Salter’s Stitches – Designer Showcase


Our next designer showcase is a good friend of mine, Joanne Salter of Salter’s Stitches! She’s been consistently at the top of the Hot Now listing on Ravelry with her beautiful Ice Crystal Wristlet and matching Ice Crystal Scarf patterns. Of her own admission, she mainly makes items for her children but someday would love to make herself a coat. She, her husband and two boys are native to the United Kingdom. This year in May, she will be married for 8 years. (You guys go wish her a happy upcoming anniversary!)

In addition to crocheting, she enjoys cross stitching, sewing and book folding. During our friendship, she has introduced me to the world of book folds and they are truly amazing. It is the art of folding the pages in a book in such a way, that when you open the pages to show the ends, it makes a design. The photo below of a Tree of Life book fold is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. Well done, Joanne!

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She loves to use cotton, however she frequently uses DK weight because it is readily available. Her favorite patterns are the Flowers and Stars Necklace  because it was her first time using cotton and her Snuggle Shrug   because it was the first thing she made for herself.

Joanne, on what inspires her the most:

When I’ve lost my crojo I am lost for days, I don’t know what to do with myself, I surf the internet until I find a stitch and then away I go. I’m usually inspired by a certain stitch. I like to learn something new with each design and in turn I get to teach it to someone else! I love to create all types of things and I put my everything into each design.

Joanne is a self taught crocheter for 7 years now and has been designing for a little over 2 years. During that time we’ve seen some beautiful works by her. Among my personal favorites are her amigurimi patterns. Here are some of her newest designs!

Use coupon code showcase and obtain 40% off all patterns in her ravelry store until Sunday, 4/23/17 🙂

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Sweet Potato Crochet and Creations – Designer Showcase


Meet Carol Rupprecht – the creative mind behind Sweet Potato Crochet Creations! She moved from Pennsylvania in 2011 to eastern N. Carolina with her husband and 2 children. Mother to a 3 year old boy and 9 mo. old girl, Carol says she likes to play with polymer clay, mainly to make buttons to add to her finished items. She plans to learn how to knit and more Tunisian stitches this year.
I think it’s safe to say that Carol knows what it’s like to be a beginner at crochet, which is SO important for pattern designers! It certainly helps to remember what it is like to BE a beginner when writing patterns for those who may be beginners themselves.
Her Twilight Horizon Mini Slouch was featured in the August 2016 edition of Happily Hooked Magazine. I also won 2 rounds of Battle of the Stitches with my Painted Belle Epoque Jacket and my Up on the Rooftop Apron.

Carol is so eloquent and has such a big personality that I think showing her to you through her answers is the best way for you to REALLY get to know her. I feel like editing her candid self out of this is a mistake! I hope you enjoy meeting my friend just as she is today!

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March – National Crochet Month – 2017


Natcromo – free releases from Articles of a Domestic Goddess!

These are my gift to you in celebration of National Crochet Month 2017. Look for them soon on the Articles of a Domestic Goddess Blog, forever free!



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Two Brother’s Blankets – January Designer Showcase


Michelle Ferguson is the voice behind Two Brother’s Blankets. A resident to Georgia for all of her adult life, she lives with her husband of 8 years, her two sons, aged 7 and 5, and her fur babies: a lab mix named Lexi and a beagle mix named Lucy.  Michelle specializes in creating unique, easy to follow patterns to create items for every member of the family. When she’s not reading or watching football with her family, whom she says are her greatest supporters, she’s letting coffee lead her to designing some of the hottest items on Ravelry. From home decor to women’s fashion to items for children, she really does it all.

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2016 Black Friday Sale!



6 designers have come together to offer you the best deals they could muster this Holiday season. Black Friday is the biggest sale day of the year and these designers have not let us down! I think you’ll agree that they’ve all put their best feet forward.

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Versatile Advent Calendar



Pattern for a versatile advent calendar for Christmas! Easy to make and use year to year with many options as to how to use it.

This pattern includes detailed photo instructions on how to work hand tools! I figured if I was going to be thorough, I may as well include the simple details as to how to hang your calendar using a dowel! I was VERY overwhelmed by this. So overwhelmed that I didn’t hang my advent calendar for a whole year! It took all of 5 minutes to hang it and I was kicking myself for not having done it sooner!

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Simple Charity Big Baby Hat


fdaSGA brimmed (option for no brim included) hat for sizes 3-6 months and 6-12 months. Bow pattern included. Simple, elegant and perfect for any baby! This hat is special to me because I designed it for charity purposes. Made in soft yarn, this hat is perfect for babies who are struggling with cancer or other disorders or diseases where hair covering is a must.

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Simple Charity Teen to Large Adult Hat


PicMonkey ImageclA brimmed (option for no brim included) hat for sizes Teen to Large Adult. Bow pattern included. Simple and elegant, this one makes a great gift! This hat is special to me because I designed it for charity purposes. Made in soft yarn, this hat is perfect for teens and adults alike who are struggling with cancer or other disorders or diseases where hair covering is a must.

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Summer Getaway Bottle Cozies



Two sizes offered. One that will fit a coffee cup, large bottle or wine bottle; and another that will fit a beer bottle, wine cooler bottle or water bottle. You should have no problem finding a use for this pattern 🙂

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Simple Charity NB Booties


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Free pattern for simple newborn booties! Works up in about 20 minutes. Super quick, super simple. Change colors and buttons around for a plethora of different outcomes! Good for boys or girls.

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