The Nova Shrug- Free Crochet Pattern + Yarn Review

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Nova Shrug

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Hand dyed yarn is my new obsession! I have never actually dyed yarn myself but I am so in awe of those who do it! To create different colorways and styles is just so amazing to me!

I recently purchased some hand dyed yarn from KT and the Squid. Katy is a fellow crochet and knit pattern designer and blogger who also hand dyes yarn! She has some of the most beautiful crochet designs I have ever seen! Her hand dyed yarn is just as beautiful!

Katy has a variety of yarns to choose from. You can choose from fingering weight to worsted weight yarn. All of her yarn bases are sourced from farms that are cruelty free and she hand dyes each and every skein herself!

I purchased 2 skeins of the colorway Pajama Pants because I instantly fell in love with the rich tones of blue, gray, and dark pink right away! I knew I wanted to design something with it as soon as I received it in the mail!

Nova Shrug

This yarn is amazing! I wasn’t sure if it would be scratchy or feel heavy from the dye, but I can honestly say it is very soft, very smooth, and not heavy at all. It’s easy to work with, and crochets up like a dream.  I think it’s also worth saying, because I change my mind so often, it frogs (rip it, rip it) really well too. I started the design one way, got about halfway through it, and then changed my mind and pulled it all apart. It was still so smooth and came apart very easily. There’s nothing more frustrating than a pilling yarn that won’t come undone without getting tangled or stuck together. I can gladly say this is not the case with KT and the Squid yarn.

I’m excited to be able to offer you a discount code for Katy’s beautiful hand dyed yarns! If you use coupon code NOVA at checkout you’ll receive 10% off of your yarn purchase! The yarns HERE will be perfect for the Nova Shrug!

Now to the pattern! I knew right away I wanted to make a little shrug with this yarn! It would make the perfect accent accessory for many of my favorite outfits! The Nova Shrug is super easy to make and assemble and can easily be adjusted to fit any size. Enjoy!

Nova Shrug


  • 325-430 yards DK (#3) weight yarn
  • H (5.0 mm) crochet hook
  • Scissors
  • Measuring Tape
  • Yarn needle


  • Easy


  • S 32-34″ bust, 325 yards
  • M 36-38″ bust, 347 yards
  • L 40-42” bust, 430 yards

Pattern Notes

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

To make larger or smaller, use multiples of 12 + 3 for you starting chain. Height of rectangle should be 2” taller than width.

Pattern is written in size Small with additional sizes in parentheses. Stitch count for all sizes in parentheses at the end of each row.

Stitches Needed & Abbreviations

ch(s)- chain(s)

st(s)- stitch(es)

sc- single crochet

dc- double crochet

RS- right side

**- repeat from


Ch 27

Row 1 (RS): 2dc in 3rd ch from hook, * skip 2 chs, 1 sc in next ch, ch 5, skip 5 chs, 1 sc in next, skip 2, 5 dc in next ch*, repeat from * across to end, 3 dc in last, turn. (1 shell, 2 half shells)

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in 1st st, *ch 5, sc in next ch-5 spaces, ch 5, 1 sc in 3rd dc of shell, repeat from * to end, 1 sc in top of starting ch, turn. (4 ch-5 spaces)

Row 3: *Ch 5, 1 sc in next ch-5 space, 5 dc in next sc, 1 sc in next ch-5 space*, repeat from * to last ch-5 space, ch 2, dc in last, turn. (2 shells)

Row 4: Ch 1, 1 sc in 1st dc, * ch 5, 1 sc in 3rd dc of shell, ch 5, 1 sc in next ch-5 space*, repeat across, turn. (4 ch-5 spaces)

Row 5: Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), 2 dc in 1st st, *1 sc in next ch-5 space, ch 5, 1 sc in next ch-5 space, 5 dc in next sc*, repeat to end, work 3 dc in last sc. (1 shell, 2 half shells)

Swatch should measure 5” x 2.5”.


Ch 99 (111, 123)

Row 1 (RS): 2dc in 3rd ch from hook, * skip 2 chs, 1 sc in next ch, ch 5, skip 5 chs, 1 sc in next, skip 2, 5 dc in next ch*, repeat from * across to end, 3 dc in last, turn. (7, 8, 9 full shells)

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in 1st st, *ch 5, sc in next ch-5 space, ch 5, 1 sc in 3rd dc of shell, repeat from * to end, 1 sc in top of starting ch, turn. (16, 18, 20 ch-5 spaces)

Row 3: *Ch 5, 1 sc in next ch-5 space, 5 dc in next sc, 1 sc in next ch-5 space*, repeat from * to last ch-5 space, ch 2, dc in last, turn. (8, 9, 10 shells)

Row 4: Ch 1, 1 sc in 1st dc, * ch 5, 1 sc in 3rd dc of shell, ch 5, 1 sc in next ch-5 space*, repeat across, turn. (16, 18, 20 ch-5 spaces)

Row 5: Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), 2 dc in 1st st, *1 sc in next ch-5 space, ch 5, 1 sc in next ch-5 space, 5 dc in next sc*, repeat to end, work 3 dc in last sc, turn. (7, 8, 9 full shells)

Repeat rows 2-5 until rectangle is approximately 21 (22, 24”) long.


