• Product Reviews

    Furls Wander Acrylic Yarn Review

    Furls Wander Yarn in a flat lay with furls odyssey crochet hooks
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    As you may already know, Furls Crochet doesn’t just sell crochet hooks, but they also sell a merino wool blend yarn called Furls Whims Merino. Until now, that was the only Furls-branded yarn that they sold. Now, there’s a new yarn in town called Furls Wander and I was fortunate enough to be sent some of the new yarn before they launched it to take it for a test stitch.

    This yarn was provided to me free of charge in exchange for my honest review.

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    Before we get into it, let’s go over the yarn label information so we all know a bit more about the yarn:

    Furls Wander Yarn:

    • Current Number of Colourways Available: 14. Check them out HERE.
    • Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic
    • Weight: 4 (Worsted)
    • Package Size: 100g
    • Yardage: 120 yd / 109 m
    • Suggested Hook Size: 5 mm (H)
    • Suggested Needle Size: 5mm (US 8)
    • Crochet Gauge: 16 scs x 28 rows = 4″
    • Knitting Gauge: 18 sts x 27 rows = 1″
    • Care: Machine wash, cold. Do not tumble dry (so lay flat to dry)
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    Furls Wander Yarn in five different colours with matching furls odyssey hooks on top of them

    I was sent the Midnight, Amethyst, Pomegranate, Meadow and Thatch colourways (pictured above and named from left to right). My first impressions of the yarn upon taking it out of the box was how soft it was to touch and noticing the sheen that the yarn has. The yarn has this really pretty shine to it that I haven’t seen very often in a yarn. I particularly enjoyed the shine in the Thatch colourway. It is such a beautiful gold colour and that little shine gives it a bit of a pop that just drew me in. All the yarn colours I tested were vibrant and rich. Just really beautiful, bold colours.

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    Furls Wander yarn in a flat lay with crochet hook, scissors and pizza stitch marker

    Furls Wander was pleasant to work with and had minimal issues with splitting. It has nice stitch definition and is soft on your hands while you work. One of the balls that I worked with had quiet a few knots, splits and frays but I did not experience that with any of the other balls so I’m hoping that was a fluke. Below you can see Furls Wander in two different crochet swatches. I used the Thatch and Amethyst colourways for these swatches. With the Thatch colour, I did a swatch with basic crochet stitches. Starting with single crochet stitches, moving to half double crochet and then double crochet stitches. I used a 6.0mm crochet hook here for that swatch. For my swatch done in Amethyst, I used an 8mm tunisian crochet hook and I started with tunisian simple stitch followed by tunisian knit stitch. Of the two swatches, I think I like how the tunisian simple stitch sample looks the best. I just imagine a luxuriously thick and soft pair of slippers made in tunisian with this yarn and I bet they’d be an instant favourite.

    Crochet swatch made with Furls Wander in Thatch
    Tunisian crochet sample swatch in the yarn being reviewed

    Furls Wander has a bit of a fuzzy halo to it which is exasperated with minimal friction so for this reason, I would personally not use it for a wearable like a sweater unless the fuzzy halo look is something you’re after. It would be great for blankets and accesories though. This is of course, my personal opinion. If this isn’t something that bothers you, then this yarn may be something you fall in love with right away. The squish factor on this yarn is through the roof so it may even be something you’re willing to overlook in order to have that soft, lush fabric.

    Overall, I enjoyed the yarn and I’m definitely going to be making something with it. I’ve already made up a couple of swatches but I love them all so it’s hard to decide what it will become.

    If you are interested in checking out Furls Wander Yarn, it can be purchased HERE.

    Thanks for checking out my yarn review. Have you tried Furls Wander yet? What did you think? What would you make with it? Let me know what you thought in the comments below!

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  • Crochet Patterns

    Crochet Boy Doll Free Pattern Crochet Along – Week 1

    Amigurumi doll made with this Crochet Boy Doll Free Pattern
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    I am SO excited to be sharing this with you all today! It’s the start of my latest free crochet along! This is one of my absolute favourite events to host because it’s just so fun doing this with you and seeing all your beautiful creations. For our new crochet along, I’ve created a crochet boy doll free pattern for us, which I’ve named My Pal Pascal. This pattern was created based on requests from participants in my last crochet along: My Dolly Molly. After finish Molly there were a lot of requests for a crochet boy doll free pattern so, I got to work on it and My Pal Pascal was born.

    I hope you will join along with us for the crochet along. If you do, you can join The Loopy Lamb Crochet Community Group on Facebook where we’ll be chatting and sharing our progress.

    The crochet boy doll free pattern for My Pal Pascal has been split into three parts to make creating him a little more manageable and so you can crochet along with us. Please reference the posts below for each part of the CAL and instructions.

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    Before we get more into the pattern, let’s talk about My Pal Pascal. Like my My Dolly Molly doll, is a crochet doll with clothes that are removeable. For the crochet along, Pascal’s pants and shirt are made as separate pieces and can be removed and put back on the doll.

    My Pal Pascal was designed in a way that minimizes sewing. Pascal’s legs, body and head are all crocheted in a single piece. The arms and hair are made separately and sewn on. His clothing is crocheted in a separate piece and as mentioned above, are removeable. There is some sewing for the shirt in order to fasten the button but that was unavoidable in order to make the shirt removeable.

