Stash Bust 2014, Update-One More for October

Silly Hair for a Silly Girl

Hair hat for Halos of Hope by Darleen Hopkins http://crochetbydarleenhopkins.com Hair hat for Halos of Hope by Darleen Hopkins http://crochetbydarleenhopkins.comWhew!  I finished a second hat for October to be donated to Halos of Hope!  I wanted to change it up a little and make something fun.  While searching for ideas online I noticed many fake hair/wig hats.  There are hats that look like Cabbage Patch Kids, Princess Leia and just about every Disney and fairy tale princess who ever wished upon a star.  So going with that theme, I grabbed a partial skein of Caron Simply Soft in Strawberry and made a wig hat for a little girl who might think pink hair was fun.  The pattern is a basic beanie with strands added for the braids.  And just for kicks and giggles, I added some random button decorations to liven it up.  This was a lot of fun to make and I will definitely make some more versions of this hat in the very near future.  This hat weighs just over 3 ounces.

Total hats made in the 2014 Stash Bust Challenge: 16
Total weight of the hats to date: 3 pounds, 2 ounces.

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Stash Bust 2014, Update-October

More Divine Hope

Crocheted by Darleen Hopkins for Halos of Hope I just finished my second Divine Hat, pattern by Sarah Arnold, to be donated to Halos of Hope.  This pattern creates a beautiful stitch and should be made in a yarn with great stitch definition.  I don’t think it is for beginners but for those who have some experience, give it a try!  I’m so glad I did and will likely make more hats with this pattern.  I used Caron Spa, so soft and perfect for a chemo hat.  This one will go with others for my next shipment out to them.  They have been running short on their hat supply this year. If you have some time, maybe you can make a hat, or two, for Halos of Hope!  I used the full 3.0 oz skein for this hat-had less than 12 inches to spare.  I LOVE when that happens!

Total hats made in the 2014 Stash Bust Challenge: 15
Total weight of the hats to date: 2 pounds, 15 ounces.

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Stash Bust Challenge 2014, Update Aug

Divine Hope

Halos of HopeI took a quick break from designing to work up a hat for Halos of Hope.  I have been eyeing the Divine Hat by Sarah Arnold for some time.  I remember trying it when I was new to crochet and just couldn’t figure it out.  It has been on my to-do list ever since.  The stitch pattern is beautiful and once you get the hang of it, it doesn’t require much concentration.  In other words, it is a “get in the zone” hat.  I had some tweaks to the pattern as it calls for worsted and I choose Caron Spa, a lighter weight yarn.  You can see my notes here.  This is a beautiful pattern and it is free so there are a ton of projects on Ravelry.  I love seeing the variations others have made; extra long slouchy style, stripes with pom-poms, big flowers added, sc edging with buttons, brims and bows are just a few of the adjustments.  There are so many ways you can make this simple and beautiful hat your own.  Give it a try.  If you can’t figure it out right away, bookmark it and come back to it after you have a little more experience.  You will be glad you did.

This hat weighs 2 3/4 ounces.

Total hats made in the 2014 Stash Bust Challenge: 13

Total weight of the hats to date: 2 pounds, 8 1/2 ounces.

Stash Bust for Hope 2014, January

January 2014 Stash Busting for Hope Update

https://crochetbydarleenhopkins.com/category/2014-chemo-hat-challenge/  Shells and Trellis hat for Halos of Hope

Wow, only one month in and I’m already falling behind in my goals.  I’ll get there, I PROMISE!  I did manage to get one hat for Halos of Hope completed during January.   If you are on Ravelry, plynn (blog) has started a CAL/KAL forum for Halos of Hope hats.  Since I don’t really knit much, I’m participating in the CAL.  For January she chose the Shells and Trellis hat by Melody Hamor.  It is a really cute hat and easy pattern.  With a few modifications, you can use just about any yarn.  As always, I made a few tweaks.  You can read my notes on my project page.  This pattern has been on my radar and I’m glad to finally have had a reason to make it-thanks Pat!

Stash Bust 2014 hats made to date: 1

Total weight made to date: 1.75 ounces

Want to see more hats made for Halos of Hope?  Check out this Pinterest board!

Handmade with Love – Downloadable tags

Handmade with Love

example-handmade-tagThe gift giving holiday season is fast approaching!  If you haven’t started your gift crocheting yet, you’d better get on it.  And to make it a little easier, I’d thought I’d share these adorable tags I stumbled upon.  Compliments of Craftsy.

What are you making this year?  Dishcloth set for the kids’ bus driver?  Pizza Potholder for your youngest child’s teacher?  How about a Piranha hat for Uncle Stan, the marine biologist?

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Oink! Oink! Piglet, Piggy

Crazy for Earflap Hats!

Are  you CRAZY for EARFLAP hats?  I am!

When I started making them, I wasn’t sure how to attach the braids just right.  It took a lot of practice but I believe I have perfected the look.  Follow the tutorial below and you can too.

Tutorial-earflap braid

Tip-When I complete the earflap, I leave a long tail and rather than work the ends in, I work it into the braid.  Two less ends to work in!

RS=Right Side      WS = Wrong Side

1)            For 10” braids, cut 11, 22” pieces of yarn.  Fold in half.Insert hook from WS to RS of earflap and pull the yarn through.  (I find it easiest to use a large hook, size J or larger)

2)            Pull the ends of yarn through the loop and tighten.  Make sure you even out and tidy up any loose strands.

3)            Braid, tie off and trim ends.  Repeat on opposite side making sure braids are the same length.

 Enjoy!

Candy Corn Earflap Hat,
Crochet by Darleen Hopkins