Thankful Crochet Event – 10 Days of Pattern Deals

The 3rd annual 10 Days of Thankful Crochet event is starting today. This event is a fun way to work with some of my favorite designers. Each day for the next 10 days we will each share one of our designs that represents something we are thankful for. The patterns will be only $1.00 per design for a limited time.

10 Days of Being Thankful Crochet Designers

Heidi from Snappy Tots. Heidi is one of the most energetic people I have worked with. I love her enthusiasm and her colorful designs she shares with all of us. Follow Heidi/Snappy Tots on: FACEBOOKPINTERESTINSTAGRAM, SHOP AND JOIN HER FACEBOOK COMMUNITY

Snappy Tots 10 Days Promo

Kristine from Ambassador Crochet. Kristine is one of the hardest working people I know and manages to keep her family first everyday. She is truly a kind and thoughtful person. Follow Kristine/Ambassador Crochet on: FACEBOOKPINTERESTINSTAGRAM, BLOGSHOP AND JOIN HER FACEBOOK COMMUNITY.

Kristine Mullins

Kate from Crafting Friends Designs. Kate was one of the first designers that really reached out and helped me, she has been a true friend and has pushed me when I needed it. I love her designs and her commitment to her family as well. Follow Kate/Crafting Friends Designs on: FACEBOOKPINTERESTINSTAGRAMBLOGSHOP AND JOIN HER FACEBOOK COMMUNITY.

Kate Wagstaff

And then myself, Christine from Sweet Potato 3. I feel honored to work with all 3 of these ladies and hope you enjoy all the designs you get to see over the next 10 days. I’d love to have you follow me on: FACEBOOKPINTERESTBLOGSHOP AND JOIN HER FACEBOOK COMMUNITY.

Christine Naugle

Family & Friends: Day 1

All the designers picked a design that represented the theme, family and friends today. All these patterns will be $1.00 with code “familyfirst”. I picked my Braided Beanie, because it comes in multiple size s from child to adult. I see the braid as our relationships with our friends and family an how our lives entwine with one another. See all the designs by clicking HERE. Make sure the discount applies before you complete checkout.

Serving Others: Day 2

For the second day of the Thankful Crochet event we focused on Serving Others. I selected my Deep Waters Prayer Shawl pattern for today, this design signifies the prayers that we say for others. Use the code, “2serve” to get each of today’s featured patterns for only $1.00, but hurry, the code is only good for 48 hours (expires 11/20/19). Click HERE to see all the patterns.

Throughout The Year: Day 3

For the third day of the Thanksgiving event we focused on projects that we can work on throughout the year. I choose my Equanimity Blanket, mostly because I love how it looks, with the rich texture and appealing stitches. This blanket actually works up fairly quick because it is made while holding 2 strands of yarn together.

I love the lovely scarf by Ambassador crochet, the open stitch works make this an ideal scarf for year round. The gradient handbag by Crafting Friends is so cute, I could definitely use this as a project bag each and every day. The darling monster pillow bed is so cute! Crochet the cute attached covers for pillows to create a fun bed-what a clever idea by Snappy Tots.

Grab all 4 or any one of these patterns. They are each $1.00 for 48 hours with code “yearlong3”, the code is only good through 11/21/19. See all of today’s patterns by clicking this LINK HERE.

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Win Patterns in our Grand Finale Drawing

Each designer is offering a free pattern to 4 winners. If you win you will receive 1 pattern of your choice from each of our shops.

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How to make a Twist Ear Warmer or Headband Tutorial

Have you been eyeing all the cute Twist Ear Warmer or Headbands? They seem to be everywhere and turn a basic Ear Warmer (or Headband) into a very cute accessory. Today, I am going to share how easy they are to make.

Twist Ear Warmer Tutorial

The technique used to make the twist ear warmer / headband is simply in the way you sew the crochet ends pieces together. You can use this technique with most crochet patterns.

I recently did a stitch tutorial for the mini bean stitch and included instructions on how to make this fun ear warmer. You can see the step by step tutorial by clicking this LINK HERE. Then come back here to sew it up with a twist.

