Mountain Lodge Crochet Blanket Pattern

Someone asked me what inspires your designs. The answer is simple: textures, colors and eye appeal. When I design crochet blankets many things can spark an idea, but I will admit that quilting has always amazed me. I love all the small pieces, straight seams, and the eye for perfection. Log Cabin quilts are one of my favorites and inspired my latest, Mountain Lodge blanket design.

Mountain Lodge Blanket crochet pattern

If you are not familiar with some of the history behind the Log Cabin Quilt designs and the meaning, I would love to share just a small tid bit with you. The design dates back as early 1830 in Egypt, but became popular in the 1860’s in during the Civil War. The following explains the importance of the center color square:

Early Log Cabin blocks were hand-pieced using strips of fabrics around a central square. In traditional Log Cabin blocks, one half is made of dark fabrics and the other half light. A red center symbolized the hearth of home and a yellow center represented a welcoming light in the window. 

http://www.aqsblog.com/log-cabin-quilts-a-short-history
Mountain Lodge Blanket crochet pattern

Mountain Lodge Designs Modern Twist

While I was designing the Mountain Lodge blanket, I had a few things I wanted to acheive. I’ll explain each of those below and hopefully you will get a good understanding about the design, the construction and the richness in the pattern.

The Stitches create a light fabric

I wanted the blanket to be a lighter weight design and a pattern that wouldn’t eat up a ton of yarn. My hope was to be able to grab this blanket and wrap up for a morning cup of coffee on the front porch in the spring and fall.

Mountain Lodge Blanket close up

To acheive this, I went back and used one of my favorite stitches, the Extended Single Crochet. I have a tutorial on the stitch combination I used that you can watch to help see how easy the pattern is. The tutorial is not specific to this pattern, but shows how to work the combination of stitches. You can view the video by clicking HERE.

Deciding on Colors

Choosing your colors for a design can change the entire look of the blanket. I knew I wanted to stick with the “warmth of the home” for the center of the blanket. I was hoping for a softer look so decided on a light pink. Instead of doing all the squares a different color I stuck with the tradition of a dark and light color side but kept the light side all cream. I went with calming greens to accent the pink and kept the naeutral grey for the outline.

Choosing the square layout

In my designs I typically don’t like to do things in a traditional way. Stacking the squares directly on top of one another is lovely but I was hoping for a more modern twist. Deciding the angle the squares in a diamond shape gives the blanket an whole new look.

But, this creates a challenge with making the blanket a rectangle. I had to put my thinking cap on and design some half and quarter squares (triangles) to fill in those edges and create a nice shape to the blanket. By making these odd shaped edge pieces in a solid color really makes the actual log cabin pieces pop in the design.

Mountain Lodge Blanket

A Simple Border

A simple border allows for the eyes to really focus on the design elements of the blanket. I didn’t want to loose the focus on the details in the log cabin squares so a very basic border was crocheted. This is easy to adjust the thickness as well by adding or deleting rows.

Easily adjust the size

The sample blanket was made using a light weight yarn called Mighty Stitch, I loved how this made the blanket so light weight. The final size was 35” wide X 42” high.

You can use a heavier weight yarn. However, that will effect your gauge. Gauge on a blanket does not have to match like it does while crochet garments and such. However, be aware that not meeting the gauge will alter the amount of yarn needed.

You can easily adjust the size of the blanket by adding more squares. I would love to see this design made in a full throw or bed spread size.

Mimmo Caddy

My Mimmo Caddy

While making the Mountain Lodge Blanket you make a lot of small pieces. This makes it an ideal project for on the go. But, you need something to tote all the pieces around with. This is why I am in love with my Mimmo Caddy. If you don’t have one your should check it out, I have a full review of why this tote is my favorite.

Where to Get the Mountian Lodge Blanket pattern

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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

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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.

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

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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

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Paradise Beach Tote Crochet Pattern

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

Paradise Beach Tote Crochet Pattern

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

the Paradise Beach Tote

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

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

So Many Tutorials – Twist Cord

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

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

More Tutorials on Grommets too!

