Thursday, September 28, 2017

Plaid Pussyhat!

So I was late to jump on the plaid bandwagon, so why not add one fad to another? Here's the plaid pussyhat pattern (try saying that 5 times fast!)
If you'd like to check out my other plaid hat, please go see my purple slouchy hat:http://www.tomboynanny.com/2017/09/the-plaid-fad-slouchy-hat.html

Anyway, I used 3 colors of worsted weight yarn. I used Red Heart's Petal Pink as Color A and Pretty 'n' Pink as Color B. Color C was a Vanna's Choice yarn... I sadly don't remember the exact name, but it is also worsted weight. Basically pick 3 yarns that are close in color. The lightest should be Color A, the darkest should be Color C.

Also, you will need a size H crochet hook.

Each round is not continuous, you will slip stitch at the end. 

The chains at the beginning are NEVER counted as a stitch.


With color A, chain 70, slip stitch into the first chain.
1. Ch, (Color A: hdc 5x, Color B: hdc 5x) 7x
2. - 3. Repeat row 1.
4. Ch, (Color B: hdc 5x, Color C: hdc 5x) 7x
5. - 6. Repeat row 4.
7. - 9. Repeat row 1.
10. - 12. Repeat row 4.
13. - 15. Repeat row 1.
16. - 18. Repeat row 4.
19. - 21. Repeat row 1.
22. With Color C for the rest of the hat: Ch 2, (dc 33x, dc2tog) 2x
23. Ch 2, (fpdc 2x, bpdc 2x) 17x
24. Repeat row 23.

Fasten off and weave in your ends. With Color A, sew the top of your hat (the original chains) together to lay your work flat. If you'd like, sew across the corners to make your "ears" a bit more distinct. Enjoy!


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The Plaid Fad: A Slouchy Hat

So plaid is supposed to be big this fall, and I've seen a ton of plaid crocheted items. Well, here's my take on a slouchy hat! It works up very warm and cozy, without being too tight on the old noggin.

I made this one in purple, and I really like how it looks when you pick three colors that are similar.
Want to make your own? I've written up the pattern, and it's available on


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Woven Cable Scarf

Materials Needed:
Worsted weight yarn (shown here in Lion Brand Pound of Love in Denim. The Pound of Love yarn is exactly the right amount for the entire set with the Woven Cable Slouchy Hat and Woven Cable Fingerless Gloves!)
Size H crochet hook

Stitches used:
Ch: chain
Sc: single crochet
Fpdc: front post double crochet
Fptr: front post treble crochet

Notes:
Each row should have 24 stitches throughout.
Always place your fpdcs on the next set of fpdcs, unless it says to skip them. When that happens, the fptrs will be around the SKIPPED fpdcs in two rows later.
When fpdcs need to be BEHIND, put your hook behind the fptrs you just created, and make your fpdcs.

Pattern:
1.     Ch 25, skip the first stitch, sc across
2.     Ch, sc across
3.     Ch, sc, fpdc 2x, sc, (fpdc2x, sc 4x, fpdc 2x) 2x, sc, fpdc 2x, sc
4.     Ch, sc across
5.     Ch, sc, fpdc 2x, (sc 2x, fpdc 2x) 4x, sc 2x, fpdc 2x, sc
6.     Ch, sc across
7.     Ch, sc, fpdc 2x, sc 3x, fpdc 4x, sc 4x, fpdc 4x, sc 3x, fpdc 2x, sc
8.     Ch, sc across
9.     Ch, sc, fpdc 2x, sc 4x, skip fpdcs, fpdc 2x, sc 6x, skip fpdcs, fpdc 2x, sc 4x, fpdc 2x, sc
10.  Ch, sc across
11.  Ch, sc, fpdc 2x, sc 3x, fpdc 2x, fptr 2x, sc 4x, fpdc 2x, fptr 2x, sc 3x, fpdc 2x, sc
12.  Ch, sc across
13.  Ch, sc, fpdc 2x, (sc 2x, fpdc 2x) 5x, sc
14.  Ch, sc across
15.  Ch, (sc, fpdc 2x) 2x, sc 4x, fpdc 4x, sc 4x, (fpdc 2x, sc) 2x
16.  Ch, sc across
17.  Ch, sc, fpdc 2x, sc 2x, fpdc 2x, sc 4x, fpdc 2x, skip fpdcs, sc 4x, fpdc 2x, sc 2x, fpdc 2x, sc
18.  Ch, sc across
19.  Ch, sc, fpdc 2x, sc 3x, fpdc 2x, sc 2x, fptr 2x, fpdc 2x BEHIND, sc 2x, fpdc 2x, sc 3x, fpdc 2x, sc
20.  Ch, sc across
21.  Ch, sc, fpdc 2x, sc 4x, fpdc 4x, sc 2x, fpdc 4x, sc 4x, fpdc 2x, sc
22.  Ch, sc across
23.  Ch, sc, fpdc 2x, sc 5x, skip fpdcs, fpdc 2x, sc 4x, skip fpdcs, fpdc 2x, sc 5x, fpdc 2x, sc
24.  Ch, sc across
25.  Ch, sc, fpdc 2x, sc 4x, fpdc 2x, fptr 2x, sc 2x, fpdc 2x, fptr 2x, sc 4x, fpdc 2x, sc
26.  Ch, sc across
27.  Ch, sc, fpdc 2x, sc 3x, (fpdc 2x, sc 2x, fpdc 2x) 2x, sc 3x, fpdc 2x, sc
28.  Ch, sc across
29.  Ch, sc, fpdc 2x, sc 2x, fpdc 2x, sc 4x, fpdc 2x, skip fpdcs, sc 4x, fpdc 2x, sc 2x, fpdc 2x, sc
30.  Ch, sc across
31.  Ch, (sc, fpdc 2x) 2x, sc 4x, fptr 2x, fpdc 2x BEHIND, sc 4x, (fpdc 2x, sc) 2x
32.  Ch, sc across
Repeat rows 2-31 10 times (or until your scarf is the length you desire).
Ch, sc across.
Cut your remaining yarn into 12-inch strands. Using your crochet hook, pull the strands halfway through the stitches in your first row and your last row to create tassels. This will help the ends of your scarf from curling up on itself.
Enjoy your scarf, and don’t forget to make the matching gloves and hat!

