Friday, June 12, 2015

sandy's cape cod originals: 596 Doggie Toy Lovie Blanket Free crochet pattern

sandy's cape cod originals: 596 Doggie Toy Lovie Blanket

How sweet is this!!!?  Sandy's Cape Cod Originals is offering her Doggie Toy Lovie Blanket crochet pattern to all of us for free. 
This is a great way to find new designers and see how you like their writing style.  Grab your copy today, work one up and maybe you'll love it enough that you can make a bunch of them for service projects.  I bet that Homeless Shelters or Women's Shelters could both use some of these to brighten a little child's day.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

We Live and we Learn, We Learn and we Grow. Crochet Pattern updates and new additions

Shell Brook crochet pattern
Shell Brook Afghan
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4 years ago,  I started writing patterns and designing some of my own crochet things.  2 very different things.  I wrote some patterns for afghans using basic crochet stitches such as my Brick Stitch Afghan and my Shell Brook Afghan.  I didn't really "Design" them because they were just the stitches in straight rows and I just figured out the sizing and wrote the directions down.  They are very pretty afghans and I've made MANY of each of them. 

 Then,  I decided that I wanted to actually design my own crochet baby dress patterns.  I'm not fond of the really frilly, old fashioned style dresses that are out there.  I like simple, clean looks and that's the direction I took when designing my first 6 Basic Infant Dresses:
Baby Tay, Shell Brook, Diamond, Ribbon & Lace, Oh Snap and Snap Dragon.  I wanted everyone (even beginners) to feel accomplished by being able to make their own
crocheted clothing. 
Basic Infant Dress pkg by Crafting Friends Designs
I posted some photos of just the dresses on FaceBook and the Ribbon & Lace dress (the peach one on the far left) was shared by AllFreeCrochet because they really liked it and I was blown away by how many people were interested in the patterns.  It was a long few months of actually writing up the instructions for others to be able to follow, having around 20 wonderful ladies test 4 different sizes in all 6 designs.  The patterns worked!!!  The dresses others made using my instructions were really pretty and I was so happy to have such a great response!

Fast forward 3 more years and WOW have I learned a LOT!  I've changed my writing style some and have worked with 4 amazing Professional Photographers in order to show my work at it's best. I owe a HUGE thanks to Nicole Nelson Photography,
Ash & Co, Violet Lufkin Photography and Two Color Photography for working with me and their beautiful talent.
Ribbon & Lace Infant Dress & Afghan Set Crochet Pattern

Baby Tay Infant Dress & Afghan Set
Ribbon & Lace Infant Dress Set
As I looked back at these 6 original designs, I knew I needed to update them.  I dreaded it for a while because I remembered working up each size dress myself along with the ladies testing.  I had SO many dresses around my house (they are addicting!). However, once I jumped in to start the updates, I found it refreshing and fun and inspiring.  I decided I wanted to do more than just update the dress. I wanted to improve the value of each design so I added new flowers to some and coordinating afghans for each one.
I use Caron Simply Soft yarn for my dresses though you can use other similar yarns such as I Love This Cotton.  I also use Boye crochet hooks, so keep this in mind when working your swatch for the gauge.  Different hook brands can alter your finished size if gauge is not met first.

Now that they are all complete, I couldn't be more happy and in love with how simple yet beautiful each one is.  I hope that you will enjoy them even more than before!  They are fantastic gifts for Baby Showers and each afghan (except the Flower afghan) has instructions to make in your desired size and is not set specifically for infants.  I'm sure that there are brothers and sisters to those cute little newborn babies who would love to have a matching blanket.
Diamond Infant Dress & Afghan Set
Oh Snap Infant Dress & Afghan Set
Snap Dragon Infant Dress & Afghan Set
Shell Brook Infant Dress & Afghan Set

What do you think?  Aren't they fun!!?  This collection is great to have on hand to whip up some amazing handmade Baby Shower Gifts or to make as service projects.

