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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Cobblestones Throw Crochet Pattern




It's February and a new pattern has been published, it is the Cobblestones Throw.
I love the colors I picked, I was a little skeptical in the beginning because you know, I am always making super colorful stuff, but it turned out better than I imagined.
This is a great pattern to work on, after awhile you can remember the repeats and don't even have to look at the graph. I made the whole things while watching TV with my husband in the evenings.
If you wish to give it a try, the pattern is available on ravelry, craftsy, etsy and my website, too.

Happy Crocheting!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Color Riot Blanket





Hello there, lovelies! 
I am back again, I can't even believe it, but I had to come and show the new blanket pattern I just released, the Color Riot Blanket. I am so in love with it, it is colorful and bright, it makes me happy every time I look at it.
If you are interested, the pattern is available in all my shops. Links below.


Happy Crocheting!

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Lucas Beanie






I have been on a hat and blanket kick lately, those are the two things I have been designing the most and I am so glad, because those are the two things I like to crochet the most. I love texture, it is super cool in my opinion to transform a solid simple skein of yarn into something new, unique.
My son loved this hat so much that he asked me to name it after him, so I did and now you the pattern for the Lucas Beanie is available in all my shops.
Click below to purchase the pattern:
Ravelry | Craftsy | Etsy | Website | LoveCrochet

Friday, January 12, 2018

Brazil Trip










Today I am in full cleaning mode, we had a few rough days with my sweet girl having the flu. Getting out of the house is something I am craving right now (I am going stir crazy here! LOL), so I decided to write a post about our trip to Brazil last month so I can remember that I have a lot to be thankful for.
Yeah, so we visited my family, it was so amazing to get a break from the rain and cold weather and be able to enjoy three weeks of warm and sunny days. The kids got along with the cousins very well, we eat a lot of fresh fruit, visited the zoo, my sister taught the kids how to make balls from the sap of the rubber trees, we swam, went on walks to appreciate the flowers, ate tons of yummy food and most importantly, enjoyed our family.
It was very hard to say goodbye, that is something I certainly don't get used to, but it was nice while it lasted. Now we are back to our school and activities routine, I am trying to get my crochet work in a better schedule, too. Anyhow, I am hoping to have some pretty awesome designs this year, but I also want to find balance where I can spend quality time with my husband, kids and friends. Fingers crossed, because finding balance is sure a hard thing to do.
Cheers!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Crocheter Gift Guide

The Holidays are quickly approaching, so I thought I'd put together a little collection of my favorite crochet gadgets, they make lovely gifts for any crocheter in your life!



1- Crocheters rule.
This is a gauge ruler, just make your sample and put the ruler on top!
You can find this clever tool by clicking here


2- EZ Blocker
Blocking your crochet/knit work is much easier with the EZ Blocker by Chetnanigans.

3- How about these darling crochet hooks? 
These are custom made by etsy seller handmademom.

4- Snail measuring tape.
Because cute stuff is always fun to have! I bought mine on amazon.

5- Magma Pattern Holder by Knitters Pride.
This is an amazing gadget, it's really useful when you are working on color charts. I purchased mine at my local yarn shop, but I just checked you can find it on amazon.

 6- Good yarn!
Really, you can't go wrong with yarn. Some of my favorites are: Quince & Co, Berroco, Cascade Yarns, Madelinetosh and Malabrigo.

7- Hook organizer by Chetnanigans
This is such a cute way to display your hooks and have them easily accessible. 

Well, I had to add my book here, not because it's  my book, but because it is an awesome book and a great way to learn a new technique!

 What would you add to this list? I would love to hear your ideas!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Textured Crochet Hat









 Oh guys, I don't even know where to begin... this textured hat is just so awesome, I am not even embarrassed to toot my own horn because I am really in love with this design. No joke, I have already made 10 of them, this is my go-to Christmas gift this year!

The good news is that the pattern is now available on ravelry, lovecrochet, etsy and craftsy, too!

Happy Crocheting!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Foundation Single Crochet (fsc)


Foundation single crochet has become one of my favorite ways to start my projects! Why? Well, for many reasons, for example:

- when working on a hat or a garment from the bottom up, the foundation single crochet gives you the much needed stretch.
- it's easier! Yes, I'm not kidding! Once you get the hang go it you will be amazed at how simple it really is. One of my favorite things about it is that you don't have to wrestle with the tight starting chain when using this method.
- it doesn't twist like the regular chain + single crochet would (pictured below):

So, let's do it!
Start with a slip knot on your hook:


Chain 2:


Insert your hook in the second stitch from the hook (the first chain you made). Yarn over and pull up a loop:


Yarn over and pull up through one loop. This creates what we call the "chain".


Yarn over and pull up through both loops.  Your first fsc is done!


Now, to create more stitches, you insert your hook in "the chain" (where the pin is in the picture below). Yarn over, pull up a loop. Yarn over and pull through both loops. 
Repeat until you have the desired number of single crochets.



Cheers!

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