter, following the line of thought where bunnies and eggs were concerned, I began considering a way to adequately create a chocolate bunny. I started designing a 2D bunny form when I recalled these pillows and my design idea took on form.

This bunny-shaped pillow is crocheted just like a normal pillow, with two identical panels, but with extra shaping to create the bunny form. Before the panels are joined, the details like the face and arms are embroidered with simple embroidery and surface crochet. Joining the panels tops off the bunny shape with a few decreases in the indentions and increases at the tips. And for the finishing touch, a lovely floral ribbon bow!

Give a more lasting gift this Easter of homemade quality, and simultaneously bring back a little bit of vintage!

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