Big Twist

If you have noticed Joann’s yarn section has been looking pretty slim to none during the last 4 weeks.  I was able to pick up many skeins on clearance and yarn that I normally wouldn’t purchase.  Something new must be coming.  Every Saturday I would go back to watch the disappearance of the yarn.

Beyond the shelves were full again and behold a new brand of yarn by Joann’s called Big Twist Collection Value Worsted Yarn.  The regular price $3.19 for 6 ounces, but I was able to get it with a coupon, of course.  In my opinion, the colors were alright, nothing new and exciting.  There were some colors that caught my attention.  I would compare this yarn to the Loops & Threads Impeccable yarn at Michaels.  It was a tad bit softer than Redheart Super Saver Economy.  Big Twist looks like it will hold up during washings and will make a great sturdy blanket.

This is the color palette I chose, black, cream and scarlet.

Big Twist Yarn

Big Twist Hat

Hat & Cowl Set 2


Hat & Cowl Set

Hat and Cowl Set1

The pattern for the hat can be found here and the cowl here.  If you have trouble with front and back post double crochet make sure you watch this video for more help.

I would definitely purchase this yarn again and would also like to try their other premium yarns which can be found here.

If you would like this made email me at or you can find me on 

That’s it for now and until then Happy Hooking!

Cold Weather is Coming

It’s not hardly cold here in Virginia.  It was in the upper 70’s today and it’s still September.  Christmas and Halloween decorations are out already.  Why do they rush the holidays?

During my trolling on social media I’ve come across some cold weather crocheting patterns.  These are free patterns but if you would like for me to make one please send me an email.

Cowl was made with LionBrand Nature’s Choice Organic Cotton yarn.  That’s a mouthful to say.

The above picture was taken at work.  I have to catch my models where ever I can find them.  Jessica is such a sport when it comes my crochet shenanigans.

It's So Soft

It’s So Soft

No pattern.  I chained 56, 3 rows of fpdc/bpdc, and some dc’s and thought of some stitches as I went along.

Purple Brim Again

Crochet Styles 4U

This was a combo of two patterns Ewa and Ribbon and Bow Cloche

Crochet Styles 4U

Crochet Styles 4U

Another lovely created using the following 3 patterns–bow-cloche…/library/crocodile-stitch-flower

Beige Bow Brim

Crochet Styles 4U

Made using Ewa’s pattern and secured flipped brim to make it my own.


Easy Sleeveless Top

First, let me give a big shout out to my pattern testers.  They all did a wonderful job and they were able to recreate my vision.  This was my first pattern that I actually spent some time with trying to get it right.  I made it during the summer and it took me this long to get it tested.  I was a little apprehensive and nervous but I took the plunge and I’m glad I did.

With anything new, you learn from trial and error.  My next top will have foundation crochet as it was suggested.  The pattern was written and crocheted before the suggestion and I couldn’t grasp my mind around the new addition since I didn’t start it out that way.  But I’m determined to figure it out for the next time.  There’s nothing like a challenge. 🙂

Here are some of the tops from the Crochet Styles 4U Pattern Testers.  More will be added as they finish them.

Sleeveless Top

Rebeca Grieco

Just Handcrafts

I like the changing yarn colors.

Tammie Grandon

Great idea Tammy with adding a different shade of purple.

Hooked On You

Hooked On You

Nice yarn choice.

Debbie Wachter

Debbie Wachter

Pretty smile and good job on the top.

I’m thinking of making a few  changes before I actually post the pattern after wearing a similar top today posted below.

Bright Sleeveless Top No, sorry, the above pattern has not be written or tested.

Stay tuned there’s more to come.

The pattern can be found on Ravelry.

Happy Hooking!

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