2014/65 – lots of earwarmers!

In preparation for winter (which is practically here already, if you live in the Northern UK like me),  I thought you might like a few patterns for ear warmers. Tamara Kelly at Moogly has assembled a collection of 10 different patterns which all look pretty easy.

There are lots of different styles too, so no matter your preference, there’s something for everyone. Plus some of these would look great with the flower or heart embellishments (that we’ve posted in the past) sewn on top.

Find them all here:

http://www.mooglyblog.com/crochet-ear-warmers-free-patterns/

– Leeloo the Tall

2014/53 – a cute 1920’s style hat!

Another cute one I found on Crochet for Cancer, which resembles hats from the 1920s! There’s a lot of potential for customisation with this one, again you can use flowers or whatever you like – or no embellishments at all. I really adore this one, because it’s great for bad hair days.

This one comes from Cre8tion Crochet, and probably looks more complicated than it is. It does involve a “magic circle” stitch, for which it has a tutorial it links to. The tutorial for the hat itself is in US terms, so don’t forget to use double stitches where it says single, and triple stitches where it says double.

Find the full tutorial here:

http://www.cre8tioncrochet.com/2013/01/free-spring-crochet-pattern-red-heart-spring-blossom-cloche/

And Crochet for Cancer:

http://www.crochetforcancer.org/chemo-cap-patterns/crochet-patterns-videos/

– Leeloo the Tall

2014/52 – a wide brim hat ready for autumn!

Here’s a really cute hat for adults that would look great in any colour. Plus you don’t need to stick to the flower shape recommended if there are other you think might look better. Or perhaps you could use something else, like the strawberry or pineapple patterns from last week.

It’s taken from Crochet for Cancer, which specialises in things for those going through chemo. Lots of their patterns are really cute and all of the ones I’ve seen are free!

This particular one came from Stitch of Love, and shows the pattern in UK terms. Find the pattern here:

http://lovestitches.blogspot.co.uk/2011/04/pattern-for-my-ridge-hat-with-brim.html

And the Crochet for Cancer website here:

http://www.crochetforcancer.org/chemo-cap-patterns/crochet-patterns-videos/

– Leeloo the Tall

2014/45 – Flowers that can be used for anything!

This one is an awesome accessory or embellishment for clothes or bags.crochet flowers It would be great for hair accessories especially, headbands or clips, or even bracelets. You could hot glue a button into the middle, or use beads or alternating the colour of your yarn towards the edges.

The Party Artisan posted a full tutorial on this on her page, with a conversion chart as the pattern is in US terms. Just a reminder that a US single crochet is a UK double, and a US double crochet is a UK treble.

Find it here:

http://www.thepartyartisan.co.uk/article.asp?article=33&pID=5

– Leeloo the Tall

2014/35 Scrunchie from leftovers! Quick, free pattern

Jessie at Home uses ruffle yarn for this so there’s no actual crocheting involved (but you will need a hook). Dead easy and a useful way of using up scraps!

Click here for the photo AND video tutorials!

 

2014/33 Using elastic with crochet (2)

Following this post about using elastic with crochet to make a beautiful bridal garter, walkerwhimsy shows us how to make a headband with elastic, so that you don’t have to use ties or worry about getting the size exactly right.

It’s all UK double crochet and shell stitch – easy peasy! It looks very sweet and would be useful for using up bits and pieces of yarn. If you don’t have any hair bands, I crocheted a row of dc around elastic bands. You could also wrap ribbon or thread or yarn around them, too.

Click here for the pattern from Walker Whimsy.

2014/32 Why you shouldn’t try to cut your own hair using YouTube videos

You will end up with hair far too short to use one of these because you will make a huge mess and look like there is a bird’s nest on your head which you will have to cover with a hat even though it’s warm outside and will have to sneak to your friend the hairdresser to fix it and she will laugh her boobs off at you and scold you and threaten to publicly shame you if you ever do anything so moronic again.

It’s a sock bun! Clever, quick, useful and SUPER adaptable. I am making a gigantic one for my daughter, the Tall One, because she, unlike me, has long hair because she, unlike me, wasn’t stupid enough to think she can cut her long hair into an inverse bob using craft scissors and online tutorials.

It’s all UK TR – EASY!

Visit Crochet Dynamite (always awesome) for the pattern.

2014/31 – Bridal garter using elastic with crochet – pattern translation

This is sexy, don’t you think? It’s really sweet and looks like it will hook up quickly. The designer has also shown us how to use elastic with crochet, a useful tip. You could use this pattern as a basis for making other items like scrunchies.

It uses:

sc – UK DC.

hdc – UK HTR

tc aka tr – UK DTR

 

Visit Cre8tionCrochet for this and many other lovely patterns.

2014/24 Another lovely from our friend Jane Burns

The very clever Jane Burns has just emailed us about some quick and cute bear ears! She’s attached them to hair clips so they can just be worn by themselves, as well as with fancy dress. How cute are they?! Think of the possibilities!

Pattern in UK terms here.

2014/22 St Patrick’s Day headband – very quick free pattern!

I came up with this while making a St Patrick’s Day hat, hence the hook and yarn in the photo 😛 This quick headband could take you an hour or two at most.IMG_20140315_130847

Front post triple crochet tutorial video HERE from Crochet Geek. Please note that it’s in US terms – double crochet – but in UK terms this is a TR.

Bobble stitch tutorial video HERE at 2 mins 43 by epicabundance. Again, this is in US terms so she refers to UK TR as double crochet.

Start with green yarn and a chain of 66 or as many as you need to go around the head. Make sure that your chain isn’t twisted and join with a slip stitch into the first chain.

Round 1: Chain 1. Double crochet (US sc) into the next stitch and all the way around.

Round 2: Chain 1. Front post triple crochet into the next stitch and all the way around.

Round 3: Chain 1. Triple crochet (not fp) into the next 4 stitches. Change colour to gold yarn and bobble stitch into stitch 5. *Triple crochet into the next 4 stitches and then bobble stitch in gold*. Repeat from * to * all the way around.

Round 4: TR all the way around.

Round 5 – 7: Repeat round 2.

Round 8: Repeat round 3.

Round 9: Repeat round 4.

Round 10: Repeat round 2.

Round 11: Dc all the way around. Fasten off. Sew in ends.

And voila!