Thursday, January 31, 2013

Crochet Bunny Hat Pattern



Get ready for Easter with this cute bunny hat and matching diaper cover! Although this hat would be cute on all ages, anytime of the year. Feel free to use your own color combinations as well! I think grey/pink would be cute or how about a light brown/blue combo for a boy?! I can't wait to see what you come up with. Be sure to post your finished hats on my Repeat Crafter Me Facebook wall!

Before we begin let me remind you of some basic directions you should follow while crocheting my hats:
- Always start your rounds in the same stitch as your chain.
- Always join your rounds to the first DC, NOT the chain.
- Your last stitch should be in the stitch before your chain.
- Do NOT count the chain 2 as a stitch.

(You can find pictures of how to start and join your rounds HERE)


Materials:
- White worsted weight yarn (I used Vanna's Choice Lion Brand)
- Pink worsted weight yarn (I used Vanna's Choice Lion Brand in pink). Feel free to use your own accent color!
- Two small black buttons for eyes
- Crochet hook size H-8 (5.0 mm)
- Tapestry needle

Abbreviations:
ch - chain
sl st- slip stitch
SC - Single Crochet
SC Decrease - Single Crochet Decrease
DC - Double Crochet
HDC - Half Double Crochet
TC - Triple Crochet
Magic Ring - Find a great tutorial including video HERE


Crochet Bunny 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)



Bunny Ears (Outside Ear): Make two
Chain 5, SC in 2nd chain from hook and in each across, ch 1, turn (4 SC)
Row 2: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 2 stitches, 2 SC in last stitch, ch 1, turn (6 SC)
Row 3: SC in each stitch across, ch 1, turn (6 SC)
Row 4: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 4 stitches, 2 SC in last stitch, ch 1, turn (8 SC)
Row 5-10: SC in each stitch across, ch 1, turn (8 SC)
This is where you can keep making rows of SC to make the ears longer. Keep in mind, the longer the ear, the floppier it will become (which would be cute too!)
Row 11: SC decrease, SC in next 4 stitches, SC decrease in last stitch, ch 1, turn
Row 12: SC in each stitch across, ch 1, turn (6 SC)
Row 13: SC decrease, SC in next 2 stitches, SC decrease in last stitch, ch 1 turn
Row 14: SC in each stitch across, ch 1, turn (4 SC)
Row 15: Make 2 SC decreases, ch 1, turn
Row 16: SC decrease, ch 1, and continue to sc around the edge of the entire ear. Slip stitch to first SC to join. Leave long tail to sew ears together.

These ears are very versatile. I think they would make great cat ears or pig ears. I am sure you can come up with other uses for them as well!

Bunny Ears (Inside Ear): Make two
 Follow the pattern above but with your accent color (such as pink as pictured). When you get to row 16, make your SC decrease and then switch color to white and continue to SC around the entire ear.

Sew ears together by taking your tapestry needle and the long tail and weave needle in and out just under the single crocheted edges. Consider using a pipe cleaner inside the ears to help them stand up. Otherwise they may flop over (which would be cut too!).

Sew ears onto hat between the 2nd and fourth round, along the crease of the hat that appears when you flatten it.


Bunny Nose and Mouth: The nose is stitched on with my yarn and tapestry needle. I just kept weaving the yarn into an upside down triangle shape. Don't over-think this. You can do it! Then you are going to want to stitch on the mouth using the same method as my puppy dog mouth. Here is the how-to video:


Diaper Cover:
I followed a Free Diaper Cover Pattern from Crochet A Flowers. I followed the directions exactly, using white yarn for the entire diaper cover and edges. I suggested also using a white button to fasten it in the front.

Add a large yarn pom pom for the tail. You can do this by using the cardboard method which I show in my Thing 1 and Thing 2 Hats tutorial, or you can wrap the yarn around your hand as seen HERE.

