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!

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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. 😀

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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

 

 

 

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Kay’s Mrs. Claus Hat

Last year I made Martin and Justin Santa Hats.

(I altered the pattern for Martin’s Hat as follows:
Chained 6 for brim sc in 2nd chain from hook and each stitch across ch 1, turn ( 5 )
Row 2: ch 1, sc in back loops only across ch 1 repeat until piece measured 14 inches. Slip stitched ends together to form loop for brim.
For the Hat I did Rounds 1 and and 2 of pattern.
Round 3 because of the smaller size was 50 stitches.
Skipped to Round 9 of pattern and continued through pattern to finish.)
I asked Kay if she would like one too. She said that she needed to have a Mrs. Clause Hat. I had already made a hat that I thought the pattern would make a perfect Mrs. Claus hat. I showed that hat to Kay.

She said, “That would work great in red and white of course. Oh, and I want a pom-pom on the top.”

So this is what I came up with.🙂

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The Stats

Project Name: Kay’s Mrs. Claus Hat
Pattern Used: Quick and Easy Double Crochet Beanie by Kris Hopper
YouTube Tutorial Video
Started on: 10/22/2016
Finished on: 10/24/2016
Hook Used: J/10 – 6.00 mm and H/8 – 5.00 mm for brim.

Stitches Used: Chain 4 slip stitch to join. Double Crochet and Single Crochet for brim.
Brim stitch Pattern- 2 rounds sc, 1 round sc increase by *sc in next stitch, 2 sc in next stitch Repeat from * around, 2 rounds sc, 1 round increase, 2 rounds sc. 1 round *sc in next 3 stitches, 5sc in one stitch repeat from * around.

Other Materials: Pom-Pom: I made the pom-pom by wrapping yarn around a piece of cardboard,then cutting into strips. Cut those in half, laid them all together and tied them in the middle.

Colors Used: Red Heart Super Saver Jumbo 100% Acrylic 4 ply worsted weight in 0319 Cherry Red and 0311 White

Measurements: Circumference of 20 inches, crown to edge measures 9 inches. Brim measures 2 inches.
I took it to her yesterday. She was very pleased with the end results. Marty also approved. He had to try it on after Momma, he is such a ham.😀

A Hat For Me and A Hat For You

We were taking a quick over night trip to visit my father-in-law for his 89th birthday. I had the large floppy brim hat to work on for the drive. I know I could probably finish it before we arrived so I also got an ear flap hat started for me. I finally finished up the new hat with a large floppy brim as we pulled up in front of his house.

This is only the second one I have made with this pattern. It is all single crochet, except for the double crochet shells rounds. The shell rounds go fairly quickly, it’s all the single crochet rounds that take me forever. I would tend to get bored doing the single crochet rounds so the hat would get put aside for a week or so before I would pick it up again.

Project Name: Light Blue and Bon bon Print Hat with Large Floppy Brim
Pattern Used: Natural Colored Floppy Brim Hat By by Linda Cyr from Vogue Knitting

Started on: 9/6/2016
Finished on: 9/18/2016
Hook Used: G/6 – 4.25 mm
Stitches Used: Single Crochet and Double Crochet Shells
Colors Used: Red Heart Super Saver Jumbo 100% Acrylic 4 ply worsted weight in 0381 Light Blue and 0784 Bon bon Print
Measurements: Circumference of 21 inches. Crown to edge measures 10 inches when laid flat.
Brim measures 4 inches wide.
Size Made: Medium
List Price: $ 10.00


I decided to make myself an ear flap hat after I saw how cute the one I made for Marty turned out. I like purple and pink. I chose some small balls of purple, the mulberry mix variegated, a shade of pink from the several that I have, a dark greyish color called putty, and white. I worked on this one while we visited and I got the beanie part finished on the drive home the next day. I was tired when we got home road trips do that to me.So I put the flaps and ties on the following day.

