Thursday, May 31, 2012

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You may have noticed that I have taken down my Seaspray Hat free pattern. Apparently without my knowledge this was similar to a pattern called Cherub Cheeks beanie, available here. The creator of Cherub Cheeks beanie has asked me to remove this free pattern. I am so very sorry to do so, as this was one of my most popular patterns already, and I have spent more time on it than any of my other free patterns. I hope you understand and will consider purchasing Amanda's Cherub Cheeks beanie.

This is has set me back quite a bit, so please be patient for the next few patterns. Thank you for understanding!

UPDATE: 11/28/2012. Not long ago, I messaged Amanda (creator of the Cherub Cheeks beanie) asking if she would be okay if I were to sell the pattern. She wrote back saying that I could do what I wanted with the pattern, and that I didn't have to okay it with her! So I am so excited (and grateful to Amanda!) that I now have the Seaspray Hat available for purchase in my etsyravelry, and craftsy stores! Please consider buying it! Just FYI, I took MANY more pictures, and included much more detailed instructions :) Thank you!!!


Sunday, May 27, 2012

Update

Hey all! Just a quick update letting you know that it might be a bit longer than I thought before all my patterns in response to the Promotion are up. I got some great requests from some followers/commenters letting me know what THEY would like to see on this blog - now I need help from YOU!!!! To put it simply, I am out of ideas.

Trust me, that never, ever happens. So when it does, I get really desperate. So unless you want to see something completely random here just for the sake of another pattern, suggest something! I LOVE requests! Email me at jaysboutique.etsy@gmail.com or comment on this post letting me know what you would love to see on this blog. THANK YOU in advance!!!!!!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

FREE PATTERN: Little Boy Newsboy Hat

Here's another free pattern in honor of my promotion!

This little hat is SO adorable! I love the brim and the button band together - it is such a perfect hat for a little boy - or, attach a flower and it's great for girls, too! I also love that the brim can be worked right into the main piece, without having to fasten off, weave in ends, and then attach a new section. Way less ends to weave in this way!



I made this hat to match my Little Boy Loafers, which has been my best-selling pattern (through Ravelry and Craftsy). They look adorable together! Or it looks darling with my Comfy Toddler Sandals (free pattern).

This pattern is written for a baby under a year old, but you can easily adjust your hook/yarn weight for a different size. Or just add/subtract increase rows!

Here's the pattern:

Materials
150 yards worsted weight yarn (I used Vanna's Choice)
H (5.00mm) crochet hook
Scissors
Tapestry needle
2 buttons
Thread
Sewing needle (for sewing on buttons)

Notes
1. Stitch counts are in brackets. The ch-2 at the beginning of each round counts as 1 stitch.
2. Do not work in the last stitch of each round (where the ch2 was started). This may mean that you end in the middle of a pattern (for example, you might end on a "2dc in next") - that's okay, as long as you match up with the stitch count.

Hat
Magic ring.
1. 6 sc into ring, sl st to first sc. [6]
2. Ch 2, dc in same, 2dc in each stitch around. Sl st to first dc. [12]
3. Ch 2, dc in same, 2dc in each stitch around. Sl st to first dc. [23]
4. Ch 2, dc in same, dc in next. (2dc in next, dc in next) around. Sl st to first dc. [32]
5. Ch 2, dc in same, dc in next 2. (2dc in next, dc in next 2) around. Sl st to first dc. [42]
6. Ch 2, dc in same, dc in next 4. (2dc in next, dc in next 4) around. Sl st to first dc. [50]
7-12: Ch 2, dc in each stitch around. Sl st to first dc. [50]
13: (front loops only) Ch 2, dc in next 19. 2sc down side of brim, (now both loops again) sc in each stitch around. 2sc up side of brim, sc in next 19. Sl st in next.
Fasten off, weave in ends.

Band:
1. Ch 20. Sc in second chain from hook and each across, working in the horizontal bar underneath the two top loops of the chain stitches.
2. Ch 1, turn. Sc in each stitch across.

Sew buttons onto the band, sew the band onto the hat, and you're done!

