Category Archives: Crochet and Knit Patterns

Here you will find patterns that I publish for free. Because it’s free doesn’t mean that it isn’t still mine. So I would appreciate it if you do not re-post any of my patterns, instead just link back to this blog. Also the patterns that I post are for personal use please do not profit from my FREE patterns or items made by them. I do sell patterns and with it goes permission to sell as many items as your hands can make! I do wish that I could offer all my patterns for free but this is how I generate income for my family. Thank you for understanding.

All patterns and photos are protected by Copyright and are property of Affordable Wonders and are not to be used without the written approval of Cristina Barnes.

Free Crochet Pattern: Stork Pouch Newborn Photo Prop


Stork Pouch/ Hanging Cocoon/ Sling For newborn Photo prop Designer: Cristina Barnes Company: Affordable Wonders Copyright, 2011, Cristina Barnes & Affordable Wonders Materials: Hook Size N Bulky Yarn # 5 Darning/ Yarn needle Gauge: 4” x 4”= 5 rows 7 DC Stitch Marker (to keep track of rounds) Abbreviations: DC= double crochet, STS= stitches, DC Dec= double Crochet Decrease, CH= Chain If you need help with any part of this pattern there are video tutorials on that you can view. All videos are short sweet and to the point! Permission is not granted to copy or distribute this pattern in any manner. Please do not post the instructions for this pattern on any blog or website. Small alterations are still considered part of this pattern. Photos may be posted providing a link to my website where the pattern can be purchased is included. You can also send people to my blog on where they can view the pattern for free. Pattern on website is only for personal use. In order to sell items made by my pattern you must purchase my pattern. I believe that is fair. Thank you for respecting my wishes. To purchase this pattern and download the PDF immediately  Note work in continuous rounds unless otherwise indicated. Place marker on last stitch of every round Start with Magic Ring make 8 DC inside ring place marker on last DC 1) 2 DC in each DC 2) *DC in next ST, 2 DC in next * Repeat around 3) DC in each stitch around 4) *DC in next 2, 2 DC in next* Repeat around 5) DC in each ST around 6) Repeat 5 for 2 rounds 7) DC in 30 STS, DC Dec in last 2, CH 2 turn 8) DC Dec in 1st 2 STS, DC in next 19, DC Dec, CH 2 turn 9) DC Dec in 1st 2 STS, DC in next 17, DC Dec, CH 2 turn 10) DC Dec in 1st 2 STS, DC in next 15, DC Dec, CH 2 turn 11) DC Dec in 1st 2 STS, DC in next 13, DC Dec, CH 2 turn 12) DC Dec in 1st 2 STS, DC in next 11, DC Dec, CH 2 turn 13) DC Dec in 1st 2 STS, DC in next 9, DC Dec, CH 2 turn 14) DC Dec in 1st 2 STS, DC in next 7, DC Dec, CH 2 turn 15) DC Dec in 1st 2 STS, DC in next 5, DC Dec, CH 2 turn 16) DC 7, CH 2 turn 17) Repeat 16 for 19 rows Finish off and weave in ends. Warning: This item is to be used as a photo prop only by a professional photographer. NEVER leave a child unattended in this prop as serious injury or death can happen. I hope you enjoyed this pattern!


Super Cheap and Easy DIY Non-slip socks


Good Morning! I haven’t been around a lot and that’s because I’ve been super busy! I know no excuse for neglecting my blog!!! But on the bright side I have lots of stuff to add that I believe you will LOVE! So then you’ll forgive and keep comming back :)

On to todays post. I will teach you how to make non-slip socks for little to no money and little to no skills!  I went to Walmart and was going to buy my daughter some non-slip socks but then I saw the price! Not that it was completely going to break the bank but I just couldn’t make myself spend $2.74 on 2 pairs of socks when a 10pk of white socks only costed $3.66! So my frugal wheels started turning. And I remembered that the Puffy paint that my kids decorated a t-shirt with had some resistance. So I got busy to test my theory. Guess what?! It worked!

Now when I say little to no money it’s because most of the people that ready my blog are the craft type (HOORAA!) and more than likely you have all the materials you need in your craft room already. But even if you aren’t the crafty type these are very cheap to make as you only NEED 2 things #1 a packages of socks (doesn’t matter what color or how many that is up to you) and #2 you will need some Puffy Paint (you can find this at Walmart or any craft store) You can buy just one or buy a multipack. So your end project price is up to you! Now on to Optional items: if you are like me you can Crochet or Knit any applique that you want and just sew them on the socks or string some beads or sequins and sew them on. Colorful buttons etc… I’m sure you get the drift by now! You can make these for Boys Girls Men Women babies adults Pets LOL sky’s the limit!

