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Reusable Water Balloons Pattern and GIVEAWAY!

I can’t believe that 3 weeks of summer vacation have already disappeared! And I don’t know about everyone else, but we have had a very hot summer here in Medicine Hat!! That means that we need a way to stay nice and cool in the sunshine…. And these Reusable Water Balloons work very well for that 🙂

These water balloons are crocheted from a thick, squishy yarn, which makes them basically like big sponges. To use them, you just get them wet, throw and repeat for hours of fun! There are no little pieces of plastic to pick up, and you don’t need to keep buying more, which make them a great addition to summer fun and games. Some people have asked if these hurt when thrown, but we tested them all out, and my children didn’t think it was much different than being hit with a regular water balloon. Like any toy that is thrown, you never want to throw at the head/face.

Soak reusable water balloons in kiddie pool and have fun throwing!

I know there are many patterns for basic water balloons to crochet, in the shape of regular water balloons, but my kids wanted something a little bit more fun! So I worked up 2 different sets that they are very happy with.

The first set is the Fruit Fight Reusable Water Balloons Pattern! Waaaay more fun to throw fruit around, no? This set includes an orange, a pineapple, an apple, and a cluster of grapes.  The pineapple seems to be the most popular fruit in our house!

Orange, Pineapple, Apple and Grape Cluster Reusable Water Balloons

The second set is the Flower Power Reusable Water Balloons Pattern. Everyone likes flowers, and they can be made up in so many different colours! This set includes a rose, a begonia, a chrysanthemum, and a carnation. The favourite flower here is the chrysanthemum because it is the softest and squishiest!

Rose, Begonia, Chrysanthemum, and Carnation Reusable Water Balloons

These sets are fairly quick to crochet, and a lot of fun. The fruit set uses a 9.0 mm hook, the flower set uses an 8.0 mm hook, and both patterns uses Bernat Blanket yarn. We are rather limited with colour selection here, but you can probably find colours you like to make these up.  I also like to use the Bernat Blanket Stripes – 4 colours for the price of one!

The Flower set can be made in many different colours!

The fruit set I did try to keep the typical colours, but you could change it up!

These reusable water balloons are pretty easy to take care of too. When finished using, it is best to squeeze out as much water as possible and then let them air dry in the sun. I would not leave them in the sunshine too long though, as it likely will fade the colours. And if the water balloons need a cleaning, just pop them in the washing machine! I would let them air dry rather than putting them in the dryer.

These patterns can be found on Ravelry or Etsy, and there is a giveaway for a copy of each pattern! If you would like a chance to win these 2 patterns, please click on the “entry form” link below, and follow the directions!

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Puff Stitch Romper Pattern!! Giveaway!!

I am so excited to finally have this little romper pattern finished! I often crochet little hats, and have made a few other photo props before such as diaper covers and a little dress… but had not tried a romper.  Huge thanks to Jenn with A Day In The Life Photography for suggesting I try a couple rompers! She is an amazing photographer, and I have some adorable pictures of hers to share!

Puff Stitch Romper in brown and in a soft grey. Pictures by Jenn with A Day In The Life Photography.

This little romper uses the puff stitch to add some texture, and gives a soft, sweet look. It is quite simple to make up, and can be made in sooo many different colours! It’s really hard to choose a favourite colour.

Purple, blue, pink, grey…. so many colour options!

I have made the pattern in 3 different sizes – newborn, 3-6 months, and 6-12 months. I think these are the ages when a little romper is most likely to be used. I did make it up as a photo prop, but if you add a little onsie underneath it would be a cute little outfit. I am also working on a pattern for a little overskirt that is sweet as well.

Three Different sizes! And the little skirt pattern I am working on!

This Puff Stitch Romper works for baby boys or baby girls when you choose the colour you like best! I also have included a pattern for a little flower that can be made to go around the button on the bib part of the romper. It just adds a touch of contrast colour, and can be especially cute for making outfits coordinate for twins!

twin rompers

Rompers for twins – excuse the picture with the ends not tucked in – I was so happy with how they were turning out I had to take a picture!

Jenn does such an amazing job photographing littles – even 2 at a time! It sure looks like these 2 had fun getting their pictures taken. One in pink, one in purple, and look at those little hands and feet!

Adorable twins in contrasting rompers!