    You can purchase an inexpensive ad-free PDF version of this crochet boy doll pattern with all three parts together in one convenient file HERE on Ravelry and HERE on Etsy.

    amigurumi boy doll with doll clothes in a flat lay

    Crochet Boy Doll Free Pattern: My Pal Pascal – CAL Part 1

    Skill Level:

    • Intermediate

    Terminology:

    • U.S. Terminology

    Supplies:

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    Abbreviations:


    Finished size:

    • Doll is approximately 9.5” tall

    Gauge:

    • Doll: 5 sts across x 7 rows = 1” square
    • Clothing: 5 sts across x 7 rows = 1” square


    NOTES:

    • This pattern is worked in continuous rounds (unless stated otherwise).  Do not join at the end of the row, unless indicated.  A stitch marker is used to keep track of the beginning of the round.
    • 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. Find my tutorial on how to do this HERE.
    • In Round 1 of the Body, the CH 1 is counted as a ST and should be worked into in Round 2 of the body.
    • Pants are created to fit snuggly on the body without the need of a button.  Take care when pulling over the feet so as not to stretch out the feet and legs. 


    Special Techniques:

    • Invisible Join: FO leaving a long tail. Thread the tail onto a tapestry needle.  Place the tapestry needle through the top of the 2nd ST from front to back and pull through.  Place tip of needle into top of the last ST of the round, under the back loop of the stitch, and pull through to the back of the work.  Weave in the end.

    Leg 1

    Round 1: Using 3.5mm hook and Brava Worsted in Cream, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC. (6)
    Round 2: (SCINC) x 6 (12)
    Round 3: (SC 1, SCINC) x 6 (18)
    Round 4: SC 1, SCINC, (SC 2, SCINC) x 5, SC 1 (24)
    Rounds 5 – 6: SC around (24)
    Round 7: (SCDEC) x 6, SC 12 (18)
    Round 8: (SCDEC) x 3, SC 12 (15)
    Round 9: (SCDEC) x 3, SC 9 (12) – Add stuffing to foot.
    Rounds 10 – 24: SC around (12) – Continue to add stuffing as you go. Stuff firmly.
    Place a stitch marker into the 3rd ST of the last round of the leg.  FO.

    Leg 2

    Round 1: Using 3.5mm hook and Brava Worsted in Cream, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC. (6)
    Round 2: (SCINC) x 6 (12)
    Round 3: (SC 1, SCINC) x 6 (18)
    Round 4: SC 1, SCINC, (SC 2, SCINC) x 5, SC 1 (24)
    Rounds 5 – 6: SC around (24)
    Round 7: (SCDEC) x 6, SC 12 (18)
    Round 8: (SCDEC) x 3, SC 12 (15)
    Round 9: (SCDEC) x 3, SC 9 (12) – add stuffing to foot.
    Rounds 10 – 24: SC around (12) – continue to add stuffing as you go. Stuff firmly.

    Do NOT FO.  We will continue onto the body now.


    Body & Head

    Round 1: Working into the top of the 2nd leg, SC 8, CH 1, SC into the 3rd ST of the last round of the first leg.  SC 11 around the first leg, SC in the CH and SC in the last 4 STs of the 2nd leg. (26)
    Pull the end from finishing off the first leg through the hole between the two legs and use it to sew up the hole.
    Round 2:  SC around (26)
    Round 3: SC 7, SCINC, SC, SCINC, SC 7, SCINC, SC 3, SCINC, SC 4 (30)
    Round 4: SC around (30)
    Round 5: (SC 4, SCINC) x 6 (36)
    Rounds 6 – 9: SC around (36)
    Round 10: (SC 4, SCDEC) x 6 (30)
    Rounds 11 – 12: SC around (30)
    Round 13: (SC 3, SCDEC) x 6 (24) – Continue to add stuffing as you go. Stuff firmly.
    Round 14 – 16: SC around (24)

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    Round 17: (SC 4, SCDEC) x 3, SC 6 (21)
    Round 18: SC around (21)
    Round 19: (SCDEC, SC 4) x 2, SCDEC, SC 7 (18)
    Round 20: (SC, SCDEC) x 6 (12)
    Round 21: SC around (12) – Continue to add stuffing as you go. Stuff firmly.
    Round 22: (SC, SCINC) X 6 (18)
    Round 23: SC, SCINC (SC 2, SCINC) X 5, SC 1 (24)
    Round 24: (SC 3, SCINC) x 6 (30)
    Round 25: SC 2, SCINC (SC 4, SCINC) x 5, SC 2 (36)
    Round 26: SC around (36)
    Round 27: (SC 5, SCINC) x 6 (42)

    crochet boy doll in a flat lay with furls crochet hook and brava worsted weight yarn


    Round 28: SC 3, SCINC, (SC 6, SCINC) x 5, SC 3 (48)
    Rounds 29 – 35: SC around (48) – Place safety eyes in Round 32 with 7 sts in between them.
    Round 36: SC 3, SCDEC, (SC 6, SCDEC) x 5, SC 3 (42)
    Round 37: (SC 5, SCDEC) x 6 (36)
    Round 38: SC around (36)
    Round 39: SC 2, SCDEC, (SC 4, SCDEC) x 5,  SC 2 (30)
    Round 40: (SC 3, SCDEC) x 6 (24)
    Round 41: SC 1, SCDEC, (SC 2, SCDEC) x 5, SC 1 (18)
    Round 42: (SC 1, SCDEC) x 6 (12)
    Round 43: (SCDEC) x 6 (6)

    FO leaving a long tail.  Thread the tail onto a tapestry needle and weave through the FLO of the last round and cinch the top closed (find a tutorial on how to do this HERE).  Weave in ends. 

    That’s it for Part One of this crochet boy doll free pattern crochet along! I hope you’re enjoying making your My Pal Pascal so far! If you would like to join the My Pal Pascal Crochet Along, please join our Facebook group HERE!  You can post your yarn and yarn color selections, work-in-progress photos, and let us all know how your dolls are coming along. I can’t wait to see all of your finished dolls!

