Harlequin Infant Sleeper Crochet Pattern

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The Harlequin Infant Sleeper is a perfect crochet project to gift when you just don’t have the time to make a blanket. A sleeper is a way to keep those babies warm, just slip it on over a onsie.

The detailed Harlequin, or stacking diamonds, pattern is a popular look for babies and in nursery decor. It adds a whimsical and charming look that will be adorned on a precious newborn. This is a must make item that will become a favorite to gift at showers.

Harlequin Infant Sleeper

The Harlequin Infant Sleeper Pattern Details

The sleeper pattern is made using a finer worsted weight or a dk weight yarn (just make sure you match gauge to have the correct finished size). In the photographed sleeper, I used Baby Wonder yarn by Herrschners, in the color, naptime.

Other supplies you will need include a crochet hook H (5.00 mm), measuring tape, scissors, tapestry needle, stitch markers and two 1″ buttons.

The completed size of the sleeper is 0-3 months old. It is designed to fit loosely and is long so it will fit children that are different lengths.

See it in Self Striping Yarn!

I was so excited to see the finished sleeper from one of my testers, Laura from Simple Stitches. She used a DK weight yarn called Ice Yarns Magic Light. I think the sleeper is gorgeous on her little Eliza, she is such a doll and the stripes look beautiful.

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Where to find the Harlequin Infant Sleeper Pattern

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

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Collana Lace Cowl – Crochet Pattern

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With cool weather still lingering on it is nice to add a new neck warmer to your accessory pile. I am in love with the newest crochet design, the Collana Lace Cowl.

As I sat down to design a new cowl style neck warmer, I began with some beautiful shimmery yarn by Lion Brand, called, Summer Nights. When you see and feel this yarn you know it will be ideal for an elegant accessory.

Collana Lace Cowl Long Option

The Collana Lace Cowl made in the Lion Brand Summer Night yarn had to be a long design, almost worn as a necklace. In fact, the word Collana is an Italian word that means, “necklace”, according to the Cambridge Dictionary.

Collana Lace Necklace or More Cowl?

I love the softness and the slight shimmer of the Cowl, it is ideal for a cool day. However, after I made my first cowl we had a huge storm that dropped the temperatures to below freezing. I was in need of something warmer.

After looking in my stash of yarn I found a lovely skein of Cloudborn Alpaca Wool Silk Fingering yarn. Oh my, this was so warm and had a unique look to it. I knew I wanted to make another cowl with the exact same stitch but shorter so that it would be closer to the neckline.

Collana Lace Cowl Short Version

Long or Short? That is the Question.

I fell in love again with the short version. It is crazy how the same cowl pattern can be made to have two completely different looks. The stitches work up the same but with different textures the yarns make the appearance of the cowl completely different.

About the Collana Lace Cowl Pattern

The pattern comes in two sizes that will fit most people. Both styles are made using a super fine (#1) weight yarn and is crocheted using a crochet hook size H (5.00 mm) hook.

For the longer version plan on using up to 375 yards. Where as the short version only used about 300 yards of yarn. The pattern could be altered to be longer or shorter because it gives you the number of stitches to either increase or decrease by.

Grab your copy of the Collana Lace Cowl today on:

See What my Testers Made

I love seeing how my pattern designs work up and my testers do an amazing job each and every time.

Collana Lace Cowl (short version) made by Laura Brewer – Simple Stitches.
Made with KT & the Squid Sock Yarn
Collana Lace Cowl Crochet Pattern
Collana Lace Cowl (short version) made by Stephanie Robinson – loved wearing it folded over.
Made with Cloudborn Alpaca Wool Silk Fingering

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Beautiful Wooden Crochet Tools Round Up

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The beauty in nature inspires so many things from cooking, crafting, designing and just getting out to enjoy the fresh air. Wood textures help step it up to the next level with all the different grains, textures and colors.

Natural woods are currently a top material when decorating homes for nearly all styles: Farm House, Modern, Eclectic, Mid-Century Modern, Traditional, Scandinavian, Bohemian and Coastal. Therefore, whatever style of home you live in, you will love adding these tools to not only your crochet tool box, but your home decor as well.

Wooden Crochet Tools do just the trick

Working with organic and natural tools while you crochet elevates your handmade items to a higher level of pride in your work. Especially when you are the maker.

