Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Our tree & "Coming Home" poncho

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. :)
We had a little family gethering at my SIL's house.
I baked a 4-layer pumpkin cake, which I got its recipe from kraftfoods.com.
If you love creamcheese and pumpkin, this cake is for you!
It was a hit, and women at the gethering begged for the recipe. :)

By the way.....

Do you remember my crochet snowflakes I made in August?
Well, they are on our tree now! :D


I just wish I made more snowflakes...
I'm pretty sure I'll be making more for years to come.
I just LOVE how they look, and my son never wants to leave the side of the tree. :D
The information about my crochet snowflakes can be found here and here.

Also...

In an evening after Thanksgiving, I made the famous "Coming Home" poncho. :)


Pattern from Lion Brand website.

I used Homespun in color "Sierra".
I'm not sure if I picked a right color for my younger sister, but this poncho is very WARM. My sis is always cold so I know she will wear it. :D

I'm now working on another one in different color.
It's going to go to my mom. :)

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

A very simple skateboarder beanie

My hubby who skateboards had been asking me to make him a simple beanie.
He wanted "small stitches with thin yarn" for his beanie so I was thinking about knitting it with stockinette stitch and sportweight yarn... But I just didn't feel like knitting or using sportweight yarn so I just started crocheting it with single crochet stitches and rather thin worsted weight Caron's Simply Soft hoping that he would like it.

Result?

He didn't like it, he said he loved it and it was exactly like how he wanted it to be! :) He went to show the beanie to some of his skateboard buddies as soon as it was done, and that made me happy. :)



Check out other crocheters beanies made with this pattern on Ravelry!  

Anyways, I was relieved and thought maybe some of you may like to make one too. ;D
I used only chains and single crochet stitches.
I believe many of my visitors don't even need the pattern because it's really just basic hat pattern, and there may be similar one out there already, but in case some of you are beginner crocheters and you need some practice project...
Here is what I just sat and did one day to make the beanie. :D

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Skateboarder's Beanie    Revised on 3/4/07
~ This pattern is for personal, non-commercial use only ~

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Finished Size
It should fit most adults. :)

Materials
* Worsted Weight yarn (I used Caron Simply Soft) - Color A (Main color) & B (Bottom edge).
* U.S. Crochet hook H8 / 5MM.

Gauge
With US H8 hook, 17 sc and 20 rows = 4"


Variations
With this pattern, variations are endless using different color patterns, and you can make different sizes easily too.

  • If you need SMALLER beanie, crochet fewer increase rows (odd number rows), then just crochet evenly until the beanie is deep enough for the person who is going to wear it.
  • To make a BIGGER beanie, skip 1 or 2 even number rows (just skip Row 6 OR Row 6 & 7) then follow the rest of the pattern.
  • If you don't like the "join" on each round showing, you can just crochet continuously in round marking the first stitch with clip-on marker.  However, if you are adding borders/color works, I recommend joining the beginning and the end of round with slip stitch.  


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Beanie

Note: Start from the top of the hat.
Rnd 1: With A, 8 sc in an adjustable ring, sl st in first sc, tighten the ring.
Rnd 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in each St, sl st in first sc. (16 sts)
Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc in same st, 2 sc in next st, * 1 sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, repeat from * around, join with sl st to first sc. (24 sts)
Rnd 4: Ch 1, sc in same st and next st, 2 sc in next st, * sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, repeat from * around, join with sl st to first sc. (32 sts)
Rnd 5: Ch 1, sc in same st and next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, * sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st, repeat from * around, join with sl st to first sc. (40 sts)
Rnd 6: Ch 1, sc around, join with sl st to first sc. (40 sts)

Repeat Rnd 6 on EVEN NUMBER ROUNDS until Rnd 16.

Rnd 7: Ch 1, sc in same st and next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st, * sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st, repeat from * around, join with sl st to first sc. (48 sts)
Rnd 9: Ch 1, sc in same st and next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st, * sc in next 5 sts, 2 sc in next st, repeat from * around, join with sl st to first sc. (56 sts)
Rnd 11: Ch 1, sc in same st and next 5 sts, 2 sc in next st, * sc in next 6 sts, 2 sc in next st, repeat from * around, join with sl st to first sc. (64 sts)
Rnd 13: Ch 1, sc in same st and next 6 sts, 2 sc in next st, * sc in next 7 sts, 2 sc in next st, repeat from * around, join with sl st to first sc. (72 sts)
Rnd 15: Ch 1, sc in same st and next 7 sts, 2 sc in next st, * sc in next 8 sts, 2 sc in next st, repeat from * around, join with sl st to first sc. (80 sts)
Rnd 17: Ch 1, sc in same st and next 8 sts, 2 sc in next st, * sc in next 9 sts, 2 sc in next st, repeat from * around, join with sl st to first sc. (88 sts)

Rnd 18 - 36: Repeat Rnd 6. Fasten off. (88 sts)

Rnd 37: Attach B, ch 1, sc in each st around, join with sl st to first sc. Fasten off. (88 sts)

Weave in ends.