Brenda K.B. Anderson’s pattern book, Beastly Crochet, wasn’t specifically intended to be a book of Halloween patterns. However, if you celebrate Halloween, October is a great time for crocheting the patterns in the book. That’s because this pattern collection is all Halloween friendly.
For example, let’s take the critters on the Beastly Crochet book cover (pictured.) If you look closely at their mouths, you’ll see these little monsters are stuffed with candy. They’re the perfect storage units for all the Halloween candy your little trick-or-treaters or party-goers might collect on Halloween night. Cute, aren’t they? You can crochet and felt them using the pattern and instructions given in this book.
If you want to make Halloween costumes for yourself or a child you know, this book has patterns you could use. There’s a super cute pattern for Sasquatch Slippers and Mittens, which I think might also work as bear claws. So you could dress up as a sasquatch or a bear if you make these. There’s also a vampire hat which could be the basis for an interesting Halloween costume.
The sweet skull hairpins are totally Halloween friendly. If those aren’t quite what you had in mind, you can check out bunches more knit and crochet skull patterns on our website. The link takes you to a list that’s mostly free patterns aside from the ones included in this book. The book also includes a sugar skull bag pattern, which I think is a little creepy — but I guess that’s the idea, right?
One of the fantastic things about this book is that the patterns are great for Halloween, but you can also use them at other times too. That translates to a great value for the time and money you spend on both the book and the projects. A big thumbs up to that!
Overall I really enjoyed this book, which tells you a lot since I am not someone who ordinarily enjoys crocheting skulls or creepy projects.
It’s September. Is it snowing yet? No? Well who cares if it’s too early for a blizzard; I love crocheting snowflakes.
Here at KnittingandCrochet.net, snowflakes are one of our favorite design themes. There’s something irresistible about them; every time I see one, it seems to me that their symmetry and their intricacy just beg to be captured in crochet. I adore beaded crochet snowflakes,filet crochet snowflakes, and just about every other type of snowflake you could dream of.
Where to Find Snowflake Patterns and Other Fancy Crochet Hexagon Motifs
There are bunches of places you can go to grab gorgeous snowflake patterns. One of my favorite resources for hexagon-shaped crochet motif patterns that you can use for making snowflakes is a book called Crochet Kaleidoscope by Sandra Eng, published by Interweave. This book includes a spectacular variety of different motif patterns, plus finished projects like blankets, a table runner and others. So if you don’t want to spend all your crafting time making snowflakes, you’ll be able to use this book for crocheting some snowflakes as well as some other sorts of projects, too.
If you’d prefer to have a pattern book that’s completely dedicated to crocheted snowflake patterns, check out Crochet Snowflakes Step-By-Step by Caitlin Sainio. This book is published by St. Martin’s Griffin. If you’re a beginner to crochet, this is exactly the book you want — because it has some beginner-friendly projects, plus each snowflake is demonstrated using step-by-step color photo tutorials. The book also includes international symbol crochet charts, which are easy and intuitive to understand.
More Crochet Snowflake Patterns:
Be sure to check out our list of snowflake crochet patterns, which includes some excellent free snowflake patterns as well as some options for snowflake patterns for sale
(that are worth the money, in my opinion).
More Wonderful Crochet Patterns for Winter:
I hope you’ll take advantage of these and all the other outstanding winter knitting and crochet patterns we’ve made available for you — and that you’ll enjoy them. Many of our winter crochet patterns are available for free.
Here’s a fun limerick I wrote awhile back in celebration of joining crochet motifs as you go:
Piles of projects have ends that are loose.
Their numbers, I’d like to reduce.
So I’ve learned to join as I go.
Although it is slow,
There’s no longer any excuse.
Once you learn how to do join-as-you-go crochet motifs, you’ll love how you won’t have to weave in zillions of loose ends when you’ve finished your projects. It’s definitely a technique worth learning.
