July Showcase

July Showcase

Monthly Roundup

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My KnitCrate Top

Hi, how are you? Are you having a great summer? I know I am. I’ve been playing with SO MUCH YARN! Between signing up for KnitCrate and anxiously awaiting my first package from Darn Good Yarn to arrive, this has been one fantastically yarny month for me. Here are a few things July has seen come to pass.

Just a few clickable links for you…
~ Check out Darn Good Yarn if you like exquisite and unique yarns, as well as Sari skirts.
~ So many of my projects are made with WeCrochet yarn. Like probably 90% of them! Go shop, you will LOVE their prices, not to mention their quality.
~ Get 50% off your first box at KnitCrate, and guess what? You are not locked in to a subscription! That’s right, you can cancel anytime, and even come back anytime you want. How’s that for freedom?
Join my Ravelry group for monthly CAL/KALs. We have so much fun!

Patterns, you say?

Summer Silk was the free July pattern on my blog. I really enjoyed doubling up on the 100% silk Luminance yarn. It’s so buttery and looks great with anything!

Here’s my latest Ravelry pattern. Fairy Kisses hit the shop in July, and isn’t it just gorgeous? Crocheted with Hawthorne and Aloft held together, it feels so dreamy ♥

Keep an eye on my Ravelry shop for this little number! This scarf is absolute luxury. 100% silk, and I know you are going to love it!

We’ve still got a whole lot coming up in August, so be sure to join the facebook group so you don’t miss anything. And as always, thank you so much for being here with me. Your friendship means the world.

Weaving in Ends

Weaving in Ends

Taming the squiggles

We’ve all been there. You finish a project and you just can’t WAIT to wear it! But…… before you do, you need to weave in all those yarn ends. If your project just so happens to be made in multiple colors, you may have A LOT of those little squiggles hanging off every which way. How many of us sometimes just say, “I’ll do it later” and toss the project somewhere, where it sits…. and sits…. and sits? 
Sometimes weaving in ends seems like such an insurmountable task. Today I’m going to show you how I do it, in hopes that maybe I can offer some help.

Joining a New Strand

I always try to use the 1-2-3 method of weaving in ends.  This means having the yarn end go underneath the stitches first forward, then backward, then finally forward again before cutting. When joining a new strand of yarn, I can actually work the 1 in when the joining happens, so I only have to do the 2-3 when the project is done! Let me explain.

This picture is taken from the back side, and shows you the blue strand of yarn, which is the new strand just joined. After I joined it in the last stitch, I crocheted OVER TOP of it for about 6 stitches, holding the strand against the back. This secured the end for about 2 inches.

Once I have finished the project and am ready to weave in the ends, I got back to where my ends are. I thread the end through a tapestry needle, skip one “strand” or “leg” of the last stitch that secured it, and run back the other way, under all stitches for about an inch.

Don’t pull too tightly here! Just pull enough so that you don’t have a big loop hanging out. We’re going to snug everything up in our very final step, so if you pull too tightly during this step, you may have puckering in your fabric at the end.

Step 2 of weaving in ends

Finally, we finish up with step 3 and a tug.

Going forward once again, I skip one “strand” or “leg” just like in step 2, and slide the needle underneath four or five strands, giving a slight tug (but again, not too much!) Time to cut!

Cut the yarn close to the fabric, being careful not to cut the fabric itself! Now take it in your hands and, with one hand on either side of the area you’ve woven into, pull. Just give the whole a good tug. This will simultaneously pull ALL of the back-and-forths at the same time, securing everything very well.

step 3



Bulky yarn, however, is usually a whole ‘nother story. Whether single ply or multi-plies, it is a rare occurrence that a great big strand of bulky-weight yarn can be woven in one whole piece without making a lump in the fabric.

When weaving in bulky weight yarns, I will split the plies (assuming it’s a multi-ply) and weave them in opposite directions. This alleviates the risk of lumping up the fabric. I like to use a needle threader to make it easy.

If your bulky yarn is a single ply….. well, we’re giving it to God. Just do the best you can, making sure to go in each direction even farther than you would normally go. If you only weave under two or three stitches, you will most assuredly have a lump, but if you weave under 10 stitches, then it’s much less noticeable.

Extra Help

I hope this post has been helpful to you. If so, I have other posts in the “Tricks of the Trade” category that may also help you when it comes to blocking your finished items, choosing the right hook, how to get started spinning yarn, and so much more. Furthermore, if you’ve found value in this post, please consider sharing, giving it a like, or leaving a comment. Everything you do for Rows and Roses is so appreciated ♥

Summer Silk

Summer Silk

FREE crochet pattern!

