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How-To Tuesday — “The Rosie” Flower Top Slouch

Are you all ready for this week’s pattern?! I know I am. This one is a little more complicated than what I’ve posted so far, but I’ve had it vigorously tested (ha!) and am confident that you will be able to follow. And if you can’t, I’ve gone over it enough times that I should be able to answer any question about any row off the top of my head.

I have lived and breathed this pattern since Friday night. I’ve altered the first few rows from the original design to make it less confusing, and I’m happy with the way it’s turned out!

I’ve been lusting after these adorable mandala/flower/open-work hat designs for quite a little while. Originally, I was going to go a whole different direction with this hat and make the brim the focal point of the finished product, but after seeing the way it was turning out, I decided this is a stand alone design. I’m saving the other idea for a future post (so I’m not even going to tell you anything about it!! Muah-ha-ha!)

Now — Onto the pattern! This is what we’re going to make:

crochet flower top slouch hat

Dubbed “The Rosie” by the one facebook fan who responded to my request to help name it haha — I would have picked that suggestion out of many, though, so it’s better no one else tried 😛

Note — try not to stitch too tightly in the first few rounds. If you know you typically stitch tightly, maybe go up a hook size for the first 4 rounds or so (maybe even the first 8). I’m going to try that on my next one to see if it makes the top come out a little less “pointy”.

Pay very close attention to your stitch counts and placements in the first 8 rows (especially rows 6, 7, and 8). These rows might literally kill me. I hate math, and it shows in the wonky stitch counts in these 3 rows. It WILL work if you are diligently paying attention. I promise ♡ It’s not hard, just easy to lose count.

Materials needed:

3 colors of DK weight yarn (size 3) – One Main Color (MC), and Two accent colors (A1, A2)

Colors shown – Bernat Cotton(ish) by Vickie Howell:

(I highly recommend working up this hat in a cotton blend — Cottonish if you can get it)

MC = Brown

A1 = Cream

A2 = Purple

Size G (4.0 mm) Hook

Needle for weaving ends

Terms Used (US terminology):

Ch: Chain

sl st: slip stitch

dc: double crochet

sc: single crochet

shell: three dc into the same stitch

dc2tog; double crochet 2 together – yo, insert hook into st, pull up a loop, yo, pull through two loops on hook, yo, insert into next st, pull up a loop, yo, pull through two loops on hook, yo, pull through remaining (three) loops on hook.

hdc: half double crochet

bpdc: back post double crochet – yo, insert hook from back to front to back around post (body) of corresponding stitch below, yo, pull up loop, yo, pull through two loops on hook, yo, pull through remaining 2 loops on hook

bphdc: back post half double crochet – yo, insert hook from back to front to back around post (body) of corresponding stitch below, yo, pull up loop, yo, pull through all three loops on hook

join: connecting a completed row by placing a sl st into the top of the beginning chain.

blo: back loop only — inserting hook into only the back loop of the stitch.

*Throughout this pattern, the beginning chain of each row will ALWAYS count as a stitch.*

R1 (Top Flower — Color A2):

ch 4, join, ch 2, 2dc into ring, sl st, *ch 2, 2 dc into ring, sl st* repeat from * 3 times, creating a 5 petaled flower. After last sl st, ch 3, *sc into top of 2nd dc of the next petal, ch 3* repeat from * 4 times and join with sl st into first sc. (You should now have a 5 petaled flower inside a circle)

Fasten off.

R2 (Color A1):

Join color A1 in any sc, *shell (3 dc) into adjoining ch 3 space from previous row, ch 3, skip next petal* repeat from * 4 times, join (5 shells, 5 ch 2 spaces)

R3:

Ch 3, dc into next 2 sts, 2 dc into ch 3 space, *dc next 3 sts, 2 dc into ch 3 space* repeat from * 3 times — change to MC at the end of this row by finishing (pulling through last two loops of) last st with the MC, join (25 dc)

R4 (Main Color):

Ch 3, 2 dc into same st, ch 2, skip 2 sts, *Shell into next st, ch 2, sk 2 sts* repeat around and join (after last shell/ch 2, you will have 3 sts, skip all 3. Don’t shell into the last st). (8 shells, 8 ch 2 spaces)

R5:

Ch 3, dc into next 2 sts, 2 dc into chain 2 space from previous row, *dc next 3 sts, 2 dc into chain 2 space* repeat from * around, change to color A1 at the end of the row (as before), join (40 dc)

– Don’t worry if your work is kind of curling up and slightly resembling a sombrero

:P

Just keep going. It will work itself out, and won’t be noticeable in the finished product! ♡

R6 (Color A1):

Ch 3, 2 dc into same st, ch 2, sk 3 sts, *shell into next st, ch 2, sk 2* repeat from * around, join (13 shells, 13 ch 2 spaces)

R7:

Ch 3, dc next 2 sts, 2 dc into ch 2 space from previous row, *dc next 3 sts, 2 dc into ch 2 space* repeat around, changing to MC at the end (as before), join (65 dc)

R8 (MC):

Ch 3, 2 dc into same st, ch 2, sk 2, *shell into next st, ch 2, sk 2* repeat from * 19 times, shell in next st, ch1 sk 1, join (22 shells, 22 ch spaces)

R9:

Ch 3, dc next 2 sts, ONE dc into ch 2 space from previous row, *dc next 3 sts, ONE dc in ch 2 space* repeat from * around, join (88 dc)

R10-12 (continue using MC):

* Reminder – Beginning chain always counts as a stitch 🙂 *

Ch 3, dc next st and in each st around, join (88 dc) *change color to A2 at the end of R12 (as before) join

R13 (Color A2):

Ch 2, hdc in next st and each st around, changing to color A1 in last st (as before) join (88 hdc)

R14 (Color A1):

Ch 3, 2 dc in same st, ch 3, sk 3, *shell into next st, ch 3, sk 3* repeat from * around (22 shells, 22 ch 3 spaces)

R15:

Ch 3, dc next 2 sts, 1 dc into ch 3 space, *dc next 3 sts, 1 dc into ch 3 space* repeat from * around, changing to color A2 at the end of the row (88 dc)

R16 (color A2):

Ch 2, hdc in next st and each st around, changing to MC at the end of the row (88 hdc)

R17-24 (MC):

Ch 3, dc into next st and each st around, join (88 dc) *change to color A2 at the end of row 24

BRIM:

R1 (color A2):

Ch 3, working in blo, dc2tog over next 2 sts *dc next 7 sts, dc2tog over next 2 sts* repeat from * 8 times, dc next 4 sts, changing to color A1 at the end of the row, join (76 dc)

R2 (color A1):

Ch 3, bpdc next st and each st around (last bpdc will go around beginning ch 3) changing to color A2 at the end of the row, join (76 bpdc)

R3 (color A2):

Ch 3, bpdc next st and each st around changing to color A1 at the end of the row, join (76 bpdc)

R4 (color A1):

Repeat brim row 2, changing to MC at the end of the row (76 bpdc)

R5 (MC);

Ch 2, bphdc next st and each st around, join (76 bphdc)

R6:

Ch 2, hdc under all loops (between post of previous row) of next st, and each st around (76 hdc)

Finish off, weave in ends.

 

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Motivation Monday

It’s Monday!

I figure if I try to sound excited about it, maybe I can trick myself into it.

I’m not excited to be writing this post. I’ve actually be dreading writing this post. I was SO sick last week that I ran on Monday and that. was. it.

Seriously. I feel horrible about it, but I forced the run on Monday, and it was awful. I couldn’t breathe, my quads were cramping.. Not pretty.

So, I let the illness win. I thought it was just a dumb summer cold, and that I’d be able to push through it. I was wrong. I was winded just walking around my house!

It was also the last few days before my oldest started school (High school! What?!) and we forced a few “last week of summer” activities. We went to the pool on Tuesday, Lilly and I hit the splash park with friends on Wednesday, and we spent Thursday at the zoo. Friday was Kacie’s first day of school, and Lilly and I didn’t really move off of the couch. All the forced fun had caught up with both of us by then. Saturday, I was signed up to run a 5k in the morning, but skipped it (no one wants to be running next to the snot-dripping, cough-er, or have to resuscitate me if I passed out, which was a real possibility ). My fam got up and walked in a parade, then we all went to the Peach Festival and stood in line forEVER, in the scorching heat, so Lilly could have her face painted like a tiger. Last night, Kacie and I went for a walk, but I don’t count it as much exercise because we walked to the grocery store, bought Ben and Jerry’s, and walked home! I DO count the zoo, because I spent about 4 hours pulling a wagon carrying a 40 lb child.

Amidst all the activity during the week, I did manage to write the pattern for tomorrow’s How-To Tuesday and get it sent off to testers! I’m very excited about this one. It’s a little more complicated than any I’ve posted so far, but I am confident that my testers will help me explain it in a way that most crocheters will be able to follow. Today I am going to get the pictures taken and edited. My goal is to hit the publish button bright and early tomorrow morning.

So — Fitness goals for last week — FAIL

My diet for last week — ALSO FAIL

I’m forgiving myself, because hey, everyone gets sick. My body needed the rest (and left to be “the cook”, my husband will just order food lol). I’ve got an appointment today and Lilly is going with Grandma and Uncle. That usually means a sleepover, but I’m going to take the downtime to get in some much needed running on the treadmill. This week, we have Lilly’s back-to-school (or just, TO school.. since she’s never been). Once she starts, I’ll be adding some weight lifting to my weekly routines.

I’m going to set a tentative goal for 3 miles 4 days this week. I’m still not feeling totally better and I don’t want to push it too much.

Happy Monday Everyone!

Did you meet your fitness goals last week? What are they THIS week?

*I’m skipping pictures this week.. haha, I just.. can’t today. Next week.*


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How-To Tuesday (…Errmm.. I mean Wednesday)– Puff Stitch Slouch

I sincerely apologize for the late edition. I dropped the ball and was late asking for testers, then ran out of daylight to take pictures.. Anyway, I hope you enjoy today’s pattern!

Today I am sharing with you one of my absolute favorite things to make. The puff stitch hat (slouchy version).

These hats are awesome because:

1. They’re pretty flippin easy and fast to make.

2. They’re super cute — always one of my best sellers at craft shows.

I’m currently building up my stock for an upcoming two-day craft show next month, so I’ve been whipping these up like crazy.

What you need:

About a skein of yarn (for an adult sized hat) — it’s a bit of a wool-eater

(The yarn I used is Bernat Mosaic – Aura)

‘I’ hook (5.5mm)

Yarn needle (for weaving ends)

Terms Used (US terminology):

st – stitch

yo – yarn over

sl st – slip stitch

ch – chain

bho – back ‘hump’ only (there is a picture down there)

 Stitches used:

Puff stitch – (yo, insert hook into st, pull up loop, yo, insert hook into (same) st, pull up loop, yo, insert hook into (same) st, pull up loop, finish by yo and pulling through all (7) loops on hook and locking it with a sl st on top)

sc (single crochet) – insert hook into st, yo, pull up loop, yo pull through both loops

hdc – yo, insert hook into st, yo, pull up loop, yo, pull through all (3) loops

hdc dec – yo, insert hook into st, pull up loop, yo, insert into NEXT st, pull up loop, yo, pull through all (5) loops

Ok! Ready?

