JAMBERRY!!!!!

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These wraps have been on my toes 2 weeks at time of photo

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I think it is safe to say that most of us love having our finger and toe nails looking nice.  So we take our time prepping our nails, we apply a base coat, two coats of color and a clear top coat to protect our nails.  Okay, so think about that.  How long does it really take you to do your nails, including decent drying time?  Not to mention if you have to start over on one or more nails because heaven forbid, you smudge or your kids need something.  You know what I’m talking about.

Now imagine a product where you don’t have to worry about any of that!  There is no drying time!  Lasts for up to 6 weeks on your toes and up to 2 weeks on your fingers!  No chipping!  No smudging!  If you need to stop and do something you can, and not worry about damaging the nails.  Oh and no horrible smelling nail remover!!!!

What is this wonderful product?  JAMBERRY!!!  There are over 300 different designs and if you cant find exactly what you are looking for you can create your own!!

http://www.beautifulfeet.jamberrynails.net/  – Link to website where you can view the large selection, (they even have a line called Juniors for girls 2 – 8 years of age)

https://www.facebook.com/traciedouglasjams  – Link to a consultant who can answer any questions you may have!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaykpuMe53w  – Link to video on how to apply/remove nail wraps!

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These wraps have been on my toes 5 weeks at time of photo

So what does this product look like?  Below is a sheet that has been used just once for a toe application.  As you can see I can get several more applications from this sheet.

This is after one application to my toes

This is after one application to my toes, I messed up on my large toe and needed to try again with a new wrap

Peacock Photo Prop – Newborn

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How precious is this baby cover set!?

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This is a great pattern to use up those balls of leftover yarn that your not quite sure what to do with but you don’t want to just throw them out!  This pattern works up really fast and is simple to follow, with several colored photos to help any questions that may arise during the process.

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Crochet Military Inspired Hat – FREE Pattern!!

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This pattern was originally inspired by the Navy Dress Cap, however, you could easily change the colors and customize it for a police department!

Military HatFor the FREE pattern for the Police Badge click HERE

This Military Inspired Hat is completely FREE, but…..

if you are feeling generous and would like to make a donation, just below is a link where you can make a donation to the Peyton Dempsey Fund.  I know their family would appreciate any and all donations!

Peyton is a brave little girl was born with a rare disease called MMIH.  There is no cure and most children don’t make it to their first birthday.  Peyton is now 3.  

Military Hat

Their is a bit of a story that goes with this hat so hang with me while I tell it.  It all started with a simple knee surgery just to see what was going on, nothing big; should be doing jumping jacks in a day or two.  Well, instead I ended up in a straight leg brace for 6 weeks.  Along with that I had to be strapped into a machine that bent my leg in and out …….for 6 hours a day!!!

Well this lead to a lot of free time to peruse online looking for a new crochet project.  Well, I came across this most beautifully done military style hat and contacted the seller asking her if she would consider selling me the pattern; as I had a Cousin in the Navy and they were expecting a little girl in a few months and just had to make that hat for them!!!  She informed me that the pattern was not for sale.

Well after a bit of pouting I grabbed my yarn and hook and decided that I would see what happened. During the process of making the hat I tried several different brands of yarn, first was Caron Simply Soft.  This did not work as it is such a soft yarn that it did not hold the shape well at all; also with the repeated ripping out the yarn got really fuzzy really fast. Finally, I settled with Loop and Tread Yarn.  This thread was soft and yet still durable enough that it endured the reworking of the pattern and still looked nice in the end.

Then there was the countless hours of crocheting and frogging trying to get it right.  Among the numerous issue was trying to keep the top from looking like a octagon, trying to keep the brim centered  and looking decent.  Finally, I think I have finished working and reworking this pattern.  For now.

So on with the pattern!!!

