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Pattern: Ski Hat with Giant Pompom 2.0

Nov 25

Ski Hat with Pompom Ski Hat with Pompom

I upgraded my Ski Hat with Giant Pompom pattern by adding a basic ribbed brim. Oh, what a difference! The simple 1×1 Rib gives it some extra length and style for a more finished look. I now love the way it has just the right amount of sag to the top!

Ski Hat with Giant PompomOriginal Ski Hat with Giant Pompom

Pattern:
The full pattern is in my previous post here. Follow the entire pattern from beginning to end. After you’ve completed the pattern, continue by following these additional instructions:

Pick up the stitches on the back loops (the ones facing the inside of hat) of your last completed row. Pick up 1 additional stitch. You should have 82 stitches on your needle (half the number of stitches in the original pattern plus 1).

Rounds 1-36: K1, P1 until end of round.

Bind off loosely to allow for stretch in the ribbing. Fold up and wear! :)

Done!

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Pattern: Pup Squad Dog Sweater

Oct 14

Erica's Pup Squad Sweater
Here’s Erica in her new sweater complete with skirt and dog bone motif on the butt!

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It’s a mock cheerleader sweater I found on My Savannah Cottage. I modified it by adding a knitted Dog Bone Motif instead of using applique. There is a large dog bone motif on the bottom right of the sweater just above the skirt and a small dog bone motif on the upper right chest. My pattern is below.

Materials:
Red Heart Supersaver, Worsted Weight, 0376 Burgundy, 100% Acrylic, 364 Yards
Red Heart Supersaver, Worsted Weight, 4313 Aran Fleck, 100% Acrylic, 364 Yards
Alternate Yarn: Red Heart Heathers, Worsted Weight, 4453 Warm Red, 100% Acrylic, 260 Yards

Needles:
US Size 8 [5.0mm] Clover Takumi Velvet Circular Needles 29″
Tapestry or Yarn Needle

Sizing/Measurements:
Medium (25 pound dog)
Neck – 13″ -16″ girth
Chest – 21″ girth
Neck to Tail – 20″ length

Back Body – 12″ x 17″
Front Body – 8″ x 13″

Stitch Legend:
Stockinette Stitch – Knit all stitches in one row, Purl all stitches in next row.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Pattern:
Back Body
Cast On 35 stitches
Row 1-4: Stockinette Stitch
Row 5: (RS) Kfb, Knit until 2 sts left, Kfb, K (37 sts)
Row 6: Purl all stitches
Row 7-14: Repeat Rows 5-6 (45 sts)
Rows 15 – 66: Stockinette Stitch (52 rows or until piece measure 2″ from where you’d like it to end)

Do Dog Bone Motif (Large)
Row 1: (RS) K22, K1, K10, K1, K11
Row 2: P10, P3, P8, P3, P 21
Row 3: K21, K14, K10
Row 4: P11, P12, P22
Row 5: K23, K10, K12
Row 6: P11, P12, P22
Row 7: K21, K14, K10
Row 8: P10, P3, P8, P3, P 21
Row 9: K22, K1, K10, K1, K11
Row 10: Purl all stitches

Row 77: (RS) Kfb, K21, Kfb, K21, Kfb (48 sts)
Row 78: Purl all stitches

Skirt
Row 79 (RS): *K4, yo; repeat from *; end K4.
Row 80: Purl.
Row 81: (RS) *K5, yo; repeat from *; end K4.
Row 82: Purl.
Row 83: (RS) *K6, yo; repeat from *; end K4.
Row 84: Purl.
Row 85: (RS) *K7, yo; repeat from *; end K4.
Row 86: Purl.
Row 87: (RS) *K8, yo; repeat from *; end K4.
Row 88: Purl.
Row 89: (RS) *K9, yo; repeat from *; end K4.
Row 90: Purl.
Bind off.

Front Body
Cast On 20 stitches
Row 1-4: Stockinette Stitch
Row 5: (RS) Kfb, Knit until 2 sts left, Kfb, K (22 sts)
Row 6: Purl all stitches
Row 7-14: Repeat Rows 5-6 (30 sts)
Rows 15-24: Stockinette Stitch

Do Dog Bone Motif (Small)
Row 1: (RS) K17, K2, K3, K2, K6
Row 2: P6, P7, P17
Row 3: K18, K5, K7
Row 4: P6, P7, P17
Row 5: K17, K2, K3, K2, K6

Rows 30-69: Stockinette Stitch (39 rows from bone or until piece measure 12″)
Bind off on next (RS) row.

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Pattern: Big Stitch Rug

Jul 15

Big Stitch Rug

Big Stitch Rug

Big Stitch Rug

Big Stitch Rug

Big Stitch Rug

Big Stitch Rug

Big Stitch Rug

Big Stitch Rug

Big Stitch Rug

I made this mock big stitch rug as a dog mat/bed for my new puppy, Erica. It’s my do-it-yourself version of big stitch knitting without actually investing in specialty needles or yarns. The yarns and needles are expensive and hard to find. So rather than spring for giant knitting needles (I’d rarely use), I made do with materials and needles that are more commonly found in knitting shops and/or ones avid knitters might already have! All I did was use 7 strands of yarn together at once and jumbo sized knitting needles. That’s it. All those materials and tools can be found at your local craft store or yarn shop. Convenience and versatility.

❤ Erica loves it! Meet Erica (via her Pinterest!)

Materials:
Red Heart Super Saver, Medium Thyme 0406, 100% Acrylic, 364 yards (Lt. Green)
Red Heart Super Saver, Dark Sage 0633, 100% Acrylic, 364 yards (Forest Green)
Red Heart Super Saver, Carrot 0256, 100% Acrylic, 364 yards (Pumpkin)
Red Heart Heathers, Teal 4470, 100% Acrylic, 260 yards (Wedgewood Blue)
Red Heart Soft, Teal 9518, 100% Acrylic, 256 yards (Dk. Teal)
Caron Simply Soft, Plum Wine 9918, 100% Acrylic, 366 yards (Dusty Rose)
Loops & Threads Impeccable Yarn, Cadet 01106, 100% Acrylic, 268 yards (Lt. Blue)
Alternate Yarns
Red Heart Super Saver, Rose Pink 0372, 100% Acrylic, 364 yards (Pale PInk)
Red Heart Classic, Cameo Rose 0759, 100% Acrylic, ??? yards (Dk. Dusty Rose)

Needles:
US Size 19 [15.00mm] Lion Brand Circular Knitting Needles, 29″

Size:
Approx. 24″ x 32″

Pattern:
Cast On 34 stitches (long-tail cast on)
Row 1: Knit all stitches
Row 2: Purl all stitches
Repeat Rows 1-2 until 58 Rows

Finish:
End on a Knit Row (end after completing a Knit Row)
Bind Off (knit-wise)
Weave in ends.

Notes:
Makes a great stash buster! Use any combination of Medium/Worsted Weight Yarns you’d like. I chose 7 yarns with varying textures. All Worsted Weight 4-ply yarns. Caron Simply Soft is, well, soft and with a sheen, while the Red Heart was your typical acrylic yarn with a mock wool look and feel. Choose your own colorways to match any decor you’d like. Highlight, lowlight, complementary, varying textures, or just use a single color. It’s up to you!

Synthetic yarns like Acrylic make it durable and machine washable. Very handy for a rug or dog bed!

Combining multiple strands of yarn also gives cheapie econo yarn a more luxurious look and feel.

I used scarp yarn. I ran out of some colors at various stages and just joined on some new ones. Replace them with similar colors or just join on with whatever you have as long as it’s the same weight yarn. The joins blend right in without much work, even a clumsy tiny knot works.

I leave it so the edges curl up. Ending on a Knit Row and binding off knit-wise helps the ends curl up. Casting on using a long-tail cast on also helps the ends curl up. I cast on using a modified long-tail cast on and then begin on a Knit Row. Use any cast-on method preferred.

Modified long-tail cast on – my modified long-tail cast on is kind of a hack but for patterns where it doesn’t matter, it’s great. I use the yarn coming directly from the skein as the working yarn rather than creating a tail. Create a slip knot as normal without a long tail. Instead of measuring out a length of yarn to use as the cast-on yarn, I only use the yarn coming directly from the ball to create each cast-on stitch. Video to come.

Keep your rug from slipping by getting some IKEA non-slip rug liners.

What is Big Stitch Knitting (or Crochet)?
Big Stitch Knitting or Mega Knitting is just that. Giant knitting needles (that you must either knit on the floor or on a giant table) require specially made tools and yarns. Read more about Big Stitch in my previous post. Buy some Big Knit tools and yarns online at BagSmith and Big Loop. They have all the tools and yarns you’ll need. Google “Big Stitch Knitting” for a wealth of info.

Arm Knitting
Knit without any tools. Just your arms and some yarn! I was inspired to do this DIY mock big stitch when I saw an article in the news recently about Arm Knitting. Simply Maggie and Pinning Mama have nice tutorials. Google “Arm Knitting” for a wealth of info. Check out Dornob for a nice post.

Arm Knitting

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Pattern: Ski Hat With Giant Pompom

Dec 25

Ski Hat with Giant Pompom

Ski Hat with Giant Pompom

Ski Hat with Giant Pompom

Ski Hat with Giant Pompom

Ski Hat with Giant Pompom

Materials:
2 Balls Lion Brand Yarn Lion Wool, Color 187 Goldenrod, 158 yards, $5.99
Stitch Marker
Tapestry Needle

Needles:
US Size 5 [3.75mm] Addi Turbo Circular Knitting Needles, 16inch
US Size 5 [3.75mm] Double Pointed Knitting Needles (dpns)
Cable Needle

Measurements:
23″ circumference
8″ inches high

Gauge:
4.5 Stitches per Inch
5 Rows per Inch

Skill Level: Intermediate

Pattern:
This pattern is meant to make a reversible hat with 2 colors. If using only one color, simply ignore color changes.

Body:
Cast On 162 stitches.
Round 1: Color A [K1, bring yarn forward, slip next stitch purlwise, bring yarn back]. Repeat from [...] until end of round.
Round 2: Color B [slip next stitch purlwise, bring yarn forward, P1, bring yarn back]. Repeat from [...] until end of round.
Round 3 – 80: Repeat Rounds 1-2 for 39 more times. Or until hat measure 6.5 inches tall. Make sure to end on Round 2.

