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Learn to Crochet Hexagon with Circle Center

In today’s post you will learn to crochet a Hexagon with circle center.  Learning new patterns or stitches is fun but sometimes can be frustrating.  This little hexagon is so easy to crochet and so cute.  It can be used for many projects.  I used a medium weight yarn and a 6mm hook.  You can use any size hook or yarn just be sure the yarn weight is appropriate for the hook you are using and vice versa.

Hexagon shapes give items a unique look.  There are many patterns ranging from afghans, scarfs, sweaters and even some animals that use hexagon shapes.  I have seen hippos, elephants and turtles using this stitch.   The good news is that it is not difficult to make.   Here I will show you how.  If you are a visual learner I have also filmed and uploaded a free YouTube video for you to watch if you prefer.

Crochet Hexagon with circle center

Hexagon with circle center

 

 

Supplies:

Yarn

Crochet Hook

Yarn needle to sew in tail

Scissors

To Begin:  

Chain 6 and slip stitch into the first chain to form a circle.

Rnd 1:  chain 3 (counts as double crochet), 17 double crochet into the circle, slip stitch into 3rd chain

Rnd 2:  chain 1, single crochet same stitch, chain 5, skip 2 double crochet stitches, single crochet into the next double crochet, skip next 2 double crochet (repeat 5 times), slip stitch into 3rd chain

Rnd 3:  chain 3 (counts as double crochet), you will work 3 double, 3 chains, 3 double crochets all into each of the next five chain 5 spaces,  3double crochet, ch 3, 2 double crochet into last chain 5 space,  slip stitch into the third chain, fasten off.     Weave in tails

If you prefer to watch a video tutorial I have included it here, Enjoy!

If enjoy learning new crochet patterns here are a few  more you may like:

Sea Foam/ Ocean waves:

http://allcraftschannel.com/2015/06/crochet-motif-tutorial-sea-foam-ocean-waves.html

Crochet Square Motif

http://allcraftschannel.com/2016/03/crochet-square-motif.html

Crochet Granny Ripple

http://allcraftschannel.com/2016/02/learn-to-crochet-a-ripple-granny-video-tutorial-link-included.html

 

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Chunky Yarn Crochet Cowl – It’s Super and Easy

A chunky yarn crochet cowl makes a comfy and fast project.  Using chunky yarn means you’ll whip right thru your project.  Using Bernat Roving Yarn from Yarnspirations I designed this crochet cowl.  I chose two of my favorite colors.  I selected Plum and Quartz Pink for my chunky yarn crochet cowl.  This yarn is so soft.  It is made using 80% acrylic and 20% wool yarn.  That means it will be nice and warm without being too hot.   It is really soft and feels great against my skin.If you haven’t tried this yarn you are in for a treat.  This is my first it using it and I know I will be using it often.  I love discovering new yarns and fibers.

 

Chunky Yarn crochet cowl

Chunky Yarn Crochet Cowl using Bernat Roving yarn

It’s already warm in my town of Chula Vista, California, however much of the USA and World is still chilly.  This cowl is a nice way to layer up.  It can easily be worn under a sweater, jacket or even just a top.   The picot edge gives it a nice touch.  You can wear it standing up over fold it over as in the photo above.  The project can be made in a single afternoon and would make a great gift.

Crochet Cowl collage

Crochet Cowl collage

Here is what you will need:

2 skeins of Bernat Roving Yarn (Choose contrasting colors)

1 Stitch Marker

Scissors

Yarn needle

K Crochet Hook  ( 6 1/2 mm)

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Non-Slip Soles for Knit and Crochet Slippers

Non-Slip Soles

Non-Slip Soles for my Crocheting or Knit slippers can sometimes be time-consuming.  Very often I rely on the old faithful puffy fabric paint.  Other times I will sew on those non-slip shelf liners that are used in kitchen shelves to keep your drinking glasses and dishes from sliding off the shelves.  Those options work well but many times they are time-consuming and don’t always look very good.   I never want to give someone a gift that could endanger them and slippery soles can be very dangerous.  I had made a pair for my aunt and mother, so I definitely wanted them to be safe while wearing these comfy slippers.

