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Christmas Countdown Part 3

This month we’re working on a crochet along, making this Christmas Countdown.

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If you missed the first part of this pattern, the main graph and instructions, you can find it here.

The second part of the pattern, making the pockets and attaching them, can be found here.

This week, it’s time to make the appliques and Santa.

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Windows

Square Window:

Using your G (4mm) hook and blue yarn, ch 11

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each across. (10 stitches) Ch 1, turn.

Rows 2-10: Sc in each stitch across. (10 stitches) Ch 1, turn.

Switch to green.

Sc around window, working 2 sc’s into each corner. Sl st to first sc. Tie off.

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Use green yarn and your yarn needle to sew the panes on.

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Make as many windows as you’d like. I made 12, but the number of windows and their placement is up to you. You can sew the windows on each pocket or hot glue them on like I did.

Round Window:

With G (4mm) hook and grey yarn, ch 3. Sl st to first ch to create circle. (Instead, you can perform the “magic circle” if you’d like.)

Row 1: ch 1, 5 sc inside of circle. (5 stitches)

Row 2: Inc in each stitch around. (10 stitches)

Row 3: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next stitch, repeat from * around. (15 stitches)

Row 4: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. (20 stitches)

Row 5: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * around. (25 stitches)

Switch to green.

Row 6: Sc in each stitch around. (25 stitches)

Tie off.

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Use green yarn and yarn needle to sew panes on.

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Make 1 round window and sew or hot glue it onto the attic pocket.

Wreath:

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With G(4mm) hook and green yarn, ch 15. Sl st to first ch to form a ring.

Row 1: Sc in each ch around. (15 stitches)

Row 2: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 2 stitches. Repeat from * around. (20 stitches)

Tie off. Use red yarn to add “berries” to your wreath. Sew or hot glue onto the front door.

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Snowman:

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Bottom Ball:

With G(4mm) hook and white yarn, ch 3. Sl st to first ch to create circle. (Instead, you can perform the “magic circle” if you’d like.)

Row 1: ch 1, 10 sc inside of circle. (10 stitches)

Row 2: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next stitch, repeat from * around. (15 stitches)

Row 3: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. (20 stitches)

Row 4: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * around. (25 stitches)

Row 5: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 4 stitches, repeat from * around. (30 stitches)

Tie off.

Top Ball:

With G(4mm) hook and white yarn, ch 3. Sl st to first ch to create circle. (Instead, you can perform the “magic circle” if you’d like.)

Row 1: ch 1, 5 sc inside of circle. (5 stitches)

Row 2: Inc in each stitch around. (10 stitches)

Row 3: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next stitch, repeat from * around. (15 stitches)

Row 4: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. (20 stitches)

Tie off. Sew bottom ball to top ball. Use black yarn to sew on eyes and buttons. Use orange yarn to sew on the carrot for his nose. Sew or hot glue to house, next to door.

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Santa

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Head:

With G(4mm) hook and skin colored yarn, ch 3. Sl st to first ch to create circle. (Instead, you can perform the “magic circle” if you’d like.)

Row 1: ch 1, 5 sc inside of circle. (5 stitches)

Row 2: Inc in each stitch around. (10 stitches)

Row 3: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next stitch, repeat from * around. (15 stitches)

Row 4: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. (20 stitches)

Row 5: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * around. (25 stitches)

Row 6: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 4 stitches, repeat from * around. (30 stitches)

Rows 7-9: Sc in each stitch around. (30 stitches)

Row 10: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 4 stitches, repeat from * around. (25 stitches)

Row 11: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * around. (20 stitches)

Row 12: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. (15 stitches)

Tie off. Stuff tight with poly-fil. Insert safety eyes between rows 7 and 8 with 4 stitches between them.

Hat:

With G(4mm) hook and burgundy yarn, ch 3. Sl st to first ch to create circle. (Instead, you can perform the “magic circle” if you’d like.)

Row 1: ch 1, 5 sc inside of circle. (5 stitches)

Row 2: Sc in each stitch around. (5 stitches)

Row 3: Inc in each stitch around. (10 stitches)

Rows 4-5: Sc in each stitch around. (10 stitches)

Row 6: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next stitch, repeat from * around. (15 stitches)

Rows 7-8: Sc in each stitch around. (15 stitches)

Row 9: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. (20 stitches)

Rows 10-11: Sc in each stitch around. (20 stitches)

Row 12: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * around. (25 stitches)

Rows 13-14: Sc in each stitch around. (25 stitches)

Row 15: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 4 stitches, repeat from * around. (30 stitches)

Rows 16-19: Sc in each stitch around. (30 stitches)

Switch to white.

Row 20: Sc in each stitch around. (30 stitches)

Tie off.

Body:

With G(4mm) hook and burgundy yarn, ch 3. Sl st to first ch to create circle. (Instead, you can perform the “magic circle” if you’d like.)

Row 1: ch 1, 10 sc inside of circle. (10 stitches)

Row 2: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next stitch, repeat from * around. (15 stitches)

Row 3: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. (20 stitches)

Row 4: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * around. (25 stitches)

Row 5: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * around. (20 stitches)

Switch to black.

