Take A Walk on the Wild Side in Crochet Designs

April 12th is “Take A Walk on the Wild Side” Day, I found this interested and it made me stop and think. I am a pretty reserved person, and if you ask my kids, I am not one to take risks. So, as I reflect on this day I thought of the times in my life when I did take chances and it usually really paid off.

From a young age my parents talk about me being stubborn, refusing help and figuring things out on my own. I have learned from this to be a go getter (but, I have also learned to ask for help). Growing up on a farm taught me a good work ethic that was instilled in me at a young age.

In college I stepped out of my comfort zone and fought forest fires for a summer. It was a great opportunity to work hard and make good money which supported me financially through college. After that I got a job as a barista part time while still attending college, 4 years later I was the general manager of 5 cafes.

The biggest risk was my biggest reward. Marrying the love of my life, 21 years later and 3 kids later, I couldn’t be happier! But, when I look at my crochet business, what risks have I taken? Did I ever take a walk on the wild side?

Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Take a Walk on the wild side Day – It really is a holiday

Date When Celebrated : This holiday is always held on April 12

Walk on Your Wild Side Day encourages us to take a chance. It’s a call to the inner strength within you, to do something out of your comfort zone. Do something wild and crazy, and perhaps a little daring.

www.holidayinsights.com

A little Back Story on the Beginning of SP3

Sweet Potato 3 started back in January of 2013. I was designing crochet patterns that really focused on newborn photography. Collaborating with an amazing photographer helped me showcase my work and business really began to take off (I’ll have links to all these designs at the end of this blog post).

As precious as these design all are, crocheted newborn photo props were a phase, just like most things in life. The styles of newborn photography was changing. So, I needed to start to shift my designs to something more popular. Crochet hat designs was an easy transition and my designing tended to change in that direction. My business was still growing and I was excited to see it continue to strive.

I was being recognized by designers who I had looked up to and was even asked to join in a crochet design competition. It was called battle of the stitches and I was honored they asked me to join.

Design Competition

I have never been much of a competitor so when I said yes, it was definitely stepping out of my comfort zone. My hopes in joining was not to to win, but to be able to work along side some amazing designers that I looked up to. I cleared my schedule for the next 2 weeks to put my “designers hat” on.

competition

For the competition, all the participants were given a stitch that had to be used in a new crochet pattern. The stitch was announced, it was the Front Post Double Cochet Cluster Stitch.

When I saw the stitch I knew I was going to incorporate it into cables. But, I only had 2 weeks to design something, have my pattern tested and photos taken and be ready to release it.

I was trying to think of something small but my heart kept saying, “design a blanket”. I had never designed a blanket before and they are a big project that can take a lot of time to design.

Let the Challenge Begin

After chatting with the organizer, she encouraged me to go for the blanket design. The idea was in my head, it was unique and I was excited to give it a try. My first sample worked up and looked perfect.

Deerly Beloved Blanket Panel

Check out those cables and ridges, I was falling in love with the design. It seemed to be falling into place well. However, as I began the next step I frogged it so many times, but I knew it would come together if I stuck with it. It did and I was so proud of myself for finishing the larger design in such a limited amount of time.

Deerly Beloved Blanket

Just the Beginning

I finished my design, wrapped up the competition, and was very proud of how my blanket turned out. I felt as though I had created a masterpiece. Stepping out of my comfort zone and designing from out of my box had paid off! This was a new passion that I knew could go somewhere.

The feedback I received about the design was astonishing. I felt as though I was reaching a whole new realm of crocheters and it was so exciting. My design confidence was up and I was on a design role. It didn’t take long to make 3 more coordinating designs.

This is when I decided I wanted them professionally published…. yes, look at me, taking another walk on the wild side. I reached out to 3 published and heard back from 2 right away. Check it out.

I did it! The nerves could have easily kept me from ever joining that competition. However, I took a chance and pushed my creative skills. In each design I push myself to learn something new and teach that skill. I am thankful to love what I do. I have 5 professionally published books and over 250 individual patterns available in my shops (check out the links below).

The take Home Message

If your a crochet pattern designer, take some chances and do something totally out of the box. Have fun and reach for what you think is a little too far out there – you may surprise yourself.

Walk on the Wild Side

Links to the Newborn Props shown earlier

How Other Designers Took a Walk on the Wild Side

Bella Borsetta Clutch Crochet Pattern

Spring is in the air and everyone is on the hunt for some fun new patterns. As I sat down to decide what to design, I kept running across the cutest handbags and knew that I needed to design one. It didn’t take long for the Bella Borsetta Clutch crochet pattern to come into view and become a complete and ready design just for you.

Bella Borsetta Clutch

The clutch pattern is a great small crochet project. It is ideal to crochet during the warmer spring and summer months when we don’t want blankets or other big projects being created and laying on our laps.

Behind the Bella Borsetta Clutch Name

Bella Borsetta, just the sound of it is lovely and has a fancy ring to it’s name. Do you know what Bella Borsetta means? It is translated to “Pretty Handbag” in Italian, which is a perfect fit for this design. I need to thank Judy from my Crochet & Conversations Facebook group for suggesting it.

