• Product Reviews

    Loops & Threads Flecks Yarn Review

    Michaels Loops & Threads Flecks yarn in Seafoam and a crochet swatch.
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    During my last trip to Michaels, I was fortunate enough to arrive just as they were putting out some of the new yarns for Fall 2020. I can’t resist a new yarn so I filled up my cart with lots of new yarny goodness. One of the yarns I picked up was Loops & Threads Flecks which actually launched in the spring of this year but I hadn’t really gotten a chacne to see it thanks to COVID-19 and being stuck at home. I figured I wouldn’t be the only one to have not had a chance to see it so I thought I’d share a review of the Loops & Threads Flecks yarn here for you.

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    Before we get into the nitty gritty of the review, let’s go over the yarn label info so you can get an idea of what we’re talking about:

    Loops & Threads Flecks Yarn:

    • Current Number of Colourways Available: 10
    • Fiber Content: 79% Acrylic, 21% Polyester
    • Weight: 4 (medium)
    • Ball Size: 300g
    • Yardage: 590 yd / 539 m
    • Suggested Hook Size: 5 mm (H)
    • Suggested Needle Size: 4.5mm (US 7)
    • Crochet Gauge: 4 sc x 4 rows= 4″
    • Knitting Gauge: 6 sts x 8 rows = 4″
    Close up image of a ball of Flecks yarn from Loops & Threads

    When I picked up my Loops & Threads Flecks yarn, I was lucky enough to find it on sale for $5.99 Canadian ($11.99 regular price). $5.99 for 590 yards of worsted weight yarn? Sign me up! So I grabbed two balls of the Seafoam thinking that I could definitely find something to make with that kind of yardage and headed home.

    In the skein, the yarn is silky soft and has a subtle sheen. The flecks are pretty and in different pastel colours. They all remind me of Easter to be honest. But, they’re great baby blanket colours. As far as value goes, the yardage is great and when you can get it on sale, like I did, it’s a pretty decent deal.

    I started on a swatch with my new Loops & Threads Flecks yarn, thinking that I may use it to make a baby blanket for a friend that is expecting. The first thing I noticed about working with the yarn is the strand construction. The strand is made up of very thin, threads, plied together. Have you ever used Caron X Pantone yarn? This strand is constructed just like Caron X Pantone. Because of that, it has a tendency to split as you are working with it. I was able to get past that and started trying a few different stitch patterns that I had in mind for my blanket.

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    Loops & Threads Flecks yarn and a crochet swatch
    Loops & Threads Flecks yarn crochet swatch

    No matter what I tried, I couldn’t find something I loved. The yellow flecks really took away from the stitch patterns and instead of working with the main colour of the yarn, it felt like it worked against it. After working with the yarn for a while, I started to notice how the colours for the flecks were apparently through the full strand and not just where the flecks where. I understand that they need to work the flecks in there somehow and having this strand of colour hidden in the plies is sometimes how it’s done, but in spots, the seaform green was overshadowed by the yellow. Now, this may not be something you’ll experience with all of this yarn but it was my experience with the ones I purchased. Every swatch looked more yellow than seafoam and in the end I decided to try a different yarn to make my baby blanket with.

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    The Loops & Threads Flecks yarn was silky soft and could have made a decently sized baby blanket or lapghan had I been able to get past the colour clashing and the flecks. The flecks in yarn seemed much heavier in the swatch than in the skein which is part of why I think I just couldn’t get into working with this yarn. The main teal colour is normally one of my faves but all that yellow just didn’t do anything for me.

    So, for now, my Loops & Threads Flecks yarn has been relegated to sit in my stash until I can decide what to do with it or eventually donate/gift it to someone.

    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 Hair Scarf Pattern

    Collage of images showing the free crochet hair scarf made using this pattern
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    I don’t know about you but when the weather is hot, my hair is always up in a bun or ponytail. Who am I kidding? It’s an all-year-round thing for me. But during the summer/fall those little flyaways feel much more noticeable. Maybe it’s because in the winter I’m always wearing a beanie? I don’t know. But the reality is, a little bit of time outside or a car trip with the windows open and what may have started as a good hair day has turned into frizzy bad hair day. My solution: a crochet hair scarf. So I whipped myself up a crochet hair scarf and now I’m here to share with you my Berry Good Hair Day Crochet Hair Scarf Pattern. Now, all days can be a good hair day.

