Inspired by my own experience with pregnancy loss, I wanted to write up a free pattern for any crocheter that would like to donate to nationalshare.org or gift this beautiful blanket. Our previous blog post gives you our personal experience more information about the cause so if you haven’t read it yet, take a look!
The focus of the free pattern is to keep it within the 18” square to fit in the keepsake boxes that are given to mothers at the hospital when they experience the loss of a pregnancy or infant. Any blankets you make can be donated to your local share chapter via the link below. But if you’d like to donate to the Metro Detroit Chapter I can always check in with them for need. These losses are more common than the general public realizes and any amount of comfort we can bring these families is time well spent.
If you would like to purchase the no add PDF it does include a modification to the blanket for a regular baby blanket size measuring 31” x 41” (think two patterns in one!) and 15% of the pattern proceeds go to funding materials to make more blankets and the cause.(but honestly I will probably spend more on yarn to donate but every little bit helps!).
*Scroll down to the bottom of the page for the paid PDF.
When I think of baby blankets I think bobbles, and I went through multiple configurations before developing my final design. I wanted to take this bobble idea, combined with a baby appropriate but colorful scheme, to create this textural and visually stimulating blanket pattern.
Row 1: When working the starting row of the blanket, FDC 43.
For all other repeats, CH 2, HDC in 2nd ST across, DC in last ST, CH 2, Turn (43).
Row 2: BO, HDC 7, [BO, HDC 7] x4. BO, DC in last CH 2 SP. CH 2, Turn (43).
Row 3: HDC in first ST, HDC across row, SK 2nd to last ST, DC in last ST, CH 2, Turn (43).
(Row three is worked differently to make sure bobbles are in the correct palcement).
Row 1: HDC 43 in 2nd CH from hook, DC in last ST, CH 2 Turn (43).
Row 2: HDC 4, BO, HDC 7 [BO, HDC 7] x3. BO, HDC 4, DC in last CH ST, CH 2, Turn (43).
Row 3: Repeat Row three in Repeat A (43).
Rows 1-3: (Color 1): Repeat A
Rows 4-6: (Color 2): Repeat B
Rows 7-9: (Color 3): Repeat A
Rows 10-12: (Color 1): Repeat B
Rows 13-15: (Color 2): Repeat A
Rows 16-18: (Color 1): Repeat B
Rows 19-21: (Color 3): Repeat A
Rows 22-24: (Color 2): Repeat B
Rows 25-27: (Color 1): Repeat A
Starting CH counts as a ST. Rotate blanket as you work.
See previous color change instructions and use them when transitioning from the body of the
blanket to the border.
Wait to weave in ends until all rows are complete so you can tighten and bring ends under the
first row of the border.
To keep you r stitch count uniform through out the blanket, work 5 STS of border per 3 rows of
the body of the blanket (one color repeat). In Fig 2 you can see the three of the
5 DC are worked in the border thus far. You would then DC 2 more times in the orange color,
then 5 in the blue and so on.
4 Rows in Color 3: (work DC CH 1 DC and/or SC CH 1 SC into each CH 1 corner space from previous
Row 1: CH 2, HDC down side,(see corner repeat above) SL ST to CH 2 (172 DC).
Row 2: CH 1, SC down side,(see corner repeat above) SL ST to CH 2 (180 DC).
Row 3: CH 2, HDC down side,(see corner repeat above) SL ST to CH 2 (188 DC).
Row 4: CH 1, SC down side,(see corner repeat above) SL ST to CH 2 (196 DC).
FO and weave in ends
We would love to see your finished blanket! You can use #CharileBabyBlanket on social media and stay tuned for even more color combinations on Instagram at @A_Cute_Design as we keep making for the cause.
Happy making friends!
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Warning: This content may be triggering if you are currently suffering a pregnancy or infant loss. It took me longer than usual to write.
In the first part of our “Giving Back” series, I will be sharing with you our newest cause: SHARE. This will be a three part series spanning over several months where we touch upon the causes we like to give back to and have designated a section of our website to as well. Without further ado I’d like to tell you what SHARE is, my story and how you can help. Thank you for being here.