Knit house slippers

Knit slippers with full knit lining

While at my knitting class my teacher mentioned that she uses a different method.  She said it’s fast and seems to work pretty well   Well, the fast part had me intrigued.  She shared a method of using a quick spray method.  She said she uses a product called “Rust-0leum Leak Seal.”  It is a spray that is used to repair leaks on rain gutters, skylights, cracked cement etc.  She told me it’s easily available at hardware stores like HomeDepot   Armed with this new information I made a quick trip to my local Home Depot store.   I went straight to the paint department and asked the salesperson for assistance.  They took me to the caged area where they keep spray paint and other items which can only be sold to adults.  He unlocked the cage and asked me if I wanted the clear coat or a color coat.   I chose the clear coat so that my slippers could look more natural.   I also bought some blue painters tape.   I rushed home anxious to try out this new method and create Non-Slip soles.

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Easy to Crochet Messy Bun hat – Fun and Easy!

Yes, I got on the Messy Bun bandwagon

Today I want to share a pattern for an Easy to crochet “Messy Bun” hat.   I have received so many requests for an easy pattern.  So, by popular demand here it is.  This is what I came up with for an “easy” pattern.  You can follow the instructions for rows 11-12 for a mock rib brim or just continue with double crochet for a plain edge hat.  Either way, it looks and fits great.  So, “Let’s Get The Party Started!”

Crochet Messy Bun

Crochet Messy Bun

You will need the following supplies:

Approximately 3 1/2 ounces of Medium weight yarn.  I used  RedHeart Supersaver Cameo  – Color  Mirage

Scissors

Yarn needle

Crochet Hook (I used a size I ) for larger heads use a J hook.   For children use an H hook

 

I apologize for this photo.  I was having technical issues and just couldn’t get my beautiful photo to upload so I was stuck using this one.  Boohoo 

 

If you prefer you can purchase an Ad-Free PDF pattern Here:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/my-messy-bun-hat-2

If you like Messy Bun hats here is another hat that I just posted using Shell Stitches:  http://allcraftschannel.com/2017/02/crochet-messy-bun-hat.html

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The Craftys Awards – Nominations now open

Craftys Awards time

It’s time for The Craftys Awards and that means nominating your favorite crafter.   The Craftsy Awards were created to celebrate the best of DIY and Crafts.  The categories range from traditional such as knitting, crocheting, sew, and scrapbooking to a category known as “geek crafts.”     The Craftsy awards were launched in 2014.   This is such a great way to recognize our creative community.   Crafters have submitted so many awesome projects that selecting a winner will not be an easy task.

Craftys award

Craftys award

I am so honored to have been selected as one of the judges for this year.  Here is the list of the other judges.  So many talented people on the judges panel.

The Editors of Babble
Marisa Pawelko – Modern Surrealist
Yolanda Soto Lopez – All Crafts Channel
Marly Bird – Yarn Thing Podcast
Beth Kingston – Kingston Crafts
Vickie Howell – DIY Network / HGTV
Ed Roth – Stencil 1
Mark Montano – Big Ass Book of Crafts
Galit Lebow – FoodStirs
Amber Kemp-Gerstel – Damask Love

 

 

 

The best in show winner will receive $1,000 and each category winner will receive $200.

Some of the  Categories include the following.  Please go to thecraftsy.com  to a complete list and instructions/rules to enter:

  • Baby Crafts
  • Craft Blogger
  • Crochet
  • Knitting
  • Decorative Painting/ Mixed Medium
  • Edible Crafts
  • Geek Crafts
  • General Crafts
  • Sewing

The winners will be announced in a Live stream in February 2017 from New York City.  There are so many great sponsors for the Craftsy Awards.   If you are a creator and would like to participate you can nominate yourself or another person for an award.  Please go to the website thecraftys.com in order to enter. and learn all about The Craftys awards.  You will also be able to see the complete list of categories and sponsors.  Each year this event has grown. with over 400,000 votes submitted.

Here is a link with the official rules:  Official Rules

Good luck and get those nominations in.  Let’s do our part to get recognization for all of those awesome crafters out there.

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