• Crochet Patterns

    Crochet Doll Outfit – Molly The Mermaid

    Doll wearing a crochet doll outfit including a halter top and mermaid tail.
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    Recently, I hosted a crochet along for an amigurumi doll named My Dolly Molly. We had so much fun making our dolls and I loved seeing everyone’s personalization of their dolls. Some people made their dolls shoes, hats, dresses, shorts and more. It was so much fun. Soon after starting, people started to request more outfits for Molly. I decided to take a poll and there was an overwhelming response from the group that they wanted more patterns for outfits. I’m all about giving you guys exactly what you want so I got to work on making a new crochet doll outfit for Molly. My daughter specifically requested for her doll to have a mermaid tail so I figured that would be a great way to get started.

    As mentioned above, this crochet doll outfit is an extension/addition to my amigurumi doll pattern My Dolly Molly. You can find the free version of the doll pattern on my blog in 3 parts – Part One, Part Two and Part Three. Each part of the pattern has a free video tutorial that accompanies it on my YouTube channel. If you’re interested in having the full pattern for My Dolly Molly at once, free of ads, it can be purchased for a small fee in both my Ravelry and Etsy shops.

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    To make this crochet doll outfit, you’ll need a worsted weight yarn in two different colours. For this project, I used Brava Worsted yarn from We Crochet in the colours Celestial (blue) and Dublin (green). My testers used some really fun different colours for their mermaids and I cannot wait to see what you all come up with. If you’re sharing pictures on social media, I’d love to see them. You can tag me using @theloopylamb or #theloopylamb on Instagram. If you’ve got a suggestion for another outfit for Molly, let me know in the comments below.

    You can purchase an inexpensive ad-free PDF version of this pattern for a small fee HERE on Ravelry and HERE on Etsy.

    Crochet Doll Outfit – Mermaid Molly

    Crochet doll with a removeable mermaid tail outfit

    Skill Level:

    • Intermediate

    Supplies:

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    Abbreviations:

    • CH = Chain
    • ST = Stitch
    • SK = Skip
    • SL ST = Slip Stitch
    • SC = Single Crochet
    • SCINC = Single Crochet Increase
    • SCDEC = Single Crochet Decrease
    • FLO = Front Loop Only
    • FO = Finish Off
    • WS = Wrong Side
    • RS = Right Side


    Finished size:

    • Mermaid Tail: 6” long from tip of tail to top of tail x 6 inches around.  5.5” across fins when laid flat
    • Top: 1.5” tall in front of top x 6 inches around

    Gauge:

    • 5 sts across x 7 rows = 1” square


    NOTES:

    • This outfit is an extension of my My Dolly Molly pattern and is designed to fit a My Dolly Molly doll. The free version of the My Dolly Molly Pattern can be found HERE.
    • This pattern is worked in joined rounds (unless stated otherwise).  A stitch marker is recommended to keep track of the beginning of the rounds.
    • For a cleaner SCDEC, do your SCDEC under the front loops only of each stitch rather than under both loops.  This is often referred to as an invisible decrease.
    • To put the top on Molly, put Molly feet-first through the top and tie the straps behind her neck. 
    • The mermaid tail will fit snuggly on Molly’s hip and is secured in the back using a 9 mm button and a loop created in row one of the tail.
    Crochet doll wearing a blue halter top


    Top


    Row 1: Using Brava Worsted Weight in Celestial and a 3.5mm (E) crochet hook, CH 4. SC in the 2nd CH from the hook and each CH across (3)
    Row 2: CH 1 and turn.  SCINC, SC, SCINC (5)
    Row 3: CH 1 and turn.  SC in each ST across (5)
    Row 4: CH 1 and turn. SCINC, SC 3, SCINC (7)
    Row 5: CH 1 and turn.  SCINC, SC 5, SCINC, CH 20.  Join to first ST with a SL ST taking care not to twist the CH (9 STs & 20 CHs)
    Row 6: CH 1 and turn. SC in each CH and ST across. Join last ST to the first ST with a SL ST. (29)
    Rows 7 – 8:
    CH 1 and turn. SC in each ST across. Join last ST to the first ST with a SL ST. (29)
    FO and weave in end.

    Back view of the halter top of the crochet doll outfit pattern


    Top Trim

    Round 1: With RS facing you, attach yarn in any of the STs of Row 5 in the back of the top.  SC in the same ST you attached your yarn to and each ST up to the top right-hand corner of the piece.  When you reach the corner, CH 41.  SL ST in the 2nd CH from the hook and back up the CH until you reach the body of the top again. SC in each of the 3 STs across the top of the top.  CH 41.  SL ST in the 2nd CH from the hook and up the CH until you reach the body of the top again and SC around the rest of the top.  Join last ST to first ST with a SL ST.  FO.

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    Back view of the mermaid tail, on the crochet doll - part of the two piece crochet doll outfit.




    Mermaid Tail

    Row 1: Using Brava Worsted Weight in Dublin and a 3.5mm (E) crochet hook, CH 36. SC in the 7th CH from the hook and each CH across. (30)
    Rows 2 – 5:  CH 1 and turn. SC in each ST across. (30)
    Rows 6 – 21:  CH 1 and turn. SC in each ST across. Join last ST to the first ST with a SL ST. (30)
    Row 22: CH 1 and turn. (SC 4, SCINC) x 6. Join last ST to the first ST with a SL ST. (36)
    Row 23: CH 1 and turn. (SC 5, SCINC) x 6. Join last ST to the first ST with a SL ST. (42)
    Row 24: CH 1 and turn. (SC 6, SCINC) x 6. Join last ST to the first ST with a SL ST. (48)
    Row 25: CH 1 and turn. (SCINC, SC 7) x 6.  Join last ST to the first ST with a SL ST. (54)
    Row 26: CH 1 and turn. SC in each ST across.  Join last ST to the first ST with a SL ST. (54)
    Row 27: CH 1 and turn. SC 4, SCINC, (SC 8, SCINC) x 5, SC 4.  Join last ST to the first ST with a SL ST (60)
    Rows 28 – 30: CH 1 and turn. SC in each ST across.  Join last ST to the first ST with a SL ST (60)  
    Place a stitch marker in STs 30 and 31 of Round 30.

