Last Chance! Grab the code while you can.

Last Chance!

Today is the last chance to grab the Mug Love Cup Cozy and the Simple Stylish Boot Cuff for free! The code that Sonya Blackstone of Blackstone Designs generously offered expires at midnight tonight!  Be sure and grab it while you still can.

Boot Cuffs

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One of the top items this year is the boot cuff. I’ve been working with Sonya Blackstone of Blackstone Designs who designed the Simple Stylish Boot Cuff just for us! She has added it to her Ravelry Store, but has given us a code to get it for free until 12/31/14!  Use Code: BootCuffs14

Mug Cozy

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Cozies are another of those top wanted items this year. This fun cozy, Mug Love, is another pattern by Sonya Blackstone. You can get it for free too until 12/31/14. Use Code: MugCozy14

Edited to Add: I can’t believe I forgot to post the link to the Mug Cozy!  Mug Love Pattern Here

Templates

Find the free printable templates here: Hooked With Heart! Templates and Patterns for Free, Oh My!

Tell me, what was your favorite post this year? What would you like to see more of in 2015? Inquiring minds want to know!

A Little of This and a Little of That

Free Patterns, Free Stuff, Free Time…Okay…Just kidding…NO free time!

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Ho, Ho, Ho…Uh Oh!

Let me start off by telling  you how excited I am about the Christmas Cards I just ordered from Deb Johnson! They are PERFECT for my yarnie friends! I love that Santa is hookin’!

It’s hard to believe we are already through the first week in December. They say time flies when you’re having fun…it flies at the speed of light when you are busy!

I have had a few blog posts go up at The Crochet Crowd, and our giveaway has come to an end. Thanks to ALL who participated.

Special thanks to Blackstone Designs and Deb Johnson Illustration for their generosity. See below for the winners!

Guest Blogs at The Crochet Crowd

Be sure and hop on over to the Crowd for my guest blogs and check out the templates and free patterns you can get!

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Bottle Buddies Pattern + Printable Templates

Perfectly Paired!

Two Skeins, Two Hours, Too Good To Be True!

And the Winners Are…

Thank you to all who participated in our Giveaway! Congrats to the winners. Please email me your mailing information so I can get your prizes to you!

Winner! Winner! Winner!

Winner! Winner! Winner!

So tell me, what have you been up to? Craft shows, gift making…shopping!?

A GiveAway Brought To You By Deb Johnson Illustration, Blackstone Designs and Frogging Along!

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Frogging Along has been hopping lately. In celebration of all the new follows, and well because I love to share, I decided it was time for a giveaway!

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This giveaway will run from 11/25/2014 through 12/01/2014 at 5:00PM Eastern Time. Good Luck!

Project Bag by Deb Johnson Illustration 

(She also happens to be the brilliant hand behind my Frogging Along Logo.)

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I was given a project bag recently and totally fell in love with it. Of course the fact it has frogs on it was my first love, but then I used it and oh my! I can fit two skeins of yarn and my project into it. It’s reversible, it has a loop for my thread to go through on the out side so it doesn’t go all wonky! I can toss it into my purse. HA HA…okay I don’t really carry a purse, more like a tote bag. I also got a small tote in matching fabric that will hold my hooks and notions for the project.

Deb has generously offered to donate one of her project bags for our giveaway! She has offered up a set of Crochet Ewe personalized note cards as well. I absolutely love mine! What a perfect way to gift your crochet items! (Details on how to win at the bottom of this post!)

 Project Bag  Notecards

Free Pattern of YOUR choice! by Blackstone Design

I have been doing test patterns for Sonya for a little over a year. It is one of the easiest things I’ve ever done. She takes great care in the detail of her patterns and they are simply marvelous. I love her creativity. Not only is she offering up a free pattern of your choice if you are selected, she is offering EVERYONE a buy one get one free deal through December 1st!

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Grab your BOGO here: Blackstone Designs on Ravelry

It’s All About the Yarn!

For a little extra fun, I decided to throw in a pair of “Yarn” earrings for one lucky winner!

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And Here’s More…

With the date being expanded, I’m adding a second pair of Yarn Earrings, And…

2 Skeins of Red Heart Reflective Yarn, Enough to make the Starry Night Beanie

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How Do YOU WIN!?

It’s pretty simple. There will be four winners randomly selected. One for each prize offered. To qualify you need to visit the following sites and post the responses into a single Reply.

1. Visit Deb Johnson Illustration. Go to her store and find your favorite item. List it in your reply post. It would be great if you could go to Deb Johnson Illustration on Facebook and show her some like love!

2. Visit Blackstone Designs on Ravelry. Pick out your favorite pattern. List it in your reply post. The pattern you select will be the free pattern you will receive if you are selected as a winner. Choose carefully! it would be great if you could go to Blackstone Designs on Facebook and show her some like love!

That’s it! Pretty simple, Yes?

Hooked With Heart! Templates and Patterns for Free, Oh My!

allprints With craft show season in full swing and the holiday season upon us, it seems everyone is searching for that perfect gift item. Whether you are looking to give it or sell it, the packaging you put on your crocheted items can make a world of difference.Sometimes all it takes is a little bit of effort to set your projects a step above the rest.

After realizing the difference it made putting my cup cozies on a sleeve, I decided to work up a few other packaging options for some of the more popular selling items this year.

Find the Cup Cozy and sleeve template here: Super Simple Cup Cozy and Template

Boot Cuff Box & Wraps

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One of the top items this year is the boot cuff. I’ve been working with Sonya Blackstone of Blackstone Designs who designed the Simple Stylish Boot Cuff just for us! She has added it to her Ravelry Store, but has given us a code to get it for free until 12/31/14!  Use Code: BootCuffs14

For this pattern, I used a box template. Looks like a french fry box! If you find your cuffs are too short for the box you can put a bit of tissue paper in the bottom. The back has a place for To and From! Gift ready!

These templates are cut out on the outside line and folded on the inside lines. I used double sided sticky tape to hold the sides together.

PDF Template HookedWithHeartBox

PDF Template Boot Cuff Box (This is the same box style template with Boot Cuff written on the front and Handmade with heart on the back.)bootcuffWrapElk

As another option, I created a Boot Cuff Wrap. The Ripple Stitch Boot Cuffs is a free pattern by Kathy Lashley of ELK Studios. It’s as simple as folding your boot cuffs over and wrapping the label around it. These wraps would also work for hats, scarves, gloves or more!

PDF Template Boot Cuff Wrap (Print in Landscape)

PDF Template Hooked With Heart Wrap (Print in Landscape)

I found a fun and Free Pattern for boot cuffs with a video tutorial over at The Crochet Crowd!

Mug Cozy and Template

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Cozies are another of those top wanted items this year. This fun cozy, Mug Love, is another pattern by Sonya Blackstone. You can get it for free too until 12/31/14. Use Code: MugCozy14

Edited to Add: I can’t believe I forgot to post the link to the Mug Cozy!  Mug Love Pattern Here

It’s the perfect size to fit on the Mug Cozy Template. Add some tea, cocoa or a gift card and you’re ready to go!

PDF Template Mug Cozy

A Few Extras!

These little tags are great to attach to any project. The “Hooked With Heart” can be used year round. To and From tags with “Handmade with Love” on the bottom are perfect for gift giving or to pass out with purchases at your craft shows. Giving that little something extra someone else might not have!

The fantastic red head band pattern can be found at Tangled Happy for free! It has a great flower with it too but I had opted out of it for this particular one.

PDF Template Hooked with Heart Tags

PDF Template Holiday Gift Tags

Special Thanks to Deb Johnson of Deb Johnson Illustrations for the use of the Yarn Ball Image It was provided solely for the purpose of these templates and can not be used in any other manner. Thank you!

What is your favorite project to make during the holidays? Do you have a go to item for gift giving? What’s the craziest thing you’ve gotten, or given?

Revisiting a Seasonal Favorite and Some Fun NEW stuff from The Crochet Crowd!

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I am hustling to get some more templates released to you all this week. I have a mug template, a boot cuff wrap and more! I’m working with another designer to include some free just for you patterns! While you wait, here’s a little something to work on!

I revisited my elf hat this year and put it into PDF format for you all. I have had a few requests for this hat already this year. I’m doing one in fat red and white stripes and another in the santa suit look. (All red with a black stripe that looks like a belt with gold buckle.) Striped Elf Hat Pattern

When I released this pattern last year, I was amazed at all the fun variations everyone came up with. Shades of purples and pinks, rainbows and more! When I took these to my craft show last year I had someone waiting for me to finish the one on my hook so she could take it home. I could not make them fast enough.

