Thursday, July 31, 2014

Why should I BUY that pattern?

I'm part of several crochet groups on Facebook and I often come across comments full of complaints about the price of patterns. "No way am I paying that!" "They don't need to charge that much!" "$5.00 for ONE pattern?!". So why should you (or me) BUY that pattern? Here's my outlook:

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

2,000 Fans!

I have reached 2,000 fans on Facebook! I'm very excited! And of course you know what that means: GIVEAWAY!
I recently published two new patterns: Cameron Wristers and Cameron Boot Toppers to match the Cameron Slouch and I'm going to give the ENTIRE PATTERN PACK to one lucky winner.

BUT, that's not all! The lovely Ann from Glamour4You has a new pattern out too: Pretty in Plaid Jacket... and she has given me a copy to give to you! That's right, one lucky winner will also receive the Pretty in Plaid Jacket pattern!

I'm just so excited to kick this thing off!

Giveaway runs from Midnight Monday (7/28) until 11:59pm Sunday (8/3). Winner will be randomly chosen through Rafflecopter. This giveaway is sponsored by Blackstone Designs and Glamour4You only. No other entities are involved!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Team Pride Drink Cozy

** This post has been edited to remove any possible copyright infringment.

My husband's birthday was yesterday and of course I just had to make him something. (Hey, Mom always said handmade gifts meant the most!). So, I mixed his two favorite things together: Beer and Football!

This cozy could be worked up in any color scheme! It's also stretchy, so it can be used on water and soda bottles too.

It is insulated and water repellent, so the drink stays nice and cold and your hands don't get wet from the "sweat" (this is a husband tested and approved message). And the best part is, it's a super easy pattern!

Let me know what you think in the comments, or link  your own versions to me through your projects folder on Ravelry...I love to see your work!!!!
Here's the drink cozy pattern:

*100% ACRYLIC yarn in your favorite team colors ( for the water repellent effect - Cotton yarn will absorb the water)  - I used Red Heart Super Saver in Soft Navy (A) and Spring Green (B)
*I Hook
*Yarn needle (for hiding strings and sewing on other team related items if you so choose)

1. Make a magic ring, ch 3, 11 DC in the ring, sl st to join, pull ring closed, Ch 2
2. (DC, FPDC) in each st around (this means you will work a DC into the top of the stitch and then a FPDC around the post of the same stitch), sl st to join, Ch 2 (22)
3. *2 DC in each DC, FPDC arnd each FPDC* arnd, sl st to join, Ch 1 (33)
4. BLO: SC arnd, sl st to join, Ch 2 (33)
5. DC arnd, sl st to join, Ch 2 (33)
6-12. *FPDC arnd every DC* arnd, sl st to join, Ch 2 (33)
13-17. FPDC arnd, sl st to join, Ch 1 (33)
18. SC arnd, sl st to join, no chain (33)
19. Sl st arnd, Fasten. (33)

1. Ch 2, sc in the 2nd ch from hook, ch 1, turn (1)
2. 2 sc in st, ch 1, turn (2)
3. 2 sc x 2, ch 1, turn (4)
4. 2 sc, sc x 2, 2 sc, ch 1, turn (6)
5-8. sc in each st across, ch 1, turn (6)
9. dec, sc x 2, dec, ch 1, turn (4)
10. dec x 2, ch 1, turn (2)
11. dec; sc arnd the outside, putting on sc in the end of each row and in the the top of row 1 & row 11. sl st to join, Fasten.
Add the laces using white puffy paint or stitch them on with white yarn.

I hope you enjoyed this pattern! Bottoms up!

Written Pattern © 2014 Sonya Blackstone of Blackstone Designs. Please do not sell, share, or modify this pattern, but instead share the link to where the pattern can be found. You may sell items you make with this pattern. This pattern, as with all Blackstone Designs/Sonya Blackstone patterns, are not for educational use without written permission from the designer.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Yarn Ball Stress Reliever

I came up with this Yarn Ball Stress Reliever pattern a while ago, but as usual so many things have come up and the typing of the pattern hit the back burner! On a good note, I'm giving it to you now! :)
This thing is a big hit in my house! It feel great on my hands, it exercises them and relieves the tension, plus my boys LOVE throwing it around. Bonus, the stitches are nice and tight, so I don't have to worry about an explosion lol

First, I used a DIY stress ball recipe I found on Pinterest. I'm not sure exactly what pattern I used because time has passed, but there are many out there. Mine involved cornstarch and a balloon. They can also be bought pre-made of course. (**optional: stuff the ball with fiberfill or yarn scraps instead)

Monday, July 7, 2014

"Lucky Number 7"

I decided to make my first post a round-up of free crochet patterns involving symbols of luck. You may be asking why...that's because today is 7/7 and it's the day of my first blog post for my new blog.
For those who don't know, I formerly blogged at Beautiful Ducklings.
I came to a decision that I would prefer my business name to be more of a reflection of me and what I do. There were many things that could not be changed when making this switch, so I will still have some accounts floating around with the old business name, including my old blog. I have decided to leave it up and I may add those same things to this blog in the future, but for now I am starting with a blank canvas.
Please be patient with me, blogs take a lot of time and energy to get up and running in wholeness, so it may be a bit before this site seems functional.

Thanks for reading my intro and now as promised: 7 FREE "lucky" patterns::

Clover Applique by damn it Janet, let's crochet!
Pot o' Gold Coaster by Yarn Pixie
Rainbow Drops clutch by Chocolate Mints in a Jar
Ladybug Baby Toy Pattern by Jessica Boyer
Grace - Elephant Comfort Blanket by Look At What I Made
Acorn Newborn Hat by Lakeview Cottage Kids
Maneki Neko Good Luck Cat by Crafts by AP

Stop back for more FREE pattern round-ups, new pattern release announcements, and GIVEAWAYS!!!


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