How To Read A Crochet Pattern Pt 4, Watch Your Weight! Yarn Weights Explained For The New Crocheter

Hi everyone!

Welcome to our 4th installment of How To Read A Crochet Pattern, I am pleased to introduce to you Kirsten Holloway of Kirsten Holloway Designs, she is our guest contributor today.  Kirsten will give us an explanation of yarn weights and how they are used in patterns.  She will also touch a on, how to read the yarn label to get the information you need, to work with that particular yarn.


Watch Your Weight! Yarn Weights Explained for the New Crocheter
If you’re anything like me, one of your favorite places to spend time (besides sitting on my couch surrounded by piles of cozy yarn goodness) is in the yarn aisle of local craft stores or yarn shops. The different colors and textures are able to provide so much inspiration, but if you don’t know what you’re looking at, or for, it can also be overwhelming. The intent of this article is to introduce you to the common yarn weights that you’ll come across whether shopping at your local craft store, or online, and list a few things that each weight is often used for. These weights of yarn commonly include fiber made from various wools, acrylic, cotton, bamboo or silk. Please note: The garment suggestions are not hard and fast rules though, so if you want to make socks out of worsted weight yarn instead of super fine weight, there’s nothing to say you can’t.

Most yarn from craft stores comes in skeins, but it can also come in cakes, and hanks depending on the brand. You may find certain yarn from your LYS (local yarn store) doesn’t have as much in the way of weight information as yarn from “Big Box” stores like JoAnn’s, Michael’s or Hobby Lobby, but don’t let that deter you! The clerk can be very helpful in answering any questions you have before you purchase. Some shops will even wind the hanks into cakes before you leave so they are easier to work with.


The picture above is an example of a hank of yarn I picked up a couple of years ago. It has gauging information which should help me figure out what weight it is, but no number. I’d put it around a thicker #4 worsted if I had to eyeball it.

To begin, yarn is broken down into 7 categories, each with its own number. You can locate this number on the back of most labels, written on a small picture of a skein of yarn, right next to recommended hook/needle size or care instructions.

Here is an example:



#1 = Super Fine:
Super fine yarn is also known as fingering weight. It’s typically used for socks, baby garments, or other projects where the fabric created needs to be thin and flexible.


#2 = Fine:
Fine yarn is also called “Sport weight”.  It is less common in the US, but can still be found online on websites like KnitPicks. Use this yarn for light weight hats, baby items, shawls or other garments and accessories.


#3 = Light:
Light yarn can also be referred to as “DK weight”. The initials “DK” stand for “double knitting”, but you don’t have to stick to creating double-sided/reversible fabric with it! Light yarn can be good for an assortment of baby items including garments, and blankets, as well as hats, shawls, and sweaters for all ages.


#4 = Worsted:
This medium weight yarn is the most common type of yarn that you’ll see many US-based designers use in their patterns. It’s readily available from most local craft stores, and is good for a wide variety of projects from hats, scarves, and mittens to afghans, ponchos, and amigurimi (stuffed toys). Worsted yarn is very close in size to “aran weight” which is widely available over in Europe.


#5 = Bulky:
Bulky yarn is also often referred to as “chunky” yarn. Many designers use this for winter hats, cowls and ponchos because of how warm items made with this yarn tend to be.


#6 = Super Bulky:
Super bulky yarn is very thick, but also includes some novelty yarns like Red Heart Boutique “Sashay” , or Red Heart Boutique “Sassy Fabric”. Projects made with this yarn work up quickly and usually require at least a 9 or 10 mm hook.


#7 = Jumbo:
Jumbo yarn includes some of the biggest, thickest, and most luxurious yarn out there. If you love arm-knitting, or enormously thick blankets (and have the enormously large budget to match), this is the weight for you. Home décor and accessories using this yarn can often be made in under an hour.  It can also include novelty fur or pom-pom yarns.

A note on crochet thread
Crochet thread is in its own category, and not covered in-depth in this article. Thread is most commonly used in doilies, table cloths, edgings, and for making fine lace wedding accessories. The most common size is #10, but #20 and #30 are still available in some craft stores. The larger the number, the smaller the thread.

