Saturday, February 14, 2015

Swirly Whirly Update!

Preemie/Doll size by Little Luvies Shop (c)2015
Basic hat with Swirly Whirly Flower by Little Luvies Shop (c) 2015
The Swirly Whirly Hat has been updated!  Not only does the pattern have a different look, the pattern is also worked differently to make it easier to follow.  New embellishments have been added (previously, it only included a star)...two sizes of stars, two sizes of hearts, a leaf, the firecracker fuse/apple stem, three different flowers, and Christmas ornaments.  The previous version was specifically intended to be a patriotic firecracker hat.  The updated pattern includes instructions for many variations of the hat...firecracker, Valentine, pumpkin, apple, and bumble bee, to name a few.  It even includes the most often requested Christmas Tree.  Preemie/Doll size has also been added to the updated pattern, were before it included 0-3mo to Adult sizes.  In one pattern, you will get the basic hat pattern, 11 embellishments, and instructions for 8 additional fun variations.  The at works up quickly.  An adult size basic hat can be made in just a couple hours for an average paced hooker.  While the pattern includes 8 variations, I'm sure there are many more you could come up with.  Let your imagination run wild with it!

This weekend only (until midnight CST Sunday night), you can pick up your copy of the pattern for 50% off when you use coupon code RERELEASE2 at checkout on Ravelry.

When I originally designed this hat in 2012, Crafting Friends Designs designed the Swirly Whirly Sundress to coordinate with it.  The set is so cute together! 
You can find the dress patterns here:  Infant/Toddler, Child

Below are photos of the many variations included in the pattern.

