Christmas Tree Ornament Pattern Roundup

Picking out the perfect Christmas tree ornament isn’t always easy, just like picking out the perfect crochet pattern isn’t always easy. But making a Christmas tree ornament can be the perfect, heartfelt gift when you know it’s something they’ll love. Here is a roundup of all different types of ornaments in hopes that there will be something for everyone on your list.

 

Christmas tree ornament roundup - Crochet patterns to decorate your Christmas tree.

 

Christmas Tree Ornament Patterns

 

All links below follow the photo above, from left to right beginning in top left corner.

 

Follow His star ornament by Rebeckah’s Treasures

Angel wings by Simply Collectible Crochet

Santa by 5 Little Monsters

Textured Snowflake by Crochet Memories

Snappy Snowflake by Ambassador Crochet

Crochet Star Garland by Rescued Paw Designs

Poinsettia by Crochet Memories

Chubby Sheep by Underground Crafter

Penguin by 5 Little Monsters

Mini angel ornaments by Crochet Kim (Kim Guzman)

Owl by 5 Little Monsters

Victorian Snowflake by Crochet Memories

Bell Ornament by AllieCatsHats

Dog by Posh Pooch Designs

Mini sweater by Posh Pooch Designs

Scarlet ornament cover by American Crochet

 

If you’re looking for some crochet holiday decor, see my Holiday Decor pattern roundup and also my Snowflake patterns roundup.

 

Happy Crocheting!

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Dress It Up Easy Cowl Crochet Pattern

Looking for a quick project? This easy cowl works up fast! Whether you’re looking to add some last minute glam to your outfit, or need one last minute gift, this cowl will be done in no time! And it’s the perfect project for a beginner.

 

Dress it Up Easy Cowl - Quick and easy free crochet pattern by Ambassador Crochet.

 

“Dress It Up” Easy Cowl

 

Finished Size: 20″ circumference (but super stretchy)

Yarn: 1 skein #6 super bulky (I used Yarn Bee Royal Beauty in Gray)

Hook: Size Q (15.75 mm)

Notions: Yarn Needle

Gauge: 3 sts = 2 inches

For help with abbreviations – see my List of Abbreviations.

 

Cowl

 

Ch 13.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, *ch 1, skip next ch, sc in next ch, rep from * across to last ch, sc in last ch, turn. (7 sc, 5 ch-sps)

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in 1st sc, *ch 1, sc in next ch-sp, rep from * across to last sc, sc in last sc, turn. (7 sc, 5 ch-sps)

Row 3-24: Rep Row 2.  

Fasten off, leaving tail for sewing.

Holding short ends together, whip stitch in each st across.

Weave in ends.

 

Happy Crocheting!

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Holiday Decor Crochet Pattern Roundup

As Christmas gets closer, and we realize just how many things we still need to crochet, we look for quicker patterns to save us some time. Here is a roundup of some quick holiday decor items that will be sure to put a smile on your guests face this season.

 

Holiday Decor Roundup - Quick items to crochet to add to your holiday decorations.

 

Holiday Decor Pattern Roundup

 

All links below are from left to right, starting in top left corner.

Very Mini Stocking

Snowman Potholder

Christmas Tree Potholder

Santa Hotpad

Tree coaster

Holly Wreath coaster

Mini Christmas Applique

Penguin coaster/applique

 

Another great idea is the Snappy Tot’s countdown calendar which is fun and has a ton of great designs.

 

 

Be sure to check out my Snowflake patterns roundup and also my Christmas tree ornaments roundup for more ideas and patterns.

Whatever you do, make sure you sit back, relax, and enjoy the holiday season with your family and friends. My personal mission this season is to just be with my family and spend as much time with them as possible, never taking this time with them for granted.

Happy Crocheting!

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A Gift Guide for the Crocheter who has Everything

Do you have a crocheter in your life that seems to have everything? I’ve put together a Crocheter’s Gift Guide that has some unique gift ideas. My hope is that you will be able to find that perfect gift for the crocheter who seems to have everything.

 

Crocheter's Gift Guide Holiday Roundup - Gift ideas for the crocheter who has everything.

 

Crocheter’s Gift Guide

 

Crocheters are passionate about what they do. But, when it comes to finding the perfect gift for a crocheter, most friends and family don’t know where to start looking. Most crocheters don’t need yarn…. Hint: Some of us may already own a small yarn store in your basement. (I’m guilty!)

