Category: Videos

How to Crochet a Basic Granny Square

So the Basic Granny Square pattern has been around forever!  I would say it’s a Classic!  I just LOVE  how versatile it is!  It’s perfect for beginners too!  You can make so many cute things with it.  I learned along time ago how to make it.  I was also in several what they called “Friendship” Square swaps. It’s where you would make a certain amount of squares and send them out to the person Organizing the swap and in return you would get Squares from others. The Friendship Square blanket. I’ve got about 3 of them. One was a Christmas Theme, Spring and Any Occasion theme.  They were fun to make.  Once you got them all you’d crochet them all together to make your  Blanket.  You could also make Baby “Lovey’s”, you could just keep going and make one Big Giant Square til it’s as big as you want it to be. Change colors etc….ideas are endless!

Well my first video of the  year is “The Basic Granny Square”.  At the middle school I work at we have a Crochet Club and at the end of last year I had promised them a video and I finally got around to making it.  So I’ll share it here also.  I’ve got many more projects that are in the making so stay tuned.  Below the video I’ve got the Basic Instructions for The Granny Square.

As always thanks for stopping by and…
Happy Craftin’,
Yvonne Metz

The Basic Granny Square

Materials:
Yarn
Hook
Scissors
Yarn Needle

Abbreviations:
DC = Double Crochet
CH = Chain
Slst = Slip Stitch

NOTE: Ch 3 counts as your 1st DC unless otherwise noted

Instructions:

There are a few ways to start – here are my 2 favorite

  1. Do a Magic Circle/Ring
  2. Start with a Slip Knot, ch 4 and join to make a circle
    Either one is fine to do, your choice

Round 1: Ch 3, 2 DC into the ring ch 2, (*3 DC into the ring, ch 2) Repeat (*) 2 more times, join with a slst to the top of your beginning ch3, slst til you get to the ch 2 space.
*I call these 3 DC – Clusters*

Round 2: Ch 3, 2 DC into the ch 2 space, ch 2, 3 DC into the same space, ch 1, (*3 DC into the next, ch 2 space, 3 DC into the same space, ch 1) Repeat (*) 2 more times, join with a slst to the top of your beginning ch3, slst til you get to the ch 2 space.
*We just made our 4 Corners

Round 3:  Ch 3, 2 DC into the ch 2 space, ch 2, 3 DC into the same space, ch 1, 3 DC into the ch 1 space, ch 1 (*3 DC into the next, ch 2 space, 3 DC into the same space, ch 1, 3 DC into the ch 1 space, ch 1) Repeat (*) 2 more times, join with a slst to the top of your beginning ch3, slst til you get to the ch 2 space.
*We are now growing our Square

Round 4: Round 3:  Ch 3, 2 DC into the ch 2 space, ch 2, 3 DC into the same space, ch 1, 3 DC into the ch 1 space, ch 1, 3 DC into the ch 1 space, ch 1  (*3 DC into the next, ch 2 space, 3 DC into the same space, ch 1, 3 DC into the ch 1 space, ch 1, 3 DC into the ch 1 space, ch 1  ) Repeat (*) 2 more times, join with a slst to the top of your beginning ch3, slst til you get to the ch 2 space.

Repeat the process til you get the desired size you want.

Clover Pom Pom Maker Tutorial

Happy 2018!  So thought I would do a quick video on how I make my Pom Pom’s. I am also going to show you a little trick!  I don’t like how the strands from the Pom Poms pull out to easy. No matter how tight I would tie the string in the middle. So I’m going to show you what I did to help with that. Now you’ll still get a few that might come out BUT not so many.  I’ll adding the links below to the Clover Pom Pom Maker that I’m using along with a few other sizes. This Video was done at the end of last year and totally forgot to blog about! I mean it’s not like I was busy or anything! LOL!  Enjoy the video and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.

