Friday, February 3, 2017

Puffed Wheat Hat, Crochet Pattern

Six more weeks of winter means plenty of time for making and wearing cozy hats, and I have a new pattern to share! My Puffed Wheat hat was originally published in Happily Hooked Magazine and is not available for direct purchase from my Ravelry and Etsy stores.

For my blog readers the pattern will be on sale for 1/2 off on Ravelry for the first week - just $2! After February 10th, the price will go up to $4, so jump on this one now with the coupon code COZYCAP before you miss out.


Teen / Adult Small in Barley and Oatmeal
Puffed Wheat is crocheted in Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick, a super bulky weight yarn that works up very quickly, so it's great for last minute gifts (I'm talking the-day-before kind of last minute) and the thick, wool-blend yarn makes it extra cozy. Using less than a 1/2 skein each color, it's a great stash buster as well.

The pattern includes four sizes: Toddler, Child, Teen/Adult Small, and Adult Large. Based on my head size (21.5") I wear a Teen/Adult small, which is the size I find most comfortable.

Teen / Adult Small in Barley and Oatmeal
The large isn't ridiculous on me, however. It just sits lower and looser on the head and is actually a bit cozier since there's more material.

Adult Large in Claret and Oatmeal




It fits fairly loose around the ears, so if you have a head measurement that fits in the smaller size, but want a little extra length for extra warmth, adding another row of puff sts would be a good option.

I've only done variations using the Oatmeal colorway for the contrast color, but Thick & Quick comes in a pretty wide variety of color options, so you can make it was wild as you like.

Toddler in Black and Oatmeal
Happy crocheting!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Easy Crocheted Pussy Hat

I'm coming out of blog hibernation to share an easy free pattern that (since I know you're on the internet) you've almost definitely seen by now. The Pussy Hat Project started as a "collective visual statement" for the women's march on Washington and the satellite marches around the world and has grown into a way to show solidarity and support for women's rights.


I was awfully late to the game, but decided I should do my part and make as many hats as I could in the couple days before the march in my city, New Orleans. I ended up just making 5 hats, and gave them all out before the march even began in exchange for $20 donations to Planned Parenthood. I wish I would have thought of the idea sooner because I know I could have collected so much more than $100 for this important organization. But for a couple evening's work, that's still pretty darn good!

Yep, that's me.


The women's march is over now, but there is so much more work to be done. Join me, and crochet a pussy hat or 3!

I've mostly seen patterns for knitted hats, so this one is for you crocheters. It's a very simple pattern that works up quite quickly and uses a very budget-friendly - and very pink - yarn.


Pussy Hat
  
Materials
  • Red Heart Super Saver in Shocking Pink
  • 5.5 mm, US I crochet hook
  • yarn needle

Gauge

3 sts and 2 rows = 1" in dc

Abbreviations

  • st(s) : stitch(es)
  • ch(s): chain(s)
  • dc: double crochet
  • fpdc: front post double crochet
  • bpdc: back post double crochet
  • sl: slipstich

Pattern

1. Ch 30, work 2 dc in 3rd ch from hook, dc 26 more. In last st, work 5 dc. Working down opposite side of chain, dc 26, work 3 dc in last. Sl to join. (62)
2: Ch 2 (does not count as first st), *dc; rep from * to end. Sl to join with first dc. 
3-9: Work even for 8 more rounds. 
10: Ch 1, *fpdc, bpdc; rep from * to end. Sl to join with first fpdc.
11-12: Repeat round 10. Tie off. weave in all ends. 
That's it! Fighting for your rights has never been simpler. Now go out there and change the world.







Saturday, June 18, 2016

Power Tie Coffee and Beer Cozies, FREE Pattern

In keeping with my pattern of posting extremely last minute gift ideas, I have one for Father's Day! My Power Tie Cozies.

This pattern includes designs for a coffee cozy and a beer cozy. The coffee cozy was originally published in Happily Hooked Magazine, and I thought I'd give it a companion piece to share here. The coffee cozy fits most standard cups you get from from your favorite coffee house, and fits on pint glasses, while the beer cozy fits most bottles and cans. Whether your Dad's favorite vice is of the caffeine or alcohol variety, make him a tie he'll actually use!

This pattern whips up quickly, so you really do still have time to make one for Father's Day.



Power Tie Coffee and Beer Cozies



 Materials
  • US H (5 mm) hook
  • Worsted weight cotton yarn in two colors, A and B. Shown (left to right) in Lily Sugar’n Cream in Light Blue and Country Red, Soft Ecru and Country Red, and Light Blue and Barnboard
  • TwistsYarn needle or Large eye blunt needle  

Gauge 
7 sc and 9 rows = 2”

Abbreviations

st(s) : stitch(es)
ch(s): chain(s)
sc: single crochet
hdc: half double crochet
dc: double crochet
sl: slipstitch
inc: increase (crochet two stitches in one space)
dec: decrease (crochet two stitches together)
BLO: back loops only

Special Stitches
Foundation single crochet (used in coffee cozy only): ch 2, insert hook in second ch from hook and pull up a loop. Yarn over and pull through one loop (chain made). Yarn over and pull through both loops. Succeeding stitches are worked into the chain made in the previous stitch.

Notes
1. Starting chains do not count as a stitch. 
2. Pattern is worked in rounds. Do not turn at the ends of rounds unless otherwise noted. For beer cozy only, pattern is worked in a spiral without joining rounds.
3. Repeat directions following * to end of round.

Instructions

Coffee Cozy Shirt

1: With A, leaving a slightly long tail to sew up gap, foundation single crochet 27 and join in a ring. (27)

2:  Ch 1, *sc; join to first sc. (27)

3:  Ch 1, *sc 8, sc inc; join to first sc. (30)

4-5: Ch 1, *sc; join to first sc. (30)

6: Ch 1, *sc 9, sc inc; join to first sc. (33)

7-8: Ch 1, *sc; join to first sc. (33)

9: Ch 1, *sc 10, sc inc; join to first sc. (36)

10-11: Ch 1, *sc; join to first sc. (36)

12: Ch 1, *sc 11, sc inc; join to first sc. (39)

13-14: Ch 1, *sc; join to first sc. (39)     

Begin Collar

1: Ch 1, sc in BLO, sc 3, (sc inc, sc 4) six times, sc inc, sc 3, sc in BLO. (46)
*Note: the tie will be worked into the two unworked front loops.

2: Ch 1, TURN, sc dec, sc 42, sc dec. (44)

3: Ch 3, TURN, dc, hdc, hdc dec, sc 2, (sc dec, sc 4) five times, sc dec, sc 2, hdc dec, hdc, dc, ch 3, sl in same space, ch 2 more and sl in row below. (36, not counting chains)

4: Ch 1, TURN, sl evenly up side edge of collar, in each stitch around, and down opposite edge. Tie off, leaving long tail to stitch down collar edge (enough for a few stitches on each side will do).  

Make Tie – pattern on pg 4


Beer Cozy Shirt

With A, make a magic ring

1: Sc 6 into magic ring. Mark ends of rounds. Work in a spiral; do not join rounds.

2: *Sc inc  (12)

3: *Sc inc, sc (18)

4: *Sc inc, sc 2 (24)

5: *Sc inc, sc 7 (27)

Work even until piece measures 5” laid flat.

Begin Collar

1: Ch 1, sc in BLO, sc 2, (sc inc, sc 3) five times, sc inc, sc 2, sc in BLO. (33)
*Note: the tie will be worked into the two unworked front loops.

2: Ch 1, TURN, sc dec, sc 29, sc dec. (31)

3: Ch 3, TURN, dc, hdc, hdc dec, (sc dec, sc 5,) three times, sc dec, hdc dec, hdc, dc. ch 3, sl in same space, ch 2 more and sl in row below. (25, not counting chains). 

4: Ch 1, TURN, sl evenly up side edge of collar, in each stitch around, and down opposite edge. Tie off, leaving long tail to stitch down collar edge (enough for a few stitches on each side will do).  


Tie (same for both versions)

With B, starting with a very long tail (approx 2 ft), hold cozy upside down and attach yarn in the first unworked front loop from the first round of the collar.

1: Ch 1, sc in same space, sc in the second unworked front loop. (2)

2-3: Ch 1, TURN, sc 2. (2)

4: Ch 1, TURN, sc inc 2 (4)

5-10: Ch 1, TURN, sc 4. (4)

11: Ch 1, TURN, sc dec 2. (2)

12: Ch 1, TURN, sc 2. (2)

13: Ch 1, TURN, sc dec. Tie off, leaving a long tail to sew the tie down to the shirt. (1)

 
Finishing

Shirt (coffee cozy only): Use a yarn needle to stitch up the gap left in the first round, and weave in yarn end.

Tie: With starting yarn tail, wrap yarn around the top 1/2” of the tie, weaving yarn through the back of the stitches with a yarn needle to secure them. Continue wrapping until the “knot” reaches your desired width. Tie off and weave in end. With opposite yarn tail, stitch around the outer edge of the tie to secure it in place. Weave in end.


Collar: Fold collar down. Using yarn needle, stitch down the collar along the two front points, weaving the yarn tail under the tie to reach the opposite side. Weave in end. 
 

Enjoy your Father's Day!