The Design

Designed as a small purse for your essentials. The clutch is about 5″ by 5″ and a perfect size for quick errands, evenings out or a day shopping. If you would like the clutch to be slightly smaller {like for a phone case} or larger {deeper to hold something like books} just adjust the length of the main body.

The crochet clutch has a beautiful decorative flap. The raised edges angle towards the center tip of the flap to accentuate the triangular closure. It is finished off with a slight scallop edge that resembles flower petals and adds that perfect touch of spring… plus the flirty tassel that adorns the front is just plain fun!

Video Tutorials Included

Crochet bags sometimes don’t hold their shape or they stretch in the wrong places. However, in this design the thermal single crochet stitch constructs the body of the clutch. It creates an extra thick fabric that assists in holding the shape of the clutch and preventing the dreaded “holes” in your crochet.

Thermal Single Crochet Stitch Tutorial

I have created a couple tutorials to assist you with the clutch pattern. The first tutorial is for the Thermal Single Crochet Stitch.

Fish Bone Cord

The next stitch tutorial included in the pattern is for the Fish Bone Cord. I love this cord because it creates a fun and unique woven and/or braid. You can make it with a single strand of yarn but it is ideal to use 2 strands held together for the clutch to make it a more appropriate thickness for the strap. Instructions on how to begin the cord can be found in the pattern.


See Samples Made by my Pattern Testers

Pattern testers work along side me to help me release patterns that are easy to read, follow and helps reduce the possibilities of errors (but we are human) in the pattern. I couldn’t do what I do without all their hard work.

I have to admit, it is super rewarding to see how amazing their samples turn out and know that the pattern does come out how it is suppose to-LOL! Check them out gorgeous their Bella Borsetta Clutches turned out


Materials Needed for Bella Borsetta Clutch

  • Crochet Hook H (5.00 mm)
  • Crochet Hook K (6.50 mm)
  • Worsted Weight Yarn (#4) ~ 180 yards       
  • Samples made using Berroco Comfort Worsted Weight Yarn colors: 9707 Boy Blue & 9709 Jadeite
  • Other Suggested Yarn:  see testers yarn in above section
  • Measuring Tape, Scissors, Yarn Needle

Bella Borsetta Clutch

Where to find the Bella Borsetta Clutch crochet pattern


More Handbag 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.

Houndstooth Pocket Cowl Crochet Pattern

Lately, I have been obsesses with the Hidden Pocket Cowls. The design concept is simple: I love cowls, I love pockets and so I combined them together and TaDa! However, the latest design is my favorite of them all, check out the Houndstooth Pocket Cowl Crochet Pattern.

Houndstooth Pocket Cowl

As I sit here writing this post there is about 3 feet of snow still on the ground. Even though it is March I am still in full swing winter wear mode. We are even heading to the ski slopes this afternoon! My closet is full of cowls since they are my favorite accessory.

If you are in a climate that is warming up, don’t let that stop you from making this trendy cowl. I just finished hosted a crochet along with the pattern and many are making them as Christmas gifts…. yes, you heard me right! Start checking those people off your list with a fun crochet project.

The Houndstooth Pocket Cowl

In the new Pocket Cowl design, I used a classic Houndstooth stitch. Although the stitch looks intricate and difficult, it is very simple and works up relatively quick. Make sure you check out some tester and CAL photos later in the post to see some amazing color combinations.

Colors are so fun to play with when crocheting this stitch. I do recommend using two colors so you can see the contrast. In my sample I used two shades of purple (try 2 shades of your favorite color) and loved how it turned out. For a classic look try a bold black/white or navy/white combo. Or, go totally out of your comfort zone and try to contrasting colors, you’ll be amazed and what colors actually work well together.

What’s all the Hype about the Hidden Pocket?

The cowl looks like a regular cowl when work. Turn the fold inside out and slide your hands into the hidden pocket.

The idea of hiding a pocket in a cowl came to me because of all the popularity in the pocket scarves right now. I love the idea of the pocket, but prefer wearing cowls. This was a simple way to meld the two together into a fun and stylish wearable.

Houndstooth Pocket Cowl Test Samples

The above test was done by Nicolee. She made her first cowl and loved it so much she had to make another one. Nicolee’s samples are perfect to see right next to one another to see how the colors are so fun and can totally change the look of the cowl and how the personality of the look can change so drastically with the colors you use.

The colors of spring are refreshing in the pattern test done by Susie. Susie shows how great the pockets are and how easily your hands just tuck right inside!

Tanya also decides that she enjoyed the pattern so much that she made 2 Houndstooth Pocket Cowls. The bold red really pops and I would sport this especially for the holidays! I also adore the neutral tones in the mossy green and cream, these are the colors that speak to me, they are more subtle but look classic. In this design Tanya made her pocket a solid color as well, what a great personal touch to the design.

Linda made a great sample, her photos really show off how beautiful the houndstooth stitch is. Trust me, the stitch sequence is so easy you will fall in love with it!

Below check out some more fun color combos from the crochet along that was hosted a few weeks ago.

Materials Needed for Houndstooth Pocket Cowl

  • Crochet Hook K (6.50 mm)
  • Worsted Weight Yarn (#4) in 2 colors to get the Houndstooth pattern – 675 yards            
  •             Main Color (MC) – 350 yards (sample made in Bernat Premium color: Deep Purple)
  •             Contrasting Color (CC) – 325 yards (sample made in Bernat Premium color: Baby Lilac)
  • Measuring Tape, Scissors, Yarn Needle
  • 4 Stitch Markers 

Where to find the Houndstooth Pocket Cowl crochet pattern


More Cowl 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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Crochet Tools – Worshiping My Mimmo Caddy

March is National Craft Month and the 2nd week of March is National Crochet Week. How do I celebrate such a fun event as a crochet designer? Well, I look into my crochet toolbox and find my favorite tools to share with all of you. This year, I have to admit that the tool I worship the most right now is my Mimmo Caddy by Mollie Ollie.

Mimmo Caddy in use

But, before I express why my Mimmo Caddy is my current prized crochet tool let’s share a little about March 11th and what all Worship Tools Day is really all about.

“Worship of Tools Day: This holiday is always held on March 11

There are few things that the male (female) population worships more than his or her tools. To some, a tool is a natural extension of their arm. So, Worship of Tools Day is a logical day of celebration…

Please note however, there are more than a few ladies who love to work with their hands, and find today to be an important holiday.

Celebrate today by working with tools, and buying a tool or two. Receiving a tool as a gift today, makes this truly a special day.

— Above Info pulled from www.holidayinsights.com

My Mimmo Caddy from Mollie Ollie

Back in September when my family was in the middle of moving {and bouncing from house to house each weekend} I needed something small to tote my projects around. It was important to me to have something that I could work from while sitting in the car. It needed to be organized and study. So, I was thrilled when I received my Mimmo Caddy.

Check out all those compartments! They are perfect for stacking skeins of yarn in and stashing your other tools. The side zipper pocket has elastic that holds your scissors, hooks pens in. The smaller pockets along both edges are also perfect for reading glasses, notebooks and random goods.

Mimmo Caddy

This was the perfect tote to use during those long car rides. But, as I am now settled (kind of) into a new home with a regular time to crochet I find myself using the caddy even more. I am currently working on some multi-colored crochet patterns and have multiple skeins of yarn on a project. The Mimmo is ideal and keeps them all organized and it is so easy to grab and work on and then nestle away quickly when needed.

So, although the Mimmo Caddy is not a “traditional” crochet tool like a crochet hook, scissors, needle, gauge guide or stitch marker that you would think of, it is most definitely my favorite tool that I use while crocheting!

You can get your own Mimmo Caddy by Mollie Ollie today. It is available on Amazon and ships through Prime. If you use my link below I even get a slight kick back.

What is Your Favorite Crochet Tool?

I would love to hear from you about what your favorite crochet tool is? Come and share your favorites in the comments on this blog post. Join my interactive Facebook group, SP3 Crochet & Conversations, and post your links or share a picture for us to enjoy.

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Beautiful Wooden Crochet Tools

Although my favorite tool is a felt tote I am such a sucker for anything made of wood! The natural element is soft and brings warmth so is an ideal fit for many of my designs. If you love wood, check out this round up of beautiful wooden tools by clicking HERE.

Wooden Crochet Tools

Favorite Tools from some Crochet Besties

The sharing continues. Check out these favorite tools that some of my crochet design besties have. I love hearing from them and seeing things from their perspective.

Easter Egg Pocket with Bunny & Chick Crochet Pattern

Do you ever see a craft that was popular in elementary school and a new crochet designs springs into your mind? That is exactly what happened to me a couple weeks ago, I immediately sat down and designed the Easter Egg Pocket with a Bunny or Chick Crochet Pattern.

Do you remember these cute paper weaving and cutting crafts from grade school? This is what was the inspiration behind the latest Easter pattern design.

I have fond memories of coming up with the best color combinations and then coloring so carefully to make the cute animals. As I sat down with my scrap yarn (which is a perfect way to use up all those leftover skeins) I fell in love with the egg pocket and cute animals.

Easter Egg Pocket Design

I love the weave look with the different colors of yarn. It just reminded me of a striped Easter Egg in spring colors. Immediately, I knew what stitch I needed to use to create this look and I already have a video tutorial of it! It is a basic block stitch that I used in my FREE Rock the Block Blanket that you can find by clicking HERE.

Crocheting this block stitch is so fun to see the weave created through the various rows. The pattern walks you through all the color changes and shape of the egg. The pocket can be made in a single color, or just 2 for a quilted look (see cream and teal sample) or add lots of colors for an Easter Egg look.

Bunnies & Chicks

After the Egg Pocket was completed I wanted a quick and simple bunny and chick pattern. The idea was to use the egg pocket as a pouch that it will slide inside of. After making several bunnies and chicks I saw how cute they turned out. Loving all the different pastel colors as they laid out, my daughter said the animals looked like sprinkles which she loves.

