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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 Book Reviews

    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
    This post may contain affiliate links and all opinions here are my own.

    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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  • Crochet Patterns

    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. 

    The Ava Cowl Free Crochet Pattern by The Loopy Lamb

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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)

    The Ava Cowl Free Crochet Pattern by The Loopy Lamb

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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)

    The Ava Cowl Free Crochet Pattern by The Loopy Lamb

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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.   

    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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    The Ava Cowl Free Crochet Pattern by The Loopy Lamb

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  • Crochet Patterns

    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 

#crochet #freecrochetpattern #crochetpattern #freepattern #shawl #scarf #trianglescarf #grannystripe #caronchunkycakes
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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) .

    If you like this free pattern, please like, share and pin this post.

    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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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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  • Crochet Patterns

    Twisted Shells Ear Warmer -Free Crochet Pattern

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    Twisted Shell Crochet Ear Warmer - Free Crochet Pattern by The Loopy Lamb  #crochet #earwarmer #headband #headwrap #crochetpattern
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    I love a good ear warmer pattern. And this free crochet ear warmer pattern is simply beautiful but with a bit of a twist…literally. The twisted shells ear warmer has a slight twist in it that when worn, looks like it is kind of crossed or wrapped on your head. This type of ear warmer looks great on everyone and can be worn a few different ways. I like to wear mine with the point created by the twist pointing up since it makes my round face appear a little less round (BONUS!).

    Here I’ve used Lion Brand’s Vanna’s Choice yarn but you can substitute any other comparable worsted weight yarn that fits your fancy. Just make sure that you match gauge so you don’t end up with a ear warmer that doesn’t fit.

    Twisted Shell Crochet Ear Warmer - Free Crochet Pattern by The Loopy Lamb  #crochet #earwarmer #headband #headwrap #crochetpattern

    Skill Level: Beginner

    Supplies:
    1 skein of Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice Yarn or another worsted weight yarn. I’m using Vanna’s Choice in Silver Heather.
    5.0 mm crochet hook
    Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
    Scissors

    Twisted Shell Crochet Ear Warmer - Free Crochet Pattern by The Loopy Lamb #crochet #earwarmer #headband #headwrap #crochetpattern

    Abbreviations:
    CH = Chain
    SC = Single Crochet
    HDC = Half Double Crochet
    DC = Double Crochet
    SL ST = slip stitch
    FO = Finish Off

    Size: Adult Woman

    Gauge: 9 sts across x 5 rows = 2” square

    If you like this free pattern, please like, share and pin this post.

    NOTES:

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

    Pattern:

    CH 17.

    Row 1: SC in each stitch across.  CH2 and turn. (16)
    Row 2: *(SC, HDC, DC) in the first stitch.  Skip 2 stitches.* repeat until end and sc in the last stitch.  CH2 and turn. (16)
    Repeat Row 2 until the piece measures approximately 21 inches long or until it fits snugly around your heard.

    Twisted Shell Crochet Ear Warmer Pattern


    When the piece reaches the desired length, twist it once and join the ends together.  Slip stitch the ends together and SC around the entire piece. FO and weave in your 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.   

    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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  • Crochet Book Reviews

    The Crocheter’s Skill-Building Workshop Book Review

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    The Crocheter's Skill-Building Workshop by Dora Ohrenstein: A Crochet Book Review by The Loopy Lamb.

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    Happy Holidays everyone! Now that the bulk of the holiday festivities are complete for my family, I’ve been able to steal a little extra time for reading and crocheting. One of the books I have been reading is “The Crocheter’s Skill-Building Workshop” by Dora Ohrenstein. I have had this book for some time and it is one of those books that I go back to reference when I need to. So I decided to review this book for you and give you an idea of what you can expect from this book.

    What initially drew me to this book when shopping was the subtitle for the book on the cover that reads “Essential Techniques for Becoming a More Versatile, Adventurous Crocheter“. As someone that is always looking to increase my skill set this line is what made me pick this book up. It honestly didn’t take me more than 2 minutes to decide that this book would be coming home with me.

