Stitch Sampler Blanket – 30 Textured Crochet Stitches

When you join my Crochet & Conversations Facebook page, I ask a few questions. One of those is “What would you like to learn about crochet?” The top answer, new crochet stitches. The second answer, textured crochet stitches. I am excited to offer my next crochet along in a Stitch Sampler Blanket.

Stitch Sampler CAL

I am excited to share with you some of my favorite textured crochet stitches. The sampler blanket is an ideal way to learn new stitches. Each stitch includes written instructions as well as a photo and video tutorial. By completing the stitch sampler blanket you will work square by square to complete your blanket.

Stitch Sampler Crochet Along

A crochet along is a fun way to work up a pattern. The pattern is released in sections over a specified period of time. This helps encourage you to complete the pattern in steps alongside a community of other crocheters doing the same project.

I will begin releasing Stitch Sampler Blanket CAL (crochet along) on February 1, 2022. I encourage you to join today so you can gather your materials and prepare for the event. The following is my tentative schedule, but this may change slightly.

January

  • 18th – release CAL for 50% off, no code needed, through Jan 31, 2022
  • 20th – release yarn amounts, color options & explain options to adjust size
  • 24th – release gauge check and explain hook sizing information
  • 26th – release stitch information
  • 28th – share yarn colors

February

  • Feb 1 – begin with Square 1
  • A square will be released each Mon – Fri until all 30 squares have been released.
  • April 1 – pattern will be released in full

Join Crochet Along

You can join the CAL through my Etsy or Ravelry Shop. When you purchase the CAL, you are giving me permission to use your email address to send out CAL updates.

Armeria Everyday Handbag Crochet Pattern

I am always grabbing miscellaneous items around the house as I am dashing out the door, usually finding myself with too many things to carry and fumbling to get my keys and settle into my car. I decided it was time to design the Armeria Everyday Handbag that I could just throw all those items into as I was running out the door.

Armeria Everyday Handbag

The Armeria Everyday Handbag is fun to crochet plus it is a useful project that I found I was using more than I thought I would. That is until my daughter took claim of it!

“Armeria” What’s It Mean?

Trying to name a pattern is honestly one of the most difficult parts of designing. I often turn to my pattern testers and ask for suggestions. One of the first suggestions was “pebblestone” which struck a chord with me because I was thinking something like pebbles as well.

Then I received multiple comments saying the stitch reminded them of flowers. What do you think?

Armeria Everyday Handbag

I also noticed that the design looks a little similar to the Tunisian Ocean Stitch. So, I wanted to factor in all three of these (pebbles, flowers and the ocean stitch) into my name. Given that I decided to name this handbag after Armeria Maritima, or Sea Thrift. It is a flower that grows in small clusters, often found in rocky areas next to the ocean.

About the design

In the beginning stages of designing a crochet pattern there are so many things to consider. The yarn you plan on using will greatly affect how the stitches will look, how the final product will hold up and the overall design appeal.

A few years ago I had the opportunity to work with Lion Brand Rewind yarn. This yarn definitely has a unique feel to it, as it is a ribbon yarn (flat) instead of the traditional round due to fibers being twisted together. The yarn also has a very soft feel to it while keeping the bulky weight.

Lion brand Yarn

As mentioned above, I had a chance to design multiple patterns using Lion Brand Rewind tape yarn. I designed an entire line of Home Decor patterns that you can find through the Leisure Arts Website by clicking HERE. I also hosted a Crochet Along making these adorable Woven Baskets shown below. The baskets are a FREE pattern you can still find on my blog by clicking HERE.

Armeria Everyday handbag

The handbag is an ideal size, measuring about 13″ wide by 15″ tall. You can throw a folder with paperwork in, a change of overnight clothes, or in my case all those things your kids forgot and you need to deliver to them before class starts.

Armeria Everyday Handbag

Materials Needed

  • Crochet Hook K (6.50 mm)
  • Bulky Weight Yarn (#5) ~ 390 yards           
  • Sample made using Lion Brand Rewind Yarn / color: Mahogany Rose
  • Measuring Tape
  • Scissors
  • Yarn Needle

Check out the Samples Made by my testers

Some of you may find it helpful and inspiring to see other samples made from the crochet pattern. I have a great group of pattern testers who work hard to help me publish quality patterns. I love showing off their work so you can see other variations whether it is different colors, different yarn or how they may have modified the pattern to work for them.

See the details of the yarn and changes in the caption of each sample photo below. I know you’ll love what they made as much as I do. One of my testers enjoyed the pattern so much she decided to make 2 more!

Where to get your Copy of the Armeria Everyday Handbag

Armeria Everyday Handbag

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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.

Crochet & Conversations

Mountain Peaks Ear Warmers Crochet Pattern

The brisk mountain air is always reenergizing especially in the cold winter months. Spending time outside is always a fun way to show off all the fun and unique crochet wearables including ear warmers (my personal favorite winter accessory). The Mountain Peaks Ear Warmer is designed to remind you of the majestic peaks in the mountain ranges of Idaho.

Details about the Mountain Peaks Ear Warmer Pattern

I used a beautiful worsted weight yarn by Knit Picks called Reverie. It has a lovely mohair look to it and feels so soft. The stitches worked up lovely and have a softer look with this specific yarn. Make sure you check out the other yarns my pattern testers used (later in this blog post).

The pattern includes 3 sizes from children’s up to adult, but with some measurements you could easily customize the size by adding or deleting rows.

A full photo tutorial AND video tutorial on the stitch combination are included in the pattern to help you get it just right.

Mountain Peaks Ear Warmer

Pattern Has been fully tested by other crocheters like you

All Sweet Potato 3 patterns have been tested by fellow crocheters just like you. I make sure to have all skill levels and consider all their feedback to make sure that you are confident and able to easily complete the pattern. I also love to see how a change in yarn brand and/or color changes the entire look of the pattern. Check out their work in these fun images.

Where to get your copy of the Mountain Peaks Ear Warmers

If You Love This Ear Warmer Pattern You will Also Love the fingerless mitts

I designed the Mountain Peaks ear warmers to coordinate with the Mountain Peaks fingerless mitts. This was a fun design that I created a few years ago and they have been very popular. They are crocheted with a lighter DK weight yarn (the ear warmers are made with a worsted weight), but they have the same beautiful stitch work.

You can purchase this fun crochet pattern on it’s own (find more info on this design by clicking HERE), or you can grab it in an eBook that includes BOTH the fingerless mitts AND the Ear Warmers, you can find them in the links below:

Mountain Peaks Set

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, I invite you to come 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.

Knotted Half Double Crochet Cowl Free Tutorial

Occasionally I will stumble upon a stitch that I fall in love with and find that I implement it into many of my designs. That is exactly what happened when I first discovered a stitch that I call a Knotted Half Double Crochet. This stitch works up quickly and has a relaxing cadence to it as you weave your hook through the yarn to crochet the stitch over and over.

The knotted half double crochet stitch creates a thicker, or bulky, fabric while keeping its buoyancy due to natural spacing of the stitches. The result, a flexible, warm and cozy feel that is great for so many projects. With winter setting in I decided a cowl would be a great project to make to teach this fun new stitch.

Knotted Half Double Crochet

About the Knotted Half Double Crochet Stitch

I am not sure if I saw this stitch or just ‘figured’ it out playing with yarn one day. Knowing this was a stitch I was going to use for a project, I searched high and low for its name and was not able to find it.

The stitch is basically a half double crochet decrease, or a half double crochet two stitches together but without a decrease in stitches. What makes it unique is the stitch placement which results in the same number of stitches in each row (no decreases). You may know it as something else. If you do, please leave a comment below.

If you look closely at most crochet stitches that are worked in rows, the stitches are crocheted in an alternating pattern as the rows stack (the stitches are aligned between one another). However, the knotted half double crochet stitches align perfectly on top of one another. The stitch looks like little knots lined up in an orderly fashion.