Craft Show Essentials: Mannequin Head

If you've ever done a craft show, a mannequin head can definitely come in handy. They help your customers see how your hat, headband, or other headpiece looks - but without actually trying it on.

I don't have a ton of space in my tiny apartment, and I don't want to go out shopping for a mannequin.  But what I do have is yarn and fiberfill stuffing! So I created my own pattern!
Adult sized
Adult sized head can be found on Etsy, Ravelry, or Craftsy.

Child sized
Child sized head can be found on Etsy, Ravelry, or Craftsy.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Beer Bazaar, Sunday August 27th, 2-8PM

Come to the Beer Bazaar at Angel City Brewery on August 27th!
http://angelcitybrewery.com/event/angel-citys-beer-bazaar-2017-08-27/

This brewery is gorgeous, with tons of great beers on tap. There will also be food trucks with lots of choices for a late lunch or early dinner. Kids are welcome, but of course they can't drink.

For more information, go here: http://angelcitybrewery.com/event/angel-citys-beer-bazaar-2017-08-27/

The Beer Bazaar starts at 2PM, and goes until 8PM. There are some awesome sellers to check out here, so there is plenty to see. We came to the Bazaar a few weeks ago, and they were playing fun 60's music, with plenty of tables (we sat down and played a board game), and a beautiful bar. There were fun, independent artists selling all kinds of handmade and vintage items. It was a ton of fun!

Come hang out, and say hi to me!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Craft Fair Searching

I love craft fairs. I've only done two, but I'm completely hooked. I love setting up my items, and then fiddling with them, and then rearranging them. I love talking to people about my creations, and meeting new people. I know that sounds like the worst thing ever for some sellers, and honestly I thought I'd hate it. I have a bit of stage fright, but at craft fairs I just have so much fun.

So far I've only done tiny shows, one of which I barely made $100 over two days. But I liked chatting with parents, and showing off my toys to kids.

One thing I recommend to others is to check out the fairs and shows ahead of time. I love the major fairs, but luckily I've checked them out before applying. I am DEFINITELY not ready for that! I have so much respect for those people who sell at the nationally known shows. If you're one of those sellers, my hat's off to you.

I've also been to shows that seem lovely, but just aren't for me. I went to a permanent show this weekend which was absolutely gorgeous, and the people who worked at it were so nice and friendly... but it was a 90 minute drive through nasty traffic. If I lived nearby, I might be tempted. Plus, the foot traffic in the show was pretty slow.

On the other hand, a few weeks ago my friends and I met up at a local brewery. Lo and behold, there happened to be a super tiny craft show!  I had no idea! It seemed to be in the very beginning stages, but super cute, and in a brewery! My husband and I are beer geeks, so it works perfectly for me.

Another thing that's helped me out is the many craft fair checklists. Here are a few really good ones: https://www.etsy.com/seller-handbook/article/what-to-bring-to-a-craft-fair/22715491953
https://festivalnet.com/help/tips/160things.html
http://www.handmadeology.com/a-great-big-craft-show-checklist/