GIVEAWAY – Crocheting For Dummies & Polka Dot Posh Crochet Patterns (CLOSED)

by Kelsey Norwood

in Giveaways

The winner is #69, Sharleen. She said, “I am more used to knitting but I have 2 grand kids graduating soon and want to crochet afghans for them. This book would be helpful. I enjoy your video references which can be accessed directly in Goggle reader.”

Send an email with your address to kelsey[at]vanillajoy[dot]com BEFORE WEDNESDAY to claim your prize. Thanks!

THE PRIZE

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One reader will win the following prizes:


MY REVIEW

Crocheting  For Dummies

crocheting for dummiesI’m really not a person who can learn how to do something from reading a book. However, I love For Dummies books because they have a wide range of information for people of all levels. While I don’t think I could have learned how to crochet solely from reading this book, it’s a great reference book. I have looked up several times new skills like how to join new yarn in the middle of a row (page 111) and decreasing and increasing basics.

I read the first few chapters straight through and it really helped me understand all about yarn, gauge, tension, tools, and patterns. Plus there are many beginner patterns with lots of explanation to give you practice with all of your new knowledge.

When I need some help, I turn to You Tube and For Dummies. In the last few months, I’ve checked out For Dummies books from our library on a variety of topics including Plumbing, Cast Iron Cooking, and more. I love how the books are organized and how I don’t feel like a Dummy when I’m finished reading!

Oliver and Ivy

oliver and ivy hats

This crocheted hat pattern is one of the many ADORABLE patterns from one of my favorite Etsy shops, Polka Dot Posh. Cassie Ence is the creator of these patterns that are great for beginners and experienced crochet queens alike.

I love how Cassi wrote this pattern to use two strands of Vanna’s Choice yarn to get a very chunky two-tone look and then make a fuzzy border that is just soooo cute!

And Cassi is available and willing to help at any time. I had a few questions, emailed her, and received a very helpful and timely response.

button loafer booties crochet pattern

I also got to try out the crocheted bootie pattern, and they were easy and quick (as long as you count your stitches and keep track of where you are!). I love how these little booties look just like shoes and I’ll be giving them away as baby gifts this year. (They also make great photography props…) This pattern also uses Vanna’s Choice yarn which makes a very soft and comfy bootie.

Besides the booties and hat patterns she’s giving away, she also has patterns for a precious newborn teddy bear hat, hanging stork cocoon, visor beanie, diaper cover, and earwarmer/headwrap. Her patterns are easy to follow and your finished product will be beautiful!

GIVEAWAY RULES

  • Make a comment on this post before midnight Friday, April 23.
  • A winner will be selected and announced at the top of this post on Saturday.
  • Only one comment per person unless you earn extra entries.
  • Giveaway open only to residents of the continental United States…sorry.
  • Winners must email me to claim their prize within 5 days.

EARN EXTRA ENTRIES

You may earn 1 extra entry each for doing the following (make a separate comment for each thing you do):

You may also earn up to 25 entries by blogging about this contest and including certain links – click here to read more about earning these entries.

GOOD LUCK and THANKS!

{These products were provided to Vanilla Joy for review purposes.}

{ 89 comments… read them below or add one }

1 StampinCathy April 19, 2010 at 8:40 am

Thanks for a chance at this giveaway. I would love to learn how to do this and I for sure did to start with the dummy version.

2 StampinCathy April 19, 2010 at 8:41 am

Thanks for a second chance at this great giveaway. I’m a subscriber.

3 StampinCathy April 19, 2010 at 8:42 am

I’m a FB fan. Thanks for another chance.

4 Tersa April 19, 2010 at 9:44 am

I already subscribe to your feed!

Those patterns are adorable!!

5 Hillary April 19, 2010 at 12:33 pm

You know, I’ve tried knitting and it’s really not my thing; however, I’d love to try crocheting! Thanks for the chance to win this!

6 Hillary April 19, 2010 at 12:33 pm

I’m a feed subscriber.

7 Rebecca April 19, 2010 at 1:32 pm

This would be fabulous. Hope I win!

8 Rebecca April 19, 2010 at 1:33 pm

I subscribe to your feed:)

9 Monica B. April 19, 2010 at 2:18 pm

oooh!! I really want to learn!!! Please!!

10 Tara April 19, 2010 at 4:09 pm

I would love to learn how to crochet!