Apple for the Teacher by Little Luvies Shop (c)2012

Basic hat by Courtney Crochets (c)2015

Cupcake by Denise Grimm (c)2015

Firecracker by Little Luvies Shop (c)2012

Bumble Bee by Crazy Hookers Crochet Creations (c)2015

Christmas Tree (top view) by Dsey Designs (c)2015

Christmas Tree by Dsey Designs (c)2015

Valentine by Three Angels Crochet (c)2015

Basic hat by Melonie Jones (c) 2015

Floppy Sun Hat by Noelle Christensen (c)2015

Pumpkin by Little Luvies Shop (c)2012

Monday, January 26, 2015

Poofy Princess Sleeves Tutorial

In a few short months, my daughter turns 5.  The week before is my mother-in-law's birthday, and right between the two is Mother's Day.  In March, my husband and I celebrate our 10th anniversary.  So, as you can see, we have many milestones to celebrate this year!  So, we decided to do something big for vacation this year.  We are going on a Disney Cruise the week of my daughter's birthday.  It's quite exciting stuff!  It's been the topic of family conversation around here more often than not, including what we need to pack, what princesses we will see, the places we will go, etc.
More than anything, my daughter is super excited to meet all of the princesses.  By special request, she asked me to make her a pretty princess outfit to wear on her birthday.  Well, in the process of figuring out how I wanted to go about this without it being too hot (hard to consider that being a problem at the moment with the freezing winter temps), I tested out a few options.  One of which was adding princess sleeves to a crocheted dress.  While this is not the option I'm going with for her cruise outfit (I'll release that pattern sometime after Easter), since a crocheted dress would be a little heavy for tropical weather, in my opinion, it would make a very cute addition to crocheted dresses for dress up play or special occasions.
Because my daughter's favorite princess is currently Snow White (no clue as to why...she refuses to even watch the movie, yet), I made her My Life doll, Baby Layla, a Snow White inspired dress.  She was so excited when she finally saw it yesterday!  :)
Disclaimer:  This tutorial, or anything found within this post, is in no way sponsored by or affiliated with Disney or any of their entities or affiliates.  Please make Princess themed items for your personal use ONLY.  Items inspired by any character should not be sold.    This tutorial is property of Little Luvies Shop and is free from this blog post only.  Do not duplicate this tutorial in whole or part, for free or for profit, with out written consent from Little Luvies Shop.  If you would like to share this tutorial with others, personally or professionally, please do so by sharing the link to this post.
First of all, you will need to make a sleeveless crocheted dress or top.  This is not to mean a halter top style.  That will not work well.  It's not impossible to use this sleeve on that kind of dress as an off-the-shoulder sleeve, but that will not be explained in this tutorial.  For the purpose of this tutorial, you will want a dress with tank top style sleeves.  Spaghetti straps will work depending on their placement, and straps should not be wider than the shoulder.  The size of the dress or top you make is completely up to you.
+Crafting Friends Designs has several dress designs that will work for this.  Here is an infant and toddler option.  I used her Snap Dragon Doll Dress pattern for this, and that can be found in this collection.  Here is a cute child size top from KT and the Squid that will work well for this, also.  And, here are a couple of my patterns that will work for this: Summer Breeze Ripple (dress or top, can be made in any size) or Bavarian Summer Infant Dress.
Other materials needed:
  • small amounts of the same yarn used to make your dress or top in two coordinating colors (MC and CC) (a single color can be used if you prefer)
  • same hook used to make your dress or top
  • scissors
  • yarn needle
  • st(s) - stitch(es)
  • ch - chain
  • sl st - slip stitch
  • Fhdc - foundation half double crochet
  • hdc - half double crochet
  • sc - single crochet
  • sk - skip
  • MC - main color
  • CC - contrasting color
Before you begin:
  1. Count the number of stitches around the armhole of your dress or top. For my doll dress, I had 22 stitches.  This needs to be an even number.
  2. You need to decide how many contrasting stripes you want on your sleeve.  On my doll dress, I went with 5 stripes, but could have done as many as 10 if I'd wanted the stripes to go completely around the arm.  Do not exceed more stripes than half of the number of stitches in step 1 above.
  3. Decide how long you want the sleeves.  For this doll sleeve, I did 10 stitches, but could have gotten away with five for this 18" size doll (it was initially intended for a bigger doll, but my daughter changed her mind when I asked her to bring me the doll). This could be just a little short poof at the upper arm, or you could make it as long as elbow length.
  4. When changing colors, I carry my yarn up the side of my work rather than have a bunch of tails to weave in.  It is up to you how you do this.
  5. Warning: I am left handed.  Photos in this tutorial will appear backwards to those who crochet right handed, but you should be able to follow along easily in spite of this.
  6. To add this tutorial to you Ravelry library, please click here.
R1: with MC, Fhdc your desired number of stitches (see instructions here if you are unfamiliar with this stitch), ch 1, turn
R2: hdc in each st across picking up CC on last stitch, ch 1, turn
R3: hdc in each st across, ch 1, turn
R4: hdc in each st across picking up MC on last st, ch 1, turn
R5: hdc in each st across, ch 1, turn
Repeat R2-R5 until your desired number of contrasting stripes have been made.
Once you have all of your stripes, count the number of MC colored rows. (if using a single color, every 3rd and 4th row will count as CC colored rows here).  You need to have as many MC rows as there are armhole stitches.  If you do not, add more MC rows until you do.  This is how mine looks after I have made all 22 rows. 
Do not fasten off!  Weave in any loose ends before continuing.
ch 1, rotate work to work in row ends sc in the end of each MC row across (skip over CC rows)
Bring first and last row together with right sides facing, and sl st them together.
Turn your work right side out.
sc in the end of each MC row around, join with sl st to first sc of round
ch 1, sc or hdc in each st around, join with sl st to first sc of round.
If a longer sleeve is desired, add more rounds of sc or hdc until sleeve is desired length, fasten off, weave in ends.
Repeat steps for a second sleeve.
To attach sleeves:

  1. Turn dress wrong side out.
  2. Leave sleeve right side out
  3. Insert sleeve into dress matching up armhole and edge of sleeve. Make sure contrasting stripes are in desired place.
  4. With dress color, sl st sleeve and dress together.  Before fastening off, turn dress right side out and check sleeve placement.  You want them to match up, and you probably don't want the contrasting stripes in the back of the sleeve.
  5. Fasten off, weave in ends.
  6. Repeat for second sleeve.
Half way attached.
Attached, ends woven.

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial on adding princess sleeves to dresses and tops.  If you sell items made using this technique, ease reference this post in your item listing.  Please note:  Little Luvies Shop does not condone selling items inspired by trademarked characters.  You are responsible for any items you create with this tutorial.  Please add your finished projects to Ravelry.  I'd love to see them!
Stay tuned next week for a new paid pattern release: A Bag Divided - Mini

Friday, January 23, 2015

Blog Hop Winners!

A big CONGRATULATIONS to Becky Wills who won the Little Luvies Shop's January 2015 Blog Hop prize and to all of the winners on the other blogs! Your stitch markers and goodies will be mailed on Monday.

Check out the graphic to find out if you were a winner in one of the other blog hop giveaways.   If you are, please contact them directly through their Facebook page.


3 Boys and a Ball of Yarn
Crafting Friends Designs
Pink Snail Boutique
Simply Collectible Crochet
Harvester Products
Snappy Tots
Blackstone Designs
MNE Crafts

STAY TUNED!  Monday I will have a free pattern ready for you right her on the blog!

