Wednesday, November 28, 2012

New Pattern - Seaspray Hat!

So excited, I just listed a new pattern on etsy, ravelry, and craftsy! It comes in sizes newborn-adult, so be sure to check it out.

P.S. These make GREAT Christmas gifts :)

Saturday, November 17, 2012

FREE PATTERN: Light 'n' Lacy Cowl



This cowl is such a quick, easy project that uses less than a skein of yarn, a large hook, and produces a lovely cowl! The stitch works really well with Caron Simply Soft yarn, making for a great scarf with a beautiful drape!

As with most of my cowl patterns, this can be easily adjusted longer/shorter, skinnier/wider. For this reason I have not included stitch counts.

Materials
300 yards Caron Simply Soft yarn (or anything with a nice drape)
L (8mm) crochet hook
Tapestry needle
Scissors

Cowl
1. Chain desired amount (even number). I did 124. Turn, 2dc in 4th ch from hook, *skip 1 chain, 2dc in next* across.
2-9. Ch 2, turn. *Skip 1 stitch, 2dc in next* across.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail. Sew together short sides, weave in ends.

This could also be made into a scarf by not joining the ends together at the very end.

Make and donate as many of these cowls as you wish, just please credit my blog if you sell them online.


Enjoy the pattern!


Saturday, October 27, 2012

FREE PATTERN: Seaspray Slippers (plus TWO new patterns released!!)

I've got a free pattern for you all, but first I want to share TWO newly released patterns in my etsy, ravelry, and craftsy stores!

The first is my Ruffly Baby Flats! These are so cute with their little ruffles and their adorable shape.





And the next is my Ruffly Baby Boots, the boots version of the flats! These are great for the colder days ahead, and they are so adorable!

Both of these patterns come in sizes 0-3 months, 3-6 months, and 6-12 months. They also both come with complete photo tutorials (with pictures of every step of every size), stitch explanations and abbreviations, gauge, and extra notes to make the pattern easier to read!

So be sure to check these out: http://www.etsy.com/shop/jayscrochetboutique?ref=si_shop

http://www.ravelry.com/designers/jays-boutique






Now for the free pattern!!

These slippers are very easy and quick to make - you could easily make them in an afternoon. The greatest thing about them, though, is that with a change of hook, you can make them smaller to fit a child. So they are very versatile, too!

I name these Seaspray Slippers because this is the same stitch that I used to make my Seaspray Hat! It is a very fun, easy stitch once you get the hang of it :)
(The bottom doesn't have the cluster design, it is more solid :)







Here's the pattern:

Materials:
150 yards worsted weight yarn (I used Red Heart Soft)
H (5mm) crochet hook or 4.5mm crochet hook (see notes below)
Tapestry needle
Scissors

Stitch Explanation
Cluster: (yarn over, insert hook into indicated stitch or space, pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops) 3x, yarn over and pull through all 4 loops on hook.
V-cluster: (note: v-clusters will always be worked between two cluster spaces) Cluster, ch1, cluster, ch1.

Notes:
Crochet this slipper very tightly. I didn't have a 4.5 mm crochet hook at the time, so I used an H. But if you have a 4.5mm, I suggest using it. If you do use an H and crochet at a normal gauge, the slippers will turn out much too big!

Instructions
Magic ring.
1. Ch 3, (cluster, ch1) 5x into ring, sl st to top of ch-3.
















2. Ch 2, 2dc in cluster, 2dc in ch1 space, 2dc in cluster, ch1, v-cluster in next 4 ch1 spaces. Sl st to top of ch2.






















3. Ch 2, 2dc in next, (dc in next 2, 2dc in next) 2x, dc in ch1 space, ch 1, v-cluster in ch1 space of next 4 v-clusters, sl st to top of ch2 space.
















4-8. (or until the top section is the length you want it to be) Ch 2, dc in next 9, ch1, v-cluster in ch1 space of next 4 v-clusters, slip stitch to top of ch2 space. Fasten off, weave in ends.

     














Turn work so that the top of the shoe is facing you (as pictured above). Now insert your hook into the ch1 space between the clusters of the v-cluster on the far left (as pictured below).















9. Ch 3, v-cluster in same space. Dc in next 9 dc's, ch1, v-cluster in next v-cluster.
















10. Ch 2, turn. V-cluster in same space. Dc in next 9 dc's, ch1, v-cluster in next v-cluster.
Repeat round 10 until desired length.

















