Category Archives: Accessories

Crochet “Crown” Bucket Hat

If you’ve seen my previous posts, you’ll know that I’m really into bucket hats at the moment. Here is an experiment which I actually quite like – reminds me of a crown. Basically, I made a few granny squares  inspired by a granny square I have used a couple of times in the past (see Colourful Lined Baby blanket) , and used these in the middle section of the hat. There is no pattern, again it has been a bit of an experiment. I used single crochet for the rest. 

Hope you like it and it inspires you! Keep an eye out for the next post – where I will showcase a bucket hat in cotton – I am working on the pattern for that and it will be available soon.

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Crown hat

Crochet Bucket Hat

Bucket hats are really cool – and here are some of the ones I have made. There is no pattern, and each has been a bit of an experiment – basically, I just winged it . Essentially, there are 3 sections to the hat (note that the hat is made as a whole – so the 3 sections are not crocheted separately and sewn together – but as a whole) :

  • the crown,
  • the middle and then
  • the rim.

I used single crochet as the stitch of choice for the whole hat. I worked the crown in a circle, till it was around 6.5 inches in diameter.  For the middle part, I kept going till it was a band which reached the top of my ear. And then finally, I made the rim – approximately 2.5 inches , but it’s really upto you. As the rim is flared, it was also quite an experiment – and I undid and redid this part several times .

Below are some of the hats I made. Big thanks to Jamie for helping model one of them . These hats were made with acrylic yarn using a 4mm crochet hook.

Enjoy the “Hats”travaganza!

Crochet Flower Sun Hat – Free Pattern

Hey all!

Finally it seems like summer has made her appearance! The temperature here in Malta is in the high 20s (Celsius), there is a nice cool breeze, skies are blue and days are getting longer. No more COVID restrictions – life is good and it’s definitely the best time of the year!

In warmer weather, I normally switch to using cotton yarns for my projects – that way, I can continue crocheting all year round 🙂 

I have long wanted to make a granny square sun hat – and finally, I got round to it and have made a few. The pattern I used is free and you can find it here : https://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/ideas/how-to-crochet-a-flower-sun-hat.html

For my hats, I used Katia Menfis yarn and a 3mm hook. 

So, without further ado, here are the hats I have made so far  – A great big thanks goes out to Ylenia & Alex for being such good sports and modelling them along with me !

This is just the beginning – I’ve got lots more bucket hats which I have been working on -so keep an eye out for more posts in the coming days.

And, don’t forget to use sunscreen and stay hydrated! 

Froggie Bonnet – a slightly different version

It’s been a while since I’ve published a post, but rest assured, I haven’t been crochet idle (ha ha – is that even a term?) – While I haven’t spent as much time as I would have liked on projects, here is a commission I recently completed.

A while back, I published a post with a free pattern for a froggie bonnet. I was asked if I could make a slight variation of that with the main differences being the straps are ribbed and are extension of the rib border. I also thought that the eye’s would look awesome with a bit of a sparkle, so decided to use a yarn with a gold strand through it.

The biggest challenge, believe it or not, was actually positioning the eyes. Once that was sorted, the bonnet finally made its way to it’s new owner, Amelie – and here she is!

Easy Knitted scarf

It’s been quite a few years since I last knitted anything, as normally I prefer crochet. But, I came across this lovely yarn, and needed a project to use it for (I know – that’s the wrong order of doing things – i.e. you should have a project in mind, and then you find the material – but I’m sure crafters know exactly what I mean and are likely guilty of the same!)

Anyhow, the yarn I used is Katia’s Easy Jacquard – and it came with a free pattern (you can find it here: https://www.katia.com/EN/patterns-autumn-winter-woman-set-8030-430.html) . My version is somewhat different as I wanted a thicker scarf. To achieve that, I worked the whole scarf in rib stitch. See below:

Instructions:

Using 4.5mm needles, Cast on 46 stitches.
Row: Repeat (K2, P2) till end of the row.
Make as many rows as you like till the scarf is of the desired length. (I used the entire ball, and my scarf is pretty long)

This is an ideal pattern to follow while watching your favourite shows – if you are like me, I can’t just sit and watch a show, I have to be doing something as well.

Hope this inspires you to pick up your hooks or needles and get crafting!

Getting started with Crochet Jewellery

I have completed many a crochet project -, some big, some small, some straight-forward, others quite complex , but I have not tried crochet jewellery before. So, first things first, I need more YARN – something a bit sparkly! Off to the yarn shop I trotted – and bought one of each colour available in the metallic Katia Gatsby range – it was too difficult to choose just one or two only – and you can never have too much yarn anyway!

Here are a few necklaces I made so far. I have used glass beads and mirror tiles in the pendant. The clasp is a magnetic clasp – so very easy to wear – the magnet is surprisingly strong, but I wouldn’t advise relying on that if the pendant is heavy. In my case, as the necklaces are pretty lightweight, these work perfectly:

Below are a few bracelets I made. Again I used the magnetic clasp. Note that I also used very small metal rings to attach the straps in the first 2 bracelets (I found these at the haberdashers and they are actually used for bras!). In the third bracelet, I added small glass beads as spacers. I would recommend having beading needles available, especially as the bead holes can be quite small. :

And finally, here are a few earrings I made. I used mostly cotton crochet yarn, and a 0.6 mm crochet hook for these. The very first pair I made can be seen in Picture 1 – I learnt a valuable lesson here – the earrings don’t “swing” and move as I would have liked them to. I added a few chains and created a long “neck” to the next pair (picture 3), but still didn’t get the desired movement. Next experiment was more successful and from that point onward, I added a bead between the hook and the earring – and this does the trick. All the earrings which have a bead straight after the hook have lovely movement. I have used sterling silver hooks for the earrings, and have used, mainly beads to add the “jewel” element. In Picture 6, you can see I have also included a button and a flower-shaped sequin to decorate further. Note, I crochet the beads in – i.e. I did not add these on later, but I must confess to gluing the sequin.

