15 Free Sun Hat Patterns Roundup

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It’s a little bit late to make any of these for Mother’s Day, however, since I made a roundup of Baby Bonnets last month, I thought it would be ideal to follow up with a roundup of Sun Hat’s for the mom’s 🙂  There’s still plenty of nice weather coming our way, and plenty of time to make and wear these hats!

1. Destin Beach Sun Hat by Lion Brand Yarns

2. Monte Carlo by Drops Designs

3. Shell Stitch Cotton Hat With Spring Blossoms by Cre8tion Crochet

4. Tisket-A-Tasket Crochet Hat Pattern by Old Time Crochet Magazine

5. Spring Hat by Suvi’s Crochet

6. Crochet Hat For My Mom by Stitch Of Love

7. Floppy Sun Hat by Heart Hook Home

8. Shine On Sun Hat by Jessie At Home

9. Beach Day Sunhat by A Crocheted Simplicity

10. Lily Sugar’n Cream Sun Hat by Yarnspirations

11. Sun Hat for the Ladies by Stitch 11

12. Crochet Sun Hat by Handmade by Phanessa

13. Straw Sun Hat by Craft Passion

14. Weeping Willow Sun Hat by The Lavender Chair

15. Kat’s Floppy Sun Hat by The Kat’s Scratch Pad

Happy Hat Hookin’!

~Amanda~

Pincushion (Free Pattern)

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Pincushion Pattern

© Amanda Bryant 2018

This is a very simple pattern and requires only a small amount of yarn.  It is ideal for those who are just learning to crochet in the round, as it is a very basic pattern using only a single crochet stitch, and works up quickly. It is also a great way to use up your left-over scraps of yarn. You could also whip up a basket full of these little pincushions to sell at a craft fair for $1 or $2 each, and attach your business card to them. You can improvise with unlimited colour variations and any weights and sizes of yarns, threads and hooks.

QUEUE OR FAVORITE ❤ THIS PATTERN ON RAVELRY!

Materials Used:

Scrap amount of Red Heart Super Saver (Color Minty)

Fabric flower shaped button (any button will work)

Polyester Fiberfill

Sewing needle that will fit through the button holes; yarn needle

3.75 mm crochet hook

stitch marker to mark end of rounds

Gauge- gauge is not important. Just make sure you use a small enough hook to make sure your stitches are close together so the fiberfill does not pop through the stitches.

Finished Measurements: 9 inches circumference, 3 inch diameter, 1 1/2 inch height

Special Notes:

Do not join at the end of each round. This item is worked in a continuous spiral.

Remember to move your stitch marker up as rounds progress.

Stuff the pincushion lightly so that pins can be placed into the cushion with ease.

Abbreviations Used (American Terminology):

Ch- chain

Sc- single crochet

Sc2tog- single crochet 2 single crochet stitches together (decrease)

Instructions:

Ch 2

Round 1: make 8 sc in the 2nd ch from hook (8 sc)

Round 2: make 2 sc in each sc around (16 sc)

Round 3: (make 1 sc in the first sc, 2 sc in the next sc) around (24 sc)

Round 4: (make 1 sc in each of the first 2 sc, 2 sc in the next sc) around (32 sc)

Round 5: (make 1 sc in each of the first 3 sc, 2 sc in the next sc) around (40 sc)

Rounds 6- 11: sc in each sc around (40 sc)

Round 12: (make 1 sc in each of the first 3 sc, sc2tog in the next) around (32 sc)

Round 13: (make 1 sc in each of the first 2 sc, sc2tog in the next) around (24 sc)

Round 14: (make 1 sc in the the first sc, sc2tog in the next) around (16 sc)

Stuff.

Round 15: (sc2tog) around (8 sc)

Fasten off. Cut yarn, leaving long tail.  Using yarn needle, draw yarn tail through the 8 sc from the last round, pulling tightly to close up the hole. Secure with a knot.

Using the same yarn tail, attach button to the top of the pincushion, pulling the yarn through the middle of the pincushion tightly, and secure the yarn with a knot on the bottom side of the pincushion. Cut off excess yarn tail and weave in end.

 

Crocheting On A Budget

As the yarn piles up, the bank account balance goes down.

Today I’ve decided to re-share an old blog post, in which I listed ideas on how to save some money on this increasingly expensive, and often obsessive, hobby called “Crochet”.  It is my belief that we shouldn’t have to cash in our life insurance policy, or sell body parts, to fully enjoy our hobbies.

If you have more ideas on how to save money on this hobby, I’d love for you to share them!

Crochet On The Brain

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To tell you how many times I’ve stumbled upon patterns that I wanted to use but couldn’t would be impossible. I have downloaded countless patterns to my laptop and have invested in many hard copy books over the years, but it seems only a handful of those patterns have ever been put to use. And why is that? Not because I don’t have enough time to crochet (Let’s face it, serious crochet addicts like myself ALWAYS find time), but because I can’t afford to buy all the supplies required!

Tips On Getting The Most Out Of Your $$

  • Make smaller items which allows you to make more items per skein of yarn.  One ball of crochet thread can make many bookmarks, or even a couple of smaller doilies. One skein of yarn can make a pair of mittens and a hat, or a couple of pairs of slippers or socks.

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WIP Wednesday- May 9, 2018

As you can see, I’ve decided to try (again) a weekly post of my WIP’s . I did this a couple of years ago, but I didn’t keep up with it. Fingers crossed that it’ll work out this time around 🤗 (I find that since I’ve been paying for my blog I make better use of my time and make sure I keep publishing more regularly here!)

In my most recent Weekly Update I mentioned that I’m now working on an amigurumi doll. So that is the focus of this WIP Wednesday.

This is what I’ll call the “prototype “. I’m using Red Heart Super Saver,  left overs from the Ripple Blanket I made earlier this year (which is technically still a WIP since I still haven’t weaved in all of the yarn tails!).

The skin color is Aran, the clothing is Grenadine (the pink), and I’ve included little white socks. Oh, and the safety eyes are 12 mm black. There are still a few more decreasing rounds to go, to shape the top of the body, and then of course making arms and adding hair and a face to the head, and then sewing it all together. If you look closely you will see that I’ve crocheted in only the back loops around the waist; this is so I can add a little skirt attached directly onto the doll.  To cover my color changes I’ll probably add little shoe straps and a button, and when I make the second of this doll I’ll use a non-jogging color change method. I probably should’ve done that first time around! Lol

For the second version of this doll, I will be using the Mainstays brand of yarn for the body, but still in the color Aran. Red Heart use to sell a color, which I believe was called something like “blush” (?), which was better suited for flesh-tone. I couldn’t find it though when I was in the yarn aisle the other day at Walmart.  But I noticed that the Mainstays “Aran” is slightly darker than Red Heart’s , so I picked that up.  I also couldn’t find a light enough brown,  which would more closely resemble my daughter’s skin tone (I’ve used Red Heart Super Saver’s “warm brown” in the past). So the Mainstays Aran will hopefully do.

I am also thinking that I might make a boy version of the doll. But we’ll see. Or even a naked version, with removable clothing. I have so many ideas going through my head at once, lol. Just don’t hold me to any of these ideas…no guarantees or promises that I’ll do all of this! Lol.

What I’d also like to do is make animals, but for some reason I’ve never been able to make them work, unless of course I follow someone else’s pattern. I guess making/designing dolls is easier for me because I really don’t have to stop and think about their shape too much. On a side note, you can see a couple of my previous doll designs here: Valentine Doll  and Best Friends Amigurumi.

So there ya have it, my “first” WIP Wednesday.  I hope you enjoyed the read 😁

~Amanda ~

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Weekly Update- May 6, 2018

Good Day!  I hope you are all having/did have a fabulous Sunday!