    Fin Tip 1

    Row 31: CH 2 and SL ST into ST 31 of Row 30.  SC into the same ST as the SL ST.  SC 29, SCDEC across the CH 2.  Join last ST to the first ST with a SL ST.  (31)
    Row 32: CH 1 and turn.SCDEC, (SC 3, SCDEC) x 6. Join last ST to the first ST with a SL ST.  (25)
    Row 33: CH 1 and turn.SCDEC, SC 23. Join last ST to the first ST with a SL ST.  (24)
    Row 34: CH 1 and turn.  (SCDEC) x 3, SC 12, (SCDEC) x 3. Join last ST to the first ST with a SL ST.  (18)
    Row 35: CH 1 and turn.  SC around. Join last ST to the first ST with a SL ST.  (18)
    Row 36: CH 1 and turn. (SCDEC, SC) x 6.  DO NOT JOIN. The remaining rows will be worked without turning. (12)
    Row 37: SC around (12)
    Row 38: (SCDEC) x 6 (6)
    FO.  Using the tail, weave the tail through the FLO of the last round to close up the whole.  Weave in the end.

    Close up image of the mermaid doll tail

    Fin Tip 2

    Attach yarn in ST 30 of Round 30.
    Row 1: With WS facing you, SC in the same ST you attached the yarn to.  SC 29, SCDEC across the CH 2 SP.  Join last ST to the first ST with a SL ST.   (31)
    Row 2: CH 1 and turn.SCDEC, (SC 3, SCDEC) x 6. Join last ST to the first ST with a SL ST.  (25)
    Row 3: CH 1 and turn.SCDEC, SC 23. Join last ST to the first ST with a SL ST.  (24)
    Row 4: CH 1 and turn.  (SCDEC) x 3, SC 12, (SCDEC) x 3. Join last ST to the first ST with a SL ST.  (18)
    Row 5: CH 1 and turn.  SC around. Join last ST to the first ST with a SL ST.  (18)
    Row 6: CH 1 and turn. (SCDEC, SC) x 6.  DO NOT JOIN.  The remaining rows will be worked without turning. (12)
    Row 37: SC around (12)
    Row 38: (SCDEC) x 6 (6)
    FO.  Using the tail, weave the tail through the FLO of the last round to close up the whole.  Weave in the end.  Sew the button onto the back of the mermaid tail, at the top, across from the loop created in row one.

      
    That’s it’! I hope you enjoyed this crochet doll outfit to make Mermaid Molly! I’d love to hear any requests you may have for new free crochet doll outfits you’d like to see. Leave me a comment in the comment section below if you have any suggestions.

    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 blog: http://www.theloopylamb.com.  Please do not resell, distribute, duplicate, or share this pattern in any printed or digital form, or claim 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

    Fair Isle Crochet Workshop Review

    Close up image of the front of the book Fair Isle Crochet Workshop
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    I was recently given the opportunity to review Fair Isle Crochet Workshop by Natasja Vreeswijk so today I want to share with you my thoughts on this book and give you an idea of what to expect if you’re considering purchasing this book. Thanks to Search Press, they have provided us with a a copy of the book to giveaway to one lucky winner.

    This book was provided to me free of charge in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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    Fair Isle Crochet Workshop begins with a brief overview of basic techniques used in the book and walk through of the Fair Isle stitch technique. The technique utilized in this book is very similar to tapestry crochet in that the colour changes are carried inside the stitches and then brought back up when needed. The overview covers the technique, colour changes, crocheting in rounds & rows as well as the author’s tips & tricks for working with this technique. Since the majority of the designs in the book utilize the humble single crochet stitch this section doesn’t take up a lot of space in the book and doesn’t waste time jumping right into getting you started with it’s beautiful patterns.

    Inside cover of the book Fair Isle Crochet Workshop

    Fair Isle Crochet Workshop contains “15 modern projects for the home”, all of which are just beautiful. There is a throw blanket pattern in the book that is an absolute show stopper that I’m confident would garner compliments and inquiries from every visitor to your home.

    The projects in the book include patterns for:

    • Pillows
    • Blankets
    • Nursery Items
    • Plant Holders
    • A Ragdoll
    • A Clutch
    • A Pouffe
    • A Wall Hanging
    • and more!
    Tapesty crochet baby blanket pattern found inside the book

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    The patterns are written in the UK terminology but to be honest, it is used sparingly as most of the patterns reference the charts and aren’t written out row by row. Directions for borders and special considerations are written out in more detail so it is something to keep in mind when reading those sections if you are most used to the US terminology. A UK to US terminology conversion chart is available in the front of the book, but again, since most of the patterns are comprised mostly of single crochet stitches, it isn’t something you’ll likely have to reference often, if at all.

    Modern crochet colourwork wall hanging image from the book being reviewed

    The charts are typically large enough to see and understand clearly. There were a couple of instances where I found the chart a little small and wish there was a way to enlarge them but, with some patience, I was capable of sorting things out. Grid lines/row & stitch numbers would have been helpful to have but, not a huge deal.

    The pictures of the patterns are clear and beautifully illustrate the projects, making it difficult to determine what project to start first. The projects really wash away any “crochet is for grannies” perception. The styling of the book finds a fun and unique way to mix vintage and modern styling and is a visual pleasure to flip through it’s pages to look at the pictures. I honestly probably flipped through the pictures at least 3 or 4 times before settling down to actually read the content.

    The projects in Fair Isle Crochet Workshop use a variety of yarns in different weights from fingering to aran. The yarns are available to most via the internet or at your local yarn store but could easily be substituted for other yarns you may already have in your stash.

    Overall, this book would be a great addition the crochet library of an intermediate level crocheter that enjoys or wants to work on more colourwork projects. The designs in the book are gorgeous and definitely worth checking out. If you want to purchase a copy of Fair Isle Crochet Workshop, you can check it out HERE.

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    Back Cover of the Fair Isle Crochet Workshop book.

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    The Fair Isle Crochet Workshop Giveaway on The Loopy Lamb is open to participants in the U.S., Canada and U.K. and ends Friday, August 28th, 2020 at 11:45pm Eastern Standard time.

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  • Product Reviews

    Lion Brand Landscapes Fusion Yarn Review

    Lion Brand Landscapes Fusion laid out displayed in a group with a text overlay indicating this is a yarn review.
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    Lion Brand has a brand new Landscapes yarn available: Landscapes Fusion. At the time I’m writing this, the Landscapes Fusion hasn’t even hit Canadian store shelves yet and I’m so excited to share this new Landsapes yarn with you.

    Thanks to Lion Brand for supplying this yarn or my review. This yarn was supplied to me at no charge in exchange for my honest review.

