Autumn is here and it’s Pumpkin Hat time

Pumpkin hat time is here.  It seems everywhere I look traces of Autumn are finally arriving in my neck of the woods.  OK, so I live in San Diego, California and there aren’t many signs of the seasons changing.  However, stores are now decorated with items that remind us it’s Autumn.  Pumpkins are making an appearance in windows and advertisements.  Halloween is just around the corner.  Pumpkin spice lattes are brewing and I am crocheting pumpkin hats.

Crochet Pumpkin Hat

I decided to design a pumpkin hat that can be worn by babies to adults.   I used medium weight acrylic yarn for my hat.  The hat in the photo I used an H hook however by adjusting the hook size the hat can be made for various sizes.  Here is a suggestion for hook sizes.  Please remember that everyone crochets with a different tension and these are just suggestions.   I used a fpdc (front post double crochet) stitch to simulate the ridges on a pumpkin.  You can choose any shade of orange and green for your hat.  You could even choose a ten or brown color as pumpkins come in a variety of colors.

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Announcing the Bernat Blanket Stitch Along

Bernat Stitch Along

The Bernat Blanket stitch along is starting soon.  (Begins Oct 3, 2016)  If you enjoy a good mystery this Stitch along is for you.   This Mystery Stitch-Along is sponsored by Joann Fabric and Craft stores.  This stitch along is a great way to be introduced to the Bernat Blanket yarn if you haven’t tried it yet.  I have become a fan of this yarn.  I love the softness and how fluffy it feels.  My projects just seem to work up so quickly.   This is a mystery stitch along so you won’t know what the blankets will look like until they are complete.  Trust me they are both gorgeous.

Bernat Blanket Stitch Along hosts Yolanda and Mikey

Bernat Blanket Stitch Along

The Stitch Along will include both a Knit and Crochet version of this mystery blanket.  Both versions are completely different so you can choose to Knit, Crochet or stitch both blankets.  I will be serving as your host for the Knit blanket and Mikey of The Crochet Crowd will be your crochet host.  I’m super excited to finally be collaborating on a project with Mikey.  He is a dynamo and makes crocheting so much fun.  He has built a truly awesome community of fellow crocheters.  The full details of the Stitch can be found here:  Stitch Along Details   This page will give you the details of the timeline, shopping list and much more.   You can even view the video intros from both Mikey and myself.

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Easy to Crochet Flower Headbands

Crochet flower headbands are so quick and easy to make.  I’m aways looking for ways to use up my many partial skeins of yarn.  It seems those partially used skeins keep multiplying.  I hate to throw them away and sometimes there isn’t enough yarn to make a big or medium sized project.  I saw these little stretchy headbands at my local Dollar Tree store.  I liked them but they were just too plain.   I decided to add some crochet flowers to the headbands to make them a little fancier.   Here is what I came up with:  Crochet Flower Headbands  : )

Crochet Flower Headband

Crochet Flower Headband

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Crochet Cactus Home Decor. Fun and Ouchie Free!

Crochet Cactus as home decor are such a fun project.   These little crochet cactus  are a great way to use up your yarn scraps.  Using different shades of green also helps to make them more interesting and realistic.    I love the fact that the supplies needed for this project are inexpensive and easy to find.   You can make several of them and place them on a window sill or on a mantle.  Mix them in with “real” plants for fun.

These little Crochet Cactus don’t require watering, any maintenance and best of all they are Ouchie Free.  If Ouchie a word?  Well it was around my house when my kids were growing up.   I hope you enjoy this project.  Be sure to share this post with your friends and family. Keep reading to get more info and the free written pattern.  (I have uploaded a video tutorial if you prefer to watch the video on the last page of this post ).

Crochet Cactus

Crochet Cactus Home decor Project

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List of Crochet and Knitting Resources

List of Crochet and Knitting Resources

Finding crochet and knitting resources doesn’t have to be difficult.  There are many great places you can turn to for help.   When you have a question or are in doubt about a stitch, technique or other tips help can be as easy as a mouse click away.   There are of course many paid resources and free resources.  Which you choose will depend on the scope of help you need and of course your budget.

Crochet hooks and knitting needles

Crochet Hook and Knitting Needles

Here is a list of some Crochet and Knitting Resources:

Craft Yarn Council  –  This is one of my go to sites when I am searching for information.  They are a great resources for information on anything to do with yarn.  Weights, standards, stitch abbreviations.  Their site is well laid out and easy to navigate.

Crochet Guild of America –   The Crochet Guild of America.  This Guild was established in 1974.  This guild charges a low yearly membership and the membership also includes a subscriber to Crochet Magazine.  The Guild has 2 major conferences each year.  This is a great place to take some in-person classes from qualified instructors.  They also sponsor a yearly design competition.  If there isn’t a local chapter  near you that would be a great opportunity for you to start your own local chapter.

The Knitting Guild Association –   Just like the Guild for Crocheters there is a Guild for Knitters.   The membership to this Guild also includes a membership for their Cast On magazine.  Belonging to a Guild is a great way to build friendships and grow your skills.

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