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Asymmetrical Scarf Crochet Pattern

Asymmetrical Scarf Crochet Pattern

Asymmetrical Scarf Crochet Pattern Our newest release, the Asymmetrical Scarf crochet pattern is here! This can be either a summer weight or winter weight scarf, depending on the yarn used. When I designed this pattern, I was wanting something different than the traditional scarf. I…

The Paige Crochet Collection of Patterns

The Paige Crochet Collection of Patterns

The Paige Collection of Crochet Patterns I felt it was high time we put our Paige designs together in one place so each pattern in the collection of crochet patterns could be viewed. The collection includes a beanie, a scarfie (toddler scarf), a bib, a…

4th of July Crochet Patterns You Will Need!

4th of July Crochet Patterns You Will Need!

,4th of July crochet patterns

The Only 4th of July Crochet Patterns You Will Need!

Last year, we designed some very cool 4th of July crochet patterns that you just need to have for your home!

X’s Can and Glass Bottle Cozy

I think the X’s Can and Glass Bottle Cozy is just beautiful done in the traditional Red, White, and Blue colors. We recommend using 100% cotton yarn for this project; as it keeps your hands dry and machine washes well.  I feel that it adds the perfect amount of festive decoration that each of your friends and family members can use!  Get the jumbo skeins in Lily Sugar N Cream or the large cones and you will be making enough for your entire party!

Imagine your table set out with a bunch of these cozies all in festive American colors for your guests to use, or even take home with them!  Your party will be the talk of your friends and family for a long time!

You can find the links for the pattern below.

4th of July Bunting

I designed this bunting last year, at about the same time as the X’s Can and Glass Bottle Cozy was designed.  I wanted a 4th of July decoration that was both fans and pennants, because I loved the look of both.  Adding the the little hanging stars was just the icing on the cake!

Originally, I made this twice as long as you see in the photo.  I then realized that it was better half the size.  If anyone wanted, they could just make more of each swag, pennant, and stars to suit their sizing needs.  All you would have to do is continue crocheting the chain and adding more parts!  I have two of these, myself, which I plan on hanging one outside and one inside!

One of our testers for this loved it so much that she made several!  She did one that was the original design.  Another was all pennants, and the third was all swags.  I’m glad she loved it!

Publication

The 4th of July Bunting was also featured in Quick and Easy Crochet’s December 2019 publication for the UK, and January 2020’s publication for the USA.

Helen had gotten an email from a lady at the publication, as they had seen the bunting and just loved it.  Helen quickly (and with full of glee) contacted me and we set to getting them the information needed.  So, this meant that Helen needed to crochet up another bunting to send to them for pictures.  Thank goodness she’s super fast with that hook!

We were so happy to have our first magazine appearance!

Special Coupon!

As part of the celebration of the 4th of July, we’re having a sale on these two patterns: receive 15% off each pattern until July 3rd, 2020.  You can get the patterns here:

For Ravelry, use this code:    Patriot

Just copy and paste into the code box at checkout to get your 15% off!

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/4th-of-july-bunting

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/xs-can-and-glass-bottle-cozy

 

For Etsy, there’s no need to use a code, we already applied it to both patterns!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/716670062/4th-of-july-bunting-crochet-pattern?ref=shop_home_active_1&pro=1

https://www.etsy.com/listing/717177328/can-and-glass-bottle-cozy-crochet?ref=shop_home_active_2&pro=1

 

At the Sunflower Store, there’s no need to have a code, the discount is already applied to the two patterns!

https://sunflowercottagecrochet.com/shop/4th-of-july-bunting/

https://sunflowercottagecrochet.com/shop/xs-can-and-glass-bottle-cozy/

 

Sun at Home Event – Free Patterns

Sun at Home Event – Free Patterns

We teamed up with some  designer friends to bring you the Sun at Home event where each designer offered you a FREE PDF Pattern for one day during May 2020. The patterns were for items that you can use outside in the garden if you…

Stash Busting Challenge Week 4!

Stash Busting Challenge Week 4!

The Stash Busting Challenge Week 4 has now finished!! Can you believe that it is over already? Did you collect the patterns when they were available? I have decided to keep the round-up posts because a lot of these patterns are available either free on…

Hooking With Made By Gootie

Hooking With Made By Gootie

Welcome Back to Hooking With

In this week’s Hooking With, we interviewed Agat Rottman of Made By Gootie.  Read on to get to know Agat!