Download a free PDF of the pattern HERE


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Monday, January 28, 2013

Love Bug Valentine





Here is another idea for a simple valentine! This little ladybug is made of construction paper with chalkboard contact paper for the note writing area. This means you can write and erase your note multiple times! Wouldn't this be cute in your child's lunch box each day of February?! Or why not leave your sweetheart different notes throughout the day on Valentine's Day :)

Here is what you need:

Red construction paper
Large black button
2 Wiggly Eyes from craftprojectideas.com
Black marker
Chalk ink pen
Small brad
Hot glue gun



First you will need to cute out 3 circles. I traced around a spool of ribbon to do this. One circle will be out of the chalkboard paper, and the other two out of red construction paper. Cut one of your circle in half. This will be the ladybug wings. Stick your chalkboard circle onto the construction paper circle.


Draw the spots (or hearts) on to the wings with your black maker. Go crazy and add some glitter if you like! Now assemble your bug. Poke your brad through the wings and the chalkboard circle. Wings should open and close. Hot glue the wiggly eyes onto the button and then the button onto the top of the brad. Now you can write your note! 

Happy Valentine's Day!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Love Potion #9 Valentine's Day Drink



Big brother and I came up with a fun fuzzy drink for Valentine's Day. We call it Love Potion #9! It is very simple to make and lots of fun to drink :)

First you need a carbonated drink. We used sparkling cider because I don't let my boys drink soda. But if you are a soda drinker you could use a strawberry flavored soda like Fanta. 



In a separate glass, put a drop of red food coloring in the drink to make it pink (if you are using a red soda, no need to do this step). Put a scoop of vanilla ice-cream in your glass and pour the fizzy drink over the top. Now you have a foaming, bubbling love potion to enjoy!



Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Bugs and Kisses Valentine


Here is another Valentine's Day idea for the boys! Instead of "Hugs and Kisses" we have "Bugs and Kisses!"


This is very simple to throw together. All you need are small cellophane bags (about 3" wide), plastic bugs from the Dollar Store, and a bag of Hershey Kisses (I also got mine from the Dollar Store). I have provided a free printable for the top.

UPDATE: Scribd seems to be giving a lot of you issues. CLICK HERE for a printable version that I uploaded through Google Docs.


Stuff your bags with the bugs and kisses. Print out the printable and cut it out. fold it over the top of the bag and staple it down. That's it!










Monday, January 14, 2013

Groundhog Crochet Applique Pattern




Groundhogs Day is a couple weeks away (February 2nd) and its always fun to try and guess if the groundhog will see its shadow or not. Am I crazy for hoping for 6 more weeks of winter? I would love to see some snow this year. We haven't had any here in Oregon and I would love for my boys to have a snow day. Anyway, in celebration of Groundhogs Day, I made up a little groundhog appliqué. I call him Punxsutawney Phil! Although I think he might make a better beaver or gopher. Either way, I am sure you can all find a use for him :)



Groundhog Applique
Finished Size: 3"w x 3.5"h

Materials:
- Worsted weight yarn in brown black and white
- Size H crochet hook
- Tapestry needle

Abbreviations:
Magic Ring
SC = Single Crochet
HDC = Half Double Crochet
DC = Double Crochet


Magic ring, 8 HDC in ring
Round 2: 2 Hdc in each around, join, chain  2
Round 3: 2 DC in next 6 stitches (12 DC), chain 2, turn
Round 4: DC in each stitch (12 DC), ch 1, turn
Round 5: SC, HDC in next 2, DC in next 6, HDC in next 2, SC, fasten off weave in ends.

Ears:
Count three stitches up from each side of the head. This is where you will join to make the ears. See picture for an idea of where the ears should be.
Join yarn, chain 2, make 3 HDC in same stitch, fasten off weave in ends.

Nose:
Magic Ring, 8 HDC in ring, fasten off leaving long tail to sew on.

Tooth:
Chain 4, SC in second chain from hook and in last 2 stitches, ch 1, turn, 
SC across, ch 1 turn,
SC across, fasten off leaving tail to sew on. 

Eyes:
Using tapestry needle and white yarn, weave yarn vertically between two stitches until it starts to take the shape of a small oval (it doesn't need to be perfect).
Then use black yarn to weave horizontally on the bottom of the oval.

