Friday, May 25, 2012

Broomstick Lace Cuff Pattern and Tutorial

Broomstick Lace Cuff Pattern

Yesterday, I finally got around to learning to crochet broomstick lace.  I found the pattern for this crochet cuff bracelet and I really wanted to try it out. 

 Broomstick Lace Tutorial The pattern also contains a photo tutorial for people who are left handed.  I tried to figure out the stitch from the photo tutorial but couldn't make it work.  So, I searched the web and found this video tutorial from Crochet Geek for broomstick lace.  After watching this video, crocheting the cuff was very simple!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Homemade Crochet Father's Day Gift Ideas

Homemade Gift Ideas for Dad

Father's Day is Sunday, June 17, 2012.  This year, why not give dad a homemade gift from the heart.  Below is a list of free crochet patterns that would make excellent gifts for dad.

1.  Crochet golf club covers by Lion Brand Yarn.  A great gift for any dad that likes to golf.  This pattern has an intermediate skill level and will take one skein of yarn to complete.  Personalize them and make them your own by using dad's favorite colors.

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2.  Crochet drink cozy by Lion Brand Yarn.  This pattern has a skill level of easy and will take one skein of yarn to complete.  A great and simple project for any level of crocheter.

3.  Men's brimmed crochet hat by Red Heart Yarn.  This hat is perfect for the stylish and trendy dad.  This pattern requires one skein of yarn and has a skill level of easy.

4.  Crochet #1 dad bookmark by L. Matthewson.  Very simple and quick crochet project requiring very little yarn.  It would make a great last minute gift for dad.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

My Latest Crochet Projects: Sock Monkey Hat & Diaper Cover Set and Floral Diaper Cover & Headband Set

My Latest Crochet Projects

I just finished two new crochet projects.  The first project I completed was this newborn flower diaper cover and matching headband.  Before starting this project I searched the web for a free diaper cover pattern but wasn't pleased with the results. So, I caved in and purchased a pattern from Craftsy.  The pattern I used was designed by Little Abbee and I am very happy with the way it turnout out.

To crochet this set I used Vanna's Choice yarn in eggplant with white yarn trim and buttons.

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Crochet Flower Headband and Diaper Cover Set

My next project was this sock monkey hat and matching diaper cover.  I used the same diaper cover pattern as above only without the flower.  For the hat, I started with this pattern from Knotty Knotty Crochet, sock monkey hat, and made a few adjustments.  I added an extra increase row because I felt that my hat came out too small the first time around.  I also added a round of single crochets in red around the entire bottom of the hat to give it a more finished look.

Crochet Sock Monkey Hat and Diaper Cover Set

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Reminder to Enter the Advertising Giveaway

Reminder to enter for your chance to win 1 of 3 advertising spots on Tampa Bay Crochet.  Three lucky winners will receive a 30 day ad slot.  Giveaway ends on June 1st!

Ad space can also be purchased at a very affordable rate by clicking here.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Free Shipping For a Limited Time

For a limited time I am offering free domestic shipping (USA) on all purchases in my Etsy shop.  Just enter the code: SHIP4FREE to receive free shipping.

I was also able to activate direct checkout this week, so I can take payment directly through Etsy instead of having to go through Paypal.

New Pattern for Sale: Minnie Mouse Tissue Box & Toilet Paper Roll Cover

I created the Mickey toilet tissue box and toilet paper roll cover patterns while making a custom order for a family friend.  The Mickey pattern has been so popular that I decided to make a Minnie version as well.

This pattern is available for $2.99 via Craftsy:  Buy now

Or via Ravelry:

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 Adobe reader is available as a free download by clicking here.

Friday, May 18, 2012

New Giveaway! Enter to Win 1 of 3 Ads Spaces on Tampa Bay Crochet!

Enter to Win 1 of 3 Ad Spaces

I am hosting a giveaway that runs from today through June 1st for three ad slots on Tampa Bay Crochet!  Three winners will be chosen. Two will receive a medium sized ad slot (150x150) and one will receive a bottom page leaderboard ad (728x90).

Tampa Bay Crochet currently has 639 followers on our blog, feed and social media sites.  We receives an average of 10,000+ hits per month and our readers are actively engaged. 

 You must enter the contest through the rafflecopter form below.  Winners will be notified within 48 hours of the contest closing.


