Monday, 31 October 2011

Saturday, 29 October 2011

BABY GIRL HATS


COLOURFUL BABY HATS

Here are my baby girl hat designs, bright and cheerful, although if your prefer subtle colours then go ahead and choose your favourites, these hat designs look fabulous made in any range of colours, and better still they look awesome in one (1) colour and even better when crocheted using just white!

1. FUCHSIA Baby Hat with Flower Crochet Pattern


A hat pattern with a lattice-like texture. Perfect for everyday wear or that special day out. 

Yarn: King Cole “Bamboo Cotton” 
Hook: 4mm 
Size: Baby - 3 months plus.
Terminology: USA - American crochet terms.
This pattern is adaptable to other yarns.

FUCHSIA Hat Pattern available from my online stores:
CRAFTSY      ETSY      RAVELRY

2. GREEN SHRIMP Baby Hat with Flower Crochet Pattern


This is a simple and beautiful crochet hat pattern comprising of three simple stitch rows to achieve the decorative little pattern. 

Yarn: King Cole “Bamboo Cotton” 
Hook: 4.5mm
Size: Baby - 3 months plus.
Terminology: USA - American crochet terms.
This pattern can be adapted to other yarns.

GREEN SHRIMP Hat Pattern available from my online stores:
CRAFTSY      ETSY      RAVELRY

3. TROPO Baby Hat Crochet Pattern


A colourful hat pattern inspired by the vibrant colours of tropical fruits - the perfect hat for your precious little one!

Yarn: King Cole "Bamboo Cotton" 
Hook: 4.5mm 
Size: Baby - 3 months plus.
Terminology: USA - American crochet terms.
This pattern can be adapted to other yarns.

TROPO Hat Pattern available from my online stores:
CRAFTSY      ETSY      RAVELRY

4. VIOLET Baby Hat with Flower Crochet Pattern


The perfect spring cloche hat, an open design which creates the complex looking pattern.

Yarn: King Cole “Bamboo Cotton” 
Hook: 4.5mm 
Size: Baby/ Toddler/Child. 
Terminology: USA - American crochet terms.
This pattern can be adapted to other yarns.

VIOLET Hat Pattern available from my online stores:
CRAFTSY      ETSY      RAVELRY

Enjoy!
ciao, ciao!

Barbara Summers Hand Knit and Crochet   www.crocknit.com
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Saturday, 22 October 2011

Custom Patterns for DK Yarn

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LONG TAIL ELF PIXIE HAT Crochet Pattern for DK Yarn

Are you looking for a crochet pattern for a "long tail elf pixie hat"?

You know those cute little hats they use in photography shots of cute little newborn babies?

And, after looking, there seem to be a few patterns floating around - however you would like the pattern for a DK yarn using a 4mm hook.

Well, look no further, because you have found it.

This little pattern is the result of a recent request from a new customer - simply she asked if I could write a pattern for a "long tail elf hat" using DK yarn.

And as I am always up for a challenge, I proceeded to create this  -

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Yes, this hat looks just like any other long tail crochet hat that you can find somewhere else, but the difference with this crochet pattern is, it is written for DK yarn using a 4mm hook.  

And the big bonus is a totally unique designed -  "baby safe" pom pom.

OH and whilst on the topic of pom poms, basically I hate them. I have always hated them and I simply refuse to make them. Naturally, I would not have a standard made pom pom anywhere near my baby, the thought of all those loose yarn ends shedding off fibres, or coming loose, simply makes me cringe!  

Here is a snippet from "A Guide to the Safety of Children's Clothing" Any small parts that have been attached to the garment must be secure (not detach at less than 70 Newtons, which is a force of approximately 7kg) to avoid becoming a choking hazard. Small parts are very dangerous to children under 36 months. Items to bear in mind include; any buttons, beads, bows, tassels, pom-poms, sequins, diamantes, fasteners and labels.

For many years, I have been concerned about baby and child safety in regards to clothing, and my biggest NO NO has been small parts which can be a choking hazard, therefore, you can appreciate why I am not a fan of pom poms, among other things.

The POM POM SAFETY solution: I created my very own original design "baby safe" pom pom, to achieve the look required with this long tail crochet hat.  No loose yarn ends or yarn fibres which can loosen and separate from the garment AND cause a choking hazard.  THIS POM POM is SAFE and ever so simple.  All you do is crochet it!


