Friday, January 31, 2014

Friendly Crochet Zombie Doll


If you are a fan of The Walking Dead TV show or you just happen to like zombies then I think you might like this crocheted zombie! Unlike typical zombies who are mindless, reanimated corpses with a hunger for human flesh, this little guy is very friendly and likes to snuggle :) Mark your calendars for Feb. 9, 2014  for the Season 5 Premiere of The Walking Dead on AMC!

Materials:
-Green worsted weight yarn (I used Lion Brand Vanna's Choice Dusty Green), you will also need a little bit of white, black and red yarn as well.
-Size G crochet hook
-Poly-fil stuffing
-Stitch marker
-Tapestry needle
-One small safety eye or button

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

Finished Doll measures 6.5 x 6.5 (from head to toe and arm to arm)

Zombie Head/Body: Make 2
Chain 13, SC in second chain from hook and the rest of the way down chain, chain 1, turn (12 SC)
Row 2-14: SC in each stitch across, chain 1, turn (12 SC)
Fasten off leaving a long tail on one of the pieces.

After you have attached the eyes (pattern below) and mouth (stitch on with tapestry needle and black yarn) to one of the head pieces, sew the two pieces together. Stuff lightly with poly-fil before you close it up.

Surface slip stitch (tutorial HERE) the red blood on the mouth if you want. Do this before you sew the two head pieces together as well.

Zombie Eyes:
Large Eye:
Magic ring, chain 1 and make 5 SC in ring, join, chain 1
Round 2: 2 SC in each stitch around, join, chain 1 (10 SC)
Round 3: S SC in first, SC in next stitch, repeat around, join (15 SC)
Fasten off leaving long tail to sew on to head.

Small Eye:
Magic ring, chain 1 and make 6 SC in ring, join, chain 1
Round 2: 2 SC in each stitch around, join (12 SC)
Fasten off leaving long tail to sew on to head.

With your tapestry needle, sew both eyes onto one piece of the head. Use a small button or a safety eye in the middle of the bigger eye. Make and "X" with black yarn in the smaller eye.

Zombie Arms: Make 2
Magic ring, make 6 SC in ring, do not join, continue to SC in rounds
Round 2: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 2, repeat around (8 SC)
Round 3-6: SC in each stitch around (8 SC)
(feel free to make arms as long or short as you like)
Fasten off, stuff lightly with poly-fil and sew shut with tapestry needle.
Leave a long tail so you can sew it onto the body.

Zombie Legs: Make 2
Magic ring, 8 SC in ring, do not join, continue to SC in rounds
Round 2: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next, repeat around (12 SC)
Round 3-6: SC in each stitch around (12 SC)
Round 7: SC Decrease, SC in next, repeat around (8 SC)
Round 8-9: SC in each stitch around (8 SC)
(feel free to make legs longer if you'd like)
Fasten off, stuff lightly with poly-fil and sew shut with tapestry needle.
Leave a long tail so you can sew it onto the body.

Don't forget to tie on a couple strands of black yarn at the top for some spiky hair!




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Now check out 7 other Zombie inspired projects by #MyFavoriteBloggers!


Top Row, from left to right: Brain Shaped Ham and Onion Cheeseball‏ from Happy Hour Projects, Zombie Warning Yard Sides from 4 You with Love, Zombie Warning Door Hanging from It Happens in a Blink; Middle Row: Free Zombie-Inspired iPhone Wallpaper from Pitter and Glink; Bottom Row, from left to right: Friendly Crochet Zombie Doll from Repeat Crafter Me, Free Printable Zombie Valentine from Do Small Things with Love, Zombie Makeup Using Basic Household Items from Creative Capital B.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Crock Pot Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs



The hardest thing about sticking to a diet is trying to avoid carbs. Bread, chips, crackers, and especially noodles are my weakness. Fortunately I recently discovered spaghetti squash! This is an amazing substitute for spaghetti noodles. Not quite the same flavor but it has a stringy texture like noodles and tastes great with tomato sauce. Best part is that unlike noodles, spaghetti squash is extremely low in calories. Just about 30 calories in a one cup serving. I could seriously eat this stuff all day long. Oh wait, I have been! I usually eat at least 1 of them per week. You can easily microwave spaghetti squash (about 20 minutes on high) but you can also stick it in your crock pot and make a meal of it! I cooked it with some seriously good homemade turkey meatballs. My husband devoured them!



Ingredients:
For low-fat Turkey Meatballs:
- 1lb lean ground turkey (like Jennie-O)
- 3 large egg whites
- 1/2 tsp poultry seasoning
- 1 clove minced garlic
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/3 cup plain breadcrumbs

You will also need:
- 28oz jar of light spaghetti sauce. I used Ragu light tomato basil. (50 cals per 1/2 cup)
- One spaghetti squash. 

Directions: 
1. Mix all meatball ingredients in a bowl. Shape into 1/4 cup size meatballs. I made 14 balls.
2. Pour sauce into bottom of crock pot.
3. Cut spaghetti squash in half and scrap out seeds.
4. Place spaghetti squash (cut side down) in pot. I got a large squash and was only able to fit a half of it in my pot.
5. Place meatballs in sauce around the squash.
6. Cook on high for 3 hours or low for 5.
7. Using a fork, scrape out the squash. It will come out in spaghetti-like strings.
8. Top with meatballs and sauce.

Note: I made my meatballs the night before and then popped them in the crock pot early the next morning. 




This is big brothers meatball eating face :)




Weight Watchers Points:
Meatballs = 10 points for 2    1 point each!!!!!
UPDATE: The meatballs are big but I was thinking 10 points seemed like a lot. So I just went back and looked at the Weight Watchers Recipe where I got my info and they were calculating the points of spaghetti noodles with the meatballs! No wonder! So I just entered all the meatball ingredients in my Weight Watchers App and they come out to be 1/2 point per meatball!! Although I would make them 1 point each just to be on the safe side. This dish just got a whole lot better!!! Thanks to my Facebook followers for questioning the points as well.
Spaghetti Squash = 0 points!
Ragu Sauce = 1 point per 1/2 cup





Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Crochet Dalmatian Dog Pattern


I had the urge to create another puppy hat but wanted to try different "mouth" design. And since I came across this black polka dotted shirt in a bag of hand-me-downs for my daughter, I just had to make a Dalmatian Dog to match :)


The basic pattern is the same as my Puppy Hat Pattern but I will post it again just so the complete pattern is in one spot. I did alter the ears and the mouth/nose portion.

Materials:
- Worsted weight yarn in black and white (and a little bit of pink)
- Two black buttons for eyes (about a 1/2 inch) and a larger white button.
- Crochet hook size H-8 (5.0 mm)
- Tapestry needle

Abbreviations:
ch - chain
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

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 in puppy hat pattern 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, continue to SC around the entire edge of hat and earflaps. Fasten off and 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 in puppy hat pattern 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, continue to SC around the entire edge of hat and earflaps. Fasten off and weave in ends.


Ears: (Make two of each to make more sturdy) I made one in black and one in white.
Chain 6, HDC in second chain from hook and in the rest of the chains, chain 1, turn (5 HDC)
Row 2-3: HDC in each stitch across (5 HDC0
Row 4: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 3 stitches, 2 HDC in last stitch chain 1, turn (7 HDC)
Row 5-9: HDC in each stitch, chain 1, turn (9 HDC)
at the end of round 9 continue to SC around edges of the ear. Join to first HDC in round 9.
Faten off leaving long tail.


Nose:
Chain 5, SC in second chain from hook and the rest of the chains, chain 1, turn (4 SC)
Row 2: SC in each stitch, chain 1, turn (4 SC)
Row 3: SC decrease two times, continue to SC around edges of the nose. Make 2 SC in the corners.
Fasten off leaving long tail to sew on to hat.

Tongue:
Chain 4, HDC +DC in second ch from hook, DC in next stitch, DC + SC in last stitch. SC along other side of chain. Fasten off leaving long tail to sew on to hat.

Cheeks: Make 2
Magic ring, 5 SC in ring, continue to SC in rounds
Round 2: 2 SC in each stitch around (10 SC)
Round 3: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next, repeat around (15 SC)
Round 4: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next two, repeat around (20 SC)
Fasten off leaving long tail.

Sew the tongue on first then the cheeks slightly overlapping the tongue. Then the nose overlapping the cheeks. before you weave in the end to the nose, make a little line with it running from the nose to the tongue.


Spots:
You want them to look like lopsided/lumpy circles so don't worry too much about correct stitch count. I made a bunch in different shapes by following this pattern but stopping my round early and leaving off parts of these patterns. Feel free to make up your own.

Using a smaller hook (like a G hook)

Magic ring, make 8 SC in ring, continue to SC in rounds
Round 2: HDC + DC + HDC + SC in first stitch, slip stitch in next stitch, HDC + DC + HDC + SC in next, slip stitch in next, 2 HDC in last 4 stitches. Fasten off leaving long tail to sew onto hat. -
Magic ring, ch 1 and make 6 SC in the ring.
Round 2: HDC + DC in first stitch, 2 DC in next 2, HDC in next, SC in last 2.

Eye Patch:
Magic Ring, chain 1 and make 8 SC in ring, join, ch 2
Round 2: make 2 DC in the first 5 stitches, 2 SC in the last 3.
Fasten off leaving long tail.

Braided Tails: Cut six strands of white and 3 strands of black. Pass through last space in earflap. You should now have 18 strands to braid with. Braid, knot, trim ends


Woof! Woof!

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Friday, January 24, 2014

Crock Pot Turkey and White Bean Chili



I am still working hard to lose my baby weight and get healthy! Weight Watchers is going well and I am really enjoying my weekly meetings. They have really helped me to stay motivated and on-track. So here is another low calorie recipe that can be made in the Crock Pot! I really struggle when it comes to photographing food but I want to assure you that this dish is absolutely delicious!! I had to stop myself from eating more than one portion at a time :) I used THIS recipe as a starting point and made a couple of changes. For instance, I definitely don't think you need 2 lbs of ground turkey.



Ingredients:
- Cooking Spray
- 1 lb lean or fat-free ground turkey (I used Jennie-O Lean 93% fat free ground turkey)
- 1 package frozen Birds Eye Recipe Ready chopped onion and garlic or 1 onion and 2 cloves garlic
- Two 15oz cans of white beans (rinsed and drained)
- 32oz reduced sodium chicken broth
- 3 tablespoons lime juice (fresh is best)
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro

Directions
1. Cook turkey, onion and garlic in a non-stick skillet until meat is brown.
2. Spray crock pot and pour meat/onions/garlic in along with the rest of the ingredients. Give it a stir.
3. Cook on low for 4 hours.





Serving Size: 1 cup
Weight Watchers Points: 7

I don't have the exact nutrition info for this recipe but I think its very similar to THIS ONE from Skinnytaste.com. I hope you enjoy it!



Thursday, January 23, 2014

Scrapbooking Made Easy with Project Life®



You would think that because I'm crafty, scrapbooking would come easy. Unfortunately it is quite the opposite. I love taking pictures of my family, but I've always dreaded the thought of having to create a photo album. The perfectionist in me wanted a flawless scrapbook. For years I've been putting this daunting task off and now suddenly my oldest is almost 5 and we have NOT ONE family album or completed baby book. Just as I was feeling like I failed my family, I discovered Project Life by Becky Higgins!

If you have never heard of Project Life, it is an incredibly simple memory-keeping system that saves you time and energy and leaves you with a stunning photo album!

No need to cut or glue because everything comes ready for you in each Project Life core kit. I chose the Honey Edition along with the 12 X 12 Classic Faux Leather Binder in Cherry . I loved the vibrant colors and adorable pre-designed title cards and journaling cards that came with this kit. It was like every card had the perfect pattern and message. It was so easy to find one that matched every photo and page. Here are some of my favorites:


You can choose from a variety of photo pocket pages that go into your binder. I preferred the Big Variety Pack 2 (60 Pages) which came with pages to fit horizontal and vertical 4x6 photos. I used the smaller pockets on each page for a mixture of title cards/journaling cards and trimmed photos. So just to clarify you need 3 basic items to complete one album:
1. 12x12 Binder
2. Project Life® Core Kit
3. Big Pack of Photo Pocket Pages



Below are some of my favorite pages from my 2013 Project Life Family Album. These were extremely simple to put together. I just slide the pictures into the photo pockets and used the journaling cards to write a short blurb about what was happening. I printed out 650 photos from this past year. This was the hard part since I had so many photos to go through. If you want to create an album for an entire year, I suggest printing out photos as you take them. That is what I am doing for this years album! But the best part of Project Life is that you can use it however you want. If you want to have a picture for each day of the year or only one page for each month of the year, you can do that! You don't even have to make a "yearly" album. Use it for a special event. They have so many different editions/kits that you are sure to find something to suit you. I also love that you can easily add and rearrange pages and photos so nothing has to be in order as you go. And if you are really feeling creative you can add your own embellishments! 






I truly feel such a sense of accomplishment and pride in this album. I am so incredibly happy to have this book of memories that I can show my kids when they are older. My husband and I had such a great time looking back on 2013 and remembering all these precious moments. I was so happy with the Project Life system that I went ahead and purchased a mini album to use for my daughters baby book :) You can find out more about Project Life, including video tutorials HERE.


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And because I want you to be able to try out Project Life for yourself, I am giving away a 
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* Thank you to Becky Higgins and the good people at Project Life for giving me a Project Life album to review and use. I was not paid for this post and all opinions about the product are my own.



Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Crochet Edith Inspired Hat Pattern





If you are a fan of the movie Despicable Me, you may be a fan of this Edith crochet hat! I think the one she is wearing in the cartoon is supposed to look like it is knitted but I think you can create a similar look with crochet. Be sure to also check out my Minion Hat Pattern!



Materials:
-Worsted weight yarn. I used Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in Pink and Pink Poodle.
-Size H Crochet Hook
-Tapestry needle

Abbreviations:
Magic Ring Tutorial
SC = Single Crochet
SC Decrease = Single Crochet Decrease
HDC = Half Double Crochet

Before starting this pattern you will need to know how to crochet a ridge. There is a really great video on crocheting ridges by Maggie's Crochet. HERE is the video tutorial. Around 3:00 minutes into the video shows where you need to make your crochet stitches to make the ridge.

Here is also a picture of how to make the ridge. You will need to crochet in the loop UNDER (on the backside) the top of the crochet stitches of the previous round. This pushes the top of the crochet stitch from the previous round out, making the ridge. The rounds where I say "RIDGE" is where you will need to apply this technique.



Another note about this pattern: The hats should turn out long/tall. Just like Edith's hat sits high and comes to a point instead of being rounded/flat at the top. 



Picture copyright Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment

Crochet Edith Inspired Hat Pattern:

Size: 0-3 months
starting with light pink yarn...
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)
switch to dark pink yarn...
Round 6: HDC in each stitch around (45 HDC)
Round 7: RIDGE HDC in each stitch around (45 HDC)
Round 8: HDC in each stitch around (45 HDC)
switch back to light pink yarn..
Round 9: RIDGE HDC in each stitch around. (45 HDC)
Round 10: HDC in each stitch around. (45 HDC)
switch back to dark pink yarn and repeat rounds 6-10 one more time and then rounds 6-8.
You should now have 3 dark pink stripes (and end on a dark pink stripe.)
You should have a total of 18 rounds.
Fasten off weave in ends.
Make earflaps as written below.

Size: 3-6 months
starting with light pink yarn...
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: HDC in each stitch around. (27 HDC)
Round 5: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 2, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (36 HDC)
Round 6: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 3, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (45 HDC)
Round 7: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 8, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (50 HDC)
switch to dark pink yarn...
Round 8: HDC in each stitch around (50 HDC)
Round 9: RIDGE HDC in each stitch around. (50 HDC)
Round 10: HDC in each stitch around (50 HDC)
switch back to light pink yarn..
Round 11: RIDGE HDC in each stitch around. (50 HDC)
Round 12: HDC in each stitch around. (50 HDC)
switch back to dark pink yarn and repeat rounds 8-12 one more time and then rounds 8-10.
You should now have 3 dark pink stripes (and end on a dark pink stripe.)
You should have a total of 20 rounds.
Fasten off weave in ends.
Make earflaps as written below.

Size: 6-12 months
starting with light pink yarn...
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: HDC in each stitch around (36 HDC)
Round 6: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 3, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (45 HDC)
Round 7: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 4, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (54 HDC)
switch to dark pink yarn...
Round 8: HDC in each stitch around (54 HDC)
Round 9: RIDGE HDC in each stitch around. (54 HDC)
Round 10: HDC in each stitch around (54 HDC)
switch back to light pink yarn..
Round 11: RIDGE HDC in each stitch around. (54 HDC)
Round 12: HDC in each stitch around. (54 HDC)
switch back to dark pink yarn and repeat rounds 8-12 one more time and then rounds 8-10.
You should now have 3 dark pink stripes (and end on a dark pink stripe.)
You should have a total of 20 rounds.
Fasten off weave in ends.
Make earflaps as written below.

Size: Toddler/Preschooler
starting with light pink yarn...
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: HDC in each stitch around (27 HDC)
Round 5: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 2, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (36 HDC)
Round 6: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 3, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (45 HDC)
Round 7: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 4, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (54 HDC)
Round 8: HDC around, join, chain 1 (54 HDC)
Round 9: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 8, Repeat around (60 HDC)
switch to dark pink yarn...
Round 10: HDC in each stitch around (60 HDC)
Round 11: RIDGE HDC in each stitch around. (60 HDC)
Round 12: HDC in each stitch around (60 HDC)
switch back to light pink yarn..
Round 13: RIDGE HDC in each stitch around. (60 HDC)
Round 14: HDC in each stitch around. (60 HDC)
switch back to dark pink yarn and repeat rounds 10-14 one more time and then rounds 10-12.
You should now have 3 dark pink stripes (and end on a dark pink stripe.)
You should have a total of 22 rounds.
Fasten off weave in ends.
Make earflaps as written below.

Size: Child
starting with light pink yarn...
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: HDC in each stitch (27 HDC)
Round 5: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 2, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (36 HDC)
Round 6: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 3, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (45 HDC)
Round 7: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 4, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (54 HDC)
Round 8: HDC around, join, chain 1 (54 HDC)
Round 9: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 8, Repeat around (60 HDC)
Round 10: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 29, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (62 HDC)
switch to dark pink yarn...
Round 11: HDC in each stitch around (62 HDC)
Round 12: RIDGE HDC in each stitch around. (62 HDC)
Round 13: HDC in each stitch around (62 HDC)
switch back to light pink yarn..
Round 14: RIDGE HDC in each stitch around. (62 HDC)
Round 15: HDC in each stitch around. (62 HDC)
switch back to dark pink yarn and repeat rounds 11-15 one more time and then rounds 11-13.
You should now have 3 dark pink stripes (and end on a dark pink stripe.)
You should have a total of 23 rounds.
Fasten off weave in ends.
Make earflaps as written below.

Size: Teen/Adult
starting with light pink yarn...
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: HDC in each stitch around (27 HDC)
Round 5: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 2, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (36 HDC)
Round 6: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 3, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (45 HDC)
Round 7: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 4, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (54 HDC)
Round 8: HDC around, join, chain 1 (54 HDC)
Round 9: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 8, Repeat around (60 HDC)
Round 10: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 9, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (66 HDC)
switch to dark pink yarn...
Round 11: HDC in each stitch around (66 HDC)
Round 12: RIDGE HDC in each stitch around. (66 HDC)
Round 13: HDC in each stitch around (66 HDC)
switch back to light pink yarn..
Round 14: RIDGE HDC in each stitch around. (66 HDC)
Round 15-16: HDC in each stitch around. (66 HDC)
switch back to dark pink yarn and repeat rounds 11-16 one more time and then rounds 11-13.
You should now have 3 dark pink stripes (and end on a dark pink stripe.)
You should have a total of 25 rounds.
Fasten off weave in ends.
Make earflaps as written below.

Earflaps for 0-3 months - Preschooler
Earflap 1: 
Earflaps work as RIDGE: Attach light pink yarn anywhere on hat (attach on loop under the top of previous stitch). Preferably space the earflaps so the seam is in the back. See my puppy hat pattern if you need help placing the earflaps.
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:
Attach yarn on opposite side to make the second earflap.
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, continue to SC around the earflaps, when you get to the edge of the hat, Slip Stitch in those stitches and then continue to SC around the edge of the other earflap. Remember you are working in the loops behind the previous stitch to make a ridge. Fasten off weave in ends. 

Cut 6 long strands (of light pink), pull yarn halfway through last loop of the earflaps (you now have 12 strands). Braid and knot at the end of your braid. Trim ends of braided tails so yarn is even. Do this for both earflaps.

Earflaps for Child - Adult
Earflaps work as RIDGE: Attach light pink yarn anywhere on hat (attach on loop under the top of previous stitch). Preferably space the earflaps so the seam is in the back. See my puppy hat pattern if you need help placing the earflaps.
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:
Attach yarn on opposite side to make the second earflap.
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, continue to SC around the earflaps, when you get to the edge of the hat, Slip Stitch in those stitches and then continue to SC around the edge of the other earflap. Remember you are working in the loops behind the previous stitch to make a ridge. Fasten off weave in ends. 

Cut 6 long strands (of light pink), pull yarn halfway through last loop of the earflaps (you now have 12 strands). Braid and knot at the end of your braid. Trim ends of braided tails so yarn is even. Do this for both earflaps.

