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...


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.


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!


Garden Terrace Infinity Scarf Crochet Pattern

Prepare for photo-overload as I can't seem to get enough of my latest design! 

The Garden Terrace Infinity Scarf reminds me of a lovely terraced garden bursting with the colors of any season! Soft drape, lacey texture and versatility is what makes this design so fabulous, in my humble opinion!

Garden Terrace Infinity Scarf crochet pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button

Wear it  layered and close around the neck for a "collared" look.

Garden Terrace Infinity Scarf crochet pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button


Baskets of Rainbows Blanket

Doesn't this stitch look like it is woven like a basket? Seriously mad texture on both the front and back of the blanket. LOVE!!!

Basket of Rainbows Blanket Crochet Pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button

Made in lots of happy colors with a simple stitch pattern and you've got a
"Basket of Rainbows"



It's a Pansy Parade Blanket Crochet Pattern

Welcoming the Pansy Parade Blanket crochet pattern! 

Pansy Parade Blanket Crochet Pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button

I'm just a wee bit silly happy about this one! The texture, the simplicity, the fun! I worked this one up in 22 colors of Stylecraft Special DK--a lovely premium acrylic that is very affordable--but it could seriously be made in any yarns and any colors! A super-duper stash buster, I say!


Studying How Crochet Heals and Helps People

This is a guest post by Kathryn Vercillo, author of Crochet Saved My Life and blogger at Crochet Concupiscence. She has created a new survey to explore the healing aspects of crochet.

Crochet Saved My Life by Kathryn Vercillo of Crochet Concupiscence

Have you seen all of the research lately pointing to the fact that crochet heals people? Studies show that crafts including knitting and crochet likely have a number of health benefits. The most commonly cited benefit is relief from depression, but crafting helps with many other mental health and physical health issues as well. We’ve just begun to explore the tip of the iceberg when it comes to how crochet helps people. A new survey has been launched to help dig deeper.

Some of the things that this new survey will help us to better understand include:

* What symptoms of mental and physical illness are people relieving with crochet?
* How much is crochet really helping people with these symptoms?
* What other benefits does crochet offer besides symptom relief?
* How do the benefits of crochet compare to the benefits of other similar crafts?

There are many important reasons to study this topic. First off, there are tens of thousands of people out there crocheting and it can help each and every one of them to know about the different ways that the craft can help them. There are also plenty of people struggling with health issues who might be encouraged to try to crochet to heal if they can see how it might help. And there are a variety of institutions and healing centers (hospitals, therapy groups, schools, etc.) that might be interested in launching crochet programs if the study can show that the craft helps to heal people.

The research from this study has the potential to create a great ripple effect. And you can help just by taking the survey and spreading the word about it to others. Please consider taking the survey now. Or you can learn more about it from this press release.

Thank you so much, Kathryn! It is an honor to have you guest post here! 

I took the survey and it was a wonderful opportunity to "tell my story" about how crochet has healed me. Go on folks...tell your story.

| On the Board | -- Instead of being "thankful for things" we should focus on being "thankful in our circumstances", whatever they may be. 
~~Dieter F. Utchtdorf
Susan Carlson of Felted Button -- Colorful Crochet Patterns


Want Some Rainbow Sprinkles?

If you have been following Felted Button around for a while now, you might know these things about my designs already:



Rainbow Sprinkles Blanket--crochet pattern by Felted Button (Susan Carlson)


The Arlington Blanket Ta-Dah!

Introducing my newest crochet pattern...a blanket. Surprised? Probably not as I've been blanket-crazed lately. But it is now available! And I'm loving it!

The Arlington Blanket

Arlington Blanket Crochet Pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button

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