Saturday, November 30, 2013

Washcloth Gift Idea for Christmas

I love to make washcloths because they are so easy and they make fabulous gifts! I've decided that I'll be giving out a few washcloths as neighbor gifts for Christmas this year, so I made up a little poem and gift tag. (You can find the links for the gift tags at the bottom of this post.)

Here's a little washcloth
To help you with your dishes
We send with it our love
And lots of holiday wishes!


If you want to whip of some of your own washcloths to give away this holiday season, I've got some of my favorite patterns linked up below. Or you could always just buy washcloths at the store :)

Cute Crocheted Washcloth Patterns:
Tulip Stitch Dishcloth

Cute Knitted Washcloth Patterns:
Waffle Knit Dishcloth
Andalutheean Knitted Dishcloth (featured in picture above)

I created 2 different options for the poem gift tags. Just click on the links below to download them! (Don't worry. My watermark won't be in your way once you download the tags!)

Washcloth Christmas Poem in Blue

Washcloth Christmas Poem in Red


I absolutely love Christmas! It really is the most wonderful time of the year, isn't it?


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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Toddler Crochet Minnie Mouse Earflap Hat


In my Minnie and Daisy quiet book page post, I mentioned that I have a toddler aged sister who loves Mickey Mouse clubhouse. Because I'm the most fabulous and awesome sister ever, I whipped up this darling Minnie Mouse hat for her! The best part? She loves to wear it!

Materials:
  • Size I crochet hook
  • Medium worsted weight yarn in white, pink, black
  • White felt cut into little circles
  • Glue Gun
  • Tapestry Needle
Notes:
  • Ch 2 does NOT count as a stitch.
  • Don't join rounds to top of ch 2. Instead, join the rounds to the 1st DC. 
  • You are welcome to make and sell products from this pattern but please link back to this post. Please do not copy this pattern and claim it as your own. Please do not republish any of my photos as your own.
  • This hat fits an approximately 20-22 inch head.

Toddler Minnie Mouse Earflap Hat Pattern:

Round 1: Magic Ring, ch 2, DC 10, pull ring nice and tight, join to first DC, ch 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each DC around, join, ch 2. (20 DC)
Round 3: 
DC in first, DC in next DC, repeat  around, ch 2. (30 DC)
Round 4: 
DC in first, DC in next 2 DC, repeat around, join, ch 2.  (40 DC) 
Round 5: 2 DC
 in first, DC in next 3 DC, repeat around, join, ch 2. (50 DC)
Round 6: 2 DC in first, DC in next 9 DC, repeat around, join, ch 2. (55 DC)
Round 7-12: DC in each around, join, ch 2. Do not finish off! (55 DC) 


Earflap 1:

Round 1: Ch 1, SC in next 10, ch 1, turn
Round 2: SC decrease, SC in next 6, SC decrease, ch 1, turn
Round 3: SC across, ch 1, turn
Round 4: SC decrease, SC in next 4, SC decrease, ch 1, turn
Round 5: SC across, ch 1, turn
Round 6: SC decrease, SC in next 2, SC decrease, ch 1, turn
Round 7: SC across, ch 1, turn
Round 8: 2 SC decrease, ch 1, turn
Round 9: SC decrease, finish off

Earflap 2: 

From where the 1st earflap is finished off, count over 13 or 14 stitches. Join yarn, ch 1
Round 1: SC in next 10, ch 1, turn
Round 2: SC decrease, SC in next 6, SC decrease, ch 1, turn
Round 3: SC across, ch 1, turn
Round 4: SC decrease, SC in next 4, SC decrease, ch 1, turn
Round 5: SC across, ch 1, turn
Round 6: SC decrease, SC in next 2, SC decrease, ch 1, turn
Round 7: SC across, ch 1, turn
Round 8: 2 SC decrease, ch 1, turn
Round 9: SC decrease, finish off

Border:

Round 1: Join pink yarn to any DC. Ch 1, SC in same stitch, *skip 1 DC, in next DC  HDC, (ch 1, HDC) 3 times, skip 1 DC, SC in next SC, repeat from * around hat. Join with slip stitch to 1st SC. 
Round 2: Ch 1,SC in same SC, *slip stitch into next ch 1 space, (ch 3, slip stitch in ch 1 space) 2 times, slip stitch into next SC, repeat from * around. Join with slip stitch, finish off.