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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Free Crochet Pattern: Owl Fingerless Gloves

Free Crochet Pattern: Owl Fingerless Gloves

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 I found this pattern for owl fingerless gloves on Ravelry as a free download by Erika Ward.  I wanted to make a pair of fingerless gloves like these for a while but every pattern I found was for knitting and not crocheting.

The pattern was pretty easy to follow and the gloves came out looking just like the photos in the pattern.  I modified it a bit and added a ribbed texture to the bottom rows of the gloves.

The pattern for these fingerless gloves can be found  HERE

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Four Unique Crochet Stitch Tutorials: Ripple, Crochet Cat , Antique Pineapple and Loop Stitch

Four Unique Crochet Stitch Tutorials: Ripple, Crochet Cat , Antique Pineapple and Loop Stitch

1.  Ripple Pattern.  Tutorial from Attic 24.  This pattern would be great for an afghan or could be used to add interest to a beanie hat.

2.  Abstract Crochet Cats from Crochet Geek.  I think this stitch is so cute and versatile. 

3.  Antique Pineapple Stitch Tutorial From Free Vintage Crochet

4.  Loop Stitch Tutorial from Needle Noodles. I have seen this stitch used on everything from baby booties to amigurumi. Great stitch to add a unique texture to your work.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

New Professional Pics from DMW Photography

A few weeks ago I sent a box full of finished crochet items to Danielle from DMW Photography to be photographed for my Etsy shop.  I just received some of the photos from the shoot yesterday and I absolutely love how they turned out.

You can view more of her work on the DMW Facbook page.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

SALE - New Coupon Code

I just added a coupon code to my Etsy shop.  Enter the coupon code:  SPRINGSALE to receive 10% off your purchase.

Crochet Baby Garden Boots

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I just finished crocheting two pairs of Baby Garden Boots from a pattern I found on Craftsy by The Lovely Crow.  I am absolutely in love with this pattern.  I think the booties came out great.

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The pattern for these booties can be found here:  Baby Garden Boots

Friday, May 11, 2012

Most Popular Projects from Link Party #3

Happy Friday!  I hope everyone had a great week.  Just a reminder that link party #4 starts Saturday at midnight.

Here are the most popular projects from last week's link party:

1.  The Blue Lantern:  Crochet a long week #1

2.  Little Becky Homecky:  The Cascading Dress

3.  I Got Food In My Tummy:  Cheesy Lunch Lasagne

Crochet Newborn Bear Hat

Crochet Newborn Bear Hat

My husband and I stopped over to visit my new nephew yesterday and we took some photos of him in the hat I made for his birth announcement.  The crochet bear hat fit him perfectly, although he wasn't thrilled to be wearing it in the 90 degree, humid Florida weather :)

The free pattern for this hat is available by clicking here

Monday, May 7, 2012

Free Crochet Headband Patterns

Free Crochet Headband Patterns

A great simple project for a crocheter of any skill level is a headband.  Headbands are also a nice way to use up some of the scrap yarn you have lying around. Plus, you can wear them year round.  Here are some of my favorite free patterns for crochet headbands.

1.  Headband with bow from Creative Yarn


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2.  Granny stripe headband/ear warmer from Tangled Happy

4.  Cozy Flowered Headband from Melanie Fulone

5.  Knotted headband from You Seriously Made That

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Saturday Link Party is Now Open

Good morning everyone!  The Saturday link party is now open.  Stop by and link up.  Everyone is welcome.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Reminder: Saturday Link Party

Just a reminder that tomorrow is our Saturday link party. Submissions will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. Sunday. Show off what you have been working on this week. All submissions are welcome. The top visited links will be featured in a special blog post.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Featured Projects From Link Party #2

Thank you to everyone who participated in my second link party.  Sorry for the delay in this post.  On Tuesday, my nephew was born so I have been a little distracted :)

All of the projects that were shared during the link party were absolutely amazing.  I hope that you will all join us once again this Saturday.  Here are a few of the most visited projects last week. 

1.  S'mores cupcakes from Little Beck Homecky 

These cupcakes look absolutely amazing!  I will be trying this recipe out soon!

Absolutely adorable crochet hat and dress set.

Beautiful shawl crocheted for a great cause.


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