How-Tos, Knit & Crochet

How to get FREE luxury yarn!

Good Morning, Designers!  Today, I'm going to share with you my favorite little secret about designing:  how to get FREE LUXURY YARN! Most yarn manufacturers have Yarn Support available for designers.  There are a few hoops to jump through, and you have to be good, but if you make the grade and do the legwork,… Continue reading How to get FREE luxury yarn!

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Knit & Crochet

Technical Editing

Good morning, Crocheters! My name is Madeline Revier and I am the designer behind Vintage Vixen and the blogger at Vintage Vixen Press. I am an avid crocheter and quilter, a freshly minted designer, and crochet instructor at my LYS. This is my call to other serious crochet designers, offering to share my expertise and attention to detail to make… Continue reading Technical Editing

How-Tos, Knit & Crochet, Wearables

How to Size Handmade Clothes

One of my greatest pet peeves as a crocheter are "one size fits most" patterns and patterns customized for the designer's own body.  I prefer patterns that everyone can wear no matter what their size, shape, age, or gender.  It isn't always practical to create a pattern that fits men, women, and children, but the… Continue reading How to Size Handmade Clothes

Amigurumi, Madeline's Menagerie

Life on the Farm – Part 2

Exciting news!  Cascade approved my request for yarn support for the "Life on the Farm" project!  They will be shipping me 15 skeins of the super-soft Cascade 220 Superwash in fourteen awesome colorways! Jet (1913), Charcoal (900), Silver Grey (1946), White (871),  Camel (1961), Dark Ginger (858), Butterscotch (853), Sandalwood (876), Pink Ice (836), Burnt Orange (823), Pumpkin (822), Gold Fusion (263), Frosted Almond (228), Smoke Blue… Continue reading Life on the Farm – Part 2

My Patterns, Madeline's Menagerie, Amigurumi

Life on the Farm

Between Homemade Christmas and the Crochet-a-long, I set this project last fall.  But now I'm ready to get back into designing the "Life on the Farm" Collection for Madeline's Menagerie!  Many of you will have already seen Penelope Pig, Beatrix Bunny, and Tammy Junior.  (Felix the Cat is on his way!) I'm looking for input on what kinds… Continue reading Life on the Farm

My Patterns, Knit & Crochet, Wearables

Striped Stocking Cap

On the theme of "Homemade Christmas", I designed this hilarious (and surprisingly functional) Striped Stocking Cap.  I made the sample in dark red and gold, my nephew's school colors.  If they happen to also be Gryffindor colors, so much the better! Available Sizes: (Right now, this pattern is only available in Adult Sizes.) Small: 21” circumference… Continue reading Striped Stocking Cap

My Patterns, Wearables

FREE PATTERN: V Stitch Lace Scarf

Good Morning!  I'm making this scarf as a gift for my sister-in-law who lives in Tennesse.  It gets cold down there, but not too cold, so I wanted to design a lightweight scarf she could wear as a pretty accessorty or double up for the cold! (A more detailed, ad-free version of this pattern is… Continue reading FREE PATTERN: V Stitch Lace Scarf