Crochet Projects: Messy Bun Hat and a Scarf

I wanted to make one of these messy bun hats that have been spamming my pinterest page, so, I set out on a mission to do so. I figured using a variegated yarn would make it super fun, so, I pulled out my skein of Red Heart Super Saver in Blacklight.

I used a slightly modified version of Joyful Girl’s “Crochet Messy Bun Hat,” which was a great pattern for my first messy bun hat. The only thing that I changed with this hat was the ribbed bottom. The weight on my yarn was different and my hat was already the desired length and looked fine without the ribbing.

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Now, I just need to grow my hair out so thatI can actually have a messy bun instead of my grown-out pageboy cut poof that you can see below.img_3145img_3147

This hat was super easy to pull my hair through at the top, but, in the future, I really want to try one of the patterns that has the hair-tie built into the hat. Maybe just for the hope that I will grow out my hair.

Also, I made a simple double crochet scarf. I am stll quite new to crochet (as I mentioned here) and am still trying to get technique down, but I am happy with how this turned out.

 

Chunky Knitting

I got a pair of size 50 needles for Christmas and have been playing around with how to use them. I have been super into chunky knits this year and the second closest size needle that I had was size US 17, which does give a nice, chunky effect, but not quite as chunky as I’d like it to.

I also had a couple skeins of Loops & Threads Charisma in Mountain Majesty (two is all it took for the length I achieved) and I decided to double the yarn and make a scarf out of it with my size 50 needles.

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I played around with 1×1 ribbing and 2×2 ribbing before deciding on 1×1. I like the effect with this size and this yarn so much better.

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The thing I really have to work on with these size needles are the edges. I had to play around with them forever to get them to look better than they initially did (pictured below).

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I was super happy with the ultimate result though. I think it came out wonderful and had the chunky knit effect that I wanted.

I ended up making it an infinity scarf and I am super in love with it.

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You can also wear this scarf many ways, making it super versatile. You can wear it single or double as a great scarf or triple it as a cowl for those cold weather days.

Yarn Resolutions

Now that it is a new year, I’ve taken some time to think about the yarn goals I have for 2017. My top ten:

  1. Finally finish knitting the sweater I have been working on forever. I have only ever finished baby sweaters, but I have always had the intentions of knitting one for myself.
  2. Get my Etsy shop up and running.
  3. Build up inventory for that Etsy shop which is what I am currently doing.
  4. Learn how to weave.
  5. Maye beautiful woven pieces.
  6. Clean up my Ravelry/Pinterest Knitting/Crochet/Etc. folders. They are ridiculously out of hand.
  7. Make it through a good chunk of the yarn I own before buying more yarn. (Stop laughing).
  8. Get better at crochet. I am doing pretty OK with it, but would like to be better.
  9. Finally master intricate lace knitting. I always seem to drop a stitch and I am fairly certain it is all psychological at this point.
  10. Finish all of the projects that I start.

English Mesh Lace Infinity Scarf

First off, shout out to Butte County Fiber Farm for this beautiful, locally-sourced yarn. It was my first skein of yarn that was produced locally and I loved working with it. So, so beautiful!

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After buying it, I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do with it. I knew that I wanted to make a lace pattern with it and make it in to some sort of scarf. I decided to go with the English Mesh Lace Stitch.

I highly recommend this stitch if you aren’t super comfortable with lace patterns, like me. I have been knitting for as long as I can remember and lace is the one thing that I tend to mess up, often ending up with one less stitch than I should have. This did not happen with the English Mesh Lace stitch.

Looking back, I think this yarn was a bit to thick to use for a delicate lace pattern since you can’t see a lot of the little detail, but I am still happy with the result.

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Then I had to weave in the strings. It was quite long since I wanted to use as much of the skein as possible. So, it became an infinity scarf.

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Even though you can’t really see the lace, I love the texture that this pattern created with this yarn.

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It creates two totally different feels depending on if it’s double wrapped or single wrapped. Both look great and now I have a great English Mesh Lace Infinity Scarf.

A Knotty Christmas

Some of the cool things I got for Christmas to support my yarn habit.

1) My first loom! I can’t wait to start weaving. (Any tricks or tips would be super great).

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2) Size US 50 knitting needles. I have been obsessed with chunky knitting, but not so much with arm knitting. The next closest size I had was 19 and that just wasn’t chunky enough.

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3) A pretty sweet bag to carry my yarn around in. The top has slots for the yarn to come out of too. I’m excited to start using it.

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4) Knitting themed pajamas. Complete with cats.

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Not pictured: a yarn cuter and yarn in the colors of all of the Hogwarts houses.

Crochet It Christmas: Holiday Wine Bottle Cover

I grew up knitting, but have always wanted to get into crochet, so, I have been taking some time to learn the craft and learn how to read patterns.

This pattern was my modified pattern of Annette Bak’s “Wine Bottle Lace Cover”, which is freeĀ on Ravelry. I mostly followed the pattern, but I wanted a top that was friendlier to being tied with ribbon as opposed to yarn.

Initially, I did tie it with yarn to see how it would be.

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Then I got the idea to use ribbon. I could not have been happier with the result! I think it came out great and spruced up the wine that I brought to holiday parties, adding just that personal touch.

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Plus, it looked great next to a plate of Christmas cookies.

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Overall, I loved this pattern and I highly recommend it, especially if you are like me and just getting your feet wet in crochet.