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Mini Wreath Pattern

Mini Wreath FREE Crochet Pattern

More free patterns coming at you tonight!! Emma and I have been out of commission lately because of our dear sweet new babies, but we wanted to bring forth a few quick, free patterns for you to make before the holidays! We released The Velvet Scrunchie Pattern tonight and we wanted to add these cute little wreaths as well! These are super basic and fun to make, perfect for a little tree decor or cute stocking stuffers!! <3 This pattern is super versatile and can be done with any yarn size with a hook size to match!

Happy making! 

 

Materials:

-Scrap yarn of any color. 

-Scrap yarn of a contrasting color

-Hook size to match said scrap yarn

-Yarn Needle and Scissors

 

THE PATTERN:

Create a Magic ring

Single Crochet 20 stitches into the center of the Magic Ring. 

Tighten the Magic Ring by pulling the tail. 

Do not slip stitch or chain, but simply single crochet into the first single crochet and crochet around the circle. 

Single crochet around once more, for a total of 3 rows of single crochet. 

Slip stitch and finish off. 

Weave in your ends. 

Use your yarn needle and an opposing color of scrap yarn to create your bow. 

Use your yarn needle and the same color of scrap yarn as your wreath to create a loop from which to hang your wreath!! 

 

Thats all!! 

Please tag your projects @createdmakers and #tinychristmaswreath so we can see your makes!! <3 

 

Velvet Scrunchie Pattern

Velvet Scrunchie Crochet Pattern

Velvet seems to be all the rage right now and I will tell you why! This yarn is some of the softest “yarn” I have ever touched! ITS SERIOUSLY SOOOO SOFT! Like, go pet this yarn if you don’t believe me. This is the Bernat Velvet yarn and its sold at both Joann Fabrics and Michaels, so its easily accessible!

Because I love this yarn, and you guys so much, I wanted to make this scrunchie my gift to you this holiday season. I think these are absolutely perfect for stocking stuffers and for quick, selfish gifts too!

You will find the pattern below, happy making!

SCRUNCHIE PATTERN:

Materials:

– A wee bit of Bernat Velvet Yarn (I’m not sure on the exact amount, I would say about 50 yards or less)

-5.5 mm crochet hook

-Scissors, Yarn Needle

-Hair Band (I used these hairbands!)

 

The Pattern:

Make a slipknot and put your hook into the hole created.

Take the hairband and SC around the hairband, filling the hairband with stitches until you can no longer see the hair tie. Push the stitches together a few times to ensure that you have fit as many stitches as possible onto the hairband.

Once you come back around to your first stitch, slip stitch to it.

Now, CH 2. Place 3 DCs into the first stitch of the first row. Then, place 3 DC into each stitch around. (This is what will cause the scrunchie to ruffle!)

When you reach your CH2, slip stitch to the top chain and finish off.

Weave in your ends, being sure to knot them well.

You’re all done!

Congrats on your super fast scrunchie!! These scrunchies make the perfect quick gifts, whether you give it for someone’s hair or just as arm candy. 😉

Please tag your projects on Instagram with @createdmakers and #velvetscrunchietrain so I can see all of your beautiful scrunchies!

Teach Yourself to Knit: “Knit Two Together” Knit Decrease

Last week,  I showed you how to increase (or, add a stitch) to your knit project. This week, I show you the opposite – how to decrease and remove a stitch! These two techniques are necessary to learn if you want to shape the top of a hat, the face of a stuffed toy, or the bust of a sweater. Today’s decrease is the Knit Two Together, seen in patterns as K2Tog.

What you’ll need:

– yarn

– knitting needles

Note: this decrease is right leaning.

Once you have come to the point in your project where you want to decrease, start by finding the stitch that is one stitch away from the end of your needle.

Now comes the oh-so-complicated part… Insert your needle into this second-stitch-from-the-end as well as the stitch on the end…

Yarn over…

 

And pull the yarn through and off the needle. And you’re done! Easiest thing ever, right? You’ve literally just knit two stitches together.

