Finished Project

A Finished Test

 

There’s nothing more satisfying than finishing up a test. That feeling of having finished combing the pattern for errors, and also creating something brand new. Like, never made before, right? Something the creator thought up and put down in a pattern and I got the first go at it!20170419_145612_medium2

This blanket is one of those patterns I’m so happy to have tested – it was a really enjoyable project. The designer is great to work with & the pattern is flexible in that it can work with almost any yarn weight. I chose to do it in worsted weight because I have plenty of colour options, and the size I tested would make something along the lines of a baby blanket or a lap-ghan.

My finished project ended up being about 37″ across after blocking, and turned out so cool. My mother (happy birthday mom!) suggested that she should be getting it for her birthday (and it’s likely going to head that way, since currently, it’s being monopolized by Hiro as a nap blanket – cats, they do what they want, I guess).

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This project was a joy to work on from start to finish – the pattern will likely be published in May, and when it is, I’ll post up a link for it! It’s written and charted, making it a really versatile & fun project to work on.

I may or may not have decided on a second one already – this time in sport weight black cables and rainbow Mandala (in Gnome) for the panels. I’m so excited to start it, too! Just gotta find some time in between designing.

Do you test at all? Would you be interested? I was thinking of writing a blog post about the testing process and how to get into it – we can always use more reliable testers to share the process with! Let me know!

Free Patterns

Free Pattern Friday

It’s that time of week again already! This week has zoomed by for me, personally. This week I’m actually featuring one of my patterns that Red Heart just published! Excitement, right?!lc5558_medium2

These quick little hanging baskets are so great for spring and organizing! You can find the Ravelry link to the pattern here, which lists all the details and links to the pattern on Red Heart’s website. The yarn used for the basket is a little tricky to work with, but it’s worth it – it creates a very dense, stable fabric, perfect for the little things at your work station.

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Freebie Friday

Free patterns are the best – I think we can all agree on that! My recent freebie find that I’m in love with is Geraldine Allemand’s new free pattern – Easter Bunnies! (Ravelry Link / Website Link)

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Easter Bunny – free pattern feature 4/7/18

Geraldine very generously offered this pattern for free right in time for Easter crafting, and she translated it into English from her native French. The pattern is a spin on another free bunny pattern that’s floating around, but a few simple details make this one shine.

What’s to love? It’s all worked in garter – knit knit knit! It’s also very beginner friendly, and you can change up the yarns used to make it a stash-buster endeavor, as well.

I’ve been making up a whole army of them as gifts for my nieces & nephews this year. As you can see in my photos, they’re great little treat bags for the kiddos.

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One change I made was giving them fluffy little ball tails instead of pom poms. My youngest nephew is 1 (happy birthday today, kiddo!) so I wanted to make them friendly to him and pom poms aren’t great for chewing on. I used Pipsqueak yarn for the tails and crocheted them – which at first that yarn was a little over-hyped for me, but now that I’ve used it on my… six bunnies… and counting, I think I’m sold. It works great for them.

These bunnies work up for me in a bit over an hour after I really got good at them, and they’re just so darn cute. You can see more details on my project page on Ravelry, if you’d like.

Don’t knit? I’m accepting orders for these little fellas in my Etsy shop until the 9th! Use coupon code “TWOBUNNIES” to get a discount when you order 2!

So, are you going to make some bunnies?! Well, hop to it!

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Free Patterns

Fast Crochet Baby Booties

Fast Crochet Baby Booties

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This super fast pattern is great for last minute baby shower gifts or for something to use up scraps. When made with acrylic yarn, these are easy to wash and care for, and best of all, they work up in one piece! Sizes Preemie & Newborn are offered for free here on my blog. You can find the convenient PDF in a printable format, with additional sizes, in my Etsy & Ravelry shop!

Terms of use: This pattern may be used to produce items to sell online or in person with credit given – please credit design to Tigard Needlework if you’re able to do so (such as a note at the bottom of an online listing, or on the bottom of a pricing card for a market stall). I highly support the use of this pattern for charity, donations, and gifts!

Gauge (with I hook): 13 sc & 14 rows = 4”

Hook: H (5 mm) or I (5.5 mm) depending on size.

Yarn: Worsted weight yarn in 2 colours, small amounts of each.

Notions: Yarn needle to seam up bottom & weave in ends.

Sizes:

Preemie (3″ / 8 cm sole) (H hook)

Newborn (3.5″ / 9 cm sole) (I hook)

Stitches used: FSC (foundation single crochet), sc2tog (sc two together – decrease 1), sc3tog (sc three together – decrease 2), sc inc (sc twice into one stitch – increase 1)

Pattern

Note: Your CC colour will end up being the Cuff colour.

Leave a long tail before your slip knot to seam bottom of bootie.

