Holiday Stashdown CAL 2016 Winner

I’m so exited! Remember this Berries Jubilee Infinity Scarf by Oombawka Design I entered into the 2016 Holiday Stashdown? IT WON!! I found out last week from Marie Segares of Underground Crafter (she hosted the crochet along) but I’ve been waiting to see what the prize is to post this. After hearing back from Marie, my prize was 3 patterns from Oombawka’s Ravelry Shop. Yes! Here’s the ones I selected (photos are property of Oombawka Design):

1. Berries Jubilee Hat (how could I not make the matching hat?)

2. Love is in the Air Valentine’s Cowl

3. Rainbow of Butterflies Scarf

I am super excited to get these new projects on my hooks but my craft list is a little long with a couple commitments at the moment. I can’t wait to share those projects with you.

Lastly, in the unlikely event that Marie from Underground Crafter or Rhondda from Oombawka Design happen to come across my little corner of the blogosphere, I give them my biggest thanks for hosting (Marie) the CAL and for submitting great free patterns (Rhondda). I can’t wait to participate again in this years Holiday Stashdown.

Have any of you participated in any great CAL’s lately?

FREE PATTERN: Mickey Mouse Newborn Cocoon & Hat

Here is my first official pattern. I’m really very excited. This is a set I made for a coworker expecting her first child. She absolutely loved it and I hope you love it too. I used Turtle’s Mickey as my inspiration.

As long as I operate the blog it will be free. Eventually I hope to have a printable PDF option available. It really is a basic pattern and easily customizable. To make it bigger or smaller just adjust the number of starting stitches in the magic ring (if you don’t know how to do a magic ring or prefer not to, you could chain 2 and work in the 2nd chain from the hook). If you use this pattern, please do not sell it (although you can sell what you make). I just ask that you link back to my blog. Thank you and enjoy the pattern!

MICKEY MOUSE NEWBORN COCOON & HAT

Supplies

Yarn-Size 4 Worsted Weight in yellow, black, red and white (you could use white buttons instead)

H hook

Yarn needle

Scissors

Gauge

Not important

Stitches used

Magic ring, chain (Ch), double crochet (DC), slip stitch (sl st), front post double crochet (FPDC), back post double crochet (BPDC)

Special notes

The Ch 2 at the beginning of each round/row does NOT count as a stitch.

COCOON

Round 1: With yellow, Magic ring, Ch 2, 12 DC inside ring, sl st to first DC (12)

Round 2: Ch 2, 2DC in same stitch as join, 2DC in each stitch around, sl st to first DC (24)

Round 3: Ch 2, 1DC in same stitch, 2DC in next stitch, *1DC in next, 2DC in next. Repeat from *. Sl st in 1st DC (36)

Round 4: Ch 2, 1DC in same stitch, 1DC in next, 2DC in next, *1DC in next 2 stitches, 2DC in next. Repeat from *. Sl st in 1st DC (48)

Round 5: Ch 2, 1DC in same stitch, 1DC in next 2 stitches, 2DC in next, *1DC in next 3 stitches, 2DC in next. Repeat from *. Slst in 1st dc (60)

Round 6: Ch 2, 1dc in same stitch, 1dc in next 3 stitches, 2dc in next, *1dc in each of next 4 stitches, 2dc in next. Repeat from *. Slst in 1st dc (72)

Round 7: Ch 2, 1dc in same stitch, 1DC in next 4 stitches, 2dc in next, *1dc in next 5 stitches, 2dc in next. Repeat from *. SL st in 1st dc. (84)

Change to black yarn
Round 8-11
: Ch 2, 1dc in same stitch, 1dc around (84)



Change to Red
Round 12-21
: Ch 2, 1dc in same stitch, 1dc around (84)

Change to black
Round 22-28
: Ch 2, 1dc in same stitch, 1dc around (84)

Round 29: Ch 2, *1fpdc, 1bpdc. Repeat around alternating the fpdc and bpdc.

Finish off and weave in ends

Buttons (make 2)
With white yarn
Magic ring, Ch 2, 12dc inside ring. SL St to 1st dc. Close ring and finish off leaving a long tail (12).
Sew 2 buttons near the top of where the red section ends on the cocoon in the middle leaving a small space between the buttons.

Hat
Round 1: Magic ring, Ch 2, 12dc inside ring. Slst to 1st dc (12)

Round 2
: Ch 2, 2dc in same stitch as join, 2dc in each stitch around. Slst to 1st dc. (24)

Round 3
: Ch 2, 1dc in same stitch, 2dc in next stitch. *1dc in next, 2dc in next. Repeat from *. Slst (36)

Round 4
: Ch 2, 1dc in same, 1dc in next, 2dc in next. *1dc in next 2, 2dc in next. Repeat from *. Slst (48)

Round 5
: Ch 2, 1dc in same, 1dc in next 2, 2dc in next. *1dc in next 3, 2dc in next. Repeat from *. Slst (60)

Round 6-8
: Ch 2, 1dc in same stitch, 1dc around. Slst. (60)

Round 9
: Ch 2, *1fpdc, 1bpdc. Repeat from *around. Slst (60)

Ears (make 2)
Round 1:
Magic ring, Ch 2, 12dc inside ring. Slst in 1st dc. (12)

Round 2
: Ch 2, 2dc in same stitch as join. 2dc in each stitch around. Slst to 1st dc (24)
Finish off leaving long tail.
Sew ears onto hat.

