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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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Crochet Optimus Prime Hat

Although I’m SOOOO far behind in my blog posts, and I have a million other things I need to catch up on, I just have to share this! This hat is probably my most ambition design so far (it’s definitely up there with the Ratchet hat I made a few years ago), and it has resulted in the Happiest. Little. Charlie. Ever. However, his twin brother is not as pleased. I’m working hard to complete Lincoln’s Bumblebee hat so he’ll stop looking at me with those sad eyes! 😉 Will share pics of that one as soon as it’s finished!

Iron Man Faceplate Pattern

As promised… Here’s the FREE pattern for the Iron Man hat faceplate. Please keep in mind that this pattern in ONLY for the faceplate. There are many free patterns available online for simple crochet hats. For best results, use a pattern that uses bulky yarn or two strands of worsted weight yarn held together.

Please feel free to make as many Iron Man hats as you’d like with this pattern, but kindly link back to this post/my blog if you post photographs of your Iron Man hats online. Also, please keep in mind that Iron Man is a copyrighted character. This pattern should not be used to create items for sale. The pattern is available for FREE and hats made from this pattern should not be sold for profit.

Hope you enjoy!

The PDF can be downloaded here:

Newborn Photo Session

So in the days before Penelope was born, I spent quite a bit of time online, reading articles about how to take good photos of newborns, looking at and pinning photo/examples of poses… So once Penny made her entrance into the world, I had to get going!

The biggest issue is time. From what I’ve read, you have about a 10 day window for taking those photos where you can pretty much pose the baby in whatever seemingly unnatural pose your heart desires. After that, not only do babies lose the adorable fetal curl, but they also don’t want to do what YOU want them to do!

So our first photo shoot was more successful in that I could get her to do what I wanted…

(BTW, the pattern for this particular get-up is available in my Etsy shop!)

But this was my first time taking photos, and because she as born a week earlier than anticipated and two weeks before her due date, I wasn’t prepared for all the different photos I wanted to take. So when she was 8 days old, I planned another photo session, one that involved DH who would not only be there to help pose her and hold her in place, but I wanted some shots of Baby Girl in his hands. Well, unexpected guests stopped by, which put an end to my plans for a photo shoot with Daddy… However, I escaped with my sleeping little one and managed to get a few more shots.

So finally, yesterday, Day 10, another beautiful, sunny day, I made plans for more photos. Only she was terribly uncooperative. It was a growth spurt day, so she spent the ENTIRE day nursing, and she hardly slept, so getting good photos of her was very difficult.

(Garden gnome and green turtle pattern to come!) 
So after having taken photos on Day 5, 8, and 10… I have to say that I should have done as much as possible on Day 5 because it gets more and more difficult as baby gets older. I know it’s only a matter of days, but they change SO quickly! Penelope no longer curls her legs into the fetal position as easily as she used to, and on Day 10, if I moved her hand, she’d move it back to where she wanted it instead of where I wanted it! 
My newborn photo taking frenzy may be over, but there’s lots more photos of my sweet Penelope to come. I’m sure of that!