Friday, January 30, 2015

Free Crochet Pattern: Newborn Snowman Hat



This hat makes an adorable newborn photo prop for a newborn baby girl or boy.  I made mine for my new baby girl, but if you used blue instead of pink, it would be awesome for a baby boy too.

See how adorable!




Materials needed:
• U.S. I/9- 5.5 MM crochet hook
• Worsted weight yarn- used here:
          -Color A: Vanna's Choice in Pink
          -Color B: Vanna's Choice in White
• Orange felt, thread, & needle
• Buttons, thread, & needle for eyes
• Tapestry needle for sewing in the ends 

Abbreviations:
• MR= magic ring
• ch= chain
• sc= single crochet
• dc= double crochet
• sc2tog= single crochet 2 together= insert your hook into the first stitch, yarn over and draw up a loop, insert your hook into the next stitch, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on the hook
• sl st= slip stitch

Finished size:
• Newborn- to fit 12-13" head circumference ( You can go up to a J hook if you want the hat to be slightly bigger.)

Hat
1: With Color A, MR, ch 2 (does not count), 10 dc in ring.  Join with sl st in the top of the first dc, not the ch 2. (10)
2: Ch 2, 2dc in each stitch around.  Join with sl st in the top of the first dc, not the ch 2. (20)
3: Ch 2, (2dc in the first stitch, dc in next), repeat around. Join with sl st in the top of the first dc, not the ch 2. (30)
4: Ch 2, dc in each stitch around.  Join with sl st in the top of the first dc, not the ch 2. (30)
5: Join Color B, Ch 2, dc in each stitch around.  Join with sl st in the top of the first dc, not the ch 2. (30)
6: Ch 2, dc in each stitch around.  Join with sl st in the top of the first dc, not the ch 2. (30)
7-9: Repeat 6
Do not finish off, continue on to ear flap instructions

Ear Flaps & Ties
1: Ch 1, sc in the same stitch and in the next 7
2: Ch 1, turn, sc2tog, 3sc, sc2tog
3: Ch 1, turn, 5sc
4: Ch 1, turn, sc2tog, 1sc, sc2tog
5: Ch 1, turn, 3sc
6: Ch 1, turn, sc2tog, 1sc
7: Ch 1, turn, sc2tog
8: Ch 1, sl st evenly down the side of the ear flap, when you reach the last row of the hat, sl st in the next 8 stitches, sc in the next 8 stitches and then begin next ear flap
9: Ch 1, turn, sc2tog, 3sc, sc2tog
3: Ch 1, turn, 5sc
4: Ch 1, turn, sc2tog, 1sc, sc2tog
5: Ch 1, turn, 3sc
6: Ch 1, turn, sc2tog, 1sc
7: Ch 1, turn, sc2tog
8: Ch 1, loosely sl st evenly down the side of the ear flap, when you reach the last row of the hat, loosely sl st in the next 9 stitches, loosely sl st evenly up the side of the 1st ear flap, loosely sl st into the top stitch of the ear flap, ch 23, work in the back ridge, 23sc back up the tie, sl st down the flap and across the back of the hat, loosely sl st evenly up the ear flaploosely sl st into the top stitch of the ear flap, ch 23, work in the back ridge, 23sc back up the tie, cut yarn and join with invisible join.  Weave in all ends.




Carrot Nose
Cut a carrot shape out of orange felt.  Sew it onto the hat with orange thread.

Button Eyes:
Sew on button eyes of your choice.

All done!




Skein and Hook Copyright © 2015

The pattern and photographs contained in this document are the property of Skein and Hook.  This pattern is available for personal use only.  This pattern may be printed for your personal use only.  You may not in any form copy, redistribute, sell, or represent this pattern or photos as your own.  

Please do not copy this post and claim it as your own.  Please do not republish photos from this post and claim them as your own.  

You are welcomed to sell the items that you make from this pattern- please just credit me as the designer with a link to this post.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Crochet Project: 3 Valentine Sweet Hearts

I love all of the projects that Lucy at Attic 24 makes.  I want to make so many of them but usually don't get around to it.  When I saw her Valentine Sweet Heart, though, I started right away.

I decided to make one for each of my girls, for there rooms or bedroom doors.

I used the following yarns and a F/5-3.75MM hook.  Unless noted, I used Stylecraft Special DK yarn.

The pattern is written in UK terms and can be found here.  To translate to US terms, see below:



WREATH #1-
FLOWERS:
2 in 1034 Sherbet
2 in 1132 Shrimp
2 in 1188 Lavender
2 in 1246 Lipstick
2 in 1711 Spice
2 in 1084 Magenta
2 in 1390 Clematis
2 in 1061 Plum
2 in 1083 Pomegranate
LEAVES:
6 in 1065 Meadow
6 in 08194 (Red Heart Detroit)

WREATH #2-
4 in 1188 Lavender
3 in 1034 Sherbet
2 in 1390 Clematis
3 in 1068 Turquoise
3 in 1003 Aster
3 in 1422 Aspen
LEAVES:
6 in 1065 Meadow
6 in 08194 of Red Heart Detroit

WREATH #3-
3 in 1083 Pomegrante
3 in 1241 Fondant
3 in 1023 Raspberry
3 in 1080 Pale Rose
3 in 1130 Candyfloss
3 in 1246 Lipstick
LEAVES:
6 in Red Heart Comfort Sport Guacamole
6 in 08194 (Red Heart Detroit)

Once I made all of the flowers and leaves, I decided to take a shortcut.  Instead of weaving in the ends, I hot glued them on the back side of each flower and leaf.