See how basic and easy that was? If you use my pattern I’d love to see it!

 

 

 

 

Pretty Girl Beanie & Shawl

I can’t believe this is my first post of 2017. I literally don’t know where January has flown off to. It was a busy month though. Between work, sick kids and Burger having another surgery it seems it’s been one thing after another. That doesn’t mean my crochet hooks have been left empty however. I’ve made a few messy bun hats (including one for myself) and this gorgeous hat and shawl set. Here’s the details:

My father’s sister-in-law (my step aunt) is battling Stage 3 Colon Cancer. My dad thought it would be nice if she had a hat and asked if I would make her one. Well, of course, Dad! I do not know my step aunt so while I was texting my step mother to learn more about her sister (favorite color mainly) it occurred to me to ask if she thought her sister would like a shawl and we decided she would love a shawl. So my work began.

First, I was told the favorite color is pink so I had to find the perfect pink. I decided on Caron Simply Soft in color Strawberry. Caron is a super soft yarn so when I went shopping I pretty well knew that’s what I wanted. I’ve never made a shawl before so I bought 4 skeins (I ended up only using 2). I prefer the look of triangle shawls so I needed to learn the basics. It was actually kinda difficult to find just a basic double crochet shawl but alas, after many many videos I found this one. This shawl worked up so quickly and easily I’ll be making another one with the remaining 2 skeins.

Next, was the hat. Of course, I know how to make a hat without a pattern but I wanted it to be special. That’s when I found the Pretty Girl Beanie from Crochet Rochelle. Here’s what I love about this hat: it’s easy (just double crochet, and half double crochet stitches until the edging), the edging is an elegant shell stitch, and I love the oversized flower. It sounds and looks like any other basic hat pattern but when its on, it has a 1920’s-ish flair to it. Just beautiful.

The hat and shawl were well received and I’ll be making another set in this color for Etsy. Would you claim it for your own or even have a custom one made as a gift? You can contact me at turtleburgercrochet@outlook.com or leave a message in the comments section.

Crochet Tapestry

Here’s my first attempts with tapestry crochet. Once I got the hang of how to manage the color changes it really was sorta kinda easy peasy. I made each one based on Ternie’s nieces and nephews. They were a big hit with each of them. I used Red Heart Super Saver; however, since I was framing them, I really should’ve used thinner yarn but, nonetheless, they turned out great. I do have a great tip that took me a little while to figure out: before you start you graph, there is lots of preplanning. It’s imperative to number the rows on your graph and establish your right and wrong sides. If you take this extra step it makes it so much easier. Most importantly, by establishing your right and wrong sides, you’ll be able to have your color changes all on the same side. Trust me, for a smoother and more professional finished project, you’re going to want to do it this way.

Listed below are the sites I got each of the graphs from.

Cats

Musical note

Rooster

Letter S

Horse

Messy Bun Hat

Although I had already planned to jump on the messy bun/ponytail/mom bun hat bandwagon, my sister sent me a text of one so I made it earlier than expected. Boy, am I glad I did. A lady at work was looking for two so I offered to make them. Then a pharmacist at Walgreens wants one. Good thing I decided to wear my sisters for the day to decide if I wanted one for myself. It also made me realize I need to get business cards ASAP. Although I told the pharmacist how to get in touch with me, it would’ve been more professional to hand her a card. Does anyone know of any good deals or tips on getting business cards made up?

Would you like a messy bun hat? Contact me for your custom order today. Adult and child sizes available for $15 with free shipping.

I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and that 2017 will be the best year yet for all of us.

Update: I was reminded by a reader I forgot to mention where I got the pattern from. Truthfully, these hats take some getting used to. I took bits and pieces from different patterns but the one I’ve been following most closely is from Crochet Jewel on YouTube. I did not use a hair tie. Instead, I chained the 22 and went from there. I’ve also done several hats using her ribbed band and also did some with a basic single crochet edging. Once you figure the best starting method for you, its just like any other hat pattern and is easy to customize.

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas, dear readers! I will be back hopefully next week with lots of updates. Projects to tell you about include my adventures in tapestry crochet and the ever popular messy bun/ponytail/mom bun hat. Stay tuned!

I truly wish you all the merriest of Christmas’s as I will be celebrating the most precious of births with my family.

See you soon!

Christmas Tree Skirt

This year I really wanted to make a Christmas tree skirt. Maybe it’s just me but there seems to be something special about making a skirt that adorns a beautiful tree that your family came together to work on and created a memory around. Hopefully, this skirt will be around for years to come. Once I got the hang of the beginning, the pattern was super easy. I started (and stopped and ripped apart) several different skirts (including some that were just a basic double crochet) but none of those worked out for me. I just wasn’t getting it I guess. This is the first one that I was finally understanding and had an elegant while simple design. If you’re a beginner, this is a great pattern. If you’re not a beginner but it’s your first tree skirt (like me) this is the pattern I recommend, at least until you understand the basics of the formation. The designer provides the formation of the pattern and then at the end it is easily customizable. I used Red Heart Super Saver in colors Cherry, White, and Paddy Green.