Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Puffy NOLA Sunset Afghan | Crochet Pattern Tests

The test samples for
The Puffy NOLA Sunset Crochet Patten have been coming in
and they are fabulous:
 This is Melanie's test.

This is Sabah's test.
(She is going to translate it into Arabic - I am so excited!)

This is Shelley's test.

And here I have been experimenting with a warm and soft infinity scarf
crocheted with Scheepjes Chunky Monkey Yarn.

I love this yarn; it would make a delightfully soft and warm afghan too.

You can find the pattern by clicking on the following sites:

You can find links to purchase this yarn

Please note, that at this time, I am not affiliated with this company, but I love their yarn! 
(The link is to my friend's site.)
I hope you've noticed that I don't run ads or affiliations on my site,
in hopes this speeds up the processing of the information you seek.

This may change in the future, but for the last ten years, that's how it's been.

I hope you make this happy afghan and that it results in lots of 
Warmly,

Astri

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Granny Rose Pom-Pom Pillows | Crochet Pattern | Out for Testing

UPDATE:
I have all the testers I need for this pattern.
Stay tuned for future need for testers.
I'm looking for a couple of testers for the Granny Rose Pom-Pom Pillows Crochet Pattern. 
The test requires a minimum of making the mini pillow pictured above. It consists of four granny rose squares, a larger granny square joined to the back with the crocheted pom-pom trim and an opening.
(This mini-pillow could be a gift for a doll or stuffed animal.) 
The pattern calls for either Stylecraft Special DK or Sheepjes Colour Crafter yarn; however, any yarn is fine for the test. 
Testers receive the pattern for free, as well as, a choice of any other pattern from the
Apple Blossom Dreams Etsy, Ravelry or LoveCrafts shops.
Somebody to edit punctuation, grammar, technical writing, and final pattern outcome, would be awesome.
I would like photos with permission to post those photos on my website and on social media. 
If you are interested in testing this pattern it would be due by Midnight, Tuesday, the 3rd of March 2020. 
The pattern is written in English in U.S. terms.

Please send me an email if you are interested in testing.

astri.bowlin@gmail.com


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Warmly,

Astri

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Granny Rose Pom-Pom Pillows | Crochet Pattern Writing

It's been a while since I've had a block of time to sit down and write a crochet pattern;
between holidays, guests, snow removal and house projects it's been a little hectic,
but it's all "good" hectic.

So this evening I sit and start writing the pattern for the
Granny Rose Pom-Pom Pillows:
One pillow has a small crocheted pom-pom trim and one has large pom-poms.
 
 And the backs are great big granny squares:
Yarn is Stylecraft Special DK or Scheepjes Colour Crafter.
You can find links to purchase these yarns 

Please note, that at this time, I am not affiliated with these companies, but I love their yarn! 
(The link is to my friend's site.)
I hope you've noticed that I don't run ads or affiliations on my site,
in hopes this speeds up the processing of the information you seek.

This may change in the future, but for the last ten years, that's how it's been.

This new pattern is a modification of the Granny Rose Two-Color Afghan.
(Just in case you can't wait or you already have that pattern.)
(Granny Rose Two-Color Afghan.)

Working on these pillows has been one of my happiest projects.
I'm excited to roll this pattern out soon.
I should wrap it up in a couple of days and then it will go out for testing.

Please stay tuned,
and in the meantime, I wish you lots of
Warmly,

Astri


Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Granny Square Napkin Envelope

Ya' know, in a previous post I mentioned how I did not know if it was appropriate
 to gift a crocheter with a crocheted gift or not.

Well, I'm here to tell you that as far as this crocheter (me) goes it is not only appropriate,
but very well received and appreciated.
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 Look at what the lovely Sandra in Switzerland of the
Oh my, you can only imagine my joy and delight in receiving this gift from afar!

 Sandra has carefully coordinated the colors with my home and style,
and she made this incredible photo collage, as well:
She's a talented crocheter and photographer.
  I 💓 it so much!
It's absolutely perfect. 
Thank you so much Sandra!

And to all of you,
thank you for stopping by and 
Warmly,

Astri




Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Thoughtful Crocheted Gifts

I like giving crocheted gifts,
but sometimes that's not necessarily an appropriate gift if the recipient is a crocheter....

So what's one to do?

Well, how about a gift a crocheter can make?
A "booklet" sized printed off pattern along with a hook (3.75mm) and 
yarn colors you think they would like.
A thoughtful "gift kit" of sorts.

Place them in a cellophane bag,
 
with a pretty coordinating ribbon.
(That photo was MIA...hmmm...)

This instantly downloadable .pdf pattern
can be found in the following shops:

And a box full of Scheepjes Catona Cuties of every color imaginable
 can be found by clicking on one of the sources here.

