Happy Clappy Crochet

Celebrating Crochet with a Positive Spin

Pulling Into The Station

on March 13, 2016

Welcome Riders of the Crochetville Express! This is stop # 38 of the tour and I am happy to have you here.

Since this is my second year on the blog tour, I wanted to do something special to celebrate being a crochet designer. That not only meant designing something awesome, but also finding the perfect yarn. Luckily, I know a gal who does a great job with hand-dyed yarns.

I contacted my friend Julie, of Happy-Go-Lucky Yarns, and we got together one Saturday afternoon and created this.

HGL Glittery in the colorway Gaia ©Happy-Go-Lucky Yarns; Used with Permission

HGL Glittery in the colorway Gaia
©Happy-Go-Lucky Yarns; Used with Permission

Isn’t it beautiful!!! We picked a fingering weight base with some silver metallic in it, and it adds the perfect amount of sparkle! I knew I wanted the colors to transition from greens to blues, and that I would need two skeins of yarn to create the shawl design idea I had in my head. We had a lot of fun that afternoon and I absolutely adore the yarn colorway we created.

So now I had the perfect yarn; I just needed to come up with the perfect pattern. Using a technique I learned from a class I took with Myra Wood, I started with a partial motif and worked from there. Originally, the shawl was going to be all one lace pattern, but after talking with friends, I decided to change things up and go with a couple different stitch patterns, each separated by a band of solid stitching. It took several sessions of stitch and rip, but I found a rhythm that worked with the color changes within the yarn. After several weeks, the Terra shawl was born.

©Laura Krzak

©Laura Krzak

©Laura Krzak

©Laura Krzak

I’m just thrilled with how this shawl turned out and I’m very excited to share it all with you. And in honor of National Crochet Month and my 2nd year on the blog tour, you will be able to get the shawl for $2.00 off the published price. Just enter the Promo Code DCDHGL2016 after you add the pattern to your Ravelry cart and you are good to go! Coupon code is only available until March 20th, so make sure to act quickly!


I wouldn’t be part of the blog tour as a designer if it wasn’t for Cascade Yarns. They have really invested in offering free crochet patterns on their website, and I am honored to design crochet patterns for them. To celebrate that partnership, I am offering THREE contests for NatCroMo!

Contest #1 – You will win one skein of Cascade Yarns – Roslyn in the 04-Orange colorway, as well as a signed copy of the Ginger Snap Scarf pattern.

Contest #2 – You will win two skeins of Cascade Yarns – Avalon Multis in the 314-Blue & Green colorway, as well as a signed copy of the Esme Tunisian Scarf pattern.

Contest #3 – You will win four skeins of Cascade Yarns – North Shore in the #11-Coral colorway, as well as a signed copy of the Friendship Shawl pattern.

Contests are open to EVERYONE – worldwide! Yes, I will ship winning yarn internationally!


Comment on this blog post with your name and country, and let me know which contest you want to enter. Please only enter one so everyone has equal odds.

Contest #1 needs to have all comments entered by March 19th. Winner chosen by March 21st.

Contest #2 needs to have all comments entered by March 26th. Winner chosen by March 28th.

Contest #3 needs to have all comments entered by March 31st. Winner chosen by April 3rd.

Winners will be contacted by email so I can get shipping information. If a winner doesn’t contact me back within 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen.

If you have any questions, please comment below and I’ll get back to you.

I hope you enjoyed your stop! Now get back on that train and check out all the other wonderful designers, yarn stores and yarn companies that are part of the tour!

58 responses to “Pulling Into The Station

  1. Jackie Watson, USA and I would like to win the Contest #3!

  2. Kay Pownall says:

    I would like to enter contest #3, the friendship shawl. I love this pattern. It is very creative and so different from any shawl pattern that I have seen. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

    • Laura says:

      Thank you. My mom loves the shawl design as well and has asked me to make one for her. That’s probably one of the highest compliments I can get as a designer.

  3. Lynda hdez, Belgium, and I will like to enter contest 3, that design is gorgeous!

  4. Darlene P. says:

    I’d love to win contest #2!!! I love Tunisian and this stitch pattern is lovely. I’m Darlene P. from the USA! Thank you for offering this giveaway!!!