As with all my other patterns, feel free to make/donate as many of these hats as you like, I just ask that if you sell the finished product online, you credit my blog. Thanks!

Enjoy, and I would love to see pictures of the hat if you make one!

Monday, May 21, 2012

FREE PATTERN: Comfy Toddler Sandals

This pattern was requested by Toni, one of my new followers! She was saying that she can never find any sandal patterns for her 18-month old son, Axton, and after looking online, I realized how true it was! So I created this pattern in honor of her - Comfy Toddler Sandals! The double sole makes it super sturdy and comfy, and the strap ensures that the shoe stays on, and the puffy fabric paint at the bottom keeps them from slipping, no matter how active they may be :)

This project would be a good one for crocheters just starting to make baby booties - no fancy soles or decreasing for the toes - just basic stitches! I have included a bit of a photo tutorial to make it easier, as well.

I made these in boy colors, but with some cute girly colors, these would work great for girl's shoes too! 

These shoes were designed with fat little feet in mind - but if you wanted to make them skinnier, you can make the strap shorter so it fits around skinnier feet better. 

This pattern fits toddlers around 18 months old - about a size 6 shoe size.

Here's the pattern:

Materials
100 yards worsted weight yarn (I used Vanna's Choice in Taupe) - color A
50 yards worsted weight yarn (I used Vanna's Choice in Barley) - color B
G (4.00mm) crochet hook or size 7 (4.5mm) crochet hook (depending on how loose/tight you crochet)
Tapestry needle
Scissors
2 buttons
Thread/needle to sew on buttons
Puffy fabric paint (optional but recommended)

Stitch Abbreviations
Ch - chain
Sc - chain
Dc - double crochet
Sl st - slip stitch
dc2tog - double crochet 2 together
sc2tog - single crochet 2 together
CA - color A
CB - color B

Stitch Explanations
dc2tog - (yarn over, insert hook into next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops) 2 times, yarn over and pull through all 3 loops.
sc2tog - (insert hook into next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop) 2 times, yarn over and pull through all 3 loops

Notes
1. Always slip stitch loosely. When slip stitching the two soles together, you will be working in the slip stitches in the next step, and if they are too tight, it will be difficult. When slip stitching around the shoe at the very end, if you do it too tight, the shoe will cinch up and be curved inwards.
2. The numbers in the brackets are the stitch counts.

Soles
With Color B.
1: Ch 8, dc in 3rd chain from hook, dc in next, 2 dc in next, dc in next 3. [7]
2: Ch 2, turn. Dc in next, 2 dc in next, dc in next 3, 2 dc in next, dc in last. [9]
3- 10: Ch 2, turn. Dc across.
11: Ch 2, turn. Dc in next, dc2tog, dc in next 3, dc2tog, dc in last. [7]











Sc evenly around the perimeter of the rectangle until you have 55 sc's.



















Repeat that with Color A so that you have 2 soles of the same size.











Stack Color A on top of Color B.











Join Color B in the top left corner of the 2 soles and slip stitch in each stitch around, going through both soles.






















Fasten off, weave in ends. (To to this without showing where I fastened off, I use the tapestry needle to pull the tail from the bottom to the top, then pull it through the loop and weave it in.)








This is where it becomes different according to which sandal (left or right) you are making.

Left
Join Color A 1 stitch down from the top left corner (wider side is the top).
(Or just look at the picture :D)


1. Sc in next 41 slip stitches.



















2. Ch 1, turn. Sc in each stitch across. [41]
(at this point you can take the tail from where you joined Color A and pull it tight, so you don't end up with an extra stitch)
3. Ch 1, turn. Sc2tog, sc in next 36, sc2tog. [38]
4. Ch 1, turn. Sc in each stitch across. [38]
5. Ch 1, turn. Sc in each stitch across. [38]
6-16. Ch 1, turn. Sc in next 5. [5]













17. Ch 1, turn. Sc in next, sc2tog, sc in next 2. [4]
18. Ch 1, turn. Sc in next, ch 2, skip 2, sc in last. [4]
19. Ch 1, turn. Sc in next, 2 sc into ch-2 space, sc in last. [4]
Fasten off, weave in ends.












