Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Cool Fall Flower Headbands

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New Project: Bunny Hat Free Pattern

Well to start with a side note, I'm sitting here at 3am eating this egg-less cookie dough I found the recipe for over at Siriously Delicious :) And I decided I'd share this with y'all. Isn't it cute?

I was inspired by a friend to create a cute little newborn bunny hat today. It worked up in about 30 minutes for me. Unfortunately, my son's noggin is too big to fit into this little thing. I'll have to make one just his size next!

I used this chunky yarn newborn hat pattern at Alli Crafts. I love her patterns! They are very easy to follow. I then made up the ear pattern myself. You can add or remove rows or number of stitches to change the shape and length of the ears.

I used Deborah Norville Serenity Chunky Solids Yarn in Pristine with hook size K
hdc: half double crochet
sc: single crochet
ch: chain

Ears (make two)
Ch 5
Row 1: hdc in second ch from the hook and each ch across, ch 2, turn
Row 2-4: hdc in each stitch across, ch 2, turn
Row 5: hdc decrease twice, ch 2, turn
Row 6: hdc decrease once, ch 1
sc evenly around the edge of entire ear and finish off

Sew your ears on your hat and weave in all loose ends!

I made the ears more rounded. If you'd like more definition, sc twice in each corner. I've heard to make bunny ears a bit more sturdy, you can use pipe cleaners. Crochet them into the edge of the ears so they can bend any which way and stay there. I would have tried this if we had any in the house. I plan to try this trick with my next bunny hat though :)

That's it!
Thanks for visiting :)

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Today: homemade baby food

I know this isn't crochet related but I found this cool way of making/storing baby food on Pinterest and thought I'd post it for any mommies out there.

I chose to make carrots and broccoli today (the broccoli is still in the process of steaming) I also chose to steam my veggies in order to keep in as many nutrients as possible.

When the carrots were fork tender, I mashed them with a fork to about the consistency of stage 3 store bought baby food. If you're making stage 1or 2 baby food it's easiest to use a food processor or emulsifier. I used the water left in the pot (that's adhere the nutrients are) from steaming to thin out the mash a little bit.

Pour your mixture into an ice tray and toss them on the freezer for a couple hours or until you're able to pop the cubes from the tray easily.

You can then store the little baby food cubes in a freezer baggie or tupperware container.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

New Project - Cookie Monster Blanket :)

So a friend of mine is having a baby boy soon (like tomorrow lol) and her theme is Sesame Street. So I decided to make a cookie monster themed hooded afghan!

I'm only about 1/4 of the way done (I was halfway done but didn't like the stitch so I took it apart) but here is what I'm doing so far..

I'm using royal blue yarn with a size G hook. I was doing a HDC v-stitch but decided to use the "crunch stitch" instead. Here is how:

Crunch Stitch (Multiple of 2 + 1 ch)
Chain 25 loosely
Row 1: slip st loosely in third ch from hook (hdc in next ch, slip st loosely in next ch) across.
Row 2: (right side) Ch 2, turn; skip first slip st (slip st loosely in next hdc, hdc in next slip st) across to last slip st, slip st loosely in top of turning ch.
Repeat row 2 for pattern

Here is what it ends up looking like..

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Valentine's Day Goody Bag

Ok, technically it isn't Friday anymore.. but I've been up all night, so it's still Friday night for me! Here is our very first "Free Pattern Friday" :)

What you'll need:
  • Hook Size: G
  • Small amounts of worsted weight yarn, red and white or whatever colors you'd like
  • Yarn needle for weaving in ends
  • A coordinating button (if you choose to use one)
Dimensions- 3" tall not including handles, 4" wide
Guage is not important with this project

  • sc- single crochet
  • sl st- slip stitch

Base: (with main color)
ch 16
Round 1:  sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across. (15)
Round 2:  ch 1 turn sc in each sc across (15)
Rounds 3-6:  repeat round 2 switching to coordinating color in last sc
Round 7:  ch 1, turn, sc around all four edges, putting 2 sc in each corner. sl st to first sc to join. (6 sc along each short edge, 15 sc along each long edge)

Side 1: (with main color)
Round 1:  ch 1 sc in back loops of next 15 sc (15)
Round 2:  ch 1, turn, sc in each stitch across (15)
Rounds 3-15: Repeat round 2
sl st down side of work to base (-OR- finish off, sl st into base to create next side)

Side 2:
Round 1:  ch 1, sc in front loops of next 6 sc (6)
Round 2:  sc in each stitch across (6)
Rounds 3-15: Repeat round 2
sl st down side of work to base

Side 3
Round 1:  ch 1 sc in front loops of next 15 sc (15)
Round 2:  sc in each stitch across (15)
Rounds 3-15: Repeat round 2
sl st down side of work to base

Side 4
Repeat side 2

Finish off. Weave in ends

Using coordinating color, sl st into base, putting hook through the edges of two sides, sc together. Repeat until all sides are crocheted together, sc around top of bag.

sl st into one top corner of bag, ch 30 (or however you'd like the handles to be)
sl st into opposite corner making sure not to twist the chain, sc in each stitch across, sl st into top of bag, finish off.
Repeat for second handle, weave in ends.

We used this heart pattern:

The pattern used for the flower is soon to come! You may also use any flower/applique pattern you'd like.

You may not sell this pattern/claim it as your own. You may sell anything you make from our patterns as long as you link back to our blog!

Thank you!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Free Pattern Friday's

Hello! We are Julie and Ashley, mother and daughter, of Just Keep Stitching- our little online handmade crochet business.

We are currently working on typing up all of our own patterns and creating some new ones to be given away for free on this blog for "Free Pattern Fridays!" If all goes well, we should be able to post our first free pattern next Friday :)

Suggestions? Post a comment or email us to suggest ideas of things you'd like to learn how to make!

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