Aliza Beanie

Today is pattern release day for the Aliza Beanie! As the days keep growing cooler and the trees are sharing their fall splendor, you may need a new hat to make! As I was making hats for the Hat Not Hate campaign my mind was thinking of new designs! I thought is would be fun to use front post stitches and a front post cluster. And this hat will look great in a solid color but in multiple colors it is spectacular!

This sample is worked up in WeCrochet Brava Sport using Sky, Denim Solstice Heather. And even with all this color changing you will still only have 2 ends per color!

This sample is worked up in StyleCraft Special DK in Silver, Magenta, Khaki and Aspen.

And to celebrate the release of this pattern and all my other hat patterns, it is 50% off in my Etsy Shop! Or use coupon code hatnothate on Ravelry for 50% off! It is time to get started on making hats for Hats Not Hate!

Introducing…

the Regina Pullover Top! It is a lace Tunisian Crochet top worked from the hem up to the shoulders in 2 pieces; front and back. The yarn used for this design is fingering wt. It starts at the hem with reverse stitches, then transitions into the lace stitches in a two-row repeat for the body.

Regina top in Rhythm Knits Yarn

Then back to working reverse stitches for the neckline and shoulders. After the first shoulder is worked, stitching continues down the first shoulder working across the neckline to work the second shoulder. Once the pieces are blocked then the seaming begins, first the shoulders, then the sides including the sleeves. I think one of the best things about crochet is lace and how it makes a light weight gorgeous design that dresses up a tank top or a dress…

Ila Quinn made her Regina Top in Woolike

I love how Ila Quinn (@ilaquinndesigns) from Ila Quinn Designs is modeling her Regina Top over this beautiful dress. She made hers in Woolike by Loops & Thread an acrylic blend fingering wt.

Heather (@hstitches81) made hers with 2 bright beautiful colors creating this two-tone top…

Heather used Yarn Bee Sock wt.

Harpreet (@karta_n_krit) used a multi-color yarn for her Regina Top…

Multi-color in a slightly thick fingering wt.

Susan (@nozbelekb) is working up hers in this beautiful blue shade…

A wool blend yarn

Marialaina (@hookedbyhoot) is working on her Regina top in this beautiful multi-color fingering wt…

Yarn from The Lemonade Shop

So far I have made two tops and thinking about making another…

Regina Top in Casual Fashion Queen

The Regina Top is an intermediate pattern but even a beginner can do it too! Links to shop this pattern are available on the home page!

Spread love & kindness!

Enjoy!

FreeForm Crochet

Have you ever tried FreeForm Crochet? I first learned about Freeform Crochet when I checked out from the library, the book, The Crochet Workshop by Sylvia Cosh & James Walters which then lead to The Art of Crochet by Del Pitt Feldman. These books have become a part of my personal library. I have also taken a few classes from Myra Wood, on Craftsy and at Crochet Guild of America Chainlink Conferences. So eventually I joined the International FreeForm Fiberarts Guild (IFFFG), anyone can join and create art in Crochet or any Fiberart, and I have been contributing to their yearly challenge for the past 6 years! This year the challenge theme was Architecture, Buildings & Cityscapes.

As soon as the theme was decided, I knew I wanted to create a piece that represented our collective humanity, all of us together, every shade of skin! The first skin tone yarns I bought were from Mitchell’s Creations featured on Crafty is Cool. Originally, I thought I would make my piece with only Terra’s (Mitchell’s Creations)yarn, but…

Mitchell’s Creations Skin Tones

My idea thought was to build community and to do that I needed to include all the skin and skein tones of yarn. So I bought all the skin tones from Crafty is Cool

Crafty is Cool Skin Tones

Then all the skein tones from Lion Brand

Lion Brand Skein Tones

And all the Afro Melanin Magic from Bzy Peach

Skin tones by Bzy Peach

For my interpretation of this year’s challenge, I chose to build a representation of our collective humanity.  To celebrate our diversity as well as our continual fight to complete and total equality.

Humanity

Every shade of skin

    Represented Within

Standing Together in 

    Unity for Equality

Our fists raised high

     To be Recognized

Our voices heard 

     And Acknowledged

In Community 

   We are better together

Standing Side by Side

Embracing our Diversity 

    And at the 

          center is 

                    LOVE.

Everyone is welcome and celebrated at our table!

 

    Find more about the IFFFG on Ravelry or Facebook!  Be Love and Kindness!

Enjoy!

Frog & Toad Crochet Pattern

These friends are making their pattern debut today! This pattern is live and available on Ravelry, Etsy and Love Crafts. It is a fun and challenging Amigurumi Crochet pattern, using worsted weight yarn. I appreciate the wonderful makers that helped me test this pattern! They all did an awesome job!

Mercedes @cedescrochet
Carolyn @Carys178
Alicia @night.owl.booteek
Maria @marianalieth

Happy Crocheting!

Enjoy!

Crochet For Me Bundle

Spring has sprung, and while I don’t ever want to put my crochet hook down, about the last thing I want to be working on is a blanket. So my thoughts turn to lace! Lace to make – challenging stitches, airy patterns, gorgeous lightweight yarns – and lace to wear – the perfect items to get me from Spring to Summer or Summer to Fall.

In honor of Spring I joined 34 of my crochet designer colleagues and created the Crochet for Me Lace Bundle. It’s chock full of 46 individual patterns, never before offered in a bundle or for free, that will give you a wide range of patterns that will suit your lacy fancy.

All sorts of patterns are included from hats and headbands, to tees and shawls, to a dress and jewelry, and even a lacy pillow for your lounging pleasure.

