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Crocheted Easter Egg - Amigurumi Style

I have many friends that celebrate Easter holiday. Every year I am invited to a house full of adults and kids, and all of us celebrate this holiday the Czech way. There is always a lot of food, a lot of games, and an egg decorating contest. All of us participate in this fun activity - and of course, we let the kids win.
Over the years I decorated eggs with crochet designs. But I never made a "stuffed crocheted egg amigurumi." I was going to design my own "Easter Egg," but my schedule is overloaded, and it would take me a long time. I needed to save time for my videotaping, editing, and uploading. I decided to google a pattern for a crocheted egg. I came across Kristi's website where she allowed people to use her "egg" pattern for their projects, including any free class or e-course or as part of a free pattern. She allows anyone to sell finished items made with her pattern as well, provided we all give her credit.
I contacted Kristi and told her about my video of "her egg." She was very gracious. You know, sometimes it takes a long time to finish just one project. I know, I have been in those shoes many times. So, I was delighted I could use "her egg pattern," because she saved me a lot of time. And so, YES, I will gladly give her credit and would like YOU to visit her WEBSITE (see a couple of links to her different stores in FAQ page) or her ETSY STORE - perhaps you will find there a toy pattern you would like to make.

I found her "egg" pattern clear and easy to follow - you can click HERE to see for yourself. And lastly, see links below if you are interested in crocheting along my very detailed video (sometimes it is too detailed, but I can't help myself - there is always a beginner crocheter on my mind.)


"Crocheted Easter Egg Video" for RIGHTIES IS HERE. If you are a LEFTIE then CLICK HERE. (FOR LEFTIES coming soon)

Material: 

  • In the video I used leftover self striping sock yarn
  • hook 3.00 mm
  • fiberfill
  • scissors


Enjoy making many of them in different colors for display or as a toy or a gift!


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See my many videos on my YouTube Channel HERE (you can load more videos at the bottom of my channel page) 

Other Crocheted Items you may want to check out

Bubble Gum Wrist Warmers
Crocheted Bonnet For a Newborn Princess
Cat Hat (adult size)
Crocheted Boobies, a.k.a. Knockers (prosthetics)
Crocheted Fingerless Gloves (adult)
Three Summer Crocheted Hats For Babies
Crocheted Spring Hat (youth/adult)
Crocheted Hat With Raised Design (Youth)
Chicken Placemat For Kids
Simple Crocheted Headband
Simple Crocheted Coasters

Knits you may enjoy checking out:


Reversible Knitted Holiday Scarf
Pink Simple Ankle Length Socks For Narrow Foot - Size US 6
Red Black Furry Shrug
Knitted Long Basic Mittens (adult)
Basic Knitted Fingerless Gloves (adult)
Knitted Striped Fingerless Gloves (adult)
Charcoal Hat With Rolled Up Edge (youth/adult)
Spring To Fall Lacy Hat (youth/adult)



Sideways Vest - Crochet Pattern

In the past couple of years, there has been a knitting and a crocheting movement. Suddenly a lost knit and crochet art has revived. As much as Knitting and Crocheting are a craft, they are also an art. They require an application of thinking and creativity. And I cannot stress enough how wonderful it is for the brain. On many occasions, knitters and crocheters must concentrate - make parts of their brain that were used only on an occasion work more often, thus preventing the brain cells from dying.

That said, let me present you another project you can work on - a "SIDEWAYS CROCHETED VEST". This garment is simple to make, but you will have to concentrate on just a couple of parts - on the first row, and then on the two armhole areas. Other than that all the other rows are just a repetition of one row. It crochets quite fast, because of the medium worsted yarn and 5 mm hook, and it doesn't look all that chunky because it has a lacy look to it.

If you are a visual crocheter, you can crochet along my very detailed videos: the "Vest video," and the "Edging video" - each for righties, and lefties too.

Videos for the righties:
The "Vest Video" is HERE
The "Edging Video" is HERE (coming soon)

Videos for the lefties:
The "Vest Video" is HERE
The "Edging Video" is HERE (coming soon)

Note: Most of the time I work as fast as I can to keep up with knitting and crocheting requests. I have to videotape, edit videos, then convert them & upload them to my channel. After that often I post on my blog patterns. I answer many questions, which means that often I work up to 16 hours a day. I would tremendously appreciate IF anyone of you finds an error in the written pattern, to please, let me know - where (what rows) and what may be the problem. Many future knitters & crocheters from our artsy and crafty virtual world will thank you for your good deed, including myself.

Let me know by clicking HERE, and I will fix it as soon as I get to it. You can PM me on my FB Page HERE as well. Txs!



Materials:
about 4 (or more) balls of yarn that is medium weight #4 - depending on the size of the vest; I used more than 1/2 of the big ball by Loops & Thread, Impeccable, color your choice (mine was Aran); 14 oz/396 g;  858 yds/784 m; 
Hook size 5.00 mm
Scissors



Size:
Medium - measurements of entire rectangle lying flat: width 40", length (top to bottom) 20"

Note: You can adjust this pattern to any size quite easily - add or take away a multiple of 10 stitches, and/or multiple of 2 rows - see Gauge and the image of the graph I made for you.


