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Monday, September 16, 2013

Minion #2

Now I know y'all are waiting anxiously for the next hat in the minion series and after having problems with blogger ALL day yesterday ( and this morning), I am FINALLY able to post the next hat! This hat should fit your 6-12 month old snuggly.
Here it is!
**This pattern is not for sake. You may sell items from this pattern But please leave a link back here!
Materials
Small amounts of Red heart super saver yarn in
Yellow
Royal
Blue
Black
White
Grey
Needle for weaving
H hook

Size 6-12 months

R1:Ch3, 10dc in 2nd ch from hook, join on top of ch3 here and throughout pattern. (10)
R2: ch3, dc in same as join, 2dc in each around, join (20)
R3: ch3, dc in same as join,dc in next, *2 dc in next, dc in next* around, join. (30)
R4: ch3, dc in same as join, dc in next 2 dc ,*2 dc in next, dc in next 2 dc* around, join. (40)
R5: ch3, dc in same as join, dc in next 3 dc, *2dc in next, dc in next 3*around, join. (50)
R6: ch3, dc in the same as join,*2dc in next, dc in next 9*around. (55)
Switch to black

R7: ch3, dc in each around, join

Switch back to yellow

R8-10: ch3, dc in each around, join.

Switch to navy blue

R11: ch3, dc in each around, join. R12-15: ch,* Fpdc in next dc, Bpdc in next* around, join. Fasten off weave in ends.

Eye
With white, do not join
R1: Ch2, 6 sc in 1st ch from hook (6)
R2: 2sc in each around (12)
R3: *2sc in next, sc in next *around(18)
R4: *2sc in next, sc in next 2*around. (24)
R5:2sc in next, sc in next 3sc around, fasten off .

Goggle
With grey
Workin in the front loops only of eye you just made

R1: join with slip stitch, sc around, join
R2: ch1, sc around, join, fasten off, weave in ends.

Turn eye around Working in the back loops you left Join with slip stitch, sc around , fasten off and leave long tail for sewing.

With Black

R1:Ch2, 5 sc in 2nd ch from hook R2: 2sc in each , fasten off and sew onto side of eye with 2 grey rows.

Assembly

Sew eye onto middle of goggle then sew the goggle to middle of black row and embroider a smile on, tada!!

As always, I'd love to see your finished hats so please visit me on my facebook page Mama Bee's Crafty Things and post a pic on my wall or join us in the pattern sharing fun over at The Crochet Menagerie. Be sure to check back for next weeks size child size!! Till next time, ENJOY!<3

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Its a hoot!

I LOVE owls. They are so curiously majestic and a rare site to see for us here in the desert. Here is a quick and easy pattern for my little snow owl! Enjoy!
*This pattern is not for sale. Please do not sell this pattern. Please sell or gift little owls from this pattern but please link back to here.

Little Snow Owl

Materials
G hook
Caron "sheepish" in cream
Small amount of gold yarn
Two 8mm safety eyes
Stuffing
Needle

With cream ch2, 7 sc inside 2nd ch from hook.
R2 : 2 sc in each (14)
R3 : sc in next, 2 sc in next around (21)
R4 : sc in next 2,  2 sc in next (28)
R5 : working in the BL this round only, sc around (28)
R6-15: sc in each around
R16: dec, sc in next 7 around (24)
R17-19: sc in each around (24)
R20: dec, sc in next 6 sc (22)
R21: sc in each around
Place saftey eyes and stuff firmly
R22: holding opening together and working through both to close , ch5 slip stitch in next and in each across till last 2, ch 5, slip stitch in next. Fasten off, weave ends. Sew on beak.

Wings
Ch2 , 3 sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch1 turn
R2: 2 sc in each, ch1, turn
R3: 2sc, sc in next across, fasten off leaving long tail for sewing
And there you have it! You're very own snow owl. I would LOVE to see your little versions so please share your pictures on my facebook page Mama Bee's Crafty Things. Make sure you follow my blog to get emails letting you know when New patterns are released. Don't forget THIS Sunday I will be releasing the Minion hat in size 6-12 months!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Minion hats!!!