Today I feel like sharing a few of my thoughts and views about blogging with you. This comes about as a result of the approaching third birthday of the “Crochet On The Brain” blog. When I first began writing here I really didn’t think that it would work as well as it has, I only had hope. Three years later I am happy to share that this blog is quickly approaching 25,000 views!

As most bloggers do, I regularly check my page’s statistics. Some days show amazing numbers, other days not so good. My blog receives views from all over the world, from countries I didn’t even know existed, as well as from clicks on websites where I didn’t even know my work was shared! To have my work and blog acknowledged in such a way really encourages me to continue sharing content here. Honestly, there have been some days when I began thinking negatively and considered putting the brakes on the blog, to just let my subscription to WordPress run out and call it quits. But as I think about these circumstances I come to the realization that it’s not the “not so good” statistics that make me feel this way, but rather just my mood of the day. As with most people, my current real-life environment and circumstances influence my mood. I also consider the fact that should I ever give it up and not renew my WordPress subscription, all of the links directing traffic to crochetonthebrain.com would cease to work, which would probably annoy or upset readers who come here regularly (the web address would be different, therefore links to this site wouldn’t work).  Therefore, you will be happy to know (I hope!) that I’ve just renewed my subscription to WordPress and we are good to go for another year 😁.  And while I created this blog,  first and foremost for my own enjoyment, I also created it as a means to share my own designs, vision, and passion with others in the crochet world. It is my own little corner of the internet.

Keeping an eye on the statistics does not mean that I’m blogging to become popular. The numbers simply let me know that out there in the big wide world, there are people just like me who enjoy reading what I have to say, and people who are interested in making one of my designs for themselves!

I know that some bloggers are out to monetize. Me, I am not. I don’t earn a single penny from this blog or any of my designs. All money spent on keeping this blog running, as well as money spent on the supplies to make the designs that I do, all come out of my pocket.  I don’t have adverts cluttering up my page (to be honest, I find it’s really annoying waiting for a page to load because it’s so full of advertising!). This is a hobby, plain and simple. So when I see that others are monetizing, and some are rushing around bending over backwards for it’s readers, I can’t help but wonder if the blogger is truly happy! Maybe this isn’t the right way to think. I mean, the basic points of a blog are to reach out to people who share your interests, and to express your views and opinions. Which I am doing. BUT, this is my blog, and you either like what I’m doing, or you don’t. And the numbers show me that a few people do like what I’m doing here 😁

Despite having said all this, I truly admire those individuals who are profiting from their passion! I think that it’s wonderful that people are actually loving their job and getting paid for it! Too many people, most people I think, dread their job and long for something better.

And to be honest, yes, I do regularly envision what my life would be like if I were to profit from my passion. But I always come to the conclusion that I’m just not energetic enough, both mentally and physically, to turn this hobby into a business. Nor do I really have the time. Between caring for a mischievous toddler and a physically disabled husband, and doing everything else in between, I am tired.  (Hence why some weeks or months you rarely hear from me). In the past I have sold my finished items, but not regularly and not recently. Plus, I am not really a fan of making customized orders, nor am I really a trend follower or even a trendsetter; I much rather just make what like to make. However, this doesn’t mean that if the opportunity arises to make some money from my hobby I’ll turn it down, lol. Maybe one day I’ll, at the very least, sell PDF versions of my patterns. In the meantime my family and my friends have some nice handmade items to enjoy!

So, to everyone reading and visiting this blog, I say “thankyou”! I hope that you’ll continue to stop by and read my posts and try out my original patterns. And should I not post something for awhile, please know that sooner or later I will. Currently I am working on a new amigurumi doll pattern;  it’s just a matter of being able to sit down for more than a few minutes at a time to get it done! With the nice weather here I find that I’m spending a lot more time outdoors. And I’m not one of those multi-taskers who can crochet and run after a three-and-a-half year old at the same time, lol. (I wish!)

Because I can’t always write fresh, regular content (ie. Patterns), I’ve been turning to alternate means of entertaining my readers…round ups! Whoever came up with this idea is brilliant, lol. Last week I created a new round up: 10 Free Baby Bonnet Patterns, and I also added a new page to the blog: Pattern Roundups, where I’ve listed (and will continue to add to the list) all of the pattern round ups I’ve created to date.

Well, it’s been about 9 hours since I began writing this post for today, lol. I’ve sat down about a thousand times today and typed a few words each time. I do hope that you’ve enjoyed this Weekly Update; it’s a bit different, I think, than my normal posts.

Until next time, Happy hookin!

~Amanda~

10 Free Baby Bonnet Patterns- Roundup

 

 

It’s time to get out those hooks and whip up some cute little bonnets for the coming new arrivals!

Today I rather spontaneously gathered together this list of 10 super adorable baby bonnets. With the nice weather here (or it will be soon, depending on where you live), we need to keep those newborn heads safe from the sun’s harsh rays!

1. Fairlee Bonnet by Skein and Hook

2. Celtic Dream by Janaya Chouinard for AllFreeCrochet

3. Pixie Bonnet by KT and the Squid

4. Puff Bonnet by Stitch 11

5. Citrus Cotton Baby Bonnet by Crochet For You

6. CrissCross Bonnet by Crochet ‘n’ Create

7.  Vintage Pixie Hat  by Bread & With It

8. Rosemary Green Baby Bonnet by Kirsten Holloway Designs

9. Lacy Clover Infant Bonnet  by Cre8tion Crochet

10. Sunshine and Rainbows Bonnet by Katie Cooks and Crafts

And as an added bonus, Olivia’s Sun Hat , the first pattern of my own design that I published here on the blog 😁

Have a happy, sunny, hookin day my friends, and I hope you enjoy this roundup!

~Amanda~

Weekly Update- April 29, 2018

🎶🎵Oh the weather outside is delightful🎵🎶

(My rendition of a cold weather song in the spring!)

It’s been a beautiful week here in Albuquerque (around 80 degrees F),  and because of it I feel I haven’t gotten a whole lot done indoors! Having a toddler and nice weather at the same time means play, play, play outdoors.

However, I DID accomplish one or two noteworthy things this week.

First, if you’ve been keeping up with the blog, you’ll have noticed that I finished the v-stitch throw. It turned out so nice, I really wish I could take credit for the pattern. The only steps in the process of making it that I can claim as my own is figuring out how big to make it, which yarn and hook to use, and the physical task of actually crocheting it (not much, right? Lol 😉).  Anywho…You can see my post about it Here .

Next, I finally made the decision to leave Facebook. I’ve been contemplating this for quite some time now. Having done this means there is no longer a Crochet On The Brain fan page. I am thinking about what can be done, elsewhere, to replace it (or if I’ll even replace it at all). I have to be honest, I feel like a whole new person without Facebook in my life! I did find a new social media platform where I can keep in touch with fellow crafters. It is called MeWe. If you would like to link up with me there just click Here. Perhaps I will create a Crochet On The Brain group there…hmmm…

Sometime last year, about one year ago I guess, I bought two skeins of Neon Stripes by Red Heart. After trying it out then I was greatly disappointed.  It just doesn’t work up nicely when crocheted (although I’ve seen a few beautiful photos of it crocheted when using the color pooling method). Recently I saw an online comment about how this yarn works up nicer when knitted, so I decided to give it a try a couple of days ago.  Below is a photo of a knitted object (maybe the body of a yet to be determined animal?), and beside it is the same thing (obviously not finished) but crocheted. See how much nicer the knitted object looks?  So now I am pondering what to make with it.

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Lastly, since I mentioned that the weather outside is so delightful, here’s a couple of pics of my daughter enjoying being outdoors! (When she tried to get out of the tree her shoe became wedged and I had to lift her out, lol).

 

And so this wraps up today’s Weekly Update. I’m hoping to get a bit more yarn play in this week, but we will see.

Until next time, Happy Hooking! And don’t forget to get outside and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine 🌸🐞🐛🌻🌳🏄‍♀️🏌️‍♀️☀️

~Amanda~