Tuesday, December 4, 2012

What is the magic circle?

I have had a few people ask me about the Magic Circle/ Magic Ring.  Rather than answer in 5 different places, I decided to answer in a post.

"The magic loop, or ring method, is used for beginning a crochet project worked in rounds and produces a small neatly closed hole in the center of the first round. This method can be used for beginning hats, doilies, amigurumi and other projects worked in rounds."  Quote taken from Crochet! Magazine.
There is also a great photo tutorial on the page, if you follow the link.

For those of you, who are much like me, you will need a video to fully grasp the method.  There are a lot of great videos on youtube, but I find user Tjw1963 to be one of the best.  For her video tutorial go HERE.

In addition to this post, I have also started a Resources and Tutorials tab on the blog.  I will add to it from time to time with helpful hints and resources. 

Please, keep the questions coming!  I love being able to assist you on your journey of Crochet.  There is always something new to learn!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Branching out

Are you on facebook?  I created a new fan page just for my designs!  I'd love if you would stop by and say hi!!  The page is Swirls and Sprinkles Designs.  I look forward to connecting with you over there.  I think it will be a fun way to be able to interact more with everybody.  :)
Ok, back to hookin, a hookers work is never done...
I could really use one of these!
On the go crochet hook key chain
Crochet on the go!

Sugar Plum Hat

This pattern is another variation of the pumpkin and apple hat.  The Sugar Plum is perfect for the Winter Holidays. 

Swirls and Sprinkles: Free crochet Sugar Plum hat pattern
Sugar Plum Hat


You may not change or sell my patterns in part or in whole.  You may sell your finished product, but I ask that you give credit for the pattern by linking back to me.

What you will need:
I hook
H hook for leaf
Worsted weight yarn.  Purple/plum and green
Scissors
Yarn needle

Abbreviations:
Ch-Chain
BLO-Back loop only
HK-Hook
ST-Stitch
Sl St- Slip stitch
Hdc- Half double crochet
Sc- Single crochet
Sc Dec- Single crochet decrease
WS- Wrong side
RS- Right side

Special notes:
Ch 2 does not count as a st.
After row 1 you will be working in the BLO

This hat will fit Toddler/Young child.  It fits my 3yo.
You can adjust the pattern to fit any size by simply adding some
Ch’s to your foundation and some extra rows.

Using Purple/Plum: Ch 30

Row 1: Hdc in 3rd ch from hk and every ch across.  Turn your work. (28)  (RS of
Work)

Row2-32: Ch 2, turn, Hdc in each st across.  (28)
DO NOT FASTEN OFF
You should have the WS facing you after you have finished row 32.  If not, simply add one more row.
With WS facing out, fold the hat in half and Sl St the last row and foundation row together.
Fasten off.

For the top of the hat:
Turn the hat RS out.
Using Purple/Plum, attach to the top side of your hat (I used the side with the tail)
Round 1: Ch 1, evenly Sc around the top of the hat.  Join with first Sc.
Round 2: Ch 1, Sc Dec all the way around.  Join with first Sc.
Continue round 2 until you have about 6 sc left.
Once you have about 6 sc left, switch to GREEN, sc in each st around until you have the stem your desired length.  (My stem is between 2 and 3 inches long)
Fasten off

Leaf Pattern

H hook
Green Yarn

Ch 10, sc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in next 2 ch’s, dc in next 3 ch’s, hdc in next 2 ch’s, sc in last ch.
Working in opposite side of ch
Sc in first ch, hdc in next 2 ch’s, dc in next 3 ch’s, hdc in next 2 ch’s, sc in last ch, sl st into first sc.
Finish off leaving a long tail to sew onto your item.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Turtle Power

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have returned.  My son LOVES them!  I was trying to figure out some things that I could make him for Christmas.  For some reason, I have a harder time coming up with things for him, than I do for my daughter.  Let's face it, little girls are easier.  Anything pink, purple, flower, or frilly will do.  My son is harder to impress.  I am thinking that something TMNT will be a hit.  I decided to make him a set of 4 (there are 4 tmnt's after all) coffee Kozies.  Obviously, he doesn't drink coffee, but he brings a water bottle to school every day.  Why not make it a little fun by sliding a Kozie on there?!

I sat down with my hook case and yarn and this is what I came up with:

Swirls and Sprinkles: Free TMNT cup Kozie crochet pattern
TMNT Cup Kozie
You may not change or sell my patterns in part or in whole.  You may sell your finished product, but I ask that you give credit for the pattern by linking back to me.

What you will need:
H hook
G hook
F hook
Yarn (green, orange, red, purple, blue, white, and black)
Scissors
Yarn needle

Abbreviations:
ch-chain
sc-single crochet
sl st- slip stitch
st-stitch
hdc-half double crochet
rsc-reverse singe crochet

Starting with H hook and green yarn
Ch 28, join with first ch to form ring.
Round 1-3: ch 1, hdc in each st around.  Join with first hdc.  (28 hdc)
Switch to mask color you are using
Round 4: ch 1, hdc in each st around .  Join with first hdc.  (28 hdc)
Round 5: ch 1, [hdc in next 13 st's, 2 hdc in next st.] Repeat 1 more time.  (30 hdc)
Round 6:: ch 1, hdc in each st around.  Join with first hdc.  (30 hdc)
Switch back to green
Round 7: ch 1, hdc in each st around.  Join with first hdc.  (30 hdc)
Round 8: ch 1, rsc in each st around.  (30 rsc)
Fasten off
Attach green to the opposite edge
Round 9: ch 1, rsc in each st around.  (28 rsc)
Fasten off and weave in ends.

This is what you will have before you make and attach the eyes:

Swirls and Sprinkles: Free TMNT cup Kozie crochet pattern
Turtle cup Kozie


Eyes:
G hook
Using White (make 2)
Make magic circle
ch 2, 12 dc in circle.  Join with first dc.  (12 dc)   Fasten off.

Using your mask color (for each white circle)
H hook
Join your color to the last dc of your white circle.  ch 1, sc in each st around.  (12 sc)
You may need to do an extra sc or two to keep the eyes even.  You don't want your eyes to curl in.

F hook
Using Black (make 2)
Make magic circle
ch 1, 10 sc in magic circle.  Join with first sc.  (10 sc)  Fasten off leaving a long tail on both black circles, so you can sew them on the white circles.

Assembly
Pull your white and black circles closed tight and secure tail.
Using the tails on your black circles, sew them onto your white circles.
Sew your eyes onto the center of the colored mask.
Fasten off and weave in all ends.


Saturday, November 24, 2012

Tis the Season!

Finally, the rest of the world has caught up with my Holiday spirit.  I have been listening to Christmas music for months!  I think we should celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season with a fun Christmas hat pattern.  How about a SANTA HAT?! 
Swirls and Sprinkles: Free crochet Santa hat pattern
My little Sprinkle wearing her sparkly Santa hat.  :)
My daughter LOVES her new Santa hat.  I have been making them for a few years and this is the first year that I made one with SPARKLE yarn.  Made. her. day. 
Who says you have to us "Christmas colors"?  I love this blue and white hat.
Swirls and Sprinkles: Free crochet Santa hat pattern
White and blue Santa hat
The blue and white was not made with MY pattern, but it's still a Santa hat.  ;) 

The hat works up quickly and fits a wide range.  I refer to it as a child hat, for children 3-10, but the hat has enough stretch that I wear them too.  The size is easily adjustable by switching hook sizes and adding/decreasing the increasing rows. 

I hope you get as much use and joy out of this pattern as I have!

Swirls and Sprinkles: Free crochet Santa hat pattern
Red and green Santa hats

 You may not change or sell my patterns in part or in whole.  You may sell your finished product, but I ask that you give credit for the pattern by linking back to me.