The pattern for the Puff Stitch Romper can be bought on ravelry, or etsy, and I will also be giving away a couple copies of the pattern! If you would like to enter the giveaway, please fill out the form below (click on the red link).

St. Patrick’s Day Crochet Fun! FREE Pattern!

Anyone with Irish roots? Or that just loves all things Irish? St. Patrick’s Day is coming right up!!  I have been working on some little items I think you will like. This little crochet set is fun for St. Patrick’s Day! The little pot can be filled with treats, and the coaster adds a rainbow to fit the theme. The shamrock is cute by itself, but can be used in a garland, on a hair clip or on a lapel pin. And the hat is tiny – it can be a little ornament, or added to a headband and worn!

IMG_4256.JPGSt. Patrick’s Day Crochet Fun completed set!

The first crochet item is a Rainbow Coaster. It can be used traditionally to go under glasses and protect furniture, or it can be used as a fun mat for the pot of gold because rainbows, pots of gold and leprechauns all go together! I did use rainbow colours for this coaster, but it could be done in different colours as well. You can probably see that my coaster was not blocked – I was being lazy – it does lay nice and flat if blocked. The edging around the coaster is the crab stitch or reverse single crochet. Moogly has a good tutorial on how to do this stitch.

IMG_4248Rainbow Coaster with Shamrock

And of course you need the pot of gold! This is just a nice small size – perfect for some sweet treats! I filled mine with some yummy yellow jelly beans, and my kids were quite thrilled with them. Candy is not a treat they get very often.

IMG_4254Pot of Gold – or any yummy treats!!

The shamrock is probably my favourite! It is a very simple little project, but is really sweet and can be used in so many different ways. The shamrock can be just for decoration, or you can make a garland out of it. It also makes a really cute hair accessory! You can put a bobby pin through the middle and use it like that (that is what I did in the picture), or you can sew a clip onto the back of it. You can also make the shamrock larger or smaller depending on the size of hook you use.

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Shamrock in the hair, on a bobby pin

And the little leprechaun’s hat is fun! It is very small, so can be a little decoration if you like, or you can add it to a headband or hair clip and wear it on St. Patrick’s Day! My girls like this one best!

 Tiny Leprechaun’s Hat, and added to a headband!

If you are interested in this pattern, it is FREE!! I don’t often have patterns free, but will try to have more like this one. Rather than writing the whole pattern here, here is the the ravelry link to my St. Patrick’s Day Crochet Fun so you can add it to your library or print it out. I find that easier than trying to scroll through a blog post!

If you are interested in other patterns I have written, you can check out ravlery, or my etsy shop Five Snowflakes Designs.

I hope this little set adds a touch of magic to you day, and that you enjoy making it up!

 

Black Friday ~ Pattern Sale!!

Our Canadian Thanksgiving was in October, but I know everyone is excited for the American Thanksgiving and Black Friday sales! So, I thought why not have a pattern sale for those who are looking for deals!

All my patterns will be on sale on Etsy (only Etsy just to simplify things) for 50% off! Any pattern you like, and as many as you like! Yay!! Just use coupon code BF2016 to get 50% off your purchase. The sale will go from today till November 27th.

If you are just starting your crocheting for the holidays, there are a number of pretty patterns that work up quickly. Women’s hats, cowls, boot cuffs, and fingerless gloves make great gifts!

Hat, cowl, boot cuffs and fingerless gloves!

And if you have any little ones in your life, the animal hats are a huge hit!

Animal Hats are a favourite for kids of all ages!

The Double Ribbed Hat is a favourite for men…

These hats can be made in so many different colours!

Doll Clothes make a great gift for little girls… my girls will each be getting a set, in the colours they want, for their dolls this year.

Winter Outfit for an 18 inch Doll

And there are many, many more patterns to chose from as well!

Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you each get to spend the day with your families, and enjoy some yummy food. And while you are relaxing, dig our your crochet hooks, some pretty yarn and a new pattern!

 

Winter Outfit for 18 inch Doll ~ new pattern and giveaway!

Does anyone else have little girls that like to play with dolls? Does anyone one need a fun Christmas or birthday gift to make up for your children or grandchildren? Or does anyone just like to make up crochet items in miniature? This pattern was a lot of fun to design, and I think most people will enjoy making up this little outfit!

18 inch dolls dressed up in winter outfits!

