Friday, June 26, 2015

Swinging Monkey Baby Blanket Crochet Pattern - PDF Download


I had this idea in mind for a blanket for a long time, but kept getting side tracked with other patterns and ideas.  So, I finally sat down and told myself I was going to get it done and make it happen.  I wanted a baby blanket that was perfect for a little boy, but could be used for a little girl as well.

I wanted the blanket to have texture and design, but yet can be simple and cute! So, as I was working on another project this came to me and I quickly jotted it down.

As I was working it up I knew it needed something a bit more to jazz it up! I just couldn't shake the thought that the blanket resembled vines in a forest, so I thought a swinging monkey would be perfect!

The monkey was SO MUCH FUN to design and crochet! He just adds that extra pop to the blanket and makes it all I was hoping it would be!

I hope you enjoy making your monkey blanket as much as I did designing it!! I can't wait to see all of your Swinging Monkey Blankets! Be sure to share! 

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14 dc and 9 rows = 4" square; use a different size hook to obtain proper gauge

Sizing / Finished Measurements:
34 inches by 34 inches

G (4.0mm) crochet hook
Light Worsted Weight Yarn (3W) - Main Color - 10oz
Light Worsted Weight Yarn (3W) - Contrasting Color - 4oz
Worsted Yarn (4W) - Small amount of white, black, green, dark brown, medium brown, and buff

You Will Also Need:
Stitch Marker
Yarn Needle

Preferred Brand/Yarn:
Bernat Baby Coordinates

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

My Gardening 2015

YAY!! We just put in our family garden! We actually have two gardens going this year. We have a vegetable garden in the ground full of tomatoes, yellow squash, zucchini, green beans, onions, and broccoli. Then we decided to make a little herb and lettuce garden too. I thought they would work best in pots right off our kitchen deck! 
I can't wait to dig into these goodies and cook with the fresh herbs! They are going to add so much to my yummy new dishes.  
I love to freeze and can the goodies too, so they can last all winter long. I think I am looking forward to fresh Zucchini bread and homemade tomato sauce the most! I have already posted my Zucchini bread recipe last fall, so be sure to check it out! It is so good!  
I am thinking this year I just might have to share my tomato sauce recipe … stay tuned! :-) 

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

My Adventurous Kitchen!!

I have been in a rut with my cooking lately and am in a serious need for some new goodies! I like to stick with the usual so I know that Miss K (5 years old) and Master Z (3 years old) are going to eat it. Pasta, cheese, chicken … you know the usual toddler/kid friendly foods.

However, I am getting sick of eating the same stuff. So, with both of them willing to try new foods lately, I thought it would be a good time to venture out into some new recipes and foods! So, I decided that every Tuesday and every Thursday I will be trying a new recipe!

I got out a bunch of cook books that I have accrued over the years and started going through them. I marked each page that had a recipe that I think we would all enjoy! If we like that recipe I will mark the paper with an X and leave it. If we don't I will remove it all together.

I can't wait to try many new recipes and see what the family thinks!

What are some recipes books that you like to use?

I am looking for a few more to add to my collection!!

A friend and I even started a Facebook group to collect and share new recipes! Feel free to join in the fun!!

Of course, I will continue to post any of my own recipes here, but things from the cookbooks will be in the Facebook group.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Prince Charming Sweater Set Crochet Pattern - PDF Download

I have a little boy and I have always found it hard to find him a little sweater set when he was a baby that was dressy and handsome, but not frilly and girly. So, I decided to design my own and make it perfect for a little boy and a bit dressy. Now, if only I could shrink him to fit in this set! I am thinking I just might have to make it in a toddler and child size some time!  

This sweater set makes for the perfect sweater set to give to a spring and summer baby too because it is light weight, yet warm enough for those cool summer nights. It is full of fun textures to add some charm to the set too! 

The complete set is easy to whip up with some light weight yarn (3 W) and an E hook! The pattern comes in 4 sizes (0-3, 3-6, 6-12 & 12-18 months). Both the 0-3 months and 3-6 months patterns include the sweater, hat, and booties; and the 6- 12 months and 12-18 months set includes patterns for the sweater and hat.