Friday, January 16, 2015

January 2015 Blog Hop

Welcome, welcome, welcome!!!!  If you've been following along, you should have reached this blog post through a link on Harvester Products' blog.  If you found this post through any other source, you'll want to head back over to 3 Boys & a Ball of Yarn's blog so you can hop along in order and not miss out on any of the fun on the other blogs between there and here!  There are some pretty neat prizes to enter to win on each post along the way.
2015 is in full swing, and I'm trying not to waste a minute of it!  I have several things already in the works.  I've even managed to check a couple of things off of my 2015 To-Do List (yea!).

For me, 2015 is all about organizing and reaching goals.  Not just things around the house, but becoming better organized in my business practices, also.  If you were a previous follower, you might notice that things are looking different around Little Luvies Shop these days.  The blog and website have received a make over this week!

In addition to organizing things, I've set up a couple of crochet related goals for myself.  This year, I've decided to do the Moogly 2015 Afghan CAL.  This started last week, and I have completed my first block.  For me, this is a big deal!  I do not do blankets, other than an occasional baby blanket.  I get board with them, put them down and they end up gifted as scarves after a couple of years in the WIP basket.  There is something about working one square every couple of weeks that seems less daunting about this process than to sit down and try to do one solid blanket or 25 squares all at once.  So, I'm very hopeful that I will make this goal by the end of the year. Here's a look at my first square, pre-blocked.
The other thing I'm doing this year is making Christmas ornaments.  We do have some store bought, but a couple years ago, we had to get rid of what we had, tree and all, because a new kitten that we'd adopted had ringworm and he loved climbing in our tree.  So, rather than take any chances that it resurfaced the following year (it can live up to 2 years!!!), we threw it out.  We've been slowly growing our ornament collection as I find ones I like that are on sale, and this past Christmas, my daughter collected a grocery bag full of pinecones that we decorated and turned into ornaments.  I also crocheted a few snowflakes and decorated those for the tree.  I decided that I really liked the rustic look of pinecones and crochet on the tree.  So, this year, I've set a goal to make one ornament each week from now until Christmas.  The first two are finished, as of last night, and I am trying to decide what I want to make next.  They may not all be crocheted, but for now, they are.  Here are the first two, and you can find them as I post them in this album on Facebook.
Right now, I am working to move all of my patterns onto my website so you can easily find them without having to click over to Ravelry or Craftsy to purchase them.  Also new for 2015, I will not be taking custom orders for finished items.  My focus will be strictly on designing new things for you.  And, some of those things will be exclusively free to blog subscribers for a limited time!  So, watch your email for these blog posts so you will not miss out on your coupon codes!  I will start selling RTS items on my website periodically, as they come available, though, if you still want a Little Luvies Shop creation of your own.  :)
So, let's get hopping!  As part of the blog hop, each blogger is offering a prize to one lucky follower!  You must follow the blog by email and activate your subscription following the instructions emailed to you once you sign up; comment on this blog post as instructed in the Rafflecopter below; and last, but not least, you need to hop over to the next blog and follow their instructions there.
The next blog you'll be visiting is Crafting Friends Designs, and, boy, does she have some fun for you!  Not only is she giving away a prize to one of her followers, she's giving away patterns to one follower of each of the other participating blogs!  See!  I told you, you don't want to miss any of the other blogs between 3 Boys and a Ball of Yarn and Little Luvies Shop.  You'll miss out on all of the crafty goodness!
One of my wonderful followers will win this set of lobster claw style Puzzle Piece Stich Markers.  I'll also be including a mystery grab bag of goodies along with these markers just because.  Who doesn't like a surprise?  :)
Happy Hopping!
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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

I published a book!

The Autumn Waves Collection has been a favorite on Ravery since it's release.  I decided to publish the collection in book format.  You can now order yours and have it delivered right to your door (digital version coming soon)!  Here's a little preview.  Click on the link below to order.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Pattern Release: Autumn Waves Sweater (and a free gift)

It's been way too long since I've posted to this blog.  Battle of the Stitches is half through Round 3 by now!  But, I come baring gifts!  Forgive me?

Friday, I released a new design, and I must say, it is definitely on my list of favorites to date.  The Autumn Waves Sweater can be made in any size you choose, using any yarn brand or weight and any hook.  The pattern, rather than being based on matching gauge and following stitch counts, is done based on measurements, so you are sure to get the perfect fit for each person you make it for. 