Tester Creations You’ve Got To See

You have to check out how adorable my pattern testers patterns turned out. I seriously adore them so much and love how many of the put a personal touch on them.

Where to get your copy of the Pattern:

The pattern includes the Easter Egg Pocket as well as the chick and bunny stuffies. Be sure to share your creations with me and I hope they become a favorite Easter Crochet pattern for you!

Other Easter 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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Setting Up Your Crochet Room Guide

Everyone deserves a creative crochet space to relax and crochet your projects in. This can be a small corner in your living room, an entire room full of shelves and inspiration, dedicated nook in your home or if your lucky enough an entire she-shed. I was excited when Tamara from www.porch.com asked if she could share with my readers her Cochet Room Guide.

Enjoy this guest blog post and I hope you are inspired and excited to create your space. Then at the end, make sure to check out the link to my tutorial on making a custom room design for your space.


Crochet Room Guide

Guest Post By: Tamara Segal 

Why is Crocheting Such a Popular Pastime? 

Many people wonder how to start doing crochet, and in the past years, it has become more popular because it is an excellent and fun way to make perfect presents for others and pieces for your home and wardrobe. There are a lot of benefits it has for your life. It reduces stress, anxiety, and the risk of Alzheimer’s and helps stimulate dopamine, and, in this way, allow us to feel happier and better. 

After you have become more familiar with the delicate art of crocheting, learning a few basic stitches, and starting with basic yarns and patterns, you will need some essential tools, and why not, creating a room or space for you to have your own crochet oasis at home. 

Before you begin, gather your crocheting supplies.

For this, you will not need to gather so many supplies; you can just start with the basics. The main item is a crochet hook, and there are plenty of sizes and types available. The most commons are the aluminum ones when beginning, but the most important thing is that you feel it comfortable in your hands. The three basics supplies are: 

  • Crochet Hooks 
  • A ball of wool or acrylic yarn 
  • Scissors 
  • Tapestry Needle 

There are many types of yarn as well, but by using some of them and the hooks, you will discover by yourself which one you like the most (and will also depend on what you are crafting). With some time, you’ll become a pro and start adding some items to your essentials list, but with these basics, you are ready to start getting into the crocheting hobby! 

Crochet Tools

How to create the crocheting room of your dreams

A little imagination and resourcefulness are all it takes to transform any room in your home into your dream crocheting space. You can use the pieces that you have made for the room or space décor. Whether you enjoy your crochet crafts on a comfy couch or in a spacious spare bedroom, use these DYI tips to transform your space into a creative oasis. 

Crochet Room Guide

Make sure your space is comfortable.

When spending some time doing crocheting, as it is very manual, you need to keep a comfortable position to avoid back, neck, and arm pain. You can do it on a sofa, a recliner, or even a comfy oversized chair where you can sit for hours if you are a crochet lover.

Nothing better than a calm and tranquil environment to boost imagination and creativity. 

As every time we try to find space for a new hobby at home, the first thing is to find the right spare room or corner where you will be working and start by decluttering it so you can have an organized space that boosts your productivity. 

Always be proud of the space you are dedicating to your crochet making; keep it tidy, so it’s always ready to use. Love your room, knowing it is for you alone! To have the ideal space, you do not need a whole room or a wall of yarn; sometimes, you need a little corner (although we can always dream bigger, can’t we?).

Crochet Room Design

Go with your own inspiration and experience. 

The most common projects when you are starting are headbands, cup holders, coasters, pouches, the popular and cute amigurumi, and more! With time you will be creating your own crafts, watching tutorials, learning from magazines and patterns you can find online. Just let go of your imagination and create the perfect space for you and your new crocheting hobby.

Crochet Room Design

Customize Your Space with a Free Tutorial.

I’d like to thank Tamara for her inspiration in this great article about your Crochet Room Guide. I love how she emphasizes that you don’t need an entire wall of yarn, just the basics. Carve out your space, make it tidy and inspiring and have fun.

Make sure you check out my Tutorial on how I made my space in my new home office by clicking HERE.

The tutorial includes how I used some simple crates from Hobby Lobby and a photo frame to create this simple little display. It made an ordinary office look like it was made for a crochet lover.

Weekend Hidden Pocket Cowl – Crochet Pattern

Last winter I released a Hidden Pocket Cowl that was so much fun! A unique design that is a spin off of the ever popular pocket scarves. But, I loved the first cowl so much that I dove in and designed a couple more. I am very excited to share with you all the Weekend Hidden Pocket Cowl!

Weekend Hidden Pocket Cowl

Weekend Hidden Pocket Cowl

I love the idea of wearing a warm cowl. On the brisk winter days here in Idaho, you need an extra layer of warmth to stay warm. Accessorizing with a cowl or scarf are great and an easy addition to give the same old outfit a brand new look.

