Pattern Release: the Gentle Kisses Baby Blanket

I love using different stitch combinations to create textures that you can see and feel, but I don't like to use stitch combinations that are too open for baby designs because I would never want a tiny finger or toe to become entangled in something created from my pattern. Still, I did want a nice unique texture to this blanket and I achieved this with tiny crossed stitches that look like "x" s. Since "x" is a typical abbreviation for kiss, I thought Gentle Kisses was the perfect name for this design!

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Pattern Release: the Patchwork Crossbody Handbag

I used the last of my Lion Brand Ferris Wheel to design this handbag pattern. As I worked up the squares, I decided that it was probably time to make a new handbag for myself. The only hiccup was that I did not own a sewing machine, but I figured that was a "future me" problem.

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Pattern Release: the Crinkle Crayon

I loved that this was another design that named itself. As I mentioned, I used 3 colors of scrap yarn, not intentionally but because I underestimated the amount of yarn I had balled up- twice- and had to change colors. Between the color changes and the shape of the water bottle sleeve, it looked like a crayon. And the empty water bottle inside makes a lot of crinkly sounds. "Crinkle Crayon" was a no-brainer!

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Dazzling Bows Shawl- FREE Crochet Pattern

I saw a brief video of a similar stitch one day, and it was unfortunately linked to a scam website with stolen patterns in a different language. There were many comments on the video from crocheters requesting the pattern in English, so after watching it a few times I came up with my own variation- AND I even made a tutorial video for you, as the pattern itself is quite easy, but explaining the technique in written form was a bit of a challenge and I wanted to give you a visual to go along with what I have written.

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Diamondback Scarf- FREE Crochet Pattern

I designed the Diamondback Scarf as part of the 2024 Gift to Myself CAL, hosted by Underground Crafter. We spend so much time crocheting items for loved ones and for donation, at times it seems we have hooked and hooked with nothing to show for it, so I just love the spirit of this event- it is okay to put our talents to use on a "selfish" project! You can proudly wear this scarf, knowing you will get lots of compliments and every time someone asks, "where did you get that?" You can say, "oh, I made it!"

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