Friday, March 21, 2014

Take your daughter to work day!

Well, couple of days...
Chickee came with me to visit Annie's.

It was so fun to share my work life with my girl.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Yarn Giveaway WINNER!

And the winner of the Yarn giveaway...

the yarn to make both sets of mittens from Crocheting Clothes Kids Love....


Denise A (sealed4ever)


Please either send me a comment with your address (I won't publish it) or email me at Ellen @ with your mailing address and I'll get your prize pack sent out!

Thanks to everyone for entering!

Happy Crochet Month!

Please look at yesterday's post for a free pattern for everyone.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Crochet Month FREE pattern! Garden in Winter Hat

As promised, here is a free pattern for you for National Crochet Month!

Also, check out all the other designer blogs that are incorporating FREE patterns and giveaways. Find the whole list of dates and events here.

TODAY is the LAST DAY to enter my yarn giveaway! Go here for details.  

Ok, here's the rules about free patterns... enjoy it! Use it! Make the item again and again as much as you want. Print the pattern out for your own use!  Please do not GIVE away or re-post the pattern. But, you may give away the LINK so that your friends can come HERE and get it for themselves. :)

Thank you.  Here it is: 

Garden in Winter Hat

Circumference = 19"
Hat stretches to fit 20".
Height (crown to brim) = 7.5"

           Schachenmayr Boston (super bulky) (70% acrylic, 30% wool) (1.76oz/122yds/55m)/50g per ball):
2 balls #00281 casual marl (A),1 ball #00151 royal (B).
          Size K/10.5/6.5mm crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge
          Tapestry needle
Rounds 1-2 = 3"
Take time to check gauge.
Hat is worked from crown to brim in joined rounds with Right Side always facing. Ruffle edging is worked in unworked loops of last rounds. Weave in ends as work progresses.

Round 1: Ch 4, join with sl st in first ch to form a ring; ch 3 (counts as first dc here and throughout), 11 dc in ring; join with sl st in top of beg ch-3. (12 dc)

Round 2: Working in back loop only, ch 3, dc in same st, 2 dc in each rem st around; join with sl st in top of beg ch-3. (24 dc)

Round 3: Working in back loop only, ch 3, 2 dc in in next st, *dc in next st, 2 dc in next st; rep from * around; join with sl st in top of beg ch-3. (36 dc)

Round 4: Working in back loop only, ch 3, dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, *dc in each of next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st; rep from * around; join with sl st in top of beg ch-3. (48 dc)

Round 5: Working in back loop only, ch 1, sc in same st, sc in each of next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, *sc in each of next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st; rep from * around; join with sl st in first sc. (60 sc)

Rounds 6-10: Working in back loop only, ch 3, dc in each st around; join with sl st in top of beg ch-3, changing color to B in last st of Round 10. Fasten off A. (60 dc)

Note: Rep Round 6 to add more length to the hat before completing Round 10.

Round 11: With B, working in back loop only, ch 3, dc in each st around; join with sl st in top of beg ch-3. Fasten off B.

Ruffle Edging
Round 1: Beginning at seam on back of Hat, join B in first unworked loop on Round 10, (sc, ch 2, sc) in same loop, sk next 2 unworked loops, *(sc, ch 2, sc) in next loop, sk next 2 loops; rep from * around; join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off.

Round 2: Repeat Round 1 working in unworked loops of Round 9. Fasten off.

Round 3: Repeat Round 1 working in unworked loops of Round 8. Fasten off.

Weave in ends.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Book Giveaway!

Designer, Jocelyn is doing a review and giveaway of Crocheting Clothes Kids Love TODAY!

So, read my post yesterday and enter to win yarn for the mittens in the book, then go to Cute Crochet and enter to win the book! Thank you, Jocelyn! You have seen many of the photos of my projects, but Jocelyn also shows many photos of Shelby's projects, which are whimsical and delightful.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Happy Crochet Month! GIVEAWAY!

Did you see Shelby Allaho's awesome post yesterday to kick of Crochet Month?  Go check it out and see what crochet has to do with awesome wrapping paper.... you're going to love it.

My gift to you on this Crochet Month is a GIVEAWAY!  I have a set of YARN to giveaway to make both sets of the kids mittens in my book with Shelby Allaho, Crocheting Clothes Kids Love. 


The prize pack includes 5 skeins of Patons Classic Wool DK Superwash (which you are going to love!). It's enough to make both sets of mittens from our book! 
To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on THIS post with your first name, last initial and something to identify you, a unique nickname, a town, etc.  This giveaway if for US residents. You may enter between now and March 14th. A winner will be chosen at random from the valid entries.  The winner will be announced on March 15th. The winner needs to contact me by March 30th with your shipping address so I can mail you the yarn! 

I have a FREE PATTERN coming up before St. Patrick's Day (March 17th). So keep checking back here for more Crochet Month fun!

My post today, and Shelby's post yesterday are part of Crochetville's 2014 Blog Tour for National Crochet Month! Crochetville chose Halos of Hope this year as our charity to promote. If you aren't familiar with this wonderful organization, they accept donations of crocheted, knitted, and sewn hats, that they distribute to 450 cancer treatment centers in the US each month. If you are interested in donating hats or money to help get the hats distributed, please visit their website.  The Underground Crafter also has a post up for Crochet Month, go check her out!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Happy National Crochet Month!

National Crochet Month kicks off today!