Yarn weights and gauge
Most yarns have a recommended hook size on the label, right next to the weight symbol. You do not need to stick to this recommendation. Instead, if a designer calls for a 6.5mm hook on a #4 worsted weight yarn whose label recommends using a 5.5mm, stick with the designers requirements and follow their gauge instructions, otherwise your garment may not fit correctly. When in doubt always go with the designers gauging information (This and the yarn weight should be included at the beginning of a pattern). You may have to adjust your hook size up or down to match this, but believe me when I say you will save so much time if you take a few minutes to do this step before beginning a project.

Tools to help you figure out yarn weights
Sometimes the label will come off of an old skein of yarn, or you’ll find some beautiful “mystery yarn” at the thrift store, and you won’t know what weight it is. This can be problematic if, for instance, you start making a hat with an unidentified #3 and the pattern calls for a #4. To avoid ending up with a garment that is too small, and having to frog* the whole thing, these links will show you how to determine yarn weights through a process called “wraps per inch” or “WPI”, and provide some additional ways of figuring out the yarn weight if you don’t have a chart or WPI tool handy.

I hope this helps you out, and makes your next trip to the yarn shop a more enjoyable experience! For more fun patterns, and crochet business advice, you can visit me at my site, Kirsten Holloway Designs or on
Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Ravelry.

*The reason why ripping out a project is called “frogging” is because the term “rip it” sounds like “ribbit” which is what a frog says (unless, of course, your frogs take after Michigan J. Frog, then they sing “Hello! Ma Baby…”, but I digress).


Lol, thank you very much Kirsten for this information, it is very informative and interesting!  Next week we will learn about Yarn Substitutions from Josephine Kush of  I look forward to seeing you then.                                                                                                           ❤ Novella <><


How To Read A Crochet Pattern Pt 3, Pattern Titles & Style.

Good morning all,

I hope your having a great day!  As promised here is Part 3 of How To Read A Crochet Pattern, Pattern Titles.  Today we will hear from Courtney Whitehead of Creations by Courtney.  Welcome!


Happy National Crochet Pattern Titles


Hi All! I’m Courtney of Creations By Courtney. I am excited to participate in the MadeByNovella National Crochet Month, How to Read a Crochet Pattern series. I’m thankful for the opportunity to be here with you all.


I have the pleasure of sharing ideas with you about Pattern Titles.


This is a topic that many designers cringe at because it can be more difficult than coming up with the idea, creating an item, writing the pattern and getting it tested!


Sometimes you come across a beautiful crochet design, but have no idea how to pronounce the title, or you can’t remember the specific title in order to search for it in Ravelry.


There are many different ways a crochet designer comes to decide on a pattern title. The easiest plan of action is to name the pattern after the stitches used, such as I did with the Lemon Peel Fingerless Gloves, or use the yarn name, such as Heartland Yarn’s Kings Canyon (a lovely marbled hunter green by Lion Brand Yarns). In having used this particular stitch pattern for the third time, I decided to call it by one of its many names rather than Charcoal Fingerless Gloves. Which title do you prefer? I hope you said Lemon Peel Fingerless Gloves. 🙂


Some designers find inspiration in nature, such as trees, flowers, or destinations.  Isn’t nature an amazing source of beauty?  You may discover a series of designs or even an eBook of accessories named after your favorite landscape features or locals to visit for vacation.

Nature Inspiration (1)

How about naming a pattern after a person, place or thing?  I’ve created several designs using a noun, so to speak, such as the Terry Ann Hat, Las Olas Hat and the Rainy Day Hat. The Las Olas Hat was inspired by a sunset while riding along Las Olas Avenue in south Miami, and the Rainy Day Hat was a way of coping with the howling hurricane blowing over our house.*No, I didn’t take the picture outside in the howling wind and rain. I did not have any desire to feel like Dorothy in Wizard of Oz. 🙂

 CBC Hat Collage-2

Do you have a favorite designer that you recognize almost instantly when you see a product picture?  You likely have at least one that you know as well as a friend when a new design pops up in your social media feed. You readily recognize their designs because of brand consistency. Some designers are known for a feminine look, so their titles use feminine terms, such as lacy gauntlets rather than lacy gloves. Others may have an edgier style and use creative terms that are consistent with their brand.


