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  • A Feast of Creativity! Fun Projects to Get You in the Thanksgiving Spirit.

     

    Halloween is over, Makers. The skulls and cauldrons are being put away until next year, and turkeys and cornucopias are taking their place! Thanksgiving is a holiday that's meant for endless conversation over great food, and even better company. But there tends to be one thing overlooked every year when you plan for your grand feast : the decor! Decorations make or break the ambiance of a dinner, and for a meal as important as Thanksgiving, you definitely don't wanna drop the ball. Which is why we've got your back! We've put together a few fun projects in all types of mediums that will make your Thanksgiving environment so mesmerizing, no one will even notice that you almost burnt the sweet potato pie.

    Look for your category, if you're craft specific, or dive in and try out a project in a new craft! The choice is totally yours.

    Give Thanks With Crochet Goodies

    Thanksgiving Crafts Nature's Gifts For Baby Pattern

    As any great craftsman knows, the best way to give thanks during the holidays is through home made gifts and trinkets! If you're a crochet lover at heart, then you've come to the right blog post. We've got some nifty patterns for you to try out, and give out to the people you love. Just look at the adorable fox hat and matching blanket pattern that you can make for the little ones in your life (above). This getup from Nature's Gifts For Baby  will be sure to get loads of attention for Fall, and your baby can be cute and comfortable as they're showered with cheek pinches and waves of "awww".

    Thanksgiving Crafts Little Animals Headgear - Turkey Beanie
    Thanksgiving Crafts Little Animals Headgear - Turkey Headband

    If you've got someone a little older that you're making for, check out these Turkey Transformation patterns from Little Animals Headgear (Left). These cute and functional headband and beanie patterns are sure to be a big hit with the family during Thanksgiving Dinner. Plus, if you're not dying of cuteness overload from these pictures, then your heart is made of stuffing, and you didn't eat enough cranberry sauce. The pattern can be adjustable based on how big or small the person you're crocheting for is, so this pattern can be made for a wide age range! It's holiday gift patterns like these that really show that you're thinking outside of the oven for Thanksgiving this year. Not that there's anything wrong with thinking inside the oven, of course. Thanksgiving is supposed to be a day for eating! Which is why we have these next few patterns just for the kitchen.

     

    Thanksgiving Crafts Crocheted Lace Trimmings - Quick Thread Projects

    If you've always been known for your upscale Thanksgiving soirees, then this is the project for you. Quick Thread Projects (above) is known for its fun and trendy projects for any occasion, and this Lace Trimming project certainly takes the cake (or pumpkin pie). The lacework can elevate the decor of your event, or give a little extra oomph to that store-bought Jam that you're trying to pass off as homemade (you can't fool me with that unmarked mason jar).

     

    Thanksgiving Crafts White Lace Runner - Filet Table Runners

    This project is specifically for the table. Though your guests might not notice it immediately -because they're focused on the delicious buffet in front of them- it has been a traditional part of Thanksgiving decor for decades, and we can't not include tradition in a classic holiday like this one. We're talking table runners, makers! Specifically, this White Lace Filet Runner from Filet Table Runners (above). They've been the perfect pairing to that apple print tablecloth that everyone remembers they had for at least one Thanksgiving, I'm 89.9% sure of that.

     

    Knit Some Handy Kitchen Helpers for Thanksgiving Dinner

    Don't be fooled by all of our cool crochet crafts, we have some awesome knit stuff too. These Thanksgiving themed projects make the perfect handy helpers that are festive and functional!

    Thanksgiving Crafts Dishcloths for Special Days
    Thanksgiving Crafts Corn Cob Dishcloth - Make In A Weekend Potholders and Dishcloths
    Thanksgiving Crafts Apple Potholder - Make In A Weekend Potholders and Dishcloths

    These crafty potholders and dishcloths from Make in a Weekend Potholders and Dishcloths (right) will brighten up any kitchen space, and make it look like you have an eclectic taste in home decor. That corn cob dishcloth looks good enough to eat! Let these little baubles be your good luck charms when cooking Thanksgiving dinner. If the funky patterns aren't up to your speed, then try these simple and subtle designs from Dishcloths For Special Days! Modern or Classic, you choose which style is best for you and your family.

