Darling Animal Applique Crochet Patterns

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My popular Sleep Tight Teddy Bear Blanket is one of the cutest additions to any nursery. However, Teddy Bears may not be the theme of your decor. So have some fun and switch it up to customize the blanket with other Darling Animal Appliques.

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


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

Darling Animal Applique Crochet Patterns

How to Sew on Appliques

I created this tutorial on how to sew on appliques to your crochet piece. This technique makes it so you cannot see the applique or stitches on the the reverse side. This will give your project a professional look.

Sleep Tight Teddy Bear Set

Using any of the Darling Animal Appliques would be so cute on the Sleep Tight Teddy Bear Set. You can find more information about the blanket, lovey, stuffed animal, pillow and hat by clicking this LINK HERE.

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Cascading Fringe Wall Hanging Tutorial & Kit

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

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

Cascading Fringe Wall Hanging Sample Photo

Cascading Fringe Video & Photo Tutorials

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

Supplies Needed to Create your Own Cascading Fringe Wall Hanging

Cascading Fringe Supplies Needed

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

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

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

Where to find the Kit & Videos

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

Cascading Fringe Up Close Details

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

Do you Love Wall Hangings?

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

Forest Friends Wall Hanging

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

More Crochet Fun

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Year in Review – Sweet Potato 3 {2019}

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

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

Sweet Potato 3 Year in Review 2019

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

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

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

Year In Review Classic Baby Romper

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

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

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

Year in Review Whispering Willows Poncho

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

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

Year in Review Sweet Serendipity Blanket

Summer {Year in Review May – August 2019}

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

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

Year in Review Teacher Take Note Set

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

Year in Review Golf Club Covers

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

Fall {Year in Review September 2019}

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

Year in Review Deep Water Prayer Shawl

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

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

Year in Review Knot Your Average Bag

Learning to crochet from graphs

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

Crochet Cancer Challenge {Year in Review October 2019}

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

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

Emerald STone Hat

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

Crochet Cancer Challenge

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

Back into Winter {Year in Review November 2019}

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

summer daze wrap crochet pattern

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

Fish On Blanket Crochet Pattern

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

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

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

Mini Bean Twist Ear Warmer

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

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

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

Year in Review Addictive Angles Ear Warmer Crochet Pattern

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

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

Year in Review Elf Hat with Curved Tip Crochet Pattern

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

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

Year in Review Snow Drifter Cowl Pattern

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

Year in Review Cross My Heart Hat & Gloves Set

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

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

Year in Review 
Hot Pad Scrubby Crochet Tutorial with Printable

What an amazing 2019

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

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

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Hot Pad & Scrubby Crochet Tutorial with Printable

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

Hot Pad Scrubby Crochet Tutorial with Printable

Hot Pad Crochet Tutorial

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

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

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

Want to Include Stripes / Color Changes

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

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

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

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

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

Scrubby Crochet Tutorial

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

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

Add Printable Tags for the Holidays

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

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

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

Print your tags by clicking HERE.

See how easy these gift sets are to assemble

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

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

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

More Crochet Fun

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

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Cross My Heart Hat & Gloves Crochet Pattern Set

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

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

Cross My Heart Crochet Pattern Hat & Gloves

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

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

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

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

Fingerless Gloves

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

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

The Sprightly Yarn – my new favorite!

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

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

Were you can get the Cross My Heart Patterns

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

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

Cross My Heart Collection

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

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Snow Drifter Cowl Crochet Pattern

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

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

Snow Drifter Cowl Crochet Pattern

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

Snow Drifter Cowl is all about the Yarn!

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

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

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

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

Sprightly Self Striping Yarn

Where to find your Snow Drifter Cowl Pattern

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

Other Patterns you may Love

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Elf Hat with Curved Tip Crochet Pattern

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Christmas is in full swing in my household and I am sure it is in many of yours too. A quick and easy addition to that Christmas spirit is this fun Elf Hat with a whimsical curved tip crocheted right in!

Make it in a solid color or 2, 3 or more fun colorful stripes for a fun and playful look. Then you can choose to add a pom or a jingle bell to make your hat fit your personality. The natural curve is crocheted right into the tip so it actually stands up all by itself.

Elf Hat with Curved Tip Crochet Pattern

The Elf Hat crochet pattern is darling for those newborns but don’t stop there, this pattern includes sizes up through children (about 12 years old). Make them for all your children or grandchildren for a perfect holiday photo opp.

I love when you can crochet a hat that can have so many looks to it. This crochet pattern is just that, the possibilities are endless.

About the Elf Hat with Curved Tips

As I already mentioned, the elf hat comes in so many sizes including:

  • newborn
  • 3-6 month
  • 6-12 month
  • 12-24 month
  • child (up to about 12 years old)

The hat is made using the popular worsted weight yarn. I love working with #4 weight yarns because they work up quick and are nice and warm for crochet hats.

