Simple Treasures

I’ve been researching baby items lately and have decided to create my first pattern book. It will be comprised of four (possibly more) baby patterns. At least two of the patterns will be free. Yes! And what goes well with free? Simple! All patterns will be composed of the simplest crochet stitches: single crochet, slip stitch, and double crochet. Stay tuned, folks! Simple Treasures will be coming soon!

Simple Treasures
Bows for headbands or hair clips
Headbands with elastic and without
Opera Beanie
Sweet summer sandals

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Lil Loopy Beanie

Lil Loopy Beanie

picture of lil loopy beanie(More pictures at the bottom of the post.)

Lil Loopy Beanie is now available for purchase! It was tested by 11 folks on the Free Pattern Testers forum on Ravelry. As you can see, this pattern is super fun to the eye. It is also extra cozy because the loops create an extra layer of warmth. The beanie pictured above was done in a self striping yarn; however, testers had nice results with variegated yarns as well as rows of solid colors.

The pattern also includes optional earflaps to keep out the winter chill. Last on the page is the tutorial on how to make the braids.

Difficulty: The pattern uses only beginner level stitches. The main section uses single crochet and the chain stitch and the brim uses single crochet and double crochet. There is a picture and video tutorial to help with the loop placement. This pattern would be good for an advanced beginner.

Sizing: Many testers reported it was hard to keep gauge and thus I recommend going down a size if you are on the edge when choosing a size.

Purchase here: Ravelry, Etsy, Craftsy

picture of lil loopy beanie from side

top view of lil loopy beanie

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Posted Brim (Crochet Hat Brim)

Hello, all!

I have had many requests for a brim I created for several of my crochet hats. Well, who am I to keep such a fun brim from you all?

Pattern

multiples of 4

Row 1: ch 1, sc around

Row 2: ch 1, sc around

Row 3: ch 1, *sc 3, fpdc around the sc in row 1; repeat from * around

That’s all there is to it! If you want a deeper brim do three rows of sc and then use a fptc instead of a double. This brim is especially fun if you work the two rows of sc in one color and the third row with the fpdc in a contrasting color. Enjoy!

Pics

Lil Loopy Beanie (For sale on Etsy; pattern coming soon!)

Spring Spirals Beanie

Baby Spirals Beanie

Baby Spirals Beanie

picture of baby spirals(More pictures at the bottom of the post.)

**Note: Picture is done with two colors and different brim. Pattern coming soon!**

Materials

  • 5.5 mm crochet hook (I)
  • ~60-115 yards US worsted weight yarn
  • Suggested yarn: Malabrigo Rios; Cascade 220
  • Stitch marker
  • Tapestry needle

Gauge

  • 4 sts and 4 rows of sc = a little over 1 inch x 1 inch
  • Change hook size to obtain gauge

Sizing

  • 0-3 mos (3-6 mos, 6-12 mos, 12 mos-3 years, 3 years-teen)
  • 13-15″ (15-16.5, 16-17.5″, 17-18.5″, 19-20″)

Abbreviations

  • ch – chain
  • sts – stitches
  • ss – slip stitch
  • sc – single crochet
  • blo – back loop only

Crown Instructions

Create a Magic Loop and sc 6 into said loop (6 sts)

From here on out you will be working in the back loop only. Also, you will be working in continuous rounds. DO NOT join. Feel free to use a stitch marker for easier counting.

Row 1: *2 sc in each stitch; repeat from * (12 sts)

Row 2: *1 sc, 2 sc in next stitch; repeat from * around (18 sts)

Row 3: *2 sc, 2 sc in next stitch; repeat from * around (24 sts)

Row 4: *3 sc, 2 sc in next stitch; repeat from * around (30 sts)

Row 5: *4 sc, 2 sc in next stitch; repeat from * around (36 sts)

Row 6: *5 sc, 2 sc in next stitch; repeat from * around (42 sts)

Row 7: *6 sc, 2 sc in next stitch; repeat from * around (48 sts) – Stop here for 0-3 mos and go to the hat instructions below

Row 8: *7 sc, 2 sc in next stitch; repeat from * around (54 sts) – Stop here for 3-6 mos and go to the hat instructions below

Row 9: *8 sc, 2 sc in next stitch; repeat from * around (60 sts) – Stop here for 6-12 mos and go to the hat instructions below

Row 10: *9 sc, 2 sc in next stitch; repeat from * around (66 sts) – Stop here for 12 mos – 3 years and go to the hat instructions below

Row 11: *10 sc, 2 sc in next stitch; repeat from * around (72 sts) – Stop here for 3 years to preteen and go to the hat instructions below

Click here for the adult size instructions.