Summer Silk

Wrap your head in liquid luxury with this silk kerchief. Crocheted using a single skein of Luminance, two strands held double, Summer Silk head scarf will be your best friend all summer long. The open, lacy stitch pattern offers plenty of breathability, while the picot edging creates a cute border. Extra long straps cascade down from underneath, completing the look of playful elegance.

Grab a printable version of this pattern for just $1.99 here.

Pattern Info

Stitches:  Ch, sl st, SC, Standing DC, DC

Yarn:  WeCrochet’s Luminance (100% silk, 439yards/50g, one skein) held double

Hook:  G/4mm, or size needed to obtain gauge

Sizes:  Adult, size S/M (can be easily adjusted by adding an extra repeat or two!)

Gauge:  4 SC x 8 rows = 1” (gauge worked in SC only)

Summer Silk

~ I like to wind my skein into a center-pull cake, and then use both the center and the outside strands held together. Some like to wind half the skein, cut, then wind the other half and use them like that. This is totally up to you!
~ For Summer Silk, I use a Standing Double Crochet (SDC) to start my DC rows. Here is a tutorial on how to do this, but if you’d rather use ch 3, that works too.

Let's Do It!


1) Ch 5 (counts as DC, ch 1, here and throughout,) (DC, ch 1, DC) in 1st ch. Turn.  = 5 sts

2) (Standing DC, ch 1, DC) in first st, sk ch-1 sp, SC in next DC, (DC, ch 1, DC) in last st. Turn.  = 7 sts

3) Ch 1, 2 SC in first st, sk ch-1 sp and next DC, (DC, ch 1, DC, ch 1, DC) in next SC, sk next DC and ch-1 sp, 2 SC in last st. Turn.  = 9 sts

4) (Standing DC, ch 1, DC, ch 1, DC) in first st, sk next SC and next DC and next ch-1 sp, SC in next (center) DC, sk next ch-1 sp and DC and SC, (DC, ch 1, DC, ch 1, DC) in last st. Turn.  = 11 sts

5) (Standing DC, ch 1, DC) in first st, sk next ch-1 sp, SC in next DC, sk next ch-1 sp and DC, (DC, ch 1, DC, ch 1, DC) in next SC, sk next DC and ch-1 sp, SC in next DC, sk next ch-1 sp, (DC, ch 1, DC) in last st. Turn.  =13 st

6) Ch 1, 2 SC in first st, *sk ch-1 sp and next DC, (DC, ch 1, DC, ch 1, DC) in next SC, sk next DC and ch-1 sp, SC in next st; rep from * to end, ending with 2SC in last st. Turn.  = 15 st

7) (Standing DC, ch 1, DC, ch 1, DC) in first st, sk next SC and next DC and next ch-1 sp, *SC in next (center) DC, sk next ch-1 sp and DC, (DC, ch 1, DC, ch 1, DC) in next st; rep from * to end, skipping the next to last SC and placing your last (DC, ch 1, DC, ch 1, DC) in final st. Turn.  = 17 st

8) (Standing DC, ch 1, DC) in first st, sk next ch-1 sp, SC in next DC, sk next ch-1 sp and DC,* (DC, ch 1, DC, ch 1, DC) in next SC, sk next DC and ch-1 sp,, SC in next DC, sk next ch-1 sp and DC; rep from * to end, putting (DC, ch 1, DC) in last st. Turn.  = 19 st

9-25) Rep Rows 6-8 five times, and then rows 6-7 once more. You should have a stitch count of 53.

Summer Silk Chart

Wrapping It Up

Now you will begin working in rounds.

1) Ch 1, SC around entire triangle, putting 3SC into each corner. Join to first SC with sl st.

2) Ch 1, SC in each stitch to first corner, (SC, ch 3, sl st in 1st ch, SC) down left side and up right side. Join with sl st. Cut yarn.

(If you have an extra stitch left over, it’s totally fine. Nobody will ever notice if you fudge it.)


1) Ch 80, SC in first SC from last round and in each SC across front, ch 81. Turn.

2) Ch 1, SC in each ch and SC to end. Turn.

3) Ch 1, SC across to end. Turn.

Repeat Row 3 four more times. Cut yarn. Weave in ends.

Summer Silk

All Finished!

