Archive for January, 2012

Crochet Ribbed Hat

This is SUPER easy to make. You just need to know: how to chain, single crochet, half double crochet into the back loop.

You need a Size J hook (or one that will fit gauge), bulky yarn, tapestry needle (recommended, but not needed).

It should take an hour to 3 hours.

Pattern found here.


A cowl I’m making for myself 😀

I’m using the (discontinued) Moda Dea’s Tweedle Dee; Blue Heather.

The pattern I’m using can be found here. For those who crochet use a size L hook. First, make a chain of about 8″ or what ever height you want it to be, then single crochet or half-double crochet  into the back loops, and at the end join ends together. (I wish I knew a little bit more about crocheting, so that I could really be useful).

It’s super easy! It’ll work up pretty quickly since it requires bulky weight yarn.


I’m halfway done! I should be done by today or early tomorrow.

This is my current project. My sister wanted a cowl. This is what it looks like so far:

I’m using Filatura Lanarota: Alpaca Cloud. It’s halfway done now. I’ll show what the result is at the end!

The patter found here 










I wanted to talk about this yarn since I made two hats with it. Basics: It’s Lion Brand’s Homespun Yarn, Corinthian (color), Size 5 Yarn Category/Bulky, 6oz, 185yd, 98% acrylic 2% polyester, Gauge (Knit): US10, 14sts x 2or = 4″ square, and Gauge (Crochet): Size K, 10sc x 10r = 4″ square.

When my friend first gave me this yarn, all I could think is, “This is SUCH an ugly color, what the heck am I gonna do with this?” I personally don’t like the color combinations. It looks like a mess of colors that shouldn’t be together. When you knit or crochet something, it looks alright, but definitely wouldn’t make things to wear with this yarn.

When I started using the yarn to start a project, I noticed that they yarn frayed SO easily. One thing that I really didn’t like about this yarn is that, the yarn is roving yarn held together by a black thread and that’s it. It made going through stitches very difficult. It is very sensitive. It ripped or unraveled on my twice during a project. The yarn however is very soft and warm. It’s bulky weight, but the string is pretty thin. The yarn works up very nicely making the hat projects a 2-3 hour affair.

Overall, I personally wouldn’t recommend the yarn, but I guess it will come down to personal taste.

I haven’t posted in, well, a long time. I apologize. Life gets pretty busy when you become a senior in high school and have to worry about this thing called life and college. 

During the summer of boredom and doing nothing, I decided to teach myself to knit. I went online on YouTube and used Google to figure out how to knit. It was actually quite nice. The information was very accessible.

I found an online knitting/crocheting community online. It’s called Ravelry. They are AMAZING. It’s like where all the knitters and crocheters get their information. On there you can find patters, forum posts, other people, and a way to organize all of your knitting/crocheting projects. My first projects were booties. They came out like this:

Unfortunately, I did it completely wrong… The side of the booties was actually supposed to be the other way around… So I decided to make two other booties because they should at least match. Took about 3-5 days to do this. The pattern for this can be found here. I made them for my newborn niece by the way.

The second project I decided to make is a cat hat since I am slightly obsessed with cats.  If you want the pattern for it go here.

My third project which was a HUGE job from the booties and hat which are quite smalls projects. I made a blanket… using worsted yarn. The blanket was knit. It made essentially four scarves that are later crocheted together and then a border is crocheted. After 55 lovely hours of knitting and crocheting, this is the result:

If you want the pattern for it go here. My blanket was about 22inches x 33inches.

I had a bit of yarn and made this :). Pattern here.

Finally, the last project was two hats that I crocheted. My friend got me really weird yarn (Homespun; Corinthian) and I didn’t know what to do with it. One friend wanted a hat from it and after my mom saw it, she wanted one too. Pattern found here. And I made a granny square.

That’s it for now. I’ll keep y’all updated on my knitting/crocheting adventures.