I Whipped a Couple of WIP’s and Two Hats, I Also Found a Couple of Froggs

After frogging ” THE PENCIL CASE”, my intrest in it was renewed along with the fresh start when I decided to give it a point. So I finished it straight away. Oh, by the way I used the entire paper towel tube, I didn’t remove a piece as per the pattern, when I cut it.

Project Name: “THE PENCIL CASE”
Pattern Used: Crochet Pencil Case
Incorporated: Halloween Treat Bag
Both Designed by: Kara Gunza from Petals to Picots .com
Finished: 03/12/2017
Hook Used: G/6 – 4.25 mm
Stitches Used: Single crochet and SC back loop only
Colors Used: Unlabeled Scrap Balls of black, peach and pink.
Other Materials: Paper towel tube and a 1/2 inch diameter Neon Yellow Button
Measurements: 14 inches long by 2 inches wide.

I have also finished crocheting the Blues Market Bag/Purse. Now I just need to find the motivation to get the sewing machine out to do the liner.

Project Name: Blue Multi-Color Market Bag/Purse
Pattern Used: Dynamite Market Bag
Designed by: Jaime Maraia from Crochet Dynamite .com
Started on: 02/05/2017
Finished on: 03/07/2017 crochet
Hook Used: I/9 – 5.50 mm
Stitches Used: Half Double Crochet and Single Crochet
Colors Used: Red Heart Wintuk Knit and Crochet 100% Virgin Orlon Acrylic Fabric in 814 Robin Blue
Red Heart Super Saver Jumbo 100% Acrylic 4 Ply worsted wieght in 0381 Light Blue, 0387 Soft Navy
Kitten Spun Yarn Knitting 100% Acrylic 4 ply worsted wieght in Light/Dark Blue Ombre
Unlabeled Skein in Purples/Blues variegated
Measurements: 10 inches in length x 12 inches wide base is 3 inches x 11 inches

I found a few more balls of scrap going through my stashed yarn. So I was able to add 2 1/2 rows to the Skrappy Triangle Shawl. It now has a section of Christmasy rows.

Simple Triangle Shawl
Designed by: Sharon Maher from Laughing Purple Goldfish .blogspot.com

I also finished two hats. The first one is a baby/toddler summer bucket hat in blue variegated yarns. I used my children’s size pattern, but because I crochet on the tight side and variegated yarn tends to crochet up smaller the circumfernce was more suitable for average head sizes of baby/ toddlers from 6 to 18 months of age.

Project Name: Child’s Multi-Blues Bucket Hat
Pattern Used: Children’s Summer Bucket Hat
Designed by: Sara Sach from Posh Pooch Designs . com
Started on: 03/07/2017
Finished on: 03/08/2017
Hook Used: J/10 – 6.00 mm
Stitches Used: Single, Half double, Double Crochet and Slip Stitch
Colors Used: Red Heart Super Saver Wintuk 100% Virgin Orlon Acrylic Fiber in 814 Robin Blue Knit and Crochet Yarn
Vonnel 100% Acrylic 4 ply Worsted Weight Pop n’ Yarn in 605 Blue/White (Variegated)
Kitten Spun Yarn 100% Acrylic 4 ply Worsted Weight in Light/Dark Blues Ombre Knitting
Measurements: Circumference of 17 inches . Crown to edge of brim measures 6 1/2 inches when laid flat.
Size Made: Children’s 6 to 18 months

The other hat was this black bowler hat for Martin.

Project Name: Martin’s Bowler Hat
Pattern Used: Mini Brim Hat
Designed by Dianna Judge from Artsy Daisy Crochet .com
Started on: 03/10/2017
Finished on: 03/12/2017
Hook Used: K/10 1/2 – 6.50 mm
Stitches Used: Single Crochet with 2 strands of yarn held together.
Colors Used: Red Heart Super Saver Jumbo 100% Acrylic 4 ply worsted weight in 0312 Black
Super Saver 8 oz. in 633 Dark Sage for hat band.
Measurements: Circumference of 20 inches . Crown to edge of brim measures 7 inches when laid flat. Hat band is 22 inches in circumference and 1 inch wide when laid flat.
Size Made: Toddler size was made by only doing 20 rounds then doing the brim.