Begin Decrease Rounds:
Decrease Round 1: Color A: *[K1, bring yarn forward, slip 1, bring yarn back] 7 times, slip next stitch (color A) purlwise, place next stitch (color B) on cable needle and hold at back, place first stitch back on left needle and knit it together with next stitch (both stitches should be color A), bring yarn to front, place color B stitch back from cable needle onto left needle, slip both color B stitches purlwise, bring yarn back*. Repeat from * to * until end of round.
Decrease Round 2: Color B: *[slip next stitch purlwise, bring yarn forward, P1, bring yarn back] 7 times, slip next stitch purlwise (should be the stitch you decreased above), bring yarn forward, P2tog (both stitches should be color B), bring yarn back*. Repeat from * to * until end of round. (144 stitches)
Decrease Round 3: Repeat Round 1 (of original pattern).
Decrease Round 4: Repeat Round 2 (of original pattern).
Decrease Round 5: Repeat Decrease Round 1 but substitute “7 times” for “6 times”.
Decrease Round 6: Repeat Decrease Round 2 but substitute “7 times” for “6 times”. (126 stitches)
Decrease Round 7-8: Repeat Round 1-2 (of original pattern).
Decrease Round 9-10: Repeat Decrease Round 1-2 but substitute “7 times” for “5 times”. (108 stitches)
Decrease Round 11-12: Repeat Round 1-2 (of original pattern).
Decrease Round 13-14: Repeat Decrease Round 1-2 but substitute “7 times” for “4 times”. (90 stitches)
Decrease Round 15-16: Repeat Round 1-2 (of original pattern).
Decrease Round 17-18: Repeat Decrease Round 1-2 but substitute “7 times” for “3 times”. (72 stitches)
Decrease Round 19-20: Repeat Round 1-2 (of original pattern).
Decrease Round 21-22: Repeat Decrease Round 1-2 but substitute “7 times” for “2 times”. (54 stitches)
Decrease Round 23-24: Repeat Decrease Round 1-2 but substitute “7 times” for “1 times”. (36 stitches)
Decrease Round 25-26: K2tog/P2tog around (slipping stitches only to rearrange them). (18 stitches)

Finish:
Cut yarn ends leaving 8″ tail. Thread each yarn end onto tapestry needle and through like-colored stitches. Cinch yarn end to close the top of each side of the hat. Weave ends in on each side by following the path of the stitches (like duplicate stitch) so they are not visible.

Make oversized pompom. Approx. 3 inches wide. Make sure to leave ample tail for attaching. Attach pompom.

Weave in ends.

*Add a Ribbed Brim to the hat if you like by following my instructions here.

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How to Make a Perfect Pompom
I wanted a good fat puffy GIANT POMPOM! I also wanted to make make sure it was about 2.5 to 3 inches wide. But i didnt want to spend money or buy extra junk like a pompom maker, so I came up with an easy way to make a pompom template.

All you need is some scrap cardboard, scissors, a mug and a quarter or an old CD to use as stencils.

Make 2 rings (like a donut shape), cut a slit through the rings making the donut shape into a C-shape. Widen the slit by trimming some more off the ends so it’s easy to pass the yarn through.

Take yarn, wrap around the C-shape as if you’re trying to make a yarn covered “C”. No need for needles or pre-cutting yarn. Just slip yarn through the slit to wrap. This way there’s no wasted yarn, the working end of the yarn is coming straight from the ball and you’ll never run out.

To make sure the pompom comes out the size needed: e.g. If you need a 3 inch pompom, the rings have to be about 1.5 inches thick (plus a little extra for trimming).

When full enough, snip edges, pull yarn tail through, cinch, and tie. Fluff and trim making sure to not trim off yarn tail. You’ll need that to attach the pompom.

Here are some other great references with detailed photos on how to make a pompom:
www.inklingsandyarns.com
www.prudentbaby.com
www.classiceliteyarns.com
www.ehow.com

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Pattern: Boyfriend Hat

May 07

Boyfriend Hat - Rib View

This knit hat is reversible! And both sides have a lovely texture depending on the look you want to achieve. It’s soft and cozy but is chunky and has body, so there is no drape or slouch in this hat. Knits up quick (takes about 1 evening!) and is super simple. Perfect for a quick last minute gift. Super Bulky Weight yarn FTW!

Boyfriend Hat - Rib Close-up Boyfriend Hat - Reverse Rib Close-up Boyfriend Hat - Changing Needles

Materials:
1.25 Ball Lion Brand Yarn Hometown USA, Color #303 Cambridge Tweed, Super Bulky Weight, 94% Acrylic 6% Rayon, 64 yards, $5.29
Jumbo Stitch Markers, Crochet Hook or Darning Needle

Needles:
US 11 [8.00mm] in 16″ Circular Knitting Needles
US 11 [8.00mm] Double Pointed Knitting Needles
Crochet Hook Size N [9.00mm] (Optional)

Measurements:
12.5 inches (W) x 14 inches (H)
Circumference: 22 inches

Gauge:
12 stitches per 4″
12 rows per 4″
(in K1, P2 Rib)

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Pattern:
Body:
Cast on 42 sts
Rounds 1-20: [K1, P2] until end of round.
Or until hat measures about 6.5 inches tall.

Crown/Decrease Rows: (Do all decreases purl-wise)
Row 1: {K1, P2, K1, P2, K1, dec, K1, P2, K1, P2, K1, P2, K1, dec}. Repeat {…} once.
Row 2: {K1, P2, K1, P2, dec, K1, P2, K1, P2, K1, P2, dec}. Repeat {…} once.
Row 3: {K1, P2, K1, P1, dec, K1, P2, K1, P2, K1, dec, P1}. Repeat {…} once.
Row 4: {K1, P2, K1, dec, K1, P2, K1, P2, K1, dec}. Repeat {…} once.
Row 5: {K1, P2, dec, K1, P2, K1, P2, dec}. Repeat {…} once.
Row 6: {K1, P1, dec, K1, P2, K1, dec, P1}. Repeat {…} once.
Row 7: {K1, dec, K1, P2, K1, dec}. Repeat {…} once.
Row 8: {dec, K1, P2, dec}. Repeat {…} once.
Row 9: Dec 4
2.5 inches tall

Finish :
Break yarn. Thread through remaining loops. Cinch and fasten off. Weave in ends.

Optional Edging:
Crochet Hook N [9.00mm]
Turn hat inside out.
Single Crochet all the way around edge or brim of hat into the front loops of the cast on stitches. 1 round.
Bind off. Weave in ends. Voila!

