Tuesday, December 23, 2014

2015 Pantone Color Of The Year

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To Pantone or not, to Pantone - that is the question.

Do you Pantone? I admit it. I am obsessed with the Pantone color of the year...each and every year. Do I do anything with this information? No. No I do not. I always tell myself I am going to do SOMETHING with the knowledge of the Pantone color of the year. I am going to design an entire line of patterns all done using the Pantone color of the year.

And I have good intentions of incorporating it into my life each year. I really do. Then...I do nothing. Nada. Zero. Zilch. I sit and stare at the color on Pinterest and that's about it. I may even pine a little after the color. Still, nothing comes of it. Sometimes in March, I whisper to myself that I simply must incorporate it into my wardrobe. And...you guessed it. Nope! It's October before I remember that I don't own a single garment or accessory in the glorified color.

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And just what is the Pantone color of 2015? So glad you asked. Marsala. Yes, you read that correctly. It's Marsala. I have no clue what Marsala is. I really don't.

According to Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute®: "Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability. Marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in to its embracing warmth." Ms. Eiseman, I mean no disrespect, however, Marsala seems to be the muddy cousin of Pomegranate. That doesn't mean I don't like it. I'm just saying that it strikes me as very "earthy" at first glance. I think I can work with this.

And for the curious crocheters and crafters now reading this, a history of Pantones.

A history of Pantones, because color.

Maybe, just maybe, 2015 will be different. Or not. I'm not much for trends to be honest. They are great in theory. It's just that I never quite catch on until the trend is about three years old. It's kind of sad. Ah well. I plan to go yarn hunting (after the holidays) for something in the Marsala color family. Or Pomegranate, because it's slightly more cheerful. And technically that still counts right?

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Tia

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Coffee Cozy


(This pattern originally appeared online at Craftown.com. Copyrights have now reverted to me, the designer.)

Got mocha? Perfect for personalizing your "cup of joe" - this cute coffee cozy adds a little flair to your drink! Create a quirky coffee cozy with my free crochet pattern for yourself, a friend or as a quick gift. This project is simple and easy and great for beginners or anyone wanting a relaxing crochet project. Make some in a variety of colors and color combinations to really personalize your coffee cozy creations. This simple cozy would make a nice teacher gift too, paired with a coffee gift card of course!

*Note: This coffee cozy was made to fit a 16 oz. cup but could be easily adapted to fit larger or smaller cups.

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Skill Level:  Easy

Materials: Red Heart Worsted Weight Yarn in "Mexicana", large button, yarn needle

Hook size: I/5.50mm

Abbreviations:
CC = change color
CH = chain
SC = single crochet
SL ST = slip stitch
SC2TOG = single crochet decrease (or single crochet 2 together)

Gauge: 4 sc = 1 inch

Instructions:

Chain 31.
Row 1: Sc 30, ch 1, turn.
Row 2: Sc 10, 2 sc in next space, sc 10, 2 sc in next space, sc 8, ch 1, turn.
Row 3: Sc across row, ch 1, turn. (32 sc’s)
Row 4: Sc 10, 2 sc in next space, sc 10, 2 sc in next space, sc 10, ch 1, turn.
Row 5: Sc across row, ch 1, turn. (34 sc’s)
*Button closure: Ch 8, sl st to first ch. Proceed to Row 6.
Row 6: Sc 10, 2 sc in next space, sc 10, 2 sc in next space, sc 10, 2 sc in next space, sc 1, ch 1, turn.
Row 7: Sc across row, ch 1, turn. (37 sc’s)
Row 8: Sc 10, 2 sc in next space, sc 10, 2 sc in next space, sc 10, 2 sc in next space, sc 4, ch 1, turn.
Row 9: Sc across row, ch 1, turn. (40 sc’s)
Row 10: Sc 10, 2 sc in next space, sc 10, 2 sc in next space, sc 10, 2 sc in next space, sc 7.
Finish, weave ends in.


Bring It Together:
Using yarn and a yarn needle, sew the button onto the coffee cozy, approximately 2 inches in from edge on opposite side of button closure loop. This will make your coffee cozy fit snuggly on an average sized cardboard or Styrofoam 16 oz. coffee cup. (See image.)


Extras: The yarn I used tended to curl up so you may want to block this project when finished and before giving as a gift. Or use my shortcut: I saved a 16 oz. disposable coffee cup and used it as my form for the finished cozy. I put the cozy on the cup for a few days and that took out the kinks in the project, as the cup keeps the cozy on tight. Enjoy using or giving your finished coffee cozy!

