Archive | September 2015

Amanda’s Recycled Bulky Beanie

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Once upon a time I made a rather large and overly warm scarf for my husband, who had a long, cold walk to the bus stop every day for work. Knowing my obsession with crocheting, he asked me to make him the scarf. He picked out the yarn himself, and loved the scarf that I made him, as every husband would if their wife made them something 🙂 However, he no longer takes that long walk in the cold and so he gave me the scarf so that I could recycle it into something new.

Now, I can’t remember the exact name of the yarn that I used, except that I am pretty certain it is by Bernat. It’s bulky weight, acrylic, and uber-soft. It came in small skeins (I used about 8 skeins for one scarf). I searched online to find the name of the yarn, as well as the color of it, but alas, I could not find the information.  Perhaps it has been discontinued.  Regardless, I think that any bulky weight yarn of your choice would do, should you wish to use the simple pattern I’m about to share with you. (This hat took only a couple of skeins worth of that yarn to make, so I have some extra left-over yarn which is becoming another hat of a different style).

The hat is a bit on the large size, but only because it’s been made to fit my large head, lol. Actually, I just have a lot of thick hair, so “normal” sized hats are out of the question for me.  But I have noted in the pattern, as a suggestion, where to leave off so that it might fit YOUR head 🙂

Now, on with the pattern….Please be aware, I did not write the pattern down as I went along, but it was so simple to make it’s easy to remember how I made it. It’s very basic, and ideal for a beginner. Having said that, please forgive me if I’ve relayed any of the instructions to you improperly.

Gauge: 6 dc = 2 inches, 3 rounds = 2 inches

Length of hat from crown to brim, 8 inches

Circumference unstretched,  22 inches (my head is roughly 23 inches around)

Materials:

Bulky weight yarn (about 2-3 small skeins)

Size 9 mm hook

stitch marker

large-eyed yarn needle

Instructions:

Round 1- Start with a magic ring, ch 2, then make 8 dc in the ring. (This first ch-2 does not count as a dc, nor does it count as one throughout the pattern). Join with a slip stitch to the top of the first dc.

Round 2- Ch 2, make 2 dc in each dc around, join (16 dc)

Round 3- Ch 2, (dc in the first dc, 2 dc in the next dc) repeat around, join (24 dc)

Round 4- Ch 2, (dc in each of the first 2 dc, 2 dc in the next dc) repeat around, join (32 dc)

Round 5- Ch 2, (dc in each of the first 3 dc, 2 dc in the next dc) repeat around, join (40 dc) *** stop here for a “normal” sized head and continue to round 7, or proceed to round 6 for a larger head 🙂

Round 6- Ch 2, (dc in each of the firt 4 dc, 2 dc in the next dc) repeat around, join (48 dc)

Rounds 7-11- Ch 2, dc in each dc around, join (48 dc)

Round 12- Ch 1, sc in each dc around, join, fasten off. (48 sc)

Weave in all loose ends, and voila! you are done.

And to show you how it fits on my large head, here is a photo:

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As you can see, it just nicely fits over the bottom of my ears and above my eyebrows. Perfect to keep me warm when the winter winds start to blow 🙂 I hope that yours will fit you just as snuggly as mine does!

Have a great day!

Amanda

Winter Baby Hats- Free Pattern

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Winter Baby Hats Pattern

© Amanda Bryant 2015

Sizes- 0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-12 months, Toddler/small child

Gauge- 6 dc= 2 inches, 4 rounds= 2 inches

Materials:

Red Heart Super Saver

-0-3 months: MC= White, CC= Cherry Red

-3-6 months: MC= Aran, CC= Medium Thyme

-6-12 months: MC= Frosted Green, CC= Warm Brown

-12+ months: MC= Claret, CC= White

5.5 mm hook (or size needed for correct gauge)

stitch marker (3 per hat)

yarn needle

pom pom maker (optional)

Notes

-ch 2 at beginning of each round does not count as a dc. First dc of each round is made in NEXT st, not in same st as join.

-ch 3 at beginning of each ear flap row DOES count as a dc.

