Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Rainbow Toddler Beanie

For this very simple pattern you will need any worsted weight yarn in a main color, plus a few scraps of any other colors of your choosing! A size 5mm crochet hook is needed as well as an understanding of the Front Post Double Crochet and the Back Post Double Crochet. Check out my Puff Stitch Toddler Beanie pattern for a quick explanation on these two stitches. They can be a bit fiddly when you first learn but once you get the hang of it you will be on the pig's back!!


This beanie is slightly slouchy but if you want it more fitted just do less rounds after you have completed the increase rows.

With your 5mm crochet hook make a magic ring, chain 2, then make 9 double crochet into the ring. Join with a slip stitch to the first double crochet to close. Chain 2

Round 2: Make 2 double crochets into EACH stitch around. Join with a slip stitch to the first double crochet. Chain 2.

Round 3: *Make 2 double crochets into the next stitch, then make 1 double crochet into the following stitch*. Repeat from *to* around. Join with a slip stitch. Chain 2.

Round 4: *Make 2 double crochets into the next stitch, then make 1 double crochet into the next two stitches*. Repeat from *to* around. Join with a slip stitch. Chain 2.

Round 5: *Make 2 double crochets into the next stitch, then make 1 double crochet into the next three stitches*. Repeat from *to* around. Join with a slip stitch. Chain 2.

Round 6: *Make 2 double crochets into the next stitch, then make 1 double crochet into the next four stitches*. Repeat from *to* around. Join with a slip stitch. Chain 2.

Round 7-10: Double crochet into each stitch around, then join with a slip stitch. Ch 2

Change color here if you want the same effect as mine. For me it was pink:

Round 11: *Front post double crochet (fpdc) into the next stitch, then back post double crochet (bpdc) into the next stitch*. Repeat from *to* around. Join with a slip stitch.

Change to red:

Round 12: Chain 2. *Front post double crochet (fpdc) into the next stitch, then back post double crochet (bpdc) into the next stitch*. Repeat from *to* around. Join with a slip stitch.

Change to orange:

Round 13: Chain 2,  *Front post double crochet (fpdc) into the next stitch, then back post double crochet (bpdc) into the next stitch*. Repeat from *to* around. Join with a slip stitch.

Change to yellow:

Round 14: Chain 2, *Front post double crochet (fpdc) into the next stitch, then back post double crochet (bpdc) into the next stitch*. Repeat from *to* around. Join with a slip stitch.

Change to green:

Round 15: Chain 2, *Front post double crochet (fpdc) into the next stitch, then back post double crochet (bpdc) into the next stitch*. Repeat from *to* around. Join with a slip stitch.

Change to purple:

Round 16: Chain 2, *Front post double crochet (fpdc) into the next stitch, then back post double crochet (bpdc) into the next stitch*. Repeat from *to* around. Join with a slip stitch.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Make a pom pom if desired and sew to the top of the hat.












Saturday, 10 December 2016

Strawberry Backpack

This has got to be one of my favorite patterns to ever come up with. I know I probably say this about everything that I create but this little strawberry bag has definitely warmed my heart up.


Wouldn't this make a perfect gift for a little girl. She could pack her pajamas or her special little toy into this for when she is going on sleepovers. Of course adults can benefit from this too. It would make a perfect festival accessory in my opinion.

It looks like this could be a pretty intense pattern, right? You're wrong! It is so easy anyone can make this bag of cuteness. Seriously, even a beginner crocheter can master this.

So for this bag you will need worsted weight yarn in red, green and tiny amounts of white and a 5mm crochet hook. Of course you can use a chunky or bulky yarn for this bag, it just means your bag will turn out a bit bigger.


Using red yarn:

Bag is made in continuous rounds so do no slip stitch at end of each round to close and do not make a chain at the beginning of each round.

8 half double crochet into a magic ring
Half double crochet into each stitch around for 2 rounds.
*1 single crochet, 1 increase*,around.
*2 single crochet, 1 increase* around
*3 single crochet, 1 increase* around
*4 single crochet, 1 increase* around
*5 single crochets, 1 increase* around
Keep going in this pattern until you reach *21 single crochets, 1 increase* around.

Using your green yarn:

Continue by placing a half double crochet into each stitch around. Do this for a total of 4 rows. When you have finished the last half double crochet place a slip stitch into the next stitch and ...

**Chain 10
Single crochet into the 2nd chain from the hook.
Half double crochet into the next stitch.
Double crochet into the next stitch.
Treble crochet into the next 3 stitches.
Double crochet into the next stitch.
Half double crochet into the next stitch.
Single crochet into the next stitch.
Skip 2 stitches and slip stitch into the next stitch.**

Repeat from ** to ** all the way around the top of the bag.

Still using your green yarn:

Make a chain of 130 and single crochet into the 2nd chain from the hook. Single crochet into every chain along. Fasten off and weave in any ends. This will act as the closure for the top of your bag. Weave it through the ch2-spaces and pull closed.

Using your red yarn:
Make two

Make a chain of 130 and half double crochet into the 2nd chain from the hook. Half double crochet into every chain along. Fasten off leaving a long tail. Sew one of these straps where the red yarn begins at the top of the bag and about an inch in from the side. Repeat with the other strap on the other side.


Using your white yarn:

For the seeds all I did was cut about an inch of yarn and weave through the stitches randomly around the bag and knot the ends on the inside of the bag.