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Stars and Stripes Crochet Beanie - FREE Pattern

Stars and Stripes Beanie – Free Crochet Pattern

Hello, hello, hello my friends!  It is a lovely Friday and we are gearing up for a nice hike as a family.  After such a slow start to summer, we’re trying to take advantage of every sunny day that comes our way.  However, before kicking off our family fun day, I thought I would share my newest crochet project with my awesome readers!  The Stars and Stripes Beanie and just in time for Independence Day!

I am super excited because my entire family loves the 4th of July.  Delicious food, family & friends, and FIREWORKS!!!  It also means being outside after dark in the chilly air of the Pacific Northwest.  Since I am the annoying mom that loves to have her kiddos decked out in holiday gear, I just hate it when I have to add mismatched weather gear so my little ones won’t freeze.  This year I decided I would beat the weather and design some hats to keep my littles cozy and holiday cute while watching the fireworks.

This pattern works up quickly and it uses my favorite stitch… the star stitch!  Feel free to sell on a small scale any beanies you make from this pattern, but please do not sell my pattern nor use my pictures.  I would greatly appreciate a link back to this post, but it’s not a requirement… just appreciated!

Sizing for Stars and Stripes Beanie:
This beanie fits an average toddler between the ages of one to three years old.  If you would like a different size, you can increase or reduce the number of increasing rounds and you can do the same for the length.

Stars and Stripes Beanie Supplies:
I Hook
Red Yarn – I used Caron Simply Soft Autumn Red
White Yarn – I used Vanna’s Choice White
Blue Yarn – I used Caron Simply Soft Dark Country Blue
Yarn Needle
Scissors

Notes & Stitches
*Chains do not count in total stitch count
Magic Ring
Chain – ch
Slip Stitch – ss
Half Double Crochet – hdc
Star Stitch
Single Crochet – sc
Reverse Single Crochet – rsc

Stars and Stripes Beanie Crochet Pattern:
Magic Ring
R1:  RED YARN
Ch2, 10 hdc, ss in top of first hdc
(10 total stitches)

R2:  RED YARN
Ch2, 2hdc in each stitch, ss in top of first hdc
(20 total stitches)

R3:  WHITE YARN
Ch2, *2hdc in first stitch, 1hdc in next stitch* repeat ** around, ss in top of first hdc
(30 total stitches)

R4:  WHITE YARN
Ch2, *2hdc in first stitch, 1hdc in next 2 stitches* repeat ** around, ss in top of first hdc
(40 total stitches)

R5:  RED YARN
Ch2, *2hdc in first stitch, 1hdc in next 3 stitches* repeat ** around, ss in top of first hdc
(50 total stitches)

R6:  RED YARN
Ch2, *2hdc in first stitch, 1hdc in next 4 stitches* repeat ** around, ss in top of first hdc
(60 total stitches)

I STOPPED INCREASING HERE… hat diameter was 5 inches.  Be sure your total stitch count is an even number.

R7 – R12:  Alternate WHITE and RED Yarn every two rows
Ch2, 1hdc in each stitch, ss in top of first hdc

Once you have completed the 12th row, you will now begin the star stitch.  I do want to reference The Spruce as a resource for learning how to crochet the star stitch if you do not already know how to crochet it.

Star Stitch – this is a two-row stitch.  The first row of stitches will build the top half of the star and the second row of stitches will finish the bottom half of the star.  The star stitch needs to be completed on an even number of stitches.

First star stitch of the round…
Insert your hook into the 2nd chain from your hook and pull up a loop.  Insert your hook into the 3rd chain from your hook, and pull up a loop.  Insert your hook into the 4th chain from your hook and pull up a loop.  Insert your hook into the first stitch, and pull up a loop.  Then insert your hook into the next stitch and pull up a loop.  Then yarn over and pull your hook through all 6 loops.  Ch 1 to finish the stitch.

The next star stitch…
Insert your hook into the ch 1 you just made and pull up a loop.  Then insert your hook into the strands on the side of the last loop made in the prior stitch and pull up a loop.  Next, you will insert your hook into the ch space that the last loops of the prior stitch were worked in and pull up a loop, then pull up a loop in the next stitch, and then pull up another loop in the next stitch.  Yarn over and pull all 6 loops through, and then ch 1 to finish the stitch.

*When pulling up all six loops, be sure to keep your yarn loose.

R13:  BLUE YARN
Ch5, around completing the top portion of the star stitch, ss in ch2 spot
(30 total top half stars)

*do not chain 1 after you close the circle on the last start stitch (right before you ss) – it will make too big of a hole.

R14:  BLUE YARN
Ch2, 2hdc in each eye spot, ss into ch2 (30 total completed stars)

R15 – R16:  BLUE YARN
Repeat R13 and R14

R17 – R18:  RED YARN
Ch2, 1hdc in each stitch, ss (60 total stitches)

R19:  WHITE YARN
Ch1, 1sc in each stitch, ss (60 total stitches)

R20:  WHITE YARN
Ch1, 1rsc in each stitch, ss, and finish off (60 total stiches), finish off and weave in ends.
Length:  7.25 inches

Stars and Stripes Beanie

If you complete this project, I would love for you to share a picture in the comment section!  If you’re looking for the perfect 4th of July tote to pack the evenings snacks while waiting for the fireworks, check out Repeat Crafter Me.  Thanks for stopping by!