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The Stats for the Ear Flap Hat

Project Name: Purple Pink and Mulberry Mix Ear Flap Hat
Pattern Used: Crochet Rainbow Ear Flap Hat by Amy Lehman from Crochet Jewel
Started on: 9 / 18/ 2016
Finished on: 9 / 20 / 2016
Hook Used: I/9 – 5.50 mm
Stitches Used: Single crochet and Double crochet
Colors Used: Red Heart Super Saver accent 100% Acrylic 4 ply worsted weight in 0550 Bright Orchid, 0575 Hyacinth, 0361 Putty
Red Heart Super Saver 100% Acrylic 4 ply worsted weight in 3972 Mulberry Mix
Red Heart Super Saver Jumbo 100% Acrylic 4 ply worsted weight in 0311 White
Measurements: Circumference of 21 inches. Crown to end of ear flap measures 10 inches when laid flat. Hat is 6 1/2 and ear flap is 3 1/2 inches.
Size Made: Teen

Two New Hats for Martin

Martin has been growing like a weed. I can’t believe he will be a year old next month. The time has just flown by.

He has out grown all his hats that I have made for him. I even made some that were 18 months to two-year sizes and they don’t fit. His heart hats and shamrock hat probably would still fit if I had not done the trim with two strands held together. I have a tighter grip when I crochet with two strands and that tends to make the edge not stretchy. I will have to get them and try to remedy that for him. In case you forgot what these hats looked like here they are again. The pattern for the heart hats is Bubblegum Heart Beanie or Emy’s Beanie by Amanda Evanson from MNE Crafts. At the time I made the blue heart hat I could not get the hang of how to do front post double crochet, so I just did it in double crochet, it made a very nice slouchie hat. The shamrock hat is also by Amanda Evanson

So with cooler temps and winter probably not far off. I made him two new hats in short order. They are both 3 year plus sizes pattern. I didn’t have time to borrow my son’s camera to take photos before giving Martin his hats.

The first hat was a Quick and Easy Chevron Hat by Kayla Scharmar from Pins’s Needles. I had done one in an adult version earlier. It was a very stretchy pattern so that is why I chose it for one of his new hats. Maybe, just maybe he will actually be able to wear it for a couple of years. I chose the colors 0971 Camouflage and 0254 Pumpkin  both are Red Heart Super Saver 100% acrylic 4 ply worsted weight yarn. The finished measurements were a circumference of 17 inches and a crown to edge measurement of 6 1/2 inches.

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The second hat was an ear flap hat. I chose this pattern by Amy Lehman of Crochet Jewel, because every kid should have at least one ear flap hat at some point. I have also used this pattern for an adult version. I used the colors 0387 Soft Navy and 0311 White both are Red Heart Super Saver Jumbo 100% Acrylic 4 ply worsted weight yarn. I did not get measurements of it. I finished crocheting it while I was fishing. My son-in-law stopped to see how the fishing was going so I gave it to him to take home. Update: Marty was wearing this when he came to Grandma’s house on Saturday(9-24-2016), so I was able to get some photos.

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What I Have Crocheted So Far During This Summer

 

I have completed the following four hats.

Two bucket hats one adult size and  one child size.

This is the adult sized bucket hat.I really enjoy this pattern. It works up quick and easy. This makes the eighth hat I have made using this pattern. I made one for myself and several family members.

Here are its particulars:

Pattern Used: Men’s Summer Bucket Hat by Sara Sach at Posh Pooch Designs
Started on: 6/1/2016
Finished on: 6/4/2016
Hook Used: J/10 – 6.00 mm
Stitches Used: Double crochet, Front loop only and Back loop only and Single crochet
Colors Used: Caron Wintuk 100% Orlon 4 ply Easy Care Blend in 3003 Bone
Red Heart Super Saver Jumbo 100% Acrylic 4 ply worsted weight in 0319 Cherry Red
Measurements: Circumference of 22 inches. Crown to edge measures 8 1/2 inches when laid flat.
Size Made: Adult


Project Name: Child’s Bone and Pumpkin Bucket Hat
Pattern Used: Children’s Summer Bucket Hat Crochet Pattern by Sara Sach at Posh Pooch Designs
Started on: 6/9/2016
Finished on: 6/10/2016
Hook Used: J/10 – 6.00 mm
Stitches Used: Double crochet, Front Loop Only, Back Loop Only, Single crochet for trim, Half double crochet for “hat band”.
Colors Used: Caron Wintuk 100 % Orlon in 3003 Bone
Red Heart Super Saver 100% Acrylic 4 ply worsted weight in 0254 Pumpkin
Measurements: Circumference of 18 inches. Crown to edge measures 7 inches when laid flat.
Size Made: Child 1 – 3 years of age.


