Celtic Triangles Crochet

I saw this AMAZINGLY CUTE and super easy free pattern for a celtic knot triangle at the blog Happy Berry Crochet, and knew I had to make one! And I knew just what to use it for! My daughters have my tiny hands, and they do a lot of the kitchen cleaning as part of their chores, I thought these would be perfect as little scrubbing pads for the counters, the table, the oven, you name it!

I ran out and bought some Sugar and Cream dish cloth yarn (with a coupon, of course), and proceeded to make a small army of these little celtic knots. They are way cuter than the square wash clothes I was making, and don’t take any extra amount of effort! YAY!

crochet triangles

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Crocheted Rainbow Bracelet

Just wanted to quickly share this little bracelet that I made for Kaylee in rainbow colors…

Rainbow Bracelet Crochet Pattern
Gather the rainbow in embroidery floss:
Red
Orange
Yellow
Green
Blue
Purple/Indigo

Starting with red, chain until you have the right size for the wearer
Still with red, sc in second chain from hook, and in every chain to the end
Sc a row in each color until you have completed the rainbow.
Tie the ends into a secure knot!

Spring Time Hat!


My daughter recently asked me to make her a new hat, so she picked out the yarn, and I got started. I was going to make an earflap hat like I’ve done in the past, and I had it nearly finished, when I decided that she needed a different look, not only because she is growing up, but because spring is coming! So I took apart all my work and started from scratch. I made this pattern based on a conversation that I had on the train with another crocheter, and I LOVE how it turned out!

Ready for Spring Brimmed Hat
This pattern made a good hat for my almost eight year old.
Warning – I used VERY chunky yarn, and I crochet loosely.
Yarn Used: Deborah Norville Serenity Chunky Yarn
Hook Size: H hook
Round 1. Ch 4, join to form loop, ch 3, 11 dc in loop, join
Rounds 2 – 6. Ch 3, 2 dc in same stitch, *skip next dc, 3 dc in next dc* repeat from * to end, join at end.
Rounds 7 – 8. Ch 3, 2 dc in same stitch, *skip next two dc, 3 dc in next dc* repeat from * to end, join at end.
Round 9 – 10. Ch 1, sc in each st around, join at end
Round 11. Ch 2, dc in each st around, join at end
Here is where it gets tricky to make the slight bill/brim, bear with me…
Round 12. Ch 1, sc in next 22 st, in next st *3 dc, skip 1 stich* repeat from * 6 times, sc in remaining 22 st
Round 13. Slip stich in each sc to bill, work a sc in each dc stich, then slip stich the remainder around.
Weave ribbon through the double crochets from round 11, a tie the ends into a bow near the front

Crocheted Boot Cuffs

I had:
-some extra yarn in my backpack from a project
-no project to work on during a 45 minute train ride
-and a cold draft rushing down my boots
Which birthed this quick/easy/messy pattern:

With 1st Color, ch 43, (or a ch that fits around you midcalf)
Round 1: dc in 3rd from hook, dc in back of each ch (there will be a ‘split’ at bottom)
Round 2: join 2nd color, slip st in very first dc, ch 3, dc in each dc around
Round 3-10: pick up next color, ch 2, dc in each dc around
(add more rows if needed, until the piece reaches your needs.)
Use a tapestry needed to weave in ends, and fix slit in the bottom.
Ch 100 or so, and weave the chain though the top to tie into a bow around your leg.

Crocheted Fruit Cozy

My fruit was getting bashed up in my backpack, simple solution, make a fruit cozy!

Fruit Cozy
Start: Ch 4, join to form a loop
Round 1: ch 3, 9 dc in loop, join
Round 2: ch 2, 2 dc in each dc, join
Round 3: ch 2, 2 dc the 1 dc around, join
Round 4-6: ch 2, 1 dc in each dc, join
Round 7: slip st in each dc around
-to make it striped, switch colors at the beginning of each round.

Rainbow Scarf with Hearts

After the rainbow scarf I made for Kay, Meg said she wanted one too! To keep them separate, I crocheted hearts on the end of this one.

The pattern can be found at my post: Rainbow Scarf

Custom Water Glasses, Take 2!

I’m trying to get our family to drink more water! And after the last time I tried to create actual custom water glasses, and failed, I decided that instead of making a certain glass designated for water, I’d make something to mark any glass/cup.

Quick Glass Marking Band
ch 28, join to form loop
slip st in back loop of each ch
weave in ends

Now each member of the family can get a glass down, mark it with their band, place it on the glass tray next to the sink, and use it all day – this way not every cup in the house is dirty and strewn about the house! We are loving it so far!

