5 Quick Gifts to Crochet

There is nothing that can inspire panic in a maker than realizing the calendar says November and you’re behind on your holiday gift-making. I’ve found five patterns that can help relieve some of your panic.

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  1. Vinita Fingerless Mitts – Fingerless Mitts for kids by Banana Moon Studios
  2. Coffee Cozy Sweater Wrap – Free pattern from Sweet Potato 3
  3. One-Skein Crochet Cable Earwarmer/Headband – Free headband from Stitch in Progress.
  4. Malia Boot Cuffs – This free pattern from Little Monkey’s Crochet includes a video tutorial.
  5. Quick 1-Skein Super Bulky Infinity Scarf – Free pattern from Oombawka Designs

I hope these quick patterns will take some of the stress away from some of your holiday gift-making.

Free Pattern: Double-Layer Crochet Beanie

Double-layer crochet beanie in a coral color against a black background
This summer, I went to a family reunion. Before I left the house, I grabbed a ball of yarn and a crochet hook. Of course, I grabbed my favorite size hook – J/10. 

I did this because I had to have my foot propped up, so it served as a conversation starter as well as giving me something to do. When people are up and about, someone sitting down just kind of blends into the background, so doing something seemingly out of the ordinar draws attention. In this case, it was a good thing.

When I got home, I realized that the rectangle I had bee working on was too long for a beanie. So I decided to add a row of an interesting feature (the X stitch that I learned during a pattern test) and then doubled it. That’s how it became the Double-Layer Crochet Beanie.

It’s worked flat and then sewn together, so don’t worry that you can’t do it because you can’t crochet in the round. That’s not necessary for this pattern.

Let’s get started.

Free Pattern: Double Layer  Beanie (Crochet) Pinterest graphic

The Pattern

Materials:

1 skein DK yarn
J/10 crochet hook
Tapestry needle
Pom pom (optional)

Notes:

– Chain 1 at the beginning of the row does not count as a stitch.

– If your chain is tighter than your crochet rows, go up a hook size for the chain and go to the pattern hook starting with row 1.

– Pattern is written for adult size S/M with additions for L/XL.

Abbreviations:

BLO: Back loop only
HDC: Half-double crochet
Rep: repeat
TR – treble (triple) crochet

Special Stitch:

X-stitch: TR – yarn over twice, insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through two loops until one loop is left on your hook. Yarn over twice, insert hook into next stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through two loops; skip a stitch; insert hook into next stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through two loops until one loop is left on your hook; chain one; yarn over, insert hook into front of the x-stitch you’ve started (do not go under the legs of the x), yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through two loops until one loop is left on the hook

Gauge:

15 HDC across x 12 HDC rows = ~4 inches

Instructions:

For all sizes

Ch 74
Row 1: HDC in 2nd ch from hook; HDC across (71 sts)
Row 2: Ch 1, turn, HDC blo in every stitch across
Row 3-28: Rep Row 2
Row 29: Ch 1, turn. X-stitch across (see special stitches above)
Row 30: Ch 1, turn, HDC in every stitch across
Row 31-36: Rep Row 2

For size L/XL only

Rows 37-42: Rep Row 2

For all sizes

Slip stitch edges together. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

You now have a tube. Fold the tube in half over itself. With a tapestry needle, weave yarn in one edge of the tube and draw together. Tie tight. DO NOT fasten off. Repeat with the second edge. Fasten off, weave in ends.

Attach pom pom (optional).

Please do not copy/distribute this pattern without permission. For personal use only. Items made from this pattern may be sold.

I will be adding a premium version of this pattern to my Ravelry shop with photo tutorials soon.

I Was Lost, But Now I’m Found

Two notebooks, one purple with a pen clipped to it and one black spiral notebook under the purple one

If there is anything I want to remember, I write it down. I had started an editorial calendar in the purple notebook in this picture.

I finished working in it one day and “put it up.” Okay, let’s be real. I put it in a tote bag that I use a lot.

The tote bag got moved. I have another one I can use. (They call me the bag lady for a reason.) No big deal.

At least, no big deal until I started looking for that notebook.

“Just get another notebook. It’s not like you don’t have enough.”

“Just use your phone like everyone else does. ” (No, nobody really said either of these to me.)

But I needed that notebook because of some things I had written in it. Plus, another notebook was with it. My crochet notebook. I really needed that one too.

