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When I was younger I loved to color, but it’s been years since I’ve colored anything. Even when the adult coloring craze started I just never found the time to sit down and spend some time on it.
My kids on the other hand love adult coloring books. Especially my youngest! So when Andee of Mamas2Hands released a new e-coloring book with FaveCrafts I decided to give my girls the opportunity to color some crochet pages.
This asymmetrical shawlette is perfect for those cool spring days when you still need some warmth but don’t want to wear a coat. And it works up super fast, so the crochet-a-long will only last about a week.
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BOARDWALK SHAWLETTE CAL
Finished Sizes: 40” wide (on flat edge) and 21.5” tall (on longest side)
Yarn: #4 worsted weight yarn
Sample used Caron X Pantone Bamboo 2 hanks Night Owl (180 yds total from both) 1 hank Pastel Parchment (180 yds)
4 oz. ivory (#11-0603) – A
1.4 oz. charcoal #(19-4205) – B
1.4 oz. blue (15-4704) – C
Note: Because these hanks have pre-cut colors I used the colors I wanted from the Night Owl (which required 2 separate hanks of that colorway). If you’d like to purchase less yarn you can use the colors it came with and only purchase 1 Night Owl & 1 Parchment Paper.
Many years ago I purchased a wooden hook and I was so disappointed. It gave me a blister and after just using it a couple times the finish had worn off and it would catch on the yarn. I went back to my trusty ole metal hooks and hadn’t really considered ever trying wooden hooks again. Until this month…..
Laurel Hill Crochet Hooks
As National Crochet Month (March) came around this year, I was given the opportunity to try a Laurel Hill wooden hook. I hesitated and wondered if it was worth it given my past experience. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years it’s that you shouldn’t judge one company based on another. Think about it. What would happen if you tried a brand yarn and absolutely didn’t like it, would you never buy yarn again?
I decided to try one out and was sooo pleased with it!
The wood is gorgeous, but even more importantly is the handle and feel of it. The thumb groove is in just the right spot – no blisters, yay! – and the yarn glides very smoothly over the wood finish.
I was on a mission to create a new pattern with this gorgeous wooden hook I received from Laurel Hill Hooks. Honestly, picking the yarn was harder than picking the hook. But that’s when I remembered my good friend Rachel keeps telling me to make something in dark purple – she insisted it would be good for my eyes and haircolor.
So, I finally listened. With some gorgeous dark purple Charisma yarn and this amazing hook from Laurel Hill, I set out to create a new cowl – because cowls are my favorite accessory.
Introducing the new Mountain Majesty button up cowl.
Ch 22. Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn. (21 sc)
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in 1st sc, sk next sc, *(sc, ch 1, sc) in next sc, sk next sc, rep from * across to last sc, sc in last sc, turn. (20 sc, 9 ch-1 sps)
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in 1st sc, *(sc, ch 2, sc) in next ch-1 sp (button hole made)**, [(sc, ch 1, sc) in next ch-1 sp] 3 times, rep from * across ending last rep at **, sc in last sc, turn. (20 sc, 6 ch-1 sps, 3 ch-2 sps)
Row 4: Ch 1, sc in 1st sc, *(sc, ch 1, sc) in each ch-sp across, sc in last sc, turn. (20 sc, 9 ch-1 sps)
Rows 4 – 61: Rep Row 4. Fasten off.
Sew buttons according to photo below.
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The Stella Shawlette is the latest in the Stella Collection of patterns. Stella ignited in me a new mission for my designs and I’m excited for all the new ideas I have coming. If you don’t know the story of Stella you can read it here.
Stella has become something of a passion. I thought my husbands cancer would be distracting and I wouldn’t be able to design as much, but it has had the opposite effect on my designing. For the first time in many years I’m crocheting faster than I can write the patterns. I have new things coming and am super excited to share them with you.
STELLA SHAWLETTE CROCHET PATTERN
I used alpaca for my shawlette, but whatever your favorite worsted weight yarn is, use that! It may just end up being your favorite scarf / shawl.
Finished Size: 49″ wide X 29″ tall (at center) – after blocking.
March is National Crochet Month and I’m participating in the International Crochet Month Designer Showcase with Underground Crafter. Every day during March 2019, we’ll highlight a different crochet designer who is also a member of the Crochet Guild of America.
Each designer will share a 25% discount on a premium pattern or a free crochet pattern. We’ve partnered with some of our favorite companies to get some great prizes for you — including yarn, crochet hooks, notions, pattern books, and more! Find out more information about participating designers, the schedule, and how to enter to win the prizes on Underground Crafter.
Why I Love the CGOA
The CGOA is for crocheters of all skill levels, designers, and anyone with an appreciation of a crochet hook and some yarn. They have their annual Chain Link conference and everyone is welcome!
I joined the CGOA in 2013 without really knowing what to expect. I think I may have just wanted to be more connected with others who loved to crochet as much as me. In 2015 I decided to become a professional member so I could help aspiring designers and others on their crochet journey.
