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Spike Stitch Baby Bonnet by Crochet by Jennifer

It was pattern testing time again earlier this week. I decided to use my “happy accident” yarn.

This is the Diagonal Spike Stitch Pixie Bonnet by Crochet by Jennifer.

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The photo doesn’t do much justice for the texture of this stitch. It’s gorgeous! As with all her patterns, this one was also well-written, with detailed instructions. I would say that it’s for somebody a little more experienced than an absolute beginner, but don’t let that stop you! I was certainly pleased with the results.

Click here to purchase your copy of the Diagonal Spike Stitch Bonnet pattern.

Congratulations, Crochet by Jennifer!

If you’ve been following my blog, you’ve probably noticed that a lot of the finished items and reviews I’ve done have been for Crochet by Jennifer. She is an amazing designer. Add to it, she’s a wonderful person with a great sense of humour and a HUGE heart! I consider it to be a great honour to be a part of her 10K Fan Celebration Giveaway!

I’ve contributed this lovely skein of yarn to the hoopla:
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To find out more information on how to enter, click here. Good luck!

Angelina Pixie Bonnet (made with my handspun!)

I’ve been running around like a headless chicken lately, but I’ve been able to sneak in a few pattern tests. The test for Crochet by Jennifer’s Angelina Pixie Bonnet came up while I was pet sitting. Of course I didn’t have my yarn stash with me and I was in another town where I was unsure of where to find the yarn store(s) (I didn’t look because let’s face it… I have more than enough yarn to last three lifetimes!) So woe is me… I had to bust into my handspun. Don’t worry. I survived.

So here is the hat that I made. As with all of Crochet by Jennifer’s patterns, this one was easy to follow and well-written. It may be a bit of a challenge for the absolute beginner, but a challenge is always good.

Angelina Pixie Bonnet

I wanted to include a photo of the yarn I used. This one is one of my favourites to work with. I think it’s just so amazing to see the transformation from fluff to finished item!
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I’ve been doing my best to use up the yarn in my stash before I dive into my handspun. It’s getting harder and harder though. I think it’s mostly the colours that’s making it difficult. I’m seriously considering having a yarn de-stash…

Crochet Pattern Review: Side Step Beanie or Newsboy by Crochet by Jennifer

I had the honour of testing Crochet by Jennifer’s latest pattern, the Side Step Beanie or Newsboy.

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Once again, Jennifer delivers yet another well-written pattern. It may look complicated, but it really isn’t. If you don’t have a lot of experience (or this is your first time) with colour changes, this would be a great pattern to get you started. You can achieve some really amazing results just by changing the colour combinations. The yarns I used were Bernat Handicrafter and Village Yarn from Herrschners. I used a J/6mm hook as suggested in the pattern. ALWAYS check your gauge even though there is a suggested hook. I’m a tight stitcher and I matched gauge on this pattern.

This pattern includes sizes from preemie/doll all the way up to large adult. She also snuck in a newsboy option (after I finished my test!). For more colour inspiration and to purchase the pattern, click here.

I would most certainly recommend this pattern to a friend.

Diagonal Weave Infinity Scarf or Cowl by Crochet by Jennifer

I had the honour of testing another pattern for Crochet by Jennifer. Lately, she’s been working on a series of designs, the “Diagonal Weave.”

I just finished up the test for her Diagonal Weave Infinity Scarf or Cowl.

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I have to say this texture is right up there with the crocodile stitch for being a favourite with me. Jen explains it clearly in her pattern and there are also photo illustrations as well. It’s not a difficult pattern, but it’s also not one you’d want to start at 11 at night after a long day. It is rated “Experienced.” Once you find your groove though, it’s easily memorized. And if you add some vibrant-coloured yarn, you’ll have a hard time putting it down!
(Even after you’ve finished it… I’ve sat in my chair and just petted it because it was so nice! hehehe)

On The Hook Last Week

Last week I was house/dog sitting, so while I was able to update a little bit, I didn’t share many photos because, well… I didn’t have internet access with my computer and frankly, I’m spoiled. There. Said it.

Anyway, these are a couple of items that were on the hook:

TPK Bunny

I know I’m a week late with this one, but this little guy is a freebie courtesy of The Perfect Knot. The pattern was well written and he works up quickly.

DW Cowl
This is a new pattern, the Diagonal Weave Cowl, that I’m testing for Crochet by Jennifer. If you’re interested in purchasing this pattern, you can follow the link to her Ravelry store. It’s not released yet. I will provide a link when it is to a photo of my finished test. I’m in LOVE with this texture. My initial plan was to sell this cowl, but I’m not sure if that’s going to happen now. As for the pattern itself, once again, Jennifer has done an amazing job. She thoroughly explains the steps and there are photos illustrations as well.

I also have her Diagonal Weave Leg Warmers on the hook as well. I’ll post photos when I’m finished those too.

I have some wool that I need to get on my wheel too. I have dyed some wool, but haven’t had opportunity to post photos or get it on the wheel. That will be happening shortly. I also have an order for a TARDIS scarf. That’s going to be a lot of fun. Never a dull moment around here!

I’ve been quite busy these days between tests and requests. I haven’t officially opened my order book up, but I will accept orders with the understanding that I’m unable to give a concrete completion time. I’ve been doing my best to keep my crojo flowing, but it’s been hard some days with missing Mom so much. I just keep chugging along. My customers have been very supportive and very understanding. I’m grateful for that.

So stay tuned… Fun colours, project and gorgeous textures are coming off my hook, needles and wheel daily.

Diagonal Weave Baby Bonnet

I just finished up a pattern test today. I LOVE the texture of this little hat! Jen’s on a roll with this stitch. As always, her patterns are clear and concise with photo illustrations as needed.

Diagonal Weave Baby Bonnet

This pattern is available from Crochet by Jennifer at this link: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/diagonal-weave-baby-bonnet

I’m testing another hat with with this texture as well. I’m planning on having it done sometime tomorrow. Tonight is Minion time… I have a little guy going out on Tuesday. I also have a pattern test that I’m finishing up for a gorgeous wrap. I’ll post photos of it when I’m done too.