November’s Yarn & Tea

Yumm, Sipping on some Sugar Cookie tea taking a break from decorating and crocheting to chat about my projects for the last month. It occurs to me that even with the long list of WIPs my hand hasn’t been hurting! For a while there I was starting to think about making those special baby blankets now because I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to crochet when I was blessed with grandbabies. I wonder what the difference is? I’ve lost a fair bit of weight/ changed how I eat… wonder if that is it?

Anyways… What was on your hook last month?

I’ve been working on hats this month. I’m excited about that because previous attempts didn’t work out. I’m enjoying the simple patterns that I’ve been using and that they work up so quickly. Partly because it’s nice to see a finished project but really it occurs to me that my nephews may lose the hats and since it didn’t take long to make I won’t be upset. LOL

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My son has been my model for these hats. He likes his hats snug but I’m not sure if his cousins will so for one hat I used the yarn’s recommended hook size and the other I used a size down. I did make the rounds two stitches shorter because the first hat was way too loose for a beanie. P_20171203_094135_vHDR_On.jpg

I’ve been using Red Heart Soft in Navy, Wine and Dark Leaf (sorry the colours in the photos don’t reflect this) The hat that was on the loose side I used a 5.5mm and the smaller one 5mm

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I’ve also been working on a Christmas scarf for me but it’s slow going because I had the brilliant idea to do thin-ish strips on a scarf. I’m torn about what to do when it’s long enough. The edges are not as smooth as I’d like so I could put an edge on to hide them but will that ruin the stripe effect?

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And then there are all the ends to weave in. If the yarn wasn’t so soft I may have abandoned this project. Or at least set it aside for next year. I’m going to finish it today.

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I’ll see how I feel when I get to “long enough” or the end of the balls. 😉

I only have a  two more hats to make for gifts. I may make scarves to go with the hats for my daughter and nephew’s girlfriend.

Plus we do a gift exchange game with all of our family. This year’s theme is homemade. The only tricky part is making something that everyone could use.

Perhaps I’ll make a bag holder?

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Cheers & Happy Holidays.

May all your WIP be finished on time and may

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Hats! I’ve made hats!

Funny the accomplishments that you’re excited about. 🙂 I’ve made infant/toddler hats successfully before but older children/ adults … not so much.

So I was very excited that my latest attempts worked! My first was a simple gray hat for

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my hubby. The pattern is super easy! I used Men’s Chunky Stripe Beanie by Jenni Designs

Overall I find I crochet a little on the loose side, for this hat pattern. She includes a test pattern to check your gauge. Which is handy.

For my hubby, he picked Caron Simply Soft in Gray Heather. It makes a nice soft hat. This yarn is on the silky side for hats…. very floppy but he likes it. Even though the yarn isn’t chunky (it’s a medium/4) I found it worked well.P_20171122_090235_vHDR_On.jpg

I used the same pattern with a smaller hook (yarn recommends 5mm) for a second hat that fits slightly snugger. He finds it warmer.

I also used the Men’s Chunky Stripe Beanie pattern for this next hat. This time using Charisma by Loops & Threads in dark purple with black for accent. For this hat, I used the 8mm which is the recommended hook size. I find the hat very loose but my son says it’s ok, fit wise. I’m going to try a hook size down the next time. This yarn is described as bulky (5) so I thought that it would have worked better size wise.

 

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The other pattern that I used this month has more detail in its style. My daughter and nephew’s girlfriend will be getting these as gifts.

The Alpine Nights Beanie by Pattern Paradise has a slightly more advanced stitch (for beginners) but once you see how to do the fpdc / front post double chain (to make the waffle pattern) it’s another ‘quick to work up’ hat.

P_20171116_191922_vHDR_OnThe original pattern uses Caron Cakes but for this hat, I used the Caron Cupcakes, Strawberry Pie. This yarn is finer than the Caron Cakes. It’s a Light/3 weight yarn. It worked up very well and I had some yarn left over. I added the pompom that comes with this cute yarn but when we tried the hat on the pompom seemed too small.