Okay well on to the super complicated instructions to make these bad boys! Grab a pen and paper and take notes lol …. are you ready alright ready or not here we goooooooo.

Step 1: Fold socks width wise with bottom of socks facing you.

Step 2: With puffy paint make dots (or draw a design if you’d like) on bottom of sock to about where the heel is. (be sure to apply a little pressure so that the paint grabs hold of the fibers but not to much pressure that it goes thru the sock)

Step 3: Allow to dry (what I did was make a dot on my work surface so that I could check to see if it was dry)

Step 4: Embelish sock however you’d like!

And that’s it!

Other Ideas ok so lets say you don’t want plain white socks. You can dye them. You can go simple and dump them all in one color or get fancy and tiedye them or use any technique that you’d like.

If yoiu have any other ideas please share with rest us! And if you like this post go ahead and Like share and spread the the word to all of your friends and your friends friends and you ….. Okay I know getting ahead of myself :) I hope you enjoyed the post!


Crochet pattern I created on a whim to decorate my 1st pair.

Chain 6 DC in 2 CH from hook and each across

CH 2 2 DC in 1st DC across 2 DC in last

CH 2 DC in each Stitch

CH 2 DC2TOG DC across to last 2 st, DC2TOG

CH 2 DC across and finish off. weave in ends

Eyes make 2

Majic ring CH 1, 7 HDC in ring SS to join and finish off leaving tail for sewing

Sew eyes on top of “body” one on each corner then put a couple of stitches in between the two eyes to bring them together (will form a small triangle for nose.) Weave in ends

With contrasting yarn attach with SS and SC arount the owl finish off weave in ends. with main color cut 2 strips about 2″ weave them thru a stitch above the Eyes tie knot and trim repeat for other eye.  Sew on to sock!

Rumba For Toddler


Hello all! Rumba came about because the yarn called out to me. Now I am not a yarn snob….  but I do normally steer clear of RHSS as it is pretty rough to my hands so I can’t imagine really making anything to wear with it. But this colorway was just screaming my name (Mexicanna) and when I touched it didn’t feel as rough as I thought it would be. I wasn’t really sure what I would make with it but I knew that it would be for my daughter and it had to be LOUD!

When my Dear Husband saw the yarn he was surprised that I brought it home! lol Normally I am pretty conservative with my colors and rarely do variegated yarns (I like to work with textured stitches and I feel solid yarns better show off the stitches) Well back to the story… My hubby almost spit his drink out when I told him I would make something for our baby girl to wear! He just couldn’t imagine how such loud colors could possibly look good in a garment of any kind.

Well Rumba was born a few hours later. Still hubby couldn’t imagine it being worn in public! Well we went to dinner and I dressed her in the outfit that she is wearing in the photo. And guess what?! My husband LOVES it!  Well on to the reason you are here THE PATTERN! 🙂

The Boring stuff:

©Cristina Barnes  “Affordable Wonders” 2011

This Pattern is Copyright Protected. Please don’t copy or reproduce this pattern in any way without express written permission from me. Feel free to link back to this blog. Please do not sell items made from this pattern. I put a lot of time and love into my And this is the only way that I provide for my family. If you would like to make these to sell please just purchase the pattern it is only $1.99 and will be emailed to you in PDF format Click Here for the listing.

Abbreviations Used and Video tutorials Just click on Hyperlink  🙂




Double Crochet


Slip Stitch


Double Crochet 2 Together

WW yarn (I used Red Heart SS in Mexicana), Crochet hook US Size N,

Guage is not really crucial! But for those that must have it  4″x4″ 5 rows and 8 stitches

Note: Ch 2 does not count as a stitch.

Ch 60 Join to 1st stitch to form circle. Careful not to twist.

1) Ch2 DC in same as Ch2 and each stich around. SL ST to join

2) Repeat 1 for 2 rounds

3) Ch2 DC2TOG, DC in next 30, DC2TOG, DC to end, Sl St to join

4) Ch 2, DC2TOG, DC in next 14, DC2TOG, DC in next 14, DC2TOG, DC in next 14, DC2TOG, DC to end, SL ST to join

5) Ch2,* DC2TOG* Repeat from *3 times, DC in next 39, DC2TOG to end, SL ST to join

6) CH2, DC in each stitch around

7) Repeat round 6 for 2 more rounds but do not SL ST on the last round to join instead make an invisible seam Click Here for a video tutorial if you don’t know how to do this.

Please make sure to use common sense when letting children wear anything around their neck to include this cowl as it can potentially be a choking hazard.