Paradise Beach Tote Crochet Pattern

With Spring upon us and the sun shinning, I know we are all dreaming of visiting the nearest sandy shores for a splendid day at the beach. Grab your tote, fill it with goodies such as a towel, sunscreen, water, snack and flip flops. Oh wait, is your old tote need to visit the recycle bin? No worries, take the stress out of it and crochet up a new Paradise Beach Tote with this fabulous crochet pattern.

Paradise Beach Tote Crochet Pattern

Not only is this an ideal size for a day at the beach, you may learn a few new tricks of the trade (our crochet trade)!

the Paradise Beach Tote

Designed to be just the right size for a day trip, the totes completed size will come out at about 14” wide by 15” tall and is 3” deep. The square base allows for more room to place those essentials in a more organized fashion.

As the crochet pattern progresses up towards the top, you will follow a graph. But, don’t fret over this. If reading graphs is not your favorite thing, I have included a “cheat sheet” on the graph. It will tell you exactly how many stitches in each color need to be worked in each row.

So Many Tutorials – Twist Cord

The Paradise Beach Tote was so much fun to design and see it develop into what I had envisioned. As I neared the top I had to make a decision on what type of strap I wanted. I have always loved the look of Twist Cords so thought that would be a fun way to reintroduce the colors back into the design.

But, it is a little tricky to explain how to make one of these fun and colorful twist cords. As in so many of my designs, I decided to just make a quick video tutorial to help demonstrate how easy they really are to make.

More Tutorials on Grommets too!

The Twist Cords for each strap of the tote are completed! Yay, you may have just learned something new. But, adding them to the tote can be a little tricky. Leaving holes in your crochet piece works but over time, they stretch and won’t hold their shape.

The solution: Grommets! You will be amazed at how easy they are to add. Again, I went to my video camera and threw together another quick tutorial:

Where Can I get My Grommets & Tools

You are convinced this is a great skill to use and so easy! Now, you are probably wondering where you can get the grommets and what about those tools? Well, it is easy to purchase a small kit. I used this one on Amazon:

The great part about this Grommet Kit is that it comes with multiple grommets and all the tools you need including that scarp piece of wood.


See Samples Made by my Pattern Testers

One of the greatest rewards with designing crochet patterns is seeing the completed projects from those that have made something from them. This test was so fun when I got the feedback and photos from my testers.

Susie made her tote using Red Heart Ombre yarn (in the color ‘scuba’) and it created lovely color fades. The bold contrast of the Hobby Lobby I Love that Yarn (in the color ‘coral sparkles’) was the perfect color for the lettering. Susie said, “I can fit my large beach towel, water shoes, mask, snorkel and so much more.”

Nancy tested the tote and I love the alterations she made. The bold colors are perfect for spring. She also adjusted the final round to be made in a contrasting color showing off the texture. More alterations included her brilliant addition of the pegs on the bottom of the bag and the strap running straight across from one end to the other (instead of 1 strap on each side like mine).

Paradise Beach Tote Bottom

The next test that came is was done by Heidi. She made the straps slightly shorter and in 3 colors (instead of 4) and I love how distinct all the colors are in it! Heidi also topped the bag with the same colors as the middle lettering which really tied the bag together.

The final test that was completed was by Vickie, she did a fabulous job and shows off the size and how useful the tote is! Pluss her decision to use the same multi-colored yarn for all the lettering turned out perfect.


Materials Needed for Bella Borsetta Clutch

  • Crochet Hook size H (5.00 mm)
  • Worsted Weight Yarn (#4)
  •          920 total yards
  •          Sample Made using Premier Anti-Pilling Everyday   
  • Measuring Tape
  • Scissors
  • Yarn Needle
  • 4 – 3/8” grommets (hammer for installation)

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Free Ice Cream Cone Crochet Hat Pattern

Vanilla, Chocolate or Strawberry? Those 3 words make everyone think of ice cream and with summer upon us it is time to start enjoying it again. The Ice Cream Cone hat design has been around from my first years of designing, but I am releasing it for FREE today.

I love the details in the hat from the ridges that make it looks like the ice cream was just pressed out of the machine. The texture in the cone and of course the cherry on top!

We All Scream for Ice Cream

As you sit there and start dreaming about your favorite flavor and how you now want to have some ice cream for dessert, you have me to thank. I know my kids ask for ice cream every. single. night.

Ice cream flavors

As yummy as ice cream is, this hat design could easily be made to look like a cup cake too. Who out there is my cup cake fans?

