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Crochet Caps for a Cause Pattern

| Crafts & DIY, Crochet

Crochet Hat Pattern - great for beginners and to donate.

Crochet Beanie Pattern – great for beginners and to donate.

Crochet Caps for a Cause Pattern

Last week I had a new and exciting experience – I became a volunteer at our local hospital.  I originally created this blog to have a creative outlet but I had no idea the impact my readers would have on my life.  All the positive feedback and comments have helped me see that I have an opportunity and an obligation to give back.  

My new volunteer job is to create and deliver art and activities for the pediatric and geriatric wards and to make hats and blankets for the maternity and neonatal intensive care units.  I delivered my first big package of materials and hats last week and it felt so amazing to be able to contribute to this wonderful cause.

In honor of this new endeavor in my life, I’m including the pattern for what I’m calling my “Caps for a Cause” crochet beanie.  

This is a very quick and simple crochet pattern that even beginner crocheters can easily master. I crochet pretty slowly and I can make these hats in about 45 minutes (much less time for a preemie sized hat).

These crochet hats can be made in any size from preemie all the way to men’s large so this is a very versatile pattern.

READER CHALLENGE

I’d also like to extend a challenge for any of my readers who are so inclined to join me in this volunteer effort. Hospitals are in great need of caps for newborns, preemies, and cancer patients.  Crochet blankets, shawls, wash clothes and toys are also in high demand. Most hospitals have volunteer programs for receiving knitted and crochet goods so I encourage you to donate if possible – and please share your experiences with me in my comments section.

Crochet Caps for a Cause Pattern – download pattern.

Materials:

  • A soft medium weight yarn (50-70 yards) – I used Red Heart Soft. Choose as many different colors as you’d like.
  • Crochet Hook – US J10/6 mm. I used this larger hook size for the baby hats so that the hats were a little more airy and stretchy but feel free to use a smaller hook if you prefer.
  • Yarn or tapestry needle
  • Scissors

Basic Hat Directions:

Ch = chain, sl st = slip stitch, sc = single crochet, dc = double crochet (U.S.)

  1. Ch 5 and then join together into a ring with a sl st (keep all your stitches loose). Or use the magic ring method if you prefer.
  2. Round 1: Ch 2 and then make 12 double crochets into the ring. Join with sl st.
  3. Round 2: Ch 2 and then 2 dc into the same stitch. Now do 2 dc in each stitch around and then sl st to join.
  4. Round 3: Ch 2, 2 dc in the first stitch then 1 dc in the next and the repeat this pattern for the entire row. Sl st to join.
  5. Round 4: Ch 2, 2 dc in the next stitch then 1 dc in the next TWO stitches and repeat in this pattern for the entire row. Sl st to join.  (*Hats for preemie babies skip to step 7 – note that hospitals ask that hats for preemie’s be a little bit longer so that they can fold back the edge of the hat)
  6. Round 5: Ch 2, 2 dc in the next stitch then 1 dc in the next THREE stitches and repeat in this pattern for the entire row. Sl st to join. (*For larger hat designs you’d just keep increasing the number of stitches between each dc by 1 until you get the size you’d like. Example: the next row would be 2 dc in the next stitch then 1 dc in the next FOUR stitches, the next row would be 2 dc in the next stitch then 1 dc in the next FIVE stitches, etc…)
  7. Rounds 6-12: Ch 2, double crochet in each stitch and join with a slip stitch.  Continue this for each row until the hat is as long as you want it. (I usually do 6 rows for my baby hats)
  8. Final row, chain 1 and then sc in each stitch and slip stitch to join (keep this last row loose or else it will make the hat too tight at the bottom).
  9. Fasten off and weave the ends into the hat using your yarn/tapestry needle.

For the striped hat design just alternate different colors for each row (and add a third color in the second last row of dc’s if you’d like).  For the hat with the second color along the rim, change the color in your last row of dc’s and then keep that color for step 8. I really like having at least 2 colors in the hat design, it just makes it a little more exciting to look at and you can have fun coming up with contrasting colors.

To add the single woven thread through the hat, thread your tapestry needle with a piece of yarn about 24″ long. Starting at the back seam of the hat, weave in the yarn and tie in with a knot and then weave in and out of each stitch around one row. See photo below for exactly where you put your needle through to get the same design I’ve done. When you’re done the row fasten off and weave in any ends.

Looking for more great crochet patterns for babies: Easy Striped Crochet Baby Hat Pattern, Easy Done in a Day Baby BlanketBaby Bumps Blanket Crochet PatternPrimrose Baby Blanket Crochet Pattern and the Star Stitch Striped Baby Blanket.

Basic Crochet Hat Pattern - Perfect for donating to hospitals.

Basic Crochet Hat Pattern – Perfect for donating to maternity and neonatal intensive care units.

Update: Here’s the pile of hats that Noelle and I took to the hospital on New Year’s day… what a positive way to start off a new year.

Hat donations

Hat donations

 

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Sisal Rope Bird Feeder

| Crafts & DIY, Kids Fun

Quick and easy sisal rope bird feeder.

A quick and easy bird feeder made from a tin can and sisal rope.

Sisal Rope Bird Feeder – Our time at the beach this summer finally came to an end this past weekend.  Sadly we packed up and went back home but not before I had a chance to make this cute little bird feeder.  Over the past number of weeks I’ve seen an incredible array of wildlife and lots of beautiful birds including hummingbirds, sandpipers, hawks, owls, grey herons and the most awe-inspiring bald eagles (see below for some of the bird photos I took this summer). One day we even witnessed an eagle scream down from the sky, dive into the water after a seagull that was floating in the ocean, grasp the seagull in his talons and fly away with the it – this was only about 75 feet away from us.  The size and power of these birds is something you really have to see to believe.

Obviously this sweet little bird feeder isn’t meant for the eagles but there really is a huge variety of birds that live near the beach that would love this feeder.  This is a simple project that kids could easily help make. It only took about 20 minutes to make the entire thing.

Materials:

  • Clean tin can – keep the lid (I used a large tomato can)
  • Sisal rope
  • Piece of metal for post (sorry, I don’t even know what I used, it was just a scrap I found in the garage)
  • Glue gun and glue

Instructions:

  1. Take the tin can lid and bend it in half. 
  2. Take the metal for the post and glue it down so that there is enough room for the birds to perch while they eat.
  3. Insert your can lid so that it fits nicely over the metal piece you just glued in and is just inside the opening of the can and glue into place making sure there are no openings for the seed to fall through.
  4. Find the top middle of the can and glue a long piece of sisal rope (about 2.5 ft) from top to bottom of the can so that you have 1 ft on either side of the can hanging off (you’ll tie this together at the end) – this will be the part that hangs from the hook or tree.
  5. Now, starting at the top of the can, slowly glue down the sisal rope from one end to the other by going around the can in a circular motion until you reach the bottom of the can. Cut the rope and glue in ends.
  6. Cut a piece of rope the exact size of the front of the can and glue on around the top/front edge to help give a nicer finished look to the feeder.
  7. Tie the two 1 foot piece ends that are still hanging to the sides together in a knot.
  8. Fill with bird seed and hang from a hook or tree.
Birds on southern Vancouver Island.

Birds on southern Vancouver Island – photos by Jamey Ekins.

 

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Printable Robot Coloring Page

| Kids Fun, Printables

Printable Robot Coloring Page For Kids.

Printable Robot Coloring Page For Kids.

Printable robot coloring page – Over the past week or so I’ve been on holidays and I’ve had the good fortune to spend that time relaxing at the beach.  For so long I’ve been waiting for some spare time to spend sketching and doodling. I started with nature sketches of all the treasures I found while beach scavenging. The drawings turned out beautifully and I really enjoyed the challenge.  My daughter saw me working on my sketches and asked that I draw something for her but something that was “fun like the blank faces coloring page” – definitely my most popular post to date.  My nephews were also out visiting at the beach and I was inspired by the boys so I thought I could make something they would all have fun coloring.  I sketched out a variety of robots and then let the kids pick out their favourites. Here are the 12 robot finalist for your coloring pleasure.  Enjoy!

Download the robots coloring page here.

Looking for more great kids stuff: Jellyfish Friendship Bracelets10-minute superhero costume, blank faces colour pageDIY I spy gamegood karma cardsfamily movie night tickets, 3-minute bubble maker

Printable Robot Coloring Page

Printable Robot Coloring Page

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Watercolor iPhone Template

| Design & Technology

Free iPhone case template. Just print, cut out and add to your case.

Free iPhone case template. Just print, cut out and add to your iPhone case.

Way back in March I created a template for a clear iPhone cover – see post here.  I loved how it turned out and I’ve been using these designs this entire time but as you know from my other posts, I get bored pretty easily so I decided to change it up with a new template this time.

This summer I’ve been playing around a bit with watercolor.  It’s still a lot more challenging than I thought it would be but I’m really enjoying this new medium. At this point I’m just testing color saturation and flow but I thought these fun little samples would make cute designs for my newest iPhone case template. All you need is a see through cover to use these templates.

Just print and then cut out.  I used an xacto knife with a swivel blade for the little hole where the camera is and it worked really well. Please note this design is for the iPhone 5 although with some minor trimming you could also use for the iPhone 4.

Download template here.

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