Hello! I know it has been a while so I wanted my next patterns to be something fun. My kids love the Dispicable Me Minions and who doesn't. They are one of the most popular "things" amongst the kiddos right now so I thought what better than to share a minion hat!
I decided to make a pattern for all sizes BUT ( here's the catch lol) I will be releasing a new size weekly! You can click the follow button or enter your email to get a email letting you know when ALL my latest patterns are released <3

Materials
Small amounts of Red heart super saver yarn in
Yellow
Royal Blue
Black
White
Grey
Needle for weaving
H hook

Size 0-6 months

R1:Ch3, 10dc in 2nd ch from hook, join on top of ch3 here and throughout pattern.  (10)
R2: ch3, dc in same as join, 2dc in each around, join (20)
R3: ch3, dc in same as join,dc in next, *2 dc in next, dc in next* around, join. (30)
R4: ch3, dc in same as join, dc in next 2 dc ,*2 dc in next, dc in next 2 dc* around, join. (40)
R5: ch3, dc in same as join, dc in next 3 dc, *2dc in next, dc in next 3*around, join. (50)
Switch to black

R6: ch3, dc in each around, join

Switch back to yellow

R7-9: ch3, dc in each around, join.

Switch to navy blue

R10: ch3, dc in each around, join.
R11-14: ch,* Fpdc in next dc, Bpdc in next* around, join. Fasten off weave in ends.

Eye
With white, do not join
R1: Ch2, 6 sc in 1st ch from hook (6)
R2: 2sc in each around (12)
R3: *2sc in next, sc in next *around(18)
R4: *2sc in next, sc in next 2*around. (24)
R5:2sc in next, sc in next 3sc around, fasten off .
Goggle
With grey
Workin in the front loops only of eye you just made
R1: join with slip stitch, sc around, join
R2: ch1, sc around, join, fasten off, weave in ends. Turn eye around
Working in the back loops you left
Join with slip stitch, sc around , fasten off and leave long tail for sewing.
With Black
R1:Ch2, 5 sc in 2nd ch from hook
R2: 2sc in each , fasten off and sew onto side of eye with 2 grey rows.

Assembly

Sew eye on to middle of black row and sew smile on, tada!! I had fun designing this hat, especially since my lil one looks so cute in it LOL. As always, I'd love to see your finished hats so please visit me
on my facebook page Mama Bee's Crafty Things and post a pic on my wall or join us in the pattern sharing fun over at The Crochet Menagerie. Be sure to check back for next weeks size 6-12 month size!! Till next time, ENJOY!<3 xx

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Rebel Princess


The Force is strong in my household lol, well according to my 6 and 3 year olds it is! I thought my baby girl could join in the Star Wars fun with her brothers so I came up with my Rebel Princess hat pattern. Needless to say we're all in love with the results and I hope you will be too! * PLEASE DO NOT SELL PATTERN. You may sell items made from this pattern but I do ask that you mention Maw Beez as the designer. <3 *

Materials

H hook
W W yarn in dark brown
Scissors
Needle
Hot glue gun (optional)

3-6 month hat

Ch2
R1: 10 dc in 2nd ch from hook join (10)
R2:  ch2 , dc in same as join, 2 dc in each around, join (20)
R3: ch2(counts as first dc.here and throughout), dc in  same as join,dc in next, *2dc in next, dc in next * around, join (30)
R4: ch2, dc in same as join, dc in next 2 dc, *2dc in next, dc in next 2 dc* around, join (40)
R5: ch2, dc in same as join, dc in next 3 dc, * 2dc in next , dc in next 3 dc* around, join. (50)
R5-11: ch2, dc in each around, join. (50)
R12: tr in next 3 stitches, dc in next 3, hdc in next 2, sc around to last 8 stitches, hdc in next 2, dc in next 3, tr in last 3 stitches join with slip stitch in original join,leaving long tail for weaving.

6-12 month hat

Repeat R1-5 of 3-6 month hat

R6: ch2, dc in same as join, dc in next 7 dc, *2 dc in next,dc in next,7*around , dc in last , join (57)
R7-12: ch2, dc in each around, join (57)
R13: tr in next 3 stitches, dc in next 3, hdc in next 2, sc around to last 8 stitches, hdc in next 2, dc in next 3, tr in last 3 stitches join with slip stitch in original join, leaving long tail for weaving.

