Sunday, January 1, 2017

Soft Luxurious Baby Blanket with Matching Infant Hat

This Purple, Lilac, and Soft Green blanket will cuddle your baby with comfort. My camera somehow put a shadow in the center of the blanket, but the colors are the same throughout.



44"x48" Baby Blanket + Infant Hat


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For Sale! Hat with Matching Fingerless Gloves and Headband with Matching Fingerless Gloves

Yes, I make hats for cancer patients receiving chemo and you can receive a FREE hat by contacting me at craftconnection@mail.com – I also sell hats, headbands, fingerless gloves, earrings, and many more items, so I thought why not add them to my blog? Here are two items for sale:

Striped Hat with Matching Fingerless Gloves

Fits Small-Medium
 




Shades of Green, Shades of Red & Rust Headband w/Matching Fingerless Gloves


Fits Small-Medium

Earrings Galore! Do You Wear Earrings?

Help! Really! I'd love to know what your preferences are as far as earrings go. Long and dangly? Short and understated? Please rate the following earrings and let me know not only what you think of them, but how much I should charge for them. Most of them are made with combinations of glass, crystals, wood, and plastic beads.

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Plastic and crystal. 

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Glass and wood.

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Semi-precious stone, glass, and plastic.

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Glass and plastic.

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Glass and plastic. NICKEL FREE!

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Wood, glass, and crystal.

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These glass beads change color depending upon what you are wearing.

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Glass and plastic.

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Glass and plastic.

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Crystal, glass, and plastic.

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Semi-precious stone.

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Glass, crystal, and plastic.

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Glass and plastic.

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Glass and plastic.

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Glass and crystal.

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Semi precious stone and plastic.

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Plastic.

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Glass (large beads).

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Glass (red and black & white). NICKEL FREE!

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Plastic and glass.

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Plastic.

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Plastic and glass.

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Glass and crystal.


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Plastic.

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Plastic.

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Wood and plastic.

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Glass and plastic.

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Semi-precious stone.

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Glass and crystal.

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Plastic and glass.

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Plastic and glass.

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Plastic and semi-precious.

All of these earrings are for sale. What do you think a fair price would be to ask for them? If you would like to purchase any of them, I am selling them on a first-come, first-serve basis. Just contact me at craftconnection@mail.com if you are interested. I will consider all reasonable offers that include shipping fees, and I'll let you know what my PayPal address is if you are serious.

Any suggestions for colors and styles would be greatly appreciated. I take orders too! Let me know your style. Let me know your colors. Let me know if you need nickel free earrings.

Thank you so much for stopping by.

Free Easy Crochet Pattern for Lacy Textured Spring Cowl



If you get easily distracted following intricate crochet patterns, you’ll love this simple repetitive design.

Materials used: Lion Brand’s Pound of Love in Antique White (didn’t have to use even half of the yarn), a size N15/10.00mm crochet hook, a tapestry needle (for sewing the ends together), and stitch markers (to guide me in sewing the ends together).

To begin, crocheted a length of chain to measure around your neck down to about 3 inches above your belly button – no counting required! 

Row 1 Skip 3 chains, *TC, DC, SC in next stitch, skip 2 chains, continue from * to the end of the row. Don’t worry if you have chains left over. You can fold them in at the end when you sew the two ends of the finished piece together.

Row 2 and on Ch 2 at the beginning of each new row and at the top of each TC from the row below, TC, DC, SC, Ch 1. 



To sew the ends together, because the stitches won’t match up, fold the cowl in half, spread the cowl evenly from end to end, and place stitch markers in various points across the ends to guide you so that when you sew the two edges together using a tapestry needle, the cowl will look even. 

And that’s it!

I ended up with 24 rows of clusters, but you can make it as long or as short as you like.

TC=Triple Crochet
DC=Double Crochet
SC=Single Crochet
Ch=Chain

You are free to share this pattern as long as you link back to this page.

FREE EASY Crochet Pattern for Textured Cuddle Afghan / Cuddle Blanket


A friend of mine asked me to crochet a blanket for a couple of friends of hers, something that would allow them to cuddle under the same afghan. She wanted something bulky and warm.

Though I used to shop at Hobby Lobby for all my yarn needs when I lived in the Champaign area (where Hobby Lobby offered several aisles of yarn), the local Hobby Lobby in Bradley has only 2 aisles of yarn (I am very disappointed by their selection), Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores was right around the corner from my new residence. Although I didn’t expect to find anything I liked, because I thought they had an even worse selection, I decided to try Jo-Ann first anyway. 

The minute I walked into the store I found exactly what I wanted! But not until I got home did I discover the many textures in this one bulky skein of yarn! What a delightful surprise! The yarn, Bernat Home Bundle, can be found only at Jo-Ann, and I’m so glad I found it! 


Because the yarn is so bulky, I wanted to use a large crochet hook. I have lots of crochet hooks, but I wanted the Q Hook. Neither Jo-Ann or Hobby Lobby had it. I found one at Walmart, packaged together with a P Hook, so I brought my yarn and hook home to begin my project.

Bernat Home Bundle is expensive at $10 per skein, BUT Jo-Ann held a sale, so I bought mine for only $6 per skein. Each skein weighs 8.8 oz/250g and is approximately 207 yards long.



The pattern printed inside the label of Bernat Home Bundle shows how to create a striped effect by knitting (see photo above), but I wanted to crochet the blanket and I wanted to show something a little less predictable, something with even more texture. The results of the pattern I used shows the difference between the pattern shown in the photo on the label of the yarn and the pattern in my cuddle blanket. Q crochet hooks, by the way, allow you to quickly complete a project when you use bulky yarn. You can also use more than one skein at a time with a Q hook to achieve a bulky effect. Here’s how I achieved the look you see in the photo above:

Materials Needed for the Cuddle Blanket

5 Skeins of Bernat Home Bundle (I used their Cream color)
Size Q Crochet Hook
Smaller Crochet Hook (to weave in ends – I used H)

Abbreviations

Ch – Chain
Sk – Skip
SC – Single Crochet 
HDC – Half Double Crochet

Instructions

Begin Ch 83
Row 1 Sk 1st Ch and alternate SC, HDC all the way across, Ch 1
Row 2 to end Alternate SC, HDC all the way across, Ch 1

You should have 82 stitches in each row, and you should begin each row with a SC and end each row with a HDC.

You may use this pattern to sell items, but if you share this pattern, please link back to this page. Thank you!

#CuddleBlanket #CuddleAfghan