Congratulations Frayed Knot! Your design received the most votes, and you are hereby crowned the challenge winner of Design Wars II. Enjoy the fame, glory, and new title, CHAMPION, it is well deserved!
Much applause goes to all of our Design Wars II challengers, because every design here is already a success!
Thanks to everyone who followed and participated in our DWII challenge, and for the nearly 3,000 of you who voted for your favorite garment! You have helped to make this a fun an exciting event, and we appreciate your support!
Finally, from the bottom of my heart, thanks to Red Heart Yarns for their continued interest and support in this endeavor, for sponsoring DWII with yarn for our contestants, and for providing a prize pack that is one of the best I’ve ever seen!
Please continue to follow our amazing Design Wars challengers, because they are a wonderfully creative, genuine, and superb group who have an honest love for their work, fans, and of crochet.
Here they are; the long awaited, anticipated garments from our Design Wars II Challengers! Please review each of the submissions, then vote to let us know who you think should be crowned the Design Wars II Challenge Winner!
Voting is open until February 24th (MST), and the Design Wars II Challenger with the most votes will be named on February 25th! You can cast your vote once every 12 hours, so set your watch and get your vote on!
The wait is nearly over – in just under a weeks time we will be revealing our Design Wars II garments for your vote! That’s right, mark your calendars and stalk your favorite designer for updates because February 21, 2013 will be our final reveal for this round, and your vote will determine who used the yarn best!
These hints today are meant to confuse you – we don’t really WANT to reveal what we’ve been up to, however, we do want you to have a vague idea so you can play along in our fan page challenge. After this blog post is released, our DWII challengers will be sharing and pinning it to the tops of their respective fan pages, and they want YOU to place your guess there. So, if you think you know what your favorite designer has made for DWII, click on over to their fan page to let them know! Every fan who participates in the designated area will be eligible for a chance to win a special prize from that designer (prize details will be available directly from your favorite designer…).
Finally, this is the last week you will be able to participate for your chance to win our Red Heart Yarns $150 prize pack! Be sure to enter before the deadline – it’s a prize you won’t want to pass up!
Please help me to circulate the release of this exciting pattern!
To enter, simply pin this image with the caption:
“I Want to win this pattern!”
Entries of this nature will be accepted until 13 February, 2013, and a winner will be randomly selected via this link to assure the pin is sourced from this blog entry. Winner will be notified by way of 1) a comment on their pin, 2) a follow up on this blog post, and 3) a notification on my facebook fan page, and will be given 48 hours to respond and claim their prize!
You are entering to win a Baca Creations (Crochet By Salena Baca) original PDF crochet pattern; retail value $5.00. No substitutions or cash value. Good luck!
And the winner is….
Rosanne Van Hoose!
To claim your All Seasons PDF Crochet Pattern, please send me an e-mail within
I have to say that I could not be happier with the way DWII has been going, and it’s all thanks to these amazingly talented, friendly, and supportive ladies who I have had the absolute pleasure of working with! Behind the scenes, us DWII participants have been encouraging and pep-talking each other for months. Honestly! While this is a “war” by name, it’s a friendship and network that I have come to treasure. Thanks for the smooth ride ladies!
Of course, this would be nowhere and nothing without our fans, and so, from the bottom of my yarn basket, I thank you all for your continued interest and support in our work and progress! Every single like, share, comment, and pin matters to us, and it’s the fuel that keeps a smile on our faces, and a skip in our step. Thank you – really, and truly!
And, last but never least, a huge shout out to our wonderful supporters at Red Heart Yarns! Thank you for taking Design Wars under your sponsorship wings, and for offering up an amazing prize pack to help get some drive behind our event – it’s a dream come true, and I hope this is the beginning of a long and lasting relationship!
Well folks, here it is – Sneak Peek Week! Enjoy the teaser tags, obscure photos, and pages directly from our personal diaries that dove directly into our psyche! If you’ve got a good guess and would like to decipher a design, be sure to share, comment, and pin to your hearts delight – enjoy!
After much thought and consideration I’ve concluded that the retail price of some of my patterns are not reflective of their value. On average I put between 20 – 50 hours of work into a pattern design; that begins with the initial concept, and continues until the final edit is published!
For example, my free (Da Bomb!) Shell Scarf began as a special order request from a friend, and here is how it came together:
1 hour: sketched out a design
2 hours: researched the stitch and garment construction
1 hour: made a few pattern swatches of the sketch for gauge
8 hours: personally tested each one of the three sizes the pattern instructs
1 hour: took photos of my garments and edited them
4 hours: constructed the file layout of the design and wrote the patterns
3 hours: called for pattern testers, interacted with them, modified my design
2 hours: marketed the design on various forums
1 hour: posted the pattern for FREE on all of my pattern forums.
That’s an estimated 23 hours toward this one pattern that I then offered for free – Why? To show that my patterns are quality, modern, original, easy to comprehend and follow, and valuable!
Valuable? Yes! Back to my conclusion…
I feel that my current retail price of $3.00 per pattern is not a proper representation of my value. Therefore, I have decided to create three price categories: Free, $3.00, $5.00.
While some of my more complex and unique styles (Swirl Shell Snail or Goods For Gals eBook) may be adjusted to reflect their value, quite a few of my styles will remain more modestly priced in the $3.00 category. So, as I release new pattern styles, and renovate my current ones to my modern new format, I will be categorizing them according to their complexity, uniqueness, and ease.
A lot of time, skill, research, time, resources, and time goes into every one of my pattern designs, so I thank you for your continued interest and support in Baca Creations Crochet! If you are a brand new fan, I encourage you to try all of my free pattern designs to see for yourself!