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    Free Valentine’s Day Crochet Pattern Round Up

    Free Valentine's Day rochet Pattern Round Up - Available from The Loopy Lamb Blog.

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    Love is in the air and I’ve rounded up some adorable free Valentine’s Day crochet patterns and projects for you all.

    Crochet Conversation Hearts

    These Crochet Conversation Hearts from Once Upon a Cheerio are so fun! The Netflix & Chill one sounds like my kind of Valentine’s Day. Check out the free pattern HERE on the Once Upon a Cheerio blog.

    Free Valentine's Day rochet Pattern Round Up - Available from The Loopy Lamb Blog.

    Wool You Be Mine Cards

    So this one isn’t exactly a crochet project but it is still insanely adorable and definitely needs to be on this list. It’s perfect for the yarn addict in your life, someone that enjoys puns or anyone that knows you’re a little nutty for crochet. Check out the tutorial on the All About Ami blog HERE.

    Free Valentine's Day rochet Pattern Round Up - Available from The Loopy Lamb Blog.

    Little Sweetheart Hat

    This Little Sweetheart Hat from Lace Kennedy Crochet is beautiful and the colours are just perfect for Valentine’s Day for your little one. Check it out HERE.

    Free Valentine's Day rochet Pattern Round Up - Available from The Loopy Lamb Blog.

    Crochet Heart Keychain

    Learn how to make these cute an easy heart keychains with this video tutorial from Jennae’s DIY Studio HERE.

    Free Valentine's Day rochet Pattern Round Up - Available from The Loopy Lamb Blog.

    Crochet Strawberry Hearts

    Move over chocolate covered strawberries! These crochet strawberry hearts are way cuter and they are calorie free. Check out the free pattern HERE on the Magic Loop Blog.

    Free Valentine's Day rochet Pattern Round Up - Available from The Loopy Lamb Blog.

    Heart Corner to Corner Scarf

    This heart scarf is so pretty and fun! Nana’s Craft Home blog gives you instructions on how to make this great scarf but there is also a pattern to make a matching hat. Check it out HERE.

    Free Valentine's Day rochet Pattern Round Up - Available from The Loopy Lamb Blog.


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    What I’ve Learned in my First Six Months as a Crochet Blogger

    What I've Learned in my First Six Months as a Crochet Blogger
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    This week marks my 6th month as a crochet blogger and I have been doing a lot of reflection on my time as a blogger and sharing my designs. There have been a lot of ups and downs in this short period and I wanted to share some of the things that I have learned in this adventure so far.

    It is A LOT of work.

    Well, I guess I can’t say that I was overly surprised by this, I knew it would be a lot of work to do the designing, marketing and upkeep of my own blog (and Etsy shop) but it is even more work than I thought. On the personal side, working a stressful part-time job while having my 2 year old at home with me all day and having a 4 year old, there is a lot of juggling involved. When you’re thinking of jumping into blogging, you may think that it’s just sharing your designs, posting a few pictures and you’re set. It is much MUCH more than that. There are hours of work that go into each post: photoshoots, research, testing, crocheting/designing, editing the post and the patterns, marketing, search engine optimization, creating special images for the different social media platforms, creating and sending emails to your email list, etc, etc, etc. Don’t get met wrong here, I’m not complaining. I love doing it but it is definitely more work than I thought it would be.

    It Can Be A Lot Of Fun

    I have had the opportunity to chat with some of you about how you got started crocheting, what you love about it (and hate about it), what kind of projects you like to do and more. It has been wonderful getting to know some of you and seeing your masterpieces. I love getting to share your work on my Instagram and getting to know more of you.

    It is also a lot of fun designing and seeing my ideas come to life through yarn and sharing it with the world. Getting to create my own designs is very rewarding to me, a ton of fun, as well as a great stress reliever. And believe me, with two crazy little ones, I need to crochet a lot.

    It Can Be Rewarding

    As I touched on before, the challenge of creating my own designs is rewarding. I get a lot of enjoyment from the process of designing as well as helping others. I love being able to help people when they have contacted me with questions or for advice. When someone tells me they have tackled something they have struggled with because I was able to help them, that just makes my day.