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Tia

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Originally published at http://www.craftown.com/Coffee-Cozy.html

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Bobble Ear Warmer


(This pattern originally appeared online at Craftown.com. Copyrights have now reverted to me, the designer.)

Okay, confession time. This was one of the first patterns I designed as far as head gear. I think it turned out pretty well all things considered. And this was one of the first times I tried to photograph a person (namely me back in my short hair mode) wearing said pattern.

Looking back on the pattern (now that I am sharing it here on my blog since the rights have reverted to me) I have to say...not too shabby girl! The pattern works up nice and quick and the bobbles give it some texture to add a little interest. The Red Heart Shimmer yarn had just enough sparkle to make it holiday ready.

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Skill Level:  Easy

Materials: Any Worsted Weight Yarn (I used Red Heart Shimmer for the pictured ear warmer), button (a size that will fit between your dc’s)

Hook size: I/5.50mm

Abbreviations:
CC = change color
CH = chain
SC = single crochet
HDC = half double crochet
DC = double crochet
SL ST = slip stitch
YO = yarn over

Gauge: 4 dc = 1 inch

Note: To form bobble – [YO, insert hook into stitch, pull through, YO, Pull through 2 loops] 5 times. You should now have 6 loops on hook. YO, pull through all 6 loops.


Instructions:

Child Size
Ch 7.
Row 1: Dc in 4th ch from hook, dc 3. (5 dc)
Row 2: Ch 3, turn. Dc across including last sp (ch 3 in previous row). (6 dc)
Row 3: Ch 3, turn. Dc across including last sp. (7 dc)
Row 4: Ch 3, turn. Dc across including last sp. (8 dc)
Row 5: Ch 3, turn. Dc across including last sp. (9 dc)
Row 6: Ch 3, turn. Dc across including last sp. (10 dc)
Row 7: Ch 3, turn. Dc across including last sp. (11 dc)
Row 8: Ch 3, turn. Dc across including last sp. (12 dc)
Row 9: Ch 3, turn. Dc across including last sp. (13 dc)
Row 10: Ch 3, turn. Dc across including last sp. (14 dc)
Row 11: Ch 3, turn. Dc across including last sp. (15 dc)
Row 12: Ch 3, turn. Dc across (do not include ch 3 sp from previous row). (15 dc)
Row 13: Ch 3, turn. Dc 2, [bobble in next st, dc 3] 3 times. (15 st) 
Row 14: Ch 3, turn, Dc across. (15 st)
Rows 15 – 26: Repeat Rows 13 & 14.
Row 27: Ch 3, turn. Skip 1st sp. Dc across. (14 dc)
Row 28: Ch 3, turn. Skip 1st sp. Dc across. (13 dc)
Row 29: Ch 3, turn. Skip 1st sp. Dc across. (12 dc)
Row 30: Ch 3, turn. Skip 1st sp. Dc across. (11 dc)
Row 31: Ch 3, turn. Skip 1st sp. Dc across. (10 dc)
Row 32: Ch 3, turn. Skip 1st sp. Dc across. (9 dc)
Row 33: Ch 3, turn. Skip 1st sp. Dc across. (8 dc)
Row 34: Ch 3, turn. Skip 1st sp. Dc across. (7 dc)
Row 35: Ch 3, turn. Skip 1st sp. Dc across. (6 dc)
Row 36: Ch 3, turn. Skip 1st sp. Dc across. (5 dc)
Finish, weave ends in.

Sew Button on one end of your ear warmer. Make sure it is sewn onto the side with bobbles facing out. You have finished your adjustable Bobble Ear Warmer. Now try it on and button it at the most comfortable place for your head.


