Wednesday, October 1, 2014

26 Days of Crochet Animal Alphabet Appliques


Friends and fellow crocheters, I have been working on this project for over 6 months and even though I'm still not done with it, I wanted to start sharing it with you! I couldn't keep it a secret any longer!

I am creating a Crochet Animal Alphabet Afghan which will include all 26 of these animal appliqués. I am about halfway done with the blanket and I just finished all of the appliqués so I thought I would go ahead and share with you the individual patterns one-by-one over the next 26 days in a series I will call "26 Days of Animal Alphabet Appliqués." Hopefully by the end of the month I will be close to finishing the entire afghan and will be able to share it with you at that time!

Over the next 26 Days I will post these patterns:

A is for Alligator
B is for Butterfly
C is for Cat
D is for Dog
E is for Elephant
F is for Fox
G is for Giraffe
H is for Hedgehog
I is for Iguana
J is for Jellyfish
K is for Kangaroo
L is for Lamb
M is for Monkey
N is for Nightingale
O is for Owl
P is for Penguin
Q is for Queen Bee
R is for Rabbit
S is for Snail
T is for Turtle
U is for Unicorn
V is for Viper
W is for Whale
X is for X-ray Fish
Y is for Yak
Z is for Zebra

Fair warning: I have not created step-by-step picture tutorials for these (yet). My goal is to create short video tutorials for each of these so please be patient! I hope you enjoy what I have come up with so far and you are as excited about this project as I am! Happy Crocheting!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Fall Owl Cupcakes



I am kind of obsessing over owls again... actually I never stopped obsessing so I hope you enjoy all the owl projects I post :) The boys are celebrating their half birthdays this week and half birthdays call for cupcakes! I used candy corns and mini M&M's to make some fun Fall Owl Cupcakes that are almost too cute to eat!


Ingredients:
- Cupcakes (any flavor). Mine are from a yellow cake box mix.
- Mini M&M's
- White Candy Melts
- Candy Corn
- Frosting (Butter Cream flavor worked great)

Directions:
Bake cupcakes and decorate as follows:

1. Frost your cupcake. Add the candy melts (upside down) for eyes.
2. Dab two brown M&M's with frosting and stick on top of the candy melts for eyeballs.
3. Find a candy corn that has been "misprinted"..you know, the ones where the white tip got left off. There is always a handful of these in every bag. Cut off the yellow and place on cupcake for the beak.
4. Add the mini M&M's in 3 rows to represent the "feathers."
5. Stick two candy corns on either side as the wings.


TADA! Cute little Fall Owl Cupcakes ready to eat and enjoy!




Here are the half birthday boys!



Friday, September 26, 2014

Cuddly Crochet Candy Corn


Meet the cutest most Cuddly Crochet Candy Corn you will ever see! Zero calories but still full of sweetness :) You must add this little guy to your Halloween decor or give it as a gift to your kids or grandkids. My kids are already fighting over this one so it looks like I will need to make two more.

Materials:
- Size G Crochet Hook
- Small string of black yarn for the mouth
- Two Black Safety Eyes. Mine are 9mm.
- Poly-fil Stuffing
- Tapestry Needle

Abbreviations:
Ch - Chain
SC = Single Crochet
SC Dec = Single Crochet Decrease

Finished stuffie measures approx. 10 inches long and 8 inches wide

Cuddly Crochet Candy Corn Pattern: Make 2
Starting with yellow yarn...
Chain 31, SC in 2nd chain from hook and the rest of the way down chain, ch 1, turn (30 SC)
Row 2: SC Dec, SC in next 26 stitches, SC Dec over last two, ch 1, turn
Row 3: SC in each stitch across, ch 1 turn (28 SC)
Row 4: SC Dec, SC in next 24 stitches, SC Dec over last two, ch 1, turn
Row 5: SC in each stitch across, ch 1, turn (26 SC)
Row 6: SC Dec, SC in next 22 stitches, SC Dec over last two, ch 1, turn
Row 7: SC in each stitch across, ch 1, turn (24 SC)
Row 8: SC Dec, SC in next 20 stitches, SC Dec over last two, ch 1, turn
Row 9: SC in each stitch across, ch 1, turn (22 SC)
Row 10: SC Dec, SC in next 18 stitches, SC Dec over last two,
Change to orange yarn, ch 1, turn
Row 11-12: SC in each stitch across, ch 1, turn (20 SC)
Row 13: SC Dec, SC in next 16 stitches, SC Dec over last two, ch 1, turn
Row 14-15: SC in each stitch across, ch 1, turn (18 SC)
Row 16: SC Dec, SC in next 14 stitches, SC Dec over last two, ch 1, turn
Row 17-18: SC in each stitch across, ch 1, turn (16 SC)
Row 19: SC Dec, SC in next 12 stitches, SC Dec over last two, ch 1, turn
Row 20-21: SC in each stitch across, ch 1, turn (14 SC)
Row 22: SC Dec, SC in next 10 stitches, SC Dec,
Change to white yarn, ch 1, turn
Row 23: SC in each stitch across, ch 1, turn (12 SC)
Row 24: SC Dec, SC in next 8 stitches, SC Dec over last two, ch 1, turn
Row 25: SC in each stitch across, ch 1, turn (10 SC)
Row 26: SC Dec, SC in next 6 stitches, SC Dec over last two, ch 1, turn
Row 27: SC in each stitch across, ch 1, turn (8 SC)
Row 28: SC Dec, SC in next 4 stitches, SC Dec over last two, ch 1, turn
Row 29: SC in each stitch across, ch 1, turn (6 SC)
Row 30: SC Dec, SC in next 2 stitches, SC Dec over last two.
Fasten off and weave in ends