In the Weekend Hidden Pocket Cowl, I used a beautiful mini cluster stitch. I love this stitch because it has a lot of height to it and makes the cowl work up very quick.

mini cluster stitch

I used a lovely skeins of Chroma Twist Worsted Weight Yarn in the color, Lupine. The rich blues and purples fade and twist into one another in a lovely eye catching way. The Chroma Yarn is from Knit Picks and can be found by click HERE.

What’s all the Hype about the Hidden Pocket?

The cowl looks like a regular cowl, it can be wrapped multiple times. In fact my favorite is to wear the cowl wrapped 3 times, it is so extra warm and cozy and works great when wearing a coat or jacket.

Weekend Hidden Pocket Cowl

The Weekend Hidden Pocket Cowl isn’t just a lovely accessory, but unwrap it and wear it as a long cowl….

A pocket is hidden in the bottom of the cowl. Just insert your hand for a little extra warmth, you are going to love the pocket feature in this cowl.

The Hidden Pocket Scarf

The idea of hiding a pocket in a cowl came to me because of all the popularity in the pocket scarves right now. I love the idea of the pocket, but prefer wearing cowls. This was a simple way to meld the two together into a fun and stylish wearable.

For my first Hidden Pocket Cowl I wanted a basic stitch that didn’t take away from the unique design. The stitch works up quick and you will love it. I do have a couple more hidden pocket designs with some fun stitches that will be released soon. Until then check out these lovely ones made by some of my testers.

Weekend Hidden Pocket Cowl Test Samples

Weekend Hidden Pocket Scarf test by Ana

Sample Made by tester Anna C. Ana made her sample in Yarn Bee Stitch 101 50/50 in the color Sage. She wrapped her couple twice for a luxurious look when not using the pocket.

Weekend Hidden Pocket Scarf Sample made by Martha

Tester Martha T used Red Heart with Love in the color, Berry. I love how rich this cowl turned out and Martha’s photo of the pocket in use really shows how easy and useful the pocket feature really is.

Weekend Hidden Pocket Scarf sample by Nancy

Pattern Tester Nancy used a very fun self striping yarn by Premier Everyday Worsted Weight yarn.

Materials Needed for Weekend Hidden Pocket Cowl

  • Crochet Hook J (6.00 mm)
  • Worsted Weight Yarn (#4) – 600-650 yards
  • Samples made in: Chroma Twist Worsted Weight Yarn in color: Lupine
  • Measuring Tape, Scissors, Yarn Needle Stitch Marker 

Where to find the Hidden Pocket Cowl crochet pattern


More Scarf 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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Modern Baby Sweater Crochet Pattern Round Up

Crocheting baby sweaters is a popular gift for new moms. It can be tricky to find crochet patterns for a more modern style because so have a vintage vibe. Why do we enjoy modern style so much? Modern style has a more lean and streamlined look and a simplistic look to it, making modern baby sweaters so appealing.

Pair a modern sweater with the preciousness of a newborn baby and you will want to swoon. I have rounded up some of my favorite baby sweater patterns that you will enjoy making. The difficult part will be deciding which pattern you will want to settle on making.

modern baby sweater

These modern baby sweater crochet patterns are the cutest on the market today. Many come in multiple sizes so you will want to make sure to check all the individual listings (one of them is even a Mommy & Me set). Many of the designs can be made for either a boy or a girl, just switch up the colors and it can work perfect for your needs.

Modern Baby Sweater Crochet Patterns

More Round Ups you will 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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Free Pet Amigurumi Crochet Pattern Round Up

Growing up we always had pet from dogs, horses, fish, geckos, barn cats to the week we had a chipmunk. So many fun memories with them all. I love to see my kids experience this same excitement. However, it isn’t always easy to get them what they want. For example, my daughter really wanted a guinea pig for Christmas this year. We compromised and she got a toy guinea pig in her stocking. She thought it was cute and was thrilled I just wish I would have crocheted her one. So in hind site I found some of my top picks for Free pet amigurumi crochet patterns.

I hope that you find one, two or three that you absolutely love. Each one of these crochet designs brings a smile to my face, and my daughters. She sat next to me as we browsed for the cutest crochet designs. So, if you have a young one in your life who has been begging for a pet to love and you are in a situation where you cannot provide one, check out these cute options.

Free Pet Amigurumi Crochet Patterns

Plan ahead this year, April 11th is National Pet Day, and I am sure that getting one of these cute ami’s would put a smile on someone’s face. Or, if you are in the market for an actual pet to love, here is a great article on The Top 13 Low Maintenance Pets for Kids, click HERE.

Free Pet Amigurumi Crochet Patterns

More Round Ups you will 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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Snap Closure Glasses Case – Free Crochet Pattern

Do you wear glasses? Whether you are like me and have aging eyes, have worn glasses most of your life or just protect your eyes from the sun, it is fun to have a cute handmade eye glasses case. Add a fun snap closer and our favorite craft of crochet, and you’ve got a perfect afternoon project.

A few years ago I turned the dreaded big 4-0! Honestly, life has been amazing after 40, with the exception of my eyesight. I have noticed I need to lean a little closer to see clearer. Then last week I renewed my drivers license and decided it is time for me to go see an eye doctor. Thankfully, we have an optometrist in the family.

