Wednesday, 22 November 2017

My Favourite Free Crochet Hat Patterns

I love a good crocheted winter hat pattern, here are some of my favourites.
Favourite free crochet hat patterns
What do you call a snug fitting pull on wooly winter hat in your part of the world?
Earlier in the year we went to Canada and discovered that there they are called 'toques' or is it 'touques'?
I am familiar with the US 'beanie' as that's what we call them here in the UK - unless they have a pom pom on top and then it's called a 'bobble hat'.

Whatever they are called, they are a cold weather essential and they are a lovely thing to knit or crochet. I prefer to crochet hats, anything round is much easier to crochet in my opinion, and with a fairly substantial yarn you can whip one up in an evening. 

I thought I'd share a few of my favourite crochet hat patterns, the ones I've actually tried out and had success with. 

I LOVE this puff stitch beanie pattern from The Wee House of Crochet.
It is perfect for someone who is a beginner, maybe someone who has only done granny squares up to know. It's a great chance to expand your stitch repertoire but it's still a simple pattern to follow. 
I made mine in an grey Aran yarn I picked up from Aldi, but any worsted or aran weight would work. Lovely with a pom pom or without.
Favourite free crochet hat patterns
 
Doing a rib effect with crochet is actually really easy. This cute Lolly-Poms Easy Ribbed Crochet Beanie from One Dog Woof is a great pattern to practice the technique. 
I made this in the same Aldi yarn but again any aran or worsted will work. 
Favourite free crochet hat patterns
As you can see, this is the hat I made the rainbow pom pom for. Find out how to make them (it's easy) here.

The last hat I've made in this grey aran yarn is this V Stitch Beanie from Over the Apple Tree
Mine looks a slightly different shape to the original pattern but I think that's just the way it's lying on the table. The flower pattern I used is this free one from Mollie Makes Magazine, it's one of my favourites.
Favourite free crochet hat patterns
This was another 'simple to follow' pattern and I love the little edging which was another new stitch for me to learn. 
Another of my favourite free crochet hat patterns is this lovely plaid hat from Whistle and Ivy.
I made a version of this for myself last year and it became my go to for every cold day.
Favourite free crochet hat patterns
The pattern for this is for a worsted / aran weight too but I made mine using DK which is a little thinner and it turned out just fine. 



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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Rainbow Pom Poms

Rainbow Pom Poms are a brilliant way to use up all the little bits of yarn left over from other projects.
How to make rainbow pom poms
This is easy and quick, let's get stuck straight in!
You will need:
Sharp Scissors
and
Yarn, wool whatever you call it you'll need some different bits and pieces in a few bright colours. 
This is what I pulled out of my stash. You don't need this much - there is enough here to make about 30 pom poms! Just use up scraps, it doesn't matter what weight the yarn is, if it's fluffy or textured, it all works just fine.
Cut an arm length of one of your yarns. Choose a strong acrylic one (one that doesn't snap when you really pull it) Double it up and lay it between your middle finger.
How to make rainbow pom poms
Now start wrapping your different coloured yarns. Do between 8 and 10 wraps of each then change (1). Just leave the ends dangling. Stop when it looks a bit like photo(2) The more you wrap the fatter the pom pom will be.
How to make rainbow pom poms
Pull the length that you left between your fingers together and knot (3). Pull it as tight as you can then slide the bundle off your fingers (4) Pull the knotted yarn really tight and knot again. Wrap it round the bundle a couple of times and knot again.
Holding the pom pom by the long lengths of yarn cut the loops on both side.
How to make rainbow pom poms
You should have something that looks like this, a bit messy but nearly there.
How to make rainbow pom poms 
Now grab your sharp scissors and start to trim. Hold the pom pom over a bin to catch all the little bits.
Trim a bit, give it a shake, fluff it in your hands and them trim a bit more until you are happy with your lovely rainbow pom pom. 
How to make rainbow pom poms
I love making pom poms like this, I don't have a fancy plastic pom pom maker and this is SO much quicker than the old cardboard ring method. I know some people think it is wasteful because you trim away a load of yarn but it honestly doesn't seem too too wastful to me. Here is what ended up in my bin after 1 pom pom:
I suppose how big your pom pom ends up depends on how big your hand is, I feel my hand is pretty average grown up lady size and my finished pom poms are about 2.5" (6cm) in diameter.
How to make rainbow pom poms
I LOVE these rainbow pom poms, I'll show you tomorrow what I used this one for.
I'll be sharing this project at these link parties

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Sunday, 19 November 2017

Handmade Monday #52

Hi and welcome to the 52nd Handmade Monday link up here at Sum of their Stories. 
Handmade Monday is our weekly craft link up, a chance to share our makes, bakes and other handmade craft ideas and find some new inspiration.