    If you like free amigurumi patterns, you may enjoy these other free patterns found on my site:

    Disclaimer:

    Feel free to sell the item created with this crochet boy doll free pattern but please provide pattern credit back to me when posting online, and please provide a link to my blog: www.theloopylamb.com.  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.  Utilizing or purchasing this pattern does not grant permission for mass production.

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  • Product Reviews

    Farmhouse Mug Mats Review & Giveaway

    Cover image of Farmhouse Mug Mats: 12 Quick-to-stitch Mug Mats by Lisa Mcdonald
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    Thanks to Annie’s Craft Store, I was given the opportunity to review one of their newest crochet book releases: Farmhouse Mug Mats: 12 Quick-to-stitch mug mats by Lisa McDonald 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.

    Annie’s has provided a copy of this book to me free of charge in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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    I’m not sure when exactly it happened but sometime last year, mug mats or mug rugs became a really popular project to make. If you haven’t heard of them or aren’t sure what a mug mat is, it’s essentially a fancy coaster for your mug. As the title suggests, there are 12 different mug mat crochet patterns included in the book. Those patterns are:

    • Honeybee Mug Mat
    • Tree & Candy Stripes Mug Mat
    • Trio of Trees Mug Mat
    • Sheep Mug Mat
    • Piggy Mug Mat
    • Pumpkin Truck Mug Mat
    • Pair of White Cats Mug Mat
    • Hen Mug Mat
    • Rooster Mug Mat
    • Coffee Cups Mug Mat
    • Hearts Mug Mat
    • Dragonfly Mug Mat
    crochet mug rug with a sheep on it
    honeycombe and honey bee mug mat

    The crochet mug mats in Farmhouse Mug Mats are all geared towards a farmhouse aesthetic and they are beautiful. Almost too beautiful to put a mug on because you just want to look at them. Honestly, with all the work that would go into creating one of these masterpieces, my heart would break if I spilled coffee on it. That won’t stop me from making them though because they are just too beautiful and fun to make. They would make fantastic gifts too. I know a few people on my list that will likely get a couple of these soon. Housewarming gift anyone?

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    Farmhouse mug mat with coffee cups on it

    Each mug mat pattern comes with a colour chart to help you know where to make those colour changes to create the beautiful images on the the mug mat. The patterns all utilize a DK weight acrylic/cotton blend yarn from Sheepjes so you’ll have to shop online or at your local yarn store (not Michaels) to find this yarn if you’re wanting to use what the designer used.

    All the patterns in Farmhouse Mug Mats are graded as intermediate level and I completely agree with that assessment. There is a lot of colourwork involved in these crochet mug mat patterns and although they use relatively simple stitches, the colour work could be tricky for beginners. There are no additional resources in the back of the book for those new to tapestry crochet so I’d recommend this book to those that are already experienced with tapestry crochet techniques or those that are willing to figure it out as you go. The patterns themselves were clear to get the point across but if I was new to tapestry crochet or colourwork I could get frustrated without having some extra help.

    Overall, Farmhouse Mug Mats is a book full of beautiful and fun colourwork projects for intermediate crocheters. If you’re looking for some great mug mat patterns that take the concept of mug mats to the next level, then you’ll likely want to check out Farmhouse Mug Mats HERE.

    crochet mug mat with a pig on it from farmhouse mug mats

    If you want to purchase a copy of Farmhouse Mug Mats by Lisa McDonald, you can check it out HERE.

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    Farmhouse Mug Mats Giveaway

    Thanks to Annie’s Craft Store, I have a PDF copy of the book Farmhouse Mug Mats by Lisa McDonald to giveaway to one lucky winner!

    The Farmhouse Mug Mats Giveaway on The Loopy Lamb is open to worldwide participants and ends Friday, February 12th, 2021 at 11:45pm Eastern Standard time.

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  • How To's

    How to Crochet the Paired Double Crochet Stitch

    Collage of the steps of this how to crochet the paired double crochet stitch tutorial
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    The Paired Double Crochet Stitch, is super simple to learn and is a fun variation on the double crochet stitch that is created using the double crochet decrease (DC2TOG) and chain stitches. This is a simple one row repeat that works up quickly and creates a fabric with. a bit of a lacier look to it without all the hassel. I’ve got both a photo and video tutorial for us today so let’s grab our hooks and our yarn and let’s learn how to crochet the Paired Double Crochet Stitch.

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    You can use any hook and yarn combination with this stitch but today I’ll be using a Furls Odyssey 5.5mm crochet hook and a Brava Worsted Weight Yarn from We Crochet. You can mix up your hook and yarn weights to change up the look of this stitch. Using a larger hook with a worsted weight yarn will create a more open look and would be great for bags and summer accessories.

    Check out my How to Crochet the Paired Double Crochet Stitch video tutorial here:

    Abbreviations:

    • CH = Chain
    • CH SP(s) = Chain Space(s)
    • DC = Double Crochet
    • DC2TOG = Double Crochet Two Together
    • ST(s) = Stitch(es)

    Stitch Multiple:

    • Chain any even number of CHs

    Notes:

    • CH 3s at the beginning of row count as a DC ST
    • If you don’t know how to do the DC2TOG/DCDEC stitch, learn how to do that with my Double Crochet Decrease Stitch Tutorial HERE.

    How to Crochet the Paired Double Crochet Stitch

    Row 1: CH your desired number of chains. For my example here, I have created a chain of 20. DC2TOG over the 4th and 5th CHs from the hook (skipped 3 CHs count as first DC). *CH 1, DC2TOG over the next 2 CHs* repeat instructions in ** until 1 chain remains. CH 1, DC in the last CH. Turn.

