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Pattern: Simple Beret

I call this my “Hair Hider” hat on my Ravelry project pages, because I wanted something big enough to tuck my hair into on those days when I’m running late and don’t have enough time to do my hair, or those days when I’m just sitting round the house and don’t FEEL like doing my hair.  But what it is, really, is just a simple beret.

Note: Pattern is for the beret ONLY.  Embellishments, if you want any, are up to you.

Simple Beret

©2008, Suzanne M. Barrow

Materials Needed:

  • Less than 100 grams DK yarn (sport weight would probably be a good substitute if you can’t get any DK)
  • Size G (4.0 mm) hook
  • Yarn needle (for weaving in ends and/or sewing on embellishments)

Ch 4, join with a sl st in first ch to form ring

Round 1: ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc 11 into ring, join with a sl st into top of ch 3.

Round 2: ch 3, dc in same st as joining, 2 dc in each st around, join.

Round 3: ch 3, 2 dc in next st, *1 dc in next st, 2 dc in next st**, repeat from * to ** around, join.

Round 4: ch 3, dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, *dc in each of the next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st**, repeat from * to ** around, join.

Round 5: ch 3, dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, *dc in each of the next 3 sts, 2 dc in next st**, repeat from * to ** around, join.

Round 6: ch 3, dc in next 3 sts, 2 dc in next st, *dc in each of the next 4 sts, 2 dc in next st**, repeat from * to ** around, join.

Round 7: ch 3, dc in next 4 sts, 2 dc in next st, *dc in each of the next 5 sts, 2 dc in next st**, repeat from * to ** around, join.

Round 8: ch 3, dc in next 5 sts, 2 dc in next st, *dc in each of the next 6 sts, 2 dc in next st**, repeat from * to ** around, join.

Round 9: ch 3, dc in next 6 sts, 2 dc in next st, *dc in each of the next 7 sts, 2 dc in next st**, repeat from * to ** around, join.

Round 10: ch 3, dc in next 7 sts, 2 dc in next st, *dc in each of the next 8 sts, 2 dc in next st**, repeat from * to ** around, join.

Rounds 11-15: ch 3, dc in each st around, join.

Round 16: ch 3, dc in each of the next 7 sts, dc2tog in next st, *dc in each of the next 8 sts, dc2tog in next st**, repeat from * to ** around, join.

Round 17: ch 3, dc in each of the next 6 sts, dc2tog in next st, *dc in each of the next 7 sts, dc2tog in next st**, repeat from * to ** around, join.

Round 18: ch 3, dc in each of the next 5 sts, dc2tog in next st, *dc in each of the next 6 sts, dc2tog in next st**, repeat from * to ** around, join.

Round 19: ch 3, dc in each of the next 4 sts, dc2tog in next st, *dc in each of the next 5 sts, dc2tog in next st**, repeat from * to ** around, join.

Round 20: ch 1, sc in each st around, join.

Round 21: ch 1, sc in blo in each st around, join.

Round 22: ch 1, sc in blo in each st around, join.

Round 23: ch 1, sc in blo in each st around, join.

Fasten off, weave in ends.

Note 1: I made this specifically to fit my own head.  I have absolutely no idea if my head is average size, bigger than average, or smaller than average.  I recommend trying it on after Round 19.  If it’s too big, decrease one more row (ch 3, dc in each of the next 3 sts, dc2tog in next st, *dc in each of the next 4 sts, dc2tog in next st**, repeat from * to ** around, join).  If it’s too small, frog back one row and do one row even (ch 3, dc in each st around, join).  [Or, if you’re REALLY anally retentively perfectionistic like I am, frog back ALL your decrease rows, do an extra row even, and THEN do your decreases, making sure you do one less than the pattern dictates.)

Note 2: You can easily make this hat even more slouchy if you want.  Simply do more increase rows.

Optional: Embellishments

I literally just looked up a flower pattern on the Ravelry database, picked one, and did it in the same yarn I did the hat in.  If you’re on Ravelry, here’s a quick search link for you: click me. If not, here’s a link to the appliques list at Crochet Pattern Central: click me.  What you do, where you put it, what color you do it in… it’s all up to you.  Make it your own.  Give it your own flair.  Be creative!  😀

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It’s HEEEEEEEEEEEEEERE!

The first ever issue of Crochet Uncut is up, and my pattern is indeed one of those chosen for the premiere issue!

Rosy Shells: Hat & Scarf Set.

Already 27 Ravelers have favorited it, and it’s sitting in 9 queues.

*SQUEEEEE!!!!*

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Since it’s Halloween, may I introduce Franken-Lexi? ;)

Franken-Lexi wearing her Franken-hat and Franken-choker.

Franken-Lexi wearing her Franken-hat and Franken-choker.

The top of the Franken-hat, showing the hair.

The top of the Franken-hat, showing the "hair".

What with the onslaught of winter (yes, I said “WINTER”; we had SNOW yesterday) and the sudden upsurge in spending on the gas (in the summer I can get by on £5 a MONTH; winter?  it’s around £150 a month), it turned out that I couldn’t afford to buy the kids the costumes they wanted for Halloween.  As you can imagine, they got quite upset, until I brought up the option of making a costume out of things they already had.

(Honestly, if I’d thought about it ahead of time, I could have easily crocheted them entire costumes.  It would have taken a good chunk of my time, but it wouldn’t have been hard.  Unfortunately, I simply didn’t think of it until the last minute.)

Lexi said that she wanted to be Frankenstein.  She didn’t really have the clothes for it, but what with it being so cold, anything she wore was going to be covered up by a coat anyway – and she happens to have a GREEEN coat!

So I offered to crochet her a choker and hat so that she looked like she had the bolts on the side of her neck and short, dark hair like Frankenstein is usually pictured with.

As you can see, she was quite happy with what she ended up with.  🙂

She’s already said that she wants to save them and use them next year.  If she’s seriously wanting to use it again, I think I might make her an entire “Frankenstein” costume – but a size or 2 bigger, so that she can layer clothes underneath it.

But hey – not TOO bad for a last-minute idea!

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Pattern: Caitlin’s V-Stitch Scarf

Caitlin’s V-Stitch Scarf

Materials Needed:

  • G (4.0 mm) hook
  • 100 g DK yarn, any color
    • I’m not sure on the yardage/meterage for this.  The yarn I used didn’t have any listed on the label.  If in doubt, use more than 100g.
  • Yarn needle (for weaving in ends)

To Begin:

ch 28

Row 1: hdc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch across; turn

Row 2: ch 2 (counts as first hdc), hdc in 2nd stitch from hook and in each st across; turn

Row 3: ch 3 (counts as dc), *sk 2 sts, dc-ch1-dc in next st*, repeat from * to * across, 1 dc in last st; turn

Row 4: repeat row 3

Row 5: repeat row 3

Row 6: repeat row 2

Row 7: repeat row 2

Row 8: repeat row 2

Alternate repeats of Row 3 (3 rows) and Row 2 (another 3 rows), until the scarf is as long as you want and/or you run out of yarn, making the last Row 2 repeat only 2 rows.

Fasten off, weave in ends.

Optional:

You can add an edge or fringe to this if desired.  I didn’t simply because Caitlin didn’t want one!  🙂

© 2008, Suzanne M. Barrow

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Green & Cream V-Neck Pullover

This is a project that’s been sitting around this house for months.

I started it back in January (I think???), with the intention of writing down everything as I went along, and publishing the pattern once I was finished.

Well, I got it about half done before it found its way to the UFO list.  A combination of boredom, depression, and the realization that by the time I got it finished, it would be too warm to wear it anyway forced me to put it away.  So far away that I all but forgot about the damned thing!

While cleaning and organizing in preparation for starting Christmas presents, I found it again.  I contemplated frogging it to use the yarn for something else – so much so that I asked for opinions on Ravelry and my personal blog (where I don’t have many crafty friends, but I do have friends giving honest opinions on what looks good on me and what doesn’t!), and the consensus was that it looked good so far, so why not finish it?

I don’t know why I thought it would take so long to finish.  It only took two days to do the bottom half of the bodice.  Although I will admit that the stitch pattern I used for the bottom (closed shell stitch) may have something to do with that – it seemed to go REALLY quickly.

It did take me another day to finish weaving in all the ends and sewing it together, but from what I can see, NOBODY likes that part!  😉

Unfortunately the kids have walked off with the notebook that had all my notes as to what I was doing with this, so there’s no pattern.  😦

But that just means that I have a TRULY one-of-a-kind-original sweater.  😀

I wore it out yesterday (hence the pics), and it got loads of compliments.  Even Hubby – who remarked that the Almost-A-Beatrice Shrug looked like I was “wearing a blanket” – said that it looked store-bought.  I’d say that’s QUITE a compliment!

Oh, and I’ll be replacing the tie as soon as I get the supplies.  What I really want is a nice ivory/cream ribbon, and I’m thinking possibly beads as well.  It all depends on what strikes my fancy when I get to the market and see what they’ve got at the sewing and craft stalls.

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Robert’s CARdigan

The front - still needs buttons, though.

The front - still needs buttons, though.

The back.

The back.

Get it?  CAR-digan???  (I crack myself up sometimes, I tell ya.)  😉

This is for my “niece’s” (she’s designated me honorary auntie, so I guess that makes her my honorary niece, doesn’t it?) 3-year old son, Robert.

She actually asked me for this a while ago.  But it was still pretty warm then, so I didn’t think it was something that needed to be done right away.

But it’s started getting cold here already.  Hell, I’m sitting here in a long-sleeved tee with a sweater poncho (hard to explain, but it’s a sweater that’s made to LOOK like a poncho) and jeans, and I’m still chilly.

So I figured it was a good time to get it done.  Besides, I’ve got a huge list of things that I would like to get done as Christmas presents, so I figured I’d better get this done and out of the way.

It only took me 3 days to do – I started it on Tuesday and finished it today.  Actually, I probably could have gotten it finished yesterday, but yesterday was a bad day, so I didn’t get as much work done on it as I would have liked.

I didn’t use a pattern for this – it’s all off the top of my head.  I’m considering writing it up as a free pattern, but haven’t decided yet.  If you’d like to see a free pattern for this, leave me a comment.  I’ll be happy to do it if there’s any interest in it!

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