Join Color B at the base of the strap and slip stitch up the side of the strap, over the top, and back down the other side of the strap. Continue slip stitching in each sc around, and down the side of the "heel".













Fasten off, weave in ends. Sew button on.


Right

Join Color A 3 stitches down from the top right corner (wider part of the sole is at top)

(The picture explains it better than I can:D)




1. Sc in next 41. 
2. Ch 1, turn. Sc in each stitch across. [41]
(at this point you can take the tail from where you joined Color A and pull it tight, so you don't end up with an extra stitch)
3. Ch 1, turn. Sc2tog, sc in next 36, sc2tog. [38]
4. Ch 1, turn. Sc in each stitch across. [38]
5. Ch 1, turn. Sc in each stitch across. [38]











6-16. Ch 1, turn. Sc in next 5. [5]
17. Ch 1, turn. Sc in next, sc2tog, sc in next 2. [4]
18. Ch 1, turn. Sc in next, ch 2, skip 2, sc in last. [4]
19. Ch 1, turn. Sc in next, 2 sc into ch-2 space, sc in last. [4]
Fasten off, weave in ends. 





Join Color B at the base of the "heel" and slip stitch up the side. Slip stitch around the heel, up and around the strap, and down to the base. Fasten off, weave in ends. Sew button on.







The puffy fabric paint will help keep the soles less slippery - just follow the instructions on the paint.

 And there you have 'em! Hope that was what you had in mind, Toni!

Please feel free to make and donate as many of these sandals as you like (and if you do I would LOVE to see pictures :D). Just please credit my blog if you sell the finished product online.

Let me know if you would be interested in these in a smaller size . . . might be something I can work on in the future if there is an interest :)

Do you have a pattern you would like to see here on this blog? I LOVE suggestions/requests - they inspire me! Go to this post for more details. As you can see, it never hurts to ask :)

Thanks for reading through such a long post, and enjoy the pattern! And a big thank you to Toni and Axton, for inspiring me to create these!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

FREE PATTERN: Braided Headband


This beautiful headband is so elegant and EASY! This is seriously the most basic pattern you can have - yet it is so pretty! I love how it's adjustable so you get the perfect fit. Plus - and this might be my favorite part - no ends to weave in!

This was so easy that my friend, who had never crocheted in her life, saw one, loved it, and made it! I just taught her how to chain, and she did the rest!

These headbands would make great last-minute gifts, or just a special treat for yourself!

Here's the pattern/tutorial:

Materials
30 yards worsted weight yarn
F (3.75mm) crochet hook
Scissors

Headband
Leaving a long tail, ch 120. Fasten off, leaving a long tail.
Repeat 2 more times, until you have 3 strands.

















Gather the 3 strands together and tie a knot right above where the chains start.


















Now braid the 3 chains until you reach the end.

















Tie a knot at the end.

















Now take the long tails that you left and braid those, too.

















Tie a knot after about 3 inches of braiding, and trim yarn about 1.5 inches below.

















Repeat on the other side, and you're done!



Easy, right? And so gorgeous!

Feel free to make and donate as many of these headbands as you like! I just ask that if you sell these online, you credit my blog. Thanks!

Enjoy, and I would love to see pictures if you make these :)

Pattern requests? suggestions? Go here.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Pattern requests? suggestions?

Hello all! Just a quick post letting you know that I am open to suggestions for free patterns if you have ideas . . . I have quite a few patterns to write up because of the promotion I held last week, and although I have many of the patterns written, I still have several to do . . . and this is where you come in!

Just comment on this post or email me at jaysboutique.etsy@gmail.com and let me know what free patterns YOU would like to see! They can be general ideas, specific requests, anything at all! (I'm not gauranteeing that every one will be made, this just gives me an idea of what you like).

I have worked together with a few already with specific patterns and have loved it! I really hope I hear from some of you so I can get ideas and inspiration! Thanks so much in advance :)

Thursday, May 17, 2012

FREE PATTERN: Spiral Summer Scarf

I love this scarf! It is such a fun summer accessory - very lightweight, and can be worn with nearly anything! It is a fun, fast project - much easier than it looks - that I am sure I will be making more of!


