Sunday, July 20, 2014

Pettiskirt Crochet Pattern in Review

A few years ago I was working with a photographer in Chicago and she needed a few photo props...Well, I sat down with my yarn (Red Heart to be exact) and whipped up this beauty. It is still one of my favorites today. I mean, who doesn't love ruffles??? And lots of them!

For the stitches, you'll use: Chain, slip stitch, single crochet, double crochet and then front and back post single crochet. Don't be intimidated by the front and back post--it's easy!

Now, how in the world do you use the basic stitches and come up with a ruffle skirt? Layers my friend. Layers.

By utilizing the front and back loops of the stitch, you can go back and work on top of the stitches to add layers.

This skirt works up as follows: brim, base skirt, and then ruffles added in layers to finish. Sounds easy right? You should try it! You can get your pattern here from our website pattern store, Etsy or Ravelry.

Now, this was designed primarily as a photography prop. I used Red Heart Super Saver yarn to create it so it is a little heavier, and not meant for personal use....HOWEVER, you could use a lighter yarn, as long as you match the gauge, to create a light weight version that could be worn.


I think that you'll find these final product photos from the Pettiskirt Pattern just adorable! 
made by BriarRoseCrafts (project from Ravelry)
Callie Beardall (FB)
made by Meykillian (project photo from Ravelry)

Friday, July 18, 2014

Every Woman Has a Favorite Pair of Shoes! Shoe pattern that is!

I have been working on adding shoe and slipper patterns for all ages over the past 6-8 months....and just in case some have slipped through through the cracks, I wanted to feature them! They range from baby to adult, and most offer multiple sizes. If you're interested in any of the patterns, you can check them out in RAKJ's Instant Download Store, Etsy or Ravelry.  If you haven't ever tried shoes patterns, jump in and give'em a try! It's not difficult, and if you keep you gauge consistent, your shoes WILL turn out the same size! Don't trick yourself into thinking they will be different-- that's the most heard excuse out there!
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 Ashley Loafers
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 Brooke Slippers (Adult)
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 Button Up Boots
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 Cable Slippers (Adult)
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 Classy Sassy Slippers
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 Cozy Adult Slippers
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Baby Crocodile Stitch Boots 
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 Toddler Crocodile Stitch Sandals (multiple sizes)
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Ladies Crocodile Stitch Slippers (multiple sizes) 
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Dana Loafers 
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 Dream Slippers
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Elf Slippers 
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Everyday Slippers (multiple sizes) 
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 Frog Loafers (multiple sizes for baby/toddler)
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 Glee Slippers 
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 Lola Sandals
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 Moky Croky
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 Rainbow Swirl Mary Janes
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 Strappy'do Sandals (multiple slippers)
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 Super Sneakers
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Tranquil Slippers (multiple sizes)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Sweet & Sassy Hat in Review

I've been thinking about this design for a while now... it was one of my first designs and I would like to share a few things about it...

First, it only uses the BASIC stitches: chain, slip stitch, single crochet and single crochet decrease. The flowers do use chain, slip stitch, single crochet and double crochet, but that's it! So, like I said, BASIC stitches!

You can purchase this pattern here on the website, Etsy and Ravelry. It's a great pattern to have on hand because I have included all sizes from newborn to adult...so you can make one for you and one as a gift for all of your friends and family!

Now, what if you're a beginner? I have lots of tutorials that you can utilize to crochet this pattern, so jump in and start with this one! It's straight forward and a great pattern to try!

Now, it does use the 'back loop only' in two sections, but that's an easy breezy step. When the pattern calls for 'back loop only', use the 'back' loop of the stitch. See:
Using the back loop only will create a 'ridge' or expose a loop. It allows the item to not only have a unique texture, but also helps create a fold. I utilize this step in the top of the hat and in the fold.

I also wanted to show you how the pattern turned out for the fans.... From Ravelry...

 by treehawk

 by miwilyn

by Tanager

Great job fans! Seeing you enjoy this pattern is so heart warming! I hope you give this pattern a try and use it for years to come.