Please note:
I'm not affiliated with Meyer's or Scheepjes,
I just simply like and recommend their products.


and Happy Gift Making or Giving,

Warmly,

Astri








Thursday, February 6, 2020

Granny Heart Bauble | FREE Crochet Pattern

Just in time for Saint Valentine's Day
as a gift of love from me to you here's the 
Granny Heart Bauble
Crochet Pattern
A downloadable pdf version of this pattern is also available
for purchase at the following sites for $2.50:
Etsy
Ravelry
LoveCrafts


Keep scrolling for the step-by-step photo version of this pattern,
in the meantime here's the written version:

Granny Heart Bauble
Crochet Pattern Shortened Version

Granny Heart

Rnd 1: With first color, work an MR secured with a tight stitch (ch 3, 3 tr, 3 dc, tr, 3 dc, 3 tr, ch 3, sl st) into the ring. Pull end to tighten ring. (20 sts)
Rnd 2: Continuing with same color, ch 3, starting in the first st (the tr from the previous round – not the chs), 3 sc in first st, 2 sc in next st, sc in the following 4 sts, (sc, ch 2, sc) at the bottom point (the tr from previous round), sc in the following 4 sts, 2 sc in next st, 3 sc in next st, ch 3, sl st into the ring, fasten off weave in ends. (29 sts)
Rnd 3: With a next color sl st join into ring at the dip, ch 3, 10 sc (1st one is the 1st st after the 3 chs from previous round), (sc, ch 2, sc) into “ch-2 sp” at bottom point, 10 sc, ch 3, sl st into ring next to the beginning sl st, fasten off, weave in ends by making a nice couple of “v’s” at the dip. (32 sts)
Rnd 4 : Sl st join next color in the second sc to the left of the left 3 chs from the dip, ch 2 (counts as first hdc), hdc in same st, *sk st, 2 hdc (further known as hdc clusters) in same st* repeat from * to * last sc at right of dip (before the 3 chs from the previous row), 2 hdc in the “ch-3 space” to the right of the dip, 2 hdc in the “ch-3 sp” to the left of the dip , sl st join or invisible join to the top of the beginning 2 chs, fasten off, weave in ends. (26 hdc including first 2 chs or 13 hdc clusters)
Rnd 5 : Sl st join next color in any space between two hdc clusters from previous round, ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in the same sp as join,*sk hdc cluster, 2 dc (further known as dc clusters) in sp between hdc clusters from previous round* repeat from * to * to beginning point, sl st join or invisible join to the top of the beginning 3 chs, fasten off, weave in ends. (26 dc including first 2 chs or 13 dc clusters)
Rnd 6 : Sl st join next color in any space between two dc clusters from previous round, ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in the same sp as join,* sk dc cluster, 2 dc in sp between dc clusters from previous round* repeat from * to * to beginning point, sl st join or invisible join to the top of the beginning 3 chs, fasten off, weave in ends. (26 dc including first 2 chs or 13 dc clusters)
Rnd 7: Sl st join next color in any st, ch2 (counts as 1st hdc), hdc in every st around including a hdc in the space between the dc clusters, sl st join or invisible join to the top of the beginning 2 chs, fasten off, weave in ends. (39 hdc)
Make two of these (further referred to as half spheres).

Join

While holding the two half spheres together with the hearts lined up, count 2 sts over from the left of the middle of the heart and whip st sew the two half spheres together until there is an opening to fit the ornament. Slip in ornament and continue to whip st to 2 sts to the right of the ornament, fasten off and weave in ends.


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Since this pattern has not been tested by anyone but me, 
I would really appreciate any suggestions or questions about the pattern.
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Here's the step-by-step photo version of the pattern:
 
 

Warmly,

Astri

P.S. If you have enjoyed this pattern,
please check out my other patterns on
and
 My other patterns are written similarly to the one above, 
including many step-by-step photos and most of the patterns
 have video links for added assistance.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Puffy NOLA Sunset Afghan | Crochet Pattern | Out for Additional Testing

Here's another pattern that's being refreshed and retested:
(Can you tell I'm going all out in New Year's Resolutions mode?)
My tests and edits are finished and now it has been sent out for testing.
I'm very excited about the enthusiasm expressed to test this pattern.

This is the original pattern:
You can find the pattern with my revisions by clicking on the following store links:



 This version is made with Stylecraft Special DK and Scheepjes Colour Crafter.
Sources to purchase this yarn can be found by clicking here.

The colors were inspired by this sunset photo from the Bayou Saint John
in New Orleans, Louisianna.

There's a lot of
going on here at 
The Koselig Hekler Hus
(Cozy Crochet House)
and I'm wishing and hoping the same for you!

Warmly,

Astri