Saturday, April 25, 2015

Free Min Mouse Appliqué/Pin Pattern, New Releases and a Discount!

It's been a bit since I've blogged.  It's been a little hectic around here the last few weeks.  After Battle of the Stitches ended, I've been playing catch up and working on new designs.  This year, I've released a few new paid patterns, and have been working on a couple others that I'll release in June.  The pattern for this Min Mouse Appliqué/Pin is at the end of this post.

Around Christmas, while working on Round 4 of Battle of the Stitches, I started thinking about Spring and Summer and things I'd like to design.  I started the year off with updating a few of my oldest patterns and even added a new version of the A Bag Divided when my daughter asked me to make her one while I was retesting the original version.  A Bag Divided - Mini was born!  

That pattern can be found here:

And then there was the Spring Lace Bolero pattern.  It can be made as a stand alone bolero, or you can make the coordinating tunic or dress, also included in the pattern, to go with it.
This pattern can be found here:

In May, we will be on vacation.  We are all super excited about it!  We've decided that, in stead of celebrating each anniversary and each birthday individually this year, we are combining them all into one and taking a three week vacation to Florida to visit family and friends.  Part of our time there will be spent on a Disney Cruise, which will be a super awesome experience for us all!  We've never been on a cruise, so we are really looking forward to this.  It's been more than a year of paying for and saving for this vacation.  So, for those that have purchased patterns, THANK YOU!  You've aided in this monumental trip for us.  We celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary last month, we sail on Mother's Day, our daughter turns 5 on the cruise, my MIL's birthday is less than a week before the cruise....we truly have much to celebrate as a family!

In planning for the cruise and thinking about all of the things we needed to get, I decided it would probably be best, and cheapest, to make what I could.  Of course, that meant more patterns for you!  :)

First, I needed a bag that could be easily washed if it needed to be and big enough to carry a towel and swim suit and sun screen, and, well, everything I would need during the day so I wouldn't need to return to the room several times a day.  I wanted something slightly nautical, and, so, the Rolling Waves Carryall made its debute!  I love this bag!  It's roomy and durable.  The shoulder strap is comfortable and reinforced with rope so it doesn't stretch out under the weight of a fully loaded bag.  
(Thank you to my MIL for modeling this for me!) The pattern can be found here:

While working on my bag design, I also began working on Battle of the Stitches Round 5.  I was not a challenger, but as one of the Admin, I get to create a design using the same theme and stitch as the challengers to include in the eBook with the challenger designs.  The theme was On the Wings of Spring.  So, I designed a spring duster for my daughter which can be worn as a layering piece over her favorite outfit, or, made in cotton, makes a perfect swim suit cover up.  Add the matching sun hat, and she's ready for the beach (or to save the day in the back yard)!
The Flutterbye Spring Duster pattern, which includes the matching sun hat, can be found here:

Since my daughter is turning 5 while we are on the cruise, she asked if I would make her a princess dress.  I couldn't see her wearing a heavy crocheted princess dress comfortably for very long, so I went a slightly different route.  Instead, she ended up with a Snow White inspired summer outfit.  
This is one very happy Little Princess!  :) I started designing this in the fall, but, of course, held off testing it until the weather was more appropriate.  That gave me plenty of time to make tweaks and add several other coordinating pieces.  This two piece outfit bloomed into what is now a 9 piece collection of 3 tops and 6 bottoms that can be mixed and matched to create a summer wardrobe fit for a princess!  Here are four of the pieces:
Shorts and halter top. 
 Skort and halter top.
 Skort and princess top.
 Shorts and princess top.
This princess top, halter top, skort and shorts are just four of the nine pieces that can be made in any size using your choice of yarn and hook.  It's been available for less than 24 hours, and it's already my most popular pattern to date!  You can find the Little Princess Summer Wardrobe here:

If you prefer Craftsy to Ravelry, you can find all of these patterns there, also:

If you've made it this far, I have a special treat just for you!  From now until May 15, enjoy 25% off your entire purchase, no minimums, in my Ravelry shop with coupon code BLOGER415 at checkout.

This last week, I decided to make myself a Minnie Mouse inspired pin to accessorize with while on the cruise.  Because a couple of fans wanted the pattern, I decided to share it here for free!

Min Mouse Appliqué/Pin

You will need: a small amount of black yarn (I used I Love This Cotton), a scrap of red yarn, a crochet hook (I used H), a pin back (a safety pin would work in a pinch), a hot glue gun, and puff paint if you want to write on yours (completely optional), and a fork with four tines, a yarn needle, and scissors.


Using the fork and red yarn, thread about 2" of yarn between second and third tines and hold in place with your thumb.
Wrap red yarn around all four tines ten times and thread tail between second and third tines in the opposite direction as the first tail.
Bring tails together at the front center of the wrapped yarn and tie a tight knot.
Trim tails and remove from fork. Set aside.

Ears (make 2):

With black yarn and hook, ch 2
R1: in second ch from hook, hdc 6 (6), do not join
R2: hdc 2 in each st around (12), sc in next st, sl st in next st
Leaving a long tail for sewing, fasten off, cut starting tail to 1/4" (or weave in if you prefer)

Plug in glue gun so it will be ready to use.

With black yarn and hook, ch 2
R1: in second ch from hook, hdc 6 (6), do not join
R2: hdc 2 in each st around (12), do not join
R3: *hdc in next st, hdc 2 in next st*, repeat from * to * around (18), sc in next st, sl st in next st
Fasten off, cut starting tail to about 1/4" (or weave in if you prefer) and weave in ending tail.

1. Using tan needle, sew first ear to head near where you wove in your tail across three sts, weave in tail so that ear is securely in place.
2. Skipping two sts between the ears, sew second ear to head in the same way.
3. Lay work so that the cut tails are facing down on your work space.
4. Glue bow in place between the ears and let cool for a minute.
5. Flip work so that the bow is facing down.
6. Use a small amount of glue and glue cut tails down. (If using as an appliqué, skip step 7)
7. Apply a liberal amount of glue to the pin back and press the pin back where desired to the back of your work.
8. Leave your work to allow all glue to fully cool and dry (5-10 min).
9. Use puff paint or glitter glue to decorate if desired (I'm going to put a "5" on it for my daughter to wear on her birthday).
10. Wear as desired!  Don't forget to snap a photo and share it on my Facebook wall!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Battle of the Stitches: Round 5: Who Done It & Who Won It???

Battle of the Stitches: Round 5: Who Done It & Who Won It???

Battle of the Stitches Round 5 has come to an end!  Did you catch all o the fun and amazing designs this round?  Well, you can find out which designer created your favorite design in the "Who Done It & Who Won It?" blog post (link above).  And, if that isn't reason enough to go check it out, the eBook is now available for purchase a day ahead of schedule!  <3

This ebook includes all 10 battle designs PLUS 4 bonus designs (one from each of the admins and an exclusive, only available in the eBook, never to be released anywhere else, pattern from one of the challengers)!  Here is a little peak at the bonus pattern I designed.  It's a swim suit cover up or a duster (or tunic) length vest to be worn with your favorite spring outfit.  The eBook will include child sizes small, medium and large, and I will be working on teen/adult sizes to release this summer.

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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