Mouth:
Using your tapestry needle ad black yarn, sew the mouth on in the shape of smile. Be sure to also create a line down from the nose and over the tooth.

(See my puppy hat tutorial for a video on how to sew on the mouth)

Sew appliqué onto a basic hat or make it into a magnet, pin, headband, keychain, or more!



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Friday, January 11, 2013

I Love You to the Moon and Back Cookies


Guess How Much I Love You is such a wonderful children's book and one of my favorites! At the end of the book Little Nutbrown Hare tells his daddy that he loves him all the way to the moon. But Big Nutbrown Hare tell his son he loves him all the way to the moon AND back :) This is so sweet it had to be made into a Valentine's Day gift (or really a gift for any time you want to tell someone how much you love them!) So we made moon and star sugar cookies and I created a printable tag with the message "I love you to the moon and back" to attach to our sweet gift.

You don't need a moon shaped cookie cutter to make moons. Two circle cutters (one slightly larger than the other) will work perfectly.


Big brother did a great job decorating his cookies. He was very focused and took his time with each sprinkle. But then when he wasn't looking, little brother climbed up to the table and started eating the sprinkles off each cookie. That little stinker! :)


After we were done decorating, I packaged them in small cellophane bags and tied the top with some yarn. I made these tags which I printed on regular printer paper, punched a hole in the corner and attached to the bags. 

You can download the free printable tags here:


I just love this cookie big brother made for his daddy! 



This would be a wonderful Valentine's Day gift from a child to a parent or parent to a child. Pair it with a copy of the book "Guess How Much I Love" for the perfect present :)



Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Crochet Puppy Hat Pattern


Ask and you shall receive! I've had many requests for a puppy hat from my Facebook readers over the past couple months so this pattern was quickly bumped to the top of the to-do list! I also wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who has been so kind and supportive of me and my blog. I've received so many wonderful comments and e-mails lately. Thank You! It really means a lot to me and keeps me motivated to keep on crafting and crocheting!

Before we begin let me remind you of some basic directions you should follow while crocheting my hats:
- Always start your rounds in the same stitch as your chain.
- Always join your rounds to the first DC, NOT the chain.
- Your last stitch should be in the stitch before your chain.
- Do NOT count the chain 2 as a stitch.

(You can find pictures of how to start and join your rounds HERE)


Materials:
- Vanna's Choice yarn: I used Oatmeal for the base of the hat. Rust, Pink and Dusty Blue for accent colors on the hats in the pictures displayed. Chocolate Brown for nose and mouth and White to sew the button eyes on and in the braided tails. All yarn can be purchase at lionbrand.com
- Two 1" brown buttons for eyes
- Crochet hook size H-8 (5.0 mm)
- Tapestry needle

Abbreviations:
ch - chain
sl st- slip stitch
SC - Single Crochet
SC Decrease - Single Crochet Decrease
DC - Double Crochet
HDC - Half Double Crochet
Magic Ring - Find a great tutorial including video HERE

Gauge: 2" across = 7 stitches, 2" height = 4 rows


Crochet Puppy 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)
do not fasten off, begin on earflap as written below

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)

do not fasten off, begin on earflap as written below

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)
do not fasten off, begin on earflap as written below

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)
do not fasten off, begin on earflap as written below

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)
do not fasten off, begin on earflap as written below

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)
do not fasten off, begin on earflap as written below

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)
do not fasten off, begin on earflap as written below
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Earflaps for 0-3 months - Preschooler
Earflap 1: 
Chain 1, SC in next 10, chain 1, turn
Row 2: SC decrease, SC in next 6, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 3: SC across (8 SC)
Row 4: SC decrease, SC in next 4, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 5: SC across ( 6 SC)
Row 6: SC decrease, SC in next 2, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 7: SC across (4 SC)
Row 8: Make 2 SC decreases, chain 1, turn
Row 9: SC decrease, fasten off, weave in ends

Earflap 2:
See picture below for second earflap placement
Chain 1, SC in next 10, chain 1, turn
Row 2: SC decrease, SC in next 6, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 3: SC across (8 SC)
Row 4: SC decrease, SC in next 4, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 5: SC across ( 6 SC)
Row 6: SC decrease, SC in next 2, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 7: SC across (4 SC)
Row 8: Make 2 SC decreases, chain 1, turn
Row 9: SC decrease, fasten off, weave in ends

With accent color:
Beginning at any point on the hat (I usually like to begin at the tip of the earflap), SC around hat and earflaps, fasten off weave in ends.