Child size hat

Repeat rounds 1-5 of 3-6 month hat
R6: ch2, dc in same as join, dc in next 4 dc,* 2 dc in next, dc in next 4 dc * around, join (60)
R7: ch2, dc in same as join, dc in next 10 dc, *2 dc in next around, dc in next 10 dc*, join(66)
R8-13: ch2, dc in each around, join (66)
R14: tr in next 3 stitches, dc in next 3, hdc in next 2, sc around to last 8 stitches, hdc in next 2, dc in next 3, tr in last 3 stitches join with slip stitch in original join leaving long tail for weaving.

Adult Size hat

Repeat R1-6 from the child size hat
R7: ch2, dc in same as join, dc in next 5 dc, *2dc in next, dc in next 5 dc* around, join. (70)
R8-14: ch2, dc in each around, join. (70)
R15: tr in next 3 stitches, dc in next 3, hdc in next 2, sc around to last 8 stitches, hdc in next 2, dc in next 3, tr in last 3 stitches join with slip stitch leaving long tail for weaving.

BUNS

Cut 40 pieces of yarn each 45 inches long. Divide into two groups of 20. Tie one end with a square knot and braid.Tie oppisite end with square knot and trim both ends.

Starting at one end, roll into into.a tight bun, either sewing together or applying a little hot glue along the back as you go. Tuck oppisite end behind bun.
Sew or hot glue to sides of hat and you got yourself a rebel princess xx
As always please visit my page Mama Bee's Crafty Things and post pictures of your creations. Also please join us over at The Crochet Menagerie ! 
Till next time, Enjoy!!! <3

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Ready for Fall

Is Fall here yet??? Nope, three more weeks till school starts and I am so ready for summer to be over with. This heat AND humidity is killer on my skin and hair. I find myself longing for the leaves to change colors and that oh so good smell of a fireplace at work. 
On that note, I want to share with you my cute little pumpkin pattern. It is the perfect decor that you can use all throughout the Fall season. I love displaying them on my mantle and I am sure you will too <3

Materials

H hook
Redheart With Love yarn in autumn orange and dark brown
Needle for weaving
Stuffing/fill

With Orange
Ch20
R1: hdc in 3rd ch from hook and in each across,ch2,turn. (18)

*From here on out work each stitch in the top 2 stitches of previous hdc*
R2-22: hdc in same stitch and in each stitch across, ch2, turn.(18)

With WS facing you, slip stitch ends together and finish off leaving extra long tail for weaving. Flip inside out so RS is showing.

Weave tail around bottom edge as if making a drawstring bag and pull tight closing bottom.

With same tail weave top edge but before pulling tight fill with stuffing. Pull tight closing your pumkin. Using your needle sew the top close then push your needle through the middle out the bottom,pull tight and sew close bottom opening. Push your needle through the middle and out the top once more, pull tight ( this shapes your pumpkin) . Finish off/Weave in.

Stem

With drk. Brown

Ch 2
R1: 5sc in 2nd ch from hook (5)
R2: 2sc in eas around (10)
R3: sc in each around using back loops this round only (10)
R4-5: sc around (10)
R6: *sc2tog, sc in next*around (5)
R7: 2sc in each around (10)
R8: *2sc in next,sc in next* around(15)
R9: *2sc in next sc, sc in next 2*around(20)
R10: *sc in next stitch, ch3, sc in same stitch, sc in next 3 sc* around. Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing

*as always please feel free to sell finished items but I do ask that you add a link back to this page <3

If you'd like to add a cute leaf to your pumpkin I found this super cute Fall pumkin leaf pattern. I worked it up in less than 5 mins.

I would love to see the pumpkins you work up using my pattern! Please visit my facebook page Mama Bee's Crafty Things .
Also if you love crochet and free patterns please join us over at The Crochet Menagerie <3 Till next time, ENJOY! xoxo

Monday, July 8, 2013

My Dish cloth obsession

Hello, my name is Shannon and I am addicted to dishcloths.
There! I said it! Pheeew!
I blame my crochet exchange group and Peaches n' Cream for making the most beautiful 100% cotton yarn.
They are so handy to have around the house plus you can just toss them in the washer! There are sooo many patterns that I am sure you can spend days just looking at them, so I gathered my favorite patterns to share with you all today!
First is the Nubbie Scrubbies. This pattern is great for practicing your treble crochet stitch. Here is mine <3.

