You’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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Melissa Sutcliffe came up with a unique method for ribbing a double-layered hat and asked me to do a video tutorial for her. I LOVE the practically of the extra warmth plus a snug ribbing so I was happy to do it! I would definitely consider this hat to be at the Intermediate Level because ribbing on the machine can be a bit tricky, however… I demonstrate how to do it in this video and will always encourage you to try! (If you mess up, it’s only yarn and can be used again!)
Download the written pattern here: Melissa’s Hat Pattern
Here’s a refresher on casting on and off and how to change colors.
Melissa’s hats with crochet bind off.
If you want to replicate the neatly finished edge of Melissa’s hats, here’s a tutorial for a crochet version of a 3-needle bind off.
Simple gathered bind off.
Time to start thinking about Holiday Crafting and one project that has come to mind is the good ol’ favorite: Magic Pillowcases! (AKA “Burrito-style” pillowcases and here’s my favorite tutorial thanks to Shabby Fabrics.) I’m working on a Year of Holidays Gift Collection for my daughter but these would be excellent charity donations and craft fair items as well!
Want to see what I’ve bought so far? Here you go:
A requested tutorial for a balaclava done on a circular knitting machine!
Wear it 2 ways!
(This is not for a rank beginner!) Skills needed:
~ Basic Circular Knitting Machine Skills (casting on/off, color changes)
~ Hand knitting OR Crochet skills
Essentially, it’s a long tube (like a reversible hat). One end is closed like a hat, the other end is finished with a stretch bind off. Waste yarn is inserted in the middle of the tube to allow for the face opening. Simple concept!
The “Thin Blue Line” is an emblem used to show support of law enforcement officers. While the term has been around a long time, it’s believed to have been brought in the mainstream with the 1988 documentary of the same name.
Disclaimer: In light of the recent unrest, it’s important to remember that there are problems and corruption in every occupation in the world but that doesn’t negate the good that’s done overall. Look for the good in everything… and then support it.
I’ve found we have lots of law enforcement connections with our Sheepishly Sharing Flock and thought this might be something that touches us all. Special thanks to @carolscreativecorner on Instagram who started me thinking about it with this post.
Download the free Thin Blue Line Hat Pattern
If you need help with the Chain Tracks Technique, the video is here:
Here’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 this free guide: Knit Baby Hats Scrapbuster!
Questions? See the “Recipe Walk-Thru” here:
Since I’m mostly a Charity Crafter and acrylic is preferred, I talk a lot about washing before donating to soften the inexpensive acrylics. Basically, I just treat it like laundry but I get questions all the time about the specifics of my method. So here’s a video to address those questions!