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Jules & Julia (Crochet Hat Pattern Set)

Posted on by MK Carroll

Jules & Julia (cover)

Both worked in lightweight 100% cotton yarn, these warm weather hats are quick and easy to crochet. Jules is a short beanie-style cap and Julia is a sunhat with gently flared brim. Both hats have the option of a cord threaded through eyelets for a snugger fit or just a different look. Meant to be casual and easy to care for, these hats are easy to fold or roll up and toss into a bag. Julia’s brim can be smoothed out to a gentle, even flare, or allowed to ruffle gently. For a stiffer, sturdier brim, you may want to include millinery wire in the last round or two of stitches.

Two versions of the pattern are currently available: one using North American (Canada/US) and one using Canadian/UK crochet terminology. Both versions give measurements in metric and non-metric.

Sizes: xs (s, m, l, xl) 18 (20, 22, 24, 26”)/46 (50, 56, 61, 66cm)

Crochet hook: E/4/3.5mm or size to get gauge

Gauge: 20 sts/14 rounds = 4”/10cm in half-double crochet (UK: half-treble)

Yarn:

Jules: S (M, L, XL): 1 (1, 1, 2) skein(s) each Color A and Color B

Julia: S (M, L, XL): 1 (1, 2, 2) skein(s) each Color A and Color B (M will use just about the entire skein of Color B; you may wish to have more yardage on hand just in case)

Color A: Blue Sky Alpacas Organic Skinny Cotton (100% cotton 150yds/137m), Birch [undyed creamy white] (or color of your choice)

Color B: Blue Sky Alpacas Dyed Skinny Cotton (100% cotton 150yds/137m),

Sprout [spring green] (or color of your choice)

About the yarn: Skinny Cotton is a dk/sport weight/3 Light yarn (Australia: 8-ply) composed of 8 strands of tightly spun 2-ply which are then spun together fairly loosely. It makes a firm, slightly stiff fabric that is soft against the skin and which resists pilling. Possible substitutes for Jules include Blue Sky Alpacas Handspun Organic Cotton DK, Cascade Cotton Rich DK, Classic Elite Provence, Ella Rae Baby Cotton, Hemp for Knitting allhemp6, allhemp6Lux, Cashmere Canapa, and hempton; Rowan Pure Life, Tahki Cotton Classic DK, and Vickie Howell Collection Craft. Possible substitutes for Julia include Hemp for Knitting allhemp6 and allhemp6Lux, and Tahki Cotton Classic DK. For Julia, getting a fabric stiff enough so that the brim will stand away from the face is more important than getting exact gauge.

Abbreviations Used

ch = chain

st = stitch

sl = slip

sl st = slip stitch 

dc = double crochet (US/Canada: sc = single crochet)

htr = half treble crochet (US/Canada hdc = half-double crochet)

inc 1 = increase one stitch; for this pattern, work 2hdc into 1 st (Australia/UK: 2htr into 1 st)

rnd = round

instructions for different sizes given as XS (S, M, L, XL)

Currently the pattern has written instructions only. Schematics and charts will be added at some vague date I call "the future". With that in mind, the pattern is currently priced at $3.75 USD and available as an instant download through Ravelry (please note that you do not require a Ravelry membership to make purchases). If you purchase through Etsy or this page, your name and email will be added to a list so that I can send you the charts and schematics at no additional charge when they become available. Ravelry members who purchase now will automatically have an updated version in their Ravelry personal pattern library when it becomes available. This means that if you buy now, you will eventually have the full pattern, which will sell for at least $5.50!

RAVELRY

(both US/Canada and UK/Australia/NZ versions included)

Four Corners Crochet Headbands (Knitting Daily Online Store)

Posted on by MK Carroll

Originally published in Knitscene, this headband pattern includes instructions for using food coloring to dye the headband after the squares and triangles have been crocheted, creating beautiful color blends. An easy project, safe and fun for kids!

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#418 Crochet Market Bag

Posted on by MK Carroll

Just in time for spring farmers markets! This is a pattern I worked up for the Hemp for Knitting yarn company. It's a crochet mesh string bag with a base that doubles as a pouch, so you can tuck the sides and straps in and toss the bag into a backpack, glove box, etc. until you need it. The yarn is Hemp for Knitting allhemp3, a fingering-weight mercerized 100% hemp yarn that is lightweight, strong, and machine washable.

418cmbag

Hemp for Knitting is offering the pattern on their site as the #418 Crochet Market Bag, $5.50 USD; their photos show the sample they did in Foggy and Raspberry allhemp3. You can find HFK allhemp3 in 21 different colors at Kpixie.com.

I did my pattern sample in Sprout Green and Sapphire Blue:

#418 Crochet Market Bag
#418 Crochet Market Bag
#418 Crochet Market Bag

I'm sharing the distribution rights with Hemp for Knitting and retaining the copyright, so I plan to work up another sample for photos and format my version of the pattern for sale as a PDF later this year.

Ravelry:

#418 Crochet Market Bag

Allhemp3 yarn

Hemp for Knitting

Anne: Crochet Lace Scarf Pattern

Posted on by MK Carroll

Anne: Crochet Lace Scarf Pattern

This quick, one-skein crochet scarf is an attractive, lightweight accessory casual enough to wear with jeans and pretty enough to wear to a party.  This scarf is an easy way to spice up your wardrobe - try a color that matches or contrasts with your favorite outfits!

The motif, commonly called Queen Anne’s Lace, is a traditional crochet lace often used for blankets and tablecloths.  This version of Queen Anne’s Lace is worked as a long strip and resembles a side view of the flower heads of a common plant by the same name (there are other knit and crochet patterns which differ but have the same name).

MATERIALS
1 skein Blue Sky Alpacas Dyed Cotton (100g/150 yds/137m worsted weight/4 Medium/9wpi/10 ply 100% cotton; color shown is Poppy), or yarn of your choice
G/8/4mm crochet hook
tapestry needle
SIZE
One size fits most.  Measures approximately 3.5”/9 cm wide, 55”/140 cm long.
GAUGE
Each motif measures about 3.5”/9 cm wide, 2.5”/6 cm long.

The pattern is currently available for purchase as a PDF download for $5.50. You will need a PayPal account or a credit card.   Full written instructions and a symbol chart are included. As of February 01, 2009, the pattern includes an additional 4-page line-by-line symbolcraft chart with written instructions, designed so that each step has a symbol chart that that looks like the piece as it is being worked in your hands. If you have previously purchased this pattern and would like the additional chart, please email me (mail@mkcarroll.com) so I can send it to you.

Anne: cover



UPDATE May 2008: now available in UK/Australian terminology! Pattern purchase through Ravelry will include download for both US and UK versions.

This pattern looks great in different yarns, too!


Lion Brand Wool-Ease Chunky, (5 Bulky/ 80% acrylic, 20% wool), 1 skein (153 yds/140m)
Hook size L/0/8.0mm (this is not a common size in the US - I had to order mine online)
Measures 5"/12.5cm wide, 52"/132cm long - enough to wrap around the neck once.