Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Llama Hat

I adore this little llama hat pattern.  Get it free here from the Crafty Flutist on Ravelry.  I attached the yarn and then combed it with a wire brush to make it soft and fluffy.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Shark Slippers

I made these fun shark bite slippers from a paid Etsy Pattern available here for my nephew for his birthday.  At the time I wrote this post, I had just sent them off in the mail, so hopefully I will get some better pictures of him wearing them.  The creamers modeling in this picture for me just do not do them justice.  :)

Friday, December 25, 2015

I Love Dogs Hat

Another fun Spider Mambo Designs test pattern.  This one has hearts and puppies.  The pattern will be released on Ravelry soon, so be sure to check it out.

If you are celebrating, I hope you have a Merry Christmas.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Another quick, last minute infinity scarf gift

I made another gift from my quick infinity scarf pattern.  The pattern uses the camel stitch, a 9 mm (N) hook, and any bulky (size 5 or 12 ply) yarn.  This pattern is free on Ravelry.

For this scarf, I used Red Heart Baby Clouds in Peaceful Dreams.  I made my starting fhdc 100 stitches long, which allows the scarf to easily wrap twice around the neck, as shown in the picture below.

It takes only one skein of yarn and a short amount of time to complete one of these scarves once you get started and know how to do the stitch.

For those who celebrate Christmas, I hope you have a wonderful one!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Poinsettia Hat

This sweet holiday hat pattern can be found on Ravelry by clicking here.

Made from worsted weight yarn and two hooks- 6.5 mm for the hat and 4 mm for the flower and leaves.

The pattern is beautifully designed and works up quickly.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Angel Ornaments

A lady in my crochet group made each of us one of these cute little ornaments and sent me a link to the free pattern on Ravelry.  I decided to make these up and add a few to some of my Christmas cards for people that I thought might appreciate them.  Each angel used a small amount of worsted weight yarn (I used Red Heart, but Simply Soft gives them a nice shiny appearance) and a G (4 mm) hook.  Each one only took about six minutes to complete, including weaving in all the ends.


Monday, December 21, 2015

I Love Cats Hat

Another fun Spider Mambo Designs pattern.  I made this using my leftover worsted weight (4 ply) yarn and an I (5.5 mm) hook.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Tree Hat

This innocent looking tree hat has a dark secret, and it's just not the black yarn used for this Spider Mambo Designs pattern.

Look closely.  This Krampus Tree is full of skulls!  Get the pattern here.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Harlequin Skull Hat

This was a fun test pattern from Spider Mambo Designs.  I really like this one.  The pattern is available on Ravelry.

The two halves are worked separately and then joined together.  I used a small amount of worsted weight (4 ply) yarn and an I (5.5 mm) hook.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Camel Stitch Infinity Scarf

My brand new pattern is available for free just in time for those last minute holiday gifts.  These scarves are made using the camel stitch, a 9 mm hook and just one skein of bulky (size 5 or 12 ply) yarn.  I was able to make each of these scarves in less than an hour.

Best of all, the pattern is free on Ravelry!

Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Red Panda Hat

A gift for a niece, I modified Repeat Crafter Me's Fox Hat pattern to what I hope resembles a Red Panda.  I did not add the bridge of the nose and changed up the colors, but kept most of the hat the same as the written pattern.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Snowflake Ornaments

This is a free Red Heart pattern and is part of its Snowflake Garland pattern.  I made each snowflake separately, added a loop of yarn at the top and turned them into ornaments.  I also plan to add these to some other items I made as appliques.  The snowflakes work up very quickly and could be made in a variety of sizes by changing the size of yarn and hook used.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Elf Hat

The hat itself is made using an H (5.0 mm) hook and three colors of Worsted Weight (4 ply) yarn.  The rows are alternating row of all dc or sc stitches.  The colors are carried up through the rows and are not fastened off at the end of each row.  The bottom (widest part of the hat) is 65 dc and the hat slowly decreases until only 6 dc remains.  A pom-pom is added to the top and a simple shell border to the brim.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Where's Waldo?

I love this little Where's Waldo hat from Repeat Crafter Me's website.  The pattern works up very quickly and makes a great winter hat.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Chevron Bags

I have never gotten in to the Chevron Bag craze, but I thought these little bags were adorable and so I whipped up a couple of them on Thanksgiving for the visiting nieces.  The pattern is available for free on Ravelry.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Lost Tooth Pillow

While I did not add the smiling face or stuffing to this little "pillow", my Lost Tooth Saver was made from the free pattern by Repeat Crafter Me (available on the website or Ravelry.)  It works up very quickly and definitely can be customized to be a special place to keep your little one's lost tooth.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Pocket Size Tissue Covers

Inspired, unfortunately, by a recent family funeral, I decided to make several pocket-sized tissue package covers.  There are a multitude of patterns available online, but I free-handed two styles.

