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Friday, March 20, 2015

Easy Crochet Easter Basket - Free Pattern Friday!

Happy Friday and happy first day of Spring! :)
One of my favorite things to do this time of year is create Easter baskets for my boys. They get to choose colors and themes and I get to design it! Its a blast and always a challenge to make what they ask for. So this year, I thought I'd share the joy with you. I've designed a very simple Easter basket pattern that allows you all kinds of options. Make it one color or many! Add appliques, buttons, sequins or other crocheted pieces. The options are endless!
This year, my oldest asked for a rainbow bunny basket. So I'm going to change colors every two rows and make it a rainbow, then add little crocheted bunnies all over it. I'm hoping he likes it! My second son wants Olaf. So this white basket will soon don eyes, a carrot nose, pipe cleaner arms, and that adorable snowman mouth. I'll post pictures when I'm done!
What are you going to make? Here is the pattern to get you started....

What you'll need:
- about 350 yards of Worsted weight yarn (I used half of 2 skeins)
- I hook
- stitch marker
- Optional: wire for handle

Stitches Used:
- single crochet (sc)
-Magic circle (mc)
- half double crochet (hdc)
- slip stitch (sl st)

This is a very versatile basket. If you want a smaller one, decrease the amount of rounds on the bottom of the basket. If you want it larger, increase the rounds. If you'd like it shorter, decrease the amount of rows on the top portion. For taller, increase the rows. Easy peasy!

R1: 8 hdc in mc
R2: 2 hdc in each st (16) *place stitch marker. In order to make the basket seamless, you won't be joining rows. 
R3: *2hdc in next st, hdc in next* rpt around (24)
R4:*2hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next* rpt around (32)
R5: *2hdc in next st, 3 hdc in next* rpt around (40)
R6: *2hdc in next st, 4 hdc n next* rpt around (48)
R7: *2hdc in next st, 5 hdc in next* rpt around (56)
R8: *2hdc in next st, 6 hdc in next* rpt around (64)
R9: in back loop only, hdc around (64)
R10-19: hdc around (64 st in each round)
R20: sc around (do not fasten off. Continue to handles)

R1: sc next 6 st
R2-53: turn, sc across (6)
sk 26 st and sl st handle to other side of the basket (you should have an even number of stitches on either side of the handle)
f/o and weave in ends.

Now comes the fun part: DECORATE!! :)

I'd love to see pics of your finished baskets!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Perfectly Simple, Easy Bow(tie)!

Welcome to Free Pattern Friday! Do you have any little boys that need to look "dapper" for St. Patrick's Day or Easter? Well, I've got a pattern for you! Having 3 boys, I've often found that there are PLENTY of beautiful things to crochet for girls, but hard to find fun stuff to make for boys! So one of my "boy" creations is this bow tie. Now, if you have girls, feel free to make one for your little girl too - Just put it in her hair instead. :)
My bow is about 4.5 inches long. I've included instructions to make smaller and larger ones as well. :)

What you'll need:
- H crochet hook
- WW yarn
- tapestry needle for weaving in ends

Pattern Instructions:

Start our by chaining 30. (If you'd like a smaller one, ch 20. For bigger, ch 40) Join with a sl st to first ch. Be careful not to twist your chain when you join!

R1: ch 1, sc in same st and every st around. Join with sl st to first sc (not the ch 1)
R2-10: rpt R1

Center of bow:
 Ch 5
R1: ch 1, turn, sc in same st and across
R2-10: rpt R1
Do not fasten off yet!

Take your bow and pinch the middle. Fold the ends in just a bit (this creates that signature "bow" look). Wrap your "center piece" around and sl st ends together. f/o and weave in ends!
That's all there is to it!

Now, attach your bow to a clip or headband. (I usually use a small alligator clip and just clip it onto my little guy's shirt).


Friday, March 6, 2015

"I'm Wearing Green!" Shamrock - Free Pattern Friday

Good morning!
So one of my least favorite holidays growing up was St. Patrick's Day. First of all, there was no candy involved (unacceptable!). But mostly because I didn't wear a lot of green and I absolutely despised being pinched. So I always had hope that whatever shade of green I eventually unearthed would be an acceptable enough green to not get pinched by my classmates. Not my favorite day.
So, in light of those childhood memories, I created the "I'm wearing green!" shamrocks for my own kids. You can make these in any (or all!) shades of green for St. Patrick's Day. There are also two options, one has a hole in the center (you can put it over a button, slide onto hoodie strings, a backpack, etc. The other has no hole and is designed to be pinned on to the wearer.

So without further ado, here is your "don't pinch me!" pattern:

Items needed:
 - G hook
 - WW yarn

R1: For hole in center- ch 5, sl st to 1st chain to form ring. sc 9 in center of ring. sl st to 1st sc.
       For solid center - sc 9 in mc. Join with sl st. Pull tight.

Following instructions are the same for both options

R2: *ch 2, sk next st, sc in next* (rpt 3 times). sl st in last st, ch 5. (Now you will be working in the chain). Turn, sl st in next, sc in next 2, hdc in next. sc in the sl st where you started your chain. Now you are back to your original circle. Sl St in next st to join.

R3: *ch 3, 4 dc in ch 2 sp, sl st in sc, sl st in ch 2 sp* rpt 3 times, your last sl st will be in st with the ch 5. f/o and weave in ends.

I hope you enjoy! Feel free to post pictures of your creations!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Hugs and Wishes Earwarmer Release!

