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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
Sweet Magnolia crochet flower

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 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

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!

DIY My Little Pony Themed Bedroom – Ikea Hacks!

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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DIY Spray Paint Glass Jars and Plastic Planters

It’s been about a month since we moved into the new house, and there are still piles of boxes everywhere. Unpacking is slow-going, especially since the daily mommy grind of waking up- getting kids ready for school-packing lunch for the kids and the husband-taking kids to school-doing mountains of laundry-ironing shirts-cleaning kitchen-picking kids up-overseeing homework-reading with kids-cooking dinner-taking kids to martial arts class-getting kids bathed and to sleep won’t stop!! Plus, I can’t seem to get over the absolute novelty of having a yard and a garden after years of city living and the fact that so many craft/DIY supplies are just a short drive away.

The kids and I have started seedlings for our vegetable and herb garden, which my husband will need to fence in because we apparently have a herd of deer living in our backyard. We’ve seen as many as 7 doe lounging around at one time, and though it’s pretty neat to stand on our deck and deer-watch, it’s going to be all out warfare in the summer if they come anywhere near the garden!

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So aside from standing around and staring at deer, I’ve also been standing around staring at things in Home Depot and Lowe’s, pretty much screaming, “PLEASE, TAKE ALL MY MONEY!!!” because I want to buy all the things.

However, I feel pretty good about my trip to Lowe’s this morning, not because I left without spending any money because I totally bought stuff, but because I came home with some sad, scraggly houseplants from the Clearance Rack for $1 each that I will lovingly nurse back to health and that is good for the world. And for my wallet.

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I also bought cheap-o plastic planters for $1.29 each and a can of Rust-oleum Hammered Spray Paint (because I just had to see it for myself) and a can of Valspar Premium Finish Spray Paint in Satin Encounter (because I loved the color).

My plan was to spray the cheap plastic planters with the hammered finish spray paint, just to see what happens…

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And despite the can saying that it’s paint + primer in one, I think my results would have been much nicer had I primed the planters first. I’m not disappointed with the results, but during the spraying process, I could see that the spray paint wasn’t adhering to the plastic surface very well. The paint seemed to slide down the plastic rather than sticking to it.

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I’d say that it looks good from afar, and you really wouldn’t be able to tell that it’s a plastic planter until you hold it, and since it’s highly unlikely that anyone who comes to my house will pick up a plant to inspect the pot, I think the facade will work.

In addition to experimenting with the hammered finish spray paint, I needed to do something with these two glass jars that have been sitting on the kitchen counter because they’re totally not my style, but my mom gave them to me so I couldn’t bring myself to get rid of them.

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I wanted to plant two of the small, pathetic pothos in these jars, but because the jars don’t have drainage holes, I would be placing about an inch of rocks at the bottom, and I needed to be able to see the water level. I marked the jars with blue painter’s tape to apply paint over the section with the flowers and the top portion of the jars.

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After watching the spray paint slide off the plastic planters, I decided to prime these first. I used a spray primer, waited about an hour and sprayed two light coats of the Valspar. It turned out lovely! And I definitely love the color and the satin finish.

IMG_5667There’s a lot more painting and spray painting in my immediate future, so I’ll have new projects to share soon! I’m currently working on an cheap-o Ikea side table hack for my daughter’s My Little Pony themed room. Can’t wait to share!

 

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Valentine’s Day Giveaway!

February is fast-approaching, and for me, that means absolute chaos! All 3 of my children were born in February, within ONE DAY of each other. Although two of them are twins, so there’s that… 😉 On top of that, Valentine’s Day crafts for elementary school classrooms are no joke! Last year, we had to make V-Day card boxes for the boys, and by “we,” I mean “I” and prepare cards/treats for all their classmates. Plus, the 100th day of school falls in February, so that means more crafts…

So if your Februarys are anything like mine, then to make life a little easier, enter to win a $20 credit at my delightfuledesigns Etsy shop! If you’re not familiar with the shop, it’s a little graphic design shop for all of life’s celebrations–birthdays, anniversary, love, graduations, holidays. Currently, everything I offer is digital downloads to either print at home or have printed at a local print shop or Kinko’s, Costco, Office Depot, etc. As my family gets settled at the new house, I plan to offer printed cards as well since I no longer have to use the Military Post Office system, which prohibits you from mailing ANYTHING for business purposes.

