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Dear fellow crocheters,

I'm excited to announce that Softies' second Creator Challenge will be coming very soon, and it'll be featuring this adorable baby mermaid amigurumi!

Before I release her pattern, I'm on a desperate hunt for a name!

I usually go with alliteration for naming, and was trying to decide on an M-initial name for this mermaid.  However, I found a few other aqua-related names that sound really beautiful, and now I have a tough time deciding!  

Here are the name choices that've caught my eye:

  1. Marella
    Stylish and sophisticated Marella is the Japanese version of Muriel.  It means "star of the sea"; "of the bright and shining sea".
  2. Delta
    The name Delta has a lazy, river like flowing feel, and a southern charm. Delta means "an area of land in which a river is divided into smaller rivers".
  3. Coral
    Coral isn’t just a beautiful color name. It’s also the word for the beautiful underwater skeletal deposits that form reefs.

If you have any other name suggestions for this baby mermaid, I'd love to hear it!

Thank you so much in advance for helping me pick a name, and please do stay tuned to join me for this fun Creator Challenge/CAL soon! 

With much gratitude,

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Hello fellow crocheters,

Summer is coming!  I don't know about you, but here in the Pacific Northwest, we've been having a pretty long winter season this year.  There has been an unusually high amount of snow for the area that I live in, resulting in a delayed Spring.  Check out my snowy winter post if you'd like to see a couple of the beautiful photos I've taken of just my community and backyard, transformed into a stunning white wonderland!  There's also a short video of me making a reverse snow angel, and well...as a disclaimer, that one isn't very graceful.

Anyhow, moving on! Summer is coming!! 🌞🌸🌻🌷🌼🌺

Yay for sunshine, warm weather, and a gajillion particles of pollen and cotton spores flying around with the warm breeze! 😂

If you've been following my designs, you might recall the Beach Breeze Kimono Top (Free Crochet Pattern) that I recently released.  When I designed this short-sleeved cardigan, it was meant to be a beach cover-up.



Well, I'm pretty happy to say that its look is pretty versatile, and you can wear it with a belt for a refreshingly different look!  Here I am wearing one of my favorite, wide waistband belts. 

I just love brown shades for my accessories!
I think the tan looks beautiful paired with a gold buckle.

I bought this belt online quite some time ago, and when searching for it again, I wasn't able to find the exact product.  However, I did come across some similar stretchy waistband belts that have clasps in the front.  Take a look around and you might find something you like!


And uhh.... here's a truckload of more selfies that I took... 😅


In all seriousness though, this short-sleeved cardigan really is one of my summer favorites now!  It's light, airy, and soooo soft with Lion Brand's Shawl in a Ball® Yarn.  I also love that it pairs easily with so many different outfits, including maxi dresses (which I just love to wear for comfort)! 

If you'd like to make one too, click the link below!

Or, you can save this pretty crochet later by...
Saving it to your Ravelry queue!


Pinning it on Pinterest! 
 

Oh, and... I just had to take another selfie with my little Pineapple Pouch (Free Pattern).  I think it's too cute!! 🍍



Thanks for reading, and happy crafting!!

Stay tuned for more summer-themed patterns coming up!

Much love,
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What an honor it is to receive the Neutral Judges Best Picks Award from Crafts Hobby Club for the BESTIE Amigurumi & Appliques Competition!  It was so much fun to see all the amazing talent and creativity across the different entries that were submitted.

I'm very, very humbled that my original design, the Little Red Pandora, was positively received!

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Stay tuned for the free pattern, which will be posted within the next few days!
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Hello my fellow crocheters,

Here's a fun idea for summer -- a pineapple pouch! I'm thrilled to share this quick and easy pattern with you. Stay tuned! 

Free pattern will be added to this page by the end of the weekend, 11:59pm PST, 5/12. 
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My newest free pattern, the Gold Luxe Cowl, involves crocheting in the third loop.  This method creates a beautiful, knit-like look using crochet methods!  Working half double crochets also allows a good amount of stretch in the fabric, giving this cowl its lovely drape without looking or feeling too dense and rigid.

You can wear the Gold Luxe Cowl different ways, too!

Check out my video tutorial below to learn how to crochet in the third loop.



If you're more of a picture and written instruction learner, take a look at my photo references below.



Remember, grab the free pattern for the Gold Luxe Cowl to practice this easy crochet method with stunning results!

Happy crocheting~

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Dear fellow crocheters,

I'm thrilled to share with you this beautifully-textured, reversible, and oh-so-soft crochet infinity scarf: the Gold Luxe Cowl! 

It has such an AMAZING drape. Like its name, this yarn definitely feels luxurious.  I named this cowl "Gold Luxe" after the "Vel-luxe" yarn that I used, because I find it to be just so fitting!

As you can see, it features interesting texture on both the right and wrong sides!  The right side has a knit-like look, even though it is crocheted.  The wrong side has a bumpy, almost seed-stitch look to it.  Check out the side-by-side comparison below! 



I definitely think both sides are lovely to wear out, depending on the type of look you're going for!  Two-in-one style is a pretty nice deal for a single scarf, wouldn't you think?  


 


This free written pattern and video tutorial will be made available soon!
It will be posted to this page on or before 11:59pm PST on May 5th.
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