Hi! My name is Agat (it’s the Hewbrew word for Agate, a precious stone).  I live in Haifa, a city near the Mediterranean Sea in the north of Israel.  However, I grew up in north-east Israel in a small village and after my mandatory service in the army I moved to Haifa to study food engineering.  I met my husband at the university and stayed at the big city.

A Little Background…

My mother is a ceramics artist and her creativity has always been a source of inspiration for me.  I’m also the kind of person who likes to keep her hands busy and so, naturally, my mother decided to teach me how to knit.  She taught me the basics (knit and purl) when I was 12 and ever since, I’ve been developing my skills through the great help of the internet.  Five years ago, I taught myself how to crochet–I wanted to expand my skills and fell in love with it.

I really love designing patterns, it’s a great creative outlet.  I always start out with an idea, move to a sketch and from there, enthusiasm (and a good deal of iterations) make it into reality.  My ideas usually start out as a project where I couldn’t find a pattern that I really like.  A few years ago, I decided that I want to share my designs and so I started writing them down.  Since then, I’ve been getting great feedback, which motivates me to keep going.  Two of my patterns were even published in I Like Crochet magazine and another pattern is due to be published in Simply Crochet magazine.

Current Situation:

I’m currently a product development food engineer in a dairy alternatives company.  While I really like my job, designing patterns is my greatest passion and I hope to make it my main business in the near future.

Hooking With Made By Gootie

Q: When did you start designing?

A: I published my first pattern in late 2017.

Q: Do you have a blog? If so, when did you start that up?

A: Yes! My blog is “Made By Gootie” (Gootie is my childhood nickname).  I started my blog a few months ago.

Q: What was your initial plan with your blog and designs?

A: My initial plan was to design decorative and practical things, blankets, coasters, table centerpieces.  For my blog, my plan is to post different tutorials (basics and advanced) and some of my patterns.

Q: How have your designs and designing process evolved?

A: I started with small things and when my close friends were having babies, I started designing blankets.

Q: What designs do you specialize in?

A: Blankets and decorative items.

Q: Do you have a favorite few stitches you like to use or do you always try to do new ones?

A: I usually love to try new ones and expand my stitches “library”, but my favorites are the moss stitch and puff stitch.

Q: When you come up with an idea, does it come first from yarn you have or do you find yarn to fit the idea?

A: I will find yarn that fits my idea.

Q: When did you start crocheting?

A: 5 years ago.

Q: What made you decide to become a designer?

A: I wanted to create something of my own, something new which will be exactly how I want it to be.

Q: Are there any patterns not your own that you just love?

A: I really love Tinna’s designs, they’re so unique and ambitious.

Q: Who/what inspired you?  Does this still inspire you?  Why?

A: My mom is my inspiration, she’s a ceramic artist.  I love how she always has new ideas and everything she creates is different than the other.

Q: Of your patterns, which is your favorite and why?

A: My Christmas crochet ornament.  It was inspired by Fibershare partner and I love that there’s a meaning and someone I was thinking of when I was designing it.

Q: Are there any crochet techniques/stitches you wish to learn this year?

A: Yes, Tunisian crochet.

Q: What are your biggest crochet challenges and how do you plan on overcoming that?

A: My biggest challenge at the moment is making time to crochet.  Due to my full time job, I usually crochet only on the weekend.  My plan is to make reasonable goals before every weekend so I will have a clear schedule.

Q: Have you ever lost your crojo and how did you overcome that?

A: Of course.  I usually turn to my friend and ask if there is something they want for themselves or for their home and draw inspiration from their wishes.

Q: What three tips can you offer to anyone that crochets?

A: 1. Be patient–practice makes perfect.  2.  Do what you love–crochet things that make you happy and creative, not the popular things on the media.  3.  If you don’t find the pattern you’re looking for, try and create it on your own, you might surprise yourself!

Wrap Up

We enjoyed getting to know Agat and hope you enjoyed it, too.  As a gift to our readers, Agat has provided a free crochet pattern!  Agat also would like to provide 20% off of her Ravelry and Etsy stores with code SUNFLOWER.

