Ok, first things first. Update on the Etsy shop: I have created and named it! My brand name will be Daisy Baby Designs (DB Designs). I originally wanted Crazy Daisy Designs, but upon a google search, a larger company by that name already exists. According to my marketing research, you generally want to pick a name that has a chance at coming up toward the top of a google search. I tried many different combinations, and Daisy Baby won out. I have also designed my logo and created a Facebook page for DB Designs. Check it out here. Oh, and I have a twitter! When my Etsy shop is finally up and running, I’ll be tweeting and posting new listings. So be sure to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ me!
Now for the fun part. We’ve gotten almost a foot of snow in my area over the last couple of days, so I have been house-bound with my ten-month-old. I decided to try my hand at a couple of new things, one of them being attaching buttons to crochet pieces! It is way easier than I thought it would be. I made a coffee mug cozy, and an ear warmer. Both for myself, which I justified by convincing myself I was practicing…Anyway, they came out pretty great! Both are made from scrap yarn I had stocked up from previous projects. I found the buttons in a pack at Jo Ann’s a while back, and I couldn’t resist buying them. I have been itching to use them ever since! Mug cozies and ear warmers are easy for me to whip out in a short amount of time, so I’m thinking I will make quite a few of them for my shop. Maybe even matching sets of mug cozies with fun colors and buttons! Both of the patterns that I used, I found for free via Pinterest. So I am posting links to the patterns, with pictures of how mine came out below.
I am hoping to make Saturday my blogging day. I will try my best to update every Saturday with the progress I’ve made during the week. As always, thanks for reading!
Coffee Mug Cozy
There are so many crochet projects I want to get done for Christmas, I am starting now so I might have a chance at getting most of them done. The first one I wanted to tackle was a hat for my 9-year-old little sister. She is a budding paleontologist, so it was an obvious choice when it came to the pattern for her. (When I say ‘budding paleontologist’, I’m totally serious. She knows more about dinosaurs than any single person I’ve ever met.) I think she’s totally going to love the stegosaurus beanie I made for her. It only took maybe 2 hours total work time to finish it, and I think it’s my best piece yet! I chose a Bernat brand worsted 4 ply yarn for the multicolored beanie, and Red Heart Super Saver worsted 4 ply for the spikes and border. I love the Bernat brand, it’s relatively inexpensive and super soft. Red Heart is a little rough, but it worked perfectly for this project. I wanted to pick colors for her that were at least a little girly, as dino things geared toward girls aren’t terribly easy to come by. Not a lot of girls begging their parents for dinosaur shirts and hats, I guess. Anyhow, here is a link to the free pattern! I can’t wait for my sister to open this up on Christmas morning!
I have officially finished my first crochet scarf! It took me about 2 weeks, due to limited time to work on it. But now that it’s finally done, I love it! It was extremely easy, any beginner could probably make it. I chose this pattern for the chevron detail. I chose to do mine in all black, but it could be made in multiple colors if you wanted to accentuate the chevron. The original pattern is located here. I have pasted the pattern below with a couple of my own notes.
- Black Yarn
- 9.00 MM crochet hook (I used a 7 MM and it turned out just fine- adjust according to what yarn you use)
ch – chain
sc- single crochet
sk – skip
Row 1-15: working in front loops, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in the next 9 ch, 3 sc in next ch, sc in 8 ch, sk 2 ch, sc in 8 ch, 3 sc in next ch, sc in 8 ch, sc 2 in next stitch, chain 2 – turn (at the end of each row, you will have two extra stitches- this is correct. This will create a zig zag on the sides as you go. You will add a trim at the end to even that out.)
Row 16-30: working in back loops, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in the next 9 ch, 3 sc in next ch, sc in 8 ch, sk 2 ch, sc in 8 ch, 3 sc in next ch, sc in 8 ch, sc 2 in next stitch, chain 2 – turn
Repeat rows 1-30 until you reach desired length. Connect ends with a row of sc.
Trim: Row 1-2: sc in row ends around entire scarf on both sides. 2 rows both sides.
Just a short blurb today about this super cute and easy ribbed headband with a ruffle rose. This took me about 30 minutes total to make! I made two, one for Daisy and one for a friend’s niece. Now that I am getting faster and a little better at crochet, I have project ideas for literally every baby I know. I’m quickly turning into a 21-year-old granny. Click to see the free pattern! Below you will see Daisy modeling the headband in her Halloween PJ’s. Judging by the second photo, I’d say she likes the headband 😉