So, I’m a Published Designer Now

So this happened, and I didn’t blog about it because I was drowning in school, but now I’m here to tell you about it.

I got to partner with KnitCrate to be a crochet designer for their February box. They sent me this absolutely gorgeous, custom-dyed Malabrigo yarn that I could never have afforded on their own, and this is what I made for them. (All images are copyright KnitCrate, and they are the most gorgeous photographs I’ve seen in a good long while.)

Presenting the Butterfly Shell Infinity Scarf!

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My design is actually on a MODEL? Like, a real-life model is wearing something I crocheted, and it’s published in a book? WHAT IS THIS LIFE.

To make things even more exciting, take a look at the cover of the ebook:

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Yep, that’s my design…on the cover…?!?!?! I was sitting in the college cafeteria when I saw the cover, and it was so hard not to squeal. I can’t even believe how beautiful these photos and this ebook turned out, and it is such an honor to have been involved. I’ve been dreaming of this since I was a wee young teenager and first learned to crochet, so to actually be a published designer? It’s unreal.

Click here to view all three designs from this issue. We all got the same yarn to work with, and I absolutely love what the other two designers did with it. You can purchase my pattern here. I’ve seen a copy of the pattern PDF, and it’s so beautifully formatted. I got to work with an actual tech editor, who caught a couple silly mistakes I made, and the whole experience was just so cool.

Man, it’s a good life, you guys.

What feels like eons ago, I corresponded with the brilliant Sue Perez of Mrs Micawber’s Recipe for Happiness when she had just begun her professional crochet design career. She gave me advice as a young teenager and helped me see that my dream was achievable. I owe a lot to that conversation, and I’m truly grateful. Thank you. ❤

No Buttons Required Ear Savers: Free Crochet Pattern

Hi friends! A few weeks ago I became aware of the need for “ear savers” for front-line medical workers on the coronavirus pandemic. Workers develop wounds behind their ears from wearing masks so much. Crafters developed “ear savers” or “mask mates” that sit on the back of the head and have buttons to secure the straps around, thus saving workers’ ears.

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It’s been amazing to see the world come together in support. Knitters, crocheters, and seamstresses have been working tirelessly to produce these. People are 3d printing them, too. I’ve been making lots of them, and I ordered some buttons, but they won’t get here for another couple weeks (for obvious shipping delay reasons because, you know, pandemic). I didn’t want to wait that long to start donating them, though. So I started searching for alternatives to buttons.

This is one fantastic pattern I found that uses pop tabs from soda cans instead of buttons. I quickly ran out of pop tabs, though, but I still had lots of yarn and time. So this is what I came up with. Nothing revolutionary, just my take on the ear savers pattern. Do what you will with them and let me know if I can be of any help.

Pattern Details

Finished Size: about 4.5″ long, 1.25″ tall

Buttons measure just over 1″ in diameter.

Materials

  • Worsted-weight yarn. I’ve heard that cotton is best, but acrylic washes just fine. I ran out of cotton, and I have tons (and tons and tons) of spare acrylic, so that’s what I’m using now.
  • H (5.00 MM) crochet hook
  • Yarn needle
  • That’s it!

Ear Saver Band

Round 1: Leave a long (12″) starting tail. Make a magic ring to count as your first chain. Ch 16. This will result in 17 chains total.

If you don’t feel comfortable making a magic ring, just ch 17 instead.

Hdc in 3rd ch from hook and each chain until you reach the last one. 5 hdc in this chain. Turn to work across opposite end of starting chain. Do not crochet over the tail because you’ll need it to sew on the “button” later. Hdc in each ch until you reach the last one. 3 hdc into this chain. Sl st to top of ch-2 to join.

Round 2: Ch 2, hdc in same stitch. 2 hdc in next st. Hdc 13. 2 hdc in each of next 5 hdc. Hdc 13. Hdc 2 in each of last 3 hdc.

Invisible join to first hdc, leaving long (12″) tail for sewing.

Button (make 2)

Make a magic ring, ch 1. (If you don’t feel comfortable making a magic ring, just ch 2 instead and work into the second chain from the hook.) 6 sc in magic ring.

Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around: 12 sc

Round 3: sc in each sc around

Round 4: sc2tog 6 times.

Fasten off. Tie ends of button together in a tight double knot, then trim. The ends will hide inside the button.

Assembly

Use the long starting and ending tails from the ear saver band to sew the buttons onto either end. I created an X with the yarn and went over it twice. Weave in ends firmly.

How to Crochet a Quick and Easy Face Mask

I never thought I would hit crochet popularity because of a literal GLOBAL PANDEMIC, but here we are. The COVID-19 amigurumi has been so popular and resonated with a lot of people, which I am forever grateful for. You guys are the best. Today, I’m sharing my experiments in crochet mask making…along with this truly unfortunate picture.