Wooden crochet tools

Each of these amazing natural wood tools would be so amazing to have. Receiving one, or giving one as a gift, would be just as sentimental.

Beautiful Wooden Crochet Tool Round Up

Beautiful Wooden Crochet Tools

Additional Sale

One of my favorites is the beautiful Interchangeable crochet hooks by Idaho Taylor Made (plus, she is from my home state of Idaho). Tammy has graciously offered my followers 10% off their entire store through March 7, 2020. You MUST use code “SweetPotato3” at checkout. Check out Idaho Taylor Made and take advantage of this sale today, just click HERE.

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14 Free Valentine’s Crochet Pattern Round Up

Only a few days away from the holiday that focuses on love, Valentine’s Day will be here before we know it. Crocheting a handmade gift is one of the greatest ways to show how much you love someone. I have rounded up 14 FREE crochet patterns that you can work up quick and in time for Valentine’s Day.

Valentine's Crochet Pattern Round Up

Seeing a few of these great finds makes my heart pitter patter! I really want to sit down all day and make each one of them. But, in the above photo, only half of the amazing patterns are shown. You must keep on looking to see the other amazing Valentine’s Crochet Free Patterns.

14 Free Valentine's Day Crochet Patterns

I hope that as you looked through all these Valentine’s Crochet patterns you found some that spoke to your heart. I know my kiddo’s will find something handmade in their backpacks on on the big day.

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FREE Merino Thick & Thin Newborn Hat Patterns

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Newborn photographs are one of the most treasured keepsakes you will ever have so you must have the right props. The fresh and delicateness of newborn life is embraced with the uniqueness of Merino Thick & Thin yarn but it doesn’t take away from the focus of the newborn.

Crocheting with custom dyed yarn will not only result in a new love of yarn to crochet with, but you will also find these hats to work up quick. As you crochet you will feel the luxuriousness of the yarn in your fingers and be so excited to put it on a newborn baby.

Three Different Merino Hat Styles To Choose From

Each hat design has a different personality, but they all share the sweet look to them. The uniqueness of the thick and thin yarn creates almost a bubble like look to the fabric that is crocheted. It naturally tightens and loosens between each stitch.

The Merino Thick & Thin Hat pattern styles that I will be sharing with you include a Pixie Hat, a traditional Beanie and a Pixie Bonnet style.

Which style do you want to make? The great thing about these patterns is the minimal amount of thick & thin yarn they use. For Instance, with one 90 yard skein, I was able to make one hat of each design.


Newborn Merino Pixie Hat Pattern

You will need the following supplies:

  • about 28 yards of Merino Thick & Thin Yarn
  • Crochet Hook N (9.00 mm)
  • Measuring Tape, Yarn Needle, Scissors
  • Optional: Button

Crochet Pattern for Pixie Hat

  1. Ch 3, 4 hdc in 3rd ch from hook, join in the top of beginning ch 2 (5 st counting beginning ch 2 as a stitch now and throughout pattern)
  2. Ch 2, hdc in same st as join, hdc in each st around, join (6 sts there was a 1 stitch increase)
  3. Ch 2, hdc in same st as join, hdc in next st, [2hdc in next st, hdc in next st], repeat [] around, join (9)
  4. Ch 2, hdc in same st as join, hdc in each of next 2 sts, [2hdc in next st, hdc in each of the next 2 sts], repeat [] around, join (12)
  5. Ch 2, hdc in same st as join, hdc in each of next 3 sts, [2hdc in next st, hdc in each of the next 3 sts], repeat [] around, join (15)
  6. Ch 2, hdc in same st as join, hdc in next st, [2hdc in next st, hdc in next st], repeat [] until 1 st remains, hdc in last st, join (22)
  7. Ch 2, hdc in same st as join, hdc in each of next 6 sts, 2hdc in next st, hdc in each of the next 7 sts, 2hdc in next st, hdc in each of the next 6 sts, join (25)
  8. Ch 2, hdc in each st around, join (25)
  9. Ch 2, hdc in each st around, join (25)
  10. Ch 2, hdc in each st around, join (25)
  11. Ch 2, hdc in each st around, join (25), fasten off and weave in all ends
  12. Optional: add button

Hat dimensions / folded flat: Width = 6 inches, Height = 7 inches


Newborn Merino Basic Beanie Hat Pattern

You will need the following supplies:

