Crochet Flower Embellishments – Free Pattern Bundle

Happy Monday!  In the spirit of getting my blog back up and running, I am offering a free pattern bundle today.  Some of you  may have received this bundle when you signed up for the newsletter, but for those who haven’t, here’s you chance to get your copy!

Flower Embellishments by Bobbles & Baubles

In this bundle, you receive a PDF booklet of the 5 flower patterns shown above.  To get your copy, click the link below.  Happy Hooking!

FLOWER EMBELLISHMENTS by BOBBLES & BAUBLES

Flamingo Sleep Masks

Good Morning Bauble Heads!  Two weeks ago, I received a request for custom flamingo masks.  Most of you already know that I have a variety of masks, including sheep and pandas.  Making a flamingo one never even crossed my mind.  But you know me, I aim to please.  So I quickly agreed and with the help of my lovely wife, who sketched it out for me, I was able to create this pattern.  Enjoy and if you happen to make one, share your pics with me!

Flamingo Sleep Masks

Flamingo Sleep Masks - Bobbles & Baubles

MATERIALS
Size J Crochet Hook
Size H Crochet Hook
I skein of yarn (I used Vanna’s Choice Yarn in Pink)
Black yarn for the eyes, tip of beak and straps
White yarn for the eyes
White Cotton Fabric
Stitch Marker (or safety pin)
Yarn Needle
Sewing Needle
White thread
Disappearing Ink Fabric Marker

INSTRUCTIONS
MASK (with J hook)
R1:      Ch 6.  2 sc in 2nd ch from hook.  Sc in next 3.  2 sc in last.  Ch 1.  Turn. (7)
R2:      Sc in each st across.  Ch 1.  Turn (7)
R3:      2 sc in first.  Sc  in next 5.  2 sc in last.  Ch 1.  Turn (9)
R4-8:  Sc in each st across.  Ch 1.  Turn. (9)
R9:     Sc 2tog.  Sc in next 5.  Sc 2tog.  Ch 1.  Turn (7)
R10:   Sc in each st across.  Ch 1.  Turn. (7)
R11:   Sc 2tog.  Sc in next 5.  Ch 1.  Turn (6)
R12:   Sc in each st across.  Ch 1.  Turn. (6)
R13:   2 sc in first.  Sc in next 5.  Ch 1.  Turn (7)
R14:   Sc in each st across.  Ch 1.  Turn (7)
R15:   2 sc in first.  Sc in next 5.  2 sc in last.  Ch 1.  Turn (9)
R16-20:  Sc in each st across.  Ch 1.  Turn (9)
R21:   Sc 2tog.  Sc in next 5.  Sc 2tog.  Ch 1.  Turn (7)
R22:  Sc in each st across.  Ch 1.  Turn (7)
R23:  Sc 2tog.  Sc in next 3.  Sc 2tog.  Ch 1.  Turn (5)
R24:  Sc in each st across.  DO NOT TURN.  Continue to sc around the entire mask.  Fasten off.  Weave in ends.

EYES (With H hook, make 2)
Rnd1:  With black, 4 sc in magic ring.  Join and change color to white.
Rnd2:  In back loops, dc in same st.  2 dc in next 2 sts.  2 sc in next.  Join.  fasten off, leaving a long tail for weaving in

BEAK (with H hook)
NOTE:  leave a long tail for sewing in the beginning (round 1, before chaining 12) because this is the row that will be attached to the mask)
Rnd1:  With Pink.  Ch 12.  Making sure to keep chain straight, join with sl st to first ch.  Place stitch marker (you will be moving it up as you complete each round)
Rnd2-3:  Sc in each st across.
Rnd4-5:  Sc 2tog.  Sc in each st across.
CHANGE TO BLACK
Rnd6:  Sc 2tog.  Sc in each st across
Rnd7:  Sc 2tog twice.  Sc in each st across
Rnd8:  Sc in each st across
Rnd9-10:  Sc 2tog across.  Finish off.  weave in ends.

