Laguna Slouchy (Free Pattern)

 

About 6 months ago I bought 3 skeins of Lion Brand Homespun yarn in the color “Lagoon”. I fell in love with the color, the texture, and the bulkiness, and thought it would make a beautiful “something”.  I tried a few different projects with it, both knit and crochet, but frogged each and every one of them. The yarn just wouldn’t cooperate with my hooks and needles. So I put it aside hoping that one day I would be able to use it. Earlier this month I pulled out a skein of it and tried my hands at working with it again (which I posted about here). Much to my delight it cooperated with me this time! After successfully making my first project with it, I decided to try writing up a new hat pattern. I had two-and-a-half skeins of it left to play with. My “prototype” hat was beautiful, but I thought “there can be more to this hat”. So I played around with it and created a second and a third version of it. Still, I thought it could be better. With my fourth, and final, revision I was completely satisfied.  And now I am very excited to share this pattern with you! (My first pattern of 2018!)

QUEUE OR FAVORITE ❤ THIS PATTERN ON RAVELRY!

20180109_110743292598814.jpg

20180109_111120-1308602693.jpg

20180108_191335592521061.jpg

Laguna Slouchy Hat Pattern

© Amanda Bryant 2018

Materials:

Lion Brand Homespun Yarn; 6 oz/170 g; 185 yards/169 meters; Color 404- “Lagoon” (a little more than a half skein will make 1 hat)

Size K/6.5 mm crochet hook

large eyed blunt sewing needle to weave in yarn tails

Size- Adult- approximate circumference 22 inches, total length 12 inches, ribbed cuff length 2 1/2 inches

Gauge-  in pattern of (hdc, fpdc) 10 sts= 4 inches; 10 rounds= 4 inches

Abbreviations Used (American Terminology):

ch- chain

dc- double crochet

hdc- half double crochet

fpdc- front post double crochet

bpdc- back post double crochet

sl st- slip stitch

beg- beginning

Special Notes:

  • 3 ch’s from the beginning ch-4 count as a dc
  • the ch-2 at the beginning of a round always counts as a hdc, except for when working the ribbed cuff, in which case it counts as a bpdc
  • the ch-3 at the beginning of a round always counts as a dc
  • if you would like a tighter cuff, try going down a half to a full size hook

Instructions:

Ch 4

Round 1- make 7 dc in the 3rd ch from the hook, join with a sl st to the top of the first dc (8dc)

Round 2- Ch 2, fpdc in the same dc as join, *(hdc in the next dc, fpdc in the same dc) repeat from * around, join with a sl st to top of the first hdc (16 sts- 8 fpdc, 8 hdc)

Round 3- Ch 3, dc in the same st as join, dc in the next st, *(2 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the next st),  repeat from * around, join with a sl st to the top of the first dc (24 dc)

Round 4- Ch 2, fpdc in the same dc as join, hdc in the next dc, fpdc in the next dc, *(hdc in the next sdc, fpdc in same dc, hdc in the next dc, fpdc in the next dc), repeat from * around, join to the top of beg hdc (32 sts- 16 fpdc, 16 hdc)

Round 5- Ch 3, dc in the same st as join, dc in each of the next 3 sts, *(2 dc in the next st, dc in each of the next 3 sts), repeat from * around, join to top of the beg dc (40 dc)

Round 6- Ch 2, fpdc in the next dc, *(hdc in the next dc, fpdc in the next dc), repeat from * around, join to the top of the beg hdc (40 sts- 20 hdc, 20 fpdc)

Round 7- Ch 3, dc in the same st as join, dc in each of next 4 sts, *(2 dc in the next st, dc in each of the next 4 sts), repeat from * around, join to the top of the beg dc (48 dc)

Round 8- Ch 2, fpdc in the next dc, *(hdc in the next dc, fpdc in the next dc), repeat from * around, join to the top of the beg hdc (48 sts- 24 hdc, 24 fpdc)

Round 9- Ch 3, dc in the same st as join, dc in each of the next 5 sts, *(2 dc in the next st, dc in each of the next 5 sts), repeat from * around, join to top of the beg dc (56 dc)

Round 10- Ch 2, fpdc in the next dc, *(hdc in the next dc, fpdc in the next dc), repeat from * around, join to the top of the beg hdc (56 sts- 28 fpdc, 28 hdc)

Round 11- Ch 3, dc in each st around, join with a sl st to the top of the beg dc (56dc)

Rounds 12- 23- Repeat rounds 10 & 11

Start Ribbed Cuff-

Round 24- Ch 2 (counts as a bpdc),*(fpdc in the next dc, bpdc in the next dc), repeat from * around to the last dc,  fpdc in the last dc, join with a sl st to the top of the beg ch-2 (56 sts- 28 fpdc, 28 bpdc)

Rounds 25- 27- repeat round 24

Fasten off and weave in all ends.

