Saturday, 26 July 2014

Princess Anna bonnet FREE PATTERN

I know it is the middle of summer, and that that usually means warm weather, lots of outside play, and enjoying the sunshine. However, here in Alberta Canada, summer can mean turning on your air conditioner one day and your furnace the next. That is the kind of week we have had. The beginning of the week has seen close to 30 degree weather, whereas the last two days found my family huddled with sweaters and blankets on the couch in front of the fireplace drinking hot cocoa and wondering who stole summer. Perhaps it was Elsa.

My older kids being away at various day camps, I was left home these past few weeks with just my littlest one, three year old Lizzy. Without siblings home I'm thinking she really didn't know what to do to entertain herself. She usually likes to make her rounds playing house with her older sister, acting out scenes from her big brother's latest Magic Treehouse novel (I think last time they were ninjas in Japan) and reducing her other brother to tears in record time. (Usually about two nano-seconds.) That last one is a special talent of hers, much to her soft-hearted brothers - and her mother's- dismay.

So when everyone else was out of the house, we had some snuggle on the couch time watching her favorite movie: Frozen. This prompted her to ask for an Anna hat, and while I don't usually crochet in the summer unless it is for custom orders, I couldn't resist. (plus I had all the right colors in the basket beside the couch. I just couldn't say no to her!

So here goes the pattern. I am writing by memory here, so as always please leave any mistakes in the comment section.

Anna Bonnet:

H hook
worsted weight yarn in pink, purple orange and cream, fuzzy white yarn
needle.
Fits my 3 1/2 year old.

Row 1: leaving a long tail for sewing, start with a slip knot and ch 55. (use more sts for larger head, less for smaller.)

Row 2: dc in third ch from hook, dc in each st across (53 sts) Ok. If you have 52 here, don't sweat it. the numbers don't really matter. Just make sure you have the same in each row proceeding.

Row 3-13: Ch 2. dc in each row across making sure you always have the same number of stitches. You should end up with a rectangle. break yarn and weave in THIS END ONLY.

Using the long tail you started with, fold the rectangle in half and sew up one side so you are left with a square. turn so the seam is on the inside of the bonnet.

Using a darker purple attach yarn to bottom corner of bonnet with right side showing. Working along the part that will frame the face: ch1. *Skip next st. 3sc in next st. ** continue from * to ** along the face framing part of the bonnet. ch 2 in corner and sc evenly along the part that goes around the back of the head.

With bonnet folded in half count 11 sts from the top on each side and place marker. sc with fuzzy white yarn from one marker to the other. Repeat until you have your desired fuzzy-ness.

To attach the hair: I cut lengths of orange and cream and looped them through just under the bonnets bottom edge. I used 2 strands in each place that I attached the yarn, over 9 stitches. (so 18 strands total per side.) I used 6 strands of the cream yarn to show Anna's streak that is in her hair. I attached them in each of the nine rows starting from the seam, however, if I were to make this again I would have started them farther forward.

I hope this pattern is helpful and useful for you. Please leave comments on anything that is not clear. Thanks!


For a list of crochet stitches and how to make them go here.

**You may use this pattern to sell items, but I request that a link or credit be given back to this site** This is a ©Knotty Knotty Crochet pattern, and may not under any circumstances be sold in whole or in part. Duplication is by written permission only.








Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Ladies Newsboy hat. FREE PATTERN!

 So, I really REALLY love the little newsboy hat pattern that I came up with. I thought it would work well as an adult hat as well. It was a bit of trial and error, but I think I finally came up with something that I like and that fits well. I also had this really beautiful charcoal grey yarn sitting in my basket, and I just knew I wanted to make something for me with it. So here goes my first adult hat pattern. As always, please let me know if you find a problem.

Materials used:

H hook
Worsted weight yarn
yarn needle for weaving ends.

Round 1: Begin with magic ring. 10 sc in magic ring. pull tail to close ring. DO NOT JOIN

Round 2: 2 sc in each st around. join with sl st to first st.  (20 sts.)

Round 3:  ch 3. Dc in same st as ch 3, dc in next st. cr2dc. (see below for instructions.)

Here is how the cross over 2 dc st is made. yarn over hook (yoh) and insert the hook backwards from front to back in the last sc. (where you did the ch 3). yoh and draw up a loop keeping the yarn loose. yoh and draw through 2 strands on hook. Draw through last two strands. cross over 2 dc made. (cr 2 dc). 

Dc in next 2 sts. cr 2 dc. (group made)  Repeat for a total of 10 groups made. Join with sl st to top of ch 3. 

