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Find a technique that’s new to you with this collection of crochet projects that use unusual techniques.
These little sheep are ready for anything as they stand at attention around the base of this beanie.
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A while back on this blog, I raved about the Alterknit Stitch Dictionary. Recently I was in the middle of planning for a new class I’m teaching at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival, and I was looking for a small project to work on while I think of new ideas for classes. I remembered these little sheep from the book, and knew they’d be perfect.
About the Yarn
Fibra Natura Kingston Tweed is a lightweight wool blend with a bit of loft, like a traditional Shetland-style yarn. It’s 50% wool, 25% alpaca, 25% mixed fiber.
Each 50 g ball of Kingston Tweed has 194 yards [177 m]. It took me about 150 yards of the main color and a total of about 35 yards of the contrasting color for one hat. I used some leftover colors from another project: less than one skein of #105 Ochre (MC) and #112 Basalt (CC).
About the Construction
Knit the hat in the round from the bottom up. Use circulars and double-points, or the Magic Loop method, whichever you prefer.
It’s a great way to use up odd balls of leftover yarn and a fun and easy way to practice stranded knitting. There are only two colors on the stranded sections, and the patterns themselves are simple. The colorwork ends before the crown shaping begins.
Watch How to Work Stranded or Fair Isle Knitting for tips on holding one color in each hand for faster knitting.
About the Pattern
You’ll be using a chart for the colorwork. The interactive pdf includes links to tutorials for the Magic Loop and for stranded/Fair Isle knitting techniques. The pattern has been test knit and professionally tech edited.
Please share images of your #SimpleSheepHat on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube. Let’s see those sheepies!
Wear your heart on your head with this easy beginner crochet pattern for Valentine’s Day, or any time of the year.
The hat is worked in joined rounds from the top down in joined rounds. The heart appliqué is crocheted separately and sewn on.
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This free pattern is sized for babies. An ad-free paid version includes sizes for baby, child, teen/adult small and adult medium/large, and includes a crochet symbol diagram for the heart. This pattern uses American crochet terms.
About 90 yards [85 m] of medium weight yarn in a main color and about 10 yards [10 m] in a contrasting color.
Size H-9 [5 mm] crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge
CC: contrasting color
dc: double crochet
hdc: half double crochet
MC: main color
RS: right side
sc: single crochet
tr: treble crochet
To fit baby
Finished circumference 14 3/4″ [35 cm]; hat fits with negative ease
Rnds 1-2 = 2¾” [7 cm]
13 dc and 7½ rounds = 4″ [10 cm]
With CC, ch 4, join with slip st to form a ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 3, (3 tr, 3 dc, ch 1, tr, ch 1, 3 dc, 3 tr) in ring, ch 3, slip st in ring.
Rnd 2: Ch 3, sc in next tr, 3 dc in next tr, hdc in next tr, sc in next 3 dc, (sc, hdc, sc) in next tr, sc in next 3 dc, hdc in next tr, 3 dc in next tr, sc in next tr, ch 3, slip st in next slip st.
With MC, ch 4, join with slip st to form a ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 3 (counts as dc throughout), 11 dc in ring, join with slip st to top of ch-3—12 dc.
Rnd 2: Ch 3, dc in same st, 2 dc in each st around, join with slip st to top of ch-3—24 dc.
Rnd 3: Ch 3, 2 dc in next dc, *dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc; rep from * around, join with slip st to top of ch-3—36 dc.
Rnd 4: Ch 3, dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc, *dc in next 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc; rep from * around, join with slip st to top of ch-3—48 dc.
Rnds 5-10 : Ch 3, dc in each dc around, join with slip st to top of ch-3—48 dc.
Next rnd: Ch 1, sc in each sc around, join with slip st to first sc.
Rep last rnd 3 (4, 4, 5) more times.
Fasten off. Weave in ends. Sew heart onto center front of hat, using photo as a guide.
Mini-skeins of yarn in beautiful colors are so hard to resist. Make the most of those gradient mini-skeins with this crocheted hat sized for adult women. Lightweight, soft and warm, the slouchy style is kind to your hair. No hat hair here!
About the Yarn
The sample used Cloudborn Fibers Merino Superwash Sock Twist Mini Set in the Blue Jay Colorway. I really love the Amaranthine colorway shown here.
About the Construction
Despite its complex look, the fabric is deceptively simple to crochet. There are only two stitch patterns, and you can carry the yarns up the wrong side to minimize weaving in ends. Work the band back and forth in crocheted seed stitch, then overlap the ends. Pick up stitches from the band and work in rounds to the top of the crown.
About the Pattern
The Sunset Hill Hat crochet pattern includes both text and crochet stitch diagrams. An independent tech editor has checked it for errors, and an enthusiastic team of crocheters have already tested the pattern.
You’ll find explanations of special techniques, and video links to help you learn techniques that may be new to you.
Be sure to share photos of your completed #SunsetHillHat on your favorite social media channels! We want to see what you’ve made!
The Molly Hat is a joyous combination of pattern and color. Watch cheerful zig-zags appear when you pair bold variegated yarn with a ripple stitch knitting pattern. It uses several easy-to-master knitting techniques and is well within the reach of beginning knitters willing to try something new. You can’t help but be happy with your cheery chevrons!
One Skein Love
I love love love one-skein projects, especially ones that use one-of-a-kind yarns or colorways. This design was a happy coincidence. I was preparing a new knitting class, Re-Imagining Ripples, and needed to make some class samples. I had just been gifted a “Crazy Hat Skein” of MollyGirl yarn in bright blues and greens: colorway Stutter. It really worked, and as you can see in the photos, it looks great on my friend Sarah.
Learn (or Teach) a New Skill
Knit the hat in the round on circular and double-point needles, or use your choice of alternative in-the-round methods like two circulars or Magic Loop.
For beginners who are comfortable with the knit stitch, this is the perfect next-step project. You’ll learn to knit in the round—a vital skill—and you’ll learn 3 types of decreases and two types of increases. Intermediate and advanced knitters will love the rhythm of the stitching and the portability of the project.
Knitting teachers, this one’s for you, too. Incorporate all those techniques into a class for your students. They’ll master those skills in just a couple of weeks, and you’ll all be proud!
The Crazy Hat Skein I used is less than a full skein of MollyGirl Rock Star worsted weight yarn, but I call for a full skein in the pattern because I’m not sure that the Crazy Hat Skeins are readily available. It took me all of the 150 yards [137 m] I had available, so be sure to check your gauge carefully.
You could use any worsted weight yarn with good results. The pattern is available from Ravelry and Craftsy.
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Get into the holiday spirit with these classic Santa hats. I designed them for Red Heart several years ago, and they are a perennial favorite. There’s a knit version and a crochet version, both topped with a generous pompom. Continue reading “Free Pattern: Santa Hat”