Rows 6-7: Sc in each stitch around. (20 stitches)

Switch to burgundy.

Rows 8-10: Sc in each stitch around. (20 stitches)

Row 11: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. (15 stitches)

Switch to skin tone.

Row 12: Sc in each stitch around. (15 stitches)

Tie off. Stuff tight with poly-fil.

Arms:

With G(4mm) hook and skin colored yarn, ch 3. Sl st to first ch to create circle. (Instead, you can perform the “magic circle” if you’d like.)

Row 1: ch 1, 5 sc inside of circle. (5 stitches)

Row 2: Sc in each stitch around. (5 stitches)

Switch to burgundy.

Rows 3-7: Sc in each stitch around. (5 stitches)

Tie off. Make two. Don’t stuff.

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Sew head onto body. Stop before closing it and put more poly-fil in to reinforce the neck. Position and sew arms onto body. Using gold yarn, sew a buckle onto his belt. Pull hat onto head and sew on. Fold hat over and sew end to middle of hat.

Cut white yarn into strips for his beard.

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Attach yarn to his face to make his beard. Trim it so it’s all the same length.

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Pull each strand of his beard apart to make it frizzy.

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Next week, I’ll give the pattern and instructions for the hanger, and we’ll talk about how I did my numbers on my countdown.

If you’re having any problems, feel free to message me on Facebook. I’ll have free pattern giveaways in my Facebook group for those participating, and the group is a great place to get extra help from other people who are participating in the CAL.

If you don’t want to wait for me to post parts of the pattern each week, or you want to be able to save this pattern, you can purchase the pdf on Ravelry for only $4.

See you next week!

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Christmas Countdown Part 2

This month, we’re doing a crochet along, making this adorable Christmas Countdown calendar.

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If you missed the first part of this pattern, the main graph and instructions, you can find it here.

Who’s ready to put some pockets on their Christmas Countdown calendar?

Pocket Graphs

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Big Pockets (Make 4)

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Attic and Side Pockets (Make 3)

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Chimney Pocket (Make 1)

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Door Pocket (Make 1)

For the big pockets, you’ll use a starting ch of 51.

For the attic pocket, the chimney pocket, the side pockets and the door pocket, you’ll use a starting ch of 11.

Use this graph to place your pockets, sewing them where the white lines are.

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When sewing the pockets on, sew down one side, across the bottom, then back up the other side.

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Make sure, as you’re sewing your pockets on, that you’re lining up the bobble stitches and keeping them even and straight. For the big and medium pockets, you can sew around the edges first, then go back and sew in the middle spots for the pockets, or you can sew those as you go. I sewed them as I went along to make it easier to see.

Take your time sewing the pockets on, and keep checking to make sure it’s lining up right. Remember, if you mess up, you can pull the stitches back out and start over. This is probably the most frustrating part of the pattern, so if you find yourself getting frustrated with it, just set it aside for awhile and come back to it.

Once your pockets are all sewn on, you can start on the appliques and Santa, which I’ll be posting the patterns for next week.

If you’re having any problems, feel free to message me on Facebook. I’ll have free pattern giveaways in my Facebook group for those participating, and the group is a great place to get extra help from other people who are participating in the CAL.

If you don’t want to wait for me to post parts of the pattern each week, or you want to be able to save this pattern, you can purchase the pdf on Ravelry for only $4.

See you next week!

Christmas Countdown Part 1

Christmas is my absolute favorite holiday. I go a little Christmas crazy around here, and I absolutely love handmade Christmas decorations. For the month of November, we’re doing a crochet along (CAL). Here’s what we’ll be making.

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Count down to Christmas with Santa Claus. Santa starts at the front door on December 1st, then makes his way up the house until he gets to the chimney on Christmas. This finished countdown measures approximately 20½ inches wide by 35½ inches long.

Be sure you read through all of the instructions before you begin. This pattern is written by me, a left-handed person, but can be easily made by a right-handed person as well. The photos will be backwards for right-handed people, but it shouldn’t be a problem if you just remember that you’re working in the opposite direction.

I’ll be posting the patterns/instructions every Friday in November, so be sure you’re following to get all of it. This first part is the longest part, since it’s the main graph and instructions for the bobble stitch. It will probably take you longer than a week, and that’s ok. The other weeks won’t take you as long so there’s plenty of time to get it all finished before December hits.

Abbreviations:

ch: chain

sc: single crochet

inc: increase (2 single crochets in one loop)

dec: decrease (pull yarn through loop, pull yarn through second loop, yarn over and pull through all loops)

dc: double crochet

sl st: slip stitch

YO: yarn over

Materials needed:

Any worsted weight yarn. I used Red Heart Super Saver. I used 2 skeins of the red for the house, 1 skein of each other color.

