New Crochet-A-Long Group

My Christian faith is a huge part of my life. The most important part of my life, actually. Without it, I wouldn’t be the person I am today. So when I was approached about running a crochet-a-long group for Christian crocheters I was so excited and honored!

Christian Crochet-a-longs

The Group

The Christian Crochet-a-Longs group will be for Christian crocheters to discuss their faith freely, and to work together to create crocheted items to love and help others in any way we can. I will be designing 1 to 2 patterns a month for this group. Designs created for the CAL will be items that can be made to gift to others, encourage others, and donate to those in need. This group will not only be for Christian fellowship but also a type of outreach. We will crochet together to love God and love others, as He has called us to.

I realize this group will not be for everybody, and if it’s not something you are interested in, please just disregard this post. But if this is something that interests you, we would absolutely love to have you join!

The First CAL

Our first project is a small starter project. The Sweet Blessings Bible Cover would make a wonderful gift to someone in your church, a friend from Bible study, or just to make for your own bible or journal. This pattern uses the corner to corner technique and comes with step by step photos for you to follow as you go.

sweet blessings bible cover

This first CAL will be a short 2.5 week one. We will finish it up on November 2nd and start the next one on November 5th. Members can view sneak peeks of the new project will be posted in the group in the days to come!

I am so excited to see how God works in this new group! I feel sure relationships will be formed, prayers will be answered, and we will have an amazing opportunity to love and serve others!

This is my command; Love each other. John 15: 17

Brimstone Cowl- New Crochet Pattern

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After I published the Brimstone Cowl crochet pattern, I started getting requests for a cowl to match.  So I bought some more Lion Brand Yarn Jeans yarn and got started!

Brimstone Cowl

The Brimstone Cowl uses only one skein of Lion Brand Jeans yarn or about 246 yards of a light worsted weight yarn. It’s a fun workup with different stitch combos for each round, so you’ll never get bored with this one!

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Bonnie Bell Baby Bonnet- Free Crochet Pattern

The Bonnie Bell Baby Bonnet is great for newborns and infants! It makes an adorable prop for photographs or they can be worn as an added layer to keep your little one warm! The Bonnie Bell Baby Bonnet crochet pattern has instructions for newborn to toddler sizes.

 

Bonnie Bell Baby Bonnet 

Materials Needed

48-140 yards light worsted weight (#4) yarn

I Hook (5.5mm)

Measuring tape

Darning needle for weaving in ends

Stitches Needed and Abbreviations

sc-Single Crochet

dc- Double Crochet

Ch- Chain

st- Stitch

sl st- slip stitch

CDC- Cross Double Crochet Stich (skip stitch, 1 DC in next two stitches, then working over the DC’s just made DC into the skipped stitch) One CDC is worked in a total of 3 stitches.

*- repeat from

Pattern Notes

Gauge is listed at the beginning of each size.

Starting chain does not count as first stitch unless otherwise stated.

Size Chart:

Newborn: 12-13” circumference, approximately 5” x 5”

0-3 Months: 13-14” circumference, approximately 6” x 6”

3-6 Months: 14-16” circumference, approximately 6” x 6.5”

6-12 Months: 16-18” circumference, approximately 6.5” x 6.5”

Bonnet is measured top to bottom by  front to back.

Newborn (5″ x 5″)

Gauge: After round 4 your circle should measure 4.25”.

Create a MC.

Round 1: Ch 2,  10 dc in circle, pull tight, join to first st. (10 st)

Round 2: Ch 2, 2 dc in each st around, join to first st. (20 st)

Round 3: Ch 2, 2 dc in first st, 1 dc in next, *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next*, repeat from * around, join to first st. (30 st)

Round 4: Ch 2, 2 dc in first st, 1 dc in next 2, * 2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 2 st*, repeat from * around, join to first st. (40 st)

Row 5: Ch 2, dc in next 35 stitches leaving 5 stitches unworked, do not join. (35 st)

Row 6: Ch 2, turn, skip first stitch (same stitch as ch 2), 1 dc in next 2 st, working across the 2 dcs just made dc into the skipped stitch, (You have now completed your first CDC), *work CDC over the next 3 stitches*, repeat from * around, on the last CDC you will have to work the second dc into the previous row’s beginning ch st.  (12 CDC st)

Rows 7-9: Repeat row 6.

Row 10: Ch 1, sc in each st around (36 sc)

From the last sc ch 30. In 2nd ch from hook, 3 sc into each ch st going back up to the bonnet. Join with a sc to the sc you started at.

