State-shaped Flag-colored Pillow Crochet Patterns


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I am one of those people. A blissfully ignorant soul who doesn’t watch the news. I know that most people do not understand how I can go through life not knowing the events that are going on. Really, I find the news to be horribly depressing and scary, and I like to fill my life with positive influences. For the most part, I see the world as being safe and good and honest. And I’m happy, and I want to keep believing that way. Besides, if something big enough happens, word always gets around via Facebook or word of mouth. I don’t live in a bubble.

It was a Monday of the last week of August, and I was working on the girls’ Halloween costumes. Mr. Lovely’s birthday is in mid October, and I am throwing him a party this year, because it’s a big number-year. The kids decided that it should be a Texas-themed party complete with costumes. So, Mr. Lovely is going to be the Texas flag, I am going to be a mockingbird, the Grasshopper has decided to be an armadillo, and Bumblebee and Ladybug want to be a Bluebonnet and Cactus, respectively. So, I was crocheting some hats to go with their costumes (of course I’ll be publishing THOSE patterns, too), and I started getting texts from friends that live elsewhere in the U.S. “hope you are safe from these storms.” Well, as a person who also doesn’t watch the weather, I just shrugged my shoulders and answered, “we are high and dry, sunny and hot. I appreciate your concern.” Mostly, I don’t think people realize how big Texas really is. I didn’t think much of it until I got on Facebook the next day. Even then, I didn’t comprehend the magnitude of what was happening, “flooding in South Texas? What a tragedy.” And my life continued going as it always had. But, as more and more people kept talking about what happened and what was continuing to go on, I started to realize just how catastrophic this thing really was.

By Wednesday afternoon, I made the decision to do something to help. After some quick research, I came up with the idea to create a Texas-shaped flag-colored decorative pillow Crochet Pattern. And everything that I made from the sale of the pattern would go to help fund relief efforts from Hurricane Harvey. I loved the idea of sending money directly to people, but I also realized how incredibly biased and unprofessional that would be. As a business, I didn’t feel that I could honestly do that. So, Mr. Lovely suggested Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF). After a bit of research I agreed.

LCIF sent $100,000 to aid victims to Hurricane Harvey just as soon as they could. And as a foundation, they can help in ways that an individual just can’t. We have been very active in the local Lions Club for several years, so I know that it is a trustworthy foundation that is going to use the $$ I send in an appropriate and helpful way, not pocket it like so many other foundations.

And so I got to work designing. This first pillow was definitely not the hardest thing I’ve ever designed. In fact, it was actually quite simple. I found a graph for perler beads and just adapted it for crochet stitches. Each square (or bead) represented one single crochet stitch. Of course I wasn’t happy with the first one I made, so I had to make another one and tweak the colors a bit. The end result, though was quite pleasing to me. So pleasing, in fact, that I soon decided to abandon my previous designing plans and create more state-shaped Flag-colored decorative throw pillow Crochet patterns.

Of course I had to start with the states that I’ve lived in, so after I completed the Texas Flag state Pillow (where I have been raising my own family for the past seven years), I made Tennessee (I was born and raised there), and then Florida (where I went to college and met Mr. Lovely), and I’m currently working on Kentucky (which is where I lived for a few short months while Mr. Lovely was interning). So, those patterns are all currently available on my etsy shop. I am taking requests for which state to make next, so feel free to comment that bellow!

As I’ve been overhauling the FamilyBugs design business, my first goal has been to keep the crochet patterns as simple as possible so that they can be easily duplicated. What’s the point of designing a crochet pattern if it is too complicated for anyone else to follow it? So, each of these pillows use basic crochet stitches: single crochet (sc), chains (ch), slip stitch (ss), and single crochet two together (sc2tog). Most of them don’t even include color changes (because I know how much you hate changing colors all the time). Tennessee has a lot of color changes (it’s done in a method called tapestry crochet), but I’m thinking about changing that to make it even more simple for y’all. I remember how daunting tapestry crochet was to me at first.

