Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you a Merry Christmas from my family to yours! Have a safe and wonderful holiday!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Lalaloopsy Inspired Hat Version 2




I created this hat for my daughter's halloween costume. It was made to represent Ember Flicker Flame. The only thing that was changed from my original pattern was the length hair length. Here is the pattern:

Lalaloopsy Inspired Hat V.2

What you will Need:
Worsted Weight Yarn
5.5 mm hook
Yarn needle
Black Buttons

Stitch Abbreviations:
Sc- single crochet
Hdc - half double crochet
Dc- double crochet
sl st - slip stitch
Ch – chain
Beg.- beginning

Notes: When working in rounds I like to use this method which gives a neater join.
http://www.repeatcrafterme.com/2012/09/crochet-owl-hat-pattern-in-newborn.html

Size: Toddler/Preschooler
Start with Magic Ring, Ch. 1,
Round 1: 9 HDC in ring, join, Ch. 1
Round 2: 2 HDC into each st around, join, Ch. 1 (18 HDC)
Round 3: (2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next) Repeat around, join, Ch. 1 (27 HDC)
Round 4: (2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 2) Repeat around, join, Ch. 1 (36 HDC)
Round 5: (2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 3) Repeat around, join, Ch. 1 (45 HDC)
Round 6: (2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 4) Repeat around, join, Ch. 1 (54 HDC)
Round 7: HDC in each stitch, around join, Ch. 1 (54 HDC)
Round 8: (2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 8) Repeat around, join, Ch.1 (60 HDC)
Round 9: HDC in each stitch around, join, Ch. 1 (60 HDC)
Change Color
Round 10-18: HDC in each stitch around, join, Ch. 1 (60 HDC)
Round 19-20: SC in each stitch around, join, Ch. 1
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Size: Child
Start with Magic Ring, chain 1,
Round 1: 9 HDC in ring, join, Ch. 1
Round 2: 2 HDC into each st around, join, Ch. 1 (18 HDC)
Round 3: (2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next) Repeat around, join, Ch. 1 (27 HDC)
Round 4: (2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 2) Repeat around, join, Ch. 1 (36 HDC)
Round 5: (2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 3) Repeat around, join, Ch. 1 (45 HDC)
Round 6: (2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 4) Repeat around, join, Ch. 1 (54 HDC)
Round 7: HDC in each stitch around, join, chain 1 (54 HDC)
Round 8: (2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 8) Repeat around, join, Ch.1 (60 HDC)
Round 9: (2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 29) Repeat around, join, Ch. 1 (62 HDC)
Round 10: HDC in each stitch around, join, Ch. 1 (62 HDC)
Change Color
Round 11-19: HDC in each stitch around, join, Ch. 1 (62 HDC)
Round 21-22: SC in each stitch around, join, Ch.1
Fasten off and weave in ends.



Hair:
* On the hair I did one long piece and the remaining are short lengths. I took the long piece and attached it aprox. 1/3 of the way, with the end sticking out, looped it up and attached it another third of the way with the end sticking out.*

Long Piece:
Leaving about 2 inches of a tail
Ch. 35, 3 Dc in 2nd Ch from the hook and in each remaining chains.
Fasten off, leaving about 2 inches of tail

Short Piece:
Leaving about 2 inches of a tail
Ch. 12, 3 Dc in 2nd Ch from the hook and in each remaining chains.
Fasten off, leaving about 2 inches of tail

*Make however many you need (I used one long piece, described how above, and three short pieces.) It should start to spiral but sometimes while crocheting it will get twisted and will stop spiraling. Just turn it with your hand using the direction it was going as a guide. I just use the tails to tie them on the hat, knot it a couple of times, and weave in the ends.

Cheeks:
Starting with a Magic Ring
Round 1: 6 Hdc in ring, join, Ch.1
Round 2: 2 Hdc in each stitch around, join.
Fasten off,  leaving enough tail for attaching to the hat.


Bow Pattern:

Chain 10, SC in 2nd Ch from hook and in remaining chains, chain 1, turn
Row 2 - 4: SC in each stitch across, chain 1, turn.
At the end of row 4, continue to SC around the edges, join to 1st SC, fasten off and weave in ends. Crease bow, wrap yarn around, tighten, and knot. Then attach to hat by wrapping yarn around the bow, through the hat, a few times; knot, tie off, and weave ends.




