Wednesday, June 27, 2012

TWO New Patterns Released!

I am super excited to tell you about TWO new baby bootie patterns that I recently released!

The first one, Bow Strap Baby Flats, was actually released last month . . . but I forgot to blog about it! So here I am to tell you about these super cute baby flats. You could leave out the bow for a simple flat, but I think the bow gives it a very feminine touch, along with keeping them on little feet extremely well!



This pattern comes in three sizes: 0-3 months, 3-6 months, and 6-12 months. It uses worsted weight yarn and an F (3.75mm) crochet hook. You can purchase this pattern from etsy,  ravelry, and craftsy.





The next one, Triple Strap Summer Sandals, was released just this week! I love them for so many reasons - the little flower decoration, the double sole, the bright summery colors, the straps . . . but my favorite thing about them is that they work great for girls AND boys!!!! Add the flower (pattern included) to the straps and you have an adorable sandal for your little girl, or use some manly colors and they are great for your little boy :) I have also included instructions on how to make the strap a bit thicker for the boy's sandal.

This pattern comes in sizes 0-6 months and 6-12 months, and is available for purchase from etsy, ravelry, and craftsy. It also uses worsted weight yarn and an F hook.


Both of these patterns come with full photo tutorials, gauge, stitch counts, stitch abbreviations and explanations, extra notes to make the pattern easier to read, and permission to sell finished items with proper credit given to my etsy store!

So be sure to check out these new patterns! You won't be disappointed :)




Sunday, June 17, 2012

Update again . . .

Hey all! Just wanted to do a quick announcement that I have posted all the patterns that were the result of my promotion so now things will be a bit slower around here . . . of course, that doesn't mean there won't be free patterns and other things going on :)

Here is a quick review of all the free patterns I posted since May 14 . . .

Women's House Slippers - These slippers are sooo cozy and comfy!!! They are super fast and easy to work up, and are easily adjustable to any size foot.


Spiral Summer Scarf- this is a great summer accessory, because it is so lightweight and easy, yet very cute!!! It goes great with nearly anything, and is so fast that you can make one in every color of the rainbow :)

Braided Headband - I loooove this headband!! I wear it all the time, and have it in so many different colors! In fact, as soon as I am done with this post, I'm going to make a yellow one to match my outfit!

Comfy Toddler Sandals - The pattern for these sandals was requested by one of my new followers, who said that she could never find any sandal patterns for her 18-month old! So I made up this pattern!



Little Boy Newsboy Hat - This little hat is sooo cute and goes great with my Comfy Toddler Sandals and Comfy Baby Sandals, or with my Little Boy Loafers (available at Craftsy, Etsy, and Ravelry).



Seaspray Hat - This pattern, unfortunately, had to be taken down, as it was without my knowledge similar to one that is for sale on ravelry . . . the designer of the other pattern asked me to remove it. But for the few hours that it was up, it was certainly popular :)




One-Skein Cowl - This cowl is a fast, easy project that is super warm, looks great on, but the best part about it is that it only uses one skein!


Comfy Baby Sandals - Here's the smaller version of my Comfy Toddler Sandals! After the toddler size was released, there was an interest in a smaller size. So here it is, in some girly colors :)


Girl's Bow Strap Slippers - These slippers are soo warm, comfy, and cute - at least that's what the 8-year-old I gave them to says :) This particular hook size and yarn makes for a 1.5-ish size, but adjust the hook size and yarn weight and you have a smaller/larger slipper!


So there you have 'em . . . hope you enjoy them all and put them to good use! I had a great time designing them, and hope you will have a great time using them :)

PLUS . . . I managed to release a baby bootie pattern for sale in craftsy, etsy, and ravelry! Check it out here, here, and here. And a huge thank you to all my fabulous testers :)

(Don't worry, this does NOT mean that there won't be more free patterns! I already have plans for some hats, maybe some slippers . . . any suggestions?)

