Free Border Pattern from Every Which Way Crochet

If you read my review of the new book by Edie Eckman (Every Which Way Crochet Borders), you'll know that I love it! If you missed it, read more about it here. I'm also able to share with you a FREE pattern from the book!! Nifty, huh?

Every Which Way Crochet Borders by Edie Eckman

Remember, each of the 139 patterns in the book is unique and includes a color photograph, written instructions, a crochet symbol chart, and explanations of any special stitches right there on the page. Here's a really cool one right from the book...

Every Which Way Crochet Borders: Book Review

Edie Eckman has just released a new book called Every Which Way Crochet Borders, and I'm thrilled to review it and to participate in her blog tour.

Every Which Way Crochet Borders (Review by Susan Carlson of Felted Button)

Lucky me--I've got my hands on this really amazing book. I'm not just saying it's amazing because they gifted it to me. Let me tell you why I love it.


Felted Button Temperature Blanket CAL 2017

One of the best parts about this crochet designing gig is the people. Yes, people. I have met literally thousands of folks around the globe with whom I share a common love of yarn, hooks, creating, and color! So, with the new year approaching, I thought of a way to connect better with you and decided to conduct a temperature blanket CAL throughout next year!

Here are a few details that hopefully answer questions you might have about how to participate...

1. What is a CAL? 
CAL stands for Crochet-A-Long and is a fun and interactive way to be working on a common project at the same time with other like-minded folk. I have set up a Facebook group where we can chat about yarn, colors and pattern choices, share projects/progress, and talk about the weather. Why weather, you ask? See #2.

2. What is a temperature blanket?
Typically a temperature blanket is worked in varying colors of yarn depending on the daily temperature (high, low, average, both...) of where you live. You can choose the color range and temperature ranges for each color depending on your climate. If you are in the US there is a good site to see temperature ranges by state/city here.  If you want lots of color make your ranges small--if you want just a few, make your ranges bigger. (I'm thinking that because of the temperature range in my neck of the woods and because I love lots of colors, I'll probably have 5 degree increments which give me about 18 colors.) You do what works for you. Bust that stash and have fun! By the end of the year--or whenever you want to finish--a unique and "story-telling" blanket.

3. How do I join?
You can use any Felted Button blanket pattern (free or premium, your choice). Since I'm a bit obsessed with blankets, you have a LOT to choose from. You can browse in my Ravelry shop here. You should also join the Facebook Felted Button Temperature Blanket CAL group here. Just click "Join" and when approved read the group rules posted in the Files section at the top of the page. You might also want to read through the feed for any info that might help you.

Above is just a tiny sampling of Felted Button blanket designs. Some of these would not be ideal for the CAL, but some would be fab! (We'll talk more about this later.) 


Wanna Meet Me?

Other than my profile picture or my brief description on my blog or Ravelry profile, you may have no idea who is actually behind Felted Button and all of these colorful crochet patterns. Wanna "meet" me?

Recently, I've had the opportunity to be interviewed by A Little Brighter Podcast. They interview regular people like me about their hobbies and how those hobbies have impacted their lives. Well, mine certainly has impacted my life, and I share a bit about just how that has happened on the podcast.
A Little Brighter Podcast--Interview with Susan Carlson of Felted Button (Colorful Crochet Patterns)
You can listen to the full episode just by clicking here. (Nothing fancy required.)

If, after listening, you still have questions for me, feel free to stop by my Facebook page and ask away!

And you can listen to previous episodes of this fabulously fun podcast here or on iTunes.
This online crochet community has been such a beautiful thing! Thank you for being a part of it and sharing your knowledge, creativity, enthusiasm and support! 

Susan Carlson of Felted Button Colorful Crochet Patterns


Another Way to Avoid the Turning Chain Hole

You may remember this post from a while ago...

