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Pom Pom Hats

December 16, 2019 1 comment
Blush Pom Pom Crocheted Hat

The grand kids asked for crocheted hats with a pom pom for Christmas. I will be the first to admit that I am not very good at making pom poms. I remember I tried making some many years ago and failed miserably. But the girls wanted them so I thought I’d better try my hand at pom pom making again.

I did not have a store-brought pom pom maker so I used this on-line tutorial to make my pom poms. I looked at several different tutorials and found this one very useful with many step-by-step photos.

Here are my two crocheted hats complete with a homemade pom pom.

I used my ribbed hat pattern and just adjusted down the stitches to work even to get the correct sizes for the girls. As for the pom pom, after having an issue with the first one where the tying yarn broke, I finally got it fixed. My pom poms required lots of trimming and shaping but in the end, I think they turned out looking pretty good. I hope the hats fit nicely and the girls enjoy their hats for Christmas.

Bloomin’ Bag

December 1, 2019 1 comment
Bloomin Tote Bag

Here is my version of the Bloomin’ Bag pattern from Cathy Phillips. The free pattern link is available on Ravelry where you can download a PDF of the crochet pattern.

My tote bag was crocheted using Red Heart with Love Metallic yarn in fuchsia. I used about 410 yards of yarn for my bag.

I changed up the pattern just a bit to make it taller by crocheting one additional set of repeats of the main bag body. I then crocheted different handles using the same method I do for my recycled tote bags.

For my Bloomin’ Bag handles, I started in 7 inches from sides, chained 36 for handles, leaving 22 stitches unworked, then sc in each stitch until other side. Repeat for other side’s handle to match first side.
Row 2 – Sc in each stitch and work 38 sc around handle chain, repeat for other side.
Row 3-5 – Sc in each sts around.

Finished size of my Bloomin’ Bag with measurements taken flat are:
20” wide by 13” tall with 11” handles.

Overall a very good pattern and I love the look of the stitch design. Next I want to crochet this pattern using recycled plastic bags.


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