Recently, my friend Susan Regalia (@suregal27 on Instagram) posted a photo of a sample crochet motif she'd spied at Joann Fabrics. Unable to source the pattern, I decided to try to design a similar one from the photo. Mine isn't an exact copy, but more of a riff on the original design. I hope you have as much fun playing with the pattern as I did designing it!
A few days ago, my sister hinted that she wanted me to make her some coasters to match her living room decor. At the risk of setting a precedent, I told her she just needed to ask, and I'd be happy to design and crochet some. She asked, I said sure, and these sweet little quatrefoil coasters were born. I chose the shape to match the pattern on her throw pillows.
Thank you to my lovely Instagram followers who expressed interest in trying out the pattern. This one is a little fussier than some of the other patterns I've written, and I've included some notes along with the pattern below.
First blog post of the new year! And what better way to kick off the new year than with a new mandala pattern? I've never been one for New Year's resolutions (too much expectation, too little follow through), but I do like to use the flip of the calendar page as a time for reflection. Designing and crocheting mandalas is as meditative an activity as any for me, and creates the perfect space for mindful reflection. At least when I'm not cursing the fact that I'm off on a stitch count.
I hooked up a version of this African Flower Mandala months ago without ever having written down the pattern. A freezing cold day and (mostly) completed chores were enough of an impetus to make another one last weekend.
The holidays are fast approaching, which means I've entered a kind of gift making frenzy. Any day now I'm going to slip into full-on Oprah mode: You get a cowl! And you get a cowl! Everyone gets cowls!
Ahem. All over the top enthusiasm aside, and in the spirit of giving, here are my pattern notes if you'd like to put together a sweet last-minute gift. One skein of yarn and a few hours were enough to whip up this cute little cowl/neck warmer.
I think I've officially been hit by the pattern-writing bug. A friend commissioned me to make some coasters for her to give as gifts for the holiday season. I scanned Pinterest for patterns that I liked, but decided in the end to make up my own.
Thank you to Jeanette Fisher, @wirralgirl1, from Instagram who provided the name Periwinkle for this mini-mandala coaster. A close second goes to Amanda Williams, @yarn_house, who suggested Octa-Gone Crazy Daisy!