Thursday, December 01, 2022

Bauble Candy Christmas Ornament Pattern


Bauble Candy Christmas Ornament Pattern

by Elizabeth Mareno 
©Bizzy Crochet and Design 2022
In participation with the CAL-Crochet Along Christmas Ornament CAL 2022


1 oz DK Weight yarn- 2 to 3 colors

·         Each textured section (covers 3 rows) uses 12 yds of yarn.

F/3.75mm hook

Polyester Fiberfill

Large eye needle for assembly

Gauge: 18sc x 22rows = 4”x4”

Specialty Stitches:

3 Double Crochet Cluster (3dcCl)- (yo, insert hook into indicated sp, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through two loops) 3 times, yo, pull through all loops on hook

Invisible Decrease (inv dec)- loop the FLO of the next two stitches on your hook, yo, pull a loop through both front loops and complete the sc like normal.

Abbreviations (US terms)

Ch- chain
FLO- front loop only
hdc- half double crochet
inv dec- invisible decrease (see special stitches)
MR- Magic Ring
Sc- single crochet
sp- space
st- stitch(es)


Ch2 does not count as a hdc




Basic Bauble: Using F hook and Color 1

Rd 1: MR, 6sc in ring, join. (6sc)

Rd 2: ch1, 2sc in each sc around, join. (12sc)

Rd 3: ch1, (sc in 1, 2sc in next) around, join. (18sc)

Rd 4: ch1, (sc in 2, 2sc in next) around, join. (24sc)

Rd 5: ch1, (sc in 3, 2sc in next) around, join. (30sc)

Rd 6: ch2, (hdc in 4, 2hdc in next) around, join with 1st hdc. (36hdc)

Change to Color 2 if striping

Rd 7: ch1, working in the 3rd loop of the hdc, (sc in 5, 2sc in next) around, join. (42sc)

Rd 8: ch1, turn, (sc in 2, 3dcCL in next) around, join. (14- 3dcCL)

Rd 9: ch2, turn, hdc in each cluster and sc around, join. (42hdc)

Change to Color 1 if striping

Rd 10: ch1, working in the 3rd loop of the hdc, sc in each hdc around, join. (42sc)

Rd 11: ch1, turn, (sc in 2, 3dcCL in next) around, join. (14- 3dcCL)

Rd 12: ch2, turn, hdc in each cluster and sc around, join. (42hdc)

Change to Color 2 if striping

Rd 13-15: Repeat Rd 10-12 once.

Change to Color 1 if striping

Rd 16: ch1, working in 3rd loop of the hdc, (sc in 5, inv dec) around, join. (36sc)

Rd 17: ch1, (sc in 4, inv dec) around, join. (30sc)

Rd 18: ch1, (sc in 3, inv dec) around, join. (24sc)

Rd 19: ch1, (sc in 2, inv dec) around, join. (18sc) Start Stuffing

Rd 20: ch1, (sc in 1, inv dec) around, join. (12sc)

Rd 21: ch1, inv dec around, join. (6sc)

At this point you can weave in the ends.


Optional Top & Bottom Decorations:

EXTRA NOTE: Pom-poms would make great tops and bottoms for these ornaments as well!

Curly Cues: (Make 2)

With choice of color

ch10, 3sc in 2nd ch from hook and next 7, sl st in the last ch (repeat 2 more times)- (3 curly cues)

After the third curly cue- cut leaving a long end to attach to the top or the bottom.



 Frills: (Make 2)

With choice of color

Rd 1: MR, 6sc in ring, join.

Rd 2: ch8, sl st in 1st sc, (ch10, sl st in next sc, ch8, sl st in sm sc) around, finish with ch10, sl st in 1st sc.

·         On one of the frills make an extra loop of 20 chs across the middle of the frill to use as a hanging loop.

Cut leaving a long end to attach to the top or the bottom.

I hope you enjoy this pattern- make sure to tag me on social media so I can see your makes! And don't forget to check the CAL-Crochet Along blog throughout the month of December for all of this year's Christmas Ornaments! ~ Biz



Thursday, August 25, 2022

Gingerbread House CAL 2022

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's Christmas Blanket CAL! You made it amazing!

Options, options, options...that's the name of the game. Think of it in terms of decorating the walls of your actual gingerbread house. Do you like it with more or less frosting? Do you like lots of colorful candies or just a little? You can decorate your blanket any way you like. This will be a great time to play with color. 

There are more than 10 different stitch patterns in these blankets, with only four of them foundational. The rest of the stitch patterns are where you get to play. 
All of the pattern downloads will be available in both US and UK terminology.

The full pattern is now available for download: Etsy, Ravelry, and my Website.

Frosting Theme

Candy Theme

Beach Theme

Silver and Red Theme

So, why is this CAL different from any other CAL? Because it's more than just making a blanket together- it's a two-month Christmas party! If you join the Bizzy Crochet CAL Group on FB you will be a part of an International community that loves Christmas. 

