Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Crochet Unicorn Amigurumi


It's been a long time since I've followed another designers crochet pattern but when I saw THIS Tiny Rainbow Unicorn by Ahooka I had to get it on my hook immediately! Because I'm so used to doing things my way, it took me awhile to get used to the pattern... but after a couple rows it was smooth sailing! This is a fun free pattern written in both English and French. I made this one as a gift and can't wait to finish a couple more because they really are the perfect present for kids and adults!

My unicorn was created with:
-Size F Hook
-Worsted Weight Yarn. I used Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in White, Mustard (for the feet, horn, and mane), Scarlett Red, Terracotta Orange, Fern Green, Aqua Blue, and Eggplant Purple
- Poly-fil stuffing
- Black Safety Eyes
- Tapestry needle




Hope your day is full of rainbows and glittery goodness!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Play-Doh Ornament Gift Card


Since my kids are at the age where they are pretty much obsessed with Play-doh, I thought it would be nice to make them little holiday gift that was quick and easy to put together and something I knew my little crafters would enjoy. The little party pack play-doh containers make perfect little Christmas ornaments and fit in the center in these printable cards I came up with. This is a great last minute gift idea and the perfect party favor or gift for your school friends.

CLICK HERE to download the printable card from Google Docs. As you will see I customized mine with "Love, Mom & Dad" but the actual printable has a "From" area to write your own name.




And one more option by request!




Set play-doh container in the middle of the ornament circle and trace around the bottom edge.


With sharp scissors cut out around the drawn circle.


Pop your play-doh container in the hole!


That's it! Your play-doh ornament card is ready to gift!




Friday, November 21, 2014

Yarn Ball Elf


I was honestly attempting to clean up my craft table when I suddenly got a moment of inspiration! Two balls of yarn, a little felt, some buttons, and a little crochet hat later I had made this cute little elf who is ready to help me craft through the holidays :) He was so simple to put together that I really don't have a photo tutorial to show you so I will just explain how he came together.

Step 1:
Wind two balls of yarn with Lion Brand Vanna's choice in Fern Green and Beige. The green ball is 8 inches around and the head is 5.5 inches around. Stick a toothpick in between the two to connect. Or hot glue them together... whatever you prefer.

Step 2: Cut out two elf ears, a nose, arms, hands, and two elf shoes from felt. Use google images if you need a template. Hot glue them onto the yarn balls in appropriate places. 

Step 3: Use tiny pom pons (I found mine at Craftprojectideas.com) to make eyes and embellish the shoes. Don't forget two buttons on the belly! Hot glue everything on.

Step 4: Crochet an elf hat using the pattern below. Don't know how to crochet? No problem! Make one out of felt by following THESE DIRECTIONS.


Tiny Crochet Elf Hat Pattern:

- Size F Crochet Hook
- Worsted Weight yarn in Green and Red
- Tapestry needle

Starting with green yarn...
Magic ring, make 4 SC in ring, pull tight and continue to SC in rounds
Round 2: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next, repeat around (6 SC)
Round 3-6: SC in each stitch around
Round 7: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next two, repeat around (8 SC)
Round 8: SC in each stitch around
Round 9: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 3, repeat around (10 SC)
Round 10: SC in each stitch around
Round 11: 2 SC in first, sc in next 4, repeat around (12 SC)
Round 12: 2 SC in first, SC in next 5, repeat around (14 SC)
Round 13: 2 SC in first, SC in next 6, repeat around (16 SC)
Round 14: 2 SC in first, SC in next 7, repeat around (18 SC)
Change to red yarn...
Round 15: SC in each stitch around (18 SC)
Round 16: SC, chain 3, slip stitch in last chain, SC in next stitch, repeat around. 

Fasten off. Flip red bottom up. Secure bottom rim by sewing it (or hot gluing it). Attach a small pom on the tippy top. Fold top over so it's drooping and secure with glue or sew it down.

