Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Crochet Puff Stitch Newsboy Pattern

Crochet Puff Stitch Newsboy Pattern beanie brim free

Crochet Puff Stitch Newsboy Pattern beanie brim free

This was my first version of the puff stitch hat. You can see the first version from Monday here. I designed this version of the hat with my friend in mind. Her birthday was recently and I wanted to make her a hat for it. I loved this hat so much I ended up making the beanie version for myself. The puff stitch makes this hat work up super quick and the brim adds a fun touch.

I made this hat in only two days so this is going to be my new go to pattern when I want to whip up a quick gift :)

Materials:
Worsted Weight Yarn
J hook
Tapestry needle
Sized for 19-22 inch women’s head.
Abbreviations:
PS= 3 half double crochet puff stitch (Video that shows a 4 half double crochet puff stitch)
CH= Chain
SC= Single crochet
SS= slip stitch

Instructions:
Ch 5. Join with SS to first chain.
Row 1:  (PS, CH 1 into center of ring) 5 times. PS, SC into first PS to join (6 PS CH 1)
Row 2:  PS, CH 1 into same same space. (PS, CH 1, PS, CH 1 into each CH 1 space) 5 times. PS into beginning CH 1 space. SC to beginning PS to join. (12 PS CH 1)
Row 3:  PS, CH 1 in the same space, PS, CH 1 in the next CH 1 space, (PS, CH 1, PS, CH 1 in the next CH 1 space. PS, CH 1 in the next CH 1 space) 5 times. PS in the beginning CH 1 space. SC in beginning PS to join.  (18 PS Ch1)
Row 4: PS, CH 1 in the same space. PS, CH 1 in the next CH 1 space. PS, CH 1 in the next CH 1 SP (PS, CH 1, PS, CH 1 in the next CH 1 space. PS, CH 1 in the next CH 1 space, PS, CH 1 in the next Ch 1 space) 5 times. PS in the beginning CH 1 space, SC in beginning PS to join. (24 PS Ch1)
Row 5:  PS, CH 1 in the same space. PS, CH 1 in the next CH 1 space. PS, CH 1 in the next CH 1 SP. PS, Ch 1 in the next CH 1 space. (PS, CH 1, PS, CH 1 in the next CH 1 space. PS, CH 1 in the next CH 1 SP, PS, CH 1 in the next CH 1 space, PS, CH 1 in the next CH 1 space) 5 times. PS in the beginning CH 1 space, SC in beginning PS to join. (30 PS CH 1)
Row 6-12:  PS Ch 1 in the same space, 1 Puff Stitch in each CH 1 space around. SC in beginning PS to join (30 PS CH 1)
Row 13:  CH 1. Sc in each PS and CH 1 space. SS to first SC to join.
Row 14-16:  SC in each SC around. SS to first SC to join.
Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Brim
Join in front of hat. You will be making 22 SC so join where it will make the brim even in the front of the hat.
Row 1: CH 1. SC in same stitch and next 21 stitches.
Row 2: Turn. CH 1. SC decrease over 1st two stitches. SC in next 18 stitches. SC decrease over last two stitches.
Row 3: Turn. CH 1. SC decrease over 1st two stitches. SC in next 16 stitches. SC decrease over last two stitches.
Row 4: Without fastening off, continue to SC around entire hat, stopping at the beginning of the previous row. (Don’t SC across front of brim.) Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Crochet Puff Stitch Newsboy Pattern beanie brim free

Crochet Puff Stitch Newsboy Pattern beanie brim free

You may use any of the patterns I create for personal use. If you would like to make an item to sell with my patterns you must link back to the pattern on my blog. You can not sell my patterns as your own

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Crochet Puff Stitch Beanie Pattern


crochet puff stitch beanie pattern hat free

crochet puff stitch beanie pattern hat free

I am completely in love with the puff stitch. It is my favorite new crochet stitch hands down. I recently re-discovered this stitch. One of my first ever crocheted hats and a couple of rows of puff stitch in it. My inexperienced hands couldn’t grasp how to do it without a struggle and I thought I would never use it again.

The other day one of my friends was wearing a beanie on Facebook with a puffy looking stitch. I was in love and went on a quest for a similar stitch pattern. My first attempt was with the bobble stitch. The bobble pops out to the outside of the work and I couldn’t quite get the hang of it when I tried it on a hat. Then I discovered the puff stitch. There are a couple of different variations on the size of the puff. The one that worked the best for me is made of three half double crochets. I felt like the size worked and it was the easiest to maneuver my hook through seven loops instead of nine. Using a J hook also made it easy to work.

