Monday, March 22, 2010

City Girl Newsboy Hat


This new crochet hat pattern is now listed in my etsy shop. The inspiration for this hat came from a dear friend of mine who is from New York City. She is such a city girl, and when I saw a picture of her wearing the cutest hat in Paris, I had my inspiration!

Monday, March 15, 2010

New Hat Pattern


I just finished creating another newsboy hat that uses both knit and crochet techniques. Hopefully, the pattern will be available in my shops in the next week or so. I wanted to first feature it here. My sister is in town for my spring break-(yay to both sister being here and spring break!!)-so she willingly and happily modeled the hat for me. I don't know what I will be calling this hat yet. I made it for my sister-in-law, Jenn, so that may play into the title.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Spring Fever!!


I have been loving the warmer weather and beautiful sunshine the past few weeks. The trees are all in bloom, and I have serious spring fever! I wanted to make McKinley a hat that would be nice for spring, and I have seen this hat featured several different places. I created this pattern from about four different patterns, so I cannot claim it as my own. I would love to share this creation with you.
If you want to download this as a PDF file for free, just click here: download now

McKinley's Springtime Hat

Sizes:
Newborn Size(measures 16 inches around)
Toddler Size (measures 19 inches around)

Supplies:
Size G (4.25MM) crochet hook
100 grams worsted weight yarn (I use 100% cotton yarn)
Tapestry needle

Notes:
1. In this pattern, unless noted otherwise, the ch2 at the beginning of the round DOES NOT count as the first stitch.
2. This pattern is made using 100% cotton yarn, cotton yarn may stretch over time, so it is made a bit tighter to compensate for that.
3. The crochet stitches are worked under both top threads.
4. To make the flower, I got the free flower pattern here http://littlebirdiesecrets.blogspot.com/2009/03/how-to-crochet-flower-video-tutorial.html:
Gauge: 4 stitches and 5 rows= 1 inch in single crochet
Abbreviations:
Chain (ch), Slip Stitch (sl st), Single Crochet (sc), Half Double Crochet (hdc), Double Crochet (dc), stitch (st), stitches (sts).
 
 
Newborn Size:
Foundation: ch4, join with sl st in first st to make a ring.
Round 1: ch2, 9 hdc in ring, join to ch2 space with a sl st. (9 sts)
Round 2: ch2, 2 hdc in each stitch around, join to ch2 space with a sl st. (18 sts)
Round 3: ch2, *2 hdc in first st, 1hdc in next st* repeat from * around, join to ch2 space with a sl st. (27 sts)
Round 4: ch2, *2 hdc in first st, 1 hdc in next 2 sts* repeat from * around, join to ch2 space with a sl st. (36 sts)
Round 5: ch2, *2 hdc in first st, 1 hdc in next 3 sts* repeat from * around, join to ch2 space with a sl st. (45 sts)
(for the remaining rounds, ch2 DOES count as a stitch)
Round 6: ch2, 2 dc in next st, *skip 2 sts, 3 dc in next st* repeat from * around, join to ch2 space with a sl st.
Round 7: ch2, skip next 2sts, *3 dc in space between the shell, skip 2 sts* repeat from * around, when you get to the end, do 2 dc in space and then connect it to the ch2 at the beginning of the round with a sl st. (by doing this, the ch 2 and the 2 dc become a shell with 3 stitches.)
Rounds 8 and 10: repeat round 6
Rounds 9 and 11: repeat round 7
Round 12-14: ch1, sc around, join to first st with a sl st.
Try not to crochet the sc rounds too tightly as it will not have enough give around the head.
To finish: Cut yarn and fasten off. Weave in the ends with a tapestry needle.
Edging instructions are at the end. 
 
Toddler Size:
Foundation: ch4, join with sl st in first st to make a ring.
Round 1: ch2, 9 hdc in ring, join to ch2 space with a sl st. (9 sts)
Round 2: ch2, 2 hdc in each stitch around, join to ch2 space with a sl st. (18 sts)
Round 3: ch2, *2 hdc in first st, 1hdc in next st* repeat from * around, join to ch2 space with a sl st. (27 sts)
Round 4: ch2, *2 hdc in first st, 1 hdc in next 2 sts* repeat from * around, join to ch2 space with a sl st. (36 sts)
Round 5: ch2, *2 hdc in first st, 1 hdc in next 3 sts* repeat from * around, join to ch2 space with a sl st. (45 sts)
Round 6: ch 2, *2 hdc in first st, 1 hdc in next 4 sts* repeat from * around, join to ch2 space with a sl st. (54 sts)
Round 7: ch 2, *2 hdc in first st, 1 hdc in next 5 sts* repeat from * around, join to ch2 space with a sl st. (63 sts)
(for the remaining rounds, ch2 DOES count as a stitch)
Round 8: ch2, 2 dc in next st, *skip 2 sts, 3 dc in next st* repeat from * around, join to ch2 space with a sl st.
Round 9: ch2, skip next 2sts, *3 dc in space between the shell, skip 2 sts* repeat from * around, when you get to the end, do 2 dc in space and then connect it to the ch2 at the beginning of the round with a sl st. (by doing this, the ch 2 and the 2 dc become a shell with 3 stitches.)
Rounds 10 and 12: repeat round 8
Rounds 11 and 13: repeat round 9
Round 14-20: ch1, sc around, join to first st with a sl st.
Try not to crochet the sc rounds too tightly as it will not have enough give around the head.
To finish: Cut yarn and fasten off. Weave in the ends with a tapestry needle.
Edging instructions at the end of pattern
To make Edge: cut a length of a contrasting color yarn 3 times the size of the hat. Thread the yarn into a tapestry needle, start by going through a stitch leaving about a 4 inch tail. Weave through each stitch until you reach the end of the round.

Fasten off the ends using a square knot and then weave in the ends. I hope you enjoy making this hat as much as I did!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Welcome!!

Welcome to my new blog! I have just started to sell my knit and crochet patterns online and I am excited to use this blog as a way to show off my work and any new creations I may be working on. Hopefully, I will also be able to offer some free patterns when I find the time to add them. I am selling my patterns in 2 different places, I have an etsy shop, and a new shop at ravelry. Please, feel free to check them out if you get a chance! All of my patterns should be offered at one or both of the sites listed.


Here is a preview of some of the patterns I offer, I will be featuring each pattern separately at a later time:
SKIRTS
HATS

LEGWARMERS