Santa Hat

What you will need:
Worsted weight yarn
J hook
Scissors
Yarn needle

Abbreviations:
Ch - Chain
DC- Double Crochet
St or St’s - Stitch or Stitches
Rsc- Reverse Single Crochet


Round 1: Starting with magic ring, ch 2, 6 dc in ring, join with first dc.
Round 2: ch 2, dc in each st around.  (6dc)
Round 3: ch 2, 2 dc in each st around. (12dc)
Round 4: ch 2, dc in each st around.  (12dc)
Round 5: ch 2, *2 dc in first dc, 1 dc in next.* Repeat around.  (18dc)
Round 6: ch 2, dc in each st around.  (18dc)
Round 7: ch 2, *2 dc in first dc, 1 dc in next 2 st’s.* Repeat around.  (24dc)
Round 8: ch 2, dc in each st around.  (24dc)
Round 9: ch 2, *2 dc in first dc, 1 dc in next 3 st’s.* Repeat around.  (30dc)
Round 10: ch 2, dc in each st around.  (30dc)
Round 11: ch 2, *2 dc in first dc, 1 dc in next 4 st’s.* Repeat around.  (36dc)
Round12: ch 2, dc in each st around.  (36dc)
Round 13: ch 2, *2 dc in first dc, 1 dc in next 5 st’s.* Repeat around.  (42dc)
Round 14: ch 2, dc in each st around.  (42dc)
Round 15: ch 2, *2 dc in first dc, 1 dc in next 6 st’s.* Repeat around.  (48dc)
Round 16: ch 2, dc in each st around.  (48dc)
Round 17: ch 2, *2 dc in first dc, 1 dc in next 7 st’s.* Repeat around.  (54dc)
Round 18-19: ch 2, dc in each st around.  Fasten off after row 19.  (54dc)
Switch to White
Round 20-22: ch 2, dc in each st around.  (54dc)
Round 23: ch 1, reverse single crochet around.  (54rsc)

Fasten off.

Make pom pom and attach it to the top of the hat.

Pom pom
Using white (or what ever color you like)
Wrap your yarn around your hand or piece of cardboard until you get the thickness you would like.  I wrapped about 75-100 times
Carefully slide the yarn off of your hand or cardboard.
Using a length of the same color yarn, tie a knot TIGHTLY around the middle of your pom.  You will have two sides of loops once you have tied your brown yarn around the pom.  I usually flip the pom pom over and tie another TIGHT know around the pom pom.
Once you have the pom secured, cut the loops.
Give your pom a haircut to even it out, but DON’T cut the yarn you used to secure your pom.  You will use this length of yarn to fasten the pom to the hat.

Fasten off and weave in ends.


Monday, November 19, 2012

Snowflake/Ornament 3

I have been having fun with these little projects.  This last one that I made, I think, is really cute.  I think it would look beautiful in red and white!

Swirls and Sprinkles: Free crochet snowflake ornament pattern
Christmas snowflake/ornament



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Snowflake 3
What you will need:
H hook
Red and Green worsted weight yarn
Scissors
Yarn needle


Abbreviations:
ch- chain
st-stitch
sl st- slip stitch
sc- single crochet
hdc- half double crochet
dc- double crochet

Special stitch.
Picot:  Ch 3, sl st into first ch.

 Starting with green

Make magic circle

Round 1:  Ch 1, 12 hdc into ring. Join with first hdc.
Pull circle closed and fasten off.

Attach red in the top of the last hdc

Do not ch!

Round 2:  *Dc into ring, ch 3*.  Repeat 5 more times.  Join with first dc.
To dc into ring:  yo over, insert hook into the center of the ring, draw up a loop.  Continue to finish dc as you normally would.

Round 3: *2sc into ch 3 space, picot, 2 sc* Repeat in 5 remaining ch 3 spaces.  Join in first sc.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

For an ornament, attach a loop of yarn into one of the picots. 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Snowflake 2

I received a lot great feedback about my Quick and Easy Snowflake!  (Thank you!  It means a lot to me, to receive feedback!)  I didn't realize that there are so many more people, like me, who hate working with thread.  I was asked by a few people if I was going to write up any more patterns for snowflakes.  The answer, YES!
Again, this one is not blocked yet.  Have I mentioned that I hate blocking?  Perhaps I will get around to it, perhaps not.  One of the great things about using yarn instead of thread, is that it will hold its shape a lot better, without being blocked.  ;)
Here is my second snowflake pattern.  (hopefully a lot more to come!)  This one works up just as quickly as the first one. 

Swirls and Sprinkles: Easy and free crochet snowflake pattern
Snowflake 2
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Snowflake 2

F hook
Worsted weight yarn
Scissors
Yarn needle

Special Stitch:
Picot: ch 3, sc into first ch.

Abbreviations:
Ch- chain
Sc- single crochet

Ch 4, join with first ch to form loop
Round 1: ch 1, *sc into loop, ch 3* Repeat 5 more times, joining with the 1st sc after the last ch 3.  (6 loops)

Round 2:  sc into first loop, ch 6, sc into same loop, *sc into next loop, ch 6, sc into same loop* Repeat 4 more times.  Join with a sl st into first sc.  (6 loops)

Round 3: 3 sc into first loop, picot, 3 sc, *ch 1, 3 sc into next loop, picot, 3 sc* Repeat 4 more times.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Crochet Santa Suit Hat

Who doesn't need a little HO HO HO?  My son saw something similar to this and asked me if I could make him one.  I hope he likes it.  He still doesn't know that it is finished, or that I even started it.  I would give it to him for Christmas, but then he wouldn't be able to wear it until next year.  I hope you like the new hat as much as my son!

Swirls and Sprinkles, Santa suit hat, free crochet pattern
Santa Suit Hat




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Santa Suit Hat
Child size: 3-10

What you will need:
I hook
H hook
Worsted weight yarn.  Red, black, and yellow.
Scissors
Yarn needle

Starting with Red and I hook.
Round 1: Start with magic circle, ch 2, 10 dc into circle.   Join with first dc.  (10dc)

Round 2: ch 2, 2 dc in each st around.  Join with first dc.  (20dc)

Round 3: ch 2, *2 dc in first st, 1 dc in next st.*  Repeat around.  Join with first dc.  (30dc)

Round 4: ch 2, *2 dc in first st, 1 dc in the next 2 st’s.* Repeat around.  Join with first dc.  (40dc)

Round 5: ch 2, *2 dc in first st, 1 dc in the next 3 st’s.* Repeat around.  Join with first dc.  (50dc)

Rounds 6-8: ch 2, dc in each st around.  Join with first dc.  (50dc)

Join black yarn
Round 9: ch 1, sc in each st around.  Join with first sc.  (50sc)

Round: 10: ch 2, dc in each st around.  Join with first dc.  (50dc)

Round: 11: ch 1, sc in each st around.  Join with first sc.  (50sc)

Join Red yarn

Round: 12-14: ch 2, dc in each st around.  Join with first dc.  (50dc)

Round: 15: ch 1, sc in each st around.  Join with first sc.  (50sc)

Fasten off

Buckle
Using yellow and H hook
Ch 16, join with first ch to form circle.
Ch 2, 3 dc same ch as ch3, 1 dc in next 4 ch’s, 3 dc’s in next ch, 1 dc in next 2 ch’s, 3 dc’s in next ch, 1 dc in next 4 ch’s, 3 dc’s in next ch, 1 dc in next 2 ch’s,
Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing.

Line the buckle up in the center of the front of the hat and sew it into place. 

Fasten off and weave in all ends.




