Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Indulging in the Braided Cowl


Yes, I indulged. I couldn't help myself. Everyone was making them, and I wanted to make one too. Are they easy you ask? You bet they are. Does it come out looking as good as the pictures I have seen on the internet, you ask? You bet it does.

This is a great design and my thumbprint of approval is on this unique crochet pattern. Of course I love to embellish, so I couldn't help myself as I thought it needed a brooch. My cowl is now complete!

                         
                 

You can find the pattern to this lovely cowl at "My Hobby is Crochet" Just click on this LINK to get there! Have fun!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Youngster's Fuzzy and Fluffy Chemo Cap Made with 6 Weight Yarn


What a lovely Chemo Cap, or just a stylish and warm hat for you! This cap uses a 6 weight of yarn. The yarn of choice is Lion Brands Homespun Thick and Quick, that makes working up this hat a quick venture, and it is so stylish. Add a brooch, fancy cabochon, button, or a vintage piece of jewelry to the turned up brim and you have your own unique design!

Here is what Lion Brand has to say about it's yarn

Make a statement with Homespun® Thick & Quick®. This super-bulky version of our fan-favorite Homespun® yarn works up quickly into richly textured afghans and silky-soft accessories.Made in the USA, this beautiful yarn features both heathers and slowly striping painterly shades, so you’re sure to find the color you love.


Weight Category: 6 -   Super Bulky Weight: Bulky, Roving Yarn
8.00 oz./227 g (160 yd/146 m)
88% Acrylic, 12% Polyester


Youngsters FuzzyChemo Cap





Size 7yr to Adult EX. Small


Lion Brand Homespun Thick and Quick; 88% Acrylic, 12% Polyester - 120 yards

Hook: L –11/8.00mm      Yarn needle for sewing peak into place

Embellishment Supplies: Optional – Lace, buttons, brooches or vintage jewelry to adorn the flap.
          
Stitch Guide 
join w/ = join with   
SLP ST = Slip Stitch      
CH = Chain     
SC
= Single Crochet  
HDC = Half Double Crochet 
SP = Space
nxt = Next 
st = Stitch      
*  * = Execute sequence between the stars, the number of times stated 
x = Times; example Repeat 2 x or 2 times; 3 x or 3 times and so on
Pattern Notes:
1. Beginning CH 1 & SLP ST’s do not count as a stitch
STOP!!!! PLEASE READ!!!!! Gauge As You Go: There will be measurements at certain stages throughout the pattern. They will be highlighted in green. This system of measurements, will give you an idea if you are on track to achieve the size that you WANT. Not everyone crochets with the same tension. Example, if the beginning circle, which will be the first measurement you come across, is too small, then you can go up a hook size or two, or you can add an increase row if you so desire. If you are finding that the next segment of measurements is too short, you can always add an extra yarn over before pulling through the last sequence of loops that completes the stitch, this will give your stitches more height. Some crochet artists can achieve gauge horizontally, but not in height. One other option is add an extra row if you would like. There are so many ways to achieve the size you want, with “GAUGE AS YOU GO” This system will also allow you to change yarns… Most yarns have a slightly different gauge, and this system will help you see if the yarn is going to make it a good fit.
 
CH 3, join in ring, or use magic circle

Round 1: CH1; 10 HDC in ring, join w/SLP ST to beg. HDC
Crocheting with this super squishy, soft and fuzzy yarn can be a challenge. Notice in pic 1 you cannot readily count the stitches, and it can be hard to find where you should put your next stitch. I like to use my fingers to help me along. Notice where my thumb is, I am poking with my ring finger, from the back, to open the hole and make it noticeable. So go slow…poke around with your fingers and count as you go.  Since it is so hard to see the individual stitches, when it is time to join, feel for the post of the first HDC. Pic 2 is showing where I have found the post, and placed a finger on either side of the post. The two loops that are slanting down on the right side of the post (where the black arrow is) will be where you will join. Pic 3 is showing the hook being inserted under the two loops, preparing for the join. TIP 1: Holding a piece of white paper in your lap while you crochet with this squishy and fuzzy yarn can help you to see your stitches. TIP 2: Place markers at increases, advice from 1 of my testers.