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    The Lanscapes Fusion yarn is a single-ply roving style yarn that comes in a skein. It’s a size 4, medium weight yarn that’s a 100% acrylic. The yarn is soft to the touch, and as you’d expect with a roving style yarn, has a bit of a fuzz/halo around the strand. Since the yarn isn’t plied, it isn’t prone to splitting.

    Each skein of Landscapes Fusion is 100g and contains 109 yards/100m of yarn. The care instructions state that this yarn is machine washable but should be laid flat to dry.

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    The original Lion Brand Landscapes yarn is also a single-ply roving yarn but, it’s colours produce a striping effect in your projects. The Landscapes Fusion however, is a variegated yarn so it won’t produce stripes like the original Landscapes yarn would. On the Lion Brand website, there are currently 6 different colours to choose from. I was sent the Morningside and Washington Square colours to review.

    Two balls of Lion Brand Landscapes Fusion yarn in the colour Washington Square in a crochet swatch

    The recommended hook size for the Landscapes Fusion yarn is 6.5mm (6mm needle for all you knitters out there). You can definitely get away with a bigger hook with this yarn. The crochet gauge information on the label (using the recommended hook sizes) is as follows:

    • Crochet Gauge: 12 SCs x 15 Rows = 4″
    • Knit Gauge: 16.5 STs x 22 Rows = 4″

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    To be honest, I typically don’t like many variegated yarns. I fall in love with the colours and they way they look in the skein but then hate the way the yarn translates into stitches. But, the Landscapes Fusion in Morningside delivered exactly what expected when I crocheted it and I fell in love with the colours all over again. For the first time EVER, I actually still liked a variegated yarn after crocheting with. It definitely got the creative juices flowing and now I can’t decide what I want to make with it because I have so many ideas.

    Crochet swatch with a Furls Crochet Hook with the new Landscapes Fusion yarn in Morningside

    The yarn was so soft and pleasant to work with. As mentioned above, I didn’t have any issues with splitting or snagging when I worked up my swatches. The yarn has a soft sheen which is more noticeable once you work it up into a swatch.

    When planning your projects using this (and any other roving yarn), it is important to keep in mind that roving yarns generally tend to pill more than plied yarns. I personally would use this yarn for projects that aren’t going to see a lot of wear or abuse. There are few things more disappointing than putting your time, love and energy into a gorgeous garment with a beautiful yarn, only to find out that you need to shave it after wear.

    Three skeins of the new Landscapes yarn from Lion Brand and a teal Furls Crochet Hook
    Landscapes Fusion in Morningside (left) and Washington Square (right).

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    I have a bunch of ideas for designs to make with the Landscapes Fusion in Morningside! What do you think I should make? Have you seen this yarn? Have you tried this yarn? ‘d love to hear from you and know what your thoughts are so leave me a comment in the comment section below.

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  • Crochet Book Reviews

    Two-by-Two Crochet Book Review

    Cover of the Two-By-Two Crochet Book from Annie's
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    Thanks to Annie’s Craft Store, I was given the opportunity to review one of their newest crochet book releases: Two-by-Two Crochet: 2 Colours; 2 Rows by Bendy Carter and I have a copy of the book to giveaway to one lucky reader! Keep reading to learn more about this book and how you can enter to win a copy of your own.

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    The theme of Two-by-Two Crochet is crochet patterns that use two colours and two row repeats to create a design. Two-by-Two Crochet contains 8 different patterns using two colourways of yarn per design. One may make the assumption that the patterns in this book may look relatively simple but these designs are anything but. The designs in Two-by-Two Crochet are fun, textured designs with a high-level of visual interest to them. The designs range from hats to ruana scarves, blankets and ear warmers.

    image of the crochet ruana pattern available in two-by-two crochet.

    The patterns in this book are all rated as intermediate level. Post stitches are utilized heavily in these designs to create texture and visual interest. The designs are beautiful and interesting to execute. They could be done while binge-watching your favourite show, as long as you’re still able to pay attention to make sure you’re not accidently using a back post stitch when you should be using a front post stitch.

    A variety of yarn weights are used in the designs from fingering to super bulky. The yarn brands utilized are easily accessible yarns for most North American readers. You may even have some of the yarns used already in your stash so you could potentially get started right away.

    In the back of the book is a brief and clear reference section which is handy to have. I enjoyed the addition of a blank notes section for you to make any notes you may wish to make on the pattern, yarn selection etc.

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    Image of the crochet spinning colours throw featured in the crochet book being reviewed

    As mentioned above, the patterns are rated as appropriate for intermediate level crocheters which I think this book would be perfect for. Two-by-Two is filled with patterns that are easy enough to crochet while watching TV but with enough interest to prevent you from getting stuck or bored.

    If you want to purchase a copy of Two-by-Two Crochet: 2 Colours; 2 Rows by Bendy Carter, you can check it out HERE.

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    Cover of the Two-By-Two Crochet book available from Annie's

    Thanks to Annie’s Craft Store, I have a PDF copy of the book Two-by-Two Crochet: 2 Colours; 2 Rows by Bendy Carter to giveaway to one lucky winner!

    The Two-by-Two Crochet Giveaway on The Loopy Lamb is open to worldwide participants and ends Friday, August 14th, 2020 at 11:45pm Eastern Standard time.

    To enter, use the King Sumo form below. If you are on mobile and have difficulty entering, please use a desktop computer to enter. Only the Email option is mandatory – all other tasks are optional, for bonus entries only. Please note that by entering your email below, you are subscribing to The Loopy Lamb email list. We will not send you spam, just notifications about new free crochet patterns, news and giveaways.

  • Crochet Book Reviews

    Debrosse Modern Crochet Book Review

    Modern Crochet Book by Debrosse with a furls crochet hook on top and a cup of coffee next to it.
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    If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I love crochet books. I’ve always been a big reader so it seemed natural to combine my love of reading with my passion for crochet. I was recently given the opportunity to review the book Modern Crochet: Patterns & Designs for the Minimalist Maker by Teresa Carter of Debrosse. When this book came out there was a lot of buzz about it in the Instagram crochet community and I’m excited to share my review of it with you today.

    Thanks to Paige, Tate & Co., they have provided me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review of this book. All opinions are my own.

