Burrrrr… It’s Frozen time!

It was seven years ago – we were all gathered together, family & friends, awaiting the arrival of our daughter’s firstborn. Beth, Linds and I were behind the closed doors of the maternity ward, sitting quietly in anticipation of the baby’s first cry, trying so hard to contain our excitement. A darling sweet nurse “spotted” us and giggled, and through a kind smile said “Ladies, you must wait with the others in the Family/Friends room – it won’t be long now”. Awww, shucks… we obliged. She was right! A half of an hour later, in walked “Daddy” wearing a white T-shirt with little footprints of our new Darling Granddaughter (it had been 25 years since a girl was born into the family)! We were all surprised that “she” was born and not “he”. Her parents are of the mindset “you can’t open your Christmas present before Christmas”, so they were just as surprised!

This year our beautiful granddaughter turned seven and celebrated with a “Frozen” themed birthday party. 1elsThis is the first birthday we were unable to attend, being in Colorado, but through the magic of the USPS priority mail, she received her “Frozen” themed gifts – a Princess Elsa lovey and a pair of slippers which match a handcrafted Princess Elsa dress her mother made for her. Here is Miss B’s gifts from her Papa & Nana!

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If you’d like to make your very own Princess Lovey, the pattern is from the wonderful creative designer, Briana Olsen of BowTykes. The pattern is the Pretty Princess Lovey. And if you’d like to make a pair of the cute slippers, it is from creative designers 2GirlsPatterns. I used the Vanessa Big Sister Tab Slipper Pattern and replaced the tab with a snowflake. Both patterns can be found on Ravelry!

HAPPY THURSDAY!

<3 ~ Wendy

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Santa Pocket Ornament Free Crochet Pattern

Well, Friends… It all started with yarn stash diving this morning and the need to START NOW on my Holiday Projects!

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So at the end of the Holiday Season, there was a sale on Bernat Puff Ball Holiday yarn that I JUST COULDN’T PASS UP! Six skeins later and unopened from its shipping bag, I needed to USE IT! While I couldn’t find a link to the exact yarn I used, Joann’s is having an awesome sale on a three-pack of pom-pom yarn for 4.00! Here’s the link Bernat Baby Pom Pom yarn. Not sure how long this sale will last, but as of this post today, it IS on sale. As an alternative to the pre-made pom-pom yarn, you certainly could make your own with little pom-poms made with a fork and string them together for this project – the pom-poms are approximately 1″ apart. Here is a YouTube videotutorial link for making Fork Pom-Poms. Another idea is to use Maria’s Loop-d-Loop tutorial and add a couple rows of sc loops in place of the pom-poms.

Fill your Santa Pocket Ornament with edible treats, a gift card, or cash! This little project is GREAT for your workplace Secret Santa game with a gift certificate for a pedicure, an iTunes GC, etc. Oh, and how fun to add it to your wrapping of holiday treat plates with recipes in the pocket for neighbors and friends. Not to mention, attaching to your wrapped gifts as an embellishment or hang on the tree for Christmas Eve/Morning gifts. Your recipient is sure to enjoy this Santa Pocket Ornament for years to come!

Santa Pocket Ornament

MATERIALS

  • Worsted weight yarn – flesh tone, white, red, black (Model made with Lily Sugar’n Cream)
  • Bernat Puff Ball Holiday or options mentioned above – white
  • Hooks – F (5/3.75mm), G hook (6/4.25mm)
  • Stitch marker
  • Yarn needle
  • Optional – blush or chalk and a Q-tip

ABBREVIATIONS

  • BLO=back loop only
  • Ch=chain
  • Hdc=half double crochet
  • MR=magic ring
  • Sc=single crochet
  • Sl st=slip stitch
  • St=stitch(es)

HOW TO READ THIS PATTERN

  • When a number precedes the st, that number of sts need to go into the next st.
  • When you see directions in **, that instruction needs to be worked as a set.
  • The number in () at the end of a round is the number of sts for that round.

NOTES

  • The face and back of head are worked in the round without joins – use a stitch marker to mark the first st of the round.
  • The hat is a half circle.
  • Santa Pocket Ornament dimension is approximately 4.5”

PATTERN (G hook, unless otherwise noted)

Face: (flesh tone yarn)

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  • R1: Start with a magic ring, ch1, hdc 6 into the ring. Tighten ring. (6)
  • R2: 2hdc each st around. (12)
  • R3: *hdc 1, 2hdc*. Repeat ** around. (18)
  • R4: *hdc 2, 2hdc*. Repeat ** around. (24)
  • R5: *hdc 3, 2hdc*. Repeat ** around. (30)
  • R6: *hdc 4, 2hdc*. Repeat ** around. Sc 1, sl st 1. Finish off. (38)

Head back: Repeat Face instructions with white yarn.

Hat: (red yarn

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  • R1: Start with a magic ring, hdc 6 into the ring, turn. (6)
  • R2: Ch1, 2hdc each st, turn. (12)
  • R3: Ch1, *2hdc, hdc 1, 2hdc*. Repeat ** around, turn. (18)
  • R4: Ch1, *2hdc, hdc 2, 2hdc*. Repeat ** around, turn. (24)
  • R5: Ch1, *2hdc, hdc 3, 2hdc*. Repeat ** around, turn. (30)
  • R6: Ch1, *2hdc, hdc 4, 2hdc*. Repeat ** around, turn. (36)
  • R7: Ch1, sc each st around. Finish off with long tail for sewing. (36)

Hat edging: (F hook)

  • Along straight edge, sl st evenly with Puff Ball yarn. Leave 1 Puff Ball for “dangle”. Cut yarn at end of dangle Puff Ball.

ASSEMBLY:

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  • Hat to face – Sew hat to face aligning hat just above the center of the face. Finish off and weave in tails.
  • Face accents – using black yarn place two eyes. Using face yarn, center nose a row below eyes and repeat the stitch 5-6 times until you like the results of the nose. Now with your Q-tip and blush or chalk, lightly paint on a “cherry nose” and blushed cheeks – set the blush/chalk by rubbing gently over the areas with your finger (the oil from your skin will set the blush/chalk).
  • Beard (F hook) – place face and back of head wrong sides together, pin into place. With back of head (white circle) facing, sl st BLO from next st below hat edge around with Puff Ball yarn. Finish off.
  • Hanger – with a 12” piece of red yarn, find center of face piece (behind the hat) and hat, run yarn through both face and hat over one st and pull yarn even to top of your Santa Pocket Ornament. Tie a knot to desired length.
  • Optional – I used white yarn and sewed three sts of the face and back of head together on either side to close up the pocket a bit. If you’d rather not have the pocket, sew up the back of head and face completely around – add a bit of stuffing for a 3 dimensional effect. This project would also make a darling Sachet – simply fill with you fragrance pebbles (sugar cookie), a spice bag, cinnamon sticks, etc., then sew the pocket closed <3

©The Hooked Haberdasher 2014, All Rights Reserved

I sure hope you enjoyed making your Santa Pocket Ornament as much as I enjoyed sharing the pattern with you. Don’t forget to subscribe to this blog, as this ornament is the first in a series of many to come over the next month or so – you don’t want to miss out – so subscribe today!

~ Wendy

 

 

 

72 Hour Flash Sale!

72 hour flash sale!

While you’re here, be sure to subscribe to the blog so you’ll always be in the “know”!

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The Miss Dolly Skirt & Kerchief crochet pattern is on sale at 40% off for the next 72 hours only!

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Model photos courtesy of Yarn Medley’s From The Heart

Hurry on over to my Ravelry Shop and use coupon code DOLLY40 at checkout to receive your 40% off discount of the Miss Dolly Skirt & Kerchief crochet pattern! Flash sale expires 7/26/14 11:59 p.m. MDT.

~ Wendy

Project Sweet Peas & Free Character Hat Pattern!

I belong to a wonderful group on Facebook – Elk Studio Crocheters, founded by Kathy Lashley of Elk Studio Handcrafted Crochet. There is a charity event monthly called Elk Studio-From The Heart. Anyone can join in the gift of giving by going to the linked webpage.

This month’s charity is Project Sweet Peas, organized by my dear friend, Maria Bittner of Pattern Paradise. The charity has conveyed their needs and one of the requests was for “character hats”, as the loving nurses in the NICU <3 to dress up the newborn babies in their care for Halloween. So I hunted around for free “character hat” patterns – and there are a lot out there – in fact so many, I was overwhelmed. With that being said, I put my designing mind to work and with hook to yarn, came up with “character” pom-pom hats. Oh, goodness – what fun I had making these tiny little newborn hats and decided I would share my design with you as a free pattern. I encourage you to use this pattern not only for personal use, but to also make “character hats” for newborns and donate to your local NICU, as most NICUs all over the country like to dress their babies up for the fall holiday! I learned something years ago when I was making handcrafted greeting cards – since you have all the supplies at the “ready”, why not make two or three at the same sitting – this applies now to my crochet projects, too. So while you’re making one of these hats for a newborn, why not make two or three or TEN, and gift some to your local hospital’s NICU.  Your generosity would be greatly appreciated, especially by the family of the newborns staying in the NICU! Please visit the Project Sweet Peas website to learn more about how you can help in their efforts.

So without further ado, here is the free newborn “character” hat pattern.

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MATERIALS

Worsted weight yarn (“red character”-black, red, yellow, white; “pink character”-black, pink, white)

Size H hook (8/5.00mm)

Yarn needle

Fiberfill – optional

ABBREVIATIONS

Ch=chain

Hdc=half double crochet

Sc=single crochet

Sk=skip

Sl st=slip stitch

St=stitch(es)

HOW TO READ THIS PATTERN

  • When a number precedes the st, that number of sts need to go in the next st. When you see directions in **, that instruction needs to be worked as a set. The number in () at the end of a round is the number of sts for that round.
  • Newborn size fits head circumference 12-13”
  • Using the nearly seamless round technique inspired by Cre8tion Crochet. For the hdc using this technique, I sl st into both top loops. See the videotutorial for a visual reference.

HAT (directions for “red character”; “pink character” options below)

R1: With black start with a magic ring, hdc 10 into ring, join with sl st to 1st hdc. Tighten ring. (10)

R2: ch1, sk1, 2hdc each st to last st. Working over ch1, place last 2hdc in sk st, join with sl st to 1st hdc. (20)

R3: ch1, sk1, *hdc 1, 2hdc*, repeat ** around to last st. Working over ch1, place last 2hdc in sk st, join with sl st to 1st hdc. (30)

R4: ch1, sk1, *hdc 2, 2hdc*, repeat ** around to last st. Working over ch1, place last 2hdc in sk st, join with sl st to 1st hdc. (40)

R5: ch1, sk1, hdc each st around to last st. Working over ch1, place last hdc in sk st, join with sl st to 1st hdc. (40)

R6-R8: repeat R5. (40)

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Fig. 1 working “beneath” (over) R14

R9-R13: Change color to red. ch1, sk1, hdc each st around to last st. Working over ch1, place last hdc in sk st, join with sl st to 1st hdc. (40)

R14: Change color to yellow. Ch1, sl st each st around, join with sl st to 1st sl st. (40)

R15: Ch1, turn. Working beneath R14, work 1 sc each st around, join with sl st to 1st sc. (40)- see Fig 1

R16-R20: ch1, work 1 sc each st around, join with sl st to 1st sc. R20 Finish off leaving a 36” tail for sewing. (40)

BUTTONS (make 2)

R1: With white start with a magic ring, sc 8 into the ring, sl st to 1st sc. Tighten ring. (8)

R2: sl st each st around. Finish off, leaving a 4” tail. (8)

POM POMS (make 2)

Using black, either use the green clover pom-pom maker or wrap the yarn around your palm 40-50 times, carefully remove loops from your hand. With an 8” piece of yarn, tie the middle of your wrapped loops tightly, knot to secure. Cut loop ends on either side of the tied wrap – fluff, and trim if you wish.

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Fig. 2

CONSTRUCTION

Using your yarn needle, thread with the long yellow tail. Turn up the yellow rows and sew to the posts of R13, stuffing lightly as you go. Finish off and weave in ends. – see Fig 2

Use your tails to tie your buttons onto the red section of your hat.

Use your tails to tie your pom-poms to the top of your hat (I find the center of the hat top, insert crochet hook from inside out at the bottom of R2 and pull one tail to the inside of the hat; then repeat the process with the second tail at the bottom of R4 and tie the tails into a secure knot inside the hat and trim tails), in a position you like to represent the mouse ears.

“PINK CHARACTER” OPTION

Work the hat the same as the “red character”. On R14, change back to black and continue the remainder of the hat in the same fashion as the “red character”.

BOW

R1: With pink, ch 11, hdc 2nd ch from hook and across, ch1, turn. (9)

R2: Hdc each st across, ch1, turn. (9)

R3: repeat R2. Finish off, weave in tails. (9)

R4: Start with a long tail and then use approximately 12-18” of yarn and wind around center of bow, cross tie at the back, leaving two long tails to attach to hat.

R5: With white and using your yarn needle, make French knots for dots.

POLKA DOTS (make six)

R1: With white, start with a magic ring and work 6 sc into the ring, join with sl st to 1st sc. Tighten ring and finish off leaving a 4” tail to tie dots to hat. (6)

The same construction process used for the “red character”, is also used for the “pink character”. 1THHmm4

*Instructional videotutorials courtesy of Cro8tion Crochet, Crochet Garden & Moogly

The Hooked Haberdasher ©2014, All Rights Reserved

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I hope you enjoy this free “character” hat pattern and so as not to miss anything new to my blog, why not subscribe by email and follow to keep “in the know” <3. I do strongly urge you to make some hats and gift them to your local hospital’s NICU.

♥ ~ Wendy

Sea Breeze Slippers & Happy Friday!

1HTslipsfbI had the extreme pleasure in testing the newly released pattern “Sea Breeze Slippers” from Pattern Paradise! And… let me tell you, I <3 them…

In fact I enjoyed the pattern so much, I not only made a size 7-8 for myself, but then made another pair (size 5-6) for my beautiful mother as a gift.

1momSBslips2When in the house, my new Sea Breeze Slippers are always donned! I really enjoyed using the houndstooth stitch pattern and the soles are doubled for extra padding and comfort. The pattern is written with left and right slippers for added comfort and goes from a size 5 through size 11. To distinguish right/left slippers, I added yarn bows to mine and cute little pom-poms to Mom’s… I do so <3 me some cute pom-poms!

Overall, this pattern gets five out of five stars from me! Excellent job, Pattern Paradise! You can find the pattern on sale through 7/19 for the special release price in Maria’s Ravelry Shop :)

Happy Friday!

~ Wendy

Mystery FLASH SALE!

IT’S A MYSTERY AND THE GAME IS  CATCHING FIRE ALL OVER THE WORLD!!!

One of the crochet patterns in my Ravelry Shop is on sale for 40% off — which one could it be?

I would be remiss in my duties as the blogger of this website if I didn’t encourage you to subscribe to this blog ———————————————–> right there! :)

After you’ve hunted and squelched your hunger and solved the mystery, use coupon code MYSTERY40 at checkout to receive your 40% discount! If you’d like to return kindness, it would be awesome if you would add the listing to your favorites!

mysteryGood luck and may the odds be ever in your favor!

~ Wendy

Happy Birthday Mommy and a Giddy Giggle!

I am just thrilled to share with you that I joined Oombawka Designs Link & Share Wednesday last week with my Sunny’s Sunhat pattern…. and guess what…

Sunny’s Sunhat came in #1 — hence my giddy giggle.

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Link & Share Wednesday is a weekly – so head on over to Rhondda’s and submit yours for week 50!

To celebrate my beautiful Mother’s 73rd birthday (the pattern’s namesake) Sunny’s Sunhat  and the pattern’s week in the spotlight of Link & Share Wednesday, the pattern will be on sale at 40% off in my Ravelry shop through July 12th midnight MDT.

Happy Birthday Mommy!!!

~ Wendy

Week #2 Stitch’n Style Handbag Blog Hop CAL

1week 2 sqsLet’s have fun!!! Week #2 of the Stitch’n Style Handbag Blog Hop CAL is up and running on Janaya’s blog, Charmed by Ewe. Instructions for the next two squares pictured above can be found there. Week #3 will be hosted by Maria at Pattern Paradise, where she will give you the instructions on how to join up your squares next week! If you haven’t joined the event yet, it’s not too late, head on over to the event page and join us! Let’s CAL!

~ Wendy

Week #1 ~ Stitch’n Style Handbag Blog Hop CAL

1-1&2-sqRwpWelcome to the first week of our July Crochet-Along Blog Hop. If you haven’t joined the event on Facebook yet, Follow this link July Stitch’n Style Handbag CAL Blog Hop. This week you will begin your CAL by crocheting up blocks in two different stitch patterns – the Diagonal Spike stitch and Ridged String Network stitch. You’ll need to make two of each block. Ready, Set, GO!

Materials:

  • Approximately 600 yards of yarn, we used DK weight, but really you can use any yarn you want as long as you adjust the hook size
  • A 3.75mm/US F crochet hook
  • ½ yard – 1 yard of lining fabric (optional, but we recommend it)
  • Iron on interfacing strip (optional, but we recommend it)
  • Basic crochet tools such as a yarn needle and scissors
  • A good attitude and fun spirit!

Abbreviations:

  • Beg = Beginning
  • Ch(s) = Chain(s)
  • Dc =Double crochet
  • Dec = decrease
  • PUFF st = Puff stitch
  • Ldc = Long double crochet
  • LKDC = Linked double crochet
  • R = Row
  • Rep = Repeat
  • Sc= Single crochet
  • Sdc = Spike double crochet
  • St(s) = Stitches

How to read this pattern

  • Asterisks indicate to repeat stitches within the ** as instructed.
  • Parentheses () at the end of a round = total sts for that round.