Enough of the Sweets – Let’s get to the ice cream hat pattern

When food, especially desserts, is the topic I can talk for hours. But, that isn’t why you are here, you want a free pattern. Let’s get to the nitty griddy of the design.

Materials

  • Crochet Hook size I (5.50 mm)
  • Worsted (4) weight yarn – 50 – 100 yards depending on the size you are making
  • Scissors & a Yarn Needle

Stitches and Abbreviations Used

  • Hdc=half double crochet
  • Sc=single crochet
  • Ch=chain
  • Slst=slip stitch
  • St=Stitch
  • BL=work stitch in the backloops
  • FP=work the stitch around the front post of the stitch in the prior row

Check Your Gauge

Please check gauge, if you do not take the time to check your gauge, your hat may not come out the right size. Adjust your hook to obtain gauge. If your swatch is too large, go down a hook size. If your swatch is too small, go up a hook size.

Using crochet hook I (5.50 mm) crochet 10 rows of 13 half double crochets. Your swatch should measure 4 inches square.

ice Cream cone hat

Sizes of ice cream hat

  • Newborn (12 ¼ ” around & 5” high – fits up to 14” circumference)
  • 3 to 6 Months (14” around & 5 ½ “ high – fits up to 15″ or 16″ circumference)
  • 6 to 12 Months (16″ around & 6” high – fits up to 18″ circumference)
  • 12 to 24 Months (17″ around & 6 ½ “ high – fits up to 19″ circumference)
  • Child (18” around & 7 ½ “ high – fits up to 20″ circumference)

Pattern notes

  • The hat is made from the top down. You will begin all sizes by making the Cherry on top, then continue with the ice cream and finish with the waffle cone.
  • The hat is made with ridges to add character. There will be a slight curve/swirl to the ridges when the hat is completed (just like a real ice cream cone).  
  • Always count the beginning ch of hdc rows, but do not count the beginning chain of sc rows.

Cherry On Top instructions

Use Crochet Hook I (5.5 mm) & red yarn

  • R1: Chain 3, work 7 hdc in 3rd chain from hook (first ch made), join (8 st counting beginning ch)
  • R2: Chain 1, sc in each st around, join (8)
  • R3: Chain 2, hdc2tog around, join (4) switch to ice cream color and continue on to appropriate hat size.

Hats by sizes

Newborn ice Cream Hat

  • R1: Chain 1, sc in first st, 1 sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in last st, join (5)
  • R2: Chain 2, hdc in same st you just joined in, 2 hdc in each st around, join (10)
  • R3: Chain 2, FP hdc around beginning ch round round 2, hdc in same st, (FP hdc around next st, hdc in top of same st) around, join (20)
  • R4: Chain 2, (FP hdc around FP st from round 3, hdc in top of same st, hdc in next st) repeat around, join (30)
  • R5: Chain 2, (FP hdc around FP st from round 4, hdc in top of same st, hdc in next 2 st) repeat around, join (40)
  • R6: Chain 2 (FP hdc, hdc in next 3 st) repeat around, join (40)
  • R7-12: repeat R6
  • R13: Chain 4, slst around post of next st, (chain 4, slst around post of next st) repeat around, join and fasten off.
  • R14: With brown yarn, join in joining slst from round 12, this round will be worked in the BL only. Chain 1, sc in each st around, join (40)
  • R15: Chain 2, hdc in the last st of round 14 (beginning of our criss-cross st pattern-now and throughout pattern when I state “skip next stitch” this refers to the next unworked stitch), (skip next st, hdc in next st, hdc in skipped st) repeat around, join (40)
  • R16: Chain 2, hdc in last st of round 15 (skip next st, hdc in next st, hdc in skipped st) repeat around, join (40). If you do not want to make earflaps fasten off.

Beginning Earflaps (do not fasten off from round 16, we will just begin the first earflap)

  • R1: Ch 2, hdc in last st from round 16, (skip next st, hdc in next st, hdc in skipped st) repeat 4 more times (12 stitches or 6 criss-crosses) turn
  • R2: slst in 2nd st and next st, ch 2, hdc in st prior/before your ch 2, (skip next st, hdc in next st, hdc in skipped st) repeat 4 times (10 stitches or 5 criss-crosses) turn
  • R3: slst in 2nd st and next st, ch 2, hdc in st prior/before your ch 2, (skip next st, hdc in next st, hdc in skipped st) repeat 3 times (8 stitches or 4 criss-crosses) turn
  • R4: slst in 2nd st and next st, ch 2, hdc in st prior/before your ch 2, (skip next st, hdc in next st, hdc in skipped st) repeat 2 times (6 stitches or 3 criss-crosses) turn
  • R5: slst in 2nd st and next st, ch 2, hdc in st prior/before your ch 2, (skip next st, hdc in next st, hdc in skipped st) repeat (4 stitches or 2 criss crosses) fasten off. If this is your 1st earflap count across front of hat 10 stitches and join with a slst in 11th stitch and repeat earflap pattern. If this is your 2nd earflap make ties, instructions at the bottom of all hat sizes, to finish hat.

