One basic hat pattern, four styles, many Xmas gifts!


Hey there!

My apologies for the slightly long delay on being back. Hopefully it was worth your wait! – so what have I been up to? crocheting Xmas gifts of course (and book review I’ll post about soon). Of course, the end of the term is always a last push to get things done. But here we are, gifts made, labwork done and lots of new crocheted and knit things to share in the upcoming weeks.

This year we are spending Xmas with my hubby’s dad, his wife and the hubby’s siblings. So of course I had to make them all hats. The pattern is the same for all of them and the variability in size and fit comes from using different yarns, hooks and making more or less rows to give the hat a different look. You can use this basic pattern and directions to make your own hat however YOU want it! – Best part? they only take an hour or so to make.

But first, let’s see what I made:

The hubby’s dad and brother are avid hunters, so I went with camouflage hats for them. Appropriate, no?

camo hat on crochet

These are made with red heart super saver in camouflage, which is weirdly enough, one of the only brands that makes any camouflage yarn at all. One skein makes 2 hats and a can coozie. Quick and cheap, couldn’t ask for more. These hats are a bit on the loose side of things, because my brother in law has long hair and my father in law doesn’t like very tight hats. In terms of length, they have no slouch at all.

Now comes the gray hat for my sister in law, Maddie.

gray hat crochet onThis one was made with Sheepish yarn by Vickie Howell, from Caron. This yarn is not quite like any other worsted weight yarn you’ll buy. It’s a mix of 80% acrylic and 20% wool, and it’s spun in such a way that some sections are a bit thinner than others. It is however, on the thinner side of worsted weight yarns. In the picture I’m wearing the hat pretty tightly, but it does have a little bit of slouch to it and it is a little loose. It also has a small section of single crochet rows, to make a band/brim which makes it stay in place.

crochet hats collage

The purple hat, pictured in the left hand corner, is also Vickie Howell Sheepish, this time in prune. This one is for my other sister in law Bailey. The hat is as long as the multicolored one right next to it (and in the first picture), and it has the same level of slouch but it is also a bit looser to make room for long curly hair.As in the gray hat, I added a single crochet band, but I made a few decreases before the band, so it would be a bit more snug and not fall off. Don’t worry, I’ll give you all the numbers in a second.

Finally, the multicolored hat, was made in Red Heart Unforgettable yarn in the Sunrise colorway. As you can tell, it’s crocheted in a tube, without any decreases at the band, which is also made in single crochet. It is a bit more snug than the purple hat, because this one is going to my hubby’s other sister, on the mom’s side, who has thin long flat hair.

Now for the details!

Camouflage hats:  made in Red Heart Super Saver Camouflage, with a 5.5 mm hook, 15 rows of dc + 1 row of sc for finishing. Stitch count is 66 stitches. Length is 8 inches, width is approximately 20 inches.

Gray hat: made in Vickie Howell Sheepish in gray, with a 5.5 mm hook. 17 rows in dc + 5 rows of sc for the band. Total number of stitches is 72. Length is 9 inches, width is 19.5 inches.

Purple hat: made in Vickie Howell Sheepish in prune, with a 5.5 mm hook, 21 rows of dc + rows of sc for the band. The number of stitches for the body of the hat is 70. The last row of dc has 4 decreases making the stitch count 66, which is maintained for the 5 rows of sc for the band. Length is 11 inches, width is 20 inches throughout the body and 18.5 inches at the band.

Multicolored hat: made in Red Heart Unforgettable in Sunrise colorway, with a 4.5 mm hook. 22 rows of dc + 5 rows of sc for the band. Total number of stitches is 72. Length is 11 inches and width is 18.5 inches all the way.

And the main pattern, with some notes!

Double crochet hat

With worsted weight yarn of your choice and 5 or 5.5 mm hook, depending on the desired width.

