Saturday, December 22, 2012

Results of the Holiday Hat Pattern Giveaway!



Winner
Announcement!






The holiday hat pattern giveaway has ended and the winners have been chosen.  Congratulations to:

Judy G.

Gwenda D.

Carol S.

Winners have been e-mailed the patterns for the little Grinch, Santa Claus and reindeer hats.  I hope you enjoy these patterns!  Thank you to everyone who participated in this giveaway.  Look out for more giveaways soon from Tampa Bay Crochet!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Holiday Crochet Pattern Giveaway. Enter to Win!

Holiday Crochet Pattern Giveaway.  Enter to Win!



Need a last minute holiday gift?  Enter to win three crochet holiday hat patterns from Tampa Bay Crochet.  Winners will receive the little grinch, reindeer and santa hat PDF crochet patterns.  Three winners will be chosen.

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These patterns are very quick to whip up and include lots of photos to help guide you along the way.  The contest ends 12/22/12 at 12 a.m.  You can enter below via Rafflecopter.




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Friday, December 14, 2012

Where I Buy Craft Supplies

Where I Buy Craft Supplies


Daily Crafting Deals at Craftsy.com

   I have had a lot of people e-mail me asking where I purchase my yarn and crochet hooks.  I have a few favorite local spots but you can also save quite a bit of money by purchasing your supplies online.

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  Typically when i purchase yarn, I go to Jo-Ann Fabrics and Craft Stores.  I am lucky enough to have one right across the street from my condo.  However, if Jo-Anns is running an internet sale, I try to stock up on yarn online.  One way you can save even more money is by making your Jo-Ann's purchase through Ebates.  For those of you who are not familiar with Ebates, it is a 100% free service that allows you to shop at many different types of stores and earn cash back.  If you shop at Jo-Ann Stores through Ebates, you earn 5% cash back on your total purchase. Plus, you can still use any of your coupons from Jo-Anns when making your purchase. You can also earn 2% cash back on your purchases from Walmart.  Walmart doesn't have as extensive of a selection as Jo-Anns but their prices are very reasonable.

I also recommend signing up for newsletters for any craft store you like to visit.  I am on the mailing list and e-mail list for both Jo-Ann and Michaels Stores.  I am constantly getting new coupons in the mail.  Additionally, Jo-Ann stores has an iPhone app that gives you coupons on you iPhone that you can bring right to the register.  It's nice because don't have to waste the ink or paper to print out coupons ahead of time.   

Ocassionally, I will also purchase supplies through online-only retailers, such as Annie's, Craftsy or of course, Etsy.  

Hopefully, this will help you save a little money on your crochet supplies.  I also, try to share any amazing deals I come across on my Facebook page, Tampa Bay Crochet Facebook.  If you come across a deal, feel free to post it to my Facebook page so that I can share it with all of my readers.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Free Patterns To Spruce Up Your Christmas Tree

Free Crochet Christmas Ornament Patterns



Christmas is only two weeks away!  If you are looking for some unique decorations to spruce up your Christmas tree, below are some wonderful free crochet ornament patterns.  These ornaments would also make wonderful stocking stuffers or gifts for family and friends.

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1.  Snowman Ornament by Audra Brown.  The pattern for these adorable little snowmen is available as a free ravelry download.



2.  Teddy Ornaments from All About Ami Blog.  These cut little ornaments would look great on a child's holiday tree.



3.  Little Christmas Socks by Le Monde De Sucrette.  I love these little stockings.  Would look great on a Christmas tree or at your Christmas table.  One year I used stockings similar to this as silverware holders at each place setting.



4.  Quick and Easy Christmas Ornament by Roswitha Mueller.  This angel pattern is available as a free ravelry download.



5.  Snowflake Ornament from Red Heart.  



6.  Christmas Wreath by Doni Speigle



Monday, November 26, 2012

Cyber Monday Pattern Sale!

Cyber Monday Pattern Sale


Today only receive 50% off on all Tampa Bay Crochet patterns purchased on Craftsy.  No coupon code required.  All pattern prices have been discounted 50%.  This sale will end at midnight EST.

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Friday, November 2, 2012

New Holiday Pattern Release: Reindeer, Santa & Grinch Hat

New Holiday Pattern Release

Santa Claus, Reindeer and Little Grinch Hat



As promised, I have released my three latest patterns.  I received feedback from my wonderful testers and the patterns can now be found on both Ravelry and Craftsy!  Thank you again to everyone who volunteered to test these patterns.  

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I have been working on these patterns for weeks and I am very happy with the finished product.  I think these will make great holiday hats.  The Santa Claus and Reindeer hats include all sizes and have separate instructions for a beanie hat and an earflap hat.  The little Grinch is a beanie and has instructions for sizes 0-3 months through 3 years.

For a limited time, I am offering all three patterns for $5.99.






You can also purchase the patterns individually on both sites.


Thursday, November 1, 2012

Wool and the Gang: DIY Fashion and High Quality Wool Yarns

Wool and the Gang:  High Quality Peruvian Wool Yarns and Knitting Kits and Ready to Wear Items.

 I recently discovered an online retailer of high quality wool yarns, knitting kits and ready to wear items, Wool and the Gang.  Wool and the Gang was founded by DIY fashionistas, Lisa Sabrier and Carolyn Main in 2008.  They offer stunning ready to wear pieces that have been handmade in the mountainous regions of Peru using their lovely yarns.  

Not only are they an online retailer, they are also a community.  The company describes itself as, "Wool and the Gang is the first DIY fashion brand, it Is the story of a family, it's a tradition passed from generation to generation, re-invented, self taught, a bond between gang members, a gang of knitters, guys and girls from 7 to 77 years old, all tied together by a piece of yarn…".  On their website you can find many video tutorials for those who are still learning to knit.  You can also request a lesson if you do not see the video tutorial you need.

If you are familiar with knitting, Wool and the gang offers a variety of DIY knitting kits. Some of their project kits include hats, scarves, vests, sweaters and many more.  The kits come with everything you will need to make the project, even the needles!  The projects are all labeled as to their level of difficultly.   With the holidays right around the corner, these knitting kits would make the perfect gift for the knitter in your life or buy one for yourself and use it to make a homemade gift.  

If you are unfamiliar with knitting, their beautiful wool yarns would also work well in any crochet project. They come in a variety of vibrant colors.  They carry Peruvian wool, prima cotton and baby alpaca yarns.  

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Tutorial: How To Make A Yarn Pom Pom

Tutorial:  How to Make a Yarn Pom Pom

 


Adding a yarn pom pom is a great way to add a little fun to just about any crochet project.  I especially love to add them to winter hats.  Yarn pom poms are quick and simple to make!

All you need is some yarn in your desired colors, your hand and a pair of scissors!

The pom pom I made in the example below only uses one color but you can make a multicolored pom pom by switching colors after every few wraps. 



Step 1:  Start by taking your yarn and wrapping it around a hard surface.  You can use your hand, a small piece of cardboard or any other small surface. 





Step 2:  Continue wrapping the yarn.  The more times you wrap the yarn, the thicker your pom pom will be.  As a point of reference, I wrapped the yarn around my hand 30 times for this particular pom pom.




Step 3:  Slip the wrapped yarn off of your hand or surface and using a separate piece of yarn, tie a knot around the center. 






 Step 4:  Slip scissors through the loops on each end of the pom pom and cut across to create the fringe.




Step 5:  Fluff the yarn to form the pom pom.