 

This pattern has a companion pattern, the Alpine Nights Super Scarf. I’m loving the waffle pattern so I’m going to use it to complete the gifts.

I’m pondering making it into an infinity scarf. I’ll see what happens when I start it.

It’s nice to see results when crocheting. I usually make blankets, some of which I work on for months, so it’s very rewarding to see so many projects done in one month. Next weekend I’ll post about November’s projects in Yarn & Tea.

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Can’t love what you’re making? Love who you’re making it for.

A friend asked me to make a hat set for her daughter and her daughters elves. I told her that I have yet to make a hat ‘successfully’. But she had faith that I could create something that she would like.

After many tries with various patterns, I finally ran out of time and had to give her my last attempt.

The hardest part is she had a hat in mind that didn’t have a pattern. So I now had to figure out how to make a hat and find a pattern that was close to what she wanted. I don’t think I succeed but she’s kind and said it was lovely. It was so much bigger than I imagined. My daughter says that because I’m not used to slouch hats.    20151124_100129

This project really hit home for me why I crochet. It’s the creative process that I enjoy. I like the colours and textures. I like figuring out the patterns.  It’s the joy of making it.

Having to make something that was picked by someone else by a specific time was work. I don’t think I could have finished this project if it wasn’t for someone I really liked. ( I was excited to find a project to use these adorable button with!!)

She asked for a slouch hat, a scarf and mittens plus matching hats/scarves for her daughter’s elves.

The rest of her order worked up well. I had fun creating tech covers. And I loved the yarn and pattern for the toddler/infant sets. Overall I was excited to create projects for this friend and was honoured that she asked me to make these for her. I hope her daughter enjoys them!

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The pattern for the slouch hat was easy to follow. You can find it at Cats-rockin-crochet.blogspot.com.au

The infant/toddler set’s patterns can be found in the post linked above.

The pattern that I used to make the scarf can be found at ravelry.com/patterns/library/no-holes-baby-blanket

I made some slight changes to the mitten pattern found at redheart.com/free-patterns/crochet-mittens-all

For the mittens: I shortened the cuff by a few stitches and did 20 rows for the cuff. Which meant 20 stitches for the round that creates the hand part. From their I followed the pattern for child (adjusting for the extra stitches.) I did this because the child’s size is too small and the woman’s is too big for a 10 yrs old girl.

Scalloped Baby/Toddle Hat/ Mitten set

Scalloped set Infant size

Scalloped set Infant size

I saw this cute pattern posted on Red Heart‘s Facebook feed  when I shared it, my friend asked me to make a couple sets for her to give as Christmas gifts.

The pattern was a little different from what I’m used to. I think the last bit of each line is a summary. I also found the directions for the assembly / attaching of the flower were a little vague.

I added thumbs for the toddle size (at the 5th row) since I think at that age they will feel more comfortable. I used the Red Heart Soft yarn as recommended but had to use Red Heart Super Saver yarn for the light pink. (Wish my store had the light pink in Soft.)  Overall it turns out to be an adorable set.

Scalloped set Toddler size

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A Hat .. simple as that.

For the longest time I only crocheted blankets. I slowly ventured into new stitches but stayed in my comfort zone. Then I took a tiny step sideways and made scarves. Then …then I was so brave. I made an infinity scarf and a head band.

I find myself with extra time these days and a willingness to try something different. So I tried making a hat.

My first attempt was comical. The photo is blurry because I was giggling too much.

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Lesson here is to always check the stitch.  A double stitch is NOT a half double crochet.  lol

My second attempt is ok. Turns out I don’t like the style and it’s too big for me.

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I did find out that they’re not hard at all to make! So next I’m adding mittens and finding another hat pattern.

I think hats and mittens will be my summer yarn busting project. That way the kids at the school I work at will always be warm when they ‘forgot’ their mittens and hat.

Here’s the pattern for the hat I tried, a Cloche Hat at Hopeful Honey My attempt did not do her hat justice. Please visit her blog to see what it should look like.