Sc around the side and back of the bonnet working all the way to the other side.

From there ch 30. In 2nd ch from hook,  3 sc into each ch st going back up to the bonnet. Join with a sc to the sc you started at.

Fasten off, weave in ends.

0-3M (6″ x 6″)

Gauge: After round 5 your circle should be 5”.

Create a MC.

Round 1: Ch 2, 10 dc in circle, pull tight, join to first st. (10 st)

Round 2: Ch 2, 2 dc in each st around, join to first st. (20 st)

Round 3: Ch 2, 2 dc in first st, 1 dc in next, *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next*, repeat from * around, join to first st. (30 st)

Round 4: Ch 2, 2 dc in first st, 1 dc in next 2, * 2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 2 st*, repeat from * around, join to first st. (40 st)

Round 5: Ch 2, 2 dc in first st, 1 dc in next 7 st, *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 7 st*, repeat from * around, join to first st. (45 st)

Row 6: Ch 2, 1 dc in the next 39 stitches, leaving 6 stitches unworked, do not join. (39 st)

Row 7: Ch 2, turn, skip first stitch (same stitch as ch 2), 1 dc in next 2 st, working across the 2 dcs just made dc into the skipped stitch, (You have now completed your first CDC) *work CDC into the next 3 stitches*, repeat from * around. (13 CDC)

Rows 8-11: Repeat row 7.

Row 12: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st around (39 st)

From there, ch 35, in 2nd  ch from hook 3 sc in each ch st back up to the bonnet, join with sc to beginning sc.

SC around the side and back all the way to the other side of the bonnet.

From there, ch 35, in 2nd ch from hook 3 sc in each ch st back up to the bonnet, join with sc to beginning sc.

Finish off, weave in ends.

3-6m (6″ x 6.5″)

Gauge: After round 5 your circle should measure 5.25”

Create a MC, CH 2

Round 1:  10 dc in circle, pull tight, join to first st. (10 st)

Round 2: Ch 2, 2 dc in each st around, join to first st. (20 st)

Round 3: Ch 2, 2 dc in first st, 1 dc in next, *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next*, repeat ** around, join to first st. (30 st)

Round 4: Ch 2, 2 dc in first st, 1 dc in next 2, * 2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 2 st*, repeat ** around, join to first st. (40 st)

Round 5: Ch 2, 2 dc in first st, 1 dc in next 3 st, * 2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 3 st*, repeat ** around, join to firs st. (50 st)

Row 6: Ch 2, 1 dc in the next 45 stitches, leaving 5 stitches unworked, do not join. (45 st)

Row 7: Ch 2, turn, skip first stitch (same stitch as ch 2), 1 dc in next 2 st, working across the 2 dcs just made dc into the skipped stitch, (You have now completed your first CDC) *work CDC into the next 3 stitches*, repeat ** around. (15 CDC)

Rows 8-13: repeat row 7

Row 14: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st around (45 st)

From there ch 40. Starting in 2nd ch from hook, work 3 sc in each ch, back up to the bonnet, join with sc to beginning sc.

SC around the side and back of the bonnet to the other side of the bonnet.

From there ch 40, work 3 sc in each ch, back up to the bonnet, join with sc to beginning sc.

Finish off, weave in ends.

6-12 months (6.5″ x 6.5″)

Gauge: After round 6 your circle should be 6.25”.

Create a MC, ch 2.

Round 1: 10 dc in circle, pull tight, join to first st. (10 st)

Round 2: Ch 2, 2 dc in each st around, join to first st. (20 st)

Round 3: Ch 2, 2 dc in first st, 1 dc in next, *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next*, repeat **around, join to first st. (30 st)

Round 4: Ch 2, 2 dc in first st, 1 dc in next 2, * 2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 2 st*,
repeat ** around, join to first st. (40 st)

Round 5: Ch 2, 2 dc in first st, 1 dc in next 3 st, * 2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 3 st*,repeat ** around, join to first st. (50 st)

Round 6: Ch 2, 2 dc in first st, 1 dc in next 9 st, * 2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 9 st*,repeat ** around, join to first st. (55 st)

Round 7: Ch 2, 1 dc in next 48 stitches, leaving the last 7 stitches unworked. (48 st)

Row 8: Ch 2, turn, skip first stitch (same stitch as ch 2), 1 dc in next 2 st, working across the 2 dcs just made dc into the skipped stitch,(You have now completed your first CDC) *work CDC into the next 3 stitches*, repeat ** around. (16 CDC)

Rows 9 -15 : Repeat row 8

Row 16: Ch 1, turn, sc in each stitch around. (48 st)

From there ch 45, work 3 sc in each ch, back up to the bonnet, join with sc to beginning
sc.
SC around the side and back of the bonnet to the other side of the bonnet.
From there ch 45, work 3 sc in each ch, back up to the bonnet, join with sc to beginning
sc.
Finish off, weave in ends.

