Free Pattern: Magical Mermaid Fingerless Gloves

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I’m sure you’ve seen photos of the AMAZING dragon scale fingerless gloves that have been making their rounds on the interwebs. They are absolutely fabulous. And I just had to make a pair. There are a number of patterns that have already been written for these gloves, and I tried out several of them, but found them to either be too confusing or too bulky or not full enough. So I worked on my own pattern, and it’s available here for free!

I made these with a specific person in mind because the pattern and the yarn I used were just too perfect for her. And she’s my magical mermaid, thus the name. 😉

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For these fingerless mitts, I used Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable in Parrot, but of course, you can use any LIGHT worsted weight yarn. Be sure to choose a color-variegated yarn. This pattern does not look as magical or as pretty in a solid color. I promise. Also, I think I used a little over one skein of yarn. I’m not entirely sure because I used a bit of leftover yarn, then used a new skein… Crocodile stitches use A LOT of yarn, so just be prepared.

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Click here to download the free PDF: Magical Mermaid Fingerless Mitts Crochet Pattern

Enjoy and happy crocheting!

P.S. Thank you Zayda Barros Photography for the beautiful pics! You are the best!

Free Crochet Headband and Flower Patterns

A couple months ago, I posted one of my most popular patterns, the Winter Crochet Headband. It’s a very classic ribbed headband that has a great deal of stretch to it and is super cozy for the cold winter months. It was one of the first patterns I wrote when I started my pattern store on Etsy, and because of its success, I wrote two other headband patterns that are variations of the classic winter headband shape. I also wrote a couple of patterns for flowers because I went through this phase where all I wanted to do was crochet flowers, and they’re the perfect way to accessorize headbands… And well, here they are! (And sorry for the crap photos! These patterns and pics are from several years ago, and though my photography skills aren’t stellar, they’ve definitely improved over the years!)

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Crossover Cables Crochet Headband

 

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Petite Puff Crochet Headband

 

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Gardenias for Lady Day crochet flower on a Winter Crochet Headband
Sweet Magnolia crochet flower
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The two headbands are the Petite Puff Headband and the Crossover Cable Headband. As the titles indicate, they’re simply headbands that take advantage of unique crochet stitches that are simply repeated (so the patterns are easy to learn/memorize), but the results are impressive-looking.

The Winter Crochet Headband is appropriate for beginners, but for these other two (the Crossover Cable and the Petite Puff), I would recommend them for intermediate-beginners. You must be familiar with a variety of basic stitches for these two patterns.

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Crossover Cables detail

 

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Petite puff stitch detail

Click here to open and download the Petite Puff Headband

Click here to open and download the Crossover Cable Headband

The two flower patterns (1) Sweet Magnolia and (2) Gardenias for Lady Day are two of my all-time favorite patterns that I’ve worked on, not to mention, two of my favorite flowers! I would recommend these patterns to intermediate crocheters. There are photo diagrams to help, but because of the shaping, there’s quite a bit to the patterns that may confuse beginners. However, if you’re feeling brave, then go for it and feel free to contact me with any questions. I’ll do my best to help, but as I’ve discovered over the years, it’s sometimes quite difficult to explain crocheting and knitting issues via email.

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Gardenias for Lady Day Crochet Flower

 

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Sweet Magnolia Crochet Flower

Click here to open and download Gardenias for Lady Day Crochet Flower Pattern

Click here to open and download Sweet Magnolia Crochet Flower Pattern

 

Happy Crocheting!

Free Printable: Halloween Treat Bag Tags

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Halloween is fast approaching, and if your child(ren)’s school is anything like my kids’, then you’ve been volun-told/tasked/guilt-tripped into preparing treat bags for your child’s class! A couple years ago, I made some “Ghostly Grub” for my boys’ class, which was a HUGE hit with the children. It’s super easy to make and these treat bag tags will top off your hard work perfectly!