Adult Size
Ch 7.
Row 1: Dc in 4th ch from hook, dc 3. (5 dc)
Row 2: Ch 3, turn. Dc across. (5 dc)
Row 3: Ch 3, turn. Dc across including last sp (ch 3 in previous row). (6 dc)
Row 4: Ch 3, turn. Dc across including last sp. (7 dc)
Row 5: Ch 3, turn. Dc across including last sp. (8 dc)
Row 6: Ch 3, turn. Dc across including last sp. (9 dc)
Row 7: Ch 3, turn. Dc across including last sp. (10 dc)
Row 8: Ch 3, turn. Dc across including last sp. (11 dc)
Row 9: Ch 3, turn. Dc across including last sp. (12 dc)
Row 10: Ch 3, turn. Dc across including last sp. (13 dc)
Row 11: Ch 3, turn. Dc across including last sp. (14 dc)
Row 12: Ch 3, turn. Dc across including last sp. (15 dc)
Row 13: Ch 3, turn. Dc across (do not include ch 3 sp from previous row). (15 dc)
Row 14: Ch 3, turn. Dc across. (15 dc)
Row 15: Ch 3, turn. Dc 2, [bobble in next st, dc 3] 3 times. (15 st) 
Row 16: Ch 3, turn, Dc across. (15 st)
Rows 17 – 28: Repeat Rows 15 & 16.
Row 29: Ch 3, turn. Dc across. (15 dc)
Row 30: Ch 3, turn. Skip 1st sp. Dc across. (14 dc)
Row 31: Ch 3, turn. Skip 1st sp. Dc across. (13 dc)
Row 32: Ch 3, turn. Skip 1st sp. Dc across. (12 dc)
Row 33: Ch 3, turn. Skip 1st sp. Dc across. (11 dc)
Row 34: Ch 3, turn. Skip 1st sp. DC across. (10 dc)
Row 35: Ch 3, turn. Skip 1st sp. Dc across. (9 dc)
Row 36: Ch 3, turn. Skip 1st sp. Dc across. (8 dc)
Row 37: Ch 3, turn. Skip 1st sp. Dc across. (7 dc)
Row 38: Ch 3, turn. Skip 1st sp. Dc across. (6 dc)
Row 39: Ch 3, turn. Skip 1st sp. Dc across. (5 dc)
Row 40: Ch 3, turn. Dc in each stitch across. (5 dc)
Finish, weave ends in.

Sew Button on one end of your ear warmer. Make sure it is sewn onto the side with bobbles facing out. You have finished your adjustable Bobble Ear Warmer. Now try it on and button it at the most comfortable place for your head.


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Tia

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Originally published at http://www.craftown.com/Bobble-Ear-Warmer.html

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Gryffindor Hand Warmers


(This pattern originally appeared online at Craftown.com. Copyrights have now reverted to me, the designer.)

Do you have a Hogwarts fan that could use some warm hands? How about a Harry Potter buff needing relief from the chilly fall weather? I have just the thing to keep those hands warm and spirits high. Crochet a pair of Gryffindor Hand Warmers to show off your house pride and support your favorite Quidditch team. My free crochet pattern is simple and easy to work up and comes together in a nice tight pair of hand warmers. I designed this pattern to fit an adult hand, size medium to large. (They do fit my husband’s very large hands, although they are very tight on him.)

I had so much fun creating these hand warmers because first, I love Harry Potter, Hogwarts and wish I was a Gryffindor House member. And second, I loved how the bold red and gold stripes naturally formed from the Red Heart Team Spirit Yarn. You could easily use this pattern and Red Heart's other Team Spirit color variations to crochet a pair in your favorite sport team's colors.

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Skill Level:  Easy

Materials: Red Heart Team Spirit Yarn in Red & Gold

Hook size: H/5.00mm

Abbreviations:
CC = change color
CH = chain
SC = single crochet
HDC = half double crochet
DC = double crochet
SL ST = slip stitch
SC2TOG = single crochet decrease (or single crochet 2 together)

Gauge: 5 sc = 1 inch


Instructions:
Ch 29, sl st to 1st ch to form a circle, being careful not to twist your chain.
Rnd 1: Ch 1, (always start in same st at join here and throughout pattern) sc in same sp, sc around, sl st to join. (28 sc)
Rnd 2 – 8: Repeat Rnd 1 (28 sc)

Left Hand:
Rnd 9: Ch 1, sc in same sp, sc 25, ch 8 skip 4 spaces, sl st to join. (34 st)
Rnd 10: Ch 1, sc in same sp, sc 33 around (including scs in chs from previous rnd), sl st to join. (34 sc)
Rnd 11 – 13: Ch 1, sc in same sp, sc 33 around, sl st to join. (34 sc)
Rnd 14: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc 24 around, sc2tog, sc 6, sl st to join. (32 sc)
Rnd 15: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc 24 around, sc2tog, sc 4, sl st to join. (30 sc)
Rnd 16: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc 22 around, sc2tog, sc 4, sl st to join. (28 sc)
Rnd 17: Ch 1, sc around, sl st to join. (28 sc)
Rnd 18 – 22: Repeat Rnd 17. (28 sc)
Rnd 23: Ch 1, 2 sc in same sp, sc 10, 2 sc in same sp, sc 10, 2 sc in same sp, sc 5, sl st to join. (31 sc)
Rnd 24: Ch 1, 2 sc in same sp, sc around to end, sl st to join. (32 sc)
Rnd 25: Ch 1, sc around, sl st to join. (32 sc)
Rnd 26 – 29: Repeat Rnd 25. At Rnd 29, finish and weave ends. (32 sc)

