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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New projects

Here, I find myself saying again “Whoops, I didn’t mean to abandon the blog!” Between my worsening health and my focus on language learning, I didn’t really think much about crochet, in spite of the yarn stash taking over what little space isn’t overflown with books! I have a few projects in mind again, and here they are.


1. Baby’s hat with bear ears

One of my sister’s friends is having a baby, and another sister has a pregnant colleague, so I thought to work on some baby projects to give them a gift. I chose this hat with ears tutorial by Wooly Wonders Crochet, which you can find on YouTube here. It follows a basic versatile hat pattern that you can use for just about any type of hat. Check out some other videos too by Wooly Wonders Crochet.


2. Basic beanie

Using a similar pattern, I have still to finish off the beanie I mentioned making for myself in this post. I’ve decided to omit the ear flaps and just go for a very basic beanie.


3. Baby’s cardigan

Again, I intend this possibly as a gift to the pregnant ladies mentioned above. I’m following a tutorial from Made With Love By Grama, which you can find here. It’s a pretty cardigan to which you can add buttons, appliques, etc.. A pattern is given for a three-month-old and for a six-month-old.



These are the main projects at the moment, and I want to finish most of them up before committing to any more. I am considering designing some bookmarks to sell over at Fiverr, and also a big pencil case for myself. I’m also considering having a go at my first clothing item for adults, which is a top from a knitting/crochet book I own; perhaps my sister will wear it, or I can donate it – although there are many patterns I fancy trying that I would have no use for, I volunteer in two charity stores (one aiding the homeless in my town, and one for a national animal charity), and can easily donate my products there. There are also many charity projects online asking for donations, which is a lovely idea if you’re just crocheting for fun.

I’m also wavering over the decision to do some videos on YouTube, starting with basic crochet techniques, and expanding to patterns. I’m not sure yet. There is no shortage of great YouTube tutorials for crochet, but on the other hand, there’s no harm in another crocheter having a go, is there? 🙂 We’ll see what happens. I already have enough hobbies that make it hard to commit to them all with my health issues!

Long time, no see!

I unintentionally seem to have abandoned this blog! Things have been a bit all over the place for me in the last months, and my routine went out of the window for a while. As I’ve eased myself back into my other activities, such as the language learning over at Polyglot Scot, as well as music and writing, I’ve finally come around to getting back to crocheting, and no doubt I’ll be immediately hooked again! The hardest part for me is choosing a project; I seem to choose things that I have little or no use for personally, but I have not only a large family to give gifts to, but I volunteer with three charities, who each have shops, and so it’s an option for me to donate to them. I still fancy the idea of having an online shop for crocheted items, but I have too many things to devote my time to that I know I could possibly end up resenting having to complete projects for people on demand rather than what I want to do, so I think I’ll work on designing my own patterns through the end of the year and get them out rather than actual items online. 

I look forward to getting back into this hobby – and no doubt my niece will be nagging me for those mini granny square blankets for her toys again. 🙂

I hope everyone’s well! Hopefully I’ll be back here soon enough with news of impending projects (if I can choose!), and a little later down the line hopefully some designs. I’m also slowly learning to knit (but it’s hard to persevere instead of just going back to good ol’ crochet!), so hopefully I’ll get some knitting projects done too.

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 – Octagons and Squares Afghan COMPLETE!

This post is actually very much overdue, as I finished the afghan on 15th March! I’m very pleased with how my afghan turned out, and it’s very cosy! I actually downsized mine a little, making 12 octagons and 6 squares rather than the 20 octagons and 12 squares requested in the pattern.

The winner for the giveaway, and unsurprisingly I didn’t win as there were 496 entries! But I’m very happy because I have the blanket!

The free pattern for the afghan can be found here on Red Heart. The pattern for the next Afghan Club by the Crochet Crowd will be released on the 1st April, so keep an eye on their site. Right now Cathy’s Hook Club is going on until April 15th, if anyone is interested.

I hope to get back into crocheting again very soon and make progress on my impending and in progress projects. Right now I’m very happy with the afghan – it might look impressive, but it’s actually easier work than it looks. 😉 It’s suitable for beginners, so have a go if you want a bit of a challenge to get you going with projects.