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Tree-Mendous Christmas Hat | Free Crochet Pattern

December 8, 2020

INSPIRATION & DESIGN

An acquaintance of mine reached out to me to make this hat for her nephew.  She had an idea in mind and asked for me to bring it to life and that’s when this “Tree-mendous” hat was born! (See what I did there?)

Lion Brand Heartland

My go to favorite acrylic yarn lately has been Lion Brand Heartland. It’s such a soft yarn to work with and can be used for a variety of projects.  I also love the drape of it. The colorways are beautiful and earthy and I love how some have a heathered look to it.

Lion Brand BonBons

I wanted a hat with a splash of color and some sparkle for the ornaments.  So I double layered strands of the Lion Brand BonBons that I found at Jo-Anns. I was dying to have a reason to use these cute little skeins–they’re adorable!

Lion Brand Basic Stitch Anti-Pilling

I used this yarn for the pom pom, but you can use this for the ornaments too!  The Lion Brand Basic Stitch Anti-Pilling comes in a variety of colors to choose from and can be a staple to your yarn stash!

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FREE CROCHET PATTERN

PATTERN NOTES

  • You can get the ad-free, PDF/print version of the pattern here.
  • You can save this to your Ravelry by clicking here.
  • This pattern is based on the Toddler Size used by the original designer.
  • The hat sizing guide is based on head circumference measurements from the Craft Yarn Council. Measurements account for 2 inches of negative ease to allow for stretch
  • Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
  • US Terms
  • Approximate Time: 2.5 hours
  • Gauge:  4 in x 4 in / 13 Rows x 18 HDCs BLO
    Note:  Designer’s tension tends to be on the tighter side.
  • The pattern is designed working from the bottom (brim) to the top (crown)
  • This pattern is based on the original design of the designer; however, can be adjusted as desired.  Designer’s hat pictured is a toddler hat measuring 17 inches for the head circumference and 9 inches from the base of the earlobe to peak of the crown.
  • “Ch 1” in the beginning of the row does not count as a stitch.
  • Ornaments:
    • For the purpose and ease of this pattern, the Puff Stitch (Ornaments) can be placed anywhere to your liking and in any color you like on even numbered rows.
    • This pattern used Weight 1 Yarn, which required double layering for the ornaments—(2) 30 inch (76 cm) strands. If you prefer to use a Weight 3 or Weight 4 yarn, do not double layer the yarn.
  • Abbreviations / Stitches Used:
    • BLO.  Back Loops Only
    • Ch(s).  Chain(S).
    • Dec.  Half-Double Crochet Decrease.  Yarn over, insert hook into next stitch.  Yarn over, draw up a loop (3 loops on hook).  Yarn over, insert hook into next stitch.  Yarn over, draw up a loop (5 loops on hook).  Yarn over, pull through all 5 loops.
    • HDC(s).  Half-Double Crochet(s).  Yarn over, insert hook into next stitch.  Yarn overm draw up a loop (3 loops on hook).  Yarn over, pull through all 3 loops.
    • Puff.  Puff Stitch (Ornaments).  Yarn over, insert hook into next stitch.  Yarn over, draw up a loop (3 loops on hook).  Yarn over, draw up a loop (5 loops on hook).  Yarn over, draw up a loop (7 loops on hook).  Yarn over, pull through all 11 loops.
    • Sl St.  Slip Stitch.
    • St(s).  Stitch(es)

BRIM (TREE STUMP)

Foundation Row: Using Color 1 and a 5.00 mm / H crochet hook, Ch 8.

Row 1: Starting in the 2nd Ch from the hook, HDC 7. Turn. Ch 1. (7 Sts)

Row 2: Starting in first st, in BLO, HDC 7. Turn. Ch 1. (7 Sts)

Repeat Row 1 and Row 2 until you reach 17 inches and end on an even row number. 

To seam brim, Ch 1. Hold together both ends of the brim together with the Ch 1 closest to you. Sl St through the front and back loop of the corresponding st in the end farthest from you. Sl St across until brim is formed into a ring. Do not cut the yarn. Flip the brim so the seam is on the inside.

BODY OF HAT BEFORE CROWN (TREE STUMP AND TREE)

Except for Row 1, all rounds will be done in the BLO of the stitches

The only times that stitches are not worked into the BLO is when:

  1. Working a Puff Stitch (Ornaments)
  2. Working a HDC into a Puff Stitch

For the purpose and ease of this pattern, the Puff Stitch (Ornaments) can be placed anywhere to your liking after Row 3 in the even rows using Color 4.

Have fun with it! All Puffs need to be placed on the even numbered rows (wrong side) to allow for the stitch to “pop out”.

Row 1: (Working along the circumference of the hat’s brim) Using Color 1 and a 6.00 mm / J crochet hook, HDC evenly the number of rows used from the brim. For instance, if you had 54 rows then you need to HDC 54 evenly around the brim. Using Color 2, join in 1st HDC of the row. Turn, Ch 1. Leave an 8 inch tail of Color 1 and weave in ends.

Row 2: Using Color 2, Starting in the 1st st, in the BLO, HDC evenly the number of rows used from the brim. Join in 1st HDC of the Row. Turn. Ch 1.