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The CDC recently started advocating for the use of face masks when out in public. These are mostly to keep people from spreading the disease rather than contracting it, but there’s some research that says it might help keep you from getting it, too. Now, the most important thing is, if you’re crocheting or knitting these masks you need to line them with fabric. The holes are just too big in crochet fabric.

I messed around the Internet for a while researching different patterns, and I ended up going with this one. However, there is no author listed for the pattern, and all that exists is a crochet chart – absolutely no information on yarn, hook size, gauge, etc. So I experimented for a bit and ended up with my own variation on the pattern. I was hesitant about posting it because I don’t want to claim credit for a pattern that isn’t my own. So if you’re the owner of the original pattern and want me to take this post down, please let me know and I will do so. In the end though, I thought this information might be useful to a bunch of people out there, so I’m posting my modifications to the pattern. Because I did end up changing a lot of things.

So here is a quick and easy way to crochet a face mask.

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Materials

  • About 50 yards of worsted-weight cotton yarn – the examples use Lily Sugar and Cream Cotton
  • G (4.00 MM) crochet hook
  • Cotton fabric to line mask
  • 2 ponytail holders (there is a run on elastic around here – I cannot get my hands on ANY. so this is the alternative I devised.)
  • Yarn needle

Notes

  • I use US crochet terms for all of my patterns.
  • Gauge: 10 dc = 2 inches
  • work last stitch of each row through both loops to prevent edges from having gaps
  • Sizing: This mask fits me, an adult woman with a large head. It fits an adult man as well. To downsize the pattern, I suggest making less chains and reducing the amount of dc. For instance, ch 37, sc 6, hdc 3, dc 18, hdc 3, sc 6. Then do 8 or 9 rows. I have not actually made one with this pattern, so I do not know how big it will turn out. Just hold it up to your face while you make it and remember that this pattern is forgiving.

Pattern

Ch 45.

Row 1:  Starting in second chain from hook, sc in next 8 ch, hdc in next 3 ch, dc in next 23 ch, hdc in next 3 ch, sc in last 8 ch.

Row 2-11: Ch 1, turn. Working in back loops only, sc in next 8 sc, hdc in next 3 hdc, dc in next 23 dc, hdc in next 3 hdc, sc in next 8 sc.

Adding elastics

Ch 1. Sc 11 along row ends, working over ponytail holder. Ch 1, sc along opposite end of starting chain. Ch 1, sc 11 along next row ends, working over second ponytail holder. Ch 1, sc in both loops of each stitch from Row 11. Fasten off and weave in ends.

LINE MASK. There are plenty of tutorials for this online. I am no seamstress, haha. I’m just going to do the best that I can.

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Don’t forget to wash masks after every use. Stay safe out there, you guys.

Beach Time For Barbie

It’s February. That means it’s winter here in the Pacific Northwest. Which means it’s probably the worst time of the year to go to the beach. That doesn’t stop me from dreaming, though, which is what led to this particular crochet pattern.

Presenting the Barbie Ocean Waves Ball Gown! (I am good at some things, but naming is not one of those things.) This is my newest free pattern on Crochet Spot, and I am particularly pleased with this one.

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The bodice was tricky, but I’m happy with how it turned out. For once, it’s exactly how I pictured it in my head. Don’t you love when that happens? I pictured flowy sleeves, lacing up the front, and a closely fitted torso that didn’t distract from the Extra™ skirt. And it was a great way to use up all those yarn scraps. Come on, we all have them.

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Anyway, why don’t you head over and check it out if you want to make a new Barbie dress? I don’t make them so much these days, and I miss it. You’re never too old. I actually was given a new Barbie for my 22nd birthday, at my request, and have some dresses in the works for her. So keep an eye out for those. 🙂

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It’s been a while since I’ve been around here, but college is standing on top of me and refusing to get off. How have you guys been?

Dorks Have More Fun

I’m a senior in college. I have a part-time job and two paid blogging gigs. I wake up at EIGHT O’CLOCK IN THE MORNING (which was unthinkable to my younger self). It would seem that I know how to Adult, right? In some ways, I guess so. But in other ways…not so much. See, I decided to make myself a new pencil case in honor of my senior year, and this is the result…

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PURPLE DINOSAUR YESSSSS.

Yeah, I’m not a fan of this whole “adults don’t have stuffed animals” business, so I’m starting a rebellion. Care to join me?

I saw a pencil case similar to this in a store, but part of this whole “adulting” thing is trying not to buy as many plush things, so I had to leave it behind. But obviously the idea would not leave my mind, so after a couple weeks’ design struggle this was the result.

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I got to mess around with a zipper, which was both fun and stressful. Sewing is not my strong suit. I can sew on a button with confidence, but zippers onto a rounded crochet thing? Yikes. Still, it has held up so far. I’m bringing it to college for the first time today, so we’ll see. My plush Pusheen pencil case has been well-received.

