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Winners Today!

2 Feb

Well today I have to announce that ‘Nice piece of work‘ and ‘J.G. Burdette’ have both won a free copy of my hat pattern “Polyhymnia convertible Hat/Cowl”. Congratulations to both of you 🙂

I also have another pattern out that was just published in the last couple of days, Stepz is a convertible too, so if you would like a copy of this pattern post a comment on this post and I will give a copy or two away to some lucky person!  IMG_2189 IMG_2187 sorry these aren’t the best photos as my daughter looks like she can’t wait to be finished…lol, but there are more photos on the pattern page 🙂

Just a short post today….cheers everyone.


Polyhymnia Convertible Cowl/Hat….New pattern.

25 Jan

Well I’ve published another new pattern today and have decided that I will run the same deal that I did for Asrai Fairy Stole, so you need to post a comment on this post for your chance to win a free pattern……after a while I will do a random draw to find a winner and that person will receive a free copy of my newest pattern. Either on Ravelry if they want or via email….just let me know in your post how you would like to get it!

This is my latest pattern….Polyhymnia convertible Cowl/Hat

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So comment away for your chance to win a free pattern 🙂

I am going to give a free pattern to both of the people who commented on the last post, so karen030710 and bestofcrochet if you would like to let me know how you would like to receive your pattern I will get it to you asap! Congratulations 🙂




Free Pattern

22 Jan

Well I have finally published my first pattern for January and I am going to give a copy away for free. If you have a Ravelry account I can gift it to you there, otherwise I can send it through via email. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post and I will randomly draw someone out of a hat to gift the pattern to.

The pattern is Asrai Fairy Stole and it is available on Ravelry or Craftsy at the moment 🙂 Anyway leave your comments and I will let you know if you are the winner. I am also holding a CAL for this pattern here on Ravelry

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How to make a hat….recipe.

5 Dec

In thinking about what to write in my blog I have decided that it’s time to have a little fun and hopefully to teach you something J.  So I have posted a recipe here that should give you the basics you need to make yourself a hat. Please remember that this is not a pattern so you will have to do most of the figuring out yourself, it is just meant to give you a basic idea of how to go about it.

This is a recipe for making a crochet hat from the bottom up. While my written patterns are much more complex than this as they need figures for different sizes and often mix stitch patterns, you should be able to use this pattern to make a hat that fits yourself or anyone you have available to try it on. Choose a yarn you like and a hook size that is suitable for the type of yarn.

I like my fabric nice and soft so I tend to go for a hook size a little larger than what is recommended.

The first thing you have to do is decide on a stitch pattern that you like for the body……a stitch dictionary is good for this and there are a lot of stitch patterns online. Sites like mypicot.com  or have a hunt around some crochet blogs for something. You can even use the stitch pattern from something else that you like.

Once you’ve decided on this find out what the number of stitches you need is for the pattern repeat and make a note of it…..this hat I’m making uses a pattern repeat of 4 sts. I do recommend that you try and keep your pattern repeat a manageable number to start with, you can play around with larger repeats later.


To begin you need to make your band…we will use fpdc for this, I always start with foundation dc because it is nice and stretchy which is good for a band, there is a tutorial for this on www.mooglyblog.com .

Using an even number of stitches fdc enough stitches so that it fits comfortably around your head, if you like it to fit firmly stretch it a bit before trying it on. Make a note of the number of stitches you used.

Join with a slip stitch to form a ring (be careful not to twist it), then start with your fpdc or rib pattern….you can use any stitch you like for your band really I just find that the fpdc gives a nice stretch.

I have some hats however where I have used one stitch pattern for the band and another for the body…like this one. s5

Ch3(counts as dc) then fpdc in your next st, dc in next st….and continue on until you get to the end. Your last st should be a fpdc, then you will slip stitch into the top of your ch3.

Do this for as many rounds as you want until the band is the width you like, 4 to 6 rounds usually works for me but it does depend on your yarn…you will need more rounds for dk yarn than you will for worsted weight for example.

Right, now is the time to prepare for your stitch pattern, first decide if you want a slouchy hat or a beanie.

