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 Phyllis Serbes of Many Creatiave Gifts. In addition to showcasing some of her crochet patterns, for our theme Pawprints on Our Hearts, she tells us about her dog-in-law Zoey (dog of her brother-in-law and sister-in-law) and also her adopted-from-afar sheep Chausette.
We appreciate our NatCroMo designers so much! They’ve so graciously shared their time (and often a special goodie) with us, let’s show them some love! Some ways to do that are to like, follow, and shop! ❤️
Phyllis has also been published in Inside Crochet magazine. And she is a veritable fountain of crochet tips and gift-making tips that have been published the e-books shown below, 101 Crochet Tips and Handcrafted Baby Gifts eGuide.
101 Crochet Tips by Phyllis Serbes (available for Kindle on Amazon)
Handcrafted Baby Gifts eGuide by Phyllis Serbes
Many Creative Gifts is a company designed to provide products and services to help you to “be thoughtful” and true to your giving nature.
Phyllis originally started MCG to showcase all sorts of crocheted items, patterns, and custom designs, but she’s venturing into the world of knitting and becoming more baby-centric!
As a crafter, you know how hard and overwhelming it is to go through all of the patterns out there when all you want to do is make the perfect baby gift? Phyllis designs easy-to-make but sophisticated crochet and knit patterns for baby items. She wants to help crocheters and knitters create meaningful baby gifts so that you get lots of ooohs and aaaahs at the baby shower (even virtual ones!).
Phyllis also helps crafters learn to crochet, make beautiful crochet and knit projects, and grow as both a crocheter and a giving person.
I don’t have a pet of my own, but the cute doggie’s photo that I uploaded is Zoey, my BIL and SIL’s dog. She’s a real sweetie, just so energetic and loving. It’s fun when she visits 🙂 And, of course, my former adopted sheep Chausette, though it was an adoption from afar. It’s a shame I never got a chance to visit her or my other former adopted sheep on the farm, but the saga and photos are all on my website.
Favorite Crochet Reference
What is one of your favorite crochet reference books or websites that is a go-to source of crochet information for you?
Mmm, I tend to just Google or search on YouTube for the specific question or technique I’m looking for, then check out the top suggestions in the search.
Rainbows and Diamonds Shawl
Pattern name: Rainbows and Diamonds Shawl
Get the pattern: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/rainbows-and-diamonds-shawl
About the pattern: This Rainbows and Diamonds shawl will wrap you in style. Choose a springy pima cotton yarn in one or all colors (you’ll need one 220-yd skein each of 8 colors or 7 skeins of one color) to create a shawl that will give you just the right coverage for cool evenings. The shawl looks complicated, but a combination of chains, single crochet, and double crochet stitches worked back and forth yields this intricate lacy shawl. Plus, you start at the long end and are a pro at the pattern repeats by the tip!
Modern Squares Baby Blanket
Pattern name: Modern Squares Baby Blanket
Get the pattern: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/modern-squares-baby-blanket
About the pattern: This car-seat-sized baby blanket is a great way to use up any spare worsted weight yarn you’ve stashed or follow the 4-color design suggested in the pattern. You’ll get to practice the back post double crochet stitch to create a blanket reminiscent of a mid-century modern look, through written instructions and photographs. A fast-moving project worked in the round from the center out, you can finish this warm and comfortable blanket for baby in no time or make it even larger by continuing to make rounds! The crab stitch border makes for a nice finish.
Beaded Owl Pin
Pattern name: Beaded Owl Pin
Get the pattern: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/beaded-owl-pin
Phyllis Serbes’s NatCroMo Special
50% off coupon for her new pattern Loving PawPrints Fingerless Mitts in her Ravelry shop through March 31. Get the coupon code on Phyllis’ blog post celebrating NatCroMo. Offer valid March 19, 2021 @7:00 am EDT through March 31 @12:00 am EDT.
Follow Phyllis Online
Here’s where you can connect with Phyllis online to be sure you don’t miss any of her new designs, sales, events, or other good stuff!
- Website: manycreativegifts.com
- Blog: manycreativegifts.blogspot.com
- Instagram: @phyllisofmcg
- Facebook: facebook.com/ManyCreativeGifts
- YouTube: youtube.com/user/manycreativegifts
- Pinterest: @phyllisofmcg
- Ravelry: Phyllis Serbes Designs – Many Creative Gifts
We hope to see you again tomorrow on the NatCroMo Designer Blog Tour 2022!