So far this year, my entries have been a bit on the dark side; the post about my daughter, absolutely harrowing. This time, I promise, I’ll focus on something else. Nevermind the title, I like snow…unless I have to shovel it. So that’s what I’m going to do. Post pictures of the snow.
And just in time, the freebie! A simple Rolled Brim Slouchy pattern. There is a little shaping to the hat, it’s not just a tube, and I should have possibly made it a bit longer to get more of a slouch, but, oh, well. I still like it, and hope you do too. Enjoy!
As I pack up my minivan for the last show of the season, I am loathe to admit that, yes, I am glad that it’s over, and yes, I’ll be doing it again! I went all out this year, purchasing a canopy, lights to illuminate my wares for night time shows, a cool pink chair that has a lot of gee-gaws, including a fold out side area for my lunch, electronics, etc. I am pleased to say that my endeavors were able to cover the costs of the purchases I felt necessary, even though the money earned managed to disappear in the general household fund. How does that happen?
Anyway, with all this industriousness, I was able to write up a few of my own patterns and will be sharing them as soon as I can. The first one I have is very popular and doesn’t stay around long.
California Little Quail Messy Bun Hat
I named this hat after the California Quail because it’s little curved crest reminded me of the bobble stitches on the hat.
This pattern is worked in rounds with joins. When joining, sl st to the first st, and work first st in the new round in this spot. Here is a link for the method. It reduces the gaps when joining, giving the finished work a much neater look.
Yo = yarn over
Ch = chain
St(s) = stitch(es)
BLO = back loops only
Sc = single crochet
Dc = double crochet
Tr = treble crochet
FPSC = work single crochet in the post of the stitch directly below from the front
FPDC = work double crochet in the post of the stitch directly below from the front
1 skein worsted weight yarn
Crochet hook size I or 5.5 mm
Bobble stitch: work tr EXCEPT leave the last two loops on hook; yo twice, and repeat, leaving three loops on hook; yo twice, and repeat. There should be four loops on hook; yo, draw through all the loops.
With I hook (5.5 mm), ch 20, join with sl st to first ch to make a circle.
Round 1: ch 1, 24 sc into the circle. Ensure the sts are lined up so as not to twist them; join
Round 2: ch 2, dc in each st = 24 dc
Round 3: ch 2, *2 dc in first st, dc in next st* around, join = 36 dc
Round 4: ch2, *2 dc in first st, dc in next 3 sts* around, join = 45 dc
Round 5: ch 2, *2dc in first st, dc in next 5 sts* around, dc in last 2 sts, join = 53 dc
Round 6: ch 1, FPSC around, sl st to first sc, then sl st to first st in back row
Round 7: Working in the back round of sts, ch 2, *work 2 dc in first st, dc in next 6 sts* around, dc in last 3 sts (the last st will be half hidden because of the unusual join at the beginning of the round – don’t despair, it’s there!), join = 61 sts
Round 8: ch1, sc in BLO around, inc. 3 sts evenly, join = 64 sts
Round 9: ch 3,*Bobble stitch, 3 sc* around, join with chain on top of first bobble cluster
Round 10: ch 2 , dc in same st as the join, dc around, join
Round 11: ch 2, FPDC around, join
Round 12: ch 1, FPSC around, sl st to first sc, then sl st to first st in back row
Round 13: Working in the back round of sts, ch 2, dc around, join
Round 14: ch 1, FPSC around, sl st to first sc, then sl st to first st in back row
Round 15: Working in the back round of sts, ch 1, sc around, join
Round 16: repeat round 9
Round 17: repeat round 10
Round 18: repeat round 11
Round 19: repeat round 12
Round 20: Working in the back round of sts, ch 1, sc in BLO around, join
Round 21: ch 2, dc in BLO around, join and end off.
