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Hi and welcome!

I’m Mellie, Midwestern mama to two beautiful growing boys and my dear little baby girl.

I taught myself how to crochet as a teenager when I was following around the Grateful Dead.  I had always loved art and crafting, and I sold all sorts of handmade jewelry and crafts at shows.  After that ended, I attended and graduated from art school with a degree in interior design.  It was there that I learned and fell in love with the fundamentals of color and design.

It was a few years later when I was pregnant with my first that I actually began to crochet in earnest.  My great-grandmothers had crocheted beautiful afghans that became family heirlooms and once I made my first, I was “hooked”!  Soon after, my second little boy was born, and I spent another nine long months creating and crocheting anything soft and warm to cuddle him up in.  Afghans remain my favorite project to crochet to this day.  I *love* Ravelry, and I credit my joining there with refining my crochet skills.  There are so many wonderful patterns and creative people there, I find myself inspired each time I visit.

I’ve lately started knitting and spinning my own yarn as well, though I’m nowhere near as proficient as I am with crochet.  I also dabble in cross-stitch and occasionally try my hand at the many crafty ideas over on my Pinterest boards.  I’m a huge sucker for all the seasons and holidays.  I’m the mom on the block whose place is totally decked out for every occasion!

I also spend an incredible amount of time cooking and baking.  I’ve been vegetarian for over 25 years, and I’ve grown to love experimenting with different recipes and combining different flavors.  I’ve never met a vegetable that I didn’t like!  However, I still love – and try to re-create – my grandmother’s traditional Slovak cooking that I grew up on, tweaking them to be meatless yet still full of flavor.

Besides cooking and crochet, I spend most of my time playing with and homeschooling my children, and going out into nature as much as possible … and any extra time is spent cleaning up the mess that my children and crafting leave behind!


Frequently Asked Questions


Can I sell products made from your patterns?

Yes!  Feel free to use my patterns to sell online or in the real world.  My one request is to add a link back to the free pattern with credit for the design if you’re selling online.  If you’re selling at a craft show or in a shop, include the link on the tag.

Can I use your photos on my website?

You may use my photos on your personal blog or website (non-commercial).  Please include a link back to mellieblossom.com either in the photo description or linked from the photo itself.  Make certain that the mellieblossom.com watermark is clearly visible, and do not alter the photo in any way.  Please do not claim my photos as your own.

Will you send me a copy of a crochet pattern?

Due to copyright laws, I cannot send you a copy of someone else’s pattern.  Whenever possible, I post links to the pattern so that you can obtain it for yourself.  

Do you have any more free yarn to donate to my charity/church/other group?

I hosted a yarn giveaway for several weeks toward the end of 2013 to thin out my yarn hoard.  As of right now, all of my extra yarn has been given away or otherwise donated to charitable groups.  If my yarn stash gets out of hand again, I’ll definitely let you know and start another set of giveaways.


One of my favorite photos: my youngest son – at only 19 days old – and me.


  1. Diane Weeks says:

    Did you crochet the Ornaments on your blog ? They are beautiful !

    1. thank you! yes, I did. :) I’ll put up a link in the gallery. They were a fun project for Valentine’s Day; now they’re hanging in my front hallway.

  2. You are so talented and I am in awe of your creativity! Once I have my own children I want to order all the cute crocheted hats and mobiles from you. Keep sharing. Your posts make me happy :)

  3. mary goldwater says:

    Hi..I have noticed some chartreus yarn on your lovely website, can you tell me if you sell it? Thank you, Mary Goldwater

    1. Hi Mary! The line is Caron Simply Soft, and it’s the new neon colors. I found it at a Michael’s Craft store. I don’t sell them, but if there’s a Michael’s near you, try calling them!

  4. My apologizes in advance if my question is not suitable for this site. I am looking for FREE yarn for a young girl that lives in our community with autism. Colour type of yarn does not matter she finds great joy with making floor art work with it.

    Any that anyone has to spare would really be appreciated.

    Again my warmest apologizes if this was not allowed.

    Stay well..

  5. maggie hellman says:

    I saw the Daniel Tiger hat and mittens you made- they are ADORABLE! My 2 year old son is obsessed with Daniel too! Do you take orders?

    1. Hi Maggie!

      I can’t take orders on patterns that aren’t mine because of copyright infringement, sorry! I’m glad you liked it, though! :)

  6. Hi
    I am making a craft directory, here is my link http://dcrafterscorner.blogspot.com/. I am asking the permission to post links to your free projects or patterns. I will add a description and a photo.

    Thanks in advance.

    1. Yes, feel free to link to my patterns!

  7. Thank you very much for the permission.

    Diane B

  8. Linda Kyne says:

    Hi Mellie,
    I’ve looked at ur site, and am very impressed w/ur work. I want to crochet ur very simple and favorite dishcloth but CANNOT find the worsted cotton thread needed to make it. Can u help me?

    Thanks in advance for ur cooperation in this matter,

    Linda Kyne

    1. Hi Linda! What country are you in? In the US, you can find cotton worsted yarn at most Walmart stores, or Joann’s. I’m not as familiar with non-US yarn stores, but KnitPicks is an online store, and I have used their “Dishie” line before and liked it. Here’s a link to their current cotton worsted yarns: http://www.knitpicks.com/yarns/Cotton_Worsted_Weight_Yarn__F30010106,30010204.html

  9. Linda Kyne says:

    Thanks for the reply. I did find it at Jo-Ann Fabrics and have already made the dishcloth. I lucked out and got to the store on the last day of their sale also!!! :)
    Much appreciated,
    Linda K

    1. So glad you found it! Sorry for the very late response! :)

  10. Adriana Olds says:

    My son is begging me to make him a rayman, but I cannot locate a free pattern. Could you help me find yours please? I just made him a rabbid and he’s begging for the rayman. Thank you in advance.

    1. Hi Adriana,
      I don’t have a free pattern. The only pattern that I found was the one that I linked through my blog post. You can find it here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/rayman. I know it’s a little pricy, but because of copyright laws, I cannot legally share someone else’s pattern without their okay. For what it’s worth, my boys were so happy with their Rayman that it was worth the cost for me. Best of luck!

  11. Linda Kyne says:

    Why is Adriana looking for the pattern if you have it???

    1. Hi Linda! I made the pattern and linked to it, but it’s not originally mine. I posted the link for her though. Thanks for the comment!

  12. simona says:

    Hi! just to know if you sell some of the crochet vintage blanket afghan…..I need it one. But I’m in Italy…..

    1. Thanks Simona! I usually crochet for personal use, or for gifts for friends and family, but I’ve been debating whether or not to start up an Etsy store. I’ll keep you updated!

  13. Marcie steinberg says:

    Nellie, this is Marcie here’s the question …… How much will you charge me to make one 12 month and one the next larger size of thecdaniel tiger hat. I love my crochet but I am not enjoying this project simply because it is just not like yours… Thanks Marcie, your new friend in Florida lol

    1. Hi Marcie, sorry I haven’t gotten back to you sooner. Did you find the link to the pattern? If you’re still interested in having me do the hat for you, I’d be happy to. My standard fee for hats is $30 and shipping. Let me know if you’ve had success with it yourself or if I can help out!

  14. Marcie steinberg says:

    I just noticed that for some reason my iPad won’t do your name. Of course I know it’s Mellie.. Hope you get this

  15. Wanda Weberg says:

    I am having difficulty understanding the crochet pattern for the easy afghan, and would be grateful for clarification. Do I continue doing Rows 1 and 2 throughout the pattern? Thank you!

    1. Hi Wanda, yes, you continue the pattern back and forth the for the entire length of the afghan, as long as you want it to be.

  16. Hi there..I like your crochet work..it’s very pretty. I am crocheting your light green apple applique for some kitchen curtains. I’ve been learning to crochet from youtube for 3 years now but still green when it comes to patterns. What does the bracket at the end of a round mean on your pattern.? Crocheted the 4th row up to the brackets but don’t know what to do with the stitches in the brackets. hdc, dc, 2 dc, dc, dc, 2hdc, hdc, hdc, sc, sc, 2 hdc, dc, 2 dc, [dc, hdc].

    Thank you

    1. Hi Maria!

      The brackets are just there to signify that both of the stitches – the dc and the hdc – occur in the next single stitch, and not in the next two stitches. So the dc and hdc occur in one stitch after the 2 dc. Hope this helps!

  17. Meri Ford says:

    I have gotten my squares for Tropical Delight done and went to follow the instructions on the pattern for joining the squares and just plain can’t figure them out. Can you help me. I just didn’t figure out how and where the popcorn stitches fit in with the fpsc and the sl stitches of the sl st round. Do I do the slip stitches to the corner joins or what?

    1. I haven’t gotten to the border yet, but I’m just about to. I’ll post a tutorial as soon as I can!

  18. Barbie says:

    hey there – just saw a few of your squares from a CAL – but when I linked to your site I don’t see the patterns there. Am I missing something on your site? (these are the squares in shades of pink/peach and green.

    1. I have the final few of those squares going up today and tomorrow! I’ve been way behind lately. :)

  19. Meri Ford says:

    I completed the Topical Delight and figured out the border. It turned out AWESOME. Couldn’t figure how to insert a picture of it here. Did it in fall colors! The border took a long time since it was 3-4 inches but added something absolutely dramatic to the afghan!!

  20. Carol D says:

    When I clicked on link (to your website), this is what I got:

    Page Not Found
    Well this does not look good.
    It appears this page is missing or was removed.

