Thursday, April 28, 2011

Angelika's Yarn Store

Everytime I come across exceptional service I feel that it should be announced to the world... Or ok to be more resonable my readers. A lot of you that end up on my site are knitters and crocheters so you may be able to appreciate this. The other day I was searching online for a couple of things well my search landed me at a Yarn Store in Oregon named Angelika's Yarn Store. I placed my order my order arrived way faster than I expected it I did have to contact her to make a few questions but what I didn't expect was the customer service that I recieved. Ok well let me give you a little background on me and my experience. Where I live we do have a LYS which will remain nameless I defineately wouldn't want to send any business their way. It is in an uppity part of town which is understandable considering the small town I live in. So it being a small business and above all a yarn store I went in. I guess I wasn't dress the part because everyone stopped what they were doing to stare at me (there were a group of ladies obviously regulars sitting at a table for social knitting hour) well determined to look at their stock I walked right past the table and started looking around then the owner asked if she could help. So I thought well ok at least the owners were nice. I mentioned what I was looking for and her response was that it was expensive! SERIOUSLY! I also asked if they had pattern books (can never walk out of yarn store without a pattern book) well I was looking for a crochet book it was like I said a dirty word. I hated spending one red cent in that place but I really needed the yarn so I only bought what I needed for the project and have never gone back... Ok so back to Angelika's she was beyond helpful and uber friendly and sooo accomodating that I will continue to order from her shop. Outside of yarn she also carries knitting machines and stands (totally on my must have list) software, wool wash you name it she has it.... ok ok maybe that was an exaggeration but if you have knitting or crocheting needs be sure to check her shop out and if you are in her local area I'm sure she's just as friendly in person. Just follow this link Angelika's Yarn Store.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Easy Crochet Hairbow

As promised another super easy Hairbow this time for all the crocheters! Make these in every color. Great way to work on that scraps stash and have gifts on the ready! Or if you have a little girl of your own she will have a ton of hairbows to match everything she wears! In one of the Pictures you will see that The bow is on a rectangle. To make this one follow the instructions for the bow. But for one bow finish the instructions all the way thru and the other one crochet all the way to the end of pattern but don't do the finish then just sew the bow on the rectangle. I used worsted weight yarn but these can be made with any yarn just adjust a little on the beginning chain and how many rows you do.
Please don't sell items made with this pattern or the pattern itself. You are welcome to post a link back to my blog. I want to continue to post free patterns for everyone I just ask that you don't make a profit on my patterns.

I used WW yarn and H hook Guage is not important.

  1. CH 12 HDC in Second CH from hook and each across
  2. CH 2 HDC in each stitch across
  3. Reapeat Row 2 for 3 more rows
  4. Fasten off and weave in ends
Note: you can do a round of SC if you'd like for a more finished look.
Now fold rectangle as you would a paper fan and with a strand of yarn about 12" long wrap several time thru the middle of "fan" and secure with a knot (when I do it I start by "sewing" thru the fan first then start wrapping that way it never falls apart) weave in your end and slip an alligator clip thru the back and your done!

Uses: you can use this alone just as a hairbow in little girls hair. Or use it as an applique on a Hat, headband even scrapbooking!
Please leave your comments and I'd love to see your creations!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Mickey Mouse Inspired Diaper Cover Crochet Pattern

Mickey Mouse Diaper Cover Crochet Pattern

Posted by Cristina Barnes on March 14, 2011 at 7:18 PM

Hi Everyone,
Before we get to the pattern I wanted to say a few things. I started writing my patterns because as much as I have looked around there are very rarely good Free patterns. And I have purchased patterns that were great. So I wanted to offer what in my opinion are "good" patterns for free but there is a catch. If you use my free pattern they are for your personal use or for you to make as a gift or donation to charity. If you would like to sell items made with my pattern I ask that you purchase the pattern from me. I think that is a reasonable request and my patterns will never exceed $4.99. They will be emailed to you in PDF Format. A lot of work goes into writing pattern a lot of crocheting and pulling apart because it isn't looking great and restarting. So I just ask that you respect that and that way I will continue to post patterns for you guys :) I would like to ask that if you do make something to sell with my patterns to place a l link to my website. Also I do ask that you do not repost my patterns free or purchased. If you'd like to mention my patterns somewhere post a link back to my blog. Ok with that said here goes my rendition of Mickey Mouses Diaper cover! Please leave comments as I love to hear what you think.

