The Sara Sue Sweater Pattern

I am so excited, and a little nervous, to introduce to you all to my first published crochet pattern! I designed this wonderful sweater for my sister in law, I had her send me 3-4 pictures of sweaters she likes and would want, and then I mashed them all into one stunning sweater.

I wanted this sweater to be comfortable and timeless, and I think I have managed to achieve both. The buttons down the back of the sweater give an updated flair to a 50’s style sweater. This sweater has received so many compliments, and I have received numerous requests for me to make this sweater for them.

This sweater is crocheted using DK weight yarn, and an H/5.00mm hook, to achieve its lovely weight and drape. I have made this pattern up using Lion Brand Mandala, Baby Mandala yarn, and Yarn Bee’s Sweet Delight, and all of them have worked up beautifully.

The Pattern is available here on my website using Paypal, and it can also be found here, on Ravelry.com. If neither of these will work for you, please contact me.

I hope that you love this sweater as much as I do!!! Please share and pin this beautiful pattern with all your crochet buddies you know will love it.

Comment below, I would love to hear your thoughts and answer any questions that you may have.

Annie’s Signature Autumn Glory Collection – a Review

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Annie’s Catalog has recently released it’s new fall signature collection, the Autumn Glory collection, and it is marvelous. The collection lookbook contains 24 stunning fall looks for you and baby. Annie’s choose beautiful colors and yarn to showcase their stunning patterns. I had a hard time trying to pick and choose the patterns I wanted to put to the test and share with all of you.

A Unique Post

This is going to be a unique post. What I plan to do is tell which 3 looks from this collection I plan to test out, after getting the first project on my hook I will update this post with the yarn I choose and my initial thoughts, after completing that project I will again update this post pictures, my thoughts on the project and update the next project, continuing that way till all 3 projects are complete and updated. Maybe this goes horribly and I take it down, maybe this goes well. I’m excited to find out.

Hidden Hills Shawl

The Hidden Hills shawl crochet pattern looks beautiful, with all its colors and different textures. It’s with an E/4/3.5mm hook and dk yarn, the yarn pictured is King Cole Riot DK in autumn, wizard, stormy, and ocean. I can’t decide if I’m going to keep this one for myself or gift it.

My life has been so busy lately, and I need to apologize for not keeping this updated as I had promised. The month of October started out good until my dad caught a cold. That little cold turned into 2 weeks of taking care of sick kids, parent, and hubby, as it cycled its way through the family on repeat. Following that my dear sweet mother in law had a massive a stroke, and that has been a roller coaster ride of emotions. Luckily for us, she is making progress and doing better each day.

In the previous update, I discussed the struggles I was having with the hook size. I found that the E/3.5mm hook was too small for me to comfortable for my use with that particular yarn.

I have since then decided it wasn’t just that yarn, the E hook combined with my tension made the stitches too tight and not allowing the shawl the lay correctly. I have moved up to a G/4.0mm hook, and it has solved both problems. I will still need to block the shawl after completion, but it’s not as wonky as it was before.

For those of you who may have missed previous updates, I will be posting a full review of this pattern in its own post after completion and blocking.

Tiny Trotter Footwear

The Tiny Trotter footwear is a multi-style baby bootie pattern, which includes 3 styles, a ballerina, a slipper and a boot. The booties are made with dk yarn and a G/6/4mm hook. It comes in 2 sizes, 0-9 months and 12-24 months, to fit foot sizes 4″ and 5″. They are darling little booties, and they look like they will work up quick. I hope my sweet little niece will like them.

Daydream Wrap

The Daydream Wrap looks so cozy. I can just see my sister-in-law all wrapped up in it by the fire, she is going to love it. (Shh… Christmas gift. lol) This one, I hope works up quickly, using worsted weight yarn and a L/11/8mm hook. There are 3 sizes, S/M, Lg/XL, and 2XL/3XL.

Until Next Time

The Hidden Hills Shawl is started, I’ve had a couple hiccups, but working up beautifully. I am so excited to be sharing this little crochet journey with all of you. If anyone out there is working up this beautiful pattern along with me, I would love to see how your’s is working up and hear your thoughts. More coming up on these patterns next week.

Heart Hook Home – Child Size Hooded Cardigan Pattern Review

I love this sweater!

I don’t know about you, but my favorite things to crochet are cozy, warm and/or comforting. The Child Size Hooded Cardigan delightfully designed by Ashlea Konecny of Heart Hook Home, has quickly become my daughter’s favorite, as I’m sure her pictures show. She loves how it flies out when she does her spins, the oversize hood, and ” It’s SOOO Cozy,” she says. She is constantly getting compliments when she wears it out, (the girls at our favorite diner, really love it.) We even had a couple teenage girls stop us and ask us where to get one. I’m sure you can imagine my delight to tell them that I made it.

