Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Gingerbread Man Crochet Hat Pattern



Run, run as fast as you can; You can't catch me, I'm the Gingerbread Man (and Woman)! Make a whole family of gingerbread men with this easy crochet pattern! Just in time for the holiday season and like my other patterns this one is FREE as well!

Materials:
- Vanna's Choice yarn in brown, red and white
- Size I (5.5mm) Crochet Hook
- 2 black buttons
- Tapestry needle

Abreviations:
Magic Ring: You can find a tutorial for the magic ring HERE
Ch = Chain
SC = Single Crochet
HDC = Half Double Crochet

Gauge: 2" across = 7 stitches, 2" height = 5.5 rows


Before starting, please follow these directions:
Start your rounds in the same stitch as your chain.
Join your rounds to the first HDC, NOT the chain.
Your last stitch should be in the stitch before your chain.



Here is part 1 of the video tutorial. It shows how to crochet rounds 1-5 of the 0-3mo size hat. I am still an amateur videographer but hopefully this will help answer any questions or confusion that you may have. Be sure to check out part 2 of the video tutorial (posted below) which shows how to stitch on the embellishments.


Gingerbread Man Crochet Hat Pattern:

Size: 0-3 months
Magic Ring, chain 1, 9 HDC in ring, join, chain 1
Round 2: Work 2 HDC into each st around, join, chain 1 (18 HDC)
Round 3: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (27 HDC)
Round 4: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 2, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (36 HDC)
Round 5: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 3, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (45 HDC)
Round 6 -13: HDC in each stitch around, join, chain 1 (45 HDC)
Round 14: SC in each stitch around, join, fasten off and weave in ends.

Size: 3-6 months
Magic Ring, chain 1, 9 HDC in ring, join, chain 1
Round 2: Work 2 HDC into each st around, join, chain 1 (18 HDC)
Round 3: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (27 HDC)
Round 4: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 2, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (36 HDC)
Round 5: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 3, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (45 HDC)
Round 6: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 8, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (50 HDC)
Round 7 -14: HDC in each stitch around, join, chain 1 (50 HDC)
Round 15: SC in each stitch around, join, fasten off and weave in ends.

Size: 6-12 months
Magic Ring, chain 1, 9 HDC in ring, join, chain 1
Round 2: Work 2 HDC into each st around, join, chain 1 (18 HDC)
Round 3: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (27 HDC)
Round 4: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 2, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (36 HDC)
Round 5: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 3, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (45 HDC)
Round 6: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 4, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (54 HDC)
Round 7 -15: HDC in each stitch around, join, chain 1 (54 HDC)
Round 16: SC in each stitch around, join, fasten off and weave in ends.

Size: Toddler/Preschooler
Magic Ring, chain 1, 9 HDC in ring, join, chain 1
Round 2: Work 2 HDC into each st around, join, chain 1 (18 HDC)
Round 3: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (27 HDC)
Round 4: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 2, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (36 HDC)
Round 5: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 3, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (45 HDC)
Round 6: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 4, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (54 HDC)
Round 7: HDC around, join, chain 1 (54 HDC
Round 8: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 8, Repeat around (60 HDC)
Round 9 -16: HDC in each stitch around, join, chain 1 (60 HDC)
Round 17: SC in each stitch around, join, fasten off and weave in ends.

Size: Child
Magic Ring, chain 1, 9 HDC in ring, join, chain 1
Round 2: Work 2 HDC into each st around, join, chain 1 (18 HDC)
Round 3: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (27 HDC)
Round 4: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 2, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (36 HDC)
Round 5: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 3, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (45 HDC)
Round 6: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 4, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (54 HDC)
Round 7: HDC around, join, chain 1 (54 HDC
Round 8: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 8, Repeat around (60 HDC)
Round 9: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 29, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (62 HDC)
Round 10 -18: HDC in each stitch around, join, chain 1 (62 HDC)
Round 19: SC in each stitch around, join, fasten off and weave in ends.

Size: Adult
Magic Ring, chain 1, 9 HDC in ring, join, chain 1
Round 2: Work 2 HDC into each st around, join, chain 1 (18 HDC)
Round 3: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (27 HDC)
Round 4: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 2, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (36 HDC)
Round 5: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 3, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (45 HDC)
Round 6: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 4, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (54 HDC)
Round 7: HDC around, join, chain 1 (54 HDC
Round 8: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 8, Repeat around (60 HDC)
Round 9: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 9, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (66 HDC)
Round 10 -19: HDC in each stitch around, join, chain 1 (66 HDC)
Round 20: SC in each stitch around, join, fasten off and weave in ends.