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    Smiling woman wearing a crochet hair tie

    When I picked the yarn for this project, I wanted it to do two things. One, be something that was light and flexible/drapey AND I wanted it to be a quick project for someone that might not have tried working with fingering weight yarn yet because they thought working with fingering yarn would take forever. I had some beautiful Hawthorne Fingering Handpaint Speckle yarn in Berry Cobbler in my stash and so I decide this yarn would be fantastic. It’s got great stitch definition, great drape, cost effective and you get get two crochet hair scarves from one hank. If you haven’t tried this yarn before, check out my Hawthorne Fingering Hand Paint Speckle Yarn review HERE.

    I hope I didn’t lose you at fingering weight yarn. Because, this realy is a quick project. I’ve included two different sizes – there’s a thin scarf that’s about 2.25″ wide and a wide scarf that’s about 4.25″ wide. I got both of these from a single hank of Hawthorne Fingering Weight yarn and still had some left over. I was able to make the thin scarf in about an hour and a half. And I am SLOOOOOOOOOWW crocheting and have kids interrupting me every two minutes asking if my project is for them or if they can have their 37th snack for the day. So if you’re a beginner or intimidated by working with fingering weight yarn, this is the perfect project for getting your feet wet and giving it a try. I put off working with fingering weight yarn forever thinking it would take me my whole life to make anything and I get bored if a project takes me too long. So I thought it wouldn’t be for me. Once I tried it, I was hooked! I am OB-SESSED now and although, worsted weight will always be my favourite, I’ve definitely been adding more fingering weight yarn to my stash because I just love working with it.

    Ways to Wear your Crochet Hair Scarf

    Crochet Hair scarf tied in a woman's hair

    I have never been the fashionista that can tell you a dozen different ways to tie a scarf and make you look sassy and fiece. No. I’m the girl that looks like she got into a fight with her scarf and lost. So, thanks to creativity and my friend Google, I have a couple of suggestions and some of them aren’t even for your hair. How’s that for versatility? Some ways you can wear/style your Berry Good Hair Day Crochet Hair Scarf:

    • Tie it at the back of your head
    • Tie it around your ponytail/messy bun. This can be done once, letting the tails dangle or wrapped around multiple times.
    • Wrap it around the handle of your purse. It looks fun/stylish and you’ll have it with you in case you need it
    • It can be used as a short scarf and tied around your neck
    • Tied on top of your head in a knot with the ends tucked in

    How will you wear yours? Let me know in the comments below so everyone can share different ways to style their crochet hair scarves.

    Berry Good Hair Day Crochet Hair Scarf

    Close up image of a crochet project using hawthorne fingering weight yarn and a furls crochet hook.

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

    Skill Level:

    • Easy


    Terminology:

    • U.S. Terminology

    Supplies:

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    close up image of the eyelets on this free crochet hair scarf pattern.


    Abbreviations:


    Finished Size:

    • Wide Scarf: 48” Long at longest point x 4.25” wide
    • Thin Scarf: 45“ Long at longest point x 2.25” wide.

    Gauge:

    • 19 sts x 12.25 rows = 4 inches

    Notes:

    • This pattern is worked back and forth in rows
    • Matching gauge is vital to ensuring your project turns out to be the expected size.
    • CH 3s at the begging of each row count as a ST.
    • Instructions contained within ** are to be repeated the number of times indicated next to the **.
    • CHs are counted as STS in the ST count at the end of each row.

    Image showing the different in the two different crochet hair tie sizes available in this pattern.
    Berry Good Hair Day Crochet Hair Scarf in two different sizes

    Pattern:

    For Both Sizes:
    Row 1: FDC 190 or CH 192 and DC in the 3rd CH from the hook and each CH across (190)
    Row 2: CH 3 and turn. DC in the first ST and next 2 STs.  CH 2, SK 2, *DC 7, CH 2, SK 2* x 20, DC 4, DCINC in the top of the CH 3. (192)
    Row 3: CH 3 and turn.  DC in the first ST, *DC 5, DC 2 in the CH SP, CH 2, SK 2* x 21, DC, DCINC in the top of the CH 3.  (194)

    flat lay of crochet hair tie and a furls crochet hook, scissors and crochet accessories.

