Happy Birthday to ME Giveaway!

It’s my birthday and I want to celebrate with YOU! I started the fun yesterday with my big birthday SALE and the release of the brand new Stacy Tee crochet pattern! You can get it and any of my other crochet patterns for 50% off through Monday, September 5th! No exclusions. No coupon code needed. Visit my Ravelry to shop!

Birthday SaleStacy Tee Collage

Let’s continue the celebration though! I like to do things big! And what bigger way to celebrate than with a giveaway?!  I am so excited to give away $50 pattern credit to my Ravelry shop AND a 3 month digital subscription to Happily Hooked Magazine! (digital files only- not the print copy) To enter to win this amazing prize, fill out the entry form below! Winner will be drawn at random on Tuesday, September 6th! Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

*Disclaimer- Pattern credits can be used for published patterns or future patterns. Credits can be used towards the full price of a pattern, not the sale price. Credits do not expire, however, you are responsible for keeping track of your credit. Happily Hooked Magazine is providing the 3 months subscription. This subscription will be digital only.

Valerie Cowl- A new FREE crochet pattern!

Now that I’ve got my website going, I wanted to design a new pattern to put on here! So I dug through my yarn stash and picked out some of my favorite yarn- Lion Brand Heartland in Glacier Bay. I decided to try my hand at some filet crochet, something I had never tried before, and came up with this cowl! I love how simple it is, yet with the tweed look of the yarn, can be dressed up or dressed down! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Valerie Cowl

Materials Needed: 

  • Lion Brand Heartland (#4 weight) yarn- approximately 125 yards
  • H/8- 5.00mm hook or hook to obtain gauge
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Tapestry needle

Difficulty: 

  • Beginner

Gauge: 

15 dc= 4″

Sizing: 

28″ circumference

Pattern Notes:

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

Stitches Needed and Abbreviations: 

ch- chain, sc- single crochet, dc- double crochet, st- stitch(es), RS- right side

Pattern: 

Ch 108, without twisting, join to 1st ch.

Round 1: Ch 3, 1 dc in 1st ch and next 5 ch, (ch 1, skip 1, dc in next) 3 times, *1 dc in next 6, (ch 1, skip 1, dc in next) 3 times*, repeat from * around, join to 1st st. (81 dc)

Round 2 (RS): Ch 4 (counts as first dc and ch 1), turn, skip first dc and ch 1, 1 dc in next dc, (ch 1, skip ch 1, dc in next) 2 times, 1 dc in next 6, *(ch 1, skip ch 1, dc in next) 3 times, 1 dc in next 6*, repeat from * around, join to ch 3 of ch 4. (81 dc)

Round 3: Ch 3, turn, 1 dc in 1st dc and next 5 dc, (ch 1, skip ch 1, dc in next) 3 times, * 1 dc in next 6, (ch 1, skip ch 1, dc in next) 3 times*, repeat from * around, join to 1st st. (81 dc)

Round 4: Ch 3, turn, dc in 1st , dc in ch 1 space, (dc in next, dc in ch 1 space) 2 times, (ch 1, skip 1 dc, dc in next) 3 times, * (dc in next, dc in ch 1 space) 3 times, (ch 1, skip 1 dc, dc in next) 3 times*, repeat from * around, join to 1st st.  (81 dc)

Round 5: Repeat round 2.

Round 6: Repeat round 3.

Round 7: Repeat round 4.

Round 8: Repeat round 2.

Round 9: Repeat round 3.

Round 10: Repeat round 4.

Round 11: Repeat round 2.

Round 12: Repeat round 3.

Round 13: Ch 1, do not turn, sc in each dc and ch 1 space around, join to 1st st. (108 sc)

Round 14: Ch 1, do not turn, sc in each st around, join to 1st st. (108 sc)

Fasten off.

Bottom Trim

Join yarn to RS of beginning chain.

Round 1: Ch 1, sc in each ch around, join to 1st st.  (108 sc)

Round 2: Ch 1, sc in each st around, join to 1st st. (108 sc)

 

Fasten off. Weave in ends. Block if necessary.

Valerie Cowl Modeled

Katie Cardi- Updated Adult Sizes and New Kid’s Sizes!

