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Wheat & Cookie beanies

I call it ‘pom pom mania’ and it affects me everytime I crochet a hat. I can’t help it, I have to put a pom pom on it and this is what I did for my latest winter beanies as well. I made two beanies with two different patterns, one more elaborated and luxurious, the other one easier, quicker and achievable by any crocheter newbies in a flash.   

crochet-beaniesI simply adore how the puff stitch and the front post double crochet combine together to create this beautiful, rich and sophisticated pattern. I also think that the monochrome yarn really helps this stitch to stand out. I decided to call this project thewheat beanie, don’t you think this pattern resembles wheat stalks?

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To make this beanie I have used a little bit more than 2 balls of Regina yarn in this neutral grey color and my 3.5 mm hook. Actually even if the recommended size for this yarn was a 4.5 mm crochet hook, I used a smaller size so that the stitches didn’t look too loose and the pattern less compact and less visible.

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I started off by chaining 12 for the band. To give it a ribbed look I followed the pattern below.

row 1: ch1 , sc in the back loop of each stitch along

row 2-84: ch1 and turn your work. Sc in the back loop of each stitch along

Once you are happy with the fitting of your band, join the first and last row with slip stitches and start the body of your beanie.

round 1: chain 2 (building chains) , 88 dc evenly spaced all around the stitches below. Sl st into the first dc.  

From round 2 until your beanie measures approximately 25 – 26 cm keep repeating the pattern in chart.

crochet-weat-patternTo close up the beanie, fasten off your yarn being sure to leave a long tale. Using a yarn needle, go in and out of the last round stitches , and pull it tightly at the end. Here you can watch a useful video about this closing hat technique.

pic2pic3While I was making my second beanie, the more I went on, the more it made me think about a giant cookie with delicious drops of chocolate inside. This is why I called this project the cookie beanie.

cookie-beanieFor it I wanted a more relaxed pattern, the kind you can follow while sipping a warm cup of tea or watching a movie with your family. At the same time I didn’t want it to be trivial, so I went for the easy double crochet stitch alternated here and there with puff stitches.

stitch-2For this beanie I used pure ecological yarn in these beautiful neutral shades of creme-beige which I think make the simple pattern more intriguing. I played with contrast for the puff stitches , making them in a standing out brown color.

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I started off by chaining 10 for the band.

row 1: ch1 , sc in the back loop of each stitch along

row 2-76: ch1 and turn your work. Sc in the back loop of each stitch along

Join the first and last row with slip stitch and check the fitting of your band.

round 1: chain 2 (building chains) , 81 dc evenly spaced all around the stitches below. Sl st into the first dc. 

round 2: chain 2 (building chains), dc in each stitch around. Sl st into the first dc.

round 3: chain 2 (building chains) , *dc into the next 9 stitches below, then switch color and do 1 puff stitch into the 10th stitch*. Repeat from * to * untile the end of the row. Sl st into the first dc.

round 4: chain 2 (building chains) , *dc into the next 4 stitches below, then switch color and do 1 puff stitch into the 5th stitch*. Repeat from * to * untile the end of the row. Sl st into the first dc.

Keep repeating alternatively rounds 3-4 until your beanie measures 25-26 cm and then close it.

For the beautiful pom pom on top, I used my Clover pom pom maker. In this post you can follow my step by step tutorial on how to use it. It’s ridiculously easy!!

pic5I really love how these two beanies turned out and I must say, they have become my essentials during these days since the weather here in Italy is getting polar..brrrr!!! And what about the weather in your country? Which pattern would you pick for your personal beanie? I can't wait to know and in the meantime I wish you happy and warm crocheting times!!! See you to the next post…byeeee!!!

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Cabled pom-pom hat

Most of my inspiration comes from the word around me and lately I have been attracted by those cute cabled hats with a pom-pom on top. I love their pattern, it makes them so cozy, soft and warm, perfect to accessorize every winter outfit and what to say about pom-poms? They look so funny and always put me in an amazing mood!!

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Looking here and there on the web, I found out it is possible and quite easy to achieve the cabled texture even with a crochet hook. It only takes a bit of practice with front-post and back-post stitches, but once you ‘ve learned the technique you will even be able to design  your own pattern. In my case I went for a classic, a braid cabled pattern to make a hat 21 cm long which fits a head circumference of approximately 55-57 cm.

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I have used my trusty 6 mm hook and 150 gr of Katia Cotton Merino yarn in this beautiful grey shade. I love the way the grey and white shades blend in with the braided pattern.