Arms and Legs: Make 2 of each
Chain 5, SC in in second chain from hook and in next two, make 2 SC in last chain, 
now working on other side of chain, SC in each stitch. You should have 9 SC stitches all together.
Don't fasten off. Continue to SC in rounds.
I made a total of 6 rounds for the arms and 9 rounds for the legs. Feel free to make them as long or short as you like.

Add your safety eyes and stitch on a small smile with black yarn to one of the sides of your candy corn.


Now put your candy corn triangles back to back and SC the edges together. You will want to switch colors as you go so the edges match with the stripes.


Be sure to stuff it with poly-fil before completely closing.


Now sew the arms and legs on! No need to stuff them with filling but you can if you want.


I first stitched the arms/legs shut and then used my tapestry needle to sew them to the SC edging.


Weave in all your ends and now you've got yourself a sweet little stuffed candy corn!




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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Yarn Wrapped BOO Letters for Halloween


Yarn Wrapped Letters make fun colorful seasonal decor. Display them on mantels, sideboards, entry way tables, or even hung on the wall. These BOO letters are perfect for October and will be a additional to your halloween decorations! You can embellish your letters with buttons (don't you love these monster buttons?!), felt, burlap, plastic spiders, bats, or a variety of spooky (or cute) items found at the craft store/dollar store this time of year.


Materials:
- Wood letters found at Michaels. They Measure about 4x6 inches.
- Worsted weight yarn. I used Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in Fern, Teraccotta, and Eggplant
- Monster Buttons. I found mine at Michaels in the kids crafts section (over by the felt and feathers I think?) They also had cute Fall owl buttons :) If you can't find them I am providing a link to some other cute monster buttons below.
- Three 4x6 photo frames from the dollar store...although next time I would get a slightly bigger frame so I could actually put the frame back on.
- Hot glue gun
- Black acrylic paint

Wrap your letters with the yarn! You may need to hot glue the yarn to some tough corners like on the "B."


Paint the back of the frames black and hot glue each letter to the back of the frame.

Now glue your monster buttons (or whatever embellishments you choose) to your letters. Fancy them up!



If you like these you might like my YARN WRAPPED LETTERS FOR FALL or my YARN WRAPPED LETTERS FOR BABY'S ROOM !

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Overnight Crock Pot Apple Butter


Happy first day of Fall! No better way to celebrate the season than with this delicious Overnight Crock Pot Apple Butter. Just like the title says, you want to slow cook this overnight in order for the apples to soften and the flavors to meld together. Your house will smell AMAZING while this cooking. I seriously woke up in the middle of the night hungry because my house smelled like apple pie filling :)  Can this up and give it as gifts but be sure to save some for yourself because it is great on toast (or french toast!), raisin bread, biscuits, scones, or how about a peanut butter/apple butter sandwich!


Ingredients:
- 10 Granny Smith Apples
- One 47oz jar of unsweetened apple sauce
- 2 teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon Ground Allspice
- 1 teaspoon Ground Cloves
- 4 cups sugar
- 1 cup (8oz) apple juice

Directions:
1. Peal, core, and cut apples into small pieces.
2. Add all ingredients into crock pot and stir.
3. Cook on low for 10 hours (overnight). 
4. In the morning use a whisk to stir it smooth.
5. Set crock pot uncovered on high and continue to cook for 2-4 hours, allowing the butter to cook down and thicken.

Makes about 8 pints.
Keeps for about 3 weeks in the fridge, one year in the freezer.



This is what it should look like after cooking it overnight.

This is what it looks like after you whisk it.


After 4 hours uncovered on high, you should be able to stand a spoon in it!

Enjoy!



Sunday, September 21, 2014

Instagram Logo Brownie


This is what happens when I start to clean out my pantry. I find all these fun little foods and candy and the wheels start turning, the creative juices start to flow, and before you know it I have put together an Instagram Logo Brownie! So simple and so fun for those who are fond of Instagram. If you are on IG I would love for you to follow me (and I will follow you back!) @repeatcrafterme.

