Fingerless Gloves Pattern Round Up

It's hard to believe that Christmas is next week and the end of 2015 is in sight!
 
Are you still finishing up last minute Christmas presents? Handmade gifts are always a great idea.
 
This year fingerless gloves seem to be trending! Luckily they are quick to make and well received!
 
I've rounded up a few fingerless glove patterns that I thought you might enjoy! My favorite is on top!
 

Here are some pattern suggestions for those still working on Christmas or Holiday gifts.

 
 


 



 

The Alpine Fingerless Gloves in Light and Medium Grey, Teal and Charcoal Merino Wool by Mountain Meadow Wool Mill.


 

 
Shells Fingerless Gloves in Sheep(ology) yarn line in color teal, white, silver. The yarn is a mix of sheep wool and acrylic - very soft and warm.

 
 
Shells Fingerless Gloves in Lion Brand's Amazing yarn line in color = Joshua Tree.
 
Looking for something else? Pinterest is always a great source of handmade gift ideas.
 
Happy Holidays!
 
See you in 2016!

Holiday RUSH!


Rushing to get all your handmade Christmas gifts finished? I am!

There are 5 days left to place your order for an eco-friendly handmade gift over at Little Monkey's Designs.
 
If you're still trying to decide what to make for someone on your list, get an idea by looking through the crochet patterns too. Outside of hats and scarves, boot cuffs and fingerless gloves have been very popular this season according to my pattern sales.
 
While I'm busy fulfilling orders, you can get some Simple Holiday Decorating ideas over at my other blog - Tea in the Morning Too.
 

Happy Holidays,

 
Angela

Poncho Pattern Round Up


 
Crochet Patterns for Ponchos have been a big seller this Fall.
Here are a few of my favorites.
The patterns for each can be found on Little Monkey's Designs.
 
Bohemian Poncho by Little Monkey's Designs

 
 The Bohemian Stripes Poncho modeled by Bella can be crocheted in any color variation.
 

You could even add some fringe to get the more Boho look.
  


The Rainbow Poncho is very colorful! With a popcorn flower, it would even be beautiful all one color. 

The Fiona Poncho is my latest crochet pattern. It has a fashionable cowl neckline.
 
 
 
american girls doll fiona poncho

Since my youngest daughter has to match with her American Girls Doll, I created a doll size Fiona poncho pattern as well.
 
girls poncho with flower crochet pattern
 
The Girls Poncho with Flower crochet pattern has been my all time BEST SELLER. If I had more hours in the day, I'd make finished ponchos of this pattern to sell. They'd go like Hot Cakes!
 

Looking for a project this weekend? Try out one of these poncho patterns for a special girl in your life or for yourself. Most of the patterns come in a range of sizes.

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Cyber Monday Sale


 
Don't forget to check out Little Monkey's Designs for a great Cyber Monday
 SALE! Click on the Instant Discount tab for a bigger-than-10%-off discount code.
 
If you're already a newsletter subscriber to Little Monkey's Designs, check your email inbox for a terrific discount code to use TODAY!
 
I've stocked the shop with a few new crochet patterns and lots of Merino Wool Boot Cuffs, cowls, and more.
 
Spread the news!
 
Happy Shopping!

Little Monkey's Designs

Finally! I have launched my own website!! I have the majority of my crochet patterns and DIY yarn and pattern kits, and finished items on my site.
 
Visit it ASAP and grab a discount code while it's available.


I'll be adding more finished items as the season progresses, so check back often.

Please feel free to forward, post, link, etc. :)

Happy crocheting! Angela
Little Monkey's Designs
 

New website coming soon!

 
I've been working on a new website to host all my crochet pattern, as well, as handmade gift items for sale, so I've been a LITTLE busy!
 
You can visit my coming soon page at:
 
to sign up for news of my launch and grab a discount code while you're there.
 
Meanwhile, I'll try to update you on my progress on the website and give you news of my latest pattern releases.
 
Hint: Right now all my patterns and finished items are for sale on my Etsy, Craftsy, and Ravelry shops - links at top of blog.
 
Thanks!

Going on a ski trip? Here's your crochet patterns!

 
I've been busy! I created the Alpine Hat and then decided to make an Alpine design set - ear warmer, boot cuffs, and fingerless gloves.
 

Thanks to yarn support from Mountain Meadow Wool, I was able to use their super soft and warm Mountain Merino Wool in worsted weight to create this matching set. Look for a yarn review post soon on this awesome all natural wool yarn!
 


Hannah was a willing model for the ear warmer (and the rest of the crochet pattern set), but I really think this ear warmer could be worn by guys too! It's cold on the ski mountain and no one likes frozen ears!
I wrote the pattern to fit toddlers, children, and adults. I also included instructions on how to increase the ear warmer beyond what's written for a custom fit.

 
If you have a smart phone, you need fingerless gloves! It makes texting so much easier!


This crochet pattern is written in adult size, with instructions on how to increase and decrease the size of the finished gloves.
 


Love these colors??? Me too!! The body of the gloves are Light Natural Grey. The chevron design uses Teal, Medium Natural Grey, and Charcoal.
 


This chevron pattern looks complicated, but it's really not! You could make them all one color, but by changing colors, the chevron stitch really stands out and gives these patterns some character! 

 
A winter design set wouldn't be complete without a pattern for boot cuffs! Boot cuffs were my biggest seller last season and are on a great start this Fall already! The boot cuff pattern is written for the average size woman/teen girl with instructions on how to increase or decrease the circumference as well as the height of the boot cuff.
 
These Alpine Ear Warmer, Fingerless Gloves, Boot Cuffs, and Hat patterns can be found on my Etsy, Craftsy and Ravelry shops.
 
Don't crochet? You can request a custom made item on my Etsy shop - Little Monkey Shop -  or by emailing me.

Supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The National Breast Cancer Foundation uses October as the month to really encourage women to take the steps to detect this disease in its early stages.


As a registered nurse, as well as a lactation consultant (IBCLC), I know how important early detection of breast cancer can be for women. There are also many steps women can take to reduce their risk of developing breast cancer. One of those is to breastfeed their babies. For every month you breastfeed a baby, your chance of developing breast cancer goes down.


To promote Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I created crocheted breasts for my Etsy shop. These can be used by IBCLCs, Lactation Consultants, La Leche League Leaders, Peer Counselors, and other breastfeeding advocates to teach breastfeeding to new mothers and to problem solve breastfeeding issues.
 
I sell the finished breasts as well as the crochet pattern for those who would like to crochet their own breasts.
 

I recently had a large order of these crocheted breasts from a well known doula training program.
 
 
They don't have to be crocheted in "normal" colors!
 

This Lactation Consultant/Doula also had me create a breast with a flat nipple and a plugged duct to help teach new doulas and lactation consultants to recognize these "issues" and how to work with them.
 
Want to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month - crochet or purchase a breast for the favorite woman or mom in your life. Patterns are on my Etsy, Craftsy, and Ravelry shops.
 
Finished breasts for sale can be found on my Etsy shop. Convo me for favorite colors!
 
 

Alpine Ski Hat

 
 
I created this Alpine Hat crochet pattern late last spring a little past hat wearing weather, so I just now wrote the pattern up and published it. Thanks to yarn support from Mountain Meadow Wool, I was able crocheted each size hat in a different color pattern to set them apart. The Alpine Hat pattern is written for their worsted weight Laramie Merino Wool - very lovely yarn!

Preemie size in Natural Cream, Lichen, and Coral Bell.
 
 
Newborn Size in Lichen, Natural Cream, and Coral Bell.
 
 
Baby size hat crocheted in Medium Natural Grey, Light Natural Grey, and Natural Cream - all undyed Merino wools.
 
 

Couldn't decide which photo I liked best of Cade and his Toddler size Alpine Hat in Light Natural Grey, Medium Natural Grey, and Natural Cream.
 
 
This Alpine Hat is Child size for 4-8 year olds, but I lacked a model of this age, so Cade obliged me! It's a tad too big for him! This Alpine Hat is crocheted in Marigold, Teal, and Orange Tessa Merino Wool Yarn.

 
 I caught Cole before he left for classes to model the Teen/Small Adult size Alpine Hat. It is crocheted using Natural Cream, Charcoal, and Scarlet yarns. This size hat would fit most women.
 

