Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Adult and Toddler Mixed Berries Slouchie Hat and Scarf - Pattern Reviews

I get an email once a week from Lion Brand with the picks of the week. A few weeks ago, I received one that had homespun yarn being featured. That is where the Roaring Twenties Inspired Beanie with Posy Flower Embellishment came from. I had this One Skein Beret and Scarf Set bookmarked to go back and check out. I figured well, if I can make both with one skein then why not?

For Christmas I received a gift card to Joann's from my Grandma Judy (even though she's really my boyfriend's Grandma, and not mine... YET). I used that bad boy to get some Homespun Thick and Quick yarn in Mixed Berries. At first, I grabbed the wrong one :( I picked up the regular Homespun yarn in mixed berries and attempted to make the beret. When I was about halfway done, I put the beret up to my head and dropped it in disappointment. Back to Joann's for the correct yarn... (as if going back to Joann's is a bad thing).

I started the beret again, and just wasn't pleased with it. Even with the right yarn this time and the correct size hook, the beret was still too small. Plus, the crinklyness of the yarn, makes crocheting the brim with the FPSC quite challenging. 

Sooooo..... I pulled out the yarn, and started on the scarf - to take a break. What a great idea! The pattern was nice and easy to follow, and the scarf worked up quickly. I was done in about an hour plus weaving in my ends. One of the things I enjoy about the homespun yarn is that weaving in is easier because of the crinklyness. It seems to all get stuck exactly where it needs to.

I decided that since I had a whole ball of homespun yarn from my mispurchase, I would make my little cousin Madison a hat and scarf. Her favorite color is purple as you may have noticed from my Pretty Purple Set, so what better to use than a ball of a mixture of purples?

For her scarf, I googled the average size of a toddler's scarf and decided on 4"x30". I used the same pattern (link found above) but I changed a few minor things: 
     1.) Since I was using a thinner yarn, I switched to a K10.5/6.5mm hook;
     2.) To obtain the size I was going for, I chained 16 to start. The end result was a little shy of the 4", finishing up at about 3.75"


Corina over at Stitch11 has a great pattern for a Granny Slouch Hat in an adult size, child size, and toddler size. I liked the look of it much more than the beret - just seems more full to me. AND! The pattern was so much easier to follow. She does such wonderful things. Visit her!
I was able to work up the adult hat in about 2 hours, and the child's hat in about an hour. For both hats, I used the regular homespun yarn.

Adult Slouchie Hat and Scarf
Toddler Slouchie Hat and Scarf

All in all, I used a little more than half a ball of the Homespun Thick and Quick yarn, and a ball and a half of the regular Homespun yarn.

And! While wearing this set for the pictures, I came to the discovery that I definitely need to make myself a set! (As the original will go to my cousin, Tiffany, so she and her little one can match.) It's soft and warm. With temperatures down into the 30's now and working in the booth outside, I could definitely use a nice warm scarf - just have to change up the colors a bit to match my work uniform.

The Adult Mixed Berries Slouchie Hat and Scarf set, and the Toddler Mixed Berries Slouchie Hat and Scarf set are available in my Etsy shop. The adult hat has a finished circumference of about 20" and will stretch a little to fit a range of sizes. The toddler hat has a finished circumeference of about 15". There are also lots of colors to choose from so if you'd like a different color, here you can find the color options.

I welcome customer orders and/or adjustments so don't be shy to ask!

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