    Festive Coloring - Fun For Everyone

    Thanksgiving Crafts Bountiful Wonders Coloring Sheet

    Coloring! The craft that makes you feel like a kid again, but in the best and most relaxing way possible. Adult coloring has become one of those mindless and relaxing crafts that you can enjoy whenever and wherever you want. Which is why you need these festive coloring books for the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday. No one ever thinks about the down time during family get togethers - when you're waiting for the food to be finished. Even if you did think about it last year, it was probably already too late, and then you became stuck in between channels of boring small talk between your aunts and uncles that will just be repeated when Christmas comes (don't worry, we have Christmas coloring books too).

    Thanksgiving Crafts Color On The Go - Welcome Fall
    Thanksgiving Crafts Color On The Go - Gather Together

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Adult coloring was made for down time, so this Thanksgiving, when you feel the need to be creative, check out the beautiful content in Bountiful Wonders (above header), Color on the Go - Fall, and Color On The Go - Gather Together (above).

    If you're looking for ways to repurpose those pages after they're colored, check out our DIY Coloring Decor post we did for National Coloring Day.

     

    Bonus : Thanksgiving Fun with Plastic Canvas

    Thanksgiving Crafts Holiday Fancies - Give Thanks Napkin Holder

    This is for the festive turkeys that want to go the extra mile this holiday. Plastic Canvas is a fun and addicting craft to start, and what better project to start with than this adorable napkin holder, from Holiday Fancies, perfect for any table. Pair this with your table runners and lace trim, and you've got yourself a swanky Thanksgiving.

     

    Share Your Projects With Us! 

    Which of these projects do you want to try, Makers? Give us a shout out in the comments or on our Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. We love to see what you're working on!

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    Happy Decorating!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • One-Skein Baby Projects

    Please welcome our Guest Blogger, Sharon Silverman.  Sharon is the author of Crochet Refresher, Tunisian Crochet Baby Blankets, Tunisian Shawls, and most recently One-Skein Baby Projects.  Her very popular Heirloom Frame Crochet Blanket ePattern gets rave reviews on LeisureArts.com.  She has two brand new ePatterns that you can be among the first to download.  They are a Mosaic Blanket ePattern and a Lacy Crescent Shawl.  Sharon is here today to tell us about her latest Leisure Arts Book: One-Skein Baby Projects.  

    “Good things come in small packages,” the saying goes, and that’s certainly true for babies and for crochet projects.  My goal for One-Skein Baby Projects was to create adorable designs that crocheters could whip up for a special little baby without a large investment of time or money. I’m delighted that Leisure Arts was on board with the concept and gave me the go-ahead.

    Photo 1, book cover One-Skein Baby Projects book cover.

    The first part of my design process was to decide what items to focus on, and to select yarn for each project. I was inspired by Bonbons and Vanna’s Palettes. Both are mini-skein sets from Lion Brand. So cute to have all of those colors in one package! Those seemed ideal for toys.

    Photo 2, Pretzel Rattle Pretzel Rattle

    I used Vanna’s Palettes for the Pretzel Rattle. Why a pretzel? I should probably confess that pretzels have fascinated me ever since I wrote a travel guidebook about my home state, Pennsylvania Snacks: Your Guide to Food Factory Tours. I learned that Lititz, Lancaster County is home to the first commercial pretzel bakery in America, and that the history of the pretzel extends as far back as 610 A.D. That’s the first documented instance of European monks rewarding children who had memorized their Bible verses and prayers with a pretiola, Latin for “little reward.”

    A pretzel-shaped rattle has other advantages, too: lots of places for baby to hold on, and holes that are perfect for peek-a-boo.

    Safety is always my top priority when designing baby items. For the rattle, I used an unopened tube of beads completely encased in clear, waterproof packing tape. It’s positioned in the middle of fiberfill stuffing so it’s completely hidden from view, from feel—and from little teeth. Unless an elephant steps on the rattle and then a tiger rips the packing tape and the bead tube to shreds, the beads pose no danger.  (If you are in regular contact with an elephant and a tiger, omit the bead rattle—although a choking hazard may be the least of your worries.)  