-the lengths are a bit longer than what you would customarily make for a hat, because the point at the crown of the hat does not hug the head like other hats would. Each head is different, so adjust the length of your hat accordingly.

Abbreviations Used-

MC- main color

CC- contrasting color

ch- chain

sl st- slip stitch

sc- single crochet

dc- double crochet

dc2tog- double crochet 2 double crochet’s together 

Instructions:

Round 1- With MC make a magic ring, ch 2, 6 dc in ring, join (6 dc)

Round 2- ch 2, 2 dc in ea dc around, join (12 dc)

Round 3- ch 2, (dc, 2 dc in next dc) repeat around, join (18 dc)

Round 4- ch 2, (2 dc, 2 dc in next dc) repeat around, join (24 dc)

Round 5- ch 2, (3 dc, 2 dc in next dc) repeat around, join (30 dc)

Round 6- ch 2, (4 dc, 2 dc in next dc) repeat around, join (36 dc)

Round 7- ch 2, (5 dc, 2 dc in next dc) repeat around, join (42 dc)

*end here for 0-3 month size, skip to round 11

Round 8- ch 2, (6 dc, 2 dc in next dc) repeat around, join (48 dc)

*end here for 3-6 month size, skip to round 11

Round 9- ch 2, (7 dc, 2 dc in next dc) repeat around, join (54 dc)

*end here for 6-12 month size, skip to round 11

Round 10- ch 2, (8 dc, 2 dc in next dc) repeat around, join (60 dc) <~ this will make toddler/child size

Round 11- ch 2, dc in ea dc around, join

*repeat round 11 until desired length- (0-3 months size until hat is about 6 inches long; 3-6 months size until hat is about 6 ½ inches long; 6-12 months size until hat is about 7 inches long; toddler/child size until hat about 8 inches long).

DO NOT FASTEN OFF

Ear Flaps:

Keeping the joining seam in the middle of the hat, flatten hat. (The joining seam will be on the backside of the hat).

For 0-3 month size- count 10 sts to the left and 10 sts to the right of the middle. Place a stitch marker in the 10th st on both sides.

For 3-6 month size- count 12 sts to the left and 12 sts to the right of the middle. Place a stitch marker in the 12th st on both sides.

For 6-12 month size- count 13 sts to the left and 13 sts to the right of the middle. Place a stitch marker in the 13th st on both sides.

For Toddler/small child size- count 15 sts to the left and 15 sts to the right of the middle. Place a stitch marker in the 15th st on both sides.

0-3 month size-

1st Ear Flap-

Row 1- sl st to 2 dcs before 1st marker, ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in each of the next 7 dcs, ch 3, turn (8 dcs)

Row 2- dc in next 7 dc, ch 3, turn (8 dc)

Row 3- dc2tog, dc in next 2 dc, dc2tog, dc in last dc, ch 3, turn (6 dc)

Row 4- dc in next 5 dc, ch 3, turn (6 dc)

Row 5- (dctog) twice, dc in last dc (4 dc), fasten off.

2nd Ear Flap-

Attach MC to the 2nd dc before 2nd ear flap marker

Row 1- Ch 3 (counts as dc). Dc in ea of the next 7 dc, ch 3, turn (8 dc)

Row 2- 5- follow as for 1st ear flap.

3-6 month size-

1st Ear Flap-

Row 1- sl st to 3 dcs before 1st marker, ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in each of the next 9 dcs, ch 3, turn (10 dcs)

Row 2- dc in next 9 dcs, ch 3, turn (10 dc)

Row 3- dc2tog, dc in next 4 dc, dc2tog, dc in last dc, ch 3, turn (8 dc)

Row 4- dc in next 7 dc, ch 3, turn (8 dc)

Row 5- dc2tog, dc in next 2 dc, dc2tog, dc in last dc, ch 3, turn (6 dc)

Row 6- (dc2tog) twice, dc in last dc (4 dc), fasten off.

2nd Ear Flap-

Attach MC to the 3rd dc before 2nd ear flap marker

Row 1- Ch 3 (counts as dc). Dc in ea of the next 9 dcs, ch 3, turn (10 dc)

Row 2-6- follow as for 1st ear flap.