Romantic Inspiration (1)

No matter what the title of a crochet pattern, know that the designer likely put a lot of thought and intention into the name, and they hope you love creating an item from their pattern.  If it is a pattern title that you can’t pronounce, be sure to add it to your Ravelry queue or save it to Pinterest so you can find it once you finish the other 139 works in progress 😉


As a relatively new designer myself, I’ve been crocheting for the past 16 years consistently.  My mother taught me to knit and crochet as a young child, but I never finished that first “blanket.”  My second project was a lop-sided rectangle turned cross-body bag made from Homespun.


During college, I decided to give crochet a serious go, and made a hat and scarf set for myself, and eventually made hats for other students.  I made many projects while in graduate school in Chicago for relaxation and necessity to not freeze during blustery winters.


Now I am a wife, mom of three young kids, and a licensed psychologist.  I live in the southeastern United States, but spent several years in the Midwest.  Now that I’m back to my home state, I get to spend time with my parents, siblings, and nephews.  When I can find some free time, I’ll try different fitness classes with friends.


In April 2011, I decided to turn my occasional crochet orders for friends and family into a business with a website.  I began Creations By Courtney with the idea of making finished items to sell.  Like many hand makers, it becomes hard to make the same item for the hundredth time so I began creating simple designs. In 2016, I started CBC Designs to share my crochet designs and published my first pattern, the X Bangle.


As a designer, my vision is to create unique items with a fashionable flair that compliments everybody, whether it’s an accessory or a wearable item that can be worn to the office or an evening out on the town. If you would like to connect with me, use any or all of the links below. I look forward to meeting more yarn loving friends.


Thank you so much Courtney for your insights, this was a fun and interesting read!  Next week’s guest post will be “Watch Your Weight! Yarn Weights Explained for the New Crocheter”, given to us by Kirsten Holloway of Kirsten Holloway Designs.  I am looking forward to seeing you then & thank you very much for visiting MadeByNovella Crochet.                                                                             ❤ Novella <><



How To Read A Crochet Pattern Pt 2, What’s In A Skill Level?

Happy Friday,

Welcome, to Part 2 of How To Read A Crochet Pattern.  In this post Emily Reiter of Fiat Fiber Arts will enlighten us about What’s In A Skill Level!  You see Skill Level on crochet patterns but how do you assess to see if you are qualified to work this pattern?  Will you be able to do it?  Well, Emily is here to clarify this mystery.  Thank you Emily for coming and sharing this post with us.

What’s in a skill?

Guest post by Emily of Fiat Fiber Arts



You’ve seen a beautiful picture of a crocheted item, you tracked down the pattern, only to see near the top the suspicious “skill level” or “difficulty” designated as…(dunt dunt duuhhh dramatic music) Experienced.  Do you delete the pattern right away?  Do you completely dismiss the possibility that you will be able to read and stitch the item?  Do you save it in the “maybe one day” section of your ravelry library?  Or do you say, “Yes! Finally!  A challenge worthy of my superior skills?”  If you consider yourself new to the craft of crochet, I’m guessing your answer is not the latter.  If it is, then more power to you, oh wise one, stitch on!

For the rest of us, we can all remember the day we saw “experienced” or maybe even “intermediate” in the skill level category and really thought to ourselves, “Is that me?  Can I do it?”

Let’s take a minute to discuss skill level and why it’s a part of crochet and knitting patterns.  I heard on a Marly Bird podcast that skill level is really just indicating how much attention you will need to pay to the pattern.  I loved that!  It’s true, too.  Could a beginner accomplish a pattern marked as experienced?  Yes.  But the stitcher at the beginner level will have to concentrate on every aspect of the pattern in order to do it well.  Whereas a more experienced stitcher will read the pattern and be able to stitch without as much concentration to many of the details.


