Giveaway: Melody’s Makings 

My wonderful friend Melody over at Melody’s Makings has put up another awesome Giveaway on her Facebook Fan Page!

You really need to head over there if you love making cute and adorable knit/crochet items for little ones!!! You Bet that I entered!! All you have to do is go to her Fan Page and look for the image above in her comments!

Melody’s Makings:
Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/MelodysMakings
Blog: http://melodys-makings.com

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Happy Crochet Month!! Spring Free Crochet Pattern Round-up and More!

This morning I woke up and had to make some phone calls to Miss M’s doctor and dentist to get her paperwork for school! Yes, I said school! On Friday I will be signing her up for Transitional Kindergarten (It would have been Kindergarten but she will have to wait another year for that due to the cut off changes). She is very excited… I am not so much. I can’t believe she will be 5 in about 6 months. That means her sister, Miss S, will be be turning 3 in one month! Eeek!!

Enough of the crazy Mom talk about how fast her kids are growing up… lets talk about what else is going on. Happy Crochet Month!

What a great time to be a crocheter! The weather is starting to get a little more on the Spring side with some elevated temps (although it been kind of cold here… mid to high 60’s here in SoCal). This is the time when we should start making all of our spring projects! And what a great way to celebrate crochet month then with Sweet Potatoe 3 Patterns!

Image from: Sweet Potato 3 Patterns

She will be posting a bunch of different things all month long! Today she posted a chance to get her 3-in-1 Summer Wrap for free! Make sure you click the image above and follow her facebook fan page! You don’t want to miss out on all of her updates!

To celebrate Crochet month and to get you pumped for Spring I decided to put together a list of 5 Free Crochet Patterns for Spring!

1. Love the Blue Bird’s Crochet Spring Bunnies – These little bunnies are so cute! I just love their little tails! These bunnies can be used for all kinds of things like embelishments on hats and garland! They can be made in any color combination so the possibilities are endless!

2. Cre8tion Crochet’s Lightweight Garden Hat – I just love how airy this hat is perfect for a day in the garden, dressing up for Easter or celebrating Mother’s Day! The flowers on the side are perfect embellishments that finish it off!

3. Light & Airy Poncho Designed by Eleanor Shnier – Can’t you just see yourself wrapped up in this on a spring day? I would totally rock this at the beach over my bathing suit too!

4. Jo’s Crochet Flower Garland – This pattern comes all the way from Germany! When I saw this pattern I wanted to make a bunch of it and hang it in my girls room! Their room is in pinks, purples and greens. I can also see this done up in different colors and used as a spring garland in my living room!

5. My Merry Messy Lifes’ Crochet Seed Stitch Purse – How cute would a little girl look carrying one of these for Easter Sunday?! Or maybe even while hunting for eggs?! Oh my gosh it’s so cute and can be made in any color combo!

Collection of Christmas Pattern Freebies!!

I have been floating around facebook, visiting some of my favorite pattern designers and have made a list of designers that are offering free pattern downloads today! Yay! I mean come on, who doesn’t like free right!?! So, here is the list of the designer’s Facebook pages. Feel free to head over and get the info on how to get their deal!

Click the image to go to her website for more info!

 

Click the image to go to her Ravelry shop.

Click the image to head to her facebook for the details!

Click the image to head to their Ravelry page!

Click the image above to head to their Ravelry shop.

 

Dollar Bin Challenge – Christmas Edition

I have been a member of a blogger group for a couple of months now, they have been doing a monthly challenge between the people that belong to the group. I usually didn’t sign up to do it… until this month! Their dollar bin pick was Target’s $3 Mini Christmas Tree! I looked at this tree for awhile trying to figure out what I wanted to do. Then it hit me… make it into a crochet tree! The bottom of the tree was just screaming for a crocheted cover. I didn’t think that anyone would have a pattern for something like this. So, I decided to design my own! Yup, that’s right… I wrote my first pattern (which I will be sharing with all of you, for free)!

The first thing you need to do is pick yourself up a Mini Christmas Tree. We got ours from Target in their $3 bin.

Once I got it home I fluffed it up and took off the burlap wrap on the bottom of it. I was a little surprised to just find a a cylinder shape piece of concrete there to stabilize the tree. To be honest I didn’t know what to expect under there… but I didn’t think that.

After I took it off I dived into making my own pattern for a cover. It’s pretty cute if I might say so myself. You can make it striped like mine or one solid color. I didn’t specify my color changes in the pattern so that it’s completely up to you!

Mini Christmas Tree Base Pattern

This pattern will work with a 16.5 inch mini tree with a 3 inch wide x 2.5 inch tall cylinder base.

Materials:
Worsted Weight Yarn
H Hook

Gauge: 6 sc sts and 7 rows = 2 inches

Abbreviations:
Ch – Chain
Sc – Single Crochet
Slst – Slip Stitch
Flsc – Front Loop Single Crochet

Row 1: Ch 4, Slst into 1st Ch.

Row 2: Ch 1, Sc 8 in loop. Slst into 1st stitch. (8)

Row 3: Ch 1, 2Sc in each stitch around. Slst into 1st stitch. (16)

Row 4: Ch 1, *2Sc, Sc* Repeat from * until the end. Slst into 1st stitch. (24)

Row 5: Ch 1, *2Sc, Sc in next two stitches* Repeat from * until the end. Slst into 1st stitch. (32)

Row 6: Ch 1, Flsc in each stitch around. Slst into 1st stitch. (32)

Row 7-12: Ch 1, Sc in each stitch around. Slst into 1st stitch. (32)

Row 13: Ch 1, *Sc in next 3 stitches, Ch 1 Skip 1 stitch* Repeat from * until the end. Slst into 1st stitch. (32) (This row creates the holes for the tie)

Row 14: Ch 1, Sc in each stitch around. Slst into 1st stitch. (32)

You can end there or repeat Row 14 until you reach the height that you want. I would suggest trying it on to see how you like it. I ended mine with Row 16.

For the tie, I just braided the three colors of yarn together and cut them to the length that I wanted. You can use whatever you want: yarn, ribbon or twine to name a few!

Tree Decorations: I made little balls of yarn and stars to decorate my tree and I used a small string of LED lights.

Yarn Balls: For the balls I just rolled up the colors that I wanted. Then when I was happy with the size of the ball I glued the loose part of the yarn down to keep it held together. I took toothpicks and made crochet hooks and knitting needles to stick into the balls.

Stars: It took awhile to find a good start pattern that I liked, but I found one on Ravelry. The little stars from Amination where the perfect size and super easy to make! You can find them here: http://aminationblog.tumblr.com/post/44573037824/reach-for-the-moon-and-stars Once I had them made I just glued little buttons to the centers. For the tree top I made two and sewed them together, Leaving the bottom open so that I could slide it over the top of the tree.

All you have to do is make a bunch of these until you are happy with how full your tree is. I did three yarn balls and three stars per color (red, green and white).

And here is my finished tree!

 

Now that you have seen my entry for the  $3 Mini Tree Challenge, be sure to check out the other bloggers that participated! You will surely get some great ideas on how to decorate your Mini Christmas Tree!!

: DIY Inspired : Life With Lovebugs : Zoo Cutie Printables :
: Simply Creative Ways : Pandora’s Craft Box :

Retro Headband

My daughters got invited to a Birthday party for a friend over the summer. We went shopping for her present from the girls but I just had to make her something a little more personal and from the heart. It took me a while to figure out what it was that I wanted to do. Either something crocheted or something sewn. Around that same time, I got a newsletter from Create Kids Couture with a cute little free pattern in it…. a Retro Headband! I knew that it would be the perfect little thing for her!

After getting some color preferences from her Mom, I decided to make it double sided so that it would be a little more versatile. I also wanted to make two bows to go with it so that there would even more ways to wear it!

This pattern was the first one that I have ever done in this style. I am used to doing the Tissue Paper patterns that I was taught on. To be honest I was a little worried about it since you have to print it out with your printer. But as long as  you make sure that you print the file at 100% and not fitted to the page you are fine. That’s the way that I always print anyways so I didn’t really have anything to worry about.

Once I had all the pieces cut the assembly was really easy. CKC writes out their patterns perfectly and in great detail.

Needless to say it was a big hit and she looked adorable in her new headband! I can’t wait to make more and it totally got me hooked on Create Kids Couture patterns! I have a few things waiting in the works as we speak. So, be sure to come back and check for more items sewn using their patterns!

Here are a few pictures of my finished piece!

 

 

 

Make sure you check out their website as well as their facebook! They have some great patterns for all sizes and genders!

Website: http://www.createkidscouture.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/createkidscouture

 

Get Any One Pattern Free from Melody’s Makings!

My friend Melody is generously giving everyone One Free Pattern of their choice for the next 36-ish hours in her Ravelry shop! She has some adorable Knit and Crochet items in her shop too! I will tell you… it was hard for me to pick just one!

 

After flipping through her Ravelry shop a few times I finally decided to pick the Entrelac Basket Knitting Pattern. I mean who wouldn’t choose this pattern? It looks so fun/cute with that little baby on it! Belly Beautiful Portraits took the most perfect picture for this piece! Please be sure to check out their website as well (link below)!

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Melody’s Makings:

Website: http://melodys-makings.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MelodysMakings
Ravelry Shop: http://www.ravelry.com/designers/melody-rogers

Belly Beautiful Portraits:

Website: www.bellybeautifulportraits.com

 

My Sweet Potato 3: Cancer Challenge and Free Pattern Code!

My friend Christine of My Sweet Potato 3 has created a Cancer Challenge for everyone that crochets/knits! She just recently lost her Uncle to cancer and wants to honor his memory by spreading some love to other cancer patients out there. She has offered a coupon code for her Ravelry site for one free pattern. All she asks is that you make a minimum of one hat for a Cancer patient. If you can’t make one yourself you can always sponsor a hat that she will make for you.

Please check out her blog post to get more info about the challenge as well as the coupon code for your free pattern.

My Sweet Potato 3 Blog – Cancer Challenge