Knotted Half Double Crochet

Materials Need to Crochet the cowl

  • Crochet hook K (6.50 mm)
  • Crochet hook I (5.50 mm)
  • 400 yards of a heavy Worsted Weight yarn (sample made in Bernat Premium color: lavender & aran)
  • Scissors
  • Yarn Needle
  • Measuring tape

Finished Size

My completed cowl is 7″ wide and 30″ long, as this is folded in half it actually has a 60″ circumference.

Gauge is usually very important when crocheting. Since this is a cowl designed to practice a stitch, the focus today is to learn the stitch and crochet evenly throughout your project. The cowl is designed as a double loop cowl (loop around neck, twist, and loop again) so it will have allowances for different gauges. This is a very rare occasion when I will say to not worry about your gauge.

Knotted Half Double Crochet Cowl

Making the Cowl

Begin using the larger crochet hook K (6.50 mm). It is very important to use a larger crochet hook for your foundation row to allow for a little more natural stretch in the main section of the cowl.

Foundation Row

Crochet 140 Foundation hdc (if you are not familiar with foundation stitches check out my video tutorial HERE), join in top of beginning hdc to form a round (140)

The bottom of the first and last stitch of the foundation row will not be connected (see image below). Using the yarn tail from the beginning of your project sew the bottom of those two stitches together and weave in your end.

Sew foundation round

Switch to smaller crochet hook I (5.50 mm). Again, this is very important to keep your foundation row and main body of the cowl close to the same tension.

Begin the Knotted Half Double Crochet (Khdc) Rows


The written explanation of the KHdc: yarn over, insert hook into st, pull up a loop, yarn over, insert hook into next st, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through all loops on hook.


Begin your round with a chain 1, yarn over and insert your hook into the joining slip stitch that is behind your beginning chain, pull up a loop (3 loops on your hook).

Yarn over, insert your hook into the 1st st of the row (2nd image above-where needle is pointing). Pull up a loop, you will know have 5 loops on your hook, yarn over and pull through all 5 loops on your hook. Your first Khdc has been completed.

The Next Khdc

To begin your next Khdc, yarn over, insert your hook into the same stitch the last Khdc ended in and pull up a loop, you now have 3 loop son your hook.

For the second part of the stitch, yarn over, insert hook into next st, pull up a loop and yarn over to pull through all 5 loops on hook, you completed another Khdc.

Continue to repeat the Khdc around the entire row. Double check that you ended with 140 stitches for the round, not counting the beginning chain 1.

Continue Rows of Khdc

Repeat rows of Knotted Half Double Crochet until your desired height has been reached. For my cowl I completed 7 rows in lavender then continued to work another 7 rows in aran.

For your last row, switch back to the larger crochet hook K (6.50 mm). Ch 1, loosely sc in each stitch around, join in top of the 1st sc, fasten off and weave in all ends.

Video Stitch Tutorial

If you are a visual learner, like me, watch this video tutorial I created of the Knotted Half Double Crochet Stitch.

Other Designs Using the Knotted Half Double Crochet Stitch

In the introduction of this post I mentioned that I stumbled upon this stitch. I was hunting for stitch that had some specific features – one of which was perfect alignment. That was because I had a few graph designs in mind for blankets.

Traditional graph blankets are made crocheting single crochets, these take forever to make because the stitches are so small. Another option for graphs is the corner to corner technique, but these images are kind of choppy and I wanted a smoother transition and nice angles in my designs.

Music to my soul blankets

Check out how amazing the Knotted Half Double Crochet worked in the Music to My Soul blankets which I designed.

You can find these music blankets along with many more in my shops – or simply click the links below:

  • Original Music To My Soul eBook (includes piano, violin, & guitar) – click HERE
  • Music to My Soul Expansion Pack (includes 10 instruments not in original) – click HERE
  • Percussion Expansion Pack Only (snare drum & full drum set) – Etsy / Ravelry
  • String Expansion Pack Only (harp, electric guitar & banjo) – Etsy / Ravelry
  • Brass Expansion Pack Only (trumpet, tuba, sax, sousophone, trombone) – Etsy / Ravelry
  • Vibrato Violin Blanket – click HERE
  • Grandioso Guitar Blanket – click HERE
  • Piano Pizzazz Blanket – click HERE

Nature’s Inspiring Landscape Blankets

I also designed some gorgeous Nature’s Landscape Blankets. They are a published book through Annie’s publishing.

The Nature’s Inspiring Blanket information can be found HERE.

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, I invite you to come 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.

Free Crochet Pocket Hot Pad Tutorial

Can you believe we are only 72 days away from Christmas (as of October 14th anyway). It is crazy how quick these next few months will go. A couple years ago I shared a hot pad tutorial with printables that everyone loved making for gifts during the holidays. So this year I put a spin on it and am sharing a Pocket Hot Pad Crochet Pattern.

Pocket Hot Pad

I love to have a stash of small gifts to give. Everyone always needs last minute gifts for those that happened to not make the gift list during the hustle and bustle of shopping. But, we still want to recognize them and gift them something. Therefore, having a stack of small useful gifts in your stash is helpful and convenient.

Crochet Hot Pads Make Great Gifts

Crochet hot pads are one of those gifts everyone, and I mean everyone, LOVES. Plus they can be hard to find for most people that don’t crochet. So, gifting hot pads is a great handmade gift that will be appreciated. Check out my traditional hot pad and dish scrubby pattern that also has a free printable gift tag by clicking HERE.

Because that last design was so popular I wanted to create another hot pad with a different spin on it. I created another FREE hot pad tutorial, but this time it features a handy pocket! Everyone loves pockets, plus it makes an adorable way to gift goodies!

Pocket Hot Pad

But, before I get to the details about the Pocket Hot Pad crochet pattern, I want to share with you a great resource for more fun stash buster projects that make great last minute gifts.


The 2021 Holiday Stashdown CAL

Every Monday and Thursday from October 4 through December 16, 2021, a free crochet pattern from a different designer will be shared. Each pattern will be a one-skein project, or a stashbuster/scrappy project, so you can work from your own existing yarn stash to make a great winter holiday gift, decoration, or wrap. If you’d like to go ahead and buy some yarn just for the project, we won’t stop you! We love yarn as much as you do.

Holiday Stashdown CAL

Plus at the end of the CAL there is a huge giveaway so don’t forget to enter in this post on Underground Crafter by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, December 31, 2021! Enter HERE.

How to Participate in the Stashdown CAL

  • You can join in by crocheting the featured patterns as you have time.
  • Share your progress and post pictures of your finished projects. Tag your projects and posts #CALCentralCrochet and #HolidayStashdownCAL on all social media.
  • If you’d like to chat with other crocheters, join the CAL Central Crochet Facebook group, or visit this thread in the CAL Central Ravelry group.
  • By the end of the CAL, you’ll have up to 22 gifts, decorations, or wrap projects for the winter holidays.
  • Visit Underground Crafter to learn more about the prizes, enter the end-of-CAL giveaway, and to get links to each Holiday Stashdown CAL pattern as it is released.

About the Pocket Hot Pad

The design of the hot pad is created with a stitch that practically crochets a double thickness so there is no need for a double layer. This is a big time saver. The pattern includes 2 sizes and can be made with or without a pocket on it. But, my favorite part is the cute little hanging loop in the corner!

