Brenda Stratton Designs

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2017 National Crochet Month


NatCroMo 2017Happy NatCroMo 2017!
In addition to today being my spot on the 2017 NatCroMo Blog Tour, it also marks the fifth consecutive year I’ve been included in this wonderful event, hosted by Crochetville’s own Amy Shelton and Donna Hulka. I’m so proud to be part of it all, and want to thank both Amy and Donna for the opportunities the Blog Tour has provided!

The designers that were already featured this month have been so generous. They’ve offered some great blog posts and amazing patterns. My contribution this time has two parts.

Mocha Latte Coffee Cup Cozy

The first part  introduces my Mocha Latte Coffee Cup Cozy. It’s a short beginner pattern that is quick and easy to make, is customizable, and it tucks neatly into your purse or pocket when you’re on the go. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve burned my fingers on one of those “cute” little paper bands available in coffee shops that are meant to protect your fingers (but don’t). So, this design is born of necessity, and serves as a humble solution to protect my fingers. To download the free pattern, please visit my Free Pattern page.

For the second part, I’ve added a bonus just for this event. To celebrate being a member of Crochetville’s NatCroMo Blog Tour for five consecutive years, I’ve brought back some additional free patterns I’ve offered in the past. The Mocha Latte Coffee Cup Cozy will become a permanent addition to my Free Pattern page, while the remaining patterns will be free until  midnight on Friday, March 31st, 2017. More will be coming in the weeks and months ahead.

The free pattern giveaway for the Grab & Go Tote and the Diagonal Mesh Dishcloth has ended. Thank you to everyone who visited my blog during National Crochet Month 2017. 

Grab & Go Tote

Crochet the Grab & Go Tote to make taking along your iPad, e-reader or other electronic device simple and safe. Toss in a book, your keys or whatever else you might need, and you’re ready to go! It’s a low-cost alternative to some of the commercially available bags than can cost $40, $50, or more! It uses less than 1 skein of #4 acrylic yarn, and a few yards of a scrap yarn for the flower.


Diagonal Mesh Dishcloth (in 2 sizes)

Do you love making dishcloths? Many people do but don’t like the bulk that making them with worsted weight cotton yarn results in. My Diagonal Mesh Dishcloth eliminates that problem by using a diagonal (sc, ch-1) pattern. The resulting “holes” are small, but large enough to allow the dishcloth to move easily. Reducing the bulk also helps them dry faster. With this pattern, you can stop increasing and begin decreasing at the end of any row, which allows you to decide what size dishcloth you want. To get you started, the pattern is written in two sizes.


Thank you for stopping by my blog. I hope you enjoy my free patterns and the rest of the Blog Tour! Be sure to check back soon for more freebies, blog posts, and announcements!

Until next time, keep on crocheting!


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  2. Thank you for the patterns! Enjoyed reading about you on the blog tour.

  3. Thanks for the freebies! Much appreciated. Love the doily with the beads and purple accents!

  4. Thank you for the patterns. Really like the cozy, cute and practical.

  5. Hello Brenda, found the ‘Present Crochet Throw’ with matching pillows, like this design. Would be a wonderful gift for my in laws for Christmas. But can’t find the pattern anywhere to crochet them can you help me?

    • Hello, Jeannette! I’m afraid that I can’t help you, personally. (I would if I could!)

      You will need to contact Coats to get the pattern for the throw, as I sold all rights to them. I did not design the pillows. They were designed by another designer, then Coats contacted me to create a throw to match. The last time I saw the pillow patterns, they were free on Joann’s website. Both used to be freebies on Coats web site. Best of luck in obtaining both patterns!

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