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3- 6 Month Size Ice Cream Hat

  • R1: Chain 1, sc in first st, 1 sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in last st, join (5)
  • R2: Chain 2, hdc in same st you just joined in, 2 hdc in each st around, join (10)
  • R3: Chain 2, FP hdc around beginning ch from round 2, hdc in same st, (FP hdc around next st, hdc in top of same st) around, join (20)
  • R4: Chain 2, (FP hdc around FP st from round 3, hdc in top of same st, hdc in next st) repeat around, join (30)
  • R5: Chain 2, (FP hdc around FP st from round 4, hdc in top of same st, hdc in next 2 st) repeat around, join (40)
  • R6: Chain 2, (FP hdc around fptp st from round 5, hdc in top of same st, hdc in next 3 st, FP hdc, hdc in next 3 st) repeat 3 times for a total of 4 times, FP hdc, hdc in next 3 st, FP hdc, hdc in last 2 st, join (44)
  • R7: Chain 2, (FP hdc, hdc in next 4 st, FP hdc, hdc in next 3 st) repeat 3 times for a total of 4 times, FP hdc, hdc in next 3 st, FP hdc, hdc in last 2 st, join (44)
  • R8-13: repeat R7
  • R14: Chain 4, slst around post of next st, (chain 4, slst around post of next st) repeat around, join and fasten off.
  • R15: With brown yarn, join in joining slst from round 13, this round will be worked in the BL only. Chain 1, sc in each st around, join (44)
  • R16: Chain 2, hdc in the last st of round (beginning of our criss-cross st pattern-now and throughout pattern when I state “skip next stitch” this refers to the next unworked stitch), (skip next st, hdc in next st, hdc in skipped st) repeat around, join (44)
  • R17: Chain 2, hdc in last st of round 16 (skip next st, hdc in next st, hdc in skipped st) repeat around, join (44). If you do not want to make earflaps fasten off.

Beginning Earflaps (do not fasten off from round 17, we will just begin the first earflap)

  • R1: Ch 2, hdc in last st from round 17, (skip next st, hdc in next st, hdc in skipped st) repeat 4 more times (12 stitches or 6 criss-crosses) turn
  • R2: slst in 2nd st and next st, ch 2, hdc in st prior/before your ch 2, (skip next st, hdc in next st, hdc in skipped st) repeat 4 times (10 stitches or 5 criss-crosses) turn
  • R3: slst in 2nd st and next st, ch 2, hdc in st prior/before your ch 2, (skip next st, hdc in next st, hdc in skipped st) repeat 3 times (8 stitches or 4 criss-crosses) turn
  • R4: slst in 2nd st and next st, ch 2, hdc in st prior/before your ch 2, (skip next st, hdc in next st, hdc in skipped st) repeat 2 times (6 stitches or 3 criss-crosses) turn
  • R5: slst in 2nd st and next st, ch 2, hdc in st prior/before your ch 2, (skip next st, hdc in next st, hdc in skipped st) repeat (4 stitches or 2 criss crosses) fasten off. If this is your 1st earflap count across front of hat 11 stitches and join with a slst in 12th stitch and repeat earflap pattern. If this is your 2nd earflap make ties, instructions at the bottom of all hat sizes, to finish hat.