Gauge:
40" 20" = 105 chain sts  x  55 rows = vest length  x  vest width
2" x 1.5" = 10 stitch repeat  x  2 rows
Note: Use this gauge (or determine your gauge from your own swatch) to adjust the length and width of your vest


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Abbreviations:
ch - chain
dc - double crochet
sc - single crochet
YO - yarn over
puff - YO 3x into same stitch, then YO and pull yarn through 7 loops on the hook
join - join with a slip stitch
prev. - previous
turn - turn to start new row


Step-by-Step

For symmetry and continuity work on a multiple of 10 sts + 5 sts.
Row 1 is a set up row. Row 2 is a repeat row.

Close up of the repeated pattern


FRONT #1

Foundation - ch105

Row 1           1dc into 5th ch from hook, 1 dc into each 4 consecutive chains, skip 4 chains, make 1 dc into 5th ch, then 4 chain sts, *[make 1 dc into each 5 consecutive chain sts, skip 4 chains, make 1 dc into 5th ch, then 4 chain sts]* - repeat brackets to end;  turn (total 10 repeats)

Row 2-16     ch3, 5 dc around 4-ch space from prev. row, skip 4 sts (= 4 dc sts), 1 dc into 5th dc from prev. row, ch 4, *[5 dc around 4-ch space from prev. row, skip 4 sts (= 4 dc sts), 1 dc into 5th dc from prev. row, ch 4]* - repeat brackets to end, then 1 dc into 3rd ch; turn (total 10 repeats)


BACK

Note: we will start counting rows from beginning

Row 1           ch 40, 1dc into 5th dc of your fifth "5 dc-panel" (= skip 4 repeats), ch 4, *[make 5 dc around 4-ch space from prev. row, skip 4 sts (= 4 dc sts), 1 dc into 5th dc from prev. row, ch 4]* - repeat brackets to end;  turn (total 5 repeats in this row)

Row 2            ch3, 5 dc around 4-ch space from prev. row, skip 4 sts (= 4 dc sts), 1 dc into 5th dc from prev. row, ch 4, *[5 dc around 4-ch space from prev. row, skip 4 sts (= 4 dc sts), 1 dc into 5th dc from prev. row, ch 4]* - repeat brackets total 4x; then 5 dc around 4-ch space from prev. row; (Note: start working into the 40-chain stitches now) skip 4 chain sts, 1 dc into 5th chain st from prev. row, ch 4, *[make 1 dc into each 5 consecutive chain sts, skip 4 chains, make 1 dc into 5th ch, then 4 chain sts]* - repeat brackets to end;  turn (total 10 repeats)

Row3-22       ch3, 5 dc around 4-ch space from prev. row, skip 4 sts (= 4 dc sts), 1 dc into 5th dc from prev. row, ch 4, *[5 dc around 4-ch space from prev. row, skip 4 sts (= 4 dc sts), 1 dc into 5th dc from prev. row, ch 4]* - repeat brackets to end, then 1 dc into 3rd ch; turn (total 10 repeats)


FRONT #2

Row 1           ch 40, 1dc into 5th dc of your fifth "5 dc-panel" (= skip 4 repeats), ch 4, *[make 5 dc around 4-ch space from prev. row, skip 4 sts (= 4 dc sts), 1 dc into 5th dc from prev. row, ch 4]* - repeat brackets to end;  turn (total 5 repeats in this row)  Note: This row doesn't count toward the 16 front rows! Your 16 rows for the front #2 start with Row 2

Row 2            ch3, 5 dc around 4-ch space from prev. row, skip 4 sts (= 4 dc sts), 1 dc into 5th dc from prev. row, ch 4, *[5 dc around 4-ch space from prev. row, skip 4 sts (= 4 dc sts), 1 dc into 5th dc from prev. row, ch 4]* - repeat brackets total 4x; then 5 dc around 4-ch space from prev. row; (Note: start working into the 40-chain stitches now) skip 4 chain sts, 1 dc into 5th chain st from prev. row, ch 4, *[make 1 dc into each 5 consecutive chain sts, skip 4 chains, make 1 dc into 5th ch, then 4 chain sts]* - repeat brackets to end;  turn (total 10 repeats)

Row3-17       ch3, 5 dc around 4-ch space from prev. row, skip 4 sts (= 4 dc sts), 1 dc into 5th dc from prev. row, ch 4, *[5 dc around 4-ch space from prev. row, skip 4 sts (= 4 dc sts), 1 dc into 5th dc from prev. row, ch 4]* - repeat brackets to end, then 1 dc into 3rd ch; turn (total 10 repeats)


FINISHING

Fold the front part over the back part and sew (or crochet) about 5" for the shoulder area. Repeat with the other front & back parts. It doesn't matter which way you fold the first front (either side can be the right side), but when you are sewing the second shoulder area, make sure you do it on the wrong side, which is determined by sewing the first shoulder.


