Crochet Post Stitches in Lace – Course Review

Post stitches are one of my favorite stitches! They can add so much texture to your project by just changing the placement of the dc. But post stitches in lace? I wasn’t really convinced that post stitches would work with lace patterns. After all, post stitches give a project texture and make them more dense, while lacy patterns are open and flowy. So what happens when you put the two together?

 

 

Crochet Post Stitches in Lace - learn how to easily add post stitches to your lace project - course review by Ambassador Crochet.*This post contains affiliate links, which means that I may receive a small commission (at no cost to you) if you subscribe or purchase something through the links provided. Please note: I will never become an affiliate partner for a product or service that I don’t use and love! Not all links are affiliates.

 

Crochet Post Stitches in Lace

 

So, who is the course for?

 

Anyone willing to go beyond a basic stitch you can find in a pattern book? Do you like to step outside the box and change things up a bit? If either of the above describe you, then you’ll love this course.

 

What’s in the course?

 

Below is a breakdown of the sections, and a brief overview of what is covered in each of those sections. Each of the videos is between 5 and 15 minutes. These are perfect size, with enough info that the material is being covered completely, and yet there’s not a lot of fluff to fill in and make it longer than it needs to be.  

Introduction – Quick video overview of what will be included in the course. It also covers how to navigate through the course, upload photos, ask questions, and get tech support if you need it.

Understanding Stitch Diagrams – This video walks you through reading stitch diagrams. Robyn makes it easy for beginners and a great refresher for those who already know how to read them. She also gives you some tips on how to easily remember what each symbol means.

Post Stitches – This covers everything you need to know about post stitches before adding them to your lace – working post stitches, an easy way to remember which is which, and knowing where to place them.

Working Lace – Robyn takes a lace pattern and shows how and where to add post stitches. She helps you figure out the best place to add them for the biggest visual impact.

Using Post Stitches in your Projects – Robyn compares regular stitch patterns and how they transform into something completely different when you add post stitches. I learned a lot from this section. I never knew lace could be transformed this way! 

 

This class will change your way of thinking!

 

This course was not what I expected, it was better! I wasn’t sure I’d ever put post stitches in lace, but Robyn Chachula made me a believer when she took a regular lace pattern and out of it emerged a beautiful masterpiece!

The Crochet Post Stitches in Lace course was definitely worth taking for the mere fact that it has changed my way of thinking. I am already looking at stitch patterns differently and trying to see what I can add post stitches to!

 

Happy Crocheting!

*Disclaimer* – This book was provided to me for a review, but all opinions are strictly my own.

 

 

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A Heart for the Homeless – Mission: Hats & Scarves

This summer my 15 year old daughter went on a mission trip with our church’s youth group. They spent a week working in soup kitches and doing outreach ministry to the homeless – which included handing out blankets and food – and even doing some worship on the streets of NYC (which was probably one of her favorite parts of the trip).

She came home with a strong desire to keep helping. She began working in a local soup kitchen but still felt the need to do more. Then she came up with the idea that she wanted to make hats and scarves to hand out at Christmastime in hopes of blessing these people, as well as to help them stay warm.

She has now enlisted us as a family (herself, me, and her 4 sisters), plus the help of her youth group. Most of them don’t crochet – but they’re willing to learn! But in order to reach her goal, she needs even more help.

 

A Heart for the Homeless - Mission: Hats & Scarves - donations being accepted.

 

 

PLEASE JOIN US IN REACHING OUT TO THE HOMELESS

 

Crocheters are some of the most giving people I have ever met. Whenever there is a cause they are willing to invest their time to crocheting and donate to that cause. So I told my daughter I would ask for help. She has set a goal of 1000 hats and 1000 scarves! She will be headed back to NYC to hand them out in November, and our youth group will be handing them out locally as well. She wants every person she comes in contact with to be blessed.

 

How can you help?

Crochet hats and/or scarves. Send all finished items to me before November 15th, 2017.
Quick & easy hats and scarves. They don’t need to be fancy, just warm.

I will be posting weekly hat & scarf patterns for you to use, but feel free to use any pattern you already have.

 

As a thank you

She is doing this from her heart so I want to bless her socks off. I will be holding all packages that come in, and will go live on my FB page (date TBD) so that you can all be with me when she sees what you’ve done to help her.

As a thank you, everyone who sends a package will be entered into a drawing. One winner will receive every premium pattern I release in 2018. Drawing will be held 11/28/2017.

 

Guidelines

  • Knit or crocheted hats and scarves.
  • Acrylic or wool would be best because they will hold heat better.
  • Primarily adult sizes (approx. 21-22″ head circumference)
  • Any hat or scarf pattern is great!
  • Neutral colors (brown, gray, blues, etc) are better, but not required. My daughter said there are just as many women that could use warmth, so any color(s) are great!
  • Shipping address is available in my Ambassador Crochet Community FB group or by emailing me through the contact form.
  • Make sure you add a note with your name and Ravelry id in case you are the winner.

 

Some have asked about patterns. Anything is great! But I have designed some specifically with this project in mind – so they’re quick & easy.

Astoria Infinity

Astoria Hat

 

If you have ANY questions please get ahold of me through my FB page or our Ambassador Crochet Community group.

 

This whole thing has touched me on a whole different level – for reasons I can’t share at this point because it’s too hard. But Sarah is an inspiration to me. She has taken a topic that has been very hard on our family (homelessness) and turned it into a positive way she can do her part and I am super proud of her. I hope you will consider helping us.

 

 

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18 Before 2018 – Goal Setting Challenge

 Most of us love a good CAL but what if I share a different kind of challenge? It’s called 18 Before 2018 and it’s a goal setting challenge. Today I’m listing 18 goals I want to complete before 2018, and I’m challenging you to make a list also. You have until the end of 2017 to complete all 18 goals on your list.

This is my 3rd year participating in Lisa Jacobs’ year end goal setting challenge. It’s a great way to get thoughts and priorities in order as the year winds down.

18 before 2018 - Goal Setting Challenge - 18 tasks to complete before 2018 gets here!

 

My list is a little different this year than normal. I usually focus on all the “things” I need to finish. Tangible things that have a reward. While the majority of my list has those things, it also has less tangible but more rewarding things, like relationships.

When I sat down to think about my 18 before 2018 list I really wanted to incorporate my overall yearly goal. This year my word of the year was Transform. My goal was to transform parts of my life and my business – to see change in everything around me. I wanted to see my business mold and shape into something new and beautiful and to see visible, substantial change – both in my life and my business. I decided after 2016 word of the year – Confidence that it’s time for me to spread my wings and fly.

