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2022 Year in Review

year in review

It has been a wonderful year full of changes, challenges, and growth. On a personal note, we moved to another new city – Laredo, Texas. The physical part of moving is hard, but I always enjoy the adventure of a new place. We have pretty much settled in, but I am still searching for a stitching group. Looks like I may have to start one on my own.

Professionally, my blog and social media accounts continue to grow, and I have been blessed with some awesome customers. I achieved one of my 2022 goals when I published my 300th pattern, but I fell short of my goal of 1000 followers on YouTube. That will be one of my goals for 2023!

So here’s a recap of all the freebies that were posted on the blog in 2022. Maybe you’ll find something you missed during the year!

Free Amigurumi Patterns

turkey crochet
Scared Turkey
la llorona puppet
La Llorona Puppet
astronaut dolls
Astronaut Cuddler
Triceratops Baby

 

 

 

 

 

Miss Tulip Amigurumi Crochet Pattern
Miss Tulip Amigurumi
red panda lovey
Red Panda Lovey
Valentine bat
Valentine Bat

 

 

 

 

 

Wearable Crochet Patterns

denim dreams pocket shawl
Denim Dreams Pocket Shawl
Penguin Ski Mask
Quail Ski Hat Crochet Pattern
Quail Ski Hat

Crochet for the Home

black cat potholder
Black Cat Potholder
Ice Cream Cone Pillow
Ice Cream Cone Pillow
armadillo
Armadillo Tissue Cover
rocket nap buddy
Rocket Nap Buddy

 

 

 

 

 

ice pop holder
Ice Pop Holders
sunflower granny square
Sunflower Granny Square
Texas Flag Potholder

Crochet for Pets

pumpkin spice dog toy
Pumpkin Spice Dog Toy
lion dog toy
Lion Dog Toy

Christmas Crochet Patterns

polar bear gift bag
Polar Bear Gift Bag
gnome ornament
Skinny Gnome Ornament
penguin butt ornament
Penguin Butt Ornament
polar bear butt ornament
Polar Bear Butt Ornament
reindeer butt ornament
Reindeer Butt Ornament
Penguin Gift Bag
horse butt ornament
Horse Butt Ornament
pug ornament
Pug Ornament

Gift Tags

 

Free Gift Tags to Download

Activity Pages

penguin dot to dot
Penguin Dot-to-Dot
great day coloring page
Adult Coloring Pages
I love the beach
Beach Coloring Page
happy spring coloring page
Happy Spring Coloring Page

 

 

 

 

 

president's day activity sheet
President’s Day Activity
Happy New Year

YouTube Tutorials

lemon peel stitch
Lemon Peel Stitch
steer skull ornament
Steer Skull Ornament
add bells to crochet
How to Add Bells into Crochet
sew zipper into crochet
How to sew a zipper into crochet

 

 

 

 

 

granny square
Granny Squares
how to join granny squares
Join Granny Squares
granny square border
Granny Square Border
alternative turning chain
Alternative Turning Chain for Double Crochet

 

 

 

 

 

nosegay crochet pattern
Nosegay
Crab Stitch
sunflower kitchen boa
Sunflower Kitchen Boa

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Polar Bear Gift Bag Crochet Pattern

Are you ready for another Christmas gift bag pattern? Each year I make these small gift bags for my husband’s coworkers and fill them with candy for him to give out at the office. This year I just couldn’t resist creating a new design – polar bear gift bag. I hope you enjoy making it as much as I did.

Materials:
Small amounts of worsted yarn – white and red
A few yards of white Pipsqueak yarn
Crochet hook size H
12-mm safety nose
18-mm wiggly eyes
1” white pompom

Finished bag measures approximately 4” tall by 3” wide (not including ears).