Round 1: Ch 1, sc evenly around working one sc in each stitch, and 3 sc in each ch space, join to 1st st.

Round 2: Ch 1, 1 sc in each st around, join to 1st st. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

If you need to block, do so at this point.

Assembling the Shrug

Lay your rectangle down vertically, with the wrong side facing you. Fold the top over the bottom.  Using a long piece of yarn and your tapestry needle, sew each side together 12-15 stitches, from the bottom up. Do the same on the other side. This creates your armholes. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Nova Shrug

Pattern is a copyright of Two Brothers Blankets. Please do not share, sell, or alter in any way. 

Catherine Cowl- Free Crochet Pattern

The Catherine Cowl combines some of my favorite stitches to create this warm and cozy cowl! There are 3 different length options for you to choose from! The Catherine Cowl makes a wonderful gift for anyone who loves scarves!

Catherine Cowl

Materials Needed
#4 Worsted weight yarn
Size K (6.5mm) hook or hook to obtain gauge
Measuring tape
Darning needle for weaving in ends


Pattern Notes
If your gauge is a little off, that’s ok. You mostly want your starting chainless hdc foundation to be the correct length before you join to the first stitch.
Pattern is worked in the round, joining at the end of each round. You will have a seam
but you can place the seam at the back of the neck and it will never be seen.
Approximate length:
Cowl 28”
Short Infinity 47”
Long Infinity 60”

Stitches Needed and Abbreviations
fhdc- chainless foundation hdc
sc- single crochet
hdc- half double crochet
dc- double crochet
fptc- front post triple crochet
blo- back loop only
3rd loop hdc- work your hdc into the 3rd loop of the previous round of hdc.
rs- right side
**- repeat from

To Start: work 92 fhdc for cowl, 140 fhdc for short infinity, and 180 fhdc for long
infinity. Join to first st. (you will stitch the ends together at the end)
Round 1: (rs facing you) Ch 1, working into the 3rd loop of the fhdc, hdc in same stitch as
your ch 1 and in each stitch around, join.
Round 2: Ch1, 3rd loop hdc into the same stitch and in each stitch around, join.
Round 3: Repeat round 2.
Round 4: Ch 3, *skip 2 stitches, fptc in next 2 stitches. Working over the 2 stitches you
just made fptc in the 2 skipped stitches.* Repeat around, join.
Round 5: Ch 1, sc in same stitch and in each stitch around, join.
Round 6: Ch 2, blo dc in same stitch and in each stitch around, join.
Round 7: Ch 1, blo hdc in same stitch and in each stitch around, join.
Round 8: repeat Round 6.
Round 9: repeat Round 7.
Repeat rounds 1-9 one more time.
Repeat rounds 1-3 one more time.
Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Catherine Cowl

Crochet Pattern- The Sarasota Kimono

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It’s a new release day and I’m so excited about this one! It’s been ready for almost a month now and I’ve been so anxious to show it to you! The Sarasota Kimono uses the same delicate stitch combo as the Sarasota Swimsuit Cover and the Sarasota Tank! It uses a light DK (#3) weight yarn to create a warm and cozy cover-up that will go with nearly any outfit!

I used Hobby Lobby’s Baby Bee Sweet Delight yarn for my sample, but you could also use Lion Brand Yarn Mandala Yarn or Knit Picks City Tweed to give it your own flare!

The crochet pattern is 50% off today through Sunday, July 29, 2018. No code is needed. Discount has already been applied!

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Crochet Pattern Designing- My Personal Step by Step Process

I am a crochet pattern designer. I design crocheted garments, accessories, and home decor. One question I get asked all the time is what my crochet pattern designing process looks like, from start to finish. So I’ve decided to share it here. I’m sure many other designers do things very differently, but this is my personal process.

Generally a design can take anywhere from 2 weeks to a month and a half, from idea to publication, to complete. Now that I am a bit more established I try to plan my designs at least a month in advance. But when I was first starting to design, I would just start whenever inspiration hit. So now that you know the general timeline, here’s how it usually happens, step by step.

1. Inspiration

So I have a long list of design ideas in one of my many notebooks. Any time inspiration hits I write it down so that I won’t forget it and will eventually get to design it. This works well since I now plan out my designs a month in advance because I can just look through my list and decided which ones I want to work on next. I get inspiration from everything! When I go shopping I will see styles that I like and sometimes get ideas from them. Sometimes my family will inspire me to try something. Sometimes a crochet stitch or a certain yarn will give me an idea! I literally get inspiration all the time in so many different ways.

2. Creating a Sample

Once I’ve been inspired and decide to start designing something in particular, I will then decide on my yarn, hook size, and stitch. I will then begin creating the sample. I start with a gauge swatch so that I can do the math to make the sample in the correct size. If it is a wearable, I usually make it in my size so that I can wear it myself and try it on as I work. If it is not a wearable I just use my gauge to determine what size I want it to be. I usually only create one sample unless I run into an issue during testing and need to re-work something.  As I’m creating I take notes for each step of the process. Creating a sample usually takes me 1-2 weeks from start to finish.

