Setting Up Your Crochet Room Guide

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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! 

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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?).

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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.

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Weekend Hidden Pocket Cowl – Crochet Pattern

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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


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Modern Baby Sweater Crochet Pattern Round Up

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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

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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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Free Pet Amigurumi Crochet Pattern Round Up

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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

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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 you will need are as follows:

  • 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

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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.

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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

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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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More Patterns You May Love

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

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Winter Wishes Ear Warmer – Crochet Pattern

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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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Lovely Ladders Cowl – Crochet Pattern

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If you see me wearing it, you know I love it! When I designed the Lovely Ladders Cowl crochet pattern I fell in love with the drape and the warmth so much I wore it in our family photos.

Naugle Family

The cowl is made using one of my favorite yarns, Lion Brand Jeans which is a very soft yarn but also buoyant which means it is ever so cozy and warm. I made my cowl an infinity cowl so I can wrap it twice around my neck for that extra warm feeling. However, you can make yours a single wrap for a lighter look and feel.

Lovely Ladder Cowl Crochet Pattern


The stitches used in the cowl allow a lovely drape and ease especially with the “double ladders” that are created as you crochet. These ladders is what gives this cowl a little extra texture when it wraps around your neck and helps it lay so lovely.

Lovely Ladders Cowl Test Samples

I love making new designs, but when I send the pattern to my amazing testers and they get to work up the pattern and then I get to see their photos, that is when I really fall in love with the designs. Check out how gorgeous theirs turned out.

Michelle Wulf Lovely Ladders Cowl

Sample Made by tester Michelle, she made her Lovely Ladders cowl using Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek. I love how her cowl seems a little more bulky and warm. Plus the amazing red looks fabulous on her and she looks ready for the holidays!

Tester Vicki whipped up her Lovely Ladders cowl in a neutral cream color. If you know me, I am a sucker for colors that go with everything. In this sample you can really see how lovely the texture is in the stitches around the “ladders”. Well done Vicki!

Pattern Tester Jillian used Lion Brand Ferris Wheel. I am usually not a fan of variegated yarns like this but with the Lovely Ladders design you don’t lose anything with the color changing. I actual LOVE it made in the Ferris Wheel!

Tester Heather used Red Heart with Love in the color Pewter. You guessed it, I am adore this look and color. This yarn is a little heavier than I used but it gives the cowl a very warm and cozy look. I also love how she left the cowl long, it would be more like wearing a blanket to keep you warm from the chill of winter.

Materials Needed for Lovely Ladders Cowl Cowl

  • Worsted (#4) Weight Yarn: 375-425 yards
  • Sample made with 2 Skeins Lion Brand Jeans yarn color: Classic
  • Crochet Hook J (6.00 mm)
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Measuring Tape
  • Optional: Stitch Marker

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Hidden Pocket Cowl – Crochet Pattern

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What is Hidden in this design?

It is a lovely cowl that will keep you warm, but wait there is so much more! A pocket is hidden in the cowl!

That is right, just reach inside and warm those chilly fingers. I love how this cowl works double duty, but it is just plain fun! These Hidden Pocket Cowls will be a huge hit this winter for anyone of any age! One of my testers husband requested one and now she has made 4 more for her neighbors!

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.

Hidden Pocket Cowl Test Samples

Sample Made by tester Tanya, she loved this design so much she made a second one by a special request from her husband.

Tester Erin, from Pink Crochet, customized her pocket to feature Santa’s Belt! Isn’t that the cutest idea!

Pattern Tester Debbie did a great job showing how to wear the Hidden Pocket Cowl.

Tester Nicolee, had her co-worker model her finished Hidden Pocket Cowl. They both loved it, I love how cute she looks wearing it even while at work.

Nicolee’s sample was made using Premier Yarn Everyday Worsted.

Materials Needed for Hidden Pocket Cowl

  • Crochet Hook L (8.00 mm)
  • Crochet Hook J (6.00 mm)
  • Worsted Weight Yarn (#4) – 550-600 yards
  • Samples made in: Brava Worsted Weight Yarn in the color: Dove Heather
  • Measuring Tape
  • Scissors
  • Yarn Needle

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Winter Tracks Scarf / Cowl – Crochet Pattern

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A favorite accessory in todays winter closets is a warm and cozy scarf or cowl. They come in all sorts of designs, colors, textures and styles. I have designed many but there is something about the Winter Tracks Scarf/Cowl that makes it my favorite this year.

Winter Tracks Scarf

The Winter Tracks Scarf

I fell in love with Lion Brand Scarfie yarn awhile ago and had this skein in my stash for awhile. I knew I wanted a warm scarf or cowl but I just wasn’t feeling a good design until I stumbled upon this gorgeous stitch one day. It is funny how things happen, I was trying out a stitch and didn’t like it so I switched it up all of a sudden I was drooling over the look and knew right then and there what I was going to make!

