Here is my newest pattern, available on Craftsy, Etsy, and Ravelry. It looks like a poncho but it’s not! I find ponchos annoying – they are always getting in the way when I wear them and they make me look like a lollipop with fringe on two sticks. The Not-A-Poncho has sleeves and a waist with ties that you can tighten for a more fitted look or loosen for a more poncho look. And it is a great pattern for beginner crocheters, super easy and fast. It can easily be customized to make it shorter or longer, slightly less easier to make it narrower or wider. But since it is already very loose and oversized, it will work for a wide variety of shapes and sizes without making any changes.
Skills Needed: You should already know how to chain, slip stitch, single crochet, double crochet and know which loop is the front and which is the back.
Materials: Worsted Weight Yarn, approx. 600-900 yards. Hooks H and J or size needed to get close to gauge.
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Here is another Yarn Yogi Shrug Creation – The Somerset Shrug. A very easy pattern for beginner crocheters and experts alike. The model shown is the smallest size and I show you how to make it as big as you like. I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease in Wheat for the shrug in the pictures.
This shrug would be perfect for fall and looks good over long or short sleeves. Great for chilly offices and folds up nicely into a backpack or carry-on for traveling. Looks good on all body types and sizes!
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Materials Needed: Worsted Weight Yarn 800-1000 yds, Crochet Hooks H and I, Stitch Markers.
Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate Easy
SMALL PRINT: This pattern may be used to make items for your own personal use, for gifts, or for charitable donations. You may make copies of the pattern for your own personal use. You may not distribute the pattern in any hard copy or electronic format. You may sell the finished item, I just ask that you reference “Deanna Young, Designer, http://www.TheYarnYogi.com” .
It’s been a long time in the pipeline, but it’s finally here – my Crochet Shirttail Top. The skill level is intermediate, however, I do have a beginner crocheter testing it and she is challenged but doing fine. She had problems with counting the beginning chain 3′s as double crochet’s. She kept forgeting to skip that first stitch at the begining of the row then dc in the top of the chain 3 at the end of the row. I remember those days – good times, good times… The pattern calls for sport weight yarn. MrsGillis, on Ravelry (pink top above), tested the pattern using Patons Grace. I used a chinese yarn that I bought on Ebay (see my post here ) for my top (white top above). It was listed as sport weight but worked up more like fingering weight. I was able to get gauge using Knit Picks Shine Sport. Another tester is using Bernat Satin Sport but is having a hard time getting gauge because it is working up more like dk weight. If you purchase a sport weight and your gauge is too big, I recommend making a smaller size top rather than going down a hook size in order to get gauge.
The Crochet Shirttail Top PDF Pattern can be purchased at the following websites:
UPDATE 8/5/2012: I already have the testers I need for this pattern. Stayed tuned for future announcements!
I really need a few experienced/inexperienced crocheters, who are decent at math, to test my X-Stitch Shirttail Top Pattern and some of my future patterns. As a form of payment, I would like to give my pattern testers 2 of my patterns for free - currently for sale and any future patterns – testers’ choice.
I need crocheters who can:
Check my math
Check my written patterns for typos, grammar and consistency
Crochet a different size than my prototype and model
Give general constructive criticism
I am not looking for perfection! I think beginners make excellent pattern testers because we crochet veterans sometimes forget what its like to be a newby. I figure 2 or 3 testers per pattern would give me a variety of help. I am going to put together a non-disclosure agreement that will need to be signed.
If you are interested, please do the following:
Follow my blog and read it regularly.
When I post a “Pattern Tester Wanted” post, comment on it and let me know or email me at deedum36 at gmail dot com and I will get back to you.
You will have to inform me of your desire to test a pattern each time I put out a request.
So, I need pattern testers for my X-Stitch Shirttail Top. Go here for some pattern details.
I just joined Craftsy about 3 months ago and its already one of my favorite new websites! Here’s an excerpt: from the home page:
Welcome to Craftsy!
We’re a community of people who love to make things – learning from, inspiring and helping one another.
A list of what this website offers:
Online video courses, ranging from 0$ to 39$, in Cake Decorating, Food Craft, Gardening, Crocheting, Knitting, Holiday, Jewelry, Paper Crafts, Quillting, Sewing, Spinning, and Weaving.
“Craftsy Workshops are tutorials from amazing designers that include the pattern, instructions, and step-by-step photos. And, the BEST part: you’ll never get stuck…just ask the pattern designer for help!”, $11.99 to $15.99.
Patterns, free and for sale. This is my favorite part of the website. The listings are very clear, the pics are big, and your purchased pattern is downloaded from their servers. If you want to list your patterns, this place is way better than Etsy and Ravelry because there are no fees, listing is fast and easy, and THERE ARE NO FEES! Craftsy is where I sell the most patterns.
Project listings, just like on Ravelry.
A Page called, “Deals”, with listings for yarn, fabric and assorted supplies. I haven’t explored this yet.
The entire website is clean and easy to read and navigate. Lots of stuff but not too busy! Check it out! Comment below if you find anything cool over there I need to know about.
This is my newest pattern-in-progress. It is shorter in front, longer in the back with my favorite x-stitch pattern up and down the middle. There is very little shaping – just at the back on the side panels. It is crocheted with a fine/sport weight yarn and the pattern will be for sizes extra small to extra large. I was going to have the pattern go up to 3x but that was just too much math for my puny brain!
I wore it all day yesterday and it slowly grew longer on me as the day wore on. I am not sure if it was the yarn I used (it was a bamboo, soy blend yarn that I purchased from an Ebay seller in China, the label was in Chinese so I could not verify it was what they claimed it was), or if it is because I tend to crochet loosely. Crochet does tend to stretch if it is hanging and this top has 6-8 inches of ease so it hangs. I once knitted a tank top out of 100% bamboo yarn that grew while I was wearing it. After repeated washings, it shrunk a little and seemed to get sturdier so it stopped growing.
I am not sure what skill level this pattern is. It is deceptively easy (writing the pattern is NOT easy!), but I have been crocheting for so long that I am out of touch with what it was like to be a beginner!
Last week, I took my 13-year old son to our local Tilly’s to get his monthly pair of skateboarding shoes because last month’s pair left pieces of its sole all over our neighborhood street. As I was paying at the register I saw these:
And the angels sang…
And the angels sang…
Pura Vida Bracelets! And they were less than $10 each! Did I buy one? Nope, I said, “I can make that”! But I think I am going to buy one because they are so cute and bohoey (I just made that word up: definition: bohemian), and hippy. I don’t know why I like my bracelets bohoey (I said it again!) and hippy.
I love the intention and story behind the Pure Vida Company, which you should read here. But I just can’t resist the challenge of figuring out a pattern for these bracelets. So, stay tuned…
I use Reverse Single Crochet, or Crab Stitch, as an edging quite frequently in my patterns. I think it makes a pretty and sturdy edge to cardigans and sweaters. It looks fancy but it’s super easy! I always include writing instructions for it plus an illustration but some folks may find videos easier to follow.
This one is long but it is very clear! In this case, you do not ch 1 first because it is done in the round.
I really like the idea of using this edging on a coaster, kind of holds the glass in the center.