Links provided below:

Joyful Mandala Free Crochet Pattern

Ravelry

Etsy

A Special Thank You:

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Happy Hooking!

An Introduction to the Crunch Stitch

An Introduction to the Crunch Stitch

Today we are providing you with an introduction to the crunch stitch. Have you seen the Crunch stitch before? What projects have you used it in? The crunch stitch is a great stitch for a beginner or a more confident crocheter. It has a fabulous…

Hooking With… Sweet Potato 3

Hooking With… Sweet Potato 3

Welcome back to Hooking With… In this week’s Hooking With, we interviewed Christine Naugle of Sweet Potato 3.  Helen and I have had the pleasure of working with Christine in the recent past, for a Crochet Cancer Challenge, when we featured our Samantha’s Hope Beanie.…

First Place Win With Our Pattern!

First Place Win With Our Pattern!

Our Farmhouse Dishcloth pattern was used to get a 1st place win at a county fair!

When we released the free crochet farmhouse dishcloth pattern, we didn’t expect anyone to use it as an entry to a local fair.  Much less win–and win FIRST PLACE!

I was super excited when I saw Bree’s post on our Facebook page (link here).  She had posted a picture of the cloths and their blue ribbons.

At first, I just saw the blue ribbons and was like, “that’s awesome!! You do such nice work!”  Then I looked closer at the cloths…..

And then I saw it….

It was our Farmhouse Dishcloth crochet pattern!

I was so excited that I had to ask Bree for a short bio and some pictures to go with it of her winnings.  She was all too happy to oblige!

Let’s all give Bree a welcome and read her short story

Hello, I’m Bree from Bree’s Crochet Boutique.  I live in Minnesota and I learned how to crochet from my grandmother, Louise.

She bought me a set of hooks and a “how-to” book for my 34th birthday.

I started with dishcloths of course and learned how to crochet hats from a co-worker, early on.

Then I discovered Aigurumi and made my first one for my niece in 2013.

For the last couple of years, I have also had the opportunity to test patterns for a handful of pattern designers.

I am also a Craft Yarn Council Certified Crochet Instructor.

During our 2016 state fair…

I was introduced to Minnesota’s CGOA (Crochet Guild of America) Chapter “Crochet TwinCities”.  I loved being with like minded fiber artists, so I joined the next year.  It was there that I learned about entering crochet items into our local county/state fairs.

Last year (2018), was the first year I entered.  One of my early pattern testing opportunities was an Amigurumi Tiger.  He won two blue ribbons!!

Fast forward to this year…

The first fair of the 2019 season was the Ramsey County Fair.  I entered into 6 categories, one of which was “Towels and Dishcloths for the Kitchen”.  I had made a handful of them over the spring, so I was just going to enter a couple of them.

Then I came across Sunflower Cottage Crochet’s design for the Farmhouse Dishcloth.  I looked at the pattern and noticed it was for a stitch I had never done before, the paired single crochet, so I gave it a shot!

The pattern was amazing and had great texture!  I ade another and decided the day before bringing my items to the fair for judging, that i was going to enter these instead.

I went to the fair the first day and to my surprise….

There it was, a blue ribbon, hanging from the dishcloths!!  I also won 4 other blue ribbons, a 2nd pace, and a Grand Champion in the other categories I entered!!

In a couple of weeks, I will be entering the Farmhouse Dishcloth into second county fair as well.

We love to see people succeed

It’e even more exciting when it’s something that we designed.  I never imagined that something so simple would go so far.

This Farmhouse Dishcloth has over 340 downloads from Ravelry alone!  There must be something to it!

If you missed out on the pattern, I provided a link in the story.

If you missed out on the tutorial for the paired single crochet, I provided a link in the story for that, as well.

I also included a link to the Ravelry PDF free download.

 

We hope you will share in our congratulations to Bree’s winnings, and be sure to take a look at her Facebook page and join our crochet group–all links to these are included in the post.

farmhouse dishcloth
farmhouse dishcloth
bree's crochet boutique first place win

Market Bag Crochet Pattern

Market Bag Crochet Pattern

Wenona Market Bag Crochet Pattern I am in love with crochet market bag patterns!  These market bags are eco-friendly and easy to clean when using cotton yarn (which I strongly recommend).  As a side note, this post may contain affiliate links, at no extra cost…