• Free and easy Modern Crochet crop top pattern.

    The Easiest Top You’ll Ever Make (Free Pattern!)

    So, I’ve been spending some time lately getting more creative with my crocheting. What does that mean? Basically, I’ve been working on making more clothing. When I was younger, I always thought it would be awesome to be a fashion or costume designer. I have watched every season of Project Runway. I have attempted to sew my Halloween costumes, with mixed success. But, let’s be honest, I am not going to be the next Vera Wang (although if anyone wants me to sketch them endless designs for wedding dresses, hit me up). What’s held me back from designing clothes is the sheer fact that everyone’s size and shape is different.…

  • Modern Crochet Ice Cream Pint Cosy, Free Crochet Pattern

    What Season Is It Exactly? Or How I’m Ignoring the Weather and Embracing Spring

    It’s the middle of April. Did you know that? Because I was honestly shocked when I looked at the date. Outside of my window, this is what I see: My lovely fire pit, which I should be using for, ya know, bonfires is instead surrounded by ice and sleet. It’s been a bit depressing, to say the least. I was able to escape this frozen wasteland for a bit and head down to Nashville with my family last week. It was a very welcome vacation and we had one absolutely gorgeous day (where we managed to all get sunburned because we had forgotten what to do when the sun shines).…

  • Happy First Day of Spring – Free Pattern

    I’m back! I’ve been spending the last couple weeks wishing for spring…and based on the weather forecast it’s not going to show it’s face any time soon. So, despite the fact that I’m sitting here on the first day of spring freezing my but off and preparing for a foot of snow, I’ve decided to share one of my favorite spring patterns! Every time the weather starts to warm, I have these dreams of having a beautiful garden. I love the smell of the dirt and the beauty of flowers and plants. Unfortunately, I have a pretty black thumb, and I don’t manage to be very successful as a gardener.…

  • Modern Crochet Yarn Review, Shawl in a Ball from Lion Brand Yarns. Read my review of this yarn as well as get pattern ideas and inspiration.

    The Flaws Of Being A Creative Perfectionist (And Shawl in a Ball Review)

    In most aspects of my life, I am not a perfectionist. I am very much Type B. I’m disorganized, easily distracted, and usually have a million ideas floating through my brain, none of which are the one I’m supposed to be working on. However, when it comes to the “public” aspect of my persona, I’m much different. If I’m making a product for my Etsy shop, it needs to be perfect. I triple check my knots. I make sure there isn’t a woven end peaking out. I try it on and take pictures from every angle to make sure it looks alright. Still, the moment someone purchases something, I start…

  • Superbowl Monday Blues – And a Blue Crochet Pattern

    I love football. Really. Watching football is one of my favorite pastimes and it goes so well with crocheting. Most of my Sundays are spent going to church, then flopping down on my couch with a project and watching 7 hours of Red Zone. I’m a Cowboys fan, and my husband is a Bears fan. More importantly than our team affiliation, though, is Fantasy Football. We’re founding members of our league, and I’ve managed to lose in the championship for three years running now. So whenever the Superbowl comes, regardless of who’s playing, I cook a bunch of food and get excited. We either go to someone’s house, or host…

  • Yarn Review – Caron Cakes

    Caron Cakes, Caron Cakes, How much do I love thee? Let me count the ways… Seriously, though, I love this yarn. This is the yarn that reignited my love of crochet and pushed me to start my Etsy shop.  I spent a lot of time looking at other people’s finished crochet products online to get inspiration. It’s one of the reasons I LOVE Instagram. A year and a half ago, all of a sudden, I was seeing this yarn everywhere. I’m a sucker for color. I love finding colors that go together and mixing neutrals with vibrant, saturated hues. The color combinations on these cakes is amazing. Some have more…

  • Granny Square Vest – Free Pattern

    Nothing screams “CROCHET!” quite like the Granny Square and the idea of making clothing with the multicolored squares is nothing new.   The basic crochet staple has been done and redone by countless people and I’m sure my approach is nothing earth shattering. This pattern came from a desire to make something wearable with two skeins of hand-dyed yarn I received as gifts. These skeins were only 200 yards a piece and I wanted a stitch simple enough to show off the subtle color changes. The great thing about granny squares is you can keep working until you run out of yarn and make it as large or small as…

  • Lattice Stitch Pot Holder – Free Crochet Pattern

    I first learned to crochet from my mom, and often referenced her books from the 70s. I loved looking through the knitting and crochet stitch guides, although recreating any of these stitches seemed impossible at the time. It wasn’t until high school that I learned to really read a pattern, and I didn’t discover charts until college. In looking through vintage patterns, I found a lot of images from stitch dictionaries. Some of these stitches were familiar, but others I hadn’t come across before. I was especially intrigued by one in particular. I really liked how structured the stitches looked. It also reminded me of a smocked dress. I immediately…