Saturday, December 31, 2011

My Brother's Birthday Hat


Hubby's Tweed Hunting Hat

FINALLY!!!!  My hubby wouldn't wear anything I made, and he wasn't a "fan" of hats, but I finally won him over with this GIANT STITCH (size Q hook/super bulky tweed yarn) beanie. 

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Winter Hat

My Emily gets overheated very easily, so when I found this "Quick Fix" hat on www.vallieskids.blogspot.com, I knew it would be perfect for her.  She loves blue, and I had some Jiffy in blue, which is a bulky weight yarn, the equivalent of the suggested 2 strands of worsted in the original pattern.  I added 3 extra rows of sc, but I'm very happy with this quick and super easy hat.  I do like the original designer's use of the 2 strands of worsted in blue and white. It adds a nice effect, but this is what I had on hand at the time.

Crochet

Just finished working on a Lisa van Klaveren pattern called the "Slouchy Picot Hat".  www.hollanddesigns.etsy.com.  Lisa's patterns are all quite lovely.  I can't wait to dive into her knit-look ones as well!  I also whipped up another "Divine" hat from www.ravelry.com.  This is a free pattern.  I liked making it in the funky zebra/hot pink.



Sunday, December 25, 2011

Zebra Divine

I love this free pattern from Ravelry, and I decided to make it fun.  I used Lion Brand's "Microspun" for the yarn, and it was delightful to work with!  I'm not a big fan of acrylic, but this yarn would change anyone's mind.  I made it in the infant size to gift to someone.  The free pattern is called "Divine" and can be found at www.ravelry.com.  I actually knitted the flower.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Ballet

Claire sporting her ballet gear . . . . crocheted leg warmers!  I made 3 pairs--1 for Claire, 1 for my niece, and 1 for my cousin's daughter--super fun!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Monday, September 26, 2011

Thursday, September 22, 2011

The Proof is in the Pudding (or the yarn ) . . . .

Anyone who says that a crocheted newborn hat just isn't as soft as a knitted one knows nothing about crochet.  I can say this since I do both and previously felt the same way, which is why I tended to migrate toward knitting.  HOWEVER, with a few easy tricks, such as a softer/lighter yarn, larger hook than specified for the yarn, and a very simple yet versatile stitch, you can get all the stretch and softness as a knitted hat WITHOUT all the holes!  Case in point:  this sweet large preemie/small newborn apple hat.  I just love this super simple pattern, and I love even more that I can give something so soft to someone with a newborn.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Electric Pumpkin Hat

How about something a little more bold for your newborn's first Halloween?? 

Apple Explosion Hats

These handmade crocheted hats are now available and on sale for $12 each.  I call them "Apple Explosion" hats because they are an "explosion" of four very delicious apples:  Gala, Pink Lady, Golden Delicious, and Granny Smith.  It's a fun twist on a traditional apple hat. 



Monday, August 22, 2011

Tweet Squared . . . .

The many faces of Tweet . . . . I did NOT come up with this idea.  I saw a pic of one, and I sought to improvise my own. 
 




Thursday, July 28, 2011

More Hats!

I do crochet other things, but I've been busy with hats lately . . . .