Elf Hat Crochet Pattern

The curve stands up!

You got it! This photo was not photoshopped with someone holding the curve up. The curve is crocheted in the hat by alternating single crochet, half double crochet and double crochet stitches. This adds a cute whimsical look to an already dreamy holiday.

Elf Hat with Curved Tip

Grab the Elf Hat pattern for FREE

That is absolutely correct! I designed this darling hat a few years ago and just love it so much I wanted to release it to you all for FREE this holiday season! You can download it by clicking HERE.

You can also save it to your Ravelry Library by clicking HERE (it will link back to this blog post to download the pattern).

Other Christmas Patterns you May Like

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Addictive Angles Ear Warmers – Crochet Pattern

The weather is turning and in the chilly air we all need to get some new warm gear. I designed this fun Addictive Angles Ear Warmers that work up quick and fit many sizes.

Each Ear Warmer has a different patterned look that is shown in the crochet stitches. Check out the fun angled designs in each of the pieces, all a little different but super cute and fun!

Addictive Angles  Ear Warmer Crochet Pattern

Addictive Angles Designs within the Stitches

The fun angles in the ear warmers are all created in the stitch work as you crochet the pieces. They all begin and end the same way, however, the main design can be chosen among the three patterns included.

The 3 patterns are a modern design and include: diagonal, arrows and X’s. Who wouldn’t love all these?

Unique Multi-Size Back Allows for Lots of Stretch

The Ear Warmer Crochet Pattern comes in one size, BUT, it is made with a hair elastic that allows for many sizes. The ear warmers in this photo fit my niece, who is 7, they also comfortably fit me. The elastic is worked into the back of the ear warmer and crocheted over to create a visually appealing back.

Addictive Angles Ear Warmer Back View

Where to find the Ear Warmer Pattern

The Addictive Angles Ear Warmers is available in my pattern shops.

Addictive Angles Ear Warmers

Other Ear Warmer Patterns You’ll Love

More Crochet Fun

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Don’t Moose With Me Crochet Blanket Pattern

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The Don’t Moose with Me Crochet Blanket Pattern is a fun oversized throw blanket. The silhouette of the moose is defined with an outline that makes it pop, while the silhouette is emphasized with the striped background.

Don't Moose with Me Blanket Crochet Pattern

The blanket is made using a simple stitch repeat. The pattern is not a C2C blanket, it is worked from the bottom up in short rows.

The pattern has a couple different formats that you can follow. It includes a color chart in 2 sizes: one page for a quick print off and go option or a 4 page enlarged format for easier tracking and viewing. There is also a written format that includes how many stitches to crochet in each color.

The Don’t Moose with Me pattern includes full photo tutorials for all the techniques you need to complete the blanket.

The blanket is fun to create and can fit in nearly any decor style by simply changing the color scheme. The extra large tassels are completely optional, they add a playful and whimsical look to the throw blanket.

Don't Moose with Me Tassel View

Don’t Moose with Me Blanket Details

The blanket is an extra large throw blanket which is extra nice to snuggle up in. The completed size is 40” wide X 52” long.

You can make the blanket in any worsted weight yarn. I used Sprightly Acrylic Worsted weight yarn, I love the softness of this yarn, especially for blankets. It is a full, rich and plush yarn with bold colors. Check out the entire Sprightly color line by clicking this {affiliate} link HERE.

Don't Moose with Me Blanket Design

Where to get your Don’t Moose with Me Pattern

You can find the pattern in my shops below:

Other Blanket Patterns You May Like

More Crochet Fun

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Thankful Crochet Event – 10 Days of Pattern Deals

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

10 Days of Being Thankful Crochet Designers

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

Snappy Tots 10 Days Promo

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

Kristine Mullins

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

Kate Wagstaff

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

Christine Naugle

Family & Friends: Day 1

All the designers picked a design that represented the theme, family and friends today. All these patterns will be $1.00 with code “familyfirst”.

I picked my Braided Beanie, because it comes in multiple sizes from child to adult. I see the braid as our relationships with our friends and family an how our lives entwine with one another. See all the designs by clicking HERE. Make sure the discount applies before you complete checkout.

Serving Others: Day 2

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

Throughout The Year: Day 3

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

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

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

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One Skein Projects – Day 4

One skein project basically means “quick project” which we all love. Once again, I am in love with all the designs featured today.

Ambassador Crochet has a stunning neck wrap that anyone would love to get as a gift. Snappy Tots has some fun slippers that I need for myself. Crafting Friends Design has an entire ebook of Doll clothing that so many little kids would love. I decided to feature my Convert A Cowl Hat design, this one skein project is so versatile and just plain cute! Tie it up high and it’s a hat: Tie it down low and it’s a cowl.

Here is the LINK to all the Patterns today, just click HERE. Use code “1skein4” at checkout to get any of these patterns for only $1.00, code is good through 11/22/19.

