Winter Fair Isle Hat


Fair Isle patterns have been catching my eye lately . . . and I kinda sorta need a new hat . .  . so instead of working my to do list this week, I made this hat.  It’s based off a knitting pattern and once I was beyond the point of no return, I remembered that crochet patterns with a single stitch diagonal line generally don’t work.  Maybe one day I’ll learn to knit so I can make these kinds of creations properly.

Materials

G Hook (Furls)

Lion Brand Heartland in Black Canyon (MC)

Lion Brand Landscapes in Coral Reef (CC)

Fake Fur

#5 Cotton Thread

Abbreviations & Notes

MC – Main Color

CC – Contrast Color

SC – Single Crochet

BLO – Back Loop Only

Ch. – Chain

St. – Stitch

SC2Tog – Single Crochet Two Together

When working in Fair Isle, float the yarn behind the stitches until it is used again.  If it won’t be used for more than 5 stitches, work it behind the middle stitch so it doesn’t get too loopy.  Don’t pull the floats too tight.  (I’m not quite sure how I feel about this technique vs carrying the non-used color under the stitches. It seems a bit messy to me.) 

When floating the yarn, keep the main color on top and the contrast color on the bottom when bringing them in and out of your stitches. Using them consistently will prevent the yarns from twisting. 


Pattern

This hat was inspired by this free knit Bernat Mosiac pattern. http://com.yarnspirations.pattern-pdfs.s3.amazonaws.com/Bernat_Mosaicweb8_kn_hat.en_US.pdf.  This was made to fit my large head. 

Brim

With MC chain 8

Row 1: SC in second chain from hook, SC across (7)

Rows 2-80: SC in BLO across (7)

Join ends with slip stitch across.

Body of Hat

Round 1: With MC ch1, work 90 SC evenly around the side of the brim, join to 1st st.  (90)

Rounds 2-13: Work the first twelve rows of the 18 stitch repeat of Chart I 5 times.  Ch 1 at the beginning and join to 1st st of each round.   (90)

Round 14: With CC, ch 1, SC around, join to first st.  (90)

Round 15: With MC, ch 1, (13 SC, SC2Tog) six times, join to first st.  (84)

Rounds 16-29: Work the first thirteen rows of the 12 stitch repeat of Chart II 7 times.  Ch 1 at the beginning and join to 1st st of each round.   Move the decreases (SC2Tog) marked in row 15 down to row 13.  (42 at the end of round 29)

Round 30:  With MC, ch 1, SC around, join to first st.  (42)

Round 31: Ch 1, (SC, SC2Tog) fourteen times. (28)

Round 32: Ch 1, SC2Tog across. (14)

Round 33: Ch 1, SC2Tog across. (7).  Fasten off with long tail to close.  With tapestry needle weave in and out of stitches in final round and pull tight to close.  Weave in ends and attach pom pom.

Pom Pom Pattern

I made a pom pom following this tutorial from KMT Creations.  https://kmtcreations.weebly.com/untitled/faux-fur-pompom-tutorial

 

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School Spirit Cardigan

I had a stash of Bernat Pop in our school colors that Amelia chose for this cardigan. When I started to run out, I panicked that I couldn’t find any more in stores … so ordered a whole bunch online. 


Materials

3 cakes (I think) of Bernat Pop in Moonshadow 

I hook (furls … then a metal one for the sleeves after I dropped my beloved furls hook on the tile and had to wait for a [free] replacement 😩)

Pattern 

https://hearthookhome.com/painted-canyon-cardigan-tutorial-variations/. 

Notes

I used the 6-8 year old version for my 9 year old who almost wears a size 10-12. She insisted on a shorter length sweater so I reduced the rows in the first section to around 42. Bernat Pop is a thicker yarn than the pattern calls for. Other than that I didn’t need to make any adjustments. I made each section 5 rows of each color which resulted in many loose ends but I can’t handle the mid row color changes so it was worth it to me. 
Thankfully Amelia loves it. Going so far as to insist she doesn’t need a coat when wearing it (I don’t believe her). 

Diamond Stitch Baby Blanket in Bernat Pop


Materials 
Bernat Pop in Blue Chambray

I Hook (Furls)

Pattern

http://lacycrochet.blogspot.com/2014/02/diamond-stitch-baby-blanket-free-pattern.html

Adjustments

DC Foundation Chain 85. Aiming to measure a bit less than 30″ so it will be around 30″x35″ when completed. 

 Ch 2 at beginning of each row. Will not count as a stitch. 

Made this as a gift for Amelia’s 3rd Grade teacher who returns from Maternity Leave today. 

