Tuesday, June 24, 2014

One Fifty To Go

 Things have been looking up. About two weeks ago I received my very first bulk order. My client wanted 150 crochet mug cozies for a company project she's working on and I obliged. How could I resist such temptation. I have never done an order of this magnitude but I know what I am capable of and I knew I could do it.

My client wanted 50 in Turquoise, 50 in Hot Pink and 50 in Lavender. I finished them last week. Here's the final product, best shot I could take with them.

I'm so pleased.

Now I know I can do bulk orders :)

Also I ordered new business cards as well. I didn't have very many of my old cards left and I wanted enough to ship with this new order with my current info with all my sites on it. 

Here they are:

On the front it reads:
Crochet By Monet
Handmade Crochet Keepsakes and More

On the back it reads:
"custom orders, afghans, hair bows, baby blankets, housewares and more"

Order online at:

Then there's my social media contact info, I have my email, my blog, my fb like page (I set it up so no one could take my URL but haven't had the time to fix it up), and my instagram (crochetbymonet).

I'm extremely pleased with them. My old cards were black instead of white and only had my email and not any of social media. This looks much better.

I will be back to post my headband tutorial in the next few days. 

Thank you for reading. If you're a frequent visitor please feel free to follow me on instagram as I do post many pictures of my current projects as well as follow the blog! I don't write often but it's nice to see my followers. :)

Until next time friends.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Patriotic Viesta Granny Square Pattern (revised)

Patriotic Viesta Granny Square

Pattern makes a 7 ½ inch square

·         Worsted weight yarn- any color(s)
·         Crochet hook size I9/5.50mm
·         Yarn needle

Stitch Abbreviations
ch: chain stitch
sc: Single crochet
sl st: Slip Stitch
st(s): sticth(es)
hdc: half double crochet
v-st: v-stitch 
dc: double crochet
sk: skip

NOTES:  The format *hdc, sc, hdc* means work hdc in next st, sc in st after that and hdc in next st. Not to work all three sts in same stitch unless otherwise stated. Also when reading please remember that * to * means to repeat pattern from everything inside the asterisks.

Stitch Guide
v-st: dc, ch 1, dc all in same sp.

Ch 5; sl st in the first ch to form a ring.

Round 1: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), 15 dc in the ring, sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch 3. (16 dc)
***Round 2 Color Change:  start new color with a sl st in any dc and ch 4***
Round 2: Ch 4, dc in same st as joining (counts as first v-st), ch 1, *sk next st, v-st in next st, ch 1* repeat from * to * 6 more times, sl st in the 3rd ch of the first v-st. ( 8 v-st, ch 1 sps made). 

***Round 3 Color Change:  sl st in any v-st sp and ch 4***
Round 3: sl st in next v-st, ch 4; dc in same sp (first v-st made), v-st in each v- st and ch 1 sp around.  (16 v-sts) 

***Round 4 Color Change:  start with a sc in any v-st*** 
Round 4: Sc in next ch 1 sp, 5 dc shell in next ch 1 sp, repeat around, sl st to first sc. (8 shells, 8 sc)

*** Round 5 Color Change:  sl st in same st as join and ch 3.***
Round 5:  ch 3 (counts as first dc), hdc in next 2 sts, sc in 3rd dc of  5 dc shell, hdc in next 2sts, *5 dc in next st ( corner made), hdc , hdc, sc ,hdc, hdc ,dc, hdc, hdc,  sc, hdc, hdc* repeat from * to* 3 more times, 5 dc in the next st, hdc, hdc, sc ,hdc, hdc, sl st to beg ch 3.

***Round 6 Color Change:  sl st in same st as join and ch 4***
Round 6: ch 4, dc in same st as joining (v-st made), [sk  2 sts, v-st in next st],repeat from [ to ] once more, sk 1 st,* v-st ch 1 v-st in next st  (corner made), sk 1 st , v- stitch, sk 2, v-st across to the next corner, sk 1*, repeat from * to * around, sl st to beg ch 3.

Your finished Square should look like this!

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