Tis the Season – Day 5

Today we are featuring patterns that represent something about the Season. So many of us are already thinking about the upcoming Christmas Season so, today’s patterns are perfect.

I decided to feature my Mitten Bunting that can also be used as an Advent Calendar {printables are included in the pattern}. We also have a darling hat, a cute hat and a lovely tree skirt. Get each pattern for only $1.00 with code, “tis5season”, code is good through 11/23/19. To find all of today’s pattern designs, click this LINK HERE.

Quick Gifts – Day 6

Today is all about quick gifts! I know this is on everyone’s mind right now, Christmas is sneaking up on us. So, even if you don’t have time right now, take advantage of the sale and get the patterns today to make when you need it.

We have some perfect designs including a cowl/hat set, headband/mitt set, boot cuffs and I cannot believe I am offering this one, but my animal ear warmers. They have never been priced this low! Check out all the patterns and get each one for only $1 for 48 hours (good through 11/24/19 with code “quicksix”, use this link HERE.

Creating Happiness – Day 7

What makes you happy? Let’s focus on that today and enjoy the little things. Today we all picked patterns that make us happy.

I chose my Wrap Me Tender Hooded Scarf because when you wear it you feel like someone is giving you a big hug. I love the colorful blanket by Crafting friends, the cute ear warmers by Snappy Tots and of course cozy cowl by Ambassador Crochet. Grab each pattern for only $1.00 with code, “happy7”, click HERE for a link to all the patterns.

Warm & Cozy – Day 8

It’s getting chillier every day and I am ready for something warm and cozy, how about you? Check out these warm and cozy designs. Each pattern is only $1.00 through 11/26/19 with code “warm8cozy”, see all the patterns by clicking HERE.

Warm & Cozy Crochet patterns

Last Minute Gifts – Day 9

Anyone else feeling the panic button with how quick November is going by? I definitely need some last minute gift ideas and these will work for almost anyone.

Check out the tissue cover, the towel toppers, the wine & coffee cozy and of course the scarf, get all the patterns through this LINK HERE. Get each pattern for only $1.00 with code “last9”, the code is good through 11/ 28/19.

Last Minute Gifts

Something for Me – Day 10

That is right, we all need “something for me!” Why do we always take the time to make things for those around us but neglect ourselves. Well, today we are encouraging you to make something just for you.

We all chose a pattern that we felt like our makers would enjoy using for themselves. Use code “10forme” at checkout to get each pattern for $1.00 (this code is good through 8:00am 11/28/19). Grab the patterns by clicking this LINK HERE.

Win Patterns in our Grand Finale Drawing

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

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How to make a Twist Ear Warmer or Headband Tutorial

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

Twist Ear Warmer Tutorial

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

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

Mini Bean Twist Ear Warmer

How to make a Twist in your Ear Warmers

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

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

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

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

Twist Ear Warmer Tutorial

Watch A Step By Step Tutorial

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

Share your Twist Ear Warmers or Headbands

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

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Mini Bean Stitch and Ear Warmer Instructions

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

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

Mini Bean Stitch Ear Warmer Pattern

How to Begin your Ear Warmer

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

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

Mini Bean Twist Ear Warmer

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

Begin the Ear Warmer Pattern

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

How to Crochet the Mini Bean Stitch

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

See How to Crochet the Mini Bean Stitch

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

How to Finish Ear Warmers & Sew Twisted Seam

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

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

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Winter Wishes Scarf – Crochet Pattern

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

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

Winter Wishes Scarf Crochet Pattern

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

About the Winter Wishes Scarf Pattern

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

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

Winter Wishes Scarf Pattern

Grab your copy of the Winter Wishes Scarf today on:

Use Different Yarns for a Different Look

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

Winter Wishes Scarf made in Plymouth yarns Hot Cakes

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

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

Winter Wishes Scarf made in Caron Big Cakes

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

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

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Fish On Blanket – Crochet Pattern

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

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

Fish On Blanket Crochet Pattern

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

Fish On Side Panels    Fish On Corner Square

About the Pattern

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

Fish On Blanket pattern by Sweet Potato 3

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

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

Fish On Blanket Crochet Pattern

Where to get the pattern

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

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

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Interchangeable Wildlife Blankets

More Crochet Fun

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

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

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2019 Crochet Cancer Challenge Last Week

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

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

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

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Day 28: Poise & Envy

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

Website / Instagram / Facebook Page

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

Krissy’s Over the Mountain Crochet: Day 29

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

Website / Instagram / Facebook Page

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

Charisma Caps: Day 30

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

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

Shay Scofield, Designer Charisma Caps

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

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

Charisma Caps Crochet Chemo Hat Pattern

CPD Designs: Day 30

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

Bobbie Jo Chemo Hat Crochet Pattern

Our FINAL PLEDGE COUNT for 2019….

Challenge Checklist

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

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

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

Information about the Crochet Cancer Challenge

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

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