Directions:
Rnd 1: With white yarn, ch 2. Sc 6 in second ch from hook. Do not join.
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc (12 sc).
Rnd 3: *1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc,* repeat around (18 sc).
Rnd 4: *1 sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc,* repeat around (24 sc).
Rnd 5: *1 sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc,* repeat around (30 sc).
Rnd 6: *1 sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc,* repeat around (36 sc).
Rnd 7: *1 sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc,* repeat around (42 sc).
Rnds 8-16: Sc in each st.
Rnd 17: *Dec, sc in next 5 sc,* repeat around (36 sc).
Rnd 18: *Dec, sc in next 4 sc,* repeat around (30 sc).
Rnd 19:*Dec, sc in next 3 sc,* repeat around (24 sc).
Rnd 20: *Sc, ch 1, skip 1 sc,* repeat around. Join with sl st. Fasten off.
Drawstring: Using white yarn, make a chain 12″ long and knot both ends. Pull through loops made in Rnd 20.
SNOUT:
Rnd 1: With white yarn, ch 2. Sc 6 in second ch from hook. Do not join.
Rnd 2: *1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc,* repeat around (9 sc).
Rnd 3: *1 sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc,* repeat around (12 sc).
Rnd 4: *1 sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc,* repeat around (15 sc).
Rnd 5: *1 sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc,* repeat around (18 sc).
Rnd 6: Sc in each st. Join with sl st. Fasten off white leaving 9” length for sewing.
Insert safety nose in tip of snout. Stuff snout and sew to face at Rnds 6-11.
EARS: (Make 2)
With white yarn, ch 5. Sc in 2nd ch from hook and next 2 ch, 3 sc in last ch. Working on opposite side of chain, sc in each of next 3 ch.
Fasten off and make another piece the same.
Holding both pieces together, sc through both pieces. Sc in each of 1st 4 sc, 3 sc in next sc, sc in each of next 4 sc. Fasten off leaving length for sewing. Sew an ear to each side of head at Rnds 12-15. Weave in all ends.
Santa Hat:
Rnd 1: With red yarn, ch 2. Sc 3 in second ch from hook. Do not join.
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc (6 sc).
Rnd 3: Sc in each st.
Rnd 4: *1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc,* repeat around (9 sc).
Rnd 5: Sc in each st.
Rnd 6: *1 sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc,* repeat around (12 sc).
Rnd 7: Sc in each st.
Rnd 8: *1 sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc,* repeat around (18 sc).
Rnd 9: Sc in each st.
Rnd 10: *1 sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc,* repeat around (24 sc).
Rnd 11: Sc in each st. Join. Fasten off red.
Rnd 12: Turn to wrong side. Attach white eyelash or Pipsqueak yarn and work 1 sc in each st.
Rnd 13: Sc in each st. Join with sl st. Fasten off white. Weave in all ends. Sew white pompom to top of hat.
If you don’t have either of these yarns, you can use white worsted yarn and loop st around.
Cut a piece of red yarn about 6” long. Fold and thread through Rnd 11 of hat. Attach to Rnd 18 of head and tie to secure hat to polar bear.
Glue on(or sew on) eyes above snout.

PDF Download: Polar Bear Gift Bag Crochet Pattern

More Christmas Crochet Patterns

Christmas Patterns

 

Free Christmas Patterns

 

ICYMI (In Case You Missed It)

gnome ornament

 

Skinny Gnome Ornament Crochet Pattern

 

 

 

Penguin Treasure Map

Click on each photo on the PDF of the Treasure Map to find 8 more penguins.

 

 

polar bear butt ornament

 

Polar Bear Butt Ornament Crochet Pattern

 

 

reindeer butt ornament

 

Reindeer Butt Ornament Crochet Pattern

 

 

Christmas gift tag

 

Christmas Gift Tags

 

 

 

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Skinny Gnome Ornament Crochet Pattern

gnome ornament

Gnomes have been depicted in literature as far back as 1566 in A Book on Nymphs, Sylphs, Pygmies, and Salamanders, and on the Other Spirits by Paracelsus. They are said to guard the precious stones and minerals of the earth and can move through the soil as easily as humans move through air. Sometimes they are depicted as small, intelligent, and helpful to humans. Other stories show them as hot-tempered and combatant. J.R.R. Tolkein’s gnomes are tall and beautiful, but all authors seemed to agree that gnomes are immortal.  In L. Frank Baum’s book The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, gnomes created the sleigh bells for Santa Claus‘ reindeer. Maybe that explains why Christmas Gnomes have become so popular over the last few years.

Crochet some skinny gnome decorations for your Christmas tree. Make a few to liven up your gift wrapping. Finished size is approximately 5″ tall x 1.5″ wide, and instructions are included to lengthen the ornament if you would prefer. Each ornament takes just a few yards of worsted and eyelash yarn, so they’re a great stash buster or bazaar item.

Materials:

Worsted weight yarn

6 yards MC

4 yards CC

Eyelash yarn 4 yards

Crochet hook size G (4.0 mm)

Yarn needle

½” pompom

10” silver or gold ribbon

Small amount of stuffing

Directions:

Rnd 1: With MC, ch 2 (or magic circle), 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Do not join. Work in continuous rnds throughout unless otherwise specified.

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st (12 sc).

Rnds 3-10: Sc in each st. Join with sl st at end of Rnd 10. Fasten off MC. Stuff. (If a taller ornament is desired, add extra rnds here.)

Rnd 11: Attach eyelash yarn, sc in each st. Do not join.

Rnds 12-15: Sc in each st. Join with sl st at end of Rnd 15. Fasten off eyelash. Stuff.

Rnd 16: Attach CC yarn, sc in each st. Do not join.

Rnd 17: Sc in each st.

Rnd 18: *Sc in next 2 sts, dec over next 2 sts,* repeat twice (9 sc).

Rnds 19-20: Sc in each st. Stuff.

Rnd 21: *Sc in next st, dec over next 2 sts,* repeat twice (6 sc).

Rnds 22-23: Sc in each st.

Rnd 24: *Sc in next st, dec over next 2 sts,* repeat once (4 sc). Fasten off CC leaving 6” length. Close with ultimate finish.