I once took out some yarn and a hook at the park while my kids were playing.  Another mother said, “I don’t know how you do that, I have to have a pattern to do anything.”  All I was making was possibly a headband.  It didn’t really matter because the REAL reason I had it out was to occupy my hands and capture my anxiety.  I wasn’t creating a lace doily or a mandala freehand.  It was just a chain and basic stitches.  But it looked impressive to this other mom.  I couldn’t answer her while she was there, but at home I realized our skill is no different from anything else that you learn.  Do you have to read the instructions on your tube of toothpaste every morning and night?  Do you have to read a recipe each time you scramble eggs (if you’re a regular scrambled eggs eater)?  Probably not after the 10th or 100th time you’ve done it, right?  It’s the same with crochet.

When you have done the stitches so many times that you don’t have to look at your hands, your yarn is flowing without tension issues, and you no longer need to check how many YO’s go with a treble stitch, I would say that’s an experienced level for the stitches you know.  But we never stop learning and improving.  I can make scrambled eggs that satisfy my family.  I can also learn from Julia Child or America’s test kitchen how to make BETTER scrambled eggs.  Or, I can choose to take some time to chop up and add some more ingredients (special stitches) to enhance the eggs I usually make.  Or, as pictured here (in pictures I totally just got from the bing search in word, I make no claim to these images) you can make a simple fried egg or, have a fried egg on toast with thyme.

crochet egg from bing


eggs from bing


If you have to reread each line of the pattern 10 times, count and recount your row after every few stitches, look up how to do several types of stitches, but you don’t mind doing it, then great!!!  Keep going!  If you just want to make a scarf and don’t want to spend time learning 5 new stitches and counting to 374, then maybe this pattern needs to take a break while you find a different one.

How do you assess your skill level?  That’ll be different for everyone.  I’d say start with reading the pattern.  Don’t stop at the skill level.  Do you understand it?  Have you used the stitches in the pattern?  Are you going to have to research any of the stitches before starting the pattern?  If your answers are “Yes, Yes, & No” then I’d say you’re fully qualified to start that pattern.

Your skill level will be different for different forms and techniques of crochet.  I would say I’m an expert on standard crochet.  Sc, hdc, dc, tr, fpdc, bpdc, fptrtrx.  Ok, I looked up that last one.  I’m probably intermediate at Tunisian crochet.  I can do basic, I can YO and drop stitches, I’ve done short rows, but I haven’t made cables with Tunisian crochet.  Then there’s the big wide world of broomstick and hairpin crochet.  I have not been brave enough to venture into this realm of the crochet world, but I have seen a few videos and, from what I have seen, it really isn’t that much different from what we’ve already been doing.  It’s just using another device.

We all learn at different rates and in different ways, so I would never say that if you just started crocheting last week/month/year that you’re still a beginner.  Nonsense.  It’s about what you can do, not how long you’ve been doing it.  If you learned 53 years ago but have only ever done single crochet, does that mean you’re more experienced than the person who learned last year but has mastered all standard stitches, cables, Tunisian, broomstick and hairpin lace?  Likewise, the listed skill level on the pattern should NOT be our only measure to determining if we want to stitch it.  I don’t consider myself a beginner, but does that mean I dismiss beginner patterns?  Of course not.  Sometimes we just want to make a pretty thing and let someone else figure out the numbers for us.  That’s why I would jump at a beginner pattern if I wanted to make the item.

How can you improve your skill?  Do it.  Crochet, stitch, challenge yourself.  Which stitch do you want to learn?  Do you have a book with good pictures?  Do you know about this fascinating thing called YouTube?  Do you have a friend, relative, neighbor, crochet club, yarn store attendee that can show you in person how to do the stitches?  You have the ability to find the method of learning that suits you.  I’m willing to bet it’ll be a combination of book/web/in person interactions that truly help you improve.  But the main thing is you need to WANT to improve.  Everyone can learn, if you want to learn.  A fabulous way to learn new stitches is dishcloths.  Pick a stitch to practice, chain a width that’ll work (30-40), go back and forth.  Make it a short commitment, but long enough to feel comfortable with the stitch.