3 options for avoiding those holes on dc-turns by Felted Button

In it, I show 3 ways to work turns for a dc (US terms) when working in rows that helps reduce the gap rather than working a chain 3. The 3 ideas work for me--my favorite being the third--made by stacking two sc's on top of each other. You can see all 3 methods and which one is your favorite here.


Illuminations Blanket Free Crochet Pattern

I'm so excited to be sharing another free crochet blanket pattern with you! If you follow me around on Facebook or Instagram (@FeltedButton) you might have seen some peeks at it or the complete reveal last week here, but I'm happy to share the pattern with you today. Introducing...

Illuminations Blanket

Illuminations Blanket Free Crochet Pattern by Felted Button


Illuminations Blanket Reveal

Remember the little sneak peek of my Scheepjes *Cotton 8 project I showed you last week here? Well, this is it in all its glory! I named it Illuminations Blanket because it it so full of light and color!

Illuminations Blanket Crochet Pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button

I'm really tickled about how it turned out. Do you like it, too? Here are some things I particularly love about it...


Eight's Great--Cotton 8, That Is!

I hope life is finding you peaceful and happy--with plenty of crochet time. I've been feeling a little chill in the air and it makes me think about making blankets. Oh, silly me, I'm always thinking about making blankets. And cotton blankets are my perfect go-to all year round because they are soft and warm but breathe well. Bonus: Easy care!

Although it has grown a tad slowly (squirrel!), I've been working away on my brilliantly colorful Scheepjes *Cotton 8 blanket. (You can read my thoughts about this soft yarn here.)

Remember this one?

Scheepjes Cotton 8 yarn used by Susan Carlson of Felted Button -- Colorful Crochet Patterns

Here are some pics of a bit more progress...

Illuminations Blanket by Susan Carlson of Felted Button (WIP using Scheepjes Cotton 8 Yarn)

I actually changed up a number of colors once I got started--took away some softer pastel peachy colors and added some more purples.

Illuminations Blanket by Susan Carlson of Felted Button (WIP using Scheepjes Cotton 8 Yarn)

And finally settled on "only" 32 colors! Haha! How do you leave one out? They might feel badly, right? Plus, remember, this yarn is super affordable--good-sized 50g balls for around $2.58/ball in 48 colors. You can get your hooks on it from Wool Warehouse *here. And they ship internationally.

Illuminations Blanket by Susan Carlson of Felted Button (WIP using Scheepjes Cotton 8 yarn)

Illuminations Blanket by Susan Carlson of Felted Button (WIP using Scheepjes Cotton 8 Yarn)

Does this stitch pattern look familiar to you? It might as I've used it before here. It's just so full of texture and works up beautifully in this cotton that really defines the stitches.

Illuminations Blanket by Susan Carlson of Felted Button (WIP using Scheepjes Cotton 8 Yarn)

I recently got this fortune and though it was fitting for a color-crazed person like myself. Someone once called me a "yarntist". I like that. :)

Watch for a full reveal of this blanket next week! The border is now done and I'm preparing to photograph it. Have a color-filled and yarny week!

| On the Board | -- I prefer to laugh. Crying gives me a headache. 
                                               ~~Marjorie Pay Hinckley
Susan Carlson of Felted Button -- Colorful Crochet Patterns
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I Need a Sugar Rush! Must Have Bonbons!

I'm not talking chocolate or an actual sugar rush here. But what I have to show you today seems to give me the same happy energy as actual chocolate...

Scheepjes Maxi Bonbon Yarn -- 100% Mercerized Cotton in 87 Colors

It's yarn!! The fabulous Dutch yarn company Scheepjes has recently released Maxi Bonbon and Maxi Sugar Rush which are the same yarns (and colors) in different sizes. The *Bonbons come in 25g balls--perfect for smaller projects or where you want to use lots of colors. Sugar Rush comes in 50g balls for those larger projects.

Scheepjes Maxi Bonbon Yarn -- 100% Mercerized Cotton in 87 Colors

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