Feel free to substitute any of these candies or make your own brownies. Like I said, I was cleaning out my cupboards and these items pretty much just fell into my lap.


I used:
- Fiber One Brownie Bar
- I small York Peppermint Patty (I think an oreo or mini oreo would work better!)
- Peanut Butter
- A mini 3 Musketeers bar
- Air Heads Xtremes Rainbow Berry Candy


I cut a little strip off of the rainbow candy and I had to cut down my mini 3 musketeers bar to make a teeny tiny square. Other than that, you just assemble the ingredients as is!





This would be fun for an insta-party or for those who are a little insta-obsessive :)


Friday, September 19, 2014

Crochet Snow Queen Hat Pattern


You guys requested it and now I am delivering my version of an Elsa crochet hat! AKA Snow Queen so I don't get sued by Disney :) This is really just a very basic hat pattern with a crochet tiara sewn on the front. I have included the pattern for two different tiara sizes that could easily be turned into stand-alone crowns. I will also show you a picture tutorial on how to create the yarn braid. I hope all my Frozen fans enjoy this pattern! 


Materials:
- Worsted weight yarn in Turquoise blue and white. I used Loops & Threads Impeccable (sold at Michaels) in White and Aqua.  I used almost a whole skein of white for the 6-9 month size so if you are making a bigger hat you will want to buy at least two skeins.
- Size H Crochet Hook
- Snowflake buttons by ArtMinds (found at Michaels)
- Mini Snowflake Ornaments (found in Michaels new Christmas display) 


Abbreviations:
Magic Ring Tutorial
Ch = Chain
Sl St = Slip Stitch
SC = Single Crochet
SC Decrease = Single Crochet Decrease
HDC = Half Double Crochet
DC = Double Crochet
TC = Triple Crochet


Tiara Pattern (SMALL - 6 inches long):
Chain 26, HDC in second chain from hook and rest of way down chain, chain 1, turn (25 HDC)
Row 2: SC in first two, HDC in next 6, DC in next 9, HDC in next 6, SC in last two, chain 1, turn
Row 3: SC in first 3, HDC, DC + chain 2+ DC, HDC, SC in next 3, HDC, DC, TC, TC + chain 2 + TC, TC, DC, HDC, SC in next 3, HDC, DC + chain 2 + DC, HDC, SC in last 3.
Fasten off leaving long end to sew onto hat.

Tiara Pattern (LARGE -11 inches long)
Chain 38, HDC in second chain from hook and rest of way down chain, chain 1, turn (37 HDC)
Row 2: SC in first 8, HDC in next 6, DC in next 9, HDC in next 6, SC in last 8, chain 1, turn
Row 3: SC in first 3, HDC, DC + chain 2 + DC, HDC, SC in next 3, HDC, DC+chain 2+ DC, HDC, SC in next 3, HDC, DC, TC, TC+chain 2+TC, TC, DC, HDC, SC in next 3, HDC, DC+chain 2+DC, HDC, SC in next 3, HDC, DC + chain 2 + DC, HDC, SC in last 3.
Fasten off leaving long tail to sew onto hat.
When finished you could also sew the ends together to make a stand-alone crown.

To make even larger Tiara/Crown, add 12 chains to starting chain and make an additional crown hump to either side of the crown. A single crown hump pattern is as follows: SC in first 3, HDC, DC + chain 2 + DC, HDC. One crown hump is equal to 6 stitches... one hump on each side equals an additional 12 stitches.


Sew on snowflakes if desired.

Basic Hat Pattern:
Size: 0-3 Months
Magic ring, 11 DC in magic ring, join to first DC, chain 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join, chain 2 (22 DC)
Round 3: 2 DC in first, DC in next, repeat around, join, chain 2 (33 DC)
Round 4: 2 DC in first, DC in next 2, repeat around, join, chain 2 (44 DC)
Round 5-10: DC in each around, join, chain 2 (44 DC)
Round 11: SC in each around, join, fasten off, weave in ends (44 SC)

Size: 3-6 Months
Magic ring, 11 DC in magic ring, join to first DC, chain 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join, chain 2 (22 DC)
Round 3: 2 DC in first, DC in next, repeat around, join, chain 2 (33 DC)
Round 4: 2 DC in first, DC in next 2, repeat around, join, chain 2 (44 DC)
Round 5: 2 DC in first, DC in next 10, repeat around, join, chain 2 (48 DC)
Round 6-11: DC in each around, join, chain 2 (48 DC)
Round 12: SC in each around, join, fasten off, weave in ends (48 SC)

