• C is for Cookie

    Here's another hat that I made at a client's request. As always I start with the same basic hat pattern and add the details from there. Again, no one has tested the pattern except me so please let me know if there are any problems with it. You hat should fit a 4-12 yr old. To make it larger or smaller do more or less increases or use a smaller or larger hook.

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    C is for Cookie Hat

    5.0mm hook
    worsted weight yarn - royal blue, black, white, beige and scraps of dark brown

    finish each round with a slip stitch

    Hat
    Start with magic circle
    1) 10 dc into the circle
    2) 2 dc in every stitch
    3) *2 dc in first stitch, 1 dc in next stitch - repeat from * to end of round
    4) *2 dc in first stitch, 1 dc in next 2 stitches - repeat from * to end of round
    5) *2 dc in first stitch, 1 dc in next 3 stitches - repeat from * to end of round
    6) *2 dc in first stitch, 1 dc in next 4 stitches - repeat from * to end of round
    7 - 14) dc in each stitch.
    Fasten off

    Earflaps
    Join main colour in 8th stitch from where you fastened off.
    1) dc in each stitch 12 times, ch 2 and turn
    2) dc2tog, dc in next 8 stitches, dc2tog, ch2 and turn
    3) dc2tog, dc in next 6 stitches, dc2tog, ch2 and turn
    4) dc2tog, dc in next 4 stitches, dc2tog, fasten off

    For the other earflap join at the 19th stitch and follow the directions above.

    Join yarn at the back of the hat and sc around the hat and earflaps. Fasten off.

    Braids

    Take 15 strands of yarn (I wrap the yarn around my hand to my elbow and back 15 times and then cut at my hand to give me 15 strands that are approx. 33 inches) and push them through the one of the spaces between the stitches in the last row of the earflap (approx. centre) until they are equal lengths on either side. Divide into three groups of 10 strands and braid. Take a spare piece of yarn and tie around the bottom of the braid and then wrap and tie again and then using a needle pull the yarn through the tie so that it comes out down in the loose hanging yarn that makes the tassels. Trim to make the tassel even. Repeat on the other earflap.

    Eyes

    Using black, make a magic loop and sc 6 times into the circle. Fasten off (make 2)
    Make two pompoms out of white yarn.

    Attach one of the black circles to each of the pompoms

    Mouth
    Using black yarn make a magic loop
    1) 8 dc into the circle. Do not join, ch2, turn
    2) 2 dc in each stitch, ch 2 and turn
    3) *2 dc in first stitch 1dc in next - repeat to end of row, ch2, turn
    4) dc in each stitch
    Fasten off

    Cookies (make 4)
    Make magic loop
    1) 8 dc into the circle
    2) 2dc in each stitch
    3)*2dc in first stitch, 1 dc in next stitch - repeat to end of round (this round is optional - for smaller cookies just do rounds one and two)
    Using some darker brown yarn sew on some "chocolate chips"

    put one cookie on either side of the bottom of your braid and sew them together making sure to sew through the braid in order to make sure that the cookies don't fall off.

  • Panda Hat

    It's been a crazy couple of months. Custom Caps (and more) has been booming with tons of orders. Along the way I've had to create a few new hats for clients. I decided to post the patterns here. These have not been tested by anyone else, so please let me know if there are any problems with the pattern. All my patterns are made for one size (usually child size - age 5-10 yrs) but can be modified by adding or subtracting increase rows or using different size hooks

    Here's the first of a couple of new patterns:

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    Panda Hat

    5.0mm hook
    worsted weight yarn - white and black

    finish each round with a slip stitch

    Hat
    Start with magic circle
    1) 10 dc into the circle
    2) 2 dc in every stitch
    3) *2 dc in first stitch, 1 dc in next stitch - repeat from * to end of round
    4) *2 dc in first stitch, 1 dc in next 2 stitches - repeat from * to end of round
    5) *2 dc in first stitch, 1 dc in next 3 stitches - repeat from * to end of round
    6) *2 dc in first stitch, 1 dc in next 4 stitches - repeat from * to end of round
    7 - 14) dc in each stitch.
    Fasten off

    Earflaps
    Using black join in 8th stitch from where you fastened off.
    1) dc in each stitch 12 times, ch 2 and turn
    2) dc2tog, dc in next 8 stitches, dc2tog, ch2 and turn
    3) dc2tog, dc in next 6 stitches, dc2tog, ch2 and turn
    4) dc2tog, dc in next 4 stitches, dc2tog, fasten off

    For the other earflap join at the 19th stitch and follow the directions above.