Finished Size

Age and Chest  

0-3 months  16 to 17 
3-6 months 17 to 18  
6-12 months 18 to 19 
12-18 months 19 to 19.5 

Finished Size for Hat 

Age and Head Circumference  

0-3 months  13.5 to 15.5 
3-6 months  15 to 17 
6-12 months  16 to 18 
2-18 months  17.5 to 19.5 

Finished Size for Boots 

Age and Sole Length  

0-3 months  3.5 
3-6 months 4  

Enjoy making the wonderful little set! I can't wait to see some of your fabulous sweater sets!! 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Modern Bowler Hat Crochet Pattern - PDF Download

I am seriously in love with how simple, quick, yet cute this hat is! It is all worked in the round and comes together in about 2 hours!!
I needed a hat for Mr. Z for Easter, but didn't want anything to fancy or over the top. Also, I needed something to match big sisters Easter Dress! After searching and not finding any hats that I liked, I decided to make my vision out of crochet, and it turned out perfectly.

He looked absolutely darling in his hat! When I first gave it to him to try on and make sure it was what I wanted he refused to take it off. So, for the first day he wore it around the house without the ends weaved in. It was very funny! After I put him to bed I was able to sneak it away and weave in those ends before Easter pictures!

I also think this hat would look incredibly cute in girl colors as well. Even with a little bow attached around the band area! Or how about a little applique on it?!? Oh the possibilities are endless!

Sizes included:
Newborn - 3 Months (3.5-4 inch crown, 5 inch height)
3-6 Months (4-4.5 inch crown, 5.5 inch height)
6-12 Months (4.5-5 inch crown, 6 inch height)
1-3 Years (5-5.5 inch crown, 6.5 inch height)
3-5 Years (5.5-6 inch crown, 7 inch height)
6-10 Years (6-6.5 inch crown, 7.5 inch height)

Monday, April 27, 2015

BOWtiful Sweater Set Crochet Pattern - PDF Download

Okay, this has got to be my favorite little girly sweater set that I have designed so far! I love all the texture on this set, and what little girl doesn't look precious in bows? And, with this set you will get plenty of bows!

It makes for the perfect sweater set to give to a spring and summer baby too because it has a headband and not a hat, and the sleeves are 3/4 length! Just right for a little added extra warmth on a cool day.

The complete set is easy to whip up with some worsted weight yarn and an H hook! The pattern comes in 4 sizes (3,6,12,& 18 months). Both the 3 months and 6 months patterns include the
sweater, headband, and booties; and the 12 months and 18 months set includes patterns for the sweater and headband.

Enjoy this fabulous crochet sweater set pattern, and as always I would love to see your finished sets!

Finished Size for Sweater
Age and Chest
3 months – 16” to 17”
6 months –17” to 18”
12 months –18” to 19”
18 months –19” to 20”
Finished Size for Hat
Age and Head Circumference
3 months – 15"
6 months – 17”
12 months – 18.5”
18 months – 19”
Finished Size for Boots
Age and Sole Length
3 months – 3.5”

6 months –4” 

Friday, April 10, 2015

Britteny's Boutique's Hungry Caterpillar Crochet Pattern - Free PDF Download

When my son was born he was like a little hungry caterpillar! He ate nonstop and grew so fast; changing and developing so quickly! He hasn’t stopped since! He always reminded my hubby and I of a hungry caterpillar turning into a gorgeous butterfly.  Naturally he loves bugs, worms and other critters. I prefer to handle the crocheted ones versus the real ones! So, I made him his very own caterpillar to snuggle and play with!

As I was making his caterpillar, and developing the pattern, I was other thinking about what awesome gifts they would make for teachers, libraries, baby showers, and of course - birthday gifts! These little caterpillars can be made in an endless combination of colors to match nursery d├ęcor, characters from various books, or in a person's favorite colors. In fact I am making one for my niece who will turn three in May to match a book that I have for her too.

I hope you enjoy this new FREE pattern, and make many wonderful caterpillars of your own!

Please share your amazing caterpillars! I would love to see your color combinations!

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