All you need to crochet your own decorative pillows is a size f crochet hook. You can use a larger size if you want, but it’s going to result in a looser stitch which will result in some of the stuffing showing through. I HATE seeing the stuffing, so I recommend a smaller hook. Definitely nothing larger than an I. Worsted weight yarn in your desired colors are also needed. I think red heart super saver is perfect for these pillows. It’s a durable yarn, easy to work with, easy to buy, and washes well without fuzzying up. Plus, I’m pretty sure it’s resistant to sun damage (although I’ve never tested that), just in case you want to make these pillows for outside usage. The last thing you need to make your own pillow is the stuffing.

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Korok Child *Free* Crochet Pattern


At the beginning of the summer, we invested in the new Nintendo switch video game console. Of course that means we also got our hands on the Zelda: Breath Of The Wild game. I played the game for a while, and then I became “the girl in the chair” to walk my husband through the game. All three of the kids got invested in the story line. After my husband beat the game the first time, we decided…or rather I decided, that he should play through again but differently. So this time, the first focus was to find these cute little tree people that are hidden all over the place. They are called Korok children, and when you find them they give you Korok seeds that you can then exchange to expand your inventories.

Naturally, I just had to crochet some korok seeds and a korok Child for my children to play with. They’ve had the best time with these relatively simple little toys, and you guys are also in luck! Because I wrote down my pattern process, took pictures along the way, and am now sharing the pattern with you for *FREE* I hope you guys enjoy this one, and share your pictures with me, I’d LOVE to feature some of your beautiful artwork (just send them to familybugs@gmail.com).

If you’d like to download the PDF to print off and keep, you will have to go to my etsy store and purchase it…I know, I know, but I’ve gotta make a living somehow!

MATERIALS NEEDED

• Hook size E/4-3.50MM

• Worsted weight yarn in desired colors – whatever color or combination of colors you would like. I used a light brown and tan color for the body and limbs, and manually changed at random intervals. A variegated yarn might be easier, or just using a solid color will work as well. I have not written in the color changes. And then a light green and medium green for the leafy face mask.

• Black felt – just a tiny bit for the face details

• Safety eyes

• Stuffing – polyfil or other

STITCHES YOU NEED TO KNOW

– Ch – Chain – YO, pull through

– Ss – Slip Stitch – Insert hook, YO, pull through both loops on hook

– Sc – Single Crochet – Insert hook, YO, pull through, YO, pull through both loops on hook

– Sc2Tog – Single Crochet 2 Together – insert hook in first stitch, YO, pull through, insert hook in second stitch, YO, pull through, YO, pull through all loops on hook

Korok Seed

With gold, yellow, or brown color ch 2

RND 1: work 7 sc stitches all into that second ch from hook (7), ss to first to join and ch 1

RND 2: inc around (14), do not ss, do not ch 1, continue working in continuous round

RND 3: *inc, sc 1* around (21)

RND 4: *inc, sc 2* around (28)

RND 5: *inc, sc 3* around (35)

RNDs 6-8: sc all the way around (35, or 105 total)

RND 9: Sc 3, *sc2tog, sc 1* 5 times, sc 17 (30)

RND 10: sc 3, *sc2tog, sc 1* 5 times, sc 12 (25)

RND 11: *sc 3, sc2tog* around (20)

RND 12: *sc 2, sc2tog* around (15)

Stuff the seed being careful to not overstuff

RND 13: *sc 1, sc2tog* until the peak is formed and there are approximately 4 stitches left. Ch 1 and finish off.

Korok Child

While there are several different “styles” of the korok children, I am only offering one on this pattern. Each of Hestu’s korok children are made in 6 pieces that are whip-stitched together. Then the leaf mask/face is created and added last.

Legs

Make two of these in the main color.

RND 1: ch 2, work 5 sc stitches all into the second ch from hook (5), ss to first to join and ch 1.

RND 2: sc 1, inc, sc 2, inc (7), do not ss to first to join, do not ch 1. Continue going around in a continuous circle.

RND 3: inc, sc 2, inc, sc 3 (9)

RND 4: sc 4, inc, sc 5 (10)

RND 5: sc all the way around (10), finish off.

Arms

Make two of these in the main color.

RND 1: ch 2, work 5 sc stitches all into the second ch from hook (5), ss to first to join and ch 1.

RND 2: sc 1, inc, sc 2, inc (7), do not ss to first to join, do not ch 1. Continue going around in a continuous circle.

