Sunday, July 27, 2014

NEW Crochet Pattern: Country Charm Tote

I am thrilled to present this new pattern!
It has so many neat features in the tote...
from the open design to the unique handles, ruffles and fun flower...
I just know you're going to enjoy crocheting this bag for 
YOU and all of your friends and family!

One of my favorite things about designing this tote is how it evolved.
I began with a sketch from my idea notebook and as I started, I almost quit 2-3 times!
I didn't like the way it looked after the first row of open stitches 
but I convinced myself to just keep going and I trusted that the repeats 
would make it look better.... and so, I kept going...and wa-lah!
Now, after I finished the body of the bag, the ruffles were a blast to add as a fun flair too!
I debated on 10 different styles of handles....but I knew that I wanted something unique.
And so I decided on the chain handle--and gave it a wrapped grip! 
I must say--this is one of my new favorite designs!
But I might be biased...Yep. Probably so.

But you decide!
You can purchase the pattern here in RAKJ's download store
or on Etsy or Raverly, too!

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Ryan's Hat...not just for boys! NEW Crochet Pattern!

I love my little twins...and they love everything I make. They are 6 and they think that anything I make is automatically theirs. Well, with all of the hats coming in for the Chemo Cap Drive, I have been having to explain that those are for sick children--but they kept asking which one was theirs....SO, I set out on a mission to make one just for them. (yes, his front tooth is barely hanging in...he thinks it's cool, and doesn't want to pull it just yet...)
Ryans hat Crochet Pattern,, crochet hat, crochet
Before I forget.... Get your copy of Ryan's Hat here:

I have started with this one--and appropriately named "Ryan's Hat". He loves, I had to include that of course...but one of the main things he doesn't like about cold weather is the wind. He always covers his ears--so naturally I add ear flaps to his hats...but this one is different. The ear flaps on this hat are made into the design, not added on last! I love the look of the textured stitches, not just basic--so it's just as fun to crochet as it is to wear! Also, it includes sizes 12 months to adult!
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Actually, if you wanted to use just the base headband as ear warmers, that could be awesome as well!

Now, I know what you're thinking--this is cute, but what about girls? I have you covered! One of my testers, Ashlee Young, crocheted one up for her little darling and look at how it turned out! It's not just for boys!
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Great job Ashlee!!!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


FREE Crochet Pattern,, Baby Frog Beanie, crochet pattern
Lion Brand, Vanna's Choice Yarn
H-5.0mm hook Stitch markers
Yarn needle

Chain (ch)
Stitch (st)
Slip Stitch (sl st)
Single Crochet (sc)
Double Crochet (dc)
Single Crochet Decrease (sc dec)

11 sts and 14 rows in sc = 4” square

1. The hat is worked from the top down continuously in the round. If you like, mark the first stitch of the round with a stitch marker for your reference.
2. The gauge should be loose for this pattern, so please check before beginning.
3. You can substitute the yarn for any worsted weight  #4 yarn such as Red Heart, I Love This Yarn and others that match the gauge.

Using Color A, ch 4, sl st to first chain to create a ring.
Round 1: Ch 1 (this counts as your first sc), 7sc in ring (8 sts).
Round 2: Working continuously in the round, 2sc in each stitch (16 sts).
Round 3: * Sc, 2sc in next stitch, repeat from * to complete round (24 sts).
Round 4: * Sc2, 2sc in next stitch, repeat from * to complete round (32 sts).
Rounds 5-16: Sc in each stitch (32 sts). To finish, sl st to first stitch of round.

Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Eyes: make 2
Start with the black:
Ch 2,
Round 1: In first chain, 6sc, sl st to first stitch to join the ring. 
Round 2: Join the white, fasten off black, 2sc in each stitch around, sl st to join round
Round 3: Ch 1 sc in same stitch, 2sc in the next stitch, * sc, 2sc and repeat from the * around the circle for a total of 18 stitches, sl st to join row. Fasten off white.
Round 4: Join the green on any stitch. Ch1, sc around 15 stitches. Fasten off, leave a tail of 10 inches. Weave in all extra ends.
Take your yarn needle and sew the eyes evenly onto the hat.