Knit & Crochet, Tools & Materials

Best Wool Blends

  Today I'm taking a look at my favorite Wool blends that combine Wool with manmade fibers. Wool 101:  Some people use the word "wool" to describe all yarns, or all animal fibers.  But true wool only comes from sheep!  Wool is sorted into grades, with the highest grade (longest staple) wool being Merino Wool. … Continue reading Best Wool Blends

Knit & Crochet, Tools & Materials

Best Cotton Yarns

Today's post is the first in a series about my favorite yarns.   I'm going through my scrap bin to revisit some of my favorite projects and write (hopefully) helpful reviews about the yarns used!  Come back soon for the rest of the series! When I get a new yarn I love, I fill out a… Continue reading Best Cotton Yarns

My Patterns, Knit & Crochet, Crochet-a-long 2018

2018 CAL Block 3: “Front and Back Stitch”

Here’s the March Block!  An ad-free pdf pattern for Block 3 "Front and Back Stitch" is available on Ravelry. Block 2:  “Here Comes Treble” Difficulty Level:   Easy Finished Block Size: 8″ x 8″ Gauge: 4 stitches x 4 rows = 1″ x 1″ (single crochet, front loop only) Skills:  Chain, Slip Stitch, Single Crochet,  See Basic Crochet Stitches for help. You will… Continue reading 2018 CAL Block 3: “Front and Back Stitch”

My Patterns, Knit & Crochet

Eggscellent Easter Basket

This Eggscellent Easter Basket is perfect for Egg Hunts and Easter Bunny Surprises!  With worsted weight cotton yarn, an easy spiral base like the Rainbow Nesting Baskets, and a fun basket weave stitch for the sides, this Easter Basket is sturdy and beautiful! The pattern for the Eggscellent Easter Basket is available on Ravelry. The… Continue reading Eggscellent Easter Basket

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