Santa Hat Pattern

My sister-in-law asked me if I could create a Santa inspired hat (initially for New York SantaCon). She texted me a photo for inspiration, and I came up with this:

Sorry everyone, I’m not single.

I even remembered to write down the pattern!

Hat

Create a magic ring.
Round 1: Chain 3 (counts as first dc here and throughout; the first dc in each round should be a ch3!), 9 dc (10 dc)
Round 2: 2 dc in each dc (20 dc)
Round 3: *2dc in first dc, 1 dc in next dc* repeat from * to * until end (30 dc)
Round 4: *2 dc in first dc, 1 dc each in next 2 dc* repeat from * to * until end (40 dc)
Round 5: *2 dc in first dc, 1 dc each in next 3 dc* repeat from * to * until end (50 dc)
Rounds 6-12: 1 dc in each dc (50 dc)

Do not bind off after round 12!

Earflaps

Row 1: Turn, ch3 (does not count as first dc, here and throughout earflap), dc 7, turn
Row 2: ch3, dc 7, turn
Row 3: ch3, dc2tog, dc3, dc2tog, turn
Row 4: ch3, dc2tog, dc1, dc2tog, turn
Row 5: 
ch3, dc3, bind off

Count 20. join at 21st and repeat earflap pattern. (I would do row 1 of the second earflap, and then make sure it lines up to your own ears. This is what worked for me!)

Belt

**For this, I just worked the first row of sc in the 10th row of the hat. Since you’re working sc over dc (worked in the round, no less, so I had to mess around with stitch placement to get them to line up), I wouldn’t suggest this method. I mean, it looks fine, but it’ll be much easier to sc a black strip, and just whipstitch or sew it to attach. So, I will give the instructions for a black band.

Chain 51, turn
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc to end, ch1, turn (50sc)
Row 2: sc in each sc, ch1, turn (50sc)
Repeat row 2 three more times. Attach around hat (mine wound up spanning rows 8-10 of the hat)

Buckle

All you have to do here is surface slip stitch in a vaguely squareish/rectangular shape. Just make sure the top and bottom parts of the buckle are on the red part of the hat, and that the buckle is centered in the front of your head. My buckle was 5 stitches on the top and bottom, and 6 stitches on each side.

Here is a video on how to surface slip stitch: slip stitch surface: http://youtu.be/EJ8FI5PJfvk

Edging

With a fur yarn (I don’t know of any other than Lion Brand Fun Fur), sc all round the hat.

Pom Pom

I used the wrap method, and used width of DVD case and wrapped ~60-70 times. This turned out WAY TOO BIG and lead to 45 minutes of trimming and 15 minutes of vacuuming all the bits. I attached it  just by tying a knot on inside of hat.

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More Baby Crochet

Way back in the end of May, I started making some baby items for a family friend who just had a little boy. She contacted me out of the blue the other day, which finally inspired me to buckle down and finish. (The sad part is the only things that needed to be finished were weaving in the ends…I always hate doing that!) The baby’s parents are country music fans, so I went with baby cowboy items.

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I LOVED these little cowboy boots, the pattern was great and so was the payoff!

 

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I wish I could say I loved the hat pattern as much as the boot pattern. Maybe it’s just me and the yarn I used, but it doesn’t lay like a cowboy hat AT ALL. Hrumph. There are other baby cowboy hat patterns that I would encourage people to try out before this one.

Baby Boots on Ravelry

Baby Hat on Ravelry

Christmas Gifts 2011

In Order:
Cat Toys
Amigurumi Snowman
Baby Picture Bookmarks
Cross Stitch Votive Holder
Sweater Sleeve Bottle Cover
Infused Olive Oil
Gift Card Holders

Not Pictured
Baby Sherlock Hat
Baby Booties
Ritz Carlton Brown Sugar Scrub

I don’t have enough photos or time to properly describe each project, but if you have any questions leave a comment and I’d be happy to explain anything!

Wonder Woman Earwarmers

My sister, for some inexplicable reason, loves Wonder Woman. I think she even tried to defend that awful television show for a few days. So during my Crafty Christmas 2011 Brainstorming Session, I thought earwarmers that resembled Wonder Woman’s headpiece.

This project required quite a bit of brainstorming on it’s own – I approached the design from every angle. Work it lengthwise or widthwise? Should I try to put that point thing at the top? What about the star? In the end, I worked back and forth for the width of headband (it made decreasing the width behind the head much easier). I didn’t include the pointed part of Wonder Woman’s headpiece, because the earwarmers are so wide on their own it just would have looked silly. I used alternating double crochets and single crochets; it’s a different texture, and I think it’s a bit denser than one stitch or the other on its own, and the whole point of this thing is to keep ones ears warm!

