3 Crochet Hat Patterns Designs by me, Jo

In today’s post I’d like to share some of my Handmade Crocheted Creations and 3 Crochet Hat Pattern Designs by me, Jo.  I have been testing patterns for other Crocheters these last couple of weeks. I wanted to see how other Crochet designers created their patterns. I learned a lot crocheting for them and really enjoyed my time creating their Crocheted Creations.

I have 3 Crocheted Hat Patterns in my Etsy Shop and here on my website. The first one is called Mint Julep Hat Pattern. In this hat pattern I used the crochet technique of going behind the chain stitch or bump as you Single or Double Crochet. In this technique you get a unique raised stitch that really stands out. You can view this stitch across the rim and the crown of the Mint Julep Messy Bun Hat below.

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Jo’s Mint Julep Hat
3 Crochet Hat Pattern Designs by me, Jo
Mint Julep Hat

I also added the technique of going behind the bump in the stitch across the crown and rim of my Purple Waves Hat Pattern. I really like this technique because of the texture it adds to the hat. You can really see the ‘waves’ across the whole hat and especially the rim. I also went in the back loops of the stitches made, adding more texture to the ‘waves.’ Check it out below.

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Jo’s Purple Waves Hat
3 Crochet Hat Pattern Designs by me, Jo
Purple Waves Hat

The last pattern, is called the Spiral Messy Bun Hat Pattern here. The Spiral Stitch I used is where you keep crocheting around, not worrying about slip stitching in the first stitch of the round. You can see this technique in the pictures below.

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Jo’s Spiral Hat
3 Crochet Hat Pattern Designs by me, Jo
Spiral Hat

Please check out 1 or more of the 3 Crochet Hat Patterns Designs by me, Jo. I would LOVE to see your version of my Handmade Crocheted Creations!  As a Scoliosis Survivor or Chronic Pain Sufferer, these patterns would be something you could do and feel a GREAT sense of accomplishment because the patterns are so fast and easy to make.  Please add a picture of your Handmade Crocheted Creations or a comment below! You can also add a comment or picture at my Facebook Page Jo’s Crafty Hook. I would LOVE to hear from you!

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Taking Care of Your Crocheted Cover Ups

In today’s post I want to talk to you about taking care of your Crocheted Cover Ups.  When taking care of your crocheted cover ups you should know that when using yarn most of them need to be washed specially.  Cotton yarn and Acrylic yarn are some of the most washable friendly yarns, but if you want your handmade crocheted creations to last, you should take special care in how to do it.

I myself wash ALL of my handmade crocheted creations on the Delicate Cycle.  I never throw them in the dryer, I like to air dry them.  When air drying I like to add liquid fabric softner to my wash cycle.  By doing this it ensures the material is still nice and soft when you go to wear it.  It also smells GREAT depending on which liquid fabric softner you use.

This is where Amazon Prime comes in.  By taking advantage of their Prime Membership you can purchase things like Downy and Tide to take special care of your Handmade Crocheted Creations.  Plus you get 2 days shipping!   How COOL is that?!  Click on the Amazon image below and start saving today!

Amazon Prime Day is July 16th and 17th and for 36 hours you can take advantage of ALL of the great deals they have going on when you sign up for their Prime Membership.  BUT the coolest thing….you don’t have to wait until July 16th or 17th!  You can start today and take advantage of the great deals they have going on now that are leading up to Amazon Prime Day!

If you sign up for membership now here are some of the special bonuses you will receive…..

  • receive $10 off when you download the Amazon App and sign in
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So take special care of your Crocheted Cover Ups when cleaning.  Amazon Prime helps crocheters like me when I purchase my washing supplies, but also in purchasing the items I need to keep crocheting my handmade crocheted creations!  Take advantage of the Amazon Prime membership!  I know I have!

