Saturday, October 27, 2012

Crochet Yellow Granny Square Duck Blanket - Finished


 
My brothers girlfriend loved it, she hasnt given it to her friend yet but hopefully she does soon. This blanket was an absolute bitch to complete! I had to cram for 24 hours to finish it. I forgot how much I despise the sewing part. It was well worth it though, this goes in "the best blanket i've ever made" pile for sure. I can't say when or if I will ever make another one like this. I would love to make one for my boyfriends baby nephew but with a soccer ball on it instead so we will see.
 
I recently started working again after not working for over 3 years, two jobs nonetheless. I'm a retail merchandiser for Mattel toys in the mornings/afternoons and then after 4pm I tutor elementary kids. It's pretty nice but doesnt give me much time for crocheting and thinking up patterns to blog about.
 
I will try to come up with something tonight to blog about tomorrow. A pattern hopefully. We shall see.
 
Until next time.
 
Oh and if anyone makes anything from my patterns I would love to see your finished projects... drop me an email or a link to them in the comments. thanks!
 
-Monet 
 
 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Free Hair Bows

Free Hair Bows on Etsy! All you have to do is buy one set of hair bows and you get a free hair bow for each set. Purchase one set, get one bow, two sets, get two bows and three sets get an extra set completely free!!!
 
 
 

 
 
Limited time only, don't miss out!!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

How To Make Hair Bow Display Cards

I recently decided to start selling crochet hair bows in my etsy shop but I didn't know how I wanted to gift wrap them and package them. I decided to put them on display cards. I googled hair bow display cards and came up with some good ideas but ultimately just decided to come up with my own. I think they came out pretty good and here I will share that with you. Enjoy!



Hair Bow Display Card Tutorial

Materials:
8.5 x 11 in Cardstock (any color)
Scissors, Paper Cutter or Exacto Knife/ Razor Blade
Computer and Printer (optional)
Microsoft Word or Photoshop
Ruler (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS:
This is pretty simple, I can’t believe it took me this long to make these but after doing some searches I came up with these.

First make sure you know the measurements of the hair bows you wish to put on the display cards. Once you know that you can determine the width and height of your cards.
My bows measure about 1 in x 2 ½ in; I sell my bows in sets of three so I came up with these measurements for my card.  The card itself measures 3 in x 7 ½ in. I figured out the dimensions by deciding that I wanted the slits in my card to be an inch apart (after trial and error of course). 


Using Photoshop:

Open Photoshop > File> New

Make the dimensions 3in x 8in

Duplicate the Background Layer.

Create Guides to help with the placement of the slits.  View --> New Guide
(Make sure Extras in the View tab has a check mark next to it)

Vertical guides:  Place guides at the 1 inch and 2 inch mark.

Horizontal guides:
Place guides at the 1.25 inch mark (this line represents where the bottom of the top text should be)
Then place guides at the 2,3,4,5,6, and 7 inch marks.

I created vertical lines from the 2 -3 inch mark, the 4-5 inch mark and the 6-7 inch mark using the Line tool. I then duplicated those layers and placed them evenly at the vertical 2 inch mark.

Now just add your text. The end.

This being the end result:

( I can't say this image is the exact size)

I printed my cards on the cardstock paper. My original cards are printed with grey ink seeing as my black ink was running out.

Once I printed them I used my paper cutter to cut them out and to cut my slits in it. If you don't have a paper cutter you can very well use scissors, and or an exacto knife/razor blade.


Alternate Method Using Microsoft Word

Open Microsoft Word

Create a new table go to Insert --> Table --> 2x1 

Table dimensions should be Height: 8" Width: 3"

Then for the text I added a Text Box go to Insert --> Text Box

Position the text where you would like it to be and write in it whatever you like. I did this for both the top and bottom text.

Now you can print out your card and cut the slits in them.

The End. 

If anyone makes a display card from my tutorial please drop me a comment and a link, I would love to see yours!

Enjoy!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Free Granny Square Pattern

Here is the pattern for my granny square that I posted a while back. It is not perfect, probably confusing as heck so if you have questions or need clarification just let me know. Sorry in advance for my potentially poor pattern writing on this one. I call it the Viesta Granny Square Pattern because the colors remind me of a fiesta but the pattern is full of v-stitches. Enjoy!

Viesta Granny Square Pattern
 

Size
Pattern makes a 7 ½ inch square

Materials
• Worsted weight yarn- any color(s)
• Crochet hook size I9/5.50mm
• Yarn needle

Stitch Abbreviations
ch: chain stitch
sc: Single crochet
sl st: Slip Stitch
st(s): sticth(es)
hdc: half double crochet
v-st: v-stitch
dc: double crochet

NOTES: The format *hdc, sc, hdc* means work hdc in next st, sc in st after that and hdc in next st. Not to work all three sts in same stitch unless otherwise stated. Also when reading please remember that * to * means to repeat pattern from everything inside the asterisks.

Stitch Guide v-st: dc, ch 1, dc all in same sp.

Ch 5; sl st in the first ch to form a ring.

Round 1: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), 15 dc in the ring, sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch 3. (16 dc)

Round 2: Ch 4, dc in same st as joining (counts as first v-st), ch 1, *sk next st, v-st in next st, ch 1* repeat from * to * 6 more times, sl st in the 3rd ch of the first v-st. ( 8 v-st, ch 1 sps made). If switching colors start new color by sl st in any dc and ch 4.

 
Round 3: ch 1, sl st in next v-st, ch 4; dc in same sp (first v-st made), v-st in each v- st and ch 1 sp around. (16 v-sts)

If using different color, sl st in any v-st sp and ch 4

Round 4: Sc in next ch 1 sp, 5 dc shell in next ch 1 sp, repeat around, sl st to first sc. (8 shells, 8 sc)

If using a different color, start with a sc in any v-st

 
Round 5: ch 3 (counts as first dc), hdc in next 2 sts, sc in 3rd dc of 5 dc shell, hdc in next 2sts, *5 dc in next st ( corner made), hdc , hdc, sc ,hdc, hdc ,dc, hdc, hdc, sc, hdc, hdc* repeat from * to* 3 more times, 5 dc in the next st, hdc, hdc, sc ,hdc, hdc, sl st to beg ch 3.

If using a different color, then start with a sc in the 3rd dc of any 5 dc shell.

 
Round 6: ch 4, dc in same st as joining (v-st made), [sk 2 sts, v-st in next st],repeat from [ to ] once more, sk 1 st,* v-st ch 1 v-st in next st (corner made), sk 1 st , v- stitch, sk 2, v-st across to the next corner, sk 1*, repeat from * to * around, sl st to beg ch 3.

If using a different color then start your round with a sl st and ch 4 in any dc of the previous round.


The finished square should look like this!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Simple Crochet Hair Bow Pattern


 


Simple Crochet Hair Bow Pattern

Size

Pattern makes a 4 ½ inch bow

Materials

·         Worsted weight yarn- any color (color A)

·         Worsted weight yarn in contrasting color (color B)

·         Crochet hook size h/8-5.00mm

·         Yarn needle

Gauge

Finished bow size = 4 ½ inches across

Stitch Abbreviations

ch: chain stitch

hdc: half double crochet

sl st: Slip Stitch

st(s): stitch(es)

Instructions

Main Bow

With Color A, ch 16.

Row 1: hdc in the next 7 sts; sl st in the next st; hdc in the next 7 sts; turn.

Row 2: ch 1, hdc in the next 7 sts; sl st in the next st; hdc in the next 7 sts; turn.

 Rows 3 -6: Repeat row 2. Fasten Off.


With color B, weave the yarn through the center of your work (through the sl sts that you made). You can also just pinch the center of your work and insert the yarn through there.Once your yarn is completely pulled through, wrap around the center of your work a few times and tie off. Weave in All loose ends.




Hot glue barette on the back to complete your bow. The End.

© 2012 Copyright by Monet Gipson
All rights reserved, not to be reprinted
Patterns are for personal use only.
Not for commercial or retail purposes.
Items made from my patterns may not be sold.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Crochet Pumpkin Coasters Pattern

Crochet Pumpkin Coaster Pattern




Size
Coaster Measures 5.in x 4.5 in, sizes may vary

Materials
* Worsted weight yarn - Orange
* Worsted weight yarn in contrasting color - Green
* Crochet hook size I9/5.50mm
* Yarn needle

Stitch Abbreviations
ch: chain stitch
sc: Single crochet
sl st: Slip Stitch
st(s): sticth(es)
hdc: half-double crochet
dc: double crochet

Instructions
Pumpkin
With orange;
Ch 5, sl st to form a ring.
Round 1: ch 1, sc, hdc, 5 dc, hdc, sc, hdc, 5 dc, hdc, sl to first sc.

Round 2: ch 1, sc in same st as join, hdc in next st, 2 dc  in next 5 dc, hdc, sc, hdc, 2 dc in next 5 dc, hdc, sl st to first sc.

Round 3: ch 1, sc in same st as join, hdc, 2 dc in each of the next 10 sts, hdc, sc, hdc, 2dc in next 10 sts, hdc, sl st to first sc.

Fasten off, weave in ends.

Stem
With green; and on the opposite side of your work (where your other hdc,sc,hdc sequence is)

Sl st in the first dc to the right of the first hdc (the hdc on the right)
Row 1: ch 1, sc in same st and in each of next 4 sts.

Row 2: repeat row 1, twice more.

Fasten off, weave in ends.





Hope you enjoyed my tutorial; don’t forget to check here for more patterns and view My Etsy as well.


© 2014 Copyright by Monet Gipson
All rights reserved, not to be reprinted.
Patterns are for personal use only.
Not for commercial or retail purposes.
Items made from my patterns may not be sold.

Halloween Coffee Mug Cozies

Halloween Coffee Mug Cozies are now available for purchase in my etsy shop!!
 
