2021 Crochet Cancer Challenge – Charity Crochet Event

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 10, 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.

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.

Colors of Courage Hat – Crochet Pattern

Crochet hats have always been my go-to designs. When the hats have a purpose, such as for the Crochet Cancer Challenge, the meaning behind them means even more. Those that have to battle through a cancer diagnosis must have courage and support. To honor them my design for the 2021 challenge is called the Colors of Courage Hat.

Colors of Courage Hat

Colors of Courage

Unfortunately, there are so many different types of cancer. Over the years I have designed hats for someone specific each year. This year I wanted to honor them all by recognizing all the colors of the cancer ribbons.

Colors of Courage Cancer Ribbons
You can purchase items with this logo on them by clicking HERE.

The Hat Design

After years of hosting the Crochet Cancer Challenge I have heard from so many participants. I hear which designs you love and which ones you find more challenging. The designs that tend to get the comments about “so quick and easy I made more than 1 hat to donate” usually have quick and easy stitches.

I have been listening! I know a huge “like” are top-down patterns, so this year that is exactly what I designed. The pattern uses a simple stitch that works up quickly but still has amazing texture. The texture does not affect the feel of the hat, it is still soft and comfortable against the head.

Texture of Stitches

Materials Needed for the colors of courage Hat

  • Crochet Hook size I (5.50 mm)
  • Crochet Hook size H (5.00 mm)
  • Worsted Weight Yarn (#4) – 100-130 total yards
  • The samples made were using Lion Brand Mandala Ombre – color: Tranquil
  • Yarn Needle
  • Scissors
  • Measuring Tape

colors of courage hat design with tutorials

The pattern comes in sizes for children, youth/ladies and of course adult/men. As mentioned earlier, the hat is made in the traditional top-down method. I have included tutorials for the stitch combination used to create the texture in the main body of the hat.

Create the band of the hat using only the back bar to give the band a braided look. This is soft against the head but gives the hat the slight “hug” it needs to stay on.

Get the Colors of courage hat pattern

The Colors of Courage Hat pattern will be FREE for the entire month of October 2021 as part of the Crochet Cancer Challenge. You MUST use the code “CancerChallenge” at checkout on Ravelry to get the pattern for FREE.

Crochet Cancer Challenge Information

Designs will be released each morning Monday through Friday with a bonus weekend release on Saturdays. The challenge will run the entire month of October.

  • 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.

More Hat Patterns you may Love from prior crochet cancer challenges:

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

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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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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.

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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

Other Summer Patterns you would enjoy

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A Customized Crochet Woven Basket / Pot Holder Pattern

Crocheting home décor items are a perfect way to showcase your love for working with yarn. However, it can be challenging to find modern designs that add a little texture and warmth without making your display to cluttered. The Woven Basket/Pot Holder is just that, it doesn’t add an extra object (clutter), it just adds that missing piece of texture you’ve been longing for.

I created a full tutorial that will walk you through how to customize this design to suit your need. It can be made as a plant pot cover, for any sized plant, or you can create a shallow basket as a catch all. You could even crochet it smaller to work as a crochet hook holder or can cozy. If you can think of a fun idea, this tutorial will work!

Woven Basket Design

The Accident that lead to the woven basket design

I had a plant that was displayed in my entryway. One afternoon my daughter was goofing off with her brothers and threw something (I honestly can’t even remember what it was) and it bounced off one of the boys, hit the plant which crashed to the floor. The pot completely shattered. Now, all I had was a cute plant with an ugly Styrofoam base.

pant base

I had some leftover home decor yarn from a project I had previously worked on (a whole book on home décor you can find it HERE… link coming soon) and thought the yarn would be fun to use to create a new base for the plant.

The Woven Look of the Stitch

When I stumble upon a new stitch my mind usually starts to buzz with ideas on how to incorporate it into a new design. When I saw this gorgeous woven stitch, I knew right away it had be worked into a basket design. Isn’t this stitch amazing?

Woven Basket Stitch

Materials Needed

Honestly, this is the fun part about woven basket design. The pattern is designed so you can customize it to the size you want. I encourage you to go to your yarn stash and grab the color of yarn you really want to use. Don’t worry about the weight of the yarn, just estimate if you will have enough. I made 3 samples, seen below, in the next paragraph I will let you know how much yarn I used for each one.

Woven Basket Pattern

The short basket that I left empty (we use it as a catch all for keys) uses Berroco Comfort Yarn (color: 9709). This yarn was in my stash and was left over from my Bella Borsetta Clutch pattern, you can find that by clicking HERE. The Berroco yarn is a finer worsted weight yarn. Therefore, I decided to crochet the basket holding 2 strands together and used about 80-100 yards total. For this sample I used a crochet hook size K (6.50 mm).