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Goofy Boy!

The original hat was made for my son to wear for a special hat day at school. About 20 minutes before he walked out the door he decided he wanted me to add ears to his hat!  Unfortunately, I didn’t write down how I made them. I might have to dig the hat out and try to figure it out! I’ll let you know when I do.

I can’t help but share these as well! The Crochet Crowd has once again gone above and beyond and added some fun new holiday items to their list this year. Mikey does a tutorial on the Red Heart Dog Paw Print Stocking.

Do you have a go to holiday pattern? How early do you start hooking for the holidays?  I’d love to know!

Casting off until the next time we hook up!

Sheri

Super Simple Cup Cozy and Template

cupcozy2While getting ready for a craft show recently, I came across an article by One Dog Woof. She had some fantastic thoughts, by far my favorite was on packaging, turning the “simplest things into beautiful gifts.” I gave it a go and was so glad for it.

Slipping the cozies over the cup shape template brought them into the “Great Gift Idea” instantly!  I had an order for 20 of them as soon as they went public.

I worked up a super simple cozie pattern and went to work designing a cup cozy template.  What’s great is the template will work for virtually any cup cozy.

Super Simple Cup Cozy Pattern

K Hook (6.5mm)

Lily Sugar ‘n Cream Cotton Yarn

Edited to Add: Thanks to some input from some great ladies over at My Hobby is Crochet, I found out these cozies have been coming up differently for different people.

Hint One: Stick with Cotton Yarn. It will hold its shape better.

Hint Two: Your finished size should be approximately 3 – 3.5 inches from top to bottom and about 8 inches around. If you aren’t getting this finished size you can drop a hook size. If you find you have too much stretch in your cozy or it is too big from the start, Reduce your beginning ch. 

Hint Three: One Crocheter used the template and had her cups printed on card stock at Staples! What a fantastic idea.

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Row 1:  Working in the back loop of the 2nd chain from hook, HDC across. Join your last HDC to the top of your first HDC (20)

Rows 2-8: Chain 2, HDC in each HDC space around. Join with slip stitch. (20)

When you have worked 8 total rows of HDC, Join at the top and weave in ends. Use buttons or any variety of charms to decorate the cozy as you see fit.  Changing up colors and yarns gives you more variety.

Super Simple Cup Cozy Printable Pattern

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Cup Cozy Template

Print out the template form below, on brown card stock. I got mine in packs of 50 at Michael’s.

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Cup Cozy Template

HINT: To keep the cozies secure in place, I use bobby pins. They slip over the stitch on the edge and the pin hides under the cozy.

Edited to add:

I was asked to post a photo of how I placed the bobby pins to secure the cozy onto the template. Photo below. The bobby pins also serve as a way to keep extra items in place, ie; tea bags, cocoa, or gift card. You can poke it out the top and still hold it in place with the pins behind the cozy.

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Edited to add:

While I was out and about looking around Pinterest, I found another very talented lady who came up with a printable template several years back. It is strikingly similar to mine. If you would like to check it out, and have another option to use you can find it here:

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So, tell me, do you attend craft shows, as a vendor or a patron? What draws you to a product or booth? Do you have pet peeves that make you turn away from a table at a show? Things that attract you?  I’d love to know!

She’s A Winner!

Chilly Cables Coatigan

Chilly Cables Coatigan

So, I told you yesterday about how excited I was to do the Chilly Cables Coatigan test pattern, well the design was voted Fan Favorite! No surprise to me! I knew it was a winner from the start.

I also told you the pattern would be available but I wasn’t sure when…well guess what? It’s available today! The current sizes are for 2T and 4T. But never fear, if you can see your adult self wearing this, or even an older child, the pattern should be available in larger sizes through Ravelry in November! Keep your eyes open at Blackstone Designs on Ravelry

You can get the pattern for the Chilly Cables Coatigan along with 15 other patterns in the October issue of Too Yarn Cute.

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If you want to take your chance at winning a free copy, visit Blackstone Designs she is giving a copy away to one lucky winner!  There were 4 testers for this pattern, and all 4 designs are absolutely adorable. Just imagine what yours would look like!

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