    It Can Also Be Lonely and Isolating at Times

    I’m going to be straight with you here: if you are thinking of starting your own crochet blog, you need to be prepared to deal with a lot of rejection, criticism and straight up being ignored. There is a lot more competition in blogging than I initially realized and it is surprisingly hard to get a response from other bloggers when you’re just starting out. I get it, though. They’re busy, they probably get a ton of emails/messages, etc. but understandably, a lot just look at a new blogger like me as potential competition because their blogs are their businesses. So in my attempt to build relationships with other bloggers/designers, my messages have either mostly gone ignored or I’ve received outright nasty messages in return.

    When I participated in the 30 Days of Cozy Project a few months ago, I was blessed to meet another designer involved in the program and we became fast friends. I love that we don’t hesitate to share what we’ve learned with eachother and are supportive of eachother while we try to figure things out. If you’re ever wanting to start blogging, I hope you find that friend to support you. There have been times I have to remind myself why I decided to start blogging in the first place and it has been nice to have that friend to talk to that understands.

    You’ve Gotta Do You

    I’ve realized that this journey I’m on is meaningless unless I do what makes me happy. Worrying about whether my design is going to be liked or criticized can really make it hard to be creative. I was recently working on a design and kept putting it aside because I let that little voice inside my head tell me that it wasn’t good enough. I perservered and put it out there and it has been one of my most popular designs to date! I have to stop doubting myself and just do me.

    In Summary

    Overall, I have enjoyed my experience as a blogger and the opportunities it has brought me to meet those of you that follow me. Your support has meant so much to me. I’m looking forward to seeing what the next 6 months will have in store. Below is a list of the designs I have released in my first 6 months of blogging:

    The Ava Cowl
    Twisted Shells Ear Warmer
    Once in a Blue Moon Triangle Scarf
    Striped Thicket Stitch Blanket
    Saint Prickolaus Cactus Cuddler
    Randy the Cactus Reindeer
    Mommy’s Go-To Fingerless Gloves
    Saint Prickolaus – Available free on Crochetpreneur.com and coming soon to The Loopy Lamb
    Stanley The Cactus Snowman – Available free on Crochetpreneur.com and coming soon to The Loopy Lamb
    Super Quick Chunky Cowl
    Tiny Pebbles Ear Warmer
    The Polar Puff Messy Bun Hat
    Sloth Cup Cozy
    The Arctic Gem Beanie


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    Setting Crochet Goals

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    It’s getting close to the end of the year and many of us are thinking about resolutions for the new year.  Around this time of year, I like to take a review the goals I had made for the year, celebrate my triumphs and review any goals I hadn’t met, looking for growth opportunities.  While thinking about this the other day I started to consider what new goals I wanted to set for myself next year, both personal and professional.

    Many of us crochet as a hobby and/or a way to relax and destress but that doesn’t mean that you can’t set some goals as a way to challenge yourself, expand your skills and have some fun.  It’s important to make these goals fun and not to beat yourself up if you don’t meet them or struggle with them.   Look at goals you aren’t able to meet as opportunities for learning and growth, rather than failure to use them as positive stepping stones to moving forward with your goals.

    To begin goal setting, you’ll need to initially think about what kind of goal you want to set.  Do you want to increase your skills by learning new stitches?  Tackle a project that you have been intimidated by in the past? Maybe you want to make a certain number of hats/scarves/blankets etc. for next year’s market season?  Whatever your goal is, make sure that it is important and meaningful for you.  If you think that you want to crochet 50 of the same beanies by next fall but you know deep down that you dislike doing the same pattern over and over again, maybe you should rethink your goals.

    If you’re stuck and need some ideas to get the ball rolling, here are some crochet goals you could consider:

    • Finish all WIPs (work’s in progress)
    • Learn a new crochet technique/stitch
    • Tackle a pattern that you’ve been wanting to try but were too intimidated to start/didn’t have time for
    • Sell one of your crochet projects/start an Etsy shop (if you sign-up through this link, we both get 40 free listings!)
    • Complete a Crochet Along (CAL)
    • Finish “insert number” of projects every month
    • Crochet more for charity
    • Save up for a certain crochet accessory or yarn
    • Use up more yarn in my stash and buy less new yarn unless I need it

    How to Get Started:

    When you have got your ideas ready, now you need to write it down.  It’s so easy to forget the goals you set in December/January when April rolls around.  If you’re like me, you’ve forgotten exactly what you planned 10 minutes after you thought it unless you wrote it down.  So write it down and commit to your goals.  While you’re writing it down, quantify your goals to make them measurable.  When a goal is measurable, it’s easier for you to assess whether you’re meeting your goals.  i.e. I want to crochet 30 hats for charity or I want to complete 3 WIPs each month.

