Football Applique

FREE Pattern Football Applique|Colie'sCrochet | coliescrochet.comI don’t know about you but I am so excited that football season is upon us! We were watching some of the pre-season pro games this past weekend. (Have I mentioned that my son will be playing football for the first time in a little over a week?!) This little football applique is a really easy way to decorate any hat, blanket, or other item to show your love of football. Make hats and blankets in your favorite team’s colors to really show off your team pride. The hat pictured is my Basic Striped Beanie which you can find by clicking here and I made it in the reigning super-bowl champ colors. 🙂

 

Skill Level:

  • Beginner

 

Materials:

  • I-5.5 mm hook but you can use any hook and yarn to achieve the size and look you desire.
  • Worsted Weight Yarn – I used I Love This Yarn by Hobby Lobby in brown and white. Less than 2 gram or 4 yards total for football. Less than 1 gram or 1 yard for laces.
  • Yarn or Tapestry needle

 

Gauge:

  • Not important

 

Abbreviations and Stitches Used: (In US terminology)

  • Ch – chain stitch
  • Dc – double crochet
  • Hdc – half double crochet
  • Sc – single crochet
  • Sl st – Slip Stitch
  • St – stitch
  • Trc – triple crochet

 

Pattern Notes:

  • Pattern is written in US terms
  • Read pattern in its entirety first

 

FREE Pattern Football Applique|Colie'sCrochet | coliescrochet.comPattern

With brown, ch 12

 

 

Sc in 2nd ch, *hdc in next ch, dc in next ch, trc in next 5 ch, dc in next ch, hdc in next ch, sc in last ch.*

 

Turn (working stitches along the other side of foundation chain), sc in 1st ch, repeat from * to *.

 

 

Sl st into 1st sc. Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing.

 

 

For laces: Cut about a yard of white. With yarn needle, insert from wrong side of football through the middle of the foundation chain to the right side at the 3rd st (dc), pull yarn through.

Insert yarn needle back down through middle of the foundation chain at the dc on the other side of the football (yarn and needle should now be back on wrong side of football again).

 

Then work 4 stitches up and over the first stitch in between each of the 5 trc in the football; worked perpendicular to the first stitch made.

 

Pull the stitches fairly tight. Finish off.

 

 

 

Finishing

Weave in all ends except for the long brown yarn left to sew onto hat, blanket or any other item.

 

The hat pictured is my Basic Striped Beanie which you can find by clicking here

 

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Now go forth and spread your love of football! And don’t forget to share your finished projects on any of my social media.

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Favorite Team Football Helmet

Favorite Team Football Helmet Pattern | Colie's Crochet

The Favorite Team Football Helmet was inspired by my almost 6-year-old son. He loves football just like his dad and will be playing football for the first time this fall. This completely customizable hat can be made in any colors to show your team spirit for any team. I also include ideas for adding letters, numbers and mascots to the sides of the helmets for the ultimate football fan.

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For this tutorial, I will be working the Toddler size. ll other sizes can be purchased in my pattern stores:

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Sizes available in download:

  • Newborn fits 14” head circumference
  • Infant (3 months) fits 16” head circumference
  • Baby (6 months) fits 18” head circumference
  • Toddler (1–2 years) fits 19” head circumference
  • Preschooler (3-5 years) fits 20” head circumference
  • Child (6-10 years) fits 21” head circumference
  • Teen/Small Adult fits 22” head circumference
  • Medium Adult fits 23” head circumference
  • Large Adult fits 24” head circumference

Materials:

  • I-5.5 mm hook; I use a Clover hook which I have found creates a slightly smaller stitch. I also tend to be a really tight crocheter. For these two reasons, I highly recommend working up a gauge swatch ahead of time. (See below in Pattern Notes for directions on working up a gauge swatch).
  • F-3.75mm hook
  • Worsted Weight yarn. I used I Love This Yarn by Hobby Lobby. You will need up to 100g or 175 yards of the main color and up to 11g or 20 yards of accent color. (This only includes yarn needed for the helmet, earholes and pinstripe, extra yarn will be needed if you choose to applique letters, numbers or mascots on the sides of the helmet). Aran yarn would be an acceptable substitute if you don’t have access to worsted weight yarn.
  • Stitch markers (I use paperclips)
  • Yarn or tapestry needle to weave in ends and sew on appliques if desired

Skill Level:

  • Intermediate

Gauge:

  • 15 hdc and 11.5 rows = 4” square; use a different size hook or yarn to obtain proper gauge (See below in Pattern Notes for directions on working up a gauge swatch)

Abbreviations and Stitches Used: in US terminology

  • Ch – chain stitch
  • Dc – double crochet
  • Dc2tog – double crochet 2 stitches together
  • Hdc – half double crochet
  • Hdc2tog – half double crochet 2 stitches together
  • MC – Magic Circle
  • Rnd(s) – round(s)
  • Sc – single crochet
  • Sl st – Slip Stitch
  • St – stitch
  • Tog – together
  • Yo – yarn over
  • Crochet 1 sc and 1 hdc together – Insert hook, yo, pull up a loop, yo, insert hook in next st, yo, pull up a loop (4 loops on hook), yo, pull through all 4 loops on hook
  • Crochet 1 hdc and 1 sc together – yo, insert hook into next st, yo, pull up a loop, insert hook into next st, yo, pull up a loop (4 loops on hook), yo, pull through all 4 loops on hook.

Pattern Notes:

  • Pattern is written in US terms
  • Read pattern in its entirety first
  • Always work a gauge swatch first. Each crocheter crochets with a different tension. I tend to crochet really tight. To complete a gauge swatch, I crochet a 5”x5” square in the stitch or pattern specified. This is so that at least the first and last row and the sides will not be included in my 4”x4” square. I then measure how many stitches and rows are in my square. If it is too small (you have more stitches or rows than specified), then you move up a hook size or two. If it is too big (you have fewer stitches or rows than specified), then you move down a hook size or two. The goal is to reach a gauge that is as close as possible to the pattern writer’s. It may seem like a waste of time, but I always find that it is worth it in the end; especially with fitted, wearable items. If you are not within ¼” when I give the diameter measurement for the crown of the hat in each pattern size, you should check your gauge and work a gauge swatch if you haven’t already.
  • When working in rounds, I always start with a magic circle; there are many great tutorials on the internet
  • When working in rounds, the ch1 or ch2 NEVER count as the first stitch
  • I work this hat in an amigurumi style which means you do not join at the end of each round or chain up to begin a new round. You use a stitch marker to mark the first stitch of each row. For example: Round 1 has 5 stitches and Round 2 has 10 stitches. At the end of Round 1, you do not join, you go on and work the first 2 stitches of Round 2 into the top of the first stitch of Round 1. Remove your stitch marker from Round 1 and place it in the first stitch of Round 2. Move your stitch marker at the beginning of each round

Toddler (1–2 years)Favorite Team Football Helmet Pattern | Colie's Crochet

Rnd 1: MC, ch1, work 8 hdc in circle. Pull tail tight. (8 total stitches)

Rnd 2: Work 2 hdc in each st around. (16)

Rnd 3: *Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next st;* repeat from * to * (24)

Rnd 4: *Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next 2 st;* repeat from * to * (32)

Rnd 5: *Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next 3 st;* repeat from * to * (40)

Rnd 6: *Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next 4 st;* repeat from * to * (48)

Rnd 7: *Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next 5 st;* repeat from * to * (56)

Rnd 8: *Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next 13 st;* repeat from * to * (60)

*Pause here and make sure the crown measures between 5” and 5.25“ in diameter.Favorite Team Football Helmet Pattern | Colie's Crochet

Rnds 9 – 18: Work 1 hdc into each st around. (60)

*Pause here and make sure the length of the hat measures just short of 6“ from crown to bottom of hat when folded in half. If not, continue to add until you reach this measurement.

