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“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.


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


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.


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!