And you’re finished! I sure hope you get as much use out of your Summer Silk kerchief as I’m getting out of mine. I’d love to see yours if you want to show it off! Just post a picture to social media and tag it #RowsAndRosesSummerSilk so we can all see what you did! Be sure to check out the other free patterns on my blog, as well as the patterns in my Ravelry shop.  As always, if you need me, I’m only a click or two away.

Sati Glenn, owner and operator of Rows and Roses Fiberworks. 
Email: sati@rowsandroses.com
Website: www.rowsandroses.com
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June Showcase

June Showcase

Monthly Wrap-up

Well, wasn’t this just the greatest month ever? We finally got to get out and about, see some friends and family, do some shopping, eat at a few restaurants, and enjoy the summer. I’m sure glad we did, too, because now it’s looking like we may be staying home again for a bit. Of course I’m okay with that, seeing as how much yarn I have here at my disposal. This June Showcase is going to be the best! Come take a look at how much stuff has happened this month.


Cookie Dough is getting her surgery! We hit our goal and I am making kitty baskets for the foreseeable future 🙂 Pattern here.

I updated my Key-ring Lip Balm Cozie pattern this month. Sarah M. tested it for me, so if you’re looking to keep your lip balm handy, go make one for yourself! Don’t crochet? Just ask me, I’ll make one for you. Pattern here.

Citrus Scrubbies are one of my favorite things to make! They’re so cute, and boy do they work great. Pattern here.

Water balloons for the win! These are sooooo popular, and I sure do love making them. Reusable, no need to stand and fill a bunch, no teeny pieces of rubber to clean up afterwards, and machine washable. Perfect for summer! Pattern here.

These little sea turtles were a big hit in the Summer S&C event this year. Aren’t they presh? One down, 10 to go! Pattern here.

So for a while, I’ve really needed a new poncho, as my old and much-loved one is looking a bit raggedy of late. I made this from some gorgeous Mosaic Moon alpaca yarn that my sweetest friend Hattie sent to me years ago. This is my new favorite poncho, for sure! Pattern here.

Patterns, please!

Dad’s Can Cozy pattern is FREE here on the website! Crocheted in WeCrochet’s Dishie yarn, in the back loop only, these are so quick and easy, and can be customized for any color combination! These would also look fantastic in Dishie Twist. If you use Twist to make one, I’d love to see it.

Tilted is my brand new summer pattern. Shawlette, or sarong? You decide! I consider this project a “cheap thrill” as it is super fun to make (puff stitches!!!) as well as super inexpensive. It takes just a single skein of lace yarn. Pictured in the all new Gloss lace color “Plume.”

I’m currently working on a scarf pattern that is set to hit my Ravelry shop next month. This lovely scarf is crocheted using two different yarns, held double, and has such a relaxing stitch pattern. Once you get going, there’s no need to even count! Just kick back and enjoy your stitching.

Extra News

You know I like to share everything going on around here, so I’d just like to let you know that…… WeCrochet accepted a pattern proposal! I am going to be published in their Spring 2021 collection “Mindfulness” and I am so excited!.
Currently I am awaiting finalization from Interweave Crochet for two patterns they accepted for their Winter 2021, and I am finishing up a pattern now for Expression Fiber Arts for sale on their website.
Furthermore, I have submissions in to KnitCrate (click to try for only $5!) and Brooklyn Tweed, as well, and can’t wait to hear back from them. I’m still just so thankful that my little business is growing and growing like it is, and it’s all thanks to you. All of you. You have been here seeing me through and cheering me on, and I am ever so grateful.

That’s it for the June Showcase. If you find value in this post, please consider sharing/tweeting/pinning, and leave a comment letting me know! Every little action helps to get R&R’s voice heard around the web. I am so very thankful to all of you, for everything you do ♥

Giving Back

Giving Back

Meet Cookie Dough

Cookie Dough

I would like to introduce you to a very special little furry friend of mine. He name is Cookie Dough. Isn’t she adorable? Cookie has a very interesting story…
Here at Rows and Roses, giving back when possible is so important, so when I heard about this kitten’s plight, I knew we had to step in.
Cookie was found my friend Lauren. Her children were playing in the yard and they brought in this teeny tiny kitten that they found. She was underweight, covered in fleas, and crying for food. However,  that wasn’t the worst of it. Poor little Cookie Dough had a bigger problem, and she really needed some help.

Injury? Birth defect?