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Recipe for Ghostly Grub:

Combine the following:

Chex cereal – Monster Scabs
Pretzel sticks – Skeleton Bones (*Optional – cover the pretzel sticks with melted white chocolate or candy melts)
Candy Corn – Jack-o-lantern Teeth
Chocolate chip morsels – Witch’s Warts
Marshmallows – Ghost Poop

I put the mixture into ziplock bags, then placed the plastic bags into a cut up paper lunch bag. I wish I had had time to send the children outside to look for sticks, but living in a city without a yard or trees of our own, I realized that it was a bigger task than I could handle. I did, however, have some wooden chopsticks, which worked in a pinch to create broomsticks!

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Both treat bag tags are available here for free: Just click on the image for the high-resolution jpeg and right click to download!

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Ghostly Grub Tags

 

 

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No Tricks, Just Treats! Tag

 

 

The tags measure approximately 2.5 inches in diameter, and I recommend using a 2.5 in circle punch to cut them out although scissors work just fine!

Happy Halloween! 👻🎃

Free Pattern: Winter Crochet Headband

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If you’re a regular reader of my blog, then you know that I’m well into the process of closing up my jkwdesigns pattern shop on Etsy (and also Ravelry and Craftsy). All of my original patterns will eventually be available on my blog for free. As I’ve (very slowly) been working on getting those patterns online, this particular pattern–the Winter Crochet Headband–is the most exciting because for several years now, it has been my most popular pattern!

It is a very simple pattern and absolutely suitable for beginners, and the best part is, the finished product looks amazing!

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • single crochet
  • increase
  • decrease

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Pattern Description:

This pattern is for the HEADBAND ONLY. It does not include the flower that is pictured above; however, a video tutorial for the flower can be found here.

This trendy headband is great for beginners–single crochets and basic increases and decreases. That’s all! The mock-ribbing gives the headband a unique texture and also gives it quite a bit of stretch.

One size fits most, but the pattern is very easily adjustable to different head circumferences.

Click here to get the FREE PATTERN: Winter Crochet Headband

Enjoy, and happy crocheting!

 

If you’re interested in variations on the crochet headband pattern, using different crochet stitches, you can find two more FREE crochet headband patterns as well as patterns for two unique crochet flowers here!

 

Free Pattern: Little Mouse Lens Buddy Pattern

I love my DSLR—not because I’m a good photographer or even that I know how to use it properly—but because with 3 small children, I can snap endless photos with the hopes that in at least one or two of them, all 3 of the kids will be looking at the camera! The lens buddy is a wonderful way to entice them just a bit more. Whether you’re a professional family photographer or you just want to take photos of your own children, this is a great way to get kids to look AND SMILE!

This pattern is suitable for beginners who are looking for something just a little more adventurous! It includes a photo tutorial on how to begin the first round. You should know how to make a magic circle and to crochet in the round. If you’re not familiar
with making a magic circle (adjustable loop, magic loop), it’s very easy to learn. Here’s a link for a brief video tutorial.

Hope you enjoy the FREE PATTERN!!

Little Mouse Lens Buddy Pattern <– Click here to download

Fairy Princess Photo Shoot

A couple months ago, my bestie flew in from Naples, Italy for a 2 week visit. We did a bit of exploring in Pittsburgh, which is still new to me, and we road tripped down to Baltimore for a weekend, visited Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, and we spent an inordinate amount of time watching TV, taking selfies, and giggling like teenagers.

The best part of her visit is that it was an absolute surprise. She and my husband took it upon themselves to plan this trip without my knowledge, so I had no time to prepare for her visit. I didn’t care that my house was a mess and that we hadn’t even finished unpacking all our crap, that the guest bedroom was still in shambles, or that I had no childcare plans for while she was in town. However, the big downside was that I had NO TIME to plan and style a photoshoot for my kids!!! The fabulous Zayda of Zayda Barros Photography and I had talked about so many different styled photo shoots we wanted to do with my children, and here she was… And I didn’t have a thing prepared.

Thankfully, we had 2 weeks to put something easy together–thanks to my beautiful, wooded backyard–and my daughter wanted nothing more than to become a fairy princess for a day so it was perfect. And Zayda made it happen!

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There was a mad dash to order things from Amazon and visits to Michaels and Joann Fabrics. Thanks to the genius of Pinterest, I was able to put together a very easy tulle dress very similar to this one. I just loop tied long strips of tulle to a crochet chain “thread” and belted it with another piece of tulle. Easy peasy! I spray painted a cheap black lantern with metallic gold spray paint, and we ordered a beautiful pair of wings, a flower crown, paper butterflies, and a bottle of glitter from Amazon. Then through the magic of photography, Zayda transformed my little girl into a fairy princess!

