Crochet: Bird pattern release

You may or may not have figured out Tessa’s Halloween costume by the small hints in an earlier post.  She will be the most adorable little bird.

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I made the little romper

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The wings and tie back were designed by the talented Briana K.

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The pattern is available in her Ravelry shop, here.

DSC_0078 (3)editI just got the tulle to make a little tutu for the tail feathers, which should be absolutely adorable!  :)  My boys decided on their costumes a while ago: Liam- vampire, Luke and Jude- bats.  I would love to do a group costume again, like we did last year and a couple of years ago, but the boys were pretty adamant about their choices- and I was not about to make the princess be a scary bat or vampire.  Maybe I’ll whip up a little something for me to be a mama bird.

I’m still taking Halloween orders, but only for a couple more days.  If you want anything made, please contact me right away.

Giveaway

I am part of a HUGE giveaway at The Stauffer Home blog.

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There are over 50 prizes being given away.  Click on the image to go to the Stauffer Home blog.  When there, find and click on the rafflecopter link to see all of the ways to enter.  (I’m giving away a heart stitched leg warmer/ beanie set)

The sooner you get your entries in, the better your chance of winning because prizes will be given out at random times throughout the month of October (and the first couple of days in November).

Make sure you like my page, Puddy Pad Designs (That counts as an entry)

Sneak Peek

I’m dying to show you Tessa’s Halloween costume, but I’m pattern testing and the pattern hasn’t been released yet.  I will show you the full product as soon as I’m able.  For now, here’s a sneak peek:

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I can show you the little body suit I made for her to wear with the costume.  She’s been wearing it all day and I love it so much!

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Crochet: Snugglers

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A few weeks ago, we spent some time in Utah/ Idaho- mostly for family visits, but also for work.  While there, I made a couple of purple snugglers for a client.

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I made up the pattern, wanting them to be functional, but beautiful. They turned out so nice that, after we returned home, I decided to make one for my Tessa.

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This week, I made a different style, plus a little hat, for another client.

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This one is so soft and cuddly, using bulky weight yarn in a ribbed pattern.  The pictures were taken before getting the buttons on, including a cute pink bow button on the hat.

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This set was sent to their new home today.  I’m hoping that they are useful.

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Crochet: Free Pattern Friday

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Welcome to the first installment of Free Pattern Friday.  Once a month, I plan to feature a free pattern, either one of my own designs or an interesting pattern I’ve found on the interwebs.  :)  If you come across a free pattern that you think deserves to be shared, send me a link.  I’ll check it out and it might end up being featured.

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Today’s pattern is my own.  I have this little pink tutu for my Bitty Baby, that is now getting too small because she’s not worn it.  I had nothing to pair it with.  Pants wouldn’t work… a skirt wouldn’t work… but it looked too bare left as is. Enter leg warmers.

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I started playing around with the stitches- should I do houndstooth or shell stitches?  Double crochet stripes?  I thought it would be really fun to make a stitch that looked like hearts.  I don’t think this is a new idea. I’ve seen some things that sort of resemble a heart, but I couldn’t find a pattern or tutorial anywhere. So, I made it up!

You can use this stitch on anything, really: blankets, hats, clothes…  How cute would a pair of heart stitched pants be? (for a baby, of course.  I am not condoning heart stitched pants on anyone older than like 2)

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I’m sharing my pattern for these sweet little leg warmers.  I made them in size 3-6 months, but I included a table of how to make them virtually any size.

Take a look.  Make a pair (or ten).  And let me know what you think.  If you find errors or find it to be confusing, please let me know.

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Download the pdf file here:

Heart Stitch Leg Warmers

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Crochet: Elf on the Shelf

It’s a little bit odd to be thinking about Christmas already.

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The time has come! Last year, I had a lot of interest in ordering one (or more) of my cute little Elf friends.

Each one is 12 inches from top of head to bottom of feet, not including the hat.  They have pose-able arms and legs, so they can get in all sorts of predicaments.  Girls have a little skirt and the legs are crocheted to look like they are wearing bloomers.  They also have long hair.  For either boys or girls, you can choose the hair color (brown, yellow, orange).  They are filled with Poly-fil and made from 100% acrylic yarns, making them machine washable/ dryable, although with any handcrafted item, you should use a delicate cycle and only when necessary.  Your satisfaction is guaranteed.  Each item is made to order and will be ready to ship within about 2 weeks.

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I am now taking orders, but will only be taking a limited number of orders, so be sure to get yours!  Go to my website here and fill out the custom order form as follows:

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Crochet: Houndstooth Baby Legs and Headband

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I made this adorable set for a friend’s baby shower.  I love using deep, rich colors for baby items.

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I made up the pattern as I went along…  These are size 0-6 month, but they could be made in any size and with any color combination.

I love the textured stripes

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…the scalloped bottom edge

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… and the little bow details that match the headband.

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I will work on writing up the pattern to share with you.  In the meantime, you can hop on over to my shop and order a pair. :)

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