    Break Each Goal Down Into Steps:

    Set the steps that you will take to achieve your goals.  It’s up to you how detailed you want to get in this step.  If I use the example goal of crocheting 30 hats for charity I would break that down into the following steps:

    • Decide which charity to crochet for
    • Research requirements (if any) for donations
    • Purchase necessary materials
    • Complete 1 hat per (insert time frame)
    • Donate hats by (insert deadline)

    Once you have those set out, it’s important to review your goals regularly.  You may decide 3 months down the line that you want to change or refine your goals even further.  You can do that! Nothing is set in stone.  Reviewing your goals will help keep you on track and remind you of what you were wanting to achieve.

    Post Your Goals Somewhere Obvious

    Putting your goals in a place where you will regularly see them can help keep them fresh in your mind. Going through all this trouble just to put the goals in a drawer somewhere to be forgotten isn’t doing yourself any favours. I like to put mine on the fridge or in my crochet hook case.

    Celebrate Your Accomplishments

    Celebrate every little win, no matter how small.  Setting yourself a little reward system for meeting your goals can help keep you motivated and more likely to stay on track if your rewards are something you really want.   Some example rewards could be:

    • Buy new yarn/crochet hook
    • Start a new project (if your goal is to finish more WIPs)
    • Buy a new pattern

    What are your crochet goals for next year?  Let me know in the comments below and share your achievements with me!  I want to celebrate your wins with you!

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    Mommy’s Go-To Fingerless Gloves Crochet Pattern

    Mommy's Go-To Fingerless Gloves - Free Crochet Pattern by The Loopy Lamb #Fingerlessgloves #CrochetPattern #Freecrochetpattern #Quickcrochet #Stripedgloves #gloves #Mittens

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    It has been a crazy couple of weeks!  It’s been so busy with the 30 Days of Cozy promotion going on and right in the middle of the promotion, my husband had a business trip to Halifax and I’ve been alone with both kids.   I’ve also been working away on a few new patterns for you as well so stay tuned!  This week’s free crochet pattern is Mommy’s Go-To Fingerless Gloves.

    My awesome husband brought me back this beautiful yarn from his trip.  It’s made by the Mineville Wool Project which is a local Halifax yarn dyer.  I’m so lucky that he supports my crazy yarn addiction.  I can’t wait to get my hooks into these babies.  If you have any suggestions on what I should make with this yarn, leave me a comment below.  I’m having a hard time deciding!

    Mommy's Go-To Fingerless Gloves Free Crochet Pattern by The Loopy Lamb

     

    I must confess: I lose A LOT of gloves.  I’m almost on par with my little one who loses mittens almost as fast as I can make and buy them.  I must also confess that I am a little particular when it comes to my gloves.  I don’t like the tops of the gloves to be too long because they can sometimes stretch out and look sloppy.  My preference is fingerless gloves so I can zip up zippers, tie up shoes and text with ease.

     

    Mommy's Go-To Fingerless Gloves - Free Crochet Pattern by The Loopy Lamb #Fingerlessgloves #CrochetPattern #Freecrochetpattern #Quickcrochet #Stripedgloves #gloves #Mittens

    So Mommy’s Go-To Fingerless Gloves were born out of my need for a cute and quick pair of fingerless gloves.  They are super quick to make so you can replace those lost gloves in a flash but you don’t have to substitute your cuteness factor.  This is also a beginner friendly pattern.  If you sell your crochet, these are great since you can make a pair in well under an hour.  The pattern is easily adaptable so if you need/want the tops or bottoms to be a bit longer, just add a few rows.  So without further ado, let’s get to that pattern!

