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Organize Your Patterns and two New Patterns

Patterns, Patterns- there are so many good patterns on the internet, how do you organize your patterns? How do you store your patterns or keep track of good crochet patterns, crochet ideas or even  patterns in process?

Pinterest

How can you organize your crochet pattern links? Pinterest is an excellent storage place for internet links and you get a great visual of each pattern as you open the board.  Quite frankly, it is my favorite place to keep track of patterns or patterns that spark new ideas for my projects.  Make a secret board and you will have a wonderful place to keep patterns for gifts and ideas of things to crochet for friends and family. Filtering through all the ideas is easy and you can delete or add at will and no one can see what you are thinking about.

You can also use your bookmarks function on your computer. Mine is so cluttered right now that I am not sure which project is in which link. Organizing these links into different files would be helpful.

Composition book

If you prefer an old school approach, then a composition book or binder is a great way to keep track of ideas that you come across. You can even note down any web addresses that you come across. When the kids finished their schooling, we had an overwhelming amount of unused or partially used school supplies. I cut out the old pages, slap a label on the cover and get started.

How do you organize your patterns

 They are handy and have hard back covers. Small enough to fit in my project bags and lightweight enough to carry everywhere. The sticky tabs and sticky notes work great as labels and make it easy to find the new information. Leave the first 4 pages blank for a table of contents.

How do you organize your patterns

 

Tape in yarn labels and color ideas, gauge, stripe samples, drawings, and any other information in the creation of a pattern, or item.

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You need to do this, it will be such a help to you. How many times do you think back and wonder what kind of yarn, brand or color did you crochet that hat out of? If it is written down you can flip back and see exactly what you did and how you did it.

www.Ravelry.com does this for you online but sometimes you want to keep things secret from nosy friends, family or even strangers. I know that these two ideas will help you organize your patterns and keep track of your projects!

New Patterns

Here are two new patterns coming out in the shops this week. They are very similar in pattern so don’t be surprised when you buy them. The Red Eyelet Blanket is a bit easier than the Purple Eyelet Blanket. There is also the Eyelet Blanket bundle which includes the Baby Eyelet Blanket pattern. The Red and the Purple Blanket use chunky yarns and crochet up so quickly that you can probably finish 1 if not both between now and Christmas!

      

There are so many great projects on the horizon. Next week there is the free tutorial coming out to help you use many of your scrap yarns! I love to use up yarn scraps and make space for new skeins. I can’t wait to show you.

 

Talk to you later,

Karen

P.S. How do you organize your patterns? Let me know, I am always looking for a better way to organize.

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Fear and Crocheting

Ridged Square Pattern

You may be asking yourself what fear has to do with crocheting. So much more than you can ever imagine! Fear keeps us in a rut: using the same yarns, shopping the same paths, befriending the same kinds of people. Refusing to change our perspectives and viewpoints is much like using the same colors of yarn with the same stitch. Quite frankly, it is boring, wrong, and keeps us trapped. As artists, we know that variety, changing things up, having a new viewpoint, and trying a new medium can all totally change the end result, enriching our work and propelling us forward into new ideas.

For the past month, I have been crocheting in monotone colors, first blue and now white. I am so incredibly bored. Even though, texturally, the stitches are interesting, monotone crochet is not my cup of tea. Put all of the textured squares together, and it is quite exciting. But right now, in the middle of this afghan, it is mind-numbing and plain hard work. I know, I know, you never hear me say that about yarn, crochet or afghans.

Fear and Crocheting

The fear of changing my mind has kept me here in this monochrome rut, but I am close to the end of this crochet blanket.

 (Actually, it is the overabundance of white and blue yarn in Yarntopia that is keeping me on track — and the fear of having to buy more yarn. I just hope I can finish both of these afghans without needing to buy any more yarn!)

Stepping Out of My Box

Your fear may be different. It may be fear of color, fear of new stitches, fear of commitment to crocheting an afghan, fear of trying something new, or fear of being seen as different. Kick that fear out of your life and move on! Just start step-by-step, and you will soon overcome it.

I am a person that likes the same things, same foods, and same restaurants. I know this is because I have some food issues that result in migraines. Fear of migraines has kept me from trying new foods and new restaurants. But, I have been making myself try new places and order new food. I will say that some of the food I’ve tried is not my thing or too incredibly spicy-hot. But, some has been wonderful. So, my thought is this: be prepared for a little disappointment when you try something new — it might not work out for the best the first time around.

A Different Kind of Creating

I have also been painting some wood planks we have for wall decorations. The first three turned out great, number four was good, and number five… well, take a look and see what you think.