35 Camo Buffe Chevron Beanie

I made this one to add another hat that would be appealing to guys, but it works for gals too. It can be worn as a slouchie or just roll it up as shown in the photos. This was the child size pattern. I altered it by adding one extra round to the crown and using the largest hook I had the K / 10 1/2 – 6.50 mm.

Project Name: Camo Buff Chevron Beanie
Pattern Used: Quick and Simple Chevron Hats by Kayla Scharmar
from Pins’s Needles
Started on: 6/13/2016
Finished on: 6/15/2016
Hook Used: K/10 1/2 – 6.50 mm
Stitches Used: Double crochet and V- Stitch
Colors Used: Red Heart Super Saver 100% Acrylic 4 ply worsted weight in 0971 Camouflage and 0334 Buff
Measurements: Circumference of 20 inches. Crown to edge measures 8 1/2 inches when laid flat.
Size Made: Adult Small/ Medium


I did this next one with some of the pink yarn from my stash. I think I am making a dent in that color. I used the teen/ small adult pattern given in the link. I did not use the chainless starting double crochet or the  standing double crochet stitches that were suggested. I used Chain 2 and Double crochet. I also added a brim rather than the ribbed one given in the pattern.

Project Name: Leaping Pinks Beanie with Brim
Pattern Used: Leaping Stripes and Blocks Beanies by Tamara Kelly
Started on: 6/20/2016
Finished on: 6/29/2016
Hook Used: J/10 – 6.00 mm
Stitches Used: Magic Circle with 12 Double crochet increasing to 5 rounds for 60 stitches. One round of DC, Twelve rounds of the leaping stitch pattern for body of beanie. The brim was one Round single crochet, one round 1 sc in next stitch, 2sc in next stitch, two rounds dc and one round reverse single crochet for the trim.
Colors Used: Unlabeled balls of pink in two shades.
Measurements: Circumference of 21 inches. Crown to edge measures 8 inches. Brim measures 1 1/2 inches.
Size Made: Teen / Small Women’s


I finally finished up this pair of wrist warmers that I started back in May.

Project Name: Four Pinks Wrist Warmers
Pattern Used: One-Hour Wrist Warmers By: Jaime Maraia from Crochet Dynamite
Started on: 5/24/2016
Finished on: 7/1/2016
Hook Used: I/9 – 5.50 mm
Stitches Used: Single crochet, Single crochet Back loop only and Half Double crochet
Colors Used: Unlabeled balls of pink in four shades.
Measurements: Nine inches long by 3 1/2 inches wide.
Size Made: Teen / Small Women’s


I have had this next item’s pattern on the computer for sometime. I finally decided it was time to give it a go.

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Project Name: Child’s Crochet Strawberry Bag with Liner
Pattern Used: Strawberry Crochet Bag by Tatiana from Beginner Crochet Patterns
Started on: 7/4/2016
Finished on: 7/6/2016
Hook Used: J/10 – 6.00 mm
Stitches Used: Single crochet, Double crochet, and Treble Crochet.
Colors Used: Red Heart Super Saver 100% Acrylic 4 ply worsted weight in 0319 Cherry Red, 0368 Paddy Green, 0311 White and 0324 Bright Yellow
Other Materials: Cream colored fabric and a # 2 snap. White and Yellow crocheted flower.
Measurements: 10 inches wide and 7 inches long. Strap drop is 9 inches.


