Monday, December 29, 2014

The Michelle Infinity Scarf- A free and Easy Knit Pattern

I have 5 little sisters. FIVE. True story. They all adore and revere me, by the way. ;)

One of these sisters is really into wearing scarves. But her collection was lacking a knitted infinity scarf. And being the fabulous, generous, loving, practically perfect sister that I am, I made her one! I chose a fairly basic and easy to memorize pattern because I needed to get it made in time for Christmas. The stitch is a little bit more interesting than a classic garter stitch, but just as simple and gives the scarf a nice texture!


Materials:
  • Everyday Soft Worsted Solids in Cream (I am obsessed with this yarn right now!)
  • Size 8 needles

Notes:
  • 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.

Pattern:

CO 22
Row 1: K2,  *yo, k2tog, k2* repeat from * to *
Repeat row one until piece measures 60 inches, or desired length. Then bind off, and seam up the two edges. 

When I finished it and put it on to see if it turned out alright...oh be still my beating heart! It was so pretty that I almost decided I would just keep it! The yarn I used was so soft and the coloring was just gorgeous! I wore it around a few times before I could bring myself to wrap it up for Christmas. I loved how it went with everything!


I really just wanted to keep it. But being the fabulous sister that I am, I gave it my little sister. You should have seen her face when she opened it! She loved it!

Oh, and to keep up with my free patterns, be sure to check out my Little Miss Stitcher Pinterest Board!

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Monday, December 15, 2014

DIY Felt Angel Ornamnet

As I mentioned in my Free Scripture Stitchery Pattern, I have a little sister who recently passed away. The holidays are always hard when a loved one is no longer around, especially at first. Eating sugar and crafting are my two favorite forms of therapy, so I figured that rather than indulging in those delish chocolate oranges that are all over the grocery stores right now, I'd make a felt angel ornament in memory of my sister!


Materials:

Angel Ornament template
Small amounts of felt in sparkly white, light pink, brown and skin tones. (Feel free to change up colors for your own personal preferences though!)
DMC floss that coordinates
Needle
Ribbon, trim or thread for halo and hanging

Instructions:

Using the template, cut out all the felt pieces.


I opted to sew together the 2 angel wings first, making sure that the not sparkly sides were facing.


Next, I sewed the hair to the face circle. I stitched on a little face and attached the circle to the top of one side of the body. I then added the arms and then the heart. After that, I sewed the two body pieces together!


After that I hot glued the wings to the back of the angel's body. Then I hot glued the halo on, using trim I purchased at Hobby Lobby. I forgot to snap a picture of this part (my kids were going to be up from naps soon so I was in a hurry!) but I'll try to explain it as best as I can. More or less, I cut a piece of the beaded trim to the size I wanted and hot glued the two ends together, forming a circle. I turned that circle into an infinity shape, making the halo end much smaller than the loop for hanging. I carefully glued the halo end to the top of the angels head. It really was very simple!



When my toddler tried to grab this angel off the table where I had left it, I told him that it was an angel for his Aunt Nicole in heaven, so he needed to be soft with it. He declared that it needed to go to Grandma's house, so I ended up giving this angel to my mom. I'm going to have to make me another one now! 
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Monday, December 8, 2014

Newborn Knit Pants Free Pattern

While I was pregnant, I wanted a little pair of newborn knit pants for my baby but couldn't find any patterns that I loved! So I made up my own pattern, using a pair of baby leggings that came with a newborn outfit as my guide. I was super nervous they wouldn't fit, but they worked just perfectly for my little miss! 



Materials:

Notes:
  • I used the German Twisted Cast On method. I chose this cast on for the nice stretch it offers!
  • 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.

Pants legs (Make 2):

CO 31
Row 1: K1 *p1, k1* repeat from * to * across
Row 2: K across
Rows 3-9: Repeat rows 1-2, ending on row 1
Rows 10-26: Beginning with a p row, stockinette stitch
Row 27: K2tog, k27, k2tog
Row 28-46: Beginning with a p row, stockinette stitch
Row 47: K2tog, k 25, k2tog
Row 48-54: Beginning with a p row, stockinette stitch
Rows 55-58: Repeat rows 1-2
Bind off

Sew the two pant legs together from the top to about 1/3 of the way down on both sides. Then sew up the legs. Sew in all loose ends and if desired, lightly block.

