Home » Becoming Craftastic » Hooker Support

Category: Hooker Support

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
pumpkin-head-warmer-dreams-and-caffeine

Pumpkin Head Warmer Crochet Pattern

Welcome everyone and I am pleased to say, HAPPY FALL!  It is my absolute favorite season… I love the cool, crisp weather, the rain, wearing sweaters, boots, and of course, head warmers.  Keeping with the season and gearing up for the pumpkin patch, I decided it was time to share my crochet Pumpkin Head Warmer!

Now the pattern that I am sharing will fit a toddler (completed project measures 18 inches in circumference).  If you would like a different size, just chain until your chain measures to the size you want.  Here is a quick reference guide for sizing.

Toddler             16” – 18”
Child                  17” – 19”
Teen                  18” – 21”
Adult                 20” – 22”

Supplies Needed to Complete Project:

  • Hook G 4.00 mm
  • Yarn:  I used Red Heart Soft in Off White, Tangerine, Chocolate, and Guacamole
  • Yarn Needle
  • Scissors
  • Measuring Tape

The Pumpkin Head Warmer: Toddler Size 18 inches

Using the OFF WHITE yarn, Chain 70, join with a slip stitch (careful not to twist)

*This pattern is worked in the round

Round 1:  ch 2, hdc in each stitch around then slip stitch into the first hdc.

Round 2:  ch 1, sc in in each stitch around then slip stitch into the first sc.

Round 3:  ch2, hdc in each stitch around then slip stitch into the first hdc.

Round 4:  ch 1, sc in each stitch around then slip stitch into the first sc.

Round 5:  ch 2, hdc in each stitch around then slip stitch into the first hdc.

Round 6:  ch 2, dc in each stitch around then slip stitch into the first dc.

Round 7:  ch 2, hdc in each stitch around then slip stitch into the first hdc.

Round 8:  ch 1, sc in each stitch around then slip stitch into the first sc.

Round 9:  ch 2, hdc in each stitch around then slip stitch into the first hdc.

Round 10:  ch 2, hdc in each stitch around then slip stitch into the first hdc.

CHANGE COLORS TO TANGERINE

Round 11:  ch 1, sc in each stitch around then slip stitch into first sc.

Cut yarn and weave in ends.

Round 12:  Attach TANGERINE yarn with a slip stitch to the bottom of the head warmer and ch 1, sc in each stitch around then slip stitch into the first sc.

Cut yarn and weave in ends.

Pumpkin

*Chains count in total stitch count.

Using the TANGERINE yarn, make a magic ring,

Round 1:  ch 2, 8 hdc in the magic ring, slip stitch into the top of ch 2 (9 total stitches)

Round 2:  ch 2, hdc in ch 2 spot, then 2 hdc in each stitch around.  Slip stitch into the top of ch 2  (18 total stitches)

Round 3:  ch 2, hdc in next 4 stitches, then place 2 hdc in next 2 stitches, then place 3 hdc in next stitch, then 2 hcd in next stitch, then 2 hdc in next stitch, then 3 hdc stitches in next stitch, then 2 hdc stitches in next stitch, then place 1 hdc in the next 4 stitches… so far you should have a total of 23 stitches.

CHANGE COLORS TO CHOCOLATE – you will be starting the stem now.

sc in next 2 stitches, ch 1 and turn

Round 4:  sc in next 3 stitches, ch 1 and turn

Round 5:  sc in next 3 stitches, cut yarn and weave in ends.

Leaf

Using the GUACAMOLE yarn, ch 5, sc in 2nd ch from the hook and the next 2 stitches.

4 sc stitches in the last chain spot, then sc in the next 3 stitches, slip stitch into the first sc. Cut yarn, making sure to leaving a long enough tail to sew the leaf to the head warmer.

Finally, all parts of the head warmer are completed!  Now it’s time to assemble it.  I put the seam in the back then placed the pumpkin on the front angled on the left side.  I used some tangerine yarn and sewed the pumpkin portion onto the head warmer.  Then I used chocolate yarn to sew the stem portion on.  Using the tail from the leaf, I sewed the leaf on, then weaved in all lose ends.  You now have an awesome Pumpkin Head Warmer for your adorable little pumpkin.  Please feel free to sell head warmers made from this pattern, but please do not sell this pattern.  I would love and appreciate a link back to this page if you do sell items made from my pattern.

As always, if you have any questions or issues with the pattern, please feel free to contact me and I will do my best to help.  If you do make a head warmer, I would love for you to share it!