     

    Mommy’s Go-To Fingerless Gloves

    Mommy's Go-To Fingerless Gloves - Free Crochet Pattern by The Loopy Lamb #Fingerlessgloves #CrochetPattern #Freecrochetpattern #Quickcrochet #Stripedgloves #gloves #Mittens

    Skill Level: Beginner

    Materials:

    Abbreviations:

    CH = Chain

    Sl St = Slip Stitch

    SC = Single Crochet

    HDC = Double Crochet

     

     

    Size: Woman’s – One Size fits most
    Finished size: 5.25 inches tall x 3 inches wide.

    Gauge:  8 sts across x 6.5 rows = 2” square

    NOTES:
    The end of each round is joined with a SL ST to the first stitch of the round.  It is noted in the pattern as “Join”.

    Mommy's Go-To Fingerless Gloves Free Crochet Pattern by The Loopy Lamb

     

    Pattern:

    Right Glove:

    Using black, CH 24, join with a sl st to first chain to form a circle, being sure not to twist your chain.

    Rows 2-3: CH 1.  HDC in each stitch around, join with sl st to first HDC. (24)
    Change to Grey
    Row 4: CH 1.  HDC in each stitch around.  Join. (24)
    Change to Black
    Rows 5 – 6: CH 1.  HDC in each stitch around.  Join. (24)
    Change to White
    Row 7: CH 1.  HDC in each stitch around.  Join.  (24)
    Change to Grey
    Row 8: CH 1.  HDC in each stitch around.  Join. (24)
    Change to Black
    Rows 9 – 12: CH 1.  HDC in each stitch around.  Join. (24)

    Row 13:  CH 1. HDC in first 19 stitches, chain 5 and skip the last 5 stitches. Join. (24)

    Rows 14-16: CH 1.  HDC in each stitch around.  Join. (24)
    Row 17: CH1. SC in each stitch around, join to first SC, fasten off and weave in ends. (24)

     

    Left Glove:

     

    Using black, CH 24, join with a sl st to first chain to form a circle, being sure not to twist your chain.

    Rows 2-3: CH 1.  HDC in each stitch around, join with sl st to first HDC. (24)
    Change to Grey
    Row 4: CH 1.  HDC in each stitch around.  Join. (24)
    Change to Black
    Rows 5 – 6: CH 1.  HDC in each stitch around.  Join. (24)
    Change to White
    Row 7: CH 1.  HDC in each stitch around.  Join. (24)
    Change to Grey
    Row 8: CH 1.  HDC in each stitch around.  Join. (24)
    Change to Black
    Rows 9 – 12: CH 1.  HDC in each stitch around.  Join. (24)

    Row 13:  CH 1. HDC in first 4 stitches, chain 5 and skip the next 5 stitches. HDC in the last 15 stitches.  Join. (24)

    Rows 14-16: CH 1.  HDC in each stitch around.  Join. (24)

    Row 17: CH1. SC in each stitch around, join to first SC, fasten off and weave in ends. (24)

     

    Disclaimer:

    This pattern and its images are copyright protected and the sole property of Ashley Parker of The Loopy Lamb.  Please do not resell, distribute, duplicate, or share this pattern in any printed or digital form, claiming this pattern as your own original design.  Please do not use my photos when selling your finished items.

    Feel free to sell the finished item created with this pattern but please provide pattern credit to The Loopy Lamb when posting online and provide a link to my blog: www.theloopylamb.com.

    If you encounter any difficulties or have questions about the pattern, please feel free to contact me at theloopylamb@hotmail.com .   I’ll do whatever I can to help.

     

    I’d love to see your finished items!  Please share your finished makes by tagging the pattern on Ravelry, save it on Pinterest, sharing it to our Facebook page or Instagram.    Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

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    Mommy's Go-To Fingerless Gloves - Free Crochet Pattern by The Loopy Lamb #Fingerlessgloves #CrochetPattern #Freecrochetpattern #Quickcrochet #Stripedgloves #gloves #Mittens

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    Saint Prickolaus – Free Crochet Cactus Pattern

    Saint Prickolaus - Free Crochet Cactus Pattern by The Loopy Lamb #crochetcactus #cactus #saintprickolaus #stprickolaus #crochetpattern #christmascrochet #Chrsitmascactus

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    This has been a crazy week!  Last week, my Stanley the Cactus Snowman pattern was featured on Crochetpreneur.com.  You can see the free pattern here.  Thank you for all of the love you have given to Stanley so far!  Your kind words have meant so much to me!  An ad-free version of Stanley the Cactus Snowman’s pattern can be purchased HERE for a small fee.

