Lil Loopy Beanie

Lil Loopy Beanie

picture of lil loopy beanie(More pictures at the bottom of the post.)

Lil Loopy Beanie is now available for purchase! It was tested by 11 folks on the Free Pattern Testers forum on Ravelry. As you can see, this pattern is super fun to the eye. It is also extra cozy because the loops create an extra layer of warmth. The beanie pictured above was done in a self striping yarn; however, testers had nice results with variegated yarns as well as rows of solid colors.

The pattern also includes optional earflaps to keep out the winter chill. Last on the page is the tutorial on how to make the braids.

Difficulty: The pattern uses only beginner level stitches. The main section uses single crochet and the chain stitch and the brim uses single crochet and double crochet. There is a picture and video tutorial to help with the loop placement. This pattern would be good for an advanced beginner.

Sizing: Many testers reported it was hard to keep gauge and thus I recommend going down a size if you are on the edge when choosing a size.

Purchase here: Ravelry, Etsy, Craftsy

picture of lil loopy beanie from side

top view of lil loopy beanie

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Posted Brim (Crochet Hat Brim)

Hello, all!

I have had many requests for a brim I created for several of my crochet hats. Well, who am I to keep such a fun brim from you all?

Pattern

multiples of 4

Row 1: ch 1, sc around

Row 2: ch 1, sc around

Row 3: ch 1, *sc 3, fpdc around the sc in row 1; repeat from * around

That’s all there is to it! If you want a deeper brim do three rows of sc and then use a fptc instead of a double. This brim is especially fun if you work the two rows of sc in one color and the third row with the fpdc in a contrasting color. Enjoy!

Pics

Lil Loopy Beanie (For sale on Etsy; pattern coming soon!)

Spring Spirals Beanie

Baby Spirals Beanie

Baby Spirals Beanie

picture of baby spirals(More pictures at the bottom of the post.)

**Note: Picture is done with two colors and different brim. Pattern coming soon!**

Materials

  • 5.5 mm crochet hook (I)
  • ~60-115 yards US worsted weight yarn
  • Suggested yarn: Malabrigo Rios; Cascade 220
  • Stitch marker
  • Tapestry needle

Gauge

  • 4 sts and 4 rows of sc = a little over 1 inch x 1 inch
  • Change hook size to obtain gauge

Sizing

  • 0-3 mos (3-6 mos, 6-12 mos, 12 mos-3 years, 3 years-teen)
  • 13-15″ (15-16.5, 16-17.5″, 17-18.5″, 19-20″)

Abbreviations

  • ch – chain
  • sts – stitches
  • ss – slip stitch
  • sc – single crochet
  • blo – back loop only

Crown Instructions

Create a Magic Loop and sc 6 into said loop (6 sts)

From here on out you will be working in the back loop only. Also, you will be working in continuous rounds. DO NOT join. Feel free to use a stitch marker for easier counting.

Row 1: *2 sc in each stitch; repeat from * (12 sts)

Row 2: *1 sc, 2 sc in next stitch; repeat from * around (18 sts)

Row 3: *2 sc, 2 sc in next stitch; repeat from * around (24 sts)

Row 4: *3 sc, 2 sc in next stitch; repeat from * around (30 sts)

Row 5: *4 sc, 2 sc in next stitch; repeat from * around (36 sts)

Row 6: *5 sc, 2 sc in next stitch; repeat from * around (42 sts)

Row 7: *6 sc, 2 sc in next stitch; repeat from * around (48 sts) – Stop here for 0-3 mos and go to the hat instructions below

Row 8: *7 sc, 2 sc in next stitch; repeat from * around (54 sts) – Stop here for 3-6 mos and go to the hat instructions below

Row 9: *8 sc, 2 sc in next stitch; repeat from * around (60 sts) – Stop here for 6-12 mos and go to the hat instructions below

Row 10: *9 sc, 2 sc in next stitch; repeat from * around (66 sts) – Stop here for 12 mos – 3 years and go to the hat instructions below

Row 11: *10 sc, 2 sc in next stitch; repeat from * around (72 sts) – Stop here for 3 years to preteen and go to the hat instructions below

Click here for the adult size instructions.

Hat Instructions

At this point you do not need to mark the beginning of the rounds; continue to sc in the blo for approximately 2 3/4″ (3 1/4″, 3 1/2″, 4″, 4 1/4″). This measurement is from the outer edge of the crown. Once you have reached the measurment listed above you will start the brim of the hat. Continue in the round with a ss in the blo for approximately half an inch. Make sure you do not slip stitch tightly. (You don’t want the hat to be too tight on baby’s head!) It may help to go up a hook size or two. Fasten off and weave in the ends!

