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free crochet pattern: Happy Rainbows

Rainbows are a symbol of hope and unity as well as being full of bright and cheerful colours. I think we could all do with some cheer right now, as well as encouraging hope and unity.

My hope is that my Happy Rainbows pattern will brighten your day while you crochet it, and then go on to brighten the day of everyone who sees it!

Happy Rainbows crochet pattern by PlanetJune

Use these cheerful rainbows to brighten anyone’s day with a splash of colour and a message of hope and unity! Tape them to your window, hang them on the wall, or stitch them to a crocheted blanket or cushion as a colourful applique.

As buying yarn may be difficult at this time, I’ve designed this pattern so both rainbow sizes use easily-available worsted weight yarn. The only difference between the large and small rainbows is the hook size and the number of strands of yarn, so grab your brightest yarns from your stash and crochet some cheer!

Happy Rainbows crochet pattern by PlanetJune

As I like to reward people who chose to donate for my donationware patterns, the PDF version of this pattern includes a bonus pattern for matching flat-bottomed rainbows (pictured below), and additional progress photos (including left-handed photos).

Happy Rainbows crochet pattern by PlanetJune

As always, the pattern is free for you to use, and you need only donate if you’d like to thank me for my time in creating it, or if you’d like the easy-to-print PDF version.

I hope you enjoy my Happy Rainbows pattern!

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Crochet dog eye wipes

I try to be environmentally conscious when it comes to my pup Maggie and avoid waste where I can. I even use compostable poop bags, and all her waste and hair clippings go straight into the green bin for composting.

Being a white dog, she’s prone to tear stains, and the thought of buying disposable eye wipes didn’t sit well with me. And then I realised: hang on, my crocheted Eco-Friendly Cosmetic Rounds would also make perfect reuseable doggy face wipes!

eco-friendly cosmetic rounds crochet pattern by planetjune

For fun, and to tell Maggie’s wipes apart from my own, I decided to crochet her a set that matches her colours – mostly off-white with a little light brown.

crocheted dog face wipes by planetjune

I used my favourite cotton yarn, KnitPicks Dishie in Swan and Linen, and the colours are a pretty good match!

crocheted dog face wipes by planetjune

And now for the moment of truth – will they work?

I saturated a wipe in lukewarm water and squeezed it out so it wasn’t dripping. After an initial sniff test:

crocheted dog face wipes by planetjune

…Maggie gave it the licky seal of approval:

crocheted dog face wipes by planetjune

I wiped her eyes well, and then she took over to finish the job to her exacting standards!

crocheted dog face wipes by planetjune

And here’s the finished pretty face once it had dried:

crocheted dog face wipes by planetjune

Mission accomplished!

As with my cosmetic rounds, I’ll toss the used wipes into a mesh laundry bag and run them through the washer and dryer with my laundry – it’s quick and easy.

eco-friendly cosmetic rounds crochet pattern by planetjune

An update on my personal cosmetic rounds: In case you’re wondering how reuseable crocheted facial rounds hold up, I’ve used one clean round every night for 9 months. I made enough to last me for 3 weeks before washing them, so mine have all been laundered many times by now.

They don’t look quite as crisp as new, but they are holding their shape well and are much softer than they were when new, so there’s plenty of life left in them before I need to make replacements!

If you’d like to make your own facial wipes – for humans or pets! – you can find my Eco-Friendly Cosmetic Rounds pattern here 🙂

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Pika crochet pattern

Pika pika! No, it’s not a Pokemon, but an adorable real-life animal…

Pika crochet pattern (Baby Bunnies Expansion Pack) by PlanetJune

Have you ever heard of a pika before today? Pikas are super-cute and special little creatures – let me tell you a bit about them so you can judge for yourself:

Pika Fun Facts

  • It may look a little like a giant hamster, but the pika is the smallest member of the rabbit family (lagomorphs) that also includes rabbits and hares.
  • Pikas are about 6-8″ (15-20cm) long, and live in rocky alpine areas in the west of North America and in Central Asia.
  • They are nicknamed conies, rock rabbits, boulder bunnies, or whistling hares (for their high-pitched alarm calls).
  • Pikas do not hibernate, so they need to stockpile food for the winter. Every summer, each pika collects and dries out a huge haystack made from grasses and plant stems. The haystack is many times larger than the pika, but it transports the whole thing into its den before the winter comes, a mouthful at a time.
  • Their name should apparently be pronounced PYE-ka, but I’ve heard it said both ways in wildlife documentaries, and PEE-ka is so much cuter, so I’m going with that pronunciation!

Pika crochet pattern (Baby Bunnies Expansion Pack) by PlanetJune

As pikas are related to rabbits, I realised I could design an expansion pack for the Baby Bunnies pattern, so you can turn it into an adorable Pika without having to buy another complete pattern!

Pika crochet pattern (Baby Bunnies Expansion Pack) by PlanetJune

Pika crochet pattern by PlanetJune

What is an Expansion Pack?

Expansion Packs by PlanetJune

  • An Expansion Pack is an add-on to an existing PlanetJune pattern.
  • The Expansion Pack lets you modify or add to the original pattern to create something else.
  • You cannot use the Expansion Pack alone – you must also purchase the original pattern in order to be able to complete the pictured items in the Expansion Pack pattern.