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Keeping Track of your Crocheted Pics

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In today’s post I wanted to make you aware of another GREAT deal from Amazon Prime!  When you crochet do you take pics and share your images?  Is your storage space bursting with all of your wonderful crocheted creations?  Keeping track of your crocheted pics would be so EASY on a tablet from Amazon Prime!  Click on the image below and see the GREAT deal Amazon Prime is offering on a Fire HD 10!  If this isn’t what you want to store your pics on, well that’s ok.  Amazon Prime has SO many more Tablets to choose from!  Click on the image of the tablet below to take advantage of all of the great deals Amazon Prime has going on right now!  They have Tablets and SO much more!

Think of all the pictures you have taken of your Handmade Crocheted Creations.  I know I am.  I have SO many images stored on my Tablet that I have used up all of my storage space.  I am taking advantage of Amazon Prime’s sale on Tablets so I can take more pics of my Handmade Crocheted Creations!  Some of my most recent Handmade Crocheted Creations are below.

Taking advantage of the discounts using Amazon Prime doesn’t have to wait until July 16th and July 17th.  If you sign up for Amazon Prime’s membership you can start saving today!  I know I am taking advantage of their membership buying things I need to make more items for my Etsy Shop which you can check out here!  Some deals I already took advantage of are below.

Keeping track of your crocheted pics would be SO much easier on one of the many Tablets Amazon Prime already has on sale!  If you haven’t signed up for Amazon Prime than do so today by clicking on their image below!  You will get great deals on other things as well like Music, Movies, Books, 2 day shipping and of course Yarn!

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Shopping for Crochet Supplies Using Amazon Prime

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In today’s post I want to tell you if you go shopping for crochet supplies using Amazon Prime you will find some great deals!   On July 16th and 17th Amazon Prime is having their 2018 Prime Day!  Signing up for Amazon Prime Day will lead to some awesome savings! Not only will you save on your crochet supplies, but they offer other huge discounts!  Below is what Amazon Prime offers you when you sign up!

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You can sign up for Amazon Prime and take advantage of the saving on the supplies you would normally buy to create your crocheted creations.  I myself have taken advantage of the deals you get from Amazon Prime. Below are some of the items I have purchased using Amazon Prime.

I used the crochet yarn purchased from Amazon Prime to make items like the ones below.  I made the Crocheted Beach Cover Up using Red Heart’s “Its a Wrap” yarn and Red Heart’s “Love” yarn for the Crocheted Headband.

 

Amazon Prime has a Prime Day guide that will tell you what you need to do to take advantage of their deals.  It also show you that by signing up you can  save all year long on the items you would normally purchase and on  your crochet supplies.  If you would like to take advantage of Amazon’s Prime Day 2018 deals, click on the banner below.

 

Crocheting is something I do every day.  I can’t remember a time when I didn’t crochet something every day.  I love to be able to find  yarn, crochet hooks, and other items at a great cost!  Amazon Prime is the perfect way for me to be able save on my crochet supplies so I can  continue making my Handmade Crocheted Creations!

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5 Steps Chronic Pain Sufferers Should Follow as They Crochet

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This post contains 5 Steps Chronic Pain Suffers Should Follow as They Crochet.  This post is intended for crocheters who suffer from chronic pain or have Scoliosis.  These 5 steps will help you crochet longer and you will definitely be more comfortable as you crochet.

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Summer Tops

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Wow! Yes, WOW! I am totally blown away by the reactions I received from 6 of my Crocheted Summer Tops that I made in the month of June.  In this post I want to share my excitement with you and the 6 tops that I made and their patterns. All of the tops I have made are from FREE Crochet Patterns I have found on Pinterest and I have permission to share them with you!

Over the weekend I posted 6 of my Crocheted Summer Tops in 2 of my Facebook Crochet Community groups. I never expected the responses that I received! Friday I posted the 6 tops in 1 of my Facebook Crochet Community groups and within 24 hours I received over 700 positive reactions! WOW right?! So what did I do, I posted the same 6 tops on Saturday in another one of my Facebook Crochet Community groups, who wouldn’t right? Within 8 hours I received over 500 likes, loves and over 100 comments! I was SO blown away!