Here’s a secret: most college students are 100% on board with the cute stuffed-animal thing. They’re just afraid to admit it. So if you lead the way with being unashamedly pro-cute, everybody else will appreciate it!

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And the free pattern is available on Crochet Spot should you wish to create your own little dinosaur companion 😉

What should I name it? It doesn’t feel right having this little guy without a name! Please leave your suggestions in the comments and I shall be eternally grateful!

Itty Bitty Shoes for Mini Free Spirit

Hey guys! Today I have a quick pattern for how to make shoes for the Mini Free Spirit. You’ll probably remember this doll from all the fandom dolls I make. Well, these characters needed shoes, so this is what I came up with.

These are so cute and tiny and VERY easy to lose, haha. If the dolls are for playing with, it might be best to avoid the shoes. But since these ones were for display, the shoes were appropriate. (I wonder how many Barbie shoes my sister and I have lost over the years…)

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Materials

  • G hook
  • 2 yards of worsted weight yarn

Pattern

Round 1: Ch 4. Hdc in 2nd chain from hook. Hdc in next chain. 5 dc in last chain. Turn to work across other side of starting chain, hdc in next ch, 2 dc in last ch. Sl st to first sc.

Round 2: Ch 1, sc in back loops only around. Sl st to first sc.

Round 3: Ch 1, sc 2, (sc2tog) 3 times, sc in remaining stitches. Do not join.

Fasten off, leaving long enough tail so that you can sew that gap together neatly. It’s easiest to slide the shoe onto the doll BEFORE you attempt this. Ask me how I know. Then weave in ends and you’re done! Tip: Crochet over the starting tail as you go to save trying to weave in two ends on this tiny shoe.

A Dress For Nancy

Thank you all for your kind words about Nancy and Sluggo! They have been happily delivered to their new home. However, I did write down the patterns for how I made their clothes, which I will be sharing with you should you wish to make your own wardrobe for these little dolls. I’m especially pleased with how Nancy’s dress turned out. I would wear one of these myself.

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Materials

  • Worsted-weight yarn in red, black, and white
  • G (4.00 MM) crochet hook
  • Yarn needle & scissors

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Dress

Row 1: With black, foundation dc 20. (Alternatively, ch 22, dc in 3rd ch and in each ch across.)

Row 2: Ch 2, turn, 2 dc in next 3 sts, sk 5, 2 dc in next 5 sts, sk 5, 2 dc in last 2 sts (20 sts – armholes formed)

Row 3: Ch 2, turn, *dc 4, 2 dc in next st* across (24 sts)

Row 4: Ch 2, turn, dc across.

Row 5: Ch 1, turn, sc across. Sl st to first sc to begin working in the round. Fasten off black.

Rnd 6: With red, and working in the back loops only, *dc 5, 2 dc in next st* 4 times. Sl st to first dc to join. (28 sts)

Rnd 7: Ch 2, *dc 6, 2 dc in next st* 4 times, sl st to first dc. (32 sts)

Rnd 8: Ch 2, *dc 7, 2 dc in next st* 4 times, sl st to first dc and fasten off. (36 sts)

Sleeves

Make 2 with white.

Row 1: Ch 9. Hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across (8 sts)

Row 2-8: Ch 2, turn, hdc in each st across (8 sts)

Ch 1, turn to work across short end, work 8 sc evenly spaced across.

Fasten off, leaving long tail for sewing. Sew long end together and then sew sleeve to shirt, placing it slightly inside the black armhole so it looks like there’s a white shirt underneath.

Slide the dress onto the doll, stick her arms through the armholes, and use the long tail from the black portion of the dress to whipstitch it closed.

Collar

With white, ch 11, sc in 2nd chain from hook and in each chain across for 10 sc total. Fasten off, leaving long tail for sewing. With wrong side facing out, sew collar to the top of the black shirt, making sure to leave a little bit of black showing between the collar and the sleeves. There should also be room between the collar in the front.

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The one with the rainbows

Someone please help me think of titles so this blog doesn’t look like a season of FRIENDS.

I’m thinking about deleting Instagram and posting shorter posts here instead. What do you think about that? Social media has become such a time-suck and isn’t entirely positive for me anymore. Your feedback is always welcome and appreciated.

Today’s post is basically just me squealing because my newest design is up on Crochet Spot, and I’m over the moon about this one. It’s one of those rare cases where the finished product looks exactly how I envisioned it, and it came together pretty easily.

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View the free crochet pattern here! Crochet Spot is way too fun to be considered a job. It really is a dream come true!

Okay, so there were a few snags along the way with the design process for this one, namely when I managed to crochet a rainbow with red at the bottom and purple at the top. I am a grown adult who forgot what the rainbow color sequence is. After giggling for quite a while at that mistake I sorted it out.

