The Kimberly Scarf // Crochet Infinity Scarf Pattern

This infinity scarf has such an elegant and tidy feel! It uses a delicate petal or shell-like stitch for most of the body, and then is finished off with a straight, simple border. I think it gives it a very polished effect. This would be beautiful in any yarn, but is especially impressive with a smooth and high-sheen yarn like Caron Simply Soft. It shows off all the delicate details! For my sample scarf I used Caron Simply Soft in Bone. I love how it turned out! Continue reading The Kimberly Scarf // Crochet Infinity Scarf Pattern

Not Everyone Succeeds Quickly: My Small Business Reflections on 2016

Two years ago, in 2015, I decided to try my hand at selling handmade crocheted items. I didn’t have a lot of free time as a mom of 3 with a part time job, but it seemed like something I could fit into some of those “extra” moments. Like sitting on a bench watching my three boys at the park or watching t.v. with the hubby at night. And maybe, just maybe, I could make a little money at it. I came up with a name, applied for a business license, set up a website, and signed up for a few local craft shows. I loved it! It was so much fun! After figuring in all my expenses at the end of the year, I did make a profit… but it wasn’t much! I was a little bummed, but I thoroughly enjoyed the satisfaction that came from conquering completely new challenges… and at least I covered the cost of all those yarn shopping trips that were probably more than I really needed (who knew buying yarn could be so addicting?)!

Setting up for a craft fair at the end of 2015.

In 2016 I set out to improve my business and my profit. Continue reading Not Everyone Succeeds Quickly: My Small Business Reflections on 2016

Peek-A-Boo Cup Cozy

peekabooI love the texture contrast in this cup cozy pattern, jumping from straight, knit-like lines, to the “pebbled” look of the alternating single and double crochet stitches. It feels like the middle texture is “peeking” out from between the lines, thus the “peek-a-boo” title. Continue reading Peek-A-Boo Cup Cozy

8 Crochet Garland Patterns for Fall

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Garlands are such a wonderful way to add a bit of whimsy and charm to any seasonal or themed decor. Here is a fabulous collection of free crochet garland patterns, specifically for fall! I hope you enjoy them! Feel free to add a link to your own favorite pattern in the comments, or visit my Crochet Garland Board on Pinterest for even more garland ideas and inspiration for every season! Continue reading 8 Crochet Garland Patterns for Fall

The Ruthie Scarf

ruthiescarf2This version of the half granny square triangle scarf uses alternating Double Crochet and Extended Bobble Stitch rows to create a more 3 dimensional texture. The result is a warm, cozy shawl with eye catching depth. Finishing off with some chunky tassels makes it a great statement piece for any fall or winter outfit! Continue reading The Ruthie Scarf

Extra Thick Crochet Hot Pad

hotpadcollageIf you are looking for a nice, thick hot pad, this is it! My biggest fear when using a crocheted hot pad is that it will have a hole somewhere in it that is big enough for me to get burned! And it’s a valid fear… by nature, crochet work has holes. So, when I created this pattern, preventing burns was the first thing on my mind! This pattern is DOUBLE SIDED for extra protection and incorporates two different stitches for safety, as well as beauty. I love the unique textures created by using different stitches on each side. Continue reading Extra Thick Crochet Hot Pad

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