  

Round 2: CH 1; 2HDC in each ST around; join w/SLP ST to beg. HDC (20 HDC)

Round 3: CH 1; HDC in joining st, 2HDC in nxt st; * HDC in nxt st, 2 HDC in nxt st* 9x; join w/SLP ST to beg. HDC (30 HDC)
Round 4: CH 1; HDC in joining st; HDC in nxt st (3x), 2HDC in nxt st; * HDC in nxt st 4x, 2 HDC in nxt st* 5x; join w/SLP ST to beg.HDC (36 HDC) NOTE: This pattern is written for those who have lost their hair due to chemo or other medical conditions. If you would like a bigger hat, just add an increase round right here or follow the instructions for “Adult size Chemo cap” found in my Ravelry Store as a free download http://www.ravelry.com/stores/krissys-wonders. You can also find it here on my blog http://theslantedlife.blogspot.com/

 

 Diameter = 6.5”


Round 5– 11: HDC in joining st, and in each st around; join w/SLP ST to beg. HDC (36HDC)
Total measurement from crown to Round 11 =8” - 8 ½”

Round 12: CH 1, SC in joining st, and in each st around; join w/SLP ST to beg. SC (36 SC)

Round 13: CH1, SC in joining st, SC in nxt st (4x), 2 SC in nxt st; *SC in nxt st (5x), 2 SC in nxt st;* 5x; join w/SLP ST to beg. SC
(42 SC)

Round 14: CH 1, SC in joining st, and in each st around; join w/SLP ST to beg. SC (42 SC)
NOTE: If you would like to make a basic beanie, end off after this round
 
Follow instructions below, to make this hat with a turned up brim Scroll down to find the peaked brim instructions found at the bottom of the pattern.

Round 15: Turn, CH1 SC in Back Loop Only BLO, around Note: This was the front loop, before you turned (42 SC)

Round 16 –21: CH 1, SC in joining st, and in each st around; join w/SLP ST to beg. SC (42 SC) End off at the end of round 21, weave in ends. Turn the brim up, and sew on a pretty button, or pin a brooch in place. (If you would like a wider brim, just add more rounds.)
Finishing measurements = 8 ½”- 9” crown to brim; 9 ½” – 10” across the folded hat;  20”- 21” circumference
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Follow instructions below, to make this hat with a peaked brim
Round 15: Turn, CH 1 SC in Back Loop Only BLO, around; join w/SLP ST to beg. SC.  Note: This was the front loop, before you turned (42 SC)
The next rows will make the peak. Work the amount of stitches stated, and leave the rest of the stitches unworked, it will create a rough edge, but the edging round will smooth out the bumps.
Round 16: CH 1;  HDC in nxt st (18x); (18 HDC)

Round 17: TURN; SLP ST; Skp 1 st, SC in nxt st (14x);  (14 SC)

Round18: TURN;  SLP ST; Skp 1 st, SC in nxt st (10x);  (10 SC)

Round 19: TURN;  SLP ST; Skp 1 st, SC in nxt st(6x);  (6 SC)

Round 20: Edging round: Turn, SC across the peak, and down the slope, smoothing out the bumps. When you get to the base of the brim, continue to SC in each st, until you reach the opposite slope of the peak. Continue to SC up the slope, smoothing out the rough edges; SLP ST in the 1st SC made at beg. of this round. End off leaving a tail to sew the peak to the side of the hat.
Finishing measurements = 8 ½”- 9” crown to brim; 9 ½” – 10” across the folded hat;  20”- 21” circumference


This pattern is protected by copyright© KrissysWonders© 2016. Do not sell, alter or redistribute this pattern in any way or form. You have my permission to sell your finished product, but you are responsible for the finished product. Please give credit and link back to me if selling your finished product online. Thank you!!


Thursday, February 11, 2016

Ladies Fancy Chemo Cap Made with 5 Weight Yarn

I do love working with Lion Brand's Homespun yarn. It can be a little tricky to work with, but it is perfect for making a soft and warm hat. The color variations are so pretty!  It is also perfect to make a Chemo hat. It is so soft and squishy. It is also important to note that there are 2 different weights of Homespun yarn. The yarn worked with in this pattern is a 5 weight.  Here is a description of the yarn from the Lion Brand Company.

Soft, silky and beautiful! A uniquely textured yarn that works up quickly and easily. From shawls to sweaters to throws, this yarn can't be beat for softness and sheer touch-ability. With solids, heathers, and beautiful self-striping 'painterly' colors, Homespun comes in gorgeous shades you’ll love. 

Please note that some colors have long, slow color variations that cause them to subtly stripe. This is deliberate and adds to the beauty of the finished garment; such yarns are designated as our 'painterly' colors. 

Made in the USA
Weight Category: 5 -   Bulky Weight: Chunky, Craft, Rug Yarn
6.00 oz./170 g (185 yd/169 m)

98% Acrylic, 2% Polyester

                                       Ladies FancyChemo Cap
                                           


                         
 


Ladies Small to Med. & Large to EX. Large size found at the end of the pattern

Lion Brand Homespun; 88% Acrylic, 12% Polyester /Approx. 120 yds. Colorway: Purple Haze or color of choice
Please remember that this is a 5 weight yarn.

Hook: K – 10 ½ /6.5mm      Yarn needle for sewing peak into place

Embellishment Supplies: Optional – Lace, buttons or brooches to adorn the flap.
          
Stitch Guide 
join w/ = join with   
SLP ST = Slip Stitch      
CH = Chain     
SC
= Single Crochet  
HDC = Half Double Crochet
BLO = Crochet the stitch indicated by using the back loop only
SP = Space
nxt = Next 
st = Stitch      
*  * = Execute sequence between the stars, the number of times stated 
x = Times; example Repeat 2 x or 2 times; 3 x or 3 times and so on


Pattern Notes:
1. Beginning CH 1 does not count as a stitch

STOP!!!! PLEASE READ!!!!! Gauge As You Go: There will be measurements at certain stages throughout the pattern. They will be highlighted in green. This system of measurements, will give you an idea if you are on track to achieve the size that you WANT. Not everyone crochets with the same tension. Example, if the beginning circle, which will be the first measurement you come across, is too small, then you can go up a hook size or two, or you can add an increase row if you so desire. If you are finding that the next segment of measurements is too short, you can always add an extra yarn over before pulling through the last sequence of loops that completes the stitch, this will give your stitches more height. Some crochet artists can achieve gauge horizontally, but not in height. One other option is add an extra row if you would like. There are so many ways to achieve the size you want, with “GAUGE AS YOU GO” This system will also allow you to change yarns… Most yarns have a slightly different gauge, and this system will help you see if the yarn is going to make it a good fit.

CH 3, join in ring, or use magic circle
NOTE: This pattern is written for those who have lost their hair due to chemo or other medical conditions. If you would like a bigger hat, go up a hook size or two, or just add an increase round.
Round 1: CH1; 10 HDC in ring, join w/SLP ST to beg. HDC
Crocheting with this super squishy and soft yarn can be a challenge. Notice in pic 1 you cannot readily count the stitches, and it can be hard to find where you should put your next stitch. I like to use my fingers to help me along. Notice where my thumb is, I am poking with my pointer finger, to open the hole and make it noticeable. So go slow…poke around with your fingers and count as you go.  Pic 2 is showing what it looks like with 20 stitches, and pic 3 is showing how it looks after it is joined.
TIP 1:Holding a piece of white paper in your lap while you crochet with this squishy yarn, will help you to see your stitches.
TIP 2: Place markers at increases, advice from 1 of my testers.

                             



                             


                             




Round 2: CH 1; 2HDC in each ST around; join w/SLP ST to beg. HDC (20 HDC)

Round 3: CH 1; HDC in joining st, 2HDC in nxt st; * HDC in nxt st, 2 HDC in nxt st* 9x; join w/SLP ST to beg. HDC (30 HDC)

Round 4: CH 1; HDC in joining st; HDCin next st, 2HDC in nxt st; * HDC in nxt st 2x, 2 HDC in nxt st* 9x; join w/SLP ST to beg. HDC (40 HDC)
 
If making the Large to EXTRA Large Hat, please scroll down to the bottom of the pattern.
Round 5: CH 1; HDC in joining st; HDCin next st (6x), 2HDC in nxt st; * HDC in nxt st 7x, 2 HDC in nxt st* 4x;
join w/SLP ST to beg. HDC (45 HDC)

NOTE: This pattern is written for those who have lost their hair due to chemo or other medical conditions. If you would like a Smaller hat, follow the instructions for “Tweens and Young Girls Chemo Cap” found on my blog,
http://theslantedlife.blogspot.com/ 
 
 Diameter = 6 – 6.5”


Round 6 – 12: HDC in joining st, and in each st around; join w/SLP ST to beg. HDC
(45 HDC)
total measurement from crown to Round 12 = 7 ½” – 8”

Round 13: CH 1, SC in joining st, and in each st around; join w/SLP ST to beg. SC (45 SC)

Round 14: CH1, SC in joining st, SC in nxt st (7x), 2 SC in nxt st; *SC in nxt st (8x), 2 SC in nxt st;* 4x; join w/SLP ST to beg. SC
(50 SC)

Round 15: CH 1, SC in joining st, and in each st around; join w/SLP ST to beg. SC (50SC)
NOTE: If you would like to make a basic beanie end off after this round.
                                            
Follow instructions below, to make this hat with an off center peaked brim. Scroll down to find the rolled brim instructions found at the bottom of the pattern.

The next rounds will make the off center peak. Work the amount of stitches stated, and leave the rest of the stitches unworked, it will create a rough edge, but the edging round, will smooth out the bumps.
Round 16: Turn, CH1 SC in Back Loop Only BLO (26x)
Note: BLO was the front loop, before you turned


Round 17: CH 1 and TURN;  Skp 2 st’s, SC in nxt st (22x); SLP ST in nxt st; (22 SC)

Round 18: CH 1 and TURN; Skp 1 st, SC in nxt st (18x);  (18 SC)

Round 19: CH 1 and TURN;  Skp 1 st, SC in nxt st (15x);  (15 SC)

Round 20: CH 1 and TURN;  Skp 1 st, SC in nxt st (11x);  (11 SC)

Round 21: CH 1 and TURN;  Skp 1 st, SC in nxt st (9x);  (9 SC)

Round 22: CH 1 and TURN;  Skp 1 st, SC in nxt st (6x);  (6 SC)

Round 23: CH 1 and TURN;  Skp 1 st, SC in nxt st (4x);  (4 SC)

Round 24: CH 1 and TURN;  Skp 1 st, SC in nxt st (3x);  (3 SC at the peak) at the end of this row, with the brim turned up, you will be looking at the outside of the hat.

Round 25: Edging round: With the brim turned up, looking at the outside of the hat, SC down the slope, smoothing out the bumps. When you get to the base of the brim, continue to SC in each st, until you reach the opposite side of the off center peak. Continue to SC up the slope, smoothing out the rough edges, until you reach the 3 SC at the peak. SC in 1st st, 3 HDC in nxt st, SLP ST in the 3rd SC . End off leaving a tail to sew the peak to the side of the hat.

 
Finishing measurements = crown to brim 8 - 8 ½”; across the folded hat  10 ” – 10.5”;  circumference 20.5”- 21.5”  
I think the turned up brim is lovely on it’s own, but if you want to fancy up the hat, just add a sparkly button or a brooch.

                                           TURNED UP BRIM WITHOUT A PEAK
                                                        
Follow instructions below, to make this hat with a turned up brim

Round 16: TURN, CH 1, SC in BLO and in each stitch around; join w/SLP ST to beg. SC (50 SC)
Note: BLO was the front loop, before you turned

Round 17: CH1, SC in joining st, SC in nxt st (8x), 2 SC in nxt st; *SC in nxt st (9x), 2 SC in nxt st;* 4x; join w/SLP ST to beg. SC 
(50 SC)


Round 18 - 23: CH 1, SC in joining st, and in each st around; join w/SLP ST to beg. SC (55 SC) End off at the end of Round 23 and weave in ends. (If you would like a wider brim, just add more rows)
Finishing measurements = crown to brim 8 - 8 ½”; across the folded hat  10 ” – 10.5”;  circumference 20.5”- 21.5”  

The turned up brim is so nice, but you can easily add a brooch to dress it up too!