Sweet little Cookie is missing the bottom part of her mouth! Her entire bottom gum is completely exposed. Even at rest, you can see her bottom teeth, some of which did not grow in correctly. In fact, one of her teeth is sticking out in a way that made Lauren think that it was a worm! Imagine her relief to discover that Cookie’s mouth was not, in fact, crawling with worms!

The problem with this injury/defect is that, even though she is eating and drinking okay, there is just SO MUCH of her mucus membrane exposed to the air! Even just playing (like any kitty, she loves to run and jump and “attack,”) she keeps breaking it open and causing herself to bleed. Poor Cookie!

Help is on the Way!

Lauren took her to the vet to get her checked out and get rid of her fleas. The vet looked her over, decided what must be done to fix her mouth, and….. the surgery will cost $600. That’s an awful lot for a stray kitty they did not plan to find! And here is where the giving back comes in.
I rounded up my amazing group of wonderful and big-hearted friends. After scouring Ravelry for the perfect pattern that would be quick and easy to make, yet would keep with the spirit of helping a feline in need, I settled on Cat Basket, by Megan Lee. I got a fundraiser set up selling these baskets for $10 each, with the choice of black, grey, or orange.

This was labeled an emergency fundraiser, and I am thrilled to report that we raised ALL $600 for Cookie’s surgery in just under 48 hours! Everyone pulled together and helped this sweet little girl out and I am so honored and proud to be a part of such an outstanding group of lovely people.

Surgery is set for July 6th. Lauren wanted to get her in earlier, and called around to other vets, but nobody else felt comfortable doing this type of surgery. For now, Lauren and her family are loving all over sweet Cookie and giving her lots of food, and a warm place to sleep. The fleas are gone, she is learning to use a litter box, and she storms through that house like a tiny rhino (I know, I’ve seen it myself!

Enjoy this cuteness

Cookie Dough 3

Thank you all so much for stepping up for this baby who has already had such a hard life. I will keep everyone posted in the facebook group, as well as on the Welcome page here on the website, on how she’s doing after her surgery. And please, as always, if you have enjoyed or found value in this post, or any of my blog posts, sharing would be fantastic!

Dad’s Can Cozy

Dad’s Can Cozy

FREE crochet pattern

Dad's can cozy

Guys are hard to crochet for, at least in my experience. So many crochet patterns are for more feminine items, and finding masculine crochet is challenging. Scarves are easy, but not for summer.  I needed something for my guys for Father’s Day, and this Dad’s Can Cozy is what I came up with. Whether he’s into beer or soda, or both, this can cozy is just what he needs. The back-loop-only stitches make it super textured for a firm grip. It will keep his hand and his can dry, and can be thrown into the washer and dryer along with everything else. Make him two in his favorite colors and he’ll never be without one!

To purchase the printable .pdf, click here.

For a Lightening Quick Tutorial of the single crochet back loop only (SCblo) click here.

Getting started

Stitches:  Ch, sl st, SC, SCblo
Yarn:  Worsted cotton, approx. 50 yards (I used Dishie in the samples shown.)
Hook:  I/5.5mm or size needed to obtain gauge
Sizes:  3.75” tall when on can, circumference of can

Gauge:  4 SC x 4 rounds = 1”

After the base is finished, and you switch to white, ALL stitches will be worked in the back loop only. 

can cozy


1) Ch 2, 6SC in 2nd ch from hook. Join with sl st.  = 6 SC

2) Ch 1, 2SC in each st around. Join.  = 12 SC

3) Ch 1, SC in first st, 2 SC in next st, *SC in next st, 2SC in next st; rep from * around. Join.   = 18 SC

4) Ch 1, SC in first two sts, 2SC in next st, *SC in next two sts, 2SC in next st; rep from * around. Join.  = 24 SC

5) Ch 1, SC in first three sts, 2SC in next st, *SC in next three sts, 2SC in next st; rep from * around. Join.  = 30 SC

6) Ch 1, SCblo in each st around. Join.  

This is where I join the white and start making stripes. You can do this however you want: keep the whole thing one solid color, add another color and alternate each round to make stripes all the way up, or stripe it another way! The possibilities are endless. Just be sure to carry your unused color up each row by catching it at the join.

In the samples pictured above, the stripes are made on rows 17 and 19.

7-21) Ch 1, SCblo around. Join. Cut yarn. Weave in ends.

You’re finished! Wasn’t that easy? If you enjoyed this pattern, please share by linking back to my blog or Ravelry shop. Every little thing you do to spread the word helps Rows and Roses to grow. Got questions? I’m only a click or two away!

