Friday, October 7, 2016

Crocodile Stitch / Dragon Scale Fingerless Gloves (FREE PATTERN)

Voila! I have finished my very first-ever crochet pattern and am giving it away as a FREE PDF download via my WebbiegrrlWriter Ravelry account. In the middle of Hurricane #Matthew, I released it and in just 24 hours,  over 250 have dowloaded it! Wow, thank you!

If you have any questions or want to leave me feedback about this pattern, please leave me a comment on this blog post. Please remember to be kind when you do. This is my first-ever pattern and I am still learning how to write them.

I've been crocheting since I was a kid, though, so hopefully I've given a clear and complete explanation. I tried to take a LOT of photos to show rather than tell :)

For those who don't want to struggle with a pattern and just want to buy finished gloves, I am selling them in my Etsy store for $35 with Free Shipping in the USA! Order yours today.

Also, for those of you ambitious enough to try variations, I'll be updating this pattern to create a version with a different arm (not shell stitch). I'll probably sell that one, though, so that I can recoup some of the time and effort I've put into this whole process. If you're interested in the variations, please stay tuned or "favorite" my Etsy Store to be notified there of when a new item is added.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Help me Advertise!

I've created a flyer, not very fancy but better than nothing, and would love to have people print it out and post it at your church, your quilt group, anywhere you go where you think people might like to know where to buy quilted and crocheted items. My ETSY store is accessible worldwide, after all! :) Here's what the flyer looks like (click to enlarge):

If you'd like to download a JPG file from which to print this out yourself, please right-click here and select "Save As..." to save the file to your local disk, then print it as normal.

If you do decide to post this around for me, first of all, thank you! and may you be blessed for helping and secondly, please comment to let me know where you posted it (especially if you're not in the Fuquay Varina, NC local area).

Monday, October 3, 2016

Dragon Scale gloves!

Yes, I saw that post circulating all over Facebook with the amazing "Dragon Scale Fingerless Gloves" and I just had to try to make some of them myself. Just one problem: no pattern, no clue where to start one of my own.

Thanks to Rachel over at Muttix, for getting me started with a free pattern. I was still off to a disappointing start. My first attempt (using regular old worsted weight acrylic yarn) came out all chunky with the scales all bunched up.


I knew I was just misunderstanding something in her pattern and I saw a few typos but I had no clue what they should have been. Rachel's the only one (until now) offering a free pattern (on Ravelry and on her blog) so I was grateful for a starting point but I got so frustrated at the errors glaring at me. She was very helpful to everyone posting comments on her blog so I figured out a few mistakes (my own and in the pattern) from reading the other comments but... still was missing something.

So I started again, this time using some baby yarn thinking maybe it was just the weight of the yarn that was the problem, but no.

So I tried yet a third time and although I didn't abandon Rachel's pattern, I did make some small but dramatic changes and ...


It might just be a matter of pattern-writing style, too. I still think it's awesome that this gal shared a free pattern with the community on Ravelry. I'm just used to a different pattern-writing style.

For instance, she doesn't give a stitch count anywhere and my preference is for patterns that have a stitch count after every row/round so I can double-check that I haven't made a mistake (yet). Silly, I know but being this compulsive about details is how I get great results.

But I wasn't happy with the idea of having to use baby yarn, yuck! I mean I liked those gloves that were posted on Facebook (like at the top of this post) so I ripped out my heavier worsted weight yarn and started yet a third time.

This time, I recorded the changes in a comment on my own Facebook post (so I wouldn't forget what I'd done given I'd done it at bedtime!) and I think this latest version came out great.

I do plan to buy some of that yarn that fades from one color to another but it's so expensive and I have to use some of what I have on hand.

Plus I want to work out a pattern for a version that has a flat palm instead of having scales all the way around.

Then I want to create an actual pattern others can read (not just my scratched notes and Facebook comments to myself). Once I get it written up proper, I'll upload it to my Ravelry account as a free download so everyone can share in the love. Can't wait to add these to my Etsy Store--in a nice yarn, not this single-tone worsted weight. I fear I may want to go for a real wool or wool-like fingering weight ... what's that Michael's brand, Woolike. Yowza!! On sale for a $1.50 a skein?! Where is my credit card :)