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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!

 

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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Pattern: Crochet Dragonfly Applique

A very talented artist and photographer friend of mine requested a flower lens buddy with a dragonfly on it. You can see her work on her blog The Dragonfly Whispers My Name, and I highly recommend her if you live in Seoul and are searching for a family photographer! Here’s a photo she recently took of my family:

Marisa Johnson Photography

 

So for someone so creative and talented, I really couldn’t just make her any ‘ole dragonfly. I used the Flower Lens Buddy pattern and started experimenting with dragonflies!

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The first one I made (on the white flower w/ pink center) looked a bit too much like a butterfly, so I elongated both the body and the wings. There was quite a bit of crocheting and frogging going on… But the result is a dainty little dragonfly appliqué pattern for your crocheting pleasure!

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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!

Materials:

Worsted weight yarn
4.5mm (size G) crochet hook
Tapestry needle (for sewing pieces together and weaving in ends)

**You may use other weights of yarn an appropriately sized hooks**

Finished Dimensions:

With worsted weight yarn and 4.5mm crochet hook: 5.5 inch wingspan x 3 inches tall
With DK weight yarn and 4.0mm crochet hook: 4.5 inch wingspan x 2.5 inches tall

Pattern:

Body: Ch 16. Work all the stitches in the back bar only. Dc in 3rd ch from hook. Dc in next ch. Hdc in next 5 ch. Sc in next 4 ch. Sl st in next 3 ch. Finish off.

dragonfly tutorial

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Top Wings (make 2): Ch 10. Work the following stitches in the back loops only of the foundation chain. Sl st in 2nd ch from hook. Sl st in next ch. Sc in next 2 ch. Hdc in next 2 ch. Dc in next 2 ch. 6 dc in last ch. As you work the 6 dc in the last ch, the back loop of the last ch will open/loosen up. Simply pull the tail from the beginning of the foundation chain to close the hole. Then turn the piece 180 degrees and work the following stitches in the front loops only of the foundation chain. Dc in next 2 ch. Hdc in next 2 ch. Sc in next 2 ch. Sl st in last 2 ch. Finish off, leaving a long tail to sew the wings onto the body.

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Bottom Wings (make 2): Ch 7. Work the following stitches in the back loops only of the foundation chain. Sl st in 2nd ch from hook. Sc in next 2 ch. Hdc in next 2 ch. 6 hdc in last ch. Then, turn the piece 180 degrees and work the following stitches in the front loops only of the foundation chain. Hdc in next 2 ch. Sc in next 2 ch. Sl st in last ch. Finish off, leaving a long tail to sew the wings onto the body.

Construction Notes: Sew the top wings onto the body, being careful to sew onto the yarn on the back of the body so that the yarn from the wings does not show through on the front of the body piece. As you sew the bottom wings onto the body, also sew the top edge of the bottom wings to the bottom edge of the top wings for stability.

Weave in all your ends and you’re done!

Pattern: Flower Lens Buddy

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I have several wonderfully talented photographer-friends, which is great for someone who loves to make things for babies and young children. In addition to all the adorable photo props I’ve made for them and their tiny clients, they’ve been requesting some camera-specific items, the camera buddy or lens buddy being one of them. I currently have several in the works, and eventually, the patterns will be available for purchase, but here’s a pattern for one I whipped up for a friend. It’s quick and easy, and such a great way to get little ones to LOOK AT THE CAMERA!!! 😉

 

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:

Small amounts of worsted weight yarn (two colors)
5.0mm crochet hook (size H)
Elastic hair tie
Tapestry needle (optional, for weaving in ends)

Pattern:

With Color A (for center of flower)
Round 1: 36 sc around the elastic hair tie. Sl st to join with first sc. [36 sc]

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Round 2: Ch 1. 2 hdc in 1st sc. Hdc in next 3 sc. *2 hdc in next sc. Hdc in next 3 sc. Repeat from * around. Sl st to join with first hdc. [45 hdc] Finish off and cut yarn.

With Color B (for petals)
Round 3: Attach yarn. Ch 1. *Sc in 1st, 2nd and 3rd st. Ch 2, turn. Dc in 1st st (the 3rd sc you just made before turning). 2 dc in next st. Dc in 3rd st. Ch 2, turn. Dc2tog 2 times. Sl st evenly down the left side of the petal, making the last sl st at the base of the first petal. One petal made. Moving on to the next st in the round, continue from * and repeat around until you reach the end. [15 petals] Sl st to beginning st of 1st petal to join. Finish off and weave in ends.

Lens Buddy Special Offer

 

More Football Stuff!

Back when we lived in Baltimore, I loved football Sundays. But I don’t love football. I love getting together with friends, eating food, the excitement in the room… And living in Korea, I definitely miss football season. Mostly because I miss my friends back home!

Thankfully, my new friends in Korea keep me pretty busy when it comes to football gear! Haha! They’re not Ravens’ fans, but that’s okay. I love them anyway. Here are a couple hats I was recently commissioned to make. I added the “S” to the Steelers’ hat after I took photos of it… But look at my gorgeous friend and her husband! Aren’t they a seriously good-looking couple???

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Craft it Forward 2014

I’ve always wanted to participate in a Craft it Forward, but for the past few years, kids have made my life pretty overwhelming. Now that my babies are a little older, I have more time for crafting… So I posted this on my Facebook page this morning. Somehow, I managed to commit to crafting it forward to 7 people rather than 5… But who can really put a limit on spreading handmade love???

Happy New Year!

I haven’t been posting as much as I would like to, but trying to find the time during the day to actually sit down at the computer and do something substantial with 3 kids running around and demanding my attention… However, I am committing myself to working on improving my blog this year. I’ve been making a list for the past couple of years of tutorial and patterns that I want to write up. And THIS IS THE YEAR!

So anyway, to start the year off right, Happy New Year from the jkwdesigns munchkins–AKA Bumblebee, Little Bunny Penny and Optimus Prime.

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!