Mini Bean Twist Ear Warmer

How to make a Twist in your Ear Warmers

You will need to finish your ear warmer to the correct length. Most adult ear warmers will be about 20″ long, but may be different due to how much stretch the stitches allow for. Follow the recommendation in the pattern you are following.

Instead of folding the ends together and sewing them up in a straight seam, fold each crochet end in half. Once they are both folded in half, nestle them inside each other and fold together.

Using a tapestry needle, you will sew the ends together. Make sure you work the top of the stitches for all 4 layers, working across the entire row ends. When you reach the end, secure with a knot and weave in your ends.

Turn your headband right side out and you are done. The Twist is sewn in and lays perfectly.

Twist Ear Warmer Tutorial

Watch A Step By Step Tutorial

If you are like me, watching a tutorial is very helpful, so I created this YouTube video just for you. Click HERE to watch it on YouTube and subscribe, or just watch below:

Share your Twist Ear Warmers or Headbands

I would love to see your twist ear warmer you made, please come and join my , Crochet & Conversations Facebook Group. It is a fun and engaging group where you can share all things crochet related, just click HERE and ask to join.

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Mini Bean Stitch and Ear Warmer Instructions

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One of my favorite stitches to crochet is the mini bean stitch. I love how it works up quick, has a rich texture to it and leaves your crocheted fabric plush and soft. Seriously, what could be better than this?

The mini bean stitch is pretty simple to learn. Today I am going to show you exactly how to crochet it step by step. Then, I will give you a way to practice your new stitch by working up a fun Ear Warmer.

Mini Bean Stitch Ear Warmer Pattern

How to Begin your Ear Warmer

I will start off by walking you through the stitch step by step. Then, at the end of the tutorial you can watch my YouTube video to make sure you understand each step correctly.

Use a Crochet Hook I (5.50 mm) and about 100 yards of worsted weight yarn. I used Red Heart Amore in the color, restful, and love how soft the headband came out. In fact, I was able to make 2 headbands with 1 skein of yarn.

Mini Bean Twist Ear Warmer

Gauge is not essential in this pattern but make sure your stitches are not so tight that the fabric is stiff. If you want to match my gauge it is as follows: using crochet hook I, 9 mini bean stitches and 14 rows resulted in a 4 inch square.

Begin the Ear Warmer Pattern

  • You will want to begin working with an odd number of stitches.
  • Begin with a beginning chain of 20.
  • Single Crochet in the 2nd chain from your hook and each chain to the end of the row and turn.
  • For Row 2, single crochet in each stitch across the row and turn.

How to Crochet the Mini Bean Stitch

  • Always begin your row with a chain 1, insert your hook into the first stitch and pull up a loop.
  • Yarn over and insert your hook back into the same stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop.
  • You will now have 4 loops on our hook, yarn over and pull through all 4 loops on your hook.
  • Chain 1, skip next stitch, repeat bean stitch in next stitch
  • Repeat across entire row.
  • For the 2nd row of mini bean stitches, you will chain 1 and turn.
  • Complete a mini bean in top of the mini bean from the last row, skip the chain and work the next mini bean in top of the mini bean of the prior row.
  • Continue working mini bean stitch rows until your ear warmer reaches 19 1/2 inches long

See How to Crochet the Mini Bean Stitch

If you are like me, watching a tutorial is very helpful, so I created this YouTube video just for you. Click HERE to watch it on YouTube and subscribe, or just watch below:

How to Finish Ear Warmers & Sew Twisted Seam

  • Crochet 2 more rows of single crochets and then fasten off leaving a long tail of yarn you will use to sew the ends together.
  • To get the “twist” in the headband, follow this easy tutorial you can see by CLICKING HERE.

This is another fun part in making the mini bean ear warmers. I put together a tutorial on how to sew the ends together to give it that perfect twist. Click HERE to watch a quick tutorial and finish your project.

Winter Wishes Scarf – Crochet Pattern

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The Winter Wishes Scarf is one of my favorite cozy scarves I have designed. It crochet design shows off one of my favorite thing… lots and lots of texture!

I made the scarf in a classic grey and it shows off the stitches and design so well. An easy button helps the scarf stay in place as it warms your neck on those brisk days. The optional fringe keeps the classic look of a winter accessory. You can dress up the Winter Wishes Scarf or keep it simple by switching up the button from a wooden to a sparkly gem filled button (see samples of this further in the post).

