The Playful Penguin Blanket Applique Pattern is a cute crochet little critter that can be added to just about any crochet project. This free crochet pattern is an excerpt from the Playful Penguin Blanket by Alessandra Hayden (I love her designs). This blanket and with the cute penguin applique will be a crowd favorite baby shower gift.
This week’s Free Pattern Friday is the Free Crochet One Skein Soft Essentials Cowl. This pattern uses the post stitches to create its texture and next to the delicate lace shell stitch. This is a great project to learn a new stitch and use a new yarn on the market exclusive to Michaels, Red Heart Soft Essentials Stripes.
For many of us it is the time of the year when we need to get out our cold weather accessories. It is always a treat to be able to have something new to add to our collection. This cowl is made with one skein of Red Heart Soft Essentials Stripes. This yarn is part of the Soft Yarn family but now in BULKY weight!
The stitch pattern I used for the cowl only has a 14 stitch multiple and two rows making it easily memorizable. It is a fun stitch pattern using post stitches to make crochet cables along with a lace shell stitch. Not sure you know what those stitches are? No worries, I did a video to show you how to do it!
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I don’t think that I have had enough of the planned pooling crochet trend yet, how about you? I have already shown you how to start your planned pooling project in my Best Crochet Planned Pooling Post and in my 10 Secretes to Crochet Planned Pooling. In this post I want to address what to do with the left over starting chains that you might have, let’s talk about Planed Pooling Crochet Finishing Starting Chains.
When you start your planned pooling project I recommend, in my Best Crochet Planned Pooling Video Post, that you should start your project with a longer starting chain than you think you need. This will allow you adjust where the stitches should be in the first row. The question becomes, “What do I do with those remaining chains when I finish?”. This may seem like a complicated question but really it is quite an easy problem to address. I will answer that question for you in the video below. [Read more…]
As many of you know I will be doing quite a bit of teaching this year. My first show of the year will be the Pittsburg Knit and Crochet Festival. This is my first year attending the event and I am so excited. I wanted to share with you the list of Pittsburg Knit and Crochet Festival classes with Marly Bird.
The event will take place this March 24, 25, and 26th at the David L Convention Center in Pittsburg PA. There are quite a few events running during the main event that you will want to be sure to check out. Not only can you take classes with some wonderful teachers but you can also attend the marketplace, the kick off luncheon and mini workshop with StevenBe, stop by the movie room or the creative open studio, be apart of the 1 Million Pillowcase challenge (benefits UPMC Cancer Center) and visit the Marker Space where all attendees can make a new craft to take home. [Read more…]