Monday, September 28, 2015

Yarn Fanatic Linky Party #52

Welcome to the 52nd Yarn Fanatic Link Party, and my 35th as co-host, alongside Rachel from The Philosopher's Wife.

I have been working hard on some crocheted items, but I haven't gotten photos of anything nor have I published anything since our last party. It doesn't help that my computer was left in another city while visiting and then missent in the mail! I am soooo happy to have it back, and will be on a better posting schedule this week.

Most Clicked:
From Left to Right:

Flechtkissen from My World of Crochet - Crochet Inspiration. This is such a fun pillow! I am not really sure what the title translates to since it didn't translate in the Google translate, but I am thinking something like Woven Crochet Pillow? Whatever the name, I love the fun covers, texture and pattern! Great inspiration piece!


Baby Daisy Dress from Ginx Craft - Paid Knitting Pattern Link Included. Ginny did a beautiful job designing this adorable little dress for baby! And I really love it in the green with white little flowers. Beautiful pattern and great texture. Though I don't knit, it is stated that this is worked in worsted weight yarn so it works up fairly quickly as well as something "quite easy to follow". Love it!

EyeLoveKnots Yarn Favorites:
From Left to Right, Top to Bottom:


Strata Fingerless Gloves from Knitting and So On - Free Knitting Pattern & Schematics Included. This is a neat pair of fingerless gloves. Though it is constructed in an "out-of-the-ordinary" way, it seems simple enough for a beginner to follow along. I just received an email this morning of a new Complete Beginners Guide to Knitting post on Petals to Picots which I will definitely be checking out here soon, and adding these Strata Fingerless Gloves to my When I Learn to Knit board.

Cheerful [Circular Granny Square Afghan] from Vrolijk by Leen - Link to Free Crochet Pattern Included. I LOVE this idea! I have seen quite a few of these around Pinterest, and have it on both my Afghans/Blankets and Granny & Other Afghan Squares pin boards as a future project. Just think of the color and size possibilities! Beautiful job Leen! It's obvious that this afghan took lots of time and patience, and the finished project is just stunning!

Wire and Floss Flowers from Purple Hues and Me - Floss DIY. This is such a neat flower! It's created using an ancient flower making technique called Ganutell. Photo tutorial is included to help us create our own Wire and Floss Flowers. The beautiful finished flower can be used for so many different things such as decorating gift boxes, as ornaments, jewelry on a smaller scale, etc.

Bumble Bee Amigurumi from Hakelfieber - [Rough] Free Crochet Pattern Included. I LOVE this this doll! I have a vision in my mind of creating a line of dolls, but I haven't started working on them yet - just brainstorming. This Bumble Bee Amigurumi Doll makes me want to get started now! I think this would be a lovely little doll to work up for the home this time of year - it reminds me of a child in a bumble bee costume. 
Forgive me for not knowing what language the original post is written in, I usually just google translate right away. The pattern does not translate very clearly, hence the "[Rough]" addition, but if asked, I am sure Sandra would be happy to help with the translation.

Pieces of 8 Mitts from Silk & Wool - Knit Review, Link Not Included. I love the color chosen for these fingerless gloves. The pattern is really fun looking! And with fall upon us, and winter right around the corner, these are the perfect addition to your wardrobe!

Mandala Lamp from Atelier Marie-Lucienne - Link to Free Crochet Pattern Included. This is a great out-of-the-box idea! There are really only so many afghans, pillows and wall hanging mandalas you can have around the house, so this gives a great idea for creating something similar to use in a different setting.

Hippo Hot Water Pouch from Nephi-Handmade - Link to Paid Crochet Pattern Included. This is such a fun little hot water pouch thing - not even really sure what they are called, hehe. This pouch will definitely stand out in the home, but no one would ever know that it has a hot water thing inside of it! So fun, and so creative.

Halloween Tunisian Placemats from Olives n Okra - Free Crochet Patterns. I haven't attempted tunisian crochet yet, but these placemats look so fun! And with a simple color adjustment, these could easily be made for any time of the year!

My Philosopher Favorite:
     My good friend, Rachel of The Philosopher's Wife, has been busy homeschooling her children and spending spare time with the family out at a local amusement park. Do any of you homeschool your children, or spend your spare time out with the family? Please comment below sharing some of your stories and pointers for Rachel!