Some things are easy to believe and somethings are next to impossible. Can you believe it has been a whole year since I took over the hosting of Handmade Monday from the lovely Vicky of Lucy Blossom Crafts? I know I can't! It's week 52, that's a whole year! (stating the obvious sorry)
I love that we have so many newbies to Handmade Monday who have joined us over the year, and I love that some of you have stuck with us from the days at Handmade Harbour and Lucy Blossom Crafts. 
Have you had chance to get your craft on this week. I have had fun with this: 
But that's all I'm showing you for now...more later in the week!

Now let's look at the features from last weeks Handmade Monday:
Chas shared this lovely sunflower wreath made from clothes pegs, isn't it pretty?

Chrissie D showed us a beautiful Highland Cattle Cushion she made using an amazing technique called FPP. Isn't it cool?

It seems I am a sucker for a granny square crochet project, I do seem to choose them a lot as my favourites! Take this banner from Made by Demi, so sweet that I just can't help myself!

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Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Inspired by - Felt Scrap Garland

Use left over felt scraps to make a upcycled Christmas garland. 
Upcycled felt Christmas garland
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Today I'm sharing another project inspired by another fantastic blogger - part of my "Inspired by" series. This time it's a lovely felt garland made from felt scraps inspired by one I saw a couple of years ago over at Pillar Box Blue.
What I love about this project is that it uses the teeny tiniest scraps left over from all my recent felted jumper projects. 
It's super simple. Take little left over bits of felt, cut them into pieces approx 1" square and then thread them up to make a garland.
I've been on a bit of a 'felting old jumpers and cardigans' crazy recently and have been making all sorts of things with the felt. I've already shared a few here, some felt flowers & these felt lavender bag houses and I have quite a few more to come. What this has generated is a lot of tiny scraps and I was really pleased to remember this garland idea.
It was so quick to make up and saves all the little pieces from the bin. Yay! 
Upcycled felt Christmas garland
I used a Green Pearl Thread and made my garland about 145cm/57" long (plus the tassels) . It actually gets pretty heavy so this feels long enough.
I finished the ends of my garland with a few beadsand a tassel made from more of the embroidery thread.  
Upcycled felt Christmas garland
Upcycled felt Christmas garland
You can see the felt from my felted jumpers and cardigans came out in different thicknesses, that doesn't matter at all for this project. Not all my pieces were perfectly square either, I used every little corner so as to not waste a scrap! 
Upcycled felt Christmas garland
Pillar Box Blue has a lovely bauble idea too along the same lines if you want more options, check out it out here.
I wanted something to use up my tiny felt scraps - job done! 

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Sunday, 12 November 2017

Handmade Monday #51

Hi and welcome to another Handmade Monday link up. 
Handmade Monday is our weekly craft link up, a chance to share our makes, bakes and other handmade craft ideas and find some new inspiration.

Have you had a good week? This is the first Remembrance Sunday in over 15 years that we've not got up early to drop at least one of the kids to a beavers, cubs or scouts Remembrance Day parade or memorial. They have all left scouts now - end of an era! 
I took this photo way back in the summer when the road side wild flower planting was at it's best. Poppies really are a beautiful flower aren't they? 

Now let's look at the features from last weeks Handmade Monday:
Jo from Three Stories High shared a lovely poncho she made by adapting an old pattern. I think ponchos are always in style, don't you? 

Claire from Pillar Box Blue has made a lovely paper envelope advent calendar. They put a little chocolate treat and a cheesy joke in the envelopes each day - what do you put in your advent calendars?

Paper Seedlings shared with us an effective technique to make glossy card look like linen. It's such a lovely effect and I love the way that Linda showed us all her attempts including the ones that didn't work so well.

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