Goal setting challenge to finish the year strong includes my word of the year 2017 - Transform

 

And I have certainly made HUGE progress this year. But the year isn’t over and I’m still not where I had hoped I would be. I do however have 18 weeks left! When thinking about what to put on 18 before 2018 list I chose the things that will have the most impact at the end of the year and I split my list almost evenly between personal and business tasks.

Here’s my 18 Before 2018 list

 

1) Recommit to my blog and subscribers – A couple years ago I recommited to my business, but the one thing that I have struggled with is finding the time to blog. I love teaching and helping others advance their crochet skills, and truly believe a blog format is a great way to do that. I want to transform my blog into a place that crocheters can turn to for help.

2) Create and use an editorial calendar – I will begin to use an editorial calendar for my blogging. I’m getting better about using it to plan out my designs but I’d like to add blogging to it and connect all the pieces. This will help me get a better focus on daily and weekly tasks also. I know it will transform my entire crochet business into one solid unit.

3) Bookkeeping – I always wait until after the first of the year to get all my tax info together. Not this year! I am going to be prepared. I’m committing to getting all my books in order before the end of the year. On next year’s list will be to start from the beginning and stay caught up all year!

4) Plan my 12 Days of Christmas promotion – Last year I did a 12 Days of Christmas sale. I almost cancelled it at the last minute because I didn’t feel prepared. It ended up being the best thing I did for my business all year last year and it wasn’t even about the number of sales! At the end of that promotion I had such a drive to move my business forward and transform it into something amazing!

I realized to overcome hurdles you have to take a step forward even if you can’t see where the path is leading. That promotion lit a fire under me to just keep trying and to have faith in myself and my abilities, as well as faith in my business.

5) Publish all my outstanding patterns – I used to have a bad habit of designing something and even writing out the pattern, but then not following through with the pattern testing and publishing part. I made a list of outstanding patterns. By the end of the year I will either have them published or have them ready to incorporate into a collection that is in the planning stages. This will not only will this relieve my to-do list, but it will transform my entire business for 2018.

6) Submit at least 3 patterns to magazines/publishers – I love being an indie designers, but I’m ready to put myself out there again. Most of us don’t like rejection, which is why I haven’t done this in a while. It’s time to spread my wings and transform myself with confidence.

7) Release 1 new pattern collection – I’m trying something new. Instead of just releasing patterns on a whim – like I have done for years – I’m going to try collections. I have some ideas that correlate and mesh well. This is a huge change because now I have to hold off all new releases until the first collection is ready, but in the long row I believe it will transform the way my crochet patterns look, feel, and fit together.

8) Triple my traffic & double my income – My goal for 2017 was to triple my traffic and double my income. I haven’t done my bookkeeping (see #3) but I might get there. As far as tripling my traffic – I’m not even going to come close. If I’m lucky I’ll double it, but even that isn’t guaranteed.

What I do know is this – even if I’m not close I’m moving forward and making progress, and I wouldn’t have that drive and motivation if it weren’t for Marketing Creativity. Lisa has put me back on track and kept me motivated. My business has been transformed and I am happy with my progress – even if I don’t get there.

9) Revamp my hours and availability (and stick to them!) – I’m all about helping people. I love the feeling of being able to see them succeed in their crochet, or their pattern writing. But for the last couple months I have been feeling more and more like a few people/accounts seem to take advantage of me – expecting me to answer and respond within minutes, pass their panic on me, and expect hours worth of chat sessions to be free.

Heres’t the thing. I really, really like being available to crocheters and designers alike. BUT, I need (for my own sanity) to find a way to draw a line somewhere. That was never more apparent to me than when I was on a field trip with my girls recently. I was stressed out because someone wanted me to help them and as the day wore on I was getting more and more frustrated (mostly because this had been going on for well over a week with this person). My teenage daughter turned to me and said, “Why don’t you just put the phone away while you’re with us? You’re having fun until you answer the messages. Then it takes you a few minutes to get back to having fun with us. Just don’t answer her until we get home.”

WOW! Ok, I got it. That was the rude awakening I needed. At that very moment I realized I need to set hours and boundaries – both for my sanity and my business. When I get to a point of feeling like I’m being taken advantage of, something needs to change. In both of these instances recently I was helping with things that were beyond what my services offer (tax questions, video help, basic crochet questions). If they genuinely needed help I should have been charging for my time OR it could have waited. I went back through and in both these situations these people got dozens and dozens of hours free from me (which is my own fault). It’s time to transform my business with some hours and guidelines so it doesn’t continue to happen.

10) The “Hope for Mike” Project – This one is quite personal. I’m calling it the “Hope for Mike” project until we can come up with a better name. The goal is to help my daughter make hats & scarves for the homeless.

This summer my daughter and our church’s youth group went on a mission trip. For a week they ministered to the homeless in NYC. They handed out blankets and food, and just showed them love. She came back forever changed! (Someday I hope to get her to share her story on my blog.)

She’s now on a mission to make hats and scarves for the homeless. Around Christmastime she wants to be able to hand them out so that they will have something for Christmas – something that is handmade with love. I will be posting more on a separate blog post in a few days which will have all the info – but if you’d like to help and donate, please send me an email or a pm on my FB page.

Not only has this experience transformed my family , but it will transform many other lives before she is done.

11) Lose 15 lbs + 15 inches – This boils down to getting back in a fitness routine. I have been a yo-yo excerciser for the past couple years – mostly out of fear, but some of it is that I just haven’t been able to make it habit again.

In 2012 I was in tears because I had heard more than once “when are you due?” The problem was that I wasn’t pregnant. So, I set out on a weight loss journey. It took me 3 years to lose 30 lbs. – but I did it! Then in 2015 I tore my ACL and had ACL reconstruciton surgery, – which involved removing part of my hamstring and using that as my new ACL. After 7 months of physical therapy I had gained almost 20 lbs back. It was heartbreaking! But I started working out again trying to overcome my fears (for the record I did NOT tear my ACL working out. It was just a freak accident).

Not even 6 months into my new yo-yo journey I was out running and ended up with a stress fracture in my ankle. After more than 3 months in an ankle brace I was ok’d to start working out again. Here I am 1 year later and I just haven’t been able to make working out a routine again. I’m now up to 25 lbs I’d like to lose, but I’m starting with a realistic goal. I’m ready to transform my body so that I will feel good again!

12) Drink 75 – 100 oz water every day – Everyone knows your body needs water, but I was very aware that water was one of the key ingredients in my weight loss. It helped me snack less, feel healthier, and lose weight faster.

13) Get my routine set  I know that having a set schedule is the key to being able to get everything done. I’m good about my girls routine, but not so good about mixing the life of a homeschooling mom of 6, with the life of a WAHM, with the life of a dance mom. I feel like I’m scattered and winging it all. the. time.