Repeat Row 2 until you reach the desired hat height before the crown.

**Note: If you prefer a longer stocking cap look, then continue the repeat of Row 2 until you reach desired length before decreasing the rows

HAT CROWN (PEAK OF TREE)

To start the crown, use one of the following charts to begin your decrease.

Once you have reached your desired height, seam together the top of the hat and secure it together and weave in ends.

(Optional) Using a pom maker, add a 2 inch pom pom or any other “tree” topper you’d like (i.e., amigurumi star, 4 in pom pom) and secure the ends by weaving in on the inside of the hat. You can even use jingle bells!

Hope you all enjoyed this pattern!  If you’d like to have the size inclusive pattern, please make sure to visit make a purchase for the Ad-Free PDF pattern!

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Honey Bear | Free Crochet Pattern

July 11, 2020

inspiration & Design

Woohoo! The first FREE amigurumi pattern on our blog– meet Honey Bear. You can thank our daughter for this inspiration. One day, she asked me if I could make her a crochet bear and at first I was thinking, “Aww, she loves it when I make her toys” and then my second thought was “Dang it, this is going to take some time.”

So, I went and ordered a bunch of yarn from Lion Brand and went right to it and she wouldn’t leave me alone until it was done. It was good motivation I guess. 

Lion Brand Vel-Luxe Yarn

I’ve tried a couple of velvet yarn brands and I have to say that Vel-Luxe is one of my favorites! It is Weight 4 Yarn and made up of 100% polyester chenille yarn. It is perfect for the velvet trend in fashion (i.e., hair scrunches, etc.). It is also perfect for baby and kid gifts, which is the main reason why I chose this yarn. Our daughter loves anything soft and squishy and she couldn’t stop touching her Honey Bear when I used this yarn.

Lion Brand Vel-Luxe Yarn "Dusty Pink"

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FREE CROCHET PATTERN

PATTERN NOTES

  • This is an amigurumi style crochet pattern and referenced to the original design.
  • You can get the ad-free, PDF/print version of the pattern here.
  • You can save this to your Ravelry by clicking here.
  • Skill Level: Intermediate; or, Advanced Beginner in Amigurumi
  • US Terms
  • Approximate Time: 2.5 hours
  • Gauge: 2” x 2” (9 Stitches x 10 Rows)
    Note:  Gauge for this pattern is not extremely important.
  • Finished Size: Approximately 10 inches tall
  • Yarn Substitution:  It is preferred you used this same yarn; however, if you’d like to substitute then any velvet yarn will do. Keep in mind that this will change the size of your bear and colors may vary.
  • This pattern is worked into X different sections to create one piece. Basic sewing skill is needed to sew together each piece.
  • Abbreviations Used:
    • Invisible Decrease (DEC):  Insert hook into front loop of the first stitch and insert hook into the front loop of the second stitch (3 loops on hook).  Yarn over, pull yarn through first two loops on hook (2 loops on hook).  Yarn over, pull yarn through both loops on hook (1 loop on hook).
    • Increase (INC)
    • Magic Ring (MR)
    • Single Crochet (SC)
    • Slip Stitch (SS)
    • Stitch(es) (st/sts)
  • This bear is made by the “joined round” technique in amigurumi. At the end of each round, SS into the first SC of the round to “Join”.

  • Gauge for this pattern is not extremely important; however, the bear shown in this pattern is approximately 10 inches tall.

  • An alternative to MR in Round 1 is to “Ch 2.  In the 2nd Ch from the hook, SC 6. This can help prevent velvet from falling apart if you have issues with the MR technique.

  • “Ch 1” at the beginning of each round (this does not count as a stitch.  Begin the first stitch of the round in the first SC of the round.

  • Bear measures approximately 10 inches tall once assembled.

  • “SC #” means SC # in 1 st (i.e., “SC 3” means SC 3 in 1 st). “# SC” means SC in the next # sts (i.e., 3 SC means SC in the next 3 sts).

Materials

  • Yarn:  (1) Skein of Lion Brand, VelLuxe 
  • Hook: G /  4.0 mm crochet hook
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Scissors
  • Poly-Fil Filling
  • (1) Hobby Lobby Tree House Studio Animal Nose, Size 0.590 in (15 mm)
  • (2) Hobby Lobby Tree House Studio Animal Eyes, Size 0.590 in (15 mm)
  • Stitch Markers (Optional)

HEAD

Round 1:  Begin with a MR. SC 6. Join. (6 sts)
Round 2:  SC 3, 2 SC, SC 3, 2 SC  Join. (10 sts)

Round 3:  SC, 2 INC, 3 SC, 2 INC, 2 SC  Join. (14 sts)
Round 4:  2 SC, 2 INC, 5 SC, 2 INC, 3 SC  Join. (18 sts)
Round 5:  18 SC. Join. (18 sts)
Round 6:  6 SC, 6 INC, 6 SC, Join. (24 sts)
Round 7:  6 SC, *(SC, INC). Repeat * 5 more times, 6 SC, Join. (30 sts)
Round 8:  *(4 SC, INC). Repeat * 5 more times. Join. (36 sts)
Round 9:  *(5 SC, INC). Repeat * 5 more times. Join. (42 sts)
Round 10:  *(6 SC, INC). Repeat * 5 more times. Join. (48 sts)

Insert safety eyes at approximately Rounds 8-9 (1.5 inches apart or to your liking) and safety nose. Begin to stuff bear’s nose with poly-fil stuffing.

