Saturn Scrapbuster Hats!

Knit Baby Saturn HatsHere’s a fun “recipe” to knock out some of those wonderful worsted weight scraps we always seem to have on hand. No fancy decreases to worry about. They’re fast and fun! The hats pictured here are a 6 month size but adjust the number of cast on stitches and it works for any size!

Download the free guide here: Saturn Hat Scrapbuster

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Questions? See the “Recipe Walk-Thru” here:

Modified Bead Stitch Beanie

My nickname for this fun hat is “The Free Fudge Beanie” and there are several good reasons why: You have the FREEDOM to choose whatever size you want using whatever yarn and hook you want AND you can easily correct any mistakes you make with a simple FUDGE fix here and there! (Fudge is term for tweaking or modifying!) So… FREE FUDGE!

The Bead Stitch is traditionally done with a double crochet post but I modified it by using a half double crochet. This makes the stitch appear fuller with less chance of the stitch’s “feet” peeping out below the wrap.

Download the written pattern here: Modified Bead Stitch Beanie Pattern

And find the video tutorial here:

Candy Swirl Hat Tutorial

Long requested crochet tutorial is finally up!

If you want a printed pattern, I’d suggest Sarah Arnold’s Divine Hat however, there are no instructions for the 2-color version. Be aware that there are MANY versions of this design out there under various names like “crochet spiral beanie” or “easy seashell hat” and more. I have no idea who to give original credit to so I’m recommending Sarah’s pattern because that’s the one I used.

In the video, I reference 2 files that can be found here: my usual hat-sizing-chart and one where I made Candy Swirl Hat Notes suggesting yarn and hook sizes. (Please remember these are only suggestions to help you find a starting point for sizing this difficult-to-size hat!)

 

Faux Button Front Top for 18 inch Dolls

Today I’m sharing a top I designed for 18 inch dolls like American Girl! I think it turned out great and with it’s Velcro closure but it’s worth noting that we have the flexibility of adding REAL button holes if we’d rather. It’s fully lined, too, which not only looks nice on the inside but eliminates those tedious tiny hems!

A fat quarter will give you enough fabric for the outside and the ruffle but you’ll need some scraps for the lining. (Note that the ruffle is 24″ long so when using a fat quarter, you’ll have to sew pieces together to achieve that. A simple fix AND it eliminates wasted fabric! I show this, btw, in the video tutorial linked below.)

In my continuing quest to use up my stash AND refashion/recycle/reuse fabric as much as possible, the polka dot top was sewn from a crib dust ruffle I bought on closeout for 90% off! (Gotta love those overstock-buy-up stores!)

Download the pattern and written instructions here and be sure to print actual size. And a video tutorial can be found here!

I’ve also provided options for attaching the ruffle:

Hand stitch (or glue) lining over the raw edges.

Option 1 encases the raw edges and is best if you don’t have a serger/overlocker. (I think this looks so nice, too!) I think the “proper” way is to hand stitch the lining to the ruffle but if you like to take shortcuts like I do, you can use fusible webbing, fabric glue or even hot glue works great!

 

 

 

Serge/overlock or zig zag over the raw edges.

 

 

But Option 2 is faster and easier! While it’s great if you have a serger/overlocker, it CAN be done with a zig zag or overlock stitch on a regular sewing machine!

Have fun with this free pattern! Feel free to share by linking back to this page!

Giant Gingerbread Men

These are favorite holiday treats at our house! I bought these cookie sheets a long time ago and the exact ones are no longer available BUT Wilton has an updated version*! The original recipe calls for shortening and a few other chemical-y things that I’ve replaced. The result is a brownie-like texture that we really enjoy and it makes enough for 2 giant gingerbread men!

Ingredients

    • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
    • 3/4 cup granulated sugar (or Stevia)
    • 1/2 cup butter (I use salted)
    • 1/4 cup molasses
    • 2 eggs
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
    • 2 cups all-purpose flour (unbleached)
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Directions

      • Preheat oven to 300°F.
      • Cream together sugars, butter, molasses, eggs and vanilla in large bowl; beat with electric mixer till smooth.
      • In another large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, ginger, salt, cinnamon, and cloves; add dry mixture a little at a time to the wet mixture, stirring as you go.
      •  For large gingerbread men, don’t spread dough all the way to the edges
      • Bake for around 30 minutes (depends on the oven).  I set my oven to “convection” so I can cook both pans at one time. For a crisper cookie, set oven to “bake” and cook one sheet at a time.

     

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Crochet Baby Hats Scrapbuster

thumbnailYou’ve been asking and I finally came up with the crochet version of my Knit Baby Hats Scrapbuster! It employs a variation of single crochet called the “waistcoat” or “knit” stitch and it really DOES look like knitting!

Download the Crochet Baby Hats Scrapbuster pattern here and as usual, there’s a video tutorial that guides you through the pattern reading and hat construction AND demonstrates the waistcoat stitch!

Right Handed Video Tutorial is here.

Left Handed Video Tutorial is in progress…

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Camel Stitch Brim Beanie

camel stitch brim beanieThis simple hat is one of my most requested tutorials and I think I may know why!

  1. It offers extra warmth for the ears.
  2. It lends itself well to variation.
  3. It’s a great scrap buster!

The Video Tutorial provides guided pattern reading with the tutorial and the skills taught include foolproof, top-down hat sizing! LEFT HANDED Video Tutorial is also available!

Download the free pattern Camel Stitch Brim Beanie Pattern!

Click this link if you’re looking for a larger Hat Sizing Chart for your crochet bag!

camel stitch brim variations