I am still blown away!   The reason I am blown away is that I have been working SO hard to promote my Facebook Page Jo’s Crafty Hook and of course my website joscraftyhook.com and I haven’t had very much traffic. My business page posts on Facebook have only been reaching an average of 5 people and my website has only had 366 hits.  Posting those 6 tops into 2 groups has lead to over 2500 likes, loves and over 300 positive comments. All of this was within 48 hours! Not only was I getting positive reactions but I was getting request after request for the patterns! I have had over 200 requests for the patterns for these tops! Unfortunately the patterns are not my own! Ugh right?!!  But I am not upset in the least, my crochet work is still getting seen and spread all over Facebook!

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Here are the 6 Crochet Summer Tops that caused me to receive so much feedback. These are the 6 crochet summer tops that I made in June and their corresponding patterns.

#1 or A. Granny Squared Crochet Top by One Dog Woof

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#2 or B. Light-n-Lively by Lions Brand.

Jo’s Version

#3 or C. Granny Square Wardrobe Malfunctions by Handmade Mother

Jo’s Version

#4 or D. Sea Breeze Cover Up by Katerina Crochet

Jo’s Version

#5 or E. Easy Granny Square Tank Top by All Crochet Channel

Jo’s Version

#6 or F. Crisis Cross Tank Top by Rhelena

Jo’s Version

After you have reviewed your favorite top, please be sure to leave a comment here and with the original designer.  They deserve the credit for creating these great patterns and sharing them with us.

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Scoliosis and Crochet

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Some of you who have visited my website might be asking “What does Scoliosis and Crochet have to do with each other?”  “Why are you selling Handmade Crocheted Creations and writing about Scoliosis?”  Well if you are asking these questions or ones similar this is why, I am a 45 year old woman, married with 2 adult children, I have been Crocheting for over 25 years, and I have Scoliosis.

If you have read my previous posts, then you know my life with this disease, yes Scoliosis is a disease, has not been a pleasant one.  I have undergone 5 surgeries on my back and I suffer from chronic pain.  I just seen a Spine Specialist who says I have Severe Scoliosis and I need to see another specialist who deals in such deformities.  I can’t say I’m surprised by his diagnoses.  I was 13 years old when they found my Scoliosis.  I know I have a deformity because it causes me grief daily and I have to look for ways to distract myself from the chronic pain.  That’s where Crochet comes in.

Crocheting for me is my life line.  It has been something I have enjoyed doing for over 20 years.  I was taught by my Gran and my Mom when my kids were in school and I needed something to do to fill the time.  Crocheting did not start out as my lifeline, it was just something I enjoyed doing while I had free time.  In 2000 I went through a really rough time.  I had my second back surgery and I was struggling every day with pain.  I felt like I was fighting for my life.  I had 2 young children to take care of, I had a husband that needed me, I had other family that I used to see once a week, and I had a job in the church.  I desperately wanted to get back to all of them.

During the last months of 2000 I was bedridden.  I couldn’t walk let alone move without serious pain in my back and shotting down my legs.  I didn’t know it at the time, but the surgery and the instruments installed during the surgery were causing damage to my spine and nerves.  So I had to find something to do to get my mind off of all of these issues!  This is where Crocheting started to become my lifeline.  It was where I learned to endure my struggles; where I learned to cope with the pain; where I learned that I could survive the challenges I was facing in my life.

Now, 18 years after that horrible surgery and the consequences of it I have turned what I love to do into a business.  The business is a way for me to use my suffering.  I have found a way to turn it into an opportunity, to share all of the lovely things I have made into something that could benefit me.  I did this by opening an online shop at Etsy called Jo’s Crafty Hook.  Over the last 3 years I have Crocheted enough items to stock the shelves of my shop.  I have turned pain into pleasure for others.  My customers get the finished product of my coping with my disease, something beautiful or beneficial.

I have used my lifeline many times over the years.  I underwent 3 more surgeries and thousands of procedures on my back.  I am still battling my disease today.  I am facing the possibility of not being able to walk; of having to undergo yet another surgery; of not being able to interact with my kids and husband.

But I use my lifeline everyday. I carve out time to crochet every day.  I have learned that I can be productive, that I can make others happy, that I can share my experiences by letting others know there is a way to survive Scoliosis.  I want others to know there are ways for them to endure and cope no matter what struggles they face.

