Bonita Patterns Crochet Alongs Holiday Giveaway

Merry Christmas Everyone!

I was lucky to have grown up in an two-religion family, Jewish and Christian, where we doubled-up on the fun by celebrating holidays for both! Of the Christian holidays, it’s probably no surprise that Christmas was my favorite, especially as a kid, for obvious reasons: gifts galore! But not just that; I loved Christmas even more because Christmas day is also my mom’s birthday, and we again double the celebrations.   Interesting fact:  My mother was born on Christmas day, in the town of Belem (Bethlehem), to a Jewish family.

While as a kid I was about getting gifts, now what I love even more is giving them. I especially love to gift the amazing crocheters that have been crocheting my patterns and supporting my work.

So, I have two gifts for you!   A free pattern, and a chance to win a basket of yarns and books in a giveaway. This is how you can get these gifts:

FREE Pattern

From December 25th through December 28, 2017 you can download one of my premium patterns, Crocodile Stitch Owl Gloves for FREE.

Add the pattern to your cart; It is listed as $0.00. Check out as usual; Your pattern will be sent as a download to your email address and there will be no charge.

If you are purchasing yarn or any other Bonita Pattern product, you can add the yarn to your shopping cart as well and check out as usual; the gloves pattern won’t add to the total.   

Get your Pattern Gift HERE

 

 

Giveaway

Enter our Giveaway (see link below) for a chance to win a basket full of yummy yarns and two books for one winner and the pattern for the Bonita Patterns Mystery Shawl CAL for six winners. Entries accepted from December 25, 2017 through January 4, 2018.

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MYSTERY SHAWL CAL Supplies and Giveaway

A shawl changed my life.

In 2010 I published my first pattern: the “Crocodile Stitch Triangle Shawl”. It was the Rosetta Stone of my dream career and brought the Crocodile Stitch to world-wide popularity.

I felt quite fitting to include a new shawl to celebrate the 20th anniversary of my arrival in the US and the “Stitching an American Dream” Multi-CAL event. To make it even more fun, I chose to present this premium, brand new design, in “Mystery Crochet Along (CAL)” format.

Today, you get to know how the mystery CAL works, how to participate, the supplies list and enter the giveaway for a chance to win the supplies for the shawl.

The only extra clue I give you today is that the shape of this shawl is not a traditional triangle.

Can you guess what shape is it?

 

 

How the Mystery CAL Works

First, what is a Mystery CAL?

The pattern is broken down into clues that are released one at a time. Clues are released on a set schedule and the participants do not know what they are crocheting while they work the clue (i.e. there are no photos).

This is a brand new, never seen before shawl and if you trust my designs, or just plain can resist a mystery, I invite you to follow the mystery path of what actually may be my finest creation to date!

 

How do I Sign Up?

There are two ways to sign up. Purchasing the pattern only OR by purchasing the yarn required for the the shawl and receiving the Mystery CAL pattern FREE plus a bonus shawl pattern for the Flamenco Shawl.

Option a) Pattern Only:

You will be automatically signed up on the Crochet Along by purchasing the Mystery CAL pattern. The pattern is being offered at a 50% discount for only $3.50 from December 12, 2017 through February 28, 2018. No coupon needed.

The pattern will be emailed to you as PDF files, in serial format or clues. For each clue, you will receive a “Pattern Update” message and you will be able to download each clue PDF file. Once the last clue is released, you will also receive a final PDF file containing the full pattern.

 


Option b) FREE Mystery Shawl CAL Pattern with Yarn Purchase (plus bonus FREE Flamenco Shawl pattern)

Purchasing three rolls of Bonita Yarns Dream Swirls you will be automatically signed up on the Crochet Along and receive the Mystery shawl clues and a bonus shawl pattern: Flamenco Shawl.

 

Please note that only the Flamenco Shawl pattern will be sent to you on the day of purchase. The Mystery CAL pattern will be emailed to you as PDF files, in serial format or clues. For each clue, you will receive a “Pattern Update” message and you will be able to download each clue PDF file. Once the last clue is released, you will also receive a final PDF file containing the full pattern

You can purchase the three rolls of Dream Swirls here on the blog or HERE.