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The hat is worked in three different parts : the band, the hat itself and the pom-pom.

To make the band we are going to chain 6. Ch1 and single crochet in the back loops of each chain below. Keep repeating this pattern until your band is long enough to fit your head. Since the yarn is going to stretch a bit, a trick that works for me is to measure my head circumference and subtract 3 from that measure. My head circumference measures 57 cm then I did my band 57-3 = 54 cm long. The pattern we are going to make is multiple of 6 then be sure that the final number of rows of the band is a multiple of 6 as well. After 60 rows here is how my band looked like!

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To close the band join the first and last row with slip stitch.

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For the body of the hat we are going to make an initial row of double crochet. The important thing in this row, as for the rows that follow, is that the initial chains we are going to make, do not count as a first stitch but we will call them ‘building chains’.

For row 1 chain 2 (building chains) and double crochet into the same stitch below. Keep repeating double crochet in each stitch across until you reach the end of the row where you are going to slip stitch into the first double crochet.

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And now let the cabling start !!! For row 2 chain 2 (building chains) and back-post-double crochet into the same stitch. Back-post-double crochet into the next stitch as well.

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Skip the next two stitches and work a front-post-treble crochet into the third one. Work a front-post-treble crochet into the next stitch as well.

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Now go back and work two front-post-treble crochet into the two stitches you have skipped before. You will see the cabling taking shape!

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Now continue alternate the pattern back-post-double crochet – cabling until you reach the end of the row where you are going to slip stitch into the first back-post stitch and not the second chain!!!

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For row 3 , chain 2 (building chains), *back-post double crochet into the next two stitches. Then front-post-double crochet into the next four stitches* as normal, without skipping any stitches below. Keep repeating from *to* until the end of row 3 where you are going to slip stitch into the first back-post stitch.

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Now keep repeating the sequence of rows 2-3 until you reach the total length you prefer for your hat. I stopped when it measured 21 cm, but you can make it longer if you want a slouchier effect.

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Once you have reached your desired length, fasten off your yarn leaving a long tale which we are going to use to close the hat at the top. We will just go in and out of the last stitches with a yarn needle and then we will pull it tightly. Here is an useful video on how to make this step.

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Finally it’s time to make the pom-pom! For this step you have different options, you can make pom-poms by using your hands cardboards disks or even a fork. But this time I went for the easiest way and taking advantage of the Christmas holidays I made myself a gift and  bought a pom-pom maker.

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My pom-pom maker is from Clover. The package contains two tools, one with a smaller diameter for smaller pom-poms and one for bigger ones. I wanted my pompon really to stand out on my hat, so I decided to use the one with a bigger diameter.

Using this pompom maker is really easy. When you open it you will see two arches taking shape. Let’s start wrapping a yarn thread around the first arch for about 100 times. Once you have completed the first arch close it and continue wrapping yarn on the second arch. Once you have done with the second arch too, take a scissor and start cutting the yarn in the middle of both arches. You can see your pompom coming out !! Now take a yarn thread quite long and tie couple of knots in the middle to secure your pompom. Open your pompom maker and voilà here you have it, a nice and well-shaped pompon ready to be attached on the top of your hat !!!!

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I really adore how this hat came out and that pom pom on top is simply irresistible!! Don't you think the same? I hope you guys like this pattern too and let me know how was dealing with cabling and if you also tried to design a new pattern. I love you all and see you to the next post…bye heart

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Slouchy beanie…

Looking at my hats collection I then realized I do not have one in a black color. This surprising observation came with the unexpected finding of two balls of black yarn completely new into my yarn storage box. Just coincidence? My mum would probably call it ‘a cosmic mess’ , but anyway I decided to kill two birds with one stone giving to those balls a reason to exist and filling my closet gap 🙂

basco1To make this beret I have used 100 gr of Witico black yarn ( 50% wool, 50% acrylic) and my 3.5 mm crochet hook.