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    Row 4: Ch 3 and turn.  DC in the 1st ST, CH 2, SK 2, *DC 2 in the CH SP, DC 5, CH 2, SK 2* x 20, DC 2 in the CH SP, DC 8, DCINC in the top of the CH 3. (196)
    Row 5:
    CH 3 and turn. DC in the 1st ST, DC 9, CH 2, SK 2, DC 2 in the CH SP, *DC 5, CH 2, SK 2, DC 2 in the CH SP, * x 20, DC, DCINC in the top of the CH 3. (198)
    Row 6:  CH 3 and turn. DC in the 1st ST, DC 4, DC 2 in the CH SP, CH 2, SK 2, *DC 5, DC 2 in the CH SP, CH 2, SK 2* x 20, DC 8, DCINC in the top of the CH 3. (200)
    Row 7: CH 3 and turn.  DC in the 1st ST, DC in each ST and DC 2 in each CH SP across, DCINC in the top of the CH 3. (202)

    Hawthorne fingering handpaint speckle crochet project close up with a furls crochet hook

    For Thin Scarf size, finish off and weave in ends.  For Wide Scarf size, continue until end. 

    Row 8:  CH 3 and turn. DC in the 1st ST, DC 5, CH 2, SK 2, *DC 7, CH 2, SK 2* x 21, DC 4, DCINC in the top of the CH 3. (204)
    Row 9: CH 3 and turn. DC in the 1st ST, DC 3, CH 2, SK 2, *DC 2 in the CH SP, DC 5, CH 2, SK 2* x 21, DC 2 in the CH SP, DC 6, DCINC in the top of the CH 3. (206)
    Row 10: CH 3 and turn.  DC in the 1st ST, DC 9, DC 2 in the CH SP, CH 2, SK 2, *DC 5, DC 2 in the CH SP, CH 2, SK 2 * x 21, DC 2, DCINC in the top of the CH 3. (208)


    Row 11:  CH 3 and turn. DC in the 1st ST, DC 3, DC 2 in the CH SP, CH 2, SK 2, *DC 5, DC 2 in the CH SP, CH 2, SK 2* x 21, DC 10, DCINC in the top of the CH 3. (210)
    Row 12: CH 3 and turn. DC in the 1st ST, DC 9, CH 2, SK 2, *DC 2 in the CH SP, DC 5, CH 2, SK 2* x 21, DC 2 in the CH SP, DC 6, DCINC in the top of the CH 3. (212)
    Row 13: CH 3 and turn.  DC in the 1st ST, DC in each ST and DC 2 in each CH SP across, DCINC in the top of the CH 3. (214)

    FO and weave in ends.

    I hope you enjoyed making your Berry Good Hair Day Crochet Hair Scarf! Don’t forget to tag my on social media so I can see your finished projects. I love seeing and sharing them. If you like free crochet patterns, you may be interested in some of my other patterns here as well:

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  • Crochet Book Reviews

    Beginner’s Guide to Tunisian Crochet Review

    Beginner's Guide to Tunisian Crochet with a pair of scissors and yarn next to it.
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    I’m back this week with another book review. This week, I have the opportunity to review the Beginner’s Guide to Tunisian Crochet by Emma Guess. The fun thing about this book review is that I am a beginner when it comes to Tunisian Crochet so we’re going to get to see if a beginner can pick up a copy of Beginner’s Guide to Tunisian Crochet and make something. 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 for yourself.

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    So I’ve been dying to try tunisian crochet and I’ve done some swatches and to be honest, not all of them have been successful. Half of them I’ve ended up abadoning prior to finishing them. When the opportunity came up to check out this book, I decided it was time to give tunisian crochet another try. I decided that I’d give the cute little basket pattern a try as it uses at least 3 different techniques to see if I could be successful and how quickly I could be successful.

    The book starts out with a resource section that walks you through the basic techniques as well as a variety of stitches. The illustrations were very clear and I was able to pick things up really quickly. Like many beginners, I was eager to get straight to the project, so I skipped the resource section and got straight to work. I read through the pattern and flipped back to the reference section to learn the stitches as they came up in the pattern. Within 30 minutes, I had the first panel of my basket done.

