• How To's

    How to Organize Your Yarn Stash

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    How to Organize Your Yarn Stash - Got a pile of yarn and don't know where to start taming your stash?  I share some tips to get started that will help you be more efficient and help you feel more creative.  #yarnstash #yarnorgnization #howto #organizeyarn #yarn #crochet


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    This week I wanted to talk about some tips to organize your yarn stash. I can appreciate crocheter’s that have it all together. You know the ones I’m talking about. The people sharing pictures on Instagram and Facebook of their yarn stash beautifully organized in a room that has never had a child in it. Everything is perfectly in it’s place. They have their hooks organized in beautiful containers and they’re sorted by size. If you’re one of those people, I bow down to you, yarn organization god/goddess. I will think of your yarn room jealously as I search for the crochet hook that I have forgotten in my mom bun…again.

    I’m guilty of having multiple works in progress which I leave on my side table so they are accessible when I fancy picking them up again. I always vow to do better but I follow my creativity and then forget I vowed to do better… yeah, I kinda suck. After my son recently told me “Mom, your yarn is everywhere” I realized it was time to get my sh** together and organize my yarn stash for good this time.

    Let’s put this out there now: there is no one right way to do this. This is all up to personal preference. So if you start organizing your yarn and then realize that it just isn’t working for you, try something different. Just do what works for you and your space.

    Assess Your Stash

    First things first, take a quick stock of what you have. You’re going to have to do this Marie Kondo style and just make a big old pile of all your yarn. Do you have more than you thought you had? *Eeek* Me too.

    Clean it Up

    Got a bunch of messy hanks/skeins/balls in your stash? Take the time to wind them up and make them look pretty again. It may seem tedious now when you have all this yarn laying about everywhere to put away but you’ll thank yourself later. This will help your yarn look it’s best when you put it away and could save space if you’ve got a bunch of messy skeins laying around.

    Tame Those Scraps

    Got a bunch of scraps laying around? Maybe you’re saving them for a fun scrappy blanket or you’re like me and you use them as stuffing for amigurumi. If you’re going to keep them, get em organized. Put them in a container or wind them up if you can. I keep mine in a fun container that has opaque sides so they aren’t visible and they’re all contained.

    Decide How You Want to Sort It

    This can be done a few different ways. Here are a few organization method ideas to get you started:

    • Fiber content
    • Yarn Size
    • Yarn Packaging (i.e. yarn cakes together, yarn skeins together, yarn balls together, etc.)
    • Colour
    • Skein Size
    • Brand/Label

    Make sure that you keep yarn of the same dye lot together so you aren’t ripping your newly organized stash apart trying to find them later. My current stash is organized by colour and then by yarn weight within the colours.

    Write It Down

    This is a great opportunity to make a quick inventory of what you have. I like to keep my stash inventoried in an Excel workbook but Ravelry also has a great feature where you can track your yarn stash. It also gives you pattern suggestions for your yarn stash. Thanks Ravelry!

    Let it Go

    I’m totally singing the popular Disney song in my head as I type this and I did so as I sorted my stash too. If you’re not going to use it and/or it doesn’t inspire you – let it go my friend. I know it’s hard but there’s no sense in keeping if if you won’t use it. Gift it to another crafter, sell it or donate it. Oh look! Room for more yarn!

    Wrangle Your WIPs

    If you have a load of WIPs that are needing to be frogged, do it now so it isn’t hanging over your head. Wind the yarn up and add it to the stash. If you’re not going to do that, maybe donate your project to another crocheter that may be interested in completing it or is at least willing to frog it for the yarn. If you have other WIPs that are still in the queue, assign a specific place for them. I like to keep mine in project bags so it looks a little neater.

    Regardless of how you organize your stash, make sure it works for you and inspires you. I like opening my yarn cabinet and knowing that something will likely jump out at me (not literally, I just organized it!) and inspire me. Good luck and happy organizing!

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  • Crochet Patterns

    Wanda the Whale and Ned the Narwhal Crochet Patterns

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    Wanda the Whale and Ned the Narwhal - Free Amigurumi Pattern from The Loopy Lamb  #whale #narwhal #amigurumi #amigurumipattern #amigurumitoy #crochettoy #crochetpattern #crochetwhale #crochet #freecrochetpattern #crochetnarwhal

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    I had a whale-y good time coming up with the pattern for Wanda the Whale and Ned the Narwal. This is my first published amigurumi pattern that I’ve designed that isn’t a cactus so I’m pretty excited about these guys. They are easily customized by adding bows, eyelashes etc. and they would make a cute baby shower gift or child’s gift. (If you are giving as a gift to a child, I would recommend embroidering eyes as safety eyes can be dangerous for young children).

    I feel like I can’t move in my house without finding one of these guys laying around. Once my kids saw what I was making, they each wanted one. Add in the extras I made to test the pattern and get it just right and there are a lot of whales. So I’m happy to say that I finally have it done and I won’t be making any more whales (at least for a week or two because I have a whale of a time making them).

    Wanda the Whale and Ned the Narwhale - Free Crochet Pattern from The Loopy Lamb

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    For this pattern you’ll need to know how to make a magic circle, single crochet, slip stitch, single crochet increase and single crochet decrease. Althought not necessary, you should know how to do the ultimate finish to get the best looking end to your tail fins. Planet June has a great tutorial and I highly recommend checking it out if you don’t already know how to do this technique. Check out Planet June’s Ultimate Finish Tutorial here.

