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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 http://www.AffordableWonders.com 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 http://www.affordablewonders.com 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!


Naturally a Black Bomb Bird Hat has to Follow


Well after my older son saw the Red Cardinal Angry Birds hats that I made for my Husband and younger Son naturally he wanted his own hat. He requested the Black Bomb Bird. Not needing much of a push to lovingly create something for my son I jumped on it. Now you would think that after creating the Red Cardinal hat I would whip this one up no problem right? Wrong! Lots of frogging went on until I got this hat the way I wanted it.

When I presented it to my son he was sooo happy. Of all the things that I have made my family these hats have been the ones that they have loved the most. All three of my boys (husband included) wear them proudly and brag. That fills my heart with so much joy! My sons wear their hats at all time even indoors lol. And they come home from school excitedly telling me how many people in school love their hat and want one of their own. If you are an Artisan you understand how good it feels when something you made is such a hit.

Well this pattern will be testing soon. If you would like to be a tester for this one leave your comment below. I will need 3 testers.

Well thanks for reading 🙂 have a wonderful day.

OMG! It was sooo hard to…..


Yesterday I found a pattern on Ravelry that I liked. When I visited the blog that it was posted on I liked it even more and the Author was so entertaining that I ended up reading everyone of his posts.

If you are a crocheter you know how hard it is to find or come up with a Crocheted item for a man that has some kinds of texture. Usually they end up looking girly. So normally when I create something for a man I knit it (which takes me much longer than just crocheting it)

So after I was done reading all of Tim’s blogs. I went to my stash found some yarn and hook and OMG! I was unable to put the project down after I started… Which btw was late… At about 11:30ish I caught myself asleep well I made a few more stitches and whaddayaknow I was asleep again! Well after waking up several times I decided I had to put it down for the night. This morning I finished it all of my kids loved and above are the photos.

I did change a few things but that was because I was working with what I had (pattern calls for Chunky yarn I used WW) and my dislike for SC’s.  As you can see everyone LOVES this hat and the way that it is designed it has lots of stretch to it for big heads like mine and will grip small heads like my 3 year old daughter!

Now on to the designer. His name Tim and his Blog is Man-Made…LOVE his sense of humor! And what I love more is he is a Man that Crochets. He  even helps his Wife with projects! (what I wouldn’t give for my Husband to join me one day) Tim grew up around crocheters and knitters and clearly has and appreciation for the Art. He has only been actively crocheting for a few months and is already designing so can you imagine him in a few years! I see a book in the making! Well if you would like to try this pattern out Click here Deep Woods Explorer Cap He also has matching Fingerless Gloves and HERE is his Ravelry project page so you can Hook it  tonight!

My Rendition of Angry Birds Inspired Hat Red Cardinal


So I designed this hat for my husband. 1st time ever that he has actually requested something crocheted. Went something like this. “Wouldn’t it be cool if you could make an Angry Birds Hat. I would totally wear it everywhere” I didn’t know what to do with myself! I ran tripped over my feet and fell on some red yarn…. Ok maybe not but I stopped everything and  started working on his hat. I know there are several patterns out there for the hat but 1) I prefer to design my own patterns and 2) well I didn’t really see any patterns that I liked.

Well it took me a few days to get it to where I liked it. I wanted the hat to have earflaps but I wanted the earflaps to be more “bomber” style and I didn’t add braids as I just don’t really like that look on men. After I assembled all the pieces. My youngest son caught a glimpse of the hat next thing I know he asked me for one as well. You’ll notice that my sons hat has a beige belly he requested it to be that way (don’t ask me why cause I have noooo idea)

Well after I finished the hats both my Husband and Son absolutely love them. They proudly wear them and brag 😉

So I ask you which do you think looks better. White or Beige belly?

At the moment this pattern is being tested by 3 wonderful ladies but will be out soon. And if you don’t crochet and would like a hat I will also be taking orders for them.

Hello New Blogger in town :) Stop on by and say Hi :)


Meet My Family and Me!

Good Morning all. I hope you had a fabulous Holiday Season. Things are just now starting to go back to normal here in my household. I wanted to introduce myself. My name is Cristina and I am the owner /Operator of Affordable Wonders. I’m not exactly completely new to Blogging. (Though I must admit I’m very rusty and rough around the edges) I’ve maintained (using that word very loosely) a Blog on my Main Webpage and though it’s nice to keep everything in one place. I’ve decided to spread my wings. Reason being is that there weren’t many options over there for blogging and getting the word out.  Once I figure WordPress out I will be moving my content from my other blog over.

I absolutely LOVE what I do and the freedom it gives me to be with my kids. My sons are older and go to school and though I loved what I used to and did it well I regret that I didn’t have the option or opportunity to stay home with them when they were younger. Now with my daughter I have the opportunity and am loving every last minute of it! It is rewarding as much as it is hard. What I have found hardest so far is time management. How to draw the line in the business so that I don’t sacrifice time with my Daughter and Sons as the main reason I started Affordable Wonders was so that I can be there for them while at the same time put food on the table.

Things I blog about include Business and Product Reviews, Updates on my latest designs and projects, DIY projects, and the occasional free Crochet or Knit patterns. But at the end of the day it is a Blog and I like to use it to document my Journey from being a US Army Soldier to a WAHM. Let me tell you the transition hasn’t been as easy as I thought. So I’ll be feeding tidbits here and there about this journey.

Well I look forward to your comments and hopefully some new friendships 🙂