A New Cuddler: Doo Doo Doo Doo

As mentioned before, I am a huge fan of 3am Grace Designs.  The amazing, adorable patterns these ladies have written are free (or you can support them by purchasing the ad-free, printable version for a small fee).

Our family loves Shark Week.  Every year we would snuggle up, popcorn in hand and submerge ourselves in the watery, dark world of the sharks.  And every year, I would find a new crochet pattern that coincided with this fishy week.  This year, I had been itching to start this adorable Shark Cuddler.  Although being delayed and starting my project a week after Shark Week had aired,  I was so pleased with the outcome.

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This pattern is written in US terms and is very easy to follow.  I would definitely classify it as a pattern that a novice or beginner could complete with ease, as only basic stitches and crochet knowledge are required.  This cuddler works up relatively quickly – I was able to finish my project in two sittings.  As with my Unicorn Cuddler, I used a large shank button for the eye rather than a safety eye.

Be sure to count your rows for proper fin placement.  I was in a hurry with mine and “eye-balled” the placement of the bottom fin.  After completing the white belly portion, I had to remove my bottom fin and reposition it.  Always follow the instructions, kids!

 

Have you tried this pattern?  I would love to see your creations.  Follow me on social media to share.

Until next time, happy crocheting!

 


The fine print: the above is my own opinion regarding this pattern.  I did not receive any type of compensation for this post or links associated with it.

SVG Round-up: Camping

Our family has recently found a love for camping.  Getting away from home and work life has been very beneficial and has provided us with some much needed time to unplug.  I have put my crafty skills to work and made a tonne of fun things to assist us on our trips.  I love all the camping themed SVG’s I have found online and have a Must Make List about a mile long – it’s not just me, right?!

Today, I have taken the work out of searching for camping related SVG’s for you… below I have assembled some of my free favourite cutting files.  Be sure to read the creator’s terms of use prior to downloading any of these; most of the files are for personal use only.  All links were working at the time of posting and I receive no commission for these links or downloads.

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CAMPING CUTIE

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CAMPING CREW

CAMPING THERAPY/ HAPPY CAMPER SET

 

Until next time… Happy Crafting!

 

 

Testing: Breezy Top

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Over the past few weeks, I was fortunate enough to be chosen to test this lovely pattern from Desamour Designs.

My daughter had requested that I make this into a crop top for her and since I was testing the small version of the pattern, I really did not need to modify much – other than leaving off a row or two.  I am a relatively tight crocheter and this size came out perfect for what my daughter wanted.

After a trip to my nearest Michaels, I fell in love with Caron Cotton Cakes — the yarn is so silky compared to other cotton yarns I have used in the past.  The Gerber Daisy shade caught my eye right away and I knew it would be perfect for what my daughter wanted.

Although, I am unsure if this pattern is available to the public yet, please go check out the pattern creator – Desamour Designs – she is such a talented lady!!

Crafty Crocheters

Facebook is a huge part of most people’s lives at this time.  It is a place to connect and share.  A friend of mine and I have created a new group for all lover’s of crochet.  It is a place for connecting with like-minded fiber-craft artists and a place to share your creations and get feedback or help if needed.  We will have a weekly shop/site/page share for members to post their sites.  I hope that it will become a welcoming community for crocheters of all ages.

If you are interested, please join this newly created group.

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So Many Sandals

It seems that lately everyone loves crochet baby sandals!  Okay – maybe, it’s just me… I love these adorable little shoes! But I have had a few orders and once I make one pair, I usually end up making 3 or 4 more of the same style to test out different colours and textures of yarn just to see which I prefer.

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I was absolutely thrilled when I got an order for the sandals posted above (thank you Facebook, for making designs go viral through mommy groups!!).  I searched for a pattern that resembled the style the customer had sent me – which actually proved to be a little more difficult than I had thought.  Finally, I found sandals from PatternsDG on Etsy that would be perfect.

