It is such an honor to be on the Crochetville National Crochet Month Designer Blog Tour! I wanted to design something new that I haven’t done before and decided upon a stuffed animal. At first I had a bear in mind, but once she was almost finished I just had to make her a cat instead! When I was a child I always thought of my stuffed animals as a he or a she and my first animal design is no different. I didn’t think about it until I got out the pink yarn for the nose and immediately it was a “she”, even though we have two male cats with pink noses. I am definitely thinking “he” and “she” lately as we are finding out next week if our third child will be a boy or a girl!
I hope you enjoy this pattern. It was such a pleasure to make. Head over to my Patterns section to check out other free patterns I have designed. Thanks for visiting!
Winter finally arrived in full force here in Middle Tennessee. We have been hit with a winter storm that closed schools all week! Some nights the temperatures dipped into the single digits and even below zero – which is unheard of for us! My husband was out of town and missed all the winter excitement, which left me to take care of our chickens and ducks. Going out into those temperatures was definitely not fun, but my new hat was a total lifesaver for me! I never felt cold with this chunky hat on. So glad I finished it in time for winter storm Octavia!
The Red Heart Medley yarn was wonderful to work with. I love chunky and super bulky yarns because they work up so quickly. The coloring of this yarn is amazing, too. The subtle color changes give these textured stitches some great added interest. I will be using this yarn again!
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Stained Glass Medley Hat
By Amanda Saladin
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
Yarn: Red Heart Medley, 4 oz/113g, each approx 86 yards/78 meters (acrylic): 2 Balls #952 Stained Glass
Annie’s has a new special issue entitled Blue Ribbon Crochet and my Stash Buster Baby Blanket pattern is included. This is a great issue with over 50 patterns for a wide variety of crocheted items. This blanket was such a joy to make and I am really loving the photography of this piece. One thing I haven’t been making a lot of is blankets, but I do love them – especially for little ones because they work up so fast in crochet! I would love to tackle a large project like an afghan for my queen-sized bed, but haven’t gotten around to that quite yet.
If you would like to find out more information about this pattern, visit Annie’s catalog.
Hope everyone had a great Christmas! I spent some time before the holidays designing cowls for my older son’s teachers and I really enjoyed making this one using Red Heart yarns – Soft and Swanky, hence the name. Red Heart sent me a skein of their sequined Boutique Swanky yarn to check out and I loved it – the matching sequins, the silkiness, the workability. I thought it would look very nice paired with their Soft yarn so I chose a skein of Berry that I already had and held the two strands together. It’s hard to see the sequins in the picture above (except the reflection of one on my chin – ha!) but they are there, evenly spaced and adorable. I haven’t worked with sequin yarn much but didn’t find it to be a challenge at all. I was afraid the sequins would snag or I would have problems with them, but I didn’t.
*Please forgive my lighting in these pictures, I needed to wrap this so we took a few quick pictures before I had to box it up!
The newest issue of Crochet World is out! I have one pattern in this issue, the Color-Block bag. This is part of a “Scrap Basket” story line, showing how you can use up odds and ends of yarn. This bag used way less than a skein of each color so it is a great project to bust your stash. It is created using only single crochet and the lines are made with surface slip stitch. To get a textured look the single crochets are worked in the front and back loops.
I am so thrilled with how this turned out and I think the photography is done really well. Bags are definitely one of my favorite things to make right now. I’ve even knitted a few recently and have one bag design in the Holiday 2014 issue of Vogue Knitting. If you’re a knitter and want to check it out, you can view it here.
The other things I have been obsessed with lately are scarves and cowls. I’ve been designing some for my son’s teachers and family – those patterns will be up soon. I wanted to get more on here before Christmas, but with the family and wrapping up the end of the semester it has been very crazy around here. At least it is exam week and then we will get some time to relax. I will have at least one pattern up before Christmas so be on the lookout!