Witch hat – just in time for Halloween!

witch hat picture
How to hide the fact that you look terrible without makeup. But also don’t feel like putting on makeup.

Look at that! I play a lot of casual mobile games, and the ones with cute witch girls are always wearing hats where the peak bends down. I wanted one! I thought that surely a pattern must exist by now … but no. So, it was up to me!

I knew I wanted to make it top-down, so that it’s easier to adjust for size, like my Pokeball Santa Hat. I also like to work in a spiral, which avoids a seam anywhere. I’ve followed many other designer’s patterns that had bends and curves, so I thought, hey, I can do this. The annoying thing about designing patterns is the sheer amount of ripping out involved. Soooooo much ripping out. But once you get a finished product, it’s so very satisfying to think “I did that!”

I actually made it last year, but the cousin that was testing it for me passed away from the cancer she was fighting, and it was too sad to look at it. When I realized it was September again, I decided that I couldn’t let all her work go to waste. I also thought about something a friend said; she considers knitting & crocheting like witchcraft. “You wave sticks around, and suddenly a string becomes a sweater!”

The hat in the picture above has handfuls of stiff tulle stuffed up in the peak to keep it’s shape. It’s far more lightweight than polyfill, and doesn’t weigh the had down and pull it off your head while you wear it. I had some thin armature wire left over from making some dragons (patterns by Crafty Intentions available on Ravelry), so I crocheted that into the brim. You can also get hat wire online; I couldn’t find it at any stores locally pre-quarentimes.

floppy witch hat picture
Totally floppy – no stuffing, no hat wire
black witch hat picture
Stick some decoration on! Crocheted hat band (instructions in pattern) and a plastic glittery Christmas floral spray.

Because of all the work, I’m making this a paid pattern on Etsy or Ravlery. But, I’ll be back soon with a free Amabie pattern!

If you have questions, feel free to comment or contact me on Etsy or Ravelry.

Brown Mailing Paper: Will It Print?

YES!

You may have to wrestle it a bit, but it was worth it for me.

I didn’t even know that Imgur Secret Santa was a thing, but I am so stoked to be a part of it!

At this point I’ve sold over 300 of these hats, so I’m pretty sick of looking at them, lol (that number doesn’t include the amount that I made for charity Browncoat events, which is how I got into the Cunning Hat biz in the first place), but I do like the money!

Starting a little late – so have a Pokeball Santa hat pattern!

Starting my holiday crafting a bit late; life is getting better, but it’s also BUSY. Suddenly I’m getting Jayne hat orders again after a break of a few years. Why? Who knows, lol. (this post has actually been in “Drafts” for a week & a half, lol. SO BUSY!)

I saw someone in a fiber arts group make a Santa Hat with a couple of appliques that make it look like a Pokeball. Pretty much all the comments were “I AM SO STEALING THAT IDEA!!!” Especially since I already know that the Lion Brand crocheted Santa hat pattern has a “crocheted pompom” – basically a ball. Score!

Unfortunately, and like always, there wasn’t one pattern that I liked. The Lion Brand hat is all single crochet, and the Red Heart pattern is double crochet; my favorite stitch for hats is half-double crochet. It’s more dense than dc, but works up faster than sc. It just looks the best, too, in my opinion.

And then there’s the ribbing. All the crocheted hat patterns either had no ribbing, or you made a separate white back/front loop only crochet strip, and then pick up stitches in red, working the hat from the bottom up. Oh heck no, I want a pattern that I can just stop when it’s the right size for the recipient’s head, and then start the awesome front/back post crochet ribbing that we’ve been doing for years.

Well, OK, I’ve made up far more difficult patterns, right? Well, it was super easy to figure out!

Gotta deliver ’em all!

Tips:

~ I do the Pokeball pompom first, and then attach it after I’ve done a few rows of the hat. It’s really skinny in there, and it’s much easier that way.

~ For a regular Santa hat, don’t switch to black yarn, and work that row in red. You don’t need to make the circles to sew on. That’s it, everything else is the same!

~ You can change it up a bit; the one in the example uses sparkly yarn for the white. You can use fuzzy/eyelash yarn for the white, and if you’re not making a Pokeball, you can make a regular pompom to tie on.

~ This one is sized the same as my regular adult Jayne hat; my son’s head is about 22″, which I’ve discovered from my years of selling hats is the size that most people get. If you’re making a hat for a baby or smaller person, just stop when the increase makes it the right size, then work three rows even in red before switching to black or white. To make it bigger, just keep adding 1 hdc to the increase rows, and continue the inc row/ 2 even rows pattern until the opening is as wide as you need it to be. If you make one to go over ‘locs, I want a picture!