All Sizes of Cabbage Patch Hat

Lately the only project I’ve been working on are cabbage patch doll hats, LOTS of them, this photo only shows some of the hats I’ve made over the last few weeks. I’m not sure why the hats suddenly became so popular, but it was great timing for me since I needed new shoes and didn’t have the money to buy them!

In crocheting that many hats I finished tweaking my pattern , and have one for each age now. The differences are in bold:

Cabbage Patch Doll Hat
Size 3-6 Month
Hook: Size H crochet hook
Yarn: Vanna’s Choice Soft
Round 1: ch 3, join to form loop, ch 3, 8 dc
Place a “marker yarn” in a different color to keep track of rounds.
Round 2: 2 dc each dc around. (10 sets of 2)
Round 3: *2 dc in next dc, dc in next 2 dc*, repeat from * around.
Round 4-7: dc in each dc around.
Round 9: sc in each dc around, 1 slip st.
turn the hat inside out, slip st into last sc made, then start loop stitch
Round 10-13: loop stitch in each stitch around.
Round 14: sc in each stitch around.

Making Pigtails
For the pigtails, cut 50 strands of yarn, 15 inches long. Tie a 10 inch string in the middle of the strands with a double knot. Comb pigtail with fingers to straighten it out. Cut a piece of yarn 10 inches long, tie with a double knot three inches from the top of pigtail, let ends hang to become part of the hair. Cut a piece of yarn five inches long, tie with a double knot one inch from the first hair tie, let ends hang to become part of the hair.

Attaching Pigtails
Use the top loose string ends to join to the hat between rows 3 and 4. Trim the pigtail one inch down from the second hair tie. Tie a 12 inch ribbon bow over the mess you made in joining. Repeat for the other side!

Cabbage Patch Doll Hat
Size 6-12 Month
Hook: Size H crochet hook
Yarn: Vanna’s Choice Soft
Round 1: ch 3, join to form loop, ch 3, 10 dc
Place a “marker yarn” in a different color to keep track of rounds.
Round 2: 2 dc each dc around. (11 sets of 2)
Round 3: *2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc*, repeat from * around.
Round 4: *2 dc in next dc, dc in next 2 dc*, repeat from * around.
Round 5-8: dc in each dc around.
Round 9: sc in each dc around, 1 slip st.
turn the hat inside out, slip st into last sc made, then start loop stitch
Round 10-13: loop stitch in each stitch around.
Round 14: sc in each stitch around.

Making Pigtails
Cut 50 strands of yarn, 15 inches long. Tie a 10 inch string in the middle of the strands with a double knot. Comb pigtail with fingers to straighten it out. Cut a piece of yarn 10 inches long, tie with a double knot three inches from the top of pigtail, let ends hang to become part of the hair. Cut a piece of yarn five inches long, tie with a double knot one and half inches from the first hair tie, let ends hang to become part of the hair.

Attaching Pigtails
Use the top loose string ends to join to the hat between rows 4 and 5. Trim the pigtail one inch down from the second hair tie. Tie a 12 inch ribbon bow over the mess you made in joining. Repeat for the other side!

Cabbage Patch Doll Hat
Size 2T
Hook: Size H crochet hook
Yarn: Vanna’s Choice Soft
Round 1: ch 3, join to form loop, ch 3, 11 dc
Place a “marker yarn” in a different color to keep track of rounds.
Round 2: 2 dc each dc around. (12 sets of 2)
Round 3: *2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc*, repeat from * around.
Round 4: *2 dc in next dc, dc in next 2 dc*, repeat from * around.
Round 5-8: dc in each dc around.
Round 9: sc in each dc around, 1 slip st.
turn the hat inside out, slip st into last sc made, then start loop stitch
Round 10-13: loop stitch in each stitch around.
Round 14: sc in each stitch around.

Making Pigtails
Cut 50 strands of yarn, 15 inches long. Tie a 10 inch string in the middle of the strands with a double knot. Comb pigtail with fingers to straighten it out. Cut a piece of yarn 10 inches long, tie with a double knot three inches from the top of pigtail, let ends hang to become part of the hair. Cut a piece of yarn five inches long, tie with a double knot one and half inches from the first hair tie, let ends hang to become part of the hair.

Attaching Pigtails
Use the top loose string ends to join to the hat between rows 4 and 5. Trim the pigtail one inch down from the second hair tie. Tie a 12 inch ribbon bow over the mess you made in joining. Repeat for the other side!