  • About 25 yards of Merino Thick & Thin Yarn
  • Crochet Hook N (9.00 mm)
  • Measuring Tape, Yarn Needle, Scissors

Crochet Pattern for the Basic Beanie:

  1. Ch 3, 9 hdc in 3rd ch from hook, join in the top of beginning ch 2 (10 sts counting beginning ch 2 now and throughout pattern)
  2. Ch 2, hdc in same st as join, 2hdc in each st around, join (20)
  3. Ch 2, hdc in same st as join, hdc in each of next 2 sts, [2hdc in next st, hdc in each of the next 2 sts], repeat [] around, join (25)
  4. Ch 2, hdc in each st around, join (25)
  5. Ch 2, hdc in each st around, join (25)
  6. Ch 2, hdc in each st around, join (25)
  7. Ch 2, hdc in each st around, join (25)
  8. Ch 1, sc in each st around, join (25), fasten off and weave in all ends

Hat dimensions / folded flat: Width = 6 inches, Height = 5 inches


Newborn Merino Bonnet Pattern

You will need the following supplies:

  • About 35 yards of Merino Thick & Thin Yarn
  • Crochet Hook N (9.00 mm)
  • Measuring Tape, Yarn Needle, Scissors

Crochet Pattern for the Bonnet

  1. Ch 14, hdc in the 3rd chain from hook, hdc in each remaining ch, rotate work (you will now continue your hdc in the opposite side of the ch), hdc in each ch to end, turn (26 counting beginning ch now and throughout hat)
  2. Ch 2, hdc in each st to end of row, turn (26)
  3. Ch 2, hdc in first 11 sts, dc3tog, hdc in remaining 11 st, turn (24)
  4. Ch 2, hdc in next 9 sts, sc2tog, sc2tog, hdc in remaining 10 st, turn (22)
  5. Ch 2, hdc in each st across, turn (22)
  6. Ch 2, hdc in each st across, turn (22)
  7. Ch 2, hdc in each st across, turn (22)
  8. Ch 2, hdc in each st across, fasten off and weave in ends
  9. Continue to tassel instructions

Adding Braid / Ties & Tassels to the Bonnet

There are 2 options that I have used for the ties and/or tassels. I usually use whichever one I have enough yarn for. If you are running short of yarn, check out the top row of images in the above graphics. Those hats demonstrate the ties/braid option resulting in using less yarn because they feature a small braid and small tassels. However, in the bottom image there are longer tassels with no braid.

Ties / Braid Option: Begin to create this option by taking 2 strands of yarn and measure about 3 feet long, then fold the yarn in half. At the fold, join with a slst in the front lower corner of the bonnet. After that step, complete as many chains as possible leaving enough yarn for a small tassel (usually about 15-22 chains), tie them off and trim up the tassels to have even ends.

Tassel Only Option: To complete the longer tassels, take the remaining yarn and fold it in half, continue folding in half until you have about 4, 6 or 8 strands, just make sure it is an even number. Split them in half and then place them in 2 separate piles. Take the first pile and fold those strands in half, now, at the fold, pull through the front lower corner of the bonnet. Continue by tying tightly with a scrap piece of yarn around the folded area and then repeat on the other side with the second group of measured out strands.


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Sloth Crochet Pattern Round Up to Brighten Your Day

Sloths are known for their slowness in movements, have you ever felt a little bit like a sloth? I have been feeling a little sluggish, it may be the dreary weather, the business of life, the need to take a break.

Whatever the reason is, these Sloth patterns cheered up my day. Seeing how cute their little grins are as they hang upside down just makes me giggle. I hope you enjoy seeing some of my favorite sloth patterns today.

Sloth Crochet Pattern Round Up

15 Fun Sloth Facts According to Global Animal

  1. Sloths are clumsy on land but are great swimmers.
  2. Sloths are arboreal animals, so they spend most of their time in trees.
  3. They only urinate/defecate once a week.
  4. Contrary to their reputation, sloths only sleep about 10 hours a day.
  5. Sloths defecate and urinate at the same place every time and because of this they are vulnerable to predators.
  6. Algae grow on their fur, which camouflages them green.
  7. Sloths diets consist mostly of leaves which gives them minimal energy and nutrition.
  8. Primary predators of sloths include eagles, snakes, and jaguars.
  9. Sloths can retain their grip after death.
  10. Three-toed sloths can turn their heads almost 360 degrees.
  11. Sloths are nocturnal animals.
  12. Sloths have up to four-inch-long claws used to hold onto tree branches.
  13. They are solitary creatures who only gather to mate.
  14. Female sloths are normally pregnant for seven to 10 months and will only give birth to one baby.
  15. Sloths can live up to 40 years old.