Both of my girls have 18 inch dolls, but don’t play with them as much as I thought they might…. But I wondered if they would like a little winter set so their dolls would be ready for the cold! They really liked the little hat I made… and then wanted mittens, boots, etc. so the set kept getting larger…

This pattern makes 5 different articles of clothing for an 18 inch doll. My girls have 2 different styles of dolls, and the clothes work for both of them. Some of the items, such as the fingerless gloves do take a bit of work to put on the dolls…. But yarn tends to stretch our as it is used. So, better to be tight now, and just right after playing with them for a while!

I started by making a hat for their dolls – it was pretty fast to make, and turned out really cute! It can be made in many different colours, and works for a girl doll or a boy doll.  If you are interested in the pattern for the child’s hat to match, it can be found here.

Matching hats!

My girls thought boots and mittens were important for cold weather, so that is what I worked on next. They are simple to make, but do take some time. And the color combinations are endless! I like the boots and mittens edged in a contrasting colour, but they are pretty in a solid color too.

Boots and fingerless gloves

And of course, a sweater and skirt were needed too! The sweater is a poncho style that is rather popular right now. The buttons on the side are just for decoration, but snaps could likely be used to keep the edges together as well. The skirt is a simple pull on style.

 IMG_3870.JPGFinished winter outfit – sweater, skirt, hat, boots, fingerless gloves

All put together, it makes a pretty sweet outfit for a doll! My girls were pretty happy with them!

Girls and their dolls!

I have just released this pattern, and it can be found on etsy or ravelry. And I will give you the chance of winning a copy of the pattern here! If you would like to enter, please click on the red “entry form” link, and follow the instructions!

Ribbed Slipper Boots ~ new Pattern Giveaway!!

I am soooo excited to finally have this pattern finished!! I have been working on it for a long time, and I am very happy with how these turned out…. these being Ribbed Slipper Boots! I don’t know if anyone else has a trouble keeping their toes warm and cozy in the wintertime, but I sure do.  One of the things I like best about these, is that they are LONG. They fit much like a boot to keep you nice and warm!

Front view of boots and side view

This pattern uses worsted weight yarn, and there are so many different colour options. I love how this pattern works up, because there are very few ends to tuck in. It’s a bit different because you start at the top and work down… and make the entire boot part. Then you make the sole and sew the 2 together.  If you want extra thick soles, you can double them and sew them together, or you can use leather soles. I love these soles from brickbubble! There is also a tutorial I’ve seen on Pinterest that shows using flip flop soles, and I think they would be amazing for more of an outdoor shoe.

Leather soles, done with logo!

I have tried my best to make this pattern easy to follow, and easy to change for each person.  It is very important that you check your gauge, and that you measure/check each time the pattern tells you too.  The instructions explain how to make this pattern fit pretty much every foot size!

These slipper boots are so much fun to make, and there are a number of different ways you can make them unique. I personally love how they look with ribbon laced up the back or the side. Ribbon or leather tied around the top looks pretty cute, and you can do bows if you like as well!

Ribbon laced up the back, or tied around the top…

ribbon laced up the side, or a bow on side or back

This pattern has just been released, and you can find it on etsy or on ravelry. If you would like a chance to win a copy of this pattern, please enter the giveaway below! Click on the red wording that says “entry form”

Zebra Hat Pattern Giveaway!

If any of you follow my facebook page or etsy shop, you will know that I love making animal hat patterns! I have quite a few different styles, and try to keep coming up with some new ones. Some favourites from before are the Buffalo Hat, Lion Hat, Raccoon Hat, and Owl Hat!

Buffalo Hat, Lion Hat, Raccoon Hat, Owl Hat

And today, I have a new animal hat pattern ready to go  – A Zebra Hat Pattern!  I love how kids love their animal hats and are happy to wear them on cold winter days! This pattern has ear flaps which helps keep you warm, and comes in sizes newborn to adult.

Face of Zebra Hat

This pattern uses worsted weight yarn, and mainly half double crochet stitches, so it works up fairly quickly. Zebras are typically black and white, but the trim colour can be made in any colour you like! My youngest informed me that she liked the orange trim best, though the pink was a close second. I think  a lime green could look amazing  too!

img_3650Zebra Hat with orange trim

I love the face of the Zebra Hat, but I think the mane really finishes it off as well! The hair is quite thick, and adds some extra warmth too!

img_3649Mane on the Zebra Hat

If anyone would like a chance to win a copy of this pattern, please enter the giveaway – click on the red “entry form” button and follow instructions!