    Close up image of this first DC2TOG being done
    Setp 2 of the paired double crochet stitch
    completed first row of the paired double crochet stitch tutorial

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    Row 2: CH 3, DC2TOG over the 1st and 2nd CH SPs, CH 1, *DC2TOG starting in the same CH SP as the last ST and finishing in the next unworked CH SP. CH 1* repeat instructions in the ** across your row. Work the last leg of your last DC2TOG between the CH 3 and the first leg of your DC2TOG from the previous row. DC in the top of the CH 3. Turn.

    starting row two of the stitch tutorial
    second DC2TOG cluster completed
    Finger pointing to the CH3 of row 1 reminding readers to work into the chain

    Repeat Row 2 until your pattern reaches your desired length.

    completed paired double crochet stitch tutorial swatch with a yellow crochet hook

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  • Crochet Patterns

    Faux Fur Crochet Cowl Free Pattern

    Smiling woman wearing a faux fur crochet cowl made with this free crochet pattern
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    It is winter here in Canada and it is C-O-L-D! Like 30 below zero cold. I am always on the look out for ways to keep myself warmer when I eventually bundle up to head outdoors . Enter the Not-So-Guilty Pleasure Cowl. I decided to design a faux fur crochet cowl free pattern that was accessible for beginners but would also help keep me from freezing during our winters. This cowl is probably the warmest I’ve ever worn and I LOVE IT.

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    This is my first wearable design using faux fur yarns. Y’all know I love faux fur for amigurumi patterns so I don’t know why it took me so long to start using it for accessories. You can’t even tell it’s crocheted! I’ve included a tip in this pattern that’ll fluff the fur in your project right up and any sort of lines from crocheting in rows disappears.

    This faux fur crochet cowl free pattern is accessible for absolute beginners and is easily adjusted to be any size you want. Did I mention that we’re going to be using big 8.0mm crochet hooks to crochet this baby up in a flash? Trust me, you’re probably going to be making several of these. If you’re a maker that sells, this is one of those patterns that you can whip up in a jiff, has a relatively low cost and would fetch a decent price. Are you ready to get started making your own Not-So-Guilty Pleasure Cowl? Me too! Let’s get started.

    If this is your first time crocheting with faux fur yarns, check out my tips and tricks video for working with faux fur yarns here:

    Find the written version of this video HERE.

    Other Free Crochet Patterns Using Faux Fur Yarns:

    If you haven’t seen my other faux fur yarn crochet patterns that I’ve published so far, check them out here:

    hands holding three different balls of fable fur yarn

    This faux fur cowl crochet pattern uses Fable Fur yarn from We Crochet. I absolutely love using this product! It is so soft and worked up into this cowl, it’s so warm and soft against the skin, I may need to make myself a couple of these in different colours. Working back and forth in rows with the fur can make the lines of the row a little bit more visible than when working in rounds. To make your cowl look more like a piece of fur and remove those lines, use a wire brush and gently brush the right side of your work. It totally smoothes it out and no one will be able to tell it’s crocheted.

    Faux Fur Crochet Cowl Free Pattern – Not-So-Guilty Pleasure Cowl

    smiling brunette woman in glasses wearing a crochet cowl

    Skill Level:

    • Beginner


    Terminology:

    • U.S. Terminology

    Supplies:

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    Abbreviations:

    • CH = Chain
    • ST = Stitch
    • SL ST = Slip Stitch
    • SC = Single Crochet
    • FO = Finish Off


    Finished size:

    • 29” Long by 10” wide

    Gauge:

    • 10 sts x 11 rows = 4 inches

    You can purchase an inexpensive ad-free PDF version of this faux fur crochet cowl pattern HERE on Ravelry and HERE on Etsy.


    NOTES:

    • Gauge is not vital to the project as long as the same tension is maintained throughout the project and there are no gaping holes that can be seen through however, it may affect the amount of yarn needed for the project. 
    • An 8.0mm crochet hook is recommended for the project but if you find you are unable to feel your stitches, you can adjust your hook size until you can more easily feel your stitches to know where to place your stitches.  This may, however, affect your gauge and therefore, the amount of yarn needed. 

    Faux Fur Crochet Cowl Free Pattern: The Not-So-Guilty Pleasure Cowl

    CH 25.
    Row 1: SC in the 2nd chain from the hook and in each ST across (24)

    Rows 2 – 77:  CH 1 and turn.  SC in each ST across.  (24) 
    FO leaving a long tail and seam the two short ends together with the wrong side/fluffiest side facing each other. Weave in ends and turn the fluffiest side of your cowl to face outwards. 

    faux fur cowl in a flat lay with a furls crochet hook and scissors


    Fluffing Up Your Cowl:

    To really fluff up your cowl, use a wire brush to gently brush the fur on the side of the cowl that will face outwards.  This will conceal any marks you have showing where the rows were worked and make your project look more realistic.

    smiling brunette woman wearing a faux fur crochet cowl

    Adjusting the Size of Your Cowl:

    Adjusting the width: To adjust the width of your cowl to make it taller, add more chains to your starting chain.  To make it shorter, omit chains from the starting chain.

    Adjusting the height: To adjust the height of your cowl to make it longer, add more rows until it reaches the desired length.  To make it shorter and sit closer to the neck, work less rows than the project calls for until the project is the desired length.

    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: https://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

    The Ultimate Granny Square Sourcebook Review

    Copy of The Ultimate Granny Square Sourcebook in a flat lay with yarn and crochet hook
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    This week I checked out The Ultimate Granny Square Sourcebook: 100 Contemporary Motifs to Mix and Match by Meteoor Books and I’m going to share my review with you so you know what it’s all about.

    Thank you to Meteoor Books who provided this book to me free of charge in exchange for my honest opinion.

