Newborn Baseball Set
Hat, Baseball Mitt,
Hat, Goggles & Scarf
Dracula, Mummy &
My First Crochet and Knit Pumpkins
This isn’t the first pumpkin I’ve ever crocheted…but it is the first knitted one! And what better way to celebrate fall, harvest and hallween than to share the patterns with you? Download My First Knit and Crochet Pumpkin Pattern.
If you or someone you know are learning to knit or crochet, then these are the perfect projects to begin on because you will be knitting or crocheting a rectangle and sewing them into the pumpkin shape.
These are fun and quick little projects and great stash busters. We used worsted weight wool. They would look equally adorable made in acrylic or cotton. Make a smaller pumpkin by using thinner yarn and smaller hooks/needles . Embroider eyes and a mouth and you’ve got yourself a jack-o-lantern.
I don’t have these little guys any more…so I’m not sure of their exact size. I do know that each one fits in the palm of my hand.
Print the My First Pumpkin pattern pdf.
Dana is now the Assistant Editor – Crochet at F+W Media
I moved to Fort Collins and started work a week ago and it’s been a blast. To say this is my dream job would be an under statement. My coworkers (and boss) are amazingly talented and very helpful / supportive as I learn my new responsibilities. They are ok with my pink hair and I can wear jeans to work. Oh, and I get to talk crochet all day – I know…pretty awesome. I haven’t picked up a crochet hook since I started…but I’m sure I will once I get settled in a bit more.
Review: Anne Geddes Baby Yarn
In a word, this yarn is great. It was a real pleasure to work with. It’s labeled “Baby” but we don’t let that limit how we use it. It’s a fabulous yarn for baby and adult items alike.
According to the Red Heart website: Red Heart has partnered with iconic baby photographer Anne Geddes to make this wonderful yarn. It is a perfect blend of acrylic and nylon that makes it super soft and just the right weight for those special baby things. You’ll love the color range and the adorable patterns!
Light Weight: 340 yrds / 100 g
80% Acrylic and 20% Nylon
Anne Geddes Baby Pros:
- Bright and bold color selection. Seriously, babies look cute in all kinds of colors, not just pale blue and pink!
- Smooth texture glides across fingers nicely. Because it is light weight, it hardly feels like it’s there, especially on the tension finger.
- Soft yarn
- Has a good twist, so doesn’t split. Can’t emphasize this enough; it doesn’t split!
- Has a medium sheen – not too shiney or too dull
- The lighter weight is nice for projects where smaller stitches and drape are important, whether for baby or not.
Anne Geddes Baby Cons:
- As in most lines of yarn, we long for more colors. Seriously, babies are drawn to bright colors, so why aren’t most baby lines more colorful?
Patterns Using Anne Geddes Baby:
Winnners in the Twins Face Off with Anne Geddes Baby Witch Challenge
I, Dana, officially won the Twins Face Off witch challenge by designing the hat. But I’m sharing this victory with Deborah because she designed the inspiration pieces. Actually, she designed 3 out of the 4 pieces in the Witch Way, This Way set. If the challenge had been hat vs. gloves, I’m not sure who would have won!
1st Place: Nancy S.
Nancy wins 4 skeins of Anne Geddes Baby and the Witch Way, This Way crochet pattern.
2nd Place: Elizabeth
Elizabeth wins the Witch Way, This Way crochet pattern.
And a big thank you to Red Heart for sponsoring the event. And thank you to everyone for participating in the Twins Face Off Design Challenge. It means a lot to us that you voted and entered the giveaway.
Vote in the Twins Face Off Crochet Design Challenge with Anne Geddes Baby
For this Twins Face Off crochet challenge we used Anne Geddes Baby yarn. It’s up to you to choose, which crocheted Witch Accessory you like better. After you vote below, scroll down to enter the giveaway for your chance to win 4 skeins of Anne Geddes Baby from Red Heart and a copy of both crochet patterns.
Giveaway ends September 21, 2015 at midnight.
Left: Witch Hat with Dangling Spider Right: Extra Long Striped Scarf with skull and spider web applique. See more photos.
