Thursday, February 28, 2013

Announcing the "Jackson Tuxedo Set" pattern release

Good afternoon to all my friends!  I hope your week has been a good one so far and wishing you a fantastic weekend.  I have had a very long week as  being 7 1/2 months pregnant and watching my 2 toddlers and my toddler nephew all week can wear a gal out...But I wouldn't change it for the world.  I love them all :)

I really am excited to release this pattern.  I honestly have wanted to design a tuxedo for a while but was worried that I would be disappointed in my own efforts.  Thankfully, I tried anyway and I love how it turned out.

This pattern is for 0-3 months only.  Jacked, pants and bow tie instructions are all included.  This is an intermediate crochet pattern, though I do have photos to help and I do offer support if needed.

Jackson Tuxedo Crochet Pattern by Crafting Friends Designs
I will have the pattern on a "Release Sale" through Sunday evening here:  Jackson Tuxedo Set on Craftsy

Thanks for all your support!  I would love to hear what you think about this newest pattern.

Update:  Pattern available on Crafting Friends

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Shelby Beanie by Loops of Love

I have finished up the "Jackson" Tuxedo pattern set and am just waiting for feedback and photos from my testers.  While I am waiting, I enjoy being able to test crochet patterns for other designers.  Last weeks pattern I tested was the Shelby Beanie by Lisa of Loops of Love.  It is such a cut pattern and very quick and easy to work up.  I have had these Lady Bug buttons for quite some time and really wanted to use one for a project.  This worked up perfectly and my girls LOVE it!
The hat pattern is available here: Shelby Beanie on Craftsy

This hat is made using Cotton yarn and is light and airy - perfect for spring and warmer days.  The flower is a combination of 2 patterns I have.  The red flower is the Croco Flower by Bonita Patterns.  The White flower is called the Large Gerbera found in this book 200 Crochet Flowers Embellishments &Trims.

If you like to crochet, Loops of Love has many other darling patterns to try out. 

Hope you are off to a good and warm week my friends!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Easter is on it's way

I've started seeing a bunch of Easter items out and about since the holiday will be in March this year.  I love seeing all the little girls dressed up in their new Easter dresses.  With prices of everything going up, I know there will be many who choose to make their own things this year - whether it's the candy/treats for Easter Egg hunts or the oufits their little ones will be dressed in for photos or church.

I have decided to have a sale on my Emerald City dress patterns and give people plenty of time to make 1 or 2.  My girls love their dresses I made them with this pattern and they receive so many compliments every time they wear them.  Now through Saturday (Feb 23rd) You can get this pattern on sale in my Craftsy store only.

Available sizes are Infant, Toddler and Child (newborn to child 12)  Individual patterns are only $3 and the Package including all sizes is only $8.  Links are posted under each photo below.

I would LOVE to see photos of anything you make using my patterns!  If you are willing to share a photo, you can either email it to me at or post it on my Face Book page Crafting Friends on FaceBook

Happy Wednesday - Hope you are having a fantastic week!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Baby Tuxedo Crochet Pattern

I am so excited to show you what I have been working on over the last week!  I have had a baby Tuxedo on my list to design for a while and decided it was time to get it done.  We have 3 daughters right now and are expecting our 4th child in April.  Since this will be our last baby, we have decided not to find out if it's a boy or girl.  Although it is driving everyone around us crazy, I think it will be fun to be surprised. 

My oldest daughters blessing dress was handmade by a wonderful friend of mine.  My middle daughter's dress was made by my mother in law and my youngest daughters dress was made by my mom.  I wanted each to have their own keepsake from their blessing day and each dress is beautiful.  I figure that it is my turn to make the blessing outfit for this baby and since I don't know how to sew, I will crochet an outfit.  Not knowing if it's a boy or girl, I will be making my Angelique dress for a girl and a tuxedo for a boy. 

Pattern available here: Angelique pattern on Craftsy

It will look much better with a dress shirt and bow tie - but I couldn't wait to share

I wasn't sure if a crocheted tuxedo would even look good.  I've only seen a pattern for 1 while searching the web and it wasn't exactly what I had in mind, so I HAD to come up with my own.  I'm actually quite pleased with the way it turned out.  It was a LOT of work, but I think it will be worth it.  This black one was specifically for design purposes and I will be making a white one for the baby.  I still have to design the pants to go with it, but compared to this - pants should be a piece of cake! 

I'm typing up the pattern over the next few days and will have it tested by the ladies in my testing group.  It should be ready to release with in the next week or 2 :)

What do you think?  Would you make or use a crocheted baby tuxedo?

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Pattern Release: Boot Cuff Package

I'm thrilled to let you know that my Boot Cuff pattern package is now available.  The pattern includes directions for 5 different Boot Cuffs with 3-4 sizes each for $6.  They are quick and easy to work up and there are photos to help show stitch placement on the harder pattern (Loop the Loop - Shown top right) I also offer support on all of my patterns if needed.

Here is a link to buy the pattern now through Ravelry (you do not have to be a member to purchase):

 To celebrate my birthday this month, I also have set up a 37% Discount on all orders through my Ravelry Shop which will automatically be taken off at check out.  This discount will be available through the end of the month.  If you would like to take advantage of the discount and purchase any other patterns, you can do so through this link:  Crafting Friends on Ravelry

 I am so exited to be releasing patterns again and have already started my next project.  I would also love to hear any ideas for designs that you have and would like me to create :)

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

New Boot Cuff Patterns coming soon

Thank you to everyone who entered the 2 Super Bowl giveaways I held.  I appreciate all your support and Congrats to the winners - Darlene Fishback and Melissa Hottenstein!
Darlene won an adult Ravens hat and Melissa won a team hat of choice.

Now that the team hat sales are starting to slow down, I've had time to get back to some designing :)  My daughter asked me to make her some boot cuffs and I was able to come up with 5 different patterns in 3-4 sizes each.  They have been tested and will be released as a package this week (as soon as I get a few good photos)  Here is a sneak peak for you

Bubble Boot Cuff

Puff Boot Cuff Version 2

Shell Boot Cuff

Loop the Loop Boot Cuff