So the next time you’re reading a pattern and it looks too difficult for you, think to yourself, “am I willing to put in the extra time on this one to learn?”  I don’t want to hear, “I can’t do this.”  If you can move the yarn over the hook and pull it through a loop, you can do anything.  It’s all a variation on the same basic movement.  The only thing holding us back from being experts is the time we are willing or able to put into our craft.  Happy Stitching!



Emily’s Bio:
Emily is a Native and lifelong Texan.  She is married to Tony (10 years this April) and has 5 amazing, little, and loud children who play a large part in her creative business.  As a Catholic, Emily wanted to use her craftiness as a gift from God to bring beauty to the world instead of viewing it as ‘just a hobby.’  As such, and following Mary as a role model, she named her business Fiat Fiber Arts.  Mary’s fiat was when she said “yes” to God’s will in her life.  Emily has seen God’s hand in her life and strives to follow his will each day.  She has been an avid cross-stitcher since youth.  Knitting and crochet were learned at a young age but not expanded upon until high school.  It wasn’t until after the first 3 children were born in less than 3 years and Emily suffered massive post partum anxiety that she discovered the local Embroidery Guild of America during her recovery.  Embroidery returned to her hands and happiness and contentment with it!  Soon after, the crochet hook started moving again and toys, hats, and blankets started churning out for the kids.  It hasn’t stopped since then.  In the last few years, Emily became a tester for Lorene Eppolite of Cre8tion Crochet.  After assisting Lorene, and other designers, in a tester capacity, Lorene encouraged Emily to “go pro” and pursue the field of technical editing, professionally.  Technical editing is the perfect combination of Emily’s passion for the craft plus her educational and professional experience in biological sciences and data analysis.
Business info:

Emily runs Fiat Fiber Arts which is where she provides services for designers, stitchers and consumers.  For crochet designers, she can provide support as a technical editor, or contract crocheter.  For stitchers or those who want to stitch, Emily can teach lessons both in private and to groups.  She also provides patterns both for free on the blog and for purchase on Etsy and Ravelry (EmilyReiter).  For those who want to purchase beautifully stitched pieces, Emily has her Etsy shop of finished items and is available for custom ordered pieces.  Emily has a presence on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram & Etsy @FiatFiberArts, but you can start with her blog to learn more.

Thank you very much Emily for coming onto MadeByNovella and sharing your thoughts on this topic!  Next week we will have Courtney Whitehead of CreationsByCourtney, speaking to us on the topic of Pattern Titles.  See you then, ❤ Novella <><



How To Read A Crochet Pattern Pt 1, The Confusion Between US and UK Crochet Terminology .

Good morning,

I would like to start by welcoming you to Part one of our How To Read A Crochet Pattern series.  In part 1, we have a guest post by Bab’s Rudlin from The Yarn Academy, she will be explaining the differences between U.S. terminology and U.K. terminology in crochet patterns. We should know this before we start reading patterns because some designers do not mention which set of terms they are using on their patterns.   In this article you will learn how to spot some of the differences that will help you to know which terms are being used in a pattern, if it’s not specified.  So, without further ado here is our guest Bab’s Rudlin.



The Confusion Between US and UK Crochet Terminology


Once Upon a Time… you learned your craft from local patterns, your granny or a local tutor.  This was traditionally how folk were taught to crochet.  There was a convenient supply of family patterns or you’d nip down to your local yarn store for a new pattern.


Back then a hooker wouldn’t have even known that alternate terms were used on the other half of the planet.


Fast forward to the 21st century, we have amazing access to designers and influences from around the globe.  We can use yarn from Australia, patterns from Europe and hooks from the US.


Now there is a new potential issue, which can catch any of us out the first time we encounter it.  The terms used for a crochet pattern are very similar between the US and the UK.


So similar that you may not even realise they refer to different stitches!


In the US terminology the naming appears to reference the number of pull through’s a stitch requires.  In the UK it refers to the number of loops over the hook before the first pull through of the stitch completion.