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

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Free Scripture Stitchery Pattern

Earlier this year, I shared a post entitled "All Things Denote There is a God" about my youngest sister and a scripture that can be found in Alma 30:44. This post was part of a series of posts related to her struggle with cancer. Around that same time, I created a little stitchery pattern of that scripture. I didn't have a frame for it, so when I finished it I just tucked it away and forgot about it.

Since that time, my baby sister has passed away, returning to her loving Heavenly Father. Not too long after her funeral, I remembered this little project and pulled it out. I framed it, because the Lord has sent peace to my mind and whispered comfort to my grieving heart. Although my sister is now gone, I still believe that all things do denote there is a God. 

Materials:

Scripture Pattern
8x10 white piece of fabric
8x10 piece of shape flex (Read more about why I use shape flex in this post)
Tracing Pen
Needle
DMC floss: 3862, 335, 727, 703
Color Guide:

Words- 3862
Flower petals- 335
Flower centers- 727
Border- 703

I will always cherish this scripture! Happy stitching!
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Friday, November 21, 2014

Scrub-tacular Christmas Gift Idea with Gift Tag Printables

It's that time of year again...time to start putting together little neighbor Christmas gifts! I have decided to use my Candy Swirl Scrubbies as gifts this season!


I used white tulle to turn my scrubbies into little peppermint candies. All it took was two lengths of the tulle cut into rectangles. After sandwiching the scrubbie between the tulle, I tied knots up against 2 sides of the scrubbie! Easy peasy!

You can find the printable by clicking here! (Don't worry- my watermark isn't on the printable tags!)


I'm seriously drooling over these. I think I just may have to keep them for myself...but that probably would be rather Scrooge-ish of me, huh?


If candy swirls aren't your thing, you could always try out my Little Square Scrubbies!

I tend to procrastinate putting neighbor gifts together, and I'm feeling a little bit proud of myself for being so prepared this early in the season ;)
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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Candy Swirl Crochet Scrubbie

Yes, yes. Another free crochet scrubbie pattern! (If you missed it, I shared my square scrubbie pattern last week!) I couldn't help it! Because seriously, homemade scrubbies are fantastic for getting leftovers off of pots. And if one must be slaving over dishes in the sink, one ought to have the luxury of both a cute and well functioning dish scrubbie. Am I right??



Materials:
  • Size G crochet hook
  • Tapestry needle
  • 2 coordinating nylon netting fabrics, cut into two inch strips

Notes:
  • As far as I'm aware, nylon netting is only available by the yard (if anyone knows differently, let me know! I'd love it in a skein!)  I use my rotary cutter and mat to cut it into two inch strips.
  • To join the nylon strips, I just tie the two ends together. As you crochet, the tied up ends just disappear into your stitching.
  • Finished size is approximately a two and a half inch circle
  • These and the little crochet square scrubbies can be tossed into the washer and dryer to be cleaned when they get grimy. They seem to have a pretty long life!
  • You are welcome to 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.

A hopefully helpful picture tutorial:

With color A, make a magic circle. Ch 1, sc, hdc, dc in magic circle.


Now switch to color B. In magic circle, ch 1, sc, hdc, dc. Pull the magic circle tight. (This can be a bit tricky with the nylon netting sometimes. My advice is to pull slowly and not make the magic circle bigger than necessary to begin with!)


Keep hook in color B. Working the the first sc of color A, 2 dc. Then 2dc in each of the remaining color A stitches.



Switch hook to color A. Working into the color B stitches, work 2 dc in each stitch.


Switch back to color B. 2 dc in each of the next 6 stitches. 


Then, (still working with color B) hdc in next stitch, sc in next stitch, sl st in next stitch. Finish off. Then, going back to the unfinished color A,  hdc in next stitch, sc in next stitch, sl st in next stitch. Finish off.

You'll need to make 2 of these sides. To finish the scrubbie, hold the 2 sides wrong side together and join together with color B. Sc around, join, finish off. Sew in all loose ends and admire your pretty little candy swirl scrubbie :)



I'm thinking that these scrubbies would be so fun in red and white for a more Christmas-y theme too...