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Work sc into next 2 st and then a sl st into following 2 st to finish off the spiral. Do not finish off.

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Earflaps

Earflaps will be worked in rows.

Earflap 1:

Row 1: ch 1, work 1 hdc in next 10 st (leaving rest unworked). (10 total stitches)

Rows 2 – 3: ch 1, turn, hdc in each st. (10)

Row 4: ch 1, turn, hdc2tog, hdc in next 6 st, hdc2tog. (8)

Row 5: ch 1, turn, hdc2tog, hdc in next 4 st, hdc2tog. (6)

Row 6: ch 1, turn, crochet 1 sc and 1 hdc tog, dc2tog, crochet 1 hdc and 1 sc tog. Finish off. (3)

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Earflap 2:

Lay your hat flat with the first earflap in the front to determine where your other earflap will go. You will want your first earflap slightly off center (the shorter side will be the back of the hat, the longer will be the front) and start the second earflap directly across from the first. Join with sl st and follow instructions for Earflap 1 but DO NOT finish off.

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Appliques

Pinstripe:

Use F hook with red yarn to ch a pinstripe long enough to go across the top of the hat and overlap the edges by about an inch, hdc in each ch. If you need multiple colors in the pinstripe, you can do the middle stripe with sc and add a row of sc in another color along both sides of the middle pinstripe. Finish off leaving long tails for sewing onto hat.
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Earholes (work 1 for each side):

With H hook, MC, ch2, work 8dc in circle for newborn – preschool sizes and 10dc in circle for child – large adult sizes. Sl st to 1st dc. Pull tail tight. Finish off leaving long tails for sewing onto hat.

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Finishing

Make sure you are on the right side of the hat and sc along the sides of the earflaps and around the bottom edge of the hat. Work 2 sc in both ends of the ear flap (st 1 and 3 of the 3 stitches of the last row). Join with sl st to 1st sc. Finish off.

Pin pinstripe and earholes into place; use a needle and matching yarn to sew on all appliqués. Do not pull the appliqués or the hat too tight while sewing as it will cause distortion.

Weave in all ends.

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Variations

  • For letters and numbers, I love the tutorials here: http://www.mooglyblog.com/the-moogly-crochet-alphabet/ and here: http://www.mooglyblog.com/the-moogly-crochet-numbers/
  • For simple shapes like stars, I search Pinterest or Ravelry for crochet patterns or I just wing it myself.
  • To crochet a mascot, I work them 1 of 2 ways. For simpler mascots, I break them down into simple shapes like triangles, squares and circles and then join them together. For more complicated ones, I create a graph in excel and crochet the entire mascot in sc with a small hook; I like using an F hook with worsted weight as it creates a nice tight fabric. Then you just sew it on like an applique.
  • You can also use felt instead of crocheting letters, numbers, or mascots and either stitch them on with thread or use fabric glue to attach to the hat.

Copyright 2014 Colie’s Crochet. All rights reserved. You may use this pattern for personal use, gifts or charity items. Sales of finished items are permitted but designer requests that you link back to pattern and credit Colie’s Crochet with the original design. No part of this document may be reproduced or transmitted in any form including but not limited to electronic, mechanical, photocopying, or otherwise without prior written consent from the designer.

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Motherhood: Expect the Unexpected & a blog hop

I am participating once again in the blog hop hosted by Mardra Sikora, a local Downs Syndrome advocate and I love her blog! You can read her original post for this blog hop here.

When posed with the question of “When was the unexpected better than what you expected?” the obvious answer for me was Motherhood. It is full of the unexpected!

Becoming a parent

Strange how I can barely imagine what my life was like before having children. I mean we went to movies a lot more and stayed up later, but other than that I really can’t remember how our lives were different. I’d like to think it’s because having children makes everything more colorful, fun, tiring, difficult, and fulfilling. The most overwhelming emotion I had after having my first child, was right after we got home from the hospital. The hubby had to run to the store for diapers or something and I had a complete breakdown because the realization that I was responsible for this little life suddenly overwhelmed me. I didn’t have the doctor, nurses, and lactation consultant telling me what to do anymore. I read all the books, but none of them prepared me for that.

Will I be like my parents? 

We all have something our parents did or said that we HATE. I remember quite frequently as a child thinking “I’m never going to do that to my kids!” I did not want to be like my parents in any way. Yet I hear my mother’s voice (and even my grandmother’s) especially when I’m disciplining my children. Yep, I think it’s inevitable. You will in some way, big or small, do something that you suddenly realize your parents did or said to you.

Listening to your intuition

I’ve always followed my intuition, gut feeling, letting your guardian angels guide you, or whatever you want to call it. I can’t tell you how many times it has led me correctly but I can say how many times it’s failed. NONE. The biggest example of this that comes to mind for me was when my son was 4, we were baking Grandma’s chocolate chip cookies for Christmas. I was adding the walnuts into the dough when he asked me if he could try a nut. I don’t know why but I knew I needed to watch him. He had never liked peanut butter and really had never eaten any nuts before. Not two minutes later, he was coughing and trying to clear his throat and we were loading into the car to drive to the Urgent Care right down the street. By the time we got there, his airway was closing, he was slobbering uncontrollably and had hives all over his face and neck. Through testing, we later found out that he is allergic to peanuts and tree nuts and needed to carry Epi-Pens with him at all times.

Always expect the unexpected

One thing about parenthood in general is that it never goes as expected. You can pack and plan ahead as much as you want but these little beings have minds of their own. And for this control freak, it drives me insane! Case in point: A week ago today, we went to visit my grandparents. We typically visit every week. They are young grandparents and I am lucky that I get to enjoy them and that my children get to enjoy them too. In fact, my 5-year-old son spends the night with them most Friday nights. We had no sooner arrived, I lay my purse and my son’s overnight bag at the top of the stairs and stepped into the kitchen to answer the phone since neither of my grandparents were nearby. When I handed the phone over to Grandma, I absentmindedly sat down to rest for a minute. Mom Fail #1. That minute was all it took. Around the corner of the kitchen, my son had grabbed his overnight bag to look to see which movies I had packed for him this time. I had forgotten to pack some and he let me know how displeased he was. Mom Fail #2. Did I think at that point about those darned Epi-Pens? Nope. That phone call was all it took to distract me from my normal routine of pulling them out and setting them up on the counter out of reach of little hands. Mom Fail #3. Next thing I know, my son is screaming and I see one of the Epi-Pens laying next to him on the floor as I round the corner. He had tried to inject himself after watching me train every babysitter he’s had over the past year-and-a-half with the training device. He said he thought he was playing with the training device. After a call to 911, one county sheriff, 5 paramedics and firefighters, the garbage man and several neighbors came to visit, it was determined that he had not actually self-administered any of the epinephrine and was fine. I still can’t help being scared out of mind at how smart and observant he is and actually a little proud that he knew (in theory anyway) how to inject himself. Mom Fail #4? You decide.

Failure happens on a daily basis

I fail everyday. I am tired. I yell. I spank. I don’t do enough “fun” stuff. I don’t plan educational activities for the kids as often as I should. I threaten and I don’t follow through with the consequences of those threats. I give too many chances. My house is a mess. We don’t get out of the house enough. I don’t always feed them the most nutritionally sound meals. I let my kids drink juice and eat candy. We watch too much TV. We don’t always get outside to play 60 minutes a day. I don’t get down on the floor to play with the kids enough. We don’t sing enough songs. We don’t read enough books. There just don’t seem to be enough hours in the day.

