Crochet Rainbow Blanket

My dear straggling readers, thank you for bearing with me as I’ve failed to post anything of substance for nearly a year. Maybe more. I used to think that ‘working from home’ with a baby would be a peaceful, mutually beneficial, calm experience, where I would tap away at my laptop while my baby would sit placidly at my feet, playing with blocks. Every few minutes I would take a break to shower attention and then every few hours we’d take a snack break.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA no.

I am a total victim of social media parenting and HE KNOWS IT. Every time I try to ‘laptop’ my baby is tugging at my legs and crawling in my lap to smash the keys. Trying to type a short email via phone or tablet requires holding said object high above my head while he claws at my neck. The best moments of his day are when I finally cave and let him slobber all over and smash my phone repeatedly into other hard objects.  I’m going to regret that one very, very soon.

Anyhoo, I also happened to move (four times this past year), finally settling in one of the hottest countries in ze entire world, and making anything yarn related was just not in the cards.

Excuses done!  Here’s my most recent project! Hooray!

https://classycrochet.wordpress.com/2015/07/11/crochet-rainbow-blanket/

It was stemmed partially (mostly) by the realization that an “entire room solely dedicated to yarn” cannot be a long term reality. Our first DR housing was woefully small and all my yarn was crammed into the guest room. Our second housing has an extra room, and oh what a beautiful room it is!!

Crochet Rainbow Blanket | Classy Crochet

We got to see our house as they were still remodeling and tearing everything out… we specifically requested they leave those ridiculously high wooden shelves specifically to house ALL THE YARN.

But in the future, asking for “a room for us, a room for the baby, a guest room, and a separate room solely dedicated to my yarn” might not be the most realistic expectation.  Therefore, my goal over the next year is to pare down said existing stash so everything fits into one of the (two) black IKEA shelves… (*cough cough* reality check I’ll probably have to donate it all)

Anyway, I had purchased one of each of Lion Brand Wool Ease’s zillion colors several years ago thinking I would make… curly scarves? Have you EVER actually seen anyone wearing one? Right, me neither. Ergo, said skeins languished and then recently I discovered over half the colors are now discontinued. Soooooo, what to do with all these lone skeins?  I was literally lying awake at 1am one night (morning?) when it came to me: Purl Bee’s Rainbow Blanket!  I had to exercise severe discipline not to leap out of bed at that very moment to get started. The knowledge that I would be woken up at 5:30am with no snooze button option was a great deterrent to keep me in bed.

However, bright and early the next morning I dug out all my colors and came up with this:

Crochet Rainbow Blanket | Classy Crochet

You’ll notice that above the colors is *another* blanket, one that I’ve been working on since last November. What? Me, procrastinate? Never…

I started out following the pattern for 9×12 squares for a total of 108.  I originally had 22 colors. I ended up purchasing three more colors at the end (isn’t that always the case), for a total of 25. For 21 colors I made five blocks each, then three each of the remaining four colors, for a total of 9×13 = 117 squares.


I followed the same basic pattern, but I believe that Purl Bee’s *ridiculously expensive* yarn is a super light gauge.  To compensate using worsted weight, I used an H hook and did the following:

Row 1: Ch4, sl st to make a circle, ch2, 12dc into circle, sl st to first st (12 st)

Row 2: Ch2, 2dc in each st, sl st (24 st)

Row 3: *(Ch3, dc, dc, ch2, dc, dc, tr) ALL into same st. Skip two st, hdc, skip two st*, repeat * around, except replace ch3 with a tr. Sl st into the top of the Ch3 at the beginning of the round.  This is the row that ‘turns the circle into a square’.

Row 4: Switch to offwhite/border color. Ch2, one dc in each st around, except in the corners (the two ch space between the tr/dc/dcs), where you 3dc, ch2, 3dc, then continue around. You’ll end kind of in the middle of one of the straight sides. Fasten off and weave in ends.

I arranged the squares rather haphazardly, a first for my overthinking mind. Basically I tried not to have any of the same color directly connected above, below or next to, but diagonally was okay.

To connect the squares I used this awesome slip stitch tutorial. It makes a beautiful chain-like stitch between the squares but lies flat, unlike slip stitching or sc the way I used to connect my granny squares. I finished off the whole blanket with a sc border.