  5. Leslie Isaac says:

    Leslie Isaac, Canada. I would love to win contest #2

  6. Regina Young says:

    Regina from the USA. I would love to win contest #2. Thank you so much for this opportunity to win and all the free patterns you offer!! 🙂

    • Laura says:

      Thank big yarn companies like Cascade Yarns for offering such great free patterns. They pay me for the design work, but offer the patterns to crocheters and knitters for free. Cascade Yarns deserves a lot of credit for investing in a wide variety of beautiful crochet patterns over the past several years.

  7. Jessica D says:

    Jessica D and I’m in the United States. I would like to enter contest 2. That yarn is beautiful! And I would also like to expand my Tunisian knowledge. Thank you so much for this chance! i_love_books at aol dot come

    • Laura says:

      Thanks, Jessica! I also did a photo tutorial for this stitch on this blog site, to coach you along on making the stitches. If you can do Tunisian Simple Stitch, you should have no problems making this scarf in the future!

  8. pixie56 says:

    I’d like to enter contest #3. I’m Ana Luisa from Mexico, thanks!

  9. Jamie says:

    Love them all but especially the shawl! Glad to have “discovered” you!!!

  10. Christine says:

    I like all of them, but would have to say to please enter me in the contest #2 (the Esme Tunisian Scarf). Christine W

  11. drgnldy71 says:

    Wendy Napier, USA I love the shawl, I’ve already added it to my wip folder, If I don’t win that’s fine, I’m making it even if I have to get the yarn myself. It’s beautiful!

  12. Christine says:

    ugh! I tried to leave a comment but coming back to here to add that I am in the US and didn’t see my post. If this is a duplicate, I humbly apologize. I am not tech savvy at all 😉
    I would love a chance to win contest # 2 the Esme Tunisian Scarf.

  13. Liz R. says:

    Thank you for this opportunity to celebrate NatCroMo 2016! Your scarf, cowl, and shawl designs are gorgeous! Today’s post is fun, too, with a bit of insight into how you design and collaborate with other fiber artists.

    Please enter me in Contest #1. I love that colorway and stitch pattern. I’m Liz R. in the USA. Thanks again!

  14. Kris says:

    I love that blue-green colorway, so I’ll enter #2. I’m Kris, from the US.

  15. Renee Zinck says:

    I live in the United States. I would love to win contest #2!

  16. Mary Sweeney says:

    Mary Sweeney US – Contest #3 please!

  17. Kris says:

    I’m Kris in the US. I love that blue-green colorway, so I’d like to enter #2, thanks!

  18. Mona Whitten says:

    Hard choice! Please enter me in contest #3. Mona in the USA

  19. Denise Stout says:

    I love them all! But I’ll choose number 1.

  20. AngieC USA says:

    Would love to win #2. Just bought my first Tunisian hooks. Learning Tunisian is on my list to learn this year. Thank you for the contest.

  21. Marsha Lavoie says:

    I wish to enter contest #3 for the Friendship Shawl signed pattern and yarn. I love the elegance of the design.
    Marsha, from the Quiet Corner of Connecticut, USA

  22. Ann G says:

    I’m Ann in Seattle, WA, USA. I’d love to win #2 Esme or #3 Friendship shawl as both are made in yarns free of animal fibers that I haven’t used before and both patterns are gorgeous.

  23. Tammy from sunny Florida.
    Your designs are so elegant! I love, love the colorway of yarn in the Tara shawl.
    I would like to enter contest #3…I’m a shawl addict.

    • Laura says:

      Thank you for your comments. Julie and I had lots of fun putting this colorway together. The first color we chose was that ending deep blue, and the progression went from there.

  24. Nora Helma says:

    Hi, I’m Nora and I live in the USA. They are all so pretty it has been hard to decide, but after narrowing it down to the Tunisian scarf and the shawl I finally decided I would like to be entered into Contest #3 for the shawl please. (I figure this is a good idea since I have never done Tunisian crochet before.) Thanks for the chance to enter this contest.

    I also have to say your Terra Shawl is stunning. I just bought the pattern and ordered the yarn from HGL. Thank you!