LARGE TO EXTRA LARGE
Round 5: CH 1; HDC in joining st; HDCin next st (2x), 2HDC in nxt st; * HDC in nxt st 3x, 2 HDC in nxt st* 9x;
join w/SLP ST to beg. HDC (50 HDC)

Round 6: CH 1; HDC in joining st; HDCin next st (8x), 2HDC in nxt st; * HDC in nxt st 9x, 2 HDC in nxt st* 4x;
join w/SLP ST to beg. HDC (55 HDC)

NOTE: This pattern is written for those who have lost their hair due to chemo or other medical conditions. If you would like a Smaller hat, follow the instructions for “Tweens and Young Girls Chemo Cap” found on my blog,
http://theslantedlife.blogspot.com/ 
 

 Diameter = 6.5 - 7”


Round 7 – 14: HDC in joining st, and in each st around; join w/SLP ST to beg. HDC (55 HDC)
total measurement from crown to Round 14 = 8” – 8 ½”

Round 15: CH 1, SC in joining st, and in each st around; join w/SLP ST to beg. SC (55 SC)

Round 16: CH1, SC in joining st, SC in nxt st (9x), 2 SC in nxt st; *SC in nxt st (10x), 2 SC in nxt st;* 4x; join w/SLP ST to beg. SC
(60 SC)

Round 17: CH 1, SC in joining st, and in each st around; join w/SLP ST to beg. SC (60SC)
NOTE: If you would like to make a basic beanie end off after this round.




                                       
TURNED UP BRIM WITH  AN OFF CENTER PEAK
                                                                
Follow instructions below, to make this hat with an off center peaked brim. Scroll down to find the turned up brim instructions found at the bottom of the pattern. 
The next rounds will make the off center peak. Work the amount of stitches stated, and leave the rest of the stitches unworked, it will create a rough edge, but the edging round, will smooth out the bumps.

Round 18: TURN, CH 1, SC in BLO and in each stitch around; join w/SLP ST to beg. SC (60 SC) Note: BLO was the front loop, before you turned

Round 19: CH 1 and TURN;  Skp 2 st’s, SC in nxt st (22x); SLP ST in nxt st; (22 SC)

Round 20: CH 1 and TURN; Skp 1 st, SC in nxt st (18x);  (18 SC)

Round 21: CH 1 and TURN;  Skp 1 st, SC in nxt st (15x);  (15 SC)

Round 22: CH 1 and TURN;  Skp 1 st, SC in nxt st (11x);  (11 SC)

Round 23: CH 1 and TURN;  Skp 1 st, SC in nxt st (9x);  (9 SC)

Round 24: CH 1 and TURN;  Skp 1 st, SC in nxt st (6x);  (6 SC)

Round 25: CH 1 and TURN;  Skp 1 st, SC in nxt st (4x);  (4 SC)

Round 26: CH 1 and TURN;  Skp 1 st, SC in nxt st (3x);  (3 SC at the peak) at the end of this row, with the brim turned up, you will be looking at the outside of the hat.

Round 27: Edging round: With the brim turned up, looking at the outside of the hat, SC down the slope, smoothing out the bumps. When you get to the base of the brim, continue to SC in each st, until you reach the opposite side of the off center peak. Continue to SC up the slope, smoothing out the rough edges, until you reach the 3 SC at the peak. SC in 1st st, 3 HDC in nxt st, SLP ST in the 3rd SC . End off leaving a tail to sew the peak to the side of the hat.



                                       Turned up Brim without a Peak


                                                    

Follow instructions below, to make this hat with a turned up brim

Round 18: TURN, CH 1, SC in BLO and in each stitch around; join w/SLP ST to beg. SC (60 SC)
Note: BLO was the front loop, before you turned

Round 19: CH1, SC in joining st, SC in nxt st (8x), 2 SC in nxt st; *SC in nxt st (9x), 2 SC in nxt st;* 5x;
join w/SLP ST to beg. SC (66 SC)

Round 20 - 25: CH 1, SC in joining st, and in each st around; join w/SLP ST to beg. SC (66 SC) End off at the end of Round 25 and weave in ends. (If you would like a wider brim, just add more rows)
Finishing measurements = crown to brim 8 ½”- 9”; across the folded hat 10 ½” –11”;  circumference 21”- 22”  

The turned up brim is so nice, but you can easily add a brooch to dress it up, or make just the beanie and add a vintage brooch.




This pattern is protected by copyright© KrissysWonders© 2016. Do not sell, alter or redistribute this pattern in any way or form. You have my permission to sell your finished product, but you are responsible for the finished product. Please link back to my shop if selling online. Thank you!!