Friday, 8 December 2017

XMAS HATS - HIS AND HERS


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XMAS Hat in Santa's colours

will keep your ears and head warm

this Christmas and during the cold winter months


This Christmas my darling and I are going to be wearing matching crochet hats in Santa's colours, just for a bit of fun! 

And so you can have some fun too, I have decided to give you a Christmas gift of this XMAS HAT Pattern

You can use the PRINT button at the very end of this blog page, for a Printer Friendly copy.

It will be available as a LIMITED TIME FREE PATTERN until Christmas Day, offer ends Christmas morning GMT (Greenwich Mean Time).

This stylish unisex crochet XMAS Hat is great for when the temperatures drop and the wind blows. It is designed with a crochet cotton lining which is soft on the skin and ever so comfortable to wear, while the crochet aran outer layer keeps your head warm and toasty.

XMAS Hat is a simple striped crochet hat with the added bonus of a cotton lining. All you need to know is how to crochet in the round, how to single crochet, how to crochet in the front loop and back loop, how to change colour every round.

Suggested Yarns

My two (2) favourites for this project are Hayfield Bonus Aran with Wool for the outer layer, and King Cole Cottonsoft DK for the inner lining. You will need two (2) hooks 5mm and 4.5mm. The aran colours I chose are: Deep Red 830 and Ivory Aran 962; and the cotton colour is: Ecru 711.

You can substitute the yarn if you wish, just remember to check the YARNSUB website, to get the best match.

XMAS Hat Crochet Pattern 
LIMITED TIME FREE PATTERN 
ends Christmas Day

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PATTERN DETAILS:


DIFFICULTY: Easy

SIZES: Two (2) sizes - A = Adult Medium; B = Adult Large

MEASUREMENTS:
A - Circumference 21in (53cm); Length 8.5in (22cm) - will fit 22in (56cm) 
B - Circumference 22.5in (57cm); Length 9in (23cm) - will fit 23in (58cm)

YARN USED: Hayfield Bonus Aran with Wool ● 80% Acrylic 20% Wool ● 400g ● 920 yds (840m)

YARDAGE
A - Approx. 60g = 138yd (126m) 
B - Approx. 70g = 161yd (147m)

TENSION: 15sts x 17 rows to 4in (10cm) in sc pattern stitch

NOTIONS: 5mm hook, Yarn needle



PATTERN NOTES: Hat is worked top down in the round. Instructions in this pattern are for a two (2) colour hat. Each round is completed before changing colour. Optional Lining instructions included.



This pattern is written in USA AMERICAN Crochet Terms.


USA - American Crochet Terms
UK - British Crochet Terms
[ ] = work instructions within brackets as many times as directed
( ) = work instructions within parenthesis as directed,
different sizes, total stitches
* = repeat the instructions following the single asterisk as directed
** = repeat instructions between asterisks as many times as directed or repeat from a given set of instructions
Ch = chain
ch-sp/s = chain space/s
sc = single crochet
dc =double crochet
hdc = half double crochet
htr = half treble crochet
dc = double crochet
tr = treble crochet
tr = treble crochet
dtr = double treble crochet
dtr = double treble
ttr = triple treble
sl st = slip stitch
st/sts = stitch/es
cont = continue
rep = repeat
rnd = round
beg = begin/beginning
yo = yarn over
yrh = yarn round hook
FDC = foundationless double crochet
FTR = foundationless treble crochet
Esc = extended single crochet
Edc = extended double crochet
BL = back loop
blo = back loop only
FL = front loop
flo = front loop only
BPdc = back post double crochet
rtrb = raised treble back
FPdc = front post double crochet
rtrf = raised treble front
Abbreviations List ©2015  Barbara Summers Hand Knit and Crochet.  All rights reserve

PATTERN INSTRUCTIONS:


Crown of Hat - Increase Rounds
Note: At beginning of each round, Ch1 does not count as a stitch.
Start with MC - then change colour every round

