Here at Bobbles & Baubles we are very excited to introduce our latest venture.   We are now selling Paparazzi jewelry.  What is Paparazzi Jewelry you ask?  Simply, it's affordable, fashionable jewelry and accessories for just $5!

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How does it work?  Well, it's super easy - I bring the online party to you via Facebook!  Any one can host  - I set up the event, you invite your friends and come party in your jammies!

Hosts get 1 free piece just for booking your party and 1 free piece for every 10 items sold!  And at $5 a piece, you bet that you'll get a ton of free stuff!  Did I mention that every piece is only $5??

To see more styles and variety head on over to our new facebook page: www.facebook.com/paparazzijewelryvanessalesniak  Throw us a like and book your party today!  We'll do all the work!

Bobbles & Baubles Fashion for $5

We are gearing up for Spring here at Bobbles & Baubles.  And what better way to get in the spirit than trying your hand at some spring crochet.  I've scoured the web and found some of the best free patterns available.  Some new and some oldies but goodies.  So dust off those hooks and prep that yarn, it's time for Spring Crocheting!  Click on each picture to be taken directly to the pattern.

Bobbles & Baubles - Free patterns
Isn't this just adorable.  This free pattern, courtesy of Pattern Paradise can be made with or without the applique.  It's perfect for your St. Patty's Day celebration.

Bobbles & Baubles - Free patterns
A Crocheted Simplicity has some GREAT patterns.  I have more than my fair share of them.  She has easy to read, step by step instructions - you will not be disappointed.   This week, she released her new Easter Basket pattern.

Bobbles & Baubles - Free patterns
These Spring Bunnies by Stephanie Jessica Lau are a perfect addition to any Easter Basket.  You can add so many embellishments, such as the carrot or the fabric covered ears.

Bobbles & Baubles - Free patterns
This precious little Blue Bird of Happiness by Sara Elizabeth Kellner can be found over at Ravelry as a free download.

Bobbles & Baubles - Free patterns
Red Heart some great patterns over on their site, if you haven't been there yet you should go take a quick peak.  Among their lovely patterns I found this little gem, perfect to bright up any little girls room for the Spring - the Spring Fling Pillow

Bobbles & Baubles - Free patterns
These little guys put a smile on my face - Spring Squishies by Josephine Wu.  It's another free Ravelry download!

That's it for today, stay tuned later this week for some more free patterns.  Until then, Happy Hooking!

 

I've said it before and I'll say it again, I have the very best readers.  You all leave the greatest comments and send me the sweetest emails.  It's always nice to know how much the free patterns are appreciated.  And I absolutely love the stories behind the afghans, some are tear-jerking, others make me laugh.  Please keep sharing with me!

One such reader, Carolyn Swope,  sent me a lovely email telling me how inspired she was by my Never Ending Bobble Blanket (found here).  So inspired in fact that she made her own version.  She contacted me and asked if she could share her pattern with all of you.  of course I said yes!  Take a look at her lovely afghan

Pattern Striped Afghan - Bobbles & Baubles

Pattern Striped Afghan - Bobbles & Baubles   Pattern Striped Afghan - Bobbles & Baubles

To download Carolyn's pattern, click the link below.  And as always, please share pics of the items you make from the free patterns listed on my site.  And keep those emails, comments and requests coming.  Until next time, happy hooking!

Pattern Stripe Afghan

 

Many of you know that I have some awesome free patterns on my Pinterest boards. But did you know that I add tons of free patterns several days per week? Every pin added has been personally checked out to make sure that all links are in working order. And every single pattern is 100% free. Below are a few of the boards you will find over on the Bobbles & Baubles Pinterest page. To check out the rest, follow us by clicking the link on the right or heading here







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Ever since I posted my free pattern for the Market Bag with Floral Accent (found here), I've been getting lots of reader pictures of their completed projects.  My readers are a talented group of crocheters!!

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I wanted to share with you how awesome their bags have turned out.  They've used a variety of yarns, colors and hook sizes.  The gallery below shows all of their uniqueness.

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And finally, check out this one.  This lovely crocheter altered the pattern a little and instead of joining the strap on one end, she made it adjustable by adding a button!  Genius!!

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Special thanks to Sandra B., Linda, Jenny, Jill and Ann for sharing their pics.  Keep those pictures coming!

By now most of you know that there are many many ways to join your yarn and/or change colors.  Some are not as stable as others.

For many years, I would join my yarn, or change colors by tying two end pieces together and then weaving in the excess.  That is a fairly stable method as the knot keeps the ends from separating.  It was not until recently that I changed my method to a more secure one.  Who knew that was even possible?

This method is called the Russian Join.  There are absolutely no ends to weave in and the join is seamless!  I learned by watching the video below, and I will never go back to my old method.  Enjoy!

 

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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.
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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

Modern Grannies  - Free Pattern by Bobbles & Baubles

INSTRUCTIONS
Rnd 1:  Start with a magic ring (tutorial found here).  Instead of sc in the 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

Braided Edging by Bobbles & Baubles

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.

Braided Edging by Bobbles & Baubles

 

 

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Many of you have written to me asking for some clarification on the Reversible Shell baby Afghan.  As I was responding to some of your messages last night, I had a chance to look it over.  I see how it can be a bit confusing!

Reversible Shell Baby Afghan by Bobbles & Baubles

So last night, I took a bit of time to update the pattern  You can find it here.  I've added some pictures for guidance and simplified the steps.  I know that this one is a bit tricky so I really hope that helps.  Please let me know how it works out for you.  And if you have any pics of the finished product to show, please share.

I'm in the process of making another one so I will add better pics of it once I'm done.

Until then, happy Hooking!

The other day, I was browsing through Amazon.Com looking for a specific crochet book.  I was debating whether or not to get the actual book or get a digital copy on my Kindle.  Ultimately,  I went with the digital copy because it was much much cheaper.  But I found a little gem while I was browsing through the books.  Did you know that Amazon has a bunch of free crochet books??  And good ones at that!  I was blown away.. and of course I got busy downloading.. immediately.  I don't know how long these free e-books will last, if they are permanently free or if it's only for a limited time so get yours while you can!

If you don't have a Kindle, you can always download the Kindle app on just about any device or computer and enjoy these free books in that format.  You can download them here.

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If you are also into crafting, like we are.  I found these as well:
17 Easy Crafts With Yarn

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There are so many free e-books listed!   You should go check them out.  Browse by categories under the kindle book store and grab your free copies while you can.  I hope you enjoy.. Happy Hooking!