    Join Black yarn at the back of the hat and sc around the hat and earflaps. Fasten off.

    Braids

    You will need 7 strands of black and 8 strands of white for each braid.
    I wrap the yarn around my hand to my elbow and back and then cut at my hand to give me strands that are approx. 33 inches long. Push them through the one of the spaces between the stitches in the last row of the earflap (approx. centre) until they are equal lengths on either side. Divide into three groups of 10 strands and braid. Take a spare piece of yarn and tie around the bottom of the braid and then wrap and tie again and then using a needle pull the yarn through the tie so that it comes out down in the loose hanging yarn that makes the tassels. Trim to make the tassel even. Repeat on the other earflap.

    Eyes (make two)
    using black make a magic circle
    1) 8 dc into circle
    2) 2 dc in each stitch
    3) sc, hdc, 2 dc into the next 3 stitches, hdc, sc in next 10 stitches
    Fasten off

    using white make magic circle
    1) 8 dc into circle.
    Fasten off

    Using black make magic circle
    1) 6 sc into circle.
    FO

    sew small black circle onto white circle and then sew the white circle to the top part of the large black oval

    Ears (make 2)
    Make a magic circle
    1) 6 sc into circle
    2) 2 sc in each stitch
    3) *2 sc in next stitch, 1 sc in next - repeat from * to end of round
    4 -7) Sc around
    Fasten off leaving long tail for sewing

    When sewing on ears you will be folding them so they for a sort of cup.

    Nose
    1) ch 5, sc 2nd ch from hook and ea across. (4)
    2) ch 1, 2 sc first st, sc in ea of next 2 st, 2sc last st (6)
    3) ch 1, sc ea st (6)
    4) ch 1, sc2tog over first two sts, sc in ea of next 2 st, sc2tog over last 2 sts (4)
    Fasten off.

  • Gravestone update

    Well, most of my blogs to date have focused on my crochet hats. I figured it was time to do a little update on my other passion, the preservation of gravestones for genealogical purposes. I love cemeteries (especially old ones) and a couple of years back decided to start photographing the stones in various cemeteries around my hometown to try to preserve the information on them for future generations.

    There are a wide variety of websites that host photos of gravestones for people to search through. A few of the bigger ones are Find A Grave ( http://www.findagrave.com ), which is mainly American and currently is more focused on famous people and Internment.net ( http://www.interment.net/ ), again mainly American. As I live in Canada, here are the two that I use the most, Canadian Gravemarker Gallery ( http://gravemarkers.ca/ ) which is all Canadian but focused mainly on Ontario and CanadianHeadstones.com ( http://canadianheadstones.com/ ). I volunteer for and prefer CanadianHeadstones.com because you can submit one stone or a whole cemetery of stones while the Gravemarker Gallery only wants whole cemeteries.

    CanadianHeadstones.com also has a new section that they are working on which is for Armed Forces Personnel buried overseas. I'm currently working my way through a cemetery in the Netherlands that someone else photographed and submitted but didn't have the time to transcribe).

    If you are interested in helping out with this great project contact Jim at Canadian Headstones.com or submit your photos to them through their very easy submission form on their website. I've submitted photos for three or four cemeteries as well as pictures of all my relatives graves from the cemeteries in Canada where they are buried. The great thing about this is that it is a FREE resource for genealogists and it also helps record these stones before they are destroyed or deteriorate to the point that they are unreadable and this important information is gone for good.

    I'm looking forward to hitting up a few more historic cemeteries this summer - we are heading to 100 Mile House and are planning a day trip (or two) to Williams Lake and there are apparently a couple of historic cemeteries and ghost towns in the area. Hopefully my husband and kids will indulge me. Last summer my son and I took off for the day and went on a little adventure to find a very well hidden historic cemetery in Lone Butte. He had fun trying to find the oldest stone in the cemetery giving me a chance to photograph them.

