Crochet Pattern Designing

Crochet pattern designing is NOT an easy thing to do!  In today’s post I want to share with you some of the designers I have been testing crochet patterns for; my version of their patterns; and where you can find their awesome designs!

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I recently started creating my own crochet designs and patterns.  Crocheting the item is the easy part, but writing out the pattern, that is another thing all together!  If you read my blog on my hats here you know that I have a couple of hats and tote patterns here of my own, but very recent I started designing and writing patterns for sweater vests, tank tops, and more.

To get a better understanding of how other crocheters design their creations, I started testing their written patterns.  I found a Facebook group that is just for designers and testers.   The designers post their creations and have other crocheters test their written patterns.  As I stated earlier there is A LOT of work that goes into writing a pattern.  I commend these crochet pattern designers and all other designers who write out patterns for their hard work and dedication!

In this post I am going to show you my version of the designers’ patterns I tested for, who they are, and where you can find their amazing patterns!  Are you as excited as I am?  Let’s get started.

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The first pattern I tested is by the designer Jessica Cooper of Crochet It Creations.  She calls this design ‘Savy Shrug.’  I tested the 3X version and you can find her FREE pattern here!   This was the first time I crocheted clothing sideways.  The design and yarn used in this pattern were an absolute delight to work with, great choice Jessica!

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The next designer’s pattern I tested was by the designer Rosemary Taylor of Crojo.  Rosemary calls her creation ‘Eilidh’s Ibiza Suntop.’  I tested the size Large and you can find Rosemary’s pattern here.  This is the first pattern I ever did where you go by your own body’s measurements.  As you can see from the photo below, it is a Great fit!  Rosemary sells this pattern for $1 and  all profits from the sale of this pattern are donated to The Beatson Cancer Charity in Eilidh’s name.  You can read more about the Beatson Cancer Charity here.

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The next crochet pattern I tested was designed by Crystal Marin Long of ChristaCoDesign and she calls her creation ‘Boatneck Shirt.’  I tested size small and you can find the FREE ‘Boatneck Shirt’ pattern for women here.  I am totally in Love with Crystal’s pattern!  I found it works up fast and the stitching in the design is beautiful.  I plan to make more tops with her pattern.  How about you, do you want one?!? lol

Denisse Sharpe or Deni the designer behind DeniMade is the next crochet pattern designer I tested for.  This is only the second time I crocheted a pattern where the front and back panel are crocheted as one piece.  My version is a size large and Deni calls her design ‘Hayden Tee.’  Deni liked the results she was seeing of this elegant tee so much that she designed a matching pattern for child sizes!  Deni designed 7 sizes for adults here and 6 different sizes for children here.

The ‘Waterfall Cardigan’ was another design I worked on by Jessica Cooper of Crochet It Creations.  There are so many ways that this light and airy top could be done.  I did a size Medium of the Waterfall Cardigan and you can too!  She designed this beauty in sizes XS-2X.  You can find this FREE awesome pattern at Jessica’s website here!

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I have learned some great tips and tricks from these wonderful designers.  I even designed some of my own patterns using these tips and tricks I learned from these wonderful women!  I tell myself it is never too late to learn something new and OH BOY! have I learned a lot new things in designing crochet patterns!

I hope you liked these designs so much that you visit each and everyone and crochet your version of the highlighted designers’ handmade crocheted creations!

JOANN StoresI am still testing patterns for these designers and others, so keep a look out for more highlighted designers and their handmade crocheted creations!

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Phoenix Wrap C.A.L. Entry

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I entered a contest into the Phoenix Wrap C.A.L. and WON with my Phoenix Wrap C.A.L. entry!  I started writing this post before my entry was selected as a winner.  I was just going to talk about my Phoenix Wrap and show the pictures of my entry.  I saved my original writing as a draft, but today as I go back and read what I wrote, the whole theme of the post changed.  It changed in a good way, but bittersweet.  Talking about my memories of my mom and gran teaching me how to crochet are good memories,  but as I think about the domestic violence I have seen in my family makes my good memories bittersweet.  As you read further along you will see why.

In this post I want to share with you a contest I entered in August.  I entered Underground Crafter‘s Phoenix Wrap CAL (Crochet-A-Long) in association with Lion Brand and Sue Rock Originals Everyone Inc. or SROE.  The full contest was for fellow crocheters to make women’s accessories to donate to Sue Rock Originals Everyone, Inc.  There were prizes awarded to the winners in this contest and I am one of them!  I won Lazada’s Blocking Wires which can be found here.
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Here are a couple of things Marie of Underground Crafter had to say about the Phoenix Wrap CAL:
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“I’m so excited to kick off the Phoenix Wrap Crochet-a-Long with Lion Brand and Sue Rock Originals Everyone, Inc. This is a free crochet shawl pattern available in three parts that is suitable for donation to survivors of domestic violence. It’s your project, so you can also keep your version, gift it, or sell it.”  “This is Marie from Underground Crafter and I’m here for the last post of the Phoenix Wrap Crochet-a-Long. I hope you’ve been enjoying this CAL as much as I have! In today’s post, I’m sharing a sneak peek of the third and final part of the Phoenix Wrap along with a roundup of 18 more free crochet patterns for women’s accessories that would be great for donating to Sue Rock Originals Everyone, Inc.”

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I believe the Lion Brand contest was a BIG deal!  There were 18 different designers where each designed free crochet patterns and each one used a different brand of yarn from Lion Brand.  My design, the Phoenix Wrap, called for the use of Lion Brand Jeans yarn.  This yarn is SO soft, smooth, and very durable.  The color I used is called Bermuda Shorts and can  be purchased here.
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Here is the reason Sue Rock Originals Everyone, Inc. exist:  “helps domestic violence survivors by providing them with the needlework tools to change their lives.  There is something very empowering about creativity.  Creating an item – like a pillow or a doll dress or a washcloth may seem simple but the process is so important.  From choosing the yarn, to remembering who this is being made for, to looking at the item years later or even passing it on  – Textile memory is something that nurtures and strengthens culture and family.”  You can find out more about Sue Rock Originals here.

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I know I have good memories about growing up in a home where there were more than one person crocheting.  My mom and gran were a HUGE influence on me.  They both sat down with me and taught me how to crochet.  I still have items that were made by my mom and gran.  I even sat down with my daughter and taught her how to crochet.  I hope as she gets older and has children of her own that she will pass down this skill.

I also have memories of domestic violence.  There are a few people in my family who are survivors of it and got away from the violence.  I am glad they escaped, I just wish they had an organization like SROE to help them cope afterwards.   I am glad that Sue Rock is teaching survivors Crochet as a skilled trade and helping them create good memories and items they can pass down to their family.  My life was changed using this skill my mom and gran taught me. I cherish the things that were passed down to me from their skills.  I myself use crochet as a means to cope with chronic pain from my disease Scoliosis.  (You can read more about my disease here.)
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I will be donating my Phoenix Wrap to Sue Rock’s organization.  I think their organization has the right goals in teaching a skill to kids, teens, and adults who have survived domestic violence.   I hope and pray by donating my Phoenix Wrap I can touch someone else’s life by the skills I have learned because of my mom and gran being a huge influence in my life.  You can find my winning entry on Underground Crafter’s website here.

As I said at the beginning of this post, bittersweet.  By using the skills I was taught by my mom and gran I was able to win a prize in a contest I entered.  Both were victims of domestic violence and survived.  The skills they learned were used to help them cope and it became an opportunity to pass their skill on to me which I then passed on to my daughter.  I am proud of my skill!  I am even prouder of my mom and gran!  Because of them I was able to win!

Phoenix Wrap C.A.L.
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