Happy New Year! Top 10 of 2017

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HAPPY NEW YEAR! Welcome to another year of free patterns and crochet talk!

I wanted to write up this post yesterday, but for various reasons I just didn’t have the time. But today I am free to do what I want to do, and so here I am.

I thought that I would share with you the most clicked on patterns from over the course of 2017 here on Crochet On The Brain. As always, I’m amazed at how many hits this blog gets, and from where in the world these hits come from! There were 11, 269 views from 75 different countries!

I guess I’ll start with the least viewed pattern out of the top 10, and work my way to #1. (Just click on the photos to bring you to the pattern).

#10-

Minty Winter Children's Hats
Minty Winter Children’s Hats

#9-

You Are My Sunshine Infant's Hat
You Are My Sunshine Infant’s Hat

#8-

Merry-Go-Baby Hat
Merry-Go-Baby Hat

#7-

Toddler Hat & Mittens Set
Toddler Hat & Mittens Set

#6-

Little Souls Newborn Beanie & Thumbless Mittens
Little Souls Newborn Beanie & Thumbless Mittens

#5-

Textured Washcloth
Textured Washcloth

#4-

Really Easy Ear Warmer Headband
Really Easy Ear Warmer Headband

#3-

Winter Baby Hats
Winter Baby Hats

#2-

Sandscapes Scarf
Sandscapes Scarf

and #1-

 

Cluster Love Slouchy
Cluster Love Slouchy

Thanks to each and every one of you who have made Crochet On The Brain the success that it is.  It is “just a hobby” of mine, but having so many wonderful people around the world supporting me in my endeavor gives me the encouragement needed to continue on with it. In this new year, I hope that Crochet On The Brain, as well as myself, continue to grow and evolve, and that you reap much pleasure out of everything I have, and will have, to share with you!

Thank you!!!

Amanda ❤ 🙂

Since My Last Post…

…about a month and a half! Oops! To be honest, I’ve sat down a number of times with the intention of writing something up but I’m an easily distracted person and…oh look something shiney!  (Lol 🤣)

Ok, so I’m not original with my humor, but at least I gave it a shot. Let’s get back to the matter at hand.

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A couple of months ago my husband and I decided we would move out of state, leave the warmth of New Mexico behind us and head to the chilly northern climate of Michigan. Are we crazy? Perhaps. I grew up in Ontario Canada, and my husband in Massachusetts,  so we aren’t going north blindly. Our reasoning for the move? We both have family in the north that we haven’t seen in a number of years, which includes my parents and our older children from our past relationships. The cost of flying to visit is just too expensive for everyone, so hopefully with our move we will be able to spend time with our family again!  We are hoping to make the move at the end of January or beginning of February.

Since we will be flying we can’t take a whole lot of our belongings with us, which means we have to get rid of a few things. This includes my yarn! And since I don’t want to get rid of my yarn stash, yet it’s too big and bulky to take with us, I’ve been working through it all making things we can use (or that I can gift to friends or donate). My thinking is that many balls of yarn would take up too much space in luggage, but sweaters and things can be packed easier because they are folded flat. Makes sense to me, at least that’s what I want to believe lol. Also, we’ve been in sunny New Mexico for almost 4 years now, and we don’t own a whole lot of warm clothing anymore. I NEED to turn my yarn into winter clothing! But it’s not all clothing that I’m making. A While back I was on a cotton yarn kick…I had every intention on using it immediately, but as soon as I got it home from the store I packed it away and pretty much forgot about it. Now I have a large reusable shopping bag of cotton yarn to work through (I’ve made a bit of a dent in it, having completed 1 or 2 Dishcloths daily for the past week now!). You want to know what the hardest part about all of this? I can’t buy anymore yarn until after we move! Every time I shop at Walmart I make a trip down the yarn aisle and drool. So many colors, so many ideas whirling around inside of my head. It’s heartwrenching at times 😭.

