Archive | December, 2014

Crafty’s Best Sale of 2014

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If you’ve never taken a Crafty class you’re in for a treat.  What I love about these classes is that you can take them on your own time schedule.  There are also some free intro (mini-classes) you can watch to give you an idea of the quality of the instruction.  The classes are filmed so beautifully and the instructors are great.  I hope to be one soon.  (Fingers crossed)  They make a great gift for others as well as for yourself.

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Crochet and knitting lovers Christmas ornaments



Looking for a fun and easy Cnristmas ornament that is still appropriate for the yarn enthusiast?   This little ornament combines polymer clay and of course yarn.   You choose the colors you want for the yarn and the clay.  To make these fun ornaments you will need:

Styrofoam ball (your choice of size)

yarn scraps

Polymer Clay

Ribbon about 10 inches

Sewing pin with head on it

pencil (to poke hole thru styrofoam)

Hot glue gun

clay cutting tool or exacto knife
I like to shape the knitting needles or the crochet hook first.   Take about 1/4 of the package of polymer clay (most are already scored).  You will need to condition the clay before using.  This just entails softening the clay until it is soft and pliable.  I just knead the clay between my fingers.  If you have a pasta machine (Only used for clay,  DO NOT use with food and clay) you can run your clay thru the machine to soften it up.

1)  Roll into a long tube shape.   Measure against the styrofoam ball to make sure it is longer than the styrofoam.  Allow about an extra inch since the ball with be bigger after you wrap the yarn around it.

2)  If you are making the knitting needles, gently push down on one tip of the tube and continue rolling back and forth.  This will shape the needle tip.

3)  If you are making the crochet hook  row your long tube shape, also measure against the ball.   Now you will use your knife to cut to shape the crochet hook.  (See video tutorial for more details)

4)  Put your needles and hooks into an oven.  I use a disposable aluminum tray purchased at the dollar tree.  If you are using a cooking sheet from your kitchen be sure to line it with aluminum foil.  You do NOT want to cook your clay on the same surface you use for cooking food.    Follow the clay manufacturers instructions for baking.  I baked my items for 30-35 minutes at 260 degrees farenheit.

5)  Let needles and hook cool completely before handling.

While the needles and hooks are cooling I take a pencil and make the holes thru the styrofoam ball.  For the crochet hook you will only need one hole that goes all the way thru the ball.  For knitting needles you will need 2 holes that go all the way thru.  It’s very important that they do not intersect inside the ball or you won’t be able to push both needles thru.  Make sure one hole is slightly in front of the other.

Take your cooled crochet hook or needles and insert to your ball.   Now take your glue gun and dab a drop onto the ball to adhere the beginning of the yarn strand to the ball.  Wrap around the ball.  When you finish making sure to add another dab of glue to hold the end of the yarn strand.   Do the same with the knitting needles.    To hang ornaments cut a piece of ribbon about 10 inches long.  Tie the ends together and use a sewing pin with a head on it to attach it to the yarn ball.   Now it is ready for the tree.   Enjoy!

Are you more of a visual learner?   No problem,  be sure to watch the video tutorial.    Enjoy your ornaments.  Be sure to make some for your crochet and knitting friends.

To purchase supplies:   (containers affiliate links)

1)  Polymer clay

2)  Styrofoam balls:

3)  Yarn:

4)  Pins:


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Who doesn’t love an Elf? I certain do


So, here is it. The pattern for the Elf hat.  As promised I have included the ears.  The ears of course are optional but do give it that “elf” look.

This is sized for a women/older teenager.  To adjust for a child Check out these hook suggestions.  Of course everyone crochets differently.  I tend to crochet tightly especially after my hands are tired.

