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Owl Bean Bag, Blanket,
Winner at the Crochet Guild of America 2014 Design Competition
Congrats to Deborah for her winning entry at the CGOA 2014 Design Competition. That’s two years in a row! (See her owl bean bag chair winning entry from 2013) I may be a little bias since she’s my sister…but I think she totally ROCKS!
3rd Place in the Afghan and Home Decor Category
Title: A Soldier’s Christmas
Do you want one of these on your front door this Christmas as much as I do? I (Dana) was blown away with this crocheted Christmas wreath. I really wish you could see it in person it’s so rich in color and texture.
There are a lot of fun details that make this so breathtaking. I love the texture that the crocodile stitch leaves add to the base of the wreath. I’m in love with the soldier (don’t tell my husband) and all the detailing on his jacket. And I adore the scales on the pine cones. I can hardly wait for Deborah to write up this pattern so I can make one of these for my home!
Special Thanks & Links to Other Winners and Entries
A big thank you once again to Doris Chan for organizing a fabulous design competition. We are super thankful for all the work Doris puts into this annual competition. (And I’m sure she’s thanking Deborah for not sending in another bean bag chair like last year!)
It’s the 20th anniversary of the Crochet Guild of America and some of the designers incorporated that theme into their designs which was fun to see.
Visit Doris Chan’s website for all the winners and entries:
Deborah had two more entries in the competition that didn’t place. See if you can spot them in the slide show!
Love of Crochet magazine has a summer issue called Crochet More where every project in the issue uses 3 skeins of yarn or less. We have several fun items published in this special issue.
This is also the first time we’ve written an article for a publication. I say we, but it was all Deborah. She highlights the half double crochet (hdc) stitch and the myriad of textures that can be created with that stitch. My personal favorite is the hdc in the round in the back bar.
Spinner Greeting Cards
Send smiles across the miles with some fun spinner cards.
Here, I (Dana) have combined my old love of paper crafting with my new love of crochet and created some fun peek-a-boo greeting cards. If you spin the crocheted element before stuffing in an envelope, they will spin when the recipient opens them!
There is a star, heart and moon applique. The simple design of the card really lets the crocheted pieces shine! This is a fabulous project for your scraps of crochet thread.
Cute and Classic Clutch – Heart in Granny Square
The heart in this granny square makes this a clutch you’re going to love to use. It’s the perfect size for storing crochet hooks and tools. Deborah added magnetic snaps to the corners of her bag and uses this bag to store her crochet hooks, scissors and sewing needles.
This is a great stash buster project. It looks fun in mono-chromatic color schemes as well as vivid rainbow colors.
HDC Sampler Bag
This bag is actually a half double crochet (hdc) stitch sampler! Each section is crocheted with a different technique to create a different texture only using the hdc stitch.
Techniques include: crocheting in the round; crocheting in both loops, back loop, and front loop; crocheting in back bar from the front and from the back.
Crocheting in the back bar is sometimes referred to as the 3rd loop or camel crochet (often created using a single crochet).
Deborah crocheted several swatches that showcase the different textures that can be created using just the hdc. The different textures are created by crocheting in rows vs rounds and by inserting your hook in different places on the stitch. It’s a great tutorial.
Bridal Shower Gift – Crochet Handcuffs
Bridal showers are a great time to gift practical items for kitchen and bath to a soon to be wed young couple. It’s also a fun time to embarrass them with items a bit more playful like lingerie and toys.
I crocheted the bride-to-be a pair of handcuffs (using a similar color to one in the upcoming wedding) in addition to getting her something from her registry.
I also stamped a card and wrote a suggestive message inside…which I encouraged the bride-to-be to read to out loud to everyone (we can’t miss the opportunity to embarrass her a little!):
I crocheted you something you can use to make him your LOVE SLAVE.
PS: They are adjustable in case you want to be the slave to his love.
FREE Crochet Patterns for Handcuff and Hearts
The free crochet patterns for these are found in a couple older blog posts:
- Handcuffs (pictured above: Vanna’s Choice in Aqua and J/10/6.00mm hook)
- Heart – (pictured above: Bernat Handicrafter Cotton Thread (5) in Rosy Rose and a 3.5 mm steel hook)
Enjoy, you young lovers!
Published in Love of Crochet Magazine, Summer 2014
Pattern 1: Mulberry Stitch Sampler – page 51
The scarf is named “Mulberry Stitch Sampler” because it features several techniques like vertical and horizontal cables, star stitch and the shell stitch.
This was crocheted in Milky Whey by Kollage Yarns. This yarn is super soft, making it a dream to wear. It blocks well and has delightful drape.
