We received a pattern book on the cruise. All of the patterns will be free on The Crochet Crowd website in a month or so. I was able to be in a group of helpers so I received the patterns before the cruise. I made almost all of them before the cruise. I really enjoyed helping other crocheters out during the cruise. Some were so happy to try new techniques and realize they could do things they never thought they would be able to crochet.
Diva Dan created the Alaskan Fjord Cowl. I used Bernat Blanket yarn in light green and gray in my sample. It is so soft! This is a fun pattern. It uses a version of a link crochet stitch. You end up working thicker rows across. The pattern is available here.
Jeanne created the Hugs & Kisses Headwarmer. She has quite a few patterns in the Hugs & Kisses line. The headband works up fast and is very cute to wear, I used a teal color in worsted weight yarn. The pattern is available here.
Donna designed the Tidewater Shawl. The pattern calls for Patons Grace. I didn’t have that so I used MicroSpun yarn in silver. It is the same weight as Patons Grace but ended up being a little thicker. I recommend using the Patons Grace yarn. On the cruise I saw some shawls made out of Grace and they look more delicate. The pattern is not out yet.
Mikey designed the Forget Me Knot Afghan. I just got one square done. I have been enjoying patterns with texture and this afghan delivers that. There are so many color combinations you could do. You can find the pattern here.
Jeanne also designed a Hugs & Kisses Tote Bag. I used a variegated yarn in the recommended brand of Bernat Maker Dec. It is hard to see the stitch definition when using the variegated yarn. As you can see in the picture, I haven’t quite finished the handles. I want to add beads to the end of the straps and then I will tie off the long white strands. This pattern hasn’t posted yet.
There was a pattern for an Outdoor Basket using new yarn – Bernat Maker Outdoor. I didn’t have that for my sample so I used Bernat Home Dec. As you can see, Jet tries to fit in anything. I received some of the outdoor yarn on the cruise and I can’t wait to use it. I didn’t see this pattern available yet.
The pattern book includes a knit dishcloth (I don’t know how to knit.) Megan had a few crocheters learning to knit. My brain and hands don’t work well with two utensils.
Donna also had graphs related to the Alaskan cruise that you could make into a scarf or an afghan. I didn’t have time to make any of these.