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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

2012 Crochet Calendar Giveaway!

I've agreed to do a giveaway of the 2012 Holland Designs Crochet Calendar. You can enter to win by leaving a comment on this blog:
Delia will chose a winner of all those who comment. See her post for details. Good luck! :)

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Cakewalk Slippers

I've been taking a few custom design requests lately and these new slippers are the result. They are very EASY, which is why I have named them the Cakewalk Slippers! Pattern available in Ladies and Kids versions. The kids pattern includes all sizes - baby, toddler and youth.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Modern Loafers

Patterns available at
My modern loafers patterns have been so popular, that I have now added youth and ladies sizes. Now the whole family can sport these stylish slippers around the house. Patterns available in baby, toddler, youth, ladies and mens sizes.

Friday, December 2, 2011

December Sale

The 2012 Holland Designs Crochet Calendar is now available at 40% off! 
SAVE 40%! Now only $14.99!
There are also other discounted bulk pattern listings available. Visit my Etsy shop to see all the new patterns and special deals!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Giveaway # 2

Congrats to Diane Faucher of Ontario, Canada - winner of the Simple A-Line Dress from giveaway #1. Now it's time for another giveaway!
Same rules as last time:
To enter, simply help promote the 2012 calendar by sharing the following link:
on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and any other craft or social sites. Then leave a comment on this post telling us how you promoted the calendar. 
A random winner will be selected from all who enter and announced on Nov 27th - one week from today. 
This week's giveaway item was handmade by designer using soft wool and cashmere blend yarn in a lovely shade of purple. A blue cotton layered flower and ribbon accents the brim.
Ribbon Cloche - Fits little girl approx. 3-10 years.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

November Designs

Now that I'm finally into my 2nd trimester with baby # 3, I've been able to get a little more crocheting and designing done!
Here is a look at a couple new designs which I've completed in the past few weeks - both lovely accessories for the colder months ahead. All patterns are available at or from my Ravelry store.
Diamond Slouch Beanie - Custom design inspired by a knit red diamond cable hat worn by singer, Taylor Swift. Pattern includes sizes 4-10 years, Pre-teen/Teen & Adult Ladies.
Knit-Look Ribbed Cowl - Pattern includes sizes baby to adult.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

2012 Crochet Calendar - Sample Giveaway #1

Over the next few weeks, we will be giving away several designer samples from the 2012 Holland Designs Crochet Calendar! 
To enter, simply help promote the 2012 calendar by sharing the following link:
on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and any other craft or social sites. Then leave a comment on this post telling us how you promoted the calendar. 
A random winner will be selected from all who enter and announced on Nov 13th - one week from today. Be sure to check back and enter to win other sample items in the weeks ahead!
This week's giveaway item:
Simple A-Line Dress - Size 2T
Handmade by designer using 100% organic cotton

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Mock Cable-Knit Crochet

Recently I've been creating some new knit-look designs that use a simple combination of basic crochet stitches. These patterns involve no post stitches and of course, no knitting! This unique crochet cable technique creates a lightweight fabric and uses less yarn than traditional cable patterns.
Mock Cable-Knit Cardigan

Monday, August 15, 2011

Pixie Earflap Hat

New Zealand is currently experiencing an Antarctic blast!
Good thing I've just made the girls some new hats!
Holland tells me she does not like hers though, as blue is not her favourite colour, and she has ordered one in a shade of pink, exactly like Madison's. 
The pattern is now available in my Etsy shop.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

2012 Holland Designs Crochet Calendar

We are excited to announce the release of our very first printed publication! The 2012 Holland Designs Crochet Calendar contains a total of 36 pages. It is a full-color, 12-month wall calendar and includes 9 pages of pattern instructions at the back so you may make the designs featured in each month's photo. 
The calendar sells on Amazon, on Etsy and on our brand new website,
Patterns include:
1. Hair Topper Headband (baby to adult)
2. Raspberry Quilt (baby blanket)
3. Empire Cardigan (0-12 years)
4. Fairytale Capelet (0-4 years)
5. Ribbon Cloche (0-10 years)
6. Simple A-Line Dress (0-12 years)
7. Embellishment Motifs
8. Flowered Headwrap (Baby to Adult)
9. Edwardian Cloche (Baby to Adult)
10. Knit-Look Lace Skirt (2-12 years)
11. Knit-Look Lace Scarf
12. Sweetheart Mary Janes (Baby/Toddler)

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Ruffle Flower Hat

Here is a look at a new and fashionable design, the Ruffle Flower Hat, which Madison is wearing this season. :) The navy blue is really striking with her dark blue eyes. She gets quite a few compliments when she wears it out and about. The pattern is now available at Holland Designs and features a large ruffled flower and ruffled brim. Includes sizes 0-3 mos, up to size 3-10 years.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Three Years on Etsy!

