April 17-23, 2022: Wall Hangings Bundle

I hope everyone has been enjoying my Designaversary Celebration (don’t forget to enter the Grand Prize giveaway on YouTube)! April has gone by so quickly already!

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Last week’s bundles were HUGE! One bundle had 94 patterns, the other bundle had 73. They were all squares (designed to be joined together as blankets), but if you saw my last post you’ll know there’s so much more you can do with a square!

This week I am featuring my wall hanging patterns!

These patterns were designed to decorate your wall (but I also love that you can really put any of my designs on your wall). They all come with written instructions and charts for BOTH the interlocking crochet method and the overlay mosaic crochet method (like ALL of my patterns).

My selection of wall hanging patterns. Fa La La crocheted by Altona Newcombe, Parisian set crocheted by An Anonymous Squirrel, Blooming Owl crocheted by me

What makes these patterns different? Mostly, the yarn suggestion.

Using a 1 – fine / fingering weight yarn keeps these projects smaller and lighter than my normal 4 – medium / worsted weight recommendation. You’ll use a smaller hook as well.

Of course, you can use fingering weight yarn on any project but these patterns specifically include instructions for attaching them to a wooden dowel for you to hang on the wall.

There are many ways to join your project to a dowel. Blooming Owl Wall Hanging was designed so you could tie the mosaic fringe on the top of the piece to the dowel and then hide it behind.

Fringe gets tied together and then hidden at the back of the wall hanging. The piece is sideways in the photo.

For my other patterns, or if you use the interlocking crochet technique where there is no fringe, I suggest a simple whip stitch.

I also really like the way it looks when you create tabs to go over the dowel. I added 3 sections of single crochet tabs to my single-width sample of Glacial Warmth (a blanket pattern, not a wall hanging pattern).

I also have these two Mountain squares on my wall (these are also not wall hanging patterns but, as you can see, anything can get hung on the wall!).

Mosaic sample at the top uses the lighter blue for the main color (MC) whereas the interlocking sample below uses the darker blue as the MC.

Details on the Bundle

I have 5 patterns designed as wall hangings and for this week only you can get them ALL in one bundle!

The bundle deal gets you 60% off! *Cue the jaw-drop!* But it’s only available on Ravelry and the offer ends 11:59pm CST April 23, 2022.

If you don’t want ALL of them, you can also buy them individually and you’ll get 30% off. The 30% off offer is valid on Etsy and Ravelry until 11:59pm CST April 23, 2022; no code needed, no eBooks included.

They are each available separately (the Ravelry and Etsy links are listed above), and the three Parisian designs are also available as a set (eBook on Ravelry or eBook on Etsy). The Parisian eBook represents a 23% savings versus buying each pattern individually; normally that’s a good deal, but this week (if you’re not going to grab the Wall Hangings Bundle at 60% off) you’re better off grabbing each pattern individually so you can get the 30% off!

Why even bother with such a small bundle?

Well, this Designaversary Celebration month is intended to take you on a journey of discovering more about me! And the first wall hanging I ever made also happened to be the one I got published in a magazine!

Photo courtesy of Practical Publishing

Unfortunately, my crocheted Eiffel Tower got lost in the mail back to me in Canada from Crochet Now! magazine in the UK.

But, besides that, I am proud of these designs and wall hangings seem to be one of the preferred ways crocheters can show off their talent so it’s time for you to show off your talent!

Next week it will be all about blankets!

Summer Direction CAL & August Summary

This post is going to be a mix of personal stuff, a monthly summary, and instructions for how to continue the Summer Direction CAL. You can skip to whatever part you find most interesting.

Personal

Twelve years ago, under a hot summer sun, I said “I do”. Mitch and I got married on his parents’ acreage and most of the guests took home sunburns. We were young and crazy. Now we’re just crazy. 😉

We have had good times and bad times and three babies and many moves and we have grown and changed through it all. I am not going to give you my life’s story today. I’m too busy making crochet patterns! Here’s to many more years! *grab a cup of something and celebrate with me, eh?*

Also, my Anniversary could have been a good excuse to have a sale, but I already had a sale to celebrate my family’s August birthdays and I’m going to have another sale for my birthday in a few days anyway! 😀

August Summary

This month, August 2021, marks 16 months since I began designing. I love it and I wish I had started sooner!

Like every month this year, my first pattern of the month was a gnome. “August Gnome” was the one with all the cherries. There are only a few more months to go until we have a complete blanket! “A Year of Gnomes” has been one of my best sellers. Thank you for the love!