Check out Continuous Crochet and Seamless Crochet, two books by Kristin Omdahl that explore the join-as-you-go technique in depth. In my opinion, Seamless Crochet is the go-to reference on this topic. I had a hard time wrapping my head around how to turn any crochet motif pattern into a join-as-you-go pattern until I read this book. Continuous Crochet is a follow-up to that book featuring even more amazing, up-to-date clothing and accessory patterns that require minimal finishing.
I enjoy savoring a cup of organic herbal tea and a sweet treat with my family — perhaps some fruit, a bowl of yogurt or a freshly baked treat. What I don’t love: burning my fingers on a hot teapot or teacup. Between all the cooking and baking we do and our newly instituted afternoon tea time tradition, the potholders I crochet get bunches of use around our place.
We recently moved several times, and we couldn’t take everything (truthfully, we couldn’t take much of anything) with us. Our old potholders were left behind when we made the transition — so I’ve been crocheting new ones. I’m super proud of how they’re turning out. If you’d enjoy crocheting some of your own lovely new potholders for tea time, dinnertime or any time, I think you’ll be excited to get your hands on the patterns I’ve been using. Want to take a peek at a couple of my new favorites?
The Sunny Daisy Crochet Potholder
To create the golden daisy-themed crochet potholder you see pictured here, I used two different octagon motifs from Sandra Eng’s amazing new book called Crochet Kaleidoscope, published by Interweave:
Motif #98 — motif #98 is an 8-pointed star motif with a crochet flower in the center. If you choose a golden-yellow yarn for the center of the flower and a white yarn for the flower petals, the way I did here, the flower resembles a daisy. Of course, you could customize your potholders by choosing any yarn colors that match your tea set, your dinnerware, your bakeware, your kitchen or your dining room décor. I used Cascade 220 wool yarns to crochet this potholder.
As far as crochet flower patterns go, this daisy is a really easy one; it isn’t complicated at all. There are lots of other ways you could use it besides just making potholders. You could incorporate the same design into a crochet daisy blanket, a doily or lots of other sorts of projects.
Motif #97 — motif #97 is an octagon shape with another polygonal shape in the center. This polygon could be interpreted as a sun or a star. I’m choosing to think of it as a sun for this particular design.
After crocheting these two motifs, I whip stitched them together to create a double-thick potholder that’s extra protective (no more burnt fingers!). Then I added a simple shell stitch edging around the outside, placing 2 shells comprised of 5 double crochet stitches on each of the potholder’s 8 sides (these are alternated with slip stitches). In the same round, I also added a hanging loop comprised of 15 chain stitches.
The finishing touch is a round of surface crochet slip stitches worked in white yarn in the spot where the white ground of the potholder touches the golden yellow edging. It’s interesting to me that this looks quite a bit like a round potholder or crochet mandala after adding the edging — although you can tell it’s an octagon shape if you look carefully (especially at the back).
If you do all your stitching carefully, the potholder turns out totally reversible — with a daisy or other flower on the front and a sun or star on the back.
I’m working on trying bunches of other variations on this design using other colors and perhaps (we’ll see) other edgings and other details. I’ll be excited to share information about how they turn out.
Vintage Potholder From Crochet Loom Blooms by Haafner Linssen
Crochet Loom Blooms is one of my new favorite craft books. The patterns in the book are simply beautiful! One of the patterns is called “Vintage Potholder”. I crocheted a modification of this design, and I couldn’t be more thrilled with how it turned out. Take a look!
Isn’t it gorgeous? I LOVE IT!
The Crochet Loom Blooms book is simply amazing. It’s filled with patterns and instructions for making lovely flowers using a flower loom and then finishing them with crochet work. The technique works well for making potholders, blankets, throws, shawls, wraps, doilies and bunches of other projects. This flower loom technique is a fun and interesting way to mix things up a little and keep your crochet from getting repetitive or boring. If you want to learn a new craft without introducing a huge learning curve, this is definitely the way to go; I found the flower loom technique to be intuitive and easy to understand — especially since the author of the book, Haafner Linssen, has provided such clear and helpful instructions for the technique.
