Friday, August 31, 2012

Free Pattern: Textured Newborn Beanie w/ Satin Trim

For your chance to win a FREE CUSTOM crochet hat of YOUR choice please click this link to see how to enter!! 

Textured Newborn Beanie w/ Satin Trim

Well I just keep whipping these bad boys out, don't I? You're welcome! Actually this pattern just sort of happened. I was playing around with the shell stitch and didn't like how it was looking with the chunky yarn so I decided to go back to Ole Reliable for some texture: Front & Back Post Double Crochet stitches. I also had some purple satin ribbon and decided to fancy it up a bit and I LOVE how it turned out!!

Alright enough chatter, let's get to the pattern!! 

Supplies Needed
Yarn: 2 different skeins of worsted weight yarn (4). For my hat I actually used a purple worsted weight and Lion Brand Homespun (I just love this yarn!!) Or you can also use 1 Super Bulky Yarn (6)
Hook: M, 9.00mm
Ribbon: 1" satin

Abbreviations (click the link for a video tutorial):
Ch: Chain
Sl St: Slip Stitch

*Ch 2 counts as a DC*
R1: Ch 2, 7 dc (Total 8 DC)
R2: ch2 turn, 2dc in each sl st to join (Total 16 DC)
R3: *ch2, 1 dc in next 2 st, 2 dc in next, repeat * sl st to join (Total 20 DC)
R4-R6: *fpdc, bpdc, repeat*
R7: Add Ribbon by sl st and sc in each stitch around, sl st to join and then use ribbon to tie a bow. 

Hope you enjoy this pattern. Please "Like" my Facebook Page for your chance to win in our current giveaway!! 

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Custom Crochet Project Giveaway!!

I would like to do a give away for a free crochet hat. If you would like to be chosen as a winner please go Like my Facebook page and also share to your page. This will be a custom hat of YOUR choosing!!! I will be choosing a winner on September 15th so hurry and enter. 

I will have a post on my Facebook page about this giveaway so please comment so I know that you are entered into the competition!!

Also feel free to follow me on Pinterest and that will increase your chances!! If you would only like to follow my crochet projects board you can do that here

Happy Hooking!! Can't wait to make your custom piece!!!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Free Pattern: Newborn Sack Hat

I'm whipping these bad boys out!! Here is the second FREE pattern in 2 days. I call it the Sack Hat well because it looks like a SACK!! I'm pretty creative on the names I know! Anywho here you go and please post your pictures if you choose to try this one out. 

Supplies Needed:
Yarn: 1/2 skein of Worsted Weight Yarn (4) any color you choose. 
Hook: H, 5.00 mm
Ribbon: Any type you choose

Abbreviations (click the link for a video tutorial):
ch: Chain
sl st: Slip Stitch

Skill Level: Easy/Beginner

This pattern is for a newborn, if you would like to make it a different size just increase or decrease chains to fit head size. ALWAYS have an even number of stitches so the fpdc & bpdc will always be alternating.

Ch 41, sl st to join. Careful not to twist chain!
Row 1: Ch 2 (counts as dc), 1 dc in each ch, sl st to join.
Row 2: Ch 1, *fpdc in next chain/post, bpdc in next chain/post, repeat from *, sl st at the top of the Ch 1.
Row 3: Repeat Row 2 until your work reach 9.5 inches, sl st and tie off. Weave in ends.

Take your ribbon, cinch together at approximately 5.5-6 inches from the bottom and double knot your ribbon. You must make sure that your hat that you have left enough room on the bottom portion so that your hat will fit. Tie a bow with your ribbon.

*You could also use a button instead of a ribbon if you prefer but you will still have to cinch the hat closed with yarn*

I hope this all makes sense. It's a very easy hat to make, it's just very repetitive!!

Don't forget to post pictures to my Facebook Page!! Click the link to the right. 

Happy Hooking!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Free Pattern: Chunky Newborn Beanie w/ flower

*Update* For your chance to win a FREE CUSTOM crochet hat of YOUR choice please click this link to see how to enter!! 

So I'm posting one of my first OFFICIAL patterns. I was just playing around yesterday and decided to make a beanie out of leftover yarn to match a stork pouch photo prop I made. I really liked the way it turned out and it matches so well with the the pouch. I may have to load it on Etsy, so get it now while it's FREE!! Whoever said there's no such thing as a free lunch??

Supplies Needed:
Yarn: 2 colors of Super Bulky (6) yarn. I used Yarn Bee Soft Illusions and Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick. 1 color of Worsted Weight (4) yarn for the flower.
Hook: J, 6.00mm 
Tapestry Needle

Abbreviations (click the link for a video tutorial):
Ch: Chain
Sl St: Slip Stitch

Ok let's get started!

Ch 4, sl st to join
Row 1: Ch 2 (counts as 1st dc), 6 dc (7 dc total)
Do NOT join, use yarn marker
Row 2: 1 sc & 1 hdc in 1st stitch (counts as 2dc, this keeps a gap from forming between Row 1 and Row 2), 2 dc in each stitch (14 dc total)
Row 3: *1 dc, 2 dc, repeat from * (21 dc total)
Row 4: *1 dc in the next 2 stitches, 2 dc, repeat from * (28 dc total)
Skip 1 dc and sl st to join with the 2nd dc. (This prevents a large uneven knot)
Sl St new color, Ch 2
Row 5: 1 sc (to prevent gap), 1 dc in each stitch (28 dc total)
Row 6-7: 1 dc in each stitch (28 dc total)
Skip 1 dc and sl st to join with the 2nd dc. Tie off and weave in ends.

For the flower I followed AlliCrafts Open Flower Tutorial and then sewed a button on top and sewed the flower to the hat. I chose to sew the flower on to the section where I attached the yarn and tied it off to cover up any uneven looking stitches. 

Now you're done. It's a really easy pattern and beanie to make especially for a beginner. If you are a beginner you may want to choose a less fuzzy yarn that the soft illusions since it may be difficult to see your stitches.

Happy Hooking!!

P.S. Please post pictures of your hats too. I would love to see them!!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Beanies for Preemies

Well as you know by now I am always dabbling in something. I like to try new things and I like to make people happy. There are so many people out there less fortunate and I always want to make sure that I never forget that. I really try to teach my kiddos the same thing because how else are they going to learn when they are blessed to be healthy and have a good home. Not always clean but still a good home. Hey you can't have everything, right?? 

I recently joined a group that crochets for cancer patients. The organizer of the group has connections with an oncologist office and they donate their chemo caps and other items to the patients there. I thought that was a great thing to do but I always like to try something a little different so I came up with my own idea. Thus was born:


For those of you that know me you know that I love coming up with awesome names for stuff. This one just fell out of my mouth when I was describing to someone what my next project would be. And since it rhymes it's PERFECT!!! So I'm going to assume that any of you that read my blog can guess what this project entails but just to clarify a little more, I plan on crocheting beanies for the tiny sweet babies that are in the NICU at the new Texas Children's Hospital they just built out here in West Houston. I am so grateful to have had two perfectly healthy beautiful children (they get all that good stuff from me of course). However, there are so many people that aren't as fortunate and their babies are battling for their lives as soon as they enter the world. Not only that the parents aren't even to take their new bundle of joy home. Some are even less fortunate and are unable to even hold their baby. As a mother who never had that hardship I can't even fathom the torture they must go through. 

But since everyone likes gifts even those that are distraught I thought what better than to crochet some little beanies for the sweet angels in the NICU so that their parents have one less thing to worry about and hopefully it will also lift their spirits in some small way. So after searching for some preemie patterns I found a couple of cute ones I am going to use.

The ones above were patterns I found on Alli Crafts Blog and I really appreciate her sharing her adorable patterns for free. I also like the cute embellishments she adds. I plan on doing a lot of that myself. I found a super cute bird applique I plan to use.

Oh I just love the cute things you can make with a hook and a little yarn. I also found a couple of other hats I plan to make as well and I want to thank Lullaby Lamb for her adorable pattern as well.

Just look at those sweet faces. Now I know why people steal babies. Just kidding that is VERY WRONG!! Babies are adorable but stealing them is frowned upon. Bummer because that would mean no more labor. But who am I kidding I more than have my hands full!!! 

So once I get these beanies made I will take pictures. Hopefully I can get some pictures of the preemies in the beanies which would be so touching!! I can't wait to start crocheting my heart out for these sweet little ones.