*** Use coupon code MYSTERYCAL15 and get a 15% off discount on yarn form December 12, 2017 through February 28, 2018.

By adding three rolls of Dream Swirls to your shopping cart, the two patterns will automatically be added at $0 cost.

Purchase Dream Swirls HERE

Mystery CAL SCHEDULE:

Tue, December 12, 2017: Supplies List & Giveaway
Tue, December 19, 2017: Clue One
Tue, January 9, 2018: Clue Two
Tue, January 16, 2018: Clue Three
Tue, January 23, 2018: Clue Four
Tue, January 30, 2018: Full Shawl Photos release.

Enter the Giveaway for a Chance to win the supplies for the Mystery CAL. Two winners will be picked.

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RUFFLED VICTORIAN COWL – Part Two

This week we will finish it up our Ruffled Victorian Cowl with lots and lots of “ruffle as you go”! At this point, our pattern becomes a no-frills, “meditative” type of crocheting that you can easily memorize in just a couple of rows. It is the perfect project to carry along on road trips, waiting rooms or while watching TV. The best about this project it’s that although it is is that even though it becomes “mindless” two-row technique, it produces a striking final piece that looks certainly more advanced than it is.

To recap what we have done so far, you can follow our Part One, where we worked the ribbed neck section, a round of ruffles and the first row of ruffles.

RUFFLED VICTORIAN COWL,

A “Ruffle-as-you-Go Technique” – Part Two

***This CAL pattern will be FREE (for a limited time) from Friday, November 21 through Sunday, December 31, 2017, in serial form as published on the Bonita Patterns Blog. The free version will include affiliate links and ads. You can purchase a discounted, ad-free, printable PDF, for only $2.75 HERE***

Materials:

3 skeins of Bonita Yarns Merino Dream in Sunset Shades (Sport weight, 328 yards/ 300 m; 50% merino wool, 50% acrylic). You can purchase this yarn in several self-striping colors at my yarn shop: www.bonitapatterns.com

You can purchase Merino Yarn here.  BONUS: Until December 31st you can get a 15% discount on this yarn collection, just enter code HOLIDAYCAL15 at checkout.


Tools & Notions

Size G crochet hook (4.00 mm)

Size H crochet hook (5.00 mm)

1 size 2” (50 mm) button or Brooch or shawl pin for closure (see notes)

Scissors

Yarn needle

 

Gauge:

With G (4.00 mm) crochet hook in ribbed sc pattern: 9 sts and 10 rows = 2″

 

Abbreviations:

Beginning (beg)

Chain (ch)

Double Crochet (dc)

Repeat (rep)

Right Side (RS)

Single Crochet (sc)

Slip Stitch (sl st)

Space (sp)

Stitch (st)

Wrong Side (WS)

Yarn Over (yo)

 

Special Technique Used:

Crocheting One Row or Round Before Last – Just like its description, this technique requires that you crochet, where indicated, one row or round before the last row or round you crocheted. This can also be described as “crochet one row down”.

 

Directions for Ruffle-as-you-go section: 

Continuing from part one, where we endedat Row 116:

Row 117 (Mesh Row): FPdc around post of first dc one row before last, (this is row 115 or first mesh row), ch2, * dc in next ch-2 sp one row before last, ch 2 rep from * across to last dc of row 115, FPdc in last dc one row before last, sl st in last dc (from previous row 116); turn – (56 FPdc, 55 ch-2 sp).

Row 118 (Ruffle Row): Ch 3 (count as dc), 4 dc in first FPdc, * ch 2, skip next ch-2 sp, 5 dc in next FPdc in next FPdc, rep from * across (see pic I); turn – (280 dc, 110 ch-2 sp).

Row 119 (Mesh Row): Rep Row 117; turn – (57 FPdc, 56 ch-2 sp)

Row 120 (Ruffle Row): Rep Row 118; turn – (285 dc, 111 ch-2 sp)

Row 121 (Mesh Row): Rep Row 117; turn – (58 FPdc, 57 ch-2 sp)

Row 122 (Ruffle Row): Rep Row 118; turn – (290 dc, 112 ch-2 sp)

Row 123 (Mesh Row): Rep Row 117; turn – (59 FPdc, 58 ch-2 sp)

Row 124 (Ruffle Row): Rep Row 118; turn – (295 dc, 113 ch-2 sp)

