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The joy of socks

Halloweensocks

A couple months ago I knit my first sock. It was difficult and I was not convinced I was really into it. A lot of patterns are cumbersome and don’t properly explain why or how one goes about making a sock. Then came the ‘Rose City Rollers’. A simple, well explained, addictive and FREE pattern by a lovely lady who inspires me on a regular basis, Mara, aka Orangeknits.

The rollers made me fall in love with sock knitting. I am told this happens quite often. Weird as it sounds, making socks to me is like making protein. When I am frustrated in the lab because new experiments won’t work, I make protein. I still remember my first prep, which took me forever and seemed extremely difficult. Now it’s one of those few things that bring me instant gratification. Socks have become the go to knit for when I’m feeling uninspired or simply too exhausted to take on a complicated pattern.

rosecityrollers

I’m a fan of simple patterns that highlight amazing yarns. One of my current favorite dyers is Havirland, aka, Carol. She’s another one of those wonderful people I’ve come to know through instagram (yay for good social media). Her yarns are fun, unique and often pretty nerdy. She is as much a fan of Halloween as myself and so she makes fantastic spooky color ways. When I saw her Halloween minis set, I knew I had to get it and make a pair of socks with it.

hallosocks

I consider these socks to be the best thing I’ve ever knit. Not just because I’m extremely happy with the final product (see first picture), but also because they made me realize I can actually combine colors/variegated yarn in a pleasant manner. – I have always told myself and my husband, I had no idea how to combine colors. I called it being ‘color impaired’. But no more. I am now ready to tackle a million more colorful projects and see where my instincts take me.

In the meantime I’ll dream of Halloween.

PS. My halloween socks are 56 stitch rollers with a longer leg (7 inches) and a 3×1 ribbed cuff that measures about 1.5 inches (20 rows).

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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 http://annabasora.tumblr.com/ 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

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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 Revelry under designer “Adriana Bon” and stay tuned for the next pattern release by following my blog.

Have a safe and HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

kermit front

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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

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