Pony Party Hat

So my almost 4 year old daughter is obsessed with My Little Pony and her very favorite is Pinkie Pie! She asked me to make her a Pinkie hat and when it comes to crochet items her wish is my command, well sometimes. hehe

She absolutely loves the finished product but was a bit disappointed that it wasn’t an actual pony. If you have a MLP lover in your home I hope they will love this as much as she does!

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MATERIALS:

~Caron Simply Soft yarn Appx. 175yds for hat & small amounts for balloons

~H size hook- for hat G size hook for balloons

~Yarn needle

~Scissors

GAUGE:

6 rows – 8 hdc = 2 inch square

Finished measures- 8 inches from top of crown to bottom of scallop

Approximately 18 inches around

NOTES:

All rounds joined to 1st HDC not chain

Ch 1 of each round does not count as a stitch

When joining rounds be sure to tighten your working yarn when you sl st. I find this helps to hide the seam

This hat is longer as it is cold here in MN you can easily shorten it by cutting out rows as needed or leaving off the scalloped edge

This hat does fit loosely for my almost 4 year old if you would like it to fit tighter like more of a beanie style stop your increase rounds earlier to adjust the finished circumference.

STITCHES and TERMINOLOGY USED:

mc- Magic circle

Ch- chain

Sl st- slip stitch

Sk- skip

Sc- single crochet

Hdc- half double crochet

dc- double crochet

PATTERN:

MC

Row 1- 8 hdc into mc, join, ch 1                                                                                                                  8

Row 2- 2 hdc into each st around, join, ch1                                                                                           16

Row 3- 1 hdc into first st, 2 hdc into next, repeat around, join, ch 1                                           24

Row 4- 1 hdc into first 2 sts, 2 hdc into next, repeat around, join, ch1                                       32

Row 5- 1 hdc into first 3 sts, 2 hdc into next, repeat around, join, ch 1                                      40

Row 6- 1 hdc into first 4 sts, 2 hdc into next, repeat around, join, ch 1                                      48

Row 7- 1 hdc into first 5 sts, 2 hdc into next, repeat around, join, ch 1                                      56

Row 8- 1 hdc into first 6 sts, 2 hdc into next, repeat around, join, ch 1                                      64

Row 9- 1 hdc in each st around, join, ch 1                                                                                              64

Rows 10-22- repeat row 9                                                                                                                            64

Row 23- (scalloped edge)

Sk 2 sts, 5 dc in same st, sk 2 st, *sl st, sk 1 st,5 dc into same st, sk 2 sts, sl st*

Repeat from *-* around

Join & fasten off and weave in ends

BALLOONS: Using G size hook

MC

  • 8 sc into mc, join, ch 1 8
  • 2 sc into each st around, join, ch 1 16
  • 1 sc into first st, 2 sc into next st, repeat around, join, ch 1 24
  • 1 sc in the next 8 sts, 2 sc in next 8 sts, 1 sc in last 8 sts, join, sl st over 2 sts, ch 1 & turn
  • 2 sc, ch1, turn, 2 sc in each st

Fasten off, weave in ends

Using a new strand of yarn surface crochet your tails on in any fashion you would like.

I like to keep a long tail on both ends for weaving in when done. To finish off I used my yarn needle to weave in along the path of the tails inside the hat making sure to go down the tail and back up to really get the tails woven tightly.

 

 

 

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Dish Scrubbies with Accent Color Large & Small

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Large & Small Scrubby

 (The large scrubby has a tulle accent and the small has a cotton accent)

I love to make “functional crochet” items! And when asked to make a tulle dish scrubber I was excited to try it out. I was actually surprised at how many patterns I found online, I hadn’t realized these were so popular. Once I made a few and used them I instantly knew why, they rock! Even my husband commented on how well they work. I also love that I can toss them in the dishwasher for an extra cleaning and how easy it is to bring in some bright colors into the kitchen.

After using patterns online for a while I thought I would try to make up my own and this is what I came up with. I have made both sizes and love them both! I haven’t had the pattern “tested” yet so I’m hoping that there aren’t too many mistakes. So if you decide to make one I would love to hear your feed back or just see some pictures of your finished items! I think it’s a nice pattern that is easily customized to any color scheme you may want.