Round 11-17:  48 SC. Join. (48 sts)
Round 18:  *(6 SC, DEC). Repeat * 5 more times. Join. (42 sts)
Round 19:  *(5 SC, DEC). Repeat * 5 more times. Join. (36 sts)
Round 20:  *(4 SC, DEC). Repeat * 5 more times. Join. (30 sts)
Round 21:  *(3 SC, DEC). Repeat * 5 more times. Join. (24 sts)
Round 22:  *(2 SC, DEC). Repeat * 5 more times. Join. (18 sts)

Stuff with poly-fil stuffing.

Round 23:  *(SC, DEC). Repeat * 5 more times. Join. (12 sts)
Round 24:  *(DEC). Repeat * 5 more times. Join. (6 sts)

Leave 12 inch tail.

ears & Tail (repeat three times)

Round 1:  Begin with a MR.  SC 6. Join. (6 sts)
Round 2:  *(INC). Repeat * 5 more times.  Join. (12 sts)
Round 3-5: 12 SC. Join. (12 sts)

Leave 6 inch tail. Fold in half. At approximately Round 16, sew two finished pieces (ears) on the bear head (approximately 9 stitches apart or to your liking). The last finished piece will be used later for the tail in the body section of the pattern.

BODY

Round 1:  Begin with a MR. SC 6. Join. (6 sts)
Round 2:  *(INC). Repeat * 5 more times.  Join. (12 sts)
Round 3:  *(SC, INC). Repeat * 5 more times. Join. (18 sts)
Round 4:  *(2 SC, INC). Repeat * 5 more times.  Join. (24 sts)
Round 5:   *(3 SC, INC). Repeat * 5 more times.  Join. (30 sts)
Round 6-8: 30 SC. Join. (30 sts)
Round 9:  *(4 SC, INC).  Repeat * 5 more times. Join. (36 sts)
Round 10:  36 SC.  Join. (36 sts)
Round 11:  *(5 SC, INC).  Repeat * 5 more times. Join. (42 sts)
Round 12-18:  42 SC.  Join. (42 sts)
Round 19:  *(5 SC, DEC).  Repeat * 5 more times. Join. (36 sts)
Round 20:  36 SC.  Join. (36 sts)
Round 21:  *(4 SC, DEC).  Repeat * 5 more times. Join. (30 sts)
Round 22:  *(3 SC, DEC).  Repeat * 5 more times. Join. (24 sts)
Round 23:  *(2 SC, DEC).  Repeat * 5 more times. Join. (18 sts)

Stuff with poly-fil stuffing.

Round 24:  *(SC, DEC).  Repeat * 5 more times. Join. (12 sts)
Round 25:  *(DEC).  Repeat * 5 more times. Join. (6 sts)

Leave 6 inch tail and weave in ends. Using the last finished piece from the ears and tails section, fold the piece in half. Starting at the last 6 rounds of the body (lower back of the body), sew finished piece (facing vertically) up towards the center of the bear’s back.

ARMS (REPEAT TWICE)

Round 1:  Begin with a MR. SC 6. Join. (6 sts)
Round 2:  *(INC). Repeat * 5 more times.  Join. (12 sts)
Round 3:  *(SC, INC). Repeat * 5 more times. Join. (18 sts)
Round 4:  *(2 SC, INC). Repeat * 5 more times.  Join. (24 sts)
Round 5-7:  24 SC.  Join. (24 sts)
Round 8:  *(2 SC, DEC). Repeat * 5 more times.  Join. (18 sts)
Round 9-10:  18 SC.  Join. (18 sts)

Stuff with poly-fil stuffing.

Round 11:  *(SC, DEC). Repeat * 5 more times. Join. (12 sts)
Round 12-20:  12 SC.  Join. (12 sts)

Leave 6 inch tail.

ATTACH HEAD AND ARMS TO BODY

use a needle and sew the 6 inch tail of one leg on the body at approximately Round 20 of the body’s pattern. Repeat for the other leg.  Weave in ends.

LEGS (REPEAT TWICE)

Round 1:  Begin with a MR. SC 6. Join. (6 sts)
Round 2:  *(INC). Repeat * 5 more times.  Join. (12 sts)
Round 3:  *(SC, INC). Repeat * 5 more times. Join. (18 sts)
Round 4:  *(2 SC, INC). Repeat * 5 more times.  Join. (24 sts)
Round 5-7:  24 SC.  Join. (24 sts)
Round 8:  *(2 SC, DEC). Repeat * 5 more times.  Join. (18 sts)
Round 9-10:  18 SC.  Join. (18 sts)
Round 11:  *(SC, DEC). Repeat * 5 more times. Join. (12 sts)

Stuff with poly-fil stuffing.

Round 12-16:  12 SC.  Join. (12 sts)

Leave 6 inch tail.

