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

6 Dec

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.

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Crocheted Gift Baskets

6 Oct

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!)

Heart Shaped Box

14 Feb

I didn’t quite get it done in time, but maybe I’ll get my crocheted box of chocolates done by next year!

Heart-shaped-box

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

11 Nov Rememberance Day poppy

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.
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