Monday, November 12, 2012

Free Snowman hat pattern

I absolutely LOVE snow.  Unfortunately, OK doesn't normally get nearly enough snow for my liking.  Last year was a huge disappointment.  I am hoping that we get enough snow to play in this Winter, but in case we don't, I made my very own snowman.  :)

I hope you enjoy the pattern!
Swirls and Sprinkles: Free crochet Snowman hat pattern
Snowman Hat
You may not change or sell my patterns in part or in whole.  You may sell your finished product, but I ask that you give credit for the pattern by linking back to me.

Snowman earflap hat
Child size
What you will need:
I hook
G hook
Worsted weight yarn.  I used White, black, and orange.
Scissors
Yarn needle

Round 1: Make Magic circle, ch 2, 10 dc in circle.  Join in first dc.  (10 dc)
Round 2: ch 2 2 dc in each st around.  Join in first dc.  (20 dc)
Round 3: ch 2 *2 dc in first st, 1 dc in next st* repeat around.  Join in first dc.  (30 dc)
Round 4: ch 2 *2 dc in first st, 1 dc in next 2 st’s* repeat around.  Join in first dc.  (40 dc)
Round 5: ch 2 *2 dc in first st, 1 dc in next 3 st’s* repeat around.  Join in first dc.  (50 dc)
Round 6-13: ch 2, dc in each st around.  Join in first dc.  (50 dc)
Do not fasten off.

Right Earflap.
Row 1: ch 1 hdc in next 10 st.
Row 2: ch 1, turn,  hdc2tog , sc in next 6 st‘s, sc2tog. (8 sc)
Row 3: ch 1, turn, hdc in each st across.  (8 sc)
Row 4: ch 1, turn, hdc2tog, sc in next 4 st’s, sc2tog.  (6 sc)
Row 5: ch 1, turn, hdc in each st across.  (6 sc)
Row 6: ch 1, turn,  hdc2tog, sc in next 2 st’s, sc2tog.  (4 sc)
Row 7: ch 1, turn, hdc in each st across.  (4 sc)
Row 8: ch 1, turn, hdc2tog twice.  (2 sc)
Fasten off

Left Earflap
Count 16 st’s to the left.  Join yarn in 16th st.
Row 1: ch 1 hdc in next 10 st.
Row 2: ch 1, turn,  hdc2tog , sc in next 6 st‘s, sc2tog. (8 sc)
Row 3: ch 1, turn, hdc in each st across.  (8 sc)
Row 4: ch 1, turn, hdc2tog, sc in next 4 st’s, sc2tog.  (6 sc)
Row 5: ch 1, turn, hdc in each st across.  (6 sc)
Row 6: ch 1, turn,  hdc2tog, sc in next 2 st’s, sc2tog.  (4 sc)
Row 7: ch 1, turn, hdc in each st across.  (4 sc)
Row 8: ch 1, turn, hdc2tog twice.  (2 sc)
Do not fasten off.

Ch 1, hdc in each st around, 2 hdc in each of the 2 st at the bottom of the earflaps.

Nose
Using G hook and orange yarn.
Do not join rounds!
Magic ring, 6 sc into ring, pull ring closed tight
2 sc in each st around (12 sc)
1 sc in each st around (12 sc)
1 sc in each st around (12 sc)
1 sc in each st around (12 sc)
*1 sc in next st, 2 sc in next st* repeat around (18 sc)
1 sc in each st around (18 sc)
Skip next st and join in next st.
Fasten off leaving long tail for sewing

Eyes and Mouth (make 7)
Using g hook and black yarn.
Ch 2, 12 dc in first ch.  Join in first dc.  Fasten off leaving long tail for sewing.


Braids
Cut 12 strands of yarn twice as long as you want your braids to be.  (6 strands for each earflap)  (cut more strands if you want thicker braids)
*Double 6 of the strands in half and attach to the bottom of each earflap.
Divide the strands into thirds and braid down the length of your yarn.  Tie a knot in the bottom of the braid to secure it.*
Repeat for second earflap.

Sew eyes, nose, and mouth pieces on using the photo for reference.  I suggest you attach your nose and eyes a row or two lower than I did in the photos. 
I sew the middle mouth piece on first.  That helps to line everything else up.

Swirls and Sprinkles: Free crochet snowman hat pattern
Snowman Hat

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Small Candy Cane Ornament

I. Love. Candy Canes.  I don't know what it is about candy canes, but I have always loved them.  My daughter loves candy canes as much if not more than I do.  Every year, I have to buy a couple extra boxes of candy canes to last the entire year.  Those little starlight candies or peppermint sticks just won't do.  It has to be candy canes.  :) 
Maybe that is why I was super excited to write up this pattern.  This is really quick and easy to work up and is very easy to assemble.  The finished candy cane measures approx. 4 inches long.  I think I will be attaching a candy cane ornament to the top of some of my Christmas gifts this year.  It is a really cute "little something extra". 

Swirls and Sprinkles: Candy cane ornament free pattern
Candy Cane Ornament

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 Small Candy Cane

What you will need:
G hook
Red and white yarn.
Scissors
Yarn needle
Pipe cleaner
Hot glue gun

With white yarn:
Ch 25, 3 sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across.  Fasten off and weave in ends.
With red yarn:
Ch 25, 3 sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across.
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Twist the red and white curls around each other to make one curl.

Take the pipe cleaner and fold it in half.  If it is still longer than your curl just fold one of the ends over a bit.
Take the curl and curl it around your pipe cleaner.
Make a bend at the top to form your candy cane.

Optional, but recommended:
Put a small dab of hot glue on both ends of the candy cane so it won’t unravel.  I find that hot glue is the easiest and most effective way to keep everything held together. 

To finish for an ornament:
Attach a loop of yarn to the top of the candy cane.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Quick and Easy Snowflake

Looking for something quick and easy to make?  This snowflake makes and adorable ornament, would look great as a garland, and a gift tag. 
I have not blocked this one yet, but want to give you an idea of how yours will look.  I am working on getting a lot of them made and will block them all at the same time.  I wanted to get the pattern up so you can enjoy it too!  When I have mine blocked, I will add the new pictures. 

Swirls and Sprinkles: Quick and Easy Snowflake pattern
Quick and easy snowflake

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Quick and Easy Snowflake
What you will need:
F hook
Worsted weight yarn
Scissors
Yarn needle


Special stitches
Picot- ch 3, sl st into first ch.

Abbreviations:
Ch- chain
Sl st- slip stitch

Ch 5, sl st to first ch to form loop.
Round 1: ch 1, sc into loop, (ch 3, sc into loop) 5 times, ch 3, sl st into first sc.  (6 loops made)
Round 2:  (sl st into first loop, picot, sl st into loop, ch 5, sl st into next loop) 5 times, picot, sl st into loop, ch 5
Round 3: (ch 6, sl st into 3rd ch from hook, ch 3, sl st into next ch 5) 5 times, ch 6, sl st into 3rd ch from hook, ch 3, sl st into last ch 5, sl st into first sl st.
Fasten off
Block using a stiffener.  Either starch, or 50/50 elmers glue and water.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Gobble Gobble!

I don't know about you, but I am ready for some Turkey.  Thanksgiving is still weeks away, so I guess my new Turkey Hat will have to do until then! 
I am super excited about this crochet pattern.  Hope you all love it as much as I do!

Swirls and Sprinkles: Crochet Turkey hat
Turkey Hat

You may not change or sell my patterns in part or in whole.  You may sell your finished product, but I ask that you give credit for the pattern by linking back to me.

