December 29, 2014

Red Bulky Skullcap with Big Black Button -free crochet pattern-


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This lovely hat is so simple.  With the turn of a brim and by adding a huge button, this pattern comes to life!

Designed By: Pinar Vardar

Skill Level:  Easy

Size: Fits all size heads

Materials: 
  • 10 mm (US N-15) hook
  • Category 5 Bulky weight yarn (approx 100 gr/110 m; 60% Wool yarn, 40% Acrylic yarn)
  • 1 button (4 cm diameter)
  • scissors
  • yarn needle.

December 24, 2014

Another Cat Ear Beanie -free crochet pattern-


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This cat beanie pattern is simple, but leaves you with a beautiful textured hat that appears that it took much more effort!  

Designed By: Acquanetta Ferguson

Skill Level:  Easy

Size:  Adjustable

Materials:  
  • 1 skein Everyday Soft Worsted Prints Premiere Yarns or your own worsted weight yarn
  • H hook
  • Tapestry Needle

December 23, 2014

Ridgie Cowl -free crochet pattern-

CrochetKim Free Crochet Pattern | Ridgie Cowl @crochetkim

Sometimes the most uncomplicated designs turn out to be so beautiful!  This cowl is made using post crochet to give it this nice ridged look.

Designed By: Kim Guzman

Skill Level:  Easy

Finished size:  14 x 7" measured flat

Materials: 
  • 300 yards Red Heart "Super Saver" shown in color Turqua
  • Suggested hook: 12mm 

December 18, 2014

Simple Waves Headband and Boot Cuffs -free crochet pattern-






This is a great matching set of boot cuffs and a headband!  Make these for a gift, or make them for yourself, we have an entire winter season coming, keep yourself stylin' and warm.

Designed By:  Jennifer Ozses

Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner

Materials:

  • 4.50mm and 4.00mm Crochet Hook
  • Worsted Weight Yarn; Headband: 70 yards; Boot Cuffs: 145 yards
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Stitch markers (optional)

December 16, 2014

Loopy Fringe Cowl -free crochet pattern-

Loopy Fringe Cowl

Another take on a simple cowl.  By adding this loopy style fringe, it gives this cowl a unique edge!

Designed By:  Patons

Skill Level:  Beginner

Materials:
  • Patons® Misty TM (3.5 oz/100 g; 143 yds/131 m), Fawn Fur (94005) 2 balls
  • Size U.S. M/13 (9 mm) crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge.
Measurements:  Approx 14” [35.5] deep x 26” x [66 cm] around before folding.


December 15, 2014

Indigo Ice Snowflake -free crochet pattern-


Indigo Ice Snowflake

Crochet snowflakes and pieces made with crochet thread can look overwhelming sometimes, but really, once you get started, you realize that it's not that hard, especially if the pattern is written well! And this pattern, and all of the patterns by this designer are written very well.  So enjoy this beautiful snowflake today, make one, and add it to your tree!

Designed By:  Snowcatcher

Skill Level:  Advanced

Materials: 
  • Size 10 crochet thread
  • size 8 crochet hook
  • surface to block and stiffen project on
  • desired stiffener
  • small container for glue/water mixture
  • paintbrush
  • stick pins
  • clear thread or fishing line
Finished Size: 8 inches from point to point


December 12, 2014

Penguin Hat -free crochet pattern-


This is too cute!  Become a family of penguins, because this pattern is sized from baby all of the way up to adult!  

Designed By:  Sarah/Repeat Crafter Me

Skill Level:  Easy

Materials:
  • Black worsted weight yarn 
  • White worsted weight yarn 
  • Orange worsted weight yarn
  • Two black buttons for eyes
  • Crochet hook size H-8 (5.0 mm)
  • Tapestry needle

December 10, 2014

Knot Knit Coffee and Drink Mitt -free crochet pattern-


A few days ago, a family member posted a photo of knit mittens, with a pouch that holds a beverage, to my Facebook timeline. There was no link for a pattern, they were indeed knitted, and I thought, .. "hey these are awesome, I will have to play around with the idea of crocheting these,.. as soon as I get all of these other projects out of my way."  But look what I found on Ravelry today!!!  I was so excited to find this pattern, thank you so much designer!  Are these clever or what?!