    Stanley the Cactus Snowman Crochet Pattern by The Loopy Lamb #30DaysofCozy #CrochetCactus #Cactus #CrochetPattern #ChristmasCactus #SnowmanCactus

    This has been such an exciting adventure to be a part of this program.  It has been a wonderful opportunity to connect with some other designers as well as share some of their beautiful work with you all.  Follow me on Instagram to see all content from the bundle I’ve been sharing!

    On November 10th, I will be featured as a guest designer for a second time on Crochetpreneur.com.   This time it will be my pattern for Saint Prickolaus that will be featured. This cute little guy decided that it was time to take a Christmas vacation this year so he bundled up in his holiday finest for his trip.

    Saint Prickolaus Crochet Pattern - Available in the 30 days of cozy pattern bundle

     

    I sometimes struggle trying to come up with a name for my patterns so I enlisted the help of my family to come up with something for this guy.  We had a lot of fun trying to come up with something fun and punny.  Since Saint Prickolaus wears a Santa hat and Saint Nickolaus is another name for Santa, we decided to go with Saint Prickolaus!

    The awesome thing about being a guest designer in this program is that

    You can get an ad-free version of the Saint Prickolaus pattern for a small fee from my Etsy shop HERE.

    Saint Prickolaus Crochet Pattern - Available in the 30 days of cozy pattern bundle #CrochetCactus #CrochetPattern #Cactuspattern #30DaysofCozy #SaintPrickolaus

    Have you checked out the 30 Days of Cozy Pattern Bundle?  Every day for the month of November, Pam Grice of Crochetpreneur.com will feature a different pattern from up and coming designers for free.  She has bundled all of these patterns and a TON of extras into a bundle.  There are 30+ patterns  in the bundle for only $10 USD!  The bundle is only available until the end of the month so don’t wait too long before checking it out.  You can check the bundle out here:  HERE.

    Saint Prickolaus and Stanley the Cactus Snowman Crochet Patterns by The Loopy Lamb

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    30 Days of Cozy Pattern Bundle

    30 Days of Cozy Pattern Bundle

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    Want to purchase the 30 Days of Cozy bundle?  Click this link.  I earn a small commission on sales made through this link at no cost to you.

    I have a secret!  Well….I had a secret.  I was just too excited to keep it to myself that I spilled the beans on Instagram and Facebook earlier this week.    I have been working on a top secret project for a while and I am finally allowed to tell everyone about it.  So, hear ye! Hear ye!  My official blog announcement!

    Pam Grice of The Crochetpreneur (www.thecrochetpreneur.com) gathered together a group of up and coming crochet designers to be part of a design project called 30 Days of Cozy.  When I got the invitation from Pam I thought I was seeing things.  I was so excited about the opportunity to work with Pam and the other designers that the only option for me was to say yes.  Pam asked me to create some amigurumi designs for the package and of course, I was thrilled to do that.

    Stanley the Snowman Crochet Pattern - Available as part of the 30 Days of Cozy Pattern Bundle

     

    So, stay tuned folks.  I have two designs submitted to the project and they will be available for FREE.  That’s right, you read FREE on Pam’s blog, crochepreneur.com on November 4th and November 10th.

    My contributions to this bundle are my Saint Prickolaus and Stanley the Cactus Snowman patterns.

    Saint Prickolaus Crochet Pattern - Available in the 30 days of cozy pattern bundle

    When I created Saint Prickolaus, I was thinking about what if there was a cactus that had always wondered what snow was like since they were in the desert.  I know, a weird and random thought but I went with it and Saint Prickolaus was born.  My weirdness has a use…sometimes.
    Stanley the Snowman Crochet Pattern - Available as part of the 30 Days of Cozy Pattern Bundle

    Stanley the Cactus Snowman was also born of that same weird train of thought.  What if a barrel cactus was in someone’s window, warm and cozy but looking out on a winter wonderland was jealous of a snowman?  I know, the dark places that I go for inspirations, right?  But, I like to think the result is adorable.

