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 décor, 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!

(You will have to "check out" but the download link will be at the end)

Link to Craftsy to download this pattern

Friday, April 3, 2015

Baby's Bouncing Ball Blanket Pattern - Crochet Pattern - PDF

After making the Bouncing Ball Sweater Set pattern I knew I just had to make a blanket to match. As I was
working on the blanket I thought how cute this would look in various sizes! So, I went and made this blanket in THREE sizes and all of them are included in the pattern!

There is the Nite Nite size that is (42" L X 35"W), and it is perfect for bedtime in a crib, toddler bed or naps on the couch. The Travel Size  is (28"L X 25"W) and is a wonderful size to tuck a little one in in a car seat on a cool morning or a blustery day. It also fits well is a stroller or carriage too! Finally, the Snuggle Size is (14L X 14"), and makes great lovies for a little one to carry around and snuggle.

These blankets are so perfect because they have such great texture to them. The balls really pop on the blanket and when you run your hand across the blanket it has great texture to it! They also can be made a huge variety of colors to match décor, favorite colors, and sports teams.

I can't wait to see your Bouncing Ball Blankets!

Special Stitch:
5 dc-cl - [Yo, insert hook in indicated st, yo, draw up a lp, yo, draw through 2 lps on hook] 5 times in same st, yo, draw through all 6 lps on hook.

Not important for this pattern.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:
Snuggle Size (14" X 14")
Travel Size (28"L X 25"W)
Nite-Nite Size (42"L X 35"W)

Worsted Weight Yarn (4W) - Color A - Approx. (4oz, 7oz, 16oz)
Worsted Weight Yarn (4W) - Color B - Approx. (1oz, 3oz, 7oz)
J (6.00mm) hook
Tapestry Needle

Preferred Brand/Yarn:
Red Heart Super Saver

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Baked Pesto Chicken Recipe - PDF Download

This chicken dish is delicious and so easy! I started making it when my hubby and I first got married and it became a huge hit! 

It was so easy to put together after a busy day, but tasted fantastic and full of flavor! Now it has become a frequent meal in our house and both Miss K and Mr. Z love it too!

It pairs really well with some pasta and a fresh garden salad.  I like to add some roasted veggies and a dash of the pesto to my pasta and toss to coat. Then I place my chicken right on top of pasta! I hope you enjoy this dish as much as my family and I do! 

I would love to hear what you have paired your chicken with in the comments below! I am always looking for new pairings as well!

Baked Pesto Chicken Recipe

From the kitchen of Britteny’s Boutique

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup basil pesto
  • 2 plum tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
  • Line baking sheet with heavy foil
  • Place chicken and pesto in medium bowl; toss to coat
  • Place chicken on a baking sheet
  • Bake 20 to 30 minutes or until done
  • Remove from oven and top with tomatoes and cheese
  • Bake for an additional 3 to 5 minutes or until cheese is melted

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Baby's Bouncing Ball Sweater, Hat, and Booties Layette Set Pattern - Crochet Pattern - PDF

Ever since I started my Boutique, I've always loved to have a balance of items that can be used for both a boy or a girl, and this set totally does the trick!

The set is perfect for a cool day to keep your little ones warm.

The color combinations are endless, and the pompom on top is completely optional. 

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, hat, and booties; and the 12 months and 18 months set includes patterns for the sweater and hat. You can't go wrong with this pattern sweater set!

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 – 13.5” to 15.5”
6 months – 15” to 17”
12 months – 16” to 18”
18 months – 17.5” to 19.5”
Finished Size for Boots
Age and Sole Length
3 months – 3.5”

6 months –4” 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

My Daughter's 5th Birthday Party - Elf on the Shelf Theme

I know this post is really really late, but I've been so busy with crochet patterns that I had forgotten I hadn't posted this yet.

After I got over the shock that my baby girl was turning 5, I began planning her 5th birthday celebration!! She really got into the Elf on the Shelf this year, so we decided to go with that for her party and it was a huge hit!

First, I crocheted her an Elf on the Shelf costume, and little elf hats for all of her friends! She looked absolutely adorable and still puts on the outfit and plays dress up in it!

We played some super fun yet simple games. First we played pin the nose on the snowman and then had a bow race. The bow race was a super fun game, so much so the girls kept playing even after it was originally over! The girls were all given a gift bow to balance on their heads and then they had to race from one end of the hallway to another without dropping their bow.

My daughter also asked if I could come up with a game that all people could play together. So, I wrote down famous holiday characters on sticky notes and when put one on everyone's back. They then had to ask questions to try to figure out what character they had. It was a lot of fun and everyone got many giggles out of it!

I also crocheted an elf for the topper to her cake! She picked a delicious dark chocolate cake with buttercream filling. I covered it in fondant and fondant decorations. It was super delicious and cute too! She has the elf in her room, and told me she will now always have a bit of Christmas in her room. She is just so sweet!

For her food we made Christmas cut out cookies, we had a Christmas snack mix with holiday coated chocolates, and peanuts, veggies and dip, cheese and crackers, and a homemade pizza dip!! The pizza dip is always a hit and I will be sharing the recipe with you all very soon!

It was so much fun to play games, each good food, and visit with everyone!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

My Favorite Crochet Bag!!

I often get asked if I have a favorite craft bag because there are so many to choose from! It took me a while to find one that I really liked and accommodated all my needs. I wanted one that had many pockets of all sizes so I could put everything from my current patterns to my hooks in when I wanted to. I searched and found the Vivid Allon Eco Bag. It has many patterns - I chose the Red Floral pattern and it is so pretty.

This bag is awesome and has everything that I was looking for! It has so many pockets in all sizes. I can pack up so much in this bag, and it holds a ton of yarn!! I can often get more than one project in the bag at a time. It can hold almost all of my hooks and other good with no problem. It has two zippers too, so the bag is expandable. Awesome - right?!?!

The bag is also super durable. It has a very thick and washable fabric on the outside, which is very helpful when you take your crochet with you EVERYWHERE! It is so simple to just wipe off and clean up.

Do you have a favorite bag or way to store your yarn? I would love to hear and feel free to share photos or your bags in the comments!!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Chubby Bunny Amigurumi - Crochet Pattern - PDF

Finally, I have my new Chubby Bunny!!! The big feet and ears are just too precious to pass up! 

They are super cuddly, unique, and fit perfectly in an Easter basket. 

You get to customize the colors too, to make it a perfect fit for whomever is getting a new best friend. 

Or maybe you just may want one for yourself as an Easter decoration, they are just too cute to giveaway!

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

The bunny is approximately 18 inches from tip of ear to heel of foot


5 oz worsted weight yarn (main bunny color)
1 oz worsted weight yarn (contrasting color)
Small piece of pink yarn for mouth
6x6 inch piece of felt
G (4.0mm) hook
Poly fill
12 inch piece of ribbon or small bow to adorn the bunny
2 12mm safety eyes
1 18mm safety nose
Stitch marker
Tapestry needle

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Caron One Pound 

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