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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Christmas In July Scarf

I got an early start on Christmas gifts this year!

Just the scarf, not the cat. I used this Lion Brand pattern, which is RIDICULOUSLY simple, but the thick yarn and giant hook gave it an interesting look.

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Pinwheel Sweater

I’ve had this sweater bookmarked on my Ravelry page for ages, and finally started it when I saw Lion Brand’s Amazing yarn in Mauna Loa on a shelf at Michaels. The pink in the first skein I saw on the shelf was sticking out and struck me because it was so bright and awesome. Finally, I finished the sweater after almost three months – it only took me so long due to non-craft related obligations (aka, wedding and house), as well as starting other projects and getting distracted. Also, I went through this yarn so fast, I was tired of having to keep going out to get more (I only get one ball at a time with my 40% Michaels coupon)…which is probably what lead to starting the other projects I have going, but it’s done now!

I still haven’t mastered how to get the front to lay yet, but I have confidence in myself. Do you like the sweater pick? I ordered it from Lion Brand and managed to break it within a day of receiving it. (E6000 to the rescue!)

Original Pattern on The Laughing Willow
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Baby Girl Blanket

I love making gifts for people, because everyone really seems to love receiving them. Or they are really good fakers. But regardless of whether or not people are faking it, I’ve set a precedence for myself when it comes to baby items. I feel obligated to make a baby afghan for each of my cousins’ children, even though afghans are the bane of my existence!

I lucked out again with this baby. Actually I suppose I lucked out with the baby’s parents, as they are the ones who decided to reveal the baby’s gender before she is born, so I knew I could go with girly colors. Of course, of all the massive amount of yarn I own, there is not a lot of girl colors, so I got Loops & Threads Snuggly Wuggly Big! baby sport and used the entire thing using a Lion Brand Pattern. It taught me a thing or two about paying attention to instructions, because Lion Brand’s suggestion of 10-ply Pound of Love is pretty different from Snuggly Wuggly. Ravelry claims it is 8-ply, but I’d venture to say it’s finer than that. But, in the end it was a blanket, and the path to getting there doesn’t matter as much as the end result, as long as you like it!

I did get to use up some scrap yarn, however, when I made flowers to sew onto the hood. I just made three, positioned them on the hood and sewed them on. Easy peasy.

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Flowers on Ravelry

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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Ravelry CAL Afghan – July

For July, the group chose Mum’s The Word by April Moreland. Here is my version of it.

Something to note when making this square – rounds 3 and 5 are missing a chain 2 preceding the clusters. However, this is something that becomes obvious once you you take a closer look at the pattern/your project. Also (and this is something I only confirm looking at pictures) it seems that the double clusters in round 8 should be in the cluster stitch from the previous round, not in a chain 3 space.

I learned something very important doing this square, as well. I cannot listen to or watch anything when trying out a new pattern. I had to pull this square apart three times because I was listening to various YouTube videos and podcasts on iTunes (including, of course, YarnCraft and CraftLit) and playing Tiny Tower because I am just so ridiculous. The problem with all these distractions is that I kept losing track of where I was without realizing. It got to a point each time that the square was so atrocious it was unsalvageable and I had to pull it all out. (For example, the first incarnation resembled a child’s hat.) If you’re trying out something new, donate 100% of your concentration to it, even if you think you are learned enough in the topic that you don’t need to pay attention.

Home Goods – Coasters & Trivet Set

A few weeks ago, FH’s sister and her boyfriend moved into the condo they recently purchased together. The stars then aligned, and Lion Brand had a sale on their cotton blend yarn – perfect for making housewares!

After a far longer thought process than should be necessary, I decided a trivet would be appropriate. Especially since it’s the beginning of the summer, there’s still time for plenty of adventures in the new backyard. I really liked this pattern because it was simple and gave enough options for edging that you could make a few and they would all look different.

After finishing the trivet, I felt like it was pretty plain. The easiest and most obvious option was to make matching coasters. I just make a ring of 12dc, and worked it in a circle – in total they are 3 rounds of dc and a round of sc.

 

 

 

As it turns out, FH and I are looking at townhouses, so there will probably more house-related crochet coming in the next few months. Which is good, because that Lion Brand sale ended with me purchasing 8 skeins of Cotton-Ease. We’re looking into a 3br place so I can have a room dedicated just to my crafty things, because obviously I need it.

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We’re Just Two Peas in a Pod

So if you go back to the last entry, you’ll see that the monkey-ewok was made for the boyfriend’s-and-mine fourth anniversary. I created that little…thing, purchased a digital photo frame, and called it a day. (He is a big fan of photos, although I am not. I aim to make ridiculous faces in every photo taken of me. If I’m going to look stupid, I’d like to look stupid on purpose.) WELL, he decided this year he would upstage me by about a trillion and gave me an engagement ring as a gift.

