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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.

 

Pics (click to enlarge):

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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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Friday!

I feel like I’ve already said this a lot in my short blogging life, but, I’m still here!

My oldest is leaving for camp on Sunday, and will be gone for 2 weeks. She was also gone all of last week, so this week I put everything else on the backburner to spend some time with her. I hope you can all forgive me 🙂

We have spent a lot of time at the pool with friends, walking around the neighborhood, and just hanging out watching stupid (but hilarious) videos on YouTube (like this one):

 . Seriously!? That makes me laugh (maybe more than I should) every. time.

Tonight/tomorrow we are going to get all of our school shopping done, and Sunday I drive her to camp!

We’ve also completed Preschool level 2 swimming lessons (and by we I mean Lilly), and will be moving right along to Preschool level 3 swimming next week. My baby is a little fish! 

I’ve somewhat kept up with my workout plan for the week, but we’ve been busy enough that it’s been hard to fit everything in. I’ll update on that on Monday.

This weekend I am working on next week’s Tuesday tutorial — a chevron slouch beanie! Woo! It’s a lot like this one:  

I’ve also been working on another pullover cover-up sweater like the colorful one I made for Lilly last week. This one is a cream color, and big enough for ME, so I hope it looks great when I get it put together. It’s currently in 2 pieces and sans sleeves/neck hole.  My husband is taking Lilly to a swimming party tomorrow, so I am hoping to get it finished (along with the tutorial piece) then.. While still finishing up school shopping.. and still fitting in a 5 mile run.. Hmm.. We’ll see how that turns out (ha!). 

I hope you’ve all had a wonderful week, and have fun plans for the weekend! What are you all working on? What are you doing this weekend? 

 


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How-To Tuesday — Tie Dye Crochet

Finally! The much anticipated “messy” crochet tutorial 🙂

Tie-Dye. I’m not a huge tie-dyer. I think before I started this project, the last (and only other) time I tie-dyed anything was in middle school. I won’t say exactly how long ago THAT was, but suffice to say it was not recently.

This was a fun project. I will definitely be trying it again!

“The waaaaiiiiting is the hardest part” — Tom Petty 

Lucky readers – you don’t have to wait 6-8 hours to see the results 😛

After the initial wait time, I rinsed (and rinsed, and RINSED) the material until the water was mostly clear, then washed it by itself in hot water with a small amount of laundry detergent, and ran it through the dryer until it was mostly dry.

I don’t LOVE how it turned out, but I’m satisfied with it, as it was my first time. Plus, I had a LOT of dye, so I whipped up a shirt for myself as well!

Here is the finished product:

What do you all think? I contained the mess pretty well. I would definitely make sure you have a container you don’t care about, gloves to protect you from dying your skin, and a roll of paper towels on hand.

I’d LOOOOOVE to see your finished items if you try it!

Happy Tuesday!


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How-To Tuesday — Fourth of July Headband with Bow

Yay! My first free pattern/tutorial! This is the first of what I hope to be many “How-To Tuesday” posts.

It’s almost Independence Day here in the good ‘ol US of A. In honor of the upcoming holiday, my first How-To is for this cute little 4th of July themed headband/bow combo. My adorable bow model is not feeling well today, but she’s certainly still gorgeous enough to pose for pictures!

fourth of july headband tutorial

A sweet little accessory 🙂

bow modeling

You can just feel her enthusiasm, can’t you?

finished headband

That is just too cute!

These are so fun and festive! And so FAST to whip up, you have plenty of time to hook up a ton of them to pass around to friends and family before the fireworks.

Here is what you need before you begin:

crochet project materials

I’ve made mine with 100% cotton in my favorite shades of red, white, and blue, and an ‘I’ hook. You need a very small amount of each color.

With your main bow color (I used red), chain 13

crochet instructions chain 14

Row 1: HDC into the 2nd chain from the hook

HDC next 4 st

half double crochet into next five stitches

Sl st into the next 2 chain stitches

HDC next 5 st

finished first row

Row 2: Ch 1

HDC next 5 st

second row

Sl st into next 2 st

HDC next 4 st

HDC in last st as normal until last step (3 loops on hook) and change to bow trim color (I used white). Finish last st with new color, and ch 1.

Last stitch step one

3 loops on hook

last stitch step two color change

finish stitch with new color

Trim:

sc in each st all the way around your bow (even in the sl sts from the previous rows)

*Tip — Before you turn a corner when trimming, ch 1 to give your work a little more room. This helps to keep the integrity of the shape of the item, and keeps your corners from bunching up.

single crochet border around

When you get to the very last sc, cut a length of tail to make a clean finish — you don’t HAVE to do this, as you’ll be hiding this part with the center of the bow, but I do it this way. Grab your yarn needle and thread on your tail. Insert into the center (between the top loops) of your beginning sc. Bring the yarn back to the last sc and thread through the middle and back end of the stitch. You should have a clean finishing stitch. Weave in the end.

finish with a clean edge

Insert under the top loops of the beginning stitch

pull back through center of last stitch and weave in your end

Insert needle between the top loops of the previous stitch and weave in your end.

Take what’s left of your trim color and thread it onto your yarn needle. Stick it through the top center and tie a little knot with a small tail.

thread remaining trim yarn onto needle insert into top and tie a knot

Keep that tail out to the side for this next part. Now, take your length of trim yarn and wrap that sucker around the center of the bow. Don’t be afraid to do it a little tightly (not TOO tightly). When you are satisfied with the look of your bow’s center, thread the end onto your yarn needle. Weave it through the middle of the backside of your bow and tie it in a knot with that tail you kept to the side.

finished bow

Cute!

Voila! A bow in 2 of our patriotic colors! Now, on to the headband. This is significantly less complicated to describe than the bow 🙂

With your headband color (I used blue):

headband yarn

Chain 63

DC in 3rd chain from hook and all the way to the end (60 DC)

Fasten off.

headband and bow

Almost done!

I add a button to one end to make it an adjustable headband.

Finished bow

I have attached the bow permanently to this headband, but you could put a button on the bottom to make it interchangeable with other headbands, or you could attach a clip to the bow to make it an independent accessory.

Happy Tuesday! And Happy *almost* Fourth!

As well as being my first How-To Tuesday installation, this is also my very first picture tutorial. Please let me know if you have any difficulty following the pattern, and I will do my best to explain better!

*This is a pattern that I came up with on my own. I did not come up with the idea of a bow in general, or headbands,  nor am I a founder of our country or an originator of the 4th of July holiday. I’ve posted this pattern for you to use for whatever you want to use it for. If you enjoy it enough to post about it in your blog, I’d love to read it, so link back if you don’t mind. I’d prefer it if you would just refer people here to get the pattern for themselves, but whatever. I’m not your mom. The pictures are mine though, so leave those alone.