What you will need:
Worsted weight yarn.  I used brown, red, yellow, orange, white, and black
I hook
H hook
Yarn needle
Scissors

Earflap Hat
Child size
I hook
Ww yarn (brown)

Round 1: ch2 Magic circle, 10 dc in circle.  Join in first dc.  (10 dc)
Round 2: ch 2 2 dc in each st around.  Join in first dc.  (20 dc)
Round 3: ch 2 *2 dc in first st, 1 dc in next st* repeat around.  Join in first dc.  (30 dc)
Round 4: ch 2 *2 dc in first st, 1 dc in next 2 st’s* repeat around.  Join in first dc.  (40 dc)
Round 5: ch 2 *2 dc in first st, 1 dc in next 3 st’s* repeat around.  Join in first dc.  (50 dc)
Round 6-13: ch 2, dc in each st around.  Join in first dc.  (50 dc)
Do not fasten off.

Right Earflap.
Row 1: ch 1 hdc in next 10 st.
Row 2: ch 1, turn,  hdc2tog , sc in next 6 st‘s, sc2tog. (8 sc)
Row 3: ch 1, turn, hdc in each st across.  (8 sc)
Row 4: ch 1, turn, hdc2tog, sc in next 4 st’s, sc2tog.  (6 sc)
Row 5: ch 1, turn, hdc in each st across.  (6 sc)
Row 6: ch 1, turn,  hdc2tog, sc in next 2 st’s, sc2tog.  (4 sc)
Row 7: ch 1, turn, hdc in each st across.  (4 sc)
Row 8: ch 1, turn, hdc2tog twice.  (2 sc)
Fasten off

Left Earflap
Count 16 st’s to the left.  Join yarn in 16th st.
Row 1: ch 1 hdc in next 10 st.
Row 2: ch 1, turn,  hdc2tog , sc in next 6 st‘s, sc2tog. (8 sc)
Row 3: ch 1, turn, hdc in each st across.  (8 sc)
Row 4: ch 1, turn, hdc2tog, sc in next 4 st’s, sc2tog.  (6 sc)
Row 5: ch 1, turn, hdc in each st across.  (6 sc)
Row 6: ch 1, turn,  hdc2tog, sc in next 2 st’s, sc2tog.  (4 sc)
Row 7: ch 1, turn, hdc in each st across.  (4 sc)
Row 8: ch 1, turn, hdc2tog twice.  (2 sc)
Do not fasten off.

Ch 1, hdc in each st around, 2 hdc in each of the 2 st at the bottom of the earflaps.

Beak:
Using H hook
Using orange
Ch 7
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across. Turn.(6sc)
Row 2: ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next 2 st, sc2tog.  Turn (4sc)
Row 3: ch 1, sc in each st across.  Turn (4sc)
Row 4: ch 1, sc2tog twice. Turn (2sc)
Row 5: ch 1, sc in each st across.  Turn (2sc)
Row 6: ch 1, sc2tog. Turn (1sc)
Row 7: ch 1, sc.
Fasten off leaving long tail to sew onto hat.

Eyes:
H hook
Using black (make 2)
Make magic circle
Ch 1, 10 hdc into circle.  Join with first hdc and fasten off.  Leave a long tail for sewing.
Pull center tight and secure it.
H hook
Using white (make 2)
Make magic circle
Round 1: ch 1, 12 hdc into circle, join with first hdc.
Round 1: ch 1, 2 hdc in each st around, join with first hdc.  (24hdc)
Fasten off leaving long tail for sewing.
Pull center tight and secure it.


Wattle
H hook
Using Red
Ch 21
Sc in 2nd ch from hook, 2 sc in next ch, 2 hdc in next 5 ch’s, 2 dc in each of the remaining ch’s, sl st into last ch and finish off.
When attaching the wattle, attach yarn to the end with the sc’s and attach next to the beak.

Pom pom
Use Red, Yellow, Orange, and Brown
Holding all 4 colors together, wrap around your hand or piece of cardboard until you get the thickness you would like.  I wrapped about 25-30 times.
Carefully slide the yarn off of your hand or cardboard.
Using a length of brown yarn, tie a knot TIGHTLY around the middle of your pom.  You will have two sides of loops once you have tied your brown yarn around the pom
Once you have the pom secured, cut the loops.
Give your pom a haircut to even it out, but DON’T cut the brown yarn you used to secure your pom.  You will use this length of yarn to fasten the pom to the hat.


Braids (make 2)
Using Red, Yellow, Orange, and Brown.
Cut 3 lengths of each color of yarn approx 38 inches long.
Fold the lengths of yarn in half and attach to the bottom of the earflap.
Braid down the length of the yarn and tie a knot at the end.

Using the photo as a guide, sew all the pieces onto the hat.
Weave in all ends.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Bring on Christmas!

Alright.  Halloween has past.  I can finally post my first Christmasy pattern.  :)  Let's start with something small, easy, and quick to make.  A Christmas wreath that can be used as an applique, ornament, gift tag....what ever you can think of. 

Swirls and Sprinkles: Christmas Wreath ornament or applique
Christmas Wreath
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Christmas Wreath
What you will need
G hook
Worsted weight yarn in red and green.  I used "I love this yarn".
Scissors
Yarn needle


With Green
Ch 10, join in first ch to form ring
Ch 2, 30 dc into ring, join in first dc.
Fasten off and weave in ends.

With red
Ch 30, fasten off.  Tie the chain into a bow and stitch it to the bottom of the wreath.

It is that easy!  I hope you will share picture of what you come up with!!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Crochet Earflap Hat

I love this hat pattern.  I use it all of the time.  You can change it up a million different ways.  Most character hats start out as either a basic beanie, or an earflap hat.  It just depends on what you put on the hat.  This is a great pattern to get you started!

Swirls and Sprinkles: Crochet earflap hat free pattern
Earflap hat
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Earflap Hat
Child size
I hook
Ww yarn

Round 1: ch2 Magic circle, 10 dc in circle.  Join in first dc.  (10 dc)
Round 2: ch 2 2 dc in each st around.  Join in first dc.  (20 dc)
Round 3: ch 2 *2 dc in first st, 1 dc in next st* repeat around.  Join in first dc.  (30 dc)
Round 4: ch 2 *2 dc in first st, 1 dc in next 2 st’s* repeat around.  Join in first dc.  (40 dc)
Round 5: ch 2 *2 dc in first st, 1 dc in next 3 st’s* repeat around.  Join in first dc.  (50 dc)
Round 6-13: ch 2, dc in each st around.  Join in first dc.  (50 dc)
Do not fasten off.

Right Earflap.
Row 1: ch 1 hdc in next 10 st.
Row 2: ch 1, turn,  hdc2tog , sc in next 6 st‘s, sc2tog. (8 sc)
Row 3: ch 1, turn, hdc in each st across.  (8 sc)
Row 4: ch 1, turn, hdc2tog, sc in next 4 st’s, sc2tog.  (6 sc)
Row 5: ch 1, turn, hdc in each st across.  (6 sc)
Row 6: ch 1, turn,  hdc2tog, sc in next 2 st’s, sc2tog.  (4 sc)
Row 7: ch 1, turn, hdc in each st across.  (4 sc)
Row 8: ch 1, turn, hdc2tog twice.  (2 sc)
Fasten off

Left Earflap
Count 16 st’s to the left.  Join yarn in 16th st.
Row 1: ch 1 hdc in next 10 st.
Row 2: ch 1, turn,  hdc2tog , sc in next 6 st‘s, sc2tog. (8 sc)
Row 3: ch 1, turn, hdc in each st across.  (8 sc)
Row 4: ch 1, turn, hdc2tog, sc in next 4 st’s, sc2tog.  (6 sc)
Row 5: ch 1, turn, hdc in each st across.  (6 sc)
Row 6: ch 1, turn,  hdc2tog, sc in next 2 st’s, sc2tog.  (4 sc)
Row 7: ch 1, turn, hdc in each st across.  (4 sc)
Row 8: ch 1, turn, hdc2tog twice.  (2 sc)
Do not fasten off.