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    This book’s bright and colourful cover drew me in upon receiving my copy. It’s got so many beautiful granny squares on the cover that even if you aren’t a granny square fan (gasp!) you’ll probably still see something on the cover that intrigues you enough to look inside. I kept looking for an author but this book is an amalgamation of granny square patterns from a variety of different designers. Doing a quick flip through (or a picture walk as my son’s teacher calls it) there were names I recognized and some I didn’t. 23 different designers from around the world contributed to this book and I thought that was pretty darn cool.

    bright an colourful granny square, included in the book

    The Ultimate Granny Square Sourcebook contains patterns for 100 granny square patterns and if you think you’re going to be finding the basic solid granny square in here, you’re wrong. There are some seriously, seriously gorgeous granny squares in this book. The skill levels for the patterns range from beginner to “extra advanced”. When I read that I thought “extra advanced?! did I read that right?”. I thought I was seeing things and needed to top up my coffee but sure enough, it said extra advanced. I don’t know if it was curiousity or me just seeing “extra advanced” and mentally saying “challenge accepted” but I proceeded to thumb through the book to find these “extra advanced” level squares. I had questions: What magical crochet unicorn goddess wrote these patterns? Would my brain melt upon seeing them? You know, normal stuff people think.

    In total, there were three (3) “extra advanced” patterns that I found in the book. The first was the Twisted Lily Square and it was beautiful. Looking at the multiple stitch charts that accompany that pattern I started to get why “extra advanced” was deemed appropriate. Never to shy away from a challenge, I decided, I’m making one of these extra advanced squares. More on that later.

    granny square from The Ultimate Granny Square Sourcebook
    flowery crochet square in white, pink, red and yellow

    The majority of the patterns in the book fall into the beginner to intermediate levels and there are a lot of gorgeous patterns to choose from. All of which are accompanied by both written instructions and stitch charts (yes!). I always love when both are included. Side note, if you are struggling to read stitch charts, a book like this is so helpful and is how I finally understood stitch charts. Read the pattern one row at a time and look at the stitch chart for that row and compare it to the written word. That’s how I had my “aha!” moment and I hope it helps you too.

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    blue and white crochet square

    Two things to note about this book: no gauge or specified hook information is given. There is a note at the beginning of the book about matching your hook to your yarn but since many people tend to skip that beginning section of these books, it’s easy to miss and then you’re searching all over for it. I know, because I did it. This is the type of book that you need to read the resource section. Let’s say it again for the people in the back: READ THE DAMN RESOURCE SECTION in this book! Seriously. I know you’re excited to skip to the gorgeous squares and start creating but save yourself the headache and take the 10 – 15 mintes of your life that it’ll take to fully read, understand and absorb this section. There are tips in there that you need to read, like how to make all the squares the same size (even though no gauge information is included), a section on decoding the instructions (yes – you do need this part), how to do special stitches, how to join the squares, and more. Be smarter than I was on my first flip through and attempt at the extra advanced square I did. You’ll thank me later.

    I bow down to the crochet goddesses/genuises/all-around yarn magicians that do some of the complex granny squares found in this book. My brain just doesn’t think in terms of the layers that are used to create them and I’m in awe of that incredible, incredible talent. I wish I could say that I picked up that extra advanced granny square pattern and made it in 20 minutes and it was a majestic experience. I did not. To be fair to myself, I did have kids running around and fighting with eachother when I attempted them so I wasn’t exactly in the zone. I got about 7 rows in, on the extra-advanced square I tried and then attempting to figure out what I was doing between the written word and the two separate charts while reminding my kids to take turns with eachother became far too much for me to handle. But I’m determined to get it and I’ll give it another go when I’ve finally got some quiet time to give it some more focus. I’ll probably work my way up from some of the more intermediate and advanced squares.

    granny square from the ultimate Granny Square Sourcebook

    The best thing about this book is that if you are a fan of granny squares, this book has something for every level of crocheter. If you’re a beginner, you can work your way up to the harder patterns. If you’re advanced and want a challenge, this book has got that for you. With 100 absolutely gorgeous granny squares, you’ve got enough here to keep you busy for countless hours.

    If you are interested in checking out The Ultimate Granny Square Sourcebook you can find it HERE.

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  • How To's

    Half Double Crochet Decrease Tutorial

    collage of images illustration how to do the Half double crochet decrease
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    Today I want to share my tutorial for how to do a Half Double Crochet Decrease, which is also known as the HDCDEC, DC2TOG or Half Double Crochet Two Together Stitch. This stitch is a variation of the Half Double Crochet Stitch and is regularly used as a way to reduce two Half Double Crochet stitches to a single Half Double Crochet Stitch. I’ve got both a photo and video tutorial for us today so let’s grab our hooks and our yarn and let’s learn how to crochet the Half Double Crochet Decrease Stitch or HDCDEC.

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    You can use any hook and yarn combination with this stitch but today I’ll be using a Furls Odyssey 5.5mm crochet hook and a Brava Worsted Weight Yarn from We Crochet.

    Check out my How to do the Half Double Crochet Decrease Stitch video tutorial here:

    Abbreviations:

    • CH = Chain
    • HDC = Half Double Crochet
    • HDCDEC = Half Double Crochet Decrease*
    • HDC2TOG = Half Double Crochet Two Together*
    • ST(s) = Stitch(es)
    • YO = Yarn Over

    **You may see HDCDEC or HDC2TOG used to describe this same stitch in different patterns. I tend to stick to HDCDEC in my own designs but know that if you see HDC2TOG in other patterns, they tend to mean the same thing.

    How to Crochet the Half Double Crochet Decrease Stitch

    Step 1: Yarn over (YO) hook and insert hook into the first stitch (ST) from the row below. YO and pull up a loop. You should have three (3) loops on your hook.

    Step one of the HDC2TOG
    three loops on the crochet hook of a crochet stitch in progress

    Step 2: YO hook and insert hook into the next ST. YO and pull up a loop. You should have five (5) loops on your hook.

