Category: crocheting

Crochet Fox Ear Headband

Good morning! Are you awake?? Go grab some coffee!

Back in December I vended at an event for small lady businesses. A last minute decision prompted me to make what I am going to share with you today. My only regret is that I didn’t make more! These crochet fox ear FLEW off my display, I sold out within an hour of us opening. Lucky for you, I’ll show you how to make your own!

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Here is what you will need:
Red Heart Super Saver Orange
Red Heart Super Saver White
Red Heart Super Saver Black
Crochet Hook size J (6.0 mm)
Plastic Sewing needle
Orange Headband

Project Time: 1-2 hours (depending on how fast you crochet)
Project Difficulty: Medium (depending your skill level)

Dictionary:
SC: Single Crochet
SC2TOG: Single Crochet two together

Headband:

SC around the headband. There is no set amount that I would recommend.

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As you continue around the band, keep sliding your stitches together. I did this every 10 or so, until you reach the end. Once you reach the other side of the band, tie off. Sew in your ends.

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Ears:

Use a marker to gauge where you want the center of the ears. Count three spaces to the right of your marker, slip stitch.

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Row 1: In the same space as slip stitch, SC; SC in the next 7 spaces. Chain 1 (8)

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Row 2: SC in the next 8 spaces. Chain 1 (8)

Row 3: SC2TOG, SC in the next 4 spaces, SC2TOG. Chain 1 (6)

Row 4: SC2TOG, SC in the next 2 spaces, SC2TOG. Chain 1 (4)

Row 5: SC in the next 4 spaces. Chain 1 (4)

Row 6: 2 [SC2TOG]. Chain 1 (2)

Row 7: SC2TOG. Tie off (1)

Repeat on the other marker. Instead of counting three to the right, count four to the right. Once you tie off the second ear, sew in your ends.

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Around the ears:

In the space next to first stitch from the ear, slip stitch.

SC in next 5 spaces, however before you finish the final stitch, change color to black. Here is how I change colors:

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Insert you hook into your stitch, yarn over and pull through. Before you yarn over again, switch to the next color.

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Yarn over and pull through. this will give you a cleaner color change rather than completing your stitch and changing colors.

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SC in the next stitch. At the top of the ear (row 7) [SC, chain 2, SC]. SC in the next space, again before you finish, change color to orange.

SC in the next five spaces. Slip stitch in the next stitch and tie off. Repeat on the second ear. Sew in your ends.

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I also made just plain cat ears with this pattern. Instead of using orange and switching colors, just use black. It will look just as good!!

Talk Soon,
Jennifer

Explore my Etsy: Crochet Bow Headbands (new product!)

I’m SO SO excited for this new line of crochet hair accessories! I created these fun headbands because I could not for the life of me find a bow headband that I liked! So, like any maker, decided to make my own!

I have four pre-made styles available as well as will be taking custom orders.

Here are the four pre-made styles:

The Girly-Girl

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This adorable pink and blue bow headband is great for any hair style! Fits both children and adult alike!

It’s a small bow, about 5 inches wide and 2 inches tall. The color is a pink and blue in a super soft 100% acrylic yarn. The headband is a crochet cover plastic headband.

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The Lemon Pie

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This adorable yellow and white headband is great for any hair style! Fits both children and adult alike!

It’s a small bow, about 5 inches wide and 2 inches tall. The color is a yellow and sparkle white in a super soft 100% acrylic yarn. The headband is a crochet cover plastic headband.

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The ‘Merica!

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This adorable red, white and blue headband is great for any hair style! Fits both children and adult alike!

It’s a small bow, about 5 inches wide and 2 inches tall. The color is a red, sparkle white and blue in a super soft 100% acrylic yarn. The headband is a crochet cover plastic headband.

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The House of Black and White

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This adorable black and white headband is great for any hair style! Fits both children and adult alike!

It’s a small bow, about 5 inches wide and 2 inches tall. The color is a sparkle black and white in a super soft 100% acrylic yarn. The headband is a crochet cover plastic headband.

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**Custom Order**

I will be taking custom orders for this product. Customers will get to choose the following:

Headband Color
Main Bow Color
Center Bow Color

For example: in the ‘Merica headband, the colors would be the following:

Headband Color – Blue
Main Bow Color – White
Center Bow Color – Red

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Want to know more about color options? I use “I Love this Yarn!” available at Hobby Lobby. Feel free to browse the color options here, most BASIC colors will be available. Unsure if I have a color? Message me on Etsy and we can talk! Solid colors only please!

If you have any questions about sizing, custom colors, or anything else, don’t hesitate to ask!

Talk soon,
Jennifer

Easy Crochet Pendant Banner! (+ GIVEAWAY!!) [closed]

Let’s have fun with your yarn scraps!

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Happy Hump Day All!! Long time no post…I know!

Things got a little hectic in my work life and I lost a little of my work/life balance. I’m slowly working on personal goals for myself, one of which is being more present will all of you!

Alas! What do we have today?! A fun crochet project!

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I have SO MUCH yarn in my stock pile all the time.

Sometimes I buy a specific color for a project then NEVER use it again. I don’t know if you remember but I am very “use your stash” focused.

Well, a few months ago, I made this fun project which centers on using up those old scraps of yarn that you don’t know what else to use it for! I thought it would be fun to make a colorful crochet banner!

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Here is what you will need:
4-5 different color yarns
Crochet Hook (my favorite is a size J, I recommend using a I or J)
Plastic finishing needle

Project Time: 2-3 hours
Project Difficulty: Moderately Easy (basic crochet skills required!)

Pattern Dictionary:
HDC – half double
2HDC – two half double crochet in one stitch
SLP ST – slip stitch

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First, we are going to make the pendants. I made 10 but you can make as little or as many as you want.

Start off – chain 2

Row 1 – In the second stitch, 2HDC, chain 1 and turn. (2)

Row 2 – 2HDC both of the stitches, chain 1 and turn. (4)

Row 3 – In the first stich, 2HDC. HDC in the next two stitches, 2HDC in the last stitch, chain 1 and turn. (6)

Row 4 – HDC in each of the stiches, chain 1 and turn. (6)

Row 5 – HDC in each of the stiches, chain 1 and turn. (6)

Row 6 – In the first stich, 2HDC. HDC in the next four stitches, 2HDC in the last stitch, chain 2 and turn. (8)

Row 7 – HDC in each of the stiches, chain 1 and turn. (8)

Row 8 – In the first stich, 2HDC. HDC in the next eight stitches, 2HDC in the last stitch, chain 2 and turn. (10)

Row 9 – HDC in each of the stiches, chain 1 and turn. (10)

Row 10 – HDC in each of the stiches, chain 1 and turn. (10)

Row 11 – In the first stich, 2HDC. HDC in the next ten stitches, 2HDC in the last stitch, chain 2 and turn. (12)

Row 12 – HDC in each of the stiches, chain 1 and turn. (12) Finish off.

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As previously stated, I made 10 of these. Please feel free to get creative! Change colors half way, a quarter of the way, not at all the way through! Mix and match!

Just have fun!! Don’t forget to sew in your ends!

Now we are going to string it all together.

Start off – Chain 20

Take your first pendant and continue along your chain – SLP ST on the top of each stitch (12 total) Keep going after you SLP STs and chain 10.

Take your next pendant and continue along your chain – SLP ST on the top of each stitch (12 total) Keep going after you SLP STs and chain 10.

Repeat this pattern until you have used all of your pendants.

Once you reach the end of your last pendant, chain 21 and turn.

For the next row, skip the first stitch and HDC in each of the stitches along your banner. Depending on how many pendants you made changes the number of stiches you make.
For my pattern of 10 pendants, you will have 250 stitches. Chain 1 and turn.

HDC along all of your stitches again. Finish off.

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Enjoy! I made one that complimented my macramé wall décor I made a few months ago.

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I also had fun and made a pizza one. Speaking off – this brings me to my special announcement:

Drum roll please!!!

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GIVEAWAY!!! I’m excited to announce that I will now be doing a monthly give away! It’s super easy to enter.

Leave a comment with your best contact email on this post and be instantly entered to win! The drawing will be done at the end of each month.

The winner will be contacted at the end of the month via email.

What am I giving away this month? Enter to win my crochet pizza banner! (Don’t worry, I’m not going to send you spam email, I promise!!)

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 I’d love to see your creations! I know I have more banner ideas I cannot wait to share! Be sure to enter to win!! 
Happy Crafting and talk soon,
Jennifer

Make, Create, and Appreciate Shop is here!!

Hey everyone!

So I bet you’ve been wondering where I’ve been? If not, that’s okay! I’m about to tell you!

Work has kept me preoccupied, but don’t think I haven’t been diligently working on blog content! 

I’m excited to announce that my Etsy shop is officially open for business!!

I have a closet full of stock that I’m ready to sell! For right now I have just a few items up for sale. Be on the look out for more items to come! I posted about cute hats that I crocheted (also working on a post about them!)

Browse, shop, buy! Treat Yo Self!! Check it out here!

Talk Soon,

Jennifer

 

Sailor Moon Crochet Scarf

Guys, I have a confession.
My name is Jennifer, and I’m a Pinterest addict.

Who isn’t these days?! However, I am always trying to dig out of the “pinning hole” and start making the things I pin!

I was going through my “yarn crafts” board, and I stumbled upon this “Sailor Moon Scarf” and decided to make this for a friend for Christmas.

My endeavor first began by knitting this scarf for my friend. Let me tell you, this took FOREVER!

GIF via here

During this time, I also took up crochet with my mom. Fast forward two months. I began doing a lot more crochet projects than knitting. I find crochet goes by much quicker.

I decided to try making this pattern by crocheting. Much success!

Now, be nice – this is my first pattern that I’ve written down! You should see my notebook when I was developing the pattern. Try and decode that!

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I am tailoring this pattern to Sailor Moon, please see the photos for different variations! Here is what you will need:
1 skein Red Heart Super Saver Blue*
1 skein Red Heart Super Saver Hot Red*
1 skein Red Heart Super Saver White*
1 skein Red Heart Super Saver Bright Yellow*
Crochet Hook size J (6.0 mm)
Plastic Sewing needle

Project Time: 1-2 days (depending on how fast you crochet)
Project Difficulty: Medium (depending your skill level, I’ve only been crocheting for a few months!)

*You will have A LOT of yarn left over! You will probably me able to make 2 or three scarfs.

I’ll say this now – sew in your ends each time you change colors and at the beginning and the end of each piece!

Bow (using Hot Red) Chain 16
Row 1 – Starting in the second loop from the end, half-double crochet (HDC) and in the next 14 loops. Chain 2 and turn.Rows 2-24 – HDC in each of the 15 loops. Chain 2 and turn.
Row 25 – HDC in each of the 15 loops and finish off.

Pinch the center together and wrap the same color yarn around the center until you have made your bow.

Center pendent (using Bright Yellow) Chain 2
Row 1 – In the second loop, single crochet (SC) 8 in the loop. Slip stitch (Sl St) to the first crochet. Chain 1
Row 2 – 2 SC in each of the 8 stitches. Sl St to the first crochet. Chain 1.
Row 3 – [1 SC in the first stitch, 2 SC in the next stitch]* Repeat from the astrick (*) until the last stitch. SC in the last stitch. Sl St to the first crochet. Chain 1.
Row 4 – [SC in the first 2 stitches, 2 SC in the next stitch]* Repeat from the astrick (*) until the last stitch. Sl St to the first crochet. Chain 1.
Row – SC in each of the stitches till you reach the end. Sl St to the first crochet. Finish off.

Tie the pendant to the center of the bow and tuck the ends into the back. Set aside.

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Okay, the scarf may look intimidating, but it’s pretty much the same pattern for every row!
Scarf (start with Hot Red) Chain 27
Row 1 – Starting in the second loop from the end, half-double crochet two together (HD2tog). HDC in the next 10 stitches. In the next stitch, 3 HDC in the same loop. HDC in the next 10 stitches. In the last two loops, HD2tog. Chain 2 and turn.
Rows 2-3 – Half-double crochet two together (HD2tog). HDC in the next 10 stitches. In the next stitch, 3 HDC in the same loop. HDC in the next 10 stitches. In the last two loops, HD2tog. Chain 2 and turn.

Row 4 – Half-double crochet two together (HD2tog). HDC in the next 10 stitches. In the next stitch, 3 HDC in the same loop. HDC in the next 10 stitches. In the last two loops, HD2tog. Switch to Blue. Chain 2 and turn.

Rows 5-11 – Half-double crochet two together (HD2tog). HDC in the next 10 stitches. In the next stitch, 3 HDC in the same loop. HDC in the next 10 stitches. In the last two loops, HD2tog. Chain 2 and turn.

Row 12 – Half-double crochet two together (HD2tog). HDC in the next 10 stitches. In the next stitch, 3 HDC in the same loop. HDC in the next 10 stitches. In the last two loops, HD2tog. Switch to White. Chain 2 and turn.

Rows 13-16 – Half-double crochet two together (HD2tog). HDC in the next 10 stitches. In the next stitch, 3 HDC in the same loop. HDC in the next 10 stitches. In the last two loops, HD2tog. Chain 2 and turn.