Pocket Hot Pad

Materials Needed

  • Crochet Hook Size I (5.50mm)
  • Worsted (#4) Weight Yarn in 2 colors – these were so much fun to make I made a few samples to show you- you can check out the yarn details below:
  • Large Red sample – Premier Anti Pilling Everyday Worsted
    • Main Color (Burgundy) ~ 120 yards (less than 1 skein)
    • Contrasting Color (Cream) ~ 30 yards (less than 1 skein or scrap)
  • Small Blue sample – Premier Anti Pilling Everyday Worsted
    • Main Color (Quiet Blue) ~ 100 yards (less than 1 skein)
    • Contrasting Color (Admiral Blue) ~ 25 yards (less than 1 skein or scrap)
  • Small with No Pocket Gold sample – Premier Anti Pilling Everyday Worsted
    • Solid Color (Mustard) ~ 95 yards (less than 1 skein)
  • Measuring Tape
  • Yarn Needle
  • Scissors

Stitches Used

  • Ch = Chain
  • Slst = Slip Stitch
  • Sc = Single Crochet
  • Dc = Double Crochet
  • ThermalDc = Thermal Double Crochet (photo tutorial & video tutorials are below in this post)
  • ReversePuff = Reverse Puff Stitch (photo tutorial & video tutorial are below in this post)
  • BL = Back Loop

Gauge

Gauge will be checked while making the pattern. However, gauge isn’t essential unless you want the final size to be exact. It is essential that your stitches are even throughout the pattern and tight so heat doesn’t transfer through to your fingers too quickly. If your stitches are not tight, change hook to smaller size until this is achieved.

Pocket Hot Pad Size Comparison

Pocket Hot Pad Size

7” square (blue sample)
9” square (burgundy sample)

Pattern Notes

  • The pattern has 2 sizes. Instructions are written for the smaller size with larger size in parenthesis.
  • The hot pad is made in 2 pieces, a front and back that are then stitched together.
  • Do not count the beginning chain as a stitch.
  • When the pattern states to repeat, repeat what is stated in the brackets [ ].

Main piece of the Hot Pad Pattern

Begin by making the back of the hot pad (this is the full square piece) and if using 2 colors of yarn use your main color of yarn.

R1: Ch 25 (31), sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch to end, turn (24, 30)

R2: Ch 1, working in BL only for this row, dc in each st across, turn (24, 30)

Small Size Measures 6″ Wide / Large Size Measures 8″ Wide

Row 2 Measurement

R3: Ch 1, ThermalDc in each st across, turn (24, 30) Note: the first couple rows of the thermal stitch it is easier to rotate your work instead of turning, this allows you to see your stitch plaement. After a couple rows have been crocheted, a traditional turn works great. If this is confusing you can watch my video tutorial below.

Thermal Double Crochet tutorial

https://youtu.be/HzY7in-bZIk

Continue to repeat R3 until you have crocheted a total of 10 rows. This is when you should/can do a gauge check, your height for both the small and larger size should measure 3″ high.

Gauge Check

Repeat R3 until measures 6” (8”) high or until the height matches the width

Final Row: Ch 1, in each st across sc through both loops of stitch AND the BL (unworked loop) of corresponding st from the prior row, fasten off and weave in ends (24, 30)

Make The Front Pocket for the Hot Pad (optional)

Repeat R1-R3 of the Hot Pad

Repeat R3 until measures 4” (6”) high or until the height is 2” short of the hot pad height

Switch to contrasting color

Final R1: Ch 1, in each st across sc through both loops of last stitch AND the BL (unworked loop) from the prior row, do not turn

Note: if you are right handed work next row from left to right / if you are left handed work the next row from right to left

Final R2: Ch 1, see above note, [skip st, yarn over, insert hook into next st from the right of your hook, pull up a loop, yarn over, insert hook into same st, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through all 5 loops on your hook, ch to close], repeat [ ] until 2 sts remain, skip next st, slst into next st, fasten off and weave in ends.

Video Tutorial for the Reverse Puff Stitch

https://youtu.be/x6W2OIowynI

Stitching Pocket & Border of Hot Pad

  • 1st Step: If you did not make a pocket, skip to step 2. Place the pocket on top of the hot pad. Single crochet the pieces together working through both the hot pad and the pocket. Join with a slip stitch in the lower left corner, chain 1, working an even number of stitch on each side sc in each row end and/or st around (working 3 sc in the corners), do not count these corner 3 sc in your even number of stitches, join in top of the first sc, do not turn.
  • 2nd Step: Begin the left side reverse puff stitch: Ch 1, Reverse Puff along the first side (left side working from bottom towards the top) until you reach the 3sc corner. 

Create the Hanging loop

  • 3rd Step: Reference photos below: Slst into 1st sc of the corner, ch 18 (same for both sizes), skip next st, slst in next st, turn, ch 1 and work 20sc in ch sp, slst into same st as beginning slst, turn, (if this transition is not the cleanest it is okay-it will be covered up when we wrap the base of the loop) slst into each sc in loop, slst into same st as slst in 3rd corner sc.
  • 4th Step: Repeat the Reverse Puff around the remaining 3 sides & corners of the hot pad, join in the beginning st of the round, fasten off and weave in ends.  
  • 5th Step: Wrap the base of the loop about 20 times, secure with a knot in the back and weave in the ends into the stitches of the border.

A Traditional Hot Pad, Dish Scrubby and Gift Printable

I mentioned in my earlier post that I have a tutorial for a traditional hat pad. That same tutorial includes a dish scrubby and a super cute printable for gift giving during the Christmas Season.

Hot Pad Dish Scrubby Printable

Pocket Hot Pad Samples

I wanted to share how cute some of the hot pads that my pattern testers finished. They always do such an amazing job! Their samples show how different you can make this pattern. Some demonstrate what it looks like with no pocket, or no hanging loop, solid color or multi-colored. Each one is unique and handmade with love.

This coordinating set was a Test by Judy

2021 Crochet Cancer Challenge – Charity Crochet Event

Updated on November 4, 2021

What an amazing event 2021 was. I would like to personally thank each and everyone of you that participated, whether it was as a designer, a crocheter or if you were just able to share the challenge-thank you.

I love seeing all the hats made and hearing so many heart touching stories about your donations. The messages about why this challenge means so much to you are overwhelming. I read each and every one and do my best to respond. I feel honored to be able to host such an amazing event.

Now, my favorite part…. in October of 2021, our crochet community knocked last years numbers of pledges out of the water with 54,661. Yes, that is 54,661 hat made and lives touched by YOU. Thank you.


Original Cancer Challenge Info for 2021

Fall is almost in full swing here, the temperatures are dropping and the air is nice and crisp. This is a sign that October is nearing and that means my Crochet Cancer Challenge is coming up! This is my favorite charity crochet event and this year we are celebrating its 9th year!

crochet charity event cancer challenge

It has been such an honor to host this event every year and I am able to witness how charitable our crochet community is. I receive messages daily about how this is a project that is close to home for so many. It is a blessing to witness how our crochet community makes a difference one hat at a time.

what is the crochet Cancer Challenge

The Cancer Challenge is a crochet charity event that lasts the entire month of October. Each day of the month a new crochet pattern designer will be featured. In this feature they will release a new hat pattern that has been designed in honor of someone they know who has battled cancer or to help bring awareness to a specific type of cancer. Their hat design will be FREE for 48 hours in EXCHANGE for a pledge. By downloading the pattern for free you are taking a pledge to make a minimum of one hat from that pattern to donate.

cancer charity event explained

Over the last 9 years, the Crochet Cancer Challenge has grown and reached so many. It is a personal charity that means so much to so many crocheters and so many of us designers. The time and efforts put into this event by everyone is greatly appreciated.

Each hat made has a special meaning for the designer, the maker and the recipient. Help spread the word and encourage our efforts to grow by sharing the challenge, the links, photos of your completed hats and your donation piles. Use the hashtag #CrochetCancerChallenge in your posts and shares to help identify our efforts.

crochet cancer challenge charity event

The more people that see our challenge the more it will grow and the more we can touch others in a positive way.

Daily Crochet Cancer Challenge Features

Every day this blog post will be updated with the new featured designer’s crochet hat pattern links. All you have to do is go to their website, take a minute to read their post, learn the significant meaning behind their design and reflect on that as you make their design.

