I have two fabulous nieces. One is a tomboy and is into all things dinosaur. The other is a little fashionista and LOVES accessories. At only three, she cracks me up wanting "options" for her wardrobe.
With her in mind, I created this crochet hat pattern that delivers on just that - OPTIONS! Want a messy bun? DONE! Want to keep it simple? DONE! Want to jazz it up with ribbon or pom poms? DONE!
In this pattern I show you how to take the same pattern and finish it out multiple ways. What other options can you create?
The pattern is available on this site, on Etsy, and in my Ravelry store.
Meet my new favorite hat pattern: The Sweeney Beanie by Lindsay Allercott. (Pattern here). What I really like it how fast these work up while still giving you an interesting - and complex looking - design. Lindsay's pattern includes sizes from toddler to adult. Each hat took me only one evening to make.
Of course, I just HAD to make some fingerless mitts to coordinate.
If you are looking for a last minute gift with a lot of visual impact, this is the one you want to try!
Wow! What a busy couple of weeks it has been! This weekend marked the beginning of show season for me and my partner in crime Ruthann. Last year we only did one craft show, but this year we are going for three. Between the two of us, plus my sweet mother-in-law, we have a TON of crochet and knitted goodies for sale.
Since I had so much inventory, I decided to focus on making crazy hats. The idea was to get people into the booth and have a great time. It was most definitely a success! Not only did we have non-stop traffic all day, we had a huge crowd of people stop by to take pictures. Our booth neighbor got into it as well and was encouraging people to try them on.
I ended up with several requests, one of which is from the local librarians (pictured above). They want a set of these for children's story time, and we may be collaborating on other characters. So fun!
The patterns for all four of the birdbrain hats (Turkey, Chicken, Peacock, Flamingo) are all available on this site, Etsy, Ravelry, and Craftsy. I have a couple more in the works and will publish those soon.
Here are some pictures of the hats being modeled. Enjoy!
Okay fellow hookers, here's yet another awesome pattern from Marken of The Hat & I. This is the Bohemian Nights hat and wow - tons of fun to make. I can whip one of these out in an evening while binge watching Netflix. Here are a couple more views.
What's really fun is Marken includes options to make the tail even longer! I didn't go that route as I felt the tail was long enough for a child's hat, but there may be an all-off-white version for me in my future.
I had a ton of left over yarn from making the above colorway, so of course, I made a few more. Aren't these fun?
(PSST: I'm thinking about using her row patterns for a coat in the future - how amazing would that be?)
If you are looking for something quick with amazing results this gift-giving season, this is worth checking out. (NOTE: I have no affiliation with Marken - I just freakin' love her hat designs!)
My hat-making continues with another design by Marken of The Hat and I. I had so much fun making this one, I made a second one in an adult size for me. I love how Marken uses different stitches to create all the wonderful texture that make these seem like a real helmet. And - bonus - it works up quickly like many of her other designs. I finished this in one evening.
Yet another super cute hat designed by Marken of The Hat & I. Since you use super bulky yarn to create it, it works up fast. This is the child size and I made it in one evening.
I recommend this pattern (and any of Marken's patterns) if you are looking for a super-quick and unique project for any kids you may have on your shopping list.
Even though my son makes a VERY reluctant model, this hat actually brought a lot of giggles while I was making it. Not only did it work up quickly, the pattern was super easy to follow. I've made several hats from Marken of The Hat & I over the years, and her creativity never disappoints. In this hat in particular she uses a mix of SC and DC to make a frog-like skin texture. I can see myself using this same technique in future projects.
Here are a few more shots for your enjoyment.
Ya'll probably remember a few weeks back when I posted about my sister's oldest daughter getting upset because she had to pass down her favorite hat to her little sister. To restore peace to the household I whipped up a replacement version, but it had to be a rainbow. (Check out the post here).
Well, there's even more to the story.
As I was working on the replacement hat, my youngest son got really excited. I mean REALLY excited. He assumed that the hat was for him. When I informed him it was going to one of his cousins, he got really quiet. After a few minutes he informed me that I NEVER make anything for him (not true, but that's another post . . . or ten).
I offered to make him a rainbow hat too.
Then proceeded to come up with all kinds of crazy requirements on what the hat should have.
I sat him down with the iPad and had him browse through several hat patterns on Etsy. He found one he liked. I then had him pick his colors. What you see is his new rainbow hat. He seems happy - he never takes it off.
The "Color Dip Beanie" is designed by TheHatAndI over at Etsy. (Pattern here). This pattern was fun to make and I was able to complete it in one evening. TheHatAndI also has some other cute patterns in the shop, so be sure to check them out.