It is funny how crocheters seem to like the look of knit but cannot switch to the craft and stick with their hook and continue to crochet. Well, that sums up my attempts to knit, but yes, I love this stitch because it reminds me of a knit look.

I loved the stitch but couldn’t decide between a cowl or a scarf. So, I added buttons and made it so you can wear it either way.

Materials Needed for Winter Tracks Scarf

  • 312 yards Bulky (#5) Weight Yarn – be sure to see note:
  • Sample made with 1 Skein Lion Brand Scarfie yarn / color: Cranberry Black
  • Note about yarn: Scarfie yarn is a lighter bulky yarn, so please check your gauge, a true bulky yarn will be thicker, use more yardage and will have a chunkier look and size.
  • Crochet Hook K (6.50 mm)
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Measuring Tape
  • 5 Buttons 1”

A pattern testers finished scarf

One of my pattern testers, Jillian, did an outstanding job on her Winter Tracks Scarf. It shows the perfect color changes in the scarfie yarn and the look of the tracks in the stitches so well.

Another gorgeous sample was made by Heather, she made her Winter Tracks in Lion Brand Scarfie yarn in the color, “Teal & White”. I love the bold color with the white contrast, it really reminds me of those cool winter days.


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Christmas Tree Skirt Crochet Pattern Round Up

With the holidays quickly approaching so many of us are thinking of what to crochet to make this year stand out. A few years ago I designed a tree skirt pattern and now it is my favorite thing to put out at Christmas. It sets the mood before the gifts are piled under the tree and is there with happy memories once they are all opened.

A handmade Tree Skirt is something that I know will be handed down in my family and will bring back so many memories. I know this, because I still love seeing the one I grew up with under my parents tree when I visit each year. I know when my kids grow up and leave my home (sniff, sniff, it will be here before I’m ready), I will make one for them their first year in their own home… because I am keeping mine-LOL!

Christmas Tree Skirt

Christmas Tree Skirt Styles

Tree skirts can be all different designs, shapes and colors. But, they all set the mood for your holiday decor. I rounded up some of my favorite designs, even my daughter helped me pick these out.

Some tree skirts remind me of older generations, some remind me of my own style and some reminds me of what young generations would adore. But, they all bring a smile to my face and a sense of jolly kindred spirits in whoever is lucky enough to receive one of these as a gift this year.

I hope you love them as much as I do and consider making one as a gift to give to someone you love or even to yourself. So, sit down and grab your favorite hook and decide which design will be your heart and soul in your next make.

Christmas Tree Skirt Crochet Patterns

Making a Tree Skirt is one of those handmade items that will be handed down through generations. Find the one that you love, there are so many different styles and looks you are sure to find one that is perfect for you home.

Check out these non-crochet Etsy Gift Guides for the Holidays

More Round Ups that are great for Gifts

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Girlfriend Mini Scarf Crochet Pattern

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I love girls night out. I know there will be so many giggles and funny stories told and made. At my last girls night out that each one of us had a cute scarf on. They were all a little different but all so cute. I knew I wanted to design a cute fun mini scarf that would be a quick weekend project. I am so excited about how the Girlfriend Mini Scarf turned out.

Girlfriend Mini Scarf Crochet Pattern

The Girlfriend Mini Scarf is a small scarf that adds so much to your outfit. It is not bulky so it won’t be in the way but definitely keeps you warm. Plus, wearing a scarf is just a cute way to complete any outfit, you can never have too many in your closet.

I bet each one of your girlfriends would be tickled to get one of these as a gift this year!

About the Girlfriend Mini Scarf

Although the design is fairly basic, simple and works up quick. It still features my signature in all my designs… texture! A subtle ridge is snuck in and it is just what a closet basic needs to make it a favorite.

Texture in Girlfriend Mini Scarf Up close

Different Ways to Wear

I always like when you have one crochet piece but have multiple ways to wear it. The Girlfriend Mini Scarf can be tied loosely and it drapes nicely around your neckline.

Girlfriend Mini Scarf loose fit

You can also wear the scarf closer to the neckline, this is ideal if wearing under a button up collared shirt. This style allows you to choose whether to wear it with the tie in the back or in the front.

Supplies for the Girlfriend Mini Scarf

  • DK (#3 or #4) weight yarn (~ 225 yards)
  •       Samples made from: Rowan Yarn by Amy Butler
  •       Other suggested yarn: I Love this Cotton, Caron Simply Soft, Knit Picks Brava
  • Crochet Hook H (5 mm)
  • Measuring Tape
  • Yarn Needle
  • Scissors

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