I know the thought of having to take measurements can be a little overwhelming to some.  "Am I measuring this right?"  "Where exactly on the body to I take that measurement?" Well, the Craft Yarn Council has compiled a very detailed PDF full of sizing information and information on how to take proper measurements.  This will be helpful to those without the person they are making it for, also, as most measurements needed to make the sweater can be found in their sizing charts.  It might not be a custom fit, but it will definitely put you in their size range.

I think my testers did an amazing job on their sweaters, and I would love to see what you do with yours, too!  You can add a project to Ravelry, Craftsy, or simply share a photo on my Facebook wall. 

From now until the end of September, I'm offering a special to my blog readers.  Buy the sweater, and get one of the coordinating patterns (being released on 9/19/2014 - see sample photos at the bottom of the post) for free!  No coupons needed.  Just email me a copy of your receipt after you purchase the sweater and let me know if you'd like the skirt or the slouch/cowl pattern.  When the pattern is ready for release, you will receive it through Ravelry as my gift to you!

Tested by Denise Starcher
Tested by Jowita Czarnecka

Tested by Mandy Jo of The Knotting Ham

Tested by Noelle Christensen

Buy the Autumn Waves Sweater on Ravelry or Craftsy before 9/30/2014 and receive ONE of the following patterns as a gift for your purchase (remember to email me with your choice of pattern and your receipt for the sweater).

Autumn Waves Slouch/Cowl
The Autumn Waves Slouch/Cowl is both all in one.  It is closed at the top with a drawstring to be worn as a hat.  Left open, it is worn around the neck as a cowl.  This pattern is also worked to measurements. Any yarn, hook and gauge can be used. These measurements are provided in a chart at the end of the pattern.

Autumn Waves Skirt
The Autumn Waves Skirt is another versatile pattern.  It can be worn as a longer skirt or as a tube dress as shown here, or can be worn as a halter top (photo not shown) in the warmer months.  Also done by measurements, so that any yarn, hook and gauge can be used.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Rocky Road Stitch Tutorial as used in "Battle of the Stitches: Round 1"

Let me just start by saying, it was such an honor being asked by Kate of Crafting Friends to participate in the very first round of Battle of the Stitches!  I got to rub elbows with some of my favorite crochet artists!  Jennifer of Hatch-ed With Love, JoAnne of GrammyJo Lids, Tera of Trifles N Treasures, Schere of Schere's Crafty Crochet, Hope of Awe Stitch, Rachel of The Country Hooker, Ann of Glamour4You, Katy of KT and the Squid, and Kimberlie of ShopKimberlie! Then, to have your work reviewed and Judged by Heidi of SnappyTots, Jennifer of Crochet by Jennifer, Lisa of Loops of Love and Stacy of Too Yarn Cute and have the honor of having your design published along side all of these wonderful, wonderful ladies in Too Yarn Cute Crochet Magazine... It was like meeting your favorite musician!  I'm still feeling a little star-struck even now after B.O.T.S. has ended.

Since, in this special edition of the magazine, all designs are using the same stitch, we thought the easiest thing for everyone would be to have one single crochet tutorial in the magazine instead of stitch placement photos in each individual pattern.  It was my privilege to write the tutorial used in the magazine, and I am going to share those photos with you here.  Be sure the check out the latest edition of Too Yarn Cute Crochet Magazine to see all of the wonderful patterns created by all of the B.O.T.S. challengers.

Rocky Road Stitch Tutorial

For the purpose of this tutorial I am using worsted weight cotton yarn and H hook to make the sample shown in the photos. Any yarn weight or hook size can be used.

To begin, you will want to chain any multiple of 4 (I did 20) +3 more (total of 23). 

Left Handed
Right Handed

Row 1: sc in the second ch from your hook *[sc, ch 2, dc 2] in the next ch sk next two ch sc in next ch*

Left Handed
Right Handed

Repeat from * to * across to last ch sc in last ch, turn 

Left Handed
Right Handed

Row 2: ch1, sc in first sc *[sc, ch 2, dc 2] in next sc sk 2dc and ch2 sp sc in next sc* (work will lay in front of the work from the previous row)

Left Handed - Front Side

Right Handed - Back Side
Right Handed - Front Side

Left Handed - Back Side

Repeat from * to * across to last sc sc in last sc, turn

Left Handed

Right Handed

Row 3 and beyond: repeat Row 2.

Change the look of the stitch with color changes or by incorporating other stitches into your work. Using different weights of yarn and hook sizes will also change the look of the stitch.

Close up of stitch worked in a solid color.
Close up of stitch worked in stripes.


A special THANK YOU to Mandy Jo of The Knotting Ham for helping me test my B.O.T.S. design, the To Mom With Love Cozy.
Photo courtesy of The Knotting Ham