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

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

Where Can I get My Grommets & Tools

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

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


See Samples Made by my Pattern Testers

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

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

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

Paradise Beach Tote Bottom

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

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


Materials Needed for Paradise Beach Tote Crochet Pattern

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

Paradise Beach

Where to find the Paradise Beach Tote crochet pattern


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Music To My Soul Expansion Pack – 10 Crochet Blanket Patterns

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

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

Expansion Pack Music to my soul blankets

Behind the Designs of the Music Blankets

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

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

Instruments Included in the Expansion Pack

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

Percussion:

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

Percussion Expansion Pack

String:

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

String Expansion Pack

Brass:

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

Brass Expansion Pack

The Stitch

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

Stitch Sampler Music to my souls

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

Expansion Pack – What You Get

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

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

Where to get the Ebook

Individual Music Blanket Patterns & Separate Ebook Options

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

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Bella Borsetta Clutch Crochet Pattern

Spring is in the air and everyone is on the hunt for some fun new patterns. As I sat down to decide what to design, I kept running across the cutest handbags and knew that I needed to design one. It didn’t take long for the Bella Borsetta Clutch crochet pattern to come into view and become a complete and ready design just for you.

Bella Borsetta Clutch

The clutch pattern is a great small crochet project. It is ideal to crochet during the warmer spring and summer months when we don’t want blankets or other big projects being created and laying on our laps.

Behind the Bella Borsetta Clutch Name

Bella Borsetta, just the sound of it is lovely and has a fancy ring to it’s name. Do you know what Bella Borsetta means? It is translated to “Pretty Handbag” in Italian, which is a perfect fit for this design. I need to thank Judy from my Crochet & Conversations Facebook group for suggesting it.

The Design

Designed as a small purse for your essentials. The clutch is about 5″ by 5″ and a perfect size for quick errands, evenings out or a day shopping. If you would like the clutch to be slightly smaller {like for a phone case} or larger {deeper to hold something like books} just adjust the length of the main body.

The crochet clutch has a beautiful decorative flap. The raised edges angle towards the center tip of the flap to accentuate the triangular closure. It is finished off with a slight scallop edge that resembles flower petals and adds that perfect touch of spring… plus the flirty tassel that adorns the front is just plain fun!

Video Tutorials Included

Crochet bags sometimes don’t hold their shape or they stretch in the wrong places. However, in this design the thermal single crochet stitch constructs the body of the clutch. It creates an extra thick fabric that assists in holding the shape of the clutch and preventing the dreaded “holes” in your crochet.

Thermal Single Crochet Stitch Tutorial

I have created a couple tutorials to assist you with the clutch pattern. The first tutorial is for the Thermal Single Crochet Stitch.

Fish Bone Cord

The next stitch tutorial included in the pattern is for the Fish Bone Cord. I love this cord because it creates a fun and unique woven and/or braid. You can make it with a single strand of yarn but it is ideal to use 2 strands held together for the clutch to make it a more appropriate thickness for the strap. Instructions on how to begin the cord can be found in the pattern.


See Samples Made by my Pattern Testers

Pattern testers work along side me to help me release patterns that are easy to read, follow and helps reduce the possibilities of errors (but we are human) in the pattern. I couldn’t do what I do without all their hard work.

I have to admit, it is super rewarding to see how amazing their samples turn out and know that the pattern does come out how it is suppose to-LOL! Check them out gorgeous their Bella Borsetta Clutches turned out


Materials Needed for Bella Borsetta Clutch

  • Crochet Hook H (5.00 mm)
  • Crochet Hook K (6.50 mm)
  • Worsted Weight Yarn (#4) ~ 180 yards       
  • Samples made using Berroco Comfort Worsted Weight Yarn colors: 9707 Boy Blue & 9709 Jadeite
  • Other Suggested Yarn:  see testers yarn in above section
  • Measuring Tape, Scissors, Yarn Needle

Bella Borsetta Clutch

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Houndstooth Pocket Cowl Crochet Pattern

Lately, I have been obsesses with the Hidden Pocket Cowls. The design concept is simple: I love cowls, I love pockets and so I combined them together and TaDa! However, the latest design is my favorite of them all, check out the Houndstooth Pocket Cowl Crochet Pattern.

Houndstooth Pocket Cowl

As I sit here writing this post there is about 3 feet of snow still on the ground. Even though it is March I am still in full swing winter wear mode. We are even heading to the ski slopes this afternoon! My closet is full of cowls since they are my favorite accessory.

If you are in a climate that is warming up, don’t let that stop you from making this trendy cowl. I just finished hosted a crochet along with the pattern and many are making them as Christmas gifts…. yes, you heard me right! Start checking those people off your list with a fun crochet project.

The Houndstooth Pocket Cowl

In the new Pocket Cowl design, I used a classic Houndstooth stitch. Although the stitch looks intricate and difficult, it is very simple and works up relatively quick. Make sure you check out some tester and CAL photos later in the post to see some amazing color combinations.

Colors are so fun to play with when crocheting this stitch. I do recommend using two colors so you can see the contrast. In my sample I used two shades of purple (try 2 shades of your favorite color) and loved how it turned out. For a classic look try a bold black/white or navy/white combo. Or, go totally out of your comfort zone and try to contrasting colors, you’ll be amazed and what colors actually work well together.

