Free Crochet Patterns!!


Do you have a crochet-based blog? Do you love working on new patterns? Would you like to “test-drive” one of FamilyBugs patterns for free? I am looking for crochet-bloggers to write positive reviews for my crochet patterns. I will send you one of my crochet patterns to your email (via pdf attachment), and all you have to do is work my pattern and then write about your experience on your blog!

Leave a comment here (or send an email to familybugs@gmail.com) with the following information:

  • Your blog address
  • Your email address
  • Which one of my patterns you would like to use

Then: If you would kindly leave a review on your blog about how awesome my pattern was and recommending FamilyBugs to your readers, and that’s it! This isn’t for pattern testing, I do not require any correcting or double checking of these patterns. ALL of my patterns that are currently available are listed HERE, and this is an updated list! Please, one pattern per blogger, I do still need to make some money off of these :-)

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Wonderwoman, size Newborn up to 2T (just one)

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Supergirl, size Newborn up to 2T (just one)

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Batgirl, size Newborn up to 2T (just one)

If you have a batman then you need a batgirl to go with him, right?

If you have a batman then you need a batgirl to go with him, right?

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Draculaura crochet pattern


Being modeled by my 3-yr old daughter. This hat should fit up to 10 years old!

Being modeled by my 3-yr old daughter. This hat should fit up to 10 years old!

Just recently, I had someone request a crochet pattern for a Draculaura hat for little kids. Well, after spending about a week and a half on it (off and on, of course), I managed to come up with one. I am not too happy with how the eyes have turned out, therefore, I am offering it as a FREE crochet pattern!! This hat should fit any child from 3-years old on up to 10-years old. If you have any questions about this crochet pattern (or any other crochet pattern from me), just shoot me a comment, or an email at FamilyBugs@Gmail.com and I will help you just as soon as I can :-)

Also: I always take requests for making specific crochet patterns (offered for free, like this one, or at a highly discounted rate), so if there’s something you want, just contact me and I will see what I can do!!

MATERIALS NEEDED

  • Hook Size: J/10-6.00 MM and G/6-4.25MM
  • Yarn Type: Worsted Weight (I use Red Heart Super Saver), in black, white, pink (any shade, I used baby pink) tan, and a purple color

Stitches Used

  • Ss – Slip Stitch
  • Sc – Single Crochet
  • Hdc – Half Double Crochet
  • Dc – Double Crochet
  • Inc – Increase = Work two of the same stitch both into the next stitch
  • Hdc2tog – Half Double Crochet 2 Together – Yarn over hook, Insert hook into first designated stitch. Yarn over hook and pull through stitch. Yarn over hook and insert hook into second designated stitch. Yarn over hook and pull through stitch, Yarn over hook and pull through all 5 loops on hook.
  • Dc2tog – Double Crochet 2 Together – Yarn over hook, insert hook into first designated stitch, Yarn over hook, and pull through stitch, yarn over hook and pull through two loops on hook (half of a double crochet stitch). Yarn over hook and insert hook into second designated stitch, yarn over hook and pull through stitch, yarn over hook and pull through two loops on hook, yarn over hook and pull through remaining loops on hook.
  • Sc2Tog – Single Crochet 2 Together – Insert hook into first available space. Yarn over, pull through. Insert hook into second available space. Yarn over, pull through. Yarn over and pull through all loops on hook (also called an invisible decrease).

Gauge Swatch – This is used to determine if your tension and hook is going to create a similarly sized product at the end.  After completing this, if your swatch measures larger, you might want to choose a smaller hook and complete another gauge swatch.  If your swatch measures smaller, choose a larger hook and try again.

Ch 16
ROW 1: Sc in second ch from hook and all the way across (15) Ch 2, turn.
ROW 2: Dc all the way across (15) Ch 1, turn.
ROWs 3, 5: Repeat Row 1
ROWs 4, 6: Repeat Row 2
Finish off.  Swatch should measure pretty close to 5.5” X 3″


Basic Hat
There are lots of color changes in making the basic hat that is Draculaura. Please don’t freak out, I’m going to talk you through every step of the way :-)
With J hook (and black color)

This is what you should get after all of the increase RNDs...It's a very nice striped effect, no?

This is what you should get after all of the increase RNDs…It’s a very nice striped effect, no?

RND 1: Ch 3. Work this entire RND all in that 3rd ch from hook: Dc 2, color change to pink, dc 1, color change to black, dc 1, color change to pink, dc 2, color change to black, dc 2, color change to pink, dc 1, color change to black, dc 1, color change to pink, dc 2, color change to black, dc 2, color change to pink, dc 2 (16). Ss to first to join. For the rest of the pattern, whenever a color change is needed, there will be the abbreviation: CCP (for Color Change Pink), CCB (for Color Change Black), or CCT (for Color Change Tan)

RND 2: Ch 2 (does NOT count as dc here or throughout) and turn: Inc, dc CCB Inc, dc, CCP inc, dc, CCB inc, CCP dc, CCB inc, dc, CCP, inc, dc CCB dc, CCP inc, CCB inc, dc (24) Ss to first to join.

RND 3: Ch 2, and turn: Inc, dc 2 CCP Inc, dc 1, CCB dc 1, CCP inc, dc 2, CCB inc, dc 2, CCP inc, CCB dc 2, CCP inc, dc 2, CCB inc, dc 2, CCP inc, dc 2 (32) Ss to first to join.

RND 4: Ch 2 and turn, Inc, dc 3 CCB Inc, dc 3, CCP inc, dc 3, CCB inc, dc 1, CCP dc 2, CCB inc, dc 3, CCP inc, dc 3, CCB inc, CCP dc 3, CCB inc, dc 3. (40) Ss to first to join.

RND 5: (Last increasing round) Ch 2 and turn, Inc, dc 4 CCP Inc, dc 2, CCB dc 2, CCP inc, dc 4, CCB inc, dc 4, CCP inc, dc 1, CCB dc 3, CCP inc, dc 4, CCB inc, dc 4, CCP inc, dc 4 (48) Ss to first to join.

RND 6: Ch 2 and turn, dc 6 CCB dc 6, CCP dc 6, CCB dc 3, CCP dc 3, CCB dc 6, CCP dc 6, CCB dc 2, CCP dc 4, CCB dc 6 (48). Ss to first to join.

This is without the attachment of the pigtails or eyes. Congratulations! You made it through all of the color changes!!

This is without the attachment of the pigtails or eyes. Congratulations! You made it through all of the color changes!!

RND 7: Ch 2 and turn, dc 6 CCP dc 4, CCB dc 2, CCP dc 6, CCB dc 6, CCP dc 3, CCB dc 3, CCP dc 6, CCB dc 6, CCBP dc 6 (48). Ss to first to join.

RND 8: Ch 2 and turn, dc 6 CCB dc 6, CCP dc 5, CCT dc 16, CCP dc 3, CCB dc 2, CCP dc 4, CCB dc 6 (48). Ss to first to join.

RND 9: Ch 2 and turn, dc 6, CCP dc 4, CCB dc 2, CCP dc 3, CCT, dc 16, CCP dc 5, CCB dc 6, CCP dc 6 (48), ss to first to join.

RND 10: Repeat RND 8

RND 11: Repeat RND 9


Pig Tails
With J hook (and starting with pink color), make two of the following

I just LOVE the little curlies at the bottom of the pig-tails...cute!!

I just LOVE the little curlies at the bottom of the pig-tails…cute!!

ROW 1: Ch 41. Ss in second ch from hook, sc 1, work 2 sc in the next, hdc 2, hdc2tog twice, dc 5, work 2 dc in the next, dc 2, work 2 dc in the next, dc 2, dc2tog, dc 11, dc2tog, dc 1, dc2tog twice (37), color change to black, ch 1 and turn.

ROW 2: Sc 2, sc2tog, sc 2, sc2tog, sc 10, work 2 sc in the next, sc 3, work 2 sc in the next, sc 5, sc2tog, sc 2, (31), turn and ss 31 all the way back up, color change to pink, ch 1 and turn.

ROW 3: Sc 1, sc2tog, sc 3, sc2tog, sc14, work 2 sc in the next, sc 5, sc2tog (28), turn and ss 28 all the way back up, color change to black, ch 2 and turn.

ROW 4: Dc 2, dc2tog, dc 15, work 2 dc in the next, dc 2, work 2 hdc in the next, hdc 4, hdc2tog, sc 2, work 2 sc in the next, sc 1 (34), turn and ss 34 all the way back up, color change to pink, ch 1 and turn.

ROW 5: Sc 2, sc2tog, sc 1, sc2tog, sc 16, work 2 sc in the next, sc 1, ch 5, ss in second ch from hook, sc2tog twice, sc 3, work 2 sc in the next, sc 14, sc2tog twice, sc 1, ch 1 and work 7 sc stitches across the top of this. Finish off.


I could not figure out how to make them look not angry, but I do love the heave eye-liner and thick lashes. Definitely adds to the teen-angst look!

I could not figure out how to make them look not angry, but I do love the heave eye-liner and thick lashes. Definitely adds to the teen-angst look!

Eyes
With g hook (and starting with black), make two of the following

RND 1: Ch 2. work 8 sc stitches (8) color change to purple, ss to first to join, ch 1 and turn.

ROW 2: Work 2 sc stitches in each of the next 6 stitches (12), color change to white, ch 1 and turn.

ROW 3: Skip the first stitch, sc 1, work 2 sc in the next, sc 2, work 2 sc in the next, hdc 2, work 2 dc in the next, dc 1 (12), ch 2 and turn.

ROW 4: Skip the first stitch, dc 1, work 2 dc in the next, hdc 2, work 2 hdc in the next, sc 2, color change to black

RND 5: Ss, ch 1 and turn. Sc 2, work 2 sc in the next, sc 2, work 2 sc in the next, Ch 1, ss in first ch from hook, sc, Ch 1, ss in first ch from hook, sc, ch 2, ss in first ch from hook, ss into the

And there she is finished, with the pigtails and eyes attached. Perfect for any little girl in love with Monster High!!

And there she is finished, with the pigtails and eyes attached. Perfect for any little girl in love with Monster High!!

second ch, sc 1, ch 2, ss in first ch from hook, ss into second ch, sc 1, Ch 3, ss in first ch from hook, ss into the second ch, ss into the third ch, sc 1, ch 2, ss in first ch from hook, ss into the second ch, sc 1, ch 1, ss into the first ch from hook, sc 3, work 2 sc into the next, sc 2, work 2 sc into the next, sc 1, ch 1, ss into the first ch from hook, sc 4, ss to first to join and finish off.

Take some white yarn and stitch in a little bit of a “sparkle” in the center of the eye, making sure that it is the same for both eyes. And voila! Attach the eyes to the tan part of the hat, and attach the pig tails to the back of the hat (making sure that they point outwards and curl in the right direction). And it is finished!!

Putting on a craft show when you are short on time…


Just recently I had a friend asking me about putting on a craft show.  She had about 8 weeks, and a very meager stash to work with.  My first reaction was “YIKES!”  But I was good and held my tongue and offered her a bit of advice.  She ended up not doing the show for several reasons, but I still wanted to share my advice with all of you.  So, did you JUST find out about a craft show and are thinking about doing it?  My first response is always going to be “YES!  Do it!”  (My first reaction wants to consider all of the details, but I’m pretty good at keeping that to myself and outwardly expressing pure encouragement).  Here are a few things to consider if you are short on time and have a deadline approaching way faster than you would like for it to be.

  • Keep your display flat.  I know that this is going against any and everything that you might ever ready about participating in a craft show, but if you are short on time, you focus needs to be more on products than on display.  Yes, it is preferable to have a 3-d display that meets the customers at eye-level, but if you don’t have any products to put on that display, it won’t help you a single bit.
  • Utilize your time.  Instead of creating the same product in multiple sizes, mix it up.  Yes, it’s nice to be able to offer the same product in every size.  It means that you won’t have any disappointed kids when that hat they fell in love with is just too small for their overly large head.  BUT, variety is going to appeal to the masses, and it might even gain some custom orders for you to fill out and deliver at a later time.
  • Assembly line it.  When possible.  A personal example might be that I create all of the basic hats, then I create all of the necessary attachments (eyes, beaks, ears, tassels, etc.) then I would put it all together.
  • Don’t freak out.  It’s my husband’s no. 1 rule for a reason.  When you freak out, nothing gets accomplished, and you might even harm the process.

