I’ve Been Crocheting… (free hat patterns)

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Do you remember the Craftsy Crochet Lab class I took during the holiday break?  Well… I’ve been a busy little crochet-er these last few weeks.  I’ve done lots of practice pieces, completed several small projects and have no less than 5 more projects in process and many more “percolating”…

What I like about crocheting is that it’s portable, I can take it anywhere to keep busy and it’s something I can do while watching our recorded shows in the evening with my hubby and still feel productive.

So far, My favorite projects have been hats. They’re such a quick and easy project and so many patterns to choose from!  I’ve been busy making hats for all the little kids I know, including my own.  Here are a couple I’ve gotten pictures of so far.

Free Crochet Beanie Hat Pattern

This one turned out just darling! The free pattern is found here: I’m Hooked, Basic Single Crochet Beanie

Free Crochet Beanie Hat Pattern

I don’t remember the tutorial I used for the flowers, but there quite a few free ones available.

For may son, I made this Kid’s Ear flap hat. (Tutorial found here: Kid’s Ear flap hat by Peanutzmom’s Pattern Place.)  I left off the little hanging ties because I thought it made the hat look to young, but he says he wants them, so I’ll  be putting them on…

Free Crochet Beanie Hat Pattern

Can’t let the Cherrios get soggy!

Free Crochet Beanie Hat Pattern

I know I need to get better at counting my stitches- whatever I’m making always seems to magically gain or loose stitches after a row.  (And of course I have to pull entire rows out and start again.)

The project (below) is a prime example of missing stitches. The count on the last row is several off from how many there are supposed to be.  I’ll go back one row and try to recover from there. (Even if I have to add in a few extra double crochets, I don’t want to pull out more than one row…)
This project is going to be a slouchy beanie to match the finger-less gloves from my Cupcake Skirt post.  Can’t wait to finish this hat, its going to be so cute!  (Thank goodness my kids love hats.)  If I don’t post the finished project here, I’ll definitely add it to my finished projects over at Ravelry.
Speaking of, are you on Ravelry?  (If so, let’s be friends.  Find me here.)  Ravelry is a fabulous resource for all things knitting and crocheting…  (I was also wondering, if a project I’m linking to is on both Ravelry and the pattern creators blog, should I link to the Ravelry post or their blog?  What do you think?)
Now, for all the experienced crocheters out there, I have a question…  I recently ordered a bunch of cotton yarn  from Joann’s.  I didn’t really know what cotton yarn was like, I ordered it because they were having a big sale and the colors were pretty (typical…)  Turns out, cotton yarn crochets differently (and not as prettily imo.)  So what in the world should I make with this yarn?  I would love to hear your ideas!

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