The Alpine Hat pattern includes a Large Adult size hat as well. This one was crocheted using Teal, Medium Natural Grey, and Charcoal. I love that Teal!

The Alpine Hat pattern can be found on my Etsy, Craftsy and Ravelry shops.
 
Don't crochet? You can request a custom made hat on my Etsy shop - Little Monkey Shop -  or by emailing me.
 
 
 Look for a yarn review soon on my blog of the Mountain Meadow Merino Wool yarn that I used to create this Alpine Hat.

Welcome Fall!


 
The best thing about Fall is that it ushers in sweater-wearing weather! We finally get to wear all the cute hats, scarves, and sweaters we've been creating all summer in anticipation of it eventually cooling off!
 
I created this cute pumpkin hat late last Fall and finally took the time to write the pattern up. I used cotton yarn to give this hat a little more structure.
 
My daughter and I crocheted about 25 of these adorable pumpkin hats and donated them to the NICU at LeBonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis, TN. The nurses as well as the parents were very excited about them - they even had a few photo sessions with the NICU babies and their pumpkin hats.
 
 
Of course, I had to create one a tad larger for my toddler, who wouldn't stand still long enough to take a picture! I think the pumpkin hat would make a great simple Halloween costume for a little one.
 
The crochet pattern for this Fall Pumpkin Hat can be found on my Etsy,  Craftsy and Ravelry shops.
 
Don't crochet? You can request a custom made pumpkin hat on my Etsy shop or by emailing me.
 
What's your favorite thing about Fall?


Crochet Book Review: crochet stitch dictionary

Crochet Book Review of crochet stitch dictionary by www.thelittlemonkeyshop.com

I want to share today one of my favorite crochet books - the crochet stitch dictionary by Sarah Hazell. This is a great book for crocheters who are ready to progress beyond the single crochet.

The crochet stitch dictionary starts with the crochet basics about hook sizes, types of yarn, and basic stitches. The author then jumps into a directory of stitches - over 200 crochet stitches. She gives you a colored picture of each stitch worked in yarn along with a description of the stitch, including what type of item it would be ideal to use it to create. For those that are visual learners- there are pictures for each step of the directions to create the stitch, as well as written directions.

The stitches are divided in groups of families so that it is easy to find the type of stitch you for which you are looking. All the ribbed stitches are together, all the shell stitches are together, and the chevron stitches are together.

I use this book once I have an idea of the item I would like to create. Then I flip thru the book looking for stitches that would complement my pattern. I like to combine rows of different stitches together to create a unique texture.

The crochet stitch dictionary can be found at most book stores or ordered on Amazon. It is published by Interweave.com.

If you are looking to build up your crochet library, this is the book I would start with. Keep an eye on my blog as I share my other favorite crochet books with you over the next several weeks.

What is your favorite beginner crochet book?

Crochet Tip - Buy Great Crochet Hooks


Crochet Tip: Buy the best tools (crochet hooks) for your craft (crochet) that you can afford.
 
I often listen to the podcast The Creative Yarn Entrepreneur Show by Marie Segares.
 
One suggestion she had on a podcast last year was to buy really good tools for your craft. Using cheap tools can lead to injury. I had been using the regular aluminum crochet hooks you can buy at any craft store. After long projects, I was getting some serious hand cramps.
 
Tulip Etimo Rose crochet hook on my Princess Charlotte baby bonnet
 
I finally took her advice and bought myself an entire set of Tulip Etimo Rose Crochet hooks on Amazon.
 
You can buy them individually or as a set. The set of Tulip crochet hooks comes in a nice zippered case with a inside zipper pocket. There are 10 crochet hooks ranging from 2.00mm to 6.00mm, each with their own elastic space. Inside the zippered pocket are super sharp scissors and 2 different sizes of yarn needles in their own case.
 
Tulip Etimo Rose crochet hook on my Beach Baby Baby Blanket
 
Since purchasing myself these awesome crochet hooks, I've had no hand cramps and I feel like I'm able to crochet just a little bit faster as they are easier to grip.
 

Now if I can just keep them away from my little guy! He thinks his version of crocheting is such fun!
 
What is your favorite hook to use? Mine is an H.