Goodbye, 2017. Hello, 2018!


Long time no blog post! Happy to have you all still here.

This blog post is a personal story of sorts, so if you’re not interested in my crafty issues, please excuse this blog post and wait for the next one.

If you wish to see/read more about any of the crafts in the photos I posted below, leave a comment requesting a more detailed blog post/tutorial. Thanks!

In this post, I’ll be focusing on three points:

  1. A short review of my crafty year 2017.
  2. Hopes and dreams for 2018.
  3. An explanation to my somewhat silent blog.

So let’s get straight to it!


1. A short review of my crafty year 2017.

I haven’t made many huge crafty projects this year, apart from posting two video tutorials on YouTube (about how to make my crochet rose). (In case you still haven’t seen the videos, go on over to my channel HERE.) And let me tell you, editing a video with a thousand mistakes in it is a huge project indeed!

Other than a few videos and some cards, I’ve not made many crafty things, which is rather upsetting and unfortunate for me. I tried making bead bracelets, which I’ll hope to make more of, and I (maybe) invented a pencil case that wraps around a planner/notebook. I also tried making another crochet doll (which I made in late 2016).

So here is a very tiny photo collage of my crafts from this year:


To see more of what I’m currently crafting or more detailed images of the photos above, go to my Instagram accounts:

@katicrafts.uncensored (where I try to be less perfect)


2. Hopes and dreams for 2018.

Because I didn’t accomplish many craft projects this year, I’m hoping that I’ll find some crafty inspiration for the new year, 2018. My dream is to develop my sewing skills, as well as learn how to do lettering or modern calligraphy in a way that makes me happy. I know I won’t become a master in either art/craft form, but I’m learning to accept 80% of what I consider to be ‘perfect’. Other projects I’ll hope to make include: jewelry, more greeting cards, a bullet journal (of sorts and for a good use), crochet dolls, crochet and knit baby booties, and useful pouches and make-up bags.

My hope is to craft one thing per week during 2018. It can be something small, or a part of a bigger project, but I just reaaaally want to make something, anything.

Also, I really wish I could make more YouTube videos, but I don’t exactly know which crafty item people would want a tutorial on. I don’t claim to be an expert, so I feel unable to truly instruct anyone on any craft project.

In 2018, I hope to make things for myself, rather than focusing on producing products and thinking about what other people will think about my crafts. I do like making crafts to give as gifts, but I hate the idea of having to perform and becoming a craft-making factory that spews out ready-made products for people to consume. (I feel a rant coming, so here’s the next topic…)


3. An explanation to my somewhat silent blog.

The following story is a long rant, and most of it is just “thoughts from inside Kati’s head“.  Read at your own peril (and boredom). You have been warned! 🙂

A few years ago, when I was still making a lot of crafts and posting them online, people started asking me to make things for them. I would constantly hear: “Oh that crafty thing you posted online looks so cool, can you make me one?”

To which I always replied: “Yes, of course!” (Because I’m too nice and can’t say ‘no’.)

As I said above, I don’t want to become a craft-making factory. And that’s exactly what I became a few years ago, and what I still am sometimes.

So after I exhausted myself with taking requests and making crafts for others, and getting absolutely nothing in return, I felt empty, sad, and rather fed up with crafting. I even started hating the idea of making crafts, even for myself. And thus I closed up shop, stopped posting on my blog, packed up all of my craft supplies, and basically gave up on the one thing I’ve always loved – making crafts.

I still feel anxious sometimes when I think about making crafts, and even though I love giving gifts to people, the time and energy it takes for me to start crafting again is just too much for me. And the thought of having to share what I’ve made online, typing up a detailed blog post, taking photos of the project, or making a video, feels like a mountain. A very high one at that.

I also have this dumb idea in my head that everything I make has to be 100% perfect, and when a project turns out to be less than perfect, I don’t want to share it with anyone. I’ll also feel like I’ve wasted my time trying to make something that turned out to be a dud. And because so many people follow my blog these days, I think I must perform perfectly, I must make great things, I must come up with new and exciting tutorials, I must make people like my blog and not quit following it, etc.

