Saturday, December 25, 2010

Crochet: Pattern for my first crochet hats

Here's the pattern for the 3 crochet hats that I am doing/have done:
(1) Chain 6
(2) Close the chain with a simple slip stitch

(3) Make 10 single crochets around the circle, working the tail in as you go around the chain
(4) Make 2 single crochets in each stitch for a total of 20
(5) Then do 2 stitches in each single crochet for a total of 40
(6) Finally do 2 stitches again in each single crochet for a total of 80
(7) Chain 2
(8) Double crochet in each stitch all the way around.

I'm assuming the lady who put this video on youtube, wouldn't mind if I put this pattern up.

Knitting: Circular Needles

I think I am going to undo this one. Unfortunately, now that I have found out this wonderful easy new pattern in crocheting, I might just get rid of this one and make it into something else. Knitting hats, the ending always messes me up. When I get to the top of the hat, I don't know when I should start decreasing and how. Crocheting hats is better for me.

Knit Vs. Crochet

I took a picture of two hats that I have completed, just to see if there is any real difference in crocheting hats and knitting hats. They both look okay to me. The knitted green hat has a ribbed rim, but other than that, they work. The bottom, though, I can see the mistakes from here. I don't know if anybody else can see them.

Crochet: Third Hat

I need to finish this one by Monday. It's another Christmas gift. :D

Crochet: Second Hat Finished

I liked the first crochet hat that I did, I decided to make another one. Both of these are gifts for Christmas.

Crochet: First Hat Finished

Here we go. I was looking through YouTube, and found a really simple crochet hat video to follow. These are the first few steps that I did. The picture in the middle is supposed to be on top, but I can't figure out how to fix it. was the name of the website that was at the end of the video.

It took me only a week to finish. Can you beleive it, a whole week?

I finally finished something! Woohooo!

My very first finished crochet hat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sorry and Merry Christmas

My apologies for not writing in a while. Honestly, I have been busy but not only that. It get's taxing going down to the library, every time I want to post something. The good news is, I am getting a wireless laptop for Christmas today. So, if I can figure out how I can use it in my room, you will be hearing more from me. Anyway, thanks again, and I hope all of you have a wonderful Christimas.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


All this beautiful colorful yarn. My desire and my dream is to just knit and crochet, all kinds of things, beautiful things. Things that people will wear one day. I'm a beginner now, but even the best knitters and crocheter's were beginners once.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Knitting: Circular Needles Second Hat

I probably should have taken a picture of the yarn before I put it in a probably would of looked better.....

Teaberry Ombre is the name of the yarn....

By Caron. I don't even know if they make this yarn anymore. I mean if the company Caron is still even around.

Anyway, I started another hat. Except on circular needles. The tam was giving me a headache. Mainly because I think I messed up on it, so I wanted to do something that I know I can do right, and that would be fast. When I first started knitting years ago, I didn't really like circular needles, and I'm not sure why. But starting this project, changed my mind completely. Since I couldn't use my double pointed needles because they are on the Tam, I used these. The great thing about circular needles is that I don't have to worry about losing a stitch, and that's the main problem I have with double pointed needles.

Anyway, here's what I got so far.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Knitting: Second Knit Hat = First Tam

1960's or 1970's?

So here's what I started out with....
Not too bad, I suppose.

So I scrapped the knit hat. I'm not sure why. I guess I wanted to try something different and also, I had some parts in the hat where I think I accidentally lost a stitch. So I found this knit and crochet booklet a friend gave me a long time ago, maybe it was earlier this year when she gave it to me. She told me it was something her grandmother had.

Anyway, I saw this tam and wanted to try it. Here are some of the directions:

(1) Cast on 99 sts and work in K1, P1 ribbing for 7 rows.
(2) Next row: P across for hem
(3) Next 7 rows: Starting with a P row work in stockinette st (P1 row, K1 row)
(4) 16th row: K5, inc in next st (to inc: K in front, K in back, K in front), *K 10, inc in next st, repeat from * across ending K5.

Here's the bad part though. I messed up on the 4th step. The "*" kind of messed me up. I didn't know what it meant, until somebody told me that it means you have to repeat the previous step or maybe it was repeat the following step. I can't remember. But anyway, I think I messed up on this part.