Rnd1: make 9 dc in the magic ring, join to the first dc, not the chains. (9 st)
Rnd 2: 2 dc in each stitch around (18 st)
Rnd 3: *(2 dc in the next st, 1 dc in next) Repeat from * around (27 st)
Rnd 4: *(2dc in the next st, 1 dc in the next 2 st) Repeat from * around (36 st)
Rnd 5: *(2dc in the next st, 1 dc in the next 3 st) Repeat from * around (45 st)
Rnd 6: *(2dc in the next st, 1 dc in the next 4 st) Repeat from * around (54 st)’
Rnd 7: dc in each stitch around (54 st)
Rnd 8: *(2 dc in the next st, dc in next 8 st) Repeat from * around (60 st)
Rnd 9: *(2dc in the next st, dc in next 9 st) Repeat from * around (66st)

* For the camouflage and purple hat, stop increasing here

- For the camo: make 5 rows of 1 dc in each stitch then 1 row of sc

- For the purple: make 11 rows of 1 dc in each stitch, then decrease 4 stitches evenly in another dc round. Finish with 5 sc rows for the band

* for the gray and multicolored hats make Rnd10

Rnd10: *(2dc in the next st, dc in next 10 st) Repeat from * around (72st)

- For the gray hat, make 7 rows of 1 dc in each stitch and 5 rows of sc in each

- For the multicolored hat, make 12 rows of 1 dc in each stitch and 5 rows of sc for the band.

Weave in ends and you’re all done!

I hope you enjoyed this easily adaptable pattern!

Easy PEAsy knit hat

green hat

Two years ago, more or less, my husband talked me into taking up knitting. Although I have never posted any knitting patterns here, I did knit a scarf, a hat and a couple cowls back in the day. My knitting spree only lasted a couple months. I then picked up crocheting and I haven’t stopped ever since. Why did I quit knitting? I thought I sucked at it and I was really slow.

Fast forward almost two years and for whatever reason, I decided to pick it back up. Perhaps because while I love crocheted items like coozies, purses, clutches, storage bags and of course amigurumi, I still like the look of finished knitted accessories better. i feel like knitting gives me a larger array of possibilities when it comes to hats, cowls and certainly sweaters. So here I am, knitting again.

green hat top

This hat is a very simple one I made up, just to prove myself I could come up with a very simple pattern and obtain a well fitting garment. It has a thin ribbed brim, which you can make longer if you wish to. The body of the hat is stockinette stitch all the way and it is finished as a multiple of 6 stitches decrease. Whether you are a newbie or an experienced knitter, this hat works up in no time and it makes for a quick, last minute Christmas gift!

green hat front top

Easy PEAsy hat

Gauge 20 st and 30 rows = 4 inches (10 cm)

Yarn used: Berroco Vintage DK in Pea. Substitute for any other DK yarn. I used about 150 yards, which is less than one skein.

Needles: 4 mm (US 6) 16” circular and DPNs or 24′ or larger for magic loop method

Cast on 96 st

Work on 1 x 1 rib (k1, p1) for 1.25 inches or any length you desire

Switch to stockinette stitch (remember in the round stockinette is simply knitting around) and continue knitting for 6” (if you would like a slouchier hat, you can knit for 8” to have a final hat length of 10”)

Start decreases

(K2tog, k14 st, place marker) around (90 st)

(k2tog, k13 st) around (84 st)

(k2tog, k12 st) around (78 st)

(k2tog, k11 st) around (72 st)

(k2tog, k10 st) around (66 st)

continue to decrease in this fashion, k2tog then knit til marker until 6 stitches remain.

Insert your darning needle through the 6 remaining stitches and close the top up. Weave in ends.

Never knit a hat before? here are some useful tutorial links!

how to magic loop 

how to DPNs

how to knit two together

How to: Oval clutch/purse/tote started flat

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Making clutches,  purses, totes or any other oval shaped bags can be confusing for beginners. Perhaps because the start of said items is always flat with chains, as opposed to making stitches in a magic ring. You can think of oval bases as a circle split in half, which each half at the end of a series of single/half double/double crochets. The width of the final item is highly dependent on how big that circle is. This is the simplest, narrowest type of oval, with a single round of increases at the end of the starting chain. I figured an image is worth a thousand words, so here you have the photo tutorial to make any clutch/tote/purse your heart desires.

Learn to crochet


We’ll start by chaining 22, or however many stitches you need for the width you would like.

2chain 22 make 1 dc in each


After doing 1 dc in each stitch, we’ll increase in the last st.

2Make 3 double crochet in last


Now we’ll continue on the other side of the chain

2continue on the other side of the chain


and voila…

2first round completed


Now for Round 2

2make 1 double crochet in each


Eventually you will have this…

2after 2 complete rounds


And as you continue to make 1 dc in each stitch…

2after over 3 rounds


Now you can continue working double crochet rounds until the purse reaches whatever height you desire. To make a flap, start a new round and work only half of the stitches, then turn and work those stitches again for several rounds.

If you have any questions, leave me a comment and I’ll happily help! I hope you enjoyed the tutorial



Where’s Waldo crochet hat

katie waldo crochet hat front

I know I know… the neverending Halloween themed posts! Sorry, I promise this is the last one this year. I couldn’t resist making a special post to show you how adorable this Waldo costume is. Katie approached me a couple weeks ago asking if there was still time to make her a Waldo hat for her costume. I must say I love the whole costume. Her glasses are perfect and more importantly, are not headache inducing plastic glasses! Plus she’s going to be using the hat as her go to cold accessory, so it was well worth the very little time it takes to make.

Katie waldo crochet hat side

You should be able to make this hat in no more than 3 hrs, probably less, depending on your proficiency level. While this was a Waldo type color combo, you can make it in whatever combination of colors you’d like or even with variegated yarn. The pom-pom is absolutely mandatory for the Waldo costume, but you can certainly leave it out if you’d like to. As for the construction of the hat, it’s half double crochet all the way. The ribbed edge is made alternating front and back post HDC. I must note that it is important to do one row of HDC with red yarn before you start the ribbing. Why? because that way the color transition is invisible. Otherwise you’ll have a row of mixed red and white in which you can see both the new yarn and old yarn. I find it gives it an unprofessional look, so remember to not skip this step.

katie waldo crochet hat front straight

I must also note that unlike a knit rib, the crochet rib made with front and back posts doesn’t have much stretch. It’s more decorative than anything else. i have been practicing my knitting recently and you can expect some free knitting patterns soon!

Before I give you the pattern, I have to thank my friend Anna from Check out her AMAZING pictures, she is a very talented photographer and scientist! Anna helped me edit the Waldo pictures so they’d have this awesome background. Gracies Anna!

And finally, here’s the pattern! it comes in all sizes toddler to large adult, Enjoy!  Waldo hat crochet pattern

katie Waldo collage

Kermit the frog crochet hat pattern

kermit side2

Happy Halloween everyone! If you read this blog, you’ve already noticed I absolutely love Halloween. To celebrate, I’m making this Kermit the frog pattern available for free until the end of the day!   Kermit is available for purchase at my etsy store. 

kermit side

As you have seen in previous posts, my costume today is Louise Belcher. But that’s only during daytime! tonight, hubby and I go to the movies as Miss Piggy and Kermit. I can’t wait to take some pictures of the two of us!

You can find other costume-like patterns on my etsy store and stay tuned for the next pattern release by following my blog.


kermit front

Pumpkin hat free crochet pattern

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Halloween is around the corner! do you have a costume? does your child have one? if the answer is no, I have the solution for you! This quick and easy pumpkin hat can be whipped up in no time. Certainly no more than an afternoon!

The size is very easily adaptable as it is crocheted flat using the back loops only. You can chain more for a longer hat or make more rows for a wider, larger fitting hat. This one is meant for a toddler size 1-3. It fits my friend’s baby and he has…ahem, a big head for a 1 year old.

