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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Death To Winter Hat

 
It was brought to my attention that we should celebrate the end of winter by putting our yarn tails out. :)  I do this every year, but never really thought much of it.  My grammy used to always do it with me.  LOVED that tradition.  So, here is a photo of yarn tails for this spring! :)

I am so sick of snow and cold and snow and cold that I decided to make a fun and happy bright and flowery hat.  It is a little crazy, but that is OK, so am I.


This hat will fit an adult woman, finished hat circumference is 21”  I do hope to fiddle and fart around with this pattern to make it larger or smaller for other folks, each flower measures 2.5" so, we'll have to do it in increments of that when we do fart our fiddles.  
gauge: 11 dc going across that equals 4"  and for 8.5 rows of dc it equals 4"

Stuff ya need
Worsted Weight Yarn (light blue, light pink, dark pink, yellow, dark blue) and H Hook
Tapestry Needle
Notes:  Each round is always a new color (I included the colors I used if you want to follow it-but please, experiment and have fun, that is the whole point of this hat! I would love to see anything you make using this pattern).  Instead of chaining to get the stitch I just start with whatever stitch is called for

Flower Motif (make 8)
1st flower
1.       Magic ring, ch 1, 12 sc in ring; join and finish off magic ring
2.       With different color, *2dc in sc, ch 2, sl in next sc, ch 2; repeat from * around, join and finish off. (6 petals)
2nd-7th flowers
1.       Same as 1st
2.       With different color, 2dc in sc, ch 2, sl in next sc, ch 2, dc in next sc, *sl in coorosponding petal from previous flower, dc in same sc, ch 2, sl in next sc, ch 2, repeat from * once more, **2dc in next sc, ch 2, sl in next sc, repeat from ** around-6 petals
8th flower
1.       Same as 1st
2.       Same as 2nd, but also join the 1st petal when you are completing your 4th and 5th petals of this flower
Set aside your flower ring for now and let’s begin the hat!

Hat

1.       Yellow Magic ring, ch 2, 9 dc in ring; join (10 dc) finish off
2.       Dark pink, 2 dc in each dc around; join (20 dc) finish off
3.       Light blue *sc between 2 dc group, ch 3; repeat from * around; j join and finish off oin (30)
4.       Light pink, 4dc in each ch 3 space around; join and finish off (40)
5.       Dark blue, * sc between 4dc group, ch 5; repeat from * around; join and finish off (50)
6.       Yellow  5 dc  (but put 6 dc in 6 loops) in each ch 5 loop join and finish off (56)
7.       Light blue sc in center of any dc group, *ch 7, skip 6 dc, sc in next dc; repeat from * around; join and finish off (8 loops)
8.       ***I do not like this round I am going to mess around with it in the next few days and see if I can’t come up with something I like more, but for now, this is what I did****Dark pink, 4dc in loop, *sl st in top of flower petal, 3dc in same loop, sl st between flowers, 4dc in next loop; repeat from * around; join and finish off (56 dc)
9.       Light blue, sl st in any free petal, *ch 4, sl st between petals, ch 4, sl st in next free petal; repeat from * and join and finish off
10.   Dark blue, *3dc in loop, 4dc in next loop; repeat from * around join and finish off
11.   Yellow *hdc in dc, ch 1, skip  next dc; repeat from * around join and finish off

12.   Dark pink sl st in any ch 1 loop, *5dc in next loop, sl st in next loop; repeat from * around join and finish off.

©Dragonbird Creations  This pattern is for personal use only.  You have permission to sell any items you make using this pattern.  Do not distribute, copy or sell this pattern, photos, descriptions or anything other content included in this pattern.  

Monday, February 17, 2014

Lucky Leprechaun Hat

The perfect hat for chasing rainbows and finding gold...It works GREAT in the snow too, which is AWESOME because it WON'T STOP SNOWING! :)

Notes:  I made this hat pattern for an adult woman.  I put some notations for changing up the size of the hat.  If you want to make a really small hat you may want to omit round 6 because you would have to put in quite a few decreases around round 8 and your hat will get a 'fat on top and skinny on bottom' look-which is actually kind of cool-it is totally up to you.  Basically, you will want to count your stitches, for me-every 2.5 dc is one inch SO if I want my hat to be 21.5" I want 54 stitches.  

Materials:  Worsted weight (I used red heart super saver) Green, Yellow, black, tapestry needle and H hook

Gauge: 11 dc going across that equals 4"  and for 8.5 rows of dc it equals 4"


1.     Magic ring, ch 2 (counts as dc here and throughout), 9 dc in ring (10 dc); join finish off magic ring
2.     Ch 2, dc in same dc, 2dc in each dc around; join (20 dc)
3.     Ch 2, *2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc; repeat from * around; join (30 dc)
4.     Ch 2, dc in next dc, *2dc in next dc, dc in next 2 dc; repeat from * around; join (40 dc)
5.     Ch 2, dc in next 2 dc, *2dc in next dc, dc in next 3 dc; repeat from * around; join (50 dc)
6.     Ch 2, dc in next 3 dc, *2dc in next dc, dc in next 4 dc; repeat from * around; join (60 dc)
7.     Ch 1, sl st around BP of same stitch, ch 2, BPDC around each dc (but put 6 dec evenly around this round this will give you a hat circumference of 21”.  If you want your hat smaller add a few more decreases-about 2.5 per inch or if you want your hat larger you can omit a few decreases-about 2.5 per inch) (54 dc)
8.     Ch 2, dc in each dc around; join (54 dc)
9.     Repeat round 8
10.  Repeat round 8
11.  Repeat round 8
12.  Repeat round 8
13.  Repeat round 8
14.  Repeat round 8
15.  Repeat round 8 (you can omit rounds 15-17 if you are making a smaller hat because otherwise it might stand too tall for the younglings)
16.  Repeat round 8
17.  Repeat round 8 finish off green
18.  With black, Repeat round 8
19.  Repeat round 8
20.  Repeat round 8, finish off black
21.  In FL only and using green, ch 2, dc in next dc, *2 dc in next dc, dc in next 2 dc; repeat from * around; join
22.  Ch 2, dc in next dc, *2dc in next dc, dc in next 3 dc; repeat from * around; join and finish off
Buckle
With yellow, ch 18 and join.  Ch 1, 3 sc in same chain as joining, sc in next 5 sc, 3 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc, 3 sc in next sc, sc in next 5 sc, 3 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc; join and finish off leaving a long tail for sewing.  Sew buckle onto hat.


Infant size hat (will have a less floppy brim) (finished hat 16" circumference):
1.  magic ring, ch 2 (counts as dc throughout), 9 dc in ring ; join with sl st to first dc (10 dc)
2.  ch 2, dc in same dc, *2dc in each dc; repeat from *, join with sl st to fist dc (20)
3.  ch 2, dc in next dc, *2dc in next dc, dc in next dc; repeat from * around, join with sl st to first dc (30)
4.  ch 2, dc in next 2dc, *2dc in next dc, dc in next 2dc; repeat from * around, join with sl st to first dc (40)
5.  ch 2, dc in every dc around but put an increase (2dc) in four of the dc evenly spaced (44)
6. In BL only, dc in each dc around (but put a dec (2dcCL); join wiht sl st to first dc  (40)
7. dc in each dc around; join with sl st to first dc (40)
8-13 repeat round 6
14-15 with black, repeat round 6
16. in FL only ch 2, dc in next 2 dc, *2dc in next dc, dc in next 3 dc; repeat from * around join with sl st to first dc (50)
17.  in skipped BL, repeat round 16
18.  you will be working in both of the loops to join the layers together from 16 and 17.  ch 2 (counts as HDC), hdc in next dc (both layers), *2 hdc in next dc (both layers), hdc in next 2 dc (both layers); repeat from * around; join

use the buckle from above.

©Dragonbird Creations  This pattern is for personal use only.  You have permission to sell any items you make using this pattern.  Do not distribute, copy or sell this pattern, photos, descriptions or anything other content included in this pattern. 


Saturday, February 8, 2014

Broomstick Lace Hat: A true test of determination

The pattern I felt like tackling today, the gazillionth day of frozen nasty too cold to go out and play weather, is the Broomstick Lace Hat pattern found on this link if you scroll down a ways:

http://craftside.typepad.com/craftside/margaret_hubert/

I thought it was such a cute hat.  I was confident in my crochet abilities.  I sat down with some yarn and went to work....and then realized I was confused....froggged...went to work again...frogged....and so it went, ever determined to figure this thing out I kept at it, confident in my abilities to figure this little sucker out without googling techniques.

in my best Sponge Bob narrator's voice:  hour and a half later....

