Sweet Little Baby Sweater

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When I saw this free pattern, I knew that I had to make one. This free pattern from mooglyblog is absolutely adorable! I made one in the 18 month size using Vickie Howell Sheep(ish) yarn which is washable, soft, and warm. The buttons I purchased at JoAnn Fabric, and I think they go really well with the sweater. The pattern calls for stripes in four different colors, but I chose to stick with three shades of blue. There are so many possibilities with this pattern: use wool (or wool blend) or acrylic yarn for a cold weather sweater, use cotton yarn for a spring sweater, and of course mix and match yarn colors! I was thinking of making a spring sweater with cream yarn as the base, then some yellow and purple and other flower colored stripes.
Happy crocheting! And Merry Christmas!

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Dark Taupe Crochet Headband

 

Dark Taupe crochet headband, brown flower

Dark Taupe crochet headband, brown flower

Dark Taupe crochet headband, cream flower

Dark Taupe crochet headband, cream flower

 

Here is my version of the crochet headband from the Flower Girl Cottage. I crocheted the headband using cotton yarn until it was about 21 inches, then sewed the two ends together. The flower is from my pattern here. I crocheted the flower in the same color as the headband and in cream, and I haven’t decided yet which looks the best. I should probably put alligator clips on the backs of the flowers that way I can change them out from time to time.

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The 4-6-8 Crochet Flower

4-6-8 Crochet Flower

4-6-8 Crochet Flower

Throughout the years I have crocheted my fair share of flowers. And of course, some patterns are better than others. So, here is a pattern I have written for a flower which I think looks great and lays flat for attaching to a clip or other accessory. To make this exact flower, here is what I used:

  • size G hook
  • Lily Sugar ‘n Cream 100% cotton yarn, small amount
  • Yarn needle for sewing in ends

In US terms:
Ch 3

Rnd 1: in 3rd ch from hook, dc, ch 1, dc, ch 2, ss, *ch 2, dc, ch 1, dc, ch 2, ss, repeat from * 3 times, 4 petals total.

Rnd 2: working behind the petals, ch 2 then ss in the bottom of one of the dc of the first petal, then ch 2 and ss five more times evenly spacing the loops ending with a ss in the first loop, total of 6 loops.

Rnd 3: in first loop, ch 2, dc, ch 1, dc, ch 2, sc. in the next five loops, sc, ch 2, dc, ch 1, dc, ch 2, sc. in the last loop, end with a ss instead of sc, 6 petals total.

Rnd 4: working behind the petals of rnd 3, ch 3, then ss 8 times evenly spaced in the bottom of the dc of the petals of rnd 3, ending with a ss in the first loop, total of 8 loops.

Rnd 5:  in first loop, ch 2, dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc, ch 2, sc. in the next seven loops, sc, ch 2, dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc, ch 2, sc. in the last loop, end with a ss instead of sc, 8 petals total. Fasten off, leaving a tail to sew, if desired.

My flower measures approximately 3.5 inches in diameter, but you can always change the size by using a different size yarn or hook or both.

I’m rather new to writing down patterns, so hopefully this pattern makes some sense!

Please feel free to make or sell products from this pattern. I just ask you to link back to my site.  Please do not copy this pattern as your own.  Please do not re-publish photos as your own. Thanks!

Happy crocheting!

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Fairy Garden

I made this a while back and had so much fun! Fairy gardens are just adorable and you can really get creative on a mini scale.  I already had a couple whiskey barrels that had blueberry bushes in them, so that’s where I put my garden. You can make one pretty much wherever you want! I planted a couple ground covers behind the white fencing and I’ve since added a wishing well. Last time I was at Petsmart I realized that there are a lot of fun fish tank accessories that you could use in a fairy garden as well! This garden just needs a fairy visitor!

 

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The little house came from Michaels, along with the flat marbles, mini toadstools, lantern, and fencing. My kids decided to throw in a sea urchin shell as well! The ground covers behind the fence are live and came from Lowes.

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I made the fairy swing using large gauge craft wire, jewelry chain and small twigs I bound together with small gauge wire. Fairies will love using this delightful swing!

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What would a fairy garden be without some gardening tools?!

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A bright red lantern lights the front of the house and hangs among birds and toadstools.

 

Crochet Cable Headband Earwarmer

Crochet Cable Earwarmer

Crochet Cable Earwarmer

I recently found a fun, new pattern for crochet earwarmers!

Crochet Cable Ear Warmer Pattern

It is a fairly simple pattern that works up quickly. I think the pattern should be considered advanced beginner or intermediate level. The only thing I did differently was omit a few rows since it was a little loose around my head. You can use any standard medium weight yarn. Acrylic is warm, but the cheaper yarns can be scratchy. Cotton is usually not scratchy, but it is not as warm. I used Red Heart Soft yarn – it is 100% acrylic but is not scratchy at all. These make great stocking stuffers, and they are perfect for the cold weather!