Monday, November 12, 2012

Crochet Hat With Ears

I've been looking for an interesting way to do something charitable for the holidays this year. After thinking about it for a while, I've decided to crochet a bunch of hats to donate to a children's hospital for children going through chemo treatment. So, over the next few weeks, I'm going to be posting several patterns for fun hats. I hope that you enjoy them and will consider donating a few to a children's charity yourself.

This is the second hat pattern. It starts out a lot like the first with a simple hat pattern. There are a few changes toward the end so I could add the ear flaps.
 This is my daughter wearing the hat. As you can see, it has ear-flaps as well as two ears added to the top. I thought about adding pom-poms to the ends of the ear-flaps. This could be a fun addition I just didn't do it with this one.
This is a better shot of the ears on top. If you wanted, you could do the inside a light pink to give the ears a two-toned look.


Hook: H/8-5.00 MM

Hat Body

Ch 5, sl st in 1st ch to create a circle

Ch 2, 10 dc in circle, join with a sl st

Ch 2, 2 dc in each dc around,

Ch 2, *dc in 1st dc, 2dc in next dc* around, join with a sl st

Ch2, *dc in first 2dc, 2d in next dc* around, join with a sl st

Ch2, *dc in first 3 dc, 2dc in next dc* around, join with a sl st

(If you are making this hat for an adult or a child with a larger head, simply continue the pattern for a few more rows here. With each new increase row, simply add 1 more dc between the 2dc spaces for each round. So the next row you would do would read: Ch2, *dc in first 4 dc, 2dc in next dc* around, join with a sl st. Do this until the top of your hat reaches the desired size. Remember: When you start building the body of the hat, the top curves off so when you size the top of the hat, it may look a little smaller than the head, but that is okay because it will even out as you start building the body.)

*Ch 2, dc in each dc around and join with a sl st* repeat for 6 rows

DO NOT FASTEN OFF!

(First ear-flap)

Ch 2, turn, dc in 15 dc spaces.

*Ch 2, turn, dc 2tog, dc across until last two, dc 2tog,* repeat for 7 rows (the last row you do should be dc 2tog, dc, dc 2tog)

Ch 2, turn dc 3tog, ch 16, fasten off.

(second ear-flap)

Fold hat in half to line up where you need to start the next ear-flap. It should sit directly across the hat from the first one.

Once you have loacated your starting stitch, connect new yarn with a sl st, ch 2, dc in the stitch you slip stitched in and the next 14. (15 dc in all)

*Ch 2, turn, dc 2tog, dc across until last two, dc 2tog,* repeat for 7 rows (the last row you do should be dc 2tog, dc, dc 2tog)

Ch 2, turn dc 3tog, ch 16, fasten off.


Join to edge with a sl st, ch 1, sc in each stitch around base of hat, ear-flaps, and ch 15. When you reach the end of the ch, (sc, ch 1 sc) in last ch and (ch 1, sc, ch 1, sc) in the same ch going back down the ch. This will round off the ends of the "straps." When you reach your first sc, join with a sl st.

Ears (make 2)

Ch 11, tr in 4th ch from hook, tr in next st, dc in next 2 ch, hdc in next 2 ch, sc in last 2 ch, ch 1, sc in first 2 ch going back up the other side, hdc in next 2 ch, dc in next 2 ch, tr in last 2 ch.

Ch 1, turn, sc around, fasten off leaving a long tail so you can use it to sew on the ears.


Lay hat flat and decide where you wan the ears to be attached  I chose to line mine up from the second to fourth rounds of the body of my hat. Use the extra tail on the ears and a yarn needle to sew on the ears.

I hope you had as much fun as I did making this one. I know children really love hats with ears like this. As usual feel free to re-post this pattern, but please include a link back to my page. Thank you.

Crochet Flower Hat

I've been looking for an interesting way to do something charitable for the holidays this year. After thinking about it for a while, I've decided to crochet a bunch of hats to donate to a children's hospital for children going through chemo treatment. So, over the next few weeks, I'm going to be posting several patterns for fun hats. I hope that you enjoy them and will consider donating a few to a children's charity yourself.


This is the first hat I worked on. It is a simple crochet hat pattern with a flower attached.


