Sugar Violet Skinny Scarf & Hat

Last week my Mom asked if I had a matching scarf and hat set already made that she could give to a dear friend who is starting chemo soon. I did but nothing appropriate for that situation (think messy bun beanies or scratchy yarn). I told her no worries; I’d whip something up quickly. That night I scoured YouTube (my first go-to). I knew I had certain requirements: 1. I wanted to use a super soft yarn. I happen to have lots of Caron Simply Soft in Strawberry. 2. I didn’t want a complete circle scarf because I’ve been told chemo patients fluctuate between hot and cold. Also, my mom lives in the Deep South of Mississippi on the gulf. It gets hotter than all get out down there and while it’s winter now, I wanted Marie to have something that she could wear during treatments if they should continue into the spring and summer. A skinny scarf fits the bill.

With my search narrowed down I found a scarf I loved from one of my favorites: Jennifer at Fiber Flux. She’s such a great teacher. The pattern for the Sugar Violet Skinny Scarf is really very basic but is simply gorgeous and light and airy and perfect for Caron Simply Soft. The finished scarf is 72 inches.

After the scarf I needed a hat. I wanted it to match the scarf so I had to design my own. I say design loosely since it’s the same stitches as the scarf but I had to figure out how to turn it into a hat. I think it turned out really well. Ternie named it the Turtle Shells Beanie.

Since this hat is an extension of the Fiber Flux scarf pattern, I’m not sure if I can post my pattern. I may contact her and see if she minds. If she doesn’t then I’ll update here.

Have any you designed a companion piece but not sure what you could legally do with it? I’d love some advice.

As always, thanks for stopping by.


Crochet Cup Cozy Gifts

I made these cup cozies for all my coworkers and Turtle’s teachers. Everyone loves them. Turtle’s teacher said it best “Handmade gifts are always the best.” The adorable cup cozy holder is a free template I found on Pinterest from froggingalong. It was printed mostly on brown card stock paper from Walmart. I did print a few on regular white paper to see the difference. I do not recommend this because as you can imagine the white paper is too flimsy.

Did you crochet any handmade gifts for Christmas?

Crochet Dog Sweater

Hi folks! This time around I’m posting a super easy dog sweater. I, myself, am not a dog person but this was so unbelievably easy I’m considering making several more to add to Etsy. It’s a great stash buster too.

Here’s how this sweater came to be.

Ternie noticed our neighbor walking her dog in the cold in one of her old sweaters. He thought it would be nice for Sugar (the dog) to have a sweater of her own. Ternie’s great about thinking of things like that. It’s one of the millions of things I love about him.

The photos on the website even showed cats wearing these. We have 2 cats (Brit & Paws) but I value my life too much to even attempt getting a sweater on either of them. If you happen to have a docile cat that will let you dress it up, I’d love to see.


First Craft Show Reveal

Hello again. It seems like I start each post out with an apology for being so inconsistent with this blog. I’m sorry.

So this post is primarily about how my first craft show went last weekend. Those that follow me on Instagram ( @turtleburgercrohet ) know that I’ve spent this week trying to process that experience. Here’s why: I failed. It didn’t go as I expected and I was hurt. I was frustrated. Since I’m being completely honest I felt like crochet and I needed a trial separation. I’m like Cougar in Top Gun: I’ve lost my edge. I haven’t been able to pick up a hook all week but I have worked on putting straggly yarn in organized cakes. I can’t completely separate from my yarn.

I’m not normally a negative person and can bounce back from things pretty quickly. I think I’ve had a hard time with this though because I truly just wasn’t expecting this. I jokingly made comments like “my goal is just to get the entry fee back.” Well, I barely made that by a few dollars. My mother in law did the show with me and she did fantastic I thought. We had different types of items so I was so proud of her. She’s all excited for next year. Just FYI, her turkey potholders were the favorite. As for my items, I had lots of compliments. My prices weren’t high to begin with but I even reduced them just to get things moving. Nothing. I did have a custom hat and mitten order but she hasn’t responded to the email so I’ll update on that progress.

I wish I could give some great insight in how to have a successful craft show experience but regrettably I cannot. I honestly don’t know what I could’ve done differently. Although here’s something: Just go with the flow and don’t expect anything. I believed this show is what I needed to turn Turtle Burger Crochet into a legit business. I’ve never made a sale in person or online so in my mind it’s still just a dream. Well I’m dreaming big because I’ve still got a lot I want to do that I will share another time.

Turtle Burger Crochet started as a dream to help my family be a little more financially independent so we can be together as much as possible. One craft show won’t change that. It sure would’ve made it a little easier though. Ha!

I’ll be coming at the business side of things from another angle but stay tuned. Turtle Burger Crochet isn’t going anywhere. I love it too much.

Crochet Granny Shrug

Look at me getting 2 posts in the same week. I’m trying to get it together crochet-wise so hopefully you’ll be seeing and reading more from me. 

This is my Crocheted Granny Shrug. I’m pretty sure it’s a universal pattern but I’m giving credit to Nadia at Yarnutopia. I love her YouTube videos. She’s very easy for me to follow. 

Here’s the details on my particular shrug:

Yarn used: Bernat Pop in color Scarlett Sizzle (3 skeins)

Hook: K

Dimensions: pattern calls for square to be 40 inches but I made mine 35 inches and used a smaller hook size because I’m short and thought it would’ve been too big and long. Next time I’ll be doing the full 40 inches. Also I ran out of this yarn so I didn’t do 2 rounds of edging or the cuffs on the sleeves. Even still it is very comfortable and cozy. 

Contact me at for your $40 custom shrug.

Photo credit: Thank you Ternie for taking photos for your silly wife.

Crochet Granny Triangle Cowl

Hello to all. I can’t believe it’s apparently been 18 days since my last post. Thanks WordPress for informing me via Stats. 
Today I’m sharing a Crocheted Granny Triangle Bandana Cowl. I knew in my head exactly what I wanted but didn’t know how to translate it into my Cowl. Thanks to Youtube I found exactly what’s been in my head and how to achieve it. The pattern and method I used is from Tea Time Crochet. Yarn used is Yarn Bee Sugarwheel in color Soda Pop Party. Hook size used is J. Since this is a self-striping yarn I did need to cut the yarn to ensure each of the 4 colors made into my cowl. This was a really quick project and I will be making more to add to my craft fair inventory as well as my Etsy shop.


Another Christmas tree skirt completed. This the second. I’m having a hard time getting myself to realize that maybe I also need a couple of non-traditional colors for a skirt. What do you think? Let me know in the comments below.