So I hope I have answered your question on what Crocheting and Scoliosis have to do with each other.  Crocheting not only helps you make beautiful creations, but it helps you overcome and cope with the struggles you face every day no matter what they are.  Crocheting for me is not only something I enjoy doing but it is a way for me to use my struggles to make others happy when they purchase my products.

Feel free to check out some of the Handmade Crocheted Creations I have made and listed at my Etsy Shop by clicking on the page from my website.  You can also check out my shop here.  You can also find out more about Scoliosis and my survival with it by clicking on the Scoliosis Awareness Page at the top of my website.  As I tell my customers “be sure to pop back every once in a while to see what my Crafty Hook has created next!”

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Signs and Symptoms of Scoliosis

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Signs and symptoms of Scoliosis may include:

  • Uneven shoulders
  • One shoulder blade that appears more prominent than the other
  • Uneven waist
  • One hip higher than the other

If a scoliosis curve gets worse, the spine will also rotate or twist, in addition to curving side to side. This causes the ribs on one side of the body to stick out farther than on the other side.

Causes

Doctors don’t know what causes the most common type of scoliosis — although it appears to involve hereditary factors, because the disorder tends to run in families. Less common types of scoliosis may be caused by:

  • Neuromuscular conditions, such as cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy
  • Birth defects affecting the development of the bones of the spine
  • Injuries to or infections of the spine

Risk factors for developing the most common type of scoliosis include:

  • Age. Signs and symptoms typically begin during the growth spurt that occurs just prior to puberty.
  • Sex. Although both boys and girls develop mild scoliosis at about the same rate, girls have a much higher risk of the curve worsening and requiring treatment.
  • Family history. Scoliosis can run in families, but most children with scoliosis don’t have a family history of the disease.

Complications

While most people with scoliosis have a mild form of the disorder, scoliosis may sometimes cause complications, including:

  • Lung and heart damage. In severe scoliosis, the rib cage may press against the lungs and heart, making it more difficult to breathe and harder for the heart to pump.
  • Back problems. Adults who had scoliosis as children are more likely to have chronic back pain than are people in the general population.
  • Appearance. As scoliosis worsens, it can cause more noticeable changes — including unlevel shoulders, prominent ribs, uneven hips, and a shift of the waist and trunk to the side. Individuals with scoliosis often become self-conscious about their appearance
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The reason I am telling you my story is that not everyone hears about Scoliosis.  If they do it is because their children had to have a screening or someone you know has Scoliosis.  I am just one person who has suffered through some horrible things because of this disease.  Yes it IS a disease, it changes a person’s outlook on life and they undergo some major trials as they become a “Scoliosis Survivor.”  Every day for me with Scoliosis is a challenge.  Not everyone has gone through the things I have and not everyone diagnosed with Scoliosis will.  I am just 1 out of the 7 million people affected with the disease.

I am a Scoliosis Survivor because even though I am in Chronic Pain I still get up every day and endure!  I endure Chronic Pain every day. I endure my body’s ever changing shape. I endure walking slowly or not at all.  I endure my clothes not fitting right. I endure living every day of my life with not knowing what my tomorrow may be like.  “Will I fall again? Will I be able to make it to the bathroom without pain? Will I be able to crochet anything today? Will I be able to feed myself today?”  These are just some of the questions that constantly go through my mind while I survive Scoliosis.

If you are a Scoliosis Survivor, I would LOVE to hear your story, so please feel free to share it with me by filling out the Comments section below.  If you don’t want your story shared on my post, you can email it to me and I will be happy to read your journey with Scoliosis.  You can email me at jo@joscraftyhook.com.  I look forward to hearing from you!

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More About Scoliosis

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In last weeks post I gave you some basic information on Scoliosis.  Scoliosis is a medical condition in which a person’s spine has a sideways curve. Scoliosis is something I feel strongly about because I have Degenerative Lumbar Scoliosis.  This means I have a ‘C’ curvature in the lumbar region (lower area) of my spine and it is causing my spine to deteriorate.  The deterioration is causing my discs to wear out and is causing the bones of my spine to rub together.  All of these things cause pain.  I have been suffering with Chronic Pain for over 25 years.

