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Review-I Like Crochet February 2015 Issue

Live. Love. Crochet. is Spot On!

Owl Always Love You crochet amigurumi pattern by Darleen Hopkins

Now available for instant download.’s slogan is Live. Love. Crochet. Not only is this true for everyday life but it is perfect for the February 2015 issue.  February is the month we celebrate those in our lives that we love with lots of pinks and reds and hearts and – in this issue – lots of owls!  If you have followed my blog, you know I like to make hats, particularly silly hats for the little ones.  This issue has an adorable Little Hootie hat that I will be making in the very, very near future.  Another owl themed pattern in this issue is a cute owl candy holder.  This is a great way to dress up a candy bar for your sweetie.  And when the candy is gone, I bet the candy holder would make a great bookmark!  The last owl, and personally, my favorite, is the amigurumi Owl Always Love You.  I’m a little partial to this cutie as he is my design-shameless plug, I know.  But, he is adorable and really, who can resist an adorable owl?

Whispers, Crochet by Darleen Hopkins

Peppermint Pals Hot Pad Set from

I Like Crochet – Holiday 2014

Checking out the 2014 Holiday issue from

Have you had a chance to check out the 2014 Holiday issue from  I have to admit, I have had access to this issue since November but have been so busy that I am just now getting a chance to really check it out and it is great!  As a contributor, I am honored to have my  Peppermint Pals Hot Pads included.  It really has some great patterns, articles and tips.  There are a number of hat patterns-I do love hats-shawls, scarves, baby items and tops.  And if you have time before the holidays, some great holiday themed items as well.  Check out those stockings on the cover!  Adorable!

Peppermint Pals Hot Pad Set, crochet pattern

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I’m picking out yarn for a couple of hat patterns-did I mention I like making hats?  to use in my stash busting in the upcoming year.  Two hats from this issue have been marked high on my to-do list, the hat from the Wistful Wisteria pattern set and the Butterscotch Cream hat.  I’ll be sure to post photos of the finished items.

Shawls B2G1

Whispers in Knit Picks Chroma, in process

Crocheting with the Scouts

Yipee! It’s Monday!!!

Whispers in Knit Picks Chroma, in process people hate Mondays.  Garfield hated them and Mondays made the Carpenters feel bad.  But I love Mondays.  Actually, I love 6 to 7:30pm on Mondays because that is when my youngest son’s boy scout troop meets.  I drop him off and I have a good hour and 15 minutes of alone time.  When it’s cold and the days are short and it’s dark out, I often go to a fast food restaurant, get a cup of decaf and sit in the back and crochet.  Sometimes in the hotter months, I find a quiet place at the local university, enjoy the AC and crochet.  Most of the time though I park my car at the park, open the windows, enjoy the quiet and crochet.  Wherever I may be, if it’s just after 6pm to about 7:15pm on a Monday night, I am likely crocheting.

The weather in north Georgia this time of year is beautiful and a lot of people come out to enjoy the park.  This week, I’ll be there with them working some more on my Whispers in Chroma.  This yarn is gorgeous and perfect for this pattern.  I can’t wait to finish it and block it.

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Three times the charm…crochet shawl pattern

Naming Crochet Patterns

On more than one occasion I’ve been asked where I get the names for my patterns. Some are obvious, The Happy Pets pattern set, for example, includes both a smiling kitty hat and a smiling puppy hat in the pattern set.  Sometimes my family members make suggestions on the name.  My mom named the Picture Perfect Baby Blanket and my husband suggested the name for the shawl, Whispers.  Occasionally a name just pops in my head, Nighty Night Baby Blanket is one of those.

Black Raspberry Shawl not every pattern has a name that easily jumps out to me.  Often I have to ponder the options during the design process.  When this happens, the final name can appear to be a little obscure or random but there is always a logical reason.  For example, the Black Raspberry Shawl was named after one of my favorite candles. Every fall the local high school and middle school bands sell candles as a fundraiser. My oldest son plays trombone in the band now but I’ve been buying these candles from the neighborhood kids for a number of years. My favorite scent is one that is a mix of black raspberries and vanilla. While I was working on the shawl design, I had one of the candles on the table next to me. I enjoyed the scent for many hours while I worked out the details of the shawl. In addition, the yarn I used was very similar in color as the candle itself. So when it came time to name and publish the pattern, it was obvious (to me) what to call it. I realize not everyone will use the same yarn and color used to write the pattern.  So if you choose to make your Black Raspberry Shawl in orange or beige, then go for it!

Charmed Shawl Crochet Pattern latest pattern has a story to its name as well: The Charmed Shawl. When I swatched, drew out, chose yarn and started crocheting the initial design, the shawl had a different name.  I’m keeping that name in reserve as it may appear in a later design.  Unfortunately, I ran into a couple of issues as I worked the pattern.  My goal was to design a shawl that used a specific amount of yarn, no more than the 6 balls I had. As I neared the end of the shawl I realized my supply was going to fall short.  So rather than order more yarn, I reworked the body of the shawl a total of three times before I was happy with the results.  In addition, I had to work the edging three times to perfect the lovely eyelet lace with the given amount of remaining yarn.  So…you’ve heard the saying…Three Times the Charm…that is this shawl!  I believe the finished design was well worth reworking as the shawl turned out stunning AND it can be made with exactly 6 balls of Knit Picks Galileo! Phew!

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