Cheers to Pumpkins,
Lisa


Top 5 Crochet Blogs for Free Patterns - Dreams and Caffeine

Top 5 Crochet Blogs for Free Patterns

I couldn’t help but notice when I looked at my planner today how close we are to the holiday season.  It is amazing how fast time flies.  That’s why today’s post points you to my top 5 crochet blogs for free patterns.  With keeping the holidays in mind, I decided it was time to start making my holiday gift list.  I started “Pinterest-ing” (seriously, what did we do before we had Pinterest???) and decided on a few crochet projects that I thought would make great gifts… which then made me think about this post.

Without further ado, here are my top five crochet blogs that offer free patterns

  1. Repeat Crafter Me {http://repeatcrafterme.com}
    I absolutely love this blog!  She has amazing patterns that comes in a variety of sizes.  This is actually one of the first blogs I used when I first learned to crochet.  I loved how many different patterns she had and how fun they were, plus, she has a ton of holiday projects… which is perfect for the holiday-obsessed crocheter.
  1. Hopeful Honey {http://www.hopefulhoney.com}
    This blog offers adorable and fun patterns for all ages!  I’m a huge fan of her Disney inspired crochet projects.  They have made wonderful gifts that are fun and useful for the little ones.
  1. Posh Patterns {http://poshpatternsblog.com}
    Posh Patterns offers a variety of free patterns, but the ones I love the most are the cowls and scarves.  I also love the color combos she uses… great inspiration!
  1. ELK Studio {http://elkstudiohandcraftedcrochetdesigns.com}
    This site has tons of great winter wear (hats, scarves, gloves) that include nice projects for men.  As we all know, decent crochet projects for men are hard to come by, so check out this site.
  1. Mama in a Stitch {http://www.mamainastitch.com}
    She offers a variety of different patterns, but my favorite is the Icelandic blanket.  It’s beautiful and is definitely going to be one of the patterns I use this holiday season to make gifts.

The Velvet Acorn {http://www.thevelvetacorn.com} is one of my favorite places to purchase crochet or knit patterns.  She has great patterns that are beautiful and come in most sizes from newborn all the way up to adult 3XL.  The patterns are reasonably priced and she is great about answering any questions you may have regarding your purchases.

Well folks, that is all for today!  I hope everyone takes a peek at these crochet blogs and what they have to offer.  Happy Holiday Crocheting!

Cheers,
Lisa


Fancy Crochet Cowl

It feels like a fancy Monday… so I thought I would share my Fancy Crochet Cowl pattern today for free! This crochet cowl pattern is pretty flexible as far as the finished look depending on the type of yarn and buttons you use, which is why I love it so much. It looks like you have a scarf wrapped several times around your neck (due to the ruffle), when in fact, it’s just a cowl. Also, the pattern itself is pretty forgiving, so it’s great for a person just learning to crochet.

Fancy Crochet Cowl

Supplies Needed:
Crochet Hook N – 10.00 MM
Yarn – size 4 medium
Yarn needle
Buttons (your choice of size, style & how many)
Scissors

Crochet Stitches & Abbreviations:
Chain = ch
Stitch = st
Single Crochet = sc
Double Crochet = dc
Skip = sk
Half Double Crochet = hdc

Notes:
– Every Row 1 (after the initial Row 1) you will need to crochet the last stitch in the top of the chain 2 stitch in order to get the correct number of stitches for each row. This creates the ripple effect on the outer edge of the main body of the cowl. Please reference the picture below.

Last Stitch Place in Top of Chain 2

– All chain 2 stitches count as a stitch for each row’s total stitch count.

Pattern:

Ch 12; dc in 2nd ch from the hook and in each stitch (11 total stitches)
Row 1: Ch 2, turn, dc, 2sc, *dc, dc, 2sc* repeat ** until the end of the row (14 total stitches)
Row 2: Ch2, turn, dc, sk1st, *dc, dc, sk1st* repeat ** until the end of the row (10 total stitches)
Row 3 & 4: Ch2, turn, dc in every stitch (10 total stitches)
Repeat Rows 1-4, making sure to end on row 3 once the desired length is achieved.

Once you have finished the length of your crochet cowl, it’s time for the ruffle that goes around the outer edge of the cowl. Feel free to do as many rows around the cowl as you prefer… the more rows, the more ruffle-y the cowl will be.

Ruffle:
Ch 2, *hdc in back loop, hdc in front loop*, repeat ** until the end of the round, finish off and weave in ends.

My cowl in the picture ended up being a total of 40 rows and I only did one ruffle row around the cowl… just as a reference for you while you are crocheting.

Fancy Crochet Cowl Final View

Please feel free to sell any cowls 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!

I would also love for you to share pictures of your completed cowl or any comments! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me and I will try to help as much as I can.

Cheers to a Fancy Monday,
Lisa