Cabled Messy Bun Beanie **Free Pattern**

Messy Bun Hats!

You've probably been seeing these trending all over the internet in the crochet world and of course I got a request to make some so I jumped on the bandwagon and made my own design. I really haven't played around with crocheted cables enough, they are so fun!

I don't normally jump into the trends that take over the crochet community because after a while it's literally all your going to see for the next 2-3 months, but this was just too cute. Now I'm just waiting to see if anyone tries a planned pooling messy bun hat!

I left the last Round of the hat optional just in case you want the hole at the top to be smaller, but its all about your preference.

Please let me know what you think and enjoy!

The hat starts at the brim sideways in single crochet back loop only which is slip stitched together and without fastening off you work into the row edges of the brim.

 

Yarn- Red Heart Super Saver

Gauge 14 scblo x 16 rows= 4”

Hook Size H/8-5.00mm

Stitches Used

Ch: Chain

Sc: Single crochet

Scblo: Single crochet back loop only

Hdc: Half Double Crochet

Hdc2tog: Half Double Crochet two together

Hdc3tog: Half Double crochet three together

Fptr: Front Post Treble Crochet

Fptr2tog: Front Post treble crochet two together

PATTERN

Ch 5

Row 1: Sc in each ch across

 Rows 2-72: Ch 1, scblo in each sc across

Seam row ends together, turn to work into row ends.

Rnd 1: Ch 1, sc in each sc row end around. Join in 1st sc made. Turn

Rnd 2: Ch 2 (counts as hdc), hdc in each st around, Join in top of beg ch-2. Turn

Rnd 3: Rep rnd 2. Do not turn

Rnd 4: Ch 2, hdc in next st, (Fptr in next 4 hdc 2 rows below, hdc in next 4 hdc) around to last 6 sts, Fptr in next 4 hdc 2 rows below, hdc in last 2 hdc. Join in top of beg ch-2. Turn

Rnd 5: Rep rnd 2

Rnd 6: Ch 2, hdc in next st, (sk next 2 sts, fptr in next 2 sts 2 rows below (previous fptr), fptr in skipped 2 sts 2 rows below, hdc in next 4 hdc, ending with hdc in last 2 sts. Turnn

Rnd 7: rep rnd 2

Rnd 8: CH 2, hdc in next st (Fptr in next 4 fptr 2 rows below, hdc in next 4 hdc) around ending with hdc in last 2 hdc. Join in top of beg ch-2. Turn

Rnds 9-15: Rep rnds 5-8 then 5-7

Rnd 16: Ch 2, hdc in next hdc, (Fptr in next 4 fptr 2 rows below, hdc in next hdc, hdc2tog, hdc in next hdc) around ending with hdc2tog in last 2 hdc. Join in top of beg ch-2. Turn

Rnd 17:  Rep rnd 2 ending with sl st in next hdc after joining. Turn

Rnd 18: Ch 2, hdc2tog (counts as hdc3tog), (sk next 2 sts, fptr in next 2 sts 2 rows below, fptr in 2 skipped sts 2 rows below, hdc3tog in next 2 hdc) around ending with sl st in 1st hdc3tog. Turn

Rnd 19: Rep rnd 2

Rnd 20: Sl st in next st, (skipping 1st fptr 2 rnds below) (Fptr in each of next 2 fptr 2 rnds below, fptr2tog over next 2 fptr skipping the hdc in the center) around. Join in 1st fptr made. Turn

Rnd 21: Ch 2, hdc in each st around. Join in the top of beg ch-2.

Rnd 22:(optional) Ch 1, (sc in next st, sc2tog over next 2 sts) around. Join in 1st sc made.

Fasten off.

Weave in ends.

Free Pattern Friday!!

Moss Stitch Set

Yarn- Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn! Prints 2 skeins in Clay Prairie

Hook Size J/10- 6.00 mm

Gauge- First 6 Rnds of hat pattern= 4” in diameter

 

Hat

Ch 4, sl st in 1st ch made to form ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 1, 6 sc in ring, sl st in 1st st made to join.

Rnd 2: Ch 1, (sc, ch 1) in each sc around. Join in first sc.

Rnd 3: Ch 1, sk 1st sc, (sc, ch 1) twice in each ch-1 sp around. Join in 1st sc made.

Rnd 4: CH 1, sk 1st sc [(sc, ch 1) twice in next ch-1 sp, (sc, ch 1) in next ch-1 sp] around. Join in 1st sc made.

Rnd 5: Ch 1, sk 1st sc, (sc, ch 1) in each ch-1 sp around. Join in 1st sc made.

Rnd 6: Ch 1, sk 1st sc, [(Sc, ch 1) twice in next ch-1 sp, (sc, ch 1) in each of next 2 ch-1 spaces] around. Join in 1st sc made.

Rnd 7: CH 1, sk 1st sc, [(sc, ch 1) twice in next ch-1 sp, (sc, ch 1) in each of next 3 ch-1 spaces] around. Join in 1st sc made.

