Crochet Hats and More

Friday, December 16, 2011


If you haven't liked my Facebook page yet, now is the time. Once I get to 100 likes I will have a giveaway for one hat of the winners choice. Here's the link to Put A Lid On It - facebook


Next up was a request by a photographer. I've seen them on Etsy but just hadn't made one that style yet. I think it turned out great and will be a great addition to any photographers props.

For this cocoon I used a heavier yarn, Bernat Softee Chunky in dark brown. The cream is Wool-ease quick and thick in fisherman.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Oh Boy - where to start.

Ok. So it's been awhile since I've updated my blog, and no, I haven't stopped creating. I just haven't taken the time I needed to post. So, now I have to choose where to start.

I'll start with my hungry, hungry hippo. I've seen this creation floating around, so when I was asked to make one, I thought why not. After looking at some photos, I came up with my own version. It went together okay. I think I had to readjust his eyes a couple times, and it looks like his nose is crooked.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Keeping the chills off.

This summer I was on the look out for a really cute capelet for little girls. A friend was interested in getting one made for a baby gift so I started the search. Which took awhile, until I found this pattern.

I got one finished for my daughter and it'll be great for these cooler fall days to wear over dresses to church. I also made her a matching hat because she can never have enough hats.

Child capelet

Seashells with a twist - brimmed.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Hopping along.

Long, fuzzy ears. That's all you need to make a really cute Bunny. So that's all I added to this hat. Using one strand of worsted wight and one strand of fun fur is all it took.

I also made a matching diaper cover with a fuzzy pom-pom tail.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A few new hats for little girls!!

I like finding new patterns and searching for both free and cheaper options too. I really like Ravelry. There are so many things you can find and most at no cost or for very little. It can also direct you to people's Etsy stores too. I came accross this site, RAKJ patterns. She offers a variety of patterns for very reasonable prices and is quick to respond if you have any questions.

I have made a few of her patterns but these 2 hats are the latest.

Sweet and Sassy Hat

Squiggle'n'Swirl Hat

I also love being able to find patterns for free. People put a lot of work into designing and making sure it will work. I found this pattern for a Ladybug hat at the site Crochet Everyday.

Ladybug Hat

Thursday, July 21, 2011

I know -- this is a little crazy:)

In the past few months I've been trying our new patterns and making a few up too. I've seen this hat on a few people's sites and I figured I would try my own version. The Boobie Hat. As crazy as it seems, people do wear these things. What a great way though to promote Breast Cancer Awareness.

Boobie Hat

Wednesday, July 6, 2011


Awhile back I posted about the Minnie Mouse Hat. Well, now I've made one for the boys - Mickey. Changing pink to red and leaving out the bow, I came up with this.

I have also been working on a diaper cover pattern so I thought I could just add a long tail and Viola - the perfect Mickey mouse outfit.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Little Boy Blue

I've been on a mission this past little while and I have gotten a whole lot of hats finished. My mission - get some baby props and hats finished so that when my friend had her baby I could get some photos done. Well. Mission complete. I posted the peapod photo the other day and now I will finally get more posted. I'm so happy with how they turned out. Thank you to my wonderful friends for helping out, one for supplying the adorable baby and the other for taking photos.

Over the next few day I will be posting a few new photos from this shoot. I also have a few more hats to show off to that weren't really suitable for a boy.

Apple Hat

Aviator Hat

Viking Hat

Little Boy Brimmed

Monday, June 20, 2011

Infant Peapod

This is the cutest prop ever. I bought the pattern from RAKJ Patterns.

I did change the pattern a little bit - turned the sc into dc and I had to use a bigger hook to get the right guage but that's about it. It turned out so good.

My friend had a little boy 3 weeks ago so we had to test it out in a photo shoot. He's so adorable.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

The Twirly Hat

I have seen a few hats that look like this, with the twirly ties so I decided I would make my own version. I also really wanted to try a peony flower. I think it turned out super cute and it would work great in any size, from newborn to adult. I have started to put alligator clips on my flowers so you can move them around on your hat, leave them off, or add them to something else.