Ch 1, hdc in each st around, 2 hdc in each of the 2 st at the bottom of the earflaps.

Braids
Cut 12 strands of yarn twice as long as you want your braids to be.  (6 strands for each earflap)  (cut more strands if you want thicker braids)
*Fold 6 of the strands in half and attach to the bottom of each earflap. 
Divide the strands into thirds and braid down the length of your yarn.  Tie a knot in the bottom of the braid to secure it.*
Repeat for second braid.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

I did it again!

After buying the Hanging Key hat pattern from Hooked in Yarn, I started to oogle another pattern, her Zaggin hat.  Guess what...I caved.  I bought the pattern and I am SOOO glad that I did!  How awesome is this hat?

Swirls and Sprinkles: Zaggin hat pattern by Hooked in yarn.  Hat by Swirls and Sprinkles
Zaggin Hat

 I love her patterns.  The Zaggin hat is so much fun.  I can't wait to make a Christmas colored one.  Can't you just see it in red, green, and white?  

Not only have I been busy with the patterns that I bought, I have also been lucky enough to test a couple of patterns for her.  She is so talented! 
This is her Twisted Lines Hat.  I have claimed this hat as my own.  Yep, this year I have a brand new Winter hat.  :)
Swirls and Sprinkles: Twisted lines slouch hat by Hooked in Yarn.  Hat made by Swirls and Sprinkles
Twisted Lines Slouch Hat
This is her With A Twist Hat.
Swirls and Sprinkles: With a Twist Hat by Hooked in Yarn, hat made by Swirls and Sprinkles
With A Twist Hat
I can honestly say that I don't know which hat I like better.  If the With A Twist fit me, I think I would have two new hats.

If you are looking for new crochet patterns, you have to stop by and check out her page!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Simple Scarf Pattern

This is a crochet scarf that I have been making for a couple of years.  It works up really quickly and is easy to make.  It looks really great, too!  The scarf makes a great Christmas gift!  I know I am making one for my daughter in her favorite color.  I have already made a couple for myself as well!
Enjoy!!

                                          
Swirls and Sprinkles:  Free crochet pattern.  Simple scarf
Simple scarf in orange
Swirls and Sprinkles: Free crochet pattern.  Simple scarf
Simple scarf in plum

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Simple Scarf


Worsted Weight yarn
I hook

Abbreviations
Ch-Chain
DC-Double Crochet
ST- Stitch
Ch 2 does not count as a stitch.

Row 1: Ch 18, dc in 3rd ch from hook and each ch across, turn.  (16dc)
Row 2-End: Ch 2, dc in each st across.  (16dc)
Continue Row 2 until the scarf is the length you would like.  I usually make my scarves about 60 inches long.

If you want to give the scarf a bit more of a finished look you can add tassels to the ends of the scarf.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Leaf Applique

This is the leaf pattern I used for my Apple Hat.  It makes a great applique, too!  I am currently working on a few more applique patterns, so keep a look out!
Sorry, I don't have a picture of the leaf by itself.  This is the leaf pattern I used for the Apple Hat.
Swirls and Sprinkles: Apple hat leaf pattern


Leaf Pattern:

H hook
Green Yarn

Ch 10, sc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in next 2 ch’s, dc in next 3 ch’s, hdc in next 2 ch’s, sc in last ch.
Working in opposite side of ch
Sc in first ch, hdc in next 2 ch’s, dc in next 3 ch’s, hdc in next 2 ch’s, sc in last ch, sl st into first sc.
Finish off leaving a long tail to sew onto your item.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Been busy!

Sorry I haven't posted anything new lately.  I haven't forgotten about the blog, I have just been busy with orders.  I have also started writing some Christmas patterns.  I have been going back and forth with whether I should just start posting the Christmas patterns, or if I should wait until after Halloween. 
Tonight I am going to work on a couple of applique ideas.  I am hoping a couple work out, so I will have a new pattern to post tomorrow!
Are there any Christmas or Winter things you would like to see a pattern for?  Throw some ideas out there, I'd like to be sure to work on some things that people are looking for!  :)

Monday, October 8, 2012

Crochet Apple Hat

We have a pumpkin hat, yes, but want about apples?  This hat would be adorable for pictures at the apple orchard!


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Toddler/Child Apple Hat
Swirls and Sprinkles: Easy crochet apple hat.
Child Apple Hat



 What you will need:
I hook
H hook for leaf
Worsted weight yarn.  I used “I love this yarn” in red and brown, green would be good too.
Scissors
Yarn needle

Abbreviations:
Ch-Chain
BLO-Back loop only
HK-Hook
ST-Stitch
Sl St- Slip stitch
Hdc- Half double crochet
Sc- Single crochet
Sc Dec- Single crochet decrease
WS- Wrong side
RS- Right side

Special notes:
Ch 2 does not count as a st.
After row 1 you will be working in the BLO

This hat will fit Toddler/Young child.  It fits my 3yo.
You can adjust the pattern to fit any size by simply adding some
Ch’s to your foundation and some extra rows.

Using Red: Ch 30

Row 1: Hdc in 3rd ch from hk and every ch across.  Turn your work. (28)  (RS of
Work)

Row2-32: Ch 2, turn, Hdc in each st across.  (28)
DO NOT FASTEN OFF
You should have the WS facing you after you have finished row 32.  If not, simply add one more row.
With WS facing out, fold the hat in half and Sl St the last row and foundation row together.
Fasten off.

For the top of the hat:
Turn the hat RS out.
Using RED, attach to the top side of your hat (I used the side with the tail)
Round 1: Ch 1, evenly Sc around the top of the hat.  Join with first Sc.
Round 2: Ch 1, Sc Dec all the way around.  Join with first Sc.
Continue round 2 until you have about 6 sc left.
Once you have about 6 sc left, switch to BROWN or GREEN, sc in each st around until you have the stem your desired length.  (My stem is between 2 and 3 inches long)
Fasten off

Leaf Pattern

H hook
Green Yarn

Ch 10, sc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in next 2 ch’s, dc in next 3 ch’s, hdc in next 2 ch’s, sc in last ch.
Working in opposite side of ch
Sc in first ch, hdc in next 2 ch’s, dc in next 3 ch’s, hdc in next 2 ch’s, sc in last ch, sl st into first sc.
Finish off leaving a long tail to sew onto your item.



Weave in all ends.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Crochet Shelly Bag

This pattern had been sitting in my pattern tab.  I didn't realized I missed moving a pattern over to the main page!
This bag is AMAZING!  It is simple to make and good for anything!  This would make a great market bag, though if you use it as a market bag, you may want to use cotton yarn.  I use mine to tote coloring books, crayons, books, and what ever else my daughter wants to bring to my son's soccer games.  It also makes a great WIP on the go bag.
As always, if you have any questions or need help with anything in the pattern, just leave a comment.  I try to check in at least once a day.

                   Crochet Shelly Bag

Swirls and Sprinkles easy free crochet bag patternSwirls and Sprinkles easy free crochet bag pattern

You may not change or sell my patterns in part or in whole.  You may sell your finished product, but I ask that you give credit for the pattern by linking back to me.

What you will need.
Worsted yarn.  I used red heart for this bag.
J hook
Button (optional)
Yarn needle

Abbreviations:
Sc - single crochet
Dc - double crochet
St - stitch
Sl st - slip stitch
deep sc - deep single crochet
Ch - chain

Special stitch.
Deep single crochet (deep sc):  Work a deep sc just like a normal sc except you will insert your hook one row
down.

Bag

ch 70.  Being careful not to twist the chain, join to first ch.