It's hard to believe, but Holland Designs has been in business now for 3 whole years! To celebrate, I am having a pattern sale! Thanks to all the fabulous customers I've had in the past 3 years!

Ruffle Flower Slippers

New patterns from Holland Designs this week:
Ladies Ruffle Flower Slippers and coordinating Ruffle Flower Baby Shoes. I've had so many new design ideas in my head lately (result of a brainstorm session while sitting at Starbucks! Must be all the caffeine!) I'm so glad to get a few completed on my design "to-do" list. :)

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

At the Beach

Today we visited our local New Zealand beach and I took some photos of Holland in her new sunhat. It was beautiful, but a little chilly as is typical for this time of year (i.e. winter!) Holland will enjoy wearing it to the beach when we take our next Australian holiday. Click here to get the pattern.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Ruffle Flower Headband

The pictures say it all...this little headband pattern is so sweet! Will make a great photo prop for little ones. Pattern makes any size - baby to adult. (Thanks to my good friend, Anita, for the lovely dress which Madison is wearing!) 
Visit Holland Designs on Etsy

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Holland Designs Newsletter

All New: Sign up for my newsletter to be among the very 1st to know about my latest designs and publications. I will be debuting some exciting things in the next few months! Those who subscribe to the newsletter will also be notified of special discounts!
Click here to sign up!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Mary Jane Loafers

On Friday morning it felt to me like a "baby-shoe-designing" sort of day...and so it was. Here is the result, modeled by 9 month old, Madison. Pattern includes sizes 0-6 mos & 6-12 mos and is available at Holland Designs.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Bow Pretty Hat

Designed this pretty hat as a gift for one of Holland's little friends. We hope she will like it! :)
Pattern has been added to Holland Designs on Etsy and also on Ravelry.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Hats Hats Hats

When designing a new hat pattern, sometimes the hardest part is figuring out what to call it. Usually it's a "hat" or "beanie" or a "cloche." Recently someone used a term I hadn't heard in a while when she said she liked my new "chapeau" design. :)
As always, patterns are available at Holland Designs or in my Ravelry store.

English Rose Hat
Very Girly Brimmed Hat
Rosebud Beanie

Friday, April 1, 2011

Modern Mens Loafers

Check out this new pattern for mens crocheted loafers. I love them and so does my husband. I tell him how lucky he is...not everyone gets to wear slippers "handmade by designer." :)

Friday, March 25, 2011

Youth Crochet Basics

New youth size slipper pattern now available: 
The sample pair were made after a kiwi mum asked me to make slippers for her little girl.  The pattern is also available in baby/toddler & adult sizes.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

2011 Flamies - Crochet Awards

It's time to vote for your favorite crochet designers, books, companies, etc. Check out this link to view all the categories and nominees. You can find me listed as a nominee in the category: Best Designer for Children.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Modern Baby Loafers

Modern Baby Loafers
I've added a new baby loafer pattern to my shop today. These are the low-top version of my modern baby boots. The sample pair are a gift for a baby boy who will make his debut in the next few weeks.

Monday, February 21, 2011


I am very excited about the gorgeous new listing photos I added to my shop yesterday, courtesy of Mindy of Miabella Portraits, South Jordan, Utah. I really like the style of her photography and love the images she's done for me. Thanks so much, Mindy! 
Photos are of the Arabella Cloche, Slouchy Picot Hat & Toddler Boho Ballet Flats.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Where's Patchy Patch?

We found him! Here he is!

Visit him at my Crochetbury Shop!

Easy Knit-Look Technique

Let's Pretend Baby Blanket
Last week I developed this new, super easy, knit-look technique! It uses only hdc throughout. No post stitches and no slip stitches are used. I am excited to design additional patterns using this new technique!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Flower Stack Headband

Just added this fun and adorable pattern to my Etsy shop. I made it using some gorgeous yarn called comfy worsted available at Knitpicks.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Latest News

This week I designed my 1st "newsy" style brimmed hat. I'm very happy with the result. The brim is done using post stitches which creates a great look and structure. Hope you like it as much as I do!
~ Lisa

Friday, January 21, 2011

Modern Baby Boots

I have been busy lately! I have a teething 5 month old and an almost 3-year old with lots of questions. :) 
I am working on a few special crochet projects at the moment, but am still trying to find some spare time to design patterns for my shop.
Here is one I made this afternoon while the kids were napping. Hope you like them!
Modern Baby Boots

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Arabella Cloche

Newest hat pattern for the Holland Designs shop, modeled by Miss Holland herself. :) Check out my little sweetie's adorable, all-natural ringlets at the back!

Arabella Cloche