Just a reminder, each design is available for 24 hours only. If you miss a pattern, don’t worry, there will be plenty of others available. To get the pattern for free you will need to use the code “CancerChallenge“. Look for this button in their blog post:

Button for Charity Crochet Event

Do you have more questions about the Crochet Cancer Challenge? Scroll to the bottom of this post for more informative links.

Add a Tag to your donation

It’s fun to add something personal to your hats that you plan to donate. I created these simple tags that you can print, then punch a hole in the top and tie them to your completed hats. The tag gives you room to write the size of the hat (sometimes specifying childrens, adult small vs. adult large helps when they pick out a hat), plus you can write down your name as the maker.

Crochet Cancer Challenge Tags

You can optionally add a note on the back saying you were thinking of them as you crocheted their hat. Or, that you said a prayer for them, their family and or the doctors and nursing staff as you made the hat. It’s these personal touches that can make a generous gift even more personal.


October 2021 Featured designs

Oct 1 – Sweet Potato 3

The Colors of Courage Hat is designed in multiple colors to recognize all those fighting this awful battle. As you make this hat think about and pray for their journey.

Find Pattern HERE

This pattern will be available for FREE through October 31, 2021.


Crystalized Designs – 1st Bonus Weekend

The Adelaide Beanie was created for Breast Cancer and uses pink yarn.

Find Pattern HERE

This pattern is available for FREE through Monday October 4, 2021.

Eye Love Knots – 1st Bonus Weekend

This Striped Dylan Claire Beanie features stripes of white to represent Retinoblastoma Awareness, and gold to represent Childhood Cancer Awareness.

Find Pattern HERE.

This pattern is available for FREE through October 31, 2021.

Simply Melanie Jane – 1st Bonus Weekend

For my hat, I chose the color teal for ovarian/cervical cancer in honor of my sister. When she got the diagnosis, she was terrified, as so many others are as well. She lived too far away for me to give her a physical hug, but my thoughts and good vibes were always with her.

Find pattern HERE.

Get this pattern FREE through Oct 2, 2021.

Inspire Creation Designs – 1st Bonus Weekend

The 6th will be free with your pledge, but for the rest of the year Valerie will be donating $1 from each sale to donate.

Find Pattern HERE.

This pattern is FREE through Sunday Oct 31, 2021.


Crochet Cancer Challenge

Oct 4 – Made with a Twist

The Karen Strong beanie was created in honor of one of Pam’s dearest friends who lost her battle to multiple cancers in August of 2021. It’s the personal touch of this challenge that makes it so meaningful to so many.

Find Pattern HERE.

This pattern is FREE through Tuesday October 5, 2021.


Oct 5 – Straight Hooked

Today is a very special day because it is my father’s birthday and to celebrate, I designed him a hat! If you were not aware, my father has been in Heaven for over 15 years. He got an early ticket to meet Jesus with the assistance of Glioblastoma, which is a form of brain cancer.

Malena, www.straighthooked.com

Find Pattern HERE.

This pattern is available for FREE through 10/6/2021.


Oct 6 – Briana K

This year I chose the color black to highlight Melanoma Cancer. Skin cancer can be largely preventable. Since Iiving in Florida, I’ve become more aware of the need to protect my skin against the sun. 

Briana K, www.BrianaKdesigns.com

Find Pattern HERE.

This pattern is available FREE through Oct 7, 2021.


Oct 7 – Simply Hooked by Janet

The Eternal Dawn Beanie! Why orange? I chose the color orange for this hat to bring awareness to Kidney Cancer for this challenge.

Find the pattern HERE.

This pattern is available for FREE through Oct 8, 2021.


Louka Cancer Challenge Beanie

Oct 8 – Through The Loop Yarn Craft

This year I have chosen to deign the Louka Beanie in Emerald for Liver Cancer Awareness.

My Nana, passed away after her battle with Liver cancer when I was just 24 years old.

www.ThroughTheLoopYC.com

Find the pattern HERE.

This pattern is available for FREE through Oct 31, 2021.


2nd Weekend Bonus – Fosbas Designs

TI have chosen to talk about tobacco cancer, as it is one of the common cancers where I grew up. This beanie is dedicated to everyone fighting cancer caused by the use of Tobacco. My thought and prayers are for you all.he Pebble Beanie

www.FosbasDesigns.com

Find the pattern HERE.

This pattern is available for FREE through Oct 31, 2021.

cancer Challenge

2nd Weekend Bonus – Hooked for life

Hooked for Life designed the Lavendula hat in lavendar to recognize all types of cancer.

Find the pattern HERE.

This pattern is available for FREE through Oct 10, 2021.

cancer challenge

2nd Weekend Bonus – Lakeview Cottage Kids

The “Hope” Beanie is made with white yarn which is the color that represents lung cancer.  Lung Cancer is the horrible disease that took my beloved Dad’s life.  Here is the story of his cancer journey.

www.lakeviewcottagekids.com

Find the pattern HERE.

This pattern is available for FREE through Oct 31, 2021.


Oct 11 – Endless Crochet Creations

Tammy designed the Endless Textured Beanie in black to help bring awareness to Melanoma Cancer. The hat is made using a worsted #4 weight yarn.

Find the pattern HERE.

This pattern is available for FREE through Oct 13, 2021.


Oct 12 – Underground Crafters

My maternal grandmother who taught me to crochet passed away after a short battle with pancreatic cancer in 2007. I miss our weekly calls and her laughter so much!

Purple is the awareness color for pancreatic cancer,

www.undergroundcrafter.com

Find the pattern HERE.

Pattern is FREE through Oct 31, 202.


oct 13 – Ambassador Crochet

This is Ambassador Crochet’s 6th year participating in the challenge.

In January 2019 the cancer challenge turned personal for me when my husband was diagnosed with stage 4 Upper Tract Urothelial Carcinoma (UTUC), which is a rare form of bladder cancer.

www.AmbassadorCrochet.com

Find the pattern HERE.

This pattern is available for FREE through Oct. 20, 2021.


Oct 14 – Nana’s Crafty Corner

Earlier this year Tonya received devastating news that her granddaughter, Nina, was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. This beanie was designed with this sweet little girl in mind, so please keep her in your thoughts and prayers as you crochet your donation hat.

Find pattern HERE.

Pattern is available for FREE through Oct 15, 2021.


Oct 15 – Crochets by Trista

I designed the Quiet River Hat in a light purple in honor of those with pancreatic cancer. One of my closest and dearest friends Grandmother, Yvonne, suffered from pancreatic cancer.”

www.CrochetsByTrista.com

Find Pattern HERE.

Pattern available for FREE through Oct 16, 2021


Cancer Challenge Hat

Bonus Weekend – Handmade by Yarn Mama

The Cedar Creek Beanie.

Find hat pattern HERE.

Pattern is available through Oct 17, 2021 for free as part of the challenge.

Cancer Challenge Pattern

Bonus Weekend – Salty Pearl Crochet

The Textured Stripes Chemo Cap uses simple stitch for a rich textured design. Download on Ravelry today to make your pledge.

Find hat pattern HERE.

Pattern available for Free as part of the challenge through Oct 17, 2021.

Cancer Awareness Ribbon

Bonus Weekend – Heartmade Crafts

It is an honor to have the Cancer Awareness Ribbon hat design. This designer is a 5X cancer fighter who is living with metestatic breast cancer.

Find hat pattern HERE.

This pattern is available for Free through October 16, 2021.

Crochet hat

Weekend bonus – Purdy Sweet Crochet

Merri designed the Flossie’s Feathers beanie in memory of her mom who passed in January of 2021.

Find Hat Pattern HERE.

Pattern is available for Free as part of the challenge through October 31, 2021.