Flamingo Sleep Mask - Bobbles & Baubles

Attach eyes and beak to  mask as shown in picture above.

STRAPS (make 2)
Cut two 22″ strips of black yarn and two 22″ strips of pink yarn.
With yarn needle, thread them evenly through side of mask.  Braid and knot at the bottom.
Repeat for other side.  Trim.

TUFT
Cut a small amount of yarn (at least 4 pieces).  Thread through top of mask (see picture for placement) and tie in a knot.  trim as necessary.

Flamingo Sleep Masks - Bobbles & Baubles

LINING 
With fabric Marker, place mask over fabric and trace around it.  Cut fabric just below tracing. Place it on the back of mask and trim if necessary.  Using a blanket stitch, sew around the edges of fabric.

Flamingo Sleep Masks - Bobbles & Baubles

*Whew*  That was a long one!  I hope you enjoy making these masks.  Try them with different shades of pink as I did or go a little crazy and use other fun colors!   Happy Hooking!

Easy Versatile 10 Minute Headband

In case you are wondering why I am putting up a ton of posts in one day… well here’s the answer: A few months ago, I left my old server and switched back to WordPress.  Unfortunately, in doing so, I lost all of my posts from 2014 and 2015 – what a mess!!  The good thing is that I managed to archive the majority of them.  The bad news – I have to manually type them all up again!

But no fear, I am up for the challenge.  Here’s the latest and greatest:

Easy Versatile 10 Minute Headband

Easy Versatile 10 minute Headband - Bobbles & Baubles   Easy Versatile 10 Minute Headband - Bobbles & Baubles

MATERIALS
Size G Crochet Hook
1 Coated Elastic Hair Band
Cotton Yarn (I used Lilly Sugar n’ Cream)
Yarn Needle for weaving in ends

INSTRUCTIONS
Make 2
Ch. 62
Hdc in second chain from hook and each st across
Finish Off.  Weave in ends.

Insert hook into ends of both strands
Insert hook into elastic band
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Join all with a single crochet.
Sc a few times through all 3 to make it more secure
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Your joining stitches will look like this
Take care not to twist your chains and repeat on the other side
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The elastic band will help make it stretchy and it’s sure to fit most head sizes.  Here’s a tip: using cotton yarn is best because regular acrylic yarn will stretch out over time.  Cotton yarn will help prevent this.

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That’s it for today.. Happy Hooking and stay tuned for the next freebie!

Boxy Neon Afghan – A Scrap Yarn Project

A couple of years ago, my oldest daughter requested a bright and colorful blanket for her bedroom.  She specifically requested that the main color be neon green.  While I don’t particularly like the colors used, they were her choices, so I went with it.  It was difficult coming up with a pattern would suit her teenage needs and that would incorporate the crazy array of colors. After much trial and error, I ended up with a very simple pattern that she loved.

Boxy-Neon-Afghan-Bobbles-Baubles1    Boxy-Neon-Afghan-by-Bobbles-Baubles1

The finished size measured 50×68, however, you can make it as wide or as long as you’d like.  It’s a great afghan to help get rid of all that scrap yarn you have laying around.   Once you get going, it’s all about repetition… so it’s a great afghan to make while watching TV, say Dr. Who! haha

Boxy Neon Afghan – A Scrap Yarn Project

MATERIALS
4-5 skeins of worsted weight yarn for the main color (I used Red Heart Soft, 7 oz skeins)
A whole ton of scrap yarn (will be noted as contrasting color or cc in pattern below)
Size I crochet Hook
Stitch Marker

NOTES
In order to add fringe,  yarn will not be carried over,  Finish off at the end of every row, leaving a 7-9″ tail.

INSTRUCTIONS
With main color, ch 204
R1:  Sc in 2nd ch from hook.  * Ch 1, sk next ch, sc in next ch*  Repeat from * to * across, finish off.   Place stitch marker around any any st in this row to mark it as right side

R2:  Turn, with wrong side facing you, join mc with sc in first sc.  Sc in each st and each ch across.  Finish off

R3:  Turn, with right side facing you, join cc with dc in first sc.  Ch 1 *sk next sc, dc in next 3 sc*  Repeat from * to * across to last 2 sc.  Sk next sc, dc in last.  Finish off.