And I’ve tried just keeping things in my phone. It doesn’t work for me. There’s something about the contact of pen with paper that I find necessary.

This morning, I saw the original tote bag with both notebooks inside. I feel like I’ve been found.

Or at least part of my brain has been.

Question of the day: Do you write everything down on paper or put it in your phone? Why?

When Worlds Collid


Last week, I had too many things goin on, so I had to rearrange some priorities. I had an outpatient procedure on Friday so health came first.

Well…

Health should always come first and I try to do that, but sometimes I’m better at it than other times.

But because of that there were some things that got lost in the shuffle. I didn’t get my blog posts done or my newsletter sent. I also didn’t gte my column done.

Oops!

When worlds collide — whether health, hobby, work, etc. — don’t feel like you’ve failed when something has to be put on a back burner. We’re only human and we can only do so much.

I still crocheted, but I didn’t ralk much about it. I figured I could catch up on that this week. Not onl that, I r4alized that I need to get a little ahead in my posts, newsletters, and columns so that I can (hopefully) avoid such problems in the future.

Does that mean it will happen that way?

No. Of course not. I’m only human and plans do sometimes fall by the wayside. But it does mean I will make more of an effort to stay ahead of my commitments.

That’s all anyone can ask of themselfes. Make mistakes. Learn from them. Try to do better.

That’s true of all of us.

Be kind to yourself.

Are You a Crochet Pattern Tester?

That’s what I would like to know. Are you a crochet pattern tester or would you like to be?

A few years ago, I designed a some crochet patterns. I didn’t really know what I was doing and I didn’t know how to find the information I needed at the time, so I stopped.

Now I have access to great resources, including Crochetpreneur Business Academy, and I’ve started again.

I made a prototype of the Double-Layer Crochet Beanie and wrote the pattern. I got it typed and ready to be tested.

That’s where you come in. I need a few people to test it.

How does that work?

I send you a PDF copy of the pattern. You crochet the hat and let me know about any problems, questions, or other comments about it. You would also take some pictures of your finished hat to send to me with permission to use in promoting the pattern. The deadline is September 20 (2019).

What do you think?

Send me an email if you’re interested.

Are You a Planner?

Once upon a time, there was a girl who didn’t like to plan anything. If she wrote something, she flew by the seat of her pants. (Also known as a panster.) If she  made something, it was the same thing.

One day, a time came where she couldn’t remember what she was going to do. Work was stressful. There was a lot going on there and the pressure of it took its toll on her memory. So she started writing thigns down.

Writing things down led to planning.

The girl was no longer a panster. Oh, sure, she stayed flexible, but she learned the value of planning. And she tried several different planning methods until she found one that worked for her.

Then, due to the fact that there wasn’t a whole lot going on, she stopped planning. Big projects she wanted to do started to suffer and languish for want of attention. She kept getting clues that she needed to start planning again.

The clues got bigger and bigger. Finally, she realized if she kept ignoring the clue sticks, she would soon get hit with the whole clue tree.

It had happened before and signs were pointing to it happening again. Still, she hasn’t et taken time to sit down and plan.

That needs to change.

In case you haven’t figured it out, the “girl” is me. I’ve fallen off the planning wagon. Things are starting to suffer fo it. I have a big project I need to finish but I haven’t. Why? I haven’t sat down and carved out the time to do it. 

I’ve started an Etsy shop. There is a single item in that shop. Why? I haven’t taken the time to take the pictures I need and stock the shop.

What will it take to get all of this done?

Planning.

Since I know this, why do I avoid planning it?

What is something you need to do that you keep avoiding? Hold me accountable to getting my plans written out this weekend and I’ll hold you accountable for whatever it is that you need to get done.

What Are Your Distractions?

A person working on a laptop where you see the laptop and just their hands and forearms.

I can generally work with anything going on. As long as I have headphones or earbuds, I can drown out pretty much any annoying background noises. Sometimes, though, I can’t.

Today is one of those days.

The TV in the next room is too loud. I’m tired and my mind keeps wandering. Random bits of conversation filter through.

What do you do on days where everything is a distraction? What distracts you?

Today, I’m keeping on keeping on. I’m chipping away at my to-do list. I’ve made some phone calls, sent some emails, and now I’m working on this post. Later, I will work on some crochet and do some planning around that.

I have one more phone call to make and some book edits to work on, too. So I would say that despite the distractions, I’m making good progress.

What about you?