Thursday, June 29, 2017

Waving American Flag - Free Crochet Pattern

This year I wanted to create a cute, patriotic pattern to celebrate the 4th of July. After looking at some patterns that were already out there, I decided on this concept of a waving flag, not just the flat, motionless two dimensional flag. I wanted to give it some texture and some life! So here is the pattern I came up with!


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Materials:
Size H hook (this is the set I use)
Worsted Weight Yarn (I used: Caron Simply Soft in Red, Caron Simply Soft in White, and Caron Simply Soft in Royal Blue)
Sewing Needle

Gauge:
With materials listed the flag will end up being about 6" x 4"


Notes:
SC2TOG: insert the hook into the first stitch, yarn over, and draw the yarn through the stitch, insert the hook into the second stitch, yarn over, and draw the yarn through the stitch, then yarn over, and draw through the three loops on the hook.
COLOR CHANGES: The American flag alternates between red and white rows. I have written the pattern so that you do not have to cut the blue yarn between each row. Before attaching the new color, take the end of the blue yarn and put it to the back. This way it will be ready where it needs to be when you are ready to pick it up again.
ROW 1 TIP: If you want to make the bottom row of red not as large as the rest, try doing your single crochet stitches in the top two loops of the foundation chain.




Pattern:
Foundation: IN RED, Ch 27
Row 1: in RED, sc2tog in the 2nd and 3rd ch from hook, 1 sc in next two chs, 2 sc in next ch, *1 sc in the next 3 chs, sc2tog, 1 sc in next 3 chs, 2 sc in the next ch, repeat from * once, then 1 sc in the next 3 stitches. Fasten off and change to white
Row 2: in WHITE, ch 1, Working in the front loops only, sc2tog in the first two stitches, 1 sc in the next two sts, 2 sc in the next st, *1 sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog, 1 sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in the next st, repeat from * once, then 1 sc in the next 3 stitches. Fasten off and change to Red
Row 3: in RED ch 1, Working in the back loops only, sc2tog in the first two stitches, 1 sc in the next two sts, 2 sc in the next st, *1 sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog, 1 sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in the next st, repeat from * once, then 1 sc in the next 3 stitches. Fasten off and change to White
Row 4: in WHITE repeat row 2
Row 5: in RED repeat row 3
Row 6: in WHITE repeat row 2
Row 7: in RED, ch 1, Working in the back loops only, sc2tog in the first two stitches, 1 sc in the next two sts, 2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog, 1 sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in the next 2 sts, then COLOR CHANGE TO BLUE, 1 sc in next st, sc2tog, 1 sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in the next 3 stitches.
Row 8: CONTINUE BLUE:  ch 1, Working in the front loops only, sc2tog in the first two stitches, 1 sc in the next two sts, 2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog, DROP BLUE (do not cut) CHANGE TO WHITE, 1 sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog, 1 sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in the next 3 stitches. Fasten off and change to Red
Row 9: in RED, repeat row 7
Row 10: CONTINUE BLUE, repeat row 8
Row 11: In RED, repeat row 7
Row 12: CONTINUE BLUE, repeat row 8
Row 13: In RED, repeat row 7
Fasten off, and weave in all the ends.

With WHITE, use a sewing needle to stitch any number of stars you want onto the blue portion of the flag. I used cross stitching techniques to put x's on every other single crochet stitch in the blue section, and staggered the rows.

Attach the applique to any bag, outfit, or decor to give it a patriotic flair!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Crochet Feather Headbands

I got a batch of photos from a photographer friend of some headbands I made from my feather crochet patterns. My friend Alicia Hubbs of Hubbs Home Photography took these fantastic photos! Check out how they turned out!

I made the crochet peacock feather, stitched and glue them together, and put a felt backing with room for a headband to fit through. This makes the headband interchangeable, if you're going for a specific look.

I didn't even think of doing this! Last year I put the feathers on a barrette and shared that photo on Facebook. This would have been much easier! Just wrap the headband around the bun to add a beautiful touch!

  
Aren't they just lovely!!


I also made some beautiful Feather Headpieces and added some felt backing with room for a headband. I actually made it possible to wear this piece in two directions, this one has the feathers sideways parallel with the headband.

This is what it looks like if you put it perpendicular to the headband. Also another beautiful look! 


Once again, you can wrap the headband around a bun to style it up! I just loved how beautiful all these photos turned out, and I love seeing my pieces being worn and loved!

Happy Crocheting!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

June Scarf Donation

I am excited to share with you the news that I have another delivery of scarves ready to go! I made 5 scarves and I am almost caught up on orders made from the purchase of PDF pattern compilation.

I thoroughly enjoy being able to try out new patterns and make beautiful products that I know will be loved. These scarves get donated to the Handmade Especially for You charity that donates these handmade items to women's shelters in my area. These items are loved and cherished because many times the women leave everything behind.

I appreciate your help and support through donations, visits, etc that makes these efforts possible.


