Variation of a Cabbage Patch Hat

I had a rush request on etsy over the weekend for a halloween costume hat… I started it this morning on the commute train, and finished it on my lunch break, using an adaptation of my free Cabbage Patch Hat Pattern, here is what I ended up creating…

Crochet Hat, “Abby from NCIS”
Size 2TBlack Hat
Hook: Size H crochet hook
Yarn: Vanna’s Choice Soft, Black
Round 1: ch 3, join to form loop, ch 3, 11 dc
Round 2: 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 5-9: dc in each dc around.
Round 10: hdc in each dc around
Round 11: sc in each stitch around.

Making Pigtails
Cut 32 strands of yarn, 20 inches long. Tie a 10 inch string in the middle of the strands with a double knot.

Attaching Pigtails
Use the top loose string ends to join to the hat between rows 3 and 4, toward the back. Trim the pigtail so that it just reaches the shoulders, but don’t trim too even so it still looks realistic. Repeat for the other side!

Attaching Loose Bangs in the Front
Cut about 46 strands of yarn, 8 inches long. Tie two at a time to the front 16 stiches of row 7, and to every other stitch of row 8, the row underneath to add depth. (Do a loop tie, by holding the yarn in half, then using a crochet hook to pull the loop through, and drawing the two loose ends through the loop.) Trim the bangs very even, just barely above the child’s eyebrows.

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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.

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

Knitted Decoration Pumpkins

For my next knitted project I wanted to try following a pattern. I found this simple pattern, and finally had time to add the finishing touches!

You can find the free pattern here: Craftsy.com – Halloween Pumpkin
The only changes that I made were to use brown for the stem, instead of green, add the brown happy smile, and use 12mm Black Doll Eyes.

Swift Last Minute Birthday Gift


My girls, with two introverted parents, rarely get to attend parties of any kind. I try to get them to school events with some regularity, but when it comes to say birthday parties in the homes of people I don’t know well… they are too stressful for me, and emotionally draining, so that happens never. Until yesterday. I actually attended a party. But to cut a very long story short, I didn’t remember that I was supposed to bring a gift, until the night before as I was falling asleep. The next morning I hastily did a quick google search for “crochet toy”, and located a great idea for a fairy wand. Two hours later, with my mini masterpiece complete and wrapped, we hurried out the door, and arrived at the party only fifteen minutes late! Whew! The six year old birthday girl seemed to love her new fairy wand, my girls had a fun time, and I survived through the social ordeal.

The idea for the fairy wand is located here: Tangled Happy – Wands

The pattern is here: Tangled Happy – Stars

See the website above for the star pattern, make two of them. Then, there were no instructions after creating the stars, so this is what I did to make the fairy wand:

For the stick part of the wand I crocheted:
Round 1: Ch 2, 4 sc in 2nd ch from hook
Round 2 – 6: *1 sc in each sc* repeat
Round 6 and up: ch about a 100 I think
Then I grabbed a pencil, stuffed the eraser into the little tight tube I’d crocheted, and did knitting “cast on” stiches to attach the crocheted chain to cover the pencil, make the cast on stiches really tight and close, so you can’t see the pencil at all.

To attach the stars to the wand, I crocheted:
– Ch 10, sc into the back of the 10 chain stiches
– slip st through both stars, slip st all the way around, connecting them together
-stuff a little yarn or stuffing into the stars before doing the last slip stiches
– after the last slip st, ch 15, sc into the back of the 15 chain stiches
– Finish off. Weave ends into the star, out of sight.
– shove the pencil point first into the star, pull the edges down over the ‘cast on’ stiches, to completely hide the fact you used a pencil instead of a dowel rod :)
– use the two ties you made at the base of the star to tie it onto the pencil, I think I tied it twice, making really tight knots.

I was working at a frantic speed, and making things up as I go along, above instructions are from my hazy memory of yesterday morning, so hopefully it all makes sense.

Happy Crocheting!

Crochet Hooks On The Go!

I’ve been using a random assortment of mismatched hooks all these years, but they’ve served me well, I’ve been wanting to take all of them with me on the train in case I need a different size hook, which has happened to me several times, and I didn’t want to use a plastic case, so I made the below travel pouch. I know there are tons of patterns out there for a hook holder, but I just freehanded my own on the way home, since I had yarn and hooks but no computer to look up a pattern. It turned out nice, so I counted my stiches to put together this quick pattern for you!