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Frequently Asked Questions
It seems several people have similar questions in the comments, so before commenting please review this FAQ section to see if it has your answer…

IN AN ADULT SIZE, OR ANY LARGER SIZE
You can use ANY beanie pattern, simply google “free crochet beanie hat pattern”, then add the front loops and longer pigtails. Hope that helps :)

A HAT TO BUY
I don’t make the hats anymore since I’ve got too busy these days, however there are still MANY people on etsy.com making them. I have noticed the hats this crafter makes are extremely similar to the ones I made: https://www.etsy.com/listing/249240073/crochet-cabbage-patch-wig-brown-cabbage?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=Cabbage%20Patch%20Hat&ref=sc_gallery_1&plkey=ecd5a156062767da86db25ae3cdb9189c6a036f5:249240073
Good luck finding a good one! :)

THE YARN
I don’t use wool, I use ONE skein of acrylic Baby Yarn (Vanna’s Choice from joanns.), it is “Size 4” yarn, also known as Worsted Weight yarn. This chart might help: http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/weight.html.
One skein of yarn is sufficient, I often have a little yarn left over. Unless I’m making a 4T, in which case I have perfectly barely enough to make one hat.

THE HOOK
It seems an H hook is also known as a 5mm.

THE LOOP STITCH
There are many crochet videos on YouTube to learn the loop stitch. Happy Crocheting ♥

A KNITTED VERSION
You can use ANY beanie pattern, simply google “free knitted beanie hat pattern”. To add the front loops you can search “knitted loop stitch” on YouTube, then add the pigtails like I say in my pattern. Hope that helps :)

TO SHARE THIS PATTERN
This is a free pattern I made for my friend’s daughter, and you are free to share it with whoever would love it! Also, by all means print as many copies as you need to for making hats to donate. Also, feel free to use the pattern to make hats to sell, I hope you make lots of money! Enjoy! :)

Food Dispensing Cat Toy

A long time ago I read an article about how cats need to be allowed to hunt for their food, using purchased or homemade food dispensing toys, and I’ve always been intrigued by the idea. You can read more about that here: The Benefits of Using Puzzle Feeders for Cats

My cats already like to chew and play with yarn since I’ve made yarn cat toys before, so I freehanded this on the train yesterday… when I got home and pulled it from my backpack my hubby stated the obvious. “That looks like a turd.” I do agree, the choice of color was unfortunate, however it was just scrap yarn I grabbed as I left the house to catch the train.

Although this worked exactly as I wanted it to, I plan to make a new one when I have time again, in a different color, and perhaps a lot less tapered…. In the meantime, here is the pattern I came up with:

Food Dispensing Cat Toy

Stick
R1: ch 3, join to form loop, ch 1, 5 sc in loop, join
R2: ch 1, 2 sc in each sc around, including 1st ch 1
(crochet rows 1 and 2 tightly, as these will be the food holder)
R3 – R13: place marker, 1 dc in each stich around
R14: *1 dc, 1 invisible dc decrease*, repeat from * around
R15 – R20: 1 triple crochet in each stich around
R21: 1 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc, sc in each stich around
R22: *1 sc, 1 invisible sc decrease*, repeat from * around

Food Cage
Ch 3, join to form loop, Ch3, 4 triple crochet, leave a long tail

To Attach
Use your thumb to push in the top of the stick to row 4 (to form a small hollow)
Use the long tail of the food cage to sew it over the top of the hollow.

To Use
Push piece of cat food or treats through the triple crochet ‘bars’.
Leave one piece half out, then get your cat’s attention by letting him sniff it.
My cat loved it! He was playing with it all night to get a snack when he was hungry.

Christmas Bunny

I wanted to briefly share the silly gift that I made for my hubby this year. We sometimes use facebook chat to communicate when a phone is unavailable, and my husband uses this set of ‘stickers’ within facebook chat. They are drawings of a very expressive bunny, and although it’s childish we both enjoy them. I hit on the idea to try to crochet the facebook bunny. I searched around for a bunny pattern that might work, and I found it at the blog AmiguruMEI.

I of course made some alterations, attempting to capture the magic that is the comical facebook bunny. I think I came close, and my husband got a good laugh, so it was worth the effort.

Fairy Kittens for Christmas


I’ve always been enchanted with the idea of a fairy kitten with little wings, and so when I came across a crochet kitten pattern it sparked the idea to make one with wings! That pattern turned out to not be what I was looking for, exactly, so I searched around, I prefer to have a pattern base so that I’m not wasting time, or feel like I’m reinventing the wheel, but I could not find exactly what I was looking for, and then realized that it doesn’t matter for this project, basic head, body, leg shapes will do, so I adapted the pattern from the blog Bethsco, and then I got the butterfly wings from here: By Hook by Hand – Butterflies
Kitty Headband
leave long tail
ch 4, join to form loop
*ch 7, slip st in loop*
repeat from * 4 times around
leave long tail
secure to cat as a headband

Cabbage Patch Hat Pattern Improved

I got an order through etsy for a cabbage patch hat like the first one I made (see the first hat, and learn the loop stich, by clicking here: Cabbage Patch Hat), however when I went to try to follow my own pattern, I had difficulty. First, the hat came out too small, I fixed that by using a head size chart I found at Crochet Geek. Also, I discovered that I hadn’t noted how I bound the pigtails! So here is my much improved pattern!