11 Tara April 19, 2010 at 4:10 pm

follow For Dummies on twitter
@huffychic

12 Tara April 19, 2010 at 4:10 pm

follow Vanilla Joy on twitter
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13 Tara April 19, 2010 at 4:11 pm

subscribe to Vanilla Joy in google reader

14 Tara April 19, 2010 at 4:11 pm

facebook fan of Vanilla Joy

15 Kathy Mc April 19, 2010 at 4:56 pm

Now why didn’t I think to look for this book to help me learn crocheting? Would love to win and the patterns are adorable. Thanks for a chance to win!

16 Kathy Mc April 19, 2010 at 4:57 pm

Subscribe to your feed in Google Reader

17 Kathy Mc April 19, 2010 at 4:58 pm

already signed up for your newsletter.

18 Christina April 19, 2010 at 6:09 pm

I would love to win this! I started knitting a few months ago and I would love to learn how to crochet too.

19 Christina April 19, 2010 at 6:13 pm
20 Christina April 19, 2010 at 6:15 pm

I follow vanillajoy on twitter

21 Christina April 19, 2010 at 6:16 pm

I’m a facebook fan of Vanilla Joy

22 Christina April 19, 2010 at 6:18 pm

I’ve subscribed to your feed via email

23 Christina April 19, 2010 at 6:19 pm

I commented on your non-giveaway post. http://www.vanillajoy.com/robeez-spotlight.html Cutest shoes ever :)

24 Kimberly April 19, 2010 at 6:23 pm

I have always wanted to learn and now my 12 year old daughter is showing interest! This would be perfect for us to do together!
Thanks!

25 Kimberly April 19, 2010 at 6:25 pm

Fan on Facebook!

26 Kimberly April 19, 2010 at 6:25 pm

Twitter follower!

27 Kimberly April 19, 2010 at 6:26 pm

Already follow vanillajoy on twitter!

28 Kimberly April 19, 2010 at 6:41 pm

I would love to have this book. I like the Dummies series.

29 Kimberly April 19, 2010 at 6:41 pm

i follow you on twitter. @winsom6

30 Kimberly April 19, 2010 at 6:43 pm

Comment up above my twitter name is winsome6
I subscribe by email.

31 Kimberly April 19, 2010 at 6:43 pm

i subscribe to your feed.

32 Erica April 20, 2010 at 8:08 am

Would love the dummies book and the patterns .. I keep trying to learn .. just need to practice more :)

33 Michelle April 20, 2010 at 10:14 am

Oh goodness, those crocheted booties are so cute!

34 Michelle April 20, 2010 at 10:18 am

I just blogged with a link to this post.

35 Michelle April 20, 2010 at 10:18 am

I’m also a subscriber.

36 Michelle April 20, 2010 at 10:19 am

And I get your newsletter.

37 Michelle April 20, 2010 at 10:20 am

And I comment on non-contest posts.

38 Carly April 20, 2010 at 10:27 am

I’ve been meaning to learn to crochet! How perfect!

39 Elizabeth April 20, 2010 at 12:28 pm

This looks like a great book! The patterns are really cute too! Thanks for the giveaway!

40 Elizabeth April 20, 2010 at 12:29 pm

I subscribed to Polkadotposh feed.

41 Missy April 20, 2010 at 12:57 pm

Okay, I should really get on this bandwagon – SIGN me up! I’d really like to learn. Maybe by the time I figure it out I’ll finally have a girl :P

42 Missy April 20, 2010 at 12:58 pm

I like you on Facebook.

43 Missy April 20, 2010 at 12:58 pm

I have your button.

44 Missy April 20, 2010 at 12:59 pm

I subscribe to your feed.

45 Carrie April 20, 2010 at 1:01 pm

I so want to make those booties…they are adorable!

46 Christina April 20, 2010 at 1:26 pm

I subscribed to your newsletter

47 Jill April 20, 2010 at 4:00 pm

This looks like a lot of fun, I would probably have to still have help! Would love to win.

48 Stefani April 20, 2010 at 4:01 pm

I am looking for a crochet 4H project, this would be perfect!

49 Angela S April 20, 2010 at 5:31 pm

Such fun little booties! I love them (and the other items too)!

50 Angela S April 20, 2010 at 5:32 pm

I’m subscribed to your feed via Google Reader!

51 Angela S April 20, 2010 at 5:32 pm

I also have subscribed to your newsletter!

52 Gina L. April 20, 2010 at 7:27 pm

I want to expand my horizons with learning to knit and crochete. My grandma taught me as a child but I haven’t tried it since I was 8!

53 Gina L. April 20, 2010 at 7:27 pm

I subscribe

54 Gina L. April 20, 2010 at 7:28 pm

I receive your newsletter.

55 Gina L. April 20, 2010 at 7:28 pm

I follow you on Twitter.