The good news is that there is going to be a knitting gathering at my library soon, and I'm hoping this time somebody can really help me.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Knitting: Second Knit Hat Update

Here is my knit hat so far. I see a couple of mistakes, in the corner of the hat. But, honestly, I just don't want to unravel the whole thing just to fix them.

Also, I knitted this hat really loosely, but I think it still looks good. My first hat I was knitting real tight, but this time I kind of changed.

Anyway, here's what I got so far.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Crocheting: Library

So I went to my local library a while ago, I don't know why I didn't post this earlier, maybe I meant to, and just forgot. Anyway, I got no help there, unfortunately. None of them could help me as far as making socks. Nobody had like a sock project in their bags they just happened to be finishing up. So I am back to square one, with learning how to make socks. :(

Knitting: Second Knit Hat

I decided to start on a knit hat. I don't really like to have more than one knit or crochet project going on at the same time, but my thinking is that if I start on something else, it will get me out of this crocheter's block. Anyway, here are the beginning pictures. I'm going to pretty much follow the same pattern as the first one except, after I have finished the "brim", I'm going to start knitting for about 7 inches instead of just 5 as the last one.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Crochet: Crocheter's Block

I have heard of writer's block, but can there be such a thing as crocheter's block? For whatever reason I just can't get into finishing my crochet beret. I'm not sure what it is. Maybe it's because I have a pile of stuff I'm trying to sell on Ebay. Maybe it's because I have a pile of books I want to get to and finish reading. I don't know what it is, but I think piles and clutter tend to get me down. Anyway, I think another reason is that I'm not sure when I need to start "decreasing" with this beret, if "decreasing" with crocheting is even part of the lingo. And after trying to "decrease", I'm wondering if my "ribbing" will come out okay. I saw this "ribbing" with crocheting on Knit and Crochet Today. The way I did it looked okay. Not as good as the way they did it, but I just figured the reason why was because I didn't use yarn that was all the same color.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Knitting: First Knit Hat Pattern

I don't know what I was thinking, but I didn't even write down the pattern, for the first knit hat that I had finished. Here's the pattern (as best as I can remember):

(1) About 90 stitches on three double pointed needles
(2) Knit one, purl one for about two inches
(3) After you have reached two inches, just knit
(4) After you have gotten to about five inches, you want to start to decrease
(5) Your hat should start to get smaller and smaller until you can close the top of the hat

I know this is not how you write a pattern, like a real knit pattern, but ya'll get the gist of it. This is probably just a plain english, knit hat pattern.

Crochet: First Crochet Beret 2 of 3

So here's my first crochet beret. The very top picture is the most recent. It's started to bowl up a little bit, but that's okay. It's easily fixable. My only problem now would be, once I want to start bring the hat in, I guess I just won't add another stitch, I will just keep crocheting? I don't know. I'm sure I can figure it out, when I get close to the end.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Knitting: First Knit Hat Finished

I just completed my first knit hat. Pretty good, i think for not really have someone show me. This time I just kind of looked through books and videos again, to find out how it's done. I figured it out, somehow, and this is what came out. I started this hat in February of this year (2010). There's a few bumps in the knitting, and one hole, but for my first knit hat, I don't think it's that bad.

Crochet: First Crochet Beret 1 of 3

I am trying to learn how to crochet. It's going well. An old friend of mine was telling me that her granddaughter had learned to crochet from YouTube. I tried looking up things on there, but I couldn't find much to help me. I needed real, real close-ups of the work that was being done, and I really couldn't find anything. So I gave up looking on YouTube, and just took what basic information I knew about crocheting, and just started. (Also, a young man from my church also showed me how to do some beginning crochet steps like the single crochet and I rented a DVD from the library, "I Can't Beleive I'm Crocheting"). So, anyway, I am crocheting a beret for somebody who I made a scarf for in the same knitted yarn color. It looks good to me so far. What I am learning so far with crocheting is that when it starts to cup, like a bowl, I need to increase more in my stitches a few times, and when it gets too floppy, I need to decrease more in the stitches. The bottom picture is the first few crochet stitches and the picture above that is just a few more.