RND 3: inc, sc 2, inc, sc 3 (9)

RND 4: sc 4, inc, sc 4, inc (11)

RND 5: sc 2, inc, sc 5, inc, sc 2 (13)

RND 6: sc all the way around (13)

RND 7: sc all the way around (13), finish off

Head

The head is made of three different “branches” that are whip-stitched together. Using the main color.

Left Branch

RND 1: ch 2, work 5 sc stitches all into the second ch from hook (5), ss to first to join and ch 1.

RND 2: sc 1, inc, sc 2, inc (7), do not ss to first to join, do not ch 1. Continue going around in a continuous circle.

RND 3: inc, sc 2, inc, sc 3 (9)

RND 4: sc 4, inc, sc 4, inc (11)

RND 5: sc 2, inc, sc 5, inc, sc 2 (13)

RND 6: sc all the way around (15) finish off

Tiny Branch

RND 1: ch 2, work 5 sc stitches all into the second ch from hook (5), ss to first to join and ch 1.

RND 2: sc 1, inc, sc 2, inc (7), do not ss to first to join, do not ch 1. Continue going around in a continuous circle.

RND 3: inc, sc 2, inc, sc 3 (9) finish off.

Main Branch

RND 1: ch 2, work 5 sc stitches all into the second ch from hook (5), ss to first to join and ch 1.

RND 2: sc 1, inc, sc 2, inc (7), do not ss to first to join, do not ch 1. Continue going around in a continuous circle.

RND 3: inc, sc 2, inc, sc 3 (9)

RND 4: sc 4, inc, sc 4, inc (11)

RND 5: sc 2, inc, sc 5, inc, sc 2 (13)

RND 6: inc, sc 5, inc, sc 6 (15)

RND 7: sc 10, inc, sc 4 (16)

RND 8: sc 5, inc, sc 10 (17)

Attach the tiny branch here

RND 9: inc, sc 16 (18)

RND 10: sc 11, inc, sc 6 (19)

RND 11: sc 4, inc, sc 14 (20)

RND 12: sc all the way around (20)

RND 13: sc 9, inc, sc 10 (21)

RND 14: sc all the way around (21)

RND 15: sc 17, inc, sc 3 (22)

RND 16: sc all the way around (22)

RND 17: inc, sc 21 (23)

RND 18: sc all the way around (23)

Attach the left branch here

RND 19: sc 4, sc2tog, sc 6, sc2tog, sc 4, sc2tog (20)

RND 20: sc 2, sc2tog, sc 4, sc2tog, sc 3, sc2tog, sc 2 (17) finish off

The Body

RND 1: ch 2, work 2 sc stitches all into the second ch from hook (7), ss to first to join, ch 1

RND 2: inc all the way around (14), do not ss to join, do not ch 1, work around continuously

RND 3: *inc, sc 1* around (21)

RND 4: *inc, sc 2* around (28)

RND 5: *inc, sc 3* around (35)

RND 6: *inc, sc 4* around (42)

RND 7: *inc, sc 5* around (49)

RNDs 8-15: sc all the way around (49, 343 stitches total)

Attach the legs

RND 16: sc2tog, sc 14, sc2tog, sc 15, sc2tog, sc 14 (46)

RND 17: sc 7, sc2tog, sc 13, sc2tog, sc 13, sc2tog, sc 7 (43)

RND 18: sc 3, sc2tog, sc 12, sc2tog, sc 12, sc2tog, sc 10 (40)

RND 19: sc2tog, sc 11, sc2tog, sc 12, sc2tog, sc 11 (37)

RND 20: sc 5, sc2tog, sc 10, sc2tog, sc 10, sc2tog, sc 6 (34)

RND 21: sc 7, sc2tog, sc 9, sc2tog, sc 9, sc2tog, sc 3 (31)

RND 22: sc2tog, sc 8, sc2tog, sc 9, sc2tog, sc 8 (28)

RND 23: sc 4, sc2tog, sc 7, sc2tog, sc 7, sc2tog, sc 4 (25)

Attach the arms

RND 24: *sc 4, sc2tog* around (20)

RND 25: sc 4, sc2tog, sc 5, sc2tog, sc 5, sc2tog (17) finish off leaving a long tail to whip stitch the head to the body.