A few tips: use a size larger hook to slip stitch the squares together, otherwise your tension might be tight and the squares will tend to pucker up. Mine already did a wee bit. Also, ch1 between every square both horizontally and vertically. I didn’t ch1 for eight rows and had to take them all apart when I realized there wasn’t enough room between the squares for them to lie flat. If you really care about the blanket being completely flat, block the squares before stitching them together.
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I started this project with as much ambition as I normally do, fully expecting to peter out halfway through as per usual. However, I discovered that this blanket goes FAST. Each inside color block took me 4 minutes, the white part 3, weaving in brought each square to about 10 minutes each. I could crank out 5 of each color while watching a movie. Procrastination of my *other* project was also a great motivator. ;)

My squares ended up being about 4″x 4″ each, resulting in a blanket 36″x52″. I think it’s slightly smaller than the Purl Bee version but it makes a great lap blanket while watching TV or as entertainment factor for destructive little people.

Here are the squares nicely lined up, ready to sew…

Crochet Rainbow Blanket | Classy Crochet

Here they are minutes later when my crawling baby discovered them, much to his delight…

Crochet Rainbow Blanket | Classy Crochet

I ended up needing four skeins of the off white/border color. I would estimate the other colors used up about a third of a skein each. Definitely a great project if you’re looking to destash and only have a bit of each color.  Now that I still have enough left over of each color to make at least two more, and knowing that it went so fast, I may be tempted to repeat this one.

What are your summer long term projects??

Crochet Rainbow Blanket | Classy Crochet

Crochet Vintage Cloche – Updated Sizes!

Happy 2015 all!  In case anyone sets resolutions, here’s one for me: respond to requests sooner.  So many of you lovely people have clamored for child and baby sizes for the vintage cloche, and they’re FINALLY here!  Without further ado, get yours today on Ravelry, Etsy, Craftsy, or right here and get cloche-ing!  (Is that a word?)  If you’ve purchased a pattern on Ravelry or Craftsy you should receive a notification with the updated pattern.  I’m not sure if it does it on Etsy, but if you’ve purchased one off of Etsy and want an update, just email me your receipt at classycrochet@gmail.com and I will send you a new one.

Happy crocheting!

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Chunky Swirled Beret Pattern

According to my lovely friends and family on the East Coast of the U.S., it’s officially fall weather.  Here in the DR, it’s about 90 degrees and sunny every day.  Which is nice and all, but y’know, sometimes it’s just lovely to have sweatshirt weather.  But let’s be honest – in three months when everyone else is freezing and bundled up, I’m not going to complain as I mosey out the door in my flip flops and t-shirt.  :)

Here is the pattern for a chunky swirled beret.  You can wear it like a regular hat (as pictured), or slouchy in the back if you are so inclined.  The bulky yarn whips this hat up in less than an hour and you can have holiday gifts, birthday gifts, and just-because gifts ready in no time!

Buy it on Ravelry, Etsy, Craftsy or here on the website.  You can also get a fabulous combo pattern package with the uber popular chunky cloche for a discounted price, also on Ravelry or Etsy or below.  What are you waiting for??  Get crocheting today!

Swirl Beret Pattern only:

Chunky Hat Duo!:

Crochet Chunky Swirl Beret | Classy Crochet

Crochet Chunky Swirl Beret | Classy Crochet

Foxy Wolfie Hat Pattern

Hello dear readers-

After nearly a year hiatus, the foxy wolfie hat pattern is finally here! Winter is coming, and your kiddos need hats.  I’d try to be more witty about this, but it’s 10:17 and the baby cried himself to sleep after subliminally rolling over fourteen times.  Any tips? :)

Buy your pattern on Ravelry, Etsy, Craftsy or right here.  Happy crocheting!


Foxy Wolfie Crochet Hat Pattern | Classy Crochet

Crochet Newsboy Pattern Updated!

Hello friends!

I am finally slowly emerging from yarn hiatus and crawling back into reality.  First up: updated child and baby sizes to our fabulously quick and stylish newsboy cap!  Previously only available in a women’s adult size, I finally caved to multiple requests to provide the pattern with more options.  Turns out, making adult styled hats for small people turns out adorably.  :)

Get yours on Ravelry, Etsy, or Craftsy today or buy it right here!

Note: If you’ve previously purchased this pattern on Etsy and would like an updated version, please email me your receipt and I’ll send you a new copy right away.