Snap Pouch Glasses Case Pattern

Blue Light Reading Glasses

I don’t officially have a subscription for glasses so I have been relying on readers.com over the last year. Just a little magnification helps so much! Then, I started hearing about blue light glasses and the benefits of them.

Blue light blocking glasses can help to filter out a percentage of blue light and lessen eye fatigue when you’re working on your computer screen or using electronic devices. Say goodbye to digital eye strain with a pair of blue light blocking* glasses! Also available with magnified lenses, known as “blue light reading glasses”, for those seeking the benefits of both.

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Check out how cute my glasses are! I love the Tortoise shell of the rims. I mean if you have to wear glasses, you better make them cute. Right.

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Snap Pouch Glasses Case

How to make your Snap Closure Glasses Case

The snap closure on the glasses case makes it easy to slide your glasses in and out of the case. I used a quick and easy stitch that creates a thicker fabric to protect the glasses. I hope you enjoy learning something new and enjoy the tutorial.

The materials needed for the Glasses Case

  • Crochet Hook size G (4.00 mm)
  • Crochet Hook size H (5.00 mm)
  • Light Weight Yarn (#3) I used about 100 yards. In the sample shown, I used Lion Brand Vanna’s Style yarn
  • Metal Tape Measure – Tape should be ¾” wide (use an old one that you can re-purpose/upcycle if possible)
  • Tape – electrical tape is best, but duct tape or packaging tape will also work
  • Yarn Needle
  • Tin Snips or Old Scissors (cutting may dull the edges so don’t use your best pair)
Supplies for Glasses Case

Stitches & Abbreviations Used:

  • Ch = Chain
  • Sc = Single Crochet
  • FP = Front Post
  • St(s) = Stitch(es)
  • R = Row/Round

Completed Size of Glasses Case:

  • 3” opening and 7″ long, but instructions will allow you to customize the shape to fit any glasses

Pattern Notes

  • The pouch will be made while crocheting in the round working from the opening (top) down.
  • Beginning chain will not count as a stitch unless stated.
  • Gauge is very important when crocheting. However, in this design I will give you measurements to follow. Use these measurements to get the correct size of your finished glasses case.

Prep the Snap Closure

  • All glasses are different in size. It is a good idea to make your opening a minimum of 1 inch wider than your glasses. In this sample my glasses measure 2” so I made my opening 3”.
  • Cut 2 pieces of the tape measure 3” long (image shows just over 2″-follow the size noted in the above note for the size of your glasses).
  • Trim the sharp points so they are rounded, this will make them less likely to break through the tape and cut the yarn after construction.
  • Wrap the ends of the metal pieces with a sturdy tape. Electrical tape works best but you can use duct tape or packaging tape.
  • Set aside for use later.

Crocheting the Glasses Case

Using Hook G & Light Weight Yarn

Ch 32, making sure beginning chain is not twisted, join in first ch to form a ring (or chain as many chains as needed to equal the length of your prepared metal snap strips plus 2 stitches)

R1: Ch 1, sc in each ch around, join (32)

R2-4: Ch 1, sc in each st around, join (32)

At this point check to see if the rows are equal to the width of your tape. If they are then double your row count and add 1 more row (I met my width in 4 rows, therefore I will complete a total of 9 rows (*4 rows x 2 = 8 rows + 1 more row = 9 total rows) Make sure to adjust for your tape width.

After completing the 9 rows (or the number of rows needed *see notes above), fold the crochet piece in half. I liked having a little different look to the stitches so I folded mine so the back side of the sc rows was showing on the outside, this was just personal preference and you can fold either way you want.

Place one of the prepared metal pieces inside the fold. Make sure the curved side of the measuring tape is facing the outside of the case.

Single Crochet the snap strip into the fold by crocheting through the tops of the stitches from your last row AND through the beginning chain. Complete half of the row (16 stitches in my sample). Insert second prepared snap strip, again making sure the curved edge is facing outside. Continue to sc together around the rest of the row.

The opening snap of the eye glass case has been made. Just press on the edges and will snap open!

Change to Hook H (5.00 mm)

The body of the pouch will be made in rounds and made to the length of your glasses. Increase your hook size up two sizes

The first row will be the most difficult because the stitches from the snap section are tighter. Be patient and work slow, after the first round it is much easier.

Ch 1, FP single crochet around, do not join, you will work in continuous rounds.

Continue to FP single crochet in each stitch around until the length of your case (not counting the snap portion) measures the length of your glasses. Mine was about 7″ long.

Once the length has been reached, slst into the next stitch and fasten off leaving a long tail. Use that left over tail of yarn to sew/seam the bottom together and you are done!