Stuff the body, stuff the head, and whip-stitch them together. This might be one of the creepiest things you will ever make 😖 thankfully, we are going to be putting an adorable leaf mask on this puppy and all will be right with the world again.

LEAF MASKWith light green, ch 4, skip first ch from hook and sc across (3), ch 1 and turn

ROW 2: inc, sc 2 (4), ch 1 and turn

ROW 3: inc, sc 3 (5), ch 1 and turn

ROW 4: inc, sc 4 (6), ch 1 and turn

ROW 5: inc, sc 5 (7), ch 1 and turn

ROW 6; inc, sc 6 (8), ch 1 and turn

ROW 7: inc, sc 7 (9), ch 1 and turn

ROW 8: inc, sc 8 (10), ch 1 and turn

ROWs 9-11: sc across (10), ch 1 and turn

ROW 12: sc 3 sc2tog (4), ch 1 and turn

ROW 13: sc 2, sc2tog (3), finish off

Insert hook on other side, draw up a loop, ch 1, and Repeat ROWs 12-13

In light green, sc around (42)

With dark green, ss the leaf details and around the edge.

8 Professionals Share Their Best Kept Crochet Secrets


Crocheting is not an easy craft. Simple, maybe. With the “yarn over, pull through” repetition an unnumbered amount of times for each project. But definitely not easy. The yarn gets tangled, the hand gets cramped, the work gets unraveled, the pattern is confusing, the pictures are unprecise, the stuffing shows through…there is a lot that can go wrong with every stitch. As budding artists, though, we keep trekking on, we keep hooking, we research how to make this craft we love easier, we develop our own quirks of the trade. And, we read blog posts like this one, that shares the tried and true methods of the greats that have come before us. We aren’t afraid to stand on the shoulders of the yarning giants!

WEAVING IN ENDS

We’ve all had to do it before. That granny square afghan, or multi-colored Amigurumi, or just running out of yarn and needing to start a new ball…those ends can be obnoxious and time-consuming. Joy Of Motion Crochet has a technique that will save you TONS of time, energy, and frustration. I’ve used this method lots of times with great results!

GAUGE SWATCHES

For the longest time, I didn’t know what a gauge swatch was, how to make one, or what it All meant. If I didn’t even know what it was, how on earth was I suppose to figure out how to make one, and adjust as necessary. Thankfully, I have demystified the gauge swatch, and while I still try to avoid them, they aren’t nearly as daunting as they once were. I’ve even created and included a gauge swatch for my *free* basic beanie pattern. That shows how far I’ve come in my knowledge of crocheting. If you are JUST as confused about gauge swatches as I once was, I strongly recommend this post from Crochet 365 Knit Too on how to check gauge swatches.

HOW MUCH YARN DO I NEED?

As a designer, I mostly make smaller projects that can be made with scrap yarn, or portions of a skein. I will admit to having a lack of patience to make blankets or sweaters, or other large crochet projects. However, I have made the occasional blanket, and I can understand the need to know before hand how much yarn a project will need. Once again, Joy Of Motion Crochet has come to our rescue with a very detailed set of directions about calculating yardage. Plus, she has even provided a free downloadable workbook to make a daunting task a little simpler ❤️

SYMBOLS IN PATTERNS

I have recently fallen in love with the moogly brand; I get her emails, read all of her blog posts, and generally strive to be like her in all things crochet. Yes, I hero worship her maybe a little bit too much. But, she has an awesome blog post clarifying Crochet Pattern Symbols for the masses, and I use most of these in my own patterns, so it’s definitely worth checking out.

TOOLS OF THE TRADE

As a beginner, it can be very confusing to decide what all of the different hook sizes means, and how to work with so many different kinds of yarn. I know I’m guilty of trying to use bulky yarn for a pattern that calls for worsted weight. It just doesn’t work. All Free Crochet has a great color-coded info Graph to get your knowledge of hook and yarn sizes started.

SIZING

Yes, there are tons and tons of patterns available to make blankets, gloves, and Slippers where the designer has already done the hard work of sizing for you. But, if you want to make a blanket larger, or try a certain pattern stitch to make some gloves for your husband, it is useful to have size charts handy. Seams and Scissors has a great printable bedding chart. Glamour 4 You includes size charts for hats, feet, and hands. Suntail Mermaids actually has a sizing chart for their mermaid tail swimsuits, with a bit of alteration, I’m sure this would also work for the mermaid tail blankets that are so popular right now.

