Monday, October 2, 2017

Chunky Ear Flap Hat - a pattern

This isn't the best picture of the hat, but how cute are these two??

I put together an ear-flap hat for one of my nieces lately, and it turned out so well that I decided to make a few more. Those turned out so well that I thought I should get the pattern written down so I could make them again in the future.




Chunky Ear Flap Hat
Sized for 8-9 year old person

Use Bulky Yarn - I like Lion Brand Hometown or Red Heart Chunky Soft
Size I hook

Round 1: Magic Circle, chain 2, 8 more hdcs
Round 2: 2 hdc in each hdc, 16 hdc total
Round 3: 2 hdc in 1st hdc, 1 in next, around, 24 hdc total
Round 4: 2 hdc in 1st hdc, 1 in next 2 hdc, 32 hdc total
Round 5: 2 hdc in 1st hdc, 1 in next 3 hdc, 40 hdc total
Round 6: hdc around, increase by 5 hdc evenly around, 45 hdc total
Round 7-13: hdc around, 45 hdc total

The hat should essentially be a beanie at this point. Check against recipient if available, add or remove rows according to fit.

Earflaps:

#1:
Join in the 6th st from the seam.
Row 1: Ch 1, sc in same stitch and into 9 stitchets, turn 10 sc total
Row 2: Ch 1, sc around turn, 10 sc total
Row 3: Ch 1, skip first st, and sc in rest of row, turn. 9 sc total
Row 4: Ch 1, skip first st, and sc in rest of row, turn. 8 sc total
Row 5: Ch 1, skip first st, and sc in rest of row, turn. 7 sc total
Row 6: Ch 1, skip first st, and sc in rest of row, turn. 6 sc total
Row 7: Ch 1, skip first st, and sc in rest of row, turn. 5 sc total
Row 8: Ch 1, skip first st, and sc in rest of row, turn. 4 sc total
Row 9: Ch 1, skip first st, and sc in rest of row, fasten off. 3 sc total

#2:
Skip 13 st across front of hat and join in the 14th st. Repeat instructions for #1.

Joining anywhere in the hat, sc around, at ends of earflaps, make sc, ch 3, sc in each end. Fasten off.

Braided Ties:

Cut 6-12 strands of yarn 24" long for each braid. Loop yarn around your finger and pull through the ch 3 space on the earflap. Pull the ends of the strands through the loop and pull tight. Braid and knot the end.









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Striped Slippers - a "quick and dirty" pattern


I've been working on these slippers lately, and thought I'd post my notes here for easier finding.



Striped slipper socks pattern
Size to fit a smaller child

Size g hook

Magic circle. Ch 1, 7 sc in circle
Next round 12 sc
Next round 16
Next round 19

Continue in a spiral with each round being 19 sc until you get to the base of the heel or in other words, the ankle. Finish off.

Join a little right (so that the beginning and ending rows will be in the sole) and sc 15 st for three rows. Then increase to 17 sc for two rows, then 19 sc for 2 rows. Finish off, and sew the top row together to make a slipper.

Sc around the hole of the slipper, decreasing so that it is eventually 19 sc. continue until it is the length you want it to be. Finish off.


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Striped slipper socks pattern
Size to fit a 9-year old

Size g hook
Magic circle. Ch 1, 7 sc in circle
Next round 12 sc
Next round 18 or so sc
Next round 22 

Continue in a spiral with each round being 22 sc until you get to the base of the heel or in other words, the ankle. Finish off.
Join a little right (so that the beginning and ending rows will be in the sole) and sc 17 st for five rows. Then increase to 19 sc for two rows, then 21 sc for 2 rows. Finish off, and sew the top row together to make a slipper.

Sc around the hole of the slipper, decreasing so that it is eventually 20 sc. continue until it is the length you want it to be. Finish off.

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Striped slipper socks pattern
Size to fit an adult

Size g hook
Magic circle. Ch 1, 7 sc in circle
Next round 12 sc
Next round 18 or so sc
Next round 22 
Next round 25

Continue in a spiral with each round being 25 sc until you get to the base of the heel or in other words, the ankle. Finish off.

Join a little right (so that the beginning and ending rows will be in the sole) and sc 20 st for five rows. Then increase to 22 sc for two rows, then 24 sc for 2 rows. Finish off, and sew the top row together to make a slipper.

