Handmade with Love – Downloadable tags

Handmade with Love

example-handmade-tagThe gift giving holiday season is fast approaching!  If you haven’t started your gift crocheting yet, you’d better get on it.  And to make it a little easier, I’d thought I’d share these adorable tags I stumbled upon.  Compliments of Craftsy.

What are you making this year?  Dishcloth set for the kids’ bus driver?  Pizza Potholder for your youngest child’s teacher?  How about a Piranha hat for Uncle Stan, the marine biologist?

Crochet by Darleen Hopkins on Ravelry, Buy 2 Get 1 Free!
(no coupon needed!

Free Pattern Friday – Mr. Gnome

Mr. Gnome or Santa or Wizard Crochet Pattern

Mr. Gnome Crochet by Darleen Hopkins Pattern

Mr. Gnome Crochet by Darleen Hopkins Pattern

I plan to either offer or promote a free pattern on the first Friday of every month.   (I’m a day late this month due to an internet outage yesterday-don’t get me started on Windstream!) Last month I posted the pattern for my Slouchy Football Hat.  This month, I’ve decided to offer a Ravelry coupon code for a free copy of my Mr. Gnome! 

Mr. Gnome is an adorable little gnome I originally designed for my oldest son.  He was gnome crazy last year so I came up with this little guy as a Christmas gift.  The really neat thing about this pattern is you can make him into a wizard, a Santa or anything else that has a pointy hat!   I used leftover worsted cotton yarn but really any yarn will work; thinner yarn will yield a smaller gnome, thicker yarn, a larger gnome.  I used an old sock stuffed with plastic beans so he’d stay level.

I’d love to see the finished gnomes!  If you are on Ravelry, link yours up to the pattern.   Also, I love to post completed projects on my Facebook page, Crochet by Darleen Hopkins.  Get yours while you can and check out what else I have in my shop.  Remember, all patterns and pattern collections/eBooks are buy 2, get 1 FREE.  No coupon needed, Ravelry will automatically deduct the lowest priced pattern from your purchase.  The coupon code is “GnomeGiveAway ” and it expires December 31st 2012 at midnight, EST.   Find it here Crochet by Darleen Hopkins on Ravelry.


Handmade Holidays-Winter Crochetvolution is a great place to start

If you are like me, and if you are reading this blog about crochet, it’s likely you are, you like to include handmade items in your holiday gift giving.  I’m always looking for something unique to make and to give.  It’s also nice to be able to gift something special that didn’t cost an arm and a leg.  One great place to start looking for gift pattern ideas is Crochetvolution (it’s FREE!).  This “new” eMag has been growing over the last 14 months; both in readership and in pattern offerings.  The latest issue, Winter 2012 is fantastic (yes,  I’m a little biased as I contributed an article and a pattern).  But I’m talking about the other fantastic patterns, beside mine.

There are too many patterns to highlight them all here, so you’ll just have to take a look yourself, but here a few of my favorites and the ones I hope to incorporate in my gift making this holiday season.

Mitten Bookmarks!  Adorable!!!! 

I’m making 4 sets of these to give as teacher gifts.   Best part, each one uses only about 5 yards of yarn!

Anastacia’s Textured Scarf is a unique twist on a warm winter scarf.  The yarn she chose for this project is gorgeous and works wonderfully with the pattern.

Sarah Jane’s Cowl is gorgeous too!  How can I choose which one to make???  And she has a fingerless mitt pattern to match  (see above), both can be made with just one skein of yarn, fantastic!

Last, but not least, my contribution to the issue, the Snowflake Ice Scraper Mitt.  The mitt part is made from a damaged wool sweater (instructions on felting here) and the snowflake can be made with just scrap yarn. Upcycle an old sweater and give a great gift!

This issue is jam-packed with fantastic gift giving ideas, from quick projects to larger ones for the very special individuals in your life.  Check it out, read the articles too and sign up to be on the mailing list (it’s FREE).