Round 1: sc in each ch around.

Round 2: ch 2 (does not count as stitch), Dc in same st.  Dc in each st around.  Join with top of first dc.

Round 3: ch 3 (counts as first dc) 2 dc in same st.  (first shell)  *skip 2 dc and shell in third dc.*
repeat ** around.  join in top of ch 3.

Rounds 4-9: Sl st in next 2 dc and into first space between shells.  Ch 3 and 2 dc in first space, shell between
each shell around.
Fasten off first color and join second color into the top of the last double crochet made.

Round 10: ch 3, dc in each dc around.

Round 11: repeat round 3

Round 12-17: repeat rounds 4-9
Fasten off second color and join first color into the top of the last double crochet made.

Round 18: repeat round 10

Round 19: repeat round 3

Round 20-25: Repeat rounds 4-9

Round 26: ch 1, sc in each st around.  Join with first sc.

Round 27: ch1, sc in each st around.  Join with first sc.
do not fasten off

Strap:
Row 1: Ch 1, sc in same st.  sc in next 7 st.  (8 sc)
Row 2: ch 1, deep sc in each st across.  (8 dsc)
Reapeat rows 1 and 2 until strap is desired length.
Attach strap to opposite side of bag.
Fasten off

Turn back inside out.  Join first color to the bottom corner of the bag.  Sl st in each st across.
Fasten off and weave in all ends.

Optional:

Attach button to the center front of your bag.
On opposite side of bag: Attach first color to center of the bag.  Chain enough chains to fasten around
the button.  Sl st into same space you attached yarn.
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Fun new hat!

It is not very often that I will buy a crochet pattern, but when I can't get something out of my mind for a couple of days I tend to cave.  This is one of those times.  A few days ago I saw a fb post for a really fun looking hat.  I tried to talk myself out of buying the pattern, I really did, but when I saw that there was a sale on the pattern I couldn't stop myself!  How can you pass up a sale?!
This is what I spent most of yesterday working on.
Swirls and Sprinkles: Fun crochet hat Pattern by Hooked in Yarn
New hat.  Pattern by: Hooked in Yarn
Yep.  3 hats in one day.  It's not often that I am given that kind of time by my kids, but when I told them they could have what I was working on they were a bit more patient with me.  These are great in team colors!  (that is my orange and blue OKC Thunder hat.  THUNDER UP!)  I love the striped affect in the hat.  How pretty would this be in pink and purple?!  My daughter would LOVE that. 
These hats have a fun little surprise.  They have a great reverse pattern.  This is the hat inside out:
Swirls and Sprinkles: Crochet hat in reverse.  Pattern by: Hooked in Yarn
Reverse side
How fun is that?!  2 very unique looks in one hat.  It's not very often that the inside of a hat looks as good as the inside.
The solid color hat is just as fantastic!  It has a wonderful texture.  I find the texture very fun.  So much more interesting that the typical HDC or DC that is usually seen.  I love that it's not just ribbed, but an actual texture throughout the hat.
Swirls and Sprinkles: Solid color crochet hat.  Great texture.  Pattern by Hooked in Yarn
Solid color. 
All in all, I am VERY happy that I broke down and paid for a pattern.  I think this is the best buy that I have had in a long time.  I now have my eyes on another hat pattern of hers AND she has another item coming out in THIS pattern.  I can't wait to see it!!!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Yay Autumn!

This is by far my favorite time of year.  At least it is back home.  It is still in the 90's in OK.  :( 
Not only am I excited that it is Autumn, I am excited because this is my busy time. 
I haven't gotten a whole lot written up in the last week because I have been working on orders.  I think my best seller right now is a Mummy Hat.  I was lucky enough to get in as a tester for the pattern! 
Swirls and Sprinkles: Crochet Spooky Halloween Mummy Hat
Mummy Hat.  Pattern by: Mamachee
Finished hat made by me is available on Etsy!
Isn't that hat great?!  I wish I had thought up the pattern.  Mamachee has some great patterns.  I have a number of them and plan on getting more.  :)

I am trying to work on some Christmas patterns.  I have some ideas written out and can't wait to work them up! 
I hope you are all enjoying much cooler temps that I have been having. 
If there is something that you are hoping to see a pattern for, let me know!  I am always looking to add to my library!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Shell Headband

As promised, I finished the pattern last night.  I really like this headband.  It turned out super cute.  I will be working on a teen/adult pattern, soon.  Enjoy!

Swirls and Sprinkles: Croceht shell headband pattern
Shell Headband.  Child size.
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 What you will need:
G hook
Worsted weight yarn.  I used "I love this yarn"
2 Buttons
Scissors
Yarn Needle

Abbrviations:
Ch- chain
Sc- single crochet
Dc- double crochet

Special Stitches
Shell=5 dc
Half shell = 3dc
Ch 3 counts as dc


Chain 60
Row 1:  Right side.  Sc in 2nd ch from hook, *skip 2 ch, shell in next ch, skip 2 ch, sc in next ch*.   Repeat to last 3 ch.  Shell in 3rd ch from end, skip 1 ch, sc in last ch.
Finish off and change color.

Row 2: Wrong side.  Join second color to the last sc of first row.  Ch 3, 2 dc in sc of last row -counts as half shell.  *Skip 2 dc from last row and sc in 3rd dc of shell.  Shell in sc of last row.*  Repeat to last shell.  Sc in top of last shell from row 1, half shell in last sc from last row.
Finish off and change color.

Row 3: Join new color to the 3rd dc of last row.  Ch 1, sc in same stitch.  *Skip 2 dc and sc in top of shell from previous, shell in sc from last row.*  Repeat to last shell.  Shell in top of sc from last row, sc in top of 3rd dc from previous row.
Repeat rows 2 and 3 until headband is desired width.

For child size I did a total of 7 rows.

Finishing:
You will be working on the edge of the headband with right side facing.
Join color ch 1, sc evenly along edge.  Fasten off.
Repeat for second side.

With right side facing, Sew 2 buttons on edge of headband near rows 2 and 6.

Weave in ends.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

What I've been working on.

Well, here it is.  There are a couple of adjustments that I think I need to make, but over all I am very happy with it.  My daughter is thrilled and won't take it off for me to adjust.  LOL 

Swirls and Sprinkles: crochet dress
I think it turned out to be more of a 2t length, rather than 3t. 

Tonight I will be working on a new headband pattern.  I can't wait to get it finished!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Back to the grind.

We had a very fun weekend.  We took the kids to the local Six Flags park and they had a BLAST!  I don't know what is more fun, going as a kid or going as a parent watching your kids.  Truly one of my favorite days ever. 
I have been busy working on a couple of orders, so the next pattern has been delayed just a bit.  I had one 90% finished and while looking it over I saw that it could be turned into something completely different!  Such is the life.  :)  I can't wait to show it off.  I don't know if I will be writing up the pattern to this newest item, but I will definitely have a new free pattern posted by the end of the week.
Have you worked up any of my free patterns?  Leave a comment on my feedback tab.  I would LOVE to hear from you. 
I hope everybody is enjoying the last few days of summer!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Free Adult Crochet Pumpkin Hat Pattern

              ADULT Crochet Pumpkin Hat Pattern
Swirls and Sprinkles: Free adult crochet pumpkin hat
The adult hat is identical to this, only bigger.  (of course)
Ask and ye shall receive!
Last week I had a blog visitor ask me if I had an adult size pattern for my Pumpkin hat.  For some reason I hadn't thought of writing one.  I am so glad that it was asked!  Over the weekend I sat down and wrote up the pattern.  I hope you like it!  Now my daughter and I will have matching hats for the Pumpkin Farm in October!  She is just tickled pink that I have the same hat as she does.  :)


You may not change or sell my patterns in part or in whole.  You may sell your finished product, but I ask that you give credit for the pattern by linking back to me.

