New Crochet Pattern- The Sassy Summer Sweater!

The Sassy Summer Sweater is SO versatile and perfect for summer! You can make this sweater as a long sleeve swimsuit cover-up OR a short sleeve tee! Wear your bikini under it or a tank top! Make it longer and wear it as a tunic with leggings! The possibilities are ENDLESS!

I used Hobby Lobby’s Sugarwheel Cotton Cakes for my sweater, pictured above. This yarn is 100% cotton and a worsted (#4) weight. It was perfect to use for this sweater because I knew I wanted to use it as a swimsuit cover! The cotton yarn is lightweight and breathable and it doesn’t ruin the look of the sweater if it gets wet or sandy!

The Sassy Summer Sweater crochet pattern is 50% off through Sunday, July 15th! No code needed. Discount has already been applied. Purchase HERE.

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Four Things to do Before Purchasing a Crochet Pattern

As a crochet pattern designer, I’ve heard a lot of the good, the bad, and the downright ugly about crochet patterns. One thing I often hear is “I won’t pay for a crochet pattern because every time I do the pattern is written terribly and I end up having to figure it out myself anyway”. This makes me sad, mostly, because it is often times true. Anyone can write a pattern and publish it, so sometimes you just never know what you are going to get. But there are many crochet pattern designers out there that spend so much time working on creating a wonderful, well-written, easy to follow pattern for their customers.  These designers rely on pattern sales to pay the bills and provide for their family. But I know how frustrating it is to pay for something and it not work. So I’ve made a list of 4 things for you to do when purchasing a crochet pattern so that you get exactly what you want and what you paid for.

  • Look into the designer. 

Most designers have links to their social media and other shops right on their listings. Do some investigating. Read the reviews, see how much following they have, look at their pictures, and just find out as much information as you can. If they have good reviews and a lot of people follow them and purchase from them, you are probably going to get a great pattern from them. Even if they are just starting out and don’t have many followers, you can still check the reviews, comments, photos, and more on their social media and other sites.

  • Try a free pattern from that designer.

A great way to find out if you will like the pattern you are considering purchasing is to try out a free pattern from that designer first. Many designers offer free patterns on their websites. Find one that you like and work it up. If it’s easy to follow with no errors, most likely a paid pattern from that designer will be in the same style and format.

  • Check to see if the pattern is tested or tech edited. 

Not all designers do this, but many do. I personally think it is a crucial part of the designing process and I have every single one of my patterns tested and most of them tech edited also. This means that someone else tried out the pattern before it was published to see if they could read it, follow it, and create the intended design. Most testers also check for errors and typos while they are working on it so that the designer can fix any mistakes within the pattern before they publish it. This is a great way to be sure that the pattern you are purchasing will work up well.

  • Look for a sale!

Many designers run sales on their patterns. I personally have a introductory sale on every new pattern I release and I often have store-wide sales during holidays and special occasions. Check social media, Ravelry, or any of the designers other online venues for a sale or coupon code before you buy.

 

If you feel good about the design and designer after doing these 4 things, I recommend you purchase a pattern from them. You will be helping out a small business and that is a wonderful feeling. If, after purchasing a pattern, you do find a mistake or are having trouble with the pattern email the designer for pattern support. Mistakes happen. Designers are human. I’ve had patterns tested and tech edited and still found a typo in it after all that. It happens. Have a little grace and reach out to the designers. Most designers will be more than happy to help and will be glad that you reached out to them so they can fix their mistake.

As a crochet pattern designer myself, I will tell you that I personally put all of my heart into each pattern I write and I truly want to produce a wonderful pattern for my customers to enjoy over and over again. I hope this helps ease your mind a bit when purchasing a crochet pattern and even encourages you to do some pattern shopping soon!

 

 

Summer Stock Up Sale!

Happy Independence Day for those of you here in the United States! I hope your day is filled with fun and family! Today marks the beginning of my Summer Stock Up Sale! Now is the time to stock up on all of your favorite Two Brothers Blankets crochet patterns because ALL of them are Buy One, Get One FREE!

No code is needed. Just add at least 2 patterns to your cart. For every 2 patterns added to your cart, one will be discounted to FREE! (Of equal or lesser value). Go HERE to shop!

This pattern sale is good through July 8, 2018!

*Please check your cart and make sure all discounts have been applied before you checkout. Please contact me before purchasing if there are any issues with your cart or at checkout. There will be no refunds for digital downloadable files.*

Crochet Amelia Earwarmer- Free Pattern

The Amelia Earwarmer was my very first pattern! It was published on Ravelry way back in February 2014! I am now offering it here on my blog!

If you would like to purchase a printable PDF version of the pattern, you can do so HERE.