The wrong side of shoulder seam
The right side of a shoulder seam






















Finish your vest with crocheting an edge around the entire perimeter of the vest and both arm openings. Crochet either your choice of the edging, or you can watch my video how to crochet "flat puff stitch edging" (see video links above, coming soon). Weave in all tails/ends. 


The "flat puff stitch edging"


If anyone of you finds any error - let me know where it is and what kind of mistake by clicking HERE, and will fix it. You can PM me on my FB Page HERE. Txs!


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See my many videos on my YouTube Channel HERE (you can load more videos at the bottom of my channel page) 

Other Crocheted Items you may want to check out

Bubble Gum Wrist Warmers
Crocheted Bonnet For a Newborn Princess
Cat Hat (adult size)
Crocheted Boobies, a.k.a. Knockers (prosthetics)
Crocheted Fingerless Gloves (adult)
Three Summer Crocheted Hats For Babies
Crocheted Spring Hat (youth/adult)
Crocheted Hat With Raised Design (Youth)
Chicken Placemat For Kids
Simple Crocheted Headband
Simple Crocheted Coasters

Knits you may enjoy checking out:


Reversible Knitted Holiday Scarf
Pink Simple Ankle Length Socks For Narrow Foot - Size US 6
Red Black Furry Shrug
Knitted Long Basic Mittens (adult)
Basic Knitted Fingerless Gloves (adult)
Knitted Striped Fingerless Gloves (adult)
Charcoal Hat With Rolled Up Edge (youth/adult)
Spring To Fall Lacy Hat (youth/adult)


Red Black Furry Shrug

A shrug or a scarf, or even a hat (can be seen in my video)
Not too long ago I treated myself to a very furry Italian yarn. It was on sale, so I splurged.

This Jaeger yarn is made up of an equal combination of wool and kid mohair with a polyamide thread holding these precious "eyelash like" strands together. Although, one have to be careful while knitting each stitch because those short wooly pieces woven into polyamide threads can be deceiving. However, this yarn knits quick. You can have a shrug, or a scarf, in one or two days. That is if you knit with a very bulky yarn. If you decide to use a less bulky yarn, you will have to alter the pattern written below. You can use my graph (also below) to do a mathematical calculations of your stitches and rows. Also, keep in mind that your knitting may take a bit longer. Also you could do few more increases and consequently also decreases for longer back.

And of course, I have videos to go with this pattern as well. If you are a right-handed knitter, click HERE; and if you are a left-handed knitter, click HERE.

Of course, since I most of the time I have to work as fast as I can, to keep up with the requests, I would appreciate if any of you find a mistake in the written pattern, please, to let me know - where (what rows) and what is the problem. Many future knitters & crocheters from our artsy and crafty virtual world will thank you for your good deed.

If anyone of you finds any error - let me know by clicking HERE, and will fix it as soon as I get to it. You can PM me on my FB Page HERE. Txs!


Materials:
  • 2 balls of Jaeger "FUR" Yarn 47% Wool, 47% Kid Mohair, 6% Polyamide; 22 yds (20 m); 1.75 oz (50 gr), color "Red"
  • 5 balls of Jaeger "FUR" Yarn 47% Wool, 47% Kid Mohair, 6% Polyamide; 22 yds (20 m); 1.75 oz (50 gr), color "Black"
  • Knitting needles US #15 (10mm) - pattern calls for double pointed, but you can use circular needles instead
  • Scissors
  • yarn needle (for thin yarn) to perform Kitchener stitch 

Gouge (stockinette stitch):

1"x1" = approximately 2 sts x 2.25 rows


Abbreviation:

CO - cast on
K - knit
P - purl
m1 - make 1 st into the stitch below the next stitch (then continue knitting next st in the regular manner)
K2tog - knit two together

st(s) - stitch(es)

The graph for knitting shrug sideways - from sleeve to sleeve


Step-by-Step Directions
:

Foundation: CO 20 stitches

RED COLOR YARN

Row 1-6          K20

Row 7             K20
Row 8             P20

Repeat Rows 7 & 8 seven more times (total 16 rows, including Rows 7 & 8)

BLACK COLOR YARN

Row 23          K20
Row 24          P20

Repeat Rows 23 & 24 - fourteen more times (total 30 rows, including Rows 23 & 24)

Row 53          K1, m1, K18, m1, K1 - PM in this row (total 22 sts)
Row 54          P22
Row 55          K22
Row 56          P22
Row 57          K22
Row 58          P22

Row 59          K1, m1, K20, m1, K1 - PM in this row (total 24 sts)
Row 60          P24
Row 61          K24
Row 62          P24
Row 63          K24
Row 64          P24

Row 65          K1, m1, K22, m1, K1 - PM in this row (total 26 sts)
Row 66          P26

Row 67          K26
Row 68          P26

Repeat Rows 67 & 68 - sixteen more times (total 36 rows, counting from Row 65)

Row 101        K1, K2tog, K20, K2tog, K1 - PM in this row (total 24 sts)
Row 102        P24
Row 103        K24
Row 104        P24
Row 105        K24
Row 106        P24

