Teacher Appreciation Week is fast approaching! This year it is May 6-10, 2019. We all know how wonderful and amazing those folks that teach, inspire and love our children all day long are. So we like to devote an entire week to show them how much we appreciate them. Now, the dreaded question, what do I get them?
Teachers Take Note Snap Pouches Gift Set
I designed this fun and unique set just for teachers, but could also be given to writers, librarians, or anyone who enjoys writing. The Snap Pouch is a fun way to create a small carrying case. The top of each pouch simple “snaps” shut! The set includes a snap pouch that looks like a notebook paper, another snap pouch that looks like a pencil and then it is topped off with a cute apple cozy.
I love to include new techniques and stitches in my patterns and of course I created a couple easy to follow YouTube tutorials to go along with the pattern. This set will even introduce you to the fun technique of Tunisian crochet (yes there is a video to show you just how to do it), no special hook is needed though for this pattern.
Where to get the pattern
Grab your copy of the Teacher Take Note Snap Pouch Gift Set on the following website:
I used scrap yarn for most of the Teachers Take Note Set. Any worsted weight yarn will work, I did use Red Heart Super Saver from my stash. All the specific colors are listed within the pattern. Other supplies needed are as follows:
Crochet Hook H (5.00) mm & Crochet Hook G (4.00 mm)
An old tape measure that is at least 3/4″ wide
Tin Snips (or old scissors that you don’t mind ruining)
First off a Happy Dance!!! LOL-I am not kidding. Then, just sit and admire the colors and dream of crocheting with it. I typically am not a fan of self striping yarns, but the Sprightly Spectrum yarns colors fade into one another in a very eye-appealing way. The transition is soft and lovely. See their entire colorway of the Sprightly Spectrum yarn,HERE.
Because the yarn is self striping I knew I needed to finds some fun stitches to make the blanket fun to work up. I wanted it to be a little airy, have a little texture and a new stitch that will allow me to hopefully teach you all something new. Bam, the Sweet Serendipity Blanket was created <3
How to get the Pattern
When I look at the striping blanket, it brings a peaceful feeling with the warm colors that remind me of spring blossoms. The Sweet Serendipity Blanket is perfect for those cool spring/summer nights.
The pattern for the Sweet Serendipity Blanket comes in two different throw sizes:
38” X 52”
50” X 60”
The pattern also includes photo tutorials and a video tutorial for one of the stitches. I hope you learn something new as you crochet the new pattern. You can purchase the pattern on the following sites:
The Sweet Serendipity Blanket is also available in a Kit through BluPrint. You will receive the pattern along with the yarn to make the blanket. The colorways of the Sprightly Spectrum yarn is lovely and I am sure you will find one that you love. The Photos are done in the Plum Crazy color but I also have a sample of the blanket made up in the Raindance color:
If you enjoyed seeing the latest design by Sweet Potato 3, I would love to have you join my Crochet & Conversation group. We are a group of folks that enjoy the art of crochet. It is a group hosted through facebook where we have the opportunity to chat about our shared craft, share our completed projects and just have a good time. If you’d like to join click: HERE.
Come join me next week for a Free Snap Pouch Crochet Along! This is a fun and small project that won’t take long at all. Plus, you can use up that scrap yarn you have laying around the house. There will be 3 sizes of snap pouches to choose from. Each one has a unique stitch that you will get to see demonstrated in a LIVE video through the Crochet and Conversations facebook group.
The largest pouch has a fun geometrical shape in the stitches. It is a great size to use as a crochet hook storage, pencil storage or throw some misc items in it to help organize your larger handbag. The middle size is a square and would be great to hold small trinkets (maybe a set of jacks, a deck of cards, small ipod with headphones). The smallest of the snap pouches is ideal for chapstick! Add poms, tassels, buttons, appliques, key rings… you name it, the sky is the limit!
So excited to release the entire Forest Friends Set! This adorable set includes the blanket, pillow and wall hanging. Each piece features the darling animals faces that are resting peacefully. The faces are designed to accent the main detail in the upper face of the animals especially the eyes and ears while the lower outline fades into the stitches of the blanket.