Winter Wishes Scarf Crochet Pattern

The Winter Wishes Scarf can be worn with a simple tee and jeans or with a black dress. It really is that versatile. Your loved ones will enjoy unwrapping this lovely scarf this holiday season, and there is a good chance it will be tried on right away.

About the Winter Wishes Scarf Pattern

The pattern comes in one size only that will fit most people. It is made in a worsted weight (#4) yarn and is crocheted with a size I (5.50 mm) hook.

In the sample of the Winter Wishes Scarf, I used Cloudborn Superwash Highland Worsted yarn. it is a beautiful, soft yarn that created amazing texture. The yarn is wool so it is nice and warm. Unlike most wool, the Cloudborn is NOT itchy at all. Check out the beautiful colors offered by clicking this (affiliate) LINK HERE.

Grab your copy of the Winter Wishes Scarf today on:

Use Different Yarns for a Different Look

I am so excited to share with you all the amazing scarfs my pattern testers made. They used different yarns and you can see how beautiful they are in different colorways and yarn brands.

Winter Wishes Scarf made in Plymouth yarns Hot Cakes

Tester, Stephanie Robinson, used Plymouth Yarns Hot Cakes (color: denim mix) on her Winter Wishes Scarf. It is a lovely self striping yarn and I love it in the rich blues with earthy neutral tones.

Brandi, owner of Craft Creations, tested the Winter Wishes Scarf and used Caron Big Cakes in the color, Grape Jelly. Such a fun and rich colorway to use on the design, Brandi did an amazing job.

Winter Wishes Scarf made in Caron Big Cakes

Christen Salinas also tested the pattern and used a gorgeous self striping yarn. She crocheted with Yarn Bee Sugar Wheel in the color, Peppermint to Be.

Enjoy more Crochet Fun

If you love this design, come on over and see more of my designs and join in on some fun crochet chatter in my, Crochet & Conversations Facebook Group, just click HERE and ask to join. Then, sign up for my blog notifications by entering your email address (just below my image to the right). You won’t get spammed, just lots of fun crochet patterns and ideas.

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Fish On Blanket – Crochet Pattern

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Releasing a new pattern is always a nervous moment because I question whether others will love it as much as I do. As I release the Fish On Blanket today, I am pretty confident this one will be loved by many. I poured so much energy and love into this design that I made for my hubby. 

The Fish On Blanket was designed as a new matching afghan to the entire Wildlife Cables Afghan Book. The striking silhouettes of the animals with an intricate border make designs appeal to many. Anyone who love the great outdoors and wants that “warmth of home” or a “weekend at the cabin” feel will think this blanket is a show stopper.

Fish On Blanket Crochet Pattern

The design of the blanket features a detailed and intricate frame that has twisting cables and an eye catching pattern. Likewise, the corner piece has a touch of whimsical charm. It is designed in a circle pattern that features a little more elegant look of maybe a wildflower. Well, that is kind of what I think of as I sit streamside watching my husband fish.

Fish On Side Panels    Fish On Corner Square

About the Pattern

I used Premier Yarn in Christmas Green and White for the Fish On Blanket. I really liked working in this yarn, it gave the blanket a little more of a plush feel than the other wildlife blankets. The bright, but not too bright, color of the Christmas Green was just what I was hoping for and it paired perfectly with the stark white contrast of the silhouette background. 

Fish On Blanket pattern by Sweet Potato 3

The main silhouette panel has multiple formats for you to choose from. A chart, or graph, is included to help create the fish silhouette. At the end of the pattern the graph has been enlarged so you can print it off on 4 pages and tape together for a larger format you can follow.

However, If you are not familiar with crocheting from a graph, a supplement has been added to the pattern. The supplement is a written form of the graph and is explained in detail, but essentially, it states how many stitches in each color to work. This piece of the pattern can also be a good way to double check your work.

Fish On Blanket Crochet Pattern

Where to get the pattern

Find the Deerly Beloved blanket in all of my pattern shops below:

You will enjoy crocheting this masterpiece and seeing it come to life. As you work all the pieces and sew them together each step is a new rewarding experience.

