Monday, 24 January 2011

Bright Colours and Wonderful Texture: Crochet Hats Baby Boy and Baby Girl

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Enjoying Winter Crochet

In the midst of winter's gloomy greys, it is delightful to be working with bright colours - makes me think of sunny days and blooming spring flowers, even though here in the UK spring is a few months away - it is so nice to be sitting in a warm room crocheting away and dreaming of things to come.

Pattern Writing and Testing

I have been re-crocheting and re-checking my written patterns - a scarf pattern and more hat patterns - this usually means I am madly trying to decipher the handwritten scribblings which pass for my pattern notes - of course I must admit I am nowhere as organized as I thought I was. I made so many different hats, mittens and scarves last year, it is only when I peruse my photos I realize I haven't written up the patterns for some.

Photo below includes some of my creations:
1. LACY Scarf (no pattern); 
2. BREEZY Sun Hat (no pattern); 
3. VALENTINA Crochet Hat (pattern available from my shops)
4. FEDORA Hat (no pattern)
5. HALF MOONS Scarf (no pattern)

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Creative Juices Flow

It is always so much easier for me to just grab a ball of yarn and just start crocheting. Sometimes just to try the new yarn and sometimes I have an idea for something which inevitably can turn out to be crocheted into something else altogether.  So the question put to me often by my husband is: "So what you making now?" and my answer could be:  "Don't know yet... just trying out the yarn!"

Crochet Stitch Fascination

Right now I am fascinated (addicted) with double crochet and FPdc and how many different ways I can use them. So far the experimenting is full of promise with a couple of new patterns resulting in some new crochet baby hats as you can see in photo below.

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New Baby Hat Patterns

The photo above is showing two (2) new baby hats:

1. FREE Crochet Hat NEWBORN PATTERN - this newborn baby hat pattern has a simple rib-like texture. Perfect for everyday wear or that special day out. Basic stitches double crochet and Front Post double crochet. Made with King Cole “Bamboo Cotton” and a 4mm hook. This pattern can be adapted to other yarns.

2. Crochet Hat LITTLE BOY BLUE PATTERN - simply perfect textured hat pattern complemented with bands of colour. Perfect for little boys everyday wear or that special day out. Basic stitches single crochet, double crochet, Front Post double crochet. Made with Rowan “Belle Organic” DK and a 4mm hook. This pattern is adaptable to other yarns.  PATTERN AVAILABLE FROM MY ONLINE SHOPS

Natural Yarns and Beautiful Colours

I have been using my favourite yarn Rowan "Belle Organic" and Rowan "Wool Cotton" both very easy yarns to crochet with and have a nice feel and drape; and of course some fantastic bright and luscious colours.  You can check the colour chart on their website here. This has definitely been my favourite yarn all last year.  

Of course I am always finding some new yarns on my travels and here is one I found in a small shop in Sandwich, Kent, UK and I just love it too. King Cole "Bamboo Cotton". just perfect for crochet baby hats.  You can check their colour chart here.

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Sunday, 16 January 2011

January Clean UP

Yes it's a new year and January is always a great month for .................

cleaning up, clearing out and ........
deleting junk and trash from emails, pictures, videos, documents.....
wherever it may be....
which brings me to total exasperation...
everywhere I look there is something else in need of reorganizing........
and it's doing my head in...

so I am de-cluttering my space (or is that spaces) to making way for new energy to propagate...

I am disengaging from the emotional attachment I have to the objects I possess (this is hard)...
I am making an assessment about the objects in my space...
and the emotional strain it is having on the flow of my life... (currently stagnant)
I am looking at everything... and assessing whether these things are adding value to my life...??

or keeping me physically and emotionally stuck...

Did you know ???  you really need to understand that every part of the human life experience is encapsulated within our home ???
through design, images, symbols, sounds, and smells????

if you understand this… 
then you can assess whether these objects add value to your life or keep you physically and emotionally stuck.

I am really getting into this clearing out....

watch out... don't ask me for something I have thrown away !!

I am feeling energized already...  must keep moving.... heaps more clearing to go....

I realize this blog post has nothing to do with mi crochet  creations...

so here is a cute crochet flower I made just for fun!..

and if you really want to join me in de-cluttering here are some helpful hints:

  • Check each room of your home and record the clutter zones; 
  • How do you feel when you look at your possessions.  positive reaction or a negative one?
  • Have a system for discarding unwanted, broken, return, or donation items.
  • Set an intention as you remove unwanted items. You are now energetically opening up to attracting new desires into your life.
  • Take breaks during the clutter-clearing session to recharge your energy.
  • Strive for a cleared, simple, natural and uncluttered feel.