    Tunisian Fingerless Gloves found in the Beginner's Guide to Tunisian Crochet Book

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    I took a break from crocheting after my first panel and went back to read through the resource section more thoroughly and it really genuinely helped me understand the different techniques and concepts like reading a chart. Several different stitch instructions are included with the book, kind of like a mini stitch dictionary. Although they don’t include the step-by-step photos, once I worked through the basics section, I didn’t have any issues understanding the instructions for the more complex stitches.

    Beginner’s Guide to Tunisian Crochet has a good variety of projects in it for getting started. There are patterns for scarves, fingerless gloves, blankets, a wall hanging, basket, bag, pillow and tablet pouch. Even as a beginner, you’re able to customize the pattern with your different colour choices and adding or omitting a colour like I did with my basket. The pattern called for three different colours but I used two and it looks so different! So there’s plenty to keep you busy and igniting your passion for tunisian crochet.

    Tunisian bag project found in Beginner's Guide to Tunisian Crochet

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    The patterns were very clear and as I said previously, I had the first panel to the basket without having even fully read the book, done in 30 minutes. My basket isn’t perfect but I think it’s pretty darn good for my first tunisian project! I didn’t worry about my gauge (gasp!) because it’s just a basket and my main concern was learning the stitches and executing the pattern (like a begginer!).

    Tunisian scarf project for beginners found in the book

    Overall, I really loved this book! A lovely, clear resource book that is genuinely acccessible to a beginner. Any resource that can get me up and running with a skill as fast as this book did is an absolute winner in my book. Emma has got me hooked on tunisian crochet and I’ll be working my way through the patterns in the book to continue working on my tunisian skills. So if you’re interested in giving tunisian crochet a try, I recommend checking this resource out to see if it may be a winner for you too.

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  • Product Reviews

    Caron Anniversary Cakes Yarn Review

    Picture of a smiling woman holding a Caron Anniversary Cake
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    I can’t resist a new yarn. I just can’t. Call me a yarn addict and I won’t deny it. Since I can’t go and take a romantic solo stroll down the yarn aisle at Michaels right now, I tend to stalk peruse the yarn page of the Michaels website when I get bored. So when I was scrolling through the Michaels website and happened upon a new special edition Caron Cake – the Caron Anniversary Cakes I knew I had to find it. This yarn isn’t listed for sale on the site and it says it isn’t available in store. But like any self-respecting yarn addict, I know that my local store probably has this either in the back or on display. Obviously this means I’m going to have to go out to look for it. Ladies and gents, I went, I saw, I rescued a new yarn baby. And quite a baby she is… let’s review shall we?

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    At the time of writing this, you can’t find anything on the Yarnspirations website or social media promoting this product. So, score for us! We’re going to get to see this first!

    It’s How Big?

    The new Yarnspirations Caron Anniversary Cakes are a whopping 1000g cake. That is 2.2lbs of yarn folks! In that 1000g, you get 1061 yards/970 meters of Super bulky (6) weight yarn. That’s a lot of yarn. But let’s get to the point that will be the real reason this yarn stops you in your tracks: it’s price tag. The Caron Anniversary Cakes yarn is retailing for $39.99 Canadian plus tax. I used a 30% off coupons and after taxes paid just over $31 Canadian. When I first spied this yarn on the Michaels website a few days ago, they hadn’t completely input all the information for it. All I could see was that it cost $39.99. In the picture it looked like your standard Caron cake but with a label that said Anniversary Cake. Once I found out how much yarn you get, the price tag started to make sense.

    Caron Anniversary Cakes in Blueberry Birthday next to a coffee mug to show the size difference.
    Caron Anniversary Cakes in Blueberry Birthday next to a coffee mug to show the size difference.