Here is a unique Crocheter’s Gift Guide to help you with ideas.

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Pure Pewter Crochet Pendant

Furls Crochet Hook Pendant

This was a given to me as a Christmas gift from a fellow designer and it is one of my favorite pieces of jewelry. I absolutely love everything about it! The quality is amazing, it is classy and stylish, and you can actually use it if you forget your hook at home.

 

 

Granny Square Mug

Granny Square coffee mug

Coffee and crochet, two of my favorite things. This granny square coffee mug has a granny square hand drawn on it. There are tons of other great coffee mug designs that have crochet themes. Note: For some reason I find that this mug doesn’t hold heat as long as some of the ones I have. The positive? It encourages me to drink my coffee instead of letting it sit there to get cold.

 

 

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Yarn Ball Cup by Haldecraft

This is the perfect gift for the yarn lover. It’s more of a tea cup size so you could use it as a gift or even make a stocking stuffer. I currently use mine (I have the green shown above) to hold my stitch markers, tape measures, scissors, and other small notions I don’t want to lose.

 

 

Celtic yarn bowl - made to order

Handcrafted Yarn Bowl

I have 2 yarn bowls that hubby had custom made for me, and I absolutely love them. There are so many options out there based on style and color preference. Unfortunately the potter I got mine from doesn’t take online orders, but I love this one I found on etsy!

 

 

Boye Crochet Hook Bangles

Crochet Hook Bracelets

These bangle bracelets would be a great stocking stuffer for any crocheter. Mine were made by Pray & Crochet Crafts and I love them! They’re unique and they make a simple statement.

 

Gold or Silver Mirror Crochet Hook Earrings

Silver/Gold Crochet Hook Earrings

 

Crochet Hook Earrings

Crochet Hook Earrings by CrochetbyRae

 

The silver/gold hook earrings are on my wish list. The basic look makes them stylish so that you can wear them with anything. I do however have the crochet hook earrings from CrochetbyRae that I wear all the time (see photo below). They’re made form genuine crochet hooks, so they’re a fun conversation piece. She has just a few pair left, so make sure you grab them if you’re interested.

 

Crochet hook earrings - Crocheter's Gift Guide Holiday Roundup - Gift ideas for the crocheter who has everything.

 

Is there something I’ve missed What other kinds of unique crochet gifts have your given (or received)?

Wishing you a Merry Christmas!

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Shells Baby Sweater Crochet Pattern

Baby items are great for baby showers, or even your own new baby (or grandbaby). My new Shells Baby Sweater crochet pattern works up fairly quickly, and is a great next step if you’re looking for something a little more than the basic stitches. It incorporates and makes shells from dc, and is a great next step if you’re looking to try to advance your skills a bit. It’s a beautiful way to give the gift of something more personal for the new baby in your life.

 

Sweet Shells Baby Sweater Crochet Pattern - This 0-3 month baby sweater is a free crochet pattern by Ambassador Crochet.

 

 

Shells Baby Sweater

 

Finished Size: 0 – 3 months

Yarn: 1 skein #4 worsted weight (I used Hobby Lobby “I Love This Yarn!” in Soft Pink)

Hook: Size H/8 (5.00 mm)

Notions: Yarn Needle; 3 – 5/8” buttons

Gauge: 3.5 dc = 1 inch

 

For help with abbreviations – see my List of Abbreviations.

 

Special Stitches:

  • Double crochet 2 together (dc2tog) – (yo, insert hook in next st, yo, pull up loop, yo, pull through 2 loops) 2 times, yo, pull through all 3 loops.
  • Shell – 5 dc in indicated st.
  • Half shell – 3 dc in indicated st.

 

Sweater

 

Fsc 59, turn.