So How Does This Work for Nameing Stitches?


A double crochet stitch in an American pattern is the same as a treble crochet stitch in a UK pattern.


The stitch construction is yarn over, pull through a loop, yarn over (three loops on the hook), pull through the first two loops, yarn over, pull through the last two loops (a second time) to complete the stitch.

Bab's guest post pic 1



A single crochet in US terms is also a double crochet in UK terms.  Lets look at the construction again.


Pull through a loop (giving two loops on the hook), yarn over, pull through both loops (a single time) to complete the stitch.

                                                          Bab's guest post pic 2


You can imagine the difficulties this may cause, all sizing and shaping will be out, not to mention the amount of yarn required for a pattern would be completely wrong.


Many designers do not clearly state which terms are used in their patterns, although this situation is now improving with the growth of international retailers like Ravelry.


I always create a UK and a US Term version for every crochet pattern I offer for sale, including my CALs.  If your newest pattern doesn’t clearly state which set of terms it uses you can try these two methods to spot which is used.


1)   Look for the use of a sc (single crochet) and a hdc (half double crochet) these stitches are exclusively used in US terms and will never appear in a UK terminology pattern.


If there is no sc or hdc stitch your can always move to method number 2


2)  Check where the designer is based – in the US or Europe (this is not 100% reliable but is a good indicator for the terms used)



You now know the terminology used in your pattern… how do you translate it to the terms you are most comfortable using?  Here’s a handy picture to show the differences.


Bab's guest post pic 3


Which terms are you most comfortable using, are they your local terms or did you learn from patterns designed on the other side of the planet?


Once you know which style of terminology you are more comfortable using you can now seek out patterns which use this terminology to avoid any confusion for your future projects.


Thank you very much Bab’s, this really clears it up!


Bab’s Story

Bab’s founded Yarn Academy late in 2017, a creative community for yarn lovers looking to connect, organise and generate cash.

Babs has had a convoluted path to this point in her career.  Starting out in a help desk on an oil refinery, working through every job in IT from Systems Analyst, Programmer to IT Consultant.  Before leaving the corporate world to have children Bab’s was working as a business Development Manager, reviewing and improving the processes throughout a multinational company, both saving and making millions each month.

Having been playing with yarn for almost her entire life Babs began formally designing for knitting and crochet two years ago, thanks to the Initiate Knit Design course run by the amazing Frenchie Danoy.

Babs has had her designs featured in multiple publications both in the UK and the US.

Yarn Academy has been created out of the powerful combination of Babs’ business skills and her love for yarn, helping others to find their own way through the sometimes confusing world of fiber arts.

Babs will show you how simple it is to get to your own “I Did This!” moment for your business.

You can find Babs at her main site at & her Instagram at



Thank you for coming and reading up on the first installment of How To Read A Crochet Pattern, I hope you enjoyed it!  Next week we will have Emily of Fiat Fiber Arts, speaking to us about What’s In A Skill Level.  See you back here next week.        ❤ Novella <><


National Crochet Month


In honor of National Crochet Month in March, I will have posts from some of my crochet colleagues & myself, discussing different aspects of how to read a crochet pattern. I will be adding these posts every week starting on the 1st. The first guest post will be from Babs Rudlin on the topic of U.S. Terms vs. UK Terms for crochet patterns. This is a very interesting topic as we get a lot of our patterns online these days and we have common access to these patterns from all over the world. I am looking forward to bringing this series to you as I hope you are looking forward to reading all about it! Since there are more topics within the subject of reading a crochet pattern than there are weeks in a month, this series will continue on each week beyond March. I have added an email form at the bottom of this post for any questions you may have after each topic has been posted, just in case you would like more info.

