Preemie Crochet Challenge 2020

Jo’s Crafty Hook is taking part of The Preemie Crochet Challenge.  The Preemie Crochet Challenge runs the whole month of August.  This is a first annual event being sponsored by Sunflower Cottage Crochet to bring awareness to the challenges faced with premature babies.  The Preemie Crochet Challenge 2020 is a charitable event to help preemie babies, families, charities, and the NICU or neonatal intensive care unit at a local hospital.

 

 

 

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The event is like a blog hop.  There are 31 crochet designers that will have a free pattern for you to download.  Each pattern you download is a pledge you are taking.  You are pledging to make at least one item that you download and donate to a family, hospital or charity in November for Preemie Awareness Month.

 

I designed a blanket specifically for this event, the Sweet Dreams Preemie Blanket.  In designing the blanket I incorporated a new stitch that I had just learned, the Crunch Stitch.

 

I used 490 yards of Premier Sweet Roll in the Color Gelato Pop. I really love the feel and color of this yarn!  I used and US I Hook or 5.5 mm Hook.  The size of the Sweet Dreams Preemie Blanket is 23” x 23”  The blanket can be made bigger or smaller using the stitch count of 2. The Crunch Stitch always starts with a half double crochet and ends with a slip stitch.

 

Sweet Dreams Preemie Blanket

 

I wanted to help raise awareness of this event because I remember the struggles my aunt and uncle went through when their baby was born premature.  I remember that they didn’t have all of the items a baby needs.  I remember my cousin was kept in the hospital in the NICU because he was having problems with his heart.  When my cousin came home he was still hooked to a heart monitor.  Even though I was a teenager at the time the family was not expecting these problems.  He is a healthy young man now.  The family came together and supported my aunt and uncle through these times.

 

 

Because this cause is so worthy of our time and sacrifice I have decided to extend the free pdf copy of my crochet pattern.  From August 10th – August 17, 2020.  To take advantage of free pattern, click on the button below and that will take you to my pattern at Ravelry.  Use the Coupon Code:  PREEMIE2020 at check out

 

 

I would LOVE to see your version of the Sweet Dreams Preemie Blanket!  You can add your Project to my crochet pattern at Ravelry.  You can also find me on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.  You will find all of the places to connect with me below.  When sharing your version please use #sweetdreamspreemieblanket.  Thank you for stopping by Jo’s Crafty Hook!  The button below will take you back to the Preemie Crochet Challenge.

 

 

You can find my other crochet patterns at these places:

Ravelry
Lovecraft
Etsy

 

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From the Designer:

  • Thank you for your interest in this crochet pattern!  Check out some of my patterns at my Ravelry Store Jo’s Crafty Hook Designs or Etsy Shop JosCraftyHook or at my website joscraftyhook.com!  While you are at my website be sure to subscribe to my Mailing List and Newsletter.  This way you will be notified when I release another pattern or blog post!
  •  If you have any questions or concerns about this pattern or any other pattern please find me at Jo’s Crafty Hook Designs on Facebook or email me at jo@joscraftyhook.com
  • You are free to sell or gift the item, please do NOT claim this design as your own.   Please forward any one who would like to do this crochet pattern or any of my patterns to my Etsy shop, the Ravelry Store, or to my website.  The web addresses for any place to connect with me are listed below.
  • Every purchase of my patterns helps!  It allows me to buy more yarn so I can create and design more Handmade Crocheted Creations for you to enjoy.
  • I would LOVE to see your version of my designs!  You can “Hook It” at my Ravelry Jo’s Crafty Hook Designs OR add a pic on my Facebook Page Jo’s Crafty Hook Designs OR at anyone of the places below that allows you to connect with me!  Pictures, Comments, Feedback, etc. are ALWAYS welcome at my website www.joscraftyhook.com!

Shelly Crop Top

I have a brand new crochet pattern that I want to talk to you about today, the Shelly Crop Top!  The Shelly Crop Top is being featured in another Blog Hop!  It’s called the Bralettes, Bandeaus, and Crop Tops OH MY!.  This blog hop is being sponsored by Pam Carr of Carroway Crochet!

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Each day of the Bralettes, Bandeaus, and Crop Tops OH MY! blog hop you can find either a bralette, a bandeau, or a crop top crochet pattern being featured by an awesome crochet designer!  Some of the crochet patterns that you find each day will either be a free or a paid pattern.

 

On my day, July 20, 2020 I will be offering a $2 discount off a pdf copy of my Shelly Crop Top crochet pattern.  You can get my crochet pattern for $3 on July 20, 2020 starting at midnight EST.  All you need to do is click on the button below and you will be directed to Ravelry.  You will need to use a Coupon Code:  OHMY to get the $2 discount.  That’s it!