 
These are too cute, I just keep imagining a person working in an office setting with one of these on their coffee mugs; these would definitely add a little  humor to anyones work day!
 
More to come, buy one today while the 20% Off Sale is still going on, sale ends Fri. Sept., 7, 2012 @ 11:59 PM PST!
 
Please remember you have to manually put in the coupon code to receive the extra 20% off, it is not automatic.
 
Coupon code: LABOR20

Friday, August 10, 2012

Granny Square, Granny Square, Granny Square!

About a week ago I decided I need to start coming up with more original patterns for my works and this granny square is the end result. Its fairly simple and basically just consists of shells and v-stitches.

The pink and blue one was the first square I made and the other is the second square I made.




 I was surprised how easy it was to come up with a square of my own once you get the hang of where to make your corners. I hope to make a blanket with my new square soon :) Wish me luck! I will definitely update again with my progress on the blanket.


-Mone't

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Crochet Hair Bow Pattern

Crochet Hair Bow Pattern

Size
Pattern makes a 5” bow

Materials
•Worsted weight yarn- any color (color A)
•Worsted weight yarn in contrasting color (color B)
•Crochet hook size h/8-5.00mm
•Yarn needle

Gauge
Finished bow size = 5 inches across

Stitch Abbreviations
ch: chain stitch
sc: Single crochet
sl st: Slip Stitch
st(s): sticth(es)

Instructions
Main Bow
With color A, Ch 28.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in the next 13 ch; sl st in the next ch; sc in the next 13 ch; turn- 27 sts

Row 2: Ch 1; sc in the first sc and in the next 12 ch; sl st in next st, sc in the next 13 ch across; turn -27 sts

Rows 3 – 6: Repeat row 2.
Fasten Off. (Leave a few inches of yarn hanging to sew the ends together)

Fold your work in half then with a yarn needle; sew both ends of your work together.


Now pull your yarn through and tighten to make the bow, then wrap your yarn around the center a few times and tie off.

This should be your end result.

 You could finish your bow off here if you want, or you could continue on with this tutorial and create the center piece for the bow.

Bow Center
With Color B; Ch 9, turn.
Row 1: Sc in each st across (8 sc)
Repeat Row 1 one more time.
Fasten off. (Remember to leave enough excess yarn to sew the ends together)


Now position your center piece in the middle of your bow and sew it together. Weave in all ends.

To add a hair accessory to the back just hot glue a barrette clip to the back and you’re done.


My finished bow with a barrette:


Visit my Free Crochet Patterns page to download the PDF version of this pattern and to view my other patterns

© 2012 Copyright by Monet Gipson
All rights reserved, not to be reprinted
Patterns are for personal use only.
Not for commercial or retail purposes.
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Monday, February 27, 2012

Crochet Coffee Mug Cozies

I'm a Disney lover, can you tell?




I have been on crochet frenzy lately. I stayed up all night last night crocheting coffee mug cozies.

I love these things, they're so easy to make and there's so many possibilities when making them!

Aluminum Crochet Hook Case

My Case :)




I've needed one of these for a long time and now I have one! I found this Pattern on One Little Rayndrop's blog, her cases look amazing.  I had to modify mine some, I didn't have any hard plastic to go on the inside of the cover as the pattern suggests so I used cardboard instead. By me using cardboard I had to change the pattern that I used on the outside cover so that there weren't any spaces to show the cardboard. I think it worked pretty well though. :)

I was pleased with the end result for my first try at it but I plan on making another one, a bigger one seeing as I have to put double the crochet hooks in almost every spot LOL.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

New Crochet Baby Blanket-Pink Purple and White

Lately i've fallen in love with the shell pattern and decided to come up with my own pattern and here it is.




Ta da!

Its so pretty! Ths blanket is going to be so adorable when it is finished. I have a friend thats having a baby girl soon, im thinking i'll give this to her as a gift, hmmm.... we shall see.

Until next time..

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Its been a long while

Wow. I havent written in here in forever. Many things have happened thats for sure. The biggest and greatest thing in my crochet life is that I opened an Etsy shop!! Yay!! I've had it for a good while now and it is starting to pick up greatly. I'm so glad i've chosen to sell my work and make others happy with my things. I have even gotten a few custom orders, which I loved doing.

Right now i'm selling wash cloths and baby blankets. At first it was mainly wash cloths as they are fast and easy to make. Then I sold some baby blankets here and there but now i'm focusing on the blankets. Yesterday I completed the cutest blanket I have EVER made... it's a black and white blanket with a hot pink crocheted border. Ugh, so cute. It's zebra inspired and the cutest thing ever. I wanted to keep it for myself its so cute. I have listed it for sale but its made to order with different border color options. I hope it does well. Its too cute not to!

I'm coming up with new designs everyday hoping to beef up my inventory a bit. Right now it's pretty low. I see some wash cloths coming soon. lol They were pretty popular for awhile anyways.

That's it for now. I plan to write in here more often so, see ya soon!
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