Sc around the hole of the slipper, decreasing so that it is eventually 24 sc. continue until it is the length you want it to be. Finish off, making a ribbing of 24 sc if desired. (Ribbing will need to be stitched to top of sock.)



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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

WIP September Edition

Active Projects (work on one or more of these every day or close to that)
  • Restock Stockings--make a few patchwork
  • Flap Hats-sale, also B&R Ful.
  • Slippers for Kendee and Eliza
  • Bearded Hats for Kristi's son, Kaden, and Joanie's boys





Back Burner, but still on the stove
  • Restock gloves, black, heather gray
  • Make flowers and maroon and hot pink for package decor
  • Make African Flower stockings
  • Make more baby dresses
  • make more slippers
  • try a new pattern of dishcloths


  • Make more scrubbies-restock and also try a new pattern
  • Go through old stock, either donate or re-purpose items that are consistent non-sellers
  • Crochet legwarmers
  • Make a scarf/cowl like the one Tonia asked about.
  • Make a hairband something along the lines of this.
  • Go through clear tote and make sure all is dealt with there
  • Finish plarn bag 
Someday, (I hope!)
  • Reclaim yarn from thrift store sweaters
  • Make/Design Beret
  • Design/Make Potholders (for wedding gifts)
  • Make/Design Soap Socks/Savers for family, gifts, possibly etsy shop.(popcorn stitch on one side, plain on the other. (Make a soap saver, perhaps like this one)
  • Re-learn to tat.
Image courtesy of vrangtantebrun

  • Make/Design/Refine Convertible Mittens pattern
  • Go through specialty yarn, imaginate (scarves?)




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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Crocheted Troll Hat

This will be quick, as I'm blogging when I should be making supper. But, a friend of mine asked me to make her a Troll hat for her infant. Since I was up for a challenge, I headed over to KnottybyNeedles and bought the pattern listed here.

Then, through some trial and error, I worked it up!



And then, since my daughter was so envious, I let her choose some colors out of my stash, and worked one up for her as well.





What can I say? I'm just a softie.




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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Not Crochet--SEWN chapstick holder

So, we all know that I'm not much for sewing. Or, if we don't all know that, we certainly should know that.

However, thanks to my mother, my daughter has caught the sewing bug. Truth be told, it's kind of cool.

And, long story short, we recently acquired a "loaner" of a sewing machine from my mother. It just happens to be the machine that I used to learn to sew all those marvelous years ago. Kind of fun, no?

And, my mom was in town a few days ago, and we took the opportunity to all get a little sewing lesson from the master.



What did we make, you ask?


CHAPSTICK HOLDERS!! Hooray!

And, so that I can remember how to do it, and don't have to keep track of this scrap of paper forever:


I'm writing the instructions here.

Cut two 4 1/2" by 4 1/2" squares of fabric

EITHER: put two squares together with right sides out and zigzag around the edges (to prevent fraying)


OR put two squares together with wrong sides out, stitch down two opposite sides with 1/4" (or less) seam. Turn inside out and finger press seams.




Fold in half with the fabric that you want on the outside of your holder on the outside of your fold.


Place a pin 1 1/2" from the top,


and stitch a 1/2" seam, backstitching at the start and at the end. (the directions on the paper above say to use a 5/8" seam, but I like 1/2" better.)


Turn inside out, making sure seam allowance is open, flat, and in the middle. Then stitch 1/4" across bottom, backstitching at beginning and end.




MAKE STRAP:
Take a scrap of coordinating fabric and EITHER

Fold one side in 1/4" and stitch


Fold other side in 1/4" and stitch


Fold both ends in and stitch


OR

Fold both ends in 1/4", pin, and stitch




Fold strap over, decide how long you want it to be, and give yourself another 1/2" or so, and then snip it.


Pin strap on inside of top of holder, with the loop facing down.


Stitch 1/4" across top, making sure edges of seam allowance touch. Backstitch across entire top.


Snip the top of the strap off, making the strap flush with the edge that you just stitched.


Turn, pushing out corners (we like to use the top of a click pen, with the pen part not being "clicked" out.

Trim up loose threads, put a key ring through the strap, and you're all done!




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