Oct 18 – Snappy Tots

I am so happy to feature Snappy Tots, she has been a part of the Crochet Cancer Challenge every year since it started. This year her hat design is special because it acknowledges the wide range of daily emotions a cancer scare or diagnosis might cause.

Find hat pattern HERE.

Pattern is FREE for the challenge through Oct 31, 2021


Oct 19 – Sunflower Cottage Crochet

With this design I am honouring my own Grandad. He fought oesophageal cancer when I was in my late teens. 

www.SunflowerCottageCrochet.com

Find hat pattern HERE.

Pattern is FREE through Oct 31 for the challenge.


Cancer Challenge Hat

Oct 20 – Crochetverse

This year’s hat is dedicated to by friend Shawna Dandois of DandoisLion DeLights and is currently on her journey with breast cancer. Yes, the hat is not pink, but she is an amazing human and I wanted to honor her and ask for prayers, universal love, and healing for her. Thank you it is my absolute honor to be a part of this event.

Stephanie Pokorny / www.Crochetverse.com

Find Hat Pattern HERE.

Pattern available FREE for the challenge through Oct 31, 2021.


Crochet Cancer Challenge

Oct 21 – Bliss This

This year, I decided to create a beanie in honor of those who have battled or are battling prostate cancer. I named the beanie RJay, using my dad’s initials. I’m so grateful to have my dad here with us nearly 16 years after he BEAT cancer.

www.AmberBlissThis.com

Find Hat Pattern HERE.

Pattern is FREE through Oct 22, 2021 for the Crochet Cancer Challenge.


Oct 22 – Ned & Mimi

For my Simple Joys Beanie, I chose the color gold in support of childhood cancer

www.NedandMimi.com

Find pattern HERE.

Pattern is FREE as part of the challenge through Oct 23.


Weekend Bonus – Creations by Courtney

(Courtney’s friend) Stacy dealt with thyroid cancer, and thyroid cancer is represented by a ribbon that is pink, purple and teal. While inspired by my friend, I added my own touch when designing the Stacy Sunhat.

www.creationsbycourtney.com

Find pattern HERE (click the ‘ravelry’ button).

Pattern available for FREE through Oct 24, 2021.


Weekend Bonus – Pam’s Cozy Corner

As a Registered Nurse, I previously worked on a Neurology floor for a long time. Apart from taking care of stroke and head injury patients, we took care of brain and spinal cord tumor patients.

www.pamscozycorner.com

Find pattern HERE.

Pattern available FREE through Oct 31, 2021.


Oct 25 – SEK Handmade

I had a vision for this hat all the way back in April. I knew I wanted to create a beginner friendly hat that was a modern twist on a classic design element. 

www.SEKHandmade.com

Find the pattern HERE.

Pattern available for FREE as part of the Challenge through 8:00 am (Mountain Time) on Oct 26, 2021.


Oct 26 – Wish Upon a Hook

The Pebblebrook Beanie was made in a grey color to help bring awareness to Brain Cancer.

Find Pattern HERE.

Pattern is available for FREE as part of the challenge through Oct 27, 2021.


Breann Hat - Crafting Each Day - Crochet Cancer Challenge

Oct 27 – Crafting Each Day

This hat (the Breena Hat) is in honor of someone special in my life’s battle with esophogeal cancer.

www.CraftingEachDay.com

Find the pattern HERE.

Pattern is available for FREE as part of the challenge through Oct 31, 2021.


Oct 28 – Hooks Books & Wanderlust

Back in 2015 when I was going through chemo…, I made myself soooo many hats. I hated wearing my wig because it was so itchy, so I relied on hats daily. They served to keep me warm (boo to being bald in the winter!), act as “hair” in a weird sort of way, and frankly, to make me feel pretty and seen. 

wwww.bookshookswanderlust.com

Find Pattern HERE.

Pattern will be FREE through Oct 29, 2021.


Oct 29 – Two Brothers Blanket

The Faith Hat crochet pattern is a very simple toque style hat. It features the brick stitch throughout the body of the hat to give it a beautiful texture.

www.TwoBrothersBlankets.com

Find Hat Pattern HERE.

Pattern will be FREE as part of the challenge through October 31, 2021.


Last Weekend Bonus – Juniper & Oakes

My aunt was a very special lady and I wanted this design to be dedicated to her. I had planned to gift her my mock-up the next time I saw her, but I ran out of the yarn I was using, and before I could get to the store to buy more… she passed away.

www.JuniperandOakes.com

Find Pattern HERE.

Pattern available for FREE through Oct 31, 2021.


Bonus Weekend – Beeoutrageous

Purple is the color designated for Pancreatic Cancer.

I dedicate this Beanie to my Mom and others afflicted with this terrible disease.

Blanche Rosenblatt / Beeoutrageous

Find Pattern HERE.

Free through October 31, 2021 as part of the Crochet Cancer Challenge.


Bonus Weekend – Remington Lane

St. Peregrine is the patron saint of those suffering from cancer and other diseases. So I wanted this hat to be a tribute to all of the cancer warriors out there. I chose the color white to represent lung cancer. My aunt has been fighting lung cancer all year.

www.RemingtonLane.com

Find the Hat Pattern HERE.

Pattern availble FREE with your pledge through Oct 31, 2021.


Weekend Bonus – Creative Snugglies

A few years ago, I found out I had precancerous cells. The doctor informed me I had to have a hysterectomy. It was a very difficult time in my life especially since I was unable to conceive and carry a child to term. We have been so blessed with the gift of adoption but this has always been part of the cross I have to carry.

www.CreativeSnugglies.com

Find Hat Pattern HERE.

Pattern is available for FREE through Oct 31, 2021.


Bonus Pattern Time for those participating!

Check out how cute this is! I was so excited when Lisa reached out and told me she was so inspired by everyone making hats to donate that she designed this darling hat buddy and wanted to offer it free to all of you. I think this would be so cute for an office to use to display that they have hats for their patients.

Meet Hopeful, the Hat Buddy! I created this pattern for charity, to donate a cute Buddy to cancer centres and to hospitals, but I also created this pattern for all you lovely people who have been participating in the cancer challenge and have been working so hard to make beautiful hats and other items to donate to centres world wide. I thought, that you too may like to have a work station Buddy who sits and smiles at you while you work! So, this pattern is for your enjoyment as well…Unspoken hero’s you are I say… Hero’s in your own thoughtful way… So I hope you love making your own Hopeful Hat Buddy and that whatever you choose to do with it, I hope it puts a smile on your face or someone else’s face!

Lisa McNally

Find more information about the Crochet Cancer Challenge Below:

  • 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.

The Between Seasons Crochet Top Pattern

Crocheting garments has always intimidated me for so many reasons. Will it fit right? Is it going to be too warm? Will the style look okay on me? I think I found a perfect project for a crochet top garment for beginners, introducing the Between Seasons crochet top!

Chosing the Design for the Between Season Crochet Top

One of my goals for 2021 was to work on some garment designs that are easy to make even for beginners. I wanted them to be styles that flatter nearly all body shapes and that everyone can feel comfortable wearing.

These are the reasons my design has nice capped sleeves that make it ideal for between seasons (not as cool as top but not as warm as a sweater with full sleeves. Plus the boat neckline makes it a modest choice even with the open stitch work at the top of the shirt.

Between Season Cochet Top

This is a crochet top I will actually wear! I’ll get pictures of me in it soon and share them with you. Until then, you can see how well it fits “Gladis”, my manniquin that my daughter happliy named.

Picking the Yarn

The Between Seasons Top was made with Berroco Comfort yarn. Although this yarn is a worsted #4 weight, it is on the thinner side of worsted weight yarn. This was choosen carefully because I didn’t want a heavy yarn and wanted the fibers to be breathable. It isn’t a cotton yarn but the 50% nylon makes a huge difference (it is also 50% acrylic). I love how soft the yarn is and how defined the stitches look when working with it. Plus, the color options are endless!

