November 2018 archive

Family Beanie Hats Crochet Pattern

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Family Beanie Hats Crochet Pattern

It’s chilly outside these days so a beanie hat is a must-have necessity. If you’re eager to learn how to crochet a hat to keep your head warm this winter, look no further than our family beanie hat crochet pattern.

Perfect for the entire family, this easy crochet pattern makes a thoughtful gift for everyone in your family this season. This crochet beanie is affordable to make and since it’s unisex, it makes a perfect men’s crochet hat too.

I made my crochet hats in colors that look great on everyone too: cream and navy. The adult size is in a rich blue with white trim and a white pom pom. Then, to switch things up a little I made the children’s crochet hat pattern (which typically fits 2-6yrs) in cream with navy trim.

This free crochet hat pattern is so cute and I love the idea of a whole family with matching hats. It’s like a crafty version of the Brady Bunch.

The cascade 220 superwash merino yarn is 100% merino wool but it’s so soft. It’s not scratchy like most wool which means it won’t irritate sensitive skin. It’s also machine washable, so it’s easy to care for the whole family.

These crochet beanie hats are perfect for a family gift or nice stocking stuffers.

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Skill Level: Easy

The pattern is written for a child with changes for an adult in parentheses.

Materials:

Hook(s) size: I/9/5.5mm

Yarn weight: worsted weight medium yarn

Preferred type of yarn: Merino Wool

Suggested yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash Merino: 1 skein each Cream (01) and Navy (33)

For child hat, use Navy for A and Cream for B. For adult hat use Cream for A and Navy for B.

Yarn Yardage: Color A – 90 (165) yds; Color B – 110 (210) yds

Tools – scissors, tapestry needle, 3 (4.5)” piece of cardboard

Approx. finished dimensions:

Circumference: 12.75 (20.75)”

Height: 6.5 (10)”

Ribbing height when folded: 1.5 (2.5)”

Gauge: In upper hat pattern: 2” = 7 sts by 10 rows        

Special notes:

For the upper portion of the hat, you will be using the knit stitch (also called waistcoat stitch). You will be crocheting through the posts (or v shape) of the sc from the previous row.

  • In upper hat portion, keep sts looser to make placing the hook into the v space easier

Abbreviations:

Ch – chain, sc – single crochet, st(s) – stitch(es), blo – back loop only,

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The pattern:

Ch 1 does not count as a stitch

Ribbing

With color A, ch 14 (20)

Row 1: Sc into the second ch from the hook and into each st across. 13 (19) sts

Rows 2-60 (2-94): Ch 1, turn. Sc blo into each st across.

You’ll now start working across the long side of the ribbing.

Upper Hat

Row 1: Sc 45 (72) sts evenly across the edge of the ribbing. 45 (72) sts

Switch to color B

Rows 2-3: Ch 1, turn. Sc into each st across.

Row 4-23 (4-32): Ch 1, turn. Sc into the top of the first st. Sc into each center v of each sc across to last st, sc into the top of the last st.

Cut yarn and fold in half, sewing together the edges with the appropriate color of yarn. Turn hat right side out. Using a tapestry needle and a piece of yarn, weave yarn through every second st at the top of the hat. Pull both sides of yarn tight and tie in a double knot.

Pom Pom

Using color A, wrap yarn around a 3 (4.5)” piece of cardboard, 60 (100) times. Cut a strand of yarn approx 9”. Tie the yarn around the middle of the pom pom and tie into a tight double knot. Trim the ends of the pom pom and sew onto the top of the hat.

Sew in all ends

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These simple crochet hats are the perfect gift because they are so versatile and would look good on anyone. If you want to have a really fun time with your family this season, give these family beanie hats a try.