When you dream about becoming a parent, you certainly don’t think about how all of your shortcomings can be amplified. I am impatient, a perfectionist, a control freak, independent and I’m an introvert. Those qualities don’t always lend themselves to parenting very well. In fact, they set me up for failure. I think about the daycare my little guy attended and the big personalities the daycare teachers have and how much I am not like them. I am not cut out for this is a thought that runs through my mind a lot. But it’s in my worst moments and I remind myself that this is what I want and that I don’t want other people raising my children. I mean we are at home all day long. How can I expect my house to be spotless at all times? How can I expect my kids every time to pick up the first time they are asked to? How can I expect that when I need some quiet time, the kids will understand and sit and play quietly for Mommy? It’s best not to. Then when the unexpected does happen, you praise, praise, praise and be thankful that today something great happened.

The little things

What do I do right then, you ask? I love my children. At the end of the day, it’s one thing I know I do right. I kiss their ouchies. I love them up when their feelings are hurt and when they fight with each other. We cuddle. We take naps together now that I’m super pregnant and exhausted. I pay them compliments every day. We laugh every day. My kids have amazing little senses of humor. We have tickle fights. We color and do a lot of art projects (selfish and easy because I love art). I tell them I love them every day. And every day there is something amazing that happens. Yesterday, it was my 2-1/2 year old daughter singing Let It Go into her microphone when she thought no one was looking. It was a very passionate and compelling performance. She was stomping her feet and throwing her hands up in the air and I knew that if I laughed, clapped, or moved to grab my phone to record it, the moment would be gone faster than it came. So I just sat there, watched and hoped it would last as long as possible and be etched in my memory forever. It’s all about the immeasurables, I’ve discovered. The things that you can’t quantify are what make me happy at the end of every day. And I hope that those things are the things that they remember when they look back on their childhood.

The amount of love you can hold in your heart

I’ll keep this last one short. The most unexpected part for me of becoming a parent is the amount of love I’ve discovered I can hold in my heart for my children. I remember being pregnant with my 2nd child and thinking “How can I possibly love another baby as much as I love my little guy?” (a common thought of first-time parents, I know) I expressed this fear to a friend and their answer was simply “You don’t have to split the love for your children in two, your heart just grows twice as big.” How true that was!

Motherhood is full of the unexpected. And it is so much better than I ever expected it to be. I hope you enjoy my post today and hopefully next week I’ll be sharing with you a post about the arrival of baby #3. 😀 

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What are You Grateful For? Blog Hop

I was invited by Mardra Sikora of MardraSikora.com to take part in this blog hop. You can find out more about it here

Basically, you just list 10 (or as many as you can name) reasons you are grateful right now:

  1. My husband. I am so lucky to have been married to my best friend for almost 10 years. (And together for 15!) It truly takes a special person to figure out this hot mess!
  2. My family. I am so grateful to have my husband and children and our family will be growing in a few short days!
  3. My God. For a long time I was in a dark place and it seemed that no one could help me. Then I started going to church and praying and it transformed me and my outlook on life.
  4. Laughter. Life is not always easy but my family knows exactly how to cheer me up. My husband has a great sense of humor and thankfully, my children have inherited that trait from him. My son especially! 😀
  5. My health. Pregnancy issues aside, I am a very healthy person.
  6. The health of my children. My children are healthy and we’ve had very little sickness in our home. The only obstacle we deal with everyday is my son’s peanut and tree nut allergies.
  7. Great friends. I can count the people I love and trust on one hand. I’d rather have them in my life than a whole bunch of people who don’t understand me or don’t have my best interests at heart. These people help me to be a better person.
  8. We have all the necessities we need in life. My husband’s job allows me to be at home to help educate our children. We have enough food on the table. We have a home. Beyond that, it moves on to just the fun stuff; the wants but not necessarily the needs.
  9. Crochet. I love crocheting. It makes me happy. It keeps me from getting bored. It relaxes me when I’m stressed. I feel so lucky to have found a hobby that has turned into so much more than that.
  10. My computer and internet access. Sounds silly but being a stay-at-home-mom can be lonely at times. Especially when most of my friends all work during the day. The social interaction I get from social media and the crochet community fills that void for me. I’ve made some great friends through it.

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Happy Mother’s Day from a fat, frumpy, tired, pregnant mom

This post is just a little different from my typical crochet patterns. I hope to share more of my ramblings with you about motherhood, some of my other interests and hobbies, or whatever random thoughts are running through my head.

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I am now waddling, my belly hangs out of the bottom of most of my maternity shirts, I get winded walking pretty much anywhere, and I make funny noises doing even the simplest of tasks (which seems to provide my husband and kids with endless entertainment). At this point, I am questioning everything. What was I thinking 9 months ago when we were trying to conceive? I mean, we already have 2 healthy children. Why did I do this to my body again? I work so hard to be healthy and I’ll be starting all over again. Why am I going to give up pretty much all social interaction to nurse for at least a year again? I typically don’t drink (but I would give anything for one of those new Bud Light Raz-berr-itas) and being a stay-at-home mom, I don’t get much social interaction as it is – with anyone over the age of 5 anyway.

But I feel life moving inside me and there is truly nothing like it. Every kick, punch and hiccup reminds me of the miracle of life and how much I’ve wanted this child since before she was conceived. This may be my third pregnancy, but it has also been the hardest. I had morning sickness 24/7 for the first 21 weeks, and still do at times; I have sciatic nerve pain and severe hip pain (among some of the other more gross and disgusting side-effects of pregnancy) and we just found out that baby is breach; which more than likely means a c-section and adds the fear of the unknown for me since my first two came naturally. And someday, I’m sure that I’ll say that it all was worth it. 🙂

Have I mentioned that this is #3 for me? One of the most surprising things about this third pregnancy has got to be the comments I get from total strangers. And sometimes even from family and friends. And apparently, to most people it is completely unacceptable to have more than 2 children.

 

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Here are some of my favorite things that people have said to me (and a few that my friends have added as well):

You know how “that” happens, don’t you? Ummm, obviously, I do. In my case, there’s evidence I’ve done “that” 3 times.

Was it planned/was it an accident? None of your business. You have no idea if I have been struggling for months or years with fertility issues or if I’m one of those women who gets pregnant just by my husband looking at me. Did your parents plan to have you or were you and your lack of filter an accident?

Are you on birth control? Again, none of your business. Even if I was, it obviously failed. Your blatant disregard for a perfect stranger’s feelings (and if this is how you talk to a stranger, how do you treat the people who know you?) is a total turn-off. You and your mouth are your own brand of birth control.

Are you Catholic/religious? I guess what you are saying is that non-religious folk are the only ones having 2 or less children??? I don’t think so. Also, I’ll light a candle and say a prayer for you at mass on Sunday.

So are you done now? or Which one of you will get “fixed” now? Wow. Seriously. I am not a dog in heat who had too many runts die in my last litter and need my insides torn out. My husband is not a feral stray impregnating the neighborhood with mutts and I’ve taken to the humane society to have his manhood cut off. But I am considering doing one or the other to you right now.

So were you trying for a girl/boy? (From a friend with 2 boys already, a friend with 5 boys already, and a friend with 5 girls already) And here we are again. None. Of. Your. Business. This is almost as bad for me as the birth control question. And actually, I was just hoping for another healthy baby.

You’re gonna have your hands full! Technically, they already are. I have two hands and two children. But my go-to response to this one is simply that my hands will never be as full as my heart. I know, I just made you gag. Sappy responses usually tend to end the conversation. Have a nice day!

I must add that looking back on my 2nd pregnancy, when people would ask me if I had any other children (yes, a boy) and if I knew what I was having (yes, a girl) people would say “Well, that’s nice that you’ll have one of each.” Hindsight being 20/20, I now realize that what they were really saying was “Now you can stop having children since you’ve had one of each.”

Other things we preggers don’t like whether it’s our first or fourteenth pregnancy:

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Rubbing our bellies. It’s not a magic lamp, no genie will magically appear, and you will not get three wishes. Unless one of those wishes is to get punched in the nose.

