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Pumpkin Palooza 2022!

Pumpkin Palooza is back! As in years past, each day will feature a free pumpkin pattern. Follow along each day from Sept 1-24, 2022 to get your copy of the Featured Pumpkin Pattern for free! Each day, I’ll share which pumpkin is the freebie and how to get it.

Something new this year is the bundle option! If you’re tired of missing out on some patterns and would rather just get them all in one place, the bundle is for you! In addition to the 21 patterns from the blog hop, there are 2 bonus printables: a cute cup template and an adorable pumpkin leaf tag! You can download the bundle as one compressed PDF or as individual patterns (or both!). The best part about this bundle is that you get access for only $12.99! That’s around $0.62 per pattern…talk about a discount! If you’re interested in buying the bundle, head to https://transactions.sendowl.com/packages/835255/341970B3/purchase?r=240601 (my affiliate link) and grab your copy! **The bundle is available now through the end of the blog hop.**

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Pumpkin Palooza 2022 Roundup:

Come back each day for the new link to the freebie pattern!

Day 1 (Sept 1): Gourdgeous Knits Pumpkins by @gourdgeousknits

Click here to get your free copy!
Gourdgeous Knits Pumpkins

Day 2 (Sept 2): The Bitty Bobble Pumpkin by @kathyskozies

Click here to get your free copy!
The Bitty Bobble Pumpkin

Day 3 (Sept 3): Pumpkin Spider by @crafty_Lesha

Click here to get your free copy!
Spider Pumpkin

Day 4 (Sept 5): Wavy Pumpkin by @cbfiberworks

Click here to get your free copy!
Wavy Pumpkin

Day 5 (Sept 6): Ridges & Rows Pumpkin Cozy by @thecoffeeshopcrochet

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Ridges & Rows Pumpkin Cozy

Day 6 (Sept 7): Pumpkin Witch by @crochetwizzard

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Pumpkin Witch

Day 7 (Sept 8): Pumpkin Candy Dish by @blackstone_designs

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Pumpkin Candy Dish

Day 8 (Sept 9): Granite Gourd by @figandfilament

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Granite Gourd

Day 9 (Sept 10): Loopy Herringbone Pumpkin by @owensvillachick

Click here to get your free copy!
Loopy Herringbone Pumpkin

Day 10 (Sept 12): Pumpkin Bitty Buddy by @_stuckonyoucrochet_

Click here to get your free copy!
Pumpkin Bitty Buddy

Day 11 (Sept 13): Jelly Lanterns by @craftykittycrochet

Jelly Lantern

Day 12 (Sept 14): Pumpkin Phone Case by @fourh30

Pumpkin Phone Case

Day 13 (Sept 15): Cinnamon Pumpkins by @cafelunadesigns

Cinnamon Pumpkins

Day 14 (Sept 16): Bobblicious Pumpkins by @crochethighway

Bobblicious Pumpkins

Day 15 (Sept 17): Mini Country Pumpkin by @angied_sass

Mini Country Pumpkin

Day 16 (Sept 19): Pumpkin Throw Pillow by @mcgmarsh

Pumpkin Throw Pillow

Day 17 (Sept 20): Ridges & Rows Pumpkins by @thecoffeeeshopcrochet

Ridges & Rows Pumpkins

Day 18 (Sept 21): Houndstooth Pumpkin by @craftingforweeks

Houndstooth Pumpkins

Day 19 (Sept 22): Pumpkin Wall Hanging by @crafty_lesha

Pumpkin Wall Hanging

Day 20 (Sept 23): Cozy Bobble Pumpkins by @juniperandoakes

Cozy Bobble Pumpkins

Day 20 (Sept 23): Gourd-geous Pumpkins by @greenfoxfarms

Gourd-geous Pumpkins
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Prime Day Deals for Makers

It’s here! Prime Day is July 12-13, 2022. There are already a few deals that are live and available to Prime members. This year, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite things that I’ve gotten in years past and have made an impact on my business, things I’m looking at for my business, and things that others have recommended to me! Happy Shopping! (The following links are affiliate links. Your price doesn’t change…you still get a great deal! I make a small commission for sharing that deal with you! It’s a win for everyone!)

I’ll update the list as I find more deals!

These are some of my favorite things that may not be on sale or a deal for Prime Days:

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TCSC: Goals & Plans for 2022

It’s crazy to think that somehow it’s already 2022! Where has the time gone?!

