Wednesday
Nov122014

Aran Afghan's Matching Pillows

Well, it's been a very busy week working in technology in the Barker household! I'm so glad to offer this set of patterns on Ravely.  I've had them prepared for a few years, but couldn't find a good home for them.  Now I can get them out of the archives and to you!  If you are a fan of Aran Afghans then you will recognize that these are designed to match!  Each pattern also includes a stitch guide and video links.  Should you need left-handed videos, these are available on this website under "video", as well as on the Bonnie Bay Crochet Youtube channel.

Here's the link:   

This collection contains 4 pillows as pictured below...

Orange (Aran) Pillow

 

Sage Green Pillow

 

Tan Sampler Pillow

 

White Diamond Pillow

Tuesday
Nov112014

Celtic Cabled Coffee Cup Cozies

[Celtic Weave Coffee Cup Cozies]

How's that for alliteration? These little cozies are so much fun to make, and dare I say practical as well. I just got back from lunch with a friend who was drinking her hot beverage from one of those paper cups at a local restaurant, and even with the added cardboard sleeve, it was VERY hot to touch!

[Ribbed Coffee Cup Cozy]

These can be made for existing odds and ends of the yarn you already have in your stash - which makes for a very economical gift! Each can be made in 30 minutes or less, depending upon your skill level.  

[Cabled Coffee Cup Cozy]

This e-book is my very first on Ravelry! I plan on having a basket of these available for upcoming craft fairs for the holidays. Each pattern can be made in a variety of ways, depending upon your yarn selection, buttons added, etc. You can download all three patterns in this e-book for only $2.99.

 

Monday
Oct062014

A New Christmas Pattern: Crocheted Garland for your Tree!

Here's the latest of my free patterns from Red Heart:  Crocheted Christmas Garland for your tree!  This pattern is easy, and it works up quickly.  You may even have these yarns and colors hidden away in your stash.  You can always double the pattern numbers should you desire the strands to be longer or continuous.  Let me be the first to wish you a Merry Christmas!  Here's the link.


Thursday
Sep252014

Cabled Pumpkin Head Hat

 

Yeah!  Three cheers for the analog generation! I feel as though I've conquered the world at this moment.  The "I can't figure this thing out anymore DRAGON has been slain!  Guess that's a sign that I'm an old schooler and didn't grow up with a computer on my lap.  At any rate, should you be looking for a fun fall pattern, I am offering my Cabled Pumpkin Head Hat as a pdf download for $5.00 on my newly opened Ravelry Store. This hat is written for 3 sizes:  infants, children, and adults, which should just about cover everyone!  You can always adjust the pattern for more or less ease by switching the size crochet hook.  The pattern also includes links to instructional videos to help you with the braided cable stitch.  Just click HERE to go to my Ravelry Store to buy this pattern.  But don't worry, I promise not to let my technology head swell too big.  I'm too aware that there is always another I.T. disaster lurking just around the corner...

Monday
Sep222014

The Celtic Cross Afghan and Pillow 

No matter how long a book may seem, there usually never seems to be enough room for all the photos you really want to show!  I thought it may serve you to show you some more detailed photos of the Celtic Cross Afghan and Pillow which appears in my new book Contemporary Celtic Crochet.  This particular pattern can be displayed on either side (so you can say it is reversible) with the Celtic Cross motif having 2 different textured looks.


This afghan was inspired by my Christian faith, of which the cross is central, signifying the finished work of Jesus Christ on the Cross of Calvary more than 2000 years ago.  This is why the cross, made using the Celtic Weave stitch is the focal point of the afghan & pillow.  The trim along the top and bottom represents a king's crown, signifying that Jesus is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

 

I think you will find this project interesting to crochet with all of the different cables and woven stitches throughout.  It is worked in one piece, so you don't need to worry about sewing panels together.  Should you ever need some instructional help, you can always turn to the video section of the website, or to Youtube (Bonnie Bay Crochet channel) for stitch videos.  Another option is to consider a subscription to Craft Daily where I take you through all the how-to's for both afghan & pillow (coming soon!).

Front View of Celtic Cross Pillow


Back view of Celtic Cross Pillow - The cover overlaps in the back for easy removal for washing.