    Bouncy Block uses Lion Brand Bonbons for a bright-colored, highly textured cube that’s fun for little hands.

    Photo 3, Bouncy Block Bouncy Block

    I think crocheters will enjoy making this because each side is different. Instead of fiberfill stuffing, I used washable cotton batting because it is denser and keeps the block nice and plump while retaining its shape.

    Every baby needs a “lovey” to cuddle and snuggle with. The Snow Bear Lovey (Bernat Baby Sport and Patons Astra) is a sweet bear-and-blanket combination. I chose a textured stitch pattern on the blanket to keep it interesting for crocheters and for babies. The head, muzzle, nose, ears, and arms are made separately, then assembled and attached to the center of the blanket. The ears are definitely my favorite part of the Snow Bear’s head. Something about them makes me go, “Awww…”

    Photo 4, Snow Bear Lovey

    Once the toys were finished, I worked on baby garments from head to toe—literally!—the Bubble Hat (Red Heart Anne Geddes Baby), Ribbed Vest (Caron Simply Soft), and Booties for Cuties (Red Heart Baby TLC).

    My own children are in their twenties now and hence no longer suitable models for baby gear, so it was thrilling to see the smiling little boy wearing the Bubble Hat and the Ribbed Vest in Leisure Arts’ photos. Way to make my work look good, buddy!

    The hat is sized for 0-3 months, 6 months, and 12 months; the vest is sized for 0-3 months and 3-6 months.

    Baby Bubble Hat Bubble Hat
    Baby Ribbed Vest Ribbed Vest

    Booties for Cuties are designed to keep little tootsies warm. High cuffs cover the ankle and keep the footwear right where it belongs. This project is sized for 3-6 months and 6-9 months.

    Baby Crochet Booties for Cuties Pink Booties for Cuties - Pink
    Crochet Baby Booties for Cuties Blue Booties for Cuties - Blue

    One other garment, the Hibiscus Top in Lion Brand LB Cotton Bamboo, has very recently been published as a stand-alone ePattern by Leisure Arts on its website.

    Crochet Hibiscus Top Hibiscus Top

    Every parent will tell you that you can never have too many bibs or washcloths. The final three projects in the leaflet are two bibs and a set of washcloths.

    The Bright & Easy Bib (Patons Grace) is worked in single crochet so it’s nice and dense. The ties are worked as part of the neckline so there’s no chance they can come loose.

    Crochet Bright & Easy Bib for Baby Bright & Easy Bib

    The Pullover Bib (Bernat Handicrafter Cotton) has a stretchy neckline that makes it easy to get on and off. A variation on single crochet produces a tight weave to keep messes from getting through. This bib is sized for head circumference 14” and for 16”.

    Baby Pullover Bib to Crochet Pullover Bib

    Sunshine Washcloths (Lily Sugar ’n Cream) brighten up baby’s nursery or bath. Thick and thirsty cluster stitches make these quick cloths pretty and practical. Make a few, roll up and tie with ribbon, and pop them in a basket with baby toiletries for a charming shower gift.

    Baby Crochet Sunshine Washcloth Sunshine Washcloth

    It was a pleasure working with Leisure Arts on One-Skein Baby Projects. Along with doing the editing and photography, they added helpful video links to the patterns. What a great way for crocheters to learn something new or to get reacquainted with a technique they haven’t used in a while. In the past I’ve written Tunisian Crochet Baby Blankets, Tunisian Shawls, and Crochet Refresher for Leisure Arts; another leaflet, Easy Afghans, will be published this spring. They also offer some standalone ePatterns of my work on their site.

    My hope for One-Skein Baby Projects is that relatively new crocheters will find easy items to suit their skill level, experienced crocheters will enjoy exciting stitch patterns and techniques to hold their interest, and that the finished projects will put a smile on the faces of babies and their parents.