Start by making a magic ring (don’t know how? Here is a good video: http://youtu.be/gEq48ABHRZo)

*The way I start: Ch 5, join with sl st to first ch. Work (around the tail) into the circle created, pull tail tight to close.*

*For the beginning puff stitch of each round, you will always ch 2 first*

R1: Ch 2 (as part of first puff st)  6 puff stitches into the ring.  Join with a sc into top of beginning ch2

R2: Ch 2, Puff stitch into the joining sc, *work 2 Puff stitches into the space made between each puff of the first round* repeat around until you reach the end. When you get back to that first, lonely, puff, finish the round with one more puff into that beginning sc and join into the top of the first puff with a sc (12 Puffs)

R3: Ch 2, Puff stitch into the joining sc, *work one puff stitch into the next space, 2 puffs into the next space* repeat around increasing in every other space until you reach the end. Give that beginning puff a friend and join at the top with a sc (18 Puffs)

R4: Ch 2, Puff stitch into the joining sc, *work one puff stitch into the next space, one puff stitch into the next space, 2 puffs into the next space* repeat around increasing in every 3rd space until you reach the end, puff stitch into the beginning sc and join at the top of beginning puff with a sc (24 Puffs)

R5: Ch 2, Puff stitch into the joining sc, *work one puff stitch into the next space, one puff stitch into the next space, one puff stitch into the next space, 2 puffs into the next space* repeat around increasing in every 4th stitch until you reach the end, puff stitch into the beginning sc and join at the top of beginning puff with a sc (30 Puffs)

R6: Ch2, Puff stitch into the joining sc, *work one puff stitch into the next space, one puff stitch into the next space, one puff stitch into the next space, one puff stitch into the next space, 2 puffs into the next space* repeat around increasing in every 5th stitch until you reach the end, puff stitch into the beginning sc and join at the top of the beginning puff with a sc (36 Puffs)

R7: Ch 2, Puff stitch into the joining sc, *work one puff stitch in each space all the way around* joining at the top of the beginning puff with a sc (36 Puffs)

R8-17: Repeat Round 7

Brim:

R1: Ch 2, hdc into joining sc, hdc into the top of the beginning puff of previous round, *hdc into next space, hdc into top of next puff* repeat from * all the way around, joining with a sl st into top of the first hdc (72 hdc)

R2 (You will be working in bho from now on): Ch 1, Working in bho (see pics), hdc into next st, hdc dec over next 2 sts, *hdc next 5 sts, hdc dec, over next 2 sts* repeat from * 8 times,  hdc next 6 sts, join with sl st (bho) into beginning hdc (62 hdc)

R3: Ch 1, hdc (bho) into next st (not joining st), and all the way around, joining with sl st (bho) into beginning hdc (61 hdc)

R4 -5(or desired length): Ch 1, hdc (bho) into joining st and all the way around, joining with sl st into beginning hdc (61 hdc) Finish off and weave in your end 

Ta-daah! Easy peasy, right?

Here are some reference pics:

Happy Wednesday lovely readers 🙂 I hope you are doing something enjoyable. My littlest and I are headed to the splash park in a few minutes with friends. I, of course, will be packing yarn and hook 🙂


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Motivation Monday

Oh, hello Monday.. I wasn’t expecting you so soon…

I was sick last week, so here’s what it looked like:

Monday – I felt like my head was going to combust with every blink so I skipped the treadmill. Lame.

Tuesday – I still felt awful, but managed 3 miles throughout the day. Not my goal, but better than nothing.

Wednesday – I felt better, but still not wonderful. I got a mile done in the morning, and another 4 when Lilly went to bed. 

Thursday – I ran 3 miles in the afternoon. I couldn’t seem to muster any energy all week. 

Friday – I had a relapse, and felt junky again. I ran a whopping HALF of a mile in the morning and thought I was going to keel over. 

I didn’t get anything done Saturday OR Sunday. It was a piss-poor workout week for me. I’m happy to say I logged miles even when I felt awful. 

Total miles for that horrendous week? 11.5

I’m still severely lacking in the energy department today. I can’t seem to shake off whatever this bug is. I’m going to scale back my goals for the week and shoot for 3 miles/5x. 

That should be an attainable goal even if I have to walk some of them.

Diet for the week was not the healthiest. I reverted to non-breakfast eating, and had pizza and fast food twice out of sheer laziness and lack of motivation to cook. Nobody was feeling great, so we otherwise ate mostly salads and fruit. 
We’ll get back on track today. We get organic produce delivered to the house and today is delivery day! Yay! 