Looking for more great crochet patterns: Aligned Cobble Stitch Anytime Tote, Cat Beanie Crochet Hat, Elizabeth Stitch Crochet Hat, Easy Striped Baby Hat

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Ombre Textured Blanket Crochet Pattern

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Are you looking for the perfect crochet blanket pattern. The Ombre Textured crochet afghan blanket uses different crochet stitches to create stunning texture. #crochetblanket #crochetpattern #crochetlove #crochetaddict

Ombre Textured Blanket Crochet Pattern

Are you looking for the perfect crochet blanket pattern? Check out our Ombre Textured Blanket crochet pattern.

It uses different crochet stitches including the Even Berry Stitch and Waistcoat Stitch. Don’t be intimidated by these stitches though, they are very easy stitches to make and it will be a great opportunity to learn some new crochet techniques. Not only will you create a gorgeous blanket but it will also have stunning texture too. Once you’ve crocheted this blanket you’ll feel very accomplished and you’ll have made a very special keepsake to have for years to come – perfect for gift giving.

This afghan blanket has beautiful shades of white, peach and dusty rose creating a gradient throughout the length of it.

You could also make this into an adorable crochet baby blanket simply by reducing the number of rows you crochet in each section of the blanket. It’ll be the same width but be more in line with a typical baby blanket size in terms of length.

The Ombre blanket is created using the Plymouth Encore Worsted Yarn which is an acrylic/wool blend adding softness without sacrificing durability. It’s luxurious and cozy and comes in vibrant shades that are used in this crochet pattern.

If you’re looking for an amazing crochet blanket pattern, look no further. The gorgeous and super soft blanket should be at the top of your to-do list. And if you’re looking for more crochet ideas, check out my other popular crochet blanket patterns like the Done in a Day baby blanket, the Easy Cozy Blanket or the Baby Bumps Blanket.

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Ombre Textured Blanket Crochet Pattern

SKILL LEVEL: Advanced Beginner

MATERIALS:

Hook: 5.5mm

Yarn: 3 skeins of Plymouth Encore Worsted in White (0208), 3 skeins of Plymouth Encore Worsted in Pale Peach (0597), 3 skeins of Plymouth Encore Worsted in Dusty Rose (0464). 600 yards of each color.

Tools: Scissors, tapestry needle, 4” cardboard square

ABBREVIATIONS:

st = stitch

ch = chain

sl = slip stitch

sc=single crochet

dc=double crochet

fpdc= front post double crochet

bpdc= back post double crochet

yo= yarn over

SPECIAL INFORMATION:

Here are the crochet stitches you’ll need for this blanket pattern:

Even Berry stitch: Ch 1, sc into the first st. In the next st, yo, pull up a loop. Yo again and pull through the first loop on hook. Repeat one more time for 5 loops on hook. Yo and pull through all 5 loops. Do not ch to close, sc into the next st.

Ribbed stitch: Ch 3, fpdc in the second st. Bpdc in the next st, repeat across making a dc into the last st.

Waistcoat stitch: Sc for the first row as usual. At the end of the row, ch 1 and turn. Sc loosely into the v made by the previous rows sc, creating a knit like stitch.

FINISHED SIZE: 36” wide x 52” long

Gauge: Not critical

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PATTERN:

White:

Ch 110

Row 1: Sc in the 2nd ch from the hook, and each st across. 109 sc

Row 2: Ch 1, sc into the first st. In the next st, yo, pull up a loop. Yo again and pull through the first loop on hook. Repeat one more time for 5 loops on hook. Yo and pull through all 5 loops. Do not ch to close, sc into the next st. This is the first row of the even berry stitch

Row 3: Ch 1, sc into each st across

Rows 4-16: Repeat rows 2 & 3 (this creates the Even Berry Stitch)

Row 17-24: Ch 3, fpdc in the second st. Bpdc in the next st, and repeat across. Dc in the last st.

Row 25: ch 1, sc in each st across

Rows 26-32:  Ch 1, Waistcoat st in each st across  (sc in between the legs of the previous row’s sc.)

