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Breath of Life Shawl - Week 1

Monday, June 18, 2018

Welcome back to the Breath of Life shawl crochet-a-long! If you're just joining us you can get all the info about the CAL, including a complete schedule and links to previous posts HERE.





This week you'll be working the first section of the shawl. Section 1 uses your first yarn choice and will have 4 rows to learn. Once you get the hang of the pattern you'll be able to do it without the instructions. 


Head over to the Breath of Life shawl pattern for the CAL instructions. 

Join in the crochet-a-long and share your progress with other crocheters.


  • Get more information about this crochet-a-long here.
  • Stop by our Ravelry group or Facebook group to chat or ask questions. We can’t wait to see your progress! 
  • Ravelry members can also add the pattern to your Ravelry favorites.
  • Share your progress on social media with hashtag #cgoasummercal and #cgoacal 

Kristine 

Breath of Life Shawl CAL

Friday, June 15, 2018

It's late spring, technically almost summer, so it's time for a new crochet-a-long! The Breath of Life shawl will be a free CAL hosted here, with the instructions over at Ambassador Crochet. It is a fairly quick project so you will be able to wear your new shawl in a couple weeks. 







Getting Started


It's finally here! The Breath of Life Shawl is a lightweight shawl, perfect for spring or summer temps. It is worked with simple stitch combinations that create an eye catching design. Today's section will include a materials list, gauge, special stitches, as well as dates. 



CAL Schedule


The link to the actual pattern instructions is here: Breath of Life CAL

Upcoming Dates:

June 15th - Getting Started (this post)
June 18th - CAL begins
June 25th - Week 2 / Color 2
July 2nd - Finishing



Head over to the Breath of Life Shawl post for yarn info, gauge swatch, and more. 



Join us on Social Media


Don't forget to join the fun in our CGOA CAL group on Facebook. You can ask questions, connect with others working on the CAL, see project photos, and more. If you want to share photos of your work, please use hashtag #CGOACals - we'd love to see your projects. 




Giveaways & Sponsors:


We will be adding our sponsors and giveaways shortly. Please come back soon to check them out! 



Kristine Mullen
Ambassador Crochet

12 (Mostly Free) Crochet Beach Patterns

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

I'm Marie from Underground Crafter and I'm here to share a roundup of seasonal crochet patterns designed by Crochet Guild of America members. This month's theme is the beach because the weather is getting warmer and we need a few weeks to get those crochet projects ready, right? (By the way, if you're thinking about crocheting at the beach, check out my 6 Tips for Taking Your Crochet Outdoors for the Summer, including a roundup of free crochet patterns for shawls made in lighter weight yarns.)


This roundup includes free and premium crochet patterns for girls' and women's swimsuits and cover ups, beach bags, and a sunhat. All images are copyright the respective designer or publisher and are shared with permission.

12 (Mostly Free) Crochet Beach Patterns

Roundup by Underground Crafter


Left column, from top to bottom:
  • Beach Day Cover-Up Tunic, free crochet pattern by Pattern Paradise:  This striped tunic is made with a cotton blend yarn.
  • Lacey-Mae Bikini, free crochet pattern by Kristin Omdahl: This bikini features clustered scallop edges and the pattern includes a video tutorial.
  • Kari’s Bikini, premium crochet pattern by Brandi Isham: This pattern is available in 4 sizes.
  • St. Croix Beach Wrap, free crochet pattern by Same DiNamics Crochet for Cre8tion Crochet: This versatile wrap can be worn as a shawl or as a beach cover up.

Center column, from top to bottom:

Right column, from top to bottom:
  • Beach Day Sunhat, free crochet pattern by A Crocheted Simplicity: This brimmed sunhat is finished with a lace tie.
  • Floral Bikini Top, premium crochet pattern by The Purple Poncho: You can customize your size by choosing one of three bikini cup sizes to interchange with 3 floral pattern sizes.
  • Coastal Beach Bag, free crochet pattern by Jessie At Home: This flat bottom bag is perfect for carrying along on a warm day.
  • Aquarienne Beach Cover Up, premium crochet pattern by Vashti Braha: This project is made with Tunisian crochet.
I hope you've enjoyed this roundup! You can find more inspiration on my Crochet Pattern Roundups Pinterest board.