This sizing chart is just a suggestions.  I would try the hat on the recipient probably before making your last 3 rows of the green (after Round 19) .  If it’s too tight just repeat one more row of increases.   I hope you enjoy this fun hat.  Remember, after this post free written patterns will be emailed every 2 weeks to members only.   If you want to receive my bi-weekly newsletter  (It will be short, I promise)  and free written patterns for any projects created that week (I will also start adding patterns for past videos) you need to sign up to become a member.  Sign-up is easy.  Just submit your email when you see the membership signup notice.   I need your email in order to send you the newsletter, patterns and other goodies.  Basic membership is free.


There are two options available with or without ears.   YouTube Video Tutorial  click  Here


Como prometi aqui esta el patron escrito para el gorro de elfo.

La talla es para dama y para niños ya adolescentes.  Para cambiar las tallas yo cambio el tamaño del gancho que uso.   Aqui hay unas sugerencias, pero recuerde que cada persona teje diferente.  Algunas personas mas flojo y otras mas apretado.   Pongale el gorro a la persona que lo va usar (despues de hilera 19) antes de tejer las ultimas 3 hileras en color verde.  Si necesita hacerlo mas grande haga una hilera mas de aumentos.   Recuerde, despues de este patron, si quiere recibir patrons escritos que son gratis necesita ser miembro de esta pagina.  Es fácil, solo ponga su email cuando salga el pop-up pidiendo el email.  Asi yo podré enviarle, patrones, newsletters y puede ser eligible para rifas.  No hay costo es gratuito para la cuenta básica de miembros.

Video de YouTube:



Elf  Hat Pattern by Yolanda Soto-Lopez ©Yolanda Soto-Lopez 2014
Please do not share or sell this pattern or post on your site. Please do not scan and post to social media sites. Please post a link to my website where patterns can be downloaded.
You may post with a link to this page. You may sell any items made from this pattern just do not sell the pattern itself or claim it as your own. If you sell items made with this pattern please use your own photos. Do not use my photos.
YouTube Video Tutorial:
Medium Weight Yarn in 2 colors of your choice
J /10 6.0mm Crochet hook
Large jingle bell
Yarn needle

Infant- Size G Hook

Babies Size H hook

Toddler Size I hook. To crochet a beanie for women/teenagers a size J hook and a medium weight worsted yarn. For Men’s sizes you can use

a size K hook although I would probably use 2 strands of yarn. The pattern is the same for all sizes. Only the size of hook and weight of yarn changes.

1: To begin Magic Circle, ch 3, 4 dc into circle, pull shut, sl st into 3rd chain
Round 2: without chaining, 1 dc into each stitch (put stitch market into your 1st stitch) You will be working in rounds from now on.
Round 3: *2 dc, dc*, rep from * to * for entire round
Round 4: 1dc in ea stitch
Round 5: *2 dc, dc*, rep from * to * for entire round
Round 6: 1dc in ea stitch
Rnd 7: *2dc, 1 dc in next 5 st* rep from * to *
Rnd 8: *2dc, dc in next 3 st*, rep from * to *
Rnd 9: 1 dc in each stitch
Rnd 10: *2dc, 1 dc in next 4 st*, rep from * to *
Rnd 11: *2 dc, 1 dc in next 2 st*, rep from * to *
Rnd 12: 1 dc in ea st
Rnd 13: *2 dc, 1 dc in next 2 st*, rep from * to *
Rnd 14: *2dc, 1 dc in next 3 st* rep from * to *
Rnd 15-16: 1 dc in ea stitch
Rnd 17-19: *2dc, 1 dc in next 5 st*, rep from * to *
Rnd 20 – 23: 1 dc in ea stitch
Rnd 24 (Change color): ch 1, 1 sc in ea st
Rnd 25: (working in front loops only) 1 dc in each stitch
Rnd 25-28 : (working thru both loops of stitch) 1 dc in ea stitch, fasten off, sew in your tail
Ears: (optional)
Magic circle, ch 3, 10 dc, 2 tc, 10 dc, pull shut, sl st into 3rd ch
Rnd 2: ch 3, 1 dc into next 10 st, 2tc, 2tc, 1 dc into next 10 st, sl st into 3rd ch
Rnd 3: ch 1, 1 sc into next 12 st, ch 2, picot stitch, ch 1, 1 sc into next 12 st, sl st into 1st ch, fasten off.
Finishing off: Sew in all tails, Sew ears onto hat sides

