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Looking for a quick and easy Valentine? These are it! And they're perfect for your kid's classrooms!


This little book look-a-like holds mini pieces of paper (or premade valentine cards) and three crayons!

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This pattern is part of the Valentine's Day Classroom CAL! 

Once again, Blackstone Designs, A Crocheted Simplicity, Sincerely Pam, and Crystalized Designs have teamed up to bring you a fun blog hop style CAL.

Each designer wrote a brand new Valentine's Day themed pattern that are classroom friendly! While each pattern will be on our blogs, you will need to join each designer's Facebook Community Group in order to participate and enter to win prizes.

Blackstone Designs | Crochet Community
Monthly CAL | Sincerely Pam
A Crocheted Simplicity Crochet Community
Crystalized Designs Crochet Group 

This CAL runs from January 11th-24th. When you finish each pattern, you will post a photo of your finished item in that designer's Facebook group to enter to win a pattern from that designer. You can also upload a photo of your finished item to Ravelry projects and be entered to win a $25 Gift Card to Amazon! The more projects you complete, the greater your chances of winning!

Don't forget to tag your WIPs and finished projects on social media using #VdayCAL so we can see what you're working on!


Ready to get started? Keep reading to make my Love Notes Valentine! You can find the date to the next designer's pattern at the end (link will be activated on their date)!




Love Notes Valentine
By Sonya Blackstone of Blackstone Designs



Materials
Worsted Weight Yarn (#4)
H/8/5.00mm Hook
Valentine Themed Buttons or other embellishments
Yarn Needle
2.5” x 3.5” pieces of paper
Crayons


Gauge
14 sc x 18 rows = 4”
Gauge is not critical for this project


Finished Measurements
Approximately 6.25” x 4.25”


Stitch Guide
arnd = around
ch = chain
RS = right side/outside
sc = single crochet
sl st(s) = slip stitch(es)
st(s) = stitch(es)


Skill Level
Easy


WRITTEN IN U.S. TERMS


Notes
  • Beginning ch-1 does not count as a stitch.





Instructions
COVER
R1. Ch 23, sc in back bump of 2nd ch and in each ch across, turn (22)
R2. Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn (22)
R3-18. Repeat row 2; do not turn at the end of row 18
R19.(RS) Ch 1, sl st in the end of each row and in each st around the entire cover; sl st to join in 1st sl st; Fasten. (76)


PAPER POCKET
R1. Ch 11, sc in the back bump of 2nd ch and in each ch across, turn (10)
R2. Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn (10)
R3-10. Repeat row 2; do not turn at the end of row 10
R11.(RS) Ch 1, sl st in the end of each row and in each st around the entire cover; sl st to join in 1st sl st; Fasten. (36)


CRAYON POCKET
R1. Ch 7, sc in the back bump of 2nd ch and in each ch across, turn (6)
R2. Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn (6)
R3-8. Repeat row 2; do not turn at the end of row 8
R9.(RS) Ch 1, sl st in the end of each row and in each st around the entire cover; sl st to join in 1st sl st; Fasten. (24)


CLOSURE LOOP
Attach yarn to outside of back cover (paper side) in sl st at the end of row 9: Ch 11, sl st in the sl st at the end of row 10; Fasten.

Finishing
    • Fold in half to resemble a book cover.
    • Attach crayon pocket to the center of the inside-left, 2 rows up from the bottom.
    • Attach paper pocket to the center of the inside-right, 2 rows up from the bottom.
    • Sew button to front-outside of cover, 3 sts in from the edge, between rows 9 and 10.
    • Cut paper to measure 2.5” wide x 3.5” high. I used copy paper.
    • Insert paper and crayons in their pockets and button closed.
    • Hide all strings.

  • Dates to Hop Along
    1/11/19 - Blackstone Designs (This Post)
    1/18/19 - Sincerely Pam


    Have fun!!

    Don't forget to join the Blackstone Designs Crochet Community to share your finished Love Notes Valentines and enter to win prizes! You can enter to win now through Sunday, January 24th, 2019. Every finished project is a new entry!!

    You can also tag me on Instagram for a chance to be shared on my stories!

    Hope to see you there!


    And don't forget to add this pattern to your Ravelry favorites and Pin it for later, so you can always find it!

    Written pattern and photographs © 2019 Sonya Blackstone of Blackstone Designs. Please do not sell, share, or modify this pattern, but instead share the link to where the pattern can be found. You may sell items you make with this pattern. This pattern, as with all Blackstone Designs/Sonya Blackstone patterns, are not for educational use without written permission from the designer.  


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I have my own technique to make a pom-pom. It leaves the "tails" loose and flowy. No need for cardboard or special tools! This technique is quick and easy too!!!

First choose your yarn color. Run a long strand through the palm of your hand, then start wrapping the yarn around your index and middle fingers. I usually do this about 40 times, but it really depends on how full you want the pom pom to be! Do not wrap too tightly, make sure there is a little space, enough to fit at least a G hook. (We do not want to cut off our circulation!!!). Cut from ball.
Insert crochet hook under the "wrap" running along the crease of where your index finger and middle finger meet. Run new strand across the top of your "wrap" and grab it with the hook and pull it under the "wrap" (pulling the hook back out the way you inserted it)



Pull the "wrap" off of your fingers and pull your two loose ends tightly (be careful not to snap the yarn) and tie them together. I do a double knot.
Re-insert a finger through the hole and cut the loops in half
Pull up the strands and holding them like a bouquet from the bottom, cut across the top to even it out.


Let go and fluff it out and abracadabra! You have a messy pom-pom that is still just as cute as it would be if you used a pom pom tool!!




Here's some photos of these pom-poms in use:






Thank for stopping by! I hope you like this tutorial! 
If you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave them! 
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Ready to make something for yourself? How about a chunky hat for the winter chill?!


This hat was designed for the 2019 Make it for Me event hosted by ELK Studio!

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I chose to make a hat for the event this year, because I actually made it for myself! I hardly ever crochet items for me to keep and use, but I was in need of a super warm hat for our below zero temps! This hat is perfect. So cozy!

Materials
Chunky Weight Yarn (#5)

  • 190(200)yds
L/8.00mm Hook
Yarn Needle
Optional Materials
Buttons (for brim decor) 
Pom Pom Maker


Gauge
10.5 hdc x 5.5 rows = 4" 
3.5 main st. repeats x 11.5 rows = 4"

Sizes
Small Adult (20-21")
Large Adult (22-23")


Stitch Guide
arnd = around
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
sl st(s) = slip stitch(es)
ssc = See Special Stitches
st(s) = stitch(es)
trc2tog = See Special Stitches
trc3tog = See Special Stitches
YO = yarn over


Skill Level
Intermediate


WRITTEN IN U.S. TERMS



Notes
  • Beginning ch-1 does not count as a stitch.
  • Where asterisks appear, repeat the instructions between them as indicated.
  • Where brackets appear, repeat the instructions between them as indicated. Brackets used in this pattern mark a repeat of instructions that include their own repeating pattern. Pay close attention to these instructions.
  • Pattern is written for size Small Adult, with instructions for Large Adult in parenthesis.
  • Final stitch count has Small Adult in parenthesis and Large Adult in brackets.

Special StitchesSplit Single Crochet (ssc) - AKA Waistcoat stitch: work single crochets through the V of a single crochet, not in the top loops.

Treble Crochet Two Together (trc2tog) - YO 2X, insert hook in stitch indicated, YO draw up a loop, *YO, pull through 2 loops on hook* 2X, YO 2X, insert hook in same stitch, YO draw up a loop *YO, pull through 2 loops on hook* 2X, YO, pull through remaining 3 loops.

Treble Crochet Three Together (trc3tog) - YO 2X, insert hook in stitch indicated, YO draw up a loop, *YO, pull through 2 loops on hook* 2X, [YO 2X, insert hook in same stitch, YO draw up a loop *YO, pull through 2 loops on hook* 2X]2X, YO, pull through remaining 4 loops.





Instructions
BRIM
R1. Ch 15, hdc in the back bump of the 2nd ch and in each ch across, turn (14)[14]
R2. Ch 1, BLO hdc in each st across, turn (14)[14]
R3-30(34). Repeat row 2.
At the end of Row 30(34), hold the short edges together and sl st across each stitch, working through both layers to join them (keep sl sts on the outside of brim while working the base); Continue to base.

BASE
R1. Ch 1, sc in the end of each row arnd, sl st to join in 1st hdc, do not turn (30)[34]
R2. Ch 1, ssc in 1st st, trc2tog in next st, *ssc, trc2tog* arnd, sl st to join in the top of the 1st sc, do not turn (30)[34]
R3. Ch 1, ssc in sc, sc in trc2tog, *ssc, sc* arnd, sl st to join in top of 1st sc, do not turn (30)[34]
R4. Repeat round 2
R5. Repeat round 3
R6.  Ch 1, ssc in 1st sc, trc3tog in next, *ssc, trc3tog* arnd, sl st to join in top of 1st sc, do not turn (30)[34]
R7. Ch 1, ssc in sc, sc in trc3tog, *ssc, sc* arnd, sl st to join in top of 1st sc, do not turn (30)[34]
R8-15. Repeat rounds 2 & 3
R16-17. Repeat rounds 6 & 7
R18-25. Repeat rounds 2 & 3
Cut tail so it's approximately 12", flip hat inside out, weave tail through remaining stitches and pull tight to close. Thread tail through needle and sew the center, so it stays closed.


