Saturday, December 31, 2016

Pattern for a Ponytail / Messy Bun Beanie

Pattern for a Ponytail / Messy Bun Beanie





While I am still working on my next free crochet pattern, I thought I would share a trendy new pattern designed by one of my friends, Ashley Kneram. Ashley always amazes me with her talents. Not only is she an excellent crocheter, she can sew and come up with the most creative crafts.

The pattern uses worsted weight yarn and a ponytail holder.  It works up in an hour tops and you can change the colors to make it your own.

Plus, these beanies are a God send for those of us who need to run to the store for something but don't want to have to shower or do our hair before leaving the house. Just toss on this beanie and go!

Ashley also has a blog where you can see more of her wonderful work:  Ashley's Blog

Monday, December 19, 2016

Tampa Bay Crochet's Next Free Pattern Announcement

Tampa Bay Crochet's Next Free Pattern Announcement

 





The next free pattern released by Tampa Bay Crochet will be a handbag!

Thank you to everyone who participated in voting for my next project. As you can guess from the sketch above, this handbag will have a Valentine's Day theme! I am also very excited to be trying a style of handbag I've not crocheted before.

I will be sure to update you as I go along creating this new pattern. I'll also be releasing some teaser photos of the handbag in progress.

I look forward to sharing my next free pattern with all of you!

 

 

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Tampa Bay Crochet's Next Free Crochet Pattern

Tampa Bay Crochet's Next Free Crochet Pattern

First I would like to wish all my readers .....


Once the holidays are over, I plan to release my next free crochet pattern. I have a lot of ideas but would love to hear your thoughts. Below are some of the ideas I've come up with over the past few weeks. 

Please comment below with your favorite, or, feel free to comment with an idea of your own!


  • Ponytail Brimmed Hat
  • Ear Warmers / Headband
  • Slippers
  • Animal Hat
  • Character Hat
  • Decorative Pillows
  • Purse or Tote bag

Don't forget to let me know which one is your favorite!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Tampa Bay Crochet: The Reason for my Absence.

Tampa Bay Crochet: The Reason for my Absence



First, I will say that I thought long and hard about whether or not to write this post. In the end, I decided that the wonderful people who are still following my blog deserved to know what has been going on during my absences. I don't write this seeking pity, only to explain that I do not intend on giving up on Tampa Bay Crochet and I am doing my very best to keep it alive.

I've had back pain ever since I was a child, but I was so active that my parents and pediatrician didn't consider it serious enough to examine further.  About three and a half years ago, my back pain worsened and I started having painful muscle spasms. I saw several doctors who prescribed pain pills and told me I most likely had tailbone pain that would fade. Months past and the pain was only getting worse. My husband worked long hours and he insisted I go to Ohio for treatment so that my parents could care for me.

I flew to Ohio and began seeing specialist after specialist. First I was diagnosed with tailbone pain, then possibly endometriosis. Once my endometriosis scan was clear, my doctors were stumped. I had several steroid injections into my tailbone and pudendal nerve.  None of the injections seemed to help. I was finding myself in the emergency room at least once a month in unbearable pain. I stopped going once I realized that all they could do was inject me with pan killers and discharge me. Then, came the worst news of all. After being released from the hospital, my husband called to tell me he didn't want to be married to me anymore. I asked if I could come home and talk about it, then he told me he had already moved and I could come pick up my clothes at the old apartment which was unlocked. 

My mom and I flew down to Florida the next day while my dad drove down to meet us. I had to use a wheelchair just to get on the flight. Once there, all i find were a few boxes of photo albums and some of my less expensive clothes. I tried calling to talk to my husband but he wouldn't return my calls. To this day I have no idea why he decided to end our ten year marriage.