    When Modern Crochet first arrived and in taking it out of the box, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the book has a hard cover with a matte finish. I love when crochet books are hard cover and my first thought when I picked up this book was that it reminded me of a coffee table book. Even my husband, (who doesn’t crochet) said “that looks like a nice book” as he walked by. Opening the front cover I was greeted by two black pages and just on the inside of the cover is a ruler and there is a braided book mark attached to the book. I had a “YASS QUEEN!” moment when I saw that ruler and bookmark because it gave me hopes that this book was one of those fabulous finds that is a thoroughly though-out treasure.

    Faux fur cowl picture in the debrosse modern crochet book

    I sat down with Modern Crochet immediately and made the decision that house work would just have to wait. I poured over the pages, reading the foreword, written by Alexandra Tavel (@twoofwands) and the intro. The introduction was wonderful. It gives you a glimpse into the start of Debrosse, where the name came from and Teresa’s hopes for the book.

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    Bobble Pillow pages of the Debrosse Crochet Book

    I had this impression that the book was going to be a standard pattern book. To my surprise, it was much more like a fundamentals of crochet book. Pages 15 to 35 cover basics like yarn fundamentals, crochet hook fundamentals, how to read a pattern and more. Reading through this section, I thoroughly enjoyed the way it was written. It feels more conversational rather than formally instructional which just invites you to read more. The back of the book has a resource section that walks you through the stitches in the book. The instructions are clear and accessible to absolute beginners.

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    Table of contents of the book being reviewed by Debrosse

    Modern Crochet is beautifully illustrated with clean, crisp imagery – keeping with it’s modern/minimalistic theme. The text may be a little small for those that have issues with their vision but overall, the whole package is beautiful and well-thought out.

    The exact yarns and yarn brands that are used in the book are given and they’re all brands accessible to everyone willing to take a quick trip to their local big-box store that sells yarn. None of these yarns are particularly expensive either. In my opinion, this makes this book even more accessible. Readers don’t have to go out and search for materials. Many of the yarns used in this book are likely already in your stash.

    The Leogane Infinity scarf pages of Modern Crochet

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    The 16 patterns in this book are simple and easy to understand. A total beginner should be able to completed these patterns after reading and testing out the techniques shown in the book. There is an online component to the book as well that was unexpected. So if you’re stuck and need further help, there is a video support link accessible to those that have bought the book. I think this is a great addition that can help ensure success to Modern Crochet’s readers.

    Pictures of the Debrosse scrunchie pattern inside Modern Crochet

    Overall this is a beautiful book that begs to be left out, just like a coffee table book. It’s goal of shattering the grannies-only perception of crochet has been met, with a resource that proves crochet has evolved beyond that granny square and has it’s place in a modern and minimalist world. If you’re a beginner, this book is a wonderful resource that is worth investing in.

    If you want to check out Modern Crochet from Debrosse you can grab a copy of the book HERE.

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    Back cover of the book by Debrosse
  • Product Reviews

    Mandala Watercolors Yarn Review

    three cakes of Lion Brand Mandala Watercolors yarn side by side.
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    Lion Brand has a brand new Mandala yarn available: Mandala Watercolors. At the time I’m writing this, the Mandala Watercolors hasn’t even hit Canadian store shelves yet and I’m so excited to share this new Mandala yarn with you.

    Thanks to Lion Brand for supplying this yarn or my review. This yarn was supplied to me at no charge in exchange for my honest review.

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    The Mandala Watercolors yarn is a single-ply roving style yarn that comes in a yarn cake. It’s a size 5, bulky weight yarn that’s a blend of 75% acrylic, 15% wool and 10% nylon. The yarn is soft to the touch, and as you’d expect with a roving style yarn, has a bit of a fuzz/halo around the strand. Since the yarn isn’t plied, it isn’t prone to splitting.

    Each Mandala Watercolor cake comes in a 100g size ball that contains 164 yards/150m. The yarn is machine washable on the genry cycle and needs to be laid flat to dry.

    Top view of the Mandala Watercolor in Icy Grape, next to a furls crochet hook

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    The recommended hook size for the Mandala Watercolors yarn is 6.5mm (6.5mm needle for all you knitters out there). You can definitely get away with a bigger hook with this yarn. The crochet gauge information on the label (using the recommended hook sizes) is as follows:

    • Crochet Gauge: 14 SCs x 20 Rows = 4″
    • Knit Gauge: 11 STs x 12 Rows = 4″

    This yarn is dyed to mimic an almost hand-dyed, hand-painted yarn and the colour changes happen pretty gradually. Mandala Watercolors is currently available in 6 different colours on the Lion Brand website. I had the colours Icy Grape, Quarry and Teaberry to check out for my review. The Teaberry was definitely my favourite of the three with the Quarry being a close second. The Icy Grape colourway had a beautiful shade of purple but it had some light brown spots of colour which weren’t visible on the site which, i my opinion took away from the gorgeous purple that they used.

    Two cakes of Lion Brand Mandala Watercolours in Quarry with a furls crochet hook.

    Check out the video review of this Lion Brand Mandala Watercolors yarn and see me try the yarn for the first time:

    When planning your projects using this (and any other roving yarn), it is important to keep in mind that roving yarns generally tend to pill more than plied yarns. I personally would use this yarn for projects that aren’t going to see a lot of wear or abuse. There are few things more disappointing than putting your time, love and energy into a gorgeous garment with a beautiful yarn, only to find out that you need to shave it after wear.

    If you want to check out the new Lion Brand Mandala Watercolour yarn, you can check it out through my affiliate link HERE. I may earn a small commission on qualifying purchases made through this link (at no expense to you) which helps me to continue to provide free content like this and free crochet patterns.

    Two cakes of the yarn being reviewed in Teaberry with a furls crochet hook.

    I’m thinking I may possibly work up a quick design with the Mandala Watercolors. What do you think? Have you seen this yarn? Have you tried this yarn? What would you make with it? I’d love to hear from you and know what your thoughts are so leave me a comment in the comment section below.

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  • Crochet Patterns

    Free Crochet Dog Pattern – Henley the Hound

    Brown Crochet Puppy begging for a treat with a text overlay indicating this is a free crochet dog pattern.
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    This free crochet dog pattern has been sponsored by Clover USA. All opinions are my own.

    I am so so excited to share with you my free crochet dog pattern for Henley the Hound. Henley is a sweet and playful puppy that is just begging to be played with. Henley is a crochet dog that is sitting on his hind quarters and is holding his paws up to ask for a treat or for someone to play with him.