Row 107        K1, K2tog, K18, K2tog, K1 - PM in this row (total 22 sts)
Row 108        P22
Row 109        K22
Row 110        P22
Row 111        K22
Row 112        P22

Row 113        K1, K2tog, K16, K2tog, K1 - PM in this row (total 220 sts)
Row 114        P20

Row 115        K20
Row 116        P20

Repeat Rows 115 & 116 twelve more times (total 30 rows, counting from Row 113)

RED COLOR YARN

Row 143        K20
Row 144        P20

Repeat Row 143 & 144 seven more times (total 16 rows, including Rows 143 & 144)

Row 159-164 K20
Row 165        BO all sts

Fold  your knit lengthwise in half and sew the sleeves along the side to the second marker from each end of the sleeve - leaving back part open. Weave in all the tails.


If you find any errors, please let me know - click HERE

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See my many videos on my YouTube Channel HERE (you can load more videos at the bottom of my channel page)

Free knitting patterns/videos you may enjoy checking out:

Reversible Knitted Holiday Scarf
"Summer Rain" Halter Top (M size)
Cerulean Hat
Poncho
Knitted Long Basic Mittens (adult)
Basic Knitted Fingerless Gloves (adult)
Knitted Striped Fingerless Gloves (adult)
Charcoal Hat With Rolled Up Edge (youth/adult)
Spring To Fall Lacy Hat (youth/adult)

Bubble Gum Hand Warmers

Fingerless gloves, or wrist warmers in the form of a glove, are essential items in my life. A must have. And since the Valentine's Day is again around the corner, I thought I would keep going with pinks and reds for a couple of weeks.
This time I used a "stretchy" pattern (= front post/back post double crochets) for a cuff part, and lacy pattern for the hand part. And what I got are very textured wrist warmers/gloves.

Note: Most of the time I work as fast as I can to keep up with knitting and crocheting requests. I have to videotape, edit videos, then convert them & upload them to my channel. After that often I post on my blog patterns. I answer many questions, which means that often I work up to 16 hours a day. I would tremendously appreciate IF anyone of you finds a mistake in the written pattern, to please, let me know - where (what rows) and what may be the problem. Many future knitters & crocheters from our artsy and crafty virtual world will thank you for your good deed, including myself.


Let me know by clicking HERE, and I will fix it as soon as I get to it. You can PM me on my FB Page HERE as well. Txs!


You are most welcome to make these for non crocheting people - either for profit or as a gift or a donation. I hope you will enjoy crocheting these wrist warmers, and of course, there is a video to go with this free pattern as well if you have problems reading the written pattern:

Right handed crocheters can click HERE for the VIDEO TUTORIAL, and left handed crocheters should click HERE for their VIDEO TUTORIAL.





Size:
Adult Small/Medium (fits head 21" in circumference perfectly)
Measurements flat: width 11", length (top to bottom) 9"
Hat reaches slightly over the tip of the nose, and below the occipital bone.


Materials:
about 1/4 to 1/2 of ball of yarn that is light weight #3, by Loops & Thread, Snuggly Wuggly, color your choice (mine was variegated) 
Hook size 3.75mm (I used smaller size hook to make it denser
Yarn needle
Scissors


Gauge:
4"x4" = 12 dc sts x 7 dc rows


Abbreviations:
ch - chain
dc - double crochet
hdc - half double crochet
sc - single crochet
fpdc - crochet dc through front post of dc from prev. row
bpdc - crochet dc through back post of dc from prev. row
shell - crochet 5 dc into same stitch
join - join with a slip stitch
prev. - previous
(RS) - right side
(WS) - wrong side


Step-by-Step

Make 2 fingerless gloves

CUFF

Foundation - ch37, join

Rnd 1           ch2 (counts as dc), then 1 dc into next 35 consecutive ch sts, join (total 36 sts)
Rnd 2-10      ch2 (counts as dc), then *[1 fpdc, 1 bpdc]* - 17x; then 1 fpdc, join to ch2  (total 36 sts)


PALM PART

Rnd 11         ch1, 1 sc into same st,  then skip 2 sts, *[shell into 3rd st, skip 2 sts, 1 sc into third st, skip 2 st]* - 5x; then shell into 3rd st, skip 2 sts, join into sc at the beginning of the row  

Rnd 12        ch5, then skip 2 sts, *[1 sc into 3rd st (=top of the shell), ch2, skip 2 sts, 1dc into sc between the shells, ch2, skip 2 sts]* - 5x; then 1 sc into 3rd st (=top of the shell), ch2, skip 2 sts, join into 3rd chain of ch5 at the beginning of the row

Rnd 13         ch1, 1 sc into same st,  then skip 2 sts, *[shell into 3rd st (= into sc st from prev row), skip 2 sts, 1 sc into third st (= into dc st from prev row), skip 2 st]* - 5x; shell into 3rd st (= into sc st from prev row), skip 2 sts, 1 sc into the same st as 1st sc st at beginning, turn - you will crochet on the WS