I’m also trying to convince my husband that we should switch to half-caff coffee, and then to decaf. I have a feeling caffeine is a major culprit in my non-energy issue. This might be a difficult point to push, and I have much work to do to bring him into agreement.

Kacie starts high school on Friday! 
How am I this old already?! 

Happy Monday! What are your goals for the week?

 


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Blah Blah Blah, sick.

I’ve been ill this week — Please forgive my absence 🙂

It definitely makes for a long week of feeling unproductive. Which I hate more than the actual illness. 

I’m working on something awesome for next week’s How-To Tuesday. I’m hoping to buy your forgiveness with free patterns ha!

Monday’s Give-Away was fun, right?! Keep checking back over at http://yarnobsession.com/, she’s got a give-away per day for over a month still!

Barbara Dolan was my lucky winner, and I shipped her brand spankin’ new Chevron Slouch Beanie today! Congrats Barbara 🙂

I hope everyone is having a great week — My oldest comes home this weekend after 2 weeks away, so I’m pretty excited for Saturday!

 

 


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Motivation Monday — Week 4

Today I need some Monday Motivation.

Hopefully, writing it for YOU will also benefit ME — it usually does.

Here we go!

Monday – I broke things up and ran 5 miles throughout the day. Have I mentioned lately how much I love having a treadmill in my house? If I’m having the kind of day where a longer run (or even more than one mile) is just not going to happen, I can do shorties through the day and still rack up the miles. I LOVE it!

Tuesday –  Tuesday didn’t happen. Life got in the way all day, and even though it wasn’t my night to do bedtime, I ended up doing it anyway. In my running clothes. Because that’s when I was going to get it out of the way. Lilly had a weird week in the sleep department, so it was an off night.

Wednesday – I ran 4.5 miles before swimming lessons, and 3.5 more in the evening for a total of 8 miles for the day. I wanted to make up for the lack of running the day before, so — mission accomplished!

Thursday – My aunt was visiting from Oklahoma, so I took her shopping in Estes Park. I would guess we walked AT LEAST 3 miles by the end of the trip. I know my body was feeling it! After I put Lilly to bed, I ran 3 miles.

Friday – I ran a mile before swimming lessons. I keep trying to get up early and run first thing in the morning. I honestly do not understand how anyone does that?! My body just doesn’t work that way, I guess. After we got home, I ran 2 miles while Lilly was eating lunch. I was crunched for time because we were all leaving for the weekend and I had to get everyone packed (including the dog :P).

Saturday – I was in Keystone for a wedding, and really didn’t have an opportunity to fit in any running.

Sunday – Was a recovery day from the weekend’s festivities. If I had tried to run yesterday, I would have died. I think literally haha!

So.. Another week of unmet goals, but I’m still incredibly happy with the work I am getting done. AGAIN I did not do the stupid squat challenge lol, OR abs. I’m not even going to set it as a goal this week!

Total miles for the week (not including the shopping excursion) – 19 – the fewest I’ve run per week for a month!

My diet this week was pretty decent. I ate breakfast every morning, which resulted in my drinking less coffee (aka “Sweetness and Creamer”). I also went mostly vegetarian this week. My husband said he was “not feeling” meat lately, and honestly, I haven’t been either, so we just cut it out for the week after Monday. We had a lot of salad and fresh fruit.  I’d love you to share your favorite (and delicious) healthy recipes here! Just pop ’em into the comments!

I feel like I am definitely seeing some real progress. It’s enough to keep me going, and enough to encourage me to push myself a little harder every time.

My goals for this week — 5 miles/3x, 4 miles/2x for a total of 23 miles for the week.

My scale is still broken. It needs a new battery and keeps telling me I weigh 15 pounds more than I weighed 4 weeks ago! I know that isn’t right lol. It takes a weird battery that I haven’t been able to find yet. I’ll have to find one this week!

What are your fitness goals for the week?