Saying we look tired. That may be what you say, but what you really mean is that I look like s***. You’re not supposed to let on that it doesn’t look like I’m wearing clean clothes, that I probably didn’t shower this morning because I needed an extra hour of sleep, or that there is a strange smell wafting off of my ever-perspiring body.

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Saying “Wow, you’ve gotten big” or “Wow, you’ve dropped” What was your first clue, genius? Is it the waddle? Was it the fact that I no longer can fit through a doorway frontways or sideways? Yes, I realize that you are probably only referring to my baby bump but my raging pregnancy hormones are telling me that you’ve noticed that my breasts and butt have also doubled in size, my arms now wave even when my hands have stopped, and the cellulite that’s collected on my thighs is probably stretching my maternity pants to their limits. (And I did split a pair of my maternity pants on Palm Sunday which erupted into a hulk-like level-5 pregnancy meltdown that lasted an hour; full of hysterical crying, incomprehensible babbling, throwing things, tearing the closet apart and ended in no one going to church. But how could you know any of that?)

Saying we can’t/shouldn’t do something. Please don’t tell me what I can and can not do. Maybe you weren’t able to or just didn’t want to when you were pregnant. I can lift that large package; I lift my son and daughter on a daily basis. I can help set up and tear down tables for the fair; I work out regularly (and may I add the person who said that to me fell and broke her arm doing exactly what she told me not to do). I can handle taking my kids for walks. And please let me be the judge of when I need to relax and just rest.

Now, I used to believe that it was simple ignorance on the parts of these people for saying these things but now that I’ve experienced it first-hand, I’m not so certain. I mean, haven’t they all been through this and had similar experiences? I’m now of the opinion that these nasty old biddies believe that it is their right to say these things. And maybe I should feel sorry for them. They obviously are miserable if they need to pick on a pregnant woman. Or maybe they really don’t see what is so wrong with what they are saying. Again ignorance. Or maybe I’m just hormonal and sensitive. The answer is probably D) All of the above.

While I have experienced a lot of negative comments about being pregnant with baby #3, there are also the people who say things that absolutely make your day. Most are deeply personal memories to me as well.

And here are some of the lovely things that have been said to me (and the stuff we pregnant ladies love to hear):

We look radiant or have “the glow.” Even if it’s not true, this should be your go-to compliment to a pregnant woman. Sometimes we feel absolutely beautiful while pregnant and sometimes we don’t. I haven’t at all this time around if I’m being honest. But I did with my first two and there is nothing like feeling and seeing “the glow” for yourself in the mirror.

Pregnancy looks good on us or we wear pregnancy well. That’s really sweet. Bless your heart. I know you’re probably lying but that’s ok. This is similar to “the glow.” And I’ll take it whether you mean it or not!

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We look like we just stuffed a basketball in our shirt or that we are carrying all out front. Thank you! As mentioned earlier, my butt, breasts, arms and thighs seem to have taken on a life and caloric intake of their own. So I truly thank you for only talking about the most obvious place (and safest option to discuss) that my body has changed. Because for real, the only thing that runs through my head is the endless soundbite of “That’s a huge bitch” in the movie Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo.

How well behaved our children are. If you really want to flatter a mother, praising her children and/or her ability to raise them is pure gold. I may not get a ton right in this crazy world of motherhood, but my kids do say “Please” “Thank you,” and “Excuse me.” Thank you for noticing that I’ve gotten that part right at least. And that there’s still hope for this one.

Whether a wonderful and easy pregnancy or a difficult and complicated one, all women deserve the respect and acknowledgement of what they sacrifice to bring life into this world. So this Sunday, tell a pregnant woman how beautiful she is and to have a Happy Mother’s Day. Or talk about “the glow” or even how well-behaved her children are. If there are none handy, say it to any woman. Mom, sister, aunt, cousin, or your Wal-Mart cashier. It really doesn’t matter. It will totally make her day. And from this fat, frumpy, tired, pregnant mama to each of you, have a very Happy Mother’s Day!

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Itty Bitty Flower Headband

Itty Bitty Flower Newborn Headband, coliescrochet.comA friend’s baby wore a headband with a teeny tiny crocheted flower on it and I have been obsessed with the idea ever since. Not to mention that I am expecting my own little girl in a few short weeks. This headband is perfect for newborn pictures or for every day. It is made of a mohair/polyester blend and is soft and is comfortable for baby to wear. I also have provided instructions to make larger baby sizes. And I can’t believe for the first time in a while, I have no access to a newborn, or even a baby for that matter, so I have no live models! (Well, not yet anyway….) I’ll be sure to update pictures as soon as peanut #3 arrives. :)

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Sizes:

  • Newborn fits 14” head circumference

Skill Level:

  • Easy

Materials:

  • B-2.25 mm hook; I use a Clover hook
  • Fine or Super Fine yarn. I used Patons Lace but any fine or super fine yarn will work. You could even use crochet thread.
  • Yarn needle

Gauge:

  • Not important

Abbreviations and Stitches Used: (In US terminology)

  • Ch – chain stitch
  • MC – Magic Circle
  • Sl st – Slip Stitch
  • Trc – triple crochet

Pattern Notes:

  • Pattern is written in US terms
  • Read pattern in its entirety first
  • When working in rounds, I always start with a magic circle; there are many great tutorials on the internet
  • If you are working with cotton yarn or thread, I would recommend adding 1-2” to the circumference of the headband since cotton doesn’t have as much stretch to it.

Newborn

MC, *ch 3, 2 trc, ch 3, sl st in magic ring,* repeat 4 more times. To create headband, ch until length reaches 11”, sl st in magic ring on opposite side of flower, pull tail tight and finish off.Itty Bitty Flower Newborn Headband, coliescrochet.comItty Bitty Flower Newborn Headband, coliescrochet.com

 

 

 

 

Itty Bitty Flower Newborn Headband, coliescrochet.com

Itty Bitty Flower Newborn Headband, coliescrochet.com

 

 

Variations

To make 3-6 month size, ch until headband is 13” long.

To make 6-12 month size, ch until headband is 15” long.

Finishing

Weave in ends.

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And now you have a perfect little headband for your newborn!Itty Bitty Flower Newborn Headband, coliescrochet.com

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Basic Striped Beanie

Basic Striped Beanie, coliescrochet.comThe Basic Striped Beanie is a simple pattern that you can whip up in less than 2 hours. It is unisex in construction and is a great hat for newborns through adults. It can be highly personalized with the number of stripes and colors. I originally designed this pattern for charity beanies but found that I loved the pattern so much, I use it quite often for gifts as well.