New Hat Pattern and Giveaway!

Double Ribbed Hat Pattern Giveaway!!

I’m not sure I am ready for winter, but last weekend we had SNOW!! My kids loved playing in it, but I was quite happy to see it disappear. It is a reminder though that it is Fall, and Winter is coming…. Time for some warm and cozy hats to keep heads warm!

Fun in the snow!

Soft, bulky yarn is very popular this year, and I have had fun trying some different designs. I LOVE how this pattern turned out, and there are so many beautiful yarns you can use for it! You can use 2 strands of worsted weight yarn to make this hat (the pink/purple hat), or you can use a bulky 5 yarn. The bulky yarn makes a little bit softer hat, but they are both nice and warm.

Pink/Purple hat with 2 strands, blue hat with bulky yarn

This is quite a simple pattern to crochet, it works up quickly, and it is fun to make! This is a nice hat to make up for men, women, or children – just changing yarns to suit each one. The pattern comes in newborn to adult sizes. I have also included a hat pattern for 18” dolls, so your child can have a hat that matches his/her dolls! My daughters love the matching hats.

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Matching child and doll hats!

I think this hat could quickly become a winter favourite! My kids have all requested colours they would like!

So many yarn choices!

The pattern for the Double Ribbed Hat can be bought on ravelry, or etsy, and I will also be giving away a couple copies of the pattern! If you would like to enter the giveaway, please fill out the form below (click on the red link).

Freezie/Ice Pop Holder Patterns Giveaway!!

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Who loves hot, lazy summer days?? We certainly do! But sometimes it is too hot, and it’s nice to have a cool treat. My kids have some allergies and we have to be careful what we get, but there are some freezies that they can all have and they love them. It’s a cool, sweet treat that tastes great…. but it also freezes their hands while they are trying to eat them! They tried using cloths to hold them, but they were too big, and paper towels did work unless they were dripped on.  And then Mommy  had an idea for something that would be a lot more fun when it came to eating freezies/ice pops/popsicles or whatever you prefer to call them. I started working on some holders or cozies, and my kids LOVE using them! Cold treat, warm hands… it’s all good!

 Loving their freezie holders!

I had so many different ideas, but narrowed it down to 5 that I thought my kids and others would like best. The 5 holder patterns in this set are a shark, a fish, a snake, an ice cream cone, and a flower. The shark seems to be the most popular but the other designs come close behind!

 Shark, Snake, Fish… so many colour options!

 Flower and Ice Cream Cone Holders

These Freezie Holders are not too difficult to crochet. You do need to know the basic stitches, and be able to sew the different parts together. This is a great project for using up extra yarn, as they can be made up in so many different colour combinations. I have been using Bernat Handicrafter Cotton, just because it washes up so nicely, and these are likely to get dripped on! But you could use any worsted weight yarn you liked.

I will be giving away 2 copies of the patterns for these Freezie Holders! If you would like a chance to win a copy, please fill out the form below! You need to click on the red lettering that says “entry form”.

Happy Canada Day! Free Maple Leaf Applique Pattern!

Canada Day is just about here, and I have a pattern that is perfect if you are looking for something to make for then! I just finished my Maple Leaf Applique Pattern. I have been wanting to try a leaf pattern for a while, and finally had time to work on it.

IMG_3433Maple Leaf Applique

This Maple Leaf Applique can be used in so many different ways. You can use it on a bag, a hat, a blanket, a shirt, a skirt…. Or anywhere else! I would really like to try a garland – I think it would make an adorable backdrop in pictures or to use as decorations. I did make this one up using a finer yarn, and smaller hook, but it can be made with any size of hook or yarn to make it as large or as small as you would like.

Maple Leaf Applique on a crocheted top

The pattern is rather long… and was a bit more complicated to write up than I expected, but hopefully it is easy to follow!

So… here it is…

 

Maple Leaf Applique Pattern

(#2 yarn, 3.5 mm hook – but any yarn or hook can be used)

~ there are 5 parts to this leaf. The first row makes the veins of each of them. I will try to explain it by separating the entire leaf into 5 leaf parts.