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This Months's Giveaway is sponsored by Jessica of Chaleur Hand Dyed Yarn, and will last the whole month of October. 
This gorgeous skein of yarn is in a colorway called, Caribbean Waves. Can't you see the beautiful blue/green oceany color within it? It's so serene. 

This skein is a sports weight yarn compromised of 75% superwash wool and 25% nylon with 274 yards/100 grams. This gorgeous, serene prize has a $22 value.

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The Yarn Fanatic Party will begin every Monday afternoon, and run through Sunday night. You have all week and weekend to post your fantastic yarn related projects!

Please share projects that are family friendly, and YARN RELATED; ie Crochet, Knit, with an extension to include Cross Stitch, Needlepoint on Plastic Canvas and Embroidery.
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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Yarn Fanatic Linky Party #51 (With Features from #49)

Welcome to the 51st Yarn Fanatic Link Party, and my 34th as co-host, alongside Rachel from The Philosopher's Wife.

I apologize lots for missing the posting of last week's party - The Yarn Fanatic Party #50, but...::sighs::...You know how it goes.

I took a much needed mini vacation this past weekend down to visit my boyfriend, Chad's, dad's side of the family for Chad's brother, Lucas', birthday.
The trip came out to be too short (as usual), and the drive back up posed issues but overall it was a great trip. I will be sharing some photos next Wednesday - since leaving my computer down South was one of those issues!

Since our last party I've shared:
This is a free crochet pattern for a 6" square,
and was designed as part of the Mystery Lapghan CAL 2015.
There is still PLENTY of time to join the party! 
And a Little Girls Purse. This post is a crochet pattern review of a FREE pattern designed by Cream of the Crop Crochet.

I LOVE working up crochet (and jewelry) projects and creating/sharing reviews - if you have any patterns/tutorials that you would like tested and/or reviewed, feel free to shoot me an email!


Most Clicked (from the YFP#49):

Fantasy Pillow from My World of Crochet - Crochet Inspiration. I LOVE this idea! I actually have an afghan square similar to this in the works.

EyeLoveKnots Yarn Favorites (from the YFP#49):
From Right to Left, Top to Bottom:

Rainbow Sweater from Hakel Fieber - Crochet Inspiration. Sandra makes working up a sweater look sooooo easy! I am going to have to give it a try using a fun pattern too!

Jar Cover from Anna Simple Crochet - Crochet Inspiration. This is such a beautiful jar topper. What a great idea for gift giving!

Baby Alpaca Dream [Shawl] from Van Dani - Link to Crochet Pattern Included. This is a stunning piece - as many of the pieces shared from Van Dani are! I will agree in that I think this piece would look great on a bride, or to be used for any other special occasion. I am jealous of this little yarn shop in her town - I wish there was one like that in my town! Do you have one in yours?

Striped and Stolen [Bag] from Kat Kat Katoen - Free Crochet Pattern Included. Sigrid created such a cute little messenger bag! I can see why her daughter fell in love with it!!

A Japanese Flower Scarf from Colour Crochet Love - Crochet Inspiration. This scarf is going to be such a gorgeous piece (though it can be argued it already is, I am thinking once complete it will be more). I love all of the fun, bright colors paired with the loopy floral pieces. They look like they would make great coasters and/or mandalas if worked up separately.



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Are you a pattern designer - Crochet, knit, plastic canvas, embroidery, latch hook, pom pom crafts, and other yarny crafts... Or do you design yarn related graphics, shirts, buttons, printables, tote bags? Maybe you are a yarn dyer? Or perhaps you have a really large yarn stash and you are looking to do a de-stashing of them? We are in need of giveaway sponsors for the Yarn Fanatic Party! If you are interested in teaming up with Rachel of The Philosopher's Wife and I to sponsor a giveaway at one of our parties, PLEASE contact either Rachel or I.
Join the Party!

The Yarn Fanatic Party will begin every Monday afternoon, and run through Sunday night. You have all week and weekend to post your fantastic yarn related projects!

Please share projects that are family friendly, and YARN RELATED; ie Crochet, Knit, with an extension to include Cross Stitch, Needlepoint on Plastic Canvas and Embroidery.
Also make sure you are linking up to your blog post, and just just your blog's home page.
We encourage you to:

*Become a Follower of the blog where you linked up. Following both is also greatly appreciated!
Alexandra of EyeLoveKnots


Rachel of The Philosopher's Wife


*Check out the other Great Projects that have been linked up!