To purchase pattern just go here :) Micky Mouse Diaper Cover Crochet Pattern

Mickey Mouse Costume
Diaper Cover and (Hat soon to follow)
Designer: Cristina Barnes
Company: Affordable Wonders
Copyright, 2011, Cristina Barnes & Affordable Wonders
Creative Commons License
Mickey Mouse Diaper Cover and Hat by Cristina Barnes is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at
SC = Single Crochet
HDC= Half Double Crochet
DC= Double Crochet
FPDC= Front Post Double Crochet
SLST= Slip Stitch
Size 3-6 Months More sizes to follow
Permission is not granted to copy or distribute this pattern in any manner. Please do not post the instructions for this pattern on any blogs or websites. Small alterations are still consider part of this pattern. Photos may be posted providing my website where the pattern can be purchased is included. You can also send people to my blog on where they can view the pattern. Pattern on website is only for personal use. In order to sell items made by my pattern you must purchase my pattern. I believe that is fair. Thank you for respecting my wishes.
Materials: Worsted Weight Yarn ( I used Caron’s Simply Soft) In colors Black, Red, Yellow
Crochet Hook Sizes: H 8, J, F and G 6
Gauge for diaper cover: 2”x2”= 6 Rows 8 HDC
Gauge for Mickey Hat: 2”x2”=8 Rows 7 HDC
1) Chain 30, HDC in second stitch from hook and each stitch to end
2) Ch 2 turn HDC in each stitch across
3) Repeat step 2 four times
4) Ch 1 turn SLST in next four stitches Ch 2 HDC across the row leaving four stitches unworked
5) Ch 1 turn SLST in first Stitch Ch 2 HDC across leaving one stitch unworked
6) Repeat step 5
7) Ch2 turn HDC in each stitch across
8) Repeat Row 7 five more times Then fasten off.
Repeat steps 1 thru 7 again for the back piece
Place right sides together and sew crotch and sides
1) Attach yarn at leg opening one stitch before the crease CH 1 then SC around the leg opening evenly.( I came up with 49 SC) SLST to join. View 1st Photo
2) CH 3 1DBC in next 9 SC, SC in next 30 SC, 1DBC in next 9 SC SLST to join
3) CH 3 FPDC in each DC (9FPDC) SLST in each SC (30 SLST) 1 FPDC in each DC (9 FPDC) SLST to join. Fasten off and repeat for other leg. See Photo 4 and 5
(TIP: If your numbers aren’t exactly like mine for the leg opening no need to worry  Look at Photo with Crochet hook across the cover. What we are doing in this round is Making HDC and FPDC to about that point then SC and SLST for the rest!)See Photo 2
Yellow “Buttons”
With F Hook and Yellow CH 2 Make 6 SC in second CH from Hook. Make 6 SC then continue without joining and make 2 SC in each SC (12SC) Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing. Make 3 more circles then sew on Diaper cover View photos for placement.
With H hook and Black CH 40, SC in 2nd CH from hook and next 3, HDC to end and fasten off. Sew Tail about one inch below the yellow circles in the center.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Easy Knit Hairbow Pattern

I Have a ton of scrap yarn left from other projects. I sat there and looked at it and wondered what could I do with all this scrap. And of course a lot of little project came to mind well this is the first of many scrap projects. HAIRBOWS I have a daughter as you may already know. Well I thought I could just make her a ton of Hairbows to match just about anything that she has to wear. I will also post instructions for a crocheted version. So here goes!
Please do not post instructions to this project without first speaking to me. You may post a link back to my blog if you'd like. Please do not sell items made by my patterns. Thank you.

Knit Bow final measurement will be 21/2" x 3"
1) CO 17 and work in Garter (knit every row) for 4 rows
2) P 1, K 15, P1 Turn
3) P 17 Turn
4) Repeat rows 2 and 3 for 10 more rows
5) K 4 rows and BO
Weave in ends.
Fold a you would a paper fan and with a strand of matching (or non Matching) Yarn about 12" wrap around the middle several times to secure it at tie a knot and weave in the end. Then fan out and shape your bow and slip an alligator clip thru the bottom of your bow where you wrapped the strand of yarn. I don't do anything to keep the alligator clip permanently there so that I can use the same alligator clip on all of my bows.

And that's it your done! You can easily make this bow bigger by adding Cast on stitches and more rows. You can also get creative and sew buttons or beads to your bow. Well I hope you liked this short super easy project I look forward to hearing your comments!