Most days I can get some crocheting and housework done, or school and crochet, or tech editing and a workout, but I always feel like I never know which way I’m going, or what to do next. I want to get my workout in, blog weekly, and keep my business moving forward with things like business training, etc – all while still homeschooling, keeping my house clean, and running my girls to the dance studio every night. Having a plan is key! I believe I can do it all, I just have to make a schedule and make it part of my daily routine.

14) Declutter my house once and for all – 

  • Finish my schoolroom/workshop – Two weeks after we moved into this house I had my knee surgery. So many unimportant things went by the wayside (like unpacking non-essentials). Many of those boxes have been left in a corner of my schoolroom. It’s time to finish unpacking, cleaning off the school shelves and my desk, sell the books we don’t need, and unpack my yarn into the one extra bookcase we have in there. I want to transform it into a fun place where we school, laugh, work, and have fun. Right now it just causes us stress because it’s an overcrowded mess.
  • De-clutter my daughters’ bedroom – My 3 youngest girls share a bedroom….and it’s an overcrowded mess. Time to get rid of clothes they don’t wear and toys they don’t play with. I did the Kon Mari method in their room a few years ago. I think it’s time for that method again!
  • Master bedroom – organize and finish unpacking.

15) Make something amazing for my girls for Christmas – My girls always get something from me for Christmas, but this year I would love to knock their socks off with something extra special.

16) Have game day – I want to have game day 1 or 2 times a month with the kids. Hubby and I make it a point to have pizza and movie night with the kids once a week. We don’t watch TV any other time (other than the race on Sunday), so this is the one or two times a week we turn the TV on. It has become not only a treat, but our family time. I love our family time, but I’m ready to add in some interaction!

17) Truly let go – I have hung onto some things/people for far too long. I’ve tried to let go but haven’t truly been able to because I was really hoping to patch things up and continue the relationships. It’s time I find a way to let go once and for all. You become like the 5 people you spend the most time with and I’ve come to the realization that I don’t want to be like these women, plain and simple. I’ve also realized I’m setting an example for my children with the kinds of relationships I have pursued and it has made me look at it from a different perspective. I’m ready to find a way to let go so that it doesn’t bother me anymore.

18) Have a plan going into 2018 – I want to have all of 2018 planned out by the end of 2017. Not that it needs to go as planned – I just need to start with the plan. For many years now I have hesitated doing something until I think it can be executed perfectly. But what ends up happening is 90% of the time I don’t follow through because the perfectionist in me always says, “It’s not perfect yet” or “That’s not good enough yet.” I just need movement. It’s time to set the wheels in motion and then I can change direction later if I need to.

I used to be a major planner. Then I had 5 girls in 8 years and planning kind of went out the window. But do you know what I have learned? Much of what we want to accomplish needs to start with a plan that can later be adjusted, but not until but not until after that plan is set in motion. It’s time to put myself out there and not care about what others are thinking.

I am so charged to work on my list! At the end of the year I will be ready for 2018 and excited about all I have accomplished.

 

Are You Ready?

If you’re looking for some ideas, you can check out Lisa’s blog post 18 Before 2018 where she has some prompts and things to help you succeed with your list.

Believe it or not the end of the year is right around the corner! So many times, the year comes to a close and I wish I had finished or done way more than I have. Don’t let this year end that way!

 

Here’s to Ending 2017 Strong!

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Ava Shell CAL Crochet Pattern

A shell is the perfect garment for so many things. It is very similar to a tank top but usually worn over a cami or tank top. The Ava Shell CAL was designed with the beginner in mind. If you’ve never worked a garment, this is the perfect pattern to start with. It was designed to be worn with a pair of jeans, or you can dress it up with a skirt and heels for date night. It is made with a v-stitch variation so the pattern is open and lacy. Make it in your favorite color or in a neutral color so that you can wear it over a variety of tank top or shirt colors.

 

Ava Shell CAL - Free shell tank top for the beginner - crochet pattern by Ambassador Crochet.*This post contains affiliate links, which means that I may receive a small commission (at no cost to you) if you subscribe or purchase something through the links provided. Please note: I will never become an affiliate partner for a product or service that I don’t use and love! Not all links are affiliates.

 

Ava Shell CAL

 

The Ava Shell crochet pattern will be released in sections for the CGOA Summer Crochet-Along 2017. Join us in the CGOA CAL – FB community for pics, help, and more.

 

Materials List

 

Yarn: 

#3 DK cotton or linen/cotton blend

  • XS, Sm, Med – 440-655 yds
  • Lg, XL, 2X, 3X – 660-1100 yds
  • 4X, 5X – 1100-1300 yds

Sample used: Rowan Creative Linen – #3 DK weight shown in Natural.

 

Crochet Hooks: Size I/9 (5.50 mm) and J/10 (6.00 mm).

PLEASE READ the gauge notes! You may need to adjust your hook size to get the correct gauge.

Notions: Yarn needle.

Difficulty: Advanced Beginner/Intermediate: Uses easy stitches, but there is some shaping. A beginner crochet with a bit of confidence would be able to try this.

Sizes: XS, Small, Med, Large, XL, 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x

Finished Bust Circumference Measurements: 

  • XS – Bust 31.5″
  • Small – Bust 36.75″
  • Med – Bust 39.5″
  • Lg – Bust 44.5″
  • XL – Bust 47″
  • 2x – 52.5″
  • 3x – 55″
  • 4x – 60″
  • 5x – 62.75″

 

Gauge:

3 v-sts x 6 rows = 4 inches (after blocking). Gauge is critical to fit. If your gauge is within 1/4″ of the 4″ you will be ok because the fabric is stretchy.

Recommended Reading:

Below are some resourses that will help you pick out a yarn that you will be happy with and get your finished project to look like it does in the photos.

For a complete list of abbreviations used, please reference my List of Abbreviations.

Notes:

  • If you want to adjust the width, the pattern repeat is a multiple of 4.
  • Pattern sizes are written in 2 separate formats to help with ease of finding your size.
  • XS (S, M, L, XL) = 31.5 (36.75, 39.5, 44.5, 47)” (these sizes are in regular parenthesis)
  • 2x {3x, 4x, 5x} = 52.5 {55, 60, 62.75}” – {these sizes are in curly brackets}

Special Stitches:

  • V Stitch (V-st): (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in indicated stitch or space.
  • Cluster (cl) – yo, insert hook in indicated st, *yo, pull up loop, yo, pull through 2 loops on hook**, yo, insert hook in same st, rep from * to **, yo, pull through all 3 hooks on loop.
  • Cluster Shell (cl sh) – (cl, ch 2, cl, ch 3, cl, ch 2, cl) in indicated stitch (will have 4 cl and 3 ch-sps).

