Tunisian Crochet Today Book Review

Tunisian Crochet Today, published by Martingale, is all about projects for you and your home. It features everything from blankets and pillows to a market bag and a purse.

Tunisian Crochet Today

There is a step-by-step of all the Tunisian stitches right at the front of the book, which makes it easy to find.

tunisian pillow

It even has a section on finishing techniques to help you get your project looking as good as possible to the very end.

tunisian market bag

With 35 pages and 7 projects, there should be something for just about anyone in this book.

tunisian afghan

If you’re new to Tunisian crochet this is a great book to get you started.

***Disclaimer – I was provided a free copy of this ebook in exchange for a review. However, all opinions and observations are my own.***

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Last Day to Nominate Your Crochet Favorites

The Flamies are back! I have heard that I have been nominated for Best Tech Editor and Friendliest Designer. I am so humbled by both those nominations and would love to see my name on the ballot! Only the top 10 Nominees in each category will be on the ballot, so if you feel led, and agree with these nominations, I would love to have you nominate me also!

flamies crochet awards

Today is the last day to nominate your favorites. Anyone can nominate their favorites because these awards are picked by the crochet community because they are FOR the crochet community.
It’s super easy to nominate someone, and it takes less than five minutes! Here’s how:
Go to http://www.thecrochetawards.com
Click on the “Vote Here”
You can access the nomination form by putting in your email (It’s to prevent spam on the website)
Feel free to share who you nominated, and pass along the link for others to put in their nominations by hitting your favorite social media buttons.

Thank you so much for your support!

 

 

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Big Book of Crochet Stitches Book Review

I love reference books! I love having books on my shelf that I can just pick up and browse through for inspiration. That’s why I was so excited when Martingale sent me a copy of The Big Book of Crochet Stitches to review.

crochet stitches book review

The book is very well laid out. The contents page(s) contains photos of each stitch so you have an overview of what is included, or what you might be looking for. I like this kind of layout because it’s easier than searching 350 stitches for the one you’re looking for.

 big book of stitches content pageEach stitch has a name (as opposed to just numbering them 1 – 350), and a close up, color photo. I like this layout. I’m sure it took longer for the authors, and publisher, but it is an added benefit in my opinion.

big book of crochet sample page

There are over 350 stitches!!! If you love designing your own patterns, or just like trying out new stitches, you will not be disappointed! I love paper books (as opposed to ebooks) so I will also be purchasing a hard copy to have in addition to the ebook.

*Disclaimer* – I did receive a complimentary copy of the book to review, but the opinions in my review are solely my own.

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Kid’s Neck Cozy & Headband Free Crochet Pattern

I designed this pattern because I wanted to submit my own pattern to the Crochet Pattern a Day calendar.  I found a stitch I liked and decided to make a scarf with it. By making the scarf smaller and sewing the ends together I can wear it as a headband too.

free kid's scarf headband

Fits about age 4 – 10.

I used a N/13 (9.00 mm) size hook and Hobby Lobby “I Love This Yarn!” in Neon Orange. (orange and green are my favorite colors)

Gauge: 6 1/2 stitches = 2 inches

Here is how I made my pattern.

Ch 14.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn. (14 sc)

Row 2: Ch 1, sc blo in each sc across, turn.

Row 3 – 38: Rep Row 2.

Finishing

Holding short ends together, insert hook through blo of row 38 & through beg ch, sl st through all 3 loops. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

NOTE: This pattern was designed by my 6 year old daughter (who is modeling her work). I did not design it, crochet it, or even tie in the ends. The work was solely her doing. If you have any issues with the scarf pattern please let me know. ~ Kristine

 

I am 6 years old and I love to crochet. My mom lets me post my patterns here on her website. Some day I want to be her pattern tester. ~ Kiera
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Pumpkin Hat Pattern Re-Release

A couple weeks ago I had a request for a flower to go with my pumpkin hat. I tried very hard to make my pumpkin hat have “realistic” features – the stem is the actual shape of a pumpkin stem, and the leaf was designed to look like a pumpkin leaf. So, I set out to create a pumpkin flower leaf. Here is the end result. It’s in the mail and on its way to a little girl for some photos, but until then, here is a little sneak preview.

crochet pumpkin flower leaf

Today only the hat pattern is 50% off in my Ravelry Shop. If you have already purchased this pattern, please send me a copy of your receipt, or which of my sites you purchased it on and when and I will send you the updated pattern at no extra charge.

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Bathtime Buddies Crochet Book Review

Adorable! That’s the first word that came to mind when I saw this book.

Crochet Under the SeaBathtime Buddies 

The photos are great and draw you in to all the animals. Each creature is made with realistic colors and features.

crochet dolphin diverDolphin & Diver

This book is packed with 99 pages of stitch help (crochet stitches & embroidery stitches), clear color photos, instructions, and even a section on how to care for bath toys (and crocheted toys in general), including the best way to wash and dry them. It also includes a resource section and the yarns used for each project.

crochet orca whale

The animals all range from about 4″ – 10″, which is perfect for small hands.

Crochet guppies fish

But I’m wondering, do you think these would be good for my 11 year old daughter who wants to be a marine biologist? Or do they look too kiddie?

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