I used Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn in the smallest sample in the color, Ivory. I used 1 strand of yarn (crochet hook size I (5.50mm) ) and the entire pattern worked up in about 60 yards.

For the larger pink basket I used Lion Brand Rewind yarn which is a (finer) bulky home décor yarn. I used about half of a skein, or 100 yards, and used a crochet hook size K (6.50 mm). The Mahogany Rose color is very soft and muted.

Lion Brand Rewind

Other items you may want to have on hand are a stitch marker, scissors and yarn needle.

Stitches and abbreviations Used

  • Ch(s) = Chain(s)
  • St(s) = Stitch(es)
  • Sc = Single Crochet
  • Hdc = Half Double Crochet
  • Spike Sc = Spike Single Crochet
  • Reverse Sc = Reverse Single Crochet (also known as the Crab Stitch)
  • FP = Front Post
  • BL = Back Loop Only
  • FL = Front Loop Only
  • R = Row/Round

The ridged bottom of the Woven Basket

The woven stitch creates a nice thick fabric which holds up great for sides of a basket. However, when you create something with sides are are thicker/heavier it is important to have a sturdy base. This took some trial and error but I eventually came up with a fun way to do just that.

Plus, the technique I used created a ridge on the basket bottom/base which helps keep the circular shape of the basket.

Woven basket bottom

Gauge Check

This pattern is very unique since it can be customized to any size and can be made with any type of yarn. Due to all the customization available, you do not need to check your gauge. Just follow the instructions to make the basket the size you want. Make sure you use the recommended hook size on your yarn label.

A step by step video

Beginning your custom basket or pot holder

R1: Ch 2, 8hdc in 2nd ch from hook, join with a slst in the top of the 1st hdc of the round (8) pull beginning strand of yarn to close hole *note: you may begin with a magic circle if you prefer

Woven Basket Round 1

Part 1 of R2: you will crochet 2 layers in this round, Ch 1, work this section in the BL only, 2hdc in each st around making sure not to work into the joining slst of R1 (16), do not join

Part 2 of R2: you will now work a round in the unworked FL (1st image) repeating the 2hdc in each st around, this will create a 2nd layer (2nd image) join in both of the 1st stitches from both layers (3rd image) to complete the round (4th image)

R3: Ch 1, work this round working through both layers of R2, 2hdc in 1st st, hdc in next st, [2hdc in next st, hdc in next st], repeat [] around (24)

Woven Basket Round 3

R4: using the same technique you used on R2, crochet 2 layers in this round, Ch 1, work this section in the BL only 2hdc in 1st st, hdc in each of the next 2 sts, [2hdc in next st, hdc in each of the next 2 sts], repeat [] around (32) do not join, you will now work a round in the unworked FL repeating [] around, join in both of the 1st stitches of each layer in this round

R5: Ch 1, work this round working through both layers of stitches from R4, 2hdc in 1st st, hdc in each of the next 3 sts, [2hdc in next st, hdc in each of the next 3 sts], repeat [] around (40)

*note: at this point you will continue to crochet increase rounds working every even rows with a double layer. Odd rows crochet as a single layer while working through the double layer of the previous row. Continue this pattern until the bottom of your basket in your desired size. You can end on either an even or an odd row.

Final Round: Ch 1, sc in each st around, join

Creating the turn from bottom to side of basket

R1: Ch 1, loosely FPsc in each st around, join and turn

If you are wondering what a FP (front post) single crochet is, take a look at the photo tutorial below: Ch 1, insert hook around the post of the st from the prior row (see image 1 & 2), yarn over and pull up a loop (image 3 & 4), yarn over pull through both loops on hook to complete the FPsc (image 5), repeat around row (image 6).

R2: Ch 1, sc in each st around, join

R3: Ch 1, spike st in each st around, join

See the tutorial below for the spike stitch: Begin with a ch 1, insert your hook into the base of the sc from the prior row (image 1 & 2), pull up a loop (image 3), yarn over, pull through 2 loops on hook to complete the spike st (image 4), continue working a spike stitch (image 5) around entire row, join (image 6).

The Woven Stitch / Side of Basket

R4: Ch 1, skip first st, in next st work 1 row below , working into the skipped st of current row repeat [], {skip next st, in next st work 1 row below repeat [], working in the skipped st of the current row repeat []}, repeat {} around, join (see photo tutorial below).

Repeat R4 to desired height – I recommend watching the video to see stitch placement. It is much easier to show than try to explain. Video is further up in the blog post.

A Rolled Finished Edge

Once you finish the sides of your basket it is nice to have an easy and clean edge. I love the rolled look of the last round. It helps create a clean and professional edge that doesn’t take away from the beautiful stitching throughout the design.

Rolled Edges

R1: Ch 1,reverse sc (crab st) in each st around, fasten off and weave in all ends.

