Summer Blossom Mandala – Week 3

Hey all! I’m so excited to jump right on in and get stitching this gorgeous mandala! A quick reminder, this is the free version of the pattern and DOES NOT INCLUDE the PDF pattern. You can purchase the PDF pattern HERE or the Yarn Kit from Lion Brand Yarn HERE, both of which include the pdf pattern.

Here’s the YouTube Video!

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Rnd 15: Join Color D with a sl st in any ch-3 sp, ch 3, 2dc in same sp, dc in 3rd loop of next five hdc**, 3dc in next ch-3 sp; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join to beg ch-3 with a sl st. Fasten off. (128 dc)

Rnd 16: Join Color C in center dc of any 3dc group, ch 1, 3sc in same st as join, sc in each of the next 3 dc, fptr around post of fpdc to the right two rows before, fptr around post of fpdc to the left two rnds before, sk the next dc behind the Fptr just worked, sc in each of the next 3 dc**, 3sc in next dc; rep from * around ending last rep at **, join to first sc with a sl st. Fasten off. (144 sc, 32 fptr)

Rnd 17: Join Color A in first sc of any 3sc group, ch 1, *sc in next 3 sc, fpdc around post of next 3 dc two rnds before, fpdc around post of both fptr one rnd before, fpdc around post of next 3 dc two rnds before; rep from * around, join to first sc with a sl st. Fasten off. (112 fpdc, 48 sc)

Rnd 18: Join Color B in same st as join, ch 4 (counts as first tr here), tr in each st around, join to beg ch-4 with a sl st. Fasten off. (160 tr)

Rnd 19: Join Color A in same st as join, ch 1, sc in same st as join, sc in each of the next 5 sc, fptr around post of fpdc two rnds before, sk tr behind fptr just worked, sc in each of the next 9 sc, join to first sc with a sl st. Fasten off. (144 sc, 16 fptr)

Rnd 20: Join Color E with a sc in any Fptr around, (sc, ch 1, 2sc) in same st as join, *sk next four sc, (3dc, ch 2, 3dc) in next sc, sk next four sc**, (2sc, ch 1, 2sc) in next Fptr; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join to first sc with a sl st. Fasten off. (16 small shells, 16 large shells)

Rnd 21: Join Color A with a sl st in any ch-1 sp, *(sc, ch 1, sc) in ch-1 sp, ch 6, (sc, ch 1, sc) in next ch-2 sp, ch 6; rep from * around, join to first sc with a sl st. Fasten off. 

Until next week friends!

Happy Stitching!



Briar Hat – Free Crochet Pattern

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I’m so excited to show you my latest project…Briar!

This project is very beginner friendly with a comfortable and easy fit. Read below about the inspiration and yarn details, or scroll on down for the free pattern.

(C) Britt Spring

Simple. Handsome. Hard Wearing.

When I started designing, back in 2012, I really wanted to focus on hats. There was something about the simplicity of the canvas that really spoke to me. Since then, I’ve designed a lot of hats. A lot. Briar, however, is my most worn make of them all.

(C) Britt Spring

It’s all about the stitch here. A squishy stretchy soft single crochet (say that 10 times fast) is worked throughout with bold stripes to give this project the perfect bit of that special something. Not to mention, it keeps the hat from getting a little too boring. I love simple as much as the next crocheter…but here’s the thing…I’m not going to make a full hat of just single crochet. I’ll get bored. The stripes are the perfect remedy!

Men are picky. Really picky. We know this.

So, with that in mind, I decided to design a simple hat that was generously sized and could be customized with just a switch of color.

Want to match a sports team? Cool! Want a solid color? Cool! Want to make it exactly like I did? Cool!

I went ahead and kept this adult sized, but you can easily make it smaller/larger by changing your hook size and/or yarn. Worsted weight and an I/9 hook would make a perfect little boy hat!

Let’s chat about yarn!

I chose to use Lion Brand Heartland yarn for this hat for a couple of reasons. I need just the right marled color but didn’t want to spend a fortune. It’s a hat. For a man. He’s not hand washing this.

