Crochet Witch’s Hat Pattern

*witch's hat crocheted (2 of 3)
BOO! Did I scare you? My blog is a pretty spooky, cobweb covered place lately, in keeping with the season.  We’ve been deep in packing, sorting our stuff into “ship”, “store”, “toss” piles.  The house is full of echoes with the loss of full bookcases and years of accumulated belongings.

I will be so glad to get all of these people out of my house.  We have been overrun with contractors for the last two weeks.  The painters have had the kitchen plastic-covered for two days.  They were supposed to have been finished with that on Wednesday.  They are rather slow.  They paint a little bit and then wander off, and they are not communicating well about their plans or just what the fuck they’re doing.

*witch's hat (3 of 4)
Since I can’t do anything else with them underfoot, I decided to use this opportunity to give you something I’d promised way back.

*witch's hat (1 of 4)
My original intention was to make several of these crochet witch hats and string them together in a garland.  Because, you know.  Garland!

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and Hallowe’en!!

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I think you’ll find this pretty easy to throw together.  You could make several for a garland, or for bowl fillers.  Or dress up someone’s barbie dolls;)  I’ll send this one to my granddaughter.

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I hope my instructions make sense, since I’m a wee bit distracted.  I’m listening to this to help me focus.  My darling daughter told me about it this morning.

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How creepy is this doll head?

Here’s the pattern for you:)

Witch Hat Crochet Pattern

Supplies: a small amount of DK or worsted weight yarn, bits of eyelash or other novelty yarn, size F or G hook.  I used F hook and Tahki Cotton Classic in Black

Top of hat:

Rd 1: Make sl loop (wrap yarn around finger, insert hook, yo pull up loop, yo, pull through), 4sc in loop; pull tail to tighten circle.  Join with sl st

Rd 2: ch 2, sc in same st, (sc in next sc, 2 sc in next) twice, sc in next, join with sl st

Rd 3: ch 2, sc in same st, (sc in next sc, 2 sc in next) 2X, sc in next, join with sl st to second chain of beginning ch 2. You should have nine single crochet stitches.

Rds 4 and 5: ch2, sc in next sc and in each sc around. Join with sl st to second ch of beg ch 2.

Rd 6: ch 2, sc in same st, (sc next 2 sc, 2sc in next) 2X, sc in next 2. Join with sl st to second ch of beg ch 2. You should have 12 sc stitches

Rd 7: ch2, sc in next sc and in each sc around. Join with sl st to second ch of beg ch 2.

Rd 8: ch 2, sc in same st, (sc next 2, 2sc in next) 3X, sc in next 2. Join with sl st to second ch of beg ch 2. You should have 16 sc stitches.

Rds 9 and 10: ch2, sc in next sc and in each sc around. Join with sl st to second ch of beg ch 2.

Rd 11: ch 2 sc in same sp, (sc next 3, 2 sc in next) 3X, sc in next 3. Join with sl st to second ch of beg ch 2. You should have 20 sc.

Rds 12 and 13: ch2, sc in next sc and in each sc around. Join with sl st to second ch of beg ch 2.

Brim:

Rd 1: working in only one loop, the one nearest the hat, of each st – ch 2, sc in same st, (sc in next, 2 sc in next) 9X, sc in next. Join with sl st to second ch of beg ch 2; go through both loops this time.

Rd 2: working through both loops – ch2, sc in same st, (sc in next, 2 sc in next) 14X, sc in next. Join with sl st to second ch of beg ch 2. Fasten off.

Rd 3: Join eyelash yarn and work sc in each st around. Join with sl st. Cut yarn and weave in ends.

A Leaf and a Stem for the Pumpkin

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I’ve had a couple requests for a pattern for the squiggly crochet stem on my pumpkin, instead of the knitted one I have in the pattern here.  Then, yesterday, knitter Debbie asked about a leaf pattern.  So I thought, “well that’s a good idea for a blog post!”  I took lots of photos of the steps along the way.  Click on through for the pattern and tutorial.