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I made three of them to sell at the craft fair I went to this month. They were successful because all three of them went to new homes within a couple hours. Which makes me happy! I figured since Pride month is right around the corner this would be a good time to put this pattern out into the world. 🙂

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Have a rainbowy day, you guys, and please send your prayers and good vibes to help me through finals. They sure would be appreciated! ❤

Adventures in Crochet Design

Hello lovely followers! My class got canceled for today, so I have a few minutes to update good ole Once Upon a Yarn. I thought it might be nice to post the links to the last few months’ designs on Crochet Spot and tell you a little about them. I miss posting free crochet patterns here, so I’m really happy to be designing again.

By the way, I’m updating Ravelry regularly with my designs. I recently discovered that my Ravelry links have been directing to my old URL for a good six months. Which explains why my views have been low. So I got to update all 50+ of those. But that’s fixed now so Ravelry is pretty much up to date. In case any of you thought I had my act together… 🙂

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Of course I’m the most excited about this one because, well, it’s a Barbie outfit. That’s pretty much the reason I learned to crochet. 🙂 I’m happy with how the texture on this one turned out, especially the ribbed fins.

Free pattern here.

 

 

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A classmate last term always wore scrunchies on her wrist and I became intrigued enough to crochet one. I wish these would come back in fashion, I really like how they look. Even if this one is a little frillier than usual.

Free pattern here.

 

 

IMG_2563-1024x1024_medium2My dad asked for juggling balls for Christmas and I was happy to take him up on that. I made him a pair of socks from this yarn a few Christmases ago, actually, and I had an extra half-skein of it. So since he liked the stripe pattern on the socks (he came with me to pick out the yarn) I used the same yarn for the juggling balls. And there was extra yarn, so a carrying case was made. This whole project was super fun. I wish I could juggle.

Free pattern here.

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This was the first pattern that was published on Crochet Spot, back in February, when snow was still relevant. (For the Pacific Northwest, anyway. I know some of you may still very well be getting snow…)

Free pattern here.

 

 

IMG_1935_medium2This was last month when I was going through a bit of a flower crown phase. Although, arguably, my entire life could be described as a flower crown phase. A classmate asked me last term, “Are you sure you’re not from The Lord of the Rings?” Which is pretty much the biggest compliment I can imagine. 🙂

Free pattern here.

 

 

I can’t wait for the next pattern to go up on the site, it’s my favorite one yet. I get so excited every time a new one gets published. This is honestly my dream job and I’m just so happy to be part of the Crochet Spot team! It’s been one of my favorite crochet websites for years, and I can’t recommend it enough. (I would’ve said that even before I became involved. 😉 )

What have you guys been up to? Do you still have snow in your part of the world? What should I design next?

 

Scalloped Shirt for 16″ Disney Rapunzel

Just realized I never finished the series of Rapunzel outfit posts, and that will never do! This is the last pattern for now, but she’s so much to crochet for that I’ll probably do more later. It was so much fun to design doll clothes again – I’ve missed it. Maybe I’ll work on some Ever After High outfits next. 🙂

You can see the other designs for her on my Free Patterns page. There are quite a few Barbie patterns on there, haha. I tend to obsess.

Materials

  • G hook (4.00 MM)
  • Worsted-weight yarn
  • Small snap

Note: I use US crochet terms in all my patterns.

Ah, I miss those summer days.

Pattern

Row 1: Ch 25. Sc in 2nd ch from hk and in next st. *3 sc in next st (mark middle sc), sc in next 5 sts* 3 times. 3 sc in next st (mark middle sc), sc in last 3 sts.

Row 2-3: Ch 1, turn. Sc in each st across, making 3 sc in the marked middle stitch of the “3 sc” from the previous row.

Row 4: Ch 1, turn. Sc until you reach the first 3 sc increase. Sc in the middle stitch. Ch 5, skip the stitches until you get to the next 3 sc increase, and sc in the middle stitch. Sc until you reach the next 3 sc increase and repeat this step. Sc in the remaining stitches. This forms the armholes.

Row 5-7: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across.

Row 8: Ch 1, turn. *Sc 4, sc2tog* across.

Row 9: Ch 3, turn (counts as first dc). *Sk 2 sts, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next st.* Repeat from * to * until 3 sts remain. Sk 2, dc in last st.

Row 10-12 (or desired length): Ch 3, turn. (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in each chain space across. Dc in top of turning chain.

Row 13: Ch 1, turn. (3 sc, ch 1, 3 sc) in each chain space across. Sc in turning chain.

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Sew together the lacy part at the bottom, leaving the yoke open at the back. Attach a snap.

And you’re all done!

All right, back to my finals paper. Sigh. I’d much rather be designing doll clothes.

Thanks for reading! What are you up to this weekend?