Have a look at the number of stitches you used and see if it’s divisible by the number of stitches you need for your pattern…….e.g. If you have 56sts and your stitch pattern is over 4 sts like mine then you are right but if you have 58 sts you will have to increase your number of sts by at least 2. If you want a beanie this is easy, I usually do one last row of rib increasing whatever number of stitches I need evenly within the row…do this in your dc’s not your fpdc…somewhere in the row you will make 2dc’s in the one stitch instead of one, do this as many times as you need to. If you want a slouchy hat you will need to increase the number of stitches by a lot more……I usually double mine although 1 ½ times can work as well, it really depends on how slouchy you want to go. If I am doubling my stitches I find it is easier to do this by crocheting one round of single crochet, 2 stitches in each stitch. If I am going for 1 ½ times then I do one more round of rib and crochet 2dc’s in each dc in the round…it will look something like this….

ch3, dc in first st, fpdc, *2dc in next st, fpdc, rep from * to end, sl st in top of beg ch3 to join.

After creating the right number of stitches you should be able to start your stitch pattern.

Continue with your chosen stitch pattern until the hat is the right length to fit your head, if you are making a slouchy hat then continue on some more. The longer you make the body of your hat the slouchier it will be.

Now once you get to a good length for your hat body then you will need to finish up……for slouchy hats I often just finish then draw the yarn through all the stitches on the last round then gather it up tightly but if you want to decrease for a while then this is how I do it.

Some stitch patterns are easy to decrease within and you can continue with the stitch pattern while decreasing, for others I would change to single crochet and make my decreases.

So do one round of sc, then divide my stitch number evenly hopefully with a number somewhere around 10…could be 8, 9, 11, 12 etc….if you can’t divide evenly don’t worry too much just decrease a few extra in the first round to get a number that can be divided.

Here is an example using 56 sts as the number of sts I had……56 divided by 8 is 7 which means that every decrease row will decrease by 7sts.

Basically I would sc 6 sts, then sc2tog over stitch 7 & 8, then repeat that all the way around, then I crochet a straight sc round.

Next round you reduce the number of sc’s by one before you sc2tog, e.g. sc5, sc2tog, etc.

Continue doing this until you are at sc2tog each time with no sc’s in between, once you get to that you can decide if you need to continue decreasing for a round or two more (don’t forget your straight sc round in between)then end off and run your yarn through the last round of sts and pull up tightly.

I’d love you to have a go at this and let me know how it worked out.

Review: Crochetvolution Winter 2012

7 Nov

I saw a couple of really lovely reviews of Crochetvolution yesterday and meant to write about them then…but wadda ya know I already missed a day! I can’t believe it, it was grocery shopping day yesterday and I completely forgot that I even had a blog…lol

Anyway Quaternity Design Studios had a great review (of course I’m biased as my pattern was mentioned) Review: Crochetvolution Winter 2012. and so did Anastacia Knits they both have lovely blogs and interesting content so go and check them out.

Also check out Crochetvolution this mag has been going about a year now and gets better all the time, so bookmark it and watch for new editions. Melissa from Innerchildcrochet has done a fantastic job of creating and running a new magazine while juggling a young family as well 🙂 It’s full of free patterns like the ones below and interesting articles.

His Textured Scarf by Anastacia Zittel

His textured scarf by Anastacia Zittel, ideal for Christmas

Snowflake Ice Scraper Mitt by Darleen Hopkin

I love this idea by Darleen Hopkins, no good for us here in Brisbane of course but I have to think it would make a great teachers gift for those of you in colder climates.

There are also several other designs so check it out! and if you haven’t seen this mag before take a look at the archives too…that should keep you busy for the rest of the day 🙂


4 Nov


This is my very first published pattern…well published in a magazine I mean! It is available from Crochetvolution and is completely free. I was so excited when I opened the home page and found my pattern on the cover, my daughter is not nearly as excited to be a cover girl as I think she should be…lol. There are some other great patterns in this issue too and did I mention that they are free.

I am working today on a couple of other new patterns I’m trying to get ready to have tested so that I can add them to my Ravelry shop….that is in between cleaning the oven and shopping for a new lounge suite, ours has finally given up the ghost!

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