Earflaps for Child - Adult
Earflap 1: 

Chain 1, SC in next 12, chain 1, turn
Row 2: SC decrease, SC in next 8, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 3: SC across (10 SC)
Row 4: SC decrease, SC in next 6, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 5: SC across ( 8 SC)
Row 6: SC decrease, SC in next 4, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 7: SC across ( 6 SC)
Row 8: SC decrease, SC in next 2, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 9: SC across (4 SC)
Row 10: Make 2 SC decreases, chain 1, turn
Row 11: SC decrease, fasten off, weave in ends

Earflap 2:
See picture for second earflap placement
Chain 1, SC in next 12, chain 1, turn
Row 2: SC decrease, SC in next 8, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 3: SC across (10 SC)
Row 4: SC decrease, SC in next 6, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 5: SC across ( 8 SC)
Row 6: SC decrease, SC in next 4, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 7: SC across ( 6 SC)
Row 8: SC decrease, SC in next 2, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 9: SC across (4 SC)
Row 10: Make 2 SC decreases, chain 1, turn
Row 11: SC decrease, fasten off, weave in ends

With accent color:
Beginning at any point on the hat (I usually like to begin at the tip of the earflap), SC around hat and earflaps, fasten off weave in ends.


Second earflap placement: Fold hat in half leaving slightly more stitches in the front of the hat than the back. Place the second earflap to line up with the first earflap (between the red arrows in this picture).

Attach yarn at the tip of the earflap and being single crocheting around entire edge of hat


Braided Tails: Cut three 1 yard strands of each color (9 strands total). Pass through last space in earflap. You should now have 18 strands to braid with.
Make knot and braid approx 5.5 inches long, knot, trim ends.
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Ears (make two of each):
Outside of Ears:Chain 6, HDC in 2nd Chain from hook, HDC across, chain 1, turn (5 HDC)
Row 2-6: HDC across (5 HDC), chain 1, turn
(This is where you could continue Making rows of HDC's to make the ear longer. To make the ear wider, start with a longer chain. )
Row 7: HDC decrease, HDC, HDC decrease, continue to SC around and when you get to the top, make two HDC decrease right before Sl St to join, fasten off
Note: It helps to make 2 SC in each bottom corners.

Inside of Ear:
Chain 4, HDC in 2nd Ch from hook, HDC across (3 HDC), chain 1, turn
Row 2-5: HDC across (3 HDC), chain 1, turn
at the end of Row 5, continue to SC around and when you get to the top, make two HDC decrease right before Sl St to join, fasten off

Note: It helps to make 2 SC in each bottom corners.

Sew the inside of the ear to the outside of the ear but be careful to sew only on the inside stitches so the yarn doesn't show through the outer ear.

Sew finished ear to hat. I placed mine at about the 3rd round.



Eye Patch:
Magic Ring, Chain 2 and make 8 HDC in ring, join to first HDC, chain 2
Round 2: 2 HDC in first two stitches, 2 DC in next 4 stitches, 2 HDC in last two stitches, join to first HDC, fasten off leaving long tail to sew onto hat.

To make the eye patch larger, continue with Round 3 by making 2 SC or HDC (depending on how big you want it) in each stitch around.

Want to make a puppy love hat? Crochet a heart instead of a circle for the eye patch. I followed THIS free heart pattern but stopped after round 2.


Nose:
Chain 5, HDC in second chain from hook, HDC in next two stitches, 2 HDC in last stitch,
now working on opposite side of chain, HDC in next 3, 2 HDC in last stitch, fasten off leaving long tail to sew nose onto hat.