Hat Instructions

At this point you do not need to mark the beginning of the rounds; continue to sc in the blo for approximately 2 3/4″ (3 1/4″, 3 1/2″, 4″, 4 1/4″). This measurement is from the outer edge of the crown. Once you have reached the measurment listed above you will start the brim of the hat. Continue in the round with a ss in the blo for approximately half an inch. Make sure you do not slip stitch tightly. (You don’t want the hat to be too tight on baby’s head!) It may help to go up a hook size or two. Fasten off and weave in the ends!

Note: Please let me know if you have any feedback! Also, this pattern may be used for whatever purpose you would like to use it. If you happen to sell something using this pattern, please put a link to my blog.

picture of spring spirals beanie from side
Side View
front view of spring spirals beanie
Front View

Chilly weather, warm yarn

Good morning, all!

It’s that time of year again… it’s cold outside! I prefer the warm weather (think swimming and ocean), but the cool weather definitely has its perks. I fall in love with snow and stay rather fond of its beauty until about January. (Once February rolls around I’m just about ready for 80 degree temps!) And, of course, cold weather means I get to wear hand knit hats and scarves. It’s such a beautiful thing! (I also enjoy Christmas and Thanksgiving in the middle of the cold!)

Anyway, I’ve also noticed this time of year brings a swing of sales for my Bearded Warmth pattern. (It does keep one’s face cozy!) I’ve sold more patterns than I ever thought and have been enjoying the pictures folks post on Ravelry. It’s about time I show case some of my favorites, eh? (PS – You can check out all of the lovely pictures and, if you choose to do so, make your purchase here.)

Here is a newer beard from makuahine on Ravelry:

From amazingrace on Ravelry:

Also from Ravelry, naturalstateknits Bearded Warmth:

And last… a kind woman by the name of Cynthia purchased my beard pattern last winter and altered it to make it AWESOME! She sells her sweet beards in her Etsy shop. Check it out:

AWESOME! She sells other cutesy stuff here on Etsy and has her own Facebook fan page as well. I just love how this turned out. How creative!

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I’m so thankful to all those who have purchased and enjoyed my pattern. If you happen to make a pattern of mine (purchased or free) please link it to Rav or send me a picture via email. It is so fun to see how others interpret my designs and make it their own. (Not to mention the fun yarn choices, too!)

Stay warm and enjoy all those hand knits this season!

It’s a Giveaway!

Last winter I started up K1 Sew Too and just a few months ago I created a fan page on Facebook. Since then I have found many other wonderful, crafty businesses throughout the States and our neighbors. One such small business is Speckled Frog Crochet. And guess what – she is talented and generous!

Just follow the rules below to win one of her great patterns.

  1. “Like” Speckled Frog’s Facebook page
  2. Go to Speckled Frog’s Etsy page and choose which pattern you would like to win (Some of my favs are at the bottom of this post.)
  3. “Like” my Facebook page (K1 Sew Too)
  4. Post a comment on my Facebook page with the pattern you would like to win from Speckled Frog

All the steps above must be completed by Wednesday, September 7th at noon central. Easy peasy, right? I will draw a name on Wednesday evening and will contact the winner via Facebook and email at that time! (You must leave an email where you want the pattern sent! Feel free to email me directly if you do not feel comfortable leaving it on my Facebook page – k1sewtoo@gmail.com.)

Good luck to you all and enjoy Labor Day weekend! I know I sure will as the 5th is my birthday! Yippee!

