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
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Daisy Trail Cuff

This cute crochet cuff is simple and sweet. It was based off the knit version by Champagne Maker; her version is called My Secret Life With Bees. This pattern is easy to alter to fit any wrist size.

Daisy Trail Cuff

(More pictures at the bottom of the post.)You will find more of my patterns here on Ravelry.com.

Materials

  • 3.5 and 2.75 mm crochet hook
  • ~20 yards sport weight yarn (color A)
  • ~8 yards fingering weight yarn (color B)
  • Suggested yarns: Mirasol Yarn Nuna and Ella Rae Lace Merino
  • 6-10 beads (your choice depending on number of flowers)
  • 2 buttons
  • Tapestry needle

Gauge

Gauge is not particularly important for this pattern as you can add rows to make the cuff taller and you can add chains to the initial chain to make the cuff fit any wrist size.

Abbreviations

  • ch – chain
  • sts – stitches
  • ss – slip stitch
  • sc – single crochet

Cuff Instructions

ch. 31 with color A and 3.5 mm hook

Row 1: sc in 2nd chain from hook and remaining chains; ch 1, turn (30 sts)

Row 2: sc across; ch 1, turn

Rows 3-9: repeat row 2; cut yarn, weave in ends

At this point you will attach color B along the bottom left corner of the cuff and follow the pattern below around the edges of the cuff. You will now be using the 2.75 mm hook as well.

  • (sc, ch 3, sc) in each stitch along the bottom
  • 3 sc in the corner; sc in the next 3 stitches, ch 4, sc in next 6 stitches, ch 4, sc i next 3 stitches; 3 sc in the corner
  • (sc, ch 3, sc) in each stitch along the top
  • 3 sc in corner;  9 sc along the side of the cuff; 3 sc in the corner; cut yarn; make an invisible join, and weave in the ends

Now it is time to embroider your cuff. You may embroider whatever you’d like, but I used the lazy daisy stitch to create the daisies on my cuff. You will find a video here. The woman is use fabric and embroidery floss, but it is the same technique.

Next I attached two buttons on the sc side of the cuff. They should like up with the ch 4 on the other side of the cuff.

Last, I sewed fabric on the back side of the cuff for structure. It isn’t necessary, but it is fun to pick out fabric and good sewing practice!

Note: This is a relatively simple pattern; however, it has not yet 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.


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

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