    This book is comprehensive. If you’re a beginner or even an intermediate level crocheter, you can learn a lot from this book. This book talks about things like understanding the different varieties of yarn and their applications, yarn twists, drape and figuring out stitch patterns. Colour changes, turning chains, blocking and seaming are also covered. As you’d expect, the book walks you through your basic crochet stitches but it also has 75 different swatches to try out different stitches. There are also 5 different crochet patterns in the back of the book to try out. The author also notes on each pattern what techniques you’ll be learning/using for each pattern. Those patterns are:

    • A Slouchy Hat
    • Marguerite Cowl
    • Colorwork Bag
    • Lace Capelet
    • Cabled Lace Scarf

    One of my favourite parts of this book is the section on advanced shaping. If you’re interested in designing your own patterns or just understanding how the shaping of crochet patterns is done, this section is a must-read. There are various types of shaping scenarios covered, with colour images and stitch charts which help you see what is being covered. I haven’t seen shaping gone into such detail in any other book to date.

    Overall, The Crocheter’s Skill-Building Workshop by Dora Ohrenstein is a solid resource to have in your collection and is worth the time to read. Will it make you a more adventurous crocheter? Maybe not, but it will definitely fill in any gaps you have in your crochet knowledge, expand your skillset/versatility and give you solid understanding of shaping and crochet basics. I definitely recommend checking it out.

    Have you read The Crocheter’s Skill-Building Workshop by Dora Ohrenstein? What did you think?

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  • Uncategorized

    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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  • Crochet Patterns

    Striped Thicket Stitch Blanket Pattern

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    Free Crochet Baby Blanket/Lapgahn Pattern by The Loopy Lamb.  Great beginner crochet blanket pattern.

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    One of my favourite things about crocheting Christmas gifts for family is that I can use those gifts as opportunities to design new, fun projects.  When making my gift list for this year I really wanted to make my grandmother a blanket.  She loves maroon and has a lot of maroon in her home decor.  So the colours were pretty easy to pick.  They normally wouldn’t be colours I would choose myself but I am so glad that I used them.  I fell in love with the burgundy and whipped cream combo!  Now I want one for myself!

    Free Crochet Baby Blanket/Lapgahn Pattern by The Loopy Lamb.  Great beginner crochet blanket pattern.

    Bernat Blanket is my go-to yarn for soft, cozy blankets that work up super quick.   The Bernat Blanket Whipped Cream in this texture actually kind of looks like real whipped cream which just makes me happy…and a little hungry but I promise I didn’t consume any of the yarn. Well…not on purpose anyway!

    This blanket is a lapghan/baby blanket size and is easy a good blanket for beginners.  If you  know how to chain, single crochet and double crochet, you can make this blanket.  It is so simple but has a beautiful texture.

    Free Crochet Baby Blanket/Lapgahn Pattern by The Loopy Lamb.  Great beginner crochet blanket pattern.

    If you like this free pattern, please like, share and pin this post.

    Free Crochet Baby Blanket/Lapgahn Pattern by The Loopy Lamb.  Great beginner crochet blanket pattern.

    Striped Thicket Stitch Blanket

    Skill Level: Beginner

    Supplies:
    4 skeins of Bernat Blanket – 2 Burgundy and 2 Whipped Cream
    10 mm crochet hook
    Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
    Scissors

    Abbreviations:
    CH = Chain
    SC = Single Crochet
    DC = Double Crochet
    FO = Finish Off

    Size: One Size – Children’s Size
    Finished size: Approximately 44 inches tall x 34 inches wide.

    Gauge: 9 sts across x 7 rows = 4” square

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

    Row 1: Using Burgundy and a 10mm Hook, CH 72
    Row 2:
    SC and DC in the second CH from the hook.  *skip the next CH, (SC, DC) in the next CH* repeat across, SC in the last CH.  CH 1 and turn. (71)
    Row 3:
    SC and DC in the first SC.  *skip the next stitch, (SC, DC) in the next stitch* repeat across, SC in the last stitch. CH 1 and turn.  (71)
    Rows 4 – 15:
    Repeat Row 3 (71)
    Change to Whipped Cream
    Rows 16 – 31:
    Repeat Row 3 (71)
    Change to Burgundy.
    Rows 32 – 45:
    Repeat Row 3 (71)
    Change to Whipped Cream.
    Rows 46 – 61:
    Repeat Row 3 (71)
    Change to Burgundy.
    Rows 62 – 75:
    Repeat Row 3 (71)
    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.   