But that's a topic for another post coming next week:)

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Little Crochet Square Scrubbie

I really love dish scrubbies. As I was searching for a good pattern, the idea to use a hot pad pattern I'd tried out a few years ago hit me. I thought the technique used to make those hot pads would work great for a scrubbie. And since I LOVE these scrubbies, I think it was a pretty good idea!



Materials:
  • Size G crochet hook
  • Tapestry needle
  • Nylon netting, cut into two inch strips

Notes:
  • Be sure to check out my Candy Swirl Scrubbie pattern as well!!
  • As far as I'm aware, nylon netting is only available by the yard (if anyone knows differently, let me know! I'd love it in a skein!)  I use my rotary cutter and mat to cut it into two inch strips.
  • To join the nylon strips, I just tie the two ends together. As you crochet, the tied up ends will blend in just fine!
  • I've heard of people using tulle for dish scrubbies, but personally I'm not a fan and feel that the tulle doesn't clean leftovers off my casserole dishes as well as the nylon netting. But, if you use tulle for this scrubbie let me know how it turns out!
  • Finished size is approximately a 2 and 3/4 inch square. If you want to make scrubbies that are bigger, just add a few chains at the beginning! Or you could try going up a hook size.

Instructions:


Chain 19. SC in second chain from hook and in each chain across. When you reach the end, begin working on the the other side of the chain. SC in each across. I didn't bother joining- I just kept single crocheting around and around. Here are some pictures of what it looked like as I made it:




When the two sides of the scrubbie touch each other (like they basically do in the picture above) that's when it's time to stop crocheting! I pulled the long nylon netting tail that was left through, and used it to sew the opening close. 


After I made a few solid colored scrubbies, I thought I would try to make some striped ones! 


For the striped scrubbies, I just switched colors every other row. Also, I crocheted in the back loops only to make it more bumpy and scrubbie-esque! I'm really pleased with the final result :)


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Monday, October 27, 2014

Bear Cub Knit Hat Pattern For Toddlers

So, last week it occurred to me that I hadn't even thought about what I was going to dress my kids up as for Halloween...

(Please tell me I'm not the only slacker!)

After searching the very picked over racks of toddler Halloween costumes at nearby stores, I concluded I had better just put on my Supermom Cape and make costumes! We often call our little boy "Bear" so I decided that there was really no choice other than to dress him up as a bear! Since Halloween is right around the corner, I needed to whip something up FAST! I bought a brown sweater and sweatpants set and then knitted this adorable little bear cub hat!


Materials:
Notes:
  • 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.
Pattern Instructions:

Hat:

CO 72
Round 1: *K2, P1* repeat around
Round 2: *K1, P2* repeat around
Repeat rounds 1 and 2 until work measure 1.5 inches.
Continue in stockinette stitch until work measures 5.5 inches from the cast on edge. 
Crown Shaping:
Round 1: *K6, K2tog* repeat around
Round 2: *K5, K2tog* repeat around
Round 3: *K4, K2tog* repeat around
Round 4: *K3, K2tog* repeat around
Round 5: *K2, K2tog* repeat around
Round 6: *K1, K2tog* repeat around
Round 7: *K2tog* repeat around

Cut tail and sew through remaining stitches. Weave in all loose ends.

Ears: (Make 2)

CO 11
Rows 1-7: Knit
Row 8: K2tog, k7, K2tog
Row 9: K2tog, k5, K2tog
Row 10: K2tog, k3, K2tog 
Row 11: K2tog, k1, K2tog

Bind Off, attach to hat, sew in loose ends. Block lightly if desired.

My son is pretty thrilled about this hat! He's going to be the cutest little bear cub in the history of Halloween. 
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tips for Knitting Newbies

Last year my cute and very talented friend taught me how to knit. It was probably one of the best things that ever happened to me, and now I'm an addict! And I want the entire world to learn to knit, so I've created this list of newbie knitting tips!

1. RELAX! Okay, just breathe. It's gonna be okay. Yes, you're going to painfully slow at first. Yes, you'll probably have to unravel and start over a lot. I know, I know. You just want to start out knitting as gorgeously as your neighbor or grandma or that blogger that you've never met. Don't be too hard on yourself when you have to throw out that tangled yarn disaster that was supposed to be a hat! Just go get the ice cream from the freezer and relax. Then fearlessly start over!

