Mini Hats 

There was a call for preemie hats for an NICU, in one of my groups.  Ashley H was making goodie bags for the NICU in memory of her son, and she wanted to add  some hats to the bags. I put the call out to the group, and although she was only asking for 21 hats, I’m sure she’s going to get double that, because you know how generous crafters are with their yarn ūüėĀ

Not having made too many preemie hats, I thought this was a good in-between project, since I can’t seem to get settled on starting a project. And I found the perfect yarn in the stash … Sirdar Baby Bamboo!  I bought them from a detash group months ago. No idea what I was going to do with them, but I liked the colours … Powder Blue and Iris Blue. 

For the crochet hat – the one on the right – I just crocheted front post double crochet all the way around. That is a great stitch – it looks good, has enough texture, and the finished project stretches nicely, even if you crochet tight. For the knit hat, I decided to practice the Rick Rack Rib pattern. I had tried it a couple of times, but wasn’t seeing the pattern clearly. But with this yarn, the pattern showed up nicely. 

And here they are, all finished. For size comparison, they’re on top of a regular teen/adult small hat. The rick rack rib pattern needs to be knit back and forth. I tried to knit it in the round, but it didn’t work out. I’ve googled if it can be done in the round, but I didn’t find anything. So I knit a little rectangle, and then a decrease for the crown, and finished it off by seaming the two ends together. It’s turned out ok – still a few things to improve. I hope the joining isn’t too lumpy or hard for the babe heads. 

Oh! I was also practicing the double knit stitch for the brim. That also needs to be knit back and forth. Again, I didn’t find anything if it could be done in the round.  But this turned out ok. So next time I knit hats, I’ll use larger needles for the brims in double knit, and then the pattern. This is probably old news for the experienced knitters, but this is exciting new for me! ūüėÄ

This is what it looks like on the other side, so you know what it looks like. I think when learning a new stitch, it’s always helpful to see what both sides look like. Most tutorials only show the ‘right’ side of the stitch, and what the pattern looks like done the right way. That’s helpful too, but I also want to see what the ‘wrong’ side looks like, in case I’m still doing it wrong, and also just because I want to see it ūüė¨

Anyway … here’s the inside of the hats. The double knit brim looks the same as the front. The rick rack rib pattern looks like a loose garter stitch. The crochet fpdc looks like horizontal knit stitches. Cool, isn’t it? 

And there’s my preemie hats, ready to send off. 

On to the next projects! 


Revisiting the Bucket List

Several years ago, I made a bucket list of what I wanted to make. ¬†The original post came up as a related post, so I decided to see what I’ve actually done. ¬†I could actually strike some items off the list – wow!

So, revising the bucket list …¬†Here is what was on my original bucket lists, and how I’ve done …

1) ¬†Entrelac ‚Äď learn how to knit and crochet entrelac correctly – nope, not yet. ¬†I’m still doing the biased basketweave pattern. ¬†Will remain on the list.

2)  Granny Squares with a Zigzag Twist Рnope, not yet.  Will remain on the list.

3)  Apache Teardrops Рnope.  Having second thoughts on whether I still like this.

4)  A hexagon project РYes !!!  The African Violets !  I still want to add to it, to make it bigger.


5) ¬†The Cathedral Rose Window Afghan ‚Äď Stained Glass Afghan ‚Äď Kaleidoscope Afghan – Nope. ¬†Will remain on the list.

6) ¬†Kitchener stitch and seamless grafting – nope. ¬†I’ve sort of figured out a way to join seamlessly, but this will remain on the list.

7) ¬†A lacy beach coverup – yes ! ¬† Here’s the post ¬†and another one, if you want to read all about it.¬† ¬†And one already in progress ūüôā

8) ¬†A fine-lace/fingering weight project. Yes! ¬†I’ve worked more and more with fingering weight yarn. ¬†I do have hanks of lace in the stash, but haven’t started anything with that yet. ¬†And while this is not quite a fine lace project, there is ‘lace’ in the title – does that count? ¬†Hawaiian Lace and Busco Gancho Lace¬†

9) ¬†A Japanese pattern ‚Äď any pattern. ¬†Nope – will remain on the list.

10)  A woven blanket made with the Cricket loom.  Yes !!  And am planning on starting another one, before I forget how to use the loom and weave.  This 5-panel blanket had me woven out, after I finished working on it.

5-panel blanket

11) ¬†Mandala Crochet Coat¬†– nope. ¬†But will definitely remain on the list, since I’m drawing a lot of mandalas, anyway. ¬†One of those designs will end up as a coat, since I now have the basics on how to crochet a coat or jacket ūüôā ¬†¬†Oh yes, although not a mandala, I did crochet¬†two coats last year! ¬†Yaaayyy!!


Not originally on the list, but I added ponchos to my mental list, even though I think at some point I said I wasn’t going to make those.

Surprisingly, I don’t have any new major thing to add … Just more ideas to make the same things with different yarns or patterns, like the coat, beach cover-ups, and woven blankets.

But the year is young … something may come up yet! ¬†ūüôā

Do you have a crafty bucket list?  How are you doing with it?





Pistachio Top

You may have seen this … I posted this on a couple of the crochet forums, and got several requests for the pattern. ¬†So while it’s still fresh in my mind, I’m writing it out.

pistachio finished

I didn’t follow any patterns for this … I kept seeing the pictures on Pinterest and Ravelry, etc of a nice, soft, comfy-looking, sweater with wide sleeves (paid pattern), ¬†so I decided to have a go with my own version. ¬†All respect to the designer of the paid pattern, but the photo inspired me to try my own version. ¬†Besides, I’ve been wanting to play with this Caron Cakes Pistachio since I bought it, but I actually held back until I cut down on some of the WIPs lying around ūüėČ ¬†See how good I was? ¬†:o)

So here is how I made this.   This is basically two rectangles, joined together at the top and bottom.  Bear in mind that this was all experimentation and lots of frogging took place.  Because of the yarn, I chose to crochet this length-wise, so that the stripes would be horizontal in the finished product, instead of vertical.  I was thinking that the colour changes would not be so noticeable.  To determine the length, I just started chaining, and then measured against my outstretched arms, from left wrist to right wrist.  To determine the width, I just measured myself from shoulder to waist, and crocheted rows until it measured the width that I liked.  The rectangles are crocheted from the bottom up.

This was made with worsted weight (4) yarn, and using an H/5.0mm hook.

First panel

Set-up row:  Chain 200.  Turn.
Row 1:  ch 3; dc in next stitch and all stitches across.
(Ribbed portion)
Row 2:  ch 1; fpdc in first dc below; bpdc in next dc; fpdc in next dc.  Continue in pattern across to last stitch.  Turn.
Row 3:  ch 1; bpdc in first dc below; fpdc in next dc; bpdc in next dc.  Continue in pattern across to last stitch.  Turn.
Rows 4 Р6:  Repeat rows 2 and 3

From here on, I made a fpdc/bpdc border on both ends of the panel, with the pattern in the middle. ¬†This is referred to as ‘FPDC/BPDC border’ in the pattern.

FPDC/BPDC border:  (consisting of four stitches at beginning and end of the panel, resulting in a ribbed border).
When starting a row (FPDC/BPDC border start):  ch 1; fp/bp dc into the first dc; bp/fp dc in the second dc; fp/bp dc in the third dc; bp/fp dc in the fourth dc.

When finishing a row (FPDC/BPDC border finish):   crochet the pattern until the last four stitches remain.  On the fourth from the last stitch, fp/bp dc in the stitch; continue the pattern to the end of the row.
Row 7:  (filet stitch) (FPDC/BPDC border start)
*Ch 1; skip next dc; dc in next.*   Repeat * to * until the last four stitches.
fpdc in next st; bpdc in next st; fpdc in next dc; bpdc in next. (FPDC/BPDC border finish) Turn.

Row 8:  (staggered filet stitch) (FPDC/BPDC border start)
dc in ch-1 sp; *ch 1; dc in ch-1 sp.*  Repeat * to * until the last four stitches.
(FPDC/BPDC border finish) Turn.

Row 9:  (crossed dc row) (FPDC/BPDC border start)
Skip first ch-1 space;  dc in next ch-1 space; dc in skipped dc.  (Crossed dc made).  Continue across, until the last four stitches.
(FPDC/BPDC border finish) Turn.

Row 10:  Repeat Row 7 and 8 (filet stitch)

Row 12:  (solid row) (FPDC/BPDC border start)
dc in next dc; dc in ch-1 space.  Repeat across to last four stitches.
(FPDC/BPDC border finish)  Turn.

Row 13:  (v-stitch) (FPDC/BPDC border start)
skip first dc; v-stitch in next dc.  Repeat across to last four stitches.
(FPDC/BPDC border finish) Turn.

Row 14:  Repeat Rows 7 and 8. (filet stitch)
Row 15:  Repeat Row 9 (crossed dc)
Row 16:  repeat Row 13 (v-stitch)
Row 17:  repeat Row 12 (solid row)

Continue with the pattern, or add your favourite stitch, remembering to finish and end with the FPDC/BPDC border.
When you have crocheted about 26 rows or width desired, finish with Row 12 (solid row).  Fasten off.


Second panel:  follow instructions as for first panel.

Form shoulders:
When you have completed two panels, stretch or block lightly.  With two sides facing each other and starting from the end of the panel, measure 15 inches from the end for the left shoulder.  Place marker into both stitches.  Repeat for right shoulder.

Fold the rectangles in half, and make sure that both sides are symmetrical, and that there is enough space for a neckline.

Attach yarn to first stitch at end of panel, and sew left shoulder together, with slip stitch or whip stitch through both loops.  Fasten off.
Repeat for right shoulder.

Form bottom edge:
Measure 12 inches from the end for the left side.  Place marker into both stitches.  Repeat for right side.

Fold the rectangles in half, and make sure that both sides are symmetrical, and there is enough space for waist or hips.

Attach yarn to first stitch at end of panel, and sew left side together, starting from the first stitch at end of the panel, with slip stitch or whip stitch through both loops.  Fasten off.
Repeat for right shoulder.

For the neckline:  Attach yarn to one of the dc on one of the joining sides.
Round 1:  Ch 1, and continue the FP/BP DC pattern around.
Round 2:  ch 1, fp/bp dc two together (decrease).  Continue pattern to the next shoulder join.  fp/bp dc two together (decrease).  Continue pattern, sl st to first fp/bp dc.
Round 3:  ch 1, fp/bp dc in first stitch.  Continue pattern around.  Sl st to first fp/bp dc.
Round 4:  repeat round 2.
Round 5:  repeat Round 3.
Fasten off.

At this stage, the neckline is a wide, boat-style opening.
If you prefer a narrower neck opening, then repeat the decrease twice, and finish with a row of fpdc/bpdc with no decrease.

For the bottom edge:  turn the piece upside down.  Attach yarn to one of the dc on the sides.  Ch 1, and continue the FP/BP DC pattern around.  Crochet 5 rows around, or to desired length.

Weave in ends.  Stretch or block slightly.

Here is what the finished piece looks like, laid flat.

pistachio flat

You can see the two rectangles in the middle part, with the FP/BP DC border on the ends.  The neckline is on the top and the bottom waistline, with the 5-6 rows of ribbed FPDC/BPDC border pattern.
Depending on your preference, you can increase or decrease rows, so that you have a higher/narrower neckline and waist. ¬†Hope you’re all understanding what I mean, my vocabulary isn’t working well today ūüė¶

Please note – this pattern has not been tested by anybody else, and these are my notes on what I did. ¬†If you are going to crochet less than or more than 200 stitches, then you may need to adjust the pattern slightly. ¬†You may need to adjust anyway, from the pattern above, but hopefully not too much. ¬†If you have an extra stitch or two at the end of the row that will not complete the pattern, just dc into the remaining stitch(es) before the FP/BP DC border. ¬†That’s what I did, and it’s not noticeable, anyway ūüėČ

If you have any questions, just let me know, and I’ll try my best to re-construct what I did, so I can answer your questions ūüôā

Good luck and have fun!


2018 Special Olympics Scarf Project

One more state has announced their colours for the 2018 Scarf Project.

SO Maine has chosen the colours Purple, Grey, and Black as their colours. ¬†It looks kind of a darkish combination, but I’m thinking elegant designs for this, don’t you think?

It will certainly work well with our featured pattern for the project – Waves/Chevrons.

2018 SO pattern

It’s so good that so many states – nine so far! – have chosen their colours early. ¬†I hope that this gives the crafters enough time to work on them, before the end of the year crush comes around again! ¬†But with so many priorities along the way, I know it’s hard to keep this in mind throughout the year when working on those crafty projects. ¬†I’ll try to post on this regularly – I really should take advantage of those scheduling posts feature !

Anyway, you’re welcome to join the Facebook and Ravelry groups on knitting and crocheting for the SO Scarf Project. ¬†And of course, this page 2018 SO Scarf Project – is always available.

Spread the word to your crafty friends, and come on over and join us on this worthy cause !


Thanks for all your help and support of the project!


A Wannabe

So … I was browsing through craft blogs, jumping from one to the other to the other. ¬†A few were following the¬†Daily Challenge from Naknicromo on Tumbler to celebrate this crafty month. ¬†Wish I had known about it at the beginning, but since I’m not on those tumbling and tweeting platforms, I had no idea. ¬†Maybe next year … or I can just start it at any time.

Anywhooo … as I was reading the posts and comments and responses, I read a response to a question about other crafts that sort of had me staring at it for a few seconds longer. ¬†I read it again, and again I stared at the response. ¬†What was it that had me staring, open-mouthed at the screen?

Well, the poster said she doesn’t crochet, she can’t get crochet. ¬†Ok, that’s fine. ¬†She prefers the ‘neatness’ of knitting. ¬†That’s ok too, I’ve noticed that too, but you can crochet something neatly too. ¬†It’s got too many holes. ¬†Hmmm … knitting can have many holes too. ¬†It’s a ‘knitting wannabe’. ¬†Huh??

I burst out laughing. ¬†A ‘knitting wannabe’? ¬† So a bunch of people decided that they don’t like or cannot or do not want to knit, so they decided they will invent something else to kind of look like knit?

Not trying to make anything big out of this, but I just thought it was very funny, that somebody should think that way about another craft. ¬†Yeah, they’re entitled to their opinion. But this smacked of knit snob that I hear about every so often. ¬†Never met one in person – yet – but this is the first time I’ve read something which just screamed that to me. ¬†Most knitters that I know and read about are respectful of crochet, or other crafts, even if they don’t know how to work in that craft. ¬†But I thought that remark was a little too dismissive or high-handed. ¬†Guess not all crafters are tolerant of other crafts …

So, now that I’ve got that off my chest … here’s the progress on that¬†Pistachio project. ¬†Finished one cake, so I’m going to start the second panel with the new cake, and leave the third to finish it off.

It’s turned out quite long, as of course, as usual, I didn’t count the beginning chains. ¬†I just measured it against my outstretched arms – yes, a very scientific way of measuring! ¬†It’s about 14 inches in height, so I shouldn’t need much too many rows to get to 18 inches (hopefully).

I just might get this done by the weekend … ūüôā






Weekend Non-Projects  

It’s the first day of spring !!

Happy Spring!! ¬†Yaaayyy – It actually feels like spring today, with the temperatures actually warming up later today. ¬†Then it’s back to winter on Wednesday, with a forecast of snow …

I’m still on the hunt for a crochet project for National Crochet Month. ¬†I’ll even settle for a knit project for National Craft month instead ūüėČ

So with spring and warmer weather on the mind, I picked up a skein of¬†Prism, because I liked the colours – when it was wound up in a ball/skein. ¬†Now that I’m working on it, these colours are not calling to me. ¬†Maybe it’s the wrong pattern. ¬†I don’t think I’m continuing with this … By the way, I’m almost done with this ball, and this shawl is barely wrapping around my shoulders. ¬†So definitely the wrong pattern, because you’re supposed to get a decent sized shawl with just one ball, right? ¬†Or not?

Last night – at midnight, actually, because I wasn’t really sleepy yet and was browsing Pinterest¬†and also it was at that moment that I decided that I wanted to try something – I started this. ¬†I’d been wanting to work with the Caron Cakes in¬†Pistachio, but wasn’t sure what to make of it. ¬†I thought maybe a summer poncho in a lacy pattern would look good with this, since it’s a worsted¬†weight yarn. ¬†Another variation of a pattern, or more of two patterns combined. ¬†*sigh* ¬†I’m liking the pattern – which I’m making up as I go along – but now thinking that it may be a bit heavy for summer … Needs to be more lacy …


We’ll see. ¬†I haven’t given up on it yet. ¬†I have another two cakes, so I hope it’s enough for the poncho. ¬†Or wrap. ¬†Or something that can be done with three cakes, because I’m being good and it’s not time to buy yarn yet ūüôā

And I saw the Rick Rack Rib stitch last week, and had to try it out. ¬†I thought I had ‘memorized’ the pattern when I first saw it, but found out later that I was missing a k1 or a p1 in between the rick racks. ¬†The darker colour is the wrong stitch, although I’m sort of liking that too. ¬†The red colour is the correct sequence.

This is becoming a sampler of practice knit stitches ¬†That’s the herringbone in the grey part, that I had to try a couple of weeks ago. ¬† And I can’t remember what I was doing with the darker red colour. ¬†It started out with practice on the mesh/lace stitch, but I don’t know what happened in between. ¬†And I didn’t want to frog, because it didn’t look bad, and also because I don’t like to frog knit projects because I can’t pick up the correct number of stitches again after that :o)


And that’s my non-projects for the weekend. ¬†They may or may not be frogged – well, the first one is definitely going to be frogged and turned into something else. ¬†And I’m set on working on the¬†Pistachio and finishing something with it, and perhaps have it ready for another out-of-state soccer tournament in a couple of weeks. And the knit sampler – well, that’s probably going to sit until I see another knit stitch that I want to practise on ūüôā

Have a good spring day!



Happy National Crochet Month !

It’s national crochet month ! ¬† yaaayyy !!

So it means I can crochet all day, every day, for a month !! ¬†lol … I wish !

I usually start a crochet project to celebrate the month, but this year, I totally forgot about it until I saw mention of it on another blog.  *gasp!*

This is one of my most popular projects using the¬†Nancy’s Waves pattern (available in Ravelry), from some years ago. ¬†I saw it pop up on Pinterest, and only just found out that it’s been pinned¬†over 2,000 times !! ¬†I didn’t realize it’s been floating around out there!
Thanks, everybody !



So now, I’m in the hunt for a good project to start for the year. ¬†Or maybe I should finish the crochet WIPs that I have …

This is my newest yarn obsession … the Shawl in a Ball from Lion Brand. ¬†I’m trying out the metallic version in¬†Prism. ¬†So far, none of the patterns I’ve tried out has stayed on the hooks and needles, so I’m looking around for patterns again. ¬†I’m toying with the idea to make another¬†Nancy’s Waves with this yarn, but it may be a bit thin …

One project that has stayed on the hook is this … a circular top or vest, which is going to end up as a summer or beach cover-up. ¬†As soon as I saw the Restful Rainbow colours in the Shawl in a Ball, I wanted it to be a beach cover-up. ¬†I just have the last rows in a mesh stitch to finish up, and I’m done. ¬†Somehow, I’m delaying on finishing it up, don’t know why. There’s a lot of experimentation still going on, since as usual, I’ve deviated from the pattern …. *sigh*

A few finished projects with the Caron Cakes … two ponchos in the same pattern, one to fit a child, and one to fit me. ¬†Again, some adjustments made to the original pattern, but they’ve both turned out well, so it’s all good. The pattern is the¬†Toasty Poncho from Red Heart, which is available on Ravelry.

Well then, I seem to be able to finish up projects after all ! ¬† lol ¬†Sometimes with all the WIPs, it looks like I never finish anything! ¬†It’s always good to get your projects together once in a while, just to see what you’ve done.

Have a good and safe weekend, everybody!