Then there's the Crunchy Stitch dishcloth. Perfect for cleaning those stubborn counter tops (at least they're stubborn in my house!)
Then there is the Sedge Stitch dishcloth. I found this one to be the easist and quickest to work up  :-)
Next is the Sunburst dishcloth. I loved this cloth but didnt have the colors so made my own colorful version !

And last but not least a beautiful Cherry dish cloth <3 I love this one! It will brighten up any kitchen! I hope y'all enjoy these lovely patterns <3 I would love to see your work so please feel free to post on my facebook page Mama Bee's Crafty Things (www.facebook.com/mamabeescrafts) or join our crochet group The Crochet Menagerie <3 Till next time , Enjoy! xx

Monday, June 24, 2013

I love Dolls!!

When I first started crocheting a few years ago I was getting so frustrated with patterns not turning out right (blankets) ,that I was going to give up! Everything I made came out small at the top and large at the bottom or crooked lol. Then I found Amigurumi and fell in love <3.
It is sooo easy and if you mess up, most of the time, only you will know  ;-).  They are perfect for beginners because the help you practice with repetitive stitches. I want to share some free doll patterns I have had the pleasure of finding and making.

If you have been blessed with a little girl then you know ALL about the LaLaLoopsy craze. Here is a super cute Lalaloopsy inspired pattern by a awesome Craftster member. Here is how mine came out <3

Any Coraline fans in your house. Coraline was a cute claymation movie about a little girl who moves to a new home that has a small door with an alternate world. Here is a great pattern for a Coraline inspired . Here is my finished doll <3

And here is a Merida doll inspired by the movie Brave that I made. I haven't written the pattern out yet but rest assured I WILL soon just for ya'll.
I hope you enjoy these free patterns and as always visit my facebook page Mama Bee's Crafty Things or join the crochet group The Crochet Menagerie and spread the love of crochet. Till next time, Enjoy !!!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Garden fun with the kiddos

It's summer time and although you may imagine swimming pools, water balloon fights and lazy days when you think of summer, in the Maw Beez household we're still busy learning while having fun <3.
Unfortunately(lol), we live in the desert and it has been soo hot outside that the boys don't even want to go swimming for longer than 30 mins. So I have been searching for things to do inside together and found this awesome idea on pinterest for recycled self watering containers and thought it was a perfect project for me and the boys to do together.

You will need:

Clean 2 liter soda container
Scissors/knife
Potting soil
Seeds
About 10 inches of yarn
A thick nail
Hammer

Step 1: Cut the soda bottle in half

Step 2: take the lid off and using the nail and hammer, punch a hole in the lid. ( If you do not have a nail you can use a screw and screwdriver)

Step 3: thread the yarn through the hole in the lid and tie a knot in the middle so that it can not slip through and leaving a tail on both ends.

Step 4: Replace the lid on the bottle and fill with potting soil and pour just enough water in the bottom half of the bottle to cover the string of yarn and place the top half inside the bottom half.

Step 5: Plant your seeds and water. Place in a window sill and watch them grow!

This will be the last time you water directly from the top. The string of yarn will draw up just the right amount of water your plant will need to thrive. You will need to replenish the water in the bottom once every week or two.
My boys loved this project and we had fun making a garden. Plus, now I will have pretty flowers too.
I hope you enjoy this project and go off and have fun with your little ones too! Till next time, Enjoy! <3

Friday, June 14, 2013

Little Sunshine Skirt

My little sunshine skirt popped in my head while making the mermaid tail last week  :-).
This is a cute little skirt that is super fast to work and easily made to any size.

Materials
Worsted weight yarn ( i used redheart in pale yellow and white)
H hook

Waistband

Ch6 sc across
R1-43: Working in back loops only ch1, turn, sc across. (add or subtract rows to adjust waist. This should fit a 6 month old)

Slip stitch ends together, ch1 and sc around,join
R1-4:ch1, sc,dc in same as join, *(sc,dc) in next stitch, skip next*around
R5: ch1 sc,dc in same stitch as join skip next stitch, *sc,dc in next, skip next* 4 more times, sc,dc in next 3 stitches, skip next, *sc,dc in next, skip next* 10 times, sc,dc in next 3 stitches, skip next, *sc,dc next, skip next*to join.join
R6: ch1, sc,dc in same stitch, skip next, *sc,dc in same stitch, skip next* around to join. Join
R7:ch1, sc,dc in same stitch, skip next, *sc,dc in next st, skip next*5 more times, sc,dc in next 3 stitches, skip next stitch ,*sc, dc in next, skip next* 10 times, sc,dc in next, skip next, across to join, join.
R8-9: ch1, sc,dc in same as join, skip next, *sc,dc in next,skip next*around, join.

