Teal Pumpkins…

Okay crafters, let’s get serious for a moment.

Have you heard of the Teal Pumpkin Project?  Are you a supporter?  Do you participate?

Pumpkins3If you are unfamiliar with this movement, in 2014 Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) launched a program to help make Halloween safe and inclusive for children (and families) struggling with any degree of food allergies.  This movement was a huge step forward for any child who was unable to participate in Halloween fun.

Participation is simple.  Place a teal pumpkin outside your door (or stickers/posters from the Food Allergy Canada website) and as an alternative or in addition to providing candy treats for trick-or-treaters, simply offer non-food treats.  The possibilities are really endless as dollar stores offer many options from stickers to glowsticks, to Halloween themed toys.

Two of my children suffer from peanut allergies and many places (such as schools etc)Pumpkins2 almost cater to peanut allergies but is important to remember, peanut and tree nut allergies are not the sole food allergy.  A close friend of mine has a daughter who suffers from a dairy protein allergy and she cannot have many of the candy treats offered at Halloween.  Also, many families favouring this movement have children with egg and wheat allergies.  It is important to recognize all possible food allergies and allow for any child to feel included in the joy of Halloween.

Will you be participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project?  Do you live somewhere other than Canada that has a similar movement?  I’d love to hear from you!

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Spooky Cute

I have had this pattern ready for several weeks, with the intent on posting it in September.  Unfortunately, every pattern tester I sent this to, still has yet to get back to me.  I have made the executive decision to offer this pattern, UNTESTED, in hopes that someone will still be able to use it before Halloween.

If you are interested in being a pattern tester for future patterns, please do not hesitate to contact me via facebook.  This pattern is also available on Ravelry (for free) if you would prefer to have a downloadable version.

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Pattern Notes:

This pattern is worked in rounds (except for the last two rows), and from the top down.  The size of this pattern can easily be adjusted by increasing the number of rounds in the crown and in the body.  There are two methods you could use to start the hat – the Chain method or the magic circle method (only choose one).

TERMS used in this Pattern:
Ch: Chain
SC: Single Crochet
HDC: Half Double Crochet
Sl St: Slip Stitch
FO: Finish Off

Size: 0-3mos
Hooks: 5.0mm & 5.5mm hooks
Yarns: Any worsted weight yarns
I used Loops & Threads Impeccable: White, Black and any accent colour.
Gauge:  2 inches = 8HDC; 6 rows

Using 5.5mm hook
Worked mostly in the round; use a stitch marker to keep track of your rounds.

    1. Using White Yarn, Ch2. HDC 4 into the second chain from the hook.

ALTERNATIVELY –  HDC 4 into a magic circle (4)

  1. HDC around for 10 rounds (4 per round)CuteSpook6
  2. 2HDC, HDC in next 3 (5)
  3. 2HDC, HDC in next 4 (6)
  4. 2HDC, HDC in next 5 (7)
  5. 2HDC around (14)
  6. *2HDC, HDC* around (21).
  7. *2HDC, HDC in next 2* around (28)
  8. *2HDC, HDC in next 3* around (35)
  9. *2HDC, HDC in next 4* around (42)
  10. *2HDC, HDC in next 5* around (49)

>> This is the portion of the pattern where you would add more increase rounds in you wish to make a larger version of the hat

  1. HDC around for rounds 9 (49 per round)

>> This is the portion of the pattern where you would add more rounds if you are increasing the size.

  1. HDC in 40, SC 9. Sl St to the first stitch of the last row (49)
  2. SC in the third loop of every stitch. Sl St to the first stitch.  FO. Weave in ends (49)

Using 5.0mm hook

Pupils (make 2)

  1. Using White Yarn, Ch2. HDC 6 into the second chain from the hook. Sl St to the first stitch. FO, leaving a long tail for sewing. (6)

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Worked in the round

  1. Using Black Yarn, Ch5. HDC into the second chain from the hook, HDC 2, 3HDC in the last chain. Now working up the opposite side of the chain, HDC 2, 2 HDC in the last chain (10)
  2. 2HDC, HDC in next 2, 2HDC in next 3, HDC in 2, 2HDC in next 2. Sl St. FO, leaving long tail for sewing. (16)

Bow

  1. Ch 10, SC in second from hook and across (9). Ch1, turn.
  2. SC across for 3 rows (9). Ch1, turn.
  3. SC in 8 stitches, 2SC in the last stitch. Now working down the side of the bow,  SC 3, 2SC in corner stitch.  Now working along the bottom of the bow, SC 7, 2SC in the last stitch.  Turn so you are working back up the last side, SC 3, Sl St in corner stitch. FO, leaving a long tail for wrapping and sewing.
  4. Using a needle, weave the yarn into the middle of the bow and wrap several times causing the bow to pinch in the center.

 

Attaching features

Refer to the finished image as a guide for placement of the features.

  1. Using white yarn, create a loop with the top portion of the hat and sew in place.
  2. Using the tail from the pupils, sew into place on the black eyes.
  3. Using the tail from the eyes, sew into place on the hat.
  4. Using the tail from the bow, sew into place on the hat.

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A Look Back: Adventure Knapsack

Time has certainly flown by, but I have been crocheting for over 8 years now!  A new feature I would like to start on this blog is a look back – a Throwback Thursday style of post.  Over the years I have created so many adorable things and I believe it is time to let the creations of the past shine again.

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I made this “Adventure Knapsack” a few years ago and it turned out to be quite a time-consuming project, although it was worth it to see the children’s faces light up with excitement.

The original pattern can be found HERE.  Please note, I deviated from the original pattern in several instances and used felt for all of the features and accessories.

Happy crafting!

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Settling In Nicely

It has been a crazy busy end to the summer of 2018 for this family.  Unfortunately, despite my best efforts, this blog took a back burner.  We decided to move our family to a new town – and school district – before the start of the new school year.  After a few months of searching, we found a house that would be perfect for us.  Although the new house is only about a half hour drive from our old one, we were moving into a new crochetandmugcounty and a new school district, which meant a huge change for all of us.  I am so proud of how the children adjusted to these changes over the past few weeks – bigger schools, new friends and new schedules.  As for me, I now have a set space for crafting – rather than sharing the living room/computer room.  As you can imagine, there has been a lot to do to get settled into our new home, but everything is coming together and I am finally able to sit down an blog again.  I have a lot planned for the upcoming weeks and I hope you will join me in crafting!

I would also like to once again thank Megan of Lovebird Heartworks, my of so amazing guest blogger during my absence.

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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.

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!

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!