May Showcase

May Showcase

Projects, patterns, and more!


Hi, how are you all? Still on this wild ride with the rest of us? It’s a crazy world right now, for sure.  I’ve decided to call this post May Showcase instead of the usual Round Up. Showcase just sounds so much nicer, so let’s stick with that from now on, yeah?

This month has been FULL of beautiful, scrumptious yarn that I have thoroughly enjoyed playing with. I’ve published a pattern, worked on writing some more patterns, am working on updating an oldie but goodie, and have had so many wonderful things fall off my hook! Let me show you…


I’ve had so much fun putting together this May Showcase for y’all! Above, you can see all the stuff I’ve been working on this month.

This month I crocheted two Baby Yoda dollies, wrote up a pattern and crocheted a bunch of Blooming Hand Towels, and made a bunch of Best Potholders. I completed the second in the Elemental Dragons series, Fire. A beaded cape and a YipYip went out to a sweet customer, and I got to stitch up another Carnival Glass! This one was for a great friend and customer, and in a colorway of Muse that I hadn’t used before, called “Untamed.” Didn’t it turn out so nice?

I also sent off a package to WeCrochet for their Independent Designers Program (IDP) so they could photograph all the items. Don’t you just love a big fluffy package of yarn stuffs?


Blooming Hand Towel

I released this free pattern on my blog this month, and it has done astoundingly well! But really, who wouldn’t want a little row of join-as-you-go flowers gracing their kitchen? Click the pic to check it out!


This is the BIG DEAL pattern that will be hitting my Ravelry shop in June. My testers have been wonderful and I can’t wait to share it with you. Everyone needs a lace-weight shawlette for the summer! Click the pic to visit my Ravelry shop.

Lip Balm Cozy

My key-ring Lip Balm Cozy pattern will be the next to get a facelift. Grab it now at $1.99 before I add the stylesheet and spruce up the pics and the update will be FREE! If you wait until after the update goes through, the new price will be $4.99.


Now I want to tell you the most exciting part of this post (well, the most exciting for ME, anyway!)

As of right now, today, I have completed ALL orders, there is no test for WeCrochet in-house, both patterns accepted by Interweave Crochet are complete, and Summer Specials & Customs doesn’t open until next week. It will be open for a whole week, meaning I won’t be working on orders during that time. Then the yarn has to be ordered and will take at least another week to get to me so I can start work.

Do you know what this means?

It means I have THREE WHOLE WEEKS, at the very least, in which I can design patterns, update patterns, make swatches, send in proposals, and just generally enjoy some time playing with yarn. I am thrilled to have this little chunk of time for being creative and following my yarny desires. So far, I have around 10 design ideas that I plan to get down on paper, as well as swatched. I will be updating my lip balm cozy pattern in my Ravelry shop. Today I am even starting a purple-black alpaca/Merino/silk poncho FOR MYSELF! Ahhhh…. this is the life.

I hope you’ve enjoyed our May Showcase. If you have found value in this post, please share! Pin it, tweet it, drop a comment, follow me on instagram, hit up my facebook page (and from there, be sure to join my group because that’s where all the action is!) and check out some of the free patterns here on my blog. Thank you so much for being here. Your loyalty and patronage- and especially friendship- mean the world to me ♥

Get Hooked

Get Hooked

A crochet hook overview

scattered hooks

If I’ve learned anything about crochet hooks after 10 years of crocheting, it’s that they are deeply personal. I don’t know a single hooker who can use just any ol’ hook. We all have our “perfect hooks” and that tends to be what we stick with.

But what type of hooks are there? What makes hooks so different from each other? In today’s Get Hooked post, we’ll learn a little about hook anatomy, types, brands, and we’ll even talk to other crafters about what hooks they prefer, and why.

Tapered or inline

Before you can Get Hooked, you have to FIND a hook. Right? Also, the hook you find needs to work for you. So what if it doesn’t? What if you’re dropping your yarn off the hook with each stitch, or splitting the yarn each time you grab it?

There are two main types of hooks: tapered (such as Boye,) and inline (such as Susan Bates.) The tapered hooks have much narrower throats and rounder heads. The biggest concern with tapered hooks seems to be having the yarn slipping off the side of the head, meaning you’re having to re-grab the yarn, essentially making the stitch twice (or more.) This slows you down, as I’m sure you can see.