Of the ones I made, only the red version differs in style.  For the other packs I used the first style.    

In memory of my loved and missed uncle, I am listing this pattern for free on Ravelry.  Get your copy here.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Owl Hat

Knowing a few owl lovers, I thought I would try this adorable Owl Hat pattern.  The pattern is free from Repeat Crafter Me's website and can be found on Ravelry.  It works up quickly and easily and the pattern lists a variety of sizes (toddler-adult.)

Monday, November 30, 2015

Holiday Spooky Stocking

I love this creative take on the traditional Holiday Stocking.  This was a test pattern from Spider Mambo Designs and should soon be available on Ravelry. 

Friday, November 27, 2015

Hedgehog Hat

I just completed a test pattern for this adorable little hedgehog hat.  The pattern is really well designed and easy to follow.  It works up quickly and is so cute!  This is definitely one you want to add to your to-do crochet list.  Get the pattern from Ravelry by clicking this link.

Green Meanie Lovey

This adorable holiday favorite can be made into a lovey or a scarf.  This was a test pattern from the incredible Spider Mambo Designs and should be available soon.

I hope all US visitors had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Free Intimate Threads Pattern- Quick and Easy Infinity Cowl

Happy Thanksgiving to those of you in the United States!

I made this cowl in less than an hour using a skein of Loops & Threads Charisma yarn and a 9.00 mm (M) hook.  I was able to get two infinity cowls from one skein of yarn, so this is a great pattern when you need a last minute, but handmade gift item.

The pattern is available for free in my Ravelry store!  <a href="">download now</a>

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Raccoon Lovey

Another awesome test pattern from Spider Mambo Designs.  The pattern will soon be available on Ravelry.  This flat raccoon is versatile and can be made in zombie or roadkill versions, if you please.  :)  I think my button eye choice makes him look a bit like a lemur.

I wish all of my US visitors a very Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Happy Raccoon Beanie

This is a test pattern I completed for Spider Mambo Designs.  The pattern will be on Ravelry in the near future.  I love the wraparound tail!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Little Hats, Big Hearts

I made five baby beanies to donate to the American Heart Association's Little Hats, Big Hearts campaign.  These hats are donated to local hospitals to raise awareness about heart disease and congenital heart defects.

If you like to crochet or knit and are willing to donate a couple hats, please check out the above link and look for specific information about how to help where you live.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Fox Cowl

I combined two patterns to create this cowl, requested and modeled by the lovely Emilee.  Both patterns are from The Velvet Acorn and you can see her designs by clicking here.

This cowl was requested and is modeled by the lovely Emilee.  It was made using three colors of super bulky (size 6, 14 ply) yarn.  

Friday, November 6, 2015

Stacking Skulls Santa Hat

This is a test pattern I completed for Spider Mambo Designs.  I love this twist on a traditional Santa hat.  I used small amounts of Red Heart Super Saver in red and white.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Quick and Easy Baby Lovey

I used a hair elastic and a store bought baby to make this quick and easy baby lovey.  I used Red Heart yarn in a new (to me at least) color- Butterfly.  I love the colors in this yarn and will definitely be trying some other projects with it.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Flower Sprite

I have been wanting to make this flower sprite for a while for a dear friend.  I am so excited to send it out.  This designer's patterns are really great and I highly recommend them.  You can find this pattern here.

Friday, October 30, 2015

voodoo doll

Just in time for Halloween... I followed this free, easy pattern to make my own voodoo doll.  I used my glow-in-the-dark yarn to make this beauty.  She is about 12" from head to toe.  I love how she turned out, but I may follow the pattern's instructions for darkening the white yarn in spots.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Another Great Spider Mambo Design

If you couldn't tell, I am a huge fan of Spider Mambo patterns.  This is another one of the patterns I was lucky enough to test for Spider Mambo.  You can find the pattern on Ravelry here, but you really should check out all her other patterns, too.  I love them.

I almost didn't do the flower and leaves around each skull.  Instead, I gave it a try and I am so thrilled I did.  They are really easy and quick, but wow- so pretty and delicate.  I can definitely think of lots of places to add these.  Beautiful.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Creepy Pirate Hat

This beanie-style hat is another great design from Spider Mambo.  The pattern can be found here.

I found these awesome skull and crossbone buttons on Ebay.  I have a ton left over.  What else should I add these to?

Friday, October 23, 2015

Snoopy Happy Dance Hat

I made this adorable Snoopy hat for a friend's toddler.  This particular friend loves all things Peanuts, so I think she will be quite surprised by this hat.  This is a free pattern on Ravelry that can be found here.  It works up quickly and the instructions are easy to read if you are familiar with patterns.  Even the adult sizes would not use a lot of yarn, which is worsted weight (10 ply).