Cabbage Patch Doll Hat
Hook: Size H crochet hook, my go-to size!
Yarn: Vanna’s Choice Soft, Rust color
Size 6-12 Month
Round 1: ch 3, join to form loop, ch 3, 9 dc, join to ch 3
Round 2: Ch 2, 1 dc in ch spot, 2 dc each dc around. Place a “marker yarn” in a different color to keep track of rounds.
Round 3: *2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc, repeat from * around.
Round 4: *2 dc in next dc, dc in next 2 dc, repeat from * around.
Round 5-8: dc in each dc around.
Round 9: sc in each dc around, 1 slip st.
turn the hat inside out, slip st into last sc made, then start loop stitch
Round 10-13: loop stitch in each stitch around.
Round 14: sc in each stitch around.

For the pigtails, cut 50 strands of yarn, 15 inches long. Tie a string in the middle of the strands, use the string ends to join between rows 3 and 4. Use a few of the other strands to secure the pigtail well. Comb pigtail with fingers to straighten it out. Cut a piece of yarn 10 inches long, tie with a double knot three inches from the top of pigtail, let ends hang to become part of the hair. Cut a piece of yarn five inches long, tie with a double knot one inch from the first hair tie, let ends hang to become part of the hair. Trim the pigtail one inch down from the second hair tie. Tie a 12 inch ribbon bow over the mess you made in joining. Repeat for the other side!

Blocking Crochet

Just wanted to mention that when I made the crochet fruit the other day, I decided to ‘block’ them, and while I was at it I did the fall leaves I made last month too. It’s been a long time since I blocked anything, but the process is simple enough, soak the item in water for about a half hour, then pull it into shape, and stick pins in in to force the shape, even after it’s dry again. Blocking on a fluffy towel has the benefit of both giving something for the pins to stick into, and soaking up the excess water as the item dries. My mother often used starch when blocking, but even as a teen I didn’t like the stiff feeling that gave my work, and now that I’m shunning most chemicals these days, an extra aerosol can around the house seems counterintuitive. So, I used water only, and for this project, it worked just fine!

Cabbage Patch Hat, Again!

I was commissioned to make another cabbage patch doll hat, this time for a 6 month old, and with loose pigtails, fringe bangs, in blonde!

Cabbage Patch Doll Hat
Hook: Size H crochet hook, my go-to size!
Yarn: Vanna’s Choice Soft, Duckie color

Size 6 Month
Round 1: ch 3, join to form loop, dc 10, join to first dc
Round 2: Ch 2, 2 dc each dc around. Place a “marker yarn” of a different color to keep track of rounds.
Round 3: *2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc, repeat from * around.
Round 4: *2 dc in next dc, dc in next 2 dc, repeat from * around.
Round 5-11: dc in next dc around.
Round: sc in each dc around.
Round: slip st in each sc around.

For the fringe bangs, cut strands of yarn 5 inches long. Tie two at a time to the front 16 stiches, and a few stiches sporadically underneath to add depth. (Do a loop tie, by halving the yarn, using a crochet hook to pull the loop through, and drawing the two loose ends through the loop.)

For the pigtails, cut 30 strands of yarn, 12 inches long. Tie a string in the middle of the strands, use the string ends to join between rows 3 and 4, about 3 stiches back from the last bang stiches. Use a few of the other strands to secure the pigtail well. Tie a 12 inch long ribbon bow over the mess you made in joining. Repeat for the other side!

My Halloween Costume – Part 3 – Fruit Jewelry

I really wanted to try my hand at making the popular ‘real fruit jewelry’, using these Fruit Jewelry Guides: eHow, Garden Guides, Carrot Museum
The basics seem to be to slice fruit really thin, then put it in the dehydrator and spray with sealer every so often. However, all the sealer/shelac that I could find seemed rather toxic, and I don’t want to ruin my expensive dehydrator. Not to mention running the thing for three days, what a waste of electricity!

