Monday, November 30, 2015

Yarn Fanatic Party #53 - Final Day - The Rainy Apple Shoppe Yarn Giveaway

Welcome to the 53rd Yarn Fanatic Link Party, and my 36th as co-host, alongside Rachel from The Philosopher's Wife.

First off, HAPPY [late] THANKSGIVING!! Well, to my friends here in the states. How was your holiday and crazy holiday weekend? Eat too much, and spend a lot of time in traffic and big crowds over the last few days? You can read about my Thanksgiving in my Happy Thanksgiving from EyeLoveKnots post, but as far as Black Friday shopping that was a no this year. In years past, I really look forward to going to my local JoAnn's Arts and Craft Store on Black Friday. Why? 1.) Not much more business than a normal weekend day, since everyone else is out shopping for electronics and whatnot; 2.) Everything is on sale! Including Christmas decor.
This year though, I was looking forward to getting some of my things organized and Chad's arrival home from visiting with family out of town. As many of you know, I recently moved. LOTS of my things are still in boxes in the garage, and I don't know where much is. I took the opportunity on Black Friday to go through some boxes, find new places for my things and put things aside for donation. I am proud to say that I have donated four totes full of items so far. I also took out my beautiful 6 foot Christmas Tree pre-lit with multi-colored lights, but when I plugged it in, only some of my lights were working - ugh! I kept it up until Chad got home, but after he started laughing at it, I decided it was time to get rid of it and get a new Christmas Tree for my new home.
We waited until 6:30pm to go out - hoping things had died down out - and it had! We went to Big Lots and got a little 3 foot topiary. It was pre-lit, came with ornaments on it already and was on sale so we took advantage. I don't know if I am sold on it yet, but it was cute and affordable. I'll be sharing photos with you on the blog shortly. 
We also went out to Barnes and Noble for coffee and reading. It's a normal part of our week, and nice to get away and relax. A little choir group from one of the local high schools was there singing Christmas songs. It was neat.

Since Week 2 of the Yarn Fanatic Party #53, I have been very busy working on and finishing up some projects - none of which are going towards Christmas Gifts - procrastination is a terrible trait, hehe. Find them listed here in order of appearance, first to last.

Seeing Stars Basic Baby Beanie, Free Crochet Pattern.
In celebration of Veteran's Day 2015!
Available in Newborn, 3-6 Month and 6-12 Month Sizes.
Women's Quick and Easy Slipper Socks, Free Crochet Pattern.
Makes a great Gift for Her!
Available in Women's US Sizes 4 through 12.5.
Star Applique with Haven for Hands Hooks, Free Crochet Pattern & Review.
6 hook sizes, 6 yarn types, 6 sizes!

Okay, now that I've talked your ear off... Today is the LAST DAY to share your projects and enter the yarn giveaway from The Rainy Apple Shoppe. We will be taking a break for the month of December as many of us are going to be busy getting ready for Christmas, making gifts and baking, and visiting with friends and family. We will pick back up Monday, January 4th with the Yarn Fanatic Party #54 and a great giveaway! Stay tuned :)


To see our Most Clicked from the Yarn Fanatic Party #52, and my EyeLoveKnots Favorites, please visit the post for the Yarn Fanatic Party #53 - Week 1.

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Friday, November 27, 2015

Star Applique in 6 Sizes with Haven for Hand Ergonomic Crochet Hooks! - Free Crochet Pattern & Review

I received a set of Ergonomic Crochet Hooks from Haven for Hands in exchange for my honest opinion. Pattern found under hook Review.

I was super excited when Sarah of Haven for Hands reached out to me and asked me to review these awesome Ergonomic Crochet Hooks. I jumped on the opportunity, and haven't put them down since receiving them.

They were packaged very nicely when I first got my package in the mail, but it didn't last because... well, I wanted to see them!
It is a set of nine (9) crochet hooks with ergonomic handles in a variety of fun colors. They come in a beautiful flexible cloth case with a zippered pocket containing a tape measurer, some stitch markers and a neat little pair of folding scissors.

