Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Christmas Roundup - Free and Paid Patterns

I love Christmas;  SO, I decided to do a roundup of some of my favorite free and paid Christmas patterns! There are so many that I like that I had to stop myself after a while and decide which were my absolute favorites.

All pictures belong to the designers listed.


1. Countdown Calendar
This first one is from Heidi at SnApPy ToTs. I wanted to do this for my kids this year but time just got away from me. I will definitely be doing it next year (probably working on it over the summer when things are a bit slower for us) so my kids can count down to Christmas!

2. Trees go Round Adult Hat
This one reminds me of the Christmas nougats that my mom always seemed to have around during the holiday season. And Lorene at Cre8tion Crochet also has the toddler size so you and your mini-me can match!

3. Christmas Wine Bottle Wrap
Lorene makes the list again with this pattern. I love wine and so anything that can make gifting it pretty is great in my mind. But if you aren't a wine drinker, I am sure this could also be used for the sparkling juices.

4. Christmas Tree Coffee Cozy
For me, this one is not limited to just Christmas but evergreens mean winter in my mind. I love this cozy pattern and have made a few as gifts. Moogly always has some of the neatest ideas!

5. Preemie Elf Hat
A cause that is near and dear to me is the tiny babies (and some not so tiny) that are in the NICUs and their parents. I have had 2 nephews in NICU when they were born. Often the only personality that they can have is the little hats that they get to wear. So I always enjoy seeing what Janaya at Charmed by Ewe comes up with for preemie hats. She has several others besides this one, so please give a look around and maybe make some hats for those little ones!


6. Lovely Christmas Garland
One & Two Company has some very wonderful applique and garland patterns. I think this is one of my favorites because I like holly and it just says holidays to me. This pattern is also available in a pattern pack with 3 appliques and another garland pattern.

7. Reindeer Booties
One & Two Company makes the list again with this absolutely ADORABLE pattern. Both of my children are begging me for a pair of these. They may get them in their stockings! Besides the child size, she has them in baby and toddler as well. You can also get all three sizes in a pattern pack.

8. Elf Hat - Newborn to Adult
Janaya of Charmed by Ewe gets another mention! The newborn through adult size of her preemie hat listed above is a paid pattern. I just love the look of this one so much that I had to include it here as well!

9. Santa's Night Cap Set
This cute pattern from Sarah at Briar Rose Boutique uses the crocodile stitch which I absolutely LOVE using. It is one of my favorites! The set is for 0-6m and 6-12m but she also has just the hat for toddlers through large adult.

10. Christmas Stocking
And last but not least is Schere from Schere's Crafty Corner. Her Christmas Stocking is one of my favorite patterns, especially as it is super easy to take on the go with me. I am working on a couple of them right now for a customer and am going to do a slight adaptation at the top because she wants names on them.

I hope you enjoyed my Christmas roundup! What are your favorite Christmas patterns to make?

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Birthday Celebration

Yesterday was my birthday. I had a pretty good day and am looking forward to celebrating with my hubby later in the month when the third Hobbit movie comes to theaters. I have a big celebration going on over at my Facebook page with a sale and daily deals but I want to throw a little extra something in over here as well.

I am offering three prizes for this giveaway. The first is a year long Ravelry pass that will allow the winner to get every pattern that I release in 2015 (I have done almost 100 this year alone) for free! The second is a code for a 10 pattern pack. The third is a code for a 5 pattern pack. The way all of these will work is the winners will receive a special coupon code from me to use on Ravelry.

Enjoy the specials and I hope y'all have a great day!

Monday, December 1, 2014

NEW PATTERN: Pamala Earwarmer

I previously wrote about my mom and her battle with breast cancer. You can read about that here. This pattern is the next one in the line and there should be two more (boot cuffs and cowl/infinity scarf) that I am going to release either today or tomorrow.

I am in love with this pattern line and hope that you will love it too! My testers really liked the pattern, and the texture is wonderful (I love texture).

You can purchase this pattern from either my Ravelry or Craftsy store.

I hope you enjoy this pattern. If you decide to buy and make this pattern, please share your finished projects with me!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Custom Orders and Changes

I have been really busy lately working on tests for other designers and custom orders for customers. I'm also busily writing new patterns to get to my testers. I'm super excited about a few of my new designs and can't wait until I get to share them with all of y'all!

One of the recent custom orders that I had was for a pair of toddler button boots. I decided to use Mon Petit Violon's pattern for Toddler Ankle Boots (click to go to Ravelry listing of pattern). I loved this pattern so much that I also bought the Baby Ankle Boots and can't wait to make more of these! It is well written and very easy to follow. I made the 12 month size and used Caron Simply Soft in Taupe. This colorway is one of my new favorites. I absolutely LOVE the way it looks.

