Thursday, November 30, 2017

FREE PATTERN: Crochet Hair Flower No-Slip Clips

PATTERN NOTES: I have a new photo tutorial for you Do-It-Yourselfers out there. These crochet flower hair clips are a great stash buster! And I'm posting with just enough time to make a few before Christmas, if you would like to make these for a stocking-stuffer or gift. Now, I want you all to know that if you love the look of these hair clips and don’t *want* to do them yourself, I can make some for you.  Just send me a request at my email: shopannavirginia@gmail.com.  
As always, if you make these for others, please refer them to my blog to help me continue to receive traffic.  The traffic I receive to my blog helps me put out more posts and tutorials and crochet patterns!  
I have another free pattern that works well for Christmas, so check that out! Click here for Crochet Nativity.


Here is a blog-post version of my Hair Flower No-Slip Clips pattern.  You may print a copy of this post.  Click on a photo to enlarge. The pattern is also a free pattern via Ravelry.  You will need the latest version of Adobe to open the PDF.   Please do not sell or redistribute pattern as your own.





Hair Flower No-Slip Clips


SUPPLIES:
·  Yarn (Great stash-buster! Takes about 6 yards [5.5 m] yarn,  depending on thickness)
·  4.0mm (G) crochet hook
·  Scissors
·  Double Prong Hair Clips
·  3/8-inch-wide (9.5mm wide) Ribbon (Satin or Grosgrain work great)
·  Button (I used 5/8 inch buttons)
·  Butane Lighter (for sealing edges of ribbon)
·  Hot Glue Gun
·  Hot Glue Sticks
Pattern is written using American crochet terms.

FLOWER PATTERN: (supplies needed: yarn, crochet hook, scissors)
Ch 2.
Row 1: Sc 8 times in first ch. Sl st to first sc. (8 sc)
Row 2: Ch 1. Sc twice in each st. (16 sc)
Row 3: Make PETAL as follows: [sl st, ch 3, dc] in first st.  [dc, ch 3, sl st] into second st.
Repeat PETAL around. (8 petals)

Fasten off. Leave about a 1 inch (3 cm) tail.
       
RIBBON COVERED NO-SLIP CLIPS: (supplies needed: glue gun and sticks, ribbon, double prong clips, scissors, lighter)
Pre-heat glue gun to warm up glue sticks.
Cut Ribbon to 4.5 inches (11.5 cm). Check the ribbon’s fit on the double prong clips, to ensure good coverage.
Carefully use a lighter to gently burn and seal edges of ribbon to prevent fraying.

Using pictures for guidance, apply hot glue using glue gun to inside of upper level of the double prong clips.  Carefully attach ribbon.  Next, apply glue to top of upper level of double prong clips. Attach ribbon. Last, apply glue to outside of bottom level of clip, without getting glue onto the prongs.  Allow glue to cool.




To add no-slip portion: While holding clip open, apply a squiggle of glue to inside of upper level of the double prong clip (portion covered in ribbon). Hold clip open while glue dries.

FINISHING FLOWER CLIPS:
Use hot glue to securely attach button to front of crochet flower.

Apply hot glue to outside of upper level of double prong clip (portion covered in fabric).  Hide loose ends of crochet flower in between clip and flower.

Done! J

Copyright © 2017 AnnaVirginia Fashioneering
This pattern is licensed for personal use only. 
Do not sell this pattern as your own.

All Rights Reserved.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Curtains for Small Windows

In our current place, the kids bedrooms have these smaller windows as well as large windows.  For about a year of living here I didn't know what to do with them.  The sun would shine right through them and blind our eyes and keep my kids awake, so something definitely needed to happen!

I liked the light coming through the windows, so I started out with an opaque window cling on the windows (I had enough leftover from covering a different window).  This really allows the light to come in without letting the sun burn our eyeballs.

My next problem was that during summer break the sun would shine on our kids and either wake them early or keep them from going to sleep at a decent hour.  So when we switched their rooms up for a Girl's Bedroom and a Boy's Bedroom, I decided it was time to make some custom size blackout curtains.  (FYI: they don't seem to make blackout curtains for windows this small... so custom was a great way to go).

