Twisty Top Toque

There’s a new pattern in town and…YES it’s easier than it looks!!!

As you know, my motto is “Simple patterns, eye-catching designs”.

Well this pattern is no different! Capture the knit look with this crochet hat pattern.

Snag the pattern HERE!!!

Much love,

Ellen

Simple Scrubby Pattern

I’ve finally decided to release my absolute favorite scrubby pattern! I have used this pattern for my personal use for years, and here is why:

  • Its super functional! It’s the ONLY scrubber I use when I hand wash my dishes.
  • Easy to make!
  • Works up quick!
  • Makes a great Craft show seller. (6 scrubbies can be made from just 1 skein)
  • PIN IT ON PINTEREST!!!!

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Materials:

• I (5.5mm) crochet hook
• 22 Yards Red Heart Scrubby (Example is shown with cotton variety)
• Yarn needle

Key:

ch: chain

ch sp: chain space

ps: puff stitch

sc: single crochet

sl st: slip stitch

st(s): stitch(es)

(#): Stitch counts at end of row

Skill level:

Easy

Size:

Approx. 4 inch diameter

Gauge:

No Gauge
If you find that your stitches are too tight you can loosen your tension or go up a hook size.

Notes:

Chain at beginning of each row does not count as a st.
Use a stitch marker at the beginning of each row to ensure you join each row in the correct stitch.
This yarn can be abrasive. Loosening your tension can make the yarn easier to work with and will reduce friction on your fingers.
Each 3.5 oz skein should make 6 scrubbies.
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Simple Scrubby Pattern

Foundation: Chain 5, sl st to first ch to form a circle. (5)
Round 1: Ch 2, [ps into the circle, ch 1], repeat 4 more times. Join to first ps with sl st. (10)
Round 2: Ch 2, [ps in ps, ch 1, ps in ch sp], repeat [] around. Join to first ps with sl st. (20)
Round 3: Repeat round 2. (40)
Round 4: Ch 1, sc in each st and ch sp around. Join to first st with sl st. (40)
Finish off and weave in ends.
Scrub those dishes with pride!It’s as simple as that!img_6208DOWNLOAD THE DISCOUNTED PDF VERSION HEREGet updates for more free patterns in my NEWSLETTER.Much Love!EllenSave up to 50% off on yarn with CRAFTSYCraftsy Unlimited FREE 7 day trial at Craftsy.com**Post contains affiliate links**

Favorite Summer Yarns!

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I was skeptical that I would be able to find enough projects to fill up my summer, but boy was I wrong!

Crochet and yarn is not just for wintertime, folks. I have been having a blast working with some fantastic summer yarn. Not only have I enjoyed writing some great summer patterns, I have had the opportunity to work with many yarns that I had never tried before!

Here is a roundup of some of my favorite summer yarns!

Silk Yarn from Darn Good Yarn

Environmentally friendly, recycled, light-weight yarns from Darn Good Yarn have vibrant colors and give you all the summer feels! In addition to having a gorgeous selection of yarns, their wide range of patterns using their yarn is extremely helpful in finding your next project. Use teh code: crochet.by.ellen15 to receive 15% off of any yarn at Darngoodyarn.com

Receive a special 15% discount on all Darn Good Yarns!

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Lion Brand Shawl in a Cake

I was surprised to discover this yarn while making my Sun Goddess Shawl! The texture and versatility of this yarn is truly amazing. With a huge variety of color ways, this self-striping yarn lends itself to gorgeous color transitions. It works up quickly with the right sized hook and creates eye-catching designs with ease. Check it out!

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Lion Brand Fast Track

I fell in love with this yarn when I wrote my Sassy Summer Table Runner pattern. It has the perfect amount of stretch and durability for home décor items. The color variety is also fun and vibrant!

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Bernat Maker Home Dec

This fantastically stretchy yarn is perfect for making summer baskets, bags, and home décor! The Bubble Basket pattern pictured below was made with the Bernat Maker Home Dec in Aqua.

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The Bubble Basket

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What are your favorite yarns?

Share in the comments below.

Until next time!

-Ellen

5 Ways to Wear a Shawl

Sassy Summer Styles

Do you get visions of your grandma sitting in her rocking chair with her yarn and crochet hook when you hear the word shawl? I’m here to tell ya, there is more than one way to wear it; many of which break the “granny” stereotype.

After designing The Sun Goddess Shawl, I have a new found obsession for this incredibly versatile piece. Take a look at all the different ways you can wear it and let me know your favorite in the comments!!!