Materials
Loops and Thread Yarn
Hook – G, C
Stitch Marker
Embroidery Needle
Gold Metallic Embroidery Floss
Gold Buttons 
Finished Size – 3-6 months (about 16 1/2 inches)
Gauge –
17 HDC – 5 inches
8 rows – 3 inches 
Stitch Guide –
SS – Slip Stitch
CH – Chain
SC – Single Crochet
HDC – Half Double Crochet
RSC – Reducing Single Crochet
RBPSC – Reducing Back Post Single Crochet
RBPHDC – Reducing Back Post Half Double Crochet
BPHDC – Back Post Half Double Crochet
FPHDC – Front Post Half Double Crochet
Navy Dress Cap
Top of Hat:
Magic ring
1.      CH1, SC, 9HDC in magic ring
2.      2HDC in SC (place marker in first HDC), 2HDC in each around (20)
3.      2HDC in marked, 1HDC in next, *2HDC, 1HDC* repeat from *to* around (30)
4.      2HDC in marked, HDC in next 2 stitches, *2HDC, HDC in next 2 stitches* repeat from *to* around(40)
5.      2HDC in marked, HDC in next 4 stitches, *2HDC, HDC in next 4 stitches* repeat from *to* around (48)
6.      2HDC in marked, HDC in next 5 stitches, *2HDC, HDC in next 5 stitches* repeat from *to* around (56)
7.      2HDC in marked, HDC in next 6 stitches, *2HDC, HDC in next 6 stitches*repeat from *to* around (64)
8.      2HDC in marked, HDC in next 8 stitches, *2HDC, HDC in next 8 stitches* repeat from *to* around, HDC in last (71)
9.      2HDC in marked stitch, *HDC in next 9, 2HDC*, repeat from *to* 5 more times, HDC in next, SC in next 8, SS in last stitch and in marked stitch (78) Finish Off.

 

Underside of Hat:
3 – 6 months:

  1. CH1, RBPSC (use post of marked stitch and next) place marker in this stitch, *BPSC in next 9, RBPSC using next 2 stitches* repeat from *to* once more, BPHDC in next 9, *RBPHDC using next 2 stitches, BPHDC in next 9* repeat from *to* once more, *BPRSC using the next 2 stitches, BPSC in next 9* repeat from *to* once more, BPSC in last stitch (which is the first SS of row 2 in ‘Top of Hat’, join with SS to first BPRSC (71)
  2. CH1, RSC using marked stitch and next, SC in next 8, RSC, SC in next 9 stitches, HDC in next 30, SC in next 9 stitches, RSC using next 2 stitches, SC in next 9, join with SS to first RSC (68)
  3. CH1, RSC using marked stitch and next, SC in next 7, RSC, SC in next 10 stitches, HDC in next 27, SC in next 10 stitches, RSC using next 2 stitches, SC in next 8 (65)
  4. CH1, RSC using marked and next stitch, SC in next 6, RSC, SC in next 11 stitches, HDC in next 24, SC in next 11, RSC using next 2 stitches, SC in next 7 (62) ( should be 19 inches finished 12-24 months)
  5. CH1, SC in marked stitch and next 21, HDC in next 21, SC in next 20, SS in into marked stitch. (62)
  6. SS in each stitch around. Finish Off. BE CAREFUL THAT YOU KEEP YOUR YARN TENSION LOOSE!!!!
 Back Post Half Double Crochet
 Slip stitch in row 6 of ‘Under side of Hat’
Change Color
Band:
 
1.      Stitches are worked into row 5 of ‘Underside of Hat’. Join in front loop of marked stitch with CH1, FLHDC in marked stitch and next 20, HDC (using both loops of stitch) in next 21, FLHDC in next 21, SS in first FLHDC (62)
2.      CH1, HDC around, join with SS in first HDC. Finish Off
Front Loop Half Double Crochet
 Half Double Crochet using both loops
Brim:
  1. Skip next 26 stitches starting where joining was. FPHDC in next, *2FPHDC in next stitch, FPHDC* repeat from *to* 2 more times, FPHDC in next 2 stitches, *2FPDC, FPDC* repeat from *to* 2 more times, CH2, TURN
  2. 2HDC in next, HDC in next 19, 2HDC in next, CH1, TURN
  3. SC in each stitch across, SS 2x down the side of the Brim. SC in next stitch and every stitch around to beginning of Brim
  4. SS 2x up side of the Brim, SS in each stitch across Brim, SS 2x down the side of the Brim, SS in each SC around. Finish off
Pink Band:

CH 32 (base row), HDC in 2nd CH from hook, HDC across, CH2, SS in first CH of base row.  Finish off, leaving a 6 inch tail to sew band to hat.  Center band and attach to hat using embroidery needle.  Attach gold buttons of choice.

If you are wanting to do the Gold Metallic, can be found in with the embroidery thread at larger yarn/fabric stores.

