Archive | June 2012

Crochet Wrap Bracelet Inspiration

I have been dreaming of making up a free pattern for a crochet bracelet for a couple of weeks now. Beading jewelry was my first crafting love. Now I see those wrap, hippy, bohoey bracelets for sale and I just have the urge to create one. I don’t want to copy anybody, but the following bracelets are giving me inspiration!

My new, free, crochet bracelet pattern will be here soon!

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Thoughts on Selling Patterns Online

I am pleasantly surprised at my success at selling my crochet patterns on the internet. I listed my first pattern, Crochet X-Stitch Shrug on Etsy  around May 1, 2012 and it sold like crazy right away and it’s still my best-selling pattern. But I am having a hard time wrapping my brain around the whole marketing, promoting, social-whatever stuff involved. I do know that part of it is continuously self-publishing patterns for sale and for free, which is the funnest part and the part I am continuously excited and inspired about.

I need a resource, and I’m sure it’s out there, on how to gather all my sales data, shop stats, keywords, tags on each of the sites I sell on – Ravelry, Craftsy and Etsy – and then I need someone to tell me what to do with it!

Hmm, random thought…a smartphone may help too! I still have a stupid phone.

Should I keep Pinning my patterns over and over again on Pinterest or is that a waste of time?

Does it still work to relist everyday on Etsy or is that a waste of time and money now that they changed how you browse (I don’t see the sort option anymore to sort by latest listings)?

I DON’T UNDERSTAND HOW TO ADVERTISE ON RAVELRY. PERIOD.

How can I promote my stuff on Craftsy?

Will it just piss off my followers on Twitter if I tweet about the same patterns all the time? I notice Red Heart Yarns does this and it does get a bit annoying.

Anyway, this is my cry out in the dark for a savior/mentor/mommy, preferably a free one.

Knit Androids!

I loathe knitting or crocheting plushies but I love looking at them! These knitted Androids are super cute from my friend at the crayons and milk blog.

crayons and milk

I love the cute Android logo so I came up with this pattern and decided to knit myself not one but five! The pink one represents the girly side of me and it was also a suggestion by my friend. He felt that they needed a “girlfriend”.

Want to knit one for yourself?

Arms (make 2) 
CO 6 sts onto 3 needles and join in a rnd
Rnd 1: [kfb] 6 times (12 sts)
Rnd 2 – 16: knit 15 rnds
**Stuff**
Rnd 17: [K2tog] 6 times (6 sts)
**Break yarn and thread yarn through sts**

Legs (make 2) 
CO 12 sts onto 3 needles and join in a rnd
Rnd 1 – 6: knit 6 rnds
Rnd 7:  [K2tog] 6 times (6 sts)
**Break yarn and thread yarn through sts**

Antennae (make 2) 
CO 3 sts onto dpn and work in icord for 5 rnds
**Break yarn and thread…

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It’s Here! Angel Sleeve Cover Up

Top-down, crochet-in-the-round and raglan shaping.  Make it in cotton for the summer and/or wool or acrylic for colder weather. The length is cropped but it can be made longer into a tunic or a dress.
SIZES:  XS, (S/M, L/XL ) for bust size 30-32”, (34-38”, 40-44”).
MATERIALS NEEDED: Worsted weight yarn, approx 600-900 yds.  Model was made with Lily Sugar N’ Cream in Hot Blue.  Crochet hook J.  Stitch Markers.
SKILL LEVEL: Easy to Intermediate. You need to know how to do treble stitch, chain stitch, and single crochet.  Special stitches are explained in the pattern.

$5 PDF Pattern available at:

Etsy, Craftsy

buy now at Ravelry

CROCHET PATTERN Oversized Top/Sweater Easy/Beginner by TheYarnYogi

Confession: I look like a stuffed sausage in my crochet tops.  I’m short, round and have had a couple of kids. I try to modify crochet patterns to fit me better but its such a hassle!  That’s why I decided to create a crochet top that is completely customizable using just a few formulas. Here it is, an oversized, short-sleeved, sweater/top pattern that you will want to wear all the time because it is so comfy, cute and trendy! This pattern is completely customizable for any size person and any combination of yarn, or thread and hook size. And you don’t have to match my gauge (which is another pet peeve of mine).  I am the model in the black top, the one that doesn’t look like a stuffed sausage!Skill Level: Intermediate. Some math involved but no shaping.Yarn: Your favorite yarn or thread.Not a math whiz? Just email me your bust measurement and gauge and I will help!

You can purchase the $5 PDF Pattern at:

CROCHET PATTERN Oversized Top/Sweater Easy/Beginner by TheYarnYogi.

 Ravelry

Craftsy

CROCHET PATTERN Elegant Sparkle Shrug Easy/Beginner

Easy pattern with no shaping! Cute and trendy, one-size-fits-all shrug goes great with any casual outfit or all dressed up. Red Heart Shimmer yarn provides subtle sparkles that make it go from office to evening. Perfect for chilly offices and folds up nicely into a backpack or carry-on for traveling. Looks good on all body types and sizes!

by

Deanna Young

The Yarn Yogi

© 2012 all rights reserved by Deanna Young

Visit me at www.etsy.com/shop/TheYarnYogi and at www.ravelry.com/designers/deanna-young

PDF Pattern can be purchased for $5 at Etsy, Ravelry, and Craftsy

Skill Level:   Easy 
 Measurements:  One size fits all
Actual Measurements:  38 in. x 40 in.
Gauge:  Who cares!  Gauge is not important, as long as the measurement, when completed, is approximately 38” x 40”.
 Materials:
      Yarn:  Red Heart Shimmer, Black approx. 1400 yds. Or, your favorite yarn.
     Hook:  Crochet hooks H and G.

Crochet X-Stitch Shrug Pattern

Cute and trendy, one-size-fits-all shrug goes great with any casual outfit. This shrug would be nice for the fall and looks good over long or short sleeves. Perfect for chilly offices and folds up nicely into a backpack or carry-on for traveling. Looks good on all body types and sizes!

Purchase and Download the PDF Pattern at Etsy, at Ravelry and at Craftsy

The finished Crochet X-Stitch Shrug can also be purchased at Etsy

  by

Deanna Young

The Yarn Yogi

© 2012 all rights reserved by Deanna Young

Visit me at www.etsy.com/shop/TheYarnYogi and at www.ravelry.com/designers/deanna-young

Skill Level:   Easy

Measurements:  One size fits all

Actual Measurements:  38 in. x 38 in.

Gauge:  3.167 dc=1 in. Gauge is not very important because of the large size and loose, easy fit of the shrug.

 Materials:

      Yarn:  Any Worsted Weight, approx. 800 yards.

     Hook:  Crochet hooks J and I

     Additional Supplies:  Stitch Markers