More fun Crochet Tutorials Free from Sweet Potato 3

  • How to make a Twist Ear Warmer – click HERE
  • Dream Catcher Delight Wall Hanging – click HERE
  • Tree Garland and Gift Tags – click HERE
  • Hot Pads & Kitchen Scrubby with Gift Tag Printable – click HERE

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Sweet Valentine’s Heart Crochet Pattern Round Up

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. In a year when we are all still stuck at home it is a great opportunity to make something handmade for your loved ones. A Sweet Valentine’s Heart was what I wanted to see today so I enjoyed an afternoon browsing fun patterns on Etsy. I feel so fortunate that I can share these fun designs by others with you.

How about checking out some Sweet Valentine’s Heart patterns in this fun round up. There is something for everyone on your loved ones list this year.

Sweet Valentine's Heart Crochet Patterns

Hearts are the symbol for love and affection. All these patterns include a heart in some form from treat bags, scarves, mitts, flowers, stuffed cuddlies and so many more.

Sweet Valentine's Heart Crochet Pattern Round Up

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How Crochet Helps and Heals People

Crocheting has always been more than just a hobby for me, it is also like a therapy. After a stressful day, I can always unwind and relax while crocheting. I know many people also use crochet as a way to heal, especially during the annual hat drive for the Crochet Cancer Challenge.

Crochet Helps

This year I was so excited to have Marly Bird join as a designer in the challenge. We got to chatting and she asked if she could do a guest blog post about how crochet helps and heals. She wrote a lovely post and I am honored to share it with you all today.


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Crochet is a wonderful craft that’s simply a lot of fun to do. However, there’s also a lot more to it than that for many people. People use crochet as therapy to heal from depression, anxiety, and stress. People also use crochet to work through the challenges of both short and long-term physical health conditions. Crochet heals individuals and can bring communities together.

Crochet As Stress-Relief

One of the biggest ways that crochet helps people is through stress-relief. The modern world presents so many stressors, especially in 2020! Stress can lead to, or exacerbate, a variety of other health issues. Therefore, by controlling stress levels, you improve overall health. 

Crochet has been proven to offer relief from stress:

  • Focusing on the stitches and sensations of crocheting brings you into the present moment.
  • You can even practice mindfulness and breathing while you crochet.
  • The repetitive motions of crocheting row after row or round after round release serotonin which helps bring happiness back into your body.
  • In general, the craft grounds you in your body, allowing you to release the stress of the outside world.
  • There are so many things in the world that we have no control over. However, it helps to focus on what we can control. Being able to choose yarn and patterns and work those stitches to produce something tangible is healing.
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Learn More: Craft Yarn Council’s Mary Colucci shared thoughts about how to Stitch Away Stress on the Yarn Thing Podcast with Marly Bird.

Crocheting Through Depression and Anxiety

As aforementioned, studies show that repetitive motions including those of pulling up loop after loop in crochet can release serotonin which helps improve depression symptoms. And in the same way that coming into the present moment with crochet helps reduce stress, it can also lower symptoms of anxiety.

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Crochet has also been found to help people with depression and anxiety because it interrupts the ruminations of the mind. Particularly in depression, but also in terms of the worrying aspect of anxiety, the mind wants to go over the same old stories again and again. This makes the symptoms of a condition worse. Interrupting that by counting stitches, refocusing on the pattern at hand, and creating something beautiful can give your mind a much needed restorative break.

Moreover, crochet has been found to boost self-esteem. Many people struggling with depression have low self-esteem. Crochet is a way that you can create something beautiful, functional, or just plain interesting. You can give crochet as gifts. Maybe you can even sell some crochet items or patterns of your own to contribute some income to the household. All of this helps people struggling with depression and anxiety to move forward.

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Fun Fact: Crochet designer Ellen Gormley was a mental health counselor who used therapeutic crochet to help people with depression and anxiety. Learn more about her here.

Crochet During Chronic Illness

Many of the same reasons that crochet helps with mental illness also help when someone is coping with a physical illness. If you’re wiped out from chemo treatment, you might begin to feel like a useless burden upon your family; crocheting items that give them joy can be a way that you overcome that feeling. If you’re stressed about medical test results, learning to practice mindfulness through crochet can help you stay in the present moment and feel as much peace as possible while dealing with those challenging things.

Vibrato Violin

Fun fact: Music is also healing. The Vibrato Violin Crochet Blanket Pattern combines a love of music and a love of crochet in one healing blanket pattern. A related fun fact is that established crochet designer Dora Ohrenstein had a career in music before her career in crochet.

Crocheting for Charity is a Healing Act

Each year since 2014 Sweet Potato 3 has hosted the Crochet Cancer Challenge as a way to raise awareness and funds for people living with cancer. It’s also a way for the community to come together. Many designers share their patterns for the challenge. For example, one of the contributions this year was the Wings of Hope hat pattern from Marly Bird. This is a warm and cozy crochet hat patterns with a fun pom on top, made of soft yarn so that someone going through chemo treatment could comfortably wear it.

Wings of Hope Hat

Charity crochet helps with healing in a variety of ways including:

  • Studies show that focusing on helping others is good for your own mental health.
  • You can feel useful in the face of big challenges including when you or a loved one get a scary diagnosis. Crocheting for others in that same community can feel very healing.
  • When you share about crocheting for charity, or participate in something like the Crochet Cancer Challenge, it allows you to spread the word about causes that you care about. This is empowering.
  • It helps you connect to your community of people. Community itself is also healing. And connecting with other crocheters who share your same causes of concerns can be a very therapeutic experience.

