Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Baby Needs a Hat - Pattern #021614

By M. J. Joachim

I designed this pattern while traveling in the car, to visit my daughter two hours away last weekend. It’s a quick and easy pattern that uses up some of those leftover yarn scraps. The brown hat, my prototype, used up about 1/3 of a skein of homespun yarn. I used two strands (one light purple and one white) of lightweight, sport yarn for the other hat, which I added a ruffle to, and I used US size K hook for both hats.

The brown hat measures approximately 16 inches in diameter; the purple and white hat is a little smaller at approximately 14 inches in diameter, so it will fit a newborn nicely, as the average circumference of a newborn’s head is 13 inches.

Hat Instructions

Step 1: Chain 37; join to first chain to make a circle. Keep your chain straight when you do this, so it isn’t twisted while you work.

Step 2: Chain 1, single crochet in each chain around, including first chain 1; join with slip stitch to first single crochet

[Repeat Step 2 once, skipping last stitch in chain 1 and joining to first sc in round.]

Step 3: Chain 4 (counts as 1 dc + chain 1); dc in same stitch – This is a beginning V-stitch.

Step 4: Make V-stitch (dc + chain 1 + dc) in 2nd stitch from hook

[Repeat Step 4 around, joining with a slip stitch to 3rd chain of first chain 4 in round]

Step 5: Chain 1, single crochet in first chain 1 space

Step 6: Chain 1, single crochet in next chain 1 space

[Repeat Step 6 around, ending with chain 1 and joining with slip stitch to 1st sc in round]

Step 7: Slip stitch into 1st chain 1 space; make beginning V-stitch; make V-stitch in each chain 1 space around; join to 3rd chain of 1st chain 4 in round

Step 8: Slip stitch into 1st chain 1 space; chain 1, sc in same place

Step 9: Single crochet in each chain 1 space around; join with slip stitch to 1st sc in round

Step 10: Chain 1, single crochet in same place

Step 11: Single crochet decrease over next 2 stitches; single crochet in following stitch around; join with slip stitch to 1st sc in round

[Repeat Steps 10 & 11 one more time]

Step 12: Cast on a loop from each of the next 7 stitches, so that you have 8 loops on your hook, yarn over and draw through all loops on hook

Step 13: Single crochet in next stitch.

Finish off. Weave in loose ends


Join yarn in any stitch at bottom of hat. Make beginning V-stitch (chain 4 + dc); make V-stitch in each stitch around; join with slip stitch to 3rd chain of beginning V-stitch; finish off, weave in loose ends, steam to relax stitches as desired

I’m still working on another larger project; I hope to share it with you soon. Today’s pattern is an original design. All copyright rules apply. You may use this pattern for personal use only. If you’d like to share this pattern with others, please link to this page on my blog. Thank you.

Other than that, I published a post called Busy People are Happier People on Effectively Human today. I hope you check it out, because I think you'll really enjoy it. I also published a movie review for Winter's Tale on my Writing Tips blog. Busy is as busy does, but sometimes we go to the movies, and share what we think about them on our blogs.

M. J.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Thank You to Followers, #atozchallenge, #blogblitz

By M. J. Joachim

First and foremost, I want to thank all of you amazing blog land friends, for consistently encouraging me with this blog. Your comments delight me like you wouldn’t believe. I’m thrilled to be sharing my work with you! 

For the last two years, Lots of Crochet Stitches participated in the A – Z Challenge. I had every intention of doing so again this year. Then life happened, and I was asked to be a Co-Host on the Challenge on January 1, 2014. I knew there was no way to do everything and do it well. I also knew I’ve wanted to take this blog in a different direction for a while – making larger projects that take more time. I’m currently working on one I simply know you’re going to love! It means posting less frequently, but as I build up the collection of projects, it will definitely be better for all of you.

So while I’m still planning to add stitch tutorials, I’m also planning to give you free patterns for all sorts of other neat projects too. Oh bother, it means this blog won’t be part of the 2014 Challenge. However, that’s no reason for you not to join. I hope you’ll consider the benefits of sharing your work with such a wide and diverse group of bloggers. I can assure you it’s worth it, since having this blog in the last two challenges gave it more exposure and followers than I ever could have hoped for, and I wasn’t even a Co-Host then.

Also, I want to take a moment to share the blog blitz with you. Simply add your link to the list, and wait to see when you get bombarded with comments from it. Doesn’t matter what your blog is about, if you’re on the list, people will stop and leave you a message, sharing some happy cheer with you and your blog.

Finally, for those who want me to post videos – I’m sorry, but it’s not going to happen. I work hard to produce well-planned tutorials and pictures for you to follow. It’s my comfort zone, and I’m not comfortable at all with making videos.

Thanks for stopping by and visiting here today. I hope to see you at the Challenge, and I hope to visit you in the Blog Blitz. Until next time, I wish you well.

M. J.

p.s. More stitch patterns are coming soon…and then that larger project I mentioned too.

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