Maker Showcase

I wanted to showcase a few of my crochet maker colleagues and their businesses. With many craft fairs being cancelled this year I wanted to help out in any way I could.

Each of the featured makers specialize in different items that will be great as gifts for your friends and family (or yourself 😉). A lot of the items are ready to ship so you can get your shopping done sooner. Custom orders are also an option but check with the maker on more details.

Creative Snugglies

Christina Ryan is the owner and toy creator who helps family and friends find handmade, soft, and unique toys to give to their young loved ones. Creative Snugglies provide high-quality cuddly toys for young children. Christina makes and sells snuggly toys for both girls and boys.

Christina loves meeting customers at craft fairs/markets. She also enjoys watching children pick out a toy and play with it the entire time while their parents continue shopping. Of course in this strange unprecedented time of Covid, Christina is not doing in person shows; however she is participating in virtual Craft Fairs/Events.

Creative Snugglies toys can be purchased on both Etsy and www.CreativeSnugglies.com

Sign up for her email list HERE and receive a coupon code for 15% off your purchase.

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Christina’s favorite toys are her mermaids, unicorns, and dinosaurs. Go to her FB page and let her know which one you like the most!


EcoMinded Stitches

Krystal is a crochet maker and designer that focuses her business on sustainability. She uses cotton and cotton blend yarn to create items for an Eco-friendly home.

Krystal enjoys making and designing items for the home to support the environment. Sharing these makes with the community is important to her to make the planet a better place for all. From dish cloths to mug rugs Krystal enjoys the impact she is making in her own home and the environment.

EcoMinded Stitches items can be purchased on Etsy.

Sign up for her email newsletter HERE to learn tips and tricks to become more eco-friendly in your own home.

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Krystal’s favorite items to make are small quick items such as her Eco Mug Rug and XOXO Eco-Mini.


J2 Craftworks LLC

Julie Dales and Joni Beatrice of Bloomington, IN, are the two ‘J’s in J2 Craftworks LLC. Their passion for creating beautiful, useful crocheted items for everyday life blossomed into a business last year. Julie crochets, and Joni adds labels, hardware, and straps.

They make gorgeous bucket bags — including their officially licensed Indiana University bags — crossbody cell-phone bags, baskets, earrings, reusable facial scrubbies, hair scrunchies, and more.

Their products can be purchased on Etsy.

To get an instant discount code, sign up for their email list HERE.

Have a question, email them at: J2CraftworksLLC@gmail.com 

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Life In Crochet

Amanda is a creator who has been crocheting for 20 years. She specializes in high-quality, hand-crafted accessories for you and your home, from winter wear to kitchen towels to decorative items.

The name of her business, Life in Crochet, is both a reflection of the role of crochet in her personal life, as well as her desire to enhance all areas of your life with beauty through crochet.

Amanda’s products can be purchased through Etsy.

Sign up for her email list HERE and receive 15% off your first purchase!

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Avalon Designs and Printables

Jan is the woman behind Avalons Designs and Printables. While working on her crochet and knit designs she couldn’t find a planner that fit her crafting needs. Jan then decided to start designing her own printables and digital planners for other crafters too. These planners and printables are perfect for any hobbyist or business owner.

Get your Avalons Designs printables and planners on Etsy.

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Opal Shawl

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Can you believe that there are only two designs left in the Birthstone Collection now?!

The Birthstone Collection is the theme for 2020. Each month I have a cowl, scarf, or shawl pattern in the color of that month’s birthstone.

October’s birthstones are pink tourmaline and opal. As you can tell I decided on opal instead of the pink tourmaline.

Previous designs include:
Garnet Cowl – January
Amethyst Scarf – February
Zoe’s Aquamarine Infinity Scarf – March
Diamond Shawl – April
Emerald Asymmetrical Shawl – May
Pearl Infinity Cowl – June
Ruby Shawl – July
Peridot Shawl– August
Sapphire Shawl – September

The Yarn

When I first saw the Summer Nights by Lion Brand Yarns hit the shelves I just knew that the colorway ‘Ocean Cove’ was destined to become the Opal Shawl.

The yarn is a variegated yarn that switches from pink to blue, to purple, to green, and then back to pink. There is also a piece of silver thread that helps make the yarn shimmer.

There are many types of opals and they all vary on colors and intensities. I envisioned the whiter opals when comparing the yarn to the stone. With the mixture of the milky white base and splashes of greens and blues, sometimes pinks and purples, all varying based on how the stone was formed and how the jeweler presented it.

All these things are the reason the yarn was calling to me to be named Opal.

Supplies

– Approximately 1100 yards of Lion Brand’s Summer Nights or similar fingering weight yarn
– F/3.75 Crochet hook
– Measuring tape
– Yarn needle
– Scissors
– Blocking materials (optional)

Pattern Notes

A stitch count has been provided.

Blocking is not necessary but advised.

Stitches & Abbreviations

Ch – Chain
Ehdc – Extended Half Double Crochet
Inc – Increase
MC – Magic Circle
Sc – Single Crochet
Sk – Skip
St(s) – Stitch(es)

Stitch Definition

Ehdc – Extended Half Double Crochet: YO, insert hook in to stitch, YO and pull up a loop (3 loops), YO and pull through 1st loop (3 loops), YO and pull through all 3 loops.

The Pattern

The Opal Shawl is classified as an ‘Easy’ pattern. The design consists of only one stitch and easy to follow instructions on when to increase to form the semi-circle.

