Sunday, January 22, 2017

Valentine's Day Heart Beanie Crochet Pattern, Sizes Newborn-Adult


Valentine's Day is only a few weeks away! I have created this very simple beanie pattern for the big day. You can also order a finished heart hat here if you don't crochet or if you don't have time to make your own: https://www.etsy.com/listing/218842374/red-heart-hat-heart-hat-love-hat.

Materials Needed: 
Worsted weight yarn in at least 2 colors
I (5.5mm) crochet hook
Yarn needle

Stitches Used (US Terms):
Ch - chain
SS - slip stitch
DC - double crochet
HDC - half double crochet
SC – single crochet

Sizes Newborn - Toddler:
With main color, Ch. 2,
1. 10 dc in 2nd ch from hook. Join with ss. (10 sts)
2. Ch. 1, 2 dc in each st around. Join with ss. (20 sts)
3. Ch. 1, (1 dc in 1st st, 2 dc in next st) around. Join with ss. (30 sts)
4. Ch. 1, (1 dc in 1st 2 sts, 2 dc in next st) around. Join with ss. (40 sts)

Newborn:
5-10. Ch. 1, 1 dc in each st around. Join with ss. (40 sts)
Change to contrasting color.
11. Ch. 1, 1 hdc in each st around. Join with ss. Finish and sew in ends.

0-3 Months:
5. Ch. 1, (1 dc in 1st 7 sts, 2 dc in next st) around. Join with ss. (45 sts)
6-11. Ch. 1, 1 dc in each st around. Join with ss. (45 sts)
Change to contrasting color.
12. Ch. 1, 1 hdc in each st around. Join with ss. Finish and sew in ends.

3-6 Months:
5. Ch. 1, (1 dc in 1st 3 sts, 2 dc in next st) around. Join with ss. (50 sts)
6-11. Ch. 1, 1 dc in each st around. Join with ss. (50 sts)
Change to contrasting color.
12. Ch. 1, 1 hdc in each st around. Join with ss. Finish and sew in ends.

6-12 Months:
5. Ch. 1, (1 dc in 1st 3 sts, 2 dc in next st) around. Join with ss. (50 sts)
6. Ch. 1, (1 dc in first 9 sts, 2 dc in next st) around. Join with ss. (55 sts)
7-12. Ch. 1, 1 dc in each st around. Join with ss. (55 sts)
Change to contrasting color.
13. Ch. 1, 1 hdc in each st around. Join with ss. Finish and sew in ends.

Toddler:
5. Ch. 1, (1 dc in 1st 3 sts, 2 dc in next st) around. Join with ss. (50 sts)
6. Ch. 1, (1 dc in 1st 4 sts, 2 dc in next st) around. Join with ss. (60 sts)
7-13. Ch. 1, 1 dc in each st around. Join with ss. (60 sts)
Change to contrasting color.
14. Ch. 1, 1 hdc in each st around. Join with ss. Finish and sew in ends.

Sizes Child – Large Adult:
With main color, Ch. 2,
1. 12 dc in 2nd ch from hook. Join with ss. (12 sts)
2. Ch. 1, 2 dc in each st around. Join with ss. (24 sts)
3. Ch. 1, (1 dc in 1st st, 2 dc in next st) around. Join with ss. (36 sts)
4. Ch. 1, (1 dc in 1st 2 sts, 2 dc in next st) around. Join with ss. (48 sts)
5. Ch. 1, (1 dc in 1st 7 sts, 2 dc in next st) around. Join with ss. (54 sts)
6. Ch. 1, (1 dc in 1st 8 sts, 2 dc in next st) around. Join with ss. (60 sts)

Child:
7-14. Ch. 1, 1 dc in each st around. Join with ss. (60 sts)
Change to contrasting color.
15. Ch. 1, 1 sc in each st around. Join with ss. Finish and sew in ends.

Adult:
7. Ch. 1, (1 dc in first 9 sts, 2 dc in next st) around. Join with ss. (66 sts)
8-14. Ch. 1, 1 dc in each st around. Join with ss. (66 sts)
Change to contrasting color.
15. Ch. 1, 1 hdc in each st around. Join with ss. Finish and sew in ends.

Large Adult:
7. Ch. 1, (1 dc in first 9 sts, 2 dc in next st) around. Join with ss. (66 sts)
8. Ch. 1, (1 dc in 1st 10 sts, 2 dc in next st) around. Join with ss. (72 sts)
9-14. Ch.1, 1 dc in each st around. Join with ss. (72 sts)
Change to contrasting color.

