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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…

Sunshine-y Hanging Towel Crochet Pattern

Sunshine-y Hanging Towel Crochet Pattern

Sunshine-y Hanging Towel, A Crochet Pattern Introducing our latest design, the Sunshine-y Hanging Towel crochet pattern.  I told Helen I would like to have more home decor patterns available, especially for summer.  Most people don’t really want to be crocheting big cozy blankets or scarves…

Crochet Pattern for 4th of July

Crochet Pattern for 4th of July

Crochet 4th of July Garland or Bunting Pattern Tutorial

crochet pattern for 4th of july garland or bunting

I want to share with you a crochet pattern that we released last year at this time that had rave reviews from our testers.  The 4th of July Bunting.  When I created this pattern, I had visions of porches with railings that have those big swags of red, white, and blue buntings on them.  It made such a beautiful decoration to every house I saw it on.  I wanted to design one that was unique yet also included that pretty swag.  

I also wanted to include the pennants more common to buntings and some hanging stars to break up the pattern a bit.   Loving how it turned out, I ended up making 2!  This year, I have moved to a new, big, fabulous home and have a front porch, yet it’s missing that coveted railing.  

My thought was to hang it along the roof edge, instead.  Perhaps I will take some photos and post it in our Facebook Group

This garland works up quick and is easy to do. Plus it requires very little yarn to make!

One of our testers loved it

So much so, that she made another one as it is, another one with just pennants, and a final one with just the swags! See how easily customize-able this crochet pattern is?

For this crochet pattern, we used Red Heart Super Saver yarn in white, cherry red, and royal blue. About half of a skein of each color (maybe a little more of the white).

A Bundle of Patterns

Update to this blog post: We have bundled the 4th of July Bunting and the X’s Can and Glass Bottle Cozy patterns together on Ravelry!  This makes it easy to get both patterns super quick.  

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Materials:

#4 worsted weight yarn, 1 skein each of Red, White, and of course, Blue (make sure to get at least 300+ yards in each skein). We used Red Heart Super Saver in white, cherry red, and royal blue.

Size H-5mm hook

Scissors

Yarn needle for weaving in ends

Gauge:

8 DC rows and 18 DCs = 6”x 6” Square

Pattern Notes:

Chain 3 at the beginning does count as a dc.
Be sure to check the special stitches section for video tutorials.


I recommend blocking each of your pieces so that they are the correct shapes and therefore aren’t curling on you.

You can make as many or as few of each part of the bunting as you wish, to customize the length. Pattern is written for a fairly long bunting.

Abbreviations

Ch—Chain
St(s)—Stitch(es)
Dc—Double crochet
XS—Cross Stitch
Sp(s)—Space(s)
Rep—Repeat
to–Repeat the instructions written between the two *
Tc—Turning chain
HDC—Half-double crochet
YO—yarn over
FO—fasten off

Special Stitches

Cross Stitch—Skip next stitch, work a DC in next, work another DC in the skipped stitch going behind the DC just made. Video here.

 

We hope that you enjoy this crochet pattern as much as we do! 4th of July will now be extra festive at your house!

Join us next post for a special introduction to an entire collection for your table.

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Crochet Can and Glass Bottle Cozy

Crochet Can and Glass Bottle Cozy

Patriotic Can and Glass Bottle Cozy, a crochet pattern Last year, we designed this can cozy to go with our 4th of July designs, and is a crochet can and glass bottle cozy that can be made up in any color combination or just solids!…

Splash of Color Washcloth Crochet Pattern

Splash of Color Washcloth Crochet Pattern

Splash of Color Crochet Washcloth Pattern! I am excited to share with you our latest pattern: Splash of Color Washcloth.  There was a stitch tutorial I had done quite a while back (last year sometime) called the Staggered Double Crochet Pairs.  I really liked how…

Shades of Spring Afghan

Shades of Spring Afghan

Shades of Spring Sampler Afghan Pattern

shades of spring afghan

The Shades of Spring Afghan was released yesterday and already it has been one of our best-sellers!

Fun to Design

It was such fun to design. Don’t get me wrong, there was some pull of my hair moments, some sighs exhaled and I think it got put in the naughty corner once while I had a cup of tea to think about it…

When I started this project I knew that I wanted to include stitches that were not widely known as well as the usual suspects people want to see in a sampler afghan. You will find aligned double clusters, even berry, N stitch, open scallops and so much more.

Full of fun texture!

The testing process was also very different to our usual process. And our testers were just FABULOUS! I was basically making this beast up as we went! Each section was designed, drafted and sent to them as we went. Of course, that meant a few more tweaks to the pattern that would not have ordinarily happened. A couple of ‘Ok guys, we are going to have to frog this bit!’ moments happened and a couple of stalls in the process when life threw its curveballs! But the testers were so understanding. At times I felt like I shouldn’t be doing this. I worried I was coming across as unprofessional and wondering why the heck I was calling myself a designer …. but they reassured me and we got the job done! It was most definitely a team effort!

