Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Bunny & Fox Bonnets & Stuffy Pattern Releases!

I have received so many comments about the Teddy Bear Set, I mean seriously, it is so cute!


I had to create some more with and the requests came from all of you. I am excited to show you the Bunny & Fox Sets. They have been shipped off to be photographed so you will see they are just as darling soon. 


 

Both of these crochet pattern comes with complete instructions for this adorable Stuffy and matching Bonnet. The completed bunny stuffy is about 8" tall, from ear tips to bottom of feet.
The completed fox stuffy is about 7" tall. 

The Bunny Bonnet is a simple design with a ridged/cable effect that frames the face, this adds just a touch of character and strength to help hold the ears up on the bonnet. The ears are flexible and can stand straight up or with a simple fold they can bend downwards. The bonnet comes in sizes from newborn up to child. 

The Fox bonnet is also a simple design but has a criss cross design that begins about a third of the way back from the front of the bonnet. The criss crosses are only for character and add a lot of it! The bonnet comes in sizes from newborn up to child.

This is a lovely set for any Mom to be, 
any child for Easter, 
a first Birthday (or any birthday for that matter),
or other special occasion. 

Grab your copy for the Bunny Set on:
 Ravelry / Etsy / Craftsy

Grab your copy of the Fox Set on:
Ravelry / Etsy / Craftsy

 

Coming soon will be options to get all 3 Sets, Teddy Bear, Bunny and Fox at a discounted price (bonnet & stuffy). Make sure you have signed up for email updates (in the right column of my blog) and also follow on facebook for announcements, sales and crochet fun. 

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Free Mustache Cowl Crochet Pattern

A Cute, Fun, Unique, Sure to Make You SMILE Cowl!
The mustache cowl is all those wonderful things and is a free pattern to you from 


This fun cowl is quick to make and would be fun in any colors. I personally like the vibrant and bright colors for the dreary days of winter. I mean seriously, we haven't seen sunshine for almost 3 weeks. I needed something bright and colorful to work on!

Save this pattern in your Ravelry Account for easy access.

For the cowl, it is a very basic crochet pattern and can easily be adjusted for any size. I made the child size but alternative stitch counts in parenthesis would be for an adult size. 


For your gauge check use Hook K = 9 rows and 12 hdc = 4 inches square

Using Worsted Weight Yarn and Crochet Hook K (6.5 mm)
Work 65 (80) foundationless hdc, join in first hdc making sure not to twist, this will form a ring (tutorial here-also know as a foundation hdc- I know that doesn't make much sense)
Row 2-18 (24): Ch 2, hdc in each st around, join, after last row is completed,
Fasten off and bury all ends, You will need to also sew/join the bottom of the first and last hdc from the foundation row.

Laying flat the completed measurements for the cowl are:
Child Size = 11 inches wide X 8 inches high
Adult Size = 15 inches wide X 10 1/2 inches high


For the Mustache I used the pattern by Tutus & Tea Parties. Again I used worsted weight yarn but used a crochet hook K (6.5 mm) instead of what was recommended. The pattern is very easy to follow and works up quick. 

I sewed on the mustache to the cowl so that the top of the mustache was just below the 3rd row from the top (the mustache curl tips was about 1 1/2 rows from the top). 

Look how cute and easy they turned out. This pattern is sure to be a hit for whoever receives the finished cowl and will turn heads and make all who see it smile! 

I hope you enjoyed the pattern and decide to follow Sweet Potato 3 Patterns on facebook for patterns, tutorials and lots of crochet fun! 

Labeling your Crochet Goods + SALE on Lables

It's a new year and I know we are all taking the time to improve our craft businesses. 
Last year I started adding labels to my crochet goods. I spent a lot of time researching the best way to accomplish this and shared it with all of you in a blog post. It is still one of my most popular posts where I generate the most comments and questions. 

I was recently contacted by Melody, from Mad Mad Graphics on Etsy, where I ordered my labels. She was so thankful for the tutorial I shared that she wants to offer everyone a 15% off coupon code that will be good for 3 months!!! Just place an order and use code "MYSWEETPOTATO3", this code will expire April 30, 2015. 
And for your convienence I have copied the original tutorial below. 
Have fun creating your labels and bringing your crafting goods up to the next level. 

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I started selling crochet hats over 3 1/2 years ago and didn't expect it to really take off so I just made them and sold them. Well, to my surprise, today I am still selling and love creating them and am honored and excited every time someone orders one. 