Row 14         (WS) -  ch5, then skip 2 sts, *[1 sc into 3rd st (=top of the shell), ch2, skip 2 sts, 1dc into sc between the shells, ch2, skip 2 sts]* - 5x; then 1 sc into 3rd st (=top of the shell), ch2, skip 2 sts, 1 dc into sc, turn - you will crochet on the RS

Row 15         (RS) - ch1, 1 sc into same st,  then skip 2 sts, *[shell into 3rd st (= into sc st from prev row), skip 2 sts, 1 sc into third st (= into dc st from prev row), skip 2 st]* - 5x; shell into 3rd st (= into sc st from prev row), skip 2 sts, 1 sc into 3rd chain of ch5 (counting from the shell), turn - you will crochet on the WS

Row 16         (WS) - same as Row 14
Row 17        (RS) - same as Row 15
Row 18        (WS) - same as Row 14

Rnd 19        (RS) - ch1, 1 sc into same st,  then skip 2 sts, *[shell into 3rd st (= into sc st from prev row), skip 2 sts, 1 sc into third st (= into dc st from prev row), skip 2 st]* - 5x; shell into 3rd st (= into sc st from prev row), skip 2 sts, 1 sc into 3rd chain of ch5 (counting from the shell), join (into 1st sc at the beginning of the row) - from now on you will crochet on the RS

Rnd 20       (RS) - same as Row 12
Rnd 21       (RS) - same as Row 11


If anyone of you finds any error - let me know where it is and what kind of mistake by clicking
 HERE, and will fix it. You can PM me on my FB Page HERE. Txs!


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See my many videos on my YouTube Channel HERE (you can load more videos at the bottom of my channel page) 

Other Crocheted Items you may want to check out

Cat Hat (adult size)
Crocheted Boobies, a.k.a. Knockers (prosthetics)
Crocheted Fingerless Gloves (adult)
Three Summer Crocheted Hats For Babies
Crocheted Spring Hat (youth/adult)
Crocheted Hat With Raised Design (Youth)
Chicken Placemat For Kids
Simple Crocheted Headband
Simple Crocheted Coasters

Knits you may enjoy checking out:


Knitted Long Basic Mittens (adult)
Basic Knitted Fingerless Gloves (adult)
Knitted Striped Fingerless Gloves (adult)
Charcoal Hat With Rolled Up Edge (youth/adult)
Spring To Fall Lacy Hat (youth/adult)

Cat Hat


Beautiful model wearing my "Cat Hat" design
This "Cat Hat" was design for fun. For wearing it while skiing on the slopes. Perhaps even for the next Halloween.  However, it could symbolize disrespectful, derogatory and sexual treatment of women too.

Many of my friends will be going to Washington, DC for the Women's March. They will be giving a message to our leaders about women's rights for a decent life.

I will not be going to D.C., but my way to sympathize with their action and support their voice is to dedicate this "Cat Hat" pattern to them.

I wrote this pattern after I finished the hat (I was too busy taking images), so if anyone of you will find any error in the written pattern. Let me know. I keep super busy with other projects (including my art and my art exhibitions) so your help of checking for my errors would be greatly appreciated. See video link below.

Update: Why some people think they can put me down for me siding with what is right? BTW - I blocked the name out of respect.




Click on the images to see a little bigger image.

FOR VIDEO FOR RIGHTIES - CLICK HERE

FOR VIDEO FOR LEFTIES - CLICK HERE


Note: Most of the time I work as fast as I can to keep up with knitting and crocheting requests. I have to videotape, edit videos, then convert them & upload them to my channel. After that often I post on my blog patterns. I answer many questions, which means that often I work up to 16 hours a day. I would tremendously appreciate IF anyone of you finds a mistake in the written pattern, to please, let me know - where (what rows) and what may be the problem. Many future knitters & crocheters from our artsy and crafty virtual world will thank you for your good deed, including myself.

Let me know by clicking HERE, and I will fix it as soon as I get to it. You can PM me on my FB Page HERE as well. Txs!


Size:
Adult Small/Medium (fits head 21" in circumference perfectly)
Measurements flat: width 11", length (top to bottom) 9"
Hat reaches slightly over the tip of the nose, and below the occipital bone.


Materials:
about 3/4 of ball of yarn that is worsted weight #4, I had about 3/4 of a Red Heart Super Saver in tri color - light pink/pink/brown color but I think they don't make this color combination. It is not a soft yarn at all, but it keeps the form very well; You can substitute another #4 worsted yarn - wool or acrylic your choice
Hook size 3.75mm (I used smaller size hook to make it denser)
Yarn needle
Scissors


Gauge:
4"x4" = 12 dc sts x 7 dc rows


Abbreviations:
ch - chain
dc - double crochet
hdc - half double crochet
sc - single crochet
sc2tog - two single crochet stitches together (decrease)
join - join with a slip stitch
prev. - previous


Step-by-Step:

NOTE: this pattern slightly differs from video (which is mentioned in video)

HAT PART

Foundation:  create a magic circle and work in rounds. Rnds 1-15 & Rnds 17-18 you will work on the right side (RS). In Rnd 16 you will work on the wrong side (WS)

Note: If you want a medium/large size hat you could crochet 10 sc sts in the first row instead of 9 sc sts, and for large even 11 sts in the first row, and then do same repeats in Rnds 2 through 14th. Of course you would have different count of stitches in each row than in the pattern below. Also, you would have to adjust the "opening for eyes" in the Rnds 15 through 18.

Rnd 1          into the magic circle - ch2 (counts as sc), 9 sc, join (total 10 sts)
Rnd 2          ch3 (counts as dc), 1 dc in same st as the ch3, 2 dc into each stitch from prev row, join (total 20 sts)
Rnd 3          ch3  (counts as dc), 1 dc in same st as the ch3, 1 dc in next; then *[2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next]* - 9x, join (total 30 sts)
Rnd 4          ch3  (counts as dc), 2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next sts; then *[1 dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next st]* - 9x, join (total 40 sts)
Rnd 5          ch3, 1 dc in same st as the ch3, 1 dc in next 3 consecutive sts; then *[2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 3 consecutive sts]* - 9x, join (total 50 sts)
Rnd 6          ch3  (counts as dc), 1 dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 2 consecutive sts; then *[1 dc in next 2 consecutive sts, 2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 2 consecutive sts]* - 9x, join (total 60 sts)
Rnd 7           ch3  (counts as dc), 1 dc in next 4 consecutive sts, 2 dc in next st, then *[1 dc in next 5 consecutive sts, 2 dc in next st]* - 9x, join (total 70 sts)
Rnd 8-14      ch3  (counts as dc), 1 dc in next 69 consecutive sts, join (total 70 sts)
Rnd 15         ch3  (counts as dc), 1 dc in next 49 consecutive sts, turn, (total 50 sts) Note: there are 20 sts untouched (the part above your eyes - the eye opening). Later on we will crochet a "divide" in the middle = over the nose, between the eyes.


Picture #1 - Rnds 1 through 14
Picture #2, 3, 4 -  Rnds 15 through 16


Rnd 16         (WS) ch3  (counts as dc), 1 dc in next 49 consecutive sts, ch26 (Note: these 26 sts will be your bottom part below your eyes), join and turn to crochet on the RS (total 76 sts)

Picture #1, #2 - Rnd 16
Picture #3, #4, #5, #6 - beginning of Rnd 17


Rnd 17-18     (RS again) ch3 (counts as dc), 1 dc in next 75 consecutive sts, join (total 76 sts)

Pictures #1, #2, #3, #4 - Rnd 17
Picture #5 - finished Rnd 18


Weave in all the tails/ends.


DIVIDE BETWEEN THE EYES


Picture #1 - figuring our the 9th sts
Picture #2, #3, #4 - Row 1-3


Turn your hat upside down and insert your hook into your 9th st (leaving 8 sts untouched). You will crochet half double crochets 3 rows back and forth. You can also opt for 2 rows of double crochets instead.

Row 1-3           ch2, 1 hdc into next 3 sts, turn

OR

Row 1-2           ch3, 1 dc into next 3 sts, turn

Sewing in the "divide" (middle part)


When finished with your last row, leave a long enough tail to sew the divide to the "bottom part below the eyes". Count 12 sts from the corner to the middle and start sewing along next 4 sts (see images above for reference). When done weave in the tails/ends.


NOSE AND WHISKERS


Foundation:  start with a magic circle, leaving about 20" long string for whiskers

Image #1 - magic circle
Images #2 through #5 - sewing the "nose" on


Rnd 1          into the magic circle - ch3 (counts as dc), 12 dc, join (total 12 sts) and fasten off leaving about 20" long string for whiskers

Sew the circle (nose), including whiskers, onto the hat's lower part - see images above for a reference. Weave in the tails/ends


EARS

make 2 pieces

Image #1 - each ear has a long tail to use for sewing
Image #2, #3, #4 - ears pinned dow with sewing pins
Image #5 - sewing from inside out through the stitch on the ears
Image #6 - sewing from the outside to the inside along (outside) the edge of the ear


Rnd 1           ch19, join without twisting
Rnd 2           ch1, 1 sc into each ch from prev. row (18 sts)
Rnd 3           ch1, *[sc2tog, 1 sc into next 7 sts]* - 2x, join (16 sts)
Rnd 4           ch1, *[sc2tog, 1 sc into next 6 sts]* - 2x, join (14 sts)
Rnd 5           ch1, *[sc2tog, 1 sc into next 5 sts]* - 2x, join (12 sts)
Rnd 6           ch1, *[sc2tog, 1 sc into next 4 sts]* - 2x, join (10 sts)
Rnd 7           ch1, *[sc2tog, 1 sc into next 3 sts]* - 2x, join (8 sts)
Rnd 8           ch1, *[sc2tog, 1 sc into next 2 sts]* - 2x, join (6 sts)
Rnd 9           ch1, *[sc2tog, 1 sc into next 1 sts]* - 2x, join (4 sts) close the hole with a sl. st. and pull the yarn tail to the inside and weave it in, then use the long tail to sew the ears onto the hat.