Then I hot glued the flowers onto the pipe cleaner hearts.


I also decided not to add the buttons because I thought they looked great without them.


I love, love, love them!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Recipe: Homemade Pizza- Dairy/Soy Free Pizza & Onion Pizza with American & Mozzarella Cheese

Once a week, we have homemade pizza for dinner.  Everyone looks forward to it.



I have tried so many crust recipes and all of them were good but not worth repeating.  I just kept searching for the best.  I finally found one that fit the bill.  It's Pioneer Woman's Pizza Crust.  You can find the crust recipe here.  Make sure you use extra virgin olive oil, I think it makes all the difference.

Mix the dough ingredients and form into a ball.  Then lightly coat the ball of dough with olive oil and cover the bowl with a clean tea towel.  Let it rise for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

Prepare to pans (I usually use cookie sheets) by sprinkling them with cornmeal.



Split the dough in half and roll each half out on a floured surface and put it on the prepared pans.



Next, let it sit for 20-30 minutes before putting on the toppings.  I find that this helps to make sure the crust is not soggy.

Right before baking, top the pizzas with your favorite toppings.  For my family, I usually do the below:


DAIRY-FREE, SOY-FREE PIZZA



For my kids' pizza (who are allergic to all dairy and soy products), I spread half a can of Don Pepino's pizza sauce and then top with Daiya Mozzarella cheese (dairy-free and soy-free cheese). 

Bake at 475F for 12-14 minutes.


ONION PIZZA WITH AMERICAN & MOZZARELLA CHEESE



For my husband and I, more often than not, I make onion pizza.

I dice one small onion and put it into the half full can of Don Peppino's pizza sauce and mix until the onion is evenly dispersed (you could do it in a bowl, but why dirty a dish? :)

 
Spread the onion/sauce mixture onto the crust.


Then I break up a few pieces of Cooper Sharp American cheese and place randomly over the sauce.  Then, top that with mozzarella cheese.


Bake at 475F for 12-14 minutes.



Yum!  

Free Crochet Pattern: Valentine's Day Headbands

I made these adorable Valentine's headbands for my daughters.  For three free crochet headband patterns and how I made them, see below!




I saw the cutest heart headband floating around Pinterest and decided to make one for each of my daughters.  The tutorial for the heart headband is here and the original heart pattern is here.

But instead of using an elastic headband, I decided to use a crochet one.  I made some of these last year for my girls to wear at Easter and they turned out well so I was excited to make more.

Here are my hearts:



For the red one, I used Vanna's Choice yarn in Scarlet with a K hook.  For the darker pink, I used Red Heart Soft Baby Steps in Strawberry with an I hook.  For the lighter pink, I used Vanna's Choice yarn in Pink with a G hook.

All of the headbands begin the same way.  If you are using 2 hair ties you have to join them together before you start joining the yarn onto the hair tie. If you are using one hair tie, you can begin to join the yarn onto the hair tie right away.

To join the hair ties together,


Cross one hair tie over the other.


Fold one side of one of the hair ties under the back and pull it through.


It will look like this.


Then pull each end tight and it will look like the above.


Free Pattern: Crochet Headband #1


Materials:
-Lily Sugar 'n Cream in White
-G hook
-1 or 2 ouch-free rubber band elastic hair ties, depending on how big you want it

Stitches Used:
ch- chain
sl st- slip stitch
sc- single crochet
3dc cluster-

1: Join onto the hair tie with a sl st (Image 1), then make 4 sc around the hair tie, ch 3, turn (Image 2), 3dc cluster in the 4th stitch from hook (which is the 1st sc on the hair tie in this direction), ch 1, dc in the next stitch (Image 3), ch 2, skip 2 stitches, dc in the next stitch (with is the sl st join from the beginning), ch 2, dc in the same st as last dc (Image 4).

Image 1

Image 2

Image 3

Image 4

2: Ch 3, turn, 3dc cluster in the ch 2 sp of the row below, ch 1, dc in the next stitch, ch 2, skip 2 stitches, dc in the next, ch 2, dc in the same as the last.

Repeat row 2 until desired length.  For a 21.5" head, I continued until the crocheted piece measured 14".



Ch 1, turn, sl st around the hair tie (Image 5), then sc around the hair tie and in the ch 2 sp of row below, sc around hair tie and in dc of row below, sc around the hair tie and in the ch 2 sp of row below, sc around hair tie and in dc of row below, sc around hair tie and in the top of the 3dc cluster of the row below.  Bind off and weave in both ends (Image 6).

