Saturday, December 19, 2015

Say Cheese :D

Surprise!!! 
I have a new pattern that you're going to love! I made this pattern for my daughter's 2nd birthday. 


When the paparazzi (my aunt) comes around, we have to be really creative to get my little one to look at the camera. It is utterly exhausting and extremely embarrassing to try and get a good smiling picture... just imagine flailing your arms, making crazy loud noises, jumping around like you've stepped on hot coals (nice image, right?!).  I decided I needed to try something new. I had seen the camera buddies for a camera lens and so I thought maybe that would work. I figured I could make one and make it something that I know would interest her, Minnie Mouse! I just winged the pattern but I wrote it down as I was doing it so I could share it with you. I hope you like it and it helps make your little one's photo shoots smooth sailing! **I wrote the pattern on my phone just going very quickly. Please let me know if you find any errors or need any help deciphering how it is written**

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Minnie Mouse Camera Lens Buddy


Materials Needed
- Hair tie (I used Goody's brand without metal)
- Worsted weight yarn
- H/ 5.00m hook

Head
- Attach yarn to hair tie
- Ch 2
- dc around the hair tie and join in first dc (36)
- Ch 2, dc around and join then fasten off

Ears
- magic circle
- ch 2
- 10 hdc in circle, join, ch 2
- 2 hdc in each st (20)

Skirt
-Count your first 18sts and mark with st marker -Count 5 sts on either side of the marker and that will be where your skirt starts and ends (11sts)
- sc in each st, ch 2 turn (11)
- 5 dc in the first st, 3 in the next *repeat across*
Fasten off and weave in ends


Bow
- row 1: ch 6, hdc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc across ch 2 turn (4)
- row 2-7: hdc across, ch 2
- end of row 7 ch 1 and sc around the entire piece
- fasten off
- pinch center together and wrap yarn around many times to make the center of the bow
- attach to head



Now proof that the lens buddy works.... Just a couple of pictures from our annual birthday session :)























Therefore hear me now, my children, and do not depart from the words of my mouth. - Proverbs 5:7

Monday, December 14, 2015

Minnie Mouse Toddler Hat

Last year for my daughter's birthday, I crocheted her a hat to go with the theme of her party. This year I decided to do the same and  make this an annual tradition. The hats are not necessarily for cold weather (we live in the south) but more so for pictures. I take her picture with her hat and send them with the invitations. So this year I made her a Minnie Mouse hat. I scoured the internet for a free pattern and came up empty handed, so I made my own and I am sharing it with you.  

The Minnie Mouse Toddler Hat Pattern is now complete! I am so excited to share with this adorably versatile hat with you. With this pattern you can not only make Minnie but you can also make a Mickey version. If your child is anything like mine, they will NEED both! You can read it here on the blog or I have also made it into a PDF so you can save it, if you would like. Here is the link to the PDF: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxRpco1V5XG3ZHpqbXFKenBaak0/view?usp=sharing 

 Enjoy!!!





Minnie MouseToddler Hat
Materials Needed

~ Hook size: 5.0/ H

~ 4 Ply Worsted Weight yarn (black & pink or red)

~ Large white buttons



**I typically make the base of my hats off of Repeat Crafter Me’s Owl Hat Pattern. However for this pattern, I changed colors at a different time and added more rows.



Hat


Magic Ring, Chain 2, 9 DC in magic ring, join to first DC, ch 2

Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join to first DC, ch 2 (18 DC)

Round 3: 2 DC, DC in next, repeat around, join, ch 2 (27 DC) 

Round 4: 2 DC, DC in next 2, repeat around, join, ch 2 (36 DC)

Round 5: 2 DC, DC in next 3, repeat around, join, ch 2 (45 DC)

Round 6: 2 DC, DC in next 4, repeat around, join, ch 2 (54 DC)

Round 7-9: DC around (54 DC)

Change color, join and ch 2

Round 10-13: DC around (54 DC) do not fasten off, begin on first earflap as written below for this size



Earflaps


- Earflap 1


Row 1: Chain 1, sc in next 10, chain 1, turn- (10)

Row 2: sc decrease, sc in next 6, sc decrease, chain 1, turn- (8)

Row 3: sc across (8)

Row 4: sc decrease, sc in next 4, sc decrease, chain 1, turn- (6)

Row 5: sc across- (6)

Row 6: sc decrease, sc in next 2, sc decrease, chain 1, turn- (4)

Row 7: sc across - (4)

Row 8: Make 2 sc decreases, chain 1, turn (2)

Row 9: sc decrease, fasten off, weave in ends



-Earflap 2


** I lay my hat flat with the 1st earlflap on the underside for placement of the second earflap. Repeat Crafter Me’s Puppy Hat Pattern has great pictures to show placement.

Row 1: Chain 1, sc in next 10, chain 1, turn- (10)

Row 2: sc decrease, sc in next 6, sc decrease, chain 1, turn- (8)

Row 3: sc across (8)

Row 4: sc decrease, sc in next 4, sc decrease, chain 1, turn- (6)

Row 5: sc across- (6)

Row 6: sc decrease, sc in next 2, sc decrease, chain 1, turn- (4)

Row 7: sc across - (4)

Row 8: Make 2 sc decreases, chain 1, turn (2)

Row 9: sc decrease, fasten off, weave in ends

After both earflaps are done, I like to sc around the hat and the earflaps for a more finished look.



Braids


For the braids I just cut off 3-5 long strands of each color (approx.: 28-36 in long).  Fold strands in half and loop through the last space in the earflap. Braid the strands and then knot and cut so the strands are even.



Ears x2


Magic circle, ch 2

Round 1: 10 dc in the circle, join, ch 2- (10)

Round 2: 2 dc in each st around, join, ch 2- (20)

Round 3: 2 hdc in the first st and 1 hdc in the next, repeat around- (30)

Fasten off and leave a long tail so you can attach them onto the hat.



Bow 


**Make as large or as small as you want 

Chain a length you feel is large enough for the size bow you would like to make.
hdc in the 2nd ch from the hook then hdc across, ch 2

hdc, ch 2 until you get to the height you feel will look best


**Remember you will sc around the edge so take that into account with the height of the bow


Fasten off and leave a long tail so you can attach it onto the hat


Wrap a long piece of yarn around the center to pinch your rectangle together and make the center of your bow.



For the bow I made, I cannot remember the exact counts since I eyeball it but from looking at the picture of the hat I will give an idea of what they could have been and maybe that will help some of you.


Chain 24,

Row 1: hdc in 2 ch from the hook, hdc across, ch 2- (22)

Row 2-6: hdc across, ch 2- (22)

sc around, fasten off

Leave a long tail to attach it to the hat.

Wrap a long piece of yarn around the center to pinch your rectangle together and make the center of your bow.



Last but not least, sew your large white buttons on the front of your hat as the finishing touch (you can do the back too if you would like). 

**You can also make a red version of Minnie with this pattern or a Mickey Mouse hat by just switching colors :)

**Please feel free to message me with any questions. I hope you enjoy making your very own Minnie or Mickey Hat with this pattern :)







 








Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. - Psalms 37:4