Because we used small sized hook and single crochet, your ears should be on the stiffer side. You can put a little stuffing inside if you wish, although you do not need to. Use your judgment where to place your ears before sewing them onto the hat. If you are not very skilled at sewing use 3-4 sewing pins to hold the ears in place while sewing (do not prick your fingers/hands). Start with a right side of your hat facing you, insert the needle through the ear and hat, then draw the needle from inside out next to the edge of the ear - repeat all around the perimeter of the ear. Make sure you attach the other ear symmetrically. When finished weave in the tails/ends


Me, wearing the "Cat Hat"

Even my glasses fit over the eye opening :-)


If anyone of you finds any error - let me know where it is and what kind of mistake and will fix it by clicking HERE. Or PM me on my FB Page HERE. Txs!


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See my many videos on my YouTube Channel HERE (you can load more videos at the bottom of my channel page) 

Other Crocheted Items you may want to check out

Crocheted Boobies, a.k.a. Knockers (prosthetics)
Crocheted Fingerless Gloves (adult)
Three Summer Crocheted Hats For Babies
Crocheted Spring Hat (youth/adult)
Crocheted Hat With Raised Design (Youth)
Chicken Placemat For Kids
Simple Crocheted Headband
Simple Crocheted Coasters

Knits you may enjoy checking out:


Knitted Long Basic Mittens (adult)
Basic Knitted Fingerless Gloves (adult)
Knitted Striped Fingerless Gloves (adult)
Charcoal Hat With Rolled Up Edge (youth/adult)
Spring To Fall Lacy Hat (youth/adult)


Crocheted Bonnet For a Newborn Princess

Finally, my semester is over, holidays are over, New Year's is over, and I can knit and crochet again - yeeey. Although I do have art exhibitions coming up (yes I paint, draw, make sculptures too).

I love to make hats, and booties, and socks, and little gloves, and you name it, for newborns. I really like to make stuff for them. The are so cute, and precious, and cuddly that it is easy to think of some outfit to knit or crochet for them. A little bit of lovely yarn, one or two hours of free time, imagination, and you have a beautiful present.

Well, I make stuff for babies even if I do not have any baby to knit or crochet for at the moment. It will have to be donated, or gifted to someone that crosses my path :-)

This time I was inspired by a bonnet I saw on the internet. It was just a simple, minimalistic crocheted hat, and I decided to make similar, but with a lacy feel to it. I had an idea how this bonnet should look like. I found an elegant, repetitive pattern in one of my books, counted my stitches and "went to work."  I chose one of my pink yarns - about 1/2 ball of a leftover from some project I did a while back. I decided to crochet this hat as I was videotaping making it. 

Note: Most of the time I work as fast as I can to keep up with knitting and crocheting requests. I have to videotape, edit videos, then convert them & upload them to my channel. After that often I post on my blog patterns. I answer many questions, which means that often I work up to 16 hours a day. I would tremendously appreciate IF anyone of you finds a mistake in the written pattern, to please, let me know - where (what rows) and what may be the problem. Many future knitters & crocheters from our artsy and crafty virtual world will thank you for your good deed, including myself.

Let me know by clicking HERE, and I will fix it as soon as I get to it. You can PM me on my FB Page HERE as well. Txs!

This hat/bonnet crochets relatively fast. It has only 15 rows. Therefore it is quite an easy project. You need to know only basic stitches. There is a video on my YouTube channel for Right-handed and Left-handed crocheters, too. The video is very detailed, so if you think you can't do it - I think yes you can. Just follow me along the video, slow it down (I made a video how to slow it down - click HERE) or rewind and rewatch. Enjoy.



First, make "Base Part" (back of the hat) in the round (5 rows); then continue with "Lacy Part" back and forth (8 rows). Finish crocheting around the "Sides and the Nape Area."

So here we go:

Size:
Newborn, 0-3 months old baby (the height and width of the hat is 6" in flat position)

Materials:
1/2 ball of yarn that is light weight #3 (I used Snuggly Wuggly by Loops & Threads, pink color - but feel free to use any color and any yarn of your choice that is very similar to thickness of the one I used)
Hook size 4mm
Ribbon - a color that goes with your yarn
Scissors



I also made a bigger size with thicker yarn and bigger hook


Size:
3-6 months old baby (the height and width of the hat is 7" in flat position)

Materials:
about 3/4 of ball of yarn that is worsted weight #4 (I used Lion Brand, Vanna's Choice, silver blue color - but feel free to use any color and any yarn of your choice that is very similar to thickness of the one I used)
Hook size 6mm
Ribbon - a color that goes with your yarn
Scissors