Book Review - Colorful Crochet

Monday, April 16, 2018

Title: Colorful Crochet
Author: Marianne Dekkers-Roos
MSRP: $21.95 USD

Book review by Pia Thadani - Stitches n Scraps

Disclaimer: A free review copy of Colorful Crochet was provided to me by Tuva Publishing. Although I accept free products for review, I do not guarantee a positive review.  My reviews are based entirely on my honest opinions. All images of copyrighted material are used with permission.

We've had a snowy April here in the midwest, and I'm ready for a little color - are you? If so, then Colorful Crochet may be just what you're looking for.




There are a nice variety of accessory and home decor patterns to choose from. Many of them are made with cotton yarn, which is perfect for summer crocheting. Brighten up your living space with pillows, blankets, and even a pretty floral garland.



Not everything in the book is rainbow colored. There are neutrals, pastels, and gradients too. The Circle Bag pattern is actually pictured in both neutrals and brights to show that it looks great in a variety of color palettes.




If accessories are what you're looking for, you won't be disappointed. Choose a light and lacy shawl, lively child's poncho, boho style vest, or several other lovely patterns.


With so much variety, Colorful Crochet is a year-round source of projects for yourself, your home, or gifting. 

You can enter to win your own copy of Colorful Crochet. This prize is generously provided by the publisher, Tuva Publishing. To be eligible, you must be 18 years of age or older, with a valid shipping address in the US. The winner will be contacted by email, and must reply to that email and provide the shipping address within 1 week in order to receive the prize. If the winner does not reply within 1 week, a new winner will be selected. See entry form for full terms. 

The giveaway ends on April 30th. Hurry and enter below! 

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Stitch Away Stress with the Craft Yarn Council

Friday, April 13, 2018



#StitchAwayStress this April with the Craft Yarn Council.

Does the busyness of life have you feeling stressed out? Do you find yourself wishing for a way to unwind and just relax? Well look no further because the Craft Yarn Council has the perfect solution!

This year there's even a new spin on the lemon stress ball - a lemon pillow! This new lemon is the perfect companion to the lemon stress ball and even doubles as a pillow!




#StitchAwayStress

During the month of March, the council promoted a survey on social media to gauge the habits of  knitters and crocheters and to find out how yarn crafts contribute to their wellness. The results of the survey will be shared on the council's social media pages throughout the month of April.

The council will also host a social media contest for its Instagram followers. The contest will take place the second, third, and fourth weeks of April and to enter, participants will comment on the designated posts and tag three friends. One random winner will be chosen each week to win a prize pack of new yarns.

Follow along with the Craft Yarn Council's Facebook and Instagram for weekly tips on how to use your lemon or crochet skills to bust stress and promote relaxation. Hear from some of your favorite yarn crafters and drom some new faces too about all the ways that knit and crochet help them relieve stress, improve their mood, reduce anxiety and more!









16 (Mostly Free) Crochet Patterns in Pretty Pastels

Friday, March 23, 2018


I'm Marie from Underground Crafter and I'm back to share a roundup of crochet patterns designed by Crochet Guild of America members. (If you're not a member yet, you can join here.) This month's roundup features 16 (mostly free) patterns in pretty pastels. Of course, you can make any of these patterns in neutrals, jewel tones, or any other color combination you choose.

All photos are copyright the respective designer or publisher and are used with permission. If you are a CGOA member designer and would like to be included in these roundups, please contact me via my blog (linked above).

16 (Mostly Free) Crochet Patterns in Pretty Pastels

Roundup by Underground Crafter


This roundup features so many different types of projects that you're sure to be inspired! Find motifs and blankets, scarves, shawls and wraps, ponchos, women's tops, and other women's accessories.