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Archery Quiver - Free Sewing Pattern

For Christmas this year we got our younger two bows (because our oldest had one and it was SOOOO COOL!), and one of their grandparents got each of them a set of extra arrows. Now I went from 1 bow and arrow set (which held the arrows and bow together) to 3 bows and 15 arrows! We tried to go to the archery range nearby, but trying to manage all those arrows became a hassle! I thought quick... I need to make quivers to hold those arrows!

I looked online to see if there were any patterns already, but I didn't see one that was simple, had a way to distinguish whose was who's arrows. So I came up with a pattern myself!



I think it turned out fantastic, and with the awesome little accent piece that each child picked out, they know which one is theirs!

The pattern does get a little tricky when you have to layer the straps to attach them at the top, but I made a nifty little diagram that will hopefully help you.
Post a comment if you would like to see a step-by-step pattern, including your email, and when I get 50 comments on this post I will make the tutorial and give away 5 copies of it for FREE!




Happy sewing!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Diaper Cover Pattern Updated

So I am in the process of going back and editing and updating some of my first (less experienced) patterns to improve some design flaws, make them easier to understand, and provide better photos. This Newborn Diaper cover is the first one that I am sprucing up!

So here you have the new and improved Newborn Diaper Cover!!


The pattern has been updated on the old post, and the revisions include:
  • Improved readability, writing, and corrected stitch calculations
  • Improved pattern design allowing for pattern to be completed with a separate trim (the trim was part of completing the diaper cover before)
  • Updated photos
If you are still having trouble with this pattern, feel free to purchase my photo tutorial for the Newborn Diaper Cover on ETSY. This photo tutorial comes over 100 photos with step by step instructions, added tips, and close up photos on tricky parts. This tutorial will help anyone make it through the creation of this diaper cover.


Monday, April 10, 2017

Easter Egg Cozies

Okay. Seriously. I had no idea these were a thing. EGG COZIES! EGG BEANIES! I just fall in love with anything miniature! This Easter, you should make some of these to add to your decor! Click on the picture to link to the pattern.



Uova con cappellino a uncinetto

Easter cosies



I also found these less Eastery-Themed egg cozies that I just LOVED and had to share!

Dino Egg Cozy, Egg Cozy Crochet Pattern, PDF,  Easter, Instant Download,



http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/minnie-and-mickey---egg-warmers



Which egg cozy/beanie is your favorite?!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Crochet Feather Headpiece - Free Pattern

As many of you might have figured out, I'm a huge fan of Pinterest. I love all Pinteresting things! One of the things that I have loved are these beautiful feather headpieces that babies wear. I love the colors, the style and how adorable they look:

Old Hollywood Feather Headband Black and White - I know this is meant for little girls but it would look awesome with the black and white dress I love.:


how pretty!?!:


Black  Nagorie Feather headband, Feather baby pheadband with rhinestoe cluster and satin bow


Love that blue! So pretty:

As you can see, these are SUPER SUPER cute, and I thought there had to be some cute replica crochet pattern for a nice, dainty feather looking applique, but... I could not find one! So I made up one after playing with several designs, and I decided to settle with a variation of the Irish Leaf traditional crochet pattern with some variations and some different options for sizes and "fluffiness".


This is the regular sized applique suited for children to adults depending on the style you're aiming for.

This is the large applique. This is to replicate the look of the photographs I found on Pinterest. I found a super cute medallion at Michael's Craft Store to embellish these headpieces.

This is the small applique. This was designed for newborns or young children. 

*Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. If you purchase an item through one of the links on this site, I may receive a small percentage of that sale. See my full disclosure policy. Thank you for helping support this blog!


In my design making, I created several options:

Small, Medium, Large sizes
Regular ends or extra fluffy ends


Materials: 
Size G Hook (this is the set I use)
Worsted Weight Yarn (I use Caron’s Simply Soft Yarn: PinkRobin's Egg, Ocean, White
Yarn Needle 
Scissors 

Gauge: Using G hook and materials listed the large feathers should measure approximately 5” tall and 2.5” wide, medium feathers should measure approximately 4” tall and 2.5” wide, small feathers should measure approximately 3” tall and 2” wide,

Here is the pattern for the different ends. Refer to these when you get to the part of the pattern where it says to complete turning end of choice [regular or extra fluffy]. If you find that this is a little too tricky, or are having trouble with this pattern, feel free to purchase my collection of tutorials for this feather headpiece on Etsy.

Regular Ends pattern: At the end of each row starting in row 2, complete the following to turn the work: ch 3, turn and work in back loops of the sc stitches.
Extra Fluffy Ends pattern: At the end of each row starting in row 2, complete the following to turn the work: ch 4, sl st in 2nd ch from hk, sc2tog in last two chs. Turn and work in back loops of the sc stitches. 