 

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Diagonal Spike Stitch

Square One (make two)

Yarn: DK, sport, category 3

Model made with Omega Sinfonia

Hook size: F-5 (3.75mm) or size needed to make gauge

Gauge: 22 st x 9 rows = 5×5”

Spike double crochet (Sdc) = yo, insert hook into same space that first dc of previous 3 dc block was worked, yo, draw loop through long and even with working row so as not to crush 3 dc block,  *yo, draw through 2 loops* twice. Find the videotutorial here for a visual reference.

R1: Ch 23 with moderate tension (rather loosely).

R2: dc 3rd ch from hook (count as 1 dc), *1 dc into each of next 3 chs, skip next ch and work 1 Sdc over it instead* repeat ** across, ending 1 dc into last ch, turn. (22)

R3: ch3 (count as 1 dc), skip 1 st, *1 dc into each of next 3 sts, skip next st and work 1 Sdc over it instead* repeat** across, ending 1 dc into top of turning ch, turn. (22)

R4-9: Repeat R3.  DO NOT FASTEN OFF – skip to SC Border for joining squares

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Square Two (make two)

Yarn: DK, sport, category 3

Model made with Omega Sinfonia

Hook size: F-5 (3.75mm) or size needed to make gauge

Gauge: 28 sts x 18 rows = 5×5”

Find the videotutorial here for a visual reference.

R1: Ch 30 with moderate tension (rather loosely).

R2:(right side) 1 sc into 2nd ch from hook, *ch 3, skip 3 chs, 1 sc into next ch, repeat** to end, turn. (29)

R3: Ch1, working into back loop only of each st work 1 sc into first st, *ch 3, skip 3 chs, 1 sc into next sc; repeat ** to end, turn. (29)

R4-18: Repeat R3. DO NOT FASTEN OFF – skip to SC Border for joining squares

SC Border For Joining Squares:

Ch1, *work 22 sc evenly to st before corner, 3sc in corner st*, repeat ** 3 more times. Join with sl st to beg sc. Fasten off.

Tip: To assist in placing the 22 stitches evenly across the square, divide the square edge into 4 sections and figure out how many stitches you’d need to have in each section to make it even – I did 5 in the first section, 6 in the next 2 sections and 5 in the final section.

Each Monday, beginning July 7th, the host (that’s me this week!) will start a post on the Facebook event page for the week’s WIP (work in progress) projects – we’d love for you to comment on those posts and add a photo(s) of your WIP, so we can all ooh and aah over them!  Also, I would be remiss in my duties as the blogger of this website, if I didn’t encourage you to click on that area to your right ———-> and subscribe to this blog 

Week #2 of the July Stitch’n Style Handbag CAL Blog Hop will be July 8th over on Janaya’s Blog - Charmed by Ewe

Happy Hooking and see you next week over at Charmed by Ewe!

 Wendy

 

 

Patriotic Hatband/Headband Free Pattern

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Patriotic Hatband

or Headband

Size: Fits hat/head circumference
6-12 months – 16-17”
Toddler – 18-19”
Child – 20-21”
Adult – 22-23”
Materials:
Hooks: US G 5.00mm and H 5.50mm.
Yarn: 50-65 yds est; Star: Blue – 5 yds. White/natural – 2 strands 5 yds each.
Yarn needle
Scissors
Abbreviations:
Ch=chain
Dc=double crochet
Hdc=half double crochet
Sc=single crochet
Sl st=slip stitch
Sts=stitch(es)
Special Stitch:
Picot – sc 3rd ch from hook.

HoundsTooth Band: Use H hook

R1: chain (57, 61, 65, 73), sc 2nd ch from hook, *dc 1, sc 1* repeat ** across, change color with last pull through, turn. *Tip: carry color or finish off every row.
R2: ch1, *dc 1, sc 1* repeat ** across, change color with last pull through, turn. *Tip: your stitches should be opposite of the previous row’s.
R3: ch1, *sc 1, dc 1* repeat ** across, change color with last pull through, turn.
Repeat rows 2 and 3 until desired height. Use your yarn needle to whip stitch short ends together to form band. Weave in all ends.

Star motif: Use G hook

R1: Begin with a magic ring, ch1, hdc 15 sts into magic ring. Join to top of 1st hdc with sl st. Pull magic ring tight.
R2: *ch2, sc* repeat ** around. Join with sl st to top of 1st ch. Finish off leaving a long tail.
R3: Working with two strands, attach white/neutral color in a sc st opposite of where you finished off R2. *Ch8, picot, ch5, sk 2 sc, sc* repeat ** four more times, ending with a sc into st you joined your white/neutral color. Finish off. *Tip: use your tails to tie your motif to your band.
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This fun Patriotic Hatband/Headband & Star Motif  fits the Sunny’s SunHat pattern perfectly!

~Wendy