After taking a year off from this blog, it’s with a huge sigh of relief and a new burst of creative energy that I can say that I am back! In the past year, I’ve dedicated my time to starting up a little art studio in my small town, and this blog fell by the wayside as a result. I knew that opening my own brick and mortar business would require all of my time and energy.
My little art studio called Pink Velvet Studio (you can check it out here!) is a space that I created as a way to bring creativity and art into the local community. We host a range of crafting and art classes from children’s clay workshops to wine and paint nights (for the adults of course!). And of course I had to bring my love of knitting into my little art studio too. In January I’m going to be hosting a stitch and bitch event where we will feature a local fiber artist who will be doing a spinning demonstration and selling some of her handmade yarn. If you’re in the Northeast Ohio area, I’d love you to stop by and see us!
So my world has gotten fuller and my knitting needles have been really lonely. But as many of you know, we can’t really leave the needles and hooks alone for long. And it just felt right to come back to this blog in the winter months, where the cold draws me inside and begs me to slow down. For my first post back on the blog, I figured the best pattern to share would be one that I started last year! So here it is, the seed stitch hat. I hope you enjoy the pattern, and I hope you’ll come back again! You can also follow more of my knitting process and adventures on Instagram!
With Size 6 circular needles, CO: 71 sts, pm, join in the round. (If you want to make this hat for a child size, make a gauge swatch of the stitch pattern to calculate the number of stitches. Stitches must be an odd number for the seed stitch pattern.)
Work in seed stitch pattern until brim measures 2″
Switch to size 8 needles and work in seed stitch pattern until hat measures 7 inches (17.75cm – 19cm) or desired height
Ending with a round 1, on the last round before you begin the decrease rounds, continue in seed stitch pattern until 2 stitches remain. Then purl the last 2 stitches together.
***Switch to double pointed needles when stitches become difficult to knit on circular needles.***
Decrease round 1: *K2tog, P2tog, rep. From * to end of round
Decrease round 2: *P1, K1, rep from * to end of round
Decrease round 3: *K2tog, P2tog, rep from * until last st, K last st. to end of round
Decrease round 4: *K1, P1, rep from * to end of round
Cut yarn and weave end through remaining loops. Pull tight to secure and weave in ends.
I hope you enjoyed this pattern, it’s one of my favorite stitches and I love this hat! It will definitely end up in someone’s stocking this year.
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Last week I posted a pattern for this easy crocheted cowl that looks like knitting. Now I want to introduce to you, it’s soulmate, it’s other half! The Emily Hat! The Emily hat is an easy to make project that only takes an evening. It looks great and completes the look of the Emily Cowl.
It’s really one of those go to beanies that you can wear all the time. You know how I love my T.V. crochet projects, so of course this pattern is simple enough to zone out in front of some Netflix. It uses worsted weight yarn and a size 8 crochet hook.
When I saw this Turban Hat by The Bunny Studio– I instantly needed to make it. Don’t you love projects like that? I dropped all plans for laundry, dishes, and general adult responsibilities in favor of picking up my crochet hook to create this beautiful hat.
I think what stood out to me was the ease of the pattern. It was something I could do without having to figure out a new stitch, or a new technique. I had the knowledge, the yarn, and the power to create something pretty. If you know how to crochet in the round, and do a back post double crochet, you’re good to go!
At the end, I decided to alter the hat by making a small band, and sewing it on top of the cinched seam instead of doing the flowers. There are so many possibilities. If you don’t feel like crocheting an extra piece for the cinched front, you could always add a rhinestone button, or just wrap yarn around it. Your choice!
If you want to do my alteration, here are the instructions:
Row 1. Sc into the 2nd ch from the hook. Sc to end of row, ch1, turn
Repeat row 1 until your band reaches about 1 3/4 – 2 inches. Cinch your hat at the seam, and sew on the piece to cover up the seam.
I’m planning to make another turban hat with a different embellishment soon. If you want to see what other hooky adventures I’m up to, you can follow my adventures on Instagram! For more amazingly popular free crochet patterns, head over to AllFreeCrochet.com and prepare to spend your day browsing beautiful patterns until your eyes glaze over!!
I stepped outside to play with my dog in the snow last week, and snapped a few pics of my latest design: The Anna Hat. The next day, the snow melted in the 50 degree heat, so I’m glad I did! And hey- I’m definitely not complaining. I stepped outside yesterday in a t-shirt and jeans, admiring what looked like a beautiful spring day in February.
I’m sure we’ll get our fair share of snow this year, but winter’s mercy seems to be upon us Ohioans this year. Since we’re heading to Belize in April for my wedding, and we missed last winter all together because we were in Belize, I have to say I feel like mother nature has been really good to me!
I am happy to be back in the States again (not many yarn stores in the tropics. None at all actually.) but I can’t wait to head back to Belize in April, walk down the sandy beach, and marry the love of my life! Hopefully before then, we’ll get one more beautiful snowy day that I can wear my new hat, but if not… eh, there’s always next year!
Follow along below for the free pattern to make your own Anna Hat!
The Anna hat features a warm fold up brim, and a beautiful cable motif that is easy to knit. It is worked in the round with worsted weight yarn. This has been by far one of my favorite hats to knit. Hats are my favorite thing to knit. I haven’t done a cable pattern in a while- and knitting this hat re-ignited my love for cabling!
When pattern becomes difficult to knit on circular needles during decrease rounds, switch to DPN’s. The pattern is meant to fit snugly on your head. If you need to wet block at the end, instructions are given.
pm – place marker
K – Knit
P – Purl
C6F: Cable 6 Front (slip 3 stitches onto cable needle and hold in front. Knit 3, then knit 3 from cable needle.)
C6B: Cable 6 Back (slip 3 stitches onto cable needle and hold in back. Knit 3, then knit 3 from cable needle.)
C4B: Cable 4 Back (slip next 2 sts. onto cable needle and hold in back. Knit 2, then knit 2 from cable needle.)
Cut yarn and weave through remaining stitches. Pull tight to close hat. Weave in all ends.
Wet block if necessary. If your hat needs to be stretched a little, wet it and squeeze remaining water out with a towel. Do not wring out. Place on blocking board or foam board, stretch to desired size and place pins to hold in place. Hat will also stretch a little bit with wear.
Well that white Christmas I was dreaming about finally came… Mid January. I have to say I think the snow is really pretty, and since I haven’t seen it in two years, I don’t mind it a bit. Today’s knitting pattern is a simple one with a lot of personality. And I rightly named it the “Flurries Hat” because the white stitches remind me of the flurries outside of my window right now. I want to see your FO’s so don’t forget to post your projects on Ravelry!
Sometimes the most spontaneous knitting projects are the best! I’ve had these colors stiting in my stash for a while and thought- wouldn’t it be cool if I made a pom pom out of these 3 colors? Then I realize that I needed something to put the pom pom on top of- so the striped pom pom beanie came to be!
To make your own striped pom pom beanie, you will need to know:
When changing colors, don’t cut yarn. Carry yarn up as you work. In order to create joggless stripes, we slip the first st. purlwise on the second row of the color change. Here’s a great tutorial on creating joggless stripes in the round!
With size 7 needles, cast on 96 sts. Join in the round and pm.
Work in K2, P2 ribbing for 4”
Switch to size 8 needles. With MC K 6 rounds
With CC1, K to end of round
Sl 1st st. purlwise, K to end of round
With MC k to end of round
Sl 1st st purlwise, K to end of round
With CC2 K to end of round
Sl 1st st. as if to purl, K to end of round
With MC, K to end of round
Sl 1 st. purlwise, K to end of round
K to end of round
Rep. round 10 6 more times
Rep. rounds 2-7 1 more time.
Switch to MC and begin dec. rounds. Switch to DPN’s when sts. become difficult to knit on circular needles.
K6, K2tog, (84sts.)
sl 1st st pulrlwise, K to end of round
K5, K2tog (72 sts.)
K4, K2tog (60 sts.)
K3, K2tog (48 sts.)
K2, K2tog (36 sts.) 20. K
K1, K2tog (24 sts.)
K2 tog (12 sts.)
Thread yarn through remaining sts, removing them from the DPN’s, and pull tight to secure top. Make pom pom, (I used this pom pom maker) and sew to top of beanie. Enjoy!
Thank you for knitting with me! I hope this pattern brought you hours of knitting fun. As always, with my patterns you are free to sell the finished product. Thanks for supporting an independent designer!