Here is part 2 of the video tutorial that explains how to make the "icing," cheeks, and mouth embellishments on the hat.
Gingerbread Cheeks:
With red yarn...
Magic Ring, chain 1, make 10 HDC inside of ring, join to first HDC, fasten off leaving tail to sew onto hat.

Gingerbread Icing:
You will want make a long series of chain and stitch them on in a wave around the hat.
For the 0-3 month size hat I chained 70 and stitched the chain on between rounds 4 and 5. You will want to make longer chains for the larger hats.



Gingerbread Leggings:
I haven't figured out a good way to calculate size for these. You will want to measure the child's leg before beginning so you know how many chains to make. 

The ones pictured are too small for my 19 month old. I think they would fit a 6-12 month old. You can increase/decrease the beginning chain to make larger/smaller leggings. 

Here is the pattern I used:

Chain 20, join to beginning of chain with a slip stitch, chain 1
Round 1-11: HDC in each stitch around, join, chain 1 
Round 12: SC in each stitch around, join, fasten off and weave in ends.

With white yarn, chain 14 and stitch on to create "icing."



Gingerbread Woman Bow:
Chain 10, SC in second chain from hook and the rest of the way down chain, chain 1, turn
Row 2-4, SC across, chain 1, turn
at the end of row 4, continue to SC around the edges, join to first SC, fasten off and weave in ends.
Wrap yarn around the middle of the bow, tie off tightly and attach to hat.



You can download a PDF of this pattern HERE

Disclaimer: I have not had anyone but myself test these patterns. Nor have I had the opportunity to have children and adults with different head sizes try on these hats. Please be my testers! And please refrain from negative comments. If you don't like how I've written the pattern, don't use it. I am sharing it with you for free and hope to inspire you with new ideas and patterns.


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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Red Light, Green Light Game Signs


Stuck inside on cold rainy days? Never fear! You can still make your own indoor fun especially if you have supplies and ideas from CraftProjectIdeas.com! CraftProjectIdeas.com graciously sent us a box of craft supplies for us to try out. Everything from stencils to paint dab markers, glitter, pipe cleaners and more! So yesterday we got our creative juices flowing and came up with a homemade game of Red Light, Green Light.


We used the shape stencils and paint dab markers to make a stop sign, go sign and slow sign. The paint dabbers are virtually mess free and easy for little hands to use. Even little brother got in on the fun!



I cut out the signs and big brother added some glitter to each one. He also decided he wanted to make a necklace with the pony beads which turned out to be the perfect lanyard for his police whistle.


We even used the cardboard box the supplies were sent in to re-enforce the signs and glued on a popsicle sticks for the handles. The letters were printed out using Helvetica font which I cut out and glued on.


Now we were ready to play our game!

Little brother got on his ATV and big brother got in his police costume with his signs and whistle. He got to decide when little brother would "Stop," "Go," or "Slow" down. When little brother got tired of the game, I stepped in to play :)




You can find more fun ideas at www.CraftProjectIdeas.com as well as on their Facebook page!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Monster and Mummy Sandwiches


It's Halloween week and there is no better time to send your little one to school with a spooky sandwich! Big brother made monster sandwiches with his class last week and brought home the directions so we could make our own. We attempted our own versions this weekend and wanted to share our monster and mummy sandwiches with you!



Monster sandwich:
-1 slice bread
-1 slice turkey deli meat
-1 string cheese for horns and teeth (cut triangles)
- Olive eyes
- Dab of mustard for the eyeballs
- Ketchup mouth




Mummy Sandwich
- 1 slice bread
- 1 slice turkey deli meat
- Olive eyes
- string cheese for the mummy wrap


And yes, he did eat his sandwich! (most of it anyway)




Sunday, October 28, 2012

Fireman, Fire Dog, Fire Truck Halloween Costume


I am determined to put my kids in coordinating Halloween costumes until the time comes when they refuse to do such things.