Using Hook size C

CH desired length, SC in 2nd CH from hook, SC across, CH1, Turn SC across. Continue until you have 3 or 4 rows. Finish off, leaving a 6 inch tail to sew band to hat.  Continue as listed for the Pink Band

PicMonkey Collage

Directions for making the Top of the hat stay nice and flat!  .

Using an old cereal box I trace a circle and cut it out.  Then I double check by fitting the cardboard form in the hat making sure that it is not to large, which would cause the hat to stretch and not look as good.

Cutting a whole in the cardboard form is really important for larger hats (but can be done for all sizes) as it allows room for the crown of the head.  I placed the lining like this to help keep a little slack in the material. I then use my hot glue gun to secure the material to the cardboard form.    
 
Trim off any extra material make sure that you don’t cut so much that the cardboard shows.  I then place the ‘ruff side’ up in the hat, carefully working it in making sure not to stretch the finished hat.
 

For the FREE Police Badge Pattern click HERE

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This is an original pattern Published May 2014, KatiDCreations.com. You may use one photo and link back to the original post.  Do not repost the pattern in part or whole.  Please feel free to sell, gift or donate any items made from this pattern.
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Fishing Hat Crochet Pattern – FREE Pattern!!!

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One of my earliest memories is sitting in an aluminum bass boat with my dad and brother with my fishing pole in hand, not having a care in the world.  Not sure how much fishing my dad was actual able to do, but I do remember having an absolutely wonderful time with my family!  As years went by our family of five would load up the camper with fishing gear, the 3 dogs and head out.  There are so many happy memories of camping and fishing and so I thought this would be the perfect tribute to my dad.  So thanks dad for so many wonderful memories, and here is to many more to come! 
 
So enough of that, lets get on to the pattern!

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There in only newborn size currently listed but will update the pattern as larger sizes are completed.  
 
The top of the hat is intended not to be completely flat, but has a slight rumple to it as if it had been dropped in the water and lost its original shape.
 

Fishing Hat
Materials –
Hook G, H, I
Vanna’s Yarn
Embroidery Needle  
Gauge –
16 HDC stitches = 5 inches
4 rows = 2 inches
Stitch Guide –
CH – Chain
SC – Single Crochet
HDC – Half Double Crochet
FPHDC – Front Post Half Double Crochet
All Hat Sizes:

Top –

For Newborn use size G, for remaining sizes use size H

Magic Circle
1.       CH1, 9HDC, Join in first HDC
2.       CH1, 2HDC in each around, Join in first HDC (18)
3.       CH1, 2HDC in same as joining and in next, HDC in next, *2HDC in next 2, 1HDC in next*, repeat from *to* around, Join in first HDC (30)
4.       CH1, 2HDC in same as joining, HDC in next 2, *2HDC in next, HDC in next 2*, repeat from *to* around, Join in first HDC (40)
5.       CH1, 2HDC in same as joining, HDC in next 4, *2HDC in next, HDC in next 4*, repeat from *to*, Join in first HDC (48)
Newborn: 14 inches 
6.       CH1, SC in same as joining and around, join with SS in first SC (48)
7.       CH1, 2HDC in same as joining, HDC in next 5 stitches, *2HDC in next, HDC in next 5 stitches*, repeat from *to* around, join with SS in first HDC (56)
0–3 months: 15 inches
6.     CH1, HDC in same as joining and around, join with SS in first HDC (48)
7.     CH1, 2HDC in same as joining, HDC in next 5 stitches, *2HDC in next, HDC in next 5*, repeat from *to* around, join with SS in first HDC (56)
3-6 months: 16 inches
6.       CH1, 2HDC in same as joining, HDC in next 5, *2HDC in next, HDC in next 5*, repeat from *to* around, join with SS in first HDC (56)
7.       CH1, SC in same as joining and around, join with SS in first SC (56)
8.       CH1, 2HDC in same as joining, *HDC in next 5 stitches, 2HDC*, repeat from*to* around, HDC in last 2 stitches, join with SS in first HDC (65)

Side of Hat

Newborn:
Working with right side of hat facing you, HDC in each stitch in the 6th row on the backside of the hat (48)
1.       CH1, HDC around, join in first HDC
2.       Repeat row 1 of ‘Side of Hat’ 4 more times

0-3 Months:

Working with right side of hat facing you, HDC in each stitch in the 6th row on the backside of the hat (48)
1.       CH1, HDC around, join in first HDC
2.       Repeat row 1 of ‘Side of Hat’ 4 more times
3–6 months:
Working with right side of hat facing you, HDC in each stitch in the 7th row on the backside of the hat (56)
1.       CH1, HDC around, join in first HDC
2.       Repeat row 1 of ‘Side of Hat’ 6 more times.