*Spread the comment love!

Features will be chosen weekly. By linking up, you give us permission to feature your item.

*If you don't have a blog, you can still share with us by creating a Free Flickr Account - powered by Yahoo. Add your projects there, and then come back here with the link for the project.


*Link ups cannot be to Etsy listings or Ravelry pages where patterns are sold. You can link to blog posts, Flickr or Facebook pages, Pins, etc that are directed towards it, but can't directly link to it. 

To be clearer though, Raverly pages of finished projects are okay to share. Sorry for the inconvenience! That's per InLinkz guidelines. Thanks!


Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Little Girls Purse - Crochet Pattern Review - Cream of the Crop Crochet

I was asked to review this Little Girls Purse, and I am so glad that I did! I had looked at it before, and pinned it with my little cousin, Madison, in mind, but I wasn't sure when I was going to get around to working it up - thanks for the push Brie!

This purse can be worked up in any weight yarn and crochet hook, or with a zipper instead of a handle.

Materials I Used:
     - Light Worsted Weight Yarn (#3) - I used about 155 yards of Bernat Softee Baby in Princess Pebbles Ombre (JoAnn's)
     - H8/5mm Crochet Hook
     - #20 Tapestry Needle for Weaving and Sewing
     - 8" x 10" Eco-Friendly Felt - I already threw out my label and cannot find it online so I am not sure of the color, but I held up the skein of Princess Pebbles Ombre to the different pink felt options to bought the one that was closest to the pink within it.
     - 7 Mesh Soft, Clear Plastic Canvas 
      - 1 Button - I used a 7/8" (22m) White Colored Button from Crafting with Buttons [found at JoAnn's, but not available for purchase online from JoAnn's.]
     - Little Girls Purse, Free Crochet Pattern from Cream of the Crop Crochet

Material Notes:
     I say about 155 yards for the yarn used as an estimate. These skeins have quite a bit of yarn, and though I cannot say for sure, I believe I would be able to make a second purse with the remaining ombre yarn.

     The felt and plastic canvas are optional - I used them to create a lining for the purse.

     The button that I used isn't one that I normally use. I bought it mistakenly a while back, and found that it is for use in button art projects. It is thinner with a flat back, and comes off to be fragile to me, but after I attached it to this little purse, I really like how it sits on the daintier yarn.

Time Spent:
     I completed this Little Girls Purse in about 2 hours, 15 minutes. This time includes all pieces and the sewing in of the lining.

Measurements:
     8" Wide by 6.25" in Length Laying Flat excluding Strap. Strap adds 5.5".

Gauge:
Using Bernat Softee Baby & an H8/5mm Hook = 4" Wide by 3" in Length:
     Chain 18. HDC into the 3rd chain and each chain across. (16 HDC)
     R2 - 8: Chain 1, turn. HDC into the 1st HDC, and each HDC across.

Pattern Notes:
Due to the fact that I try to sew the least amount possible, I worked the straps differently than called for in the pattern.

My Strap Process: 
1. Lay bag flat. Find center on sides and count out four stitches on each side of side center (8 stitches total on each side). Place stitch markers. Attach yarn, and then I followed the written pattern - 8 HDC across for 37 rows. 

2 - 3. After completing the last stitch, I turned the purse inside out and slip stitched to the other side where the stitch markers (not shown) were placed. 

4. I then turned bag right side out, and began single crocheting along the first half of the opening - shown by the direction of the arrows.
Once to the other side, I folded the strap in half, single crocheted along the bottomside of the strap working through both layers, and then finished single crocheting around the other half of the bag opening. Working this method will also limit the stretch to the purse strap.
I slip stitch joined the button tab in a similar to the join of the purse straps. Take caution when attaching the tab - I was not paying attention and added it to the wrong side of the purse. If you work the straps using my method, make sure you find the right side of the purse - shown by the single crochet edging - and attach the tab to the other side of the purse.

I sewed on the button with holes at 2" down from the top middle of the purse. I suggest laying button down first, and then seeing where your buttonhole is in comparison - Remember that the tab will stretch a little so don't leave too much give.

After completing the purse, I noticed the purse was very floppy/flimsy so I added a lining with plastic canvas to make it sturdy.

