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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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Crochet Boho Vest – Perfect for Spring and in a Plus size too!

A Crochet Boho Vest has been on my to-do list for quite a while.   I have received so many requests to design a Boho Vest and I finally did it.  I had been putting it off since it is still winter.  I designed this boho vest using Caron Cakes by Yarnspirations.  These cakes are available exclusively at Michaels stores.  I used a new colorway called Mixed Berry.  I really like how the colors transition nicely and are already coordinated.  It helps when trying to match colors.  There are so many colorways that I’m sure you’ll find a combination you like.

The woman size fits most however,  I did add some directions for a plus size.  The plus size should fit 16 – 18 sizes (maybe even larger) since the pattern allows for a nice drape and extra coverage where we need most, around the tushie. : )     If you would like to purchase an Ad-Free PDF Pattern please click here:   Boho Vest PDF Pattern

Boho Vest

Crochet Boho Vest – Front and Back Views

If you are a visual learner I have created 4 Step-by-Step Video tutorials.  The links are in the past page of this post.

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Beautiful Crochet Messy Bun Hat with Shell Stitches

“Messy Bun” hat,. that is what I was thinking of this week.  I wanted to work on a Messy Bun” hat that I could use during warmer weather.   This is important because I live in Sunny Southern California and rarely have days that are cold enough to warrant wearing a hat.  Even our winters are usually mild.  This year thankfully we have received more rain than the last 15 years.  This is great because California has been in a severe drought for the past 5 years.

I want to be ready for the warmer weather and hopefully, by that time, my hair will have grown enough to put it in a pony-tail.   This post includes the written pattern and video link for my free YouTube video for those who prefer to watch a video.  If you want to purchase a low-cost  Ad-Free PDF pattern please click here:  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/shell-stitch-messy-bun-hat

Messy Bun Hat

Crochet “messy bun” hat

The inspiration for this hat while I was working on a shawl for my aunt.  I was using a shell stitch and thought about how I really like that stitch, especially when the shells increase each row.   I did a little few math calculations.  (Remember when you thought back in school that you would never use math?  Well, here I am using the stuff I learned back then.)  After a few attempt,  I came out with a hat that satisfied m.  I hope you enjoy this hat pattern.  I love how it kinda of has a little of a vintage look and it’s so sweet and feminine.

If you are a fan of “Messy bun” hats I shared an earlier version a few weeks ago.   That hat is so fast and easy and uses a simple “mock” ribbing edge.   If you want to see that post please click here:  http://allcraftschannel.com/2016/12/easy-crochet-messy-beanie.html

If you want to check out another one of my easy messy bun hat project click here:

Now to get started with this beautiful hat project.

Supplies for your Messy Bun hat:

Medium weight yarn 3 oz. (I used Redheart with Love in color: Bubble Gum)
6.0mm Crochet hook (Size J Hook)
scissors
yarn needle
Pony tail rubber band
yarn needle

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Crochet a Knit Stitch and Fair Isle Hearts Hat

Fair Isle Hearts Hat

Today I will share my newest hat;  a hat using the knit stitch and Fair Isle Stitches.  It was inspired by a knit hat that was released by Caron yarns a few years ago.  It was on a little handout that you get from the yarn aisles.   I used the Simply Soft by Caron yarns by Yarnspirations.  The yarn is so soft and silky.  You can choose your own color combinations.  I think a white and red or pink and red would make a great Valentine’s Day hat.   I have included the free written pattern along with the free YouTube video tutorials.  You will find them on the following pages.

Crochet fair isle

Crochet – Fair Isle and Knit stitch

 

To purchase an Ad-Free PDF written pattern please click on the link below:

PDF Heart Hat pattern 

 

 

 

 

 

This hat should fit most women and older children.

Materials:

2 Skeins of Simply Soft yarn by Caron in the color of your choice.   1 will be the main color and the other the contrasting color.

4 Stitch markers

scissors

yarn needle

measuring tape

row counter

Crochet Hook (5.5mm)  I hook

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Learn to Knit – Learn the Garter Stitch

Do you want to learn to knit the garter stitch?

Did you put “Learn to knit” on your 2017 list of goals?  The garter stitch is one of the easiest stitches to use for making blankets, scarfs, and lots of other fun projects.  The garter stitch is made using the basic knit stitch.  Aside from learning to cast on the knit stitch is usually the second stitch knitters learn.  The garter stitch is made by knitting every row.  It is perfect for watching TV while knitting.  You don’t have to worry about counting stitches or getting lost.  In these photos below I will try to explain how the stitch is made.     I used a bulky yarn and a size US 10 1/2 knitting needle ( 6.5mm) below.  Using this size needle and yarn weight I later went on to cast on 35 stitches and made a nice scarf.     *Please note:  I am knitting in the continental style below.  I find this style to be easier for those who crochet (right handed) and want to learn to knit. I think this is because the yarn is held in the left hand.  Since crocheters have already learned to hold the yarn in their left hand and control the tension this is a natural transition.  That of course, is just my own opinion.

 

Garter stitch

Knit Gart Stitch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Garter Stitch

After you have cast on the stitches called for in your pattern you are ready to begin.

  1. Just as in the knit stitch the yarn will be coming from behind your needle (photo 1)
  2.  Insert your empty needle from the left to right  (Photo 2)
  3.  Pull yarn thru with needle  (photo 3 and 4)
  4. Slip off your needle   (Photo 5)
  5. Repeat for all stitches on your needle  (photo 6)
  6. Turn work
  7. Repeat 1- 6

That’s it!  You are knitting the garter stitch

Photo 1:

Knitting needle

Yarn behind knitting needle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo 2:

Knit stitch needle position

Inserting needle to work knit stitch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo 3:

knit stitch

Getting ready to pull yarn thru needle to knit stitch    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo 4:

Knitting

Knitting stitch – pulling yarn out thru front 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo 5:

slipping stitch off needle

slipping stitch off knitting needle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo 6:

knit garter stitches

working garter stitches

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you want to see a video tutorial I have uploaded one to my YouTube Channel  the “All Crafts Channel”  Click below to enjoy it.  Please share this post with others who enjoy knitting or want to learn to knit.   Please leave any questions or comments below.  Enjoy!

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