Cheeky Little Monkey Hat

Crochet monkey Hat free patternThank you to everyone who left such lovely messages wishing Carter a happy birthday.  He had a great day,  and the next day had a wee party with some of his cousins which he really enjoyed. There were a couple of requests for Carter’s crochet monkey hat, so here it is:

Use a chunky yarn (I used 12 ply wool which is very soft and un-prickly) and a 6mm hook, this makes a quick and warm hat which can be customized in any number of ways.  This is the third year I have made this hat for Carter – but the first time its looked like a monkey!  Ive also made the same hat for Maia, so its gender neutral.

You could make this hat in a lighter yarn, but you will need to make more rounds at the beginning- just follow the pattern outlined below  and continue until the hat is the right size.

Crochet Monkey Hat:

12 ply yarn in dark brown, lighter brown, white and a small amount of black.

6mm hook.

Round 1: Make a magic circle and chain 2, half double crochet (HDC) 7 x into the circle and pull tight, join to top of chain 2 (8).

Round 2: Chain 2 (counts as first HDC here and throughout), HDC into same stitch, 2 HDC into  every stitch around, join to top of chain 2 (16).

Round 3: Chain 2, 2HDC into next stitch. 1HDC into next stitch, 2HDC into next stitch around, join to top of chain 2 (24).

Round 4: Chain2, HDC in next stitch, 2HDC in next, *HDC in next 2 stitches, 2HD in next stitch*, repeat between * and * around, join to top of chain 2 (32).

Round 5: Chain2, HDC in next two stitches, 2HDC in next, *HDC in next 3 stitches, 2HD in next stitch*, repeat between * and * around, join to top of chain 2 (38).

Round 6: Chain2, HDC in next three stitches, 2HDC in next, *HDC in next 4 stitches, 2HD in next stitch*, repeat between * and * around, join to top of chain 2 (44).

Check the hat for size- it should be ALMOST as big as the head- no bigger.  If you need to add another round following the same pattern. Obviously if you are making a smaller hat you will need to make it a round or two smaller.

Round 7 – 16 Chain 2, and then HDC into each stitch around, joining each round as you go.  At this point you want to make the hat as long as it needs to be – remembering there will be one more row around the entire hat which will add a little (about 1cm) length. Fasten off.

Ear Flaps:

Count 6 stitches from the centre back (where you just fastened off) and join your yarn onto the hat.

1. Chain 2, HDC in next 10 stitches, chain 2 turn.

2. HDC 2 together, HDC 5, HDC 2 together, chain 2 turn.

3. HDC 2 together, HDC 4, HDC 2 together, chain 2 turn.

4. HDC 2 together, HDC 3, HDC 2 together, chain 2 turn.

5. HDC 2 together, HDC 2, HDC 2 together, chain 2 turn.

6. HDC 2 together,  HDC 2 together, fasten off.

Count 12 stitches around front of hat, join yarn and repeat for ear flap 2.

Ears (Make 2). Note, these ears are not a circle – they are basically a half circle, so you only join on the first round:

1. Make a magic circle and chain 2, 6 HDC into the circle- pull tight and join.

2. Chain 2, HDC into the same stitch, 2 HDC into next 4 stitches, DO NOT JOIN, chain 2, turn.

3. HDC into same stitch, *HDC into next stitch, 2HDC into next stitch* repeat between * and * 4 times, DO NOT JOIN, fasten off.

Leave long end to sew onto hat with.

Muzzle: In lighter brown (this is also a half circle):

1. Make a magic circle, chain 2 and 6 HDC into the circle, pull tight and join into the top of chain 2.

2. Chain 2, HDC into the same stitch, 2 HDC into next 4 stitches, DO NOT JOIN, chain 2, turn.

3. HDC into same stitch, *HDC into next stitch, 2HDC into next stitch* repeat between * and * 4 times, DO NOT JOIN, chain 2, turn.

4. HDC into same stitch, *HDC into next stitch, 2HDC into next stitch* repeat between * and * 6 times, DO NOT JOIN, fasten off leaving long end to sew onto hat.

Eyes: Using white yarn make 2:

Make a magic circle and chain 2, 9 HDC into the circle, pull tight and join to top of chain 2. Fasten off leaving a long end.

Finishing:

Sew muzzle onto front centre of hat around the curved edge only.

Join contrasting colour to center back, chain 1 and single crochet around to center of first flap. Chain 31, sc in second chain from hook and in each stitch back along chain to flap, then in each stitch around front of hat (working to catch hat and muzzle together as you sc along front) to center of next ear flap. Chain 31, sc in second chain from hook and in each stitch back along chain to flap, then in each stitch around to center back of hat, join to starting chain and fasten off.

Position and sew eyes in place, and sew a black button into center of each.