About The Cause
“Share Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support is a community for anyone who experiences the tragic death of a baby. We serve parents, grandparents, siblings, and others in the family unit, as well as the professionals who care for grieving families. Share is a national organization with over 75 chapters in 29 states. Our services include bed-side companions, phone support, face-to-face support group meetings, resource packets, private online communities, memorial events, training for caregivers, and so much more. Should you need them, we hope you can also benefit from at least one of these many resources”
I attend the Metro Detroit chapter of “SHARE”, and even though there is a pandemic happening at the moment, it’s been a great comfort knowing there is a community of families that have experienced the same type of loss. Our chapter meets once a month to discuss anything we would like related to our losses and its therapeutic qualities are endless. The purpose of this blog post and A-Cute Design’s involvement is to let you know you are not alone if you have suffered a similar loss and to offer a platform to help comfort those that many need it.
This is a topic not often talked about in our society. Pregnancy loss and infertility are both issues that are kept behind closed doors and this blog post and adding the cause to our website can hopefully help to change that. I’m so grateful causes like it exist because these experiences can be so alienating. Now I’d like to tell you about my story
On February 6th 2020, at 15 weeks pregnant, I gave birth to our baby boy Charlie after my membranes ruptured early the day before. There were no risk factors that I knew of previously making this a complete surprise when it happened. The devastation has slowly sunk into mine and my husbands lives and kind of melded with the loss of our chemical pregnancy from the previous summer. Our first baby will never be forgotten and it has reminded us more than ever how much we would like to raise a family together.
Almost immediately after my loss I was determined to not let this grief run my life. I saw the opportunity in how I could improve my outlook on life and started researching miscarriage straight away. Part of taking control of my life where Thursday rituals to honor Charlie. I journal and write to him and then after going to a meeting I had the opportunity to make blankets, which I will now open up to you at the end of this and our next blog post.
One of the blankets I've Made to donate to SHARE
One thing I learned through this experience is the lack of research and preventative measures taken for miscarriages. So many people accept that this is part of life when medical intervention can be performed by simply asking your Doctor. My most valuable recourse so far has been the book “After Miscarriage, Medical Facts and Emotional Support for Pregnancy Loss“ that I happened to pick up from my local bookstore. Like the description says it is a layout of medical knowledge and also support to help you through your loss. I learned from this book I can ask for testing after two pregnancy losses (rather than 3 like most Doctor’s say) and you look for a Doctor until you find one that agrees. Luckily my Dr. did agree and I have all the testing planned for when they are available after the pandemic. With this knowledge I not only felt confident asking my Dr. for proper care (which was agreed upon but not offered until I asked) but I now have the information in my possession so I can study and review it. The book also offers real life stories from other parents as well which I found comforting. I've included an Amazon link below if you would like to take a look.
If you have a story you would like to share please feel free to message me or comment below, as they should not be forgotten. I was overwhelmed by stories and support when I shared my loss publicly and my hope is for everyone to feel as supported.
How To Give Back
Circling back to my share group. The first (and only) meeting I went to, the group members were discussing the keepsake boxes that are given to parents who leave the hospital. This is a huge gesture when you come into the building with a baby and leave with nothing, but this box was something. In these keepsake boxes are tons of resources and mementos of your baby. Among these was a hand knit blanket and knowing how much time these take and all of the thought and care went into this box truly helped my initial grieving process of leaving my baby behind.
If you choose to make a blanket from our next blog post this is where your blankets will go. You can contact me directly to donate to the Metro Detroit Chapter or look on the Share website to find a local chapter near you. Don’t knit or crochet? You can make monetary donations, run a fundraiser or even donate yarn to help others make these blankets.
A portion of every paid pattern sale for the Share blanket (released in May) will go to yarn for making blankets for families in need and shared with our local chapter. You can also send blankets to me if you wish, just drop me a note in the section on the website linked below and there is also the option.
We will be adding several other causes to this section of our website that have affected my life and can hopefully make a difference in the world. I thank you for reading my story and bringing to light pregnancy and infant loss as there is just not enough light shed on this topic in popular culture at this time. Hope you and your family are safe and healthy during this time of the pandemic.
