Stitch’n Style Handbag CAL Ending Soon!

Did you hop along with us for the Stitch’n Style Handbag Blog Hop CAL, hosted by Charmed By Ewe, Pattern Paradise and The Hooked Haberdasher? The event ends tomorrow – get your photo of your finished project to us on the pinned post of the Facebook Event to be entered into the drawing for the wonderful prizes!

LOOK at this wonderful bag from Cecelia – <3 the color combo!

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 And another from Karen, which she made into a diaper bag – Genius!

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Entries for the drawing ends tomorrow 7/31/14 at midnight, so be sure to get your entry in on the Facebook Event page!

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~ Wendy

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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

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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

4-step Challenge Winners Announced!

Congratulations to the 10 winners of The Gaucho TrailHat pattern. The 4-step challenge on my Facebook Fan Page is now closed. Thank you to all who entered and shared the 4-step Challenge!

Check the list to see if you were randomly chosen by WooBox! You have until 7/24/14 11:59 p.m. PDT to claim your prize! Email me at thehookedhaberdasher@gmail.com so I can send you your copy of The Gaucho TrailHat pattern. Unclaimed prizes will be forfeited.

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Jess Ica D

Deb Crossin

Iretxe Aguado

Lynette Joe

Shanna Walker

AG Handmades

Tanya Williams

Nicole Eckert

Diane Schweinhagen

Darcie Ogle

Congrats, Again!

♥ 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

 

 

10,000 Followers at Pattern Paradise GIVEAWAY!

Oh my GOODNESS… Pattern Paradise has reached 10,000 Facebook fans and to celebrate the milestone, Maria is doing a HUGE GIVEAWAY on her blog. With nearly FORTY vendors participating and an AWESOME GRAND PRIZE! Hop over and join in the fun!

I am one of the vendors participating in the GIVEAWAY and TWO lucky recipients will receive an Annual Pattern Pass to my Ravelry shop! What is an annual pattern pass, you ask? Well, every time I release a pattern on Ravelry, the Annual Pattern Pass holder will receive the pattern gifted to their Ravelry library!

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Don’t miss out – get over there to Pattern Paradise and ENTER!

Wendy

Really BIIIIIIIIIG Giveaway!!!

Hurry and get yourself on over to my Facebook page to enter the Really BIIIIIIIG Giveaway! There are nearly TWENTY vendors participating in this giveaway which started TODAY! Just click on the blue “giveaway” button at the top of my Facebook page and it will take you to the giveaway – there are so many GREAT prizes being offered, you’ll want to enter each one for the chance to win! I personally am offering to TWO lucky entrants a “2014 Annual Pattern Pass” to my Ravelry pattern store. What does an annual pattern pass holder receive you may ask? Well… every single pattern I release in 2014 will be gifted to the annual pattern pass holders!(pass expires 12/31/14) And I’ve gotta bunch of them releasing!

You don’t want to miss out on this one, Friends!!! Head on over to get your entries in today~giveaway ends 4/15/14. ~  Wendy 

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