    Wanda the Whale and Ned the Narwhal are made from the same pattern, just done in different colours and Ned is given a tusk to make him a Narwhal. I hope you enjoy making your own whales. Share them on Instagram by tagging me or using the hashtag #theloopylamb.

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    Wanda the Whale and Ned the Narwhale - Free Crochet Pattern from The Loopy Lamb

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    Wanda the Whale and Ned the Narwhal Crochet Pattern

    Skill Level: Intermediate


    Supplies


    Abbreviations:

    CH = Chain
    SC = Single Crochet
    SCINC = Single Crochet Increase
    SCDEC = Single Crochet Decrease
    MC = Magic Circle
    SL ST = slip stitch
    FO = Finish Off

    Size: One Size – approximately 7.5” long from head to tail and 4.5” from pectoral fin to pectoral fin.

    NOTES:

    • Both Wanda and Ned are made from the same pattern but to make Ned, you’ll need to make the tusk in order to make Ned.  Wanda is Pink and Ned is Teal.
    • When finishing off your tail fins, I recommend using the ultimate finish technique.  You can find a wonderful tutorial for this technique HERE via the Planet June website.
    Wanda the Whale and Ned the Narwhale - Free Crochet Pattern from The Loopy Lamb

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    Pattern:

    Body:

    Row 1: Using your main colour, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC. (6)
    Row 2: SCINC x 6 (12)
    Row 3: (SCINC, SC1) x 6 (18)
    Row 4: SC1, SCINC, (SC2, SCINC) x 5, SC1 (24)
    Row 5: (SC3, SCINC) x 6 (30)
    Row 6: SC2, SCINC (SC4, SCINC) x 5, SC2 (36)
    Row 7: (SC5, SCINC) x6 (42)
    Rows 8 – 21: SC around (42) – Insert safety eyes in stitch 21 and with 40 of Row 15.
    Row 22: (SC5, SCDEC) x 3, SC21 (39)
    Row 23: SC around (39)
    Row 24: (SC4, SCDEC) x 3, SC21 (36)
    Row 25: SC around (36)
    Row 26: SC2, SCDEC, (SC3, SCDEC) x 3, SCDEC, SC15 (31)
    *Start stuffing, adding a bit more stuffing every few rows.  Stuff firmly.*
    Row 27: SC around (31)
    Row 28: (SCDEC, SC2) X 4, SCDEC, SC13 (26)
    Row 29: SC around (26)
    Row 30: (SCDEC, SC1) X 4, SCDEC, SC10, SCDEC (20)
    Row 31: SC around (20)
    Row 32: (SCDEC, SC1) X 3, SCDEC, SC5, SCDEC X2 (14)
    Row 33 – 35: SC around (14)
    Row 36: SCDEC, SC5, SCDEC, SC5 (12)
    Row 37: SC around (12)
    Row 38: SCDEC, SC4, SCDEC, SC4 (10)
    Row 39: (SCINC) X 2, SC2, (SCINC) X 3, SC2, SCINC (16)
    Row 40: SC around (16)
    Row 41: SC4, (SCINC) x 2, SC6, (SCINC) X 2, SC2 (20)
    Row 42:
    (SCINC) X 4, SC6, (SCINC) X4, SC6 (28)
    Row 43: SC around (28)
    Row 44: SC11, SLST through 12TH and 25TH STS together.  Place a stitch marker in stitch 24. Turn work and work right tail fin in the next stitch to the left of the SL ST. SC2 (14)


    Row 45: SC4, SCDEC, SC5, skip SL ST from previous round, SC 2 (12)
    Row 46: (SCDEC, SC2) X 3 (9)
    Row 47:
    (SCDEC, SC1) X 3 (6)FO and weave in ends.

    LEFT TAIL FIN

    Row 1:  Attach yarn into stitch 24 of Row 44.  SC in that stitch and place a stitch marker (this is now your first stitch). SC around (13)  * Start stuffing, adding a bit more stuffing every few rows.  Stuff firmly.*
    Row 2: SC6, SCDEC, SC5 (12)
    Row 3: (SCDEC, SC2) x3 (9)
    Row 4: (SCDEC, SC1) x 3 (6)
    FO and weave in ends.

    PECTORAL FINS (make 2)

    Row 1: MC 5 (5)
    Row 2:  (SCINC) x 5 (10)
    Row 3:  SC around (10)
    Row 4: (SCINC, SC4) x2 (12)
    Row 5 – 6:  SC around (12)
    Row 7: (SC4, SCDEC) x 2 (10)
    Row 8: (SC3, SCDEC) x 2 (8)
    FO leaving a long tail to sew fin on to the body.  Sew a fin on either side of the body

    TUSK (optional for if you’re making Ned the Narwhal)

    Row 1: Using white yarn, leave a long enough chain to sew the horn onto the body, CH12.  Join with SL ST to the first CH to make a circle, taking care not to twist your chain. (12)
    Row 2: CH 1, SC in the 1st stitch and in each stitch around.  Do not join at the end of the round.  (12)
    Row 3: (SC4, SCDEC) x 2 (10)
    Row 4:  SC around (10)
    Row 5: (SC3, SCDEC) x 2 (8)
    Row 6: SC around (8)
    Row 7: (SC2, SCDEC) x 2 (6)
    Row 8: SC around (6)
    Row 9: (SC1, SCDEC) x 2 (4)
    FO and weave in ends.  Sew onto the middle of the head and weave in ends.