However, when the moment arrives when I can once again buy more yarn, I’ve decided that I will try to find a LYS in the area I’m moving to and treat myself to some beautiful handmade squishy 🐑🐇😍. I haven’t done that in about 5 years! I also have this belief that I’ll only buy yarn needed for the project at hand, and not build up another stockpile of yarn…but really, who am I kidding?? Lol

With the new year upon us I’ve also been thinking this provides me with the perfect opportunity to make some changes.  Not only the above mentioned idea that I buy only enough yarn for project at hand (and completing that project) before buying more yarn, but also that I make things only for myself, my family, and my friends, without the thinking that I’ll just sell it. I’ve got so many finished projects packed away, dating from 3 or 4 years ago until now, and nobody wants to buy it (unless it’s really cheap, in which case I don’t even get the money back that I spent on the yarn alone).  Perhaps if I stick to just making things for ourselves and then wearing or showing those things in public, people might see it and want one for themselves? However, there is a problem with this idea, that being when I design patterns (for example, a hat pattern), I don’t use testers and so I make multiple hats, in various sizes, to make sure the pattern works. Hence, I’m left with all these hats that won’t fit anyone I know. I suppose I could just donate the extra hats?

Anyhow, I’m not declaring all of this an absolute resolution for the new year (as Harry Potter stated, “when do our plans ever actually work out? We go in and all hell breaks loose”. Or something to that affect, lol.)

Another non-absolute-resolution of mine for 2018 is to publish posts and patterns to Crochet On The Brain regularly. Looking at my publishing history, there are a lot of gaps, big gaps, in my posts. I need to get organized and be persistent, even if that means I make a series of short, but regular, posts.  I realize this is “just a hobby”, but it’s my passion. It’s what I enjoy doing. Now, if only I could convince the universe to make things easier for me!  Some days I get so frustrated when I can’t do what I want to do and I wonder if the universe is working against me, and for what reason. But I keep soldiering on despite this feeling. As I always tell myself whenever something unwanted happens, this too shall pass.

I have high hopes for 2018. The past few years have been full of struggles, but we are still moving forward. Baby steps first, then leaps and bounds. I’m not saying that the grass will be any greener when we move north (it’ll actually be white when we get there), but we’ll be presented with different opportunities.  And change is always good. It keeps the brain active, and you get to experience new things.

Ok, now I’m done with my rambling. It’s time to show you what I’ve been up to lately, over the past couple of months.

First, here is a knit hat that I made probably back in October. It’s my own design. It can be worn as a slouchie, or the cuff can be folded up and it can be worn toque style. My original intention was to make a hat for Olivia, to match the knit sweater I made her, and then write up the pattern available in sizes for the whole family, but one thing led to another, as it usually does, and that idea got put on the back burner, like so many other things do. Maybe one day I’ll get around to completing the whole set. But for now, I’ve got myself a new winter hat.

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Next, here is the second sweater I’ve ever knitted. The pattern is On A Roll Sweater & Hat by Linda Cyr on the Red Heart website. It’s available in 4 sizes, and I chose the extra small. I didn’t check my gauge and the sweater turned out to small for my Olivia, so I gave it to a friend for her granddaughter. I used about a 1/2 skein of Red Heart Super Saver Jumbo, in the color Grey Heather. Even though it’s only the second sweater I’ve ever knitted, I think I did a pretty good job with it.

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Still on the sweater kick, I also made this one, crocheted, for my husband. The pattern used for this one is Father Pullover by Melissa Leapman which is also available on the Red Heart website.  The yarn for this sweater has been discontinued, so I substituted with Red Heart Super Saver, color Medium Thyme. I followed the pattern pretty much to a tee, but since my husband is very tall ( 6 ft 9), I had to add some length (about 3 inches) all around, to the body as well as the sleeves. Oh, and the best thing about this sweater, is that my husband picked out from numerous patterns I showed him which sweater he wanted made, and he even went to the store with me and picked out the yarn 🙂 Oh, and if you look closely at the photo, there are little feet behind the sweater ❤

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Okay, so now we move away from sweaters (actually, before I forget about it, I’m currently working on a knit sweater for myself, a larger version of Olivia’s Sweater, in the color “Autumn Red”. It’s looking gorgeous, and I’ll be making another post about it later on when it’s done…I’ve got the back and most of the front done, and then just the sleeves and putting it all together)…

Hats! It seems I’m always making hats. I guess because they’re quick to make, often pretty easy too, and there are so many cute designs! The first hat I’m showing you is Little Gnome Hat from Yarnspirations. A while back I bought 4 skeins of Bernat Softee Baby yarn in the color “White Rainbow”. When it’s all wound up in the skein the color looks really cute. I thought I would make a cute sweater or blanket with it, but I ran into a problem with it…when it’s crocheted it looks like crap! I frogged out so many WIP’s while I was trying out this yarn and finally put it all away in storage for a while. One day I saw this pattern (I think while browsing through Pinterest), and when I went to look at the pattern I noticed it used this particular yarn. Since it’s knit instead of crochet, I gave it a shot, hoping that the color pattern would work out nicer when knit. I have to say, I was very pleasantly surprised with the outcome. I made the 4 year old size, and as you can see, it fits Olivia nearly perfect (she’s 3 years old, but with her afro I tend to have to make hats larger for them to fit nicely on her head).

After I made this hat using this yarn, I decided to try it with a different yarn. I have loads and loads of Caron Simply Soft in my stash, but not enough of one color to make anything larger than a hat or two. So, here’s the Little Gnome Hat using Caron Simply Soft, color “soft pink”, following the 18-24 month size directions (I think it turned out pretty sweet!):

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Now, another hat…of course…last month we bought Olivia a new winter jacket, after all these other hats were made. I felt that I NEEDED to make her a hat and mitten set in colors to match her new jacket. The hat is my own design. I’m not sure yet if I’m going to type it up as a pattern here or not. It needs some tweaking. It’s made to fit Olivia’s hair…er, head…size, but it also fits me 🙂  The mittens were made following the Crochet Mittens For All by Nancy Anderson pattern, also on the Red Heart Website. (This has been my go-to pattern for a number of years now for a quick and easy mitten!)

Now, sometime during the creation of all of these hats and sweaters I made some Christmas stockings. My intention was to try to sell them but no luck. They are just collecting dust, as I don’t celebrate Christmas with decorations or gifts. The pink and blue stockings were made with Red Heart Super Saver yarn using the Waiting For Santa stocking pattern on the Red Heart website. And the other stocking is made with Bernat Pop! yarn, color Scarlet Sizzle, following the pattern Bernat Pop! Crochet Christmas Stocking on the Yarnspirations website. I had a bit of trouble following the Bernat pattern instructions, but luckily there’s a video tutorial which helped me finish the project.

I’ve also made a pile of dishcloths, trying to use up my huge stash of cotton yarn, but I will (eventually) make a separate post about them, since there are so many different designs, including one of my own design 🙂

Most likely I’ve forgotten to list/show something, and I’ll remember it once I hit the “publish” button, lol. But I’ll wrap things up here regardless, as I think this has been one extremely lengthy post!

Until next time, which hopefully won’t be too far off, happy hooking!

Amanda

Toddler Hat & Mittens Set- Free Pattern

Toddler Hat & Mittens Set

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Toddler Hat & Mittens Set

© 2017 Amanda Bryant

Materials:

Red Heart Super Saver Ombre yarn 10 oz/283 g; 482 yds/440 m; Color 3965 Anemone (1 skein will make a couple of sets)

5 mm crochet hook (for mitten cuff)

5.5 mm crochet hook (for mitten hand & hat)

yarn needle, for weaving in ends

Gauge: 6 hdc and 6 rounds= 2 inches

Finished Measurements: Hat- 7 1/2 inches long, 18 inch circumference; Mittens- 6 1/2 inches long (cuff is about 2 1/2 inches long), 5 inches wrist circumference, 2 inches thumb length **the thumb hole on the mitten is a bit larger, only to ensure ease in getting toddler’s thumb into the thumbhole!

