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  • Preemie Crochet Challenge 2022

    In 2020, around this time, I got to know the lovely Helen Wilkinson in a Facebookgroup called Sunflower Cottage Crochet. I was following the group for a while, when I first heard about the Preemie Crochet Challenge.

    It was a group of crochet designers, dedicating their time, creativity and skills to develop patterns for preemies, from blankets, hats to bonding squares. I felt honoured to be given the opportunity to write my first preemie pattern and gave away over 350 copies during my featured time in the pattern roundup.

    Last year, I started writing a bonding square pattern, until I discovered another designer had a similar idea. I guess great minds think alike, and we decided to both come up with another design to present to the world.

    My preemie crochet pattern for bonding squares, available via Etsy and Ravelry

    Luckily, I made a freehand preemie hat during my vacation week and I was able to reconstruct the pattern and write it down. This became the precious Preemie Beanie Marleen, that was my entry to the Preemie Crochet Challenge 2021, hosted by Sunflower Cottage Crochet.

    Preemie beanie Marleen
    My entry for preemie crochet challenge 2021, click on the picture to go to the pattern

    This is the 3d time Helen asked me to join her and the other fabulous designers. Unfortunately I had no time to write a new pattern, because, well, life happened ( in good ways though, but it did not allow me to write a pattern).

    Therefore I will do something else this year. You will be able to download the Preemie Beanies set for free during the whole Preemie Crochet Challenge 2022, until 30 June 2022. To download for free, just scroll down to find the link to the roundup post with a coupon code to get the Pattern for free.

    Click here to go the roundup post
    My preemie beanies pattern set contains 3 patterns for different sizes

    My second gift to you, is 50% off all preemie crochet patterns, from Monday 20 June until Wednesday 22 June, to accommodate all timezomes. You will not need a coupon code, it will be applied automatically to receive 50% off the Preemie Beanie, Preemie hat Marleen, and Preemie Bonding Squares.

    The aim of this challenge is, to raise awareness for preemies and the possibility to create and donate preemie items to local hospitals, charities or friends/family that might need it. Every download is a pledge to donate at least one item made from the pattern. Last year I received 954 pledges in the form of downloads between 1-8 August. Thank you all so much! You cannalso help by buying the bundle of patterns. The proceeds will be donated to two different charitys, see Helens information on her roundup post.

    You can get the bundle here:

    the Preemie Beanie Marleen and the Preemie Bonding Hug Squares together

    My Preemie Beanie Marleen hat pattern was available for free between 1-8 August on Ravelry, with the code that was shared in the Preemie Beanie Crochet Challenge site. It is now available in my Etsy shop, too, for those who do not want to use Ravelry.

    Click here to go to the pattern for the preemie beanies on Ravelry

    Please visit the Sunflower Cottage Crochet blog with all the round-up info here:

    You can find todays pattern here too.

  • Yarn, thread and hooks

    I have a new hobby I think.. recently I got a new sewing machine. Well new to me, as it was my mother’s for years.

    She got a new one and I traded my first Toyota Jeans machine for her Husqvarna. So many stitches and more options, this could be fun! I have also treated myself to a serger or overlock machine and made the first two t shirts and 2 shorts for my daughter.

    My old machine, which is sold already on marketplace.

    I will try to share my experiences and patterns I have used here.

    So far I have made 2 Pippa Shorts for my daughter and 2 Odette T shirts for myself. The 3d and 4th are almost done.

    Links to the patterns I used :

    But.. I also still love to crochet. My current almost done project is the Indiana Afghan by Tinna, from Iceland. Her Mosaic Patterns are so fun and easy to follow. I just need to do 40 more rows And the twisted fringes , that sounds like fun to me.

    The afghan is not tilted, but the picture is 😊
    I am wanting to get a Furls hook for a long time and now I can share a coupon with you to get €10 off.. 
    It will not cost you anything extra but I could earn some commissions if you use this link below.

    Happy shopping and happy hooking
    !
    Click here to get $10 off your purchase when you join Furls (affiliate link)

  • Preemie Hats Crochet Tips

    I found this YouTube video explaining what to think of when making preemie hats. I thought it could be useful in preparation of the preemie crochet challenge 2022.

    They also show examples of good preemie hats in this video.

  • Current WIP – mosaic crochet

    At the moment I am making a mosaic crochet blanket, or afghan as the designer calls them. This time I chose the Indiana Afghan. In the picture i just started the 5th pattern, but yesterday I started pattern 6 already.

    The Havana Afghan pattern is written in very clear charts and contains a lot of guidance and some written instructions too.

