Golden Tide Helmet

For those of you that don’t know, I live in a small down in west central Pennsylvania. When I say small, I mean small. I used to think I grew up in a small town, until I moved here. C-ville has two stop lights. Well three if you count the blinky one across town. Definitely a big change from outside of King of Prussia. Man I miss that mall, especially now that it has totally upgraded. Sigh. Now I have to travel an hour to get either to State College or Altoona or work up for the 2.5-3 hour trip to the outlets in Grove City. Woohoo! But life’s not about malls!!

Our tiny town is built around the West Branch of the Susquehanna River! All thanks to the lumber industry back in the day and the family owned company that still has its headquarters right here in C-ville. Since the river cuts the town in half our school mascot is the Golden Tide. Yes it’s a wave. Yes it’s gold. I’m not really sure why but the outfit isn’t really pretty. It reminds me of a Twinkie with a toupee. Anyways….

Luke helps coach our football team. Over the few years we’ve made friends with some of the other coaches and their wives. It was nice all of us girls watching and cheering together. Then one announced she was pregnant. And another. And another. And I switched to drinking bottled water because I did not want what was in the tap. And then they all had a second round of kids. And then some had thirds! So now when we’re at the games there’s a bunch of kids running around and it’s adorable!

You’re probably starting to wonder where I’m going. A couple of those new kiddos happened to be boys and how could I not say no to a football helmet styled hat?! I made the girls hats too but they were just school colors. I wanted my hat to match as close to possible to our helmets. Our colors are black and gold. Go figure being this close to Pittsburgh. But it’s more of a Penguins gold than it is Steelers gold. More of a true gold. And our helmets actually have a special paint that makes them sparkle. They’re so cool looking. So I looked around and found what I thought was the best option, Caron Simply Soft in Autumn Maize.

This yarn is amazing. It’s super soft so perfect for baby’s head. Somehow I’m able to get what seems like a kazillion hats from two skeins. Win-win! Since it’s thinner than Red Heart Super Saver I had to make up a whole new basic beanie. The math is most likely in one of my bajillion notebooks so if I ever make this again, I’ll be posting the pattern up for sure! It’s sized to fit 0-3 months and done with a 4.0mm hook. I wanted the earflaps short and stubby so they looked more like a helmet so I only did 6ish rows and ended with 3ish stitches. I ended it with a surface slip stitched GT on each side.

I think they look pretty darn similar!! This picture credit goes to a player’s mom who takes pictures at all the games. Isn’t she wonderful?! Here Luke is doing his thing and getting the kids excited. I say kids because our kicker is a girl! Woohoo!! She’s pretty awesome too. Here’s to another good season and more helmet hats!

On the Hook:

  • Cat Butt Coasters
  • Messy Bun Beanie
  • Birthday Scarf

Removable Flower

I really like the idea of flowers on hats and headbands. They’re really cute and girls of all ages like them. The thing that I don’t like about them? Permanent attachment. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great idea for most projects. But there’s some I was always hesitant about. Like way back for my baby cousin L I made her a set of headbands with removable flowers. The button was attached to the headband and the flowers slipped over that. But I wasn’t fully happy because the headband could never be worn by itself. There was always that darn button. So I was on the hunt to find a truly and fully removable flower.

I believe it was Pinterest who came to my aid! I swear it’s always Pinterest. But I found this great idea over at Tw-in Stitches {a crochet blog} and she had the same problem / thoughts I was having! So I took her pictures and used her idea and ran with it. The result (just the same as hers) was AMAZING! A fully functional flower accessory that’s completely removable with no left overs! Woohoo! Now I’ll try to explain what I did.

So first I made my flower. I used Salena Baca’s 6 Petal Flower With Leaves but minus the leaves. Turned out rather nice don’t you think? It was a little confusing where exactly to put the sc between the petals so I had to fudge it and there was a prominent line between the first and last petals (at least to me). But still turned out so much better than all my previous flowers. Oh I suppose I should say I used a 5.5mm hook and Red Heart Super Saver in Pretty N Pink and With Love in Black and Gray and 3 big pink buttons.

Now comes the really cool removable part. Flip your flower over. I sewed a tiny little button to the back of petal layer number two. On the opposite petal (still in layer two) I attached my yarn and did what I believe is 3 sc. Then I went back and forth for a couple rows until the strap would reach across the back of the flower to the first edge of the button. Then I did a couple chain stitches and slip stitched it to the other side to form a loop that would go over the button. It looks like I did 4 chains. It was a tiny button. And that’s it!! Don’t forget to weave your ends! Those would definitely ruin the finished look.

You now have a flower that is 100% removable! All you have to do is insert the strap between two stitches on the hat, loop it around a couple stitches (to make sure its secure), poke it back through to the front of the hat and secure it with the button! Ta-da!! I haven’t tested this on any other flowers since but I believe it would also work. I made it three times using Salena’s flower.

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Here’s M and her Mom both wearing the hats while she was getting her 4th of 6 chemo treatments 🙂

On the Hook:

  • Bacon and Eggs Scarf
  • Baby G’s things
  • St. Francis – possibly

Amazing Grace Hat for M

This is the second hat I made for M. The free pattern is the Amazing Grace Hat and is designed by Elena Hunt of Beatrice Ryan Designs. She designed this as a Charity Crochet Hat so I figured this would be perfect to use for the other hat!

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I used a 5.00mm hook and Red Heart With Love in Gray. Just a couple of things with this pattern. My first problem was that it came out way too small. I’m not sure how that happened because I checked gauge (I highly suggest you start doing that for all worn garments) and I matched it. So I was a little confused. I needed it to fit a 23 inch head and the circumference came out to 20 inches. And there was not enough stretch. So I frogged it. I was easily able to adjust it though so that it did become the size I needed.

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Then there was the issue of my rows turning out just a tad short. That’s usually never a big problem, just add a couple more rows. In this case I added two more rows of the special shell rows. No biggie. I did though leave out the last row of reverse single crochet at the end. I didn’t feel like the hat needed that.

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I used the black flower on this hat for pictures. Buuuuuut it’s removable so viola! It can also be worn plain, just like the Tri – Color Cloche 🙂 Stay tuned for how I did the removable flower, it’s coming next!

On the Hook:

  • Bacon and Eggs Scarf
  • Baby G’s things
  • Birthday Scarf

Tri – Color Cloche for M

In September of 2015 Luke’s mom came to me asking if I could make her cousin M who had cancer a couple of hats. Of course!! Her only specification was that the hats be pretty and soft so it would feel nice against her head. Not a problem what so ever! I made two different hats and three removable flowers. This post I will talk about the Tri – Color Cloche.

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I really like this free pattern by Caron Design Team. I have made it several times before in baby, child, and adult sizes and thought it would be perfect. I used a 5.00mm hook and Red Heart With Love in Black. I really like this yarn! I get all the amazingness that is Red Heart but with extra softness. For the brim I used this free pattern by Craft Chic. Works perfect!!

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I put the gray flower on for the pictures but since they’re removable she’s able to put which ever one she wants on or leave it plain! I don’t know why I waited so long to make removable flowers? I think they’re soo much better than sewn on ones!

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Stay tuned for hat number two and how to make the removable flower!!

On the Hook:

  • Baby G’s things
  • Birthday scarf
  • Bacon and Eggs scarf

Nemo Hat

Whenever I hear of someone having a baby my immediate reaction (besides the obvious first thought of ‘oh wow congratulations this is an amazing thing I’m so happy for you guys!’) is ‘what am I going to make?’ Sometimes it’s very easy and ideas just start pouring. Perfect example is winter babies. Whip them up a hat or two, some of those baby mittens, maybe a pair of socks if I feel up to those. I just have to come up with a color or theme. Other times I have to think for what seems like ages. Especially if it’s for a friend that I thought I knew until I started thinking and then realize ‘jeez after knowing this couple for X years I know nothing‘ Well at least I feel that way sometimes. That kind of happened with this gift.

So we met E and S at one of L’s infamous parties because they’re neighbors. Now we see them basically every time we’re at L’s and Luke talks to S pretty regularly. Particularly thanks to a mobile game that I will not be getting into. Seriously, don’t start me on that. But they announced they were having a baby girl and WOOHOO! In the summer ….. What do I make a summer baby?? Yea I just made a bunch of baby sandals but do newborns really keep things on their feet?

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Then someone (probably Luke, darn his good ideas) suggested just making a bigger hat to wear in the fall. Brilliant! Now the issue was what kind of hat do I make?? I asked S if there was anything E really liked and he told me about Nemo. Perfect! So then I was on the hunt for a pattern. And I found one! Thanks to Pinterest I found Natasha’s Crochet Clownfish Hat. This would be great to use for all the fishy pieces. Then I needed a hat base. In walked Leah. Well she sent me a Facebook message because she lives very far away. She needed people to test her new Basic Beanie! I signed up for the Infant Basic Beanie and fell in looooove. Met her gauge perfect, the beanies always work up the perfect size every time, and it’s a lot less headache because I don’t have to make my own anymore!! It’s now my go to beanie. I’ve made 11 of the infant sizes since August 2015. Did I mention her basic beanie includes all sizes from preemie through large adult?? Seriously love this woman.

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I decided to go with the 3-6 months size, a 4.25mm hook, and Red Heart Super Saver in Pumpkin, Black and White. I worked the beanie as is with no issues. I worked up the details as written with the only ‘issue’ being in the Tail Fin where it says to TURN. After reading some comments what she means is Turn and continue working in the back of the original chain. Other than that little bit of confusion I had no problems! Woohoo!! End result is an adorable clownfish aka Nemo beanie. I mean, how cute is little baby E in her hat??

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Now I just need to think of something for their second child, a spring baby…….

On the Hook:

  • Baby G’s things
  • Birthday Scarf
  • Bacon and Eggs Scarf