Note: Please let me know if you have any feedback! Also, this pattern may be used for whatever purpose you would like to use it. If you happen to sell something using this pattern, please put a link to my blog.

picture of spring spirals beanie from side
Side View
front view of spring spirals beanie
Front View

September Love

I’ve always loved September. It has too many great qualities to ignore. 🙂

My first reason for loving the month may sound a little selfish, but I can’t hide the truth. I was born on September 5th and have always loved my birthday. Now that I am older I try to stretch it to include the entire week. And, in certain years (this year!) my birthday is even a National holiday. A free day off work – it doesn’t get any better than that! I also share my week of birth with one of my very best friends, Ms. Carrie. She was born on September 6th so we invite our friends over, cook some tasty food, and exchange gifts. Of course there’s always an abundance of family time around holidays/birthdays that I also enjoy.

I have always liked learning and thus school. Summer rolls into the Iowa State fair and then straight into September and the new school year. I saw new classes as opportunities to start over, learn, and do better. I’m a smart girl, but I’m a slow kind of smart. I’m the kind that has to re-read her notes one hundred and one times to remember it. So… every year was that opportunity to try for all A’s. A new school year also meant new experiences with friends… and let’s not forget the back-to-school shopping!

Ah, what else is there to love, you ask? The weather! There are occasional sweltering hot days and some overly cool days, but overall the weather is wonderful with just a hint of chill to shoo us into fall. The change in weather also means I get to pull out my winter clothes. I always find old friends (still talking about clothing here) packed away in a tub. 🙂 The change of clothing is especially nice since I started knitting and crocheting. Yarning is a cool weather sport and thus the yarn shops are busier and have overflowing baskets and shelves of yarn.

So since I have such a love for September I decided to make a crochet hat dedicated to the month. I currently have only a newborn size hat created, but it’ll give you a peak of what’s to come. 🙂 I plan to have sizes preemie to small adult available soon!

September Babe Pattern

September Babe Pattern - Newborn Size

Oh, and don’t forget apples, squash, and the like start getting harvested around this time! YUM! What is your favorite month?? My husband also enjoys his birth month best (January), but it’s more for the cool weather and snow than anything else. 😉

Lady Sparrow Scarf and Hat

Back in February I was browsing the Free Pattern Testers group on Ravelry  and came across Nitza Coto’s Lady Sparrow Scarf.

Lady Sparrow Scarf

Nitza’s Lady Sparrow Scarf

It is beautiful, no? And my love for birds just spurred my need to volunteer as a tester. I found no errors in the pattern and quickly memorized the rows. I think I got it down to approximately 20 minutes per repeat which means this lovely scarf really didn’t take too long to complete.

 
I have worked on lace before, but I would say this is my first completed project involving lace. 🙂 I think this is important to note as one gets a beautiful end product with a fairly simple lace pattern. I would for sure recommend this as a first for those who want to try their hand at lace.
 
This scarf also involves the kitchener’s stitch which I had never done. This is a wonderful technique to add to your repertoire and Ms. Coto explains it very well in the pattern. She also has a video on her blog that shows the stitch in detail.
Anyway, the matching hat came out for testing a short while later and I volunteered for that as well.
Lady Sparrow Hat

Nitza’s Lady Sparrow Hat

 Unfortunately I had none of the dark blue yarn I used for the scarf left over to use on the hat so I now have a blue scarf and a purple hat. ‘Tis unfortunate… However, I have decided on a solution to this problem! I am going to make this set in a beautiful winter blue and enter it at the Iowa State Fair! Any ideas on what I should call the set? I am thinking winter sparrow scarf and hat or snow bird scarf and hat… Hmm…

I am very excited to start this project again and very much recommend the purchase of one or both of her patterns. The end result is just lovely. You may purchase both patterns on Ravelry by clicking here or on her blog by clicking here.

Oh, and below are my finished products from both tests!

Lady Sparrow Scarf and Hat

Tasha's Lady Sparrow Scarf and Hat

In Bloom Cloche

It’s finally here! My In Bloom Cloche is officially for sale on Ravelry, Etsy, and here on the blog.

I posted two projects on Ravelry about a month ago to good response and a short while later posted the cloche in the ‘Free Pattern Testers’ group. I ended up with five wonderful testers that helped me with the clarity of the star stitch and gauge. I couldn’t have done it without them and now feel very confident placing my pattern for sale.

