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on December 2, 2013 @ 10:15PM

Just in time for the holidays, all of my baby items will be on sale until Christmas! This includes Newborn cluster hat with flower, Big Dots, Little Dots blanket, Star Rippled blanket, and Rainbow blanket with tassles.

Also, if anyone is looking for my Breaking Bad afghan, I most likely will not be relisting it until after the new year. It has been in high demand, and because it is made-to-order, I have been working non-stop to get orders out. I need a bit of a break and also still need to crochet some Christmas presents! It will be back in no time though. :)

Some changes are coming to The Batter’s Box. Soon.

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on November 16, 2013 @ 1:41PM


Things have been creatively quiet around here lately. Last week, I sold three of my Breaking Bad blankets, so I have been feverishly crocheting to get them out as fast as possible. We had some beautiful fall colors in North Carolina that have since turned to so, so many leaves on the ground. It’s a never ending raking fest at my house.

I’ll be adding some new items in the shop this upcoming week, so look out for those.
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on October 22, 2013 @ 10:01AM


Fall is here. That means cooler weather, crunchy leaves on the ground, pumpkin everything, and roasted marshmallows over a bonfire. Now, I am really a Spring/Summer girl but there’s one thing I LOVE about fall: BOOTS WEATHER!

I just can’t get enough boots. I would have a different pair of boots to wear each day of fall if I could afford it! Boot cuffs have been popular lately as a way to accessorize your boots. So I decided to whip up this quick pattern for a pair of easy boot cuffs!



This pattern comes in two varieties: One has scalloped edges (in red) and the other has a straighter finished edge (in white). The base is the same for both.






Crochet boot cuff pattern

Hook: H, 5.0mm
Yarn: Worsted weight, acrylic
Size: Scallops measures 4.5” tall. Without scallops, 5” tall
Notes: All rows should be joined with a slip stitch at the end. These will stretch to at least 6” wide. If you’d like to start with something wider, just increase your starting chains.

Stitches
HDC: half double crochet
sc: single crochet
bean stitch: Insert hook into stitch, yarn over and pull up through stitch (two loops on hook), yarn over, insert hook and pull up through same stitch (four loops on hook), yarn over, insert hook and pull up through same stitch (six loops on hook), yarn over and pull through all six loops

Pattern

For 9”, Ch 32; 12”, ch 38; 14”, ch 44; 16”, ch 50; 18”, ch 56; join with a slip stich to the first ch to form a loop, ch 1
Row 1: HDC around, ch 1 (32 HDC)
Row 2: sc in back loop of the same st, sc in back loops only around, ch 1 (33 sc)
Row 3: HDC in same st, HDC around, ch 1 (34 HDC)
Row 4: sc in back loop of the same st, sc in back loops only around, ch 1 (35 sc)
Row 5: *bean stitch in next st, ch 1, skip 1 st*, repeat from * around (17 beans), ch 1
Row 6: *bean stitch in ch 1 space of previous row, ch 1, skip top of bean stitch*, repeat from * around, ch 1 (17 beans)
Row 7-9: repeat Row 6
Row 10: sc in back loops around, ch 1

With scallops
Row 11: skip 1 st, 4 HDC in next st, slip st next 2 sts, skip 1 st, *5 HDC in next st, slip st next 2 sts, skip 1 st*, repeat from * around, end with 3 slip sts
Fasten off and weave in ends

Without scallops
Row 11: sc around, ch 1
Row 12: HDC around, ch 1
Row 13: sc in horizontal bar in back of previous row around
Fasten off and weave in ends.


If you are having trouble finding the horizontal bar, insert your hook behind the front and back loops of a stitch and into the front of your work. The bar should be directly under your hook. Now, go under this bar and push your hook to the back of the work again, yarn over, draw the yarn up and under the bar, and finish your single stitch. You may find this link helpful if you are having trouble.

Here are a few close-ups of the cuffs:



click for a large picture




These boot cuffs will be about 5.25” wide when finished but can easily stretch over 6” because of the acrylic yarn used. If you are going to use a different type of yarn, make sure it has enough give to stretch around your leg. You may have to increase the starting chains to make your boot cuffs wider.

Enjoy!
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I'm Hilary, a 20-something science nerd recently transplanted into the South. I enjoy cooking, baking, pinning, and crocheting. I love baseball, my boyfriend, and our little beagle, James.










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