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 number 5 – a cool weather beanie – pattern translation

In theory, Spring is supposed to be on its way in the Northern Hemisphere, while our friends down south are still enjoying a Summer  that will turn into Autumn before long, so we think this light and airy slouchy beanie suits the change in weather ahead.

The designer, Julie from Gleeful things, calls it a Sugar Cone Skully Hat, which is kinda weird and awesome at the same time. The pattern has loads of potential beyond the lovely version pictured.

It only requires UK DC (sc) and UK TR (dc), so it’s a great pattern for everyone to try.

Visit Julie for the free pattern!

Candy Corn Hat which I’m using as a Pixie Hat pattern!

Found this on Ravelry when I was looking for a pixie hat pattern for Christmas presents. You could extend this pattern to make a witches’ hat or even a Hogwarts school hat 😛

It’s a free download from Taraduff

It’s in all in US terms so crochet a UK DC where it asks for an sc. Easy!

Make a hat from granny squares!

I’m typing through my tears because The Teenager is playing Cher Lloyd’s “Swagger Jagger” in the living room. My ears might drop off before the end of this post, but I shall soldier on!

It’s rare for me to find a hat design that I would actually wear. I’m a bit fussy. This one, however, is so darling that I’m going to make it and – le gasp – keep it for myself! That’s right! I’m going to crochet something and not give it away!

The pattern is by Lisa Gentry at RedHeart and is available as a pdf download (does everyone know about these? Would anyone like some pointers?). I personally like to wear hats all year round so you could make this with lighter yarn or thread for the Summer, and with something chunkier for the winter. You could also vary colours and even square designs once you’ve mastered the patterns.

Clever idea!

When the patterns asks for an SC, crochet a UK DC. When it asks for a DC, crochet a UK TR.

Crochet a butterfly beanie – pattern translation

A video this time – from BobWilson on youtube.

Make a cute butterfly beanie – something different! And if you vary your wool thickness, you can make it for either Summer or Winter.

She made this hat entirely in UK HTR – easy!

Crochet mask – pattern translation

I found this mask while searching for patterns to go with my Ninja Turtles hats. It’s perfect for my purposes but also comes from a blog with stunning patterns!

It’s in US terms so whenever it asks for an sc, crochet a UK DC. Whenever it asks for an hdc, crochet a UK HTR. Whenever it asks for a dc, crochet a UK TR.

The pattern asks for elastic to attach so the mask stays securely on your head, but I’m going to use two long chains at the back on either side as ties. These are easier because I’m still scared to attach crochet to fabric without ripping the fabric, but also because this goes along with the Ninja Turtles masks.

Visit goodknits.com for this free pattern, plus more, including some for those on The Dark Side (knitters).

Knice Knight Hat – pattern translation

This super-duper headwear will protect you in case of battle against Mordred or Morgana or perhaps an orc. It’s even got magical properties to stop you getting helmet hair in case King Arthur takes a shine to you*.

The clever (and nice!) lady at Owlcrochet who created it and is also modelling it in the photo even translated the terms for us:

Wherever you see “dc”, do a UK treble crochet (tr).

Where you see “trc”, do a UK double treble crochet (dtr).

Thank you, Owl Lady!

* This may or may not be true.