Rnd 8: Rep rnd 5

Rnd 9: CH 1, sk 1st sc, [(sc, ch 1) twice in next ch-1 sp, (sc, ch 1) in each of next 4 ch-1 spaces] around. Join in 1st sc made.

Rnd 10: Ch 1, sk 1st sc, [(sc, ch 1) twice in next ch-1 sp, (sc, ch 1) in each of next 5 ch-1 spaces] around. Join in 1st sc made.

Rnds 11-15: Rep Rnd 5

Rnd 16: CH 1, sk 1st sc, [(sc, ch 1) twice in next ch-1 sp, (sc, ch 1) in each of next 13 ch-1 spaces] around. Join in 1st sc made.

Rnd 17-30: Rep rnd 5.

Rnds 31-34: Ch 1, sl st in each st around.

Fasten off.

 

Scarf

Ch 28

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, (ch 1, sk next ch, sc in next ch) across. Turn [14 sc, 13 ch-1 sp]

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in 1st sc, (sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk next sc) across, sc in last ch sp and sc. Turn [15 sc, 12 ch-1 sp]

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in 1st sc, (ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch sp) 11 times, sc in next sc. Turn [13 sc, 11 ch-1 sp]

Row 4: Rep row 3

Row 5: Ch 1, sc in 1st sc (ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch sp) 10 times. Turn [11 sc, 10 ch-1 sp]

Row 6:  Rep row 2 [12 sc, 9 ch-1 sp]

Row 7: Ch 1, sc in 1st sc (ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch sp) 8 times, sc in next sc. Turn [10 sc, 8 ch-1 sp]

Row 8: Ch 1, sc in 1st sc, (sc in next ch sp, ch 1, sk next sc) across, sc in last ch sp and sc. Turn [10 sc, 8 ch-1 sp]

Row 9: CH 1, sc in 1st sc, (ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch sp) 7 times. Turn [8 sc, 7 ch-1 sp]

Row 10: Rep row 2 [9 sc, 6 ch-1 sp]

Row 11: CH 1, sc in 1st sc, (ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch sp) 5 times, sc in next sc. Turn [7 sc, 5 ch-1 sp]

Row 12: Rep row 3 [7 sc, 5 ch-1 sp]

Row 13: Ch 1, sc in 1st sc, (ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch sp) 4 times Turn [5 sc, 4 ch-1 sp]

Row 14: Rep row 2 [6 sc, 3 ch-1 sp]

Row 15: Ch 1, sc in 1st sc, (ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch sp) 2 times, sc in next sc. Turn [4 sc, 2 ch-1 sp]

Row 16: Rep row 3 [4 sc, 2 ch-1 sp]

Row 17: CH 1, sc in 1st sc, sc in each sc and ch-sp across working in every unworked stitch from previous rows. Turn * there should be 3 unworked stitches from every other row [27 sc]

Row 18: Ch 1, sc in 1st sc (ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next sc) 11 times, sc in next sc. Turn [13 sc, 11 ch-1 sp]

Rep rows 4- 18 to desired length ending at row 16

Last row:  Ch 1, sc in 1st sc, sc in each sc and ch-sp across, working in unworked stitches from previous rows, (sk next st, sc in next 2 sts) across. * You should be skipping the 1st st of the 3 unworked stitches from each row.

Fasten off.

Block

New Pattern/Yarn Review/Knit Vs. Crochet

Well, my little experiment is complete with my scarfs. I present you my One Winged Dove!

 

Knitted Version

Knitted Version

To start with, Knitting this scarf took way longer than crocheting it. I think it took about a week and a half to knit this and only two days to crochet. I'm sure a lot of that has to do with the fact that I'm not a super fast knitter, but I'm definitely not slow. After I got into the stitch pattern there was a nice fluidity about it, but it still takes longer to make than crochet.

 

Crocheted Version

Crocheted Version

I think I did a pretty good job getting the stitch patterns as similar as possible and I was surprised that they were almost the exact same size! The only difference was that the wide end in the knitted version was, well, wider.

They're actually the same length!

They're actually the same length!

All in all I think you do get a little more bang for your buck with knitting, but its way more time consuming than crochet. 

 Lion Brand's Shawl in a Ball is a really great yarn.

Its a cotton/acrylic blend that has awesome texture and beautiful colorways. Each of the scarfs I made used up the whole ball, and at 8.99-9.99usd its a good value.

It has this slight thick/thin texture going on which is a little more obvious when you crochet with it.

Downsides?

Well it says its a worsted weight but it leans more towards a mix of fingering weight and sport weight yarn. I'm sure the company chose to call it worsted due to the texture, but there are times where its as thin as thread.

Make sure you roll this into a ball or cake or it WILL fall apart on you (given you start from the outside)

This really isn't a con, but I wouldn't recommend the washing machine, just wet blocking it (my preferred method) made it fuzzier.