2021 was a year of learning and growth. There are many things that I loved doing and a few that I won’t do again…but they all helped me decide which direction to go with The Coffee Shop Crochet for 2022.

I’ve broken it down into sections to make following along with the TCSC 2022 Goals & Plans a little easier…mostly for me so I don’t get lost in my own plan!

Summary

  • Goals for 2022
  • Social Theme Days
  • Giveaways
  • Blog Hops
  • New Designs & Testing Calls
  • Collaboration Projects
  • Blog Posts

Goals for 2022

  • Share more of me with my followers
    • Be in front of the camera more (something I’m not great at but working on!)
    • Be my authentic, eccentric self (sarcastic, down to earth, fun-loving, introverted, goofy, legging & hoodie loving, messy mom bun, coffee-fueled, slightly messy, creative, yarn hoarder…)
    • Share what I want to share vs what helps the algorithm (I wasted a lot of precious time trying to get it right instead of just being myself last year. Too much work and energy wasted!)
  • Blogging 2-4 times a month
  • Participate in 2-4 Blog Hops
  • Collaboration Projects
  • Designing and Releasing New Patterns (my goal is 12 new patterns for the year!)
  • Making more videos
    • Funny videos for TikTok
    • Stitch tutorials for Instagram and Youtube
    • Reels for Instagram
  • Creating 2-4 Giveaways
  • Releasing a pattern bundle/ebook (This one scares me a little! It’s such a huge goal…but one that I’m really excited about!)

Social Theme Days for 2022

To make posting a little easier, I decided to do theme days that aligned with my goals for this year!

Mondays – Meet Me Mondays

  • I’ll share about me, some of my favorite things, favorite projects, my family and our lives, gardening, books I really love…lots of randomness”!

Tuesday – Texture & Tool Tuesday

  • It may be a new stitch I’m really loving that I want to share, a new stitch that I found that is just too cool, or some of my favorite business and crochet tools.

Wednesday – WIP Wednesday

  • I can’t skip the opportunity to share what’s going on behind the scenes with my current projects! Prepare for yarn mayhem on Wednesdays!

Thursday – This or That/Throwback

  • One of the best things last year was seeing various This or That posts and learning about my followers and fellow makers. So I have a whole line up of fun ones to share!
  • Some of the time, I will also share random throwbacks instead of a This or That post!

Friday – Fiber Friday/Feature Friday

  • Whether it’s a new yarn to share, a cool new yarn store I found, an interesting fact I learned about yarn, or just some random yarnness related content, it’ll show up on Friday!
  • Friday will also be the day I feature sales, new releases, upcoming pattern tests, etc.

Saturday – Small Business Shoutout/What’s the Stitch

  • For the beginning part of 2022, I’m doing a really awesome Saturday series of Small Business Shoutouts! These will be other makers, designers, and business owners that I have loved working with and find incredibly helpful to my life and business. I hope you’ll love them just as much!
  • Later in the year, I’m planning a series focused on stitches and stitch combos that I really love with various uses for those stitches called “What’s the Stitch?”.

Sunday – Self-Care Sunday

  • One of the things I really struggled with in 2021 is proper and sufficient self-care. For 2022, my personal goal is to focus on self-care…so join me! I’ll be sharing some fun monthly BINGO games, favorite self-care items, books and audiobooks, coffee…anything self-care!

Giveaways

The goal is one giveaway each quarter…and they will be fun giveaways! I’ll be giving away some fun crochet tools, patterns, and some other little fun stuff!

Blog Hops

Blog Hops were something I was really nervous about in 2021, but I ended up absolutely loving! For 2022, I’m planning on participating in one blog hop per quarter for a total of 4 for the year.

New Designs & Testing Calls

The goal for 2022 is to design and publish 12 new patterns!

Several of these designs are already in the works and will need pattern testers…so make sure you follow me on Instagram (@thecoffeeshopcrochet) and sign-up for my e-newsletter (click here to sign-up) to be in the know about testing calls!

Collaboration Projects

I really enjoyed getting to try new yarns and make designs with them in 2021. In 2022, I’m hoping to expand and work with a few other yarn companies, as well as some indie yarn dyers. If you know of anyone looking for collaborators, let me know!!