I found some "home" fabrics that I liked and got 1.5 yards (1.37 m) of each.  For the girl's room I was going for something that had purples, pinks and oranges in the colors, and I found the perfect fabric! For the boy's room I wanted blues, greens and oranges or yellows, but I found something with just blues and greens.  It's got a funky design, but I thought it worked for a boy's room with a Monster and Space vibe.

I followed a tutorial from View Along the Way (which was very helpful!).  She said she heavily relied on a pattern from another blog, but that blog no longer exists!  Just in case the blog I used ever disappears, I'll eventually type up a tutorial on my blog as well.  Plus I'll include any modifications I've added and I'll hopefully make it very clear as to how to put it all together.  I'm doing this mostly for myself; you'd be surprised how many times I come back to my own blog to follow my own tutorials when I'm making stuff!

Anyway, for today I'm going to show you what I've done.  I've got another curtain (I'm excited about it!) that I'm working on where I'll take pictures and prepare a tutorial from, and I'll link it up once it's available!


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Pattern Feature: Piggy Peeps (AnnaVirginia Fashion's first!)

AnnaVirginia Fashion - Pattern Feature: Piggy Peeps
I'm realizing that I've been writing patterns for 7 years this month.  I've released 18 patterns over that time, eight of which are free and the rest are less than $5.00 USD.  To celebrate, I'll do a pattern spotlight and offer that pattern for free (if I charge for it) for that month!  Details to retrieve a free copy will be given in each specific post.

To start off, I'm going to spotlight the first pattern that I released and tell you how it came to be.

AnnaVirginia Fashion - Pattern Feature: Piggy PeepsI started first with my popular "Piggy Peeps."  I actually decided to really get into crocheting when I was pregnant with my first baby.  My husband and I left the state in 2009 to pursue an internship in Las Vegas for him over that summer.  I had just graduated with my bachelor degree and since I was pregnant and knew we'd only be in Vegas for a few months, I decided not to search for a job.  Instead I slept a lot (I can't tell you how exhausted being pregnant makes me!), and I watched a lot of HGTV (we had free cable TV at our place there and I'd never had cable before, lol).  I also got inspired to create, create, create.  I began sewing all kinds of projects, started crocheting all kinds of patterns, and was just starting to see so many things I could design. When the baby was born I joined Ravelry.com and loved being part of a crochet-lovers world!
AnnaVirginia Fashion - Pattern Feature: Piggy Peeps

A year later, with a baby in-tow, we returned to Vegas for a second summer internship.  Being a new mom is it's own kind of adventure!  I definitely wasn't wanting to find a job with a new baby, and with such a short stay again. But I was a little less exhausted this time.  And I don't think we had free cable... I can't remember!  I do remember getting a little antsy when the baby was sleeping, the weather was blistering (yay, Vegas), and I had hardly any friends! So, I got busy online this time!

I started an Etsy shop (shop not running right now), a blog and was busy all the time with Ravelry.  I began creating new designs, like my design for baby slippers, with peep toes.  I had people message me on Ravelry asking if I could write up a pattern or make a YouTube tutorial.  Um... well, I wasn't comfortable making a video but I could certainly type up a pattern and I thought I could include detailed photos!
AnnaVirginia Fashion - Pattern Feature: Piggy Peeps


My first pattern turned out beautiful, if I say so myself.  After that I realized I could design and write up more!

So, here is AnnaVirginia Fashion's first released and second-most popular pattern!

Blog Post Version, click here

Access to Free PDF via Ravlery, click here

AnnaVirginia Fashion - Pattern Feature: Piggy Peeps


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Baby Boy Beanie - FREE PATTERN!


AnnaVirginia Fashion - Baby Boy Beanie
Here is a blog-post version of my baby hat pattern.  You may print a copy of this post.  Click on a photo to enlarge. The pattern is also a free PDF via Ravelry.  You will need the latest version of Adobe to open the PDF.   Please do not sell or redistribute as your own.  Since I sell these hats, please do not make them for personal profit.





Baby Boy Beanie

AnnaVirginia Fashion - Baby Boy Beanie
If you have questions about this pattern or need help with a particular problem, let me know! I'm happy to answer any questions.  You can leave a comment below or email me at shopannavirginia@gmail.com.

