Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Cabled Fingerless Gloves & Pattern Pack Pro January 2017

Photo courtesy of Emily Truman for the Pattern Pack Pro.
I'm a little late in posting this, but my Cabled Fingerless Gloves can be found in the latest issue of the Pattern Pack Pro - January 2017 - which features a fun little variety of fingerless gloves.

After my first exposure to cables in the Cable Twist Hat that I shared back in April of 2016, I've been in love. Up until I tried this hat, I was super intimidated by crochet cables. If you are like I was - don't be! It is so easy to work, and create an amazing look and texture. After that hat came my Chunky Cabled Capelet which can be found on the front cover of the September 2016, Issue 30 of the Happily Hooked Magazine and then these beautiful and fun Cabled Fingerless Gloves!

To complete these gloves, you will need less than one skein of Baby Bee's Sweet Delight Yarn - I used the Toy Elephant colorway - or 250 to 350 yards of Lightweight #3 Yarn, and an I9/5.5mm crochet hook. Sizing is listed as child/teen size, but they fit myself. I have small wrists, but average sized knuckles. Alternatively, you can go up a hook size. Instructions included for three lengths.

January 2017 Issue Also Features...

These Crochet Patterns:
     - Tunisian Leaf Pillow by Jennifer Stover
     - Lace Cuff Fingerless Gloves by Ana Dyakova
     - Chelsea Wave Fingerless Gloves by Carol Rupprecht
     - Butterfly Kiss Gloves by Lee-Anne Sartori
     - Cameron Wristers by Sonya Blackstone
     - Textured Arm Warmers by Becky Barker for Red Heart Yarns

These Articles:
     - How To: Work a Foundation Chain
     - 6 Glove Pattern Roundup from Around the Web
     - 6 Red Heart Gloves Pattern Roundup
From this issue, I'm really lovin' the Butterfly Kiss Gloves seen above! What a great use basically an afghan square, and perfect design for the upcoming Spring season.
Hop on over to the Happily Hooked Magazine site to subscribe and get the current issue of the Pattern Pack Pro - January 2017!

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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Lucky Charms Hat & Cowl - Crochet Pattern Review - ACCROchet

I regularly follow the ACCROchet blog, and receive a newsletter. Recently, I received an email asking for a few pattern testers for a new hat and cowl set. I responded back immediately offering my services - I just love pattern testing :) I was really excited to have been chosen, and through working the pattern, I have put together my review for you. This is a really fun, quick and easy pattern and produces a really beautiful set that has a fantastic fit with the given shaping.

Materials:
     - 200 yards of Bulky Weight Yarn - I used Yarn Bee's Melody Bulky (Hobby Lobby) in the Copper Spice colorway, though I did not find it on their website to link so it may be discontinued
     - L11/8mm Crochet Hook (for Cowl)
     - M13/9mm Crochet Hook (for Hat)
     - #18 Tapestry Needle for Weaving and Sewing
     - Lucky Charms Hat & Cowl Set, Paid Crochet Pattern from ACCROchet

Material Notes:
     Original pattern calls for 200 grams of yarn. I don't do grams, but I have estimated the yardage based on the amount of yarn I've used. It's also worked up in Mots de Laine yarn.

Yarn Review: This was my first time using Yarn Bee's Melody Bulky Yarn. A couple years ago, I was working on a scarf that I wanted to try in similar yarn, so I went to Hobby Lobby to see what I could find. I found two skeins of the Melody Bulky on clearance, and decided to buy them. I never got around to reworking the original scarf, but when it was time to test this set, I decided to pull out the yarn and put it to some use. The colorway is just gorgeous, and the yarn is so soft and cushy, and stretches nicely. It reads a #5 bulky yarn, but is more like a larger worsted weight yarn, and kind of reminds me of Lion Brand's Scarfie Yarn in feel and look (slightly larger in size). 

Time Spent:
     My cowl was finished in just under 45 minutes, and the hat was done in just over 45 minutes.

Measurements:
     My Cowl: Laying flat, it measures 20" at widest point by 8" at tallest point.
 My Hat: Laying flat, 9" at widest spot by 9.5" tall - stretched to fit my 21" head

My Gauge:
     First 8 rows of the hat with an M13/9mm hook: 9" wide laying flat by 5.5" tall.