 

Sizes:

  • Newborn fits 14” head circumference
  • Infant (3 months) fits 16” head circumference
  • Baby (6 months) fits 18” head circumference
  • Toddler (1–2 years) fits 19” head circumference
  • Preschooler (3-5 years) fits 20” head circumference
  • Child (6-10 years) fits 21” head circumference
  • Teen/Small Adult fits 22” head circumference
  • Medium Adult fits 23” head circumference
  • Large Adult fits 24” head circumference

 

Skill Level:

  • Easy

 

Materials:

  • I-5.5 mm hook; I use a Clover hook which I have found creates a slightly smaller gauge. I also tend to be a really tight crocheter. For these two reasons, I highly recommend working up a gauge swatch ahead of time. (See below in Pattern Notes for directions on working up a gauge swatch). You may need to go up or down one or two hook sizes
  • Worsted Weight Yarn – I Love This Yarn by Hobby Lobby. Less than 100 grams or 175 yards total for hat. Amounts of each color depend on how many colors you are adding to your hat. Aran yarn would be an acceptable substitute if you don’t have access to worsted weight yarn.
  • Yarn or Tapestry needle

 

Gauge:

  • 15 hdc and 11.5 rows = 4” square; use a different size hook or yarn to obtain proper gauge (See below in Pattern Notes for directions on working up a gauge swatch)

 

Abbreviations and Stitches Used: (In US terminology)

  • Ch – chain stitch
  • Hdc – half double crochet
  • MC – Magic Circle
  • Rnd(s) – round(s)
  • Sc – single crochet
  • Sl st – Slip Stitch
  • St – stitch

 

Pattern Notes:

  • Pattern is written in US terms
  • Read pattern in its entirety first
  • Always work a gauge swatch first. Each crocheter crochets with a different tension. I tend to crochet really tight. To complete a gauge swatch, I crochet a 5”x5” square in the stitch or pattern specified. This is so that at least the first and last row and the sides will not be included in my 4”x4” square. I then measure how many stitches and rows are in my square. If it is too small (you have more stitches or rows than specified), then you move up a hook size or two. If it is too big (you have fewer stitches or rows than specified), then you move down a hook size or two. The goal is to reach a gauge that is as close as possible to the pattern writer’s. It may seem like a waste of time, but I always find that it is worth it in the end; especially with fitted, wearable items. If you are not within ¼” when I give the diameter measurement for the crown of the hat in each pattern size, you should check your gauge and work a gauge swatch if you haven’t already.
  • When working in rounds, I always start with a magic circle; there are many great tutorials on the internet
  • When working in rounds, the ch1 or ch2 NEVER count as the first stitch

 

For this tutorial, I will be working the Child size in 3 colors. All other sizes can be found below.

 

Child (6-10 years)

Rnd 1: With Color A, MC, ch1, work 8 hdc in circle. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Pull tail tight. Ch 1. (7 total stitches)

Rnd 2: Work 2 hdc in each st around. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1. (16)

Rnd 3: *Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next st;* repeat from * to * Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1. (24)

Rnd 4: *Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next 2 st;* repeat from * to * Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1. (32)

Rnd 5: *Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next 3 st;* repeat from * to * Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1. (40)

Rnd 6: *Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next 4 st;* repeat from * to * Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1. (48)

Rnd 7: *Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next 5 st;* repeat from * to * Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1. (56)

Rnd 8: *Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next 6 st;* repeat from * to * Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1. (64)

*Pause here and make sure the crown measures approximately 5.75“ in diameter.Basic Striped Beanie, coliescrochet.com

Rnd 9: Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next 21 st; *work 2 hdc in next st, work 1 hdc in next 20 st;* repeat from * to * Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1. (67)

Rnd 10: Work 1 hdc into each st. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1. (67)

Rnd 11: Work 1 hdc into each st. Switch to Color B. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1.Basic Striped Beanie, coliescrochet.com

Rnd 12: Work 1 hdc into each st. Switch to Color A. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1.

Rnd 13: Work 1 hdc into each st. Switch to Color C. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1.

Rnd 14: Work 1 hdc into each st. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1.

Rnd 15: Work 1 hdc into each st. Switch to Color A. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1.

Rnd 16: Work 1 hdc into each st. Switch to Color B. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1.

Rnd 17: Work 1 hdc into each st. Switch to Color A. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1.

Rnds 18 – 20: Work 1 hdc into each st. Switch to Color C. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1.

*Pause here and make sure the length of the hat measures just short of 7“ from crown to bottom of hat when folded in half. If not, continue to add rows of Color A then switch to Color C.

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Rnd 21: Work 1 sc in each st around hat. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Finish off.

 

Finishing

Weave in all ends.

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Newborn

Rnd 1: With Color A, MC, ch1, work 8 hdc in circle. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Pull tail tight. Ch 1.  (8 total stitches)

Rnd 2: Work 2 hdc in each st around. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1.   (16)

Rnd 3: *Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next st;* repeat from * to * Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1.   (24)

Rnd 4: *Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next 2 st;* repeat from * to * Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1.   (32)

Rnd 5: *Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next 3 st;* repeat from * to * Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1.   (40) Switch to Color B.

*Pause here and make sure the crown measures approximately 3.75“ in diameter.

Rnd 6: Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in each stitch around. Switch to Color A. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1. (41)

Rnd 7: Work 1 hdc into each st Switch to Color C. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1. (41)

Rnd 8: Work 1 hdc into each st. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1.

Rnd 9: Work 1 hdc into each st. Switch to Color A. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1.

Rnd 10: Work 1 hdc into each st. Switch to Color B. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1.

Rnd 11: Work 1 hdc into each st. Switch to Color A. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1.

Rnds 12 – 13: Work 1 hdc into each st. Switch to Color C. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1.

*Pause here and make sure the length of the hat measures just short of 4.5“ from crown to bottom of hat when folded in half. If not, continue to add rows of Color A then switch to Color C.

Rnd 14: Work 1 sc in each st around hat. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Finish off.

 

Infant (3 months)

Rnd 1: With Color A, MC, ch1, work 8 hdc in circle. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Pull tail tight. Ch 1. (8 total stitches)

Rnd 2: Work 2 hdc in each st around. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1. (16)

Rnd 3: *Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next st;* repeat from * to * Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1. (24)

Rnd 4: *Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next 2 st;* repeat from * to * Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1. (32)

Rnd 5: *Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next 3 st;* repeat from * to * Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1. (40)

Rnd 6: *Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next 4 st;* repeat from * to * Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1. (48)

*Pause here and make sure the crown measures between 4” and 4.25“ in diameter.

Rnd 7: Work 1 hdc into each st. Switch to Color B. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1. (48)

Rnd 8: Work 1 hdc into each st. Switch to Color A. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1.

Rnd 9: Work 1 hdc into each st. Switch to Color C. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1.

Rnd 10: Work 1 hdc into each st. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1.

Rnd 11: Work 1 hdc into each st. Switch to Color A. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1.

Rnd 12: Work 1 hdc into each st. Switch to Color B. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1.

Rnd 13: Work 1 hdc into each st. Switch to Color A. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1.

Rnds 14 – 15: Work 1 hdc into each st. Switch to Color C. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1.

*Pause here and make sure the length of the hat measures just short of 5“ from crown to bottom of hat when folded in half. If not, continue to add rows of Color A then switch to Color C.

Rnd 16: Work 1 sc in each st around hat. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Finish off.

 

Baby (6 months)

Rnd 1: With Color A, MC, ch1, work 8 hdc in circle. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Pull tail tight. Ch 1. (8 total stitches)

Rnd 2: Work 2 hdc in each st around. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1. (16)

Rnd 3: *Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next st;* repeat from * to * Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1. (24)

Rnd 4: *Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next 2 st;* repeat from * to * Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1. (32)

Rnd 5: *Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next 3 st;* repeat from * to * Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1. (40)

Rnd 6: *Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next 4 st;* repeat from * to * Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1. (48)

Rnd 7: *Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next 5 st;* repeat from * to * Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1. (56)

*Pause here and make sure the crown measures approximately 4.75“ in diameter.

Rnd 8: Work 1 hdc into each st. Switch to Color B. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1. (56)

Rnd 9: Work 1 hdc into each st. Switch to Color A. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1.

Rnd 10: Work 1 hdc into each st. Switch to Color C. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1.

Rnd 11: Work 1 hdc into each st. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1.

Rnd 12: Work 1 hdc into each st. Switch to Color A. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1.

Rnd 13: Work 1 hdc into each st. Switch to Color B. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1.

Rnd 14: Work 1 hdc into each st. Switch to Color A. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1.

Rnds 15 – 16: Work 1 hdc into each st. Switch to Color C. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1.

*Pause here and make sure the length of the hat measures just short of 5.5“ from crown to bottom of hat when folded in half. If not, continue to add rows of Color A then switch to Color C.

Rnd 17: Work 1 sc in each st around hat. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Finish off.