I hope you enjoy this pattern. 🙂

Dish Scrubbie’s with Accent color

 

Materials:

  • Size I hook
  • Tulle (I purchased large rolls and cut them in half so each strip is about 3in wide)
  • Yarn needle
  • Cotton yarn (if using, you could use any worsted weight cotton yarn)
  • The accent is a great way to use up the small scraps of leftover yarn

Stitches/Abbreviations Used:

  • ch = Chain
  • sl st = Slip Stitch
  • hdc = half double crochet
  • sc = single crochet
  • BLO = Back Loop Only
  • sc2tog = single crochet 2 together
  • sk st = skip stitch

 

Special Instructions:

  • In any pattern of mine the ch 2 at the beginning of a round will not count as a stitch.
  • I always slip stitch to first stitch of previous round, never in the chain
  • The first stitch of each round is worked in the same stitch as your ch 2
  • To add the accent color, slip stitch in between the hdc stitches until you get to the last stitch, at this point cut the tulle and use your yarn needle to do an invisible join. Repeat for each row of hdc you’d like to accent.
  • You can use a different color tulle or even a different color of cotton yarn, I’ve used both and it all comes down to preference.
  • Please feel free to sell any items you make using this pattern, whether you sell online or at a fair.
  • Please don’t copy & paste this pattern to other sites/blogs, instead please link back to my blog. Thank you!

Pattern Instructions:

Large Scrubby

Using your size I hook, ch 3

Row 1: 8 hdc in the 1st ch (3rd ch from hook) join to 1st hdc (8)

Row 2: ch 2, 2 hdc in each st around, join to 1st hdc (16)

Row 3: ch 2, 1 hdc in same st, 2 hdc in next st, *1 hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next* repeat from *-* around, join to 1st hdc                          (24)

Row 4: ch 2, hdc in same st, 1 hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st, *1 hdc in next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st*, repeat from *-* around                 (32)

          BEFORE JOINING

Using your hook pull up your loop to secure it so it won’t slip out while you do your accent color.

 

ACCENT COLOR

To add the accent color, slip stitch in between the hdc stitches until you get to the last stitch, at this point cut the tulle and use your yarn needle to do an invisible join. Repeat for each row of hdc you’d like to accent. You can either weave in the ends as you go (that’s what I do, I hate all the finishing at the end) or you can use a yarn needle to weave them in at this point.

Once you’ve finished that, you can pick up your loop you left before and continue as follows.

 

Row 5: Working in BLO to create the sides, work 1 hdc into the BLO of each stitch around  (32)

YOU WILL NO LONGER JOIN FROM HERE ON

Row 6: Continue working in BLO, make a sc in BLO of 1st hdc from previous round, then *1 sc in the next 3 sts, sc2tog in next st* repeat from *-* around  (28)

Row 7: In BLO, work *1 sc in the next 2 sts, sc2tog in the next st* repeat from *-* around   (18)

Row 8: In BLO, work *sc2tog around.

Row 9: In BLO work, *sc2tog, sk st* repeat from *-* around

Row 10: In BLO work, *1 sc, sk st* repeat from *-* around until you can close off and weave in the end.

 

 

 

SMALL SCRUBBY:

Using your size I hook, ch 3

Row 1: 8 hdc in the 1st ch (3rd ch from hook) join to 1st hdc (8)

Row 2: ch 2, 2 hdc in each st around, join to 1st hdc (16)

Row 3: ch 2, 1 hdc in same st, 2 hdc in next st, *1 hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next* repeat from *-* around, join to 1st hdc (24)

BEFORE JOINING

Using your hook pull up your loop to secure it so it won’t slip out while you do your accent color.

 

ACCENT COLOR

To add the accent color, slip stitch in between the hdc stitches until you get to the last stitch, at this point cut the tulle and use your yarn needle to do an invisible join. Repeat for each row of hdc you’d like to accent. You can either weave in the ends as you go (that’s what I do, I hate all the finishing at the end) or you can use a yarn needle to weave them in at this point.

Once you’ve finished that, you can pick up your loop you left before and continue as follows.

 

Row 4: Working in BLO to create the sides, work 1 hdc into the BLO of each stitch around (24)

YOU WILL NO LONGER JOIN FROM HERE ON

Row 5: Continue working in BLO, make a sc in BLO of 1st hdc from previous round, then *1 sc in the next 3 sts, sc2tog in next st* repeat from *-* around (20)

Row 6: In BLO, work *1 sc in the next 2 sts, sc2tog in the next st* repeat from *-* around   (15)

Row 7: In BLO, work *sc, sk st* repeat from *-* until you can close off

Tie off and weave in the end

 

Scrap Yarn Project

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As any crocheter/knitter knows you always wind up with a ton of scrap yarn. I am constantly on the search for scrap yarn projects. Usually I take all the scraps and use them for flowers or accents of some kind or another. Well this year one of the projects I wanted to try was an afghan.

My Mother has been crocheting as long as I can remember and she makes some of the most beautiful afghans I have ever seen. I also remember seeing her work on them for what seemed like forever. Now I still don’t have nearly the skill that she does but I thought why not try making one with a super fun and sort of funky stitch? So I started searching for pictures of different styles to see which one would catch my eye. I finally narrowed it down to the bobble stitch. I don’t see this stitch used on it’s own for afghans very often so I thought I would give it a try.