    Next step of how to do the half double crochet decrease stitch

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    Step 3: YO hook and pull through all five (5) loops on your hook. HDCDEC/HDC2TOG completed.

    completed half double crochet decrease
    3 completed half double crochet decrease stitches in a swatch

    That’s it! Isn’t that’s so simple? Here are some free crochet patterns on my blog that use the Half Double Crochet Decrease Stitch so you can practice your new skill:

    Want to learn something else? Check out these other great free crochet tutorials:

  • Crochet Patterns

    Crochet Bunny Lovey Free Pattern

    crochet bunny lovey made with a free crochet pattern
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    I’m back this week with the third and final installment of My Cuddle Friends crochet lovey pattern series. This week I have a crochet bunny lovey free pattern to share with you call called My Cuddle Bunny Lovey. This lovey pattern features a cute and cuddley bunny head and arms and a beautiful lovey blanket attached to it. I’ve used three different, coordinating colours for my blanket but it’s easily customized to suit your personal needs and tastes.

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    Missed the other two My Cuddle friends crochet lovey patterns? Check them out here:

    three different crochet loveys in a flat lay

    This crochet bunny lovey free pattern makes the perfect crochet baby shower gift! Crochet loveys are always a big hit at baby showers and they always get great reactions from everyone. It always makes us feel so wonderful when you get such a nice reaction to gift you give. Even better when it’s something you made yourself and put all that love and care into.

    If you enjoy this crochet bunny lovey free pattern but you’re looking for a full-sized crochet bunny pattern instead, check out my amigurumi bunny pattern called Buttons the Bunny. He also makes a fantastic shower gift (a baby shower gift was actually the reason I created that pattern) and he even comes with a cute little sweater.

    For this project, we’ll be doing something called eye indentation. This is used to give some shape to the bunny’s face. Don’t let that intimidate you though. It’s as easy as tying a piece of yarn to each of the eye, pulling those pieces of yarn and tying a knot. I have step-by-step instructions and a diagram to help you out. If you’d like to skip this step, that’s ok, your bunny will still look great, it just won’t have the exact same shape.

    crochet bunny lovey that was made with this free crochet pattern

    Skill Level:

    • Easy

    Terminology:

    • U.S. Terminology

    Supplies:

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    Abbreviations:

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


    Finished size:

    • Approximately 12 inches tall from tips of ears to bottoms corner of blanket, when attached.

    Gauge:

    • Bunny: 10 sts across x 10 rows = 2” square
    • Blanket: 16 sts x 8 rows = 4”

    You can purchase an inexpensive ad-free PDF version of this crochet bunny lovey pattern HERE on Ravelry and HERE on Etsy.

    NOTES:

    • All parts of the bunny are worked in continuous rounds.  Do not join at the end of the row, unless indicated.  A stitch marker is used to keep track of the beginning of the 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 -> find the tutorial here.
    • The CH 2 spaces in the corners of the blanket are not included in the stitch count for each row.

    Crochet Bunny Lovey Pattern – My Cuddle Bunny Crochet Lovey

    Head:

    Row 1: Using Brindle and a 3.5mm hook, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC (6)
    Row 2: (SCINC) X 6 (12)
    Row 3: (SC 1, SCINC) X 6 (18)
    Row 4: SC 1, SCINC, (SC 2, SCINC) X 5, SC 1 (24)
    Row 5: (SC 3, SCINC) X 6 (30)
    Rows 6 – 7: SC around (30)
    Row 8: SC 2, SCINC (SC 4, SCINC) X5, SC 2 (36)
    Row 9: SC around (36)
    Row 10: (SC 5, SCINC) X 6 (42)
    Row 11: SC 3, SCINC (SC 6, SCINC) X 5, SC 3 (48) – **Place safety eyes in stitches 27 and 44 of Row 11

    To define the face, we will be using a technique called eye indentation. After inserting the safety eyes (don’t attach the washers yet), use your two long strands of yarn in different colours to tie knots around the post of each safety eye. Place the washers on the safety eyes. The long ends of your yarn should point downwards towards the back of the head and through the opening. Just before closing the head, we’ll pull these strings so that that the eyes will be pulled back, creating an indent in the face.  As you add stuffing to the head, make sure these pieces don’t get pushed in with the stuffing.


    Rows 12 – 16:
    SC around (48)
    Row 17: (SC 7, SCINC) X 6 (54) – Start stuffing, adding a bit more each row.
    Row 18: SC around (54)
    Row 19: (SC 7, SCDEC) X 6 (48)
    Row 20: SC around (48)
    Row 21: SC 3, SCDEC (SC 6, SCDEC) X 5, SC 3 (42)
    Row 22: (SC 5, SCDEC) X 6 (36)
    Row 23: SC 2, SCDEC (SC 4, SCDEC) X5, SC 2 (30)

    Now we’re going to indent the face.  Using two differently coloured strands helps make this step a little easier so you know which yarn is tied to which eye.  Take the yarn attached to the right eye post and cross it over top of the yarn attached to the left yarn post (creating an x with the yarn).  Pull the yarn taught gently until you get the indentation in the face that you like.  You’ll want to make sure you have the amount of stuffing you want in the face when you do this step because if you have too much, you can pull your stitches or if you have too little, you can have too much of an indent.  Once you’re satisfied, knot the two strands of yarn together.  It is helpful if you have someone to hold the cross in the yarn while you make the knot so you don’t lose tension.  Make sure the knot is secure.  Tuck your ends into the head with the rest of the stuffing.

    Buttons the Bunny Amigurumi Crochet Along diagram to show how to do facial indentation.