Don’t worry if fancy floral potholders aren’t your thing; there are zillions of other crochet potholder patterns available in a dazzling variety of different design styles. If you want basic potholders, textured potholders, striped potholders, snowflake potholders, Christmas potholders or just about any other type of potholders imaginable, you’ll find excellent pattern suggestions on our page of knit and crochet potholder patterns. Many, but not all, of the patterns we’ve suggested on that page are free patterns.
Find More Flower Loom Crochet Resources
If the flower loom crochet technique interests you, we invite you to check out our page on the topic. You’ll find information about some of the flower looms and pattern books that are currently available.
Updated 7-21-2015: — We have a couple of giveaway winners!
I love the apron top of the volumen 2 and the boleros of volume 1. Both to crochet for mg niece. But in general I loved your designs!!
Maria, congrats on winning Imagical Seasons Crochet volume 1, the spring patterns!
The headband and lace edgings are really cute! I like the pink lace top for girls, too.
Sara, congrats on winning Imagical Seasons Crochet volume 1, the summer patterns!
Maria and Sara, please be sure to check your email ASAP (including your spam folder, just in case.) I’m hoping to hear back from you before 7-23-2015 at midnight, Eastern time, to confirm your contact information and other details. After I hear back from you, I will forward your info to the book’s publicist so she can connect you with your copy of the book you won.
Thanks so much to everyone who entered the giveaway! Please know that I really appreciate your interest, and I also really appreciate the great response from all of you. Your presence here in this community means a lot to me and Mike!
Hello everyone! Today is July 13, 2015 and you’ve arrived at the first stop on the blog tour for two of Alla Koval’s latest crochet pattern books. These books are the first two publications in a series called “Imagical Seasons: Crochet Couture for Kids 2-12.”
Do you enjoy any of the following?
Crocheting lovely baby blankets or coverlets
Crocheting gorgeous, feminine lace projects
Crocheting clothing or accessories for girls aged 2-12
Crocheting projects for warm-weather using spring or summer crochet patterns
If you answered “yes” to one or more of these questions, I think you’re going to want to get in on this giveaway — and you’ll probably also want to take a closer look at these two new crochet pattern collections that offer you the opportunity to enjoy all of the above options.
Volume 1 of the Imagical Seasons collection is devoted to spring crochet patterns, and Volume 2 is devoted to summer crochet patterns. These books are delightful compilations of lovely, lacy projects including baby blankets, girls’ accessories, girls’ clothing, and components like lace edgings and motifs.
These books include helpful, detailed instructions including symbol crochet charts, schematics and written instructions. So whichever type of instructions you prefer, you’re covered.
Want more info about these books? Please be sure to take a look at my detailed book reviews and the product detail pages at Amazon.com:
One lucky winner will receive a copy of Volume 1, Spring; and another lucky winner will receive a copy of Volume 2, Summer, compliments of the publisher and Alla Koval. The giveaway is open worldwide, except where prohibited by law. Winners in the USA and Canada can choose between a paperback copy of the book or a digital copy. Winners outside the USA will receive digital downloads. Winners are responsible for paying any taxes or duties that may be imposed in their country or area.
How to Enter the Giveaway:
The winner will be randomly selected from among qualifying comments on this blog post.
Want to win one of these books? Here’s how to get your entries in the drawings:
Take a look at my reviews and the Amazon product pages, linked above.
Come back to this page and leave a comment telling us which project in each book you’d be most excited to make!
To get up to two extra entries in the giveaway, you can post a link to my book reviews of the Imagical Seasons crochet books in your crochet blog, craft blog or personal blog — then leave an additional comment on this post letting me know where to find your links.