Note: I use a stitch that I can’t find in any of the literature, and I know I didn’t make it up.  Or at least I don’t think I did.  Anyway,  I call it a half treble or htr.  If you know the proper name, please edify me!  To do the htr, yo twice, insert hook into the stated stitch, yo and pull up one loop, yo and pull through 2 loops, yo pull through remaining 3 loops.

Continue reading “A Leaf and a Stem for the Pumpkin”

Halloween is on the Way

halloween etsy (2 of 6)
I opened my little case where I keep all of my Etsy stuff the other day, to discover that I had a bunch of things in there that I never bothered to list in the shop!  So, I pulled out my camera and rectified that issue.  I still don’t know why I made these creepy spider webs and beaded spiders!  They did give me the willies just taking their photos.

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These felted treat bowls are just the right level of cute-spooky:)

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A reader was having trouble working through my pumpkin pattern, so I knitted it again to be sure all was right with the pattern.  I came up with this little guy.  I gave him a wonky crocheted stem instead of the knitted one in my pattern.  He’s in the shop now too.
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Alister likes to model my Halloween garlands every chance he gets;)  I made this one with a pale orange, for a more subtle effect.

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It looked good over here too.

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I had a former customer contact me a couple weeks ago.  I had crocheted this scarflette for her last year; she’s written to me a couple times telling me how much she liked the piece and about all the compliments she gets on it.  I love hearing from customers!  When I make something and send it out into the world, it’s like I’m sending a little piece of myself, and I want to know how it’s fairing out there in the world!  This customer decided she wanted another scarflette in Halloween colors.  I’m really happy with the way it turned out!

If you’re in the mood for some Halloween shopping, hop on over to the shop and see what’s there!

More Hexie Love

Mom's tea towel (3 of 4)
My crafting life is all about hexies hexies hexies!  I just finished this tea towel for my mom.  I sewed the hexie flowers onto a piece of cotton/linen blend fabric.  I added a crochet edging.

Mom's tea towel (2 of 4)
Yesterday was her birthday, so I added a little embroidered sentiment.

Mom's tea towel (1 of 4)
and some flowers:)  I hand stitched the hexies, and machine stitched them to the towel.

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I’m working hard on a goal of finishing up all of my in-progress sewing projects.  Next up on my work table, I have a small hexie quilt I’m making for my granddaughter, and I still need to finish the wonky log cabin table mats.  They are all pieced; I’m now assembling the layers and quilting.  I hope to be able to show my progress next week!

Monday Musing

August stitching 2014 (3 of 3)
I have lost my favorite crochet hook.  The last time I remember using it was in April at my mother’s house.  That’s how long it’s been since I’ve done any serious crocheting.  I needed a break from that, but I didn’t expect it would last this long.  Now I’m ready to crochet again, but can’t find the hook.

August stitching 2014 (1 of 3)
Back in April is when I discovered English Paper Piecing.  Most of my down time since then has been spent sewing hexies.  I’ve been pulled to other sewing projects as well, anything that lets me look at bits of pretty fabric.  I decided to try my hand at wonky log cabin squares.  I’m mostly happy with the way this table topper is turning out.  I wish I’d made some of my log cabin strips wider, and the sashing strips less wide.

This project is an illustration of just how out of focus my mind has been.  I didn’t read the instructions closely, otherwise I would have known to cut the sashing strips again.  I had a piece of black fabric for the backing.  I wasn’t paying attention to what I was doing and I cut it too short.  At least I was able to salvage that to make the bias binding, but I’m getting exasperated with myself!  I’m lost inside my head instead of engaging in what’s happening around me.

August stitching 2014 (2 of 3)
This is some fabric I picked up last year and didn’t get around to using.  I cut it wrong too; I sewed the little cat fabric into a tube, cut it in half to make two, then realized that I had sewn it with the cats going sideways instead of up and down.  Luckily, again I was able to salvage it, but geesh!!

