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!

Happy Hat Day!

Today is National Hat Day! To celebrate I am offering 50% off my hat patterns!

These three hat patterns from left to right Wanda Hat, CrissCross Cap and Boise Beanie are all 50% off now through Monday! So if you are looking for a quick project for the weekend! Shop Now! Available on Etsy and Ravelry! Make one for yourself, make one for a friend or charity. Start making hats for the Hat Not Hate campaign now!

Happy Hat Day!!

Enjoy!

2020 Year in Review

Looking back over this year that seems to have lasted an eternity in blursdays and months that appeared then disappeared in a quasi-oblivion. It started off all peachy keen and then mid-January my co-worker said, “It’s coming” and I was like “what?” COVID-19! Then a few weeks, month or so later everything shut down except a certain twitter account. Today, I am focused on looking back and finishing my 100th book of the year, We Are Never Meeting in Real Life, by Samantha Irby. In a year with so much heartache, it seems fitting to have some laughs within tears, feeling ever optimistic to the new year!

In looking back which not something I have ever done before but it seems to be a thing and why not?! Anyway, this year I had 29 published patterns. 12 patterns in various magazines such as Interweave Crochet, Crochet World, Simply Crochet and WeCrochet!

Spring Rain Shawl, Interweave Crochet, Spring 2020

The other 17 patterns are self-published by yours truly! All of these patterns are available for purchase and hearts on my Ravelry page, LoveCrafts and Etsy shop!

Devica Cowl

The Devica Cowl is the highlight of this year! Being part of the Dope Women Creating collaboration with these fantastic fabulous makers; Channy, Nadine, Yasmen, Nellie, Rachel, Gina, Tammi, Shala, and Kirstan. We are all so dope! I have learned so much this year and opened up my world for the better! And I am ready to continue creating more dope shit in 2021!

Wishing you all the best in 2021!

Enjoy!

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Zen Mandala

If you subscribe to Simply Crochet in Issue 105 you will find my latest design, the Zen Mandala! It is a meditative pattern with clusters, mesh lace and a bit of surface crochet! This design is also quick to make for it to make the issue I had to get is done and sent off asap! So, I received the yarn for this design on a Thursday afternoon and started on it right away. By Friday, I was more than half way finished.

Zen Mandala

By Saturday it was on my blocking boards and shipped out to the magazine Tuesday as Monday was a holiday here.

Zen Mandala

My favorite part is the center, I love how mesmerizing the rounds of mesh lace appear like a flower petals unfolding. The yarn is Rico Ricorumi DK in Powder, Peach and Blush. This yarn is a dream to work with it is so soft and beautiful!

Zen Mandala
Zen Mandala

Not a subscriber? Find out how here. The best part, being a featured contributor with Eleonora Tully (Coastal Crochet), Kat Perdue (KaperCrochet) and the legendary Margaret Hubert!

Zen Mandala

Enjoy!

Berta T-Sweater

The Berta T-sweater is  a light weight, easy wear top. The sleeves are worked along with the body.  This inclusively sized top, has a 2-inch ease. It is worked in two easy pieces from the bottom up. It is then seamed at the sides and shoulders. It is the perfect top for any season and for any reason. It all starts with an idea or the yarn. First, I bought 3 skeins of Blackcat Fibers in their Labradorite color way. Once I had one of the skeins wound I stitched up my swatch, washed and blocked it. Then sat down to sketch out the design and worked up the math. Then once I formulated my plan for the design, I wound up the other 2 skeins. And each one was visually the same but different.

So I started my sweater with the darkest one and shifted the colors to the lightest at the top. I really like the effect it created.

Then for my next Berta T-Sweater sample, I had 3 skeins of Fairy Tale Yarns in Pegagus. The 3 colors bein; We’re All Mad Here, Dancing Mushroom Fairy and Down the Rabbit Hole. On this version, I alternated each color per row and it created a beautiful striping effect.

And then one more Berta T-Sweater sample with OMG Yarns Balls in Edelweiss fingering in Maleficent. I again alternated rows with each ball. And it created this zigzag art effect.

Thank you so much for your love and support!

Please tag me on social media & use #gwengoods

Enjoy!