Women’s Winter Slouchy Hat

I’ve really enjoyed this free pattern from knitted-patterns.com. Since I can’t get the yarn it suggests in store, I used Cozy Wool yarn from Michaels.  And in case you’d like the finished product, I have them in my etsy shop rosybowdesigns.etsy.com.  Happy … Continue reading

Mint & Gray Baby Blanket and Hat

Mint Green & Gray Baby Blanket and Hat Project: This “Baby M Blanket” by Vickie Howell is one of my favorite baby blanket patterns. It has a nice modern look, works up quickly, and has so much room for customization! … Continue reading

Teal and Purple Baby Blanket

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I made this quite some time ago for my sweet little niece. This pattern is from Vickie Howell (her Sheepish yarn is no longer carried in-store) using her Sheepish yarn. I ended up using a very soft acrylic since a … Continue reading

Dish Scrubbies

During the past couple of months I have been working on making dish scrubbies. There are lots of patterns and ideas on pinterest, etc, but I wanted to come up with a pattern design that looks fun yet is also … Continue reading

Holiday Boutique this Saturday, Dec 12th, 10am-4pm

Please come this Saturday, Dec 12th, from 10am-4pm to 9168 Fox Fire Way, Highlands Ranch. I’m really excited to be a part of this Holiday Boutique! We will have 10 vendors selling a variety of items featuring: caramels, candy, gift … Continue reading

No-Sew Crochet Boot Cuffs

No Sew Crochet Boot Cuffs

No-Sew Crochet Boot Cuffs

No-Sew Crochet Boot Cuff (in progress)

No-Sew Crochet Boot Cuff (in progress)

Boot cuffs have become rather popular, and I’ve looked around to find some fun patterns to try. I found a pattern that I really liked the look of (see http://dabblesandbabbles.com/easy-crochet-boot-cuffs/ ), but I didn’t like all the sewing involved. For instance, make two separate pieces (one ribbed side, one textured side) for each boot cuff. Then sew the edges together after sewing the two separate pieces together. Time to simplify! I’m a no-sew crocheter. Any simple project, such as boot cuffs, should be able to be crocheted in one fell swoop without sewing pieces together and dealing with more unnecessary ends to sew in at the end.

Well, I liked this pattern so much, that I changed it to make it “no-sew”! Here is my version:

No-Sew Crochet Boot Cuff

US Terms

Materials:

  • A soft medium weight yarn (I used Caron Simply Soft in Grey Heather)
  • Crochet Hook – US H
  • Yarn or tapestry needle
  • Scissors

Gage: not super important for this project. You can easily adjust the width of the cuff by adding or subtracting rows.

Directions:

Ch = chain, hk = hook, sl st = slip stitch, sc = single crochet, dc = double crochet, tr = treble crochet

Ch 31

Row 1) Dc in 2nd ch from hk, dc in next 13 sts, *tr, sc, repeat from * till end, turn.

Row 2)  Ch 2, tr in last sc from previous row, sc in next st, *tr, sc, repeat from *7 times, sc 13, sc in to of ch 2, turn. Note: During the textured side, make sure to sc into the tr from the previous row, and tr into the sc from the previous row.

Row 3) Ch 2 (counts as 1st dc), sk last sc from previous row, dc 13, *tr, sc, repeat from * till end, turn. Note: During the textured side, make sure to sc into the tr from the previous row, and tr into the sc from the previous row.

Rows 4-31) Repeat rows 2 & 3

Row 32)  Repeat row 2

Row 33) Match row 1 and row 32 wrong sides together, sl st to join both sides all the way across.

Fasten off, weave in ends.

Follow the instructions above, and create another boot cuff for a pair.

Happy crocheting!

Baby Heart Dress with Matching Diaper Cover

I saw this pattern while on pinterest, and I knew I had to make my own version of it! It took me several months to get it finished. And I finally got it done in August 2014, and I am just now getting around to writing about it!

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I used Vickie Howell’s cottonish yarn in Grey T-Shirt and Cotton Gin, size E crochet hook, x3 1/2″ matching buttons, and crocheted this in the 12 months size.

So here are my notes about this pattern:

  1. Working with dk cotton yarn and a small hook works up a little slower than I’d like, not a con, just a note.
  2. The beret needed another row or two of dc to fit my child’s head properly.
  3. I had to block it like crazy (and after each wash) to get the dress to lay flat and not pull since it is mainly crocheted in the round. I don’t know about you, but no matter how I join in the round (and I’ve tried several methods), my work on this project pulled to the right something fierce (I crochet left-handed).

Then… I made a matching diaper cover. Yay! I based it on Elizabeth Alan’s princess diaper cover. I changed it up a bit since the pattern is just sewing together two of the same sides. Ahm, I don’t know any 12-month size baby who whose front side is the same shape as their back side. Not to mention those chunky thighs. So, I made adjustments. And yes, I used the 1/8″ elastic, as suggested in the pattern for the larger sizes.

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Here is a photo of my little monkey modeling the dress (this is before she was walking, and she wouldn’t keep the hat on for long enough to take the photo):

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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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