Eye Heart You Emoji Crochet Hat Pattern

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Hello!

I came up with this idea because I’ve been seeing emojis on everything lately and this is one of my favorite emojis! This is also a great pattern for Valentine’s Day which is coming up in only a couple of weeks!DSC_0775

I don’t really write my own hat-base patterns. I will find a basic hat pattern and use that for the yellow part of the hat. So here’s a good one!  I used this yarn for the base. 

For the heart eyes I also used another pattern here! You can use another pattern you might know but I tried to avoid using a heart pattern that had a lot of holes in it (like granny square heart patterns). For the smaller hat (toddler size) I used a smaller heart pattern and for the larger hat (adult size) I found a larger heart pattern for the eyes. I wanted it to look bright and kind of animated (obviously like an emoji hahahaha).  I used this yarn for the heart eyes. 

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For the mouth I did improvise a lil pattern:

For the mouth on the toddler/child hat:

With the black yarn, using a size 5 hook

Round 1: Chain 11

Round 2: Single crochet in the second chain from the hook, half double crochet in the next stitch, double crochet in the next five stitches, half double crochet in the next stitch, single crochet in the last stitch.After you single crochet in the last stitch chain one and then insert the hook into the last stitch again and pull through. This will make the mouth look a little curved at the edges like the emoji.

For the mouth on the adult/teenager hat:

With the black yarn, using a size 5 hook

Round 1: Chain 13

Round 2: SC in the second chain from the hook, half double crochet in the next stitch, double crochet in the next stitch, triple crochet in the next six stitches, double crochet in the next stitch, half double crochet in the next stitch and single crochet in the last stitch. After you single crochet in the last stitch chain one and then insert the hook into the last stitch again and pull through. This will make the mouth look a little curved at the edges like the emoji.

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The first one I sewed all together was the toddler hat and I made a few mistakes on it if you look at it closely. In the real emoji the heart eyes are turned in at the bottoms so the tops of the hearts are facing out. I didn’t do this in the smaller hat. Also the eyes are super crooked on the hat. So when you’re placing the hearts on the hat make sure they’re turned out like they are in the bigger one and also made sure that you try to place the tops of the hearts on the same crochet line in your hat so that way it’s even! I hadn’t crocheted anything in a while before I made this so I was bound to make some lil mistakes. It’s kewl tho that’s how you learn and teach other people!

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For the mouth you just want to place it towards the bottom and between the center of the eyes. I used a line in my crocheted hat to make sure it was straight and then I used the sewing needle to create the curve at the edges. You just want to try to sew the ends a little above the line.

Anyways I’m really excited to be sharing this hat!! Let me know if you’ve made it! I would love to see other hats. 🙂

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Easy Crochet Bow Tutorial

I’ve found a couple of different crochet bows patterns around the internet but I’ve never found one that I really liked.  I’m assuming someone else has made this bow before, but I haven’t seen it anywhere before and I thought I might share it with the world!

Bows are great because they make a cute and easy addition to any crochet project. I’ve added them to headbands, hats, barrettes, You can make them in all sorts of sizes and colors! The pattern is easy to adjust to fit to any project you’re working on!

What you’ll need:

  • Yarn (I used acrylic Red Heart Yarn, but you can really use any yarn)
  • Hook (I used a 5, but just use a hook that matches the type of yarn you’re using)
  • Scissors
  • Needle for weaving in ends

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Crochet Abbreviations: ch = chain, hdc = half double crochet

Row 1: Ch 17

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Row 2: Starting in the third ch from the hook, hdc in every ch

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Row 3 – 9: Ch 3, turn,  hdc in each hdc across. At the end of row 9, fasten off and weave in ends.

If you want a fuller bow, add more rows of hdc and for a less-full bow, subtract a row or two of hdc rows.

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Yay!! Now you’re done crocheting and you’re ready to put it all together!

Step 1: Thread your needle. Use your hand to pinch the bow as you would like it to stay.

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Step 2: Push the needle through the center. Pull the yarn all the way through and make a knot on the side that you want to be the back of the bow. Leave excess yarn at the end because you’re going to use it later.

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Step 3: Wrap yarn around center of the bow until it reaches the thickness you like.

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Step 4: Using the excess yarn from the other end, make a knot on the back of the bow.

