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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  1. Sent you a message on Ravelry!

  2. Too funny–I am an avid knitter and have been doing hats like a crazy woman lately, crochet and knit. I was looking at getting some cotton yarn,a s there is a hat with some texture that recommends cotton yarn for the stitch definition…and I tried using something else, and it just doesn't show the stitches! (Classic Baby Boy Beanie Hat on Ravelry)

    1. I guess I can see that… To describe the cotton thread: it's more rough… Less slippery and doesn't strectch/puff up like a wool/acrylic yarn. It probably makes the stitch more defined.

  3. The hats are adorable on your beautiful children! I have known how to crochet for years but haven't made anything substantial (other than dish cloths) for 40 or more years and I have forgotten how to read a pattern correctly! Ugh! I am going to look up the course you took! Thank you!

    1. Thank you! I was going to tell you to wait until the class is on sale, but I just looked at it and they are having a flash sale and it is 50% off today. Here is the link: http://shrsl.com/?~4zdh. This class is geared to beginners, but, she does go through pattern reading as well…

  4. Shirley Ann says:

    I have a question about crocheting in a spiral. So when you get to the very end, completing your project, is there a little difference in height from where your last crochet stitch and your stopping point? I have made a couple of hats using a free slouchy hat pattern that is made in the spiral and this is what I have seen. I just want to make sure that is what is to be expected or if I am doing something wrong. I cannot tell from any pics online and I see that this beanie hat is accomplished the same way. Thanks!

    1. That's how I found it to be as well… If you look closely on the purple hat (under/behind the flower,) you can see where the row changes height. Since this was single crochet, I don't think it was as noticeable. I meant for that to be at the back of the hat, but was not paying attention when I added the flower. Does anyone with a little more experience have any advice in this?

    2. Shirley Ann says:

      Thank you so much Jamie! I just wanted to be sure I wasn't doing something wrong. I took the beginner crochet through Craftsy and loved it! I have made 3 slouchy hats so far. It is so much fun and relaxing too! I would like to try this little hat you made too. It is very cute!

  5. First, I'd like to mention your "I'm Hooked, Basic Single Crochet Beanie" link doesn't seem to work.

    As others have mentioned, cotton is great for dishcloths, washcloths, makeup removers, etc. Since you're on Ravelry, did you know that is an awesome place for finding project ideas? Click on Patterns, Advanced Search (or go to http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/search#craft=). You can select by fiber type, type of craft, free patterns only, difficulty, yardage, etc. Selecting cotton, crochet, free, and easy gave me 22 pages of results 😀

    1. Thanks for letting me know about the link, it's fixed now and I will definitely search on those yarns to see what people are making…

  6. I make a pretty garland with 100% cotton yarn. It is very simple. Chain up to 5 yards in length. Then 3 sc in each chain, twisting the garland as you go.

  7. On Ravelry there is a really pretty dish cloth set to crochet that looks pretty simple. I haven't made it yet but is on my list….very long list 🙂 The pattern name is: Lace Mesh Wash Cloth/Dish Cloth

  8. Jaime, I am crocheting also, well, re-starting. I have been trying to learn other stitches besides just the single but once I get going, after turning a few times, my project looks more like its losing stitches every row! ACK! Maybe I need to go take a class also!! I'm on Ravelry too, will look for you now!

  9. I get the sugar and cream kind, and make dish rags out of it. Just a simple single crochet, a row of 35, using a J or I hook. Simple project, but useful for a gift.

    1. Good idea! The brand was Kitchen Cottons, so I probably should have gotten a clue from that… 😉