basco2The final size that came out fits an adult head circumference of approximately 54-56 cm. Here below is the pattern I made up for this cute beanie, give it a try and let me know if it is clear enough. Personally I found it a bit difficult writing the pattern in words, but I did my best! However if you are more a ‘chart-type’ I will improvise a drawn pattern! Have fun my loved crocheters and see you to the next post ! XX

row1: in a magic loop ch 3 (it counts as the first dc). *Ch 1, dc into the loop*. Repeat from * to * 13 times (16 stitches). Sl st into the third ch.
row2 : ch 3 (it counts as the first dc), dc into the same stitch. 2 dc into the next stitch. Repeat all the way around until the end of the row. Sl st into the third ch.
row3 : ch3 (it counts as the first dc), 2 dc into the next stitch. *1 dc into the next stitch, 2 dc into the next one*. Repeat from * to* until the end of the row. Sl st into the third ch.
row4: ch3 (it counts as the first dc). *Ch1, skip the very next stitch, 1dc into the next one, ch1. Dc into the very next stitch*. Repeat from * to* until the end of the row. Sl st into the third ch.
row5 : ch3 (it counts as the first dc), dc into the ch 1 space and the next stitch, 2dc into the next one. *Dc into the next three stitches, 2dc into the next one*. Repeat from * to* until the end of the row. Sl st into the third ch.
row6 : ch3 (it counts as the first dc), dc into the next three stitches, 2dc into the next one. *Dc into the next four stitches, 2dc into the next one*. Repeat from * to* until the end of the row. Sl st into the third ch.
row7 : ch3 (it counts as the first dc). [Ch 1, skip the very next stitch, dc into the next one] (2 times). Ch 1 and dc into the very next stitch. *Dc into the next stitch, [ch1, skip the very next stitch] (2 times) , ch 1 aand dc into the very next stitch*. Repeat from * to * until the end of the row, sl st into the third ch.
rows8-9: ch3 (it counts as the first dc), 1 dc all the way around. At the end of the row sl st into the third ch.
row10: ch3 (it counts as the first dc), ch1, skip the very next stitch, dc into the next one. Repeat from * to* until the end of the row. Sl st into the third ch.
rows11-12 : ch3 (it counts as the first dc), 1 dc all the way around. At the end of the row sl st into the third ch.
row13 : ch3 (it counts as the first dc), [ch1, skip the very next stitch, dc into the next one] (12 times). Ch1, skip the next 2 stitches (decrease) , dc into the next one. Repeat all the way around, then sl st into the third ch.
row14 : ch3 (it counts as the first dc), 1 dc into the next 11 stitches, 2dc joined together into the next ones (decrease). Repeat until the end of the row and then sl st into the third ch.
row15 : ch3 (it counts as the first dc), 1 dc into the next 10 stitches, 2dc joined together into the next ones (decrease). Repeat until the end of the row , then sl st into the third ch.
row16: ch3 (it counts as the first dc), [ch1, skip the very next stitch, dc into the next one] (9 times). Ch1, skip the next 2 stitches (decrease) , dc into the next one. Repeat all the way around, then sl st into the third ch.
row17 : ch3 (it counts as the first dc), 1 dc into the next 8 stitches, 2dc joined together into the next ones (decrease). Repeat until the end of the row , then sl st into the third ch.
row18 : ch3 (it counts as the first dc), 1 dc into the next 7 stitches, 2dc joined together into the next ones (decrease). Repeat until the end of the row , then sl st into the third ch.
row19: ch1 (it counts as the first sc), sc into the next 2 stitches, 2 sc joined together into the next one. Repeat until the end of the row, sl st into the first ch.
row20: ch1 (it counts as the first sc), sc into the next stitch, 2 sc joined together into the next one. Repeat until the end of the row, sl st into the first ch.
rows21-23 : ch1 (it counts as the first sc), sc all the way around. At the end of the row sl st into the first ch.

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Baby hat and matching mittens…

Could you think of a better way to enter the new year than the arrival of a little, soft, pink bundle? At the beginning of the month, my cousin gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Aurora, adding a new branch to our family tree. My gift for her was the project I am going to share with you today, a cute baby hat with matching mittens. Aren’t they simply adorable?

fotoIIf you give a look around you can certainly notice that pink in all its shades is my favorite color and when I saw this light pink yarn I couldn’t help thinking about anything more delicate and perfect for a newborn lady. One ball was enough for both the hat and the mittens and since I had some white yarn left, I used it to make a flower to embellish the hat. Here is the pattern I made up for these projects, it is in the size 0-3 months and to make it easier I also took some row-by-row photos. Well, what more…let’s begin !

