Tag: crocheting

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

Time to get your Jolly on….

How adorable are these Santa Hats?  Super FUN and Perfect for the Holidays!  That’s right it’s that time to get your Jolly on!

This pattern was shared on a Facebook Group by Sarah Zimmerman from Repeat Crafter Me.  You can find the pattern HERE.

UPDATED: I used Clover Amour L Hook – (Amazon Affiliate Link)
I did modify it to fit a Teen/Adult hat. Here is what I did -With the L Hook I started with a chain of 44 and that measured 20″ –  I switched to M Hook when it changes to Red. After round 3. Then after 4th round it says to Repeat it 4 more times – I ended up doing 8 more times for Adult size. Giving me a total of 12 rows –
Then when we get to the Shape top: This is what I did (You’ll see in the pattern is says next rnd: I changed it up)
R1 – ch1 *(Sc2tog), sc in next 20, repeat* once, join, ch 1 (42)
R2-3 – sc in each around, join, ch 1 – (41)
R4 – (sc in next 5, sc2tog), repeat () around, join, ch1 (36)
R5-6 – sc in each around, join, ch 1 – (36)
R7 – (sc in next 4, sc2tog), repeat () around, join, ch1 (30)
R8-9 – sc in each around, join, ch 1 – (30)
R10 – (sc in next 4, sc2tog), repeat () around, join, ch1 (25)
R11-12 – sc in each around, join, ch 1 – (25)
R13 – (sc in next 4, sc2tog), repeat () around, join, ch1 (20)
R14-15 – sc in each around, join, ch 1 – (20)
R16 – (sc in next 4, sc2tog), repeat () around, join, ch1 (16)
R17-18 – sc in each around, join, ch 1 – (16)
R19 – (sc in next 4, sc2tog), repeat () around, join, ch1 (12)
R20-21 – sc in each around, join, ch 1 – (12)
R22 –  (sc in next 4, sc2tog), repeat () around, join, ch1 (10)
R 23-32 – sc in each around (10) From here you’ll follow the pattern Even though you’ll have 20 stitches instead of 16. It will still work out fine!
Should you have any questions please let me know – If you are not a crocheter and would like to order a Santa Hat click on the Etsy link in the top right hand corner.  OR message me and I can send you a Paypal Invoice.

Thanks for stopping by and as always,

Happy Craftin’,
Yvonne Metz
Vista, Ca.

A New Design “Just Chillin” Beanie

Seriously, not sure what’s gotten into me. I’m no Designer but these just keep coming! Totally inspired by ALL the AWESOME talent out there!  So here is my latest “Just Chillin'” Beanie! It’s so laid back and it’s got that slight Slouch to it and of course a POM POM!  I’ve got a video in the works and will post it as soon as it’s loaded.

But for now here is the Free PDF pattern – Just Chillin Slouchy
As I said I’m not a Designer by any means and this was made to fit a Teen/Adult I’m sure you can do any size just by measuring the length of the band.  I’ll try and experiment with different sizes later OR if you have any ideas leave me a comment!  Questions about the pattern let me know this too!

Well Grandson is here so I’m off! Thanks for stopping by and as always…..

Happy Craftin’,
Yvonne Metz

The BoHo Messy Bun Beanie

So as promised here is my new Messy Bun Hat Design! So this is very rare that I create a Design I normally test patterns for others! LOL! But here they are straight from my brain and inspired by so many hats I’ve seen!  Super warm and cozy.

I’m calling this The “BoHo Messy Bun Beanie”.  Which was inspired by a member of a FB Group I’m in. I originally thought “Bohemian” but was like hmmm. I thought BoHo then as I saw a comment on my post suggesting the same name! Great minds think alike right?  Anyway I’m working on a video for this hat. Hopefully this week! It’s super easy and FUN to make!

This one I used Red Heart with Love yarn #4 worsted in color Mango! Doesn’t it just POP!  You can’t tell from the photo but it’s super squishy!  I’m just in love with this look.  It’s got that casual but also Elegant look about it.  I’m thinking I see a matching scarf to go with maybe?  Oh yes I see it and Infinity style?  Hmmmmm…..sounds like another Design pattern in the making!

If you are interested in purchasing a Beanie these will be in my Etsy soon. If you are a fellow crocheter you can download your copy here! BoHo Messy Bun Beanie If you have any questions about the pattern or you find mistakes please let me know. Once you get the hang of it they are pretty fast to make.  As mentioned above I’ll be doing a video soon so if you want to see the video (some of us are visual – I LOVE videos) then subscribe to me on YouTube so you know when I load the video.  The link is up above on the right.

Lastly, here is a Messy Bun version which is in the pattern.  I mean you can’t make a hat now a days without it being a Messy Bun too right?  This one uses Red Heart Essentials  yarn!

Stay tuned for the next one I’m going to share it’s another one that was in my brain.  I will be sharing this a little later today so come back and check it out!

Thanks for stopping by & as always…
Happy Craftin’,
Yvonne Metz

Something new in my Etsy Shop

Just when you thought it was save to get back in the water! LOL!  I’ve been wanting to make one of these Shark Blankets in like forever! I mean I’ve got the Mermaids down….now it’s time for the Sharks. Love how this came out and it is now in my Etsy Shop. In time for any Shark Lover. With Christmas around the corner and all!  Click HERE to get to the listing.  Click the photo for a larger image.  I’ve got more to share so check back soon!  Thanks for stopping by and as always….

Happy Craftin’,
Yvonne Metz
Vista, Ca.

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

 

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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