I made it to match the one I made for his daddy, Justin.














I had to make a dark sage hat band for Justin’s too. He did not like the neon colored one that was crocheted right into the hat. The reason I just made a hat band for Martin’s is I didn’t have two skeins of this color yarn to hold two strands together. So both hats have removeable bands.

Another way to get things off your WIP’s list is to frogg the project, so I decided to frogg the wavy blue green baby blanket.

I was not liking how it was coming along. I only have one ball of the puppy print and I think I was over using it in the stripe pattern. After I got it all ripped out, I decided to crochet a blanket using the pattern I am using for the light and airy spring scarf. I also have a better idea what I will be doing for the stripe pattern. So actually a baby blanket is still in the WIP’s but just in a new form. šŸ˜€



Speaking of the light and airy scarf I decided to frogg it also. I liked the pattern, but I realized that I did not have enough different variegated blue and no variegated pinks to do the color stripe pattern I wanted. I plan to start this project again. I will be finding yarn that I have enough of to complete what I have in mind, the next go round.


I Have A Heart!


I have used this pattern 3 other times. The first time I was not very skilled at Front Post Double Crochet. I just used Double crochet so the beanie turned out to be a slouchie. I made it using Caron Simply Soft Yarn in white and blue for my grandson, Martin. Here is how it turned out.








My daughter liked how it turned out and requested one made the same way. I did hers in black and bon bon print for the heart. I had to redo it because I made the opening to small and it squished her head. It looks great now that was remedied.

I was now a bit further into my resurgence of my crocheting, so I thought I would give this beanie another go using the proper front post double crochet stitch. I followed the 2T – 3T pattern to make another beanie for my grandson. I started one then pulled it out because I didn’t like how it was looking carrying the red along showed through in the white and carrying the white along in the red messed up the look of the heart. I then just left the unused color hang and picked it back up later.








That brings us to the one I made for myself. I really liked this pattern. It makes a thick beanie without having to use two strands held together. IĀ  used a little over 3 ounces of 4 ply worsted weight yarn for the main color though, so make sure you start with a fresh skein. You may use a little more or less then that depending on how tight you crochet.

I followed the pattern for the adult size. I followed it to the letter no alterations done on my part. I think it turned out great!

The final stats and photos.













Project Name: Pink Heart Hat
Pattern Used: Bubblegum Heart Beanie or Emy’s Beanie
Designed by: Amanda Evanson from MNE Crafts
Started on: 12/26/2016
Finished on: 12/27/2016
Hook Used: I/9 – 5.50 mm
Stitches Used: Front Post Double Crochet and Front Post Single Crochet
Colors Used: Red Heart Super Saver accent 100% Acrylic 4 ply worsted weight in 0779 Cranberry
Unlabele Ball of pink yarn
Measurements: Circumference of 20 inches . Crown to edge measures 8 inches when laid flat.
Size Made: Adult



Two Strand Rainbow Hat

I thought I could use another hat. I have been wanting to use this pattern so I finally did. I thought it would be great to put a little brightness into these dreary winter days.