Instead of chaining 15 and then making 14sc, I used the “no foundation chain” tutorial (found here). I love using this method because it eliminates the tension on the foundation row, and it can easily be adapted for any stitch for the first row of any project. Of course, you can always ch15 and make 14sc if you prefer that.

Row 1: 14sc (or any even amount)
Rows 2-45: ch2, *dc in next st, sc in next st* repeat from * to * until the end of the row (7dc, 7sc)
Row 46: dc2tog, *sc in next st, dc in next st* repeat from * to * until the last 2 stitches, sc2tog
Row 47: work even, like in rows 2-45
Row 48: work row 46 – 10st
Row 49: work even
Row 50: work row 46 – 8st
Rows 51-61: work even
Row 62: dc and sc in first st, *dc in next st, sc in next st* repeat * to * until last stitch, dc and sc in last st (10 st)
Row 63: work even
Row 64: dc and sc in first st, *dc in next st, sc in next st* repeat * to * until last stitch, dc and sc in last st (12 st)
Row 65: work even
Row 66: dc and sc in first st, *dc in next st, sc in next st* repeat * to * until last stitch, dc and sc in last st (14 st)
Row 67: work even
Fasten off, leaving a long tail. Use this tail to sew your last row to the first row.

Star:
Round 1: Make a ring, ch 3 (acts as first dc), 14 dc in ring, join.
Round 2: *Ch6, sc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in next 2 ch, dc in next 2 ch. Sl st in next 3 dc of round 1* repeat from * to * until the end, join.
Round 3: *hdc in st before chain from round 2, sl st in 3rd ch from round 2, ch4, sl st in middle sl st from round 2* work from * to * until the end, join. Fasten off, leaving a long tail with which to attach to the earwarmers.

I know full well this might be one of the most ridiculous patterns for a star ever, but it worked for me and the yarn I was using (which was rather bulky, if that helps).

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Halloween, For The Childrens

As I have previously stated, my cousin was recently pregnant with her second child, who would be a planned cesarean baby. As it turns out, she still decided to come early! I didn’t get a chance to see her in the hospital, so a week after she came home I went out to Staten Island to visit the whole family…and as everyone knows by now, I can’t resist going to see her son (and now daughter!) without gifts.

a very willing model

She may have been early, but at least she was still an autumn baby…and very nearly an October baby…because I really wanted an excuse to make an adorable baby pumpkin hat. I was going to wing it and just make a regular hat and put a stem on it, but I’m glad I followed the instructions on FaveCraft – not only did it make it easy to add the vine parts, but the ridges looked more pumpkin-y AND it’s now easier to stretch over her noggin. For a week-old baby, it was way too long (even with the rim turned up a few inches) but I’m thinking she might grow fast enough where that won’t matter in a few weeks when it gets consistently cold enough that she needs a hat. Let me tell you, it’s the curly vine next to the stem that really makes this project…SO ADORABLE.

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As for the little man, this is the same little man that loves throwing around my amigurumi projects. I decided it was close enough to Halloween that I could make some spooky critters for him. The bat, while cute, was everything I dislike about amigurumi…which is really just lots of little pieces to put together. I mean, the pattern was great, I’m just lazy and I hate having to sew all these pieces together. The ghost had less pieces to put together; I tried to make a wavy edge on it, but it’s too small to really be appreciated and kind of took over the rest of the ghost, so I ripped it out and worked it even. He seemed more impressed with the ghost…but actually I think he just loved that he’d throw it and it would land right side up, because its shape lends itself to that.

The bat on Ravelry

The ghost on Ravelry

(The ghost pattern is a Ravelry PDF, so you’d have to access the pattern through there. The link to it can be found via my project link.)

A Baby Cometh (Where I Finally Make The Ripple Afghan)

I like to think I’m pretty close with my extended family on my father’s side. I’m the sixth of ten grandchildren, but only the second girl, so my elder female cousin became the older sister I don’t have. She is pregnant with her second child, a girl, and I was excited that she didn’t keep the gender a secret this time (her son was a surprise the day of his birth) so I could make things that weren’t gender neutral – I was more excited when she told me it was a girl because (1)everyone seems to be having boys lately, and (2)my yarn stash is FULL of little girl colors.

Mary Jane Booties: When my cousin gave birth to her son, I whipped up a pair of the Chuck Taylor booties, so for her little girl it only felt appropriate to make Mary Jane booties. I’ve made them once before for a coworker, and they’re still unbelievably adorable. I just wish they were so darn small – it gets pretty tedious working on something so small. (Pattern for both pairs of booties found here.)

Tulip Hat: There’s so many adorable baby girl patterns out there. I almost passed up the tulip cap because she is going to be an October baby and this was more spring-ish to me, but I went ahead and did it anyway. It’s worked kind of oddly (completely open until you put the stem on at the end), but I suppose that’s because of the ripples that form the petals. The pattern calls for you to just crochet the stem on top, but I didn’t like that it was open otherwise so I went ahead and stitched everything on top. If I did this pattern again (which I might!), I would try to find a way to make it so that it was worked in the round and then rippled, if that’s even possible. (Pattern can be found here.)