The hat and scarf were designed this month to coordinate with some gloves and leg warmers that we crocheted earlier this year. See more photos of the Witch Way, This Way crochet pattern.
The vote is annonymous, so vote with confidence.
US & Canada Only
Sneak Peek of Twins Face Off Crochet Design Challenge with Anne Geddes Baby
These little pretties are our inspiration for this month’s challenge. Deborah had worked up the witch gloves and leg warmers using Anne Geddes Baby yarn a few months back. Now we’re using them to inspire us for more Halloween fun.
Next week we’ll share photos of the finished projects and ask you to vote for the design you like better. We’ll also be giving away prizes.
- 1 place: 4 skeins of Anne Geddes Baby yarn and both crochet patterns;
- 2nd place: both crochet patterns.
See you next week when we open up the voting and giveaway!
Play Ball: Published in Love of Crochet Summer 2015….Now Available in Store
Love sports? We created a crochet pattern for a throw pillow and stadium cushions to help keep you comfortable at your next baseball, softball or American football game.
These stadium cushions are surprisingly easy to make and have several fun design features. There are shoulder straps to make them easy to carry to the game. There are tie downs on the side so you can tuck the shoulder strap away while in use. And we’ve included zippers so the cushion covers can be washed.
It’s hip to be square…or just a bit cheeky.
Play Ball Available in the Store
The pattern includes:
- Baseball / Softball Stadium Cushion
- American Football Stadium Cushion
- Baseball / Softball Throw Pillow
Twins Face Off with Anne Geddes Baby Yarn by Red Heart
Next week we will announce what cateogry of item we will crochet . We’ll also share sneak peeks at what we’re working on. The week following that we will ask you to vote on the two designs and open up the giveaway!
Giveaway to include:
- 1st place wins 4 skeins of Anne Geddes Baby yarn and both crochet patterns;
- 2nd place wins both crochet patterns.
See you next week for the sneak peek.
Winnners in the Twins Face Off with Vanna’s Choice Stashbuster Flower Challenge
Both designs were well received, but the pillow outclassed the door stops. People used words like “stunning” and “gorgeous” when talking about the decorative pillow. And I, Dana, have to agree. Deborah definitely deserves the win with this beautiful pillow.
Winners in the Giveaway
A big round of applause for the four winners in the Vanna’s Choice flower challenge.
First Place & Second Place for 8/25/15 Draw: Terri C. & Kelly A.
Terri and Kelly win the patterns for both flower projects. Congratulations.
First Place & Second Place for 8/28/15 Draw: Teresa & Marcia A.
Teresa and Marcia win the patterns for both flower projects. Congratulations.
And a big thank you to everyone for participating in the Twins Face Off Design Challenge. It means a lot to us that you voted and entered the giveaway.
Review: Vanna’s Choice from Lion Brand Yarns
This yarn is a workhorse…and we mean that in the nicest sense. It has been one of our go-to yarns for years so it was only natural that we used it in our stashbuster challenge.
According to the Lion Brand website: Vanna White, America’s favorite crocheter and Lion Brand’s spokesperson for over 15 years, introduces Vanna’s Choice®, an easy-care, silky-soft premium basic available in a range of beautiful, expertly-coordinated shades.
Worsted Weight: 170 yrds / 100 g
100% Premium Acrylic
Vanna’s Choice Pros:
- Lots of color options – there are several fun lines in Vanna’s Choice including: Tapestry and Baby. She also has a Glamour and Sequins line. What will Vanna dream up next? Looks like she’s introduced Mohair with her Complements line. Oh my!
- Smooth texture glides across fingers nicely
- Pretty Soft
- Has a good twist, so doesn’t split very often
- Has a medium sheen – not too shiney or too dull
- A portion of the proceeds is donated to Charity (St Jude’s)
Vannna’s Choice Cons:
- Even with all the colors available, we still long for more options in yellow
Patterns Using Vanna’s Choice:
Many of our patterns use Vanna’s Choice including those in this month’s challenge. Here are some links to patterns using this yarn: