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Free Pattern: Little Ladybug Lens Buddy Pattern

It seems like a bit of a milestone for me, though I imagine that it doesn’t really matter to anyone else (haha!)–my jkwdesigns Etsy shop is now officially closed, which means that more free pattern are headed your way! I’m going to be working diligently to get all those patterns posted as quickly as possible, but please be patient with me because 3 kids and motherhood tend to get in the way of me getting much done EVER. If there’s a pattern that you’re in a hurry to get that haven’t been posted yet, please head over to Ravelry as those pattern listings are being updated as I post the patterns online.

So, let’s get to it! When I was on my lens buddy making spree, the ladybug is one of the very first that I designed because I just couldn’t resist. I love ladybugs. They’re just so damn cute! My very first tattoo is of a little ladybug on my shoulder blade, and nearly 20 years later, sometimes it seems silly to have a cute little ladybug tattooed on me, but it reminds me of who I was when I was 18 and the people who were and are such an important part of my life.


All of the lens buddy patterns are appropriate for intermediate beginner crocheters who are familiar with working in the round. This pattern uses single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet, half treble crochet, and treble crochet stitches. I’m all for simplicity when it comes to knitting and crocheting, so I’m a big fan of making the fewest number of pieces that have to be sewn together, but there’s no way around the individual black dots that go on the ladybug.

Click here to download the FREE pattern! Little Ladybug Lens Buddy Pattern

Hope you enjoy the pattern! Happy Crocheting!

Free Pattern: Magical Mermaid Fingerless Gloves


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. 😉


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.



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!)

Crossover Cables Crochet Headband


Petite Puff Crochet Headband


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.

Crossover Cables detail


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.

Gardenias for Lady Day Crochet Flower


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


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


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!


Pattern: Picture Perfect Ladybug Photo Prop


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! ???

Pattern – A Hat For Vilma Banky


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.


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


  • 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


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?


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!

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


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.

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…


New Camera/Lens Buddy Patterns!

UPDATE: Giveaway has now ended!

I’m very excited to be adding some new patterns for purchase!

little hippo lens buddy little kitty lens buddy sea turtle lens buddy

They will be added to my pattern shops soon (Craftsy, Etsy and Ravelry), and for a limited time, they’re available to my loyal readers for free! All you have to do is follow my blog (either via WordPress, email, or Bloglovin’) AND one of the following:

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Just let me know which pattern you’d like and I’ll email it to you!


Lens Buddy Exclusive

Pattern: Mugunghwa, the National Flower of Korea

mugunghwa crochet pattern

This flower pattern was written in memory of those who lost their lives aboard the Sewol off the South Korean coast on the morning of April 16, 2014. The mugunghwa, or the Rose of Sharon, is the national flower of Korea, and it has long held significance in Korean history and culture. Koreans have treasured the mugunghwa flower for centuries, and its name stems from the word mugung, which means immortality. The flower is incredibly resilient, so as the national flower, it reflects the enduring spirit, the perseverance and the determination of the people and culture.

But mostly, I just wanted to make something beautiful during this dark time… And as I worked on this, I thought about the stories of the heroes that have emerged like Park JiYoung, Kim KiWoong, and Jeong HyunSeon–people who gave bravely and selflessly. They truly are the epitome of what the mugunghwa flower symbolizes. Their spirit endures…

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!


Small amount of worsted weight yarn (in 2 colors for flower and yellow for stamen)
4.00mm crochet hook (size G)
tapestry needle

A note on colors: While the flower can be made in a variety of colors of your choice, the mugunghwa that serves as the Korean national flower is the dansim variety, which has a dark pink or red center. It is most commonly found in light pink with a dark pink/red center or in white with a dark pink/red center. Other varieties are the baekdal (pure white) and the yeesadal (pale pink flower with darker pink specks on the petals).

Flower Pattern:

Round 1: With Color A, make a magic loop and make 5 sc in the loop. Pull yarn tightly to close hole. Do not cut yarn.

Round 2: Attach Color B to beginning of round and ch 5. Sl st in next sc to join. Continue to Ch 5 and sl st in next sc until you reach beginning of round. Last sl st should be in the beginning sc. Finish off and cut yarn.

Round 3: In Round 3, you will be making individual petals, one at a time, while continuing to work in the round, eliminating the need to sew individual petals onto the center.

Row 1 of petal: With Color A, sc in back loop only of each of the 5-ch. [5 sc] Ch 1 and turn.
Row 2 of petal: Sc in first 2 st. 2 sc in next st. Sc in last 2 st. [6 sc] Ch 1 and turn.
Row 3 of petal: Sc in first 2 st. 2 sc in next st. Sc in last 3 st. [7 sc] Ch 1 and turn.
Row 4 of petal: Sc in first 3 st. 2 sc in next st. Sc in last 3 st. [8 sc] Ch 1 and turn.
Row 5 of petal: Sc in first st. Dc in next st. Sl st in next st. Ch 2. Dc in next 3 st. Ch 2 and sl st in same st as last dc. Dc in next st. Sc in last st. Sl st evenly down left side of the petal (4 sl st). The last sl st should be at the bottom of the petal.
Petal complete.

Continue on to the next petal by returning to the next 5-ch and beginning again with Row 1 of petal. Repeat the petal pattern 4 more times and complete the flower with a sl st in the first st of the first petal.

mugunghwa tutorial
1) View of work once Round 2 is complete. 2) Sc into back loops only of each 5-ch. 3) View of work once one petal is complete. 4) View of work once all 5 petals are complete (prior to sewing down petals and adding stamen).


Finish off and leave a long tail to pin the petals in place. The petals overlap one another on one side, creating a slight swirl of petals as they emerge from the center of the flower. Using a tapestry needle, simply stitch the petals in place on the back of petals. Weave in ends.


Ch 11. 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook. 2 sc in each ch. Finish off, leaving a long tail to stitch stamen to center of flower. The piece that you have just made will curl in on itself. Carefully tighten the coil and use the tail to stitch the coil together so that it remains coiled. Sew onto the center of the flower. Weave in ends.



Sneak Peeks!

I’m been super busy lately working on planning my twin boys’ 5th birthday party, and with my husband out of town for work this past week, I’ve gone completely insane. He’s not here to reign me in, so I’ve officially become mom-zilla about this party. I’m working on a detailed post about the party and all my various DIY projects, but here’s a sneak peak of some of the items I’ve been working on:



Additionally, I have a new pattern in the works, and it’s entering into the final phases of pattern testing, so it should be live soon! Here’s a peek at the seemingly-difficult-but-super-easy-to-make-once-you-get-the-hang-of-it stitch!