Tapered Hooks
Tapered Hooks

Inline hooks are straight all the way down from the head to the end of the shaft. The head is “in line” with the rest of the hook. They also tend to have a deeper throat, which I love because I feel it securely grabs the yarn the first time, and leaves nowhere for the yarn to slip off. The thing that most tapered fans have against inline hooks is they say it splits the yarn too often, due to the sharper edge.

I personally am an inline hook user all the way. I’ve never had any issues with splitting yarn (beyond what’s reasonable in the craft of crochet in general.) In fact, I can’t use a tapered hook at all anymore! Every stitch I make slips right off and I have to do it again. Inline hooks have greatly increased my speed and accuracy.

Inline Hooks
Inline Hooks

Let's hear what some other crafters have to say...

I have realized for me that I love lightweight, tapered hooks and I do not like big handles. For regular crochet, Furls streamlines are perfect for me bc of their shape, they are extremely lightweight and yarn glides over them wonderfully. For Amigurumi I love clovers crochet hooks. They are lightweight and I feel more comfortable using them to make cute Amigurumi with small, tight stitches. I also love their Tunisian interchangeable set because they are wooden, lightweight, easy to use and the interchangeable cords are awesome to have.

~ Alexandra Halsey from With Alex

When I first started crocheting, I tried both tapered and in-line to see what worked best for me, with a Bates vs Boye comparison. I found that I preferred the tapered Boye hook over the in-line Bates, but wished the tip of the Boye hook had a similar point to the Bates hook. I started using Clover Amour hooks, which I absolutely loved and are still my go to, though I have recently discovered Furls Odyssey, which to me is a blend of both styles, making me fly through my stitches, with their slightly tapered, slightly in-line, still smooth head with more point than Boye but maybe not as much as Bates. It’s the Goldilocks hook!
~ Kristen Caldwell, from Hooks Books and Wanderlust

My current favorite is the Clover soft touch. I like that its handle is shorter so it doesn’t start to hurt the right side of my hand (by my pinky) if I crochet for too long, which happens pretty often hah! I’m dying to try a furls, too, but I haven’t yet.

~ Mary from Kickin’ Crochet

After years of sore hands from crocheting to much, if there is such a thing, I tried Clover Soft Touch Hooks and fell in love with them. The thicker (and softer) handles relieved my sore and achy hands immediately. I love all the pretty handles and hooks on the market today, but I am too loyal to my Clovers to give them a try. Happy Crocheting! 
~ Christine from Sweet Potato 3

I learned to crochet using Boye hooks, and used them for over a decade until I was forced to use a Bates hook for a contract project. It was then that I discovered not only that the sizing is actually different between Boye and Bates, but the neck and hook are completely different as well. It took a little while to get used to the Bates hook, but once I did, I found it very difficult to go back to using my Boye hooks. I now have 3 sets of Bates hooks, and my poor Boyes are collecting dust.
~ Malena from Straight Hooked 

My personal favorites are inline hooks. There is a slightly different movement when crocheting with inline hooks compared to tapered hooks that doesn’t bother my wrists as much. I love the deeper throat as well since it grabs the yarn better–I can actually crochet faster! My favorite hooks are the classic Susan Bates hooks, and Furls hooks when my wrists and hands need a little more TLC.

~ Kirsten from Kirsten Holloway Designs

I’ve always preferred tapered hooks for most projects. With inline hooks, I find I split the yarn more often. My current favorite “everyday” hooks are Clover Amour. The soft, ergonomic grip is very comfortable, the weight feels just right to me, and of course they’ve got tapered ends. I also like that they list the size in mm on the hook.
~ Pia Thadani of Stitches n Scraps

I love Furls hooks. I recently switched (around November of last year) and can’t use anything else now. I switch between their streamline swirls, odysseys, and alphas depending on the project.
~ Pamela Stark of Sincerely Pam

Let's talk brands!

So now that you know all about different types, are you ready to get hooked? Which would you like to try and where can you find them? Here are a few different brands, along with my personal thoughts, as well as links for purchasing.

Radiant Hooks by WeCrochet

These are my very favorite wooden hooks ever, and that’s my real professional opinion, not my Ambassador’s opinion 😀 These hooks are inline, with a rounded head, and a satin-like finish. I’ve never had issues with splitting yarn with these, and I especially love the slight grip the wood offers to slippery yarns, like the Upcycle I used in SUNday.

Susan Bates at Hobby Lobby

These are my favorite aluminum hooks, as well as my first set of inlines. Since finding these, I’ll never again use a tapered hook. Susan Bates Silvalume hooks are light-weight aluminum and beautifully colored, with a deep throat and pointy tip. For me, they are the most perfect hooks I’ve ever used for any and all types of wool.

