Some of my recent projects

 

I love making these bobble hats. They look so cute on as well. I used Repeat Crafter Me’s polar bear pattern to make them, but using a 6mm hook instead of a 5.5mm, with chunky yarn. The preschooler size fits a good age range, probably from about 2-5 as it is lovely and stretchy.

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This is the cutest little set for a newborn baby girl. I used this free pattern for the hat and Repeat craft me’s baby bootie pattern. Here is the pattern for the mitts. I used Red Heart baby soft yarn. It is lovely to work with and looks beautiful when finished.

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I was asked to make a scarf to go with the Frozen bobble hat  and wanted something with texture. I found used the “mindless scarf” pattern on Rav and loved how it turned out. It was a really easy pattern to follow, quick to work up and looks far more complicated than it is. I used double strands of stylecraft sherbet DK yarn and James Brett twinkle DK in white, like the Frozen hat, along with a 6.5mm hook.

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Minecraft inspired Pig hat

Following on from the Creeper hat, I decided to try making another Minecraft character hat. After green, pink is my favourite colour so it had to be the pig! The faces are so easy to make as the Minecraft characters are all pixellated which makes the designs nice and square. The Pig is almost as simple as the Creeper, just a couple of colour changes to consider.

This pig has a derpy face. Apparently.

I adjusted the hat pattern slightly from the Creeper hat, just to make the edge a bit more snug.

You need:

  • DK yarn in two shades of pink/red. I used Stylecraft special DK in Fondant and Pomegranate. (Approx 35g of each)
  • Chunky yarn in pink (I used Stylecraft chunky in fondant but you could double up the DK yarn)
  • Chunky yarn in dark pink (or again, double up the darker DK you used)
  • Black chunky yarn (scraps)
  • White chunky yarn (scraps)
  • 5mm hook (for face)
  • 6mm hook (for hat)
  • 5.5mm hook (for hat edge)

I use US crochet terminology.

HAT
Start with 6mm hook:
Magic ring, chain 2, DC 10 in magic ring, join to first DC, ch 2
Round 2: ch 2, 2 DC in each around, join (20 DC)
Round 3: ch 2, 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next, around, join (30 DC)
Round 4: ch 2, 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next two, join (40 DC)
Round 5: ch 2, 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next three, join (50 DC)
Round 6: ch 2, 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 9, join (55 DC)
Round 7-13: ch 2, DC in each stitch around, join (55 DC)
Round 14-17 (change to 5.5mm hook): ch1, SC in each stitch around, join, ch 1 (55 SC)
Finish off.
PIG FACE:
Eyes – make two (In chunky black using 5mm hook):
ch6
Row1: SC in 2nd chain from hook and in next 4 chains. Ch1, turn. (5 SC)
Row 2: SC in each stitch. Ch1, turn.
Row 3: SC in each stitch. Change to white chunky yarn. Ch1, turn.
Row 4-5: SC in each stitch, Ch1, turn.
Row 6: SC in each stitch, fasten off.
Snout (light pink chunky and 5mm hook):
Ch7
Row 1: SC in 2nd ch from hook and in next 5 st. Ch1, turn. (6 SC)
Row 2-7: SC in each stitch. Ch1, turn.
Row 8: SC in each stitch. Fasten off. (6 SC)
Nostrils – make two (In dark pink chunky using 5mm hook):
Ch4
Row 1: HDC in 3rd ch from hook and in next ch. Fasten off. (2 HDC)
Tie in the ends and position the face pieces on the hat as shown in the picture. Stitch the nostrils to the snout before sewing the snout on. Pin the eyes in place and sew on the hat.
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Minecraft creeper inspired hat pattern

I have a Minecraft obsessed 9 year old boy who requested I make him a creeper hat so this is what I came up with: IMG_20140806_071725_wm In order to get the different green tones, I used two strands of stylecraft special dk in different shades of green. For these hats it was “Lime” and “Green”. I’m planning on using “meadow” and “khaki” next :-). Alternatively you could use a chunky green yarn. You need:

  • DK yarn in two shades of green (Approx 35g of each)
  • Black chunky yarn
  • 5mm hook (for face)
  • 6mm hook (for hat)
  • 5.5mm hook (for hat edge)

I use US crochet terms.