 

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Here is a little bit of information on the Shelly Crop Top to help you decide if you would like to do the Shelly Crop Top crochet pattern.

 

The Shelly Crop Top is the newest crochet pattern in my Wrapped in Love Line eBook of crochet patterns.  All of the crochet patterns inside the eBook can be found in one place, at my Etsy Shop JosCraftyHook here.

 

In designing the crochet pattern I used Lion Brand Mandala yarn when crocheting my crop top.  You can use any 3 Ply Lightweight yarn or DK weight yarn.  I used an I crochet hook or a 5.5mm hook.

 

The crop top is crocheted as one piece.  You start from the bottom and crochet up to the top, working in the round.  The crop top is seamless.  The only sewing involved is of the front and back straps.  The cool thing about the straps is that the pattern repeats in the straps design.

There is even a Video Tutorial in my YouTube library that shows you how to do the repeat rows that make up the crop top.  If you check out the Video Tutorial please Subscribe to my YouTube channel.  You will be notified when I create more designs, helpful tips and more.  You can Subscribe here.  You can find the video tutorial here.

 

Be sure to stop back by Jo’s Crafty Hook where you can find FREE crochet patterns, Roundups, and latest designs that you can find on my website!  Thank you for stopping by Jo’s Crafty Hook and reading about my newest design the Shelly Crop Top!  If you have any questions about the Shelly Crop Top or anything else, you can email me at jo@joscraftyhook.com.

 

You can click on the button below and it will take you back to Carroway Crochet and the Bralettes, Bandeaus, and Crop Tops OH MY! Blog Hop.

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From the Designer:

  • Thank you for your interest in this crochet pattern!  Check out some of my patterns at my Ravelry Store Jo’s Crafty Hook Designs or Etsy Shop JosCraftyHook or at my website joscraftyhook.com!  While you are at my website be sure to subscribe to my Mailing List and Newsletter.  This way you will be notified when I release another pattern or blog post!
  •  If you have any questions or concerns about this pattern or any other pattern please find me at Jo’s Crafty Hook Designs on Facebook or email me at jo@joscraftyhook.com
  • You are free to sell or gift the item, please do NOT claim this design as your own.   Please forward any one who would like to do this crochet pattern or any of my patterns to my Etsy shop, the Ravelry Store, or to my website.  The web addresses for any place to connect with me are listed below.
  • Every purchase of my patterns helps!  It allows me to buy more yarn so I can create and design more Handmade Crocheted Creations for you to enjoy.
  • I would LOVE to see your version of my designs!  You can “Hook It” at my Ravelry Jo’s Crafty Hook Designs OR add a pic on my Facebook Page Jo’s Crafty Hook Designs OR at anyone of the places below that allows you to connect with me!  Pictures, Comments, Feedback, etc. are ALWAYS welcome at my website www.joscraftyhook.com!

 

Hooked on Summer Pattern Giveaway

Jo’s Crafty Hook Designs is taking part in another crochet pattern giveaway during this last week of July 2020.  I am taking part in the Hooked on Summer Pattern Giveaway is being sponsored by Carroway Crochet.  Each week a group of crochet designers’ designs are being featured and their patterns are being given away for free.  Find out how you can grab a copy of my Vee Cami crochet pattern below!

This page contains affiliate links.  You can make a purchase using these links that I provide where I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you.)  Purchases you make will help keep my website, Etsy Shop, and my Ravelry Store going and provide quality designs just for you!

The picture below describes how the Hooked on Summer Pattern Giveaway works.  There is also a button below that you can click on that will take you to the crochet patterns being given away for free.  You can also stop by Carroway Crochet and get the full scoop.

 

Click on the button below and it will take you to the Hooked on Summer Pattern Giveaway.  There you will be shown how you can find each week’s free crochet patterns.

 

 

July 24, 2020 thru July 31, 2020 you can find my Vee Cami as a free PDF crochet pattern.  Click on the button below my pic to get a free PDF copy of the Vee Cami crochet pattern.  The button below will take you to my Ravelry Store Jo’s Crafty Hook Designs.  Use the Coupon Code at checkout:  HOOKEDONSUMMER to receive your free copy.  

 

 

The Vee Cami is one of my newest released crochet patterns.  There are 9 sizes to choose from.  Sizes consist of XSmall up to 5XLarge.  The length can be adjusted to fit as a crop top or even a longer cami.  This crochet pattern is Beginner Friendly.  The stitches consist of the foundation single crochet or the chain stitch if you prefer and the double crochet. that’s it! 

Inside the crochet pattern you will find picture tutorials and video tutorials for right and left handed instructions for the foundation single crochet.  The cami consist of 2 panels that are sewn together along the sides.  The thin straps are then added.  The straps are thin just like regular camisoles so it can be worn comfortably under a jacket or sweater or any way you prefer.  