But this isn’t a commercial craft blog. I don’t get paid to do any of this. The only benefit I get from this blog is the joy of making crafts and sharing them with people who might like to see my crafts. And if there is no joy in it for me, the blog stays silent.

And so in conclusion, the reason I haven’t posted many blog posts is because I’ve been avoiding crafting, because it hasn’t made me happy.

In the new year 2018, I will post more blog posts. The posts probably won’t be tutorials, they won’t include lots of detailed instructions, and they won’t be perfect. But they will make me happy, and they will include whatever I wish to share on my hobby crafty blog.

And in case all of that sounds too selfish, then not to worry – if someone wants my help with some craft project, I’ll help. In the background, I’ve helped people print out my crochet rose pattern, I’ve helped them look for crochet patterns, I’ve replied to comments and given feedback on crochet roses people have made and showed me, and I’ve explained my tutorials in more detail. I’m still here, trying to make this a blog that everyone will enjoy, but everyone will have to include me too in the future. And that’s the aspect I’ll be focusing on in the new year.


Thank you for reading this rant!
Thank you for subscribing to my blog. Thank you for taking an interest in what I do and create. And please feel free to leave a comment, anytime, anywhere on my blog. I love getting comments and replying to them, I really do!


And in case you find yourself in a similar situation with your crafting and creativity, here are two videos that have helped me get over my crafty anxiety in the past:

Happy new year 2018, everyone!
I hope it’ll be a good one filled with joy, crafts, and happiness!

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Crochet rose video tutorial

Hi, everyone!

This is just a quick blog post to let you know that I’ve finally made a video about how to make a crochet rose using the pattern on my blog.

And here it is!

I hope the tutorial clears up any and all questions you might have about how to make the rose, but if not, please leave a comment on this blog post or on the video (on YouTube). I was very tired when I made the video today, so if I make very little (or no) sense, I apologize! 🙂

Thank you for watching the video! Also, hello and thank you to all of my new blog followers and subscribers! It’s nice to have you all here!


Free Halloween Graphics

Hi, all!

Halloween is fast approaching! Here are tips for those who have been searching for free Halloween graphics or images online, or who just want to make simple Halloween greeting cards to print out or to share online.

If you don’t like fiddling with computers and graphic design, just skip parts 1 and 2 of this post. In the 3rd part, I’ll share the actual graphics that I like, and I’ll also include a few examples of how to use them. The example images are for you to freely use and print out.

happyhalloweenboyAlso, if you get inspired by this post and want to learn more, please let me know, and I’ll make more posts with similar topics. And if you really dislike graphic design, and subsequently this blog post of mine, please stick around for actual crafty posts in the future. I will make things out of paper, fabric, and yarn soon, I promise!


If you already use programs such as Adobe Illustrator or PhotoShop, then skip this part. If you don’t have either of the Adobe programs, and don’t wish to buy them, then there’s a free program you can use called INKSCAPE and it works aaaalmost as well as the expensive Adobe programs. Almost! But not quite. Inkscape is a bit harder to use, in my opinion, but luckily there are great tutorials online that help you out with all possible issues and problems.

Here’s what I know (and correct me if I’m wrong) about using different file formats on Inkscape:

  • Inkscape uses the .svg file format to save graphics/vectors. It supports .ai-files, but not .eps-files (sadly).
  • Images are exported (or saved) in the .png  format (with or without a transparent background).

I won’t go into the greater details of using Inkscape, as you can get tutorials online, but if you need help with it, leave a comment on this post, and will attempt to assist!


If you google “free graphics” you will be directed to many sites that promise you free images and graphics. freepikMy suggestion for a great free graphics website is

It’s easy to use, it provides you with a vast number of options to choose from, and most of the graphics or images are, in fact, totally free! (There are also paid options for Premium or Shutterstock users.) All you have to do is pick a topic you like, search for it, click the graphics that you like (marked with an “S” for Selection, meaning the free options), selection and then download the graphics. And remember to give credit to Freepik, if you use the graphics online!