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    Caron Anniversary Cakes Value

    Once you get over the initial shock of the price and look at it more critically, it doesn’t really seem like that bad of a price. Your average Super Bulky ball of yarn tends to have around 85 – 130 yards of yarn (generally) and can retail between $7.99 – $11.99/ball. For example: Lion Brand Mandala Thick & Quick has 87 yards to a 150g skein and on their site it retails for $7.99 USD. To compare apples to apples here, let’s say that $7.99 is $10.53 CAD (using today’s exchange rate). If I were to spend the same on Lion Brand Mandala Thick & Quick, I’d get 3.79 balls. For easy math, let’s round that up to 4 balls of yarn. So 4 balls of Mandala Thick and Quick would cost me $42.12 and I’d get 392 yards. The Anniversary Cakes will get me 669 more yards for the same price. So if you can get past the initial sticker shock, there is some value there. I’m not putting down or disparaging my beloved Mandala yarns, purely using them as a comparison to show the value of the Anniversary Cakes.

    Yarn Label Information

    • Current Number of Colourways Available: 10
    • Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic
    • Weight: 6 (super bulky)
    • Ball Size: 1000g
    • Yardage: 1061 yd / 970 m
    • Suggested Hook Size: 8 mm (L)
    • Suggested Needle Size: 8mm (US 11)
    • Crochet Gauge: 8 sc x 9 rows= 4″
    • Knitting Gauge: 11 sts x 14 rows = 4″

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    Caron Anniversary Cakes in Blue Birthday top view.
    Caron Anniversary Cakes in Blueberry Birthday top view.

    For those of you that haven’t seen/heard/tried a basic Caron Cake before, this is a self-striping yarn. The Caron Anniversary Cakes are no different. I picked up the colourway called Blueberry Birthday and it has 3 different colours that alternate throughout the ball. This yarn is machine washable and dryable but as with all acrylics, you shouldn’t place a heat source like your steamer or iron on the yarn unless your wanting yarn soup.

    What Can I Make With It?

    I think the answer to this question is that it depends on you and how much work you want to put into it. For fun, I took a quick spin on the Ravelry site to see what kind of projects I could find that use 1050 yards (or close to it) of Super Bulky Yarn. There were a surprising amount of plus size garments that can be made using this amount of yarn. Now, would I want a garment made in a self-striping yarn, as it comes out of the ball? Probably not. But that’s my personal preference. I like to take self-striping yarns apart to control the colour changes or group the colours together to get larger blocks of colour. You could definitely do that with his yarn and get yourself a super cozy colour blocked sweater that’ll last you all winter. If garments aren’t your thing, you could try a floor pouffe, lapghan/blanket, ruana, one of those popular pocket shawls or more. Hell, put this baby on the floor and use it as a foot stool. Kidding, Kidding. … well mostly. There’s a lot that can be done with this kind of yardage so be creative and happy hooking.

    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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  • How To's

    How to do an Invisible Decrease

    Crochet Tutorial image for how to do an invisible decrase
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    If you like to crochet amigurumi, you may have noticed (and dislike) the little bump that is formed when you’re working your single crochet decrease stitches in your projects. The standard way of executing a single crochet decrease stitch often leaves a gap or a bump on your project and then you aren’t left with a nice even fabric that you were hoping for. But, there is a better way of doing a decrease stitch that can do wonders for your amigurumi projects: the invisible decrease. Here, I’ll show you how to do an invisible decrease in your crochet projects. It is something that I use in all my amigurumi projects and I think once you get the hang of doing an invisible decrease, that you’ll make it part of your amigurumi toolbox of skills.

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    How to make an Invisible Decrease

    When you come to the part in your crochet pattern/project where it calls for a SCDEC/Single Crochet DEC/decrease, follow these steps.

    1. Insert your hook under the front loop only (FLO) of the first stitch. You should have two loops on your hook.
    Front loops only
    Crochet stitch tutorial

    2. DO NOT YARN OVER. Insert your hook under the front loop only (FLO) of the next stitch. You should have 3 loops on your hook now.

    3. Yarn over and pull through the first two loops on your hook. You should have two loops remaining.

    invisibile decrease tutorial step 3

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    4. Yarn over and pull through the remaining two loops on your hook. Invisible decrease completed.

    Completed invisible decrease

    That’s it! Super easy right? The invisible decrease is almost imperceptible when done in your amigurumi projects. The crochet invisible decrease is a total game changer. Try it in your next project and let me know what you think.

