Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Beauty and the Beast Aprons - Belle & Prince Adam...

The pattern for both aprons is listed in my Etsy Shop.  $5.00 for both patterns. 

Here's the link if you're interested:

Well, I finished Prince Adam, aka Beast, Apron today.  I'm really happy with the end result.  Both aprons worked up fast and would make great little costumes for the kiddos to wear to the movies when "Beauty and the Beast" premieres in 3 weeks.

--  Belle's Apron is size 2T-5 and can easily be adjusted for a smaller or bigger size.

--  Prince Adam, aka Beast, is size 4-8 year olds.  This apron, too, can easily be adjusted.

Check out the pics....Aren't these so cute???

Happy Crocheting

--my design, my credit
--link to my blog
--don't use my pics
--make and sale freely

It does take quite a bit of time to design a pattern, so please give me the credit that is due....

Monday, February 27, 2017

Crochet Belle Apron -- Beauty & the Beast...

Well, with one of my favorite movies coming out in a few weeks, I couldn't resist in designing a "Belle" Apron for my granddaughter.  I will post some pics of Arielle donning the apron later this week when she's at the house.

This apron is sized for 2T-4T but easily adjustable.  Check out the pics below.  And, I will be making a Prince Adam, aka "Beast" Apron as well.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Crochet My Puppy Blanket/Pillow...FREE PATTERN

"Animal Blanket" Series...
Puppy, Polar Bear & Lion

Pattern Designed By:  Rilla Edwards
Blog:  rilla2u.blogspot.com
Email:  rilla2u@gmail.com
Pinterest:  rilla2u
Instagram:  rilla2u
Facebook Page:  Crocheting & Crafting (@rilla2u)
I so much enjoyed designing this blanket.  It's cute, warm, thick and cozy.  It's made with Bernat Blanket.  There are paws on each side for your little one to slide his hands in to stay warm.  And, best of all, the blanket can be converted to a triangle pillow for the bed, crib, pack-n-play, the couch or the car....The completed blanket from the top of the hood to the bottom measures approximately 34" long and 18" wide -- this is the perfect size for a little one. 
This will be your go-to blanket when you're on the go to spring baseball, softball and soccer games, fall football season, winter parades and outdoor activities.  It is sure to keep your little one comfortably warm. 
Below are a couple pics of my grandsons, Luke and Gabriel, trying on the blanket.  Each were battling sinuses at the time so my apologies for the poor quality of the picture.
Puppy Blanket/Pillow Pattern

Difficulty Level:  Easy

Size:  18" x 34" (this size is suitable for a 6/9 month old - 18 month old); the pattern can easily be adjusted to a bigger size by increasing the number of the starting chain and adding more rows.    

--Bernat Blanket yarn, taupe 220 yards
--Bernat Blanket yarn, vintage white 108 yards
--small amount of #4 worsted weight yarn in brown and white to make the ears
--small amount of #5 bulky yarn in black for the eyes, nose and mouth and paw prints
--small amount of polyfil for the nose
--8mm hook
--tapestry needle for weaving

Ch:  chain
HDC:  half double crochet
Sl st:  slip stitch
St:  stitch
Sc:  single crochet
MR:  magic ring
FO:  fasten off

Blanket Portion:
With taupe yarn:
1.  Ch 56. 
2.  HDC in 2nd chain from hook and each ch across.  Ch 1.  Turn.  (55)
3.  *1 HDC and 1 SC in the first st, skip a st.*  Repeat across and into the last st, 1 HDC.  Ch 1.  Turn.  (28 HDC and 27 SC = 55)
4-29.  Repeat row 3.  At the end of row 29, FO and weave ends.  (55)
At this point, you will have used almost the entirety of the taupe yarn.  
Your piece will measure approximately 18" x 26 1/2"
Hood Portion:
With the vintage white yarn, join in the corner, chain 1 and turn your piece to work across the shorter end. 
1.  Across the short end, work 40 HDC st evenly across.  (This means you have 29 rows, so you will have to evenly spread out an additional 11 stitches to equal 40).  Ch 1.  Turn.
2.  1 HDC in each st across.  (40)
3-12.  Repeat row 2.  At the end of row 12, you will fasten off.  Leave a long tail to whipstitch the hood together.  Fold the last row in half, join together and whipstitch to make the hood. 
Now, your piece should measure approximately 34" long from the top of the hood to the bottom of the blanket.

From the top of the hood, I measured down 17" on each side and placed a marker for the "paws."