Boyfriend Hat - Rib View

Notes:
The hat shape wasn’t right. The fit/style was really pointy giving it a gnome-ish shape. Kind of like a garden gnome (Steve Zissou) style hat.

Next time I may change the decrease rows slightly. I would add a knit row between every decrease round to give it a more graceful decrease. I would also remove the last decrease row and end the hat at Decrease Row 8.

This hat can be folded up for a snugger fit. Simply fold up the brim and pull all the way down for a cat burglar hat type fit.

This hat is knitted in the round from the brim up to the crown.

Sizing: This hat was measured flat right before wearing. The hat will stretch both in the width and the height.

Some other “Boyfriend Hat” patterns I found while googling with 2 very different looks:

Quilted Lion Hat
By Stephanie Nicole
I like the decreases in this hat as well although a very different style than the right. She gives away the pattern for free on Ravelry!

Boyfriend Hat by Bleu Arts Boyfriend Hat by Bleu Arts Boyfriend Hat by Bleu Arts
By Bleu Arts
Love this beautifully designed and knitted hat. The brim detail and simple refined decreases in the crown combined with the yarn and gauge give it an elegant yet casual style. She uses Cascade 220, one of my fave yarns! Knits up beautifully and is very affordable. She did a whole “Boyfriend Hat” series and the patterns are for sale on her Etsy! $6.95

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Good Ol’ Granny Squares

Apr 25

I saw this crochet bag on the street the other day. (On a homeless bum…) I loved it! It was made with the simple Granny Square method of Crocheting. So I’ve been working on trying to re-create it myself. In the process I crocheted up a bunch of granny square swatches while designing.

Granny Square - Rectangle

The quintessential granny square has a bad rap! But it is still today a very handy (and ingenious) way of crocheting. It is the most basic of crochet blocks and is unique to Crochet! Like most crochet blocks the entire “block” is crocheted in the round, uses very basic stitches, and has 4 corners! That’s it. From there on out it can be customized in so many ways. And even morphed into new motifs like wagon wheels, starbursts, even triangle and octagon shapes etc. You can make anything from a dress to a bag to a whole afghan by stitching together some well-planned blocks! The possibilities for granny squares are endless. It’s a building block of sorts for modular crocheting that is so easy to pick up and fun to get creative with. It’s great for beginners too!

This page also includes patterns for Granny Rectangles as seen above! Not as popular but it’s actually what I was looking for. Being able to create a rectangle can be invaluable and gives the Granny Square Method extra flexibility in what you can create.

*Do all dcs or hdcs into chain spaces
*All yarn is Medium Worsted Weight – Red Heart Super Saver

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Traditional Granny Square - In Half Double CrochetGranny Square Traditional (in hdcs) Hook I9 5.50mm
Chain 4. Join into ring with a sl st into first ch.

2ch, 2hdc into ring, {2ch, 3hdc into ring} * 3, 2ch, sl st to join in 2nd ch of first 2ch.

3ch, 3hdc, 2ch, 3hdc, {1ch, 3hdc, 2ch, 3hdc} * 2, 3hdc, 2ch, 2hdc, sl st to join in 2nd ch of first 3ch.

2ch, 2hdc, 1ch, {3hdc, 2ch, 3hdc, 1ch, 3hdc, 1ch} * 3,
3hdc, 2ch, 3hdc, 1ch, sl st to join in 2nd ch of first 2ch.

3ch, 3hdc, {1ch, 3hdc, 2ch, 3hdc, 1ch, 3hdc, 1ch, 3hdc} * 3,
1ch, 3hdc, 2ch, 3hdc, 1ch, 2hdc, sl st to join in 2nd ch of first 3ch.

2ch, 2hdc, 1ch, 3hdc,
{1ch, 3hdc, 2ch, 3hdc, 1ch, 3hdc, 1ch, 3hdc, 1ch, 3hdc} * 3,
1ch, 3hdc, 2ch, 3hdc, 1ch, 3hdc, 1ch, sl st to join in 2nd ch of first 2ch.

Break yarn. Pull through last loop. Weave in ends.

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Granny Square - Rectangle in Half Double CrochetGranny Rectangle I (in hdcs) Hook I9 5.50mm
Chain 6. Join into ring with a sl st into first ch.

2ch, 2hdc into ring,
1ch, {3hdc into ring, 2ch} * 2, 3hdc into ring,
1ch, {3hdc into ring, 2ch} * 2, sl st to join in 2nd ch of 2ch.

3ch, 3hdc,
1ch, {3hdc, 2ch, 3hdc},
1ch, {3hdc, 2ch, 3hdc},
1ch, 3hdc, 1ch, {3hdc, 2ch, 3hdc},
1ch, {3hdc, 2ch, 2hdc}, sl st into 2nd ch of first 3ch.

2ch, 2hdc,
1ch, 3hdc, 1ch, {3hdc, 2ch, 3hdc} in 2ch space,
1ch, 3hdc, 1ch, {3hdc, 2ch, 3hdc} in 2ch space,
1ch, 3hdc, 1ch, 3hdc, 1ch, {3hdc, 2ch, 3hdc} in 2ch space,
1ch, 3hdc, 1ch, {3hdc, 2ch, 3hdc} in 2ch space,
1ch, sl st to join in 2nd ch of first 2ch.

3ch, 3hdc,
1ch, 3hdc, 1ch, {3hdc, 2ch, 3hdc} in 2ch space,
1ch, 3hdc, 1ch, 3hdc, 1ch, {3hdc, 2ch, 3hdc} in 2ch space,
1ch, 3hdc, 1ch, 3hdc, 1ch, 3hdc, 1ch, {3hdc, 2ch, 3hdc} in 2ch space,
1ch, 3hdc, 1ch, 3hdc, 1ch, {3hdc, 2ch, 3hdc} in 2ch space,
1ch, 2hdc, sl st to join in 2nd ch of first 2ch.