 

 

Clover Small Pom Pom Maker

New Crochet Bella Rose Hat

Hello All! Just wanted to share this New Hat Design by my friend Diana called the “Bella Rose”. It’s a great pattern and very versatile! It’s a closed hat or you can open it at the top and put your hair up in a “Messy Bun” also. If you hair is thick or thin it really doesn’t matter as the opening is big enough and the ties will close up to the size you need! I think this is just brilliant!  I made a video for this and am posting it here!  What do you think? I LOVE this color! It’s Loops & Threads Impeccable yarn in Gold. But looks like a Mustard Color! I just LOVE the Design on this Hat!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The pattern is in this FB Group – HERE – Don’t have Facebook and would like the pattern?  Just message me and I’ll get it to you!
As always thank you for stopping by and
Happy Craftin’,
Yvonne Metz

 

 

 

Hats…Hats and more Hats

Hey All! Just a real quick post to share what I’ve been up to!  It’s been crazy in this house with all the goodies I’ve been making!  Here are a few Hats that I’ve been making for the shop at the Outlet Mall in San Clemente – Gift Boutique & Home Decor!  We are getting ready for the Holiday’s and let me tell you if you haven’t been and you are in the area you’ve got to check it out!  So many Unique Gifts!  I’ll be working this Sunday and will take some pics of the new items and share here. These are just a few of the “Messy Bun” Beanies that I’ve got in there. There are more colors this one is “Cupcake”!   I’ll share some more styles with you a little later.

If you are a crocheter and would like the pattern you can download it- Mindless Messy Bun Hat.  I’ve also done a video which you can watch by clicking the YouTube button at the sidebar. Or you can see it below.

 

Thank you for stopping by and I’ll be sharing more hats soon! I have designed 2 hats of my own.  I’m happy with the way they turned out! I’m so not a Designer, tester yes, Designer not so much!  Til next time….
Happy Craftin’
Yvonne Metz

Crochet 3 Color Katniss Hat

May already! So much going on! It’s just never ending here in my household! I’ve also had my Grandson come and visit and well everything else goes out the window! That one has got this “Nana” wrapped around his little finger! I just can’t get enough of him!

I’ve had many Baby Gifts in the last few weeks that I’ve been doing and am still not done! I’ll share those a little later this week! I wanted to share the last video that I did which is the 3 Color Katniss hat! I’m so in Love with this texted hat!  The color combos are endless!

Enjoy the video and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Craftin’,

Yvonne Metz

 

 

Want to learn how to Crochet?

Happy Saturday All and it’s April Fool’s Day!  Well no fooling around here! LOL!  I had been asked to do some Beginner Crochet Tutorials for some time now. So I have finally done a Crochet Mini Series!  I’m posting the play list that I created below.  I’ll be sharing more things I’ve been working a little later today!

As always thanks for stopping by!

Yvonne Metz

 

Child Size Messy Bun Owl Hat

Boy February has just flown by! Where did the time go? Well some of it went by with a visit with my Grandson! LOVE when that happens! Then there’s my son who plays Baseball & Basketball – well Basketball is coming to a close so it’ll be Baseball only. OH and he’s umpiring now too! WE are always busy, busy with something! It’s great though totally keeps him busy and out of trouble! LOL!

With all this going on this month I managed to do another video.  It’s another great pattern by Diana Borgstrom  called “Messy Bun Owl Hat” –  It’s absolutely adorable!  Just had to share her Photo too!  This is a child size hat and the pattern can be found on her FB Group Crochet Messy Bun.

Video is below!  I’ve got more shares for you and hope to post tomorrow. If not next week for sure!

 

Thanks for stopping by and as always……Happy Craftin’,
Yvonne Metz
Vista, CA.


 

 

Chunky Messy Bun Beanie

Happy Tuesday All!  Just wanted to post a super QUICK and EASY pattern for all you Messy Bun Lovers! This one was inspired by “Alexis Middleton” (PersiaLou) from her Chunky Style Hat that I saw on YouTube! It is super EASY and Quick to make also very addicting! Great Stash Buster too!  Click HERE for her Video of a FULL hat!  I’m adding the PDF I created and yes another super quick video for those who can’t read patterns and are more visual! So get out your #6 Super Bulky Yarn and get Hookin”!

Materials Used:
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick n Quick- Black
Hook size:  P/Q 15.0 mm (Brand Clover Amour)

Stitch Abbreviation:
Ch – Chain
Sl st – slip stitch
DC – Double Crochet
SC – Single Crochet
BLO – Back Loop Only

Note *** ch 2 does not count as a stitch unless noted.