But, it's more than just that. This year I will be featuring a guest designer every week of the CAL. Not only will you get to meet a fantastic designer who might be new to you, but everyone that signs up for the CAL will be blessed with a free pattern from each designer! The guest designer list is one you don't want to miss!!

That alone should be enough to get you excited, but there's more! 
We will be kicking off the CAL with a week-long Pre-CAL Party Sept 25-29. 
Every Saturday throughout the CAL we will have LIVE Coffee Chats. 
Every week we will have new games like Bingo and Treasure Hunts with prizes. 
Of course, if you have already been in a Bizzy CAL you know that it's as much about the community as it is about the pattern. I hope you join us in the fun!!

Click the picture below to find out more.
And if you have questions, remember I'm just an email away. 

For your viewing pleasure...the Bizzy Testers:

Alisha used a short repeat gradient for her candy colors which helped her achieve her different colored bobbles.

Debbi kept her colors minimal and simple, choosing only a burgundy red for the center and all white for the rest of her blanket. 

Mik chose waves of green and red that created a fun contrast to the rest of her white frosting sections. 

Niamh made her sample out of crochet thread so she could use it as a table decoration for the holidays. She said it finished up at about 25" x 25".

Tiffiny went with a yummy dark chocolate cookie for her gingerbread house and changed up some of her frosting work to resemble peppermints. 

Vannessa chose a vibrant variegated yarn to achieve a colorful candy look in her blanket.

Wini chose a completely unique color palette that makes you think of pink frosted chocolate cookies with mint chips.  Yum! 

 Thank you to my amazing testers! 
Hopefully, you have found something to inspire you! 

Click this button 🠟 to join the CAL Group on Facebook.

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Under the Sea Toy Bag Pattern

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Introducing the Under the Sea Toy Bag 

by Elizabeth Mareno 2022

The Under the Sea Toy Bag pattern consists of a yellow submarine with a working door and a space inside to store all the characters, which are an octopus, a squid, a sea turtle, and a stingray! Create an undersea adventure for your favorite little ones and watch them dive deep into their imaginations!


Sea Turtle

(designed after the squid flotation device Lani carries in Surf's Up)


The supplies you will need to make this pattern are:

Submarine: Worsted Weight

1 skein- 7oz yellow (Used "I Love This Yarn" Yellow)

1 oz Dark Grey (Used "Red Heart Super Saver" Grey Heather)

1 oz White (Used "I Love This Yarn" White)

Characters: DK weight

Squid: 1 oz Red (used Paintbox DK- color #414 Rose Red)

Octopus: 1 oz Blue (used Scheepjes Catona- color #146 Vivid Blue)

Stingray: 1 oz Purple (used Scheepjes Catona- color #394 Shadow Purple)

            1 oz White (used Stylecraft SpecialDK- color #1001 White)

Sea Turtle: 1 oz Green (used Scheepjes Catona- color #205 Kiwi)

            1 oz Dark Grey (used ScheepjesCatona- color #242 Metal Grey)

Small bit of DK white for each character’s eyes.


Hook: #7/4.5mm, G/4.0mm

8- 4mmsafety eyes

1 – 5/8” button for bag closure

Large Eye Needle/Scissors

Polyester Fiberfill

Pattern purchase information below!

Wednesday, July 06, 2022

From That to This: The Evolution of a Submarine

Hey everyone! Today is the first day after a holiday weekend (the 4th of July) and I have to switch gears and get myself back in "work" mode. So, I decided to share with you the journey of a pattern design I am putting out in August. I was originally going to wait until September, but my testers are just zooming through so I'll be able to release it sooner. 

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Around 2015 I was into designing toy bags a lot more than I have been in recent years. It all came to sort of a screeching halt when I created two bags that I just couldn't get right. The Prairie Bag and a submarine bag that I never published. I finally revamped the Prairie bag and released in 2017, but the submarine bag kept moving with me from house to house never being completed. 

The main reason it never got completed was because I had made a stack on the top of the sub that had plastic canvas around it to hold it upright causing a myriad of issues. haha! It was too small for hands to reach into the bag and get the characters out of it and it was a scratch hazard for little ones. In the picture below you can see how tiny the top was. 

So, I took the scissors to it and cut the stack off the top. It definitely opened up nicely, but I still decided I needed to remake it so that I could figure out a different top. This is what I came up with...

The stack definitely looked more "submarine" to me after I was done, and hands could reach in and out of the bag- so I was successful, right? Not really. I wasn't happy with it and I couldn't put my finger on it. But, I moved on to the animals because I couldn't place my unhappiness with the pattern up to this point and this is where everything went completely wrong for me. 

I started with the squid. I wanted it to look like the squid from Surfs Up because it's a hilarious character- and I didn't want to make the characters too elaborate and difficult to make. That sucks the fun out of everything. 

Lani from Surf's Up. She's a lifeguard and the squid is her safety rescue tube. The squid has expressions throughout the whole thing- he talks with his eyes. It's hilarious and one of my favorite animated movies. If you've never seen it- you need to and you can get a copy here!

