Patterns, Finished Project

Fairy Hat & Petal Skirt

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Welp folks, I finally got a new pattern published! I’ve been working on a bit of a side project lately, so pattern making has been put a bit on back burner. But I was feeling an itch to make something cute and straight forward. I found myself drawn, as usual, to baby items!

Hence this cute fairy flower hat and petal skirt. The version I made used the tulle under the petals option, but there’s directions for a two layer petal skirt, as well. It’s sized for 0-3 months and 3-6 months, so you can get those baby photos in pronto! (Seriously, get the pictures in before the kiddo figures out how to wiggle around so much!)

You can find this pattern up on the various sites I sell at, linked here:

Ravelry Etsy Craftsy

As always, thank you for your support & I hope your weekend is going fabulously! We’re melting here in the pacific northwest, so there’s not much hope for us at this point.

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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.

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 Patterns, Limited Time

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.
Finished Project, Pattern Spotlight

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.
Free Patterns, Pattern Spotlight, Patterns

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.

Free Patterns, Limited Time, Pattern Collection

New Kids on the Block

Hello crafters! Today I was searching for inspiration on Ravelry (much to my queue’s dismay) and decided to check out the recently added patterns to the ever-growing database. I found some great quick gift ideas, and figured I’d throw together a quick spotlight for everyone to check out the awesome new free patterns available!

Seven free new patterns, just recently launched!
Seven free new patterns, just recently launched!
  1. Hope in Cotton beanie (crochet)
  2. Reindeer Mitts [child sized] (knitting)
  3. Bergy Slouchy (crochet)
  4. Bordered Chevron blanket (knitting)
  5. Dragon Legs & Arms [child sized] (knitting)
  6. Easy Headband / Ear Warmers (knitting)
  7. Prince Protea Square (crochet)
Purl Ridge Hat. Free until Sept. 28, 2014

Here’s a bonus pattern, the Purl Ridge hat, free until Sept. 28, 2014! Remember: thank and praise designers, who make all these amazing things to share with us – patterns take time and work!

See any patterns you’re itching to make? I myself fancy a pair of the dragon arm warmers, maybe modified for dearest boyfriend of mine… (C’mon. Who doesn’t want to see their significant other warm and toasty, running around the house making dinosaur noises? No one? Really?)

Free Patterns, Pattern Collection, Patterns

Talk Like a Pirate Day

Did you know that Friday, Sept 19 is talk like a pirate day? No, really, it’s a thing. To that end, I’ve rounded up some cute (and free!) knit and crochet patterns to help you scallywags celebrate in the pillaging and plundering!

Six free pirate-themed patterns!
Six free pirate-themed patterns!
  1. Fingerless Gloves (knitting)
  2. Pirate Booties (knitting)
  3. Pirate Patch (crochet)
  4. Puppy Pirate Hat (crochet)
  5. Skull & Crossbone Cuffs (knitting)
  6. Skull Shawl (crochet)