Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Messy Bun Hat-Free Crochet Pattern

Messy Bun Hats are the thing right now. They're so easy to make and look really cute. Here's a free pattern (below) to make your own Messy Bun Hat. If you prefer the printable pdf, visit my ravelry store: http://www.ravelry.com/designers/orange-september

Skill Level: Easy

Worsted weight yarn, any color, any fiber, about 2 oz (57 g) or 100 yards (91 m). Hat in photos was created using Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice Yarn in Olive and Light Mustard, and Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn in Gray Mist
J-10 (6.00 mm) crochet hook
Large-eye blunt needle for weaving ends

Gauge: 4"= 13 hdc stitches and 10 rounds

Finished measurement: 21.5” (55.0 cm) un-stretched band circumference, 6.5” (16.5 cm) height. Will fit teen/small adult.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Learning to knit after crochet

Sooo....I'm learning to knit after having crocheted for YEARS. I'm struggling, I'll be honest. There are so many methods, like Continental, English, and Portuguese knitting (I'm sure I forgot a few), and various ways to hold your hands, and my biggest problem; knitting needles don't have hooks! It's all rather overwhelming. I've watched countless YouTube videos and looked at written instructions, but still my hands are awkward and clumsy, and my tension is all over the place. My current project is a washcloth. It's not pretty.

Suggestions anyone? Is there a particular knitting style/method you preferred after having been a long-time crocheter?

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Multi-Way 3-Button Scarf

I just love this new scarf I created. You can wear it so many different ways! It's super easy to work up and it's deliciously cozy. It uses a simple vintage stitch to allow for a nice sturdy design that the buttons can pass between. Button it anywhere!

You can find it here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/multi-way-3-button-scarf
and here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/257713059/multi-way-3-button-scarf-crochet-pattern

Friday, November 20, 2015

Two New Cowl Patterns

I recently finished up two new cowl patterns made with Lion Brand Yarns. I really like working with this yarn. The first cowl is made with one skein Tweed Stripes Yarn. I love how the colors subtly change. It made a lovely pattern. It's not scratchy either. 100% acrylic. You can find it here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/woodlands-cowl or here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/253145569/woodlands-cowl-crochet-pattern

The next cowl is an infinity scarf made with Hometown USA yarn, 100% acrylic. I love how soft it is and it handles nicely. Both cowls make wonderful snuggly, warm gifts, especially for someone who is allergic to wool. And they work up quickly. Bonus!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The Perfect Basic Beanie

This is the perfect hat for beginners to crochet. It’s very simple, yet produces a nice finished result that you can actually wear or give as a gift. Play with color and band edging once you get the hang of it, or make more rounds for a slouch hat. This basic style also produces great charity hats as well. Feel free to share.