I haven't been big into ergonomic handles - even though they are so much better for your hands! - because I couldn't find any that really fit right. The moment I held my new I9/5.5mm Crochet Hook, I knew I wouldn't be turning back! 
I have found that similar hooks have handles that only reach about half of the hook leaving the thumb rest uncovered which makes for an awkward hold, but I LOVE that these crochet hooks have the thumb rest covered and shaped to fit perfectly. It is a nice, soft and consistent grip. 

One slightly negative thing you may find is that the handles are made of clay and do smell of it. I like the smell, but it does transfer to your hands. I am not sure if this will slowly go away or not, but no complaints from me on this one.
**11.28.15 UPDATE: Sarah has informed me that the hooks are not made of clay but TPR or Thermoplastic Rubber - food grade quality. Not sure where the clay smell has come from, but is hoping over time it disappears.

Another great thing about these Ergonomic Crochet Hooks from Haven for Hands is the engraved US AND Metric sizing on the handles. No worrying about remembering what size the hook was - if you have covered your own hooks or purchased some others, then you know what this is like - or trying to think of the equivalent size if only one were given.
I will say though that some of the hook sizes are not the standard hook sizes I am used to but if you are a regular crocheter like me, you have practically a million hooks. I will be replacing my current set with this new set and just add in the hook sizes not included. Check your gauge before starting most projects and you will be fine!
I was really pleased with the fabric on the case. First thing I thought was - this is so cute! It's a flexible burlap colored canvas fabric with brown floral pattern and one strip of lace. It is so simple, yet so cute!
The space for the crochet hooks fits them perfectly - not too loose or tight - and the zippered pocket to the right of the hooks is quite spacious. I've mentioned what can be found in this little pocket, but what I haven't mentioned yet is that I was able to fit five crochet hooks of different sizes from my now old crochet hook set, a pen and my memory stick in the pocket with the other accessories and still fold the case back up and button with no problem! I did leave out my tapestry needles, but they aren't far - just hidden under the flap just over the zippered pocket.
The button on the case is a little tough to get on and off so I haven't rebutton since I unbuttoned the first time. I am sure it gets better with time, but I think a tie option would be a great alternative.

I can't say enough good things about my new set of Ergonomic Crochet Hooks from Haven for Hands! I am so excited to have them, and very happy Sarah reached out to me and shared this new product with me!

Okay, okay. On to the pattern! Enjoy :) PS I will have a set to giveaway during one of our upcoming Yarn Fanatic Parties so stayed tuned!
You may have seen this Star Applique in my recent Seeing Stars Basic Baby Beanie post, or my Star and Stripes Baby Beanie post from this past 4th of July. Ever since I put it down in writing, I have wanted to try out different yarn types to see what other size options I could get. When I received these hooks, it instantly clicked - same pattern, different size hooks with yarn out of my stash - and so here it is.

Materials:
     - Cotton Thread - I used Aunt Lydias Classic Crochet Thread in Burgundy
          - B/2mm Crochet Hook
     - Sock Weight - I used Premier Yarns Wool-Free Sock Yarn in Pueblo
          - D/3mm Crochet Hook
     - Fine Weight (2) - I used Lion Brand's Vanna's Glamour in Diamond
          - E/3.5mm Crochet Hook
     - Light/Sport (3) - I used Hobby Lobby's I Love This Sportweight in Red
          - 7/4.5mm Crochet Hook
     - Worsted (4) - I used Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn in Ivory Sparkle
          - I9/5.5mm Crochet Hook
     - Chunky (5) - I used Deborah Norville's Serenity Chunky in After Dark
          - J10/6mm Crochet Hook
     - Tapestry Needle for Weaving in Ends - an #18 or #20 work great
     - And my NEW Ergonomic Crochet Hooks from Haven for Hands! All sizes listed above under the respective yarn used

Material Notes:
     Any weight yarn will do - star measurements will vary.

Some hook sizes listed above are not standard US hook sizes. You can change out to the closest one you have - for example, in my now old set I did not have a 2mm but I had a 2.25mm and I did not have a 4.5mm but I had a 4.25mm.