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Step 5:Using your crochet hook, pull the excess yarn through the center of the bow. Cut off the excess yarn.

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Step 6: Admire your beautiful bow!

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Here’s some ways I’ve used bows in my crochet projects:

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Put the bow on a barrette and have a cute hair bow!
Hello Kitty Hat
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If you try to make the bow, let me know what you used it for! I love seeing new crochet projects 😀

DIY Yoyo Christmas Wreath (tutorial)

A while ago my Grandma gave me some old Christmas yoyos her sister had. My grandma noticed I started creating a yoyo quilt and she thought I might be able to do something creative with some extra yoyos. They sat in one of my drawers for years throughout college until I decided to actually do something with them. I didn’t have enough of them to make a quilt, so I tried to some up with some sort of wonderful Christmas present I could give to my grandparents. I thought about making some sort of garland, but I crocheted a garland a few years before and I was in the mood for something creative! I spent a while thinking about what to do with them and after seeing some beautiful Christmas wreaths on Pinterest, I thought it might make a beautiful, whimsical wreath for them! And I was right!

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I’m really happy with how this came out. It’s so cute and vintage-looking. Yoyos are such a great craft to know how to do because you can use them for so many beautiful projects. I’ve seen yoyo flowers, quilts, stuffed animals, pins and all sorts of creations!

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This is only the start of my yoyo quilt!

To start off, you need to know how to make a yoyo. I recommend watching this video to learn. I learned how to make yoyos from a woman at a craft fair a couple of years ago and it stuck with me for a while because I feel in love with how cute they are.

If you’re ready to make your own Christmas wreath, follow the tutorial below!

Materials needed:

  • 5 large yoyos (about 3 inches wide)
  • 20 medium yoyos (about 1 1/2 inches wide)
  • 5 small yoyos (about 1 inch wide)
  • A circular base for your wreath. The one I bought is only about a foot wide and I found it at Michaels.
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • A couple yards of ribbon (not necessary, it just gives the wreath a nice look)
  • Thread and a sewing needle

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Step 1: Wrap ribbon all around the wreath base. Use the hot glue gun and glue every couple of inches so it stays secure. Cut when you cover the whole circle with ribbon.

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Step 2: Sew yoyos together like seen below. For the three joined together, sew three medium sized yoyos together to make a triangle. Place a small yoyo on top to cover the open space in the middle. For the two yoyos, sew one medium yoyo on top of a large yoyo. When sewing them together, don’t worry about it looking perfect or being super secure. This isn’t a quit. You really just want it to be secure enough that it stays together.

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Step 3: Glue the yoyos onto the ribbon however you would like. I alternated between the two styles I made. I did have to place them fairly close together in order to fit all of them, but I think it gives it a nice look. Set the wreath aside and give it a few minutes to cool down.

Step 4: Create a backing for wreath. I opted for just a simple back made out of some old ribbon I had. As long as you can hang it up, the job is done!

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Step 5: Make a bow to attach to the front! Use my video tutorial  or use your favorite bow tutorial!

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Did you try this tutorial? Let me know how it turned out! I would love to see more yoyo wreaths 😀

Happy Christmas everyone!

Thrifty (and freakishly adorable) Valentine’s day gifts!

My boyfriend and I are huge fans of DIY gifts. In fact, I can only think of 1 gift I’ve purchased for him in during our two year relationship. I love giving and receiving handmade items. Anyone can just go out and buy you something but it takes a different sort of relationship to think outside the box and create something that leaves you surprised.  Below are some of the best gifts that we’ve made for each other.

1. A woodburned piece of art.

Most of my friends know about my obsession with Hello Kitty and Harry Potter. If you’ve known me for more than 10 minutes then I’ve probably already made about 14 Harry Potter references and you’ve noticed the millions of Hello Kitty stickers on my iPhone case. Somehow, my boyfriend found a way to combine both of these loves in the plaque below.

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2. A meme scrapbook featuring you, your pets and your best friends.

Laying under the tree this year was a meme scrapbook personalized just for me! Secretly, I wish this Christmas present went viral. These were some of my favorites:

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3. A personal recording of his/her favorite novel.