    Dogs have always been a big part of my life and I have wanted to design a free crochet dog pattern for the blog but didn’t want it to be like a doll. I had made a few different attempts but I didn’t like any of them enough to keep so I’d always end up frogging it and starting again. When I saw the ball of We Crochet Brava Worsted yarn on my shelf in Brindle, I was inspired to try again. I really love this colour and decided it would be a great colour for a dog. It was my husband’s suggestion to make Henley’s ears and tail in a darker brown and I couldn’t be happier with how he’s turned out. I hope you’ll love him too.

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    This free crochet dog pattern is suitable for intermediate crocheters or adventurous beginners. Henley is designed to be able to stand up on his own. The placement of the thighs, feet and tail provide some assistance for him to stand up which is further aided by the use of poly pellets in the base of Henley’s body. Poly pellets are plastic pellets that add weight to your project. The poly pellets are placed in a nylon stocking to prevent them from falling out of the toy through the stitches. This is an optional step however, if you choose not to use them, it may make Henley a bit less stable/less able to stand up on his own.

    Amigurumi dog with some Clover USA Crochet tools looking up at a ball of purple yarn.

    The tools I used in this project were generously supplied by Clover USA. I used their Clover Amour Crochet hooks, Chibi Bent Tip Tapestry Needle, Locking Stitch Markers and Patchwork Mini Scissors. All of these tools have become part of my go-to toolbox. All of these tools are really great quality and enjoyable to use. Locking stitch markers are an absolute necessity (in my opinion) when making amigurumi and these stitch markers never disappoint. I never realized what a game changer a bent tip tapestry needle could be until I tried them. If you do amigurumi projects regularly, then I definitely recommend checking them out.

    Get an ad-free PDF version of this pattern for a small fee  HERE on Ravelry or HERE on Etsy.

    Back view of the amigurumi dog made with this free crochet pattern and some Clover USA tools.

    Free Crochet Dog Pattern for Henley the Hound

    Skill Level:

    • Intermediate


    Terminology:

    • U.S. Terminology

    Supplies:

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    Abbreviations:

    • CH = Chain
    • ST = Stitch
    • SL ST = Slip Stitch
    • MC = Magic Circle
    • SC = Single Crochet
    • SCINC = Single Crochet Increase
    • SCDEC = Single Crochet Decrease
    • FLO = Front Loop Only
    • FO = Finish Off


    Finished Size:

    • Approximately 8.5” tall x 4.5” wide across the hips


    Gauge:

    • 9 sts x 11 rows = 2 inches – Gauge is not vital to the project as long as tension is maintained throughout the project and there are no holes where stuffing can be seen.  However, please note if you do not match gauge, it will affect the size of your project and therefore, potentially the amount of yarn required.

    Pattern:


    Notes:

    • This project is worked in continuous rounds.  Do not join at the end of every row (unless indicated).  Use a stitch marker to mark the first stitch of every round, moving it up at the start of each new round.
    • For a cleaner SCDEC, do your SCDEC under the front loops only of the stitch rather than under both loops.  This is often referred to as an invisible decrease.
    • Work the SL STs in the arms loosely so that you are able to work into them when adding future rows.
    • Henley is designed to be able to stand up on his own. The placement of the thighs, feet and tail provide some assistance for him to stand up which is further aided by the use of poly pellets in the base of Henley’s body. Poly pellets are plastic pellets that add weight to your project. The poly pellets are placed in a nylon stocking to prevent them from falling out of the toy through the stitches. This is an optional step however, if you choose not to use them, it may make Henley a bit less stable/less able to stand up on his own.

    Head

    Round 1: Using Brava Worsted yarn in Brindle and 3.5 mm crochet hook, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC. (6)
    Round 2: (SCINC) x 6 (12)
    Round 3: (SC, SCINC) x 6 (18)
    Round 4: SC 1, SCINC, (SC 2, SCINC) x 5, SC 1 (24)
    Round 5: (SC 3, SCINC) x 6 (30)
    Rounds 6  – 10:
    SC around (30)
    Round 11: (SCINC, SC 2) x 5, SCINC, SC 14 (36)
    Round 12: (SCINC, SC 3) x 5, SCINC, SC 15 (42)
    Round 13: SC 2, SCINC, (SC 4, SCINC) x 5, SC 14 (48) – Place eyes in STS 10 and 25 of Row 13
    Rounds 14  – 15:  SC around (48)
    Round 16: (SCINC, SC 5) x 5, SCINC, SC 17 (54)
    Rounds 17 – 23:  SC around (54)
    Round 24:  SC 2, SCDEC, (SC 4, SCDEC) x 8, SC 2 (45)
    Rounds 25 – 26: SC around (45)
    Round 27: SCDEC,(SC 3, SCDEC) x 8, SC 3 (36) – Start stuffing, adding a bit more stuffing after each round.  Stuff firmly.
    Round 28: SC 2, SCDEC, (SC 4, SCDEC) x 5, SC 2 (30)
    Round 29: (SC 3, SCDEC) x 6 (24)
    Round 30: (SC 2, SCDEC) x 6 (18)
    Round 31: (SC 1, SCDEC) x 6 (12)
    Round 32: (SCDEC) x 6 (6)

    FO and weave the tail through the FLO of the last round to close the hole. Weave in end.

    Close up image of the nose and face of the crochet toy made with this free crochet dog pattern.

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    Body

    Round 1: Using Brava Worsted yarn in Brindle and 3.5 mm crochet hook, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC. (6)
    Round 2: (SCINC) x 6 (12)
    Round 3: (SC, SCINC) x 6 (18)
    Round 4: SC 1, SCINC, (SC 2, SCINC) x 5, SC 1 (24)
    Round 5: (SC 3, SCINC) x 6 (30)
    Round 6: SC 2, SCINC, (SC 4, SCINC) x 5, SC 2 (36)
    Round 7: (SC 5, SCINC) x 6 (42)
    Rounds 8  – 26: SC around (42)
    Round 27: (SC 5, SCDEC) x 6 (36)
    Round 28: SC around (36) – If using Poly Pellets, add them to the nylon stocking. Secure the top with a knot (or your preferred method) and place it in the bottom of the body now.  Start stuffing, adding a bit more every couple of rounds.  Make sure to stuff around the Poly Pellet pack.  Stuff firmly.
    Round 29: SC 2, SCDEC, (SC 4, SCDEC) x 5, SC 2 (30)
    Round 30: SC around (30)
    Round 31: (SC 3, SCDEC) x 6. (24)
    Round 32: SC around (24)
    Round 33: SC 1, SCDEC, (SC 2, SCDEC) x 5, SC 1. (18)

    Join last ST to first ST with a SL ST and FO leaving a long tail to sew the head onto the body. Sew body onto head. For a playful look, sew the head slightly off center/leaned to one side.  Add stuffing to the body as you sew the head on and stuff firmly to help support the head.  Not enough stuffing may cause the head to droop.