Time Spent:
     I had each star ready to go in about ten minutes!

Measurements:
     Burgundy Star Measures 2" from point to point.
     Pueblo Star Measures 2.25" from point to point.
     Diamond Star Measures 3" from point to point.
     Red Star Measures 3.5" from point to point.
     Ivory Sparkle Star Measures 4.5" from point to point.
     After Dark Star Measures 5.25" from point to point.

Gauge:
     Not essential for this project and will vary.

Abbreviations:
     SC - Single Crochet
     HDC - Half Double Crochet
     DC - Double Crochet
     TR - Triple Crochet [yarn over twice, insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull through (4 loops on hook), (yarn over, pull through two loops) 3x]
     QUAD - Quadruple Crochet [yarn over three times, insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull through (5 loops on hook), (yarn over, pull through two loops) 4x] 

Pattern Notes:
     Join to first stitch, not beginning chain.

Pattern:
    Chain 4. Join to form a ring. Chain 1, work 10 HDC into the ring. Join. (10 HDC)

R2: Chain 1, HDC in the 1st HDC, 2 HDC in each of the next 9 HDCs, HDC in the last HDC. Join. (20 HDC)

R3: (Chain 6 and work down the chain, SC in the 2nd chain, HDC in the 3rd chain, DC in the 4th chain, TR in the 5th chain and QUAD in the 6th chain; Back to the circle, skip the first stitch that the chain 6 is coming out of, and next three HDCs, slip stitch in the 5th stitch) 5x, ending with your slip stitch in the same stitch as you began the round.

Fasten Off, and Weave in Ends.
Please feel free to make and sell your own Star Appliques 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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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving from EyeLoveKnots!

Usually Thanksgiving dinner is made by my mother at our house, but since our house is currently up on the market and one of my brothers recently moved into a new house, Thanksgiving lunch was hosted by him. My boyfriend, Chad, and his boyfriend, Lucas, went to visit their family for Thanksgiving so I went over by myself, but I definitely wasn't alone. My sister and her kids made a surprise visit. They live so close, but I don't get out to see them much. It was nice that she came though because we were able to snap this great photo of us siblings - one of the greatest things I am Thankful for. One brother is missing, but we were keeping him mind as he was celebrating with his family up north.

After the festivities winded down at my brothers, I rode over to see my cousin Tiffany and her kids. I dropped off some homemade muffins I made and headed back home to get some work done and lay around with my cat, Shiloh. I even snuck him a piece of turkey! He was very appreciative :)

I came home to a yummy little Thanksgiving dinner at home, cooked by one of my roommates and his friend. They did an AWESOME job, especially being two men. Hehe.

I missed Chad, but still had a nice, relaxing Thanksgiving with delicious food and am looking forward to his return tomorrow afternoon.

Hope you were able to celebrate with friends and family and delicious food.

Wishing safe travels to anyone away from home, and sending some warm wishes from the Sunshine State to my friends and family currently in big coats and snow.


P.S. Please don't share this photo of me and my family. Thanks!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Celebrating World Peace Day (November 17th)

Were you aware that this past Tuesday was World Peace Day? I didn't until a few weeks ago when I was researching different holidays in November. 