 

Gauge Swatch:

Using I hook, ch 24.

Row 1: dc in 4th ch from hook (skipped 3 chs counts as dc), sk next 3 ch, *v-st in next ch, sk next 3 chs, rep from * across to last ch, 2 dc in last ch, turn. (4 v-sts, 4 dc)

Row 2: Ch 3, dc in 1st dc (same as ch 3), v-st in ch-1 sp of next v-st, rep from * across, 2 dc in last dc, turn.  

Rows 3 – 6: Repeat Row 2.

NOTE: At this point gauge swatch needs to measure 6.5″ wide x 4″ tall. If it’s smaller you will need to change to a larger hook size. 

 

Front

 

With J hook (or 1 size larger than used for gauge swatch), ch 52 (60, 64, 72, 72) {84, 88, 96, 100} loosely,

Row 1: dc in 4th ch from hook (skipped 3 chs counts as dc), sk next 3 ch, *v-st in next ch, sk next 3 chs, rep from * across to last ch, 2 dc in last ch, turn. (11, 13, 14, 16, 17 v-sts, 4 dc) {19, 20, 22, 23 v-sts, 4 dc}

Row 2: Ch 3, dc in 1st dc (same as ch 3), v-st in ch-1 sp of next v-st, rep from * across, 2 dc in last dc, turn.  

 Rows 3 – 4: Repeat Row 2.

Switch to I hook (or size used to get correct gauge),

Rows 5 – 21 (21, 20, 20, 20) {20, 19, 19, 18}: Repeat Row 2.

 

Armhole Shaping

Row 22 (22, 21, 21, 21) {21, 20, 20, 19}: ch 1, sl st in next st, sl st in first 3 dc of next v-st, ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in same dc, v-st across to last v-st, sk next dc, 2 dc in next dc, leave remaining half of v-st and last 2 dc unworked, turn. (9, 11, 12, 14, 15 v-sts, 4 dc) {17, 18, 20, 21 v-sts, 4 dc}

Row 23 (23, 22, 22, 22) {22, 21, 21, 20}: ch 3, dc in same dc as ch 3, v-st across, 2 dc in last dc, turn.

Rows 24 (24, 23, 23, 23) {23, 22, 22, 21} – 27 (27, 27, 27, 28) {28, 28, 28, 28}: ch 3, dc in same dc as ch 3, v-st across, 2 dc in last dc, turn.

 

Neckline

Left Shoulder

 

Note: Tank-like sleeves will decrease until you have 1 (2, 2, 2, 2) {3, 3, 3, 3} v-sts.

 

All Sizes

Row 1: ch 3, dc in same dc as ch 3, work 3 (4, 4, 5, 5) {6, 6, 7, 7} v-sts, sk next 2 dc, sl st in next dc, turn. – 3 (4, 4, 5, 5) {6, 6, 7, 7} v-sts

Row 2: Ch 1, sl st in next 2 dc, sl st in ch-1 sp, sl st in next dc, ch 3, dc in same dc as ch 3, v-st in each v-st across, 2 dc in top of tch, turn.

 

Size XS

Row 3: Ch 3, dc in same dc as ch 3, v-st in each v-st across to last v-st, sk next 3 dc, sl st in next dc, turn.

Row 4: Ch 1, sl st in next 2 dc, sl st in ch-1 sp, sl st in next dc, ch 3, dc in same dc as ch 3, v-st in next v-st, 2 dc in top of tch, turn.

Row 5: Ch 3, dc in same dc as ch 3, v-st in v-sts, 2 dc in top of beg ch 3, turn.

Fasten off.

 

Sizes S, M

Row 3: Ch 3, dc in same dc as ch 3, v-st in each v-st across to last v-st, sk next 3 dc, 2 dc in next dc, turn. (2 v-sts)

Row 4 –  6: Rep Row 3.

Fasten off.

 

Sizes Lg, XL, 2X, 3X

Row 3: Ch 3, dc in same dc as ch 3, v-st in each v-st across to last v-st, sk next 3 dc, sl st in next dc, turn.

Row 4: Ch 1, sl st in next 2 dc, sl st in ch-1 sp, sl st in next dc, ch 3, dc in same dc as ch 3, v-st in each v-st across, 2 dc in top of tch, turn.

Row 5: Ch 3, dc in same dc as ch 3, v-st in each v-st across to last v-st, sk2 dc in top of beg ch 3, turn.

Row 6: Rep Row 5 – (2, 2, 3, 3 v-sts).

Fasten off Lg & XL.

 

Sizes 2X, 3X

Row 7: Ch 3, dc in same dc as ch 3, v-st in each v-st across, 2 dc in top of beg ch. {3 v-sts}

Fasten off.

 

Sizes 4X, 5X

Row 3: Ch 3, dc in same dc as ch 3, v-st in each v-st across to last v-st, sk next 3 dc, sl st in next dc, turn.

Row 4: Ch 1, sl st in next 2 dc, sl st in ch-1 sp, sl st in next dc, ch 3, dc in same dc as ch 3, v-st in each v-st across, 2 dc in top of tch, turn.

Row 5: Rep Row 3.

Row 6: Rep Row 4.

Row 7: Ch 3, dc in same dc as ch 3, v-st in each v-st across to last v-st, sk2 dc in top of beg ch 3, turn. (3 v-sts).

Fasten off.

 

Right Shoulder

Skip next 2 (2, 3, 3, 4) {4, 5, 5, 6} v-sts at center of front, sk first 2 dc of next v-st, sk next ch-1 sp, attach with sl st in next dc.

Row 1: Ch 1, v-st in next v-st, work v-sts across, 2 dc in top of beg ch, turn. – 3 (4, 4, 5, 5) {6, 6, 7, 7} v-sts.

Row 2: Ch 3, dc in same dc as ch 3, v-st in each v-st across to last v-st, sk next 3 dc, sl st in next dc, turn.

Row 3: Ch 1, sl st in next 2 dc, sl st in ch-1 sp, sl st in next dc, ch 3, dc in same dc as ch 3, v-st in each v-st across, 2 dc in top of beg ch, turn.

 

Size XS

Row 4: Ch 3, dc in same dc as ch 3, v-st in each v-st across, 2 dc in beg ch 3.

Row 5: Rep Row 4.

Fasten off.

 

Sizes S, M

Row 4: Ch 3, dc in same dc as ch 3, v-st in each v-st across, 2 dc in top of beg ch 3, turn.

Row 5 – 6: Rep Row 4. – (2 v-sts).