Crocheted by CarolinevdB, overlay mosaic technique

Then I published “Baby Fish“. This pattern was the 6th extra large square (otherwise known as a baby blanket) in my “Baby Ocean & Others” eBook. I am excited to get my next Ocean eBook started! I will have 6 more patterns of this size for you all! They aren’t *baby* designs this time, although some of them are definitely still good as baby gifts. Most of them are designed for the super cool grown-ups, like me, who enjoy ocean art that can be made into a big blanket.

Mosaic crochet version of “Baby Fish”. Made with Retro Stripes from Red Heart.

Next I came out with another big blanket pattern, “Sunflowers and Butterflies”. This is a summer design that I know you all loved – you visited my ravelry page so many times that I got listed in their top 10 list! Thank you!

Interlocking Crochet sample by Semicci. This pattern made it into Ravelry’s top 10!

You may notice in the image above that the pattern listed right above mine was “The Wave 2” by Svetlana Rogatykh. That pattern was part of the Ocean-themed Crochet-Along hosted by CAL-Crochet-Along blog. I contributed two patterns to that CAL. My “Mosaic Coral Strip” was first, and my “Mosaic Sunglasses Strip” was the final part of that blanket! They have 2 more blankets as part of their Friends Around the World 6th Anniversary CAL – check out the details here: https://calcrochetalong.com/2021-friends-around-the-world-cal/

After publishing the FREE “Mosaic Sunglasses Strip” to Ravelry on August 19, 2021 I also put a FREE file in my Facebook Group for the interlocking crochet version of my sunglasses strip!

And then the very next day we started my Summer Direction CAL!

This pattern has YouTube videos for each section for both of the techniques (interlocking and overlay mosaic crochet). And each section’s written line-by-line instructions will be FREE on my website here as well.

We are about 25% of the way through this pattern so far.

You can still get the full pattern and charts on Ravelry or Etsy for 50% off until the end of September by using code “SUMMER2021“.

My 6th published pattern this month was originally published in Crochet Now magazine in issue 68 which came out in the spring. I am very proud to be published like a “real designer”! It feels very validating and a little bit surreal. 😅

Now that I can publish my “Eiffel Tower Wall Hanging” to Ravelry and Etsy I have used my normal template (that is: US terminology, written for both overlay mosaic crochet and interlocking crochet).

You can still get 20% off your purchase of the Eiffel Tower or the Parisian Wall Hangings eBook (which includes three patterns) until 11:59pm CST August 30, 2021 by using code “PARIS20“.

Summer Direction CAL

We began this Crochet-A-Long on August 20, 2021. We created the foundation rows in whichever technique you preferred (interlocking or mosaic) and you also had to decide at that point how wide your project was going to be. You may find it easier to navigate through each section from the landing page for your chosen technique.

I made a single-width sample in both techniques and then a full blanket using the mosaic technique (I used Red Heart Super Saver Stripes, colorway “Retro Stripes” for my Contrasting Color).

We have completed two sections of Chevron A and the first Dark Arrow section so far.

The next section in the Summer Direction CAL is a repeat of Chevron A again. We are now at row 49 but the video and written instructions are going to start with row 5. You may need to put a stitch marker at row 49 to remind you that it counts as row 5.

If you’re using the interlocking technique it’s important to note that you will be starting this section with the Wrong Side (WS) facing you.

Make sure you only do Chevron A once after the Dark Arrows.

Eiffel Tower Wall Hanging, My Turn

In April 2021, in issue 68, Crochet Now! published my Eiffel Tower Wall Hanging. What a dream come true to be published in a magazine! It is an overlay mosaic crochet pattern. I used Scheepjes Organicon yarn (4-ply, fingering weight) and as per their requirements the pattern was written in UK terminology.

Now that the rights to the pattern have reverted to me, I am publishing it using my normal template. I use US terminology and I write up my patterns for two techniques: interlocking crochet and overlay mosaic crochet. You can get 20% off your purchase of this pattern – scroll to the end for the code! *Offer expired.

The sample in the image above uses only two colors and was done by an Anonymous Squirrel using the interlocking technique. The other wall hangings are also interlocking crochet. The mosaic sample I made for the magazine, shown below, uses 7 colors (1 main color and a series of 6 contrasting colors).

Photo courtesy of Practical Publishing

I created an eBook a few months ago called “Parisian Wall Hangings”. The “Fleur-De-Lis Wall Hanging” and “Une Autre Fleur” are now, finally, joined by my original Paris-themed pattern: “Eiffel Tower Wall Hanging”. You can get the eBook on Ravelry or Etsy. I will be sending all the updates today to those who already purchased the eBook and have been patiently waiting for this final pattern.

When I was trying to come up with a design to submit to the magazine I saw a photo with the Eiffel tower in the background and this was sort of how the colors went. The bottom was in shadow with orange highlights from the setting sun. Then there was the bright yellow sun which shone up into the clouds in a way that made everything look pastel pink/purple. And then at the top of the photo, past the clouds, you could see a little bit of sky. But the sky had a haze that made it a bit green-y. And there you have it. My color inspirations.

