Heyyy and happy Friday! I know I have been slacking on my pattern review Fridays but that happens sometimes when you trying to crochet all the dolls lol. I probably should do a review of the doll pattern but since it’s my pattern I already know the review would be completely biased.
So today’s review is a pattern that I have made a lot of times like over 200 times! It is for the oh so popular slouchy beanie! I know there are tons of crochet slouchy beanie patterns out there but this one is my absolute favorite and my go to pattern.
A little sidebar about Craftsy. So it seems that a lot of people are not familiar with the site but not only is it an awesome place to find patterns (if you design patterns also a great place to sell see my post here) Craftsy is also a great place to learn as they offer online courses from crochet to knitting even cooking and jewelry design. If you have a crafty bone in your body then you definitely want to check out Craftsy. Oh did I mention they also sell yarn! Yes, yarn and the prices are awesome so seriously finish reading my post and then go check out Craftsy.
Ok back to this pattern review…
Cost: Free (Yes it’s a free pattern)
Difficulty: Beginner-Advanced Beginner, this pattern is a great introduction to making hats and crocheting in the round.
Why You Will Hook It: Because the end results are awesome. The pattern can easily be modified so you can add stripes, you can make it as big or as small as you would like and it is the perfect unisex hat just change up the colors and it works for boys and or girls.
Why You Will Frog It: Seriously you won’t unless you just want to use the yarn for something else. By the time you are ready to frog it you will be done and ready to make the next one.
How Many Hooks: 5 out of 5 it’s a free pattern easy to read easy to modify and actually well written.
For my version, I used Caron Simply Soft yarn and a 5.00mm hook
So it is clearly the year of the Unicorn… no matter where you look I promise you will find something that is Unicorn inspired and of course we had to bring all that unicorn magic to the world of crochet.
My contribution to the unicorn fade includes this beauty:
But if dolls are not your thing here are four Unicorn Patterns that I’m sure will have you believing in the magic of unicorns and rainbows.
I think I am finally recovering from my trip to Itasca, IL (a suburb of Chicago) to attend the Crochet Guild of America (CGOA) 2017 Chain Link Conference. If you are not familiar with CGOA you can find out more information about them here but basically, they are the only national organization that is dedicated specifically to crochet. The CGOA is also a membership organization but you do not have to be a member to participate but you do receive perks and discounts for being a member.
I have actually known about CGOA for quite a while and was a member in the past I wasn’t really an active member and basically forgot to renew my membership and never really thought about it again; that is not until one of my good friends attended a certification course offered by CGOA and found out about the conference and informed me that we had to attend.
I went back and forth about whether or not I would attend mainly for personal reasons, one being the conference was held in IL and that meant I would have to travel from NC. I also knew that I would be moving a couple of weeks before the conference and it just didn’t seem like a good time to be traveling and being away from home for approximately a week. Last but not least because I have a crochet business I was worried about all the stuff that I still needed to get done i.e. orders that needed to be shipped and projects left undone while I was gone.
So Why Did I decide to go…
The driving force behind my decision to attend is because I refuse to complain about something unless I plan to be part of the solution. If you follow me on any of my social media like Facebook,Instagram and or Periscope you know one of the things I talk about is the lack of diversity when it comes to the crochet community. And when I say diversity I’m not talking about a lack of people of color actually crocheting because we all know the art of crochet is practiced world wide but when you think about the experts or the leaders in the field of crochet trying to find a person of color is like finding a needle in a haystack and even when you do most of them are only recognized within our own community and that is a problem! One of the ways to fix the problem is to actually show up. But not only did I show up but I had conversations, conversations that may have made people uncomfortable but I bet you they won’t forget that I was there and more importantly that I have something to offer the crochet community.
The conference overall was great. I did not expect to see a lot of women of color at the conference so I wasn’t surprised that only about 10% of the attendees were women of color. What I was surprised about is the average of the age of the attendees, so the majority of the attendees were 49 years of age and up and I’m not going to lie I was a little shocked because you constantly hear “this not your grandma crochet” yet it was your grandma at the conference and not you lol. For real where all the younger folks who crochet?
I jokingly called it the “conference of shawls” because there were a lot of shawls, gorgeous shawls but a lot of shawls! And I believe that myself and my friend Aniqua from My Kinda Thing were the only two doll makers or amigurumi artist which was also very interesting.
Again overall I had a great time. It was a great learning experience I was able to not only connect with other crocheters but I had the opportunity to present my work to yarn companies and magazine publishers which I really can’t even put into words what it means for the growth of my business. Even if you are a crochet hobbyist it is still a great conference to attend just to be in a place full of people who passionate about the same thing you are is indescribable and I highly recommend that you plan to attend next year.
Make sure you are following My Crochet Life on Facebook as I will continue to share my experience as well as some of the things I learned. I would also love to get your feedback feel free to comment below or on my Facebook Page. Would you attend the CGOA why or why not and how do you feel about diversity in the crochet community?
Did you know Yarnspirations has Look Books? And they are absolutely awesome! I don’t know how often they are released but they are normally themed and always include both knit and crochet projects.
This particular one is baby shower themed and I already have it filed away as one of my favorites.
What am I Loving In This Look Book…
This All of This!
Because pom poms clearly don’t go out of style. Y’all remember when Queen B broke the internet with her $180 knit pom pom beanie she wore to a basketball game?
I said then that it would probably look cute on a baby and 3 years later here it is cute on a baby. I know this has been done but it is still my favorite from the look book.
So what else am I loving?
This cloud mobile. I have had a crochet mobile on my never ending crochet to do list for a while, I like the simplicity of this one and the fact that it is with chunky yarn so it most likely works up quickly.
You can find the full Yarnspirations Baby Shower Look Book here and I would love to know what you are looking forward to hooking or knitting from this Look Book.