15. Ch. 1, 1 hdc in each st around. Join with ss. Finish and sew in ends.

For the heart embellishment on the hat, I follow this pattern from Planet June: http://www.planetjune.com/blog/free-crochet-patterns/love-hearts/


I used Planet June's large heart pattern for the heart on this baby onesie. This was my daughter's Valentine's Day outfit last year. You can also order this set here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/263927127/valentines-day-bodysuit-valentine

I would love to see your work from this pattern! Follow and tag Natti's Pattern Place on Instagram and Facebook!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

To My Husband



I have always known it was you.


When I was 12 and you were 14 and you were such a nerd but "omg you guys he's so cute and funny." 

When I was 15 and you were 17 and we had been friends for years but I still didn't really even know you very well. I loved you anyway. 

When I was 17 and you were 19 and it seemed like nobody else understood what I was going through but you stayed. And I loved you even though we weren't together. 


When I was 19 and you were 21 and I thought things were finally falling into place for us, but neither of us were ever in the same place emotionally or maturity wise. When people told me you weren't the one for me for so long and I finally just said "screw it, I love him and we're going to be together." 

When I was 21 and you were 23 and we found out we were having a baby. Neither of us had a job and both of us were terrified. Our families put together a wedding in about 2 months and our lives changed forever. We welcomed Annabella Grace into our tiny home and suddenly our world grew so much bigger. 


When I was 22 and you were 24 and I realized that you weren't as perfect as I thought you were. When we fought and cried and almost quit because maybe all of this time we actually weren't meant for each other. But we were. We are meant for each other. 



We make each other better. 

When I'm 23 and you're 25, we're going to make our dreams come true - together - because we push each other to do better, always. 

When I'm 40 and you're 42, and Annabella is graduating from high school, I'll be by your side cheering her on. 



When I'm 65 and you're 67, I'll be the one with brightly colored hair and wrinkles sitting next to you on the plane as we travel the world. 

When I'm 82 and you're 84... you better still be around because I don't know if I can make it through this life without you. 

There is no one else I would rather do life with. There's no one else I would rather fight with, and then make up with. It's never going to be easy but it will always be exhilarating. From the very beginning, I have always known it would be you that I would spend my life with. I can't explain why or how but some part of me just always knew. 




So, happy 25th birthday Jeremy. I love you and I hope we can spend many more birthdays together. 

Love, 
Natalie

Friday, December 30, 2016

Consistency - My Word for the New Year

What does it mean to be consistent?

To me, consistency means to keep doing something productive on a regular schedule. For example, I need to keep blogging at least once a week. I need to be consistent in blogging so that I can build a following and attain subscribers. The key is to keep the momentum once I get started.

A big issue I seem to have is that once I get something started, I do not remain consistent in keeping it going. I let it peter out instead of building on it my successes. Starting now and into 2017, I will remain consistent - with blogging, with building on my Etsy shop, and with my booth where I sell crocheted items. My "word" for 2017 is consistency. What are some things you need to be more consistent with in the new year?


Monday, December 12, 2016

Christmas Traditions

As I grew up, my family's Christmas traditions were simple: we opened presents early Christmas morning, ate monkey bread, and later had Christmas dinner. Some years, we would go to church on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, and sometimes we would have Christmas dinner with relatives. In the days and weeks leading up to Christmas, we would go look at Christmas lights and watch a Christmas movie almost every night. My husband's family travels to Denver on Christmas Eve for dinner at their favorite fancy restaurant. On Christmas day, they open presents and spend the day together. Usually extended family members come over for Christmas dinner.

Left: 2016 | Right: 2015
Last Christmas was our first Christmas as a family - it was our first Christmas as a married couple and it was our daughter's first Christmas. We moved to a new apartment only three days before Christmas, so our Christmas decorations were minimal and presents were wrapped in a hurry on Christmas day! 

This year, my husband and I have been enjoying the Christmas season. We have already been starting our own traditions. Our Christmas tree is up and we have lights in our windows. We plan to go to Christmas Eve dinner with my husband's family and have Christmas lunch with my family the next day. As our daughter grows up, we want to make holidays special for her. First and foremost, we want to teach her the true meaning of Christmas, as our parents taught us. That God loved us so much that he gave us His one and only son, and that we must show others the same love.


What are some Christmas traditions that you and your family have?