    Disclaimer:

    Feel free to sell the item created by this pattern but please provide pattern credit back to me when posting online, and please provide a link to my Etsy Shop: www.etsy.com/ca/shop/theloopylamb.  Please do not resell, distribute, duplicate, or share this pattern in any printed or digital form, claiming this pattern as your own original design.  Please do not use my photos when selling your finished items.   

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  • Crochet Book Reviews

    Snuggle and Play Crochet – A Crochet Book Review

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    Snuggle and Play Crochet by Caroline Guzman Benitez - A Crochet Book Review by The Loopy Lamb

#snuggleandplaycrochet #babyshowergift #crochet #crochetpatternbook #babyshower #babycrochet #amigurumi #lovey #crochetlovey #securityblanket #crochetsecurityblanket

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    A baby! A baby! Everyone I know is having a baby! Maybe it’s just me but I feel like there are spurts where I am crocheting a lot of baby shower gifts. I don’t like to make everyone the same things over and over because hey, that’s boring and not fun for me. So I’m always on the look out for inspiration or patterns to use in a pinch when making baby shower gifts. Enter Snuggle and Play Crochet by Carolina Guzman Benitez. I found this book during my last trip to the library and I wanted to share this little gem with you all.

    What drew me to this book initially were the adorable little monkeys on the cover and the fact that the cover says there are “40 amigurumi patterns for lovey security blankets and matching toys”. With 40 different patterns how can you get bored? Unless you’re invited to 40 baby showers in a year (if you are attending 40 baby showers, I am so so so sorry) you could likely make something different for each shower you attend over a couple of years and eliminate hours of searching for a new pattern each time.

    Snuggle and Play Crochet has 20 different toy patterns and matching lovey blankets. The toys in the book include:

    • Teddy Bear
    • Bunny
    • Dog
    • Cat
    • Zebra
    • Rhino
    • Giraffe
    • Hipp0
    • Frog
    • Sheep
    • Panda
    • Cow
    • Dug
    • Pig
    • Reindeer
    • Mouse
    • Fox
    • Monkey
    • Girl doll
    • Boy doll
    Snuggle and Play Crochet by Caroline Guzman Benitez - A Crochet Book Review by The Loopy Lamb

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    The patterns in this book are C-U-T-E! You will be a big hit at any baby shower (or other gift giving occassion for babies/kids) giving something you made from this book. For the loveys, 5 basic blanket patterns are used and it’s easy enough to switch up the blanket you use for the lovey you’re making.

    I found this book to be really accessible for beginners. Each pattern includes the written instructions and the charts. Snuggle and Play crochet also has a clear, concise references section in the back to explain basic stitches, abbreviations and various techniques. The book is loaded with crisp, clean pictures that make the characters jump out and scream “make me!”.

    All the amigurumi and loveys in Snuggle and Play Crochet use safety eyes which of course, makes them look uber adorable and polished looking. However, safety eyes aren’t a great idea for items for small children that are likely to put their precious playthings in their mouth. The author does recommend embroidering the eyes for toys being made for young children but never actually gives instructions anywhere on how to do that. If you don’t mind the book providing you with those alternatives and are ok to wing it/google how to do it then it’s fine. But if you’re a beginner picking the book up and have never embroidered before, you’ll need to do a quick google or youtube search.

    Other than missing that small detail, the book is great. It’s clear, comprehensive and just darn cute. Snuggle and Play Crochet by Carolina Guzman Benitez makes a great, quick resource with plenty of options for baby/kids gifts which can help eliminate hours of research on google/pinterest/ravlery etc.

    If you’re interested in buying Snuggle and Play Crochet, it can be purchase from Amazon HERE. If you purchase through this link, I will get a small commission which helps keep my site running and free.

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  • How To's

    How to Read a Yarn Label

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    How to Read a Yarn Label - Make sure you're buying the right yarn for your next project!

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    When you’re a beginner, wanting to pick out yarn for that new project you’re wanting to tackle, it can be easy to get overwhelmed or confused by all the choices available. You pick up a pretty yarn and turn it over to look at the label and you have no idea what any of that means. What does that number on the yarn ball mean? What the heck are those little squares with the needles on them? It may not seem overly important at the time, especially if you’re just buying the yarn based on it’s squish-factor but that label has a lot of important info on it that you’ll need. Here I’ll walk you through how to read a yarn label so next time you go yarn shopping, you can easily determine what that label is trying to tell you and whether it’s the yarn you need.

    Here is a yarn label I have from a skein of Bernat Blanket yarn.

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    1. Weight: Whenever you see this symbol, it indicates what the weight of the yarn is. Yarn weight standards are determined by the Craft Yarn Council. You can check out their standards system HERE. This particular yarn is a super bulky weight yarn.
    2. Knitting Gauge: This symbols shows the knitting gauge of the yarn. You should be able to get a 10cm x 10 cm or 4 in by 4 in square by knitting 8 stitches by 14 rows using 8mm needles.
    3. Crochet Gauge: This symbol shows crochet gauge of the yarn. You should be able to get a 10cm x 10 cm or 4 in by 4 in square by crocheting 6 single crochets stitches for 8 rows. The gauge information is helpful if you are considering substituting a yarn for your project. If the gauge on the yarn you want to use matches the gauge of the yarn the project calls for, generally, you should be able to use that yarn for your project.
    4. Washing Information: If you’re spending that time to create something, you’ll want to take care of it. The label includes information about how to care for your finished item made from the yarn. Symbol a) means that items are machine washable in cold water. Symbol b) means do not use bleach. Symbol c) means you can tumble dry this item on low heat (bonus!) Symbol d) means do not iron. Symbol e) means do not dry clean. You can get the list of what all the washing instruction symbols mean here at the Craft Yarn Council Website.
    5. Material(s): This tells you what the yarn is comprised of. In this case, 100% polyester. Some yarns are made of a blend of multiple fibers and how much of each fibre is used to make up the content will be listed here. I.e. 20% merino wool, 60% acrylic, 20% nylon.
    6. Net Weight, Yards/Meters: Here you’ll find how much yarn is in the skein. This information is vital. If your project needs 800 yards of Bernat Blanket yarn, you are going to need to make sure you buy enough yarn for your project. This skein has 220 yards of yarn in it so I would need to by 4 skeins in order to have enough for my project.

    I hope this helps you decipher your yarn labels! Happy yarn shopping!

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  • Crochet Patterns

    Penny the Bunny Cactus Crochet Pattern

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    Penny the Bunny Cactus - Free Crochet Pattern Available from The Loopy Lamb Blog

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    If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I love to crochet cacti with personality. When brainstorming my list of projects, a bunny cactus was high on my list. I had a lot of ideas floating around in my head and I decided that I wanted something with a clean and simple but adorable look. Soon after, Penny the Bunny Cactus was born.

    Originally, Penny was going to be named Betsy but it just didn’t feel like the best fit for her. So thank you to everyone on Facebook and Instragram that suggested names for Penny. There were a lot of great suggestions which made it very difficult to choose. Eventually I narrowed it down to two and it was a coin toss after that.

    You can make your very own by following the free crochet pattern for Penny the Bunny Cactus below.

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    Level: Intermediate

    Materials:

    Terminology: US terminology

    Stitches Used and Abbreviations:

    MC:    magic circle
    CH: chain
    SC: single crochet
    SCINC: single crochet increase
    SCDEC: single crochet descrease
    HDC: half double crochet
    HDCINC: half double crochet increase
    SLST: slip stitch
    BLO: back loop only
    ST(s): stitch (es)
    FO: finish off

    Measurement:  Approximately 5.5” tall from bottom of soil to top of head once assembled (ears not included in measurement)

    Important Notes:

    • No matter your skill level, I always suggest that you read through the pattern from beginning to end before beginning your work just to be sure you don’t have any questions that might cause frustration in the midst of your project.
    • Instructions within the brackets () are to be repeated the number of times specified next to the brackets.
    Penny the Bunny Cactus - Free Crochet Pattern Available from The Loopy Lamb Blog

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    Penny the Bunny Cactus Crochet Pattern

    SOIL

    Worked in continuous rounds.

    Row  1:  Using  brown  yarn,  make  a  MC  and  SC  6  into  the  MC (6)
    Row  2:  (SCINC)  x  6  (12)
    Row  3:  (SCINC,  SC  1) x 3  (18)
    Row  4:  SC,  SCINC,  (SC  2,  SCINC) x  5,  SC  1  (24)
    Row  5:  (SCINC,  SC  3) x  6  (30)
    Row  6:  SC  2,  SCINC  (SC  4,  SCINC) x  5,  SC  2  (36)
    Rows  7  –  16:  SC  around  (36)
    Row  17:  SC  2,  SCDEC,  (SC  4,  SCDEC) x  5,  SC  2  (30)
    Row  18:  (SCDEC,  SC  3)  x  6  (24)
    Row  19:  SC,  SCDEC,  (SC  2,  SCDEC) x  5,  SC  1  (18)
    Row  20:  (SCDEC,  SC)  x  6  (12)
    Row  21:  (SCDEC)  x  6  (6)
    FO  and  weave  in  ends.

    Cactus Body

    Using green and leaving a long tail, CH20.

    Row 1: SC in the 2nd chain from the hook and in each chain across.  CH1 and turn. (19)
    Row 2: SC in the first stitch.  SC in the back loop of the next 17 stitches.  SC under both loops of the last stitch (19)
    Repeat row 2 until the piece measures 16 cm.
    FO, leaving a long tail.  Work a running stitch along the long side of the cactus, working into the row ends.  Pull the yarn tight to close the cactus (like a drawstring).  Without fastening off, seam the two short sides together by putting the needle through the bottom loop of both stitches to recreate the ribbing effect for the seam. Insert the safety eyes with two ridges between them. Stuff firmly.  Work a running stitch along the open edge and pull tightly to close the cactus completely.  Secure and weave in your ends.  Sew onto soil.

    Ears (make 2 in pink (inner ear) and 2 in white (outer ear))

    CH 11
    Row 1: SC in the 2nd CH from the hook.  SC 6.  HDC 2, HDC 5 in the last CH.  Working on the other side of the chain, HDC 2, SC 7.  CH 1 and turn.(23)
    Row 2:
    SC 7, HDC 2, HDCINC x 5, HDC 2, SC 7.(28)  FO.

    Ear Assembly: To assemble the ears, we are going to crochet through the stitches of both ear pieces (one pink and one white).  Take a pink ear and a white ear and put the two wrong sides together.   Attach the white yarn in the first stitches of both the pink and white pieces.  SC in the first stitch of both pieces.  SC 6, HDC 2, (HDCINC) x 10, HDC 2, SC 7.  FO with long tail to secure the ear to the head.  Repeat with remaining ear pieces to create the second ear.

    Secure each ear to the head of the cactus approximately an inch to an inch and a half apart.

    Bow

    Row 1:
    Using red yarn, CH 11.  DC 2 in the 3rd CH from the hook.  DC, HDC, SC, SL ST, SC, HDC, DC, DC 5 in the last CH.  Working on the other side of the chain, DC, HDC, SC, SL ST, SC, HDC, DC, DC 2 in the last CH.  Join with a SL ST.
    Row 2:  CH 1.  SC 5, SL ST, SC 11, SL ST, SC 5. Join with a SL ST to the first stitch.  FO and weave in ends.  Using a long piece of red yarn approximately 15” long, secure the end to the back, center point of the bow and wrap the yarn around the center of the box a few times.  When done wrapping, secure the yarn in the back and use the remaining length of yarn to sew the bow onto the head.


    Using the pink embroidery thread, embroider a nose.  Using the black yarn, embroider some eyelashes next to each eye.

    Disclaimer:

    Feel free to sell the item created by this pattern but please provide pattern credit back to me when posting online, and please provide a link to my Etsy Shop: www.etsy.com/ca/shop/theloopylamb.  Please do not resell, distribute, duplicate, or share this pattern in any printed or digital form, claiming this pattern as your own original design.  Please do not use my photos when selling your finished items.   

    I’d love to see your finished items!  Please share your finished makes by tagging the pattern on Ravelry, sharing it to our Facebook page or Instagram.  Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest  Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheLoopyLamb
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    Penny the Bunny Cactus - Free Crochet Pattern Available from The Loopy Lamb Blog

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    Free Valentine’s Day Crochet Pattern Round Up

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    Free Valentine's Day rochet Pattern Round Up - Available from The Loopy Lamb Blog.

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    Love is in the air and I’ve rounded up some adorable free Valentine’s Day crochet patterns and projects for you all.

    Crochet Conversation Hearts

    These Crochet Conversation Hearts from Once Upon a Cheerio are so fun! The Netflix & Chill one sounds like my kind of Valentine’s Day. Check out the free pattern HERE on the Once Upon a Cheerio blog.

    Free Valentine's Day rochet Pattern Round Up - Available from The Loopy Lamb Blog.

    Wool You Be Mine Cards

    So this one isn’t exactly a crochet project but it is still insanely adorable and definitely needs to be on this list. It’s perfect for the yarn addict in your life, someone that enjoys puns or anyone that knows you’re a little nutty for crochet. Check out the tutorial on the All About Ami blog HERE.

    Free Valentine's Day rochet Pattern Round Up - Available from The Loopy Lamb Blog.

    Little Sweetheart Hat

    This Little Sweetheart Hat from Lace Kennedy Crochet is beautiful and the colours are just perfect for Valentine’s Day for your little one. Check it out HERE.

    Free Valentine's Day rochet Pattern Round Up - Available from The Loopy Lamb Blog.

    Crochet Heart Keychain

    Learn how to make these cute an easy heart keychains with this video tutorial from Jennae’s DIY Studio HERE.

    Free Valentine's Day rochet Pattern Round Up - Available from The Loopy Lamb Blog.

    Crochet Strawberry Hearts

    Move over chocolate covered strawberries! These crochet strawberry hearts are way cuter and they are calorie free. Check out the free pattern HERE on the Magic Loop Blog.

    Free Valentine's Day rochet Pattern Round Up - Available from The Loopy Lamb Blog.

    Heart Corner to Corner Scarf

    This heart scarf is so pretty and fun! Nana’s Craft Home blog gives you instructions on how to make this great scarf but there is also a pattern to make a matching hat. Check it out HERE.

    Free Valentine's Day rochet Pattern Round Up - Available from The Loopy Lamb Blog.


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    Crochet Animal Rugs: A Crochet Book Review

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    Crochet Animal Rugs by Ira Rott - A Crochet Book Review by The Loopy Lamb

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    If you’ve been following my blog or have read one of my crochet book reviews, you may have caught on that I love books and my local library. I typically discover many of the books I review with a visit to the library or looking online at the library’s online catalogue. My discovery of this book is no different.

    My local library has this section of books right when you walk in where they feature a different topic, author or genre. When I visit the library I’m usually on a mission so this shelf gets a passing glance and unless something catches my eye, this shelf is barely registered other than to avoid crashing into it. (This may have happened to me before but that’s a story for another day). Anyways, the last time I walked into the library this shelf practically jumped out and screamed at me to look at it (which I wish it had done that time I crashed into it…). The whole shelf was dedicated to fiber arts!