Size: 6-9 Months
Magic ring, 11 DC in magic ring, join to first DC, chain 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join, chain 2 (22 DC)
Round 3: 2 DC in first, DC in next, repeat around, join, chain 2 (33 DC)
Round 4: 2 DC in first, DC in next 2, repeat around, join, chain 2 (44 DC)
Round 5: 2 DC in first, DC in next 10, repeat around, join, chain 2 (48 DC)
Round 6: 2 DC in first, DC in next 11, join, chain 2 (52 DC)
Round 7-12: DC in each around, join, chain 2 (52 DC)
Round 13: SC in each around, join, fasten off, weave in ends (52 SC)

Size: 9-12 Months (Should fit up to about 16 months)
Magic ring, 11 DC in magic ring, join to first DC, chain 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join, chain 2 (22 DC)
Round 3: 2 DC in first, DC in next, repeat around, join, chain 2 (33 DC)
Round 4: 2 DC in first, DC in next 2, repeat around, join, chain 2 (44 DC)
Round 5: 2 DC in first, DC in next 10, repeat around, join, chain 2 (48 DC)
Round 6: 2 DC in first, DC in next 11, join, chain 2 (52 DC)
Round 7: 2 DC in first, DC in next 12, join, chain 2 (56 DC)
Round 8-13: DC in each around, join, chain 2 (56 DC)
Round 14: SC in each around, join, fasten off, weave in ends (56 SC)

Size: Toddler/Preschooler
Magic ring, 11 DC in magic ring, join to first DC, chain 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join, chain 2 (22 DC)
Round 3: 2 DC in first, DC in next, repeat around, join, chain 2 (33 DC)
Round 4: 2 DC in first, DC in next 2, repeat around, join, chain 2 (44 DC) 
Round 5: 2 DC in first, DC in next 10, repeat around, join, chain 2 (48 DC)
Round 6: 2 DC in first, DC in next 11, join, chain 2 (52 DC)
Round 7: 2 DC in first, DC in next 12, join, chain 2 (56 DC)
Round 8: 2 DC in first, DC in next 13, join, chain 2 (60 DC)
Round 9-14: DC in each around, join, chain 2 (60 DC)
Round 15: SC in each around, join, fasten off, weave in ends (60 SC)

Size: Child 
Magic ring, 11 DC in magic ring, join to first DC, chain 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join, chain 2 (22 DC)
Round 3: 2 DC in first, DC in next, repeat around, join, chain 2 (33 DC)
Round 4: 2 DC in first, DC in next 2, repeat around, join, chain 2 (44 DC) 
Round 5: 2 DC in first, DC in next 10, repeat around, join, chain 2 (48 DC)
Round 6: 2 DC in first, DC in next 11, join, chain 2 (52 DC)
Round 7: 2 DC in first, DC in next 12, join, chain 2 (56 DC)
Round 8: 2 DC in first, DC in next 13, join, chain 2 (60 DC)
Round 9: 2 DC in first, DC in next 14, join, chain 2 (64 DC)
Round 10-15: DC in each around, join, chain 2 (64 DC)
Round 16: SC in each around, join, fasten off, weave in ends (64 SC)

Size: Teen/Adult 
Magic ring, 11 DC in magic ring, join to first DC, chain 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join, chain 2 (22 DC)
Round 3: 2 DC in first, DC in next, repeat around, join, chain 2 (33 DC)
Round 4: 2 DC in first, DC in next 2, repeat around, join, chain 2 (44 DC) 
Round 5: 2 DC in first, DC in next 10, repeat around, join, chain 2 (48 DC)
Round 6: 2 DC in first, DC in next 11, join, chain 2 (52 DC)
Round 7: 2 DC in first, DC in next 12, join, chain 2 (56 DC)
Round 8: 2 DC in first, DC in next 13, join, chain 2 (60 DC)
Round 9: 2 DC in first, DC in next 14, join, chain 2 (64 DC)
Round 10: 2 DC in first, DC in next 15, join, chain 2 (68 DC)
Round 11-16: DC in each around, join, chain 2 (68 DC)
Round 17: SC in each around, join, fasten off, weave in ends (68 SC)


Now that you have your basic hat completed, sew the Tiara onto the front. You can sew all the edges down or just the sides and bottom (as I did).


To attach the hair you will want to start cutting strands of yarn that about 2.5 yards long or 48 inches when folded in half. Secure strands by looping them around the bottom single crochet edges where you want your braid to sit.


Then add more strands above the bottom edge strands to make the braid thicker and the hair fuller. You could really add as many as you want. I think this hat would look great with more hair but you have to decide how heavy you want it. I didn't want it to be too heavy for my daughter. I also didn't want it sliding off her head.


Next you will want to twist the edge of the hair like the picture below. Tie the top of the pony tail with a with a strand of yarn and add a large snowflake if you want. 



Braid yarn leaving it loose at the top and then making the braid as tight as you can at the bottom. Tie bottom of pony tail with another strand of yarn and add a smaller snowflake. You could add as many snowflakes as you want to the braid and hat :)






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