R10: ch1, sc,dc in same as join, skip next stitch, *sc,dc in next,skip next* 7 more times, sc,dc in next 3, skip next, *sc,dc in next, skip next* 12 times, sc,dc in next, skip next in next 3 stitches,* sc,dc in next, skip next* to join. Join

R11-15: ch1, sc,dc in same chain as join, skip next stitch, *sc, dc in nextstitch, skip next* around to join, join.
Switch to white
R16: ch 2, 3 dc in same stitch as join, skip next stitch, slip stitch in next, skip next , *4 dc in next, skip next, slip st next, skip next* around, finish off and weave ends.

To adjust this skirt to any size just increase the length of the waistband and increase on the "sides" as I did in rows 5 and 7 and length.
And there you have it, my little sunshine skirt!
I just love how it came out and think it would look great in different colors and appliques.
As always please visit my facebook page Mama Bee's Crafty Things and post pics of your results <3. Or join us over at The Crochet Menagerie group on facebook. Till next time, Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Making a Splash!!!

Ever since I first saw the movie Splash, I have loved mermaids. Recently I have seen so many mermaid sets in different styles that too me, personally, look way hard too make LOL. Soooo now that I have my little girl I thought it was time to make a mermaid out of her <3. This is a simple pattern that is adjustable to any size and length needed. This size should fit a baby who is 6-12 months.

Materials
Worsted weight yarn
H hook

Stitches used
Sc= single crochet
Dc= double crochet
Sc2tog= single crochet 2 together
Pattern: *sc,dc in same stitch, skip next stitch, sc,dc in next,skip next *

Waist band
Ch6 sc across
Working in the back loops only
R1-45: ch 1 sc across
(this.fits a 6-9month baby. To make it the size you need just add or take away rows).
At the end of row 45 ch 1 and slip stitch the two ends together making the waist band.
Tail

R1: Ch1 sc around band. Join
R2-4: Ch1 sc,dc in same stitch as join, skip next stitch, sc,dc in next* around,  join
R5: ch1,sc,dc in same stitch as join, sc,dc in next, skip next stitch and continue pattern till you get to the hip or side, sc,dc in next st, sc,dc in next, skip a stitch then continue pttern across front to next hip or side and increase by sc,dc in next st,sc,dc,in next then repeat pattern across to join, join.
R6-12 : ch1, sc,dc in same sc as join, skip next, sc,dc in next, skip next*repeat repeat pattern around
( this reaches to the knees of a 6-9 month old. Add or subtract rows as needed)
R13: ch1 sc,dc in same as join, repeat pattern till you get to the side/hip then sc2tog twice then repeat pattern across front to next side/hip and sc2tog twice, reapeat pattern to join. Join.
R14-17 : repeat pattern around.
R18: repeat row 13
R19-21: repeat pattern around
R22: repeat row 13
R23-25: repeat pattern
R26: repeat 13
R27-30: repeat pattern around
R31: repeat 13
32:repeat pattern
33:repeat 13
34-44: continue alternating between pattern (sc,dc in same sc, skip next) and row 13
Fin
Lay tail flat ch 1 and sc across closing tail , turn (8)
R1:Ch1 ,sc across,turn(8)
R2:Ch1, 2 sc in first, sc across to last sc, 2sc in last,turn(12)
R3:Ch1, sc across, turn
R4-13: repeat rows 2 and 3 alternating
Ch1 , sc in next 3 sc, hdc,hdc, dc in next 5, treble in next 3, slip stitch,treble next 3, dc in next 5, hdc, hdc, sc in next 3, slip stitch into last stitch chain 4 and slip stitch finish off weave tail.
And there you have your own little mermaid!
Here's my little angel <3 I have to admit that I should of made this when she was a few month younger because now she is nothing but a wiggle worm.  :-D
Don't forget to share yours ony page Mama Bee's Crafty Things <3. Till next time, ENJOY!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Pretty in the bloom hat

A few years ago a customer asked me to make a pretty hat for her daughter. I ended up designing my "In the bloom" hat. It quickly became a great seller in my shop and I'm sure it will in yours too!

