Valentine Kisses Crochet Hat

 

I just love this little hat.  It works up quick, and is so cute!  It took me about an hour to whip up while watching TV.

Here is the 9-12 month size.  The other sizes will be available soon in my Ravelry store!  Thank you for your support!



HAT:

Row 1: In a magic circle, chain 2 (counts as 1st dc) 9 dc in ring.  sl st to 1st dc. (10)
Row 2: ch 2 (counts as 1st dc), 2 dc in each st around, sl st to 1st dc to join. (20)
Row 3: ch 2 (counts as 1st dc), *2 dc in the first st, 1 dc in the next st*  Repeat * *, sl st to 1st dc to join. (30)
Row 4: ch 2, *2 dc in the first st, 1 dc in each of the next 2 sts* Repeat * *, sl st to the 1st dc to join. (40)
Row 5: ch 2, *2 dc in the first st, 1 dc in each of the next 3 sts*  Repeat * *, sl st to the 1st dc to join. (50)
Row 6-11: ch 2, 1 dc in each st around, sl st to the 1st dc to join. (50)
Row 12: 1 sc in each st.  Weave in those ends!

With white, border your hat as you wish.  I chose a scalloped border, but it’s really your prefrence. 🙂



KISS:

Chain 16.

ss in 2nd chain from hook, and in next chain, sc in next chain, dc in next chain, tc in next chain, dc in next 2 chains. sc in next chain. dc in next 2 chains, tc in next chain, dc in next chain, sc in next chain, ss in next 2 chains.  Do not turn, you will work in the round.

slip stitch into the next st, sc in next 2 stitches, dc in 3 stitches, tc in next 3 stitches, dc in next 3 stitches, sc in next 2 stitches, ss in final stitch and tie off.  Remember to leave a tail long enough to sew your applique onto the hat.



Cozy Comfy Pullover Sweater

I heart sweaters.  They are cozy, some are warm, some are just the perfect weight for a cool late-summer night.




Materials:

9.00mm crochet hook

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Worsted-weight yarn (about 1200 yards for a size large) I used Yarn Bee’s “Sugar Wheel” for this particular sweater.  But if you don’t have a Hobby Lobby near you, you could certainly use Lion Brand’s Mandala Yarn.

Yarn needle for weaving in loose ends

**This sweater is crocheted using the “Suzette” stitch.  Check out a tutorial for this stitch HERE.**


Sizing

I don’t know about anyone else, but my body does not conform to any one pattern.  There are so many variations in the way one person crochets to another, that it makes sizing difficult, at least for my body….and I KNOW there has to be others out there in the same boat!

With this sweater, there really isn’t chain number set in stone.  What I do, is chain until my chain reaches from hip to hip, comfortable, not stretched out.  With this stitch, I continue to chain up to the next odd number.

For example, my hip measurement is 34, so I chained until the length reached 17”. This was only 44 chains, so I went up to 49 to start my sweater.  (I like my sweaters to fit loose)

**If this sweater is for a gift, HERE is some handy sizing information**

 

PATTERN:
BODY:

*Make 2*

Chain ______ (insert your chain number here)

Row 1: sc in 2nd chain from hook, dc in same chain.  Skip 1 chain.  *sc,dc in same chain, skip 1 chain*  Repeat between *  * to end.

Rows 2- 58: Repeat row 1.



At this point, you should have 2 giant rectangles.

Join the front to back by laying right sides together, flat on a table (that’s the easiest for me, do what works for you).  Stitch the sides together from row 1 to row 48.

To make the neck opening, stitch from the beginning of the arm hole, towards the center.  For mine, I sewed about 7 inches in, but this is totally up to you, depending on how large of an opening you want.



SLEEVES

To make the sleeves, join yarn with a slip stitch in the bottom of the armhole, and sc in each space around, making sure your stitches are even, and that you end on an odd number.  Do not join.

Turn your work.

Row 1: *sc, dc, skip one chain* to end.  Turn.

Row 2-18: Repeat row one.

For row 19, we are going to decrease.  I wanted the decrease to be slight.  I didn’t want a huge decrease that would be lumpy when you sew your seam.

Row 19: sc in 2nd chain from hook. Skip 1 chain.  *sc, dc, skip one chain* until you reach the 3rd chain from the end. Skip that chain, and sc in the next.  Turn.