Berroco Comfort Yarn

The Stitches

I carefully selected the stitches of the Between Season top. As I mentioned earlier, I was really worried about the top being too warm and too heavy. Even with a finer worsted weight yarn, using a traditional stitch can make it heavy to wear.

The main body of the top is made using a combination of stitches including the Extended Half Double Crochet. There is a video tutorial linked in the pattern, but take my word, this stitch is amazing. It works up fast, has the height of a double crochet but is very thin, resulting in a nice laying fabric for the garment body.

Stitches in the Between SEason Top

The open stitch work of the top is just fun. It adds a simple yet fun eye appeal with the change. This stitch pattern works up even quicker than the main body of the top.

Easy Construction for Beginners

I believe what makes crocheting garments so intimmidating is that there are certain angles for the arms and sleeves. But, this top with capped sleeves is so easy that beginners will wish they tried making one sooner. The top is made by crocheting two rectangles. You simply place them on top of one another and seam up the sides and the shoulders…. that is it!

Between Seasons Top

This creates a perfect arm opening with a flirty cap on the sleeves. The boat neckline drapes in a flattering way as well. If this is your first garment, you may just fall in love and decide you want to make more advanced tops going forward. I know I will be designing some more in the near future. If you want to stay up to date, make sure you are subscribed to my newsletter: https://www.subscribepage.com/SweetPotato3Newsletter

Sizes & Where to Get the pattern

The Between Seasons Crochet Top comes in sizes from adult Small up to adult XXL.

Between Seasons Top Crochet Pattern

Other Summer Patterns you would enjoy

Crochet & Conversations

I would liek to invite you to join my interactive Facebook group. It is called SP3 Crochet & Conversations, it is full of like minded people who enjoy learning about crochet as much as you do. As a member (which is totally free), you will get to help decide pattern names, colors, what designs will be coming, and so much more.

Come join by clicking HERE.

Crochet & Conversations

Self Care with Quick and Easy FREE Crochet Patterns

I believe it is the best day of the year!!! Did you know that August 15th is Relaxation Day? Yes, you heard me right, there is a day that is devoted to relaxation. Personally, this means a little Self Care and pampering are in order (and maybe a little crochet too).

self care free crochet patterns

Relaxation Day is a day to kick back and do nothing. Ahhhh!

What a great day. The stresses, the hustle and bustle seemingly consumes us, every day of the year. Even Sundays are no longer days of rest and relaxation. There never seems to be a day to just kick back and relax. For those us with a hectic lifestyle, Relaxation Day is a day to look forward to.

It provides a break from the madness of your busy work and personal schedule. Todays is the day to enjoy either doing absolutely nothing, or partaking in your favorite relaxation activity. Avoiding stressful activities today is the rule.

http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/August/relaxationday.htm

Crochet & Self Care

When I think of “self care”, I think of the things that I enjoy and love. As a mom, and know many of you are moms (even if you have grown children), we live hectic lives and rarely get time to ourselves. So, when we do, we MUST take advantage of that time.

Self Care & relaxation

What do I do when I have time to myself, and do I dare say it, the house to myself! I take the time relax….

If I had a day (or even just a morning), I would sleep in, roll out of bed and have a cup of coffee, or two. Then I would take a long hot bath, and take the time to shave my legs (hahaha, no I don’t do this everyday-remember, I’m a mom). I may steal a face mask from my daughters bathroom and pamper myself with a little skin care.

Then I would sit down and crochet. I don’t even know what I would crochet, but I would make something for me, I do know that.

What would you do, if you had a day to just yourself to focus on self care and relaxation?

self care with coffee

Self Care Crochet Patterns

Well, that is the dreamy stuff. Until that “me time” actually happens, I can prep for it! And, I can even do that with the hustle and bustle of life going on. These are some quick and easy crochet patterns that you can sit and make when you have just a few minutes or take them and work on them while you are waiting in the school pick up line.

Self Care - Free Crochet Pattern Round Up


Peppermint Twist Hat – Christmas In July Free Crochet Pattern

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Half way through July-Oh My! I cannot believe how quick the year is flying by, we are only 6 months away from Christmas. So, to celebrate this mid-way point I want to offer you all my Peppermint Twist Hat pattern for FREE. This is such a fun and unique design you are sure to love.

Peppermint Twist hat crochet pattern

July 15th is a National Holiday for “giving something away”. I love the meaning behind this special day:

“Giving benefits us all… The giver also benefits. Giving not only makes us feel good but it teaches gratitude, too. Whether we give financially or by offering our skills and services, we lift others up. Our words can be a gift, too. Showing empathy, encouragement, and compassion to someone during a time of need may make us feel vulnerable, but it empowers those we offer it to as well.”

https://nationaldaycalendar.com/national-give-something-away-day-july-15/

Memories Of Peppermint & Christmas

When I think back on my childhood and Christmas time I think of all the goodies that are always readily available at parties. My favorite was homemade peppermints and how refreshing they were as they would melt in my mouth.

Homemade Peppermint Candies

The Design Inspiration

See those twists of color? That was the inspiration behind this whimsical hat design. My favorite is the red and white, but it is so fun in other colors as well.

Peppermint Twist Hat

The Peppermint Twist hat pattern comes in sizes from newborn up to adult. The hat is made as a flat piece that is a parallelogram, and then sewn together along the ends. This is an easy pattern that is fun to see different color combinations.

Materials:

  • Hook size J (6 mm)
  • Hook size K (6.5 mm)
  • 40-120 yards Worsted Weight Yarn (#4) in 2 colors – I used Red Heart Super Saver 
  • Yarn Needle
  • Scissor

Stitches & Abbreviations Used:

  • Ch = Chain
  • Hdc = Half Double Crochet
  • Slst = Slip Stitch
  • 2Hdc = work 2 Half Double Crochets in the same stitch
  • Hdc2tog = Half Double Crochet the next 2 stitches together

Gauge Check:

Please check gauge for appropriate sizing, change hook to correct size to obtain gauge. Each size uses a different hook size, so find what hook is recommended for the size you plan on crocheting, them complete your gauge check accordingly.

With Hook J: 8 rows with 14 hdc = 4 inches square (newborn, 6-12 month, youth)

With Hook K: 7 rows with 12 hdc = 4 inches square (3-6 month, 12-24 month, adult)

Hat Sizing:

The sizing of the Peppermint Twist Hat is slightly different than other Sweet Potato 3 Patterns, this is due to the design of the hat and the stretch.

  • Newborn (13” around & 5” high not counting top twist – fits up to 14” circumference)
  • 3 to 6 Months (14” around & 5 ½ “ high not counting top twist – fits up to 15″ or 16″ circumference)
  • 6 to 12 Months (16″ around & 6” high not counting top twist – fits up to 18″ circumference)
  • Toddler (18 ½” around & 7” high not counting top twist – fits up to 20″ circumference)
  • Youth (20” around & 8” high not counting top twist – fits up to 22” circumference)
  • Adult (22” around & 9” high not counting top twist – fits up to 24” circumference)
    
Peppermint Twist Crochet Hat

Notes About The Peppermint Twist Hat Design

  • Count the beginning chain as a stitch in each row.
  • Switch color of yarn every 2 rows, fasten off and bury yarn as you go.
  • When measuring the completed item measure from top to bottom, not along the diagonal stripe.
  • Hat height measurement given is the length from the base/crown of the hat up to the gather (or part that sits on top of the head), the gathered top is not included.

Peppermint Twist Hat Crochet Pattern

  • Newborn, 6-12 month, youth sizes use Hook J (6.00 mm)
  • 3-6 Month, toddler, adult size use Hook K (6.50 mm)
  • pattern is written for the newborn size with subsequent sizes in parenthesis.
    • For example: hdc in the next 24 (24, 29, 29, 37, 37) correlates to hdc in next Newborn (3-6 month, 6-12 month, toddler, youth, adult).

R1: Ch 29 (29, 33, 33, 41, 41), 2hdc in 3rd ch from hook, hdc in next 24 (24, 29, 29, 37, 37) st, hdc2tog, turn (28, 28, 32, 32, 40, 40)

R2: Ch 2, hdc2tog, hdc in next 24 (24, 29, 29, 37, 37) sts, 2hdc in last st, turn (28, 28, 32, 32, 40, 40)

Change Yarn Color

R3: Ch 2, 2hdc in 1st st, hdc in next 24 (24, 29, 29, 37, 37) sts, hdc2tog, turn (28, 28, 32, 32, 40, 40)

R4-24(24, 28, 28, 32, 32): repeat rows 2 & 3 while continuing to change yarn color after every 2 rows.

Final Row: Lay hat flat, fold lower left corner over so it is aligned with the bottom edge. Next fold the upper right corner over. The bottom of your first row and the top of your last row will be aligned at an angle.

To crochet together, slst the sts from R1 and R24 (24, 28, 28, 32, 32) together. The ends that you are stitching together are at angles, match up the 1st sts and as you work each stitch the edges will come together to create the diagonal design. After sewing rows together, fasten off and bury ends. Turn hat right side out, this will leave the seam on the inside of the hat.

Drawstring: Ch 40 (40, 50, 50, 60, 60), fasten off. Drawstring should measure about 11″ (11″, 12″, 12″, 13″, 13″). From the top of the hat count down 6 (6, 8, 8, 10, 10) sts, weave the drawstring through the sts of each row. Pull drawstring tight, wrap until the ends of the chain are left, tie tightly and weave in loose ends.

Peppermint Twist Drawstring

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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.

Crochet & Conversations

Some Fun Ways Others are Celebrating “give something away day”

  • Check out a cute Hooded Tiger Blanket by Timmel Crochet – click HERE.
  • See How to Make a Crochet Dolphin by Creative Snugglies – click HERE.

Summer Breeze Swim Cover Up Crochet Pattern

The temperatures have been rising and sandy beaches have been calling, therefore it is definitely time to bust out the swim wear. But, I believe many of us like having a cute cover up to throw on as we tromp down to the beach with all our gear in tote. So, I think you will love my latest design, the Summer Breeze Swim Cover Up crochet pattern.

As a crochet designer I try to come up with creative projects to work on in the summer. I am not into crocheting heavy blankets when my thermostat is above 80 (we don’t have air conditioning). So, I tend to work with light weigh yarns or on small projects.

After inquiring with “my favorite people” in SP3 Crochet & Conversations (if your not a member, be sure to check it out HERE), they said they really wanted me to design a swim cover up. When I design something, especially a wearable, I want it to be something I personally would wear.

The Summer Breeze Swim Cover Up is modest, loose fitting, lightweight but oh so dang cute!

Color Changing Blended Yarn

Radhika from The Yarnveda had contacted right around the time I was planning my Swim Cover Up design. She had some gorgeous color changing yarn that was an ideal 50% cotton/50% acrylic blend. I knew this would be the perfect yarn to use, plus, the colors are spot on for beachwear!

Yarnveda

The Stitches in the Summer Breeze Cover Up

With the yarn in hand, I knew the style of the cover up so now I was on the on the hunt for some fun stitches. I usually try to create something brand new but there were a few stitches that kept coming to mind from past designs.

I knew I wanted something that created a finer stitch, not heavy. It was important the stitch would be flowy and lightweight. My Forest Friends blanket was just that and I knew I wanted to combine the main stitch of that blanket into the cover up. Plus, I LOVE crocheting the Extended Single Crochet Stitch.

Summer Breeze Stitch Tutorial

But, I had to throw in a few more stitches for some eye catching appeal. A few years ago I did a CAL for a Big & Comfy Equanimity Blanket and everyone fell in love with a double row X stitch. I knew this stitch combination would leave some open gaps in the cover up and would coordinate well.

Summer Breeze Stitches

But, still hunting for another “quick” row of stitches, my Whispering Willows Poncho was another fun summer design and I decided to pull in those stitches as well. So, I guess I took my favorite stitches from past designs, add some gorgeous yarn and came up with my newest design that I absolutely love.

About The Design

The Summer Breeze Cover Up fits loosely with a decorative belt used to showcase a gathered waistline. The length is designed to hang a couple inches above the knee when standing. The pattern includes sizes from adult small up to XXXL.

Find the Summer Breeze Swim Cover Up

Other Summer Patterns you would enjoy

Crochet & Conversations

As I mentioned above, my facebook group helps me decide on upcoming designs and it is just a fun interactive group of fellow crochet lovers. I would like to invite you to come join in on all the crochet fun, just click HERE. You can also sign up for my newsletter to stay up to date on all the latest, I promise you won’t get spammed, just lots of fun crochet patterns and ideas. You can sign up for my newsletter by clicking HERE.

Music To My Soul Expansion Pack – 10 Crochet Blanket Patterns

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

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

Expansion Pack Music to my soul blankets

Behind the Designs of the Music Blankets

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

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

Instruments Included in the Expansion Pack

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

Percussion:

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

Percussion Expansion Pack

String:

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

String Expansion Pack

Brass:

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

Brass Expansion Pack

The Stitch

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

Stitch Sampler Music to my souls

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

Expansion Pack – What You Get

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

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

Where to get the Ebook

Individual Music Blanket Patterns & Separate Ebook Options

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

More Crochet Fun

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

Crochet and Conversations

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Easter Egg Pocket with Bunny & Chick Crochet Pattern

Do you ever see a craft that was popular in elementary school and a new crochet designs springs into your mind? That is exactly what happened to me a couple weeks ago, I immediately sat down and designed the Easter Egg Pocket with a Bunny or Chick Crochet Pattern.

Do you remember these cute paper weaving and cutting crafts from grade school? This is what was the inspiration behind the latest Easter pattern design.

I have fond memories of coming up with the best color combinations and then coloring so carefully to make the cute animals. As I sat down with my scrap yarn (which is a perfect way to use up all those leftover skeins) I fell in love with the egg pocket and cute animals.

Easter Egg Pocket Design

I love the weave look with the different colors of yarn. It just reminded me of a striped Easter Egg in spring colors. Immediately, I knew what stitch I needed to use to create this look and I already have a video tutorial of it! It is a basic block stitch that I used in my FREE Rock the Block Blanket that you can find by clicking HERE.

Crocheting this block stitch is so fun to see the weave created through the various rows. The pattern walks you through all the color changes and shape of the egg. The pocket can be made in a single color, or just 2 for a quilted look (see cream and teal sample) or add lots of colors for an Easter Egg look.

Bunnies & Chicks

After the Egg Pocket was completed I wanted a quick and simple bunny and chick pattern. The idea was to use the egg pocket as a pouch that it will slide inside of. After making several bunnies and chicks I saw how cute they turned out. Loving all the different pastel colors as they laid out, my daughter said the animals looked like sprinkles which she loves.

Tester Creations You’ve Got To See

You have to check out how adorable my pattern testers patterns turned out. I seriously adore them so much and love how many of the put a personal touch on them.

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The pattern includes the Easter Egg Pocket as well as the chick and bunny stuffies. Be sure to share your creations with me and I hope they become a favorite Easter Crochet pattern for you!

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Snap Closure Glasses Case – Free Crochet Pattern

Do you wear glasses? Whether you are like me and have aging eyes, have worn glasses most of your life or just protect your eyes from the sun, it is fun to have a cute handmade eye glasses case. Add a fun snap closer and our favorite craft of crochet, and you’ve got a perfect afternoon project.

