“Making it thru Monday” Review #42

Plain Making it thru MondayWhat incredible projects are you working on or have finished this week?  We would love to see them!  Email your photo at elkstudiocrochet@gmail.com and be sure to tell a little about the project and provide links to the patterns and your blog, Facebook page, etc. You can also upload the pictures directly to my ELK Studio Facebook page. It’s a chance for you to show everyone your wonderful talent!

Our top viewed submission is by Jennifer from Stew-art creations. She made this sweet little dress for her God-granddaughter as an Easter dress. It’s the perfect color and the ribbons around them are a nice finish. The hat pattern is Jennifer’s own design. Thank you so much for sharing your talents Jennifer.  You always choose the best colors!  Here’s the link to the dress on Ravelry.
Stew-Art CreationsThe next submission comes from Carolyn of The Purple Poncho.  Who doesn’t need a basket for their yarn?  She made this beautiful basket with jute which is sure to stay strong and sturdy.  I do love the flowers added as decoration too!  Thank you for sharing Carolyn!

The Purple PonchoNow go grab your “I’ve Been Featured” button for your blog!

Have a great day and be blessed!

Kathy

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“Making it thru Monday” Review #41

Plain Making it thru MondayWhat incredible projects are you working on or have finished this week?  We would love to see them!  Email your photo at elkstudiocrochet@gmail.com and be sure to tell a little about the project and provide links to the patterns and your blog, Facebook page, etc. You can also upload the pictures directly to my ELK Studio Facebook page. It’s a chance for you to show everyone your wonderful talent!

Our top viewed submission is from Buy Hook or By Crook.  The cowl and headband are absolutely beautiful.  The cowl looks super soft and sure to keep you warm.  The colors are probably some of my favorite too!  Thank you so much for sharing your talents with everyone!

Buy Hook or By Crook Headband and Cowl

Our next top viewed submission comes from Debbie.  She’s been sharing on “Making it thru Monday” for a long time and always has the best afghans EVER and this one is probably my favorite.  The color scheme is spectacular and would be perfect for a log cabin!  You can see all Debbie’s work in her Etsy shop.

Debbie, "Making it thru Monday" submissionNow go grab your “I’ve Been Featured” button for your blog!

Have a great day and be blessed!

Kathy

Morning Frost – A Free Crochet Hat Pattern

After 91 comments on my blog post telling me why the hat should be free, I’m totally convinced in my heart that I’m doing the right thing.  I can’t tell you how amazing all of you are!  I would imagine if I did the statistics on the comments, 95% of you want the pattern so you can make it to give to someone in need or a loved one. I knew we (crocheters) were generous but it sure is nice to see it comment after comment!

I would like to ask for your help.  I love designing these patterns and feel honored to share them with you, especially for free.  If you are on Ravelry, will you add it to your favorites and place it in your queue?  It helps get the pattern out there to everyone which gives it more exposure (potential for more free patterns).  If you are on any social media, sharing it would be much obliged too!

Morning Frost - A Free Crochet Hat From ELK Studio

Some of the information below may seem familiar to you as I used it in Country Appeal beanie.  It is still valuable information and applies to this pattern also.

#1 Key Ingredient – When I created my band, I crocheted 72 rows which made 20” for me.  After joining my band on round 1, I made 72 sc around the band.  If you need more or less rows to achieve your desired width, that’s okay.  Just remember in order for the stitching to come out right, your initial sc round must end on an even number.  For example, if it took you 63 rows to achieve 20”, you would need to make sure you had 64 sc around for your first round.  Another example would be if it took you 68 rows to achieve 20”, crochet 68 sc around for your first round.

Hint:  If this is your first experience working with a hat from the bottom up, don’t close the page!  You can do this, I promise.  It’s much easier than you think and in the end, you might even like it better!  Just remember, when you start working the hat, the body may look “too big”.  No worries.  Once you close the top, it will fit nice and snug just as if you’ve worked it from the top down.

As you can see from the pictures, there are many variations and color schemes you can use to make this great hat.  I’m going to tell you how to make all these styles and hopefully not confuse you.  Read the pattern instructions first because I want you familiar with it when I start talking to you about the color changes. (I know, I know….. for some of you that might be challenging because you just want to dive into the pattern, but don’t be like your husband and not read the directions first).   As for the pattern below, it’s only for a solid color hat.  Once you become familiar, you can scroll to the bottom of the page.  I’ve got each picture separate with the instructions on what rounds to make your color changes.  Trust me, it’s really simple!

Pattern Instructions:

Supplies: 

  1. Red Heart Soft, or any worsted weight #4 yarn, 150-175 yards.
  2. Hook Size – J/6.0
  3. Tapestry needle for weaving in the ends.

Gauge:

Band – 1 sc row (width) and 2 rows of sc (length) = 1”

4 dc/4fpdc  and 6 rows = 2”

The instructions for this hat, as given, will fit an adult measuring approximately 22”.  The hat can easily be adjusted to meet other sizes.  When I completed the band, the 72 rows measured approximately 20” and fit perfectly on my model measuring 22”.  There is a great guide on head measurements provided by Cre8tion Crochet.  It will give you the average size of head measurements (including length) from child to adult.  I use this reference quite a lot as Lorene does a great job of thoroughly explaining the specifics required to successfully making a hat that fits.

Abbreviations:                                                 

ch – chain
dc – double crochet
fpdc – front post double crochet
sc – single crochet
sl st – slip stitch

Note:

Ch 3 is considered first dc throughout the pattern.

Band:

Leave a long tail (4”) before making your beginning ch.  This will be used to join the band of the hat.