In light of everything going on in the world right now, especially in Paris, plus the upcoming peace bringing holidays, we were definitely due for a little Peace sharing.
I reached out to my fellow Christmas in July Etsy Team Members and was able to put this Celebrating World Peace Day post. Make sure you come over and check it out! And see what World Peace Day is all about.
Though this Peace Charm Bracelet didn't make it into the Christmas in July post, Heather of DeanGirlsCreations did share it with me, and I wanted to share it with you! This charm bracelet is a great reminder each time you look down and see it to be peaceful and kind.
It would make a great gift for her, and can be customized to any length and word of your choosing.
I also reached out to my fellow blogger friends to see what kinds of peaceful things they had to share. Lisa of Kaleidoscope Arts&Gifts shared this Peace Sign Graph Crochet Hat Pattern with me. What a fun hat it is! And definitely fits in with the 60's and 70's Peace, Love and Hippie Theme.
The pattern is written in Child and Adult sizes, requires an H8/5mm Tunisian Crochet Hook and is available for purchase on Ravelry. It's rated an Experienced Beginner so it would be a great project for nearly everyone to try out! If you like this hat, make sure you check out Lisa's Ravelry Shop for more Graph Patterned Hats and other fun accessories, including my favorite Charming Cherry Blossom Collection!
I'd like to close with one of the most beautiful things - the Peace Rose.
I found a beautiful Peace Rose and Lily Wreath on Etsy from JulieButlerCreations. It made me stop to look up what a Peace Rose was named for.  I found just that and more on the Gerbera site.

I won't go into too much detail because you can read all about it in the Peace Rose article, but basically the beginnings of this rose came about in 1935 in France, and when Hitler invaded France, third generation rose grower, Francis Meilland, sent them away to safety. Through war, travel and time, this Peace Rose has come to be not only "an excellent garden rose, but also a symbol of our desire for ever-elusive peace" as quoted from Ludwig Taschner of Ludwig's Roses Pretoria and Ludwig's Roses Egoli. Stop by and read the amazing article and history on the Peace Rose!

Though World Peace Day is over, I would love to see your handmade items that represent Peace to you, and hear your stories! Please share in the comments :)

And for my fellow Etsians, I would like to extend an invitation to you to join our Christmas in July Etsy Team!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Quick and Easy Slipper Socks in 9 Women's Sizes - Free Crochet Pattern

I have been working on this pattern for a while now. It's one of those things that you start... put down... pick back up... put back down... and then finally finish. I am happy to share this Quick & Easy Slipper Sock Crochet Pattern in 9 Women's Sizes! Feedback is very much appreciated as this is a pattern with a lot of information within it.

This pattern has been tested several times (by myself) but with different sizes on my friends, as well as slippers being washed multiple times.

Materials:
     - 74 - 118 yards (small amount) of heavy weight Worsted Weight Yarn - I used Red Heart's Super Saver
     - I9/5.5mm Crochet Hook
     - Tapestry Needle for Weaving in Ends

Material Notes:
     Yarn Alternatives: Bernat's Super Value Yarn, Caron's One Pound, Hobby Lobby's Crafters Secret;
     Secondary Alternatives: Red Heart's With Love, Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn, with a J10/6mm Crochet Hook.

I did make and test out some slippers using Vanna's Choice Yarn, and while they worked up well, the yarn wasn't as durable as the Super Saver yarn and became rather frizzy rather quickly. I also choose the Super Saver yarn because it has a nice cushion to it, and feels quite nice as it hugs your feet. For anyone with concerns regarding the rough feel - it will get softer after the first wash.

Time Spent:
     You will be able to have a pair completed in roughly 1 hour 15 minutes to 1 hour 45 minutes (depending on size).

Measurements:
     Included are Women's US sizes 4 through 12.5. Foot sizes are included below. Choose the one best suited for your foot. Half sizes included for reference, but slipper size will be to whole size.

Gauge:
Using an I9/5.5mm Hook and Red Heart Super Saver - 4" x 3"
     Chain 13, HDC in the 3rd chain, and each chain across. (12 HDC)
     R2 - 7: Chain 1, turn. HDC in the 1st stitch, and in each stitch.
     Fasten Off.

Abbreviation/s:
     HDC - Half Double Crochet

Pattern Notes:
     Shoe sizes are not the same throughout - I have learned that through much research as I am sure many of you have realized while shoe shopping. Foot lengths are included below - choose the one that best suits your foot. For example, I wear a size 8.5 sneaker and 9 sandal. My foot size is 10" so following the numbers below, I made myself a pair of the size 9 - 9.5 slippers.

     Having the beginning increase split on either side of the beginning chain helps keep the seam straight, and also adds to the ease of keeping a looser tension.

     Joining is to be done into the first half double crochet, not the beginning chain.