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Just follow the instructions after logging in with Facebook or with your email. There are lots of different ways to enter!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Winner will be announced/contacted on Wednesday, February 3, 2016. Winner will receive a coupon code to use in the delightfuledesign Etsy shop. No minimum purchase required, but unused funds cannot be redeemed for cash. Coupon code must be used by December 31, 2016. Coupon code cannot be used for custom orders.

Pattern: Angel Stitch Infinity Scarf

After spending the last several months running around my boys’ elementary school, organizing events, volunteering for activities, then packing up an entire household and moving my family from Korea, I seriously feel like I have absolutely nothing to do these days. Which isn’t entirely true. I still have a household to run and kids to feed and laundry and dishes. Just feels like I have so much free time after all the running around I’d been doing for months so it’s an extra bummer that I don’t have any of my crafting supplies with me for the time being.

HOWEVER, I was smart enough to bring my knitting needles and crochet hooks with me! And with a craft store next door, I couldn’t resist the siren call of the yarn aisle. With boxes and boxes of beautiful, squishy yarn in our household goods shipment, I couldn’t justify buying a huge horde of yarn, which is always a temptation, but I did pick up something to keep my fingers busy. And what better use of a single ball of yarn than to experiment with a new pattern?

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This pattern is suitable for beginner crocheters. All you need to know how to do is single crochet (sc) and chain (ch). Easy peasy! But the result is a lace-like stitch, and the end-result drapes beautifully and is super-stretchy, which is something that people who are new to crochet often complain about since the basic crochet stitches tend to create a thicker, thus stiffer, fabric.

 

Angel Stitch Infinity Scarf Pattern

 

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!

Materials: 
Worsted weight yarn (at least 280 yards)
Size J / 6.0mm crochet hook
Tapestry needle (for weaving in ends)

**Note: This scarf can be made in any weight with any sized crochet hook, but be sure that the hook you use is appropriate for the weight of the yarn.

Abbreviations Used:
Ch              chain
Sc               single crochet
Sk               skip
Ch-3 sp     chain-3 space

Pattern:

Ch 42.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook. Ch 3, sc in next ch, sk next ch. *Sc in next ch, ch 3, sc in next ch, sk next ch. Repeat from * to the end. (Hint: You will end with ch 3, sc in last ch.)

Row 2: Ch 1 (sc, ch 3, sc) in each ch-3 sp across.

Repeat Row 2 until desired length. For a snug infinity scarf that will wrap around your next twice, you will want at least 40 inches.

Finish off.

Line two ends together and stitch to create infinity scarf. Weave in ends.

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For this particular scarf, I used a single ball of Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable yarn, which I purchased for $4! I know how hard it is to find a single skein project–this one is perfect!

And since my almost 4-year old daughter think that everything I make is for her…

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Free Printable: Thank You Card for Teachers

I’ve spent the past several weeks working diligently on things for my delightfuledesigns shop on Etsy. With my big boys headed off to school in just a few short days, my mind has definitely been on teachers and the classroom.

So here’s a little peek at what I’ve stocked my shop with lately:

But I’ve also been teetering on the brink of insanity while my kids bounce off the walls and have become The. Neediest. Children. EVAR. as we get closer to the end of summer break. All I can say is WINE. Yep. Wine.

So as my children drive me to drink and the first day of school draws near… THANK YOU, TEACHERS!!! 😉 For all the moms out there who would also like to thank a teacher, or two, or ten… Here’s a free printable for thank you cards with a beautiful quote about teachers from Albert Einstein. Just click on the image to access a high resolution JPEG file with 2 thank you cards on an 8.5×11  inch/letter sized sheet of paper. Select “letter borderless” for printing, and make sure that the image is set at 100% scale. Print on card stock, cut, and fold! The cards fit perfectly in A2 envelopes.

Etsy Template for Greeting Cards

And if you’re looking for something to gift to the special teacher who will be caring for and shaping your darling child(ren)’s little heart(s), the delightfuledesigns Etsy shop has a 50% off coupon code–good until August 31st! Just enter ONEYEAR at checkout to get 50% off any purchase, including personalized items.

Enjoy the free printable, the coupon code, and THE FACT THAT KIDS ARE GOING BACK TO SCHOOL!!! I’m looking forward to it not being so ungodly hot and sticky that I can pull out my yarn and start knitting and crocheting again. Yay for cooler weather and hopefully, some new knit/crochet patterns in the coming months!