Crochet Awesome Acorn Hat Pattern

Happy fall, all!  To commemorate all those squirrels hiding away their winter victuals (is it victuals or vittles?  Apparently urbandictionary says they mean the same thing), here’s an awesome acorn hat pattern for that little nut in your life!

This hat uses puff stitches (detailed photo instructions included in pattern) and a cute wittle leaf embellishment (with more detailed photo instructions).  As always, if you have any questions or run into any problems, I am always available at classycrochet@gmail.com

Get yours on Ravelry, Etsy, or Craftsy today and hurry up and go enjoy that fabulous fall weather!

Awesome Acorn Hat Crochet Pattern | Classy Crochet

Awesome Acorn Hat Crochet Pattern | Classy Crochet

Awesome Acorn Hat Crochet Pattern | Classy Crochet

Awesome Acorn Hat Crochet Pattern | Classy Crochet

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Chunky Crochet PomPom Hat THREE Ways!

Hello yarning friends!  I’ve got a new pattern that I’m really excited to share with you.  It has all the elements you’d want in a winter hat: it’s toasty warm, it’s super fast, it’s universally flattering, and it’s unisex.  Yes, all of the above!

Crochet Pom Pom Hat Three Ways | Classy CrochetHere’s the story of how this hat/pattern came about:

Prior to this past winter, the hats that I’d made were warm and satisfying.  The newsboy cap was stylin on stylin days, the chunky cloche was the best for really cold days – my head was usually sweating by the time I’d get off the Metro in Washington DC – and others I had lying about always served the trick.  It was more a matter of when I could justify wearing them vs. the need to actually do so.

Then, last year, we moved to Beijing, China.  The winter, as we quickly discovered, is much, much colder than anything DC could possibly have offered up, and being in a big city sans car meant you had to walk everywhere. Now, I’m from upstate NY and my husband’s from the upper peninsula of Michigan (you didn’t know they had one, did you?  That’s how many people live there), so we’re both used to cold winters.  But this past winter was cold.  In fact, the month of December supposedly racked up as one of the coldest in Beijing history, so even for a Beijing winter it was frickin freezing.  Temperatures aside, the city is also extremely windy.  Chicago-eans, I have newfound respect for you all!

I had planned ahead of time and purchased the longest, warmest puffy coat I could from Lands’ End – not the stylish ones that end right past your hips, but the to-the-floor style that’s basically a sleeping bag with holes cut out for your feet.  Wearing it just *barely* kept the chill at bay, and the eight inches that my legs stuck out the bottom were always frigid (insert need to knit myself legwarmers for this winter.  Yes, LEGWARMERS!).

Anyway, the point is, my hats no longer kept my head warm.  They were too thin, they were too holey, and that ridiculous Beijing wind would just whip through any beautiful design I’d attempted, mocking my creativity and destroying my will to live. Or knit or crochet or whatever.

So, this year I was determined to make a hat that will keep my head toasty and sweaty no matter what the elements.  I figured chunky yarn with a close, thick stitch would do the trick.  And everyone loves pompoms!

This pattern is really more for me than it is for you, but y’know, I like to share so here it is.  The double crochet is the fastest, but darn those holes, so I made up a single crochet version, and then I thought, heck, while I’m at it, I might as well do the half double crochet to round out the triumvirate. There are adult, child, and baby sizes for each, and the sizes can easily be modified by changing the weight of your yarn and/or the size of your crochet hook.

Make one for every member of your family and thumb your nose at those wiley winter winds!

Get it on Ravelry, Etsy, or Craftsy today and get crocheting!

Knitting Project: Au Naturale Knit Baby Booties

I am so excited for today’s project share with all of you!  I first saw these ages ago on – you guessed it – Pinterest, and immediately fell in lurv.  They didn’t have a name, pattern or any sort of copyright, so immediately I busted out my reverse engineering skills.