The colors I used were:

  • Cherry Red
  • Charcoal
  • White
  • Light Blue
  • Tea Leaf
  • Burgundy
  • Buff
  • Paddy Green

J (6mm) crochet hook (for the graphs)

G (4mm) crochet hook (for the appliques and Santa)

Poly-fil

Yarn needle

10 mm safety eyes

½ inch wooden dowel

Foam numbers or foam sheets to cut numbers out of

House Graph

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Instructions

This is a graphgan made using a modified bobble stitch. If you’ve never made a graphgan before, I’m going to talk you through how to do it.

This pattern is made up of a row of bobble stitches plus sc’s, then a row of sc’s. Each square in the graph is actually 4 stitches. See photo below.

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The first stitch in the square is the bobble stitch. The second one is the sc after the bobble stitch. The third and fourth stitches in the square come in the next row and are the sc’s across the top.

I started from the bottom of the graph and worked my way up, but you can also start from the top and work your way down if you’d like to. Your starting chain will be the number of squares in the graph doubled, plus one. This graph is 31 squares across, so you’re going to start with a ch of 63, using your J (6mm) crochet hook.

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For the first row, sc in the 2nd ch from the hook and in each across. (62 stitches) Ch 3, turn.

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Now you’ll start your first bobble stitch.

YO, insert hook into first stitch, YO and pull up a loop, YO and pull through 2 loops. (2 loops on hook.) YO, insert hook into same stitch, YO and pull up a loop, YO and pull through 2 loops. (3 loops on hook.) YO, insert hook into same stitch, YO and pull up a loop, YO and pull through 2 loops. (4 loops on hook.) YO and pull through all 4 loops. (See photos below.)

This is your modified bobble stitch. It’s modified because a typical bobble stitch has 4 or 5 dc’s, but this one only has 3 so that it isn’t quite as puffy and thick.

Work a sc into the next stitch.

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This closes your bobble stitch and makes it poof out. Continue working bobble stitches and sc’s across. At the end, ch 1 and turn. (31 bobble stitches)

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Now sc in each stitch across. (62 stitches) Ch 3, turn.

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Repeat the row of bobble stitches, and the row of sc’s for row 2 of the graph.

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This is how the whole thing will be done, following the graph and making the color changes as needed. Once you get the hang of it, it’s pretty simple. Just make sure you have the graph in front of you and you’re following along.

To make your color changes, you’re going to pull your new color through the last loop. For example, the first color change goes from white to red. With your white, insert your hook through the stitch, pull a loop through. Then pull your red through both loops to close the sc.

Then work your next stitch in red. This give you clean color changes.

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Don’t cut your white yarn! You’ll need that yarn attached when you come back. On the row of sc’s, be sure to do your color changes the same way.

 

Don’t cut any of your colors until you’re done using them for that section. You’ll be working with a lot of yarn attached to your project, and I like to create “bobbins” out of clothespins.

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Continue following the graph, working your color changes where indicated. You’ll finish the project with a sc row. I used white and green to do a border around mine. In each corner, I worked 3 sc’s. It’s also beneficial to count your stitches when you’re crocheting around it, and make note of them so that you’ll have the same number of stitches on each side and the top and bottom.

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Next Friday I’ll give you the graphs and instructions for the pockets, so stay tuned.

If you’re having any problems, feel free to message me on Facebook. I’ll have free pattern giveaways in my Facebook group for those participating, and the group is a great place to get extra help from other people who are participating in the CAL.

If you don’t want to wait for me to post parts of the pattern each week, or you want to be able to save this pattern, you can purchase the pdf on Ravelry for only $4.

See you next week!

Christmas Countdown Calendar Prep

Who wants to make a Christmas Countdown Calendar?

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Starting November 2, 2018, I’ll be posting the free pattern for this Christmas Countdown here on my blog. Join us for a Crochet-A-Long! I’ll post links to each post every Friday on my Facebook page, and I’ll have free pattern giveaways in my Facebook group for those participating. It’s going to be a fun month!

So let’s get started. You’ve got 1 week until this CAL begins, so go out and get all of your supplies. Here’s what you’ll need:

Any worsted weight yarn. I used Red Heart Super Saver. I used 2 skeins of the red for the house, 1 skein of each other color.

The colors I used were:

  • Cherry Red
  • Charcoal
  • White
  • Light Blue
  • Tea Leaf
  • Burgundy
  • Buff
  • Paddy Green

J (6mm) crochet hook (for the graphs)

G (4mm) crochet hook (for the appliques and Santa)

Poly-fil

Yarn needle

10 mm safety eyes

½ inch wooden dowel

Foam numbers or foam sheets to cut numbers out of

I hope you’ll be able to join us! If you don’t want to wait for me to post parts of the pattern each week, or you want to be able to save this pattern, you can purchase the pdf on Ravelry for only $4.

See you next week!

Itsy Bitsy Spider

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Itsy Bitsy Spider is ready to do some scaring. Tie a string from the top of him and hang him from the ceiling, or set him on a shelf to surprise people when they come in. His body is approximately 3½ inches side to side, and with his legs straight out he’s approximately 9½ inches wide.

