Crochet Tip - Buy Great Crochet Hooks

Crochet Tip: Buy the best tools (crochet hooks) for your craft (crochet) that you can afford.
I often listen to the podcast The Creative Yarn Entrepreneur Show by Marie Segares.
One suggestion she had on a podcast last year was to buy really good tools for your craft. Using cheap tools can lead to injury. I had been using the regular aluminum crochet hooks you can buy at any craft store. After long projects, I was getting some serious hand cramps.
Tulip Etimo Rose crochet hook on my Princess Charlotte baby bonnet
I finally took her advice and bought myself an entire set of Tulip Etimo Rose Crochet hooks on Amazon.
You can buy them individually or as a set. The set of Tulip crochet hooks comes in a nice zippered case with a inside zipper pocket. There are 10 crochet hooks ranging from 2.00mm to 6.00mm, each with their own elastic space. Inside the zippered pocket are super sharp scissors and 2 different sizes of yarn needles in their own case.
Tulip Etimo Rose crochet hook on my Beach Baby Baby Blanket
Since purchasing myself these awesome crochet hooks, I've had no hand cramps and I feel like I'm able to crochet just a little bit faster as they are easier to grip.

Now if I can just keep them away from my little guy! He thinks his version of crocheting is such fun!
What is your favorite hook to use? Mine is an H.

Getting ready for Fall - Bella's Slouch hat with flowers

I started out creating a crochet pattern for a hat for my little guy, Cade, but I got carried away (ie. it got too big real fast!) so I kept going and put Bella's name on it - and added a few flowers.

This hat uses a knit like half double crochet stitch - instructions in the pattern.

Best of all - the inside out version of the hat is super cool! A totally different texture pattern from the right side of the hat is created on the back side of the knit half double crochet stitch. Choose which side you like best - it's reversible!

Here's an up close look at the back of the hat showcasing the back side of the stitch - the "wrong" side. I'm thinking this stitch look is going to lead to a great hat pattern for my little guy in the near future.

A beautiful swirl pattern develops on the hat from the top down on the "right" side of the stitches. I love it's uniqueness!

Then I added some roses and leaves to dress the hat up.

I did my first photo tutorial  - a step by step photo tutorial of the crochet pattern for the roses and the leaves.

Bella is excited about her new hat! I'm sharing the crochet pattern for Bella's Slouch Hat with Flowers and Leaves on my Etsy, Craftsy, and Ravelry shops.
Supplies Needed:
Hook: G
Sport weight yarn
Don't crochet, but love this hat? Send me an email or visit my Etsy shop for a custom order.
Happy Crocheting!


A Mother's Wrap - a gift to new mothers

Late summer I finished up a LONG crochet pattern I was working on - A Mother's Wrap or Shawl. It is super soft and light weight! I crocheted it with Appalachian Baby Design Organic Cotton Yarn - a sport weight yarn.
I created this pattern with the new mother in mind. This wrap is perfect for the new mother to wrap around her shoulders to keep the chill off when she is up in the middle of the night (or day!) nursing or rocking her baby.
This wrap is crocheted in a simple, heirloom or vintage style. It measures 68" X 17" so it took a while to create, but it was worth it! I did think to include in the pattern instructions on how to adjust the size. 
You could keep on repeating the pattern and make a beautiful blanket to wrap up in this winter. I've also used this wrap to cover up a sleeping child.

It's dressy enough to wear out for the evening as well, especially if crocheted using a fancier sport weight yarn.
I incorporated a new stitch I learned - the Trinity stitch - into the pattern. It's a fun stitch and really adds a creative texture to the wrap. I've included instructions for the stitch in the pattern.

The crochet pattern for A Mother's Wrap or Shawl can be found on my Craftsy, Ravelry, and Etsy shops.

News Flash! I have several crochet patterns currently being tested and will soon be released. Add yourself to my email follow up at the top right of this blog page. You won't want to miss what I have planned for this winter. Yes, I'm excited! Especially for the beautiful yarn support I'm receiving from Mountain Meadows Wool yarn.

Princess Charlotte Baby Bonnet Crochet Pattern in Organic cotton yarn

One of my sweetest crochet patterns I worked on this summer was the Princess Charlotte Baby Bonnet. I wrote the pattern in 3 sizes - Newborn, 3-6, 6-12 months. The pattern suggests that you crochet this bonnet with Appalachian Baby Design organic cotton yarn! I've fallen in love with this yarn!

I named this baby bonnet pattern after my grandmother, Charlotte Ruth, who taught me to crochet when I was a young girl.

This sweet baby bonnet is perfect to keep the breeze off your new little ones head. It also makes a great photo prop for baby's first photographs.

Need a baby shower gift? This pattern creates a unique gift in multiple sizes.
I like how the back turned out - so pretty and delicate looking!
Best of all, it's a crochet pattern that can be worked by anyone with a little crocheting experience.
The crochet pattern for the Princess Charlotte Baby Bonnet can be found on my Craftsy, Ravelry, Etsy Shops.
Not a crocheter? Need a beautiful baby gift? My Etsy shop has finished Princess Charlotte Baby Bonnets ready to be purchased. If I'm sold out at the time you visit, please send me a note and I'll create a custom order for you. You may choose cream, pink, or blue organic cotton.
Happy crocheting,