Row 1: ch 6 (this will form the stem, place stitch marker in 6th chain – the “top” of the stem), continue on from here and ch 9 (this will form the first leaf vein). Then sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 7 ch, sl st in “top” of stem (where stitch marker is). Continue on from there and ch 11. Sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 9 ch, sl st in “top” of stem (2nd leaf vein). Continue on and ch 13, sl st in 2nd chain from hook and in each of next 11 ch, sl st in “top” of stem (3rd leaf vein, centre leaf). Continue and ch 11, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 9 ch, sl st in “top” of stem (4th leaf vein). Continue and ch 9, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 7 ch, sl st in “top” of stem (5th leaf vein). Then sl st down the stem.

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 The “veins” of the leaf

Row 2: ch 1, turn. Sl st up stem in each of 5 stitches. Then, working on the first leaf vein, sc in each of first 3 stitches, hdc in each of next 3 stitches, sc in next stitch. In last stitch, work sc, ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch from hook (picot made to form point), sc. Then working down the other side of the leaf, sc in each of next 4 stitches. This part is a bit tricky – we will work the stitches, but not finish them. When it says hdc, work like usual, but do not do the last half of the stitch – do not yarn over and pull through 3 loops, leave loops on hook. When it says dc, yarn over and pull through 2 loops, but leave the last 2 loops on the hook. So… hdc in each of next 2 stitches (do not finish), dc in next stitch (do not finish), working up the side of the next leaf, continue doing the same thing. Work dc in first stitch (do not finish), hdc in each of next 2 stitches (do not finish)… then, yarn over and pull through all loops (11 loops) on hook.

Then continuing up the side of the 2nd leaf vein, sc in next stitch, hdc next stitch, dc next stitch, work 2 dc in next stitch. Work (tc, picot, dc) in next stitch, sc in next stitch, work (sc, picot, sc) in next stitch. Now you will be working down the other side of the leaf. Sc in next stitch, work (dc, picot, tc) in next stitch, 2 dc in next stitch, dc in next stitch, hdc in each of next 2 stitches. Now we do the tricky part again – work the stitches at the end of leaf 2 and beginning of leaf 3 but not finish them. So… hdc in next stitch, dc in each of next 2 stitches (but don’t finish). Working up the side of leaf 3, dc in each of next 2 stitches, hdc in next stitch (but don’t finish) …then, yarn over and pull through all loops (9 loops) on hook.

Then, continuing up the side of leaf 3, sc in next stitch, hdc in each of next 2 stitches, dc in each of next 2 stitches, 2 dc in next stitch, work (tr, picot, dc) in next stitch, sc in next stitch, work (sc, picot, sc) in last stitch. Working down the other side of leaf 3, work sc in next stitch, (dc, picot, tc) in next stitch, 2 dc next stitch, dc in each of next 2 stitches, hdc in each of next 2 stitches, sc in next stitch. And the tricky part again… hdc in next stitch, dc in each of next 2 stitches (without finishing). Working up the beginning of leaf 4, dc in each of next 2 stitches, hdc in next stitch (without finishing) … then, yarn over and pull through all loops (9 loops) on hook.

Continuing up the side of leaf 4, sc next stitch, hdc next stitch, dc next stitch, 2 dc next stitch, (tc, picot, dc) next stitch, sc, (sc, picot, sc) in last stitch. Working down the other side of leaf 4, sc in next stitch, (dc, picot, tc) next stitch, 2 dc next stitch, dc next stitch, hdc in each of next 2 stitches. And the tricky part again… hdc in each of next 2 stitches, dc next stitch (without finishing). Working up the beginning of leaf 5, dc in first stitch, hdc in each of next 2 stitches (without finishing)…. then, yarn over and pull through all loops  (11 loops) on hook.

Continuing up the side of leaf 5, sc in each of next 4 stitches, work (sc, picot, sc) in last stitch. Working down the other side of the leaf, work sc in next stitch, hdc in each of next 3 stitches, sc in each of last 3 stitches. Join with sl st to base of leaf. Fasten off, leaving a long enough tail to sew together hole in centre of maple leaf. Tuck in all ends, and use how you wish!

~ to get a more perfect look to the point of the leaves, it would probably be best to block it

 

 The leaf before sewing the hole, and then the finished Maple Leaf!

I hope you enjoy making up this maple leaf! This pattern is free, but if you do use it, please share where you found it! I would also love to see pictures of items that you have used the applique on. You can share them on my Five Snowflakes Designs Facebook page if you would like to!

 

 

 

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