I feel like he needs a name.. any suggestions?!





Thursday, November 20, 2014

Crock Pot Candied Pecans


A big batch of these Crock Pot Candied Pecans is the perfect party food. Great for when the family comes over and an easy snack bowl idea for your holiday party. You could also separate them into individual baggies, boxes, or mason jars and give them as gifts to family, friends or neighbors! I suggest doubling this recipe if you are going to use it for any of the above. We just made a batch to snack on as a family and didn't need extras. I loved the crunchy nuts with a bit of cinnamon sugary sweetness!


Ingredients:
- 1 lb bag of Halved Pecans
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1/4 tsp ground allspice
- 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon


I used my 3 quart crock pot for this recipe, if doubling you will need to use larger crock pot.

Directions:
Turn on crock pot to low and let it heat up for 15 minutes.
1. Mix melted butter and pecans in Crock Pot.
2. Sprinkle powdered sugar over pecans while mixing.
3. Cover and cook on low for 2 hours. You may want to mix 2-3 times as the pecans on the bottom may start to burn. I only mixed mine once and I lost about 10 pecans due to burning. The sugar heats up and will start to boil on the bottom. Mixing is needed!
4. Transfer to a bowl and sprinkle allspice and cinnamon mixture over warm pecans. Mix as you go. Serve warm or let cool and dig in!













Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Crochet Reindeer Pouch


Sometimes you just need to go back to the basics. This Crochet Reindeer Pouch pattern was inspired by my very first written pattern The Crochet Clutch. So simple and yet there are so many possibilities for a piece like this! I did alter the sizing of the original pattern slightly and made a triangular flap. Perfect for holding a gift card, candy, lip gloss, jewelry, or anything other stocking stuffer type items you want to gift for the holidays. Or use it to hold all of your little must-haves that usually get lost in your purse: keys, coins, tissues, etc. I am sure you will find the perfect use for it this holiday season! PS - wouldn't this make a cute fox as well?

Materials:
- Worsted Weight Yarn. I used Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in Honey, Brown, and White
- Size H Crochet Hook
- Red Button
- Two small black buttons
- Tapestry needle

Abbreviations:
SC = Single Crochet
DC = Double Crochet
TC =Triple Crochet
SC Decrease = Single Crochet Decrease

Finished pouch measures approx. 6 x 4 inches.

Reindeer Pouch Pattern
Chain 21, SC in second chain from hook and the rest of the way down chain, chain 1, turn
Row 2-28: SC in each stitch across, chain 1, turn
Row 29: SC Decrease, SC in next 16, SC decrease over last two, chain 1, turn
Row 30: SC in each stitch across, chain 1, turn (18 SC)
Row 31: SC Decrease, SC in next 14, SC Decrease over last two, chain 1, turn
Row 32: SC in each stitch across, chain 1, turn (16 SC)
Row 33: SC Decrease, SC in next 12, SC Decrease over last two, chain 1, turn
Row 34: SC in each stitch across, chain 1, turn (14 SC)
Row 35: SC Decrease, SC in next 10, SC decrease over last two, chain 1, turn
Row 36: SC in each stitch across, chain 1, turn (12 SC)
Row 37: SC Decrease, SC in next 8, SC Decrease over last two, chain 1, turn
Row 38: SC in each stitch across, chain 1, turn (10 SC)
Row 39: SC Decrease, SC in next 6, SC Decrease over last two, chain 1, turn
Row 40: SC in each stitch across, chain 1, turn (8 SC)
Row 41: SC Decrease, SC in next 4, SC Decrease over last two, chain 1, turn
Row 42: SC Decrease, DC in next two, SC Decrease over last two (Make those DC's into TC's if you are using a large button nose).
Continue to slip stitch around entire edge. When you get back to the start of row 42, fasten off and weave in ends.

Now you have a long crocheted strip. Fold the bottom up so it sits right under the triangle flap. Then you will want to sew together the sides with a long piece of yarn and a tapestry needle.





