Thursday, March 29, 2012

Tomato

Just finished my tomato hat pattern/demo for my shop!  SUPER excited!  I have several hats to finish up, including one using the amazing crocodile stitch (most enjoyable stitch I've ever done).  I also just finished up a lemon : ).

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Boys Bucket Sunhat Cotton in Clay/Brown and Lime

This one is for my nephew for the big photo shoot on Saturday, but my daughter is modeling it since they are the same age.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Claire's Roselette Top

I loved making this pattern sold on Ravelry.  I made a few changes, but that's all.  Very simple and quick to work up!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Endeavors . . .

I just joined the Crochet Guild of America AND signed up for the Master's Crochet Program!!!  I'm really excited and have been wanting to do this for a very long time.  I feel it will give credibility to my boutique buisness and *hopefully* open up more teaching opportunities. 

Sunday, March 4, 2012

A Gift for Twins

A mom of one of the kiddos at my daughter's preschool is getting ready to have twins.  She doesn't know the gender of them, so I made preemie size Backtrack Beanies with removable flower clips.  They are so tiny and cute!  Hope she likes them . . . .

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Effortless Elasticity . . .

In regards to creating a more elastic crocheted hat, I offer up the following free patterns from Ravelry (not my designs), stitch patterns, and suggestions:

Free Ravelry patterns with lots of stretch:

Ribbed Crochet Preemie Hat (This is simply the stretchiest hat in crochet existence!  It bounces right back, so it never loses it's shape)

Divine Hat

Broken Rib Hat  (minus the pom pom-style top)


Stitch Patterns:

1.  hdc in back loop only, crochet flat, seam sides with elastic thread or thru one loop only, turn up bottom, pull yarn through loops around top to close, or join with yarn and sc2tog around until hole closes

2.  hdc in blo, next row hdc in flo; back and forth for length, then follow first suggestion

3.  hdc in strand below front loop every row (this makes a lovely/reversible, knit-look fabric), then follow suggestions from first

4.  use post stitches and chainless foundations

5.  If you don't like crocheting hats flat due to the seams, you will really like the elastic thread seaming OR knit the hat in the round using a sc stitch through the back loops only. 

Helpful Suggestions:

1.  Use elastic thread for edging/seaming.

2.  Keep edging round LOOSE!  This seems to be the place in which the hat instantly loses its give/take. 

3.  Go up a hook size to crochet edging. 

4.  Use a mock-rib brim band w/elastic thread held with yarn, then pick up stitches around to continue crocheting in the round.

5.  Make button tab edging and use bobbles instead of buttons for closing.

These are merely suggestion but ones that I have consistently used whenever I make newborn/baby hats or charity hats for preemies/newborns/babies/toddlers. 

Yarn Suggestions:

1.  Super Soft Acryllic
2.  Sport Weight
3.  Cotton w/some acryllic: Lion Brand's "Cotton Ease" is excellent, but I also really love Hobby Lobby's "I Love This Cotton! Yarn"
4.  Sock yarn!
5.  Superwash Wools and Extrafine Merino Wool are my 2 faves to use when making hats for people I know don't have a preference.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Sick Girl

Can you believe I have a child who is nearly 4 and has never experienced stomach flu . . . until today?  Poor baby!  She just doesn't know what to think since she has never vomitted.  I made her a little crocheted plush elephant, and she is loving on it.  She wanted it made with blue yarn, so . . . .