Rows 20-25: Repeat row one.

Row 26: Repeat row 19.

Rows 27-32: Repeat row one.

The sleeves should come down about mid-hand.  Personally, that is where I like my cozy-sweater sleeves to end.

Sew the sleeve seams together, sew in those yarn tails, and you’re done!

After I washed mine it relaxed a bit, and is ohhhh soooo cozy!  I would LOVE to see your finished projects!  Post them in the Facebook group, Small Town Crochet!



10 Things I Wish I Had Been Taught About Crochet

My mom taught me to crochet when I was about 9 or 10.  I would watch my mom crochet afghans on summer afternoons, and ask a zillion questions.  Finally, she gave me a J hook.  I still have it.

Did I mention my mom is totally blind?  Yep.  She crochets blindly.  AMAZING.

As a lot of kids do, I got bored rather quickly.  I got frustrated because I couldn’t crochet as fast as my mom does.  So I put the hook away.

When my oldest was a baby, a friend of mine was crocheting.  After a quick reminder course, I picked the hook back up and crocheted an afghan.  It was awful!  But I kept at it.  After 17 years, I can crochet pretty darn fast.

But it wasn’t until about 10 years ago that I realized everyone crochets differently.  I crochet a bit tight.  A friend of mine crochets so loose that she has to go down a hook size.  That’s when I realized there was so much that I hadn’t been taught.



 10 Things I wish I had been taught about crochet

1.  You have to have the correct gauge.

You have got to work up a swatch and measure that puppy to get the correct gauge.  Like I said above; everyone crochets differently.  You may need to go up or down a hook to get the correct gauge.  VERY important for garments

2. You have to COUNT, COUNT, COUNT those stitches.

An even stitch count means straight edges.  Every row must have the same number of stitches.  If your just beginning, stop at the end of the row and count stitches.  Once you are fairly experienced, you’ll “just know” that you’ve got the right stitch count.  Straight edges means your afghan isn’t going to look like a trapezoid.  My very first afghan was a trapezoid.

3. It’s okay if you’re not holding the yarn “the correct way”.

I hold my hook in my right hand, and the yarn in my left hand, I hold my work with the thumb, index and middle finger.  I hold the yarn with my ring and pinky finger.  It works for me.  My mom hold it the traditional way, wrapped around a finger…but I just can’t.  I get a cramp just thinking about it.

4.  Dye lots matter.

When you buy yarn for a project, try to get all the yarn you think you will need, PLUS an additional skien (or cake).  And make sure the lot numbers match.  This will give you the best color.  Remember that horrific afghan I mentioned at the beginning of this post?  Yea.  I knew nothing about dye lots.

5.  Don’t go by the letter on your crochet hooks.

Crochet hooks are labeled by letter and millimeter size.  However, you may run into an instance where you pick up two N hooks, and one will say 9.00 mm, and the other will say 10.00 mm.  Different manufacturers, as well as the age of the hook cause this.  Always go by the millimeter size on the hook, and work up a gauge swatch if it’s a garment you are creating.



6.  You will make mistakes.

And that’s okay.  Even those who have been crocheting for eons will tell you that you will frog (rip out) your fair share of mistakes.  EVERYONE miscounts from time to time.

7.  The Back of your work should look as good as the front.

I, personally, am very particular about this.  When your working a pattern on a hat, for instance, you want the inside of the hat to be just as pretty as the outside.  If there is a ton of knots, or unwoven ends in there, it just looks…messy.  And especially in a hat, hair is going to get tangled up in unwoven ends and knots.

8.  US and UK terminology is different.

There’s nothing like surfing on Pinterest and finding as awesome crochet pattern.  And then realizing that what you are crocheting doesn’t look like the picture.  That’s probably because the pattern is using UK terminology.  Here is a handy translation for UK crochet terminology.

9.  There is no wrong way to hold the hook.

Some people hold the hook like a pencil.  Others hold it between their thumb and middle finger.  Some put their index finger over the loop on the hook, some do not.  Just do whatever feels natural to you.  There is no wrong way.

10.  Crochet isn’t just for grandma’s.

You can create lots of boho-style garments by crocheting!  Here is just a few ideas.