ATTACH LEGS TO BODY

use a needle and sew the 6 inch tail of one leg on the body at approximately Round 20 of the body’s pattern. Repeat for the other leg.  Weave in ends. 

DEFINE THE FACE

Cut a 20 inch strand of yarn and thread through a needle.  Insert your needle into the back of the bear’s head. Leave a 6 inch tail on the back of the head. You will weave this in later.

Angle your needle to allow it to exit near one eye of the bear. Pull the needle and yarn out of the head. Wrap the yarn around the eye 3 times until you reach back to the inner corner of the eye.

Insert your needle back into the inner corner of the eye and navigate the needle out through the inner corner of the other eye.

Wrap the yarn around the eye 3 times until you reach back to the inner corner of the eye.

Insert your needle back into the inner corner of the eye and navigate the needle out through the back of the head where you first started. Weave in ends.

Hope you all enjoyed this pattern!  Don’t forget to tag and feature us on social media for your work and hashtag #crochicstyles and #crochichoneybear
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Hat Not Hate Pattern Round Up

July 4, 2020

As we all know, bullying is a huge problem in today’s society. Every year, Lion Brand Yarns holds an annual anti-bullying campaign to raise awareness and it’s called the “Hat Not Hate” Campaign. You can use the hashtag #hatnothate on your social media platforms to see updates on the campaign or see what others are doing to contribute.

The way crocheters and knitters can help with this campaign is by making blue hats for school-aged children. Simple as that! You can visit their website for their Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for questions such as “Where do I donate the hats?”.

I truly love this campaign. I was bullied as a kid and I know so many others that have been bullied as well. It really leaves a scar for the rest of your life. So, I wanted to do a round up of hat patterns you can use for your contributions. Let’s see what patterns you can make!

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Lots of Dots Beanie

Designer:  Jorie Thompson
Instagram:  @joriesyarn

Pattern Type:  Crochet
Size(s):  Adult (One Size); 18″ Circumference, 8″ Height
Yarn:  Lion Brand Heartland or Paintbox Yarn Simply Aran
Hook:  US I / 5.5 mm

You can purchase this pattern on Ravelry by clicking here.

by Jorie Thompson of jorie's yarn

OAK BARK Beanie

Designer:  Ashley Moran
Instagram:  @wishuponahook

Pattern Type:  Crochet
Size(s): Toddler, Child, Teen/Adult, Large Adult, plus stitch multiples and notes to fully customize the size.
Yarn:  Lion Brand Color Made Easy
Hook:  US K / 6.5 mm and US L / 8.0 mm

You can purchase this pattern on Ravelry by clicking here.

by Ashley Moran of Wish Upon a Hook

CROCHETMOUS Beanie

Designer: Amber Bliss Calderón
Website: Amber Bliss This
Instagram:  @amberblissthis

Pattern Type:  Crochet
Size(s):  Toddler, Child, Teen/Small Adult, Large Adult
Yarn:  Worsted Weight Yarn

You can purchase this pattern on Ravelry by clicking here.
by Amber Bliss Calderón of Amber Bliss This

ROLLING HILLS Beanie

Designer: Kailey G.
Instagram:  @KaileyCaliCrochet

Pattern Type:  Crochet
Size(s): Adult, Child, Toddler
Yarn:  Worsted Weight Yarn Size 4
Hook: US J / 6.00 mm hook (adult); I /5.50mm hook (child and toddler)

You can purchase this pattern on Ravelry by clicking here or on Etsy by clicking here.
 
 
by Kailey G. of Kailey Cali Crochet

Blue Lupine Beanie

Designer:  Bonnie O’Leary
Instagram:  @woodland.stitchcraft

Pattern Type:  Crochet
Size(s): Sizes 0-3 month to Adult (7 total)
Yarn:  Caron Simply Soft
Hook:  US H / 5.0 mm

You can purchase this pattern on Etsy by clicking here.

by Bonnie O'Leary of Woodland Stitchcraft
300x250

LAttice Lace Beanie

Designer:  Raquel Grace
Instagram:  @mommagracecreations

Pattern Type:  Knit
Size(s): Adult, but adjustments are provided for changing the sizing. 
Yarn: Lion Brand Hometown USA or any Super Bulky (Size 6)
Needle Size: US Size 13 / 9 mm 16″ Circular Knitting Needles

You can purchase this pattern on Ravelry by clicking here.

by Raquel Grace of Momma Grace Creations

Persinette Beanie

Designer:  Michelle Muskett
Website:  Tales of Knots
Instagram:  @talesofknots

Pattern Type:  Crochet
Size(s): Adult Large, Adult Small/Teen, Child, Toddler and Baby
Yarn: Lion Brand Heartland or any Medium Worsted (Size 4) Yarn
Hook Size(s): US G+ / 4.50 mm and US I /  5.50 mm

You can find this pattern for free by clicking here.

by Michelle Muskett of Tales of Knots

The Sea Star Sunrise Beanie

Designer:  Melanie
Instagram:  @seastarcrochet

Pattern Type:  Crochet
Size(s): Adult/Teen, Child Large, Child Small, Toddler & Baby
Yarn: Red Heart Yarn Roll With It Tweed
Hook Size(s): US I /  5.50 mm and US J / 6.00 mm

