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Naptime Craft: Pom Pom Hat

This one’s grown-up sized! (I know, shocking.) I used the Ballpark Hat pattern from the Lion Brand app (also available on the Lion Brand website). Such an easy pattern, and worked up so fast. It uses only single crochets and half double crochets and is worked in the round. The color change was unintentional: I ran out of my first color of yarn and had to switch! I like the end result, though, of the color blocking. Wouldn’t it be fun in a neutral and a very bright color, changing colors about halfway up?

Here’s what I used:

  • Vanna’s Choice yarn in Grey Marble (most of the hat) and Charcoal Grey (top of hat and pom pom).
  • A size I-9 (5.5 mm) crochet hook
  • A large-eyed needle

You can find the pattern here on the Lion Brand site.

You may need to have an account and be logged in to view the pattern. (Totally worth it, though, I think; they have lots of good, free patterns.)

 

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Naptime Craft: Phone Cover (and Crocheting in Both Sides of a Chain)

I’ve been browsing through crochet patterns online for fun patterns to try, and found one for a phone cozy that looked simple and cute. It is worked in the round on both sides of the chain row. It took me some mental calesthenics to wrap my brain around that, so maybe I’m a bit dim, because it’s actually very simple:

I made mine for an iPhone, and ch 11 (so, 20 stitches total around, as in the diagram above) fit perfectly with my yarn and H hook. It could be easily made bigger to fit a tablet or eReader; just add more chains and more rounds.

Here’s what I used:

  • Deborah Norville Everyday Soft Worsted in Northern Lights
  • A size H-8 (5 mm) crochet hook
  • A large-eyed needle
  • A small button

And here’s the pattern.

Note: the original pattern has you leave one long side of the case open; my variation leaves a short side (the top or bottom) open. Totally personal preference. So where she chained 18 and worked 12 rounds, I chained 10 and worked about 22 rounds.

 

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Naptime Craft: “Joe’s Sweater” Mug Cozy

Hello to all, and I hope you’ve had wonderful holidays! We crashed into Monday completely exhausted from Christmas- the busiest time of year for the church- and spent the entire day scrubbing the house from top to bottom. (Let me add: this was compulsory cleaning. We intended to spend the entire day lounging around in our PJs, watching Holiday Inn and drinking coffee… but we have a mouse infestation. I have discovered my breaking point, and it is mouse poop in my silverware drawer. Thus, the cleaning. And cleaning. And cleaning.)

MOVING ON.

I have a new Naptime Craft for you! This one was so easy and really adorable. I followed Color My World Crochet‘s “Joe’s Sweater” pattern. I think it took me an episode and a half of Burn Notice on Netflix. (I’ve realized that most of my time estimates are based on TV programs. Hm.)

Joe’s Sweater Mug Cozy

Here it is, being modelled by my (best-smelling-in-the-world) Mrs. Meyer’s Orange Clove soy candle. MMMMMMhmmm.

Here’s what you need:

Here’s what you do:

Now that you have all of your supplies gathered, go to Color My World Crochet, and download the (free) Joe’s Sweater pattern PDF. (Scroll all the way to the bottom to see the abbreviations she used.)

You’ll be using single crochet and half-double crochet for this pattern, working in a rectangle that is tighter along one edge, then slip-stitching the short edges together. It stays on my coffee cup really well and looks so snazzy with it’s little ribbed texture and buttons.

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Make-It Gift: 2-Pom Crocheted Hat

I have something to admit: I have a thing for goofy hats. I’m talking giant pom poms, crazy stripes, animal shapes… and the silver sparkly Santa hat my mom just got me! (Have pity on my poor husband. My headgear can be pretty loud and embarrassing. For him, not me.)

So this gift is the perfect way for me to embarrass him in public more! It’s also very warm and works up quickly. (Helpful hint, though: if you want to make it even faster, use one color of yarn. All those end were a doozy!)

If you’re making this for a child, you’ll want to modify the pattern with fewer stitches per row and fewer rows, and maybe even use bulky or worsted weight yarn. Just make as many chains as it takes to get your hat the desired height, then as many rows as it takes to get your desired length.

2-Pom Crocheted Hat

Here’s What I Used:

  • Super-Bulky yarn in a variety of colors: I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in Taupe, Citron, Butterscotch, and Raspberry and Hometown USA in Charlotte Blue and Aspen Tweed.
  • Size L-8 crochet hook: it’s a few sizes smaller than the yarn calls for, but I wanted a tighter stitch.
  • A needle with a large eye for weaving in your ends.

Here’s What I Did:

(Pssst… just so you know, the hat is just a big rectangle sewn together on two sides. Easy peasy!)

Abbreviations:
Ch = chain
Sc = single crochet

Ch 22 + 1 turning ch.
Row 1: Sc 1 in each ch (22 sts.)
Row 2-24: Sc 1 in the back post of each st across (22 sts.); this gives the hat a ribbed look. Change colors whenever you feel like it- here’s how to change colors. Or don’t change colors at all, if you rather.
Row 25: Sc 1 in the back post of each st, going through each ch as well, to make a tube.

Weave in all your ends.

Blanket stitch straight across the top of your tube to close it off.

Make two pom poms. Attach one to each corner of the top edge (that you just stitched shut) of your hat.

That’s it! Now wear it and feel ten times more fun.

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Baby Bear Hat Pattern

As requested: the pattern for yesterday’s baby hat! A brief warning: this is the second pattern I’ve written, and the first to be seen by anyone other than me. There are probably missing bits or errors (especially since I’ve only made the hat once!) so please let me know what you notice (or what you improve!) so I can make the corrections. Thank you!

Baby Bear Hat

I used Vanna’s Choice yarn in Silver Blue, and a size H hook.

My finished hat is about 12.5 inches around, which is newborn-sized. To make it larger: after Round 6, *2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 5 sts; rep from * around (42 sts.), then Rounds 8 and on (until it’s a good length for your baby’s head) would each have a dc in each st around for 42 sts per round. The most helpful resource for baby head sizing I found is from Bev’s Country Cottage, which has measurements from 1-2 pound preemies through adults.

Abbreviations:
Ch = chain
Sc = single crochet
Dc = double crochet
Sc2tog = single crochet two together

HAT:
Ch 2.
Round 1: Work 6 sc in first ch; place a marker to indicate beg of rnd; move marker up as each rnd is completed.
Round 2: 2 sc in each st around (12 sts.)
Round 3: *2 sc in next st, sc in next st; rep from * around (18 sts.)
Round 4: *2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 2 sts; rep from * around (24 sts.)
Round 5: *2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 3 sts; rep from * around (30 sts.)
Round 6: *2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 4 sts; rep from * around (36 sts.)
Round 7-12: dc in each st around (36 sts.)

Note: Mine ended up with a weird uneven bit at the end of my last row of dc, so I just added a few sc continuing around. You can barely tell anymore.

EAR (make 2):
Ch 2.
Round 1: Work 6 sc in first ch; place a marker to indicate beg of rnd; move marker up as each rnd is completed.
Round 2: 2 sc in each st around (12 sts.)
Round 3: *2 sc in next st, sc in next st; rep from * around (18 sts.)
Round 4: sc in each st around (18 sts.)
Round 5: *sc2tog in next st, sc in next st; repeat from * around (12 sts.)

Weave in all your ends. Sew ears on to hat using a needle with an eye large enough for your yarn. Show off your new hat on the head of a cute baby (or unsuspecting small pet, or upside-down wine glass, or grapefruit…).

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