Lining - Please forgive the dark photos! It was late when I was taking them.

     I folded the felt hamburger style with the right side on the inside so it will be seen when the purse is open, cut off 2" from one side and about a quarter of an inch off the top - I just eyeballed it, but you could measure. It ended up being 8" wide by 5.75" in length. I cut my plastic canvas two rows of squares smaller than the length of the felt, and one row of squares smaller than the width of the felt - 36 holes in Length by 46 holes in Width. Sit plastic canvas aside.
     I kept the felt folded in half and worked a blanket stitch around the sides of the felt using a #20 tapestry needle and the same yarn used in the crocheted purse - the easiest stitch I found for someone who isn't a sewer. Usually when beginning the blanket stitch you will leave the beginning tail and knot on the inside of the piece to hide it. In this case, you want to make sure the tail and knot is left on the outside of the two layers so it isn't visible when you open the purse. You also don't need to worry about making it neat because it won't be visible.
1. Put in your felt lining, and add a rectangle of plastic canvas on either side of it.

2 - 3. I lined the top of the felt up just under the top of the crochet stitches. I started in a stitch near the doubled strap, and worked a running stitch in and out of all three layers - felt, each hole of the plastic canvas and each single crochet of the purse.

4. I was a little worried that the running stitch would be really visible on the finished purse, but looking at this close up you can see this isn't the case.
All in all, I really think this is just the cutest Little Girls Purse! Usually I prefer the sturdy-ness and quick work up of using worsted weight yarn, but after adding the lining I really fell for this purse. It's a great size, works up fairly quickly, and the pattern is easy to read and follow.

With so many size, yarn type and color options, I would love to see them! Please share your photos on my EyeLoveKnots Facebook page!

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Cuatro Esquinas de Abuela Afghan Square - Free Crochet Pattern

This fun afghan square was designed for the 2015 Mystery Lapghan CAL. I originally only had one to be released October 16th, but I jumped at the opportunity to design another!

The name for this square came from my mother. I knew I wanted either "Granny" or a form of 'four' to be in the title, but I couldn't quite think of anything I liked. When my mother came out for some coffee, I hopped over to the kitchen counter and started bouncing ideas off of her. She wasn't really into any of mine, but did come up with Cuatro Esquinas, which is Spanish for Four Corners. I said, "Okay, the Cuatro Esquinas Granny Square", and she suggested "Cuatro Esquinas de Abuela", which translates to "Four Corners of Grandma". Hehe! Very unique, and creative - Love it! Hope you do too.

Materials:
     - Very small amounts of five colors of worsted weight yarn - I used Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn in Red, Grape, Jelly Bean (Green), Hot Rose and White
     - I9/5.5mm Crochet Hook
     - Tapestry Needle - I used a #18

Material Notes:
     Yarn Alternatives: Red Heart's With Love. If using Vanna's Choice, you may need to go down a hook size to meet my gauge; If using Red Heart's Super Saver, Bernat's Super Value, Deborah Norville's Everyday Soft, or Caron's Simply Soft, you may need to go down two hook sizes to meet my gauge.

     You could easily work this up in two colors (one for squares, and one for join and edge), or three (one each for two squares and one for the join and edge). 

Time Spent:
     I was able to work up this square in just under 25 minutes.

Measurements:
     Each smaller square measures 2.75" across. All put together and with the edging, the completed square will measure 6" across.

Gauge:
With I Love This Yarn and an I9/5.5mm Hook = 4" x 4"
     Chain 16, DC in the 4th stitch, and in each stitch across. (14 DC)
     R2 - R8: Chain 2, turn. DC in the 2nd stitch, and each stitch across.
     Fasten Off.

Abbreviations:
     SC - Single Crochet
     DC - Double Crochet

Pattern Notes:
     I have a photo tutorial for How to Crochet a Granny Square available.

     In the first round, the final chain 2 is intentional. I always work the final chain of the first round one chain shorter, otherwise I find the last corner to be uneven.

     If you work the granny squares with an invisible join as I have done, then do not work the final chain 1 as the invisible join will create that chain.

     I have a photo tutorial for the Invisible Join available in my Newborn Twin Chunky Hats post.

     Weave in Granny Square ends as you go. Crochet over joining yarn tails when working the border.