2ch, 2hdc,
{1ch, 3hdc in ch space} * 2, 1ch, {3hdc, 2ch, 3hdc} in 2ch space,
{1ch, 3hdc in ch space} * 3, 1ch, {3hdc, 2ch, 3hdc} in 2ch space,
{1ch, 3hdc in ch space} * 4, 1ch, {3hdc, 2ch, 3hdc} in 2ch space,
{1ch, 3hdc in ch space} * 3, 1ch, {3hdc, 2ch, 3hdc} in 2ch space,
1ch 3hdc 1ch, sl st to join in 2nd ch of first 2ch.

Break yarn. Pull through last loop. Weave in ends.

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Granny Square - Rectangle in Double CrochetGranny Rectangle II (in dcs) Hook I9 5.50mm
Chain 6. Join into ring with a sl st into first ch.

3ch, 2dc into ring,
1ch, {3dc into ring, 2ch} * 2, 3dc into ring,
1ch, {3dc into ring, 2ch} * 2, sl st to join in 3rd ch of 3ch.

4ch, 3dc,
1ch, {3dc, 3ch, 3dc} in 3ch space,
1ch, {3dc, 3ch, 3dc} in 3ch space,
1ch, 3dc, 1ch, {3dc, 3ch, 3dc} in 3ch space,
1ch, {3dc, 3ch, 2dc}, sl st into 3rd ch of first 4ch.

3ch, 2dc,
1ch, 3dc, 1ch, {3dc, 3ch, 3dc} in 3ch space,
1ch, 3dc, 1ch, {3dc, 3ch, 3dc} in 3ch space,
{1ch, 3dc in ch space} * 2, 1ch, {3dc, 3ch, 3dc} in 3ch space,
1ch, 3dc, 1ch, {3dc, 3ch, 3dc} in 3ch space,
1ch, sl st to join in 3rd ch of first 3ch.

4ch, 3dc,
1ch, 3dc, 1ch, {3dc, 3ch, 3dc},
{1ch, 3dc in ch space} * 2, 1ch, {3dc, 3ch, 3dc} in 3ch space,
{1ch, 3dc in ch space} * 3, 1ch, {3dc, 3ch, 3dc} in 3ch space,
{1ch, 3dc in ch space} * 2, 1ch, {3dc, 3ch, 3dc} in 3ch space,
1ch, 2dc, sl st to join in 3rd ch of first 4ch.

3ch, 2dc,
{1ch, 3dc in ch space} * 2, 1ch, {3dc, 3ch, 3dc} in 3ch space,
{1ch, 3dc in ch space} * 3, 1ch, {3dc, 3ch, 3dc} in 3ch space,
{1ch, 3dc in ch space} * 4, 1ch, {3dc, 3ch, 3dc} in 3ch space,
{1ch, 3dc in ch space} * 3, 1ch, {3dc, 3ch, 3dc} in 3ch space,
1ch 3dc 1ch, sl st to join in 3rd ch of first 3ch.

Break yarn. Pull through last loop. Weave in ends.

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Granny Square - Rectangle in Half Double Crochet and Hook H8 [5.00mm]Granny Rectangle III (in dcs) Hook H8 5.0mm
Chain 6. Join into ring with a sl st into first ch.

3ch, 2dc into ring,
1ch, {3dc into ring, 2ch} * 2, 3dc into ring,
1ch, {3dc into ring, 2ch} * 2, sl st to join in 3rd ch of 3ch.

4ch, 3dc,
1ch, {3dc, 3ch, 3dc} in 3ch space,
1ch, {3dc, 3ch, 3dc} in 3ch space,
1ch, 3dc, 1ch, {3dc, 3ch, 3dc} in 3ch space,
1ch, {3dc, 3ch, 2dc}, sl st into 3rd ch of first 4ch.

3ch, 2dc,
1ch, 3dc, 1ch, {3dc, 3ch, 3dc} in 3ch space,
1ch, 3dc, 1ch, {3dc, 3ch, 3dc} in 3ch space,
{1ch, 3dc in ch space} * 2, 1ch, {3dc, 3ch, 3dc} in 3ch space,
1ch, 3dc, 1ch, {3dc, 3ch, 3dc} in 3ch space,
1ch, sl st to join in 3rd ch of first 3ch.

4ch, 3dc,
1ch, 3dc, 1ch, {3dc, 3ch, 3dc},
{1ch, 3dc in ch space} * 2, 1ch, {3dc, 3ch, 3dc} in 3ch space,
{1ch, 3dc in ch space} * 3, 1ch, {3dc, 3ch, 3dc} in 3ch space,
{1ch, 3dc in ch space} * 2, 1ch, {3dc, 3ch, 3dc} in 3ch space,
1ch, 2dc, sl st to join in 3rd ch of first 4ch.

3ch, 2dc,
{1ch, 3dc in ch space} * 2, 1ch, {3dc, 3ch, 3dc} in 3ch space,
{1ch, 3dc in ch space} * 3, 1ch, {3dc, 3ch, 3dc} in 3ch space,
{1ch, 3dc in ch space} * 4, 1ch, {3dc, 3ch, 3dc} in 3ch space,
{1ch, 3dc in ch space} * 3, 1ch, {3dc, 3ch, 3dc} in 3ch space,
1ch 3dc 1ch, sl st to join in 3rd ch of first 3ch.

