There are many many hats or half hats patterns out there. Since my crochet era started, I have struggled with many patterns that were either bad or not what I was looking for. Until, finally, I stumbled on the Facebook page ‘Crochet M@ssy Buns & Beanies – Free Patterns Only‘, all about hats and, more specifically: bun hats. Bun hats are not my favorite so I just finish them to a ‘normal’ hat…
Here is a collection of my ultra favorite patterns.
M@ssy Bun Cable Hat by Bella from Haken en zoo [my ultra favorite that I finish as a full hat – see pictures below]. Here is the pdf and here is the video and another explanatory video if needed.
BoHo Messy Bun Beanie by Yvonne Metz – pdf and video
Chunky Messy Bun Hat By Jennifer Dickerson – pdf and video
While getting more info about the coming Hygge CAL, I visited Esther’s blog. And one of her articles relates to crochet slang … cake, ami [which means friend in French], frog, hooker, OCD, barf, bomb … Curious? Check her ‘how to speak crochet slang‘ and learn a new language. Pretty fun read.
The dotty flower is a pattern by Julie Harrison. I just copied and pasted her pattern here for my own ease [with Jules’ kind authorization] … Please refer to her original pattern with photo tutorial.
In order to make a pillow or blanket, Jules explains how to add 2 extra rows to transform the flowers into an hexagon.
4 mm hook, small quantities of 8ply/DK yarn in 3 colours.
Yo, insert hook in stitch, yo and pull up a loop, yo and pull through 2 loops ( 2 loops left on hook) , yo, insert hook in same stitch, yo and pull up a loop, yo and pull through 2 loops (3 loops left on hook) , yo and pull through all loops on hook.
Step 1 – *Yo twice, insert hook into 2 ch space, yo and pull up a loop, yo and pull through 2 loops, yo and pull through 2 loops, leave last loop on hook (2 loops on hook) * .
Repeat * to * (3 loops on hook).
Step 2 – Yo 3 times, insert hook in skipped stitch of round 1, yo and pull up a loop, yo and pull through 2 loops, yo and pull through 2 loops, yo and pull through 2 loops, leave last loop on hook (4 loops on hook).
Repeat Step 1 into the same 2 ch space (6 loops on hook).
Step 3- Yo and pull through all loops on hook.
Chain 4, slip stitch into 1st chain to form a ring.
Round 1: ch2 (does not count as a stitch), 12 dc into ring, slip stitch join to 1st dc, fasten off.
Round 2: Join next colour to any stitch, ch2, make a 2dc cluster into same stitch, *ch2, skip 1 stitch, make a 2dc cluster in next stitch, * . Repeat * to * 4 more times, to make 6 cluster, ending with 2ch and slip stitch join to 1st cluster. Fasten off.
Round 3: Join next colour to any 2ch space. *Ch 4, make a petal cluster, ch 4, slip stitch into same 2 ch space, slip stitch into next 2ch space. * Repeat * to * making 6 petals around the flower in the 2 ch spaces of previous round. Slip stitch into 1st space to join, fasten off and weave in all threads.
Dotty Flower Hexagon
Background Rd 1 – Join background colour to top of any petal, Ch1, *3sc in same stitch in top of petal, 5tr in stitch on top of Round 2 dots*, Repeat * to * 5 times, slip stitch to 1st sc.
Background Round 2 – Ch1, Make 1 sc in each stitch of previous round, except in the corners of the hexagon where you make 3 sc in the same stitch, ( this will be the middle stitch of 3sc in top of each petal). Join with slip stitch to first sc. Bind off.
Out of the blue my son came up with this acupuncture comment … Pretty accurate!
I have never been ‘far’ enough to get to the blocking part. I had so much to learn. Still have. But my projects becoming more complicated, I was forced into the technique. Of course, Google is my friend and I have been surfing a lot to understand it and find the best way to correct cranky projects. However, it seems that blocking is good for all projects as it makes them smoother and softer.
Here are the results of my researches.
You will need:
blocking boards [flat boards]
Spray bottle with cool water (or basin full of cool water) or steam iron
WET – either you immerse your project in cool water, gently squeeze it out [don’t wring it out] and spread your piece out to the correct dimensions without distorting the direction of the stitches on the board(s), or you can pin the project first on the board(s) and then wet it down with a water-filled spray bottle. Either way, I mix my water with Soak, an eco-friendly rinse-free laundry soap deliciously scented[Lacey – combines spring blossoms with sweet bergamot creating a light yet alluring fragrance]. Let your project to dry completely before removing the pins. It can take a few days …
STEAM – pin your project on the blocking board(s). Hold the iron close to the fabric until convincingly damp. DO NOT touch the fabric with the iron [duh]. As with wet blocking, leave the pieces to dry.
My concern is – and I haven’t found the answer yet – if you offer one of your heavily blocked project to someone and the person washes it … what than?