In 2014 I went to my first CGOA Chain Link conference in Manchester, NH. As I walked through the door (alone) I was greeted by Tammy Hildebrand. She immediately put me at ease and treated me like an old friend. I’m looking forward to NH this year and hope I can make other crocheters feel as welcome as I did that day.
Save on these Patterns
To encourage you to make something special for yourself, I’m offering 25% OFF both my Oakley Fringe Cowl & Pemberley Sweater. Discount will be available through March 21, 2019 with promo code NatCroMo2019.
The sale patterns are available at the following links. If you choose to purchase both you can add both to your cart and checkout at the same time. The coupon code will discount both.
Stella was the nurse that took care of my husband while he was in the hospital recovering from surgery. I don’t have a ton of experience with hospitals (thankfully), but from my perspective Stella was the kind of nurse you want taking care of you. As I sat there one of the days, I focused on designing some new items.
Cowls are my favorite crochet item to make. They work up fast so it’s easy to make them in multiple colors or styles.
As for Stella, I was so impressed with her care that I’ve designed a whole collection of patterns called the Stella Collection.
Ch 78, sl st in 1st ch to join making sure not to twist beg ch. Round 1: Ch 4 (counts as dc and ch 1), dc in same ch as beg ch 4, sk next 2 ch, *v-st in next ch, sk next 2 ch, rep from * around, sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch 4 to join, turn. (26 v-sts)
Round 2: Ch 1, *cluster in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, rep from * around, sl st in 1st cluster to join, turn. (26 clusters)
Round 3: Ch 1, *v-st in top of next cluster, rep from * around, sl st in 1st dc to join, turn.(26 v-sts)
Rounds 4 – 15: Rep Rounds 2 – 3.
Round 16: Ch 1, sc in each st and space around. Fasten off.
Opposite Border Attach with sl st in any beg ch, Round 1: Ch 1, sc in each ch around. Fasten off.
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A couple weeks ago, my husband lay in a pre-op room about to undergo kidney removal surgery. It was going to be a minimum of a 5-6 hour surgery and I had opted to sit alone at the hospital (despite everyone’s pleas to join me). I’m never alone, so I decided this would be the perfect time to try to enjoy some quiet, and I was going to keep my mind busy by designing a new pattern. One of his last comments to me was, “That’s how I’ll know how long I was out based on how far you get on that.” Little did I know over 10 hours later that would be the first thing he asked me when he woke up from anesthesia, “Did you finish?” HA! It took me a second to realize he actually remembered that conversation.
As I sat in the hospital cafeteria I spent a lot of time thinking about my life and how I had gotten to this point. In less than 6 weeks I had gone from a fairly normal life to wondering if my husband is going to live another year. And that led my thoughts to my business.
When I originally started designing and publishing my own patterns, those first few years my focus had been on helping people – helping new crocheters, helping by donating baby blankets & hats, and even helping up and coming designers.
As I sat in the cafeteria, I felt like I was at a Crossroads (now you know where the name came from). I decided I wanted to get back to that place where helping others is my main priority. About an hour later I opened my email and found a letter from someone wanting to write a book on healing and she was asking if I would design a prayer shawl for her book. Talk about confirmation!
With all that, I am hoping my patterns will have a little more focus on helping others this year. Baby blankets for new moms, hats and shawls for cancer patients, along with a few other ideas. I’m looking forward to seeing where I can go with this.
Now you know the story behind the shawl. Below are all the pattern details.
CROSSROADS SHAWL CROCHET PATTERN
This pattern works up perfect with cake yarn, you can create your own stripe options, or even use a single color for stunning results. It’s the perfect size to be worn as a shawl, or wrap it around your neck and use it as a scarf.
Finished Size: 63″ wide X 28″ tall (at center) – after blocking.
The pattern has an easy 2 row repeat. All you need to know is sc, dc, and also be familiar with working in front of other stitches and be able to work increases (or at least confident enough to give it a try.)
The pattern is available for purchase in my shops: Get the pattern for only $2.00 – sale expires 2/28/19 – no coupon code needed.
Below you’ll find a free, corner to corner (C2C) baby blanket crochet pattern.
Please note: The yarn I originally used has since been discontinued, but you might either find it in your stash or you can substitute for any other #3 light worsted. I’d love to see pictures with whatever you substitute it for.
Shades of Blue – Free Baby Blanket Crochet Pattern
Notes: Afghan is worked corner to corner. Color changes are specified below but not in the pattern itself, so be sure to pay attention to where the next color change will be.
