Sunflower Beanie

Hello! I hope everyone is having a good day!
I had a great day yesterday. I met with the 2018 Northern Nevada International Center Mandela Washington Fellows. It was a great evening of fun and friendship. I am looking forward seeing them again while they are in Reno.

Yesterday I also put together the pieces of the beanie that I have slowly been showing you how to make with video tutorials.

I made a Simple Double Crochet Beanie.
Then I made a Crochet Sunflower.

Then I made a large leaf.

Yesterday I sewed on the sunflower and the leaf yesterday.

Ta-da! Sunflower Beanie.

When I made the sunflower, my mom asked that I make her a sunflower beanie, so she is getting this one.
I like the sunflower as an applique for a tote bag, or pillow better. She really loves it on the beanie. This is one of the reasons that I love crochet, everything can be personalized and the creativity possibilities are endless.

What do you think? Do you like beanies with large flowers attached? Have a project you think the sunflower would work well on? Let’s Talk!

How to Crochet a Large Leaf with Video Tutorial

Hello!

Happy #wipwednesday makers! I have been working on a leaf to go with the sunflower that I created a few weeks ago and today is the day that I have finished it! Hooray! Thanks for watching!

Crochet Leaf

Materials

Yarn

Patons Worsted Wool in Jade Heather

Hook

Boye US G

Other

Scissors
Darning Needle

Stitches & Abbreviations

CH- Chain
SLST- Slip Stitch
SC- Single Crochet
HDC- Half-Double Crochet
DC- Double Crochet
(xx)- Total Number of Stitches in Row/Round

Notes

The Chain to at the begging of each row counts at the first Double Crochet.
This pattern is written to indicate the number of stitches that need to be made in each stitch. If the pattern reads 2 HDC that means create two Half-Double Crochet Stitches into the stitch below.

Pattern

Foundation

CH 8

Row One

SC into the 2nd CH from the hook. 1SC. 1SC. 1SC. 1SC. 1SC. 3SC into the Slip Knot Stitch. Work down the other side of the CH. 1SC. 1SC. 1SC. 1SC. 1SC. 1SC. CH 2. Turn. (15 SC)

Row Two

1HDC. 1 HDC. 2 DC. 1 HDC. 1 SC. 1 SC. 1 SC. 3 SC.
1 SC. 1 SC. 1 SC. 1 HDC. 2 DC. 1 HDC. 2 HDC. CH 2. Turn.

Row Three

1 HDC. 1 HDC. 2 HDC. 1 DC. 2 DC. 1 DC. 2 HDC. 1 SC. 1 SC. 1 SC. 3 SC.
1 SC. 1 SC. 1 SC. 2 HDC. 1 DC. 2 DC. 1 DC. 2 HDC. 1 HDC. 2 HDC. CH 2. Turn.

Row Four

1 HDC. 1 HDC. 2 HDC. 1 DC. 2 DC. 1 DC. 2 DC. 1 DC. 2 HDC. 1 HDC. 2 HDC. 1 HDC. 1 SC. 1 SC. 1 SC. 3 SC.
1 SC. 1 SC. 1 SC. 1 HDC. 2 HDC. 1 HDC. 2 HDC. 1 DC. 2 DC. 1 DC. 2 DC. 1 DC. 2 HDC. 1 HDC. 2 HDC. CH 1. Turn.

Row Five

SC around (45 SC). Now SC along the bottom of the project (7 SC). SLST into the CH 1 at the beginning of the row. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

The Meadowlark Triangle Scarf by Hailey Bailey

Hey all!

I hope you are having a fantastic week. I am unemployed this week, so it has been a fun week for me. I have spent a lot of time in the sun and walking. I am on a serious job hunt though too, so if you hear of any office work, let me know. But for now, more time to crochet!

Last week I mentioned that I had been working on a project that requires the use of the Picot Crochet stitch, and here it is. The Meadowlark Triangle Scarf by Hailey Bailey. At the end of last year, I really wanted a triangle scarf, and I stumbled onto this one. I liked it because it was simple, but textured, and had the drape that I was looking for.

I started by making a single color scarf, like the one that Hailey designed, I wanted to make something lighter. I had some Loops and Threads Impeccable in Aran  and I thought it would be a good fit. I like how the yarn worked up into the project.

However, I determined that I wanted to something a little bit more dynamic. Keeping with the Loops and Thread Impeccable family, I really love the Ombre color Stillnessso I thought it would make a great accent color for this project. I also wanted the scarf to be a bit looser, so I changed crochet hooks on the second scarf from the recommended L to an M.

I am happy with both, but I love how this second one turned out.

So what do you all think? Like the solid or the mixed colored better? Have a triangle scarf pattern that you would recommend? Let’s Talk!

The Picot Crochet Stitch

It has been a long two weeks. I am in that state between exhausted and invigorated, it is a strange feeling. I am excited about the social events going on in my life with Rotary, with my friends, with the 1868 soccer games, but at the same time I am anxious about finding more permanent and sustainable work. I know it will all be all right, and for now, I have so much time to crochet.