Instructions:  **Ch 10 or 12 – (Depending on how big you want your opening)  join with sl st to form a ring, ch 2
Rnd 1 – 24 DC into the ring, join, ch 2 (24 dc)
Rnd 2 – 5 – DC into each DC around, join, ch2  (24 dc) Measures 5 ½”

**Brim – Rnd 6 – 8:  in BLO SC in each stitch across, join, ch 1 (24 sc)

Finish off and weave in ends

PDF File – Under 30 minute Chunky Messy

*****Please don’t sell this pattern as your own as it was modified and shared freely!  You may sell the finished product!

That’s it you’re done!  Happy Messy Bun Making!  As always, thanks for stopping by!

Yvonne Metz

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The Mindless Messy Bun Hat

Happy Saturday all! Well just had to share this extremely easy Messy Bun Hat I made the other night! I wanted something that I totally didn’t have to think about while crocheting and this is what I came up with!  The “Mindless” Messy Bun Hat.  Click for pattern – Mindless Messy Bun Hat

This one is done from the Brim up and is all HDC’s (half double crochet) except the brim which is done in sc’s (single crochet). This works up extremely fast which is another Woo Hoo! Oh there’s also a video below the instructions.

 

Mindless Messy Bun Hat
Teen/Adult Size – fits 19 – 22 inch head

Materials Used:

Yarn: Loops & Thread Charisma – Chocolate Cupcake #5 Bulky
Hook: L/8mm Hook
Extras – Tapestry/Yarn Needle

Stitch Abbreviations:
Ch – Chain
sc – Single Crochet
hdc – Half Double Crochet
hdc2tog – half double crochet 2 together or also called HDC Dec – half double crochet decrease
YO – Yarn Over
sl st – slip stitch

Note: HDC2TOG – YO insert hook in next stitch, pull up a loop, YO insert hook in next stitch, You’ll have 5 Loops on your hook – YO and pull through all 5 loops on your hook. This is your HDC Decrease or HDC2TOG.

Instructions:

Brim: Ch 6
Row 1:  sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, ch1, turn (5 sc)
Row 2: sc in next sc, sc in BLO in next 3 sc, sc in last sc, ch1, turn (5 sc)
Row 3 – 48: Repeat Row 2
Note – This for me worked up to about 19″ – my head is about 21 1/2 – this stretches so make sure you MEASURE around your own head as you go along. It will also stretch with wear.  If you are making for a child – there are many charts out there with basic head measurements.

Closing the Brim – Bring both ends together and sl st down going through both thicknesses. This is your seam so make sure you turn it inside before you start your Hat part. If you choose to.

Hat Part: ch 2 doesn’t count as a stitch unless otherwise noted
Row 1: ch 2, HDC evenly all around the brim, join to hdc, ch 2 (48 hdc)
Row 2 – 7: HDC in each across, join to hdc, ch 2 (48 hdc)  ***From Brim to here measured just a tad over 5″

Decreasing:
Row 8: (hdc in next 2 stitches, hdc2tog) – Repeat () around, join to hdc, ch 2 (26 hdc)
Row 9: (hdc in next 2 stitches, hdc2tog) – Repeat () around, join to hdc, ch 2 (27hdc)
Row 10: (hdc in next 2 stitches, hdc2tog) – Repeat () around, join to hdc, ch 2 (21 hdc)
FO – and weave in all yarn ends with your needle.

Hope you enjoyed this SUPER easy “Mindless” messy bun hat!  Questions comments leave me a comment!

 

 

 

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Basket Weave Messy Bun Hat

Well another post! What 2 over the weekend??? LOL!  I know right! Well I’m really trying to share more this year.
I wanted to share another pattern from my gal pal Diana from the Netherlands – It’s her Basket Weave Hat pattern. Been wanting to make one of these in like forever.  There is also a video I did for this one – which will be posted on the bottom.

I just love these textured hat.  Again if you are looking for her FREE patterns for now they are only posted in the Facebook Group “Crochet Messy Bun“.
Well hope you have a great rest of your weekend.  Questions? Don’t hesitate to contact me or comment below.

As always thank you for stopping by and…..

Happy Craftin’,
Yvonne Metz
Vista, CA.