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Below are some of my favorite Speckled Frog patterns. Doesn’t get much cuter than this, eh? 🙂

Speckled Frog's Mystic Owl Hat

Speckled Frog's Mystic Owl Hat

Speckled Frog's Sweet Slumber Giraffe Hat

Speckled Frog's Sweet Slumber Giraffe Hat

Speckled Frog's Dinosaur Hat

Speckled Frog's Tiny Textures Newsboy Cap

Speckled Frog's Tiny Textures Newsboy Cap

September Love

I’ve always loved September. It has too many great qualities to ignore. 🙂

My first reason for loving the month may sound a little selfish, but I can’t hide the truth. I was born on September 5th and have always loved my birthday. Now that I am older I try to stretch it to include the entire week. And, in certain years (this year!) my birthday is even a National holiday. A free day off work – it doesn’t get any better than that! I also share my week of birth with one of my very best friends, Ms. Carrie. She was born on September 6th so we invite our friends over, cook some tasty food, and exchange gifts. Of course there’s always an abundance of family time around holidays/birthdays that I also enjoy.

I have always liked learning and thus school. Summer rolls into the Iowa State fair and then straight into September and the new school year. I saw new classes as opportunities to start over, learn, and do better. I’m a smart girl, but I’m a slow kind of smart. I’m the kind that has to re-read her notes one hundred and one times to remember it. So… every year was that opportunity to try for all A’s. A new school year also meant new experiences with friends… and let’s not forget the back-to-school shopping!

Ah, what else is there to love, you ask? The weather! There are occasional sweltering hot days and some overly cool days, but overall the weather is wonderful with just a hint of chill to shoo us into fall. The change in weather also means I get to pull out my winter clothes. I always find old friends (still talking about clothing here) packed away in a tub. 🙂 The change of clothing is especially nice since I started knitting and crocheting. Yarning is a cool weather sport and thus the yarn shops are busier and have overflowing baskets and shelves of yarn.

So since I have such a love for September I decided to make a crochet hat dedicated to the month. I currently have only a newborn size hat created, but it’ll give you a peak of what’s to come. 🙂 I plan to have sizes preemie to small adult available soon!

September Babe Pattern

September Babe Pattern - Newborn Size

Oh, and don’t forget apples, squash, and the like start getting harvested around this time! YUM! What is your favorite month?? My husband also enjoys his birth month best (January), but it’s more for the cool weather and snow than anything else. 😉

Picot Ring

This ring is super simple for even beginners. Since it is so small it is also easy to alter to fit any finger size.

Picot Ring

You will find more of my patterns here on Ravelry.com.

Materials

  • 2.75 mm crochet hook
  • ~ 5 yards sport weight yarn (color A)
  • ~ 3 yards sport weight yarn (color B)
  • Suggested yarns: Mirasol Yarn Nuna
  • Tapestry needle

Gauge

Gauge is not particularly important for this pattern as you can add rows to make the ring taller and you can add chains to the initial chain to make the ring fit any finger size. This could also be greatly enlarged to fit the wrist as a cuff. Note: The starting chain noted below creates a 5.5 diameter ring.

Abbreviations

  • ch – chain
  • sts – stitches
  • ss – slip stitch
  • sc – single crochet

Ring Instructions

ch. 17 with color A

Row 1: sc in 2nd chain from hook and remaining chains; slip stitch to the initial chain to form a ring

Rows 2-3: ch 1; sc across; sl st to the first sc

Cut yarn and weave in the ends.

Edging Instructions

(Note: It does not matter which side you call “top”; just know the other side will be then be the bottom.)

Attach the color B yarn and sc in every sc across the top; sl st to the first sc; cut yarn; weave in ends

Attach color B yarn and (sc, ch 3, sc) in every stitch across the bottom

Note: This is a relatively simple pattern; however, it has not yet been tested. Please let me know if you have any feedback! Also, this pattern may be used for whatever purpose you would like to use it. If you happen to sell something using this pattern, please put a link to my blog.

(Not so Golden) Snitch Necklace

This quirky necklace (or bracelet) started as a simple mistake. I was creating the Crochet Ball Necklace by Coats & Clark and when I realized my mistake it looked like the snitch from Harry Potter! I ripped the original necklace and continued to make a row of snitches. I mean, who doesn’t love Harry Potter jewelry?? 🙂

Snitch Necklace

You will find more of my patterns here on Ravelry.com.