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Pattern Notes:
     I did not gauge before beginning as I wasn't really sure how to gauge in pattern as stated, but I figured gauge isn't extremely essential with the cowl, which is why I began there. I used an L11/8mm hook for the cowl, and though it came out smaller than given pattern measurements, it fit nice and snug. From here though, I up-ed my hook size for the hat to an M13/9mm. 

For the cowl, I think a stitch count on the last row would be helpful to check yourself. If you're working the smaller cowl size, I ended with 47 single crochets. 

I really like the fit and look created by decreasing on the shells. It creates a less bulky piece that sits nicely and covers everywhere it should. 

The hat also doesn't have an ending stitch count. I worked in each stitch and chain space and ended with 23 stitches. 

To close my hat, I turned it inside out so the WS was facing, and then inserted my needle into one stitch, out the next stitch and skipped the next stitch. Once back around, I pulled the top closed and sewed shut.

I was a little confused with the sizes. I wasn't sure if it was 20" for the teen size to fit a head size of about 21" in circumference, or if 20" was the head size we were shooting to stretch to fit. I have a head size of 21" so I knew the 22" size would be a little bigger on me than I like. My hat was about 18" in circumference (being that it measured 9" wide laying flat), and stretched to fit my head nice and snug with a little stretch, and I love the slight slouch that it has. I have turned away from some hats because the slouch was too bulky, but this one decreases down beautifully.

Overall, the pattern was very easy to follow and the projects were quick to work up, which is always a big plus. Can't wait to pick up some more yarn (which I'll need to decide on a new yarn line or perhaps a few), and get started on some other colors!
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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Women's Basic Beanie - Free Crochet Pattern & Step-by-Step Photo Tutorial

I have gotten so many requests from friends to show them how to make a beanie, and each time, I write everything down really detailed for them, but sometimes it's better to see it being done. Now, anyone can work up their own beanie following along with this tutorial :)

This tutorial has been an idea in the works for a while now, but a couple weeks ago, I lost my favorite crochet hook (my ergonomic I9/5.5mm) so I held off. I ended up going out and buying one from JoAnn's, and then... Poof! Lost that one too not even haven taken it out of the package! Yesterday I was determined to work on this though, so I decided to go to JoAnn's again and buy a new skein of yarn to start with, and another hook. It was a gloomy day aaaalllll day so the lighting wasn't that great, but finally it's all done!

If you would like to see any other patterns done step-by-step, or have any other size requests, drop me a line :)

Want to make a Basic Beanie in a different size? I have a Basic Beanie Free Crochet Pattern containing Newborn through Adult Large sizes.

This pattern is written assuming you know how to do the basic techniques and stitches of making a slip knot, chaining, joining, working a single crochet and double crochet, and fastening off. I do have tutorials coming soon for these, but for now, feel free to send me an email or leave a comment below with any questions.

*Please be respectful of my work - do not copy and paste it anywhere, or pin or share any photo of my progress. Link to this post so others can come here and learn how to make their own beanie.

Materials:
     - 185 yards of Worsted Weight Yarn - I used about half a skein (or a little less) of Red Heart's With Love in Iced Aqua
     - I9/5.5mm Crochet Hook
     - #18 Tapestry Needle for Weaving in Ends

Material Notes:
     I've also had the same results with Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn, and JoAnn's Sincerely. I also enjoy using Deborah Norville's Everyday Soft, but have to tweek things a little as I find the yarn to be a tad thinner.

Time Spent:
     I have my basic women's beanies done in about an hour and a half.

Measurements:
     This hat will have a crown of about 6.25" in diameter, a circumference of nearly 19.75" to fit a head size of 20-22", and fall 7.75" - 8.5" in length - all to fit the average teen and woman's head.

*If you are concerned with the size (or want to make a different size), take your tape measure out and measure around your head just above your eyebrows. The distance around is the circumference. If it does not fall in the range of 20-22" (average teen/woman's head), you will need to use this equation to figure out what size diameter you will need:
Your Circumference / 3.14 (pi) = diameter

Gauge:
With With Love 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
          To SC: Insert hook into the stitch, yarn over and pull through (two loops on hook), yarn over and pull through both loops.