** You may make and sell products from this pattern, but if you do I ask that you link back to my post. Please do not copy and post this pattern and claim it as your own. Please do not re-publish the photos as your own.**

Friday, November 22, 2013

Gingerbread Girl Hat


For the approaching holidays, I made my daughter a gingerbread woman hat. It is a modified version of Repeat Crafter Me pattern. Here are the modifications:

In the original pattern a Hdc base was used but I used this Dc hat base. 

I added another round of sc to the bottom of the hat. 

Cheeks: Using an H (5mm) hook, I did 10dc in a magic, sl st to 1st st, tighten, fasten off.  I made these changes because the cheeks in the pattern wasn't  big enough for a toddler size hat. 

Instead of embroidering the mouth, I sewed on a set of chains the same way the icing is done. I can't remember the number of chains that was used for either one. I think I used around 100-110 for the icing. Again, an H hook was used. 

There you go! I hope this helps. Be sure to check out the pattern! Happy Crocheting!




Monday, October 7, 2013

Free Kindle Books 10/7/13

Here are a few free Kindle downloads that might be of interest. They are only free for a short time so get them while you can.


           
   

Little Cupcake Hat Update

I decided to give Repeat Crafter Me's cupcake hat pattern another try. I found this sport weight tweed yarn on clearance that I thought would work. I used two strands held together for the icing part of the hat; then switched to one strand of worsted for the bottom of the hat. I crocheted the shells in both loops and joined the tan yarn to row 9, just like she stated. It does allow the shells to lay down better. Not only did the size of the hat turn out perfectly, but the colors too! Since the pattern is only for newborns, I hope to try to make bigger sizes.





You can find the pattern at: Repeatcrafterme.com


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Free Etsy Listings



Sorry I haven't posted in a while I have been busy with orders. Hopefully I can come up with a new pattern soon. Anyways to the point of the post. Have you ever thought about opening an etsy shop but hate to pay listing fees for something that may not sell. Well Etsy is know letting you refer people so they get free listings. Just click on the link below and set up a shop!

Etsy Free Listing Promotion:
http://etsy.me/1NQVADm

Monday, July 22, 2013

Clara's Zebra Hat

Here is a picture of a zebra hat that I did for Clara. I used this pattern from Repeat Crafter Me. The only thing done differently was that I added the crochet bow instead of a ribbon bow. Plus I used neon pink yarn. I loved the results so I wanted to share!






Friday, July 19, 2013

Chunky Button Newborn Hat


Chunky Button Newborn Hat

Materials:
Super bulky yarn
8mm hook
1 5/8 in wood button or whatever buttons you want to use


Stitch Abbreviations:
Sc- single crochet
Hdc - half double crochet
Dc- double crochet
sl st - slip stitch
Ch – chain
Sts- stitches
FpHdc- front post half double crochet

Gauge:
Approximately: 4 Sts and 3 Rows = 2 inches

Directions:
Magic Ring, Ch. 2
Rnd 1: 10 Dc in ring, join, Ch.2 (10 sts)
Rnd 2: 2 Dc in each st around, join, ch.2 (20 sts)
Rnd 3: (Dc in 3 sts, 2 Dc in next) around, join, ch. 2 (25 sts)
Rnd 4-6: Dc in each st around (25 sts)
Rnd 7: Hdc in each st around (25 sts)
* For a different look you can Hdc in back loop only*

Rnd 8: (FpHdc in same st, skip st, Hdc in next) around (25sts)
Fasten Off and Weave in ends.


Notes:
 On the dark hat I use Lion Brand Hometown USA in Cambridge Tweed. On the Pink/Cream hat I used Red Heart Homespun with two strands held together. On the gray hat I used a bulky wool, not sure the brand, and Red Heart Super Saver in Charcoal. The Gray hat shows what it looks like when you work in the back loops on Round 7. ( Haven't bought a button for it yet.)








** You may make and sell products from this pattern, but if you do I ask that you link back to my post. Please do not copy and post this pattern and claim it as your own. Please do not re-publish the photos as your own.**

Monday, July 15, 2013

Chunky Necklaces

Have you seen the chunky "bubble gum" necklaces for children? They are super cute and I wanted Clara to have few to wear. My local Hobby Lobby had some beads on clearance that sort of resembled  the beads used in the bubblegum style necklaces.  Here is a great video by mommycraftsalot on how to make them. (Video)

Materials I used:

Fishing line (10lb)
Beads
Crimp Beads
Magnetic Clasp

(I doubled the 10lb fishing line to make it more durable and used magnetic clasp in case she pulled on it or got it caught)