Kati Cardi Logo

I released the Katie Cardi crochet pattern in July of this year and it was a huge hit! In fact, it was my best seller to date opening week! Everyone really liked it! And it’s easy to see why! It’s so versatile! You can make it a short cropped cardi or a long cardi, like pictured above. You can make it short sleeved, 3/4 sleeved, or even long sleeved! The original pattern included instructions for Women’s XS to 2x. As soon as it was released I started getting requests for plus sizes and kid’s sizes. So I went to work on it!

I am excited to announce that the original adult size pattern now goes to size 3x! And today is the release day for the Kid’s Katie Cardi!

Katie Cardi Set

The Kid’s Katie Cardi pattern includes instructions for children’s XS through XL! The Katie Cardi’s are very simple to make. An advanced beginner could easily work this up. It’s made with dk weight yarn. I used Baby Bee Sweet Delight for both of mine. The best part about the work up of the cardi is that there is just a tiny bit of sewing at the shoulders and that’s it!

 

You can get both the Adult Katie Cardi and the Kid’s Katie Cardi crochet patterns on sale this weekend for 50% off each on Ravelry! No coupon code needed. Just add it to your cart and discount will be applied at checkout! Sale ends at midnight est on Sunday, August 21st, 2016! I hope you enjoy the Katie Cardi as much as I do!

Growing Your Crochet Business (Talk About It Tuesday Recap)

Talk About It Tuesday

So every week on my Facebook page I go “Live” and discuss a topic with the crochet community. I am loving the feedback I get from it and love talking to my “Facebook friends” each week! So I’ve decided to do a little recap here on the blog from each week’s discussion, in case you miss it or just want to look again for reference.

The first week we shared tips and tricks for growing your crochet business. That could mean both finished items and crochet patterns. I personally sold finished items for 2 years and am now on my second year of full time designing and writing crochet patterns. Here’s a little recap of the questions that were asked:

Is it ok to sell finished items from your patterns or any other designers? 

Yes, it is ok to sell your FINISHED items from patterns. It is NOT ok to share or resell the actual pattern. We designers work hard to create our patterns and we want credit for the work we do. Just like if you made a finished item and someone else said they made it, it’s not cool. So finished items from our designs are fine, just link back to our pattern and/or give the designer the credit for the pattern.

What’s the best way to get the word out there about your crochet business?

I use Facebook as my main source for advertising, but there are so many avenues out there for spreading the word. When using Facebook, I not only advertise on my business page, but also on my personal page. On your personal page, make sure to have your crochet business is linked in the “Work and Education” section of your page so that when they look at your page, they can also easily get to your business page and shop. Also, share photos of your work everywhere! I once had a picture of me wearing one of my hat designs as my profile picture and I got a sale just from that photo! They saw it and wanted to purchase the same hat! So show your work everywhere and let everyone know what you do!

How do you prevent burnout in production? 

My best advice for this is to set limits. Limit yourself on how many orders you take and give yourself plenty of turnaround time. Give yourself enough time to complete your orders and work on things you want to do just for fun also. This helps prevent burnout. If you are not enjoying what you are doing, you’re not going to put the love and effort into it, so it’s better to set limits than to not put a good effort into the work you do. That may mean saying no, but it’ll be worth it in the long run.

How do you decide how to price your items and patterns? 

Pricing is a big question. Some people do cost x 2. Some figure out how much profit they want to make and add that to the cost. Some people pay themselves by the hour. It’s up to you, but my biggest advice on this is don’t undercut yourself. If you are running a business to make money, price your items so that you will actually make money. Price your items so that the work you do is worth the time. Some people may not want to pay what you ask, but the ones who value your hard work will pay what you ask, and those are the customers you want.

What’s your best advice for growing a crochet business?

My best advice is to do what you love. Sell what you love. Design what you love. Set limits so that you still love to crochet and create an item for someone every time you make something. Don’t overbook yourself and give yourself grace and love. Always be willing to learn something new. Most of all, do what love.

 

That’s a recap of the big talking points we had during our live chat. Be sure to check my Facebook page every Tuesday at 2pm est for another “Talk About It Tuesday!”
What are your best tips for growing your crochet business?

Brand New Site!

Hello! Welcome to my brand new website! I finally took the plunge to create this personalized website just for Two Brothers Blankets! Here you will find the latest information on TBB, updates, tutorials, and even free patterns! Here you will have access to all my venues for easy shopping! I’m still learning my way around, and adding new features to the site, but leave me a comment and let me know what you think and what I should include on my site! Thanks!