Be sure to include a functioning email address (one that you actually check!) when you comment — so we have a way to contact you if you win the book. If you enter your email address in the spot where our blogging software directs you to enter it, it will not be displayed with your comment. For your own privacy, PLEASE do not put your email address in the text of your actual comment.
Post your comment any time before July 19, 2015 at midnight (Eastern Standard Time.)
If all goes according to plan, we’ll contact the winners by email shortly thereafter — and I’ll try my best to announce the winners on the blog sometime the week of July 20th. I ask that you have patience if the announcement is not made immediately. I am pregnant, and it’s close to the time of my baby’s due date. If my little one decides to make an unexpected early appearance, there will be a delay in making the announcement. Thanks so much for your understanding.
More Highlights From the Blog Tour:
Click here to check out some insights crochet designer Alla Koval has shared about this brand new series of crochet pattern books — plus bunches of other interesting tips and tidbits that any crochet enthusiast will find helpful. Alla discusses a variety of topics, including tips for new crocheters, insights about what it’s like to write a book, and the scoop on some of her absolute favorite crochet resources. You won’t want to miss this!
SPECIAL DEAL for Blog Tour Participants! — Buy the print edition for $24.95 and receive the digital download for free (retail value $19.95). To take advantage of this deal, use promo code IMAGICAL.
Best wishes to all of you with your giveaway entries! Can’t wait to see who the winners will be — and best of all, I cannot wait to see the fabulous projects y’all will be crocheting once you get your hands on these beautiful patterns.
Photo Credits: Book cover photos are courtesy of Alla Koval/IMagicalSeasons.com
Disclosure: The publisher provided me with a review copy of these books. I’ve done my best to express my honest, carefully-considered opinion about the books on this page and in my review. There is no financial relationship, or for that matter any relationship, between me and the publisher, or between me and the author. The Amazon links in this post are affiliate links.
Do you enjoy crocheting for a girl aged between 2 and 12 years old — perhaps a daughter, granddaughter, sister, niece or friend? Or perhaps your charity crochet efforts involve making beautiful things for girls in this age group.
I’m thinking those of you do enjoy crocheting for young ladies will be super excited to preview this sneak peek of a new crochet lace pattern collection for girls. These are all summer-friendly patterns that are ideal for both working on and wearing in the warm weather months. They’re beautiful, feminine designs that will appeal to little girls.
These finished projects would make fantastic gifts. It’s notoriously challenging to find suitable summer crochet patterns to use for making birthday gifts. If your beloved girl was born in the summer months, this collection is definitely worth taking a look at, because it offers many lovely gift-worthy project ideas.
These projects would also be useful Christmas gifts for those in warm climates. I’m thinking Californians and Floridians are going to get lots of mileage out of this book, because many of the designs would be useful year-round in warm-weather regions.
This book also includes a couple of gorgeous blanket patterns. Are you in need of a summertime baby shower gift, a summer coverlet for a girl’s bed, or a fabulous project for a Project Linus donation? If so, I think you’re likely to want to get your hands on a copy of this book.
Want to “meet” the book’s author, Alla Koval, and find out some of the interesting insights she has shared about this book, her book-writing process and her favorite crochet resources? If so, I invite you to check out this designer interview with Alla Koval. I found it interesting to learn about her take on what it’s like to write a book, the latest trends that are influencing her design work, and her other favorite crafts and hobbies.
If you want to try to win a copy of the book for yourself, I suggest visiting here again tomorrow morning, July 13, 2015 for the first giveaway! We’re celebrating the release of this gorgeous pattern collection with a virtual book tour. You’ll be able to visit 10 different blogs to find out more about the book and how other crocheters like it. My fellow crochet bloggers and I be sharing the full scoop, including the following:
Bunches more project photos
A special offer you can take advantage of
Interviews with the author; you’ll find insights about some of her favorite crochet stitches and resources; her take on the latest developing crochet trends; helpful hints any crochet enthusiast can use; plus insights into her process for learning how to crochet, writing a book, pattern design, and more.
