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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Tisha Bow Headband

Hi  to all my happy hookers! I hope you're having a fantastic summer! I know I am. I've been saving this little ditty for you, for a rainy day (or more like a sunny, extremely busy summer month). As a farewell to June mini-celebration, here is a fun little pattern I worked up a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away....

Enjoy! xoxo Bethany

The Tisha 

It's a pattern named for someone very special. You know who you are! *winky face, heart emoji*

I love this simple headband. I've made tons of them and have been making them for months. Only, I've never written the pattern down until now. I've kept the original specs on a tiny handwritten note in the cubby next to my big comfy work chair. It's a wonderful beginner pattern, and is very easy to work. For the experienced crocheter, it can be worked in as little as a half an hour. I've included instructions for making in three sizes: adult, child and toddler.

This pattern is so versatile, it can be made in so many different ways. No matter how you choose to construct this headband, it'll turn out adorable every time- guaranteed! It's wide enough to be an ear warmer and is a very popular in-demand winter weather accessory. You can make it more narrow to be a warm weather sweet headband.You can make it to fit any person, and make it as wide or as narrow as you like. Change colors for a striping effect, work in solids, metallics or variegated for a bounty of beautiful easy to make, quick to work headbands.

Makes a great gift. Make them in team colors, or make enough for the whole team! I did them in black and orange last year and all my daughter's little cheerleader friends looked so cute sporting them. I also paired this headband with my Quick Mitts fingerless mittens in matching colors and gave them as gifts this past Christmas. They were a massive hit- everyone loves getting matching sets of accessories!

This headband, like some of my other patterns includes the foundation half double crochet (FHDC). If you don't know how to foundation crochet, I highly suggest you visit YouTube, and look up some instructional videos. I have also included written instructions for the stitch with my Easy Fishnet Gloves pattern. It's a very valuable skill to learn because sometimes chaining, and working into a starting chain can create a tightened effect, making the foundation row not as stretchy and wearable as the rest of the garment. To make every row equally stretchable and comfortable to wear, chainless foundation crochet is the way to go!

If you're not quite there yet, have no fear, even a novice crocheter can make this pattern. Simply Chain the appropriate number according to the size you wish to make, join, and work into the starting chain for round 1. Just be sure to chain on the looser side if you are a tight tension worker.

The Tisha Bow Headband 

An Ad-free, printer friendly PDF of this pattern is available in my Ravelry Shop: 

Free Crochet Pattern

Please feel free to sell any items you make from my patterns, but you must credit me with the original design and include my brand name and website on any product tag, additionally do not use my photographs to sell your items! Thanks for respecting the craft!

Hook: H8/5MM
Yarn: any Worsted
Gauge: 7 sts = 2” in HDC
Notions: Yarn needle
Difficulty: Easy

Note: To make band wider for ear warmers, make more than 8 rows. To make a summer headband, make fewer rows. When making for child/toddler- 5 rows is usually wide enough. Feel free to get creative when making your own headbands, they can be as wide or as narrow as you want.

Round 1: FHDC 63, join to top of first fhdc with a sl st.
(For Child size 57, toddler 53)

Round 2: Ch 1, hdc in same st as join, and in every stitch around, join. (63 sts)

Rounds 3-8: Repeat round 1. FO at end of round 8.

Finishing: Use the starting tail to close the small gap at the first join and attach the bottom ends of the foundation row together. Then take the starting and ending tails, and tie them together over top of the right side of the headband, trim ends. Take extra yarn and wrap around tied/joined section of headband repeatedly to form a bow's "knot". Wrap to apx. 1" wide to hide the seam. Break yarn, and thread tail with a yarn needle. Turn headband to wrong side and secure end of wrapping yarn by sewing back and forth under the "knot" and through headband, taking care stitches do not bleed through to right side. Sew back and forth several times to permanently secure it in place. Cut yarn close to "knot".

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Applique Patches

Summer is officially here! 

