Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Free Pattern: African Flower Slouchy

A few weeks ago, one of my regular customers sent me a picture of a hat she'd come across online and wanted me to make for her.  Since I wasn't able to find a pattern to go with the original photo, I started with a basic African Flower and worked out from there to create the slouchy.

If you're making this hat, gauging is a must!!!  Because there are 3 different size hooks used, you need to be sure the gauge is accurate or it's almost guaranteed that the hat won't fit.

You can pick up your own copy of the African Flower Slouchy for free in our Ravelry or Craftsy stores. 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Pattern Review: Killer Dishcloths

One of my customers ordered some dishcloths but had no particular design in mind.  I took advantage of the moment to try out the new Killer Dishcloth pattern from Shannon over at The Hookeraholic Crochet.

The pattern was super easy for even a beginner to work up.  And I'm pleasantly delighted with the final size:  9" x 9" - a great size for getting those big dirty jobs done!!

I used I Love This Cotton yarn from Hobby Lobby to make the washcloths that were ordered, with some scraps of Peaches & Cream that I had on hand to make them two-tone.  Shannon included simple, easy-to-understand instructions on how to work the them up in two colors if desired. 

I can say that I found only one thing I did not like about the pattern - there was no gauge.  I get that it's a dishcloth so the final size isn't really an issue, but I would have preferred to know what size the recommended hook was going to work up before starting.  In the end, the size isn't an issue, but for those who crochet super tight, it could become an issue.

If you're interested in trying out this pattern, you can get your own copy for free here

Monday, August 11, 2014

The Grouch is here!!

After teasing y'all with pictures for the last week, the Grouch Cozies are finally here!!!  Let me introduce you to the Coffee Grouch and the Bottle Grouch.  Both are included in this pattern pack, along with a Can Grouch. 

The pattern pack for the Grouch Cozies is $3.49, but you can get them through the end of the day tomorrow for only $2.49!!  Get the pattern in our Ravelry shop or over on Craftsy