     In the joining rounds, the numbers coordinate with the number of the photo in the collage.

Pattern:

Small Granny Square - Make 4
     Chain 5. Join to form a ring. Chain 2, work 2 DC into the ring, chain 3 [first corner created], (3 DC into the ring, Chain 3) 2x, 3 DC into the ring, Chain 2. Join to the first DC, not the beginning chain 2.

R2: Slip stitch over two spaces into the next chain space. Chain 2, work 2 DC into the same chain space, chain 3, 3 DC into the same chain space, chain 1, (3 DC into the next chain space, chain 3, 3 DC into the same chain space, chain 1) 3x. Join - I did so with an Invisible Join.

Joining Squares
Lay out your squares as you want them to appear.
     Horizontally: 
1. Pick up the two right side squares and lay them together with the wrong sides facing each other. Attach your new color in the right side chain space working through both layers. Chain 1, SC in the same chain space...

2.  Continue SCing in the next 8 stitches ending in the corner...

3 - 7. Work a single crochet decrease over the same corner and the corner of the next two squares...

8. SC in the same corner...

9. ... And in the next 8 stitches. Fasten Off.
Vertically: Turn your piece 90 degrees to the right, and fold in half. 

1. Reattach yarn to the right side chain space, working through both layers. Chain 1, SC in the same chain space, and the next 7 stitches ending in the corner... 

2 - 4. Work a single crochet decrease over the same corner and the corner of the next two squares... 

5. ...And in the next 7 stitches. 

6. Fasten Off, and lay out your piece.

Border:
     Attach yarn - I like to do so in the DC next to the corner, rather than the corner itself. SC in the same DC and the next 7 stitches, single crochet decrease over the next two chain spaces, SC in the next 8 stitches, (5 SCs in the corner, SC in the next 8 stitches, single crochet decrease over the next two chain spaces, SC in the next 8 stitches) 3x, 5 SCs in the corner. Join to the first SC - I did so with an invisible join.
Please feel free to make and sell your own Cuatro Esquinas de Abuela Afghan Squares using this pattern, but please DO NOT claim this pattern as your own nor should you sell my pattern, and DO NOT re-publish my photos as your own. DO NOT copy and paste my pattern anywhere, link to it instead.

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Monday, September 7, 2015

Yarn Fanatic Party #49

Welcome to the 49th Yarn Fanatic Link Party, and my 32nd as co-host, alongside Rachel from The Philosopher's Wife.

These week I shared...
The Sherwood Forest Beret - Free Crochet Pattern


A few reminders on some CAL's I am/will be participating in...
The Mystery Lapghan CAL is in progress!
Check out my post for a full list of all squares shared so far. 
First project will be shared Monday, September 14th.

Most Clicked:
From Left to Right:

Georgiana Shawl from A Little Bit to Knit - Knitting Pattern Link Included. Though Sarah loves knitting a variety of things, shawls are her go-to and boy are they stunning! I am sure this one was hard to part with, but I am also sure that her mother just loved it! What is your go-to type of yarn craft?

Moogly CAL Blocks 5 - 8 from Olives n Okra - Links to Crochet Patterns Included. I love Sherry's choice of colors for this afghan - it's going to be one beautiful afghan! Make sure to check out this post for her tips and experience with each of these squares :)

EyeLoveKnots Yarn Favorites:
From Left to Right, Top to Bottom:

Hand Crafted Crochet Hook Collection from Creative Designs by Sheila Zachariae - With Links Included. I haven't gotten into the polymer clay crochet hooks, but I do admire the idea quite often because they all look so fun. I love the uniqueness of Sheila's collection.

Rock African Flower Skirt from Hakelfieber - Crochet Inspiration with Chart Included. This is a cute little skirt! I've only made one skirt for myself in the past, but do drool over them quite often - I really need to work up some more! I found that a ribbon was a great gathering option for the skirt as it made the skirt fitting no matter my waist size, it can easily be removed/weaved in and out when the skirt needs washing, and you don't have to worry about the dreaded stretching matter. LOVE this idea! And a great granny square inspiration piece.

