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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Spooky Cute

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)

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  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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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 THERAPY/ HAPPY CAMPER SET

 

Until next time… Happy Crafting!

 

 

Friday Freebies: Chunky Throw

Is there anything more comforting than a soft and thick homemade blanket?

It seems I always have the best intentions when I start an afghan pattern, but in all honesty, I usually lose interest pretty fast.  I am the type of crafter that likes to complete projects in one sitting.  I have had this pattern saved on my Pinterest board for quite some time… I just love the textured stitches.  Perhaps this summer, I will commit to it.

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This gorgeous crochet throw blanket can be found at LeeLeeKnits.  If you prefer, you can also purchase a PDF format of the pattern for a small fee.

Do you crochet blankets and afghans?  Or are you like me and perfer quicker projects?  Either way, I’d love to see your creations, drop me a comment or find me on social media.

Happy crafting!!

Friday Freebies: Father’s Day Edition

I am a crafty being — I prefer to make my gifts rather than purchase things.  Father’s Day has always been difficult for me.  Trying to find something that my father will appreciate AND use is sometimes very complicated.  This year, thanks to my new Cricut Air Explore 2, the task of gift making was slightly easier.  I will be posting a detailed entry about how I created a gift for my father early next week.

In the mean time, here are some great freebies to get you started if you are still searching for the perfect Father’s Day gift.  Simply click on the images to be taken to the original site to download the images.

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Poofy Cheeks is offering a large amount of Father’s Day SVG files for free!  Pop over the site to download these great files!

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These fun files are available from Caluya Designs.

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I love all the designs over at Burton Avenue!! Check out this Free for a Limited Time design!

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Another great SVG from LoveSVG.

 

That’s all for now!  I hope you enjoyed this Father’s Day round up!

I do not receive any sort of commission when you visit these sites or download these files.  Be sure to read the regulations set in place by each creator prior to downloading any files.  The majority of free files are for personal use ONLY (this means, you cannot sell items made from the files you have downloaded).

If you use any of these files, be sure to thank the original creator (if possible) and I would love to see your creations on twitter!   At the time of posting, all of these links were free and active.

Friday Finds: Mermaid Edition

To close off this week, I will be sharing some of my favourite mermaid files that I have found recently.  There are both crochet patterns and SVG files listed below.  I do not receive any compensation when you click on these links.  I am not affiliated with any of the sites mentioned below.  If you create anything from these files, I would love to see it!! Feel free to share your creations on social media with me.

SVG FUN

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Caty Catherine offers a super fun waterbottle SVG.  The drink chart is always helpful to ensure you are drinking enough fluids on hot summer days.

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I simply adore this saying!  I think I will create something with this file in the future.  The swirly font and the mermaid tail are my favourite aspects here.  You can purchase this file from the Hello Felicity Etsy Shoppe.

CROCHET PATTERNS:

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When my youngest was about 5, she was a huge Tangled fan.  I remember creating a crochet play wig for her that she spent hours wearing.  Little ones always love dressing up! If your child is a Little Mermaid fan, how about an Ariel play wig?  This pattern can be purchased on Etsy.

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Cuddler designs are so very popular right now.  This adorable mermaid pattern can be found at 3am Grace Designs.  And best of all, it’s FREE!

That’s all for now!  I hope you have enjoyed this round up!  At the time of posting, all links were active.  If you find an inactive link, you may report it to me using the Contact Me page.

Happy Crafting!!

Cricut Tutorial: Merbaby Onesie

Is there anything cuter than a baby?!  How about a baby in an adorable handmade onesie?!

For Mermaid Week, I wanted to create a simple baby onesie – something that was adorable, but simple enough for Cricut beginners to attempt.  After playing around in Cricut Design Space, I came up with a cute and simple design.  To “mermaid it up” I used Siser Glitter HTV in the shade Mermaid (how convenient).  Always remember to mirror your work when cutting HTV.  This design will weed very quickly.  Some glitter will remain on the protective layer.  The displaced glitter will not transfer onto or affect your completed project.

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If you are using the Cricut Easy Press, set your machine according to this chart.  I used Gerber 100% cotton onesies for this project, so my Easy Press was set to 340°F/171°C.  Always warm or pre-press your onesie prior to pressing the HTV.  Place the HTV onto the onesie, approximately 1 inch from the neckline, or eyeball the design to where you feel it looks best.  If you take too long doing this step, you may want to reheat the material surface.

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Press your onesie for the recommended about of time (30 seconds for my project).  When pressing onesies it is important to avoid the shoulder and neckline areas (I will have an in-depth blog post about this in the near future).  If you press directly over the shoulder folds you will not get a full seal and your vinyl will not stick (it will likely fall off after a few washes).  With this design, I was able to put my press on a slight diagonal to avoid the excess fold material.  After removing the protective layer I usually press again for about 10 seconds with a pieces of parchment paper over it.  Turn your entire project over and press it again from the back. Be sure to note the shoulder folds again.

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In the future, I hope to offer more files and in various formats.  At this time, the files are in PNG and SVG only.  By downloading any files from A Crafty Cupcake, you are agreeing to these terms.  You may use these files to create items for PERSONAL USE ONLY.  Please do not share, resell or claim any of these files as your own.

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