So instead I decided to crochet some slices of fruit for my costume… I could not find any patterns, so I winged it. I tried to write out my stiches as I went, and I’m not sure how well I did, so if you decide to try the patterns below, perhaps use them as a guide only, trusting your better judgment to make them work :)

Apple
Fruit, cream, DMC Floss #739 Ultra Very Light Tan
-ch 6, sc in second sc from hook, and in each sc (5st)
-ch 1, twist slightly and sc along the bottom of the chain (5st)
-ch 1, twist slightly and sc along the top of the sc line (5st)
-ch 1, twist slightly and sc along the bottom of the sc line, and 2 sc, 2 sc in sc, sc in sc, sc in sc
-ch 1, 2 sc in ch, ch 1, *sc in sc, then 2 sc in sc*, repeat from * around
-ch 1, 2 sc in ch, 1 sc in 3, 2 sc in sc
-ch 1, 2 sc in ch, 4 sc, 3 hdc, 4 dc, 2 sc along “top”
-4 dc, 4 hdc, 4 sc, 1 slip st
Peel, red, DMC Floss #814 Dark Garnet
-join red with slip st, start at “bottom” go one row of sc around, tossing in 2 sc in one st every 4 spaces or so
-3 slip st at the top of the apple, instead of sc.
Stem, brown, DMC Floss #632 Ultra Very Dark Desert Sand
-ch 5, sc in second ch from hook, sc in last 3 spaces
Leaf, DMC Floss #699 Christmas Green
-ch 5, sc in second ch from hook, sc in last 3 spaces

Cherry
Fruit, red, DMC Floss #814 Dark Garnet
-ch 2, 6 sc in second ch from hook
-2 sc in each sc (12st)
-*sc in sc, 2 sc in sc*, repeat from * around
Stem, brown, DMC Floss #632 Ultra Very Dark Desert Sand
Join brown with ch, ch 3, sc in second and third ch from hook
Leaf, DMC Floss #909 Very Dark Emerald Green
Join green with ch, ch 3, sc in second and third ch from hook

Kiwi
Fruit, green, DMC Floss #3346 Hunter Green
-ch 2, 6 sc in second ch from hook
-1 sc in each sc, slip st to join (6st)
-join green with ch 1, 2 sc in each sc, slip st to join (12st)
-ch 1, *2 sc in sc, 1 sc in sc*, repeat from *around, slip st to join
-ch 1, sc in each sc around, slip st to join
-ch 1, sc in each sc around, slip st to join
Peel, brown, DMC Floss #839 Dark Beige Brown
Join brown with slip st, ch 1, sc in each sc around, slip st to join

Lemon
Fruit, light yellow, DMC Floss #745 Light Pale Yellow
-ch 2, 6 sc in second ch from hook
-1 sc in each sc, slip st to join (6st)
-join green with ch 1, 2 sc in each sc, slip st to join (12st)
-ch 1, *2 sc in sc, 1 sc in sc*, repeat from *around, slip st to join
-ch 1, sc in each sc around, slip st to join
-ch 1, sc in each sc around, slip st to join
Peel, bright yellow, DMC Floss #726 Light Topaz
Join brown with slip st, ch 1, sc in each sc around, slip st to join

Pineapple
Peel, brown, DMC Floss #938 Ultra Dark Coffee Brown
-ch 11, sc in second ch from hook, and all chains across (10st)
-ch 1, turn, sc in each sc (10 st)
-ch 1, turn, slip st in each sc (10 st)
Fruit, yellow, DMC Floss #725 Topaz
-Join yellow with a ch 1, sc across
-sc in each row to top, doing 1 sc in the middle of every other row
Note: also sc in ch space to keep edges looking neat

Strawberry
Body, red, DMC Floss #666 Bright Christmas Red
-ch 7, sc in second ch from hook, and in each til end (6st)
-ch2, dc in the very first ch, dc in remaining stiches, (6st)
-At end of row do 5 hdc to form a “bottom”
-6 dc up the side to the “top”
-slip st all the way around
Stem, DMC Floss #699 Christmas Green
-ch 3, sc in second ch from hook, and in next ch (2st)
-ch 3, sc in second ch from hook, and in next ch (2st)
-ch 3, sc in second ch from hook, and in next ch, then slip st in very first ch

Watermelon
Peel, DMC Floss #904 Very Dark Parrot Green
-ch 11, sc in second ch from hook, and all chains across (10st)
-ch 1, turn, sc in each sc (10 st)
Peel, cream, DMC Floss #739 Ultra Very Light Tan
-join white with ch 1, turn, slip st in each sc (10 st)
Fruit, pink, DMC Floss #892 Medium Carnation
-Join pink with a ch 1, sc across
-sc in each row to top, doing 1 sc in the middle of every other row
Note: also sc in ch space to keep edges looking neat