Adventure Time…

IMG_7843“C’mon grab your friends, we’ll go to very distant lands.  With Jake the Dog and Finn the Hu-man, the fun will never end!  It’s adventure time!”

My kids are totally obsessed with this crazy, whacked out, bizarre, but totally awesome television show… and I have to admit… I’m also kind of obsessed with it too!  It’s so funny I love it.  It’s jam packed with tons of humor for kids and adults, amazing characters and lot of adventures.

As a laugh, one day I decided to try and crochet my son a Finn inspired hat.  I have to say, it turned out pretty great!  I actually had several students at my child’s school ask me where he got the hat and I’ve even had a few order requests.  Now my eldest son says he wants to be Finn for hallowe’en next year and my youngest wants to be Jake the Dog.  I think I should get to work on creating a Jake the Dog hat for my baby!

This hat is actually very quick and easy to make.  A skilled crocheter could whip this up in a about an hour, but it’s great for beginners too because it uses several different techniques in a simple manner.  The hat is worked in joining rounds and then switches to a back and forth pattern and then switches back to joining rounds with a colour change at the bottom.  The ears are worked up in continuous rounds and then in front loops only for the last round.  Special stitches include dc2tog, changing yarn colour and front loop single crochet.  I use a thick worsted weight yarn, a large K/10.5 – 6.50mm hook, a double crochet and a single crochet stitch for this pattern.  It’s simple but cute!

This pattern is for a child approx 4-12 years old.  Due to the large stitches, this hat will stretch and fit a head approx 18″ – 21″.

Please note that his pattern has been tested, however if you should come across any mistakes, please do not hesitate to comment or send me a message, after all…we’re only hu-man!

As Jake the Dog would say “Dude, suckin’ at something is the first step to being sorta good at something!”

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How to Crochet 2 Together (…2tog)

IMG_7179When I was learning how to crochet I had a hard time reading patterns.  I had to write out the full words and rewrite, in details any and all special stitches required, so here is a quick tutorial on how to crochet 2 together.  In patterns you will see …2tog.  It could be sc2tog, hdc2tog, dc2tog or even tr2tog, this tutorial will tell you how to crochet them.  The same rules apply to these 4 types of crochet stitches: sc, hdc, dc and tr.

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How to Easily Change the Colour of Yarn When Crocheting With Multiple Yarns

IMG_6182For me, the greatest tip I learned, and it’s one that I use every time I crochet, when working with different colours, is how to switch between colours without having to tie little knots; it was revolutionary!  I couldn’t believe it, no more trying to hide those pesky little knots within my projects.  No more weaving in tails through out my projects.  No more hoping I tied my knots tight enough so that it doesn’t pull out and look loose and/or untidy.

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The Pokémon Inspiration Part 3 ‘Deck’ Cases

IMG_6833IMG_6529-1I was taking part in an online “Crochet Challenge” and had to crochet something using UK terms, but I was having a very hard time finding patterns written in UK terms.  I scoured the internet for what seemed like ages to find a nice pattern that was written in UK terms, however it seems that the few projects I did come across were not in my taste.  So I decided to take it upon myself to do something a little different.  I’m going to “translate” a US term pattern in UK terms.

For my boys birthday we threw a Pokémon inspired theme party.  For the favours, we had decided I was going to make little (what my kids call) “pokéballs” and a little bag (like My Cute Little Bags) in the pokémon original colours of red, black and white and we are going to put some Pokémon cards in them and call them “deck sacks”.  The “deck sacks” pattern is what I’m going to translate….So here it is….

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