I hope you have enjoyed this post and hope I have inspired you to make some of your own jewellery! Would love to hear from you and see your creations!

Till later!

Pot holders – Farmyard Collection

I came across a wonderful set of farmyard inspired tapestry crochet potholders and have been busy as a bee crocheting away a whole range of them – they are simple but really cute.

Here are some of the ones which I have made – they make real cute sets! I always use mercerized cotton for these as it is heat resistant. These are made using either DK or 4-ply cotton and a 4mm or 3.5mm crochet hook – of course the 4-ply using the 3.5mm hoot results in a smaller pot holder, but it’s still a pretty decent size.

I have made some others (which are not a set – and you can see the below). I’m not very fond of the goose with the purple background – it does not seem to look as neat as the ones where the background is light.

My next post will also be more pot-holders – but this time, it’s my own design and they are Grand-Prix inspired 🙂

So stay tuned and in the meantime – why not try making these!! Patterns are by Raffamusa Designs and are freely available on: https://raffamusadesigns.com/tapestry-crochet-potholders-farmhouse-collection/

“Bumble bee” mask

Hello all!

Who would have thought a year ago that masks would become staple wardrobe items?! There are so many different cloth masks available – plain ones, printed ones, even some bejewelled and lacy ones. Still, sometimes, its hard to find the perfect mask to go with your outfit…..and if you don’t want to make one from scratch, why not upgrade yours? 

Here’s a one-of-a-kind “bumble bee” mask. I crocheted the yellow design using crochet thread and using a size 0.6mm hook, directly onto a shop-bought black fabric mask – to go with a black and mustard outfit.  

Hope I’ve inspired you! Look forward to seeing some of your creations.

Froggie Bonnet Bonanza – Free Pattern!!

Hey all!

This hat is such a hit that I’ve made a whole bunch more in different colours! What colour will you wear ? I call dibs on the red one – ha ha ha!

I would like to give a shout-out to my model, Ms Halle “Bearry” – she has been most cooperative and professional! Don’t you think she rocks these bonnets?

Here is the pattern if you want to make your own. I found the pattern for a bonnet here:https://katarynaj0.wixsite.com/lovelyloops/single-post/2017/07/31/Horatio-Cool-Bonnet

The eyes & straps patterns are my own and here they are (using US Terms). I used DK yarn and a size 4mm hook.

Terms:

CH – Chain

SC – Single Crochet

DC – Double Crochet

HDC – Half Double Crochet

SC2TOG – Single Crochet 2 together

DC2TOG – Double Crochet 2 Together

SS – Slip Stitch

THE EYES

Round 1: Using black yarn, in a magic loop, and make 8 HDC . Join with SS. and cast off. (8 HDC)

Round 2: Join white yarn into any DC made on Round 2 and make 2 DC into each DC from previous round all the way round and join to first DC with SS. (16 DC). Cast off.

Round 3: Using yarn in the colour you made your bonnet, join yarn into any DC with CH. 2SC into same stitch, SC into next stitch. *2SC into next DC, SC into next DC* all the way round and join with SS. (24 SC)

Round 4-5 : CH 2, DC in each SC from last round, join with SS.

Round 6: CH 1, * SC2TOG, SC * all the way round and join with SS (16 stitches)

At this point, stuff the eye with stuffing (it could be fiberfill, cotton or yarn bits). I don’t like to firmly pack mine as I like the eyes to be a bit squidgy – but it’s entirely up to you how you decide to do yours.

Round 7: CH 1, DC2TOG all the way round and join with SS (8 stitches)

Round 8: CH 1, DC2TOG all the way round and join with SS (4 stitches)

At this point, if you see that there is still a bit of a gap that needs closing , just thread the tail into a needle and sew the hole closed.

You will need to make 2 of these and then stitch them onto the bonnet.

THE STRAPS

For the straps, I simply made 101 CH, and then from 2nd CH stitch from hook, made HDC in each CH till the end. Cast off and sew in the ends. I made 2 of these and simply threaded them into each corner of the border of the bonnet and tied a simple knot 🙂 You could, of course, use a different method.

Have a great time making these hats – and why not share a selfie modelling your creation!

Showcasing my biggest project to date

Hi all! I’m really pleased to share with you photos of my biggest project to-date – a large blanket which I adapted from the Fruit Garden design by Janie Crow (https://manjrisplace.wordpress.com/2020/08/17/fruit-garden-cal-complete/).

I made this as a special gift, so, of course, I couldn’t post any photos before it went to it’s new home.

It is much more spaced out that the original pattern, and I think that the plain squares actually (dare I say) “improve” the overall effect by giving each different flower room to shine.

I hope this inspires you to put your own twist on patterns! N.B. If anyone needs the pattern for the plain square, please drop me a line or comment below and I will write it up for you. Happy crafting!