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Polar Bear Cub Crochet C2C Blanket

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Happy New Year! 2017 is going to be a great year with some amazing new projects and tons of FREE crochet patterns like this one that will be available right here on my blog! I will also be collaborating with Yarnspirations this year and you will find several of my patterns on their site (also free!) throughout the year so be sure to follow along!

My first pattern of the year is this cute little Polar Bear Cub Crochet C2C Blanket! Measuring 32×32 inches it is the perfect size baby blanket and a fun winter-themed project. Like most crochet blankets, you can always make them bigger by continuing to add to the border! You could also make multiple C2C squares and stitch them together like I did with my Christmas Character Afghan.

Materials:
– Bernat Super Value Yarn in Clay, Winter White, Baby Pink, Black and Aqua.  See all the colors at Yarnspirations.com!
– Size H crochet Hook
– Tapestry needle

Finished size: 32 x 32 inch square

First you will want to download the Polar Bear Cub Pixel Graph. You can do that HERE. When you are done, it will be reversible! The same image will appear on either side. If you aren’t familiar with the C2C technique, I have a video class available HERE for purchase that teaches you this technique! The Crochet Crowd also has a very helpful video tutorial for FREE that shows you the basic technique of corner-to-corner crochet. Check that out HERE.

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As you can see, you will have some ends to weave in, but overall this is a fairly quick project! See how I weave in my ends in C2C projects HERE.

 

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For the border I made two rounds of SC along all edges (SC + chain 2 + SC in the corners) and then I did the third round of the border in reverse SC stitches (also called the crab stitch)

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Happy Winter Crocheting!

You can find a bigger Polar Bear C2C Blanket that I designed in Issue 50 of Simply Crochet Magazine! You can purchase and download it HERE.

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Crochet Polar Bear Hat Pattern

Sometimes the simplest hats turn out the cutest. And oh.my.goodness this hat is just too cute for words. My pictures don’t capture how soft and snuggly this sweet little polar bear is! Made with bulky weight yarn, it works up quick and is perfect for a boy or girl! I added a removable red flower for baby sister which gives it a little holiday spirit.

Materials:
Loops & Threads Charisma yarn in White (sold at Michaels craft stores)
– Small amount of black worsted weight yarn for the nose and to sew on the eyes.
– Size I9 (5.50mm) Crochet Hook
– Tapestry Needle
– Poly-fil stuffing for the nose
– 2 small black buttons for eyes

Abbreviations:
Magic Ring Tutorial
SC = Single Crochet
DC = Double Crochet
Ch = Chain

Polar Bear Hat Pattern:

Size: 0-3 Months
Magic ring, chain 2, DC 10 in magic ring, join to first DC, ch 2

Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join, ch 2 (20 DC)
Round 3: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next, around, join, ch 2. (30 DC)
Round 4: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next four, join, ch 2 (36 DC)
Round 5-8: DC in each stitch around, join, ch 2 (36 DC)
do not fasten off, start on earflap


Size: 3-6 Months
Magic ring, chain 2, DC 10 in magic ring, join to first DC, ch 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join, ch 2 (20 DC)
Round 3: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next, around, join, ch 2. (30 DC)
Round 4: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next two, join, ch 2 (40 DC)
Round 5-9: DC in each stitch around, join, ch 2 (40 DC)
do not fasten off, start on earflap

Size: 6-12 Months
Magic ring, chain 2, DC 10 in magic ring, join to first DC, ch 2

Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join, ch 2 (20 DC)
Round 3: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next, around, join, ch 2. (30 DC)
Round 4: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next two, join, ch 2 (40 DC)
Round 5: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next seven, join, ch 2 (45 DC)
Round 6-10: DC in each stitch around, join, ch 2 (45 DC)
do not fasten off, start on earflap

Size: Preschooler
Magic ring, chain 2, DC 10 in magic ring, join to first DC, ch 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join, ch 2 (20 DC)
Round 3: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next, around, join, ch 2. (30 DC)
Round 4: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next two, join, ch 2 (40 DC)
Round 5: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next three, join, ch 2 (50 DC)
Round 6-12: DC in each stitch around, join, ch 2 (50 DC)
do not fasten off, start on earflap

Size: Child
Magic ring, chain 2, DC 10 in magic ring, join to first DC, ch 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join, ch 2 (20 DC)
Round 3: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next, around, join, ch 2. (30 DC)
Round 4: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next two, join, ch 2 (40 DC)
Round 5: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next three, join, ch 2 (50 DC)
Round 6: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 9, join, ch 2 (55 DC)
Round 7-13: DC in each stitch around, join, ch 2 (55 DC)
do not fasten off, start on earflap

Size: Teen/Adult
Magic ring, chain 2, DC 10 in magic ring, join to first DC, ch 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join, ch 2 (20 DC)
Round 3: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next, around, join, ch 2. (30 DC)
Round 4: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next two, join, ch 2 (40 DC)
Round 5: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next three, join, ch 2 (50 DC)
Round 6: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next four, join, ch 2 (60 DC)
Round 7-14: DC in each stitch around, join, ch 2 (60 DC)
do not fasten off, start on earflap


Note: Please use my pattern as a guideline. If you feel like you need to add or remove a round at the end, please do so. I usually add a round for my 2yo who has a big head and remove a round for my baby. You can always adjust as you see fit. Or feel free to follow it as it is written!
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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:
Leave 9 stitches in front for newborn, 12 stitches for 0-3 months, 15 for  3-6 months, 19 for Preschooler,
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, chain 40 or as long/short as you wish, slip stitch in 4th chain from hook and the rest of the way down the chain. When you reach the earflap, continue to SC around. When you get around the point of the other earflap, chain 40 or as long/short as you wish, slip stitch in 4th chain from hook and the rest of the way down. When you get back to the earflap, continue to SC around until you are back to where you started. 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:
Leave 22 stitches in front for Child, 25 stitches for  adult
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, chain 40 or as long/short as you wish, slip stitch in 4th chain from hook and the rest of the way down the chain. When you reach the earflap, continue to SC around. When you get around the point of the other earflap, chain 40 or as long/short as you wish, slip stitch in 4th chain from hook and the rest of the way down. When you get back to the earflap, continue to SC around until you are back to where you started. fasten off and weave in ends.







Polar Bear Nose:
Start with black worsted weight yarn…
Magic ring, ch 1 and make 8 SC in ring, join, ch 1
Round 2: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next, repeat around, (12 SC)
Switch to bulky white yarn…
Round 3: SC in each stitch around (12 SC) don’t join, continue to SC in rounds
Round 4: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next, repeat around (18 SC)
Round 5: SC in each stitch around, slip stitch to join, fasten off leaving a tail to sew onto hat.
You will want to stuff nose with poly-fil stuffing as you sew it onto your hat.


To make nose bigger, add a round (or two) after round 4. So round 5 would be “2 SC in first stitch, SC in next two stitches, repeat around (24 SC)” and if you want to add one more round, Round 6 would be “2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 3, repeat around (30 SC).” be sure to to make a round of SC in each stitch as your final round.


Bear Ears (make 2):
Magic ring, chain 2 and make 10 DC in ring, join, ch 1
Round 2: SC in each stitch around (this will cause ear to curve in). Fasten off leaving long tail to sew on.

To make ear bigger: 
Magic ring, chain 2 and make 10 DC in ring, join, ch 1
Round 2: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next (15 SC), join, ch 1
Round 3: SC in each stitch around (causing ear to curve in). Fasten off leaving long tail to sew onto hat.

Feel free to add a crocheted flower like I did.  I followed my favorite free flower pattern that I found over at Very Berry Handmade. The pattern is called A Frothy Flower and you can find it HERE.







Now excuse me while I photo bomb you with pictures of my baby wearing her new polar bear hat :)













Crochet Snowman Sack with Stocking Stuffers from Oriental Trading

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The holiday’s are creeping up on us! If you are looking for ways to fill your Christmas stockings to the brim Oriental Trading has a fun assortment of small toys that are perfect for stocking stuffers, classroom gifts, party favors, and more! They have a 50 piece assorted toy set or a 250 piece set that is full of cute winter-themed items like snowflake pencils, stamps, yo-yo’s, bouncy balls, plush penguins, polar bear figurines, squishy and boingy toys (as my 4-year-old likes to call them), and much more! Very holiday neutral if you need something for school parties. I created Crochet Snowman Gift Sacks to hold all the goodies and will give each of my kids a sack to open on Christmas! But I have soooo many little toys leftover (a HUGE box full) that I plan on using them for classroom gifts as well. I am providing the pattern for the Snowman Sack below for all my fellow crocheters!

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You can find these Assorted Toy sets on Oriental Trading.com.
I also snagged a pack of Cheery Winter Spiral Notepads to add to my gift sack (only $5.25 for a set of 48!)
Oriental Trading has over 700 new Christmas items live on their site! Browse them all HERE! 

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Snowman Stocking Stuffer Gift Sack:

Materials:
– Chunky White Yarn (I used Loops & Threads Woolike Chunky found at Michaels Craft Stores)
– Worsted weight yarn in green (or any color you want for the beanie), and orange for the nose. A small strand of black yarn is also needed for the mouth.
– Size H crochet hook
– Tapestry needle
– 1/8 inch ribbon (optional)
– Large snowflake button (or any button you want)
– Two 1/2 inch black buttons for the eyes

Abbreviations:
SC = Single Crochet
HDC = Half Double Crochet
Front Post Single Crochet and Back Post Single Crochet tutorial

Sack Pattern;
Magic Ring, Chain 1 and make 10 SC in ring, join, pull tight, chain 1
Round 2: 2 SC in each stitch around, join, chain 1 (20 SC)
Round 3: SC in each stitch around, join, chain 1 (20 SC)
Round 4: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next, repeat around, join, chain 1 (30 SC)
Round 5: SC in each stitch around, join, chain 1 (30 SC)
Round 6: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 2, repeat around, join, chain 1 (40 SC)
Round 7-15: SC in each stitch around, join, chain 1 (40 SC)
Attach green worsted weight yarn (or whatever you color you want the beanie to be)
Round 16: SC in each stitch around, join, chain 1
Round 17-19: Front Post SC, Back Post SC, repeat around, join, chain 1 (this creates the ribbed rim of the hat)
Round 20-25: SC in each stitch around, join, fasten off and weave in ends. (40 SC)

With a thin strand of ribbon (I used 1/8 inch wide) OR a strand of yarn, attach yarn pom-pom to one end. With tapestry needle, weave strand over and under the last SC stitches made in round 25. Attach a large snowflake button to the other end of your strand of ribbon. When pulling tight, only pull on the side of the strand with the snowflake. This allows the pom pom to sit on to of the hat when top of sack is closed!

Snowman Nose:
with orange yarn
Chain 5, SC in second chain from hook, HDC in next 2, DC in last. *SC around the back of the DC stitch, continue to slip stitch on the bottom edge of the nose and join to point. *this part is optional.

Stitch nose to front of sack. Add button eyes and sew on a half smile mouth with black yarn and your tapestry needle.

 

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Thank you to Oriental Trading for providing me with the assorted toy products seen in this post.
I was not compensated for this post and all opinions about the products are my own.

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Crochet Tiger Hat Pattern







This tiger hat was a lot of fun to make because all I had to do was combined three of my older patterns! I used the Zebra Hat pattern for the base of the hat, ears from my Polar Bear pattern and face from my Dalmation Dog. I am very excited about the way it turned out and if you ask me, tigers have been pretty popular this past year due to Katy Perry’s hit song “Roar” and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood on PBS kids. And of course if you root for  a sports team that has a tiger as the mascot, this ones for you! Thanks to my awesome hat model/cute daughter who always gives me big smiles and happily wears my crochet :)




Materials:
– Black worsted weight yarn (I used Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice)
– White worsted weight yarn (I used Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice)
– Orange worsted weight yarn (I used Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in Terracotta)
– Two .5″ 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
Magic Ring – Find a great tutorial including video HERE



Newborn size: Follow directions for 0-3 months using a smaller hook (G6/4.00MM). End with 11 rounds instead of 12.


Size: 0-3 Months
Starting with orange yarn

Magic ring, 11 DC in magic ring, join to first DC
change to black yarn, chain 1
Round 2: 2 SC in each around, join (22 SC)
change to orange yarn, chain 2
Round 3: 2 DC in first, DC in next, repeat around, join (33 DC)
change to black yarn, chain 1
Round 4: 2 SC in first, SC in next 2, repeat around, join (44 SC)
change to orange yarn, chain 2
Round 5: DC in each around, join (44 DC)
change to black yarn, chain 1
Round 6: SC in each around, join (44 SC)
change to orange yarn, chain 2
Round 7-12: Repeat what you did in rounds 5 and 6 for the remaining rows. Use orange for the double crochet rounds and black yarn for the singe crochet rows. (44 DC or SC)
fasten off and weave in ends. Continue with earflaps as written below.

Size: 3-6 Months
Starting with orange yarn
Magic ring, 11 DC in magic ring, join to first DC
change to black yarn, chain 1
Round 2: 2 SC in each around, join (22 SC)
change to orange yarn, chain 2
Round 3: 2 DC in first, DC in next, repeat around, join (33 DC)
change to black yarn, chain 1
Round 4: 2 SC in first, SC in next 2, repeat around, join (44 SC)
change to orange yarn, chain 2
Round 5: 2 DC in first, DC in next 10, repeat around, join (48 DC)
change to black yarn, chain 1
Round 6: SC in each around, join (48 SC)
change to orange yarn, chain 2
Round 7: DC in each around, join (48 SC)
change to black yarn, chain 1
Round 8-13: Repeat what you did in rounds 6 and 7  for the remaining rows. Use orange for the double crochet rounds and black yarn for the singe crochet rows. (48 DC or SC)
fasten off and weave in ends. Continue with earflaps as written below.
Size: 6-9 Months
Starting with orange yarn
Magic ring, 11 DC in magic ring, join to first DC
change to black yarn, chain 1
Round 2: 2 SC in each around, join (22 SC)
change to orange yarn, chain 2
Round 3: 2 DC in first, DC in next, repeat around, join (33 DC)
change to black yarn, chain 1
Round 4: 2 SC in first, SC in next 2, repeat around, join (44 SC)
change to orange yarn, chain 2
Round 5: 2 DC in first, DC in next 10, repeat around, join (48 DC)
change to black yarn, chain 1
Round 6: 2 SC in first, SC in next 11, join (52 SC)
change to orange yarn, chain 2
Round 7: DC in each around, join (52 DC)
change to black yarn, chain 1
Round 8: SC in each around, join (52 SC)
change to orange yarn, chain 2
Round 9-14: Repeat what you did in rounds 7 and 8  for the remaining rows. Use orange for the double crochet rounds and black yarn for the singe crochet rows. (52 DC or SC)
fasten off and weave in ends. Continue with earflaps as written below.
Size: 9-12 Months (Should fit up to about 16 months) 
Starting with orange yarn
Magic ring, 11 DC in magic ring, join to first DC
change to black yarn, chain 1
Round 2: 2 SC in each around, join (22 SC)
change to orange yarn, chain 2
Round 3: 2 DC in first, DC in next, repeat around, join (33 DC)

change to black yarn, chain 1
Round 4: 2 SC in first, SC in next 2, repeat around, join (44 SC)
change to orange yarn, chain 2
Round 5: 2 DC in first, DC in next 10, repeat around, join (48 DC)
change to black yarn, chain 1
Round 6: 2 SC in first, SC in next 11, join (52 SC)
change to orange yarn, chain 2
Round 7: 2 DC in first, DC in next 12, join (56 DC)
change to black yarn, chain 1
Round 8: SC in each around, join (56 SC)
change to orange yarn, chain 2
Round 9: DC in each around, join (56 DC)
change to black yarn, chain 1
Round 10-15: Repeat what you did in rounds 8 and 9  for the remaining rows. Use orange for the double crochet rounds and black yarn for the singe crochet rows. (56 DC or SC)

fasten off and weave in ends. Continue with earflaps as written below.

Size: Toddler/Preschooler 

Starting with orange yarn



Magic ring, 11 DC in magic ring, join to first DC



change to black yarn, chain 1
Round 2: 2 SC in each around, join (22 SC)



change to orange yarn, chain 2
Round 3: 2 DC in first, DC in next, repeat around, join (33 DC)


change to black yarn, chain 1
Round 4: 2 SC in first, SC in next 2, repeat around, join (44 SC)
change to orange yarn, chain 2
Round 5: 2 DC in first, DC in next 10, repeat around, join (48 DC)
change to black yarn, chain 1
Round 6: 2 SC in first, SC in next 11, join (52 SC)
change to orange yarn, chain 2
Round 7: 2 DC in first, DC in next 12, join (56 DC)
change to black yarn, chain 1
Round 8: 2 SC in first, SC in next 13, join (60 SC)
change to orange yarn, chain 2
Round 9: DC in each around, join (60 DC)
change to black yarn, chain 1
Round 10: SC in each around, join (60 SC)
change to orange yarn, chain 2
Round 11-16: Repeat what you did in rounds 9 and 10  for the remaining rows. Use orange for the double crochet rounds and black yarn for the singe crochet rows. (60 DC or SC)

fasten off and weave in ends. Continue with earflaps as written below.

Size: Child



Starting with orange yarn
Magic ring, 11 DC in magic ring, join to first DC
change to black yarn, chain 1
Round 2: 2 SC in each around, join (22 SC)
change to orange yarn, chain 2
Round 3: 2 DC in first, DC in next, repeat around, join (33 DC)
change to black yarn, chain 1
Round 4: 2 SC in first, SC in next 2, repeat around, join (44 SC)
change to orange yarn, chain 2
Round 5: 2 DC in first, DC in next 10, repeat around, join (48 DC)
change to black yarn, chain 1
Round 6: 2 SC in first, SC in next 11, join (52 SC)
change to orange yarn, chain 2
Round 7: 2 DC in first, DC in next 12, join (56 DC)
change to black yarn, chain 1
Round 8: 2 SC in first, SC in next 13, join (60 SC)
change to orange yarn, chain 2
Round 9: 2 DC in first, DC in next 14, join (64 DC)
change to black yarn, chain 1
Round 10: SC in each around, join (64 SC)
change to orange yarn, chain 2
Round 11: DC in each around, join (64 DC)

change to black yarn, chain 1

Round 12-17: Repeat what you did in rounds 10 and 11  for the remaining rows. Use orange for the double crochet rounds and black yarn for the singe crochet rows. (64 DC or SC)
fasten off and weave in ends. Continue with earflaps as written below.

Size: Teen/Adult


Starting with orange yarn

Magic ring, 11 DC in magic ring, join to first DC

change to black yarn, chain 1
Round 2: 2 SC in each around, join(22 SC)
change to orange yarn, chain 2
Round 3: 2 DC in first, DC in next, repeat around, join (33 DC)
change to black yarn, chain 1
Round 4: 2 SC in first, SC in next 2, repeat around, join (44 SC)
change to orange yarn, chain 2
Round 5: 2 DC in first, DC in next 10, repeat around, join (48 DC)
change to black yarn, chain 1
Round 6: 2 SC in first, SC in next 11, join (52 SC)
change to orange yarn, chain 2
Round 7: 2 DC in first, DC in next 12, join (56 DC)
change to black yarn, chain 1
Round 8: 2 SC in first, SC in next 13, join (60 SC)
change to orange yarn, chain 2
Round 9: 2 DC in first, DC in next 14, join (64 DC)
change to black yarn, chain 1
Round 10: 2 SC in first, SC in next 15, join (68 SC)
change to orange yarn, chain 2
Round 11: DC in each around, join (68 DC)
change to black yarn, chain 1
Round 12: SC in each around, join (68 SC)

change to orange yarn, chain 2

Round 13-18: Repeat what you did in rounds 11 and 12  for the remaining rows. Use orange for the double crochet rounds and black yarn for the singe crochet rows. (68 DC or SC)
fasten off and weave in ends. Continue with earflaps 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.


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



Note: I used a size G crochet hook for the face elements on my 3-6 month size hat. You may want to use a larger hook with larger hats.

Nose: 
with black yarn…
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.

Cheeks: make 2
with white yarn…
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.

First sew on checks so they are almost touching each other. Then sew the nose over the cheeks. 
Then make 3 whiskers on each side with strands of yarn and your tapestry needle.


Eyes: make 2
with white yarn…
Magic ring, chain 2, make 10 DC in ring, join to first DC, fasten off leaving long tail.

Ears: (using H hook)
with black yarn…
Magic ring, chain 2, make 10 DC in ring, join to first DC
change color to orange
Round 2: chain 1, 2 SC in each stitch around, join to first SC, chain 1
Round 3: SC in each stitch around (this causes the ear to curve in).

Sew ears onto hat right at about round 4.

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Snow Friends Finger Puppets

I know a lot of you have been stuck inside with the kids because of heavy snow and freezing temps. If you are looking for a quick craft project, how about making some of these Snow Friend Finger Puppets! I am providing an easy template and all you need is some felt or even paper will work.

Materials:
Snow Friends Finger Puppet Template <——- click here to download
– White and Black Felt (and a scrap of red and orange for embellishments)
– Hot glue gun
– Sharpie marker

Print out your template and use it as a guide to cut out your puppet pieces. You will need two pieces of each main body part.

Now hot glue around the inside edge of one of your body pieces. Stick the other body piece on top. Be sure to glue the penguin wings and polar bear ears between the two body pieces. Don’t glue on the bottom edge. This is where your finger goes!

Glue all face pieces to the front and use a sharpie marker to make eyes.

Now you are ready for some finger puppet fun! Let your kids put on a puppet show. Use a shoe box for a puppet theater. Hopefully this will help pass the time!

How to Photograph Your Crochet

If you have your own business selling crocheted items this post is for you! Even if you don’t sell your crochet but you want to show off your work on social media or on your own blog, you will benefit from this information. You always want the photo of your product to reflect the hard work you put into it. I am by no means a professional photographer but over the past 3 years I have learned a thing or two about how to stage my crochet and I’ve discovered some important tricks to taking eye-catching, pinterest-worthy pictures. My photos are still far from perfect, but below are some tips that I think might help you in your business!

1. Choose a background. In order to showcase your product, you want to place it against a clean, clutter-free background. Get rid of personal items and avoid distracting, clashing colors and patterns. In most cases, a solid color piece of paper is best. Construction or card stock paper, scrapbook paper, or even plain white printer paper can be a great backdrop for appliqués and small projects. For larger projects like hats and afghans, you will need a larger backdrop. You can get a roll of brown mailing paper at the Dollar Store! I have used this many times in my projects (like HERE and HERE and HERE). Or how about the roll of drawing paper from Ikea? A lot of you may already have this in your kids playroom. Also, a piece of white or black poster board (also found at the Dollar Store) works perfectly. HERE is an example of a project against black poster board. But the best thing I ever did was invest $29 in a vinyl backdrop. You have probably seen my faux vintage white wood plank backdrop in a lot of my photos. It is clean and neutral but provides just a little bit of texture and interest to the photo. I also like that it rolls up without crinkling and it wipes clean. I purchased the 4ftx3ft size from Ink&Elm on Etsy. If you like the faux wood look you can also purchase rolls of faux wood paper for a lot less money! I personally have THIS ONE
and have used it many times like in this project right HERE.

One more idea is to use the inside cover of book (see picture below in list item #2). This gives you a consistent background and foreground and is easy to prop up. I’ve been taking quite a few of my pictures using different hardcover children’s books that we have around the house. THIS PROJECT was taken using the inside cover of a Curious George book :)

This is NOT a good way to show off your product:

2. You NEED natural light. Unless you have some sort of professional lighting studio I highly recommend refraining from taking pictures during non-daylight hours. I’ve found that the best place to position your crochet is near a window. You don’t want there to be direct sunlight (or else your photo will be washed out) but the natural light should be filling the room. Turn off any ceiling lights or lamps. You can photograph outside as well but only in a shady spot. I’ve found that overcast days are best for indoor and outdoor photos!

Below is a comparison of a photo taken with natural light vs artificial light. Both photos are completely unedited. The natural light will help bring out the true colors of the yarn. It is also brighter, cleaner, and doesn’t have harsh shadows. Also, I NEVER use the flash on my camera. Let the natural light do the work.
3. Stage your crochet item. I like to photograph my piece as soon as I finish it. The stitches will be tight and the piece will be at its best. If I am going to have my kids model for me, I do that AFTER I have taken all the photos of it lying flat. Try your best to make sure seams are in the back. If it is a hat with earflaps, make sure they look even and the braided tails are nicely positioned or even tied together. Buttons, eyes, and embellishments should all be positioned to perfection (or close to!). If you need to, tape down parts with double sided tape so they don’t move while you are photographing. Block your granny squares if needed. Try and smooth out all lumps. If I want to show more dimension to my hats (and I know my models won’t cooperate) sometimes I use a wine glass to prop it up (see photo below in list item #5).

4. Take pictures from different angles. I take about 60-100 pictures of each project before I choose the best 2-3 “beauty shot” photos to showcase on my blog. Get a photo from the front, back, and sides of the crochet item. Show off the details and embellishments that are especially important or a fun part of the piece. If it’s a larger piece like an afghan try rolling it or folding it. Draping it over a chair and standing on a ladder to take a picture from above. Stack granny squares for more depth. Experiment!
5. Invest in a DSLR Camera and use photo editing software. Smart phones can take OK pictures, but if you want to take it to the next level you will want a better camera. I love my Canon EOS Rebel T2i with the Macro Lens. I use it daily! The macro lens allows me to get a crisp foreground and a blurry background. I know there are other ways to achieve this but I am not a professional photographer and I really don’t understand camera settings very well. The macro lens does it for me! You can also buy a MACRO LENS
that clips onto your smart phone! I haven’t used one but I like the idea :) I’ve been able to create some great bokeh in my photos with this lens. HERE is a helpful article on Bokeh and some additional information about cameras and other lenses you can use to create this affect. 
I use Photoshop to edit all of my photos. Editing consist of adjusting the lighting levels and brightness/contrast to get the photo to really pop! I also use it to resize and crop my photos and collage them if needed. In addition I place my logo on all my photos and at times use decorative fonts to create titles (you can download free fronts from DaFont.com). But Photoshop can be expensive (even the Elements version) and can also be difficult to learn if you don’t have experience with it already. Don’t worry, www.PicMonkey.com is a free photo editing site and it allows you to do all the things I mentioned above!

Try not to get discourage and keep practicing your photography! The goal is to attract people to your item. You want them to be interested and intrigued enough to click on it to see more. Make it stand out from the others and allow your handmade work to shine!

If any of you have other photography tips and tricks I would love for you to comment below!