Now that I am confident my business will continue to grow (plus the fact that I just signed on to sell at a local shop) I started looking into ways to be and look more professional. I decided the first step would be adding labels to my hats and other crochet items. I tried communicating with multiple shops and wasn't getting anywhere. Turn around time was a minimum 3-4 weeks and I had a hard time just getting in contact with the owners.

I turned to my facebook page and asked for recommendations. I started sending out inquiries. The first to reply was Melody from Mad Mad Graphics. Melody answered all my questions, was informative and had a very quick turn around (and I didn't even tell her I was in a rush). She collected my information. I placed my order Thursday evening. Melody then shipped my order Friday, yes I said Friday!!! I received my labels from Mad Mad Graphics on Monday. The labels were just like the proof she sent me, very clear and high quality. I would highly recommend ordering your labels from Mad Mad Graphics and make sure to tell Melody that I recommended her. Make sure to follow her Mad Qeen Mother facebook page as well!

Many of my facebook fans have inquired about adding labels as well, here is a step by step guide to how I used the labels. It also shows how easy it really is: 
 The labels arrived within days of my order. I am still amazed at how quick Melody was at corresponding, designing, printing and shipping my labels. I had these labels in my mailbox within 4 days of my first message to her. Not that is 5 star service!
To quickly cute the tags out I used my rotary cutter. This step only took about 5 minutes because there are markings on the fabric that shows you were to cut or align your cutting guide. I only cute them long ways, then turned to the scissors. 
I cut the short edges of the labels by hand. This was also very quick but now my labels are cut and stored right next to my sewing machine and ready to add to any item I make.
UPDATE: the labels I ordered are 3/4" wide X 1 1/2" high
When you are ready to sew them onto your hat just fold them in half. I ran my finger nails along the seam to help reinforce it. There is a paper backing that you need to take off before you sew so make sure to peel that off (I peeled it off after I folded them in half).  
 Now was the big moment. Sewing the labels to your hats. This was a bit trickier than I thought it would, you may want to practice on a couple crochet items before you go to the real thing. My first attempt I didn't get the back of the label, but once I realized this I just remembered to double check before I began to sew.
*Note: some of my hats are made in a bulky yarn and do not fit through the sewing machine, I was able to hand sew the labels on just fine. This is an option for those that do not have a sewing machine.
Look how nice and professional my hats look now. I am so excited to bring these hats to a local shop and start selling them. With any luck I would love to run into someone proudly wearing a My Sweet Potato 3 hat in downtown this fall or winter. 

Monday, February 2, 2015

Triangle Twist Newborn Bowl - Pattern Release

A beautiful and delicate newborn prop! 
The Triangle Twist Newborn Nesting Bowl is just what you have been looking for. By using a unique Triangle Twist Stitch (explained with photo's within the pattern) you create an open stitch that tiny fingers and toes can poke out of. 


Grab your copy of this beautiful pattern on:

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Soccer Ball Crochet Hat Pattern



When I started selling crochet hats back in 2011 I had a custom request for a soccer ball hat. I searched high and low for a pattern. The only request was for it to not be a plain white hat with black shapes sewn on. I was having to luck! 

So I grabbed my hooks, yarn and my sons soccer ball. I was determined to figure something out. My first hat probably took close to 12 hours to figure out-I came really close to giving up. But the picture above is proof that it turned out and was a hit!

I listed that hat and sold 2 the first day. The even more exciting part was that I also received 3 messages from other crocheters asking where I got the pattern. Once I said I had made it up, they all requested to purchase it. The thought of selling patterns had not crossed my mind. 

Well, it took awhile to decipher my notes, decide on a layout and have a few friends test the pattern for me. It was such a success I even branched out and started an entire pattern designing business. 

Thank you  for all your support over the last 3 1/2 years. I have reviewed and updated this pattern and it is ready for all of you. It comes in sizes from newborn up to child. It also includes options to add a brim or earflaps (see images below). 

I am releasing it for $2 (on Craftsy & Ravelry) through Tuesday February 3, 2015. 

Grab your copy today on Etsy / Craftsy / Ravelry





Monday, January 26, 2015

Robot Love Crochet Hat Pattern

In need of something cute for Valentine's Day?
How about for a little boy-I mean seriously-everything is for those little girls!
Check out the Robot Love Crochet Hat Pattern.

 

The Robot Love Hat is so cute for Valentine's Day! Make it in the bold blue (as shown) and it is ideal for those boys during a more girl focused holiday. But, don't get me wrong, this has is darling in pink and other more girly colors too, just check out the pattern tests that will be posted on facebook.

Grab your copy of the pattern today, it will be nearly 50% off in my Ravelry & Craftsy shops through Friday January  30, 2015. Also available on Etsy