     I suggest weaving in beginning tail after finishing round 3.

     Finished slipper will be about two inches shorter than foot. If using other yarns other than I named, your ease could/will probably vary.

Patterns:
Ladies US Size 4 (8 3/8" foot) - Ladies US Size 4.5 (8.5" foot)
     Chain 3. 8 HDC into 1st chain. Join. (8 HDC)

R2: Chain 1, turn. Work 1 HDC in the 1st HDC, 2 HDC in each of the next 7 HDC's around, 1 HDC in the next/first stitch. Join. (16 HDC)

R3: Chain 1, turn. Work 1 HDC in the 2 HDCs, (2 HDC in the next HDC, 1 HDC in the next HDC) 7x around, 1 HDC in the next/first stitch. Join. (24 HDC)

R4 - 10: Chain 1, turn. HDC in 1st HDC, and each around. Join.

R11 - 18: Chain 1, turn. HDC in 1st HDC, and each across. DON'T Join.

Scroll to bottom for Finish... 


Ladies US Size 5 (8 5/8" foot) - Ladies US Size 5.5 (8 7/8" foot)
     Chain 3. 8 HDC into 1st chain. Join. (8 HDC)
    
R2: Chain 1, turn. Work 1 HDC in the 1st HDC, 2 HDC in each of the next 7 HDC's around, 1 HDC in the next/first stitch. Join. (16 HDC)
     
R3: Chain 1, turn. Work 1 HDC in the 2 HDCs, (2 HDC in the next HDC, 1 HDC in the next HDC) 7x around, 1 HDC in the next/first stitch. Join. (24 HDC)
     
R4 - 10: Chain 1, turn. HDC in 1st HDC, and each around. Join.
     
R11 - 19: Chain 1, turn. HDC in 1st HDC, and each across. DON'T Join.

Scroll to bottom for Finish...
      

Ladies US Size 6 (9" foot) - Ladies US Size 6.5 (9 1/8" foot)
     Chain 3. 8 HDC into 1st chain. Join. (8 HDC)
     
R2: Chain 1, turn. Work 1 HDC in the 1st HDC, 2 HDC in each of the next 7 HDC's around, 1 HDC in the next/first stitch. Join. (16 HDC)
     
R3: Chain 1, turn. Work 1 HDC in the 2 HDCs, (2 HDC in the next HDC, 1 HDC in the next HDC) 7x around, 1 HDC in the next/first stitch. Join. (24 HDC)
     
R4 - 11: Chain 1, turn. HDC in 1st HDC, and each around. Join. 
     
R12 - 20: Chain 1, turn. HDC in 1st HDC, and each across. DON'T Join.
     
Scroll to bottom for Finish...


Ladies US Size 7 (9 3/8" foot) - Ladies US Size 7.5 (9 1/2" foot)
     Chain 3. 8 HDC into 1st chain. Join. (8 HDC)
     
R2: Chain 1, turn. Work 1 HDC in the 1st HDC, 2 HDC in each of the next 7 HDC's around, 1 HDC in the next/first stitch. Join. (16 HDC)
     
R3: Chain 1, turn. Work 1 HDC in the 2 HDCs, (2 HDC in the next HDC, 1 HDC in the next HDC) 7x around, 1 HDC in the next/first stitch. Join. (24 HDC)
     
R4 - 11: Chain 1, turn. HDC in 1st HDC, and each around. Join.
     
R12 - 21: Chain 1, turn. HDC in 1st HDC, and each across. DON'T Join.
     
Scroll to bottom for Finish...


Ladies US Size 8 (9 5/8" foot) - Ladies US Size 8.5 (9 7/8" foot)
     Chain 3. 8 HDC into 1st chain. Join. (8 HDC)
     
R2: Chain 1, turn. Work 1 HDC in the 1st HDC, 2 HDC in each of the next 7 HDC's around, 1 HDC in the next/first stitch. Join. (16 HDC)
     
R3: Chain 1, turn. Work 1 HDC in the 2 HDCs, (2 HDC in the next HDC, 1 HDC in the next HDC) 7x around, 1 HDC in the next/first stitch. Join. (24 HDC)
     
R4 - 12: Chain 1, turn. HDC in 1st HDC, and each around. Join.
     