Right Hand:
Rnd 9: Ch 10, skip 4 spaces, sc 26, sl st to 2nd ch to join. (34 st)
Rnd 10: Ch 1, sc in same sp, sc 33 around, sl st to join. (34 sc) *Be sure to count your scs carefully here. I found it easy to start in the wrong sp at the beginning of rnd, causing me to have 35 scs.
Rnd 11 – 13: Ch 1, sc in same sp, sc 33 around, sl st to join. (34 sc)
Rnd 14: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc 6, sc2tog, sc 24 around, sl st to join. (32 sc)
Rnd 15: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc 4, sc2tog, sc 24 around, sl st to join. (30 sc)
Rnd 16: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc 4, sc2tog, sc 22 around, sl st to join. (28 sc)
Rnd 17: Ch 1, sc 28 around, sl st to join. (28 sc)
Rnd 18 – 22: Repeat Rnd 17. (28 sc)
Rnd 23: Ch 1, 2 sc in same sp, sc 10, 2 sc in same sp, sc 10, 2 sc in same sp, sc 5, sl st to join. (31 sc)
Rnd 24: Ch 1, 2 sc in same sp, sc around to end, sl st to join. (32 sc)
Rnd 25: Ch 1, sc around, sl st to join. (32 sc)
Rnd 26 – 29: Repeat Rnd 25. At Rnd 29, finish and weave ends. (32 sc)

You are all done! Enjoy.


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Tia

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Originally published at http://www.craftown.com/Gryffindor-Hand-Warmers.html

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Water Bottle Cozy


(This pattern originally appeared online at Craftown.com. Copyrights have now reverted to me, the designer.)  
 
Getting ready for a workout or your favorite sport? Create your very own water bottle cozy to help you enjoy any sport or activity any time. Crochet a cozy to take on the go: while shopping, on vacation, playing your favorite sport, or any occasion.

Staying hydrated doesn’t get much cuter than a personalized water bottle cozy! Create one in any color with our free pattern. Enjoy your H2O in style! These also make fast and fun gifts or stocking stuffers!

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Skill Level:  Easy

Materials: Red Heart Super Saver in “Earth & Sky”

Hook size: I/5.50mm

Abbreviations:
CH = chain
SC = single crochet
DC = double crochet
MR = magic ring (tutorial here)
SP = space (stitch from previous round)
SL ST = slip stitch

Gauge: 4 dc = 1 inch

Instructions: (Make two.)

Start with a magic ring. (YouTube Magic Ring Tutorial)
Rnd 1: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc 11, sl st to first st. (12 dc)
Rnd 2: Ch 3, dc in same sp, 2 dc in each sp around to end, sl st to first st. (24 dc)
Rnd 3: Ch 3, dc in each sp around, sl st to first st. (24 dc)
Rnd 4 – 12: Repeat Rnd 3. (24 dc)
Carry Loop: Ch 15, sl st to first dc of Rnd 12. (See image.)
Finish, weave in ends.


*Note: This crochet pattern will fit most 16 – 24 oz sized water bottles. (I used a Nestle brand 16.9 oz water bottle for my pattern.)

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Tia

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Originally published at http://www.craftown.com/Water-Bottle-Cozy.html

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Circle Motif Earrings


(This pattern originally appeared online at Craftown.com. Copyrights have now reverted to me, the designer.)  
 
Crocheted jewelry always add a little bit of bohemian style to any outfit. Create your very own pair of crocheted earrings to coordinate with your outfit or crochet several pairs in different colors and color combinations to enjoy all year! These fun homemade earrings would also make a nice thank you or appreciation gift for someone special.


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Skill Level:  Easy

Materials: Aunt Lydia’s Classic Size 10 Thread – any color, fish hook style earrings, needle

Hook size: 4/2.00MM

Abbreviations:
CH = chain
SC = single crochet
DC = double crochet
MR = magic ring (tutorial here)
SL ST = slip stitch

Gauge: not needed

Instructions: (Make two.)

Start with a Magic Ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc 11 in ring, sl st to join. (12 dc.)
Rnd 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in each sp around. sl st to join. (24 sc.)
Rnd 3: Ch 5, *skip 1 sp, 2 dc in next sp, ch 2, repeat from * around to end until you reach beginning ch. Dc in same space as beginning ch 5, sl st to 3rd ch to finish round, sl st to join. (52 st.)
Rnd 4: Ch 1, *2 sc in ch 2 space, sc 2, repeat from * around to end, sl st to join. (52 sc.)
Finish, leave about 8 – 10 inch tail to use to fasten motif to earring.