Before my boyfriend went away to Marine Corps training for the summer, he made sure not to leave me empty-handed. He made me a personal recording of the first five chapters of Twilight. I was so excited that I couldn’t wait and I listened to the entire thing that night. Being able to hear his voice when I couldn’t readily call him was one of the best presents I’ve ever received.

4. A crocheted hat.

Simple, yet timeless. Keep your significant other warm and show them you care! I found a very simple hat pattern and personalized it by adding a detachable crocheted beard. Below is a slightly creepy picture of me wearing it…

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5. A romanic gesture made out of post-it notes.

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It was love at first sight when I saw this beautiful paper heart!

6. Some sort of baked creation.

Everyone loves something edible. This year for Valentine’s day I made my boyfriend heart shaped bacon-whiskey sugar cookies. They tasted about as good as it sounds (meaning… not very). Nonetheless, Mama always said it’s the thought that counts!

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Do you have any great DIY Valentine’s gift ideas? Please feel welcome to share your wonderful ideas. 🙂

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Heart Glitter Shoes Tutorial

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Aren’t they adorable? I’m obsessed.

For Christmas this year I wanted to make my sister something she couldn’t go out and buy herself. After a lot of research and a lot of time spent on Pinterest I decided that I should try to make her a pair of shoes. That is how this project came to be. Surprisingly, this project was pretty simple. I made my sister the pokeball-inspired shoe featured below.

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For me, there’s something so awesome about being able to design and wear my own art. I hope you’ll find this tutorial useful and be able to create something that is not only marvelous, but also truly unique to you!

Materials Needed: 

1 pair of shoes

Acrylic Paint

Mod Podge

A sponge paint brush

A thin paint brush for small details

Clear Acrylic Aerosol Spray Sealer

A stencil

Glitter

Step One: Find the perfect pair of shoes that you want to turn into something more beautiful. I found my pair on sale at Urban Outfitter for $10. That was $10 well spent. You can also use a pair of shoes you already have!

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Step 2: With a sponge brush and acrylic paint, paint to desired color. It took me a few coats to get them to be completely white. If they’re already desired color then you can skip this step!

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Step 3: Cut out stencil of design and trace it on to the shoes. For the glitter, I mixed together mod podge and gold glitter and filled in the heart I traced on.

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Step 4: COVER THOSE SHOES IN CLEAR ACRYLIC ARESOL SEALER. Especially the glitter. This will stop the glitter from falling off and protect your shoes in the rain.

Step 5: Let them dry.

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Step 6: Wear them and feel fabulous.

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If you tried this, let me know what your thoughts are! I would love to see your wearable works of art. 🙂

Simple Infinity Scarf (Free Pattern)

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Recently, I’ve been on a crocheting kick. There’s something seriously awesome about being able to make your own accessories, house decors, ect. I’m absolutely in love and a bit obsessed. Obsessed to the point where I’m rewarding myself with a crochet project every time I apply for a job. I think that’s healthy? Oh well…

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This was a pattern I came up with a little while back. I love how it’s fairly traditional, but it has a small details that give it a beautiful and sophisticated look.  It’s extremely easy for a beginner crocheter and makes a perfect holiday gift! Everyone loves getting a gift that someone made especially for them.

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To make the scarf I used Lion Brand’s Wool Ease yarn and a size M (9.00 mm) hook.

Check it out on my Etsy Store as well!

Pattern:

Round 1: Chain 120, join together with sl st

Round 2: Chain 3,  dc in each single crochet, join together with sl st

Round 3: Chain 1, Sc in each dc, join together with sl st

Round 4: Chain 4, skip one stitch, dc in next stitch, (ch 1, skip one stitch, dc in next stitch), join together to sl st

Round 5: Chain 1, sc in each dc, join together with sl st

Round 6: Chain 3, dc in each single crochet, join together with sl st

Round 7: Chain 1, sc in each dc, join together with sl st

Round 8: Chain 4, skip one stitch, dc in next stitch, (ch 1, skip one stitch, dc in next stitch), join together with sl st

Round 9: Chain 1, Sc in each dc, join together with sl st

Round 10: Chain 3,  dc in each single crochet, join together with sl st

Round 11: Chain 1, Sc in each dc, join together with sl st

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And there you go! Did you try this pattern? If so, I would love to see how it turned out! 🙂