R13 - 22: Chain 1, turn. HDC in 1st HDC, and each across. DON'T Join.
     
Scroll to bottom for Finish...


Ladies US Size 9 (10" foot) - Ladies US Size 9.5" (10 1/8" foot)
     Chain 3. 8 HDC into 1st chain. Join. (8 HDC)
     
R2: Chain 1, turn. Work 1 HDC in the 1st HDC, 2 HDC in each of the next 7 HDC's around, 1 HDC in the next/first stitch. Join. (16 HDC)
     
R3: Chain 1, turn. Work 1 HDC in the 2 HDCs, (2 HDC in the next HDC, 1 HDC in the next HDC) 7x around, 1 HDC in the next/first stitch. Join. (24 HDC)
     
R4 - 12: Chain 1, turn. HDC in 1st HDC, and each around. Join.
     
R13 - 23: Chain 1, turn. HDC in 1st HDC, and each across. DON'T Join.
     
Scroll to bottom for Finish...


Ladies US Size 10 (10 3/8" foot) - Ladies US Size 10.5 (10 1/2" foot)
     Chain 3. 9 HDC into 1st chain. Join. (9 HDC)
     
R2: Chain 1, turn. Work 1 HDC in the 1st HDC, 2 HDC in each of the next 8 HDC's around, 1 HDC in the next/first stitch. Join. (18 HDC)
     
R3: Chain 1, turn. Work 1 HDC in the 2 HDCs, (2 HDC in the next HDC, 1 HDC in the next HDC) 8x around, 1 HDC in the next/first stitch. Join. (27 HDC)
     
R4 - 13: Chain 1, turn. HDC in 1st HDC, and each around. Join.
     
R14 - 23: Chain 1, turn. HDC in 1st HDC, and each across. DON'T Join.
     
Scroll to bottom for Finish...


Ladies US Size 11 (10 5/8" foot) - Ladies US Size 11.5 (10 7/8" foot)
     Chain 3. 9 HDC into 1st chain. Join. (9 HDC)
     
R2: Chain 1, turn. Work 1 HDC in the 1st HDC, 2 HDC in each of the next 8 HDC's around, 1 HDC in the next/first stitch. Join. (18 HDC)
     
R3: Chain 1, turn. Work 1 HDC in the 2 HDCs, (2 HDC in the next HDC, 1 HDC in the next HDC) 8x around, 1 HDC in the next/first stitch. Join. (27 HDC)
    
R4 - 13: Chain 1, turn. HDC in 1st HDC, and each around. Join.
     
R14 - 24: Chain 1, turn. HDC in 1st HDC, and each across. DON'T Join.
     
Scroll to bottom for Finish...


Ladies US Size 12 (11" foot) - Ladies US Size 12.5 (11 1/8" foot)
     Chain 3. 9 HDC into 1st chain. Join. (9 HDC)
     
R2: Chain 1, turn. Work 1 HDC in the 1st HDC, 2 HDC in each of the next 8 HDC's around, 1 HDC in the next/first stitch. Join. (18 HDC)
     
R3: Chain 1, turn. Work 1 HDC in the 2 HDCs, (2 HDC in the next HDC, 1 HDC in the next HDC) 8x around, 1 HDC in the next/first stitch. Join. (27 HDC)
     
R4 - 14: Chain 1, turn. HDC in 1st HDC, and each around. Join.
     
R15 - 25: Chain 1, turn. HDC in 1st HDC, and each across. DON'T Join.
     
Scroll to bottom for Finish...


TO FINISH: Chain 1, Turn slipper inside out. Working through both layers, slip stitch across back of slipper to close up. 

Fasten Off and Weave in Final End. 



The finished slippers will seem on the smaller end at first, but that's normal! They will stretch with wear.