Fear and creativity
Here are planks 1, 2, and 3.
Fear and creativity
Here are planks 4 & 5.

Yes, I passed grade school, and I do know how to spell ‘Merry.’ The next one is going to be ‘Christmas.’ I guess I was tired, so I quit while I was ahead. I will take another shot at it this next weekend.

So the thought I leave you with is to try something new; don’t be afraid, keep trying, and don’t give up!

Creating Washcloth Patterns

I have been on a binge creating new square patterns for washcloths or an afghan or two, and it has been disappointing. It is just plain hard work to jump the tracks and create a different rhythm in my crochet. I have frogged more than crocheted lately, but the two crochet patterns below are easy and small enough to frog without feeling like a failure.

What I am excited about is the washcloth patterns that I just released.

The first is this Ridged  Stripe. It uses front post crochet so you can get used to the stitch, along with half double crochet.Ridged Stripe Square Washcloth Pattern

Here is the Textured Stripes washcloth pattern.textured stripe washcloth patternBoth are free downloads in the blog shop. Whip one up, place in a gift basket, add some beautiful spa products, and you have a lovely gift! There will be a total of four washcloth patterns for you to add to the basket. The two patterns mentioned above are free in the shop today and every day. Just download them and start crocheting!

Age-old Wisdom

I will say that crocheting with the full spectrum of color is far more exciting and enriching than staying with monochrome. But, as my Gran would say, “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” and “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”

Talk to you later,

Karen

P.S.

There will be another set of washcloth patterns coming in the next couple of weeks so keep coming back — and yes, they aren’t blue!

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Snowmen and Stockings in August!

Yes, I know I am sharing snowmen & stockings in August, but if you want to make something special with your own two hands then you need time — and it’s time to get started!

We are going to be learning some new stitches here at the Studio this week. Since I hate wasting effort, you can create a Stitch Sampler Afghan (complete pattern coming at a later date) or buy some inexpensive cotton yarn (Sugar and Spice is a favorite brand and they have tons of colors out these days) and create washcloths to add to a “spa basket” or “kitchen gift” for someone on your list. Simply add your favorite spa or kitchen accessories and you have one gift out of the way! You can even combine squares to create sampler scarves. The choice is up to you. Go buy your yarn now, so you won’t fall behind when the square patterns are available next week on the blog.

Textured Squares

These squares are big enough to be a nice, generous-sized washcloth, or, as mentioned, combine a bunch into a sampler blanket or scarf. The great thing is that while they are a nice generous size, they are also small enough for you to “rip it” out (frog it) if you make any mistakes.

Snowmen and Stockings in August
This is the back of the square. Isn’t that blue beautiful!

Christmas Stocking

Today we will learn how to crochet this adorable Christmas Stocking Ornament. All you need is red, white and green yarn. Remember to shop your stash first, as this project uses such small amounts of yarn. You can even crochet this in non-traditional Christmas colors for package tie-ons; slip a candy cane inside to personalize your gift even more.

Snowmen and Stockings in August

The pattern is available for a free download for those that like to have a paper copy when they are crocheting. I find it incredibly hard to follow patterns on my computer or phone. They seem to shut down just as I need to check the next step. And don’t even get me talking about balancing the computer on my lap while kids, pets, and crochet are all happening in the room! Click the link above to find the free download pattern.

Snowman Fingerless Gloves

Remember when I showed this photo to you?

Snowmen and Stockings in August

Did anyone guess what it was? Well, it belongs to the cute Snowman Fingerless Gloves.

The weeks have been flying by since I started the Snowman Fingerless Gloves last year. Procrastination has been my middle name when it comes to writing this pattern. Finally, last week I finished it and sent it to the pattern editor. She is my life saver– let me tell you. When you’ve crocheted a pattern so many times you know it by heart, and you think what you have written is easily understood, but it isn’t.

Here it is! Super cute and in so many different sizes (from Child-4 to Adult Medium) that you won’t be able to resist crocheting them for everyone on your Christmas list! Oh, and I have added the link to the cute buttons so you don’t have to do that hour-long Google search to find them.

Snowmen and Stockings in August

Snowmen and Stockings in August

The snowman rests on the back of the hand. Don’t you just love that fluffy pom pom?

You can sew on the cute snowman buttons, embroider the cute face, or mix-and-match by adding an embroidered smile to the button face. I’ll leave that up to you!

Snowmen and Stockings in August

Talk to you later,

Karen

P.S.

If you crochet The Snowman Fingerless Gloves, send me a photo so I can see how cute yours turned out!