I felt like a fool for having a comparatively terrible gift, but I got over it pretty quickly. And so begins the Amazing Stressful Times Of Wedding Planning!

Well, we have over 400 days until the big day (thank you The Knot for keeping track for me), so right now I’m having fun with everything. Including my crafts! You can be sure that I immediately took to the internet to find the first thing I wanted to make for the wedding. That’s when I came across Lion Brand’s Peas in a Pod pattern. Actually, I re-came across it. I remembered seeing it months ago and thinking was the cutest thing ever, but I had no reason to create it at the time. I decided THE TIME HAS COME.

I LOVED making these guys. They pattern was very easy to follow, though I had a hell of a time getting the mouths to look the way I wanted. The pod kind of amazed me, in terms of how yarn can be shaped with crochet. You see geometric shapes all the time in crafts, but I was really able to appreciate how possible it is to crochet yarn into any form you need it to become. Attaching the veil and hat to the peas was much easier than I had anticipated (I’m not sure why I anticipated it being difficult to begin with). Overall they are adorable, and I think I’ll be displaying this at our engagement party, and perhaps on the gift table at the actual wedding.

I am excited to finally be marrying the guy I’ve been with for four years, and known for more than six! As a crafter, my first instinct is to create ANYTHING POSSIBLE, but I’m kind of unsure of where to go from here. If you’re married, did you crochet/craft anything for your wedding, or have you created anything for someone else’s wedding?

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Long Purple Scarf (Still Grasping For Inspriation)

I am still bored as hell. I hate to say it, because usually my list of things I want to make is miles long. But lately, there just hasn’t been anything I’ve seen and said, I NEED TO DO THIS NOW. So I forced myself to do something on my ridiculous long list of favorites saved to my Ravelry account. And to keep with the theme, it needed to be something where I didn’t have to buy yarn. I’ve always been slightly fascinated with the main photo for DROPS long scarf because it just looked so darn cozy. Then when I saw it would be a chance to (1)break out my big hook and (2)use up some of the discontinued Chunky USA yarn I’ve somehow acquired, I knew I’d found my project.

This is written in British crochet terms, but thankfully DROPS links to their own conversion page. (This was especially helpful as I was on someone’s iPhone and it’s not really browser surfing friendly, or I’m just slightly dumb and find searching Google on iPhones too challenging.) I used my N hook (9mm) instead of the suggested 7mm (my K is 6.5mm, I don’t have a 7mm anyway), and I think the Chunky USA yarn is a little thicker than DROPS Eskimo brand, but judging from DROPS’ photo mine turned out to be about the same size. The motifs are rather simple once you get used to converting the stitch names to the US names in your head (if that’s necessary); they work up quickly, and I was able to finish all the motifs without looking at the instructions after making the first one.

The only thing I changed from this pattern is that I didn’t include the fringe on every corner; I just did four on each end instead. When I started putting the fringe everywhere it looked kind of goofy – I’m not sure why, it could just be the color or anything else, since the scarf doesn’t actually look goofy. Or perhaps I am too goofy looking to make it work. Either way, since I don’t have the fringe, the fact that it desperately needs to be blocked is approximately one trillion times more obvious, so I’ll have to do that at some point. (Or I’ll take the easy way out and do a round of single crochet as a border…actually that might be a good idea…)

This is too long for me to wear to work, but I think around March or April when it (HOPEFULLY) starts warming up, I can see myself wearing it on the weekends. I can’t get into the mindset of wearing bright colors just yet, I need a few more weeks. Then I’ll probably just get so desperate for spring I’ll start wearing my yellow ballet flats. (Anyway, it’s not conducive to the weather we’ve been having in Northeast US, because snow and cold will go right through the cool flower motifs.)

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Ravelry CAL Afghan – February

February’s square was the Pineapple Blossom square from Ravelry’s dishclothdiaries.

I had a bit of drama with this one. First, I completed the entire square before realizing that the color I had chosen didn’t match the original square from January. So I frogged this, frogged the first January square, redid the January square in new colors, and then got back to this square again. About halfway through, I decided I was too good to use the pattern because, hey, I’d already done it once. This proved to be an awful idea, when I got to the last round and realized I was short a total of about 20 stitches. So, I pulled it apart AGAIN and finally, on my third try, I completed it for real.

I really like this pattern; the petals give the square a delicate look on what could be a solid afghan. I can’t wait for it to be December so I have an entire afghan!