crochet, Patterns, Promotions

Doughnut Blanket

The doughnut blanket has launched! I’m so in love with this pattern. The little cupcake border makes me so happy, too. It’s great for scrap eating and using up fun little bits of variegated yarn that’s hard to use in larger projects, and is super easy to customize for baby shower themes, too.

Also, it looks delicious. Yum!

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The pattern is up in my Ravelry shop for $1 off for the launch weekend (until 8/12/18), or in Etsy if you’d prefer that.

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Ahhh, just look at those little cupcakes!

If you make your own version of the blanket, please tag me on IG (#tigardneedlework & #cassandrasdesigns) or make a project page on Rav! I love seeing what everyone comes up with.

Happy crafting!

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Charts / Graphs, Free Patterns, Patterns

Cupcake Chart

The corner to corner (C2C) craze has finally caught hold of me. I love these silly charts and have been making them far faster than I can crochet them – but that doesn’t mean I can’t share them with others!

First up, is a cute cupcake. It’s a pretty simple chart with only a few colours used. It’s also easily customized to just about however you want it to work up. I want to make one and stitch on some sprinkles in a varigated yarn, maybe..? Mmm. All the deliciousness, none of the calories!

I’ve included the chart if you’d like to save it and zoom in (the rows are numbered for C2C), and also uploaded a PDF that can be downloaded and printed off. The PDF has the chart split onto four pages so you can cut and tape them together for a big picture. This chart is 80 pixels wide by 100 pixels tall, and will make a decent sized blanket with a standard worsted weight yarn & hook size. (This will vary with gauge, but expect a blanket about 80″ wide by about 100″ tall or so, not counting a border.) Speaking of a border, maybe a cute cupcake border will be in order?!

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Download the printable PDF for free here from Google Drive: click me!

If you prefer written directions for C2C, or would rather work this in a single crochet chart format, you can find those PDFs in my Ravelry store, here: click me! (or if you’d rather, in my Etsy shop: click me!)

I hope you enjoy the pattern & share your creations for everyone to see!

Finished Project

A Finished Test

 

There’s nothing more satisfying than finishing up a test. That feeling of having finished combing the pattern for errors, and also creating something¬†brand new. Like, never made before, right? Something the creator thought up and put down in a pattern and I got the first go at it!20170419_145612_medium2

This blanket is one of those patterns I’m so happy to have tested – it was a really enjoyable project. The designer is great to work with & the pattern is flexible in that it can work with almost any yarn weight. I chose to do it in worsted weight because I have plenty of colour options, and the size I tested would make something along the lines of a baby blanket or a lap-ghan.

My finished project ended up being about 37″ across after blocking, and turned out so cool. My mother (happy birthday mom!) suggested that she should be getting it for her birthday (and it’s likely going to head that way, since currently, it’s being monopolized by Hiro as a nap blanket – cats, they do what they want, I guess).

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This project was a joy to work on from start to finish – the pattern will likely be published in May, and when it is, I’ll post up a link for it! It’s written and charted, making it a really versatile & fun project to work on.

I may or may not have decided on a second one already – this time in sport weight black cables and rainbow Mandala (in Gnome) for the panels. I’m so excited to start it, too! Just gotta find some time in between designing.

Do you test at all? Would you be interested? I was thinking of writing a blog post about the testing process and how to get into it – we can always use more reliable testers to share the process with! Let me know!