My goal for this week is to pay attention to what is going on around me and to what I’m doing!  I’m trying to put those thoughts that keep distracting me away for now.  I can come back to them later when I can actually do something about it.  For now, I need to go buy a new crochet hook apparently. And some more black fabric:)

Crochet Tea Cozy

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I have developed a new obsession for crochet tea cozies. I love how cute and pretty they are. Searching through Ravelry and Pinterest, I found lots of inspiration, but no patterns that would work on my tea pot with the handle across the top. One of things I love most about crochet is that if you can’t find a pattern you like, you can wing it. Really. I think of crocheting as drawing in 3D. Click through to see how I did it.

On My Workspace

The day is half over and I’ve not finished even a quarter of what I meant to do today!  So here are a couple sneak peaks of what I have on my workspace this week.

chicks wip
Those eggs I was working on seem to be hatching!

tea cozy wip
My new obsession:)  Oh my!

I’ll be back Wednesday:)

Some Spring Crochet

crochet easter eggs ostara spring (1 of 1)
I’ve been working on another custom order.  This one is for an Easter garland, with eggs, chicks, and daffodils.  I’ve spent quite a few days trying to get the egg shape just right.  I do believe I’ve found it!  I’m thinking a bunch of these eggs in a bowl would be super cute.  Or in a nest!

Crochet Scrubby Tutorial

Always on the lookout for tools that help me do my jobs better, I keep hearing about how an acrylic crochet kitchen scrubby works really well on dishes.  I came up with one that I really like, so am going to share that pattern here.  It’s a super easy project for beginning crocheters.  I tried to break it down as much as possible without going overboard.   I’ll go through each of the steps and then at the end I’ll just give the written pattern for those who just want that.  These are right handed instructions.  I’m not very good at left handed crochet, but basically you just reverse what you see here.

steps 1-4
Start with an acrylic worsted weight yarn and a size H crochet hook.  When working in the round, my favorite way to begin is with the slip loop, also called “magic ring”.  Wrap the yarn around your index finger twice, as shown in figure 1.  Notice that you have the tail of the yarn to the right and your working yarn going off to the left.  Slip the hook under the first loop, pick up the back loop (this is your working yarn) (fig. 2) and bring it through (fig. 3).  You have one loop on your hook.  Now wrap the working yarn over the hook (fig.4).  This is called a yarn over, abbreviated yo.
steps 5-8
Pull the yarn over through the loop on your hook (fig.5).  Now you are going to perform 8 single crochets in the magic ring.  Insert the hook through the ring (sorry no pic!) do a yarn over and pull it through just like in steps 2-3.  Now you have two loops on the hook (fig.6).  Do a yarn over and pull it through both loops on hook (fig.7).  You have completed one single crochet (sc).  Do seven more just like that (fig.8).
steps 9-11
This is the magic part:)  Pick up the short tail with your left hand and hold the crochet loop with your right; pull gently on the tail to close the loop (fig.9).  Join with a slip stitch (sl st) by inserting the hook front to back through both top loops of the first sc, and yo (fig.10).  Pull the yarn through all three loops (fig.11)
steps 12-15
On this round you are going to do double crochets (dc).  Chain three (ch3) (fig.12); this counts as your first dc.  YO; insert the hook front to back in the same single crochet space directly below your ch3, where the pink line is pointing in figure 13, yo and pull the yarn through; you have three loops on the hook.  YO, and pull through two loops; YO and pull through remaining two loops (fig. 14 and 15).  In the next sc make two dc.  Continue making two dc in each sc all around, for a total of 16 dc.
steps 16-19
Join with a sl st in the third chain of the beginning ch3 (figs.16-17).  Ch3; dc in dc directly below, just like in steps 12-15.   Make 2dc in each dc around for a total of 32 double crochet stitches.  Join with sl st in third chain of beginning ch3 (fig.19)
steps 20-23
On the final row,  you are going to alternate between 2dc and 1dc.  Ch3; dc in dc directly below; make 1dc in the next dc.  *2dc in next dc; dc in next dc; continue from * all around for a total of 48 stitches.  Join with a sl st in third ch of beginning ch3.  Cut the yarn leaving a short tail, about 3 inches.  Now go make another one just like that.  I’ll wait here.