 

Happy New Year! Top 10 of 2017

pixlr_20180101112949597535304403.jpg

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.

aviary-image-1513986624115771051483.jpeg

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.

20171214_20404689836655.jpg

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.

20171118_124213819057709.jpg

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 ❤

20171118_124043218901552.jpg

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!):

20171130_1329371223944772.jpg

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

Cluster Love Slouchy- FREE PATTERN

Cluster Love Slouchy

20171010_124412-953372690.jpg

If this hat looks familiar, it is because it’s a new variation of my Granny’s Hugs Toddler Hat. I was recently asked if I could make the hat in an adult size, and after many attempts, without manipulating the pattern too much, this is what I came up with. The changes to the original pattern include yarn type, hook size, and stitch count, however, I think the hat still looks very similar, close to identical, as the original.

I’ve included a few notes (typed in bold) throughout the pattern, in places where you can customize the fit to your personal liking, so please be sure to read through the pattern in it’s entirety before you begin.

Cluster Love Slouchy Pattern

© 2017 Amanda Bryant

Materials:

Caron Simply Soft- 1 skein (6 oz/170.1 g); 100% acrylic; approx. 315 yards/288 meters; Color Black # 9727 (1 hat will take approx. 3/4 of 1 skein)

5 mm crochet hook

yarn needle to weave in ends

Gauge: 6 clusters=4 inches; 8 rounds of clusters=4 inches

Finished Measurements:  Adult- about 21″ circumference; 9 1/2 inches long

Abbreviations Used (American Terminology):

ch- chain

sl st- slip stitch

beg cl- beginning cluster

cl- cluster

yo- yarn over

bpdc- back post double crochet

fpdc- front post double crochet

Pattern Notes:

Beg Cl- ch 2, (yo and insert hook into st, yo, draw up a loop, yo, pull through 2 loops) 3 times, yo and pull through all 4 loops on the hook

Cl- (yo, insert hook into st, yo, draw up a loop, yo, pull through 2 loops) 4 times, yo and pull through all 5 loops on the hook

Instructions:

Make a magic ring,

Round 1- Make a beg cl, ch 2, (cl, ch 2) 5 times, join to the top of the beg cl with a sl st (6 cl and 6 ch-2 sps)

Round 2- sl st into the first ch-2 sp, (beg cl, ch 2, cl) in the 1st ch-2 sp, <ch 2, (cl, ch2, cl) in the next ch-2 sp> repeat < > around, join with a sl st to the top of the beg cl (12 cl and 12 ch-2 sps)

Round 3- sl st into the first ch-2 sp, (beg cl, ch 2, cl) in the 1st ch-2 sp, (ch2, cl) in the next ch-2 sp, <ch 2, (cl, ch2, cl) in the next ch-2 sp, (ch2, cl) in the next ch-2 sp>, repeat the < > around, join with a sl st to the top of the beg cl (18 cl and 18 ch-2 sps)

Round 4- sl st into the first ch-2 sp, (beg cl, ch 2, cl) in the 1st ch-2 sp, (ch 2, cl) in each of the next 2 ch-2 sps, <ch 2, (cl, ch 2, cl) in the next ch-2 sp, (ch 2, cl) in each of the next ch-2 sps>, repeat the < > around, join with a sl st to the top of the beg cl (24 cl and 24 ch-2 sps)

Round 5- sl st into the first ch-2 sp, (beg cl, ch 2, cl) in the 1st ch-2 sp, (ch 2, cl) in each of the next 3 ch-2 sps, <ch 2, (cl, ch 2, cl) in the next ch-2 sp, (ch 2, cl) in each of the next 3 ch-2 sps>, repeat the < > around, join with a sl st to the top of the beg cl (30 cl and 30 ch-2 sps)

(if you would like a much looser-fitting hat, work one more round here, increasing by 6 more cl and 6 more ch-2 sps, for a total of 36 cl and 36 ch-2 sps, before proceeding to the next step. You will probably need to switch to a 4.5mm hook, or smaller, for the ribbed cuff, as it will be very loose).

Round 6- (sl st, beg cl) into the first ch-2 sp, ch 2, <(cl, ch2) in next ch-2 sp>, repeat the < > around, join with a sl st to the top of the beg cl (30 cl and 30-ch-2 sps)

Rounds 7-17- repeat Round 6 (If you would prefer a slouchier hat, add more rounds here before proceeding to the ribbed cuff).