I tried to keep the chart small but I think it got a bit larger than I anticipated. It is a large wall hanging in my opinion. The chart size is 117 x 211 and my sample was 19″ x 38″ (48cm x 95cm).

It is common in the UK to use 4-ply yarn, but here in Canada (and also in the USA) I know a lot of crocheters will go, “I don’t want to use thread!” (to be clear… 4-ply/fingering/1-super fine weight yarn is NOT thread, I was exaggerating). Fingering weight yarn just isn’t as common here. You can learn more about yarn weights from the Craft Council. And you can try using YarnSub.com to find a similar yarn if you don’t have access to Scheepjes Organicon.

You could also use a thicker yarn. It will make your finished piece larger. But the image will still show up just fine!

I still grin like a maniac when I think about how cool I am to be published in a magazine! Celebrate with me by taking 20% off your purchase of the “Eiffel Tower Wall Hanging” or the “Parisian Wall Hangings” eBook (which includes “Eiffel Tower Wall Hanging”, “Fleur-De-Lis Wall Hanging”, and “Une Autre Fleur”) by using code “PARIS20”. Offer valid on my listings on Ravelry and Etsy, expires August 30, 2021.

This is my “is this real?” face – I am in a magazine!

Update as of June 4, 2022: I had a pretty major typo on the yardage amounts. The pattern has been updated on Ravelry. Those who purchased on Etsy can contact me for an updated file or mark your pattern with the following information:

Interlocking Crochet

  • Scheepjes Organicon (Or any fingering weight yarn to meet gauge) (1850 yards total)
    • Main color (MC) – 900 yards plus 50 for optional border
    • Accent color (AC) – 150 yards each of 6 colors, 900 yards total

Overlay Mosaic Crochet

  • Scheepjes Organicon (Or any fingering weight yarn to meet gauge) (170m per 50g skein/ball)
    • Main color (MC) – 3 balls (510 m / 558 yards)
    • Accent color (AC) – 1 ball each in 6 colors (90 m / 98 yards of each color)

Magazine Dream Come True: Eiffel Tower in Crochet Now

Did you see my post on instagram? I am going to be in a magazine! Hello, dreams-come-true! 🤩😍

Photos courtesy of Practical Publishing

I designed this Eiffel Tower Wall Hanging for their Paris theme – this is what they wrote on their blog: “Welcome that Parisian feeling into your décor with what is possibly the most amazing crochet wall-hanging I’ve ever seen! The Eiffel Tower hanging on the back of my door would certainly make me smile every day!

Crochet Now 68 is on sale from 22nd April in shops across the UK. To find your nearest stockist, visit http://www.seymour.co.uk – or order online from http://www.craftstash.co.uk

You can also purchase a digital edition of the magazine via the PocketMags app.

Me, here in Canada, I am hoping Michael’s will have the magazine 🤷‍♀️

I did also find this link that looks promising: https://www.crochetnow.co.uk/where-to-buy/

This magazine is based in the UK which means they require patterns to be written using UK terms. In a few months, when the rights revert back to me, I will publish this pattern to Ravelry and Etsy in the form that is familiar to me: interlocking crochet and mosaic crochet; in US terminology.

The magazine version has a link to a chart with x’s! Some of you may be really excited for that, I will also be offering the non-x’ed-chart for my interlocking crocheters.

I used Scheepjes Organicon in my magazine sample. The colors are for spring time 🤩 and the softness of the yarn makes me think people will start hugging their wall! I used a 3 mm hook but you may need to adjust that based on your tension.

What do you think about the simple wooden dowel at the top for hanging? I haven’t made many wall hangings before but I think the simplicity of it is really nice.

I am going to crochet it again, using the interlocking crochet technique and bulky weight yarn! I just need to pick colors… 🤔 it should end up being a good size for a single-person blanket.

Anyway, this has been a pretty exciting month for me with my one-year Designaversary, the big giveaway and sale, and then this big magazine announcement! I was also really hoping to announce my next CAL (Crochet-A-Long) but I am still ironing out some details.

Here is a teaser:

MusicCAL: coming soon!

On a personal note, I also *finally* got my 10 year anniversary ring 💍 🤩 This summer will be our 12th anniversary! When we had our 10th we were still renovating the house (that is now sold) and I had literally just had my 3rd baby (making it 3 kids under 5 years old) so a pretty ring wasn’t really a priority.

The MusicCAL is dedicated to my husband. I am so thankful for him. Words are kind of insufficient. He is an amazing man, a loving husband, the best dad, and a super cool musician. 😎

Impromptu family photo