Book reviews with more details about the projects, and about what these patterns are like to work on
Not to mention, of course, the part I’m sure you’ll be looking forward to the most: the book giveaways!
You won’t want to miss this…
I’ll be your hostess at the first stop on the blog tour, and I’m kicking it off right here tomorrow morning at 8 am, Eastern time, if all goes according to plan.
Best wishes to all of you with your giveaway entries! Can’t wait to see who the winners will be — and best of all, I cannot wait to see the fabulous projects y’all will be crocheting once you get your hands on these beautiful patterns.
Photo Credits: All photos courtesy of Alla Koval/IMagicalSeasons.com, and used with permission.
Disclosure: The publisher provided a complimentary review copy of this book. This is not a compensated review, and there is no financial or other relationship between me and the book publisher, or me and the author. I’ve done my best to post an unbiased review offering my honest opinions about the book and its pros and cons. The links included in this post and in my book reviews are affiliate links.
Amy, first of all, I am very glad to be in touch with you again! I am newly physically disabled because of back surgery, and have always loved to crochet. This Tunisian stitch is new to me, and I cannot wait to give it a try. The item, Favorite Skirt, is very pretty and I would love to give it a try. The Thumbless Mittens would be my first project because I know how little ones can scratch their faces with their fingernails! I would love to win this great project book, but if not, I will save up until I can purchase it!
Yvonne, congrats on winning the giveaway! I am glad to be back in touch with you as well! Thanks for dropping by. I am so sorry to hear about your back surgery. 🙁 I think — hope — that you are going to LOVE Tunisian crochet. If you would like to share pictures of your baby mittens, skirt or other projects from the book, please drop me an email; I’d love to post them for everyone to admire.
This Giveaway Is Now Closed. Thanks to Everyone Who Entered!
Hello everyone! Today is October 6, 2014, and you’ve arrived at the latest stop on the blog tour for Sharon Hernes Silverman’s latest crochet pattern book called Tunisian Crochet for Baby. Welcome!
Today I’m posting a fun Giveaway for this book. Read on for the details!
Tunisian Crochet for Baby is both a crochet pattern book and a technique book. The book includes 23 patterns for baby projects, all of which can be hand crocheted using interesting Tunisian crochet stitches. Unless you are really experienced with Tunisian crochet, there are probably some stitches included in this book that you haven’t learned yet.
To help you beat the learning curve, the book includes helpful step-by-step photo tutorials showing you what to do to achieve success with these projects.
One lucky winner will receive a copy of this title, compliments of Stackpole Books and Sharon Silverman. The winner will be randomly selected from among qualifying comments on this blog post.
Want to win this book? Here’s how to get an entry in the drawing:
Take a look at the book preview, and my review.
Come back to this page and leave a comment telling us which project in the book you’d be most excited to make!
Be sure to include a functioning email address (one that you actually check!) when you comment — so we have a way to contact you if you win the book. If you enter your email address in the spot where our WordPress blogging software directs you to enter it, it will not be displayed with your comment. For your own privacy, PLEASE do not put your email address in the text of your actual comment.
Post your comment any time before October 13, 2014, midnight (Eastern Standard Time.)
If all goes according to plan, we’ll contact the winner by email shortly thereafter — and the winner will be announced on the blog sometime the week of October 13. I ask that you have patience if the announcement is not made immediately. I live on a sailboat; where I am currently docked, the marina Internet connection is intermittent and unreliable, and sometimes I am not able to get online for hours or days at a time. Thanks for your understanding.
Important Notes: This giveaway is open to anyone who a) has a mailing address in the USA and b) is not prohibited from entering by local or state law in their area. Void where prohibited by law.
Disclosure: Stackpole Books provided me with a review copy of the book. I’ve done my best to express my honest, carefully-considered opinion about the book on this page and in my review. This is NOT a sponsored post; there is no financial relationship between me and Stackpole Books, or between me and the author.
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