Sloth Crochet Pattern Round Up

Sloth Crochet Pattern Round Up

I've been feeling a little bit like a sloth lately, just barely moving along. Sloths are so loved because we can all relate to them a little bit. That is why these Sloth crochet patterns will melt your heart when you see them.

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Darling Animal Appliques: click HERE

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Hearts of Love Scarf Crochet Pattern

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With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, the Hearts of Love Scarf pattern is here just in time! Whip one, two, three or more of these up for your loved ones.

Hearts of Love is the way this scarf is made and how it warms you.

Hearts of Love Scarf

Made with a popular stitch that creates a quick fabric that isn’t too thick. This scarf is ideal to wear as an accessory or to warm you in the cool outdoors.

The hearts that adorn the angled ends of the scarf are crocheted right into the pattern, no need to add appliques after you are done.

The main section of the scarf is made in a striped pattern using two different colors of yarn. You can make the scarf and it will be just as darling in a single main color of the yarn and only changing up the heart color.

Hearts of Love Scarf

Hearts of Love Pattern Info & Material

Skill Level: Intermediate

  • Crochet Hook I (5.50 mm) / Crochet Hook G (4.00 mm)
  • Worsted Weight Yarn (#4) – 450 yards total
  • Sample Made In: Sprightly Worsted Weight Yarn
  • C1: Suede ~ 250 yards
  • C2: White ~ 175 yards
  • C3: Red ~ 25 yards
  • Measuring Tape / Scissors / Yarn Needle
  • Optional: Tassel Maker
Hearts of Love Crochet Scarf

Where to get the pattern & Release SALE

The Hearts of Love Scarf is available in all of my pattern shops. As a new pattern release it will be 50% off through Friday January 31, 2020. No code needed.

I will be hosting a mini-CAL beginning January 29 and running through February 4, 2020. I will be doing LIVE videos demonstrating the stitches and how to read the chart. Hope to see you in there, click this LINK HERE to join.

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Sweet Potato 3’s Home Office Display

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I moved about 18 months ago and am fortunate to have a home office. Having a designated space to keep all my books, supplies, office materials, and more has been amazing. But, it wasn’t a “fun place to go”.

Office Space Boring

The office is designed with ample storage, which I would never complain about, but there is not much room to decorate. So, I had to put on my thinking cap to come up with a simple and fun way to add some fun decor that will make my time doing “book work” a little more fun.

Considerations in the decor

The workspace is great to have with a large countertop to spread out my paperwork and get organized. However, it isn’t very deep, so I needed to make sure whatever I added was not going to stick out from the wall very much.

Feeling a little clueless on what to do, I turned to Pinterest and found some fun ideas to display yarn. A yarn wall wasn’t really the look I was going for, but who couldn’t resist a nice showcase of some of your favorite yarn cakes.

Shopping for Ideas

Supplies for Office

Wooden Crates are always cute no matter what you are using them for. I found a coupe different shaped ones that would be cute to display some yarn in and I had to add the cute wooden vase. You can find similar crates and vases by clicking HERE.

My space is very long and narrow, therefore I needed something larger for one side of the display. After searching high and low I decided to create a unique crochet wall piece, so I grabbed a 11X14 photo frame that you can find by clicking HERE.

Creating The Custom Wall Art

I was in the middle of teaching a class on crocheting from a graph so I decide to create a graph with my logo in it using the program Stitch Fiddle. I was excited to crochet the graph and figure out how to add it to the frame.

Feeling excited about my custom logo, the challenge was in attaching it to the frame. It was important to have it evenly stretched across the frame. I decided wrapping yarn through each row end and around the entire frame was the way to go.

The even stretch was perfect, but the black frame showing through was NOT the look I was hoping for. After attempting to single crochet around the frame, the edge wasn’t very clean, it looked bulky and uneven. I decided to just continue with wrapping the yarn. The corners were a bit tricky so I left a little of the frame showing.

Frame Yarn Wrap for Display

Finishing Touches

With the wall art completed it was time to put it all together. Using command strips (found HERE), the crates were attached to the wall and then filled with some of my favorite yarn remnants that had been wound into little cakes using my yarn winder (found HERE).