Please feel free to make and sell your own Quick and Easy Slippers 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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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Seeing Stars Basic Baby Beanies in Celebration of Veterans Day - Free Crochet Pattern

Back in October of last year, I published my first version of a Crochet Beanie in All Sizes. I have changed quite a bit from then to now, and so here is an updated version of my Newborn, 3-6 Month and 6-12 Month Sizes. These beanies are great to use as the basis of other hat types. Embellishment how you wish, change the length to make a cloche style or roll up brim or make it in a rainbow of colors.

I've included the Star Applique Pattern at the end of the pattern. Use a G6/4.25mm crochet hook. You could use a bigger hook size, but remember a bigger hook size will produce a bigger star and it may or may not fit on the little hat.

Keep in mind that different yarns will work up a little bit differently in the sizing. This particular pattern was written using Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn because this is one of the yarns that I use the most. Working with other worsted weight yarns could produce a slightly smaller or larger product so make sure to check your gauge!

These are great hats to work up for donation to your local baby hospital :) Remember to use soft acrylic or cotton yarn that machine washes and dries well and weave your ends in really, really well!

Materials:
     - Less than 125 yards of Worsted Weight Yarn (per Hat) - I used Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn in RedWhite and Royal [Blue]
     - I9/5.5mm Crochet Hook (for Hats)
     - G6/4.25mm Crochet Hook (for Star)
     - Tapestry Needle - an 18" or 20" will work well for this!

Material Notes:
     Yarn Alternatives: Red Heart's With Love. Due to allergies, I do not suggest wools for baby - soft acrylics and cotton only.

You may opt for a Light Worsted Weight Yarn (#3) if working a star for a newborn size hat as the star applique is a little large.

Time Spent:
     I worked up the newborn size in just under 30 minutes, the 3-6 month size in just about 30 minutes and the 6-12 month size in just over 30 minutes.

Star can be ready to go in about 10 minutes.

Measurements:
The Newborn Size has a crown of 4.25" in diameter, a circumference of nearly 13.5" to fit a head size of 13" - 14", and is 5" in length.

The 3-6 Month Size has a crown of 4.75" in diameter, a circumference of nearly 15" to fit a head size of 15" - 16", and is also 5.25" in length.

The 6-12 Month Size has a crown of 5.5" in diameter, a circumference of nearly 17.5" to fit a head size of 17" - 19", and is 5.5" in length.

*Stretch depends on your yarn brand selected. The I Love This Yarn and Red Heart's With Love have about two inches worth, while a yarn such as Deborah Norville's Everyday Soft yarn has about an inch to an inch and a half.

Star Measures 3.5" from point to point. 

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
     HDC - Half Double Crochet
     DC - Double Crochet
     TR - Triple Crochet [yarn over twice, insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull through (4 loops on hook), (yarn over, pull through two loops) 3x]
     QUAD - Quadruple Crochet [yarn over three times, insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull through (5 loops on hook), (yarn over, pull through two loops) 4x] 

Pattern Notes:
     Join to the first stitch, not the beginning chain (unless otherwise directed).

Beginning chain 2 does not count as stitch unless otherwise stated.

To keep a straight seam I worked my hat in a specific way, not entirely noted below. The crown is written as I worked it, but for each of the repeat rounds of the hat (for the body of it), I alternated between working the first DC into the first stitch, and working the first DC into the second stitch. Doing so, forced either the first DC to be in the same stitch as the beginning chain 2, or the last DC to be in the same stitch. This is similar to how you would work the stitches if you were turning at the end of each round. Feel free to work the hat how you feel comfortable - mine is just a suggestion for the technique).

If you choose to work color changes (I didn't) - work them in last part of stitch. For assistance, see my How to Change Colors in Crochet the EyeLoveKnots Way post.

I finished my hat with an invisible join. To see a photo tutorial of this technique, see the Pattern Notes section of my Newborn Twin Chunky Hat post.

If you are interested in making this a cloche like fit, subtract about 0.5" from length.