It was originally written to be used for fingering weight yarn but a simple switch to different weight yarn and hook would be a get adjustment.

Availability

This pattern is available to purchase on Ravelry.

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Take a look at the Amethyst Scarf too.

Amethyst Scarf laid flat with fresh purple tulips to the side, over a white wooden planked backing

Pearl Beanie – Free Crochet Pattern

One of my goals when I started designing was to have a featured hat pattern in the Sweet Potato 3 Crochet Cancer Challenge. In 2014 Christine started the Crochet Cancer Challenge to bring the crochet community together to support those battling cancer. You can read more about the Crochet Cancer Challenge here. A FAQ section is also provided at the bottom of this post, just scroll to the bottom.

The Yarn

This year Christine asked that the designers use the color of the particular cancer ribbon we’d like to help bring awareness to. I decided on pink for breast cancer.

I’ve known a few people who have battled breast cancer. Some are currently in remission and almost back to normal and some have lost their battle.

One of the people who has lost their battle to breast cancer was my aunt’s best friend Mary. Mary was an amazing artist and calligraphist; I was fortunate enough to be gifted a few of her projects when I was younger. She unfortunately passed away in March of 2012.

A breast cancer survivor that I know is someone who holds a special place in my son’s life, his kindergarten teacher. She is currently in remission and just as healthy as anyone else. With the current health crisis here in the United States, I was worried that she wouldn’t be teacher this year. When we got word that she would be returning to teach kindergarten this year we were all very excited.

The yarn I used was Big Twist Value in the colorway Bubblegum. After searching all 4 of the local stores that carry yarn, I went back to Joann’s to grab this one. It was the best pink that was soft enough and would help showcase the texture of the stitches in the beanie.

Supplies

– 150 yards of worsted weight yarn
– H/5.00mm crochet hook
– Yarn needle
– Measuring Tape
– Scissors
– Pompom (optional)

Stitches Used

Blo – Back Loop Only
Ch –Chain
Hdc – Half Double Crochet
Mc – Magic Circle
Sc – Single Crochet
Sk – Skip
Sl St – Slip Stitch
Tr – Treble Crochet

Gauge and Sizes

Gauge: 14 Sts x 12 rows = 4”


Sizes: Finished circumference
Adult Small – 20.5” (listed below)
Adult Large – 22” (available on pdf)

Pattern Notes

– Worked in rounds.
– A stitch count for each row has been provided.
– Diameter measurement after round 7 is 6” across the middle.
– The finished beanie is stretchy and creates a comfortable fit.

The Pattern

Adult Small

1) 10 Hdc in MC, connect to 1st Hdc with Sl St. (10)

2) Turn, Ch 1, (Sc, Tr) in 1st St and each St around. Join with Sl St to 1st St. (20)

3) Turn, Ch 1, Hdc in 1st St, 2Hdc in next St, *Hdc in next St, 2Hdc in next St, * repeat around. Join with Sl St to 1st St. (30)

4) Turn, Ch 1, (Sc, Tr) in 1St St, Sk next St, (Sc, Tr) in next St, *(Sc, Tr) in next St, Sk next St, (Sc, Tr) in next St, * repeat around. Join with a Sl St to 1st St. (40)

5) Turn, Ch 1, Hdc in 1st 3 Sts, 2Hdc in next St, *Hdc in next 3 Sts, 2Hdc in next St, * repeat around. Join with Sl St to 1st St. (50)

6) Turn, Ch 1, (Sc, Tr) in 1St St, Sk next St, (Sc, Tr) in next St, Sk next St (Sc, Tr) in next St, *[(Sc, Tr) in next St, Sk next St,] 2 times, (Sc, Tr) in next St, * repeat around. Join with a Sl St to 1st St. (60)

7) Turn, Ch 1, Hdc in 1st 5 Sts, 2Hdc in next St, *Hdc in next 5 Sts, 2Hdc in next St, * repeat around. Join with Sl St to 1st St. (70)

8) Turn, Ch 1, (Sc, Tr) in 1St St, Sk next St, *(Sc, Tr) in next St, Sk next St, * repeat around. Join with Sl St to 1st St. (70)

9) Turn, Ch 1, Hdc in 1st St and each St around. Join with Sl St to 1st St. (70)

Repeat rounds 8 & 9 until desired length, 7” for beanie or 12” for slouch style. Move on to the brim.

An adult large made for a looser fit and 10″ tall for a more mid-slouch look.

Brim

Ch 6

1) Sc in 2nd Ch from the hook and each Ch across. (5)

2) Sl St into the next 2 Sts of hat.

3) Turn, Ch 1, Sc in Blo of 1st St and each St across. (5)

4) Turn, Ch 1, Sc in Blo of 1st St and each St across. (5)

Repeat rows 2-4 around the edge of the hat. Sl St to starting Ch.
Finish off. Weave in all ends.

Availability

The ad-free PDF is available to purchase on Ravelry and Etsy.

FAQ’s

  • Information explaining what the Crochet Cancer Challenge is, click HERE.
  • What type of hat should I make? What Sizes? Where do I get the patterns? Click HERE.
  • Yarn Recommendations to use for the hats, click HERE.
  • Where should I donate my hats, click HERE.
  • A fun start early project you can add to your hats, click HERE.
  • Challenge others to join and get tags you can print for your hats, click HERE.

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