Birthday Giveaway winners




And we have winners! 

Thank you to everyone who entered! Look for an email from me to see who won what .... and a special goody bag surprise for everyone who entered and signed up for the newsletter. 

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GIVEAWAY prizes


Have you entered the GIVEAWAY? You have until midnight August 25 to enter.
Here is a little bit about each prize:

    $50 Gift Certificate for crochet patterns from Little Monkeys Designs   
 (That's me!) I've been crocheting for over 20 years and designing crochet patterns for the last two years. I love to work with natural fiber yarns and create patterns that will be loved and used over an over. My most popular patterns are poncho patterns and baby blanket patterns.


                                        Zippered Yarn Tote from Yarn Mamas
You may recognize Krista Cagle from Rescued Paws Designs . She lives in Pittsburgh, Pa with her family (furry and non furry ones) and is the Creator & Owner behind Yarn Mamas which is a company that focuses on simple fun designs for makers and high-quality, attractive apparel. 


                                   2 Skeins of Mountain Meadow Wool Mill yarn
Mountain Meadow is a spinning mill set below the Big Horn Mountains on the Western Plains of Wyoming.  It is a family operated mill, owned by Karen Hostetler, and dedicated to supporting local ranchers and raising awareness about ranching culture in the American West.  Mountain Meadow is committed to revitalizing the American wool industry through eco-friendly operations and fair prices for ranchers. 


2 Skeins of Echoview yarn
Echoview is an innovative fiber processing and manufacturing hub that’s a catalyst for connecting community with commerce. They deliver products and services that fuel the American spirit of hard work and self-expression. Echoview honors America’s pioneering past but always has an eye on the future. They are innovators, believers and dreamers. They’re also doers. Echoview intends to bring pride to the label "Made in America."

                               3 Skeins of O-Wool chunky merino yarn
O-Wool is a small company with the goal of providing knitters and crafters with a yarn that is environmentally responsible, affordable, and made locally in Philadelphia and the USA. O-Wool’s skeins are wound by a gentleman in Philadelphia, then dyed in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia, and spun in the USA. One of their three mills is located outside of Boston. The heart of O-Wool has always lain in its certified organic fibers. Jocelyn J. Tunney, owner of O-Wool, has made it O-Wool's priority to purchase humanely produced fiber for her yarns.


                     Making Money Teaching Crochet book by Marie Segares
Marie hosts a fun podcast - The Creative Yarn Entrepreneur Show. She has recently written a book covering all aspects of the business of teaching crochet. This practical, hands-on guide will get you ready to start teaching crochet for the first time, or inspire you to expand your existing crochet teaching business so you can make more money.

I hope you can see that I have some great prizes donated by some awesome companies/people! After entering the GIVEAWAY, please support all of these indie crafters by visiting their websites and considering them in your next purchase.

Birthday Giveaway

Birthday Giveaway by Little Monkeys Designs



It's my birthday this month and I'm hosting a big Giveaway!


6 winners will be chosen to win one of the following prizes:

                              $50 Gift Certificate for crochet patterns from Little Monkeys Designs  

                                        Zippered Yarn Tote from Yarn Mamas

                                       2 Skeins of Mountain Meadow Wool Mill yarn

                                       2 Skeins of Echoview yarn

                                       3 Skeins of O-Wool chunky merino yarn

                                       Making Money Teaching Crochet book by Marie Segares
                                      
Winners will be chosen August 26. 

Enter today and share with a friend.
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How to work a mattress stitch




For the Chunky Hexi Blanket you will need to know how to create a mattress stitch to sew all your hexagons together. I’ve written out some directions and created a video to show you how to create the mattress stitch. Its perfect for this blanket because your sewing yarn doesn’t show, allowing the hexagons to shine.


Mattress Stitch

Using a long yarn tail and a yarn needle, secure the yarn tail to one hexagon. Sew through the first stitch from the back to the front. On a coordinating side of another hexagon, bring the yarn needle through the first stitch from the bottom (back) of the stitch (blanket) to the top (front) side. Continue working across the hexagon, stitching back and forth between them from the back to the front of each stitch. After you’ve created several sets of stitches, pull gently on yarn tail to tighten them up. The stitching strand will disappear! Continue on stitching back and forth between the hexagons, working from the back to the top of each stitch and tightening every few stitches. Tie off and weave in ends when you’re finished.



I’ve also created a video to show you how to create the mattress stitch.


Crochet Tutorial Video for the Mattress Stitch




  At first, I dreaded sewing all the hexagons together, but it turned out kind of fun and exciting to see the blanket develop as I added each hexagon. Using the mattress stitch, it worked up quickly and professionally.

Let me know what you think and what other stitches you'd love to see a tutorial for.

Have a great day! 

Who doesn't love hexagons?

Chunky Hexi Baby Blanket by Little Monkeys Designs

I think I've fallen in love with Hexagons!

Chunky Hexi Baby Blanket by Little Monkeys Designs

At least you would think so if you took a look through my craft bag

Chunky Hexi Baby Blanket by Little Monkeys Designs
or my photo feed on my phone!


It started out with this beautiful chunky merino yarn from O-wool.

And a little time winding them into "cakes".

Then I crochet up a ton of chunky hexagons - pinks and greys are my latest favorite colors.

Chunky Hexi Baby Blanket by Little Monkeys Designs

Then I spend hours arranging them in different color patterns.

Chunky Hexi Baby Blanket by Little Monkeys Designs

 And different ombre patterns until I find the color pattern that jumps out to me as perfect.
Mattress stitch to sew hexagons together

Then I spend some time (more than a little, but it's not bad) sewing all the hexagons together. I even created some half hexagons as I don't like the look of holes in my blanket edge.


Chunky Hexi Baby Blanket by Little Monkeys Designs

The end result is so worth it!


Chunky Hexi Baby Blanket by Little Monkeys Designs

Hexagon baby blankets make a perfect baby gift for the modern baby.