6-12 month size-

1st Ear Flap-

Row 1-  sl st to 4 dc’s before 1st marker, ch3 (counts as dc),  dc in each of the next 11 dcs, ch 3, turn (12 dc’s)

Row 2- dc in next 11 dc’s, ch 3, turn  (12 dcs)

Row 3- dc2tog, dc in next 6 dcs, dc2tog, dc in last dc, ch 3, turn (10 dc)

Row 4- dc in next 9 dc, ch 3, turn (10 dc)

Row 5- dc2tog, dc in next 4 dc, dc2tog, dc in last dc, ch 3, turn (8 dc)

Row 6- dc2tog, dc in next 2 dc, dc2tog, dc in last dc, ch 3, turn (6 dc)

Row 7- (dc2tog) twice, dc in last dc (4 dc), fasten off.

2nd Ear Flap-

Attach MC to 4th dc before 2nd ear flap marker.

Row 1- Ch 3 (counts as dc). Dc in ea of the next 11 dc, ch 3, turn (12 dc)

Row 2-7- follow as for 1st ear flap.

Toddler/small child size-

1st Ear Flap-

Row 1- sl st to 5 dcs before 1st ear flap marker, ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in ea of the next 13 dc, ch 3, turn (14 dc)

Row 2- dc in next 13 dc, ch 3, turn (14 dc)

Row 3- dc2tog, dc in the next 8 dc, dc2tog, ch 3, turn (12 dc)

Row 4- dc in next 11 dc, ch 3, turn, (12 dc)

Row 5- dc2tog, dc in each of the next 6 dc, dc2tog, ch 3, turn (10 dc)

Row 6- dc2tog, dc in each of the next 4 dc, dc2tog, ch 3, turn (8 dc)

Row 7- dc2tog, dc in each of the next 2 dc, dc2tog, ch 3, turn (6 dc)

Row 8- (dc2tog) twice, dc in last dc (4 dc), fasten off.

2nd Ear Flap-

Attach MC to 5th dc before 2nd ear flap marker.

Row 1- ch 3 (counts as dc). Dc in ea of the next 13 dc, ch 3, turn (14 dc)

Row 2-8- follow as for 1st ear flap.

Trim

In the last dc at the back of the hat, attach CC, ch 1, sc in same st, sc in each sl st across to the 1st ear flap, along side edge of ear flap, in the 4 dc at the tip of the ear flap, along the other side edge of ear flap, in each dc along the front edge of the hat, up the first side edge of the 2nd ear flap, in the 4 dc at the tip of the ear flap, along the other side edge of ear flap, and in each dc along the remainder of the back edge of the hat. Join with a sl st to the first sc, fasten off.  **When stitching the trim around the edges of the ear flaps: Make 2 sc in each of the ch 3’s along the edges of the ear flaps.

Pom Poms-

For the pom poms, I simply wrapped 2 strands of yarn (1 of the MC and 1 of the CC) around 2 fingers, about 20 times for the 2 smaller hats, and around 3 fingers, about 20 times for the 2 larger hats. I then cut and tied a strand of yarn around the middle of the wrapped yarn, and then trimmed the pom pom to my liking. Using a yarn needle, sew the pom pom onto the top of the hat. Of course, you can use a pom pom maker, or there are tutorials available on YouTube.

While I just left my hats “plain”, feel free to embellish yours with additional decorations, such as appliques, buttons, ties, etc.

Past Amigurumi Projects

While I’m busy trying to play catch-up with all my current WIP’s, I thought I would take a break and make a post about some of my past projects. I’ve made so many things over the years, and the only regret I have is that I didn’t always take photos of what I’d made.  Regardless, here are some of my favorites…including links to where you can find the patterns online.