 

Sizes L, XL

Row 4: Ch 3, dc in same dc as ch 3, v-st in next 2 v-sts, sk next 3 dc, 2 dc in top of beg ch 3, turn.

Row 5: Ch 3, dc in same dc as ch 3, v-st in each v-st across, 2 dc in top of beg ch 3, turn. (2 v-sts)

Row 6: Rep Row 5.

 

Sizes 2X, 3X

Row 4: Ch 3, dc in same dc as ch 3, v-st across to last v-st, sk next 3 dc, 2 dc in top of beg ch 3, turn.

Row 5: Ch 3, dc in same dc as ch 3, v-st in each v-st across, 2 dc in top of beg ch 3, turn. (3 v-sts)

Row 6-7: Rep Row 5.

 

Sizes 4X, 5X

Row 4: Ch 3, dc in same dc as ch 3, v-st across to last v-st, sk next 3 dc, sl st in next dc, turn.

Row 5: Ch 1, sl st in next 2 dc, sl st in ch-1 sp, sl st in next dc, ch 3, dc in same dc as ch 3, v-st in each v-st across, 2 dc in top of beg ch 3, turn.

Row 6: Ch 3, dc in same dc as ch 3, v-st in each v-st across, 2 dc in beg ch 3, turn. (3 v-sts)

Row 7: Rep Row 6.

Fasten off.

 

Ava Shell tank - free CAL crochet pattern by Ambassador Crochet. Sizes XS - 5X included in pattern.

 

Back

With J hook, ch 52 (60, 64, 72, 72) {84, 88, 96, 100} loosely,

Row 1: dc in 4th ch from hook (skipped 3 chs counts as dc), sk next 3 ch, *v-st in next ch, sk next 3 chs, rep from * across to last ch, 2 dc in last ch, turn. (11, 13, 14, 16, 17 v-sts, 4 dc) {19, 20, 22, 23 v-sts, 4 dc}

Row 2: Ch 3, dc in 1st dc (same as ch 3), v-st in ch-1 sp of next v-st, rep from * across, 2 dc in last dc, turn.  

 Rows 3 – 4: Repeat Row 2.

Switch to I hook,

Rows 5 – 21 (21, 20, 20, 20) {20, 19, 19, 18}: Repeat Row 2.

 

Armhole Shaping

Row 22 (22, 21, 21, 21) {21, 20, 20, 19}: ch 1, sl st in next st, sl st in first 3 dc of next v-st, ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in same dc, v-st across to last v-st, sk next dc, 2 dc in next dc, leave remaining half of v-st and last 2 dc unworked, turn. (9, 11, 12, 14, 15 v-sts, 4 dc) {17, 18, 20, 21 v-sts, 4 dc}

Row 23 (23, 22, 22, 22) {22, 21, 21, 20}: ch 3, dc in same dc as ch 3, v-st across, 2 dc in last dc, turn.

Rows 24 (24, 23, 23, 23) {23, 22, 22, 21} – 29 (29, 29, 29, 30) {30, 30, 30, 30}: ch 3, dc in same dc as ch 3, v-st across, 2 dc in last dc, turn.

 

Neckline

Left Shoulder

 

All Sizes

Row 1: ch 3, dc in same dc as ch 3, work 2 (3, 3, 4, 4) {5, 5, 6, 6} v-sts, sk next 2 dc, sl st in next dc, turn. – 2 (3, 3, 4, 4) {5, 5, 6, 6} v-sts

Row 2: Ch 1, sl st in next 2 dc, sl st in ch-1 sp, sl st in next dc, ch 3, dc in same dc as ch 3, v-st in each v-st across, 2 dc in top of tch, turn.

 

Size XS

Row 3: Ch 3, dc in same dc as ch 3, v-st in each v-st across to last v-st, sk next 3 dc, sl st in next dc, turn.

 

Sizes S, M, Lg, XL, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X

Row 3: Ch 3, dc in same dc as ch 3, v-st in each v-st across to last v-st, sk next 3 dc, sl st in next dc, turn.

Row 4: Ch 1, sl st in next 2 dc, sl st in ch-1 sp, sl st in next dc, ch 3, dc in same dc as ch 3, v-st in each v-st across, 2 dc in top of tch, turn.  (1, 2, 2, 2) {3, 3, 3, 3} v-sts.

 

Sizes 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X

Row 5: Ch 3, dc in same dc as ch 3, v-st in each v-st across, 2 dc in top of beg ch 3, turn.

Fasten off.

 

Right Shoulder

Skip next 4 (4, 5, 5, 6) {6, 7, 7, 8} v-sts at center of front, sk first 2 dc of next v-st, sk next ch-1 sp, attach with sl st in next dc.

Row 1: Ch 1, v-st in next v-st, work v-sts across, 2 dc in top of beg ch, turn. – 2 (3, 3, 4, 4) {5, 5, 6, 6}  v-sts.

Row 2: Ch 3, dc in same dc as ch 3, v-st in each v-st across to last v-st, sk next 3 dc, sl st in next dc, turn.

Row 3: Ch 1, sl st in next 2 dc, sl st in ch-1 sp, sl st in next dc, ch 3, dc in same dc as ch 3, v-st in each v-st across, 2 dc in top of beg ch, turn.

 

Sizes S, M, Lg, XL, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X

Row 4: Ch 3, dc in same dc as ch 3, v-st in each v-st across, 2 dc in top of beg ch 3, turn.  (1, 2, 2, 2) {3, 3, 3, 3} v-sts.

 

Sizes 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X

Row 5: Rep Row 4.

Fasten off.

 

Holding WS facing, whipstitch side seams and top of shoulders together.

 

Peplum

Back

 

You will now be working in the beginning chain at waist of shell. The bottom border is worked in rows.

Row 1: Attach with sl st in right corner, work 51 (59, 63, 71, 71) {83, 87, 95, 99}sc in each ch across, turn.

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), dc in same sc as ch 3, *sk next sc, 2 dc in next sc, rep from * across, turn. (52, 60, 64, 72, 72) {84, 88, 96, 100} dc.

 

Sizes XS, M, 3X, 5X

Row 3: Ch 1, 2 sc in 1st dc, sc in each dc across to last dc, 2 sc in last dc, turn. (54, 66) {90, 102} sc.

 

Sizes S, L, XL, 2X, 4X

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in each dc across, turn. (60, 72, 72) {84, 96} sc.

 

All Sizes

Row 4: Skip first 2 sc, cl sh (see Special Stitches) in next sc, *sk next 2 sc, sc in next st, sk next 2 sc, cl sh in next sc, rep from * across, sl st in last sc, turn.

Fasten off.

 

Front

Repeat back peplum but do not fasten off.

