I was shopping on the Premier Yarns website and found that their Sweet Rolls yarn is on clearance. Three rolls in a bag for $10.00! That’s a pretty good deal. They are also having a pretty good sale on some of their other yarns. If you would like to head over to Premier Yarns and do some retail therapy, I have a discount code to share with you that will get you 15% off your order. Click on the link below and head on over for some yarny fun. Don’t forget to share with me what you make with your yarn haul. I love to see all of your projects!
I made another Summer Cardigan using the pattern for the Elba Cardigan by ChristaCo Design. This is such a fun pattern. It is very beginner friendly. This time I used a cotton blend yarn called Comfy by KnitPicks in the color white. I decided to make my sleeves a little longer and just continued the pattern repeat on the sleeves until I created a half sleeve. I love how this cardigan turned out. If you are interested in learning how to make this cardigan, please feel free to reach out to me to schedule a crochet lesson. I would love to help you make a beautiful cardigan for yourself!
I had the pleasure of testing the pattern for this summer cardigan and I could hardly wait for the pattern release so I could share it with you. I am always searching for beginner friendly patterns for my students so that once they master making those potholders, they can branch out and try something new without getting overwhelmed or frustrated. This pattern is absolutely perfect for a beginner.
This pattern is called the Elba Cardigan and it was designed by Crystal Marin at ChristaCo Design. I tested the pattern with yarn I had in my stash. I used Big Twist Soft yarn in the colorway Rose. This pattern is so easy to follow and works up pretty quickly. If you have mastered double crochet and are able to make squares, you can make the cardigan for sure. If you get stuck, you can always call on me to help get you on track!
I love this cardi so much that I have already started making another with a cotton blend yarn. I will post it when I am finished. If you would like to try this pattern, head on over to CristaCo Design. Here is the direct link to the pattern:
While you are there, check out Crystal’s other patterns. They are all well written and great for beginners. If you decide to make this cardi, please email me a picture. I would love to see your finished project!
Stitch markers are a must with many types of crochet projects. I keep them in all of my project bags and on my craft desk. I recently decided to treat myself to some pretty handmade stitch markers. Look at this beautiful set of purple sparkly butterfly stitch markers.
These stitch markers are stunning. Butterflies hold a very special meaning for me and purple is my absolute favorite color. Is there really any other color? Seriously? Each of these stitch markers have a letter bead on them. When I start a project and finally determine the size hook that I will be using, I place a marker with the corresponding hook size on the right side of the fabric. If I put the project away for a while, when I pick it back up again, I do not have to guess what hook I was using and which side of the fabric is the right side. I suppose I could write it on the pattern, but then I wouldn’t have a pretty sparkly purple butterfly stitch marker on my project to make me smile.
If you would like to purchase a set of stitch markers for yourself, head on over to Etsy and check out the Cat Lady Crochet Shoppe at https://www.etsy.com/shop/CatLadyCrochetShoppe?ref=usf_2020. Anna is super sweet and will take great care of you. She has so many beautiful stitch markers. Mother’s Day is next weekend. Go treat yourself!
I have enjoyed crocheting with Lion Brand Rewind Tape Yarn so much that I have decided to giveaway two skeins to someone in the Namma Stitches community. You have three chances to win. All you need to do is enter your email below. Place a comment on this page for one chance to win. Then head on over to the Namma Stitches Facebook page and hit like for another chance to win (comments are appreciated there as well). If you head over to Instagram and follow me there, you will be entered for another chance to win. A winner will be picked on April 25th, 2021. This giveaway is open only to residents of the United States. Good luck everyone!!
We have a camper and if you have ever owned a camper, you know that you have to be very creative with storage as space is at a minimum. I have been sticking those little plastic grocery bags under the sink. On our last trip, I decided I needed to come up with something to keep those bags in. I had some Lion Brand Rewind Tape Yarn left from my Palmetto Tote Bag projects and decided to make something with that. I went searching for a pattern and found this super cute owl.