Video tutorial on how to sew on nose and mouth:





Download a PDF of the pattern HERE

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Crock Pot Fried Rice


We are big fans of fried rice in our house. If we are at a restaurant and they have fried rice on the menu, we order it! Well it wasn't until a couple weeks ago that it dawned on me that maybe I could make fried rice at home in the crock pot. Sure enough, you can! I followed a great recipe that I found over at A Year of Slow Cooking. The only thing I left out was the chicken and it still turned out great!

Gather your ingredients. You can find a a list of all the ingredients and full directions HERE.


Mix everything together in your Crock Pot!


Cook on high for 2-3 hours or low for 3-4. (I cooked ours on high).


Eat and enjoy!






Monday, January 7, 2013

Monster Push Pop Valentines




Adrianne, this post is dedicated to you! Thanks for the inspiration - you know what I mean :)

Valentine's Day crafts are in full effect and I have some fun crafts lined up that are geared more for the boys :) Valentine's Day doesn't have to be all about hearts and flowers, why not throw in some monsters?! Your little guys will fall in love with these Monster Push Pop Valentines!


First you will need to locate some plastic push pops. I got mine at a fantastic local party store called Fancy That. But you can also purchase them on Amazon (see link at bottom of post). 

Next, Fill your push pops with M & M's. I bought a 19oz bag and separated out the colors.

Print out these free printables I created (or create your own) and cut out the Valentine message and the matching horns/antennae. I used a piece of scotch tape to secure the paper to the outside of the push pop.



Download the Printables Here:
Monster Push Pop Valentines Template 1 Monster Push Pop Valentines Template 2

Lastly, you will need goggly eyes and some white paper to cut out triangle teeth. I got my goggly eyes (also called wiggly eyes) from Craftprojectideas.com. I liked how the package had more than just the standard eye. Some were different colors and others had eyelashes. They really give my monsters some character!  I used a small dab of hot glue to secure the eyes and paper teeth to the outside of the push pop.



Now you are done!! These make a great valentine for your child's class or a fun party favor.

If you want to display them, you can stick them in a block of styrofoam (I used floral styrofoam blocks) stuffed inside a bowl.




Thursday, January 3, 2013

The Di-Eggo! (Diego Eggo)


We are enjoying the last couple days of Winter Break and I can't help but spoil my boys with special treats :) Yesterday we made Mickey Mouse pancakes for an afternoon snack using our new Mickey Mouse Pancake Mold


and this morning I made Di-Eggo's! These are Eggo waffles topped with Nutella and banana and made to look like the cartoon character Diego.


I pretty much just freehanded this project. I printed out a picture of Diego to use as a guide and used a piping bag to pipe on the Nutella onto a toasted Eggo waffle. The eyes are banana slices with Nutella eyeballs and banana pupils. The mouth is also Nutella with a banana slice tongue. I wouldn't say this is the most healthy breakfast but it was a fun treat for our winter break vacation :)


This is big brothers extra silly happy face :)





Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Inspired Crochet Magazine Featured Pattern!


I have teamed up with Inspired Crochet Magazine to bring you a new crochet pattern that is perfect for your little love bug! This pattern is currently only available in the January issue of Inspired Crochet Magazine. If you aren't familiar with this magazine, it is a digital crochet magazine with a new issue released on the first of every month. Every issue contains crochet patterns from a variety of designers. The January issue has 12 featured designers and patterns in this issue! You can purchase the January issue for $4.29 or sign up for a subscription for a better deal. Either way, $4.29 is an amazing price for all the patterns you will be getting! Here is a peek of the table of contents so you can see some of the beautiful crochet patterns and projects that are featured in this issue!


My pattern is the cute little ladybug appliqué! I think it would make an adorable embellishment on a hat or headband but it could also be a magnet, pin or more! Whatever you make with it, it is perfect for your little love bug on Valentine's Day :)


Again, this pattern is currently only available in Inspired Crochet Magazine, but Kristi (editor of Inspired Crochet) has graciously agreed to GIVE AWAY one copy to one of my lucky readers!! Enter the giveaway below to win a copy of the January issue of Inspired Crochet Magazine, or purchase a copy HERE.
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