Hi Cuties, Jenna Here! I am so excited to be releasing A-Cute Design’s second crochet pattern, the Collide-A-Cowl. This is a four size option crochet pattern that is the ultimate collision of color and texture and is amazing for stash busting.
I have been doing craft shows for almost six years now and in 2018 I noticed a trend, all of my color work pieces (hats and cowls) where the first things I sold. They are also what I enjoy making the most (who doesn’t love the anticipation of a good color change?). So, I figured it only made sense to incorporate this combinations into my work more, and the Collide-A-Cowl was born.
Most of the promotional photos (taken by Corrine Turner Photography) you see are the medium size and that’s what I started with when designing. We will review the sizes momentarily but this one is near and dear to my heart and fits so well for a nice accent piece that offers warmth but isn’t too cumbersome or claustrophobic.
Today I’m going to share with you all the key features of this design, share my beautiful tester photos with you and provide you with a pinterest board for color inspiration!
As mentioned the pattern has four sizes to choose from. I have included photos of 3 of the sizes below, as well as photos of the sizes in my tester section of the blog. In addition to the medium size previously discussed, the small size offers more protection from the elements, whereas the large and extra large sizes make a big statement for the wearer. I enjoy offering all sizes at my shows and seeing what different customers gravitate towards.
No matter the size you choose to make your Collide-A-Cowl in, this project is a great stash buster. Ranging in 35-152 yards of each color per size, you are bound to have a few colors laying around you could wip up a cowl with. I personally love to see your combinations on instagram. I’ve devoted a highlight to them on my feed and would love to feature yours when you use #collideacowl with your creations. If you are stuck on colors I will have a related blog series coming out soon!
A few closing facts about this cowl, it is worked in the round using worsted weight yarn (I used acrylic) and is an easy level pattern. For my sample I used “I Love This Yarn” and “Yarn Bee, Soft and Sleek” found at hobby stores. Any worsted yarn would do, Now that I’m mentioning worsted weight I’m imagining a bulky or even jumbo weight yarn cowl and how much fun that would be! I encourage you to get as creative as you like with this project and really make it your own!
I chose to keep my pattern testing process simple and asked a few yarny friends to test each of the sizes of the cowl. Below you can see each of their creations and how unique they all are. It’s gotten me very excited to see what you make as well. I love that three of the four testers pulled from their own stash making this perfect project if you are at home stuck with limited yarn during this strange time we are all facing right now.
Above you can see each size made by each of my testers. Starting in the upper left hand corner and going clockwise are...
I am so grateful for each of my testers and my tech editor Janine of @Capitol.Crochet. Without these wonderful people this pattern would not be possible. They were such a pleasure to work with and have me really looking forward to opening my testing for so many more pattern Ideas I have planned for the future.
So how are you feeling at this point? Ready to take on the project? Click the links below to get started!.
Now this last one I know I previously mentioned, but I’ve been having a lot of discussion about color over the last year or so. I decided to pull together a pinterest board to get you started on some color inspiration titled “Color Inspo” that you can re-pin below. As I mentioned I will have a color related blog series coming out soon so if you don't already, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter. I keep you in the know for all of the major things going on here at A-Cute Design and usually send you promos and releases early.
This year has started off as one of the most difficult for me personally with many losses and set backs. I am just happy to be here and feel creative while sharing my creations with you all. I thank you all for your support and am looking forward to sharing more with you as the time passes and I become more regular with my blogging schedule. Thank you for being here. Take care,
I’m so grateful for your interest in this crochet pattern! I developed it in the fall of 2017 to sell at my craft markets, without really realizing designing a beanie to fit mine and my customers needs was a skill.
I wanted to include my beloved puff stitch in combination with structure to create the perfect base for a pom. Initially this design was made with color blocking, the following years I focused on solids, (as the pattern is written) and now interestingly enough I am creating different color combinations that are evolving by the season.
Which one is your favorite?
Photo: Corrine Turner Photography
Photo: Corrine Turner Photography
Photo: Corrine Turner Photography
Photo Edit: Corrine Turner Photography
This beanie is the basis of most of my work that I sell at indie craft fairs. I truly hope you love it as much as I do and I can’t wait to see the variations you come up with. Be sure to use #sheilabeanie and tag me on instagram (@A_Cute_Design) so I can see your creations and please let me know if you have any questions after purchasing the pattern!! Happy making!
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I’m aware that I'm not re-inventing the wheel here, but for those of you that need a quick pattern and a few tricks, this tutorial is perfect. Written in layman's terms(With abbreviations in parentheses) with photographs this will get you making you scrunchies all year long. I also suggest if you are a real beginner to try looking up terms on google or youtube(that’s how I perfected my skills).
You will need:
-Velvet yarn (I used Bernat Velvet in “Indigo”
-Crochet Hook (i used my furls odyssey, H)
2. Create a slip knot
3. Single crochet (sc) onto hair tie and chain 2
4. Triple Crochet (TC) around hair tie until it is full ( If you need a number, keep track of your first and go from there!)
If you’d like to count that’s certainly up to you, I’ve just learned counting isn’t necessary. Each scrunchie is unique (like in nature lol).
Tip- when you've crochet around, continue to pull stitches along hair tie to create more space and to make scrunchie feel more full..
5. When scrunchie is at its desired fullness, cut yarn and slip stitch (slst) to your chain two space.
Pull through and secure with a single knot (even a double knot if you wish).
6.Weave in ends
(Here’s where I’d like to offer advice for those of you who have made them before.).
Take your darning needle(photo shows two for reference) and weave in ends along the length of the stitches.
These are a big seller for me at shows and the first thing people do is pull on them. So when you ends are woven in side to side(as opposed to up and down) they could become visible
Weave in end ⅔ times
Trim your tails
Now make sure to tag me on instagram at @A_Cute_Design so I can see your beautiful scrunchies in action friends!
Thanks for following along, please let me know if you have any questions in the comments and be on the lookout for more patterns from A-Cute Design!
Ok, so here we are. Another month and another maker sale for you all! There may not be many more as the season gets busy so listen up!
I've had a lot of these ideas in my mind for the better part of the year and honestly can't keep up with them all so I decided, "hey my friends are probably making for markets or gifts- so lets get them what they need!"
Below you will find collages of current and previously listed items that are included in the sale. Please make sure to note in your purchase what you would like included in the BOGO and follow directions in the listing (if you are emailing a logo for example)
If No note is indicated we will assume you would like a double batch of ordered and that's perfectly fine! Any tag or tool can be combined of equal or lesser value so it's really a great deal. Everything is listed in the BOGO section of the shop to make it simple for you!
p.s. the sale even has it's own section in our shop!
New Items include Vegan Leather Options in 4 colors with Logo, Generic Options and a Mini Measuring Gauge- Great for Travel!
We are so excited to bring yo a vegan leather option! Available in 4 colors and 6 styles, these look so amazing on hand made goods!
Secondly, we thought it was important to offer generic versions to you beautiful humans. Some makers that sell their items don't have a logo quite yet, or some like to just I've them as gifts and now you have a quick way to do so!
And thirdly this little measuring gauge is just a dream, it's perfect for travel and pairs together with our larger versions pair to make a great gift set for someone special or yourself!
Have an idea for another shape or design? Just ask!
Previous Items like wooden tags and Our Larger Measuring Gauge All Included!
We have truly loved making wooden tags for you over the least year so we couldn't not include them in the sale! That being said we decided to add the popular hat not hate tags to the sale as well!
Place one order of tags, or purchase a measuring tool and indicate in order notes which complimentary item you choose!
(of equal of lesser value)
Example: Purchase our new logo vegan leather tags (25 ct) and receive a second order free
Or treat yourself to a new measuring tool!
All Items In BOGO Section are applicable for this sale!
No limit on items thus far!
If you have any questions please ask
Sale Runs From Monday July 22nd- Friday July 26th
Our goal is to ship by the end of the following week, with hat not
hate tags taking priority so we can get them sent to New York!