Optional earflap extension variation:
Row 1: Using last round as reference, DO NOT CUT YARN. ch 2, turn, hdc 30 BLO. Check at this point for position and comfort; if you need to go further, add a few sts at a time, if less, remove a few sts at a time. If more length is needed, repeat the row as you see fit. If you like what you see, follow next step.
Finishing: sl st into next st, turn, sl st across the row plus one. End off. This should round out the squared edges and give the hat a less “home made” look!
Red Heart has finally produced a yarn that is specifically for pooling. Uniformity of color is assured, “engineered so that color repeats are evenly dyed for happier pooling” – as the ad says. I was looking for this about two weeks ago when I went to Joann Crafts, but they weren’t carrying it yet. I have to call them. And yet….am I being silly when I say I don’t want it to become easy? That means there will be no craft or hard-won hours to brag about? That’s why I need to try this out. As soon as it hit the shelves on my LYS, I’m getting some, and I will report the results.
Have you been as busy as I have? I’m sure you have, if not more so! My last post was in November, and here it is, one week before Christmas. At least the last post was a freebie crochet pattern, so that’s good. I had a visit with my mother after Thanksgiving and we had a grand time; I finished the Coffee Shop Wrap, which took way too long to make! Nothing wrong with the pattern, I just couldn’t get into it. I do love it, though. Wearing it as I’m writing this post. Thinking of making some more – have lots of fans! In the interim, I’m making a slouchy using the leftover yarn. It’s cotton, and I’m thinking it won’t hold its shape, hence, the slouchy! I’ll post when done, and if you want, I’ll get the basic numbers and graph to you. Yea, there’s coffee cups on it.
Since I most likely will not be posting before Christmas, I would like to wish everyone a good time this holiday season, no matter what your preference is. I do not know all of the holidays being celebrated around the world at this time, but I believe they’re mostly in the northern hemisphere. Everyone needs a break from winter!!
I really like this cowl because it is so easy and still manages to be fashionable! The yarn used is textured, and I crocheted into the back loop for even more texture. And it whips up so quickly there’s plenty of time for you to make several for Christmas. I used the Fiesta colorway because it is so colorful it will flatter most any skin.
It’s that time of year again. The summer sun bears down on us earthlings with a vengeance, parching the ground, drying small ponds and sending us scuttling indoors where we shelter from the heat with our air conditioners, swamp coolers or just plain fans. The public pools smell of sunscreen and are packed with children jumping and splashing and not paying attention to where they’re doing it. A cracked skull may be in your future if this is your venue for cooling down.
If you’re lucky enough, you live close to the ocean; close to a large mass of water that regulates the temperature and cleans the air and is fun to frolic in with plenty of room. No cracked skulls there. You are fortunate. You are blessed. You are also probably wealthy, or are living in the house your great-great grandparents purchased back in the day, and it’s staying in the family. Either way, it must be sweet.
Except I would never get in the water. I’d be hanging out at the public pools – if such a thing exists next to the beach – and taking my chances with the splashing, jumping kids. And the reason for that? Sharks. I was okay with going in the water until I turned 12. “Jaws” the book and movie changed my mind. Since then, I have learned of other, valid reasons why one shouldn’t go in the ocean, but the most dramatic and compelling justification for avoiding the open seas remains the movie. And what better way to celebrate the fact the I’m freaked out than knit a pair of cool socks during Shark Week!
The Knit-A-Long starts on the 23rd of this month, so you just may be able to get your yarn in time if you want to join the fun. This will be my first KAL and I’m excited. If you rolled your eyes at that last statement, you are not a knitter!
This is the perfect dog lovers toque! There is stranding, so you have to put up with that (sigh) but the frolicking dogs playing on the new spring grass with the puffy clouds floating overhead make it a worthwhile endeavor! Because of the height of the chart and the gauge of yarn I used, this particular pattern will only work for pre-teen through adult sizing. If you want a smaller hat and want to keep the integrity of the chart, I would recommend using dk or even fingering weight yarn, and the appropriately sized needles and keeping everything else the same. Click here for the pattern.