Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New Year, New You Target $25 Gift Card Giveaway

New Year, New You Target $25 Gift Card Giveaway

 

January 1st -15th 2014



 


 





 Happy new year's eve everyone!  New year's eve is a time to reflect on the past year and think about your hopes and dreams for the year to come.

 

To help you start the new year off right, Tampa Bay Crochet is hosting a new giveaway.  From January 1st -15th you can enter to win a $25 Target gift card.

You can use the gift card to help you achieve your new year's resolution.

 The giveaway is open to both the USA and Canada.

 

You can enter daily, so make sure to bookmark this site and come back each day to enter!

 

 




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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Free Crochet Pattern: Baby Santa Earflap Hat

 Free Crochet Pattern:  Baby Santa Earflap Hat


 

Knot Hard To Do! Booties (0-3 Months) Pattern




Baby Santa Earflap Hat Pattern 

0-3 Months 12-14" head





Gauge: 
5 Dcs = 2”
3 rows of dcs = 2”

Abbreviations: 
Sc = single crochet
Dc = double crochet
Sl st = slip stitch
Sts = stitches
St = stitch
Ch = chain
( ) = Number of total stitches in the round/row



Materials:
Size I crochet hook
Size J crochet hook (adult size only)
Size H crochet hook
Needle
Red, Black, White and Yellow worsted weight yarn (for the hat pictured I used Redheart With
Love solids)
Soft White fluffy yarn for trim (optional), for the pictured hat I used Bernat: On The Fringe in
Snow


Hat:

Round 1: Ch 2, 5sc in 2nd ch from hook. Join with a sl st to first chain stitch. (6)
Round 2: Ch 2, dc in same st, 2dc in next st and each around. Join with sl st to top of beginning
ch 2. (12)
Round 3: Ch 2, dc in same st, 2dc in each of the following sts. Join with sl st to top of ch 2.
(24)
Round 4: Ch 2, 2dc in next st, *dc in next, 2dc in next* around. Join with sl st to top of the
beginning ch 2. (36)
Rounds 5-8: Ch 2, dc in first st and each st around. Join with sl st to top ch 2.
(36)



*Tie off red yarn and slip stitch with black yarn to join.



Rounds 9-10: (With Black Yarn) Ch2, dc in first st and each st around. Join
with sl st to top of ch 2. (36)






*Tie off black yarn and slip stitch with red yarn to join.

Round 11: (With Red Yarn) Ch 2, dc in first st and each st around. Join with sl st to top
of ch 2. (36)



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Earflaps:

1st Earflap:
Row 1: Ch 2, dc in next 8 sts
Row 2: Ch 2 turn, dc2tog, dc in next 4 sts, dc2tog
Row 3: Ch 2 turn, dc2tog, dc in next 2 sts, dc2tog
Row 4: Ch 2 turn, dc2tog twice
Row 5: Ch 2 turn, dc2tog

Tie off red yarn.

2nd Earflap:
Skip 9 sts from the 1st earflap and sl st with red yarn to join.
Row 1: Ch 2, dc in next 8 sts
Row 2: Ch 2 turn, dc2tog, dc in next 4 sts, dc2tog
Row 3: Ch 2 turn, dc2tog, dc in next 2 sts, dc2tog
Row 4: Ch 2 turn, dc2tog twice
Row 5: Ch 2 turn, dc2tog
Tie off yarn.
Weave in all loose ends.





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Trim:

With white fuzzy yarn, slip st to beanie to join and ch 1. Sc in next st and
each st around. Sl st to ch 1 to join.


 




Buckle:

With Yellow Yarn and size H crochet hook
Round 1: Ch 20, sl st to 1st chain to join round. *Be careful not to twist the chain
Round 2: Ch 1, (sc in the first 4 chain sts, 3 sc in the following chain st: this creates the corner
of the square) repeat three more times. Sl st to top of ch 1 to join the round.
Round 3: Ch 1, sl st in next st and each st around. Sl st to top of ch 1 to join round.



Tassels:

Cut 24” lengths of yarn (or twice the desired length of the tassels) in your desired colors. In the
example I use red yarn and plain white yarn. I used 4 lengths of yarn per color but you may use
more or less depending on your desired tassel thickness. Fold the lengths of yarn in half and use
a large crochet hook to pull the yarn through the bottom of one earflap. Divide the yarn into
equal thirds and braid. Tie at the bottom and cut the ends evenly. Repeat on the opposite
earflap.







Finish:   Weave in all loose ends on the hat.


This pattern is also available in sizes 0-3mo, 3-6mo, 6-12mo, 1-3 years, Child, Teen and Adult.

To purchase this pattern, Click Here

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Free Crochet Pattern: Crochet Snowflake Earrings with Pearl Accent Tutorial

Crochet Snowflake Earrings with Pearl Accent Tutorial




Crochet snowflake earrings are the perfect accessory for the holiday season.  I recently made a couple pairs of these earrings for my mom's friends.  These earrings look great with a sweater and a pair of jeans or with a formal dress.

Love these earrings but don't have the time to make them yourself?  They are currently on sale in my Etsy shop.





Crochet Snowflake Earrings with Pearl Accent

Materials:

White Crochet Thread Size 10
Size 2.0 mm crochet hook
Needle
Pliers
Head Pins
Fishhook Earrings
Wire Cutters
Two glass pearls

Craftsy



The pattern for the snowflake is not my own. I followed the pattern for a simple snowflake by Sarah London.  The only difference is that I used white crochet thread size 10 and a size 2.0mm crochet hook. Make sure that you scroll down to the second set of instructions (USA).  The first set of instructions are written in UK terms.  Crochet two snowflakes using this pattern.


Next, using a pair of pliers open the bottom loop at the end of the fishhook earring.


Loop the fishhook earring through the top point of the snowflake.  Then, use the pliers to close the loop on the fishhook earring.


Next, take a glass pearl and place it onto the head pin.


Using the wire cutters, cut the excess wire off of the head pin.  You only need to leave about a quarter of an inch of wire above the top of the pearl.


Using the pliers, wrap the excess wire around to form a small loop. Place the loop through the bottom tip of the snowflake.  Use the pliers to close the loop.



Repeat these steps for your second earring.



Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Happy Hump Day. A Video To Make You Smile.

Happy Hump Day. A Video To Make You Smile.


Happy Hump Day!

I took this video over the past weekend. I have been spending time at my parent's house in Ohio so that I can go to the Cleveland Clinic.  There is the most beautiful family of deer in my parents neighborhood that wander around eating from people's bird feeders and gardens.  There are seven deer all together and they usually sleep behind the shed in my parent's backyard.  It's so funny to see a family of seven deer wandering around a city lot.





Monday, December 9, 2013

Over 200 Free Crochet Snowflake Patterns

Over 200 Free Crochet Snowflake Patterns









The holiday season is upon us.  One of the most iconic holiday crochet projects is the snowflake.  Over the years hundreds if not thousands of crochet snowflake patterns have been created. 

 There are nearly as many uses for these classic crochet flakes as there are patterns.  A few of my favorite ways I have seen crochet snowflakes used around the holidays are as ornaments on trees and wreaths, tied to the outside of a holiday gift, dangling from a rear view mirror, as garland around the house or office and as seasonal jewelry.

Recently, I found an amazing site dedicated to the crochet snowflake.  The site is called Snowcatcher and they have over 200 unique, and FREE, crochet snowflake patterns available.  I crocheted the snowflake in the photograph above using one of the snowflake patterns found on the site.

The designs found on Snowcatcher are absolutely unique and gorgeous.  There are even instructions on how to properly block your snowflakes after they have been crocheted.  This year, I used several of the free snowflake patterns found on Snowcatcher to crochet ornaments for family and friends.  I hope that you enjoy this site as much as I have. 

Monday, December 2, 2013

Cyber Monday Sales. The Best Deals For Crafting, Blogging and Small Businesses

Cyber Monday Sales.  The Best Deals For Crafting, Blogging and Small Businesses

 

I'm sure many hard core deal seekers have been up for hours shopping the cyber Monday sales. This time of year there are two categories of products that I look for on sale.  The first and most obvious is craft product sales.  The second category of products I look for is small business/blogger deals. I am always looking for products and deals to help grow and make Tampa Bay Crochet as successful as possible.  Below are some of the cyber Monday deals that I found this year.   Note:  I am an affiliate for the companies below.  That is how I found these deals to share with you.

Best Deals for Crafters:


Craftsy Yarn and Fabric sale up to 80% off from 11/27-12/2!

Craftsy Class Sale up to 66% off from 11/29-12/2!

Joann.com:


 Free shipping, no minimum order with code:  NOMIN336

The best deal I found as $189.99 for the AccuQuilt Go fabric cutter regularly $349!

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Additional 20% Off Clearance Items with code:  EYKCYBR


Best Deals for Bloggers/Small Businesses:

 

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Verizon:


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Cyber Monday: FREE RAZR HD from Verizon Wireless w/new 2 yr activation. Free Shipping!

Cyber Monday Online Exclusive: FREE White LG G2 w/new 2yr activation. Free Shipping!


Sunday, December 1, 2013

Congratulations to the Winners of the Win It All Giveaway!

Congratulations to the Winners of the Win It All Giveaway!


Congratulations to the winner of Tampa Bay Crochet's Win It All Giveaway. 

Grand Prize Winner:  Tamy K.

Runner-Up:  Judy T.

Runner Up:  Judy W.

If you believe you are a winner, look for an e-mail from tampabaycrochet@gmail.com in your inbox or junk folders.

Thank you to everyone who entered the Win It All Giveaway.  Look for more giveaways soon from Tampa Bay Crochet.

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