We love extra long scarves…and as you can see, this one has been draped around the neck of this slender model several times.
Pattern 2: Victorian Lace Card Holder – page 22
I needed a gift for a friend who loves everything Victorian. So I created this Victorian Lace gift card holder for her, which she raved over, then promptly started using for her business cards.
This design was crocheted with two strands of crochet thread held together allowing the use of a D hook instead of a steel hook.
Color is added to the floral button with colored chalk.
Several patterns we had published in magazines are now available here on the website. Check out what’s here:
As seen in Love of Crochet magazine, Holiday 1013
This Pampered Pet Gift Set is now available in our Shop as the Dog Days Trio.
The three items are available as a set or for purchase individually.
As seen in Love of Crochet, Fall 2013
This Broomstick Lace Crimson Cowl is now available for free in our shop!
This is a simple broomstick pattern, perfect for those new to the technique.
Get the free Crimson Cowl pattern.
Crochet Flower Yard Picks – Beautiful Mother’s Day Bouquet
These crochet flowers are bright, cheerful and fun!
The pattern for these lovelies is free at RedHeart.com. This is the first design we’ve created for Red Heart. The flowers use Red Heart Super Saver yarn.
The stems are crocheted as cozies around chopsticks making these perfect as yarn bombs in friends’ gardens or in floral arrangements.
They would be wonderful “Thinking of You” gifts as well as birthday and Mother’s Day gifts. You could also stick a pen in the stem and create a bouquet for your office!
One row of the leaves are crocheted around chenille fuzzy sticks (pipe cleaners) which allow them to be shaped.
Create a bouquet of only one type of flower or create an assortment with this pattern.
The pattern includes several flowers:
- Daisy / Black Eye’s Susan
Get the Free Pattern at Redheart.com
We’ve taken some photos of each type of flower. Let’s take a closer look:
Carnation – Crochet Flower
The carnation is crocheted in a technique similar to wiggle crochet meaning rows of crochet are worked on top of a grid.
Daffodil – Crochet Flower
The design of the stem allows the flower to face forward like a real daffodil!
Daisy – Crochet Flower
Change the colors and this could be a Black Eyed Susan or Gerber Daisy!
Iris – Crochet Flower
The petals naturally drape like a real iris! Some petals drape down and others up.
VW Van Pillow – Free Crochet Pattern
Love VW Van’s? Here’s our fun interpretation on the vehicle. We picked some of our favorite shapes for the lights and turn signals, etc.
This crochet pattern is written as a fair isle project. Although it is a fairly easy project, the use of multiple colors per row can make it a tiny bit more challenging.
Baseball Play Set: Bean Bag, Baby Blanket, Bunting and Pennant – Crochet Pattern
If you’re a big time baseball fan, you’ll love this crochet pattern.
This Super Sized baseball is a bean bag chair! Yep, we crocheted a cozy to fit around a standard bean bag chair (we picked up at Walmart).
And of course, we couldn’t stop there. We created a matching baby blanket. It’s the perfect size to use as a lapghan or play mat.
To set it all off, we created some decorative flags. Create your own bunting and pennants in the colors of your favorite team.
- Baseball Bean Bag Chair
- Ball Diamond Baby Blanket
- “Play Ball” Bunting
- “Go Team” Pennant
- Baseball Applique
Baseball Set Crochet Pattern Available in the Store
Learn more about the crochet pattern for the Baseball Set in the store.
Hiking Buddy (a.k.a. Perfect Purse) Crochet Pattern
Remember the Perfect Purse from the Winter 2012 Love of Crochet magazine? If you missed that issue, then we have good news for you. You can get the pattern here!
We designed this mini purse as a hiking buddy…one that’s just large enough to stow your smart phone, ID and car keys. Your personal items will stay nice and secure with this beautiful flower button closure.
Crochet it with a strap and it’s a purse. Attach the belt loop and you can wear it at your hip. Oh, and there’s a chapstick holder, too!
- Flower Button
- Shoulder Strap
- Belt Loop
- Chapstick Holder
Coral Blooms Scarf – Published in “Love of Crochet” Magazine: Spring 2014
Coral Blooms is the latest crocheted piece we have in a publication. You can find the pattern in the Spring 2014 issue of Love of Crochet Magazine.
The Coral Blooms scarf is constructed of repeated sections of blooms and lattice. This is a quick and easy project that is made primarily with interconnected chain work.
This scarf uses yarn from KnitPicks.com. Pictured is Gloss Fingering yarn in Guava. It’s 70% Merino Wool and 30% Silk. It has wonderful drape and blocks really well.
Check news stands for the Spring issue of Love of Crochet to get your copy of this beautiful pattern.