You can purchase this pattern on Etsy by clicking here.

by Melanie of Sea Star Crochet

Pebble road Beanie

Designer:  April Knights
Instagram:  @northernmapleyarndesigns

Pattern Type:  Crochet
Size(s): Adult Women
Yarn: Size 4 Yarn
Hook Size(s):  US H / 5.00 mm

You can purchase this pattern on Etsy by clicking here.

by April Knights of Northern Maple Yarns

ALWAYS BEAUTIFUL Beanie

Designer:  Fallon McNaughton
Website: Teacup Crochet Designs
Instagram:  @teacup_crochet_designs

Pattern Type:  Crochet
Size(s): Child & Adult
Yarn: Red Heart Yarn with Love or Any Worsted Weight 4 Yarn
Hook Size(s):  US J / 6.00 mm

You can purchase this pattern on Etsy by clicking here.

by April Knights of Northern Maple Yarns

full tilt Beanie

Designer:  Sarah Stevens Korth
Instagram:  @sekhandmade
Facebook:  SEKHandmade

Pattern Type:  Tunisian Crochet
Size(s):  Adult
Yarn: Worsted Weight Yarn
Hook Size(s):  US I / 5.50 mm, US J / 6.00 Double Ended Tunisian Hook.

You can purchase this pattern on Ravelry by clicking here or on Etsy by clicking here.

Blog Free Patterns

Unique & Chic Crochet Patterns

June 30, 2020
LoveCrafts

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THE LAZY FRUIT HAMMOCK

The Lazy Fruit Hammock was designed by Patty from CroChic Styles®. This is such a space saver for all of your kitchen counters and it even is a great conversation starter for when guests come over!

Ocean’s Breath Yoga Bag

The Ocean’s Breath Yoga Bag Crochet Pattern was designed by Kelsie from Crafting for Weeks. How stinking cute is this? It’s a perfect way to store your yoga bag when you’re out and about.

Practically Perfect Petit Pots

The Practically Perfect Petit Pots pattern was designed by Michelle from Tales of Knots. The best part? It’s FREE! Snag this good deal and add some modern cozy vibes into your home.

You Call It Can Cozy

The You Call It Can Cozy was designed by Desiree from Crochet Bae Creations. This is perfect if you’re not one to enjoy clammy hands from a sweating can.

Modern Farmhouse Throw

Need a simple and cozy throw in your home? Rachel from Cozy Nook Designs has designed the Modern Farmhouse Throw that would be a perfect addition to any home.

THE WATERFRONT NAPKIN RING

Ariana Hall knows how to make some cute boho chic decor for your dining room.  The Waterfront Napkin Ring is available for free on her blog! 

New Tools from The Hook Nook. An assortment of Hook Nook tools and hooks on a blue background
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5 Reasons Why We Left Etsy to Build Our Handmade Business

June 17, 2020

ETSY IS WHERE WE STARTED

For the record, this blog is not to “bash” Etsy. It’s meant to explain why we moved away from it and why we’re more successful than ever before. When we we first started our handmade business, we sought out Etsy just like many others. The reason? Well, it was the most well known e-commerce platform available for those wanting to sell and purchase handmade items. It seemed like everyone was doing it.

To be honest, it was a great place to start our business. It was user friendly and it taught us a lot about the importance of good product photos, item descriptions, and more. If it wasn’t for Etsy, we wouldn’t be where we are today. Etsy was the perfect test bed for us to see if we could even sell our handmade products online in the first place.

We opened up shop in September 2018 and by June 2019—we made the decision to shut down our Etsy shop and here are a few reasons why:

5 REASONS WE LEFT ETSY

Reason 1:
we found our niche

This was crucial for us and for any successful handmade seller. We talk about this in our blog, 10 Tips to Start Your Handmade Business. It meant we finally found our target audience and we knew how to specifically market to them through our social media platforms. For us, we started with handmade crochet products and then moved towards handmade crochet hooks and crochet patterns. Overtime we learned people weren’t buying our handmade crochet products anymore because we weren’t selling to the customer who wanted the crochet product–we were selling to the crocheter trying to make products for their customers.

Reason 2:
Oversaturation of Sellers

Etsy is oversaturated with small shop owners. As awesome as it is to see so many people striving to have success in selling their handmade products, it made it extremely difficult to be seen and we were being compared to by so many other shops–even with our own niche. What this meant to use was that people were naturally going to compare our products and prices to someone else on Etsy who may be selling themselves short in terms of cost. After talking to a friend who had a Masters degree in entrepreneurship, he recommended that if we didn’t want to be incorrectly compared by so many other shops, then we should build our own website through our own domain. Naturally, we researched into it and we chose to use WordPress with WooCommerce and Amazon Web Services as our web host. Best decision ever!

WooCommerce
WordPress.com
Reason 3:
Inability to “Brand” Ourselves

Etsy limits you on showcasing your shop’s personality. The only thing you really have to use to display your items are products photos, descriptions, shop profile photo, and shop banner. It’s hard to showcase your “brand” with the colors, fonts, etc. when you only have so much wiggle room. When you move to your own domain, you can offer so much more! We were able to put out a lot of information about our shop, policies, blogs, and more. It made it more personal. We can also take the opportunity to outsource links effectively and efficiently for Pinterest, YouTube, blogs, and more. So if you want to stand out from others, move away from a marketplace that has structure and create a domain for yourself though sites such as WordPress or Shopify.