How to Choose a Healing Crochet Pattern

People need different things when it comes to healing crochet. Some people find that they need to work on new crochet techniques or a challenging crochet pattern, because that’s the only way to get their mind to quiet down. Overwhelmingly, though, when seeking stress relief crochet, people seek easy, repetitive crochet stitches that allow both body and mind to get lulled into a healthy rhythm. 

Stellar Stripes

Marly Bird’s Stellar Stripes Shawl (also available in a knit pattern version for those of you who are bi-crafty) is a good example. It’s a repeating stitch pattern using simple single crochet and half double crochet stitches. However, after every two rows, you change colors to create the stripes. You get the meditative repetition with just enough of a steady interruption that your mind can’t wander into dark, worried places so much. 

Plus this crochet pattern is designed to be made with yak yarn, which has a soft luxuriousness to it. Why does that matter? Because crochet has the potential to engage all of your senses, enhancing the healing potential. Choose yarn that feels good to the touch in colors that truly delight you and your crochet project will make you feel that much better.

This is a guest post by Kathryn Vercillo, author of Crochet Saved My Life, working in collaboration with Marly Bird. Follow Marly Bird on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, or Pinterest. You can also sign up for her free newsletter, which includes many links to new free patterns each week.

Herringbone Knotted Cowl & Ear Warmer Crochet Pattern

I love playing with popular stitches and trying to make them unique and put a twist on them. I had an idea in my mind and was trying to come up with a fun stitch and ended up creating a knotted stitch while crocheting the Herringbone stitch.

Fall in love with the bold texture and soft cushy feel to the stitch. So, I jumped in and quickly designed a fun infinity cowl and coordinating ear warmer pattern. I am so excited to share with you the Herringbone Knotted Cowl & Ear Warmer crochet pattern.

Herringbone Knotted Cowl & Ear Warmer Crochet Pattern

About the Herringbone Knotted Cowl & Ear Warmer

I love crocheting any herringbone stitch but I like to put a new spin on stitches or on the way they are used. I fell in love with the way these knotted stitches appeared see how or bold they look while feeling so soft and warm. You will fall in love with making this cowl and then you will want a matching ear warmer to go along with it.

Herringbone Knotted Stitch

The pattern can be worked holding 2 strands of a very light worsted weight yarn together (I used Mighty Stitch which is very close to a DK weight yarn). Or you can use a heavy worsted weight yarn to make the set. Then have fun with the colors and scramble them up as I did (details on color changes are in the pattern) or make it a solid color or use a self striping or ombre yarn, the possibilities are endless for different looks with this pattern.

About the Pattern

The pattern comes in One Size Fits Most for the cowl and an Adult sized Ear Warmer/Headband pattern.

The cowl can be worn multiple ways as shown below, I just can’t decide which is my favorite.

See my Testers Samples

I had some of my pattern testers share their tests with me and I love the colors they used and how each one shows an entirely different personality.

Test by Jillian

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Winter Wishes Cowl – Crochet Pattern

The popular Winter Wishes Scarf and Headband inspired another design using the same rich textured stitches. The Winter Wishes Cowl is made as an oversize cowl that is so warm and cozy.

The Cowl can be made with or without fringe so it will suit your style. Have it lay nicely capping the shoulders for a warm layer or wear it as a triangle scarf (more of a hang around the neck) for a cozy feel. Either way, you will love the look.

Winter Wishes Cowl

About the Winter Wishes Cowl Pattern

The pattern comes in three sizes for adults: small, medium, large/Xlarge. The Winter Wishes Cowl works up quick. It is made with a worsted weight (#4) yarn and is crocheted with a size I (5.50 mm) hook or crochet hook J (6.00 mm) depending on the size you make.

The cowl is crocheted as a flat piece that is stitched together at the end to create the wrap. A full photo tutorial on how to add fringe is also included.

Make the cowl in a solid color for a bold look or switch it up with self-striping yarn or ombre for a fun twist. Check out some of the samples made by my pattern testers below:

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Winter Wishes Ear Warmer – Crochet Pattern

My top selling pattern in 2020 was the Winter Wishes Scarf. The texture is amazing and it is a fun design so I decided to add to the collection and make a coordinating Winter Wishes Ear Warmer pattern.

The ear warmers are made in a rich mustard yellow and show off the amazing textures that are created in the stitches.

About the Winter Wishes Ear Warmer Pattern

The pattern comes in three sizes from child up to adult. The ear warmers work up quick with a worsted weight (#4) yarn and is crocheted with a size I (5.50 mm) hook.

Switch up the color, add striping yarn or ombre for an entirely new look. Check out some of the samples made by my pattern testers below:

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More Patterns You May Love

If you love the Winter Wishes Ear Warmer make a point to check out the coordinating Scarf and Cowl

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