Instrucciones en Español:
Gorro de Elfo – Patron por Yolanda Soto-Lopez ©Yolanda Soto-Lopez 2014
Por se permite vender este patron. Puede vender las prendas hechas con este patron pero no se permite vender el patron, use sus propias fotografias. No haga scan este patron para poner en redes sociales. Para compartir por favor solo ponga el link de mi pagina:
Lana de peso mediano en colores verde y rojo, Opcional en beige para los oidos
Gancho de crochet J/10 6.00m
Avuja para estambre
Instrucciones sera en negro para ingles y en rojo para español.

Bebes (6-9 meses) – Gancho G/ 6 4mm

Bebes (9 meses- 24 meses)) – Gancho H/8 4.5mm

Ninos – Gancho /9 5mm

Dama/adolescentes – Gancho J/10 6mm

Varon – Gancho K/10 1/2 6.5mm

Hilera 1: para empezar/ Hilera 1 : lupa/ circulo magica, 3 cadenas, 4 ptos altos (varetas), pto deslizado en 3er cadena

Hilera 2: (no haga cadena para empezar) jale la lana para y haga 1 pto alto en cada punto, (ponga su marca ptos en el 1er pto)
Hilera 3: *2 ptos altos (varetas) , 1 pto alto(vareta)*. repita de * a * por toda hilera
Hilera 4: 1 pto alto (vareta) en cada punto
Hilera 5: *2 ptos altos (varetas) , 1 pto alto(vareta)*. repita de * a * por toda hilera
Hilera 6: 1 pto alto (vareta) en cada punto
Hilera 7: *2 ptos Altos (vareta), 1 pto alto en siguiente 5 ptos*, rep de * a *
Hilera 8: *2 ptos altos, pto alto en siguiente 3 ptos*, repita de * a *
Hilera 9: 1 pto alto en cada pto
Hilera 10: *2 pto alto, 1 pto alto en siguiente 4 ptos*, repita de * a *
Hilera 11: *2 ptos altos, 1 pto alto en siguiente 2 ptos*, repita de * a *
Hilera 12: 1 pto alto en cada pto
Hilera 13: *2 ptos altos, 1 pto alto en siguiente 2 ptos*, repita de * a *
Hilera 14: *2 ptos altos, 1 pto alto en siguiente 3 ptos* repita de * a *
Hilera 15-16: 1 pto alto (vareta) en cada pto
Hilera 17-19: *2 ptos altos, 1 pto alto en siguiente 5 ptos* rep de * a *
Hilera 20-23: 1 pto alto en cada pto
Hilera 24 (cambie color): 1 ca, 1 pto bajo en cada pto
Hilera 25: (trabaje solo en la parte de frente de la cadena) 1 pto alto en cada pto
Hilera 25-28: (trabaje por las 2 lupas del pto) 1 pto alto en cada pto, corte su estambre, cosa la cola
Circulo/lupa magica, 3 cadenas, 10 ptos altos, 2 ptos triple, 10 ptos altos, jale para cerrar circulo, pto delizado en 3er cadena
Hilera 2: 3 ca, 1 pto alto en siguiente 10 pts, 2 pto triple, 2 ptos triples, 1 pto alto en siguiente 10 ptos, pto deslizado en 3er ca
Hilera 3: 1 cadena, 1 pto bajo en siguiente 12 ptos, 2 cadenas (1 punto picot), 1 ca, 1 pto bajo en siguiente 12 ptos, pto deslizado en 1er cadena, termine
Terminados: cosa todas sus colas, cosa los oidos en el lado del gorro y disfrutelo


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