You’ve arrived at the annual NatCroMo Designer Blog Tour 2022! It’s a virtual celebration of National Crochet Month with new blog content daily throughout March, including featured crochet designers, pattern showcases, free patterns, coupons, discounts, giveaways, and more. This year’s theme is Pawprints on Our Hearts, so we’ll talk about our pets – furry, feathered, and scaly!
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Today’s featured designer on our NatCroMo Designer Blog Tour 2022 is Cheryl Dee Floyd of Cheryl Dee Crochet. In addition to showcasing some of her crochet patterns, for our theme, Pawprints on Our Hearts, she tells us about her cats named Coco and Darla.
We appreciate our NatCroMo designers so much! They’ve so graciously shared their time (and often a special goodie) with us, let’s show some love! Some ways to do that are to like, follow, and shop! ❤️
- You can visit Cheryl Dee Crochet on social media: Instagram | Facebook
- You can shop Cheryl Dee Crochet patterns: Etsy | LoveCrafts
I’m Cheryl D. Floyd of Cheryl Dee Crochet. I’m a retired executive assistant who loves to crochet! Crochet keeps me calm in the chaos of life! I have always loved detail, working with computers, and making things by hand. I love to design crochet patterns and my brain is simply bursting with new design ideas. I’ve self-published over 30 unique patterns, some of which I have shared free on my blog, cheryldeecrochet.com. Check out my YouTube tutorials that show unique methods to get excellent results with YOUR crochet projects.
Tell us about your pets!
My two female kitties are rescues from the local Cedar Valley Humane Society. The black one is Coco. She has silky black fur and a quiet, polite personality. She is so quiet that it always surprises me when she rubs her cheeks on my hands, as I’m just waking up in the morning. The tabby one is Darla. She loves to lounge quietly on the bed next to me and get back scratches several times every day. If I’m not paying enough attention to her, she will rub her head on my hand, as if to say, “Please pet me!”
Favorite Crochet Reference
What is one of your favorite crochet reference books or websites that is one of your go-to sources for crochet information?
I very much appreciate the Craft Yarn Council. I achieved their Level 1 Crochet Instructor certification, but haven’t had many opportunities to use it, yet, thanks to the pandemic. Their web site has so many helpful resources and I refer to their teaching materials, whenever I have a question about a technique.
Coco’s Flower Blanket
Pattern name: Coco’s Flower Blanket
About the pattern: Coco claimed this blanket for her own as soon as I laid it on the table. So, I named it after her. Size shown fits on a twin bed. Each 4.75-inch (12 cm) motif can be made with a single color of yarn or with a different color on each round for a fun, scrap-busting project.
Skill Level: Intermediate. Stitches and techniques include chain, slip stitch, single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet, popcorn stitches, and needle join (aka invisible join).
Finished measurement of each motif: 4.75” (12 cm)
Tools: H/8-5.0 mm hook, yarn needle, and scissors.
No-Two-Alike Snowflake Afghan
Pattern name: No-Two-Alike Snowflake Afghan
About the pattern: This is a work in progress, as I have designed over 30 snowflake hexagons, but have published patterns for only 8 of them. It takes a while to develop a design from handwritten notes to the professionally edited and fully tested pattern. Please visit my blog page (No-Two-Alike Snowflake Afghan) to see a video that shows all my snowflake hexagon designs and tells where each one is in the design process. If you’re interested in testing my patterns, please join my Facebook group, Cheryl Dee Crochet Designs.
Moss Stitch Square – 12″ (30 cm)
Pattern name: Moss Stitch Square – 12″ (30 cm)
About the pattern: I’m especially proud of this pattern, even though it looks very plain. I present a technique that I’ve never seen anyone else do that prevents the characteristic “swirl” of a center-out square. The edges of your moss stitch squares will all be completely straight, from now on, and you won’t even need to do any blocking.
Designing Snowflake Hexagons
Right now, I’m obsessed with crocheting snowflake hexagons. I love looking at online snowflake photography and being inspired by the symmetry and the uniqueness of each crystal. As I develop snowflakes from concept to written pattern, an interesting thing keeps happening. I can never, EVER seem to crochet the exact same hexagon twice! These things are like rabbits, in that they keep multiplying.
Interestingly, all one has to do is design 1/12 of the hexagon and then mirror that in the opposite direction. That then gives you 1/6 of the design, which, done 5 more times, is actually the entire design. It’s so easy, I’m surprised more people aren’t doing this. Some day, I’d like to host a snowflake design symposium, challenging participants to start from a basic pattern and see how many variations they can get by just adding an extra stitch or changing their color arrangements.
If you’re interested in this possibility, please let me know and I’ll add you to my email subscribers list.
Cheryl’s NatCroMo Special
The written pattern for the single color motif is forever free on my blog: Coco’s Flower Blanket. There are also two free YouTube video tutorials that are forever free (see links in my blog post: Coco’s Flower Blanket.) The premium pattern for the full blanket is available in my Etsy shop: Crochet Pattern Coco’s Flower Blanket. This is one of my most popular patterns.
Follow Cheryl Online
Here’s where you can connect with Cheryl online to be sure you don’t miss any of her new designs, sales, events, or other good stuff!
- Website / Blog: cheryldeecrochet.com
- Instagram: @cheryldeecrochet
- Facebook: @CherylDeeCrochet
- Facebook Group: facebook.com/groups/CherylDeeCrochetDesigns/
- YouTube: youtube.com/cheryldfloyd
- Pinterest: @cdfloyd1
- Etsy: CherylDeeCrochet
We hope to see you again tomorrow on the NatCroMo Designer Blog Tour 2022!