Adding my crochet hooks in the wooden vase, they slipped all the way in! I realized it was too deep, never fear, because a touch of greenery was perfect. I happened to have a small wooden clip board that matched perfectly, which turned into an ideal way to add my family photo.

Adding my Great Grandmothers old ceramic honey pot with some greenery helped bring in another contrasting element. Then I slide my old office name plate under the crate and it filled in the empty spot perfectly.

It is a small display with little hight to work with, in between my cabinets. However, this display added a warm “crocheters” touch that was desperately needed. This small touch makes my office feel like it is just for me. I can now admit, a very small part of me gets excited about having to sit in here to do the dreaded “bookwork”.

Are you looking for Inspiration for a display?

Getting started with ideas was the most difficult part of putting this display together. If you would like to browse some other display ideas visit my Amazon shop by clicking HERE.

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Winter Warmers Crochet Pattern Bundle

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After the craziness of the holidays I know many of us like to have a little down time. For some that is spent crocheting and for other that is a time to take a short break from crochet. No matter what category you might fall into, I am willing to bet you are ready for some new projects.

How about quick and warm projects such as: hats, scarves, wraps, shawls, mittens, and gloves. I like quick projects that I can complete and start wearing right away or have on hand to share.

It is so fun to add a new color or style to my wardrobe mid-winter and I might even make a gift or two if I find some patterns and yarns I love. 

If you are like me, you are always browsing for cute new patterns to try out and the new year is when I am looking for new pattern releases and styles. 

Well, this year, we are making it easy on you! 

To help us all add some new pieces to our wardrobes, I am excited to share the Winter Warmers Crochet Pattern Bundle. 


The Winter Warmers Crochet Pattern Bundle

I am honored to be one of the 13 crochet designers contributing patterns to this bundle. We have designed winter accessory patterns to share with you. Each of the 14 patterns were designed specifically to keep us warm and stylish this winter! 

The patterns cover all types of winter accessories from hats, scarves, and wraps, to shawls, mittens, gloves, and even a fun winter project. You are going to look great in these latest designs!

These accessory patterns are also some of the best handmade gift ideas. These patterns are some of the trendiest winter designs and making them for friends and family is a breeze. 

Oh, and did I mention that all of these patterns are brand new releases? Each of these designs is hot off the hook and has not been published before. 

You can get ALL 14 Winter Warmer Accessory Crochet Patterns worth over $70.00 for 80% off. But, we are only offering this pricing for this week only! Consider it our new year present to you! 

Seriously….who offers this many brand new premium printable patterns for $1 each?  

What Patterns are in This Bundle?  

  1. Arcadia Beanie by The Unraveled Mitten
  2. Collana Lace Cowl by Sweet Potato 3
  3. Acorn Hat and Mitts set by Creations by Courtney
  4. Alpine Headband by Crochet 365 Knit Too
  5. Jolie Button Scarf by Made With A Twist
  6. Treeline Scarf by Stitch In Progress
  7. Dogwood Shawl by Stitch In Progress
  8. Easy Warm Winter Mittens by Joy of Motion Crochet
  9. Diamond Crochet Mittens by Moogly
  10. Anna Headband by The Blue Elephants
  11. Celtic Weave Scarf by Two Brothers Blankets
  12. Bluebird Beanie & Chip Off the Old Block Slouchy Hat Set by Underground Crafter
  13. Yeti Kawaii Cuddler by 3am Grace Designs
  14. Eclipse Scarf by Knot Bad Ami 

All of these patterns will help you amp up your own handmade wardrobe this year and beyond! These patterns are the perfect touches your winter wardrobe needs. 

Grab your copy of the bundle and get started on these great accessory patterns now! 

But wait, there is more! 

As an additional bonus and gift to you, many of my designer friends have included discount codes for their pattern shops in the bundle! 

So, you not only get 14 perfect winter patterns that normally retail for over $70, you also get discounts to grab more wonderful patterns from your favorite designers, or maybe someone new that you are just seeing as part of the bundle.  

So, jump over and buy your copy and get the bonus today because it is only available through January 31. 

We do offer a 30-day money back guarantee, so there is really no risk to you buying your copy today!

I can’t wait to see you wearing your favorite winter accessories this year! Let’s get started together! 

Grab your copy at 80% off here, before it is gone!

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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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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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