Crochet Hat Sizing: Tricks and Troubleshooting

 

Crochet a perfect fit every time while avoiding gauge swatches, mistakes and headaches! 

Cʜᴀᴘᴛᴇʀs
0:00 Intro:
0:35 Stitch Count:
1:51 Understanding the Join
2:40 Varying Yarn Weight
3:24 Gauge and Work-Arounds
5:35 Top-Down Construction Explained
10:31 The Hat Sizing Chart
13:03 Bulky Weight Exception
14:18 Wavy or Cupped Flat Circles
18:13 Uniquely Constructed Hats Caveat
19:03 Learn to Fudge

 

The Simple Start

One Method for ALL Crochet Projects!

Forget Magic Circle! Forget Slip Knots! Here’s an easy, neat and practical way to begin ALL your crochet projects!

Click below for the YouTube Tutorial!

Broccoli and Cheese Soup (Low Carb -Instant Pot)

This is a favorite at our house but I make a few adjustments to keep the carbs low.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 4 cups (I use 5-6 cups) vegetable broth (or chicken stock if not vegetarian)
  • 4 cups (I use 5-6 cups) bite-sized broccoli florets
  • 1 cup matchstick or grated carrots (High carb veg (11g) with little added taste and nutritional value.)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste (Remember that cheese is high sodium so don’t add any more until after you taste the finished product.)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup corn starch (Empty carbs (29g) and the added broccoli makes it thick enough.)
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 2 cups 1/4 cup cream or half-and-half (Added broth so there’s enough liquid; Half & Half has 21 g carbs)
  • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese (Will sometimes add more after tasting.)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Select browning/sauté to preheat the pressure cooker. Add the butter and onion and sauté until the onion is tender, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic and cook until the garlic is fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  3. Stir in the chicken (or vegetable) stock, broccoli, carrots, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes.
  4. Lock the lid in place, make sure the vent is set to seal, and select high pressure and 1 TWO minute cook time.
  5. When the cooking time ends, use the quick pressure release. When the valve drops, remove the lid carefully.
  6. Use immersion blender to smooth out vegetables. In a small bowl whisk together the corn starch and cold water until smooth.
  7. Set the pressure cook to sauté/browning and slowly add the corn starch mixture to the pot. Stir constantly until the soup comes to a boil and thickens.
  8. Turn off the pressure cooker. Slowly stir in the cream or half-and-half.
  9. Add the cheese a handful at a time and stir until it melts.
  10. Adjust salt and pepper to taste and serve hot.

The original recipe came from here: https://www.blessthismessplease.com/best-instant-pot-broccoli-cheese-soup/

Help for Sister Margaret Mary 2020

Sister is a long time member of the Sheepishly Sharing Community and we’ve helped with her music program fundraisers for many years. However, 2020 will be a very different year for her. She has been diagnosed with Stage 4 Uterine Cancer and has left the convent to live in Louisville, KY where she will be receiving her treatments. She’s currently living on disability and is supplementing with craft sales.

She’s given me a “wish list” to share with our community in hopes of gathering supplies. (She uses my Santa Scarf and Snake Scarf patterns and also a teddy bear from eyelash yarn among other things!)

Sister’s Wish List

  • Red Heart Super Saver Cherry Red #319
  • Red Heart Super Saver White #311
  • Red Heart Super Saver Black #312
  • Red Heart Super Saver Variegated (not stripes) 5 ounce skeins in any fun colors for snake scarves
  • Eyelash Yarn 100 gram skeins (She needs 2 skeins to make 1 teddy bear brown, tan, or fun colors)
  • Hobby Lobby I Love this Yarn Light Peach #230
  • 25 mm sew-on wiggly eyes
  • Scrap quilting material for no-sew bows (She needs to make 20 x 9″ strips)
  • Fiber Fill
  • Any finished craft projects. It does not have to be all Christmas as she can sell throughout the year. Any type of craft is welcome!

Ship or mail your donations to:
Denise Mary Perez
7006 Harvest Gold Way, Apt 8
Louisville, KY 40291

Questions? Go directly to Sister: smmsjw@gmail.com (Note that the address above uses her legal name which is necessary for all the medical documentation.)

Scary Food Dyes

Since I first mentioned this in a video, I’ve had several questions about the topic. Rather than send you into some heavy research, you’ll see my favorite infographic that gives you a quick overview of specific dyes and their “issues” at the bottom of this post.

Important: While many of these dyes (and preservatives, flavor enhancements and other food related chemicals) be labeled by the FDA as GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe), it’s important to know that they are tested in small amounts WITH NO OTHER FACTORS INCLUDED. Now consider an abundance of GRAS chemicals we’re exposed to an a daily basis and that’s where the concern arises.

You can learn more about how this effects children by clicking the link below and I can vouch for it first hand! After cleaning up our diet, my youngest’s diagnosis of “significant to severe ADHD” was greatly improved!

The original post can be found here: https://www.special-education-degree.net/food-dyes/

Colors to Die For
Source: Special-Education-Degree.net

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

If you like these, then you may also like: Knit Baby Hats Scrapbuster!

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 Charts 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.

     

*denotes affiliate link