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FREE Crochet Pattern – Valentine’s Love & Olympic Spirit

A free pattern with lots of lovely alternatives for the embellishments. Very cute. Have a look.

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Introducing the Chameleon Hat – a hat with a changing personality!

Sooo… Lately, I’ve been in a very “heart-y” mood and wanted to design a quick, sweet Valentine’s hat.  As I was working up the design, my thoughts wandered to the Olympics and Team Spirit and I realized it would be pretty easy to convert my Valentine’s Love to Team USA Spirit. Then I had another thought (yes, my brain wanders a lot) –wouldn’t it be fun to take a simple hat and see how many ways I could convert it? So I decided to play a game. I named this the Chameleon Hat and each month I will be customizing it with a different theme. Stay tuned to see how the chameleon changes.  Let the games begin!
The first, a sweet Valentine’s hat in soft colors and embellished with a pretty heart. What little girl wouldn’t want this?IMG_0553 post  2.jpg
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Illustrator Saturday – Manelle Oliphant

Keeping options open, vary your style, never give away your work, and practice, practice, practice. All great tips! Wonderful interview and I’m loving these illustrations! I’m going to add Ruby and the Skateboard to my list of books to look for to share with my kids. A big thanks on this re-blog to Kathy Temean for interviewing and Manelle Oliphant for responding so eloquently.

Writing and Illustrating

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Manelle graduated with a bachelor’s degree in illustration from Brigham Young University Idaho and has been working as an Illustrator since 2005.  She’s illustrated multiple books. Most recently, In the Garden, (spring 2012) In the Woods, (fall 2012) and At the Beach (spring 2013) for Peachtree Publishers.

Some of my other clients include: McGraw-Hill, Friend Magazine, The Empress Theatre, and Blooming Tree Press.

I work with watercolor, prismacolor pencil, pencil, Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.

Manelle says, “My object in writing and illustrating books for children is: to recapture imagination, rekindle curiosity, and demonstrate the rewards of knowledge and virtue. Pretty good eh? I stole it from Walden Media. Regardless I am creating books and illustrations for children with this in mind. Hoping that others will have a chance to have fun, and learn from the products I create.”

Manelle has sent three panels that describe her process, thinking, and interview…

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Bonita Patterns flower

I seem to be having trouble sharing what’s coming from links when it’s not from WordPress so I’m copying this one here for you but highly suggest you go check out Bonita Patterns Blog.

Reversible Textured Slouch and Crocodile Stitch Double Layered Flower

This free crochet pattern for a slouch has all to do with my love for textured stitches!  I wanted to share with you this easy and quick hat that you can make in a just a few hours.  It is ideal for last-minute gifts, and for those of you who sell finished pieces, where time is of the essence. I would love to hear what you think about this one. Please  leave your comments!

Reversible Slouch 1

4-medium          03-intermediate      Download a PDF copy of the pattern here

Materials:

Worsted weight yarn of your preference.
The slouch showcased in pattern was made with: Bernat Satin in Stone (100% Acrylic; 3.5oz/100g, 200yd/183m per skein)

Yardage: Approximately 250 yds for hat and flower

Sizes L (8.00 mm) crochet hook for slouch
Size G (4.00 mm) crochet hook for flower
Stitch marker
Yarn needle
1 inch button to adorn flower (optional)

Gauge:

With size L crochet hook in FPdc pattern: 6 sts and 5 rows = 2″
CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size hook to obtain gauge.

Finished Size:   Fits a 20 – 22” head circumference

Reversible Slouch 12
Abbreviations:
Back loops only (BLO)
Beginning (beg)
Chain (ch)
Front Loops Only (FLO)
Front Post Double Crochet (FPdc)
Repeat (rep)
Single Crochet (sc)
Stitch (st)

Special Stitch Used:

Front Post Double Crochet (FPdc) – Yo and insert hook from the front to the back around the post of the dc of previous row. Complete as for a regular dc stitch.

Pattern Notes:

  • Slouch is worked in continuous rounds, without joining. This will give a polished look without an unnecessary seam. Use stitch marker to keep track of your rounds if needed.
  • The use of a much larger hook than what is normally suggested for a worsted weight yarn is intentional to produce drape on the slouch.
  • The stitch pattern used makes the hat reversible where one side you have a ribbed look and the other you have a textured spiral look.