I love natural materials: wood, fiber, leather, etc.  This project combines ALL THREE.  It’s really straightforward… it modifies your basic mary-jane bootie pattern, and totally elevates the street value with just teeny additions of luxurious leather and wood. Once you show these babies off, your friends will universally acknowledge you as empress of the crafting universe.  I’d also promise that you’ll also physically turn into Shakira’s doppleganger, but seeing as I’m still waiting for my hips to stop telling lies, I can’t guarantee that last bit.

Knitting Project: Au Naturale Knit Baby Booties | Classy Crochet

You will need the following:

  • DK yarn (preferably something including wool, just so you can feel uber natural, like your entire project came freshly sheared off of a humble sheep, hand scavenged from your local forest, and um, nobly sacrificed from whatever animal your leather belongs to…)
  • This pattern
  • Size 5 (or 6) knitting needles
  • Teeny tiny scraps of leather for the straps
  • Wood buttons (or you can use felt like the original link)
  • Yarn needle to sew up bootie seams
  • Something sharp to poke holes in your leather (embroidery needle or small awl)
  • Sharp scissors to cut said leather

I wasn’t planning on using the exact same color scheme as the original source, but when I went to Joann’s to find some appropriate DK yarn, they just so happened to have Paton’s DK superwash wool, in taupe, on clearance, for $.97 a skein.  I mean, 97 cents, okay.  Honestly, I would have never chosen taupe myself since by itself it’s kind of a weird yucky color, but it works perfectly here.

Quick insert of The Leather Saga:  (bear with me, it has an awesome ending.)

I first saw these shoes, oh, about 15 weeks ago (says Pinterest). The reason why it’s taken me so long to get these made is that I didn’t have the leather.  I was in China without access to big box craft stores where I knew I could buy a patch for $3.  Of course, I could probably have gone on another all-day adventure to find some, but my desire to procure a 1/2″x 2″ scrap simply to make some baby booties was not that high.  Once I even walked by a leather stall in a random shopping area above a deserted Jinkelong, thought ooh, I should go back and beg a scrap sometime, but that didn’t happen either.

Then I came to the U.S. In my first few days I went to Michaels in search of leather.  Their aisle marked “leather goods and tools” only contained felt, pom poms, and googly eyes.  Fail, Michaels.  I’ll look somewhere else.  Turns out their aisles were simply mis-labeled, but fortuitous for me, because…

That very afternoon, I went home to my parents’ house, and whaddya know… there was a large pile of leather scraps sitting on their living room table.  You know, the kind with metal grommets that probably once belonged to a furniture store as their color samples.  It turns out a friend of theirs had bought them for pennies at a garage sale, never figured out a use for them, she bu de (there’s that word again – couldn’t bear to) throw them out, so she gave them to my mom when SHE moved back to China, and there they sat, because my own mom was she bu de to throw them away either.

Anyway, story summary: my mom had literally two pounds of free leather scraps, was never planning on using them, but was never planning on throwing them away either.  So now… THEY’RE MINE!! And they were ALL FREEEEE!  And when I say “leather scraps”, I mean… LEATHER SCRAPS:

Knitting Project: Au Naturale Knit Baby Booties | Classy Crochet

1) How many booties could I make with this??? 2) I started a new Pinterest board entitled “Leather Scrap Projects” and I need your input please.  🙂

Okay, end of story, back to project.

Start knitting your booties using this pattern.  The pattern says size 6 needles will net 6-12 month booties. I used size 5 and mine were about 3.5″ long, which was what I was going for.  STOP knitting after row 16.  Bind off and sew up booties.  They’ll basically be little shoes.

Obtain leather scrap by whatever means necessary.  You should be able to just use sharp scissors to cut it, no need for special tools here.

Knitting Project: Au Naturale Knit Baby Booties | Classy CrochetCut two long skinny strips for straps.  This took a bit of trial and error for me.  Make sure they’re thick enough to poke at least one hole to sew onto your shoe – I wanted it thick enough for two holes, so mine are pretty thick.

Second obstacle: poking holes into said leather.  After many days of searching stores for little teeny leather hole punchers or something of the sort, it turns out my mom also had a very random mini-awl that she picked up on the streets of Taiwan for like 60 cents.  You can probably just use a sharp needle and a thimble (so you don’t skewer yourself).  I wanted to use yarn for my sewing so I needed a bigger hole, but a needle will work just fine with regular embroidery thread.

