Hand-Knitted Ear Warmer/Headband

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The days and nights are getting chillier. Fall is just around the corner. And beyond that…winter is coming… (Sorry, had to make *some* mention of the Game of Thrones finale).

For the knitters out in our little crafting world, I wanted to pass along this very simple pattern that I came across on the interwebs. I have adapted this a bit to custom to varying head sizes. This pattern works best with chunky soft yarn. I prefer the Lions Brand Hometown USA. Whichever yarn you use, make sure that it has a little give because you will want the headband to stretch.

You’ll want to have US size 10 needles and a pair of scissors and a yarn needle handy as well. You will need two different color yarns; one will be what you knit the band out of and the other will be your accent color to finish the warmer. If you want to dress up your headband, you can also have a plastic or fabric flower handy or some felt shapes cut out to be stitched to the band. This is also a slightly more difficult pattern in that it uses the seed (or moss) stitch. This requires knowledge of the knit stitch and the purl stitch.

First thing to do is the make sure you’re spotted. I like to have a knitting buddy for this.

Just make sure your buddy doesn’t try to play with the yarn. *wink*

Cast on 10 stitches. On row 1, start with one knit stitch, then purl. Repeat this to the end of the row.

Row 2: *p1, k1; rep from * to end of row.

All odd numbered rows will start with a knit stitch; all even numbered rows will start with a purl stitch. I highly recommend using a stitch counter to track your progress. You can lose track of which stitch you need to start on very easily if you’re not paying attention. Your seed stitch should look like this.

Continue this pattern for 70 rows. You’ll want to keep your tension loose so that the headband will still have some stretch and give. If the tension is too tight, the headband will not fit. Once you get to row 70, bind off your work.

Then stitch the ends together to make a knitted circle. Then take the ends and tie around the ends to bunch the band in one spot.

 

Once that’s tied off, you will take your accent color and pull it through the center of the band. I usually have about 3 feet of yarn on each side, then wrap it around in a chunk. Once you have it fully bunched up and covered in your accent color, you will tie off the ends and snip it close. Then tuck the knot into the threads to hide it. Flip your band inside out and you are finished! You can decorate the band with anything you choose; buttons, flowers, whatever ideas you can think of.

This pattern can also be adjusted for head size by either increasing or decreasing the number of rows stitched. It can be completed in a couple hours and make great gifts!

(Note: you also may want to make sure your buddy doesn’t fall asleep on the job. LOL).

~Scribe Sarah~

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Knit Your Own Wonder Woman Sweater

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Wonder Woman movie got you feeling like you need to fill your wardrobe with something to match? Well one woman has seen fit to help us poor mortals out by not only releasing an easy to adjust knit sweater pattern; she also did it for free.

Here’s what you need for this project:

  • Medium (4) Weight yarn – 1456 – 1872 yards (1331 – 1712 m): Cascade Yarns Hollywood recommended
  • US Size 10 (6mm) knitting needles (or size needed to obtain gauge)
  • Natalie Bursztyn’s awesome pattern

Now I’m not a knitter so I can’t weigh in on how easy it is to read or not, but my guess is this would be intermediate level of difficulty. Worth it to dress your self in awesome Wonder Woman garb this winter though. 😉


DIY Crochet Owl Blanket

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Returning to my love of crocheting today, I’ve found a super cute and fairly simple pattern to share with you all!

It’s a super bulky Owl Imitation afghan! Designed by Ravelry user MJ, this afghan is one of many designs they’ve released but one of my absolute favorites. 😀 The pattern includes instructions for Child or Adult size for only $6. Besides looking super cute and comfy though, I love how it looks when it’s all folded up.

They’ve also included lots of info about hook and yarn yardage required to make, as well as estimation for yarn substitutions. Overall it’s designed to be worked up in about a day for an advanced/experienced crocheter, with some possible extra time for working on the owl hood part. If you’re intimidated by the hood, fear not! MJ has included a video tutorial for how to sew/attach it all together on her youtube account. I’m definitely considering making some of these as gifts for my nephews this Holiday season. ^_^


Knit Dragon Wings Shawl

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The air is just starting to cool here on the east coast so I thought this would be a great time to share this pattern. That way it gives you a few weeks to make one for yourself before the weather gets too cold. So keep yourself warm this fall the fun way by making yourself one of these really cool Dragon Wing inspired shawls!