  25. Amanda Jowers says:

    Amanda Jowers, USA, Contest #1

  26. A says:

    Adrienne is requesting Contest #3, please; USA. Such a luscious pattern!! Thank you for offering it!

  27. Carmen N says:

    Hard to choose, but I think I’d like contest #3. I’m Carmen from USA (Wisconsin)

  28. Julie Benbenek Driban says:

    Hello! I’d love to try Tunisian crochet, please enter me in contest #2. Thanks!

  29. Carol Ellis says:

    Please enterme in contest #3. I’m Carol Ellis from United States. Thanks

  30. Nancy Davis says:

    I’d love to win the yarn to make the Friendship shawl! Beautiful!

  31. Lisa Adrian says:

    Lisa from BC Canada! I would love to enter contest #1. They are all beautiful patterns!! Thanks!! (Sorry if this is a repeat– tried once before and I can’t see it– Only trying to enter once 😀 )

  32. Lori Hadley says:

    I would like to enter in contest #3 and I live in the United States. Thank you for a chance to win. Your patterns are awesome.

  33. Michelle Wulf says:

    I’m Michelle Wulf from Alaska, USA, and would like to enter for #2, please. Thank you for your generosity!

  34. airametj says:

    Maria from the United States of America:) I would love to enter contest 2

  35. Robin Delano says:

    Laura, your designs are beautiful. My name is Robin Delano, I am from the US and I would like to enter contest #2. Thank you for your generosity.

  36. Christiann says:

    I am Christiann from the US of A. I would love to enter Contest #2. The blue-green yarn is great and works up beautifully in the Esme Scarf.

  37. Sarah L says:

    I am Sarah, from USA. Please enter me in contest 1. I love the color & the pattern!

  38. Julia Kolb says:

    Hi Laura,

    I am entering Contest #3 for the Friendship shawl.

    I have been a follower of your designs for Cascade: your style is recognizable! I especially like that you often have a center section that is shaped.

    I had been aspiring to make the Gemstones shawl, but the new Terra design is even more me — I better get started!

    Thank you so much for your generosity and support of NatCroMo!

    Hook on,
    Julia K

    • Laura says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words about my Cascade patterns. I like trying different shaping techniques with shawls, and that center wedge panel creates just enough of a curve. As for the Terra Shawl, it was a lot of fun to design. Once I decided I wanted to change up the stitch patterns in the shawl, I knew I wanted to end with the pineapple stitch. There was a bit of stitch and rip going on to make sure I would have enough yarn to finish the numbers of rows I needed for the stitch. I can’t wait to see other finished versions of the pattern.

  39. girlefriend says:

    Contest #2 – Avalon Multis for the Esme Tunisian Scarf, please. girliefriend in the USA

  40. Sumi says:

    I’m Sumi from the US and I would love to be entered in the drawing for the Friendship Shawl pattern.

  41. Jessica says:

    Jessica Garrison, USA, would like to enter contest #1. Love that color and scarf pattern.

  42. Rosa M. says:

    I will like to enter contest # 2. I’ve never crocheted using the Tunisian pattern. Tampa,Fl.

  43. Shauna H. Clark says:

    I would like to enter the contest for the Friendship scarf. I love the color, and the design is beautiful. Thank you for the giveaways!


  44. Jodi Keller says:

    I still have time to enter! I have chosen Contest #3 I am from California – USA

  45. Holly Koster says:

    Your designs are beautiful! I still have time to enter contest #3 from Indiana.

  46. njh2729 says:

    Hi Laura, I purchased your Terra Shawl pattern (at the discounted price – thank you very much) and the HGL Glittery Yarn in the Gaia colorway. Love your pattern, it’s very easy to follow; love the yarn (got it in only 2 days as the indie dyer and I are almost neighbors). Anyway, I’ve always been a tight crocheter so I went up to a G hook. I’m concerned that I might still be crocheting too tightly. This yarn is so pretty, I want to use every bit of it and I’m afraid I’ll have a lot left. I’ve used about 40 grams so far and have completed 19 rows. Would you be able to tell me what row you were on when you started the second ball of yarn? If I’m going to have to frog and go to a larger hook I’d rather do it when I’m on the first ball than when I’m totally done. Thanks in advance for your help. Nora

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