I found this amazing video by Theresa Richardson to understand how to puff stitch in the round. She uses four half double crochets to make the stitch but the concept is still the same. If you prefer looking at pictures this tutorial from the Crochet Spot is also helpful.

I based my pattern off of this one at Crochet Geek. Theresa has a really good way of increasing in the round without showing a seam. I made two versions of this hat and I didn’t follow her technique on one of them there was a huge difference in the size of seam.

I used two different types of yarn for my two hats. This beanie I made with Red Heart Super Saver that I had leftover from a previous project. I’m really not that impressed with this yarn. It comes in a zillion colors and is really reasonably priced but I felt like the quality of the yarn is just not as good as Loops & Threads Impeccable Yarn. This is what I used on the other hat. It is still reasonable priced but it just looked nicer. It was softer and held the shape of the stitch better. I have used both kinds on previous hats but I will be sticking to the Loops and Threads Impeccable for future projects.

On to the pattern! I will be posting my second version with an added brim on Wednesday. Find it here.

Materials:.
Worsted Weight Yarn
J hook
Tapestry needle
Sized for 19-22 inch women’s head.

Abbreviations:
PS= 3 half double crochet puff stitch (Video that shows a 4 half double crochet puff stitch)
CH= Chain
SC= Single crochet
SS= slip stitch

Instructions:
Ch 5. Join with SS to first chain.
Row 1:  (PS, CH 1 into center of ring) 5 times. PS, SC into first PS to join (6 PS CH 1)
Row 2:  PS, CH 1 into same same space. (PS, CH 1, PS, CH 1 into each CH 1 space) 5 times. PS into beginning CH 1 space. SC to beginning PS to join. (12 PS CH 1)
Row 3:  PS, CH 1 in the same space, PS, CH 1 in the next CH 1 space, (PS, CH 1, PS, CH 1 in the next CH 1 space. PS, CH 1 in the next CH 1 space) 5 times. PS in the beginning CH 1 space. SC in beginning PS to join.  (18 PS Ch1)
Row 4: PS, CH 1 in the same space. PS, CH 1 in the next CH 1 space. PS, CH 1 in the next CH 1 SP (PS, CH 1, PS, CH 1 in the next CH 1 space. PS, CH 1 in the next CH 1 space, PS, CH 1 in the next Ch 1 space) 5 times. PS in the beginning CH 1 space, SC in beginning PS to join. (24 PS Ch1)
Row 5:  PS, CH 1 in the same space. PS, CH 1 in the next CH 1 space. PS, CH 1 in the next CH 1 SP. PS, Ch 1 in the next CH 1 space. (PS, CH 1, PS, CH 1 in the next CH 1 space. PS, CH 1 in the next CH 1 SP, PS, CH 1 in the next CH 1 space, PS, CH 1 in the next CH 1 space) 5 times. PS in the beginning CH 1 space, SC in beginning PS to join. (30 PS CH 1)
Row 6-12:  PS Ch 1 in the same space, 1 Puff Stitch in each CH 1 space around. SC in beginning PS to join (30 PS CH 1)
Row 13:  CH 1. SC in each PS and CH 1 space. SS to first SC to join.
Row 14-17:  SC in each SC around. SS to first Sc to join.
Fasten off. Weave in ends.

crochet puff stitch beanie pattern hat free

crochet puff stitch beanie pattern hat free

You may use any of the patterns I create for personal use. If you would like to make an item to sell with my patterns you must link back to the pattern on my blog. You can not sell my patterns as your own.


If you liked this pattern then check out my other crochet patterns and projects.


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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Thanksgiving Success

 

Another year, another successful Thanksgiving. We had 15 people over for turkey day. We have done it so many times it’s starting to feel like a piece of cake. (I must admit I was not feeling that way after cleaning all day on Wednesday!)

We have found the key to Thanksgiving success is to be organized with what needs to get done. We started cleaning and shopping the weekend before and I took Wednesday off to get the house in tip top shape. This is the main time of the year we do deep cleaning. I scrubbed the woodwork, steam cleaned the carpets, vacuumed, dusted, washed the windows, mopped and cleaned out the stove (eew).

Mike was in charge of the cooking. He did most of the prep on Wednesday so he could breeze through the cooking on Thursday. He made the turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy. This year we bought a turkey roaster. The past two years Mike cooked the turkey on the grill. He used it like a big oven and put the turkey in the roasting pan on the grill. We got a great deal on an electric roaster at Target so we decided to give it a try and it worked out really well.

Mike had it all setup in the basement to keep the counters clear in the kitchen.

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We added two extra chairs to the dining room.

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And an extra table in the living room. This is the table I use in my craft room and it comes in handy for extra guests.

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I found the most adorable printable place cards that were free!

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Our guests brought the rest of the food. There were sweet potatoes, brussel sprouts, two veggie casseroles, cranberry sauce, lasagna, ham, cheesecake and chocolate cake. There was plenty to go around!

Mike’s tasty turkey, brined, stuffed with sage and with sage butter under the skin.

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It was a lovely day with the family and I got my yearly Facebook profile picture with my awesome hubby. (Once I get a good one I don’t mess with it!)

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Now it’s time to switch gears and bust out the Christmas decorations. I love putting my tree up and I am excited to enjoy it. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Crochet Turban Ear Warmer Pattern

crochet turban ear warmer pattern bow

I am really liking the turban patterns that are popular right now. I have been wanted to create some new ear warmer designs so I immediately thought of a turban design (I’ve also seen similar ones also called bow ear warmers). I love the faux bobble look that is created by the single crochet, triple crochet pattern. It creates a nice texture and works up pretty easily.

I used Caron Simply Soft yarn for this ear warmer. This yarn claims to be worsted weight but I think it is slightly thinner than other worsted weight yarns. It’s so soft and I love the feel of it. I find it works best with a smaller stitch or a smaller hook. This pattern will work with any worsted weight yarn of your choice as it is easily adaptable to any size.

Materials:
Worsted weight yarn. I used Caron Simply Soft.
I hook
Tapestry needle

Abbreviations:
Sc- Single Crochet
Tr- Triple Crochet
Ch- Chain

Instructions:
Row 1: Ch 12
Row 2: Sc in 2nd from hook each ch across (11 sc)
Row 3: Ch 1 turn. Sc in same stitch, tr in next. (Sc, tr) repeat across. End with a sc.
Row 4: Ch 1 turn. Sc in each stitch across.
Repeat Row 3 and 4 until the piece measures one inch smaller than your head. My head is 21 inches so I stopped at 20 inches.
Fasten off and leave a really long tail, enough to weave and wrap. Weave the ends of the headband together and wrap the rest around the seam until you are satisfied with the size of the wrap. Knot in the back of the headband and tuck the knot into the back of the wrap.

crochet turban ear warmer pattern bow
crochet turban ear warmer pattern bow

crochet turban ear warmer pattern bow

You can wear to the side too :)

crochet turban ear warmer pattern bow

You may use any of the patterns I create for personal use. If you would like to make an item to sell with my patterns you must link back to the pattern on my blog. You can not sell my patterns as your own


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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Wine Cork Wreath


wine cork wreath

This project has been on my to do list forever. I love wine cork crafts and I’ve been saving up wine corks for over a year. They have slowly been working their way into our home d├ęcor in small doses.  My friend knows someone that works at a winery that gave her tons of wine corks. She knew I was also collecting them so she gave me about half a grocery bag full of corks to get me going on a larger wine cork project. I knew exactly what I was going to do with them!

wine cork wreath

I used the corks, a wreath form I got at the thrift store and some fake grapes. Also not pictured were ribbon and my glue gun. If you decide to make your own I probably would not recommend this wreath form. It was a little tricky to glue the corks onto it because it isn’t even. It worked out but took some re-gluing at the end because a few of the corks weren’t secure.

wine cork wreath

I poured over pictures on Pinterest to get an idea of what I wanted the wreath to look like. There are so many different variations. Because of the shape of my wreath form I ended up gluing the corks on in a circular pattern following the lines in the wreath. It went fairly quickly and it was fun looking at the design on all the wine corks. I didn’t quite use all the the corks in the bag so I have some left over for a future project.
When I was done with the corks I glued on the grapes. Mike thought it need a little more interest so I bought some gray and yellow ribbon to go with the new color scheme we are working towards in the living room. I wrapped the yellow around the wreath, securing it with hot glue and then wrapped the gray around crossing over the yellow.