Finishing
  • Add pom pom to top-center.
  • Roll brim up.
  • Hide all strings.

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The whole Farmhouse Christmas theme is my jam this year! I'm especially loving the Buffalo Plaid!



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I've made a few pieces featuring plaid: Plaid Santa Bottle Bag and Drink Cozy, Plaid Santa Christmas Stocking, and even the Plaid Pajama Pants Gift Basket. So, why not a plaid freebie?

The Plaid Santa Mug Wrap fits most mugs, even large mouth and novelty shapes!

This fast and simple pattern makes great gifts for teachers, co-workers, and even family! Plus, you can leave off the Santa belt, so it isn't just Christmas themed... you can also use other Buffalo Plaid schemes like Blues, Green, or Neutrals.

Let's make Plaid Santa Mug Wraps!

Plaid Santa Mug Wrap
By Sonya Blackstone/Blackstone Designs




Materials
Worsted Weight Yarn (#4)
Fur Yarn
H/8/5.00mm Hook (I use Clover Amour Hooks and I highly suggest them!)
Yarn Needle

Gauge
8 sc x 8 rows = 2”

Finished Measurements
Approximately 12.25” x 3.75”

Stitch Guide
arnd = around
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
sk = skip
sl st(s) = slip stitch(es)
sp = space
st(s) = stitch(es)

Skill Level
Easy

WRITTEN IN U.S. TERMS





Notes
  • Beginning ch-1 does not count as a stitch.
  • Where asterisks appear, repeat the instructions between them.
  • Fur yarn can be switched out for white worsted weight yarn.
  • Tutorial photos are at the end of the pattern.
  • TIP: To make color changes, finish off the last stitch of the previous color by pulling the new color through the last two loops.


Instructions
BASE
With Color C,
R1. Ch 31, sc in back bump of 2nd ch and in each ch across, turn (30)
Starting Plaid,
R2.(RS)With Color A: Ch 1, sc x 3, With Color B: sc x 3, * With Color A: sc x 3, With Color B: sc x 3* across, turn (30)
R3. With Color B: Ch 1, sc x 3, With Color A: sc x 3, * With Color B: scx 3, With Color A: sc x 3* across, turn (30)
R4. Repeat round 2
R5.With Color C: Ch 1, sc x 3, With Color B: sc x 3, * With Color C: sc x 3, With Color B: sc x 3* across, turn (30)
R6. With Color B: Ch 1, sc x 3, With Color C: sc x 3, * With Color B: sc x 3, With Color C: sc x 3* across, turn (30)
R7.Repeat round 5
R8-10. Repeat R2-4
With Color C,
R11. Ch 1, sc across, (30); Continue down short side (starting buttonhole edge):
R12: Ch 1, sc in the end of each row across, turn (11)
R13: Ch 1, sc, sk 1, sc x 7, sk 1, sc, turn (9)
R14: Ch 1, sc, sk 1, sc x 5, sk 1, sc, turn (7)
R15: Ch 1, sc, sk 1, sc x 3, sk 1, sc, turn (5)
R16-20: Ch 1, sc across, turn (5)
R21: Ch 1, sc x 2, ch 5, sk 1, sc x 2, turn (4 sc, ch-5) <Buttonhole Created>
R22: Ch 1, sc x 2, 5 sc in ch-5 space, sc x 2 (9); Continue down long side:
R23: sl st in the end of each row across side of buttonhole edge and bottom of base (40); Continue down short side (starting button edge):
R23: Ch 1, sc in the end of each row across, turn (12)
R24-29. Repeat row 33; Continue down long side (stopping at row 12/buttonhole edge):
R30: sl st in the end of each row across (36); Fasten.
With Fur Yarn,
Attach yarn to corner of row 29 and sc in each st across long edge; Fasten. Repeat on other edge. (36 each side)

BELT
With Color C,
Ch 31, sc in the back bump of 2nd ch and in each ch across; Fasten. (30)

BUCKLE
With Color D,
Ch 14, join to form a ring (be careful not to twist ch) and working in back bump of the ch only: *sc x 2, 2 sc, sc x 3, 2 sc* 2X; Fasten.



Finishing
  • Attach belt to front center over row 6 (it will slightly overlap rows 5 & 7 also)
  • Attach belt buckle to desire location. My photo represents the belt buckle placed in the center of the plaid portion, which leaves the buckle on the opposite side of the handle. You may want to buckle closer to the handle so it is on the front or back of the mug. TIP: place mug wrap on a mug to best decide your desired placement before attaching.
  • Sew button to center of button edge, over row 26.
  • Hide all strings.



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Do you have Christmas traditions that you hold dear? In my family, me and my sisters have to open our Christmas Stockings together!




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When we were kids we would sneak out of our rooms in the wee hours of Christmas morning, while our parents were still sleeping, and grab our stockings. Then we would run back to one of our rooms and open them up together! My mom always wrapped tiny gifts (and loaded them up with chocolate too, yum!), so it was like a little Christmas before Christmas!

Once we grew into adults, we would always make sure we were together at our family Christmas party and sit down with our stockings! My older sister moved away a few years ago, but we still Facetime during our family Christmas party and the three of us open them up together! This is something we HAVE TO do, we drop everything to make sure we can! This I hold dear to my heart!

And it may be this tradition that gives me an extra soft spot for Christmas Stockings! Whether it's a full sized Christmas stocking, stocking shaped cookies, or any other stocking craft, I have all the heart eyes. And that's why I design a new Christmas Stocking every year!

Ready to make the Victorian Christmas Stocking?

Victorian Christmas Stocking

Materials
Bulky Weight Yarn (#5)
  • Beige (Color A) [1.5oz]
  • Red (Color B) [2.5oz]
J/10/6.00mm Hook
Yarn Needle
Christmas Applique (Poinsettia Flower)

Gauge
7 sts x 5 rows = 2”

Stitch Guide
arnd = around
ch = chain
dc = double crochet
hhdc = See Special Stitches
sc = single crochet
sk = skip
sl st(s) = slip stitch(es)
st(s) = stitch(es)
YO = yarn over

Finished MeasurementApprox. 5" wide x 17" long (cuff to toe)

Skill Level
Easy

WRITTEN IN U.S. TERMS


Notes
  • Beginning chains do not count as stitches.
  • Where asterisks appear, repeat the instructions between them.




Special StitchesHerringbone Half Double Crochet (hhdc) - YO, insert hook in stitch, draw up a loop, and pull it straight through 1st loop on hook, YO, draw through all loops on hook.


InstructionsTOE
With Color A,
1. Magic ring, ch 1, 6 sc in ring, sl st to join, turn (6)
2. Ch 1, 2 sc in each st arnd, sl st to join, turn (12)
3. Ch 1, *2 sc, sc* arnd, sl st to join, turn (18)
4. Ch 1, *2 sc, sc x 2* arnd, sl st to join, turn (24)
5. Ch 1, *2 sc, sc x 3* arnd, sl st to join, turn (30)
6-8. Ch 1, sc in each st arnd, sl st to join, turn (30)
Starting Main Portion:
With Color B,
9.  Ch 1, hhdc arnd, sl st to join, do not turn (42)
10-21. Repeat round 8; Break for heel at the end of round 20, but leave a working loop

HEEL
With Color A,
1. Ch 1, sc x 14, turn (14)
2-7. Repeat row 21; fold heel back in half, and sl st down the seam working through both layers (as shown in the Watermelon Slippers below); Fasten Color A.
Continuing Main Portion:
22. Pick up working loop from Color B: Ch 1, hhdc in the end of each row across the heel (14 sts) 
and in each st arnd, sl st to join, do not turn (42)
23. Ch 1, hhdc in each st arnd, sl st to join, do not turn (42)
24-41. Repeat round 22; Fasten Color B.

CUFF
With Color A,
1. Ch 1, sc in each st arnd, sl st to join; break yarn
2. Lay stocking flat, so toe points to the left (this keeps the seam in the back): Attach yarn to BLO of stitch on the right fold; Ch 1, BLO sc in same st and in next 14 sts, sc x 15 (both loops), FLO sc x 15 (in the same sts where we worked the BLO at the beginning), turn (45)
3. Ch 1, sc in 1st st, sk 1, sc x 41, sk 1, sc, turn (43)
4. Ch 1, sc in 1st sc, sk 1, sc x 39, sk 1, sc, turn (41)
5. Ch 1, sc in 1st sc, sk 1, sc x 37, sk 1, sc, turn (39)
6. Ch 1, sc in 1st sc, sk 1, sc x 35, sk 1, sc, turn (37)
7. Ch 1, sc in 1st sc, sk 1, sc x 33, sk 1, sc, turn (35)
8. Ch 1, sc in 1st sc, sk 1, sc x 31, sk 1, sc, turn (33)
9. Ch 1, sc in 1st sc, sk 1, sc x 29, sk 1, sc, turn (31)
10. Ch 1, sc in 1st sc, sk 1, sc x 27, sk 1, sc, turn (29)
11. Ch 1, sc in 1st sc, sk 1, sc x 25, sk 1, sc, turn (27)
12. Ch 1, sc in 1st sc, sk 1, sc x 23, sk 1, sc, turn (25)
13. Ch 2, 3 dc in each st across; Fasten. (75)

HANGER
With Color B,
Ch 20, sl st in each ch across, turn, sl st down opposite side of ch, join with a sl st in 1st sl st; Fasten.




Finishing
  • Fold Cuff down over main portion.
  • Attach hanger to right fold (heel side), over round 41 of main portion on inside of stocking.
  • Attach embellishment(s) as desired.
  • Hide all strings.



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Written pattern and photographs © 2018 Sonya Blackstone of Blackstone Designs. Please do not sell, share, or modify this pattern, but instead share the link to where the pattern can be found. You may sell items you make with this pattern. This pattern, as with all Blackstone Designs/Sonya Blackstone patterns, are not for educational use without written permission from the designer.  


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The Reindeer Basket is here! Aren't you excited?!!!



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Of course we needed a Christmas version of this super cute square basket!

You can also get the Bird Baskets and Black Cat Basket patterns for free!

The Reindeer Basket is the perfect holiday addition! He's small enough to be on your desktop or use him on the center of your kitchen table! He also makes the perfect little holder for craft supplies, such as crochet hooks, paintbrushes, and even rolls of washi tape!

Let's make one!

Reindeer Basket



Materials
Super Bulky Weight Yarn (#6)
  • Brown (2 oz)
  • Black (1/2 oz)
K/10.5/6.50mm Hook
Poly-fil Stuffing
9mm Animal Eyes
10mm Red Jingle Bell or Safety Animal Nose


Gauge
Not important for this project


Size
Approximately 4 ¼” x 4 ¼” x 4 ¼”


Stitch Guide
arnd = around
ch = chain
dc = double crochet
FLO = front loop only
sc = single crochet
sl st(s) = slip stitch(es)
st(s) = stitch(es)


Skill Level
Easy


WRITTEN IN U.S. TERMS




Notes
Beginning chains do not count as stitches
Double strands of worsted weight yarn can be used in place of super bulky yarn.


Instructions
BASE
With Brown,
1. Ch 11, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn (10)
2. Ch 1, sc across, turn (10)
3-8. Repeat row 2
9. Ch 1, sc in the end of each row and in each st arnd, sl st to join in 1st sc (36)
10. Ch 1, sc in each st arnd, sl st to join in 1st sc (36)
11-17. Repeat round 10
18. Ch 2, FLO dc in each st arnd; Fasten.
Fold down round 18.
HEAD
With Brown,
1. Magic ring, ch 1, 6 sc in ring (6)
2. sc arnd (6)
3. 2 sc arnd (12)
4. *2 sc, sc* arnd (18)
5. sc arnd (18)
6. sl st, ch 5, sl st in same space ch started, sl st x 5, ch 5, sl st in same space ch started in, sl st in next st; Fasten. <Ears Created>


LEGS (Make 4)
With Brown,
1. Magic ring, ch 1, 5 sc in ring (5)
2-4. sc arnd; Fasten at the end of end 4. (5)
TAIL
With Brown
Ch 5, fold in half and attach ends together.


ANTLERS
With Black,
Right Antler
Ch 7, sl st in 4th ch from hook, ch 3, sl st in same space ch started, sl st x 3; Fasten.
Left Antler
Ch 6, sl st in 3rd ch from hook, ch 4, sl st in same space ch started, sl st x 3; Fasten.


Finishing


  • Insert safety eyes between rounds 4 & 5 on head, so they line up with the inner side of the ear, leaving 3 sts between them.
  • Stuff head slightly (I used yarn scraps) and attach to the center of one side of basket, over rounds 10-14 approximately.
  • Attach antlers between the ears, so they are up against their respective ear, with the ch-4 portion over the ear and the ch-3 portion pointing toward the center.
  • Attach jingle bell to top center of nose on round 2.
  • Attach tail to the side opposite of head, centered over round 10.
  • Attach legs to bottom of basket, one stitch in from each corner (on the front and back), over round 9.
  • Hide all strings.


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GAME #1 - FACEBOOK PAGE HOP



Enter to win 1 pattern of choice from each of the 20 designers participating in this year's MEGA sale event! 

To enter:
Click over to my Facebook Page HERE and find my video that was posted at Noon EST on Tuesday, 11/20/18. Watch the video, follow the instructions, and enter to win!!

3 winners will be randomly chosen and announced on Friday, 11/22/18 at Noon EST.

WINNERS ANNOUNCED:

SUSAN ECKER-SIBLE
HEIDI HIGGINBOTHOM
NICOLE HEUTEN

If you are one of the following 3 winners, please contact each of the 20 designers. In your message to them, please include your Ravelry username and your pattern of choice from their shop.
Winners will have until midnight EST on November 30, 2017 to claim their prizes. 

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GAME # 2 - SIMON SAYS

Want the chance to win more prizes? 



This year we're going to play our version of Simon Says! Don't worry if you've never played before, the rules are really simple!

Throughout the event, each designer will be sharing collages on their Facebook pages, from all of the other participating designers. Every post will include the instructions on how to play the game!

EXAMPLE POST:


You can enter to win daily by commenting on every post you see just like the one above! Every designer will be sharing 3-4 collages each day from Wednesday 11/21 - Monday 11/26... that's over 400 chances to win!

Below is an example post of how you would enter to win Simon Says! Make sure your comments are on the ORIGINAL POST on each designer's page. 

1st entry: Comment with the link to a Blackstone Designs pattern you'd love to make.
2nd entry: Comment with a photo of a finished project you've completed from a Blackstone Designs pattern.

That's it! Super easy, right?! Then on Tuesday 11/27, we'll gather all of the entries, randomize a list of winners, and announce them right here on this blog post!



THIS YEAR'S PRIZES INCLUDE:



4 winners will each receive a $25 Etsy Gift Card -- Sponsored by all 20 Designers

3 Winners will each receive 8 balls of their choice of one of the following yarns: Lion Brand Wool Ease, Lion Brand Jeans, or Lion Brand Touch of Alpaca -- Sponsored by Lion Brand Yarn -- **Open to U.S. & Canada Residents Only**

1 Winner will receive a set of 10 Clover Amour Crochet Hooks -- Sponsored by A Crocheted Simplicity -- **Open Worldwide**

1 Winner will receive a set of handmade stitch markers -- Sponsored by KMT Creations -- **Open to U.S. Residents Only**

1 Winner will receive a set of Handmade stitch markers and a Handmade Hook Pouch -- Sponsored by Blackstone Designs -- **Open to U.S. Residents Only**

1 Winner will receive 4 hanks of hand dyed yarn & handmade stitch markers. -- Sponsored by KT and the Squid -- **Open to U.S. Residents Only**

1 Winner will receive 8 balls of Scheepjes Stardust Yarn and a blanket pattern -- Sponsored by Felted Button -- **Open to U.S. & Canada Residents Only**

1 Winner will receive and A.C. Moore yarn prize -- Sponsored by CrocheTrend -- **Open to U.S. Residents Only**

1 Winner will receive a Hexagon Burst Blanket kit in Spring Meadow color palette -- Sponsored by Cypress Textiles -- **Open to U.S. Residents Only**

5 Winners will each receive 1 copy of YARN Bookazine, Issue 3 "Tropical" -- Sponsored by Cypress Textiles -- **Open Worldwide**

1 Winner will receive a $25 Amazon Gift Card -- Sponsored by Pattern Paradise

1 Winner will receive Malabrigo Yarn and a Crochet Hat Pattern -- Sponsored by Just be Happy Crochet -- **Open to U.S. Residents Only**

1 Winner will receive a Rosewood Yarn Bowl -- Sponsored by Habbedash.com -- **Open Worldwide**

2 Winners will each receive 1 copy of the book "Snuggle & Play Crochet" -- Sponsored by One & Two Company -- **Open Worldwide**


WINNERS ANNOUNCED:
PLEASE HEAD OVER TO THE A CROCHETED SIMPLICITY WEBSITE FOR A FULL LIST OF WINNERS!



WE'D LIKE TO SEND A BIG SHOUTOUT TO ALL OF OUR PRIZE SPONSORS! THEY'VE HELPED TO MAKE THIS EVENT MORE FUN FOR ALL OF US!



HAPPY SHOPPING and GOOD LUCK! 


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Boot cuffs are one of the things I love about Fall and Winter!




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What I love most about crocheting my own boot cuffs is that I can personalize them with any colors I like to make my outfits!