Trust me…if you’re giving this to a man…it’s going to need a wash. Or two. Or three.

Heck, just throw it in with the weekly laundry. Have you ever picked up a sweaty crochet hat? No one needs to live through that horror.

(C) Britt Spring

Heartland features a wide range of colors that are both tweedy and heathered shades inspired by the natural beauty of the American landscape. Bottom line – you’ll find something for someone in this gorgeous range of yarns.


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  • Lion Brand Yarn Heartland (Category 4/worsted; 5oz/251yds; 100% Acrylic) 1 Skein each Red Wood (A) and Katmai (B)
  • US J/10 (6mm) Crochet Hook
  • Tapestry Needle and Scissors for Finishing
  • Measuring Tape


11 sts x 11 rows in single crochet = 4″ using a 6mm crochet hook or size required to obtain correct tension.

Sizes (finished head circumference):

Adult Men’s (20.5″) and will stretch to fit a 23.5in head circumference

Abbreviations (US terms):

Ch – chain

Sc – single crochet

Tblo – through back loop only

St(s) – stitches

Rep – Repeat

Rnd – Round

RS – Right Side

Inc’d – Increased

Skill Level:

Level 2 – Easy

Pattern Notes

  • All rounds are worked with RS facing.
  • All rounds are worked in a spiral, place a marker at the beg of the round and move up each round.
  • All sts are worked through the back loop throughout unless otherwise noted.


With B, Ch 2

Note: Work in back loops throughout.

Rnd 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook; join to first sc with sl st, pm in first st for beg of rnd, move marker up as each rnd is completed.

Rnd 2: Ch 1, 2scblo in each st around. (6sts inc’d – 12 sc)

Rnd 3: (1sctblo, 2sctblo in next st) around. (18 sc)

Change to Yarn A.

Rnd 4: (2scblo, 2scblo in next st) around. (24 sc)

Rnd 5: (3scblo, 2scblo in next st) around. (30 sc)

Rnd 6: (4scblo, 2scblo in next st) around. (36 sc)

Change to Yarn B and continue working stripes alternating 2 rounds of each color.

Rnd 7: (5scblo, 2scblo in next st) around. (42 sc)

Rnd 8: (6scblo, 2scblo in next st) around. (48 sc)

Rnd 9: (7scblo, 2scblo in next st) around. (54 sc)

Rnd 10: (8scblo, 2scblo in next st) around. (60 sc)

Work even in stripe sequence until 22 rows are complete.


Row 1: With Yarn B, scblo in each st around.

Rows 2 and 3: Sc (through both loops) around.

Fasten off yarn.


Weave in ends and block to shape.

Crochet Woodburn Tee

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Summer is here and I’m all about it. I get it from my Mama (who just might be my beautiful model here!!) who loves the sun just as much as I do. Summer in the south is exciting and perfect and just MADE for crochet! The Tunisian Woodburn Tee is perfect lightweight crochet project that works up in a day or two.

I knew as soon as I saw this yarn floating around Instagram, I just had to have it. Wool and The Gang XL Cotton is, by far, my fav super bulky cotton yarn I’ve seen! It’s soft, lightweight, hardwearing, and comes in a range of soft colors that are right on trend.

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I wanted to design a fun summer garment for you all that showcased this yarn and featured my favorite crochet technique, Tunisian Crochet. It’s an easy tee, worked side to side, that’s as easy to wear as it is to make! You just need to know how to work the Tunisian simple, knit, and purl stitches! Not sure how to work those? Check out some of my FAV youtube tutorials from Kim Guzman below!

Tunisian Honeycomb Stitch

Tunisian Purl Stitch

Tunisian Knit Stitch

Tunisian Simple Stitch

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You know that I LOVE Tunisian crochet and simple summer garments. I hope you’ll love working up this top as much as I did. Before we get started, just a quick note, while the bust of this top is easy to adjust once you get going, the length should be adjusted before beginning. This is a pretty standard tee length, but if you’d like a longer top, try going up a size (this won’t affect the bust just the length).

