snowtlanta slouchee

The coldest day of the year in sight, I quickly made myself a warm hat.  We may be in Hotlanta but in January-February we face from time to time a few days of ice and snow…

  • Lion’s Pride Woolspun Bulky #5 – 127 yd | 116 m in #149 charcoal.
  • Hook 7 mm
  • Pattern by Tammy from Posh Patterns – size 5T to Adult – mainly using extended single crochet and front & back posts for the border.

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photogenic hat

When Alyska was a very young little girl she had this wonderful multicolored cloche hat that she was wearing all the time.  And she attracted all kind of comments … and photographers.  We remember those Asian tourists in Amsterdam asked her to pose with her hat.  One day, the hat was no longer her favorite – probably because of the pink – but I kept this photogenic hat like a little treasure.

I found this beautiful vintage pattern on Honey! Crochet Patterns by Olivia with the idea to base myself on her patter to re-create Alyska’s photogenic hat.  Perhaps, this one is the closest pattern…

Photogenic hat.
Photogenic hat.

 

Lucas-the-Elf

I love making hats.

Following this newborn elf hat pattern from B. Hooked Crochet, I made one for my third-grand-son-soon-to-be-born: Lucas Georges.

I made the newborn version in a single color: ‘oatmeal #400’ from Lion Brand, using a 5.5 mm hook. It was quickly done … the technique is well explained on the video tutorial and it’s just a question of alternating DC and SC for 43 rows, starting from the bottom to the pompom.  As I was doing mine with a leftover of yarn, I reached 24 rows.

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don’t we hate it?

This will tell you who I am… My project was going to be a beanie hat for a friend of mine with cancer   I picked the color – turquoise – and since I had worked that pattern a few times, it was going to be a quick delivery.  Hell no!  First of all, I couldn’t find the instructions!  Secondly, I struggled with the magic ring.  So surfing online trying to put my hands on the pattern and a good magic ring video, I stumbled on this darling hat that I joked about on Facebook.  Well, the joke was that I was too young of a crocheteuse to jump into such a complicated design.  But this “cuello con capucha de osito a crochet” was sooo cute!

And here I am: frustrated with my initial project, I decided to take a detour of my idea and start this new hat. [my friend will get her hat, don’t worry!].

I love challenges but this one… The tutorial was in Spanish!!  [I am French speaking so the crochet in English is plenty enough] But I so wanted to do this!  You should see me going from the video, to a transaltion website trying to decode the stitches and get whatever this guapa was saying.  I soon realized that it was too much time consuming and scrollling down her YouTube page for more details, I suddenly got all the written explanations and a subtitled video!  Madre Mia!

Unfortunately that didn’t end my misery…  Look at my picture and you will understand why!!!  And this is the third time it happens  to me.  Si Señora!

Feel free to give me some advice otherwise I will have to learn Spanish for real!  Hopefully Helena will read this…

Charlies’ jester

When I saw this little jester, I immediately started one for Charlie.  It ended up super cute with a happy choice of color for a little boy.  I added a ‘Paint Splatter‘ to make it a little more original.  Unfortunately mother-daughter described the splatter as a bullet hole … So I don’t think that Charlie will ever wear it.  Still,  I am very proud of the result and love it. What about you?

Details of this chef d’oeuvre

  • Hook H or 5 mm
  • Plymouth Yarn Encore Chunky 75% acrylic 25% wool – Color 0389 Grey
  • Mainly DC’. One row puff stitch (based on 3 HDC) – single crochet to finish
  • Two pompons and a paint splatter for fun
  • How to video
  • And a website with a slightly different pattern with pictures.

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