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11  Einstein Baby Sweater in Knitting: Completed Projects by jjgirl on: June 26, 2010 07:56:59 AM
Im a college student that has zero use for a knitted baby sweater.

BUT my good friend is pregnant and a few weeks ago, I learned she was having a boy.  It was go time.  I cast on for this knitted baby sweater that night and finished it the next day.  I cant get over how cute it is. It's a quick knit that only took one day and I like the fact that the project took less than one skein of yarn.  I'm discovering how much fun it is to make baby things and feel like it could be a dangerous new addiction, ha.

I gave the baby sweater to my friend yesterday and she absolutely loved it.  Might have to make more of these.  Smiley

Free knitting pattern found on Ravelry: Baby Sophisticates Sweater
 





Great minds things alike!  Check out Striker's Baby Sophisticate sweater here
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12  Beginner's Twisted Crochet Necklace - Free Pattern! in Crochet: Completed Projects by jjgirl on: June 11, 2010 04:50:44 PM
I made this necklace because my little sister said she needed something to dress up her black top... aaaand she was walking out the door in 10 minutes.  It's a very simple design (ie. the entire necklace is made entirely using only chains and sl sts), but with a little twist (pun).  This crocheted necklace is simple enough for the beginner or a quick project for any crocheter.  I think I'm going to make one with different colors to see how it looks with the twisted design...

http://jjcrochet.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/DSCN08681-300x225.jpg
http://jjcrochet.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/DSCN08671-300x225.jpg

Anyway - here's the pattern.  You can find more pictures and details on my blog.

Materials
Size G crochet hook
25 yards of any worsted weight yarn

Directions
Round 1: Ch 90.  Join to beginning ch with sl st.
Round 2: Ch 95, twist chain 6-7 times around Round 1.  Join to beginning ch with sl st.
Round 3: Ch 100, twist chain 6-7 times around Rounds 1 & 2.  Join to beginning ch with sl st.

Fast off, weave in ends.

Enjoy!
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13  Free Crochet Hat Pattern: The Rachael Hat in Crochet: Completed Projects by jjgirl on: June 04, 2010 05:40:01 PM
Hi guys!  I've been developing a ton of crochet pattern in the past couple weeks now that school's out (woo hoo summer!) and figured I'd share.  The pattern is part of my new initiative on my blog: Free Pattern Friday.  Hope you enjoy!





Materials

Size L (8.0mm) Crochet Hook
~ 80 yards of Super Bulky Yarn, Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick
Darning Needle
Gauge: First 2 rows in pattern = 4.5 inches in diameter.  Take time to check gauge.  Adjust needle size if necessary.

Directions

Ch 3, join with sl st to form ring.

Round 1: Ch 3 (counts as first dc now and throughout).  11 more dc into ring (12 dc).  Join to top of turning ch with sl st and at the end of each round.  Do not turn.

Round 2: 2 dc in each st around (24 dc).

Rounds 3 7: Ch 4 (Counts as 1dc + ch 1), *dc in next st, ch 1*.  Repeat from * to * around. (24 dc and 25, ch-1 sps)

Round 8: In ch-1 spaces and dcs, work 40 sc evenly spaced around.  (Clarification:  At the beginning of this round, you will have more ch-1 spaces and double crochets than 40 stitches.  In order to only work 40 sc in this round, you will have to skip some ch-1 spaces.  Its okay to break out of your shell and skip stitches you can do it!)

Round 9: Sc in each st around (40sc).

Fasten off.  Using darning needle, weave in ends.

Flower

Ch 3, join with sl st to form ring

Round 1: Ch 3, 9 more dc into ring (10 dc).  Join to top of turning ch with sl st.

Round 2: Chain 4 (counts as 1 sc + 3 ch).  * Skip next st, sc, ch 3 *.  Repeat from * to * around.  (Five, ch-3 spaces)  Sl st in first ch-3 space to join round.

Round 3: Ch 1.  In first ch-3 space, work 4 dc, 1 sc.  In each ch-3 space work *1sc, 4 dc, 1 sc*.  Repeat from * to * around to create 5 petals.  Sl st to first ch to join round.

Fasten off, leaving a 10 inch tail.  Using darning needle, sew flower to left side of hat.

Viola!  You did it!

For more project details, check out http://jjcrochetblog.wordpress.com/2010/06/04/free-crochet-hat-pattern-free-pattern-friday/.  
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14  Logo Opinion in Get Product and Website Opinions by jjgirl on: May 29, 2010 11:16:57 AM
Hi Craftsters!

Okay - I have a serious dilemma.  I'm designing a new logo for my crochet business, but can't decide between two fonts.  I keep going back and forth between the two.  The first one is semi-professional and I really like it, but the second one looks like yarn which might be cute since I do have a crocheting business.  The only problem is I'm afraid if I have the second logo printed really small on tags for my crocheted hats, it might be hard to read.  

Ahhh what to do?!  That's where you come in!  Please let me know which one you like. Thanks for the advice. Smiley
Logo 1:

http://hphotos-snc3.fbcdn.net/hs609.snc3/32056_1338606353095_1469220119_30905958_5076439_n.jpg
Logo 2:
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs639.snc3/32056_1338606433097_1469220119_30905959_7680321_n.jpg
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15  It's okay to be different... (large IMGs) in Crochet: Completed Projects by jjgirl on: July 30, 2007 11:42:24 AM
So I do things a little differently because I like to only work in the FRONT loops when I'm crocheting.  This makes little "ridges" between each row, formed from the unworked back loops of the previous round. 

I just finished this hat made from gorgeous handspun and hand-dyed yarn from twirlgirlfibers.etsy.com and decided the hat needed a little extra sometihng.  So I crocheted a little heart motif, but it just needed something more.  So...I experimented with crocheting ontop of the back loops with some yummy maroon mohair yarn and viola!  The perfect hat! Here are the pictures:







If anyone's interested, I can go into better detail how to work ontop of the hat like I did here to form the three mohair ridges.
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16  Re: Yo-yo crochet a long? in Crochetalongs by jjgirl on: June 26, 2007 09:42:16 AM
I saw the link on how to make yo-yos, but since I am pretty much anti-afghan, I immediately thought that I'd make a headband instead.  This is one of THE SIMPLEST projects ever!  It makes a teeny bit of yarn and even less time than that.  Here are some pictures:



They are toooo easy to make!

Basically, here's the pattern:
Crochet hook size: I
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft Sport Weight Yarn - small amount

Following the pattern (http://www.geocities.com/cdjsimon/simple_yoyo_square.html) crochet 5 yo-yos. 
Chain 35, join yarn to first yo-yo and connect as described ^ in one long row.  Fasten off.  Join yarn in opposite end of headband, chain 35 and fasten off.  Sew in ends, and youre done! 

It's a quick project that makes even the simplest of outfits instantly cute!  And if you do make these, I'd love to see some pics!
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17  Simple Yo-Yo Headband in Crochet: Completed Projects by jjgirl on: June 26, 2007 09:39:37 AM
So... I got this idea from the yo-yo crochet-a-long that is going on here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=149456.0 to make this headband. 

It's simple.
It's easy.
It takes only minutes to make and ounces of yarn.  What could be better?





Basically, here's the pattern:
Crochet hook size: I
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft Sport Weight Yarn - small amount

Following the pattern (http://www.geocities.com/cdjsimon/simple_yoyo_square.html) crochet 5 yo-yos. 
Chain 35, join yarn to first yo-yo and connect as described ^ in one long row.  Fasten off.  Join yarn in opposite end of headband, chain 35 and fasten off.  Sew in ends, and youre done! 

It's a quick project that makes even the simplest of outfits instantly cute!  And if you do make these, I'd love to see some pics!

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18  Oh yes, we STILL have to match for Father's Day in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by jjgirl on: June 17, 2007 06:04:30 PM
So, I'm 18 now and my mom still has this feddish of matching outfits.  We do them every major holiday - Christmas, Easter, Mother's Day, and Father's Day.  I told her it was cute when we were all under 10 and now it's worn off a bit, but you do what you gotta do to keep big mamba happy.  So, for Father's Day, I figured if I was wearing something "matchy", I'd make it a nice matchy.  I made myself a dress, my mom a pencil skirt, and my little sister a shirt all in the same fabric, so we weren't too overkill. 

Here are the patterns I used:
My dress: Simplicity 4119 (the dress is a halter, but I'm wearing a black v-neck tshirt underneath - it is church, afterall!)
My mom's pencil skirt: New Look 6843
My sister's top (without the gathers - she's still young!): Simplicity 3753

Hope you like them (and please, try not to gag)!





And the pictures are a little off, but my brother took them and I figured I couldn't ask him to take a close up of the bodice... that would be just a little too awkward...
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19  What type of yarn is this? in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by jjgirl on: October 12, 2006 12:16:38 PM
Hi, I got a custom order from a customer who wanted me to make hats like this, but I've never seen this type of yarn before.  It's stretchy so as to fit over a growing toddler's head, but I don't think I've ever noticed this type of yarn before. 

Anyone out there have any ideas as to what type of yarn this is or where I can find it?
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20  Awesome shirt with message - my second stenciling attempt in Stenciling: Completed Projects by jjgirl on: July 27, 2005 03:11:02 PM
My brother bought this shirt in the mall that had a similiar message.  I changed the wording to make it more "girl" appropriate, printed out some basic letters, and tried my first decent attempt at stenciling.  The "E" is a little messed up, but I'm really happy with the results and can't wait to wear it out!
The shirt is hilarious, but only the people who are creative get it (my dad was like, "what is that supposed to be?") - I have faith in you my crafting friends!




Do you get it??
(HINT: If you don't get it, hold it up to the mirror and picture yourself wearing it...)
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