    If what you were looking for is not found, you may want to try searching with keywords relevant to what you were looking for.
    Search for:

    I got here by putting your name (mellie blossom) in search field -not sure what happened to that link….
    just thought you’d want to know.

    1. Thank you so much! I’ve had some problems with my server host the past couple of weeks, and I think everything is back to normal, but if you notice this again, would you please shoot me another message? I appreciate it! <3

  21. Laura Jueschke says:

    Hi Mellie, I was wondering what the multiples are for your favorite dishcloth pattern? In case i want to make smaller dishcloths! Thank you so much!

  22. Rochelle Cullers says:

    I just found your web site and your talent is amazing. I saw the picture and you are a beautiful new mom with a perfect and awesome new son. I like the name Miles ( great jazz artist). I was wondering how can I get a copy of the Thanksgiving blanket. It very beautiful and the only one I’ ve seen that I like. Let me know if there is a small charge for the pattern. Good health and happiness to you and your family. Thank you in advance.

  23. Heather Hume says:

    My daughter would literally go CRAZY for your rainbow afghan….

    How much would you charge for one EXACTLY like what I saw online?

    1. Hi Heather, sorry it’s taken me so long to get back to you.

      I’m not currently taking any more commissions this year, but if you’re still interested for the beginning of next year, I can put you on the list. Crocheted blankets are difficult to price, because labor for full sized blankets such as these would make any crocheted afghan unaffordable, as this would probably take some weeks to make (I actually have another one of these exact blankets to make this year for a family member!). All that said, I usually charge around $150 for an uncomplicated pattern such as this one in a full size, and would need about a month and a half at the least to complete it. If this interests you, email me: mellie@mellieblossom.com, and we can make further arrangements.

      Thanks for your kind words!

  24. Anona Fosberg says:

    Hi Mellie,
    I used to crochet a long long time ago but I am looking to pick up my hook again (although one of my biggest problems was tension.) First may I ask how you teach newbies to control tension – so that I can try to learn all over again. Then, in your” Easiest Crochet Project Ever”, I plan to use the same color throughout the afghan – can you tell me what size the afghan results in when I would cast on 250 stitches? I have 8 of the same color yarn and I just want to know if it will be long enough, even lap afghan size would be fine – just interested!
    Thank you for all of your patterns and helpful info – I am really enjoying your site!!!

    1. Hi Anona, sorry it’s taken me so long to get back to you. Even tension comes with practice. New crocheters’ tensions will likely be all over the place, and that’s not a bad thing – especially for a scrapghan like this. And even among crocheters, each person has his or her own tension. I tend to crochet tightly because I like neat stitches, but there was a time when I made my stitches quite loose, as in when I was learning to hook into them.

      Hook size will make a difference in your final blanket. The larger the hook, the longer and larger your blanket will be. For worsted weight yarns, usually an H hook (5.00 mm) works, but I have also used G, I and J. 250 beginning chains will be different depending on the size hook, AND will need to take into account tension.

      All that said, 250 stitches for me makes a full/queen size blanket which drapes over the edges. Definitely adjust it to the size that works best for you. One trick is to use a slightly larger hook (one size up) for the beginning chain, and then using the other hook for the remainder of the blanket.

      There is some good information and calculators that can measure your tension and give you a more precise answer here:

      I hope this helps!

  25. Good afternoon from Arizona,

    I love your 2015 BAMCAL blanket. I was wondering whether you have any idea of yardage you used, by color?

    I appreciate any assistance you can provide.

  26. Patti Forcier says:

    Tropical Delight pattern was written by Susan Stevens. A video tutorial is available on Ester Dykstra’s website, “It’s All in a Nutshell “. Hope this helps.

  27. Thank you for sharing so much information, patterns, and recipes! I know all that you do takes an incredible amount of time- and effort. And your generosity in sharing all this for free is so appreciated and very admirable. I adore the photo of you and your first little one. That is so precious! Thanks again from a fellow Midwesterner!

    1. Thank you for all your kind words! <3


    I love all of your work!! but my favorite is your 2015 crochet along blanket with the different block sizes. when i click on the link it says the page has moved. I’ve been trying to do something like this as a gift. yours looks so much better. can you tell me where i can find the info so I can make mine look better? I really need your help!! Thank you so much for posting and sharing your amazing work!!

    1. Hi! I’ve been updating some things on the blog, and I hope it didn’t get omitted from wherever you linked! But it is still available via direct link here: http://www.mellieblossom.com/2015-finished-crochet-along-blanket/ hth!

  29. I would like to get a pattern for your Spider-Man hat if it’s possible please

  30. Francine thompson says:

    Hi their thankyou for sharing your dr who scafe. Im having trouble finding the link to the pattern , can i please have some help for this please. Thankyou for your time

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