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

FREE PATTERN: Girl's Bow Strap Slippers


In honor of the release of my new baby booties pattern, Bow Strap Baby Flats - available here and here - I have a free kids-sized version of the pattern for you! After making the baby version, I decided to make a womens size for myself. And they were sooo cute and comfy that everyone began wanting some. I knew an 8-year-old who was having a birthday and thought this would be perfect for her - so here is a girls size 1.5 slipper!

But the great thing about these is that you can adjust the hook and yarn weight and have a completely different size! I used Bernat Waverly (Aran weight) and a G hook, and it came to a 1.5 size, but if you used DK weight yarn and an E or F hook, you could make it smaller - or even hold 2 strands of DK weight yarn and use an I or J hook to get a bigger size . . . the possibilities are endless!

She looooved the slippers, and I even got her to model them for me :)

Here's the pattern:

Materials
G (4mm) crochet hook
2 colors worsted weight yarn (or Aran) 75 yards each
Scissors
Tapestry needle

Stitch Abbreviations
Ch - chain
Sc - single crochet
Hdc - half double crochet
Dc - double crochet
Dc2tog - double crochet 2 together
Sc2tog - single crochet 2 together
Sl st - slip stitch

Stitch Explanations
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
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

Notes
The numbers in {} at the end of each round are the stitch counts for that round.

If you want to change colors, change after round 4.

Slippers
1. Ch 27, 3sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 23, 2sc in next, 3sc in last. (now working in backside of chains) 2sc in next, sc in next 23, 2sc in next. {58}


2. 2sc in next 3, sc in next 15, hdc in next 9, 2hdc in next 6, hdc in next 9, sc in next 15. {67}


3. 2sc in next 6, sc in next 16, hdc in next 9, (2hdc in next, hdc in next 2) 5 times, hdc in next 7, sc in next 16. {78}

4. Sc in next 25, sc2tog, sc in next 34, sc2tog, sc in next 16. {76}


5. Sc in next 24, sc2tog, sc in next 8, sc2tog, sc in next 16, sc2tog, sc in next 6, sc2tog, sc in next 14. {72}

6. Sc in next 72. {72}



 7. Sc in next 70. {72}

8. Sc in next 30, sc2tog, hdc in next, dc in next, dc2tog 8 times, dc in next, hdc in next, sc2tog, sc in next 19. {62}

9. Sc in next 30, sc2tog, sc in next 9, sc2tog, sc in next 21. {60}


10. Sc in next 27, sc2tog, dc2tog 5 times, sc2tog, sc in next 19. {53}


 11. Sc in next 25, (sc2tog, sc in next) 3 times, sc2tog, sc in next 16.
Fasten off, weave in ends.


Bow: 
1. Ch 9, sc in 2nd ch from hook and each across. {8}
2. Ch 1, turn. Sc in each stitch across. {8}
3. Ch 1, turn. Sc in each stitch across. {8}

Fasten off, weave in ends. Wrap yarn tightly around middle of bow.


Join yarn in center stitch of back of shoe. Sl st in next 18, sl st through both the bow and the shoe in next 4, sl st in next 6, sl st through both the bow and the shoe in the next 4, sl st in next 18.



Fasten off, weave in ends. Make the second shoe, and you're done!





Feel free to make and donate as many of these slippers as you like, I just ask that you give credit and link back to this blog if you sell the finished product online. Thanks!!

I would love it if you would consider buying the Bow Strap Baby Flats (available at etsy, ravelry, and craftsy). A womens size will be available soon (not sure whether it will be free or for sale), so check back often!

Enjoy :)


Monday, June 11, 2012

FREE PATTERN: Comfy Baby Sandals

Here it is! The pattern for the baby size of my Comfy Toddler Sandals! After making the toddler size, there was some interest in a smaller size, so here it is!!! Mine ended up about 4 inches long using a G hook, but I kept a super tight gauge - so I suggest using an F to get the same size. To make them larger, just go up a hook size!

As with the larger size, these were made with fat little feet in mind - so if you want to make them skinnier, you could just shorten the strap for a tighter fit.

