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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Top 10 Crochet Pattern Posts of 2014

Top 10 of the most popular free pattern posts of 2014. 



1. Sunset Slouch 
(top pattern 3 years in a row) 



(a unique cowl)

(My Personal Favorite and it's part of a matching set) 


(My 1st paid pattern now free) 


(full of color) 


(learn Tunisian) 


(uses my favorite yarn)


(a "Love-ly" Stitch) 

(Quick and Warm)


(for your pet) 

Thanks for visiting the blog this year! I'm excited to design more pattern for free in 2015! 
Happy New Year! 

Friday, December 26, 2014

End of the Season Sale

Can you believe 2014 is almost over? Time flies by when your having fun! This year was full of lots of big changes for me and my business and looking back I wouldn't change a thing. I'm excited for the new year. New designs, new directions, and more blogging! 

Before the year ends I think It's time for one more big sale for 2014! 


All Patterns in Ravelry are 75% off! 
That's $1.50 or less each! 

Just use the code:
HAPPYNEWYEAR

When does this sale end? 
Well that is up to you! 

Can be honest I'm still working on some major medical bills we got this summer.  I realllllllly need to pay them off. Lets just say if 1/2 of my Facebook fans bought one pattern it would lift a huge burden off my family.  So these patterns will be on sale until I reach a goal. It may be a couple days or it could take up through the rest of the year. So for now The sale will stay live through the end of the 2014 unless I reach my personal goal of sales! 

PS. Don't forget I have 11 Pattern retiring at the end of the year. They will be filed away. Some will get major changes and others will be gone for good. They will not disappear from your Raverly Libraries. Don't worry! They will be in raverly forever just not purchasable again to new buyers. 
You can find those listed here

Thank you so much for being a part of Calleigh's Clips and Crochet Creations in 2014!! 

HAPPY NEW YEAR! 





Monday, December 22, 2014

Winter Berry Cowl - Free Crochet Pattern

I was so excited when I was asked to design a crochet pattern for the Stitch & Unwind Blog. They just ask for design for Winter! I was on a cowl kick and wanted something lacey and soft. I was drawn to some lovely pale winter shades of purple. I think the cowl came out gorgeous and I know you'll love it too!

Winter Berry Scarf


You can find the pattern on the Stitch and Unwind Blog 

I hope you love this as much as I enjoyed designing it! 

You can also find more of my free pattern via All Free Crochet 

--HERE--



Friday, December 19, 2014

Meet Lucy and New Decorative Christmas Headpiece

So my hubby texts me a picture of a dog yesterday - "found this adorable little dog running around in the street by the gas station across town" No tags or collar. The gas station said she'd been around for days.  (I'm thinking oh no we can't have a dog, we aren't supposed to in the rent house we have.) 
My hubby is a sucker for rescuing dogs. 


We had tried the whole dog thing before but mainly larger dogs and I just didn't have time to properly train puppies or they didn't work out with the kids and such. We've re-homed two dogs when we had to move suddenly about a year and half ago. I said I would never do a dog again and thought sorry dear this isn't happening. Meanwhile he called our landlord and he said "well if she's small I think it will be okay!" and thus we have a new puppy! 


I wasn't too excited about it but then I met her and I've fallen in love already! Got her all cleaned up and spent the rest of the evening with her. She is so quiet and sweet. I've yet to hear her bark. She loves the kids. Is going potty likes she's supposed to and she snuggled with us all night long. We still need to get her to the vet for a check up and see if she might be chipped.

We didn't want to go with a Christmas type name for her and it took us a long time to decide but we went with Lucy. My son loves Legos and the latest Lego movie with Emmet and Wildstyle. Wildstyles' real name was Lucy so that's where it came from LOL. 


Now if you know anything about me you know my mom is a crochet designer for dogs-
She is super jealous because she secretly wanting a little Black Chihuahua. I'm pretty sure that's what this little darling is. 
I told her she can't steal my new doggie and she would love her because Lucy didn't mind modeling a little hat I made her. 

I hope you enjoy this pattern. It's basically the same as my 
Decorative Pumpkin Headpiece base with color changes and a little ball on top! 


Decorative Christmas Headpiece  

Don't for get to save this in Raverly or Pin it for later! 





Sized for 2-3 inches between the ears and about 10-12 inches around the head

F - Hook 3.75
Worsted Weight Yarn of choice - Red and White

Notes:
*Chain stitch does not count in stitch count!
*The number at the end of each row is the stitch count for the row (#).

Terms and Stitches: 
*R - row or round
*ch - chain
*sc - single crochet
*sl st - slip stitch
*st - stitch

Starting with Red
R1: Ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from the hook, join with sl st to 1st sc (6) 
R2: Ch 1, 2 sc in each st around, join with sl st to 1st sc (12)
R3: Ch 1, *(2 sc, sc) repeat from * around, join with sl st to 1st sc (18)
R4: Ch 1, *(2 sc, sc 2) repeat from * around, join with sl st to 1st sc (24)
R5: Ch 1, *(2 sc, sc 3) repeat from * around, join with sl st to 1st sc (30)

Switch to White, Fasten off Red
R6: Ch 1, *(2 sc, sc 4) repeat from * around, join with sl st to 1st sc (36) 

Notes: 
Piece should measure approx 2 1/2 inches across.
R 7&8 will form the ear holes and ties

R7: Ch 24, sk 6 sts, sl st in next st, sc in next 11 sts, sl st in next st, ch 24, 
sk 6 sts, sl st in next st, sc in remaining st to beginning ch-24, DO NOT JOIN

R8: sc in next 12 chs, ch 46, sl st in 2nd ch from the hook and next 45 chs, sc in next 12 chs, 
sl st in next 12 sts, sc in next 12 chs, ch 46, sl st in 2nd ch from the hook and next 45 chs, 
sl st in remaining sts to 1st sc, Fasten off and weave in ends. 



Pom Pon Ball

With White
R1: Ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from the hook, join with sl st to 1st sc (6) 
R2: Ch 1, 2 sc in each st around, join with sl st to 1st sc (12)
R3: Ch 1, sc in each st around, join with a sl st to 1st sc (12) 
R4: Ch 1, sc dec in next 2 sts ( 4 times) join with a sl st to 1sc sc (6)
Fasten off, leaving a long tail to sew to hat.

Stuff slightly with some extra white yarn. Sew Ball to middle of headpiece
Fasten off and weave in ends.


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A Christmas Gift For You!

Merry Christmas! Here is our December Limited Time Gift! I hope you enjoy this fun pattern. 

PLEASE READ AND FOLLOW DIRECTION CAREFULLY!



This pattern is a limited time freebie. It will only be free 
Tues. Dec 16, 2014 - Wed Dec 17, 2014 ending at Noon Central time.

You can only access this freebie by use of coupon code via my blog link. 
Do not purchase this pattern by accident then ask for a refund. Refunds will not be processed. 
If you miss the time frame I'm sorry but after it is over you will need to purchase the pattern which will remain on sale through Midnight central Wed for 60% off.

We are currently running Pre-Christmas Sale in Ravelry- 60% off all patterns. No coupon needed discount applied at checkout. Freebie and Discounts must be done separately!!! 
See here for full details. 

Click the link below and it will auto add the coupon code to the cart.
All you need to do it click checkout. (make sure it says free in the total please!)





The Precious Gift is a perfect hat for the Holiday season. I’ve designed this pattern with several options so you can wrap you gift however you like.
Includes bow instructions (picture tutorial), Jester hat instructions and several other options that make this a very versatile hat outside just the gift. It’s the perfect square hat : )
This hat works up very fast and pattern is written in all-sizes.
This pattern is in American English. 
Skill : Easy
Thank you and Enjoy! 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Pre-Christmas Sale and Freebie

I've been trying to have sales once a month for you guys! They have been going really great and I can't even begin to tell you what It means to me when you purchase a pattern. THANK YOU!! 

Things have been very tight this year and you've made it possible for me to pay most those extra unexpected dr. bills we had and still have. I have a long ways to go before they are paid down but with each sale we get a little bit closer!
So here is another discount  for you to enjoy to get any last minute patterns for Christmas
along with a limited time freebie too (details below)! 

Thank you, Thank you and Merry Christmas !


60% off all patterns in Raverly 
Coupon Code is : CHRISTMAS 

60% off gets you about 4-5 patterns for under $10.00 depending on the price.

Please don't forget we are retiring 11 patterns at the end of 2014. 
So you might want to pick those up if you haven't! You can see those here 

(ps. They will remain in Ravelry and no they will not 
disappear from your library you just won't be able to purchase them. )

Now for that freebie! I know that's why you came here! 

I've decide this months the free paid pattern will be my Precious Gift hat


 It will only be Free TUES Dec 16th and will run for 24 hrs from the time posted
I'll have full details tomorrow with the coupon code!!

You can now access the link to download it for free here

Enjoy!



Saturday, December 13, 2014

Festive Fur Boot Cuffs

I was wanting to design a quick, cozy, and Christmasy free pattern for you. You cannot go wrong with red and fuzzy white trim this time of year. I hope you enjoy this pattern for Festive Fur Boot Cuffs. Don't get stuck on Red. These would be fun in lots of other colors too! Try Green, Blue or maybe even stripes! Enjoy!! 

Festive Fur Boot Cuffs




Be sure to pin this for later!
or
Add it to you Raverly Library here


One Skien of Loops & Threads Charisma in Red (Bulky 5)
One Skein of Bernat Pipsqueak (Bulky 5)

K-Hook (6.5mm)

Gauge: 2x2 inches = 6 sc in 3 rows (patterns rows 1-3)
Measurements: approx 7 in wide by 4 1/2 in long, fits approx 14-16 in Calves

Terms:
ch - chain
sc - single crochet
hdc - half double crochet
sl st - slip stitch
BL - back loop

Make 2

Starting with Red
Row 1: Ch 11, hdc in the 2nd ch from the hook and each ch across, ch 1, turn (10)
Row 2: hdc in the BL of each st across, ch 1, turn (10)
Row 3-19: repeat Row 2

Match right sides together and sl st in the back loops to join Row 1 to Row 19.
(DO NOT FASTEN OFF)

Row 20: Now working on the tops of the rows, sc evenly around. join with a sl st to 1st sc.
Fasten off Red and switch to Pipsqueak

Row 21: ch 1, hdc in each hdc around, join with a sl st to 1st sc. Fasten off, weave in ends.

Want more fur? add more rows :)



Thursday, December 4, 2014

Sherbet Dreams Scarf

Sherbet Dreams Scarf Free Crochet Pattern

A friend of my hubby said "Can you make me a scarf? I just want something bright." So I started browsing my yarn stash and looking around for patterns. I kinda get overwhelmed with possibilities sometimes but then I found the perfect yarn! My usually favorite of Tweed Stripes!! It was perfect! Now to work my magic! Here is what I came up with! I love that way it came out! 

It's bright, warm, squishy and perfect to add some color to those winter hues!! 
Plus it makes a great last minute gift! Just takes a few hrs of time!! 




Be sure to add this pattern to your Ravelry Favorites just click HERE

Sherbet Dreams Scarf



Materials: 
2 Skeins of Tweed Stripes (bulky 5) by Lion Brand- Shown in Popsicle 
K-Hook (6.5mm)

Scarf Measures about 52 inches long by 8 inch wide

Skill: Intermediate

Special Stitch: 3-dc Cluster (worked around one dc), * yarn over, insert hook from front to back around post of dc indicated, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook; repeat from *2 times more, yarn over and draw through all 4 loops on hook. 

Row 1: ch 24, Dc in fourth ch from hook (3 skipped chs count as first dc), * ch 3, work 3-dc Cluster around last dc made, skip next 2 chs, dc in next 2 chs; repeat from * across.

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), turn; dc in next dc, * ch 3, work 3-dc Cluster around last dc made,
skip next ch-3, dc in next 2 dc; repeat from *
 across. 

Row 3-68: Repeat Row 2
Fasten off and weave in ends.  

You can easily add or subtract rows to make it the length desired! 



Hope you love it! I'm going to make another one for me and 
I'm pretty sure this stitch will turn into a new set! So keep checking back for more patterns soon!! 

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Lace up with Liz - Calories and Crochet

 If you've followed with me some this year you'll know I started a journey to get fit! I took up running and eating healthier! I'm so excited that I've lost 65 pounds and that even with the holiday season upon us I'm managing to maintain. It can be a hard time of year! 

This month I'm determined to get 10K steps a day with my Fitbit! They've added Challenge groups so now I have competition with other friends! I want to win but I got work to do!!  

So, I've heard it said you can burn 100 calories in an hr while crocheting - (Crochet Spot.) I don't know how accurate that is but today I thought I'd try something new! I was walking with a running buddy the other day and she mentioned seeing a guy once crocheting/knitting while running a marathon. I thought that would be so cool but I need a friend to run with that would hold my yarn LOL!  

My good friend recently gave me her old treadmill so today I thought that spot for my water would hold a crochet skien nicely. Why not crochet while I walk? It was a run rest day but I still wanted to get in those steps! 

(don't worry I stopped the treadmill to take the picture!) 
I walked for 60 minutes, not super fast but did increase my pace as I got comfortable. I would say you need to work on something you don't have to look at closely. I've been wanting to make my favorite hat (Key Tab Slouch -free pattern) in a new color. 



In that hr. I waked 2.6 miles and got the brim of the hat done. It flew by really fast actually! I was doing two things I really enjoy doing!! 


If you do it just be careful that your yarn is secure and not hanging down! I did pull the safety key out once when I wasn't paying attention to the walking lol! 

So maybe I burned an extra 100 calories since I was multitasking! Who knows! 


Here is my new Before and After pic too! 
They have these huge ornament decorations downtown and we like to do family pics down there! 


I just like to joke that the hanger looks like a giant crochet hook! 

So what ways do you like to exercise? 
Do you do anything special while you crochet to keep moving? 






Saturday, November 22, 2014

Thank you "Berry" Much

With the Holiday season just around the corner I just wanted to say Thank you "Berry" Much! Thank you for making Calleigh's Clips and Crochet Creations possible! I couldn't do this with out my readers, crocheters, customer, followers and many more! I thought that a little freebie of one of my paid patterns would make a fun gift for you! So please enjoy this fun Crochet pattern. 

PLEASE READ AND FOLLOW DIRECTION CAREFULLY!


This pattern is a limited time freebie. It will only be free 
Sat Nov 22, 2014 - Sun Nov 23, 2014 ending at Noon Central time.



You can only access this freebie by use of coupon code via my blog link. 
Do not purchase this pattern by accident then ask for a refund. Refunds will not be processed. 
If you miss the time frame I'm sorry but after it is over you will need to purchase the pattern which will remain on sale through Midnight central Sunday for 75% off.

We are currently running Pre-Black Friday Sale in Ravelry- 75% off all patterns. No coupon needed discount applied at checkout. Freebie and Discounts must be done separately!!! 
See here for full details. 

Click the link below and it will auto add the coupon code to the cart.
All you need to do it click checkout. (make sure it says free in the total please!)






This is a perfect winter chunky hat. It has a fabulous popped texture. This pattern includes add ons to make the hat into your favorite berry (raspberry, blueberry, blackberry or maybe even grapes.) This is a very versatile pattern with lots of possibilities.
Pattern is in American English
Includes two videos to help with the special stitches: popcorn and front post double crochet
Skill Level: Easy
  • You’ll be working with two strands of worsted weight yarn for the entire pattern.
Hook size(s): N/P-15 (10.00 mm) Tapestry Needle and Stitch Marker
Stitches used: 
(ch)chain, (st) stitch, (sl st) slip stitch, (sc) single crochet, (dc) double crochet 
(dc dec) double crochet decrease, (pc st) Popcorn stitch, (fpdc) front post double crochet, (yo) yarn over
Pattern Size: 0-3 mo., 3-6 mo., 6-12 mo., 1-3 years, 4-10 years, Preteen to Adult
Gauge 4” x 4 1/2” swatch = 5 rows of 5 pc - With an N hook and double stranded worsted weight yarn

Thank you and Enjoy! 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Early Black Friday Pattern Sale

Who is ready to stock up on patterns! It's time for an early Black Friday sale! No lines to wait in, instant downloads and great deals! Time to stock up on all those favorites from me sitting in your Raverly cart!! 



So all my patterns are on sale for 3 days for $1.50 or less! 75% off. 
That's like 10 patterns for $15.00!!!!

No coupon code required, discount will be applied at checkout!! 

Sale Runs at Midnight Fri Nov 21- Midnight Sunday Nov 23!!




ps. if you want any of my character patterns grab them now because they are all about to retire into my personal vault at the end of 2014! 

ENJOY!!!!


 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Big Savings on Craftsy

Did you know you can get craft supplies from Craftsy? Show me the yarn!!! I've actually got some really great deals on some common and not so common yarns! Be sure to check out what they have on sale now! 
2 Days Only -- Shop Craftsy's Mystery Markdowns
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Shop Craftsy's Mystery Markdowns now! Enjoy special savings on popular yarn, fabric and project kits. But act fast because this limited supply won't last! Offer expires at midnight on November 14th, 2014 at 11:59 PM MT. Shop Craftsy's Mystery Markdowns now for surprisingly big savings.

What are you going to buy?!? 

Friday, November 7, 2014

Merry Christmas Tree Cuddle Cape Set

Introducing my latest design in my cuddle capes! Will they ever end....no! I still have tons of ideas and I can't wait to bring more to life! I love these sets for Newborn Photography! 

This whimsical design has a long name 
Merry Christmas Tree Cuddle Cape Set!
Say that 3 times fast! It will make you smile! 



As usual this design works up fast with double stranded worsted weight yarn and a big hook! 
It features two simple sew on appliqu├ęs for stars and circles. 
The Tinsel goes on quickly with surface crochet method. 
Don't worry if you don't know what surface crochet it is there is a video link to show you how from the amazing Moogly

What I love about this design is the possibilities are endless on how you can decorate it! I went more traditional but you could make the tree base and ornaments any color. 

I want to have a Design a Tree contest! 
This will run through the month of November. Make up your Tree and then email me a pick or post on Facebook. I'll make an album and some fun categories like, most creative, best in show, my favorite....and you can win free patterns, yarn or other prizes. 
I'm going to see what I can come up with and I'll post more specific details in the coming week! 
So grab your pattern and put your thinking capes or caps on !!! 

You can purchase the pattern in any of my shops for 40% off Nov 7-10th Ending Midnight Central
Reg $5.95 - no coupons needed, Discount applied at check out in Ravelry and Priced as marked in the other shops! 

Merry Christmas Tree Cuddle Cape Set





Be sure to check out all our other fun Holiday designs too for Thanksgiving and Christmas! 



Online Crochet Class

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Pattern Feature - Sparkles the Unicorn Cowl

My awesome crochet buddy Rachel over at Silly Stitches just released a magical cowl pattern. 

photo used with permission from Silly Stitches
 I had the honor of testing it for her. 
I'm on a yarn freeze so I had to get creative with what I had on hand. 
So my colors aren't as perfect but I still love the way it turned out! 







I love working with bulky yarn and large hooks. It's a very simple pattern to follow! 
I think it would make a perfect halloween costume if it's going to be cold where you are! 
It's cozy, warm and fun!
 If the girls in your life are as obsessed with anything pony like my 6 year old the possibilities for color combinations are endless! 


My little Calleigh is so petite that I should have made her the toddler size, but it fit my 6 year old boy perfectly!! The bow on mine is huge but we adjusted that down for the pattern, 
but I love that it's big and whimsical! She loved it and we had fun taking pics! 


Rachel is offering 25% off all her single patterns in
  Ravelry 
(e-books and sets not included) 

Use the code  - magic at checkout
Coupon good Wed Oct 29th- Sat Oct 31st (ends midnight central) 

Be sure to check out her other two latest patterns

OH and remember - Have a great day and be silly! 

modeled my me....lol! 



Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Whatever Wednesday - Lace Up With Liz Update

 This is more of a personal post but I like to share my health and fitness journey from time to time!
 If you want to read the full story of the past year you can visit this previous blog post

In September I reached a huge Goal of losing 62 pounds! I still have 10 to hit my personal goal and this past month I've kind of been at a stand still. I was training for a 1/2 marathon and I think after a 8 mile training run I got a stress fracture in my foot! Not much I could do but to stop and rest for a few weeks!

 I ran almost 80 miles in September and well I've only done 1.8 miles in October. Yikes! I feel so off! I'm not going to run the Route 66 1/2 in November because I just don't have a funds right now so I think I will go back and do my 10K training again just incase I need to build my base up more. I will run the OKC Memorial 1/2 marathon in April! I'm so excited about it and I think that race will mean so much more to me for so many reasons! 

I've been up and down a couple pounds the past 30 days but I'm kind surprised I haven't gained more! It's like when I hurt my foot I let it all go, eating good and other exercise included! I need a kick in the booty and to get myself back in gear. The kids are on Fall break so I'm going to enjoy some extra time with them and then I'm getting back to it next Tuesday! 

Anyhoo, Got a much needed hair cut and color yesterday so I thought it would be good to get some current before/after pics! What a difference a day makes. 


Friday, October 10, 2014

I Love Yarn Day

It's "I Love Yarn" Day! 


So I couldn't pass up the opportunity to have a sale!

 40% off all pattern in Ravelry today only. 
(Ends Midnight Central)


Don't have extra $$$. Me either LOL! So here is some links to some of my free favorites for fall! 





Enjoy! 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Thursday Yarn Talk - Turtles, Owls and Skulls

It's busy season around here with Halloween and Christmas orders coming in! I love this time of year because I often get unique custom orders. I love making something new! 

While I've made literally 100s of Turtles, I got a request to make one in new colors! This little guy was designed to look like Squirt from Finding Nemo. 

I used my Original Hatching Turtle Cuddle Critter Cape pattern. The only difference is color choices and adding a few random size circles to the hat. 
I used Vanna's Choice Worsted in Mustard, Rust, Toffee and Dusty Green if you want to make one too. 



Owl Hats are still an old favorite! There is just something whimsical about those big eyes! 
This is one of my favorite color combos for a natural Snow Owl look! 
This pattern is from Inner Hooker.


This last hat wasn't an order I've just been dying to make it! So I whipped one up for my hubby. 


He didn't want a slouchy so I worked it up beanie style. I didn't change hook sizes as recommend and use a F-Hook for the entire hat. For the closing of the hat I just worked a few rows of sc around decreasing down and then cinched it shut. I used Vanna's Choice Worsted in pearl mist and black. 

The hat looked challenging but it's wasn't. The construction of the design is amazing and unique! It wasn't difficult at all. I really enjoyed making it! It's well worth the $1.00 for the pattern. 



Have you made any of these patterns? Which one do you want to make? Feel free to comment below!

I'm working on a fun new design that I hope to share next week! So be sure to check back!