If you want a pattern that you can save on your computer and easily print, this pattern is available in my Ravelry shop. I love printing patterns and saving them in a binder to keep track of the ones I’ve done and the ones I still plan to do.

Abbreviations:

ch: chain

sc: single crochet

inc: increase (2 single crochets in one loop)

dec: decrease (pull yarn through loop, pull yarn through second loop, yarn over and pull through all loops)

Materials needed:

Any worsted weight yarn. I used Red Heart Super Saver in charcoal and dusty grey.

G (4mm) crochet hook

Poly-fil

Yarn needle

15mm safety eyes (I used cat eyes)

Pipe cleaners

Body:

Ch 3. Sl st to first ch to create circle. (Instead, you can perform the “magic circle” if you’d like.)

Row 1: ch 1, 10 sc inside of circle. (10 stitches)

Row 2: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next stitch, repeat from * around. (15 stitches)

Row 3: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. (20 stitches)

Row 4: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * around. (25 stitches)

Row 5: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 4 stitches, repeat from * around. (30 stitches)

Row 6: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 5 stitches, repeat from * around. (35 stitches)

Row 7: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 6 stitches, repeat from * around. (40 stitches)

Row 8: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 7 stitches, repeat from * around. (45 stitches)

Row 9: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 8 stitches, repeat from * around. (50 stitches)

Rows 10-13: Sc in each stitch around. (50 stitches)

Row 14: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 8 stitches, repeat from * around. (45 stitches)

Row 15: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 7 stitches, repeat from * around. (40 stitches)

Row 16: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 6 stitches, repeat from * around. (35 stitches)

Row 17: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 5 stitches, repeat from * around. (30 stitches)

Row 18: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 4 stitches, repeat from * around. (25 stitches)

Stop at this point and insert safety eyes between rows 12 and 13 with 6 stitches between them. Stuff tight with poly-fil. Continue stuffing as you work.

Row 19: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * around. (20 stitches)

Row 20: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. (15 stitches)

Row 21: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next stitch, repeat from * around. (10 stitches)

Row 22: Dec around. (5 stitches)

Sew end shut and tie off.

Legs:

Ch 3. Sl st to first ch to create circle. (Instead, you can perform the “magic circle” if you’d like.)

Row 1: ch 1, 6 sc inside of circle. (6 stitches)

Rows 2-16: Sc in each stitch around. (6 stitches)

Tie off. Make eight. Insert a pipe cleaner into each leg to make it bendable. Position onto body and sew on around row 14. Be sure to line the legs up on each side of the body so that they’re as even as you can get them.

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These spiders are part of my All Hallows Eve ebook, which you can pick up on Ravelry.

Cover

I hope you enjoy this pattern! You’re welcome to sell items that you make using my patterns, as long as you don’t post the pattern anywhere else, and link back to my page if you’d like to. If there are any mistakes, or something is unclear, please feel free to message me on Facebook.

Feisty Pumpkins

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These pumpkins are so cute, and can be customized with any face expressions you want to make them extra fun. Made with worsted weight yarn, the small pumpkins measure approximately 4 inches tall, and the large ones measure approximately 5 inches tall.

If you want a pattern that you can save on your computer and easily print, this pattern is available in my Ravelry shop. I love printing patterns and saving them in a binder to keep track of the ones I’ve done and the ones I still plan to do.

Abbreviations:

ch: chain

sc: single crochet

sl st: slip stitch

inc: increase (2 single crochets in one loop)

dec: decrease (pull yarn through loop, pull yarn through second loop, yarn over and pull through all loops)

Materials needed:

Any worsted weight yarn. I used Red Heart Super Saver.

G (4mm) crochet hook

Poly-fil

Yarn needle

15mm safety eyes

Small Pumpkin:

With orange, ch 3. Sl st to first ch to create circle. (Instead, you can perform the “magic circle” if you’d like.)

Row 1: ch 1, 10 sc inside of circle. (10 stitches)

Row 2: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next stitch, repeat from * around. (15 stitches)

Row 3: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. (20 stitches)

Row 4: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * around. (25 stitches)

Row 5: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 4 stitches, repeat from * around. (30 stitches)

Row 6: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 5 stitches, repeat from * around. (35 stitches)

Row 7: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 6 stitches, repeat from * around. (40 stitches)

Row 8: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 7 stitches, repeat from * around. (45 stitches)

Row 9: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 8 stitches, repeat from * around. (50 stitches)

Row 10: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 9 stitches, repeat from * around. (55 stitches)

Row 11: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 9 stitches, repeat from * around. (50 stitches)

Rows 12-17: Sc in each stitch around. (50 stitches)

Row 18: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * around. (40 stitches)

Row 19: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. (30 stitches)

Row 20: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next stitch, repeat from * around. (20 stitches)

Stop at this point and insert eyes between rows 13 and 14 with 8 stitches between. Stuff tight with poly-fil. Continue stuffing as you work.

Row 21: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. (15 stitches)

Row 22: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next stitch, repeat from * around. (10 stitches)

Row 23: Dec around. (5 stitches)

Sew end shut. Tie off. Use embroidery thread to sew on a mouth and eyebrows.