Pattern: The Sun Goddess Shawl by Crochet by Ellen

Yarn: Lion Brand Shawl in a Cake

 

1. Wrap it around your Neck!

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Shawl in Cake – Healing Teal

 

2. Style it as a Top!

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Shawl in a Cake- Unique Unicorn

 

3. Turn it into a sassy Skirt!

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Shawl in a Cake- OM Opal

4. Wear it as a Scarf!

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Shawl in a Cake- Unique Unicorn

5. If all else fails, you always have the Traditional way.

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Shawl in a Cake- Lotus Blossom

 

Style that Sun Goddess Shawl any way you choose!

Let me know your favorite way in the comments below!

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Stay Sassy!

XOXO

-Ellen

 

 

Sassy Summer Table Runner Pattern

Sassy Summer Table Runner

By Ellen Bergmann

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Are you looking for a conversation piece for your table this summer? The Sassy Summer Table Runner is just the pattern you need to liven up your home. Enjoy this FREE pattern below with YouTube tutorial included for special stitches used.

You can also purchase the discounted PDF pattern on Etsy and Ravelry.

Happy Hooking!

Materials Needed:

• N/P (10.0 mm) crochet hook
• 1 Skein (149 yards) Lion Brand Fast Track
• 8 yards Lion Brand Fettuccini Prints
• Yarn needle
• Measuring tape

Key:

ch: chain
dc: double crochet
st(s): stitch(es)
ch sp: chain space
sk: skip stitch
sl st: slip stitch
(#): Stitch counts at end of row

Skill level:

Beginner

Size:

Finished table runner should be approximately 11.5 inches wide and 32 inches long.

Gauge:

My 4” square is 4 rows of 9 dc.
If your swatch is smaller than this, increase your hook size. If it is larger than this, decrease your hook size.

Notes:

Thank you so much for supporting me and buying this design, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me at crochetbyellen@gmail.com.

Sassy Summer Table Runner Pattern:

Table Runner: Use Fast Track Yarn
Chain 27. Dc in 5th ch from hook (counts as dc and ch 1), [ch 1, sk 1 st, dc] Repeat [] to final ch. Turn.(25)
Row 1: Ch 3 (counts as dc), [Dc in ch sp, dc] Repeat [] to end of row (hint: last 2 sts are in the space before the turning ch and the final st in top of ch from previous row). Turn. (25)
Row 2: Ch 4 (counts as dc and ch 1), skip 1 st, dc, [ch 1, sk 1 st, dc] repeat to end of row (final st in top of ch 3 from previous row). Turn. (25)
Rows 3-32: Repeat Rows 1 and 2.
Surface Detail: Use Fettuccini Yarn

Rows 2, 6, 26, and 30: Surface sl st in each st across (25)
Watch Video Tutorial for Surface Slip Stitch instructions:

Weave in ends and enjoy!

You can purchase the PDF version for a discounted price
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Ravelry: Download the Sassy Summer Table Runner Pattern
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I love to see your work! Tag me on Instagram with @crochet.by.ellen or use the hashtag #sassysummertablerunner
Until Next Time,
Ellen

***Please do not edit or alter this pattern in any way. Do not share or sell this pattern. You may sell items using this pattern but please, credit my shop by using any of my above links for Facebook or Etsy, or by using my Instagram handle, @crochet.by.ellen. Tag me in your photos by using #crochetbyellen or #sassysummertablerunner for a chance to have your work featured. Thank You!

Home Dec Pattern Palooza!

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Lately my go-to yarn has been Bernat Maker Home Dec. And guess what? I know a lot of other makers that like it too! It’s a bulky yarn and is soft to the touch like cotton. It also has a stretchy nylon core as well that makes it the perfect yarn for bags, clutches and baskets.

I’ve gathered a collection of patterns using this yarn from myself and other makers that are guaranteed to keep you busy and fashionable this summer! Click the picture or link below to snag the pattern for yourself!

The Bubble Basket by Crochet by Ellen

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The Nifty Notions Clutch by Hooked Hazel

The Deco Tote by Wildwood Designs ME

The Boho Backpack by Crazy4CrochetMomma

Mayfair Fields Clutch by Teagan and Lu

I hope you love these patterns as much as I do! Don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter to get updates on the latest patterns, posts, and promotions!!!

Until next time!

-Ellen

The Wildflower Cozy

A Free Crochet Pattern from Crochet by Ellen

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I find so much joy in patterns that can be made and gifted all year round. Whether this be a quick teacher appreciation gift or a birthday gift for a friend, it works up quickly and is guaranteed to get some “oh that’s so cute” and “wow! did you make this?”  comments from your family, friends and co-works.

Enjoy!

The Wildflower Cozy

Materials Needed:
J (6.0 mm) crochet hook

20 yards of color A and 10 yards of Color B using Bernat Maker Home Dec or other bulky 5 weight yarn.