Abbreviations Used (U.S. Terminology):

st- stitch
sl st- slip stitch
ch- chain
hdc- half double crochet
dc- double crochet
fpdc- front post double crochet
bpdc- back post double crochet

Pattern Note:
⦁ ch 2 at the beginning of each round DOES NOT count as a stitch

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Instructions:

Hat:

Starting at the crown, make a magic ring

Round 1: ch 2, make 8 dc in the magic ring, join with a sl st to the top of the ch 2 (8 dc)

Round 2: ch 2, make 2 fpdc in each dc around, join with a sl st to the top of the ch 2 (16 fpdc)

Round 3: ch 2, make 2 fpdc in the 1st fpdc, hdc in the top of the next fpdc, (2 fpdc in the next fpdc, hdc in the top of the next fpdc) *repeat in ( ) around, join with a sl st to the top of the ch 2 (16 fpdc and 8 hdc) (24 sts)

Round 4: ch 2, make 1 fpdc in each of the 1st 2 fpdc, make 2 hdc in the next hdc, (make 1 fpdc in each of the next 2 fpdc, make 2 hdc in the next hdc) *repeat in ( ) around, join with a sl st to the top of the ch 2. (16 fpdc and 16 hdc) (32 sts)

Round 5: ch 2, make 1 fpdc in each of the 1st 2 fpdc, make 1 hdc in the next hdc, make 2 hdc in the next hdc, (make 1 fpdc in each of the next 2 fpdc, make 1 hdc in the next hdc, make 2 hdc in the next hdc) *repeat in ( ) around, join with a sl st to the top of the ch 2. (16 fpdc and 24 hdc) (40 sts)

Round 6: ch 2, make 1 fpdc in each of the 1st 2 fpdc, make 1 hdc in each of the next 2 hdc, make 2 hdc in the next hdc, (make 1 fpdc in each of the next 2 fpdc, make 1 hdc in each of the next 2 hdc, make 2 hdc in the next hdc) *repeat in ( ) around, join with a sl st to the top of the ch 2 (16 fpdc and 32 hdc) (48 sts)

Round 7: ch 2, make 1 fpdc in each of the 1st 2 fpdc, make 1 hdc in each of the next 4 hdc, (make 1 fpdc in each of the next 2 fpdc, make 1 hdc in each of the next 4 hdc) *repeat in ( ) around, join with a sl st to the top of the ch 2 (16 fpdc and 32 hdc) (48 sts) (in simpler terms, work even by making 1 fpdc in each fpdc, and making 1 hdc in each hdc around)

Round 8: ch 2, make 1 fpdc in each of the 1st 2 fpdc, make 1 hdc in each of the next 3 hdc, make 2 hdc in the next hdc, (make 1 fpdc in each of the next 2 fpdc, make 1 hdc in each of the next 3 hdc, make 2 hdc in the next hdc) *repeat in ( ) around, join with a sl st to the top of ch 2 (16 fpdc and 40 hdc) (56 sts)

Round 9: ch 2, make 1 fpdc in each of the 1st 2 fpdc, make 1 hdc in each of the next 5 hdc, (make 1 fpdc in each of the next 2 fpdc, make 1 hdc in each of the next 5 hdc) *repeat in ( ) around, join with a sl st to the top of the ch 2 (16 fpdc and 40 hdc) (56 sts) (in simpler terms, work even by making 1 fpdc in each fpdc, and making 1 hdc in each hdc around)

Round 10: ch 2, make 1 fpdc in each of the 1st 2 fpdc, make 1 hdc in each of the next 4 hdc, make 2 hdc in the next hdc, (make 1 fpdc in each of the next 2 fpdc, make 1 hdc in each of the next 4 hdc, make 2 hdc in the next dc) *repeat in ( ) around, join with a sl st to the top of the ch 2 (16 fpdc and 48 hdc) (64 sts)

