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:

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!! 


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 


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

*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) 

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. 


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


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!
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

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.

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

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 *

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?