Crochet project #5: FINALLY done!!

Wow, this hat took a shockingly long time to complete. I am terribly sorry, fellow crafters: I’ve just been so busy and it’s been difficult for me to find time to crochet. I hate to say it, but I think that I’m only going to be able to get 6 hats done this summer. I’m panicking too badly about my work load next semester, so I am trying to get as much of my comps reading done in the next three weeks as I can… My next (and probably last) hat will be the cute baseball hat I posted about several weeks ago.

Despite the fact that I am falling short of my crocheting goal, I am proud of everything I have done so far, and hopefully this winter– and definitely next summer– I will be able to make even more stuff to give away!

Ravelymp… I mean, crocheting during the Olympics!

Crochet project #5: Baby girl’s flower hat

I would have loved to have gone to an Olympics crafting party last night, but working on my hat at home was very nice too. I know that I was thinking about starting the baby’s baseball hat the other day, but my antsy feeling to try a new kind of stitch overwhelmed me (not really, but you know). Here, I used a back post double crochet stitch, which creates a nice texture for the brim and will be flipped up. The Olympics Opening Ceremony is a great time to get some crafting work done, because a) it’s long, b) it’s entertaining television, and c) I can’t read and watch TV at the same time because TV is usually more stimulating.

I have to admit that when the Opening Ceremony for the 2012 London Olympics was just getting started, I was a little unimpressed. Granted, I may be biased because I don’t think that the opening for the 2008 Beijing Olympics will be topped for a long, long time (and Danny Boyle himself said that he was glad that their opener was better because he knew he couldn’t top it, meaning he could do whatever he wanted). I get that it was meant to trace London’s history from egalitarian to industrial revolution to modern day, but the history geek in me was like, “Where are the medieval castles??” I also thought that the beginning part of the industrial revolution segment was a little, well, dumb, but once the drums came in, it got a lot more entertaining. The appearance of Voldemort and other villains was very cool (especially given that JK Rowling was one of the cast and I’m a huge Harry Potter nerd), and I did love the dancing in the “modern era” segments. There were a few parts that were a little odd, like the giant baby in the middle of the stadium, but overall, I ended up being impressed. So kudos, Danny Boyle, ya did good.

I wish I could do nothing but crochet for the next 2+ weeks and watch the Olympic games, but unfortunately it is almost August and I am feeling a little anxious about my current state in relation to comps. While I have my 5 major questions decided upon, I only have 2/3 minor questions solidified. I also need to start writing 3 page papers on each of my questions so that I’m not in full-on panic mode when school starts. Too bad I’m not inspired to do a read-athon or something– that would be awesome to do while having the Olympics on in the background (if I were capable of such a feat). Oh well. I’ll make do with crocheting a bit while watching the Olympics on occasion.

Next idea for a crochet project

Spring Training Cap, by Linda Permann

Pattern from the March/April 2012 edition of Crochet Today (which I’ll either need to go find or make up on my own, because all they have online is the supply list and a basic picture of the pattern sized for a child).

My lovely coworker sent me a picture of this via Pinterest. Some of you probably know that I have been having trouble thinking of a good hat for a 6-12 month old baby boy. Where would an uninspired crocheter be without a fashionable friend with a Pinterest account?

I apologize to my crafty friends for my absence from posting about crocheting. I sadly have not been working on anything lately for a variety of reasons: my need to read more books for school, last week’s shooting in Aurora, and my birthday are the big ones. But I am hoping to start on this hat soon! If I want the main body of the hat to be made primarily out of my Grandma’s yarn, I may have to opt for off-white. The red that I have is the same gauge, and I don’t think there is enough pure white in her stash at that size even for a baby hat.

I have also made a test swatch of that pale pink yarn I posted about previously for a 6-12 month old baby girl hat (this is the yarn that will nicely complement my currently unused dianthus flower). I am going to try something new with this hat: I want to use back and front post stitches for the brim so that I have a nice textured fabric that I can flip up. Hopefully that experiment goes well (and thank god for Youtube!).

Crochet project #2: Done!

Well that went fast. It’s great how much things speed up once you start reducing the stitch count as you progress towards the crown of the hat. And I finished it while I was on a stationary bike, no less. Multi-tasking at its finest. 🙂

Next up is a panda hat! I am so excited I can barely contain myself (seriously, I’m not being sarcastic here). Crazy. Excited.

Crochet project #2: Baby girl’s hat

The girl’s version of the 0-3 month old hat is going well, though slower than the last hat. The yarn is very fine, the same size as the previous yarn I used, meaning that I am using a size F hook again, but it is a different yarn and the hat is turning out to have a much softer texture. I really hope it will fit, I’m not used to not having a head to test. I had to use a bigger hook to do the bottom chain, as I still tend to get my chains too tight. I still need to make the white brim, which I’m going to make a bit wider this time so that it can have a wider range of adjustment.

I’m already looking forward to my next project, and I really want to get a little more original than a simple double crochet stitch. However, I can’t say that I’ve ever made a hat with a stitch other than single or double, so I’m a little nervous. I’ve found a lot of beautiful ideas on various blogs here on WordPress as well as on Ravelry and my books. It’s just hard for me to use a yarn that isn’t the size listed in the instructions, since I’m still pretty new at adjusting patterns for my own purposes.

Freya is very supportive. And she loves to lay on anything I need to use.

My next projects are going to be for toddlers. I’ve seen some adorable hats that look like pandas, which is a nice unisex animal, so I want to make one of those. The other hat, though, is going to be off-white and have a flower on it. I’ll be using a size H hook for both of them, since the main body of each hat is the same type of yarn. After those are done, I’m thinking of going back to baby hats, but for babies older than three months. I’ll be needing to think of things that boys like so I can crochet something fun to attach…

Crochet project #1: Complete!

Hat for a 0-3 month old baby

In spite of second degree burns on my right thumb and index finger, as well as caring for my post-surgical kitty, I have completed my first project to be donated to the safehouse my Grandma used to donate to! It took me only five days!

I used a double crochet stitch and two types of yarn on this hat: Red Heart Baby Fingering yarn for most of the hat (which I am fairly certain is no longer manufactured, but you can find its current equivalent here) and Caron Simply Soft’s “no dye lot yarn” for the brim. The Red Heart required a size F hook, and the Caron a size H. I decided to use the Caron because I wanted to  have a bulkier yarn to create a nice rib effect by putting my stitches into the back loops of the previous rows. Plus I needed a quicker way to put some length on the hat (the patience thing is going to take me a while). I crocheted the brim separately and then attached it to the hat when it was finished. Hopefully this hat will keep a baby boy (or baby girl whose mom likes blue!) nice and warm.

Next up: the same thing, but in pink! My goal is to finish 10 hats by the end of the summer, two for each gender in different age groups. I’m really looking forward to making a hat for a toddler girl because I want to put a pretty little flower or butterfly on it. Stay tuned!

Quick size guide to making hats

As some of you may know, I am working on crocheting the remainder of my late Grandma’s yarn into items to donate to a local safehouse for abused women and children, which was something she did in life (except that she knitted, making mainly scarves and baby booties). I was able to contact this shelter, asking them what is most needed (particularly for children, since most of my Grandma’s yarn is fine baby yarn), and received a very kind response from a woman named Pat. She said that they need hats and blankets– and as luck would have it, I am currently making a hat (for a baby boy) and am planning on making more!

My biggest challenge has been figuring out sizes for hats, since I do not have anyone to measure against (not to mention that children grow so fast, so different sizes are needed for different age groups). I Googled “What is the circumference of a baby’s head” and found the following fabulous website: Bev’s Country Cottage. Not only do they have hat circumferences for all ages, but they have sizes for feet, blankets, sweaters, etc! They are also full of crochet and knit patterns for all sorts of items. For our present purpose, here is the breakdown of head and hat circumferences (note: the hat heights are BEFORE flipping up the brim):

Preemies:

1 -2 lbs 1kg
Baby’s Head Circumference is 9″ – 10″  23-25 cm  (so hat circ. should be about 7.5″ -8″ 18-20 cm)  Height of hat should be 3.5 – 4″ 10cm

2 – 3 lbs  1.4 kg
Head Circumference 10″ – 11 1/4″  25-28 cm hat circ = 8.5″ – 10″ 22-25 cm   Hat height  = 4″ 10 cm

4 – 5 lbs  2 kg
Head Circumference 11 1/2″ – 12 1/2″  28-33 cm hat circ = 9″ – 11.5″ 23-28 cm  Hat height = 4 to 4.5″  10-11cm

5 1/2 – 6 lbs  2.7 kg
Head Circumference 12 1/2″ – 13″  31-33 cm  hat circ = 11″ – 12″ 28-33 cm  Hat height =  5 to 5.5″ 13-15 cm

Newborns 
Head Circumference 13″ – 14 ”  33-36cm; hat circ = 11.5″ – 13″ Hat height = 5.5 to 6″ 13-15 cm

Baby – 3 to 6 months  
Head Circumference: 14″ – 17 ”  36-43 cm; Hat height= 6.5 – 7″ 15-18 cm

Baby – 6 to 12 months
Head Circumference: 16″ – 19 ”  41-48 cm ;  Hat height = 7.5″  18 cm

Toddler – preschooler (12 months – 3 years) 
Head Circumference: 18″ to 20 ” 46 -48 cm; Hat height = 8″  20 cm

Child (3 – 10 years) 
Head Circumference: 19″ – 20 1/2″  48-51 cm; Hat height =8.5″  22cm

Pre-teens and Teens  Hat
Head Circumference: 20 1/2″ – 22″   53 -56 cm; height 9-10″  25 cm

Adult Woman
Head Circumference:  21.5″ – 22.5″  Hat height = 11″

Adult Man
Head Circumference:  23″ – 24″  58.4 cm – 61 cm; Hat height = 11″-11.5″