Materials

Worsted weight yarn ( I used pink for the hat and white for the flower)
H hook
Yarn Needle

Hat
Ch 3
R1: 10 dc in 2nd ch from hook join in top of ch 3.
R2: ch2,  2 dc in each around, join in top of ch2
R3: ch2, dc in same dc as join, *dc in next, 2dc in next* around, join in top of ch2
R4: ch2, dc in same dc as join, *dc in next2 dc, 2dc in next*around, join in top of ch2
R5: ch2, dc in same dc as join, *dc in next 3 dc, 2dc in next*around, join in top of ch2
R6-11 ch2, dc in each around, join in top of chain 2
R12: sc in each around, join
R13: ch2, (hdc,dc,dc,hdc) in same sc as join, skip next stitch, *hdc,dc,dc,hdc in next,skip next st, hdc,dc,dc,hdc in next, skip next st* around, join , fasten off and weave ends.

Flower
Starting with the color of the hat

Ch2
10sc in 2nd ch from hook, join

R1:* ch3,skip next stitch,slip stitch in next* 5x,join in top of first sc

R2: slip stitch into first ch3 space, *ch 1, sc,hdc,dc,dc,hdc,sc, slip stitch into next ch3 space,ch1, sc,hdc,dc,dc,hdc,sc* repeat around, join

R3: Working around the posts of the petals, ch4 sc around next post, *ch4 , sc around next post* around fasten off.

Join white at any ch4 , ch1 , sc, hdc,dc,tr,tr,dc,hdc,sc, slip stitch to next ch4* around. Fasten off leaving long tail for sewing onto your hat.

And there it is, my In the Bloom hat. Please feel free to use in your shop as long as you mention the pattern is by Maw Beez <3

Here is a picture that a wonderful pattern tester made. And one that I made for myself <3. Stop by my facebook page Mama Bee's Crafty Things and post your hats  :-)  Till next time !

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Science Fair time!!!!

It is science fair time in the Maw Beez household and I wanted to share my sons first project. It is really easy and some thing fun to do with the entire family. Plus the kids are learning while having fun!

Lava In A Jar

Matierials

1  jelly jar
1 cup of water
Food coloring (red preferably)
1/4 cup of oil
Sugar and a spoon

Directions

Step 1: pour 1 cup of water into the            jar

Step 2: squeeze 5 drops of red food coloring into water

Step 3: pour oil into the water ( stop here and observe and discuss what is happening )

Step 4: sprinkle a spoonful of sugar
            and see what happens!

Do you see the bubbles?? Looks kinda like a lava lamp right? :) Do you know why this happens? Well, oil is lighter than water so it floats. When you add the sugar, a little bit of oil gets trapped. As the sugar dissolves the oil is released and travels back to the top making a "lava" effect.
For an extra bonus add a few drops of a different colored food coloring afterwards and see what happens. The food coloring, which is heavier than water and sinks, gets coated in oil and sinks slower than normal making beautiful "fireworks" in the water.
My son really enjoyed this project and it boosted his curiousity in science and I do believe I may have a little Bill Nye the science guy on my hands. I plan on doing more science experiments with him throughout the summer and share them with you all! Till next time!

Friday, May 24, 2013

Puppies, kittens and mushrooms, oh my!

Back in 2011 when I decided to take my love for crochet a step further and open a "shop", I went searching for a unique pattern to be able to say,
BAM! Here's my work! 
I ended up stumbling the CUTEST puppy pattern EVER. Seriously when this pup debut at my shop orders were pouring in like crazy. And you can see why!
By Hook, By Hand ( www.byhookbyhand.blogspot.com ) is THE most awesomest craft page I have every found. Not only does it have the greatest crochet pdf patterns for free, she also offers amazing tutorials on everything from cloth dolls to how to make a doll house out of cardboard. Believe me when I say you will be lost for days on her site. Here is a side view of the Spaniel pup.
Isn't it so cute. There's so many things I want to make from the site but decided on the woodland scene.
I didnt have fun fur so I decided to make my own meadow and will share the pattern with you all.
Materials
Worsted yarn in green
G hook
Stitches used
Sc=single crochet
Sc2tog= single crochet 2 stitches together
Loop stitch ( click for tutorial)
Ch 30 sc in 2nd ch from hook and across
R1: ch1,turn ,  sc in next stitch,* loop stitch in next, sc in next* repeat across
R2-3 : ch1, turn, sc across
R4: ch1, turn, sc in first stitch, loop st in next 4 stitches, sc across to last 5 stitches, loop st in next 4 stitches, sc in last
R5-12: ch1, turn, sc across
R13: ch1, turn, sc across to last 5 stitches, loop stitch in 4 stitches, sc in last
R15: ch1,turn,  sc across
R16: ch1, turn, sc across to last 4 sc, loop st in next 3 stitches, sc in last stitch.
R17: ch1, turn, sc across
R18: ch1, turn, sc2tog, sc across to last 2 stitches, sc2tog
R19: ch1, turn, sc2tog, sc across to       last 2 stitches, sc2tog
R20: ch1,turn, sc2tog, sc across to last 2 stitches, sc2tog , join in last stitch, ch1 and sc all around, fasten off and weave in all ends
And theres my meadow!
I had lots of fun making the miniature mushrooms. And I think the fungus on the log and tree stump complete the whole scene.
I'd love to see your results and hear what you chose to make from By Hook By Hand. Please send to mawbeez@gmail.com. And last but not least is a Siamese kitten I made from her Kittens for Adoption set. Isn't it adorable! Stop by my facebook page Mama Bee's Crafty Things and share your work. Till next time!!!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Extra Extra Messenger!!

This is a pattern for a super cool,durable messenger bag. A client asked me to make her a bag to carry her childrens toys when they go to Grandmas. I came up with this. I like this bag alot because nothing slips through and its big enough to actually use in your daily routine. I hope y'all enjoy it!




Materials
2 skeins of Red heart with Love yarn in any color
J hook
Stitches used
Ch= chain
hdc= half double crochet
Dc=double crochet
Using J hook and working with two skins
Ch 100
Hdc in 3rd chain from hook , hdc across
Row 1-25 ch 3( counts as first hdc)
turn, hdc across
At end of row 25 do not fasten off.
 
Right now you should have a big rectangle shape. Lay with wrong side facing up.  Count back 60 spaces and  join with slip stitch, slip stitch down the side fastening off at end. Do the same for the opposite side.
If you'd like to make your bag with a little bit of texture; hdc in only the top 2 loops of each hdc. It will leave a nice ridge throughout every row giving your bag a slightly different look.
Strap
Working with two strands
Ch 90
Hdc in 3rd ch from hook and across, ch3 turn
Row 2: hdc across, ch 3, turn
Row 3: hdc across, fasten off leaving long tail for sewing
Now you can decorate your bag with any applique. I used a flower pattern from Tangled Happy. I am currently making one in red with a monkey applique for a friend who had twin boys.
The first picture is of my gray messenger bag for my customer. She really loved it! The hdc is tight enough so that nothing falls out or slips through. And by using two strands the bag is durable enough to last a long time.
When I decided I wanted to share this pattern I asked a couple nice gals to test my pattern for me.The second picture is by Terri over at Cozy Baby Crochet. Awesome right!!?!! I love the embroidery work she used to decorate the cover. This shows how you can really make this bag your own. Feel free to comment if you have any questions. I would love to see your results. Please email mawbeez@gmail.com or visit my page Mama Bee's Crafty Things on facebook Till next time <3

Friday, May 17, 2013

Han Solo strikes back!

Only 5 days till my first baby turns 6 which means only 6 days left to make him some Star Wars amigurumis! So far I've finished a Stormtrooper, R2D2, and Bobo Fet. *drum roll*
Here is the latest in his collection,

Han Solo!

I really like how he turned out, especially his little gun holster. I do think I need to embroider his hair a bit better, but other than that I think he came out great and my son will love him.
I am excited to make the next doll since I recently bought saftey eyes. It will be my first time using them so I can't wait. Till next time!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Granny squares are the Beez Knees!

Granny squares are a fave of mine to make. There are so many variations and patterns to choose from. A quick change of color can make all the difference in a granny square.
I would like to share with y'all a basic granny square pattern. This pattern is perfect for people who are beginners and just starting your love for crochet.