By the time I got him done I knew the aesthetic was completely wrong for the grey sub. This guy was cute and the grey sub was really dark and sort of gothy looking. But, I thought...let me try another animal and see if I feel any differently, so I moved on to the octopus. But, that just sealed the deal for me. These guys were too cute for the grey sub.  

Since everyone was too cute for the current sub, I decided that I wanted to put them in something more cartoony and a yellow submarine seemed like the perfect answer. I based my design off of this picture. 

I tried to keep it true to form as much as possible. With this being a bag, I needed one of the windows to serve as a door. In order to get one big enough to use as a door- I had to cut the windows down to just one per side. I also left the rivets off of the seams. I'm sure if someone added some in it would just complete the look, but it was too fiddly for me. I decided simple was better.

I was very happy with how it came out. After I got my sub squared away I was able to come up with the remaining characters much easier. I opted to go with a sea turtle and a stingray. I'm really happy with the whole gang, and I hope you guys love it as much as I do. 

Like I said at the beginning, my testers are hard at work cleaning up all the little details in the pattern and it should be ready to put out in August. 

See you soon!!

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

14 Patterns for the Fourth of July

We love the Fourth of July in our house. When the kids were little we lived in a small town in Northern Wisconsin and the Fourth of July was a major event. There was the craft fair in the park, the parade that took hours, then everyone would go home and get changed for the fireworks and head back downtown. There was always some youth group or another selling glow necklaces, and popcorn and soda/water vendors walking up and down the main street. Our church was right across the street from where the fireworks were set off (right in front of the propane gas station) and everyone would gather on the lawn like a big family.  Then, we would go back to our house and light up the fire pit, and a bunch of friends and family would come over and roast marshmallows and finish off the day. Those are some of the best memories. 

We moved away from our small town 11 years ago, and I miss the event that the Fourth used to be for us. So, I decided to find some fun and interesting patterns to bring some of that zing back into the holiday. I have patterns for your home, for your table, and for your body! I hope you find something festive to create for your own Independence Day celebrations!!

14 Patterns for the Fourth of July

Decorate Your Home!

1. Maybe you want to start off with something simple and traditional to decorate your front door. This project is great because it's made in one piece and sewn onto a wreath form. Minimal work for a great reward!

American Flag Wreath Crochet Pattern - Petals to Picots

2. Or maybe you are looking for a bit of a challenge? This beautiful boho rendition of the American flag should fit the bill. It's not that the patterns are hard, there is just more assembly required with this one. I find its "simplicity" quite beautiful and appealing. 

Bohemian American Flag Crochet Pattern — Megmade with Love

3. I really like this bold pillow for outside decorating. A nice, simple statement. :)

Red Heart Patriot Heart Pillow | Yarnspirations

4. I have a thing for banners. I just think they are the cutest. This one in particular has so many applications. Craft fair tables, voter registration booths, back porch decorations...so cute! 
(And you could totally change out the colors and make a bunch of seasonal ones.)

Star Spangled Banner Crochet Bunting Pattern - Petals to Picots

Decorate Your Table!

5. So, I wanted to find something other than just your basic tabletop runner to decorate the table. And, recently, I've become enamored with zig zag patterns. This one looks like fun!

4th of July Patriotic Table Runner Free Crochet Pattern (hearthookhome.com)

6. Or this one! Simplicity at its best. Individual motifs (so that means the project is portable!) are stitched together on one tip. Guaranteed to brighten any table up.

Red Heart Americana Star Table Runner | Yarnspirations

7. A great way to add a little flair to your celebration tables. These would even be great to hold drinks or taller chip dip containers.

Americana Hat - Free Crochet Pattern - Highland Hickory Designs

8. A smart way to protect your tables from sweaty drinks. No more water stains on the wood!

4th of July Round Coaster – Free Pattern | Creative Grandma

9. If you've been around for more than a minute, you also know I'm obsessed with jar covers. They are such a simple way to turn something so plain into something cute and themed. These are a great idea for your holiday silverware.

10. More help for your table tops, plus these will help keep your drinks colder longer, as well as catch all the "sweat". 

Decorate You!

11. This adorable crop top was too fun to not include in this week's lineup. I'm sure you can make it longer if you want to. But, with the heat the way it has been- you're going to need something cool to wear!

the dream crochet blog.: Happy Fourth of July: Free Crochet Top Pattern!

12. This top is also very cute. I remember wearing stuff like this in the 70's when I was a little girl. 

13. You can finish off your celebration outfit with a cute bandana to hold your hair back. 

14. Last, but not least, finish off your busy celebration day by pampering your feet with a new pair of patriotic slippers. 

Free Crochet Pattern: Stars and Stripes Slippers - Pattern Paradise (pattern-paradise.com)

I hope you found something useful in this roundup to make your Fourth of July more fun!

Happy Crocheting!

Bauble Candy Christmas Ornament Pattern

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