    I hope this may inspire some of you out there to consider photographing stones in your area and submitting them to a site like the ones I've mentioned above.

  • Bitty Flower Hat

    Bitty Flower Hat

    This one is named after my daughter.

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    You will need:
    1 skein of cotton (main colour)
    small bit of a contrast colour for flower (optional)
    ribbon
    5 mm hook
    tapestry needle

    sc - single crochet
    dc - double crochet
    dtr - double treble crochet Yo hook 3 times, insert hook in st, yo, draw loop through, [yo, draw through 2 loops on hook] 4 times.

    Pattern:

    Make magic circle
    Join each round with a slip stitch

    Round 1 10 dc in circle.
    Round 2 2 dc in each dc (20 stitches)
    Round 3 2 dc in first dc, 1 dc in next. Repeat (30 stitches)
    Round 4 2 dc in first dc, 1 dc in next 2 dc. Repeat (40 stitches)
    Round 5 2 dc in first dc, 1 dc in next 3 dc. Repeat (50 stitches)
    Rounds 6 - 10 1 dc in every stitch
    Round 11 dtr in each stitch
    Round 12 - 17 sc in every stitch

    Thread ribbon through the dtr

    Flower (optional)
    attach a flower of your own pattern. I used the flower from http://www.action-hero.net/blog/2004/09/crocheted-flower-pattern.html , although I only did 2 flowers rather than 3

  • Watermelon Hat

    A friend asked me if I could make a Watermelon hat for her....so here's the pattern that I designed. This hat made to these specifications will fit a 3-6 month old. You could probably make it larger using a larger hook and thicker yarn. Also adding an extra round or two would help. I will try to update it a bit later with some modifications for larger sizes.

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    Here's the pattern...

    Materials
    Hook: H (5.00mm)

    red worsted weight yarn
    white worsted weight yarn
    light green worsted weight yarn
    darker green worsted weight yarn
    a tiny bit of black yarn for seeds (if you want them)

    I used cotton for this hat but it would probably be warmer for winter if done in acrylic or wool.

    Term
    ch: chain
    st: stitch
    slst: slip stitch
    sc: single crochet
    hdc: half double crochet
    dc: double crochet
    dc2tog: double crochet two stitches together (decrease)
    ( ): repeat around
    { }: total number of stitches

    Instructions
    Join each round with a sl st

    Round 1: Using red yarn, make a Magic Loop, then make 9 sc in ring; join with sl st in first sc
    Round 2: ch 3 (counts as dc from here forward), dc in joining space, (2dc in each sc) {20 dc}
    Round 3: ch 3, dc in joining space, dc in next dc, (2dc in next dc, dc in next dc) {30 dc}
    Round 4: ch 3, dc in joining space, dc in next two dc, (2dc in next dc, dc in next two dc) {40 dc}
    Round 5: ch 3, dc in joining space, dc in next three dc, (2dc in next dc, dc in next three dc) {50 dc}
    Round 6-10: ch 3, (dc in each dc) {50 dc}
    Round 11: Join white yarn, ch2, (hdc in each dc) {50 hdc}
    Round 12-13: Join light green yarn, ch 2, (hdc in each hdc) {50 hdc}
    Round 14: Join darker green yarn, ch 3, (dc in each hdc) {50 dc}
    Fasten off; weave in all tails

    EARFLAP
    Using the darker green yarn, from final joining space sl st in next 9 st around left side.
    Row 1: ch 3, dc in next 7 st., {7 dc}
    Row 2: ch 3, turn, dc2tog, dc in next 3 st, dc2tog {5 dc}
    Row 3: ch 3, turn, dc in each stitch {5 dc}
    Row 4: ch 3, turn, dc2tog, dc, dc2tog {3 dc}
    Fasten off.
    For second earflap, count 16 st to the right (from back seam), attach yarn, and repeat earflap directions. You may wish to sl st from the earflap back to the back seam as well for continuity.
    Rejoin darker green at back seam and sc all the way around the hat and earflaps for a neater finish.