Blog Posts

Ideally, I’d love to blog once a week, so that is my ultimate goal. However, life rarely goes exactly as planned so my back-up goal is twice a month. I truly enjoy writing and look forward to getting back into it with a subject I love: yarn and crochet (and coffee…duh!)!

If you have any suggestions on content you’d like to see, comment here or send me a message!

Whew! That was a lot!! Thank you if you stuck it out to the end!! I’m excited for all the great things to come in 2022! Drop me a note in the comments about your goals for the year or about one of my goals that you’re excited for!

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Witch Way to the Pumpkin Patch

I’ve been having an absolute blast with the Pineapple and Pine Pumpkin Palooza 2021! Seeing all of the awesome pumpkin designs has made it feel more and more like fall.

If you want to follow along with the blog hop, head over to craftingforweeks.com (8/30-9/14) and aplushpineapple.com (9/15-10/1). Grab the code from there and then follow the link below to get your free copy of these awesome fall makes!

Today, September 3, 2021, my Witch Way to the Pumpkin Patch pumpkins are free! Just like for the other patterns, check out the above websites and then come back here to go to my Ravelry store and get your free copy of Witch Way to the Pumpkin Patch!

A few weeks ago, I sat down to make some pumpkins. I struggled to find a pattern I really loved (clearly, I hadn’t found the awesome pumpkins from this blog hop yet!) and was easy to make. I wanted a pumpkin that ridged on it’s own and required very little shaping from me. Thus, I give you…Witch Way to the Pumpkin Patch!

These fun, textured puff stitch pumpkins come in three sizes:
Small: 2.5” w x 2” h (3” with stem)
Medium: 3.5” w x 3” h (4” with stem)
Large: 4.5” w x 3.5” h (6” with stem/hat)

In addition to three sizes, there are three stem options: plain stem, stem with vines, and a witch’s hat.

One of my favorite things to use these pumpkins for is to make wreaths like the one pictured above. For this, I needed some leaves. Creativity to the rescue!

Here’s my free pumpkin leaf pattern to go with your awesome Witch Way to the Pumpkin Patch pattern!!

Easy Pumpkin Leaves

Hook: 3.25mm

Yarn: any worsted weight

Row 1) CH3, 12 TR in a magic circle. Pull tight but do not join.

Row 2) Turn. CH3, 2TR in same stitch. 3TR in next stitch. 2TR in each of the next 3 stitches. 3TR in each of the next 2 stitches. 2TR in each of the next 3 stitches. 3TR in the next stitch. 2TR in the final stitch.

Row 3) Turn. Ch1, SC in same stitch. SC 12, (HDC, DC) in the next stitch, (DC, HDC) in the next stitch, SC 13. F/O.

That’s it! Your pumpkin leaf is ready to go!

I can’t wait to see all the awesome pumpkins everyone makes with this pattern! If you use the hashtag #witchwaypumpkins on Instagram or tag The Coffee Shop Crochet on Instagram or Facebook, I can see all your amazing creations!

Enjoy the blog hop! Happy Fall, ya’ll!

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Pumpkin Palooza with Pineapple & Pine!

Are you ready for a whole month of pumpkin fun?! This month Pineapple & Pine is hosting a blog hop featuring crochet pumpkin patterns. There will be new pumpkin patterns available for free download each weekday. Grab some patterns this month to get ready for a fun Pumpkin Crochet-a-Long next month!

Blog hop starts August 30th, so grab your yarn and hook and let’s get crocheting!!

To get your free pattern each day, visit:

Crafting for Weeks (8/30-9/14)

A Plush Pineapple (9/15-9/30)

Look for the following image to get the code to redeem your free pattern! Each pattern will be available for free for 24 hours. Can’t wait to see what everyone makes!!

Pattern List:

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The Lattice Cosy Koozie Pattern

The Lattice Cosy Koozie

This fun design came about when I received my latest box of fun from WeCrochet. When I saw the gorgeous, bright colors of my Dishie Cone cotton, I knew I needed a fun stemless wine koozie for the summer. And, since I’m partial to the criss-cross crochet stitch, the lattice design was born!

It’s a quick make (think an episode of your favorite show) that uses around 50 yards of worsted cotton and a 4.25mm hook. My favorite cotton to use for it is the Dishie Solids or Dishie Cone from WeCrochet (affiliate links).

The free pattern is below. If you’d like a PDF copy, check out my Etsy and Ravelry stores!