I wanted my scarf to be a bit shorter than an average scarf, so I only chain 165. But you can easily make it longer/shorter - whatever length you desire! Just make sure you chain an odd number, and you'll be good to go! (I have not included stitch counts at the end of each row for this reason)


Here's the pattern:


Materials
100-200 yards worsted weight yarn (depending on how long you make it)
I (5.5mm) crochet hook
Scissors
Tapestry needle


Scarf
1. Chain an odd number, dc into 3rd chain from hook, dc in next, (ch 1, dc in next 2) across. 
2. Ch 2, turn. Dc in each dc and ch-1 space across.
3. Dc in each stitch across.
Fasten off, weave in ends.


(You might have to shape the scarf a bit with your fingers to get the spirals)


Feel free to make and donate as many of these fun scarves as you like, I just ask that if you sell the finished product online, you give credit to my blog. Thanks!


Enjoy the pattern! I would love to see pictures if you make this scarf!


Pattern requests or suggestions? Go here.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

FREE PATTERN: Women's House Slippers



Here it is . . . my first free crochet pattern in honor of my promotion! I promised a free pattern in return for every person who followed my blog in the 7 given days . . . and now have quite a few patterns to write up  :) Here is the first one, though - Women's House Slippers!

These slippers are oh so cozy and comfy! Just slip them on, wear 'em around, and when they get dirty, throw them in the washer (not the dryer though!). They are so simple and quick - you can make a pair in just a few hours.

These slippers were made for my feet (7.5 US shoe size) but can very easily be adjusted for smaller or larger feet. Just increase/decrease the last row for a custom fit!

Warning: these slippers stretch! If you are on the fence about how big to make them, make them smaller! They stretch a LOT!

Materials
F (3.75mm) crochet hook (or size needed to obtain gauge)
150 yards worsted weight yarn (I used Vanna's Choice)
Tapestry needle
Scissors

Gauge
(With magic ring pulled tight)
End of row 3: 2 inches

Notes
1. To make two-toned slippers similar to these, change color on the bottom of the slipper, where the switch won't be as noticeable.
2. To make a strap, chain a certain amount (according to foot size) at desired place when single crocheting around the top of the shoe. Turn and sc back down the chain, sl st into base of strap. For a thicker strap, turn and sc back up the strap and down the opposite site. Then sew to opposite side of shoe (or attach button - don't forget to make a button hole if you do)
3. To make a rim of contrasting color (CC), join CC in the back of the slipper and slip stitch in each stitch around.

Slipper (make 2)

Magic ring.
1. 5 dc into ring. [5]












2. 2 dc into each stitch around. [10]











3. 2 dc into each stitch around. [20]
(don't forget to check your gauge here!!)











4. (2 dc in next, dc in next) around. [30]











 5-9: Dc in each stitch around. [30]

10-21: Ch 2, turn. Dc in next 21. [19]
(Here is where you can adjust the size - decrease or increase the amount of rows you do here)


Fasten off, leaving a long tail. Using the long tail, fold the flat edge (at the back of the slipper) together and sew up, like so: 
Then, flip back inside-out, like the picture on the right above. 
Now join yarn at the back of the slipper (near wear you just sewed up), and sc evenly around the perimeter of the slipper. When you get to the corners, do 3 dc (one right before the first "real" dc, one in the first dc, and one in the second), then keep single crocheting across the top. 3 more dc at the next corner, sc back around. Sl st to first sc. Fasten off, weave in ends.


Ta-dah! You now have a slipper! How easy was that? And that's just the basic pattern - you can decorate it with flowers, bows, a strap, change colors - the possibilities are endless! I would love to see pictures if you make these!

Feel free to make as many of these slippers as you want, and donate as many as you want! I just ask that if you sell these online, you credit either my blog or my etsy shop. Thanks! 

Enjoy the pattern - more to come soon! 


Pattern requests? suggestions? Go here
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