This decrease is the easiest to make use of, especially in projects that don’t require a particular lean (the top of a basic hat, for example). Of course, if you don’t want to worry about lean, you can always substitute the specific decrease called for in a pattern for this one for the sake of ease.

Check back often – I have many more techniques (including more increases and decreases) coming soon!

 

Emma Knopp

Teach Yourself to Knit: “Knit in Front and Back” Increase

Now for the knitty gritty (pardon the pun) – Shaping! You can do a lot with the basics but this is where you can really start having fun. Learn how to place increases and decreases and you open up a whole other world for yourself!

Today I’ll be showing you the most basic increase, used most often in simple patterns.

Keep in mind, there are different increases and decreases that tilt in different ways. Today’s increase leans to the right. You don’t always have to take this into consideration, but in some cases, choosing the correct lean can add polish to your finished product.

What you need:

– Yarn

– Knitting needles

This increase is referred to in knitting patterns as “knit in front and back” (abreviated to kfb).

Note: you’ll notice in my images that I have the working yarn in my left hand. This is called “Continental Knitting”. The only difference is which hand holds the working yarn; the stitches I demonstrate are worked in the same way whether knitting continental or traditional. 🙂

 

Begin by inserting your needle from front to back, as if to knit the stitch.

Yarn over,

And pull the yarn through.

 

Normally, to knit a stitch you would now remove the stitch from the left-hand needle. For this increase, do not yet drop the stitch. Instead, rotate your needle to the back and insert your needle into the same stitch a second time – this time from the right to the left.

 

Yarn over,

 

And pull through.

 

 

You can now drop the stitch from the left-hand needle. You should have a stitch that looks like mine, pictured above.

 

 

And here is what the stitch looks like in your finished project. Find a few patterns that call for this stitch and work them up for practice. After a few finished projects, you’ll have an idea of how to place increases to get the desired effect and you’ll be ready to start designing your own patterns! After you learn the decrease, that is. The tutorial for that is coming next Wednesday! 🙂

Show me what you’re shaping in the comments below!

 

Emma Knopp

How to: the Easiest Cast-On!

If you’ve never knit before and are wanting to learn, this cast on is the perfect place to start! Simple and easy, quick and practical, this method is all you need to start your project on the right foot.

I’m not even sure what the official name for this method is… All I know is that it’s definitely the easiest!

What you’ll need:

– two knitting needles

– yarn of your choice

As you will with most of your projects, start off by creating a slip knot. We have a tutorial here if you’re not sure how.

Place your slip knot onto your needle,

and tighten it up by pulling the tail and the working yarn in separate directions.

Take the working yarn into the palm of your hand and wrap your fingers around it. Holding your hand palm facing down, keep your thumb on top of the yarn.

Now, roll your fist away from yourself, simultaneously turning your palm upwards. This should wrap the yarn around your thumb. When looking at your palm-upwards hand, the yarn should be traveling through your fingers, past the left side of your thumb, around the back and then on to the needle.

Now bring the needle downwards, crossing the yarn over itself.

Next, point your needle up towards your thumb and pass the point of the needle under the loop that has been formed on your thumb.

Finally, slip your thumb out and you’ll be left with something that looks like the image above.

 

Tighten by tugging on your working yarn and you’ve completed the first cast on stitch!

 

Continue casting on until you have the number of stitches needed for your project.

And, that’s it! Above is what this cast on looks like once you’ve knit into it. It creates a nice twisted/braided effect. Its not the most stable cast on but if you’re looking for stretch, this will do the trick.

Was this post helpful? Please let us know in the comments below!

Emma Knopp

Color Inspiration (Fall Fresh Edition)

The 60* days have arrived and I couldn’t be happier. Now I can more appropriately look forward to the changing of the leaves, trips to the pumpkin patch, and the beginning of the holiday season! I’m also one of those weirdos that always loved back-to-school season so September is very nostalgic for me.