3. Working out the Math for Additional Sizes.

The gauge swatch is so important because it makes it super easy for me to figure out the number of stitches needed for additional sizes. That will have to be a blog post on it’s own, but I  basically use the number of stitches from my gauge swatch and the measurements I need for a particular size to come up with the number of stitches I need for that size.  Then I’m ready to send it to testers.

4. Typing up the pattern to send to Testers. 

Over the 4 years I’ve been designing I have put together a great group of reliable, easy to work with testers. It has taken me a while, and I’ve been burned a few times in the process, but I finally have an amazing group of exclusive testers. So once my sample is completed I usually snap a photo of it and request testers for it. I then type up the  the pattern and send it to the testers who have volunteered and they work up their own sample of it in the assigned size they’ve been given. They look for typos, and work up errors throughout the pattern. They keep track of how much yarn they use and they take photos of their samples once they are finished.

I think it’s worth noting that I could not do what I do without my testers. I make mistakes in just about every pattern I’ve typed. That could mean careless typos or full on math errors. But my testers catch it almost every time, so that by the time it gets released to the public, it’s error free and easy to follow. A big hats off to my wonderful testers!

5. Tech Editing

The next step is one I don’t always take, but I try to as much as possible. I have hired a tech editor to read through my pattern one last time and check for any errors or mathematical issues. This happens after my testers have returned their feedback and after I have edited the pattern. I’ve paid between $15 and $50 for tech editing services.

6. Photography

This step usually happens sometime during the testing process. Since I create my samples in my size, most of the time, I usually model my own designs. My husband is now my photographer since we’ve moved, and I must say, he does a fabulous job. He tries to take photos from every angle and with me posing differently in each photo so that the customer can get a real feel for how the design will look when they make it themselves. We try to do photos outdoors in natural lighting as often as we can. Natural lighting and backgrounds just look so nice in a photo.

My hubby took this!

7. Last look through and creating the listing. 

Once I’m done with photos and/or testing I add the photos to the pattern and make any other changes I need to make to have it completely ready for publication. Then I create my listing on Ravelry, Etsy, and LoveCrochet and I usually have a pre-release giveaway during this time. I share the design photo with my social media following and give them a chance to win it. This gives people a chance to see it before they buy and share it with their friends.

8. Publishing Day!

The last step is publishing! I upload the PDF file to each of my shops and advertise it on all of my social media platforms! I always do an introductory sale the first few days of the release so that customers can get it at a great price.

As you can see crochet pattern designing is quite the process! I love what I do and I love each step it takes to write an awesome crochet pattern (well except maybe the typing part). It’s hard work but so worth it when I see that someone has completed one of my designs using my pattern! I love when people share with me their projects from my patterns, because it just gives me a great sense of pride and accomplishment. I hope this helped you get an idea of the process I go through when I create each and every pattern I publish! Is this what you expected my crochet pattern designing process to be or did any part of the process surprise you?




New Pattern Release- The Dude Cardigan

This year I set out to create more designs for men and boys, and that’s how the Dude Collection came to be! There are now 4 patterns in the Dude Collection, with the newest release, the Dude Cardigan!

I just love this blazer style sweater on my hubby! He helped me design it too! He gave me the idea and he gave me lots of ideas and tips along the way! It turned out exactly the way we pictured it! The Dude Cardigan is great for date night, church,a  casual occasion, or family pictures! The Dude Cardigan crochet pattern is now available and is 50% off through Sunday, March 18, 2018! No code is needed. The discount has already been applied.

New Pattern Release- The Lacy Scarf!

Much of the world is still experiencing some very cold weather, but I know much of the world is also very ready for spring! Today I’m releasing my first Spring 2018 crochet pattern, the Lacy Scarf!

The Lacy Scarf is super versatile! It can be made in sport or DK weight yarn, and the width and length can be adjust. It has a light, lacy look to it but uses very simple stitch combos to create that elegant look!

Grab your copy of the Lacy Scarf HERE for 50% off today through Sunday, March 11, 2018! No code is needed. The discount has already been applied!

New Pattern Release- Flowers & Showers Blanket!

I’m on a blanket kick as of late and I’m loving making blankets out of some of my popular stitch patterns! My first blanket design from a previous pattern is the Flowers & Showers Blanket! I used the brand new Caron Cakes that are all the rave right now, and it turned out just perfect!

This blanket pattern comes with instructions for a baby blanket, but also has a chart with stitch counts for every size up to a King size blanket! So I’ve already done have the work for you! The Caron Cakes are fun to work with, but this blanket can be made with any worsted weight yarn! It’s a fun stitch pattern that works up quickly. Great for a baby shower or Christmas gift!

The pattern is 50% off through Monday, 9/23/16! No coupon code needed, just add it to your cart and the discount will be applied at checkout. You can purchase it on Ravelry or Etsy. Let me know what you think in the comments! Also let me know what other blanket designs from previous patterns you’d love to see! Enjoy and have a great weekend!