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Tia

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Originally published at http://www.craftown.com/Crochet-Earrings2.html

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Survival Keychain


(This pattern originally appeared online at Craftown.com. Copyrights have now reverted to me, the designer.)  
 
Survival bracelets and key chains are very trendy with the outdoor crowd, not only as must-have survival gear, but also as accent pieces. I wanted to create a crocheted keychain for stocking stuffers using para cord to double as a survival tool as well, for all the guys at Christmas time. I give credit to Planet June for my I-cord inspiration and pattern source.

I adapted her tutorial to serve as the basis for my survival keychain.  Visit her YouTube Tutorial if you get stuck or just need an extra example of how the keychain should look. I hope you enjoy creating and giving your special guy a crocheted survival keychain!

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Skill Level:  Easy

Materials: Para cord (any color), Key Ring (any size)

Hook size: N/9.00mm

Abbreviations:
CH = chain
SC = single crochet
SL ST = slip stitch

Gauge: not needed

Instructions:
Leave about 6” of Para cord for finishing. 
CH 3.
keychain keychain
Row 1: In second chain from hook, pull up a loop on the hook. (You now have 2 loops on your hook.) In third chain from hook, pull up a loop on the hook. (You should now have 3 loops on your hook.)
Row 2: Carefully remove 2 loops from hook, leaving them pulled up through chains. I like to hold my two loops so as not to accidentally pull them back out. With 1st loop on the hook, ch 1. Pick up 2nd loop onto hook, ch 1. Pick up 3rd loop onto hook, ch1. You should now have 3 loops on your hook again.
keychain keychain 
Row 3: Remove 2 loops from hook, leaving them pulled up through chains. With 1st loop on hook, ch 1. Pick up 2nd loop onto hook, ch1. Pick up 3rd loop onto hook, ch1. Again, you should have 3 loops on your hook.
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Repeat Row 3 until you have approximately 6 inches of I-cord pattern or until you have your desired length.  (I ended with 15  rows = 6 inches of I-cord.) The I-cord should begin to curve a bit as you add length, forming a “cord” shape.
keychain 
Finish by chaining 1 through all 3 loops on hook. Ch1 again. Tie a nice tight knot or weave in ends.
Note: I burn or singe the ends of my para cord to keep it from unraveling.
To use, slide end loops onto a key ring (I used a 2 inch key ring).
Extra Info:
6” of I-cord  = approx. 9’ of para cord
8” of I-cord = approx. 12’ of para cord
Para cord can be found at some Army surplus stores, Outdoor Recreation/Camping Gear stores, craft stores and many places online. My local Army surplus and Outdoor Gear stores mostly carry black or dark green colors. However, I have purchased some fun colors from online sources at very reasonable prices, (usually in bulk for the best price per foot.) I even spotted some in smaller quantities at Michael's last week. Try crocheting some in team colors, neon colors, and my personal favorite: pink!


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Tia

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Originally published at http://www.craftown.com/Survival-Keychain.html

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

TMNT Inspired Gloves


Hey Rockers!

I've got a new pattern for purchase in my Etsy Shop to go with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) Inspired Hat. I designed TMNT Inspired fingerless gloves to match, for purchase listed at $2.99 here.

I originally designed the hat for my sons as both were begging for "turtle masks." The my youngest son pestered me for matching gloves too. The pattern includes sizes Child to Adults...so basically everyone in the whole family can look like an adolescent cartoon/movie fanatic!


If you do purchase the pattern I would love an honest review of the pattern and shop.

In you don't have an Etsy account, and would rather get the pattern at Ravelry...it's listed there too!

Alright. I've plugged my new Etsy shop listing and imposed on your time long enough! Here's the url just in case it's easier for you to find:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/CrochetRochelleShop

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Tia

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

TMNT Inspired Hat


Hey Rockers!

I've got a new pattern for purchase in my Etsy Shop and it's getting great reviews! You'll find my Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) Inspired Hat for purchase listed at $4.99 here.

I originally designed this hat for my sons as both were begging for "turtle masks." Then, my oldest son said "Why can't you just make it hat that looks like a mask?" Bingo! Inspiration struck. The pattern includes sizes 12 months to Adults...so basically everyone in the whole family can look like an adolescent cartoon/movie fanatic!

If you do purchase the pattern I would love an honest review of the pattern and shop.


If you don't have an Etsy account, or have never shopped on Etsy...

I highly recommend you visit. Soon. Because there are huge amounts of cuteness and unique products just waiting for you. You can find everything from vintage lamps to wooden iPad stands. And everything in between. I also like to lurk on Etsy just to get inspiration for new ideas or designs for my crochet.