What you will need:
I hook
Worsted weight yarn.  I used “I love this yarn” in burnt orange and green
Scissors
Yarn needle

Abbreviations:
Ch-Chain
BLO-Back loop only
HK-Hook
ST-Stitch
Sl St- Slip stitch
Hdc- Half double crochet
Sc- Single crochet
Sc Dec- Single crochet decrease
WS- Wrong side
RS- Right side

Special notes:
Ch 2 does not count as a st.
After row 1 you will be working in the BLO

This hat will fit a teen-adult. 
You can adjust the pattern to fit any size by simply adding or subtracting some
Ch’s to/from your chain and rows.

Using Orange: Ch 42

Row 1: Hdc in 3rd ch from hk and every ch across.  (40)  (RS of
Work)

Row2-42: Ch 2, Hdc in each st across.  (40)
DO NOT FASTEN OFF
You should have the WS facing you after you have finished row 42.  If not, simply add one more row.
With WS facing out, fold the hat in half and Sl St the last row and foundation row together.
Fasten off.

For the top of the hat:
Turn the hat RS out.
Using GREEN, attach to the top side of your hat (I used the side with the tail)
Round 1: Ch 1, evenly Sc around the top of the hat.  Join with first Sc.
Round 2: Ch 1, Sc Dec all the way around.  Join with first Sc.
Continue round 2 until you have about 6 sc left.
Once you have about 6 sc left, sc in each st around until you have the stem your desired length.  (My stem is between 2 and 3 inches long)
Fasten off

For vine (optional):
Using green
Ch 40
Starting in 3rd ch from hk, 3 hdc in each ch across.
Fasten off leaving a long tail
Using tail attach vine next to the stem.
Weave in all ends.

Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Post Holiday

How was your Labor Day Weekend?  I hope everybody had a relaxing weekend.
Our weekend wasn't much different than most weekends.  Unfortunately, I didn't get nearly as much done as I had hoped.  Somehow the weekend just flew by.   
Tomorrow is back to the grind.  My oldest goes back to school, which means I have to set my alarm.  :(
I plan on tomorrow being picture day.  I need new pictures of a few items, so I can get them listed on Etsy.  I need to start refocusing on selling.  It's hard to work with yarn and think of hats and scarves when it is still over 100 degrees.  I have to get started though! 

3 Layer Crochet Flower

This is my go-to flower pattern.  I use the flowers on hats, bags, hair clips, and so much more.  They look great on the new water bottle Kozies, and coffee Kozies, too!
Swirls and Sprinkles: Free crocheted 3 layer flower pattern
Crochet flower
Crocheted 3 Layer Flower

H hook
Ch 5 sl st to first ch to make ring.

Round 1:  Ch1 sc into ring, ch 3, sc into ring. (formed first petal space) [ch 3, sc into ring] repeat 3 more times for a total of 5 petal spaces.  Sl st into ch 1 at the beginning of the round.

Round 2: [sc into petal space, ch 1, 3 dc, ch 1, sc.] All into first petal space.
Repeat in each petal space around.  Sl st into first sc.
5 front petals made.

Round 3: ch 1, working from the back of the flower, sc around post between petals.  [Ch 4, sc around next post between petals]  repeat 4 more times for a total of 5 petal spaces.  Sl st into first sc.

Round 4: [sc into petal space, ch 1, 5 dc, ch 1, sc] All into first petal space. 
Repeat in each petal space around.  Sl st into first sc.
5 middle petals made.

Round 5: ch1, working again from the back of the flower, sc around post between middle petals. [Ch 5, sc around next post between petals]  repeat 4 more times for a total of 5 petal spaces.  Sl st into first sc.

Round 6: [sc into petal space, ch 1, 7 dc, ch 1, sc] All into first petal space.
Repeat in each petal space around.  Sl st into first sc.
5 back petals made.
Finish off and weave in ends.  If you are going to attach the flower leave long tail.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Crochet Coffee Cup Kozie

Coffee Kozie
I find that cotton works best for Kozies, though there are some great colors out there that I just can't get in cotton.  This first Kozie is made of cotton.  I love the purples and greens!

Swirls and Sprinkles easy free crochet pattern coffee Kozie
Cotton Coffee Kozie without flower

You may not change or sell my patterns in part or in whole.  You may sell your finished product, but I ask that you give credit for the pattern by linking back to me.


What you will need:
H hook
F hook (for flower, optional)
Worsted weight yarn
Yarn needle

Abbreviations:
Ch - Chain
Hdc - Half double crochet
Rsc - Reverse single crochet
Sl st- slip stitch
St - stitch

Special stitch:
Reverse single crochet (rsc):  Working left to right, work single crochet into last stitch worked.

Ch 28
Sl st to first ch to form ring.  Do not twist.
Round 1: Ch 1, hdc each ch around.  (28 hdc)
Round 2-4: Repeat round 1
Round 5: Ch 1, [hdc in  next 13 st, 2 hdc in next st.]  Repeat 1 more time.  (30 hdc)
Round 6: Ch 1, hdc in each st around.  (30 hdc)

Round 7: Ch 1, rsc in each st around.  (30 rsc)
Fasten off.

Flip your work over to work around the bottom of the Kozie.

Join yarn with a sl st to the chain row.
Ch 1, rsc in each chain around.  Sl st to first rsc.  (28 rsc)
Fasten off and weave in ends.



Flower (optional)

F hook
Ch 5 sl st to first ch to make ring.

Round 1:  Ch1 sc into ring, ch 5, sc into ring. (formed first petal space) [ch 5, sc into ring] repeat 3 more times for a total of 5 petal spaces.  Sl st into ch 1 at the beginning of the round.

Round 2: [sc into petal space, ch 1, 3 dc, ch 1, sc.] All into first petal space.
Repeat in each petal space around.  Sl st into first sc.
5 front petals made.

Round 3: ch 1, working from the back of the flower, sc around post between petals.  [Ch 5, sc around next post between petals]  repeat 4 more times for a total of 5 petal spaces.  Sl st into first sc.

Round 4: [sc into petal space, ch 1, 5 dc, ch 1, sc] All into first petal space. 
Repeat in each petal space around.  Sl st into first sc.
5 back petals made.
Finish of leaving a tail about 12 inches long.
Sew flower to the front of the sleeve. 
Finish off and weave in ends.
Swirls and Sprinkles easy free crochet pattern coffee kozie and flower
This is cotton Coffee Kozie with the flower attached.
Here is a picture of one of the fun acrylics that I have on hand.  :)
Swirls and Sprinkles easy free crochet pattern coffee kozie
Makes me want candy corn!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Basic Newborn Beanie Crochet Pattern

 This pattern can be embellished a bunch of different ways.  You can add ears for animal hats, custom color brims, attach a flower (or any kind of applique), add a pom or two, or just make it a single color.
                                         Basic Newborn Beanie

Swirls and Sprinkles: Easy free crochet newborn beanie pattern.
This is a very easy newborn hat.  It can be embellished in countless ways.
You may not change or sell my patterns in part or in whole.  You may sell your finished product, but I ask that you give credit for the pattern by linking back to me.