All of the following graphics can be found on and are suitable to use with Inkscape. Here are some of my favourite graphics, introduced by theme/topic. You can find the links to these graphics in the photo captions (click the photos to see more information). All of the following featured graphics come with .ai-files when you download them, so you can use them with Inkscape.


There are loads of great Halloween landscapes to be discovered on Freepik. Here are just four of the ones that caught my eye.

And here are my more printer-friendly versions of the landscapes. (The black border lines are not in the actual pictures.)



You can find anything from scary pumpkins to friendlier Jack-o’-lanterns on Freepik. I’ve selected a few pumpkin smileys for you: some hand drawn versions and some more 3Dish.

And here are just a couple of examples of how you could use these pumpkin graphics.



Wish to have a mix of element in your Halloween cards? Here are some of the graphics that include ghosts, pumpkins, witches, cats, spiders, bats, and many more lovely elements!

And here’s what I made out of them.



There are also lots of cute Halloween graphics for kids (or of kids), and some Día de Muertos skulls, plus a few hand drawn graphics for a simpler look.

Thank you for viewing this reaaaally long post! And if you have any questions about anything related to these graphics and how to use them, don’t hesitate to leave a comment below!

Happy Halloween, everyone! 🙂


PS. I’m in no way sponsored by Inkscape or Freepik. I just happen to like them both, and wished to share my tips and tricks. 

PPS. Thank you to all of my new subscribers and readers! And to the old ones: thank you for sticking around! 

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My quest for an awesome pouch pattern has come to fruition!

In the past, I’ve made pouches with a simple pattern (that you can find here in Finnish: Hippu: Pussukka and the simple outline pattern here: PDF-link). While I’ve felt that the end-results have been satisfactory, the pouches have been missing a certain pizzazz, or a little extra something.

So after a bit of searching, I found this YouTube video by Pattydoo, and it made me the happiest crafter ever. Go take a look!

In case you understand German, the video tutorial works even better for you. But even if your German skills only extend to “Jawohl!“, have no fear: the video has English subtitles, and the subtitled instructions are more than adequate. (The free written pattern was a tad tricky to get from Pattydoo’s webpage, but if you wish to see it all written out, go and download the pattern for the “Zippered pouch Susie“.)

I made two pouches: a tiny one, and a slightly bigger one with an extra box-pleat, but I was a bit of a rebel and I didn’t use the measurements Pattydoo provided. (I had to work with already-pre-cut quilting fabrics that my grandma gave me.) My tip to you is: make sure your outer fabric pieces aren’t too narrow/small, or the box-pleats will be a nightmare to sew! Also, when Pattydoo tells you to leave a 1.5cm seam allowance when attaching the zipper, heed her advice and do it! Especially if you use fleece or felt padding for the lining/inner pieces, it will be a struggle to get the zipper attached all nice and neat.

So here are my pouches! My sister labeled them as “grandma-style”, which I’m willing to rock proudly. 😀

Pouches inspired by Pattydoo

The 'Susie' pouch by Pattydoo

Thank you for viewing, and also a huge thank you to all of the new subscribers and visitors to my blog! Very happy to have you here!


PS. If you make a pouch using Pattydoo’s pattern, please leave a comment and a link to a photo of your pouch. I’d love to see it!

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Christmas crafts


I just finished my Christmas cards (or at least a few of them) for this year. I wanted to go for a somewhat simple card, yet with many parts to it, so I used a few different dies and two embossing folders. The dies I used in the Christmas cards are from Sue Wilson (the greeting, the holly leaves, and the reindeer), and Frantic Stamper (the birch panel).


Also, I’ve been making crochet snowflakes using this awesome pattern from Snowcatcher. Scroll down to the purple snowflake to get the pattern for this particular snowflake.

To get the blocking template for the snowflake, print out the image above, or visit this blog, for example. (Or just google “crochet blocking template”.)

