Striped Beanie (scrap buster)

I needed a quick way to use up some scrap yarn before my closet became overrun with those little colorful yarn balls, so I started making these beanies and basically couldn’t stop for several days. I really found making them to be quite addictive! I made all different sizes and color combinations. Some of them were given away as Christmas presents, and those pictured are the ones I have left.

These beanies were made from the bottom up – I made the brim by going back and forth in rows, slip stitched it together, then worked in decreasing rounds until I reached the top. The pom poms are the cherry on top and were made with my pom pom maker. (You can get a set from Walmart.com for under $4, and they’re so much fun to make!)

These striped beanies are a great scrap buster and super fast, so get creative with your colors and get crocheting!

Here’s the free pattern:

Yarn – worsted weight, 2 colors, small ball of each

Hook – 5.00

Abbreviations:

Ch – chain

Sc – single crochet

Hk – hook

St – stitch

Sl st – slip stitch

Hdc – half double crochet

Hdc2tog – half double crochet two together

In color A, Ch 8

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hk and in each ch to end, turn

Row 2: Ch 1 (doesn’t count as a st, here and throughout) Working in back loop only, sc in 1st st and each st across, turn

Repeat row 2 until band matches the circumference of the head.

Sl st last row to first row

Now you will be working in the round, slip stitching the last stitch of each round to the first stitch.

Round 1: Ch 1 and sc evenly around – one sc for each row

Round 2: Ch 1, Hdc in each sc around, changing to color B on last yarn over of last st

Round 3: Ch 1, Hdc in each stitch around, changing back to color A on last yarn over of last st

Round 4: repeat round 2

Round 5-6: ch 1, Hdc (color B) around, changing to color A on last yarn over of last st of row 6

Round 7: repeat round 2

Round 8: repeat round 3

Rounds 9-10: ch 1, with color A, Hdc around

Round 11: ch 1, hdc2tog in first 2 st, *1 Hdc in each of next 4 st, hdc2tog in next 2 st, repeat from * to end

Round 12: ch 1, hdc2tog in first 2 st, *1 Hdc in each of next 3 st, hdc2tog in next 2 st, repeat from * to end

Round 13: ch 1, hdc2tog in first 2 st, *1 Hdc in each of next 2 st, hdc2tog in next 2 st, repeat from * to end

Round 14: ch 1, hdc2tog first 2 st, *1 Hdc in next st, hdc2tog in next 2 st, repeat from * to end

Round 15: ch 1, hdc2tog in first 2 st and each 2 st across

Using yarn needle stitch top together.

Make largish pom pom in color B and attach.

Weave in ends.

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Wintertide Throw

I found the pattern for this stunning Wintertide throw on mamainastitch.com, and I thought it was so cool! The pattern calls for eight balls of bulky weight yarn, but I decided to use a gray worsted weight yarn that was leftover from other projects. To make the throw a reasonable size with the lighter weight yarn, I doubled the starting chains that the pattern called for.

The Wintertide Throw is made up of three special stitches – bobble stitch, bean stitch, and granite stitch (all explained on the pattern page) – and also makes use of front loop only stitches and back post stitches.

A beginner crocheter will find this pattern both workable and educational. And the end result will be a beautiful, cozy throw perfect for hibernating under all winter!

Seed Stitch Fingerless Gloves

These fingerless gloves are the perfect winter accessory! They are done with the super simple Seed Stitch, which is nothing more that alternating single and double crochets. The Seed Stitch creates a nice dense fabric perfect for keeping your hands warm and cozy. The wrists are extra long to keep you nice and warm.

Here’s the easy pattern!

Wrists:

Chain 20

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hk and in each ch across, ch 1, turn (ch 1 doesn’t count as a stitch here and throughout)

Rows 2 – 24: Working back loops only, sc in 1st st and each st across, ch 1, turn

Sl st the two short sides together. Do not end off.

Hands:

Round 1: Ch 1, Sc in same sp as ch 1, 25 more sc evenly spaced around, sl st to 1st sc

Round 2: Ch 1, dc in same st, *sc in next st, dc in next stitch, repeat from * around to next to last st, sc in last st, sl st to 1st dc

Round 3: Ch 1, sc in same st (in top of 1st dc from round 2), alternate dc and sc around, sl st last dc to 1st sc

Round 4: repeat round 2

Round 5: repeat round 3

Round 6: repeat round 2

Round 7: repeat round 3

Round 8: Ch 1, dc in same st, (sc in next st, dc in next st) 4 times, ch 3, sk 3 st, *dc in next st, sc in next st, repeat from * around, sl st to first dc

Round 9: Ch 1, Sc in same st, dc in next st, continue as usual until you get to the ch 3, sc in each of the three chains, *sc in next st, dc in next stitch, repeat from * to end, sl st to first sc

Round 10: repeat round 2

Round 11: repeat round 3

Round 12: repeat round 2

Round 13: repeat round 3

Round 14: repeat round 2

Round 15: Ch 1, Sc in same st, sc in each of next 3 st, sc2tog (scdec) over next two stitches, *sc in next 4 st, sc2tog over next two stitches, repeat to end, join with st st, break yarn.

Thumbs:

Round 1: Join yarn anywhere in thumb hole. Ch 1, sc in same st, 8 more sc evenly around, sl st to 1st sc

Rounds 2 and 3: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in each of next 8 stitches, sl st to 1st sc

End off, weave in ends.