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!)

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

 

Spiked Mesh Stitch Hat (Crochet)

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Another Scrapbuster Project! This hat uses a type of Spike Stitch – Mesh Stitch combo to create a lighter hat with lots of impact.

Skill level: Intermediate. While the stitches used are pretty basic (slip stitch, single crochet and half double crochet), the crocheter really needs to be comfortable “reading the work.” This term refers to the ability to look at completed stitches and understand exactly what they’re looking at! It’s necessary to know so you can place the stitches in the right places.

VIDEO TUTORIALS

RIGHT HAND Video Tutorial
LEFT HAND Video Tutorial

Spiked Mesh Stitch Hat Pattern

Download a Hat Sizing Chart for easy reference!

Need help? Click below for the Video Tutorial!

Brilliant Viewer Tips for Knit and Crochet!

For the CrochetCrate Giveaway, I asked that people give me something I can Sheepishly Share in the comment section of the giveaway video. (Tips, questions, stories… doesn’t matter!)  What a collection of brilliance we received so I’ll be sharing them in my videos!

In the first one, you can learn things like:

  • addressing pom pom problems
  • crochet hook technical info
  • bobby pins and hair clips can be useful
  • tips for organized project planning
  • free version of “Yarnit” type products
  • dyeing yarn with Easter Egg dye
  • felting tips
  • bag construction tips
  • resizing patterns without math
  • jogless stripes
  • inexpensive project bags
  • what to do with yarn scraps
  • AND MORE!

In the second one you’ll find tips on:

  • traveling with supplies
  • storing supplies and open skeins
  • mixing yarn crafts
  • making neck warmers
  • pattern organization
  • saving yarn for repairs
  • adding fragrance
  • knitting cast on tips
  • proper task lighting
  • best yarn for stitch definition
  • surprising benefits of wool
  • more great uses for yarn scraps

CrochetCrate Giveaway!

Click here to watch the video to see all the crochet goodness and enter to win this March CrochetCrate sent to us from KnitCrate! This version is completely SOLD OUT so here’s your last chance to get it! (Knitcrate is a subscription box service filled with yarnie goodess!)

* INSTRUCTIONS FOR ENTERING: Leave a comment on the YouTube Comment Section (not on this blog post) that’s something interesting I can share! Got a question for me? Or maybe a favorite tip? Have you used this yarn before? Do tell!

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Crochet Tutorial: Better Late Than Never Beanie

One of my “go-to” hats for donations AND it’s great for using up left-over yarn! I got permission from the designer, Kathy North, to do a video tutorial and here it is!

(CLICK HERE for the LEFT HAND version.)

RIGHT HAND version:

Here’s a quick link to the original written pattern.

Hat Sizing Chart

The majority of my knit and crochet hats are done for charity, therefore, I don’t have a way to measure the heads that will wear them. Sooo… my secret is to keep sizing charts handy! 

Download my Hat Sizing Charts here! You’ll find 2 charts included in the download… one for crochet and one for knitting. Keep it handy in your phone or print it for your yarn bag!

Crochet is simple to size and the same chart can be use with any gauge, yarn weight or hook size.

The Knitting Chart will include cast-on numbers. This is great when you have a open skein of yarn and no plan or pattern in mind! After a quick glance at the cast-on numbers, I can knit a simple, basic beanie without having to go on a pattern hunt! (IMHO, this is perfect when the yarn needs to do the shining. I like solid colors for cables and fancy stitches.)

And speaking of charity work, there are several things to consider before jumping in! Click this link for a video I did a while back on the topic.

Snappy Tots!

Heads up that Heidi Yates is having a super 75% off sale on Ravelry for all her Snappy Tots patterns! This includes the Big Kid (Bear) Cocoon that I showed in a recent video and the Sweater Friends (Elf, bear and MORE hats) that I’ve shown in many videos over the years! In addition, she’s hosting a fantastic giveaway!

sweater-friendsNow Sweater Friends… I have lots of videos showing these off but here’s a few:

Here’s a crazy one from last November

One from December 8, 2015

How about a Polar bear version?

And this may be the first appearance of this pattern… I think…