Thin Blue Line Hat

Thin Blue Line Hat

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:

Crochet Pokeball Hat

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With the Pokemon Go app, there’s been a resurgence in Pokemon popularity! I knocked out 4 of these for charity in no time! There are plenty of patterns out there but my favorite basic crochet hat uses Half Double Crochet so I whipped this up on my own. (Most of the patterns out there use Double Crochet.)

You’re welcome to download this free pattern!

Click here: Pokeball Hat Pattern

 

Crochet Chain Tracks Scrapbuster Tutorial

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Sometimes simple is best and it’s certainly working for this precious scrap hat! Look a little closer…

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It’s a chain neatly encased between tracks on each side. A very tailored and polished look!

Recipe: It’s a basic double crochet beanie – stop about 1 – 1.5 inches before the end and…

  1. Change to a new color. Single crochet back loop only. Join.
  2. Change back to the first color and single crochet camel stitch all the way around. Join.
  3. Double crochet back loop only. Join. Sew in ends!

If you have any questions, here’s the video tutorial. I also include tips and tricks, how to determine how much yarn you need for that stripe and demonstrate the join I like best for this hat.

Crochet Super Bulky Scrap Hat

I’ve been showing these a lot in my videos recently and have had many questions about how to do them. Basically, it’s a single crochet hat with 3-4 strands of yarn held together. Use a hook you’re comfortable with. (I use a “P” 12mm with 4 strands of worsted weight and adjust my hook size based on the overall weight/feel of all the strands held together.)

Not enough information for you? Maybe this video will help:

Here’s a written pattern to use as a guide:

Round 1: ch 2, 6sc in the 2nd ch from hook, do not join, work in continuous/spiral (6sc)
Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around. (12 sc)
Round 3: *sc in next sc, 2sc in next sc* repeat from * to * around. (18 sc)
Round 4: *sc in the next 2 sc, 2sc in the next sc* repeat from * to * around. (24 sc)
Round 5: *sc in the next 3 sc, 2sc in the next sc* repeat from * to * around. (30 sc)

STOP and measure your Flat Circle Diameter and refer to the chart below for sizing! If you need it larger, continue your increase rounds (increasing by 1 sc in each *repeat group* as you did above).

Subsequent Rounds: 1 sc in each stitch until you are approximately .5″ from the desired Hat Height.

Slip Stitch about 6 stitches to even out the bottom edge of the hat.

Last Round: sc blo ; fasten off; sew in ends.

Note that the chart I refer to in this video is not available in its original form. (Looks like her website was redesigned and the chart lost it’s formatting.) Just for your convenience, I put it back into an easy-to-read table below but please know that I got the information from Slugs On The Refrigerator Blog. If I see that she’s corrected the problem, I’ll edit my page. In the meantime:

Age Head Size Hat Size Hat Height Flat Circle Diameter
0-6 months 13 – 15 inches 12 -14  inches 4.5 – 5 inches 4 inches
6-12 months 16 – 19 inches 14 – 18 inches 5.5 inches 4.5 inches
1 – 3 Years 18 – 21 inches 17 – 20 inches 6.5 inches 5.5 inches
4+ years 20 – 22 inches 19 – 21 inches 7.5 inches 6 inches
Women 22 inches 20 inches 8.5 inches 6.5 inches
Men 23 inches 21 inches 9.5 inches 6.75 inches

Crochet Pot Holder Tutorial

In a Sheepishly Sharing video (#99) I showed my favorite pot holder made by my mother-in-law. While she’s an excellent knitter and crocheter, she can’t read a pattern and I had difficulty understanding her verbal directions to me. After going on a long hunt, I found a couple (imho, poorly written) patterns and had to figure it out myself! While there IS a great video for this particular pot holder done by Teresa, The Crochet Geek, it was a little different from my version. Plus, I didn’t care for the whip stitch method of closure. Commenters on my video said they would like to see how I did it so… here it is!

Crochet Hook Information

I’m strangely fascinated by the reasons different people prefer different crochet hooks so I went on a quest to learn more about the different types. In the process, I ran across 2 EXCELLENT blogs that took the time to explain the detailed features and provided descriptions and reviews of the ones they’ve tried. Inspired, I did the same with my “collection.” Below is a video where I used those 2 blogs as “textbooks” to give you an overview followed by my own experiences.

DEFINITELY take the time to review these pages! I promise you won’t be disappointed!

First, there’s Crochet Cabana. There are 2 pages loaded with great crochet hook info and reviews entitled “All About Hooks.” There are even links to purchase specialty hooks that are too pretty to use!

At Nerdigurumi, check out the Guide to Crochet Hooks and be sure to see the information on Crochet Hook Size Conversions.

Tutorial: Crochet Sock Yarn Hat

1 skein (50g) Paton's Stretch Socks Yarn; Color: Pumpkin Spice

1 skein (50g) Paton’s Stretch Socks Yarn; Color: Pumpkin Spice

Sock Yarn. Face it. It’s pretty stuff! The fiber content and color variations are endless and always seem to be so well matched. However, I’m not into making socks. (Truth be told, I don’t want to work that hard and stuff that pretty yarn into my shoes!) Since I’m a hat addict, the logical solution for me is to make a hat with it!

  •  Fact: It takes 2 skeins to make 1 pair of socks but only 1 to make a hat!
  •  Fact: As a general rule, self-striping yarn works better with knitting, however, you can get great results with single crochet!
  •  Fact: Sock yarn is usually a weight category of 1 (aka “Super Fine”), thereby needing small needles or hooks. I used a 3.5mm hook (aka “E” in American terms) thereby making the work go slower!
  •  Fact: The results are worth it.
  •  Opinion: I wouldn’t recommend the use of sock yarn to a beginner simply because of the fine yarn weight/small hook.

 Tutorial:

Since I’m not recommending this for beginners… the basic single crochet pattern and notes for what I did are included below.  A non-beginner should be able to run with that.  Regardless… this video explains it quickly and you may not even need to refer to the pattern at all after viewing:

Single crochet gives nice results with sock yarn striping.

Single crochet gives nice results with sock yarn striping.

Written Pattern:

Rnd 1: 12 sc in a loop but don’t join!

Rnd 2: 2 sc in ea sc. (24 stitches) Put a marker in the first stitch of this round!

Rnd 3: 1 sc in ea sc around. (24 stitches)

Rnd 4: 1 sc in next stitch, 2 sc in next st. Repeat around. (36 stitches)

Rnd 5: 1 sc in ea sc around. (36 stitches)

Rnd 6: 1 sc in the next 2 stitches; 2 sc in the next stitch. Repeat. (48 stitches)

Rnd 7: 1 sc in ea sc around. (48 stitches)

Rnd 8: 1 sc in the next 3 stitches; 2 sc in the next stitch. Repeat. (60 stitches)

Rnd 9: 1 sc in ea sc around. (60 stitches)

Rnd 10: 1 sc in the next 4 stitches; 2 sc in the next stitch. Repeat. (72 stitches)

Rnd 11: 1 sc in ea sc around. (72 stitches)

  • Continue sequential increases until the crown diameter measures the size you need. (Refer to a chart for sizing.)
  • Once proper crown size is achieved, single crochet in each stitch until the desired length is achieved. (Refer to a chart for sizing.)

Note: I stopped single crocheting about 1.5” from desired length and added a Front Post/Back Post Double Crochet Ribbing for the bottom of the hat.

Tutorial: Getting Clean, Straight Edges on a Knitted Tube Scarf

Nice, clean edges. Optional fringe can be added.

Nice, clean edges. Optional fringe can be added.

I love the double thickness of a tube scarf but getting the ends nice and neat is a challenge. I’ve finally found a solution I like and it can be done with knitting needles OR a crochet hook!

If you’re a knitter (which I am NOT), you’ll be familiar with the Three Needle Bind Off. That’s what you’ll do to finish your scarf ends. For me, a crocheter, I watched the video, got out the knitting needles, managed to get it done BUT… in the process, I learned exactly what was going on and realized that the same thing can be achieved with a crochet hook! Even my knitting friends say they find this easier to do.

If this is sounding familiar, I’ve already done a blog and video on this technique while seaming a square baby hat. But rather than putting right sides together, we’ll reverse that for our scarf ends so we’ll have the resulting chain lying across the end.

Here’s a demo and this is GREAT for Addi Express knitting machine scarves:

Favorite Non-Essentials for Yarn Craft!

We all have our favorite hooks and/or needles but what gadgets do you LOVE but could live without if you had to?? I have 3 non-essentials that make my yarn craft so much more efficient but since I posted this video, I’ve learned from my subscribers other helpful (and even inexpensive) items that enhance our hobby even more! I’d love to hear from others so share your ideas in the comments below!

In this video, I talk about Clover Pom Pom Makers, a yarn ball winder and a make up brush!

Square Baby Hat!

How Cute and Whimsical!

How Cute and Whimsical!

These hats just make me laugh! I really wish I had a baby handy to model it for us but no such luck.

This is simple, quick and can be done in any yarn craft! Once again, I’ve demonstrated on my Addi Express… this time on the King Size. Here’s your Addi basic recipe:

Yarn: Worsted Weight about 1 oz of Main Color and .5 oz of trim color

1. Cast on the Addi Express King Size with waste yarn (about 5 rows)

2. Knit Main Color for 30 rows

3. LEAVE MAIN COLOR ATTACHED but switch to waste yarn (about 5 rows)

4. Remove from machine

5. Turn hat inside out so rights sides are together.

7. Add a brim/edging. If you’d like to add a crocheted version, click here for my tutorial.6. Do a 3-Needle Bind Off or my Crochet Version to bind off and seam the top closed. You can also do a Kitchener Stitch if that’s easier for you.

More information, including my demonstration of adding waste yarn with the main color still attached, can be found here:

Square Baby Hat Measurements

If you want to attempt looming, knitting or crocheting a version, here are the measurements when the hat is lying flat for you to use as a guide. My All-In-One Loom is very close to the gauge of my Addi machines so you may want to cast on 46 stitches in the round for a test run.