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    How to Crochet The Foundation Half Double Crochet Stitch

    You may have heard some buzz about foundation stitches (aka chainless foundation stitches) lately and there is a good reason why – Foundation stitches create your base chain and your first row of stitches for your project at the same time. This is a real time saver and it isn’t as tedious as working into chains to creat your first row. Foundation stitches have more stretch than working into chains and tend to look tidier because it is easier to maintain tension throughout your first row. My favourite part? No more counting chains! You just make as many stitches as you need. What’s not to love?

    This week I want to show you how to do a foundation half double crochet (FHDC). I’m showing you this technique this week because you’ll need it for next week’s free crochet pattern. Once you see how much quicker it is, you’ll be hooked!

    How to Crochet the Foundation Half Double Crochet

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    Step 1: Ch 3.

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    Step 2: Yarn over and insert your hook into the 3rd chain from hook.

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    Step 3: Yarn over and pull up a loop. You should have 3 loops on your hook. Next, you’ll yarn over and pull through 1 loop on your hook. This creates the “chain”.

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    Step 4: Yarn over and draw through all loops on your hook. This creates your first foundation half double crochet stitch.

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    Step 5: For the next stitch (and subsequent stitches), yarn over and insert your hook under the 2 loops of the “chain” of the last stitch and pull up a loop. You should have 3 loops on your hook again.

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    Step 6: Yarn over and draw through 1 loop on your hook.

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    Step 7: Yarn over and draw through all the loops on your hook. Now you have 2 foundation half double crochet stitches (FHDC).

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    Repeat steps 5 to 7 until you have the number of stitches you need for your project.

    I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial! Please don’t foreget to pin and share this post.

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    How to Get Your Crojo Back. Ways to Overcome Creative Block As a Crocheter

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    We’ve all been there. You want to pick up your crochet hook and get started on your next project but you’re not sure what to make. You try a few things and nothing feels right. Then it hits you: maybe you’ve lost your “crojo” (crochet mojo). I’ve been there on a number of occassions and it can be frustrating. Here are some ideas for helping you overcome your creavtive block and get your crojo back.

    Just Make Something… Anything!

    This one works for me when I suspect that my creative block may actually be just indecision. I check out my Ravelry Queue and I eenie miny moe that shit. Then, I just make it. Full disclosure: sometimes I get my kids to pick it for me so I don’t cheat with this process! Then I just work on the project. Even if I feel like I hate it and I want to frog it, I just push through. The relaxation that comes from crocheting tends to kick in and I get into the project. Once I’m done I’m ready to tackle something new and get creative again.

    Go Through Your Stash

    When just making something doesn’t work, I shop my own stash. I am an incredibly tactile person so I touch different yarns and just go wherever my eye takes me. I have a few skeins of yarn that I keep around just as inspiration (don’t tell my husband this. I keep saying I’ll make something with them someday). These yarns are beautiful and inspire me in different ways. Sometimes all it takes is a good old fashioned yarn cuddle to get the juices flowing.

    Check Out a Stitch Dictionary

    After checking my yarn stash I tend to break out my stitch dictionaries to see if anything there sparks interest. It typically does. Sometimes I just grab a ball of yarn and a stitch dictionary and do some swatches. This kind of ties back to my first point. Just make something. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had inspiration strike while making swatches. Plus, these swatches could be seamed together later to make another project. Score!

    Surf the Net!

    Pinterest is a wonderful thing and inspiration is plentiful. Do a search for crochet and literally a million results comes up. Explore the results. Discover new makers and projects. Be sure to pin anything great you find so you don’t lose it (and you support the maker at the same time!). You can follow me on Pinterest HERE to see the pins that I’m pinning.

    Youtube is great for inpiration too! Search for crochet stitches to learn a new technique, crochet patterns and tips. There are so many incredible makers creating videos on Youtube that you’re sure to find something great to inspire you.

    Try Instagram too! There are so many stunning projects shared by makers on Instagram everyday that it can make your head spin. Try searching using the hashtags crochet, yarnpunk, crochetersofinstagram, amigurumi to get you started. You can follow me on Instagram HERE.

    Take a Break

    I know, I know. This is a blasphemy to even suggest but let’s be real. Sometimes, you just need to take a break. Go for a walk, exercise, have coffee with friends, meditate, take a nap. Do whatever helps you relieve stress and recharges you. Personally, I love to put on some energetic music and go for a walk.

    I hope that this has given you some ideas on how to get your crojo back. What do you do to try to get your crojo back? Let me know in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you!


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    Crochet Spring Shawl and Wrap Round up

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    Although it seemed like winter may never end this year we can finally say that spring has arrived! YAY! Time to start working on those beautiful spring and summer shawls. Here I’ve gathered some of my favourite crochet shawls and wraps from the internet to share with you.

    Seamróg Shawl

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    Isn’t this shawl seriously gorgeous?! I love the colours! You can check out this new design from Annie Design Crochet HERE.

    Summer Breeze Shawl

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    Although this shawl is worked up using a worsted weight yarn, it’s open work pattern keeps it feeling light and breezy. Find it HERE

    Spring Me Forward Triangle Scarf

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    Got a couple of Lion Brand Mandala cakes laying around? Give this beautiful scarf ago. I know it technically isn’t a shawl but it could be easily made larger to be a shawl. Check out the free pattern HERE at Nana’s Crafty Home.

    Lavender Delight Shawl

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    This shawl uses a self-striping yarn cake and works up in a jiff. Plus it has those chunky tassels that I love. Check it out on Yarnhild’s website HERE.

    Pineapple Peacock Shawl

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    This shawl has been on my to-make list for a while. Some of the projects on Ravelry for this shawl made with Lion Brand Mandalas or Caron Cakes are amazing. This would be a great shawl to dress up an outfit for date night. Check it out HERE.

    Marina Wrap

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    Isn’t this wrap stunning? This wrap uses only one ball of Red Heart’s It’s a Wrap yarn. Check out the free pattern HERE.

    Crochet Diamond Blanket Scarf Wrap

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    This wrap from YarnHookNeedles is really versatile. You can make it to wear during cool spring evenings but it’s breezy enough for warmer summer wearing as well. Check it out HERE.

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    Free Valentine’s Day Crochet Pattern Round Up

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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.

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    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.

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

    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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    Setting Crochet Goals

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    It’s getting close to the end of the year and many of us are thinking about resolutions for the new year.  Around this time of year, I like to take a review the goals I had made for the year, celebrate my triumphs and review any goals I hadn’t met, looking for growth opportunities.  While thinking about this the other day I started to consider what new goals I wanted to set for myself next year, both personal and professional.

    Many of us crochet as a hobby and/or a way to relax and destress but that doesn’t mean that you can’t set some goals as a way to challenge yourself, expand your skills and have some fun.  It’s important to make these goals fun and not to beat yourself up if you don’t meet them or struggle with them.   Look at goals you aren’t able to meet as opportunities for learning and growth, rather than failure to use them as positive stepping stones to moving forward with your goals.

    To begin goal setting, you’ll need to initially think about what kind of goal you want to set.  Do you want to increase your skills by learning new stitches?  Tackle a project that you have been intimidated by in the past? Maybe you want to make a certain number of hats/scarves/blankets etc. for next year’s market season?  Whatever your goal is, make sure that it is important and meaningful for you.  If you think that you want to crochet 50 of the same beanies by next fall but you know deep down that you dislike doing the same pattern over and over again, maybe you should rethink your goals.

    If you’re stuck and need some ideas to get the ball rolling, here are some crochet goals you could consider:

    • Finish all WIPs (work’s in progress)
    • Learn a new crochet technique/stitch
    • Tackle a pattern that you’ve been wanting to try but were too intimidated to start/didn’t have time for
    • Sell one of your crochet projects/start an Etsy shop (if you sign-up through this link, we both get 40 free listings!)
    • Complete a Crochet Along (CAL)
    • Finish “insert number” of projects every month
    • Crochet more for charity
    • Save up for a certain crochet accessory or yarn
    • Use up more yarn in my stash and buy less new yarn unless I need it

    How to Get Started:

    When you have got your ideas ready, now you need to write it down.  It’s so easy to forget the goals you set in December/January when April rolls around.  If you’re like me, you’ve forgotten exactly what you planned 10 minutes after you thought it unless you wrote it down.  So write it down and commit to your goals.  While you’re writing it down, quantify your goals to make them measurable.  When a goal is measurable, it’s easier for you to assess whether you’re meeting your goals.  i.e. I want to crochet 30 hats for charity or I want to complete 3 WIPs each month.

    Break Each Goal Down Into Steps:

    Set the steps that you will take to achieve your goals.  It’s up to you how detailed you want to get in this step.  If I use the example goal of crocheting 30 hats for charity I would break that down into the following steps:

    • Decide which charity to crochet for
    • Research requirements (if any) for donations
    • Purchase necessary materials
    • Complete 1 hat per (insert time frame)
    • Donate hats by (insert deadline)

    Once you have those set out, it’s important to review your goals regularly.  You may decide 3 months down the line that you want to change or refine your goals even further.  You can do that! Nothing is set in stone.  Reviewing your goals will help keep you on track and remind you of what you were wanting to achieve.

    Post Your Goals Somewhere Obvious

    Putting your goals in a place where you will regularly see them can help keep them fresh in your mind. Going through all this trouble just to put the goals in a drawer somewhere to be forgotten isn’t doing yourself any favours. I like to put mine on the fridge or in my crochet hook case.

    Celebrate Your Accomplishments

    Celebrate every little win, no matter how small.  Setting yourself a little reward system for meeting your goals can help keep you motivated and more likely to stay on track if your rewards are something you really want.   Some example rewards could be:

    • Buy new yarn/crochet hook
    • Start a new project (if your goal is to finish more WIPs)
    • Buy a new pattern

    What are your crochet goals for next year?  Let me know in the comments below and share your achievements with me!  I want to celebrate your wins with you!

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    Mommy’s Go-To Fingerless Gloves Crochet Pattern

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    It has been a crazy couple of weeks!  It’s been so busy with the 30 Days of Cozy promotion going on and right in the middle of the promotion, my husband had a business trip to Halifax and I’ve been alone with both kids.   I’ve also been working away on a few new patterns for you as well so stay tuned!  This week’s free crochet pattern is Mommy’s Go-To Fingerless Gloves.

    My awesome husband brought me back this beautiful yarn from his trip.  It’s made by the Mineville Wool Project which is a local Halifax yarn dyer.  I’m so lucky that he supports my crazy yarn addiction.  I can’t wait to get my hooks into these babies.  If you have any suggestions on what I should make with this yarn, leave me a comment below.  I’m having a hard time deciding!

    Mommy's Go-To Fingerless Gloves Free Crochet Pattern by The Loopy Lamb

     

    I must confess: I lose A LOT of gloves.  I’m almost on par with my little one who loses mittens almost as fast as I can make and buy them.  I must also confess that I am a little particular when it comes to my gloves.  I don’t like the tops of the gloves to be too long because they can sometimes stretch out and look sloppy.  My preference is fingerless gloves so I can zip up zippers, tie up shoes and text with ease.

     

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    So Mommy’s Go-To Fingerless Gloves were born out of my need for a cute and quick pair of fingerless gloves.  They are super quick to make so you can replace those lost gloves in a flash but you don’t have to substitute your cuteness factor.  This is also a beginner friendly pattern.  If you sell your crochet, these are great since you can make a pair in well under an hour.  The pattern is easily adaptable so if you need/want the tops or bottoms to be a bit longer, just add a few rows.  So without further ado, let’s get to that pattern!

     

    Mommy’s Go-To Fingerless Gloves

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    Skill Level: Beginner

    Materials:

    Abbreviations:

    CH = Chain

    Sl St = Slip Stitch

    SC = Single Crochet

    HDC = Double Crochet

     

     

    Size: Woman’s – One Size fits most
    Finished size: 5.25 inches tall x 3 inches wide.

    Gauge:  8 sts across x 6.5 rows = 2” square

    NOTES:
    The end of each round is joined with a SL ST to the first stitch of the round.  It is noted in the pattern as “Join”.

    Mommy's Go-To Fingerless Gloves Free Crochet Pattern by The Loopy Lamb

     

    Pattern:

    Right Glove:

    Using black, CH 24, join with a sl st to first chain to form a circle, being sure not to twist your chain.

    Rows 2-3: CH 1.  HDC in each stitch around, join with sl st to first HDC. (24)
    Change to Grey
    Row 4: CH 1.  HDC in each stitch around.  Join. (24)
    Change to Black
    Rows 5 – 6: CH 1.  HDC in each stitch around.  Join. (24)
    Change to White
    Row 7: CH 1.  HDC in each stitch around.  Join.  (24)
    Change to Grey
    Row 8: CH 1.  HDC in each stitch around.  Join. (24)
    Change to Black
    Rows 9 – 12: CH 1.  HDC in each stitch around.  Join. (24)

    Row 13:  CH 1. HDC in first 19 stitches, chain 5 and skip the last 5 stitches. Join. (24)

    Rows 14-16: CH 1.  HDC in each stitch around.  Join. (24)
    Row 17: CH1. SC in each stitch around, join to first SC, fasten off and weave in ends. (24)

     

    Left Glove:

     

    Using black, CH 24, join with a sl st to first chain to form a circle, being sure not to twist your chain.

    Rows 2-3: CH 1.  HDC in each stitch around, join with sl st to first HDC. (24)
    Change to Grey
    Row 4: CH 1.  HDC in each stitch around.  Join. (24)
    Change to Black
    Rows 5 – 6: CH 1.  HDC in each stitch around.  Join. (24)
    Change to White
    Row 7: CH 1.  HDC in each stitch around.  Join. (24)
    Change to Grey
    Row 8: CH 1.  HDC in each stitch around.  Join. (24)
    Change to Black
    Rows 9 – 12: CH 1.  HDC in each stitch around.  Join. (24)

    Row 13:  CH 1. HDC in first 4 stitches, chain 5 and skip the next 5 stitches. HDC in the last 15 stitches.  Join. (24)

    Rows 14-16: CH 1.  HDC in each stitch around.  Join. (24)

    Row 17: CH1. SC in each stitch around, join to first SC, fasten off and weave in ends. (24)

     

    Disclaimer:

    This pattern and its images are copyright protected and the sole property of Ashley Parker of The Loopy Lamb.  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.

    Feel free to sell the finished item created with this pattern but please provide pattern credit to The Loopy Lamb when posting online and provide a link to my blog: www.theloopylamb.com.

    If you encounter any difficulties or have questions about the pattern, please feel free to contact me at theloopylamb@hotmail.com .   I’ll do whatever I can to help.

     

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

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    Saint Prickolaus – Free Crochet Cactus Pattern

    Saint Prickolaus - Free Crochet Cactus Pattern by The Loopy Lamb #crochetcactus #cactus #saintprickolaus #stprickolaus #crochetpattern #christmascrochet #Chrsitmascactus

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    This has been a crazy week!  Last week, my Stanley the Cactus Snowman pattern was featured on Crochetpreneur.com.  You can see the free pattern here.  Thank you for all of the love you have given to Stanley so far!  Your kind words have meant so much to me!  An ad-free version of Stanley the Cactus Snowman’s pattern can be purchased HERE for a small fee.

    Stanley the Cactus Snowman Crochet Pattern by The Loopy Lamb #30DaysofCozy #CrochetCactus #Cactus #CrochetPattern #ChristmasCactus #SnowmanCactus

    This has been such an exciting adventure to be a part of this program.  It has been a wonderful opportunity to connect with some other designers as well as share some of their beautiful work with you all.  Follow me on Instagram to see all content from the bundle I’ve been sharing!

    On November 10th, I will be featured as a guest designer for a second time on Crochetpreneur.com.   This time it will be my pattern for Saint Prickolaus that will be featured. This cute little guy decided that it was time to take a Christmas vacation this year so he bundled up in his holiday finest for his trip.

    Saint Prickolaus Crochet Pattern - Available in the 30 days of cozy pattern bundle

     

    I sometimes struggle trying to come up with a name for my patterns so I enlisted the help of my family to come up with something for this guy.  We had a lot of fun trying to come up with something fun and punny.  Since Saint Prickolaus wears a Santa hat and Saint Nickolaus is another name for Santa, we decided to go with Saint Prickolaus!

    The awesome thing about being a guest designer in this program is that

    You can get an ad-free version of the Saint Prickolaus pattern for a small fee from my Etsy shop HERE.

    Saint Prickolaus Crochet Pattern - Available in the 30 days of cozy pattern bundle #CrochetCactus #CrochetPattern #Cactuspattern #30DaysofCozy #SaintPrickolaus

    Have you checked out the 30 Days of Cozy Pattern Bundle?  Every day for the month of November, Pam Grice of Crochetpreneur.com will feature a different pattern from up and coming designers for free.  She has bundled all of these patterns and a TON of extras into a bundle.  There are 30+ patterns  in the bundle for only $10 USD!  The bundle is only available until the end of the month so don’t wait too long before checking it out.  You can check the bundle out here:  HERE.

    Saint Prickolaus and Stanley the Cactus Snowman Crochet Patterns by The Loopy Lamb

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    30 Days of Cozy Pattern Bundle

    30 Days of Cozy Pattern Bundle

    This post may contain affiliate links.

    Want to purchase the 30 Days of Cozy bundle?  Click this link.  I earn a small commission on sales made through this link at no cost to you.

    I have a secret!  Well….I had a secret.  I was just too excited to keep it to myself that I spilled the beans on Instagram and Facebook earlier this week.    I have been working on a top secret project for a while and I am finally allowed to tell everyone about it.  So, hear ye! Hear ye!  My official blog announcement!

    Pam Grice of The Crochetpreneur (www.thecrochetpreneur.com) gathered together a group of up and coming crochet designers to be part of a design project called 30 Days of Cozy.  When I got the invitation from Pam I thought I was seeing things.  I was so excited about the opportunity to work with Pam and the other designers that the only option for me was to say yes.  Pam asked me to create some amigurumi designs for the package and of course, I was thrilled to do that.

    Stanley the Snowman Crochet Pattern - Available as part of the 30 Days of Cozy Pattern Bundle

     

    So, stay tuned folks.  I have two designs submitted to the project and they will be available for FREE.  That’s right, you read FREE on Pam’s blog, crochepreneur.com on November 4th and November 10th.

    My contributions to this bundle are my Saint Prickolaus and Stanley the Cactus Snowman patterns.

    Saint Prickolaus Crochet Pattern - Available in the 30 days of cozy pattern bundle

    When I created Saint Prickolaus, I was thinking about what if there was a cactus that had always wondered what snow was like since they were in the desert.  I know, a weird and random thought but I went with it and Saint Prickolaus was born.  My weirdness has a use…sometimes.
    Stanley the Snowman Crochet Pattern - Available as part of the 30 Days of Cozy Pattern Bundle

    Stanley the Cactus Snowman was also born of that same weird train of thought.  What if a barrel cactus was in someone’s window, warm and cozy but looking out on a winter wonderland was jealous of a snowman?  I know, the dark places that I go for inspirations, right?  But, I like to think the result is adorable.

    There are a lot of other wonderful patterns available in the 30 days of cozy bundle by some incredibly talented designers.  There will be a free pattern featured for free from the bundle, everyday of November on Pam’s blog.

    Purchasing the bundle helps support designers that provide their patterns for free.  So if you’re interested in purchasing, please click this link here.  Again, I earn a small commission from purchases made through this link, which helps support me and helps me continue to provide my patterns for free on my blog.  Ad-free versions of each pattern are also available to purchase on my Etsy page:

    Saint Prickolaus: Click here.
    Stanley the Cactus Snowman: Click here.

    Know someone that may enjoy one of these patterns or loves a good deal?  Please share this post/link with them.

    Saint Prickolaus Crochet Pattern - Available in the 30 days of cozy pattern bundle

    Saint Prickolaus and Stanley the Cactus Snowman Crochet Patterns by The Loopy Lamb

     

    Disclaimer:

    This pattern and its images are copyright protected and the sole property of Ashley Parker of The Loopy Lamb.  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.

    Feel free to sell the finished item created with this pattern but please provide pattern credit to The Loopy Lamb when posting online and provide a link to my blog: www.theloopylamb.com.

    If you encounter any difficulties or have questions about the pattern, please feel free to contact me at theloopylamb@hotmail.com .   I’ll do whatever I can to help.

    I’d love to see your finished items!  Please share your finished makes by tagging the pattern on Ravelry, save it on Pinterest, sharing it to our Facebook page or Instagram!

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    Free Holiday Gift Project Tracker

     

    Free Holiday Gift Project Tracker

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    As much as I hate to admit this, fall is upon us.  That means crocheters are busily trying to get ready for the holiday giving season. Some of us are not just getting ready for the holidays, we’re prepping for craft shows or stocking Etsy shops. Needless to say, it’s a very busy time of year for most of us.  I’ve created a Holiday Gift Project Tracker that may help all of us be a little less stressed during this busy time of year.

    Sometimes it can be difficult to keep track of what you’re planning to make for everyone on your gift list. I know that if I don’t write things down, I either don’t remember what I wanted to make or I change my mind a hundred times. One year was particularly stressful.  I was completely disorganized, bought WAY more yarn than I needed and ended up crocheting gifts until the last possible minute. Crocheting every second I could, having two small kids and hosting a large family dinner? I was pulling my hair out. After that, I vowed to be more prepared from then on.

    Now, around this time every year, I create my list of what I want to make everyone.    This helps me get an idea of a timeline needed to make sure I complete everything with time to spare. Once I’ve made my decisions on what to make people, I take inventory of my yarn stock, and head out to buy my supplies. I don’t let myself change my mind on what to make someone unless I’m ahead of schedule and it’s within budget.

    To keep myself organized, I created this simple document which I’ve called the Holiday Gift Crochet Project List. It’s nothing fancy but it’s enough to organize my thoughts and keep me on track. Each page has enough space to document projects for 4 different people. Just print out as many pages as you need, fill them out and get to work crocheting those beautiful gifts for your loved ones to treasure.  Keep the pages until next year so you can remember what you made everyone this year to avoid repeats!

    Crochet Project Tracker for Holiday Gifts

    Get your FREE Holiday Gift Project Tracker by clicking on the link below:

    Holiday-Gift-Crochet-Project-List-1.pdf (88 downloads)

     

    What projects are you planning on giving as gifts this year? Let me know in the comments below!