Galoshes for a rainy day!

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I meant to get this post written and published a couple of days ago, but it just didn’t happen. Now it seems rather serendipitous because if we were to go outside to day we would definitely need some rain boots! It is pouring rain, and our yard is turning into a soggy, wet mess. But that is ok since we don’t have to go anyplace. Instead, I get to sit here and share my newest crochet pattern with you all!

“My Little Galoshes” is a super cute crochet pattern for baby and toddler sized rain boots! Of course, these are not really meant for splashing about in puddles, but they would make a fun spring accessory for any little one to wear indoors. And if you crochet them in bright colors like I have, they will brighten even the rainiest of days!

This pattern is very quick to work up, taking most of my testers just two hours to complete the pair. I have included several tips and tricks as well as a couple of helpful video links to help you achieve great results. The pattern calls for DK weight yarn, but it would also work for worsted weight if you want slightly larger variations of each size. I think an adventurous beginner who has mastered the basics of sc, dc and hdc stitches would enjoy the challenge offered by the shaping on these boots. So don’t be afraid to jump in and get your feet wet! πŸ˜‰

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You can find the My Little Galoshes pattern PDF for sale in the following places:
Lemon Lane Organics on Etsy
My Ravelry pattern shop
My Craftsy pattern shop

P.S.–if you order this pattern through Ravelry or Etsy before April 7, 2014, you can use coupon code APRILSHOWERS to get a special introductory discount of $2 off! Sadly, Craftsy doesn’t support coupon codes at this time.

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Basic Newborn Bear Hat Pattern

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Ok, so y’all know I haven’t been knitting all that long, so this maybe is not the most original pattern ever. It is pretty much the basic formula for a knit newborn beanie, just with little crocheted bear ears added to the top. I am writing this here more for my own future reference than that I think it will add anything to the knitting world. πŸ˜‰ I am going to start offering this style of hat as a made to order item at Lemon Lane Organics, so I don’t want to forget what I did to create this adorable little hat. And now, you can make some, too!
Also, I knit a fairly tight gauge but forgot to measure the gauge on the prototypes before putting that in the pattern. Next time I make one I will add that information. Just know you may need to go down a needle size to get an average newborn size hat

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Basic Newborn Hat Knitting Pattern (with crocheted bear ears)

Materials: DK to light worsted weight yarn – less than 50 grams (I used O-Wool Balance)
US size 6/4.00mm knitting needles (either a long circular for magic loop or DPNs)
Crochet hook size E/4-3.50mm or F/5-3.75mm
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends and sewing on ears

Hat:
Cast on 64 stitches, using desired method. I like a long tail cast on for this. Join to work in the round, being careful not to twist work.

Work 6 rounds of K2P2 ribbing.

Work stockinette stitch for 3.75 to 4 inches.

Begin crown decreases as follows:
Knit 6, k2tog around.
Knit next round.
Knit 5, k2tog around.
Knit next round.
Knit 4, k2tog around.
Knit next round.
Knit 3, k2tog around.
Knit next round.
Knit 2, k2tog around.
Knit next round.
Knit 1, k2tog around
K2tog around.
Cut yarn and thread yarn tail through live stitches on the needles and cinch up to close the top of the hat. Weave in ends.

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Ears: make two
You want the ears to be a pretty tight fabric without big holes, so use whatever size hook you need to achieve that look.
Row 1: Ch 7, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 4 ch, 3 sc in last ch, turning to work along bottom of foundation ch, sc 5 along bottom of foundation ch, ch 1, turn.
Row 2: Sc in each st of row, ch 1, turn.
Row 3: Sc 5, 2 sc in next st, sc, 2 sc in next st, sc 5, ch 1, turn.
Row 4: Sc 7, 2 sc in next st, sc 7. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing onto hat. Stitch onto top of hat, placing as desired, and weave in ends. (I placed mine about 5-6 rounds from the top of the hat.)

If you want a little bigger ear, just sc evenly one more row before fastening off.

You could also make this hat larger by casting on more stitches in multiples of 4 (I think? I’m still not too good at this knitting math stuff!) and making the stockinette section longer before decreasing for the crown. Enjoy! πŸ™‚

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The Little Prince

Seems I took an unintentional vacation from blogging for the last month! Sorry about that! Summer has been busy around here, but in a good way. We’ve been having lots of fun camping, visiting family, playing the backyard and the kiddie pool….all the stuff that you are supposed to do in the summer!

I have been making a lot of new items for Lemon Lane Organics, too, but I was getting sort of bored with making the same old patterns over and over. Finally, after hours of browsing patterns and tinkering with different ideas, inspiration struck! Crowns! Baby crowns, toddler crowns, maybe even a crown for the grown ups… I have noticed that people are using these itty bitty crowns for newborn photos, and they look oh-so-darling! But who says the bigger kiddos can’t join in on the fun?! Why, here is my dashing little prince in his royal robe…
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I have had such fun coming up with this simple crown design that I will be working up a pattern with sizes from newborn on up to adult in the next week. Then you crocheters out there can make something fancy for the little fairy princess or charming prince in your life! And if you don’t crochet, no worries… Because I am listing finished crowns in my shop right now! See?

Silver for the newborn prince…

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And coral for a baby princess…

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Have a royally wonderful day, my friends!

UPDATE: The Little Prince (or Princess) crown crochet pattern is now published and available for instant download on Etsy or Ravelry! πŸ™‚

The House of Bee Mascot Projects

I’m back for Day 2 of Knitting and Crochet Blog Week! Yay! I will admit my post yesterday was not quite on theme, although I did touch on what “house” I think I belong to. So today I will try to write more on topic. Day 2 is all about a project that represents the house you’ve chosen–a sort of mascot project, if you will.

When I think of the busy little bees flitting around outside in our yard, I remember how they are always going from flower to flower, quickly buzzing from one place to the next always on the lookout for another tasty bit of nectar. That is like me in that I am always on the lookout for a new and interesting pattern to try. But I don’t like big, time consuming projects as much as small ones that can be taken with me on the go and finished in a few days. But I also like practical projects that I know will be useful, which sometimes means doing larger projects, too. And I enjoy projects that keep my attention with new stitches, colors and techniques. Here are a couple of knitting patterns that embody all of those characteristics.

Sampler Socks by Yuliya Sullivan

20130423-084051.jpgI have to say that these socks look very fun, although maybe a bit challenging for a newer knitter like me. I haven’t tried knitting socks yet, but I plan on it one of these days!

Sampler Pillow by Abigail Turner

20130423-084514.jpg Another fun looking sampler project I found is this pretty sample pillow. I like this for its practicality as well as the challenge of learning new stitches and techniques! Plus, the color combination possibilities are endless! You could make it in colors to coordinate pretty much any decor, and I would love to try this pattern sometime for a throw pillow for my bedroom!

Of course, my ultimate busy bee instant gratification projects are always baby things….hats, booties, and the like. And where do I start when I want a new baby project to work on? Ravelry pattern searches, of course! πŸ™‚

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For more posts from other bloggers on Knitting and Crochet Week Day 1, simply type 4KCBWDAY2 in your favorite search engine! You are sure to come up with all sorts of crafty blog fun!

New patterns coming soon!

Down here on Lemon Lane I’ve been busy testing some new patterns, one of my own and one from another talented designer! It has been fun to get to try out someone else’s design and give feedback, and it is always beneficial for me to get feedback and editing on my own patterns!

Here is a pic of the little leg warmers I am having tested right now…

And here are the adorable Snuggly Baby Boots I just finished testing for Rebecca of PatternMa on Etsy!

Both patterns are still being edited, but I will be sure to come back and update with links when they become available!

Update: My crochet leg warmer pattern is now available for purchase on
Etsy and Ravelry!

ETA: Rebecca has just released the pattern for the ugg-inspired baby boots in her Etsy shop and on Ravelry.

New Pattern Release!

I am excited to announce here on the blog the release of my newest pattern, the Cocoa Bean Beret! I actually meant to do this a while ago, but got interrupted somehow (I’m sure it had nothing to do with having a toddler in the house!) and never came back to finish my post. Anyway, this pattern is my first hat pattern for sale, so it is sort of a big deal to me! I love the look a little beret on a baby, so I new after making a couple of these that I had to write out the pattern. The tricky part was getting the math right for all the different sizes, but I had some amazingly helpful testers over at Ravelry who gave me some great feedback. It took longer to get everything just “so” than it has for my other patterns, so I really feel that this pattern was something of a labor of love! Now that it is all finished and published, I can say I am truly happy with the results.

You won’t find very many baby beret crochet patterns out there that are as simple and sweet as this one, if I do say so myself! πŸ™‚ It is easy enough for a beginning crocheter, as long as you are willing to learn front and back post stitches (and once you do, you won’t be sorry!) Most of my testers reported that they were able to work up the hat in a matter of hours, so if you need a quick project, this is the one for you!

Most of my testers worked this up with medium worsted weight yarn, but I do recommend a lighter worsted for the best results. I used Caron Simply Soft for most of my test hats, which is more of a DK weight in reality (even though it is labelled as worsted weight.) Gauge is very important if you want to get the correct sizing, since this is not a beanie-style hat. You can go down a hook size if you are using a thicker yarn, but I think this would produce a stiffer hat…which may be fine if that is the look you want. I just prefer the “floppier” appearance of the lighter yarn. πŸ™‚

I do hope you will stop by either Lemon Lane Designs on Etsy or my Ravelry Pattern Store and order your copy of the Cocoa Bean Beret! Happy stitching!

New This Week!

I’ve been spending alot of time working on my Etsy shop this week, and along with retaking some photos, I also listed a couple of new items! They are just in time for cooler weather, too! These two new scarves were crocheted (by me, of course) using my Greensleeves Crochet Scarf pattern. They are super soft, super long, and super stylish! And the best part is that even though they are brand new items, they are starting at 50% OFF full price as part of my “Make Way for Baby” Clearance Sale!

Blue Skies Crocheted Scarf

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Cranberry Fields Crocheted Scarf

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I do hope you will stop by the shop and see what else is new. Once the baby arrives, I will put the shop on vacation for a little while so that we can really focus on enjoying our “babymoon.” But when I come back, I’m hoping to make some changes to my product line and general shop appearance. So if there is something you think you might want to buy, hurry on over and snatch it up while you still can! πŸ˜‰