I’m excited to have my second ever wreath hanging up in the living room. One more project I can mark off my long to do list :)

wine cork wreath

wine cork wreath

wine cork wreath

wine cork wreath

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Crochet Toddler Football Helmet Hat Pattern


crochet toddler football helmet hat pattern, jets

crochet toddler football helmet hat pattern, jets

You may not know this about me but I was born in New York City. We lived there until I was five and then moved to Scarsdale until I was twelve before making the move to Ohio. I still keep in touch with my best friend growing up, Rachel, and she had a son, Gabe, who will be two in March.

When I found out she was having a boy I made her a Jets football helmet hat since her hubby is a huge fan. This was pre blog days so I don’t have any pictures of the first version which I made in a 6-9 month size so it would fit for football season. This year she asked me to make Gabe a new hat so he could dress up as a football player for Halloween. Since I was already in the football helmet hat making mood, I was happy to oblige. I didn’t remember exactly how I made the first one so I had to come up with a new pattern in a toddler size.

This pattern could easily be adapted for a different sports team by switching out the colors.

Materials
Worsted weight yarn in white and green. I used Red Heart Super Saver.
I hook
Tapestry needle
Gauge- 1st 8 rows from center to edge = 3 1/4 inch
Abbreviations:
hdc= half double crochet
ss= slip stitch
sc= single crochet
Ch= chain

Instructions
Hat (In white)
Row 1: Ch 3. 10 hdc in 2nd ch from hook. Join with ss in top of first hdc (10 hdc)
Row 2: Ch1. 2 hdc in each stitch around. Join with ss in top of first hdc (20 hdc)
Row 3: Ch 1 (1 hdc in first stitch, 2 in next) repeat around. Join with ss in top of first hdc (30 hdc)
Row 4: Ch 1 (1 hdc in first two stitches, 2 in next) repeat around. Join with ss in top of first hdc (40 hdc)
Row 5: Ch 1 (1 hdc in first three stitch, 2 in next) repeat around. Join with ss in top of first hdc (50 hdc)
Row 6- 17: 1 hdc in each stitch. Join with ss in top of first hdc. Fasten off. Weave in ends. (50 hdc)

Earflaps (In white)
Row 1: Join in 8th stitch from center of back. Ch 2. Sc in next 10 stitches (10)
Row 2: Ch 1, turn. Sc in next 10 stitches (10)
Row 3: Ch 1, turn. Sc decrease over first two stitches. Sc in next 6 stitches. Sc decrease over last two stitches (8)
Row 4: Ch 1, turn. Sc in next 8 stitches (8)
Row 5: Ch 1, turn. . Sc decrease over first two stitches. Sc in next 4 stitches. Sc decrease over last two stitches (6)
Row 6: Ch 1, turn. Sc in next 6 stitches (6)
Row 7: Ch 1, turn. . Sc decrease over first two stitches. Sc in next 2 stitches. Sc decrease over last two stitches (4)
Row 8: Ch 1, turn. Sc in next 4 stitches. Fasten off. Weave in ends (4)
Repeat for other side.
In green, join in back of hat. Ch 1. Hdc around entire hat with 2 hdc where the earflaps meets the hat.
 
Stripe
In white: Ch 50. Hdc in 2nd from hook and each across.
Join with green and hdc in each stitch around but leave the one end unstitched.
Leave a long tail for sewing and stitch the stripe to the hat. I used safety pins to keep it in place while stitching.
 
Football
htc= half triple crochet
tc= triple crochet
 
Ch 13. Sc, hdc, dc, htc, tc, htc, dc, hdc, sc ch 1
(On opposite side of chain 13) Sc, hdc, dc, htc, tc, htc, dc, hdc, sc
Leave a long tail for sewing.
Embroider the letters onto the football in white.
Stitch to center of the side of the hat. Repeat on other side.
 
Here’s Gabe modeling his new hat. The first pic is in his Halloween costume :)

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You may use any of the patterns I create for personal use. If you would like to make an item to sell with my patterns you must link back to the pattern on my blog. You can not sell my patterns as your own.


If you liked this pattern then check out my other crochet patterns and projects.


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Friday, November 9, 2012

I love your comments!

 

comments

I have been using Intense Debate for some time now for my comments instead of the standard Blogger commenting. The whole reason I switched is because many of my commenters were “no reply” which means your email address isn’t attached to your comment. I wanted to be able to communicate with my commenters and this was so frustrating.

