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?