 

Pokeball Santa Hat

Gauge isn’t critical, you start at the tip top of the hat and work until it’s the size that you want. I used Caron Simply Soft yarn, and a size G (5mm) hook. Use whatever your favorite combination is.

sl st = slip stitch
sc
= single crochet
hdc = half double crochet
inc = increase, work two stitches into one stitch
dc = double crochet
dec = decrease, insert hook into stitch, pull up a loop, insert hook into next stitch, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull yarn through all hoop on the hook (one stitch made over two stitches of the previous row)
fpdc = front post double crochet
bpdc = back post double crochet
FO = fasten off
(I used to provide links to tutorials for stitches, but blogs and YouTube channels come & go. I know you guys know how to do a google search! I specify how I inc & dc, because there are different ways that people do it that can give a different look.)

I crocheted the example in a spiral, and hid the color changes behind the circle applique. If you don’t want to do that, at the end of each row, join with a slip stitch to the first st of the previous row, chain 2, then work the first stitch into the SAME stitch as the join.

 

1. Work 5 sc in magic/adjustable circle (5 sc)

2 – 3. One hdc in each st. (5 hdc)

4. Inc (2 hdc in same st) in each st around (10 hdc)

5 – 6. Work even 2 rows

7.  Work *hdc, inc* around (15 hdc) (Hdc in next st, inc in the next st, repeat 5x)

8 – 9. Work even  for 2 rows (15 hdc)

10. *2 hdc, inc* around (20 hdc)

11 – 12. Work even 2 rows

13. *3 hdc, inc* around (25 hdc)

14 – 15. Work even 2 rows

16. *4 hdc, inc* around (30 hdc)

17 – 18. Work even 2 rows

19. *5 hdc, in* around (35 hdc)

20 – 21. Work even 2 rows

22. *6 hdc, inc* around (40 hdc)

23 – 24. Work even 2 rows

25. *7 hdc, inc* around (45 hdc)

26 – 27. Work even 2 rows

28. *8 hdc, inc* around (50 hdc)

29 – 30. Work even 2 rows

25. *9 hdc, inc* around (55 hdc)

26 – 27. Work even 2 rows

28. *10 hdc, inc* around (60 hdc)

29 – 30. Work even 2 rows

31. *11 hdc, inc* around (65 hdc)

32 – 33. Work even 2 rows

34. *12 hdc, inc* around (70 hdc)

35 – 36. Work even 2 rows

37. *13 hdc, inc* around (75 hdc)

38 – 39. Work even 2 rows

40. *14 hdc, inc* around (80 hdc)

41 – 43. Work even 3 rows

Change to black
44. Work one row hdc even (80 hdc)

Change to white
45. Work 1 row hdc (80 hdc)

46. 1st row of Ribbing: work one fpdc in next st, one bpdc in next, repeat (80 dc)

47 – 50. Repeat row 46. Work fpdc into the previous row’s fpdc; same for bpdc.

Fasten off

You can work more or less rows of ribbing, depending on the size, and what looks good to you. If you’re using a fuzzy/eyelash yarn, you can just work plain hdc.

Circle applique for Pokeball hat

1 Sc 5 into magic/adjustable circle. Join w/sl st into the first sc, ch 1. When you start the next row, work the first stitch into the SAME st as the join.
2. Inc in ea st (10 sc) Join w/sl st into the first sc, ch 1
3. *sc, inc* around (15 sc) Join, ch 1
4. *2 sc, inc* around (20 sc)  Join, ch 1. Switch to black
5. *3 sc, inc* around (25 sc) Join. Sl st in next sc, FO

Place circle onto hat centered on the black row, whip stitch around the edge to sew in place.

Tie pompom onto hat (if you haven’t already), weave in ends.

 

Pokeball

Small and Medium Sizes Only
Start in Red.

1: Work 6 sc in circle. Leave a long enough tail to tie to hat.
2: Inc in each st around (12 sc)
3: *1 sc in next st, inc* around (18 sc)
4: *2 sc in next st, inc* around (24 sc) Switch to black
5:  Sc in each st around (24 sc)
6: *Sc in each of next 2 sts, dec* around (18 sc)
Begin to stuff piece. Continue to stuff as work progresses.
7: *Sc in each of next st, dec* around (18 sc)
8: Dec around (6 sc) FO leaving a long tail. Thread tail through rem sts and pull to gather.

