Saturday, March 23, 2013

Think Spring!!

I'm so ready for winter to be over!  I live in Northern Minnesota and we still have 3 feet of snow in our yard and the snowdrifts on the sides of the streets are taller than the cars.  Maybe if we all start crocheting some warm weather hats....Mother Nature will get the hint?

Photo copyright Flom Designs and Photography
     Flower Garden Hat pattern

This is one of my oldest patterns, the Flower Garden Hat.  Perfect for spring with an open, airy design and lots of colorful flowers!

Photo copyright Melon & Pebble
     Taryn Hat pattern

Another flower hat pattern that is really versatile for spring is the Taryn Hat pattern.  This pattern comes with the Loopy Flower pattern so you can make lots of flowers in different colors that are interchangeable for the hat, they simply button on.

Photo copyright Christy Kirkland Photography

     Spring Bloom Beanie pattern

Another great flower hat pattern is the Spring Bloom Beanie.  This hat comes with a ruffled flower pattern in two sizes, and also a leaf pattern.  Or, skip the flower and just thread a ribbon through the hat for a totally different look.

Photo copyright B Faith Photography

     Avery Beanie pattern

A slightly warmer option for spring is the Avery Beanie with this huge rose pattern.  So much fun!

Photo copyright Jennifer Dougherty

     Butterfly Garden Beanie, Cocoon, and Pod Set

This is one of my favorite cocoon light and airy and perfect for Spring.  I think it has a lovely vintage look too!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Random thoughts...

How many of you have never actually tried one of my patterns?  Would you like more information about what they are like?  Or why I do things the way I do?  Read on...

I seriously have a pet peeve with patterns that are nothing more than a hat made almost entirely in double crochet, for a couple of reasons.  First of all, to ME, it looks "amateur" and simple.  It honestly makes me think of the projects I made when I was learning to crochet at about 8 years old.  But the other reason is that you would usually end up with a seam in that kind of pattern and I hate seams on hats with a passion!!  You'll notice one thing about my hats is that they are generally seamless or the seam is hidden so well, you do not see it at all.  So you won't see any plain Jane double crochet hats with a big ugly seam from me.  :)

The other thing about my patterns is that I always try to include as many sizes as possible.  I do not sell sizes fact, I think that is a huge rip off when designers do that.  My patterns cost $4.95 each and average a total of 5 sizes (at least 4, and sometimes as many as 8!) so that means each size costs you a dollar on average.  WHY would you pay a designer full price for each separate size?  

Another thing about my patterns is that they are tested VERY thoroughly.  Does that mean that they will never have a mistake?  No, we are human so an error occasionally slips through, but when I find one, it does get corrected and sent out again.  I have multiple people test each size, in fact, as many as possible.  

As far as what you can do with my finished patterns, I encourage any and all sales of your finished items.  I encourage you NOT to support the designers who try to make you purchase a "cottage license" or only allow personal use of the finished item (unless that's what you were looking for).  Most of my customers are trying to make some money by selling their handmade items and you should support designers that support YOU.  I don't "require" that you link to me for the pattern when you sell your items online, but I love it when you do!  And when I stumble across those listings that link to me, I often write to them and offer them a free pattern.  I do the same thing with professional photos that are provided to me.  I give a free pattern but I also try to send business their way for the finished hats.  In my opinion we both gain from that.  Other crocheters might see their hat and come to me to buy the pattern, and I can send people looking for finished hats to them, to buy the hat.  (I don't sell finished hats, just patterns.)  

One other pet peeve of mine is seeing a listing for a pattern where the designer goes on and on about what you CAN'T do with the pattern, but doesn't actually tell you what you need to know about the pattern itself, like materials, skill level, etc.  If you check out my Etsy listings, you'll find everything you need to know before purchasing the pattern.

Do you have any more questions about my work or what my patterns are like?  Let me know, I'd love to hear from you!  :)