Reason 4:
SELLER FEES

Etsy makes you pay seller fees.  We fully understand why they make you pay seller fees, but that can make a huge inconvenience for you! For every listing, it costs:  $0.20 (per listing) + 3.25% interest + $0.25 transaction fee. We were losing quite a bit of our earnings!  For the amount of items we sell and the cost of our items—it was better to use those fees towards monthly fees of owning our own domain and having the decision to decide how we want to do things. 

Reason 5:
Algorithms

Etsy uses algorithms that keep your items on the featured listings. They recommend that you follow their Seller’s Handbook to be successful and some of that information is valuable, such as having good product photos and product descriptions. On the other hand, they roll out features like “free shipping” and now every shop feels obligated to offer free shipping and change their pricing to meet this newly perceived expectation. In 2018, we were concerned about this roll out.  You know what we learned? Offering free shipping doesn’t matter and we honestly thought it would impact us when we moved away from it on our own domain website. We actually learned that most people like the option to pay for whatever shipping method they prefer. So that’s just an example of how an algorithm can work against you.

SO WHAT HAPPENED AFTER WE LEFT ETSY?

Well, a variety of things happened once we created our own domain we saw the following:

  • People started to recognize our brand and it was not associated with Etsy in conversation..
  • Increased traffic/customers
  • We were able to offer more products and features to our website
  • Increased our social media following
  • Collaborated with other creative makers
  • We had freedom to do what we wanted
  • It created the ability to drive passive income through our website via marketing tools.

Overall, we’re extremely happy with our decision and we hope that other makers consider taking the opportunity to move away from Etsy when they’re ready to showcase their own creative work in way that could potentially grow their business.

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From the Heart to the Hands

June 14, 2020

When I was a kid, I learned my hobby was crafting. I never had a specific craft, but my parents allowed me to dabble into a variety of crafts. I played with beads and really got into jewelry making with wires, but then I was introduced to crocheting when I was 8 years old in 1998.

Like many crocheters, I learned to crochet by a family member, my grandma! I learned to dabble into this craft and worked through a wonky scarf where stitches were inconsistent and my edges were wonky. However, I still practiced! As a military family, we lived far away from where the rest of our extended family members lived. So after I learned while visiting my grandma, my mom had to help me learn. My mom bought me books (because YouTube didn’t exist!) and tried to help me figure out the stitches.

I really enjoyed crocheting as a kid, but as I got into high school, I was made fun of for having a craft that was meant for “grandmas”. Naturally, it made me self-conscious and I put my hook and yarn down and didn’t touch them again until I was about 20 years old in 2010. That was because I noticed on social media people were crocheting toys and that’s when I learned about Amigurimi. So, I got right back at it and made my first Amigurumi and it was a cute little ballerina bunny from the book Amigurumi by Lan-anh Bui. It wasn’t the greatest, but it really made me love to crochet again.

Craft is Therapy

Unfortunately, I was going through my Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree for Exercise Physiology and working full time with the Air Force and I couldn’t put a lot of love and attention to crochet. By 2014, I went through a traumatic experience and fell into depression after an abusive relationship that ended in divorce. During this time, it was important for me to “find myself” again.

I lived in a small town of Enid, Oklahoma while stationed at Vance Air Force Base and was lucky enough to have a Hobby Lobby 5 minutes away from my home. One day I drove myself there and picked up a bunch of yarn on their 30% off sale and ended up spending every day vigorously working through a blanket. I was literally “hooked”.

Crocheting eventually became my therapy. I learned it was very calming and relaxing and it was perfect for me after everything I had been through.

when your ideas become reality

After getting back into crochet, Paul came into my life. I started to post my projects on social media after moving to Alamogordo, New Mexico. Each time I posted a project, friends and family told me I should start selling my products. I honestly never thought to sell my projects, but Paul convinced me to look into Etsy.

So, I opened up an Etsy and I decided to start a business Instagram in 2017 for CroChic Styles® and found Love Crafts and loved the modern crochet patterns I could find and discovered Paintbox Yarns–which was perfect for me because I love having a variety of solid shade options. I was starting to create tons of projects and I loved being able to access different brands in one spot, especially since the town had nothing to offer!

THE HUSBAND AND WIFE crochet TEAM

I became busy working full time and crocheting while at home. Paul began to realize he needed a hobby. Right around this time, I purchased a name brand hook and became frustrated that I could only crochet with it for about 10 minutes due to my hand cramping.

Paul at the time was interested in wood working and I told him he should make crochet hooks and that people would actually like them. He then started to learn how to make a crochet hook for me and let’s just say it wasn’t very…functional. He eventually got good at it and I asked the famous question–“Can you make this sparkly?”

That’s when Paul looked into resin and that’s when the CroChic full resin ergonomic crochet hook was born! When we realized we had a niche and had a unique hook, we left Etsy and pursued our own website to sell our products.

