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 =).

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Sewing ain’t Easy, Wait, Yes it is

I have been honing my sewing skills.

From t-shirt make-overs to pattern making (this isn’t it, later, promise).

I have found the crown jewel of adorable beginner sewing pattern! I’m so excited, I had to share. It is the Abby coat pattern by Shwin Designs.

I’ll be honest, I went to their ETSY shop everyday, trying to muster the courage to buy this pattern. It looks very intimidating! I even messaged the shop, asking a few questions to determine if I were up to the challenge. Sadly, they never responded to my inquiries, which brings me to wonder if they thought I was a pattern writer trying to pick their brains and develop a like pattern (don’t snicker, it totally happens). Regardless, I purchased it, and YAY!

It is super easy to follow. I’ve tried following online patterns before, and it was horrible! I much prefer winging it, or better yet, purchasing a pattern at the store with the super fabulous tracing paper that you use to cut fabric. I find the store bought patterns difficult to understand though. The most difficult part of the Abby coat is cutting and pasting the papers together to cut your fabric. The instructions to cut and paste the tracing paper is really great, easy to understand and great to follow.

Sewing the fabric was simple too. The pattern you purchase has extreme detailed photo instructions. I’m talking about a photo of all your pattern pieces, a photo that shows connect piece A to piece B like so, stitch, iron seam open, etc.

I’ve made so many of these coats. I love the versatility, and it’s so soft and warm. My friend even caught her daughter sleeping in hers, which is the best compliment ever!

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I even adapted the pattern to make a boyish version for my son, complete with glow in the dark collar and elbow pads(ish).

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He loves his coat, and brags that I made it for him wherever we go, total proud mama moment.

I LOVE this pattern! I’m a very slow sewer, but this sews up pretty quickly, and always looks fantastic!

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Flower Power

I’ve been obsessed with newborn photo props.

Any photographers I encounter at craft shows, always ask for some.

I found this fantastic pattern on ETSY by Crafty girls of Avon. It works up quickly, and uses soft chunky yarn. Although it has a lot of sewing, which I’m not a fan of. I find myself crocheting up all the pieces, and letting it sit, for days, until I sew it up. Not the best strategy, but oh well. It’s great for beginner crocheters, can be done in multiple color combinations, and here’s a little hint, use a bigger hook for a larger size bonnet =)

Did I mention, this pattern is only $3.99!!!

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Flower Lovey pattern

I’ve been wanting to post this for awhile now, but it was a gift, so I had to wait until my expectant friend got it. ANNND, she loved it =)

One of my absolute favorite Crochet blogs, is by the talented Miss Sarah, creator of Repeat Crafter Me. I tell ya, I just don’t know how she has the time! Her blog is so professional, and she has such amazing creations. She has perfected the “Lovey,” a fleece piece, with a crochet border, and crochet stuffie attached. For years there have been the crochet Lovey dolls, a stuffie attached to a crochet square. Maybe because Joanne’s constantly has fleece sales, but I just like Sarah’s version better.

I used Repeat Crafter Me’s tutorial for a Monster Fleece Lovey as a starting point. Here’s the thing, I bought a skip stitch blade, BUT, it was the wrong one….of course! On to plan B.

I am not a pro with a ruler, or measuring, or making straight lines. Weird right? So I stitched a long serger stitch around the edge of my fleece with my sewing machine. Using light weight yarn, and a 2.75 metal crochet hook, I crocheted 3 double crochets (DC) in every 3rd sergered stitch. Since the sewing machine already made a hole for the thread, it was easy to make the hole larger to accommodate the yarn. Then I crocheted two more rounds of 3 DC between each cluster. On to step 2. 2014-04-27 17.32.54I couldn’t find a cute, and free, flower pattern so I made one.

Abbreviations: st- stitch; sc-single crochet; dc-double crochet; dec-decrease; * repeat

Petals: Hook- 3.25 mm; I made this in a continuous round, you can always slip stitch to the first stitch and chain 1 in the beginning of each round if you are more comfortable doing that.

Make 5 sc in magic loop (6)

*2sc in same st, sc in next 2 st* (8)

*2sc in each st* (16)

*sc in each st* (16) *repeat for 2 more rows*

*sc in next 2 st, scdec* (12)

Repeat previous row (9)

I slip stitched the ends together, you can do this or just bind off, these will be hand sewn. to flower face. Leave long tail to sew. Make as many as you want to get the look your trying for (I made 12).

Flower face: Make 2

Make 6sc in magic loop

*2sc in each st*

*sc in next st, 2sc in next st*

*sc in next 2 st, 2sc in next st*

*sc in next 3 st, 2sc in next st*

sc in each stitch for 2 rows

Bind off, leaving a long tail to sew.

Here is what you have, a whole lot of small pieces, AAAAGH!!!

2014-04-23 12.27.24Now you will sew your petals to one side of the face. I used a whip stitch, but really, any hand stitch will work. 2014-04-23 12.30.152014-04-23 12.30.58If you want eyes and a smile, now is when you will sew it on one of your flower faces. Then you will begin stitching your faces together. When you have about a couple inches left to sew, now comes the stuffing. I used the poly-fill for stuffed animals, you can get it at any craft store. I also put a bell in the middle of the fill to form a rattle effect.

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All what’s left is to stitch it up, and sew it onto your fleece.

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FYI, I used some fleece from another project, I didn’t measure it, I just used what I had left =)

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Mia Slouch Boot Pattern Review

I have made it known that I am no where near talented enough to make up a bootie pattern on my on. I mean, there are too many things that can go wrong with the shaping. I get a little short of breath just thinking about starting from scratch….breath….breath. So I give kudos and props to those talented individuals who can 1. Invent a bootie pattern on their own, and 2. Have talent to write a comprehensive pattern that even us beginners can follow.

My favorite Knitter baby bootie pattern writer (wow, say that 5 times fast) is L’Oasi della Maglia. Since I am mucho into crochet currently, I needed to find a crochet bootie pattern writer (here we go again with the long names), whom I’d enjoy equally as much. Taking the advice of my crochet sister, and author of the blog Chucks for Chancho (insert shameless plug here), I checked out Two Girls Patterns on ETSY, hello, LOVE!

They have the most adorable crochet boots, sandals and shoe patterns! If you are an avid Pinterest user, then you have no doubt seen their work EVERYWHERE. Anyone who has a crochet board has at least one of their items pinned. Now I haven’t done the necessary research to say this is a fact, buuuut, probably. I purchased a 3 pattern bundle. I have yet to get to the other two patterns, but this one rocks.

It’s called Mia slouch boot. It is ridiculously easy to read and understand. I am so impressed with the combination of basic crochet stitches they use to form the “slouch” of this boot.

IMG_0842So cute. I was tempted to get back on ETSY and buy an adult pattern, but then it hit me; what if I used a thicker yarn, and a larger hook, hmmm. These booties worked up so fast, it was worth a shot. Using some Bernet Chunky yarn, and an 8mm hook, I went to work. Ta-Da

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Boots for my size 6 daughter. I went up another hook size and made some for my Mama. A word of caution, yarn bottoms are slippery! I tried adding dots of puffy paint to the bottoms, but that didn’t help much, so I turned to Youtube. I found this amazing video of how to add silicone soles to knit slippers. It looks genius! I can’t wait to try it!

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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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Knit Bow Ear warmer

With colder weather quickly approaching it is time to start thinking about staying warm, if you haven’t already. The question always is, how do I stay warm, look Chic, and be different? Well you make your own accessories, or find someone to make them for you.

This is a pattern I discovered last year, and it is a free Ravelry download. It is a knit bow ear warmer by Beth Postelwait. She uses short rows for shaping. If you are not familiar with short rows, here is a great Youtube video by Knitpicks to get you through it. She explains short rows, wrapping and turning, and making mistakes, so set time aside to watch the whole thing, it’s great for beginners.

What makes this pattern different from other bow ear warmer/headbands is the shaping. Sometimes when you add a bow to a headband it could look bulky or out of place. The shaping mimics the shape of the bow so it just….fits. Plus I L-O-V-E using the bow as an opportunity to practice my color work for larger projects. This style is so versatile, it can be worn many different ways.

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