Large Pumpkin:

With orange, ch 3. Sl st to first ch to create circle. (Instead, you can perform the “magic circle” if you’d like.)

Row 1: ch 1, 10 sc inside of circle. (10 stitches)

Row 2: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next stitch, repeat from * around. (15 stitches)

Row 3: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. (20 stitches)

Row 4: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * around. (25 stitches)

Row 5: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 4 stitches, repeat from * around. (30 stitches)

Row 6: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 5 stitches, repeat from * around. (35 stitches)

Row 7: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 6 stitches, repeat from * around. (40 stitches)

Row 8: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 7 stitches, repeat from * around. (45 stitches)

Row 9: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 8 stitches, repeat from * around. (50 stitches)

Row 10: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 9 stitches, repeat from * around. (55 stitches)

Row 11: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 9 stitches, repeat from * around. (50 stitches)

Rows 12-23: Sc in each stitch around. (50 stitches)

Row 24: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * around. (40 stitches)

Row 25: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. (30 stitches)

Row 26: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next stitch, repeat from * around. (20 stitches)

Stop at this point and insert eyes between rows 15 and 16 with 8 stitches between. Stuff tight with poly-fil. Continue stuffing as you work.

Row 27: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. (15 stitches)

Row 28: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next stitch, repeat from * around. (10 stitches)

Row 29: Dec around. (5 stitches)

Sew end shut. Tie off. Use embroidery thread to sew on a mouth and eyebrows.

Stem:

With green, ch 3. Sl st to first ch to create circle. (Instead, you can perform the “magic circle” if you’d like.)

Row 1: ch 1, 6 sc inside of circle. (6 stitches)

Row 2: In inside loops, sc in each stitch around. (6 stitches)

Row 3: Sc in each stitch around. (6 stitches)

Row 4: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. (8 stitches)

Row 5: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * around. (10 stitches)

Tie off. Stuff with poly-fil. Center on top of head and sew on.

Leaves:

Ch 11. Work 2 sc’s in each ch to make it curl. Leave a long starting tail and ending tail and use them to tie it onto his head.

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These pumpkins are part of my All Hallows Eve ebook, which you can pick up on Ravelry.

Cover

I hope you enjoy this pattern! You’re welcome to sell items that you make using my patterns, as long as you don’t post the pattern anywhere else, and link back to my page if you’d like to. If there are any mistakes, or something is unclear, please feel free to message me on Facebook.

 

Owliver the Owl

I have had a thing for owls for years, and I constantly crochet them. For some reason, I’ve never bothered to write down an owl pattern until now.

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Meet Owliver the Owl. He’s ready to stay up all night, or cuddle by your side while you sleep. This finished pattern is approximately 7 inches tall.

If you want a pattern that you can save on your computer and easily print, this pattern is available in my Ravelry shop for only $2.00. I love printing patterns and saving them in a binder to keep track of the ones I’ve done and the ones I still plan to do.

Abbreviations:

ch: chain

sc: single crochet

sl st: slip stitch

inc: increase (2 single crochets in one loop)

dec: decrease (pull yarn through loop, pull yarn through second loop, yarn over and pull through all loops)

Materials needed:

Any worsted weight yarn. I used Red Heart Super Saver.

G (4mm) crochet hook

Poly-fil

Yarn needle

15mm safety eyes

Head:

Ch 3. Sl st to first ch to create circle. (Instead, you can perform the “magic circle” if you’d like.)

Row 1: ch 1, 5 sc inside of circle. (5 stitches)

Row 2: Inc in each stitch around. (10 stitches)

Row 3: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next stitch, repeat from * around. (15 stitches)

Row 4: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. (20 stitches)

Row 5: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * around. (25 stitches)

Row 6: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 4 stitches, repeat from * around. (30 stitches)

Row 7: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 5 stitches, repeat from * around. (35 stitches)

Row 8: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 6 stitches, repeat from * around. (40 stitches)

Row 9: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 7 stitches, repeat from * around. (45 stitches)

Row 10: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 8 stitches, repeat from * around. (50 stitches)

Rows 11-16: Sc in each stitch around. (50 stitches)

Row 17: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 8 stitches, repeat from * around. (45 stitches)

Row 18: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 7 stitches, repeat from * around. (40 stitches)

Row 19: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 6 stitches, repeat from * around. (35 stitches)

Row 20: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 5 stitches, repeat from * around. (30 stitches)

Row 21: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 4 stitches, repeat from * around. (25 stitches)

Row 22: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * around. (20 stitches)

Tie off. Stuff tight with poly-fil.

Eyes:

Ch 3. Sl st to first ch to create circle. (Instead, you can perform the “magic circle” if you’d like.)

Row 1: ch 1, 10 sc inside of circle. (10 stitches)

Row 2: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next stitch, repeat from * around. (15 stitches)

Tie off. Make two. Push safety eyes through the center. Insert eyes between rows 14 and 15 of the head with 7 stitches between them. Use orange yarn and a yarn needle to sew his beak on.

Body:

Ch 3. Sl st to first ch to create circle. (Instead, you can perform the “magic circle” if you’d like.)

Row 1: ch 1, 10 sc inside of circle. (10 stitches)

Row 2: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next stitch, repeat from * around. (15 stitches)

Row 3: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. (20 stitches)

Row 4: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * around. (25 stitches)

Row 5: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 4 stitches, repeat from * around. (30 stitches)

Row 6: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 5 stitches, repeat from * around. (35 stitches)

Row 7: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 6 stitches, repeat from * around. (40 stitches)

Row 8: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 7 stitches, repeat from * around. (45 stitches)

Row 9: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 7 stitches, repeat from * around. (40 stitches)

Row 10-12: Sc in each stitch around. (40 stitches)

Row 13: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 6 stitches, repeat from * around. (35 stitches)

Row 14: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 5 stitches, repeat from * around. (30 stitches)

Row 15: Sc in each stitch around. (30 stitches)

Row 16: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 4 stitches, repeat from * around. (25 stitches)

Row 17: Sc in each stitch around. (25 stitches)

Row 18: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * around. (20 stitches)

Tie off. Stuff tight with poly-fil. Position and sew head onto body.

Wings:

Ch 3. Sl st to first ch to create circle. (Instead, you can perform the “magic circle” if you’d like.)

Row 1: ch 1, 5 sc inside of circle. (5 stitches)

Row 2: Sc in each stitch around. (5 stitches)

Row 3: Inc in each stitch around. (10 stitches)

Row 4: Sc in each stitch around. (10 stitches)

Row 5: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next stitch, repeat from * around. (15 stitches)

Rows 6-10: Sc in each stitch around. (15 stitches)

Row 11: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next stitch, repeat from * around. (10 stitches)

Row 12: Dec around. (5 stitches)

Tie off. Sew end shut. Make two. Lay flat, position and sew onto sides of body.

Feet:

Ch 3. Sl st to first ch to create circle. (Instead, you can perform the “magic circle” if you’d like.)

Row 1: ch 1, 5 sc inside of circle. (5 stitches)

Row 2: Inc in each stitch around. (10 stitches)

Row 3: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next stitch, repeat from * around. (15 stitches)

Rows 4-5: Sc in each stitch around. (15 stitches)

Row 6: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next stitch, repeat from * around. (10 stitches)

Tie off. Make two. Lay flat, position and sew onto bottom of body.

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Try making him with other types of yarn too.

I hope you enjoy this pattern! You’re welcome to sell items that you make using my patterns, as long as you don’t post the pattern anywhere else, and link back to my page if you’d like to. If there are any mistakes, or something is unclear, please feel free to message me on Facebook.

Mom Cave

In August, we moved to Kuna, Idaho just south of Boise. It’s been a big adjustment since everybody we love (including half of my kids) are still back in Spokane. We’re slowly adjusting to life here, though. It’s much quieter where we’re at, in a small housing development south of town. It’s been great for me because I love country living, but my kids are very much city kids and are having a harder time getting used to the quiet.

Our new house is amazing. It’s so much bigger than our old house, and the best part for me is my Mom Cave. It’s been a long time since I’ve had my own crafting space, so I’ve had a lot of fun getting everything set up. I absolutely love seeing other people’s craft rooms, so I took lots of pictures to share of my Mom Cave.

My room has double doors that lead to the living room, which makes it really easy for me to be a part of the house even when I’m working, but it’s also really easy for me to shut the doors when I need some quiet. I made this sign to hang outside of the door.

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I’m so happy I’m finally able to use my cubbies to hold yarn, which is what they were intended for when I bought them. I have TONS of yarn….really, an obscene amount. So I went through and pulled out worsted weight yarn because it’s what I use the most, then arranged it by color in my cubbies. (The other tubs of yarn are stacked in my bedroom for now.)

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I pulled out some of the finished projects that I’ve done to put on my shelves, and printed out covers of the ebooks that I’ve released to put in frames on the wall.

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I made a wreath to hang on my door, and an “emergency case” inspired by Repeat Crafter Me to hang on the wall.

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I set up my garden oasis by one of the windows….and a couple of imposters snuck in.

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And, of course, I have a cozy place to sit and work on projects while I watch tv or stare out the window and daydream.

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I finally got to put my project cart to use that I purchased from Michaels, and the rolling wheels made it really handy when we had movie night. I was able to just roll it out next to the couch to keep working while we watched Deadpool 2.

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And I made myself a cozy blanket to cover up with when it gets cold.

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There’s even a place for my assistant….

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That’s Daisy. She’s 12 years old now, and she likes comfy places to lay down so I made her a dog bed out of Bernat Blanket Yarn. She’s been my shadow now for over a decade, so whatever room I’m in, she has to be in too. I’ve been moving the dog bed to my bedroom at night for her until I can find the time to make her another one. She really loves her fluffy pillow.

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We have another dog who is in here all the time too, and now the cats have started creeping in. They love my big window.