Thanks for viewing!


A birthday card


My mother’s 60th birthday is just around the corner, and I decided to make her a somewhat fancy birthday card. For this card, I used several of Sue Wilson’s die cuts (from Creative Expressions). If you want to see the (almost) full list of supplies used in this card, scroll further down.

Also, some future posts in this blog will include: Halloween (card) crafts, Christmas cards, and the long-awaited pattern for my Remix/ruffle booties. I’ve also tried to make a new and improved/different pattern for the strip-method crochet rose, so stay tuned and hopefully I’ll have something to show you soon.

Here are some (sadly bad) photos of my mom’s birthday card. As the days are getting darker, I find it difficult to find a good light source for indoor photos. Please leave a comment, if you know of any good extra-light photography equipment, LED-lights for example. Thanks!

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Thanks for viewing! And have a wonderful weekend.


PS. Happy birthday, mom!!!

PPS. Thank you for all the comments I’ve received lately via the feedback form!


Candy Baby Booties


If you’ve been wondering where I’ve been, again, I’ve been busy working on several projects. Here are some pictures of the booties I’ve made lately.
The black/mix-colored ones are Candy booties, and I’ll be making a pattern out of them for sale.

Thanks for viewing!
Thank you and welcome to the new subscribers!


The finished Remix-booties. Baby booties

Miniature Crochet Rose


Inspired by miniature crochet animals made by SuAmi, I decided to try and make a miniature crochet rose. The task seemed simple enough: just use a very fine, single ply yarn, and a tiny crochet hook. Easy, right?

No. Nope. Not at all.

I thought I had good eyesight, but I have been proven wrong. I even thought I had pretty nimble fingers, but wrong again.

It was almost impossible to see the stitches and even more impossible to get the hook to go through them. But after a few tries, I managed to make one tiny rose, which is still not as tiny as SuAmi’s miniature animals. After a few hours of squinting my eyes and doing crochet-acrobatics, I take my hat off to SuAmi, and will stick to normal-sized roses from now on.

Speaking of which: I bought some awesome new yarns from a lovely shop called Karnaluks in Tallinn, Estonia. I’ve aYarns from Karnalukslready made a few roses using the yarns, and I’ll be posting the results on my blog someday soon.


And here’s what I managed to make this time. It’s a little under 2cm in diameter (so less than 0.787402 inches, if that makes sense).

Thanks for viewing! And happy Easter to everyone!

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Crochet Leprechaun Hat [pencil decoration] – Free Pattern



St. Patrick’s day is just around the corner… So here’s a pattern for a crochet leprechaun hat that I created as a pencil decoration. I’ll post a blog entry about a green pop-up heart and a shamrock soon, too!

Apologies in advance if the pattern makes no sense or if there are horrible typos (this was a long project to make/write up). It’s my first time trying to write down instructions for an original pattern, and I wasn’t entirely sure how to explain it all. Leave a comment below, if you wish to have more detailed instructions, or if you want clarifications for some part of the pattern.

Leprechaun hats

Leprechaun hat pencil decoration – pattern:


ch(s) = chain(s)
sc = single crochet
st(s) = stitch(es) (At the end of each round “—- st” = the number of stitches made on that round.)
sc2tog  = 2 single crochets together (decrease)
sl st = slip stitch
back lps = back loops only
front lps = front loop only


  • I used basic cotton yarns and a size 1.75mm hook. (In other words: use a fine yarn and a small hook.)
  • First, start by making a magic circle/an adjustable ring, or chain 2 loosely and work round 1 into the first chain made.
  • Work in countinuous rounds. Do not join any of the rounds and do not cut the yarn at any point. Use a stitch marker to mark each round, if you wish.

♣ The crown top of of the hat:
Round 1: Into the magic circle, work 6 sc. (Pull the circle closed.)  —- 6sts
Round 2: 2 sc into each st around. —- 12 sts
Round 3: [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] 6 times. —- 18 sts.Hat top
Round 4: [2 sc in next st, sc in the next 2 sts] 6 times. Sl st into the next st. —- 24 sts.
(At this point, it wound be good to fasten off the beginning yarn, but do not cut off the yarn you’re working with.)