Why the change in tact?

You will have all seen how busy Sara and I have been the last year. We worked hard on our patterns, our FB pages and groups, getting our name out their and developing our website!  Sara lost her dad in November and of course I wanted to take as much of the strain as I could to allow her to do what she needed to and not feel like she needed to come back all guns blazing. With a couple of family issues myself I just took on too much. You know how it goes. February was a month for reflection for me and I lost my crojo (which has NEVER happened before) and mentally I needed to re-adjust.

One of our designer friends, Michelle from Two Brothers Blankets, had asked us to do a CAL for one of her groups in April and we jumped at the chance. We didn’t want to let her down. So we tried something new! On reflection I think that the testing really wasn’t as bad as I thought it was at the time. It was just a lot of additional pressure on myself to do it this way so I don’t think its something that we will voluntarily repeat!

But …

We now have our first sampler pattern!

And we think its pretty gorgeous!

You will need

  • Yarn – around 2200 yards in aran / #4 weight. It’s a great scrap buster too – some sections will use less than 75 yards, others will use around 235 yards. I used three packs of the Paintbox Simply Aran in the hedgerow collection which you can find here.
  • 6mm and 5mm HookStitch Markers

    Scissors

    Yarn Needle

Gauge is not important as long as you are consistent. Our stitch counts in the pattern are for 48” and 60” wide with stitch multiple included and it will be around 52” long. So its a great size!

Left and Right-Handed Video Tutorials

Many of the stitches used I strongly believe are under-used and under-rated. And now the testers have completed theirs, they agree with me .

For some of the more advanced stitch sections I have provided an easier alternative for those who are not quite ready to do these stitches. Although there are videos linked in the special stitches section so you can always give them a go! The more complicated stitch is given as option 1 in the subheading, the easier stitch is option 2 and is in blue.

 

Links to Pattern

You can find the links to our Shades of Spring Afghan in the usual places:

Our shop here

Ravelry here

Etsy here

Lovecrafts here

CAL is starting

The Shades of Spring Afghan Cal is starting in Michelle’s group … we are also doing it in our FB Community group as a heavily discounted paid CAL. Pattern has been released and the group are eagerly gathering their yarn ready for the first part on Sunday! It will take us the rest of April to make this one, but it is definitely worth the effort!

If you would like to join our Community group please remember to answer the joining questions (or you will not be approved). The pattern will remain discounted for our Community until 21st April.

With bills to pay for hosting and other costs that you don’t think of before you start an endeavour like Sunflower Cottage Crochet we unfortunately cannot afford to have every CAL free. We aren’t that big …. YET!!! 😛

Will you be joining us?

 

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…

Nursery Essential-Burp Cloth Crochet Pattern

Nursery Essential-Burp Cloth Crochet Pattern

Why We Love Burp Cloths An hourglass burp cloth is just so right, and our crochet pattern provides all of that and more! When I was pregnant with Paige, my mother made me several receiving blankets, along with matching burp cloths. She made them out…

Hooking With Sandra La Madeleine

Hooking With Sandra La Madeleine

Welcome to the first ever “Hooking With” interview!

In this week’s Hooking With, we interviewed Sandra of L’amas de Laine. Our readers requested several questions be asked. Well…you asked, we asked, and she answered! Join us as we introduce to you, Sandra La Madeleine.

About Sandra

Salut! My name is Sandra La Madeleine, but you can call me San. I am a 29 year old French-Canadian. I am obsessed with Harry Potter, the color black, and caramel lattes. I fell in love with crochet around 6 years ago. My love for yarn started because I wanted to make something for my baby. The idea of creating a blanket or a hat for her was very special. Can’t think of anything more personal than that. Then as I played around with yarn, trying to make slippers and scarves, I really got addicted to it.

About a year later, I decided to create my own crochet page on Facebook, just as a way of gathering all my project pictures together. But then my family started to follow me, and their friends, and then complete strangers as well. It grew on its own. That’s when I started to write my own designs. Free handing wasn’t enough anymore, people–especially other crocheters!–were asking to be able to make the same things as well.

My business name? L’amas de Laine. A French name that is pronounced exactly the same as my family name, but when written like this, it means “The Yarn Pile”. I don’t believe in fate or something, but I think it’s super fun that my own name describes my obsession for yarn. Or maybe it’s fate? I don’t know, you tell me.

Now, several years later, I still crochet, I still design, I still love it. My style drifted a bit. It’s more defined. I try to make items that are both beautiful and fun to make. I think that if I had to describe my style, I’d say….intentional, simple, and elegant.

Yes. For me, that’s what L’amas de Laine is. For me, that’s what yarn is.

Q: When did you start designing?

A: I started designing 2 years after I picked up my first crochet hook. That was 2015.