About the Designer

Ashlea Konecny of Heart Hook Home has quickly become one of my favorite crochet designers. She creates well written, easy to follow patterns, in a large range of sizes, as she provides as much information as she can think of, to help you in creating and finishing her designs. She is just an email and a little patience away, to help you problem solve or clarify if you get confused. Some of my favorites of her designs are her bookmarks, the Ninja Turtle Child’s Beanie with Mask, her Love Hearts, and the Lemon Squeezy Pullover is on my to-do list for me. If you have worked up one or many of her wonderful designs I would love to which are your favorites. 

The Details

The Child Size Hooded Cardigan is the children’s version of Ashlea’s Painted Canyon Cardigan. It and all of her other patterns are available for purchase on Ravelry and some patterns are free on her website  HeartHookHome.com. The child size hooded cardigan is one of the patterns posted for free on her website, however, each size is on separate pages. The child size hooded cardigan comes in 7 different sizes; preemie and newborn sleep sacks, 6 months, 12 months, 2/3T, 4/5T, 6/8, and 10/12. I first made this pattern with the free version on her blog in the 4/5T size, and then after finishing it and loving it so much I purchased the pattern from Ravelry and made 2 more in sizes 2/3t and 6/8.

How Easy?

The pattern instructions are easy to understand and follow. You need an understanding of half double crochet (HDC), front post HDC (FPHDC), back post HDC (BPHDC), and optionally the foundation HDC. I don’t think that the foundation HDC is needed, I used it on the first 2 cardigans I made. When I made the 3rd one, I chained instead of doing the Foundation HDC, and I prefer the way it came out. I frequently use HDC and foundation HDC in my projects, but FPHDC and BPHDC are not among my favorite stitches. They do create a pretty and easily textured edge.

I love that the only pieces that needed to be sewn on were the optional pockets, which I omitted in the 2 smaller sizes. I made a few other changes; I took her suggestion and made the 2/3T size with an H hook in place of the 12-month size (because I have chunky little 1 year) and shorten the sleeves a few rows. The first one I made in the 4/5T size, came out a little too big, I think that is partly because of my gauge and partially because she is just small for her size in general. She loves it and she’ll grow into it so I’m happy.

The Fit

The finished garment has great stretch and it’s a little oversized, which helps it look great on a wide range of sizes. There is no shaping to garment, which I prefer in cardigans like this and it makes a simpler pattern. The thicker HDC stitches create a warm, cozy cardigan. That thickness does cause the bottom of the sweater to length just a little. This cardigan is longer than you would expect, it’s more of a jacket length, it almost down to my daughters knees. The next one I plan on making a little shorter, this one is a little too long for her liking.

Final Thoughts

After making 3 of these cardigans for my girls, and seeing how much they love them, I’ve had several people ask me to make them one too. Lucky for us all, Ashlea designed an adult version of this sweater, and that is what I will be working on next. I hope to be able to tell all about that soon. I hope this review has helped you with any question you may have had about this pattern and I hope I have inspired you to try to create your own. Subscribe, share, leave a comment, I would love to hear from you and see your beautiful creations.

About Me

Hi everyone and welcome to website!

My name is Clare. I’m the wife to an amazing veteran marine, and mom to 4 wild and crazy kids. I have a chaotic and very blessed life, but I have an addiction…….. to crochet.

It is hard to express the joy you feel when you have put days, weeks, or months on a project and you finally finish and gift it to a love one or sell it to someone who truly appreciates your craft, and the face lights up and snuggle into a cozy blanket or jacket. It’s a wonderful feeling knowing your loved ones are wrap up in your love.

What Started This….

I started crocheting back in 2011, while I was pregnant with my 3rd child. Pinterest was new (at least to me) and was seeing all of these beautiful baby blankets, and crochet baby photo props/outfits. I decided I had to learn how to do that and make those beautiful things for my upcoming baby.

By the time she was born, I was full-blown crochet addict. I had hundreds of patterns saved to make, collecting hooks and yarn like it was going out of style. lol However, she did have a few baby blankets and an outfit or two. I fell in love with creating things for my children, toys, hats, blankets, jackets, dress, etc.

Share the love

Since I started crocheting, I have been learning everything I can about the craft. I am now designing my own patterns with confidence, and I want to share my knowledge and love of crochet with all of you.

Crochet is all about sharing love in my opinion. In every project I make for my kids, my love is worked into every stitch (maybe a little frustration, and strand of hair or two. lol) when they wrap up in the blankets and jackets I made for them I know that they are wrapped up in my love. There really is nothing sweeter than your little one’s face beaming with happiness, as they wrap in your love and snuggle onto your lap.

My Hopes

I’m hoping to that through this website I can help anyone who wants to crochet, to learn some tip and trick to help them feel more confident in their talents, share my beautiful patterns, and build a community of people f=who love crochet and want to share the love with me.

If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below or you can message me directly on the Wonderland in Knots Facebook page and I will be more than happy to help you out.

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Clare

Creator of WonderlandinKnots.com