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Little Gardener's Pinafore Dress


Since I became a mom, I turn my creative energy to creating for my daghter. In my limited crafty time I like making original garmets and toys for her. I believe by creating with our hands we pour energy into each item and bring more love to the relationship with the recipient.
I knitted a yellow pinafore dress back in May using an interesting textured stitch pattern paired with thick yarn. Than I wrote down the pattern in five sizes from 3 mo to 2 yo.
I recommend it for knitters at intermediate level, since the unique stitch pattern might be challenging for newbies. The pattern is tech edited and tested by wonderful Ravelry users.
For the samples I used cotton yarn because it was made in May, but it will nicely work with worsted weight wool yarn. The smallest size use up just four skeins, so it is really quick to make.  
This pink one was made as a gift for my photographer cousin. This is 3mo size, but she uses for newborn photgraphy (of course not for tiny babies). 
So, and I also have big news with this one. I became published designer in a webzine! It was published in October issue of Knotions. It is such a huge step for me, introducing myself somewhere out of my blog is totally out of my comfort zone. I am thankful for the editor, Jody that she liked the pattern. And I am happy that I had the courage to take action.  


Oh, and the best part is yet to come! The pattern is available for **FREE**!


If you like the pattern, please share the love and add it to your favourites or queue it on Ravelry!

Wishing you a very nice Sunday!

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Pug Brooch {Free Pattern}

Who can resist to pugs? They are charming, super social, playful and loving dogs who follow their human everywhere and friendly with strangers too. 
Pug Brooch Amigurumi Free Crochet Pattern from hannicraft - Pin for later!

I wanted to come up with a pug-themed crochet or knitting pattern from a while, so now I designed this brooch for all pug-lovers out there. It is a simple amigurumi project using basic stitches,  assembly might be the trickiest part of making it.
Today is I Love Yarn Day, wishing you happy yarning with this free pattern!


Materials and tools:
  • Garnstudio DROPS Alpaca: #302 Camel Beige, #506 Dark Grey (approx. 22 yrds [20 meters] from each) 
  • US size 1 1/2  [2.5 mm] hook
  • 2 safety eyes with 3/16” [0.5 cm] diameter
  • fiberfill
  • yarn needle
  • brooch base
Gauge / finished size: 2” (5 cm) diameter (not a gauge critical project)

Skill level: intermediate

Pattern note: For personal use only!

Instructions



Mouth
Work in continous rounds.
Magic ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 1 and make 6 sc in the ring. (6)
Rnd 2: *2 sc in first st, 1 sc in next st, 3 sc in next st; rep from * around. (12)
Rnd 3: *sc in first 3 sts, 2 sc in next 3 sts; rep from * around. (18)
Rnd 4: sc in ea sts around, join and cut yarn leaving a long tail for sewing. (18)

Ears
Magic ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 1 and make 6 sc in the ring. (6)
Rnd 2: *sc in first st, 3 sc in next st; rep from * around. (12)
Rnd 3: *sc in first st, 2 sc in next st; rep from * around, join and cut yarn leaving a long tail for sewing. (18)


Make 2 ears.

Head base
Work in continous rounds.
Magic ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 1 and make 6 sc in the ring. (6)
Rnd 2: 2 sc ea st around. (12)
Rnd 3: *2 sc in first st, sc in next st; rep from * around. (18)
Rnd 4: *2 sc in first st, sc in next 2 sts; rep from * around. (24)
Rnd 5: * 2 sc in first st, sc in next 3 sts; rep from * around. (30)
Rnds 6-11: sc in ea sts around. (30)
Rnd 12: *sc2tog, sc in next 3 sts; rep from * around. (24)
Rnd 13: *sc2tog, sc in next 2 sts; rep from * around. (18)

Insert safety eyes in 2nd rnd with approx. 5 sts between them and stuff the base with fiberfill. Don’t stuff too tightly, the back of the brooch need to be flat.

Rnd 14: *sc2tog, sc in next st; rep from * around. (12)
Rnd 15: *sc2tog around, join and cut yarn, weave in ends. (6)

Sew the mouth onto the head under the eyes, stuff lightly if neccessary.
Embroider eyebrows into the inner corner of the eyes.
Sew on the ears starting 3 rnds above the eyebrows pointing towards the eyes.

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Today we had a beautiful day, we could spend long hours in the garden. For me it was also a great opportunity to make a photo shoot of my baby wearing the brooch and playing with fall leaves.


For those who are new in my blog, I adore pugs. When we moved in our suburban home, the first thing was buy a pug puppy. Dragee was our best friend for two years and when I became a SAHM to my daughter our bond gained more strength. One month ago we lost her when the annual rabbies vaccination or the steroids she received for the adverse reactions killed her. Now, we welcomed Dragee II in our family. She is a cuddly pug puppy with lot of energy.


 Wishing you happy I Love Yarn Day!

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Giveaway: Hearts and Cupcakes Hat Pattern

Summer is finally here in Europe, but for a knitter knitting season never ends.
Hannicraft: Hearts and Cupcakes Girls Hat Pattern

I have already presented my latest design for you. It is the bright Hearts and Cupcakes Girls' Hat pattern. The hat comes in 4 sizes, from 6mo up to pre-teen size, it is tech-edited and tested by wonderful knitters. // Don't forget to take a look at the Ravely project pages.  


Although stranded colorwork usually used for winter garmets, paired with cotton-blend yarn, it might be wearable in colder spring/summer days. 
The color variations are endless, since my baby will grow out this size in a few month, I am going to knit the bigger one in candy colors chosing neutral for the main color. 
Hannicraft: Hearts and Cupcakes Girls Hat Pattern
Now, it is time to give away a few patterns for you. There will be 3 lucky winners who get the pattern. All you need is a Ravelry account to participate.

How to enter?

1. Add Hearts and Cupcakes Hat pattern to your favourites on Ravelry.*
// Pattern link. //
2. Leave a comment below with your Ravelry user name. 

* I am going to send the pattern into the winner's Ravelry library, so you need to have an account. 

Contest closes at 6 p.m. CET this Sunday, 28th May. Winners be announced at night! Good luck!

Hannicraft: Hearts and Cupcakes Girls Hat Pattern

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5/29/2017
Thank you for participating in this contest! I am sending the pattern to everyone's library who commented the post and added the pattern to her favourites :)

Cat in Purple Dress

I really miss Ginny's weekly Yarn Along, it pushed me to show what I am working on. Since she stopped it, I haven't written any WIP posts although I finished lot of knitting and crochet projects lately. Making things in baby size or toys for a baby is much more quicker than shawls and cardigans I had been working on before my baby arrived. So in these busy crafty weeks I've released a new knitting pattern and currently running a test for a baby dress.
And now, I have a new toy to show you.
This time I haven't followed any pattern, this cat just came out of my head. I used Garnstudio DROPS Cotton Light and 3.5 mm crochet hooks. It took about 4 hours to complete. She is 25 cm tall. 

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> Do you like knitting? Have you seen my Hearts and Cupcakes Hat? Currently running a giveaway, where the luckiest 3 will receive the pattern! <

 GIVEAWAY!!!

Hearts & Cupcakes Girls' Hat

I have realized that I haven't came out with any new pattern from more than three years! One of my new years resolution was to write a baby pattern this year. And now I designed my very first stranded hat in four sizes (baby, toddler, small child, child/preteen).
When I knitted this beanie, it didn't intend to be published, but since I was thinking a lot about restart desinging again and this one got many compliments, I wrote the pattern. Since I have never written stranded pattern in more sizes before, I asked a tech editor to help me with this one. After the edit, as always, it was testknitted. It is always enjoyable to see what others create with my patterns. 
  hearts&cupcakes girls' hat knitting pattern by hannicraft
I used cotton-blend yarn for this hat, since it was made for Spring. I think, the cotton works really great in stranded colorwork, but less stretchy than wool (especially merino). The instructions are available in four sizes (from 17.5"/44 cm to 21.5"/ 54 cm head circumfence). 
  hearts&cupcakes girls' hat knitting pattern by hannicraft
Well, I am really proud about this one. I love everything about this hat: the hearts, the cupcakes, the colors, the material and the weight. And especially I love my baby girl wearing it!
The pattern is available in Ravelry


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Call for Testknitters!


During past weeks I was working on a new pattern. I knitted a beanie for my baby girl and resized it for bigger children. I would like to publish soon, but the first step is to get it tested.

Hearts and Cupcakes is a girly hat featuring a really sweet theme. The stranded pattern is simple and easy to follow, uses only two strands at one time. 
I designed it for my baby girl and resized it for bigger children: /size 1: 6-15mo /17-18” 43-45 cm head / size 2: 1-2 yo /18-18.5” 46-47 cm head /• size 3: 2-3 yo /19-19.5” 47,5-49 cm head /• size 4: 4-10 yo / 20-20.5” 50-52 cm head 

Now, I am calling for test knitters in Ravelry Free Pattern Testers Group. FTP Group is a fantastic place for designers to get talented yarnies to make their designs, and it is a great opportunity for crafters to get round to next trends before everyone else. I am looking for one tester for each size. If you would like to join the group and try my pattern, visit the thread and apply there.

Wishing you a nice week!

Top 6 Things I Learned from my Knitting Mistakes {Part 2}


In my previous post I started to analyze my knitting mistakes hoping there is somebody who may learn from my faults. Some of you wrote that you'd recognized yourselves in the sentences. So after the less despererating three, now I am coming with the three worst errors I have ever made (or still making).

3. Measure twice, cut one - Yes, again, because this one must be considered in every aspects




Project: Summer Hobo Bag
Mistake: did not calculate yarn requirements

Okay, this one must be included in my daily meditation: 'measure twice, cut once, measure twice, cut one... ommm'  Usually I am so excited when something new is coming that I am not able to 'waste' the time for a gauge, I just grab my hook or needles and jump into. Otherwise when I work with a familiar yarn, this bad habit doesn't happen to be that big problem. If I had to give only one advice to a beginner knitter, I would say always make a swatch. Swatching is so essential in knitting. It is much more than checking the gauge, but you can see how your yarn actually works and how much you will need.
The analyzed project is actually a crochet one. I started to make a hobo style project bag and happened to buy not enough yarn for a yarn-eater round-shaped bag. The bag was unravelled and used up for a granny square bag - well, the squares are ready, partly sewed together and wainting in their project bag to be a project bag from ages. I promise, I am going to finish it!




2. Sometimes a great project and a great yarn have a bad marriage 




Project: Last Minute Bolero
Mistake: wrong yarn choice 


Well, bamboo yarn is stretching, so it couldn't work for this garmet. This wasn't the first time I used this yarn, but somehow I overlooked the 'stretchy' factor. This bamboo fiber may work nicely for tank top or a summer baby hat or anything that needs for a well draping material. By the way, the design was mine and completed it just in a few days before travelling to Naples.

1. Too much thinking




Project: Lace-back Hoodie & Purl Stitch Pulover
Mistake: being overinspired


Okay, this one is a complexed mistake I make. I am pretty sure that most crafters agree in that making things inspires to making more things. It is addictive and creativity is about practice. Plus, in these years we spend too much time on social media and they push great projects to try just into our face. So whenever I am (anti)socializing on my devices, pinning to Pinterest, rambling on my Instagram feed or watching what's new on Ravelry or visiting linky parties or busy with my own crafty stuffs, I am thinking on the next project.
Being over-inspired often means that sometimes I can't engage with my project. This happened with my Lace-back Hoodie and my Purl Stitch Pulover. I adored both pattern. First, I started the hoodie, but on the way it became clear that although I really love lace, I would never wear that hoodie, it wasn't my style. - Do not jump on the bandwagon, like I told in the first part. - So the project was unravelled and I started to knit the Purl Stitch Pulover. It is a lovely and sophisticated design, but I have lost my interest in a couple weeks and the unravelling was happened again. I was pregnant and the short sweater couldn't work with my growing belly. Finally the majority of the yarn got under its way in my baby's Idun sweater.
It is not easy to struggle against the creative to-dos. Some people have side projects to fix this problem, I have books. When I feel really stucked in, I leave all my projects and inspiring platforms behind for a couple days and pick up a book to keep my mind busy with something else. After a good read I turn back to my project with a fresh look. 

So, here you could read my confessions about the mistakes I make and what I learned from them. I might be guilty in a few others too, but knitting and crochet is about fun and every fail is a new opportunity to learn something, isn't it?

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***Read the first part here.***