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Cottontail Blanket Free Pattern

My Cottontail Blanket patterns calls for a super squishy bulky yarn – Scheepjes Roma Big* – which is worked up into a cute and simple piece featuring rows of plush bobbles that look like little bunny tails.  All of these gorgeous photos and the sweet blanket are by the talented Iris Dongo of  See all related posts for more info!  The free pattern is available on Ravelry in PDF format – Go get the pattern, and have fun! 😁❤️❤️ Free Pattern available on Advertisements


Cottontail Blanket FO Reveal

Iris Dongo of Southern Belle Crochet fame (IG: @southernbellecrochet) – a fabulous member of the Tester Tribe – has finished testing the Cottontail Blanket! And just in time for Easter, too! She did an absolutely wonderful job photographing the project along the way. Could it be because she runs her own photography business with her husband? Just maybe! All of the beautiful photos in this post were taken by Iris. Enjoy ❤❤ Cottontail has been brewing in my idea bank for about six months. As soon as I laid eyes on the yarn, I knew it was destined for bobbles. It’s a super bulky yarn, so those are some seriously plush bunny tails!  And the beautiful thing about working with super bulky yarn? The speed… I cannot believe that the pile of Roma Big yarn* went from that pic above…. to this (heart eyesss!): And finally to THIS beauty! In such a short time!  It’s a fast and cozy make. Iris agreed with me that it’s so soft and squishy! Her words! Hehe What a cozy piece, …

Working on a NEW Desert Bloom!

Hi, y’all! Since late 2012 when I began designing crochet blanket patterns, I have gotten oodles of feedback, but had little time to implement updates. So this year is all about designing new patterns and taking time to update old ones. I’m even having them tested to make them more “user-friendly” for you lovely crafters.  The first pattern is Desert Bloom – one of my favorites!  Here is the original Desert Bloom Blanket. The border still gives me heart eyes. Did you know that Desert Bloom was based on a dress belonging to my middle daughter? Take a look at the quick preliminary sketch and the inspiration dress: And check out some Desert Blooms that pop up in the #DesertBloomBlanket Instagram hashtag… Now these are some real beauties! The color alterations and craftsmanship – it is an honor to have such beautiful pieces made from my patterns. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• There’s just something about those flowers, and mixing motifs in the design takes it to another level. I mentioned I’m having this pattern tested, and …

Hearthside Blanket: The WIP that I never want to end.

Seriously. I’ve had some convos recently about how quick I am to frog something that’s just not doing it for me, so y’all know I cannot stand having WIPs laying around… But this yarn is so fun to work with, I had to jump into a project knowing full well I’d have to promptly cast it aside.  At least the play time was fun!! Read my full review of Scheepjes Secret Garden, and see for yourself how beautiful it is. I describe it as a sort of thick and thin tweed.. and it has all these marly bits. Every stitch is a surprise 🙂  Maybe the most fun part of this WIP (and  also the saddest… but really the funnest!) is the fact that I sent all the yarn off to a lovely member of my NEW CypressTextiles Tester Tribe! I’ll have the page introducing everyone up and running soon.  Now Robyn Axelrod is testing the pattern, and for that I am so thankful. Her work is really beautiful and I know she has a …