Wednesday, September 30, 2015

We have our winners! Find out who won the Fan Favorite and Judge's Choice in Round 7
WOW!!  That was a Fierce round!  Every single design that came from Round 7 of The Battle of the Stitches was Fantastic and all 12 designers deserve a huge High Five.  We'll all "Fall Into Winter" easily with such beautiful projects to work up!  The question is....  Where do you start?

Are you ready to find out who was chosen our fan favorite?  

With such beautiful use of color throughout her design and an amazing model and photo to show it at it's best, your fan favorite winner is "Rose's Autumn Shrug & Hat" by Christine of Chris Cross Crafts
The Judges had an even harder time voting for the best!  They are required to judge each design based on the the following:
1. Best use of stitch

2. Best use of color to show the stitch
3. Most Creative
4. Best overall

Their votes were seriously close, but their final winner has been chosen.  The Judges Choice winner is Heidi from Snappy Tots with her "Fall Into Winter" Bag and Scarf.  What a creative and fun design!

Take a moment to congratulate our winners and also compliment all of our other challengers.  They were hard at work to bring you some amazing designs that will be fun to work with great results and they are THE BEST!  Keep reading to find out who designed each of the remaining 10.  You can visit each of their FaceBook pages by clicking on the individual photos.

Thank You for following another round of The Battle of the Stitches!  We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.  You'll want to stick round because we have something fun planned for our fans to be part of the challenge during October! It's time for YOU to get out your hooks!!! 

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Check It Out! Final Reveals and Voting for Round 7's Crochet Challenge are here

What a month September has been!  12 Crochet Designers have been working fiercely on designs that fit the theme "Fall into Winter" using the Tri-Square crochet stitch.  It was fun seeing the Sneak Peeks and the colors of yarn that were chosen.  Do you think you guessed correctly what any of the projects are?

We think they have ALL come up with some Amazing designs and can't wait to share them with you!  So, without any further rambling from me, here are the Battle designs from 12 wonderful Crochet Designer Challengers.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Round 7 Prizes and Sponsors, What fun!

Being in The Battle of the Stitches crochet challenge is a LOT of fun, but it's also a LOT of work! In all honesty, ALL of the challengers are winners when the challenge is over.  They put their heart and soul into their crochet designs and it's exciting to see how all 12 designers get creative with the given crochet stitch and theme.   We like to keep things on a very positive level and it's fantastic to see so much support given to everyone involved. 

Each round, our winners have received wonderful prize packages and we sincerely appreciate all of our sponsors!  This round, The Clay Sheep, The Silk Drop and Kaleidoscope Art & Gifts have offered up some amazing prizes.  This is what we have in store for the winners of Round 7:

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Round 7 Judges

Reveals wouldn't be complete if we didn't tell you about the amazing talent sitting at the judges table (their own tables...separately...or maybe they're on couches...hmmm)

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Round 7...Guess who?! Final reveals

Today we introduce our last 5 contestants...that's right, 5! We had another amazing designer join the battle to make it an even 12 (we like even numbers!!)

3 of the 5 are returning challengers which means we have TWO NEW DESIGNERS joining us this round! This is going to be so much fun!

Round 7..Guess Who?! Part Two...

It's day two of the challenger reveals! Today we will be sharing FOUR returning challengers!!

Monday, August 3, 2015

16 Totally Awesome Crochet Scarfs

With Fall just around the corner, it's time to start making those warm accessories; scarfs are the perfect addition to any Autumn day outfit!

  Here's a round up of 16 great crochet scarf patterns. Some are free and some are a small fee.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Wrist Warmers and Fingerless Glove Crochet Patterns that you MUST have for this fall!

It's getting close to the change of the season again and we want to keep you ahead of the game!  We're sharing a wonderful collection of Wrist Warmers and Fingerless gloves with you today so that you'll have time to whip some up and have on hand before it gets cold. 

Some of these patterns are fun and great for outings while others use such pretty stitches that you'll enjoy them for special outings and there is even 1 that is AMAZING for weddings!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

It's time for Who Done It and Who Won It in Round 6 of the Battle of the Stitches

Once again, we want to give a big shout out to all of you , our fans, for supporting The Battle of the Stitches crochet challenge and each of the designers involved!  We've enjoyed your guesses in the various games the designers hosted and appreciate all the shares and votes to help make this challenge a success.

We're excited to finally share with you who designed each project AND who won!  Thank you to each of our challengers for all of their hard work!  It was fun to get to know and work with everyone.  

Thank you to each of our sponsors!
Day by Day Crochet, The Clay Sheep and The Silk Drop have been great supporters and we hope that you will follow and support them along with us.

And Thank You to each of our judges!  This was not an easy task for them this round (It seems like each round gets harder!)
Heidi from Snappy Tots
Jennifer from Crochet by Jennifer
Katy from KT and the Squid
Ann from Glamour4You
Celina from Simply Collectible Crochet

And now, for the moment you've all been waiting for!!!!
Who Done It?  