As if all of this wasn't bad enough, my dad lost his job. He was luckily enough to find a replacement quickly but it meant we were moving to Georgia. I had to find a new primary care physician, rheumatologist, endocrinologist and orthopedic surgeon. After several visit and some abnormal blood tests, I finally had my answer. My rheumatologist diagnosed me with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome type 3. Basically, my connective tissue, ligaments and tendons are too lax and do not properly hold my joints in place. I never knew I was hypermobile, I always just thought I was flexible. The worst symptom of EDS is the chronic joint pain and frequent dislocations and hyper-extensions of my joints. Some days when the pain is extreme, I have a hard time just moving around my house.

Unfortunately, there is no cure for EDS. But, I take supplements and see a team of doctors to help manage my condition. I am still in pain everyday but I have good days and bad days. 

To make a long story short, this is why I have been absent from my blog over the past few years. However, I am very determined to work on it as much as I can. I do not want to end up on disability, like so many others with EDS have, so I am desperately trying to make Tampa Bay Crochet work.

Thank you for reading my story and supporting my blog. It truly means more to me than you will every know.


Saturday, November 26, 2016

Happy Holidays: Small Business Saturday Giveaway

Happy Holidays:  Small Business Saturday Giveaway



I hope that everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving and have been enjoying their holiday weekend. I took some time this weekend to start decorating my tree. This year, I decided to go with a Harry Potter theme.  



The Thanksgiving holiday makes me think of great food and family but it also makes me think of holiday shopping. Everyone knows about Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but did you know that today is small business Saturday? It's a day devoted to shopping at local and online small businesses. During this time of year, small businesses have a difficult time competing with the large superstores. Today reminds us all to shop locally when possible. It helps our local economy and has a huge impact on the shop owners you support.

  Crochet Earring Giveaway 

 


To help celebrate small business Saturday, I am giving away a pair of these crochet earrings. To win, simply comment below and tell me what you love most about the holidays. One lucky winner will be randomly selected and notified on Monday.

 

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving! Black Friday Deals Start at Midnight!

Happy Thanksgiving 








Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude. ~E.P. Powell




This year we are thankful for all our blog readers, social media followers, customers, fellow crocheters and makers. This website would not be possible without you.

Black Friday Weekend Deals 

  Starting at midnight, the Tampa Bay Crochet Shop will be having the biggest we've ever hosted.  With a coupon code, you will receive 30% off your order. This is our way of showing our gratitude to our online following. This deal will last from Midnight tonight through Cyber Monday.

Coupon Code: BFTBC16


Additionally, we will be sporadically posting coupon codes good for one free item on our blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest pages. Each code can only be redeemed once. Make sure to keep checking back with Tampa Bay Crochet to win.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Holiday Crochet Challenge: An Ornament A day

Recently, I decided to challenge myself. I will design and release one new, free crochet ornament pattern everyday until Christmas!

Get your crochet hooks ready! Ornaments make great stocking stuffers, office gifts or use them to decorate your tree.

Fellow crocheter, feel free to join in this challenge with me. Design your own patterns and share them on your site, blog or social media.

Don't forget to use the hash tag #CrochetHolidayChallenge

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

FLASH SALE! Santa, Reindeer and Little Grinch Crochet Pattern 3-Pack on Sale for A Limited Time.

FLASH SALE! Santa, Reindeer and Little Grinch Crochet Pattern 3-Pack on Sale for A Limited Time.

Click Here to Purchase

For a limited time only, purchase the Tampa Bay Crochet Santa, Reindeer and Little Grinch 3-Pack for only $3.99!

This is the lowest the price has ever been for this pattern pack.

Get started on your crocheting early and take advantage of this low price. 


No time to crochet this year? You can still give your loved ones one of a kind gifts by purchasing a finished product at the Tampa Bay Crochet Etsy Shop.

Click Here to Shop






Crochet Classes and Projects that Would Make Perfect Holiday Gifts

Monday, July 18, 2016

Learn to Crochet These Pokemon Go Themed Gloves with Tampa Bay Crochet on Skillshare.

Tampa Bay Crochet on Skillshare


My latest gig:

 
I am very excited to announce that I have been offered an online teaching position at Skillshare.com.  Skillshare is an online education site that offers courses available in a variety of topics. I received an e-mail from a recruiter at the beginning of the month stating that they are trying to incorporate more arts and crafts courses into their online catalog. The recruiter said she had seen my work and was wondering if I would like to teach an online crochet course.  Of course, I jumped at the chance.

I have been taking two online courses offered for Skillshare teachers in preparation of filming my first class.  I have just recently finished my coursework and will be filming my class this coming week.  I am very excited about this opportunity.  I will also be offering my course, free of charge, to the first twenty people who register.  So, make sure to keep checking back for updates.

 

 About my first class:


My first course will an introduction to crocheting in the round. During this course we will be crocheting the Pokemon themed, fingerless gloves shown above.  With the recent release and success of Pokemon Go, I decided that a Pokemon themed project would be a great way to start off my crocheting coursework. This class will be suitable for beginners, as well as advanced crocheters.  The course is broken down into several small segments in which I will show you how to perform each stitch as you crochet the gloves along with me.

I am thrilled to have this opportunity.  Once my first course is complete, I hope that you will help me share my work with others who may be interested in learning to crochet.  I look forward filming many classes in the future.  

If you have a suggestion for a future class or a project you would like to see, please feel free to leave it in the comment section below. 

 As always, thank you for your support!  


 

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Latest Crochet Creation: Harry Potter Themed Tissue Box and Hedwig the Owl Toilet Paper Roll Cozy

Latest Crochet Creation:  Harry Potter Themed Tissue Box and Hedwig Toilet Paper Roll Cozy


I am a self diagnosed Harry Potter addict.  Whenever I see a Harry Potter item, I can't help myself.  I own what should be an embarrassing amount of Harry Potter themed t-shirts, figurines...etc. 

While I was crocheting a Disney themed cozy set, I realized I had never crocheted a Harry Potter themed project.  I decided to make a Harry Potter tissue box cozy and who better to accompany him than Hedwig.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/462979913/harry-potter-and-hedwig-the-owl-themed?ref=shop_home_active_1

This Harry Potter tissue box and Hedwig the owl toilet paper roll cozy are now available for sale in my Etsy shop.

Purchase This Set

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Free Crochet Pattern Release: Newborn Boutique Baby Flower Hat

Free Crochet Pattern Release:  Newborn Boutique Baby Flower Hat



By
Tampa Bay Crochet

Materials:
· DK weight yarn (For this pattern I used Bernat Softee Baby Yarn.)
· Size G crochet hook (4.25mm)
· White worsted weight yarn (flower accent).
· Optional: crochet thread or decorative button for the center of the flower.
· Yarn needle.




Abbreviations:
Ch = Chain stitch
Sc = Single crochet
Hdc = Half double crochet
Dc = Double crochet
Sl st = slip stitch
FPHDC = front post double crochet
BPHDC = back post double crochet



Special stitches:
Double crochet criss cross:  Skip the next stitch and dc in the following stitch.  Cross over the front of your dc and crochet a dc in the stitch you just skipped.


Front post half double crochet (FPHDC):  Yarn over and insert your hook from front to back between the posts of the first and second half double crochet of the row below, and then from back to front again between the posts of the second and third stitches. Complete the half double crochet as normal.


Back post half double crochet (BPHDC):  Yarn over and insert your hook from back to front between the posts of the first and second half double crochet in the row below, and then from front to back again between the posts of the second and third stitches.  Complete the half double crochet as usual.



Pattern:
To begin, with your baby yarn and size G crochet hook, ch 2.
Round 1:  Nine sc stitches in the second ch from hook.  Sl st to the top of the first sc to join the round. (9 sts)
Round 2: Ch 2, hdc into the same space as the ch 2, 2 hdc in next stitch and each stitch around. Sl st to the top of the beginning ch 2 to join the round. (18 sts).
Round 3:  Ch 2, hdc into the same space as the ch 2, *1 hdc into the next stitch, 2 hdc into the following stitch*.  Repeat from * to * around.  Sl st to the top of the beginning ch 2 to join the round. (27 sts)
Round 4:  Ch 2, hdc into the same space as the ch 2, * 1 hdc into the next 2 stitches, 2 hdc into the following stitch*.  Repeat from * to * around. Sl st to the top of the beginning ch 2 to join the round. (36 sts)
Round 5:  Ch 2, hdc into the same space as the ch 2, *1 hdc into the next 3 stitches, 2 hdc into the following stitch*.  Repeat from * to * around.  Sl st to top of the beginning ch 2 to join the round. (45 sts)
Round 6:  Ch 2, hdc into the same space as the ch 2, *1 hdc into the next 4 stitches, 2 hdc into the following stitch*.  Repeat from * to * around. Sl st to top of the beginning ch 2 to join the round. (54 sts)

 


 

Rounds 7-12 will be worked using the double crochet criss cross stitch.

Round 7-12:  Ch 3, Wrap the yarn around the hook once and insert the hook into the last hdc of the previous round, yarn over and pull up a loop. There are now three loops on your hook.  Yarn over and pull through the first two loops, yarn over and pull through the remaining loops (Your first double crochet criss cross has been made).  *Skip the next stitch and dc in the following stitch.  Cross over the front of your dc and crochet a dc in the stitch you just skipped*  Repeat this around.  Sl st to the top of the beginning ch 3 to join the round. (27 dc criss crosses made).




Round 13: Ch 2, hdc in the next st and in each st around. Sl st to the top of the beginning ch 2 to join the round.
Round 14:  Ch 2, *FPHDC around the next stitch from the previous round, BPHDC in the following stitch from the previous round* Continue repeating the FPHDC and BPHDC.  Sl st to top of beginning ch 2 to complete the round.  Tie off yarn and sew in the tail.



Flower:

Layer 1:
This flower is crocheted in two, separate layers and then sewn together onto the hat.
Using size G crochet hook and white yarn ch 5 and sl st to form a ring..
Round 1: Ch 1, *sc and then ch 3* 5 times in the loop, join with sl st to beginning ch to join the round.
Round 2: Ch 1, *sc, hdc, 5 dc, hdc, s*) in each ch 3 space from previous round.  Join with sl st to beginning ch to join the round. Five petals made.  Tie off yarn leaving a 12” tail.



Layer 2:
Round 1:  Ch 3, 11 hdc into the 3rd ch from the hook. Sl st to the top of the beginning ch 3 to join the round. (12 hdc)
Round 2:  Ch 2, hdc in same st, 2 hdc in following st and each st around. Sl st to top of the beginning ch 2 to join the round.  (24 hdc)
Round 3:  Ch 7 (counts as 1st sc + ch 6), skip two stitches as sc in the next stitch.  *Ch 6, skip two stitches and sc in the following st.* repeat from * to * around. Sl st to first ch to join the round. (8 chain spaces made).
Round 4:  Ch 1, (sc, hdc, 2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc, hdc, sc) in each ch 6 space from the previous round. Sl st to beginning ch 1 to join the round.  Tie off and weave in loose end. 





Assembly:
Place the first flower layer on top of the second layer. Place both layers on the hat in your desired location.  Using the 12” tail from the first round, sew both layers of the flower onto the hat. 
*Optional Accent:  A decorative button or crochet button can be used in the center of the flower as an accent.  Be careful of buttons as they may cause a choking hazard.
To crochet a button:
Round 1: Take your size G crochet hook and crochet thread. Ch 3, 11 hdc into the third ch from
the hook.  Sl st to top of the beginning chain to join the round.
Round 2: Ch 1, sl st in next stitch and each stitch around.  Join with a sl st to top of the
beginning ch 1.  Tie off leaving a 6” tail.
Use the tail to sew the crochet button to the center of the flower.  Tie off yarn and weave in all
loose ends.






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