Monday, October 29, 2012

Sneak Peak of Upcoming Holiday Patterns


I spent this past weekend working on some new holiday hat patterns.  I am really excited about my first two creations.  Here is a sneak peak of the upcoming hats:

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I am still working on cleaning up the patterns.  Then, I will have some testers double check them for me.  Hopefully, I will be releasing them later this week!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Free Crochet Pattern Release: Ribbed Cuff Fingerless Gloves

Free Crochet Pattern Release:  Ribbed Cuff Fingerless Gloves





I created this pattern yesterday morning on a whim.  It's a very basic pattern for fingerless gloves featuring a ribbed cuff.  Very quick to make, the gloves probably took me an hour total and that included the time it took me to write the pattern.  Enjoy!

Note:  This pattern is also available as a free PDF download through Craftsy by clicking here







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Materials:

Size H crochet hook
Worsted weight yarn (I used Redheart Wth Love)
Needle



Gauge:
3 dc = 1”
2 rows of dc = 1”
 
 
Abbreviations:

ch = chain
sl st = slip stitch
sts = stitches
dc = double crochet
fpdc = front post double crochet
bpdc = back post double crochet


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Pattern:


Round 1:  Ch 25, sl st to 1st chain to form a ring.  Be careful not to twist the chain.
Round 2:  Ch 3, dc in next stitch and in each stitch around.  Sl st in top of ch 3 to join round.
Round 3:  Ch 3, (fpdc in next st, bpdc in following stitch) repeat all the way around.  Sl st to top of ch 3 to join round.
Round 4:  Repeat round 3
Round 5:  Ch 3, dc in next st and in each st around. Sl st to top of ch 3 to join round.
Round 6-12:  Repeat round 5.
Round 13:  (This round creates the thumb opening) Ch 3, dc first 20 sts, ch 4, skip remaining stitches and sl st to top of ch 3 to join round.
Round 14:  Ch 3, dc in each stitch and chain around.  Sl st to top of ch 3 to join round.
Round 15:  Ch 3, (fpdc in next st, bpdc in following stitch) repeat all the way around.  Sl st to top of ch 3 to join round.
Round 16: Repeat round 15.

Tie off yarn.  Using the needle, weave in all loose ends.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

New Pattern: Two Tone Ballet Slippers



Two Tone Ballet Slippers






By
Tampa Bay Crochet

Please do not sell this pattern. 

You may also download this pattern for free through Craftsy by clicking here.


Sizes (U.S. shoe size):
Small:  5-6
Medium:  7-8
Large:  9-10
x-large:  11-12

Materials:
Needle (for weaving in loose ends).
Size H crochet hook
Worsted weight yarn.  For this pattern, I used Redheart Super Saver.

Abbreviations:
Ssc:  Same stitch cluster
Tsc:  Two stitch cluster
Sc:  single crochet
Sl st:  slip stitch
St:  stitch  yahoo


Special Stitches:
Same stitch cluster: Yarn over, insert hook in next stitch, yarn over pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through first two loops on hook, yarn over and insert hook in same stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through first two loops on hook, yarn over and pull through all three loops on hook.
Two stitch cluster: Yarn over, insert hook in the same stitch as the last stitch made, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through first two stitches on hook, yarn over and insert hook into the next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and draw through first two loops on hook, yarn over and pull through all three loops.

Slipper Pattern:
Row 1:  Ch 4, ssc 7 times in 4th ch from hook (7 stitches)
Row 2:  Ch 3, 2 ssc in each stitch around (14)
Row 3:  Ch 3, 1 ssc in each stitch around (14)
Row 4:  Ch 3, 2 ssc in next st, 1 ssc in next 3 st, repeat 2 more times, 2 ssc in next st, 1 ssc in next  st. Join with a sl st to top of ch 3 (18)
Row 5:  Ch 3, tsc in each st around (18)
Row 6:  Ch 3, tsc in each st around. (18)
If switching colors, tie off yarn and sl st with new color to join.
Row 7:  Ch 3, tsc in each st around (18)
Row 8:  Repeat row 7
Row 9:  Ch 3 turn, tsc in next 13 sts.
Row 10:  Ch 3 turn, tsc in next 13 sts,
Row 11:  Repeat row 10 until your slipper reaches your desired length.  Check the length of the slipper by folding it in half lengthwise.  Next, measure from the tip of the toe to your last completed row.  