Magic ring, chain 2, DC 10 in magic ring, join to first DC, ch 2
Round 2: ch 2, 2 DC in each around, join (20 DC)
Round 3: ch 2, 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next, around, join (30 DC)
Round 4: ch 2, 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next two, join (40 DC)
Round 5: ch 2, 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next three, join (50 DC)
Round 6: ch 2, 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 9, join (55 DC)
Round 7-14: ch 2, DC in each stitch around, join (55 DC)
Round 15-16 change to 5.5mm hook: ch1, SC in each stitch around, join, ch 1 (55 SC)
This pattern was adapted from Repeat Crafter Me’s polar bear hat with some changes to make it a beanie rather than an earflap hat.
Finish off.
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Creeper face

I came up with the creeper face myself! This is the first time I have written my own instructions so any feedback would be appreciated.

Use chunky black yarn and a 5mm hook. Turn at the end of each row. The Ch 1 at the start of each row is your turning chain and is not included in stitch counts.

Creeper eyes (make two):

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Row 1: sc in 2nd chain from hook and in each chain across, ch1 turn (6 sc).

Rows 2-5: sc in each stitch across, ch1, turn (6 sc)

Row 6: sc across, finish off (6 sc)

Creeper mouth:

Ch 8 Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 6, ch1, turn (7 sc)

Row 2-3 : sc in each stitch across, ch1, turn (7 sc)

Row 4: sc in 7 stitches, ch4, turn (7sc, 4ch)

Row 5: sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next two chains. Sc across the next 4 stitches, ch1, turn (7 sc)

Row 6-7: sc across, ch1, turn (7 sc)

Row 8: ch1, sc in 7 stitches then ch4, turn (7 sc, 4 ch)

Row 9: sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 2 chains, Sc in next 4 stitches, ch1, turn (7 sc)

Row 10-12 : sc across (7 sc) Finish off.

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This is what you should have at the end of row 4.

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This is the end of row 8.

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When you’ve turned your work and completed row 9, this is what you should have.

I pinned the pieces into place and sewed on with a needle and thread. IMAG2656_1 IMG_20140806_071725_wm Hope you enjoyed making your creeper hat!

My favourite free crochet patterns

I am eternally grateful to all the lovely pattern designers who have provided over 48,000 free crochet patterns on Ravelry. This meant I could start crocheting with very little financial investment, a couple of pounds for a hook and some yarn. Many of these designers also have YouTube channels dedicated to teaching the basics of crochet and I am yet to come across a stitch that I haven’t been able to learn via YouTube!

(If you decide to learn via YouTube…be aware that most videos use US crochet terminology. See my previous blog post).

These are a few of my favourite free patterns so far…

The owl hat from Repeat Crafter Me. I started off by making one for my toddler and one for my unborn baby at the end of last summer. I was kept busy making owl hats for a good couple of months!

This headband is so pretty. I made one for my daughter and this one was made for an order. It was quick to make and I love the flower on it.

One of my favourite hats yet! This cloche style hat from Aesthetic Nest  has a great tutorial to accompany the pattern and the flower pattern is included. Another fab flower!

My first crocheted blanket. This is a corner to corner afghan blanket. There are many patterns for these online but I used this one from Red Heart. Corner to corner patterns are fab because you just carry on until it’s the size you want and then start reducing the length of the rows. This makes it feel like it works up really quickly!

One of my absolute favourites. This gorgeous cardigan is a free pattern from the amazing Moogly blog. I’ve almost finished it so will share a pic when it’s complete, but so far, it looks perfect.

I sourced most of the patterns via Ravelry, a site that is well worth joining if you are looking for crochet or knitting patterns. There are over 130,000 free patterns to choose from!


Edited to add…
I’ve now finished the Moogly cardigan! It looks so lovely and worked up very neatly. It’s a pretty easy pattern to follow. Go on, give it a go…