 

Brim of Hat –
Newborn:
1.       CH1, 2FPHDC in same as joining, FPHDC in next 5, *2FPHDC In next, FPHDC in next 5* repeat from *to* around, join with SS in first FPHDC (56)
2.       CH1, HDC in same as joining and next 4, 2HDC in next, HDC in next 5 stitches, 2HDC in next* repeat from *to* around, HDC in last 2 stitches (65)
3.       CH1, HDC in same as joining and next, *2HDC in next , HDC in next 5* repeat from * to * around, HDC in last 2 stitches, join with SS in first HDC (76)

0-3 months:
1.       CH1, 2FPHDC in same as joining, FPHDC in next 5, *2FPHDC in next, FPHDC in next 5* repeat from *to* around, join with SS in first FPHDC (56)
2.       CH1, HDC in same as joining and next 2 stitches, 2HDC in next, *HDC in next 5 stitches, 2HDC in next stitch* repeat from *to* around, HDC in last 4 stitches, join with SS in first HDC (65)
3.       CH1, 2HDC in same as joining, HDC in next 5 stitches, 2HDC in next, *HDC in next 5 stitches, 2HDC in next stitch* repeat from *to* around, HDC in last 4 stitches, join with SS in first HDC (76)
3-6 months:
1.       CH1, 2FPHDC in same as joining, *FPHDC in next 5, 2FPHDC in next*, *repeat from *to* around, FPHDC in last stitch, join with SS in first FPHDC (66)
2.       CH1, HDC in same as joining and next 2, 2HDC in next, *HDC In next 5, 2HDC in next* repeat from *to*, HDC in last 3 stitches, join with SS in first HDC (77)
3.       CH1, 2HDC in same as joining, *HDC in next 5, 2HDC in next*, repeat from * to * around, HDC in last 4 stitches, join with SS in first HDC (90)
4.       CH1, SC in same as joining and next 3, 2SC in next stitch, *SC in next 9, 2SC in next* repeat from *to*,  SC in last 5 stitches, join with slip stitch to first SC (99)

Light Brown Strip:
Hook size I

Working in row of choice of ‘Side of Hat’, using a double strand

1.       Slip stitch around post of first stitch of row, CH2, skip next 2 stitches, *Slip stitch in next stitch, CH2*, repeat around, Finish off using link provided below or simply SS to finish.
 Lures – took an 8 inch piece of yarn and pulled it apart and looped it around the light brown strip, tied it in a knot and trimmed to desired length.
If you would like to purchase this as a finished product just go to : https://www.etsy.com/shop/KatiDCreations?ref=si_shop and send me a custom order request! I would love to send you something so cute!

This is an original pattern by KatiDCreations.  This pattern is intended for those who love to crochet.  If you sell online please provide a link back to the original pattern.  If you share this on your blog please do not re post the pattern but provide a link to the original pattern.  Please use your own photos. I am not perfect, but would like my patterns to be.  If you find an error please let me know and I will correct it as quickly as I can!

Published May 2014, KatiDCreations.com

Wide Brim Cowboy Hat Crochet Pattern – FREE Pattern!!!

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This hat works up really quickly, no joining seam in the main part of the hat and can easily be completed in a evening.

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Stitch Gage
11SC = 4 inches
11 rows = 4 inches

Materials:
Bernat Super Value Yarn, medium/4
6.00mm/ J hook

Notations:
Stitch Marker

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Stitches:
CH – Chain
SC – Single Crochet

HDC – Half Double Crochet
HDC2tog – Half Double Crochet 2 together

DC – Double Crochet
FPSC – Front Post Single Crochet
sl st – Slip Stitch
st – Stitch

Size: Newborn – 14 circumference

Note:
1. You work 2 strands together at the same time. You can either use 2 separate skeins of yarn, or use 1 skein pulling from the inside and unwinding from the outside.  If you add an accent color you will work with 2 strands together.
2. Do not Join unless instructed to do so.
3. This pattern uses a stitch marker instead of Joining and CH1, do not remove the stitch marker until you have worked in marked stitch.