Ch 6

Row 1:  Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each st across, ch 1 turn. (5 st)

Row 2:  sc in first sc and each sc across, ch 1 turn (5 st)

Row 3 – 72:  Repeat row 2

At the end of row 72 do not cut the yarn.  Take you tapestry needle and join the ends of your rows using the whipstitch method.  Insert your hook once again and begin with round 1.

Body of hat:

Round 1:  sc evenly around, join with sl st to first sc (72st)

Round 2:  Ch 3, dc in next sc and around, join with sl st to top of 3rd ch. (72st)

Round 3:  Ch 1 and sc in same sp, sc in next dc and around, join with sl st to first sc (72st)

Round 4:  Ch 3 skip next sc and fpdc in round below skipped sc , *dc in next sc, skip next sc and fpdc in round below skipped sc* repeat from *to*, sl st to top of 3rd ch. (72st)

Round 5:  Ch 1 and sc in same sp, *sc in next fpdc, sc in next dc*, repeat from *to*, join with sl st to first sc, (72st)

Round 6:  Sl st in next sc, ch 3, skip next sc and fpdc in round below skipped sc , *dc in next sc, skip next sc and fpdc in round below skipped sc*, sl st to top of 3rd ch.

Round 7:  Ch 1 and sc in same sp, *sc in next fpdc, sc in next dc*, repeat from *to*, join with sl st to first sc,

Round 8 – 22:  Repeat Rounds 6 & 7 or until you have reached your desired length.

Do not fasten off.  Measure out enough yarn to weave through every other sc.  I’m an overachiever and probably cut around 20” of material.

Take your tapestry needle and weave under the loops of every other sc around, pull the yarn tightly.  This will close up the hat.  Sew the top of the hat with a few stitches for security.  Fasten off.

Optional Round:  Holding the hat upside down, insert hook into bottom row and form a sl st, ch 1 and sc in same st, sc in each st around, join with sl st to first sc. (72st)

Morning Frost - A Free Crochet Hat Pattern by ELK StudioOn this hat, you can see white is the “background” color.  To get this look, on each round (not rows which is the band) that instructs you to sc, use white.  So what that means is all your odd # rows are white.

Morning Frost - A Free Crochet Hat Pattern by ELK Studio

For this hat, the band is also multi-colored.  Change your color for each row, carrying your yarn along with you.  I have shown you how to do this in my Houndstooth Scarf pattern with some photos, so this will help you if you don’t understand how to carry the yarn.  Once you finish the band, you will follow the same instructions as above on the raspberry/white hat.

If you want to make a pom-pom for the top of your hat, The Crochet Geek has a wonderful video to show you how.

As always, please don’t use my photos as your own.  You may sell your finished product from my pattern.  If you share my pattern on any social media, please link back to my blog.  If you print out that pattern, please leave my header on the page.

I hope you enjoy the pattern.  Have a great day and be blessed!

Kathy

“Making it thru Monday” Review #40

Plain Making it thru MondayWhat incredible projects are you working on or have finished this week?  We would love to see them!  Email your photo at elkstudiocrochet@gmail.com and be sure to tell a little about the project and provide links to the patterns and your blog, Facebook page, etc. You can also upload the pictures directly to my ELK Studio Facebook page. It’s a chance for you to show everyone your wonderful talent!

The top viewed project from last week comes Arlette of Tying Knots.  She does some of the most beautiful thread work I’ve ever seen.  Her doilies are always elegant and beautifully made.  Her latest project is just in time to celebrate Valentine’s Day!  Have you ever seen anything as lovely?  Thank you for sharing your talents with us Arlette!

026Our next project comes from Ananicole and her beautiful crocheted tank top.  She designed the pattern herself.  Her daughter is so lucky because she seems to receive all these wonderful projects her mom makes!  I love the color and stitching of your garment Ananicole.  You are so talented, and I appreciate you sharing your work with all of us!

AnanicoleNow go grab your “I’ve Been Featured” button for your blog!

Have a great day and be blessed!

Kathy

Headlines: Alabama Snow Increases Crocheting Productivity!

It’s been snowing here in Alabama!  Yesterday brought in the beautiful white flakes all over our yard.  I know for many of you it’s nothing new….but hey, I live in the south and love it!  It’s funny though because EVERYTHING shuts down.  The schools have been out since yesterday and will also be closed tomorrow.  Many of the local businesses have closed due to the snow.  It’s okay, you can laugh….We just aren’t equipped for it here.  But what it does bring is crocheting time!

I showed all of you a new hat recently on the hook.  Remember?

ELK Studio

Here are some other versions of the same pattern.

ELK Studio

I made the olive/black hat for my husband, and he loves it!  He wore it yesterday while doing all sorts of man things out in the snow….ya know, cut and split firewood, sharpen his saws, clean up his shop and what ever else a man does while it’s cold and snowing.

Today I was sitting here working on the pattern to the hat above and thought about my latest pattern, the infinity scarf.  I wondered if a hat would look good using the same pattern.  Well, here it is.  Do you think it’s worth writing up?  Would you like to see this as an addition to the listings of ELK Studio patterns?

Country Appeal BeanieSo, this is what happens when it snows in Alabama!  I’ve had a great couple of days and look forward to tomorrow!

I’ll be working on the written instructions for both patterns this week.  I’m thinking Country Appeal Beanie will be the first released.  The other hat is being tested, and I’ve got some ideas of how I will release it.  Remember I asked if it should be a free pattern?  Did you comment?  You might want to if you haven’t yet.

As far as Country Appeal beanie, the scarf is a free pattern, so I’ll make the beanie free also.

Whew, this is a long blog post, so I’m gonna end it right here!  Have a great day and be blessed!

Kathy