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The pattern called for a light sports weight yarn and after checking my local Michaels, I could not find yarn that weight in the shade I needed.  I ended up using Loops and Threads Impeccable yarn – which is worsted, so I dropped to a lower hook size to obtain the gauge required.  I have since made the sandals in a cotton sport-weight blend, but I actually like the look of the worsted better.  The soles were thicker to give the illusion of more support and the sides actually “stood up” on their own.  I found although the cotton blend was a dream to work with, it resulted in a “floppy” sandal.

The newborn headband was super simple to make, using the chart featured HERE for the correct length, I simply completed a foundation chain single crochet (Gleeful Things has a great tutorial if you are unfamiliar with this stitch technique) with a 4.0mm hook and used a slip stitch to join the band into a circle and sewed my favourite flower on the front.  Easy Peasy.

Have you attempted baby sandals?  What is your favourite pattern and/or yarn to use.

Happy crocheting!

Back to the Grind

Is it just me, or is it insanely difficult to get back to the grind after a vacation?

camping3July 1st is Canada Day in Canada (obviously) and my family decided to take a much needed camping trip.  It was wonderful getting all the children unplugged and having some real family bonding time.  As much as they complained about the idea of camping beforehand, I really do think they enjoyed themselves – other than the car ride, during which we were packed like sardines.  Three kids plus two adults and two of our three dogs makes for a tight squeeze!

Being that this was our first family camping trip, I really embraced my craftiness and organizational skills and made many things to assist us on our trip.  after a quick trip to Dollar Tree, I was ready to begin.

As per my son’s request, the first thing I made was a first aid kit.  Although I could not find the carrying case I envisioned, I was quite happy with the choice I finally made – just a simple clear kitchen stacking container.  In addition to the basic contents for the first aid kit, I also grabbed a weekly medication divider to store all our medications in, rather than taking full bottles.

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And then it was time for my favourite part… using my Cricut to create designs to complete my crafts.

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Red vinyl seemed like an obvious choice for everything related to first aid.  I used Oracle 651.  I prepped and primed all surfaces using rubbing alcohol prior to the vinyl application.  Although it seemed like I was using my Cricut for a glorified label machine, I was so happy with how everything turned out.

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Since returning home, I have made labels for all of my essential oil roller-bottles since I loved the look of these ones!  In the next few weeks, I will add roller-bottle labels to my SVG freebies page.

~ Happy Crafting ~

Adorable Crochet Crocs

 

I am a crochet addict.  And a pattern addict, if I am being honest.  When I see cute patterns, I simply must have them.  And while my intentions are good, I don’t always get around to making everything I purchase.  I have countless patterns sitting in limbo just waiting for a reason to be made.  Several of these said patterns are for baby booties.

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I have always loved little baby feet in adorable handmade booties.  Unfortunately, I learned to crochet well after my children were past the toddler stage. Although I have made them slippers in the past, it really isn’t the same as making newborn booties, and let’s be honest, not many teens and pre-teens are too keen on wearing mom’s handmade wearables.

Despite the fact that I had no one in mind when I saw theese super cute crochet crocs from Crochet Oasis, I knew I needed this pattern.

I would classify this pattern as an intermediate pattern, although it uses basic crochet stitches, you must be comfortable in making several stitches in the same stitch on various rows; for example, the white and beige edging shown in my pictures.  The band of the croc is done using a knotting technique called macreme.  While it is a very simple technique to master, people that are new to this may struggle with the knotting at first.

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The pattern itself, is written beautifully in terms that are relatively simple to follow.  There are a tonne of pictures for those who prefer visual learning.

For this project, to obtain the correct gauge for the newborn size, I used my 2.75mm and a 2.25mm Clover Amour hooks. The soles of the shoe were created using a beige Needle Crafters yarn and the tops and band were made with Bernat Softee Baby.  I chose the option of non-moveable straps for my booties, since I did not have anyone to test the size on (the pattern recommends that you size the strap according to the child’s feet if you are making a moveable band).

I enjoyed this pattern immensely and have gotten many compliments on the finished product.

Happy Crocheting!