Go visit Shelby Allaho today or tomorrow for some Crochet Month goodness, then come back here tomorrow for my offerings...  hint hint...

Many, many designers will be doing special posts through out the month so show your favorite blogs some love and go visit some new ones.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Picot Square Cowl Revealed!

Thanks to Red Heart, it's a free pattern!

The Picot Square Cowl is made with Red Heart "With Love" yarn.  Click here to go to Red Heart for more details.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Gratuitous Cat Photo

You haven't seen the cats in a while, and this is the best photo I have gotten so far of the two of them together. Charlie (in the bed) and Minnie the kitten are still not good buddies. Matter of fact I think this photo interrupted Minnie thinking about pouncing on Charlie.  Oh well, There is less hissing going on than there had been. 

Friday, February 21, 2014

FREE Slipper Pattern!

The publisher of Crocheting Clothes Kids Love is offering one of Shelby's patterns for FREE. 
The Crocheted Buckle Bow Slipper Pattern is offered on the Craftside Blog!  Enjoy!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Just in Time

How in the world did it get to be February 20th already?  I've been busy editing Book FIVE... want a sneak peek photo of Book Five?

I know, I know, you're like .... "WHAT?!"

And, I'm excited, it's just in time, that I received all the projects back from Book FOUR.... so I can use them...

Do you want a sneak peek from Book Four too? 

So gorgeous.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Knit and Crochet Now season 5 Debut!

Check it out! Season 5 of Knit and Crochet Now is airing this month and the DVD is ready! Get all the details here.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Pentagon Capelet Revealed! (It's Bruges Lace!)

The Pentagon Capelet is in the new booklet: Crochet Red: Crocheting for Women's Heart Health. Here is the Ravelry page link for the pattern with all the how-to-find-it details.

I stitched it in Premier Serenity Sock yarn. Can you see that it is Bruges motifs with a lovely little edging?  I love Bruges Lace!  See previous posts on Bruges lace here,
and here
and here

Shy about trying Bruges Lace crochet? Try this!

MORE Bruges Lace to come!  :)   Can you find a Bruges style project on the cover of my next book?

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Crochet Concupiscence does a review!

Kathryn at Crochet Concupiscence does a great review with an interesting perspective on our new book, Crocheting Clothes Kids Love.

Go see what she has to say. :)

If you are enjoying our new book, please let others know in the Amazon Reviews for the book. Thanks!

Here are the Prim wristers. Made from Spud & Chloe Fine, the yarn is a dream.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

My new theme song

Do you remember the tv show Ally McBeal?  It was kind of a wacky law office comedy/soap opera. Anyway Ally always had a theme song. I like the idea of having a theme song.  Just like I have my key words for the year "half" and "Thrive" (see this older post for the explanation...)

Anyway, I think I found my new theme song... just the song/empowerment part, not the anger-you-done-me-wrong part. I love the lines, "I get stronger with every step" and "I got a lot more than a little bit left". 

Do you have a theme song? What is it?

Monday, February 3, 2014

Congratulations! (and more peeks!)

And the winner of the Crocheting Clothes Kids Love Book Giveaway is Hiba Yuki!

I have sent her an email and will be sending out her book shortly.  For the rest of you, thank you very much for entering to win. I'm in the process of adding the patterns from the book to the book page on Ravelry.

Would you like to see a few more photos?

Crocheting Clothes Kids Love

Saturday, February 1, 2014

GIVEAWAY! Crocheting Clothes Kids Love pattern book!

Here are just a few of my patterns in Crocheting Clothes Kids Love. There are clothes and accessories for boys and girls, little kids and big kids.  Hats and scarves, and tops and skirts and belts and bags and all with love and care and color we knew kids would love. There will be some bloggers reviewing the book for us, but here at GoCrochet and Shelby's blog are the "hubs" of activity.

Above is the "Hip to be Me Vest".  I must have sketched at least 5 ways to construct the vest before I decided to do a foundation row at the shoulder and work down the front, then work down the back from the shoulder as well.  So the only sewing is at the side seams. In sizes 4 (6, 8, 10, 12).

Below, you'll find the "Mohawk Earflap Hat"  It was so much fun to find a solution to the mohawk.  How to make it "stand up" without being just boring cut yarn.  I'm sure Chief will be wearing this at the next Michigan football game. (Go Blue!)  (Yes, I know, we live in Ohio, but Tom went to Michigan for grad school, so since they got our money, they also get our loyalty.)

I have a signed (by just me) copy of Crocheting Clothes Kids Love, for one random winner.

The mittens, I'm so proud to say are worked two different ways.  Either set, with a change of color, could be made for girls or boys. The blue mittens are worked from the cuff/wrist up to the fingertips. The pink textured mittens are worked from the fingertips down to the wrist.  a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, January 31, 2014

Can you 'Hold on' for one more day?

Just one more day!  Shelby Allaho and I have been waiting, mostly patiently, for the release of our new book Crocheting Clothes Kids Love.

It is so exciting to have the book released. COME BACK tomorrow for a GIVEAWAY of the new book. I will give one away (to a US resident... sorry, shipping is so expensive outside of the USA).

Of course, this is "Hold On" by Wilson Phillips. I was reminded of this song by special stand-in Mom, Glenda. She mentioned that this song was meaningful to her during a tough time.  I heard a new song the other day that might just become my new theme song... I'll try to share it with you next week.