Mommy & Me Crocheted Hats Book Review and Giveaway

This week  I have the pleasure of reviewing,

“Mommy and Me Crocheted Hats”
30 Fun & Stylish Designs for Kids of All Ages
designed by Kristi Simpson for Stackpole Books.

If you love to crochet hats, then you are going to love Kristi Simpson’s latest book,  
Mommy and Me Crocheted Hats! 

The hats in this book are so adorable! Most of the designs use very-readily-available yarns and are sized from Small Child to Adult, although there are a few that are sized for newborns as well. The designs are fun and most are easy to crochet. They would make quick gifts for anyone on your list!

Kristi’s latest book has lots of colorful photos and ‘how-to’ examples and has a great pictorial of Stitches, which could help even the novice crocheter. There is also a section on ‘How to Read My Patterns’ outlining all you need to know to crochet from one of Kristi’s patterns.

Stackpole Books has comprised a ‘look book’ to showcase all 30 crochet patterns.
You can view the look book HERE.

Kristi Simpson is also author the popular Sweet and Simple Baby Crochet that I reviewed HERE last October.
She is also the genius behind RAKJ Patterns where she sells her self-published designs.

There is something for everyone in Mommy and Me Crocheted Hats, from playful to warm to cute to interesting; this hat book has it all!  (see Visual Index below).

As usual, our readers have a chance to WIN a copy of this book from the publisher, Stackpole Books.

Leave an email address or another way of contacting you in the COMMENTS below. We will pick a random winner on 5/2/14. Without an email address or contact info, I cannot contact you in case you are the winner!

Disclaimer: Review copy and giveaway copy of book supplied by Stackpole Books.

Spring Flash Sale This Weekend Only on Select Craftsy Classes!

Surprise! Craftsy has just announced a Spring Flash Sale for this weekend only! Discover huge savings on select online Craftsy classes, but for a very limited time. Visit Craftsy to reveal what classes are on sale, but hurry, this offer expires TOMORROW at 11:59 MT on Sunday, April 13, 2014! 
ALSO! Please don’t forget that you have a chance to WIN a FREE Craftsy Class of Fair Isle Crochet! It is a BRAND NEW crochet class! Comment HERE for a chance to win.
This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

Fair Isle Crochet Class by Karen Whooley

I am super excited to be able to write to you about a new Craftsy class that my dear friend, Karen Whooley is teaching. It is a new technique class that I don’t think is available anywhere else!
Make sure you read this post to the end to see how you could win this class for FREE and also how to purchase this class at 50% OFF!

Taking a class on Craftsy through videos is a great way to learn a new skill. It gives you a much more in-depth experience into learning a new technique.

The Fair Isle Crochet class includes seven (7) video lessons with over 3 hours of instruction.
I thoroughly enjoyed watching and learning from this class. Karen’s lovely ‘backstory’ into how she learned Fair Isle knitting and relating it to Fair Isle crochet was so interesting.

This class is full of incredible information, not only for Fair Isle crochet, but for basic crochet as well.

All of her explanations have wonderful details to teach you how to do Fair Isle crochet.

She also includes Designer Tips and a ‘bonus’ video to teach you how to design your own charts.

You will learn three (3) different projects for this class and all patterns and charts are included. Here are photos of the projects:

Fair Isle Hat
Fair Isle Trivet
Fair Isle Poet’s Shawl

Here are a list of just SOME of the class highlights:

1. Discusses and explains in great detail Intarsia crochet vs Tapestry crochet vs Fair Isle crochet, so you fully understand her version of Fair Isle Crochet and how she came up with it;

2. In depth instruction on How to read Fair Isle charts including, repeats for both left and right handed crocheters, reading repeats for both stitches and rows, reading charts for both flat and round Fair Isle crochet, reading color legends, creating your own legends, which yarns are best to work with;

3. In depth instructions on learning how to change colors, with many tips on how to be successful at it, carrying yarn, working flat pieces, working in the round, creating seamless crochet projects;

4. Great FINISHING techniques including, weaving in all ends so there is no bulk, encasing tails, making fringe;

5. Many tips and tricks to help you work Fair Isle crochet well including determining gauge, joining chains to work in the round, single crochet in ends of the rows, common mistakes, decreasing, how to rip if necessary;

I recommend this class for anyone who has been interested in learning how to read charts and how to change and carry colors in their crochet work, but especially for anyone who loves learning new crochet techniques in general. This class will teach you all you need to know about Karen’s technique for Fair Isle crochet.

As a reader of Cute Crochet Chat, you could WIN a free lifetime class of Fair Isle Crochet at Craftsy. For a chance to win, leave a COMMENT on this post and let us know which project you would like to learn to make from this class. Please make sure you leave an email address OR a way to contact you, if you are the winner.
AS A BONUS:  Karen is giving us a LINK to purchase her class at 50% OFF 

DISCLAIMER: Craftsy has provided both the review copy and giveaway class for Fair Isle Crochet by Karen Whooley. 

What a Difference a Year Makes!

Many of you know that my daughter, Gina, is a family photographer. She is the one who photographs all the crochet designs for my online shops. Recently, she was able to do an updated photograph of the SAME child in my Apple Hat, one year later at her First Birthday session! How cute is she?

The Apple Hat comes in five sizes, Newborn to 10+ years.The apple hat on the left is newborn size and the hat on the right is size 6-12 months.