Designed By:  Jennifer Pionk

Skill Level:  Easy

Materials: 

  • Yarn: Chunky / 5 / 104 yards
  • Crochet Hook: H/8/5.00mm; I/9/5.50mm
  • Yarn Needle

Size:  One Size fits Most


December 8, 2014

Candy Cane Mittens -free crochet pattern-


Get your hands on this pattern, and your hands in these gloves!  They are beautiful and the pattern appears to very easy to understand! This is a great pattern for learning your front and back post stitches.  Make then in the color shown to get that festive candy cane look, or make them your own color.

Designed By:  Susanne W.

Skill Level:  Easy

Materials:

  • Yarn: Punto (Schachermayr nomotta), color 33
  • Hook: 3,5 mm

Size: women L to XL


December 7, 2014

Christmas Baby Pixie Hat -free crochet pattern-


This adorable baby pixie hat could also be used all winter long!  Using a puff stitch really gives this simple hat a piece of sophistication. I want to make an adult sized one for myself!

Designed By: Maz Kwok's Designs

Skill Level:  Easy

Materials:

  • 5.5mm crochet hook
  • Light weight yarn
  • Scissors
  • Yarn Needle

December 5, 2014

Christmas Poinsettia Wreath -free crochet pattern-


Free Crochet pattern Christmas Poinsettia Wreath
I love hand made wreaths, especially the crochet ones, because I know how long and how much effort went into them.  The end result is always beautiful!  Check out this amazing crochet flower wreath!

Designed By: Yarntwist

Skill Level:  Beginner

Materials:
  • Lion Brand Vanda’s choice in 3 colors: Scarlet, Olive, Fern
  • Crochet hook H 5 mm
  • Yarn needle
  • 15” Styrofoam wreath form
  • Ribbon, wide, wired (gold color)

December 4, 2014

Chili/Elf Baby Shoes -free crochet pattern-


I've recently posed a pattern for adult sized elf slippers, but these cute little elf boots (that also look like chili peppers) are just a bit higher up on the cute factor scale!  Do you have a little elf?

Designed By: Jee/Learning to Write

Skill Level: Intermediate

Materials:
  • Red yarn (I love this yarn sport weight red)
  • Green yarn (red heart soft guacamole)
  • 5.00 mm G hook
  • Tapestry needle & 2 markers & scissors

Size:  0-2 months


December 3, 2014

Mrs. Fitz Wristwarmers -free crochet pattern-


These lovely wrist warmers are made with worsted weight yarn and quick to work up!  I love the long cuff and the alternate color used to embellish the flared ends.  Wrist warmers are great for those days that are cool, but you need your fingers free.

Designed By:  Jen/Pollyfoofoo

Skill Level: Easy

Materials:

  • Malabrigo “Worsted” -used 130 yards/60 grams. Colors shown are Pearl and Frank Ochre
  • Hook: 7 / 4.5mm

Measurements: 7 1/2 in tall and 3 1/4 in wide.


December 2, 2014

Snowflake Table Runner -free crochet pattern-


Snowflake Table Runner

So pretty!  This table runner is entirely made of crochet snowflakes.  This pattern calls for Red Heart's Holiday yarn, but go ahead, and try it in some different colors!  

Designed By: Mary Jane Protus

Skill Level:  Intermediate

Materials:

  • RED HEART® Holiday: 2 skeins 1360 Aran with Gold
  • Crochet Hook: 5.5mm [US I-9]
  • Yarn needle


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December 1, 2014

Braided and Broken Wrap -free crochet pattern-


FREE crochet pattern for the Braided and Broken Wrap

Here's a beauty that will keep you warm and stylish!  The use of simple stitches and chains create this beautiful crochet wrap that can be worn in several ways.

Designed By:  Cre8tion Crochet

Skill Level:  Easy

Materials:
  • Lion Brand Heartland yarn in Yellowstone; 750 yards or 3 skeins
  • 9.0mm US hook
Size:  21” wide by 52” long


November 30, 2014

Chain Tree -free crochet pattern-

chain trees :: a tutorial

I seriously want to make many of these!  This is such an easy project, especially for the beginner crocheter.  They are simple, but the end result looks amazing!  It is basically just a long chain of crochet wrapped around a cone.  A great photo tutorial is included.

Designed By: Seams of Life

Skill Level:  Easy

Materials: 

  • Your choice of yarn
  • The appropriate sized crochet hook for your yarn
  • poster board or a light weight cardboard for the tree form 
  • tape and scissors
  • hot glue gun

November 28, 2014

Mountain Mist Infinity Scarf -free crochet pattern-


Mountain Mist is a FREE Crochet Scarf Pattern by ELK Studio #Crochet #Scarf

I love the color combination in this beautiful infinity scarf.  The designer also has a pattern for a matching beanie hat to complete the look!

Designed By:  Elk Studio

Skill Level:  Easy

Materials:
  • Paton Decor or any worsted weight yarn. Specifications for the Patons: 3.5 oz/100 grams 208 yds. Approximately 300-350 yards.Colors: Sage Green, Rich Sage Green and White
  • Crochet Hook Size – I/ 5.50
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in the ends.

November 26, 2014

Abominable Snowman Hat -free crochet pattern


Winter, snow, ice, cold, and the Abominable Snowman!  Celebrate this season with a super cute theme hat that is sure to keep you warm and smiling.

Designed By:  Rachel Solberg

Skill Level: Intermediate

Materials: 

  • K, H and I Hook
  • 2- Balls of Lion Brand Fun Fur - White
  • 1 -7oz ball of Red Heart - White or 3 ½ oz ball of Vanna’s Choice - White
  • Small amount of black and blue worsted weight yarn
  • 2 - ½ “ black buttons

Sizes: 6-12 Months, Toddler, Child, Teen/Adult


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November 25, 2014

Mittens for All -free crochet pattern-


Crochet Mittens for All

If you need a basic mitten pattern for the whole family, here it is!  I like that this pattern shows a long cuff, and you can really make them fun just by using different colors and/or striping.

Designed By: Nancy Anderson

Skill Level: Easy

Materials:

  • RED HEART Super Saver: 1 skein of each required color
  • Crochet Hook: 5.5mm
  • Stitch markers
  • Yarn needle

Sizes: Child, Women's, Men's





November 24, 2014

Woolly Granny Ornaments -free crochet pattern-


These ornaments are just so simple, and beautiful!  Using the Granny Square stitch, you can whip up these little pretties in no time.  Make them your own colors, use them on your Christmas tree, hang them around your home, or attach earring hooks and wear them!  

Designed By:  Maize Hutton

Skill Level:  Easy

Materials:

  • any size yarn
  • hook to match yarn.






November 23, 2014

Cabled Slouchy Beanie - free crochet pattern-


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A nice pattern for a cabled beanie hat, it includes a full photo tutorial and easy to read instructions!  And, the designer of this hat has some really cute photos of herself and her daughter wearing one each!

Designed By: Stephanie/ All ABout Ami Blog

Skill Level:  Easy

Materials:

  •   Lion Brand’s “Heartland" yarn in "Grand Canyon” medium worsted weight (level 4) yarn. 
  • 5 mm crochet hook 
Size:  Custom


November 21, 2014

Elf Slippers -free crochet pattern-


Are you an elf in need of new boots?  I love the pattern used in these cute crocheted Christmas themed elf slippers!  Super cute!

Designed By: KJ Hay

Skill Level:  Easy

Materials:
  • Caron International's Simply Soft Chunky (100% Acrylic, 5oz/142g, 160yds/146m): 4 (4, 5, 6) oz (A), 2 (3, 3, 3) oz (B), 2 (2, 3, 3) oz (C).  Shown in: #0001 Sand (A); #0007 Wine Country (B); #0003 Forest Floor (C)
  • One US I-9 (5.5mm) crochet hook or sized needed to obtain gauge
  • 2 small jingle bells or pompoms (optional)
  • Yarn needle

Size:  XS (S, M/L, XL)

November 20, 2014

Buttoned Cowl -free crochet pattern

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Here's a lovely cowl pattern for you today.  It's very easy, and you will get a good look at how the button cowl works.  You could make this with several types and weights of yarn.  The designer gives a great tutorial on the making of the cowl, right down to size specs, where to place the buttons, and how to wear it!