Rounds 11-20: ch 2, make 1 fpdc in each of the 1st 2 fpdc, make 1 hdc in each of the next 6 hdc, (make 1 fpdc in each of the next fpdc, make 1 hdc in each of the next 6 hdc) *repeat in ( ) around, join with a sl st to the top of the ch 2 (16 fpdc and 48 hdc) (64 sts) (again, in simpler terms, work even by making 1 fpdc in each fpdc, making 1 hdc in each hdc around)

Round 21: ch 2, make 1 fpdc in each of the 1st 2 fpdc, make 1 bpdc in each of the next 2 hdc, make 1 fpdc in each of the next 2 hdc, make 1 bpdc in each of the next 2 hdc, (make 1 fpdc in each of the next 2 fpdc, make 1 bpdc in each of the next 2 hdc, make 1 fpdc in each of the next 2 hdc, make 1 bpdc in each of the next 2 hdc) *repeat in ( ) around, join with a sl st to the top of the ch 2 (32 fpdc and 32 bpdc) (64 sts)

Round 22: ch 2, make 1 fpdc in each of the 1st 2 fpdc, make 1 bpdc in each of the next 2 bpdc, (make 1 fpdc in each of the next 2 fpdc, make 1 bpdc in each of the next bpdc) *repeat in ( ) around, join with a sl st to the ch 2 (32 fpdc and 32 bpdc) (64 sts)

Rounds 23 & 24: repeat Round 22

Fasten off and weave in yarn ends with yarn needle.

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Mittens: (make 2)

Starting at the top of the mittens, make a magic ring.

Rounds 1-3: same as rounds 1-3 of hat (24 sts)

Round 4: ch 2, make 1 fpdc in each of the 1st 2 fpdc, make 1 hdc in the next hdc, (make 1 fpdc in each of the next 2 fpdc, make 1 hdc in the next hdc) *repeat in ( ) around, join with a sl st to the top of the ch 2 (16 fpdc and 8 hdc) (24 sts)

Rounds 5- 8: repeat Round 4 (16 fpdc and 8 hdc) (24sts)

Divide For Thumb:

Round 9: ch 2, make 1 fpdc in each of the 1st 2 fpdc, make 1 hdc in the next hdc, (make 1 fpdc in each of the next 2 fpdc, make 1 hdc in the next hdc) *repeat in ( ) 1 more time, ch 5, sk 5 sts, make 1 hdc in the next hdc, ((make 1 fpdc in each of the next 2 fpdc, make 1 hdc in the next hdc)) *repeat in (( )) 2 more times, join with a sl st to the top of the ch 2 (12 fpdc, 7 hdc, and 1 ch-5 sp) (24 sts)

Round 10: ch 2, make 1 fpdc in each of the 1st 2 fpdc, make 1 hdc in the next hdc, (make 1 fpdc in each of the next 2 fpdc, make 1 hdc in the next hdc) *repeat in ( ) 1 more time, make 1 dc in each ch of the ch-5, make 1 hdc in the next hdc, ((make 1 fpdc in each of the next 2 fpdc, make 1 hdc in the next hdc)) *repeat in (( )) 2 more times, join with a sl st to the top of the ch 2 (12 fpdc, 7 hdc, and 5 dc) (24 sts)

Round 11: ch 2, make 1 fpdc in each of the 1st 2 fpdc, make 1 hdc in the next hdc, (make 1 fpdc in each of the next 2 fpdc, make 1 hdc in the next hdc) *repeat in ( ) 1 more time, make 1 fpdc in each of the next 2 dc, make 1 hdc in the next dc, make 1 fpdc in each of the next 2 dc, make 1 hdc in the next hdc, ((make 1 fpdc in each of the next 2 fpdc, make 1 hdc in the next hdc)) *repeat in (( )) 2 more times, join with a sl st to the top of the ch 2 (16 fpdc and 8 hdc) (24 sts)

Round 12: ch 2, make 1 fpdc in each of the 1st 2 fpdc, make 1 hdc in the next hdc, (make 1 fpdc in each of the next 2 fpdc, make 1 hdc in the next hdc) * repeat in ( ) around, join with a sl st to the ch 2 (16 fpdc and 8 hdc) (24 sts)

Change to 5 mm hook

Starting cuff:

Round 13: ch 2, make 1 fpdc in each of the 1st 2 fpdc, make 1 bpdc in next hdc, (make 1 fpdc in each of the next 2 fpdc, make 1 bpdc in the next hdc) *repeat in ( ) around, join with a sl st to the top of the ch 2 (16 fpdc and 8 bpdc) (24 sts)

Round 14: ch 2, make 1 fpdc in each of the 1st 2 fpdc, make 1 bpdc in next bpdc, (make 1 fpdc in each of the next 2 fpdc, make 1 bpdc in the next bpdc) * repeat in ( ) around, join with a sl st to the top of the ch 2 (16 fpdc and 8 bpdc) (24 sts)

Rounds 15- 20: repeat Round 14

Fasten off.

Thumb

Using 5.5 mm hook

Join yarn with a sl st in the space between the 1st st and the last st from when you divided for the thumb.

Round 1: ch 2, make 1 fpdc in each of the 1st 2 fpdc, make 1 hdc in the next hdc, make 1 fpdc in each of the next 2 fpdc, make 1 hdc in the next hdc, make 1 hdc in the sp between the last hdc and the next st, (make 1 fpdc in each of the next 2 fpdc, make 1 hdc in the next hdc) * repeat in ( ) one more time, make 1 hdc in the sp between the last hdc and the ch-2 from the beginning of the round. Join with a sl st to the top of the ch 2. (8 fpdc and 6 hdc) (14 sts)

Round 2: ch 2, make 1 fpdc in each of the 1st 2 fpdc, make 1 hdc in the next hdc, make 1 fpdc in each of the next 2 fpdc, hdc2tog in the next 2 hdc, make 1 fpdc in each of the next 2 fpdc, make 1 hdc in the next hdc, make 1 fpdc in each of the next 2 fpdc, hdc2tog in the next 2 hdc, join with a sl st to the top of the ch 2 (8 fpdc and 4 hdc) (12 sts)

Round 3: ch 2, make 1 fpdc in each of the 1st 2 fpdc, make 1 hdc in the next hdc, (make 1 fpdc in each of the next 2 fpdc, make 1 hdc in the next hdc) *repeat in ( ) 2 more times, join with a sl st to the top of the ch 2 (8 fpdc and 4 hdc) (12 sts)

Round 4: repeat Round 3

Round 5: ch 2, fpdc2tog in the 1st 2 fpdc, make 1 hdc in the next hdc, (fpdc2tog in the next 2 fpdc, make 1 hdc in the next hdc) *repeat in ( ) 2 more times, join with a sl st to the top of the ch 2 (4 fpdc and 4 hdc) (8 sts)

Fasten off, leaving a long yarn tail. Using yarn needle, weave the yarn tail through the remaining 8 sts and pull sts closed. Secure.

Turning mitten inside out, weave in all yarn tails using the yarn needle.

 

 

Pumpkin Hat & Thumbless Mittens- Free Pattern

Since making the Mouse Ears Hat, I’ve felt inspired to make more cute little hats. I’ve always found it difficult to make hats the right size when the hat’s not being made for a specific person in general, since everyone’s head is shaped and sized differently. A generic pattern doesn’t always work for me, so most of the hats I make will generally be made to fit my daughter as she grows, give or take an inch or two.

I think the same can be said about mittens.  Some people have long fingers, some (like myself) have short and stubby fingers. And I know from experience how difficult it can be to fit a baby’s thumb into a thumb hole, so I’ve omitted the thumb on this mitten pattern altogether.

Please note that I did NOT write the patterns down as I created them, so I apologize if there are any mistakes here.

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Pumpkin Hat & Thumbless Mittens- Free Pattern!

© Amanda Bryant 2015

Materials:

Red Heart Super Saver yarn- MC- Pumpkin and CC- Hunter Green

5.5 mm hook

stitch marker

yarn needle

tiny amount of polyester fiberfill (for stem on top of hat)

Notes: fits infant, size 6-9 months old. The hat is worked in the round, no joining unless otherwise specified. Mark the end/beginning of each round with your stitch marker, and move it up with each consecutive round worked.

Abbreviations Used:

MC- main color

CC- contrasting color

ch- chain

sl st- slip stitch

sc- single crochet

hdc- half double crochet

dc- double crochet

Hat Instructions:

With MC, starting at crown of hat-

Rnd 1- make a magic ring, hdc 6x’s in magic ring (6 hdc)

Rnd 2- make 2 hdc in ea hdc around (12 hdc)

Rnd 3- (make 1 hdc in 1st hdc, 2 hdc in next hdc) repeat around (18 hdc)

Rnd 4- (make 1 hdc in ea of 1st 2 hdc, 2 hdc in next hdc) repeat around (24 hdc)

Rnd 5- (make 1 hdc in ea of 1st 3 hdc, 2 hdc in next hdc) repeat around (30 hdc)

Rnd 6- (make 1 hdc in ea of 1st 4 hdc, 2 hdc in next hdc) repeat around (36 hdc)

Rnd 7- (make 1 hdc in ea of 1st 5 hdc, 2 hdc in next hdc) repeat around (42 hdc)

Rnd 8- (make 1 hdc in ea of 1st 6 hdc, 2 hdc in next hdc) repeat around (48 hdc)

Rnd 9- (make 1 hdc in ea of 1st 7 hdc, 2 hdc in next hdc) repeat around (54 hdc)

Rnd 10- hdc in ea hdc around (54 hdc)

*Repeat Rnd 10 until hat is roughly 5 1/2 inches long from crown to brim. After last stitch of last round made, sl st in next st and fasten off.

Next Rnd/Brim- Attach CC in any hdc from previous round. Ch 1,  sc in same st as joining. (Make 3 dc in next st, sc in next st) repeat around to end of round. Join with sl st and fasten off.

Stem:

Rnd 1- make a magic ring, 8 sc in magic ring (8 sc)

Rnd 2- sc in ea sc around (8 sc)

Repeat Rnd 2 until stem is desired length

Next Rnd-  <sc in 1st sc, (hdc, dc, hdc) in next sc> repeat around, join with sl st, fasten off.

Tie in all loose ends, lightly stuff stem with polyester fiberfill,  sew stem to top of hat.

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Thumbless Mittens Instructions (make 2):

With CC and starting at cuff, ch 9

Row 1- sc in 2nd ch from hook and in ea ch across, ch 1, turn (8 sc)

Row 2- in back loops only, sc in ea sc across, ch 1, turn (8 sc)

Row 3-9 repeat Row 2

Next- fold piece in half and sl st the beginning ch and last row together, through both thicknesses to form the cuff. Fasten off.

Attach MC to outer edge of cuff, ch 1, sc in same st as joining, sc around edge of cuff 17 more times, join with sl st to beg sc (18 sc)

Next Rnd- ch 1, (sc in ea of 1st 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc) repeat around, join with sl st (24 sc)

Next- ch 1, sc in ea sc around, join with sl st (24 sc)

*Repeat this last rnd for another 2 inches.

Next- ch 1, (sc in ea of 1st 2 sc, sc2tog) repeat around, join with sl st (18 sc)

Next- ch 1, sc in ea sc around, join with sl st (18 sc)

Next- ch 1, (sc in 1st sc, sc2tog) repeat around, join with sl st (12 sc)

Next- ch 1, sc in ea sc around, join with sl st (12 sc)

Next- ch 1, sc2tog around, join with sl st, fasten off leaving a long tail (6 sc)

With yarn needle, weave long yarn tail through remaining 6 sc and pull closed. Weave in all ends.