    Add seeds or not, it's up to you - remember, many watermelons are seedless these days

    Create tassels by looping multicolour strands through each earflap and braiding them.

  • Canucks Hats

    With the Vancouver Canucks heading to the Stanley Cup finals I thought I would make up a couple of Canucks hats. This is just from a basic beanie pattern.

    White hat

    Yarn - need worsted weight White, Blue and Green
    Hook size 5.0mm

    Using White form the magic loop
    Round 1) ch2, dc 10 times into the loop, sl st to form a loop (repeat at the end of every round).
    Round 2) ch2, dc 2 times into each st
    Round 3) ch2, *dc 2 times into first st, then one dc into next st. Repeat from *
    Round 4) ch2, *dc 2 times into first st, then one dc into next st. Repeat from * (this is the same as the row before)
    Round 5) ch2, *dc 2 times into first st, then one dc into next two st. Repeat from *
    Round 6) ch2, *dc 2 times into first st, then one dc into next three st. Repeat from *

    Change to royal blue.
    Round 7) ch2, dc in every st

    Change back to white
    Round 8) ch2, dc in every st

    Change to green
    Round 9-11) ch2, dc in every st

    Change to white
    Round 12) ch2, dc in every st

    Change to royal blue
    Round 13) ch2, dc in every st

    Change to white
    Round 14 & 15) ch2, dc in every stitch
    Round 16 & 17) ch1, sc in every stitch

    Finish off

    When I first made this hat I only did one row of white dc at the end, but when my husband tried it on he felt it was too short so I added the extra rows of white after the picture was taken.

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    Blue hat pattern to follow.

  • Ribbon Cap

    Working on some fun new hats for summer. Here's one with a brim to keep the sun off your face...

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    Ribbon Cap

    I used a 5.0mm hook and worsted weight yarn and the hat came out to a size that would fit my 8 year old daughter. I seem to crochet looser than my friend so you may want to play with the hook size (you may want to go up a size or two)

    Hat:
    Rnd 1) ch3, 11 dc in 3rd ch from hook, join to top of first dc.
    Rnd 2) ch2, ( does not count as first dc now and through out) 2dc in each st around, join to top of first dc
    Rnd 3) ch2, 2dc in first st, * dc in next st, 2dc in next st repeat from * around, sl st to join
    Rnd 4) ch2, 2dc in first st, * dc in next 2 sts, 2dc in next st, repeat from * around, sl st to join
    Rnd 5) ch2, 2dc in first st, * dc in next 3 sts, 2dc in next st, repeat from * around, sl st to join
    Rnd 6) ch2, 2dc in first st, * dc in next 4sts, 2 dc in next st, repeat from * around, st st to back loop of first dc
    Rnd 7) ch2, dc in back loop of first st in back loop of each st accross, sl st to join
    Rnd 8-11) ch2, dc in first st and in each st around, sl st to join.
    Rnd 12) ch3, trc in first st and in each st around, sl st to join fasten off.

    Brim:
    Top Side
    Mark 22 sts on front of Hat on Round 12 for Brim.
    Row 1) With right side facing, join yarn in first marked st, working in front loops only, sc in each next 22 sts.
    Row 2) Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across, sc in back loops in next 4 sts on Hat 26 sts.
    Row 3) Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across, sc in front loops in next 4 sts on Hat 30 sts.
    Row 4) Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across, sc in back loop in next st on Hat 31 sts.
    Row 5) Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across, sc in front loop in next st on Hat 32 sts.
    Row 6) Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across, sc in back loop in next st on Hat 33 sts.
    Row 7) Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across, sc in front loop in next st on Hat 34 sts.
    Fasten off.

    Bottom Side
    Row 1) With wrong side facing, join yarn on wrong side of Row 1 of Brim, sc in back loops of first 22 sts.
    Row 2) Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across, sc in front loops in next 4 sts on Hat 26 sts.
    Row 3) Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across, sc in back loops in next 4 sts on Hat 30 sts.
    Row 4) Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across, sc in front loop in next st on Hat 31 sts.
    Row 5) Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across, sc in back loop in next st on Hat 32 sts.
    Row 6) Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across, sc in front loop in next st on Hat 33 sts.
    Row 7) Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across, sc in back loop in
    next st on Hat 34 sts.