2. Learn knitting abbreviations. Or at least keep a chart of the abbreviations handy! It's so much less confusing and stressful when you know what your pattern is talking about! I like this chart.

3. After spending a little time practicing different knitting stitches, it's important that your first real knitting project be something that you actually love and want to make!  While is needs to be something fairly simple, it still should be something that you can't wait to see finished! My friend who taught me how to knit recommended the Aston baby hat, which was perfect for me! I had zero desire to spend hours on a long, boring scarf or keep plucking out sampler swatches. And as a pregnant momma, baby hats were something I yearned to learn to knit :) Because it was something I really truly wanted to create, I was motivated and determined to finish it...even after I had to start over like 6 times!

4. Don't pick up those needles when you're tired. Just don't. I know, you want to finish that hat. I know you're dying to see what that baby cardigan will look like when completed. But trust me, you'll get it done faster if you just wait until you're feeling more alert. Because if you start a stitchin' when you're sleepy, pretty soon you'll be misinterpreting that pattern and dropping stitches by accident and just making a mess of things!

5. Slow and steady wins the race! If it takes you 5 minutes to make that bobble stitch, it's ok. In time you'll get faster, but for now, go as slow as you need. Because if you rush it you'll probably make a mess of things!

6. Learn about yarn weight. It will be so much less confusing to learn now then when you're at the yarn shop frantically digging around for the right kind of yarn for that pattern! 

7. Most importantly, DON'T GIVE UP! Chalk up each mistake to a learning experience. Before you know it you'll be addicted to knitting just like the rest of us yarn-a-holics!

Since I'm still a newbie knitter myself...what tips would you add to this list?


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Friday, October 17, 2014

Keeping a Toddler Reverently Occupied At Church

"Reverence is more than just quietly sitting." (LDS Primary Song Reverence is Love)

A few months ago, I made the decision to remove *nearly* all of my little boy's non-religious themed toys from my church bag. I chose to do this because it seemed to me that all those match box cars and airplanes were causing him to be more wound up and more rambunctious. It was hard for him to no longer have his little toys at first, but he adjusted quickly and Sacrament Meeting has been going much smoother since. It was one of the best things I've ever done! 

It is important to me that my son recognizes the difference between reverence and just quietly sitting. I want him to know that church is a place where we think about Jesus. 

However, helping a toddler be reverent during Sacrament Meeting can be quite the task. If I'm not adequately prepared, it is impossible to keep my 2 year old quiet and sitting still, let alone reverent! 

So I've compiled a short list of ways to keep toddlers learning the gospel and thinking of Jesus and other gospel-oriented things! 

1. Puzzles! I made my busy little boy some very simple puzzles using pictures that I picked up at my local Deseret Book. All I had to do was laminate them and cut them into puzzle shapes. 


These popsicle stick puzzles are also on my to make list. They look so fun!

2. Books! The LDS Church really has provided so many resources for us frazzled mommas! There are so many books to choose from to help our children learn about the gospel. You can find a lot of them at Deseret Book. The Gospel Art Book is my son's favorite!

My little boy's LDS Quiet Book was made with much love and care. It's very gratifying to see it entertain him so thoroughly during church!


I am DYING to make these printable quiet church books as well. I don't think a child could possibly have enough gospel oriented books!

3. Coloring is another great quiet activity. There are many places online to find religiously themed coloring pages, but my favorite resource is the Nursery Manual.  

Buuut I haven't wanted to battle with the crayons during Sacrament Meeting lately. (My sweet, sweet toddler has taken to coloring on everything EXCEPT paper lately! And when crayons cause conflict, my son doesn't get to feel reverent!) So we've been bring along his Etch-a-Sketch and encouraging him to draw gospel themed pictures onto that. He loves to draw the Tree of Life and temples :D

4. LDS Lacing Cards. I haven't made these yet because I'm considering making them as stocking stuffers for my little man. I know he'd LOVE them!