Here's the pattern:

Materials
F (3.75mm) crochet hook
50 yards worsted weight yarn - Color A
50 yards worsted weight yarn - Color B
Scissors
Tapestry needle
2 buttons
Needle and thread for sewing on button
(optional) Puffy Fabric Paint

Stitch Abbreviations
Ch - chain
Sc - single crochet
Dc - double crochet
Dc2tog - double crochet 2 together (explained below)
Sl st - slip stitch
CA - color A
CB - color B

Stitch Explanations
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

Notes
1. Always slip stitch loosely. When you are slip stitching the two soles together, if you slip stitch too tight, it will be hard to work into the stitches later. When you are slip stitch around the perimeter of the shoe at the end, if you do it too tight, it will cinch up the heel.
2. The numbers in brackets are the stitch counts

Soles
With CA.
1. Ch 7, dc in 3rd ch from hook, dc in next, 2dc in next, dc in next 2. [6]
2. Ch 2, turn. Dc in next, 2dc in next, dc in next 2, 2dc in next, dc in next. [8]
3-7. Ch 2, dc in each stitch across. [8]
8. Ch 2, dc in next, dc2tog, dc in next 2, dc2tog, dc in next. [6]

 Sc evenly around the perimeter of the rectangle until you have 41 single crochets. Fasten off, weave in ends.
 Repeat with CB until you have 2 soles of the same size. Then join CA in the top left corner of the rectangles and sl st in each sc, through both soles.

 This is where it becomes different according to which shoe you are doing.

Left

9. Join CB in the slip stitch where my hook is and sc in next 29. [29]

 10-11. Ch 1, turn. Sc in next 29. [29]
 12-22. Ch 1, turn. Sc in next 4. [4]
23. Ch 1, turn. Sc in next, ch 2, skip 2 stitches, sc in last. [4]
24. Ch 1, turn. Sc in next, 2sc in ch2 space, sc in last. [4]
Fasten off, weave in ends.
 Join CA at the base of the strap and slip stitch up and around the strap, then continue slip stitching in each sc around the heel.

 Fasten off, weave in ends. Sew a button on, and you're done!

Right



9. Join CB in the slip stitch where my hook is and sc in next 29. [29]



 10-11. Ch 1, turn. Sc in next 29. [29]
12-22. Ch 1, turn. Sc in next 4. [4]
13. Ch 1, turn. Sc in next, ch 2, skip 2, sc in last. [4]
14. Ch 1, turn. Sc in next, 2sc in ch2 space, sc in last. [4]
Fasten off, weave in ends.
 Join CA at the base of the heel and slip stitch up and around the heel, then continue slip stitching up and around the strap, and down to the base of the strap. Fasten off, weave in ends.


Sew on the button, and you're done!

To attach the puffy fabric paint, just follow the instructions on the bottle.

To see the toddler size of these shoes, go here.


Please feel free to make and donate as many of these sandals as you like, I just ask that you give credit and link back to this blog if you sell the finished product online.

Enjoy!

Friday, June 8, 2012

FREE PATTERN: One-Skein Cowl

I made up this pattern upon request of one of my new followers, who wanted a cowl similar to the Easy Twisted Cowl pattern I have on my blog, but just a bit smaller. So I made up this pattern, and I am so glad I did! This cowl is like a mini version of the Easy Twisted Cowl - perfect for keeping your neck warm without a lot of extra bulk! This cowl works up SO easily - basic stitches make it easy enough for a brand-new beginner to try out! And the best part . . . it only uses one skein of yarn!

Materials
1 skein worsted weight yarn - 200 yards (I used Bernat Waverly)
H (5.00mm) crochet hook
Tapestry needle
Scissors

Cowl
1. Loosely ch 164. Dc in 2nd chain from hook and each across. [162]
2-11. Ch 2, turn. Dc in each stitch across. [162]
Fasten off, leaving a long tail. Put short sides together and sew them up using the long tail. 
Weave in ends.



That's it! You could easily add a twist by twisting the cowl before you sew it up, like in my Easy Twisted Cowl.

Please feel free to make and donate as many of these cowls as you like,  I just ask that you give credit to my blog if you sell them online. Thanks!

Enjoy the free pattern - I would love to see pictures if you make it :)