PATTERN COLOR CHANGES
8 rows muli 4 rows blue 8 multi 6 blue 8 multi 8 blue 8 multi 8 blue 8 multi 6 blue 8 multi 4 blue 8 multi
Row 1: ch5, 3dc in 5th ch from hook (1 block made), turn. Row 2: ch5, 3dc in 4th ch from hook, sl st in ch3 of previous row, ch3, 3dc in same ch3 space of previous row, ch3, 3dc in same ch3 space (2 blocks made), turn. Row 3: ch5, 3dc in 4th ch from hook *sl st in ch3 of previous row, ch3, 3dc in same ch3 space* across to end (3 blocks made), turn. Row 4-44: Repeat Row 3. Each row will add one additional block. Row 45: ch1, sl st in 1st 3dc of previous row, sl st in ch3 sp, 3dc, *sl st in nxt ch3 sp, 3dc in same sp* across, end with sl st in last block of previous row, which will derease end by one block. This will begin to make the 4th side of the afghan. All rows from this point on will decrease by one block at the beginning and at the end of the row. Row 4-44: Repeat Row 45 until last row. One single block will remain. Fasten Off.
Round 1: (with blue) attach with sl st to 1st st to the left of any corner stitch, ch1, *sc evenly down side making sure there is an odd number of stitches, 3sc in corner stitch,* repeat 3 more times, sl st to 1st sc, change to multi yarn, turn. Round 2: sl st in 1st sc, sc in 1st st, ch1, skip next sc, *3sc in corner st, ch1, skip next sc, (sc in next sc, ch1, skip next sc) across to corner,* repeat from * around 3 more times, sl st to 1st sc changing back to blue, turn. Round 3: ch, sc in 1st ch sp, ch1, *(sc in next ch1 sp, ch1) across, 3sc in corner st* repeat around, sl st to 1st sc. Fasten Off.
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FPhdc (Front Post half double crochet) – yo, insert hook from right to left behind vertical bar of next st, yo, pull up loop, yo, pull through all 3 loops on hook.
BPhdc (Back Post half double crochet – yo, working behind next st, insert hook from right to left in front of next st, yo, pull up loop, yo, pull through all 3 loops on hook.
Color changes:Work stitch to last yo, yo with new color, pull through new color. Do not fasten off old color. Carry old color up to new row when ready to use.
Hdc between 2 sts – work hdc in space between next 2 sts (not in top of sts as you normally would. For a visual of where to place the stitch see my tutorial: Double Crochet between 2 stitches
Please note: the above tutorial is for a double crochet between stitches. You will be doing a hdc, but it is the same space between the stitches.
Love My Messy Bun Hat
Attach yarn to elastic with sl st, Round 1: Work 30 hdc around elastic band, sl st in 1st hdc to join. (30 dc)
Round 2: Ch 1, hdc between join and 1st hdc, [hdc between next 2 sts] 3 times, 2 hdc between next 2 sts, *[hdc between next 2 sts] 4 times, 2 hdc between next 2 sts, rep from * around, sl st in 1st hdc to join. (36 hdc)
Round 3: Ch 1, hdc between join and 1st hdc, [hdc between next 2 sts] 4 times, 2 hdc between next 2 sts, *[hdc between next 2 sts] 5 times, 2 hdc between next 2 sts, rep from * around, sl st in 1st hdc to join. (42 hdc)
Round 4: Ch 1, hdc between join and 1st hdc, [hdc between next 2 sts] 5 times, 2 hdc between next 2 sts, *[hdc between next 2 sts] 6 times, 2 hdc between next 2 sts, rep from * around, sl st in 1st hdc to join. (48 hdc)
Round 5: Ch 1, hdc between join and 1st hdc, [hdc between next 2 sts] 6 times, 2 hdc between next 2 sts, *[hdc between next 2 sts] 7 times, 2 hdc between next 2 sts, rep from * around, sl st in 1st hdc to join. (54 hdc)
Round 6: Ch 1, hdc between join and 1st hdc, [hdc between next 2 sts] 7 times, 2 hdc between next 2 sts, *[hdc between next 2 sts] 8 times, 2 hdc between next 2 sts, rep from * around, sl st in 1st hdc to join. (60 hdc)
Round 7: Ch 1, hdc between join and 1st hdc, [hdc between next 2 sts] 8 times, 2 hdc between next 2 sts, *[hdc between next 2 sts] 9 times, 2 hdc between next 2 sts, rep from * around, sl st in 1st hdc to join. (66 hdc)
Round 8 – 18 (or until approx. 6 ½”): Ch 1, *hdc between next 2 sts, repeat from * around, sl st in 1st hdc to join.
Please Note: Some of my testers ended up with 18 rows and some had closer to 21/22 rows to get the correct length. It will depend on your stitch height.
Round 19: Ch 1, sc in each hdc around. (66 sc)
Round 20: Ch 1, FPhdc around 1st sc, *BPhdc around next sc, FPhdc around next sc, rep from * around, sl st in first hdc to join. (66 sts)
Round 21: Ch 1, FPhdc around 1st FPhdc, *BPhdc around next BPhdc, FPhdc around next FPhdc, rep from * around, sl st in first sc to join.
Round 22–23: Rep Rnd 21. Fasten off.
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