    One-Skein Baby Projects Table of Contents Table of Contents

    To tell you a little bit about me, I’m a lifelong crafter who switched gears from travel writing to crochet design after I rediscovered my love of crochet about ten years ago. I’m a professional member of the Crochet Guild of America and a design member of The National NeedleArts Association. I was a featured guest on HGTV’s fiber arts program, “Uncommon Threads,” and have been interviewed on numerous radio podcasts. Recently I expanded my crochet work to include large-scale museum installations, indoors and out. I love to travel and explore the outdoors, especially with my husband, Alan, and our two grown sons. So far I have visited 48 states, 5 Canadian provinces, and 9 European countries. You can find me on Facebook and Pinterest at Sharon Silverman Crochet; on Ravelry at CrochetSharon; and on my website, www.SharonSilverman.com. I would love to hear from you!

    Happy crocheting!

    Photo 14, Sharon Silverman Sharon Silverman
  • Crocheting a Cute Cow Hat

    Look at this cute cow crochet hat I created!  It's from Little Animals Headgear, and it's one of the sillier animal hats that I've worked on in quite a while.  And one of the cutest:

    Cow Crochet Hat A cute cow crochet hat to create for the little one.

    There were some super delightful crochet hat patterns to choose from (A turkey! An owl!  Even a hippo!), but I was in a cow hat-making mood.  And I had yarn in the colors and quantities needed--worsted weight white, brown, and black.

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    And, as (almost) always, I picked acrylic yarn because clothes that come with special washing instructions are not always welcome with new parents and this hat is going in my gift stash.  Heck, even people who don't mind handwash-only handknits can still appreciate something that's easy to care for!  So, I pulled out my Vanna's Choice and trusty ol' Red Heart Super Saver yarns and I hook, and went to work on this crochet hat.  I tend to procrastinate making all the little add-ons with these types of projects, so I decided to make all of the small pieces first.

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    And then when I made the hat, all those little pieces were just waiting to be sewn on! Super simple.

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    A quick note about the hat itself: most of the hats and all of the earwarmer designs call for stitch patterns that create a textured fabric.  Some of them look really neat, but I wanted to make a hat with a very solid fabric.  This is actually the hat pattern from the Turkey pattern, which uses only half double crochet stitches.  Some people like more interesting stitch patterns, but I'm a simple woman who likes simple stitch patterns.

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    I figured the embellishments would be decorative enough.

     

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    And they were!  I made this in the 6-9 month size, just because that seemed like a good-sized hat to have on hand.  There are hat patterns written for sizes 0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-9 months, and 9-12 months.  The ear warmer patterns are written for sizes 24 months, 2T-4, Small, Medium, and Large.  And don't worry, if you have trouble guessing what the size '6 months' means (my daughter is tiny, my nephews are giants, and kids just come in all shapes and sizes!), there's a sizing chart to let you know what the sizes are in terms of inches and centimeters.

     

    This was a fun little project that's going to look unbearably cute on some little baby at some point in the very near future.  Something this silly won't be stuck in my gift stash for very long!

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  • Pumpkin Hat

    100 Hats to Knit & Crochet

    I love Halloween. It is my favorite holiday. I have a friend with a new baby. So, I thought I would crochet him a cute little Pumpkin Hat. I used Crème de la Crème 100% cotton. I used three different colors orange, brown, and green. This pattern will fit an infant/toddler. I didn't get this pattern from a Leisure Arts book. 100 Hats to Knit and Crochet has hats that you could modify to work for your needs.

    Pumpkin Crochet Hat

    With a size G hook. Chain 60 stitches. Join in the round with a slip stitch. Be careful not to twist!

    Row 1: With main color (orange) chain 1, single crochets all the way around, and slip stitch into the chain 1. Row 2: Chain 3, double crochets all the way around. Continue Row 2 until the hat is about 3.25(3 ¼) to 3.50(3 ½) inches tall.

    Decrease is chain 3, 7 double crochet, and crochet 2 together, then 8 double stitches and crochet 2 together. You are going to continue decreasing by 1 stitch until you finish the chain 3 and 3 double crochet and crochet 2 together, 4 double crochet and crochet 2 together.

    Color change/Stem: To join the brown yarn slip stitch where you slipped the last stitch, chain 2, double crochet around. I didn’t crochet 2 together on the first round, because I did 2 regular double crochets into the next two stitches. The 3rd and 5th stitch a double into the middle of the lower stitch, and the 4th double crochet I went into the lower stitch. Continue this all the way around. The next round start your decreases chain 3, 2 double crochet and crochet 2 together, 3 double crochet and crochet 2 together. Continue decreasing by 1 stitch until you get to six stitches left and do double crochets until you get the stem length that you want then crochet 2 together 3 times.