 

 

You can find my other crochet patterns at the links below.

Ravelry    

Etsy Shop

Lovecraft

Thank you for stopping by Jo’s Crafty Hook for the Hooked on Summer Pattern Giveaway!  I hope you enjoy each week’s free crochet patterns!  Please direct all your yarn friends to this Hooked on Summer Pattern Giveaway!

I would really LOVE to give a shout out to all of my wonderful pattern testers!  Thank you Elaine Gialouris, Christina Anderson, Xander Valdez, Melanie Morrell, Amber Kidwell Dupre, and Brucene Plass!  As you can see they did an Awesome job!

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From the Designer:

  • Thank you for your interest in this crochet pattern!  Check out some of my patterns at my Ravelry Store Jo’s Crafty Hook Designs or Etsy Shop JosCraftyHook or at my website joscraftyhook.com!  While you are at my website be sure to subscribe to my Newsletter.  This way you will be notified when I release another pattern or blog post!
  •  If you have any questions or concerns about this pattern or any other pattern please find me at Jo’s Crafty Hook Designs on Facebook or email me at jo@joscraftyhook.com
  • You are free to sell or gift the item, please do NOT claim this design as your own.   Please forward any one who would like to do this crochet pattern or any of my patterns to my Etsy shop, the Ravelry Store, or to my website.  The web addresses for any place to connect with me are listed below.
  • Every purchase of my patterns helps!  It allows me to buy more yarn so I can create and design more Handmade Crocheted Creations for you to enjoy.
  • I would LOVE to see your version of my designs!  You can “Hook It” at my Ravelry Jo’s Crafty Hook Designs OR add a pic on my Facebook Page Jo’s Crafty Hook Designs OR at anyone of the places above that allows you to connect with me!  Pictures, Comments, Feedback, etc. are ALWAYS welcome at my website www.joscraftyhook.com!

If you would like to donate to Jo’s Crafty Hook you can definitely do so.  Any amount would help me to keep my website going, help me with buying yarn for new designs, and even offering more free crochet patterns to my website!  Thank you very much for your support!

Nellie Summer Tee Free Crochet Pattern

Today I would LOVE to share with you another free crochet pattern by Jo’s Crafty Hook Designs!  The Nellie Summer Tee Free Crochet Pattern started with a new stitch, the N-Stitch.   I learned the N-Stitch during the Spring while testing for another great crochet designer group, Sunflower Cottage Crochet.

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If you have never crocheted the N-Stitch, there are Video Tutorials listed in the information about the pattern.  The Left Handed Video Tutorial is done by me and the Right Handed Video Tutorial is done by Sunflower Cottage Crochet.

My crochet pattern testers fell in LOVE with the N-Stitch just like I did!  I would LOVE to give them a BIG shout out because they worked really hard on this design.  There were many hiccups because of the trying times we are in right now.  There were yarn delivery delays, finding time to finish the test, and just trying to function during these troubled times.  I appreciate EVERY single one of them!  They are Jolanta Urb, Anita Reinisch, L. Holly George, and Laina Mann Malcolm.  Below are their versions of the Nellie Summer Tee.

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Without further ado the Nellie Summer Tee Crochet Pattern!

Nellie Summer Tee Crochet Pattern

Finished Sizes

Size Bust Size Width of Panel Length of Panel Neck Opening Armhole Opening
XSmall 34 16” 22” 9.5” 6.5”
Small 36 18” 24” 10” 7”
Medium 38 20” 24” 10” 7”
Large 42 22” 26” 11” 7.5’
XLarge 46 24” 26” 11” 7.5”
2XLarge 50 26” 28” 11.5” 8”
3XLarge 54 28” 28” 11.5” 8.5”
4XLarge 58 30” 30” 12” 9”
5XLarge 62 32” 32” 12” 9.5”

Materials:

800-1400 yards #3 Light Weight Yarn or DK Yarn
US Hook J or 6 mm
Tapestry Needle
Scissors
Stitch Markers

Gauge:
12 stitches x 12 rows = 4”

Gauge Swatch:
You will be crocheting a 6” x 6” Swatch and use the N Stitch repeats to find your 4”

R1:  fsc 18 or chain 19 and s in 2nd chain from hook and each st across. Ch 1 and Turn.
R2:  sc in 1st, hdc, and N stitch until 2 st remain.  Hdc in the next st and sc in the last st.  Ch 1 and Turn.
R3:  sc in 1st and each st across.
R4-R17:  Repeats R2-R3
R18:  Repeat R2 once more

Abbreviations/Stitches:

FSC = Foundation Single Crochet
CH = Chain
SC = Single Crochet
ST(S) = Stitch(es)
NS = N Stitch
SP = Space
RS = Right Side
WS = Wrong Side