Friday, April 3, 2015

New Crochet Pattern: Spring Garden Photo Prop Sensory Mat

Spring Garden Prop/Sensory Blanket

For Round 5 of the Battle of the Stitches Crochet challenge, I asked Lisa Jell of Kaleidoscope Art & Gifts to choose the theme and stitch.  She chose to use the Moorish Motif with "On the Wings of Spring" as the theme.  This was a beautiful choice, but not an easy task.  Each challenger needed to use the Moorish Motif as the focus of their design.  I knew I wanted to do another photography prop but I really struggled with how to use the motif at first.  I knew I wanted to get a great texture in the mat and wanted to pull in the spring theme.  Then I had an idea - a Themed mat!  I didn't know if it would work or not.  I thought it was a cute idea, but would photographers really use it? 

Monday, March 23, 2015

Monday Madness Diamond Infant Dress Crochet Pattern Update and Sale

In the Beginning

Diamond Dress by Crafting Friends Designs
Diamond Infant Dress
A little over 3 years ago, I designed my 6 Basic Infant Dress crochet patterns.  The Diamond, Ribbon & Lace, Baby Tay, Shell Brook, Oh Snap and Snap Dragon dress collection was a huge hit as soon as I showed photos on Facebook.  I had only made them in a newborn baby size and had only written the pattern down for myself.  So many people asked for the patterns that I couldn't ignore it.  I quickly gathered a group of about 20 ladies to test for me and we worked hours and hours making 4 different sizes in 6 different styles.  I wanted to make sure that each size worked up and looked the way that I wanted it, so I actually made each dress in each size.  Holy Moly that was a LOT of work! But it was an awesome feeling when we were through testing and I was able to release each dress pattern. 

Pattern Update

After 3 years of crochet designing, I look back at this infant collection and while I'm proud if it, I have learned a lot and these patterns are not written to how I prefer to have my patterns now.  I have started updating each design and retesting them to hopefully make them better and easier to understand.  So, Are you ready for a pattern  Re-Release and Sale?

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Monday Madness! Princess Britt Infant Dress Crochet Pattern Sale

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This is one of my girls' favorite dresses!  They love the ruffle and get compliments EVERY time they wear them.  The Princess Britt dress crochet pattern has a wonderful texture to it along with the beautiful ruffles on the skirt.  It is Great for Photo props! 
I admit, I was worried at first when I found the Red Heart Sashay yarn thinking it would be hard to work with other than making scarves.  It's so pretty, and VERY simple to use!  No need to stress.

Monday's can be so gloomy because everyone heads back to work.  I thought it would be fun to have a Monday Madness event and offer a variety of patterns at a HUGE discount 1 day a week.  What do you think?

Friday, March 13, 2015

New Textured Basket Weave Chevron Afghan Crochet Pattern

Crafting Friends Designs Basket Weave Chevron Afghan
Basket Weave Chevron Afghan Crochet Pattern

New Crochet Pattern

Woo Hoo!!!  We have a new pattern release for you this week and I'm so excited about it.  I love the look of the Basket Weave crochet stitch, but it is usually used in just straight rows or rounds.  I wanted something fun and unique and was determined to design with it.  Chevrons have been my "thing" lately and when that "Ah Ha" moment came, I was jumping for joy!

Choosing Color

As I've mentioned before, color is not my strength right now when releasing patterns.  I have my favorite color schemes and they work well for my home and I often create new designs for friends and family using their home interior design as the inspiration for their item.  While I think they always turn out beautifully, they are not always colors that speak to others from a website saying "BUY ME NOW"   lol.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

I've been nominated for The Crochet Awards

Woo Hoo!  Thank you to the fan(s) who nominated my Stars & Stripes Sundress for The Crochet Awards.  There are so many talented designers who have been nominated for this quarter and I'm thrilled to have been included.

Crochet Pattern Sale:
To celebrate, I'm offering 50% off the Stars & Stripes Sundress patterns on my website.  You just need to use code SEEINGSTARS at checkout to receive the discount on this dress pattern. Coupon will be good through Feb 28, 2015. 

Many other designers are also offering discounts on their nominated designs.  This is NOT to bribe anyone for votes.  It is simply to say thank you let you know that we appreciate you.  If you haven't voted yet, Please head over to and vote for your favorite design in a variety of categories. 