I also said last week that I would add to ‘My Story’, the telling of my tale with Scoliosis.  If you didn’t get a chance to read it that’s alright, you can go to my post here and read it when you have time.

My Story Continues …….

Not long after the birth of my son I was in a car accident in the winter and hit a patch of ice on a bridge; slammed into a concrete divider;  was hit in the rear end of my car by a dump truck;  was then thrown across 2 lanes of traffic and came to rest with my front end stopped by the rail of the bridge facing oncoming traffic. While driving I was not wearing my seat belt, so I was thrown around the car pretty good.  My head hit the windshield; I was thrown to the right and broke the gear shift beside my seat; and hit the driver’s side door before the car came to rest.  I was taken to the hospital by ambulance and released a couple of hours later.  I had a cut over my left eye; I was banged up and bruised; and I hurt all over, but other than that I was fine or so I thought.

Not long after my car accident I was seeing doctors because I was in so much pain; going to physical therapy; getting shots for pain; and doing everything I could to get back to my normal self, but it wasn’t working.  I finally ended up going to an Orthopedic Surgeon who specialized in Scoliosis.  After months of pain with no relief the surgeon suggested surgery.  He told me he could operate and give me a 90% chance of never having pain again or face problems from my Scoliosis.  After many sleepless nights and debates with my husband and family members I decided to have the surgery.  I mean who wouldn’t jump at the 90% chance of no more pain and problems from their Scoliosis??

I had the surgery in October of 1992, I was 19 years old.  I had a Spinal Fusion and a partial correction of my Scoliosis.  During the Spinal Fusion they scraped bone off of my rear left hip, ground it up and attached it to the weak spot my spine where the worst part of the curve was.  During this procedure they straightened out part of the deformity of my spine.  Once the surgery was done I spent 5 days in the hospital for recovery aqnd complications.  I even spent my 20th birthday there.  Finally they sent me home in a back brace with an attachment that went around my left leg because my left hip was weakened from the scraping off of bone.

Needless to say the upcoming weeks and months were difficult and pain filled.  I had never experienced this type of pain before.  I was weak.  I was a young mother and a new wife.  I had to rely on my husband to bathe me and take care of me.  My cousin and in-laws were helping us take care of our son.  There were so many challenges ahead of me that I didn’t even think about or plan through.  After many months and struggles, I did get through the challenges.  We got through the challenges.  It wasn’t just me that was affected by having surgery, it was everyone I was close to that went through the battles and struggles of my Scoliosis with me.

By January of 1994 my braces were off.  I was getting my life back on track.  I had went back to work, I was able to take care of my son, I was learning more and more about being a wife and raising a family.  I found out at the end of 1993 I was pregnant again.  Things were looking good!  I was feeling great!  But things didn’t stay that way.  In the late winter I was getting out of our car in our driveway and I slipped and fell on the ice.  Weeks later I found out that I broke the Spinal Fusion, the bone that was attached to my spine during surgery had broken loose from my spine.  The worst part?  How could breaking bone not be the worst part you ask?  The worst part was there was nothing they could do, I was pregnant.

Being pregnant meant that I couldn’t have surgery to fix the broken bone.  Being pregnant meant many more days and weeks of pain because if anyone knows during pregnancy a women’s hips and sacroiliac joints constantly shift as our body undergo changes.  The shifting of the hips and joints can cause pain during a normal pregnancy and I was anything but normal.  I faced months of pain, bed rest, not being able to interact with my husband and son, and many other problems.  At the end of my pregnancy I even faced problems with the birth of my daughter.

Well I think this is a good place to stop, writing about my Scoliosis is a struggle even now, 23 years after the birth of my daughter.  I thought my writing about my life would go another way, but as all of us know it doesn’t always come out the way we planned.

So!  Stay tuned!  I promise I will finish ‘My Story’!  Awe you say?  I will be writing more, I just want to keep you coming back again and again! lol

Seriously, I will be adding more to ‘My Story’ and I will be sharing more information about Scoliosis.  Please stay tuned!

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