Saturday, May 28, 2011


I came across this pattern awhile back I knew I had to make it. It turned out perfect. The pattern ws easy to follow and gave good instructions. I mayI may have changed the sizing a bit to fit a 6 month old but can't remember exactly what I did. I've got a Mickey one on the go too.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011


I couldn't wait to post this pics. My friend has the cutest little girl and graciouly offers to take photos of her in my hats.

The first hat is my version of a Jester Hat. It's a simple waffle pattern with 2 big pom poms. The other hat is a Stocking Cap, long tail with pom pom.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Annual Easter Bonnet

Easter has already come and gone and I didn't get a chance to post a picture of my daughters new hat on my blog. I got inspired by a photo of this blog but couldn't find a pattern, so with a little help from those on Ravelry I took some time to figure out what to do. I'm very happy with how it turned out and I think my daughter loves it.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Oh Sew Crafty Auction.

I will be part of an auction on Oh Sew Crafty, April 8 - 10. This is a mulit-vendor auction with a lot of different people who make handcrafted items. Come over to Oh Sew crafty to help support me and other crafters.

A few things that are up for grabs.

Friday, March 25, 2011

A Fun Photo Shoot

I had a chance to finish a few more photo props. My friend was gracious enough to take photos of her daughter with them. She is super cute and I love how the photos turned out. I'm pretty excited about the new props too.

The diaper cover has 3 flowers with clips so they can be rearranged or taken off. I also made a pom pom tail but didn't get pictures of that yet.

The infant Stork sack is really cute for photos. It can be used a few different ways. Soemone can hold it up or it can be tied around a stick that is being held. The baby could also be lying in it on the floor like with the infant bowl.

There are also a couple hat options too. A headband with detachable flowers, a little brimmed hat, and a bear hat.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Blanket Buddy

In my search for gifts to make I found this little Blanket Buddy. It's perfect for a new baby. Make it any color you chose for a girl or boy and it will be something they will want wherever they go.

The first time I made it I had to start over a few times because I lost track of where I was in the pattern. The pattern is rated a level 4, intermediate, so take your time while you crochet so you don't miss a stitch. Once you've tried it once it will be easier the next time.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The Perfect Pet

I love animals. I grew up on a farm where we regularly had 20 cats - in the barn. My sister and I would hunt for the wild kittens, usually in the barn loft, and use my dads welding or insulated work gloves so we could catch them. Now that I have my own home I would love animals but we've tried and the cats don't last that long and our neighbors more than make up for our lack of pets.

I knew my neice loves cats too and I managed to find this pattern. It crochets into a cute little kitty that you can fit into your pocket - and it doesn't shed. I made a pair of them for my neice for Christmas - with their own little bag so she could carry them around.

I think I might have to make a couple for my daughter too. She loves cats. But I found this cat pattern so I might try it.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Puppy Love

I made this little puppy a couple years ago as a birthday gift for my neice. She loves puppies so I really wanted to find a patern that was easy and made a small dog. This was perfect.

The great thing about these animal patterns is that you can use any color you have on hand, any type of yarn and end up with something super cute.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Turtle and a Dragon

I missed a few days, so I will make up for it by showing you 2 different animals today. The first is a Baby Snow Dragon. This pattern crochets into an adoraable little dragon. I made mine white, but you could use any color and it would be cute.

The next little guy I want to show you is a Sea Turtle. He is cute. When I made him I wanted to use up some scraps I had. This pattern works really good with chunky yarn.

Crochet animals make great gifts. Both of these don't take too long to crochet up, they just take some time to assemble, but they are worth it.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

A Monkey, A Lion and A Giraffe

I can't remember who first told me about these curious little critters. I'm pretty sure it was my sister-on-law. She found them on the site Roxy Craft.

You buy the patterns in PDF form for $8 and they are emailed to your account - a great way for buying crochet patterns. For the $8 you get 3 crochet patterns. They crochet into adorable stuffed animals that are actually pretty big. When I started the first one I assumed it wouldn't take me too long to finish but, I soon found out that they took a little longer than expected. Not because of the pattern diffficultly, just because I would lose track of what row I was on and because they were quite big. I've made the monkey and giraffe. I haven't tackled the lion yet, too many other projects have come up. Maybe one day soon. I should write it on my to-do list.