I steam blocked this using my iron. Roughly following this blog post. http://everytrickonthehook.com/2016/10/10/steam-blocking-guest-blog-courtney-laube/

Diamond Baby Blanket


This is one of my holiday projects. A baby blanket for the Prayer Shawl Ministry. 

Materials:

F Hook (Furls)

Lion Brand Mandala yarn in Unicorn

Pattern:

http://lacycrochet.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/diamond-stitch-baby-blanket-free-pattern.html?m=1
Notes:

I don’t like to have Ch3s at the beginning of rows so I started each row with a Ch2 and then a DC in the first stitch to replace each Ch3. 

I completed this over vacation and entered it in the Iowa State Fair. Got some good feedback Eventually it will make its way to church. 

Lost In Time Blanket


One of my many WIPs at the moment is a Lost In Time Shawl.  I discovered this wonderful pattern by Johanna at Mijo Crochet. https://mijocrochet.wordpress.com/2017/03/15/lost-in-time-shawl-sjal/  I have a feeling that many more of her patterns are in my future.  They are beautiful and I have a stash of yarn to use. I have just joined the Prayer Shawl Ministry at church so I’m planning on several shawls and baby blankets.

As I was working on it I had the urge to turn it into a straight blanket.  So while I wassupposed to have been preparing for vacation, I’ve been spending my evenings crocheting, frogging, calculating algebra and crocheting again to figure out how to turn a triangle into a rectangle.  Johanna gave me permission to share my blanket but the pattern is hers, so please refer to her website for more details.

Materials:

2 Caron Cakes in Cherry Chip

H Hook (Furls)

Chart:


Notes:

This blanket has a repeat of 36 stitches.  My blanket was 111 stitches wide (3×36 plus 3 end stitches).  I chained 112 to start.  Each row then has 111 stitches (you have no idea how long it took me to figure out how to make every row the same length).  I found it really important to COUNT AFTER EVERY ROW.  An error in the early rows can mean an extra shell further up and that just won’t work . . . trust me I had the frogged yarn piles to prove it.

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I prefer to have the turning chains not count as stitches so I just chain 2 for DC rows and 1 for SC rows (blue circles on the chart).  This is different from Johanna’s pattern.

Be really careful at either end of each row.  Make sure you don’t stitch into spaces that aren’t there, especially in rows 1-6.

The green sections in rows 9-12 are just highlighting that the first and last shells are different.  They only have seven stitches instead of eight.

This is about half way through. Just need to take a break as I’m off on vacation and am choosing to take only unstarted projects to save space in the suitcase. 

Begin the Beguine Square

I came across an interesting looking CAL (Crochet A Long) recently that I’m thinking about following along with. This “Begin The Beguine” square is the first square of an Afghan that is being created. I don’t have a need for an Afghan right now so I’m thinking of making them into pot holders. We’ll see how this goes. 


This is my first attempt with Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Cotton in Turquoise with an H hook. It turned out a little bigger than I would like and a little loose so I’m going down a hook size. 


This is Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Cotton in Aqua Sparkle with a G Hook. I like the tighter finish and we’ll just ignore the fact that 3% metallic polyester content probably isn’t a good idea for a pot holder. 

At the advice of many in the Facebook group for this CAL, I’m making the “join” in the corner rather than along one side. I experimented with different joining methods on the aqua Sparkle square and settled on working continuous rounds. After the first round I slip stitched over to the corner then at the end of each round I just start the corner with a SC and follow the pattern from there. 

http://everytrickonthehook.com/patterns-2/begin-the-beguine/

Owl Tote

I needed an excuse to make this gorgeous pattern from the Hat and I. . . and Amelia needed a dance bag.  I’ve learned my lesson from Zoe’s bag and used cotton this time.  Zoe’s bag is sagging so much I think I’m going to go back and redo the handles and add a cotton lining.

Materials:

F Hook (furls) for the Owls

G Hook (furls) for the Hexagons

H Hook (furls) for slip stitching the hexagons together

Lion Brand Landscapes in Boardwark – 2 skeins for the Owls.  Yellow and orange sections for the noses.

Hobby Lobby I Love This Cotton in Pewter- 2 skeins for the Hexagons

Vanna’s Choice in White for the Eyes

16 buttons

Yarn needle that will fit through the button holes AND take yarn

Threader or three (I broke the two I had on the last button I threaded!)

Handles (I got these at JoAnn’s)

Pattern:

Owl Tote’em from The Hat and I.

Notes:

I followed the pattern pretty closely with the following changes:

On the second or third round of the hexagons, I looped through the back of the owl ears so they didn’t stick out.

I sewed all the way around the eyes so they were attached more securely.

I’m not sure what I did wrong with starting the hexagons but the owls are a more slanted than they should be.