I am just starting this project and am realizing quickly how much time this will take. I think this will be one of those things I work on in between other projects. It’s a great way to use up the end of those skeins I have laying around. When I started the beginning chain I totally underestimated how much longer the chain would be after adding the bobbles to it. I think I chained around 200 + chains and then began to bobble, sc 1 and repeat. So now that I am a few rows in I am seeing that when this project is finished it will probably be large enough to cover my entire King size bed. I did think about pulling it out and shortening it but I just can’t bring myself to start all over. I’m going to use it as a learning opportunity to gauge a bit better next time. But at least I know that when my family of 5 wants to snuggle up for a movie night we will all be able to fit under it.

I would love to hear what your favorite scrap yarn project is or what crochet project you are hoping to try this year. I will keep you posted on my progress as I get further along.

Happy hooking everyone!

Toddler Leg Warmers

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So I had a few requests from people for a pair of leg warmers. I found quite a few patterns online that were super cute. Unfortunately none of them fit quite the way I needed them to so I used my sweet little daughter as a source of measurement and came up with this simple but super cute pattern.

Please keep in mind this is the one and only pattern that I’ve written on my own so it may not be written out the best but I certainly gave it my best shot. If you like it please feel free to try it out and let me know what you think. Feel free to sell any finished items but please be kind and link back to this blog for the pattern.

Supplies:

H size crochet hook

Worsted Weight yarn I used Caron Simply Soft in White

Yarn needle for sewing in the ends

Abbreviations:

ch – chain

sc – single crochet

hdc – half double crochet

BLO – Back Loop Only

FL – Front Loop

hdc2tog – half double crochet 2 together

sc2tog – single crochet 2 together

sl st – slip stitch

st – stitch

When joining rounds always sl st into first st of round, not in the ch space. And each round begins with your first st going into the same st you made your ch 2/ch 1

Finished Size:

They come out to about 8 inches around at the top (under the knee),  about 6 inches long (from under knee to ankle) and about 6 1/2 inches around at the bottom (at the ankle)

These were made using my daughter for the measurements but you could easily make them to any measurements you want by adding or deleting stitches/rows.

These will fit on bare legs or over tights. If you’d like them to go over pants you can just go up a hook size for a bit larger leg warmer.

Pattern:

Top Cuff

Ch 7

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each st across (6)

Row 2: in BLO sc across, ch 1, turn (6)

Row 3-28: Repeat row 2 until your cuff reaches 8 inches (or desired length to wrap around top of calf)

At this point, sl st together to form a ring. I went through FL of first row and through the free stitch from the beginning end.

Leg portion:

Row 1: ch 1, sc around, sl st into 1st sc of round, sl st to join (28)

Row 2: ch 2, hdc in same stitch and in all st around, sl st to join (28)

Row 3: ch 2, hdc in same st and in next 3 st, hdc2tog in next st, hdc to end, sl st to join (27)

Row 4: ch 2, hdc around, sl st to join (27)

Row 5: ch 2, hdc in next 9 stitches, hdc2tog in next st, hdc around, sl st to join (26)

Row 6: ch 2, hdc around, sl st to join (26)

Row 7: ch 2, hdc in next 14 st, hdc2tog in next st, hdc around, sl st to join (25)

Row 8: ch 2, hdc around, sl st to join (25)

Row 9: ch 2, hdc in next 19 stitches, hdc2tog in next st, hdc around, sl st to join (24)

Row 10: ch 2, hdc around, sl st to join (24)

Row 11: ch 2, hdc in first 4 st, hdc2tog in next st, hdc around, sl st to join (23)

Row 12: ch 2, hdc around, sl st to join (23)

Row 13: ch 2, hdc in next 9 st, hdc2tog in next st, hdc around, sl st to join (22)

Row 14: ch 2, hdc around (22)

Row 15: ch 2, hdc in next 14 st, hdc2tog in next st, hdc around, sl st to join (21)

Row 16: ch 2, hdc around, sl st to join (21)

Row 17: ch 2, hdc in next 4 st, hdc2tog in next st, hdc around, sl st to join (20)

Row 18: ch 2, hdc around, sl st to join (20)

Row 19: ch 1, sc in next 9 st, sc2tog in next st, sc around, sl st to join (19)

Row 20: ch 1, sc around, sl st to join (19)

Row 21: ch 1, sc in next 14 st, sc2tog in next st, sc around, sl st to join (18)

Row 22: ch 1, sc around, sl st to join (18)

Fasten off and weave in ends