Row 17 – Half-double crochet two together (HD2tog). HDC in the next 10 stitches. In the next stitch, 3 HDC in the same loop. HDC in the next 10 stitches. In the last two loops, HD2tog. Switch to Blue. Chain 2 and turn.

Rows 18-33 – Half-double crochet two together (HD2tog). HDC in the next 10 stitches. In the next stitch, 3 HDC in the same loop. HDC in the next 10 stitches. In the last two loops, HD2tog. Chain 2 and turn.

Row 34 – Half-double crochet two together (HD2tog). HDC in the next 10 stitches. In the next stitch, 3 HDC in the same loop. HDC in the next 10 stitches. In the last two loops, HD2tog. Switch to White. Chain 2 and turn.

Rows 35-103 – Half-double crochet two together (HD2tog). HDC in the next 10 stitches. In the next stitch, 3 HDC in the same loop. HDC in the next 10 stitches. In the last two loops, HD2tog. Chain 2 and turn.

Row 104 – Half-double crochet two together (HD2tog). HDC in the next 10 stitches. In the next stitch, 3 HDC in the same loop. HDC in the next 10 stitches. In the last two loops, HD2tog. Switch to Blue. Chain 2 and turn.

Rows 105-120 – Half-double crochet two together (HD2tog). HDC in the next 10 stitches. In the next stitch, 3 HDC in the same loop. HDC in the next 10 stitches. In the last two loops, HD2tog. Chain 2 and turn.

Row 121 – Half-double crochet two together (HD2tog). HDC in the next 10 stitches. In the next stitch, 3 HDC in the same loop. HDC in the next 10 stitches. In the last two loops, HD2tog. Switch to White. Chain 2 and turn.

Rows 122-125 – Half-double crochet two together (HD2tog). HDC in the next 10 stitches. In the next stitch, 3 HDC in the same loop. HDC in the next 10 stitches. In the last two loops, HD2tog. Chain 2 and turn.

Row 126 – Half-double crochet two together (HD2tog). HDC in the next 10 stitches. In the next stitch, 3 HDC in the same loop. HDC in the next 10 stitches. In the last two loops, HD2tog. Switch to Blue. Chain 2 and turn.

Rows 127-137 – Half-double crochet two together (HD2tog). HDC in the next 10 stitches. In the next stitch, 3 HDC in the same loop. HDC in the next 10 stitches. In the last two loops, HD2tog. Chain 2 and turn.

Row 138 – Half-double crochet two together (HD2tog). HDC in the next 10 stitches. In the next stitch, 3 HDC in the same loop. HDC in the next 10 stitches. In the last two loops, HD2tog. Chain 1 and finish off.

Grab the bow, thread a piece of white yarn through the center and attach it to the top of the red row. For more stability, anchor the corners of the bows accordingly.

Now show off! I made sailor Mars, Saturn, and Jupiter. Many more to come! I research on Pinterest how to may a crochet heart or star instead of a pendant. I would love to see what you come up with!

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Please met me know if you have any critiques on how to write better patterns, since this was my first time!

Show me your work! I would love to see it! #MyMCAart!

Talk soon,
Jennifer

Crochet 101: My adventures in learning to crochet!

Hey everyone! I’m excited to say that I can finally crochet!

Learning to crochet was on my crafting “To-Do” list, but I never got around to trying to teach myself. In early October, my mom and I decided to go to the open house at our local Jo-Ann’s and talk to the teacher of the crocheting class to find out more about it.

The benefit of going to Jo-Ann’s to shop for classes during the “open house” is all of the classes are half off (except for cake decorating). As a result of this, my mom and I decided to sign up for both “Crocheting 101” classes.

Crocheting 101: Basics
This class was great! There were only four of us in the classes and taught us how to chain, single, double, and triple crochet. We had enough time to learn a little about crocheting granny squares, but I was still trying to get down the basics.

Crocheting 101: Basics!
Crocheting 101: Basics!

Crocheting 101: Baby Cable Scarf
This class was a little more difficult. I was still a little frustrated with the basics, so I learned more about reading patterns rather than more advanced crocheting. Although, I was able to get past my frustrations after taking this class!

It was a super laid back atmosphere and there was even free supplies. (Thanks Lion’s Brand!) I strongly suggest taking a class! For the Basic 101 class we only paid $15 and, like I said, the supplies were included! So if you end up not sticking with it, you’ll only out $15 bucks!

My first "real" crocheting project!
My first “real” crocheting project!

I’m really excited now that I know the basics of crocheting. I’m excited to share the basics of what I learned in these classes as well as the many projects to come!

Talk Soon,
Jennifer