Darling Animal Applique Crochet Patterns

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My popular Sleep Tight Teddy Bear Blanket is one of the cutest additions to any nursery. However, Teddy Bears may not be the theme so it is fun to switch it up and customize the blanket with other Darling Animals.

I rounded up some of my favorite Darling Animal Appliques that would be ideal to add to your Sleep Tight Blanket or to any other blanket, sweater, bag, or more.


If you use any of the appliques, I do recommend you double check the sizing. Appliques can be made slightly larger or smaller by adjusting your hook up or down a size. Have fun making them and please share your projects in my interactive facebook group: Crochet & Conversations

Darling Animal Applique Crochet Patterns

How to Sew on Appliques

I created this tutorial on how to sew on appliques to your crochet piece so you can not see it from the reverse side. This will give your project a professional look.

Cascading Fringe Wall Hanging Tutorial & Kit

Wall Hangings with fringe are all the top trends in home decor right now and I love the simplicity of the look to the Cascading Fringe design.

I worked in collaboration with BluPrint to come up with a beginner level wall hanging. We decided on a neutral color scheme with blush tones and used basic supplies to create the look.

Cascading Fringe Wall Hanging Sample Photo

Cascading Fringe Video & Photo Tutorials

The Wall Hanging has 3 video tutorials hosted by, Vanessa Vargas Wilson. Vanessa did an amazing job showing the details in each step to create the perfect look therefore, even a beginner can easily follow along.

Supplies Needed to Create your Own Cascading Fringe Wall Hanging

Cascading Fringe Supplies Needed

To make the Cascading Fringe Wall Hanging you have a couple of options. Purchase the Kit through BluPrint and you will get everything you need including the 3 skeins of yarn, wooden dowel and the metal ring.

You can also purchase the supplies on your own or use your own scrap yarn from your stash. If you are looking for the supplies used in the sample you can see the affiliate links included below:

  • Sprightly Yarn (3 skeins – 1 of each color), click HERE
  • Wooden Dowel (this one is slightly shorter but has the end caps on it so will work just as good), click HERE
  • 10″ Metal Ring, click HERE
Cascading Fringe Wall Hanging

Where to find the Kit & Videos

As I mentioned earlier, the Cascading Fringe Wall Hanging can be made by nearly anyone, it is a beginner level project. But, trust me, this is fun for even experienced crafters.

Cascading Fringe Up Close Details

Get all the details on the Cascading Fringe Wall Hanging on BluPrint by clicking HERE. Keep in mind that the Kit does not have any “crochet” in it, so this would make a great gift for any crafter or anyone wanting to give it a try.

Do you Love Wall Hangings?

If you love wall hangings but want to incorporate some crochet into it? Well, check out the fun Forest Friends Wall Hanging. Pick from any of the 6 animal faces to make this whimsical decor perfect for your room: fox (or wolf), owl, skunk, raccoon or deer.

Forest Friends Wall Hanging

Get more details on the Forest Friends Wall Hanging and the coordinating Blanket & Pillow by clicking HERE.

More Crochet Fun

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One More Quick Look at the Project

Cascading Fringe Wall Hanging

Year in Review – Sweet Potato 3 {2019}

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At the End of each year it is fun to look back and see what all you have accomplished, kind of a Year in Review. I love doing this with my family to see how much we have grown, challenged one another and became closer.

It is important to do this in our business too. I loved looking over what accomplishments 2019 brought for Sweet Potato 3, thus, I wanted to share it with you! Check out all the new designs that were released, the re-releases, the CAL’s and few other events where I got to meet so many wonderful people…. let’s peak into Sweet Potato 3’s Year in Review.

Sweet Potato 3 Year in Review 2019

Winter & Spring {Year in Review January – April 2019}

In the spring it just seems as though there is always someone having a baby. The sweet gift of life is simply precious, and I love working with my newborn photographers. I designed a couple rompers this year, see the delicate look that is ideal for photography in the Precious Newborn Romper set, details can be found HERE.

However, the Classic Romper is designed more for everyday wear with it’s closed stitches. Designed more like a sleeper for the newborn you will love making this piece, find all the pattern details by clicking HERE.

Year In Review Classic Baby Romper

Arrow design are popular this year and found in so many home decor themes, therefore it was natural to make a blanket featuring the repeating arrows.

Designed to crochet as one piece with simple color changes and then elevated with the raised stitches that really shows off the repeating arrow design. Check out more about the design by clicking HERE.

With spring right around the corner it was time to make a fun poncho for the upcoming warmer weather. Without a doubt, my pattern testers helped name this beautiful design, the Whispering Willows Poncho. You will love crocheting this poncho design, click HERE for more details.