I just released my newest design: the Hugs and Wishes Earwarmer! I'm so excited! I love the design of this and the versatility of colors. Now it just needs to get cold enough here to wear it...
Check it out HERE on ravelry. On sale for only $1 through Saturday, March 7!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Free Pattern Friday - Pascal the Puppy

Welcome to Free Pattern Friday! Today's free pattern is Pascal the Puppy. 
I created this little guy as a keychain for my son's teacher. But he was so adorable, I just couldn't keep him to myself! Here are the instructions to make him. Click HERE to add him to your Ravelry.

Items Needed:
size F crochet hook
WW yarn
Yarn needle for sewing pieces together
safety eyes, nose (if desired)

Stitches Used:
    • single crochet (sc)
    • magic circle (m)
    • single crochet 2 together (sc2tog)
    • slip stitch (sl st)
    • chain (ch)

R1: 6 sc in mc
R2-3: sc around (6)
R4: 2sc in each st (12)
R5: **2sc in 1st st, sc in next** rpt around (18)
R6-9: sc in each st (18)
R10: **sc2tog, sc in next** around (12)
Add safety eyes, nose and stuff
R11: sc2tog (6)
R12: sc2tog (3)
f/o, leave tail for weaving through last 3 stitches. Pull closed. Weave ends into head

R1: 6 sc in mc
R2: 2sc in each st (12)
R3: **2sc in 1 st, sc in next 2** rpt around (16)
R4-9: sc around
R10: **sc2tog, sc in next 2 st** rpt around (12)
R11: sc2tog around (6)
f/o leave tail for weaving through last stitches. Pull closed. Use rest of tail for sewing on head

Ears: (make 2)
ch 5
R1: sc across. turn work 180 degrees so that you are working across the back. Sc across (10)
R2-4: sc around
R5: **sc2tog in next st, sc in next 3 st** around (8)
R6-9: sc around
f/o, leaving tail to sew to head

Legs: (make 4)
R1: 6 sc in mc
R2: 2sc in each st (12)
R3: sc around
R4: sc2tog, sc in next st (6)
R5-9: sc around
f/o leaving tail for sewing to body

ch 7. sl st across
f/o leaving tail for sewing

Sew pieces together. Embroider on facial features.

Now name him and post a picture! Enjoy!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Free Pattern Friday!.... or Maybe Saturday....

Good Morning! So yesterday was free pattern Friday, where I post a new free pattern for you. I had this adorable little puppy ready to type up, but here's what happened- My son had his school Valentine's day party to get ready for, I had to finish Valentine's presents for my boys, we went to visit a friend who just had a new baby.... the list goes on. Then, finally, I had the chance to sit down and type it up, only to discover that the person that plugged the charger in (me) didn't plug it in right. The computer was dead.
So, next week, you get the adorable little puppy pattern. But this week, in light of Valentine's day, I'll have a free pattern code for you! Go to my ravelry store and use code "happyvday" for a free pattern of your choice! Code ends Sunday (2/15) at 11:59PM (PST).
I hope you enjoy, and thank you for understanding! Join me next week again for free pattern Friday!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Free Pattern Friday: Tiny Narwhal

Hello! Welcome to our first "free pattern Friday!" Say hello to Newton, my tiny Narwhal. :)

If you'd like to add him to your Ravelry, click Here 

Here is the pattern for Newton, the Tiny Narwhal:

What you'll need:
2 colors worsted weight (#4) yarn
size F crochet hook
tapestry needle
stitch marker

stitches used:
single crochet- sc
magic circle- mc
single crochet 2 together- sc2tog
slip stitch- sl st
chain - ch
half double crochet- hdc

     - stitch counts are in parentheses at end of each round

R1: Make 6 sc in mc (6)
R2: 2sc in each st around (12)
R3: **2sc in next st, sc in next** rpt 5x (18)
R4-6: sc in each st (18)
R7: **sc2tog in next st, sc in next st** rpt 5x (12)
R8-10: sc in each st around (12)
-- Stuff. If using safety eyes, add them at this point--
R11: sc2tog 6x (6)
-- fold ends together. Make sure stitches line up with each other. If safety eyes were used, make sure straight part of tail lines up across with eyes (or your tail will be sideways). This will be your tail. - -
R12: Sl st 2 sides together (3)

ch 4, turn. Sc in 2nd chain from hook, hdc in next ch, 2hdc in next ch. Sl st across 3 tail st. ch 4, turn. Sc in 2nd chain from hook, hdc in next ch, 2hdc in next ch. Sl st in next st, sc in next, sl st in last.
Photo of sl st ends of  tail together

Reattach yarn in side of narwhal.
Sc in joining st, and next 2 st(3)
Turn (no ch1), sc2tog in turning st and next, sc2tog in same st and next (2)
Turn (no ch1), sc2tog
Repeat for other side

R1: sc 4 in mc
R2-5: sc around
Sew horn on to top of head. Embroider on eyes and mouth.

Your last step: Name your narwhal and post a picture of him/her!

Introducing the Elephant Stitch!

I recently released a new pattern that includes a new stitch I designed called the "elephant stitch."

Can you see the resemblance? I'm pretty excited about this one and can't wait to design more - I'm thinking hats, fingerless gloves, bootcuffs, earwarmers.... I'm getting ahead of myself! 

Here is the link to the pattern if you're interested. Buy it by Monday, February 9, and get it for only $1!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Pattern sale!! Don't miss out!

Here are a few patterns I've created. As a promo for my new blog, enter the code BLOG on ravelry and receive a 70% discount on all my patterns! But hurry, promo ends Saturday, February 1!

Happy Crocheting!

I love to crochet! It is such a joy to work at something and end up with something tangible that is pretty, useful, adorable, you name it!
On this blog you will find patterns that I create, free patterns that I find, tips, tutorials, you name it! I'm excited to meet you on this crocheting journey!