 

Toddler (1–2 years)

Rnd 1: With Color A, MC, ch1, work 8 hdc in circle. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Pull tail tight. Ch 1. (8 total stitches)

Rnd 2: Work 2 hdc in each st around. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1. (16)

Rnd 3: *Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next st;* repeat from * to * Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1. (24)

Rnd 4: *Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next 2 st;* repeat from * to * Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1. (32)

Rnd 5: *Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next 3 st;* repeat from * to * Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1. (40)

Rnd 6: *Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next 4 st;* repeat from * to * Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1. (48)

Rnd 7: *Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next 5 st;* repeat from * to * Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1. (56)

Rnd 8: *Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next 13 st;* repeat from * to * Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1. (60)

*Pause here and make sure the crown measures between 5” and 5.25“ in diameter.

Rnd 9: Work 1 hdc into each st. Switch to Color B. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1. (60)

Rnd 10: Work 1 hdc into each st. Switch to Color A. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1.

Rnd 11: Work 1 hdc into each st. Switch to Color C. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1.

Rnd 12: Work 1 hdc into each st. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1.

Rnd 13: Work 1 hdc into each st. Switch to Color A. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1.

Rnd 14: Work 1 hdc into each st. Switch to Color B. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1.

Rnd 15: Work 1 hdc into each st. Switch to Color A. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1.

Rnds 16 – 18: Work 1 hdc into each st. Switch to Color C. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1.

*Pause here and make sure the length of the hat measures just short of 6“ from crown to bottom of hat when folded in half. If not, continue to add rows of Color A then switch to Color C.

Rnd 19: Work 1 sc in each st around hat. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Finish off.

 

Preschooler (3-5 years)

Rnd 1: With Color A, MC, ch1, work 7 hdc in circle. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Pull tail tight. Ch 1. (7 total stitches)

Rnd 2: Work 2 hdc in each st around. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1. (14)

Rnd 3: *Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next st;* repeat from * to * Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1. (21)

Rnd 4: *Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next 2 st;* repeat from * to * Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1. (28)

Rnd 5: *Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next 3 st;* repeat from * to * Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1. (35)

Rnd 6: *Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next 4 st;* repeat from * to * Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1. (42)

Rnd 7: *Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next 5 st;* repeat from * to * Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1. (49)

Rnd 8: *Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next 6 st;* repeat from * to * Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1. (56)

*Pause here and make sure the crown measures between 5.25” and 5.5“ in diameter.

Rnd 9: *Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next 7 st;* repeat from * to * Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1. (63)

Rnd 10: Work 1 hdc into each st. Switch to Color B. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1. (63)

Rnd 11: Work 1 hdc into each st. Switch to Color A. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1.

Rnd 12: Work 1 hdc into each st. Switch to Color C. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1.

Rnd 13: Work 1 hdc into each st. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1.

Rnd 14: Work 1 hdc into each st. Switch to Color A. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1.

Rnd 15: Work 1 hdc into each st. Switch to Color B. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1.

Rnd 16: Work 1 hdc into each st. Switch to Color A. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1.

Rnds 17 – 19: Work 1 hdc into each st. Switch to Color C. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1.

*Pause here and make sure the length of the hat measures just short of 6.5“ from crown to bottom of hat when folded in half. If not, continue to add rows of Color A then switch to Color C.

Rnd 20: Work 1 sc in each st around hat. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Finish off.

 

Teen/Small Adult

Rnd 1: With Color A, MC, ch1, work 7 hdc in circle. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Pull tail tight. Ch 1. (7 total stitches)

Rnd 2: Work 2 hdc in each st around. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1. (14)

Rnd 3: *Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next st;* repeat from * to * Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1. (21)

Rnd 4: *Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next 2 st;* repeat from * to * Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1. (28)

Rnd 5: *Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next 3 st;* repeat from * to * Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1. (35)

Rnd 6: *Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next 4 st;* repeat from * to * Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1. (42)

Rnd 7: *Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next 5 st;* repeat from * to * Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1. (49)

Rnd 8: *Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next 6 st;* repeat from * to * Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1. (56)

Rnd 9: *Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next 7 st;* repeat from * to * Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1. (63)

*Pause here and make sure the crown measures approximately 6“ in diameter.

Rnd 10: Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next 7 st; *work 2 hdc in next st, work 1 hdc in next 6 st;* repeat from * to * Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1. (71)

Rnd 11: Work 1 hdc into each st. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1. (71)

Rnd 12: Work 1 hdc into each st. Switch to Color B. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1.

Rnd 13: Work 1 hdc into each st. Switch to Color A. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1.

Rnd 14: Work 1 hdc into each st. Switch to Color C. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1.

Rnd 15: Work 1 hdc into each st. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1.

Rnd 16: Work 1 hdc into each st. Switch to Color A. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1.

Rnd 17: Work 1 hdc into each st. Switch to Color B. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1.

Rnd 18: Work 1 hdc into each st. Switch to Color A. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1.

Rnds 19 – 22: Work 1 hdc into each st. Switch to Color C. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1.

*Pause here and make sure the length of the hat measures just short of 7.5“ from crown to bottom of hat when folded in half. If not, continue to add rows of Color A then switch to Color C.

Rnd 23: Work 1 sc in each st around hat. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Finish off.

 

Medium Adult

Rnd 1: With Color A, MC, ch1, work 8 hdc in circle. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Pull tail tight. Ch 1. (7 total stitches)

Rnd 2: Work 2 hdc in each st around. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1. (16)

Rnd 3: *Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next st;* repeat from * to * Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1. (24)

Rnd 4: *Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next 2 st;* repeat from * to * Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1. (32)

Rnd 5: *Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next 3 st;* repeat from * to * Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1. (40)

Rnd 6: *Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next 4 st;* repeat from * to * Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1. (48)

Rnd 7: *Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next 5 st;* repeat from * to * Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1. (56)

Rnd 8: *Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next 6 st;* repeat from * to * Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1. (64)

Rnd 9: *Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next 7 st;* repeat from * to * Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1. (72)

*Pause here and make sure the crown measures between 6.25” and 6.5“ in diameter.

Rnd 10: *Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next 23 st;* repeat from * to * Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1. (75)

Rnds 11 – 13: Work 1 hdc into each st. Switch to Color B. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1. (75)

Rnd 14: Work 1 hdc into each st. Switch to Color A. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1.

Rnd 15: Work 1 hdc into each st. Switch to Color C. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1.

Rnd 16: Work 1 hdc into each st. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1.

Rnd 17: Work 1 hdc into each st. Switch to Color A. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1.

Rnd 18: Work 1 hdc into each st. Switch to Color B. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1.

Rnd 19: Work 1 hdc into each st. Switch to Color A. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1.

Rnds 20 – 24: Work 1 hdc into each st. Switch to Color C. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1.

*Pause here and make sure the length of the hat measures just short of 8.5“ from crown to bottom of hat when folded in half. If not, continue to add rows of Color A then switch to Color C.

Rnd 25: Work 1 sc in each st around hat. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Finish off.

 

Large Adult

Rnd 1: With Color A, MC, ch1, work 7 hdc in circle. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Pull tail tight. Ch 1.  (7 total stitches)

Rnd 2: Work 2 hdc in each st around. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1. (14)

Rnd 3: *Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next st;* repeat from * to * Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1. (21)

Rnd 4: *Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next 2 st;* repeat from * to * Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1. (28)

Rnd 5: *Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next 3 st;* repeat from * to * Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1. (35)

Rnd 6: *Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next 4 st;* repeat from * to * Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1. (42)

Rnd 7: *Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next 5 st;* repeat from * to * Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1. (49)

Rnd 8: *Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next 6 st;* repeat from * to * Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1. (56)

Rnd 9: *Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next 7 st;* repeat from * to * Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1. (63)

Rnd 10: *Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next 8 st;* repeat from * to * Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1. (70)

*Pause here and make sure the crown measures between 6.5” and 6.75“ in diameter.