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PATTERN DETAILS for the Crochet Hat "LONG TAIL"


Skill Level:
EASY
Yarn: 
Bendigo “Cotton 8ply”  OR any other similar yarn
Substitute yarns:
Always match Tension/Gauge and Hook recommendations on yarn label to the yarn used in this pattern.
Hook
Yarn label:- 4mm
This pattern:  4mm
Stitches:
dc, FPdc
Gauge/Tension:
Yarn label:  22sts to 10cm.
This pattern: 15sts to 4in (10cm)
Measurements:
Circumference approx. 14in (35.5cm); Length 31in (78.5cm)
Size:
Newborn to 3M+
Terminology:
USA - American crochet terms



Long Tail Crochet Hat is "crochet in the round", "top down", and you need to know how to colour change.  If you are not comfortable with colour change you can always make it in one colour, always your choice.

The pattern also includes hints on how to make smaller/larger size.

Made with cotton yarn which I think is probably the best yarn for newborn babes.
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So, there it is, a simple request for a custom pattern - available to you all from my online stores

Craftsy         Ravelry         Etsy

so you can shop in comfort at your favourite shopping destination.

ENJOY
Ciao, ciao!


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Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Newborn Crochet Hats and Mittens

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BABY LOVE

The best time in anyone's life - the birth of a child!

What a miracle! so tiny, so cute, so soft and so much in need of protection.

If I could only relive those wonderful baby days, (sigh), definitely the best days of my life (this year 2011 - my babies are 31 and 36 yrs old).  Wow, that was a long time ago!  

So, today I create little hats and mittens for someone else's darlings.

Are you looking for a simply perfect crochet pattern for newborn hat and mittens? 
Then look no further because here it is
Ever so easy, ever so soft and comfortable for baby.

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PATTER DETAILS:

Skill Level:  EASY
Yarn:  Bendigo Cotton 8ply OR any other similar yarn
Hook: 4mm
Stitches:  sc, hdc, reverse sc (crab stitch)
Size:  Newborn to 3M+
Terminology:  USA American crochet terms

Pattern Description
This baby hat and mittens crochet pattern will give you the basics to creating your own baby hats, starting with basic single crochet. 

You can introduce simple colour changes, creating a contrast edge, or stripes or blocks of colour, ever so simple and yet so versatile.

You can easily create a variety of hats just with one pattern.

AND, once you have mastered this simple crochet hat pattern, you can progress your crochet hat skills and get more adventurous by changing the stitches in the body of the hat. 

So many possibilities from one simple pattern.  

You will be able to make crochet hats in all sizes, from newborn to adult (there is no limit).  Adjusting the size is very easy and I give you hints on size adjustment in the pattern.


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SIMPLICITY Newborn Hat and Mittens PATTERN

is available from my online stores




I do hope you enjoy making your hats and mittens, 
and remember 
all my patterns come with FREE online assistance.

Enjoy!

ciao, ciao!


Barbara Summers Hand Knit and Crochet   www.crocknit.com
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Thursday, 13 October 2011

ROLLING MOBIUS - ROLLING COUNTRYSIDE

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Here's one for KENT


The landscape of East Kent, UK is wonderfully diverse, rich in its arable land, fruit growing, horticulture and wildlife - and it's this glorious rolling countryside which is my inspiration for this crochet mobius scarf - COUNTRY TRACKS.  Just a bit manly and robust with a softening in the roll factor.  Just like the countryside rough in parts and with a soft edge to it's beauty.

CREATING WITH PURPOSE

So, unlike my other mobius scarf patterns this time I've designed it to roll - yes, that's right ROLL.

I like the bobble stitch and thought I would take advantage of it's texture, and create a country themed scarf with an added little twist in the very last round to allow it to roll back over itself.

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Initially it looks like any other crochet mobius, seems to lie flat as you work each round, but then add the last round, and give it a stretch - hey presto! you have a roll factor with a mind of it's own.

Pattern Basics


Skill Level:
EASY
Yarn: 
Jarol “Pure British Wool Aran” 100g OR any other similar yarn
Substitute yarns:
Always match Tension/Gauge and Hook recommendations on yarn label to the yarn used in this pattern.
Hook
Yarn label:- 5mm
This pattern:  6mm
Stitches:
sc, hdc, dc, bobble
Gauge/Tension:
Yarn label:  19sts to 24 rows. This pattern: 10sts in dc to 4in (10.2cm)
Gauge is not critical in this pattern.
Measurements:
Circumference approx. 45in (114.3cm); width 6in (15.2cm)
Size:
Mens Average
Terminology:
USA - American crochet terms

THIS PATTERN IS AVAILABLE NOW as a PDF DOWNLOADABLE FILE  on RAVELRY  - OH YES, NEARLY FORGOT,  IT IS  F R E E !


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Enjoy
ciao, ciao!
Barbara Summers Hand Knit and Crochet   www.crocknit.com
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Sunday, 9 October 2011

Crochet Designs - Mittens and Headbands

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Mittens and Headbands

As autumn comes around we start thinking of mittens and scarves, hats and headbands. So here is a little pattern I worked on, oh some time ago, and only now have managed to write up the pattern. It is one of the most time consuming parts of pattern designing and not much fun for me. I really have to be strict with myself to get it all together, I would much rather be crocheting instead or better yet out in the countryside enjoying nature and taking photos.

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When I first made these mittens I was thinking of a quick and simple pattern for mittens, which can be made from cotton for those days or evenings when a little warmth on your hands is all you need and it doesn't have to be full-blown woollen warmth, although you can easily use this pattern to make yourself a lovely pair of mittens and headband using a lovely pure merino wool yarn.

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My love of Bendigo Woollen Mills

I just love the yarns from Bendigo Woollen Mills in Australia, my favourite has to be their 8ply and 4ply pure cotton. These cotton yarns are just so soft and come in nice big balls of 200g. Just perfect for large projects and helps you eliminate continually having to hide yarn ends.

OK that's enough said about the cotton yarn, they also carry a good range of other yarns. It is well-worth visiting their website, even with shipping costs their prices are quite reasonable.

DO check the lovely BWM yarns HERE   and see for yourself.


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PATTERN DETAILS:

Simply perfect Fingerless Mittens and Mobius Headband with a ribbed and textured pattern. Trimmed with a simple contrast at cuff edge and palm edge.

Crochet in the round, no seams to sew. Wear the mittens on either hand. Pattern is the same for both left and right mittens.

Mobius Headband is worked in the round, tapered width at back and complimented with a simple contrast edge.


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Size: Ladies M/L = medium to large.  Hints for adjusting size are included with pattern instructions.
Basic Stitches: single, double, front/back post double crochet
Yarn: Bendigo Cotton 8ply
Yarn substitutes: Rowan Belle Organic DK, James C. Brett Pure Merino DK or any other similar yarn
Hook:  3.5mm or 4mm
Terminology: USA American crochet terms


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LILAC Crochet Mittens and Headband PATTERN 

is available from my online shops:

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Enjoy!
ciao, ciao!
Barbara Summers Hand Knit and Crochet   www.crocknit.com
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Tuesday, 4 October 2011

PATTERN Crochet Hat "STRIPES"

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Re-organizing, Re-arranging and Re-grouping

It's that time of year again, autumn, and just like spring, I always feel a need to sort stuff out - whether it be in my mind, in my kitchen cupboards or with my crochet patterns, there is always room for improvement.

So, on that note here is the first of many more to come, a re-grouping of favourite STRIPES patterns - including summertime sun hats and winter beanie hat with turn-up brim.  They are simply the perfect combination.

Included in this combo:

  1. Crochet Hat "Bucket Stripes"
  2. Crochet Hat "Simple Stripes"
  3. Crochet Hat "Persimmon Stripes"
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A few little tweeks in the crochet patterns, to keep them up-to-date with my latest styles and formats, and you now have a great beginners crochet pattern collection for your baby, toddler, child or even yourself.  

These crochet patterns can be easily adapted to other yarns and hat sizes can be adjusted for larger or smaller heads.  

If you are unable to work it out yourself just contact me, all my patterns come with FREE online assistance.

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STRIPES Crochet Hats Pattern


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Enjoy!
Ciao, ciao!

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