     DC - Double Crochet
          To DC: Yarn over. Insert hook into the stitch, yarn over and pull through (three loops on hook), yarn over and pull through two loops, yarn over and pull through last two loops.

Pattern Notes:
     As I've said before, I work my crown and body differently than most to help keep my seam straight, and it will be written and photographed as such.

In the crown, the beginning chain 2 does not count as a stitch, but in the body, the chain 2 does count.

Join to the first stitch, not the beginning chain 2.

I finished my hat with an invisible join (though pattern states to slip stitch join). To see a photo tutorial of this technique, see the Pattern Notes section of my Newborn Twin Chunky Hat post.

Numbers on photos correspond to notes provided. You may click any photo to view larger.

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Pattern:
Chain 4. Join to form a ring. 
R1: Chain 2. 9 DC into the ring. Join. (9 DC)
R2: Chain 2. Work 1 DC into the first stitch, 2 DC in each of the next 8 DCs, and 1 DC into the last stitch. Join. (18 DC)
R3: Chain 2. Work 1 DC into the first two stitches, (2 DC into the next stitch, 1 DC into the next stitch) 8x, 1 DC into the last stitch. Join. (27 DC)
Take this moment to measure the diameter (distance across center).

We need a diameter of either 3.25" (3 1/4") or 3.38" (3 3/8")
to achieve the correct circumference.

I have found using a I9/5.5mm hook, and working beanies in this double crochet pattern, that each of my rounds increases by 1", so it's easy to see at this point if I am on the right path or not. If you are not on the right point, and have met my gauge, you may need to take your work out and either add a stitch to your beginning round, or take out a stitch (depending on what you are currently measuring).
R4: Chain 2. Work 1 DC into the first three stitches, (2 DC into the next stitch, 1 DC into each of the next 2 stitches) 8x, 1 DC into the last stitch. Join. (36 DC)
R5: Chain 2. Work 1 DC into the first four stitches, (2 DC into the next stitch, 1 DC into each of the next 3 stitches) 8x, 1 DC into the last stitch. Join. (45 DC)
R6: Chain 2. Work 1 DC into the first five stitches, (2 DC into the next stitch, 1 DC into each of the next 4 stitches) 8x, 1 DC into the last stitch. Join. (54 DC)
Let's measure our diameter again! 

We need a diameter of either 6.25" (6 1/4") or 6.38" (6 3/8")
to achieve the correct circumference.

Refer back to the last gauge check if you are not meeting the correct diameter.

At this point, we have met our needed diameter, so we no longer need to increase (gain stitches). We'll continue on with the pattern to work the body of the hat. Make sure you keep count! Each of the remaining rounds should have 54 stitches each.
R7: Chain 2. Work 1 DC into the second DC, and each DC around. Join. (54 DC)
R8: Chain 2. Work 1 DC into the first DC, and each DC around. Join. (54 DC)
R9: Chain 2. Work 1 DC into the second DC, and each DC around. Join. (54 DC)
R10 - 16: Repeat Rounds 8 and 9, ending with a Round 8.
Join final round (#16) to the top of the beginning chain two.

*At this point, your beanie should measure 8.25" (8 1/4") to 8.38" (8 3/8") in length, from top of crown to bottom of last row.
R17 - 18: Chain 1. 1 SC into the first stitch, & each stitch around. Join. (54 SC)

*If your beanie measures 8.25" long like mine, work the two rows of single crochet as I have done, but if your beanie measures 8.38" in length, you will only need one row of single crochet to achieve a finished length of 8.5" (8 1/2").
Fasten off, weave in your ends, then your new hat is ready to wear!

Want to go a step further by adding a pom pom to the top? Follow along below to make your own.
1. Cut a 12" piece of yarn (to later be used to wrap yarn ball and sew on pom pom). Set aside.

2. Take yarn from skein, place across palm leaving a 3-4" yarn tail.

3. Wrap yarn around palm/fingers 100 times. Try it keep it consistent in size - I open my fingers a little to do so. (If you want a bigger pom pom, just wrap more times).

4. Take 12" piece and wrap around center of yarn ball - I use my tapestry needle to do this by threading it, and then just inserting it between my middle and ring finger making sure not to catch wrapped yarn. Be care if using your tapestry needle not to get yourself!
From here, I tie the yarn around my yarn ball and then pull off my fingers.

5. Tie really tight (might need an extra set of hands to help), and square knot three times.

6. Grab the center two strands (part of the 12" piece), and begin cutting through the loops on both side of the yarn ball. Make sure NOT to cut the two strands of the 12" piece because you will need these strands to sew the pom pom on.

7. Continue giving your pom pom a haircut to shape it.

Now thread each of your strands (one at a time), and sew your pom pom on!
Wow! That was a little long to follow, but you survived and now you have a cute new warm beanie to wear during the cooler seasons.

Please feel free to make and sell your own Basic Beanie 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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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

January 2017 Granny-Spiration Challenge - Last Few Days to Share & Enter

Ugh, I wanted to get this out on Monday before my newsletter as a reminder for sharing your projects and about entering the giveaway, but I got tied up finishing up a blanket, but now it's done and shipped out and I have a few minutes to share with you! (Before I go back to my projects - I have two tests and a pattern submission on very close deadlines - be on the look out for these soon though!)

Don't forget to enter the $10 Etsy Gift Card Giveaway and share your Granny-Spiration projects in the link up! Visit my Iced Edge Granny Square Slouch Hat to enter the giveaway and link up. Even if you entered already - the timers restart every day, and you can now enter again!! Keep working on your Granny-Spiration projects too because we'll be back with more projects for you Saturday, February 4th with another link up and giveaway!

Featured in the collage are your bloghop participants. Left to right, then top to bottom:

Hooded Scarf - Hakelfieber Austria. This Hooded Scarf looks so warm and cozy! Wish I had one wrapped around me right now! Post contains general instructions for creating your own - you will need to translate - along with charts. If you are intimidated by it - don't be! Even Sandra says it was easier than she though it'd be!

Granny Stitch Dishcloth - Crochet is the Way. Looking for a new addition to your bathroom or kitchen? How about some Granny Stitch Dishcloths! You can work them up quickly and in a variety of colors. Why not even try holding a strand of the cotton yarn and a strand of scrubbie yarn? This is a free crochet pattern, and I especially like that it has a loop for hanging!

Granny Stripe Hat - Philosopher's Wife. I love the fun mix of colors in this hat! Definitely will brighten your spirits if you are down this winter season. Free crochet pattern sized to fit teen/woman, though I've found this size also fits children too :)

Granny Canvas - Kat Kat Katoen. This canvas is so awesome! I have some 3" squares that I worked up for a tutorial, and have just had them sitting around trying to decide what to do with this. I was thinking some sort of wall art piece. This Granny Canvas is a great way to use up spare squares you have sitting around like me, or those squares in your WIPs bin that have yet to make it into that blanket you started three years ago ;). Sigrid also has a great Project-GrannySpiration pin board for inspiration if you need some extra, though make sure you stop by the link up to see what other's have been up to - lots of inspiration there too!

25 Free Crochet Patterns - Rhelena. [R]Helena put together this awesome round up of 25 Free Crochet Patterns with a fun variety of projects! You may also like this Holiday Scrubbie Dishcloth designed by Helena for her Crochet n Crafts blog. I have been dying to try out the scrubbie yarn - though I've it's a little difficult to see stitches, so I might try what I mentioned for the Granny Square Dishcloth - one strand of cotton yarn, and one strand of scrubbie yarn.

Child's Granny Stitch Scarf - Atelier Marie-Lucienne. Marjan created this scarf for her niece's birthday. What a great idea! My niece, Kayliss, and little cousin, Madison, LOVE getting scarves and hats especially if they have pink and/or purple in them and fringes - or in this case, dangling flowers. This free crochet pattern also includes charts, and shows an adult version. It's amazing the transformation with a simple color change. There's also a matching hat (and free crochet pattern) - Granny Stripe Hat.

Lastly, my Iced Edge Granny Square Slouch Hat! I really love how this came out.

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Alternating Chunky Slouch Hat - Crochet Pattern Review - CrochetN'Crafts

This post has been sitting as a draft since Fall of 2014 - YIKES! 

Back then: Over the last few days, I have been testing a pattern for Rhelena of CrochetN'Crafts.