Fold ear of edge over and sew each one in place (see photo for help). Embroider nose using black yarn.

Sew in all ends and that’s it you’ve finished a very cheeky little monkey hat!!!

Crochet monkey Hat free patternAs always, please let me know if you find any mistakes or need a hand with any thing 🙂 Lots of love, Janette xxxx

Little Hearty Hair Ties

Crochet Heart Hair Tie Free PatternIts February, so what can I say – hearts are everywhere!  I thought Id make some little heart hair ties for Maia.

These are made using the same pattern as my Heart Bunting, but with a 1.5mm hook and 3ply crochet cotton, so they are small and cute plus they work up quickly – probably about 20mins.

Heart Hair Ties

These are made with two hearts joined together- the first is attached to a hair tie – here’s how:

1. Make a magic circle and chain 3 then crochet 9 double crochets into the circle. Pull your circle tight and secure the round with a slip stitch between your first and last dc.

Crochet Heart hair tie free pattern2. Round 2: Double crochet 5 times into the first stitch, and once into the next stitch.  In the next stitch double crochet and catch your hair tie behind the stitch to hold it in place: Crochet Heart hair tie free patternWhen the stitch is finished the tie’s secured in place by the stitch.

Crochet Heart hair tie free pattern3. Double crochet into the next stitch then double crochet, triple crochet, double crochet into the next stitch. Double crochet into the next stitch, and when you double crochet into the following stitch catch you hair tie behind on the opposite side. Double crochet once into the next stitch, 5 double crochets into the next stitch. You should have one stitch left from the previous round- pop a slip stitch into it.

4. Round 3: Chain 1. Single crochet into next stitch, 2sc into each of next 3 stitches, sc into next 5 stitches, sc, double crochet, sc into next stitch (bottom of the heart), sc into next 5 stitches, 2sc into each of next 3 stitches, single crochet into last stitch. Slip stitch to finish the round, turn over and tie your ends together- this helps the heart form.

Crochet Heart hair tie free patternMake another heart (not attaching it to the hair tie), then holding your two hearts together (with the hair tie running in between the two) and right sides facing out, slip stitch around the outside – joining the two hearts together:

 Crochet Heart hair tie free patternSkip the stitch where the hair tie is passing through…

Crochet Heart hair tie free patternVoila…

Crochet Heart hair tie free patternA heart hair tie…

Crochet Heart hair tie free patternPretty cute…

Crochet Heart Hair Tie Free PatternAnd if you are like me you wont be able to stop at one…

Crochet Heart Hair Tie Free PatternIm sure there will be plenty more of these on my horizon…

As always, have fun!

Sending lots of love your way! Janette xx

Dianthus crochet yoke top

Crochet yoke top free patternJust finished…

Want to make one?  Here’s how – but a note first, this isnt a very detailed tutorial, so Im assuming you have good crochet and sewing skills to begin with and will just use this idea to invent your own creation!

Make an appropriate number of granny squares of your choice, which when sewn together fit around your chest (above your boobs not right over them!).  If you find the squares are not quite big enough you can add a row or two of single crochet either under the arms (to widen between two of the squares) or at the centre back. To give you an idea, this top is 8 squares around- the squares are approximately 11cm wide (I crocheted these in 8 ply cotton with a 4mm hook).

Crochet yoke top free patternCrochet shoulder straps.  These ones are 10 single crochet wide.  When you are happy with the length, attach to the squares. I then did a row of single crochet around the entire neck and straps (inside and out) and two rows of single crochet along the entire bottom of the yoke. This shot shows you the yoke complete before crocheting the single crochet around all the edges.

Crochet yoke top free patternCut the fabric for the body of your top to desired length and finish any raw edges (especially important if its cotton).  Join together up the centre back and lightly gather the top (pull through a running stitch to do this).

Crochet yoke top free patternPin your crochet yoke to the fabric to ensure its evenly gathered around.

Crochet yoke top free patternI chose to hand sew the yoke in place, but you could also machine sew it if you want to.

Crochet yoke top free patternI decided to finish the bottom of the top with a picot edge. To do this I did a blanket stitch (kind of) evenly around the bottom of the fabric and then crocheted a picot edge (1sc,2dc,1sc) into each blanket stitch around.

Crochet yoke top free patternCrochet yoke top free patternThat’s it, all done!

Crochet yoke top free patternPretty cute huh? Let me know if you make something similar- Id love to see what you come up with.

I wonder what the neighbours think when they see me wandering around the garden taking photos of clothes hanging from trees, pots and the fence 🙂

Crochet yoke top free patternJx

Doily Tutorial

Crochet Doily Tutorial

This is a doily with attitude…

Crochet Doily TutorialIts no shrinking violet, stashed away in a dusty corner… oh no, its definitely a doily looking to be the centre of attention!