SIZE A and B
Rnd 1:  Magic loop, ch1, 6sc in loop, join with sl st in ch1. (6sts)
Rnd 2:  Ch1, 2sc in BL of each st around, join with sl st in ch1. (12sts)
Rnd 3:  Ch1, *2sc in BL of next st, sc in BL of next st, rep from * around, join with sl st in ch1. (18sts)
Rnd 4:  Ch1, *2sc in BL of next st, sc in BL of next 2sts, rep from * around, join with sl st in ch1. (24sts)
Rnd 5:  Ch1, *2sc in BL of next st, sc in BL of next 3sts, rep from * around, join with sl st in ch1. (30sts)
Rnd 6:  Ch1, *2sc in BL of next st, sc in BL of next 4sts, rep from * around, join with sl st in ch1. (36sts)
Rnd 7:  Ch1, *2sc in BL of next st, sc in BL of next 5sts, rep from * around, join with sl st in ch1. (42sts)
Rnd 8:  Ch1, *2sc in BL of next st, sc in BL of next 6sts, rep from * around, join with sl st in ch1. (48sts)
Rnd 9:  Ch1, *2sc in BL of next st, sc in BL of next 7sts, rep from * around, join with sl st in ch1. (54sts)
Rnd 10:  Ch1, *2sc in BL of next st, sc in BL of next 8sts, rep from * around, join with sl st in ch1. (60sts)
Rnd 11:  Ch1, *2sc in BL of next st, sc in BL of next 9sts, rep from * around, join with sl st in ch1. (66sts)
Rnd 12:  Ch1, *2sc in BL of next st, sc in BL of next 10sts, rep from * around, join with sl st in ch1. (72sts)
Rnd 13:  Ch1, *2sc in BL of next st, sc in BL of next 11sts, rep from * around, join with sl st in ch1. (78sts)
Size A complete - continue with Body of Hat

SIZE B ONLY
Rnd 14:  Ch1, *2sc in BL of next st, sc in BL of next 12sts, rep from * around, join with sl st in ch1. (84sts)
Rnd 15:  Ch1, *2sc in BL of next st, sc in BL of next 13sts, rep from * around, join with sl st in ch1. (90sts)
Size B complete - continue with Body of Hat

Body of Hat
Note: At beginning of each round, Ch1 does not count as a stitch.
Continue to change colour every round

Rnd 1:  Ch1, sc in BL of same st, sc in BL of st around, join with sl st in ch1.
Rnd 2:  Ch1, sc in BL of same st, *sc in FL of next st, sc in BL of next st, rep from * around, join with sl st in ch1.
Rnd 3-20:  Rep Rnds 1 and 2

To finish hat, continue with Rnd 1 - Brim of Hat. To line the hat with a cotton lining GO TO Optional Finish.

Brim of Hat
Rnd 1:  Ch1, sc around, invisible join. Fasten off and hide ends.

OPTIONAL Finish

To make a hat with the optional lining, stop after Rnd 20 of Body of Hat, DO NOT CUT YARN, just hide the yarn end from the start.  Now make the cotton lining, you will need to use the recommended yarn and hook to achieve the desired fit.  If other yarn and hook are used you may have to adjust the stitch count and the number of rows for the inner hat lining to match the outer hat in size.

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INNER Hat - Cotton Lining

YARN USED:  King Cole Cottonsoft DK  100% Cotton 100g 229yd (210m)

YARDAGE: 
A - Approx. 60g = 138yd (126m) 
B - Approx. 70g = 161yd (147m)

TENSION:  16.5sts x 22.5 rows to 4in (10cm) in sc stitch

NOTIONS:  4.5mm hook, Yarn needle

CROWN of INNER HAT - Increase Rnds
Note: At beginning of each round, Ch1 does not count as a stitch.

With 4.5mm hook

Rnd 1:  Magic loop, ch1, 6sc in loop, join with sl st in ch1. (6sts)
Rnd 2:  Ch1, 2sc in each st around, join with sl st in ch1. (12sts)
Rnd 3:  Ch1, *2sc in next st, sc in next st, rep from * around, join with sl st in ch1. (18sts)
Rnd 4:  Ch1, *2sc in next st, sc in next 2sts, rep from * around, join with sl st in ch1. (24sts)
Rnd 5:  Ch1, *2sc in next st, sc in next 3sts, rep from * around, join with sl st in ch1. (30sts)
Rnd 6:  Ch1, *2sc in next st, sc in next 4sts, rep from * around, join with sl st in ch1. (36sts)
Rnd 7:  Ch1, *2sc in next st, sc in next 5sts, rep from * around, join with sl st in ch1. (42sts)
Rnd 8:  Ch1, *2sc in next st, sc in next 6sts, rep from * around, join with sl st in ch1. (48sts)
Rnd 9:  Ch1, *2sc in next st, sc in next 7sts, rep from * around, join with sl st in ch1. (54sts)
Rnd 10:  Ch1, *2sc in next st, sc in next 8sts, rep from * around, join with sl st in ch1. (60sts)
Rnd 11:  Ch1, *2sc in next st, sc in next 9sts, rep from * around, join with sl st in ch1. (66sts)
Rnd 12:  Ch1, *2sc in next st, sc in next 10sts, rep from * around, join with sl st in ch1. (72sts)
Rnd 13:  Ch1, *2sc in next st, sc in next 11sts, rep from * around, join with sl st in ch1. (78sts)
Rnd 14:  Ch1, *2sc in next st, sc in next 12sts, rep from * around, join with sl st in ch1. (84sts)
Rnd 15:  Ch1, *2sc in next st, sc in next 13sts, rep from * around, join with sl st in ch1. (90sts)
Size A complete - continue with Body of Inner Hat