Ice cream hat

6-12 month ice cream hat

  • R1: Chain 1, 2 sc in first st, 1 sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in last st, join (6)
  • R2: Chain 2, hdc in same st you just joined in, 2 hdc in each st around, join (12)
  • R3: Chain 2, FP hdc around beginning ch round round 2, hdc in same st, (FP hdc around next st, hdc in top of same st) around, join (24)
  • R4: Chain 2, (FP hdc around FP st from round 3, hdc in top of same st, hdc in next st) repeat around, join (36)
  • R5: Chain 2, (FP hdc around FP st from round 4, hdc in top of same st, hdc in next 2 st) repeat around, join (48)
  • R6: Chain 2 (FP hdc, hdc in next 3 st) repeat around, join (48)
  • R7-15: repeat R6
  • R16: Chain 4, slst around post of next st, (chain 4, slst around post of next st) repeat around, join and fasten off.
  • R17: With brown yarn, join in joining slst from round 15, this round will be worked in the BL only. Chain 1, sc in each st around, join (48)
  • R18: Chain 2, hdc in the last st of round 17 (beginning of our criss-cross st pattern-now and throughout pattern when I state “skip next stitch” this refers to the next unworked stitch), (skip next st, hdc in next st, hdc in skipped st) repeat around, join (48)
  • R19: Chain 2, hdc in last st of round 18 (skip next st, hdc in next st, hdc in skipped st) repeat around, join (48). If you do not want to make earflaps fasten off.

Beginning Earflaps (do not fasten off from round 19, we will just begin the first earflap)

  • R1: Ch 2, hdc in last st from round 19, (skip next st, hdc in next st, hdc in skipped st) repeat 6 more times (14 stitches or 7 criss-crosses) turn
  • R2: slst in 2nd st and next st, ch 2, hdc in st prior/before your ch 2, (skip next st, hdc in next st, hdc in skipped st) repeat 5 times (12 stitches or 6 criss-crosses) turn
  • R3: slst in 2nd st and next st, ch 2, hdc in st prior/before your ch 2, (skip next st, hdc in next st, hdc in skipped st) repeat 4 times (10 stitches or 5 criss-crosses) turn
  • R4: slst in 2nd st and next st, ch 2, hdc in st prior/before your ch 2, (skip next st, hdc in next st, hdc in skipped st) repeat 3 times (8 stitches or 4 criss-crosses) turn
  • R5: slst in 2nd st and next st, ch 2, hdc in st prior/before your ch 2, (skip next st, hdc in next st, hdc in skipped st) repeat 2 times (6 stitches or 3 criss-crosses) turn
  • R6: slst in 2nd st and next st, ch 2, hdc in st prior/before your ch 2, (skip next st, hdc in next st, hdc in skipped st) repeat (4 stitches or 2 criss crosses) fasten off. If this is your 1st earflap count across front of hat 13 stitches and join with a slst in 14th stitch and repeat earflap pattern. If this is your 2nd earflap make ties, instructions at the bottom of all hat sizes, to finish hat.

melting ice cream

12-24 month ice cream hat

  • R1: Chain 1, 2 sc in first st, 1 sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in last st, join (6)
  • R2: Chain 2, hdc in same st you just joined in, 2 hdc in each st around, join (12)
  • R3: Chain 2, FP hdc around beginning ch round round 2, hdc in same st, (FP hdc around next st, hdc in top of same st) around, join (24)
  • R4: Chain 2, (FP hdc around FP st from round 3, hdc in top of same st, hdc in next st) repeat around, join (36)
  • R5: Chain 2, (FP hdc around FP st from round 4, hdc in top of same st, hdc in next 2 st) repeat around, join (48)
  • R6: Chain 2, (FP hdc around FP st round round 5, hdc in top of same st, hdc in next 3 st, FP hdc, hdc in next 3 st) repeat around, join (54)
  • R7: Chain 2, (FP hdc, hdc in next 4 st, FP hdc, hdc in next 3 st) repeat around, join (54)
  • R8-16: repeat R7
  • R17: Chain 4, slst around post of next st, (chain 4, slst around post of next st) repeat around, join and fasten off.
  • R18: With brown yarn, join in joining slst from round 16, this round will be worked in the BL only. Chain 1, sc in each st around, join (54)
  • R19: Chain 2, hdc in the last st of round 18 (beginning of our criss-cross st pattern-now and throughout pattern when I state “skip next stitch” this refers to the next unworked stitch), (skip next st, hdc in next st, hdc in skipped st) repeat around, join (54)
  • R20: Chain 2, hdc in last st of round 19 (skip next st, hdc in next st, hdc in skipped st) repeat around, join (54). If you do not want to make earflaps fasten off.