Directions for Slouch:

With Size L (8.00 mm) hook Using a magic ring to work in the round OR ch 4; join with sl st to form a ring:

Rnd 1: Ch 3 (does not count as a dc), 10 dc in ring, do not join here and throughout. Keep track of your rounds by using a stitch marker on first st of each round. – (10 dc)

Rnd 2: 2 FPdc in each dc around – (20 FPdc)

Rnd 3: FPdc in each FPdc around – (20 FPdc)

Rnd 4: * FPdc in next FPdc, 2 FPdc in next FPdc, rep from * around –  (30 FPdc)

Rnd 5: FPdc in each FPdc around –  (30 FPdc)

Rnd 6: * FPdc in next 2 FPdc, 2 FPdc in next FPdc, rep from * around –  (40 FPdc)

Rnd 7: FPdc in each FPdc around –  (40 FPdc)

Rnd 8: * FPdc in next 3 FPdc, 2 FPdc in next FPdc, rep from * around –  (50 FPdc)

Rnd 9: FPdc in each FPdc around –  (50 FPdc)

Rnd 10 – Rnd 28: FPdc in each FPdc around –  (50 FPdc)

Last Rnd: SC in each st around. Fasten off and weave in all ends. –  (50 sc)

TIP: If you wish a fitted hat, instead of a slouch, just work up up to Round 20. 

Crocodile Stitch Double Layer Flower 10

Directions for Crocodile Stitch Double-Layered Flower

Ch 7, join with SL ST in first CH to form a ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 1 (does not count as a sc), SC in each CH around, join with SL ST in first SC. –     (7 SC)

Rnd 2: Working in the front loops only (FLO), * CH 8, SL ST in next FLO CH, rep from * around, join with SL ST in first CH – (7 CH-8 loops)

Rnd 3: [SC, HDC, 6 DC, CH 2, 6 DC, HDC, SC] in first CH-8 sp * [SC, HDC, 6 DC, CH 2, 6 DC, HDC, SC] in next CH-8 sp, rep from * around, join with SL ST in first SC. – (7 petals on first layer)

Rnd 4: Working in the back loops only (BLO), * CH 10, SL ST in next BLO CH, REP from * around, join with SL ST in first CH – (7 CH-10 loops)

Rnd 5: [SC, HDC, 8 DC, CH 2, 8 DC, HDC, SC] in first CH-10 sp * [SC, HDC, 8 DC, CH 2, 8 DC, HDC, SC] in next CH-10 sp, REP from * around, join with SL ST in first SC. Fasten off. – (7 petals on second layer)

Finishing: Weave in all ends Attach a 1” button sewn through the center of the flower. You may also sew the flower on a brooch setting so it is removable and can be used to embellish several accessories.

 Photo Tutorial for Crocodile Stitch Double-Layered Flower

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Ch 7, join with SL ST in first CH to form a ring.
Crocodile Stitch Flower Double 2
Rnd 1: Ch 1 (does not count as a sc), SC in each CHaround, join with SL ST in first SC. – (7 SC)
Crocodile Stitch Flower Double 3
Rnd 2: Working in the front loops only (FLO), * CH 8, SL ST in next FLO CH, rep from * around, join with SL ST in first CH – (7 CH-8 loops)
Crocodile Stitch Flower Double 4
Rnd 3: [SC, HDC, 6 DC, CH 2, 6 DC, HDC, SC] in first CH-8 sp * [SC, HDC, 6 DC, CH 2, 6 DC, HDC, SC] in next CH-8 sp, rep from * around, join with SL ST in first SC. – (7 petals on first layer)
Crocodile Stitch Flower Double 6
Rnd 4: Working in the back loops only (BLO)
Crocodile Stitch Flower Double 7
Rnd 4 (cont. ): * CH 10, SL ST in next BLO CH, REP from * around, join with SL ST in first CH – (7 CH-10 loops)
Crocodile Stitch Flower Double 8
View of Rnd 4 loops completed. Rnd 5: [SC, HDC, 8 DC, CH 2, 8 DC, HDC, SC] in first CH-10 sp * [SC, HDC, 8 DC, CH 2, 8 DC, HDC, SC] in next CH-10 sp, REP from * around, join with SL ST in first SC. Fasten off. – (7 petals on second layer)
Crocodile Stitch Double Layer Flower 2
Weave in all ends. Attach a 1” button sewn through the center of the flower.