    After having a little fangirl type scream in my head, I started some serious browsing. There were books on spinning, dying yarn, crochet, knitting, weaving, etc. That’s when Crochet Animal Rugs by Ira Rott caught my eye. Having seen some of Ira’s work shared online previously, I knew who the book was by before picking it up.

    Ira has this whimsical, fun style to her designs that I absolutely LOVE. The crochet animal rugs in this book are fun, accessible to crocheters of any level and kids will love them. Well, at least both my kids do since I had to wrestle the book out of one of their hands just to get some pictures for this post. 🤦 My son has already placed orders for the crab and dinosaur rugs. Kids aren’t the only ones drawn to the designs either. My husband wants one of the crab pillows from this book.

    Although the title is Crochet Animal Rugs, you’ll find matching accessories for each rug so you can really deck out your little one’s room. Some of the accessories include, pillows, security blankets, stool covers and toy bags. Everything in this book is beyond adorable and you could really have some fun making a menagerie of animal items for your kids.

    Crochet Animal Rugs also covers instructions for techniques you’ll need to create one of these lovlies including how to add a non-slip lining. Charts and written instructions are provided for the patterns as well as some beautiful photos to help with construction.

    Overall I LOVE this book and will definitely be making it a part of my collection soon. The book can be purchased HERE from Amazon or you can check out Ira’s website (https://irarott.com/) where she has other fabulous patterns available for purchase.

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    What I’ve Learned in my First Six Months as a Crochet Blogger

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    What I've Learned in my First Six Months as a Crochet Blogger
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    This week marks my 6th month as a crochet blogger and I have been doing a lot of reflection on my time as a blogger and sharing my designs. There have been a lot of ups and downs in this short period and I wanted to share some of the things that I have learned in this adventure so far.

    It is A LOT of work.

    Well, I guess I can’t say that I was overly surprised by this, I knew it would be a lot of work to do the designing, marketing and upkeep of my own blog (and Etsy shop) but it is even more work than I thought. On the personal side, working a stressful part-time job while having my 2 year old at home with me all day and having a 4 year old, there is a lot of juggling involved. When you’re thinking of jumping into blogging, you may think that it’s just sharing your designs, posting a few pictures and you’re set. It is much MUCH more than that. There are hours of work that go into each post: photoshoots, research, testing, crocheting/designing, editing the post and the patterns, marketing, search engine optimization, creating special images for the different social media platforms, creating and sending emails to your email list, etc, etc, etc. Don’t get met wrong here, I’m not complaining. I love doing it but it is definitely more work than I thought it would be.

    It Can Be A Lot Of Fun

    I have had the opportunity to chat with some of you about how you got started crocheting, what you love about it (and hate about it), what kind of projects you like to do and more. It has been wonderful getting to know some of you and seeing your masterpieces. I love getting to share your work on my Instagram and getting to know more of you.

    It is also a lot of fun designing and seeing my ideas come to life through yarn and sharing it with the world. Getting to create my own designs is very rewarding to me, a ton of fun, as well as a great stress reliever. And believe me, with two crazy little ones, I need to crochet a lot.

    It Can Be Rewarding

    As I touched on before, the challenge of creating my own designs is rewarding. I get a lot of enjoyment from the process of designing as well as helping others. I love being able to help people when they have contacted me with questions or for advice. When someone tells me they have tackled something they have struggled with because I was able to help them, that just makes my day.

    It Can Also Be Lonely and Isolating at Times

    I’m going to be straight with you here: if you are thinking of starting your own crochet blog, you need to be prepared to deal with a lot of rejection, criticism and straight up being ignored. There is a lot more competition in blogging than I initially realized and it is surprisingly hard to get a response from other bloggers when you’re just starting out. I get it, though. They’re busy, they probably get a ton of emails/messages, etc. but understandably, a lot just look at a new blogger like me as potential competition because their blogs are their businesses. So in my attempt to build relationships with other bloggers/designers, my messages have either mostly gone ignored or I’ve received unfriendly messages in return.

    When I participated in the 30 Days of Cozy Project a few months ago, I was blessed to meet another designer involved in the program and we became fast friends. I love that we don’t hesitate to share what we’ve learned with eachother and are supportive of eachother while we try to figure things out. If you’re ever wanting to start blogging, I hope you find that friend to support you. There have been times I have to remind myself why I decided to start blogging in the first place and it has been nice to have that friend to talk to that understands.

    You’ve Gotta Do You

    I’ve realized that this journey I’m on is meaningless unless I do what makes me happy. Worrying about whether my design is going to be liked or criticized can really make it hard to be creative. I was recently working on a design and kept putting it aside because I let that little voice inside my head tell me that it wasn’t good enough. I perservered and put it out there and it has been one of my most popular designs to date! I have to stop doubting myself and just do me.