What’s all the Hype about the Hidden Pocket?

The cowl looks like a regular cowl when work. Turn the fold inside out and slide your hands into the hidden pocket.

The idea of hiding a pocket in a cowl came to me because of all the popularity in the pocket scarves right now. I love the idea of the pocket, but prefer wearing cowls. This was a simple way to meld the two together into a fun and stylish wearable.

Houndstooth Pocket Cowl Test Samples

The above test was done by Nicolee. She made her first cowl and loved it so much she had to make another one. Nicolee’s samples are perfect to see right next to one another to see how the colors are so fun and can totally change the look of the cowl and how the personality of the look can change so drastically with the colors you use.

The colors of spring are refreshing in the pattern test done by Susie. Susie shows how great the pockets are and how easily your hands just tuck right inside!

Tanya also decides that she enjoyed the pattern so much that she made 2 Houndstooth Pocket Cowls. The bold red really pops and I would sport this especially for the holidays! I also adore the neutral tones in the mossy green and cream, these are the colors that speak to me, they are more subtle but look classic. In this design Tanya made her pocket a solid color as well, what a great personal touch to the design.

Linda made a great sample, her photos really show off how beautiful the houndstooth stitch is. Trust me, the stitch sequence is so easy you will fall in love with it!

Below check out some more fun color combos from the crochet along that was hosted a few weeks ago.

Materials Needed for Houndstooth Pocket Cowl

  • Crochet Hook K (6.50 mm)
  • Worsted Weight Yarn (#4) in 2 colors to get the Houndstooth pattern – 675 yards            
  •             Main Color (MC) – 350 yards (sample made in Bernat Premium color: Deep Purple)
  •             Contrasting Color (CC) – 325 yards (sample made in Bernat Premium color: Baby Lilac)
  • Measuring Tape, Scissors, Yarn Needle
  • 4 Stitch Markers 

Where to find the Houndstooth Pocket Cowl crochet pattern


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Weekend Hidden Pocket Cowl – Crochet Pattern

Last winter I released a Hidden Pocket Cowl that was so much fun! A unique design that is a spin off of the ever popular pocket scarves. But, I loved the first cowl so much that I dove in and designed a couple more. I am very excited to share with you all the Weekend Hidden Pocket Cowl!

Weekend Hidden Pocket Cowl

Weekend Hidden Pocket Cowl

I love the idea of wearing a warm cowl. On the brisk winter days here in Idaho, you need an extra layer of warmth to stay warm. Accessorizing with a cowl or scarf are great and an easy addition to give the same old outfit a brand new look.

In the Weekend Hidden Pocket Cowl, I used a beautiful mini cluster stitch. I love this stitch because it has a lot of height to it and makes the cowl work up very quick.

mini cluster stitch

I used a lovely skeins of Chroma Twist Worsted Weight Yarn in the color, Lupine. The rich blues and purples fade and twist into one another in a lovely eye catching way. The Chroma Yarn is from Knit Picks and can be found by click HERE.

What’s all the Hype about the Hidden Pocket?

The cowl looks like a regular cowl, it can be wrapped multiple times. In fact my favorite is to wear the cowl wrapped 3 times, it is so extra warm and cozy and works great when wearing a coat or jacket.

Weekend Hidden Pocket Cowl

The Weekend Hidden Pocket Cowl isn’t just a lovely accessory, but unwrap it and wear it as a long cowl….

A pocket is hidden in the bottom of the cowl. Just insert your hand for a little extra warmth, you are going to love the pocket feature in this cowl.

The Hidden Pocket Scarf

The idea of hiding a pocket in a cowl came to me because of all the popularity in the pocket scarves right now. I love the idea of the pocket, but prefer wearing cowls. This was a simple way to meld the two together into a fun and stylish wearable.

For my first Hidden Pocket Cowl I wanted a basic stitch that didn’t take away from the unique design. The stitch works up quick and you will love it. I do have a couple more hidden pocket designs with some fun stitches that will be released soon. Until then check out these lovely ones made by some of my testers.

Weekend Hidden Pocket Cowl Test Samples

Weekend Hidden Pocket Scarf test by Ana

Sample Made by tester Anna C. Ana made her sample in Yarn Bee Stitch 101 50/50 in the color Sage. She wrapped her couple twice for a luxurious look when not using the pocket.

Weekend Hidden Pocket Scarf Sample made by Martha

Tester Martha T used Red Heart with Love in the color, Berry. I love how rich this cowl turned out and Martha’s photo of the pocket in use really shows how easy and useful the pocket feature really is.

