Category Archives: Clothes

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!

“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!

Froggie Bonnet

Hey all!

I’ve been awfully quiet lately because I have been very busy working on my biggest project to date – and it is now done! But, more on that in a future post – after I take some good photos – so stay tuned and check back soon!

This week, my daughter showed me a really cute frog hat she came across for sale online and asked me if I could make one for her . Of course! I’m always up for a challenge and after “frogging it” a few times (pun totally intended – ha ha!) here it is!   I really had fun making this and will be making some more 🙂 

Some notes on the design : firstly, it is 100% crochet, including the ribbing you see in the photo. It’s quite common to see ribbing in knitting projects, and for all you “crocheters”, who also knit, the concept is the same. I’ll try to describe it here. I used HDC – Half-double crochet (US terms).  Here is an example of how to do this –  you can adapt to your own projects.  To start this, you need a foundation row, so let’s say we have a row of 6 DC (Double crochet) already done. Here are following rows:

Row 1 : CH2, Repeat (FPHDC (Front Post HDC), BPHDC (Back Post HDC) x 3.  Turn.
Row 2 : CH2, Repeat (BPHDC, FPHDC) x 3. Turn.
Rows 3- : Repeat from Row 1 until you reach the desired length.

Simple! Might be an idea to experiment with using DC instead of HDC – let me know how you get on. Till then, peace out folks! 

Crochet multi-colour Pencil Case / make-up bag/ toiletries pouch – Free Pattern

Hey all! Hope you are doing fine and churning out fabulous projects! If you need some inspiration, here is an easy one which I designed and made from nylon crochet thread (the same that I used to make the belt in my previous project ). Again, thanks to the stiff and abrasive nature, it lends itself really well to this pouch / case. The pattern is quite straight forward – it’s mainly single crochet (US Terms).  Here is the pattern :

I used a 1.4mm crochet hook for this project.

CH – chain stitch
SC – single crochet

YO – yarn over

Start with 61 CH

Row 1: skip first chain and 1 SC into remaining 60 CH, ch 1 and turn

Row 3-9: 1 SC into each of the 60 SC from previous round, ch 1 and turn.

By the end of the last round, you will now have a rectangular piece, which will be the base of the pouch/case.

Row 10: In this round, you will be working all around the rectangular piece just made. 1SC into the back loop only of each of the 59 SC from previous round. Make 3SC in the last SC from previous round. 7SC down the short side of the rectangle, 3SC in the first stitch of the long side, 1SC in each of the next 59 SC, 3SC in last stitch of long side, 7SC down the other short side. Slip stitch into the first chain made at end of round 9. CH1 and turn.

Row 11: SC in the first SC from last round. Place a stitch marker between the CH and the SC just made as it will become hard to identify end of a row since will will be working all around. 4SC, 3CH, skip 1 stitch. (5SC, 3CH, skip 1 stitch) all the way round – N.B. you will end with 2 or 3SC. Slip stitch into first CH. Remove stitch marker.

Row 12-13: CH1, SC in the first SC from last round. Place a stitch marker between the CH and the SC just made.  4SC, 3CH, skip ch space madein last round. (5SC, 3CH, skip 1 stitch) all the way round – N.B. you will end with 2 or 3SC. Slip stitch into first CH.  Remove stitch marker.

Row 14: CH1, SC in the first SC from last round. Place a stitch marker between the CH and the SC just made. 4SC, SC over the 3 chain spaces from rows 11-13, into the Stitch skipped  in round 11. . (5SC, C over the 3 chain spaces from rows 11-13, into the Stitch skipped  in round 11) all the way round – N.B. you will end with 2 or 3SC. Slip stitch into first CH.  Remove stitch marker.

Rows 15-42: Repeat Rows 11-14  7 more times.

Row 43-47: CH1, SC in the first SC from last round. Place a stitch marker between the CH and the SC just made. SC into each stitch from row 42. Slip stitch into first CH. Remove Stitch marker.  Cast off.

If you would prefer a deeper pouch,  repeat rows 11-14 till you get the desired size.

Once ready, sew in a zipper and voila! Your pouch is ready!  It’s fantastic for school – but you could also use it as a make-up bag, or for keeping toiletries.

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Crochet multi-colour Belt – Free Pattern

Hey fellow crocheters,

I recently bought some rather nice nylon crochet thread because I really liked the colours. Nylon is quite stiff and abrasive , so you have to be careful what you use it for. I  decided to make a belt. The pattern is quite straight forward – it’s mainly single crochet (US Terms). However, even though the nylon is stiff, I did a double layer as I felt that the belts should be pretty stiff. Here is the pattern :

I used a 1.4mm crochet hook for this project.

CH – chain stitch
SC – single crochet

YO – yarn over

Start with 11 CH

Row 1: skip first chain and 1 SC into remaining 10 CH, ch 1 and turn

Row 2: To create a double layer SC, put hook through the backloop only of the SC made on row 1 and also the loop left over from initial chain stitch (see marked image below).  Repeat till end of row, ch1 and turn.

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Row 3 :  From now on, the double layer sc will be easier to make.  Insert hook through the leftmost loop in the sc just made on last row, and in the remaining loop in the corresponding stitch in the previous row. Repeat till end of the row, ch1 and turn.

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Keep working this way till you reach the desired length.

For the buckle, I used 2 brass hoops, recycled from an old handbag . 

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Hope this has given you some ideas!

Happy crocheting!