Patterns and Colors

I remember visiting fabric stores with my momma when I was little. “I’m going to make you a dress,” she’d say. “But first we have to pick out a pattern.” We’d go through pattern book after pattern book. She’d see something cute and point it out to me. I’d say no, I didn’t like the color, or the print, or too many flowers. Because the picture was made in a fabric that didn’t suit my tastes, I would rule the pattern out completely and keep looking. Most of the time we both ended up frustrated. Sometimes she would find a pattern she liked and we’d go straight to picking out material. It was years before she made me realize that I was only supposed to be looking at the shape of the dress, that the rest was completely up to our discretion and we could do whatever we wanted.

I like to think that I’m better about that now. I like the freedom of being able to take what I want and like about a pattern and change all the rest of it. I have an easier time doing that when it comes to sewing.
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This dress is a perfect example. The inspiration was white and blue. I was presented with green satin. I had some very overwhelming pink organza. I love how it turned out, and so did the owner.

Crochet patterns are ever challenging though. I see a gorgeous pattern, and I love everything about it. Then I look at my yarn stash, and see nothing that will do justice to that pattern. Much of my stash is a collection of hand-dyed single skeins. They are the most beautiful yarns I’ve ever seen, but finding the perfect patterns to showcase their beauty is difficult. To that end, I will be showcasing my collection of one-skein patterns. Many that I have used, many that are in my ravelry queue. Reviews will be provided where appropriate, of both pattern and yarn. My work schedule is about to get crazy with the upcoming holiday season, so hopefully this will provide an opportunity to reflect.

Bobble Poof Earflap Hat by Moogly: Pattern Review

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This hat has been in my queue on Ravelry for a long time and I finally took a day to make it. It’s adorable in the pictures Moogly has posted (and she has awesome tutorials to go along with it, perfect for beginners or those who are slightly less confident in their crochetabilities – a new word, yes). I’m trying to make more new things this year, trying to get out of ruts, trying to be a little less predictable when it comes to gifts, etc. So I was looking for another hat pattern and this fits the bill.

The pattern calls for worsted weight yarn, so I was concerned about how it would work up with a bulkier weight yarn, but it worked out great. I think Baby’s First yarn might be a new favorite. This hat is adorable and I’ll definitely be making and gifting many more.

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Pattern Review: Red Heart One-Ball Ripple Scarf

I’ve never crocheted a ripple pattern before. I’ve seen them in afghans, I’ve recognized them as traditional, but I’ve never had much success with them. This yarn has been in my stash for awhile. I fell in love with it, paid a little more for it, and decided I was going to make something for myself with it, but I didn’t know what that was.

I was browsing Ravelry on Sunday when I found it. Red Heart’s One-Ball Ripple Scarf Crochet Pattern. It was perfect to show off the colorways.

I used a larger crochet hook than recommended, an M since my L is stuck in a bag somewhere with an unfinished project. The yarn is Yarn Bee’s Aurora Borealis Twist in Blue Mountain. The pattern was easy to follow, and after the first row I didn’t even look back at it. It memorized easily. I absolutely love this scarf and the pattern gets an easy 4 stars.

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Hats for Heads – Newborn, 3-6 months, 6-9 months Patterns

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I think I have finally prototyped the bugs out of these patterns. If you find any errors or have any questions, please let me know!

All sizes use 3 strands worsted weight yarn held together and a size “M” crochet hook.

Newborn

Magic circle
Ch2, 8DC in circle, pull tight, join, ch2 (8 stitches total)
2DC in each DC, join, ch2 (16 stitches total)
2DC, DC, repeat around, join, ch2 (24 stitches total)
2DC, DC 5 times, repeat around, join, ch2 (28 stitches total)
Rows 5-10, DC in each DC
Finish off, weave in ends.

3-6 Months

Magic circle
Ch2, 8DC in circle, pull tight, join, ch2 (8 stitches total)
2DC in each DC, join, ch2 (16 stitches total)
2DC, DC, repeat around, join, ch2 (24 stitches total)
2DC, DC, DC, repeat around, join, ch2 (32 stitches total)
Rows 5-11, DC in each DC
Finish off, weave in ends.

6-9 Months

Magic circle
Ch2, 9DC in circle, pull tight, join, ch2 (9 stitches total)
2DC in each DC, join, ch2 (18 stitches total)
2DC, DC, repeat around, join, ch2 (27 stitches total)
2DC, DC, DC, repeat around, join, ch2 (36 stitches total)
Rows 5-12, DC in each DC
Finish off, weave in ends.

 

Once again, questions, comments, errors, let me know!

Hats For Heads – Preemie Pattern

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This excellent site says that 4-5lb preemie head sizes are in the 11″-12″ size range. This hat measures 11.5″, with plenty of stretch. For tiny, tender little heads, it would probably be best to make it with softer yarns (Simply Soft and I Love This Yarn! are some of my favorites).

Materials needed:
Worsted weight yarn, I use 3 different colors in most cases. You will be holding 3 strands together at all times.
Size “M” crochet hook
Yarn needle

Start with a magic circle (an excellent tutorial can be found here)
Ch2, 8 DC in circle, pull circle tight, join, ch2 (8 stitches total)
2DC in each DC, join, ch2 (16 stitches total)
2DC in first DC, DC in next DC, *2DC, DC* repeat around, join, ch2 (24 stitches total)
Rows 4-7, DC in each DC.
Finish off, weave in ends.