This is a pattern I worked up back in 2011 when I had very little experience, limited supplies, and only the camera on my phone. The pattern is the same just a little revised and row two is [hopefully] explained better.
The pattern calls for size 8 knitting needles and worsted weight yarn. It seems like these hats usually take me about 4 hours from start to finish.
This pattern and these hats will always hold a special place in my heart because they are the first and foremost reason I started learning everything I could about knitting and crochet.
The little boy in those pictures is my [now much older] son. He was 10 and wanted a $30 earflap hat from Pacsun(?) –but the kid lost two winter coats that year. There was no way I was spending that much for hats that would be left on the bus or playground. I went to walmart, bought yarn, figured out how to knit in the round, and ended up learning how to read patterns after I had figured out how to successfully make hats!
The first hat I knit made is around here someplace–I really should show a picture of it. It was in Indianapolis Colts colors. I was so proud of the work and it was just sooooo terrible–just full of holes from lost and twisted stitches that I hadn’t noticed til it was on his head and we were walking into the mall. When we got home that day I started on the green, white and black one in the picture–that was the first ‘wearable’ hat that I knit LOL. That was December and by February I was doing much better when I made the royal blue and black one for his friend.
Crochet pattern to make your own lighter or chapstick pouch.
My daughter Ally asked me to help her come up with a holder for a lighter with a sliding mushroom cap on a ‘necklace’ so it could be worn around the neck, wrapped thru a belt loop or purse handle or could hang from a rear view mirror. She wanted it to be able to hold a lighter, cash, lipstick or chapstick.
It must, she insisted be quality–no chain tied to a coozie type pouch, no strings hanging out and no floppy looking holder. It need to look good even empty. It needed to look like something she would be willing to spend $10 for.
The pattern needed to be easy enough that she could understand what she was reading and show her friend how to read a pattern.
She hoped it would be easy enough that the two of them could make boxes full to take and sell at festivals next summer.
We spent the day together trying out different ideas and came up with this. She’s thrilled with it and I bet you will be too.
Make it with or without the Mushroom top.
The mushroom top slides up to keep your contents inside where they belong.
These work great for keeping track of your lighter, chap stick or even money.
These sell well at festivals and they make great gifts.
You are free to make and sell your finished lighter leashes/chapstick holders made from this pattern.
Baby Boys Crochet Boots with a Strap and Wood Buttons
Little Crocheted baby booties with straps and buttons. I’ve been making a lot of these little baby booties this winter and am working on a pattern to knock out that lean to the right you get from crocheting without turning.
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
a magic circle and made 6 HDC’s in it joined and turned
ch1, made 2 hdc’s per st (12) joined, turned,
ch1, *1 hd in nxt, 2hdc in nxt*, joined, turned (18) It was still looking a little small so…
ch1, *1 hdc in ea of the nxt 2, 2 hdc in nxt* join, turn (24 hdc)
That looked good so I continued until it measured 3″ long, changed colors
quit joining so essentially ch1, hdc across (24) turn
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.
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 CraftsyNOW available at craftsy