Row 1: (RS) Ch 3, skip 1st dc (buttonhole made),  dc in each of next 8 chs, *3 dc in next ch, dc in each of next 11 chs, 3 dc in next ch**, dc in each of next 15 chs, rep from * to **, dc in last 9 ch, turn. (67 dc)

Row 2: Ch 2 (does not count as dc), dc in same st as ch 2, dc in each of next 9 dc, * 3 dc in next dc, dc in each of next 13 dc, 3 dc in next dc**, dc in each of next 17 dc, rep from * to **, dc in last 10 dc, turn. (75 dc)

Row 3: Ch 3, sk 1st dc (buttonhole), dc in each of next 10 dc, * 3 dc in next dc, dc in each of next 15 dc, 3 dc in next dc**, dc in each of next 19 dc, rep from * to **, dc in next 10 dc, dc in top of beg ch 3, turn. (83 dc)

Row 4: Ch 2 (does not count as dc), dc in same st as ch 2, dc in each of next 11 dc, * 3 dc in next dc, dc in each of next 17 dc, 3 dc in next dc**, dc in each of next 21 dc, rep from * to **, dc in last 12 dc, turn. (91 dc)

 

Armhole Shaping

Row 5: Ch 3, sk 1st dc (buttonhole), dc in each of next 13 dc, *sk next 19 dc, dc in next dc (armhole made) **, dc in next 24 dc, rep from * to ** one time, dc in next 13 dc, turn. (53 dc)

Row 6: Ch 2, dc in same st as ch 2, dc in next 4 dc, 2 dc in next dc, *dc in next 6 dc, 2 dc in next dc, rep from * across to last st, 2 dc in last dc, turn. (61 dc)

Row 7: Ch 1, sc in same st as beg ch, *ch 1, sk next 2 dc, shell (see Special Stitches) in next dc, ch 1, sk next 2 dc, sc in next dc, rep from * across, turn. (10 shells, 11 sc)

Row 8: Ch 3 (counts as dc), 2 dc in same st as beg ch (half shell made), *ch 1, sc in 3rd dc of next shell, ch 1**, shell in next sc, rep from * across ending last rep at **, half shell (see Special Stitches) in last sc, turn. (9 shells, 2 half shells, 10 sc)

Row 9 – 19: Rep Rows 7 & 8 until sweater measures approx. 8″.

Fasten off.

 

Border

With RS facing, attach with sc on right front of sweater in first dc row, sc in row-ends up to corner of neck, 3 sc in fsc corner, sc in next 9 sts, sk next st (corner for sleeve), sc in next 11 sts, sk next st, sc in next 15 sts, sk next st, sc in next 11sts, sk next st, sc in next 9 sts, 3 sc in last fsc, working down left front, sc in row-ends to end of dc rows.

Fasten off.

 

Sleeves

Round 1: (RS) Attach with sl st in bottom of sleeve opening, ch 2 (does not count as dc), dc2tog over next row-end, 18 dc around, dc2tog in next row-end, sl st to 1st dc to join, turn. (20 dc)

Round 2: (WS) Ch 2 (does not count as dc), dc in each dc around, sl st in 1st dc to join, turn. (20 dc)

Round 3 – 11: Rep Round 2.

Round 12: Ch 1, sc in same st as join, *sk next dc, shell in next sc, sk next dc, sc in next dc, rep from * around, sl st in 1st sc to join. (5 shells)

Fasten off.

Repeat for 2ne sleeve.

 

Note: The hat is my Sweet Savanna Shells Cloche pattern.

 

Happy Crocheting!

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Urban Slouch Hats Book Review

Slouch hats are easy, quick, and fun to make and these urban slouch hats are no different. You can make them in fun colors or subdued earthy tones. But whether you make them for yourself, or give them as gifts, they’re super popular. Check out this new Urban Slouch pattern book by Leisure Arts.

 

Urban Slouch Hats review - by Ambassador Crochet

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Publisher: Leisure Arts

Author: Kristi Simpson

Number of Pages: 32 pages

Number of Projects: 10 patterns

Types of Projects: Slouch hats

Difficulty Ratings: All patterns are rated “easy”

Yarn Used: #4 worsted weight yarn

First Impression: Slouch hats are super popular, and these would make great Christmas gifts.

My Favorite Patterns: I had to go with “Intrigue” as my favorite. I love neutral colors.

 

Intrigue - Urban Slouch book review

Intrigue

 

Urban Slouch Hats

 

Hats are one of y favorite accessories to make. They’re quick and easy to make – ok, not always easy! But the hats in this book/leaflet are all rated easy! Urban slouch hats will fill that need for instant gratification and you’ll be able to wear something fashionable that will turn heads.

Kristi’s patterns are always super popular and fun to make. As always check your gauge so that you don’t have to rip it out if your project is coming out the wrong size.