You can Purchase an ad-free PDF file of this pattern and other popular patterns from our Crochet Alongs for here:

Row 125 (Mesh Row): Rep Row 117; turn – (60 FPdc, 59 ch-2 sp)

Row 126 (Ruffle Row): Rep Row 118; turn – (300 dc, 114 ch-2 sp)

Row 127 (Mesh Row): Rep Row 119; turn – (61 FPdc, 60 ch-2 sp)

Row 128 (Ruffle Row): Rep Row 118; turn – (305 dc, 115 ch-2 sp)

Row 129 (Mesh Row): Rep Row 119; turn – (62 FPdc, 61 ch-2 sp)

Row 130 (Ruffle Row): Rep Row 118; Fasten off – (310 dc, 116 ch-2 sp)

Customization Tip:

Should you wish to increase the length of your cowl, continue repeating rows 118 and 119, until you reach the desired length. Always end project on a row 118, or a row of ruffles.

Finishing:

Button hole (optional) – Sew on large button on opposite side to button hole on ribbed sc section of neck (try on cowl to choose best button placement). Fasten off. Weave in all ends. If you opt to not make button hole in Row 105, you can close the cowl with a brooch or shawl pin.

I hope you enjoyed our Ruffled Victorian Cowl and its no-endless-weaving-in-ends technique and keep checking our blog for more fun and unique designs or sign up to our mailing list HERE.

Questions? Com join us on our Facebook Group where we enjoy some amazing conversations, help each other with questions and enjoy V.I.P. prizes and special treats. You can join the Bonita Patterns CALs group HERE.

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Crocodile Stitch Khaleesi Fingerless Gloves – Part Two

 

If you are a Game of Thrones lover, you’ll understand why I named these gloves after the “Khaleesi.”  If not, don’t worry, it took me quite  while to get into HBO’s “Game of Thrones” craze, (which I later learned  was based on a fantasy book series, which I didn’t read. I’m not hip enough, I guess 🙂

Pop culture can be so oppressive these days; seems like it makes me feel either like a trendsetter, or way behind everyone else, with no middle ground, and  more often the latter than the former.   In short, in fashion and fad I always feel like I’m off the mark, one way or the other– either too far ahead of the game, or lagging way behind.

So, I eventually I just decided to create things that I love, that I feel are unique, beautiful, and make me personally proud, without getting obsessed with following current trends.  The flip side of that coin being that I won’t spend energy trying to deliberately avoid current trends either. Either of those paths– trying to fit expectations of pop culture, or trying to avoid them–really just fetters one’s creativity.

So, it turned out my mom was right.  When I was figuring out a career path as a teen, my mom said to me, “Do what you love, and success will follow.” I wish I had taken that more to heart back in Junior High.  Because, If I had followed her advice starting then,  I’d have just crocheted all along, and I might have avoided the cost and effort and stress of four years of undergrad Journalism school and another three years of grad school in Public Administration.  And that’s not counting the years in between undergrad and grad, working extremely un-fun jobs,  oh dear!  Where might my crochet  and design skills be now?

But, through all those years, beating my brains out to acquire titles, degrees and accolades while having  little or no fun, the one thing I loved and kept me going was crochet.  I’m proud to have achieved those titles and degrees, but sometimes I wish I had save myself the hurdles of those “real world career” goals,  and just kept on having fun crocheting…

This pattern was part of a Bonita Patterns Crochet Along and FREE (for a limited time) from Friday, November 17 through Sunday, December 17, 2017,  You can purchase a discounted, ad-free, printable PDF below

 

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Crocodile Stitch Convertible Mittens CAL – Part Two

 

The Crocodile Stitch Convertible Mittens CAL have been a big hit in our Crochet Along Facebook Group! After posting the first part last week, I watched with glee as members began posting such beautiful project pictures. I never get tired of seeing you projects from my patterns on social media…In fact, if you hashtag your projects with #BonitaPatternsCAL, #CrocodileStitch or #BonitaPatterns, that helps me find them when I’m “hawking” to see what you are doing with my patterns. 😀

 

This pattern was part of a Bonita Patterns Crochet Along and FREE (for a limited time) from Friday, November 14 through Sunday, December 14, 2017,  You can purchase a discounted, ad-free, printable PDF below

 

Image copyright© Nathalie Martin Darmon

 

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