Year in Review Whispering Willows Poncho

Forest Friends and little animals are trending themes in nurseries and toddler rooms. Not only did I designed a blanket, but also designed was a coordinating pillow and wall hanging. Likewise, this makes a darling gift set that anyone will love, check out all the details in the Forest Friends Set by clicking HERE.

Thank you to BluPrint for supplying this super soft self striping yarn featured in the new blanket design, Sweet Serendipity. Furthermore, the pattern introduced some fun new stitches that I hope you all enjoyed. Click HERE for more info on the crochet pattern.

Year in Review Sweet Serendipity Blanket

Summer {Year in Review May – August 2019}

Summer is my “slow down and hang out with the kids” time of the year. So, my pattern releases slowed down a bit but I still worked up a couple really cute designs that I hope you all enjoyed.

At this time school is letting out and/or starting up many of us show our appreciation for teachers. The Teachers Take Note set if a really fun set to make up. First off, the Pencil and notebook paper snap pouches are great for storing and secondly, the apple cozy tops off the set perfectly. Check out the design and the details by clicking HERE.

Year in Review Teacher Take Note Set

Golf Lessons are on the calendar this year for the kids, therefore I had to design some golf club covers. The set comes with 3 sizes of covers, while each cable differs in design the looks all coordinate together. Get more information on the pattern by clicking HERE.

Year in Review Golf Club Covers

Looking ahead to Fall, I released some of my oldest Halloween Hat patterns for FREE. So many cute hats it is hard to decide which one you want the most… so, why not grab them all!

Fall {Year in Review September 2019}

Fall brings lot’s of reflection time and was therefore the ideal time to release and host the Deep Waters Prayer Shawl CAL. The Crochet Along is over, but you can get the pattern by clicking HERE.

Year in Review Deep Water Prayer Shawl

As the weather begins to turn we may not be ready for full blown warm gear, but we need a little something to take the edge off. The Mountain Peaks Fingerless Mitts were released and are another fav design of the year, get more information about the design by clicking HERE.

I designed a fun everyday tote called the, Not Your Average Bag. Undoubtedly, this is designed like the unique Chinese Knot Bags and includes a unique bow design around the bottom and the particular handle loops create an ideal and easy closure. Get all the details on this new pattern by clicking HERE.

Year in Review Knot Your Average Bag

Learning to crochet from graphs

After receiving many requests, I hosted a session on how to crochet from a graph. If you missed it you can still join the Crochet & Conversations group and rewatch it. To grab the sample graph used in the tutorial and all the other info click HERE.

Crochet Cancer Challenge {Year in Review October 2019}

In preparation of the October Cancer Challenge the Emerald Stone Hat was released. There was especially a lot of meaning behind the design and color in this hat.

Designed in honor of my Uncle who lost his battle to Liver Cancer, the Emerald Stones hat was the first design in the challenge. Read more about the design by clicking HERE.

Emerald STone Hat

October was spent just like the last 5, full focus was on the Crochet Cancer Challenge. 2019 was by far the biggest we have had and I am so excited to say we pledged over 60,000 hats to be handmade and donated to cancer patients all over the world. You can find more info about the challenge by clicking HERE.

Crochet Cancer Challenge

And Yes, there will be another Crochet Cancer Challenge in 2020!

Back into Winter {Year in Review November 2019}

Without a doubt, a new look emerged from an old design as I reworked the Summer Daze Wrap pattern in Mandala yarn. Get more info on the Summer Daze Wrap pattern by clicking HERE.

summer daze wrap crochet pattern

Designed as a new pattern to coordinate with the Wildlife Cables Afghan series, the Fish On Blanket can be interchanged with the other designs. The fish design was a request from my husband, therefore there was a little extra love in this design, find more info about this design by clicking HERE.

Fish On Blanket Crochet Pattern

Sometimes you just fall in love with a design, that happened with the Winter Wishes Scarf. Both of the samples I made ended up as gifts for my sister in law and my mom for Christmas. Which one do you like best, solid or self striping yarn? Find more info about the pattern by clicking HERE.

Twist Headbands are everywhere you look! A quick tutorial was made showing how to make the twist in the headband as well as how to crochet the mini bean stitch. The mini bean is one of my favorite stitches and works up perfect in a twist headband.

Find a tutorial for the mini bean stitch by clicking HERE and the tutorial on how to make the twist headband by clicking HERE.

Mini Bean Twist Ear Warmer

Everyone needs a fun blanket for the colder months, check out the Don’t Moose with Me Blanket, because of the bigger size and the oversized tassels this has a little extra charm to it that I love. Check it out in more detail by clicking HERE.

Year in Review Don't Moose with Me Blanket Crochet Pattern

Hosting Crochet A Longs is one of my favorite things to do. Additionally, the Addictive Angles Ear Warmers was one of my all time favorites and I loved seeing everyones final pieces. You can still grab the pattern by clicking HERE.