The entire set can be purchased at a discounted price on Ravelry: HERE or on Etsy: HERE
Customize the blanket with all of the same animals or pick one and do them all the same. The pattern includes the instructions for the following animals: Fox (or change to grey colors for a Wolf), Owl, Skunk, Raccoon and Deer.
Forest Friends Blanket
The Forest Friends blanket is larger than a traditional baby blanket. This will allow for the baby to grow into it and use the blanket into childhood or even when they are older. It is even a nice size for me (mom) to wrap up in. The completed size of the blanket is roughly 38” wide X 54” long. Grab your copy of only the Forest Friends Blanket on Ravelry: HERE or Etsy: HERE.
Forest Friends Pillow
The Forest Friends Pillow is a very cute, fun and quick project that you can add to any home decor. The pillow makes a cute accent piece for nurseries, children’s bedroom, classrooms, reading nooks or even cabins. The pillow is made to fit a traditional accent pillow size of 14X14 inches square. You can grab the pattern for just the pillow on Ravelry: HERE or on Etsy: HERE.
Forest Friends Wall Hanging
The Forest Friends Wall Hanging is whimsical project that accents the pillow and blanket perfectly. The wall hanging can be made off a wooden rod/dowel, a decorative hanger or find a cute branch out in nature for a earthy look. The finished size of the Forest Friends Wall Hanging is about 14-15” wide by 18” long counting the fringe but not the top hanger string. Grab the Forest Friends Wall Hanging pattern on Ravelry: HERE or on Etsy: HERE.
Add Appliques to Customize
All the coordinating pieces of the Forest Friends Set include instructions for some fun appliques including a small flower, larger flower, a leaf and a fun pine tree. The appliques can be mixed up as much as you like or can be as simple as you like.
You will love making the entire Forest Friends Set. The main stitch in the pattern creates a thin fabric so the blanket is not going to be heavy. And an even bigger bonus is that it works up pretty quick. Enjoy making the pieces and please share your progress or finished project with me in my Crochet and Conversations group: HERE.
The Whispering Willows Poncho is a beautiful summer wrap. Made in the right colors this poncho can dress up any evening attire with it’s elegant look. It can be a cute swim top cover with is free flowing design. And, it can add a fun whimsical look to a simple jeans and t-shirt day!
The stitch combination in the Whispering Willows Poncho creates a lovely texture and natural lay of the accessory allowing a slight breeze to go through, but there is still enough close stitches to keep you warm.
The pattern comes in 2 sizes because ponchos have a forgiving fit and will fit a range of sizes. The pattern has a small/medium size as well as a large/XLarge size. You can easily add additional rows to make the poncho longer to cover more of the arm and/or to add length to the design.
Made in a lighter worsted weight yarn and a crochet hook I (5.5 mm), the Whispering Willows Poncho works up quicker than you might think.
Grab your copy of the Whispering Willows Poncho today on:
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The Chasing Arrows Blankets design adds a modern twist on an old traditional craft. I love the striking design of the repeating arrows grabs your attention. This was a design that was so difficult to photograph. The blanket is so stunning in person but the design just kind of fades in the photos, so I hope you can all envision how lovely this really is.
I decided on the colors for my Chasing Arrows sample blanket with all your help in my Crochet and Conversations group (if you are not a member, come join-it’s lots of fun, you can join by clicking HERE). Asking for color inspiration I settled on a succulent photo and then made my selection below. Just think of the colors you would make the Chasing Arrows Blanket in, the colors can really affect what vibe your finished blanket will give off.
Some things I love about this design
The Chasing Arrows Blanket has an easy color changing that really helps the details pop because of the stripes that the repeating arrows follow. The blanket has no border!!! That is right, the simple cream outline is created as you crochet the blanket from the bottom up. When you are done all you need to do is add Extra Large Tassels to the large throw (which will be about 46” X 58”), and yes, I included a tassel tutorial for any of you that are unfamiliar with making them. But, watch out, they are addicting and you will want to add tassels to everything!