    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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    Free Crochet Baby Blanket/Lapgahn Pattern by The Loopy Lamb.  Great beginner crochet blanket pattern.
  • Pattern Round Up

    Last Minute Crochet Gifts Pattern Round Up

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    Last Minute Christmas Gift Crochet Pattern Round Up - The Loopy Lamb

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    December is here and many of us are crocheting our hands to the bone trying to get all those Christmas presents done in time.
    Some of us were successful planners and ahead of the game… and some of us weren’t…*ahem*. If you and I are aligned in
    that “oh $&%^!” feeling of needing to get your stuff together, you are in the right place. This list of quick projects are sure
    to impress and make you look like an organized maven that is at the top of their game. This list of last-minute gifts are beautiful, thoughtful and take no time at all to whip up. P.S. They’re all FREE!

     

    Cabled Mittens

    Last Minute Christmas Gift Crochet Pattern Round Up - The Loopy Lamb

    To say that I’m in love with these cabled mittens is an understatement.  I recently made these as a gift for someone in red and fell head over heels.  I want to make myself a pair in every colour.  Since you can make a pair in a couple of hours (less if you’re quicker than I am), you can do just that.  Find the pattern HERE on the All about Ami blog.

    Sloth Cup Cozy

    Free Crochet Sloth Cup Cozy Pattern - The Loopy Lamb - Great Cup Cozy Pattern for Beginners

    Sloths are crazy popular this year! I had no idea that so many people loved sloths. My sloth cup cozy can be made in an hour
    or so and is great for your friends, as stocking stuffers for family or for coworkers. Better make one for yourself too. Get the pattern HERE.

     

     

    The Winter Dreams Velvet Cowl

    It is hard to resist a beautiful crochet piece made with velvet. This pattern uses 1 skein of Bernat Velvet yarn and a size 10mm hook so it should work up in a flash. Check this beauty out HERE.


    Tiny Pebbles Ear Warmer

    Last Minute Christmas Gift Crochet Pattern Round Up - The Loopy Lamb

    Who doesn’t love a good ear warmer? These textured ear warmers are easy enough for beginners and look great on everyone.  Whip up a few in an evening and you’re suddenly ahead of the game.  Get the pattern HERE.

     

    Baby  Dinosaur Triceratops Comforter

    Last Minute Christmas Gift Crochet Pattern Round Up - The Loopy Lamb

    This adorable lovey is wonderful for the babies and toddlers on your list.  Who am I kidding?  I want one too!  Cosy Crochet gives you all the instructions for making this sweet lovey on their blog HERE.

    Polar Puff Messy Bun Hat

    Polar Puff Messy Bun Hat Free Crochet Pattern by The Loopy Lamb

    The Polar Puff Messy Bun Hat is a fun and easy messy bun hat made with Caron X Pantone yarn which is a really soft merino wool blend.  This hat can be worked up in an evening and will be a big hit with the ladies on your Christmas gift list this year.  Find it HERE.

     

    Tiger Teething Ring

    Last Minute Christmas Gift Crochet Pattern Round Up - The Loopy Lamb

    Mary’s Cute and Cozy Crochet’s Tiger Teething Ring is also great for the baby on your list.  They’re not just cute, they can be a big helper for the tired or stressed out momma with a teething baby.  Mary has a whole series of these cute teething rings on her blog HERE.

     

    Aspen Beanie and Cowl Set

    Last Minute Christmas Gift Crochet Pattern Round Up - The Loopy Lamb

    This Aspen Beanie and Cowl pattern from No Hooks Given is a great way to make someone a matching hat and cowl set in a flash.  Using worsted weight yarn and a 6mm hook, you’ll be on your way to checking another person off your Christmas gift list in no time.  Find the free pattern HERE.


    Christmas Pudding Hat

    Last Minute Christmas Gift Crochet Pattern Round Up - The Loopy Lamb

    If you’re looking for a festive christmas gift to give, these Christmas Pudding Hats from Dora Does are sure to fit the bill.   The toddler size for this pattern will make the little one look good enough to eat and is available for free on the Dora Does blog HERE.

    Saint Prickolaus Cactus Cuddler

    Last Minute Christmas Gift Crochet Pattern Round Up - The Loopy Lamb

    This cactus is seriously huggable.  Because he is made using Bernat Blanket and a size 6mm hook, he can be made in an evening in front of the T.V..  He’s great for kids or anyone that just likes to snuggle.  The Saint Prickolaus Cactus Cuddler pattern can be found HERE.

    Handmade gifts are so special and are something the people receiving them can treasure for years to come.  I hope you enjoyed this round-up of last-minute Christmas gifts.

     

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