Sunday, March 18, 2012

S(t)=h(t) = Spring time = Hat time!

So, it's spring time, and I prefer to work with extremely thin yarn at this point. For this hat, I used a cotton strand that was super thin, and so I bought two balls of yarn, and put the two strands from each ball together to make one thicker strand, but it's still not so thick that it's heavy. I apologize because I threw the wrapper away, and I can't remember the brand name. However, the yarn is so thin that it's perfect for making doilies, and the needle I used is a #5 Steel Crochet Hook 5-Size 7
This is a photo of the actual yarn and needle I used. I had chained 6 at the point in the photo.

$1 online: Boye's Crochet Hooks feature the preferred tapered throat and smooth rounded head. Precision-crafted quality assures a fine finish and accuracy of gauge."
Above is a pic of the two balls of yarn after I already crocheted the hat...I just took the picture.

The Pattern, kinda sorta...

Ch 6

Slip stitch in ch 1 to create a small circle.

DC 6 around the circle (repeat 2 x or until the circle starts to bend in the slightest)

To make a flat circle, increase by dc 2x in 1 stitch, dc 1 (repeat around until flat circle and return to 1 dc in each stitch)

Repeat until you have a flat circle about 7 in diameter. Below is a you tube video on how to dc decrease.

Dc decrease once every five stitches all the way around, so dc 5, decrease (dc decrease).

Crochet once in each stitch all the way around for about 10 rows

To make the brim:

begin to increase by 2 dc in 1 stitch every other stitch for one row. so, 2 dc in 1, 1 dc in 1 (repeat around) repeat until it gets wavier or you can decrease down to 1 in each stitch again to lessen the waviness of the brim.

United States standard crochet hook and knitting needle sizes

Millimeter range Knitting needle size Crochet hook size (letter) Crochet hook size (numeric)
2.25 mm 1 B 1
2.75 mm 2 C 2
3.25 mm 3 D 3
3.5 mm 4 E 4
3.75 mm 5 F 5
4 mm 6 G 6
4.5 mm 7 7
5 mm 8 H 8
5.5 mm 9 I 9
6 mm 10 J 10
6.5 mm 10.5 K 10.5
8 mm 11 L 11
9 mm 13 M/N 13
10 mm 15 N/P 15
12.75 mm 17
15 mm 19 P/Q
16 mm Q
19 mm 35 S
25 mm 50

Monday, March 5, 2012

High Fashion Crochet, Dedicated to Srimoon!

So, I was checking my email, and I received a beautiful comment/compliment regarding my neglected blog. I was inspired to scour the web for more inspiration before going to bed tonight. I do love this blog, but I recently quit job hunting after snagging an awesome gig as a lab aide in a microbiology lab! Also, Statistics has been kicking my butt! However, there is no must always make time for crochet! Here's a cool link to a site that has an abundance of flower patterns for don't have to make a whole new sweater, you can just spruce up an old sweater or cardigan to start! If you feel ambitious, here's a free sweater pattern link: click here for Crochet central sweater patterns FREE!!! One more thing: Skip To my lou-Click here for the most beautiful crocheted flowers, I've found all night!

The cute, matching frock is to die for! I just love outrageously feminine stuff like this. These came from Elle Magazine...I must admit, 2010, but who's crochet!

I found all of the above pics by going to (google france) and searching "fashion crochet".  The selection only differs slightly, but I am inspired by the dress in the top center, and the one at the bottom center.