Wednesday, July 26, 2017

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! 



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Book Release: Messy Bun Hats, Plus!


Need a hair-friendly hat that won t mess your messy bun? Choose any of the 10 stylish toppers inside Messy Bun Hats, Plus! from Leisure Arts. Pretty and practical, these easy-to-crochet messy bun hats, headwraps, and roomy slouch hats are all great to wear with today s trendy hairdos. Designs include Lacy Bun Hat, Wide Headwrap, Slouchy Hat, Cluster Bun Hat, Ribbed Bun Hat, Floral Headwrap, Two-Tone Bun Hat, Ribbon Bun Hat, Wide Brim Bun Hat, and Cabled Brim Hat. Each is for Easy skill level using medium weight yarn. 

Here are a few of them that I'd love to share:





Want to see a few more??? Check the book out on Leisure Arts or Amazon. 
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Book Release: Color Block Baby Blankets


Colors that are as fresh as a newborn baby give a bold look to the six crochet designs in Color-Block Baby Blankets from Leisure Arts. Choose from a variety of easy styles featuring a mix of stripes, motifs, and other patterns in medium weight yarn. Designs by Kristi Simpson include Color-Block Rainbow, Offset Tiles, Converging Stripes, Starburst Motifs, Stripes Abloom, and Mitered Square.

Here are a few of my favorites from my new book....for more photos and info, check out the book on Leisure Arts or Amazon. 




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Friday, July 21, 2017

Free Crochet Pattern: Amber & Gold Wrap

This wrap is great for any weather with the variety of stitches creating a cool and lacy section and a warm solid section. Add a bit of fringe and you will have the most fashionable accessory in town.

This pattern was published in I Like Crochet Oct 2016 (photo credit to ILikeCrochet.com), and I'm so excited to be able to share it with you now! I loved working with Cascade Roslyn--it was amazing! It has so many different color options to choose from--you need to try it!

The pattern is fun and easy. You can adjust the length as you want and make it a cowl instead, if you don't want it as long as a wrap. I hope you enjoy crocheting this pattern as much as I did designing it!

Skill Level: Easy
Size: 10” tall x 45” wide
Gauge: 5 sts and 2 rows = 1” square in dc

MATERIALS

Yarn:
Cascade Roslyn (65% Wool, 35% Silk; 382.76 yards [350 meters]/100 grams):
#05-Gold, 2 skeins
Hook: US size H/8 (5.0 mm)
Notions: Tapestry needle

PATTERN NOTES

The wrap is worked in short rows side by side.
The ch-3 at the beginning of the row counts as the first dc and the ch-4 counts as a dc, ch 1.


PATTERN

Ch 53.
Row 1: Work 3 dc in the 5th ch from the hook (first 4 ch counts as dc, ch 1), *sk 2 ch, 3 dc in next
ch; rep from * across to last 3 ch, sk 2 ch, dc in last ch.
Row 2: Ch 3 (see Pattern Notes), turn, *sk next 2 dc, dc in next st, ch 1, dc in first skipped dc; rep
from * across to last st, dc in last st.
Row 3: Ch 4 (see Pattern Notes), turn, *dc3tog, ch 2; rep from * across to last st, dc in last st.
Row 4: Ch 3, turn, *sk first ch-2 sp, dc in next ch-2 sp, ch 1, dc in skipped ch-2 sp; rep from *
across to last st, dc in last st.
Rows 5-22: Rep Rows 3-4.
Row 23: Ch 3, turn, dc in each st across row.
Rows 24-53: Ch 3, turn, working in back loop only, dc in each st across row.
Row 54: Ch 3, turn, *sk next 2 dc, dc in next st, ch 1, dc in first skipped dc; rep from * across
to last st, dc in last st.
Rows 55-60: Rep Rows 3-4.
Rows 61-65: Ch 3, turn, working in back loop only, dc in each st across row.
Row 66: Ch 3, turn, *sk next 2 dc, dc in next st, ch 1, dc in first skipped dc; rep from * across
to last st, dc in last st.
Rows 67-72: Rep Rows 3-4.
Rows 73-74: Ch 3, turn, working in back loop only, dc in each st across row.
Fasten off.

Finishing
Fringe
Cut strips of yarn 16”. Take 3 strips, fold in half, pull center of strips through end of row, pull
end of strips through center loop and pull tight. Repeat evenly on one edge of wrap until
desired thickness is achieved. Trim evenly to finish.

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