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Crochet Apache Tears Hat the easy way

Crochet Apache Tears Hat the easy way.  When I first saw the Apache Tears pattern many years ago I fell in love with it.  My YouTube video tutorial for the Apache Tears pattern has been a viewer favorite.  With so many crochet and knitting projecting it seems I always have tons of half-used yarn skeins.   If you’ve been following my posts of videos for any time you will know how much I hate to waste yarn and God forbid throw away partial skeins.

While looking thru my stash I found some colors that I felt would make a nice colorway.  I choose shades of teal, mint, blue/greens and white.   This pattern looks best when using several colors.  You can make the hat all in a solid color but that doesn’t really seem to do the stitch pattern justice.   With the cold weather soon upon us I wanted to make a hat using that same great Crochet Apache Tears pattern.

 

Crochet Apache Tears Hat

Side view of Crochet Apache Tears Hat

For the Crochet Apache Tears hat you will need 5 colors of medium weight yarn.   I used small amounts and it was probably only a couple ounces of each color. This hat is for a 19-24 inch head circumference since it does stretch.   If you want to make it for a child I suggest using a smaller hook size perhaps a size H (5.0mm) hook.  The rest of the instructions would remain the same.

For those who prefer a video tutorial, I have posted the links to my free YouTube videos on the last page of this post.

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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 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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Easy, Breezy, Beautiful Crochet Top

What is better than an Easy, Breezy, Beautiful Crochet Top?  A beautiful warm summer day to wear it of course.  Summer is around the corner and I can’t wait. I love to crochet and knit but with warm weather,  it is sometimes a challenge.  I have tricks I use to help me combat the heat.  One way to get around that is to create and design items that use lighter weight yarn or are easier to handle in the heat.  I wanted to create something that would be ideal for wearing on those hot summer days.  I designed this crochet halter top using cotton yarn.  Cotton breathes and is more comfortable to wear during warm weather.

This cotton is made by Yarnspirations  It is called Peaches & Creme and I used a solid white color for my top.  I love using this yarn because it’s easy to find and easy on the wallet.  I purchased my yarn at walmart but it can be purchased at other retailers.   I also created a video tutorial if you are more of a visual learner.   It can be crocheted in Woman sizes S – XL.

You can purchase an Ad-Free PDF pattern/instructions here:   Summer Top PDF Summer Top PDF

Easy, Breezy, Beautiful Crochet Top

Crochet Summer top – Yolanda Soto-Lopez

 

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