Want to make your own Floral Boot Cuffs? Keep reading:

MATERIALS
Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran

  • Vanilla Cream (Color A)
  • Raspberry Pink (Color B) 
  • Paper White (Color C)

H/8/5.00mm Crochet Hook (I use Clover Amour)
Yarn needle

GAUGE
7 sts x 7 rows = 2"

SIZES
Women's (Calf)
S (10-12")
M (12-14")
L (14-16")
XL (16-18")

STITCH GUIDE
arnd = arnd
BLO = back loop only
ch = chain
dc = double crochet
sc = single crochet
sl st(s) = slip stitches
st(s) = stitch(es)

SKILL LEVEL
Easy

WRITTEN IN U.S. TERMS

NOTES

  • Beginning ch-1 does not count as sts
  • Where asterisks appear, repeat the instructions between them




INSTRUCTIONS
CUFF
With Color A,
1. Ch 9, sc in back bump of 2nd ch and each ch across, turn (8)
2. Ch 1, BLO sc across, turn (8)
3-42(48,54,60). Repeat row 2; at the end of the last row, hold first row to last row (matching sts up) and sl st across, working through both layers, to join them together.

BODY
With Color A,
1. Ch 1, sc in the end of each row arnd, sl st to join (42)[48,54,60]
2. Ch 1, *sc, dc* arnd, sl st to join (42)[48,54,60]
3. Ch 1, *dc, sc* arnd, so dcs are in scs and scs are in dcs, sl st to join (42)[48,54,60]
4. Ch 1, *sc, dc* arnd, so scs are in dcs and dcs are in scs, sl st to join (42)[48,54,60]
5. Ch 1, *dc, sc* arnd, so dcs are in scs and scs are in dcs, sl st to join (42)[48,54,60]
6-9. Repeat rounds 4 & 5; Fasten at the end of round 9.

FLOWERS
Large
With Color B,
1. Magic ring, ch 1, 6 sc in ring, sl st to join
2. Ch 1, 2 sc in each st arnd, sl st to join
3. Ch 2, 4 dc in same st as ch, *sl st x 2, ch 2, 4 dc in same st as ch* arnd, sl st to join in bottom of beginning ch 2; Fasten. (6 petals)

Medium
With Color C,
1. Magic ring, *ch 5, sl st to ring* 6X, sl st in bottom of beginning ch; Fasten. (6 petals)

Small
With Color B,
1. Magic ring, *ch 3, sl st to ring* 6X, sl st in bottom of beginning ch; Fasten. (6 petals)



FINISHING

  • Stack flowers, so large is on bottom, medium is in the middle, and small is on top. With boot cuffs laid flat, so seam is centered in the back, sew flowers right of center and left of center respectively. Optional: Use hot glue to attach flowers instead of sewing.
  • Hide all strings.

I love seeing your finished projects! Join the Blackstone Designs Crochet Community or share them to my Facebook page!

Hope to see you there!! 



And don't forget to add this pattern to your Ravelry favorites and Pin it for later, so you can always find it!

Written pattern and photographs © 2018 Sonya Blackstone of Blackstone Designs. Please do not sell, share, or modify this pattern, but instead share the link to where the pattern can be found. You may sell items you make with this pattern. This pattern, as with all Blackstone Designs/Sonya Blackstone patterns, are not for educational use without written permission from the designer.  


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You've probably noticed by now that I love designing novelty-esque patterns! I love things that are functional, but playful!



I actually designed this bath pouf six years ago! It was one of my very first designs and I had submitted it to a magazine. Unfortunately, the magazine closed before my work was published, so I just sort of threw this in a box, as I wasn't really self-publishing online yet. 

There are two other coordinating designs to go with this, so hopefully I can find those as well and get them up here on the blog!


To make your own bath pouf, keep reading:


Kissing Ball Bath Pouf




Materials
Worsted Weight 100% Cotton Yarn (#4)
  • Green
  • Red
  • White
  • Optional: Christmas Themed Variegated
H/8/5.00mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle

Gauge
Not important for this project

Stitch Guide
arnd = around
ch = chain
hdc = half double crochet
sl st(s) = slip stitch(es)
st(s) = stitch(es)

Skill Level
Advanced Beginner

WRITTEN IN U.S. TERMS


Notes
  • The pouf portion is worked in continuous rounds, with no joining.
  • Ch 1 does not count as a stitch.
  • I used Lily Sugar n' Cream yarn. If using a thinner yarn, I suggest adding another round.



Instructions
POUF
With Green,
1. Magic ring, ch 1, 12 hdc in ring (12)
2. 2 hdc in each st arnd (24)
3. Repeat round 2 (48)
4. Repeat round 2 (96)
5. Repeat round 2 (192)
6. Repeat round 2; Fasten. (384)

HANGER
With Variegated (Double Strand),
Ch 35; Fasten.

BOW
With Red,
1. Ch 11, hdc in 2nd ch from hook and across, turn (10)
2. Ch 1, hdc across, turn (10)
3-4. Repeat row 2
5. Ch 1, hdc in the end of each row and in each st around outside; Fasten. (28)
Wrap string tightly arnd the center of the rectangle, approximately 25 times, cinching the center of the rectangle and forming a bow.


Finishing
  • Attach hanger to center of pouf by inserting one end between 2 sts of round 1 and the other end of the hanger between 2 sts (of round 1) adjacent to 1st end. Tie ends together.
  • Attach bow to base of hanger (closest to the pouf) by wrapping a string around the hanger and underneath the center strings on the backside of the bow. Make several wraps and tie off.
  • With White, add "mistletoe berries" in desired locations around the ball: Insert string from top to bottom and back out of the top, and then tie the ends in a knot on top. 
  • Hide all strings.


And there you have a holiday themed bath pouf!



I love seeing your finished projects! Join the Blackstone Designs Crochet Community or share them to my Facebook page!

Hope to see you there!! 



And don't forget to add this pattern to your Ravelry favorites and Pin it for later, so you can always find it!

Written pattern and photographs © 2018 Sonya Blackstone of Blackstone Designs. Please do not sell, share, or modify this pattern, but instead share the link to where the pattern can be found. You may sell items you make with this pattern. This pattern, as with all Blackstone Designs/Sonya Blackstone patterns, are not for educational use without written permission from the designer.  


Sonya Blackstone is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

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Have you ever made a crochet project from a pattern and then added your own little touch?


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That's what the Designer Remix Event hosted by Kirsten Holloway Designs is all about! 12 designers have gotten together to remix each other's designs! We picked a pattern we liked, added our own little twist, and we're sharing the new addition with you!



To learn more about the event, or to see who else is involved, click HERE.

I chose to remix the Boho Chevron Purse from Salty Pearl Crochet! This little bag is so cute; I could see endless possibilities with it!

I thought of many ideas, but in the end, I decided to keep the similar boho feel, with just a few small changes!

First of all, the color! I went with black because I wanted to give it a bit of a retro 80's twist! I knew I could easily incorporate bright or neon colors to give it that feel.

Head over to the Salty Pearl Crochet Boho Chevron Purse pattern and work rows 1-27 in all Black (I used Caron Simply Soft). NOTE: I did shorten the bag a bit here, but you can continue until row 33 or add more rows if you want a deeper bag. We will add the beads to the very last row.

Second, I chose to add pony beads! Adding beads to crochet can be lots of fun, and with my simple instructions, you can easily add beads to your crochet projects too. NOTE: This is a different technique than usually taught, but if you've done bead work before, you can use the traditional method as well.

You will continue working the pattern repeat as usual, but we will add beads in between!

Here are the instructions:
Dec, add a bead, *dc x 3, add a bead* 4X,
In next space where you add 3 dc you will work: dc x 2, add a bead, dc
Then you will work the beginning instructions backwards: *add a bead, dc x 3* 4X, dec, add a bead, sl st to same space a dec; Fasten.

How to add the beads: 
Remove hook from loop after you've completed the stitch, slip bead over the loop, reinsert hook into look and continuing making stitches as instructed. SEE PHOTOS BELOW:

**After you finish this last row (beaded row), follow the instructions for seaming the bag from Salty Pearl Crochet's original post.

Third, I chose to keep the fringe, but make it a little different!

Cut 10 - 6" pieces of Black yarn. Place one fringe centered in the space between each bead.



And last, I decided to make an all crochet strap. I just used the double strand method and made a long change... super easy! 

Holding two strands together, chain 75. Fasten off and sew to the top of each side seam.



So, what do you think?

I had a lot of fun with this remix and hope you'll join in and make one of your own!

I love seeing your finished projects, so come on over and join the Blackstone Designs Crochet Community on Facebook to show them off!



Written pattern and photographs © 2018 Sonya Blackstone of Blackstone Designs. Please do not sell, share, or modify this pattern, but instead share the link to where the pattern can be found. You may sell items you make with this pattern. This pattern, as with all Blackstone Designs/Sonya Blackstone patterns, are not for educational use without written permission from the designer.  


Sonya Blackstone is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

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