Pattern Giveaway – Hosted by Katie’s Crochet Goodies!


Wanting a chance to win my newest design? I’m giving away 3 Travel Pals Pattern Packs to 3 lucky winners! That’s THREE patterns in one!

A Big THANK YOU to Katie’s Crochet Goodies for putting together a STELLAR line up of amazing crochet designers for this giveaway! She’s done an amazing job putting this together and I am honored to be a part of it. I’m not sure if you know, but Facebook has yet again changed up the rules. These little Rafflecopter like it to win it giveaways will soon be a thing of the past! This may very well be your last chance for easy winnings! Take a moment and enter below.

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TRIPLE Pattern Release! Seat Belt Cover Travel Pals! Puppy, Penguin, Dragon-Dino

TRIPLE Pattern Release! Seat Belt Cover Travel Pals!

Puppy, Penguin, Dragon-Dino

 

Materials:
H hook for seat belt cover
G hook for animal pieces
Preferred Yarn: Red Heart
Tapestry needle
Scissors
Measuring tape (to check gauge)
(3) 3/4 inch buttons
Safety eyes

 
All of my patterns go through a rigorous bout of testing!

Articles of a Domestic Goddess Travel Pals are FINALLY here! Cute little pals to keep your kiddos company! (Will also be available with an ami body soon) My son loves his travel pals. Take a look though tester photos as there are a lot of options on color! Female Variations available!

Disclaimer: Articles of a Domestic Goddess Seat Belt Travel Pals are NOT crash tested. They are not meant to be used by infants in carriers or children who are still in seats which utilize a strap that is connected to a car seat or a 5 point harness. Please only use these with children who are out of safety seats. The only safe way to utilize these is for children who are in upright seats or boosters in which their safety strap is the actual vehicle seat belt strap. They are meant to be used only to cover a seat belt in a vehicle, NOT on a car seat strap. This is an unsafe practice. Do not attempt to use seat belt covers to prevent chaffing from seat belts. If seat belt is rubbing or chaffing then it is being used improperly and seat may need to be reinstalled or repositioned to ensure a better fit.

 



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Healthy Living Support Group

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Sigh. It seems that the Domestic Goddess needs to take a break from the bon-bons! 
I know what you’re thinking…. this isn’t crochet! But I named my blog Articles of a Domestic Goddess because I consider myself a well rounded individual and I would like to blog about things that affect myself and all Domestic Goddesses alike. There is nothing, I think, that affects us all so uniformly than our health. I would like to do more things like this and share recipes as I come up with them. If this is something you would like to see more of, give me a shout in the comments section and let me know YAY or NAY! 

College years, everyone packs on a few. But now I’m 30 and I feel (and see) the damage that I have done to my body from the excessive weight fluctuations, 2 c-sections, and a poor lifestyle. Diabetes is rampant on both sides of my gene pool and with the 30 hump in hindsight, I am starting to look to the future. I have watched 30 somethings as a 20 something and noted how different their bodies were. Things just… don’t quite bounce back as quickly. Those that made changes right around 30 seemed to have decent senior years. This is my last chance.

After my, now 6 year old, son was born, I was the largest I’ve ever been in my life. I was 270 lbs! I lost 70 lbs over the next few years with changes to my lifestyle. I followed a Weight Watchers plan, and worked out regularly (although, I’ll admit it was mostly core training… I’m just not for gyrating) I was down to about 25 lbs from my high school weight; I felt AMAZING! Then, I got my wish and got pregnant! I had my daughter, and last child, 17 months ago. I would like to blame a lot of my weight issues on pregnancy, but the honest truth is, I am in control of my weight. I am in control of what I am putting into my body. I just don’t care. I have allowed myself to forget everything that I learned. After my daughter was born, I only weighed 30 lbs more than I did when I got pregnant. Instead of buckling down to lose the weight I gave up and blamed it on breast feeding. I have gained 20 lbs since she was born and I feel bigger everyday. Shame on me.

Then I came across this video: This video not only made me think of myself and my own eating habits, but how my habits are affecting my already overweight husband (since I do all the cooking) and my children. My son is thin now, but I was thin until puberty. My daughter will probably be tall and I want to show her the right way to be healthy. I definitely don’t want to give her a complex and I want her to be a kid, but if she is like me and my cousins, she will likely have some weight on her and I want her to know how to handle that as puberty comes. As a mother, I am affecting ALL the members of my family with my eating habits. This video left me in tears. My eating has got to get under control. There are so many emotional factors that play into food addiction. I have to remember that we eat to live, not the other way around. This weekend, I had an occasion that I had to dress up a tad for. Well, just blue jeans and a t shirt wouldn’t cut it… What I found was heartbreaking for me. I ended up with my head in my hands saying how I hated my body. HATED. I feel trapped. I can’t live like this.

I no longer smoke, which was a big problem for me. I quit with my son for 10 months, but picked up one, and that was it. My parents each smoked 3-4 packs, a day, a piece my whole life. (They are both hitting one whole month cigarette free this week! Bravo!) I am watching my father, who has COPD, Emphysema and Chronic Bronchitis suffocate to death. He recently had a bout with his COPD and he came home with oxygen. I guess it scared him enough that he thought he would die this time. If I had any desire to smoke before, it is gone now. I will never smoke again. I am now 2 years and 2 months clear of cigarettes! So there’s that.

I have started a group on Facebook that I believe can offer support to those looking to make a change to their lives, and food does not have to be the change you’re making. Healthy Living Support Group is a place those who are looking to continue on their path to healthiness or those who are just starting out can all come together and offer support to each other. If you are already healthy and looking to maintain and speak to people with your same mindset, come join us! I would love to hear of your journey. We already have a very diverse, very open minded, non judgmental atmosphere. I am excited to see what we can make happen! Post weight loss photos, recipes, what works for you, ideas, whatever that you’d like to share. If you do a specific workout routine that you want to share, we’d love to hear it! I understand that different things work for different people. Hopefully this group can be also serve as a source for different options for even those who are looking for what will work for them.


Link to Group:
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Pattern Release! Adjustable Clown Nose Crochet Pattern

Everyone likes to have a little fun! Fits toddler to adult. Can be easily adapted for smaller sizes. This was inspired by the life of Robin Williams. I have never been so upset about someone I’ve never even met before. I think it is because you could just sense that he was a beautiful soul. He was able to captivate audiences in dramatic roles because he was being genuine. He was able to captivate them in comedic roles because he was fun. I think the reason this death in particular is so touching is because I believe that most in America feel like he was a part of our family.
May his work continue to affect the lives of this world. Enjoy 🙂

“Please, don’t worry so much. Because in the end, none of us have very long on this Earth. Life is fleeting. And if you’re ever distressed, cast your eyes to the summer sky when the stars are strung across the velvety night. And when a shooting star streaks through the blackness, turning night into day… make a wish and think of me. Make your life spectacular.”

– Jack, 1996

Adjustable Clown Nose
 
Materials:
F Hook
Preferred Yarn: Red Heart
Tapestry needle
Scissors
Measuring tape (to check gauge)
Round Elastic cord
 
Skill level: Beginner
 
Gauge:
Not Important
A Note about Gauge: For those of you who do not understand how gauge works, or are looking to learn more on the subject, I have written a very helpful blog on gauge that has proved helpful when trying to figure out how big/small of a hook/yarn to use. If you still need help after you’ve browsed this, please let me know and I will try to help in any way that I can.  http://articlesofadomesticgoddess.com/2014/05/matching-gauge-and-why-it-is-so-important/
 