The Lattice Cosy Koozie Pattern

Finished size: 3” H, 5” W, 10” Circ.

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Materials:

  • Hook: G/4.25mm
  • Yarn: WeCrochet Dishie; Big Twist Cotton; worsted cotton
  • Yardage: 50 yards
  • Stitch markers (optional)

Gauge: See round 1 of pattern.

Important Notes:

  • All stitches are worked through both loops unless otherwise specified.
  • The first stitch of each round is worked in the same stitch as the ch2.
  • DC 2 is DC in next two stitches. 2DC is two DC in the same stitch. This format applies throughout the pattern, though the required stitch may change.
  • Chain stitches at the beginning of a row/round do not count as a stitch and are not worked into throughout the pattern, unless otherwise noted.

Terms & Abbreviations:

Ch: chain

DC: double crochet; worked through both loops

F/O: finish off

SC: single crochet

Slst: slip stitch

St: stitch

Special Stitch Instructions:

Criss-Cross Crochet (counts as 2 stitches): skip space, DC in next space, working behind the DC just made, DC in the skipped stitch

Round 1) Working in a magic circle (leave a long tail for weaving), Ch2 (does not count as a stitch), DC 15. Slst to first DC. (15 stitches)

GAUGE CHECK: Round 1 should measure just shy of 1.5” across.

Round 2) Ch2, 2DC in each stitch around. Slst to first DC. (30 stitches)

Round 3) Ch1, SC around. Slst to first SC. (30 stitches)

Round 4) Ch2, criss-cross crochet around. Slst to first stitch. (30 stitches; 15 X’s)

Round 5) Ch1, *SC 2, SC between the X’s* Repeat * to * around. Slst to first stitch. (45 stitches)

Round 6) Ch2, *criss-cross crochet, ch1, sk st* Repeat * to * around. Slst to first stitch. (45 stitches; 15 X’s)

Round 7) Ch1, *SC 2, SC in ch1 space* Repeat * to * around. Slst to first stitch. (45 stitches)

Round 8-11) Repeat Rounds 6-7 twice.

Round 12) Ch2, *criss-cross crochet, sk st* Repeat * to * around. Slst to first stitch. (30 stitches, 15 X’s)

Round 13) Ch1, SC around. Slst to first stitch. F/O. (30 stitches)

Weave in the ends. Enjoy your new koozie!

Copyright April 2021. This pattern is the sole property of The Coffee Shop Crochet. Please do not copy or reproduce in any way. You are welcome to sell finished items from this pattern.  Please reference “Alicia Blake of The Coffee Shop Crochet” as the designer. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at: thecoffeeshopcrochet@gmail.com

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The Cacti Cosy Koozie Pattern

The Cacti Cosy Koozie

What started out to be a cabled koozie became this amazing cacti koozie (mistakes can be beautiful!)!

The fun textures make this koozie not only fun to make but also to use. It feels so fun on the hand and is perfect for that person in your life who is constantly fiddling with something.

It’s a quick make (think an episode of your favorite show) that uses around 60 yards of worsted cotton and a 4.25mm hook. My favorite cotton to use for it is the Dishie Solids or Dishie Cone from WeCrochet (affiliate links).

The free pattern is below. If you’d like a PDF copy, check out my Etsy and Ravelry stores!

The Cacti Cosy Koozie Pattern

Finished size: 3” H, 5.5” W, 11” Circ.

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Materials:

  • Hook: G/4.25mm
  • Yarn: WeCrochet Dishie; Big Twist Cotton; worsted cotton
  • Yardage: 60 yards
  • Stitch markers (optional)

Gauge: See round 1 of pattern.

Important Notes:

  • All stitches are worked through both loops unless otherwise specified.
  • The first stitch of each round is worked in the same stitch as the ch2.
  • DC 2 is DC in next two stitches. 2DC is two DC in the same stitch. This format applies throughout the pattern, though the required stitch may change.
  • Chain stitches at the beginning of a row/round do not count as a stitch and are not worked into throughout the pattern, unless otherwise noted.

Terms & Abbreviations:

Ch: chain

DC: double crochet; worked through both loops

F/O: finish off

FPDC: front post double crochet

FPTR: front post treble crochet

SC: single crochet

Slst: slip stitch

St: stitch

Special Stitch Instructions:

Twist (counts as 2 stitches): skip a stitch, FPTR around the post of the next stitch. Working in front of the stitch just made, FPTR around the post of the skipped stitch.