For the same customer, I also made these darling Mommy and Me Wrapped Headbands. She sent me a picture of what she wanted and because it was such a simple item, I didn't use a pattern for these and just did my own thing. Caron Simply Soft in White and my size 7 hook worked great for these. I made the one for the little girl narrower than the one for mom, but these are just half double crochet with the short ends slip stitched together. I wrapped the yarn around the seam to hide it and create a nice finish.

I have decided to make a few changes with what I am doing. I will have some Ready to Ship items still as I make things as I test for other designers, work out my own designs or just find a pattern I want to make, but for the most part, I am going to only do custom orders and focus on my pattern writing. I am no longer going to be in the local shop where I am a vendor as of the end of this month. I needed to shift my priorities and do what was best for me and for my family. It was not an easy decision for me to make. 

I am looking forward to what is ahead and hope that you will come along for the fun!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Sick Lil Monkeys Bubble Hooks: A Review

I want to start off saying that I am not receiving any compensation for this review. I love Kelli's hooks and just wanted to share my thoughts on them with all of you.

I have 2 bubble hooks from Kelli and am about to order another one to add to my collection. Here are the ones I already have.

The top one is a custom design to match my logo and I love it. The bottom one my son refers to as my Green Lantern hook. He is slightly obsessed with superheroes!

I love my Clover Amour hooks but they only go up to a J. So I get the larger sizes from Kelli. The next one that I am adding to my collection is a Bates L. These hooks are so comfortable and great to use. I have found that since using these if I try to use plain hooks, my hands get fatigued faster and start to ache. These ergonomic hooks are a must for me to keep on crocheting.

The other thing I love about Kelli's hooks are that they are priced very economically. I don't spend a fortune getting hooks that feel great in my hands! That is a definite plus in my opinion.

I hold my hook in a pencil grip but have crochet friends who use the knife grip and use her hooks as well and love them.

Have you ever tried any of her hooks? Do you use ergonomic hooks? Want to try out Sick 'Lil Monkeys Bubble Hooks? I have a special coupon code just for my followers. Isn't that awesome?

Use code: CTbLFansONLY for 25% through December 31st in her Etsy store! Isn't Kelli great?

Kelli also writes some great crochet patterns. Check out her Facebook page and her Ravelry pattern shop. And here is the link to her Etsy store for the hooks.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Meet My Testers: Sweet Potato Crochet Creations

Hello, everyone! I'm so happy to introduce myself to you all.

My name is Carol Rupprecht, and I'm a stay at home mommy to 2 crazy boys: my toddler who is one
(crawling since 5 months, walking since 9. Gosh,he's a handful.), and my husband who is a child at heart. I've only been crocheting for a little less than 2 years and I can't believe how far I've come since I started.

I didn't have the luxury of being taught by my grandma or any relative like so many of my awesome fellow crocheters, so I looked to YouTube, and for awhile, YouTube and I had a very exclusive relationship with one another. I used it to learn most of my basic stitches and how to make my very first set of baby booties. The booties were actually my reason for wanting to learn how to crochet. I had a little kicker growing in my tummy, and I wanted to make so many cool things for him to wear! However, as a newbie just learning, I didn't understand gauge and the reason for using the correct hook size. I think I was trying to use a G hook for everything??

I'm so glad those days have passed and I'm much better at what I do now! In December of last year, my husband convinced me to start my own business since I got so good at crocheting, so I did. It's going pretty well so far! Sometimes it's slow, but when that happens I get into this crazy pattern testing mode and offer to help out some designers...this happens even if I'm busy. Who am I kidding?! Leah knows this too well! I have a slight addiction to testing patterns. I just enjoy helping out others to make their pattern successful :)

I'm even trying to get into designing myself and am working on a cute little hat right now. I'll give you guys one hint (RAWR!). I'd love for you guys to check out my page, Sweet Potato Crochet Creations and see some of the beautiful crochet items that I make. You'll get to see some pretty cute pictures of this darling little blonde girl with dimples. She's also my sister-in-law and my photographer most times when I need pictures of myself! She's the most cooperative and awesome little model/photographer ever! I also have an Etsy page, but it's pretty bare right now. I'll have more items added hopefully soon!

Well, I think I'm going to go back to crocheting. I'm pretty positive I'm starting to get the first stages of withdraw, and we wouldn't want that to happen! ;) Thanks for reading about me and my crochet journey so far.


Friday, November 7, 2014

New Pamala Patterns

I've got three more Pamala patterns in the hands of my testers. I finished up my own Pamala Headband/Earwarmer last night and am wearing it today! It is nice and wide and quite warm.

The other two patterns with testers for that line are the Cowl/Infinity Scarf and the Boot Cuffs! I am really excited for these because they are in my mama's honor. If you haven't read about the motivation behind these patterns, you can do that here. And you can get the first Pamala pattern, the Buttoned Slouch, here on the Cre8tion Crochet blog.

I have some other very exciting ideas bouncing around in my head as well! Next week, I will finally get back to highlighting my testers! To read the first bit about one of my testers, Miss Hollie, you can go here.

Keep hooking!