Crochet Headband Giveaway! {Giveaway Month}

Headband and Crochet Patterns Giveaway at www.Homesweethomebodies.net

Its time for our second round of giveaways! {In case you missed our first giveaway post, over the next month we are giving away 5 unique and beautiful prizes that you can keep for yourself, or give as a gift to someone special!  Each week we will announce the giveaway package and the requirements to enter.}

Did you know we have an Etsy shop? There are currently 6 crochet headband patterns in the shop, and each one is an instant PDF download (a.k.a. instant gratification!). These beautiful headbands make great gifts, and are easy to make over a weekend (or over the course of a movie, if you’re like me)!

For this week’s giveaway, not one, but TWO lucky readers will win a free headband pattern of their choice, and a THIRD reader will win a handmade Cable Crochet headband (valued at $20 and made by Marissa) in your choice of pink (pictured) or cream.

That’s THREE winners this week, you guys! Each person will have the opportunity to gain multiple entries – check out our Rafflecopter Widget below to see how to enter! Good luck!

(Here’s just a couple of my favorite crochet patterns – check out our shop to see more!)

Anna Crochet PDF PATTERN for Headband headwrap and flower   Cable Crochet PDF PATTERN for Headband headwrap earwarmer and flower

Be sure to check back for more giveaways (and more awesome blog posts too)!

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The Homebodies

New Crochet Pattern!

 

I LOVE to crochet.  It is so therapeutic, and so rewarding. I think I just love the fact that I can put my creative energy into some yarn, and turn it into something useful, like a blanket, or scarves, or more recently, headbands. I like that I have something physical to show for my time.  

  I have crocheted since I was about 7… Which is kind of crazy, now that I think about how young I was when my grandma taught me (and how long ago that was.. I’ve been crocheting for over 20 years…whoa).  Every time I sit down to crochet something, I think back to my childhood when I would have “crocheting lessons” from my grandma.  She would work on her AMAZING doilies, and I worked on crocheting scarves and blankets. I didn’t realize then how much I would treasure that crocheting time with her, but I have always remembered that she made the time to teach me something she loved.  It has meant so much to me throughout my life.

Cable crochet headband

I’ve always loved cabled knits, and wanted to learn how to make them. For awhile I have been thinking it would be cool to make a crochet headband pattern with a cabled texture, but I’ve always been intimidated by how fancy the cabled texture looks. But after trying a few cabled crochet patterns and getting comfortable with how they work, I finally sat down and made my own pattern for a cable crochet headband. It is much easier than I expected it to be, and I love how it looks!  This (along with the other headband patterns in my shop), is very quick to make (I can make them in one evening), and makes a great gift! So, with the upcoming holidays in mind, I am now selling the pattern for this headband in the etsy shop here!

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This pattern uses the following stitches (you can easily find tutorials online for each stitch):

– Ch – chain
– Slip stitch
– sc – Single crochet
– dc – Double crochet
– bpdc- back-post double crochet
– fpdc- front-post double crochet
– fptr – front-post treble crochetIMG_1139

Also, check out my other crochet patterns in the shop here, including my best-selling “Anna Crochet Headband“:

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 Happy crocheting!!!

Homemade Gifts (better late than never)

I know my posts have been somewhat sporadic lately- but I don’t feel too
bad because I have been busy busy busy with working on reorganizing and
redecorating my whole house!  Sound like I bit off more than I could
chew?  You’re right!  I did.  So it is still in that “worse before it
gets better” mode.  But serious progress is being made, and I’m excited
to share that soon!   Meanwhile, I will share this post that I started right after Christmas and finally finished today!  Wahoo….

February is pretty much over, and I still haven’t shared what I made for Christmas gifts.  I have to admit that while I was really pleased how things turned out, and I spent a ton of time on making gifts, I really didn’t take many pictures of what I made, so I have been kind of procrastinating this post because I felt like I didn’t have much to show.  Oh well.  I am going to show you what I do have pictures of, mainly for documentation purposes!

I crocheted star ornaments for co-workers, neighbors, and family, tutorial courtesy of Jellywares.  I liked the ones done in sparkly, thinner yarn the best.

My boys got these jammies on Christmas Eve.  I just used some of their old PJs as patterns, with Toy Story fleece I got long ago in a discount bin.

“Baby Jammies”
“Big Boy Jammies”

There wasn’t enough Toy Story Fleece left to make a pillowcase (the big boy loves to put his fleece blankets over his pillow to sleep, so I thought a fleece pillowcase might feel nice to a 3-year-old cheek), but I had some coordinating fleece, and I just appliqued cutouts of the characters onto the front of the pillowcase.

My mom strongly hinted before Christmas that she would like one of my adjustable ruffle aprons, so of course I made her one, in music note fabric that she had for years before she gave it to me.

I made her another apron, a chef- style, reversible, adjustable apron, again with fabric she gave me.

I hurried to make this Christmas apron for my mother-in-law when, just a week or two before Christmas, we were cooking in her kitchen and we tried in vain to find an apron.  Plus, I just figured every grandma needs a Christmas apron.  It just seems so… homey, and grandmotherly.

I think she liked it!

I have to show this picture partly because of my 16-year-old brother’s amused face, and partly because my cereal box gift boxes ended up being really useful!  I roughly followed this tutorial from curbly.

I made neckties for my brother Collin, my dad, and my husband using this tutorial and free pattern from Puking Pastilles.

You can’t see it well in this picture, but my son is holding a sock monkey I made from my husband’s old black dress socks (clean of course).  This picture is the moment before he stuck it in his mouth and bit it.  Yep- a sign of love.  Or something.  See my post here about sock monkeys.

Below are the hats and a scarf I crocheted for my sons.  They hated them while I was making them and trying them on their heads over and over, but I guess they forgot about it, because they seem to like them and even tolerate wearing them for long-ish periods now.  I can’t seem to find the patterns I used (very loosely, maybe even not recognizably), but I will add that if/ when I find them.

I made a couple of wetbags for nail polish, toiletries etc. for my
sisters, but I only got one semi-decent picture of one of them, which Marissa is holding below.  I used fused plastic bags for the inside, fabric remnants for the outside, and a zipper closure.  I didn’t use a pattern for these, just kinda “wung it”.

My brother-in-law Richard wanted a “cool” billed beanie, and although I was nervous about giving it to him, I think this one fit the bill.  Haha, get it?  The bill?  Ok… moving on… I used this old shrunken sweater with great texture and a plastic restaurant takeout bowl (covered in duct tape) for the bill.  I didn’t really use any pattern for it, but I studied pictures of this type of beanie, checked out the child’s visor beanie tutorial on Eenie Meenie and Moe (previously Creative Maven) and watched the Threadbanger video for inspiration.  It was trial and error the whole way, but I learned a few things… maybe I’ll share in it’s own post.

Shrunken sweater to visor beanie

I loved the simplicity and versatility of these reversible cape/ jacket/ scarf “thingies” which I made for each of my sisters… I’m sure there’s an official name, but I don’t know what it is!  Yeah, you can’t really see what it’s supposed to look like in this picture, so check out the pictures and tutorial over at liaspace.  I think they are so stylish for spring, and I am going to have to make one for myself!

Ok, for the last few pictures, I need to give a little background info.  Each year, my siblings and I (including in-laws) draw names and we make one “gift from the heart” for the person who’s name we drew.  It’s not supposed to be real costly, and we have to put thought and effort into it.  We are supposed to use our talents, and if possible the gift should speak to the talents or interests of the person we give to.

My brother Tayler started playing chess and going to chess club when he was in elementary school or middle school, and he collects unique chess sets from all over the world, so I immediately knew, as soon as I saw the tutorial for this rolled paper chess set from paper, plate, and plane that this is what I would be making him.  It took quite a while to make, but I started early, so I wasn’t stressed.  I love how it turned out with his initials in the middle!  I used my silhouette to cut the board squares and the initials, and I measured and cut all the other strips just with a ruler and my paper cutter.

My husband made this word art for my youngest sister Anna.  He asked each person in the family to come up with at least 5 words that they felt described Anna, and he arranged those words and added little drawings/ pictures using Inkscape.  He used colors that would match her room decor.  The more times people used a certain word about Anna, the larger that word was on the picture.  I love how it turned out!

Richard made this “Older brother award” plaque for my husband.  My husband tends to beat everyone at whatever game they play together, be it tennis, racquetball, ping pong, chess, boardgames, etc- in true older brother fashion.   So in honor of that, and to poke fun of it, he got an award.  Haha.

Marissa crocheted some amazing wool Norwegian house slippers for Cara, since Cara loves all things warm and cozy.  This is a really cool pattern because you just crochet alternating colors into an ‘L’ shape and sew it together a certain way before felting it in the dryer.  I believe Marissa used this tutorial from Mommy Knows.

My brother Tayler wrote a very complementary composition about my youngest brother Collin, and it was enjoyable/ hilarious to hear him read it out loud.

Collin made me a beautiful wooden box in his woodworking class.  I was really impressed with how well-made it was.  He used all sorts of techniques including laminating, turning on a lathe, and a bunch more  that I don’t remember (because really, I don’t even understand what I just said- I know he explained how you laminate pieces of wood together, but I can’t remember.  I’m just impressed).

My sister Anna reverse- stenciled a funny T-shirt and decorated a composition notebook for Richard.  She did a great job!

Cara put together a “Cupcake Decorating” binder with recipes, decorating tips, pictures, and inspiration for Marissa, who has a passion (which we all enjoy) for baking cupcakes.

I still get warm fuzzies looking at all these pictures.  I love making gifts, and I am enjoying this season of my life where that is still possible. >happy sigh<

Merry Christmas!

Are you all ready for Christmas?!  It seems like no matter how early I start preparing for Christmas (and believe, me, I’ve been at it for months now) I just keep adding more to my list of things to make/ do.  Oh how I love Christmas time!  I’ve tried to not completely over-schedule myself, wanting to keep in mind the reason behind the Christmas celebration- which for me is about remembering Christ and also filling my heart with compassion and love and then acting on it.  I am touched by all the kindness I have witnessed or heard about this season.  That warm fuzzy feeling is the reason I decided to try an experiment over this past year: a series called Making the World Sweeter.  My hope was that (as Ebenezer Scrooge said in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol), “I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”  My original goal was to incorporate into my giving a monthly crafty project for charity other worthy project- and invite all of my readers to participate.  I did participate in some sort of giving each month and I was able to join and blog about eight projects- many of you also participated, which was awesome!  I have to say, I have felt good this year!  Although I wasn’t able to do a project every month, I feel like I stayed with my goal of being mindful of others and mindful of my giving.  I think an added bonus that I wasn’t expecting was an increased feeling of contentedness and gratitude for what I have.

Many of the projects in this “series” (which you can see if you click on the “Making the World Sweeter” link above) cost very little if anything, but had the ability to affect someone’s life profoundly.  Quite a few of the projects are ongoing, so if you are interested, take a look at some of the projects and you can still participate!  (Some of the projects include knitting or crocheting hats for newborn babies, making sanitary pads to help girls stay in school, sock monkeys for kids displaced by fires, and ideas for “drive-by” giving (for the homeless) to name a few.)

Anyway, I hope it has been a good year for all of you, and that you are enjoying this wonderful Christmas season!  I wish I could wish each of you a Merry Christmas and hand you a plate of cookies, but just know that I am sending goodwill and happy thoughts your way- yes you!

P.S: Because I like to be helpful, and I know that some of you might still need to come up with a few gifts for various people in your lives, here are a couple of ideas that might be of use:  😀

I made these crocheted stars found at Jellywares and I think they make sweet ornaments (thin yarn and small hook) or drink coasters (thicker yarn and medium hook).

Cinnamon ornaments/ gift tags are a lovely gift or package topper.

These pop top cans could be filled with Christmas goodies for a fun neighbor gift.

You might find some inspiration in our “Tutorials” section, fun things like:

Infant Scratch Mitts for the wee ones…

Easy Shower Caps (a colorful and unique addition to a spa- themed gift pack)…

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…Or these Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles– trust me, they are divine!

Wishing all of you the Merriest of Christmases!  See you next year!

Our First Giveaway!


As many of you know, I recently started an Etsy shop, selling hand-crocheted headbands, earmuffs, and scarves. I have had a lot of fun with it! A few of you mentioned that you would love to have a pattern for my headbands. Well, I have been working on it for the past couple of weeks, and without any further ado, I would like to announce that I have my first pattern written out and up for sale! Now, here is the BEST part:

Because we love our readers so much, I am giving away one of my headband patterns for FREE to 3 lucky people!!!

(Also, for those of you who do not crochet, I am clearing out my shop for the spring, so I am giving all of you a special code for 25% off of everything in my shop! Feel free to share it with your friends! Use HSH25OFF at checkout!)

So, here is what you do to enter the giveaway – you can have a maximum of 3 entries total (comment on this post, telling us what you did):

1. Blog and/or facebook about this giveaway with a link back to this post
2. Blog and /or facebook about our Etsy shop sale (homesweethomebodies.etsy.com)
3. Become a follower of our blog (or just let us know that you are already following!)

**This giveaway has been extended to accommodate more of our wonderful readers! It will now end on March 15! Hurry and enter!!! :)


Making the World a Little Sweeter- January

Are you ready to jump into the first Making the World a Little Sweeter project?  I’m excited!  Click here to read the background on what Making the World a Little Sweeter is all about!

Our first project this year is a crocheting/ knitting project. We will be participating in the Good Goes Caps for Good program. It requires minimal time yet has the potential to make a big impact. Consider the following:

“Nearly 4 million babies die each year in their first month of life – half within their first 24 hours – mostly from preventable or treatable causes. But by giving mothers and caregivers a package of simple tools, including guidance on healthy newborn care practices, the majority of these deaths could be prevented…. This is where you can help by making a cap! Your caps will be sent to Save the Children’s newborn health programs in Africa, Asia and Latin America.” (taken from the Caps for Good Action Kit)

Basically, you can help save a baby’s life by making a tiny little hat which will be given to a new mama and baby somewhere far away.

What to do:

  • Check out even more free newborn hat patterns here and here, or feel free to scroll down and use the crochet pattern and tutorial I have shared with you.
  • Knit or crochet a tiny cap.
  • Mail the cap to: 
Save the Children, Caps for Good
c/o The Doe Fund
173 Cook Street
Brooklyn, NY 11206 
by the end of February (program ends then).
    • Tell someone about Caps for Good so they can get in on the fun.

    I know some of you are thinking “A tiny little cap?  Easy.  I can bust that out in about 20 minutes.”  People like my sister Marissa.  Come to think of it… why didn’t she write this post?  Oh, right, because she is super busy with her public health internship…  oh well, you’re stuck with me.  The rest of you (myself included) may not have such stellar skills in the needlework department.  BUT- this project really is easy.  If I could do it, you can do it too.  The hardest part for me was figuring out how to read a crochet pattern, which I have never done before.  But after some sweat and tears (well, ok, figuratively) and 5 attempts (the last two finally looked like hats!), I think I might be able to help.

    This is the pattern (minus the fancy cherries on top) which made me feel as if I could actually successfully crochet a hat, so with a few modifications, I did it!  The body of the hat is just really simple; all you need to know how to do is a single crochet stitch (click for an illustrated how- to).  So, the hat is made in a circular fashion, starting at the top, and coiling around until you get the desired length.  The instructions will be given in rounds, i.e. Rnd 1, 2, 3, etc. Most patterns will have you begin by crocheting a small chain, and working several stitches into the first stitch you made.  That really confused me at first, but you really do add all those stitches in that one little loop.  Well, I’m getting ahead of myself.  How about a picture tutorial to get you started?

    Simple Baby Beanie Tutorial & Pattern

    This beanie is sized to fit a very small infant, or newborn’s head. 

    Use any type of soft yarn to make this hat.  I used baby yarn because I have quite a bit that belonged to my husband’s grandmother, and it was just begging to be used (after 20+ years…).  I used my smallest crochet hook, I would say a size F or G.  Adjust the size of your hook according to the thickness of the yarn you are using.