Reverse Single Crochet Tutorial: You will work backwards going from left to right. Insert hook into 1st st (image 1 & 2), pull up a loop (image 3), you now have 2 loops on your hook.Yarn over and pull through both loop on hook to complete your first reverse sc (image 4), insert your hook into the next st to your right, remember you are working backwards (image 5-see where needle is pointing), repeat in each st (image 6).

Other patterns I think You’ll like

  • Free Simple Basket Pattern – click HERE
  • Free Coffee Cozy Patterns – click HERE
  • Free Hot Pad & Scrubby Pattern with Free Gift Tag Printable – click HERE
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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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Free Ice Cream Cone Crochet Hat Pattern

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

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

We All Scream for Ice Cream

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

Ice cream flavors

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

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

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

Materials

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

Stitches and Abbreviations Used

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

Check Your Gauge

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

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

ice Cream cone hat

Sizes of ice cream hat

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

Pattern notes

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

Cherry On Top instructions

Use Crochet Hook I (5.5 mm) & red yarn

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

Hats by sizes

Newborn ice Cream Hat

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

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

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

yarn samples

3- 6 Month Size Ice Cream Hat

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

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

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

Ice cream hat

6-12 month ice cream hat

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

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

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

melting ice cream

12-24 month ice cream hat

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

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

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

cupcakes

Child Size ice Cream Hat

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

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

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

ice cream hat top view

Earflap Ties Instructions

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


Other Free Patterns you might like

Crochet & Conversations

If you love crochet and are wanting a community, I would like to extend an invitation to join my Crochet & Conversations Facebook group. It is a lovely group of fellow crocheters who you can ask questions, get advice, post photos of your finished projects and just have fun.

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

More Crochet Fun

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Crochet and Conversations

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.

Take A Walk on the Wild Side in Crochet Designs

April 12th is “Take A Walk on the Wild Side” Day, I found this interesting and it made me stop and think. I am a pretty reserved person, and if you ask my kids, I am not one to take risks. So, as I reflect on this day I thought of the times in my life when I did take chances and it usually paid off.

From a young age my parents talk about me being stubborn, refusing help and figuring things out on my own. I have learned from this to be a go getter (but, I have also learned to ask for help). Growing up on a farm taught me a good work ethic that was instilled in me at a young age.

In college I stepped out of my comfort zone and fought forest fires for a summer. It was a great opportunity to work hard and make good money which supported me financially through college. After that I got a job as a barista part time while still attending college, 4 years later I was the general manager of 5 cafes.

The biggest risk was my biggest reward. Marrying the love of my life, 21 years later and 3 kids later, I couldn’t be happier! But, when I look at my crochet business, what risks have I taken? Did I ever take a walk on the wild side?

Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Take a Walk on the wild side Day – It really is a holiday

Date When Celebrated : This holiday is always held on April 12

Walk on Your Wild Side Day encourages us to take a chance. It’s a call to the inner strength within you, to do something out of your comfort zone. Do something wild and crazy, and perhaps a little daring.

www.holidayinsights.com

A little Back Story on the Beginning of SP3

Sweet Potato 3 started back in January of 2013. I was designing crochet patterns that really focused on newborn photography. Collaborating with an amazing photographer helped me showcase my work and business really began to take off (I’ll have links to all these designs at the end of this blog post).

As precious as these design all are, crocheted newborn photo props were a phase, just like most things in life. The styles of newborn photography was changing. So, I needed to start to shift my designs to something more popular. Crochet hat designs was an easy transition and my designing tended to change in that direction. My business was still growing and I was excited to see it continue to strive.

I was being recognized by designers who I had looked up to and was even asked to join in a crochet design competition. It was called battle of the stitches and I was honored they asked me to join.

Design Competition

I have never been much of a competitor so when I said yes, it was definitely stepping out of my comfort zone. My hopes in joining was not to to win, but to be able to work along side some amazing designers that I looked up to. I cleared my schedule for the next 2 weeks to put my “designers hat” on.

competition

For the competition, all the participants were given a stitch that had to be used in a new crochet pattern. The stitch was announced, it was the Front Post Double Cochet Cluster Stitch.

When I saw the stitch I knew I was going to incorporate it into cables. But, I only had 2 weeks to design something, have my pattern tested and photos taken and be ready to release it.

I was trying to think of something small but my heart kept saying, “design a blanket”. I had never designed a blanket before and they are a big project that can take a lot of time to design.

Let the Challenge Begin

After chatting with the organizer, she encouraged me to go for the blanket design. The idea was in my head, it was unique and I was excited to give it a try. My first sample worked up and looked perfect.

Deerly Beloved Blanket Panel

Check out those cables and ridges, I was falling in love with the design. It seemed to be falling into place well. However, as I began the next step I frogged it so many times, but I knew it would come together if I stuck with it. It did and I was so proud of myself for finishing the larger design in such a limited amount of time.