Poke holes into leather on both sides.  I wanted four, but my leather wasn’t big enough, so I just poked two holes and did one stitch on each end.  Using yarn scraps or embroidery thread, sew one side onto the shoe, sew the other side through at least one (or all) of your buttonholes.  Step back, admire your work, and wait for the compliments to come showering in!

Happy knitting!

Knitting Project: Au Naturale Knit Baby Booties | Classy Crochet

Yarn Adventures – Upstate NY Style

Peeps.  I can’t decide which makes me more excited – the incredible adventure and resulting photos that was Watkins Glen, a gem of a state park in upstate NY, or the local yarn store in town that was switching owners and ergo all stock was FORTY PERCENT OFF.

You decide.

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Free Pattern: Crochet Elf Pixie Hat (v.2)

9/11/2013 UPDATE:

Y’all.  Thanks so much for your comments and feedback – I had no idea you would all find this little rectangle hat as cute as I did.  🙂  Due to overwhelming popularity and feedback, I am now offering a PDF download of the pattern in THREE additional sizes (3-6 mo, 6-12 mo, 1-3 yrs).  If you simply don’t feel like doing your own adjustments, I’ve done them for you! I’ve also included a few additional photo instructions for clarity.  ALL this for a fabulous discounted price, since I’m leaving the free pattern up below.  You can find it on Ravelry, Etsy, or Craftsy today.  Hooray!

Thanks again and happy fall crocheting everyone!

Love, Jen

*Back to original post*

Happy September!  I’m writing this from my hometown in upstate New York, where September automatically meant the beginning of a new school year.  I mean… it always kind of mentally means the beginning of a school year for me still, even after 5 years+ after I attended my last class ever, but it’s much more prevalent when I drive by my high school every day and see all the same ads for the same back to school sales at the same malls where I shopped when I was twelve.

September in upstate New York also always immediately means cooler weather.  For example, today, on the first day of school, it is currently 57 F outside.  That means one thing – time to start making more fall hats!!

Anyway, here’s another free hat pattern.  When I was trying to name it, I realized I gave a previous hat the exact same name.  Who knew two co-hats could be so wildly different?  Oh well, since they are apparently named the exact same thing, I’m not going to reinvent the wheel.  Here’s another pixie elf hat for you, version 2, AKA “Pixie Hat: The Autumn Woodland Version.”

Crochet Autumn Woodland Pixie Hat Free Pattern | Classy CrochetCrochet Autumn Woodland Pixie Hat Free Pattern | Classy Crochet

If you do a quick Internet search for “crochet elf pixie hat”, you do usually get the stripey long tail version more, but this one has it’s own charm.  The first time I saw this design was back whenever the first time I saw the movie Willow.  You know… little man saves little baby princess from evil Maleficent-esque woman trying to take over the universe?  Willow’s kids wore hats with little peaks.  I can’t for the life of me remember now the name they gave the little children, but it was a cute one.  (Excuse me while I take a moment to mentally run through memorable Willow quotes in my head… “I dwell in darkness without you and it WENT AWAY?”)

This hat is really easy. I know I say that about all my hats, but seriously.  If you’ve never made a hat and the extent of your crocheting skills is a dishcloth, then this is the hat for you! It’s a dishcloth folded in half and sewed down the back.  The end.  The natural curve of the baby head creates the adorable little peak at the back.  See?  It’s just a rectangle folded into a square.  Easy peasy.

Crochet Autumn Woodland Pixie Hat Free Pattern | Classy Crochet

I use a fpdc/bpdc ribbed edge, the same one in my *other* elf pixie hat, but if you’re a beginner and don’t want to deal with fussy new stitches, just skip the fpdc/bpdc row and leave the dc row as is.  You’ll have a cute border with the fluffy yarn anyway.

I wrote this pattern up in a 0-3 month size, but you can easily adapt it by increasing the width of your hat.  I’m in the process of writing up more detailed sizing to publish at a discounted price in the very near future – stay tuned!