Friday, June 26, 2015

Round 6 Final Crochet Design Reveals and Voting
The time has finally arrived for you to see what all 12 designers have been up to this month!  Just to recap, each designer was asked to create a crochet design using the Serenity stitch as their focus along with Serenity as their theme to design around.  Serenity can mean different things to everyone, so here's a chance to get to know them a little better through their designs.

Take a look at all 12 designs here on the blog and then head over to the website to vote for your top 3 choices. Voting is open from Friday 6/26/15 through Monday 6/29/15.  The design with the highest votes will win Fan Choice , be featured on the cover of The Battle of the Stitches eBook along with receiving a prize package valued around $100.  Now, sit back, relax and find your Serenity with us.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015


The Stitch:

Out of ALL the amazing crochet stitches out there, how do you choose just 1 for a round of The Battle of the Stitches?  Well,  it takes a LOT of searching.  Many stitch books are browsed, online tutorials looked through and a note book to jot down the ones that stick out.  What works well for the season coming up?  Will it be easy to design a wide variety of crochet patterns using it as the focus?  It's easy to pick 1 stitch to design 1 project, but to have 12 talented designers all using the same stitch at the same time with the same theme is a little more difficult to narrow it down.  In the end, for this round, it was just that gut feeling.  You know the one, "This is it!"  It cries out that it's a MUST have.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Ready or not, Here is our final Challenger announcement for Round 6 of the Battle of the Stitches.

http://www.battleofthestitches.comThe Battle of the Stitches Round 6 is set with announcing our 12th and final competing challenger.  A dozen wonderfully talented crochet designers 1 stitch and 1 theme for each of them to create around.  Which of our Alumni do you think has jumped back in the ring?

Friday, June 5, 2015

Challenger #11 in Round 6 of the Battle is another Alumni...who will it be? 
The 11th challenger to join Round 6 of the Battle of the Stitches has been in the previous 3 rounds and has a lot up her sleeve this year with her business. We can't wait to see what she brings this round!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

There are others to come, but this is our final New Challenger for Round 6 of the Battle of the Stitches Crochet Challenge

Are you ready to meet our final NEW to the challenge Crochet Designer? We still have 2 more Alumni to bring back so keep watching for their announcements!  The newest member of the Battle of the Stitches Crochet challenge team is.....

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Back for a third round... Your Round 3 Fan's Favorite Winner!

She's been a winner before and she's back for a 3rd round.  Do you think she'll amaze us again and win?

Another new challenger for you to meet!

7 down and 5 to go in the introduction to our Round 6 Challengers.  Are you excited?  Our next new challenger will not disappoint!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Another Alumni is back to push her limits and Battle it out for a chance to win

With over 140 Crochet patterns in her Ravelry shop and some Amazing textured designs, you're sure to become a fan of our next challenger if you're not already!

We're going to let the Cat out of the bag to announce our next Round 6 Challenger!

With announcing our 6th challenger for Round 6 of the Battle of the Stitches crochet challenge, we're now 1/2 way through our list.  12 Fantastic designers will compete in this round, and hooks are itch'n to get stitch'n!!!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

What does crochet, The Battle of the Stitches and a Healthy food have in common?

Take in the hint from the title of the post and consider the color of the logo and you may be able to guess who our next challenger is going to be.  She has been suggested as a challenger by several of our Alumni members and we're excited to see her compete!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

She's new to the Battle of the Stitches though you're sure to know who she is!

It's great to see Crochet Designers work well with others and build a positive community!  Our next challenger is a wonderful example of this and someone to follow if you haven't been introduced to her talent yet.  

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Can she pull off a 3rd win in the Battle of the Stitches? Challenger #3 Revealed

If you've been following the Battle of the Stitches, you'll know who's back for another round without any further mention simply by reading the title of the post.  If you're just joining us, we're going to introduce you to our 2x winner...

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Let's Bring In The New! Find out who's joining the Battle for Round 6

There is so much talent out there in the crochet world and it's always great to have the opportunity to get to know someone new.

We have 6 new to the challenge designers gearing up to bring their all!  

Monday, May 25, 2015

Battle of the Stitches Round Six mixing the old and the new

Round 6 of the Battle of the Stitches is already exciting and it hasn't even begun!  We've lined up a fun group of returning challengers and invited a bunch of new talent to join us for some fun.
Are you excited?  We hope so!  Who will be the first to return???

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

It's All About the Bag Crochet Pattern Round Up

Summertime rolls around and bags seem to have so many more uses!  From light and airy market bags to beach bags, project bags to carry your things to sporting events and bags for slumber parties, so many bags with so many options!

Our Battle of the Stitches challengers have some fantastic Crochet Bag Patterns that we're excited to share with you.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Round 5: Who Done It & Who Won It???