    Green curly cue: Chain 35 stitches or however many you want to do. Do 6 double crochets into the 2nd stitch and 4 more stitches into ever chain stitch. Bind off when you get to the end. With a darning needle or crochet hook attach where ever you want it.

     

  • Granny Square Headband

    A few weeks ago one of my kids that I nanny for asked me to make them a headband. I asked her what kind of headband and she shrugged her shoulder and said “I don’t know!” So I thought about it and when looking through a crochet book by Leisure Arts called Quick Itty Bitties. I saw this crochet Granny Square Hat. I thought how cute would that be as a headband instead of a hat.

    Granny Square Headband

    I found this cotton yarn Crème de le Crème while on vacation last week in Southport, NC called Angelwings Needle Arts. So I used 5 colors 4 different colors for the granny squares each square has three colors. I know that the pattern calls for more than 4 colors. The 5th color is a light gray I used light gray to crochet the squares together and did a single crochet across the top and the bottom. She can wear this headband now or when it gets cold to keep her ears warm. I like knitting or crocheting with cotton because breaths. This project was quick and easy. It only took a couple hours.

    Granny Square Headband

  • I Crocheted the Shells Beanie and I Want to Wear it for the Entire Winter!

    It is August and I have crocheted a slouchy hat with bulky weight yarn.

    I don't even mind.  The Shells Beanie from Slouchy Beanies and Headwraps is quick and easy and adorable and perfect for my sister's birthday present.  The chunky yarn made this warm and squishy project fly by like a dream.  I loved working the shells up with a big ol' J hook, and this took up just one skein of Wool-Ease Chunky (153 yards).

    And I have to confess: I skipped one row of shells because I was worried about running out of yarn.  This wound up saving the day, and the hat body is still plenty slouchy.  This is, I have decided, just the right amount of slouch.  You know what I mean.  Some hats barely have more room than a skullcap, and some hats look like they belong on elves!  This little hat has enough slouch to it to look casual and roomy, but not so much that it looks sloppy or that the wearer will have to worry about it being pulled of her head because of its own weight.

    Like I mentioned before, crocheting this hat was a little like making a granny square for a head.  And I love that idea far more than I should.  But it's so pretty and I love crocheting shells so much and this is truly a pretty little design.  The holes between between the shells let this bulky hat breathe a bit, but this crocheted fabric is thick enough to keep someone warm.  But stylishly warm!  This hat pattern feels so perfect, I bet its perfection can be proven by science!  Or math because, you know, of row counts and stuff.  I don't know. I was an English major!   But I'm also a crocheting hat-wearer and I  know that this is a great hat.

    Also, I think it kind of looks like a flower.  It reminds me of giant purple zinnias.  I love zinnias.  Just about any pattern that makes me think of flowers is a good pattern.  It's pretty without being too precious.  It's also going on my sister's head in just a short while and I'm going to miss it!  I really think I'm going to have to make another one for myself.  I don't think I'll use the same colorway, but there are plenty of other yarns out there to make me think of zinnias. 

    I'm just going to wait until it's no longer August to make one for myself.

  • WIP Wednesday: Crocheting a Bright and Bulky Dream Hat

    I'm crocheting the Shells Beanie from Crochet Slouchy Beanies and Headwraps!  It's a bright and bulky dream project.  Even if it does look a little like a hot pad from the 1970s right now.
     

    Which is a fine way to look, I must say.

    I'm using a J hook and a skein of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Jiffy that I hopes lasts me to the end of this hat.  It's a nice, squishy project with rows and rows of shells.  I love shells.  This is so close to feeling like I'm crocheting a large circular granny square hat that I smile every time I think about it. 

