Easy Crochet Ribbed Hat – A beginner level Crochet Hat

An Easy Crochet Ribbed hat was on my list of projects.   With the weather finally turning a little chilly this month I have decided to write up a super easy crochet rib hat pattern.  I wanted it to be able to be easy enough for even beginners to crochet.  The hat is made in a flat panel so there is no need to know how to crochet in the round.  This one is probably one of the easiest and pretty crochet rib hats.

 

Easy Crochet Ribbed Hat

Easy Crochet Ribbed Hat

You can adjust the length by just changing the number of beginning chains.  If you don’t want the brim (folded edge) to be so wide just start with fewer chains.  On the other hand, if you plan to wear it as a slouchy and want it longer just begin with more chains.

Supplies needed:

4 oz. of Medium weight yarn

J crochet hook (6.0mm)

scissors

yarn needle

measuring tape

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Easy Crochet Unicorn Beanie / Hat

This easy crochet Unicorn Beanie / Hat has been requested so many times.  Having been feeling under the weather with some pretty serious health issues, I really didn’t feel like making any new projects.  Now that I am feeling a little better I decided to start to go thru my request list once again.  At the top of that list crocheting an Easy Crochet Unicorn Beanie / Hat sounded like a fun project.   I used several colors to make the mane of the Unicorn.  You can choose your own colors.   The yarns that I have used are all from RedHeart Supersaver yarns but you can choose whichever brand you prefer as long as it is a medium weight yarn.

Crochet Unicorn Beanie

Easy to crochet Unicorn Beanie.

You will also find links to the YouTube Video tutorials for those who prefer a video tutorial on the last page of this post.   To purchase an Ad-Free PDF click here:  www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/unicorn-hat-16

Crochet hats are so fun to crochet.  This hat uses basic stitches and it’s a great way to use up all your colorful yarn scraps.  Most of the yarns I used are from left-over skeins from my latest amigurumi book which should be available at Hobby Lobby stores very soon.  (I can’t wait to let you all know about it.)  It seems like most people I meet hate to waste yarn.

Crocheting this hat was fun but most of all it was easy to make.  I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.

 

 

 

 

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Easy to Crochet Granny Square Top

I was looking for an easy to crochet granny square top.   I like to go to the pool or beach but I’m a bit modest.  I wanted to have a top that I could use as a cover-up.  I wanted to make something quick and easy enough for beginners.   The granny square is one of the first patterns that crocheters learn to make.   This is a super easy and quick project plus it looks great.  This easy to crochet granny square top fits most women sizes.   You can always adjust the size of the top by either using a smaller hook or changing the number of rounds of your granny squares.  If you are making this for a child I would use a G size hook.

Easy to Crochet Granny Square Top

Easy to Crochet Granny Square top

Supplies:

2 Granny squares with 8 rounds each.

2 Granny squares with 3 rounds each.

3 Skeins of Creme de la Creme Cotton Yarn from Redheart.com

J /10 Crochet Hook  ( 6mm)

Scissors

Yarn Needle

To Begin:  You will need to crochet 2 granny squares with 8 rounds each.  You will need to crochet 2 granny squares with 3 rounds each.   The two larger granny squares will be used for the front and back of the top.  The two smaller squares will be the sides (underarm) of the top.

You will need to join your squares.  You can join with a yarn needle or by joining with a crochet slip stitch.   I joined my squares with a yarn needle using the same matching yarn.   It is easier if you sew in your tails as you work.  I hate sewing in tails but this makes it so much easier.

Step 1:  Making sure right sides are facing up.  Take one of the large granny squares and sew a small square to each lower corner of the square.  I joined with a simple whip stitch using a yarn needle.

Step 2:  Now flip your piece over so that the wrong sides are facing up.  Now place your second large granny square on top of the other square.  Making sure that wrong sides are facing each other.  Now sew the free sides of the small granny squares to the lower half of the remaining large granny square.

Step 3:  Attach your yarn along top edge of your work, (The bottom edge is the one with the small granny squares).    You will work 2 rows of single crochet along the top edge.  Work 2 single crochet in the underarm corners and work 3 single crochet into the top corners of the large granny squares.   Fasten off and sew in tails.

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Crochet Gladiator Style Flip Flops

Crochet Gladiator Style Flips flops to turn your plain flip flops into fun sandals.   Who says flip flops have to be plain or boring?  Using some basic crochet stitches and a few new techniques (they’re easy) you can go from plain flip flops to personalized flip flops.  Summertime is here and that means warmer weather.  Ok, I admit that I live in Chula Vista, California (Suburb of San Diego) and our “Hot” weather isn’t exactly what others might consider hot.  Hey, living here we get used to a milder climate but even we get our occasional heat wave.

To beat the heat many of us turn wearing sandals and other warm weather accessories.  I admit that I look forward to being able to wear sandals.  However, I am not a fan of plain flip flops.  I like to customize them a little and jazz them up a bit.  In today’s blog post I will share how I turned my plain flip flops into crochet gladiator style flip flops.   You can customize by using your own colors, make them all one solid color or combine colors.  You can even add beads or a small fringe along the top edge.   As always I have provided a free YouTube video tutorial for visual learners.  The links appear at the end of the post.  I used cotton yarn Peaches & Creme from Yarnspirations.  They have a great selection of solid colors and some varigated choices.

If you would like to purchase an Ad Free PDF pattern please click here:  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/gladiator-style-flip-flops

 

Flip flops

Crochet Flip flops

crochet gladiator style flip flops

crochet flip flop

crochet gladiator style flip flops

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Learn To Quilt by Using Templates

Learn to Quilt

Have you been wanting to learn to quilt but were a little intimidated?  Using templates makes your Learn to Quilt adventure so much easier.  Today thanks to my friends at Nancy’s Notions  I will be sharing a tutorial for using their Dresden Template.  This kit comes with the Dresden template, seam alignment template, and a colorful and information Instruction Booklet.  There are 15 variations that can be made using this template and the booklet gives you full instructions.   Remember, quilt tops aren’t the only uses for these designs.  I chose to make a decorative pillow and also created a small Dresden Plate in order to embellish a small canvas bag I purchased at my local Joann Craft and Fabric Store.

I think the hardest part was choosing my fabric.  Going to the fabric store has been an activity I really enjoy.  I could get lost there for hours.  Walking down the aisles and see all those bolts of fabrics can be mesmerizing.  So many fabrics and so little time.  First, I used my Dresden template to make a pillow top.  I can bring this pillow out to decorate during the holidays.  Place on my front porch chair or take along for a picnic or parade for comfort.  I had previously purchased a small canvas bag from Joann’s when they were on sale.  I decided to make a small Dresden plate using the templates to embellish my plain tote bag.  Now the tote is so much more colorful and will make a perfect gift for carrying crochet or knitting supplies.  I can already see my colorful yarn balls and crochet hooks and knitting needles inside my little canvas tote bag.  It would make a great gift.

Learn to Quilt - Using templates

Dresden Plate quilting design used on a pillow and a canvas tote bad

You can purchase the Dresden Template kit and other supplies here:    Nancy’s Notions  Grab it now while it’s on sale for only $9.99 until July 31, 2017.  That’s a great bargain.

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