Flash Sale on Top 10 Patterns

I sometimes lose sight of the big picture. It helps me to look back on the last 6 months and see how I’ve grown! So this post is for me. But it is also for you: I’m going to put my bestsellers on sale for 24 hours only!

I like to see how my art style has changed and developed since I started drawing patterns. I know you guys are buying crochet patterns, but I am really creating art. The crochet part is secondary.

Creating art has been scary at times. Showing something I have drawn opens up the risk that people will hate it. That hasn’t really happened, but I get scared every time I publish a new pattern. There is a quote that I read somewhere… but of course I can’t find the actual quote now and I don’t know who to credit with saying it. But my horrible memory summarizes it like this:

Artists don’t like their own art because it looks like they drew it. This is in fact the best quality of their work!

unknown, paraphrased

I definitely have felt this. My art looks like something I drew – which is technically a good thing – but it makes me highly critical of it.

And sometimes what I imagine in my head doesn’t get conveyed to the final piece. That can sometimes be good and other times not-so-good. Sometimes it surprises me when certain patterns sell better than others. Do you have a favorite? I think my Monstera Leaf blanket was my favorite make in the last few months.

Some of these patterns are older than others, obviously, but these were my top 10 sellers on Ravelry in the last 6 months:

  • MusicCAL – This one surprises me, because it was available free online! Thank you for making this my number 1 seller since March 2021!
  • Brotzell Tiger King – I am not so surprised at this one. It took me a long time to draw this one and I am pleased that you all found my effort worth it.
  • Summer Direction CAL – This one has a free version as well! I think you guys like working on the same project together.
  • A Year of Gnomes eBook – Every month a new gnome reminds everyone about this eBook, so I am not surprised to see it on this list!
  • Baby Ocean and Others eBook – This eBook has 6 patterns and it is a great value so having this on the top 10 list makes sense to me! Plus I think these designs are kind of awesome.
  • Blooming Owl Wall Hanging – This is my husband’s favorite, and it is a close 2nd for me.
  • Monstera Leaf – Like I said above, this was my favorite crochet project this year. I made it with my best friend in mind but I almost kept it instead!
  • Into the Ocean – This one is definitely on my top 5 all-time-favorites list!
  • 2020 Mother’s Day CAL eBook – Seeing this one on the list does surprise me – it is over a year old!
  • Chained Ponds – This one was my 200th pattern on Ravelry. And I believe it is on the top 10 list because of the challenge I gave you all to complete it within 6 weeks and receive a pillow square for free!

Were you surprised like me? Did your favorite pattern make it on the list?

Just for fun, I’m putting all 10 of these on sale for 24 HOURS ONLY! Use code “21TOPTEN” on Ravelry to get 20% off any of my top ten patterns! (Offer expires at 3:30 pm CST, November 13, 2021. Not valid on Etsy)

Thank you to my many testers: Altona Newcombe, CarolinevdB, Christine Schneider, CynCityCrochets, Dana Bouch, Eileen, and Erie Krol/Zus.

Baby Whale: 5 of 6 patterns in the Baby Ocean and Others eBook

These ocean-themed baby blankets have been fun to design! I have finally decided upon six baby ocean patterns for the eBook on Ravelry. Would you like me to put the eBook on Etsy too once it’s complete?

This adorable whale started his life looking quite different but I am happy with the final outcome. My art leads me most of the time. At least this time it is still a whale! I gotta go with the flow, you know?

Sometimes I ask my husband for his opinion. Sometimes I ask a friend online. And sometimes I ignore everything they say.

I get a little defensive, “this is MY art, stop telling me what to do!”

But sometimes I listen when my husband says the eye needs to go back farther and maybe change the curve of his back? And, wouldn’t you know it, my artsy husband can even be right! (some of the time)

Sample crocheted by CynCityCrochets using the interlocking crochet technique. Her fun purple ombre yarn really adds to this design!

As always, my pattern is written for two techniques: interlocking crochet and overlay mosaic crochet. You get one file with written line-by-line instructions for locked filet mesh (that’s what I call interlocking crochet) and a one-page chart. The single-page chart is good for viewing on a screen because you can easily zoom in on the section you’re working on.

The other file has written line-by-line instructions for the overlay mosaic crochet technique and a multi-page chart with X’s showing where to do the drop-down double crochets. These charts are best used printed off and taped together. It can be confusing to scroll between the pages when you’re not sure which row to look at next.

This pattern, along with the others in my Baby Blankets section on Etsy and Ravelry all begin with 60 windows when you use the Locked Filet Mesh technique or 121 foundation single crochets for the overlay mosaic method.

These extra-large squares have been designed with the thought that if you join four together you could get a full 60″ blanket. I have a tutorial on YouTube for joining squares but this is only one of many ways you could do it.

Since this is not the first pattern in my Baby Ocean series, you should already know about the eBook on Ravelry called “Baby Ocean & Others“. It will be updated to include each of these ocean-themed baby blanket patterns as I publish them. And I have finally concluded that there will be a total of six (6) patterns in this eBook.

I have more than six Ocean-themed blankets but I have decided to create a new eBook next month with the designs that don’t really fit into the “baby” theme.

Get “Baby Whale” on Etsy or Ravelry. Use code, “BABY21” to get 20% off* all my baby blanket patterns!

*20% discount is valid in my Etsy Shop on Preemie Love Blanket, Feline the Deer, Many Hugs, Baby Ocean, Baby Dolphin, Baby Crab, Baby Sea Turtle, Baby Whale, Baby Fish, and Baby Ocean & Others eBook; use code “BABY21MORE”.

And in my Ravely store on Preemie Love Blanket, Feline the Deer, Many Hugs, Baby Ocean, Baby Dolphin, Baby Crab, Baby Sea Turtle, Baby Whale, Baby Fish, and Baby Ocean & Others eBook. Code “BABY21” must be used at the time of purchase, and is not retroactive. Offer ends 11:59 pm CST July 31, 2021. OFFER EXTENDED TO AUGUST 10, 2021.

This offer will be extended to August 10, 2021 because I didn’t create the patterns fast enough! I have a 6th pattern to publish in this eBook. The final pattern has a special place in my heart – you’re going to love it! It should be ready for you in one week!