Hook: H/8-5.00 MM

Hat Body

Ch 5, sl st in 1st ch to create a circle

Ch 2, 10 dc in circle, join with a sl st

Ch 2, 2 dc in each dc around,

Ch 2, *dc in 1st dc, 2dc in next dc* around, join with a sl st

Ch2, *dc in first 2dc, 2d in next dc* around, join with a sl st

Ch2, *dc in first 3 dc, 2dc in next dc* around, join with a sl st

(If you are making this hat for an adult or a child with a larger head, simply continue the pattern for a few more rows here. With each new increase row, simply add 1 more dc between the 2dc spaces for each round. So the next row you would do would read: Ch2, *dc in first 4 dc, 2dc in next dc* around, join with a sl st. Do this until the top of your hat reaches the desired size. Remember: When you start building the body of the hat, the top curves off so when you size the top of the hat, it may look a little smaller than the head, but that is okay because it will even out as you start building the body.)

*Ch 2, dc in each dc around and join with a sl st* repeat for 5 rows

*Ch 1, sc in each st around and join with a sl st* repeat for 3 rows

Fasten off


Flower

Ch 5, sl st in the first ch to create a circle.

Ch 1, 10 sc in circle, join with a sl st

ch 1, sc in 1st sc, *ch 5, sc in next sc, sc in next sc* repeat around and join with a sl st. (if done right, you will have 5 ch loops)

ch 1, (working in ch 5 loop) *2 sc, 2 hdc, 2 dc, 1 tr, 2dc, 2 hdc, 2 sc* rep for each loop around, join with a sl st

Fasten off and attach to the hat.

Again, I hope you enjoy this project and consider making one or two for some children in need. Feel free to re-post this pattern, but please include a link back to my page. Thank you.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Crochet Baby Doll Carrier

After seeing my aunt carrying my baby cousin in a front carrier, my daughter has been asking for one for her babies. So tonight, I sat down and made a pattern for one. I think this one turned out awesome. It looks great, is comfortable for her to wear, and baby stays in it really well.

 This is my daughter sporting her new doll carrier. It has two straps coming off the top of the carrier. The straps cross in the back, go through a small loop on each side of the carrier and then tie a waist level.
 This is a side view. You can see the straps coming off the top and if you look close by the doll hand, you can see the loop the strap goes through.
The carrier is pouch style with two holes at the bottom for the doll legs. If your child's doll has larger legs you may have to make the leg holes larger.

Here's the pattern.

Hook: H/8-5.00MM

Ch 22, Dc in the 3rd ch from the hook and across. (22 Dc)

Ch 2, turn, Dc across for 7 rows (8 rows in total)

Ch 2, turn, Dc in next 5, ch 5, sk 5 st and Dc in 6th st ch 5 and Dc in last 5 st

Ch 2, turn, Dc across for 10 rows

Fasten off.

Fold over at the row W/leg holes and (starting at the fold) Sc up side, across top, and down other side W/(sc, ch 1, sc) in both corners.

Ch 1, turn, sc in first 2 sc, ch 3, sk 3 st and sc in 4th st and around (w/(sc, ch 1, sc) in both corners) until last 5 st. Ch 3, Sc in last 2 st.

Ch 1, turn, sc to corner ch 1 sp. *Ch 77, Dc in 3rd ch from hook and down ch, sc in ch 1 sp* and across to the next corner.

Repeat from * to * and sc down last side.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

If your child is older you may need to lengthen the straps. To do this, simply add more chains to the ch 77 in the last row. 

I used 100% cotton yarn for this project. I thought this would be a good idea because kids are messy and I will be able to throw it in with the laundry without really having to worry about it. The yarn I used was Peaches and Cream brand from Wal-Mart. I thought I could get away with only using one ball. As it turns out, I needed slightly more than one ball so now I have some left over for washcloths or something.

I hope you had fun with this one. Please feel free to comment and if you re-post this, please link back to my page.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Cleaning Foggy Headlights -With Toothpaste

Yes, you read that right... Toothpaste!

So the headlights on my car have been really bad for a while and I've been putting off dealing with it because I was sure it would mean spending loads of cash on new lenses.

The other day, I came across this idea on Pinterest and had to try it.

In the first pic you can see how fogged my headlights were before.

The second pic shows how much toothpaste I used. Just a line of any regular toothpaste. (much cheaper than buying new lenses or those big cleaning kits.)

The third pic is the headlight after I used a rag and a little pressure to rub the toothpaste around until it went dry. After it goes dry, wipe the residue off with a wet rag.

The fourth pic shows the difference between the light treated to toothpaste and the one I hadn't touched.

This was really fun to try and to watch the change. Go try it and save loads of money by not going with the more expensive options.