 

Free Bee Girl Amigurumi Pattern

Gal pal shared this link on her Pinterest which popped up on Facebook. I’ve seen the Bee Girl before and thought she was adorable but never followed through to find where she came from. I can’t believe Twisted Fibers has this pattern listed for free. Better snag it up, copy it, save it, do what you have to before they come to their senses and charge for these adorable little creations.

Tales of Twisted Fibers

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I have finally managed to write the pattern for the bee girl and here it is as promised 🙂

UPDATE(4 June, 2013): This pattern is among the “From Dream To Reality #69” Top Ten Fun Features. Yay! Thanks, Christine 😀

The DIY Dreamer

The pattern is only for the doll. Tutorial for glass frames and antennae not included. Sorry, I totally suck at working with wires; you’re on your own there! 😦 But I’m sure many of you crafty readers will be able to figure out how to shape them by looking at the photographs. I used small lengths of copper wire to make these shapes and while the glass frame was left as it is, the wire ‘feelers’ were covered by tightly winding yellow yarn over them.

This pattern has not been tested and may contain errors (I suck at writing patterns too), so my apologies in advance for any…

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It’s cowl season

I’m still busy making socks and waiting for my new circulars to come to my rescue. In the meantime, I found this lovely post on cowls and thought I’d share. Hope you’re staying warm!

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The weather has been damp and chilly and I’ve found myself wearing crochet cowls almost non-stop lately. They’re great for keeping the chill off indoors or out.

I just finished the cowl above today, using my own Fooling Around Cowl pattern. It’s available on Ravelry as either a single pattern or in an ebook of three scarf patterns. For this one I made it a little smaller to hug my neck and have used Cascade 220 yarn. You can see technical details on my Ravelry Project Page.

Other cowls of note, this is one of my favorites of all time. Using my Chi-Town Crochet Cowl pattern, posted previously on this blog. I used Madeline Tosh bulky yarn for this. For technical details view my Ravelry project page.

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And my dear collaborator’s favorite cowl. It’s a moebius consisting of back loop only half double crochet. You can see details…

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Ice Cream Sundae Hat — Free Pattern

This cute little hat showed up in my email this morning from AllFreeKnitting. I love the color combo here, and have already started following her blog. She has more adorable knits, recipes, and other goodies that I’ll have to dive into sometime soon.

Alaska Knit Nat

During my bedtime Pinterest bingeing (I like to call it “pingeing”) I came across a lovely knitted hat from muitaihania.blogspot.dk/

I don’t know Finnish, but I’m pretty sure the blogger didn’t post a pattern for it. *Correction: after 30 seconds of browsing the site, I did find the pattern. Oh well!

So here’s my version. It’s called the Ice Cream Sundae Hat and it’s lovely. I made it up as I went along and the pattern is simple enough that I don’t think I need to provide a chart as long as you follow the instructions.

Materials:

3 colors of bulky yarn such as Lamb’s Pride Bulky, (Color A, Color B, and Color C)

Size 9 circular needles

Size 9 double-pointed needles

darning needle

pom-pom maker or giant fork

Abbreviations:

K = knit

P = purl

k2tog = Knit two stitches together

Special notes: You’ll be knitting a…

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Ready for Christmas fever?

These are too cute not to share!

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I know many of you will say how it is early to even start thinking about Christmas but I had to in order to get all things done before the “fever” starts.

In most of European countries the Saint Nicholas day, december 6th is celebrated and is big event for children, as this Saint is gift bringer (and not to forget all the yummy cookies made for that day). Most of the Christmas fairs all around European main city squares will be opened at this time of year….it is just wonderful time of the year!

For all of us crafters that means lots and lots of work and preparations before December 6th!

Now you can understand how I didn’t start early! I started right on time!

Before I continue with my ornaments would like to add link to Christmas patterns made by my dear blogger friend Serah. She designed little…

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