This pattern is by Vimon Lacey at www.myshevon.com. The pattern calls for a #4 weight yarn and an I hook. The Lion Brand Rewind Yarn is a #5 Bulky and I used my K hook. It came out a little bigger, but I think he is perfect and will look really nice hanging in the camper.
This pattern is perfect for the advanced beginner. If you would like a lesson to learn how to make this project, or if you would like me to make one for you, please send me a message and I will be happy to help.
I hope everyone’s weekend is off to a great start and you are finding time to relax and play with yarn. I found a fun pattern for a tote bag that I want to share with you. The pattern is by Mama in a Stitch and it is called the Palmetto Tote. Look how cute these bags are! They are perfect for the beach or to take to the pool.
These bags are make with Lion Brand Rewind Tape Yarn. This was my first time using this yarn and I am in love. It is perfect for this type of project. It is a bulky yarn and gives a very interesting look and texture. The bags are very sturdy. I used my Clover K hook on these bags and they worked up pretty quickly. I definitely will be making a few more. I am also working on making some matching cosmetic pouches to go with the bags.
If you would like to check out this pattern, it can be found at https://www.mamainastitch.com/how-to-crochet-a-market-tote-palmetto-tote-pattern/. You can check out all the colors for Lion Brand’s Rewind Tape Yarn here https://www.lionbrand.com/products/rewind-yarn. If you would like a remote lesson to learn the techniques in this pattern, or if you would like me to make a bag for you, please message me and I will be happy to help.
I love to make baby items. They are my favorite crochet items to gift. I always appreciated the handmade items I received when my children were babies. I recently did a lesson for a student that wanted to make a hat and bootie set for her grandchild expected this spring. The pattern is well written and a good advanced beginner pattern and works up pretty quickly. Both the hat and the booties are stitched in the round. I used Premier Anti-Pilling Everyday Worsted in the colorways Light Peach and Snow White, and Lion Brand Jeans Yarn in the colorway Vintage. The pattern is available for free here https://pattern-paradise.com/2019/05/16/free-crochet-pattern-snug-as-a-bug-hat-and-booties/
If you are interested in learning to make this pattern or purchasing a Hat and Booties set, please contact me and I will be happy to help.
I had a customer request for another pocket shawl. This pattern was so easy and fun to make. The pattern is by Pamela’s Adoring Crochet. The pattern calls for fringe, but I chose to leave the fringe off. I think it would work up well with any worsted weight yarn. I used my Furls size K hook and Premier Anti-Pilling Everyday Worsted in the colorway Really Red.
This yarn is one of my favorite yarns to work with. I just love how it feels and it washes beautifully. I always have some in my stash. You can order it directly from Premier’s website. I have also seen this yarn on the Herrschner’s and the LoveCrafts websites.
Please contact me if you would like a lesson to learn the stitches to create this beautiful pocket shawl or if you would like to purchase a made to order shawl in the color of your choice.
You can purchase the pattern at https://www.etsy.com/listing/868984951/pocket-shawl-crochet-pattern-shawl
I like to have a few small bags or pouches with essentials for any project. You can use just about anything to hold your notions. I like to use small zipper pouches similar to this cute llama pouch.
Inside the pouch, I keep the essentials I might need for my project so I have them handy. Since I always have a few projects going at one time, I keep a few of these pouches ready to go.
What do I keep in my notion bags? Crochet hooks, of course! I pick the hook or hooks I will be using for my project and put them in the bag. I also keep a pair of scissors, a tape measure, a yarn needle for weaving in ends, and stitch markers. Even if I have a project that doesn’t require stitch markers, they come in handy. I always place one on the last loop when I take a break to keep my project from unraveling. I also put a small notepad and pencil in there. You never know when you need to make a note on your pattern. The notebook comes in handy if you are using a digital pattern and need to write something down.
Namma Stitches is giving away this cute llama notions bag. I will include a Clover Amour Size J crochet hook, scissors, yarn needle, stitch markers, tape measure and mini notebook. You can enter with 4 chances to win. Enter your email below. Leave a comment on this post. Follow Namma Stitches on Facebook and Instagram. Entries must be submitted before the deadline on Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 11:00 p.m. EST.