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Cowboy Hat

Magic Circle

1. CH1, 8SC. (8SC)

2. Work 2SC in first st (place marker in first st), work 2SC in each st around. (16 sts)

3. Work 2HDC in first st (place marker in first HDC), 1HDC in next st, *2HDC in next st, 1HDC in next st* repeat from *to* 7 more times. (24 sts)

4. Work 2HDC in first st (place marker in first HDC), 1HDC in next 3 sts, *2HDC in next st, 1HDC in next st* repeat from *to* 4 more times, 1HDC in next 2 sts, *2HDC in next st, 1HDC in next st* repeat from *to* 3 more times. (34 sts)

5. HDC in marked st (place marker in st), 2HDC, HDC in next, HDC2tog (this will be the back dip of the hat), HDC in next, 2HDC in next, HDC, DC, 2DC in next 2 sts, DC in next 3 sts, 2DC in next 2 st, DC, HDC, 2HDC, HDC, HDC2tog (this will be the front dip of the hat), HDC, 2HDC, HDC, DC, 2DC in next 2 sts, DC in next 3 sts, 2DC in next 2 sts, DC in next (44 sts)

6. HDC in marked and next st (place marker in first st), HDC2tog, HDC in next 2, HDC2tog, HDC in next 16 sts, HDC2tog, HDC in next 2 sts, HDC2tog, HDC in next 14 st. (40 sts)

7. HDC in marked st (place marker in st) and in next 12 sts, HDC2tog, HDC in next 18, HDC2tog, HDC in remaining 5 sts (38 sts)

8. HDC in marked st (place marker in st) and around.

9. Repeat Round 8

10. Repeat Round 8

11. Repeat Round 8, working a SC in the last 2 sts.

Wide brim

1. Sl st in marked st, 2FPSC around marked st, 1FPSC around next, *2FPSC around next, 1FPSC around next st; repeat from * around. Join with sl st in first st. (57 sts)

2. CH1, DC in same as joining and around. Join with sl st in first st.

3. CH1, HDC in same as joining and next 5 sts, 2HDC in next, *1 HDC in next 2 sts, 2HDC in next; repeat from * twice more, HDC in next 18 sts, 2HDC in next *1HDC in next 2 sts, 2HDC in next; repeat from * twice more, HDC in next 13 sts. Join with sl st in first st. (67 sts)

4. CH1, DC in same as joining and next 5 sts, HDC in next sts, SC on next 2 sts, HDC in next 5 sts, DC in next 21 sts, HDC in next 5 sts, SC in next 2 sts, HDC in next 5 sts, DC in next 14 sts. Join with st st in first st. (65 sts)

Finish off and tie in ends

Accent Color
Working in Round 1 of the Wide Brim, join in any st and sl st in each st around.
Finish off and tie in ends.

Copyright KatiDCreations, May 2014. This pattern is original work and intended for use of anyone with the love to crochet.  Please do not copy pattern to your blog, you may use one photo and link back to this original post.  You are more than welcome to sell the finished product.

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Apple Pie Cookies

Sharp cheddar cheese on Apple Pie is my favorite way to eat Apple Pie

One dessert I can always count on my husband loving is Apple Pie. It is my go to if I have a special request of him, if I possibly broke something like the bathroom sink (oops!), or just to let him know that I love him.  Well today was one such day, however; I did not want to go with the traditional ‘Pie’.  I had seen several different applications of apple pie on Pintrest and had decided that I would try to make anApple Pie Cookie.  The only problem was I could not find a recipe that did not require store bought pie crust or pie filling. So I decided that making a pie filling could not be that hard so I set out to experiment and make my own (not til I was almost done did it cross my mind that I probably could have looked up a recipe on how to make apple pie filling).

When chopping my apples I did allow some varying size so there would be more texture to the cookies.  The key to cooking the apples is just until the larger pieces just start getting soft, you don’t want to over cook them as they will turn to apple sauce.

 
The result was quite satisfying and they were really cute!  A tiny apple pie.  I used a doughnut cutter and did circle cookies.  The down side of this is there is either a lot of waste from making the circles Or your ‘pies’ look like someone has taken bites out of half of them in an effort to reduce waste.  I thought they tasted quite delicious, although my husband said that there needs to be more cinnamon, but he likes the cinnamon to clean out his nasal passages when he eats the apple pie. 

