Thursday, December 4, 2014

The Dude Hat - A free crochet pattern!

It's finally here! The Dude Hat crochet pattern! 



Coordinates with The Dude Scarf free pattern, and is very easy, fast, customizable, and a great last minute gift for the dude (or dudette!) in your life. The stitch combination creates a wavy slouchy kind of look, I'm pretty happy with how it turned out! I hope you are too!


Materials: 
- 1/2 skein of worsted weight yarn (Color A), I used Woolite Cincinnati Green
- 1/3 skein worsted weight accent color (Color B) a Navy Blue of unknown origin :)
-  5.5 mm hook
- Yarn needle for sewing in ends



Notes/Abbreviations:
- DO NOT TURN, join at the end of each round with a slip stitch
- To begin each round, ch 1, then do your first stitch in the same (this creates a more seamless look), I will NOT write Ch 1 at the beginning of each round, please assume it and do it :)
- Pattern is in USA terms
-Finished measurement is 22-24" depending on yarn and tension (mine was 23", I tend to have medium tension)
- You can carry your yarn color changes, or cut and weave. I carried mine, just remember this is a slouchy-ish hat so leave some give on your carry "tails". I used the "invisible join" method.
- Abbreviations: sc = single crochet, hdc = half double crochet, dc = double crochet, tc = triple crochet, st = stitch, sk = skip, * indicates repeat

PATTERN

1. Color B: Create a Magic Ring, dc 6 times into the ring (6)
2. 2 Hdc around (12)
3. Color A: 2 tc in each around (24)
4. *Hdc 2, hdc next 3* around (30)
5. *hdc next 2, 2 hdc* around (40)
6. Color B: *2 tc, tc next 3* around (50)
7. Color A: *hdc next 5, 2 hdc* around - hdc remaining stitches in round (58)
8. *2 tc, tc next 2* around (87)
9. Hdc around (87)
10. Color B: tc around (87)
11. Color A: hdc around (87)
12. Tc around (87)
13. Hdc around (87)r
14. Color B: hdc, sk 1 (to decrease), *hdc next 10, sk 1* around (78)
15. Dc around (78)
16. Color A: dc around (78)
17. Color B: *hdc 15, sk 1 (to decrease)* around, hdc remaining stitches (72)
18. Color A: sc around to finish/create border. You could keep going at this point to make the hat slouchier, or do whatever finishing border you like!

That's it! Please let me know if you find my stitch counts are off at all, I made two of these to double check, but would love the feed back!



THANKS DUDES! Happy hooking!
-Claire

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Crochet Magazine Feature of Game of Thrones Stitch Marker Set!

WOW WOW WOW! I'm so excited, and I just can't hide it!

My hand stamped (engraved) "Winter is Coming" Game of Thrones inspired stitch marker set is being featured in the upcoming issue of Interweave Crochet Magazine!



It comes out on Dec 14th, check out page 8! I won't spoil the surprise by posting here :)

Here is a picture of the set, which can be found in my ETSY SHOP:




The tag can be used as a project tracker - you can use Sharpie marker to write your row, stitch, pattern name, hook size, or anything else! Then it wipes clean with nail polish remover! Pretty brilliant if you ask me, I wish I could patent the idea, lol. They also come on a wire to attach to your project bag.


Have a great day!
Yipppeeeee!
-Claire

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Free Men's Hat Crochet Pattern on Friday! (and more)


I'm back! Took a little hiatus, had some medical and personal stuff to take care of, will be blogging regularly again now.

Friday - The Dude Hat free crochet pattern launches! So excited to finally get this to you - just in time for last minute gifts for your dudes! Coordinates with the Dude Scarf! It's slouchy and soft and has a fun customizable pattern, sized to fit a man's head. 

What else have I been up to? Learning to make organic soap, and boy am I in trouble! It's incredible addictive - and so much fun! I'll be sharing a few recipes I came up with to give away as Holiday gifts.


More patterns are coming (see pics below of a few, I have 32 in the cue!). Some are free and some paid, but I can't wait!!!

Hope everyone is staying ahead of their yarn Christmas gift to-do list - I sure am not! 

Have a great day hookers and crafters :) 
-Claire