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!

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!

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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

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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:

 

The Russian Join

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!

Owl Applique

It’s Free Pattern Friday! This has been quite the busy week, am I the only one that’s glad it’s over? Today’s free pattern is a small one, but quite adorable .. and you can embellish your afghans, hats, clothing, etc.. with this little cutie.

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MEASUREMENTS

4″ tall (you can make it bigger by increasing your hook size)

MATERIALS

Size FCrochet Hook

Cotton Yarn (I used Sugar n’ Cream brand yarn)

Stitch Marker (or safety pin)

Yarn Needle

ABBREVIATIONS

ch – chain

dc – double crochet

sc – single crochet

sl st – Slip Stitch

st – stitch

tc – triple crochet

INSTRUCTIONS

You will place the stitch marker (or safety pin) on the first stitch in every round

Owl

Rd1:    6sc in a magic ring

Rd2;    2sc in each st around (12)

Rd3:    (1sc in next st, 2sc in next st) around (18)

Rd4:    (1sc in next 2 sts, 2sc in next st) around (24)

Rd5:    (1sc in next 3 sts, 2sc in next sc) around (30)

Rd6:    sc in next 22 sts.  (hdc, dc, tc) in next st.  (dc, hdc) in next st.  sc in next 4 sts.  (hdc, dc) in next st.  (tc, dc, hdc) in next st.  (36)

Rd7:    sl st in next 24 sts.  (hdc, dc, tc) in next st.  (dc, hdc) in next st.  sl st in next 6 sts.  (hdc, dc) in next st.  (tc, dc, hdc) in next st.  sl st in next 2 sts.  (42)

Finish off.  Weave in ends.  You can make him all in one color or alternate colors.

Eyes (make 2)

10sc in magic ring

1sc in each st around

Finish off, leaving a long tail for attaching to body

French knot into center of eyes

Feet (make 2)

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r1:    sc in 2nd chain from hook and in each st across.  ch1 turn

r2:    (sl st in 1st sc.  ch3.  sl st in same sc) 3 times

Finish off, leaving a long tail for weaving in

Attach all to pieces to the body as shown in picture above.

You can make this printer friendly by clicking the pdf button below (next to the share option).  Come back next week for another free pattern!!

Welcome Fall

It’s been so long since I have updated that I don’t even know where to begin. So I’ll give you brief recap! The summer flew by this year!! Did anyone else think so? I for one am so happy that we’ve gone back into the routine of things; it makes life so much easier.

It was a lovely summer: my youngest went to Girl Scout Horse Camp for 2 weeks, my oldest went to NYC and stayed with her grandmother for 2 weeks and my wife and I recently celebrated our 1 year wedding anniversary!! I guess we can no longer refer to ourselves as newlyweds. We took a 2 week vacation to Cape Cod, where we went for our honeymoon (where we have gone every year for the past 4 years). I love it there. It is my dream location. The water, the sand, the quaint little shops, the friendly people… I just can’t get enough of it! But now it’s back to the real world of work, and school, and laundry and bills… yuck!

However, I am super happy to be back on my blog! I’ve missed you all. I was also busy creating lots of new things! Some were given to family and friends and others made their way to my Etsy shop. Here is just a sample (click on the pic to go directly to the shop):

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Before I sign off for the day… I wanted to let you all know that effective this week, I will be posting one free pattern every Friday. Let’s call it FREE PATTERN FRIDAY. I’m looking forward to it. It will keep me motivated to create new projects. If there is anything you would like to see, post a comment below and I’ll try my best to make it happen.

Finally… Check out my Facebook, a new giveaway will be posted tonight! Until Friday baubleheads!!