Sew or glue pompom in middle of eyelash rnds. Fold ribbon in half and insert through st at top of hat. Pull through and tie ends in a knot.

PDF Download:  Skinny Gnome Ornament Crochet Pattern

More Christmas Crochet Patterns

Christmas Patterns

 

Free Christmas Patterns

Ring in the New Year Facebook Hop

 

Today’s featured designer is Siglinde with Foxy Design By SVM.

Head over to Crochet Designer Community on Facebook to get your coupon code.

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ICYMI (In Case You Missed It)

 

Penguin Treasure Map

Click on each photo on the PDF of the Treasure Map to find 8 more penguins.

 

 

polar bear butt ornament

 

Polar Bear Butt Ornament Crochet Pattern

 

 

reindeer butt ornament

 

Reindeer Butt Ornament Crochet Pattern

 

 

Christmas gift tag

 

Christmas Gift Tags

 

 

 

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White Elephant Exchange Gift Tag

white elephant gift tag

Are you doing a white elephant gift exchange this year? Our family does it every year, and we have so much fun with it.

  1. Invite your guests and tell them to bring a wrapped white elephant gift. Be sure to set a dollar amount limit so that everyone’s gift is the same in value. Often these are gag gifts. (Our family doesn’t allow liquor bottles or gift cards; that’s too easy!)
  2. Each gift should be wrapped. No name tag is needed on the gift, because you don’t yet know who will get it.
  3. Have a designated place for the guests to place their white elephant gifts as they arrive.
  4. Once you know how many gifts/guests there are, write numbers (For example, 1-15 if there are 15 guests) on individual slips of paper. Place each number in a bowl.
  5. Each person draws a number from the bowl.
  6. The player with number 1 gets to choose the first gift. They unwrap the gift in front of everyone.
  7. The player with number 2 goes next. They can either choose the gift player #1 unwrapped or choose a wrapped gift.
  8. If they choose player #1’s gift, player #1 gets to choose a new gift.
  9. The unwrapping and stealing continue until every gift has been claimed.
  10. Designate the number of times a gift can be stolen, usually 2-3 times.

white elephant gift tag

Although gift tags on the gifts are not required, I have a cute White Elephant Gift Tag for you to download if you want to make your white elephant wrapping extra special.

White Elephant Gift Tag

 

 

 

 

gift tags to download

More Gift Tags to Download

 

 

Beer Mug Earflap Hat Crochet Pattern (Women's and Men's Sizes)

 

A couple of years ago, I made a Beer Mug Hat for the family white elephant gift exchange, and it turned out to be the gift that everyone wanted! Today only you can get the Beer Mug Hat Pattern for only $2.00 in the Ring in the New Year Facebook Hop.

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Hidden Treasures Blog Hop

 

  • 12 Beautiful Holiday Themed Crochet Patterns
  • + 12 HIDDEN TREASURES! (Special EXCLUSIVE Bonus’ from each Designer)
  • Hunt for the Treasure Chest Inside the Bundle and find Hidden Treasures!
It’s the last day of the blog hop, but you can still purchase the bundle here:
Each designer has buried a treasure within the FREE Pattern, and more treasures will be found on the feature day of the hop. Wherever you see this treasure chestclick it to discover what you’ve won!

fair isle beanie

 

Today’s hidden treasure is this gorgeous Fair Isle Beanie from Stardust Gold Crochet. 

You’ll definitely want to make some of these for Christmas gifts.

12 Days of Discounts

12 days of discounts

Each designer in this event will be offering discounts on their patterns for all of you!

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Today is the last day to grab all 12 of these amazing discounts.

 

 

 

 

Today’s featured designer is Juniper & Oaks – this gorgeous Wall Hanging Bundle for only $9.00.

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*All deals will begin on the designer’s featured day and run until at least December 12th. Please read all details pertaining to these discounts on their individual feature pages. If you have any issues, please contact the designer directly.

 

Remaining Paperback Books are 50% off through 12/15/2022

Do Unicorns Live Forever?
Do Unicorns Live Forever?
advent calendar
Advent Calendar Crochet Patterns
Elephant in the House Crochet Patterns Ebook - 14 Elephant Crochet Patterns
Elephant in the House Crochet Patterns
Crochet - Texas Style Crochet Patterns Ebook
Crochet – Texas Style Crochet Patterns 

National Gingerbread House Day

Gingerbread House Ornament Crochet Pattern
gingerbread house gift bag
Gingerbread House Gift Bag Crochet Pattern

ICYMI (In Case You Missed It)

 

Penguin Treasure Map

Click on each photo on the PDF of the Treasure Map to find 8 more penguins.

 

 

polar bear butt ornament

 

Polar Bear Butt Ornament Crochet Pattern

 

 

reindeer butt ornament

 

Reindeer Butt Ornament Crochet Pattern

 

 

Christmas gift tag

 

Christmas Gift Tags

 

 

 

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