A while ago I was contacted by the lovely Shannon of the Creative Crochet Patterns with an exciting offer to write a review for one of her patterns. I knew Shannon from Ravelry and believe me - when you visit her shop you think you are in crochet heaven, because it is a vault filled with the most stunning and breath -taking patterns. I really had hard time choosing a pattern and wanted desperately to try one of her baby patterns, but having no baby to model it, I tried to be reasonable and use a pattern that my sweet model could show it off to you.
I chose The Amberlyn Slouchy Beanie. This beret is perfect both for children and adults and can be worn in all seasons. With light cottons for spring, summer and fall or with chunky wools for the winters.
Albeit the intricate and complex looking design, it is quite easy to make in a quiet afternoon over a cup of coffee and it makes for a wonderful last minute gift!
The pattern is well written and elaborate. There is information about all the supplies you need, instructions for reading the pattern and the necessary crochet skills for it, but in difficulty, it does not go beyond the front post double crochet. Shannon also provides video links as assistance with stitches, and there are 12 step-by-step photos to help guide you through the pattern too!
At hand I had a nice and soft baby blue cotton I was eager to use, and it required using a hook four times smaller then the one suggested in the pattern so it was quite curious and hilarious watching the hat growing but in small scale, so I left it aside and chose a chunky yarn and adequate hook to get the proper size for my girl. So, be aware that thinner yarn and smaller hook will result in smaller size of hat.
Now for the exciting part! Shannon is giving away two of her patterns: The Amberlyn Slouchy Beanie and The Weaves Blanket.
So two of you lucky winners will be able to enjoy them!
I am itching to make the blanket myself! Isn't it adorable?
To enter the giveaway, simply visit Shannon's shops on Etsy or Ravelry and come back here to leave a comment which of her other patterns you like.
It's that easy. The giveaway shall be open until March 3. The winner shall be announced on Monday, March 4.