Button Up Waves Hooded Cocoon Kit

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Have you ever ran across a pattern that you want to make so badly but cannot find the yarn used in the sample? It can be so frustrating! Have you ever considered buying a crochet pattern kit?

Here is your chance!

The Button Up Waves Hooded Cocoon was one of my top 5 crochet patterns last year and now you can order it as a kit. A kit includes the pattern along with the yarn to make the pattern.

   

The Button Up Waves Hooded Cocoon pattern includes sizes for newborn, 3-6 months and 6-12 months.

The kit includes the yarn you will need to make the desired size. The featured yarn is called, Sprightly. Sprightly is a worsted (#4) weight yarn that is so soft, squish and plush acrylic yarn. I love working with acrylic yarn on projects like this because they show the details so well while remaining soft and they clean up nicely. Sprightly comes in 24 vibrant colors.

Get your kit on Craftsy now (it is currently 30% off, so don’t miss out).

If you already have plenty of yarn in your stash, don’t worry. You can still grab just the pattern on: Craftsy / Ravelry / Etsy

Then enjoy crocheting your Button Up Waves Hooded Cocoon.

18″ Doll PJ Set – Crochet Pattern Release

Something new is ready from Sweet Potato 3!!! My daughter received a beloved “American Girl” doll (ugh umm… Our Generation… wink) for Christmas. Of course the first thing she noticed what that her new doll, Ginger, didn’t have any PJ’s! Having some time on my hands I went on a hunt for a new pattern but couldn’t find one that had her special requests:

Stripes, Footed, Button Front PJ’s with Matching Hat

Yep, she was that specific. So, I went to work and soon realized how many different options you could create with just the one pattern.

PJ Set

The red and grey set was my first attempt and she LOVED it!!! But, with my baseball boys in the house I realized how fun it would be to make some purple baseball style pj’s (but this time I didn’t make them with feet so of course I had to add the slippers). Then one of my testers combined them with stripes and baseball style, I simply love it!

The pj’s simple slip on from the feet up and button in front. The slippers work up very quick and could even be used as shoes to go with all of the dolls outfits. And don’t forget the stocking hat to make this slumber party set complete.

Grab your copy of the pattern on: Ravelry / Etsy / Craftsy

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How to Invisibly Attach a Crochet Applique

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Do you dread sewing on a crochet applique? It is so much work and can be difficult to get the applique on right. And to make matters worse, the back of your project can get all messed up.

Well not anymore!

Sewing on Applique

I have put together a tutorial on how to sew on a crochet applique and leave the back of your project flawless. That is right, no fibers or pulling of the background. This technique will leave your project looking professional and you’ll be so proud of the finishing touches!

The sample used in the tutorial above is my Farm Animal Blanket. This fun project pattern can be found on Ravelry / Etsy / Craftsy.

Farm Animal Blanket

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Gift Ideas for Crocheters (forward on to the hubby)!

If you are reading this, then you love to crochet (or know someone who does-kudos to you for researching for the perfect gift)! I have been crocheting for nearly 30 years and it is an easy hobby to get into and the supplies you need are pretty basic: yarn, hook, pattern…

But, there are some “extra’s” that make crochet so much more enjoyable. All of these items would make the perfect gift this holiday season. So below I have a few items that I have accumulated over the years and a few that are on my wishlist.

Check out my list of Gift Ideas for Crocheters!

I have always used a simple pair of scissors and just last week I broke down and bought a pair of beautiful Italian scissors! Seriously, every time I have to cut my yarn, I get excited, sometimes it’s just the simple things that make your day. What a perfect gift to give. I bought mine pair of scissors at JoAnn’s with my 40% off coupon but cannot seem to find them online, these are similiar:

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Italian Craft Scissors on Amazon

Row counters are a simple tool that is so helpful when making large projects. They are priced reasonable and make a great gift or can be a perfect stocking stuffer.

Gift for Crocheters

Row Counter by Diabolical Yarn

A Stitch guide is a useful tool that many crocheters do not own. This tool makes checking your gauge easy and also allows you to double check your hook size. This can be very important especially if you own unmarked hooks.

Gift for Crocheters

Stitch, Row and Needle Guide/Check 

If you enjoy crocheting off of charts or with color changing yarns these yarn bobbins can be so helpful. I used these when making my Deerly Beloved Blanket and it was so helpful.

