Baby hat with ears – FINISHED PROJECT

This hat didn’t take me very long to do, and was an easy enough pattern that I think beginners would manage well. It works with a generic hat pattern and adds on little ears that are easy enough to crochet up, and sew in place with the yarn you used for the hat. Hat patterns like this are very versatile; you could add different ears, various appliques, or just leave it as it is! Mine was inspired from the video tutorial by Wooly Wonders Crochet, which you can find here. Instructions are offered for a newborn and for a three-month-old, but you can quite easily modify the pattern for bigger sizes, e.g. using bigger hooks, adding extra rows. Mine is a for a three-month-old.

I sewed the two ears on slightly differently, but I think it looks o.k. It’s very cute! I shared the picture on my personal Facebook, and my sister has already commissioned one for my one-and-a-half-year-old nephew! I’ll probably come back to the basic hat pattern a lot, as there are often babies to give to! Hats are also always a good item to give to charity shops, or specific charity projects that ask for baby clothes or hats in particular.

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Hat with ear flaps – CURRENT PROJECT

I finally decided to choose a project to work on, and for once it’s something for myself! I found this free pattern by Cathy Cunningham of The Crochet Crowd for an adult hat with ear flaps. I’m only using two colors, both by Woolcraft in their New Fashion DK range, Charcoal for the main body, and Denim Haze for the stripes.

It should be nice and handy for the upcoming winter months!

Spring Fling Pillow – FINISHED PROJECT

A few nights ago, I finished off the Spring Fling Pillow for Cathy’s Hook Club (see here for details), and I’m very happy with it! I made a few modifications to the original pattern by Red Heart, but nothing too drastic: I kept the pillow 12×12″, but stitched more repeats to give a tighter stitch, then added a few rows of single crochet border around the two pillow faces and also put in a zipper so that I can change the pillow inside or wash it.

More experienced crocheters said it took maybe 5-6 hours to complete; for me, I worked on it little and not very often! I think in total it probably took me 15 hours, which, considering I started crocheting at the beginning of the year, isn’t bad, I think! It’s well worth a try if you’re interested, and changing up the colors makes a dramatic difference. To see the creativity of others in the Hook Club, check out the photo gallery.

I’m not sure what I’ll do with the pillow yet. I’m thinking of giving it to my 1-year-old niece, Ellie. 🙂

Clutch bag – IMPENDING PROJECT

For the first time in ages, I had a flip through my knitting and crochet book. Before I learned from video tutorials, the book was very intimidating and I found it difficult to follow. Looking at the patterns in there, I was very excited to do them, but thought it would be a long time until I got to that ability level. Today, I found that the patterns looked a lot less intimidating! Since completing my octagons and square afghan, I realize that crochet can make patterns and garments look very complex, but the pattern itself is quite simple! I feel that most patterns I look at now are not out of my reach at all, and in fact I have far too many to choose from, and (un?)fortunately many other hobbies that I want to commit myself to!

One problem I find reading the book is that while I have learned North American notation for the stitches, my book is naturally using UK terminology! It informs me that the difference in notation is that UK terminology does count the beginning loop on the hook, while US does not. So in what I call a single crochet, you pull through two loops, so UK calls it a double! It shouldn’t present too much of a challenge, although it might be a bit confusing at times! I’ll have to sketch down each row as I work for clarity, I think.

Anyway, one project I’ve selected to complete from the book is a clutch bag for my twin sister. It has a bow attached, and it’s a pretty little thing. She can use it to store make up or whatever she needs it for. Although she already has too many bags, something I chide her for(!), at least this one is functional! It should be quite a short project, so I might squeeze it in after I complete the Spring Fling Pillow; I’m currently making a scarf for her too, as you’ll see in my last impending projects post, but as that is simply row after row of single crochet, I just work a bit on it when I’m up for a project that doesn’t require much thinking!

Now I’m off to make some more progress on the Spring Fling Pillow! I had some trouble a few days ago with the centerpiece, and it was driving me up the wall, but the good thing is that it was correctable by simple adding in the relevant increases or decreases to make sure I had the 28 stitches for the next round. I’m excited for the finished product, although I do need to find a pillow to put the cover on!

Cathy’s Hook Club – Spring Fling Pillow NEW PROJECT

I thought I hadn’t crocheted for quite a while, since I finished the afghan, yet it turns out that was only nine days ago! For someone who only got into crocheting properly this year, that shouldn’t feel like an eternity! Anyway, I was getting some withdrawal, and so decided to make a start on my project for Cathy’s Hook Club by The Crochet Crowd.

The pattern is another one from Red Heart, this time it is the Spring Fling Pillow, for which you can find the pattern here. I don’t actually have a pillow for it yet, so I’ll simply make the 12×12″ size that the pattern makes, and see about getting a pillow later. Heard from others who have completed the pillow, it is quick work even for a beginner.

I have chosen my colors for the project (see right). The piece will be quite soft and pastel, and I think it will be quite adorable. My projects seem to have quite a lot of purple in them so far! But I thought these colors complimentary of the ones I have in my yarn collection.

The good thing about the crochet clubs on The Crochet Crowd is that you’re free to work from the written pattern, but if you prefer, each club is released with video tutorials, so you can follow them while you do your work. They are very good for beginners and should help you get used to the jargon of crochet, and hopefully with time the patterns will become less gibberish and more understandable.

Let me know if any of you are working Cathy’s Hook Club; similarly with the Afghan Club, there is a giveaway associated with the club, which you can find more about here.

WHOOPS: I forgot to add in the actual link for the pattern! So, here it is, and please let me know if you’re working on a pillow for the club too!

Mikey’s Afghan Club – Progress

I’ve completed one of each of the four different motifs of the afghan I am making for Mikey’s Crochet Club on The Crochet Crowd, and so thought I would update to show how they look.

As you can see, there are really only two different motifs, but there are two versions of each. The full pattern can be found here, and my previous post on this project is here.

With hope, the next time I post about this project will be when it’s all stitched together and completed! If anyone uses this pattern, I would love to see your pictures. I would love to make a Readers’ Gallery if I had enough submissions. 🙂

Mikey’s Afghan Club – The Crochet Crowd

One of the projects I am working on now is an afghan blanket, as I’m participating in the monthly crochet club on The Crochet Crowd. See this link for the announcement of the February 2013 Afghan Club announcement.

Mikey, or Michael Sellick, runs a fantastic site with help from others, and I actually learned to crochet very easily from his video tutorials in YouTube. The site offers free patterns and many useful resources, and is definitely worth checking out!
Watch Curtzy Crochet Hooks’ series on learning crochet with Mikey on YouTube

The afghan that the club is making is based on a free pattern from Red Heart. It is the Octagons and Squares Throw, which you can find a free pattern here. In basic terms, it consists of making two different motifs, 20 of one, and 12 of the other. Half of each are using one color, while the other half uses the other color. Four colors are used in total for the throw.

I will post pictures of each motif when I’ve finished one copy each of them. It’s an exciting project, and is surprisingly easy enough even for a beginner; the final product looks way more complicated than it actually is to make! If you can’t read the written patterns, Mikey’s YouTube channel (linked above) offers tutorials on learning to read them, but also, the Afghan Club releases videos to show you how to complete this specific pattern! You can use whatever colors you like, and additionally, if you upload your finished product to The Crochet Crowd within a month, you are entered into a random draw to earn prizes! Win-win!