Category: crochet

Star Burst Shawl – Review

Shawls are not for grannies anymore.  Any and everyone can wear a shawl not only to keep warm but as a fashion statement.  Shawls don’t have to be boring and you can make one in any length by adding or deleting rows and adding embellishments.

With the Caron Cakes craze check out my post about the yarn here.  I wanted to use one cake because some of the colors are hard to find and I also wanted something short that could be worn as a kerchief.  The actual pattern is on Ravelry by Cre8tion Crochet called Shawl We?  Lorene is one of my favorite top 2 crochet designers.

Caron Cakes are exclusively sold at Michaels.  Premier also has one out now called Sweet Roll in 25 different colors and it’s 100% acrylic yarn unlike Caron Cakes that has some wool in it.  Sweet Roll’s are sold at AC Moore at Joann’s now.  After working with both yarns it’s hard to say which one I like best.  They both serve my crocheting needs.


Let me know your thoughts on the Caron Cakes and Sweet Roll here and which one is your favorite in the comments.

Happy Hooking.

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This Way That A Way Hooded Cowl

This Way That A Way Hooded Cowl is a quick and easy project using a skein of variegated yarn.  You can use any worsted weight yarn but variegated works the best for giving each hooded cowl and different design.  This designed was created during the craze of pooling that was popping up on my Facebook feed.  If you don’t know exactly what pooling is click here and you will find plenty of information and links that explains it from The Crochet Crowd.

This was made to be worn either as a cowl or as a hooded cowl, the choice is up to you.  It was snug enough to be worn comfortably around your neck.  If snug is not your thing you can easily adjust your starting chains.  This way it’s a cowl.

This Way That A Way Hooded Cowl


Red Heart Super Saver – Zebra or any worsted weight yarn

“L” Hook/8mm

Tapestry Needle



ch – chain

dc – double crochet

st – stitch

sk – skip                               


Ch 4 counts as dc and ch1 throughout pattern

Turn at the end of each round

Multiples of 2


Round 1:  Ch 100, join with slip stitch to form a ring, be careful and not twist chain.

Round 2:  Ch 4 (counts as dc and ch1), dc in next st, *ch1, sk next st, dc in next st, repeat from * around, join in dc in 3rd ch of turning ch, turn.

Round 3:  Ch4, *dc in next dc, ch1, repeat from * around, join in dc in 3rd ch of turning ch, turn.

Round 4 – 32:  Repeat Round 3 until the desired length.

I used the entire skein of yarn because I like a snug fit cowl around my neck and it was enough to cover my head like a hood.  To make a shorter or longer hooded cowl increase or decrease rounds.  To make a larger or smaller hooded cowl increase or decrease your starting chains.

This way it’s a hooded cowl.

This Way That A Way Hooded Cowl

Try this hooded cowl with the new Caron Cakes and Sweet Roll yarn and see what you can come up with.

This one was made with Sweet Roll in Wild Cherry Swirl.  I just love the names of these colors.  Makes me so hungry.

This Way That A Way Hooded Cowl - Sweet Roll

I got a little carried away with the graphics and wanted something different.  My model was such a sport when I showed her surrounded by wolves.  This picture got me a few more orders also.  I made this hooded cowl with Homespun yarn by Lionbrand and I made 80 chains instead of 100 since it was bulky yarn and I still wanted a snug fit.  As you can see you can use any type of yarn with a slight modification of your starting chains and a larger hook if necessary.

This Way That A Way Hooded Cowl


Two Toned Hooded Cowl


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Don’t Be Discouraged

How often do we look at a project and say “I’ll never be able to do that”?  I know I’ve said that plenty of times.  You know what, that’s the wrong attitude to have.  I’ve learned that the hard way.  Instead, I tell myself one day I WILL be able to make that.

We all learn at a different pace and it take dedication, time and patience.  Don’t be discouraged, don’t give up.  Put the project down and come back to it at a later time.   Hmm, is that how I got all those WIP’s?


Here are some of my learning/growing tips.

Join a non judgmental online crochet group, I know that sounds funny.  Anytime you have a group of women there will be some drama.  Look past all that and the 50 million rules and start posting your work.  You will know whether your work is good or not by the number of likes and comments.  People normally don’t like to hurt someones feelings and will just scroll on by.  Take that as sign that maybe something was not quite right and don’t be discouraged and try again.

If you can find a crochet group that actually meets that a plus.  Check your local craft stores, libraries, churches, Meetup, colleges and word of mouth to name a few.

Follow a few crochet blogs that you admire.  In the beginning I was following a bunch of blogs until I got it down to a couple that I check in on frequently.

ELK Studio Handcrafted Crochet Designs

KT and The Squid



Cre8tion Crochet

I’m a visual person so I not only look at their content I look at their website design.  It’s something about the colors and fonts that I like from each of their websites.  The creativity is across the board from simple to edgy.  Watching their websites evolve gives me the encouragement that I can do the same.  It’s not a race that needs finishing today.  I applaud the ladies who can hold the house down, crochet, write patterns, take pictures and blog.  That’s too much going on for me and I have a hard enough time staying on task.

English is hard enough so you can imagine crochet language.  Some writers are VERY detailed and some are not.  Find that one person who speaks the same crochet language as you do.  For example, I like the instructions to read ch3 and not 3ch.  Seeing that 3ch is like nails on a chalkboard, but it does not discourage me.

Always be humble when someone compliments your work.  No one likes a person who is always nasty when asking a question.  Even if your work is beautiful it will always be ugly to me because of your demeanor.    A smile and saying thank you goes a long way.

When all else fails, ask for help.

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Check out Newbie Crocheting for some more crocheting tips.   What other tips or tricks can you offer to someone who needs a little push in the comments.

Happy Hooking!