Last year they were Batman and Robin :)

This year, big brother said he wanted to be a fireman for Halloween so that immediately meant that little brother was to be his fire dog :) Conveniently we already had a fireman outfit in our dress up bin so I only needed to purchase a dalmation costume for my little guy. I toyed with thought of DIYing it with a crochet hat and white shirt with felt spots....but then I saw a super cute little plush dalmatian puppy costume at Pottery Barn Kids and I couldn't resist!



Now we needed a fire truck! Their two-seater wagon was the perfect canvas. I used a large cardboard box and cut it up into two truck shapes for either side. I used scrap pieces to make the ladder. Big brother helped paint everything. I used chalkboard contact paper for the black hose and printed out a fire department logo to make it official :)



They got in costume yesterday and took their truck out for a test drive! With all the rain, there were no fires to fight, but they make a good team! They are more than ready for an evening of trick or treating :)



Friday, October 26, 2012

Felt Forest Friends Keychains


When I started out making these adorable little felt forest friends, my thought was to make them keychains, but after I put the first one together, I thought they would make wonderful Christmas tree ornaments. And wouldn't they also be adorable hanging from a mobile in a nursery?!

I am going to run through a quick tutorial on how to make the toadstool mushroom and then you can apply that method to the rest of them. I am also providing you with a downloadable PDF template of all 4 of the basic shapes for you to print out, trace and cut.

First, download the template HERE
You will need felt in various colors (see picture for color ideas). Feel free to use whatever colors you wish or copy what I have done.

You will also need small amounts of ribbon for the loop at the top, and yarn that coordinates with each felt color for stitching. If you want to make these keychains, you will need to purchase key rings (I found mine at Michaels).

(Note: Don't be confused by the picture of the toadstool. I used that print out before I created the templates. My templates will be much easier to follow)

The template includes the major elements you will need to cut out and trace onto felt. I didn't include the toadstool circles, the circle eyes for the bird and owl, or the small triangles for the foxes ears and owl nose, so be sure to cut those out as well.

You will need to cut out two pieces of each "body" elements which you will stitch together.


I separated strands of yarn to be 2-ply (instead of 4-ply) and used a small tapestry needle to work my way around the edges of each piece. Be sure to stitch the embellishments (like eyes) on before sewing the two felt pieces together. Connect body parts as you stitch as well. For instance, I stitched the mushroom stem together then sandwiched it between the top and bottom pieces of the mushroom head. Then I stitch around the edge of the mushroom head, going through the stem.  Don't be afraid to use hot glue when needed.


 I lightly stuffed the "bodies" of each one to give them a little dimension.


Before completely closing the top, be sure to hot glue your ribbon loop inside of it and then stitch it closed.

That's it! Aren't these the cutest little critters (and toadstool) you ever did see?!








Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Countdown to Candy Frames


According to big brother, everything happens in 3 days or 3 minutes. For instance, if I tell him that daddy had to go out of town for work this week he says, "I can't wait to see daddy in 3 days." or at bedtime when I tell him its time to go to sleep he says "just 3 more minutes." So I knew that a whole month of counting down to halloween was going to be too much. But one week seemed like a nice time frame. Just enough for him to get excited about about trick or treating and not too many days of counting for him to get bored.

These countdown to candy frames only take a couple minutes to put together!

Here is what you will need:
- Two 5x7 frames from the Dollar Store
- Chalkboard Contact Paper
FREE Halloween Scrapbook Printables from Halloweencostumes.com
- Chalk Ink Markers


First, head on over to Halloweencostumes.com and check out their FREE Scrapbook Printables! They have a variety of frames and backgrounds that you can easily print out on 8.5x11 paper.

I used one of the frames as a template to cut the chalkboard contact paper.


I glued (I chose to use spray adhesive) the orange background printable directly onto the backing of my picture frames and trimmed the edges. Then I stuck the contact paper directly in the middle. Easy-peasy!


I used my chalkboard markers to write on the chalkboard contact paper. They wipe clean with a wet towel or wipe so I can easily change the number each day until Halloween.





