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Introducing my newest crochet design, the Teardrop Top for all sizes.  There are a lot of cute crochet top patterns out there for the small and skinny, but not very many for the gals with bigger breasts. Upon further research, I found out that the average bra size in the US is a 36DD! This is bigger than I thought and I wanted to design a top that would fit all sizes and also be comfortable for those of us that have large breasts. I bypassed the halter top design so there would be less pressure on the neck, the...

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   Just to be honest, I haven't seen Outlander yet, but this TV show inspired shawl was a special request from a friend of the family. With a little creative freedom, I choose my favorite earth toned yarns and went big! I used a basic triangle shawl pattern in double crochet. This is fundamentally a one row repeat pattern, with the exception that I mixed in a few rows of X stitches, or criss cross stitches, to give it a little texture and some small eyelets. The shawl is over 50" long but the top edge can be folded over for an extra thick...

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Congratulations! If you are reading this, you have survived the year 2020. This new year is especially exciting as it means I have completed my first ever crochet temperature blanket. It was last New Years that I heard about temperature blankets and was so inspired to start one immediately for what felt like would be an iconic year.  There are many ways to do a temperature blanket but this is the way I did mine. I picked the daily high temperature because it is a consistent and exact recorded number. I tried at first to do the average temperature, but that...

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Introducing my newest design, the Alpine Beanie!   It's been a few weeks of tedious stitch counting and variable tweaking to get this pattern just right. I was brainstorming a fun stitch for a beanie and I love the aesthetic of the waffle stitch. Upon research, I discovered the diamond waffle stitch and fell into an obsession with it. I knew it would make a gorgeous hat that would compliment a fur pompom with that euro/mountain vibe. Hence the name, Alpine Beanie. I am happy to share with you not only the written pattern, but also the video tutorial, and a collection of wonderful beanies for sale in...

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Halloween 2020 is here! And no virus is getting in the way of me making another costume and dressing up on the one day it is socially acceptable. I start planning my costume months in advance, because I make it from scratch and it takes a lot of time. You could say I've been brainstorming this one for years, but felt like this year especially was the right one for the red cape because whatever I end up doing will surely be outside in the cold since indoor gatherings have been off limits pretty much all year.  Little red riding hood, a...

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