 
A Note about Technique (The Golden Loop Method): This is not just for amigurumi items; it will help in ALL areas where crochet is involved. (Although, it helps most with amigurumi because of the nature of tight stitching.) I know I often hear of people having trouble “making their stitches tight enough” or they frequently have problems matching gauge (even if their items turn out okay on sizing, it doesn’t necessarily mean there isn’t improvement to be made.) I too had many problems when learning to create amigurumi objects when I first started out. I have written a helpful blog that should help to pinpoint the areas that need improvement so that you, too, can create beautiful amigurumi items. There is ALWAYS room for improvements to be made, no matter how long you have been crocheting. Later, you will notice that all items are improved by using this easy method! If you still need help after you’ve browsed this, please let me know and I will try to help in any way that I can. http://articlesofadomesticgoddess.com/2014/04/amigurimi-technique-that-will-always-work-and-will-change-the-way-you-crochet-forever/
 
 
Abbreviations:
 
A Note about Stitches:When I first started, I had to look up stitches every time I started a new project. I have compiled some of the videos and articles I used to walk me through the basic stitches (and some others) in a blog on my website. They are the best I’ve found around the internet, all compiled in one spot for ease.
MC – Magic Circle                            For a tutorial on the magic circle, visit my blog at the following link:
                                                http://articlesofadomesticgoddess.com/2014/03/magic-circle-tutorial/
CH – Chain
ST; STS – Stitch or stitches
SC – Single Crochet
SC2TOG – Single Crochet 2 together
HDC – Half Double Crochet 
DC – Double Crochet
TR – Treble Crochet
SLST – Slip Stitch
FO – Fasten Off
X after a number = number of stitches to work in after current stitch (ex: sc 2X = sc in next two stitches)
 Worked in spiral, Do not join!
Nose:
Round 1:               5 sc in mc (5)
Round 2:               (2sc), Repeat () around (10)
Round 3:               (2sc, sc), Repeat () around (15)
Round 4:              (2sc, sc2), Repeat () around (20)
Round 5:              (2sc, sc3), Repeat () around (25)
Round 6:                (2sc, sc4), Repeat () around (30)
Round 7-10:          Sc around (30)
Round 11:              (sc3, sc2tog), Repeat () around and sl st in last 5 sts
(this is the bottom nose opening) (25)
Round 12:              Hdc2, dc2tog, hdc4, sl st in next 4 (this is the top nose opening)
                                  Hdc4, dc2tog, hdc 2 (18)
                Sl st in next, FO
Strap:
Cut length of round elastic cord 26 inches long.
Tie elastic on either side around the st just above the dc2tog on either side.
For children, tie in slip knot to desired tightness behind the head. 
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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.
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Free Adjustable Clown Nose Pattern

Adjustable Clown Nose
 
Materials:
F Hook
Preferred Yarn: Red Heart
Tapestry needle
Scissors
Measuring tape (to check gauge)
Round Elastic
 
Skill level: Beginner
 
Gauge:
Not Important
A Note about Gauge: For those of you who do not understand how gauge works, or are looking to learn more on the subject, I have written a very helpful blog on gauge that has proved helpful when trying to figure out how big/small of a hook/yarn to use. If you still need help after you’ve browsed this, please let me know and I will try to help in any way that I can.  http://articlesofadomesticgoddess.com/2014/05/matching-gauge-and-why-it-is-so-important/
 
 
A Note about Technique (The Golden Loop Method): This is not just for amigurumi items; it will help in ALL areas where crochet is involved. (Although, it helps most with amigurumi because of the nature of tight stitching.) I know I often hear of people having trouble “making their stitches tight enough” or they frequently have problems matching gauge (even if their items turn out okay on sizing, it doesn’t necessarily mean there isn’t improvement to be made.) I too had many problems when learning to create amigurumi objects when I first started out. I have written a helpful blog that should help to pinpoint the areas that need improvement so that you, too, can create beautiful amigurumi items. There is ALWAYS room for improvements to be made, no matter how long you have been crocheting. Later, you will notice that all items are improved by using this easy method! If you still need help after you’ve browsed this, please let me know and I will try to help in any way that I can. http://articlesofadomesticgoddess.com/2014/04/amigurimi-technique-that-will-always-work-and-will-change-the-way-you-crochet-forever/
 
 
Abbreviations:
 
A Note about Stitches: When I first started, I had to look up stitches every time I started a new project. I have compiled some of the videos and articles I used to walk me through the basic stitches (and some others) in a blog on my website. They are the best I’ve found around the internet, all compiled in one spot for ease.
MC – Magic Circle                            For a tutorial on the magic circle, visit my blog at the following link:
                                                http://articlesofadomesticgoddess.com/2014/03/magic-circle-tutorial/
CH – Chain
ST; STS – Stitch or stitches
SC – Single Crochet
SC2TOG – Single Crochet 2 together
HDC – Half Double Crochet 
DC – Double Crochet
TR – Treble Crochet
SLST – Slip Stitch
FO – Fasten Off
X after a number = number of stitches to work in after current stitch (ex: sc 2X = sc in next two stitches)
 Worked in spiral, Do not join!
Nose:
Round 1 :               5 sc in mc (5)
Round 2:               (2sc), Repeat () around (10)
Round 3:               (2sc, sc), Repeat () around (15)
Round 4:               (2sc, sc2), Repeat () around (20)
Round 5:               (2sc, sc3), Repeat () around (25)
Round 6:               (2sc, sc4), Repeat () around (30)
Round 7-10:          Sc around (30)
Round 11:              (sc3, sc2tog), Repeat () around and sl st in last 5 sts
(this is the bottom nose opening) (25)
Round 12:              hdc2, dc2tog, hdc4, sl st in next 4 (this is the top nose opening)
                                 Hdc4, dc2tog, hdc 2 (18)
                                  Sl st in next, FO
Strap:
Cut length of round elastic 26 inches long.
Tie elastic on either side around the st just above the dc2tog on either side.
For children, tie in slip knot to desired tightness behind the head. 
© Donna Knox – Articles of a Domestic Goddess
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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.
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Pattern Release! Sherri Berry Reversible Cluster Beanie Pattern

PATTERN RELEASE!! Sherri Berry Reversible Cluster Beanie

 


Written for NB-Adult. 

Materials:
I Hook
Preferred Yarn: I Love This Yarn (for
Red Heart you may need to go down a hook size. Check Gauge
Instructions for substituting yarn types included.Tapestry needle
Scissors
Measuring tape (to check gauge)

Skill level: Intermediate

Hat is Reversible! Pattern contains chart and well
written instructions. Each size tested three fold. Enjoy!

I created this hat for my mother in law. I wanted something textured and something fun that she would wear. What I ended up with was something I would even wear!



Buy the Sherri Berry Reversible Cluster Beanie Pattern on Ravelry

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Baby Doll Bottle Amigurumi Toy or Photo Prop

See bottom for PDF download links
 
Baby Doll Bottle Amigurumi
Materials:
E Hook
Preferred Yarn: Bernat Baby Weight in White, Purple and Lt Pink
Worsted and E, F or G hook will create larger bottles and can definitely be substituted.
Tapestry needle
Scissors
Measuring tape (to check gauge)
Polyfil Stuffing

 

Skill level: Beginner
1 Craft Yarn Council - Beginner Definition

 

Gauge:
Not Important

 

INSPIRATION AND OTHER NOTES:
·         Baby Weight yarn and E hook, my finished baby bottle was 3 ½ inches tall by 1 ½ inches in diameter across the bottom.
·         To make a bigger bottle, you can go up in hook size or use a larger weight yarn.
·         Worsted Weight yarn and an F hook create a bottle 5 inches tall by just under 2 inches diameter across the bottom.
·         Worsted weight yarn and a G hook create a bottle 6 inches tall by 2 inches inches diameter across the bottom.
·         This pattern could make shorter 4 oz looking bottles too.
·         The white could be orange or red to represent juice.
·         The top could be blue or pink – use for baby showers or announce the sex of the baby.
·         Large bottles made from soft bulky yarn would make excellent photo props.