Beginning the ribbed cuff:

Round 18- ch 2 (does not count as dc), dc in the same st, 2 dc in the 1st ch-2 sp, dc in the top of the first cl, 2 dc in the next ch-2 sp, (dc in the top of the next cl, 2 dc in the next ch-2 sp), repeat around, join with a sl st to the first dc (90 dc)

Round 19- ch 2 (does not count as a dc), bpdc in the first dc, fpdc in the next dc, (bpdc in the next dc, fpdc in the next dc) repeat around, join with a sl st to the top of the first bpdc (45 bpdc and 45 fpdc)

Round 20- ch 2 (does not count as a dc), bpdc in the first bpdc, fpdc in the next fpdc, (bpdc in the next bpdc, fpdc in the next fpdc) repeat around, join with a sl st to the top of first bpdc (45 bpdc and 45 fpdc)

Rounds 21- 24- repeat round 20 (if you would like a longer ribbed cuff, repeat this round the desired number of times to reach the length you prefer).

Fasten off and weave in ends.

20171010_124251-1428550333.jpg

QUEUE OR FAVORITE ❤ THIS PATTERN ON RAVELRY!

 

Granny’s Hugs Toddler Hat FREE PATTERN

20170609_112100

This hat will fit a toddler, about the ages 2 1/2 years old to 4 or 5 years old. It would be best to measure the child’s head before setting down to making this hat. It was made according to my daughter’s head size (and the amount of hair she has), which is about 19 inches in circumference. It was also originally intended to be a toddler sized slouchy hat, but with my daughter’s afro it’s more of a beanie (photos of her wearing it are at the end of this written pattern). She is 2 1/2 years old. If you would like to make the hat “slouchier”, simply add a few extra rounds of clusters before making the ribbed cuff. Also, I must note, that the pattern as written takes almost exactly 1 full skein of yarn (170 yards). If you make the hat longer, you will need to buy 2 skeins of yarn.

QUEUE OR FAVORITE ❤ THIS PATTERN ON RAVELRY!

Granny’s Hugs Toddler Hat Pattern

© 2017 Amanda Bryant

Materials:

1 skein Vanna’s Choice Lion Brand medium weight 100% acrylic yarn (3.5 oz/100 g; 170 yards/156 meters) Color: Periwinkle

6 mm crochet hook

yarn needle to weave in ends

Gauge: 4 clusters and 4 ch-3’s= 4 inches; 3 rounds of clusters= 2 inches

Finished Measurements: approx. 18 inches circumference unstretched and 8 1/2 inches long

Abbreviations Used (American Terminology):

ch- chain

sl st- slip stitch

beg cl- beginning cluster:  Beg Cl- ch 2, (yo and insert hook into st, yo, draw up a loop, yo, pull through 2 loops) 4 times, yo and pull through all 5 loops on the hook

cl- cluster: Cl- (yo, insert hook into st, yo, draw up a loop, yo, pull through 2 loops) 5 times, yo and pull through all 6 loops on the hook

yo- yarn over

bpdc- back post double crochet

fpdc- front post double crochet

 

Instructions:

Make a magic ring,

Round 1- Make a beg cl, ch 3, (cl, ch 3) 5 times, join to the top of the beg cl with a sl st (6 cl and 6 ch-3 sps)

Round 2- sl st into the first ch-3 sp, (beg cl, ch 3, cl) in the 1st ch-3 sp, <ch 3, (cl, ch3, cl) in the next ch-3 sp> repeat < > around, join with a sl st to the top of the beg cl (12 cl and 12 ch-3 sps)

Round 3- sl st into the first ch-3 sp, (beg cl, ch 3, cl) in the 1st ch-3 sp, (ch3, cl) in the next ch-3 sp, <ch 3, (cl, ch3, cl) in the next ch-3 sp, (ch3, cl) in the next ch-3 sp>, repeat the < > around, join with a sl st to the top of the beg cl (18 cl and 18 ch-3 sps)

Round 4- (sl st, beg cl) into the first ch-3 sp, ch 3, <(cl, ch3) in next ch-3 sp>, repeat the < > around, join with a sl st to the top of the beg cl (18 cl and 18-ch-3 sps)

Rounds 5-9- repeat Round 4

Beginning the ribbed cuff:

Round 10- ch 2 (does not count as dc), dc in the same st, 3 dc in the 1st ch-3 sp, dc in the top of the first cl, 3 dc in the next ch-3 sp, (dc in the top of the next cl, 3 dc in the next ch-3 sp), repeat around, join with a sl st to the first dc (72 dc)

Round 11- ch 2 (does not count as a dc), bpdc in the first dc, fpdc in the next dc, (bpdc in the next dc, fpdc in the next dc) repeat around, join with a sl st to the top of the first bpdc (36 bpdc and 36 fpdc)

Round 12- ch 2 (does not count as a dc), bpdc in the first bpdc, fpdc in the next fpdc, (bpdc in the next bpdc, fpdc in the next fpdc) repeat around, join with a sl st to the top of first bpdc (36 bpdc and 36 fpdc)

Rounds 13- 18- repeat round 12

Fasten off and weave in ends.