    There are a lot of other wonderful patterns available in the 30 days of cozy bundle by some incredibly talented designers.  There will be a free pattern featured for free from the bundle, everyday of November on Pam’s blog.

    Purchasing the bundle helps support designers that provide their patterns for free.  So if you’re interested in purchasing, please click this link here.  Again, I earn a small commission from purchases made through this link, which helps support me and helps me continue to provide my patterns for free on my blog.  Ad-free versions of each pattern are also available to purchase on my Etsy page:

    Saint Prickolaus: Click here.
    Stanley the Cactus Snowman: Click here.

    Know someone that may enjoy one of these patterns or loves a good deal?  Please share this post/link with them.

    Saint Prickolaus Crochet Pattern - Available in the 30 days of cozy pattern bundle

    Saint Prickolaus and Stanley the Cactus Snowman Crochet Patterns by The Loopy Lamb

     

    Disclaimer:

    This pattern and its images are copyright protected and the sole property of Ashley Parker of The Loopy Lamb.  Please do not resell, distribute, duplicate, or share this pattern in any printed or digital form, claiming this pattern as your own original design.  Please do not use my photos when selling your finished items.

    Feel free to sell the finished item created with this pattern but please provide pattern credit to The Loopy Lamb when posting online and provide a link to my blog: www.theloopylamb.com.

    If you encounter any difficulties or have questions about the pattern, please feel free to contact me at theloopylamb@hotmail.com .   I’ll do whatever I can to help.

    I’d love to see your finished items!  Please share your finished makes by tagging the pattern on Ravelry, save it on Pinterest, sharing it to our Facebook page or Instagram!

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    Free Holiday Gift Project Tracker

     

    Free Holiday Gift Project Tracker

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    As much as I hate to admit this, fall is upon us.  That means crocheters are busily trying to get ready for the holiday giving season. Some of us are not just getting ready for the holidays, we’re prepping for craft shows or stocking Etsy shops. Needless to say, it’s a very busy time of year for most of us.  I’ve created a Holiday Gift Project Tracker that may help all of us be a little less stressed during this busy time of year.

    Sometimes it can be difficult to keep track of what you’re planning to make for everyone on your gift list. I know that if I don’t write things down, I either don’t remember what I wanted to make or I change my mind a hundred times. One year was particularly stressful.  I was completely disorganized, bought WAY more yarn than I needed and ended up crocheting gifts until the last possible minute. Crocheting every second I could, having two small kids and hosting a large family dinner? I was pulling my hair out. After that, I vowed to be more prepared from then on.

    Now, around this time every year, I create my list of what I want to make everyone.    This helps me get an idea of a timeline needed to make sure I complete everything with time to spare. Once I’ve made my decisions on what to make people, I take inventory of my yarn stock, and head out to buy my supplies. I don’t let myself change my mind on what to make someone unless I’m ahead of schedule and it’s within budget.

    To keep myself organized, I created this simple document which I’ve called the Holiday Gift Crochet Project List. It’s nothing fancy but it’s enough to organize my thoughts and keep me on track. Each page has enough space to document projects for 4 different people. Just print out as many pages as you need, fill them out and get to work crocheting those beautiful gifts for your loved ones to treasure.  Keep the pages until next year so you can remember what you made everyone this year to avoid repeats!

    Crochet Project Tracker for Holiday Gifts

    Get your FREE Holiday Gift Project Tracker by clicking on the link below:

    Holiday-Gift-Crochet-Project-List-1.pdf (74 downloads)

     

    What projects are you planning on giving as gifts this year? Let me know in the comments below!

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    Crochet Book Review: The Complete Book of Crochet Stitch Designs: 500 Classic & Original Patterns

    Crochet Book Review: The Complete Book of Crochet Stitch Designs: 500 Classic & Original Patterns

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    From the second that I picked up a crochet hook and took those first steps to learning the basics, I was hooked (<—see overused but still apt pun here).  I have always loved to create and when I was younger, I always had this urge to create something and sometimes struggled to find an outlet that held my interest for long.  Then I set out to learn crochet and I finally found that outlet that I had been searching for.

