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Book Release: Stripe it Your Way Crochet

Stripe Your Way Crochet from Leisure Arts presents a collection of nine home and fashion accessories featuring easy patterns to spark your creative side.

Crocheted in stripes with solid color medium weight yarns is the Lacy Wrap (with a floral edging), the Star Blanket, the Slouchy Hat (fits 20-22"/51-56 cm head circumference), the Cushy Pillow, and the Bed Runner.

Self-striping yarns are showcased in the Simple Scarf, which is made with a light weight yarn, and the Triangle Shawl, created with a medium weight yarn.

The Sweet Tote is worked with a medium weight ombre yarn in a shades of purple and sports a lovely flower.

The Lap Robe has lacy motifs combined in strips to form waves of color and is worked with medium weight yarns.

Here are a few more photos...sneak peek! 

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Here are just a few more photos to make want to grab your needles and this new book (get it HERE).

Now, don't wait! Get your copy TODAY! 

Book Release: Infant Boots & Hats

Rev up some cuteness with boots and hats that are packed with trendy details! The 12 crochet designs in Infant Boots and Hats from Leisure Arts feature boots, sneakers, and other styles of footwear for boys and girls. 

All for Easy skill level using medium weight yarn, the designs include Casual Boots and Hat, Casual Loafers and Hat, High-Top Moccasins and Hat, Lacy Cuff Boots and Hat, High-Top Sneakers and Hat, and Sporty Sneakers and Hat. Each pattern is given in two sizes: Small (2 inches wide by 3 inches long) and Medium (2 by 3.5 inches) and the hat pattern is given in one size to fit a 16” head circumference.

I hope you enjoy this collection! You can find this new book release here.

I'm on Annie's Creative Studio!

Something fun and exciting is about to be at your fingertips and I have been sitting on hooks and knitting needles waiting to tell you! Annie’s has created an exciting program called Annie’s Creative Studio and developed a creative team of experts for Crochet, Knitting, Sewing, Quilting and more…and I’m one of the Crochet Experts! 
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Oh, you’re going to love it! Jan 1 is the official release, but you can check it out at any time before then (and you might find that it’s already open for viewing!) 
The concept is really cool… For example, all of the designers filmed from HOME! We set up a fun little studio and film all of the episodes and then Annie's does their magic and wa-la! 

Now, I can’t go any further without giving a total loud shout out to my husband. He has been running the camera, lights and…

Book Release: Rugs for Kids

The novelty crochet designs in Rugs for Kids from Leisure Arts can help children step into imaginary worlds where creativity is key. Great for play areas and bedrooms, six fun designs include cow, owl, penguin, racetrack, rocket, and unicorn.

All are crocheted using medium weight yarn and Easy skill level. 
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Patch Backpack Red Heart Free Crochet Pattern

Crochet this fashion-right backpack and then personalize it with purchased patches and trims that speak to you (so to speak).I know you'll love crocheting AND using this backpack! Get your copy here on Red Heart. I used Red Heart Comfort yarn and it only took one skein (with plenty left over!). I also enjoyed picking out an assortment of patches--but used fabric glue to attach them.  
The bottom flap actually has a pocket behind it--so it's not just for looks! And I designed it with durability in mind with single crochet and half double crochet stitches. Made from the base up, with flaps, drawstring, pockets and straps added, you'll have a blast making this pattern!  It measures 14 inches tall, 11 inches wide and 9 inches it's a very useful (and cute!) backpack! The straps can be adjusted if you don't want them to be as long-- just shorten the beginning chain-- easy! 
If you want to get your copy of this pattern, check it out HERE on Red Heart's website…

VIDEO Knit Along: Sheer Elegance Sampler Scarf

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Every day this week, from October 9th-13th, they will release a step-by-step video tutorial explaining how to complete the colorful and intricate Sheer Elegance Sampler Scarf---designed and demonstrated by me! 

This scarf is worked up in five distinct stitch patterns, each in a different color, to give you a bold and exciting new accessory to enjoy in the fall weather. Each section of the scarf is fully explained and shown with a complete video tutorial, so don't be intimidated by the design! Grab five of your favorite colors for a fresh punch of color, or stick with neutral hues for an everyday accessory - the choice is yours!

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VIDEO Crochet Along: Southwestern Sunset Sampler Scarf

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I Like Crochet October 2017: Caramel Corn Slipper Socks

Take a look at this beautiful issue of I Like Crochet October 2017! It's colors and patterns are stunning! I do have a featured pattern included: Caramel Corn Slipper Socks.
The cool thing about these socks are that they are easy!!!! Seriously, they are perfect for your first pair of socks. I worked them from the toe to the cuff so you don't have to worry about too much gusset or too much increasing and decreasing as you go... so give them a try! And if you use a fun variegated yarn, it will self stripe and make them look amazing! I love this brown mix from Cascade that looks so warm and cozy for the fall and winter months..... and it is so soft too! I hope that you give these socks a try---cause I'll tell you, they are easy to make--and even more fun to wear!

I Like Crochet Aug 2017: 2 Featured Patterns

I Like Crochet Aug 2017 has been released and it's stunning! I love the mix of textures and patterns in this issue, great job! I am also excited to have 2 patterns included and I just can't wait to show them to you.

First up, the Tuscan Flowers Scarf:

I used Cascade Ultra Pima Cotton in a variety of colors to create the sweet flower motifs. It is a join-as-you-go pattern so it comes together so quickly! I love that this issue includes patterns for those who just can't let go of summer.... love these colors! A closer look....
And next up, Copper Blues Cowl. I love this color combo-- don't you? I mean, you can change the colors, if you must, but this just works! Textures and stripes--- it is possible!  If you are interested in checking out I Like Crochet, visit and all of the subscription info will be there for you...enjoy!

Crochet! Autumn 2017 Feature

Crochet! Autumn 2017 has released and I have a pattern included in this issue! It is the Diana Vest:
It is great for beginners as it only uses the basic of stitches, but with a twist! I included a subtle ribbing to give the stitches interest, but it goes a long way! I also kept the seaming simple, you can do this even if you're a beginner, trust me! I love this vest and I hope you do, too.
Thanks Crochet! for featuring my vest in your Aug 2017 issue!

Book Release: Huggable Amigurumi

Little kids will love making friends with any of the cute animals in Huggable Amigurumi from Leisure Arts. With floppy ears to grab, plump bellies to squeeze, and dangly legs to pose, these five whimsical characters are hard to resist hugging! Super bulky weight yarn makes them extra cuddly and quick to crochet. Measuring 19 inches tall when seated, they are just the right size to be a child s best buddy. Designs include Bunny, Elephant, Giraffe, Lion, and Monkey.

My twins LOVED watching all of these designs come together--and their favorites were the Lion and the Bunny.... 

And the my favorite... well, it has to be the shot of all of them together--- isnt' this cute?!?! They look like best buddies!!!! Yes, sitting they are 19-inches tall...and then add in the legs--  they are completely squish and huggable!

Look at the size comparison! Now if you can't wait to get your copy--- find it on Leisure Arts or Amazon!