 

I’m really loving these soft, muted, somewhat unconventional fall colors. They bring the warm wines, rusty oranges, and dusty pinks so well known for fall color palettes while providing a new, crisp, clean feel to balance it out and make it fresh and modern.

If you’ve been itching to cozy up underneath a blanket project, consider one of these palettes to make it seem all the warmer. A sweet baby layette for all those end-of-summer babies (July and August are the most common due dates!) or some new fall-ish home decor would also look festive in these colors. Now is also a good time to get going on your holiday cards – your family will look oh-so-sweet and put together with outifts in these coordinating colors! 😉

As for me, a sweet granny square blanket and a series of woodland creatures are occupying my project basket – all incorporating these seasonal shades and soon to make their debut on the blog!

Tell us what you’ll be making with these fall hues in the comments below!

Emma Knopp

Emma’s September Favorites!

The dreary gray and crisp air have arrived! I’m in love. Makes all the baby snuggles that much more enjoyable. 🙂

These cool, crisp days are perfect for any number of crafts – but for some reason, embroidery is what I’m always drawn to in the fall. Have I ever finished an embroidery project? No! I’m too impatient to complete all those tiny stitches. But rest assured, I have *started* many a piece! I admire those who can sit through any needlepoint craft – especially cross stitching. Phew.

Trending in home decor in the last few years are minimalism and farmhouse styles… Not usually together. However, these embroidery projects pull together my favorite elements of both trends – simplicity and modernity, and sweet, soft, grandma’s house vibes. The best part about these projects? They’re so simple I just might be able to complete one! 😉

 

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I’m in love with this one. So modern, yet so soft and sweet. I’d love to hang this on the wall in Sully’s room!

This would also be awesome embroidered onto a t-shirt. It has very Northwest vibes – something I’m very into as an Oregonian. 🙂

It doesn’t seem like this would take long – less than an hour, I’m sure.

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Speaking of t-shirts… This project is so cute! Everybody has a plain white pocket tee in their closet, don’t they? Why not take it up a notch?

The only stitches you’d need to know here are the daisy chain and the french knot – both extremely quick and easy!

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This one *looks* more complicated… But I assure you it isn’t all that bad. With the backstitch, the daisy chain, and the french knot in your arsenal, you can have this one completed in 30 minutes. I’m loving the wintery vibe this color palette brings, too. Imagine a tiny version of this as a gift tag at Christmas!

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I can’t help but laugh at this one! But let’s be real – we all feel this way sometimes. Why not express it in such a cute way as this? I can see this one going up in my kitchen where you’ll hear “ugh” frequently uttered when I realize I have to cook dinner… Or clean the kitchen… Or go grocery shopping…

This one may take a little more time, but it’s nothing but straight (“crewel” style) stitches and, again, french knots.

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This one may be my favorite. I love the colors, I love the style, and I love the tiny characters following the tiny path to their tiny house. This one would be a little more time consuming but not any more difficult… And oh, so rewarding. What a sweet addition this would be in any child’s bedroom!

What are your go-to crafts when the clouds roll in? Do you delve straight into knitting a sweater or spinning soft yarn? Or do you pull out the papercrafts and get started on holiday cards? Let us know in the comments below!

And keep an eye out for tutorials on how to do each of these stitches – so that you can complete an embroidery project of your own!

Emma Knopp

DIY Bandana Bibs with Video Tutorial!

DIY Bandana Bibs with Video Tutorial!

DIY Bandana Bibs

If you haven’t noticed, Emma and I are all about all things baby right now. Since we both were expecting in the late summer, we have focused a lot of our blog posts towards baby items! These bibs take the cake as one of the easiest sewing projects I have ever done. PS: I am NOT by any means a seamstress, so if I can make these bibs, so can you! These bibs make awesome baby shower gifts and you don’t have to use a lot of fabric, so you can easily grab an 1/8 of a yard of multiple different patterns to add some variety!

