Friday, November 30, 2012

Winter Bear Ornament or Applique

Winter Bear

Written by: Jaime DeVries of Jaime D. Designs
You can download this directly from Craftsy or Ravelry as well.
·         Worsted Weight yarn in 2 bear colors and in 2 hat/scarf colors. I used Red Heart Warm Honey, Buff, Aruba Sea, White
·         H and E hook
·         Embroidery thread
·         2 buttons
·         Yarn needle
Start with a magic circle. Do not join at the end of the rounds, use a stitch marker to keep your place.
Round 1: 6 sc in the circle. Pull tight. Do not join.
Round 2: 2HDC in each sc around (12).
Round 3: *HDC in next, 2HDC in next* repeat around. Do not finish off, continue on to the ears. (18)
SC in the next st, slst in the next 2. In the same stitch, Ch1, HDC, 3DC, HDC, slst.
Slst in the next 4. In the same stitch, Ch1, HDC, 3DC, HDC,  slst. Finish off, weave in the ends.

Ch 4, 2 SC in the 2nd ch from the hook. SC in next st. 3 SC in last. Working on other side of the ch, SC in the next 2. Slst to join. Leave a tail for sewing.
Ch. 18 in color A. Join in color B.
Sc in 2nd chain from the hook and each ch across. Switch to color A. CH 1, turn.
SC in each SC across. Continue working around the stripes. Put 1 SC in the end of the middle stripe and continue around to the first stripe. Slst in each loop of the chain to the end. Put 1 SC in the end of the middle stripe and slst to the first SC. Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing on to the bear. Weave in your ends. Move on to the tassels.
Cut 4 strands about 3 inches long of color A and 2 strands of color B. Attach them to the ends of the scarf.
Begin with a magic circle.
Round 1: Sc 6 in circle, do not join.
Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around.
Round 3-8: SC around. At the end of round 8, slst in next. Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing.
If you want a little poof on top, wrap some white yarn around 3 or 4 fingers about 6-8 times. Remove carefully from your fingers, cut another short piece, wrap it through the middle and tie a knot. Cut the loops.  Thread it through the top of the hat and knot on the inside.
Sew mouth piece at the bottom edge of it’s head.
Sew the scarf along the bottom of the head, sewing through both layers of the scarf, along the top edge of the scarf.
Slip the hat over one ear, sew  1 or2 rows up from the bottom of the hat, through both layers of the hat and through the ear.  When it is sewn on, roll the bottom of the hat up covering the sewing stitches.

Add on your button eyes.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday!

I am going to have some great deals for Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday!
Here are the links to the sale item that will be available 11.24-11.26.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Happy Birthday and a sale!

Crochet Knitting Cakes
Wouldn't this be an awesome cake?! Photo courtesy of Pink Cake Box.
November is always a special month for me! On November 1st, 2010, I started Jaime D. Designs after making 2 owl hats for my kids. I got such great feedback from my friends and family! Many of them urged me to sell them online. My mom taught me when I was much younger how to crochet, but at 12 years old and in 1999, it wasn't very popular and there weren't very many fun projects out there. I made a scarf, that I still have, and that was it. Then I saw a blog giveaway for patterns from Inner Hooker. I didn't win, but I bought her Owl pattern. After I made those first 2 owls, I was hooked. Haha, pun intended. :)

This was my first hat I made after picking it up again.

As many stay at home moms know, there is sometimes a feeling to contribute to the family financially. Of course you are already doing a very important job taking care of your child or children, but there is still that need to help provide for the family. There is also a need for a hobby. Something to do.
When I got so much great feedback, I decided this would be what I do to help my family financially and give me a hobby. Little did I know the journey it would take me on! An exciting journey too! Some ups and downs. And LOTS of lessons learned over time!

This is 1 of 3 hats I made for my first order.
My very first goal was to make enough money to be able to send my then 2 year old to preschool the following fall. I reached my goal very quickly!

Here we are 2 years later and going strong! The next long term goal is taking the family to Disney world in a few years.

There are a ton of people I would like to thank! First of all my family. They put up with a lot from me, especially my husband! I'd also like to thank my Mom for teaching me in the first place! There are also some great local ladies who have helped me tons! Angela at Angela Douglas Photography, Desiree from Seren Fach Boutique, Sharon from MomOnDealz, and Beth. There are also tons of crochet ladies I've met online, like Lizzie from Lizzie's Lovelies and Karen from DuncanCreative. There are so many more,but too many more to list!

Then I'd like to say a big thanks to all of my fans and customers! Without you I wouldn't be here at all! You guys have helped send both of my kids to preschool, paid for little league T-Ball, fun family outings, and many other things. It has been such a blessing working with all of you, many I have gotten to know very well!

To celebrate I am going to have a pattern sale on Ravelry for those of you that do crochet. Buy 1 get 1 free! Use the code Birthday2.
I'd also like to offer a sale for my fans who don't crochet. I'd like to offer 10% off to all new orders. Orders must be placed between 11/2/12- 11/9/12 to qualify for the discount. Email me at to place your order.

Thank you for sticking with me! Enjoy the photos below of some of the items I've made this past year.
Pattern by Snappy Tots
Pattern here.
Pattern here.

Pattern by Mamachee * Chochet makes me happy!

Pattern by Snappy Tots.

Pattern by Snappy Tots.

Pattern by Nerdigurumi.
Thank you again to Pink Box Cake for allowing me to use the photo of the knitting cake at the top. If you are in New Jersey, they look like a really awesome place to get a cake! If only they delivered to Virginia and made it crochet instead. :)

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