4 Blankets and Motifs


Clockwise, from top left:

4 Scarves


Clockwise, from top left:

6 Shawls, Wraps, Ponchos, and Tops


Clockwise, from top left:
  • Valerie Shawl, free crochet pattern by Pattern Paradise: This lacy, openwork shawl is perfect for warmer weather.
  • Lacy Detail Tunic, free crochet pattern by Tammy Hildebrand for Red Heart: This lacy top is available in 6 sizes from small through 3x-large.
  • Shining Day Wrap, premium crochet pattern by M2H Designs: This lacy wrap can also be worn as a spring scarf.
  • Granny Border Poncho, premium crochet pattern by Jessie At Home: Join-as-you-go motifs and granny stitch combine to make a colorful poncho.
  • Entwined Chic Cable Sweater, free crochet pattern by A Crocheted Simplicity for Red Heart: This cowl neck, cabled sweater pattern is available in 6 sizes from x-small through x-large.
  • Blooming Petals Poncho, free crochet pattern by Cre8tion Crochet for Furls: This lacy poncho is available in 3 sizes: small/medium, large/1x, and 2x/3x. 

2 Other Women’s Accessories

From left to right:

I hope you enjoyed this month's roundup. I'll be back in April with another roundup of patterns by our members.

National Crochet Month MEGA CAL - Week 1

Friday, March 2, 2018






It's National Crochet Month! And the CGOA has a MEGA Crochet-A-Long planned for all members.

If you're are already a CGOA member, please join us for the March Mega Crochet-A-Long (CAL)!
If you're not a member yet, we'd love to have you join the CAL and the CGOA. (click here for membership info)

Week 1 - Introducing Shining Day Wrap by Andee Graves. This elegant lace wrap is perfect to bundle around your neck as a warm scarf on cooler days, or to dress up an outfit as a shoulder wrap when the days get warmer.

Visit the CAL pattern page to download the FREE pattern and learn more about this weeks designer. This pattern, available to members and non-members, will only be available until March 7, so don’t wait too long.

If you would like to receive the next THREE patterns JOIN CGOA NOW as they are available to members only. Besides these FREE patterns, there are so many benefits to being a Crochet Guild of America (CGOA) member.

Here's the Mega CAL Schedule:
Week 2 – March 8: Almost Spring Mitts
Week 3 – March 15: Braided Swirl Scarf/Shawl
Week 4 – March 22: Spring Blossoms Necklace

If you're a CGOA member, you can join our Facebook group for discussion and to post pictures.


Kristine
Ambassador Crochet 

Book Review - Tails of the Sea: Children's Crochet Blankets

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Crocheted mermaid and shark blankets have beeneverywhere the past couple years! Tails of the Sea blankets look perfect for you little one's bed.... Especially if they love sea creatures!




Tails of the Sea: Children's Crochet Blankets


Publisher: Annie's Craft Store

Author: Christine Naugle



Number of Pages: 56
Number of Projects: 4 kid’s blankets
Types of Projects: Blankets
Difficulty Ratings: All patterns are rated as easy
Yarn Used: #4 worsted weight yarn
First Impression: Such a fun & practical way to make a sea creature for the kids!
My Favorite Project Pick: One of my daughters wants to be a marine biologist and has this huge love for the octopus, so I’m picking the You Octopi My Heart as my favorite project pick.





Review 


These blankets that Christine designed are a more practical version of the sea life blankets, but I’m all about things that will get a lot of use, so these are great!

All the blankets are made with basic crochet stitches and have a skill level or easy. There are written instructions and graphs for each pattern. The booklet includes all your general pattern info (gauge, terms, abbreviations), a photo tutorial for the border, as well as a list of yarns that were used for each project. There are also a few photo tutorials in the back. 






Happy Crocheting!

Kristine
Ambassador Crochet

 *Disclaimer* - This book was provided to me for a review, but all opinions are strictly my own.