R4:  Turn, with wrong side facing you, join main color with sc in first dc.  Working behind next ch, tr in the sc skipped from the row below (it will be worked in the sc from row 2).  *Ch 4, skip next 3 dc, working behindnext ch, tr in the sc from the row below*  Repeat from * to * across to last dc.  Sc in last dc.  Finish off

R5:  Turn, with right side facing you, join cc (same color scrap as 2 rounds above) with sc in first sc.  Ch 1 *sk next tr, working in front of next ch 4 space, dc in next 3 dc skipped from round below, ch 1*  Repeat from * to * across to last 2.  Sk next tr, sc in last sc.  Finish off.

R6:  Turn, with wrong side facing you, join mc with sc in first sc.  Working behind next ch, dc in skipped tr from row below.  *Sc in next 3 dc.  Working behind next ch, dc in tr skipped from row below*  Repeat from * to * across.  Sc in last sc.  Finish off.

R7:  Turn, with right side facing you, join next cc with dc in first sc.  Dc in next 2.  *ch 1, sk next sc, dc in next 3*  repeat from * to * across.  Finish off.

R8:  Turn, with wrong side facing you, join mc with sc in first dc, ch 3.  Sk next 2 dc.  Working behind next ch, tr in skipped  sc from row below.  *ch 4, sk next 3 dc.  Working behind next ch, tr in sc of row skipped below*  repeat from * to * across to last 3.  Ch 3, sk next 2, sc in last dc. Finish off.

R9:  Turn, with right side facing you, join cc (same color scrap as 2 rounds above) with sc in first sc.  Working in front of next ch 3, dc in next 2 skipped dc from the row below.  Ch 1, sk next tr.  *Working in front of next ch 4 space, dc in next 3 skipped dc from the row below.  Ch 1, sk next tr*  Repeat from * to * to last ch 3.  Working in front of last ch 3, dc in next 2 skipped dc from row below.  Sc in last.  Finish off.

R10:  Turn, with wrong side facing you, join mc with sc in first sc.  Sc in next 2 dc.  *working behind next xh, dc in tr skipped in row below.  Sc in next 3*  Repeat from * to * across.  Finish off.

R11:  With right side facing you, join cc with dc in first sc.  Ch 1.  *sk next sc, dc in next 3.  Ch 1*  Repeat from * to * across to last 2.  Sk next sc, dc in last sc.  Finish off

Repeat rows 4-11 until afghan measures 50″ (or longer depending on the sign you wish), ending on a row 5.

Last Row:  Turn, with wrong side facing you, join mc with sc in first sc. *working in sts and chs, ch 1.  Sk next st, sc in next*  Repeat from * to * across.  Finish off

Fringe:  You may add additional yarn to make the fringe a bit fuller.

Crochet Stripes Blanket Pattern

I posted this blanket a while back in this great group I belong to on Facebook called HodgePodge Crochet.  I made it for my wife’s cousin as her baby shower gift.

Crochet Stripes Blanket - Bobbles & Baubles

After I posted it in the group page, the post went crazy.  Everyone wanted a copy of the pattern.  I searched high and low for this pattern and could not find it anywhere!  before Bernat merged with Yarnspirations, it was available for free on the Bernat site.  But it seems that they no longer offer it.  Thank Goodness I saved a copy!

Crochet Stripes - Bobbles & Baubles Crochet Stripes Blanket - Bobbles & Baubles

Since then, many of you have been asking me where they can find this pattern.  Since this was a free pattern put out there and it is not for sale, I decided to put it up here.  Please note, this is not my pattern, this pattern is by Bernat.   Click below for the pattern:

BERNAT’S CROCHET STRIPES BLANKET

BOBBLES & BAUBLES

Modern Granny Afghan

Lately I’ve gained a whole new appreciation for the granny square. I don’t  know why that is, maybe because I’ve seen all of the possibilities of this extremely versatile pattern. I’ve been itching to make one, so this week I decided to give it a go. I made 2 lovely afghans, one is a security blanket / car seat or stroller blanket and the other a regular baby sized afghan. I decided to add a lovely edging to the bigger one just to give it a little flair.