Try to keep things as simple as you can, and try to have fun!  It’s a good chance to further expose your brand to the masses, maybe earn a bit of an income, and meet some fellow crafters and enthusiasts along the way!  Do you have any questions or suggestions about selling at craft shows?  We’d love to hear them and benefit from them!!

Crochet Doll Pattern


Earlier in the year (2014) I published a crochet doll pattern for others to enjoy.  As the year has gone forward, I have continued to create and publish different crochet clothing patterns for this little crochet doll to wear!  While most of the patterns are available for a very affordable price ($1.00), a few of them are offered to you for FREE!  As Christmas is coming around the corner, and I know that these little crocheted dolls make AMAZING Christmas presents for little ones (children, grand children, nieces, cousins, maybe even great grandchildren), I thought that I would make it easy for you all and list all of my doll patterns here!  I am also hoping that I will be able to put together a bundle of a dozen outfits for you to purchase at discount pricing.

FREE crochet doll patterns

Crochet doll clothing pattern available for $1.00

Looking for artistic inspiration


While I have not been active with blogging, I have been super active with crocheting (and selling).  I’ve got a darling little crochet doll pattern that has almost 20 different outfits that she/he can wear, and with cranking out 3-4 different crochet patterns for my little doll a month, I’ve gotten a bit burned out.  So…where do I go when I need to recharge, or find some more inspiration?

  • A different craft.  I also enjoy painting, sewing, scrap booking, and a myriad of other artistic creationism.  Not only can this give you a bit of an artistic break, but you can discover a different kind of inspiration.
  • Take a break.  Give yourself a bit of a hiatus, take a week, or a whole month, and just stop working on your craft.
  • Learn a new technique for the same craft.  Learn a new stitch, or a different method for doing what you are already doing.
  • Offer a new product.  Take a week, put your etsy shop on vacation (or extend shipping times), and create a new product to offer to your consumers.
  • Buy new supplies.  Get some new paint, some fancy new yarn, maybe a new lens to play with on your camera.
  • Let someone else “play” with your product.  Just recently my Mother-in-Law got a hold of a few of my crochet dolls, and she has spiced them up a bit, adding ribbon here, bows there, beads in between.  While they were super cute to begin with, she’s made them even more adorable and given me some new ideas!
  • Change your crafting location.  Sometimes simply moving your person can be enough to inspire you.  If you normally create on the couch (like I do), try moving to the dining room table, or go to the park, or camp out in your bed.
  • Search online.  Put the word “art” behind your crafts (like, I would search “crochet art”), in the google search bar and witness the wonders that pop up in the images.
  • Have someone else make you accountable.  I have a crochet-a-long that I host for my little crochet dolls.  I have already promised 1-2 new outfits for every single month of the year (2014).  I have been a bit late from time to time, but sometimes, just knowing that I’ve got 20-30 other people looking forward to these patterns is enough to keep me hooking.

I know that in the world of selling your artistic creations, it can become tedious, monotonous, and sometimes just plain right dull to make the same things over and over and over again, in the same way, with the same colors.  But, that doesn’t mean that you are ready to quit altogether.  So, before you delete your business altogether, try mixing it up a bit, and bringing that initial joy and excitement back into your craftings!!

What are some things that YOU do to bring the inspiration back to your craft-makings??

Sleeping Eye Mask – Free Crochet Pattern


I just love offering free crochet patterns to you guys.  Unfortunately, they cannot ALL be free, because I do need to bring in some sort of an income (I know, but my kids are kind of fond of eating!).  However, every now and then I CAN offer you a free crochet pattern, and that’s what I have available to you now.  These sleeping eye masks are really cool (I think so anyways), and I hope that you enjoy making them!  You can download it for *FREE* from my ravelry store (Cannot copy and paste it from pages, apparently)  You can, however, check out the pictures below!

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To get a glimpse of ALL of the crochet patterns that I currently have available, go ahead and click HERE to access the list of both free and purchasable patterns by Family Bugs!