BRAND NEW LOOK!

Cute Crochet Chat has a new look!

Whew! It has been quite a whirlwind this past week deciding just how to change my blog look! For anyone that has visited lately, you might have seen some turmoil and some ‘dust’ here. But it is all fixed now! I wanted a new look for Spring and a more modern and streamlined look. I love it!
We will be offering a lot more content starting in May, but I have a couple of GREAT book and product reviews coming up in April. And YES, there will be GIVEAWAYS in April as well.
So stay tuned!
I would love to know if you like our new look! Please let me know what you think in the comments below. Thank you!

Happy New Year 2014

As we ring out the old, I wanted to take the time to show my appreciation for EVERYONE who follows this blog and supports my crochet design work!

In 2013 I am THANKFUL for the SUPPORT of:

  • My loyal blog readers,
  • ALL the patrons of my crochet shops,
  • My incredible daughter and business partner, Gina, who photographs all my crochet work beautifully and gives me wonderful advice!
  • My wonderful daughters Cristina and Angela, who constantly advise me during the design process of Jocelyn Designs and THEN model all the new crochet designs!
  • My son, Michael, who helped me develop new math templates for sizing my wearable patterns,
  • My lovely little model, for whom I named The Danica Collection!
  • My fellow designers in the crochet and knit industry, who continually uplift me with their advice and creativity,
  • Crochet magazine publishers who support my design business,
  • Crochet book publishers who provide so many great books to my readers,
  • Organizations like Crochet Guild of America (CGOA), The National Needlearts Association (TNNA), The Craft and Hobby Association (CHA), Crochetville (crochetville.com)
  • My three WONDERFUL crochet stitchers and pattern checkers, Kristine, Shilo and Wendy,
  • One of the BEST Tech Editors in the business, Kristine Mullen!
  • My wonderful family and husband, Gino, without whom none of this would be possible! 

2013 was an incredible year for me because:

  • I created a new shop, Jocelyn Designs, for contemporary crochet accessories.
  • I added 2 wonderful stitchers and pattern checkers and hit the jackpot!
  • I designed and crocheted LOTS of new crochet photography props for my daughter, Gina.
  • I increased the readership of my blog.
  • I gave away LOTS of brand new crochet books to my readers! (thank you, publishers!)
  • Cute Crochet got a partial makeover; more to come.
  • I nearly doubled my self publishing sales from last year.
  • I crossed so MANY projects off my To-Do List!

Over the past year, I have truly made CROCHET my full time job yet again!

And I can’t thank ALL of you enough!

Look for LOTS of good things in 2014!

Happy New Year 2014

As we ring out the old, I wanted to take the time to show my appreciation for EVERYONE who follows this blog and supports my crochet design work!

In 2013 I am THANKFUL for the SUPPORT of:

  • My loyal blog readers,
  • ALL the patrons of my crochet shops,
  • My incredible daughter and business partner, Gina, who photographs all my crochet work beautifully and gives me wonderful advice!
  • My wonderful daughters Cristina and Angela, who constantly advise me during the design process of Jocelyn Designs and THEN model all the new crochet designs!
  • My son, Michael, who helped me develop new math templates for sizing my wearable patterns,
  • My lovely little model, for whom I named The Danica Collection!
  • My fellow designers in the crochet and knit industry, who continually uplift me with their advice and creativity,
  • Crochet magazine publishers who support my design business,
  • Crochet book publishers who provide so many great books to my readers,
  • Organizations like Crochet Guild of America (CGOA), The National Needlearts Association (TNNA), The Craft and Hobby Association (CHA), Crochetville (crochetville.com)
  • My three WONDERFUL crochet stitchers and pattern checkers, Kristine, Shilo and Wendy,
  • One of the BEST Tech Editors in the business, Kristine Mullen!
  • My wonderful family and husband, Gino, without whom none of this would be possible! 

2013 was an incredible year for me because:

  • I created a new shop, Jocelyn Designs, for contemporary crochet accessories.
  • I added 2 wonderful stitchers and pattern checkers and hit the jackpot!
  • I designed and crocheted LOTS of new crochet photography props for my daughter, Gina.
  • I increased the readership of my blog.
  • I gave away LOTS of brand new crochet books to my readers! (thank you, publishers!)
  • Cute Crochet got a partial makeover; more to come.
  • I nearly doubled my self publishing sales from last year.
  • I crossed so MANY projects off my To-Do List!

Over the past year, I have truly made CROCHET my full time job yet again!

And I can’t thank ALL of you enough!

Look for LOTS of good things in 2014!

Crochet Success

Sometimes when something doesn’t work out, (see previous post) we don’t realize that is because we are meant to do even better things. I completed the Easter purse to match the hat last night and I like it even better than the original one I intended to design! YAY! Here is a picture of the completed set. I hope to be able to post the pattern in my  Etsy Shoppe   later on today. Hooray for perseverance!!


Crochet Success

Sometimes when something doesn’t work out, (see previous post) we don’t realize that is because we are meant to do even better things. I completed the Easter purse to match the hat last night and I like it even better than the original one I intended to design! YAY! Here is a picture of the completed set. I hope to be able to post the pattern in my  Etsy Shoppe   later on today. Hooray for perseverance!!


Sometimes It Just Doesn’t Quite Come Out Right

This past week, I have been working on a new Easter set for babies and little girls. Recently, I have definitely enjoyed designing all the frilly, cute little girl’s accessories that I have placed for sale in my Etsy Shoppe. I guess it reminds me when my own daughters were young! It was so much fun in those days designing for them!
Usually when I am designing something, I am very lucky to have the actual crochet item come out pretty close to what I envisioned in my mind. But this week, I struggled trying to get the little girl’s purse design for the Set just right. When I was finished with it, it DID look exactly like what I had been seeing in my vision and sketch, but unfortunately, when I began to sew the purse together, I realized it was not going to work! Rats! For some reason, the finished project turned out to be too awkward looking.

I am very fortunate that design mishaps don’t happen to me very often. Perhaps this is because most of my designs are usually quick and easy to do, I don’t know.
I was terribly discouraged yesterday. It is hard to abandon a project that you have put your energy into. But today, in the light of a new day,  I have decided to re-design a new purse to match the Easter Bonnet that is already completed. So, it is back to the drawing board! Hopefully, I will be able to complete my “Put On Your Easter Bonnet” set as planned!

Easter Bonnet worn by my beautiful niece, Jillian!

Sometimes It Just Doesn’t Quite Come Out Right

This past week, I have been working on a new Easter set for babies and little girls. Recently, I have definitely enjoyed designing all the frilly, cute little girl’s accessories that I have placed for sale in my Etsy Shoppe. I guess it reminds me when my own daughters were young! It was so much fun in those days designing for them!
Usually when I am designing something, I am very lucky to have the actual crochet item come out pretty close to what I envisioned in my mind. But this week, I struggled trying to get the little girl’s purse design for the Set just right. When I was finished with it, it DID look exactly like what I had been seeing in my vision and sketch, but unfortunately, when I began to sew the purse together, I realized it was not going to work! Rats! For some reason, the finished project turned out to be too awkward looking.

I am very fortunate that design mishaps don’t happen to me very often. Perhaps this is because most of my designs are usually quick and easy to do, I don’t know.
I was terribly discouraged yesterday. It is hard to abandon a project that you have put your energy into. But today, in the light of a new day,  I have decided to re-design a new purse to match the Easter Bonnet that is already completed. So, it is back to the drawing board! Hopefully, I will be able to complete my “Put On Your Easter Bonnet” set as planned!

Easter Bonnet worn by my beautiful niece, Jillian!