Clover Amour at WeCrochet

These Clover hooks are so pretty! Ergonomic handles make for comfortable stitching for those whole hold their hook like a knife (as opposed to the pencil hold,) and the bright colors are so lovely. These are tapered aluminum hooks in plastic handles.

Go hook yourself

There you have it, friends and neighbors. Tapered or inline, straight or ergonomic shafts, wood or metal or plastic, there are so many different types of hooks! Why not try out a few and see what you like? After talking with these other amazing crochet artists, I’m really excited to try some Furls hooks now, although I just don’t know if anything can take the place of my WeCrochet wooden or Susan Bates aluminum inline hooks.

If you have found value in this post, please share it, pin it, tweet it, or leave a comment. Thanks so much for all that you do to help Rows and Roses offer great content and get it out to the masses. You are loved and appreciated ♥

Blooming Hand Towel

Blooming Hand Towel

FREE Crochet pattern

Blooming Towel

Every now and then, I have an idea that doesn’t go as planned. Blooming Hand Towel is a great example! I wanted a kitchen towel for Mother’s Day to go with a Best Potholder and a Trivet in Bloom. I love making matching sets for my mom and she loves getting them! When I sat down with my yarn to design a kitchen towel, I don’t know what happened but I started making flowers. Then THIS happened, and it was even better than any of the ideas I had thought of before. I love it when that happens 🙂 Blooming Hand Towel includes some lovely little join-as-you-go flowers that are a cinch to make, with a solid body that is both absorbent and beautiful. And with all of the colors of Dishie Solids, Dishie Multi, and Dishie Twist available, you can make it to match any decor!

Want a printable .pdf of this pattern? Grab it here.

A little info

Stitches:  Ch, sl st, SC, DC, TC

Yarn:  Approx. 210 yards of worsted weight cotton
(WeCrochet Dishie, “Blush”  50 yards/ “Azure” Twist  160 yards)

Hook:  J/10

Sizes:  Approx. 23” long x 11” wide

Gauge:  First two rounds of flower = 2” across from petal to petal


Blooming Hand Towel- let's get started!


First, we make three flowers and join them as we go.

First flower:

Ch 4. Join to form loop.

1) 12 DC in loop. Join.  = 12 DC (I always use a standing DC for my first, but if you want to use a ch 2 + DC, or a ch 3, you totally can. Personal preference here 🙂 )

2) Sl st into sp between first two DCs, 2 DC into each sp around. Join.  = 24 DC

3) Sk first DC, (3 DC, TC, 3 DC) into next st, sk 1 st, sl st into next st. This is petal #1. Now *sk next st, (3 DC, TC, 3DC) into next st, sk 1 st, sl st into next st; rep from * around to make petals #2-6. Join with a sl st into st we started in. Cut yarn. Weave in ends.  = 6 petals

Great! Your first flower is finished! Now we’re going to make a second, and then a third, and join them as we go. Ready?

Second flower:

Work rounds 1 and 2 just the same as the first flower.

3) *Sk first DC, (3 DC, TC) into next st, join with sl st into TC of petal #1 on first flower by holding the flowers wrong sides together and inserting the hook from back to front, 3 DC into that same stitch, sk 1 st, sl st into next st. This is petal #1. Rep from * once more for petal #2, joining in petal #2 of first flower. **Sk next st, (3 DC, TC, 3 DC) into next st, sk next st, sl st into next st. This is petal #3.  Rep from ** for petals #4-6. Join with sl st into st we started in. Cut yarn. Weave in ends.

Excellent! We’re nearly there. Now for the final flower.

Third flower:

Repeat second flower, but make sure to use petals #4 and #5 of second flower for joining, instead of #1 and #2.

Now you should have a nice little row of flowers connected to each other, just like this:


Now to add the towel

Lay your row of flowers in front of you, right side up. Assuming you are right-handed, as this pattern is written right-handed, locate the two petals alllllll the way to the right. See that top one, the one pointing at about two o’clock? Now find the TC in that petal. That’s where we’re going to join our towel yarn. I like to use a different color for the towel, but if you want to use the same as your flowers, I’m not gonna try to talk you out of it. Life is short, do what makes you happy <3

Now join your towel yarn with a sl st into that TC. 