Oh man guys, the long awaited maker items are finally here! I mean I don’t know if they are long awaited for you but I’be have these ideas since the holidays so I’m over the moon to bring them to you!!
I was so inspired to make these items and am elated to bring you more than just tags for my maker offerings. I even have more ideas, customs orders and collabs coming out so stay tuned. The purpose of this short blog is to show you all of the items together and to remind you by signing up for our newsletter right here on our site you get 25% off your items!
So here they are, the first release of our new laser cut maker items(and check out that new maker section on our site!). We hope you love them as much as we do!
Our first, and probably most exciting item is our maker pins. FIrst off the icons engraved on these babies were designed by the wonderful anna of @theknottyboss. She is a fabulous maker that does unique amigurumi themed cacti and is an amazing graphic designer.
The idea behind these was to stay true to our new branding (to be released soon!) and to give you a fun way to rep your fiber art form. Available in 6 different options and even a maker option in case you are not a fiber enthusiast!
Coming soon: Laser cut branded pins for your business!
One thing we have sold in the past and are happy to bring back are our laser cut buttons
. These are so fun to dress up a piece (I just did for the boho tanks I made). We started with mandalas, a request made by our good friend, maker and photographer Rin of @rinknits and thought the full moons would be a great compliment
These are an item we would love more suggestions and custom orders for! (use old designs too?)
Want a personalized button? No problem, shoot us a message!
Stitch markers were the first idea, and most obvious item to make on the laser. The hard part? Deciding on what themes or things to include on them! There are so many options and fandoms out there so we started with a few practical options, an artsy option and what I like to call my hippie makers with mood phases, zodiac signs and chakras. Each are a little different so enjoy checking these out in the shop! (small icons on the painted markers also designed by Anna of @theknottyboss).
Coming soon: A new collaboration with our friend Anna! And if you have any requests or suggestions on these please let us know!
We knew this year we wanted to contribute to the Our Maker Life event in Toronto and while brainstorming we thought a swatch gauge for the event and for our shop would be a perfect duo (especially since we can’t go this year- waaaaa). So here you have our encouraging swatch gauge to help with your new projects, as well as gauges for your hook or needles just in case. We hope you find this maker item totes handy!
Coming soon: Smaller more compact size easy for travel!
One final reminder is we can do all types of personalized items for your handmade biz. From swatch gauges, yarn holders, tags and basket bottoms. We are attempting to share each one of those projects with you in hopes we can work together soon!
Thank you so much for checking out all of our new items and happy shopping friends!!
"just know it was the right decision for me..."
Confession: the last 6 weeks or so have been fairly challenging. Describing a difficult situation while not stepping on any toes is hard, but I feel like I need to express myself for me and I know I will be better for it. I think it’s important to remember we all go through difficult times, that’s what Manic Makers was founded on and what I will continue to share on my own platform with each of you.
It’s hard to describe my leave from Manic Makers, but just know it was the right decision for me. When your heart is in the right place and it kind of gets trampled on you know it's the right move to walk away and that’s what I remind myself daily as letting go is such a loss for me. It was such a labor of love, from my heart and soul, but with this loss I have the time and energy to pursue more of my own dreams.
Yarn Tea Party Anyone?
While things were ending, I finally took some much needed down time to accomplish some organizational, back burner tasks and really tune into my business (which will also be shared on a special public blog platform next week!) I’m still kind of living in this reflective place right now, creating maker items and dreaming about my fall line silhouettes and color combinations. Looking back now, I was feeling stifled and frustrated and letting go of that while practicing yoga multiple times a week has helped center me.
Collaborating has its challenges, but one thing I learned is how much value, passion and ideas I bring to the table and nothing can replace that realization of self worth. I’m here to thank you and let you know I’ll never stop this creative journey. This experience has instilled a confidence in me that I will take with me wherever I go. Initially I was afraid the platform wouldn’t go so well, that people weren't interested in my voice but I know know that isn’t true. And on that note, no one should ever think that! We are all unique in our own ways and that’s what makes each and every one of us special.