Rnd 11: *Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next 7 st; (work 2 hdc in next st, work 1 hdc in next 8 st) 3 times)* repeat from * to * 1 more time. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1. (78)

Rnds 12 – 16: Work 1 hdc into each st. Switch to Color B. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1. (78)

Rnd 17: Work 1 hdc into each st. Switch to Color A. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1.

Rnd 18: Work 1 hdc into each st. Switch to Color C. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1.

Rnd 19: Work 1 hdc into each st. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1.

Rnd 20: Work 1 hdc into each st. Switch to Color A. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1.

Rnd 21: Work 1 hdc into each st. Switch to Color B. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1.

Rnd 22: Work 1 hdc into each st. Switch to Color A. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1.

Rnds 23 – 27: Work 1 hdc into each st. Switch to Color C. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Ch 1.

*Pause here and make sure the length of the hat measures just short of 9.5“ from crown to bottom of hat when folded in half. If not, continue to add rows of Color A then switch to Color C.

Rnd 28: Work 1 sc in each st around hat. Join with sl st to 1st stitch. Finish off.

 

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Spring Peeper Beanie

Spring Peeper Beanie-coliescrochet.comI have been loving all of the handmade spring items I’ve been seeing lately. The flowers, animals, and bright spring colors are really getting me in the mood for Spring (even though it just snowed here this morning). Even my tulips and lilies are starting to sprout but we just don’t seem to want to get rid of winter around here yet. Make a simple Spring Peeper Beanie to help fill all of your Easter baskets this year! For this blog post, I did a traditional yellow chick. My children picked all of the colors for the other hats which we will be donating.

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For this tutorial, I will be working the Preschool size. All other sizes can be purchased in my pattern stores:

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Sizes available in download:

  • Newborn fits 14” head circumference
  • Infant (3 months) fits 16” head circumference
  • Baby (6 months) fits 18” head circumference
  • Toddler (1–2 years) fits 19” head circumference
  • Preschooler (3-5 years) fits 20” head circumference
  • Child (6-10 years) fits 21” head circumference
  • Teen/Small Adult fits 22” head circumference
  • Medium Adult fits 23” head circumference
  • Large Adult fits 24” head circumference

 

Skill Level:

  • Intermediate

 

Materials:

  • I-5.5mm hook; I use a Clover hook which I have found creates a slightly smaller gauge. I also tend to be a really tight crocheter. For these two reasons, I highly recommend working up a gauge swatch ahead of time. (See below in Pattern Notes for directions on working up a gauge swatch). You may need go up or down one or two hook sizes
  • Worsted Weight Yarn, up to 100g or 175 yds for hat, 1g or less than 2 yds for beak, and 6g or 11 yds of white for eyes.) Aran yarn would be an acceptable substitute if you don’t have access to worsted weight yarn.
  • 2 buttons
  • Stitch marker (I use a paperclip)
  • Yarn needle (for sewing on beak and weaving in ends)
  • Tapestry needle (for sewing on buttons)

 

Gauge:

  • 15 hdc and 11.5 rows = 4” square; use a different size hook or yarn to obtain proper gauge (See below in Pattern Notes for directions on working up a gauge swatch)

 

Abbreviations and Stitches Used: (In US terminology)

  • Ch – chain stitch
  • Dc – double crochet
  • Hdc – half double crochet
  • MC – Magic Circle
  • Rnd(s) – round(s)
  • Sc – single crochet
  • Sl st – Slip Stitch
  • St – stitch

 

Pattern Notes:

  • Pattern is written in US terms
  • Read pattern in its entirety first
  • Always work a gauge swatch first. Each crocheter crochets with a different tension. I tend to crochet really tight. To complete a gauge swatch, I crochet a 5”x5” square in the stitch or pattern specified. This is so that at least the first and last row and the sides will not be included in my 4”x4” square. I then measure how many stitches and rows are in my square. If it is too small (you have more stitches or rows than specified), then you move up a hook size or two. If it is too big (you have less stitches or rows than specified), then you move down a hook size or two. The goal is to reach a gauge that is as close as possible to the pattern writer’s. It may seem like a waste of time, but I always find that it is worth it in the end; especially with fitted, wearable items. If you are not within ¼” when I give the diameter measurement for the crown of the hat in each pattern size, you should check your gauge and work a gauge swatch if you haven’t already.
  • When working in rounds, I always start with a magic circle; there are many great tutorials on the internet
  • When working in rounds, the ch1 or ch2 NEVER count as the first stitch
  • I work this hat in an amigurumi style which means you do not join at the end of each round or chain up to begin a new round. You use a stitch marker to mark the first stitch of each row. For example: Round 1 has 5 stitches and Round 2 has 10 stitches. At the end of Round 1, you do not join, you go on and work the first 2 stitches of Round 2 into the top of the first stitch of Round 1. Remove your stitch marker from Round 1 and place it in the first stitch of Round 2. Move your stitch marker at the beginning of each round

 

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Rnd 1: MC, ch1, work 8 hdc in circle. Pull tail tight. (8 total stitches)

Rnd 2: Work 2 hdc in each st across. Mark 1st st of this 2nd round with a stitch marker. (16)

Rnd 3: *Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next st;* repeat from * to * Mark 1st st of this round with a stitch marker. (24)

Rnd 4: *Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next 2 st;* repeat from * to * Mark 1st st of this round with a stitch marker. (32)

Rnd 5: *Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next 3 st;* repeat from * to * Mark 1st st of this round with a stitch marker. (40)

Rnd 6: *Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next 4 st;* repeat from * to * Mark 1st st of this round with a stitch marker. (48)

Rnd 7: *Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next 5 st;* repeat from * to * Mark 1st st of this round with a stitch marker. (56)

Rnd 8: *Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next 6 st;* repeat from * to * Mark 1st st of this round with a stitch marker. (64)

Pause here and make sure the crown measures approximately 5.75“ in diameter.Spring-Peeper-Beanie-Crown-Measurement-Colie's-Crochetdotcom-Blog

Rnd 9: Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next 21 st; *work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next 20 st;* repeat from * to * Mark 1st st of this round with a stitch marker. (67)

Rnds 10 – 20: Work 1 hdc into each st. Mark 1st st of this round with a stitch marker.  (67)

*Pause here and make sure the length of the hat measures just short of 7“ from crown to bottom of hat when folded in half. If not, continue working rnds until you get the proper measurement.Spring-Peeper-Beanie-Length-Measurement-Colie's-Crochetdotcom-Blog

Rnd 21: Work 1 sc in each st across hat. To finish off the spiral of the amigurumi-style join, work sc into next 2 st, then sl st in next 2 st. Finish off.

 

 

 

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MC, ch 3, 1dc, ch 2, 3dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2, dc, join to top of ch 3. Pull tail tight. Finish off leaving long tail.

 

For Eyes

Do 1st 3 rounds of hat for each eye but no amigurumi-style join, do the traditional sl st join and ch 1. Finihs off leaving long tail for sewing.

 

For Chick Hair

Cut 3 8″ lengths of hat color and join to top of hat with a sl st

 

Finishing

Sew on buttons where desired for eyes. Weave in all ends.

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Down Syndrome Awareness Ribbon

Today is World Down Syndrome Day. And with that I bring you a guest blogger, Mardra Sikora, a local blogger, writer, and advocate. I jumped at the idea of having Mardra guest blog as those with special needs are near and dear to my heart. At the end of the post, I also offer a pattern for a Down Syndrome Awareness Ribbon (or any ribbon for that matter!) Make sure you read all the way to the end to see what the Good Life means to me. Enjoy!