Gauge:
My gauge is medium and comparable with manufacturers gauge


Abbreviations:
ch - chain
dc - double crochet
sc - single crochet
join - join with a slip stitch
prev. - previous
yo - yarn over
cluster A (chain3+2-double-crochet puff stitch) - *yo, insert the hook in the stitch, yo, draw the yarn through the stitch, yo, and draw the yarn through the 2 loops on the hook (one half-finished double crochet is complete)* - repeat from * to * 1 more times (3 loops are on your hook); yo and draw the yarn through all 3 loops on the hook, note: this cluster is worked only in the beginning of the row
cluster B (3-double-crochet puff stitch) - *yo, insert the hook in the stitch, yo, draw the yarn through the stitch, yo, and draw the yarn through the 2 loops on the hook (one half-finished double crochet is complete)* - repeat from * to * 2 more times (4 loops are on your hook); yo and draw the yarn through all 4 loops on the hook
incl. - including
st, sts - stitch, stitches


Step-by-Step:

First make "Base Part" (back of the hat) in the round (5 rows); then continue with "Lacy Part" back and forth (8 rows). Finish crocheting around the "Sides and the Nape Area". There is a video in my YouTube channel for Right-handed and Left-handed crocheters.


BASE PART

Foundation:  create a magic circle and work in rounds

Rnd 1          into the magic circle - ch3, 9 dc, join (total ch3 + 9 dc sts)
Rnd 2          ch3, 1 dc in same st as the ch3, 2 dc in each consecutive stitch from prev row, join (total ch3 + 19 dc sts)
Rnd 3          ch3, 1 dc in same st as the ch3, 1 dc in next; then *[2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next]* - repeat from * to *, join (total ch3 + 29 dc sts)
Rnd 4          ch3, 1 dc in same st as the ch3, 1 dc in next 2 consecutive sts; then *[2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 2 consecutive sts]* - repeat from * to *, join (total ch3 + 39 dc sts)
Rnd 5          ch3, 1 dc in same st as the ch3, 1 dc in next 3 consecutive sts; then *[2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 3 consecutive sts]* - repeat from * to *, join (total ch3 + 49 dc sts)


LACY PART

We will work in rows, start counting your rows from "1".

Row 1          ch4, skip one st, 1 dc into next, ch1, *[1 dc into next, ch1]* - repeat from * to * 19 more times, finish with 1 dc in the last st (total ch3 + 21 dc sts), turn
Row 2          ch1, 1 sc in each st to end, turn
Row 3          ch4, 1 dc in the same st, ch2, skip 2 sts, 1 sc in 3rd st, *[ch2, skip 2 sts, 1 dc in 3rd st, ch2, 1 dc in same st, ch2, skip 2 sts, 1 sc in 3rd st]* - repeat from * to * 5 more times; then ch2, skip 2 sts, 1 dc in LAST st, ch1 (!), 1 dc in same last st; (you will have total 8 "V"s - two narrow "V"s on each end, and 6 regular "V"s in the middle), turn
Row 4           ch3, into first "V" make [cluster A, ch1, cluster B, ch1]; into next 6 consecutive "V"s work as such: *[cluster B, ch1,  cluster B, ch1, cluster B, ch1]* - repeat this sequence from * to * 6x; finish with cluster B, ch1, cluster B in the last (8th) "V"
Row 5           same as Row 1
Row 6           same as Row 2
Row 7           same as Row 3
Row 8           into first "V" make [cluster A, ch1, cluster B, ch1, cluster B, ch1]; into next 6 consecutive "V"s work as such: *[cluster B, ch1,  cluster B, ch1, cluster B, ch1, cluster B, ch1]* - repeat this sequence from * to * 6x; finish with cluster B, ch1, cluster B, ch1, cluster B in the last (8th) "V"

FINISHING BORDER

We will continue crocheting a border along the neck area. Hold your bonnet as if to continue around.

Row 1           ch1, then space sc sts along the edge as evenly as possible. I crochet along the first side of a lacy part 12 sc sts, then along the back of the nec, 9 sc sts, and according to my video 13 sc sts along the second side of the lacy part, turn
Row 2           *[skip 2 sts, into 3rd sts crochet 7 dc, skip 2, into third st make 1 sc]* - 2x, then 1 sc in next 10 consecutive sts, skip 2 sts, into 3rd sts crochet 7 dc, skip 2, into third st make 1 sc, skip 2 sts, into 3rd sts crochet 7 dc, skip 2, into third st make sl st, then make a knot and weave in all the ends.





If anyone of you finds any error - let me know where it is and what kind of mistake and will fix it by clicking
 HERE. Or PM me on my FB Page HERE. Txs!

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See my many videos on my YouTube Channel HERE (you can load more videos at the bottom of my channel page) 

Other Crocheted Items you may want to check out

Crocheted Boobies, a.k.a. Knockers (prosthetics)
Crocheted Fingerless Gloves (adult)
Three Summer Crocheted Hats For Babies
Crocheted Spring Hat (youth/adult)
Crocheted Hat With Raised Design (Youth)
Chicken Placemat For Kids
Simple Crocheted Headband
Simple Crocheted Coasters

Knits you may enjoy checking out:


Knitted Long Basic Mittens (adult)
Basic Knitted Fingerless Gloves (adult)
Knitted Striped Fingerless Gloves (adult)
Charcoal Hat With Rolled Up Edge (youth/adult)
Spring To Fall Lacy Hat (youth/adult)


If you find any errors, please let me know - click HERE