Four Designs for Women; The Minneapolis Collection

Minneapolis Collection on Ravelry

We want to share the four designs for women from The Minneapolis Collection.

We were so thrilled to have Mallory model these designs for us.

She committed to this project while I pitched designs to Nerd Girl Yarns which made it really difficult to STOP thinking up designs for her to model.

Uptown Tunic

At once elegant and effortless,

you will be able to dress this tunic up or down to your liking.

Equally at home with flip flops or heels,

this tunic could find itself attending the Uptown Art Fair, Bike Race,

or hitting up the nightlife scene.




Sculpture Garden Cowl

„ Utterly soft and providing just enough warmth,

this design can be used in every season (even in Minnesota).•—




Farmer’s Market Bag

This colorful bag is a true friendship of function and fashion:

with the roomy interior, you can safely stow your favorite finds

and the braided handle adds to the lovely pop of color on the bottom of the bag

as you peruse through the market and shop your heart out.




Lake Calhoun Park Mat

This super bulky park mat is soft and washable so you can enjoy worry-free picnics.

Easily folded or rolled up tight,

you can keep it stowed in the car for those impromptu stops at the park.




Check out the entire collection here.

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The Casper Mountain Cowl: A Malabrigo Quickie


 We are so excited to share another project we worked on with Malabrigo.

Much like our Wyoming Collection, this project is also inspired by the West: The Casper Mountain Cowl. Both fashionista cowgirls and cowboys with rugged-good-looks can totally rock this look.

The pattern is part of Malarbigo’s Quickies: patterns using only one or two skeins of yarn. 

This pattern uses less than one skein of Malabrigo Arroyo. This yarn is my all-time favorite. It’s a DK light weight yarn that has beautiful stitch definition.

You can follow this pattern using any DK light weight yarn, but the special stitches in this design really stand out when paired with Arroyo… I highly recommend it.

The colorway is “Pocion” and I’ve never worked with it before this project but now I’m thinking of other uses for this incredible “potion” of hues. We chose this rich color combination because of it’s versatility; it seemed like one both men and women could wear.


This design is a great gift for those pairing sundresses and cowboy boots this summer or for those who want to add a little warmth to the neckline of a linen shirt. 

Be well, dear readers. Crochet often. Create always!


7 New Patterns: The Wyoming Collection (Featuring Malabrigo yarn and the beauty of the West)

Dear readers!

We have been working hard on a new collection of seven crochet patterns with Malabrigo’s Freelance Pattern Project.

After months of prep work, getting as much done as we could while in separate states, my Mom and Monika flew from Minneapolis to Casper. Nana spent a week with my kids while Monika and I worked on putting the collection together. Abigail’s editing skills kicked into high gear as emails and drafts flew between us while we were still in separate states.

This project was the perfect challenge for The Firefly Hook team, and we are so excited to finally share it with you!


Favorite or queue patterns from the entire collection here on Ravelry.


The Wyoming landscape is the inspiration for this collection.

The ideas for projects were endless, but we chose seven, and I’d like to share the personal connection I have with each one.

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1. Juniper and Sage Cowl

MRH_8984Juniper and sage brush gave me comfort when I first moved to Wyoming from Minnesota.

Abigail had just gotten married, and I was in my first year of marriage. Sage was a theme color for her wedding, and the tables at my reception were decorated with candles nestled inside juniper wreaths.

We moved here in July and the landscape was brown and barren. For this Minnesota girl accustomed to life to the greenest, it was a little depressing. But the land was dotted with green juniper and sage brush reminding me of life and friendship.

MRH_91582. Open Sky Shawl


The dramatic change in scenery, from deep woods to open high prairie, startled me. I didn’t know if I loved it or if it made me uncomfortable to be so exposed.

As Minnesotans, weather is a normal topic of conversation. It really bothers my Mom that I don’t know what the weather is going to do three days out.

But what I learned when I first moved here is that you can see a storm coming for miles, and even if the weather man predicts rain, it might blow around you. Or the 3-6 inches of snow might all end up on the mountain to the south.

The weather is very unpredictable here and impossible to tame. But the open sky above is so grand and wondrous that now I miss it when I visit my thickly wooded hometown.

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3. Outlaw Bandana 



Wyoming was once a favorite hideout of outlaws on the run, and today it is home to true cattle wranglers.

I love old westerns so I wanted to design something that gave a modern nod to the iconic cowboy bandana.

In my small hometown, no one looks twice at a tractor causing a traffic jam on the country road. It’s normal. Here, no one looks twice at a man in full cowboy get-up strolling in to the local cafe for a cup of coffee.



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4. Tumbleweed Satchel


Tumbleweed is the worst.

My mom and step-dad visited us our first spring in Wyoming. I was 5 months pregnant with my first baby, and my husband and I had just moved into our new home (after house hopping with gracious hosts for 7 months while it was being built).

My mom has a master green thumb. She can make anything grow. We moved some sod around on our new lawn and noticed these soft red grasses growing. We were curious about what they were, so we planted them in a corner. They very quickly showed their true color as tumbleweed.

6 years later, Monika and I were driving through my neighborhood to pick up my son from school when this massive band of tumbleweed blew across the road and almost T-boned us! It was literally the size of a small car. It picked up more of its sinister friends and gained more momentum as it rolled along. The sight was terrifying! (But yes, after it passed we couldn’t stop laughing… and still do when we bring up the memory of it.)


5. Wildflower Throw



This Minnesota girl (who truly loves green, growing things) says springtime in Wyoming trumps Minnesota in all seasons.

I believe it is a best-kept secret how beautiful the West becomes during springtime. And I don’t think it’s only because there’s such a contrast between the brown and barren that reigns 10 months out of each year.

The green is rich. Wildflowers sprinkle everything with color. Please plan your roadtrip out West the day school lets out. You won’t regret it!


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6. Cowboy Coffee: French Press Cozy and Coasters

MRH_9732Remember the cowboys in their full get-up?

My favorite coffee shop is the only place in town that gives me the feeling I could be in Minneapolis if I pretended. It’s a little punk, a little industrial, a little artsy.

But the combination of people who show up to get their caffeine represent the culture of Casper. Businessmen in suits. College students studying (or not). Young kids tagging along on a coffee date with their moms. Cowboys: boots, hat, belt buckle and all.

It was a little strange the first time I walked in to get coffee. I thought there would be a brawl.

But true to the independent spirit of the West, everyone minded their own business and went on their way without noticing the contrast of the crowd.


7. Little Buckaroo Horseshoe Slippers


I always wanted to be a cowgirl.

My dad taught me how to ride when I was very young. He even bought a mare who was about to give birth to a foal. My little brother and I were able to watch it be born. We named her June. Our dad taught her how to bear riders by putting us on her back. We were the perfect size for her first riders.

I designed these slippers in honor of my childhood.




We hope you enjoy crocheting through our collection.



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Textured Beanie and Peony Crochet Pattern

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