Finished Project, Free Patterns, Uncategorized

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 Patterns, Pattern Spotlight

Dead Fish Hat

Every year, I face a dilemma around holiday times: what do you craft for someone who has everything? Many people in my life fall into this category, so I’ve had to learn what ways work best for dealing with this hard to gift persons.

This year, I found an excellent pattern for my grandpa for his birthday. He’s a country, small town folk sort of guy, so it was hard to think of anything practical that he’d need (crochet/knitted gloves wouldn’t suffice for his level of work.) To that end, I went with something silly instead.

Enter, the dead fish hat.

The dead fish hat in all its glory.

What I loved about this hat was the versatility. It used up some colours I wouldn’t normally use, and allowed for me to really customize it for the person I was gifting it to. Even better, it’s actually a pretty warm hat! Grandpa ended up really liking it, so that’s a bonus too.

This is a free pattern that you can find more info about on ravelry, or go directly to the pattern page through this link. Either way, if you’re looking for a quick knit to stash away for the impending holiday rush, this might be just the pattern for you! (The only thing you should check is your gauge! Mine was way off for the suggested needle size, so check that to make sure the brim is a good fit and to save yourself some stress.)