Easy Lattice Scarf from Shelf Reading Life - Knitting Pattern. I completely understand the not creating elaborate gifts for everyone during the different holidays - I tend to do elaborate for birthdays though (more personal), and then a little something simple for Christmas. One of the things that stuck out the most to me of this scarf was the beautiful denim-like colored yarn used. Close up you can see the difference in strands of the chunky yarn, but from a ways, I really love the look. That paired with the openwork pattern makes me think this would make a really beautiful scarf for many different seasons depending on the yarn weight used. Love it!

Flower Dream Catcher from Howling at the Moon - Crochet Pattern Link Included. This is such a simple and fun idea! Especially for all of those doilies we love to work up, but run out of table surfaces to put them on - or like Liz, they just don't match. I love the outside of the box thinking and the boho look of this project.

A Bright Summer Jumper Dress from My Funky Crochet - Knitting Inspiration. This is a beautiful piece full of fun colors and designs. I love that Ingrid included a photo showing how she used two different types of shirts to help in the designing of the top of the dress - this is a great resource that I think sometimes doesn't cross our mind in the process.


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Are you a pattern designer - Crochet, knit, plastic canvas, embroidery, latch hook, pom pom crafts, and other yarny crafts... Or do you design yarn related graphics, shirts, buttons, printables, tote bags? Maybe you are a yarn dyer? Or perhaps you have a really large yarn stash and you are looking to do a de-stashing of them? We are in need of giveaway sponsors for the Yarn Fanatic Party! If you are interested in teaming up with Rachel of The Philosopher's Wife and I to sponsor a giveaway at one of our parties, PLEASE contact either Rachel or I.
Join the Party!


The Yarn Fanatic Party will begin every Monday afternoon, and run through Sunday night. You have all week and weekend to post your fantastic yarn related projects!

Please share projects that are family friendly, and YARN RELATED; ie Crochet, Knit, with an extension to include Cross Stitch, Needlepoint on Plastic Canvas and Embroidery.
Also make sure you are linking up to your blog post, and just just your blog's home page.
We encourage you to:

*Become a Follower of the blog where you linked up. Following both is also greatly appreciated!
Alexandra of EyeLoveKnots


Rachel of The Philosopher's Wife


*Check out the other Great Projects that have been linked up!

*Spread the comment love!

Features will be chosen weekly. By linking up, you give us permission to feature your item.

*If you don't have a blog, you can still share with us by creating a Free Flickr Account - powered by Yahoo. Add your projects there, and then come back here with the link for the project.

*Link ups cannot be to Etsy listings or Ravelry pages where patterns are sold. You can link to blog posts, Flickr or Facebook pages, Pins, etc that are directed towards it, but can't directly link to it. 
To be clearer though, Raverly pages of finished projects are okay to share. Sorry for the inconvenience! That's per InLinkz guidelines. Thanks!


Thursday, September 3, 2015

The Sherwood Forest Beret - Free Crochet Pattern

 I did not intend on making a beret at first. Originally, I set out to make a chunky slouch hat but I ended up working it up too wide. After I finished the whole thing, I was playing with the fit and discovered that it made a great beret - I just wish I would have attempted it with a different colorway, such as a beige or cranberry color to suit the style - still a fun and comfortable hat though!

Due to the colorway being named "Forest" and the actual colors of the yarn (green, brown, and beige), I knew I wanted the beret to have a woodland/earthy name, but I couldn't think of anything. I reached out to my fellow crochet blogger friends, and was suggested the name "Sherwood", among a few others. As soon as I saw it I knew - The Sherwood Forest Beret it would be! I did a quick search to make sure The Sherwood Forest was a real place, and not just part of a story/movie and it is!

The Sherwood Forest is located in Nottinghamshire, England. It was once named a Royal Hunting Forest made of patchy woodland areas and small villages. It is now a National Nature Reserve home to a few basic tourism facilities, but most importantly, the 900 ancient oak trees, most of which are about 500 years old, and Major Oak, said to be about 800 years old.

Interested in visiting? Make sure to visit Experience Nottinghamshire!

Materials:
     - 120 Yards of Chunky/Bulky (#5) Yarn - I used one skein and a touch of a second of Deborah Norville's Serenity Chunky in the Forest colorway
     - L11/8mm Crochet Hook for Most of Beret
     - K10.5/6.5mm Crochet Hook for Ribbing of Beret
     - Large Tapestry Needle for Weaving in Ends - I used a #18

Material Notes:
     You will have enough yarn in one skein if using a solid colorway of the Serenity Chunky Yarn. Alternatively, you can hold two strands of worsted weight yarn together to create a bulky strand.

