11.21.2014

Set Your Table--V-Stitch Place Setting Free Crochet Pattern

V-Stitch Placemat & Napkin Ring from Susan Carlson of Felted Button (FREE crochet pattern)

You are probably seeing lots of the V-Stitch around lately as it is such a simple, yet pretty, stitch. It's great as a stashbuster. And it doesn't require any thought so it's super rhythmic and relaxing to work, I think. So with the holidays approaching and decorating on the brain, I decided to make up an easy little Placemat and Napkin Ring pattern with color (surprised?), whimsy, and versatility.

V-Stitch Placemat & Napkin Ring from Susan Carlson of Felted Button (FREE crochet pattern)

This one was made with some bits of I Love This Cotton from Hobby Lobby I had in my stash. And the colors are all too Cath Kidston or Martha Stewart. They make me happy.

But check out this sample made by my tester Brittany of R&L Crochet Co.

V-Stitch Placemat & Napkin Ring from Susan Carlson of Felted Button (FREE crochet pattern) Photo used courtesy of R&L Crochet Co. Copyright Brittany Naffziger 2014.

V-Stitch Placemat & Napkin Ring from Susan Carlson of Felted Button (FREE crochet pattern) Photo used courtesy of R&L Crochet Co. Copyright Brittany Naffziger 2014.

In a single neutral color it makes the design so elegant and clean--plus those little kidlets are so stinkin' cute, huh? (That fingernail polish in different colors sooo reminds me of when my Lizzie was little. Those were cherished times!)

Sorry--distracted...

V-Stitch Placemat & Napkin Ring from Susan Carlson of Felted Button (FREE crochet pattern)

I love the pom edging. I love the rhythm of this stitch. And I love the versatility. The pattern includes a multiples number to make it any size you want--think scarf, table runner, blanket or afghan, lovey for a little one, etc. One of my testers gave it to her babe as a blanket for a stuffed animal with the napkin ring as a bracelet. Cute, huh?

You can find the pattern in my Ravelry or Craftsy shops as a FREE download. Happy Hooking, and if you make something lovely from it, please feel free to share on my Facebook page here. I love to see the wonderful things other hands and hearts can do with my patterns.

I've got soooo many new designs in my head, two in testing, and three on my hook. Anyone else feel like you just need more time in the day or wish you could crochet faster!?

Be well. Be at peace. Eat your vegetables and wear your seatbelt. (Hey, I'm a mother.)

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Susan Carlson of Felted Button (Colorful Crochet Patterns)


11.08.2014

Don't Trip, Just Skip on Over...

Today I’m over at Skip to My Lou as part of the Bake Craft Sew & Crochet Along. I am sharing a wonderful crochet pattern--the V-Stitch Placemat and Napkin Ring--perfect for holiday gift giving and entertaining. In fact, you won’t want to miss all the handmade gift ideas! I have joined over 100 bloggers to share some amazing homemade gift ideas……..AND I get to be part of an amazing giveaway too. Keep reading…

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Thanks so much to Skip to My Lou for the guest hosting opportunity! 


Susan Carlson of Felted Button--Colorful Crochet Patterns

11.07.2014

Ruffled Ribbons Blanket Revealed

It is time!! This is always the most exciting portion of the Design Wars challenges, as we reveal our designs and you get to VOTE!! (There are some pretty amazing designs, I tell ya!)

So let me introduce you to one of my favorite designs yet...



Ruffled Ribbons Blanket and Rug crochet pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button

I threw my "hook" in the ring for

10.29.2014

Delicious Squares are Squarilicious!

It's yummy. It's got colorful squares. It's Squarilicious!

Squarilicious Blanket crochet pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button

Introducing the Squarilicious Blanket crochet pattern! I'm super excited about this new design. It's one of those fun patterns where you have texture, color, enjoyable crocheting, and a fabulously versatile and textured result! 

Squarilicious Blanket crochet pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button

This blanket pattern really makes me happy. Don't you love

10.20.2014

Heads Up!! The Next Design Wars Challenge!

Susan Carlson, the designer of Felted Button (Colorful Crochet Patterns)

If you have been involved with Design Wars in the past, you know how exciting it is! If you are new to Design Wars, take a minute and look around here to see what it is all about. Basically, it's an elite crochet competition where select designers work behind the scenes, often using the same yarn or theme to design something unique and amazing. And believe me, the designers never disappoint! 

And I've thrown my shoes hat into this round!

Susan Carlson of Felted Button Colorful Crochet Patterns
Well, ok, these are just my favorite shoes.

10.14.2014

Eventide Blanket Crochet Pattern Ta-Dah!

Eventide Blanket Crochet Pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button

I'm really excited about this latest hooky project! And in typical Felted Button style I had to have lots of color-play and lots of texture! With many wonderful suggestions for a name, I finally decided upon Eventide--which means

9.29.2014

And the Circle Takes the Square--Crochet Blanket Pattern

Circle Takes the Square Blanket crochet pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button

The graphic simplicity of this blanket makes me happy. Colorful circles floating in contrasting squares with a border that really makes them pop! Plus, the squares are join-as-you-go and that makes me even happier!

Circle Takes the Square Blanket crochet pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button

And, of course, I really love

9.18.2014

Treasures in the Sand Wrap Crochet Pattern

There are so many things I love about my latest design...


Treasures in the Sand Wrap Crochet Pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button--Colorful Crochet Patterns

Drape--made with a super fine fingering yarn (Loops & Threads Woolike-1) it is so light and wearable. The magenta is Cascade 220 fingering from my stash--only a small bit. 
Cost to Make--Only one skein of each color is required and at under $3/skein can be made for about $12. (I got mine on sale at Michael's for $2.29/skein and then used a coupon, too.)

Treasures in the Sand Wrap Crochet Pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button--Colorful Crochet Patterns

Versatility--not only can it be made in any colors you wish, but it can be worn in sooo many different ways. Let me show you...

9.10.2014

Mind the Gap: Avoiding the Turning Chain Hole

Do you dislike the pesky little gaps left by the ch 3 turn when working rows of double crochet? 


3 Options for avoiding the ch-3 gap on a dc turning chain from Felted Button (Colorful Crochet Patterns)

See how obnoxious? 


Felted Button Colorful Crochet Patterns: Mind the Gap--Avoiding the Turning Chain Hole

Part of the problem is that a ch 3 just does not have enough width and substance to look like its neighboring dc. Secondly, it is supposed to replace a dc, so you skip that stitch right after the ch 3 which only exacerbates the problem. Hence, ugly hole. An additional "bug" for me is that working into a ch is always harder than the top of a normal stitch when you get back on the next row.

Before I figured out some better options, I tried working a ch-2 instead which worked a titch better but not much.

So I have 3 options that I'll show you. You can use whichever is the easiest for you and gives you the result you desire. I use all three at times depending on the project at hand.

8.20.2014

Button Bunting--FREE Crochet Pattern

If you follow me around on Facebook, you might have seen this 
Button Bunting...


Button Bunting--Free Crochet Pattern from Felted Button

Seems I had an overwhelming response to write this one up and share with you, so that is exactly what I'm doing! So many of you had such lovely ideas with what to do with it, too!

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