A few years ago I turned the dreaded big 4-0! Honestly, life has been amazing after 40, with the exception of my eyesight. I have noticed I need to lean a little closer to see clearer. Then last week I renewed my drivers license and decided it is time for me to go see an eye doctor. Thankfully, we have an optometrist in the family.

Snap Pouch Glasses Case Pattern

Blue Light Reading Glasses

I don’t officially have a subscription for glasses so I have been relying on readers.com over the last year. Just a little magnification helps so much! Then, I started hearing about blue light glasses and the benefits of them.

Blue light blocking glasses can help to filter out a percentage of blue light and lessen eye fatigue when you’re working on your computer screen or using electronic devices. Say goodbye to digital eye strain with a pair of blue light blocking* glasses! Also available with magnified lenses, known as “blue light reading glasses”, for those seeking the benefits of both.

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Check out how cute my glasses are! I love the Tortoise shell of the rims. I mean if you have to wear glasses, you better make them cute. Right.

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Snap Pouch Glasses Case

How to make your Snap Closure Glasses Case

The snap closure on the glasses case makes it easy to slide your glasses in and out of the case. I used a quick and easy stitch that creates a thicker fabric to protect the glasses. I hope you enjoy learning something new and enjoy the tutorial.

The materials needed for the Glasses Case

  • Crochet Hook size G (4.00 mm)
  • Crochet Hook size H (5.00 mm)
  • Light Weight Yarn (#3) I used about 100 yards. In the sample shown, I used Lion Brand Vanna’s Style yarn
  • Metal Tape Measure – Tape should be ¾” wide (use an old one that you can re-purpose/upcycle if possible)
  • Tape – electrical tape is best, but duct tape or packaging tape will also work
  • Yarn Needle
  • Tin Snips or Old Scissors (cutting may dull the edges so don’t use your best pair)
Supplies for Glasses Case

Stitches & Abbreviations Used:

  • Ch = Chain
  • Sc = Single Crochet
  • FP = Front Post
  • St(s) = Stitch(es)
  • R = Row/Round

Completed Size of Glasses Case:

  • 3” opening and 7″ long, but instructions will allow you to customize the shape to fit any glasses

Pattern Notes

  • The pouch will be made while crocheting in the round working from the opening (top) down.
  • Beginning chain will not count as a stitch unless stated.
  • Gauge is very important when crocheting. However, in this design I will give you measurements to follow. Use these measurements to get the correct size of your finished glasses case.

Prep the Snap Closure

  • All glasses are different in size. It is a good idea to make your opening a minimum of 1 inch wider than your glasses. In this sample my glasses measure 2” so I made my opening 3”.
  • Cut 2 pieces of the tape measure 3” long (image shows just over 2″-follow the size noted in the above note for the size of your glasses).
  • Trim the sharp points so they are rounded, this will make them less likely to break through the tape and cut the yarn after construction.
  • Wrap the ends of the metal pieces with a sturdy tape. Electrical tape works best but you can use duct tape or packaging tape.
  • Set aside for use later.

Crocheting the Glasses Case

Using Hook G & Light Weight Yarn

Ch 32, making sure beginning chain is not twisted, join in first ch to form a ring (or chain as many chains as needed to equal the length of your prepared metal snap strips plus 2 stitches)

R1: Ch 1, sc in each ch around, join (32)

R2-4: Ch 1, sc in each st around, join (32)

At this point check to see if the rows are equal to the width of your tape. If they are then double your row count and add 1 more row (I met my width in 4 rows, therefore I will complete a total of 9 rows (*4 rows x 2 = 8 rows + 1 more row = 9 total rows) Make sure to adjust for your tape width.

After completing the 9 rows (or the number of rows needed *see notes above), fold the crochet piece in half. I liked having a little different look to the stitches so I folded mine so the back side of the sc rows was showing on the outside, this was just personal preference and you can fold either way you want.

Place one of the prepared metal pieces inside the fold. Make sure the curved side of the measuring tape is facing the outside of the case.

Single Crochet the snap strip into the fold by crocheting through the tops of the stitches from your last row AND through the beginning chain. Complete half of the row (16 stitches in my sample). Insert second prepared snap strip, again making sure the curved edge is facing outside. Continue to sc together around the rest of the row.

The opening snap of the eye glass case has been made. Just press on the edges and will snap open!

Change to Hook H (5.00 mm)

The body of the pouch will be made in rounds and made to the length of your glasses. Increase your hook size up two sizes

The first row will be the most difficult because the stitches from the snap section are tighter. Be patient and work slow, after the first round it is much easier.

Ch 1, FP single crochet around, do not join, you will work in continuous rounds.

Continue to FP single crochet in each stitch around until the length of your case (not counting the snap portion) measures the length of your glasses. Mine was about 7″ long.

Once the length has been reached, slst into the next stitch and fasten off leaving a long tail. Use that left over tail of yarn to sew/seam the bottom together and you are done!

More fun Crochet Tutorials Free from Sweet Potato 3

  • How to make a Twist Ear Warmer – click HERE
  • Dream Catcher Delight Wall Hanging – click HERE
  • Tree Garland and Gift Tags – click HERE
  • Hot Pads & Kitchen Scrubby with Gift Tag Printable – click HERE

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Herringbone Knotted Cowl & Ear Warmer Crochet Pattern

I love playing with popular stitches and trying to make them unique and put a twist on them. I had an idea in my mind and was trying to come up with a fun stitch and ended up creating a knotted stitch while crocheting the Herringbone stitch.

Fall in love with the bold texture and soft cushy feel to the stitch. So, I jumped in and quickly designed a fun infinity cowl and coordinating ear warmer pattern. I am so excited to share with you the Herringbone Knotted Cowl & Ear Warmer crochet pattern.

Herringbone Knotted Cowl & Ear Warmer Crochet Pattern

About the Herringbone Knotted Cowl & Ear Warmer

I love crocheting any herringbone stitch but I like to put a new spin on stitches or on the way they are used. I fell in love with the way these knotted stitches appeared see how or bold they look while feeling so soft and warm. You will fall in love with making this cowl and then you will want a matching ear warmer to go along with it.

Herringbone Knotted Stitch

The pattern can be worked holding 2 strands of a very light worsted weight yarn together (I used Mighty Stitch which is very close to a DK weight yarn). Or you can use a heavy worsted weight yarn to make the set. Then have fun with the colors and scramble them up as I did (details on color changes are in the pattern) or make it a solid color or use a self striping or ombre yarn, the possibilities are endless for different looks with this pattern.

About the Pattern

The pattern comes in One Size Fits Most for the cowl and an Adult sized Ear Warmer/Headband pattern.

The cowl can be worn multiple ways as shown below, I just can’t decide which is my favorite.

See my Testers Samples

I had some of my pattern testers share their tests with me and I love the colors they used and how each one shows an entirely different personality.

Test by Jillian

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Winter Wishes Cowl – Crochet Pattern

The popular Winter Wishes Scarf and Headband inspired another design using the same rich textured stitches. The Winter Wishes Cowl is made as an oversize cowl that is so warm and cozy.

The Cowl can be made with or without fringe so it will suit your style. Have it lay nicely capping the shoulders for a warm layer or wear it as a triangle scarf (more of a hang around the neck) for a cozy feel. Either way, you will love the look.

Winter Wishes Cowl

About the Winter Wishes Cowl Pattern

The pattern comes in three sizes for adults: small, medium, large/Xlarge. The Winter Wishes Cowl works up quick. It is made with a worsted weight (#4) yarn and is crocheted with a size I (5.50 mm) hook or crochet hook J (6.00 mm) depending on the size you make.

The cowl is crocheted as a flat piece that is stitched together at the end to create the wrap. A full photo tutorial on how to add fringe is also included.

Make the cowl in a solid color for a bold look or switch it up with self-striping yarn or ombre for a fun twist. Check out some of the samples made by my pattern testers below:

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