    Brown amigurumi dog standing up and begging for a treat

    Left Arm

    Round 1: Using Brava Worsted yarn in Brindle and 3.5 mm crochet hook, make a MC and SC 8 into the MC. (8)
    Round 2: (SCINC) x 2, SC 2, (SCINC) x 2, SC 2 (12)
    Round 3:  SC around (12)
    Round 4: SCINC, SC 1, SCINC, SC 3, SCINC, SC 1, SCINC, SC 3 (16)
    Rounds 5 – 8: SC around (16)
    Rounds 9 – 12: In FLO, SL ST 8, working back under both loops, SC 8 (16) – Start stuffing, adding a bit more stuffing every couple of rounds.  Stuff firmly.
    Rounds 13 – 18: SC around (16)
    Round 19: SC 7, (SCDEC) x 4, SC (12)
    Round 20:
    SC around (12)
    Round 21:
    SC 6, (SCDEC) x 3 (9)
    Round 22: SC 5, (SCDEC) x 2 (7)

    FO leaving a long tail that’s long enough to close the top of the arm and sew it onto the body. Use the tail to whip stitch the top of the arm closed.

    Right Arm

    Round 1: Using Brava Worsted yarn in Brindle and 3.5 mm crochet hook, make a MC and SC 8 into the MC. (8)
    Round 2: (SCINC) x 2, SC 2, (SCINC) x 2, SC 2 (12)
    Round 3:  SC around (12)
    Round 4: SCINC, SC 1, SCINC, SC 3, SCINC, SC 1, SCINC, SC 3 (16)
    Rounds 5 – 8: SC around (16)
    Rounds 9 – 12: In FLO, SL ST 8, working back under both loops, SC 8 (16) – Start stuffing, adding a bit more stuffing every couple of rounds.  Stuff firmly.
    Rounds 13 – 18: SC around (16)
    Round 19: (SCDEC) x 3, SC 8, SCDEC (12)
    Round 20:
    SC around (12)
    Round 21:
    (SCDEC) x 3, SC 6 (9)
    Round 22: (SCDEC) x 2, SC 5 (7)

    FO leaving a long tail that’s long enough to close the top of the arm and sew it onto the body. Use the tail to whip stitch the top of the arm closed.  The ends of the arms are angled to fit flush with the sides of the body this is the part that will lay next to the body (see image below).  In the image below, is the left arm and I’m pointing out the part of the arm that should be lain next to the body when sewing onto the dog.  Sew left arm onto the left side of the body and sew the right arm onto the right side of the body, angling the paws upwards towards the chin.  Making one paw slightly lower than the other gives it a playful look.  Using sewing pins to pin the arms onto the body first will help you ensure your arms are in a place you are happy with and hold them in place while you’re sewing them on.

    Left arm of Henley the Hound – This picture shows the part of the arm that should lay flat against the body when sewing the arms to the body.



    Ears (Make Two)

    Round 1: Using Brava Worsted yarn in Sienna and 3.5 mm crochet hook, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC. (6)
    Round 2: (SCINC) x 6 (12)
    Round 3: (SC, SCINC) x 6 (18)
    Round 4: (SC 2, SCINC) x 6 (24)
    Round 5: (SC 3, SCINC) x 6 (30)
    Rounds 6 – 8:
    SC around (30)
    Round 9: SCDEC, SC 13, SCDEC, SC 13 (28)

    Close up image of the dark brown ear on the dog toy made with this free crochet dog pattern.


    Round 10: SC around (28)
    Round 11: SCDEC, SC 12, SCDEC, SC 12 (26)
    Round 12: SC around (26)
    Round 13: SCDEC, SC 11, SCDEC, SC 11 (24)
    Round 14: SC around (24)
    Round 15: SCDEC, SC 10, SCDEC, SC 10 (22)
    Round 16:  SC around (22)
    Round 17: (SCDEC) x 2, SC 7, (SCDEC) x 2, SC 7 (18)
    Round 18: SC around (18)
    Round 19: (SCDEC) x 2, SC 5, (SCDEC) x 2, SC 5 (14)
    Round 20: (SCDEC) x 2, SC 3, (SCDEC) x 2, SC 3 (10)

    Join last ST to the first ST with a SL ST.
    FO leaving a long tail that’s long enough to close the top of the ear and sew it onto the head. DO NOT STUFF.  Use the tail to whip stitch the top of the ear closed. Sew an ear onto either side of the head, lining the tops of the ears to be in line with the center of the eyes.

    Feet (Make Two)

    Round 1: Using Brava Worsted yarn in Brindle and 3.5 mm crochet hook, make a MC and SC 8 into the MC. (8)
    Round 2: (SCINC) x 2, SC 2, (SCINC) x 2, SC 2 (12)
    Round 3:  SC around (12)
    Round 4: SCINC, SC 1, SCINC, SC 3, SCINC, SC 1, SCINC, SC 3 (16)
    Rounds 5 – 9: SC around (16)
    Round 10: (SCDEC) x 3, SC 10 (13)
    Round 11: (SCDEC) x 3, SC 7 (10) – Add stuffing to the foot. Stuff firmly.  Do not add any more stuffing to the foot beyond this point.
    Rounds 12 – 16: SC around (10)
    Round 17: (SCDEC) x 5 (5)

    FO leaving a long tail for sewing.  Weave the tail through the FLO of the last round to close the hole.  Flatten the part of the foot that was not stuffed.  This part will lay flat against the bottom of the body.  Pin the feet to the body and wait to sew them on until after both thighs are completed.



