Thursday, May 28, 2015

Free Crochet Pattern...Summer Sparkle Earrings!


These cute sparkly earrings are a perfect warm weather crochet project.  Fun variegated cotton thread make them extra fun and clear glass beads add some sparkle too!

Summer Sparkle Earrings
By Jennifer Dickerson
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Sizing:
  • 1.5 inches across

Materials:
  • Size 10 crochet thread, any color (color shown here is Aunt Lydia's Classic 10 in "Pastel Variegated"
  • B (2.25 mm)crochet hook
  • 2 French hook earring findings
  • 20 clear glass beads (10 per earring)
  • Scissors
  • Cross stitch needle (I used a #24) or any needle you can get thread into the eye and pass a bead through.

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Instructions:

Before you begin to crochet, string beads and earring hook onto thread with a needle.  I strung a few beads, then the earring hook, then the rest of them.  Earrings as shown in photos used 10 beads each, but string a few extra just in case.

Ch 8, join in the ch furthest from the hook with a sl st.
Round 1: ch 3 (counts as a dc), work 23 dc into the center of the ring.
Round 2: In the first st, *work a (sc, ch 1, slide a bead over, ch 1 incorporating bead, sc).  In the next st work a sc.  Repeat from * to end of the round.

Note: Earring hook is worked the same way as the beads, when you come to the hook, just work it in the same way as if it was a bead too.

Finishing:  Weave in all ends and you're finished!

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

15 Dad-Tastic Gifts!


 Father's Day is right around the corner and something fabulous and handmade is always a perfect gift!  Here are 15 quick things to make for all different kinds of Dads...handymen, golf players, and things to help relax on their special day, like a can cozy and a comfy pair of socks.

This collection includes classic items like hats, socks, scarves, and even the iconic tie for Dad, but I also added a little fun with a Star Wars pillow, some awesome donuts, and even a super hero mask!

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Free Crochet Pattern...Vintage Granny Bonnet!


The Vintage Granny Bonnet is sweet and easy to make.  It is cleverly constructed with two granny squares, and finished off with a beautiful scalloped edging.  Make one for a special little one in any color combination you like!

The Vintage Granny Bonnet 
By Jennifer Dickerson
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Materials:
  • 1 pack of Lion Brand Bon Bons in the "Nature" colorway pack
  • F (3.75 mm) crochet hook
  • Tapestry needle
  • Narrow ribbon (ribbon shown is 3 mm satin ribbon)
  • Scissors

Sizing:
  • Each granny square is about 7 inches across.  When seamed, finished bonnet is about 6.5 inches across.

*Note: You can make this bonnet any size you like, simply by working more or less rounds of the granny squares.  Make each square roughly half the child's head circumference.

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Instructions for Granny Squares (make 2):

Note: Bonnet as shown is worked in round of each color.

Chain 4, join into a ring with a slip stitch.

 Round 1: Chain 4, work (3 dc into center of ring, chain 1) 3 times, then 2 dc into center of ring.  Join to close with a slip stitch.

Note:
Now if you want to make round 2 in the same color, simply slip stitch until you reach a ch1 at the corner and keep going.  If you want to switch colors...cut yarn, leaving a tail, and fasten it with a slip stitch. Join the new yarn at one of the corners as shown and tie securely.

Round 2: To work the corner of round 2, first chain 4, then 2 dc in same space, then chain 1, then 3 dc in the same space...first corner done!
Then chain 1, then work the next corner by working 3 dc in next space, chain 1, then 3 dc in same space, chain 1, repeat two more times to complete the round.

Round 3: Work the corner in the same manner as the previous round: chain 4, 2 dc in same space, chain 1, 3 dc in same space, chain 1.  To work the sides, simply work 3 dc in the next space then chain 1...repeat until you reach a corner again.

Keep working in this manner, with two clusters in the corners and one cluster on the sides until you finish the round. Just be sure there is a ch 1 in between each grouping of 3 dc as you work each round. That is what gives you those pretty spaces in between each cluster and keeps it nice and flat.

Repeat round 3 as many times as you need to achieve the desired size, I worked the one shown until the square was about 7 inches across.

Edge Round 1: 

To transition from the granny square to the scallop, a sc edge will give a nice neat edge.  Tie new yarn in any corner (I used dark purple for the bonnet shown), and ch 2, then work 2 sc in the same space.  Continue down the first side, working a sc in each stitch and space.  Work 3 sc in the next corner, then continue in this manner (sc along edge, 3 sc in each corner).  Fasten off and weave in ends.  Repeat for the other square.



Seaming: Stack both squares with front sides facing inward.  Slip stitch seam from bottom right corner to upper left corner, fasten off.  Turn right side out and weave in ends.

Scallop Edge (shown in pink): Beginning at bottom front edge (see photo above), tie new yarn color onto stitch (shown in pink in photos) and chain 3.  Work 2 dc in the same stitch.  In the next stitch, work a slip stitch.  Skip the next stitch and work *3 dc in the next st,sl st in the next st, skip the next st . Continue around front edge of bonnet from * to end.  Finish off by working a sl st in last dc group to round off the last scallop.  Fasten off and weave in ends.

Ribbon Tie: With a large tapestry needle (or you can do it by hand if needed), thread ribbon and weave in and out of the last granny square round worked (shown in light lavender).  The ribbon should start at the bottom front edge, travel upwards across top front of bonnet and end at the opposite side (the first photo is will show you if you are unsure).

Note: Please supervise child at all times while wearing tie on hats of any kind.


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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Free Crochet Pattern...Boutique Daisy!


The Boutique Daisy is a pretty little one round flower with a special button in the center.  Two pieces of ribbon make leaves, giving it a beautiful finished look too.  Use it as an applique, put it on a headband, or wear it as a lovely springtime pin!  Be sure to scroll down for a full video tutorial too.

Boutique Daisy
By Jennifer Dickerson

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Here's what you'll need:

  • Cotton dishcloth yarn (this is the yarn I used however, you can used any yarn you like)
  • J (6.0 mm) crochet hook
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors
  • Two 4 inch pieces of ribbon per flower (makes two ribbon leaves)
  • 1 button for flower center
  • Hot glue or fabric glue

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Sizing:
  • Flower is 2 inches across (ribbon leaves will add a little extra width to the finished piece)

Instructions:


Foundation: Chain 6 and join with a slip stitch to form a ring.

Round 1: Work (dc, tr, dc, sl st) into center of ring six times, then join with a slip stitch to close flower and fasten off.

Finishing & Assembly:

Weave in all ends with a tapestry needle.  Glue or sew button to center of flower.  Fold ends of each piece of ribbon inward and glue or sew ends together.  Glue or sew to back of flower.  Let glue dry/cool completely before using.

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