     

    I'm halfway through the body now, and I think I can finish this up over the weekend.  I'm not sure if this is going to go straight to my gift stash, or if I'll give this to my sister for her birthday next week.  But someone's going to love it, that's for sure!  It's been a while since I've crocheted a pattern from Crochet Slouchy Beanies and Headwraps, and I'm not sure why.  These patterns are lovely!  Cooler weather is just a couple of months away, and I want to make a few more patterns from this book before fall!  I love a good slouchy hat, and this hat in particular is just too dadgummed cute for me to not make it.  Hats are a great summer project. 

     

    Even though this summer has been beautifully not-terrible, I still have a hard time focusing on big cold-weather projects.  I bought the yarn for a sweater a month ago and haven't knitted anything other than a gauge swatch.  My plans for blankets?  Just plans.  All my lofty goals of baby booties and hats?  We don't have to talk about it!  It's summertime and the living's easy!  We're riding high on piles of zucchini and squash and flip flops and long, sunshiny days!  Cold weather crafting is the farthest thing from my mind.  But I know I'll need some warm hats and scarves in my gift stash soon enough. 

     

    This great bulky weight project is going to crochet up quickly and cutely.  I'm so happy my spellcheck didn't flag "cutely."  I like that word.  And I like this hat pattern. I can't wait to see it all worked up!

    Happy crafting!  And good luck with all of your works-in-progress!
  • Crocheting a Bunny Hat!

    I crocheted the Bunny Hat from Hats & Diaper Covers because I am on an eternal quest to be The World's Best Crafting Aunt.  I'm pretty sure I've got this!

    I can understand why you might be looking at this bunny hat and wondering why I even try to compete for this imaginary title when this hat is clearly not white. Or gray.  Or even brown.

    I had fanciful notions of more natural yarn color options.  I really did.  But the more I thought of my sweet-faced nephew, with his dark eyebrows and his big ol' cheeks and his wide eyes that are already turning from blue to...something else that hasn't been determined yet, I had a thought.  And then I sent my sister a text and asked "Very Important Question: If [nephew] was a bunny rabbit, would he be white, gray, brown, or tan?  Or would he look like the Blue Bell bunny (like I am picture for some reason)?"

    She immediately asked if this was a hat question.

    She knows me too well.

    We decided that if this three-month-old infant (four months old on Easter Sunday!) was going to be any kind of rabbit, he would apparently be a cartoon one and then I got to work with some Caron Simply Soft that I already had.  I think I was supposed to choose a more pastel blue, because it's Easter time and this is a small baby but 1) I didn't have any worsted weight light blue yarn around and 2) this just seems right.

    The patterns in Hats & Diaper Covers are for babies around six months old, so I left a row or two off of the main body of this hat.  Also, I crocheted the two ear pieces for each ear together, rather than seaming them because I dislike seaming.  I used a G hook, which is a size smaller than what I typically need when crocheting worsted weight yarn, but I think those measures will make the hat fit my nephew a little bit better.

    Or it means he's already outgrown this because babies can go from practically swimming in their clothes to completely outgrowing them in just a few months in the first year.

    But that's fine.  That just means that my favorite little guy is healthy and growing.

    It also means I can make a larger version of this next year.

    The Bunny Hat and Diaper Cover set is also available as a standalone pattern, but I would recommend buying the whole book.  There are plenty of adorable patterns and every last one of them would look amazing on some small person you love.  You can trust me on this for two reasons:

    1. I have made nearly all of them--the Puppy Hat, the Ladybug Hat, and the Giraffe Hat were all quick, easy, and super-cute patterns.

    2. I am The World's Best Crafting Aunt.  My word is bond.

  • Crocheting a Fluffy Lamb Hat!

    I made the Lamb Hat pattern from Hats & Diaper Covers!*  Then I squealed a little as I stared at my handiwork because this is just too adorable!

     

    Most of the patterns are pretty quick, but the Lamb hat pattern calls for super bulky weight yarn.  You can make this quicker than two shakes of a lamb's tail. (I had to do that!)  But this really is an incredibly quick little project!  The hat is for little heads that are around 3-6 months old, and is only 7 rows.  I went ahead and added an eighth for my much-older daughter.

     

     Unfortunately, she'll have nothing to do with it.  Ugh, it almost makes me wish I'd crocheted just a few more rows on this to fit me.  This is a darned sweet little hat.  And I haven't even gotten to the ears!

