Sunday, February 13, 2011

Crochet Hat-o-Rama!



I've been on a crocheting frenzy lately, making crochet caps and hats. Having a lot of down time lately, it's a great way to keep my hands busy, stay productive and make gifts for friends and family. Here's my latest projects, thanks to my lovely model and daughter, Maddie...many of these hats were made for her cousins as gifts, a few are hers :) Below the pictures are instruction on making them...they're very easy, even the flowers come together in a snap.

















All of these are made from a basic pattern I made up...start by chaining 60 (average large child to adult size, you can make it smaller or larger by adding or decreasing chains). Connect the chains with a slipstitch. * Chain three and begin double crocheting into each chain, until you get to your beginning. Slipstich to fasten and repeat * until hat is about 5 to 7 rows high (depending how how large you want it). On your next row, begin decreasing your hat by doing * four double crochets, skipping one, double crochet, skipping one, four double crochets, repeating * till the end of row. Next row, decrease by crocheting three double crochets, skip one, double crochet, skip one, etc. Following row, decrease by crocheting two double crochets, skip one, double crochet, skip one, etc. Last row, double crochet every other stitch, fasten off at end. You can add a puffy ball or any other type of design.

To make flowers, there are great tutorials out there..I like this one.

So that's what I've been up to..I'll warn ya though, this can be addicting! The caps go quite fast, so it's a craft you won't get tired of doing, which I like. You can leave them plain, add on ear warmers, sew on flowers (or as a friend does, hot glue accessories like beads, flowers, ribbon, buttons, found at Walmart and similar stores). They're really popular right now and so cheap to make! Try em out sometime :)

10 comments:

  1. I've been making a bunch of hats too! I actually just posted some of them to open my etsy shop a couple hours ago... so exciting to make new things and get creative!

    http://www.etsy.com/shop/jennasaurusfun

    http://jennasaurusfun.blogspot.com/

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  2. jenn, love your hats! Especially love the monster beanies..gave me great ideas to try out. Thanks for the link to your site!

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  3. this looks so fun! i tried to knit a scarf last winter, but the kids were too small to allow me to...meaning theyy constantly played with the yarn sigh. i will try again sooner than later hopefully!


    All of your hats are sooo gorgeous!

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  4. Very cute...All I could ever handle was scarves, lol.

    I love it that you have a little model for all of your stuff :)

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  5. Super cute hats and your daughter looks so sweet in all the crochet goodness. Thank you for sharing your pattern. Happy Valentine's Day! Heather

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  6. Thank you, ladies! Yes, Maddie was only too happy to mug for the camera..what I love about these hats is they're super easy and go really quick.

    Pam, I saw your scarf and it was beautiful! I'm still trying to pick up knitting...I can get a few rows done but still not really adept at it. That's my goal for this summer, to really learn knitting. I'll let you know how it goes!

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  7. good luck, Deb. If my hands could handle it, i would do it a lot more. The last thing I made was a baby blanket for my niece, more than 2 years ago.

    i'm sure you'll pick it up no problems, can't wait to see what you make

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  8. Wonderful hats!! super cute :)

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  9. Checking in from Swap-bot. Cute hats and model! :O)

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  10. This post is giving me the itch to start crocheting again. Love those caps they are awesome. Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting. I am new to swap bot and I am enjoying it very much.

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