Pumpkin hat 

Crochet hook size 5.5 mm

half a skein of Vanna’s choice in brick (you certainly can buy their pumpkin color, but I find it too light)*

*if you are making the hat for an adult you may need more.

a few yards of Vanna’s choice in green

Toddler size + larger size instructions

Chain 31 (the number of chains determines how long the hat is, if you want a longer hat, chain more)

Rd1. Make 1 hdc in the second chain from the hook, using the back loop only. Then make one HDC in each chain til the end.

Rd2-32. Make 1 hdc on back loop only in each stitch.

Once you reach the desired width, slip stitch the last and first row of the hat together. Now you have a hat seam.

Stem and curly-cue

Join with green yarn and make 1 HDC only in every other stitch, that is, only in the grooves or only in the ridges. This effectively decreases the stitch count by half. Now you’ll have 16 HDC. If you made a larger hat you’ll have half of however many rounds you did.

Rd1. 1 hdc in each stitch (16 hdc)
Rd2. (hdc2tog, 1 hdc) around (8 hdc)

this completes the base of the stem (for larger hat, decrease until you get to 8 stitches, remember to divide stitches in multiples of 8)

Rd3-5. 1 single crochet in each stitch around (8 hdc)

Rd6. (sc2tog, 4sc) twice (6 sc)- yes, this is correct, we have now switched to single crochet

Rd6-8. sc in each stitch around.

Rd9. sc2tog around. Now slip stitch the 3 last stitches shut. Do not cut the yarn.

Chain 21, make 3 hdc in second chain from hook and each chain after that. This will create the curled effect. (and this portion is the same for any size)

Cut the yarn, weave in ends and enjoy!

Looking for more costumes? Check these other patterns out! 

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Louise Belcher costume, crochet hat, pattern HERE

fox hat square

   Fox hat, crochet pattern HERE

knight hat square marked

Knight hat, crochet pattern HERE

miss piggy face brightMiss Piggy hat, crochet pattern HERE

Louise Belcher DIY costume

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Any Bob’s burgers fans out there? – Welcome! I’m glad we share interests

Louise Belcher may as well be my favorite cartoon character, although she has to compete with Steven Universe and the Adventure Time crew. Her and I share a childhood of being around our parents’ business. Hers a burger place, mine a butcher shop. Not so different after all.

As a European who grew up without Halloween, I can’t go a single year without celebrating the event. Perhaps my favorite holiday. This year, I put my crochet and sewing abilities to use and I made myself a whole Louise Costume. The hat is my own pattern creation and you can find it here!

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Why make your own hat you say? Because it costs about 3$ to make! and it’s fun! and the ears are a whole 10 inches! What a great way to make a statement.

As for how to make the dress… I started with this tutorial and made a few changes, so I’m going to summarize for you how to do it! (I still recommend you look at her tutorial!)

1. Pick a dress, whatever dress you have, made of a non-stretch material (it will render more accurate measures).

2. Take a large piece of butcher paper and mark all around your dress. If it has sleeves, mark around the sleeves as well. Mine was a sleeveless dress.

3. Now you have marked the size of your dress, but you need to add about 1/2 inch of seam allowance. You can use a curved ruler for the neck portion.

4. Here’s the main difference with the tutorial. You want an A-line dress and chances are your dress does not have that shape. If it does, you’re done with the design. If it doesn’t, like mine, make a mark 8 inches away from the bottom corners of the dress. Then trace a straight line from the armpit to that mark. This should give your dress an A-line shape. Cut the pattern from the butcher paper and then the fabric using the pattern. See pictures below

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5. Sew the bottom seams of the dress and then sew along the sides all the way to the armpit

6. Take a large t-shirt and put it on top of the sleeve opening. On butcher paper, mark around the arm, cut the pattern and then cut 4 pieces of fabric, two for each sleeve.

7. Sew the sleeve pieces to each other and then pin, with the dress inside out, the sleeves to the sleeve openings. Sew around the sleeves

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Your dress is done! Now put your costume all together and take some silly pictures!

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