4ch, 3dc,
{1ch, 3dc in ch space} * 2, 1ch, {3dc, 3ch, 3dc} in 3ch space,
{1ch, 3dc in ch space} * 4, 1ch, {3dc, 3ch, 3dc} in 3ch space,
{1ch, 3dc in ch space} * 5, 1ch, {3dc, 3ch, 3dc} in 3ch space,
{1ch, 3dc in ch space} * 4, 1ch, {3dc, 3ch, 3dc} in 3ch space,
1ch 3dc 1ch, 2dc, sl st to join in 3rd ch of first 4ch.

Break yarn. Pull through last loop. Weave in ends.

❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Notes:
Granny Squares and Granny RectanglesAll patterns are crocheted in the round. The Granny Rectangles above are patterns I created. I’m sure there’s many out there but these are my versions.

My Traditional Granny Square pattern is a variation of the standard Granny Square pattern which is also available for free anywhere. I was looking to create a tighter looking texture for a stiffer granny square with smaller holes.

Design Your Own Granny Square! The traditional Granny Square method is quite simple. Everything is Crocheted in the Round. All you have to remember is this:

{1ch, 3dc} all the way around. Dc into Chain Spaces until you get to a Corner. And Corner (3dc, 3ch, 3dc) the Corners! That’s basically it. Replace the DC’s accordingly like I did with HDC’s (Half Double Crochets) or TR’s (Treble Crochets) or whatever you like!

The only critical thing is in the first round (when setting up the first set of corners). That dictates the shape of your piece. Once you set that, it’s smooth sailing from there on out.

Color Changes. The simplest way to customize your own Granny Square is to change colors! Try changing colors in every round. Or every 2 rounds etc. I weave in yarn tails as I go. It’s easy to just carry over the yarn where you break it by holding it against your work as you crochet. It saves some end weaving later on!

Google “granny square patterns” or “crochet blocks” to get a deluge of free patterns and examples!

Sample Swatch of Boho Tote
Sample Swatch for Crochet Tote in Granny Squares (coming soon)!

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Pattern: Slouchy Hat Womens

Mar 29

Slouchy Hat WomensThis hat is light, easy to wear, and great for Spring! I made this hat for myself! I first made the Mens Version (for a man) of this pattern and liked the style but didn’t like the fit the first time around. So this time, I adjusted the pattern accordingly. It’s an easy knitting hat, great for a commute project on the train or on the plane, and great for practicing Circular Knitting, using Circular Needles, and even switching up your knitting styles. Try Continental instead of English. Or vice versa!

More pics coming soon! Photo Booth pic for now ==>

Materials:
1 Ball Knit Picks Stroll Multi in Vintage Multi, Fingering Weight, 75% Superwash Merino, 25% Nylon, 231 yards, $5.99
Stitch Markers, Darning Needle

Needles:
US 3 [3.25mm] in 16″ Circular Knitting Needles
US 5 [3.75mm] in 16″ Circular Knitting Needles
US 5 [3.75mm] Double Pointed Knitting Needles, Set of 4

Measurements:
10.25 inches (W) x 13 inches (H)
Circumference: 20.5 inches

Gauge:
26 sts and 34 rows = 4″ with larger needles in stocking st

Skill Level: Easy Intermediate

Slouchy Hat Womens
Slouchy Hat Womens
Slouchy Hat Womens

Pattern:
Free from Patons – Patons Kroy Socks Basic Beanie. The pattern below is a modified version of the Women’s Size Hat in the Slouchy Fit. I took out a few stitches and rows from the original pattern. [pdf]

Brim:
Begin with smaller circular needle. Cast on 120 sts.
Place stitch marker. Join for working in round.
[K2, P2] every round until brim measures about 4″ tall.
Total: 34 rows, 4 inches.

Body:
Change to larger circular needle.
Knit (K) every round until Body measures about 7″ tall.
Total: 45 rows, 6 inches.

Finish:
Round 1: *K2tog. K26. ssk. Rep from * around. 112 sts.
2nd, 4th, 6th, 8th, 10th Rounds: Knit.
Round 3: *K2tog. K24. ssk. Rep from * around. 104 sts.
Round 5: *K2tog. K22. ssk. Rep from * around. 96 sts.
Round 7: *K2tog. K20. ssk. Rep from * around. 88 sts.
Round 9: *K2tog. K18. ssk. Rep from * around. 80 sts.

Begin decrease in every round:
Round 11: *K2tog. K16. ssk. Rep from * around. 72 sts.
Round 12: *K2tog. K14. ssk. Rep from * around. 64 sts.
Round 13: *K2tog. K12. ssk. Rep from * around. 56 sts.
Round 14: *K2tog. K10. ssk. Rep from * around. 48 sts.
Round 15: *K2tog. K8. ssk. Rep from * around. 40 sts.
Round 16: *K2tog. K6. ssk. Rep from * around. 32 sts.
Round 17: *K2tog. K4. ssk. Rep from * around. 24 sts.
Round 18: *K2tog. K2. ssk. Rep from * around. 16 sts.
Total: 18 rows, 3 inches.

Break yarn. Thread through remaining stitches. Draw up tightly and fasten securely. Weave in ends.

Changing needlesNotes:
This is a one skein hat! So 1 ball of Knit Picks Stroll was enough for the entire hat. With enough left over for a tiny pom-pom if desired! The yarn is also very lightweight making it perfect for spring or as a year round accessory.

For this Women’s Hat I should have kept the brim to 27 rows or 3.5 inches. But I wasn’t paying attention and flew right passed it. If I did, I would have had even more yarn left over.

I ended up not loving my choice of colorways this time. Perhaps something more feminine and monochromatic rather than contrasty. The color scheme in this one makes it way too sporty and not versatile enough.

