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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!