Patterns:
Newborn Size:
     Chain 4, 9 DC into the first chain. Join to the top of the beginning chain 4. (10 DC)

R2: Chain 2. DC into the first DC, 2 DC into each of the next 9 DC around, DC into the last DC. Join. (20 DC)

R3: Chain 2. DC into the first two DCs, (2 DC into the next DC, DC into the next DC) 9x. DC into the last DC. Join. (30 DC)

R4: Chain 2. DC into the first three DCs, (2 DC into the next DC, DC into the next two DCs) 9x. DC into the last DC. Join. (40 DC)

R5 - 9: Chain 2 (counts as a DC). DC into each DC around. Join. (40 DC)

R10 - 11: Chain 1. SC in each stitch around. Join. (40 SC)

Fasten Off, and Weave in Ends.
3-6 Month Size:
     Chain 4, 11 DC into the first chain. Join to the top of the beginning chain 4. (12 DC)

R2: Chain 2. DC into the first DC, 2 DC into each of the next 11 DC around, DC into the last DC. Join. (24 DC)

R3: Chain 2. DC into the first two DCs, (2 DC into the next DC, DC into the next DC) 11x. DC into the last DC. Join. (36 DC)

R4: Chain 2. DC into the first three DCs, (2 DC into the next DC, DC into the next two DCs) 11x. DC into the last DC. Join. (48 DC)

R5 - 10: Chain 2 (counts as a DC). DC into each DC around. Join. (48 DC)

R11: Chain 1. SC into each DC around. Join. (48 SC)

Fasten Off, and Weave in Ends.
6-12 Month Size:
     Chain 4, 9 DC into the first chain. Join to the top of the beginning chain 4. (10 DC)

R2: Chain 2. DC into the first DC, 2 DC into each of the next 9 DC around, DC into the last DC. Join. (20 DC)

R3: Chain 2. DC into the first two DCs, (2 DC into the next DC, DC into the next DC) 9x. DC into the last DC. Join. (30 DC)

R4: Chain 2. DC into the first three DCs, (2 DC into the next DC, DC into the next two DCs) 9x. DC into the last DC. Join. (40 DC)

R5: Chain 2. DC into the first four DCs, (2 DC into the next DC, DC into the next three DCs) 9x. DC into the last DC. Join. (50 DC)

R6 - 10: Chain 2 (counts as a DC). DC into each DC around. Join. (50 DC)

R11 - 12: Chain 1. SC in each DC around. Join. (50 SC)

Fasten Off, and Weave in Ends.

Star Applique - With a G6/4.25mm Crochet Hook:
     Chain 4. Join to form a ring. Chain 1, work 10 HDC into the ring. Join. (10 HDC)

R2: Chain 1, HDC in the 1st HDC, 2 HDC in each of the next 9 HDCs, HDC in the last HDC. Join. (20 HDC)

R3: (Chain 6 and work down the chain, SC in the 2nd chain, HDC in the 3rd chain, DC in the 4th chain, TR in the 5th chain and QUAD in the 6th chain; Back to the circle, skip the first stitch that the chain 6 is coming out of, and next three HDCs, slip stitch in the 5th stitch) 5x, ending with your slip stitch in the same stitch as you began the round.

Fasten Off, and Weave in Ends.

Please feel free to make and sell your own Basic Baby Beanies and/or Star Applique using these pattern, but please DO NOT claim them as your own nor should you sell my patterns, and DO NOT re-publish my photos as your own. DO NOT copy and paste my patterns anywhere, link to them instead.

*If you would like a PDF version of this post, you may get one through my EyeLoveKnots Etsy Shop or EyeLoveKnots Craftsy Shop for a small fee. This fee is to compensate for the view/s lost once you no longer need to return to the blog for the information, as you will have your own copy. Plus! It helps fund supplies for new projects to share with you!
Shop EyeLoveKnots Etsy - Seeing Stars Basic Baby Beanie
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**Share your version of this project on Ravelry - Seeing Stars Basic Baby Beanie & Star Applique! Check out the EyeLoveKnots Ravelry page to keep track of all your EyeLoveKnots favorites in your que, and share your WIPS and finished projects!

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