What you will need:
I hook
Worsted weight yarn
Scissors
Yarn needle

Abbreviations:
Ch - Chain
Hdc - Half double crochet
St - Stitch

Make magic circle
Round 1: ch 1, 10 hdc into ring.  Join with first hdc.  Pull ring closed.  10 hdc
Round 2: ch 1, 2 hdc in each st around.  Join with first hdc.  20 hdc
Round 3: ch 1, (2 hdc in first st, 1 hdc in next st's.)  Repeat around.  Join with first hdc.  30 hdc
Round 4: ch 1, (2 hdc in first st, 1 hdc in next 2 st's)  Repeat around.  Join with first hdc.  40 hdc
Round 5-14: ch1, hdc in each st around.  Join with first hdc.  40 hdc

Friday, August 31, 2012

Building stock

It is going to be a busy weekend of hooking.  I really need to get some stock built up.  The busy season is practically here!  I am thinking newborn beanies, a couple pumpkin hats in a few sizes, coffee kozies, a few scarves, a couple ruffle scarves, and a few plain hats that can be jazzed up at a later time.  Oh!  Also a few pairs of slippers. 
I also really need new pictures of my items for the Etsy shop.  Hopefully by Monday I will have enough finished for some more listings.  My shop looks sad with only 2 listings.  :( 
I already have a few things on the hook.  That is a good start, right?

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Crochet Toddler/Child Pumpkin hat

How perfect for the fall!!  This hat is great through the entire fall season.  From the first fallen leaves all the way through  Thanksgiving!
This pattern is so fun!

You may not change or sell my patterns in part or in whole.  You may sell your finished product, but I ask that you give credit for the pattern by linking back to me.


                                         Toddler/Child Pumpkin Hat
Swirls and Sprinkles: Free Easy Crochet Pumpkin Hat.  Size Toddler/Child
My new favorite Fall hat!
 What you will need:
I hook
Worsted weight yarn.  I used “I love this yarn” in burnt orange and green
Scissors
Yarn needle

Abbreviations:
Ch-Chain
BLO-Back loop only
HK-Hook
ST-Stitch
Sl St- Slip stitch
Hdc- Half double crochet
Sc- Single crochet
Sc Dec- Single crochet decrease
WS- Wrong side
RS- Right side

Special notes:
Ch 2 does not count as a st.
After row 1 you will be working in the BLO

This hat will fit Toddler/Young child.  It fits my 3yo.
You can adjust the pattern to fit any size by simply adding some
Ch’s to your foundation and some extra rows.

Using Orange: Ch 30

Row 1: Hdc in 3rd ch from hk and every ch across.  Turn your work. (28)  (RS of
Work)

Row2-32: Ch 2, turn, Hdc in each st across.  (28)
DO NOT FASTEN OFF
You should have the WS facing you after you have finished row 32.  If not, simply add one more row.
With WS facing out, fold the hat in half and Sl St the last row and foundation row together.
Fasten off.

For the top of the hat:
Turn the hat RS out.
Using GREEN, attach to the top side of your hat (I used the side with the tail)
Round 1: Ch 1, evenly Sc around the top of the hat.  Join with first Sc.
Round 2: Ch 1, Sc Dec all the way around.  Join with first Sc.
Continue round 2 until you have about 6 sc left.
Once you have about 6 sc left, sc in each st around until you have the stem your desired length.  (My stem is between 2 and 3 inches long)
Fasten off

For vine (optional):
Using green
Ch 30
Starting in 3rd ch from hk, 3 hdc in each ch across.
Fasten off leaving a long tail
Using tail attach vine next to the stem.
Weave in all ends.

Enjoy!


If you have any questions leave a comment and I will get back to you ASAP! 

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Easy Crochet Candy Stripe Hat Pattern

I hope you find this pattern as great as I do.  It is very easy to make.  This hat is done in rows and then seamed together, rather than working in the round.  If you have any questions about the pattern, leave a comment and I will answer asap!

You may not change or sell my patterns in part or in whole.  You may sell your finished product, but I ask that you give credit for the pattern by linking back to me.

                                                                  Candy Stripe Hat

Swirls and Sprinkles: Easy Candy Stripe Hat Pattern Free
A customer sent me a picture of a hat that they wanted and this is what I came up with.


What you will need:
I hook
Worsted weight yarn.  (I used "I Love This Yarn")  I used three colors.
Scissors
Yarn needle

Abbreviations:
Ch-Chain
Hk- Hook
BLO- Back loop only
ST- Stitch
Sl St- Slip stitch
Hdc- Half double crochet
MC-Main color
CC 1- Contrast color 1
CC 2- Contrast color 2
WS- Wrong side
RS- Right side


Special notes:
Ch 2 does not count as a st.
You will be working in the BLO.

This hat will fit Toddler/young child.  It fits my 3yo.
You can adjust the pattern to fit any size by simply adding some ch's to your foundation and some extra rows.

Using MC: Ch 30

Row 1: Hdc in 3rd ch from hk and every ch across.  (28)  (RS of work)

Work the remaining rows in the BLO

Row 2-9: Ch 2, Hdc in each st across.  (28)

Fasten off and join CC 1

Row 10-11: Ch 2, Hdc in each st across.  (28)

Fasten off and join CC2

Row 12: Ch 2, hdc in each st across.  (28)

Fasten off and join CC 1

Row 13: Ch 2, Hdc in each st across.  (28)

Fasten off and join MC

Row 14-32: Ch 2, Hdc in each st across (28)
DO NOT FASTEN OFF
You should have the WS facing you after you have finished row 32.  If not, simply add one more row.
With WS facing out,  Fold the hat in half and Sl St the last row and foundation row together.
Fasten off
With the hat still inside out, join the yarn to the top of the hat.  Weave through the stitches all the way around and then pull TIGHT.
Fasten off.  Weave in all of your ends.

This is a free pattern for anybody to use.  You may not copy and sell the pattern, but you may do what you wish with the finished product.  I only ask that if you sell the hats that you give credit and provide a link to my blog. 

Monday, August 27, 2012

Clean up your room!

I feel like a child who's mom told them to clean their room.

Swirls and Sprinkles: Clean your room
I cant' be the only one to try getting away with this!






   I realized tonight that I am going to have to reorganize my patterns.  *eep!*  I want to stomp my feet and cry that I don't wanna!  In the long run, it is going to make the patterns much more organized and easily found.  In the meantime I think it is going to be a headache. 
I will be very happy when I get this all finished.  :) 

I get by with a little help from my friends...

What a great weekend.  Well, for a bust of a weekend it was good.  We had outdoor plans, but the forecast didn't look like it would cooperate.  We made the decision to stay home.  Of course the weather held out and it would have been perfect for our outside plans.  Go figure.  I know that if we had gone out that it would have rained the entire day.  That's just the way it goes  for me.

Since we stayed home, we got some cleaning done and I got my crochet on!  It isn't very often that I can get a lot of crocheting done on the weekend, so when it happens I feel accomplished.  :)

I can't wait to show you what I made!  Before I do though, I have to let you know that this was not my pattern.  The crochet community is fabulous.  There are so many talented artists out there!  This will be the first of more posts to come with patterns from other artists.  I love the idea of collaborating with other artists and hope to have some guest posts in the future.

Swirls and Sprinkles: Crochet Slouchy hat by Stitch11
Slouchy Hat by Stitch11

This hat was designed by Corina at Stitch11.  She has a lot of fantastic patterns on her site, this is just one of the many that she offers.  I will provide a direct link to her pattern on my free pattern tab (up at the top of the page). 
How adorable is that?!  I love this design.  The pattern is written out very clearly and is very easy to follow.


Swirls and Sprinkles: Crochet Slouchy hat designed by Stitch11
Slouchy Hat by Stitch11
Made by Swirls and Sprinkles


One of the wonderful things about crocheting is that once you know the basics you can do so much!  I have taken this hat as inspiration to make an adult size.  I will be writing up the pattern soon.  I have so many patterns to write up that I don't know where to start!  :)

I hope that you will take a moment to visit Stitch11 and take a look around.  Even take a second and say hello and tell her where you heard about her site.  ;)