Let’s chat about yarn for a minute, shall we? I love super bulky yarn – how can you not? This top can be made in ANY super bulky yarn you have on hand. You could even hold a few strands of worsted weight together if you want.

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Let’s get started, shall we?

To make this garment, you’ll need:

1. Wool and the Gange XL Cotton (Weight: 6/Super Bulky – 100g/82yds)

  • Color A: Light Blue Jeans 2 (2, 2, 3, 3, 4, 4) Balls
  • Color B: Oh My Blush 3 (3, 3, 4, 4, 5, 5) Balls

2. Size M/N-13 (9mm) Hook (see below)

  • This is a larger hook size and I’m sure you’re wondering what the heck those letters mean, so here’s the thing. The M/N is because hook makers can’t make up their mind and change hook letters and sizes like crazy. It’s silly. So, this size has TWO letters. The number ’13’ is because it’s corresponding to a number size when the letters got all confusing. My advice is to shop based on the Millimeter size, in this case, 9mm. A quick Amazon search will yield tons of results.

3. Tapestry Needle 

4. Measuring tape and/or ruler



Finished Bust Size: 32 (36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56) inches.
To Fit: 30 (34, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54)

Finished Length: 22 (22.5, 23, 23.5, 24, 24)” Length

  • Choose a size that is about 2″ smaller than your actual bust measurement. The best way to find out what size you’ll like it so measure your favorite shirt or sweater. Just keep in mind that crochet doesn’t stretch a whole lot, so if you are bustier you might want to choose a size or two larger. 

Gauge: 6.25 Stitches and 10 rows = 4inches in Tunisian Knit Stitches

Abbreviations (US Terms):

Ch – chain

Tss – Tunisian Simple Stitch

Tks – Tunisian Knit Stitch

Tps – Tunisian Purl Stitch

Sl St – Slip Stitch

St(s) – Stitch(es)

Skill Level

Level 3 – Advanced Beginner


  1. This top fits true to size. The model shown is 5’4″ tall with a 38″ bust and wearing the size medium.
  2. The pattern is written for size small with other sizes shown within the parenthesis. To make the pattern a bit more easy to follow, simply print it out, highlight your size, and work through the pattern.
  3. Read the pattern from beginning to end first.
  4. Each row of the written pattern accounts for the fwp and retp of that stitch whereas “Tss each stitch across” = work tts forward pass and return pass before moving on to Row 2.
  5. This top is worked in 2 pieces. 1 each identical front and back panels.
  6. All sizing is fitted and based on the CYC sizing regulations. Use this guide or the measurements above to determine what size range you fall into. Always choose one size up in tunisian crochet. 

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Front and Back

With A, Ch 50 (56, 62, 68, 74, 80, 86)

*If a longer tee is desired, choose one size up.

Foundation Row: Draw up lp in 2nd ch and in each ch across. Rtn: Yo, draw through 1 lp, *yo, draw through 2 lps; rep from * across. 

Return pass (RetP): Yarn over and draw through the first loop on hook, *yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook; repeat from * to end, ending with 1 loop on hook.

Return Pass is same throughout.

Row 1: Tps, *Tss, Tps; rep from * across to last st, Tss in last st.

Row 2: *Tss, Tps; rep from * across to last st, Tss in last st.

Rep these two rows once more. 

Next Row: Tks in each st across.

Change to Color B, if desired. 

Continue in Tks for a further 44 (45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50) rows. If a wider top is desired, simply add more rows until it is your desired width.

Change to Color A.

Next Row: Tks in each st across.

Next Row: *Tss, Tps; rep from * across to last st, Tss in last st.

Next Row: Tps, *Tss, Tps; rep from * across to last st, Tss in last st.

Rep these last two rows once more. 

Next Row: Sl st in each st across.

Finish off yarn, weave in all ends.


Shouler Seams

Once finished, you’ll want to turn the work 90 degrees so that Color A will be on the sides of the garment, and the stitches are running horizontally instead of vertically. Beginning at the outside and working your way in, seam the shoulders using a mattress stitch. You’ll need to leave a large enough opening for your head to fit through. This can vary, so try it on and see if you like the way it looks at this point.

Also, as you’ve noticed, the tunisian knit stitch has a tendency to have a nice edge of stitches and a wonky edge. The wonky edge is often on the right side of the work. Try hiding this near the waistline.

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Side Seams

With a spare piece of yarn (about 24-36 inches long), use a mattress stitch to seam up the sides of your cardigan. The ends with Color A will be on the sides of your cardigan.

Leave armholes that measure approximately 7.5 (7.5, 8, 8, 9, 9)”

With Crochet Hook about 2 sizes smaller than that you used in the garment (that would be a K/6.5mm for me) and Color B, single crochet in each stitch around the neckline. Using the same hook and Color A, work 2-3 rounds of single crochet at the hem to finish off the tee and give it a more polished look. This is totally optional but I do love how it looks.

Finish off and weave in the remaining ends.

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Chic and Strong Crescent Shawl Crochet Pattern – The Marly Bird One


Chic and Strong Crescent Shawl

I’m excited to share this brand new crochet shawl today! The Chic and Strong Crescent Shawl has been off my hook for quite awhile now and is a FREE pattern from Red Heart Yarns!


Last year right around the time my book, Step Into Crochet, came out, I was The Yarn Thing Podcast with Marly Bird! It was one hell of a good time, as it always is with Marly, and afterward, I got an email from her asking me to design something and she told me she loved my shawls. I love my shawls too…hell I even wrote a book about them. I agreed and we were off to the races.

Marly’s new yarn line, Chic Sheep, was used for the sample and lemme tell you…this stuff is like buttah. Soft as all get out and stitch definition that’ll make you want to crochet with it again and again! The yarn lent itself to the pattern so well, and honestly, it was fun choosing colors and seeing them work so well together. Marly and her team really did a great job creating a line of coordinating solids that will work for most projects you have! It’s a solid, plump, worsted weight yarn and blocks beautifully.



Chic and Strong Crescent Shawl is a simple crescent shaped shawl that uses worsted weight yarn. This shawl pattern comes in one size.

Use your favorite worsted weight yarn for this one or dig through the scrap stash and choose a couple of your old stand by’s. Choose a cool main color to really show off your stitch definition and skills!

This shawl does require a bit of blocking. This is needed for the crescent shape. So, brush up on those blocking skills y’all!

Oh…and before you think the edging is a little too daunting? The pattern includes full charts, so we’ve got you covered!


Get the pattern here for Free from Red Heart Yarns! Stock up on some Chic Sheep once you’re there too. You can’t find it in stores!

I’ll be hosting a FREE CAL (crochet along) in my Facebook Group Here, so make sure to join and we’ll get started on Monday, March 12th!

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Free Crochet Pattern – Sunday Stole


Growing up Sunday was the day all the women of my church would dress up. From shawls to hats to dresses, it was a concert of modesty. This shawl is an ode to those women, each of them unique in their own way, each holding a place in my heart.

Sunday’s were also about my Nana and I. The love and kindness she put in my heart is still there. And while I was making this shawl I couldn’t help but think of her. That’s why when I finished it…I gave it right to her.

So, I’m giving it to you all as well. The Sunday Stole is my gift to y’all for being just about as special to me as anyone can be.


You can download the Sunday Stole Pattern, or get it from Ravelry Here.

As for the shawl…here’s a bit of info:

Starting at one end a large number of stitches are cast on and worked up to create the base of the stole. The edging is picked up and worked in a join as you go fashion, anchoring the scarf with a fun pop of lace.

Get creative – this is YOUR shawl! Use 1 color, or 2, or as many as you want. Make it with bright colors, or more relaxed. This is the perfect opportunity to play!

Yarn: Dk/Sport Weight Yarn – Approximately 1100yds/300g in multiple colors

Suggested yarn: Malabrigo Arroyo

Hook: 5mm

Notions: Tapestry Needle

Gauge: 4.5 sts in pattern stitch equals 4”

Finished Measurements: Wingspan – 65.5in

Techniques to Indulge In: Chain, Double Crochet, Chain, Clusters, Decreases…you know…FUN!