Purchase Options

Okay, you have several bundle options here, so I’ll go through them all for you:

Pika crochet pattern (Baby Bunnies Expansion Pack) by PlanetJune - purchase options

  1. If you already have Baby Bunnies, you can buy the Pika Expansion Pack for only $3 individually from the shop.
  2. If you haven’t yet bought Baby Bunnies, you can buy the multipack of Baby Bunnies & Pika, and save 50c on the pair!
  3. Or, you can buy the triple pack of Baby Bunnies 1, Baby Bunnies 2 & Pika, and save $1.50 on the individual prices!

Has that confused you? Don’t worry! Check out all these options, together with their prices, right here 🙂

Launch Discount

Now, if you’ve already bought Baby Bunnies (or Baby Bunnies 1 & 2), you won’t be able to save that 50c (or $1.50). But, for 7 days only, add the Pika Expansion Pack pattern to your shopping cart, together with anything else (totalling $5 or more), then use the code PIKAPIKA at checkout and you’ll still get your discount! (Valid until next Friday: 20th March 2020.)

Note: If you don’t need anything else right now, this also applies to Gift Certificate purchases, so you can pick up a $5 gift certificate now, get your discount, and have $5 in your PlanetJune account ready for your next purchase, or to send to a crocheting friend!

If you’re not ready to make your Pika just yet, don’t forget to heart and queue it on Ravelry so you don’t forget about it:


Baby Bunnies:

Baby Bunnies 2:

What do you think? Don’t you need to add a cute little pika or two to your life?!

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fixing a dog sweater with crochet

Today is the 3-week anniversary of adopting my adorable dog Maggie, and I’m more sure than ever that we made the right decision! I’m so happy I found such a special little lamb – she’s so small and sweet, and she loves me so much. And she’s such a clever girl – our training is progressing well, and she’s learning new things practically every day!

We’ve been visiting all the local pet stores to look for small toys and training treats and other essentials:

maggie dog

Now, it’s pretty cold in Canada and Maggie doesn’t have a lot of fur, so getting a sweater immediately was crucial. I bought her this cute little argyle sweater in her favourite colours – pink and grey – and doesn’t she look adorable in it?!

fixing an unravelling dog sweater with crochet

But, less than a week after buying it, it looked more like this:

fixing an unravelling dog sweater with crochet

Not only was it coming apart at the seams, but the knitting was actually unravelling at the exposed edges:

fixing an unravelling dog sweater with crochet

This is the first and last time I buy a dog sweater – now I know how a dog sweater works and have this well-fitting example to take measurements from, I’ll be able to crochet or knit all her sweaters in future (yay!)

But, I wasn’t about to let this cute sweater go to waste quite so soon. I found a perfect pink baby yarn in my stash (I knew I’d find a use for it one day!), grabbed a crochet hook, and got to work.

I passed the yarn end through all the loose knitted loops I could see, to prevent further runs, and then single crocheted over the last couple of knitted rows to bind all the loose ends in place. I added a ch 1 between each sc to add a little stretch to my new edging, which makes the edging look very slightly ruffled, but it worked like a charm:

fixing an unravelling dog sweater with crochet

In a few minutes, the sweater was saved! The new leg edgings don’t show much in use, but occasionally you can see a flash of pink crochet, and it looks pretty stylish, and not obviously like a repair.

fixing an unravelling dog sweater with crochet

The yarn colour matches incredibly well, and, most importantly, Maggie is happy to have her sweater back so she can stay cosy while we’re exploring the neighbourhood!

fixing an unravelling dog sweater with crochet

This just goes to show how most mass-market clothes pale in comparison to the care and quality of handmade. I doubt I’ll be knitting argyle sweaters for Maggie, but I’m sure she’ll be equally happy with single-coloured handmade sweaters in future, don’t you think? 🙂

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free pattern: Crocheted Wreath Base

Use this stuffed crocheted ring as a base for a crocheted wreath, candle ring, or other round decoration (e.g. a centrepiece). You can make the ring in any size depending on the desired size of your decorative piece, and choose yarn colours to match your decor and the theme of the components you’ll be covering it with.

crocheted wreath base crochet pattern by planetjune

Yes, this is the base pattern I used to make my Christmas Decor Collection wreath and candle ring!

The basic online version of the pattern is available free for you to view online. As I like to reward people who chose to donate for my donationware patterns, the PDF version of this pattern also includes special bonus content:

  • Tips on choosing yarn colours for your wreath base
  • The exact recipes and layout diagrams for my Christmas wreath and candle ring, if you’d like to copy mine exactly!

As always though, the basic pattern is free for you to use, and you need only donate if you’d like to thank me for my time in creating it, or if you’d like the easy-to-print PDF version.

Have fun with this pattern throughout the year – it’s not just for Christmas if you make it in a different colour and adorn it with different crocheted pieces!

Please don’t forget to share photos of the wreaths/centrepieces you make with this pattern, and tag me @planetjune so I’ll get to enjoy them too 🙂

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