Fold the back of slipper inside out and slip stitch down the fold (see two pictures below). Fasten off, weave in ends.






Join yarn in center of back of shoe. Ch 1, sc around top of entire shoe. Sl st to ch1 space.


11. Ch 1, sc in each stitch around. Sl st to ch1 space. 
12. Sl st in each stitch around. Fasten off, weave in ends.
Make another slipper, and you're done!

I hope you enjoyed this pattern! As with all my other patterns, no selling the pattern itself or claiming it as your own. And if you sell the finished product, you must link back to and give credit to this blog :) Thanks!


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Giveaway winners announced!

Congratulations! I just picked the winners for my giveaway, and according to random.org, the two winners are Lexi and Melsdaisypatch! Please email me and let me know which two patterns you would like to win. Thanks to everyone who entered!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Pattern testers!

If you are interested in pattern testing these Ruffly Baby Flats for me, leave a comment on my facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jays-Boutique/312421472198357 !

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Giveaway!

100 followers! Last night I got my hundredth follower - so excited! I know it seems like a small step, but I wanted to celebrate anyways. Plus I just opened up a Facebook page, and released a new pattern, so . . . I thought it was time for a giveaway!

Here are the rules:

There will be TWO WINNERS. Each winner will get TWO PATTERNS from my etsy shop for free! One comment per entry - here are the entries!
1. Follow my blog or sign up through email.
3. Share my page on Facebook.
4. FREE ENTRY: Leave a comment telling me what type of pattern you would like to see next! 

Giveaway ends October 15! 

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

New pattern!

I just listed the Women's Bow Strap Slippers on etsy, ravelry, and craftsy! Be sure to check them out :) Also, thanks to my great testers!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Jay's Boutique Facebook page!!

I am so excited . . . I just opened up a Jay's Boutique Facebook page!!! Please go check it out, like it, comment, share . . . even a special promotion going on for the first week :) I am planning to let you know when I post a new pattern (free or for sale), when I need testers, etc. So be sure to check it out!

Friday, September 21, 2012

PATTERN TESTERS NEEDED!!!

It's finally here! The Women's Bow Strap Slippers have taken way longer to make than I expected them too , but now they are nearly done and ready for testing! I have just a few finishing touches to make and then they are ready for you guys! Please comment on this post if you are interested and if you meet all of the requirements - and be sure to let me know which size(s) you are willing to test! I don't want four testers for the same size :)

Here are my requirements:
1. That you have some crocheting experience. You need to be able to read a pattern in standard American terms, and you need to be able to give feedback on my patterns in comparison to others you have followed. That being said, however, I don't mind if you aren't a professional crocheter because I want to make sure the pattern is easy to read even for a semi-beginner. If possible, link me to a few websites where I can see your work.
2. That you have have it tested by OCTOBER 2!!!! This is really important. Please have ALL your comments/questions in by the 2nd (the sooner the better though!!) Please only agree to test this if you are confident you can make the deadline.
3. That you can send me in a picture. I would also appreciate it if you can post it on ravelry (if you have an account) once the pattern is up and posted. This way others can see your work too!!

Here are the sizes to choose from:
3/4/5
6/7
8/9
10/11/12

Basic needs are cotton yarn and a G hook, the rest of the information will be in the pattern.

Again, if you are interested, comment on this post and 1) tell which size you would like to test, 2) if possible, link me to some of your work, and 3) give me an email or place to contact you (you can always email me at jaysboutique.etsy@gmail.com if you would rather give this information to me privately). I will be done with the pattern in just a few days and will then be ready for you!!!

Thank you so much for considering!!!

For the free girl's size pattern, go here.
For the baby size pattern, go here.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

FREE PATTERN: Chunky Yarn Baby Booties

Hello again!! I'm back with a new and revised pattern - remember my Chunky Yarn Baby Booties? Well, they were one of the very first patterns and apparently a couple of people were having trouble with it . . . so I re-worked the shoes, fixed some confusing spots, and took pictures. Now hopefully no one should have problems!

The most common question was whether or not you joined at the end of each round or just kept working - the answer is, just keep working! Once you finish one round, don't join with a slip stitch or anything, just pick up with the first stitch of the next round and keep going.


Materials
2 strands worsted weight yarn
J (6mm) crochet hook
Worsted weight yarn (contrasting color) for flower
Tapestry needle
Scissors

Notes:
1. Hold 2 strands throughout, except on flower.
2. Work steps 1-5 for both shoes, then work "Left Strap" or "Right Strap" according to which shoe you are making.