“Luma” from Super Mario Bros. – I changed the face on mine, but it’s still cute none-the-less. The free pattern can be found here:

“Luma” pattern by Wolfdreamer

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A Bumblebee- This was a special order for someone who wanted it to appear “boyish”, as it was being made for a boy. The free pattern can be found here, along with a pattern for a very sweet looking ladybug: (the page isn’t in english, but can be translated)

Brittas Ami

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“Year of the Tiger”- So very adorable. The pattern is found here:

Year of the Tiger by Lily Sugar ‘n Cream

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Pac Man and Ghosts- I made this for one of my daughter’s. Ingenius. The pattern can be found here:

Pac Man and Ghosts on Instructables

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A Brontosaurus- Pattern can be found here:

Brontosaurus by Claire Houck

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Cute One Skein Bunny- I’ve made several of these. A couple of years ago it was a VERY popular Christmas gift order. Pattern can be found here:

One Skein Bunny by Deb Richey

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I hope you have as much fun making these as I did!

Happy Hooking!

Amanda

No New Projects ‘Til You Finish The Old Ones!

think this is all I’ve got going on right now, lol. Five different projects at once isn’t too too much, is it?

#1~ Here is a blanket I’ve been (off again and on again) working on for over a year and a half now. It’s being made for myself and my husband as a wedding gift to ourselves (we were married in February of 2014). He buys the yarn, I do the work…only fair right? I am kinda following a pattern I found on the Red Heart website (Crochet Ripple Throw). I added more width to it and am using just one strand of yarn rather than doubling up. All the colors are Red Heart Super Saver: Blue Suede, Black, Aran, Hunter Green, Claret, Coffee, Medium Thyme and Warm Brown.  It’s a combination of my color choices and my husband’s color choices.

Our Wedding Gift WIP

#2~ A granny square Christmas stocking. I’ve got 6 squares made out of 16. It looks a little bit dark in the photo, thanks to the awful indoor lighting and not so good phone camera, but the green is Hunter Green, and the red is Cherry Red, and then plain white too. All are Red Heart Super Saver. The pattern can be found hereIt is suppose to be made with bulky weight yarn, but I don’t often follow the rules, lol.

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#3~ A granny square doll blanket. I posted about this project previously. I haven’t really gotten too far along with it since then. You can view my previous post about it hereAgain, it’s all Red Heart Super Saver.

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#4~ A beanie hat…so far. I’m not sure if I’m going to leave it as it is, or add some ear flaps or even make a matching pair of wristers or fingerless mittens. It’s my own pattern in the making, very simple, and I will share it here with you when it’s done. It would be good for a beginner. Almost two years ago I bought this yarn and used it to make a large scarf. A few months ago I decided to take the scarf apart and make something new with it, and so this is what it’s become. I’ve been trying to remember what type of yarn I used, but can’t. I am pretty certain it’s by Bernat. It’s bulky, acrylic and very very soft,  and it whips up really quickly too. It could be Bernat Softee Chunky, but after searching online I can’t find the correct color. I think the color has the word “Ivy” in it, but whilst conducting my search I am beginning to believe that this color could indeed be discontinued.

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#5~ Last but not least, a set of four baby hats. This is also my own pattern, which I will share with you here once it’s completed. I posted about it in my most recent post A Busy Week. The top photo shows size 3-6 month (Aran) and size 6-12 month (Frosted Green), and the bottom photo shows size 0-3 month (White) and size 12 months+/Toddler (Claret). All are made with Red Heart Super Saver.

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So, there you have it, folks! I keep telling myself “No new projects until you finish the old ones!”, but it never seems to work out that way. With so many patterns at my fingertips here on the world wide web, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to have just one project on the go!

Amanda

A Busy Week

I’ve not had much time for crocheting…correction…I’ve had NO time for crocheting this past week, as after five weeks of hotel living we finally found a place to call home. Things are pretty much organized now, so I’m hoping to get to some more crocheting very  very soon. I think I’m experiencing withdrawal symptoms, lol.

Before we moved, however, I began working on a new hat pattern. I am thinking of calling it “Gnome…something or other…”.  Below is a picture of the progress I’ve made.  The larger (green)  one will be a 6-12 month size, and the smaller (aran) one will be 3-6 month size, I think. They will have ear flaps, and perhaps some appliques. I’m not really sure yet, at this point. Once I have them in my hands again I’ll have a better idea.

Amanda

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