I did a bunch of research about the best type of comments to use. It boiled down to two choices: Disqus and Intense Debate. I read all kinds of other blogger’s opinions and I ultimately decided to go with Disqus. The only problem was I couldn’t get it to install onto Blogger so my obvious second choice was Intense Debate. I did like that it has Comment Luv so commenters can share their recent blog posts.

After having Intense Debate for over a year here are my thoughts on it:

Every time I change my template I have to reinstall it since I have it embedded in my code. It’s a fairly easy process but it’s kind of annoying when I forget because then my comments are messed up until I correct it.

If I wanted to, I feel like I can’t go back to Blogger comments because I will lose all of my Intense Debate comments from the majority of my posts.

I recently discovered that I am not actually emailing my responses to my comments. I was sure that if I added a reply on my blog that it was getting sent out to the commenter. I did a test comment today with my second email address and then replied on my blog. I never received a notification for it. Maybe I should have already realized this was happening but I really didn’t know.

I just want you to know that I respond to almost all of my comments and I was pretty disappointed to know that you probably didn’t even realize it. So now that I’ve made this discovery I know to respond to your email address so you will know that I got your comment and I appreciate it!

I am debating whether to also try and post the reply to the blog. (I think this can be done.) Do you like reading comments on blogs? Would you like to see my responses to my commenters?

Thank you to all of my lovely readers and all of you that comment. Comments are the highlight of my day and I love hearing from you!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Fall and Thanksgiving Decorations


We have officially put out our fall decorations. I know most of blog land has had them out since early September but we weren’t that motivated at my house :) Thanksgiving is really the time of the year that we decorate for since we have had Thanksgiving dinner here every year since we moved six years ago.
I dug out our box of decorations from the basement and was pleasantly surprised at how much stuff we had. I was considering scooping up some clearance decorations but decided that my money would be better spent elsewhere. It worked out since we had plenty of stuff to decorate with. I can’t take credit for any of it though because Mike did everything himself. He has the best eye for arranging accessories. He even found some stuff I forgot we even had hiding in our candle drawer.

Fall Centerpiece Thanksgiving

Fall Centerpiece Thanksgiving

Fall flower arrangement wine corks

Fall flower arrangement wine corks

I love the way it all turned out and it puts us in the Thanksgiving mood. Time to start planning the menu and figuring out the logistics. Last year we had about 20 people at our house so we really have to plan in advance. We’ve got the big group of people thing figured out pretty well by now. It’s kind of amazing how many people we can fit in our house.  Stay tuned because there will be more Thanksgiving planning to come.

Fall Thanksgiving Mantel

Fall Thanksgiving Mantel

Fall Thanksgiving tablescape pumpkins

I may be linking up to one of these fabulous parties.

Monday, November 5, 2012

What I’ve Been Working On

 

When we were in Portland Mike secured me an order for two of my crocheted hats. The sister of our friend that got married has a 1 and 3 year old and she loved my pink and purple toddler hat and blue and brown owl hat. I have been working hard on getting these two hats crocheted for her. I haven’t had much time for anything else crafty or blog related since I had a paying customer.

toddler crochet hat

owl crochet hat

I made the hats the same as I did in the previous projects. I used a larger button for the center of the flower but otherwise I used the same colors and yarn which was Lily Sugar and Cream cotton.

I have been toying around with the idea of an Etsy shop for awhile. I’ve even mentioned it here before. I’ve sold a couple of hats to some people at work before and this sale has made me think about having a shop again. Mike helped me come up with a name, CW Wearables. What do you think? It was really hard for me to find a name that wasn’t taken. I didn’t want to limit myself to only crochet or hats so I think the name works as a broader category.

I even printed up some business cards. I wanted them immediately so I didn’t have time to wait to order them through the mail. I still would get them printed professionally but these work as a quick fix.

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I wrapped my hats up with a little but of tissue paper and a yarn bow to make it fun to open them up.

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Now to think of designs I would want in my shop. I think these two work really well and my easy newborn hat probably would too. It’s one of my most popular posts so I think other people must like the design :) We will see how long it takes for me to get this shop up and running since I’ve considered it before and it’s never gone anywhere. Christmas is coming and I will be starting to work on Christmas presents so I’m not sure how much time I will dedicate to the shop but I’m feeling excited about it so I think you will be seeing a grand opening in the future.

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