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Ponytail Girls Hat

January 15, 2022 No comments yet
Crocheted Ponytail Hat

You probably have seen these ponytail hats or messy bun hats that people are sporting these days. I crocheted this ponytail girl’s hat for my granddaughter. I looked at a few patterns but didn’t see the size and style that I was exactly looking for. So I set out and created this hat and will share the pattern details below.

I will first say that my GD has very thick hair and so this opening is fairly wide at 3.75 inches. I did use the vertical stripe hat pattern for the basis of my ponytail hat.

I crocheted a chain of 25 to begin for hole for the ponytail and joined it to make a ring. Then I worked 33 double crochet (DC) around the chain ring and then followed the pattern of DCs for 6 rows. I then started working the front and back post DCs. Check your length before you finish off to make sure your hat is long enough.

Below is a closeup photo of the top opening for the ponytail.

Rectangle Granny Blanket

December 20, 2021 No comments yet
Rectangle Granny Blanket

I just delivered this rectangle granny blanket to my local VA outreach representative. They come once a month from Spokane and each month I try and have a charity craft donation for them. The VA outreach program rep takes the items back to the VA hospital and uses them where needed.

I love the look of a granny blanket and this rectangle granny blanket pattern is awesome. You don’t have to join squares and it works up so nicely. Plus I love using various skeins of yarn to work up a unique blanket for donation.

I do just a few mods on the original crochet pattern. For the joining corner, I add my yarn at the chain 1 corner then chain 3 and work 2 more DC stitches at the corner. So I have basically 3 DCs at the corner to start a new color. I then continue around the blanket following the pattern until I get back to the beginning of the round. I work 3 DCs in the same corner space when I started and then chain 1 and join to the top of the beginning chain 3. Makes for the neat corner and the join looks better in my opinion.

If I am not changing colors, after the join at the corner, I turn my work so I am looking at the back of the blanket. I slip stitch back into the corner chain 1 space. Then turn my work back to the right side of the blanket and work 2 DCs into the same chain 1 space. So I have 3 DCs at start of corner counting the chain 3 as a DC. Again I think this corner joining tip looks better then slip stitching over several stitches to reach the corner.

Here is a closeup photo of the trim edging that I added.

Green Round Ripple

September 11, 2021 No comments yet
Green Round Ripple Throw

With the weather cooling off a bit, I was inspired to crochet one of my favorite blanket patterns. Here is a round ripple throw that I crocheted for a local Veteran’s program. This pattern is the Round Ripple that Crochetville’s Aggie May created.

Here is a close-up on the edging. I did two rounds of single crochet (SC) to finish off the trim on the blanket throw. Final width is 44 inches wide.

The round ripple was crocheted using several different shades of green vintage yarn that was donated to me. A kind lady from Ravelry donated two big boxes of yarn to me for charity crafting. It has been put to good use for hats, Christmas stockings and blankets for Warmth for Warriors and other Veteran’s needs.

More Cabled Hats

August 8, 2021 1 comment
Striped Cabled Crochet Hat

I have been working on crocheting more cabled hats for charity. These hats use my free cabled hat pattern. They work up very fast and is an easy pattern if you are just beginning to crochet. Very simple cables that make into a crocheted adult hat in just a few hours.

You can add a few stripes like I did in this hat project. I crocheted the stripes at rows 6-7 and again at row 10. Just carry the yarn behind your work for the color changes.

Of course you can always just use one color of yarn as shown in this grey cabled hat.

And one more striped hat project to share. This striped hat was done in Washington State University colors.

Vertical Stripes Potholder & Cloth

June 7, 2021 No comments yet
Vertical Stripes Crocheted Set

A friend on Crochetville shared this great looking crochet pattern featuring vertical stripes. The pattern was designed for a dishcloth. The free crochet pattern can be found here.

I crocheted the dishcloth and decided to add a potholder to complete the kitchen set using the same pattern with an H hook. For the back of the potholder, I just crocheted straight single crochet (SC) stitches without the stripes. I put the two pieces together to create a nice double-thick potholder. I used a recycled plastic bottle ring for the hanging loop.

Here is a closeup of the finished potholder which is about an 7 inch square.

More Crocheted Hats

May 8, 2021 2 comments
Dream Weaver Hat

I have been busy crocheting more hats for Warmth for Warriors. I just finished up a shipment of 6 hats and 12 mini Christmas stockings to the organization. Here are a few of my latest finish-offs.

This hat was a new pattern I tried called Dream Weaver. It uses a bulky yarn and I used Premier Puzzle yarn in the Backgammon colorway. This was my first time crocheting a hat with bulky yarn and I was very pleased with the outcome and the pattern was great.

Next is a Lakeside hat that I crocheted using several different bits of scrap yarns to complete. I wasn’t sure about using the blue but I think it came out looking nice with the blue stripe. Some Veteran will enjoy it I’m hopeful. I love the Lakeside hat pattern and you can find the free pattern here.

Below is a striped ribbed band hat I crocheted using my own ribbed hat pattern. This is an old standby pattern I have used for many years. You can find the free crochet hat pattern here.

Just to share the rest of my crocheted hats, here they are.

Basic Crocheted Baby Dress

April 4, 2021 No comments yet
Basic Crocheted Baby Dress

I have had this baby dress in my queue for years. I finally found time this last week to crochet it for an upcoming baby shower gift. It’s an easy and quick pattern that is easily customized.

I did not add the longer sleeves and just worked the basic pattern and added picots around the capped sleeves and bottom hem.

My Details:
Using an H (5 mm) hook, I crocheted the dress with a 3 ounce skein of vintage Caron Dazzleaire worsted yarn in colorway banana until round 9. Then I added some white yarn for 2 rows for a stripe.

I crocheted the pattern to round 18 when I ran out of the yellow yarn. So at round 19, I crocheted 2 rounds of white and then added the picot stitching around the bottom edge.

My finished length is 11 inches long from neck center to hem. 9 inches wide from side to side under sleeves.

Overall this is a wonderful pattern and it is free over at

Cabled Hat Pattern

February 27, 2021 No comments yet
Cabled Hat Pattern

A few weeks ago I introduced the cable scarf pattern and just love this stitch pattern. I decided that it would make a great hat pattern also. I have crocheted this hat pattern using several different hook sizes. The I hook makes a ladies sized hat and smaller men’s sized hat. The J hook creates a large men’s hat. I crochet fairly tight so use the hook you feel is appropriate for your gauge. My gauge with an I hook is 2 inches = 7 stitches and 5 rows. Gauge with a J hook is 2 inches = 6 stitches and 4.5 rows.

This blue hat was crocheted using an I (5.25 mm) crochet hook.

Here is the same hat crocheted using a J (6 mm) crochet hook.

My Cabled Hat Pattern
I (5.25-5.5 mm) crochet hook = Adult 21” cir by 9″ long
J (6 mm) crochet hook = Adult 22” cir by 9.5” long

Yarn – 3.5 ounces worsted weight (medium) 4-ply
Note: Ch 2 at beg of each round counts as DC.

Ch 71. Join to make a ring and making sure your chain is not twisted.
(You will be working in the round and not turning your work as you crochet this hat.)

Rnd 1
Ch 1, Sc into the 2nd bump loop in the back of the chain to create a smooth edge.

Cabled Scarf

February 6, 2021 No comments yet
Basic Cabled Scarf

Here is a new pattern to share that I have been working on. It is a basic cabled scarf that is worked with front post double crochet (FPDC) stitches and back post double crochet (BPDC) stitches.

My tester Suzanne who crochets much looser than I do used a H (5 mm) crochet hook to test the pattern. She used Mainstays 100% Acrylic yarn in gray and her scarf was 7″ wide x 60″ long and used 7 oz/397 yards of yarn. A big thank you to my tester Suzanne for all her help and advice to get this pattern completed and written up successfully.

Enjoy the free crochet pattern below and happy crocheting to all!

Basic Cabled Scarf Pattern
I (5.25-5.5 mm) crochet hook for 7 inch wide scarf
7 ounces Red Heart = 50 inch scarf; 8 ounces = 60” with I hook

Note: Ch 2 at beg of each row counts as DC. Each row has 5 cables and 18 DCs.

With I hook, Ch 29.


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