    Thighs (Make Two)

    Round 1: Using Brava Worsted yarn in Brindle and 3.5 mm crochet hook, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC. (6)
    Round 2: (SCINC) x 6 (12)
    Round 3: (SC, SCINC) x 6 (18)
    Round 4: (SC 2, SCINC) x 6 (24)
    Round 5: (SC 3, SCINC) x 6 (30)
    Rounds 6 – 8:
    SC around (30)

    Round 9: SCDEC, SC 13, SCDEC, SC 13 (28)
    Round 10: SC around (28)
    Round 11: (SCDEC) x 2, SC 10, (SCDEC) x 2, SC 10 (24)
    Round 12: SC around (24)
    Round 13: (SCDEC) x 2, SC 8, (SCDEC) x 2, SC 8 (20)
    Round 14: SC around (20)
    Round 15: (SCDEC) x 2, SC 6, (SCDEC) x 2, SC 6 (16)
    Round 16:  SC around (16)

    Join last ST to the first ST with a SL ST.  FO leaving a long tail to sew piece to body. Flatten the piece (it will naturally want to curve) and pin around the outside of the piece to either side of the lower part of the body, lining the bottoms of the piece up with the outside edge of each foot.  Use the tail to sew the thigh around the outside of the thigh piece, to the body and add a bit of stuffing between the thigh and the body before closing it up.  Sew along the bottom of the thigh to the foot.  This will help it look like it’s all one piece.  Use the tail on the foot to sew the foot to the bottom of the body.  Repeat with the other thigh/foot.

    Step one of the leg application process for this free crochet dog pattern
    Step two of the leg application process for this free crochet dog pattern

    Tail

    Round 1: Using Brava Worsted yarn in Sienna and 3.5 mm crochet hook, make a MC and SC 4 into the MC. (4)
    Round 2: SC around (4)
    Round 3: (SCINC, SC) x 2 (6)
    Round 4: SC around (6) – Start stuffing.  Adding more stuffing after each few rows.  Stuff firmly.
    Round 5: (SCINC, SC 2) x 2 (8)
    Rounds 6 – 8: SC around (8)
    Round 9: (SC 3, SCINC) x 2 (10)
    Rounds 10 – 26: SC around (10)

    Close up image of the amigurumi dog tail

    Join last ST to the first ST with a SL ST.  FO leaving a long tail for sewing.  Stand your dog upright and place the tail near the bottom of the base, at the back of the dog so it rests on the table and assists the dog in standing upright on its own.  Sew to the base using the tail of yarn left from finishing the tail.

    Nose

    Thread a tapestry needle with black embroidery thread and knot the ends together.  Pull the needle through a stitch near the back of the head and out through the center of the magic circle in the front of the head, pulling the knot into the dog’s head to hide it.  Start to embroider the nose in a rounded triangular shape, working into Round 3 of the head and bringing the thread back out through the magic circle of the head.  Work over this section until you have a filled in shape that resembles an upside down triangle with a rounded edge.  The outside edges of my nose line up with the outside edges of the eyes.  FO and weave in end. 

    Close up image of the embroidered nose on the amigurumi dog



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  • Crochet Book Reviews

    Whimsical Stitches Book Review

    Front Cover of the Whimsical Stitches book with a plant, coffee and tip of a crochet hook visible in the edges of the photo.
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    If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I love, love, LOVE crochet books and amigurumi. So when the opportunity became available for me to review this amigurumi crochet book called Whimsical Stitches: A Modern Makers Book of Amigurumi Crochet Patterns by Lauren Espy, you know I jumped all over it.

    Thanks to Paige, Tate & Co., they have provided me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review of this book. All opinions are my own.

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    First impressions upon receiving the book was that the cover is bright, fun and well…whimsical. I loved that it’s a hardcover book with a matte finish and the cover gives you a great selection of images from the patterns in the book. It’s one of those covers that invites you in and begs to be picked up if not by you, then definitely by any kids that may be with you.

    Inside cover of the amigurumi book by Lauren Espy.

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    Whimsical Stitches has 25 different amigurumi crochet patterns for a variety of different items. From plants and animals to different food items, this book has a gets big points for cuteness factor. The book is split into 5 different sections: In the Garden, At the Aquarium, Down on the Farm, At the Bakery and At the Market. The patterns are grouped under these sections in the book. Some of the patterns in this book include:

    • Saguaro Cactus,
    • Octopus,
    • Duck,
    • Mug & Donut,
    • Berries,
    • Sunflower,
    • Whale,
    • Bunny,
    • Macarons,
    • Eggplant;
    • and more!
    The table of contents in the Whimsical Stitches book.

    The patterns in the book use worsted weight yarn to complete. Most people have yarns that could work for these projects already in their yarn stash and can easily get started on projects in the book right away instead of having to track down supplies. The patterns themselves don’t list the exact yarns used which may be problematic for anyone that was the EXACT same yarn but you could easily find similar colours in your stash or yarn shopping at a big box store.

    Whimsical Stitches, of course, has a resource section. It details the stitches and techniques used for the patterns in the book and all stitches/techniques are accompanied by clear, step-by-step photographs. Since each pattern in the book has a face, instructions are given to instruct you how to do the mouth and eyelash stitching. When reading the instructions for how to embroider the mouth, I found the pictures to be particularly helpful in clarifying the written instructions.

    crochet tulips in pink and purple illustrated inside this crochet book

    The patterns themselves are clear, concise and loaded with photos to help you through the process of making your little amigurumi cuties. The photos in the book are bright, clean and helpful. I loved the amount of photos included to help you through the process. If I were a beginner or someone newer to amigurumi, the pictures included really help to guide you through the process to help ensure you get the best results possible. For example, to make the wings of the duck pattern, there are 18 pictures, spread across a 2-page spread to walk you through making the wings. I think that level of detail is great to include and can help you through what may have been tricky spots had photos not been included.

    Crochet strawberries and blueberries inside the amigurumi book being reviewed

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    Overall, I think it’s an adorable book of amigurumi crochet patterns and definitely worth adding to your crochet library if amigurumi is something you enjoy. I wouldn’t hesitate to give this book as a gift to a fellow crocheter. I think this book could be accessible to a relatively newer crocheter due to the level of detail given in the photos to walk you through the patterns. Lauren Espy has done a wonderful job of making this book accessible to as large an audience as possible and I won’t hesitate to recommend her book to any friend that should ask me about it.

    Picture of the crochet macarons pattern inside the Whimsical Stitches book

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    Back cover of the Whimsical stitches book with a furls crochet hook lain on top of it.
  • Product Reviews

    Premier Anti-Pilling Everyday Bobbin Yarn Review

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    I was recently able to make a quick trip to the Michaels for some supplies. I know that around this time every year they start to put out the new fall lines of product so I figured my trip for supplies could do double duty and I could get a sneak peek of what’s going to be available for fall yarns. Although things weren’t fully put out yet, I immediately noticed and was drawn to an end cap display for a brand new yarn I haven’t seen before, from a yarn brand that I haven’t had the opportunity to try before. It was Premier Anti-Pilling Everyday Bobbin.