Rows 33-35: Repeat rows 2 & 3. Break yarn

Rows 36-48 (Pale Peach): Join new color, repeat rows 2 & 3, (Even Berry st)

Rows 49-56: Repeat rows 17-24 (Ribbed st)

Rows 57-72: Repeat rows 26-32. (Waistcoat st)

Rows 72-78: Repeat rows 2 & 3, break yarn at end of the last row (Even Berry st)

Rows 79-88 (Dusty Rose): Repeat rows 2 & 3 (Even Berry st)

Rows 89-96: Repeat rows 17-24 (Ribbed st)

Rows 97-112: Repeat rows 26-32 (Waistcoat st)

Rows 113-128: Repeat rows 2 & 3 (Even Berry st)

Break yarn and weave in all ends. Make 16 tassels in both white and dusty rose. To make tassels, wrap the yarn around the 4” cardboard square about 50 times. Slide another piece of yarn under one end of the wrapped yarn, and tie tightly, leaving the long tail separate from the rest of the tassel. Pull the yarn off of the square, and tie another short length about ½” below the top to create the neck. Trim the ends so they form a tassel. Tie the tassels underneath every 6th even berry st, and weave all ends in securely.

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If you’re looking for a stunning lapghan or even a baby blanket crochet pattern, your search is over. This beautiful crochet blanket is one a kind with tassels and textured stitches and the softest yarn ever.

Pick up your hook and let’s start stitching!

Looking for more great crochet patterns: Done In A Day Baby Blanket, Easy Cozy Crochet Blanket, Baby Bumps Baby Blanket, Heart Graphghan Blanket, Primrose Baby Blanket

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12 Days of Crochet Gift Giving – Easy-to-Make Holiday Gifts

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In case you ran out of time or forgot a present here or there, I’ve put together this creative list of easy-to-make holiday gift ideas. #crochetpatterns #crochetholidaypatterns #crochetgifts

12 Days of Crochet Gift Giving – Easy-to-Make Holiday Gifts

The holidays can be hectic and even the most organized person can struggle to keep up. With family dinners, and coordinating travel plans it’s inevitable that something might slip through the cracks.

In case you ran out of time or forgot a present here or there, I’ve put together this creative list of easy-to-make holiday crochet gift ideas. These crochet patterns are what you’ve been looking for thoughtful and heartfelt gifts.

Besides making these gifts for the holiday, they could also be used as last-minute crochet gifts when you’re looking for something unique and handmade.

You can make these projects in a weekend, and some of them in a couple of hours. But they look detailed and your loved ones will be grateful to receive a handmade gift. These easy crochet patterns include crochet gifts for men, woman, and kids.

There are lots of great gift ideas to choose from, so see which ones stand out to you!

Easy Done in a Day Crochet Baby Blanket

This will be the fastest blanket you ever stitch-up. It’s the perfect cozy holiday gift. As long as you know how to chain and double crochet, you’ll be able to make this beautiful little baby blanket for the new member of your family!

If your loved ones are expecting a new baby, pick up your crochet hook and put this together for them. It’s a fast, thoughtful gift.

Easy Done in a Day Crochet Baby Blanket

 

Easy Elizabeth Stitch Fingerless Gloves

If you’re looking for a last-minute gift idea for a group of people, these crochet fingerless gloves are perfect for you. You can make a bunch of them in a short amount of time, and you can customize the color per person. They’re made using a 100% organic cotton which makes the decorative ribbed stitch and Elizabeth stitch really stand out.

Make several pairs for your nieces and nephews, or make a set for the whole family. These are a suitable gift for everyone.

Easy Elizabeth Stitch Fingerless Gloves

 

Reusable Crochet Face Scrubbies

If you have a family member who really loves skincare and has a deep concern for the environment, these reusable face scrubbies are amazing! They’re made out of a cotton acrylic yarn, perfect for gentle exfoliation and washing away your makeup. You can make several of them and put them in a cute little tin as a stocking stuffer. Or put them in a gift basket with your favorite face wash for an easy, thoughtful present!

Give back to the environment this holiday season with these reusable crochet scrubbies. They’re the perfect stocking stuffer for children and teenagers in your family.

Reusable Crochet Face Scrubbies

Easy Thick Crochet Wash Dishcloths

These dishcloths are a wonderful gift idea for the person who spends their time in the kitchen. Since these are crocheted using two balls of yarn at once, rather than a single thread, they’re squishy and durable. Strong enough to hold up against those holiday casserole dishes, or gentle enough to use as a washcloth in the shower. Include them in your face wash and reusable face scrubbies basket from above or put them in with a cookbook for a friend.

These would go great in a care basket if you’re making a set as crochet washcloths. They’re also incredibly practical in the kitchen and hold up better than commercial dish towels. Stitch a set up in no time.   

Easy Thick Crochet Wash Dishcloths

 

Outlander Cowl Crochet Pattern

If you’ve ever seen Outlander, you know how beautiful the costumes are! This cowl was inspired by the lead character, Claire’s, knit cowl, and is much quicker to stitch up. Using half double crochets and worsted wool yarn, this scarf comes together quickly and feels really warm. This chunky crochet scarf is so simple and elegant. It is perfect for the holidays.

Give someone a gift that will encourage them to be the leading lady in their own life. This cowl was inspired by a courageous woman, and will hopefully inspire adventure in your loved ones too.  

Outlander Cowl

 

Cross Hatch Button Up Cowl

If you’re looking for a fast present with special details, this crochet cowl is perfect for you. It has a button closure on the left side and uses a decorative open stitch. It’s made out of thick, chunky yarn so it’s warm and cozy for the winter. It would look sweet on a snowy winter morning, and even better wrapped up under the tree.

This is a sweet, classic piece that will never go out of style. You might even want to crochet a cowl for yourself!

Cross Hatch Button Up Cowl

 

Crochet Infinity Scarf

This is a fast, and basic crochet scarf pattern. It’s made out of a worsted weight yarn and the stitches are kept simple so it’s easy to make and easier to wear. This is one of those staple pieces that will go with everything and never goes out of style. It’s great for all ages and you could even make several before the holidays roll around.

This is so easy to put together and will go with everything. Make them for all the women in your family. You can never have too many scarves, after all.

 

Crochet Infinity Scarf

 

Elizabeth Stitch Boot Cuffs Crochet Pattern

These would go great with the Elizabeth fingerless gloves we mentioned above. These crochet boot cuffs stitch up quickly and use the Elizabeth stitch as well. They’ll keep you warm and look fashionable. You can make them in any color, but we like them in a nice doeskin neutral color. Give people a matched set with the gloves or have these stand-alone. 

Boot cuffs are a subtle detail to any outfit and add an extra layer of warmth. No one wants to be out trekking through the snow, but it’s inevitable this time of year. Make it easier on someone by stitching these up.

Elizabeth Stitch Boot Cuffs

 

Crochet iPhone Case

This is a gift that is perfect for anyone. Most people you know have a phone or tablet, and this is a personal way to give them a practical present. The crochet pattern for this phone case is easily customizable to accommodate for the size of your device. Just simply add on extra stitches at the beginning for width. The case even has a cute little button closure at the front with a crocheted loop.

Everyone of all ages could use this treat. Make stocking stuffers for the whole family and feel good that you made them something they’ll definitely use.

Crochet Iphone Case

 

Cross-Over Stitch Infinity Scarf

This crochet infinity scarf pattern is really straightforward and simple. It consists of single and double crochet stitches, to form a textured pattern. It’s chunky enough to keep you warm even on the coldest day of winter, and it will go with any outfit. Scarves are great gifts because people can always use them. Make someone something they’ll really appreciate with this quick and easy pattern.

Infinity scarves are perfect for layering and this is the time of year where you can’t leave the house in less than 3 layers. Keep your loved ones cozy with this fast, warm gift.

Cross-Over Stitch Infinity Scarf

 

Easy Crochet Can Cozy Crochet Pattern

These crocheted can cozies are a wonderful present for a family member who spends a lot of time at the lake or beach. They would even be great to take camping. You can make a bunch of these in no time, so they’re perfect for a family vacation. Or make them all in different colors so people can tell their drinks apart at get-togethers.

Crochet can cozies are practical and always needed. They’re easy to take along on trips and use at a family gathering. This is an easy way to give someone a gift they’ll really love and use.

Easy Crochet Can Cozy

 

Aligned Cobble Tea Towel Crochet Pattern

The aligned cobble stitch makes for a beautifully elegant design. It’s perfect for these tea towels. This simple crochet pattern is made to last, so you can pass these down through your family. Pull them out for the holiday feasts and family get-togethers, and share in your memories. It’s worked in a 100% cotton yarn so they’re easy to keep clean, and they crochet up quickly. This would be a really lovely housewarming present this holiday season.  

The kitchen is the heart of a home, and what you put into it matters. Spruce up your space for family get-togethers with these unique and beautiful crochet tea towels. Or gift them to some new homeowners in your life.

Aligned Cobble Tea Towel

 

It’s easy to get carried away with Holiday planning and forget a present here or there. With these fast, simple ideas, you can give someone a handmade gift that comes from the heart (and that can be made in a weekend). This list has a little something for everyone!

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Wool Allergy or Sensitivity? Consider these Alternative Yarns

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Wool Allergy or Sensitivity? Consider these Alternative Yarns

Lately, I’ve been hearing from a lot of you that you have wool sensitivities. So I decided to do a little research on the subject to try and find out more about wool allergies in the craft community.

Apparently, about 20% of the population struggle with sensitivities and allergies to wool fibers. And while it’s rare to have a pure wool allergy, it is common to experience discomfort or a rash when coming into contact with the fiber.

I found out that a lot of people are allergic to lanolin (which is a naturally occurring oil in wool-bearing animals) or animal dander within wool. So, if you’re unsure whether you’re allergic to lanolin or not, it’s worth doing a patch test. It could open up a world of yarn possibilities if you know this information.

But for those of you who suffer from wool and everything that comes with it, I’ve compiled a list of some yarn alternatives. Some of my favorite yarns in various weights, so you’re covered for any project you work on!



Cotton and Cotton Blends

Cotton is a natural, lightweight fiber that makes breathable garments. There is a trick for getting denser fabrics when crocheting or knitting with this loose yarn. You can size down your needles/hook for a firmer, denser look. It’s also machine washable and water absorbent. Perfect for projects that will be worn a lot and need easy care.

Rowan Handknit Cotton
100% cotton, 93 yds
DK weight

 

 

 

 

DMC Natura XL
100% cotton, 82 yds
Super Bulky

 

 

 

 

Blue Sky Organic Cotton
100% Organic Cotton, 150yds
Worsted

Blue Sky Organic Cotton

 

 

 

 

Knit 1 Crochet Too 2nd Time Cotton
75% cotton/25% acrylic, 180yds
Worsted

Knit 1 Crochet Too 2nd Time Cotton

 

 

 

Berroco Corsica
90% cotton/10% cashmere, 150 yds
DK weight

Berroco Corsica

 

 

 

 

Acrylic and Acrylic Blends

Acrylic is similar to cotton in how easy it is to clean and care for. It’s also one of the most affordable options on the market. Acrylic is a good option for some of your warmer weather projects as it can be insulating. And because it’s so easy to dye, you can get this yarn in any colors you want!

Universal Yarn Major
100% acrylic, 328yds,
Bulky

Universal Yarn Major

 

 

 

 

Berroco Comfort DK Solid
50% Acrylic/50% Nylon, 178 yds,
DK weight

Berroco Comfort DK Solid

 

 

 

 

 

Silk and Silk Blends

Silk is known for being soft and luxurious but it has a lot of other amazing properties too. The fiber has a natural wick which keeps you cool in summer and warm in the winter. It’s also a really strong and durable fiber. Silk is amazing because it is hypoallergenic so it’s perfect if you have allergies to other fibers.  I wouldn’t suggest using this fiber if you’re making a piece that requires a lot of stretching though, as silk is inelastic.

Habu A 48 Nerimaki Ito
100% silk, 130 yds,
Fingering weight

Habu A 48 Nerimaki Ito

 

 

 

 

Malabrigo Mora
100% Mulberry Silk, 225 yds,
Fingering weight

Malabrigo Mora

 

 

 

 

Knit One Crochet Too Cozette
62% Silk/30% cotton/8% polyamide, 255-273 yds,
Fingering weight

Knit One Crochet Too Cozette

 

 

 

 

Anzula Breeze
65% Silk/35% Linen, 750 yds,
Lace weight

Anzula Breeze

 

 

 

 

 

Linen

Linen fibers are extracted from the Flax plant and are known for being incredibly durable. It’s hypoallergenic and it’s breathable just like cotton. Linen is also a more sustainable fiber than some of the others on the market, and it softens over time. Linen is great for your more structural projects.

Erika Knight Studio Linen
85% Recycled Linen/15% Premium Linen, 131 yds,
DK weight

Erika Knight Studio Linen

 

 

 

 

Lang Lino
100% Linen, 120yds,
Worsted

Lang Lino

 

 

 

 

 

Bamboo and Bamboo Blends

Bamboo is another hypoallergenic yarn option. It’s incredibly eco-friendly making it one of the best fibers to use. It’s also antibacterial and sweat-absorbent, making it good to wear in the summer months or on vacation. And it’s soft and insulating so you can wear it in the winter months as well. This fiber is truly a catch-all and even has natural UV protection. It’s by far one of my favorites and the perfect replacement for wool.

Vinnis Colours Serina
100% Bamboo, 121 yds,
Sport weight

Vinnis Colours Serina

 

 

 

 

Vinnis Colours Tori
50% Bamboo/50% cotton, 95 yds,
Bulky

Vinnis Colours Tori

 

 

 

 

 

Alpaca and Alpaca Blends

If you aren’t allergic to all animal fibers, consider trying Alpaca yarn. Alpaca fibers are really insulating and even warmer than wool. It’s actually one of the most durable fibers out there and is flame resistant. This is a great yarn choice for generational pieces like holiday stockings since it can hold up to the test of time. This won’t work for you if you’re allergic to animal dander however.

Blue Sky Melange
100% Alpaca, 110 yds,
DK weight

Blue Sky Melange

 

 

 

 

Amano Puyu
70% Alpaca/30% silk, 82yds,
Bulky

Amano Puyu

 

 

 

 

Galler Yarns Peruvian Tweed
100% Alpaca, 600 yds,
Worsted

Galler Yarns Peruvian Tweed

 

 

 

 

 

Some other amazing options, which you’ll often find in blends, include rayon, polyester, soy and cashmere.

Rayon

Rayon can add a luster and softness to yarn. It’s really comfortable and durable when dry. And it oftentimes is a very affordable fiber. Rayon can be challenging to clean, as its integrity is compromised when wet, so keep this in mind when using it.


Polyester

Polyester is another affordable option that is often found blended with other fibers. Unlike rayon, polyester is resistant to shrinking and its fibers are strong. It does not wrinkle easily either. It also has moisture-wicking properties making it good for athletic wear and cold weather.

Soy

Soy can be a really good alternative to silk, and it’s more affordable. It has a similar smooth texture and it drapes beautifully. Soy fabric is insulating and warm, perfect for winter knits and crochets. Soy is also super easy to care for and strong so it will last you a while.

Cashmere

Cashmere can be a good alternative to those who aren’t allergic to animal dander or all animal fibers. It’s much softer and smoother than sheep’s wool, and it is adaptable to temperatures. It will keep you cool in Summer and warm in Winter. The fiber also has natural stretch and dyes beautifully. If you’re unsure if this fiber will bother you, try it in a blend. The smaller content might be safe and it could open up this soft fiber possibility to you.

 

I’d love to hear what your favorite alternative fiber is to use. They all serve different purposes and are amazing in their own unique ways. An allergy shouldn’t prevent you from living your best *crafter* life.

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