    Row 24: (SC 3, SCDEC) X 6 (24) – Continue to add stuffing with each row.
    Row 25: SC 1, SCDEC, (SC 2, SCDEC) X 5, SC 1 (18)
    Row 26: (SC 1, SCDEC) x 6 (12)
    Row 27: (SCDEC) x 6 (6)
    FO.  Weave the tail through the FLO to close the opening.  Weave in ends.

    Embroidering the Nose

    Using the pink embroidery thread and a tapestry needle, embroider the nose onto the face starting in the stitch directly below the MC.  Put your needle through 1 stitch above and to the either side of the MC to create a V shape.  Continue embroidering through these three stitches until you are satisfied with your nose.  FO and hide your ends inside the head.

    close up image of Buttons the Bunny's face to show placement of embroidery stitches.

    Ears (Make 2)

    Row 1: Using Brindle and a 3.5mm hook, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC (6)
    Row 2: (SC 2, SCINC) x 2 (8)
    Row 3: SC around (8)
    Row 4: (SCINC, SC 3) x 2 (10)
    Row 5: SC around (10)
    Row 6: (SCINC, SC 1) x 5 (15)
    Row 7: SC around (15)
    Row 8: (SC 2, SCINC) x 5 (20)
    Rows 9 – 16: SC around (20)
    Row 17: (SC 2, SCDEC) x 5 (15)
    Row 18: SC around (15)
    Row 19: (SC 1, SCDEC) x 5 (10)
    Row 20: SC around (10)

    FO leaving an extra-long tail to sew onto head. Do Not Stuff. When sewing the ears on, pull the yarn taught to help the ears stand upright.  After I complete one pass through, I go back and stitch them again to give them a firm foundation. 

    crochet bunny lovey in a flat lay with furls crochet hooks and scissors

    Arms (Make 2)

    Row 1: Using Brindle and a 3.5mm hook, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC (6)
    Row 2: (SCINC) x 6 (12)
    Row 3: (SC 2, SCINC) x 4 (16)
    Rows 4 – 17: SC around (16) – start stuffing, adding more stuffing with each added round.
    Row 18: (SC 2, SCDEC) x 4 (12)

    FO leaving a long tail.  Whip stitch the arm hole closed and sew onto either side of the bottom of the head. 

    Blanket

    Round 1: Using Brava Worsted in Peacock, CH 4 and join last CH to the first CH with a SL ST to form a ring.  CH 3 (counts as first DC here and throughout), DC 2, CH 2, *DC 3 into the ring, CH 2* repeat instructions in the **3 times. Join last ST to the top of the first ST (not the CH 3) with a SL ST (from here on out referred to only as Join). (12)
    Round 2: CH 3, DC in same ST. DC, *(DC 2, CH 2, DC 2) in the next CH SP, DC 3* repeat instructions in ** 3 times, (DC 2, CH 2, DC 2) in the next CH SP.  Join. (28)
    Round 3: CH 3, DC in same ST. DC 3, *(DC 2, CH 2, DC 2) in the next CH SP, DC 7* repeat instructions in ** 3 times, (DC 2, CH 2, DC 2) in the next CH SP, DC 2.  Join. (44)
    Round 4 CH 3, DC in same ST. DC 5, *(DC 2, CH 2, DC 2) in the next CH SP, DC 11* repeat instructions in ** 3 times, (DC 2, CH 2, DC 2) in the next CH SP, DC 4.  Join. (60)
    Round 5: CH 3, DC in same ST. DC 7, *(DC 2, CH 2, DC 2) in the next CH SP, DC 15* repeat instructions in ** 3 times, (DC 2, CH 2, DC 2) in the next CH SP, DC 6.  Join. (76)
    Change to Tranquil
    Round 6: CH 3, DC in same ST. DC 9, *(DC 2, CH 2, DC 2) in the next CH SP, DC 19* repeat instructions in ** 3 times, (DC 2, CH 2, DC 2) in the next CH SP, DC 8.  Join. (92)
    Change to Mint
    Round 7: CH 3, DC in same ST. DC 11, *(DC 2, CH 2, DC 2) in the next CH SP, DC 23* repeat instructions in ** 3 times, (DC 2, CH 2, DC 2) in the next CH SP, DC 10.  Join. (108)

    security blanket toy with a bunny head made with this free crochet pattern


    Change to Peacock
    Round 8: CH 3, DC in same ST. DC 13, *(DC 2, CH 2, DC 2) in the next CH SP, DC 27* repeat instructions in ** 3 times, (DC 2, CH 2, DC 2) in the next CH SP, DC 12.  Join. (124)
    Change to Tranquil
    Round 9: CH 3, DC in same ST. DC 15, *(DC 2, CH 2, DC 2) in the next CH SP, DC 31* repeat instructions in ** 3 times, (DC 2, CH 2, DC 2) in the next CH SP, DC 14.  Join. (140)
    Change to Mint
    Round 10: CH 3, DC in same ST. DC 17, *(DC 2, CH 2, DC 2) in the next CH SP, DC 35* repeat instructions in ** 3 times, (DC 2, CH 2, DC 2) in the next CH SP, DC 16.  Join. (156)
    Change to Peacock
    Round 11: CH 3, DC in same ST. DC 19, *(DC 2, CH 2, DC 2) in the next CH SP, DC 39* repeat instructions in ** 3 times, (DC 2, CH 2, DC 2) in the next CH SP, DC 18.  Join. (172)
    Change to Tranquil
    Round 12: CH 3, DC in same ST. DC 21, *(DC 2, CH 2, DC 2) in the next CH SP, DC 43* repeat instructions in ** 3 times, (DC 2, CH 2, DC 2) in the next CH SP, DC 20.  Join. (188)FO and weave in ends.