Round 4: ch 1. sc in same st. sc in next 2 sts. *2 sc in next st. sc in next 2 sts**  Repeat from * to **. join with sl st to first st. (40 sts)

Round 5: ch 3. Dc in same st as ch 3, dc in next st. cr2dc. Dc in next 2 sts. cr 2 dc. Repeat for a total of 20 groups made. Join with sl st to top of ch 3. 

Round 6: ch 1. sc in same st. sc in next 4 sts. *2 sc in next st. sc in next 4 sts** Repeat from * to **. Join with sl st. to fist st. (60 sts)

Round 7: ch 3. Dc in same st as ch 3, dc in next st. cr2dc. Dc in next 2 sts. cr 2 dc. Repeat for a total of 24 groups made. Join with sl st to top of ch 3.

Round 8: Repeat row 7

Round 9: sc in each st around. join with sl st.

Rounds 10 & 11: Repeat rows 7 & 8

Round 12: Repeat row 9 

Rounds 13 & 14: Repeat rows 7 & 8

Rounds 15-18 Repeat row 9 DO NOT BREAK YARN.


BRIM

After joining the last row of sc with a sl st, ch1. sc in next 28 sts. 
With right side still facing you, work backwards (left to right) along the 28 sts  using reverse sc in each st. Here is a video tutorial. 

ch 1 and work 1 sc in next 28 sts again. ch1 and reverse sc back over brim. Repeat one more time. This will give you three rows for the brim of the hat. 
Now to give it a bit of shape. 
ch 1 sc2tog. sc to last 2 sts and sc2tog.

Work 4 sc evenly down the edge of the brim. sc in each st around the hat and work 4 sc evenly up the other side of the brim. Finish off with an invisible knot. Weave in ends.







I think I may consider adding a strap like on the little brimmed hat, or an ivory colored flower. 

For a list of crochet stitches and how to make them go here.  

**You may use this pattern to sell items, but I request that a link or credit be given back to this site** This is a ©2014 Knotty Knotty Crochet pattern, and may not under any circumstances be sold in whole or in part. Duplication is by written permission only.

Friday, 14 February 2014

"Boo" inspired three piece set. FREE PATTERN

This was a recent custom order that scared the bejeezers out of me. It looked so complicated, yet it was so stinkin' easy I just had to share.  It is basically patterns that are already right here on my blog, with some simple additions, and voila! You have a little set that makes you look like an absolute pro! Do you remember the little monster costume Boo wore in the Monsters Inc movie? it looked like this:


I was asked to make a newborn Boo costume with hat, diaper cover and booties. 
Here is what I came up with:





So I will tell you how I did it. The hat is the shell stitch beanie. I added some eyes and hair to the top, and some teeth on the bottom. I stuffed the eyes with poly-fill so that they would be stiff enough to stand up.


The eye pattern is as follows:

MAKE 2

1) with black yarn and g hook, begin with magic ring.

2)  ch 2. 8 hdc in magic ring. pull tail to close. sl st to the top of ch 2.

3)change to white yarn. ch 2. hdc in same st. 2 hdc in each st around. join with sl st to top of ch 2. You should have 16 hdc but if you have 18, don't panic. It will still work just fine.

4) ch 2. hdc in each st around. join.

5) change to grey. Ch 2. hdc in each st around. join.

6) ch 1. *sc2tog. sc in next st. ** Repeat from * to ** all the way around. join.

7) ch 1. sc2tog all the way around. This should bring you to about 4/5 stitches (it really doesn't matter which). Stuff your eye here. 

8) continue working sc around WITHOUT joining until the 'stem' of the eye is about 1.5-2" or however long you want it. Break off yarn, leaving a long tail for sewing. stuff stem with the poly fill quite tightly. sew eyes onto the top of your shell stitch beanie.

TEETH (make 2)

With white yarn and g hook

1) Start with ch 5. 

2) In second ch from hook, hdc. hdc in next 2 sts. You should end up with a little square.  Break yarn, leaving a long tail for sewing onto hat. I attached them on the inside of the hat. 

I added strands of grey to the top of the hat. I twist braided them and tied a little knot on the ends. You can watch a tutorial that I found here.


The diaper cover pattern can be found here

The booties are the Mary Jane pattern worked up with grey for the sole, and purple for the shoe. I didn't have tiny grey buttons so I just sewed little french knots in place and I think it worked out rather well!


Pretty easy huh?

Next, I want to try to make a baby Mike Wazowski set, complete with claws on the booties!


For a list of crochet stitches and how to make them go here.

**You may use this pattern to sell items, but I request that a link or credit be given back to this site** This is a ©Knotty Knotty Crochet pattern, and may not under any circumstances be sold in whole or in part. Duplication is by written permission only.

Friday, 3 January 2014

super bulky striped hat FREE PATTERN!

Happy New year everybody! We are enjoying a relatively warm day here so I've booted the kids outside and thought I could jot down this pattern for you quickly. We will see how long they give me before causing mayhem!

This is my new favourite hat to do because it is super simple, yet looks great. You can use as many or few colors as you like, and each hat will be unique and different with the SAME PATTERN! Gotta love that.




I have been having a little pouting fit lately because the bulky yarn I used to use from Bernat was discontinued and replaced with a new 'super' bulky yarn. sheesh. Didn't they consider that I had already spent a LOT of time figuring out exactly how many stitches, rows, etc went into making each size of hat perfectly....they probably didn't. And so, my pattern that I love is no longer useful with the yarn I liked because it is no longer available. But the colors I love are, just in this new bulkier yarn. So I took the time to play with hook size, stitches, counting measuring and I FINALLY figured out a way that I can make my hats.  They are a bit thicker, and warmer which is fantastic considering the average tempurature here in northern Canada has been around the -30 C mark (that would be around -22 F for my friends south of the border).

So here is my pattern:

Materials
super bulky yarn size 6 in three colors (I used Bernat Softee Chunky in Grape, Dark Mauve and White)
K hook (6.5mm)
Darning needle for weaving in ends

COLOR A

Begin with magic ring

Round 1: 10 hdc in the magic ring. Pull tail closed and join to first hdc. (10 sts)

Round 2: ch1. 2 hdc in each stitch around. Join to first hdc made. (20 sts)

CHANGE TO COLOR B

Round 3: ch 1. *2 hdc in first st. 1 hdc in next st.** Repeat from * to ** 9 more times. (30 sts.)

CHANGE TO COLOR C

Round 4: Ch 1 *2 hdc in first st. 1 hdc in each of the  next 2 sts. **  Repeat from * to ** 9 more times. (40 sts)

CHANGE TO COLOR B

Round 5: Ch1. *2 hdc in first st. 1 hdc in each of the next 3 sts.** Repeat from * to ** 9 more times. (50 sts)

CHANGE TO COLOR A

Round 6: Ch1. hdc in each sts around. (50 sts)

CHANGE TO COLOR B

Rounds 7 & 8: Ch1. hdc in each sts around. (50 sts)

CHANGE TO COLOR C

Round 9: Ch1. hdc in each sts around. (50 sts)

CHANGE TO COLOR A

Rounds 10 & 11: Ch1. hdc in each sts around. (50 sts)

CHANGE TO COLOR C

Round 12: Ch1. hdc in each sts around. (50 sts)

CHANGE TO COLOR B

Round 13: Ch1. hdc in each sts around. (50 sts)

Fasten off yarn using invisible knot.


ADDING EARFLAPS


1) Fold hat flat with the joining seam in the middle of the back. Be sure the front of the hat is facing you. Count in four stitches from each side and place a marker at both spots. count back 10 sts, including the st the marker is in and place another marker at each spot. This is where the earflaps should be.  Join yarn (I join the left earflap from the front of the hat and the right one from the back so my flaps both look the same.)  ch 2, dc in same st as ch 2. dc over next 9 st. (10 dc, as ch 2 does not count as dc) ch2 turn

2) dc2tog  dc till 2 sts remain. dc2tog. ch 2. trun.

3) dc2tog over next 2 sts. dc until 2 sts remain.  dc2tog.  ch 2. turn.

4) Dc2tog over next 2 sts. dc until 2 sts remain.  dc2tog.  ch 2. turn.

5) dc2tog over next 2 st. dc. dc2 tog over next 2 st.  do not fasten off. turn work so that right side is facing you. sc evenly down side of earflap, sc in each st around. fasten off with invisible knot.


add strands to the bottoms of the earflaps for braiding.

FLOWER


start with a magic ring.


Round 1: 10 hdc in magic ring, join to top of first hdc made. pull tail of yarn tightly to close ring.


Round 2: (ch 3, skip next hdc. sl st into next hdc.) Repeat 4 more times. 5 loops made. 


Round 3: working into each loop made by the ch 3: (sc, hdc, dc, hdc, sc) 5 petals made. after completing the last sc, sl st into the back of first petal made where the ch attaches to the original circle made in round 1.


Round 4: Ch 4. sl st to the back between petals 1 & 2. Repeat always connecting to the back behind each petal. 5 new loops made. 


Round 5: working into each loop made by the ch 4: (sc, hdc, 2 dc, hdc, sc) 5 petals made. Sl st behind petal and fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing on flower.