Image 5

Image 6



Free Pattern: Crochet Headband #2



Materials:
-Lily Sugar 'n Cream in White
-G hook
-1 or 2 ouch-free rubber band elastic hair ties, depending on how big you want it

Stitches Used:
ch- chain
sl st- slip stitch
sc- single crochet
3dc cluster-

1: Join onto the hair tie with a sl st, then make 4 sc around the hair tie, ch 3, turn, sc in the 5th stitch from hook (which is the 2nd sc on the hair tie in this direction), ch3, sc in last on rubber band.



2: Ch3, turn, sc in ch 3 space, ch 3, sc in ch 3 space.



Repeat row 2 until desired length.  For a 20" head, I continued until the crocheted piece measured 12".



Ch 1, turn, sl st around hair tie, sc around hair tie and in ch 3 sp, sc around hair tie an in sc, sc around hair tie and in ch 3 sp.  Bind off and weave in both ends.


Free Pattern: Crochet Headband #3



Materials:
-Lily Sugar 'n Cream in White
-G hook
-1 or 2 ouch-free rubber band elastic hair ties, depending on how big you want it

Stitches Used:
ch- chain
sl st- slip stitch
sc- single crochet
3dc cluster-

1: Join onto the hair tie with a sl st, then make 3 sc around the hair tie, ch 3, turn, (dc, ch 1, dc) in the 5th stitch from hook (which is the 2nd sc on the hair tie in this direction), skip 1 stitch, dc in the last stitch.

2: Ch 2, turn, (dc, ch 1, dc) in the ch 1 sp of the row below, dc in the top ch of the ch 3 from the row below.

Repeat row 2 until desired length.  For a 13" head circumference, I continued until the crocheted piece measured 9.5".



Ch 1, turn, sl st around the hair tie, then sc around the hair tie and in the ch 2 sp of row below, sc around hair tie and in dc of row below, sc around the hair tie and in the ch 2 sp of row below, sc around hair tie and in dc of row below, sc around hair tie and in the top of the 3dc cluster of the row below.  Bind off and weave in both ends.


After I made the hearts and the headbands, I hot glued the hearts to the headbands.  You could also stitch the hearts onto the headbands with yarn or thread.  Can't wait for my kids to wear them!


Skein and Hook Copyright © 2015

The pattern and photographs contained in this document are the property of Skein and Hook.  This pattern is available for personal use only.  This pattern may be printed for your personal use only.  You may not in any form copy, redistribute, sell, or represent this pattern or photos as your own.  

Please do not copy this post and claim it as your own.  Please do not republish photos from this post and claim them as your own.  

You are welcomed to sell the items that you make from this pattern- please just credit me as the designer with a link to this post.


Tutorial: Baby Girl Nursery DIY First Initial Blocks

I am due to have my third baby girl in 8 short days.  With the holiday season, I was way behind on all of the cute nursery DIY projects that I wanted to do.  Now, though, I am starting to work on them.

I bought the supplies for this one months ago and just finished it up today.  I'm really excited about how it turned out.




First I started out with the following:

-3 wooden photo blocks (my picture only shows 2 though)- each measuring about 3 1/4" square
-Craft Essentials acrylic paint in Grey and Twinkle Pink



I painted one block pink and two blocks gray (two coats on each) and let them dry completely.

Then I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out an "R" in gray vinyl.  You could also use a stencil and paint if you don't have a vinyl cutter or don't want to use it.

I also purchased the following from Michael's Arts & Crafts:

-2 complementary flowers made out of fabric, burlap, and lace- I got mine from Michael's Arts & Crafts.  They were called Ashland Summer Natural Clips.



I stuck the vinyl initial onto the pink block.  Next I broke the clips off of the flowers and hot glued them to the gray squares.


This looks great in the nursery!  It is a really great starting point too- the colors and deceptions can be changed up to go with any nursery theme.




Tutorial: Valentine's Day DIY Conversation Heart Decoration

In the past I haven't decorated too much for Valentine's day but this year, I am really into it.  I have made/am making bunch of projects to celebrate the holiday.  The first one I made are these candy heart decorations and I'm so excited to display them on my mantel.




I started with the following supplies:

-a 3 pack of burlap cover canvas (8x10)
-a printed heart template
-Craft Essentials acrylic paints in Margarita, Twinkle Pink, and Purple Pansy
-I used my Silhouette Cameo and red vinyl to the following sayings: "be mine", "kiss me", and "xoxo"


I cut the heart template out.

Then I traced around the heart with a pencil.

Next, I painted the heart with one of the colors I choose.  First I did green.

Then I did it with the other colors and let all three of them dry completely.


After they were completely dry, I stuck the vinyl letters to each of the hearts.


This was a quick, easy project and I am really excited about how they turned out.








Quick 16-Patch Baby Quilt

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