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!
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!
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.
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:
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.
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:
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!
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:
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.
So, I’ve been at it again with the holiday scarves! Here’s a Nutcracker done on the Addi Express Professional BUT the concept can be applied to crochet, knitting or loom knitting!
Missy asked me to be sure and tell the colors I used so they’re listed below but BY NO MEANS should you be limited by what I did! Get creative!
Materials I used:
Red Heart SuperSaver:
Hunter Green, Correction: Medium Thyme, Cherry Red, Soft Navy, Gold
Impeccable: True Grey
Vanna’s Choice: Soft Pink
A couple miscellaneous buttons
6 very tiny black buttons
To hear some of the particulars (like why I used fringe on the bottoms, how to trim the beard and mustache, etc.) See my video:
Here are the measurements which are especially helpful if your planning to crochet, knit or loom knit this guy. Click to enlarge.