I hope you all enjoy this new crochet pattern! And don’t forget you can purchase a finished cloche if you don’t know how to crochet!

Click here to purchase through PayPal for $2.50!

Inspiration

Ever since I first saw Malabrigo I loved it. I was in Iowa City for work and since I was just getting into “fancy” yarn I hunted down the LYS to see what was available. The yarn shop was Crazy Girl Yarn Shop and at first I didn’t see anything I wanted to spend money on. (Don’t get me wrong, it is a very nice shop.) However, I was just about to walk out the door when I turned to my right and saw the hanks of Malabrigo Merino Worsted. The skein below (color: Loro Barranquero) is what caught my eye.

malabrigo merino worsted - loro barranquero

Pretty, huh?

I made my first knit hat out of that skein of yarn. (Note: Never make your first anything out of fancy yarn!) Anyway, I loved the colors of the yarn as I knitted, but the yarn does fuzz a little since it is not superwash. Really, that is my only complaint. And Malabrigo fixed that by making Malabrigo Rios! It is a merino wool superwash. Rios is my favorite yarn ever. It knits well, it crochets well, the colors are great, and it doesn’t get fuzzy. It’s also super soft. Ever since I bought a collection of Rios I have been looking for stitch patterns to show off the beautiful colors best. Two of my favorite stitches are the honeycomb brioche (knit) stitch, the crossed brioche (knit) stitch, sc in the back loop only, and the (crochet) star stitch.

Honeycomb Brioche Pidge

Honeycomb Brioche Pidge

Crossed Brioche Winter Headband

Crossed Brioche Winter Headband

This leads me to ::drum roll:: my star stitch “In Bloom Cloche” and back loop only “Spring Spirals Beanie”! They were inspired by the beautiful colors of Malabrigo and a hankering for a spring crochet hat pattern. Clicking on the Spring Spiral Beanie picture will bring you to the blog post with the pattern. (The In Bloom Cloche is currently being tested and will be released for sale soon!)

Spring Spirals Beanie (free pattern)

In Bloom Cloche (pattern for sale soon)

Close-up of In Bloom Cloche

Spring Spirals Beanie

Spring Spirals Beanie

picture of spring spirals beanie, green(More pictures at the bottom of the post.)

Materials

  • 5.5 mm crochet hook (I)
  • ~115-130 yards US worsted weight yarn
  • Suggested yarn: Malabrigo Rios; Cascade 220
  • Stitch marker
  • Tapestry needle

Gauge

  • 4 sts and 4 rows of sc = a little over 1 inch x 1 inch
  • Change hook size to obtain gauge

Sizing

  • adult small (adult medium)
  • 21-22″ (22-24″)

Abbreviations

  • ch – chain
  • sts – stitches
  • ss – slip stitch
  • sc – single crochet
  • blo – back loop only

Crown Instructions

Create a Magic Loop and sc 6 into said loop (6 sts)

From here on out you will be working in the back loop only. Also, you will be working in continuous rounds. DO NOT join. Feel free to use a stitch marker for easier counting.

Row 1: *2 sc in each stitch; repeat from * (12 sts)

Row 2: *1 sc, 2 sc in next stitch; repeat from * around (18 sts)

Row 3: *2 sc, 2 sc in next stitch; repeat from * around (24 sts)

Row 4: *3 sc, 2 sc in next stitch; repeat from * around (30 sts)

Row 5: *4 sc, 2 sc in next stitch; repeat from * around (36 sts)

Row 6: *5 sc, 2 sc in next stitch; repeat from * around (42 sts)

Row 7: *6 sc, 2 sc in next stitch; repeat from * around (48 sts)

Row 8: *7 sc, 2 sc in next stitch; repeat from * around (54 sts)

Row 9: *8 sc, 2 sc in next stitch; repeat from * around (60 sts)

Row 10: *9 sc, 2 sc in next stitch; repeat from * around (66 sts)

Row 11: *10 sc, 2 sc in next stitch; repeat from * around (72 sts)

Row 12: *11 sc, 2 sc in next stitch; repeat from * around (78 sts) – Stop here for the adult small and go to the hat instructions below

Row 13: *12 sc, 2 sc in next stitch; repeat from * around (84 sts)  – Stop here for the adult medium and go to the hat instructions below

Click here for baby/child size instructions. (Note: A woman with a more petite head may also enjoy the fit of the 3 years-teen size hat.)