For this project you will need the following materials:

-A paper cut out pattern guide (see the video for further explanation)

-Scissors

– Fabric of your choice (I just used Anti-pill fleece and flannel from Joann Fabrics)

-Snap Pliers

-Size 20 Plastic Snaps (My favorite snaps come from KAM snaps)

– Thread

-Sewing Machine

-Pins for lining up the fabric before sewing it

-This video tutorial by Sam and Lure!

 

 

What I love the most about this type of bandana bib is that you can make it any shape and size that you desire. You can even increase the size of the triangle pattern guide you use to make an adult sized one!

Another idea to make these bibs even more useful is to use an extra layer of fabric (giving you three total layers) so that the bibs are more absorbent and slick away more of that lovely snot, drool, and spit up!

MY favorite way to make these bibs is double sided, with a cute printed side and a neutral side so that I can style my babe however works the best!

Happy making! Share your makes and your favorite print combinations with us on Instagram using #createdmakersdiy

DIY Window Upcycle

A few months ago, a woman in my neighborhood was replacing all of the windows in her home. She posted the old windows for free on facebook and I snatched up as many as I could as quickly as I could! These beauties were original to the house built in the 1920’s and have so much character. I have a whole stack and a long list of projects to do with them!

This one was one of a kind, tall with one large pane in the bottom and three small panes in the top. The plan was to hang it and use it as a dry erase board but sadly it blew over in the wind as I had it set outside waiting for a wash. The large pane shattered but look now – the perfect space for a cork board!

 

The three top panes will still be used as dry erase boards and are perfectly separated for three separate lists (in my case, our grocery list, honey-do’s, and notes) and the large cork board space on the bottom will be perfect for pinning coupons, reminders, pictures, and notes. This will be an easy and straightforward DIY but I’ll show you exactly what I’m doing so that you can easily follow along!

First things first, I purchased this roll of cork off of Amazon and this set of picture hanging hardware from Target (I used the bumpy piece at the top of the image). Then, I prepped the window by cleaning it and removing any broken glass and bonding from the large pane space.

 

Next, I measured the open space and cut cardboard into the same dimensions. I didn’t have one piece that was big enough for the space, so I had to cut a few pieces to fit when placed together.

Then, I cut my cork into the same dimensions. The roll of cork that I bought is not very thick so I cut two pieces to layer together for more thickness.

Laying out my cardboard, I carefully lined up and hot glued one piece of cork on top.

Once the cardboard was glued to the cork, I glued the second layer of cork on top.

Since my cardboard was not all one piece, I felt that it needed some stability at the seams. To stabilize it, I simply sealed the seams with hot glue. If you have one large piece of cardboard, you can obviously skip this step. 🙂

With my cork now stabilized, I placed it inside my window as you would a picture into a picture frame. From here, you can either hammer nails into the sides of the window to keep the cork in place, or I’m sure you can find and install the little metal tabs that come in store-bought frames – but I just used my trusty old hot glue gun. 🙂 It was already hot and ready after all!

On the front of my window, there is a little latch handle that I was planning on removing. However, it turned out to be a much bigger endeavor than I had anticipated so instead I tied some twine to the latch handle and the other end to a dry erase marker. Now my marker is at the ready for all my charting and list making needs!

The last thing I did was install the hardware for hanging. This will vary depending on what hardware you buy but mine was simple – just two small nails driven through the holes in the hardware and into the wood. Because the window is large and somewhat heavy, I installed two pieces of hardware, one on either side.

And now all that’s left to do is hang it! I have a wall right inside my front door that serves as sort of a command center with a calendar, a mailbox, a place to set our wallets and keys, and now this beauty.

Got any old windows laying around? Comment down below to let me know whether you’ll be trying this out! You can also use the hashtag #createdmakersDIY to show us your finished product!

Emma Knopp

Mickyla’s August Favorites!

Mickyla’s August Favorites!