• Yarn needle

• Measuring tape

¾” Button

Key:
ch: chain
hdc: half double crochet
st(s): stitch(es)
ch sp: chain space
sl st: slip stitch
mc: magic circle
(#): Stitch counts at end of row

Skill level: Beginner
Size: Finished cozy should be approximately 4 inches wide and 3 inches tall.
Gauge: My 4” square is 11 rows of 13 hdc.
If your swatch is smaller than this, increase your hook size. If it is larger than this, decrease your hook size.
Notes:
Thank you so much for supporting me and buying this design, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me at crochetbyellen@gmail.com.

Cozy: Use Color A

Chain 30. Sl st to first ch to form a circle (make sure your chain is not twisted).
**Chain 2 at the beginning of each round does NOT count as a stitch.**

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Round 1. Ch 2, hdc in same st. **Ch 1, skip st, hdc in next st** Repeat from ** until there is 1 st remaining. Ch 1, skip st, join to first st with sl st. (30)
Round 2. Ch 2, turn. Hdc in ch sp. **Ch 1, skip st, hdc in ch sp** Repeat from** around until there is 1 st remaining. Ch 1, skip st, join to first st with sl st. (30)

Rounds 3-7. Repeat round 2.
Finish off and weave in ends.

Flower: Use Color B

Make a magic circle.
Round: Ch 1, **Sc in mc, ch 2** Repeat from ** 4 more times. Join to first st with sl st.
Round 2: Ch 1, **Sl st in next st, 5dc in ch sp** Repeat around. Join to first st with sl st.

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Leave a long tail for sewing to your coffee cozy. Cinch magic circle tight to close the center of the flower.
Sew flower around perimeter onto your coffee cozy.
Sew button onto middle of the flower.

Enjoy your favorite tea, coffee or other hot beverage of choice!

I would love to see your creations! Tag me with #wildflowercozy or @crochet.by.ellen on Instagram.

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Cheers!

-Ellen

***Please do not edit or alter this pattern in any way. Do not share or sell this pattern. You may sell items using this pattern but please, credit my shop by using any of my above links for Facebook or Etsy, or by using my Instagram handle, @crochet.by.ellen. Tag me in your photos by using #crochetbyellen or #wildflowercozy for a chance to have your work featured. Thank You!

Sakura Kit Pre-Order!!!!

Today is the day! You can now pre-order your Sakura Shawl kits from Thistle and Hart!

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Two colors will be available for pre-order. The yarn comes in a set of 2 skeins, the perfect amount for this shawl. Both the Blossom and Willamette colorways have been hand dyed exclusively for the Sakura Shawl. You are given the choice to buy either the kit (yarn+pattern) or the yarn (2 skein packs) alone.

Kits will include a Ravelry download code to use when the pattern is released on Mother’s Day! Have your yarn in hand by May 13th by pre-ordering today**

These colors are limited release, so be sure to grab them before they’re gone forever!!!

Order your kit here!

SAKURA KIT PRE-ORDERS

We are so thankful for your continued support. Be sure to share your completed shawls on Instagram and tag @crochet.by.ellen as well as @thistleandhart.

Much Love!

Ellen

**Postal delays permitting

The Sakura Shawl Inspiration

When Thistle and Hart asked me to create a custom design for her yarn, I was (and still am) on cloud 9! Not only do I LOOOOOOVE their yarn; I have been wanting to make a shawl for a while now, and this was the perfect opportunity to do it!

Becky and I are both from the lovely city of Salem, Oregon where we have the joy of experiencing many natural beauties, including having four seasons. In the spring, our state capitol has a gorgeous bloom of cherry blossoms (“Sakura” in Japanese) and you can find locals and tourists alike hanging out in the capitol lawn enjoying their luscious pink aura. They only last for a short time, usually at the beginning of April, so its a real treat if you are around to see them bloom!

Enter, my inspiration for the Sakura Shawl! Thistle and Hart designed a specific colorway to match the colors of these gorgeous flowers. In addition to the stunning blossom color, I included special stitches in the shawl to represent the blossoms, branches, and trunk of the tree.

But wait….there’s more! While we were on the kick of all things local to our area, Thistle and Hart decided to included another colorway of one of my favorite teal/aqua tones named after our Willamette River.

If you are dying to get your hand on some of this spectacular yarn, she will be hosting pre-orders on May 1st! This is an exclusive colorway and will only be produced in collaboration with the Sakura Shawl design!

You will be given the option to buy the yarn as a part of a kit (yarn + my pattern) or on its own. Each set has two skeins of luxurious light weight, 100% super wash merino wool and let me tell you, the squish-factor is mind blowing! For those who order a kit, the digital pattern will be downloadable on Ravelry at a discounted price!

The pattern will be released on May 13th (Mother’s day). Those who order with pre-orders should have their yarn by the time the pattern is released, barring any post office delays.

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I’m so honored to be a part of this collaboration and I’m so excited to share all of our hard work with you.

Much Love!

-Ellen

Check out my current designs while you wait!