Friday, July 12, 2013

Fire Helmets

I have been busy for various reasons so I haven't gotten to post anything lately.  I have added Fire Helmets to both my Etsy and Storenvy shops. I have had the pattern for a long time just never got around to make any besides the ones for my daughter. The pattern comes from Micah Makes. I really love the shape and thickness! Here are a few photos:







Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day! Thanks to our forefathers and veterans,  we celebrate the birthday of our freedom! I hope you have a safe holiday with family and friends.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

My New Store

I opened up a new store using storenvy. If you haven't heard of it you should check it out. It's free to open and all you need is a paypal account.  Even though I still have my etsy shop what I like about storenvy is the lack of fees.  No listing or selling fees just the paypal fee plus you can customize your store.  Here is the link to my store: http://youneverknowandrea.storenvy.com/. Go check it out!


*** Update: I think storenvy is great but I wasn't getting a lot of traffic. I have now swittched most of the items over to my etsy shop.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Lalaloopsy inspired hat



Lalaloopsy doll inspired hat


What you will Need:
Worsted Weight Yarn
5.5 mm hook
Yarn needle
Black Buttons

Stitch Abbreviations:
Sc- single crochet
Hdc - half double crochet
Dc- double crochet
sl st - slip stitch
Ch – chain
Beg.- beginning

Notes: When working in rounds I like to use this method which gives a neater join. The pictures are examples to help you and were created to resemble certain dolls. 

Size: Toddler/Preschooler
Start with Magic Ring, Ch. 1,
Round 1: 9 HDC in ring, join, Ch. 1
Round 2: 2 HDC into each st around, join, Ch. 1 (18 HDC)
Round 3: (2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next) Repeat around, join, Ch. 1 (27 HDC)
Round 4: (2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 2) Repeat around, join, Ch. 1 (36 HDC)
Round 5: (2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 3) Repeat around, join, Ch. 1 (45 HDC)
Round 6: (2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 4) Repeat around, join, Ch. 1 (54 HDC)
Round 7: HDC in each stitch, around join, Ch. 1 (54 HDC)
Round 8: (2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 8) Repeat around, join, Ch.1 (60 HDC)
Round 9 -18: HDC in each stitch around, join, Ch. 1 (60 HDC)
Round 19-20: SC in each stitch around, join, Ch. 1
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Size: Child
Start with Magic Ring, chain 1,
Round 1: 9 HDC in ring, join, Ch. 1
Round 2: 2 HDC into each st around, join, Ch. 1 (18 HDC)
Round 3: (2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next) Repeat around, join, Ch. 1 (27 HDC)
Round 4: (2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 2) Repeat around, join, Ch. 1 (36 HDC)
Round 5: (2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 3) Repeat around, join, Ch. 1 (45 HDC)
Round 6: (2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 4) Repeat around, join, Ch. 1 (54 HDC)
Round 7: HDC in each stitch around, join, chain 1 (54 HDC)
Round 8: (2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 8) Repeat around, join, Ch.1 (60 HDC)
Round 9: (2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 29) Repeat around, join, Ch. 1 (62 HDC)
Round 10 -20: HDC in each stitch around, join, Ch. 1 (62 HDC)
Round 21-22: SC in each stitch around, join, Ch.1
Fasten off and weave in ends.

*Edit- Change color after 8 or 9 on toddler and 9 to 10 on child depending on how far you want the hair color to come down. Plus, I added a couple of rows to the length because I felt it came out a little short. If you feel it is to long just leave out a row.*

Hair:
Leaving about 2 inches of a tail
Ch. 35, 3 Dc in 2nd Ch from the hook and in each remaining chains.
Fasten off, leaving about 2 inches of tail

*Make however many you need. It should start to spiral but sometimes while crocheting it will get twisted and will stop spiraling. Just turn it with your hand using the direction it was going as a guide. I just use the tails to tie them on the hat, knot it a couple of times, and weave in the ends.

Cheeks:
Starting with a Magic Ring
Round 1: 6 Hdc in ring, join, Ch.1
Round 2: 2 Hdc in each stitch around, join.
Fasten off,  leaving enough tail for attaching to the hat.

Finishing:

Attach each piece on to hat and sew the buttons on as eyes. Take some black yarn and embroider/stitch a mouth. You can add bows, flowers, etc. to customize the hat.




Update: Check out Version 2 here!



** You may make and sell products from this pattern, but if you do I ask that you link back to my post. Please do not copy and post this pattern and claim it as your own. Please do not re-publish the photos as your own.**