Panda – Monium Earflap Beanie Pattern Giveaway

Check out the Articles of a Domestic Goddess Google+ post for your chance to win your own copy of the Panda – Monium Earflap Beanie Pattern completely free! I will pick winners Friday morning 6/27/14. They will be posted on this blog so make sure to check back here or on any social media for a link to here. Take a look through the tester pics featured on the ravelry sale page. They put a lot of work into this one and I’m proud to display them! 
I do not plan to move to google+ as my primary page. I do however plan to make more of an effort to have an online presence there. If you will all pick something to comment on, +1 and comment on the post up top to let me know you’ve done so. I will be putting the names into a random generator to draw. Once winners are drawn, I will be checking on the winners to make sure they have followed through with the instructions. The names on the post up at the top of the page is where I will draw names from. Please don’t forget to comment that you’ve followed through because I want everyone to get a fair chance to win! 
If you don’t win, don’t worry! I’ll be running a sale on the Panda – Monium Earflap Beanie Pattern until Friday, July 4th! Use Coupon Code PANDA25 to get 25% off your purchase! 

Print this entry


FREE~ Textured Coffee Mug Cozy Pattern

Coffee Mug Cozy
F Hook
Preferred Yarn: Red heart soft (Mid Blue colorway shown here)
Tapestry needle                                                                                        
Measuring tape to check gauge
Button  (1 ½ inch shown here)
Skill level: Easy
2’’X2’’ Square = 10 sc X 8 rows
MC – Magic Circle For a tutorial on the magic circle, visit my blog at the following link:
CH – Chain
ST; STS – Stitch or stitches
SC – Single Crochet
DC – Double Crochet
BLO – Back Loops Only (Crochet in only back loops of a stitch)
SLST – Slip Stitch
SK – Skip
FO – Fasten Off
X after a number = number of stitches to work in after current stitch (ex: sc 2X = sc in next two stitches)
Special stitches:
Criss-Cross Crochet – Video shared below to help depict as well as written instructions.
Coffee cup measurements:
Bottom diameter: 2 inches
Height: 4 inches
Height from bottom to top of handle: 3 ½ inches
Height from bottom to bottom of handle: ½ inch
Circumference around center of mug: 11 ¼ inches
Diameter at mouth of mug: 4 inches
I give these measurements because you may need to alter the pattern depending upon what size mug you choose to use. If giving this as a gift, you may think about purchasing a mug and filling the mug with candy or something else. They are a dollar usually. This way you can measure your cozy to the actual mug itself. I got this one for a dollar. The mugs I use normally, this still fit on and they are MUCH wider and more squatty, it was stretched a tad and I would have probably increased one round on the bottom before I moved on to the rest of the pattern. Just some suggestions. J As always, if you should have problems, feel free to contact me and I will help in any way that I can.
Bottom of cozy:
Bottom is worked in a spiral, do not join at the end of the round.
Mark your first st in each round with a stitch marker or safety pin.
Round 1:                6 sc in mc (6)
Round 2:                (2 sc), Repeat () around (12)
Round 3:                (2 sc, sc), Repeat () around (18)
Round 4:                (2sc, sc 2X), Repeat () around (24)
Round 5:                (2sc, sc 3X), Repeat () around (30)
Round 6:                (2sc, sc 4x), Repeat () around (36)
Round 7:                (2sc, sc 5x), Repeat () around (42)
Round 8:                (sc), Repeat () around, sl st into next st (42)
Bottom edge:
Worked in rounds, but joined at the end of each round
Round 9:                (sc in BLO), Repeat () around, join to first sc (42)
Round 10:             (sc in both loops), Repeat () around, join to first sc (42)
Sides of cozy:
Worked in rows. That means you will Ch 2 and turn at the beginning of each round. It helps to mark the top of the first (top of the ch 2) and last st (top of the last dc) in the row.

This section is worked using Criss-Cross Crochet. I have shared a video below by The Crochet Crowd. In his way, he separates each row of criss-cross with a row of sc. My pattern does not do this. I also do not dc in the last stitch in the row in this pattern like he shows in the video. I just want to be clear. I ch 2 at the beginning, sk the ch 2 sp and the next sp, just like he does in the beginning, but then I continue to criss-cross all the way to the end of each row. I shared this video solely to show HOW to complete the stitch in case there was confusion. I found the video after I completed the pattern, and this was the closest to the way I executed as I could find. J If you are confused feel free to contact me and I will help you in any way that I can.
Row 1:                   Ch 2, Sk ch 2 sp and next st and dc in next, dc in skipped st.
                                (sk a st, dc in next, dc in skipped st), Repeat () around, turn (1 ch 2, 20 Criss-Cross stitches)
Row 2-7:                Repeat Row 1
Ch 21, sc in 2nd ch from hook and back to beginning of ch, sl st to next st in row 7 of the side of the cozy. Leave long tail for securing end of strap to the next st in row 7 to create button strap.
Secure any size button to other side of cozy. I used a 1 ½ inch button but any button will do. 


Articles of a Domestic Goddess                                                           

© Donna Knox – Articles of a Domestic Goddess
This pattern, once paid for, is completely and totally yours. Please do not share or redistribute my patterns and/or photographs in any way, shape or form. I humbly ask that you credit Articles of a Domestic Goddess if you feel so inclined. If you are pleased with this pattern, please head on over to the Articles of a Domestic Goddess Facebook, Ravelry or Etsy shop and review there. I LOVE seeing pictures of pieces created using my patterns if you want to share. Items made from this pattern may be sold. If you are displeased with the pattern in any way, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I want you to be happy with any product with my name on it. I accept constructive criticism happily.


Print this entry


Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!

I gave an opportunity to win my Stunning Shells Headband over on my Facebook page yesterday. I was happy to see so many of you enter! I have a few other tricks up my sleeve yet, so don’t be too disappointed. I love to repay the support you all offer. It gives me this bubbly feeling inside and there is nothing like it in the world! 

I am perpetually humbled by the outpouring of support I get from the lot of you on all my social media venues. If you’re on google+, Twitter, or Instagram and you already follow me let me send you a giant THANK YOU! I plan to make the move to being on google+ soon, I just am having a hard time getting the hang of it. Facebook came much more easily to me when I first made the move to it. Maybe I need to run a special over there? Hmmmm… that’s a thought… 🙂

Thank all of you for your continued support! I plan to let you feel my gratitude in the coming weeks as I have a lot in store for you all! Keep watching!

Winners of the flash giveaway are:


Alicia Baker

Jessie Gillispie

Michelle Wulf

Maria Elena Pulido

Rachael Methke

If you all will message me your Ravelry names I will get it sent over! You have 24 hours to claim your prize or I will redraw names.

Print this entry


Pattern Release Stunning Shells Headband

PATTERN RELEASE!! Stunning Shells Headband

My little gets so many ooo’s and aaa’s when we’re out with this crocheted headband. It’s thin enough to wear in even the heat of Texas where I happen to live. If you went with neutral colors it can work for many outfits. Offered in sizes Newborn to Adult.

Buy the Stunning Shells Headband Pattern on Ravelry

Buy the Stunning Shells Headband Pattern on Craftsy

Don’t crochet? Buy the Stunning Shells Headband (finished item) on Etsy

Print this entry


Pinterest Pattern Party Blog Hop

Articles of a Domestic Goddess and The Country Willow are teaming up to bring you a Pattern Party Blog Hop hosted on Pinterest!! This is a fun little round robin type share party. Designers: Take a gander at The Country Willow Linkup Blog and add your item to the listing. Be sure to pin all the other items in the linkup to your pinterest boards! Bloggers: Add the widget to your blogs to get even more coverage for our items. Be sure to pin all the other items in the linkup to your pinterest boards! Readers: Visit the Pattern Party Blog Hop Pinterest Board, and pin away!!

Thank you for your interest and I hope you find something that you like here as there are a lot of really nice designers in this one!

Print this entry


Patriotic Pattern Roundup

My last roundup included items that affected the Deep South… this a branch off of that. Here in the deep south, nothing says home like a glass of mom’s sweet tea in the backyard with the sun shining in the heat of summer. Oh, that’s not hot enough for you? Let’s explode things made of gunpowder, have bonfires and grill meat on a hot grill…. in the heat of summer. No one said we were the smartest bunch, but you can’t argue that we love our country! lol

I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite summertime and patriotic items around. Let’s take a moment and applaud the creativity here!

Petals to picots knows how important it is to throw a good party come summertime here in the south. Here she has patterns for a wreath, bunting and placemats that will jazz up your backyard barbeque this summer!

 Have you seen Posh Pooch Designs? I’ve been following this lady for a long while because I wish I had a small animal to torture with my incessant yarn bombing lol She knows the importance of having your fur baby match the party here in the south! Here is her pattern for his flag dog sweater and his hat to match it!

Mad Mad Me has another gorgeous motif and bunting pattern to dress your party up! I would actually like to use this for pillows or something along those lines. Lots of possibilities here.

And no summer party in the south would be complete without a beer cozy! (Good brew selection there if I don’t say so myself!) A Crocheted Simplicity shares her free Chasing chevrons beer cozy pattern.

These next two are my favorites since I have a daughter myself. This Chasing Chevrons Tunic and sundress pattern from A Crocheted Simplicity will ensure that your little darling will be the belle of the ball. After all, balls here in the south are SO very important!

Looping with Love recently released her very versatile, very cute Patriotic Wavy Wrap Pattern. This and all of these patterns would do nicely in any colorway! The Loopy flower on this headband reminds me of fireworks.
BrandLynn Creations knows the importance of accessories to all of us down here in the south! Show off your pride with this sweet little Floating Flower bracelet pattern made with thread. I’m excited to try this one myself! (Coming soon to the Articles of a Domestic Goddess store!)
Let’s stray a little away from the reds, whites and blues and move more toward summertime in general, shall we?
The Country Willow has the sweetest little Tulip and Tulle Spring Dress Pattern for sale. It reminds me of watermelon! YUM!

And the talented Crystalized Designs from Design Wars 7 has released her Fairy Lace Sun hat Pattern.

If you’d like to see more like these, please follow my blog!

Print this entry


How to tie braids on an earflap beanie

Cut 6 of each color: White, Yellow and Black yarn in 24 inch strands. Fold strands in half. Weave through center of the bottom of each earflap. Thread strands from the inside out, the loose ends ending on the outside of the heat, and the folded center on the inside of the hat. Center the strands and pull center around base of earflap in slip knot fashion to fasten off. Separate colors and braid, slip knotting the ends. Hold them up to each other and tie them evenly. Cut ends to even them out.

Print this entry


How to properly make a pom pom

Pom Pom: 
Wrap white yarn around three fingers 100 times for a thick pom pom. (Wrap around less fingers or more fingers for a bigger/smaller pom pom.) (Wrap 50 for thinner pom pom/150 for a very thick pom pom.) Tie double knot TIGHTLY across center. Cut through tops of loops. Trim with scissors to make even.

Print this entry