Ears: (Make 2)
 
Round 1: Magic Ring, ch 2, DC 10, pull ring nice and tight, join to first DC, ch 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each DC around, join, ch 2. (20 DC)
Round 3: 2 SC in first, SC in next SC, repeat  around, join. Finish off. (30 SC)

Bow:

Ch 17
Round 1: Starting in 3rd stitch from hook, HDC across. Ch 2, turn
Round 2-6: HDC across, ch 2, turn, finish off

Then using a tapestry needle and some of the pink yarn, I stuck my needle through the center of the rectangle. 

Please excuse the blurry pics- I just snapped them with my phone!

I then wound the thread tightly around the center a few times and wove the thread into it to make it secure.


Braided tails:

I cut 3 strands approximately 19 inches in length from each color for one of the braids. Using my crochet hook, I pulled all the strands the the tip of the earflap. I braided the strands until they reached the desired length. Using a small scrap of yarn, I tied the ends secure and trimmed them!

Finishing: 

Attach ears and bow. Hot glue the felt circles to the bow. Weave in all loose ends.



And there you have it! An adorable Minnie Mouse hat that would make any little girl happy :)

Be sure to check out my Little Miss Stitcher Pinterest Board for more free patterns!

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Friday, November 1, 2013

Crochet Toddler Aviator Hat


So, who else loves to pull out their crochet hooks this time of year?! I don't know what it is, but as soon as the leaves start changing colors I don't want to do anything but crochet! With the weather getting colder, I decided my cute little boy needed a hat :)

Materials:
  • Size H crochet hook
  • 1 skein Vanna's Choice yarn (I used colonial blue
  • 1 skein Yarn Bee Cameo Bulky (I used platinum)
  • 2 coordinating buttons

Notes:
  • Ch 2 does NOT count as a stitch.
  • Don't join rounds to top of ch 2. Instead, join the rounds to the 1st DC. 
  • You are welcome to make and sell products from this pattern but please link back to this post. Please do not copy this pattern and claim it as your own. Please do not republish any of my photos as your own.
  • This hat fits an approximately 20-22 inch head.

Crochet Toddler Aviator Hat Pattern:

Round 1: Magic Ring, ch 2, DC 10, pull ring nice and tight, join to first DC, ch 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each DC around, join, ch 2. (20 DC)
Round 3:
DC in first, DC in next dc, repeat  around, ch 2. (30 DC)
Round 4:
DC in first, DC in next 2 DC, repeat around, join, ch 2.  (40 DC) 
Round 5: 2 DC
 in first, DC in next 3 DC, repeat around, join, ch 2. (50 DC)
Round 6: 2 DC in first, DC in next 9 DC, repeat around, join, ch 2. (55 DC)
Round 7: 2 DC in first, DC in next 10 DC, repeat around, join, ch 2. (60 DC)
Round 8-14: DC in each around, join. Do not finish off! (60 DC) 

Earflap 1:

Round 1: Ch 1, SC in next 12, ch 1, turn
Round 2: SC decrease, SC in next 8, SC decrease, ch 1, turn
Round 3: SC across, ch 1, turn
Round 4: SC decrease, SC in next 6, SC decrease, ch 1, turn
Round 5: SC across, ch 1, turn
Round 6: SC decrease, SC in next 4, SC decrease, ch 1, turn
Round 7: SC across,  finish off.

Earflap 2: 

From where the 1st earflap is finished off, count over 15 stitches. Join yarn, ch 1
Round 1: SC in next 12, ch 1, turn
Round 2: SC decrease, SC in next 8, SC decrease, ch 1, turn
Round 3: SC across, ch 1, turn
Round 4: SC decrease, SC in next 6, SC decrease, ch 1, turn
Round 5: SC across, ch 1, turn
Round 6: SC decrease, SC in next 4, SC decrease, ch 1, turn
Round 7: SC across,  finish off.

Border and Flap:

Join the fluffy yarn to the 1st SC that is just in front of the left earflap. SC around the entire hat, and join. Ch 1, turn and SC across until you reach the right earflap. Ch 1, turn, SC across. Continue to SC back and forth until you reach the desired length of flap. 

Finishing:

Sew in all loose ends. Secure the flap up with 2 coordinating buttons.


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