    In Summary

    Overall, I have enjoyed my experience as a blogger and the opportunities it has brought me to meet those of you that follow me. Your support has meant so much to me. I’m looking forward to seeing what the next 6 months will have in store. Below is a list of the designs I have released in my first 6 months of blogging:

    The Ava Cowl
    Twisted Shells Ear Warmer
    Once in a Blue Moon Triangle Scarf
    Striped Thicket Stitch Blanket
    Saint Prickolaus Cactus Cuddler
    Randy the Cactus Reindeer
    Mommy’s Go-To Fingerless Gloves
    Saint Prickolaus – Available free on Crochetpreneur.com and coming soon to The Loopy Lamb
    Stanley The Cactus Snowman – Available free on Crochetpreneur.com and coming soon to The Loopy Lamb
    Super Quick Chunky Cowl
    Tiny Pebbles Ear Warmer
    The Polar Puff Messy Bun Hat
    Sloth Cup Cozy
    The Arctic Gem Beanie


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    The Ava Cowl Free Crochet Pattern

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    The Ava Cowl Free Crochet Pattern by The Loopy Lamb

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    This pattern has been a long time coming. I initially posted a picture of my first Ava Cowl on Instagram in the Fall of 2018. I liked the aesthetic of the cowl however, I just wasn’t happy with it. So I tweaked it and tweaked it. Then, to be honest, I would put it down for a while because I would get distracted and move on to one of my other works in progress. But, thanks to the many people that loved it and messaged me asking me for the pattern, I perservered rather than letting this design disappear into my wip pile.

    My initial plan was to use up some of the Bernat Pop that I had in my stash but also to create a pattern that could be done utilizing only one skein of Bernat Pop. Everytime I tweaked something I would end up with too much yarn left over and when I say I want to use one skein, I mean that I want to use as much of that skein as I can and waste as little as possible. If you stick to the gauge, you’ll be able to use the full skein with very little waste – maybe 2 to 3 feet of yarn remaining.

    The Ava Cowl Free Crochet Pattern by The Loopy Lamb

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    If you’re not wanting to use Bernat Pop, this pattern can be done in your favourite comparable worsted weight yarn as long as you’re meeting gauge. I’ve made this cowl in Blue Chambray and Ebony and Ivory colourways and both turned out amazing. The Ebony and Ivory cowl was a big hit and is actually what inspired my Polar Puff Messy Bun Hat Pattern

    Pattern

    Skill Level: Easy

    An ad-free version of this pattern can be purchase HERE.

    Supplies:
    1 skein of Bernat Pop or 280 yards of comparable worsted weight yarn.  I’m using Bernat Pop in Blue Chambray
    6.5 mm crochet hook (or whatever hook you need to obtain the gauge)
    Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
    Scissors

    Abbreviations:
    CH = Chain
    SC = Single Crochet
    HDC = Half Double Crochet
    PS = Puff Stitch (see instructions below) 
    SL ST = slip stitch
    FO = Finish Off

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    Special stitches required:

    Puff Stitch: Yarn over and insert hook into designated stitch.  Yarn over and pull through stitch.  There will be three loops on your stitch.  Repeat this four more times.  You will have a total of eleven loops on the hook.  Yarn over and pull through all loops on the hook.  Chain one to secure the stitch.

    Size: 17” across when laid flat and 9.75” tall

    Gauge: 15 sts across x 12 rows = 4” square

    NOTES:
    Instructions within the asterisks (*) are to be repeated.

    Pattern

    CH 110.  Join with a sl st to form a circle.  Make sure your chain isn’t twisted before joining. 

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    Rows 1 – 3: CH 1. Sc in each stitch across.  Join with sl st.  (110)
    Row 4: CH 2. HDC in first stitch.  *CH 1, skip 1 stitch, HDC in next stitch*.  Repeat until end.  Join with sl st. (110)
    Rows 5 – 6: CH 1.  Sc in each stitch across.  Join with sl st. (110)
    Row 7: CH 3 (counts as a stitch) PS in 2nd stitch.  Skip 1 stitch. *1 ps, skip 1* til end.  Join with sl st to the top of the CH 3. (110)
    Rows 8 – 9: CH 1.  Sc in each stitch across.  Join with sl st.  (110)
    Row 10: CH 2. HDC in first stitch.  *CH 1, skip 1 stitch, HDC in next stitch*.  Repeat until end.  Join with sl st. (110)

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    Rows 11 – 12: CH 1.  Sc in each stitch across.  Join with sl st.  (110)
    Row 13: CH 2 (counts as a stitch) Ps in 2nd stitch.  Skip 1 stitch. *1 ps, skip 1* til end.  Join with sl st to the top of the CH 3 (110)
    Rows 14 – 15: CH 1.  Sc in each stitch across.  Join with sl st.  (110)
    Row 16: CH 2. HDC in first stitch.  *CH 1, skip 1 stitch, HDC in next stitch*.  Repeat until end.  Join with sl st. (110)
    Rows 17 – 18: CH 1.  Sc in each stitch across.  Join with sl st.  (110)
    Row 19: CH 2 (counts as a stitch) Ps in 2nd stitch.  Skip 1 stitch. *1 ps, skip 1* til end.  Join with sl st to the top of the CH 3. (110)

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    Rows 20 – 21: CH 1.  Sc in each stitch across.  Join with sl st.  (1101)
    Row 22: CH 2. HDC in first stitch.  *CH 1, skip 1 stitch, HDC in next stitch*.  Repeat until end.  Join with sl st. (110)
    Rows 23 – 24: CH 1.  Sc in each stitch across.  Join with sl st.  (110)
    Row 25: CH 2 (counts as a stitch) Ps in 2nd stitch.  Skip 1 stitch. *1 ps, skip 1* til end.  Join with sl st to the top of the CH 3. (110)
    Row 26: CH 2. HDC in first stitch.  *CH 1, skip 1 stitch, HDC in next stitch*.  Repeat until end.  Join with sl st. (110)
    Rows 27 – 29: CH 1.  Sc in each stitch across.  Join with sl st.  (110)
    FO and weave in ends.