See my Men’s Slouchy Hat Pattern for more detailed notes on Sizing, Needles, and Yarn.

Knit Picks Stroll YarnSizing and Gauge:
Width: 10.25 inches
Height: 13 inches
Brim Circumference: About 20.5 inches

PERFECT FIT!!! Exactly the right fit and drape. I originally made this hat in the Men’s Size first but found that the pattern yielded a hat that was way too loose (for a man). Plus, as the day wore on the hat got looser and looser.

So this time around when I knitted the Women’s Size, I took a few stitches off the Women’s Size Pattern as well and modified the pattern respectively and it was a perfect fit. I test wore this hat all day today and it’s still wearing great! In total it is about 1-2 inches in both width and height smaller than the Men’s Slouchy Hat I made.

This hat size and pattern is also suitable for Mens! It might be a better fit than the Men’s Size Hat for Men even!

Patons Kroy Socks Beanie Hat
Version 1: Regular Fit Hat ~ Version 2: Slouchy Fit Hat

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Pattern: Slouchy Hat

Feb 21

Patons Kroy Socks Beanie HatThis simple slouchy hat is basically done in 2×2 Rib Stitch and Knit Stitch. A great way to practice Circular Knitting, changing needles, and using Circular Needles and Double Pointed Needles (DPNs).

Here is the Slouchy Hat worn folded up for less slouch! I made this for my darling BF who wasn’t 100% in love with the slouchy hat! He did not want to look like Ashton Kutcher, Brad Pitt, Maddox Jolie-Pitt, etc… A.k.a. the Japanese Hipster look circa 2005… Le sigh. Fair enough.

I think the slouchy look is classic enough these days so I still like it for both girls and guys. Perhaps next time I will reduce the sag. Or use a different yarn or color scheme to downplay the slouch look.

Trying the hat on for fit

Materials:
1-2 Balls Knit Picks Stroll Multi in Lily Pad Multi, Fingering Weight, 75% Superwash Merino, 25% Nylon, 231 yards, $5.99
Stitch Markers, Darning Needle

Needles:
US 3 [3.25mm] in 16″ Circular Knitting Needles
US 5 [3.75mm] in 16″ Circular Knitting Needles
US 5 [3.75mm] Double Pointed Knitting Needles, Set of 4

Measurements:
11 inches (W) x 14 inches (H)
Circumference: 22 inches

Gauge:
26 sts and 34 rows = 4″ with larger needles in stocking st

Skill Level: Easy Intermediate

Working on the body of the hat using circular needles
Working on the decreases for the crown of the hat using double pointed needles
Top View
Knit Picks Stroll Yarn

Pattern:
Free from Patons – Patons Kroy Socks Basic Beanie. The pattern below is a modified version of the Men’s Size Hat in the Slouchy Fit. I decreased the brim height and increased the body height of the hat. [pdf]

Brim:
Begin with smaller circular needle. Cast on 136 sts.
Place stitch marker. Join for working in round.
[K2, P2] every round until brim measures about 4″ tall.
Total: 27 rows, 3.5 inches.

Body:
Change to larger circular needle.
Knit (K) every round until Body measures about 7″ tall.
Total: 51 rows, 7 inches.

Finish:
Round 1: *K2tog. K30. ssk. Rep from * around. 128 sts.
2nd, 4th, 6th, 8th, 10th, 12th and 14th Rounds: Knit.
Round 3: *K2tog. K28. ssk. Rep from * around. 120 sts.
Round 5: *K2tog. K26. ssk. Rep from * around. 112 sts.
Round 7: *K2tog. K24. ssk. Rep from * around. 104 sts.
Round 9: *K2tog. K22. ssk. Rep from * around. 96 sts.
Round 11: *K2tog. K20. ssk. Rep from * around. 88 sts.
Round 13: *K2tog. K18. ssk. Rep from * around. 80 sts.

Begin decrease in every round:
Round 15: *K2tog. K16. ssk. Rep from * around. 72 sts.
Round 16: *K2tog. K14. ssk. Rep from * around. 64 sts.
Round 17: *K2tog. K12. ssk. Rep from * around. 56 sts.
Round 18: *K2tog. K10. ssk. Rep from * around. 48 sts.
Round 19: *K2tog. K8. ssk. Rep from * around. 40 sts.
Round 20: *K2tog. K6. ssk. Rep from * around. 32 sts.
Round 21: *K2tog. K4. ssk. Rep from * around. 24 sts.
Round 22: *K2tog. K2. ssk. Rep from * around. 16 sts.
Total: 22 rows, 3.5 inches.


Break yarn. Thread through remaining stitches. Draw up tightly and fasten securely. Weave in ends.

Size and shape of the hat after blocking
Patons Kroy Socks Beanie Hat
Changing needles

Notes:
The Knit Picks Stroll Sock Yarn striped up really neat. Depending on the needle size you use and the size of your project, you will get delightfully unique and irregular striping! I only used about 1.25 balls.

For my needles, I used 20″ circular needles which also fit. I used my fave ones – Addi Turbos! They are metal needles so creamy and zippy. If you like natural materials, Clover Takumi Velvets are my fave! They are bamboo and a close second to the Addi Turbos for me. The hat can also be knit using Double Pointed Needles only. You can save yourself from needing a third set of needles this way.

I used this hat to practice my Continental Knitting. It’s a straight shot and you’re doing primarily Knit Stitch, so it’s a great way to practice a different type of knitting hold. I’m an English Knitter, so I hold the yarn from the ball in my right hand and throw the yarn over my working needle. Continental Knitters hold the yarn steady in their left hands and pick the yarn. It’s a slightly different way of knitting. It all creates the same stitches, just in a different way.