I had some help cutting the lattice strips

APPLE PIE COOKIES   
Heat oven to 350
Bakes 17-19 minutes

Apple Pie Filling
7 Granny Smith Apples (pealed and chopped small)
2T Lemon Juice 
1T Corn Starch
1T Water
1/3C Brown Sugar
3T Cinnamon

Pie Crust
 2 1/4C Flour
3/4t Salt
2/3C Shortening
8-10T Cold Water

Peel and chop apples, add the Lemon Juice to help apples from browning and Water, cook on medium heat stirring often for about 10 minutes or until larger pieces are just tender, add dry Cornstarch and mix in. (This is acting as the thickening agent)  Take off heat and allow to cool completely.
Add Cinnamon and Brown Sugar

Make Pie crust 
Add Flour and Salt.  Stir to combine.  Add Shortening and cut in until you have a crumb looking mixture.  Slowly sprinkle 1T of water at a time to the mixture stirring together with a fork, repeat this until mostly combined.  Take you hand (remove any jewelry from hands so it does not get pastry in it) and finish combining crust.  Be careful not to mess with it too much as it will make the crust chewier and less flaky.  Divide pastry into a 2/3 and 1/3 ball, wrap in plastic wrap and flatten.  Place in refrigerator to chill so handling of pastry will be easier.  Allow to chill until filling is ready.

Once filling is cooled, take smaller of the two balls of dough and placing the unwrapped dough between two sheets of plastic wrap roll out to about 1/8inch thickness, then taking a pizza cutter (or if you have something that gives a fancier edge) and cut strips about 1/2inch wide.  Place back into fridge, the colder it is the more likely they will not break on you when doing the lattice weave.

Take second ball of dough and place the unwrapped dough between two sheets of plastic wrap and roll out to about 1/8inch thickness.  Remove top layer of plastic wrap and place cooled filling into the center of pastry dough and spread to almost the edge.  Take the lattice cut pastry out of the fridge and taking one strip at a time and starting in the middle of the pastry weave the lattice over the apple pie.  Then take a biscuit cutter, doughnut cutter (remove the center) or if you have neither take the pizza cutter and cut squares.  

I did a little mixture of Cinnamon and Sugar to sprinkle on top for a bit of color prior to baking


 Think if I make these again I will take the ‘crumb’ pieces and try making an Apple Pie milk shake

Published April, 2014 by KatiDCreations.com

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Crochet Leg Warmers – Free Pattern

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This winter has been unusually cold for St. Louis, not that we are unused to single digits or even the occasional below zero, but its been 30 years since the area has seen cold like this.  That being said I don’t like turning up the thermostat just because the temperature plunges.  So they both the kids got an extra shirt, and Zach got his long under wear out.  However, I didn’t want to deal with so many layers on Delana (the whole diaper changing thing) so I decided to check out Pinterest for some inspiration and this is what I came up with.   I added the contrasting strips  mainly so you could tell which way was up, as the size difference of the top and bottom opening is not that different.

These will fit a Newborn up to 18 months.

Pattern
Hook size H
Vanna’s Yarn

Stitch Key:
Ch – Chain
SC – Single Crochet
BLSC – Back Loop Single Crochet 
RSC – Reducing Single Crochet
FPHDC – Front Post Half Double Crochet
DC – Double Crochet

   
Baby leg warmers…baby full leg, up to 18 months below knee

Ch 22, join in first ch…careful not to twist, ch 1
1.       SC around in BL only, join with slip stitch in 1st sc
2.       Ch2, FPHDC CH 1), skip next SC and FPHDC in next SC CH 1, around, join with slip stitch in first FPHDC
3.       Ch2, FPHDC in same stitch CH1 around, join with slip stitch in first FPHDC (11 FPHDC)
4.       CH1, Back loops only, SC in same stitch as joining, 2 SC in chain, 1 SC in FPHDC around, join with slip stitch in 1st SC (33 SC)
5.       CH4 (counts as 1st DC and CH 1) dc in same stitch, skip next 2 SC, DC CH1 SC, skip next 2 SC around, join in 3rdch of ch 4. Ch 1
6.       Slip stitch in first CH 1 space, CH 2, 3 DC cluster in same stitch, CH2, 4 DC cluster in next CH 1 space (5 loops on hook) around, slip stitch in top of first cluster. (11 Clusters)
7.       BLSC around in each stitch, join with slip stitch in 1stSC
8.       Repeat row 5 – 7  3 more times
9.       CH1, *SC in same stitch as joining, SC in next 3 stitches, 1 RSC*, SC in next 4 stitches. repeat from * to * around.  RSC in last stitches, join with slip stitch in first SC
10.   CH2, *FPHDC in same stitch as joining, CH1 skip next stitch, FPHDC  in next stitch, CH1*, repeat from * to * around
11.   Repeat row 10
Finish off.

