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!

Free Patterns, Pattern Spotlight, Patterns

Crochet Hat & Flower Accent Patterns

I was bribedencouraged with the prospect of a free pattern the other day to hook up a hat pattern – it was an interesting pattern, and I really liked that it provided a video tutorial, a chart, and written directions! I’m the type of person who likes written patterns, with photos/video to supplement, and maybe a chart to clarify (though I usually get by on written just fine.)

The hat itself was pretty cute, I made a baby size with a brim. But it seemed to be lacking that… pop. Crochet hats in solid colours can be a little underwhelming sometimes, and it’s a baby hat – they’re supposed to be adorable!

So the pattern feature is really for two crochet patterns that I found. Last night, after the hat was finished, I took some time to search Ravelry for a lovely floral addition to my hat, and found the fantastic pattern used below!

Free crochet your own adventure hat pattern and flower pattern.

The flower pattern is really nice because it can be done with any hook/yarn. Basically, find a button you want to slip it over (did I mention it’s no sew?), size your beginning chains, and then make as many layers of petals as you want (3 layers are supplied; I did 2 for mine.) How great is that? It could be used to make a variety of colours and then be changed out depending on season or outfit themes… yes. The potential is endless.

Here’s the links you’ve been waiting for!

Any grand plans for your crafting weekend? I’m still working on my pattern process posts at the moment, in-between crocheting and knitting, of course. Classes at uni start Monday for me, so I’m enjoying my last tastes of freedom and preparing for OFFF on Sunday, as well! There’ll be lots of pictures and coverage of that event on the blog, too.

Resources

Pattern Process

I didn’t quite have the time I planned yesterday for blogging, but I just wanted to put it out there that I’m working on a two part piece about writing patterns! This is something that I’ve only recently started in the past few months myself, and it’s such a huge daunting process, that I wanted to get some info out there for people who are thinking about writing their own patterns.

The posts will cover two different aspects: the first will cover some tips, tricks, and ideas on how pattern writing can be made easier and more fun. The second will go into my own process, what I’ve found works for me, tools I use, and resources I’ve found along the way.

With that topic on the mind, any questions about the pattern writing process that you’d like to see covered? Certain areas you’re more foggy on or input you’d love to hear about? Leave a comment if you think of anything, and I’ll see what I can do to make it work!

Free Patterns, Limited Time, Pattern Collection

New Kids on the Block

Hello crafters! Today I was searching for inspiration on Ravelry (much to my queue’s dismay) and decided to check out the recently added patterns to the ever-growing database. I found some great quick gift ideas, and figured I’d throw together a quick spotlight for everyone to check out the awesome new free patterns available!

Seven free new patterns, just recently launched!
Seven free new patterns, just recently launched!
  1. Hope in Cotton beanie (crochet)
  2. Reindeer Mitts [child sized] (knitting)
  3. Bergy Slouchy (crochet)
  4. Bordered Chevron blanket (knitting)
  5. Dragon Legs & Arms [child sized] (knitting)
  6. Easy Headband / Ear Warmers (knitting)
  7. Prince Protea Square (crochet)
Purl Ridge Hat. Free until Sept. 28, 2014

Here’s a bonus pattern, the Purl Ridge hat, free until Sept. 28, 2014! Remember: thank and praise designers, who make all these amazing things to share with us – patterns take time and work!

See any patterns you’re itching to make? I myself fancy a pair of the dragon arm warmers, maybe modified for dearest boyfriend of mine… (C’mon. Who doesn’t want to see their significant other warm and toasty, running around the house making dinosaur noises? No one? Really?)