SIZE B ONLY
Rnd 16:  Ch1, *2sc in next st, sc in next 14sts, rep from * around, join with sl st in ch1. (96sts)
Rnd 17:  Ch1, *2sc in next st, sc in next 15sts, rep from * around, join with sl st in ch1. (102sts)
Size B complete - continue with Body of Inner Hat

Body of INNER Hat
Note: At beginning of each round, Ch1 does not count as a stitch.

Rnd 1:  Ch1, sc in each st around, join with sl st in ch1.
Rnd 2-26:  Rep Rnd 1. Fasten off and hide ends.

JOINING - OUTER Hat to INNER HAT - BRIM of HAT

Place the Inner Hat in the Outer Hat with wrong sides facing and line up the beginning st on both hats.

In this pattern the Outer Hat has less stitches than the Inner Hat, therefore you will need to skip stitches on the Inner Hat when joining. Follow the instructions.

With Outer Hat facing and using the Outer Hat yarn and 5mm hook, work in both loops of stitch on Outer Hat and Inner Hat, as follows:

SIZE A Only
Work in both loops of Outer Hat and both loops of Inner Hat

Joining Rnd:  Ch1, *sc in next 6sts on Outer Hat and at the same time on Inner Hat, skip next st on Inner Hat,  sc in next 7sts on Outer Hat and on Inner Hat, skip next st on Inner Hat, rep from * around, invisible join in ch1. Finish, cut yarn and hide end.

SIZE B Only
Work in both loops of Outer Hat and both loops of Inner Hat

Joining Rnd:  Ch1, *sc in next 7sts on Outer Hat and at the same time on Inner Hat, skip next st on Inner Hat,  sc in next 8sts on Outer Hat and on Inner Hat, skip next st on Inner Hat, rep from * around, invisible join in ch1. Finish, cut yarn and hide end.



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ENJOY AND MAY YOU HAVE A JOLLY, MERRY CHRISTMAS!

BE CREATIVE
PLAY AND HAVE SOME FUN!

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Enjoy!
ciao, ciao!
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Copyright (C) 2008 Barbara Summers - All rights reserved.

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Saturday, 18 November 2017

JUST for MEN - The Manly Washcloth


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Real Men use Washcloths 
and these crochet washcloths are man-sized 
with the perfect texture for cleaning
and exfoliating manly bodies. 

Whether men admit to using a washcloth or not, one thing for sure is the fact that everyone benefits from a good scrub when in the bath or shower, and this manly SCRUB and RUB Washcloth is absolutely perfect for an entire body revitalizing wash. 

Men with beards, moustaches and bald heads can enhance their exfoliating regime by using a good sized, sturdy, washcloth made from a 100% cotton yarn. I designed the perfect washcloth for my man, and you can now make it too, I am sure your man will really appreciate this little handmade gift.

Suggested Yarn

I recommend a yarn which is 100% cotton and my favourite cotton yarns have always been Bendigo Woollen Mills from Australia, however now I have found a very good substitute here in the UK and it is King Cole Cottonsoft DK. Both cotton yarns are lovely and soft, and when they are wet, they are robust enough to give you a good scrub. 

However today I am will use Wendy Supreme Cotton, firstly because I hope it will be longer lasting and more robust with a good firm scrub, and secondly I have these lovely colours in my stash. 

You can substitute the yarn if you wish, just remember to check the YARNSUB website, to get the best match.


Stitch Pattern

This washcloth is made using half double crochet two together (hdc2tog) to create a knobbly textured fabric, you will need to be comfortable with working through the 5 loops on the hook. Also, I have used a 4ply for the main stitch and 8ply for the contrast stitch,  these two yarns work well together especially where the stitch changes to single crochet.

Are you ready? then let's get started with this FREE PATTERN for the SCRUB and RUB Manly Washcloth.