Designed By:  Chabe GS Crochet Patterns

Skill Level:  Easy
  • Materials: Cotton yarn (Karen by Omega, two 100 gr. skeins)
  • 7 mm hook 
  • two 3.3 cm wide buttons.
Finished Size: 7.9″/ 20 cm x 32.3″/ 82 cm


November 19, 2014

Christmas Tree -free crochet pattern-



You need some cute little trees this Christmas, and these ones are perfect! You can decorate them with jewels or leave them as is, they look great either way!  

Designed By: The Lazy Hobbyhopper

Skill Level:  Easy

Materials:
  • DK/light worsted weight yarn
  • Size G/4.00 mm crochet hook
  • Stitch marker
  • Bead and sequins for decoration (optional)

Size: Approximately 3.5 inches high



November 18, 2014

Mommy's Simply Easy Mittens -free crochet pattern-


Everyone needs a nice pair of mittens.  Check out this simple design and pattern from Oombawka Designs.  They are worked in half double crochets with a chunky weight yarn, so it should be very quick to complete a pair!

Designed By:  Oombawka Design

Skill Level:  Easy

Materials: 
  • 1 ball of Bernat Softee Chunky Bulky Weight Yarn 
  • 5.50 mm crochet hook
Size: Womens; 10.5” from wrist to middle finger-tip (cuff is 3”), 5.25” across palm (at widest point), 4.00” upper hand width


November 16, 2014

Christmas Stocking (Hexagon and Diamond) -free crochet pattern-



What a great idea for a crochet Christmas Stocking!  This pretty design uses a hexagon motif.  The best part of the motif is the snowflake inside, which has raised edges, giving it a 3D effect!   It looks like the snowflakes are laying on top of the stocking.  Imagine all of the color variations you could use.  Maybe it's time to start looking at your scrap yarns!

Designed By:  Thomasina Cummings Design

Skill Level:  Intermediate

Materials:

  • Approximately 200 meters of dk weight yarn
  • Hook size to match yarn used.
Size:  4” (10cm) across the widest part and 16” (41cm) vertical drop length.





November 15, 2014

Puff Stitch Flower Necklace -free crochet pattern-


This necklace amazes me, because it's so beautiful, but also because it's so easy!  A simple puff stitch is used for the petals of the flower, the center is decorated with seed beads, and it is all attached to one necklace chain!  This is brilliant.

Designed By: Rachel Moore

Skill Level:  Easy

Materials: 

  • cotton yarn- size F crochet hook
  • needle and thread (should match your yarn)
  • seed beeds
  • necklace chain
  • scissors

November 14, 2014

Article: Selling Crochet







So why not make money with your hobby?

If everything is fine, you love your day job, crochet is just a hobby and it always will be, than read no further.  But if you want to make some extra cash, open a small business, work part time, or even turn your hobby into your full time job, keep going...

To be honest, starting your own business is hard.  There is no magic money fairy waving her magic money wand and making you rich.  It’s A LOT of work.  But if you’re dedicated, innovative, and have some sense of design (which I’m sure you do if you’re a crochet master!), you can be successful.

Sell your finished work. 

Clearance Sale1.       Sell live!  Seek out every single craft fair, art show, bazaar, and market in your area.  How far are you willing to travel?  Research these events, because you need to know how long that they have been in operation?, how much traffic do they get?, is anyone already doing what you do and making the same things that you do? (stepping on toes is bad!), who is your target audience?, what do they charge?, how much space do you get?, do you need your own tables, displays, chairs, and tents?, and is there a contract or commitment?

These are very important questions to ask, because there is nothing worse than travelling some distance to sell at an event, and lose money!  …Or to “break even.” It’s not a good feeling at the end of the tiresome day.

On the other hand, if you find the right venues, selling your work at live events can be very prosperous and fun!  You meet a lot of amazing people!  Other artists, artisans, and crafters are great people to network with, because they can give you excellent advice, knowledge, tips, and share their experiences with you.  This can save you a lot of time from making mistakes.  Socializing with the crafty crowd is great.  You will also meet wonderful customers who will become loyal to you.  Soon, you will know them by name and they most likely will start asking you for custom orders!  Use your intuition and you’ll make several lasting relationships.