Hook Holder
Round 1: ch 46
Round 2: sc in 2nd ch from hook, and every ch til end
Round 3: ch 1, turn, 1 sc in every sc across til end
Round 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11: Repeat round 3
Round 12: fold lengthwise, not quite in half, slip st edges together all the way around including the bottom to strengthen it.
Compartments: if you want the pouch in have two sections for stability, use a smaller hook to weave a string through the middle of the pouch to separate it into the two sections.
Weave in ends, done!
Note: If you need a larger pouch, either don’t put in sections and/or continue repeating round three til you get a width you like.

Hope that makes sense! Happy crocheting!

Winter Hats…not your typical summer project

a newborn hat I made for my niece, Addison Elaine!


This weekend I worked on over ten sewing projects, as well as deep cleaning most of the rooms in my house with my hubby. When I say ‘worked on’, I mean that some of the projects I finished, some I started, and some I just did a few more steps on, then left them for another day, which is sounds inefficient… but it’s not. I promise. One example is that I’m terrified of the iron, so I’ll let projects requiring an iron stack up until I have at least three, then I’ll heat up the hated thing, conduct my business with it, giving it as wide a berth as possible even while actually holding it, then put it back in the corner of the sewing room with relief. Several of my projects were waiting for an iron, but I didn’t have time or inclination to work on them right after their flattening, so they went back into the project drawer, because other things need to be finished first. Such as a crocheted hat for next winter. Which, admittedly doesn’t seem to be a priority, however I’m trying to get it into a package for my cousin’s new baby, sweet little Zoey!, with the pink-ish girl versions of the bibs I made the other day, and I’d love to get that all in the mail this week. And so, 11pm last night found me watching reruns of The Daily Show while putting all the finishing touches on a hat I’d crocheted on the train. It’s very similar to this hat I made last year:

a toddler hat I made for my daughter


The AMAZING free pattern for these adorable hats is found here: Defiknitely Patterns
Also you can download the pattern here: Best Toddler Earflap

The Fairy Princess Explorer

I saw a free crochet pattern for a crown (found here: Kid’s Crown Pattern), so I took some purple and pink yarn with me on the train, and followed the toddler size pattern, with a slightly larger hook, to make crowns for my girls.

The Pink Crown I Made for Meg

My 7-year-old liked it, but doesn’t play with it nearly as much as Kay. The newly crowned five year old, wearing her purple cat shirt, donned her purple crown, shrugged into her purple wings, draped on her purple necklace, then grabbed goggles AND a magnifying glass to do some exploring. My hubby almost got a candid pic of her closely examining every toy in the playroom, but she looked up at the last moment…

Kay, My Little Fairy Princess Explorer

A Rabbit for my Neighbor

My wonderful neighbors across from our new house have been so incredibly welcoming and helpful that I wanted to do something in return. I discovered that rabbits are their favorite, and made this kitchen towel as a Thank You…

I scrapbooked these free vintage ‘digital stamps’, a rabbit and a bunch of clover, with a humming bird, into a scene. Here is the free pattern I put together if you want embroidery this scene also, or change it up even more! A Rabbit for my Neighbor, free Pattern

Spring has Sprung!

Something I often do when I’m looking for something to embroidery is to do a search in google images for rubber stamps of the theme, for example “owl stamps” or “fairy stamps” and immediately you have tons of gorgeous and adorable outlines to print/trace/iron onto your project for embroidery. I was searching for new designs to embroidery onto reusable bags when I came across these little pixies with all the spring flowers, I had to make these into springy kitchen towels for my cheerful wonderful Aunt! Especially since her nickname for me is Little Sprite! I just mailed them off to her, and I hope she enjoys them…

Little Sprite Towels 2

Little Sprite Towels 1


The stamp, or “pattern outline”, was found here:
Paisley Pixie
Posie Pixie

(The term Sprite is a broad term referring to a number of preternatural legendary creatures. The term is generally used in reference to elf-like creatures, including fairies, and similar beings.)