1.  Join the vintage white yarn into the marker and ch 1.  Sc in the same st as the ch 1.  Sc in the next 6 st.  Ch 1.  Turn.  (7)
2.  1 sc in each st across.  Ch 1.  Turn.  (7)
3-14.  Repeat row 2.  At the end of row 14, fasten off and leave a tail for sewing.  (7)
At this point, you will fold the 14 rows in half and whipstitch each side together, leaving the opening for the hands to go in (forming a glove-like opening).  Repeat on opposite side at the stitch marker for the other paw.
Paw prints:
1.  Using the black bulky yarn, 5 sc st into a MR.  Sl st to first sc to join and fasten off, leaving a tail for attaching.  Make 6.  (3 paw prints for the top, front of each paw.

Facial features:
Eyes (make 2):
1.  Using the black bulky yarn, 6 HDC into a MR.  Sl st to first HDC to join.  Ch 1.  (6)
2.  2 HDC into each st around.  Fasten off, leaving a long tail for attaching.  (12)
Note:  I used the tapestry needle to weave a small piece of vintage white yarn onto each eye.

1.  Using the black bulky yarn, ch 2.  Sc in 2nd ch from hook.  Ch 1.  Turn.  (1)
2.  2 sc in the first st.  Ch 1.  Turn.  (2)
3.  2 sc in the first st; 1 sc in the 2nd st.  Ch 1.  Turn.  (3)
4.  1 sc in the first st, 2 sc in the 2nd st and 1 sc in the third st.  Ch 1.  Turn.  (4)
5.  Work 1 sc evenly around the nose.  Fasten off.  Leave a long enough tail to attach. 

Ears (make 2):
1.  Holding my #4 worsted weight brown and white yarn together, ch 7.  Sc in the 2nd ch from the hook and across.  Ch 1.  Turn.  (6)
2.  2 sc in the first st, 1 sc in the next 4 st and 2 sc in the last st.  Ch 1.  Turn.  (8)
3.  1 sc in each st across.  Ch 1.  Turn.  (8)
4-12.  Repeat row 3.  Ch 1.  Turn.  (8)
13.  Sc first 2 st together, 1 sc in the next 4 st, and sc the last 2 st together.  Ch 1.  Turn.  (6)
14.  1 sc in each st across.  Ch 1.  Turn.  (6)
15.  SC first 2 st together, 1 sc in the next 2 st, and sc the last 2 st together.  Ch 1.  Turn.  (4)
16.  1 sc in each st across. Ch 1.  Turn.  (4)
17.  SC around the entire ear.  Fasten off, leaving a tail to attach.

***For the eyes and nose, see my pics for placement.***
Note:  With the nose, before I finished attaching it, I added a small amount of polyfil inside it.  Just enough to make it "pop" out. 
--For the mouth, see my pics.  I used the bulky black yarn and tapestry needle to freestyle embroider.  
--For the paw prints, see my pic on where I placed them (I placed 2 up front across from each other and 1 back center). 
--For the ears, I attached the last row to the head, making them approximately 2" apart.  I pinned each ear to the head first to make sure I got them even. 
--For the hair between the 2 ears, I attached strands of the vintage white yarn with the tapestry needle and tied each strand into a knot.  I think the addition of the "hair" gives him that scruffy little pup look.
To make into a pillow:
Flip the paw prints inward, fold bottom end of blanket just up over the paw prints.  Then fold up each bottom corner to the center of the blanket edge (like when you would make a paper airplane).  Now the bottom half will mirror the shape of the top, slip the bottom under the top (hood) part, and you have a simple triangle-shaped pillow to sit on the bed or for your little one to rest his or her head on.   
Optional:  Adding a simple little pink, red or yellow bow, would make this little puppy just as suitable for a girl as it is for a boy.  Or, as is, it is fine for a girl.
I hope you enjoy this.  If you decide to make it, please share your pics, either on my blog, @ Ravelry (rilla2u) or on Instagram (#rilla2u).  I would love to see your take on this.    If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at:  rilla2u@gmail.com. 
Happy Crocheting!!!!

--please do not claim this pattern as your own
--please use your own pics unless you are using my pic to link to my blog
--please credit me as the designer and link to my blog
--make and sale freely  

Sneak peek at "Polar Bear Blanket"

Sneak peek at "Lion Blanket"

Crochet Paisley Bib & Clip

My newest design is a baby bib and pacifier clip that I have so aptly named, "The Paisley Bib & Clip..."

I made this with Red Heart Soft yarn. Below, you will find the free pattern for the bib, clip and the owl appliqué.  I think it turned out super cute.

Happy Crocheting.