Cobblestones hat - Urban Slouch book review bu Ambassador Crochet
Cobblestones

 

While all the pattern are rated easy, that doesn’t mean they’re boring. There are so many ways to customize your crochet. There is a help section with general information such as gauge, terms, and abbreviations.

Bonus: Every single pattern includes multiple links that will take you to online video tutorials for basic stitches, special stitches used, and techniques you may need help with. I believe this is an invaluable tool for those who are visual learners. 

 

Urban Slouch Hats


While all the hats have an urban slouch look, there are plenty of styles to choose from and you can customize with your own color(s). I’ve only shown you a few of my favorites but you can head over to the Leisure Art’s website and see the rest of the projects. Come back and tell me which one 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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Your Best Year 2017 Book Review

This week I’m stepping out from my normal crochet book review and doing a different kind of book review. Your Best Year 2017 is a workbook & creative planner, but it is also SO much more. If you struggle with being productive, staying on track, not getting discouraged, etc. this book is exactly what you need.

 

Your Best Year 2017 is a productivity workbook & creative business planner. Stay on track, boost your sales, be more productive, and so much more with this workbook. Best investment I make with my business (and personal life) every year.

*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 affiliate links.

 

I found Marketing Creativity about 3 years ago when I was very close to giving up on my business. I was burnt out and wasn’t sure I had any more to give. The very first post I read from Lisa made me feel like she was an old friend. And the more I read her blog, the more it was obvious that she speaks to you in a down to earth tone, gives practical advice, and doesn’t make promises of getting you millions of sales or customers that just won’t happen.

With that being said, her workbook has put my business back on track. The first year I used it (Your Best Year 2015) I honestly didn’t use it to its fullest potential and I’m kicking myself now! This year (Your Best Year 2016) was my 2nd year using it and I’m already seeing a great return from the work I did put in. One of my main goals was to double my community of crochet readers and go from 10k readers (over all social media accounts) to 20k in one year. As of right now I’m on target to actually hit that goal! My tech editing income will come close to doubling what it was in 2015 also.

What seemed impossible back in January will now be a reality come December. Lisa’s workbook guides you through your biggest goals and dreams in order to make them a reality. My only regret….I should have made bigger goals, and reached for bigger stars – but they just seemed too big, audacious, and unrealistic at the time.

 

Your Best Year 2017

 

Planning for a successful year with the Your Best Year 2017 creative planner and workbook.

 

The new and updated yby2017 is full of new prompts to help you review 2016, get you thinking about your goals for 2017, and activities to make sure you accomplish those goals and stay on task. Lisa’s also added a time management worksheet (I need this one most!), a “getting your goals” section, as well as sections to work through about being vulnerable, building trust, and breaking through limitations – to name just a few. There are also action steps you can take, progress logs to show you how far you’ve come, and my favorite – the abundance tracker. I started using the abundance tracker when Lisa first mentioned it a few months ago. It’s truly amazing to see where my income comes from daily and for me I’ve learned to set smaller daily income goals as well as a yearly overall income goal.

 

Creatives aren’t all Business

 

But honestly, I think the best part of this business planner is that it isn’t all business. As a creative entrepreneur our home life and our business end up blending together. Without us even realizing it the lines can get fuzzy and the two become one entity sometimes. So, instead of fighting it, Lisa’s workbook has us consider both together. Genius! This book is 138 pages of strategies and actionable steps to help you meet every business and personal goal you have.

 

To be fully honest in my review…

 

I have to admit I was a little disappointed when I first opened the planner and realized the monthly overview calendars are gone this year. I had started using my yby2016 as my monthly blog planner in addition to everything else it had to offer. But the more I dug into this new version, the more I realized it is fully worth going back to a separate monthly calendar. This year’s version is pure business building strategies that have left me feeling like anything is possible. 

 

Do What Scares You…..

 

Never again will I sell myself short by not believing in myself. I worked through the exercise of writing down how much I wanted to make, how to get there, etc. When I saw the numbers I doubted myself. It seemed too out of reach. I saw the goals I did stick with come true, so I won’t make the same mistake twice.

This year I’m reaching for the moon! Even if I don’t hit it, I’ll land among the stars. 

I guarantee if you purchase this planner, and use it to it’s fullest potential, you will not be disappointed. It will be the best $20 you spend, as you will reap long term investments.

 

Happy Planning!

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