Modern Granny 2    Madern Granny 1

If you love the blankets but don’t want to make your own, I have them up for sale in my Etsy shop, click here

MODERN GRANNY AFGHAN

NOTE:  You can use an array of different types of yarn for this afghan.  The hook size used will depend on the type of yarn chosen.  For the yellow one, I chose 100% cotton yarn (Lily Sugar N’ Cream) with an H hook and for the blue one, I used worsted weight yarn (Loops & Threads Impeccable Impeccable) with an I hook.

MATERIALS
Refer to note above for yarn – how much you need is dependent on how big you make it
Refer to note above for hook – the thicker the yarn, the bigger the hook size

ABBREVIATIONS
sc – single crochet
sk – skip
sl st – slip stitch
sp – space
ch – chain

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INSTRUCTIONS
Rnd 1:  Start with a magic ring.  *3dc in center, ch 1*  Repeat from *to* three more times.  Ch 1.  Join to top of first dc.  Tighten ring. (you should have 4 sets of 3dc and ch 1 sps in the middle)

Rnd 2:  Sl st in next dc.  Continue to sl st until you reach the ch 1 sp.  Ch 2.  2 dc, ch 1, 3dc in ch 1 sp.  *skip next 3 dc.  3dc, ch 1, 3dc in space between 3dcs*  Repeat from *to* around.  Join

Rnd 3:  Sl st until you reach the ch 1 sp.  Ch 2.  2dc, ch 1. 3dc in sp.  *Skip next 3 dc.  3dc in next sp.  Skip next 3 dc.  3dc, ch 1, 3dc in space between 3dcs*  Repeat from *to* around.  Ch 1.  Join

Continue last round, keeping the following in mind:
*  3 dc only along the sides of the blanket (do not ch 1 between the 3dcs)
*  3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc in every corner

To change color at the end of a round:
*  Sl st until you get to a corner ch 1 sp.  Finish off.  Weave in ends.  Start new color.

Edging
(shown in yellow blanket)
Hdc around every st.  2 hdc in every corner

(shown in blue blanket)
Rnd 1:  Sl st in any corner ch 1 sp.  Ch 5.  *Sl st between 3dc.  Ch 5*.  Repeat from *to* around.  Join to first sl st.  Finish off.  Weave in ends

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Rnd 2:   Join with sl st to any ch 5 loop.  Ch 5.  *Sl st in next ch 5 loop.  Ch 5*  repeat from *to* around.  Join to first sl st.  Finish off.  Weave in ends.

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The Elusive Magic Ring

After having viewed many of the free patterns I make available, one of the most frequent questions I get asked is, “what is a magic ring?”  You may hear or read variations on the word magic ring.  It can also be called a magic loop or magic circle.  Whatever the name it is referred by, the technique is universal.  For the purposes of this post and as instructed in all of my patterns, I will refer to it as a magic ring.

Yes, it sounds mysterious and complicated and you may wonder, ‘why should I learn this technique?’.  The answer is quite simple: try it once and you will never go back to your old method.

The magic ring is used when crocheting in the round.  More often than not, when crocheting in the round, you are instructed to chain 2-4 stitches, join to the first chain and work a number of stitches into the loop formed.   Have you ever noticed, however, that when you are done, you end up with a little hole in the middle of your work?  The magic ring eliminates this hole.  You have total control over that space.  You can have no hole or even a bigger or smaller one.

It is a great technique to put into your crochet tool belt, especially if like me, you enjoy crocheting amigurumi.

It is sort of difficult to explain, so I think a visual is called for in this case.  I looked for a clear, detailed video on this technique and found this tutorial by Crochet Geek.  try it and let me know what you think: