Welcome to the second installment of Things I've Made From Things I've Pinned. This week I've been having a go at weaving. It seems like an understatement to say that woven wall hangings have been everywhere recently. My pinterest feed has been flooded with them. I've seen some amazing examples but it wasn't until I saw this tutorial from Honestly WTF pop up on Craftgawker that I finally decided to try making one myself.Read More
Ok, so I wasn't entirely sure what to call this post. This hat is one of those projects that didn't go entirely to plan. Originally it was supposed to look like this, a slouchy beanie made using a v-stitch but somewhere along the way it turned into a sort of granny stitch stripe crocheted hat instead.
Late 2015 I made my 1st crochet project, a simple ribbed crochet hat by crocheting a rectangle and stitching it together. I've made a few more crochet projects since then so I wanted to try something a bit more complicated. The free v-stitch hat pattern seemed easy enough but somehow I ended up crocheting in the space between each cluster of treble crochets rather than the space between the individual treble crochets. I'd already crocheted several rows before I realised what I'd done and by that stage I loved the way it looked so much that I decided to call it a happy accident and carry on.
As this was a bit of an improvisation there isn't a pattern as such but if you want to re-create this hat for yourself here's how I made it.
The following is in U.K. crocheting terms. For U.S. terms you can use this conversion chart.
To make the ribbed band I chained 10 and then double crocheted in the 2nd chain from the hook. I chained 1, turned and then double crocheted in the back loops only to create a stretchy ribbed effect. You can see a close up of how to do this in this post.
I carried on double crocheting in the back loops until I had 80 rows. You can wrap the band around your head to see if it fits. You may need to make it smaller or larger depending on the wool. If you do need to make it larger you need to add rows in multiples of 4 for the pattern to work.
I joined the band together using another row of double crochet. This is a good post from Cherry Heart Crochet and how I learnt if you're not sure how to do this.
After watching some youtube videos showing hats being crocheted from the base up I decided to work a row of double crochet. You don't have to do this. I've seen quite a few people crochet straight into the band but I found this made the tricky 1st row easier, I crocheted into each side of the raised rib effect to make the 80 stitches.
For the 1st row of granny stitch I chained 3, this counts at the first treble crochet and then treble crocheted in the same stitch (if you want you can do a traditional granny stitch and do 3 treble crochets in the same stitch). I skipped 2 stitches and did 2 more treble crochets in the next stitch and repeated this all the way around. I made another 10 rows in the same way before I started decreasing. To join the round slip stitch in the top of your chain 3.
To give the hat some shape I did a bit more improvising and decreased the next 9 rows. Instead of making 2 treble crochets in each cluster I alternated by doing 1 double crochets, skipping 2 stitches and then doing 2 double crochets. If any crocheters out there can recommend a better way of doing this please share in the comments below. I had a google but wasn't sure how else to do it without a bit more improvisation.
Fasten off the last row and leave a long tail. Use this tail to weave back through the last row of stitches and pull to close the top of the hat. There was still a small hole at the crown so I added a few more stitches to close it up.
To finish the hat I made a large pom pom using the remaining wool and attached it to the top of the hat.
And there you have it. A warm, chunky, hat, perfect for the cold weather we've been promised this weekend. Three cheers for happy accidents.
I'm excited to share my next crochet project with you, crocheted fingerless mittens. The perfect project to keep you warm and toasty this Winter.
I was inspired by these fantastic stripey wrist warmers over on Attic 24. The beauty of these mittens is in how easy they are to put together. There's no pattern as such as Lucy made them by folding simple rectangles of crochet in half and stitching them together.
Now, I'm not the most experienced of crocheters so the idea of changing to a different colour yarn every 2 rows to create the stripes scared me so I decided to buy a ball of self striping sock wool instead. I'm thrilled with how they turned out and if you want to have a go at making your own here's how I did it.
To begin make a slip knot and chain 37 stitches.
Row 1. Half double crochet in the 2nd chain from the hook. Now half double crochet in each stitch until the end of the row and turn.
If you're not sure how to do the half double crochet stitch I recommend watching this video.
Row 2 - 27. Chain 2 and half double crochet in every stitch. Turn.
If you want your fingerless mitten to be longer add more rows and turn them into arm warmers as well.
At this point you should have a rectangle of half double crochet. Weave in any loose ends and fold in half.
If you've used a solid colour yarn make sure the right side is facing in and slip stitch the sides together before turning right side back out. If you've used a stripey wool like I did you can make a contrasting edge by seaming the sides together using single crochet. Here's a video from Tamara Kelly that shows you how to do both if you're not sure.
Remember to leave a 3-4 cm gap for the thumb hole. I carried on single crocheting but only on one side to create my thumb hole before continuing to seam together both sides.
To finish it off I went back and single crocheted on the remaining side of the thumb hole but if anyone knows a better way to do this please share in the comments below. I'm still learning so any tips are appreciated.
I added a row of double crochet to the top and bottom of my mittens to give them a neat finished edge in the same pink yarn.
If you're making these for a larger or smaller hand increase or decrease the initial chain. It needs to be long enough to fit around the widest part of the hand. Please be careful not to make the chain too big as Lucy on Attic 24 pointed out it will loosen up as you work it and nobody likes a baggy mitten now, do they?
Keep your hot drinks nice and toasty with this free pattern and make a knitted mug cosy. A quick and easy project for the beginner knitter and a perfect gift to make and give this Christmas.
You might remember earlier this year when I made a list of crafts I wanted to try, learning to knit was at the top of that list. Well, after quite a few false starts. lessons from a patient friend and many hours of watching YouTube videos I think I've finally got it.
I picked up the 1st issue of Simple Stylish Knitting last year for 99p. It came with 2 small balls of wool and some simple projects to get you started. If you're a beginner like me you might find their series of free videos over on YouTube a good place to start. For my 1st project I decided to try knitting this simple mug cosy. It has a garter stitch border and a stocking stitch (made by alternating rows of knit and purl) main body. It took a couple of attempts to get started but I persevered and I'm really pleased with how it turned out. Here's how I did it:
You will need:
1 x 50g ball of double knitting yarn.
A pair of 4 mm knitting needles.
A yarn needle.
And a pair of scissors.
1. Cast on 17 stitches.* For the 1st row you need to knit 2 stitches, purl 13 and then knit 2, this will make the garter stitch border. Knit the 2nd row. Repeat these 2 rows until your knitting reaches the desired length.
2. You want your knitting to measure around 28 cm or until it is 1 cm short of fitting around your mug. Make sure you end on a knitting row and then knit the next row to form the edge of your cosy. Cast off.
3. To finish your cosy bring the 2 edges together and stitch the top 2 stitches together, Do the same on the bottom 2 stitches. You should now have an opening for the handle of your mug to fit into.
4. Slip your cosy onto your mug and pop on the kettle.
* Can be made shorter or longer to fit your mug.
And that's all there is to it. Not too complicated, right? Now I can keep my tea nice and hot in style.