Thank you everyone for your patience while I clean up my life and get back to business.  =D

Sorry for the radio silence…

My apologies if anyone has been wondering if I will ever post again… last month, this happened:

DSC_1062Both the blanket and the baby.  :)  Of allll the yarn-related projects I’ve made, I didn’t have a single thing specifically for my own child, so I cranked this out in the last few weeks of pregnancy.  Also, we are in the process of relocating from Beijing to DC to the Dominican Republic in the next month and a half, so things have been pretty cra-zy around here.  Once I feel like a normal human being again (and get my yarn stash that is currently literally on the slow boat from China) I’ll have new patterns up!  In the meantime, thank you for your patience and stay tuned.  =D

 

Crochet Little Lamb Hat Pattern

Has spring finally sprung for all of you?  When I lived in DC, I loved the cherry blossoms, but oh, my allergies would emerge like the Loch Ness Monster and I’d suffer for months on end.  Here in Beijing it’s not so bad, but they have this amazing fluffy stuff that flies from all the trees.  Urban legend has it that they planted all these pretty trees but then they turned out to be all ‘female’ and released pollen and there were no ‘male’ trees to help the pollen out. I have no idea what that means, but the “spring snow” is worth a look just so you can giggle at the non-foresight of the Beijing urban planners.  It gets stuck in my husband’s beard and he shows up at work looking like Santa Claus.

This hat is a classic that I’ve had rolling around for years.  Case in point – my lovely little model below is now something along the lines of 5 years old, with 2-year old twin brothers. Where does the time go?!

Every yarn lover has to, at some point, pay homage to the source and respect the humble little lamb whose glorious woolly coats make our hobby possible.  I love this hat because it works up super fast with the puff stitches.  I’ve also made it in boucle yarn for some fluffy texture and it’s equally fun.  Celebrate the onslaught of spring with your own fuzzy sheepy hat!

Available on Ravelry, Etsy, Craftsy, or buy directly from our website here. Get crafting today!

Little Lamb Crochet Hat | Classy Crochet

Little Lamb Crochet Hat | Classy Crochet

Crochet Darling Duckie Hat Pattern

I don’t know about you, but I am *seriously* ready for the weather to get nicer.  I think in the U.S. there is an abundance of snow and cold… here in Beijing there has been an abundance of smog and pollution and filth and it is time to be over!

To help inspire brighter (and warmer) days ahead, here is a simple sweet duckie hat pattern for all those darling ducklings in your life.  I’ve also used this pattern many times as the base for themed baseball hats – all you need is some felt, needle and thread!  Given the sturdy nature of this hat, you can easily machine wash it if needed.

Also, is this little nugget not the cutest baby you’ve ever seen?!  Some lucky ducks just get all the genes.  :P  I’m obsessed!

Buy your pattern on Ravelry, Etsy, Craftsy or right here on the website and join me in heralding in sunnier spring days ahead!

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Crochet Vintage Flowered Cloche Pattern

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, I am proud (and relieved) to finally present to you: the vintage flowered cloche!

Crochet Vintage Flowered Cloche Pattern | Classy Crochet

This hat has been in the making for years.  Literally, years.  For those of you in the crochet ‘know’, you may recognize this hat, most likely from Anthropologie back in something like 2010.  I saw it online and began my long and arduous journey to try and recreate it myself.  The friggin cluster stitch!  That elusive brim!  Let’s just say I didn’t get very far those first few tries.

A year or two later, imagine my surprise when I saw the very same hat (at least, it looked the same to me) being sold at World Market for a fraction of the cost.  I should have just bought the darn thing and taken it apart, but my stingy Asian self just couldn’t pony up the $16.99, so I made my poor husband take a zillion photos of the hat in store instead.  (“Why are we doing this again?” “JUST TAKE THE PICTURE.”)  More experimenting followed.

Anyhoo, I discovered that my biggest obstacle to success was finding the right kind of yarn.  All of my regular worsted weights were just looking kind of weird.  It turns out that single ply, roving medium weight yarn is really the key to the hat here, and unsurprisingly, really. hard. to. find.  I started out with Berroco Lustra, but was reticent to sell a hat/publish a pattern that required one specific kind of (rather more expensive) yarn that wasn’t easily obtainable.  I like the fancy yarns and all, but I really also like my hats and patterns to be accessible to the ‘regular’ folk that aren’t on first name bases with their local yarn store aficionados, y’know?