Stitch Explanations
Sc2tog - (insert hook into next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop) 2 times, yarn over and pull through all 3 loops on hook.
Dc2tog - (yarn over, insert hook into next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops) 2 times, yarn over and pull through all 3 loops on hook.

Booties
1. Ch 12, 2sc in 2nd, sc 9, 3sc in last (now working in backside of chains), sc 10. {24}


2. Sc 24. {24}


3. 2hdc 2x, sc 9, 2hdc 4x, sc 9. {30}


4. (back loops only) Sc 30 {30}




 5. Sc 12, dc2tog 5x, sc 9. {25}



 6. Sc 10, sc2tog 4x, sc 7. {21}



RIGHT STRAP:

7. Sc 6. Ch 15, sl st in 5th ch from hook, sl st 10, sc 8.
{Note: after you slip stitch down the chain-15 that you made, sc back across the single crochets that you just worked}
Fasten off, weave in ends.

LEFT STRAP:

7. Sc 6. Ch 1, turn.
8. Sc 9. Ch 15, sl st in 5th ch from hook, sl st 10, sl st to next sc.
Fasten off, weave in ends.



 FLOWER:
With 1 strand of worsted weight yarn and E (3.5mm) crochet hook.

1. Magic ring, {ch 2, 2dc into ring, ch 2, sl st into ring} 5x. Fasten off, weave in ends.

Sew the flowers onto the shoes, attach a button on the side of either
 Easy, right? As with all my patterns, please don't sell the pattern itself, but you are welcome to link to this page :) Also, you are more than welcome to sell these booties online, but you must link back and give credit to this blog. Thanks!

Enjoy!


Monday, August 6, 2012

New Blog Design!

Did you notice my new blog design? I just love the new colors and layout, and now you can go to the "Free Patterns" tab above and see a picture of each pattern with a link to it - and the same for patterns for sale! I am super excited about this.

A huge thanks to Johanna from The Vintage Blue Jay for designing and updating my blog! 

Thursday, July 19, 2012

FREE PATTERN: Shell-Edged Granny Square Headband

I feel like it has been so long since I have posted a free pattern . . . so here I am again! Today I'm going to show you how to make yourself a super cute and comfy headwrap made of . . . granny squares! This is a quick and easy project that makes great gifts (I haven't met anyone yet who didn't love this headband!). It is also nice for summer since it is a bit more airy, yet it still keeps your ears warm on those cool summer nights :)

Materials
25-50 yards each of Color A (pink), Color B (off-white), and Color C (Blue)
H (5.00mm) crochet hook
Tapestry needle
Scissors

Notes
1. To make a smaller headband for a baby or child, you could just decrease the number of granny squares you use, and maybe use a G (4mm) crochet hook for a smaller square.

Instructions

1. With Color A, ch 4, join with sl st to form a ring. Ch 4, (3dc into ring, ch 2) 3 times, 2dc into ring, sl st to 2nd ch of starting ch4.


2. With Color B, ch 3, 2dc, ch 2, 3dc into space, (ch 1, 3dc, ch 2, 3 dc into space) 3 times, sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch 1
Fasten off, weave in ends.


Repeat steps 1-2 six more times (for teen/woman size, less for smaller sizes), so that you have 7 identical squares.

With Color C, insert your hook into the first chain of a ch-2 space (it doesn't matter which corner you do it on). Now without removing your hook, do the same on another granny square, like so.



 Now work a slip stitch into the 2 inside loops (the back loop of one, the front loop of the other)  of the next stitch, like so. You will be pushing the outer loops to the outside.


 Repeat this across, so that the 2 squares are attached.

 Then repeat until you have all the squares sewn together, like so.


 Now take the first and last square on the ends and slip stitch them together in the same way until you have one continuous loop. You can choose to stop here and have a simple granny square headband, or continue on and add the shell edging :)

For the shell edging, insert hook (still using Color C) in the top corner of one of the squares (it doesn't matter which square you start on) and sc in each stitch around. Sl st to first sc.


  Ch 2, 4dc in same, skip 1, sc, skip 1. {5dc, skip 1, sc, skip 1} around, join with sl st. Fasten off, weave in ends.
 Now turn headband over and repeat the last 2 rows on that side.

And now you're done! Wasn't that easy?

Feel free to make and donate as many of these as you like, but if you sell them online, I require that you  credit and link back to my blog. Thanks!

Enjoy!