Hat Instructions

At this point you do not need to mark the beginning of the rounds; continue to sc in the blo for approximately 4″ (4.25″). This measurement is from the outer edge of the crown. Once you have reached the measurement listed above you will start the brim of the hat. Continue in the round with a ss in the blo for approximately an inch. Make sure you do not slip stitch tightly. It may help to go up a hook size or two. Fasten off and weave in the ends!

Note: Please let me know if you have any feedback! Also, this pattern may be used for whatever purpose you would like to use it. If you happen to sell something using this pattern, please put a link to my blog.

picture of spring spirals beanie from side

Side View

front view of spring spirals beanie

Front View

Spring Twist Hat

Spring Twist Hat

picture of spring splendor hat

Materials:

  • US 6, 16″ circular needle (or DPNs)
  • ~150 yards worsted weight cotton yarn (My choice is Knit One Crochet Too Ty-Dy Cotton. It is considered worsted weight, but I think it is a little lighter so check your gauge if you use a different yarn.)
  • Tapestry needle, ruler, and button

Gauge:

  • 5 sts x 8 rows = 1 in. x 1 in.

Abbreviations/Stitches Used:

  • k – knit
  • p – purl
  • k2tog – knit two together
  • pm – place marker

Hat Instructions:

co 88 stitches (I used the long tail cast on method. Instructions here.)

Row 1:  K, P across the 88 stitches; turn, do not join

Row 2: k2tog, yo; *P, K; repeat from * until two stitches remain; yo, k2tog

Repeat rows 1 and 2 two more times to create three eyelets.

Row 7: K, P across the 88 stitches; co 20 using the single cast on (instructions here); 108 sts

Row 8:  Join to work in the round and knit all stitches.

Continue in stockinette until you are approximately 4.5-5 inches from the edge.

Crown Decreases:

*k10, k2tog, pm; repeat from * to end (99 sts)

Knit 2 rounds

*Knit to 2 sts before marker, k2tog; repeat from * to end (81 sts)

Repeat the last three rounds (72 sts)

Knit 1 round

*Knit to 2 sts before marker, k2tog; repeat from * to end (63 sts)

Repeat last round until 9 stitches remain

Cut yarn leaving approximately 6 inches; use a tapestry needle to thread the tail through the remaining stitches a few times and fasten off.

Weave in any remaining ends.

The last part of this hat are the twists (instructions below). Three of the twists are put through the eyelets and then buttoned at the top of the hat. This creates the “bow” portion of the hat. The part of the twists that goes through the eyelets will then be sewn to the inside of the hat. The twists will create a bump of sorts on the inside of the hat, but it is not noticeable from the outside. If you want to make the twists less intrusive I suggest a lighter weight yarn that matches your hat yarn. Another option is to use the yarn as a bow without twisting it.

The rest of the twists are used for the top of the hat. (I used 18.) Thread a piece of scrap yarn through the “top” ends of each tassel using a tapestry needle. (The top end is the end without the knot.) Then run the piece of yarn holding the twists together through the top of the hat to the inside. Weave in the ends and you’re done!

Twist Instructions:

First, double 15 inches of yarn and cut

measure 30 inches of yarn

15" doubled

Second, place your finger at the end of the loop and use it two twist the yarn. Twist until the yarn feels tight against your finger.

use your finger to twist the yarn

Third, bring your loop finger up to the other end of the yarn and hold them together. The yarn will twist up on itself as below.

Last, while holding the yarn together in your left hand, use your right hand to sort of straighten the twist.

Thanks and enjoy!

Note: This is a relatively simple pattern; however, it has not been tested. Please let me know if you have any feedback! Also, this pattern may be used for whatever purpose you would like to use it. If you happen to sell something using this pattern, please put a link to my blog.

Edit: 08/03/2011

Sun and Sky Baby Hat Pattern

I made my second pattern this week. It hasn’t been tested on Ravelry.com yet, but it is almost there. My inspiration for this pattern came from a lovely blanket pattern that I vow to someday produce. Until then my cute little hat will have to suffice!

Sun and Sky Baby Hat

Sun and Sky Baby Hat

Are those of you with snow ready for spring? I know I sure am! My inspiration for this hat was sunshine and blue sky. The top of the hat looks like sun rays that meld into a blue sky. The blue yarn that makes the “sky” portion of the hat has speckles of yellow, green, and purple. The brim of the hat is made with small scallops eliciting the thought of more sun rays around your child’s face. The brim also creates a small amount of shade for the face.

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