     

    Look at these ears!  So sweet and quick and simple.  It's just two rows, and that includes crocheting in the free loops of the beginning chain.  They're floppy and kind of goofy-looking, and they remind me of a lamb's floppy little ears.  Sometimes it's tricky to find animal hats that aren't too cutesy, but I really like this straightforward look.  And if my little girl decided she wanted a bunny hat, I could definitely convince her that this is a hat for one of those floppy-eared bunnies.

    Anything's possible, I guess.  Or this could just turn into a hat for my nephew.  For now, this is sitting all fluffy and cozy in my gift stash.  I used scraps of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in Oatmeal and the recommended N hook.  I didn't time myself, but I think I made this in about an hour--and that includes quickly stitching the ears to the hat and weaving in my ends.

    I cannot stress how quick and easy this little hat is.  And pictures are not doing it justice.  This would look ten times more precious on a head.  You should try it yourself to find out!

    Mark my words, I'll be finding a small person to wear this before Easter and this is going to be amazing and awesome and cute.  There's really nothing else to say, but I keep hoping I'll think of another lamb-related pun so I can put it in here.  But nothing's coming to me, and that's too baaaaaa-d.

    I'm really sorry.  Just enjoy this great baby pattern and ignore me.

    *I originally linked to Hats & Diaper Covers by accident.  I've fixed the link now.  Hats & Diaper Covers has many lovely patterns, but Hats & Diaper Covers 2 has the pattern for the Lamb set.

  • Finishing an Imperfect and Perfect Chullo

    Well, I went ahead and finished it.  I finished the Modern Chullo from Hats & Scarves.

    Yes, the one that was incredibly messed up.

    I was already hesitant about unraveling this since I was seriously one row from finishing the main part of the hat.  (Ugh.)

    But then people left some really nice comments on this project.  And these crafters understood my troubles.  I know this because the phrase "I feel your pain" popped up a few times.  And because there were some stories to prove it, I tell you what: WIPs that were decades old.  Projects that were worked 2 or 3 times with different hooks and yarns.  So. much. ripping. back.

    I really appreciated and enjoyed everyone's comments, but two in particular really got me. One was this:

    Well, I like your "wrong" chulo. Most genuine chulos have lots of mistakes on them - they give them character.

    And the other was this:

    I was sitting next to my dad crocheting one day and ripping out a piece. He asked why I was taking so much out. I told him I made a mistake and had to fix it. He asked where it was and I showed him. Bless his soul he said to me that you know only you would see that or think that was a mistake. I looked at him funny and he explained the people who do not crochet or knit would not see any mistakes because they do not notice thing like that. Only you who do these beautiful things do because you are the creators. Geez I miss that man, he always made me feel so good about my work.

    Well, duh.  How could I forget that flaws can be memorable--in a good way?  And how I could forget that most people are not going to be as critical of my work as I am?  My husband, who could tell where I messed up on the hat but wasn't sure why I considered it ruined, had already pointed out that this looked like something his little brother would wear.

    (Because I still hadn't made all of my Christmas presents.  I KNOW, I KNOW!)

    Between my husband's reminder that his brother would be enduring the third round of polar vortex nastiness bareheaded and everyone's sweet comments (but especially those two up there I just quoted), it was settled:  I would finish the hat.  Most of the work was already done, anyway!

    So I did.

    I crocheted the rest of the body.  And then I added the ear flaps. And I worked a gray border around the bottom edge and added braids.

    Man, I love the braids.

    And if you look at the hat as a whole, it looks fine.  Not amazing, and not exactly like the picture in the pattern book, but fine.

    And actually, my brother-in-law thought it looked awesome. He didn't realize the hat was for him when my daughter first brought it to him, and later said his first thought was "Those colors are really cool.  I wish I had a hat like that."  Hooray!

    The pattern calls for a J hook and worsted weight yarn.  I used Red Heart Super Savers and an I hook and still had a gauge to fit a pretty large adult male head.  The ear flaps are huge, which I think is perfect.  The top is pointy and goofy-looking.  The colorwork is my first ever, and I think I'm a little proud of it. 

    And I think this is a great hat!

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