Monday, March 26, 2018

Free Crochet Coaster Pattern!

Good Monday morning! I've been prepping for a Spring Craft Fair and one of the things I've been making is coasters. Coasters are functional, quick to make and a great way to use up yarn scraps. I've designed this simple pattern and wanted to share it with you all. Enjoy!

Skill: Easy 

Materials:  G hook 
Worsted weight #4 cotton yarn. I Love This Cotton used for samples shown. 

Stitches used:   
Slip stitch (sl st) 
Chain (ch) 
Single crochet (sc)
Half Double Crochet (hdc)
Double crochet (dc)
Puff stitch (ps)
V-stitch (vs)

Rnd 1. Ch 2. 8 hdc in 2nd ch from hook. Join. 8 st. 
Rnd 2. Ch 1. ps in each st. Join. 8 st. 
Rnd 3. Ch 1. *v-st, ch 1* in space after each ps. 8 v-st and ch 1 sp. 
Rnd 4. Ch 1. *sc, hdc next st. 3 dc next st. hdc, sc next st. sl st next ch 1 sp.* Repeat *-*. 8 shells. 
F/O and weave in ends.  

Hope you enjoyed this little freebie! I hope to offer more free patterns in the future. 

Thanks for stopping by! 


Saturday, March 24, 2018

Good to be back! (And a pattern sale)

It's been over two years since my last post. I admit, blogging does not come easy for me. But I thought I would give it another shot. So where have I been and what have I been doing? For one thing, I now have 5 precious grandbabies that I love spending time with. Being a Nana is the best feeling in the world! These are my sweet blessings. Photo was taken in December, 2017. 

In the Fall of 2016, I was busy preparing for the upcoming craft fairs. I was crocheting for hours at a time. I'd occasionally had problems with Carpal Tunnel for four or five years, but it would ease off after a bit of rest and wearing my wrist brace. This time it didn't get better. I was told to take a month off from crocheting. That was so hard! After that, with no relief, I was sent to physical therapy for three or four weeks. That didn't help either. So after seeing a neurologist and being officially diagnosed with CT, I was sent to a hand surgeon. I had surgery on November 10, 2016. I wasn't told about scar tissue and how to massage the area to keep it from getting worse after my surgery. At six weeks post-op, the doctor finally sent me to PT. The Physical Therapist told me most patients are sent at least by two weeks post op. I went to PT three times a week for four weeks. There was some improvement but not a lot. During this time I could only crochet a little at a time and really lost my motivation. It took a little over a year before I could crochet more. So what did I do? I started crocheting practically non stop again, making gifts for my grandkids for Christmas. I was just so happy to have my motivation back again. I decided to get back to working on my crochet business again and have published two new patterns since January. 

Ridgeline Shell Slouch

Evelyn Hat

I've also been preparing for a craft fair in April and have begun to have hand pain again from crocheting so much. I really need to pace myself (It's so hard to do!) and take plenty of breaks to rest my hand. At physical therapy I was given these hand exercises to do at home and have been doing those again. So please, be sure you are taking breaks when you need to and stretch those hands/wrists. Crocheting and knitting can be so relaxing and rewarding, but it also can cause damage to our wrists as well as neck and shoulders. 

I plan to post regularly about new pattern releases, sales, crochet tips and tutorials and even some free patterns, so be sure to check back for updates. I am having a BOGO sale now thru March 31st in my Ravelry shop. No coupon code is needed. Happy NatCroMo!

Have a wonderful weekend!


Monday, February 22, 2016

Another pattern update and sale!

Good Monday morning! I have just finished updating another crochet hat pattern. This one is the Shelby Beanie. This is an elegant cotton hat with sizes from newborn to adult. It works up quickly and beautifully.

And the best part is, you can get the Shelby Beanie crochet pattern for only $1.50 in my Ravelry shop through Feb. 23rd. No coupon code needed. You won't want to miss out on this special!

Don't forget to sign up for email notifications to get all the latest releases and sales. I will be releasing a brand new pattern at the end of the week!


Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Pattern updates and a BOGO sale!

Hi friends and Happy Hump Day! Just wanted to share what I've been up to lately. I've been working on updating some of my older patterns. I've learned a lot in the past four years since I first started writing patterns and felt they needed a freshening up. The most recent one that was updated was the Lydia Cloche. This is a lovely cotton hat that works up quickly and is perfect for girls of all ages. 

The next pattern that I'm working on updating is the Shelby Beanie. I love this design! It looks pretty working it up in one color or even two. And again, it's a cotton hat with all sizes available. Can you tell that I'm ready for warmer weather? :) The updated version on this one should be ready early next week. 

I am also working on a triangle scarf design which I hope to release next week also. So be sure to keep your eyes open for what's coming up! :)

Now for the BOGO sale. Today, I am helping Carol from Sweet Potato Crochet Creations celebrate reaching 4K fans on her FB page by offering a BOGO sale. Just visit my Ravelry shop and add at least two patterns to your cart and use the code BOGO at checkout. 

Hope you have a wonderful rest of the week!


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

My latest new release is the Colden Cowl and Headwrap pattern!

A few weeks ago, I released my Colden Beanie. I loved the stitch pattern so much with the chunky yarn that I wanted to design a cowl to match. Once I did that, I decided a headwrap would be a nice addition to the pattern. I love how it turned out!

Visit my Ravelry shop to purchase this pattern set for 50% off ($2.49) through Wednesday, Feb. 10th. No coupon code needed. 

Have a great week and stay warm!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Introducing the new Bailee Blanket pattern!

My 4th grandbaby is due in just over 2 months so of course, Nana has to make him a few things. The first thing I wanted to make was a blanket. I had my colors picked out but wasn't sure what pattern to use. I had recently made one of my Bailee Hats and just love how the design is reversible, so I thought I would see how it looked as a blanket. I'm so glad I did because I love how it turned out! I have written the pattern for a baby size blanket but have given instructions on how to customize the size.

Here is the Bailee Hat that inspired the new blanket design.

You can get the Bailee Blanket pattern for only $2.50 through Friday, January 29th. No coupon code needed. Or if you would like a matching set, get BOTH the Bailee Blanket and Hat patterns for 50% off using code Bailee at checkout. Simply click on the pics above to go to the Ravelry listing and add them to your cart. 

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Friday, January 22, 2016

New Wrist Warmer pattern now available!

My new Winter's Bliss Wrist Warmer pattern is now listed in my Ravelry, Etsy and Craftsy shops. They are on sale for just $1.75 in my Ravelry shop through Saturday, January 23rd. 

I designed these wrist warmers to go with my Winter's Bliss Beanie pattern released earlier this month, because who doesn't love a matching hat and gloves? You will love the texture of these gloves. Also, the thumbs are worked into the gloves, so you don't have to reattach yarn and work them separately. This makes them so quick and easy to make. 

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