crochet pattern: round ornate picture frame

Following the success of my original ornate picture frame pattern (available for free here), I’ve developed a new pattern with a more baroque look.

Ornate Picture Frame Pattern by JaKiGu

Ornate Picture Frame Pattern by JaKiGu

Ornate Picture Frame Pattern by JaKiGu

A comprehensive instant download PDF pattern should be available soon in my shop. Check it out to see what other cool home decor projects you could be working on immediately.

infant toy ring

I’m not sure whether I will even find time to write a pattern for this crochet teething ring, but I sure hope I will. It was Bubba’s favourite toy for months!!!

Crochet Infant Toy Ring by JaKiGu

Crochet Infant Toy Ring by JaKiGu

Crochet Infant Toy Ring by JaKiGu

Crochet Infant Toy Ring by JaKiGu

free crochet pattern: black-and-white crochet teething ring

Ever since our little Bubba was born in September, I have been on the lookout for toys for him. Sadly, almost everything commercially available and marketed to ages 0 months+ is not necessarily age-appropriate for clumsy newborns and their tiny hands. Toys I found were either too thick to grasp; too heavy for the accidental, yet inevitable drops on the little one’s face; or overly stimulating with way too many colours, textures, and sounds in a single item.

I knew if I wanted him to play with something different, I’d have to create it myself.

{What I didn’t know was how hard it’d be to find a minute here and there to finish the project. What would have normally taken me less than a single afternoon took me almost three weeks with a brand-new newborn at home!}

As I suspected, this simple high-contrast black and white squeeze-and-suck ring has quickly become one of B’s favourite toys.

Crochet Teether Toy by JaKiGu

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crochet nursing necklace

I really like the concept of nursing necklaces.
Crochet Bib Necklace by JaKiGu

Nursing necklaces, breastfeeding necklaces, mommy necklaces – call them whatever you like, I think they are pretty cool. After all, especially with a baby in her arms, every mom want to feel pretty. But she needs something that will survive the incessant pulling and tugging. That’s why textile necklaces are such a great option. And if the right colours and materials get combined, even the baby will be able to appreciate their visual appeal while letting her tiny fingers explore the different textures.

Crochet Bib Necklace by JaKiGu

This simple pattern can be executed in either monochromatic tones or in a range of colours from contrasting brights to coordinating pastels to soothing neutrals. Beads are an optional addition – their weight adds substance to the piece but they are not necessary.

Crochet Bib Necklace by JaKiGu

With a knot closure, the length of the necklace can be customized. This way, the necklace can be worn with many different shirts regardless of how deep their necklines are. And the mom doesn’t need to worry about the closure snapping!

Crochet Bib Necklace by JaKiGu

crochet karma necklace

I’ve been crocheting in circles for weeks now. Literally. Circles are fun!

All that’s needed to make this  necklace with crochet beaded karma circle is some perle cotton, an appropriate hook, and seed beads. It’s that simple. But what I personally love about it even more is that in the end, this pendant looks more like a piece of sophisticated jewelry than a simple crochet motif that it really is.