I hope you enjoy the Bonnie Bell Baby Bonnet crochet pattern! Be on the lookout for the Bonnie Bell Baby Legwarmers coming to the blog very soon!

 

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Crossroads Scarf- New Pattern Release

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I’m excited to share a brand new crochet pattern that I’ve just released! The Crossroads Scarf is a unisex scarf that uses simple cable stitches to give it a nice, sophisticated look!

Crossroads Scarf

The Crossroads Scarf is the second pattern in the Crossroads collection. The first pattern is the Crossroads Sweater which is a beautiful, top-down sweater with the same elegant cable work. I used Lion Brand Yarn Heartland yarn for both and it worked up beautifully!

The Crossroads Scarf crochet pattern comes with step by step written and photo instructions for you to use as you work up the scarf. And as always, I am available daily for pattern support. The Crossroads Scarf is currently 50% off through Sunday, October 7, 2018 HERE. You don’t need a coupon code. The discount has already been applied. Enjoy!

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My Favorite Free Crochet Patterns for Fall!

Fall is such a fun time of year for crocheters! This is when it is so fun to crochet because the weather is cool and the projects are cozy! Today I am sharing a fall roundup of my five favorite crochet patterns right now! And they are all free!

Lacy Cozy Cowl by Maria’s Blue Crayon

I love the look of this cowl! Even though it uses a worsted weight yarn, it genuinely looks lacy and light! I love the Caron Cake colors she used too! They are the perfect neutrals!

fall crochet cowl

Rainier Sweater by Sewrella

I am loving this sweater! The collar is so cute! I love the ribbed trim also! It looks like the perfect top to cozy up next to someone special in front of a campfire!

fall crochet sweater

Lansdowne Toque by Sincerely Pam

This hat is super cute, super easy, and super quick! What more could you ask for in a great fall hat?!

fall crochet hat

The Dude Blanket by Two Brothers Blankets

I know I’m slightly bias on this one, but I’m telling you, it’s perfect for all! It’s one of those blankets that you can cozy up underneath it as you make it! And the stitches are repetitive and easy so you can mindlessly crochet while you binge watch your favorite Netflix show!

fall crochet blanket

Laetus Cowl by Joy of Motion

Another design made with bulky yarn, making it a quick project! It looks so warm and cozy! I think this one would make a great gift as well!

fall crochet cowl

 

So those are my five favorite free crochet patterns for fall! (Say that 5 times fast!) Which one is your favorite? Have you made any of these yet? Leave me a comment and let me know!

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Gauge – Why it is Important and How to Check it

Gauge is a word you have probably heard if you crochet, even if you are just starting out. In the crocheting world, gauge is a swatch of stitches that you measure to determine what hook size to use for a particular pattern. You want to get the exact same amount of stitches that the designer got within the specified measurements so your project comes out to be the same size as the original.

Why is gauge so important?

Gauge is important because, just like every person writes differently, every person crochets differently. We hold our hook different and have different tension. Some of us use different kinds of yarn and crochet hooks that can make a huge difference in the size of our stitches. If the size of our stitches are not the same as the designer’s stitches, our project is going to come out in a completely different size than the original measurements.

For example, if one of my garment designs has 16 stitches within 4″.  But you get 15 stitches within 4″. That’s going to be a 10 stitch difference for every 4″!  Your garment definitely will not fit the same way as mine does.

How do I check gauge?

Checking gauge is actually pretty simple. To start, look at the materials section of you pattern. Find out what size  yarn and what size crochet hook is recommended. You will also need a measuring tape. Once you have the appropriate yarn and hook, check the gauge section.  I personally try to create a 4″ square for my gauge swatches. So in my gauge section it will usually say something like 14 dc x 8 rows= 4″.  Other designers might do a 2″ x 2″ square or also have measurements for in the round. It just depends on the designer.

So to start, work up the square and measure it. If you get a perfect 4″x4″ square, then you are using the correct hook!