2.       Sell Online!  If you don’t have time, the means, or simply just don’t want to sell live, maybe online selling is the best place for you.  Or maybe you want to do both, sell online AND at live events.  The internet has made this very easy for you (I use the term “easy” loosely because now you have LOADS of competition!) Rather… easy to set up!

Social Networking sites, like Facebook Pages and Groups, Twitter, Pinterest etc., allow you to get the word out that you’re selling amazing things!  Create a fan base and keep them updated and on their toes.  Don’t let anyone forget about you!

Sign up with online craft selling sites like Etsy, ArtFire, and iCraft (to name a few).  No need for web site building knowledge, they do all of the extra work for you.  After you sign up, you can open a shop, decorate it, add all of your information such as location, shipping, return policies, custom order info, etc.  Then start adding your product!  You can also join their forums and socialize with other artists.

Try online local buy/sell sites.  Create your own ads for your products on Craigslist or Kijiji!  Thousands of people peruse through those ads every day.

Free crochet patterns - download today!

Use general product sites with shopping carts.  For example; Ebay and Amazon.  You can open your own little shop with these sites, but you’re selling not only among other crafters, but a huge marketplace of absolutely everything under the sun.


Create your own web site or blog.  You have the option of opening a free website with places like Blogger, WordPress, Wix, Webs.com, etc., these are great if you have a bit of design skill and you can really make them look amazing!  You can add your own shopping cart for free with programs like PayLoadz, Mal’s E-Commerce, and PayPal. Or, you can also use online store builders who charge a monthly fee­­.  Volusion, Shopify, 3Dcart… these sites usually include wonderful templates and shopping carts and make setting up your online store very simple.  It can be hard to decide which platform to use.  Research them and see which is a better fit for you.   You may also want to purchase your own domain name, like www.yourname.com  There are several places to buy them.  My personal favourite is GoDaddy.


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3.       Wholesale and Commissions.  Maybe you’re not a salesperson!  You’re just a Master Crochet Artist, and that’s all.  The thought of peddling your product and talking to people turns you off, and you have absolutely no desire nor time to fool around with an online shop.  Then hire someone to do it for you!  Do you know of any local shops who may love to sell your product? Do you specialize in making one specific crochet piece and want to sell a lot of them?  Look around, you might have to talk and network with some people, but these are business owners and buyers, so be at your best!  You only need to sell yourself to these people, and if you can get them to buy you… AWESOME!  You’re in.  All of that being said, remember that the business owner and/or company is going to take a cut.  What price is comfortable with you?  Is it worth it? 



Sell Your Patterns.

1.       Are you a crochet pattern designer?  You can sell digital versions of your patterns as many times as you like!  There’s no need for printing, packaging, shipping, and tracking, you can sell your own patterns online using your website or blog, along with some added software.  You want to make sure that they support digital downloading and offer a shopping cart, or else you’re going to be constantly checking your e-mail to see if you made a sale and if you have to send out a file.  It’s more work, so I prefer to have my customer be able to directly download the pattern.

sell a pattern through Craftsy

If you don’t want the hassle of operating and maintaining your own website, you can also sell digital patterns on Etsy, Ravelry, and Craftsy.  Open a shop and start adding your product, it’s pretty simple! Make sure that you have great photos, descriptions, and that all of your patterns are in PDF format and easy to read. Your customers, as in finished products, can and will leave reviews, so always be at your best. Answer questions in a timely manner and socialize with the seller community!  Great reviews create repeat sales!



Blog about It.