It was the best decision we ever made and we love that our hobbies work so well together. We can still spend quality time together and still enjoy our hobbies and share the love of crochet with others! It has been an amazing journey and so much fun. We hope one day this can grow into a stand alone shop that isn’t inside of our garage–boy would that be a dream come true!

Free Crochet Patterns

Crochet Bra Cup Sizing

May 22, 2020

Crochet bra cups can be such a daunting task. Everyone has different size breasts and it’s so hard to cater to all of these sizes, so naturally we (as in us crocheters) steer clear of even making anything with bra cups!

The Summer season brings in a lot of halter tops and bikinis that require knowledge on how to make a crochet bra cup. I made a ton of halter tops last year and I had to go through so much trial and error for fitting, but I finally got it down once I figured out sizing standards.

There are a lot of things to consider when creating a bra cup:

  • Stitch Type.  Stitches like the Double Crochet (DC) and Half-Double Crochet (HDC) stitches can have gaps/spaces between each stitch, which may create mini Janet Jackson moment where you show a nipple. I always opt for the Single Crochet (SC) stitch because it’s simple, tight, and builds confidence for the individual wearing it.
  • Dimension.  You don’t want a flat cup! We want shape and dimension or else we have a side boob situation and not many women want that. 
  • Cup Width.  The width of your cup can be of individual preference; however, you typically want to ensure that the cups are wide enough to cover the breasts properly. Further down in this blog, you can see a basic size chart that can be used as reference to size your cups.
  • Fiber Type.  Most crocheters that are making bra cups are using the cups for bikini tops and halter tops. If that’s the case, it’s likely the individual wearing the top is going to be in a hot environment. Cotton is by far one of the best fibers to use . In my experience, mercerized cotton probably isn’t the best choice (i.e., Lion Brand 24/7, Yarnspirations Paton Grace, etc). I only say that because I think regular cotton yarns like Paintbox Yarns Cotton Aran and Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK are perfect and look much nicer for the finished product.  This is totally an individual preference!

Basic triangle bra cup pattern

Materials for Pattern Tutorial:

  • 3.75 mm / F Crochet Hook (I’m a tight stitcher, so you can use a 3.50 mm)
  • Paintbox Yarns Cotton Aran or any other Weight 4 Yarn
  • Measuring Tape

Pattern Notes:

  • This pattern creates a triangle cup that can be modified for sizing preference.
  • Every person has a different body and shape. These are recommended sizes and you can adjust as needed.
  • In the “3 SC” of each row, add a stitch marker into the 2nd SC. This will help you know where to place your “3 SC” in each row.
  • Your Foundation Row should measure approximately 3 Inches. If you want to change the number of chains to meet this length, a chart is available below. You will need to add or subtract 2 stitches for each chain you add or subtract to the Foundation Row.
  • Please watch our YouTube Video tutorial for assistance.
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Foundation Row:  Chain 15 (This should measure approximately 3 Inches)

Row 1: In the 2nd Chain from the hook, SC 13 across. In the next stitch, 3 SC. Working on the opposite side of your row, SC 13. Ch 1, turn. (29 sts).  

Row 2: Starting in the first stitch, SC 14 across. In the next stitch, 3 SC. SC 14. Ch 1, turn. (31 sts)

Row 3: Starting in the first stitch, SC 15 across. In the next stitch, 3 SC. SC 15. Ch 1, turn. (33 sts)

Row 4: Starting in the first stitch, SC 16 across. In the next stitch, 3 SC. SC 16. Ch 1, turn. (35 sts)

Continue this pattern sequence until you reach your desired cup width (see chart below)

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Paintbox Yarns Review | Our Favorite Yarn!

March 20, 2020

I first learned about Paintbox Yarns through Instagram in the Fall of 2018. They caught my eye when I saw that I could get a variety of yarn weights in so many different color ways! If you know me, I dug through and did my research on them and found that they were a part of LoveCrafts, which was new to me too!

As I went through the website and shopping features, I learned that this was a legit business and loved everything they had to offer between the ideas, free patterns and variety of yarns to purchase. At the time, they had a sale on their yarns and naturally I went ahead and made my first purchase of the Paintbox Yarns.

When I started to take crochet more serious as a business, I began creating my first design–The Bailey Booties. I made these booties out of DK acrylic yarn and if you’ve ever searched for this type of yarn…the variety of colors can be extremely limited. So when I found that Paintbox offered 50 shades of colors in the Paintbox Yarns Simply DK and that’s when they won me over!

So here is my review on the yarn (you can also check out our YouTube Review):

Availability

This yarn is only available through Love Crafts. You can purchase the yarn in single skein, a pack of 5, or a pack of 10. I know many people are “in person shoppers” (I am most definitely one of those!), but you can always take advantage of their sales to try out their yarn selection because you can save a lot of money through their sales and with their free shipping option. The good part is that if you’re worried about trying out this yarn, you can order you favorite tried and true brands (i.e., Lion Brand, etc.) you can find in the big box craft stores and tack on a skein of the Paintbox Yarns.