You can buy the pattern for only $6 over on Ravelry and comes with instructions for large and small that way you can make them for your kids as well. 😀 I know I would have loved something like this as a kid. Well, I’d like something like this now too but I don’t knit….why are these cool things always a knit pattern and not crochet? I’ll show you, knitters. I’ll make my own crochet version! Ya know….when I have time…. 🙁

~Nicole


DIY: Crochet Baskets

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Easter is a week away for those celebrating it and if you’re looking for something a bit more personal than your typical cheap plastic basket then I’ve got you covered. 🙂

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These crochet baskets are great for those with older children/adults who still want to have a basket but really don’t need all that extra space for candy and plastic toys. Made by crocheting with 2 strands of any medium weight yarn, why not make them in the recipients favorite color? Since they’re fabric you’ll be able to wash them and keep them for years to come. ^_^

Depending on your tension, this basket measures about 8-9″ tall at the top of the handle, and about 6″ in diameter for the opening of the basket.

Supplies: 2 Skeins of any medium weight yarn, Size N-13 (9mm) Crochet Hook, Large Eye Yarn needle, and a stitch marker if desired.

As stated above, this pattern is made by holding both colors together through the entire pattern. It is also worked in continuous rounds; do not turn and join rounds together. Use a stitch marker to help keep your rounds marked if needed.

Basket:
Begin at base of basket, with 1 strand each color held tog, ch 2.
Rnd 1: Work 8 sc in first ch. (Place marker in first st for beg of rnd; move marker up as each rnd is completed if needed)
Rnd 2: Work 2 sc in each sc around – 16 sc at the end of this rnd.
Rnd 3: *2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc; rep from * around – 24 sc at the end of this rnd.
Rnd 4: *2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc; rep from * around – 32 sc at the end of this rnd.
Rnd 5: Working in back loops only, sc in each sc around.
Note: For Rnds 6-13, work through both loops of each st.
Rnd 6: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 7: *2 sc in next sc, sc in next 7 sc; rep from * around – 36 sc at the end of this rnd.
Rnd 8: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 9: *2 sc in next sc, sc in next 8 sc; rep from * around – 40 sc.
Rnd 10: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 11: *2 sc in next sc, sc in next 9 sc; rep from * around – 44 sc.
Rnds 12 and 13: Sc in each sc around.
Fasten off.

Handle:
With 1 strand each of each color held tog, ch 31.
Rnd 1:Work 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 28 ch, 4 sc in last ch; rotate piece to work along opposite side of foundation ch (at the base of the sts you just worked), sc in next 28 ch, 2 sc in last ch; join with slip st in first ch. Fasten off.

Finish by sewing ends of handle inside top edge of Basket. Weave in ends.

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Congratulations! You now have a beautiful custom basket to enjoy and use for years to come. ^_^

~Nicole


DIY: Crochet Bird Set

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Alright, had enough eggs this week? I say we have so let’s make something a little more spring than eggs (IMHO) with this lovely bird and nesting baby pattern. 🙂

This pattern is provided for free by the pattern makers over at Lion Brand Yarns and is a great simple pattern. I love using their site when looking for simple clothing patterns as they have a nice wide variety for you to peruse once you fill out their free email list. Just click on the photo above if you already have an account to take you to the pattern, but if you would prefer not to go through all that, I’ve provided it below as well.

~Nicole 🙂

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Supplies – 3 different colors of Worested Weight (weight 4) Yarn, size G (4mm) Crochet Hook, Poly-fil Stuffing, Large Eye Yarn Needle, Stitch Markers, Beads for the eyes if desired

This pattern is worked in continuous rnds; do not join or turn unless otherwise instructed. Colors will be reffered to as Color A, Color B, and Color C with A being the primary Bird Color, B the wing/nest/head color, and C the beak color.