My oldest was very excited about this! When my aunt came over, it was the first thing he showed her. "Look Auntie! Seven days until trick or treating!" he says to her :) Halloween is going to be so much fun this year :)


Monday, October 22, 2012

Crochet Monster Kleenex Box Cover


Cold and flu season is here and the first of many drippy noses have made their way into our home. I had two sniffly boys over the weekend. You know how it goes, constant nose wiping and blowing during the day and stuffed up noses at night :( At this point we have Kleenex boxes in every corner of the house! But I thought they needed some sprucing up. I needed something that would make my boys want to grab a tissue instead of their sleeve to wipe their nose! So I started googling and found THIS super cute crochet Angry Birds Kleenex box cover. You would think that with our recent love of Angry Birds (see our Angry Birds Pumpkins post) that this would do the trick. No, I have Halloween on the brain, and so I decided on a Monster Kleenex Box Cover!

Here is how I made it:

I followed THIS pattern for the Angry Birds Kleenex Box Cover found on Favecrafts.com. Obviously I left off the Angry Birds eyes, beak and hair. Also, I want to note that I was a little confused on how to make the opening for the kleenex to come out of, so when I got to that part I chained 6, skipped 6 stitches, connected with a SC and kept going. When I came back around to that part I made 6 SC's in the chain 6 loop and continued to SC around.

Monster Eye Pattern:
Larger Eye:
with black yarn
Magic Ring, chain 1, make 6 SC in magic ring
change color to orange
2 SC in each around (12 SC)
change color to white
2 HDC in each around (24 HDC)

Smaller Eye:
with black yarn
Magic Ring, chain 1, make 4 SC in magic ring
change color to orange
2 SC in each around (8 SC)
change color to white
2 SC in each around (16 SC)


Monster Mouth Pattern:
Chain 13, SC in second chain from hook and in next 2, chain 6, skip 6 chains, SC in last 3
Continue to SC around on opposite side of chain.
Now SC around the entire piece 3 times. When you get to the Chain 6 loop, make 6 SC in the chain 6 loop and continue SC around. It helps to make 2 SC in the corner stitches of the mouth to help it lay down.

Monster Teeth Pattern:
Large Tooth:
Chain 4, Slip Stitch in second chain from hook, SC in next, HDC in next, fasten off, leaving long tail to sew on.

Small Tooth:
Chain 3, Slip Stitch in second chain from hook, SC in next, fasten off, leaving long tail to sew on.

Monster Horns:
Magic Ring, chain 1
Round 1: 3 SC in magic ring, do not join and continue to work in rounds
Round 2: 2 SC in next 3 (6 SC)
Round 3: 2 SC in next, 1 SC in next, repeat around (9 SC)
Round 4-5: SC in next 9 (9 SC)
Fasten off leaving long tail to sew onto head
Tip: If you leave a long tail when starting your Magic ring, you can use it to stuff the horn.


Sew all of your bits and pieces on, turn tissue box on its side and put the cover over it. Pull the tissues through the mouth :)

And guess what, this was a success! About 5 minutes after finishing this project Big Brother yells from the couch: "Mommy, I need a Monster Kweeeenex!" LOL! Sounds good to me :)


Friday, October 19, 2012

Crock Pot Lemon Rice Soup


If you like Greek food, I am sure you are a fan of lemon rice soup. We call ahead to our local Greek restaurant just to make sure they are serving it on that particular night. If not, its not worth going...we really love this soup that much! So you can imagine my excitement when I found out I could make my own lemon rice soup in the crock pot!!

There are only a couple ingredients in this soup but you need to make sure you mix them correctly and in the correct order.



Ingredients:
- 4 (10oz) cans Chicken Broth
- 1/2 cup uncooked long grain rice (not instant rice)
- 3 egg yolks
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (I squeezed juice from 1.5 lemons)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 teaspoon ground white pepper

Directions:
1. Put broth and rice in the crock pot and cook on HIGH for 2-3 hours or until rice is cooked. I cooked mine for exactly 3 hours.
2. In a separate bowl, whisk together egg yolks and lemon juice.


3. Take one cup of broth from the crock pot and slowly add it to the bowl of egg/lemon juice mixture. As you are adding the broth make sure you are continually stirring with your whisk.


4. Now add the bowl of broth/egg/lemon juice mixture back into the crock pot. Again be sure to stir as your are adding the ingredients back into the crock pot. Cover and cook on LOW for 10 minutes.



5. Season with salt and pepper and serve!

I like to let my soup cool and thicken a little before eating it. And it was absolutely wonderful! My only complaint is that there isn't enough! We wanted lots of leftovers but had no such luck :)