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    The first thing I noticed was it’s unique packaging. The yarn it packaged on a large spool, similar to a bobbin of sewing thread. On each bobbin, are 3 different, coordinating colours. All the bobbins that I saw had two solids and a variegated colour. The packaging has a hole at each end of it which can be used to place the spool on something that spins. I don’t know if that is the original intent of the design but that’s what I would use it for. Did you ever see that picture that went viral on Facebook a while ago of a woman using a toilet paper roll dispenser to hold her yarn while she crocheted? I’m envisioning adding this the Premier Anit-Pilling Every Day Bobbin to a papertowel dispenser and and working away, tangle free. The wide base of the bobbin would likely help prevent it from going too far if you just laid it on the table however, putting it on a papertowel dispenser just seems more fun.

    Top shot of the bobbin used in the premier anti-pilling everyday bobbin packaging

    The other fun thing I noticed about the design of the packaging is that, taking further inspiration from sewing thread bobbins, the ends of the yarn are all nicely tucked up under the label at the top of the package, held in by the label and some notches cut into the top of the bobbin. No more yarn barf! I found my ends relatively quickly and was ready to get started.

    The yarn itself is soft and plush. It’s a worsted weight, when using one strand of the yarn. It is 100% acrylic and it has a plied construction. If you have ever used Caron X Pantone yarn, it has a very similar strand construction and feel. It has a loose ply and it is a bit prone to splitting because of that but overall, I still enjoyed working with it. One spool comes with a total of 543 yards (498m) of yarn which is 181 yards (166m) of each colour.

    Close up of the side and yarn on the Premier Anti-Pilling Everday Bobbin

    The recommended hook size for this yarn is 5.5mm (5mm needle for all you knitters out there). You can definitely get away with a bigger hook with this yarn. The crochet gauge information on the label (using the recommended hook sizes) is as follows:

    • Crochet Gauge: 12 SCs x 15 Rows = 4″

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    The yarn is anti-pilling and after checking the Premier website and some of it’s other anti-pilling yarn lines, I found that this yarn has a cool feature. If the yarn ever does pill, throw it in the wash and the plies will come off in the wash. Now that sounds cool up front because it means my project can look new, longer. I’m not sure what that will mean for my poor washing machine if I used a lot of this yarn and did this often though. I’m working with this yarn right now and am looking forward to giving this a try and to see how often it’s necessary.

    Here in Canada the Premier Anti-Pilling Everday Bobbin was selling at Michaels for $14.99 CAD at the time I purchased it. I had a 30% off coupon that I was able to use for my purchase. My initial thought at the cost of the yarn was “wow, that’s a bit expensive” when I saw that it was a 100% acrylic yarn. But, considering it’s anti-pilling and it has 550 yards, it isn’t too bad, especially when you’re able to possibly grab it on sale and/or utilize a coupon.

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    I’m thinking I may possibly work up a quick design the Everyday Bobbin. I picked up a bobbin in the colour Peacock and I love it so I’m just itching to do something fun with it. What do you think? Have you seen this yarn? Have you tried this yarn? What would you make with it? I’d love to hear from you and know what your thoughts are so leave me a comment in the comment section below.

    New Bobbin Yarn in Peacock from Premier

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  • Crochet Book Reviews

    Giving Back Crochet by Jonah Larson Review

    Cover of Giving Back Crochet by Jonah Larson with a text overlay indicating this is a review of the book
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    Thanks to Annie’s Craft Store, I was given the opportunity to review one of their newest crochet book releases: Giving Back Crochet by Jonah Larson and I have a copy of the book to giveaway to one lucky reader! Keep reading to learn more about this book and how you can enter to win a copy of your own.

    Jonah Larson is a world renowned crochet prodigy who taught himself to crochet using YouTube videos at the age of 5. This little guy has taken the crochet world by storm. His business, Jonah’s Hands, sells everything from apparel, memorbilia, items handmade by Jonah, videos and book. Giving Back Crochet is one of a few different crochet books that have been in the pipeline for Jonah and I’m excited to see what it has in store.

    crochet mittens in three different sizes and colours.

    Giving Back Crochet has 26 crochet patterns designed specifically for charitable giving. The book contains patterns for a variety of projects, some of which include:

    • Bracelets
    • Blankets
    • Hats
    • Scarves
    • Mittens
    • Baskets
    • Soap Sacks
    • Lip Balm Holder
    • Slippers

    The book includes a series of basic crochet instructions as a reference section in the back kof the book. The instructions are accompanied with illustrations to assist you through the written steps. The reference section was clear and easy to follow. The reference section did not contain the illustrated instructions for all the stitches/stitch variations used in the book but a quick Google search could get you anything you felt you needed further clarification on.

    Textured Crochet Beanies worn by a male and female in brown and blue.

    A fun item included in the book is a set of three different gift tags that you can print and cut out to include with your charitable crochet projects. Since this book is available as a printable PDF, you can print this page out over and over again to have an endless supply of tags to accompany all your projects.

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    The patterns in Giving Back Crochet are written in U.S. terminology and the patterns themselves were easy to follow. The projects use a variety of Yarnspirations yarns so finding the necessary materials to make the items couldn’t be easier. Some of the projects could be a bit on the pricey side though. There is a beautiful blanket pattern in the book that uses 10 balls of Bernat Blanket yarn, which normally runs at about $12 CAD plus tax here so could get a bit expensive. But, if you plan ahead and use sales/coupons, or substitute another more lower priced yarn, the blanket could be done for much cheaper which would enable you to donate more for the same cost. If the cost is not prohibitive to you, the Bold Blue Stripes blanket is really stunning and bound to wow anyone that you give it to.

    Blue and white corner to corner blanket pattern in Giving Back Crochet by Jonah Larson

    The patterns are accompanied by beautiful and clean photography that give you a really great sense of the finished projects.

    I would say that the book is suitable for an intermediate level, experienced crocheter. Because things like illustrated instructions for all stitch variations aren’t present, I think having some crochet knowledge would be helpful in using this book. But, as I said above, anything not present in the book can quickly be found with a quick Google search if you aren’t sure how to execute it.

    If you like to crochet for charity, the book contains some beautiful projects that give you enough variety that you don’t get burnt out making the same thing over and over again. If you want to purchase a copy of Giving Back Crochet by Jonah Larson, you can check it out HERE.

    Soap savers made with a crochet pattern found in the new Jonah Larson book.

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