NEST
With A, ch 2.
Rnd 1: Work 6 sc in first ch. Place marker in first st for beg of rnd; move marker up as each rnd is completed.
Rnd 2: Work 2 sc in each st around – 12 sts.
Rnd 3: *2 sc in next st, sc in next st, rep from * around – 18 sts.
Rnd 4: *2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 2 sts, rep from * around – 24 sts.
Rnd 5: *2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 3 sts, rep from * around – 30 sts.
Rnd 6: *2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 4 sts, rep from * around – 36 sts.
Rnd 7: *2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 5 sts, rep from * around – 42 sts.
Rnd 8: *2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 6 sts, rep from * around – 48 sts.
Rnds 9-12: Sc in each st around.
Fasten off.

BIRDS (make 3)
With B, ch 2.
Rnd 1: Work 6 sc in first ch. Place marker in first st for beg of rnd; move marker up as each rnd is completed.
Rnd 2: Work 2 sc in each st around – 12 sts.
Rnds 3 and 4: Sc in each st around and begin adding stuffing.
Rnd 5: *Sc2tog around – 6 sts.
Rnd 6: Work 2 sc in each sc around – 12 sts.
Rnd 7: *2 sc in next st, sc in next st, rep from * around – 18 sts.
Rnds 8-10: Sc in each sc around – 18 sts.
Rnd 11: *Sc2tog, sc in the next st, rep from * around – 12 sts.
Rnd 12: *Sc2tog repeat around.
Fasten off.

BEAK (make 3)
With C, ch 2.
Rnd 1: Work 6 sc in first ch. Place marker in first st for beg of rnd; move marker up as each rnd is completed.
Rnd 2: Work 2 sc in each st around – 12 sts.
Fasten off.

FINISHING
With A, embroider French knots for eyes on babies and use beads for the mother. Fold Beak circles in half and sew onto each Bird. Sew Birds into Nest. Weave in ends.


DIY: Crochet Eggs

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Weather you’re looking to add new decorations to your spring collection, or just want to make some cute baby toys for the season, plush eggs are a quick any easy project for any crocheter. Most will likely have the extra yarn laying around for this simple project. I’ve tweaked an existing pattern of my own to create this pattern just for you lucky Craft Hackers. 😉

Dual-Eggs

So let’s gather our materials! For this project you will need:

Size E/4 (3.5mm) Hook
0.5oz of Weight 3 or 4 (Worsted Weight) YarnLarge Yarn Needle
Poly-fil Stuffing (or any stuffing you prefer)
Stitch Marker (optional, but helpful)

Tools-Required

You will need more stuffing then what’s pictured here btw.

 

This pattern is worked in continuous rounds so do not turn or join at the end of each round. The number in the parentheses indicates the number of stitches you should have made at the end of each round.
Abbreviation usage: SC=Single Crochet; Sc2tog=Single Crochet two together/Decrease Stitch

Rnd 1: Make a Magic Circle with 2 Single Crochet Stitches. Pull tail tight to close circle. (6)
(Place marker in first st for beg of rnd; move marker up as each rnd is completed if desired)
Rnd 2: Work 2 sc in each sc around (12)
Rnd 3: *2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc; rep from * around (18)
Rnd 4: *2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc; rep from * around (24)
Rnds 5-12: Sc in each sc around. (24)
Rnd 13: *Sc2tog, sc in next 2 sc; rep from * around (18)
Begin to stuff piece and continue to stuff until piece is complete.
Rnd 14: Sc in each sc around. (18)
Rnd 15: *Sc2tog, sc in next 1 sc; rep from (12)
Rnd 16: Sc in each sc around. (12)
Rnd 17: Sc2tog around (6)
Fasten off, leaving a long tail. Using yarn needle, weave tail through sts of last rnd and tighten to close opening. Weave remaining tail under stitching and cut off excess.

Single-Egg

Congrats! You’ve made your very own plush egg! Now leave them around your house, give them to small children, or use them on your next egg hunt. 🙂

~Nicole