The Paisley Bib & Clip

--Red Heart Soft yarn in pink and white
--Small amount of Red Heart yarn in brown, green & orange
--1 small pink button for bib
--2 small brown buttons for the owl eyes
--2 small green seed beads for the owl eyes
--1 clip for the pacifier clip
--5mm & 4mm hook for bib
--3mm hook for owl appliqué 
--3.5mm hook for the pacifier clip
--tapestry needle for weaving

--ch: chain
--sl st: slip stitch
--sc:  single crochet
--inc:  increase
--dec:  decrease
--sk:  skip
--dc:  double crochet
--tc:  triple crochet
--st:  stitch
--mr:  magic ring
--fo:  fasten off

Special Stitch:
--picot:  chain 3, sl st in first chain
--inc (increase):  2 stitches into the same stitch
--dec (decrease):  insert hook into stitch, yarn over, draw yarn thru stitch, insert hook into next stitch, yarn over, draw yarn thru stitch, yarn over and draw yarn thru all 3 loops on hook


Baby Bib
1.  With pink yarn & 5mm hook, ch 16.  Sc in 2nd ch from hook and across.  Ch 1.  Turn.  (15)
2.  Sc inc in first st, sc in next 13 st and sc inc in the last st.  Ch 1.  Turn.  (17)
3.  Sc inc in first st, sc in next 15 st and sc inc in the last st.  Ch 1.  Turn.  (19)
4.  Sc inc in first st, sc in next 17 st and sc inc in the last st.  Ch 1.  Turn.  (21)
5.  1 sc in each st across.  Ch 1.  Turn.  (21)
6-21:  Repeat #5.  (21)
22.  1 sc in the first 7 st.  Ch 1.  Turn.  (7)
23.  1 sc in each st across.  Ch 1.  Turn.   (7)
24.  Sc dec, sc in necxt 3 st, sc dec.  Ch 1.  Turn.  (5) 
25-38.  1 sc in each st across.  Ch 1.  Turn.  (5)
39.  Sc in first 2 st, ch 2, sk 1 st, sc in the last 2 st.  Ch 1.  Turn.  This makes the buttonhole.  (4 st & ch 2) 
40.  Sc in the first 2 st, 1 sc into the ch 2 and sc in the last 2 st.  FO.  Weave ends.  (5)

Join pink yarn on row 22 on the opposite side.  Repeat from row 22-40, omitting the buttonhole steps (row 39 & 40 will be sc in each st across).  Attach a pink button to this side. 

With white yarn, join in the top inner corner of the buttonhole side.  Work a sc st down the inside and around.  I worked 3 sc st into each bottom corner.  Sl st to first sc.  Turn.  

Switch to a 4mm hook.  Ch 3, sl st into first ch (picot), sl st into the next 2 st, *picot, sl st into next 2 st,* repeat from *to * around outer edge.  FO at the top and weave ends.  

1.  With white yarn & 3mm hook, 6 sc into MR.  Sl st to first sc and ch 1.  (6)
2.  With pink yarn, 2 sc into each st around.  Sl st to join and ch 1.  (12)
3.  With white yarn, *1sc in first st, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around.  Sl st to join and ch 1.  (18)
4.  With pink yarn, sl st in the same st as ch 1, into the next st (Dc, Tc, Dc), ch 2, sl st into the next 2 
st, (Dc, Tc, Dc) into the next st, sl st into the next st and remaining st around.  Sl st to first Sl st.  FO.  

Leave long tail for attaching.  

Wings (make 2) 
With white yarn and 3mm hook, 4 sc into MR.  Pull tight but don't join.  FO.  Leave long tail for attaching.  

With orange yarn and 3mm hook, ch 2.  Sc in 2nd ch from hook.  Turn.  2 sc in st.  FO.  Leave long tail for attaching.  

I used 2 small brown buttons and attached with matching thread.  I then attached 2 green seed beads on the buttons for eye color.  Attach nose beneath/between eyes.  Attach wings to each side.  

With brown yarn & 3mm hook, I ch 19.  Sc in 2nd ch from hook, and into the next 7 ch, then ch 4, sc in 2nd chain from hook and remaining 2 ch, then continue sc in the remaining 10 ch of the base ch across.  

Large leaf 
With green yarn and 3mm hook, ch 8.  Sc in 2nd ch from hook, HDC in next, Dc into next, TC in next, Dc in next, HDC in next and sc in last st.  Then coming on around of the base ch, HDC in next st, Dc next, Tc next, Dc next, HDC next and sc in last.  FO. Leave tail for attaching.  

Small leaf
Repeat as above, omitting "the going around base ch".  (7) 

Pacifier Clip:

With pink yarn and 3.5 hook, join yarn to clip and make 4 sc st.  Ch 1. Turn.  I did not count the rows. I just continued with 1 sc in each st across (4), ch 1 and turn until it measured 9" long.  FO. Weave ends.

I then joined white yarn in the first sc st at the bottom with a sl st.  Ch 3, sl st to first ch (picot), *sc into next 2 st, picot* repeat up the side, at the top, sc into the first st, Sl st in 2nd st, ch 24, sl st into 3rd st and sc in 4th st, *picot, sc into next 2 st,* repeat down the remaining side.  FO.  Weave ends. 

--use freely
--don't use my pic
--don't claim design as your own
--link back to my blog as designer