Beginning Earflaps (do not fasten off from round 20, we will just begin the first earflap)

  • R1: Ch 2, hdc in last st from round 20, (skip next st, hdc in next st, hdc in skipped st) repeat 6 more times (14 stitches or 7 criss-crosses) turn
  • R2: slst in 2nd st and next st, ch 2, hdc in st prior/before your ch 2, (skip next st, hdc in next st, hdc in skipped st) repeat 5 times (12 stitches or 6 criss-crosses) turn
  • R3: slst in 2nd st and next st, ch 2, hdc in st prior/before your ch 2, (skip next st, hdc in next st, hdc in skipped st) repeat 4 times (10 stitches or 5 criss-crosses) turn
  • R4: slst in 2nd st and next st, ch 2, hdc in st prior/before your ch 2, (skip next st, hdc in next st, hdc in skipped st) repeat 3 times (8 stitches or 4 criss-crosses) turn
  • R5: slst in 2nd st and next st, ch 2, hdc in st prior/before your ch 2, (skip next st, hdc in next st, hdc in skipped st) repeat 2 times (6 stitches or 3 criss-crosses) turn
  • R6: slst in 2nd st and next st, ch 2, hdc in st prior/before your ch 2, (skip next st, hdc in next st, hdc in skipped st) repeat (4 stitches or 2 criss crosses) fasten off. If this is your 1st earflap count across front of hat 14 stitches and join with a slst in 15th stitch and repeat earflap pattern. If this is your 2nd earflap make ties, instructions at the bottom of all hat sizes, to finish hat.

cupcakes

Child Size ice Cream Hat

  • R1: Chain 1, sc in first st, 1 sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in last st, join (5)
  • R2: Chain 2, hdc in same st you just joined in, 2 hdc in each st around, join (10)
  • R3: Chain 2, FP hdc around beginning ch round round 2, hdc in same st, (FP hdc around next st, hdc in top of same st) around, join (20)
  • R4: Chain 2, (FP hdc around FP st from round 3, hdc in top of same st, hdc in next st) repeat around, join (30)
  • R5: Chain 2, (FP hdc around FP st from round 4, hdc in top of same st, hdc in next 2 st) repeat around, join (40)
  • R6: Chain 2, (FP hdc around FP st from round 5, hdc in top of same st, hdc in next 3 st) repeat around, join (50)
  • R7: Chain 2, (FP hdc around FP st from round 6, hdc in top of same st, hdc in next 4 st) repeat around, join (60)
  • R8: Chain 2, (FP hdc, hdc in next 5 st) repeat around, join (60)
  • R9-18: Repeat R8
  • R19: Chain 4, slst around post of next st, (chain 4, slst around post of next st) repeat around, join and fasten off.
  • R20: With brown yarn, join in joining slst from round 18, this round will be worked in the BL only. Chain 1, sc in each st around, join (60)
  • R21: Chain 2, hdc in the last st of round 20 (beginning of our criss-cross st pattern-now and throughout pattern when I state “skip next stitch” this refers to the next unworked stitch), (skip next st, hdc in next st, hdc in skipped st) repeat around, join (60)
  • R22: Chain 2, hdc in last st of round 21 (skip next st, hdc in next st, hdc in skipped st) repeat around, join (60). If you do not want to make earflaps fasten off.

Beginning Earflaps (do not fasten off from round 22, we will just begin the first earflap)

  • R1: Ch 2, hdc in last st from round 22, (skip next st, hdc in next st, hdc in skipped st) repeat 7 more times (16 stitches or 8 criss-crosses) turn
  • R2: slst in 2nd st and next st, ch 2, hdc in st prior/before your ch 2, (skip next st, hdc in next st, hdc in skipped st) repeat 6 times (14 stitches or 7 criss-crosses) turn
  • R3: slst in 2nd st and next st, ch 2, hdc in st prior/before your ch 2, (skip next st, hdc in next st, hdc in skipped st) repeat 5 times (12 stitches or 6 criss-crosses) turn
  • R4: slst in 2nd st and next st, ch 2, hdc in st prior/before your ch 2, (skip next st, hdc in next st, hdc in skipped st) repeat 4 times (10 stitches or 5 criss-crosses) turn
  • R5: slst in 2nd st and next st, ch 2, hdc in st prior/before your ch 2, (skip next st, hdc in next st, hdc in skipped st) repeat 3 times (8 stitches or 4 criss-crosses) turn
  • R6: slst in 2nd st and next st, ch 2, hdc in st prior/before your ch 2, (skip next st, hdc in next st, hdc in skipped st) repeat 2 times (6 stitches or 3 criss-crosses) turn
  • R7: slst in 2nd st and next st, ch 2, hdc in st prior/before your ch 2, (skip next st, hdc in next st, hdc in skipped st) repeat (4 stitches or 2 criss crosses) fasten off. If this is your 1st earflap count across front of hat 15 stitches and join with a slst in 16th stitch and repeat earflap pattern. If this is your 2nd earflap make ties, instructions at the bottom of all hat sizes, to finish hat.