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Friday, 14 January 2011

Crochet Baby Girl Hat Patterns in Progress

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Here are my latest creations for baby girl hats:

1. WEDGES Baby Girl Hat
This is the perfect celebration hat for your newborn. A lovely decorative crochet hat pattern with crochet flower and adjustable drawstring or optional classic ribbon.

The cutest lace-like baby hat crochet pattern using DK yarn with a final row of wedges for that whimsical vintage finish.

This pattern requires patience and would suit those with intermediate crochet skills.


Yarn: Rowan “Belle Organic” DK
Hook: 4mm 
Measurement: Circumference = 40.5cm (16in); will fit 35.5cm (14in) to 40.5cm (16in) head 
Size: 0-3 months PLUS (depending on head size).
Terminology: USA - American crochet terms

This pattern can be adapted to other yarns. For substitute yarns check out YARNSUB website.

The flower pattern is included. 

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WEDGES Baby Girl Hat Pattern 
is available from my online shops:

Thursday, 6 January 2011

Crochet Hats Galore !

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Into the new year and boy is time flying fast, I am crocheting my spare time away, with crochet hats, crochet berets, and crochet beanies, and writing patterns is all but slow.

1. SPRING Beret FREE Crochet Pattern

In the photo above is a simple crochet beret, which I designed for SPRING.  

This crochet beret pattern is the perfect spring accessory, and the simple V-stitch adds an intriguing rib-style pattern.

The top of the beret is shaped by increasing rows, creating a gathered appearance.

Flower pattern NOT INCLUDED.

SKILL LEVEL:  Easy - you need to know how to:  crochet in the round; single crochet, half double crochet and double crochet.
YARN:  Patons 100% Cotton DK
HOOK: 4mm 
TERMINOLOGY:  USA American crochet terms.

This pattern can be crochet using other similar yarns, just match the gauge.

Simple and quick to make, and so lovely to wear.

This FREE crochet pattern can be found HERE on RAVELRY

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Sometimes, (well maybe most of the timeI just can't help myself, I cannot sit and just do nothing, even when watching a movie (unless it's action/adventure) I have to be crocheting or knitting.

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2. PINK REMEMBRANCE Hat Crochet Pattern

This is my remembrance hat pattern dedicated to all those touched by cancer.

A textured pattern finished off with a breast cancer remembrance ribbon.

SKILL LEVEL:  Easy Intermediate 
YARN: King Cole "Bamboo Cotton" 
HOOK: 4mm 
SIZE: Ladies M
MEASUREMENTS: Head circumference 21-22.5in
TERMINOLOGY: USA American crochet terms

This pattern can be crochet using other similar yarns, just match the gauge.

Purchase this crochet pattern and help raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care. 

This pattern can be found HERE in my ETSY store
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I know I am suppose to be also writing patterns, but sitting at the laptop keying in words, is not as exciting as the actually creating and designing of crochet hats and beanies.  I just love it!  
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3. FEDORA Hat Crochet Pattern

My attempt at a Fedora Hat, without too much fuss shaping.  

Updated note 5 Jun 2016:  I wore it a few times, and then gave up on it.  Not an easy pattern to adapt to other yarns, and I totally lost interest in it.  Pattern on the scrap pile, one of many.

So, my New Year's resolution, is to commit to making myself write down and key in my crochet patterns each day, take photos and catalogue all my crochet patterns, catch up with writing out the instructions for crochet garments I have made in the past, and generally getting more organised.

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4.  SWEET DUDE Man Hat Pattern

BEST EVER CROCHET HAT FOR YOUR MAN - perfect winter warmer beanie. Chunky style with a super easy texture stitch. 

Simply PERFECT FOR BALD HEADS with an optional soft and comfy lining. Make two (2) hat styles with this one pattern.

SKILL LEVEL: Easy Intermediate
YARN: Patons Wool Blend Aran OR any other similar yarn.
HOOK: 5mm
SIZE: Adult Male LARGE
MEASUREMENTS: Circumference 23in (58.4cm)
TERMINOLOGY: USA American crochet terms

This pattern can be crochet using other similar yarns, just match the gauge.

This pattern can be found HERE in my ETSY store

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Ciao, ciao!

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