What you’ll need :

  • 100 gr of yarn in the color you prefer
  • 3.0 mm crochet hook
  • small amount of white yarn
  • yarn needle
  • scissors

Stitches used :

  • slip stitch (sl st)
  • single crochet (sc)
  • half double crochet (hdc)
  • double crochet (dc)

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row 1 : into a magic loop start making 10 hdc
row 2 : ch 1, 2 hdc in each stitch around. At the end of the row sl st into the first chain
row 3: ch 1, *1 hdc in the next stitch, 2 hdc in the next stitch*. Repeat from * to* until the end of the row, then sl st into the first chain
row 4: ch 1, *1 hdc in the next 2 stitches, 2 hdc in the next one*. Repeat from * to* until the end of the row, then sl st into the first chainTutorial1row5: ch 1, *1 hdc in the next 3 stitches, 2 hdc in the next one*. Repeat from * to* until the end of the row, then sl st into the first chain
row6: ch 1, *1 hdc in the next 4 stitches, 2 hdc in the next one*. Repeat from * to* until the end of the row, then sl st into the first chain
row7: ch 1, *1 hdc in the next 5 stitches, 2 hdc in the next one*. Repeat from * to* until the end of the row, then sl st into the first chain
row8: ch 1, *1 hdc in the next 6 stitches, 2 hdc in the next one*. Repeat from * to* until the end of the row, then sl st into the first chain
Tutorial2rows 9-14 : ch1, hdc in each stitch around. Sl st into the first ch
rows 15-17 : ch2 (it counts as the first dc), dc into the same stitch, ch1, 2dc into the same stitch. *Skip the next 4 ch then 2dc in the next one, ch1, 2dc in the same stitch*. Repeat from * to* until the end of the row. Sl st into the second ch
rows 18-20: ch 1, sc in each stitch around. Sl stitch into the first ch.tutorial3When I decided to attach a flower on the hat, I started looking for an original pattern and I fell in love with the one I found on B.hooked’s blog. Here is the link to her free video tutorial, she is amazing and her explanation clear and simple, I hope you will enjoy it as I did.foto3MITTENS
Cuffs
Make a foundation chain of 7 ch.
row 1: 1sc in the second ch from the hook, 1 sc in each chain of the foundation chain
rows 2-20 : ch1 and turn your work. 1sc in each into the back loop of each stitch across.foto4Fold in half the stripe of single crochet you have and start joining the edges with sl st.foto5Body
row 1: ch1, 1 sc in each stitch around. Sl st into the first ch. (20 st)
row2 : ch1, *1 sc in the next 4 stitches, 2 sc in the next one*. Repeat from * to* all the way around. Sl st into the first ch
rows 3-9 : ch1, 1 sc in each stitch around. Sl st into the first chfoto6rows 10-11 : ch1, *2sc joined together in the next 2 stitches (1 decrease), 1 sc in the next stitch*. Repeat from * to * all the way around. Sl st into the first stitch
row 12: ch1, 2sc joined together in each stitch around. 1 sc into the last stitch, then sl st into the first stitch.
Now fasten off your yarn leaving a long tale and with a yarn needle close the top of your mitten. foto7I hope you guys like these patterns. I enjoyed them a lot and more because they were made in a baby size and we know, when it comes to babies everything is cuter and nicer and more exciting!!! I will be very pleased if you want to share with me your works and let me know if you want me to blog about 'my general rules' on sizing the crochet hats…I love you all and see you to the next post, bye XX

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French Beret…

Salut mes amis! Get ready, today we are going to fly to Paris. If you want to feel a cute “parisienne”, the fashion accessory you cannot miss is the typical French basque. I really love it ! I think it looks adorable on everyone, sophisticated with short hair and romantic with long or medium hair. For sure it gives an extra touch to your style! You can wear it in winter as warm and cozy, but also in spring or summer. If your summers are impossibly hot like in my Country, you can wear it in the evening with a red lipstick looking simply chic and unique. I wanted one to be worn during spring/summer times, so I looked for an openwork pattern and I was captured by this one on the net. http://www.craftideas.us/crochet-beret-for-girls.html

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For my beret, I chose the dusty rose that is actually my favorite color and I used 2 threads of cotton together, worked with a 3 mm hook. I love the texture it came out! I also made some adjustments to this pattern skipping the last 5 rows and going directly to the edging band, but this is completely optional. It depends on how slouchy you want your basque to be.

After few hours working voilà this is the final result!!

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I hope I convinced you guys enough to give this basque a try!! I would be pleased to receive photos of your handmade basque and if you have any questions leave a comment and I will answer as soon as I can!! See you next time, bye !!!

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