Fast forward MORE years later, and finally Caron has come out with its own big-box brand!  Vickie Howell’s Sheep(ish) yarn is a great bargain substitute if you don’t have access to the Lustra (which I’ve found is often discontinued and sometimes still hard to find).  However, my snobby self has to make an appearance and say that comparing the final product of the two brands, Berroco really is sooooo nice.  Use it to make the hat for yourself and the Caron brand for your friends.  There, I said it.

Crochet Vintage Flowered Cloche Pattern | Classy Crochet

Buy your pattern on Ravelry, EtsyCraftsy, or this AWESOME direct link below that I just figured out how to do and get vintaging today!

Free Pattern: Crochet Valentine Heart Earflap Hat

Friends!  Happy 2014!  I hope you’ve been keeping warm this chilly season.  I hear a “polar vortex” crossed through my home country, making it the first and only time I will ever say the weather in Beijing was superior to the weather in the U.S. :)

I have been slacking in my pattern sharing, and it’s time to make up for it.  Here is a sweet little hat for Valentine’s Day right around the corner, although in my opinion you don’t need official holidays to bust out the love!

Free Pattern: Crochet Valentine Earflap Hat | Classy Crochet

This hat is based off of Susan B. Anderson’s Sweetheart Hat.  Hers is a knit hat with ombre cotton yarn. I loved the striped effect but 1) I don’t really like crocheting hats in cotton, since they’re not very stretchy, 2) I couldn’t even find the particular pinky yarn the last twenty times I visited Joanns in the U.S., and 3) even if you were to crochet the hat using stripey yarn, the amount of yarn used to crochet means that the hat looks like camouflage, not like nice stripes.

Anyway, summary of story: here is a straightforward striped version. There are no fancy stitches, no tricky techniques.

MATERIALS

I used Lion Brand Pound of Love in these photos (pink and white) and a size H crochet hook.  This specific post made me a hat for about a 9-12 month old, but your gauge and yarn may make you a smaller or larger hat.  For more hat sizing options check out my free Striped Earflap Hat pattern.  As always, feel free to adjust and improvise!

Before you start, check out this post for tips on crocheting stripes in the round – it’ll save you a mound of headaches and keep your yarn nice and untangled.

PATTERN

Row 1: Using white and H hook, ch4, sl st to form loop. Ch2, 12 dc into loop. Sl st to first ch2 (12 st).

Row 2: Switch to pink.  Ch2, dc in same st, 2 dc in each ch around, sl st to last st (24 st).

Row 3: Switch back to white (you will be switching colors every round from here on out).  Ch2, dc in same st, *1 dc in next st, 2 dc in next st* repeat from * around. Sl st to last st (36 st).

Row 4: Ch2, dc in same st, *1 dc in next 2 st, 2 dc in next st* repeat from * around. Sl st to last st (48 st).

Row 5: Ch2, dc in same st, *1 dc in next 4 st, 2 dc in next st* repeat from * around. 1 dc in each of last 4 st. Sl st to last st (54 st).

Row 6-12: Ch2, dc in same st, 1 dc in each st all the way around. Sl st to last st.

Row 13-15: Ch1, sc in same st, 1 sc in each st all the way around, sl st to last st.  You can switch colors one last time on the last row if desired.

I liked starting with white and ending with pink but that’s just how my hat turned out – your hat may require more or less rows.  I don’t think it really matters. :)

Earflaps

For the earflaps, I went straight to this amazing crochet heart pattern and whipped out two in pink (thank you, Bella Dia!).  They end up being fairly large, so if you are making a smaller hat, I’d recommend ending the heart body at 15 stitches and finishing the hearts from there.  The only other modification I made was switching to white when I sc around the edge.  When you cut your last pink length, leave a long pink tail to sew the heart onto the hat.

Free Pattern: Crochet Valentine Earflap Hat | Classy Crochet

Finishing

Weave in all the ends of the hat and two hearts.  Using the long pink tail, sew each heart on either side of the hat.  The hearts will seem kind of low on the hat, but remember, the bottoms need to cover the ears.  I like to sew one of the hearts over the back seam – this way it won’t ever end up running right down the forehead if the hat is put on ‘backwards’.

Free Pattern: Crochet Valentine Earflap Hat | Classy Crochet

Braids

Attach two pink (or white, or pink and white, you choose, hooray!) braids to the bottoms of the hearts.  I wrote up an earflap braid tutorial separately for future reference in case you want to add braids to ALL your future hats.

Admire finished hat.  Now go spread the love – follow along with the project gallery on Ravelry!

Free Pattern: Crochet Valentine Earflap Hat | Classy Crochet