Year in Review Addictive Angles Ear Warmer Crochet Pattern

Gearing up for the Holidays {Year in Review December 2019}

Being in the full spirit of the season, I set the Elf Hat with a Curved Tip up as a FREE design! Grab this fun pattern for free anytime by clicking HERE.

Year in Review Elf Hat with Curved Tip Crochet Pattern

Working with a new yarn that hasn’t been released is always exciting! I loved designing the Snow Drifter Cowl and seeing it work up in the new Sprightly Self Striping Yarn.

The hard part is waiting for that yarn to be released! However, It was worth all the waiting. Get all the info about the cowl pattern by clicking HERE.

Year in Review Snow Drifter Cowl Pattern

A re-release of a favorite pattern was so much fun to work on, the Cross My Heart Hat & Fingerless Glove Set. A thick, textured stitch creates the unique look of the Cross My Heart designs. You can find more info by clicking HERE.

Year in Review Cross My Heart Hat & Gloves Set

I ended the year with a Free tutorial on how to make a traditional Hot Pad & Scrubby for the kitchen.

Combine a couple hot pads and a scrubby to make a great gift set, but top it off with a cute printable. If you start now, you can have a set for everyone you know next year. Find the post with more info & the printable by clicking HERE.

Year in Review 
Hot Pad Scrubby Crochet Tutorial with Printable

What an amazing 2019

Reflecting on all the fun I had in 2019 I eagerly await the beginning on 2020. Looking forward, we are going to have some fun with our crochet designs, Crochet Alongs, Charity Events and Learning. Make sure you follow along by subscribing the the Sweet Potato 3 Newsletter by clicking HERE.

Then come and join my Crochet & Conversations group on facebook for an interactive place to chat and learn about crochet. Come and join the fun by clicking HERE.

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Hot Pad & Scrubby Crochet Tutorial with Printable

I love receiving handmade practical gifts and today I am going to show you just that. I am going to walk you through how to make a traditional hot pad and dish scrubby and I will give you a cute printable to make your gifts perfect.

Hot Pad Scrubby Crochet Tutorial with Printable

Hot Pad Crochet Tutorial

To make the hat pad, all you need is worsted weight yarn, a crochet hook K (6.5 mm), a yarn needle and some scissors. Gauge isn’t essential in making the hot pad but will affect your final size. It is important that your stitches are tight enough that the heat from the pans doesn’t go through, but keep in mind these will be double layered.

To begin, you will crochet your beginning chain and will want it to be the diagonal length of your hot pad. I want my final hot pad to measure about 7″ X 7″ square, and I am going to save you the lesson on math, I want my diagonal to measure about 9″.

  • Using your crochet hook K, chain 36
  • Sc in the 2nd chain from your hook and in each remaining chain to the end
  • do NOT join, you will work in continuous rounds
Hot Pad STitch Tutorial
  • Sc in the first sc and in each stitch around
  • Continue working sc’s in the round
Hot Pat Tutorial Row 5

Want to Include Stripes / Color Changes

Because the hotpad naturally folds at an angle, you will want to work your color changes in the stitch immediately before the seam/fold, instead of in the first stitch of each row.

This is best done if you just eyeball where the edge of the hotpad is and work your color change in the top of that stitch. If you are working only 1 row of color change, make sure you complete the entire round plus one more stitch.

Continue to work rounds of single crochets until the top of the row meets in the middle and lays nicely. There should be no space between the edges and the seam should not pucker either.

Sew the seams together using the Mattress stitch, working under both loops of the stitch. Work your yarn from the inside of the hot pat to the outside (see video below). After the seam is stitches close, secure with a knot and weave in all ends.

A set of hot pads is always nice to receive. So, I recommend making a second one that coordinates with your first hot pad.

Scrubby Crochet Tutorial

Scrubbies are so much easier than they were to make years ago. Thankfully, many yarn companies are making yarn that is made specifically for scrubbies. In the tutorial I used Red Heart Scrubby. With one skein of yarn you will be able to crochet at least 4 scrubbies.

  • Ch 2, in 2nd chain from hook crochet 8hdc, join in top of the 1st hdc to create a round
  • Begin with a ch 1, work 2hdc in each st around, join in top of 1st hdc (16 total stitches in round)
  • Ch 1, [2hdc in 1st st, hdc in next st], repeat [] around, join in top o f 1st hdc, fasten off (24 total stitches in round)
  • Repeat steps above again but to not fasten off after round 3
  • Hold back sides of both circle crochet pieces together
  • In this next round you will work through both pieces, crocheting them together
  • Ch 1, [2hdc in 1st st, hdc in each of the next 2 sts], repeat [] around, join in top of 1st hdc, fasten off and weave in all ends (32 total stitches in round)

Add Printable Tags for the Holidays

Now you have an amazing set of 2 hot pads and a scrubby! Get read to assemble them into the perfect holiday gift by adding a simple but catchy tag.

Are these not the cutest! You can download a copy of the tag on a regular 8 1/2 X 11 paper. There will be 6 tags per sheet. I do recommend you print them on cardstock to give them a little extra sturdiness.

Once you have printed the tags, cut them to size and use a hole punch on the double holes in the middle of the tag. Using scrap yarn and a needle, attach the tags to your 2 hot pads and scrubby. I show how simple this step is in the video tutorial below.

Print your tags by clicking HERE.

See how easy these gift sets are to assemble

I created a video below that will walk you through all the steps discussed above including:

  • How to make a traditional hot pad
  • How to make a perfect scrubby
  • Assembling your gift set with printable tag

If you enjoyed this Tutorial, check out the ones below:

More Crochet Fun

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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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Cross My Heart Hat & Gloves Crochet Pattern Set

I am always in search of a classy, cute, unique gift set I can make. My Popular Cross My Heart Scarf & Headband has always been a favorite of many, so I added a lovely hat and fingerless gloves!

I love how beautiful the stitches in the entire Cross My Heart Collection are, and they show off perfectly in the hat and fingerless gloves.

Cross My Heart Crochet Pattern Hat & Gloves

All About that Hat (Cross My Heart-that is)

The hat is designed to have a little slouch to it, this just enhances the look of the plush stitches as the fold in the creases that create the slouch.

The hat is made from the bottom up, with the band being crocheted in an almost knit looking stitch. This streamlined stitch is soft and creates just enough elasticity to shape the hat.

The hat comes in many sizes from toddler up through adult, so go ahead and make one for everyone in the family!

Fingerless Gloves

I have to admit, I love fingerless gloves and think they are one of the most practical accessories to wear. My hands are always cold, but I need to be able to use my fingers freely. So, fingerless gloves are a must!

Just like the hat, the gloves are made with the same plush stitches that create this unique crocheted fabric. The gloves work up quick and come in sizes from toddler up through adult. These gloves can make a great last minute gift idea.

The Sprightly Yarn – my new favorite!

I made the Cross My Heart hat and fingerless gloves in Sprightly Acrylic Worsted Weight yarn. I have had the opportunity to design with this amazing yarn on multiple occasions and I really enjoy working with it.

The yarn comes in many beautiful colors (I used Dusty Rose) which we all love. The yarn is the perfect weight for most projects, is very soft and washes up well. Check out the entire color line of Sprightly yarn by using this (affiliate) link by clicking HERE.

Were you can get the Cross My Heart Patterns

You can get the Cross My Heart Hat & Gloves as a set, which has a discounted price because you are getting both patterns together. But, if you already have one and only need the other, you can also get them separately.

Have you seen the rest of the Cross My Heart Collection? It includes so many fun pieces including a vest, scarf, headband, a triangle shawl and of course the hat and gloves.

Cross My Heart Collection

To find more information on the entire set of all these fun patterns you can click this LINK HERE.

More Crochet Fun

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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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Snow Drifter Cowl Crochet Pattern

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Warm, Soft and Inviting is what we need during this time of year and a cowl can do just the trick! The Snow Drifter Cowl is my latest design and I know you are going to fall in love with it.

The rich texture and warmth in the stitches makes this design luxurious at the highest level. The V Puff stitches are the perfect thickness and really show off the natural stripes of the yarn.

Snow Drifter Cowl Crochet Pattern

Isn’t this cowl striking. I could seriously wear this each and every day, it is warm and plush.

Snow Drifter Cowl is all about the Yarn!

I have been so fortunate to work with BluPrint on different crochet projects. So, when they sent me a couple skeins of Sprightly Acrylic Self Striping yarn that they were going to release this season I was beyond excited to create a pattern with it.

I played around with a few different stitches, and having multiple projects in my mind, I had to dream about it for a few days. But, it didn’t take long for me to decide on the perfect design.

The stitches in the Snow Drifter Cowl showed off the Self Striping yarn perfectly. Check out all the amazing color ways The Sprightly Acrylic S comes in (aff) by clicking HERE.

When I received my skeins I was obviously in love with them because they were so soft and plush yarn. As I was looking at the specs I noticed it has some wool in it. The wool makes the yarn very warm, and even though it has wool in it, there is no itchy feel or scratchiness to it at all.

Sprightly Self Striping Yarn

Where to find your Snow Drifter Cowl Pattern

The cowl is available in all my pattern shops, just click on the links below:

Other Patterns you may Love

More Crochet Fun

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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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