Lately, I’ve been obsessing over all of these gorgeous hints of fall patterns I’ve seen coming on Instagram. I’m partial to the fall and the winter, so the summer is always a hard time for me to sludge through. But I can see a light at the end of the tunnel!

Some great fall projects I’ve been noticing in particular are;

 

This Cozy Cardigan from Twisted Arrow Designs

This cardigan by Meghann over at Twisted Arrow Designs. We’ve featured Meghann here before, but that is because her patterns are stellar and she is awesome! So why not feature her again?? This cardigan is the perfect combination of cozy and lightweight. It allows for some serious snuggle without smothering the wearer. And, as always, Meghann’s patterns are fantastically easy to read and come with all the instructions needed to get the maker from the first stitch to the last! This cardigan will be coming out as a limited time release only, so keep an eye on Meghann’s Instagram for all the release details!

 

Giant Pumpkin Ami

This awesome giant pumpkin amigurumi pattern by Amber from @divinedebris is giving me all the fall feels. I’m so excited to grab this pattern when it comes out to make my own!! Amber made the body of this pumpkin out of Caron Big Cakes, which was my go-to yarn last year for triangle scarves and cowls. I’m excited to try the yarn for a new type of project though!

 

Thats all for today folks!!

I’m currently 39 weeks and 6 days pregnant so I definitely have other things on my mind right now. 😉

We also would love to hear from YOU who you’d like to see featured on our next Meet the Maker/ Link Share post! Is there a maker that has been inspiring you lately? Tag us on Instagram with #createdmakers or comment a maker in the comments section for us to check out!

Hopefully the next time I check in here, I’ll be holding a baby 😉

#makejoy

Mickyla Jackson

Five Things They Don’t Tell You About Giving Birth

A few weeks ago, I talked about our sweet Sully’s early arrival. Since then he’s gained at least another pound and formed quite a few opinions! 😀

Baby boy is eight weeks old today and his birthday is still so fresh in my mind. We really had a very uneventful birth (aside from my water breaking a month before my due date…) but even so, I felt a little in the dark about a few things that I simply hadn’t been expecting. There will always be something that you could not have foreseen, but my hope is that this list will help to prepare you at least a little. 🙂

 

1. For your water to break is not as uncommon as they say (“Only in the movies,” eh?)

My water broke after a long day of working and laundromat-ing, two minutes after my husband returned home after sitting in traffic for an hour longer than usual, and six minutes before I was supposed to leave for my second shift of the day. Lucky for us, the timing was perfect but it was all so unexpected! Your water breaking can’t really be anything but a surprise but I still wish I had known the likelihood beforehand.

Don’t freak out! It’s not commonly dangerous for you or baby when your water breaks, as long as you get to the hospital within a reasonable amount of time. Statistically, only 15% of women have their water break spontaneously, so you likely won’t have this happen to you. However, that *is* only about 1 in 6 women. Not as impossible as the world seems to think!

 

2. Tears are not as painful as they sound (if you have the right expectations)

Yes, postpartum recovery is painful and difficult, but if you expect for that to be the case (and not for you and hubby to leave the hospital skipping and singing with rainbows under your feet), it really isn’t that bad. You won’t be writhing in pain for six weeks, I promise! Sure, you’re having the longest period of your life and sure, you might be pretty tender down there but with the ice packs, numbing spray, and Depends you likely stocked up on (or were given by the hospital) it really is very manageable and not as nightmarish as it seems.

Do make sure to drink plenty of water, get lots of rest, and enjoy that squishy babe as much as you can. This is a special time and a time where it is imperative that you take care of yourself. I promise you, it will go by so quickly.

Opa meets Sully.

3. The likelihood of your midwife/doctor actually attending your birth is pretty slim (but it’ll be okay)

Because you never know when Baby will decide to make an appearance, there’s a good chance your doctor won’t be on staff at the time. Maybe you’ll get lucky! But if you don’t, don’t worry – all the staff at your chosen hospital/birth center are trained to the same standard and will give you the same level of care, even if you haven’t built the relationship with them that you had with your doctor. You’ll be well taken care of, no matter who’s on staff when you arrive!