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

A: I do! It’s called L’amas de Laine. Like most designers, I started with a Facebook page. But I really wanted to have a place that was my own. Not on anybody else’s website. A place that I could present exactly the way I want. I opened up my website last year, in 2019, and I honestly could not be happier. I still haven’t added all of my designs on it because I’m re-making my pictures, but I’m getting there, slowly but surely.

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

A: At first I wanted to be like the popular designers out there and have awesome designs that would go viral. I wanted that for me too. But I realized that being viral does not define one’s talent. Even if you don’t go viral, doesn’t mean you should stop designing! Now I create because I love it, and I write my designs because I want to share. Obviously I wouldn’t mind if one of my creations blew up (laughs) but it’s not a goal of mine necessarily. Not anymore. I just want to make cute things and enjoy myself.

Q: How have your designs and designing process evolved?

A: A lot has changed since then. In the beginning of my journey, I was aiming for quick designs and simple shapes. I used to work a lot with double strands of worsted weight yarn and huge hooks. I would try something once or twice, then I would write it, have it tested, and publish it. Now I really try to pour everything that I have in a design. Is it cute? Is it fun to make? Are the pictures clear? Are the instructions clear enough? Should I add a chart? I love the writing process. And since I feel very grateful for all individuals that choose to pay for my patterns, I want them to be happy with what they pay for.

Q: What designs do you specialize in?

A: Garments and accessories. I do have a couple of coasters and flowers, but I am really more passionate about clothes: Hat, Cardigan, Hoodie, Shrug, Slippers. Anything you can wear, basically. This is what I love to create.

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

A: I’ve been obsessed with tapestry crochet for over a year now, so I do use that technique more and more. But I’m always open to work with anything that catches my eyes.

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: It depends! Usually, I have an idea and then I try to find the right yarn for it. But recently, I saw some luxurious hand-dyed merino wool in a shelf and inspiration struck. Be on the look out for it! 😉

Q: When did you start crocheting?

A: During my pregnancy! I was 23. It was in 2014.

Q: What made you decide to become a designer?

A: I free handed a pair of high top slippers for a colleague’s daughter and when I shared the picture on Facebook, it blew up a little bit. I loved the attention, I will admit it. I loved that people enjoyed it so much, so that’s when I decided to write my first pattern.

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

A: Yes! I am in love with everything that Linda Skuja makes. Every time she posts something in Instagram, I have a huge fan girl moment. I haven’t had the chance to try it yet, but next time I have a bit of free time, I will purchase her Finery Top! Check her out @elevenhandmade and lindaskuja.com

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

A: a lot of people inspire me. Jessica from The Hook Nook, Vincent from Knot Bad, Linda from Eleven Handmade, just to name a few. I aim to be at least half as good as them when I grow up (laugh).

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

A: I think I’m gonna have to go with my High Top Slippers, because yes, they look awesome, but also because that’s the design that started it all.

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

A: I want to try Interlocking Filet crochet in a near future. This thing is Witchcraft!!

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

A: I want to create things that haven’t been seen before. I think that as designers, we have a responsibility toward each other. We need to respect each other and what we create. It’s hard to draw a line between inspiration and pure theft. I know I want to create my own thing. With my own style and my own spin to it. Hard to re-invent crochet when it’s been around for a couple hundreds of years.

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

A: Several times. And it’s okay. Crochet shouldn’t be forced. When it happens, I just walk away from my hooks a couple of days or weeks and I do something else. I read, I watch a new TV show or I draw. “Crojo” will come back on its own eventually, I just give it time.

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

A: 1. Enjoy the process. If you feel rushed or if you don’t like what you create, but still push yourself to continue, you kinda lose the whole point of crocheting: having fun!

2. Buy good hooks. A painter has good brushes, an architect has good pens….a crocheter should have good hooks. We deserve quality tools, too.

3. Don’t compare yourself. We all have our own style, our own strengths and weaknesses. We are all different individuals. If you like crocheting, that’s all that matters.

The Wrap Up

Thank you so much for having me, Helen and Sara. I really enjoyed answering your questions! I am looking forward to seeing the other interviews on your blog. I like that we all have the same passion, yet we are all so different!

San xx

If you like my style and would like to try one of my patterns, use the code “Sunflower” on Ravelry for 25% off any of my patterns. Thank you so much! (Promotion ends January 21st)

L’amas de Laine website

Crochet L’amas de Laine on Facebook

Find her on Instagram

Ravelry: Sandra-la-madeleine

Etsy shop: Crochet L’amas De Laine

 

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Be sure to check out our latest patterns, too!

Happy hooking!

Mixed Toffee Cowl – our first CAL

Mixed Toffee Cowl – our first CAL

At the end of November we hosted our first CAL with the Mixed Toffee Cowl. All of our CALs are currently done on our FB Community page. It was great fun! The interaction with the members of our community page was great, and we really…