Category Archives: Crochet

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! 

Commission Lapghan

Recently, I completed a lapghan on commission for a lovely elderly lady. I did not follow any pattern, but made it up as I went along. I used a variegated yarn, and 4.5mm hook. Here is what the end result.

I am particularly pleased with how the edging came out . I used a surface crochet technique to create the beige edging. Here is a close up:

Hope it inspires you!

A uber-soft baby blanket

I came across this super soft thick yarn – the Katia Bambi range and fell in love with the colours as well the texture – it is so luxurious and velvety – and ideal for a baby blanket. So, I decided to make a modern granny square version and not being a fan of the traditional pink or blue, opted for a more neutral combination of lilac and yellow.

While the yarn is gorgeous, it is not very forgiving if you need to do any rework – so, avoid making mistakes :).

Hope it inspires you!

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!

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/

Crochet Granny square handbag – getting ready for spring!!

Hey fellow crafters!  With the weather getting a little warmer, I thought that a nice spring handbag would be a great project – so here is one I made up.  I used mercerised cotton DK in 3 colours and a 3.5mm crochet hook.

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Each side of the bag is made by joining 9 granny squares, and then joined by crocheting single crochet through adjacent aligned squares. Below is the pattern of the granny square seen in this bag.

The granny square pattern

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Abbreviations (US terms):
CH – chain
SC – Single Crochet
HDC – Half double crochet
DC – Double Crochet
TC -Triple Crochet
DC2TOG – 2 DC together (for instructions of how to do this please refer to external link)
DC3TOG – 3 DC together also known as cluster stitch (for instructions on how to do this, please refer to this external link)

Round 1 : Using grey yarn, in a magic ring, CH, 8SC, join with slip stitch into the 1st SC to complete the ring. (8 stitches)
Round 2 : CH, 2SC in  each SC from Round 1, all the way round. Join with slip stitch into the 1st SC to complete the ring (16 stitches). Cast off.
Round 3 : Using the lilac coloured yarn, join the any SC from Round 2, and CH 2. In the same SC, DC. CH, Repeat (DC2tog in next SC, CH) all the way round . Join with a slip stitch into 2nd chain of the first 2 chains which you started the round with.  Cast off. (16 Stitches, 16 spaces)
Round 4 : Using the grey yarn, join in any chain space made in Round 3 and CH 2. In the same chain space, DC2tog, and CH 2. Repeat (DC3tog, CH 2) all the way round in each chain space from round 3. Join with a slip stitch into the 3nd chain of the first 2 chains which you started the round with. Cast off. (16 stitches, 16 spaces)
Round 5 : Using the white yarn, join in any chain space made in Round 4 and CH 3. In the same chain space, 2 DC. 3 HDC in next chain space. 3 DC in next chain space. (3 TC, CH2, 3TC) in next chain space – this forms the first corner of the granny square. Repeat {3DC in next Chain space, 3HDC in next chain space, 3DC in next chain space, (3TC, CH2, 3TC) in next chain space } 3 times. Join with a slip stitch into 2nd chain of the first 2 chains which you started the round with.  Cast off.

Joining

Once you have completed all 18 squares, join them by aligning 2 squares next to each other and using SC to join the corresponding stitches . I used the lilac yarn to do this, but you can choose the colour of your choice. Do this to create 2 panels of 9 squares joined together (one for the back and the other for the front of the bag).

To create some depth in the bag, with the external side facing you, join lilac yarn in any corner or panel and DC in each stich all the way around 3 of the sides of  the panel and cast off – do this for both front and back panels of the bag. Then, place the front and back panels on top of each other, so that the side where there is no DC rows aligned and with the inside of the panels facing you – i,e. this inside out. Using lilac yarn, join the panels on the 3 sides which you did a row of DC by doing SC through DCs on both panels – i.e  the SC would go through the DC on front and back panel. This way, the join which is created will be on the inside of the bag. Do this all the way round the 3 sides.  Do not cast off yet! Turn the bag the right way round . Do SC in each stitch on the edge which is the opening of the bag- this will define the opening of the bag nicely. 

Handles

This is always somewhat of a challenge – what handles to make ? I decided to try something different and came across a lace like design – while the pattern is for a much finer yarn, it has worked very well with DK too and I think make ideal fancy handles! Here is the tutorial of how to make them – though the video is not in English, it is very easy to follow. 

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  I am now off to make some more in other colours! Hope this has inspired you to make your own. Please share and Happy crocheting!

“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!