Mad dash to youtube and found a great little tutorial.
Had I written the pattern I'd have said (after the do not turn part): And now you go BACKWARDS DUMMY!
Happily I sat, crocheting like a wild woman, giddy and squeaking in exuberance, anxiously checking my inches, hoping I was almost done because I couldn't wait to finish....

And THEN when I think FINALLY! ALMOST DONE! I realize I don’t know what a reverse sc is so MORE research is needed. This is turning into quite the project. DOH! Here is a video for THAT. Oh, and my auntie holds her hook this way…drives me batty!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eO0z30HHTU

I have finally finished this hat.  I'm thrilled with it.  I know the color isn't what many would think is a great color but I love it and since I'm wearing it that is all that matters. :P

I used the ch 31 option at first, and glad I did because I have a small head.  I added another decrease round at the top as well.  

Since I don't knit, I had ZERO knitting needles to use to hold up my loops so I used a rubber scraper that had a handle that looked like it might work.  It did! :)  I wasn't about to buy a knitting needle since I took the solemn vow to NEVER EVER KNIT.  I KNOW it is a vow I will break...it is just a matter of WHEN I will break it.  Not today boys and girls...not today. :)

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Unpsychotic Giraffe Hat

I’ve searched high and low for a giraffe pattern that was free that I liked, I either had issues with how the ears looked or how the spots looked or it didn't have a suitable hair tuft....Some were cute but the patterns got a little wonky for me…Call me Goldihooks.... Plus I find I’m getting really bored reading patterns, I enjoy the challenge of coming up with my own.  I’ve really only been using patterns from people that really have something crazy special. 

I guess we all go through different stages of our little ‘hobby.’  I’m not sure if this even qualifies as a hobby anymore.  It’s more like an obsession… it’s my drug.  Seriously.  I HAVE TO HAVE A HOOK IN MY HAND or I’m only thinking about WHEN I can get that hook in my hand…When I’m done crocheting something there is a huge high….and then the downward spiral until I get my next fix.  Ya…the deep end…I’m off it.


Feel free to do what you want with the hats you make using this pattern-sell, donate, give away.  I do ask, that if you do use it, maybe let me know how I am doing on making patterns?  With no input from anyone I will either continue stinking at patterns or think they stink and just quit before I confuse the world. Obviously, this is my pattern and I ask that you don't copy it and pretend it is your own because that's pretty tacky. ;)  But feel free to provide a link.


Gauge:  Honestly, I've never paid attention to gauge.  I crochet how I crochet and will modify a pattern to make my gauge work.  BUT, although I'm an old dog I don't mind learning new tricks, so I will have to look up how to figure all that stuff out...For now I will tell you that for 11 dc going across that equals 4"  and for 8.5 rows of dc it equals 4".  I can also tell you that my finishing hat, that has 53 dc is 21" in circumference.


Materials:
worsted-I used red heart super saver: bright yellow, medium brown
Fiberfill
Tapestry needle
H hook

Adult (just the adult hat is here, but the hat isn't the important part, it is the embellishments.  You can use whatever beanie hat base you like)
With yellow
1.        Magic ring, 12 dc in ring; join
2.       Ch 2 (counts as dc), dc in same dc, *2dc in each dc around; join
3.       Ch 2, 2 dc in next dc,*dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc; repeat from * around, join
4.       Ch 2, dc in next dc, *2dc in next dc, dc in next 2 dc; repeat from * around; join
5.       Ch 2, dc in next 7dc, *2dc in next dc, dc in next 8 dc; repeat from * around (just dc in the remaining stitches-there is an odd number on this row); join (53 dc= 21.2”)
6.       Ch 2, dc in each dc around; join
7.       Repeat round 6 until the hat is 8-9”
Do not finish off, move on to ear flaps

Ear flaps
1.       Ch 1, sc in same dc, sc in next 11 sc
2.       Ch 1, turn, sc in each sc (12 sc)
3.       Turn, skip sc, sc in remaining sc (11 sc)
4.       Repeat round 3 ( 10 sc)
5.       Repeat round 3 ( 9 sc)
6.       Repeat round 3 ( 8 sc)
7.       Repeat round 3 ( 7 sc)
8.       Repeat round 3 (6 sc)
9.       Repeat round 3 ( 5 sc)
10.   Repeat round 3 (4 sc)
11.   Repeat round 3 (3 sc), finish off
Second ear flap.  Fold hat in half so that only 3 stitches of first ear flap are on the front.  Join yarn in 3rd stich from the center of the other side.  Repeat rows 1-11 of ear flap.

Finish off by attaching brown into any sc in hat.  Ch 1, sc around edge of hat; join.  finish off.

Ties:  using long strands of yarn of desired length, attach to ear flaps and then braid. :)

Horns (make two…or three if you are making a mutant giraffe)
1.       Using brown, magic ring, ch 1, 6 sc in ring; join (tie off your magic ring now)
2.       Ch 1, 2 sc in each sc; join (12 sc)
3.       Ch 1, sc in each sc; join (12 sc)
4.       Ch 1, dec around (6 sc) finish off brown-stuff the brown part lightly now, it will be easier than doing it later.
5.       With yellow, ch 1, sc in each sc (6 sc) (do not join, we are using stitch markers, or you can just count I didn’t find stitch markers necessary-no need to get OCD on this)
6.       Ch 1, sc in each sc (6 sc)
7.       Ch 1, sc in each sc (6 sc)
8.       Ch 1, sc in each sc (6 sc)
9.       Ch 1, sc in each sc (6 sc) for joining in this round, skip next sc and sl st in next sc; finish off, leaving a tail for sewing.   Lightly stuff your horn and sew onto top of hat using photo for placement

Ears (make two-or sixteen depending on your giraffe’s mutantness)
with yellow
1.       Magic ring, ch 1, 6 sc in ring (6sc) tie off your ring here)
2.       Ch 1, sc in 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc; join (7 sc)
3.       Ch 1, sc in 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in 3 sc; join (8 sc)
4.       Ch 1, sc in 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc; join (10 sc)
5.       Ch 1, *sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * around and join (15 sc)
6.       Ch 1, sc in each sc around (15 sc)
7.       Repeat round 5
8.       Repeat round 6
9.       Repeat round 5
10.   Repeat round 6
11.   Dec around, skip last sc; join (14 dec)
12.   Ch 1, sc in each sc; join (14 sc)
13.   Repeat round 12
14.   Re Repeat round 12
15.   peat round 12
16.   Repeat round 12
17.   Repeat round 12; finish off leaving a tail for sewing.  To attach, fold the bottom of the ear just a little bit to give it a 3-d effect) use photo for placement

Hair tuft:  I made a loose (not as many strands as a normal one) pom pom and attached it.  After attaching I ratted out the yarn so it was more fluffy. 

Spots (make any combination of sizes you want that suits your giraffe needs-keep in mind, that things in nature work best if in odd numbers, sizes and combinations)

1.       magic ring, ch 1, 6 sc in ring; join finish off magic ring here (end here for small spot)

2.       ch 1, 2 sc in each sc (12 sc) end here for medium spot

3.       ch 1, *sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * around; join, (18 sc) end here for large spot

You can fiddle around with different starting amounts of sc in your magic ring-Don’t make more than 10 though because it gets warpy if you do.

Baby Hat Embellishments:


Note:  For that hat base I used that basic beanie hat pattern but only increased to 36 stitches (this will fit 3-6 months) and then made the hat 5" high.  For the ear flaps I only did 7 sc instead of  11.

Ears (Make two-these are worked in continuous rounds and we are not joining at the end of every round.  Also, think of the numbers as STEPS and not actual rounds.
With yellow:
1.  6 sc in magic ring
2.  (sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc) 3 times
3.  sc in next 18 sc
4.  (sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc) 8 times
5.  (sc, dec) 3 times
6.  sc in next 18 sc, skip next sc, and join with sl st to next sc.  Finish off, leaving a long tail for sewing and attach to head.

Nubbies (make two)
1.  with brown, 4 sc in magic ring, join with sl st to first sc
2.  ch 1, 2 sc in each sc around, join with sl st to first sc
3.  ch 1, sc in each sc, join with sl st to first sc
4.  ch 1, dec around, join with sl st to first dec finish off brown
5.  with yellow, join with sl st to any sc.  Ch 1, sc in each sc around (we are not joining after this round, rather we are just going to continue to crochet around until your nubbie is at desired height-but not too high so it falls over when you put it on.  I suggest 2.5-3 inches)

Finish off yellow and leave a long tail for sewing.  Lightly stuff and attach to head.