    Want to try it out? Here are some free amigurumi patterns that you can try this out with:

  • Crochet Book Reviews

    Fairytale Blankets to Crochet Review

    front cover of Fairytale blankets to crochet by Lynne Rowe
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    I was recently given the opportunity to review Fairytale Blankets to Crochet by Lynne Rowe 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 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.

    Fairytale Blankets to Crochet is written using UK crochet terminology but a UK to US term conversion chart is availabe via a flap inside the front cover of the book. Also on this flap is a list of stitch abbreviations used in the pattern. This is the first time that I’ve seen a flap utilized in this manner in a crochet book and I can definitely see how this could be handy! The flap can be used as a book mark or, keep it over top of the page you’re working on for a handy reference any time you need it. No flipping back to the reference section for you! It goes with you wherever you go in this book.

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    Hooded Blankets in the book Fairytale blankets to crochet

    Fairy Tale Blankets to Crochet contains the patterns for “10 fantasy-themed childrens’ blankets for storytime cuddles”. The blanket patterns included int his book are:

    • Polar Bear
    • Princess or Prince
    • Wolf
    • Little Red Riding Hookd
    • Deer
    • Festive Elf
    • Fish
    • Lion
    • Unicorn
    • Dragon

    Each blanket pattern is accompanied by a pattern for a matching bunting that can be used to decorate your child’s room to make story time even more magical for them.

    Pattern image of the deer hooded blanket in the book being reviewed

    The book is bright, colourful and whimsical. My kids have not left me alone about making them each a blanket since I took the book out of the book so I’d personally call the patterns “kid-approved”. The patterns are worked in the corner to corner technique and include sizes for 2-4 and 5-7.

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    The front of the book contains and through and clearly illustrated resource section that walks you through how to do corner to corner crochet from beginning to end. It even covers weaving in your ends and how to properly crochet your border, how to read a chart, adding fringe joining pieces, blocking and more. I really enjoyed the resource section and thought it was very thorough and well done.

    I want to make a point of noting that the materials list give you both the listing of the exact yarn that was used as well as a generalized list without brand names which makes it easy to quickly assess whether you can shop your stash for materials or if a quick run to the store is needed before you get started.

    Polar bear hooded blanket for kids

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    The patterns themselves, deliver on their promise of whmisy and to be honest, I want one for me. As someone that is always cold these blankets look cozy and just downright fun. I know that I’ll personally reference this book multiple times in the future as the projects would make for great gifts for childen. This book would be a great for intermediate level crocheters or adventurous beginners and those that like to make gifts for children.

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    Back cover of the book Fairytale Blankets to crochet.

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  • Product Reviews

    Sweet Snuggles Stripes by Loops & Threads Review

    Close up image of a ball of Loops & Threads Sweet Snuggles Stripes Yarn
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    During my last trip to Michaels, I was fortunate enough to have gotten there just as the fall lines of yarn were being put out for shoppers. I may have purchased far more yarn than I planned to but hey, at least I can share what I bought with you here. One of the yarns I purchased was the new Loops & Threads Sweet Snuggles Stripes and I’ve worked with this yarn quite a bit since purchasing it so I wanted to share my review of Sweet Snuggles Stripes with you.

    I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with blanket yarns. My personal favourite blanket yarn is the Bernat Blanket. I love how quickly I can make a blanket with it (and amigurumi too) but, I struggle with it’s lack of stitch definition. Last summer I needed to make an obsence amount of baby blankets for baby shower gifts and using blanket yarn helped me pump out over a dozen blankets in just a few short months. (You can find my go-to baby shower blanket pattern HERE and a free amigurumi pattern using blanket yarn HERE).

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    Before we get into the nitty gritty of the review, let’s go over the yarn label info so you can get an idea of what we’re talking about:

    Loops & Threads Sweet Snuggles Stripes:

    • Current Number of Colourways Available: 14
    • Fiber Content: 100% Polyester
    • Ball Size: 200g
    • Yardage: 87y/80m
    • Suggested Hook Size: 11.5mm
    • Suggested Needle Size: 12.5mm
    • Crochet Gauge: 4 sc x 4 rows= 4″
    • Knitting Gauge: 6 sts x 8 rows = 4″

    Loops & Threads Sweet Snuggles Stripes Vs. Bernat Blanket

    So when I saw that the Michael’s brand Loops & Threads had come out with a blanket yarn, I was drawn to it and had to check it out. The Loops & Threads Sweet Snuggles Stripes yarn was on an endcap and there were so many pretty colour combos it was hard to choose. This self-striping yarn is incredibly soft and it felt like love at first squish. I didn’t love the yardage though. Each ball of Sweet Snuggles Stripes yarn has only 87 yards/80m to a ball. It’s a size 6, jumbo weight yarn (as with most blanket yarns) but the price tag is the same as a ball of Bernat Blanket. So here in Canada, Michaels sells a 300g ball of Bernat Blanket yarn for $11.97 and that 300g ball gets you 220 yards/201 meters of yarn (I didn’t even need to look at a label for that… that’s how often I’ve used this stuff lol). Sweet Snuggles Stripes is a 200g ball and it’s regular price is $11.99/ball for the 87 yards. I was fortunate enough to get it on sale for $6.99/ball. Sorry Sweet Snuggles Stripes, but Bernat beats you on value.

    A ball of Loops & Threads Sweet Snuggles Stripes Yarn

    What Does it Feel Like?

    This yarn is CRAZY soft. As I worked with it I wanted to just keep touching it. It kind of feels like chenille and velvet had a baby and made this yarn. I personally think it’s softer than Bernat Blanket yarn but the value of the Bernat Blanket can’t be beat on this one.

    Colour Changes

    This is honestly what sold me on giving this yarn a try. My Aunt and I both use Bernat Blanket yarn alot and the colour changes in the Bernat Blanket yarn tends to become a topic of discussion anytime one of us is using the Bernat Blanket Stripes. The colour changes are ugly and tend to be two ends of yarn wrapped with some thread to hold them together. Not pretty. To be honest, I cut those parts out and just sew in my ends, which, I guess defeats the purpose of the self-striping yarn, but I buy self-striping yarn for the colour pallettes. The colour changes in this yarn are abrupt BUT they are clean. The colour stops and starts on the same strand and there are no ugly joins. I knew my Aunt would love that so I picked it up to show her.

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    The jags of colour in Sweet Snuggles Stripes are short. I tried a ridiculous amount of hook and stitch combinations to try to get an end of row colour change that would result in a project big enough to be used (I was aiming for a small blanket for my daughter) and just never found anything that worked. I ended up trying a mitered corner which, was very pretty but the colour changes happening all over the place made it look sloppy and I lost steam. Bernat Blanket yarn I’ve almost always been able to get at least 3 full rows of stitches in a lapghan size project before having to change rows. The more I worked with the yarn, the more frustrated I became and the more convinced I am that this yarn is better suited for knitting projects.

    Crochet swatch worked up in shades of purple Sweet Snuggles Stripes
    Crochet swatched worked up in Sweet Snuggles Stripes

    I bought 4 balls of this yarn to make a blanket for my daughter and after using up two full balls of the yarn, I doubt I’ll get a project big enough for her to use (she is 3). Since I cannot return the yarn, I may turn it into a comfy play mat for her to lay on in her room while she plays. It may make a fun and super-sized amigurumi as well but my need to control the colour changes makes me not overly ambitious to start something like that with this yarn right now.

    Check out the video review of this Loops & Threads Sweet Snuggles Stripes and see the swatch I made with this yarn:

    At the time I did my video review, I mentioned that this yarn may be great if you were to have a solid coloured yarn to work into your project with the Sweet Snuggles Stripes. A solid coloured Sweet Snuggles yarn has since become available on the Michaels website. It has a bit more yardarge (109 yards) than the Sweet Snuggles Stripes so investing in a couple of those balls may make this yarn salvageable for me. I estimate that I’d probably need another 3 more balls to make something useable but that starts to make this a pricey blanket.

    Overall, I really want to love this yarn because it is so soft and those clean colour changes are big plus. But when I can get a similar product with better yardage for the same price, it’s hard for me to say that I would be willing to make Loops & Threads Sweet Snuggles Stripes part of the regular line up of yarns I would use. At the end of the day, value wins out for this yarn addict.

    What do you think? Have you seen this yarn? Have you tried this yarn? What would you make with it? Are you ok with mid-row colour changes? 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

    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.

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    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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  • 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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