Are you done?  Great!  Now we’re going to crochet the two circles together with sc.  Hold both circles with wrong sides together; insert the crochet hook front to back through both top loops of both circles.  You can start anywhere.  Hold your working yarn in the left hand again and pick up a loop with the hook. (figs 22-23)
steps 24-27
Pull this loop all the way through, leaving a tail (fig.24).  YO and pull through the one loop on your hook (fig. 25).  Insert the hook through the next stitches on both circles, just as before; yo and pull through the stitches only.  You have two loops on the hook; yo and pull through the two loops.  Continue all around the circle.  You’ll notice you have three tails hanging around now.  I like to just work mine in as I go along.  You can hold the tail ends along side your work as you go, making your stitches over them.
Step28
Pay special attention to this stitch.  When you get to the point on the circles where you joined with the sl st on the final round, it can be difficult to tell where the stitch is and where you should insert your hook.  Follow that hot pink line up there.  You can see that the sl st is kind of overlapping the other stitch.  This is where you want to insert the hook for the next sc.  When you get to the end, join with sl st again and cut the thread leaving about a 3 inch tail.
step 29
With a yarn needle, weave in the end securely.
crochet scrubby

Now get out in the kitchen and wash the dishes!  These things really do work.  I’m trying to make a drawer full of them so I always have a clean one, but in the meantime I just toss mine in a pan of boiling water for a few minutes to get rid of the germs.

Crochet Scrubby Pattern

Make two circles as follows:

Make slip ring and ch1.

row 1: work 8sc in ring. Cinch ring closed. Join with sl st

row 2: ch3; dc in sc directly below; 2dc in each sc around.  Join with sl sp.  (16dc)

row 3: ch3; dc in dc directly below; 2 dc in each dc around.  Join with sl st (32dc)

row 4: ch 3; dc in dc directly below; dc in next dc; *2dc in next dc; dc in next dc.  Continue from * around.  Join with sl st. (48dc)

With back sides together join the two circles using sc, going through top loops of each circle.  Cut yarn and weave in the ends.

New Work

red and green christmas bunting
I went missing again, I know.  I have many more Uganda photos and thoughts; I’ve just been busy thinking about what else I have to say about the trip and what it meant to us.  That and I’ve been busy getting ready for a holiday market that was a complete bust.

woodpecker and midcentury textile design painting
It was the Christkindlmarkt here in Salt Lake.  For three days I sat in a very frigid hut and listened to people say, “oh you do decoupage!”  WTF?!?!?

white breasted nuthatch midcentury textile design painting
Really?  Decoupage?

cardinal and midcentury textile design painting
It’s my own fault.  I told the woman last June when she asked me to be in the market that my stuff does not sell in Utah.   She assured me that this was a “high-end” market and that people came “expecting to spend money”.

red and green christmas flower garland
That’s another thing I heard a lot of, “that’s nice, but we didn’t bring any money with us.”

red crochet flower gift embellishment
That’s if they weren’t saying, “oh crochet is easy; my grandmother used to do that.”  Just because your grandmother did it, doesn’t mean it’s easy.  Perhaps you should have given your grandmother a little more credit.

birds and midcentury textile design paintings
I sound bitter you say?  I am, but like I said, it’s my own fault for falling for her wooing and pretty lies.  This is just one more wake up call to listen to my gut.  Anyway, these guys are all in the shops now, and I do promise to be back soon with more on the Uganda trip and some crafty things I have up my sleeve.