Gifts for Crocheters

Clover Bobbin Set 

I used the basic metal hooks for years. I finally decided to give clover hooks a try. I received my first one and used it on a project a fell in love with them. I know own the entire set (up to Hook I). They help with sore hands and just make crocheting more comfortable. If the entire set is not in your budget just try one or two hook sizes to begin your collection and just add more hooks over time. Or grab those 40% off coupon that most craft stores give out so freely 😉

Gifts for Crocheters

Clover Crochet Hook Set

When I started crocheting and a pattern called to add poms, I grabbed the nearest cardboard and made my own prop to make them. I did this for years. But, when I finally broke down and bought a pom maker my poms where so much more uniformed and they became easier to make. I love my pom maker, this is the set I own:

Gifts for Crocheters

Clover Pom Maker

When crocheting (or crafting in most ways) it is so important to have good lighting. I like to be able to adjust my light easily for height or angle depending on what I am making. I usually use it as a typical lamp but, occasionally it is very helpful to have a magnifying glass handy. Honestly, I stole my husbands fly tying lamp and LOVE it! Plus it is so much cheaper than those lamps designed for “crafts”.

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Clamp On Magnifying Light

There are so many beautiful wood hook organizer and displays. But, honestly, I want to be able to zip up my hooks/gadgets and be able to take them with me. So, I have found this organizer and I love it.

Gifts for Crocheters

Damero Organizer Zipper Case for Crochet Hooks and Accessories

When crocheting, some of you may experience cramping in your hands or wrists. This happens to me when I am working on a big project or crocheting a lot for the holidays. I looked into getting stress relief gloves but so many of them looked like they would interfere with the yarn as I crocheted. However, I found these amazing gloves by Lion Brand that I LOVE. They do not interfere with your yarn and provide just enough support to relieve the cramping or soreness in my hands.

Gifts for crocheters

Stress Relief Gloves by Lion Brand

Along with being able to grab your hooks and go, it is nice to have a simple bag to tote your yarn in. I like to keep this simple so I can throw a skein of yarn or a whole project in it. I found this fun tote bags that you can have customized. The owner of Poppy and Petals was great to work with and had a quick turn around time. I would highly recommend it. You can print your crochet shops name on it or just something fun like this:

Gifts for Crocheters

Custom Tote by Poppy and Petal (let her know Sweet Potato 3 sent ya)

I hope you found some of these ideas fun and useful. Heck, grab them all and through them in this fun tote, your crocheter will be in awe over how thoughtful of a gift you gave.

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Crochet Pattern Ideas for the Christmas Season

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Christmas is one of my favorite holidays of the year. I love having family and friends come together the celebrate. I also love crochet. So bringing the two together is the perfect combination:

Christmas Crochet!

I try to keep the reason for the season in mind and just decorate with fun and pretty designs and not “too much Santa”. However, he is a big part of Christmas and super fun for the kids, I do have some of the classic Cartoonish decor in my home. These are some patterns that I adore and would put in my own home.

I hope you enjoy looking/browsing through my list of favorite Crochet patterns for Christmas.

Christmas Crochet

Classic Cable Star Tree Skirt Pattern by Crafting Friends Designs

Christmas Crochet

Amigurumi Nativity by Carol Christmas

Christmas Crochet

Mitten Bunting and Advent Calendar by Sweet Potato 3 (advent printables included with pattern)

Christmas Crochet

Rudy & Ruby the Reindeer by Sweet Potato 3

Christmas Crochet

Jolly Holiday Stocking by Charmed by Ewe (Free Pattern)

Christmas Crochet

Soldier Christmas Wreath by Yarn Twins

Christmas Crochet

Christmas Trees with Balls by Studio Nyske

Christmas Crochet

Small Christmas Angel Delta Lace by Cara Louise Reitbauer

Christmas Crochet

Animal Ornament Toppers by Sweet Potato 3 (they also fit on canning jar tops!)

Christmas Crochet

Noel Pillow Covers by Sincerely Pam

I wish you all the best of Christmas’s and hope you find the process of gifting handmade rewarding and as much fun as I do. Stay up to date with me on facebook and follow me to by email (sign up under my pic in the right column of my blog) so you don’t miss any sales, new pattern releases and just plain crochet fun!

Christmas Crochet