Weekend Hidden Pocket Scarf sample by Nancy

Pattern Tester Nancy used a very fun self striping yarn by Premier Everyday Worsted Weight yarn.

Materials Needed for Weekend Hidden Pocket Cowl

  • Crochet Hook J (6.00 mm)
  • Worsted Weight Yarn (#4) – 600-650 yards
  • Samples made in: Chroma Twist Worsted Weight Yarn in color: Lupine
  • Measuring Tape, Scissors, Yarn Needle Stitch Marker 

Where to find the Hidden Pocket Cowl crochet pattern


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Modern Baby Sweater Crochet Pattern Round Up

Crocheting baby sweaters is a popular gift for new moms. It can be tricky to find crochet patterns for a more modern style because so have a vintage vibe. Why do we enjoy modern style so much? Modern style has a more lean and streamlined look and a simplistic look to it, making modern baby sweaters so appealing.

Pair a modern sweater with the preciousness of a newborn baby and you will want to swoon. I have rounded up some of my favorite baby sweater patterns that you will enjoy making. The difficult part will be deciding which pattern you will want to settle on making.

modern baby sweater

These modern baby sweater crochet patterns are the cutest on the market today. Many come in multiple sizes so you will want to make sure to check all the individual listings (one of them is even a Mommy & Me set). Many of the designs can be made for either a boy or a girl, just switch up the colors and it can work perfect for your needs.

Modern Baby Sweater Crochet Patterns

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Free Pet Amigurumi Crochet Pattern Round Up

Growing up we always had pet from dogs, horses, fish, geckos, barn cats to the week we had a chipmunk. So many fun memories with them all. I love to see my kids experience this same excitement. However, it isn’t always easy to get them what they want. For example, my daughter really wanted a guinea pig for Christmas this year. We compromised and she got a toy guinea pig in her stocking. She thought it was cute and was thrilled I just wish I would have crocheted her one. So in hind site I found some of my top picks for Free pet amigurumi crochet patterns.

I hope that you find one, two or three that you absolutely love. Each one of these crochet designs brings a smile to my face, and my daughters. She sat next to me as we browsed for the cutest crochet designs. So, if you have a young one in your life who has been begging for a pet to love and you are in a situation where you cannot provide one, check out these cute options.

Free Pet Amigurumi Crochet Patterns

Plan ahead this year, April 11th is National Pet Day, and I am sure that getting one of these cute ami’s would put a smile on someone’s face. Or, if you are in the market for an actual pet to love, here is a great article on The Top 13 Low Maintenance Pets for Kids, click HERE.

Free Pet Amigurumi Crochet Patterns

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Sweet Valentine’s Heart Crochet Pattern Round Up

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. In a year when we are all still stuck at home it is a great opportunity to make something handmade for your loved ones. A Sweet Valentine’s Heart was what I wanted to see today so I enjoyed an afternoon browsing fun patterns on Etsy. I feel so fortunate that I can share these fun designs by others with you.

How about checking out some Sweet Valentine’s Heart patterns in this fun round up. There is something for everyone on your loved ones list this year.

Sweet Valentine's Heart Crochet Patterns

Hearts are the symbol for love and affection. All these patterns include a heart in some form from treat bags, scarves, mitts, flowers, stuffed cuddlies and so many more.

Sweet Valentine's Heart Crochet Pattern Round Up

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Lovely Ladders Cowl – Crochet Pattern

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

Naugle Family

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

Lovely Ladder Cowl Crochet Pattern


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

Lovely Ladders Cowl Test Samples

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

Michelle Wulf Lovely Ladders Cowl

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

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

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

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

Materials Needed for Lovely Ladders Cowl Cowl

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

Where to find the Lovely Ladders Cowl crochet pattern


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Hidden Pocket Cowl – Crochet Pattern

What is Hidden in this design?

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

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

The Hidden Pocket Scarf

The idea of hiding a pocket in a cowl came to me because of all the popularity in the pocket scarves right now. I love the idea of the pocket, but prefer wearing cowls. This was a simple way to meld the two together into a fun and stylish wearable.

For my first Hidden Pocket Cowl I wanted a basic stitch that didn’t take away from the unique design. The stitch works up quick and you will love it. I do have a couple more hidden pocket designs with some fun stitches that will be released soon. Until then check out these lovely ones made by some of my testers.

Hidden Pocket Cowl Test Samples

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

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

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

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

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

Materials Needed for Hidden Pocket Cowl

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

Where to find the Hidden Pocket Cowl crochet pattern


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