Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Simple Crochet Newborn Hats

I can't believe it was just 2 years ago that I started crocheting. It seems each time I find something I enjoy, I dive deep into it. ^_^ I started off with such large hooks (9mm+) and chunky yarn because it was easier to manage and the projects were so fast! Most of my projects now are made using hook sizes 4.5 - 6mm. 

I wish I had more time to take on bigger projects. I'd love to start making clothing!

One of the easiest things to make are little newborn hats. Double crochet stitches make for faster projects because the stitches are taller and you finish a lot quicker than if you were to do single crochet stitches. 

I started all my rounds chaining and joining to beginning chain to form a loop/circle. I was always intimidated to do the magic ring. Once I learned the magic ring, I never went back. What was I so afraid of? It's much easier (for me)!

There's so many great FREE tutorials out there!

This is probably the most simple hat. 9 rows of double crochets and finished with 2 rows of single crochetes. A cute button finishes it off. Simple. Cute.

This hat was done the same way except for the change of color and the shell stitch edges. Add a flower and it's an adorable baby girl hat.

Crochet Newborn Bonnets

I went a little crazy making these cute little bonnets at work. No, I wasn't crocheting while working. I'm still nursing my baby and I have to pump at work so I make the most of that time by crocheting. The good thing about newborn hats are they are little itty bitty and takes less time to make (especially now that i'm getting better!)

Free video tutorial for the bonnet found here
Free Three Layer Flower pattern & tutorial for the flower here

I even tried using mohair yarn which I absolutely LOVE! 

Burgundy Cross Stitch Slouch Hat

After making a green slouch hat that was slightly small, I decided to make another one using the cross stitch (because I didn't want to make the exact same hat again).

I used Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Burgundy (I know my photos look red)

6mm Hook
Yarn Needle

ch = Chain
sc = Single Crochet
dc = Double Crochet
sl st= Slip Stitch

Round 1 - 12 stitches
ch 2 (does not count as a chain stitch)
11 dc into the magic ring
sl st into the top of the ch 2

Round 2 - 24 stitches
ch 2 (does not count as a chain stitch)
2 dc into the same stitch 
2 dc into each stitch all the way around
sl st into the top of the ch 2

Round 3 - Repeat Round 2 = 48 stitches

Round 4 - 10 - cross stitches
ch 2* (this counts as a double crochet stitch)
skip next stitch & dc into the 2nd stitch
dc into the skipped stitch (these two stitches creates a cross "X")
Repeat all the way around
*when you get to the last stitch, dc into the stitch of the beginning chain 2  

Round 11 - 17
ch 1 and 1 sc in each stitch all the way around (do not sl st)
after the last stitch, place a stitch marker here
sc in the next stitch (beginning ch 1) & complete using a continuous round until you get the desired width
I like to sl the last couple of stitches to blend in better

Fasten off and weave ends in (don't forget to weave in the beginning tail from the magic ring.) It has this swirly look which I liked very much. yay!

I'm just learning how to read patterns and write them so I hope I didn't screw up too bad!

Green Crochet Slouch Hat

This slouch hat was made following this pattern. I used Red Heart Super Saver yarn and a 5.5 hook but it was a little tight for me. I followed it exactly. I guess my tension was too tight or my head is too big haha. It looks cut on my kids though!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Crochet Coffee Cozy

It's Teacher Appreciation Week! I thought about what to make for the boy's preschool teachers. I want to be fair so I want to give them all the same gift even though my 4 year old has a specific small group teacher. 

I decided to crochet a coffee cozy (Free tutorial by Jonna Ventura) and give them each a gift card from Starbucks. Everyone drinks coffee right? Especially when work means dealing with 38 preschoolers from ages 2-5! 

I love these cute little wood heart buttons I ordered a while ago. They were smaller than I had thought but were just perfect for this project.

Can you tell the filler is from Easter? :)

I found this free printable tag here! I thought the guy at starbucks would give me a larger cup but I'm not going to complain! I used teal cardstock because it matches the color of the coffee cup. Luckily I also had teal ribbons. I love the color teal... my bridesmaids' dresses were teal ♥

I love how simple this is and hopefully they love it as much as I do!

Crochet Lulu Pom Pom Scarf

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