The best part? Its made with a 4mm hook and 8ply cotton so its quick and easy to make – you just need to choose the colours.

Lets begin…

Crochet Doily Tutorial1. Start with a magic circle, then chain 2 and 7 Double Crochet (DC) into the circle, pull tight and join with a slip stitch (SS). (8DCs)

2. Chain(Ch) 2, DC into the same space. *Chain 1, 2DC into the next space*. Repeat between * and * around and join with a SS. (8 2DC pairs)

3. SS to the first Ch1 space. Chain 2, 2DC into the Ch1 space. *Chain 1, 3DC into next Ch1 space*. Repeat between * and * around (Chain 1) and join with a SS. Fasten off first colour. (8 3DC-1ch groups)

4. Join next colour in a Ch1 space. Chain 3, DC into same space, Chain 3. *DC-Chain1-DC into next chain 1 space, Chain 3*. Repeat between * and * around and join with a SS.

5. Chain 2, 2DC into the next Ch1 space. Chain 1, DC into Ch3 space. *Chain 1, 3DC into next Ch1 space, Chain 1, DC into next Ch3 space, Chain 1*. Repeat between * and * around and join with a SS.

6. *Chain 1, Single Crochet (SC) into next space (in between first 2 DCs on previous round), Chain 2, SC into next space (in between next 2 DCs- 2 and 3 of 3DC group), Chain 1, SC into next Ch1 space, SC into next Ch1 space.* Repeat between * and * around and join with a SS. Fasten off second colour.

7. Join new colour into a 2Ch space. Chain 2, DC into the same space, Chain 1, 2DC into the next CH1 space. Chain2, skip space between 2SCs, *2DC into next Ch1 space,Chain 1, 2DC into next Ch2 space, Chain 1, 2DC into next Ch1 space, Chain 2, skip space between 2SCs*. Repeat between * and * around, Chain 1 and 2DC in last 1Ch space, Chain 1 and join with a SS.

8. Chain 3, SC into space between next 2DC pair, Chain 2, 3 Half Double Crochet (HDC) into next Ch2 space, Chain 2. *SC into next Ch1 space, Chain 2, SC into next Ch1 space, Chain 2, 3HDC into next Ch2 space, Chain 2*. Repeat between * and * around and join with a SS.

9. SS into first Ch2 space. Chain 3, SC into next Ch2 space. * Chain 4, SC into next Ch2 Space, Chain 3, SC into next Ch2 space, Chain 3, SC into next Ch2 space*. Repeat between * and * around, Chain 4, SC into last Ch2 space, Chain 3, and join with a SS into starting chain. Fasten off.

10. Join new colour in the first of the two Ch3 spaces. Chain 3, SC into next Ch3 space, Chain 3, *4DC into next Chain 4 space, Ch3, SC into next Ch3 space, Chain 3, SC into next Ch3 space, Chain 3*. Repeat between * and * around to last Ch4 space, 4DC into space, Chain 3 join with a SS into starting chain.

11. SS into 2Ch space, Chain 2, DC into same space, Chain 3, *HDC into next 3Ch space, Chain 3 put 1 DC into each space between the next 3 DCs (three DCs made), Chain 3, HDC in next 3Ch space, Chain 3, 2 DC in next 3Ch space, Chain 3*. Repeat between * and * 6 more times. HDC in next 3Ch space, Chain 3, 1DC into each space between the next 3 DCs (three DCs made), HDC in next 3Ch space, Chain 3, join with a SS into the top of starting Ch2. Fasten off.

12. Join new colour between a 2DC pair. Chain 2, 2DC into the same space, Chain 2, SC into next 3Ch space, SC into next 3Ch space. *Chain 2, 2DC into first space between next 2DCs, Chain 2, 2DC in space between next 2DCs, Chain 2, SC in next Ch3 space, SC into next Ch3 space, Chain 2, 3DC in between next 2DCs, Chain 2*. Repeat between * and * around, SC in next Ch3 space, SC into last Ch3 space, Chain 2 and join with a SS. Fasten off.

13. Last round! Join new colour between a 2 SC pair next to a 3DC group. *SC in between the two SCs, SC in next Chain 2 space, Chain 3, SC in space between next 2 DCs, Chain 5, sc in space between next 2DCs, chain 3, SC in 2Ch space, SC between next space between SCs, Chain 3, SC in next 2 Ch space, HDC in next space between 2DCs, 4DCs in next 2Ch space, HDC in next space between 2 DCs, Sc in next 2Ch space* Repeat between * and * around and join with a SS to finish the round, fasten off.

Weave in all ends.  If its not sitting as flat as you would like either block it or if you are lazy like me lightly iron on the reverse side (put a hanky or tea towel between the doily and the iron).