Turn work 90 and work in row ends of border.

Sl st in each row-end to body, sk seam of body, sl st in each row-end of front.

Fasten off.

 

Border

Note: For armholes and neckline – you will be working sc in either the top of a dc or the side of a dc. If you’re working in the top you work 1 sc. When you’re working into the side of a dc work 2 dc.

 

Armholes

Join with sl st in bottom of armhole. Sc around (see Note above), sl st in 1st sc to join. Fasten off.

Repeat for other armhole.

 

Neckline

Join with sl st in shoulder seam, sc around (see Note above), sl st in 1st sc to join. Fasten off.

Weave in ends.

Ava Shell peplum - free CAL by Ambassador Crochet.

Make sure you post pictures in the group for a chance to win a prize!

 

The release schedule for the CAL is as follows:

  • July 19th: Getting started
  • July 26th: Part 1 – Front Bottom
  • Aug. 2nd: Part 2 – Front Top
  • Aug. 9th: Part 3 – Back Bottom
  • Aug. 16th: Part 4 – Back Top
  • Aug. 23rd: Sewing, Finishing, & Border
  • Aug 30th: Giveaway deadline (11:59pm, EST). Winner to be announced Aug. 31st. 

 

If you would like a PDF of the pattern, you can purchase it here.

 

Happy Crocheting!

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Baby Tap Shoes Crochet Pattern

Four years ago I was asked to design a pair of baby tap shoes. (Yes, you read that correctly….4 YEARS!) I designed them, wrote the pattern, and then my computer crashed and I had lost all my notes for sizing, etc. So, when I found out my girls’ tap teacher (the amazing Corey Hutchins from Riverdance) was expecting (well, his girlfriend is expecting, not him) I decided it was about time I finish this pattern once and for all.

 

Baby Tap Shoes crochet pattern by Ambassador Crochet - $3.50

 

Baby Tap Shoes

 

Looking for the perfect baby gift for a dance teacher or dancer? These baby tap shoes will be the hit of the baby shower!

The pattern includes 4 sizes:

  • Newborn – 3.5″ sole
  • 0 – 3 months – 4″ sole
  • 3 – 6 months – 4.5″ sole
  • 6 – 12 months – 5″ sole

 

The baby tap shoes work up quick and use basic stitches, but I am always willing to help if you have a problem.

 

Baby Tap Shoes crochet pattern by Ambassador Crochet - $3.50

 

To purchase the pattern or see more photos, please visit my Ravelry shop HERE.

 

Happy Crocheting!

 

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Easy 4 Step Cookie Bars Recipe

Every once in a while I decide to share something that’s not crochet related. Today I want to share a recipe for chocolate chip cookie bars that I made once when in a hurry, and it ended up  being such a hit that I now make it whenever I go somewhere and need to bring a dessert.

 

Easy 4 Step Cookie Bars Recipe by Ambassador Crochet.

 

 

Who doesn’t love chocolate chip cookies? Cookie bars are a super easy alternative and you don’t have to worry about overcooking the cookies. The bars can be made in less than 45 (including baking time) and are a super easy dessert for kids parties, picnics, etc.

 

What you need:

1 stick butter (softened)

1 egg

1 bag Betty Crocker chocolate chip cookie mix

 

Easy 4 Step Cookie Bars Recipe by Ambassador Crochet.

 

 

Easy Instructions:

Mix butter and egg in small mixing bowl. Add bag of Betty Crocker Chocolate Chip Cookie mix and mix into cookie dough. Spray Pam (non-stick butter) in square baking pan and then add cookie dough. Bake at 350 degrees for approx. 30 minutes. If it’s not completely cooked add 2-3 more minutes to the time.

These are a HUGE hit no matter where I take them!

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Crochet Garment Design Course Review

Have you ever wanted to design your own patterns, or more specifically garments? I have had a sweater idea in my head for over 4 years but I’ve never had the guts to try to create a pattern for it. I’ve designed plenty of patterns in the past 10 years, I even tech edit garments, but I could never bring myself to try garments. That was until I tried Crochet Garment Design course!

 

Crochet Garment Design - course review by Ambassador Crochet. Learn how to design garments - from the very first beginning step to the very final finished product and everything in between.*This post contains affiliate links, which means that I may receive a small commission (at no cost to you) if you subscribe or purchase something through the links provided. Please note: I will never become an affiliate partner for a product or service that I don’t use and love! Not all links are affiliates.

 

Crochet Garment Design

 

This course is amazing! 

I can’t tell you how many times hubby had to listen to me go on about how amazing this course was and what I was learning. And when he wasn’t around I’d call my mother and she’d listen to me and get excited for me (she’s my biggest supporter).

But let me back up a bit. I’m always hesitant to invest in an online course. I’m usually worried that I will invest in something and already have knowledge of the content, or that I won’t like the way a person teaches. Crochet Garment Design was everything I had hoped for and then a whole lot more. I’ve been designing for 10 years and couldn’t believe the amount of new things I took away from this course! And the course isn’t just for designers.

 

So, who is the course for?

 

Do you want to learn crochet garment design? No matter what information you want to know – from the beginning idea, to the finishing touches – everything will be covered.

Do you want to be able to customize a pattern to your body? You will learn how to adjust a pattern you have.

Do you want to take custom orders and/or make custom pieces for customers?  Shannon talks about private clients. This would be perfect if someone asks you to make a certain pattern and you want to tailor it to their size as you make it.

 

If you answered yes to any of those, you will find a wealth of knowledge in this course. While it is mostly for designers, Shannon will refer to custom orders and pieces throughout to help you make that connection.

 

What’s in the course?

 

Below is a breakdown of the sections, and a brief overview of what is covered in each of those sections. Almost all the videos are 30 minutes (or close to it), which makes this course over 6+ hours! 

Introduction – This part of the course is in post form (not video). It has screenshots on how to upload photos, ask questions, and walks you through how the course works.

Four pillars of design – This video covers the 4 pillars of design which are fashion (which I now know is different from style), fit, form, and function.

Patterns – This covers where to place things in the pattern, what you need to include, and what publishers are expecting.

Fabric – I learned SO much from this section. I always knew swatching was important, but this took it to a whole new level for me.

Taking Measurements – How and where to take the measurement, and how to apply them to your swatch.

By the Number – If you are a math geek like me, you’ll love this section. Does the math portion of pattern writing scares you? This section will clarify everything for you. The math worksheets in this section make the cost of the course worth every penny! It covers yarn and gauge calculations, schematics, sizing and stitch patterns, just to name some of it.

Elements of Shaping – Covers different types of garment construction, shaping the pieces, neck shaping, arm shaping, etc. as well as how to apply the measurements and gauge numbers to the pieces.