ice cream hat top view

Earflap Ties Instructions

You can make the ties on the earflap one color, 2 color or 3 colors. If you already know how to make ties on earflaps do them however you are comfortable. I simple take 2 (or 3) strands of yarn, measure about 12 feet long, fold them in half, at the fold, join with a slst in between the 2 crisscrosses from last row of earflaps. I then take a large hook (size N or O) and complete 18-22 chains depending on the length you prefer, tie them off. At this point just trim up the tassels (add more yarn to ends if you like them fuller) to have even ends.


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Music To My Soul Expansion Pack – 10 Crochet Blanket Patterns

Last year I designed some music blankets for each of my children. I did this to show them how important music is and that whole heartedly encouraged them to continue their love of music. The blankets where a huge hit and I received so many requests for more instruments that I am now releasing a Music to My Soul Expansion Pack!

You got it! It includes 10 popular instruments in the percussions, string and brass groups.

Expansion Pack Music to my soul blankets

Behind the Designs of the Music Blankets

When I designed the original Music to My Soul Blankets I was striving for a modern look to classic instruments. The result was a silhouette of the instrument with the added twist of a split colorway which created a unique, modern and young vibe that has been loved by all generations.

You can see how amazing these blankets turned out in the image below. BUT, please take note that these 3 designs are NOT included in the Expansion Pack. You can find more info about them by clicking HERE.

Instruments Included in the Expansion Pack

As I was deciding which instruments to include in the Expansion Pack, I was looking for the most popular instruments and the ones that had a distinct shape. Looking into all the different instrument groups I decided to include the following:

Percussion:

I included a snare drum in a equally vertical split color block which creates a fun balance to the instrument. A full drum set in a diagonal split helps emphasize the many dimensions and layers of drums.

Percussion Expansion Pack

String:

The string instruments are always a hit, this expansion pack has 3 popular instruments included. The harp is a statement piece and is elegant in just a silhouette, so I kept this design basic with another vertical split silhouette. The electric guitar is bold instrument that wants lots of attention resulting in a double split, eye catching design. Then, there is the banjo, what can I say? Simple is sometimes what speaks volume and I believe this design is perfect for such an upbeat instrument.

String Expansion Pack

Brass:

The Brass Expansion Pack is the larges, there are so many fun, bold and big instruments. It was hard to decide which ones to include. But, I settled on the trumpet, tuba, saxophone, sousaphone and trombone. All the angles where carefully picked to express a vibe ideal to the instrument.

Brass Expansion Pack

The Stitch

Are you looking at these graphs and thinking, “no way am I crocheting a blanket in single crochet!”. Haha, that would be my first thought too. I searched high and low and played with so many stitches to find the right one that aligned perfectly for graph designs. I came up with a fun stitch that works up quick.

Stitch Sampler Music to my souls

The pattern includes photo tutorials on how to work the stitch and how to work the color changes for the graph.

Expansion Pack – What You Get

You will receive all 10 of the new graph designs in an ebook (downloadable) format. Included are detailed instructions and photo tutorials for:

  • All the stitches
  • How to crochet color changes, hide yarn, and weave in the ends of your work.
  • Each blanket require different amounts of yarn for the background color and the contrasting color. The blankets will take about 2300 yards of worsted weight yarn.
  • Graphs for each design are included as well as enlarged graphs for easier reading.
  • A written format, or a cheat sheet, that states how many stitches are made in each color according to the row.

Where to get the Ebook

Individual Music Blanket Patterns & Separate Ebook Options

  • Original Music To My Soul ebook (includes piano, violin, & guitar) – click HERE
  • Percussion Expansion Pack Only (snare drum & full drum set) – coming soon…
  • String Expansion Pack Only (harp, electric guitar & banjo) – coming soon…
  • Brass Expansion Pack Only (trumpet, tuba, sax, sousophone, trombone) – coming soon…
  • Vibrato Violin Blanket – click HERE
  • Grandioso Guitar Blanket – click HERE
  • Piano Pizzaz Blanket – click HERE

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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


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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


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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:

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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


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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.

www.readers.com

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.

blue light readers

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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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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.


Marly Bird

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.
Marly Bird Pod Cast

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.

crochet helps

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.

crochet helps heal

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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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

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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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

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

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

Where to find the Hidden Pocket Cowl crochet pattern


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