NOTE: The top of the hat is supposed to lay flat.

♣ The side band (“body”) of the hat:
(Ch 1, if necessary to get to the next round, to make a sharper edge to the top of the hat.)
Round 5: Working in back lps only: sc into each st around. —- 24 sts.
Round 6: (Decrease round) Working in both loops again: [sc2tog, sc in next 2 sts] 6 times. —- 18 sts.
Round 7-8: Work sc into each st around. —- 18 sts. (Change the colour of the yarn at the end of round 8. Do not cut off the other yarn.)Colour change
Round 9-11: With a different colour (for example: black), sc into each st around. —- 18 sts.
(At the end of round 11., reattach the first yarn you used (green), but do not cut off the second yarn (black). Fasten off the start of the black yarn.)

♣ The brim of the hat:
Round 12: With green again, make an increase round in front loops only: [2 sc in next st, sc into next st] 9 times. —- 27 sts.
Round 13: In both loops again, work: [2 sc into next sc, sc into next 2 sts] 9 times. —- 36 sts.
Round 14: [2 sc into the next sc, sc into the next 5 sts] 6 times. Sl st into the next st (or just fasten off). Cut the yarn. —- 42 sts.

Belt buckle: At this point, decorate the black wrap-around part with, for example, yellow yarn. Make a belt buckle on the opposite side of the start of the rounds. I made a square, weaving around each side of the square twice to make the lines pop out more. Belt buckle

♣ Finally, make the part that wraps around the pen/pencil:
(Or stop  here, and just use the hat as a finger puppet, etc.)
Round 1: With the black yarn (that is still supposed to be attached to the hat), work in the back loops (of black yarn) that were left behind in round 12. There are 18 back loops. Work a decrease round, ending with 12 loops.
Working with the black yarn: Pull up loop through the nearest sc (start of round 11), pull up a loop through the next sc too, working a sc2tog. Sc into next st. Then: [sc2tog, sc in next st] 5 times. —- 12 sts
NOTE: For the next round: Depending on how big you want the hole for the pencil/pen to be, decrease a few more times. I made a hole that fits arPencil holder/wrap-aroundound a normal pencil.
Round 2: [sc2tog, sc in the next 5 sts] twice. —- 10 sts.
Round 3-4: Sc into next st, around. At the end of round 4, sl st into the next st and/or fasten off. —- 10 sts.

You can make more rounds, if you want the wrap around the pencil to be longer.

And that’s it!

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Thanks for viewing! Again, leave a comment below if you need help with this pattern. And please, if you make a leprechaun hat using this pattern, give credit to KatiCrafts, thanks!


Here’s a video I made explaining how to make this crochet rose (using this exact pattern):

The written instructions are below.



Abbr. Meaning
ch chain, chain stitch
dc US double crochet (UK treble) (dcs = plural)
sc US single crochet (UK double crochet)
sp space
st stitch


Yarn: I used Novita’s crochet yarn for this particular rose. The yarn is 100% mercerised cotton. (You can pretty much use any yarn you wish.) I find that a rather thin yarn works best.

Hook: Depending on thickness (weight) of your yarn, use whichever hook suitable. For Novita’s crochet yarn, I used JMRA’s hook size 1,25mm (8).

And a needle to stitch it all up!



Note 1: You can either leave a long tail of yarn at the start or at the finish of the rose (or both ends), to stitch the strip of petals together. (I leave a tail at the end, after fastening the last row off, so the long yarn tail at the start won’t get in the way.)
Note 2: The example rose includes 39 petals. See alterations below if you wish to make a larger/smaller rose.


Row 1: Make as many chains as you wish, in order to create a rose the size you wish.
(See below: alterations A.)