That’s it, enjoy…

Crochet Doily TutorialSo bright and cheerful its sure to brighten a needy spot at your place!!

I want to say a huge thank you to three very talented ladies who tested this pattern for me (go and check out their blogs and see what they’ve been up to);

Barbina

Faith

Sonia

Thank you so much for patience with the pattern and giving me your really valuable feedback xx

Heart Bunting

Crochet Heart BuntingSuper cute heart bunting, just what every home needs!

Crochet Heart BuntingI searched around the internet for a heart shape I liked, round and perfect and hearty enough. Alas I couldnt find one… so I made one up instead.

These hearts are made with 8ply cotton and a 4mm hook.

1. Make a magic circle and crochet 10 double crochets into the circle. Pull your circle tight and secure the round with a slip stitch between your first and last dc.

Crochet Heart Bunting2. Double crochet 5 times into the first stitch, and once into each of the next three stitches. Double crochet, triple crochet, double crochet into the next stitch: Voila half a heart…

Crochet Heart BuntingDouble crochet once into each of the next three stitches, 5 double crochets into the next stitch. You should have one stitch left from the previous round- pop a slip stitch into it.

So this round goes:

5dc into first stitch, 1dc, 1dc, 1dc, 1dc-1tr-1dc into next stitch, 1dc, 1dc, 1dc, 5dc into next stitch, ss into last stitch, when you are done it should look like this:

Crochet Heart BuntingJoin your next colour into the ss and chain 1. Single crochet into next stitch, 2sc into each of next 3 stitches, sc into next 5 stitches, sc, double crochet, sc into next stitch (bottom of the heart), sc into next 5 stitches, 2sc into each of next 3 stitches, single crochet into last stitch. Slip stitch to finish the round, turn over and tie your ends together- this helps the heart form.

Crochet Heart BuntingRepeat as many times as you desire…

Crochet Heart BuntingCute aren’t they?? We had lots of fun playing with them just as hearts, in fact a few never made it onto the bunting. I also intend making some and sewing them onto some of Maia’s clothes as embellishment (or maybe to hide a small mark or tear?)… endless hearty possibilities!

Crochet Heart BuntingIf  your hearts don’t sit as flat as you would like give them a gentle iron on the reverse side (use a hanky or tea towel between your heart and the iron)

To make the bunting; chain 20 attach chain to your first heart using a ss, chain 6 attach with ss to the other side of your heart. I chained 10 between my hearts, but you can have them as far apart or as close as you like. Here’s a shot of the back so you can see where to join them to your chain.

Heart BuntingHang and enjoy…

Heart BuntingDon’t worry they aren’t living on the fence, but they did look nice. Especially in the late afternoon sun…

Heart Bunting Hope you are having a great week! Janette xx

Crochet Rose Ring Tutorial

I made another rose ring today, and I thought Id write a tutorial, so you can make one too.

Crochet Rose RingIt really is a very quick project!

Using yarn of your choice and a corresponding hook, chain 17. Double crochet in the fifth chain from the hook. Chain 1 DC into the same stitch. *Skip 1 chain, DC, Chain 1, DC int the next stitch*, repeat across your chain- you should end up with 7 DC-chain 1-DC pairs.

Crochet Rose RingTurn your work. Chain 3, DC 5 times, ss into the first chain 1 space. Sc into the next space.

DC 6 times, ss into the next chain 1 space. Sc into the next space.

DC 7 times, ss into the next chain 1 space. Sc into the next space.

DC 7 times, ss into the next chain 1 space. Sc into the next space.

DC 8 times, ss into the next chain 1 space. Sc into the next space.

DC 9 times, ss into the next chain 1 space. Sc into the next space.

DC 10 times, ss into the next chain 1 space. Sc into the last space. Fasten off leaving a long end.

Crochet Rose RingRoll up your rose, starting with the smallest petals in the middle and finishing with the largest petals on the outside.

Crochet Rose RingSew your rose together securing all petals using the long end.

Crochet Rose RingCrochet leaves, to do this all I did was join a green yarn and chain 10 then slip stitch it back into the starting chain, repeat for as many leaves as you like.  Tie your ends together, and then weave all ends in.Crochet Rose RingI brought a pack of rings from spotlight for about $4, they have a large surface with holes which makes them perfect for crochet embellishment.Crochet Rose Ring

Using a small needle and thread sew the rose to the ring:

Crochet Rose RingThat’s it, all done!

Crochet Rose RingIf a ring is not your thing, this would also make a nice brooch (not too big), or hair tie.  I made one for Maia, simply sew the rose securely to the hair tie before you weave in your ends.

Crochet Rose RingCute! A hair tie…

Crochet Rose RingOr a ring…

Rose ring crochetHave a rosy rest of your weekend!
Janette xoxo