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I hope you enjoyed these photos of my Mom Cave. Do you have a space where you do your crafting? Head on over to my Facebook and show me some pictures or tell me about it!

 

Giant Crab

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The giant crabs are taking over. Made with Bernat Blanket yarn, these crabs measure approximately 14 inches side to side without the legs and 20 inches side to side with the legs. They’re perfect for cuddling with or using as a place to rest your head.

If you want a pattern that you can save on your computer and easily print, this pattern is available in my Ravelry shop for only $4.00. I love printing patterns and saving them in a binder to keep track of the ones I’ve done and the ones I still plan to do.

Abbreviations:

ch: chain

sc: single crochet

sl st: slip stitch

inc: increase (2 single crochets in one loop)

dec: decrease (pull yarn through loop, pull yarn through second loop, yarn over and pull through all loops)

Materials needed:

Bernat Blanket yarn

L (8mm) crochet hook

Poly-fil

Yarn needle

30mm safety eyes

Bottom:

Ch 3. Sl st to first ch to create circle. (Instead, you can perform the “magic circle” if you’d like.)

Row 1: ch 1, 10 sc inside of circle. (10 stitches)

Row 2: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next stitch, repeat from * around. (15 stitches)

Row 3: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. (20 stitches)

Row 4: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * around. (25 stitches)

Row 5: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 4 stitches, repeat from * around. (30 stitches)

Row 6: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 5 stitches, repeat from * around. (35 stitches)

Row 7: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 6 stitches, repeat from * around. (40 stitches)

Row 8: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 4 stitches, repeat from * around. (48 stitches)

Row 9: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 5 stitches, repeat from * around. (56 stitches)

Row 10: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 6 stitches, repeat from * around. (64 stitches)

Row 11: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 7 stitches, repeat from * around. (72 stitches)

Row 12: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 8 stitches, repeat from * around. (80 stitches)

Row 13: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 9 stitches, repeat from * around. (88 stitches)

Row 14: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 10 stitches, repeat from * around. (96 stitches)

Row 15: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 11 stitches, repeat from * around. (104 stitches)

Row 16: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 12 stitches, repeat from * around. (112 stitches)

Row 17: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 13 stitches, repeat from * around. (120 stitches)

Row 18: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 14 stitches, repeat from * around. (128 stitches)

Tie off. Your piece will be a bit wavy, but that’s ok. If it’s wavier than this, you might need to change your hook size. In any case, those waves will go away when you stuff it with the poly-fil.

Top:

Ch 3. Sl st to first ch to create circle. (Instead, you can perform the “magic circle” if you’d like.)

Row 1: ch 1, 10 sc inside of circle. (10 stitches)

Row 2: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next stitch, repeat from * around. (15 stitches)

Row 3: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. (20 stitches)

Row 4: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * around. (25 stitches)

Row 5: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 4 stitches, repeat from * around. (30 stitches)

Row 6: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 5 stitches, repeat from * around. (35 stitches)

Row 7: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 6 stitches, repeat from * around. (40 stitches)

Row 8: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 4 stitches, repeat from * around. (48 stitches)

Row 9: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 5 stitches, repeat from * around. (56 stitches)

Row 10: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 6 stitches, repeat from * around. (64 stitches)

Row 11: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 7 stitches, repeat from * around. (72 stitches)

Row 12: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 8 stitches, repeat from * around. (80 stitches)

Row 13: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 9 stitches, repeat from * around. (88 stitches)

Row 14: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 10 stitches, repeat from * around. (96 stitches)

Row 15: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 11 stitches, repeat from * around. (104 stitches)

Row 16: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 12 stitches, repeat from * around. (112 stitches)

Row 17: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 13 stitches, repeat from * around. (120 stitches)

Row 18: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 14 stitches, repeat from * around. (128 stitches)

Rows 19-20: Sc in each stitch around. (128 stitches)

Do not tie off. Insert safety eyes between rows 17 and 18 with 12 stitches between them. With yarn still attached to top, hold bottom and top together with wrong sides facing and sc around. Stop before you close it off and stuff tight with poly-fil. Be sure to stuff it extra full with the poly-fil and shape it as you stuff.

Claws:

Ch 3. Sl st to first ch to create circle. (Instead, you can perform the “magic circle” if you’d like.)

Row 1: ch 1, 5 sc inside of circle. (5 stitches)

Row 2: Sc in each stitch around. (5 stiches)

Row 3: Inc in each stitch around. (10 stitches)

Row 4: Sc in each stitch around. (10 stitches)

Make two. Tie off first one. Don’t tie off second one.

Row 5: With yarn still attached to second piece, attach to first piece and sc around. (20 stitches)

Rows 6-8: Sc in each stitch around. (20 stitches)

Row 9: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. (15 stitches)

Rows 10-19: Sc in each stitch around. (15 stitches)

Tie off. Stuff tight with poly-fil, leaving last few rows unstuffed. Make two.

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Legs:

Ch 3. Sl st to first ch to create circle. (Instead, you can perform the “magic circle” if you’d like.)