Stars & Stripes Infant Sundress
Stars & Stripes Toddler Sundress
Stars & Stripes Child Sundress
Stars & Stripes Sundress Package
Stars & Stripes Sundress by Crafting Friends Designs

Monday, February 16, 2015

New Diamond Burst Chevron Afghan Crochet Pattern and CAL

Welcome the Diamond Burst Chevron Afghan Crochet Pattern to our Chevron Collection!

 I'm sure you could tell by now that I really love afghans.  Chevron afghans are all over the place and I know there are TONS of chevron patterns, but most of them are pretty basic patterns.  I have pushed my creativity and was determined to be unique in my chevron designs and I think I've done a pretty good job (If I do say so myself).  My latest design is no different.  It started out as an afghan with arrows working up the peaks of the chevron and then I had an Ah-Ha moment and the Diamond Burst Chevron Afghan was born.
10 days from the beginning foundation to the final 4'x5.5' afghan ready for promotional photos was a fast turn on an afghan for me.  I really enjoyed working this design and didn't want to set it down!

CAL Time

I'm so excited that I decided to do a CAL (crochet - a - long) using this pattern.  Because it's one of my Chevron Collection patterns, it will be listed for $5.49 at the end of February.  To enjoy some time crocheting this with you prior to it's release, Those who become members of my site have access to this pattern for only $3.00 in order to join the CAL.  Beginning 2/18, I will start posting 1 row of instructions each day (probably taking Sunday off).    I've already posted about how I choose my colors and a tip to figuring out how to stripe patterns easily.  I appreciate everyone who has joined already and look forward to seeing your projects as we work this together.  

How you can join

A few of you have mentioned that you would like to join but would not be able to until Friday.  No worries!  You can still join and are welcome to jump in when you can.  I will be working on my 2nd one for another week so I can work it the same time as everyone else and I also have other projects that I need to push myself to do. 

To join, just visit and register or log in.  Once you're logged in, you can visit the Members Only page which will give you a few details of the CAL and the listing to purchase.  Once this listing is purchased, I will add you to the Blog section where we are holding the CAL.  Please feel free to post comments and ask questions where needed.  I'm there and happy to help. 

This pattern will not be released to the public until after the CAL is complete and will be the regular listing price then.  This will run for at least 1 week.  Obviously because we will all be making a variety of sizes, we won't all finish at the same time, but I think a week will get us through the majority of what in needed and then you can finish in your own time (no pressure) since it will be a matter of repeats and not new instructions. 

If you are unable to join this Crochet a Long, stick around because we will be holding more throughout the year.  I offered one last year for my Camo afghan and one a few weeks ago for a new free dress pattern.  Some will be free and some will be paid.  I like to mix things up a bit :).  I will also be offering special discounts to members only (on my site) throughout the year too, so come join the fun!

Thanks again for all your positive comments, support in sharing, liking and commenting on Crafting Friends Designs Facebook posts, Pinning and tweeting.  All of this helps so that others who share our same passion for crochet can see what we're up to. 
Enjoy your day and I hope to see you on the CAL blog!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

I'm Embracing my Ugly!

Shell Brook Afghan
Give me a hook and some yarn and let the designing begin!  Well, sort of.  See,  I have issues with color.  I'm admitting here and now that color is not my strong point when it comes to designing crochet patterns and then needing to sell them using the actual item I've made.  My favorite colors are Deep, Deep shades of Purple, Green, Blue and Red/Burgandy.  All beautiful to me and all colors that I have throughout my home.  They are warm and comforting and I just want to snuggle up in an afghan with those colors (Like the photo on the right which is actually one of my Faves!) and read a good book or watch a great movie or even crochet another afghan! 

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Double Crochet Foundation Chain Photo Tutorial

 Since learning how to work the Foundation Chain,  I've used it in all my designs that required a chain to start.  I LOVE this way of beginning projects and the stretch that it gives.  I also love that you don't have to worry about some chain spaces being to loose or to tight and it's all around just better!