    Continue SC around the back of the hat.
    SC the two pieces of the brim together.
    SC a second time around the back of the hat.
    Fasten off.

    Lace a piece of ribbon through going under two of the treble crochet and then over two all the way around and tie a bow.

    ABBREVIATIONS: ch = chain; dc = double crochet; mm = millimeters; sc = single
    crochet; st(s) = stitch(es); * = repeat whatever
    follows the * as indicated.

    Let me know if you make this hat, I'd love to see it. If you find any mistakes or if anything is confusing please let me know. Feel free to do whatever you so wish with your final product, but please just give me credit for the pattern.

  • Custom Caps (and more)

    Since last blogging things have gotten a bit crazy. My friend and I have started up a business called Custom Caps (and more) making knit and crochet hats. Currently we only have a website on Facebook but are looking to expand in the next couple of months. It was a crazy start up with 12 hats being ordered and created in the first two weeks but we've been having a great time doing it.

    Here's a couple of examples....
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    knitting 206

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    We also do character and animal hats but I don't have any pictures handy - they are on our facebook page - search Custom Caps (and more) - you need the (and more) to find us. Currently we only take cash so are focused on the Vancouver area of BC, but we did have one order from Washington state that we shipped off to him. Hopefully we will get things set up to take paypal once we get a website set up.

    UPDATE: We now have our website up and running. You can find us at http://www.customcapsandmore.weebly.com

  • Hats, Hats and More Hats

    I decided that since I love to make hats I would see if I could maybe sell some of them to offset my yarn costs. Well, in this past week I have made a whopping 7 hats as custom orders...not too bad for the first week! The popular style right now comes from a fantastic pattern I found on Ravelry - McKinley's Springtime Hat. You can find this wonderfully quick and easy pattern on http://mckinleyscloset.blogspot.com/

    Here's a couple of the hats

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  • Despicable Me Minion Hat

    In my search for cute quick hats to knit and crochet for charity I came across one for a Minion hat (from Despicable Me)that combined knitting and crochet. I decided that I would borrow the idea but come up with my own, all crochet, pattern.
    So here it is:

    Hat portion:

    Yellow worsted weight yarn
    4mm hook (for larger sizes, increase the size of the hook and add extra rows for length).

    1) CH3, slip stitch to make a loop and then make 10 DC into the loop.
    2) CH2, 2DC into each stitch around, join with slip stitch into CH2 space (20 Stitches)
    3) CH2, 1DC in same stitch, 2DC in next stitch, *1DC in next stitch, 2DC in next stitch*, repeat *to* around, join with slip stitch into CH2 space
    (30 Stitches)
    4) CH2, 1DC in same stitch & next stitch, 2DC in following stitch, *1DC in each of next 2stitches, 2DC in next stitch*, repeat *to* around, join with slip stitch into CH2 space (40 Stitches)
    5) CH2, 1DC in same stitch & next 2 stitches, 2DC in next stitch, *1DC in each of next 3stitches, 2DC in next stitch*, repeat *to* around, join with slip stitch into CH2 space (50 Stitches)
    6.) CH2, 1DC in same stitch & next 3stitches, 2DC in next stitch, *1DC in each of next 4stitches, 2DC in next stitch*, repeat *to* around, join with slip stitch into CH2 space (60dc)
    7 - 14) CH2, 1DC in each st around. Join with slip stitch into CH2 space.

    Eyes (make 2):
    4mm hook
    1)Using black, CH3, SC 10 times into 3rd CH from the hook. Join with slip stitch.
    2)Using white, CH2, 2SC in each stitch. Join with slip stitch.
    3)Using grey, CH2, SC in each stitch. Join with slip stitch.

    Strap:
    Black yarn, 4mm hook
    CH60, SC in 2nd stitch from hook and in every stitch after. FO

    Sew eyes on touching one another, sew on strap attaching it to the outer edge of each eye and with a stitch at the back.

    Backstitch a mouth on with black and Voila!

    January 2011 004

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