 

A Note about Gauge: For those of you who do not understand how gauge works, or are looking to learn more on the subject, I have written a very helpful blog on gauge that has proved helpful when trying to figure out how big/small of a hook/yarn to use. If you still need help after you’ve browsed this, please let me know and I will try to help in any way that I can.  http://articlesofadomesticgoddess.com/2014/05/matching-gauge-and-why-it-is-so-important/

 

A Note about Technique (The Golden Loop Method): This is not just for amigurumi items; it will help in ALL areas where crochet is involved. (Although, it helps most with amigurumi because of the nature of tight stitching.) I know I often hear of people having trouble “making their stitches tight enough” or they frequently have problems matching gauge (even if their items turn out okay on sizing, it doesn’t necessarily mean there isn’t improvement to be made.) I too had many problems when learning to create amigurumi objects when I first started out. I have written a helpful blog that should help to pinpoint the areas that need improvement so that you, too, can create beautiful amigurumi items. There is ALWAYS room for improvements to be made, no matter how long you have been crocheting. Later, you will notice that all items are improved by using this easy method! If you still need help after you’ve browsed this, please let me know and I will try to help in any way that I can. http://articlesofadomesticgoddess.com/2014/04/amigurimi-technique-that-will-always-work-and-will-change-the-way-you-crochet-forever/

 

Abbreviations:
A Note about Stitches:When I first started, I had to look up stitches every time I started a new project. I have compiled some of the videos and articles I used to walk me through the basic stitches (and some others) in a blog on my website. They are the best I’ve found around the internet, all compiled in one spot for ease.
MC – Magic Circle       For a tutorial on the magic circle, visit my blog at the following link:
                                                http://articlesofadomesticgoddess.com/2014/03/magic-circle-tutorial/
CH – Chain
ST; STS – Stitch or stitches
SC – Single Crochet
HDC – Half Double Crochet
DC – Double Crochet
FPSC – Front Post Single Crochet (Single crochet around front of the post of a stitch instead of loops)
BPSC – Back Post Single Crochet (Single crochet around back of the post of a stitch instead of loops)
SLST – Slip Stitch
SP – Space
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)
BLO – Back Loop Only

 

Tip: Ch1 at the beginning of each stitch does not count as first stitch. First st of every round should be in same st as turning chain.

 

Do not join unless pattern specifically says to join.
There are areas where joining is needed to create a flush round and areas where joining is omitted to create a seamless round, so PAY ATTENTION.
Crochet in spiral, use stitch marker to mark your first st.

 

Nipple:
With Lt Pink and E hook
                Round 1:                                6 sc in mc (6)
                Round 2:                                Sc around (6)
                Round 3:                                Sc around (6)
                Round 4:                                2sc around (12)
                Round 5:                                (2sc, sc), Repeat () around (18)
                Round 6:                                (2sc, sc2), Repeat () around (24)     
                                Sl st in next st
                                Color change to purple in sl st
                                FO Lt Pink

 

Bottle Top:
Continue with Purple (or Dk pink or blue or gold) and E hook
                Round 1:                                Ch 1, hdc in BLO around, join to first st (24)
                Round 2:                                Ch 1, (FPSC, BPSC), Repeat () around, join to first st (24)
                                Color change to white in join
                                FO Purple (or Dk pink or blue or gold)

 

Bottle Sides:
Continue with White for milk (or orange, or red or purple for juices) and E hook
                Round 1:                                Ch 1, sc around in BLO, join to first st (24)
                Round 2:                                Ch 1, Sc around (in both loops from here to end)
                                                                  do not join at the end of this round (24)
                Round 3-19:                          Sc around (24)
                                Sl st in next st
Stuff bottle firmly now!

 

Bottle Bottom:
Continue with White for milk (or orange, or red or purple for juices) and E hook
                Round 1:                                Ch 1, (sc2tog, sc2) in BLO, Repeat () around (18)
                Round 2:                                (sc2tog, sc) (in both loops from here to end),
                                                                  Repeat () around (12)
                Round 3:                                (sc2tog), Repeat () around (6)
                                FO White for milk (or orange, or red or purple for juices)
 

 

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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.
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