16 (Mostly Free) Crochet Patterns in Spring Green


I'm Marie from Underground Crafter and I'm back to share a roundup of crochet patterns designed by Crochet Guild of America members. This month's roundup features 16 (mostly free) patterns in beautiful spring greens. Of course, you can make any of these patterns in a different color if you choose.

All photos are copyright the respective designer or publisher and are used with permission. If you are a CGOA member designer and would like to be included in these roundups, please contact me via my blog (linked above).

16 (Mostly Free) Crochet Patterns in Spring Green

by Crochet Guild of America Members


Left column, from top to bottom:
  • Olive Triangle Shawl, free crochet pattern by Busting Stitches: This lacy triangle shawl has a simple one row repeat.
  • Tropical Flower Scrubby, free crochet pattern by The Purple Poncho for Red Heart: This textured scrubby pattern also makes a fun granny square.
  • Meadowland Shoulder Wrap, free crochet pattern by Same DiNamics Crochet: This seamed poncho pattern includes several styling options.
  • Apple Juicy Washcloth, free crochet pattern by American Crochet: This beautiful shell washcloth will make you smile with every shower.
Second column, from top to bottom:
  • Foliole, premium crochet pattern by Karen Whooley: This is one of 12 stunning patterns in A Garden of Shawls
  • Evermore Wrap, free crochet pattern by Beatrice Ryan Designs: This super bulky wrap works up quickly.
  • Cabled Ear Warmers, free crochet pattern by Jessie At Home: These stylish earwarmers are perfect for a chilly spring night!
  • Odessa, premium crochet pattern by High Strung Crochet: This bold skirt pattern includes two variations so you can choose your preferred fit.
Third column, from top to bottom:
Right column, from top to bottom:
  • The Wripple Blanket, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter: This cozy throw is made with a simple, w-shaped ripple stitch pattern.
  • Lime Verbena Shawl, free crochet pattern by Marly Bird: This simple stitch pattern make a striking shawl when using a colorful yarn.
  • Autumn Sun Square, free crochet pattern by Pattern Paradise: This textured motif looks great in a solid color or in stripes.
  • Traditional Hexagon Motif, free crochet pattern by Moogly: This pattern includes both right- and left-handed video tutorials.

I hope you enjoyed this month's roundup. I'll be back in March with another roundup of patterns by our members.

Book Review - Sportacular Afghans

Thursday, February 15, 2018


I've heard it so many times in the past few years - there aren't enough crochet patterns for men! While While this book isn't only for men, it will solve the problem of wanting something special to make for him - especially if you have a sports fan in your life!




Sportacular Afghans


Publisher: Leisure Arts

Author: Karen Barnes


Number of Pages: 48 pages


Number of Projects: 5 patterns


Types of Projects: Sports afghans


Difficulty Ratings: All patterns are listed as easy.


Yarn Used: #0, #3, and #4

First Impression: These projects will make great gifts for men that love sports!


My Favorite Project Pick: I always pick a favorite project when I do book reviews, but that was really hard this time. Mine & hubby's favorite sport isn't in the book, so I'm going to have to say the Poker Table is probably my favorite because of all the details included on it.




The details on the chips and cards on the poker table is amazing! But Karen put a lot of thought and attention into the detail of all of them, not just the poker table.





Review 


All the blankets are listed as easy. You will need to know basic stitches, with basic increasing and decreasing knowledge. The decrease stitching is in the stitch guide section of each pattern to make it easier. 

The booklet also includes all your general pattern info (gauge, terms, abbreviations), as well as exactly which yarns were used for each project. There are a few photo tutorials in the back for anything that is not a "normal" to a crochet pattern. 


So Creative! 


There are 5 patterns in the book, but there is so much attention to detail that you won't be dissapointed. Each project has an afghan base with crocheted pieces that are sewn onto the top. This is perfect for working on the afghan at home and taking the smaller pieces to the projects with you. 



Happy Crocheting!

Kristine
Ambassador Crochet

 *Disclaimer* - This book was provided to me for a review, but all opinions are strictly my own.
 
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