Monday, March 7, 2011

A week of Animals: the Hippo

As much as I love making hats and anything else that's small, I have made a few toys for my kids. Last year for my daughters second birthday I found a Hippo pattern that I knew she would love.
I found it on the Lion Brand site. Memberships are free and you have access to LOTS of free patterns and great tips. Plus you can see their selection of yarn, buy patterns, plus there are links to many other helpful crochet sites.

Friday, March 4, 2011

My adventure continues ...

I started to crochet more with birth of my first child. I don't remember everything I made for him, but I know I made him a blanket. It was a small car seat blanket that he could take with him anywhere he went. I had picked up the book - Scrap Wraps - by Leisure Arts. It has 5 patterns for afghans. I used the Bold Color Bands pattern for this one. The patterns in this book are easy to follow and allow you to use up scraps. Because I made this blanket smaller than the pattern, I just had to figure out how many multiples I had to work with and went from there. Lots of patterns explain this but you can figure it out with just a little math.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

March - National Crochet Month

I heard the other day that March is National Crochet Month, so I thought I would chronicle my journey as a crocheter. It started out simple. I think my Grandma tried to teach me when I was 10 or 12. All I did was chain because I forgot how to go back and forth. Then, 12 years later, I found a craft book on a discount rack. As I browsed through it I found this picture of a beautiful rug - to crochet. I thought I could probably do it and bought the book.

I can't remember where I bought the book - somewhere that was closing I think. The book though is Leisure Arts - Trash to Treasure Home Dec, 1999. It's was a great pattern to learn on. Although it did take some time to prep, cutting up old sheets, it used sc and hdc throughout the project and it gave great instructions. So with the help of my grandma-in-law I made my first crochet project. (this is not one that I made). I think I have made 3 or 4, all different depending on what old sheets I could find around the house. I did use broadcloth in some too and it workd great.

I actually forgot about this project until I got thinking about all the things that I have made. I knew I still had the book but had to dig through a few drawers and storage tubs before I remembered where it was.

Throughout the month I'm hoping to put up posts with projects I have completed and some great sites I have come across. I probably won't be able to get one up everyday, but I will try my best.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Another great photo prop

Early this fall I won 2 patterns from The Prop Shop, the giveaway was at the Mary Janes and Galoshes site. I made the infant bowl soon after but I finally got around to making the stork sack last week.
I think this will make a great photo prop for a newborn. Now I need to find a friend test it out.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Perfect for Baby

I have showed you before the infant pod bowl, perfect for a photo prop, but I decided I should make something to go with it. A headband with flower - I know it's for a girl, but I am working on something for boys too. It's perfect because it has a button at the back so it's adjustable and you can put any color of flower on it.

Now - this headband is super easy to make. I used the Lion brand quick and thick, size N hook and followed the Iris Patt.

Iris Patt

Row 1: (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in 5th ch from hook, * sk next 3 ch, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next ch; rep from * to last 2 ch, sk next ch, dc in last ch, turn.

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as a dc), sk first 3 dc, *(2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next ch-1 sp, sk next 4 dc; rep from * to last 2 dc, dc in top of turning ch, turn.

Repeat Row 2 for patt.

For this headband I started with a chain of 7 and worked the pattern until it was about 18" long, can be made to any length. I then attached a button, remember that it needs to be big enough so it won't fall through the stitches. And Voila.
I almost forgot - the flower. I found it at this site, 5-petal flower. It's definately my new favorite.

Monday, February 21, 2011

My Little Stinker

I finally got around to finishing my last of 4 patterns from Inner Hooker. It turned out great and the fun fur actually wasn't too hard to work with.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Paper Bag Skirt

In between crochet projects and finishing up orders I occasionally pull out my trusty sewing machine. I'm definitely not an expert but I do enjoying sewing. The other day I found this pattern and thought my daughter could use another skirt. It's an adorable Paper Bag skirt. I found some denim in my fabric bucket and some cute yellow and gray floral material and got too work. It actually didn't take too long to finish. I also made a matching diaper cover, I made mine reversible.

My daughter was not an eager model but I will try to take some pictures of her wearing it.