1.       Write about crochet.  Share your experiences, patterns, tools, reviews, and more!  Create excellent content that makes readers come back for more.  You won’t make money with just a blog, you’re going to need some help with that, like adding advertisements and becoming an advertising affiliate.   Monetizing your blog will help you get that extra cash flow, but again, it’s A LOT of work!  There are several companies and programs that offer these services, a few of the most popular are Google Adsense, InfoLinks, Click Bank, shareasale, PaySpree, and Commission Junction.  There are “Pay to Click” programs which pay you every time someone clicks on the add or link; and then there are “Commission” programs which pay you a percentage every time someone buys something from the ad on your page.  It sounds pretty easy, it’s easy to set up, however, getting your audience to click and buy can be difficult.  Make sure your ads are relevant to your blog.  Placement of the ads is also key.  You want them to stand out, but not take away, or take over your blog.  For crochet, there are some really good affiliate programs that pertain directly to crafting such as Craftsy, Free Craft Patterns, Annie's, and CreateForLess.  I personally also use DiscountMags (which feature crochet magazine subscriptions) indigo (which sell crochet books), and Amazon (who sells patterns, books, and yarns).


2.       Freelance writing for other blogs and sites.  There are actually some blogs and craft sites that will pay you for your writing skills and services.  They are hard to find, but they exist.  Check out Elance, try Google searching, or start writing on Blog Platforms such as Hub Pages who advertise your article, and give you tools for monetizing such articles.  You will be writing a lot if you want to make an income!  And not only a lot, it has to be good!

Do you have any tips on using crochet to make money?  I'd love to hear from you.

Happy Crocheting and Good luck!


About the Author

Crochet!
Farrah Hodgson, Designer, Blogger.  I have been crocheting for 18 years.  I design and sell my own patterns online via Firene Designs, Ravelry, Etsy, and Craftsy.  I sell some finished product online mostly as made to order on my own patterns.  I have sold full time at local markets, and now have moved on to selling at seasonal and annual arts and crafts shows and festivals.  I also have some products for sale at a local boutique.  The majority of my business is pattern design and blogging.

November 13, 2014

Cable Ear Warmer -free crochet pattern-


If you've been looking for the perfect cabled crocheted headband or ear warmer, look no further, here it is!  This free pattern includes excellent written instructions, as well as a wonderful photo tutorial.

Designed By:  Jenni Designs

Skill Level:  Intermediate

Materials:  
  • Size H hook
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Worsted weight yarn
  • Light grey Ear Warmer is made with Red Heart Comfort Yarn
  • Dark grey is made with Red Heart Super Saver
  • Periwinkle is made with Red Heart With Love Yarn
  • Optional: 2 1-1½” buttons

November 12, 2014

Mega Christmas Ornament -free crochet pattern-


Go big or go home!  Check out this giant sized ornament made from African Flower motifs,  This is definitely a statement piece and it's great!  I guess it's officially that time of year again, I can't go shopping without the sight of glitter, sparkles, and holiday galore, so I call it official.  I feel that it's always too early in November, but it doesn't stop me from crocheting Christmas ornaments and gifts;  because they can take some time to make, and I want to enjoy them in December!  

Designed By:  JO's Crocheteria

Skill Level:  Intermediate

Materials:

  • Crochet needle 3 mm (C/D)
  • Yarn needle
  • Fiberfilling
  • Yarn:  Scrap yarn with xmas colors!

November 11, 2014

Skylark Scarf -free crochet pattern-


Skylark Scarf Free Crochet Pattern  by Jessie Rayot

Ooh so pretty!  I like how the designer shows several ways to where this beautiful scarf.  The colors are perfect, and the shape makes it extremely versatile!

Designed By: Jessie Rayot

Skill Level:  Easy

Materials:
  • Yarn: RED HEART® Unforgettable: 1 1/2 skeins main color (A) 1 skein contrasting color (B).
  • Hook: US 8/H/5.00 mm

Size:  80” x 11”


November 10, 2014

Souk Kimono -free crochet pattern-


I've been wanting to give this crochet top a try for a long time now, I need more hours in the day, because I love this and need one for myself!  Maybe after the holidays, I will get the chance!  I love everything about this, the colors, the texture, the pattern, and the wave!

Designed By:  Cascade Yarns

Skill Level:  Intermediate

Materials:  
  • Cascade Yarns Souk (55% silk, 45% wool). 100 g/220 yard skeins. Color: 14-Modern, 8 skeins for size Small/Medium (10 skeins for sizes Large and up)
  • Hook: Size D-3.25 mm. Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain 
  • correct gauge
Sizes:  XS, S, M, L, XL, 0X, 1X, 2X, 3X


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