Shell Shock Beanie

YAY!! The Shell Shock Beanie pattern is finally here! After a few months, I finally got it in gear and finished the tutorials for the Shell Shock Beanie (aka the turtle hat haha). There are 3 pages of tutorials with each pattern plus a video tutorial if you need extra help. I hope you love it!

I'm having a lot of fun with this design. Next up I want to try it with two main colors instead of one. But in the meantime, here it is and here's where you can find it:

Ravelry - Kids Pattern
Ravelry - Adults Pattern

Etsy - Kids Pattern
Etsy - Adults Pattern

Craftsy - Kids Pattern
Craftsy - Adults Pattern



Busy Week

Lots going on this week, so I hope I can keep up!

I have been working with Kim, from Oikos Handmade, to co-release a pattern for the Graph Beanies you seen on my FB page lately! I'm so excited to be able to offer this to you!! Kim & I will both be offering the beanie in our shops along with "a la cart" graphs you can get separately. If you have any requests for graphs, let me know!

There could be a SECOND pattern release this week too! It's been a long time coming, but the "Turtle Beanie" (or whatever other name we decide on... go on and give me your suggestions!!) is in the works! I have a few things to finish, including an all new video tutorial to help with the tricky bits, but my goal is to git-er-done very soon!

I have also decided to make Playin' Hooky Sightings a monthly contest, with bigger, better prizes. So keep your eyes peeled and your pictures coming. Remember, the more spontaneous and epic your sighting is, the better your chances of winning!
If I see any Playin' Hooky Harlem Shake vids, that would have to be an instant winner!

And of course, who can forget that today is the day I'm ordering our hoodies & t-shirts! I'm so excited I could pee. But I won't, haha. I'll let you know as soon as I talk to the printer when we can expect them for delivery!!



The hunt is over...

Thank you for playing with my yesterday! I had a lot of fun and I hope you did too. If you found hearts and unlocked your coupon code, you have all day today to use it. 

Here's the breakdown of how many hearts were found (for all you number nerds like me):

No one found less than 5 hearts!
5 hearts found - 4.2%
6 hearts found - 16.7%
7 hearts found - 16.7%
8 hearts found - 8.3%
9 hearts found - 29.2%
all 10 hearts found - 25%

If you found all 10 hearts that's AWESOME! But if you didn't it's probably killing you where that last heart (or 2) was hiding. So I'm going to show you in no particular order (the hearts are no longer on the pics in my shop):

CROCHET PATTERN - Waffle Headband

Big Waffle Ski Beanie - Kids Custom Crochet Hat


Playin' Hooky Disc - Crocheted Cotton Flying Disc

CROCHET HAT PATTERN - Kid's & Baby's Gingham Beanie

CROCHET HAT PATTERNS - Houndstooth Beanie - Adults & Kids Sizes

Avalanche Beanie - Adults Custom Crochet Hat

Ridgeline Beanie - Adult's Custom Crochet Hat

CROCHET HAT PATTERN - Shockwave Beanie - Kids Size

CROCHET HAT PATTERN - Twisted Beanie - Kid's Size



2nd Annual Valentine's Day Scavenger Hunt!

While you're at work today, play a little hooky and go on a  Valentine's scavenger hunt! I've hidden 10 hearts (look for the picture to the left) in my Etsy Shop. Each one is hidden in a different picture. It could be on any picture, anywhere, any direction! To find them, hunt through all my hats & patterns until you come across one and you'll get up to 20% off!

My Etsy Shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/PlayinHookyDesigns

  1. Email me or send me a FB message with all the links to the listings you find to unlock your coupon code
  2. Your discount amount depends on how many hearts you find: 1 heart = 2% off... 2 hearts = 4% off, 3 hearts = 6% off... 10 hearts = 20% off!
  3. DO NOT GIVE AWAY ANY LISTINGS AS A COMMENT HERE OR ON FB. If you do, you will automatically be disqualified from any discount. Let's let everyone have fun!
  4. The hunt is on all day! 
  5. Your discount will be good all day today and through tomorrow
On the right is the exact heart you will find in each correct picture. If it's not that heart, it doesn't count. On the left is an example of how it may be hidden.



T-shirt & Hoodie Pre-Sale!!!

I'm so excited! I've been working on offering t-shirts for a couple of months now and I'm finally able to start the pre-sale!! 

The design
Choose from an Unfitted T, Hoodie, or Fitted T
So e-mail me with any questions and to reserve your pre-sale order before the price goes up!



Playin' Hooky Sighting Winner - Week 2

This week's prize goes to.....

Carol G from Pennsylvania. She didn't even have time to weave in all her ends on her Along Came a Spider Beanie before grabbing the camera to capture her grandson's smirk. And I couldn't resist it!

Carol's prize is this Yay!Yarn! magnet from Yay!Life!
Keep your eyes peeled for a Playin' Hooky Sighting near you for a chance to win next week's prize!



Newsletter in the works

You may have heard, or noticed it for yourself, but FB is severely limiting the reach of small business pages, favoring those who can pay big money to reach all of their fans. From a page owner (and page liker) point of view, it upsets me that a very small percentage of my fans actually see what I post. IMO, if I "like" a page, I did it to stay in touch with that particular company.

Sure, there are a few things you could do on FB like selecting "get notifications" to make sure you see your favorite page's post, but all-in-all I'm not exactly optimistic about the direction that FB is going in terms of promoting my business. That being said, I still love sharing my thoughts, creative process, promotions, and finished beanies with you and my FB page is here to stay.

So why am I bringing this up? I want to make sure I stay in touch with you, without being overly obnoxious. I'm thinking about starting an email newsletter for big updates, contest announcements, upcoming sales, and new items. What'd you think? It'd never be more than one email a week, and more likely only 2-3 times a month.

Would you be interested in a Playin' Hooky newsletter?



1st Weekly Playin' Hooky Sighting Winner

Last Monday I started a new contest for you and the first week of Playin' Hooky Sightings was a lot of fun. You used FacebookInstagram, and Twitter to submit some great pictures. In fact, I couldn't decide on just one. So we have two winners this week!

Congratulations to MELANIE for her pic of her daughter playing with her Playin' Hooky Disc and RENEE for her pic of her husband and his pit crew wearing their Houndstooth Beanies on their way to Sault Ste. Marie Michigan for the I-500 snowmobile race! 

Melanie & Renee won a skull and cross hooks button!
I'll choose another winner next Monday so keep your eyes peeled and submit your pictures!



Phil Didn't See His Shadow...

.... SO that means I was right (for the second year in a row I might add)! :) And that means an early Spring and a sale for you!

Use the code GROUNDHOGDAY25 for 25% off* my Ravelry & Etsy shops for the rest of the day.


*$6 eBooks & #2.99 throwback patterns on Ravelry are not eligible for the sale



2nd Annual Groundhog Day Celebration

It's Groundhog Day again and you know what that means... our fate is in the hands (...paws) of that prognosticating rodent from Punxsutawney! The question is, will Phil see his shadow?

So here's the gamble:

IF Punxsutawney Phil DOES NOT see his shadow (meaning we will have an early Spring) I'll release a coupon code for 25% off anything in my Etsy or Ravelry shop good all day tomorrow! Stayed tuned to find out what's going to happen!