Crafty Winter Holiday Patterns (Free Ones!)

I came down with a sinus infection so I couldn’t finish all the winter holiday stuff I was making for the kids at school. However, I did make a list of all the awesome free patterns I came across!

Crochet Cane Hat


This pattern from Sarah at is exactly what I wanted in holiday hat. It comes in baby sizes, toddler/child, and teen/adult, I planned to do it in red/green, red/white, gold/white, and purple/white.

*Note: I finished three of these hats and all of them were too big for my kindergartners all the way to fifth grade kids even after I took out one of the increases and made it more like a beanie. The person who wrote the pattern admits that it isn’t tested and that she wants feedback; and there is some feedback in the comments section from crafters who tried the child and adult sizes and adjusted them through various methods. The pattern as is simply works too wide and deep so I’ll I have to do some more finagling to get the right size…


Mrs. Murdocks’s Mittens


Of course I want mittens to go with my hats and scarves! ^_^ (Still working on these. Have you made some yet?) Brought to us by Brenda Anderson over

Simple Striped Scarf

From Interweave

A scarf pattern from Interweave by Marcy that likely looked wonderful in red and white to get that classic candy cane look!

Holly and Mistletoe

From Little Treasures blog, Maya Kuzman

I thought this might make cute hair bands or shoe ties for boots. Not that we’re trying to attract kisses here! By Maya Kuzman Crochet and Crafts on her blog, Little Treasures.

Rudy the Reindeer Amigurumi

From Tales of Twisted Fibers

So adorable, brought to us for free by Serah at her blog, Tales of Twisted Fibers. I plan to make one for each of Santa’s reindeer.

San Valentine’s Day Hot Chocolate


This is actually a pattern I picked for Valentine’s goodies for my kids at the school but it can easily be modified for a festive winter holiday theme.

I had to include more, for obvious reasons. So enjoy!

Christmas Lights



Pixie Elf Striped Hat

*Note: Newborn pattern size available for free but larger sizes must be purchased on Craftsy.


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October 7th–One Small Step, One Big Leap

TECMS Logo 10.4

I will be a vendor at a local craft fair here in Fresno. Basically, I’m offering everything I currently have in my Etsy store and whatever I can finish before the date.

So I’m nervous. I’ve never tabled before or been able to call myself as a “vendor”, so this will be a learning experience for me.  Part of me wants to stay under a rock. The other part gingerly accepts that exposure is important and people should know what I do as a crafty and a writer.

I’ve been focused on a potential new career path and haven’t been able to finish new items for my store or indulge my craft work. I also don’t have a ton of friends, connections, or family to promote me so I’ve felt invisible this whole time. Even with the steps I’ve taken to promote myself–creating social media accounts like this blog and Instagram, trying to stay on top of posting regularly, and keeping an eye out for other crafty who also do what I do and connect with them–it is exhausting and nothing ever seems like enough.

Loving what I do is important to me and I wonder if “business” is really for me. Never viewed myself as much of a businessperson. I am an artist and I try to stay passionately true to that.

But I promised myself The Ever Clever Miss Stitch would be a vendor at this event, that I would try it. So I will. This is a good opportunity to do so, even if its just for the experience.

In the grand scheme of things, this effort is probably be very small. But to me, it is a huge leap.



Errata–Its Important, My Fellow Crafty

CRAFTY LOVE FRIEND! ^__^ (holding the book) Support Ccaftys and Visit Shanay’s shop, Starving Artist SC!

I’ve noticed that craft magazines issue for “errata” corrections when they need to correct something that was misprinted in a pattern. Never thought I’d have such an intimate experience with this.

Neither the publishers of Designer Crochet: 32 Patterns to Elevate Your Style nor its author, Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby (Shibaguyz Designz), noticed that the beautiful pattern on the cover of the book is misprinted.

Somebody had to have bought this book and noticed the cabling on the cowl neck sweater dress pattern is misprinted…right?


The book was published April 2015. I bought this book and surprised my friend and fellow crafty (pictured on the left, she owns Starving Artist SC) with it that December as a gift. I felt like the gift was ruined when the one pattern my friend wanted to crochet was obviously incorrect. She noticed that the cabling wasn’t right by the way the pattern was written. After she emailed them once or twice, Lark Crafts (the publishers) were slow to respond at first…

Really, really slow.

Obviously, correcting a misprint is a process. I bought this book for my friend in December 2015… The errata correction was not issued until July 2016, over half a year later.

Mistakes happen. The cowl neck sweater dress now has a correction and that’s good.

For the sake of updating and Autumn Leaves Afghan

Dear me, I’ve been doing a poor job of updating recently, mostly because I’ve been working on so many projects. And as for my poorly trafficked Etsy store, I never get seasonal stuff done to sell before the season arrives T__T.  Hopefully, I can post about one of my latest finished projects soon.

Today I’m working on the final set of motifs for my Autumn Leaves Afghan, a pattern from Caron.

Stacks, my Autumn Leaves Afghan pieces to be assembled

Stacks, my Autumn Leaves Afghan pieces to be assembled

Instead of using four colors, I used 7, including the main color. I also used a size smaller hook (H instead of J) to avoid spacey stitches and Red Heart yarn in buff (main color), redwood (new color, I like it, very autumn), dark orchid, cafe latte, gold, paddy green, and pumpkin.  I wanted it to be more red but still colorful by decided representing each color evenly was better so there are two leaves of each color. Red Heart in paddy green is very coarse and thick and I had an older skein of it that I had to split the ply and modify the square motif for; when I brought a new one skein because I ran out of the thicker, coarser one I had and worked the stitches with a tighter tension, the squares came out about the right size compared to the others.