Azure Dreams Shawl

You get all 46 patterns featured in this bundle for only $25. That’s less than 55 cents per pattern! But the offer is only available through April 21, 2021, 11:59 PM Eastern, and it absolutely will not be extended nor repeated.

Click here to buy your patterns!

Want to see what else is included?

Crochet For Me

If you purchased these patterns individually they would cost you well over $200. And by buying from a coalition of designers like this instead of a huge publisher, you know that your money is going where it’s needed – into the pockets of your favorite designers so they can keep on creating the patterns you love to make.

Click here to buy this bundle!

If all of that is not enough to convince you you need this bundle here’s one more great thing. Once you gain access to the patterns you ALSO get a file with extra discount codes for additional products offered by some of our amazing designer friends. And there’s a 15 day money back guarantee so you have absolutely nothing to lose.

So support the community that you love, rejoice in the fact that you are a clever bargain hunter, then put your feet up and crochet something light and lacy as you watch the flowers bloom! Enjoy all of these things – and the lovely Spring weather – while they last.

Thank you for your love & support!

Enjoy!

Frog & Toad

Frog & Toad

This story of Frog & Toad, the beloved book characters is a crochet story. It all started when a friend messaged me and asked if I could make a frog & toad. He shared a picture of the gorgeous knit pattern by Kristina McGowan. My friend bought the pattern for me and as I don’t knit I decided to create a crochet design. During a CGOA Chainlink class, Melissa Leapman once said, “If you can draw it, you can crochet it!” So I first drew out a sketch…

Frog Sketch

My first attempt was just okay…

1st Frog Attempt

but I knew I could do better, and tried again. I decided the color of yarn had to be just right, exploring options on WeCrochet, I decided on Wool of the Andes for the wool version…

Wool Yarn Frog & Toad

and Brava for the acrylic version…

Acrylic Yarn Frog & Toad

So the colors and size varies slightly from wool to acrylic. I thought is was important to offer both versions due to allergies and preference. This set is so much fun to create. So much love and time goes into each set. It takes me about 20-30 hours to complete a set. Click to see the listing in my shop. The pattern will be available soon. It has been tech edited by Emily at FiatFibers.com. The next step is to have it tested.

Enjoy!

Vita Cowl

My latest pattern is available today! You can find it on Ravelry, Etsy and Love Crafts. Ever tried Tunisian on the bias?

Shining the LOVE light on this pattern!

This cowl is a one-skein beauty. It is a parallelogram of knit stitches with an alternating row of lace. This cowl is worked in one piece then seamed. Pick a skein of DK or sport wt. yarn and stitch up this quick and fun to make cowl. The finished size is dependent on yarn yardage.  This is an easy to intermediate pattern. 

I want to say “Thank You my wonderful testers, Michelle, Susan and Darquis! They helped me to make this pattern AWESOME!

Have that one skein of sport or DK weight waiting to be something beautiful? This is the pattern for you! Check out these fabulous Yarn Dyers, Ancestral Fiber Co. & BeachBum Yarn!

Thank you for your support! I’d  love to see your project!  Share your #vitacowl on social media and tag me using #gwengoods 

Enjoy!

National Crochet Month

It’s March 1st and the start of National Crochet Month! So much is happening this month!!!

On instagram the Crochet Guild of America is doing a Photo Challenge…

Remember to use #CGOAchallenge & Follow me @gwengoods

If you are a CGOA member, the March CAL starts today! Join us on the CGOA Members Exclusive CAL Group on Facebook! We are working up the Rainy Day Poncho with Nicole of FierceHook. Not a member consider joining here.

Rainy Day Poncho with Nikki of FierceHook

And Crochetville has launched the NatCroMo Blog Tour, find out more here.

Also Happy 2nd Birthday/Anniversary to the Nia at The Crochet Cove.

Happy NatCroMo 2021! Happy Crocheting!

Enjoy!

Have you ever…

browsed the Crochet Books at your local library! Occasionally I will search my library catalog to see the available Crochet books. This is one of the latest new to me books…

Out of the 1000 stitches, 700 are Knit and 300 are Crochet! It is a fabulous Crochet resource!

I have always loved going to the library. Growing up in a small town, we would ride our bikes to the library all the time. When as an adult I relearned to Crochet, I started using the library as a source to explore and cultivate my love for this craft. There are so many techniques in Crochet to explore and the library is a great resource. You can look at books and decide whether to add to your collection. I started buy books from library sales or buy used library books from Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

Former library book, some of the contributors have books of their own. Judith Copeland created Modular Crochet.

As my I developed my yarn and hook collection, I also created a book and magazine collection.

Books I have collected over the last 20 years.

I love all my books but have reached my storage capacity. The exception being stitch dictionaries there is always that one stitch waiting to be turned into something beautiful.

See what your library has to offer and explore!

Enjoy!

Rebel Cowl

Today is a great day for celebration! As I watch the inauguration of President Joe Biden, I am adding a new pattern to my Etsy shop, Ravelry page, and LoveCrafts. It has been a process, pausing to watch and listen as I click away. So introducing the Rebel Cowl, it is a Tunisian Crochet pattern. It is a perfect pattern for that one skein of DK yarn.

This 15.5″ diameter sample is worked up with Blackcat Fibers Essential DK in Shrinks and Trains.

It is created with a mix of lace and rows of purl. This cowl is worked in one piece then seamed. Choose your diameter, 15.5″ or 22.5″ and stitch up this quick and fun to make cowl.  

This 22.5″ diameter sample is worked up with Blackcat Fibers Essential DK in Chrysolina.

The next pictures are from the fabulous testers of the pattern! Thank you to all my testers making this design awesome!!

Rebel Cowl made by Marialaina
Rebel Cowl made by Morolape (thepurplecrochet.com)
Rebel Cowl made by Anne

Enjoy!