AnnaVirginia Fashion - Baby Boy BeanieAnnaVirginia Fashion - Baby Boy Beanie
Hooks: Newborn hat, (14” or 35.5 cm), use 4.0 mm (G)
0-3 mos, (16” or 40.5 cm) hat, use 4.0 mm (G)
3-6 mos, (17.5” or 44.5 cm) hat, use 5.0 mm (H)
6-12 mos, (19” or 48 cm) hat, use 5.5 mm (I)
Gauge:  Using 4.0 mm (G) hook, 16 stitches and 8 rows = 4 inches (10 cm) of dc
Yarn:  Peaches & Crème/Sugar ‘n Cream 4-ply Worsted cotton yarn
Skeins: One 2.5 oz skein (Main Color), additional colored skeins (or partial skeins) for stripes:
Variation One:
one additional color
Variation Two:
three additional colors
Pattern is written using American crochet terms.

*Notes: Beginning Ch 3 does NOT count as a dc.  Begin first st instructions in the same st as the chs. Numbers in parentheses are the st count at the end of the rnd.
Changes for Rnds for Newborn Hat are designated with “NB.”
CAP
Start with Main Color
Rnd 1: Ch 4. 
10 dc in first ch.  Sl st to top of first dc, forming a circle. (10)
AnnaVirginia Fashion - Baby Boy Beanie

Rnd 2: Ch 3
2 dc in each st.  Sl st to top of first dc. (20)
Rnd 3: Ch 3
2 dc, 1 dc.  Repeat to end of rnd.
 Sl st to top of first dc.  (30)
AnnaVirginia Fashion - Baby Boy Beanie

Rnd 4: Ch 3
             2 dc, 1 dc in next two sts.  Repeat to end of rnd.
Sl st to top of first dc.  (40)
Rnd 5: (Skip rnd for Newborn hat)
Ch 3
             2 dc, 1 dc in next three sts.  Repeat to end of rnd.
Sl st to top of first dc.  (50)
AnnaVirginia Fashion - Baby Boy Beanie

Rnd 6 (NB Rnd 5): Work back loops for only this rnd
Ch 3
             1 dc in each st to end of rnd.
             Sl st to top of first dc. (50)

AnnaVirginia Fashion - Baby Boy Beanie


Variation One:
AnnaVirginia Fashion - Baby Boy Beanie

Rnds 7-9 (NB Rnds 6-7):
             Ch 3
             1 dc in each st to end of rnd.
Sl st to top of first dc.
Rnd 10 (NB Rnd 8): Switch to stripe color
 Ch 3
            1 dc in each st to end of rnd.
Sl st to top of first dc.
Rnd 11: (NB Rnd 9): Ch 1.
1 sc in each st to end of rnd.
Sl st to top of first sc.
Fasten off and weave in loose ends.
AnnaVirginia Fashion - Baby Boy Beanie



Variation Two:
AnnaVirginia Fashion - Baby Boy Beanie

Rnd 7 (NB Rnd 6): Switch to first stripe color
Ch 3
             1 dc in each st to end of rnd.
Sl st to top of first dc.
Rnd 8 (NB Rnd 7): Switch to second stripe color
Ch 2
1 hdc in each st to end of rnd.
Sl st to top of first hdc.
AnnaVirginia Fashion - Baby Boy Beanie

Rnd 9 (NB Rnd 8): Switch to first stripe color
Ch 1
1 sc in each st to end of rnd.
Sl st to top of first sc.
Rnd 10 (NB Rnd 9): Switch to third stripe color
Ch 2
1 hdc in each st to end of rnd.
Sl st to top of first hdc.
AnnaVirginia Fashion - Baby Boy Beanie

Rnd 11 (NB Rnd 10): Switch to second stripe color
Ch 1
1 sc in each st to end of rnd.
Sl st to top of first sc.
Switch back to main color
Rnd 12: (Skip rnd for Newborn Hat)
Ch 3
             1 dc in each st to end of rnd.
Sl st to top of first dc.
AnnaVirginia Fashion - Baby Boy Beanie

Rnd 13 (NB Rnd 11): Ch 1.
1 sc in each st to end of rnd.
Sl st to top of first sc.
AnnaVirginia Fashion - Baby Boy Beanie

Fasten off and weave in loose ends.


Done! J



AnnaVirginia Fashion - Baby Boy Beanie


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 Copyright © 2014 AnnaVirginia Fashion
This pattern is licensed for personal use only. 
No item made using this pattern may be sold.

All Rights Reserved.