Fall Headbands

Don’t you just love a quick and easy fall crochet project! I know I’ve said it before I really do love this time of year! Here’s a great crochet project to get you in the mood for fall. Plus, it’s quick and easy to make.

Materials:

#4 Worsted Weight Yarn – I used Caron Simply Soft

J/6.00mm hook

Yarn Needle

Scissors

 

Stitches:

sc – single crochet

dc – double crochet

ch – chain

st – stitich

sl st – slip stitch

 

Pattern Notes:

Chain does not count as a stitch

This pattern is written in US terms

 

Instructions:

ch 10

Row 1: dc in 2nd ch from hook, dc in each st across, turn (8)

Row 2: ch 1, sc in each st across (8)

Row 3: ch 2, dc in each st across (8)

Repeat Row 2 & 3 until you reach your desired length. Use yarn tail to join. Finish.

Sizes:

These are the total number of rows that I made to reach the desired sizes for my children and myself.

Toddler- 36 rows

Small Child – 38 rows

Me – 44 rows

I used this pattern to make the pumpkin applique. In order to make an apple, I simply used red yarn instead of orange, but I used the exact same pattern.

 

You could also use my sunflower applique free pattern to create another adorable fall headband. The possibilities are endless!!

I can’t wait to see the gorgeous headbands you create! I’d love for you to share them with me. Don’t forget to tag @katiebugdesign or use hashtag #katiebugdesign.

Happy Hookin’

Sunflower Applique

 

What’s the best part of fall? Honestly, I don’t think I could pick just one thing … or even two things. There are so many amazing parts to love about fall. To me sunflowers are a beautiful way to usher in this wonderful season. So of course I had to create my own sunflower appliqué.

 

I created a large and small version for you to enjoy. I also included some different ideas of how you can use your sunflowers.  

Materials:

Medium Worsted Weight Yarn – Yellow and Brown
I used Caron Simply Soft in Chocolate and Super Duper Yellow
G/4.5mm
Yarn Needle
Scissors

Measurements:

Small – 3 ½ “
Large – 4 ¼ “
Sunflower sizes can also be made larger by using a larger hook size,  or smaller by using a smaller hook size.

Stitches:

sc – single crochet
hdc – half double crochet
dc – double crochet
tr – treble crochet
ch – chain
st – stitch
sl st – slip stitch
rnd – round

Pattern Notes:

This pattern is written in US terms
Chains do not count as a stitch

Instructions:

SMALL
using brown yarn, create a magic circle
Rnd 1: ch 2, make 10 hdc into the magic circle, sl st into top of ch 2 (10)
Rnd 2: ch 2, 2 hdc in each st around (20)
Rnd 3: *ch 3, sl st in 3rd st* repeat around

change to yellow
Rnd 4: ch 1, work the following into the ch 3 space,
*sc, ch1, dc, ch1, tr, dc, ch1, sc*, repeat in each ch3 space around
sl st to join and finish off.

LARGE
using brown yarn, create a magic circle
Rnd 1: ch 2, make 10 hdc into the magic circle, sl st into top of ch 2 (10)
Rnd 2: ch 2, 2 hdc in each st around (20)
Rnd 3: ch 2, *1 hdc in first st, 2 hdc in next st* repeat between * around (30)
Rnd 4: *ch 3, sc in 3rd st* repeat around, last ch 3 sl st into 4th st from chain

change to yellow
Rnd 5: ch 1, work the following into the ch 3 space,
*sc, ch1, dc, ch1, 2 tr, dc, ch1, sc*, repeat in each ch3 space around
sl st to join and finish off.

Now that you have your sunflower made, how are you going to use it? Here are some the ways I used mine.

 

 

I’d love for you to share your sunflower projects with me.

Happy Hookin’

You “Shell” Love This One!

Baby blankets are one of my favorite things to crochet and I enjoy trying new and different patterns. So I knew when I saw this cute shell stitch blanket from Amy over at The Stitchin Mommy I knew that I had to give it a try for my sweet cousin-in-law.

Her nursery colors are yellow and grey (LOVE this combination) so I decided to incorporate them into the beautiful baby blanket and I am so excited by how the blanket turned out!

You can find the free pattern here.

Now, I did not put a border on my blanket and I adjusted the size of the color stripes in mine, but her pattern is really easy to follow. I love to customize my baby blankets to make them even more special for the person I am giving them to. There are just so many colors and combinations to choose from. It really gets my creative juices flowin’!!

I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Happy Hookin’!

If you’re looking for other baby blanket ideas, check out this Easy Peasy Baby Blanket.

Quick & Easy Baby Blanket

Who doesn’t love a quick and easy baby blanket?

I recently had the opportunity to help one of my dear friends (and surrogate sister-in-law) with a baby blanket she was working on for her youngest daughter, Clara.

After seeing the adorable Easy Peasy Baby Blanket that I created for my daughter, she just had to make one for her daughter too. She started working away on this baby blanket (whenever she found time) for about 2-3 weeks and then, as is the life of a mom of 3, she became busy, the blanket was put aside and life went on in it’s normal crazy way.

Fast forward several months and her sweet little Clara is about to turn one. I’d just run across this awesome article Alternative to Gift Giving at Birthday Parties and I was trying to come up with a non-toy present idea for this soon-to-be one-year-old. And seriously y’all, I was having a little bit of trouble.

*Insert Lightbulb Moment* All of a sudden, I remembered that blanket that was started all those months ago. “What if I finished the blanket and that would be my gift to Clara and her mom?” After trying to plot ways of sneaking it out of her house or roping her husband into helping me, I finally decided that I was just going to ask her about it (because seriously y’all, I’m not very sneaky).

I was a little nervous that she might not like the idea. I thought maybe she would want it to be something that she alone had created for her daughter. Luckily though, she loved the idea!

She quickly brought me what she had started and handed it right over. With less than a week until Clara’s birthday, I started hookin’ away.

One of the things that I loved about this blanket when I was making it for my daughter, was that it works up so quickly. This made it much easier for me to be able to finish Clara’s blanket in such a short period of time.

Birthday Time!

I think one of the best moments in any crochet project is seeing that look on the person’s face when you give them whatever it is that you have made. In a cookie cutter world where it is so easy to just run to the store and grab something off the shelf to present as a gift, I truly believe the simple act of taking the time to sit down and create something special, with that person in mind, can be so much more special.

Now in all honesty, Clara wasn’t super impressed with her blanket. She is only one and I can’t really fault her for being more interested in that yummy cake they were letting her destroy. However, the excitement on her mom’s face was what made my mad dash to get it finished all worth it!

It’s Easy Peasy!

The pattern that I used was a free pattern I found on Yarnspirations.com and the blanket is called the Easy Peasy Baby Blanket.

I used the Caron Simply Soft yarn in Strawberry. With Clara’s blanket, I did make it a little bit smaller than the pattern says. Partly because I ran out of time (and yarn) but also because if it’s anything like the one I made for my daughter, it’ll be carried around with her and I don’t want her to be stepping all over it.

What are some of your favorite baby blankets? I’d love for you to share them with me!

Happy Hooking,