Making It – Writing the pattern, making a muslin (a draft of the garment), and then actually applying everything you’ve learned so you can actually make the garment.

Finishing Techniques – Putting all the pieces together with a professional, finished look.

 

Worth Every Penny!

 

I can’t rave enough about Shannon’s teaching style. While I’ve reviewed his books in the past, (visit Crochet Geometry and Designer Crochet to read my reviews) I’ve never heard him teach a class. He mixes the right amount of professionalism with the right amount of humor, and doesn’t leave anything left to question when he’s done. It is all covered – from the very beginning of the design process to the last of the finishing touches! I know I said it previously, but the worksheets alone make this course worth every penny. The course stays in your account section so you can review any time you need to.

I am going one step beyond just taking this class. I have over 100 published patterns, but I have never designed a garment. Based on the knowledge I learned from taking this class, I now have 2 garments in the works. I want to show you what you can learn too! As soon as they’re tested and ready I will link them here.

 

Giveaway

 

Interweave has graciously offered to give a copy of this class to one of my readers. Fill out the rafflecopter below. Winner will be announced Friday, June 2, 2017.

If you choose to purchase the class, I am offering 10% discount on my tech editing services (for the 1st pattern only). Just let me know you took the class and saw my review for the discount.

 

*Disclaimer* – This book was provided to me for a review, but all opinions are strictly my own.

 

Happy Crocheting!

 

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Soft & Squishy Baby Blanket Crochet Pattern

Need a quick & easy baby blanket that will feel and look amazing? Check out my Soft & Squishy baby blanket! One of my daughters compared it to foam. When folded, if you squish it it will bounce right back to the height it was. Add a soft yarn to the mix and any baby is sure to love this soft & squishy blanket!

 

Soft & Squishy Baby Blanket - Free Crochet pattern by Ambassador Crochet

 

If you’d like a downloadable version of this pattern, you can purchase it in my Ravelry shop for a minimal fee ($1.00), which helps cover the cost of the selling fees, etc.

Soft & Squishy Baby Blanket

 

Finished Size:  27″ x 30″

Yarn: Hobby Lobby “I Love This Yarn!” (#4 worsted weight)

  • 2 – 7 oz. skeins (14 oz. total) – Menthe (MC)
  • 1 oz. – Greybeard (CC1)
  • 1 oz. – Mid Green (CC2)
  • .5 oz. – Grey Mist (CC3)

Hook Size: Size I/9 (6.00 mm)

Notions: Yarn Needle

Gauge: 13 sts and 9 rows = 4 inches

Special Stitches:  rsc (reverse single crochet)  

Notes: For help with abbreviations – see my List of Abbreviations.

Color changes were as follows:

Rows 1-11 – MC

Row 12 – CC2

Row 13 – CC3

Row 14 – CC2

Rows 15-25 – MC

Row 26 – CC1

Row 27 – CC2

Row 28 – CC1

Rep Rows 1-28

Rep Rows 1-11 

Border CC1

 

Pattern:

 

Ch 90,

Row 1: Hdc in 3rd ch from hook (2 skipped chs counts as hdc), hdc in each ch across, turn. (89 hdc)

Row 2: Ch 2 (does not count as hdc), hdc in 1st hdc, hdc flo in next hdc, *hdc blo in next st, hdc flo in next st, rep from * across to last st, hdc through both loops of last hdc, turn. (89 hdc)   

Row 3–67: Rep Row 2.

 

Border:

 

Attach CC1 with sl st in top-right st of last row,

Row 1: Ch 1, sc in each sc across top row, 3 sc in corner st, sc in each row-end down side, 3 sc in corner st, sc in each st across bottom, 3 sc in corner st, sc in each row-end up side, 3 sc in corner st, sl st in 1st sc, turn.

Row 2: Ch 1, rsc in each st around, sl st in first rsc to join.

Fasten off.  Weave in ends.

 

Soft & Squishy Baby Blanket - Free Crochet pattern by Ambassador Crochet

 

Again, if you’d rather a PDF downloadable version of this pattern, you can get it HERE in my Ravelry shop.

This would look amazing in a solid color, stripes, or so many other variations. I’d love to see your version.

 

If you’d like to receive info on more free patterns and tutorials, you can sign up for my newsletter HERE.

 

Happy Crocheting!

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Fringe Benefits Book Review

Fringe…..I love it! And Fringe Benefits by Leisure Arts is entirely dedicated to projects with fringe, which totally makes me happy. I was so excited to be able to do this review.

 

Fringe Benefits

*This post contains affiliate links, which means that I may receive a small commission (at no cost to you) if you subscribe or purchase something through the links provided. Please note: I will never become an affiliate partner for a product or service that I don’t use and love! Not all links are affiliates.

 

Fringe Benefits

 

Publisher: Leisure Arts

Author: Melissa Leapman

Number of Pages: 32 pages

Number of Projects: 8 patterns

Types of Projects: Accessories and wearables

Difficulty Ratings: All patterns are rated easy. (Easy – Projects using basic stitches, repetitive stitch patterns, simple color changes, and simple shaping.)

Yarn Used: #4 and #5

First Impression: This is so great. A shopping list!!! The material list has been made into a shopping list. You can just bring it with you and check off the items as you purchase them. Genius!

My Favorite Project Pick: Cowl, tank, and cuff bracelet…..I couldn’t choose just one!

 

Cowl pattern from Fringe Benefits - book review by Ambassador Crochet.

 

Cuff Bracelet from Fringe Benefits - book review by Ambassador Crochet.

 

Scoopneck Top from Fringe Benefits - book review by Ambassador Crochet.

 

 

Review 

 

I love more advanced patterns that challenge me, but there is something to be said about a book entirely dedicated to easy patterns that are fashionable as well. Easy patterns are great for when you want to crochet something without a lot of extra thought or concentration. And, while there are only 8 projects in this book, there is a variety of projects including a poncho, bags/purse, a vest, and more. If you love fringe, I think you’ll love the Fringe Benefits pattern book.

 

Technical Review 

 

Leisure Arts now color codes their sizes. So if you have the same set of instructions with different stitch counts you will still see 32 (34, 36) but 32 might be blue, 34 pink, and 36 green. Sometimes it’s these little things that help immensely with the pattern instructions. Small and medium sizes are in one set of brackets { } and large, 1x, and 2x are in a separate set of brackets { } – I’m assuming this is to make it easier on the eyes to find what you’re looking for (like the color coded size counts).

Leisure Arts has included general pattern info (gauge, terms, abbreviations), as well as exactly which yarns were used for each project, so you can match it exactly if you’d like to.