Large Size Only

1: Work 6 sc in circle. Leave a long enough tail to tie to hat.
2: Inc in each st around (12 sc)
3: *1 sc in next sc, inc* around (18 sc)
4: *2 sc, inc* around (24 sc)
5: *3 sc, inc* around (30 sc)
6: *4 sc, inc* around (36 sc)
7-8: Sc in each st around. For Pokeball, work row 8 in Black, then change to white.
9: *4 sc, dec* (30 sc)
10: *3 sc, dec* (24 sc)
Begin to stuff piece. Continue to stuff as work progresses.
11: *2 sc, dec (18 sc)
12: *1 sc, dec (12 sc)
13: Dec around (6 sc)
Fasten off, leaving a long tail. Thread tail through rem sts and pull to gather.

Circle for front of Pokeball

1. Using white, sc 6 into a magic circle. Join with a sl st to first sc, ch 1
2. Switch to black, inc 6x (12 sts) Join. Sl st in next sc, FO, leaving a tail long enough to sew on to Pokeball.

Place circle onto ball centered on the black row, whip stitch around the edge to sew in place.

Crocheted Gift Baskets

Today was a good day!

I’m having a fundraiser for my son’s tuition at SARRC for their Culinary Works program. He was so relieved to get out of high school that he really never had the desire to go to college, but he’s developed a passion for cooking, and is REALLY good at it! He’s very excited about being able to attend, and I have the best friends ever. 😉

Of course his treats are the perks offered, and I added that if people donated $100 or more, I’d make a gift basket to put their goodies in. I didn’t really think it would happen – ha on me, I need four so far!

I love to crochet, but all the crocheted baskets I’ve ever seen looked … well, sort of like those toilet paper covers people’s grandmother’s make. I did a search anyway, and found an AWESOME pattern at the Crochet in Color blog.

Check it out! I made one from the blog, and then ripped it out and made a smaller one. It’s an extremely easy pattern to adjust. Blog Author Liz is pretty much my favorite person ever now.

Basket of Goodies!

(sorry if you see any ads here. When I hit “Preview”, I was told that if I don’t upgrade, I get ads on my blog. Looks like it’s time to move my site to my own hosting server!)

Whether you call it Veteran’s Day or Remembrance Day…

In 1918, in World War I, hostilities formally ended “at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month,” in accordance with the Armistice. The next year, King George V dedicated a day of remembrance for the members of the armed forces who lost their lives.

Red poppies bloomed over some of the worst battlefields in Flanders after the war, and many Commonwealth and former Commonwealth countries wear Remembrance Poppies on that day. In Australia and New Zealand, ANZAC Day in April is their main day of remembrance, commemorating the heart-rending Battle of Gallipoli (in Turkey), where poppies are also worn. It’s mainly due to the poem “In Flanders Field”, which I’ll copy at the end of the post.

Rememberance Day poppy
“In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row”

The poppy also grows wild here in the Western US – it might in other states as well, but here’s where I’m familiar with, lol. The Arizona poppy is actually yellow, because we just gotta be different. The blood-red poppy is the one we use to remember.

I crochet mine. Here’s a link to another blog with paper, knit, and sewn felt ones as well.

I used red & black worsted weight yarn with a size F hook. You can use whatever you like, gauge is not important. You can make a tiny poppy with crochet thread, or a bigger one using a bigger hook.

(crochet terms are US, for UK/Australia terms, see here for the pattern that I adapted mine from)

Veteran’s Day Remembrance Poppy Pin

With black yarn, make a “magic circle”. Ch 1, sc 14 stitches into circle, slip st into ch (15 st). Pull circle tight to close up the center of the flower, change to red yarn.

Veterans Remembrance Poppy
Crochet a poppy in remembrance of all of our fallen troops

Ch 1, sc in 1st st, * (over the next 3 scs) 2 dc in each of the next two sts, sc *, repeat three more times. 2 dc in each of the next 2 sts, sl st into beginning ch.

(In the original pattern, she typed “4 dc” in each st, which makes a fuller, very pretty flower; it doesn’t match the picture she posted or any of the Remembrance/Anzac poppies people wear. I show both in my pic. If you want to make an all-occasion poppy, just substitute 4 for 2 whenever you dc)

Fasten off. Weave in ends, sew or glue a safety pin or brooch/pin back to flower.

IN FLANDERS FIELDS
-Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead.
Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.