Materials

  •  One skein or less of #5 weight bulky yarn or 2 strands of #4 worsted weight yarn held together.
  • Size P hook
  • 2 large buttons (large enough to fit very snuggly in between stitches of the wrap) – I used 1.5” buttons.
  • Measuring tape  Darning needle for weaving in endsDifficulty
  • Beginner

Gauge 

Not necessary – size is determined by desired length

Sizing 

  • Toddler (1-3 years) – 18-20”
  • Child (3-10 years)- 19-20.5”
  • Adult – 20-22”

Pattern Notes
For most accurate fit measure the person the head wrap will be for around the head at the forehead. Then chain until it reaches 1” less than the head circumference, slightly stretched.

Stitches Needed
sc-single crochet
dc- double crochet
ch- chain

Pattern

Row 1: Ch to 1” less than desired length, slightly stretched.

Row 2: Dc in 3rd chain from the hook and continue to DC across to the last stitch.

Row 3: Ch 2, turn (counts as 1st), dc in the next st and continue to dc across to the last stitch.

Row 4: Ch 2, turn (counts as 1st), dc in the next st and continue to dc across to last stitch.

Row 5: Ch 1, turn, sc in the same st as ch 1 and continue to sc across to the last stitch.

Now sc down the side of the earwarmer, across the bottom, and back up the other side, working 2 sc in each corner. Join to first sc. Finish off.
Sew buttons on to one end, one above the other, as pictured below.
Weave in remaining ends.
Buttons should snuggly slip in between DC stitches to attach the ends to each other around person’s head.

Join the Summer 2018 Crochet-A-Long and Make the Lacy Tee With Us!

 

The Lacy Top crochet pattern has just released! It is 50% off through Friday, June 29, 2018! You don’t need a code. The discount has already been applied! This top pattern is our summer 2018 CAL! The CAL runs June 25-July 16 and will take place in the Two Brothers Blankets CAL Group! All you have to do to join is to purchase the pattern and start working on it! There will be giveaways throughout the CAL and a grand prize winner at the end! It’s going to be a blast! Clink the links above to purchase your pattern and join the group! Can’t wait to see you there!

Crochet Savannah Handbag- New Pattern Release

I absolutely love love love the Savannah Collection! The sweater is probably my favorite design to date! The texture in these patterns in amazing! So, of course, I continue to create more designs to add to the collection! This time I’ve created a handbag! Creating this lovely handbag was way out of my comfort zone because I’m usually making garments or blankets. I’ve only created market, slouchy type bags before. But the end result of this bag was just magnificent! I was so proud and excited!

You can grab a copy of the Savannah Handbag crochet pattern on both Ravelry and Etsy for 50% off through 6/15/18! No code is needed! Enjoy!

Crochet Dude Washcloth- Free Pattern

I have a ton of cotton yarn! Mostly Knit Picks Dishie, that has been sitting in my stash for a while. I love to make washcloths with cotton yarn! I find they are so sturdy but soft and flexible at the same time! My favorite way to use them is in the kitchen! They are thick and great for cleaning up messes! So I used my one of my favorite stitch combos to create this thick, yet soft, washcloth! You’ll want to make a whole bunch of these, because they are so quick and easy to work up! Enjoy!

Materials

  • 70 yards (each) worsted weight cotton yarn for set of 4
  • I (5.5mm) crochet hook
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Tapestry needle

Difficulty

  • Easy

Gauge

  • Row 1 = 9”

Sizing

  • 9” x 9”

Pattern Notes

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

To change size, just work in a multiple of 2 + 1 and make an even square.

Stitches Needed & Abbreviations

ch(s)- chain(s)

st(s)- stitch(es)

hdc- half double crochet

blo- back loop only

*- repeat from

Pattern

Ch 35

Row 1: Hdc in 2nd ch from hook and across. (34)

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, 1 hdc in blo of 1st st, 1 hdc in both loops of next st, *1 hdc in blo of next st, 1 hdc in both loops of next st*, repeat from * across. (34)

Rows 3-21: Repeat row 2.

Fasten off. Weave in ends.

 

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New Pattern Release AND Memorial Day Weekend Sale!

The Tea Time Tee is my latest design! It is a simple top with just a touch of lacy stitching in the back! It screams classy! It comes in children’s sizes 2 through 10 and adult sizes XS-3X in one easy to follow pattern!

The Tea Time Tee crochet pattern is on sale for 50% off, along with ALL of my other single crochet patterns on Ravelry in honor of Memorial Day weekend! No code is needed. Just add as many patterns as you like to your cart and the discount will be applied at checkout.

https://www.ravelry.com/designers/michelle-ferguson

 

The sale ends at midnight EST on Monday, May 28th so take advantage of the great deals while you can! Have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!

 

New Pattern Release- The Magnolia Market Bag

Summer time means trips to the farmers market, or to the library with the kids, and hopefully more crochet time! And what do you need for all of that?! A bag! The Magnolia Market Bag is easy to make, easy to customize to your needs, and is just plain beautiful! I made mine with the Caron Cotton Cakes from Michael’s! It turned out even better than I expected!

 

The Magnolia Market Bag crochet pattern has now been released and is 50% off through Sunday, May 13! No code needed. The discount has already been applied. And don’t forget to share on the Two Brothers Blankets Facebook page when you complete your bag!

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