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Christmas Crochet Attire

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Why just decorate your home for Christmas when you can decorate yourself as well? There are so many fun ways to dress for the season. I have collected 7 free crochet patterns to help you dress for Christmas fun!

Christmas Attire free crochet pattern round up from Jessie At Home

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Winter White Round Up

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We are greatly lacking white stuff outside this winter, so I thought I would bring you a round up of winter white free crochet patterns. Though you can make these patterns in whatever color you like, the designer samples for them are all white to off white.

Winter White - free crochet pattern round up from Jessie At Home

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Box Car Races! and other fun

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I hope you are having a wonderful weekend my friends!

When I trudged downstairs yesterday morning, this is what greeted me:

Kyla-making-a-car

Kyla had swiped a Coats box I was planning on sending some stuff to a friend in, and the tubes from some Baker’s Cotton that I had used recently. She was having too much fun for me to be upset. I was planning on giving the tubes to the girls for crafts anyway!

Vada-taking-a-car-break

Vada was taking a break on the couch, so Kyla showed me her creation as well. She had swiped the box from my new camcorder that I hadn’t gotten around to flattening out for recycling.

They were making race cars.

Would you like to see the first race?

As you can see, some repairs were required after the race. So more time was taken for improvements, then there was another race. Then more improvements, and another race. Then more…this went on all day. Seriously. From the time they got up in the morning until I made them move the boxes into the corner, clean up the craft supplies and go to bed. It was awesome!

Let-the-racing-begin

Somewhere in the middle of the day I took another race video.

Here are the finished racers:

Finished-Box-Cars

It was a crazy, fun, day!

I also have some snaps from the last week to share with you. After shoveling one day last week, Doug left me a note.

Doug-wrote-me-a-note

One morning a few days ago Kyla came downstairs in this skirt. It needed a little TLC. It took about an hour, but I painstakingly wove some quilting thread through the net to strengthen and repair the net. Kyla was very happy.

Fix-it-Mommy

Not that long ago I ordered some brimlock (the stuff that goes around the outer edge of a brimmed hat to hold it’s shape) and heat shrink joiners. A few days later they arrived with this wonderful quote! How many ways do I love Judith M after this experience?! They are quick, the prices are reasonable, and they have a great sense of humor!

Hats-are-in-my-future

I’ve never used the heat shrink joiners before, I always used the metal ones that you crimp. I thought I should give these a try because they will not show as much through the crochet, and I was worried the metal kind might snag the yarn. I’ll let you know what I think of it once I have used it.

So, crochet (and maybe knit) sun hats to come!! It may be a month or two, but there will be some sun hats!!

School was cancelled on Valentine’s Day, so the celebrations were rescheduled for this past Friday. The girls had fun signing all the cards for their friends!

Writing-Valentine's-Cards

Kyla wrote up a Valentine’s wish for Daddy. Yes, she wished for a contract for him (4 years with no contract and a pay freeze for Paterson teachers!)

Kyla's-Valentine-wish-for-Daddy

On the yarnie front, the Stitchopedia is just 2 weeks old and there are already 6 posts. Just imagine all the wonderful skills you will be learning as it grows!

Stitchopedia

On Monday of last week we went over to my photographer‘s house to get some pictures taken. At one point, there was a dance/music break.

Music-Time

It was far too much fun.

More-Music-Time

Would you like to know why we needed pictures? Well, I finally finished the Emma Skater Skirt crochet pattern!!

Emma-Crochet-Skater-Skirt-by-Jessie-At-Home

It actually went up for sale a few days ago. It is on sale for $5.00 for the rest of this month, and then it will go up to $6.00 on March first. If you “like” my Facebook page you will hear right away when new patterns are out, and there are also occasional coupon codes for my Ravelry store that I only post on my Facebook page.

You can find the Emma skirt on Ravelry, Craftsy, Etsy, and Crochetville. Even though all the photos are kids, this pattern does go from child small to adult 5x. It is worked top down (with my unique less~bulky crochet waistband) so it is easily made to the length you want!

