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Long Fingerless Gloves for Me

These gloves are my own design from start to finish. I have a new book of 300 Crochet Stitches. This is where I found the stitches I used here (specifically, the Spike CLuster Stitch is on page 35.). I really like this book for design reference.

They are made with bamboo yarn, which is very soft stuff. The downside of this yarn is that it is made up of a cluster of very thin threads (like sewing thread) that separate easily. You have to be careful not to poke your hook into the middle of the yarn. When you do, single threads get pulled and it looks very messy. Just about the only thing to do to fix it, is to pull your work out to the point where the problem is and rework it.

As before, I have to say that these were made very specifically for my tiny little hands, and you will have to be able to measure yourself and gauge it up as needed.

The Pattern
Yarn: bamboo, 2 skeins navy, 1 skein white (50 grams ea skein)
Hook: H/5 mm

Start with navy yarn, ch 30, join to form ring.
Row 1: ch 1, sc in first and in ea ch around to end, join to first st with sl st. (30 sc)
Row 2: ch 1, sc in first st and in ea st around to the end, join to first st with sl st. (30 sc)
Row 3: repeat row 2
Row 4: repeat row 2
Row 5: repeat row 2
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Blue Clusters with Black Boa Cap

This one was a big pain. My attempt to just make it up as I went along resulting in pulling the thing out several times before it came anywhere near working. Here is what I got in the end.

Yarn: Royal blue microspun (Lion brand), and black boa
Hook: H/5 mm
finished measurement: 21″ around edge, 7.5″ long

Start with just the microspun. Ch 4, join to form ring
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Kid & Baby Beanies with Fun Fur

I wanted to make a smaller version of the beannie for kids. I’m making lots of hats for holiday gifts and there are kids in the family, and I think the adult sized hat is probably too big for a 4 year old (for example).

Using a shiny pale yellow baby yarn (I’m sure my mother used this to make baby dresses). Make the first 5 rows as normal and then stop increasing stitches there at 50 sts. Add pastel rainbow fun-fur to row 10 (all dc), and row 11 (all sc), then add one more row of sc without the fun-fur.

This hat is in the middle of the top row in the picture. The hat in the upper right corner is a purple version of same yarns. The fun-fur is a pink, blue, and purple pastel varigation. The one in the lower right is the same combo (white base and red fun-fur) as I described in my post on 10/8/06.

The two in the lower left are like the above, but with stripes instead of fun-fur (Inspired by the boy beannie from the Happy Hooker book, page 125.)
Rows 1 – 9 as described above.
Row 10 is a contrast color (CC) of sc in back loops around.
Row 11 is in the main color (MC) again, also sc in back loops around.
For Rows 12 & 13, repeat rows 10 & 11.

The regular adult sized beanie measures 7.5″ from crown to rim, and 22″ around the rim edge. This smaller version measures 6″ x 19″. And even though it doesn’t measure much smaller it seems like it would only fit a baby or toddler. Oh, and it only takes about an hour or so to make one of these.

Super Soft Plum Cap

Book: Fabulous & Flirty Crochet, page 78.

I got this new crochet book from my friend Artana. And since I’ve been making lots of hats, I go straight to the hat patterns in here.

I used a black micro-spun for the base yarn and a plum colored Zucca, which is a pretty thin strand with lots of soft fluffy stuff hanging off of it like flags. I made the pattern as described here, except that I don’t have stripes in the colors of yarn, it’s just solid. I had to work it mostly by feel because I couldn’t really see the stitches in the lumpy yarn.

The resulting cap is super soft and probably fairly warm. The lesson learned here is that a pattern with interesting things going on is lost in this sort of lumpy yarn. It’s pretty pointless. I could have just done it in a very basic beanie style and you wouldn’t be likely to notice much difference.

Lessons in the use of Chenille Yarn

I tried to make another version of the fall hat (Book: Happy Hooker, page 134.). This time I tried it with a thin chenille yarn. It sort of worked, but I wasn’t at all happy with it. Lessons learned: 1) chenille seems to only look good when crocheted tightly. Loose stitches just look terrible. 2) Hook size has more to do with the resulting size of your work than the yarn size.