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 Here are the desired completed lengths for each size:

For size small:  the slipper should now be around 8”
For size medium:  the slipper should be around 8.75”
For size large:  the slipper should be around 9.25”
For size x-large:  the slipper should be around 9.75”


Last Row:  Ch 1, hdc in next 3 sts, hdc2tog 4 times, hdc in last 3 sts.  Tie off leaving a 12 inch tail.  
To close the heel of the slipper:
Turn slipper inside out.  Fold the slipper in half lengthwise.  Using a needle and the 12” tail, sew the two sides of the heel of the slipper together. 
Finishing:
Turn slipper right side out.  Sl st with main yarn toward the heel of the slipper.  Ch1, sc evenly around the opening of the slipper.  Slip st to ch 1 to join.
Tie off yarn and weave in all loose ends.
You can decorate the slippers with flowers, buttons or appliqués.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Sneak Peek: Free Ballet Slippers Pattern

Sneak Peek:  Free Ballet Slippers Pattern



This past week I have finally had the time to start working on my next free pattern.  I decided to make a simple ballet slipper.  I used a cluster stitch to give the slippers texture and added warmth.  Here is a sneak peak of the slippers (they are still a work in progress).







I am pretty happy with the way these slippers are turning out.  They are very comfortable, warm and don't slip off your feet!  I hope to have this pattern ready and posted by the end of the week.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Book Review: Learn Bruges Lace by Ellen Gormley

Review:  Learn Bruges Lace by Ellen Gormley

 

 I recently picked up Learn Bruges Lace, the latest book by Ellen Gormley, author of Go Crochet!  Afghan Design Workbook

Bruges lace is a lovely style of crochet that imitates the ornate lace work done on bobbins.  For those who are not familiar with the technique, this step by step technique book provides a simple and effective way to learn.  After a brief history of Bruges lace, the first half of the book contains 16 pages of easy to follow stitch patterns.  There are ten patterns in total, each with a picture tutorial, clearly written instructions and symbol diagram.

The second half of the book contains eight different projects.  The variety of patterns include, a bracelet, two scarves, a blanket, three hats and a cowl.  Each pattern also includes a symbol diagram as well as a detailed photo of the finished item.

Lastly, readers are also provides a metric conversion chart and stitch guide at the back of the book for reference.

I was very pleased to be introduced to this style of crochet and think that Learn bruges lace is an ideal starting point for any crochet hobbyist.  I very much enjoyed the design and variety of patterns, as well as the layout of the instructional information.  The photos are visually appealing and detailed enough for a thorough understanding of the stitches. 

Learn Bruges Lace is available for purchase through Annie's Crochet in either paper or digital format for $9.95.  At only $1.25 per pattern, I think this book is an exceptional value. 

For more information on Learn Bruges Lace, or to purchase the book:  Click Here
For more information about Ellen's first book, Go Crochet!  Afghan Design Workbook:  Click Here

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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Free and Spooky Halloween Patterns

Free and Spooky Halloween Patterns


Although September has not yet come to an end, Halloween seems to be in full swing in every store.  Halloween is by far my favorite holiday of the year.  I love dressing up and decorating the house.

To stick with the theme of Halloween, here are some free crochet patterns perfect for the upcoming holiday.

1.  Crochet Halloween Treat Basket Pattern:  For carrying around all of your candy! 


2.  Halloween Tombstone Ornament:  Great little decoration.




3.  Crochet Ghost Ornament:  Another great little Halloween decoration.



4.  Crochet Halloween Spider and Web






5.   Crochet Spooky Cup Cozies:  Great for home or the office.



6.  Crochet Witch Hat


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