    Eversince I found TinnaHekl on Instagram or Ravelry I love her patterns. Her You Tube channel is also very addicting and sometimes I put it on, just to have some cozy background while I crochet.

    I made other patterns from Tinna before, like the Havanna Blanket, see pictures below.

  • Welcome back to my blog and recent projects

    It has been a long time since I posted here. I have taken some time to think about the content and form of this blog and decided to start fresh with you. Here I will share my crochet projects, inspiration and hopefully also some new patterns in future. I can tell you already there will be a fun collab again with Helen Wilkinson from Sunflower crochet cottage, who is organizing the preemie crochet challenge 2022 . More information on that will follow as soon as possible. In the past 2 years I have shared preemie beanie and preemie bonding square patterns during this charity event. This year I will also make a pattern available. If you want to know more about this, keep an eye out on the #preemiecrochetchallenge2022 information on Helen’s blog The blankets you see here, where made as babyshower gift for my husband’s colleague. One for the newborn babygirl, and one for both her brothers. I will link the Ravelry projects if you like more details about the patterns. Mile a minute baby blanket
    Prime numbers in primary colors blanket
    C2C blanket Crochet C2C blanket
  • Welcome back to my blog and recent projects

    It has been a long time since I posted here. I have taken some time to think about the content and form of this blog and decided to start fresh with you. Here I will share my crochet projects, inspiration and hopefully also some new patterns in future. I can tell you already there will be a fun collab again with Helen Wilkinson from Sunflower crochet cottage, who is organizing the preemie crochet challenge 2022 . More information on that will follow as soon as possible. In the past 2 years I have shared preemie beanie and preemie bonding square patterns during this charity event. This year I will also make a pattern available. If you want to know more about this, keep an eye out on the #preemiecrochetchallenge2022 information on Helen’s blog The blankets you see here, where made as babyshower gift for my husband’s colleague. One for the newborn babygirl, and one for both her brothers. I will link the Ravelry projects if you like more details about the patterns. Mile a minute baby blanket
    Prime numbers in primary colors blanket
    C2C blanket Crochet C2C blanket
  • Mother’s Day Gift idea

    If you are looking for a small mother’s day gift, this might be an idea. Cotton lipbalm holder keyrings that can easily be attached to a purse or bag. I have turquoise and red in stock, but are happy to make custom colors too.

    If you prefer to make your own you can find my free pattern here on Ravelry.

    Sending within Netherlands within 1-2 days, within Europe it can take about 3-6 business days to arrive.

    Feel free to message me for information, on DutchCrochetbyMdK@outlook.com

    You can find these and other gifts in my Etsy shop DutchCrochetbyMdK

    Shop here
    Shop here
  • Restyling of my blog

    With the end of year coming near, it is time to reflect, learn and improve.
    This goes not just for my formal job, but I also tend to clean around my house and computer.

    I try to empty all mailboxes that I don’t need anymore, remove duplicate pictures from my phone and delete old files.

    My craftroom had a small make over recently and I have been sorting and winding yarn. Donating , selling and organizing the rest.

    And now it is time for a make-over of my blog.
    I hope everyting will work out, so that I will be ready to launch some new patterns on a fresh new site soon.

    Stay tuned…

  • 12 Days of Christmas day 11 Crochet Headband Free Patterns Including my Royal Cornelia Headband

    On the 6th of November you will be able to get the free pattern for my Crochet Headband, the Royal Cornelia Headband soon as a part of Fosbas Design 12 days of Christmas bloghop.

    For 12 days, you will be able to find the best Christmas crochet patterns im various categories, often more than one per day. This event is for just 12 days, so be the first to be notified each day, so as not to miss out, subscribe to my newsletter here, to get reminders straight into your email.

    To find out how to receive them, go to Fosbas Designs 12 days of Christmas Patterns between 27 October and 7 November 2021.


    Go to roundup
    Get my Royal Cornelia headband pattern for free

    The Royal Cornelia Headband

    This headband carries my official first name, Cornelia. I have been named after my grandfather Cornelis and this is a tribute to all grandparents in the world. It is also called Royal, because it feels luxurious but it is also a joke about my last name that translates to ‘ the King’.😉

    This is a fun and quick pattern to make, for confident beginners and also nice for more experienced crocheters. It will make a nice gift for the Holidays for women and girls of all ages, or you might want to make it for your selve.

    Get it on Ravelry

    The Royal Cornelia Headband Pattern is a CROCHET PATTERN in ENGLISH for a warm and soft ridged crochet headband or earwarmer.
    This headband has a nice ridged texture on the outside, yet is smooth on the inside.
    The special structures make it feel soft and secure on your head. It has some ‘grip’.
    Stay warm outside during your winter walk, cheering at sports games, waiting for the train, etc.

    There will also be a bundle of all 48 patterns so you will not have to go back every day and you get 2 free bonus patterns that are not available otherwise. You will find the link to the bundle here soon. The bundle will be available between 26th October and November 14th. (The bundles have a 7-day refund period.

    Get my Royal Cornelia Headband for free on 6 November
    Click the image to get the bundle

    Why do you want to make the Royal Cornelia Headband?

    No worries about your hair with this headband: your bun or ponytail will be popping out of it easily.
    And for the people like me, with a shorter hairdo it also works out great!

    • This pattern has recently been UPDATED and the PATTERN in ENGLISH with updated Pictures is now available on Etsy and Ravelry
    • During Fosbas 12 days of Christmas you will be able to get it 50% off on Ravelry and Etsy with coupon CORNELIA50
    • only on 6th of November you can get if for free, with the code to be found on the roundup page.
    • Or buy the bundle with 48 patterns, 2 bonus patterns from Fosbas and
    • if you buy via the Buy Bundle link on my blog, you will also receive my favorite Amaris Headband pattern for free.

    LANGUAGE
    The pattern is written in US terms in English and in Dutch and I included step by step pictures.

    LEVEL
    experienced beginner

    MATERIALS
    It is made from weight #4 yarn and hook 5 mm and works up in about 1.5 hour- 2 hours
    There is minimal sewing involved: you only need to weave in ends!

    Royal Cornelia Headband in blue

    Since this ear warmer/ headband can be made with less than half a skein and just 90 minutes, it works up great as gift or for fairs.
    Put on a nice movie, and go!
    Materials needed:

    • I used between 30 and 40 grams of Julia yarn from Zeeman, 170m/100 gram
    • Hook needed is 5 mm
    • other materials needed are: scissors, darning needle for weaving in ends, optional stitchmarkers and tape measure to check gauge

    USED STITCHES
    Chain, reverse SC, DC.
    You need to be able to crochet reverse single crochet and crochet in back loop only (blo) and front loop only)
    Knowledge of these stitches and abbreviations is needed.

    Sign up for my newsletter to receive a coupon for 10% off all items on Etst directly and be informed of all new patterns and reminders for this bloghop.

    Get the free pattern here on Ravelry on 06th of November with the code from the roundup page

    I have other headbands patterns too, for example the Amaris Headband

    You will receive the pattern for this Amaris Headband as an added BONUS when you buy the bundle for all 48 Christmas Crochet Patterns, as an added bonus on top of the 2 you get from Fosbas Design. But note, it will only be included when you buy the bundle here, by clicking on below picture which says ‘get the bundle here’.

    The Amaris Headband was designed for my daughter and it has her middle name. I like to honour my family by using their names for my patterns. This is a narrower headband, more a headband than an earwarmer and it keeps her hair out of her face (makes me happy) and she likes the little stars in it.

    This can be whipped up in a jiffy and it will make great stocking stuffer gifts for anyone. Use your scraps and off you go. The pattern explains how to adjust sizes for kids to adults, so you can even make matching sets for mommy and daughter.

    Including additional pattern for the Amaris headband and 2 bonus patterns from Fosbas.
  • 12 Days of Christmas Crochet Patterns Day 7

    Today it is day 7 of the 12 day of Christmas Crochet patterns roundup already and today you can get the below beautiful shawl/ wrap patterns for free. If you like to know how to get them, follow the steps below to get the code for today on the roundup post.

    Free patterns for today

    If you want to get a reminder daily, sign up for my email list to receive a 10% discount directly for my Etsy store, sales and be notified about the daily new patterns.

    Or you can get all the 48 patterns in a bundle, including 2 bonus patterns from Fosbas Designs and my Amaris Headband pattern. This Deal is only valid using the link below, by clicking on the bundle image.

    What a great way to spend these rainy days, get new Christmas related patterns every day. Every day has another theme, so stay tuned for the rest and come back every day. On day 11 you will be able to get my Royal Cornelia headband for free, but if you buy the bundle now, you will have it already AND get a bonus headband pattern for free.

    My Royal Cornelia Headband

    If you want to get the Royal Cornelia Headband already, you can get it at my Ravelry and Etsy 50% during the 12 days of Christmas. The couponcode will be shared in my newsletter. You can subscribe to my newsletter here.

    Bonus pattern for my Amaris Headband when purchasing the bundle via the given bundle link
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