    My first crochet project was a headband.  It was too big, my tension was a nightmare but it was mine.  Bringing my completed project home, I dove headfirst into the never-ending rabbit hole that is Pinterest.  I was obsessed with finding new information, seeking to expand my skill set.  I joined Facebook crochet groups, watched Youtube videos and pinned on Pinterest until the wee hours of the morning.  There are crazy amounts of information out there!  If you’re not careful, you look up from your screen and realize that you have spent an hour on Pinterest when you only meant to spend 5 minutes.

    I checked online to see what kind of books I could find on crochet.  My initial search on Amazon for “crochet books” yielded 30,000 results.  30,000!   On an initial scroll-through, most books were priced at around $30.  I wasn’t prepared to drop $30 on a book I hadn’t yet touched and been able to flip through in person.

    A Crazy Girl In The Library

    My next step was checking out my local library to see if there were any books on crochet available to borrow.  My first trip to the library, I checked out over a dozen books.  Looking at the Librarian’s face as she saw me checking out so many books on crochet, I knew exactly what she was thinking.  “This girl is a PSY-CHO!”  I didn’t care.  Placing my books in my crochet market bag (obviously), I set off for home to devour these wonderful new treasure troves of information.

    That day, my daughter decided that nap time was optional so my books would have to wait.  Since I am a weirdo, every time I looked at the books waiting in my bag I thought “I’ll read you my pretties, and your author bios too”. Cue: maniacal laugh.  Look, the blog name is The Loopy Lamb.  I love puns, and I’m (more than) a little loopy.

    After looking at all the books I decided that what I had been looking for was a book on various stitch designs.  The library only had three available to borrow and some psycho that took out more than a dozen books had all three of them… oh wait, that was me.  After reviewing all three, I decided that I liked “The Complete Book of Crochet Stitch Designs – 500 Classic and Original Patterns” by Linda P. Schapper the best.  It just also happened to be on sale on Amazon and I had Amazon Prime, so it was a no brainer.  Two days later, I had the book in my hands.

    The Complete Book of Crochet Stitch Designs: 500 Classic & Original Patterns Review. A crochet book review by The Loopy Lamb

    The Best Things About This Book:

    My two favourite things about this book are that:

    1. It has a pictoral index.  When I’m searching for inspiration or wanting to reference a stitch design whose name I can’t recall (thanks mommy brain!), I can look at the pictures and find it quickly.

    2. The instructions are clear and easy for beginners and it gives you the multiples needed to implement it in your own project.  Basic stitches are clearly illustrated in the front of the book.  There is also a guide to international crochet symbols.  Each stitch design has an image of the crocheted design as well as the chart and written instructions.  Before I bought this book I could not read a crochet chart to save my life but after using this book and seeing the side-by-side chart and written instructions, I can confidently say that I understand the basics now.

    The book is broken down into sections which is great too.  If you’re looking for a stitch design using a certain type of stitch, you’ll find this helpful.  I have used this feature to look for a design many, many times.  The other day I was wanting to find a design that featured a cluster stitch.  Flip to section 17 and there are all your cluster stitches.  The sections are all helpfully outlined in the contents section of the book which makes finding the section you’re looking for a breeze.

    What Could Be Improved

    The one thing that I’m not crazy about is that stitch design images are done in white yarn with a coloured background behind the design.  It really makes the book seem dated.   If I was shopping the shelves at Indigo, this book would not have drawn my eye and made me go “get in my buggy!”  Doing the designs all in white can illustrate the designs more clearly and I appreciate that fact.  However, mixing things up with another light colour could maybe make the book a bit more visually appealing.

    Additionally, none of the designs have names.  This makes it difficult to reference a stitch design when describing it to someone else.  It isn’t a deal breaker but it would be nice to have had it included.

    Overall, I think it gives you a nice variety of different stitch variations and when I’m in a crochet rut, flipping through the pages always gives me a flare of inspiration.  As for the price of the book, it was pretty reasonable. The cover price (at the time I bought it) was $22.95 CAD and $19.95 USD so at approximately $0.05/stitch design, it’s a great buy. Whether you’re a beginner or experienced crocheter, this book has something to offer everyone.

    If you’re interested in checking out this book, you can find it on Amazon by clicking HERE.

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