I’m almost done, one more gold set, then I can assemble the afghan. I thought about giving it a border using every color but I’m not sure I have enough of each color yarn left to do that.

Making Peace With Knitting


Crystal Palace (bamboo, size 11), my favorites!

I always thought knitting looked cool. But not only does it require two needles as opposed to one hook, its more tedious to me than crochet because it seems to require more tools/accessories, more counting, and more attention to detail and stitches. And changing color looks more difficult. Furthermore, I never bothered to perfect my skills because I thought knitting was only good for scarves, bumpy-looking hats, socks, and, of course, the quintessential ugly sweater. Crochet was (and is) more versatile, in my opinion.

I bought more knitting needles in college and I sometimes practiced basic stitches by making scarves (that I never finished). However, after spending so much time learning crochet and its terms and ins and outs, it was hard for me to give knitting the time it deserved because it looked infinitely more difficult.

Knitting and crochet are two different things. Don’t compare them.

Or something like that, my crafty friend said to me once.

So I am here to say now that I like knitting and have taken the time necessary to learn more about it. After MUCH trial and error, my favorite stitch is the seed stitch. In trying to figure out my knitting style, I think its safe to say I’m a continental knitter. Flicking the yarn really strains my index finger though -__-. The style I’m interested in is is Scottish knitting, that looks dangerous and convenient!

Its so great to learn/relearn and practice a new craft then obsessively try to perfect it. I literally spent hours and days making my newfound peace with knitting. I’m glad for it.


My seeds and flowers scarf knitted in seed stitch.  The puff flowers are crochet. ^_^

My seeds and flowers scarf knitted in seed stitch. The puff flowers are crochet. ^_^

Crafty Ambitions: Macrame skills acquired

I never went to summer camp. I was never in a school program where I was taught crafty things. Nearly every skill I have I taught myself. Its even easier today to learn almost anything in the vastness of the interwebs. I’ve always wanted to learn to macrame, even before I knew that macrame is not the word for macaroni art.

Learning that macrame is a bunch of knots, I kind of got nervous. Because I am a firm believer in refraining from accidentally tying perfectly good supplies into knots that you can’t get aloose.

Trying it anyway, I taught myself the bare basics of macrame.  I spent hours at a time teaching myself macrame. Two days altogether at least. Relying on sheer stubbornness and crafty animal instinct when it all got to be too confusing :-).

This is the first macrame project I completed, with the Alternating Leaves Pattern tutorial by Beyond Bracelets. (A co-worker of my mom said she wanted a bracelet and provided the materials; I wanted to make some nice so I looked into macrame bracelets…only to discover she wanted a single crochet chain bracelet. Floored by the of challenge, I stubbornly made this one anyway.)


Turns out, I was working with common friendship bracelet knowledge. Referring to knots as forward knots and backward knots when other people call them double half hitchs without differentiating between which way the knot is tied. When I first came across this confusion, I Googled about it incessantly but couldn’t find any clear information on the different names for macrame knots. Finding a beautiful tutorial for rosebud bracelet on YouTube I wanted to do, I emailed the designer, Christina Larsen of CLS Designs and asked her about the various names for macrame knots because she uses terms like double half hitch in her tutorial as opposed to forward or backward knot.

And yes, like you said, the double half hitch and the forward and backward knots are pretty much the same. It’s just because in the friendship bracelet world that’s what the knots are referred to as.

–Christina Larsen

I’m still not sure if she was being quaint and friendly or condescending/patronizing/uppity. I definitely got the sensation of This is what we call these knots in the adult world, sweetie. She’s a professional, I’m a beginner, and I try to keep in mind that I feel that way before I go off thinking she was intentionally being a jerk. For me, the bracelet was better worked using images from the photo tutorial at her website though.  Using the thickest string/cording I own (hemp), I finally finished the rosebud bracelet, leaving the mistakes in the final work since I didn’t feel like taking them apart and also as a testament to my perseverance and determination; I’m still not sure if it was my knotting or the hemp material that made the rosebuds imperfect.



Macrame doesn’t seem easy to learn online or super accessible but possible. In any event, I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished! I’m working on new knots, macrame lettering (a knowledge of cross stitch embroidery is surprising helpful in this), and a new set of bracelets too.

Guess What I Got For My Birthday!

YARN!! I bought expensive YARN!!!

My birthday was on the sixteenth and I got money. I’ve wanted to make myself something nice so, after some indecision, today I went and ordered yarn from Nordic Mart (will post again when it gets here). I fell in love with their DROPS Muskat coral red and decided to use it make the Avalon Top pattern my friend and fellow crafty showed me a while back.

I’ve never had DK weight yarn before, especially not any this expensive. This top will be the most expensive thing I’ve ever made and I’ll have to buy the remaining skeins I need to finish it in installments 0__0. The most expensive yarn I’ve ever bought is from DROPS/Nordic Mart, my favorite DROPS Big Delight in chocolate banana and autumn forest. If only I could have all the yarns…*sigh*