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-chart 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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Double Ribbed Hat | Addi Express | Melissa Sutcliffe Pattern!

Double Thick Ribbed Addi Hat

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.

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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.

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Simple gathered bind off.

Beginner Tips for Circular Knitting Machines

Beginner Tips for Circular Knitting Machines!

Myth: Circular knitting machines require no skill.
Truth: There’s a learning curve. Master it, then creativity abounds!

Beginner Tips for Circular Knitting Machines

When I read poor reviews of circular knitting machines that I know work well, I feel so sad for the people who spent their money expecting a perfect out-of-the-box experience! Just like any craft, circular machine knitting has a certain skill set to be learned.

In this video tutorial, I share demonstrate some basic tips and tricks to help beginners find fast success!

Tip #1: Affix machine to work surface.
Tip #2: Start with light weight yarn.
Tip #3: Read and Research.
Tip #4: Try out different yarn.
Tip #5: Add weights.
Tip #6: Go slow; watch, catch, fix mistakes.
Tip #7: Patience. Give it 10-15 rows.
Tip #8: Beware of knots.

DIY Treadmill Desk!

I’ve been asked about this set-up I’ve been using for about 7 years so here’s how I did it for under $10 and without altering my treadmill in any way! I also throw in some very important points to consider before you set yours up AND some different options to help you find a way to make this work for you!

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Fun Pom Pom Scarf

ted baker scarfWhile Christmas shopping online, I ran across this Ted Baker “Tizzy” Pom Pom scarf for $125 at Bloomingdales. It’s no longer available but you can purchase it from the designer’s site for the same price if that floats your boat.

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Naturally, this prompted the “I Can Make That”

mindset so, knowing I couldn’t get the nice materials Ted used, I went with a more silly option with endless theme or color choices. Since it’s close to Christmas, I was thinking about Santa and thus, we have this version!

This was a simple, fun and fast project and I can see it being a great indoor project for kids to tackle. It took about 2+ skeins of Herrschener’s Worsted 8 yarn. (It was hard to tell because I used scraps along with one brand new skein.)

Here ‘s the tutorial: