9.29.2011

Halloween Hat Pattern - Candy Corn

First off, I want to thank Lorajean, from Lorajean's Magazine, for letting me use her gnome hat pattern for my Candy Corn hat! When I was thinking about making a Candy Corn hat her pattern came to mind as the perfect one!

You can find the gnome hat pattern here.

You'll want to have the pattern up for reference while you follow along below.

Materials Needed:

I hook (5.5mm)
Yarn needle
Scissors
Yarn (white, orange, & yellow)

0-3 mo.
Follow her pattern with the following adjustments:
Rounds 1-5 are done in white
Rounds 6-14 in orange
Rounds 15-18 in yellow

Also, at round 13, only increase to 44 st, by doing Rd 13 as listed below.
Rd 13: ch 2, *2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 3 st, rep from * 7 times, hdc in remaining sts, join (44 hdc)

After you finish with round 18, tie off and sew in loose ends. You are now ready to add some ear flaps.

For the ear flaps, I did the following:
w/ Y, join to hat approx. 5 stitches from where you tied off.
Row 1: hdc in same st as join, and in next 9 st, turn (10 hdc)
Row 2: ch 2, hdc2tog, hdc in next 6 st, hdc2tog, turn (8 hdc)
Row 3: ch 2, hdc2tog, hdc in next 4 st, hdc2tog, turn (6 hdc)
Row 4: ch 2, hdc2tog, hdc in next 2 st, hdc2tog, turn (4 hdc)
Row 5: ch 2, hdc2tog twice, tie off (2 hdc)

Repeat ear flap instructions for the second ear flap. The space across the forehead should be approx. 14 sts wide.

After you finish the ear flaps...
w/ yellow, join in back of hat, ch 1 and sc evenly around entire hat (including ear flaps), join in ch 1, tie off and weave in ends.

For the tassels I followed Lorajean's instructions.

You have permission to sell your finished products, but please do not sell the pattern. Also please give credit to this site if you are selling online. If you do plan on using this pattern and others found on this site for profit, please consider donating to my cause. Thanks for your cooperation!

9.26.2011

Halloween Hat Pattern - The Web

I've decided that since free patterns got me started, I want to share the patterns that I've come up with. I figured the best place to start was with my Halloween themed hats.

You have permission to sell your finished products, but please do not sell the pattern. Also please give credit to this site if you are selling online. If you do plan on using this pattern and others found on this site for profit, please consider donating to my cause. Thanks for your cooperation!

First up... "The Web."

It's actually really simple.

It's a basic beanie in half-double crochet (hdc) and then I stitched a spider web on there.

Since I use this basic pattern in most of my hats to some extent I'm going to go ahead and post it here.

Here goes!

Materials Needed:
I hook (5.5mm)
Yarn needle
Scissors
Yarn (black and white)

3-6 mo.
with black, make a magic circle
Rnd 1: ch 2, 8 hdc into circle, join
Rnd 2: ch 2, 2 hdc in each st around, join (16 hdc)
Rnd 3: ch 2, *2 hdc in next st, hdc in next st, rep from * around, join (24 hdc)
Rnd 4: ch 2, *2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 2 st, rep from * around, join (32 hdc)
Rnd 5: ch 2, *2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 3 st, rep from * around, join (40 hdc)
Rnd 6: ch 2, *2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 4 st, rep from * around, join (48 hdc)
Rnd 7-14: ch 2, hdc in each st around, join (48 hdc)
Rnd 15: ch 1, sc in each st around, join and tie off (48 sc)
Sew in loose ends

And that is the body of the hat! For the different sizes I've listed the total number of stitches you will need for the last increasing round.
0-3 mo. = 44 stitches
3-6 mo. = 48 st
6-12 mo. = 52 st
Toddler = 56 st
Child/Preteen = 60-64 st (depends on head circumference)
Adult = 64 st

Now for the web.

Using my yarn needle and white yarn...
I started with 4 straight lines, crossing each other in the middle.

Then I started with the smallest circle...

Then the middle circle...

And then finally the last and largest circle, and voila! You have a spider web.


I'm planning on getting the others up here as well, so if you want the pattern to one of the other Halloween hats, keep checking back!

And let me know if you have any questions!

9.21.2011

Trick or Treat

I've been getting into the Halloween spirit a little early this year.

I think it has to do with the fact that up here in AK the leaves have already changed and are on the ground, and we have "termination dust" on our mountains.

Plus all the Halloween decorations and costumes are out at almost every store that I've gone to for the past month... that might help a little too.

So, in the spirit of things, I decided to crochet a bunch of Halloween themed hats.
I'm hoping to raise more money by attracting all those Halloween lovers out there.

Here is our Halloween line-up:
Candy Corn
Frankie
 
Jack
 
Mr. Bones
Mr. Boo
The Web
 
Whiskers
 

Ear flaps can be added to any of the hats if desired.
[When ordering write "ear flaps" in the required info box.]
Also if you have a special request...
just drop me a line and I'll let you know what I can do!

(On the "Review your information" page directly underneath your shipping address it should say, "Type required info here" with a link to click that says "add." This is where the info should be typed. If you cannot find this, please just send me an email with the specifics!)


Sizes
Options

 


Patterns for Candy Corn hat found here and here.

9.12.2011

Both Sides of the Family

A couple weeks ago one of my husband's grandmas passed away.

She and Grandpa had recently moved across the country from North Carolina to live with my in-laws due to health reasons.

I was actually in town when she took a turn for the worse, but I was with my family. She was admitted to the local hospital with heart problems, and then a day later was transferred down to a hospital that offers a nationally ranked Heart and Vascular Institute.

This hospital also offers top notch care in their Newborn ICU, which just happens to be the place where my little niece spent the first month of her life.

When talking with my mother-in-law about the situation, I reminded her about the guest house that my sister had stayed at while her baby girl was in the NICU. We all weren't sure how long Grandma was going to be in the hospital, but I suggested that they could look into that if they needed a place to stay.

It ended up being a wonderful blessing to my mother-in-law and my father-in-law, and even Grandpa got to go down to be with his sweet wife before she passed.

Here is a picture of Grandpa, me, my little man, and one of my awesome nephews.

This was taken after Grandma had been transferred to the other hospital, but before he got to go down to see her. We were trying to keep him company. I can't even imagine what thoughts and concern he was feeling at that time.

So, my purpose and desire to raise money and donate to the guest house is two-fold now.

It was a blessing to my family...

And it was a blessing to my husband's family.