I wish I could Have this Tea Party Every Day!
One last project from manic is the flowers campaign I organized. Each maker was comfortable with the idea, so we will be donating them to a local charity. I’m so happy with this outcome because as you can see they look simply magic together, but ultimately this purpose is so much bigger than what I originally intended. I will be visiting a local craft based donation location in Detroit and if that’s not a fit we are hoping to donate them to a children’s center to brighten some little's day. Either way I know they will be put to good use that isn’t purely visual.
Beautiful Earrings and Flowers by @Aracelycrochet1
Lastly I cannot wait to show you all of my maker oriented projects I’ve had in the works for so many months! I’ll be doing a big summer campaign that was inspired by this amazing maker community and I hope you love each piece. Make sure to sign up for our newsletter for discounts for those Items as well!
I hope you enjoyed this quick entry highlighting @rinkints beautiful photos and thank you for all makers that contributed and read this, If you’d like to work together in the future I’d love to hear from you and I can’t wait to connect in one way or another:)
Best wishes and Namaste, -Jenna
Photographs by Corrine Turner Photography
All Following makers participated in this event:
It's November, where thoughts of the end of 2018 and drawing near. The time where everyone reflects, spend time with family and decide how they would like to improve in the next year. As I do this, I reflect on my progression of the year (especially the second half) and give you a sneak peak of a pattern I will release in 2019 and hopefully offer some inspiration of gratitude and love with this post.
I may be crazy for sharing, because this is more of a live journal excerpt. Originally this blog post had many different intentions but I'm so happy with how it ended up. After a busy season took hold, things changed and ultimately I'm grateful I'm busy and have to re-arrange plans. I'm also proud for committing to posting, knowing I would be so busy. The Point? When you aren't sure if you should push yourself go for it, the worst thing that will happen is you learn how to do it better the next time around.
I started this "Gone Postal" beanie back in July and this is the third version of this unisex design. I may make some versions in colors, and as mentioned I will write up the pattern after the new year, but have I made more to sell? NO! But instead of getting down on myself, I'm choosing to reflect. To appreciate this was my first intentional design process and it has been received greatly by my friends in the fiber business. It's still a great outcome when you look at it through the correct lens.
This photo below (and really this whole shoot) fills me with extreme gratitude. I have MY person by my side, the one that will always be here, that supports me through it all. I've seen growth in my business, but more importantly I can feel myself grow as a person. How I deal with hope, positivity, confrontation. I've made the most amazing friendships this year (watch out next blog because it's going to be off the chain!) and honestly I can feel my story coming together, in it's own way and that's pretty beautiful.
Weather you are stressed for a busy season (hello, blessing!) or behind on your to do list, look at the ways how great this year was for you. I will no longer look at things as a failure, but a learning opportunity and an opportunity to step back and see if the world is leading you in a different direction. I know I've had plenty of upsets, and can't wait to see where this crazy life takes me!!
This goes for things you are truly grateful for in your life. Weather it is your craft, a person, a pet, a vocation- I hope it fills your heart, feeds your sole and leaves you whole this beautiful season.
Photos taken by Corrine Turner Photography
A Story of One Girls' Curiosity leading to her doom...
Welcome to the new A-Cute Blog format where we talk about all things cute. Today's story is about fashion, handmade and a little unsettling to fit this time of year! We hope you truly enjoy this comic book, fun style it and don't forget to check out all items featured in the blog to shop and or create your own look!
Don't tell anyone I'm here, its a secret..
It is! Haley Rose Studios makes gorgeous hand bound books.
Wait, do you hear that?!
(Click the photo for Haley's instagram!)
What happened that day we may never know. What we do know is where this look came from- check out the tag below to recreate or mix and match from this set!
Hat: Handmade by us, A-Cute Design (avialible in the shop!) pattern by wistle and ivy
Earrings: Vintage Find
Necklace: Old Scool from Kohls
Sweater: TJ Maxx
Skirt: Good Will Score, brand is Liz Claiborne
Lipstick: Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid lipstick in outlaw-Brick red
Check Out Our Hook Nook Blog Feature Here!