For this example rose: make 118ch.  Then, into 4th ch from the hook work 1dc. After that, *1ch, skip 2ch from the chain row, and [1dc, 2ch, 1dc] into the next st*. The first row looks like a row of V-shapes. Repeat *-* to the end of the chain stitches. Turn.

(You should have 39 V-shapes at the end of row 1.)

Row 1 of the crochet rose Row 1 of the crochet rose

Row 2:  First 3ch (counts as the first dc). Then: [1dc, 2ch, 2dc] into first 2-ch sp (in other words, work the next row into the V-shapes). From then on: *[2ch, 2dc, 2ch, 2dc] in next 2-ch sp*. Repeat *-* to the end. Turn.

Row 2 of the crochet rose Row 2 of the crochet rose

Row 3: This is the row that creates the final petals. See alterations B below, for more information.

Start row 3 straight away with double crochet stitches after turning, working the double crochet stitches into the 2-ch spaces, and then attaching each petal to the next 2-ch space with a sc.

At the end of Row 2, you should still have 39 two-chain spaces, meaning you can create 39 petals. I have divided the petals and the amount of double crochet stitches made into them as follows:

  • 10 petals of 10 dc
  • 8 petals of 8 dc
  • 7 petals of 7 dc
  • 9 petals of 6 dc
  • 3 petals of 5 dc
  • 2 petals of 4 dc

So following this division, make [10dc into next 2-ch sp, 1sc into next 2-ch sp] 10 times in total. And then [8dc into next 2-ch sp, 1sc into next 2-ch sp] eight times.. and so on, until you get to the final petal of 4dc. Attach the final dc on top of the 3ch of the previous row with a sc or a slip stitch . Leave a tail long enough to weave in, and fasten off.

Row 3 of the crochet roseRow 3 of the crochet rose

Assembling the rose

Roll up the rose, starting from the smallest petals. Roll the next layers around the base of the smallest petals. Keep the base of the rose flat so that the rose doesn’t turn into a spirally cone (try to look at the base too while you’re rolling it up).

(Of course, if you don’t want the rose to be flat, you can push the middle of the rose up a bit from the base, and then just stitch it up to fasten the new shape.)

Adjust the petals to the positions you want them to be in, and then stitch it all up, making sure that the petals aren’t moving too much.

Rolling up the crochet rose Rolling up the crochet rose Rolling up the crochet rose

Tip: You can roll the rose up so that either side of the strip is facing up (see photos below), if you want. The rose will look different if you make the “wrong” side face up. (See photos below!)

Right side up:

Rolled up crochet rose, right side

Wrong side up:

Rolled up crochet rose, wrong side

And here’s a video about how to finish a crochet rose:


A) For the first row: If you wish to add more petals, increase the chain count by 3 chain stitches at the beginning of the first row, for each petal. For example, 38 petals means: 38 x 3 = 114 chains. Plus, add 4 chains for each calculation, as the first row starts with skipping the first 4 chains (this creates one petal). For example, if the total chain count is 118 chains, it will create 39 petals. A formula, if you will, is as follows: [the number of petals you want] x 3ch + 4ch

B) If you wish to change the size of the petals, you need to make more/less double-crochet stitches at the last row (row 3) into the 2-ch spaces. Depending on the thickness of your yarn, you can start with making, for example, 10dc into each petal, and then gradually make less and less dcs into each petal, or even make the same amount of dcs into each space, creating petals that are all the same size. Test out how the petals are divided into each rolled-up layer (for instance, if you make 10 petals that all have 9dc, they will create the base for the rose, then the next rolled-up layer will be smaller, so make fewer petals with less dc in them). My suggestion is that you should make a lot of medium-sized petals in the middle of the strip, with 6 or 7 dcs in them, and about one or two layers of bigger petals for the base, and just a few smaller petals for the center of the rose, where the roll is the tightest. (You can’t really tell how many dcs each petal has in the finished product, so this isn’t an exact science, but the rose rolls up differently depending on how big the petals are and how many petals there are to roll up. It’s all very trial-and-error.)


And that’s it!

Thank you for viewing!


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