FSC 23, join to work in round. (If you don’t want to use FSC, ch 23 and join to first ch to form a circle. Work one sc into each ch. [23 sc])

Round 2: With CC, sc in each st. Sl st to first sc to join.

Round 3: With MC, ch 1, sc in each st. Sl st to first sc to join.

Round 4: Repeat round 3 with CC yarn.

Round 5: With MC, ch 1, sc in next 8, sc2tog three times, sc in next 9. Sl st to first sc to join.

Round 6: With CC, ch 1, sc in next 7, sc2tog three times, sc in next 7. Sl st to first sc to join.

Round 7: With MC, ch 1, sc in next 6, sc2tog three times, sc in next 5. Sl st to first sc to join. (MC can be cut here.)

Round 8 – 9: With CC, ch 1. Sc in each st around. Sl st to first sc to join.

Round 10: Ch 1, sc in next 7. Sc inc. Sc to end of round. Sl st to first sc to join.

Round 11: Ch 1, sc in next 5, sc inc. Sc in next 6, sc inc. Sc to end of round. Sl st to first sc to join.

Round 12: Ch 1, sc to end of round. Sl st to first sc to join. Cut yarn.

Turn bootie inside out. Use the long tail left at the beginning to seam the bootie sole together. Weave in ends and turn right side out. Roll down cuff.
Repeat for matching bootie and you’re finished!

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Free Pattern Fiesta!

Here’s a quick round up of some free pattern offers from around the web for the holidays!

1. Charmed By Ewe is offering a free pattern of your choice from their Rav store! Details can be found on this blog post!

2. Pam Daley is offering a free pattern of choice from their Rav store as well – code: MerryXmas. Here’s a link to her Ravelry store so you can pick one out!

3. This lovely knitted shawl, Dance with Dragons, is free on Ravelry until Jan. 1st, 2015. I really like the colour the sample is done in!

4. A knitted cowl, Judith’s Cowl, listed on Rav until Jan. 15, 2015. Thanks Michelle for sharing!

There we go! A few easy downloads and some pick your own links, which are always fun. I ended up picking up the Aislinn head wrap and the falling leaves gloves, myself! What did you pick? 😀

Patterns

Pattern Testing, ahoy!

Yesterday, I started my day off with a goal to write a pattern. It’d been bouncing around in my head for a while, and I felt like I really needed to get it down. I knew from the start I wanted something fitting the following criteria:

  • Easy. I wanted it simple and enjoyable.
  • Practical. Something people would want to put time into as gifts for themselves and others.
  • Adjustable. Works with the yarn and hooks you have, no specifics.

In this pattern, I’ve found all those aspects. Thus far, I’ve written the pattern for the 6-12 mo, 12-18 mo, and 18-24 mo. Today I hope to take the real test and try writing the child/teen/adult sizes to round it off and get it set up for testing!

Here’s a few preview photos of my new pattern, hopefully being published sometime next week!

starfish twist beanie
18-24 mo size.
Size 6 – 12 mo.
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Holiday Season

The holiday season is almost upon us – but honestly, it’s already started for me. So begins the family fiesta of meetings, gatherings, and plans, which all eat up my homeworkcrafting time.

Here’s a little project I did just for fun earlier this week! Here’s a link to the Ravelry pattern page, and a link to the designer’s blog. Happy crafting!

Baby Cuff Booties
Baby Cuff Booties – free pattern on Ravelry.
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Crochet Hat & Flower Accent Patterns

I was bribedencouraged with the prospect of a free pattern the other day to hook up a hat pattern – it was an interesting pattern, and I really liked that it provided a video tutorial, a chart, and written directions! I’m the type of person who likes written patterns, with photos/video to supplement, and maybe a chart to clarify (though I usually get by on written just fine.)

The hat itself was pretty cute, I made a baby size with a brim. But it seemed to be lacking that… pop. Crochet hats in solid colours can be a little underwhelming sometimes, and it’s a baby hat – they’re supposed to be adorable!

So the pattern feature is really for two crochet patterns that I found. Last night, after the hat was finished, I took some time to search Ravelry for a lovely floral addition to my hat, and found the fantastic pattern used below!

Free crochet your own adventure hat pattern and flower pattern.

The flower pattern is really nice because it can be done with any hook/yarn. Basically, find a button you want to slip it over (did I mention it’s no sew?), size your beginning chains, and then make as many layers of petals as you want (3 layers are supplied; I did 2 for mine.) How great is that? It could be used to make a variety of colours and then be changed out depending on season or outfit themes… yes. The potential is endless.

Here’s the links you’ve been waiting for!

Any grand plans for your crafting weekend? I’m still working on my pattern process posts at the moment, in-between crocheting and knitting, of course. Classes at uni start Monday for me, so I’m enjoying my last tastes of freedom and preparing for OFFF on Sunday, as well! There’ll be lots of pictures and coverage of that event on the blog, too.