56 Gina L. April 20, 2010 at 7:29 pm

I’m a Vanilla Joy Fan.

57 christina April 21, 2010 at 3:03 am

I put your button on my blog sidebar

58 Heather Hughes April 21, 2010 at 12:27 pm

I love the baby bootie pattern. It looks like a good starter project….meaning something that can be started and completed in a reasonable amount of time, and that won’t be overwhelming. I also really do love the hats…..espcially the baby one. I can’t wait to have some time on my hands to get started!!

59 Nikki April 21, 2010 at 1:49 pm

ooo I love this book! this looks amazing! I would love to win. I’ve crocheted hats and scarves before and I would love to learn how to crochet those adorable booties:)

60 Natalie April 21, 2010 at 2:09 pm

I want to win this! I have to know how to make those cute booties.

61 Natalie April 21, 2010 at 2:10 pm

I subscribe to your feed.

62 Sandie Russo April 21, 2010 at 3:41 pm

Fabulous giveaway!!

63 Sandie Russo April 21, 2010 at 3:44 pm

Facebook fan of “for dummies”

64 Sandie Russo April 21, 2010 at 3:45 pm

following “for dummies” on twitter

65 Sandie Russo April 21, 2010 at 3:46 pm

following Vanilla Joy on Twitter

66 Sharleen April 22, 2010 at 9:05 am

I subscribe to your email feed

67 Sharleen April 22, 2010 at 9:05 am

I subscribe in google reader

68 Sharleen April 22, 2010 at 9:08 am

I am more used to knitting but I have 2 grandkids graduating soon and want to crochet afghans for them. This book would be helpful. I enjoy your video references which can be accessed directly in Goggle reader.

69 Sharleen April 22, 2010 at 9:15 am

I check your facebook page

70 Robin April 22, 2010 at 12:59 pm

I love to crochet – thanks for the giveaway!
Robin
cokelush at gmail

71 Robin April 22, 2010 at 1:00 pm

I Subscribe to Polka Dot Posh’s shop feed
Thanks!
Robin
cokelush at gmail

72 Robin April 22, 2010 at 1:01 pm

I Became a Facebook Fan of For Dummies
Robin P-K are my initials.
Thanks!
Robin
cokelush at gmail

73 Robin April 22, 2010 at 1:02 pm

I Follow For Dummies on Twitter :: cokelush
Thanks!
Robin
cokelush at gmail

74 Robin April 22, 2010 at 1:02 pm

I Follow Vanilla Joy on Twitter :: cokelush
Thanks!
Robin
cokelush at gmail

75 Robin April 22, 2010 at 1:03 pm

I’m a Facebook Fan of Vanilla Joy
Robin P-K are my initials.
Thanks!
Robin
cokelush at gmail

76 Robin April 22, 2010 at 1:04 pm

I Subscribe to your feed.
Thanks!
Robin
cokelush at gmail

77 Robin April 22, 2010 at 1:04 pm

I Signed up for your newsletter.
Thanks!
Robin
cokelush at gmail

78 Robin April 22, 2010 at 1:05 pm

Your button is on my sidebar
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Thanks!
Robin
cokelush at gmail

79 Jeanne April 22, 2010 at 2:10 pm

I am a knitter but want to learn how to crochet – the book sounds perfect.

80 Lisa Magaoay April 22, 2010 at 5:46 pm

I’m just starting out on knitting so this would be great!
asklisamATgmailDOTcom

81 Michelle April 23, 2010 at 8:28 am

Oh, I would love to crochet! What a great giveaway.

82 Michelle April 23, 2010 at 8:29 am

I have emailed 3 friends about this giveaway

Marcia B.
Pam C.
Mindy W.

Thanks!

83 Michelle April 23, 2010 at 8:30 am

I mentioned this giveaway on my blog:

http://www.tineedetails.blogspot.com

84 Michelle April 23, 2010 at 8:32 am

I have your button on my blog now! http://www.tineedetails.blogspot.com

85 Amy V April 23, 2010 at 8:34 am

Thanks for this contest. Learning crochet in 2010 is a goal of mine.

86 Judy April 23, 2010 at 4:30 pm

What a great giveaway! Just spent last winter learning to knit, then decided this spring to try my hand at crocheting again. Thanks for the contest. I love those booties!

87 AngelaP April 23, 2010 at 7:33 pm

I would love to learn how to do this. I want to make my son a cute hat like that!

88 AngelaP April 23, 2010 at 7:34 pm

I follow For Dummies on Twitter under ChildrensNook

89 AngelaP April 23, 2010 at 7:34 pm

I Follow Vanilla Joy on Twitter under ChildrensNook

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