Lots-of-Emma-Crochet-Skater-Skirts

Oh, and there were some snaps of the Katherine Coat as well. The testers are making good progress, I am still planning on releasing this pattern by  Easter. So start saving up for a large yarn purchase now!

Katherine-Coat-By-Jessie-At-Home

I also needed a photo of myself. My wonderful mentor, Andee Graves, told me I need to put my face on my business cards (and all my social media avatars/profile pictures.)

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One more fun thing to tell you!! Remember the In Love With Color Throw I designed for Red Heart?

In-Love-With-Color-Throw-Red-Heart

Well, I checked with Red Heart, and they said it would be fine if I made video tutorial for each of the motifs to help you along as you create this colorful throw! So I will be recording away next week, with the goal of putting up a post with all the videos by the end of the week! I would LOVE to share some photos at the bottom of that post showing off the blankets YOU have created so far with this pattern. I know some of you have. I’ve seen them over on Facebook!! If you would like your In Love With Color Throw to be shown off at the bottom of the video tutorial post, then share your photo over on my Facebook page, and let me know you would like it in the Video Tutorial post on JessieAtHome. Be sure to include your Facebook page, Ravelry profile, blog, or crafty website that you would like the photo to link back to.

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Valentine’s Snow Day!

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Hello there! I know I’ve been posting lots of patterns lately. So I thought it was about time for some fun kid and family pictures.

Remember how I told you about selling Girl Scout cookies and our adventures at Town Hall? Well Kyla and Vada each walked out of Town Hall with the extra dollar in their pockets. On Wednesday the student Council was selling lollipops for $.50, and the girls brought their dollars so that they could each buy two lollipops. They were lip lollipops. Look at these little goofs.

Lips!

Wednesday night we had a little bit of snow. So we had a snow day on Thursday. At one point I opened our side door which has about a 6 inch step leading up to it, and this is what I saw. That fence is about 3 feet tall.

Side-Door-Snowpocalypse-14

Later on I went to open the back door, and this is what I found. Yep, that’s not opening.

Back-Door-Snowpocalypse-14

And here’s a shot of Thor for you. Just because, you haven’t seen Thor a while. I like Thor. He’s a good car.

Thor-is-not-pleased-Snowpocalypse-14

I even took a look out the front door. As you can see, Doug had not gotten to shoveling yet. That’s my next-door neighbor, Mark, laughing at me taking pictures in my pajamas. Hey, it was a snow day, pajamas are acceptable attire on a snow day. Mark was nice enough to let me know that my roof looked good, and that there were only a couple of inches up there.

Front-Yard-Snowpocalypse-14

So, the reason I was trying to open the back door, is that I thought it might be fun to make some maple candy. You know, the kind where you boil the maple syrup (real maple syrup, not the flavored sugar water), and then you pour it in the snow. Now before you get all up in arms about not eating the snow, it’s dirty, it’s polluted, and so on, the amount of snow you actually eat when making the maple candy is pretty insignificant. Really all it does is cool down the maple syrup very quickly, and make it fun for kids.

As I was unable to open the back door, I went back to the side door, and loaded up a pan with snow. Then we heated up our maple syrup, and poured it on the snow. Sorry, I forgot to take a picture at that point. This is what the pan of snow look like after we removed the candy.

Maple-Candy-Removed-Snowpocalypse-14

And here we have the maple candy after it’s been removed from the snow. The girls thought it was pretty cool. And yummy. Very yummy.

I think I need a new candy thermometer, I don’t think this was give me the right temperatures anymore, the syrup really should have been a bit hotter…I think.

Maple-Candy-Snowpocalypse-14

Here is a little video of the snow falling on Thursday in the backyard. It really was much cooler before I grabbed the camcorder. I swear, as soon as I hit “record” it stopped being crazy. Mean snow.

We had another snow day again today. There was actually a lot more snowfall during the night. Now here is what the backyard looked like this morning. Just a little bit of snow out there.

burried-back-yard-Snowpocalypse-14

This morning the girls decided to help Doug shovel the snow. Well, help in the way any six-year-old would when faced with mountains of snow.

And here are some photos of our shoveled out house for you.

Shoveling-out-Snowpocalypse-14

Remember the snowmen? Sadly, they were casualties of the snowpocalypse.

No-More-Snowmen-Snowpocalypse-14

OK, one more video of the crazy kids playing in the snow.

Of course, a few minutes after I went inside, the girls made Doug get me to take one last picture.

We-Love-Snow-Snowpocalypse-14

Here’s another angle to show you just how high up they are.

Mountain-of-Snow-Snowpocalypse-14

Stay warm, stay safe, and have a wonderful weekend.

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Groundhog~Bowl~Snow~Day

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Good evening everyone. We had a very creative and fun couple of days over here At Home.

Need-to-create

The girls stashed an A.C. Moore bag in Doug’s office, and occasionally they run in there to grab something out of it. A few days ago Vada pulled out this Valentine’s Day monster. It always makes me smile when they randomly decide its craft time and just start getting creative.

pirate-sparkle

Of course Kyle loves to express her creativity with fashion! This sparkly little pirate number is what she wore to school on Friday. Not the patch. She added that when she got home; at which point she stomped around the living room shouting “Arrrgg!” My dainty little Princess.

Kyla-in-her-blue-phase

And here we have Kyle is blue period. Okay maybe it’s more turquoise. That’s sparkly thing on her hand is even a turquoise ring. She was very excited about her color coordination on Saturday.

YARN!!!!!!

Look! Yarn! Lots of yarn! Pretty yarn! I love my UPS guy!

picture-wall

Okay time for a little break from the pictures of the kids to share some yarnie stuff with you.

Well one more kid~kind~of~thing. Whenever I go downstairs to my little work room in the basement this is what I see on the side of the stairs. Every once in a while the girls bring me some other new items tape up there. Isn’t it sweet?

Organize-your-stash

OK, yarn, really.

In the next week or two, I plan on putting up a little tips post on how to keep track of all of your yarn stash. I never realized I did anything out~of~the~ordinary, until someone in one of my Facebook groups asked how to keep track of all of her yarn, and I shared this picture. It’s the same way I kept track of my fabric as a costume designer. So I always thought it was normal. Anyway, I’ll share the fun little system with you later.

I-will-finish-this

Right, this, really I do love this. I do! Don’t ask me how many times I’ve frogged it, I refused to answer. But I still love it! And I will finish it! Really! No seriously, I really will. Before the summer. Because I really want to wear it. And I am curious what it is going to turn into…

I-will-finish-this-too

The jeans~to~skirt project seems to also have been put to the side for a while. I have a few contract items I need to finish up this week. But I will get to this and the fan shawl soon. Oh, that reminds me, I have something else fun to share with you. I’ll save that for another post. Aren’t I a stinker?

wait-for-it

This. You are going to love this. There will be some videos. There will be a few free tutorials. And there will be one paid pattern. And you’re going to love them all! Hopefully the free tutorials will start in the next few days, though with all the snow days it’s sometimes hard to make a video. My children aren’t the quietest creatures in the world.

Groundhog-Day

Back to the kiddies. Sunday was not only Super Bowl Sunday, but it was also Groundhog Day. The girls were super excited about the little furry guy. There were puppet shows. Lots of puppet shows.

snow-day-nap

At 5 AM on Monday morning my phone rang. It was the automated snow day a call. I, of course, turned off my alarm, crawled back into bed, and fell blissfully back to sleep. Doug was not so lucky. For some reason he can’t seem to get on the automated snow day list for his school district, and the district website kept going down, so it took a while for him to find out whether or not he had a snow day. Eventually he found that he did. The girls of course did not sleep in. So when I finally came downstairs at 8am, this is what I found.

Crochetville

Oh, I almost forgot…I made a new Jessie At Home button. Do you like it? I do!! Now I just need to use it for various avatars, and in some ads. That’s the Faded Ripple, Liz Hat, Fanny Skirt, and Rachel Skirt.

three-naked-snowmen

Back to the snow day. Doug and the girls had some good, snowy, fun. I don’t do cold. I stayed in with my yarn and the heat. Just after this snap, Doug opened the door and asked if I could bring him a handful of pennies. Why, you ask?

Vada-and-Alice

Meet Alice.

Kyla-and-Brrrr

And Brrr. I love the silly names Kyla comes up with. Did I ever tell you about her goldfish she named bloopy? Oh, and yes, she is holding Brrr’s hand.

Alice-Vade-Olaf-Kyla-and-Brrrr

Here we have Alice, Vada, Olaf (I like warm hugs), Kyla, and Brrr.

snow-day-sillies

I have no idea what is going on here, but it sure is cute.

Kyla-catching-snowflakes

This may be one of my favorite photos ever. I think that is a good way to leave you.

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Liz ~ A free super bulky crochet hat pattern!

| Crochet, Family, Granny, Hat, Holidays, Knit, Pattern, Scarf, Snow, Tutorial, Winter

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Super-Bulky-Liz-Hat-Free-Crochet-Pattern

Liz
a super warm festive hat pattern
Crochet Pattern
Easy Skill Level
Designed by Jessie Rayot

Free-Winter-Hat-Crochet-Pattern

Made of super bulky yarn and granny inspired, this hat works up quite quickly. It is great for last minute holiday gifts, or winter birthdays. Weave in some extra yarn or ribbon for a decorative band, or just leave it as is.

Sizes:
Child, Adult

Yarn:
Super Bulky ~ samples are made with Red Heart Vivid, one skein each (I used the left over from the child size hats to make the stripes in the adult size hat)

Hook:
US N (10mm), or whatever size gets the correct gauge

Gauge:
5 sts and 3 rows of dc in a 4” square

Stitches and Skills used:
Ch ~ chain
Hdc ~ half double crochet
dc ~ double crochet
Sl st ~ slip stitch
Rnd ~ round
St(s) ~ stitch(es)
Sk ~ skip
Beg ~ beginning
Rep ~ repeat

Liz-Hat-Free-Crochet-Pattern-Round-One
Round 1 (count will vary by size)

Child Size:
Ch 3, sl st into first ch to form a loop, or make a magic loop
Rnd 1: ch2 (counts as first hdc) 9 hdc in loop, sl st into top of beg ch2 (10 hdc)

Adult Size:
Ch 3, sl st into first ch to form a loop, or make a magic loop
Rnd 1: ch3 (counts as first dc) 10dc in loop, sl st into top of beg ch3 (11 dc)

Liz-Hat-Free-Crochet-Pattern-Round-Two
Round 2 (count will vary by size)

Child Size:
Rnd 2: ch4 (counts as first dc and ch 1), (dc in next st, ch1) 9 times, sl st into 3rd ch of beg ch 4 (10dc)

Adult Size:
Rnd 2: ch4 (counts as first dc and ch 1), (dc in next st, ch1) 10 times, sl st into 3rd ch of beg ch 4 (11dc)

Liz-Hat-Free-Crochet-Pattern-Round-Three
Round 3 (count will vary by size)

Child Size:
Rnd 3, 4, 5: sl st into ch sp, ch3 (counts as first dc), dc in same sp, ch1 (2dc in next ch sp, ch1) 9 times, sl st into top of beg ch3 (10 sets of 2dc)

Child Size:
Rnd 6: ch3 (counts as first dc), (dc in ch sp, dc in each of next 2 sts), 9 times, dc in ch sp, dc in next st, sl st into top of beg ch3 (30dc)
Clip yarn and weave in ends.

Liz-Hat-Free-Crochet-Pattern-Round-Three-Close-Up
Round 3

Adult Size:
Rnd 3: sl st into ch sp, ch3 (counts as first dc), dc in same sp, ch1 (2dc in next ch sp, ch1) 10 times, sl st into top of beg ch3 (11 sets of 2dc)

Liz-Hat-Free-Crochet-Pattern-Round-Four-Adult
Round 4 Adult Size

Adult Size:
Rnd 4: sl st into ch sp, ch3 (counts as first dc), 2dc in same sp, (3dc in next ch sp) 10 times, sl st into top of beg ch3 (11 sets of 3dc)

Rnd 5: sl st into next st, sl st into sp between next 2 sts (see photo), ch3 (counts as first dc), 2dc in same sp, ch1 (3dc in next sp between 3dc clusters) 10 times, sl st into top of beg ch3 (11 sets of 3dc)

Rnd 6, 7: try making these two rows in another color for a decorative look ch1 (counts as first sc), sc in each st around, sl st into top of beg ch1 (33sc)

Rnd 8: ch2 (counts as first hdc), hdc in each st around, sl st into top of beg ch2 (33sc)
Clip yarn and weave in ends.