 

 

Ripple Afghan: I hate making afghans. They take forever (the way I do them anyway) and I almost always wind up running out of some color right before I finish one. My plan was to not make an afghan for this baby, since I made one for her brother when he was born and it was a huge undertaking. But a few days after I decided that afghan was the general baby afghan for their family, my cousin sent me a picture of her son, now almost 3, snuggled with that afghan, captioned with a comment of how he still carries it everywhere and has a name for it. It became obvious he wasn’t going to give that up for his new sister, but I didn’t have as much time to make one this time, so it was going to have to be something a bit smaller and easier (for the record, that ABC afghan fits on my queen size bed. AND IT’S FOR A CHILD. Anyway.), so I decided to finally try out the baby ripple afghan using my “girl color” stash. I didn’t run out of colors this time, since I was just kind of making up the color pattern as I went. It came out alright, but I think I would have liked it better if I had actually chosen the colors, as opposed to grabbing whatever I could find in the basement. Also round afghans are odd in general, because in order for them to fit length-wise they wind up being absurdly wide, and it’s just a whole mess. (Pattern found here)

My Brown Modern Cloche

I think it’s safe to say that anyone who crochets (or knits!) with regularity has a certain thing they make repeatedly. For some people, like a friend of my mother’s, it’s afghans. I know some knitters have made a ridiculous amount of socks. As I have previously posted about, I am a person of little patience, so my thing is accessories, mostly hats and scarves. As I have been crocheting for many years, I have been trying to steer clear of this category, due to the fact that I literally now own hats and scarves in just about every color. Except brown, apparently, which I realized at some point in between snow storms. (I live in the great state of New Jersey, and we’ve been getting slammed nearly once a week.) So, off to Ravelry in search of a hat to fit my criteria! (Okay, I don’t really have criteria as much as I have pet peeves concerning hat designs. Summer hats are for fashion, of course, but winter hats should cover your ears. I know this isn’t necessary for everyone, but I would rather have warm ears, or not have to wear a hat AND earmuffs. Ears are thin and sensitive and I happen to have seven pieces of metal in mine, so I want them covered without the backs of earring digging into my head.) ANYWAY, I fell in love with the Inauguration Chapeau the minute I saw it (I refer you to her website if you’re curious about the name).


(I have a picture of me wearing it from the front, but I look truly awful in it. I will try to remember to take another one someday.)

The only thing I changed with this pattern is that I made the bow detachable. Since my hair is brown, this color blends right into my head, so I thought hey, I could make a few different bows to add a flash of color so it won’t blend in with my head! To do this, I followed the pattern for the brim without the first ch25, and chained two panels instead of sc and connected this at the beginning. I continued to work in the round. To make the bow, I chained 50 or 60 and worked the brim again – then I just tied it on the hat.

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Granny Square Skoodie! Scoodie?

One of the first crochet projects I ever completed was a long black scarf. It had (and still has, I suppose) two white strips on each end, and has kept me warm for many a year. But, it is also wider at the end I started at (like I said, first project) and is starting to look rather ragged, so I decided the time would come soon where I would have to retire it from everyday use. Around the same time, my mother’s best friend shared with me an Annie’s Attic pattern for a skoodie. (The pattern printed “skoodie,” the website printed “scoodie,” and I am choosing to use the k because it is an underutilized letter.) I needed a new scarf! And I love hats! Perfect.

I was actually able to complete this project over the course of a weekend. The stitch that is used seemed to make it go faster; it was nice to get away from the boring-ness of single or double crochet. To me, the weaved look of the scarf is somehow subtle and eye-catching at the same time.

I'm not an angry person, but I've given up trying to legitimately smile in photos.

The yarn I chose for this came from the RIDICULOUS stash that lives in my basement. (I’m sure some of you yarnies know how it is…someone finds out you crochet or knit, and say OH MY MOTHER TAUGHT ME TO CROCHET/KNIT BUT I WAS NEVER GOOD AT IT HERE HAVE SOME YARN. This has resulted in three overflowing underbed bins filled with every color yarn you could possibly imagine. I think I even have some handspun in there. ANYWAY.) It would seem the two skeins of black I chose are not the same color black, so the hood is slightly different from the squares and the scarf. But I lucked out because it’s barely noticeable.

I’m not quite sure what to do with those pockets, though. Maybe I’ll need them for something someday, but currently I’ve been using them as quasi-mittens and treat people to bizarre puppet shows. I also opted not to make the fingerless gloves or leg warmers, mostly because I no use for either. Also, I made a pair of fingerless gloves AND a pair of legwarmers, but they have an almost-permanent home in my closet, considering it’s 2010 and I am no longer 22 years old.

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