PINTEREST

Of course you can go peruse the vast work of Pinterest to find even more useful information about crocheting. I have a ton more resources already pinned on my Crochet Techniques board that you should definitely check out. And opt to follow, because I am constantly adding to it. The internet is a beautiful place 😊 do any of y’all have some useful Crochet techniques that you’ve developed (or stumbled upon) over the years? I know we’d all love to share in your knowledge!

Family Bugs’s 5 Secrets To Being The Top Crochet Artist


I started selling my crochet a month before my youngest daughter was born. In retrospect, that was probably the most stupid decision I have ever made. I had a 2-yr-old, a 1-yr-old, and a however-many-months-old and trying to crochet for a profit. There were weeks when the housework just did not get done, and the meals did not get planned, and the kids watched way too much Netflix. But, I became very good at crocheting and at selling. I never gave up, and seldom slacked off, doing the research, and developing the skills. Now, almost six years later, my children are all in school and I am a very successful and professional pattern designer. So, what are my secrets? How did I manage a creative business while also raising three children? In retrospect, there are five key ingredients that I implemented from the beginning to get me where I am today.

  1. Prayer. While that may seem irrelevant to a business, and I’m sure several entrepreneurs try to keep religion and work separate, I am a strong believer that God is carefully intertwined in every aspect of our lives. I found a very direct and obviously noticeable correlation to my prayer life and the success of my crochet business. When I was more zealous in praying and studying the Bible on a daily basis, my business was much more successful. And when I say much, I mean immensely. I don’t mean that you should read the Bible and pray every day for the soul purpose of growing your business, that is not how it works. Putting God first, however, puts everything else in perspective, and I like to think that He was blessing me accordingly.
  2. Patience. I’ve spent almost six years working to get where I am today. It didn’t happen in a week, a month, or even two months. My etsy shop was open for three months before I got my first sale. And it was a very LONG three months. I did get sales through Facebook much quicker, and I remember rushing to fulfill Christmas orders in the hospital just hours after giving birth to my ladybug baby.
  3. Tools. Well, duh! But more than just having the right tools for the job, use quality tools. It may be tempting to create with red heart super saver, but your product is not going to be very high quality. Yes, it will last forever, and never unravel, and be washable, but the end result is just not very pretty or comfortable. Besides, everyone and their dog has access to red heart super saver, using that common yarn will not make you a top crochet artist no matter what you make with it. Invest in some good fiber, and then mark up your prices accordingly. It will be so very worth it! While you’re at it, don’t forget to use smaller hooks. I have seen so many Amigurumi dolls that were made with too big of hooks, and after they’ve been stuffed, there are white gaping holes throughout where the stuffing can easily squeeze out.
  4. Change. Of course there is changing trends that you need to keep up with. It is ok to make “yet another owl hat”, I promise. Just make sure that you are making the best owl hat that you can. Also, change according to what you are selling. When I first started making dolls, they were big, floppy, and did not sell well at all. But I LOVE making them, so I adapted, changed, used better yarn and a smaller hook, used safety eyes instead of button eyes, gave them names and a personality (read THIS post), and now they sell like hot cakes. If you’ve got a product that you just really enjoy making but it isn’t doing as well as you would like, change it up. Maybe try different marketing methods, or advertise differently. Don’t give up just because one thing isn’t working.
  5. Perseverance. When I first started, my husband spouted off a whole bunch of business related statistics. Like, how 50% of businesses don’t make it past the first year. Well, I was determined to make it. And that is the joy of a crochet business – as long as you are creating and selling, you are still “in business”. If you keep going, you’ll have to get better, and make more sales, and earn more income…it’s a spiraling up effect that is so much fun. It takes 100,000 hours of experience or practice to become a professional. Keep on swimming 😊

It doesn’t require a business degree or an artsy education to be the best. Do the work, stay on top of trends, update and adapt as needed, and use your common sense. Have you discovered any amazing secret to being the best? Please, share the wealth, and we will all succeed together!

