Crochet project #4: Complete!

Yeah, 100 Flowers to Knit & Crochet is pretty much the best purchase I have made this summer. I just want to make more flowers– which means I will need to cave and buy some more yarn so I can have a wider array of colors– though I have to keep focused on my mission of completing 10 hats to donate this Fall. Flowers don’t take that long, though, so I could make some for fun. I just LOVE the Irish rose on this hat– it’s so big and is perfect for the size of the hat!

But don’t worry! The dianthus I also made is not going to go to waste (not that I waste anything I make– I would have turned it into a lovely decoration for my corkboard at work). As I was digging through my Grandma’s yarn to find more pink, I came across a fabulous pale pink skein that complements the dianthus beautifully. I think I am going to make this hat for a 6-9 month baby girl. I feel kind of bad because I am clearly having much more fun making things for girls. I found a gorgeous blue in my Grandma’s stash that I am thinking of making into a Captain America hat for a 3-10 year old boy. It’s not copyright infringement if I’m not making any money off of it, right? I just figure that boys like to feel like superheroes (so do lots of girls, for that matter :-)). No idea how I’ll make the “A”, though…

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Crochet project #4: Irish rose or dianthus?

I decided to dive in to my new 100 Flowers to Knit & Crochet book and make two flowers to see how they would look with my hat, and I can’t choose which one I want to put on it.

The Irish rose is nice, big and pink– perfect for a little girl’s hat (I know I would have loved it). I actually messed it up a little bit and gave it an extra petal in the two outermost rows, but it’s still round.

The dianthus is just beautiful, and it is a little bit smaller than the Irish rose. If I go with the dianthus, I would make a few apple blossoms to put around it. Ordinarily I would make a couple more dianthus flowers and put the bunch off-center and closer to the ear. However, this hat is going to have ear flaps like the panda hat, and I don’t think that a large bunch of flowers would look very good on top of an ear flap.

When the body of the hat is complete– ear flaps and all– I am going to go around all the edges with the Watermelon yarn, kind of like I did with the panda hat, and then I’ll braid all of the strings together.

The hat should be done within the next couple days. I really have discovered how great it is to crochet on the stationary bike, because not only do I stay on it longer, but it is all kinds of awesome multi-tasking.

Crochet project #4: Flower hat

I had been thinking about doing a flower hat for a toddler for some time since I started this hat-crocheting frenzy, and I had seen many examples of flower hats that people on WordPress have made themselves. However, I have never made a flower before, and I could only find a couple patterns between my Stitch ‘n’ Bitch and The Crochet Bible books. I started the hat yesterday while sitting at the DMV and was only thinking about the colors that would go well for a to-be-determined flower.

But then I was at Barnes and Noble last night, and lo and behold, I found this: 100 Flowers to Knit and Crochet. Angels sang and grown men wept tears of joy.

Leslie Stanfield is absolutely amazing: the designs are based off of actual flowers! One could create their own yarny garden, if they wanted! Unfortunately, many of the flowers I like are knitted, and maybe when I get more confident in my flower-crocheting abilities, I will modify the patterns (or I’ll relearn how to knit). For now, I am particularly partial to the geranium, auricula, Irish rose, helenium, and dianthus patterns. The fuchsia flower is really beautiful too and would make for good tassels, though that may be going a bit overboard. I’m debating if I want to put one giant flower on the hat (Irish rose would be perfect) or if I want to put several smaller flowers. I am going to have to delve into my own yarn stash for this, since I have a wider variety of vibrant colors than my Grandma’s stash has, but I’m not breaking my self-imposed rules: the bulk of the hat is made of her own lovely Caron Simply Soft No Dye Lot yarn.

Crochet project #3: Finito! …mostly

I wish I was a kid again, I would totally rock this hat. It is just about done, though I am trying to decide if I want to add eyes, or if I want to use a slip stitch with black thread around the ear flaps so it looks more uniform. If I do add eyes, I don’t want anything that can fall off or be swallowed.

And now it’s back to the academic grind. I figured if I finished the hat I would have no excuse not to get back to the reading I seem to keep avoiding. 🙂

Crochet project #3: Panda hat

Panda hatI am so stoked to be working on this hat at last, not only because I’ve been anticipating it for two weeks, but also because I am finally using a thicker yarn again. I’m using Caron Simply Soft No Dye Lot for the main body and am using a size I hook (as opposed to a size H which the yarn ordinarily calls for). I’m also using a double crochet stitch. Again.

It is so lovely and soft, and according to the size chart it should fit a toddler (it is about 18″ around). It is shocking how big a toddler’s head is, but I say that as someone who has never spent any significant length of time around toddlers since being one myself. I sure hope it will fit. It’s going to be about 7″ high before I add on the ear flaps. I’m worried that I started decreasing the stitches too soon– the 9th row would have been the first row of dc2tog– but it seemed to make sense. I don’t want the hat being too loose or awkward-fitting. I wish I could invest in something that I can actually put the hats on to make sure they fit. Maybe I should just ask my co-workers to bring in some of their toddler’s hats so I can compare them, though it seems to me that a hand-crocheted hat seems to be a lot bigger than a store-bought hat for the same age range, since the latter type is often much more stretchy. We shall see…