Alright. I've plugged my new Etsy shop listing and imposed on your time long enough! Here's the url just in case it's easier for you to find:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/CrochetRochelleShop

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Tia

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Candy Corn Slippers


(This pattern originally appeared online at Craftown.com. Copyrights have now reverted to me, the designer.) 

If your toesies are cold, crochet a festive pair of candy corn slippers to keep your feet cozy! My candy corn slipper pattern is simple to crochet and I know you will love the warm results as much as I do. Crochet a pair to wear or share, just in time for Halloween and the harvest season. This pattern will fit size 8 – 9 shoe.

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Size: Adult (8 - 9 shoe size)

Skill Level:  Easy to Intermediate

Materials: Red Heart Yarn, White, Orange, Yellow and Brown, optional buttons for Mary Jane Strap

Hook size: I/5.50mm

Abbreviations:
CC = color change
CH = chain
SC = single crochet
HDC = half double crochet
DC = double crochet
MR = magic ring/loop (tutorial)
RND = round
SC2TOG = single crochet decrease (or 2 together)
SL ST = slip stitch

Gauge: 4 dc = 1 inch

Note: For a larger sized slipper, continue repeating Row 9 to desired length (shoe size); and increase scs in brown around top of slipper evenly. For a smaller slipper, decrease number of rows after Row 9, and decrease number of scs in brown color around top of slipper evenly. 

Instructions:
White: Start with Magic Loop. (Magic Loop Tutorial)
Rnd 1: Ch 2 (do not count as a stitch here and throughout pattern), 12 dc in Magic loop, sl st to 1st dc. (12 dc)
Rnd 2: Ch 2, 2 dc in each st around, sl st to join. (24 dc)
Rnd 3: Ch 2, dc in each st around, sl st to join. (24 dc)
Rnd 4 - 5: Repeat Rnd 3. (24 dc in each rnd)

CC = Orange
Rnd 6: Repeat Rnd 3. (24 dc)
Rnd 7: Ch 2, dc 16, hdc, sc 4, hdc, dc 2, sl st to 1st dc. (24)
Row 8: Ch 1, turn. Sl st in next 2 sps. (This is a short row to line up next part of slipper.)
Row 9: Ch 3, turn. Dc 17. (18 dc; ch 3 at beginning counts as first dc.)
Row 10 – 14: Repeat Row 9. (18 dc) *Stitch marker recommended @ Row 10 by pattern tester.

CC = Yellow
Row 15 - 18: Repeat Row 10. (18 dc)
Row 19: Ch 3, turn, dc 3, hdc 3, sc 4, hdc 3, dc 4. Finish, leave about 10 – 12” of tail to sew back of heel up.

Sewing Heel
Turn slipper inside out, so that when you sew up heel the seam is hidden (tucked in) when finished.
Fold Slipper in half so that heel lines up with 9 sts on each side facing each other.
With yarn needle, use tail to sew up heel seam. (See image.) Finish, weave ends.

CC = Brown
Turn slipper right side out.
Rnd 1: Sl st to join at heel seam. Ch 2, hdc 2, sc 18, sc2tog, sc 6, sc2tog, sc 17, hdc 3, sl st to 1st hdc.
Rnd 2: Ch 2, turn. Hdc 2, sc 18, sc 2 tog, sc 5, sc2 tog, sc 17, hdc 2, sl st to 1st hdc.
Rnd 3: Ch 1, turn. Sc 19, sc2tog, sc 4, sc2tog, sc 19, sl st to 1st sc. Finish, weave ends.
(See below for optional heel loop* or optional Rnd 3 with Mary Jane Strap**.)


*Optional Heel Loop
Ch 15, sl st to same sp. Finish weave ends.

**Optional Mary Jane Strap with Button
Rnd 3, Right slipper: Ch 1, sc 12, ch 40, sl st to join (forming a loop) to same sp, sc 7, sc2tog, sc 4, sc2tog, sc 19, sl st to 1st sc. Finish, weave ends.
Rnd 3, Left slipper: Ch 1, sc 19, sc2tog, sc 4, sc2tog, sc 8, ch 40, sl st to join to same sp, sc 11. Finish, weave ends.
Sew buttons on to opposite side of slipper from beginning of “strap.” See image.


You are all done. Happy Halloween!

Rock the hook,

Tia

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Originally published at http://www.craftown.com/Candy-Corn-Slippers.html

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Baby Candy Corn Hat


(This pattern originally appeared online at Craftown.com. Copyrights have now reverted to me, the designer.)  
 