 

Crochet Baseball Hat/Baseball Bat Cocoon

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This baseball bat and baseball hat was a special request from a girlfriend. 

For the hat I ended up using a single crochet for body of the hat so I could keep the red baseball stitches a little nicer looking.  From looking at other patterns/finished products it appeared that the larger the stitch used in making the hat the harder it is to get the red baseball stitches to look nice.  

I found that using my tutorial for guide lines really helped keep the final look of the stitches looking nice.

Finding the buttons I was looking for was not as hard as I thought it might be.  My first stop was JoAnns where I found some baseball buttons, was not thrilled about the price but at the time they were on sale, so I bought them.  A few days later I was at Hancock Fabric were I found some buttons that made me want to return the first buttons that I found, and the price was perfect!

Then came the baseball bat.  This took a little more time.  First issue was finding the color of yarn that would remind you of a wood bat, and thanks to the free opinion of several gals at Hancock Fabric the decision was made Bernat Super Saver – Topaz.  Then I needed to figure out how to change the handle into a bat without it loosing the bat look I was striving for.

Once I figured out how to work the handle and started up the cocoon part of the bat I realized that I would have to rip the bat out back down to the base of the handle.  Why? You may be asking, the seam from joining was quite obvious, and looked really bad.  So that was when I decided that the best way to make the bag look nice is to work it in rounds.  I don’t normally chose to work in rounds as I think it to be too much work and don’t really see the big difference.  Well in the bat it was completely worth it!  So I got myself a few markers and was quite pleased with the final product. 

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Published by KatiDCreations.com  April, 2014  This is an original pattern, please do not repost any portion of this pattern or photos or claim any of it as your own work.  You may use one photo and link back to this original post.  Please feel free to sell, gift or donate any items made from this pattern.

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Mushroom Sausage Tortellini Soup

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Mushroom Sausage Tortellini Soup

The warm weather of the past week is now being replaced with temperatures back below freezing so I figured it was a great day for some soup! Plus my husband had college classes tonight (which means I get to try new ideas that I know he would not touch).

This is a really simple soup to make and is made of things that I normally have on hand.  I love making my own pasta, but dont always have the time to make the delicate tortellini so I keep some store bought in the freezer for a quick addition to meals.

It could easily be made dairy free and would still taste amazing!  Just sub out milk for Almond milk and use regular pasta.

Tortellini Sausage Mushroom soup
4 main dish servings

9oz Tortellini
1T coconut oil or butter
1 1/2 t garlic
3 c sliced mushrooms
2 mild sausage links (about 1/2 lb)
4 c chicken stock
2 c milk (I used 1c. milk and 1c. Almond milk)
2 t oregano
2 t chives
2 t parsley
1 t garlic salt

Saute both mushrooms and garlic in oil until they are wilted.  Set aside

Cook sausage while breaking it into little pieces.  Once all the pink is out of the meat place on paper towel and drain off access grease (the soup will be really greasy if you skip this)

Combine liquids, oregano, chives, parsley, garlic salt and sausage bring to a boil and let simmer for 5 minutes.  Add Tortellini and cook according to directions.  Add mushrooms, a little fresh grated Parmesan cheese and serve with a piece of crusty bread.  THIS bread is seriously delicious, takes a bit of planning ahead, but pairs great this this soup!

I like to keep this warm on the back of my stove so I can eat on it all day.  Tastes even better after a few days in the fridge!

I am sure that this could be made in the crock pot, I just have not tried it.

Published by KatiDCreations.com April 2014, no photos may be used without written permission.  Please link to the original recipe and do not retype it out.

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