    First make a slipknot in your yarn, like this:

    Now crochet a chain 3 stitches long.

    Then, connect your short little chain so that it becomes a tiny little circle, by adding a single crochet stitch to the other end of the chain.

    Now add 6 more single crochets into that same stitch, and you end up with a flower- like circle, like this:

    That was Round (Rnd) 1.

    For Rnd 2, add 2 single crochets into each stitch in your circle (14 stitches in all this time around).  Your circle is getting bigger!
     

    Rnd 3: Add one single crochet (sc) into the next stitch, two sc into the next, and keep alternating between one and two sc per stitch for 21 stitches.

    Rnd 4:  One sc into the next two stitches, then two sc in the third stitch, and repeat that pattern all the way around the circle (28 stitches).

    Rnd 5: One sc into the next three stitches, then two sc in the fourth stitch, and repeat that pattern all the way around the circle (35 stitches).

    Rnd 6: One sc into the next four stitches, then two sc in the fifth stitch, and repeat that pattern all the way around the circle (42 stitches).

    Rnd 7: One sc into the next five stitches, then two sc in the sixth stitch, and repeat that pattern all the way around the circle (49 stitches).

    Rnd 8: One sc into the next six stitches, then two sc in the seventh stitch, and repeat that pattern all the way around the circle (56 stitches).

    Rnd 9-23: One sc in each stitch until the hat is the desired length (approximately 14 more rounds).

    Finishing the hat: Try any style of trim you want, or just do a simple slip stitch in each stitch once around the hat.  A slip stitch as I understand it starts out just like a sc but when you put your hook through the middle of the stitch and grab the yarn, you pull it through both of the loops you have on your hook at once.

    Cut the yarn and tie it off by threading the end of the yarn through the loop your hook was in two times, then pulling tight.  You can then trim the yarn close to the knot or leave a tail and weave it into the hat so it doesn’t show.

    I turned my hat inside out because I like the look of the stitches on the inside best.

    Now, don’t worry if the number of stitches isn’t quite the same or stitches aren’t perfectly even or you think it is too big or too small or too anything.  The point of this is to make something to keep a little one warm and to feel warm fuzzies (no pun intended) for the recipients.  Just take a deep breath and say “It’s good enough!”

    If you need clarification on anything (or if you are a crochet pro and you find a mistake in my pattern and want to correct it), shoot me an email at rochelle@homesweethomebodies.net and I will do my best to point you in the right direction.

    Good luck and I would love to see pictures and/or a link to your blog post if you make a hat! 

    Headbands

    Crochet Headbands {Home Sweet Homebodies}
    Have you seen people wearing these cute headbands everywhere this winter? I love them! I have been so inspired them, and I decided to try my hand at making some! It has been really fun to come up with new designs and join in this little trend.

    Here are a few pictures of the headbands I’ve been making!







    I’ve started an Etsy Shop! Come by and visit! :)

    http://www.etsy.com/shop/HomeSweetHomebodies

    Crocheted Baby Blanket

    A few years ago, I started a tradition of crocheting baby blankets for the new babies in the family, starting with my youngest sister…(wow that was 12 years ago). When I found out Rochelle was pregnant a couple years ago, I decided to make this blanket for her baby-to-be. I made this blanket from a pattern that was included with the yarn I bought, for it. I don’t remember the brand of yarn it was…it was a big 1 pound skein of baby yarn, and I got it at JoAnn Fabrics, and I am pretty sure it is still sold there if you are interested in making it.

    This is my precious nephew as a newborn, wrapped in the blanket I made for him:



    Here is the second blanket I did for my second nephew last April – I liked the way this one turned out a little better – it was bigger, and I think the stitches look better.





    Here are some other crocheting projects I want to try:

    Baby Nest and beanie
    Frog baby hat (this could be cute – the eyes could be bear ears or monkey ears)

    Do you know of any other good “crochet for baby” patterns that would make good gifts? I would love it if you shared your ideas and links!