If you aren’t birthing at a hospital, you might have a greater chance of getting your midwife to assist your birth, as most birth center midwives are “on call” – literally poised and ready to come to you whenever you call them.

 

4. Your baby will look like an alien at first (even to you)

Yes, it’s true – even Mama’s can think their baby is ugly! But it won’t be for long. When a baby is brand new, they have a lot of fluid in their systems (they have been soaking in a whole lot of fluid for nine months, after all!) so they may seem puffed up or swollen, especially in the face. This will dissipate over time as they adjust to the outside world.

A baby’s head will likely be misshapen as well. Their skull is made up of a series of plates, each plate spaced apart from the others to allow the head to squeeze through the birth canal without causing too much damage. The plates then fuse together as the child grows older. This odd shape will also subside, and usually very quickly. My son had a total cone head but within mere minutes it was very much more round. Over the next couple of weeks, the shape will get better and better.

Some babies are born with bruises as well. Solomon had a bruise right on top of his head because he was born “sunny-side up” (facing my pubic bone instead of my tailbone). Your doctor or your baby’s doctor will do a full inspection of your baby as soon as he is born and you’ll immediately be reassured that these are of no consequence, simply marks of being born. The bruises will disappear within a few days.

5. You’re not done when you’re done (as much as you want to be done)

Once Baby is born, there will be lots to do – you’ll quickly be repaired if you tore, you’ll be poked and prodded until your placenta is born, you’ll likely be encouraged to begin breastfeeding… And then there will be the slew of visitors coming to the hospital and your home, as well as many (many) MANY appointments in the following weeks.

Let me tell you something… You will survive. This was the hardest part of giving birth for me – I really don’t enjoy being busy and I was so. very. tired. But I survived. You will too! The visitors will be satisfied, the appointments will peter off, and you’ll soon be left alone to rest. And it’s so important that you rest! Rest whenever you can.

And then begins the long and arduous work of parenthood… Often said to be the hardest and most rewarding season of your life! And I tell you what, they’re right. You’ll survive newborn-dom, you’ll survive toddler-hood, and then he’ll be off to college and you’ll be looking back on it all with fondness. Ask for help when you need it, don’t sweat the small stuff, and enjoy your babies while you have them! <3

Emma Knopp

Huggable Mermaid Amigurumi

Huggable Mermaid Amigurumi

This huggable-sized little gal is one of my favorite designs to date. I began writing this pattern after seeing a photo on Pinterest of a Mermaid Amigurumi that I was not able to find the pattern to. I loved the idea of a little stuffed mermaid, especially since my daughter’s 3rd birthday was coming up and I knew that she would freak out with delight if she received a mermaid. So I embarked on the task of writing a pattern with shaping I had no idea how to do and with intricate details, like the mouth and hair that I also had no idea how to do. This is how all designs start right? Out of an utter lack of knowledge and skill?? 😉 Just kidding. But really, this design has seen some major reworking to find itself to you today!

I love this design mainly because of the size of the finished product. These dolls end up about 14 inches tall, which makes them the perfect size for the toddler age to drag around. Soft and squishy with customizable hair styles, they also make the ideal doll for preschoolers. Both of my daughters (one preschool aged and one toddler) absolutely love their mermaids! This design can even be made for babies, because you can choose to stitch the eyes on (like the mermaid pictured above) instead of sewing on buttons (like the mermaid pictured below) to reduce the risk of a choking hazard.

The Pattern

This Huggable Mermaid Pattern is now listed up in our Shop section for you to purchase! You can also purchase the Mini Mermaid Pattern and this Huggable Mermaid pattern as a bundle and make both sizes!

I would love to see how your Mermaids turn out! Tag me on Instagram @createdmakers and #createdmakers so I can see your finished products!

Enjoy the Pattern <3

 

-Mickyla

#makejoy