If you have been reading patterns for some time now or you are just starting out, you will find that the format of the pattern can differ depending on the pattern writing style of the designer. But if you have the basic understanding of how to decode the sections of the pattern and the abbreviations, you will be able to read any designer’s interpretation. I also recommend the CYC (Craft and Yarn Counsel) for their abbreviation key list, this list has the basic stitches for you and it helps you to learn which abbreviation goes to which stitch. As time goes on you will learn new stitches with their corresponding abbreviations. Here is their link:


Here is more of what we will touch on in the series posts…

  1. U.S. Terms vs. UK Terms.
  2. Skill level.
  3. Pattern titles & style.
  4. Watch Your Weight.
  5. Yarn substitutions.
  6. Materials, Tools or Notions.
  7. Yarn information or section.
  8. Abbreviations.
  9. Sizes.
  10. Gauge.
  11. Finished measurements.
  12. Special instructions.
  13. Notes.
  14. Pattern instructions.
  15. Schematics.
  16. Symbol Charts.
  17. Blocking.
  18. Finishing instructions & assembly.
  19. Permission to use & copyright.
  20. Message From A Crochet Tech Editor.

I am looking forward to seeing you again next week & remember you can always get in touch with me in the e-mail form below. ❤ Novella <><

How I Learned To Crochet

When I was 13 years old my grandmother gave my mother a large trash bag full of old yarn, 60’s crochet pattern books & notions, mind you now; this took place in 1983.  I was excited to see what was in the bag!  I needed a hobby and I was bored with my evenings, since I was an only child and a latch key kid.  I opened the bag and thought what am I going to do with all of this?  Well, I went through everything and looked at the pictures in the little booklets.  Then I saw some diagrams of how to make a slip knot and some basic stitches.  I practiced doing what the pictures showed me and hey it worked, I was doing it!   After my new found confidence, I worked on it day after day and learned more and more.  The first thing I actually made was a pair of slipper socks for my mom, designed out of my head!  I was so proud!  I put them in her sock drawer to surprise her when she opened her drawer later.


136Then I made flat projects for years after that, for myself, family & friends as gifts for holidays.  This is where most of us start, this lasted clear up until about 2012.  Then in 2013 my sister-in-law who lives up in northern California requested some tams, at the time I didn’t have a clue what tams were so I went online and educated myself on them.  I looked at pictures of them and searched for patterns with no avail.  Then I decided to learn how to crochet a basic beanie so I followed a simple beanie pattern, then I redesigned the beanie into a tam.  After this I instantly became a beanie/tam designer, I had so many designs that I opened my Etsy shop and sold a few of my finished pieces as far as Australia.  I knew how to read patterns but I had never written out my pattern notes on my designs.  I literally had to study my pictures to remember how I made my pieces when I would get an order.  It became easier for me to custom design for orders than to try and figure out how I made the last pieces if I hadn’t made one for a while.



I didn’t have the desire to learn how to write patterns, it didn’t interest me at the time.  I felt that writing patterns would take me out of my comfort zone, I am one of those people who like to get right into it and make the project right out of my head.  Having to stop and write out EVERY LITTLE DETAIL, just the thought of it made me squirm and I was always known as a patient person.  But it became apparent to me that I am producing all of these designs naturally why am I letting them all go to the wayside when others can enjoy them too.  So, I taught myself how to write patterns and I now have my first 3 here on this blog, one coming out online at Interweave this summer & my Short
Basket Tray pattern is being translated into spanish by Charles Voth of Charles Voth Designs.  I will let everyone know when it’s available 🙂      So, I hope my story will help those who are feeling the same as I did.

❤  Novella  ><>

MBN Yarn Box

Good morning everyone,

This week I thought I would tell you about my Yarn Box, it’s made with my first yarn, MadeByNovella Exclusive Yarns, the colorway is called Signature.

In your box you will receive 3 hanks of this yarn, an exclusive Novella’s Jewells beaded stitch marker & a coupon for your next purchase in my shop at  You will save $4.00 and get the stitch marker and a coupon on your next purchase, compared to ordering the hanks 1 at a time.


Here is a picture of it for you…    This box makes a great Valentine’s gift for that special crocheter or knitter in your life or it can be a gift for yourself.

Here is a link that will take you to a review that was done on this yarn Box by Lorene Haythorn Eppolite from Cre8tion Crochet.

Happy Valentines to you and your special someone!   ❤ Novella