How serendipitous it is to be able to both kick off a new exciting venture and celebrate the 20th anniversary of my arrival in the U.S. at the same time–and with a project that I designed using a yarn with a rainbow colorway! I’m about to grab some red pumps and break into song, just like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, because right now I feel like I found that Somewhere….over the rainbow…
And that’s just one metaphor. Right now I can think of so many that fit this celebration and new venture that I’m getting goose bumps.
Life can send us tornadoes, but also takes us to new places, offers new challenges, gives us new starts (and even re-starts). But as we have learned from “Oz,” with the support of good friends we can overcome witches and poisoned poppies and mean apple trees and flying monkeys, to find our way back home, no magic or wizards needed.
I have been overwhelmed and joyful with the support you have shown me these past two weeks, after I first announced the pending launch of our Bonita Patterns CALs. Our Facebook group received over 1000 new members in the first week with no advertising, just a mailer and word of mouth.
That was amazing, but it was nothing compared to what happened next. Even better was the engagement of our new community. I could scarcely believe what wonderful things people had to say and do. Took my breath away.
I was stoked before, but now I am more confident than ever! I’m confident we are going to create beautiful things together and have fun while doing it. We don’t need to follow on the traps marketing and advertising gimmicks or fluff. I started Bonita Patterns with “A hook, a string and a dream” and YOU made it happen! These CALs have been the best outlet to get in touch on how “magic” started and where is HOME… you! Lets lab, play, experiment, be I more audacious than ever, stretch the norm to create, reinvent, and evolve the art of crocheting together!
AND NOW….Let us begin.
Crocodile Stitch Convertible Mittens – Post One
Before we start, we must get some boring fine print out of the way. The most important thing you need to know about our CALs: Fun Is Mandatory. If I see people not having fun in our CAL’s, don’t think I won’t whip out my Iron Fist of Fabulous Destiny, and start knocking some fun into people!
Okay, I jest of course. But seriously, if you’re not having fun, you let me know and we’ll see what we can do.
First let’s review the plans for this first CAL of our Grand Event, the Crocodile Stitch Convertible Gloves.
- FRI, November 24, 2017: Part one of Convertible Gloves pattern
- FRI, December 1st, 2017: Part two of Convertible Gloves pattern
***IMPORTANT FINE PRINT: This CAL pattern will be FREE (for a limited time) from Tuesday, November 14 through Thursday, December 14, 2017, in serial form as published on the Bonita Patterns Blog. The pattern will be posted in parts on the Bonita Patterns Blog, and the free version will include affiliate links and ads. If you’d like to start early on the full pattern, you can purchase a discounted, ad-free, printable PDF, with bonus charts and diagrams and an extra photo tutorial HERE***
PROJECT LEVEL: Intermediate, or dedicated beginner (CALs are perfect opportunities to expand your skills).
MITTENS SIZES INCLUDED:
- Large/Extra Large
Sizing (measurements based on circumference of hand flat just under knuckles without including thumb see above):
- Small/Medium: 6.5 in to 7.5 in
- Large/Extra Large: 7.5 in to 8.5 in
MATERIALS NEEDED TO COMPLETE THIS PROJECT:
Yarn: Bonita Yarns Kaleidoscopic (fingering weight) in Over the Rainbow colorway; 100% Icelandic Yarn (195 yards/50 grams per skein).
- For Size Small/Medium: 3 balls of Bonita Yarns Kaleidoscopic (approximately 550 yards)
- For Size Medium/Large: 4 balls of Bonita Yarns Kaleidoscopic (approximately 610 yarns)
- Size D (3.25 mm) crochet hook, or any size hook to obtain proper gauge.
- 2 (1.5 mm) buttons
- Yarn needle and sewing needle
- Small amount of thread
This pattern gives you PERMISSION TO SELL your finished items. It is appreciated if you credit the design to Bonita Patterns and list the shop link: www.BonitaPatterns.com
Text and images Copyright (c) 2017 by Bonita Patterns & Lianka Azulay, all rights reserved. No pattern may be reproduced or distributed mechanically, electronically, or by any other means, including photocopying, without written permission. Finished products created with this pattern may be used for commercial sale.