Project Name: Two Strand Rainbow Hat
Pattern Used: Rainbow Hat Pattern # 14
“24 Hours Crochet Hacks: 25 Fast and Easy Crochet Hat Patterns for Beginners” Locations 642 – 689
by Emily Rohan Copyright 2015
Started on: 12/11/2016
Finished on: 12/14/2016
Hook Used: J/10 – 6.00 mm
Stitches Used: Double Crochet and Single Crochet
I added an extra round of double crochet before the starting single crochet round for the brim.
Colors Used: Red Heart Super Saver Jumbo 100% Acrylic 4 ply worsted weight in 0319 Cherry Red
Red Heart Super Saver in 0390 Red Hot, 0254 Pumpkin, 0324 Bright Yellow, 0322 Pale Yellow, 0368 Paddy Green, 633 Dark Sage, 0886 Blue
Red Heart Wintuk 100% Virgin Orlon Acrylic Fiber Knit and Crochet Yarn in 814 Robin Blue
Red Heart Super Saver in 3972 Mulberry Mix
Unlabeled Skein of Purple Blue Variegated
Red Heart accent 100% Acrylic 4 ply worsted weight in 0779 Cranberry
Unlabeled Ball of Pink
Red Heart Jumbo in 0311 White
Lion Brand Wool Ease 78% Acrylic 19% wool 3 ply sport weight in 301 Multi White
Measurements: Circumference of 20inches . Crown to edge measures 9 inches when laid flat.
Size Made: Adult


Blueberry V-Stitch Beanie, Scarf and Fingerless Mittens Photo Shoot

Too bad it is sooo freaking cold, the snowy fields would have made a great background. So it was an indoor shoot. These range from serious to silly. It is hard to get all three in a photo. I would be a good model if I wasn’t the photographer and a good photographer if I wasn’t the model. I hope you enjoy them anyway.

All the particulars for each item may be found here in my projects portfolio.


Can You Top Hat?

I was looking at free patterns on redheart.com many months ago, when I came across this top hat pattern. I thought it was pretty cool, so I put it on my to crochet in the future list. The pattern called for two strands held together. I had a Jumbo skein of black but did not want to wind a separate ball to do the pattern. I also had few other projects already going. I didn’t need to start another one until I got one of the others done.

While visiting my favorite used store, The Senior Citizen’s Garage Sale, I found a 7 oz. skein of Super Saver in the same black I already had at home. I was getting closer to having all the yarn colors. The pattern also called for white, to do a herringbone hat band, but that involved doing one stitch black, one stitch white to get the herringbone pattern. I don’t care for doing that, plus it was done in rows of only 10 stitches. That would have driven me crazy getting it long enough to go around the hat then seaming the ends together. Well the crochet gods were looking favorably down on me. While I was in Wal-Mart shopping one afternoon, I found this lovely variegated skein of Super Saver in Zebra!












I thought it would work great as the color for the top hat’s band. Now that I had all the proper yarns I could start it at any time. So after I finished Nick’s Creeper I set to work on it. I am quite happy with the final results. šŸ˜€


Project Name: Black Top Hat with removable Zebra Shells Hat Band
Pattern Used: Top Hat Sophisticate Designed by Sharon Mann for Red Heart Yarn
Pattern # LW4441
Pattern for Hat band was taken from this pattern Summer Joy By: Maria Bittner from Pattern-Paradise
I used the band section of the pattern. I Chained 84 then slip stitched to join then followed the pattern. I did Rounds 3 and 4 twice and then did Round 5. I joined black and single crocheted around. Slip stitched to join changing to white chained one, Single crocheted around in white. Fastened off and weaved in ends. Repeated the rounds of black and white on other end of Hat band.
Started on: 10/25/2016
Finished on: 11/17/2016
Hook Used: I/9 – 5.50 mm
Stitches Used: Single crochet, Single crochet2together. Using 2 strands held together through out hat.
Single strand for Hat band.
Colors Used: Red Heart Super Saver Jumbo 100% Acrylic 4 ply worsted weight in 0312 Black and 0311 White
Red Heart Super Saver 100% Acrylic 4 ply worsted weight in 0312 Black and 0932 Zebra
Measurements: Circumference of 22 inches just above the brim. Crown to edge measures 12 inches when laid flat. Standing up it is 8 1/2 inches tall. Brim measures 2 inches.
removable Hat band is 22 inches in circumference and 3 1/2 inches wide.
Size Made: Adult