Unique Halloween Crochet Patterns


Halloween might be one of my favorite holidays, always has been. I spend months planning and preparing and making my children’s costumes. And during the month, I peruse Pinterest and Etsy almost nonstop just enjoying all of the themed creations that everyone is making. The colors are beautiful, the weather is perfect, and it’s the beginning of cookie season for me (my sugar cookies are amazing!).

Most of the time, October is also when I also participate in a big craft show that is in town. In the past this has been a great way for me to get rid of a growing inventory that I don’t want to hold on to. However, it’s also become increasingly harder as my children get older, and I’ve opted to not participate this year. I cannot even begin to explain how much stress is not sitting on my shoulders this year. So, now I can focus on growing my online business and make amazing costumes for my kids this year.

There are TONS of Halloween related Crochet patterns floating around. I mean, zombies and ghosts, witches, spiders and jack o’lanterns, bats, cats, and a whole slew of other generic Halloween things. Then there are Costume-related creations: Spider-Man, Harry Potter, Jack Skellington, Princesses…the list goes on forever! So, his month for “Telling Tuesday”, I wanted to focus on more unique Halloween-related Crochet patterns for you to enjoy. I mean, these artists have been so clever, and I think that they deserve to be shared. So, I hope you enjoy 😊

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These Halloween Burgers from AmigurumiFood is just adorable! I would be tempted to make some of these myself, and I sure would love to know how she came up with the idea to make these! Really, ALL of her patterns are delightful and I recommend you check out her whole shops.

HelloHAPPY has designed this hilarious octopus scarf. I only wish I had the confidence to wear something like this out in public 🤣 octopus.

I don’t think a unique idea went into this particular crochet creation, but it is VERY well-designed and amazingly intricate. An almost lifelike skull pattern by designshop would be a perfect table centerpiece for you Halloween party. It’s bound to turn heads and start conversations, too.

Monster hand puppets? What! Knotbygranma has these hilarious novelties that any child would enjoy playing with. Great for use in a library story time program, or an elementary aged school. Just full of Halloween-themed potential.

I’m suppose to be a Mockingbird for Halloween this year (our family is doing “Texas-themed”, and the mockingbird is the Texas state bird), but, I really really want to make some of these monster feet from KnitsForLife for myself. I can be a monster mockingbird, right?

12 Facebook Post Ideas for the Crochet Artist to Increase Fan Engagement


It can be so hard to keep your Facebook fans engaged and constantly coming back for more. Especially with how rapidly the Facebook algorithms seem to be changing these days. I don’t even know how many countless hours I have spent researching Facebook and how to manage my page to get the most benefit. Only to find out that it’s changed just two months later, it is so frustrating.

So, how can you stay on top of it, reach the most people, and be the best crochet-er? Honestly, it all boils down to good posts. That’s really it. You HAVE to have good and relevant posts that interest your fans. Take good pictures, use stock pictures from google, or throw in a video clip for some visual interest. Mostly, just make sure you are creating the right kind of posts and scheduling it for the optimal times. No, you don’t have to use only your pictures. Yes, take advantage of the scheduling! And keep chugging on. You will attract those who are most interested in what you have to offer if you just keep on offering it.

What type of words should you, as a crochet artist, be using in your posts? The simple answer, my friend, is easy: whatever you are working on or have completed. The more complicated answer involves a very extensive list that I am sure you will find helpful 😊 I realize that my title says only 12 Facebook posts, but I’ve actually got so many more posting ideas for you to take advantage of. Just 12 of them are specific to increasing your fan engagement.

All about YOU

  • What’s on your hook?
  • Work-space
  • Yarn storage
  • Completed project
  • Packages getting mailed out
  • New supplies getting shipped in
  • Delicious new yarn
  • Wonderful pattern-designer (FamilyBugs, right?!)
  • Favorite or most-used hook
  • Share a picture and story about a pet (have him wearing your crochet)
  • Donate
  • A picture of yourself/family
  • Other social media sites your on, or link to Etsy shop
  • What has crochet taught you about life!

