I am now volunteering with a bread and food ministry at my church that also has a table that we put out used clothing for the taking. As I help hand out the food I noticed many children. Many of them look like they are wearing hand-me-down clothes. I have started to crochet hats to hand out when the weather gets colder here in sunny Florida. I am hoping that the parents and grandparents will give them to the little ones to wear during our short winter and then save them for them to wear the following year. Many of the hats will also fit the older children and the adults as I make them to fit me or larger. I also have scarves for them as well and for the adults. Some of the scarves are those fashion ruffle style that can be worn while dressed up in nicer clothes for going to parties or church. Many of them are more for fun or just warmth.
I crocheted many coaster in July. I crocheted more in August and then many more in September and October and November. I finally counted the ones I gave away as gifts to come to over 130 coasters. Here is the brake down on the coasters. I gave 12 as gift at a bridal shower. Then I gave 4 more away as a birthday gift. I gave away 130 at a Jesus Birthday party to single mother’s and 2 more as gifts just because I wanted to give them away.
I used cotton yarn of all kinds of brands that I had left over or had bought and stashed away to crochet all the coasters. All can be machine washed and dried. Some as you can see have more than one color and some I used up scraps to make them. I crocheted many in one color or from one strand of yarn. The ones I ran out of yarn in the middle of the round I just added another color of yarn till that color ran out and changed the yarn again till I finished the coaster. All were crocheted in three rounds of double crochet and then one round of single crochet followed by one round of reverse single crochet stitches.
I have written about crocheting for children before but I am now crocheting many baby and toddler size sweaters. What got me crocheting them is all the babies that some of my friends and family members have been having the past few years. I have essentially just 2 patterns I have crocheted much when it comes to sweaters with sleeves. One is the “hexagon sweater” and the other is a top down sweater. Both are very easy.
The “hexagon sweater” is crocheted making 2 hexagons and then putting them together by slip stitching or by sewing. I prefer the slip stitch method of putting them together as it is easier for me. The sweater will end up needing some finishing off to make it look more professional or finished looking. I like to add some length to the sleeves and I single crochet around the neck, down one side, across the bottom and up the other side. I usually start at the back of the bottom and work around the piece from there. Some of the time I will crochet ties to both sides of the front. But sometimes I sew on buttons and sometimes I add ribbons for ties.
Here are some of the pictures of some of the hexagon sweaters I crocheted: This is one I was working on. I since finished it.
For the next one I used cotton yarn that felt more like string but washed up nice. I crocheted ties in finishing this little sweater made by crocheting 2 hexagons.
This next one is a pull over style still made with 2 hexagons. class=”size-medium wp-image-329″ /> This is a pullover hexagon sweater.[/caption]
I showed the back of this one so you can see how I made the two halves the same.
Now let me tell you about the crochet top down sweaters. I like this method better as I can use whatever yarn and hook I want and can make it with long sleeves, three quarter sleeves, short sleeves or cap sleeves. I can finish it off like I do the hexagon sweater and I can make it as short or long as I want to make it. I have even crocheted this style for adults using measurements of the wearer. The main reason I like it is because it is so easy to make. I just start out with a chain and crochet back and forth till the sleeve row. Then I get to skip for the sleeves and continue crocheting back and forth till I reach the length I need. Then I crochet around the piece and then I go aback and add sleeves that I crochet in rounds for the desired length. No seams to sew!!
Please DO Not publish this pattern without asking me first. Enjoy it.
Here is the pattern.
Marion’s Easy Ski Cap
Note pad and pen or pencil
Bulky yarn if you want a very warm hat about 6 ounces
Worsted weight yarn for warm hat about 3 ounces or more
Sport weight for a lighter hat or baby hat about 3 ounces as I am guessing here.
Crochet hooks suggestion: J or K for adults if using the worsted weight yarn or bulky yarn. Use a H or I for a sport weight yarn.
Tape measure that can go around the head
Note: Start by taking the measurements of the wearer’s head from the middle of the head to the bottom of ear. Then add the length of the ear. Write this down on paper.
Then take and measure around the hair line going over the ears. Write this measurement down also.
Start by chaining a length that is just slightly smaller than the length of the first measurement. NOTE: Make sure you chain loosely or with a larger hook than what you will be using it crochet the hat.
Row 1: DC in each stich to almost the end. When you have 6 chains left then HDC in the next 2 chains, SC in the next 3 chains. Chain 1 and turn. Note: Chain 1 does NOT equal a SC in this pattern.
Row 2: SC in the first 3 stitches then HDC in the next 3 stitches then DC to the end. Chain 2 and turn. Note: chain 2 does NOT equal a DC in this pattern.
Row 3: DC crochet in all DC stitches of previous rows, HDC in all HDC and SC in all SC, chain 1 and turn.
Continue repeating rows 2 and 3 till the piece will equal to the second measurement or diameter of the wearer’s head when slightly stretched.
Finishing: Slip stich the last row to the starting chain. Do this by using the back loops of the last row and the unused loops of the starting chain. Then take and sew the crown of hat closed. I do this with yarn.
Attach yarn to the bottom of hat and then SC around the hat, join with a Slip stitch then chain 1 and turn REV SC around and weave in ends. Pom-pom or any other trim can be added.
Worsted weight yarn
Main color: Black
Contrast color: Green
Other colors: scraps
Button of your choice (I used one that came in a pack of 6 that I had left over and matched)
Crochet hook size K
Note: I saw a pattern I want to make but I changed my mine half way through the first half of the pattern. Here is the link http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/trendy-tote-bag.
I started the pattern as written but then I knew I did not have enough green to make the tote and thought I would make shoulder bag instead. I had my gauge a little tighter so I added a few more chains to start than it called for so I ended up with an 8 inch by 11 1/2 inch bag. My strap is 3 inches wide. I trimmed it in just a single strand of yarn around the strap as it was easier to work with.
The rest of the bag is worked using 2 strands of worsted weight or number 4 yarn. One color, black, is worked all the way through while I changed the color for the bag by dropping the green and adding another strand of yarn as I went. I used up some very small balls of yarn for this part.
I added a flap to my bag so that it has to be opened to take things out. I crocheted one strap so I can wear it across my chest.
When I got the first half of the first part of the pattern crocheted I then folded my piece and stitch it on the one side and around the corner and across the bottom. I then wove in the end all the way to the other side and back as the first row is a double crochet in very stitch row. This also brought the color I used at the top to the bottom of the bag. I then used the two colors I started with for the straps and the flap. I single crocheted them to make for less stretch in the bag. The bag does not need lining as it is very tight and I will not be putting small items that will poke through into it. I worked in my ends as I went along so I did not have to weave in any but at the part I mentioned.
If you like this bag and do not crochet please let me know in the comments as to your color choice. I will be happy to crochet you one.
I have crocheted some sweaters and hats for little boys and little girls. I crochet a sweater every time I hear someone is having a baby. I make them large enough to fit a child 5 to 12 months old. That is not a size but an age. They are all crocheted using acrylic yarn and they will be warm and machine washable ad machine dry-able. I also have used mostly worsted weight yarn but some are sport weight yarn. I just use what I have. Here are some pictures of the sweaters. If you would like one then please contact me on Facebook. My page is I Crochet For Others.