Ch 8, SC  into the TC of the petal just to the left of our starting petal, ch 12, SC into the topmost petal of the next flower, ch 12, SC into the TC of the topmost petal on the final flower, ch 8, sl st into the TC of the petal just to the left of the previous petal.

Now our towel is ready to go! Here’s what you have so far:


You're doing great!


1) Sl st into the first 4 chs, SC into each of the next 4 chs, *SC into the next SC, SC into each of the next 12 chs* twice, SC into the next SC, SC into the next 4 chs leaving the last 4 chs unworked. Ch 1, turn.  = 35 SC

2) DC in each st to end. Ch 1, turn.  = 35 DC

3) SC in each st to end. Turn.  = 35 SC

Repeat rows 2-3 (21) times. Cut yarn.

Now go back to the chs we made when we first started the towel. With right side facing, join with sl st into the very first ch on the very first petal (remember the 4 chs that we left unworked on row 1? That first ch is what we’re looking for, joined to the TC of the first petal.)

Ch 1, SC in each ch, up the side of the towel (I usually put one SC into each SC row and two SCs into each DC row) across the top, down the other side, and into each of the 4 sl sts there at the end. Cut yarn. Weave in ends.

Mother's Day set
Full Towel

You're a stitching rockstar!

Thanks so much for purchasing my Blooming Handtowel pattern! I hope you enjoy making it as much as I do. Show us your towels! Share your finished towel on social media with the hashtag #RowsAndRosesBloomingHandtowel. Also, check out my Blooming Handtowel, Best Potholder, and Trivet for a great Mother’s Day gift set!

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April RoundUp

April RoundUp

Looking good, April!

Well now. April definitely treated me better than March did. What do you think? Are we starting to hit our stride with being homebound? Is the weather maybe, just maybe, starting to improve into a true and glorious spring? We all know that Mother’s Day is just around the corner, my Ambassadorship with WeCrochet is off to an amazing start, and I’m starting to feel really good about this. Please allow me to offer you an April RoundUp. We finished some items, wrote some patterns, became a Brand Ambassador and affiliate for WeCrochet, got two patterns accepted by Interweave, and man oh man, things are feeling GOOD just now!

Crossing the finish line

I had some pretty fun stuff falling off my hook and needles this month. Mittens for Alice, ear savers donations made from leftover Brava for our medical staff who are fighting so hard for all of us right now, a cat barf scarf, another Peaceful Poncho for the lovely Hattie, a Geodesic Cowl for Miss Sarah Ashley, and the Mother’s Day sets are still coming. Phew! Add to that the Blooming Hand Towel pattern I’m almost ready to release, the lace-weight shawl pattern I’m having a time with, the two patterns I’m getting ready to send to Interweave Crochet, and the sweater for EFA…. y’all. It’s been a busy month.

Patterns, you say?

The sweater I’ve been designing for Expression Fiber Arts is finished! Now I’m looking for testers. Let me know if you want more info on testing this textured beauty!

My very first garment pattern, Carnival Glass, went live in April. Crocheted in WeCrochet’s Muse Sock Yarn, this top is super stretchy and forgiving. The smaller size only takes a single skein!

Trivet In Bloom is the free pattern for April, and it has exploded! So many of you loved it, and are making your own. In fact, it’s so popular, it’s been voted in for our May crochet-along! Jump into the Ravelry group and join us for some trivets!

Changing and growing...

If I can break from this April roundup and get serious for a moment here, I just want to let you all know some things. It’s pretty clear that Rows and Roses is growing rather quickly. Affiliation, Ambassadorship, patterns accepted by Interweave (!!!), working with Expression Fiber Arts, a new YouTube channel… a whole lotta blessings being crammed into such a small package! It’s exciting, and scary, and sometimes really frustrating. 

I want you all to know that Rows and Roses will always stay committed to the roots of this little business. I will always be here to provide you with specials and customs, as well as FLASH’s for the holidays (most of them, at least.) We may reach a point where events are closed up sooner than you’re used to, and turnaround times will probably, eventually, be extended. I intend to release two patterns per month for the foreseeable future, one for free on my blog and one for sale in my Ravelry shop, so that we can stitch together, those of you who are also crocheters.

 You are all my people, and I won’t take off from here with starry eyes. I’ve seen it happen and that’s not me! You are all so important to me, and I appreciate your continued patronage more than I could ever put into words. You all are the life blood of R&R and I would never have gotten to where I am today without you. So thank you all for sticking around and cheering me on. My adoration for you all knows no bounds ♥