Picture Ornament Frames

 

I’ve got a little fun ornament project for you! This one requires basic crochet skills, and it’s a quick project.

Picture Ornament Frames

 

Materials needed:
- A worsted kitchen cotton yarn (I used Lily’s Sugar ‘n Cream in Hot Green, Robin’s Egg, and Tangerine)
- Hook: E/4 (3.5 mm)
- 3 inch rings (I found mine at Hobby Lobby)
- a yarn needle
- Circle nesting dies (Mine are from Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Circles Die Set)
- Big Shot or Cuttlebug, or any die cutting machine
- Adhesive backed foam sheets (I got mine at Michaels; you can easily use regular foam sheets and just tape/glue your pictures onto the foam instead)
- Adhesive backed magnets (I got mine at Walmart)

 

Crochet Pattern:
(adapted from “Pretty as a Picture” Frames pattern)
1st Round: Join yarn with sl st to ring. Working around ring, work 75 sc. Join with sl st to first sc.
2nd Round: *Skip next 2 sc. 7 dc in next sc. Skip next 2 sc, sl st into next sc. Rep from * around, ending with skip 2 sc. Sl st in first sc.
Loop: Chain 15. Sl st in same sc to close the loop. Fasten off, and weave in loose end with yarn needle.

 

Video Tutorial:

 

Enjoy! And Merry Christmas! =)

 

Mini 3×3 Easter Card (with a crocheted egg & chick)

 

Happy Easter! Here is a fun little Easter project I whipped up:

 

Chick & Egg

 

Chick in Egg

 (Pattern source here; Yarn is Lion Brand Cotton Ease; Hook is US #00/2.7mm)

 

And it comes with a little mini card!

Mini Card with Chick & Egg

 

By the way, I got Kristina Werner’s new Simon Says Stamp envelope die that is meant just for 3×3 cards. I originally used it for this card, but then realized that it created an envelope that was way too snug for this particular card I created. I think that envelope die is good if your 3×3 card is pretty flat without any dimensions or raised parts. So I made my own usual mini envelope (it gives a tiny bit more wiggle room than the die) and it worked perfectly.

 

Video:

 

Supplies:

Leyton’s Dino Hat

I whipped this up from my cotton ease stash:

If you don’t know me already, cotton ease is my all time favorite workhorse yarn. Especially for baby/kid items. It is a cotton blend, and it is machine washable AND dryable and breathable and soft and comfy. It can be a tad splitty for crochet, but if you are knitting with it, it shouldn’t be a problem at all (unless you are knitting with uber tiny sharp needles that are too small for worsted weight yarn). =)

Pattern is from here (or if you have Ravelry, it is here). I have to say, even though seaming is the ultimate suck, it doesn’t suck as bad when it’s crochet. You don’t have to make things super invisible as you do with knitting; probably because crochet fabric can hide seaming lines better than knitting.

So this is for a friend. Hope Leyton loves it! Sorry it is so late! (And sorry for the blurry pictures; with a mobile kid, it’s hard to get him to sit still for a good shot)

P.S. Totally unrelated (but still on the subject of baby hats), but I was in the midst of doing an Oscar the Grouch hat for my own kiddo (despite everyone trying to discourage me from doing it). The only person who was thrilled about the project was my own husband. Everyone thought the eyebrows (which are made from fun fur) were nasty looking. Even my own brother said it looked scary. I had never worked with fun fur so I gave it a shot. And OMG that stuff is NASTY!!!!!!!! It is like knitting with an ugly rodent in your hands!!!!! Never again!!! Turns out my kid accidentally pulled that project off my needles, so I take that as a sign that it probably belongs in the trash. I didn’t take any pictures of it because I don’t want to subject you to the horrors of that project. I’m a little sad about it because I thought Oscar the Grouch would have been a fun look for my kid’s head, but I guess now I know that fun fur is from the devil. Lesson learned. SHUDDER

Little Dinosaur

This pattern was much too cute to pass up. Meet my little dinosaur:

It took only a couple days to make this one. And the bulk of the time was me procrastinating on sewing those spikes. Details here on ravelry. Loved the pattern. Super easy!

Infant Bear Hat

It has been a long hiatus. I’m sure it’s implied why I have been away for so long. Life just got really hard. My lovable little guy has been a challenge to say the least. We are definitely now post-colic (THANK GOD) and have been battling insane sleep problems since Thanksgiving. Currently working on them (and seeing improvements, yay). And as you can tell, things are starting to slightly pick up, because now I actually have time to do something crafty.

The pattern is the Osito Infant Bear Hat (pdf link). Tres adorable, non? =)

I added ear flaps just to cover those tiny little ears from getting cold. My first time improvising with crochet increases/decreases. Easy peasy for a sleep deprived momma, I’m impressed and proud of myself.

Now that my little guy’s head is warm, let’s hope he sleeps better. Sigh.