Velvet Acorn, A Favorite

Tis the season for yarn, coffee, needles and hooks. With the increasing cold weather, those of us that make, have an increase in orders. What is the most requested items this year? Non other then the wonderful Velvet Acorn designs.

I have had my eye on this lady for over two years now. Since before she had crochet patterns available, and before she lifted her “personal use only” terms. When I saw her recognizable designs all over ETSY, I had to hop aboard!

Her patterns are extremely well written, and easy to follow for all skill levels. She also has pattern pack purchases available at a discount. I have gladly participated in her pattern packs.

Here is her knit Failynn Fox hood. I’ve made quite a few of these this winter, and it always comes out fabulous. With a color change or two, you can make many animals. Knitters will need to know some basic crochet to get the proper look.

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Knitters only- This hat is so absolutely gorgeous. If you love cables, or have always wanted to make a cabled project, you will not be disappointed with the Serenity hat. The math that it must have taken to get the cables just right in this pattern, well, it gives me a headache just thinking about it. This was actually requested by a crochet friend. Yarnies, not afraid to ask others for a must have =)

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Crocheters only- The Ashby scarf is a very feminine cowl that is great for those (like me) that worry about a choking hazard. One end tucks in the other, and can be pulled open. The make up is very simple, but the look is exquisite. This is a great beginner pattern.

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I have other patterns that I have yet to make. I admittedly went pattern crazy, but they are all so adorable, I blame her ever so cute models =).

Have a Crafty Day!

 

 

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So many Characters

I literally can’t stop making character hats. After posting on a crafts page for my new location, I have been bombarded with character hat requests. It has been amazing! I feel blessed and challenged, not to mention crazy busy. I thought I’d share two with you all, Halloween AND Christmas are just around the corner, hint hint.

My very good, and old friend, requested Minion hats for her 3 little Minions. This was not a very big challenge for me since my genius sister, and author of Chucks for Chancho, had already developed a pattern and posted a tutorial on her blog, and she also has them for sale in her ETSY shop. My friend wanted braids added and a pretty bow for her little girl. So I made a few slit adjustments to my sister’s pattern. I lengthened the ear flaps by substituting single crochet to a half double crochet, added braids for the girl, and twists for the boy.

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Since these were the same, but different, I wanted her older daughter’s to be unique. I made the eyes smaller so we could use two and only used blue in the braids. I also added a tongue for fun. She liked it so much she ordered another for her sister.

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To make the tongue make a magic loop, half double crochet 8, DO NOT CLOSE WITH A SLIP STITCH, simple bind off, synch your magic loop tight and sew the flat edge against the mouth.

The same day my friend asked for these, I received a request from a new friend for a few hats as well. Two were Hello Kitty hats. I recall my sister making a Hello Kitty inspired hat, so I could have easily asked her for her pattern, or asked her to make it, but where’s the fun in that? I think I rocked it on my own =)

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Have a Crafty Day!

Crochet Character hat Craze!

Now that I know how to make character hats my hook is on fire! Check it out…

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Crazy right? I can’t help myself, they are just so amazing. So let’s break it down…

The Frankenstein and Girl Frankie hat patterns are by Simply2irresistible. If your a reader of my blog then you know I am a returning customer to this ETSY shop. The patterns are that good, and easy to read, use, and create. You truly get the finished product very similar to hers (if you are good at following instructions). It is well worth the $3 she charges because of the many variations you can create. Tis hat pattern goes all the way up to adult sizes. I made one for my brother and he has a very large head, ha ha.

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The owl hat pattern is courtesy of Repeat Crafter Me. This lady has my heart! She provides GREAT patterns for free! She welcomes you to sell your finished product giving her credit for the pattern, and so other crafters can find her. There are so many patterns I want to create from her blog, she is truly a selfless artist! I made a few variations to this owl, I substituted hDC for DC, following my Frankie pattern. I made the ear tuffs smaller, and the braids skinnier, more boyish looking I think.

Love the Dino hats! Here’s where I mixed it up. I used the hat pattern for the owl, without the color change, added contrasting trim, and used the twist braids from the Frankie pattern. The spike pattern was courtesy of Crochet Today.

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I saw this Monster High inspired hat on ETSY, by CraftyAccessories123, and decided to make it. Again using the owl pattern for the hat, minus color change, and the rest I just figured out on my own.

My list is still long for other character hats I want to make, but I think I need a break…yeah RIGHT!

Have a Crafty Day!