You can continue making a third round by making another row of loops (increasing by one more ch) and then another row of petals (increasing by one more dc).



There it is. Try experimenting with different colors and patterns. I would love to see what you come up with. Feel free to post your projects on the knotty knotty crochet group on facebook! If you are having trouble getting the size that you need refer to the hat size chart.




I worked up a doll hat for my daughter so she could match her baby.


For a list of crochet stitches and how to make them go here. **You may use this pattern to sell items, but I request that a link or credit be given back to this site** This is a ©2014 Knotty Knotty Crochet pattern, and may not under any circumstances be sold in whole or in part. Duplication is by written permission only.






Monday, 18 November 2013

New and improved hat sizing chart FREE!

We all need to give my wonderful hubby a big, standing round of applause. The poor guy is hanging round the house with a broken foot, and he took that time to type out my hat chart, fix my terrible math, and remake it into this wonderfully easy to use chart. Inches on top, centimetres on bottom. I hope you enjoy this and that you find it useful. Remember that the "crown" is the diameter (from edge to edge) of the circle with increasing stitches. So here it is:






Alternately, if you have your circumference of the head you are trying to make a hat for you can type it into this handy-dandy online calculator I found.  Or if you have made your increasing rows in your crown and wonder how big the hat will be you can type in that info. Or if you are old school and just enjoy using a paper in pencil (in which case I suggest you seek medical attention) there is always the C=πD where the c stands for circumference and d stands for diameter. Clear as mud?

This is a ©Knotty Knotty Crochet chart, and may not under any circumstances be sold in whole or in part. Duplication is by written permission only.


Monday, 28 October 2013

A Bit of Warmth and Kindness CHALLENGE (with pattern links)

No free pattern written here today, however I will link to a pattern later in this post.

Little L snuggled in her new blanket after her first bath.
Close to three years ago, we welcomed our last little baby into the world. She was due on Christmas day, but was born a bit early. We had her in a small town hospital, which was such a treat after birthing three babies in a learning hospital where no one was too concerned what time of day it was when they barged into the room to ask the same questions the last seven interns did.

When she was born and cleaned up and we were brought into our room, there was her little bassinet waiting for her, all warm and cozy with a handmade flannel quilt and an adorable little knitted santa hat. There was a team of volunteers that made these and left them for the new little babies. A free gift. Because she was baby four, the second girl, and born close to Christmas we didn't exactly get showered with baby gifts...however, we didn't really need much either. But these gifts were so appreciated, and we were thankful to receive them.

Although she has long since outgrown the hat, she still snuggles up with this flannel blanket every night. And I often wonder about the kind hands that made these special gifts.

why not make a mug hug for a far away friend?
It is snowing here now, and its not quite the end of October. I wonder if we could do a little challenge? Maybe we could spread a bit of warmth and kindness this winter. Perhaps you can make a hat or two and donate them to the maternity ward of your local hospital? (I happen to know where you could get some great FREE patterns!) Perhaps you could crochet a little baby blanket? Is there a cancer treatment centre near you where kids or adults might appreciate a nice hat? Or perhaps just a little gift to send to a far away friend that will use up the little bits of yarn in your stash? Whatever you can do, why not spread some kindness for someone? One thing however, if you do, try to include your name and number or email. Just in case someone receives it and wants to say thanks.

Also, if you do this, try to leave a comment here or on the knotty knotty group page on facebook. I would love to hear how you are spreading joy and kindness for others! You may just encourage someone else to do the same!

Monday, 23 September 2013

smile maker FREE PATTERN!

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BOO! haha! isn't this guy fun? I hope he made you smile!





This is just a little something that is super easy to do and uses up a bit of that leftover yarn. I love photographing my kids, but every once in a while, when I tell them to smile for the camera, I get some pretty funny faces! I tried this one out on my kiddos and actually got nice, genuine, almost laughing type smiles. 

I just used a hair elastic so that it would hold on to any of my camera lenses.

Row 1) CH 2.  29 DC onto hair elastic. Then I followed the same pattern that I would with my hats. (29 is not the number that you have to have. Just put enough stitches in so that it will lie flat when slightly stretched out.)

Row 2) 2 DC in each dc around join with sl st.

Row 3) 2 DC in first dc. 1 DC in next dc. Repeat around, fasten off.  

I made an eye by following the same pattern in the owl hat pattern, and a tooth by following the beak from the owl hat pattern.

I placed a pipe cleaner under the eye before sewing it on.

I would love to see the finished products! Please post photos of any that you have made on the Knotty Knotty Crochet GROUP on facebook!