Eyes: Make 2
With white yarn...
Magic ring, chain 3 and make 2 TC in ring, chain 3 and join to ring, pull tight.
Sew small black buttons onto white eyes.

Sew 1" red button onto pouch where it will close. Your button will fit between the two DC's from row  42.

Antlers: Make 2
With dark brown yarn...
Chain 10, Slip stitch in second chain from hook and in next 3, chain 4, slip stitch in second chain from hook and in next two, slip stitch to next spot in starting chain, slip stitch in next, chain 3, slip stitch in second chain from hook and in next, slip stitch to next spot in starting chain and the rest of the way down the starting chain. Fasten off and stew onto corners of pouch.



*** You may make and sell products from my patterns but if you do I ask that you link back to my post. Please do not copy and post this pattern and claim it as your own. Please do not re-publish photos as your own.***

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Felt Holly Berry Button Ornament


A little felt and some buttons and you can make yourself a quick and easy ornament... or it could be a magnet, hair bow, present topper, embellishment, and more!

What you need:
- Green Felt
- 3 Red Buttons
- Needle
- Yarn or Embroidery Thread
- Hot Glue Gun
- Jute or ribbon if you want to make it into an ornament
- Template (if needed) LIKE THIS ONE


Cut two leaves out either freehand or from your template. I made two of each size.


With tapestry needle and yarn/thread sew the two matching pieces of felt together. You can stuff it lightly with some extra yarn, poly-fil, or tissue before closing. Or you can opt to leave it flat OR you can decided to skip this step completely and just use your plain felt leaf cut-outs as is!


Hot glue everything together.


Ta-da! Super simple and so festive! 




Monday, November 17, 2014

Craftsy Class GIVEAWAY! Crochet: Basics and Beyond



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The good people at Craftsy are graciously hosting a giveaway here at Repeat Crafter Me,  giving you access to one of their best classes: Crochet: Basics and Beyond! In this class you will learn everything you need to know to get you started crocheting. But whether you are a beginner or a novice crocheter you can benefit from this class! Step-by-step and thorough instructions will show you everything from the tools you need, how to hold the hook, how to make a chain, where to begin and end your rows, how to turn your work and MUCH more! Ever wonder exactly how to “fasten off and weave in ends?” No more guessing! This video tutorial will show you exactly how to do that and it will get you comfortable reading patterns. By the end of this class you will be able to crochet in rows and rounds...YES ROUNDS! No more confusion on how to begin crochet hats!


The class is divided into 8 video tutorials hosted by Kim Werker. She moves at a great pace but if you ever need to stop and rewind you are able to do that with ease. And of course you can come back to it at any time. Craftsy classes never expire! At the end of the lesson plan you will even learn how to make a charming granny square blanket.


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I promise that you will leave this class with crochet confidence. And remember how I said it wasn’t only for beginners? Well, I just finished watching the tutorials and took away so much valuable information including one of the most clever crochet tips that is going to change the way I do things from now on! This trick is so simple yet so necessary: After you have made your starting chain, work your first row of stitches in to the spine bump on the bottom. This leaves the pretty “v” exposed and allows your bottom edge to look like the top of a chain! I have no idea why I didn’t think of this sooner. See, you learn something new every day!

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Thank you Craftsy for letting me share this tip with my readers! For even more crochet tips, tricks, and techniques, go ahead and enter the giveaway HERE for your chance to win access to the class! The giveaway is open for one week starting today (11/17) and ending on 11/24 at 11:59 pm MT.

And by following the easy instructions on how to crochet in rows using double crochet stitches, I was able to whip up a couple crochet Holiday Hot Pads in no time at all! A wonderful handmade gift that any of your friends and family would love!


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I love being able to continue to improve my crochet skills and continue learning through Craftsy classes. Don’t miss out on Crochet: Basics and Beyond!