Row 1: ch 1, 5 sc inside of circle. (5 stitches)

Rows 2-3: Sc in each stitch around. (5 stiches)

Row 4: Inc in each stitch around. (10 stitches)

Rows 5-9: Sc in each stitch around. (10 stitches)

Row 10: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next stitch, repeat from * around. (15 stitches)

Rows 11-15: Sc in each stitch around. (15 stitches)

Tie off. Stuff tight with poly-fil, leaving last few rows unstuffed. Make six.

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Using yarn needle and yarn, position and sew claws and legs onto underside of crab.

Be sure to check out the patterns for my Giant Octopus and Giant Narwhal and Shark too.

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I hope you enjoy this pattern! You’re welcome to sell items that you make using my patterns, as long as you don’t post the pattern anywhere else, and link back to my page if you’d like to. If there are any mistakes, or something is unclear, please feel free to message me on Facebook.

 

Get Ready for Craft Fairs Part Two

Last week, I talked about some great wearable items to make to sell at craft fairs, and included a lot of free patterns from great designers. If you missed that post, be sure to go check it out because there are also some tips on there that you might find useful. This week, I’d like to talk about other items you can make for craft fairs.

While wearables (hats, scarves, etc.) are pretty popular items for people to buy, there are other things you can fill your table with. The most common one that I usually see are washcloths. Many people will only use handmade washcloths, and since they’re relatively cheap and easy to make, you can whip up a batch of them in no time. You can really make these using any stitch, but textured stitches work the best. Here are 4 stitch ideas that look great.

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  1. Crochet Washcloths on Craftaholics Anonymous
  2. Basket Weave Stitch Washcloth Pattern by Medmade with Love
  3. Diagonal Weave Crochet Dishcloths by 5 Little Monsters
  4. Prettiest ‘lil Crocheted Washcloths by Mama In A Stitch

Another quick and popular thing to make are scrubbies. Whether you’re making them for washing dishes, or packing them up to be used on the face or body, they really are a great gift idea. Here are 4 of my favorite scrubby patterns.

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  1. Handy Palm Scrubby on Red Heart Yarns
  2. Crochet Flower Cleansing Pad by Petals to Picots
  3. Here’s My Heart Scrubby on Red Heart Yarns
  4. Thick & Quick Bumpy Scrubby by Beatrice Ryan Designs

Washcloths and scrubbies are both great items to sell as “spa” accessories. Or you can use these patterns by The Stitchin’ Mommy and make this whole spa gift basket. It even includes the recipe to make your own sugar scrub.

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It seems these days everybody is obsessed with coffee. Why not dress up those coffee mugs or cups with a sleeve to keep your hands from getting too warm? These can be made to fit on a coffee mug or to fit around a cup. Once you know the basics and dimensions, it’s easy enough to create your own designs. Here are 4 free patterns to get you started.

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  1. Give Me Some Sugar Coffee Cozy by The Stitchin’ Mommy
  2. Striped Mug Cozy by Little Monkeys Crochet
  3. Simple Crochet Mug Cozy by Midwestern Moms
  4. Brain Waves Coffee Cozy by Playin’ Hooky Designs

You can also find a free printable for your cup sleeves to go on by Frogging Along.

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Gift cards used to be a last resort for me, until I had teenagers. I discovered that teens really love to receive gift cards because part of the joy of their present is the shopping trip to pick things out. In addition to other gifts, I always like to get my kids at least one gift card so they can pick out something they’ve been wanting. I love to dress up those gift cards with a handmade gift card holder. These are great for using up those scraps of yarn you have around your house, and a good way to make some money at craft fairs. Here are 4 patterns you can use to start out with.

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  1. Snowman Gift Card Holder by One Dog Woof
  2. Mini Stocking/Gift Card Holder by AllieCat’s Hats and Crafts
  3. Holiday Gift Card Holder by Petals to Picots
  4. Coffee Mug Gift Card Holder by Repeat Crafter Me

And lastly, my favorite thing to make for craft fairs (or any time really) is amigurumi. I admit I am a total amigurumi addict, and that tends to be what I want to make the most. For craft fairs, look for patterns that aren’t too complicated so that they’re fairly quick to make and don’t use a lot of materials. That’s the best way to maximize your earnings. For this section, I’m giving you links to 12 of my personal amigurumi patterns that are on this blog for free.

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  1. Avocado
  2. Sammy the Sloth
  3. Floppy Bunny
  4. Elf Shelf Sitter
  5. Snowman Shelf Sitter
  6. Octopus
  7. Oscar the Otter
  8. Freddy the Fox
  9. Stanley the Unicorn
  10. Bailey the Bear
  11. Eddie the Yeti
  12. Marty the Moose

You can find links for all of my free crochet patterns here.

This wraps up my posts on getting ready for craft fairs. I hope you found some useful information here, and that you found a lot of things you want to make. Have you done craft fairs before? Are you about to do your first one? What kinds of things are you making? Go post on my Facebook wall and tell me about it.