Small Feather Applique:
Foundation chain: ch 6

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hk, 1 sc in next 3 sts, sc 4 in last ch, turn slightly to continue working on the bottom of the foundation chain, and sc in each st across.
Row 2: [Working in back loops only from this point forward] ch 3, and sc to the first sc on the opposite side of row 1, working clockwise, and sc in the next two sts. Complete turning end of choice [regular or extra fluffy], 1 sc in each sc across, and (1 sc, ch3, 1 sc) in the ch-3 sp, 1 sc in next 3 sc, complete turning end of choice [regular or extra fluffy], 1 sc in each sc back to the ch-3 sp. [one point on each side of feather completed]
Row 3: (1 sc, ch 3, 1 sc) in the ch-3 sp, 1 sc in next 3 sc, complete turning end of choice [regular or extra fluffy], 1 sc in each sc back to the ch-3 sp, (1 sc, ch 3, 1 sc) in the ch-3 sp, 1 sc in next 3 sc, complete turning end of choice [regular or extra fluffy], 1 sc in each sc back to the ch-3 sp.[two points on each side of feather completed]
Row 4-5: Repeat row 3 to create 4 points on each side of the feather to complete the applique.Finish off with a sc in the ch-3 sp, and fasten off. Weave in ends.


Medium Feather Applique:
Foundation chain: ch 8

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hk, 1 sc in next 5 sts, sc 4 in last ch, turn slightly to continue working on the bottom of the foundation chain, and sc in each st across.
Row 2: [Working in back loops only from this point forward] ch 3, and sc to the first sc on the opposite side of row 1, working clockwise, and sc in the next 4 sts. Complete turning end of choice [regular or extra fluffy], 1 sc in each sc across, and (1 sc, ch3, 1 sc) in the ch-3 sp, 1 sc in next 5 sc, complete turning end of choice [regular or extra fluffy], 1 sc in each sc back to the ch-3 sp. [one point on each side of feather completed]
Row 3: (1 sc, ch 3, 1 sc) in the ch-3 sp, 1 sc in next 5 sc, complete turning end of choice [regular or extra fluffy], 1 sc in each sc back to the ch-3 sp, (1 sc, ch 3, 1 sc) in the ch-3 sp, 1 sc in next 5 sc, complete turning end of choice [regular or extra fluffy], 1 sc in each sc back to the ch-3 sp.[two points on each side of feather completed]
Row 4-5: Repeat row 3 to create 4 points on each side of the feather to complete the applique. Finish off with a sc in the ch-3 sp, and fasten off. Weave in ends.


Large Feather Applique:

Foundation chain: ch 8
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hk, 1 sc in next 5 sts, sc 4 in last ch, turn slightly to continue working on the bottom of the foundation chain, and sc in each st across.
Row 2: [Working in back loops only from this point forward] ch 3, and sc to the first sc on the opposite side of row 1, working clockwise, and sc in the next 4 sts. Complete turning end of choice [regular or extra fluffy], 1 sc in each sc across, and (1 sc, ch3, 1 sc) in the ch-3 sp, 1 sc in next 5 sc, complete turning end of choice [regular or extra fluffy], 1 sc in each sc back to the ch-3 sp. [one point on each side of feather completed]
Row 3: (1 sc, ch 3, 1 sc) in the ch-3 sp, 1 sc in next 5 sc, complete turning end of choice [regular or extra fluffy], 1 sc in each sc back to the ch-3 sp, (1 sc, ch 3, 1 sc) in the ch-3 sp, 1 sc in next 5 sc, complete turning end of choice [regular or extra fluffy], 1 sc in each sc back to the ch-3 sp.[two points on each side of feather completed]
Row 4-5: Repeat row 3 to create 4 points on each side of the feather.
Row 6: (1 sc, ch 3, 1 sc) in the ch-3 sp, 1 sc in next 4 sc, complete turning end of choice [regular or extra fluffy], 1 sc in each sc back to the ch-3 sp, (1 sc, ch 3, 1 sc) in the ch-3 sp, 1 sc in next 4 sc, complete turning end of choice [regular or extra fluffy], 1 sc in each sc back to the ch-3 sp.[two points on each side of feather completed]
Row 7: (1 sc, ch 3, 1 sc) in the ch-3 sp, 1 sc in next 3 sc, complete turning end of choice [regular or extra fluffy], 1 sc in each sc back to the ch-3 sp, (1 sc, ch 3, 1 sc) in the ch-3 sp, 1 sc in next 3 sc, complete turning end of choice [regular or extra fluffy], 1 sc in each sc back to the ch-3 sp.[two points on each side of feather completed]. Finish off with a sc in the ch-3 sp, and fasten off. Weave in ends.

I hope you enjoyed this pattern! Please share with your friends! Come back and share your photos of your finished projects. I love seeing the creativity of my followers as they "live the craft life". 

If you are struggling with the pattern I would recommend you purchase the PDF tutorial on Etsy. It has dozens of pictures for each size and walks you through each step. 
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