Skull Applique - free crochet pattern

Just in time for Halloween... I searched for a crochet pattern for a little skull, with the hopes to use skull and crossbones as a buckle on a new pair of slippers I've just finished for my little guy (photos soon!). Not being happy with any patterns I could found, decided to try my hand at writing my own... I'm quite pleased with the results, though being my first crochet pattern I hope I've written it clearly - please, be kind :)

Scrap yarn, any weight; white for skull, black for face, contrasting color for bow
Crochet hook, size appropriate to yarn used

Gauge: Not important, a larger hook and heavier yarn will result in a larger appliqué.
(For reference, the samples pictured: using an H hook and worsted weight yarn, skull measures about 2.5 inches tall by 2 inches wide.)

Using the magic loop method, sc 6 times in a ring
Rnd 2: 2sc in each st (12 sts)
Rnd 3: (hdc, 2dc, hdc) in first st, (sc in next, 2sc in next) five times, sc in last. (20 sts.)
Rnd 4: (hdc, dc) in first st, (dc, trc) in next, (trc, dc) in next, (dc, hdc) in next, (sc in next 2, 2sc in next) four times, sc in next 2, sl st in last. Fasten off and weave in ends.
Add facial features using French knots with black yarn (see photo for placement).
Bow... to make it girly
Ch 7
(dc, hdc) in third chain from hook, sc in next, sl st in next, sc in next, (hdc, 2dc, trc, 2dc, hdc) in last. Now working on back loops, sc in next, sl st in next, sc in next, (hdc, 2dc, trc) in next (same ch as first dc, hdc). Fasten off, weave in ends. Wrap a piece of yarn around center several times to cinch into bow shape, knot, and use ends to attach to skull.
~ happy crocheting!


feed me!

I snuck in to see how the babies were doing, was able to get a quick shot of one baby, politely requesting his lunch.


baby birdie

Discovered Friday afternoon, just outside my studio window... I snuck in to take pictures of the two tiny speckled eggs, and realized that one of them was hatching as I stood there.


a new hobby

While being away from the blog, I've also taught myself how to crochet (finally, after all these years knitting, but having pattern-jealosy over all the unique crochet projects in the world)... A friend asked me which I liked better, knitting or crocheting, and I realized it's like asking a mother which of her children she likes better. :) Here's one of my favorite crochet items so far:


baby gifts

I haven't posted anything new recently, so thought I'd catch up on what I've been working on... lots of baby gifts! So many new babies being born this year to friends and family!

First is a tiny sweater, made for Baby Conner. Knitted in Bernat Cottontots from Gina Bonomo's Bitty Boy Bump pattern.


Next was Baby Evan, his mom is a wonderful photographer so I knitted him a Chunky Gnome Hat and Chunky Diaper Cover - can't wait to see how she photographs him in them! (both patterns were totally improvised... waiting to hear how the fit is, then will type up to share)


And finally I just wrapped up a pair of Buccaneer Booties (pattern from Mamachee's Etsy Shop) for Baby Franklin, who is due very soon! Crocheted in Red Heart Eco Ways, bamboo/ wool blend.


Custom Egg Cozies

While knitting almost as fast as I can to fill my Etsy shop with bunnies and lambs in time for Easter, I've also been fulfilling some custom orders - here's a peek at a few custom creations:



Felted Egg Cozy Critters - now available on Etsy!

I have been busy at work knitting and felting a collection of my Felted Egg Cozy Critters - visit my Etsy shop to see what is available. Perfect Easter gifts!


Felted Egg Cozy Critters - new pattern!

Available now for purchase on Ravelry - a knit pattern used to create a menagerie of spring critters - instructions included for a chick, bunny, lop-eared bunny and lamb. Pattern includes instructions for both double pointed needle and straight needle versions.

~happy knitting!


Felted baby slippers - free pattern

Materials:1 skein Paton’s Classic WoolSize US 15 needles
(or other worsted weight, feltable yarn)

Tapestry needle
1/4" wide elastic

Slippers are knit in one piece, starting at the heel end of the sole.

Easter chick egg cozy

The original pattern as my grandmother passed along to me... I (of course) can't leave well enough alone and am putting together instructions for a new, improved, felted version... watch for it soon  :)

Size US 9 needles
4 ply yarn
CO 10 stitches
Knit in garter stitch a scant inch (approx. 5 rows).
CO 9 stitches at the beginning of the next two rows (28 stitches total)
Continue in garter stitch for one scant inch.
Work in K2, P2 ribbing for an additional inch. (piece is 3 inches total in length from original CO edge)
On the next row, K2tog across all stitches (14 sts. total).
BO all stitches.
Fold in center of largest part, sew back seam. Sew top and side of head.
Fill with a hard boiled egg, or plastic egg filled with yummy candy!

Update: find the crochet version here!


Rx for over-felted knits

Real Simple magazine had an article in this month's issue on "fixing" shrunken garments - I tried it on my felted cloche (that I had accidently felted a little too much) and it definitely helped! Just hand wash the garment with cold water and a little baby shampoo, then rinse and stretch to the desired shape while wet and allow to dry. I was able to stretch the brim of the hat back into shape. As an added bonus, it softened the material a bit. Now I just have to get the trim on and finalize the hat before winter is over... :)


Knit, felted baby slippers

Chace has a pair of slippers that were given to him by a family friend when he was born, soft and cute with embroidered ducks on them. On a whim I put them on him recently and noticed that they stayed on his feet, even during naps - unlike socks - and kept his feet nice and toasty warm. He has worn them every day since, to the point where they won't wash clean (and he's just about to outgrown them!), so I've been looking for the perfect pattern to knit a new pair (and, well, I have been on a slipper kick recently!)... not finding anything I liked I tried creating my own pattern that mimics the construction of the duck slippers. I'm not 100% happy with them yet, but with a few tweaks I think they'll work. Needle felted a moose face and antlers on them (a bit hard to see in the photos).