The pattern comes in 2 sizes and 2 versions – Men’s or Women’s Size and Regular or Slouchy Fit.
<== Left: Slouchy Fit Hat; Right: Regular Fit Hat

Sizing and Gauge:
Width: 11 inches
Height: 14 inches
Brim Circumference: About 22 inches

The above measurements were taken before the hat was worn! I made this hat with the intention of it fitting very large sized heads. Hence the extra height in the body. But it still turned out too wide in the brim. As the day wore on the hat got looser and looser.

The number of stitches were correct. I double checked the gauge and it seemed right. I tried on the hat as I went, since the brim is knitted up first, and it fit fine too. Some factors could have been: I’m a loose knitter and I knitted even looser because I was knitting to fit a large-sized head; the rib knit in the brim will stretch and loosen up as the day goes on; I also noticed that after I blocked the piece it stretched out and got floppier.

Next time I will make the Womens Size Hat and also shorten the body by at least 1-2 inches.

Side View - Slouchy Hat folded up for less slouch! Front View - Slouchy Hat Front View - Slouchy Hat Hat pulled down. It's huge! - Slouchy Hat

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Pattern: Baby Hat

Jan 10

Crochet Baby Hat

Baby Hat - Working on the crown Baby Hat - Almost done Baby Hat - Underside Baby Hat - View from top

Materials:
1 Skein Red Heart Super Saver Yarn, Aran Fleck #4313
96% acrylic/4% other fibers, Worsted Weight, 260 yards, $3.99
Stitch Marker

Crochet Hook: Size I-9 [5.75mm]

Measurements:
I sent this off before taking measurements but it measures
about 6 inches across from brim to brim.

Skill Level: Easy Beginner

Pattern:
Begin: Chain 2, slip st to join
Round 1: Sc 3
Round 2: Sc 4
Round 3: Inc in every st, sl st to join
Round 4: [Sc, inc] repeat [ ... ] until end of round
Round 5: [Sc, inc] repeat [ ... ] until end of round
Round 6: [Sc 2, inc] repeat [ ... ] until end of round
Round 7: [Sc 3, inc] repeat [ ... ] until end of round
Round 8: [Sc 4, inc] repeat [ ... ] until end of round
Round 9: [Sc 5, inc] repeat [ ... ] until end of round
Round 10: [Sc 6, inc] repeat [ ... ] until end of round
Round 11: [Sc 7, inc] repeat [ ... ] until end of round
Round 12: [Sc 8, inc] repeat [ ... ] until end of round
Round 13 – 27: Sc until end of round

Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Notes:
I made this white tweed baby hat to go with the Baby Cardigan I made for my friend’s new baby! Quick and simple hat that is cute and versatile. Probably 2-3 hours total time to finish. The hat can be rolled down to fit a bigger sized head as baby grows. A bonus is it’s entirely machine washable and dryable. So baby can go nuts with the playing and mom doesn’t have to worry about anything getting ruined!

This hat is crocheted from the crown on down to the brim. So it’s very easy to customize the height of your hat. Just try it on as you go!

I wanted to add some pompoms to to the top and some earflaps but did not have time. I also wanted to add an applique duckling or heart in felt but did not have time.

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Wood Cuff Jeans

Dec 28

Wood Cuff Jeans

I got a new sewing machine for christmas!! Wahoooo! Here was my first little test project on it. I tried a few stitches out on some Quilt Weight Cotton, some Home Dec Weight Cotton, and … denim!

It all started out when the Treasure Hunter asked me to fix a pair of his fave denim jeans which had an awkward tear in the crotch area! After fixing that up, we decided to do a little denim customization and added a fabric detail to the cuff on a pair of denim jeans. I used some scrap material from a beautiful fabric with wood grain print.

I didn’t do much measuring and just eyeballed everything. There wasn’t much need to true up the fabric or precise measuring. I did not even break out the iron or pre-wash the fabric. All bad habits but for a simple experiment it was fine. I marked about 4 inches from the edge of the jean cuff (see below pic) and cut out a strip of fabric 4 inches wide and long enough to wrap around the entire pant leg. Pinned and sewed! Making sure to pre-fold in the edges where I could. I also made sure to sew as invisibly as possibly by making all my stitches near the seams.

Wood Cuff Jeans Wood Cuff Jeans Wood Cuff Jeans

Pattern:
- Cut a 4 inch wide strip (add some extra width for folding down). Long enough to wrap around the entire cuff with some extra for folding in.

- Fold in the lower edge. I folded down about 1/2 inch. This edge will be attached to the bottom of the cuff. Pin down the fold.

- Turn pants inside out. Line up the folded edge to the edge of the cuff. See here. Pin it down. Leaving the leftover length by the inseam. Line up the fabric pattern or nap in the way you find most appealing. Try folding the cuff up to see how the pattern shows.

- Sew as flush along the bottom edge of the cuff (near the original cuff seam) as possible from inseam to inseam. Fold down one flap to overlap the other. Try to make sure the flap meets at the inseam. This is where you will sew to seal it. Trim excess.

- Then sew along the other end of the fabric from inseam to inseam. Sew right over the overlapping flaps to seal. Make sure fabric is smooth and flat against the jean.

- Finally sew along the inseam where the flaps overlap. Sew as close to the original seam as possible! Done!

Wood Cuff Jeans

Choose any fabric you desire for your denim cuff accents! Great for fabric scraps. Fold the cuffs back down for normal style jeans.

I chose this beautiful fabric on the left.

Brazilian Rose Wood
Graphic Design BNP by Bold Inc.
Woodworking Landscape Products
Japanese Made

❤ Thanks to the Treasure Hunter for the beautiful fabric!!

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