One of the projects that I am working on right now involves using a picot stitch and I realized that I hadn’t yet shared how to create a Picot Crochet Stitch. It is a simple stitch that can add some pizzaz to a project without increasing the volume or thickness of a project, and it increases the flexibility of the project.

You can create a Picot Crochet Stitch among any set of stitches. In my example I am creating Picot Crochet Stitches between Double Crochet Stitches. After completing the Double Crochet, chain 3.

After you complete the CH 3, insert your hook into the top of the DC stitch.

Slip stitch through the top of the DC stitch into the last chain of the CH 3.

Ta-da! That is how you make a Picot Crochet Stitch. I told you it was simple. Now go add some Picot Crochet Stitches into your project or give your project a fun edging. Happy crocheting!

Want to learn a specific stitch? Want to see me make a specific project? Let’s Talk!

Crochet Sun Flower- Video and Free Pattern

Hello! Spring speeding along rapidly and there are many beautiful flowers around my neighborhood, that will all be gone in another week or two. I was sitting at home looking at my yarn collection, and I have some Caron One Pound in Sun Flower Yellow, so I thought I would make a Sun Flower!

Crochet Sun Flower

Materials

Yarn

Caron One Pound in Sun Flower
Caron One Pound in Espresso

Hook

Boye US H

Other

Scissors
Yarn Needle

Stitches & Abbreviations

CH- Chain
SLST- Slip Stitch
SC- Single Crochet
DC- Double Crochet
BBL-Bobble Stitch
REP- Repeat
(xx)- Total Number of Stitches in Row/Round

Notes

The starting circle of this project is a joined/slip stitch circle.

The first three chains of each round/row count as the first Double Crochet of the row.

Pattern

Foundation

Chain four joined circle.

Using the Caron One Pound in Espresso

Row One

CH 3. DC. BBL. *2DC. BBL. ** REP from * to ** around 3 times until there are 15 Stitches total. SLST into the top of the third CH of the CH 3.

Row Two

CH 3. DC. BBL. *2DC in one DC of Row 1. BBL. ** REP from * to ** around until you have 21 stitches. In the last space create 2DC and 1 BBL in the same stitch. You will have 24 Stitches total. SLST into the top of the third CH of the CH 3.

Using the Care One Pound in Sun Flower.

Row Three

*CH 6. 5 SC down the CH. SLST into the next stitch of Row Two. ** (This creates a petal) REP from * to ** around until the end of the round. On the last slip stitch, slip stitch into the back of the row you just created, under the two loops created by the slip stitches. You will have created 24 petals.

Row Four

*CH 7. 6 SC down the CH. SLST under the two loops created by the slip stitches of the previous round. ** (This creates a petal) REP from * to ** around until the end of the round. You will have created 24 petals.

Ta-da! You have created a sunflower. There are other Sun Flower designs out there, I wanted to design one with loose petals. What do you think? Do you have a favorite flower to crochet? Want other design? Let’s Talk!

How to Create a Double Crochet Beanie- Video and Pattern

Good evening lovely people. Today I have a video tutorial for you. Beanies are one of my favorite things to crochet, they work up quick and make great gifts. The beanie I am teaching today also is great if you plan to make beanies for charity.

Materials

Yarn

Caron One Pound in Taupe

Hook

Boye US H

Other

Scissors
Yarn Needle

Stitches & Abbreviations

CH- Chain
SLST- Slip Stitch
DC- Double Crochet
REP- Repeat
(xx)- Total Number of Stitches in Row/Round

Notes

This beanie is make using a joined/slip stitch method and not made in the round.
The first three chains of each round/row count as the first Double Crochet of the row.

Pattern

FOUNDATION

Chain four joined circle.

ROW ONE

CH 3. DC 9 into the center of the joined circle. SLST into the top of the third CH of the CH 3 at the beginning of the row to complete the round/circle. (10)

ROW TWO

CH 3. 2 DC into each DC of Row One. SLST into the top of the third CH of the CH 3. (20)

ROW THREE

CH 3. *2 DC into one DC of Row Two. 1 DC into one DC of Row Two. ** REP from * to ** around until the end of the row. SLST into the top of the third CH of the CH 3. (30)

ROW FOUR

CH 3. *2 DC into one DC of Row Three. 1 DC into next two DC of Row Three. ** REP from * to ** around until the end of the row. SLST into the top of the third CH of the CH 3. (40)

ROW FIVE

CH 3. *2 DC into one DC of Row Four. 1 DC into next three DC of Row Four. ** REP from * to ** around until the end of the row. SLST into the top of the third CH of the CH 3. (50)

ROW SIX

CH 3. *2 DC into one DC of Row Five. 1 DC into next four DC of Row Five. ** REP from * to ** around until the end of the row. SLST into the top of the third CH of the CH 3. (60)

ROW SEVEN-FIFTEEN

CH 3. 1 DC into each of the DC of Row below. SLST into the top of the third CH of the CH 3. (60)
REP Row Seven until you have reached Row Fifteen.

Fasten off. Weave-in ends.

Ta-da! You have made a Double Crochet Beanie! What do you think? What else do you want to learn? Happy beanie making.