I have worked two and a half slouch hats in different weight yarns, unfortunately, my gauge did not meet hers so I had to do some adjusting. Positively, easy adjustments!

Materials I Used:
     - 420 yards of Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn - 240 of Peacock, and 180 Rose Pink
     - 140 yards of Lion Brand's Hometown USA Yarn - 80 in San Diego Navy, and 60 of Cincinnati Red (JoAnn's)
     - 295 yards of Deborah Norville's Serenity Chunky Weight Yarn - 160 in Pristine, and 135 in Red Ochre (JoAnn's)
     - M13/9mm, and N15/10mm Crochet Hooks
     - Opt. Flat Nose Pliers (found in the Jewelry section of your craft store)
     - #18 Tapestry Needle
     - Alternating Chunky Slouch Hat, Free Crochet Pattern on Crochet n Crafts

Material Notes:
     Since my gauge did not match Rhelena's, I played around with different yarn types. Neither of the three matched up with her gauge but I was able to easily adjust. 
I ended up using less than a skein each of the I Love This Yarn, just a bit under a full skein of the Hometown USA yarn and just over a skein of the Deborah Norville yarn. 
Of the three, I think my favorite for this hat was the I Love This Yarn [shown to the right], followed by the Deborah Norville Chunky yarn.

Flat nose pliers are great for use with chunky and super bulky weight yarns. Insert the needle as you normally would for weaving but instead of struggling to get it out the other side, use the pliers to pull it out. Works like a charm!

Pattern Notes:
     GENERAL:
In general, I ended each round with an invisible join. I did try four rounds with a regular join and color change, but it left me with a seamlike, big gap so I ripped it out and continued with the invisible join. I have a photo tutorial shown in my Newborn Twin Chunky Hat post.
   I wanted the edge of my hat to be nice and clean so I reattached Color A to the opposite end of the ribbing, and worked one round of Round 1.

     I LOVE THIS YARN:
I used two strands of I Love This Yarn held together to create a chunky strand.
To get an 18" circumference, I worked 48 rows for the ribbing portion. This stretched comfortably to fit my 21.5" head.
To get it to measure 11" long, I had to work 21 rows.
I found this double strand of yarn was my favorite yarn option since it wasn't as heavy as the other yarns I used, and more flexible.

Time Spent: An hour and a half.

Gauge: 4 (HDC, sl st) x 5 rows = 2.5" x 2"

     CHUNKY SERENITY:
Originally, I did not test my gauge and worked a hat to the measurements provided on the pattern. While I was working, I noticed that the hat was on the smaller end, but didn't really think anything of it. It wasn't until the end of Round 17, that I realized this hat was too small for my head! Here's a note as to the importance of checking your gauge!

After I finished, I worked up another hat with my leftover yarn, flipping the colors. For this one, I stitched the same number of rows for the ribbing as I did using the two strands of I Love This Yarn.
I didn't end up getting to finish this hat, because I ran out of yarn - noo!! But I was on the right track to finish with the same number of rounds too.

Time Spent: An hour and a half.

Gauge: 4 (HDC, sl st) x 5 rows = 2.5" x 2"

     HOMETOWN USA:
I happened to have quite a few skeins of Hometown USA Yarn on hand from a project that didn't quite work out the way I wanted it to, so I thought - why not? I did work up this hat before working the I Love This Yarn hat, hoping that with the bigger yarn, I would get closer to the necessary gauge. Unfortunately, not the case.
This was my least favorite yarn for this project because of its bulk. It made it very heavy, and less flexible.
I also ended up running out of my Color A one round short of finishing, so I just shorted it that one round. No biggie. I did include the correct number of yards needed in my Materials Section.
To comfortably fit my head, I worked 42 rows of the ribbing, and 20 rounds of the slouch portion.

Time Spent: About an hour and fourty five minutes.

Gauge: 3 (HDC, sl st) x 7 rows = 2" x 3"

Overall, I had fun testing out this pattern for Rhelena and was really excited to have been chosen as one of her testers for it. 
While I have had the idea of working a slouch hat lately, I probably won't be making any of these for my shop. I tried wearing these hats, but they don't lay as I would have hope - shown to the right. 
I will be donating the two that I finished, and patiently await a Worsted Weight version because I think it would make a more comfortable and slouchier hat.

With so many size, yarn type and color options, I would love to see them! Please share your photos on my EyeLoveKnots Facebook page, or our latest Yarn Fanatic Party Link Up!

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Lasagna Pasta Dinner - Dinner for 4 in 15 Minutes

We love Lasagna Hamburger Helper - who doesn't?! But I wanted to create my own version at home. A couple of these ingredients I had at home already, so I took a quick trip down to Sav-a-Lot and grabbed some sour cream and mozzarella cheese. 

With just the pasta, meat and sauce, you'd think you were having a spaghetti-like dinner, but it's amazing what big a difference it makes just by adding in the sour cream and mozzarella cheese! You will swear you were eating a lasagna! 

I think the only thing missing from our dinner was some garlic bread, so make sure when you are at the store getting the ingredients for this dinner recipe that you pick up some garlic bread too!

Feeds: 4

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:
     - 3 cups of uncooked pasta - I used half a 16 oz/1 lb box of Mantia's Rotini
     - 1 lb of ground meat - I used Jennie-O's Ground Turkey
     - 1 jar of marinara-like pasta sauce - I used Ragu's Chunky Tomato, Garlic & Onion
     - 2 teaspoons of garlic powder
     - 1 8 oz container (or 1 cup) of sour cream - I used Daisy's Pure & Natural Sour Cream
     - 2 cups of Mozzarella cheese
     - Optional: Diced or Stewed Tomatoes

You'll Also Need:
     - Large Pot to Cook In
     - Skillet to Brown Meat
     - Spatula
     - Wooden Spoon
     - Measuring Cup & Teaspoon (optional - I eyeballed)

**All ingredients found at my local Sav-a-Lot - not a sponsored post.

Ingredient Notes:
     - Tomatoes: I served my pasta over shredded lettuce and diced tomatoes, so I didn't add any to the pasta, but some fresh diced tomatoes or even canned dice or stewed ones would be a great addition to the pasta.
     - Garlic Powder: You can replace with Italian Seasoning

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Recipe:
Step 1: Cook the pasta according to the package - mine was 13 minutes for al dente - meanwhile, brown the meat, drain and set aside.

Step 2: Drain pasta, and return to pot. 

Step 3: Add in meat, sauce and garlic powder, then sour cream and mozzarella. Mix well.
*You can also add in diced tomatoes if you have any.

Now, enjoy :) I served mine with some shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes and leftover mozzarella cheese. This meal was a big hit in my house. Todd and I ate some for dinner, and had leftovers the next day for lunch.
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Saturday, January 7, 2017

Iced Edge Granny Square Slouch Hat for the 2017 GrannySpiration Challenge - Free Crochet Pattern

Yay! This is the first post of the year for the 2017 GrannySpiration Challenge! I am so excited to see what everyone has been working on, especially you! At the end of this post, you will find the information for this month's giveaway, and link up.

I knew I wanted to create a hat with a solid granny square band, but wasn’t set on how I wanted the body to be. After some brainstorming and working, it hit me! The pair of a solid granny square and the traditional granny stitch pattern - and I LOVE it! Especially with the aqua and white color combo - a great wintery color combo. What I did not realize was that the white wouldn't photograph well... I only managed one photo I loved. Will work on another color combo and get some more pictures up. You can also look forward to Toddler and Child sizes coming soon!

Materials:
     - 120 Yards each of Worsted Weight #4 Yarn - I used Red Heart's With Love in Iced Aqua and White
     - I9/5.5mm Crochet Hook
     - #18 Tapestry Needle for Weaving in Ends & Sewing Closed

Material Notes:
     Yarn Alternative: Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn

Yardage is estimated based on appearance of skein. I would estimate you could make at least three of these hats with one skein each, if not four.

Time Spent:
     I didn't realize that it took so long to finish because it seemed to work up so fast, but according to my math, was just under five hours. The band will take you the longest.

Measurements:
     Band measures 10.25" wide (when seamed). Hat is 10.25" in length at the end of Round 16 (before seaming). Hat will fit average teen/adult.

Gauge:
     First square measures 3" x 3".

Abbreviations:
     DC - Double Crochet
     SC - Single Crochet
     sc2tog - Single Crochet Two Stitches Together (to decrease)
     PLT - Pull Loop Through Joining Method
        To PLT: Pull up on the loop on the hook, remove hook and reinsert from the right side of the previous square into the corresponding DC, pull loop through

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

Beginning chain in every round except Round 1 of the hat body counts as a stitch.

In the hat body, count the chain spaces and the join in between the chain spaces each as individual stitches. At the end of the band, you should have 80 stitches.

I have a photo tutorial on working the Pull Loop Through Method over on The Stitchin' Mommy. It's so easy and fun, and I love the twisted look of the join.

Pattern:
     1st Square:
          Chain 5. Join to form a ring. Chain 2. 2 DC in the ring, chain 3, (3 DC into the ring, chain 3) 2x, 3 DC into the ring, chain 2. Join. (12 DC)

R2: Slip stitch over to the chain space. Chain 2. DC into the chain space, chain 3, 2 DC into the same chain space, DC into the next 3 DCs, [2 DC into the next chain space, chain 3, 2 DC into the same chain space, DC into the next 3 DCs] 3x. Join and Fasten Off. (28 DC)

2nd - 7th Squares:
     Chain 5. Join to form a ring. Chain 2. 2 DC in the ring, chain 3, (3 DC into the ring, chain 3) 2x, 3 DC into the ring, chain 2. Join. (12 DC)

R2: Slip stitch over to the chain space. Chain 2. DC into the chain space, chain 1, working from behind SC into the chain 3 of the previous square, chain 1. (DC into the chain space of the current square, PLT) 2x, (DC into the next DC of the current square, PLT) 3x, (DC into the next chain space of the current square, PLT) 2x, chain 1, working from behind SC into the chain 3 of the previous square, chain 1.
Remaining into the current square: 2 DC into the chain space, DC into the next 3 DCs, [2 DC into the next chain space, chain 3, 2 DC into the same chain space, DC into the next 3 DCs] 2x. Join, and Fasten Off. (28 DC)

8th Square - Joins the Band:
     Chain 5. Join to form a ring. Chain 2. 2 DC in the ring, chain 3, (3 DC into the ring, chain 3) 2x, 3 DC into the ring, chain 2. Join. (12 DC)

R2: Slip stitch over to the chain space. Chain 2. DC into the chain space, chain 1, working from behind SC into the chain 3 of the previous square, chain 1. (DC into the chain space of the current square, PLT) 2x, (DC into the next DC of the current square, PLT) 3x, (DC into the next chain space of the current square, PLT) 2x, chain 1, working from behind SC into the chain 3 of the previous square, chain 1.
In current square: 2 DC into the chain space, DC into the next 3 DCs, 2 DC into the next chain space, chain 1, working from behind SC into the chain 3 of the first square, chain 1.
(DC into the chain space of the current square, PLT) 2x, (DC into the next DC of the current square, PLT) 3x, (DC into the chain space of the current square, PLT) 2x, chain 1, working from behind SC into the chain space of the first square, chain 1.
Remaining into the current square: 2 DC into the chain space, DC into the next 3 DCs. Join, but don't fasten off - continue onto Round 1 of the body.

Hat Body R1: Chain 1. (sc2tog, SC into each of the next 2 stitches) 20x. Join, with White and Fasten Off Aqua. (60 SC)

R2: Chain 2. 2 DC into the same stitch, skip the next 2 SCs, (3 DC into the next SC, skip the next 2 SCs) 19x. Join. (20 clusters)

R3 - 16: Slip stitch over to the space. Chain 2. 2 DC into the same space, skip the 3 DC cluster, (3 DC into the next space, skip the next cluster) 19x. Join. (20 clusters)

Fasten Off with a long tail. Pull up on the final loop, turn the hat inside out so wrong side is facing. Thread the tapestry needle and weave in and out of every other stitch to close up the top. Once back to the beginning, pull tight to close and sew to secure. 
Weave in all ends, and Enjoy! If you are feeling adventurous, I think a pom pom made from the contrasting color would be so cute on the top! 

Please feel free to make and sell your own Iced Edge Granny Square Slouch Hats 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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