Special Stitch:
The N Stitch

    1. Sk 1 st
    2. hdc in the next st
    3. insert hook from the top to the bottom of the front loop of the skipped stitch
    4. YO, pull up a loop, 
    5. YO, pull through one loop
    6. YO, insert the hook back into the same st as the hdc, YO, pull up a loop, 
    7. YO, pull through all 4 loops on hook.
The Left Handed Version of the N-Stitch

Notes:

Stitch count is a multiple of 2
Ch 1 does not count as a stitch
The sizes are XSmall (Small, Medium, Large, XL, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X) consecutively

Video Tutorials:

N Stitch Right Handed Version here.
N Stitch Left Handed Version here.
Foundation Single Crochet Right Handed Version here.
Foundation Single Crochet Left Handed Version here.

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Nellie Summer Tee Crochet Pattern

Nellie Summer Tee

Panel 1 (make 2)

R1:  FSC 48 (54, 60, 66, 72, 78, 84, 90, 96) st.  Turn

Optional:  Chain 49 (55, 61, 67, 73, 79, 85, 91, 97), sc in 2nd chain and each st across. Turn.  48 (54, 60, 66, 72, 78, 84, 90, 96) st

R2 (RS):  Ch 1 and sc in same st, hdc in the next st and NS to the last 2 st.  Hdc in the next st and sc in the last st.  Turn

R3 (WS):  Ch 1, sc in the same st and each st across.  Turn

R4 – 67 (73, 73, 79, 79, 83, 83, 89, 95):  Repeat R2 & R3 or until you reach your corresponding length.  22 (24, 24, 26, 26, 28, 28, 30, 32)

Leave a long tail for sewing shoulders closed.

Sides:

  • Lay Right Sides of the panels facing each other.  
  • Use the Table at the top of the pattern for the size of your Armholes.  I measured from the top of the panels and placed Stitch Markers where you will stop when sewing sides closed.
  • Start at the bottom of the panels and sew the sides together using the Whip Stitch, or Mattress Stitch until you get to the Armholes.  
  • If you would like more room at the hips, leave a 2”-4” slit at the  bottom on each size of the Panels.  I made a 2” slits.

Shoulders:

  • Using the Table at the top of the pattern, find the size of the neck hole opening.  
  • Place your Stitch Marker where you want to stop the opening on both sides of the top.
  • Sew the panels together using the Whip Stitch or whichever method you prefer to sew the shoulders closed.

If you have any questions regarding the Nellie Summer Tee Free Crochet Pattern, please don’t hesitate to contact me at jo@joscraftyhook.com.  I would LOVE to hear what you think of the Nellie Summer Tee, so please leave a comment or feedback below.

Below are the testers’ version of their Nellie Summer Tee.  Please share YOUR version of the Nellie Summer Tee with me on Instagram, Facebook, or any of the social media sites listed below.  Please use #nelliesummertee or #joscraftyhookdesigns when you do share your version with me.

Find me, Jo of Jo’s Crafty Hook Designs at any one of these places listed below!

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Ravelry:       https://www.ravelry.com/designers/jos-crafty-hook

Etsy Shop:    www.etsy.com/shop/JosCraftyHook

Facebook:     www.facebook.com/JosCraftyHook

Facebook:     www.facebook.com/JosCraftyHookDesigns

Instagram:    www.instagram.com/joscraftyhook

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Pinterest:     www.pinterest.com/baird0095

Twitter:         www.twitter.com/joscraftyhook

Twitter:        www.twitter.com/jo_baird

YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCk-6IB36bg4gkvaawn3xfdg

 

From the Designer:

  • Thank you for your interest in this crochet pattern!  Check out some of my patterns at my Ravelry Store Jo’s Crafty Hook Designs or Etsy Shop JosCraftyHook or at my website joscraftyhook.com!  While you are at my website be sure to subscribe to my Mailing List and Newsletter.  This way you will be notified when I release another pattern or blog post! 
  •  If you have any questions or concerns about this pattern or any other pattern please find me at Jo’s Crafty Hook Designs on Facebook or email me at jo@joscraftyhook.com
  • You are free to sell or gift the item, please do NOT claim this design as your own.   Please forward any one who would like to do this crochet pattern or any of my patterns to my Etsy shop, the Ravelry Store, or to my website.  The web addresses for any place to connect with me are listed below.  
  • Every purchase of my patterns helps!  It allows me to buy more yarn so I can create and design more Handmade Crocheted Creations for you to enjoy.  
  • I would LOVE to see your version of my designs!  You can “Hook It” at my Ravelry Jo’s Crafty Hook Designs OR add a pic on my Facebook Page Jo’s Crafty Hook Designs OR at anyone of the places below that allows you to connect with me!  Pictures, Comments, Feedback, etc. are ALWAYS welcome at my website www.joscraftyhook.com!