Can you believe that Round 5 has come to an end?  We started this round early because we gave our challengers the Moorish Motif to design with (not as simple as a basic stitch pattern).  Motifs can be fun to use and we hope that you enjoy all the crochet patterns that have come from this challenge.  Some of the designs are connected as you work them, others are joined after you make a certain # of motifs and others are used as accents.    What a great variety!  Now,  Are you ready to find out who the designer was behind each project?  I think you'll be surprised on some of them.  Some of the designers went out of their normal color pallet, so it was fun to see all of you guessing who done it!

The Reveals

First up, we have Jennifer Hatch from Hatch-ed With Love 
She designed the beautiful "Garden Of Grace" afghan.  This was done in memory of her grandma and aunts and looks so soft and squishy and cuddly. It will be a great comfort to her with such a wonderful meaning behind it.  This Afghan crochet pattern can be worked to any size.  Perfect for baby shower gifts, wonderful as a throw for any room and would be lovely as a bed covering.  Which ever you prefer, add a fun splash of spring to your home with the Garden of Grace!

Challenger #2 is Donna from Articles of a Domestic Goddess.  Donna is the creative mind behind the "Wings of Spring Toddler Empire Dress"  She did a fantastic job and I know several little girls who would LOVE to wear this dress! Size 2-4T is included in the eBook and she is working on other sizes for her individual release. 
The beauty and style behind the Free Spirit Trio is none other than our Heidi from Snappy Tots! Getting to spend some time with Heidi, this is SO her.  The Vest is something that I could see her wearing and I would absolutely add it to my wardrobe.  It's simply beautiful.  With the option to have a belt alone, the vest and a headband, you're sure to use this design for many family and friends!  The belt is 4" wide and can be worked to your desired length.  Her headband is 2" x 29" without the ties and the amazing vest is sized Teen/Sm Adult. 

How would you like to work up a baby shower gift that would WOW everyone?  Amanda from MNE Crafts came up with this awesome Butterfly Garden Baby Playmat.  I would have loved to have made my own as I had each of my girls.  What's even more fantastic?  She's included a graph to help you make a Bee mat so that you have an option for baby boys too!  Genius. 


Don't you just love the crisp clean look of the "Cute Little Accent Skirt" from Stacey over at Busting Stitches?  It would be so easy to whip up a few of these lovely skirts in different colors.  Add a pretty colored fabric underneath to play it up a little and your set!

Ponchos seem to be a Huge hit right now.  I've seen a lot of new poncho designs in the past month and even my daughter found a poncho that my grandma made me when I was a little girl and she's been wearing it around.  She'd be thrilled if I made her this bright and cheery Marly's Morish Poncho from the lovely Christine of Chris Cross Crafts.  It's a perfect fit for this motif!
Rebecca from Desert Diamond Crochet is the creator of the sweet little On the Wings of Spring Picto-ghan.  I love that you can create your own scene with all the options she's added.  You could make one for several babies and they would/could be all completely different and all amazing.  Can you picture this hung over the rocker in the nursery?  Great job!

Tutu?  Did you see the Whimsical Tutu?  Yep, it's adorable!  Think of all the options for this fun design from Amber of Knotted Notions.  I love the colors she chose giving a calm fairy feel to it.  What if you change the colors?  It would be so cute for little flower girls to wear at weddings.  Maybe some fairy costumes will be made for Halloween this year.  I know my youngest would wear it non-stop if I made her one!  This design is customizable, so have some fun with it. 



The Winning Designs

And now for the Winning Crochet Designs! 
This seriously was a tight race for votes and our challengers were all on the edge of their seats waiting to hear what YOU liked the most.  Thank you all for voting!


Congratulations to Amy from Knit Pick N Crochet for winning the Fan's Choice with her Butterfly In Bloom tank design.  The design itself and the photos are just stunning!  This is a great design for the season and we can't wait to see all the project photos that our fans take when they make one.

Our Judge's choice winner was not an easy task.  Each Judge had to rank each design based on the use of color to show the stitch, the actual use of the stitch, the most creative and the best over-all.  We appreciate each of them for taking the time to vote!  Jennifer from Crochet by Jennifer, Ann from Glamour4You, Lacey Lady from Misty Makes, April from Cuddle Me Beanies and Sonya from Blackstone Designs

Congratulations to Becky from Grammy's Creations for winning the Judge's choice!   The colors that she chose I think threw everyone off!  Not her normal color pallet, but pulled together amazingly.  So fun and So unique.  Great job Becky. 


eBook Release

Isn't that all exciting?  Even more exciting is that you can now grab ALL 10 designs + 4 bonus designs in 1 great place!   We love being able to offer you a fantastic book where you can use the same stitch over and over to create an amazing selection of projects.
Enjoy the Battle of the Stitches Round 5 Moorish Motif/On the Wings of Spring eBook for only $5.95!