STITCHES USED 

(note: all the linked stitches are optional if you’re a novice.  They’re more like bonus point stitches for more advanced crocheters.  Your hat will still be awesome no matter what.)

MATERIALS

I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease (Seaspray) for this pattern.  I like Wool-Ease as a worsted weight yarn, especially for knitting, because, like the Thick n Quick, it’s a great blend of washable acrylic and wool to give it that nice vintage feel, plus it has the greatest ‘natural’ palette.  I think woodland elf hats should be made of earthy colors.

The furry trim gives this hat the knuckle-biting cuteness factor.  Obviously it’s optional (the hat looks just as woodlandly authentic without it) but c’mon.  Fur.  I’ve used Bernat Baby’s Pipsqueak, although I might even recommend Red Heart Buttercup, since it’s a bit fluffier.  I’ve usually only found blinding white, but recently discovered Pipsqueak in “vanilla”, which I think matches better with browns.  Anyway, use whatever you can find.

I used an H hook for the hat, J for the fur trim.

PATTERN

Row 1: ch 43, skip first 2 st, 1 dc into each ch. (41 st)  You could also do chainless foundation if you wanted, but I actually find that the tighter tension of the ch foundation gives the edge a better curve around the baby face.

Row 2: (you can skip this row if you don’t want to deal with fpdc/bpdc) ch2, alternate fpdc and bpdc into each dc, creating the ribbed edge.

Row 3-13: ch1, hdc into each st.  When you reach the end of each row, ch1, turn, hdc into the same st, hdc into each st, etc.  Your gauge might be different than mine and you might need more or less rows.  Basically you want a rectangle that folds in half into an exact square.  I test by folding in half, then folding the square(s) into a triangle to see if the edges line up.  It’s left over from my origami days.

FINISHING

When you reach your desired length, fold the hat in half.  Insert your hook into the last st on the folded side, wrap yarn over, and draw yarn through all loops (sl st).

Crochet Autumn Woodland Pixie Hat Free Pattern | Classy Crochet

Insert hook through first st on opposite side to begin sewing.

Matching up remaining stitches, insert hook into front st, then back st.  Wrap yarn around, and pull through all loops (sl st).  Repeat for remaining stitches.

Crochet Autumn Woodland Pixie Hat Free Pattern | Classy Crochet

You’ll have a row of sl st along the inside edge.  You might have a stitch left over at the end where the fold is – thankfully crochet is forgiving and you can just sew around it.  Fasten off yarn and weave in ends.  Turn hat right side out.

Crochet Autumn Woodland Pixie Hat Free Pattern | Classy Crochet

Fur: using J (or larger) hook and fluffy yarn, sc into the ribbed edge.  When I first did it, I sc into each st and the brim of the hat flared out a little.  Since I am picky, I went with a larger hook and skipped every other sc for the hat in these photos.  You can do whatever you want to get the nice fluffy look of your dreams.

More options: To create a nice finished look, I like to sc around the bottom border of the hat.  It’s completely unnecessary but it’s pretty.  If you do, make sure to only sc one st into every row, otherwise the bottom kind of flares out and doesn’t wrap around the head as snugly.

Chin strap: You can do a chainless foundation of dc (about 15-18 st long), or I liked mine a bit more tightly woven, so I just ch18, 1 hdc in each st down one side, 5 hdc into the end, hdc down the other side, 4 hdc into the end and fastened off. Leave a tail at the beginning and the end so you can sew one end to the hat, and use the other tail to sew the button onto the strap.  Another marvelous aspect of crochet is that the stitches are large and loose, meaning you don’t have to stitch in a buttonhole, you can just button it up wherever the button fits through on the brim.  Automatically adjustable chin strap = win.

Crochet Autumn Woodland Pixie Hat Free Pattern | Classy Crochet

Sew button to strap, sew strap to hat, weave in all ends, place on baby head and admire adorable woodland elf cuteness.  Yay cuteness!

Follow along with the project gallery on Ravelry!

Crochet Autumn Woodland Pixie Hat Free Pattern | Classy Crochet