Materials
Any color worsted weight yarn
H hook
Needle to weave ends

Ch4 join making a circle, ch3( counts as first dc)

R1: 2 dc in the circle, *ch1, 3 dc into circle*3 more times. Ch1 , Join in top of ch3

R2: slip stich next 2 dc , slip stich into chain1 space, ch 3.
Working in the ch space,  2dc, ch2, 3 dc, ch 1. Working in next ch space, 3 dc, ch2, 3 dc, ch1. Working in next ch space, 3 dc, ch2, 3dc,ch1. Working in last ch space, 3 dc , ch2, 3dc, ch 1, slip stitch to top of ch3.

R3: slip stitch next 2 stitches, slip stich into ch 2 space, ch 3, 2dc, ch2, 3dc ch 1. In next ch space 3 dc, ch 1. * Working in next space, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch1. In next space; 3dc, ch1* around join on top of ch 3.

Notice the pattern??? Every corner is 3dc,ch2,3dc and every ch1 space is 3 dc ! Now here you can finish off and have a great 4 inch square or continue the same pattern to make a granny square blanket. Try different colors, alternating each row.
If you find any mistakes or problems please feel free to ask me for help. You can email me at mawbeez@gmail.com or visit my facebook page Mama Bee's Crafty Things . Enjoy!

Monday, May 13, 2013

My first free pattern!

Recently I was asked to make a dino hat for a 6 month old baby. I'd like to share this pattern with y'all as my first free pattern. Well, actually, half the pattern is mine hahaha. 
The hat part is the basic earflap hat pattern by Alli Crafts which awesomely provides a great and easy hat pattern from newborn up to toddler size! I worked the pattern for 6 months in aqua sith orange trim. 
Here is the pattern for the spikes and spots :

Materials
G hook
Red heart worsted yarn in aqua, cherry red and autumn orange
Yarn needle

Spikes ( make 5) do not join
Using orange
Ch2
R1: 4 sc in 2nd ch from hook
R2 : 2sc in first sc, sc, 2sc in next sc, sc (6)
R3: sc around
R4:  2sc in first sc, sc in next 2 sc,         2sc in next, sc in last 2 sc (8)
R5: sc around
R6: 2sc in first sc, sc in next 3 sc, 2sc in next sc,sc in last 3 sc (10)
R7: sc around
R8: 2sc in first sc, sc in next 4 sc,2sc in next sc, sc in last 4 sc ( 12)
R9: sc around, fasten off leaving long tail to sew.

Large spots ( make 2) using red
Ch2
R1: 5 sc in 2nd ch from hook
R2: inc around (10)
R3: sc, inc around(15)
R4: 2 sc, inc around (20)
Fasten off leaving long tail to sew

Medium Spots (make 2)
Ch2
R1: 5 sc in second ch from hook
R2: inc around (10)
R3: *sc,inc *around (15)
Fasten off leaving long tail for sewing

Small spots ( make 2)

Ch2
R1: 5 sc in second chain from hook
R2: inc around (10)
Fasten off leaving long tail for sewing

Sew on spikes and horns. Weave ends and done!!
The first pic below is before sewing on all the pieces  :-) The second is of my sweet little Savannah Rose wearing the hat <3
I hope you enjoy my first free pattern post! I'd love to see how yours turn out  :-). Send pics to mawbeez@gmail.com and I will display them on my facebook page Mama Bee's Crafty Things .

Tiny little dinosaur

I was ask by a friend to make dinosaur for her little brother or nephew ( I can't remember which) and after much surfing I could only find a few. It really surprised me because ALL boys like dinosaurs right!!??!! I really was lucky I came across this little guy. He was really easy to make although with all his spikes and horns he had 15 parts total. Waaay more than the usual 5 or 6. My friend really liked him  :-) if you'd like to make one too and follow the link below !

http://freepatternsbyh.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/stegosaurus-amigurumi.html?m=1

Welcome!!

Hello and welcome to my blog! My name is Shannon. I am a thirtysomething proud stay at home mama of 3 little ones. And I am addicted to CROCHET!!!! Lol. Ive started this blog to share patterns I make and/or have used in my facebook shop www.facebook.com/mamabeescrafts
My eldest is turning 6 next week and as he is the apple of my eye, I wanted to finish his Star Wars amigurumi collection. Here is my latest creation BOBO FET <3 I hope you all like him. He was really fun to make.