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Skill Level:

  • Easy

Materials:

  • Any size hook, I usually use whatever size I am using for the project I am appliquéing onto. I would recommend size F – J for worsted weight or Aran yarn.
  • Yellow, blue and white worsted weight yarn. Less than 2g (3 yds) each.
  • Pin to hold ribbon in place while you stitch around it
  • Yarn or Tapestry needle to weave in ends and to sew on to project if you are using the ribbon as an applique
  • Brooch pin or barrette if desired

Other Resources:

  • For awareness ribbon colors, click here 

 Gauge:

  • Not important

Abbreviations and Stitches Used: (In US terminology)

  • Ch – chain stitch
  • Dc – double crochet
  • Sl st – Slip Stitch
  • St – stitch

Pattern Notes:

  • Pattern is written in US terms
  • Read pattern in its entirety first

Ribbon

Left-handed directions: Ch 15 with blue, switch to yellow and ch 17.

Dc in 3rd ch from hook and in next 11 st, 2 dc in next 3 st, switch back to blue and 2 dc in next 3 st, dc in each of last 12 st. Finish off. (If you are familiar with foundation dc, you can do this for the first row instead of chaining and working dc)

Change to accent color and sl st all the way around. Finish off.

Right handed directions: Ch 15 with yellow, switch to blue and ch 17.

Dc in 3rd ch from hook and in next 11 st, 2 dc in next 3 st, switch back to yellow and 2 dc in next 3 st, dc in each of last 12 st. Finish off. (If you are familiar with foundation dc, you can do this for the first row instead of chaining and working dc)

Change to accent color and sl st all the way around. Finish off.

Finishing

Use a bit of the main color to tack the ribbon together in the middle by coming up through the bottom over an existing stitch (to hide the tacking) and going back down through the top. Tie in a knot in the back and weave in all ends.

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Uses

  • Sew as an appliqué onto a hat, scarf, handbag or tote bag.
  • Sew or glue onto a brooch pin
  • Sew or glue onto a barrette

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Living the Good Life and Free Down Syndrome Awareness Ribbon

Today is World Down Syndrome Day. And with that I bring you a guest blogger, Mardra Sikora, a local blogger, writer, and advocate. I jumped at the idea of having Mardra guest blog as those with special needs are near and dear to my heart. At the end of the post, I also offer a pattern for a Down Syndrome Awareness Ribbon (or any ribbon for that matter!) Make sure you read all the way to the end to see what the Good Life means to me. Enjoy!

Living the Good Life

NEBRASKA...the good life
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On a recent road-trip to central Nebraska, my son Marcus leaned back and sighed, “This is the good life.” That particular weekend there was much ado about Nebraska’s slogan: “The Good Life.” So I smiled in agreement while my mind wandered over the parallel metaphor to our world.

I’m sure I don’t have to tell you, it gets old defending the place you call home. Do you get tired of explaining what exactly is good about “the good life” to those who say they could never…? To those who are filled with ill-conceived notions and stereotypes about our day-to-day? What beauties there are to see and experience?

Like many kids, I knew I’d leave Nebraska when I grew up. But the days went by and, though there were other opportunities along the way, I chose to stay. And sometimes there were circumstances that chose me instead. Which brings me to the parallel metaphor. Life with my son, Marcus.

It’s not a new idea, the metaphor of the physical place we find ourselves and our larger fate. So here we go…

On March 21st we will celebrate World Down Syndrome Day. We celebrate because Down syndrome is part of who Marcus is. Like many families who find themselves in an unexpected place – it is not about making the best of it; it’s about celebrating the best of it.

What I’d like to share this World Down Syndrome Day, with those of you who don’t live in the place we do: It’s not what you think.

Yes, sometimes storms come in and make life difficult. Like Marcus’ heart surgery when he was still a baby. That was hard. And there are many beautiful places on this earth, including the amazing sunsets that linger on the horizon here. Yes, the same sun rises and sets in our world as yours and my love for my son is no more and no less than the love any mother can have for their child. I see his beauty, his talents, his ambitions, and these parts of him are not diminished by Down syndrome. My biggest disappointments come not from Marcus’ abilities but rather the limitations of other people to recognize his abilities.

To me, the good life means preparation: when it’s cold, you put a coat on. The good life means consideration: please and thank you and working hard is something to be proud of. The good life means both seeing beauty in the peaceful moments as well as celebrating with the roar of a crowd.

For us it is also about a lifetime full of laughter. Marcus’ guiding principal is to make sure the people around him are happy. It’s nice to live with someone who has other’s happiness as a top priority.

 Yes, Marcus lives with us, so do 6 million other adult children in this country. Like many of them, this is a choice we have made together. There are options, we chose this one.

It’s not always an easy life. (Boring!) It’s not the perfect life. (Who has that?)

It is, in fact, quite a good life.

 

Bio: By day Mardra Sikora balances a patchwork of community, advocacy, work and family. Also by day

she writes. You can find her antics at www.grownupsanddowns.com, on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/Mardraspage, and her favorite hangout, Twitter: @MardraSikora

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Free Down Syndrome Awareness Ribbon

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Skill Level:

  • Easy

Materials:

  • Any size hook, I usually use whatever size I am using for the project I am appliquéing onto. I would recommend size F – J for worsted weight or Aran yarn.
  • Yellow, blue and white worsted weight yarn. Less than 2g (3 yds) each.
  • Pin to hold ribbon in place while you stitch around it
  • Yarn or Tapestry needle to weave in ends and to sew on to project if you are using the ribbon as an applique
  • Brooch pin or barrette if desired

Other Resources:

  • For awareness ribbon colors, click here 

 Gauge:

  • Not important

Abbreviations and Stitches Used: (In US terminology)

  • Ch – chain stitch
  • Dc – double crochet
  • Sl st – Slip Stitch
  • St – stitch

Pattern Notes:

  • Pattern is written in US terms
  • Read pattern in its entirety first

Ribbon

Left-handed directions: Ch 15 with blue, switch to yellow and ch 17.

Dc in 3rd ch from hook and in next 11 st, 2 dc in next 3 st, switch back to blue and 2 dc in next 3 st, dc in each of last 12 st. Finish off. (If you are familiar with foundation dc, you can do this for the first row instead of chaining and working dc)

Change to accent color and sl st all the way around. Finish off.

Right handed directions: Ch 15 with yellow, switch to blue and ch 17.

Dc in 3rd ch from hook and in next 11 st, 2 dc in next 3 st, switch back to yellow and 2 dc in next 3 st, dc in each of last 12 st. Finish off. (If you are familiar with foundation dc, you can do this for the first row instead of chaining and working dc)

Change to accent color and sl st all the way around. Finish off.

Finishing

Use a bit of the main color to tack the ribbon together in the middle by coming up through the bottom over an existing stitch (to hide the tacking) and going back down through the top. Tie in a knot in the back and weave in all ends.

Down Syndrome Ribbon coliescrochet.com

Uses

  • Sew as an appliqué onto a hat, scarf, handbag or tote bag.
  • Sew or glue onto a brooch pin
  • Sew or glue onto a barrette

Click Print below or click here for a pdf version

For me, the Good Life is easy to define. I feel blessed to have a beautiful family, wonderful friends, and a creative passion. First and foremost, I am a wife and stay-at-home mother to two with another on the way. My husband and I raise our children in a faith-filled home. We both have had our struggles in life, as children and adults, together and apart. I believe that makes us that much more appreciative of the good things in life. We don’t have tons of friends, but the ones we have are true and we consider each of them family. Lastly, I have my creative outlet and passion. If you had asked me 3 years ago if I would be selling my own crochet items and blogging about it, I would have said you were crazy! I am excited to see where the next year takes me as my oldest child will be starting kindergarten, we will be welcoming our 3rd baby, and who knows where crochet will take me. Like many Nebraskans, I thought I would leave eventually, but Midwestern values like kindness, caring for your neighbor and hard work are difficult to say good-bye to.

You may not be from Nebraska, but how would you define the Good Life?

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