Less is more when it comes to keeping my son reverently occupied at church. I tend to rotate which books and activities I pack in my church bag. I also like to limit just how many things I bring for him so that he isn't too distracted from the actual meeting. I've found that my son really does pick up on what goes on and is being taught during Sacrament Meeting if I let him!


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Monday, October 13, 2014

The Sweetest Baby Headband Crochet Pattern

Well, I've got just one more free crochet headband pattern for you! I've shared my Beads and Circles Headband and my Little Bow Headband and I've saved my favorite for last :) This one was actually inspired by ric rac that I was organizing! 



Materials:
  • Sport weight yarn. (Unfortunately, I do not know the brand I used because I used scraps from my stash.)
  • Size C crochet hook
  • Needle
  • Four small beads. (I think small buttons could be cute too!)

Notes:
  • You are welcome to make and sell products using 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.

Headband:
Chain 10 inches. In 3rd chain from hook, dc twice. *Skip one stitch, sl st in next. Ch 3, 2 dc in same stitch.* Repeat from * to * 3 additional times. Skip one stitch, sl st in next. Turn your headband so you are now working on the opposite side. *Ch 3, 2 dc in same stitch. Skip one stitch, sl st in next.* Repeat from * to * 3 additional times. Ch 3, 2 dc in same stitch, join with sl st to top of the ch 3 on the opposite side. Chain BLANK inches.

Finishing:

Tie small knots at the ends of the chain and trim yarn. Attach beads.


I had to make one in blue too...because who doesn't love a little girl in blue??
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Monday, October 6, 2014

Little Bow Crochet Baby Headband

When I was hugely pregnant and just dying to have my baby girl here, I found myself bored. I wanted to be in labor, but I wasn't. I had cleaned and organized my house like 12 times already, so therefore there was no housework to pass the time. I had already whipped up all the major baby projects I wanted to make. I had given up on all those things to do that supposedly induce labor. And when my toddler went down for a nap I was just so dang BORED!

Enter scrap yarn and crochet hooks. Born of boredom and daydreams of holding my baby, I present my little bow headband! 



Materials:
  • Paton's Lace Yarn (I used Vintage Lace...and I'm so addicted to this brand of yarn right now!)
  • Size C crochet hook
  • Needle

Notes:
  • You are welcome to make and sell products using 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.
  • You can easily adjust this to fit your baby's head by changing the length of the chain

Make a 17 inch chain. 


Ch 10. Turn and sc across, beginning in the 2nd ch from hook. (9 sc.) 
Row 2-5: Ch 1, turn, sc across. 

Then, stick  a needle and thread down the center of you rectangle. (Make sure your rectangle is hot dog style!)


Wind the thread around the center, pulling tight to create the little bow. After that, attach the bow to the chain.


Then, just use the excess yarn to tie small knots on each end of the chain and trim. You'll have dozens of these whipped up for your cute baby or for gifts in no time at all!


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Friday, September 26, 2014

Beads & Circles Crochet Baby Headband

Baby headbands. I am loving baby headbands!

They are probably one of the best parts of having a baby girl! And thankfully, my little miss hasn't figured out how to yank them off her head yet, so I can dress her up all I want!

This sweet little crochet headband hardly took me 10 minutes to whip up! Quick projects are my fav :)




Materials:
  • Paton's Lace Yarn (I used Dove Gray.)
  • Size C crochet hook
  • Needle
  • 3 small beads

Notes:
  • Feel free to adjust the length to fit your baby's head!
  • You are welcome to make and sell products using 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.

Headband: 

Chain for 12 inches. In 3rd chain from hook, dc 4 times. *Skip one stitch, sl st in next. Skip one stitch, dc 5 times in next.* Repeat from * to * once more. Skip one stitch, sl st in next. Working on opposite side, sl st into the same stitch you just worked. *Skip one stitch, dc 5 times in next. Skip one stitch, sl st in next.* Repeat from * to * twice. Join to top of ch 3. Ch for 10 inches. 

It should look something like this at some point :)
Finishing:

Tie small knots with the excess yarn at the ends of the chain and trim. Add beads to the center of circles. 


Update: My baby girl has finally figured out how to take headbands off :( But this particular headband she will leave on without complaint! So it's definitely my favorite headband ever.

Happy stitching! :D


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