Since I sell my items as Skrappy Skarves I have made a couple more scarves. One has a matching beanie. 3d Three Shades Set5

Project Name: Three Shades of Pink Matching Set – Infinity Scarf
Pattern Used: Improvised I used my reversible scarf pattern.
Started on: 5-2-2016
Finished on: 5-9-2016
Hook Used: I/9 – 5.50 mm
Stitches Used: Double crochet and Double crochet back loop only. Chain 200. Single crochet ends together when scarf was finished.
Colors Used: Three unlabeled balls of Pink.
Red Heart Confetti 100% Acrylic 4 ply worsted weight in 55 Lollipop Print (variegated pink , yellow, and green)
Measurements: Circumference of 60 inches and 6 inches wide.

Project Name: Three Shades of Pink Matching Set Bumpy Beanie
Pattern Used: Quick and Easy Double Crochet Beanie YouTube Tutorial Video By Kris Hopper
Raspberry Crochet Stitch By: Candy Lifshes from Meladora’s Creations found in the following Ebook
(2014-02-10). 8 Different Crochet Stitches: Learn to Crochet Something New with Crochet Patterns (Kindle Locations 171-173). Prime Publishing LLC. Kindle Edition.
I went to the website after I had made 3 beanies of this design and saw she had a pattern for a beanie.
Started on: 5/9/2016
Finished on: 5/13/2016
Hook Used: K/10 1/2 – 6.50 mm
Stitches Used: Magic Circle 10 Double Crochet in ring. Increase crown to 6 rounds for 60 stitches. Rasberry stitch 10 continuous rounds, no joining. Trim- 1 Round *2Half Double crochet in 1 single crochet* repeat around. One round Single crochet. Two strands of yarn are held together though out beanie.
Colors Used: Three Unlabeled balls of 3 different shades of pink yarn.
Lion Brand Wool -Ease 78% Acrylic 19% Wool 3 ply sport weight in 301 Multi White
Measurements: Circumference of 19 inches. Crown to edge measures 8 inches when laid flat.
Size Made: PreTeen / Teen


I wanted to make a scarf using several different stitches. I thought this would make a good rainbow scarf. I didn’t think it would turn out this long but I like that it did.

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Project Name: Extra Long Multi Stitch Rainbow Scarf
Pattern Used: Improvised
Started on: 7/ 11 / 2016
Finished on: 7 / 15 / 2016
Hook Used: I/9 – 5.50 mm
Stitches Used: Single crochet, Half double crochet, Double crochet and Treble crochet
Colors Used:Red Heart Super Saver 100% Acrylic 4 ply worsted weight in 0319 Cherry Red, 0254 Pumpkin, 0324 Bright Yellow, 3620 Glowworm, 0886 Blue, 0387 Soft Navy, 0356 Amethyst, and 0311 White
Measurements: 77 inches long by 7 1/2 inches wide with 6 inch fringe.

I did the following stitch pattern:
1 row Single crochet
2 rows half double crochet
2 rows double crochet
3 rows treble crochet
Color change end of 3rd row of treble crochet repeat stitch pattern for each color.
Color Pattern.
Cherry Red
Pumpkin
Bright Yellow
Glowworm
Blue
Soft Navy
Amethyst
White
Amethyst
Soft Navy
Blue
Glowworm
Bright Yellow
Pumpkin
Cherry Red


I continue to work on Martin’s Jack O’ lantern blanket. The photo shows all the squares laid out. I have started joining the squares together. I am slip stitching them as it gives a nice flat seam.

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I have also started a baby blanket for sale. I wanted to make one so I got to looking for a pattern. Instead I decided to use this wave stitch. I started it sometime in June. I am using a J/10 -6.00 mm hook. The colors are Caron Simply Soft 100% Acrylic 4 ply worsted weight in 9608 Blue Mint, 9784 Cobalt Blue, and 9701 White. Red Heart Baby Steps 100% Acrylic 4 ply worsted weight in Puppy Print (variegated blue, green, and white).

12 Wave stitch baby blanket

Wave Stitch in 2 Colors in the Ebook
Crochet Stitch Gallery: A Step-by-Step Visual Guide to 35 Stitch Patterns By Tara Cousins

Downloaded as a free book promotion from Amazon. It is now priced at $ 2.99

It is also available from her website, Tiger Road Crafts