    Disclaimer:

    Feel free to sell the item created by this pattern but please provide pattern credit back to me when posting online, and please provide a link to my Etsy Shop: www.etsy.com/ca/shop/theloopylamb.  Please do not resell, distribute, duplicate, or share this pattern in any printed or digital form, claiming this pattern as your own original design.  Please do not use my photos when selling your finished items.   

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    Once in a Blue Moon Triangle Scarf – Free Crochet Pattern

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    Once in a Blue Moon Triangle Scarf - Free Crochet Pattern by The Loopy Lamb 

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    Confession: I have a bit of a weakness for self-striping yarns. It is so hard to resist a skein of yarn with a beautifully matched set of colours that allows me to be lazy with my colour changes. *drool* When I opened one of my Christmas gifts this year and found some Caron Chunky Cakes inside, I was VERY excited. I couldn’t wait to get my new squishy goodness on my hook.

    I had been having a hard time tracking down a 12mm crochet hook but my husband found one and gave it to be for Christmas. It’s my first Clover Amore crochet hook so I was obviously going to use this hook as soon as possible to test it out. I had been looking for this hook to make a triangle scarf I’ve had in mind for a while. Now that I had my hook and a beautiful Caron Chunky Cake in Blue Moon, I was set to get started.

    Once in a Blue Moon Triangle Scarf - Free Crochet Pattern by The Loopy Lamb 

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    When I set out to design this pattern, I wanted to make a decently sized triangle scarf/shawl with a chunky yarn that only required 1 skein to complete. I also wanted to make my tassels from the same skein and for the pattern to be accessible for beginners. I am so pleased with the results!

    Once in a Blue Moon Triangle Shawl

    Once in a Blue Moon Triangle Scarf - Free Crochet Pattern by The Loopy Lamb 

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    Skill Level: Beginner

    Supplies:
    1 Chunky Caron Cake in the colour Blue Moon (or 297 yards of comparable super bulky yarn)
    12 mm crochet hook
    Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
    Scissors

    Abbreviations:
    CH = Chain
    SC = Single Crochet
    DC = Double Crochet
    MC = Magic Circle
    SL ST = slip stitch
    FO = Finish Off

    Size: One Size
    Finished size: 50 inches across longest side (not including tassels) x 22 inches wide in the center point (not including tassels) .

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    Gauge: 8 sts across x 3.5 rows = 4” square

    NOTES:
    CH 3s at the beginning of each row count as a stitch.

    Pattern:


    An ad-free version of this pattern can be purchase HERE.


    Row 1: Make a MC and DC 3 into the MC.  CH 3 and turn. 

    Row 2: DC 2 in the first DC. Skip 1 stitch. DC 3 in the last stitch.  CH 3 and turn.

    Row 3: DC 2 in the first stitch.  Skip 2 stitches and DC 3 in the space between the groups of DCs from the previous row.  Skip 2 stitches and DC 3 in the top of the CH 3 from the previous row.  CH 3 and turn.

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    Row 4: DC  2 in the first stitch.  Skip 2 stitches.  DC 3 in each of the next 2 spaces the groups of DCs from the previous row.  Skip 2 stitches and DC 3 in the top of the CH 3 from the previous row.  CH 3 and turn.

    Row 5:  DC 2 in the first stitch.  Skip 2 stitches and DC 3 in each space between the groups of DCs from the previous row across.  DC 3 in the top of the CH 3 from the previous row.  CH 3 and turn.

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    Rows 6 – 30: Repeat Row 5.

    Row 31: Repeat Row 5 but CH1 and turn at the end of the row.

    Row 32: SC in each stitch across and in the top of the CH 3 from the previous row.

    FO and weave in ends.

    Tassels: (make 3)

    Wrap the yarn around a piece of cardboard 4” wide approximately 20 times.  Tie the top of the tassel with another piece of yarn to secure it (ensuring that it is long enough to attach it to the scarf.  I used an 8” piece). Cut one side of the yarn that’s wrapped around the cardboard and remove the yarn from the cardboard.  Take another length of yarn and wrap it around the top of the tassel 8 to 10 times tightly.  Tie a knot and bury the end inside the tassel.   Trim the tassel ends evenly.  Attach a tassel to each point of the scarf securely.

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    Disclaimer:

    Feel free to sell the item created by this pattern but please provide pattern credit back to me when posting online, and please provide a link to my Etsy Shop: www.etsy.com/ca/shop/theloopylamb.  Please do not resell, distribute, duplicate, or share this pattern in any printed or digital form, claiming this pattern as your own original design.  Please do not use my photos when selling your finished items.   

    I’d love to see your finished items!  Please share your finished makes by tagging the pattern on Ravelry, sharing it to our Facebook page or Instagram.  Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest 

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