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And because sometimes, Mommy wants to be a fairy princess too… 😝

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To see more from Penny’s Fairy Princess Photo Shoot, visit Zayda’s website: Zayda Barros Photography

Pattern: Picture Perfect Ladybug Photo Prop

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Sometimes, you just want to dress up a newborn baby like a ladybug and take a photo of her all curled up, looking ADORABLE.

Back in 2012 when my daughter was born, the newborn photography craze was just starting to take off, so I took it upon myself to crochet ridiculous costumes for her while I was pregnant and miserable. And photos like these were my reward. 😆 Now that the newborn photography craze is in full effect, here’s the Picture Perfect Ladybug Photo Prop pattern for free!

To get the PDF, click here: Picture Perfect Ladybug

Enjoy and Happy Crocheting! 💞🐞💞

Free Pattern – Choco Hugs and Kisses Hat

It has been far too long since I’ve been able to post/update the blog! Since the kids got out of school for summer vacation, my life has been a whirlwind of activity. Our family of 5 traveled to Florida for my nephew’s high school graduation/family reunion, which was absolutely wonderful because we’ve been out of the country for 3 years and unfortunately missed out on lots of family gatherings here in the U.S. Plus, we were on the beach, and really, who doesn’t love being on the beach?

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Right after we returned from our trip to Florida, my wonderful husband surprised me with a 2 week long visit from the BFF (the very talented Zayda of Zayda Barros Photography), who lives in Naples, Italy! We had such a great time while she was here–giggling like school girls and acting like complete lunatics and taking LOTS of selfies! 😉

 

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Plus, on top of her visit, my 15 year old niece is spending her summer vacation with us, then we had a HUGE family gathering at our house over the 4th of July weekend, and finally… I’ve got a minute to sit at my computer and catch up on a million things.

One of the things that I’ve been planning to do/working on but haven’t had a chance to actually take care of is the closing of the jkwdesigns Etsy shop (not to be confused with the delightfuledesigns Etsy shop!). As listings expire, I haven’t been renewing them because my plan is to make all of those patterns available FOR FREE right here at jkwdesigns.com! If you’re interested in any of the patterns currently available in the shop, I encourage you to sign up for the jkwdesigns mailing list by subscribing to the blog so you’ll receive email updates. You will never receive any other email aside from notifications of blog updates, and your email address will never be passed on to any other company/advertiser!

Here’s the first of many more patterns to come!

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The Choco Hugs and Kisses Hat Pattern – Crochet

What better way to top off your little sweetheart than with something that inspires thoughts of sweet, chocolatey goodness! This hat makes a wonderful baby shower gift, an excellent newborn photo prop, and an adorable addition to your baby’s wardrobe.

The pattern is suitable for beginners. The hat is crochet entirely in hdc, giving it just the right amount of thickness and stretch. The “ribbon” is made in sc, then folded in half after the letters are stitched on in order to hide the yarn on the back side of the work.

To download the FREE PATTERN, click here: Choco Hugs and Kisses Hat

Enjoy and stay tuned for more free patterns!

Pattern – A Hat For Vilma Banky

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I wrote this pattern several years ago, and it’s been available for purchase, but I’ve decided to post it for free! It’s a simple, pretty little hat, but the best part is that the sizing is adjustable. When my kids were younger, I absolutely loved making hats for them (and I still do!), but most hats only allow for one season’s worth of wear for kids ages 1-4 before the kiddos outgrow the hats! This particular hat can be worn for years. YAY!

The pattern suggests 2 different ways of finishing the hat: 1) with a ribbon that can be switched out as the wearer outgrows the hat and 2) with a foundation chain. The ribbon option will limit the amount the hat stretches, keeping it snug on the head. The foundation chain allows for slightly more stretch, and since the foundation chain is simply tied, it can be untied and adjusted for a looser fit.

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If you sell items made using this pattern or any pattern published/written by jkwdesigns, please add a link to this site (www.jkwdesigns.com) on your listing!