Tassle: Cut 3 long strands of light pink yarn. Pull yarn halfway through top of hat (you now have 6 strands). Braid and knot at the end of your braid. Trim ends of braided tassel so yarn is even.



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Friday, January 17, 2014

Yarn Valentine


Forget about the chocolate, this is one Valentine every crocheter and yarn lover wants! I would love to open up a box of yummy yarn colors over chocolate any day :) And since I've made a New Year's resolution to lose my baby weight, this is the perfect gift for me! I suppose I am giving this to myself but you guys can go right on ahead and forward this to your husband, boyfriend, or best friend as a little hint :)

All you need is an empty heart shaped box (mine is an empty Godiva chocolate box from Target and approx. 7"x7"), a set of Lion Brand Yarn Bonbons and mini muffin cups. If you aren't familiar with Bonbons, they are the cutest little miniature balls of yarn perfect for amigurumi, colorwork, embroidery, embellishments,  friendship bracelets and kids' crafts. They come in a set of 8. You can see all the Bonbon color options HERE.



Just open up your package (or two depending on size of your box) of Bonbon yarn and place each one in a muffin cup inside the box. Then you can use this "Hooked On You" printable for the top of the box and if you really want to impress your crocheter, tape a little crochet hook to the box as well.







Thursday, January 16, 2014

Easy Crochet Heart Pattern


There are a lot of crochet heart patterns out there but a lot of them work in round using a variety of different stitches and the "magic ring" which I know a lot of you struggle with. Fear not! This heart pattern is very simple, working solely in rows of single crochets. You could use them as an appliqué on a hat, scarf, for a hair clip, garland, gift topper, or sew two together and stuff lightly for a puffy heart!

Materials:
- Worsted weight yarn. I used Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in a variety of their pink colors. Did you know that Lion Brand Yarn has 85 different shades of pink yarn for you to choose from?! You can find them all HERE.
- Size H Crochet Hook
- Tapestry needle

Abbreviations:
Ch = Chain
SC = Single Crochet

Finished heart measures approx 2.5"x2". If you want a large heart, you can follow the heart "wing" pattern of my Crochet Love Bug.

Easy Hearts Pattern:
Chain 7, SC in 2nd chain from hook and the rest of the way down chain, ch 1, turn (6 SC)
Row 2-3: SC in each stitch, ch 1, turn (6 SC)
Row 4: SC in first 3 stitches, ch 1, turn (3 SC)
Row 5-7: SC in each stitch across, ch1, turn (3 SC)
When you get to the lats row,  continue to SC around entire heart. When you get to bottom stitch (the one with the your slip knot) SC + Chain 1 + SC all in one stitch. Then when you get to the top "v" indent, slip stitch (instead of SC). Join, fasten off and weave in ends (or leave a long tail you are using it as an appliqué).




For a heart that you can crochet in rounds, HERE is a nice pattern by Kara at Petals to Picots.

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And for more inspiration, here are 13 Heart Shaped Projects by #MyFavoriteBloggers!

From left to right, top to bottom: Printable Minion Valentine from The Benson Street, Easy Crochet Heart Pattern from Repeat Crafter Me, Free True Love Valentine's Printable from Pitter and Glink, Glitter Heart Burlap Banner from Happy Go Lucky, Needle Felted Heart Key-chain from Petals to Picots, Simple Heart Chocolate Valentine's from 1 Dog Woof, Handmade Valentines from Suburble, Solid Lotion Bars from 4 You with Love, Berrylicious Heart-Shaped Ice Cubes from The Thinking Closet, Felt Valentine Treat Pouches from Do Small Things with Love, Etched Champagne Flutes from Happy Hour Projects, Heart Owl Valentines with Your Kid's Art from Creative B, and Heat Transfer Vinyl Heart Onesie from It Happens in a Blink.





And one more heart project! 


From left to right, top to bottom, here are this month's #MyFavoriteBloggers: Marilyn from 4 You with Love, Sky from Creative Capital B, Adrianne from Happy Hour Projects, Bethany from Pitter and Glink, Lauren from Thinking Closet, Tara from Suburble, Nancy from Do Small Things with Love, Emily from The Benson Street, Kara from Happy Go Lucky, Sarah from Repeat Crafter Me,  ChiWei from 1 Dog Woof,  Melanie from It Happens in a Blink, and Kara from Petals to Picots.