Your square is most definitely NOT 4″x4″ you say? That’s ok! So here’s how I remember what to do:

  • If it’s too big, go down.
  • If it’s too small, go up.

Let me explain. If your square is bigger than 4″x4″ then you need to go down a hook size, maybe two! Try it with the next hook size down from what you just used. And continue to work your way down until you get that perfect 4″ square.

If the square is small than 4″x 4″ then you need to go up a hook size.  Keep trying a hook size larger until you get that 4″ square.

What if I can’t seem to meet gauge?

Having trouble getting that exact 4″ square? That’s OK. Don’t panic. In most cases, I find that width is going to be more important than height. So if you’re getting 4″ across but 5″ tall, go with that hook size. You can always add or take away rows/rounds to get the length you want, but if the width is off, your project is going to be too big or too small around. If you can’t seem to get exactly 4″ across no matter what hook size you use, I would suggest maybe trying another yarn. If that’s not an option, use the hook that gets you the very closest to 4″.

Do I have to check gauge every single time?

In most cases, yes. Especially when making garments, hats, or specific sized blankets and scarves. But in some cases, like when making a scarf, you can usually just get by with measuring at the beginning of your project to make sure you are getting the correct width or at least close to it. A scarf usually isn’t going to look terrible if it comes out a little bigger or smaller than the original version.

Also, I’d recommend writing your hook size and yarn choice on the top of your pattern for when you come back to it or make it again. Even then, I’d at least do a quick width check each time you make a new project because your tension often changes over time. I used to crochet so tight when I was just beginning, but now I crochet much looser. So I often have to check gauge even if it is something I have made once before. You’d be surprised how many times I’ve had to change my hook size from when I originally made it.

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So as you can see, gauge is pretty important. Checking gauge may seem like a waste of time, especially when you are so ready to get started on a project, but in the long run it can really save time. The most frustrating thing ever is to get well into a project and realize it’s 2 times too big!

If you have any questions about gauge please feel free to leave them in the comments and I will answer them to the best of my ability! For more great tips on making garments and getting the best fit check out this post: Crocheting Garments- Tips to a Great Fit! 

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La Maille Hat- Free Crochet Pattern

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The La Maille Hat is a matching accessory to the La Maille (the ladder) sweater! Both items have a distressed look to them created by a combination of stitches and chain spaces. The La Maille Hat now comes in three sizes: toddler, child, and adult!

I used Knit Picks Brava Sport for this project. I love the definition it gives to the stitches and it’s very nice to work with!

You can purchase the ad-free pdf pattern HERE.

Materials

  • 140-176 yards sport (#2) weight yarn
  • H (5.0mm) crochet hook
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Tapestry needle

Difficulty

  • Intermediate

Gauge

  • 15 herr-dc x 11 rows = 4”

Sizing

  • Toddler – 18-19” head circumference
  • Child- 19-20”
  • Adult 21-22”

Pattern Notes

Starting chain does not count as first st unless stated otherwise within the pattern.

Hat size will be slightly smaller than head circumference, but the hat is very stretchy and should be fitted around the head.

Pattern is worked from the bottom up.

Pattern is worked in toddler size with child and adult sizes in parentheses. Final stitch count for all sizes will be in parentheses at the end of each round.

Stitches Needed & Abbreviations

fsc- chainless foundation single crochet

ch(s)- chain(s)

st(s)- stitch(es)

sc- single crochet

blo- back loop only

herr-dc- herringbone double crochet

herr-dc2tog- herringbone double crochet 2 together

Stitch Dictionary

herr-dc- yarn over, insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull through stitch and one loop, yarn over, pull through one loop, yarn over, pull through both loops.

herr-dc2tog- yarn over, insert hook into st, yarn over, pull through st and 1st loop (2 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through 1 loop (2 loops on hook), yarn over, insert hook into next st, yarn over, pull through st and 1st loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through 1 loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through all 3 loops.

Hat

Round 1: FSC 68 (72, 78), join to 1st st. (68, 72, 78 sts)

Rounds 2-3: Ch 1, 1 sc in blo of each st around, join to 1st st. (68, 72, 78 sts)

Round 4: Ch 2, 1 herr-dc in 1st 16 (18, 18), ch 6, skip 6 sts, 1 herr-dc in next 24 (24, 30) sts, ch 6, skip 6 sts, 1 herr-dc in last (16, 18, 18) sts, join to 1st st. (56, 60, 66 sts)

Repeat round 4 until entire hat measures 8” (8.5”, 9”) long.

