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Crochet Headband Earcover with flower

Easy winter crocheted headband with decorative border and a crocheted flower accent

Easy written pattern instructions for a crochet winter headband
Easy pattern for crocheted winter headband

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First make a plain headband by using worsted weight yarn and an I crochet hook.  Directions below

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Row 1) Half double crochet in the 2nd stitch from the hook  and in each of the remaining chains.  ( 65 hdc made)

Row 2)  Chain 2 and turn.  Half double crochet in the back loop only of each stitch across

Row 3) Chain 2 and turn.  Half double crochet in the front loop only of each stitch across

Rows 4, 6 & 8) Chain 2 and turn.  Half double crochet in the back loop only of each stitch across

Rows 5, 7 & 9) Chain 2 and turn.  Half double crochet in the front loop only of each stitch across

Using your crochet hook, slip stitch the row ends together to form a tube.  Cut yarn and weave in ends.

With a contrasting color, attach the yarn some where near your seam.  Ch1 and single crochet in the same stitch as your join.  You will now begin the Reverse Single Crochet (or Crab stitch or Crawl stitch) Single crochet in the next stitch to the right.  Continue around the headband in this direction.  Fasten yarn.

Repeat the same process for the top of the headband.

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Make the Flower

You can use any flower pattern you like.  This is how I made mine.

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Round 1–In the first chain made, make 5 half double crochet.  Join in the first stitch made.

Round 2 — * Chain 3, in the next stitch, double crochet, triple crochet, double crochet, chain 3 and slip stitch *  Repeat from * around until you have made 5 petals.

Round 3- – You will now add loops behind the petals for the back layer you will make in the next round. * Chain 3, in the back of your work slip stitch around the post of the first triple crochet to your left.*  Repeat from * around  (6 chain spaces made)

Round 4 — * chain 4, in the chain space made in the previous round, make 3 triple crochet, chain 4 and slip stitch *  Repeat from * in the remaining 5 chain spaces you made in the previous round. (6 petals made)

Cut yarn leaving a long tail and fasten off.

Place the flower over the seam and sew to your headband.

Weave in all your ends and enjoy :)

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Bunny Booties – Baby Slippers

Little Easter Bunny Slippers

Once again it was time to go through my WIP’s and grab out a few things to finish.  This time some of the items were these little bunny slippers with ears.

These were made with a free pattern by Hectanooga 1.  Aren’t they just adorable? They are quick to work up too.  To top it all off this is a video tutorial so you can follow right along and hit the pause button if you get behind and need to catch up.  Here’s the link to the tutorial I used to make these

 

Crochet Fingerless Gloves

These are some fingerless mittens I worked up to go with the purple crocheted legwarmers.

These are short little wristers.  You could make yours longer simply by making more chains.

They were easy as can be.  Here’s what I did.

Worsted weight yarn
J hook

Gauge:  7 dc and 3 1/2″ rows= 2″

PATTERN:

Ch 16

Row 1) DC in 3rd chain from hook and across.  Turn

Rows 2- 10) ch2, DC in next stitch and across, turn (14 dc )

At row 10 mine measured almost 7″ which will stretch around my hand which is about 7.5″ at the widest part.

Slip stitch or sew the edges together until 2″ from end.  Leave 1 1/2″ open for thumb and sew/slip stitch remaining 1/2″ closed.

You can download a printable pdf at my Craftsy Store: http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/crocheting/accessory/easy-fingerless-gloves-crochet-pattern/130516

Dress Up that Boring Crochet Hat

Got a Boring Little Beanie?
~Give it some pizzazz and turn it into an adorable gift.

Recently I started pulling little crochet beanies from my WIP’s tote.  They were solid colors and some were hats that I planned on putting animal faces on for some cool critter hats.

At least when they were originally crocheted that was the plan but you’re a crafter–You know how when we get an idea from outta nowhere we tend to run with it.  I did just that.

Continue reading Dress Up that Boring Crochet Hat

Crochet Kitty Cat Hat Pattern Newborn & 0-3 Months

My baby kitty crochet hat pattern has been revised and completed.


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This crochet pattern is still free and now has sizing for 0-3 months as well as newborn.

Find it on my Animal Hats Pattern page or by clicking here

A .pdf version will be available at Craftsy

If you use this pattern please take a picture and upload it to your Ravelry projects or to the Craftsy project page.

Let me know if you have any questions or find and errors!

*As with all my patterns- if you found this in a search and want the hat but don’t crochet yes you can contact me about ordering a custom made hat.

Little Boys Crochet Slippers on the fly

Preschooler size crochet slippers

We were in a predicament.  My grandson was visiting, he likes to ‘do laundry’ and apparently without my noticing dropped his socks into the washer while I was putting in a load.  Predictably his feet got cold and he asked if I still had the slippers that I made him last winter.  I don’t so he wanted new slippers with blue and green in them.

Last year I made him slippers that were crocheted flat and then sewn together.  He had fits wearing those because the hem annoyed him and he was convinced there was something in them.

So what to do for slippers?  A video by Hectanooga came to mind.  I have a  drawer of baby bunny slippers  (waiting to have the ears sewn on) that I made from watching one of her videos.   There are probably several  kid slippers on her website or YouTube channel but I was in a hurry and figured with all that I’ve learned from her I would give it a shot.

So while he sat on my bed watching a Halloween special I grabbed some heavy worsted weight scrap yarn, a 5 mm hook, measured a cold foot and starting hooking these up.

By the time his show was over and long before that load of laundry was dry,  he had two slippers (he actually wore the first while I made the second!).

Bray’s foot measured 6″ long so I made

  1. a magic circle and made 6 HDC’s in it joined and turned
  2. ch1, made 2 hdc’s per st (12) joined, turned,
  3. ch1, *1 hd in nxt, 2hdc in nxt*, joined, turned (18)   It was still looking a little small so…
  4. ch1, *1 hdc in ea of the nxt 2, 2 hdc in nxt* join, turn (24 hdc)
  5. That looked good so I continued until it measured 3″ long, changed colors
  6.   quit joining so essentially ch1, hdc across (24) turn
  7. Repeated row 6 until they measured just a hair under 6″ long and slip stitched the ends closed with my hook.

Then he asks if they can have yellow in them so wala, a row of single crochet in yellow around the opening.

Puppy Dog Hat Pattern Updated

Pattern Update

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My crocheted puppy dog hat pattern has been updated.

Changes Made to the Pattern:

  • The hook size
  • The eye patch has an additional row
  • The addition of tassels
  • The little black shape on the nose & a tad bit of embroidery
  • AND…. the pattern now includes both NB and 0-3 Months

I crocheted the original hat and wrote the pattern about 3 months after crocheting my very first hat and learning to read my first pattern.   For so long when I looked at the hat or the pattern I was so proud of myself and couldn’t believe that I was able to figure out how to do that.  Back then I had never heard of Etsy or Ravelry and the only place I had ever found patterns online was the Lion Brand website.

All in all the pattern didn’t change much, the hat is still the same number of stitches, the nose is the same pattern and so are the ears.  And yes, in that time my skill level has improved but really I think this is more about the yarn than anything.  With experience you do gain skill but you also (at least I have) gotten a better feel what yarn is needed for different applications.

So anyway, please go check out the pattern.  The new PDF will be uploaded within the next couple days and the pattern will be available here and at Craftsy    NOW available at craftsy