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PATTERN DETAILS:

Yarn Used: MC - Wendy Supreme Cotton 4ply ● 100% Cotton ● 100g ● 267m (292 yds); and CC - Wendy Supreme Cotton DK ● 100% Cotton ● 100g ● 201m (220 yds)

Yardage: MC - 105m (115yd); CC - 26m (29yd)

Hook: 4mm

Notions: Yarn needle

Size: One (1) size

Measurements: approx. Length - 27cm (10.5in); Width 24cm (9.5in)


PATTERN NOTES: Washcloth is crochet flat. Border is crochet in the round. This washcloth is made using two (2) colours, and two (2) different yarn weights. Photographs accompany the written instructions of this pattern.



This pattern is written in USA AMERICAN Crochet Terms.


USA - American Crochet Terms
UK - British Crochet Terms
[ ] = work instructions within brackets as many times as directed
( ) = work instructions within parenthesis as directed,
different sizes, total stitches
* = repeat the instructions following the single asterisk as directed
** = repeat instructions between asterisks as many times as directed or repeat from a given set of instructions
Ch = chain
ch-sp/s = chain space/s
sc = single crochet
dc =double crochet
hdc = half double crochet
htr = half treble crochet
dc = double crochet
tr = treble crochet
tr = treble crochet
dtr = double treble crochet
dtr = double treble
ttr = triple treble
sl st = slip stitch
st/sts = stitch/es
cont = continue
rep = repeat
rnd = round
beg = begin/beginning
yo = yarn over
yrh = yarn round hook
FDC = foundationless double crochet
FTR = foundationless treble crochet
Esc = extended single crochet
Edc = extended double crochet
BL = back loop
blo = back loop only
FL = front loop
flo = front loop only
BPdc = back post double crochet
rtrb = raised treble back
FPdc = front post double crochet
rtrf = raised treble front
Abbreviations List ©2015  Barbara Summers Hand Knit and Crochet.  All rights reserved.



SPECIAL STITCH:
hdc2tog = half double crochet two together
Yarn over hook, insert hook in stitch, pull up a loop, 3 loops on hook, yarn over hook, insert hook in next st, pull up a loop, 5 loops on hook, yarn over hook, pull through all 5 loops on hook.



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ADD THIS PATTERN TO YOUR RAVELRY QUEUE AND FAVOURITES


PATTERN INSTRUCTIONS:


With 4mm hook and CC - DK yarn

Row 1: Ch36, TURN.


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Row 2: Ch1, work in back bump of each ch st, sc in 2nd ch from hook, and each st to end. TURN. (36sts)

Change to MC - 4ply yarn

Row 3: Ch2, hdc2tog in first and second sc, *hdc2tog, in same sc as last st, then in next sc, rep from * to end, TURN. (35 clusters)


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Row 4: Ch2, work the first insertion in the base of ch2, hdc2tog in first and second hdc2tog, * hdc2tog in the same place as last st, then in next hdc2tog, rep from * to end, work the last insertion in the top of ch2, TURN. (35 clusters)

Row 5 and 6: Rep Row 4


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Change to CC - DK yarn

Row 7: Ch1, 2sc in first st, sc in next and each st to end, work last sc in the top of ch2, TURN. (36sts)

Row 8: Ch1, sc to end, TURN. (36sts)


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Continue in pattern, changing colour as directed and repeating Rows 3-8.


Finish with Row 8. Do not cut yarn, hide all yarn ends before proceeding with Border.

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Border

Continue with CC
2Sc in same st as last st in Row 8. *Continue along side of rows. (Sl st, ch1) in each hdc2tog row, and (sl st, ch1) once in between sc rows**. 3sc in next corner, sc in each st of foundation chain, 3sc in corner, rep from * to **, 2sc in last corner, invisible join.

Fasten off, hide ends.




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If you wish you can make the washcloth shorter in length and more of a square by omitting the last repeat. The stitch pattern in the washcloth will stretch a little lengthwise after being used.

ADD THIS PATTERN TO YOUR RAVELRY QUEUE AND FAVOURITES


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BE CREATIVE
PLAY AND HAVE SOME FUN!

YOU ARE WELCOME TO SHARE YOUR CREATIONS 
BELOW IN THE COMMENTS 
OR 


Enjoy!
ciao, ciao!
Barbara Summers Hand Knit and Crochet   www.crocknit.com
Copyright (C) 2008 Barbara Summers - All rights reserved.

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