Create an adorable candy corn shaped hat for your little one to wear on Halloween, or even for a fun photo shoot prop. This free crochet pattern is adorable for fall, and works up in 1 – 2 hours, depending on your speed. I created a matching pair for my girlfriend’s twin girls and the hats received a sweet response. Trick or treating with your baby, sporting this quirky hat will make for a memorable Halloween. The pattern is laid out for size 3 – 6 months. See my notes at the bottom for making a smaller or larger version.

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Size: Baby (3 - 6 months)

Skill Level:  Easy to Intermediate

Materials: Red Heart Yarn, White, Orange, and Yellow

Hook size: H/5.00mm

Abbreviations:
CC = color change
CH = chain
SC = single crochet
DC = double crochet
MR = magic ring/loop (tutorial)
RND = round
SL ST = slip stitch

Gauge: 4 dc = 1 inch

Instructions:
Yellow
Ch 60. Careful not to twist ch, join with sl st in first ch to form a ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 1. Sc in each ch around. At end of rnd DO NOT join. Work in continuous rnds. (Do not join at end of rounds throughout pattern.
Rnd 2 – 8: Sc in each st around. (Piece should measure about 2” wide.)

CC = Orange
Rnd 9: *Sc in next 7 sc, sc2tog; repeat from* around (6 times), sc 6 to end. (54 sc)
Rnd 10 – 11: Sc in each sc around. (54 sc)
Rnd 12: *Sc in next 7 sc, sc2tog: repeat from* around (6 times). (48 sc)
Rnd 13 – 14: Sc in each sc around. (48 sc)
Rnd 15: *Sc in next 7 sc, sc2tog: repeat from* around (5 times), sc 3 to end. (43 sc)
Rnd 16 – 17: Sc in each sc around. (43 sc)
Rnd 18: *Sc in next 7 sc, sc2tog: repeat from* around (4 times), sc 7 to end. (39 sc)
Rnd 19 – 20: Sc in each sc around. (39 sc)
Rnd 21: *Sc in next 7 sc, sc2tog: repeat from* around (4 times), sc 3 to end. (35 sc)
Rnd 22 – 23: Sc in each sc around. (35 sc)
Rnd 24: *Sc in next 7 sc, sc2tog: repeat from* around (3 times), sc 6, sc2tog. (31 sc)

CC = White
Rnd 25 – 26: Sc in each sc around. (31 sc)
Rnd 27 – 35: *Sc in next 7 sc, sc2tog: repeat from* around. Continue this pattern of decrease until you have 8 more rounds.
Rnd 36: Sc 2, sc2tog, sc 2, sc2tog, sc2. (8 sc)
Rnd 37: Sc2tog, sc 2, sc2tog, sc 2. (6 sc) Finish, leave 6 – 8” tail.
Finish the hat point by flattening hat point between your fingers. With yarn needle, thread tail back and forth through last 6 sc (3 on each side when flattened).
Finish, weave ends. (See image)


Optional Edge:
Find starting place on edge of hat. Sl st to join at first ch sp. Sk 1 sp, 5 dc in next sp, sk 1 sp, *sl st to next sp, sk 1 sp, 5 dc in next sp, sk 1 sp, sl st to next sp; repeat from * around 11 times (for a total of 12 shells). Finish, weave ends.


Notes:
To make a smaller hat (0 – 3 months), decrease starting chain to 50 and follow the decreasing pattern beginning with Rnd 9. Your rounds will decrease in scs according to how many times you repeat the decrease. 
To make a larger hat (6 – 12 months), increase starting chain to 70 and follow the decreasing pattern beginning with Rnd 9. Your rounds will decrease in scs according to how many times you repeat the decrease.
For example, in Rnd 9 the decrease pattern repeats 6 times. (60 – 6 = 54 scs) In Rnd 10, it also repeats 6 times, so you should have 6 fewer scs. (54 – 6 = 48 scs)



You are all done. Happy Autumn!

Rock the hook,

Tia

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Originally published at http://www.craftown.com/Baby-Candy-Corn-Hat.html

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Kids Candy Corn Beanie


(This pattern originally appeared online at Craftown.com. Copyrights have now reverted to me, the designer.)  
 
Add candy corn fun to your fall festivities with my free crochet pattern for a Kids Candy Corn Beanie! Crochet this quirky cute hat for your kiddo to wear or share with a friend. This beanie pattern is easy and ideal for beginners. It works up in an evening and the result is darling and fun. Use my notes section to create a smaller or larger version for babies or adults too. This beanie fits a child ages 4 - 10 years, approximately.

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Size: Child (4 - 10 years)

Skill Level:  Easy

Materials: Red Heart Yarn, White, Orange, Yellow and Brown

Hook size: H/5.00mm

Abbreviations:
CC = color change
CH = chain
SC = single crochet
HDC = half double crochet
MR = magic ring/loop (tutorial)
RND = round
SL ST = slip stitch

Gauge: 4 hdc = 1 inch

Notes:
For a longer length or to add a little slouch, continue repeating Rnd 10 to desired length.
To make a smaller hat, stop increasing pattern at Rnd 6 or 7 and skip to Rnd 10, continuing with the number of stitches you created in previous round.
To make a larger hat, continue increasing pattern after Rnd 8 a few more rounds until desired diameter is achieved. Then continue from Rnd 10 (with the same number of stitches as last increase round) until desired length is achieved.




Instructions:

White: Start with a magic loop. (Magic Loop Tutorial)
Rnd 1: 8 hdc in your magic loop, sl st to join. (8 hdc)
Rnd 2: Ch 2 (do not count as a stitch here and throughout pattern), turn. 2 hdc in each st around, sl st to join. (16 hdc)
Rnd 3: Ch 2, turn. [2 hdc in first st, 1 hdc in next st] 8 times, sl st to join. (24 hdc)
Rnd 4: Ch 2, turn. [2 hdc in first st, 1 hdc in next 2 sts] 8 times, sl st to join. (32 hdc)
Rnd 5: Ch 2, turn. [2 hdc in first st, 1 hdc in next 3 sts] 8 times, sl st to join. (40 hdc)
Rnd 6: Ch 2, turn. [2 hdc in first st, 1 hdc in next 4 sts] 8 times, sl st to join. (48 hdc)
Rnd 7: Ch 2, turn. [2 hdc in first st, 1 hdc in next 5 sts] 8 times, sl st to join. (56 hdc)
Rnd 8: Ch 2, turn. [2 hdc in first st, 1 hdc in next 6 sts] 8 times, sl st to join. (64 hdc)
Rnd 9: Ch 2, turn. [2 hdc in first st, 1 hdc in next 15 sts] 4 times, sl st to join. (68 hdc)
Rnd 10: Ch 2, turn. Hdc in each st around, sl st to join. (68 hdc)

CC = Orange
Rnd 11-18: Repeat Rnd 10.

CC = Yellow
Rnd 19-22: Repeat Rnd 10. Finish, weave ends.

Optional Finish Row:
CC = Brown
Rnd 23: Ch 1, turn. Sc in each st around, sl st to join. Finish, weave ends. (68 sc)


You are all done. Happy Autumn!

Rock the hook,

Tia

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Originally published at http://www.craftown.com/Kids-Candy-Corn-Beanie.html

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Crocodile Stitch Bracelet

(This pattern originally appeared online at Craftown.com. Copyrights have now reverted to me, the designer.)  
 
Fun, fast and fashionable – this crocodile stitch bracelet is perfect to accessorize your wardrobe.  Create this fun crocheted piece of jewelry and keep to show off or give as a gift to a friend.  Crochet one in any color or even ombre/variegated yarns for some real color pop.  Increase or decrease the number of crocodile stitches to crochet different sized bracelets.  They look snazzy on any wrist!

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Size: Teen/Adult
Skill Level:  Easy
Materials: Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in Fern

Hook size: H/5.00mm

Abbreviations:
Ch = chain
Sc = single crochet
Dc = double crochet

Gauge: 1 full crocodile stitch = 1 inch approx.

Instructions:
Chain 3.
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Croc 1: Dc in third ch from hook.  Ch 1. Dc around 1st dc, 5 times. Turn your work 90 degrees and dc around chain 3 length, 4 times. Ch 2, sc in center space. Ch 2.  This gives you one crocodile stitch.

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Croc 2: Dc in center space of previous crocodile stitch. Ch 1. Dc around 1st dc, 5 times. Turn your work 90 degrees and dc around chain 2 length, 4 times. Ch 2, sc in center space. Ch 2.  You should now have 2 crocodile stitches. 

croc
Croc 3 – 9: Repeat Croc 2.
Croc 10: Dc in center space of previous crocodile stitch. Ch 1. Dc around 1st dc, 5 times. Turn your work 90 degrees and dc around chain 2 length, 4 times. Ch 2, sc in center space. Ch 10.  Join to center of crocodile stitch.  This gives you a nice loop to use to fasten your bracelet. 

croc
To wear: Wrap your loop around the last crocodile stitch in the opposite end of the bracelet to fasten.

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Originally published at http://www.craftown.com/Crocodile-Stitch-Bracelet.html
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