Round 5: Ch 2, 1 herr-dc in 1st 16 (18, 18) sts, 3 herr-dc around ch-6 space, 1 herr-dc in next 24 (24, 30) sts, 3 herr-dc around ch-6 space, 1 herr-dc in last 16 (16, 18) sts, join to 1st st. (62, 66, 72 sts)

Round 6 (Toddler and Child): Ch 2, 1 herr-dc2tog, 1 herr-dc in next 58 (62) sts, 1 herr-dc2tog, join to 1st st. (60, 64)

Round 6 (Adult): Ch 2, 1 herr-dc in each st around, join to 1st st. (72)

Round 7: Ch 2, 1 herr-dc in 1st 2 sts, herr-dc2tog, *1 herr-dc in 1st 2 sts, herr-dc2tog*, repeat from * around, join to 1st st. (45, 48, 54)

Round 8: Ch 2, 1 herr-dc in 1st st, herr-dc2tog, *1 herr-dc in 1st st, herr-dc2tog*, repeat from * around, join to 1st st. (30, 32, 36)

Round 9: Ch 2, *herr-dc2tog*, repeat from * around, join to 1st st. (15, 16, 18)

Fasten off, leaving long tail for sewing top closed.

Using tapestry needle, weave the long tail in and out of the open stitches at the top of hat and pull tight. Weave in all ends.

 

My Five Favorite Budget Friendly Yarns

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Don’t you wish you had the money to buy all the yarn?! I know I do! Since I  started crocheting I am always looking for sales and budget friendly yarns because spending a lot on yarn is not always an option.  I’ve fallen in love with quite a few yarns that are pretty budget friendly but still great quality! Today, I want to share with you my five favorite budget friendly yarns!

Just a disclaimer, this list is my own personal favorites. These yarns are not necessarily the absolute cheapest or most yardage for the money.  I made this list based on yarn quality and durability, price, and how easy it is to get.

Hobby Lobby-  I Love This Yarn- #4 worsted weight yarn $4.99/355 yards

Some might not agree with me on this one, especially since the price recently went from $3.99 to $4.99, but for me, this yarn is worth the price! It is extremely soft, sturdy, and a dream to work with! I love to use this yarn for blankets, hats, scarves, and even garments. It’s just one of those yarns that you want to feel on your skin. This yarn comes in tons of amazing colorways, including Stonewashed, Metallic, and Gradient colors, just to name a few! There are so many options with this yarn, which is why it made my list!

If you have a Hobby Lobby nearby you can purchase it in store, but even if you do not, you can order it online at the Hobby Lobby Website.

Loops & Threads- Charisma- #5 bulky weight yarn $4.49/109 yards

This is another one that may not seem like the most budget-friendly yarn, but I added this one because it goes on sale pretty often at Michael’s. I’m not sure that I’ve ever paid full price for a skein of Charisma. It went on sale last year around the holidays for $1.99/skein! And even it it is not on sale, with Michael’s coupons you can usually get some sort of discount on it.

I really enjoy Charisma yarn. It’s another really soft yarn and is what I believe to be a true #5 bulky weight yarn. It’s just slightly thicker than your thick worsted weight yarns. This yarn is great for scarves, hats, and other accessories. I’ve even designed a sweater with this yarn! The Raleigh Tunic is made with Charisma in the gorgeous Red colorway.

You can purchase Charisma yarn at any Michael’s stores or at their website.

Lion Brand Pound of Love – #4 worsted weight yarn- $9.99-$11.69/1,020 yards

This one gets added to the list because it’s a great yarn to have when you need a lot of the same yarn. I love to get these for baby blankets. Usually only one skein is needed to complete a full blanket. This yarn is also one that you can get on sale pretty often. If it’s not on sale, you can use a coupon at Michael’s or Joann’s to get a discount on it.

This yarn is a nice soft, light worsted yarn. It’s not as thick as I Love This Yarn or Red Heart Soft, but I would still consider it a worsted. I’m about to start a design with one of these huge skeins so be on the lookout for it!

You can purchase this on the Lion Brand website or in store at Michal’s, Joann’s, and I believe Walmart. This may even be available at other stores I don’t know about!

Red Heart Soft- #4 worsted weight yarn- $5.39/256 yards

One of my favorite yarns is Red Heart Soft! It’s just that- Soft! And it has a gorgeous shine to it that makes it amazing for hats and scarves and just about anything you can think of! It is a true worsted weight yarn. I’ve made my Celtic Weave Mini Slouch, as well as the Kellie Cowl with this yarn. It’s so fun to use! It has quite a few color options also, including variegated colorways. There is also a bulky version of this yarn called Soft Essentials!

This is another yarn that you can find in a number of stores, and usually on sale pretty frequently.  I’ve seen it 2 for $5 at Michael’s a number of times this year. Plus, as always, you can usually find a coupon to use on at least one skein.  You can find this yarn in store at places like Michael’s or Walmart, or purchase it directly from the Red Heart website.

Knit Picks Brava – #2 sport weight $2.49/273 yards OR #4 worsted weight $2.49/218 yards

Knit Picks Brava yarn is hands down my favorite budget- friendly yarn. You could probably argue that it’s my favorite yarn overall. I use this yarn for so many designs and crochet projects! The price is really affordable, it’s durable, and it’s soft. I absolutely love using Knit Picks Brava for garments. It’s lightweight enough to not be too warm so I can use it for both summer and winter garments.

The only downside to this yarn, if you can even call it that, is that you can only purchase it on the Knit Picks website. I don’t mind purchasing yarn online, but I know a lot of people like to be able to get it in stores. But since the price is so good, you could get just one or two skeins to try out and spend less than $10 for it all. To me personally, this yarn is well worth the wait to have it shipped.

I would also recommend searching for coupons before you shop. Many of the big box stores have weekly coupons for you to use. Also check for sales. Yarn goes on sale in these stores fairly often. Also, if you are purchasing online, be sure to subscribe to the stores via email. You’ll often get notifications of sales and coupons sent right to your email. Some will even be exclusive to subscribers. I hope this information has been helpful to you when you are shopping for yarn. The hobby of crochet doesn’t have to be an expensive one. Although, I make no promises you won’t get addicted to yarn shopping and buy yarn every time you get the chance! 😉  Happy shopping!

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Ashley Leither Designs Handmade Crochet Hooks Product Review

Ashley Leither is a fellow crochet pattern designer who has some of the most amazing and adorable crochet patterns! But there’s more to her brand than just patterns! Introducing the Ashley Leither Designs Crochet Hooks! These crochet hooks are gorgeous, handmade wooden hooks made by Ashley’s husband!

Ashley sent me a handmade crochet hook to try out myself.  I was able to choose between a Boye or Bates crochet hook and I was able to choose the handle I wanted attached to it. I chose the Bolivian Rosewood handle with a Boye hook size H (5.0mm).

Details on the handle from her website– ” This handle is handmade with a Cocobolo. This wood has beautiful dark grain contrasts, creating a very unique look, no two handles are alike.”

 

Ashley Leither Designs Crochet Hooks

 

Once I received the handle I was instantly impressed. I think I expected it to be really heavy, but it isn’t. It’s super smooth and long, which I really like because I’m not a fan of short crochet hooks. The actual hook sticks out pretty far from the handle too, which is great. For the longest time I used Hobby Lobby’s Yarnology hooks for that reason. I just like the way my stitches flow on the longer style crochet hooks. So I was very excited to use this handmade hook!

Now, let’s talk about price. The Ashley Leither Designs crochet hooks range in price from $13-$16. I would consider that very affordable for a handmade crochet hook! I’ve seen other handmade hooks for double that price that weren’t as pretty or as easy to use! Honestly though, I would pay even more for Ashley’s crochet hooks because they are that great!

I’ve been using Ashley Leither Designs crochet hooks for over a month now and I’m still very impressed with them. They are very easy to crochet with and still look brand new! And I have done a lot of crocheting in the past month! Overall, I would recommend these crochet hooks to all of my crocheting friends!

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Birthday BOGO Sale!

It is my birthday weekend! I turn 31 on Sunday and I want to celebrate with you by having a birthday BOGO sale! Starting today, all of my single patterns on Ravelry are buy one, get one FREE (of equal or lesser value)! No exclusions and no code is needed. Just add two or more patterns to your cart and the discount will be applied at checkout.

Birthday BOGO sale

You can add as many patterns to your cart as you like, and for every 2 patterns added, one will be free! How awesome is that?! It’s a great time to stock up on all your favorites in your wish list! To shop, click the link above or click the picture above and it will take you right to my Ravelry Shop!

I wish you all a wonderful Labor Day weekend! Thanks for celebrating with me!

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