Time Spent: 
     I worked up my beret in just under an hour.

Measurements:
     19" in circumference to fit up to 24" (Average Man and Women sizes)
     Measures 11.5" at widest point when laying flat, and 8.5" in length.

Gauge:
     7 DCs x 4 rows = 3" Square

Abbreviations:
     HDC - Half Double Crochet
     HDC2tog - Half Double Crochet Decrease
     DC - Double Crochet
     FPDC - Front Post Double Crochet
     BPDC - Back Post Double Crochet

Pattern Notes:
     Working the first and last stitches of the increase rounds on opposite sides of the chain helps to keep the seam straight. Between that and turning at the beginning of each round, the seam is hardly noticeable.

     Join each round to the first stitch, not beginning chain.
     
     Working the ribbed rounds with the smaller crochet hook will bring the diameter to about 6", but the ribbed technique has a lot of give to it. The hat fit my head (21" in circumference), and my boyfriend, Chad's, head (24" in circumference).

     I touch base on Post Stitches a little in my Raspberry Surprise Front Post Wine Cozy Crochet Pattern.

     I have a photo tutorial available for the Invisible Join in the Pattern Notes section of my Chunky Newborn Hats Crochet Pattern.

Pattern: 
Chain 3. Work 8 HDC into the 1st chain. Join to close the round. (8 HDC)

R2: Chain 1, turn. HDC into the first HDC, 2 HDC into each of the next 7 HDCs, HDC into the next HDC. Join. (16 HDC)

R3: Chain 1, turn. HDC into the first 2 HDC, (2 HDC into the next HDC, HDC into the next HDC) 7x, HDC into the next HDC. Join. (24 HDC)

R4: Chain 1, turn. HDC into the first 3 HDC, (2 HDC into the next HDC, HDC into the next 2 HDC) 7x, HDC into the next HDC. Join. (32 HDC)

R5: Chain 1, turn. HDC into the first 4 HDC, (2 HDC into the next HDC, HDC into the next 3 HDC) 7x, HDC into the next HDC. Join. (40 HDC)

R6: Chain 1, turn. HDC into the first 5 HDC, (2 HDC into the next HDC, HDC into the next 4 HDC) 7x, HDC into the next HDC. Join. (48 HDC)

R7: Chain 1, turn. HDC into the first 6 HDC, (2 HDC into the next HDC, HDC into the next 5 HDC) 7x, HDC into the next HDC. Join. (56 HDC)

R8: Chain 1, turn. HDC into the first 7 HDC, (2 HDC into the next HDC, HDC into the next 6 HDC) 7x, HDC into the next HDC. Join. (64 HDC)
R9: Chain 1, turn. HDC into the first 8 HDC, (2 HDC into the next HDC, HDC into the next 7 HDC) 7x, HDC into the next HDC. Join. (72 HDC)


R10 - 12: Chain 1, turn. HDC in the first HDC, and each HDC around.

R13: Chain 1, turn. (HDC2tog, HDC into the next 7 HDC) 8x around. Join. (64 HDC)

R14: Chain 1, turn. (HDC2tog, HDC into the next 6 HDC) 8x around. Join. (56 HDC)

R15: Chain 1, turn. (HDC2tog, HDC into the next 5 HDC) 8x around. Join. (48 HDC)

R16 (RS): Chain 2, DON'T turn. DC in the 2nd HDC, and in each HDC around. Join. (48 DC)

*Switch to a K10.5/6.5mm Crochet Hook
R17 - 18 (RS): Chain 2. FPDC around the 2nd post, BPDC around the 3rd post, (FPDC around the next post, BPDC around the next post) around. Join - I did so with an invisible join. (48 DC)

Please feel free to make and sell your own Sherwood Forest Berets using this pattern, but please DO NOT claim this pattern as your own nor should you sell my pattern, and DO NOT re-publish my photos as your own. DO NOT copy and paste my pattern anywhere, link to it instead.


Thought I'd share a photo blooper with you! Hehe. The sun was in my eyes.
My boyfriend says my facial expression reminds him of Popeye - Haha!

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   I will be adding some berets to my EyeLoveKnots Etsy shop. Feel free to send in your custom color requests! Check out color options here - Deborah Norville's Serenity Chunky.