Cheers,
Lisa

 

Stars and Stripes Crochet Beanie - FREE Pattern

 

Stars and Stripes Crochet Beanie - FREE Pattern
DIY Sugar Cookie Scrub - Dreams and Caffeine

DIY Sugar Cookie Scrub

I have to admit one of my favorite things about the holiday season is the amazing smells!  Seriously, you can’t walk anywhere without experiencing some type of holiday aroma!  My favorite is sugar cookie anything and everything.  I love sugar cookie diffuser blends, body lotions, hand soaps, sugar scrubs, and whatever else I can find!  Therefore, I couldn’t help but share my little DIY Sugar Cookie Scrub.

Ingredients Needed for Sugar Cookie Scrub:

  • ½ Cup Pure Cane Sugar Golden Brown
  • ½ Cup White Granulated Sugar
  • ½ Cup Organic Coconut Oil
  • ½ Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • ½ Teaspoon Almond Extract

Supplies Needed for Sugar Cookie Scrub:

  • Mixing Bowl
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Measuring Cup
  • Spoon
  • Fork
  • 4 oz. Mason Jars
  • Twine or Ribbon
  • Scissors

Instructions for Sugar Cookie Scrub:

Step 1:  Pour both sugars into the mixing bowl.

Step 2:  Mix the coconut oil into the sugars.  I used a fork to mix it well with the sugars.  Feel free to mix in more coconut oil if you want a wetter scrub or less if you prefer a dryer scrub.

Step 3:  Mix in the vanilla and almond extract.  Mix the scrub well!

Step 4:  Using the spoon, scoop the Sugar Cookie Scrub into the mason jars.

Step 5:  Complete the Sugar Cookie Scrub with placing the lid on and then decorating the top with ribbon or twine of your choice.

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This scrub has no preservatives in it, so it will keep between one to two months.  It will keep longer if kept in an airtight container.  This makes the perfect gift for family and friends.  I hope this sugar cookie scrub tutorial comes in handy this holiday season.  Please leave a comment and let me know what you think!

Cheers,
Lisa

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Pumpkin Thanksgiving Place Cards

Pumpkin Thanksgiving Place Cards

Holy cow… Thanksgiving is coming like a freight train this year!  I feel like we were just in summer mode and now we’re approaching Thanksgiving.  Generally, holidays for us include lots and lots and lots of family and friends.  To give you an idea of how much family we’re talking about, my sister has volunteered to host Thanksgiving this year and there will be about thirty people attending.  A few nights ago, she gave me a call and asked if I would help out with place cards for Thanksgiving dinner… and a blog post was born about how to make Pumpkin Thanksgiving Place Cards!

What you will need for Pumpkin Thanksgiving Place Cards:

  • Yarn – Red Heart Soft Tangerine
  • Pompom Maker – optional – you could just use your hand or a piece of cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Card Stock – you could use construction paper, upcycle brown paper bags, etc.
  • Glue – hot glue, glue dots, tacky glue, etc.

Instructions for Pumpkin Thanksgiving Place Cards:

Step 1:  Make the pompom according to the pompom maker’s instructions.

Step 2:  Cut the pipe cleaner in half and take one of the pieces and loop it through the string that you used to tie the pompom.  Twist twice at the base of the pumpkin.

Step 3:  I left one part of the pipe cleaner straight (for the stem portion) and then the other part of the pipe cleaner I bent into a leaf shape.  Feel free to get creative here!

Step 4:  Trim up the pompom pumpkin then sit aside.

Step 5:  I freehanded a flag on the card stock and then cut it out.

Step 6:  I wrote the person’s name on the flag.

Step 7:  Glue the flag to the stem of the pompom pumpkin.

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You now have adorable Pumpkin Thanksgiving Place Cards for your special Thanksgiving dinner.  These little guys are quick to create, cheap to make, and adorable!  Once dinner is done, you can remove the stem and flag and let the kiddos have a blast with them.

I hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving and as always, if you have any questions on the tutorial, feel free to ask!

Cheers,
Lisa

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Stylish Elastic Hair Ties - Dreams and Caffeine

Stylish Elastic Hair Ties

Have you seen these adorable elastic hair ties that are all over Etsy and Pinterest?  They are so cute and fun.  They come in all different colors and patterns, plus, they don’t cause any damage to your hair like the old-school hair ties.  The ties also decorate your wrist when you’re not wearing them.

With the holidays just around the corner, these elastic hair ties make great stocking stuffers for family, as well as the perfect small thank-you gifts for teachers and friends.  I thought it would be fun to share a tutorial on how to make them.  Of course, if you’re not the crafty type and would rather just purchase them, soon you’ll be able to visit my Etsy shop and buy them there.

Supplies needed for elastic hair ties tutorial:

  • Scissors
  • Elastic Cord
  • Measuring Tape

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Now on to the instructions…

Step 1
Select your elastic cord and cut a piece measuring 8 ½ inches long.

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Step 2
Fold the elastic cord in half and tie a loose knot on the end where the two ends meet.  Make sure you don’t tighten it yet.

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Step 3
Measure the diameter of the inside of the circle.  It should measure about 3 inches.  Once you achieve that measurement, move onto Step 4.

Step 4
Tighten the knot, then trim the ends.  I like to trim the ends at an angle to give the hair tie a little more finished look, but feel free to trim them however you would like.

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As Miss Sassy Pants would say, TA-DA!  You now have a pretty, non-damaging, elastic hair tie that is perfect for yourself or for a gift.

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I hope you liked today’s post!  If you do end up following this tutorial, I would love to see pictures of your finished project. Also, stay tuned for more tutorials as I gear up for the holidays.

Cheers,
Lisa