Round 1) Working in a magic circle (leave a long tail for weaving), Ch2 (does not count as a stitch), DC 15. Slst to first DC. (15 stitches)

GAUGE CHECK: Round 1 should measure just shy of 1.5” across.

Round 2) Ch2, 2DC in each stitch around. Slst to first DC. (30 stitches)

Round 3) Ch1, SC around. Slst to first SC. (30 stitches)

Round 4) Ch2, DC same stitch as chain. DC, 2DC in next stitch, *DC in next 2 stitches, 2DC in next stitch*. Repeat * to * around. Slst to first DC. (40 stitches)

Round 5) Ch2, FPDC 2, DC 2, Twist, DC 2, FPDC, DC, FPDC, DC 2, twist, DC 2, FPDC 2, DC, FPDC 2, DC 2, twist, DC 2, FPDC, DC, FPDC, DC 2, twist, DC 2, FPDC 2, DC. Slst to first stitch. (40 stitches)

Round 6-9) Repeat Round 5

Round 10) Ch2, FPDC 2, DC2tog, twist, DC2tog, FPDC, DC, FPDC, DC2tog, twist, DC2tog, FPDC 2, DC, FPDC 2, DC2tog, twist, DC2tog, FPDC, DC, FPDC, DC2tog, twist, DC2tog, FPDC 2, DC. Slst to first stitch. (32 stitches)

Round 11) Ch2, FPDC 2, DC, twist, DC, FPDC, DC, FPDC, DC, twist, DC, FPDC 2, DC, FPDC 2, DC, twist, DC, FPDC, DC, FPDC, DC, twist, DC, FPDC 2, DC. Slst to first stitch. (32 stitches)

Round 12) Ch1, SC around. Slst to first SC. F/O. (32 stitches)

Weave in the ends. Enjoy your koozie!

Copyright April 2021. This pattern is the sole property of The Coffee Shop Crochet. Please do not copy or reproduce in any way. You are welcome to sell finished items from this pattern.  Please reference “Alicia Blake of The Coffee Shop Crochet” as the designer. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at: thecoffeeshopcrochet@gmail.com

My 22 for 2022

I love making fun “Goal Lists” for the year. It’s a great way to encourage myself throughout the year and remind myself of my goals. For 2022, I made a couple different lists (personal, family, and business). I thought I’d share my business and personal ones with you! Check them out below!

Personal
22 in 2022

  1. Make & implement a self-care plan
  2. Reduce daily technology usage
  3. Have an unplugged day weekly
  4. Read or listen to 100 books
  5. Exercise 3x a week
  6. Get 8-10k steps daily
  7. Spend 15 mins (minimum) outside daily
  8. Drink enough water daily
  9. Make my own candles
  10. Start a daily gratitude journal
  11. Learn a new skill
  12. Play the piano regularly
  13. Start writing short stories again
  14. Journal & write down memories
  15. Add a new plant to my collection
  16. Listen to more podcasts/audiobooks
  17. Wake up early most days
  18. Try a new hobby
  19. Create an affirmations list
  20. Read 15+ mins daily
  21. Have 2 nights out a month just for me
  22. Make most of my lattes from home

Business
22 in 2022

  1. Reach 1,000 Instagram followers
  2. Reach 1,000 TikTok followers
  3. Reach 1,000 e-mail subscribers
  4. Blog 2-4x per month
  5. Participate in 4 blog hops
  6. Take part in 4 collaboration projects
  7. Attend 4 Craft Fairs/Vendor Shows
  8. Participate in 4 pattern tests for other designers
  9. Go live on Instagram
  10. Create new stitch tutorials (photo & video)
  11. Create pattern specific tutorials
  12. Create a Crochet-A-Long
  13. Create new freebie content
  14. Design 12 new patterns this year
  15. Design a stash-buster project
  16. Use up my yarn stash
  17. Dye my own yarn
  18. Use & complete my crochet project planner
  19. Have quarterly planning sessions
  20. Take a course about business & crochet
  21. Read Atomic Habits
    Read The 12 Week Year
    Read Business Boutique
    Read Jump: Do What Scares You in Business & In Life
  22. Make $10,000 in sales this year
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