Free-Crochet-Winter-Hat-Pattern

Wear and enjoy, or give and make someone smile!

Would you like to know about the scarves as well?

They are made from Premier Lash Max. They are knitted. I used size 15 needles (35mm).

Just cast on 7 and knit away!

Kyla's-Liz-Hat-Free-Crochet-Hat-Pattern

I started with my scarf. I wrapped the blue yarn around one needle 10 times, then measured out 6 times that amount (ok, you can just wrap it around the needle 60 times) then cut that amount off for the end of the scarf. Next I took the rest of the yarn and cast on 7. I knit 4 rows, then switched to green and knit 4 rows. Next I switch to pink and knit 4 rows. Then back to the blue, and knit until the skein was gone. I then knit 4 rows of green, then 4 rows of pink, and then I tied on the blue yarn I had set aside at the beginning and knit 4 more rows. Then just bind off and weave in ends!

Vada's-Liz-Hat-Free-Crochet-Hat-Pattern

For the girls’ scarves, I cast on 7, knit until there was about a yard of yarn left, then I bound off and wove in the ends.

I knit the scarves because knitting takes less yarn and I only had one skein of each color. You can crochet scarves with this yarn, but you may need 2 skeins for each scarf, or you will just have short scarves.

Now the girls and I have matching hats and scarves, and I will be able to find them in a crowd of kiddies with no problem this winter!

To find a printer friendly version of this pattern (text only, in black, no photos) click here. This will bring you to the listing for this pattern on Craftsy, where you can also find printer friendly versions of all my free patterns, and where you can purchase my sale patterns.

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Crochet Faster!

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My mother is here visiting! Those of you who have been reading my blog for a while may remember that my mother works for DoDEA (Department of Defense Education Activity); basically, she teaches the children of enlisted personel and other personel on military bases around the world. Currently, she is stationed in Germany. This means my parents only make it back to the States over the summer, and I only get to see them for a short amount of that time. My mom arrived here on Wednesday, and my dad will be here on Tuesday, they will both be leaving the following Sunday (the 5th).  The girls and I have been having so much fun with their Grammy, that I keep forgetting to take photos. But I did get one of Grammy reading to them.

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Then Kyla realized what was happening, and started hamming it up for the camera.

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I will try to take more photos for the rest of the visit.

In the meantime, I want to share one of my mother’s favorite stories with you. It happened my first year of undergrad. I was majoring in Costume Design at the Theater School at DePaul University in Chicago. The winter break there was from just before Thanksgiving to just after New Year. However, there was always a play that ran the first half of December. So, if you were part of that cast or crew, you lost most of your winter break. I was wardrobe crew for that show my first year. So I had tons of free time in the dorm for the couple of weeks when the show was running.

I decided a great way to pass the time would be to crochet a chevron blanket for my Godfather. The cast and crew would tease me all the time about crocheting in the dorm common room, on the bus, backstage. They called me Grandma. It was done in a good natured way, the way friends of that age make fun of each other for nearly any reason.

The theatre itself was a few miles from the University, in downtown Chicago. So there was a bus ~ the Blue Bus ~ that took us to the theatre for each show. One day we were all gathered in the parking lot, on a cold, snowy, cold, very cold, Chicago winter afternoon, waiting for the Blue Bus. The bus was late. We were cold. I took my 3/4 finished chevron blanket out of my bag and several of the cast and crew huddled underneath it for warmth. I worked on making it bigger. Before I knew it, they were all chanting “crochet faster, crochet faster” and we were all laughing.

The bus eventually showed up. I don’t remember how late it was, but we were out there, using my unfinished blanket for warmth, for quite some time. We did manage to start the show on time that evening though, and no one got frost bite.

None of them ever made fun of my crocheting again.

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