How to Finger Knit a Chunky Blanket

You see them EVERYWHERE! Chunky knit blankets are all the rage again this winter! 

They look hard to knit, but with the right materials and a little instruction, you can work up a chunky knit blanket in just a short bit of time.

2019 Fall Collection of crochet patterns

The 2019 Fall Collection features
5 beautiful crochet patterns, perfect for chilly mornings and afternoons, sized for little girls – adult.
Ponchos, Sweaters, Shawls and Quilts – you will find them all in this fun Fall Crochet Pattern Collection!
Each pattern is unique, gorgeous, and fun to crochet and wear or cuddly under on Fall days.

Twisted Shell Border Stitch for Crochet Blanket

How to crochet the Twisted Shell Border Stitch

I love blankets with a beautiful border stitch! The extra edge stitching can take a basic blanket from plain to gorgeous in most cases.

Summer = small crochet projects

Summer crochet projects by Little Monkeys Designs

One summer I crocheted a King size wool blanket for our bed. Never again! At least not in the summer! Not sure what I was thinking except that I really wanted to finish my winter blanket. It was a little warm crocheting it, even sitting in the AC and under a fan!!

Summer is the perfect time for smaller projects. They work up quickly, and can be a great way to use up your yarn stash.

Spring Crochet Projects

Spring crochet project ideas by Little Monkey Shop

We often equate Spring with Spring cleaning of our homes, dusting, de-cluttering, and rearranging our living spaces.

This sounds like a great time to crochet some home projects to help us with our Springtime activities around the home.

How to Pack Yarn for Moving

How to pack yarn for moving by Little Monkeys Designs

If you are anything like me, when you consider moving across country or just across town, one of your first thoughts - after all the "big" thoughts - is how am I going to move all this yarn???

And if you are down sizing majorly, you may also wonder how and where you are going to store your yarn stash.

How to Add a Picot Border to your Blanket

How to Add a Picot Border to a Crochet Blanket by Little Monkeys Designs

I love simple blanket crochet patterns, but sometimes a blanket just calls for a little something extra. A pretty border stitch can often take a blanket from pretty to gorgeous!!

In designing this baby blanket, I have created two crochet tutorial videos for you to teach you how to add a border to any blanket you crochet.

Match your Yarn to the Season

Match your yarn to the season by Little Monkey Shop and Little Monkeys Designs

There are so many different types of fibers used in spinning yarn, making it hard to choose the right one for your project!

One way to narrow the yarn choices down is to consider the season in which your project will be used.

2019 International Crochet Month Designer Showcase

2019 International Crochet Month Designer Showcase - Little Monkeys Designs

I’m participating in the International Crochet Month Designer Showcase with Underground Crafter. Come join the fun!

Every day in March, 2019, we’ll highlight a different crochet designer who is also a member of the Crochet Guild of America. Each designer will share a free crochet pattern or a 25% discount on a premium pattern. We’ve partnered with some of our favorite companies to get some great prizes for you -- including yarn, crochet hooks, notions, pattern books, and more!

Find out more information about participating designers, the schedule, and how to enter to win the prizes on Underground Crafter.

Importance of Dye Lot Numbers

Have you ever run out of yarn for a project, run to the store for more yarn, finish your project, and then realize your yarn colors don't match?

Why does this happen?

Do you have enough yarn?

We have all been there! You find a gorgeous crochet pattern you want to make with that beautiful yarn in your stash. The question is, do you have enough yarn? Maybe the yarn label is gone or part of a skein has already been used. What do you do? 

Spring Sweater Collection of Crochet Patterns

Spring Sweater Collection of cardigan crochet patterns by Little Monkeys Designs

I am so excited to finally show you what I've been working on behind the scenes!

Introducing the Spring Sweater Collection -
4 beautiful cardigan sweaters, perfect for Spring - from chilly mornings to warm afternoons.

Everyday Casual cardigan crochet pattern by Little Monkeys Designs

Everyday Casual Cardigan - sized for Toddlers through 2XL Women, this cardigan is perfect for wearing everyday - open stitches makes this a quick and easy cardigan to crochet.

Lacy's cardigan crochet pattern by Little Monkeys Designs

Lacy Cardigan - is a fun mix of stitches, creating a beautifully unique long sleeve cardigan style sweater for dressing up any outfit on a chilly morning.

Laurie's cardigan crochet pattern by Little Monkeys Designs

Laurie's Cardigan - a cute, warm weather cardigan with delicate flowers on the front and arched stitching across the top and back to create a casual, feminine look.

Lillys Cropped cardigan crochet pattern by Little Monkeys Designs

Lilly's Springtime Cardigan  - a sweet and simple girls cropped cardigan, perfect for wearing over a Spring or Easter Sunday dress.

Check out my new Spring Sweater Collection - you're sure to find a must have for the Spring!

Spring Sweater Collection of cardigan crochet patterns by Little Monkeys Designs

Organize your Yarn and Crochet Hooks

No one can use tangled up yarn or lost crochet hooks! When you organize your yarn and hooks, you ensure that they stay in the best conditions for use, 

To store my yarns, I prefer to use open shelving like a bookcase or clear storage totes so I can see what I have. It is best to pick an organization theme as well for your yarn. Store the yarn by fiber type, color, or weight. 

Glass jars or decorated aluminum cans are perfect for displaying your crochet hooks on a desk or table. Crochet hook cases are perfect for storing extra hooks or for taking them on a trip.

Tangle-free yarn and hooks that you can find when you need them are definitely worth taking a few minutes to organize!

How to keep your pattern clean

Crochet Tip of the Week:

If you're like me, you enjoy a little tea or coffee with your crochet! And maybe you're also easily distracted like me and can spill your tea or coffee on the pattern that you're working on?? The safe option is to put your pattern inside a plastic sleeve to keep it protected from spills, little ones, dogs, etc...

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Use the best yarn possible

There's nothing like finishing a large project and it all falling apart because you used really cheap yarn! For any project, you should use the best yarn possible so that you are pleased with the end results. Poor quality yarn can pill, scratch, fall apart, and lead to other unpleasant results. You definitely don't want that to happen after you put so much of your time and effort into the project!! The tip is to use good yarn - the best you can afford - that is appropriate for the project. 

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Interweave Crochet Magazine Winter 2019

Winter crochet pillow by Angela Plunkett - Interweave Crochet Magazine Winter 2019 edition - Little Monkeys Designs

Interweave Crochet is my all time FAVORITE crochet magazine, so when there's a call for submissions, I love to send in a pattern idea. A few times I've been lucky to have a pattern published in their magazine.

This time I have a pillow crochet pattern featured in the Winter 2019 edition of Interweave Crochet.