This is the time of year that my brain starts going wild thinking about ideas for the upcoming craft shows. Which is why I HAD to share this latest find; FREE Mannequin Head Pattern by 5 little monsters.
I made my own and LOVE it! I did subsitute all of the sc2tog to the invisible decrease (Planet June has a great photo tutorial on it here: http://www.planetjune.com/blog/amigurumi-help/invisible-decrease/) to create a more seamless look.
I probably crochet "looser" than the designer as my 3-6 month mannequin head had a 17" circumference. Still in the range…but I would have preferred 16".
Of course, I then had to have fun dressing up my new mannequin head. :)
Basically, I love it! Did I mention that before? I'll be making a few more for the upcoming craft shows.
Kudos to 5 Little Monsters for sharing this great pattern with the crochet community.
Due to many special requests it is my pleasure to announce that EatPrayYarn will now have an all organic cotton line of items. Any items with the EatPrayYarn Organic brand will be made from 100% Organic Cotton yarn. This yarn is made without pesticides, herbicides and other chemicals, and uses only certified organic dyes for it's colors!
Have you ever used a light box to take pictures of your crochet projects? Or any craft projects? It's a completely different world. Up until now I would complete a hat or scarf around mid-night, naturally, that is the time I have to play with hooks. Mid-night, however, not so good for taking a picture to share it with the world. (world= facebook, instagram, and twitter..obviously.) :) There is a zero percent change of any natural lighting at that time. Then I would have the same internal fight; do I take a photo? Or do I press down my excitement and wait until the next chance I have at decent daylight to share my project? It was a 50/50 shot as to which one I would pick. Now I can go upstairs (I keep my light box setup in a storage room, see below) Stage and snap! I love it! The picture to the right; that was my first picture with the light box...unedited! To say I am thrilled is an understatement.
You can make one yourself! Here are few sites that show you how to DIY:
Digital Photography School
Handmadeology <----This one has a great tutorial on how to edit the photos as well. Highly recommend.
Or you can purchase one like you see below:
Note: This is not a paid review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
How do you display your crochet items at a craft fair?
Here is a table I set up at a March of Dimes fundraiser in April. Typically I only like to do fall/winter shows, but it's a really good cause! In any case - I have been trying to figure out a way to display infant/toddler hats for a little while now, and this is what I came up with. What do you think?
It clearly needed to be ironed, that's for sure, but I haven't yet found a way to keep table cloths from becoming wrinkled in transit. I didn't want to spend a lot of money on my display. In reality any money spent on a display comes directly out of my pocket and takes away from participating in a craft fair. There are certainly no guarantees of profit. Everything you see (for display) on that table was cheap/clearance.
What are your favorite ways to display your crochet items? I would love to hear about other ideas!
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It may be 100 degrees outside, but if you are a seasoned crocheter, you are probably starting to plan what to make for this upcoming fall/winter season. I didn't realize it was coming up quite so fast until I received my first winter hat order of the season.
What are your go to patterns? I have my craft fair favorites. The above mentioned Alice Owl Hat pattern has been the most popular of the last 2 seasons. I, of course, also use my own patterns. ;) duh. But I find that the more variety I have the better! Here are a few of my go to craft fair patterns:Photo by EatPrayYarn
**Note** All photos are projects that I have completed and photographed.
Textured Newsboy Crochet Hat Pattern By Bubnut Crochet Patterns
This pattern comes in all sizes. I found that to be popular in the toddler/child sizes. (which I wasn't expecting) Last year I had only infant sizes of this hat at the first craft fair of the season. I learned the hard way that I was WAY wrong. Which really shows that customers will always surprise you!
Photo by EatPrayYarn
Perfect Pumpkin Hat By 7one7 Designs
Great for fall craft shows! That's all I can really say about this pattern. People love a baby with a little pumpkin noggin. :)
If you don't need help with the different sizes, here is a FREE newborn version - http://www.favecrafts.com/Halloween-Crafts/Baby-Pumpkin-Crochet-Beanie
Cable & Wires By EatPrayYarn (Yup, shameless plug)
This pattern is probably my most popular. I hope that is because others love it as much as I do. I didn't get to take this one to any winter craft sales last year, as I was still writing it out and testing it. I did have a good amount of online sales after it was released. That leads me to believe that it will be one of the better sellers at the fairs this year. I'll be keeping a few of these one hand at all times.
Photo by EatPrayYarn
Little Loves Sun Hat By EatPrayYarn (that's me, too!)
I believe this is the first hat I ever designed on my own. It's free - and it will always be free. It also happens to be a favorite in spring and winter shows. I always try to have one or two of these in my "emergency hat stash" for those - Oh crap, I forgot that was coming up! - events.
---- What are YOUR favorite Craft Fair patterns? I would love to know!
I always decide at the very last minute to create, what I hope will be, a wonderful handmade item for Easter. Problem. That last minute part I mentioned, I really mean it. Because of that I decided that I needed a simple, go to, mini easter basket pattern. This basket will require 2 skeins of Sugar and Cream (or any) worsted weight cotton yarn and less then an hour. (Are you an experienced crocheter? Probably less then 30 minutes.)
Note: You can use acrylic. Most acrylic yarns will appear more...fuzzy? Yea, fuzzy. I'm going to go with that.
Yarn - 2 (2.5oz) Skeins (Approx. 5 oz total) Cotton, Worsted Weight Yarn. You will be working this pattern in double strands. (Double Strand = Holding two strands of yarn together).
Hook: K Hook
Pattern Abbreviations/ Terms.
Ch - Chain BLO - Back Loop Only
Hdc - Half Double Crochet Sl St - Slip Stitch
Ch 2. 12hdc into 2nd chain from hook. Join. (12)
Round 1. - Ch 2. 2hdc in each chain around. Join. (24)
Round 2. - Ch 2. * 2hdc in next stitch. 1 hdc in next stitch. * Repeat *--* around. Join. (36)
Round 3. Ch 2. * 2hdc in next stitch. 1 hdc in next stitch. * Repeat *--* around. Join. (48)
(Note: For a larger basket continue increasing by 12 until desired diameter. For Mini Baskets, continue pattern as written).
Round 4. Ch 2. In BLO Hdc around. Join. (48)
Round 5 - 10. Ch 2. Hdc around. Join. (48)
(Note: For taller basket repeat round 5 until desired height. For Mini baskets, continue pattern as written).
Round 11. Ch 2. Hdc in next 12 stitches. (Creating handle) Ch 13. Skip 11 Stitches. Hdc in next 12 stitches. Ch 13. Skip 11 Stitches. Hdc. Join.
Round 12. Ch 1. Sl st in next 12 stitches. 13 hdc in Ch 13 space. (Create handle). Sl st in next 12 stitches. 13 hdc in Ch 13 space. (Create handle). Sl st. Join. Finish off and weave in ends.
I'm off to go make a few more of these before Easter is upon us!
I'm so excited to release the Cinderella Princess Beanie!
The pattern is available on Craftsy and Ravelry for instant download.
Thank you for visiting my page! While everything is currently under construction during my move from blogger, I am still here! I can't wait to show you all the new patterns and ideas that have been racing through my mind.
Later this week I will be releasing the Cinderella Princess hat! I can't wait to for you to see all the fun we've been having. :)