More Patterns You May Love

More Crochet Fun

Follow Sweet Potato 3 on Facebook to see more pattern releases, sales and crochet fun, just click HERE.

However, if you would enjoy a more interactive group experience, you need to join my Crochet & Conversations facebook group, click HERE. It is a ton of fun and I encourage everyone to share their projects, WIPS (works in progress) and inspirations. Plus you get exclusive deals, are the first to see new releases, give input on designs and have opportunities to win patterns. Join now and get to know others who also enjoy the art of crochet.

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2019 Crochet Cancer Challenge Last Week

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Our last week of the Crochet Cancer Challenge of 2019 is upon us. This week is your last chance to grab 4 new designs that will be releases and there are a few designs still available through the end of the month.

This post will be updated daily, through the end of the month, with the days new pattern. I will also keep the current available patterns posted for an easy reference. You can use this link all week long, or through the end of the challenge.

Just a friendly little reminder that when you download a pattern for FREE you are PLEDGING to make a minimum of one hat from that pattern to donate to a local Cancer Center or patient.

challenge pledge

Day 28: Poise & Envy

Today we get to have another returned designer, Poise & Envy. I love how unique her designs are and would love to have you check out her sites below:

Website / Instagram / Facebook Page

Poise & Envy has designed the, Radioactive Hat, today for all of you. She made her hat is grey to honor Brain Cancer. This design is available for Free in Exchange for your Pledge, and is available through October 31, 2019, just click this LINK.

Krissy’s Over the Mountain Crochet: Day 29

Today I am excited to have Krissy’s Over the Mountain Crochet, she is a return designer in the challenge and is always so helpful and generous. Please take a minute to visit her social media sites and tell her thank you for being a participant:

Website / Instagram / Facebook Page

Krissy’s Over the Mountain Crochet designed the Single Cable Chemo Hat just for us! She made it in one of my favorite yarns, Lion Brand Mandala, and made use it had the bright yellow in it to show support for Sarcoma, or bone, cancer. You know the drill-get the pattern for Free in exchange for your Pledge. Find out more about the Single Cable Chemo Hat by clicking this Link HERE.

Charisma Caps: Day 30

Today we get to see a super darling design by Charisma Caps. I love collaborating with Shay, her group is really focused on helping cancer patients. Here are a few words from her:

“My mother is a breast cancer survivor and we enjoy crocheting and donating chemo caps to our local cancer treatment centers.”

Shay Scofield, Designer Charisma Caps

Please take a minute to join her group and check out her page: Facebook Page

I love how Charisma Caps turned a simple beanie into an eye catching accessory. Check out how cute the Touch of Lace Beanie is! Grab it for Free in Exchange for your Pledge through the end of the month. Click this LINK to get the pattern, use code “CC2019”, good through October 31, 2019.

Charisma Caps Crochet Chemo Hat Pattern

CPD Designs: Day 30

CPD Designs is back for the 3rd year to sponsor a day in the Cancer Challenge. Here Bobbie Jo Slouch hat is so cute and will make a great chemo cap. Make your PLEDGE and get the hat for FREE with code “CC2019”. Just click this LINK HERE, code is only good through today 10/31/19.

Bobbie Jo Chemo Hat Crochet Pattern


Challenge Checklist

As the challenge progressed through the month, I received many requests for a checklist of the hats that were featured. Today I am offering you all a checklist that includes each day, the designer and the name of their hat. But, that’s not all. There are also some columns for your own tracking, you can fill out what size you made, what yarn you used and where you donated the hat.

Completing a checklist is NOT required. This is just a tool that you can have to keep track of your progress. Click this LINK HERE to download a copy of the checklist today.

Stay up to date on the rest of the month by following the Challenge on Sweet Potato 3’s social media outlets {linked above/at top of post} or by signing up with the newsletter that will be sent out every few days.

Information about the Crochet Cancer Challenge

  • Information explaining what the Crochet Cancer Challenge is, click HERE.
  • What type of hat should I make? What Sizes? Where do I get the patterns? Click HERE.
  • Yarn Recommendations to use for the hats, click HERE.
  • Where should I donate my hats, click HERE.
  • A fun start early project you can add to your hats, click HERE.
  • Challenge others to join and get tags you can print for your hats, click HERE.