Materials

  • 1.5 mm crochet hook
  • ~20 yards sport weight yarn
  • Suggested yarns: Ella Rae Lace Merino
  • 9 beads (your choice depending on number of flowers)
  • Tapestry needle

Gauge

Gauge is not particularly important for this pattern as you can add chains to make the necklace or bracelet fit any neck or wrist size.

Abbreviations

  • ch – chain
  • sts – stitches
  • ss – slip stitch
  • dc – double crochet
  • wing – double crochet 5 together
  • pb – place bead

Special Techniques

wing: (yo and draw up a loop in indicated st, yo and draw through 2 loops on hook) 5 times; yo and draw through all 6 loops on hook

pb: work to indicated space, remove hook and then insert the hook through the bead and back into the last stitch; you will then pull the stitch through the bead and push the bead into place

Necklace Instructions

Before beginning this piece you will need to string beads of choice onto your yarn.

ch. 18

  • wing in 3rd chain from hook, ch 4, pb, wing in 2nd chain after last wing; *ch 8 wing in 5th chain after last wing, ch 4, pb, wing in 2nd chain after last wing*; repeat 7 times
  • ch 15, sl st to join with the first chain^
  • ch 1; sc across the original 15 stitches, and then across the top of the beaded section. This will be approximately 3 stitches per bead. You will then continue to sc across the last 15 stitches
  • cut yarn; make an invisible join, and weave in the ends

^Here is where you will add or subtract chains to increase or decrease the size of the necklace or bracelet.

Note: This is a relatively simple pattern; however, it has not yet been tested. Please let me know if you have any feedback! Also, this pattern may be used for whatever purpose you would like to use it. If you happen to sell something using this pattern, please put a link to my blog.

Daisy Trail Cuff

This cute crochet cuff is simple and sweet. It was based off the knit version by Champagne Maker; her version is called My Secret Life With Bees. This pattern is easy to alter to fit any wrist size.

Daisy Trail Cuff

(More pictures at the bottom of the post.)You will find more of my patterns here on Ravelry.com.

Materials

  • 3.5 and 2.75 mm crochet hook
  • ~20 yards sport weight yarn (color A)
  • ~8 yards fingering weight yarn (color B)
  • Suggested yarns: Mirasol Yarn Nuna and Ella Rae Lace Merino
  • 6-10 beads (your choice depending on number of flowers)
  • 2 buttons
  • Tapestry needle

Gauge

Gauge is not particularly important for this pattern as you can add rows to make the cuff taller and you can add chains to the initial chain to make the cuff fit any wrist size.

Abbreviations

  • ch – chain
  • sts – stitches
  • ss – slip stitch
  • sc – single crochet

Cuff Instructions

ch. 31 with color A and 3.5 mm hook

Row 1: sc in 2nd chain from hook and remaining chains; ch 1, turn (30 sts)

Row 2: sc across; ch 1, turn

Rows 3-9: repeat row 2; cut yarn, weave in ends

At this point you will attach color B along the bottom left corner of the cuff and follow the pattern below around the edges of the cuff. You will now be using the 2.75 mm hook as well.

  • (sc, ch 3, sc) in each stitch along the bottom
  • 3 sc in the corner; sc in the next 3 stitches, ch 4, sc in next 6 stitches, ch 4, sc i next 3 stitches; 3 sc in the corner
  • (sc, ch 3, sc) in each stitch along the top
  • 3 sc in corner;  9 sc along the side of the cuff; 3 sc in the corner; cut yarn; make an invisible join, and weave in the ends

Now it is time to embroider your cuff. You may embroider whatever you’d like, but I used the lazy daisy stitch to create the daisies on my cuff. You will find a video here. The woman is use fabric and embroidery floss, but it is the same technique.

Next I attached two buttons on the sc side of the cuff. They should like up with the ch 4 on the other side of the cuff.

Last, I sewed fabric on the back side of the cuff for structure. It isn’t necessary, but it is fun to pick out fabric and good sewing practice!

Note: This is a relatively simple pattern; however, it has not yet been tested. Please let me know if you have any feedback! Also, this pattern may be used for whatever purpose you would like to use it. If you happen to sell something using this pattern, please put a link to my blog.


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