 

Would I knit with this yarn again? Maybe, but probably not. (it took forever!)

Crochet? Absolutely!

About my new Pattern, I have created a download that includes instructions for both the knit and crocheted version of this scarf. If you act now you can get it for $1 today only in my Ravelry shop!

If you're curious about knitting and want to learn how, head on over to the Craft Yarn Council website and they should have everything you need to get you started!

Do YOU Knit?

I've known how to knit for a while but I rarely ever finish what I start.

Why? It's SLOW. Well slow for me anyway. However it doesn't mean it isn't awesome. I've always been fascinated about how different crochet and knitting is and sometimes its nice to have a change of pace and learn something different.    

Some of the things that attracts me to knitting is the fact that the fabric is thinner than crochet if you are using the same yarn which is convenient if you live the Texas heat like I do. (Its November and we are still in 80 degree weather) I think the best difference it that it uses LESS yarn!

So as an experiment I am taking a ball of Lion Brand's Shawl in a Ball and I am designing a wrap/scarf that is going to have a knitted and crocheted version just to see the difference in size with the same 518 yards.

I'm ALMOST finished with my knitted version. (THOSE COLORS!)

Do you knit, crochet, or both? Let me know! 

Free Pattern! Kitty Ear Hat

This hat is super easy to make with no sewing!

This hat is super easy to make with no sewing!

Kitty Ear Hat

Sizes : Child/Tween/Adult   18/19/21” hat circumference

Yarn: Baby Bee Baby Lou Lou in Strawberry(38% acrylic/62% polyamide/ 3.5oz/100g/267yd/244m)

I/9-5.50 mm Hook

Gauge: 13 sts x 9 rows = 4” in dc

 Brim

Ch 9

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. Turn [8 sc]

Rows 2- 60 (62,66): CH 1, scblo in each sc across. Turn

Do not fasten off.

Holding short ends together and working through both thicknesses, sl st through the back lp of each sc and corresponding foundation ch seaming the brim together.

Do not fasten off.

Hat

Turn work to crochet into the row ends of the brim.

Rnd 1: CH 3 (does not count as dc), dc in each sc row end around, dc in same place as ch-3, Join in 1st dc made. Turn [60, 62, 66 dc]

Rnds 2- 11 (12, 13) : Ch 3, dc in in each dc around, dc in same place as ch 3. Join in 1st dc made. Turn

Do not fasten off.

Ears

Holding last row together to seam the top of the hat

Sc through both thicknesses of each dc across the last row [30, 31, 33 sc]

Turn to work along the row edge

Sl st down 4, (4, 5) rows

Turn to work at an angle going back towards the top of the hat.

Sl st at an angle through both thicknesses until you reach the top of the hat (sc row).

Count the number of stitches from the sl st over to corner of your “ear” as a guide for the next section. (I’m just gonna call it X# of stitches, this is to make sure your ears are the same size )

Working along the top of the hat again, sl st across each sc until you have X# of stitches remaining.

Since I used this fuzzy yarn its kind of hard to see the slip stitches, so this may help.

Since I used this fuzzy yarn its kind of hard to see the slip stitches, so this may help.

Yarn Haul!

Happy weekend everyone!

So I got a chance to shop at the Hobby Lobby that just recently opened near me and wow, they really have some great stuff! I literally walked back and forth in between the two aisles of yarn for so long that my husband left to go to another store, made his purchase, then came back and said "ok, wrap it up." ;-P

It had been a while since I last shopped at a Hobby Lobby since I would have to make an hour's drive, so I was impressed with all the new yarn that I hadn't seen before, especially the store brand yarns!

I don't know about you, but I have to touch EVERY SINGLE ONE. There was so much squishy, colorful, fuzzy, shiny yarn candy I probably spent an hour (yes, ridiculously enough) touching everything trying to make my selections.

Here's what I got:

 

So I've been wanting to try Lion Brand's Shawl in a Ball for a while so I should have a design whipped up for it soon, the colors are soooo pretty! I sometimes think that the yarn snobs out there shy away from store brand yarns but Hobby Lobby really has some great stuff. While I didn't bring home everything I wanted to I will be going back to get some more novelty yarns to play with. Just look at those colors though!

I previously usedI Love This Yarn! for my Gamer Jacket and it worked wonderfully!

It doesn't pill very much, is super soft and very durable.

Stay tuned for a new free pattern and don't forget to visit my Facebook page to enter the giveaway for my book! You will find the pinned post here.

 

My First Book!

Welcome to my new website!

I'm excited to share with you all my first crochet book "Learn to Crochet Linked Stitches".

 

I'm sure you may have heard of linked stitches before (maybe not) but these are worked quite a bit differently and you can link not just your double and treble crochet stitches but also single crochet, half-double crochet and more!

I hope you join me on my Facebook Page for a book giveaway :)

**Please bear with me as I work on my site because I am literally learning as I go, but I plan to start adding free patterns soon!