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • single crochet
  • double crochet
  • increase
  • join in the round

Pattern Description:

This hat was inspired by the beautiful and elegant hats from the 1920s…–with a cute, whimsical twist! As a mother of small children, I am a big fan of hats that will last longer than one year, so this pattern allows for a great deal of growth and looks adorable as a slightly loose hat on a younger child, and it doesn’t lose a bit of style as it gets more snug. The flower can be attached to a brooch pin, allowing for a lot of versatility in an easy-to-make hat! The hat pattern is suitable for beginners. A photo-tutorial for the flower is included.

The pattern is written for two sizes (Small and Medium), which range from age 1 – adult. Small can adjust to fit ages 1-4, Medium can adjust to fit ages 4-adult.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Adjustable sizing Ages 1-adult

Materials:

  • worsted weight yarn
  • 5.00mm/size H crochet hook
  • tapestry needle

You Will Also Need:

  • ribbon (optional)
  • brooch pin back (optional)

Click here to download the PDF file: A Hat for Vilma

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DIY My Little Pony Themed Bedroom – Ikea Hacks!

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My 4 year old daughter is absolutely obsessed with My Little Pony, and before we moved into the new house, she told me that she wanted a My Little Pony bedroom. When we were living in Korea, I didn’t do much to her room. She was only about 10 months old when we moved in, and she rarely slept or spent time in her room anyway, so I just didn’t put in the time and effort. However, in our new “forever house” as the kids call it, I’m excited to make a space that she will love spending time in. Primarily because I would love for her to actually sleep in her own room!

I’ve had a love-hate relationship with Ikea since I bought my first piece of Ikea furniture back in 1999 when I moved out of the dorms into my very first apartment. I love the minimalist, easy-to-construct designs and the prices, but I hate the cheap, particle board covered in laminate quality. Even when I moved beyond the least expensive Ikea items and purchased higher priced Ikea furniture, the quality never impressed me. HOWEVER, over the years, I’ve discovered that the best Ikea products are actually their absolutely cheapest ones–the nondescript, unfinished wood pieces–because these pieces are made from REAL WOOD. None of that particleboard laminate crap.

My latest DIY projects are a strange homage to crappy Ikea particleboard/laminate (which I hate) and their more sturdy but super cheap unfinished wood (which I love). First up is the crappy Lack side table. It was surprisingly easy to paint. I removed the old stickers, unscrewed the legs, lightly sanded the surface and primed with a spray paint primer. As a side note, I LOVE SPRAY PAINT.

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I did two coats of latex paint, which I had to mix (Rust-oleum white and navy blue) because they don’t make “Rainbow Dash blue.” I probably could have found the exact color in a spray paint, but I had to paint the entire dresser as well in the same color, and that’s an awful lot of spray paint fumes so I mixed a batch in a disposal plastic container.

Once the paint was dry, I printed out a stencil of Rainbow Dash’s Cutie Mark. Thankfully, there are only 4 different colors in the Cutie Mark. I cut out the stencils (one sheet for each color), then spray painted the Cutie Mark. I finished with Rust-oleum Crystal Clear Enamel rather than using polyurethane or any other top coating because… Well, honestly, I didn’t know how the polyurethane would work on cheap, crappy laminate.

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Overall, I’m very pleased with how the table turned out. There are a few imperfections, but it’s for a 4 year old. She doesn’t care!

Next up, the dresser. I started with the Ikea Tarva. Plain, simple, unfinished drawers.

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The color choices were easy because my daughter is so stubbornly clear on what she likes. I primed, sanded, then painted the top, sides, and legs in Rainbow Dash blue using latex paint and the drawers with spray paint. Two coats of polyurethane and some rainbow prism drawer knobs later…

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I’m very happy with how the drawers turned out! I decided not to stencil on Rainbow Dash’s Cutie Mark for the sake of time. I have some Star Wars themed drawers to work on for the boys’ room, which I really need to get to work on soon because I can’t stand the piles of folded clothes sitting on the floor of their closet. Oops…

Anyway, Princess Penelope’s room is slowly but surely coming together! Can’t wait to share the finished room with you–but for now, here’s one little corner! 😉

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