Encourage Interaction

  • Share a picture, using/wearing my crochet
  • Name my newest doll
  • What do you want to see me make next?
  • What is your favorite piece of crochet you’ve ever seen?
  • Create a color-based poll – which color combo would make the cutest baby blanket?
  • Share a picture of different ways that you could use one of my crocheted hats.
  • Which flower would look best on this purse?
  • I like to Netflix while working, what show/movie do you recommend?
  • Selfie Saturday (bonus points to include crochet)
  • Ask for snack recommendations that are healthy and not messy
  • Would you want to pay more for faster shipping, or wait longer for free shipping?
  • Make a blanket or scarf and have fans pick the next color

Generic Crochet Posts

  • Funny yarn memes
  • Relevant Crochet jokes
  • Show off someone else’s crochet creation – not related to what you make
  • Share another artists non-Crochet creation that can be used with your products
  • .example: this Etsy artist makes gorgeous shawl pins that compliment my shawls perfectly!
  • Business-related wish list
  • Share testimonials
  • Customer spotlight
  • Sneak peaks (be a tease, encourage guessing)

Video Specific

  • Have a child talk about your crochet
  • Make a commercial
  • Illustrate the different uses of your crochet (be silly)
  • Fake news
  • Livestream a crochet (or crafting) event you are attending
  • Mannequin challenge with people wearing or holding your crochet
  • Hang some of your crochet from a ceiling fan (few seconds)
  • Jump in a pile of yarn (few seconds)
  • Have someone cover you with yarn and jump out of it (few seconds)

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There are also contest ideas or Facebook parties that can bring an influx of new fans and engagement, but I personally like to steer clear of those. My research indicates that the Facebook people don’t appreciate those and while you might get a sudden influx of interest, it doesn’t last and you end up with less exposure afterwards. Stick to the organic growth. Ask people to invite their friends, or post invitations on your personal page. The interest is out there, it’s just a matter of letting them find you 😊

Do This One Thing To Increase Crochet Amigurumi Sales


Just recently, I started giving all of my crochet creations specific names. For example, instead of “winter Princess”, this particular little beauty is named “Fiona, the winter princess”, and instead of “octopus Crochet Pattern”, I’ve opted for “Pax the Octopus”. And I’ve seen several things happen because of this small change. Several good things that have benefited my business, and I was so surprised at the positive impact, that I just had to share it.

Several years ago, I crocheted a darling little red-head doll for an adoption fundraiser (Sacred Selections). The man who came to get her asked me what her name was. I didn’t have a name for her, the child who will get the pleasure to play with her needs to name her, right? I mean, my children have always given their stuffed animals and dolls their own names. Lots of times, they ignore the given names. Why would I go through the process of choosing a name when it would probably be ignored anyways.

At Christmas, my daughters received some garden fairy’s as a gift. Each of these lovely little dolls came with a name and a bit of their pretend personalities written down on a card. It was charming and delightful, and my girls played according to each fairy’s strengths. Unfortunately, the cards have since been lost and I cannot remember what was written on them. I think that I got this idea then, and it set with me for quite a while until I decided to use it for my crochet dolls and amigurumi creations.

So, I got to thinking: Every single one of my dolls has a personality. I can start to see it as I’m making her. The colors I chose for her hair, along with the style of dress I made for her. I can almost see her coming to life as I make her boots. And sharing what I see in these precious little dolls lets my customers see it as well. She’s not just “another crocheted doll” to me. I spent hours thinking about her in my head. I formed countless loops on my tiny hook for many days creating her. It took way longer than I would have liked to create her luscious hair and then fix it in the perfect style. She means something to me, and if she can mean something to someone else, then I have done my job as an artist.

How Has My Business Been Effected?

The short answer is that I’m getting noticed more now. The shares and likes on Facebook have been through the roof. I’ve finally been able to sell two of my dolls that have previously been sitting in a basket in the corner of my house for months! And when someone wants to make a custom order, they can use her name and ask specifically “I want her to have a crown like Fiona’s, and a braid like Coral’s”. Now I know exactly what to make for them, and they know exactly what my abilities are and how their doll is going to look. And my fans have found the personality additions so personable and charming: “Iris is quiet and shy? She’s the perfect doll for my niece who is also shy!” Giving my dolls a name might be one of the best things I’ve ever done for my business

How Do You Go About Naming Your Own Crochet Amigurumi?

My biggest piece of advise is to keep it simple. I had one lady fall in love with one of my dolls because she had the same name as her daughter. It isn’t a super common name (Lyla), but using an actual name, instead of an outlandish made-up concoction, made her even more delightful and enticing. Try “baby name” websites. I actually used a “mermaid name generator” for Coral. Ask other people, my daughters have definitely helped me name some of my dolls. Say them out loud, try the name on the doll and see if you think it fits with your idea of who she is.

Add a bit of personality. Maybe she is attracted to shiny things or is a bit of a diva. Does she enjoy reading, or is she more of a tree-climber? Keep it short, easy to remember, but positive and delightful. Maybe incorporate her appearance a little bit: she doesn’t need to be wearing clunky boots if she is a delicate dancer. Stay relevant: if her favorite color is pink, why is she wearing blue?

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I would love to see what different names you’ve given your own crochet dolls. And how has the addition of personalities given your creations an additional boost?

Becoming full-time


This summer has kicked my butt. And I mean that in the most loving way possible. Summer is my favorite: warm weather, flowy skirts, playing in the water, getting beautifully sun-kissed, no time-watching, sleeping in until 7…I love summer. But this past summer was the most stressed I have ever been in my entire life! I will spare you the long boring details of my summer…I’m glad it’s over wth and there is a different sort of normalcy going on. All of my babies started school last month, and I’m excited for what that means for you guys! Most importantly, this means that now I am working on FamilyBugs as a full-time job.

This is GREAT news for all of you. It means I can write my blog posts with consistency. And I can finally create an email newsletter. And the hook and Yarns are coming out of the closet for some much needed love. All three of my tiny loves started school last month (Kindergarten, First grade, and Second grade…we aren’t going to talk about how hard THAT has been for me), and I’ve been doing some hardcore planning on where to take FamilyBugs this next year as well as what to do to get it there.

THE BLOG

First of all, what does “full-time” mean for this blog? It means that my overall business focus is going to be as a Pattern designer, reaching out to fellow crochet artists. There are going to be tutorials, and tips, and tricks, and videos, and some free patterns, and some sneak peaks at patterns you can buy. There is going to be motivation and inspiration for all of you beautiful crochet artists that are feeling bogged down by life. There is going to be questions and answers about how to make your crochet even more beautiful. I’ve got some series posts in the works, and some worksheets, and some printables…lots of good things that you are not gonna wanna miss.

If you are not interested in Crochet patterns, I encourage you to unsubscribe…I do NOT want to be obnoxious, or fill up your inbox with irrelevant “junk”. But if you are a crochet artist, make sure that you DO subscribe, and do not forget to share my blog with your fiber artsy friends, because they will be furious to get left out of what I’ve got to offer you guys!

THE ETSY SHOP

Grand reopening! Patterns. Patterns. And even more patterns. My plan is to have at least one new pattern every week. Something small that will be quick to work-up. Sometimes free, usually not (I’ve gotta make a living here, to). I’m hoping to revamp my Etsy shop, and take out all of the Disney and Superhero patterns…I don’t think the sales I’ve made from those patterns are worth the legal risk of my entire business and reputation. Copyright laws and all of that deliciousness. Nope, they are gone. All FamilyBugs originals! Mostly amigurumi, dolls, maybe some other tidbits and Newborn goodies. I’m excited and I think you guys should be, too!

FACEBOOK

Join the FamilyBugs Crochet Facebook group to receive daily tips of the trade, and get first access to my patterns. Also: that will be the best place to get your crocheting questions answered. More interaction and engagement is definitely happening. Giveaways, contests, chances to win exclusive and free patterns, along with the previews into my personal life. Because my kids and dog are awesome, and deserve to be shared 😊

YOUTUBE?

That’s right. I’ll be creating YouTube videos along the way. All of my live videos (that will be happening through my Facebook group) will be going on my YouTube channel for you to enjoy time and time again. With tutorials, free patterns, motivation and inspiration, and just for fun. And I am going to be diving a little bit deeper into the world of stop motion animation. It fascinates me how a series of pictures can create a sense of movement. So, you can expect short, monthly stop motions, and even a longer, more involved one coming soon!

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I’ve got events scheduled in my mobile planner (that I will probably talk about in a later post), and way too much free time on my hands. Hope you guys are ready to become better artists. And don’t you dare forget to subscribe to the blog so that you don’t miss a single bit of it 😆