Summertime is a time of year when I do a lot of sewing. When the weather turns I sort through all the girl's clothing and see what can be saved for next year and what goes for donation. Often items need to be mended from wear and tear, or altered for wearing in warmer temperatures. One of my favorite things to do is take the long sleeve shirts that still fit and cut and hem them to become tank tops or short sleeve shirts. The kids get so excited when their favorite top can be made "new" and worn even longer! It reduces the amount of new clothes that need to be bought and is a fun creative outlet for me. I love to keep my sewing machine out this time of year so I can fix something old, or create something new- any time I want!

A pitfall of summer time is the increased outdoor play and the inevitable skinned knees. My kids love their leggings. Most of the time they flat out refuse to wear pants or jeans. Who can blame them, leggings are so soft, stretchy and comfy. But when a little one playing falls down, we often get a hole in the knee of those beloved leggings. After the tears dry, many parents probably wonder what can be done with a perfectly good pair of pants that still looks great, other than a hole in the knee.

Sure you can throw them away, but why don't you make an adorable patch and sew it on? It's so easy! I have developed easy to follow patterns- three in one- for you to choose from. Mix and match, in different yarns and different colors to make a bow, a heart or a star applique that can be sewn on to cover up any hole in your little one's favorite pants.

Get even more creative! Try an applique on your backpack, jazz up a plain t-shirt or even the pocket of a pair of jeans. The possibilities are endless as you play with these fun shapes and their many uses.

 Yarns pictured are:

AC Moore's Stitch Studio by Nicole Spectacular in Setting Sun and Caribbean Water Blue (3 DK/light weight)

Left: Setting Sun, Right: Caribbean Water Blue

Hobby Lobby's Yarn Bee Glowing in Mariposa Prairie (4 worsted/medium weight)

Mariposa Prairie

Either DK or wosted weight yarn can be used for this pattern, I used both to show there is only a small difference in the applique's final size. Use a G6/4.0mm hook for either yarn. When you've made your desired applique simply treat it like any patch: place over hole in garment to be mended, and using needle and thread, sew into place!

The pattern for the star is a general method, I have seen this way of making a star all over the internet, it is not an original or different method of crocheting stars. I am not claiming that the star design is unique or new. I have simply recorded for your ease of use, the common way to crochet a basic star shape. The heart and bow pattern are however, original works- they turned out simply by my trial and error.

Applique Patches 

3 in 1 Free Crochet Patterns

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Hook: G6/4mm
Yarn: DK or Worsted
Difficulty: Easy
Finished sizes: DK: Star 2 ¼” across, Heart 2 ½” diameter, Bow 3” x 2”
 Worsted: Star 2 ½” across, Heart 2 ½” diameter, Bow 3 ½” x 2”


Chain 14

Row 1: dc in 3rd ch from hook, dc in next 3 sts, hdc, sc in next 2 sts, hdc, dc in last 4 sts, ch 2, turn.

Rows 2-4: repeat row 1 three more times.

Edging: at end of row 4, ch 1, pivot work to crochet along raw edge, make 2 sc in the ends of each row across (8 sc), ch 1, pivot work to crochet along foundation row, sl st in each st across (12 sl sts), ch 1, pivot work to crochet along raw edge, make 2 sc in the ends of each row across (8 sc), ch 1 pivot work to crochet along last row, sl st in each st across (12 sl sts, join to corner with a sl st, fo.

Finishing: Thread a yarn needle and make 4 vertical stitches in center of bow to form a faux knot. FO weave in ends.


Form magic ring, ch 2

Round 1: make 11 dc in magic ring, join to first dc with a sl st.

Round 2: ch 3, 3 tr into first st, 3 tr in next st, 2 dc, 2 dc, dc, (dc, tr, dc) in next st, dc, 2 dc, 2 dc, 3 tr, 3 tr in last st, ch 2, sl st in same st. fo, weave in ends.


Form magic ring, ch 2,

Round 1: make 10 dc into ring, join to first dc with a sl st.

Round 2: *ch 4, sc into second ch from hook, hdc in the next, dc in the last ch, skip the next st of the previous round, sl st in the next*, repeat ** around four more times, join to first st with a sl st, fo, weave in ends.

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