Overall, Fringe Benefits is a great pattern book if you love fringe and/or are looking for some patterns that you can make in a short amount of time. I’ve only shown you a few of my favorites. You can click on any of the photos to go to Leisure Art’s website and see the rest of the projects. I would love for you to come back and tell me which project is your favorite.

Happy Crocheting!

 *Disclaimer* – This book was provided to me for a review, but all opinions are strictly my own.
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American Flag Afghan Crochet Pattern

A couple years ago my sister asked me to make her an American Flag afghan. Needless to say, I put it off. I knew if I was going to do it I wanted to do it correctly and I knew the patterns out there weren’t what I was looking for. I like to be very literal in my design interpretations. (Ex: My Frog Pond Afghan has rippling water, 3-D water lilies, as well as lily pads, as well as my Red-Eyed Tree Frog hat has the 3-D eyes as well as suction cups pads.)

 

American Flag Afghan crochet pattern by Ambassador Crochet - $4.95

 

American Flag Afghan

 

Once I set my mind to making it, I decided I wanted it to be as close to a true American Flag as possible. I wanted 5 sided stars, not the 6 sided design that is out there. I also wanted a solid fabric, so I knew I couldn’t use typical crochet stitches that leave space between them. I found schematic measurements and spent days weeks doing the math to make sure everything was perfect. The result . . . . .

  • The star field is proportionately correct to the stripes.
  • Stars are worked directly into the pattern so there is no need to sew on 50 stars (or 100 to make it double sided). This will be double sided when complete.
  • Stripes look like a solid fabric. There are no holes between stitches, and you won’t have to use single crochet.
  • The finished project will be slightly bigger than a throw; closer to a full size bed afghan.

 

If you’d like to watch this LIVE video I did on Facebook you can see the afghan details up close.

 

 

American Flag Afghan crochet pattern by Ambassador Crochet - $4.95
Star Field

 

I am so happy with the end result! It came out better than my expectations. I aim to write every pattern so that even a beginner is comfortable tackling a project, so I hope you will be pleasantly surprised by the instructions.

 

You can purchase the pattern HERE in my Ravelry Shop. Use coupon code FLAG at checkout to receive 40% off the purchase price. Coupon code good through Monday, midnight EST.

 

Happy Crocheting!

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Linked Double Crochet (LDC) Tutorial

The linked double crochet is a double crochet stitch that links to the previous double crochet. The result is a more closed appearance than the regular double crochet gives.

Here are the 6 easy steps to making the linked double crochet (ldc) and an example of the perfect pattern to use it on.

Linked Double Crochet (LDC) Tutorial 

 

Step 1:  Insert hook in horizontal bar of previous double crochet. (this can be a regular double crochet or a linked double crochet)

 

Linked Double Crochet (LDC) - Step 1

 

 

Step 2:  Yarn over (yo) and pull up a loop (2 loops on hook).

 

Linked Double Crochet (LDC) - Step 2

 

Step 3:  Insert hook in the next stitch of your previous row (the row you should be working stitches into).

 

Linked Double Crochet (LDC) - Step 3

 

Step 4:  Yo and pull up a loop. (Note: This photo doesn’t show, but you should be pulling up your loop to the height of your current stitch.)

 

Linked Double Crochet (LDC) tutorial - Step 4

 

Step 5:  Yo and pull through 2 loops on hook. (2 loops remain)

 

Linked Double Crochet (LDC) - Step 5

 

Step 6:  Yo and pull through remaining 2 loops on hook. The Linked Double Crochet (LDC) is now complete.

 

Linked Double Crochet (LDC) - Step 6

 

 

Linked Double Crochet (LDC) tutorial by Ambassador Crochet.

 

Projects it’s good for

 

The finished product is a fully closed set of stitches that will resemble a solid fabric without the bulk of tight stitches.

This stitch is perfect if you’re looking for something that drapes more like a fabric – instead of the usual lacy (or holey as my hubby says) project. I used this in my American Flag afghan because I wanted it to have the look of a solid fabric, and I succeeded! (Pattern will be released Friday, April 28, 2017)

American Flag afghan crochet pattern using LDC. - crochet pattern and tutorial by Ambassador Crochet.

 

 

Happy Crocheting!

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Cloria Wrap Crochet Pattern Release and Blog Hop

My newest design is the Cloria Wrap which is part of the Battle of the Stitches Round 13 designer challenge.  I’m so excited to be part of this challenge because it’s a bit different than others in the past. Here’s how the current BOS challenge will work.

We’ve put together a blog hop to showcase all the designs. If you’re joining me from Laura Mae’s Crochet, that’s great! If you’re just tuning in, you can start from the beginning and visit this Battle of the Stitches post. Then follow each post to find out the next pattern that is being revealed. Click on the Ravelry links in each post to vote for your favorites. There will be prizes at the end (read to the bottom to find out!) so make sure you vote for your favorites!

First, a little about my design….

 

Cloria Wrap crochet pattern by Ambassador Crochet - $3.50

Click here to vote for the Cloria Wrap as your favorite.

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Cloria Wrap

 

Cloria is a greek name that means “goddess of spring”. This wrap has a unique shape that has a triangular shawl with a long tail – almost like a scarf attached to the side. You will have enough fabric to wrap over your shoulders and neck to keep you feeling like a goddess on those cool spring nights.

When trying to come up with a design, I knew I wanted something that screamed spring. I decided to use the Pantone color of the year “Greenery” as my starting point. As part of round 13 for the newest Battle of the Stitches challenge, we used the Slanted Puff stitch so I did the first section of the wrap with that as my main stitch, then I added a second section using an airy stitch combo so it wouldn’t get too heavy. The result is a beautiful wrap in the shape of a scalene triangle.

 

Cloria Wrap has an asymmetrical shape. Crochet pattern by Ambassador Crochet.

 

Continue on the Blog Hop

 

Next on the blog tour is Lisa from Kaleidoscope Arts & Gifts. Head over to her blog to see her design as well as get links to the rest of the blog hop!

 

Battle of the Stitches Round 13 blog hop.

 

Prizes!

 

We are giving away prizes!

I’m also giving away 5 copies of my Cloria Wrap, so leave a comment telling me what color you’d like to make yours in!

Other designers are also offering prizes, so make sure you visit them all and vote for your favorites!

In addition to all those prizes, 5 lucky winners will each receive 1 of every pattern in the round 13 Battle of the Stitches collection! Plus, a gift card to The Silk Drop as well as The Clay Sheep! Make sure you finish the blog hop to find out how to enter!

DON’T FORGET……If you love my Cloria Wrap CLICK HERE to head to my listing on Ravelry and add it to your favorites!

 

Happy Crocheting!

 

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