    Assembly:


    Position the head with the arms already sewn to it, in the center of the blanket, facing one of the corners.  Using a length of yarn that matches the blanket, sew the blanket to the bottom of the head in a circle approximately 1.5 – 2” in diameter.  FO and weave in ends.

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    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: https://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 Patterns

    Free Crochet Along – My Pal Pascal

    Amigurumi boy doll that will be made in this free crochet along
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    I love hosting CALs and since you all seem to really enjoy them as well, I’ve decided to start doing more free crochet alongs in 2021. The first free crochet along of 2021 will be starting soon to make My Pal Pascal. This is a companion doll to my last free crochet along pattern My Dolly Molly. I’m posting these details for you here so you can have your materials ready for when it starts and so you know ahead of time what to expect.

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    Pattern: My Pal Pascal (pictured)
    Start Date:
     Friday, February 5, 2021
    Duration: 3 weeks – ends Friday, February 19, 2021

    Participation is free. To participate with the group doing the crochet along, join The Loopy Lamb Crochet Community on Facebook. A part of the pattern will be released each Friday for free here on my blog, theloopylamb.com. Ad-free PDF versions of the pattern in its entirety will be available for a small fee in my Etsy & Ravelry shops.

    Supplies Needed for this Free Crochet Along:

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    This is open to anyone wishing to participate so if you know others that may want to crochet along with us, please feel free to invite them. They’ll just have to answer the admission questions to the group so I know they aren’t a spam bot. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. I’m looking forward to doing this with you all!

  • Crochet Book Reviews

    Stylish Succulents to Crochet Review

    Copy of Stylish Succulents to Crochet in a flat lay with crochet accessories
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    Today I have a new book to share with you all called Stylish Succelents to Crochet by Sarah Abbondio. This book was just recently released by Search Press and I was excited to take a look at it and share my thoughts with you.

    Thanks to Search Press, they have provided us with a copy of the book to giveaway to one lucky winner so keep reading to learn you you can possibly win a copy of Stylish Succulents by Sarah Abbondio for yourself.

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

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    As you may, or may not know, I got my start in the crochet designing word designing crochet cacti characters. The reason I started with crochet cacti was because I cannot keep plants alive, no matter how hard I try. So I crocheted my plants. Whether it was crocheted cactus or succulents, I wanted them all. So when the opportunity came up to check out this book, I was all over it.

    Picture of a project from the book Stylish Succulents to Crochet by Sarah Abbondio

    Stylish Succulents to Crochet contains the patterns for 15 colourful cacti and other potted plants. The cover is bright and clean and really drew me in to take a better look. The pictures in the book are beautiful, although limited to only pictures of the projects. No tutorial-based photography to supplement the patterns were included with the patterns.

    Patterns Included in Stylish Succulents to Crochet:

    • Echeveria
    • Conophytum bilibum
    • Fenestraria
    • Crassula marnieriana
    • Kalanchoe orgyalis
    • Cotyledon Undulata
    • Aloe vera
    • Crassula umbellata
    • Crassula tecta
    • Varispiralis
    • Escobaria abdita
    • Haworthia limifolia
    • Sanservieria cylindrica
    • Xerosicyos danguyi

    Do you know what any of those names mean (besides Aloe Vera)? Me neither! Thank goodness there are pictures! lol. The projects look beautiful and really get me itching to break my hooks out and to start a new crochet window plant garden.

    Crochet succulent pictured in a book with a crochet hook, yarn and scissors

    The patterns use either fingering weight or DK weight cotton yarn and a 2.5mm or 3mm crochet hook. Patterns for five (5) different soil sizes are included and there is a note indicating that these are designed to fit a noted range of sized flowerpots generally available at craft shops and garden stores. No gauge information is provided for the patterns so it’s hard to make sure that your succulents will match the sizes given. So, I’d recommend holding off on buying your pots until after you have crocheted your succulent with this book to make sure you get something that fits to avoid disappointment. The only yarn information incuded in Stylish Succulents to Crochet is that the designer used balls of cotton yarn with between 174 – 185 yards per ball. Again, with no gauge information included, it’s hard to know if you’ll have enough yarn, so make sure you’ve got extra on hand. No brand or exact colour information is included.

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    The patterns in Stylish Succulents to Crochet are written in the UK terminology but a conversion chart is included in the beginning of the book to assist you should you not be familiar with these conversions already. The reference section at the beginning of the book walks you through the basic stitches used in the book but not much else. There were no extra tips or instructions on amigurumi assembly or finishing techniques were included. This would have been a really nice touch and made this book more accessible for crocheters new to amigurumi. As is, I’d say this book would be best suited for crocheters already familiar with amigurumi and how to assemble them, how to do the ultimate finish, etc.

    Crochet succulent plant featured in the stylish succulents to crochet book

    This book, like this author’s other title I’ve reviewed, Mini Amigurumi Animals, is all about brevity and getting to the point. It’s what I would imagine is the crochet equivalent to minimalism. You get the stitches you need to create the project but without any of the supporting tools to help you find the most success possible. No difficulty rating is provided in the book, that I could find, but I’d recommend this book only to people that have amigurumi experience and are intermediate level crocheters at a minimum. If you have experience crocheting and assembling other similar succulent patterns, even better because it will help make understanding the assembly process of these succulents easier for you.

    If you’re interested in grabbing a copy of Stylish Succulents to Crochet by Sarah Abbondio, you can check it out HERE.

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    Giveaway!

    Thanks to Search Press, I have a copy of the book Stylish Succulents to Crochet by Sarah Abbondio to giveaway to one lucky winner!

    The Stylish Succulents to Crochet Giveaway on The Loopy Lamb is open to participants in the U.S., Canada and U.K. and ends Friday, January 29th, 2021 at 11:45pm Eastern Standard time.

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