Material Price and Value

As I mentioned earlier, Love Crafts does a variety of sales and many times you can get a 15%, 20%, or 30% off your entire purchase. If it’s your first time, ordering with them, they offer you a 15% off discount! You also have the opportunity to get free shipping on purchases over $60. Does this mean you have to buy $60 worth of Paintbox Yarns? Nope! This could include crochet/knitting patterns, other yarn brands, tools, etc. within the order. Also, I’ve been able to use their 30% off sale and stack my 20% off loyalty customer coupon that I received from them during my last purchase and got 50% off! Talk about a steal.

There are plenty of brands with similar fibers and can be found in stores easily, but when I get the sale and the free shipping–I can actually beat out the prices you find in big box stores. So it really just depends on your preference!

Color Variety

You can’t beat it. I’ve done Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Jo-Ann’s, Yarnspirations, and Lion Brand and this brand has by far the biggest color selection you can get! Although I love these brands, I love that Paintbox Yarns offer various shades of blue, pink, green, etc. and not just one single color of the colorway you’re looking for.

Delivery and Packaging

As I said earlier, the only way to order is online. However, once you order online, you can typically get this yarn within a week. It’s a UK based company and shipping can average 7-10 business days. I’ve never had a problem with shipping time and I’ve been very happy with the quality of packaging. All of my shipping has been done out of Hazelwood, MO (near St. Louis, MO) and I’ve received my order within a few days.

Typically the yarn is packed into a gold bag that ties up and I love using those bags for our crochet product orders. Might as well re-use them right!? However, I learned during my most recent purchase of the 10 Pack Cotton DK, I received the yarn in a plastic wrap. To be honest, I actually liked it more because I felt like they were not squished together and the packages came out cleaner. After doing a few orders of 10 packs, 5 packs and single skeins, I’ve learned that you receive a tie up bag for orders done in singles and 5 packs. The 10 pack is the only one that comes in plastic.

Working with the Yarn

When pulling from the center of the skein, I rarely deal with yarn puke that tangles into a hot mess. I can usually get a clean pull from the center, but sometimes I have to grab a small chunk of the center out. I never deal with knots! It’s great not having a tangled mess. I also love that when I use our handmade CroChic Styles Ergonomic Crochet Hooks or generic brand hooks, the yarn never splits on me like other brands I’ve worked with.

The yarn is extremely easy to work with and glides so well. It isn’t advertised as a low-pilling fiber, but it is pretty low-pill in my opinion.

Overall Review: HIGHLY RECOMMEND! You should at least try and give them a chance if you’re looking for the perfect color way for your project. You may find yourself hooked on it!

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Historical Collections

February 1, 2020

At CroChic Styles, we offer various “Collections” throughout the year.  These collections for a certain period of time that allows a customer to place an order.  When a collection is no longer available, it is deemed as a “historical collection”.

Does this meant that we will never make the hook again?  No. What it does mean is there is an opportunity to contact us about placing a custom order. We will always do our best to fulfill a request; however, it will always depend on the demand of our master hook maker, Paul.

  • 1st Generation Hooks:  These hooks were a part of our first launch of crochet hooks in June 2019. These were made of an in-line style hook.
  • 2nd Generation Hooks:  These hooks were a part of our second launch of “Fall Collection” crochet hooks in September 2019. Due to overwhelming demand of tapered hooks, we decided to stick to making a tapered hook design.
  • 3rd Generation Hooks: These hooks were a part of our “Winter Collection” launch in November 2019. The hook’s transition from the handle to the shaft was developed in a way for it to smoothly blend in with one another to make it easier for crocheters and less knicking of the yarn! 

spring/summer collection 2020
3rd generation hook

limited edition COLLECTIONs 2019

Winter Collection 2019
3rd generation hook

fall COLLECTION 2019
2nd generation

FAiry tale COLLECTION 2019
2nd Generation

Crochet Stitches

Feather Stitch

January 27, 2020

Skill Level:

Intermediate to Advanced

Stitches/Abbreviations Used:

Ch(s). Chain(s)
HDC(s). Half-Double Crochet(s)
St(s). Stitch(es)
YO. Yarn Over

Foundation Row: Chain in multiples of 2+1

For the purpose of this tutorial, we will complete 21 Chs.

Row 1: Ch 1, turn. HDC in the 2nd Ch from the hook. HDC 20. (21 sts)

Row 2: Ch 1, turn. In 1st St, *(HDC, Skip a St, Ch 1). Repeat * until the last st. HDC in last st. (21 sts)

Row 3: Ch 1, turn. In the 1st st, HDC. Ch 1. Feather stitch (read below) until the last st. HDC in last st. (21 sts)

Feather Stitch. YO into Ch 1 space (3 loops on hook). YO and insert hook into the skipped stitch 2 rows down. YO and pull yarn up (5 loops on hook). YO and insert hook into the next Ch 1 space (7 loops on hook). YO and pull yarn through all 7 loops on the hook. Ch 1.

Row 4: Same as Row 1, except you will insert hook into the Ch 1 space, 2 rows down, instead of “insert hook into the skipped stitch 2 rows down”.

Note: When doing another Feather Stitch, you will begin in the same Ch 1 space where you just ended the last Feather Stitch.

Last Row: Ch 1, turn. In 1st st, HDC 21 across.

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