Deerly Beloved Blanket

Just the Beginning

I finished my design, wrapped up the competition, and was very proud of how my blanket turned out. I felt as though I had created a masterpiece. Stepping out of my comfort zone and designing from out of my box had paid off! This was a new passion that I knew could go somewhere.

The feedback I received about the design was astonishing. I felt as though I was reaching a whole new realm of crocheters and it was so exciting. My design confidence was up and I was on a design role. It didn’t take long to make 3 more coordinating designs.

This is when I decided I wanted them professionally published…. yes, look at me, taking another walk on the wild side. I reached out to 3 published and heard back from 2 right away. Check it out.

I did it! The nerves could have easily kept me from ever joining that competition. However, I took a chance and pushed my creative skills. In each design I push myself to learn something new and teach that skill. I am thankful to love what I do. I have 5 professionally published books and over 250 individual patterns available in my shops (check out the links below).

The take Home Message

If your a crochet pattern designer, take some chances and do something totally out of the box. Have fun and reach for what you think is a little too far out there – you may surprise yourself.

Walk on the Wild Side

Links to the Newborn Props shown earlier

How Other Designers Took a Walk on the Wild Side

How Other Designers Took A Walk On The Wild Side

Bella Borsetta Clutch Crochet Pattern

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

Bella Borsetta Clutch

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

Behind the Bella Borsetta Clutch Name

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

The Design

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

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

Video Tutorials Included

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

Thermal Single Crochet Stitch Tutorial

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

Fish Bone Cord

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


See Samples Made by my Pattern Testers

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

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


Materials Needed for Bella Borsetta Clutch

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

Bella Borsetta Clutch

Where to find the Bella Borsetta Clutch crochet pattern


More Handbag Patterns you may Love:

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.

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


More Cowl Patterns you may Love:

More Crochet Fun

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

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

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Crochet Tools – Worshiping My Mimmo Caddy

March is National Craft Month and the 2nd week of March is National Crochet Week. How do I celebrate such a fun event as a crochet designer? Well, I look into my crochet toolbox and find my favorite tools to share with all of you. This year, I have to admit that the tool I worship the most right now is my Mimmo Caddy by Mollie Ollie.

Mimmo Caddy in use

But, before I express why my Mimmo Caddy is my current prized crochet tool let’s share a little about March 11th and what all Worship Tools Day is really all about.

“Worship of Tools Day: This holiday is always held on March 11

There are few things that the male (female) population worships more than his or her tools. To some, a tool is a natural extension of their arm. So, Worship of Tools Day is a logical day of celebration…

Please note however, there are more than a few ladies who love to work with their hands, and find today to be an important holiday.

Celebrate today by working with tools, and buying a tool or two. Receiving a tool as a gift today, makes this truly a special day.

— Above Info pulled from www.holidayinsights.com

My Mimmo Caddy from Mollie Ollie

Back in September when my family was in the middle of moving {and bouncing from house to house each weekend} I needed something small to tote my projects around. It was important to me to have something that I could work from while sitting in the car. It needed to be organized and study. So, I was thrilled when I received my Mimmo Caddy.

Check out all those compartments! They are perfect for stacking skeins of yarn in and stashing your other tools. The side zipper pocket has elastic that holds your scissors, hooks pens in. The smaller pockets along both edges are also perfect for reading glasses, notebooks and random goods.

Mimmo Caddy

This was the perfect tote to use during those long car rides. But, as I am now settled (kind of) into a new home with a regular time to crochet I find myself using the caddy even more. I am currently working on some multi-colored crochet patterns and have multiple skeins of yarn on a project. The Mimmo is ideal and keeps them all organized and it is so easy to grab and work on and then nestle away quickly when needed.

So, although the Mimmo Caddy is not a “traditional” crochet tool like a crochet hook, scissors, needle, gauge guide or stitch marker that you would think of, it is most definitely my favorite tool that I use while crocheting!

You can get your own Mimmo Caddy by Mollie Ollie today. It is available on Amazon and ships through Prime. If you use my link below I even get a slight kick back.

What is Your Favorite Crochet Tool?

I would love to hear from you about what your favorite crochet tool is? Come and share your favorites in the comments on this blog post. Join my interactive Facebook group, SP3 Crochet & Conversations, and post your links or share a picture for us to enjoy.

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Beautiful Wooden Crochet Tools

Although my favorite tool is a felt tote I am such a sucker for anything made of wood! The natural element is soft and brings warmth so is an ideal fit for many of my designs. If you love wood, check out this round up of beautiful wooden tools by clicking HERE.

Wooden Crochet Tools

Favorite Tools from some Crochet Besties

The sharing continues. Check out these favorite tools that some of my crochet design besties have. I love hearing from them and seeing things from their perspective.