Archive for the ‘Crochet’ Category

Infant Boys Aviator Hat

February 23, 2011

Here is a little project that I came up with the other day.  I was asked to make a couple hats for charity auction.  These hats are going in a couple of baby shower gift baskets.  The following hat is a boys hat.  I was inspired by those old aviator hats with the earflaps and bill that folds up.  The pictures don’t depict it but I am going to add large wooden buttons to the bill to simulate goggles.  I am also going to give the pattern.  It is a pretty simple hat to do though.  And if you have any questions feel free to email me or leave a comment on this site.  Enjoy!


Infant Boys Aviator Hat

Difficulty: Advanced Beginner

Size Measurements: 0-6 months

Materials: Size “J” Crochet Hook

Worsted Weight Yarn (Med Cat 4) 2 colors, (MC, CC)

Pictured: Lion Brand Vanna White Choice yarn

Tapestry Needle

Stitch Marker



Row 1) Ch 3

Row 2) 8hdc in 2nd ch from hook, sl st to first hdc to join round, place marker (8hdc) *move marker to end of row at each round*

Row 3) 2hdc in each st around (DO NOT JOIN IN ROUND), move marker (16hdc)

Row 4) *2hdc in next st, hdc in next st, repeat from* around (24 hdc)

Row 5) *2hdc in next st, hdc in next 2 st, repeat from* around (32 hdc)

Row 6) *2hdc in next st, hdc in next 3 st, repeat from* around (40 hdc)

Row 7) *2hdc in next st, hdc in next 4 st, repeat from* around (48 hdc)

Rows 8-13) hdc in each st around for 6 rows, place makers at sts 18, 41

Shape Earflaps

Row 1) Join yarn at first marker with sl st, ch 2, hdc 11 sts across, ch 2, turn (12hdc)
Row 2) hdc2tog (dec made), hdc next 8, hdc2tog, ch 2, turn (10hdc)
Row 3) hdc2tog (dec made), hdc next 6, hdc2tog, ch 2, turn (8hdc)
Row 4) hdc2tog (dec made), hdc next 4, hdc2tog, ch 2, turn (6hdc)
Row 5) hdc2tog (dec made), hdc next 2, hdc2tog, ch 2, turn (4hdc)
Row 6) hdc in each st (4hdc), ch 2, turn
Row 7) hdc in each st (4hdc), ch 2, turn
Row 8) hdc2tog twice (2hdc), fasten off
Join yarn at second marker with sl st. Repeat as above for 2nd flap.
Row 1) ch 13 using CC.
Rows 2-9) sc in 2nd ch from hook and each st across, ch 1, turn (12sc) fasten off
Attach the bill using CC with a sl st and 12 sc across, a tapestry needle could also be used
Sc around entire edge including earflaps
At the tips of the ears ch 19, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and each st across (18 st), sl st to tip of earflap, continue edging. Fasten off. Weave ends in.
Optional: add buttons to bill to fasten it down.


Build with Yarn Contest

February 14, 2011

As many of my loyal readers know is that I love to crochet.  I am one of the few men in this world that do.  But something that you may not know about me is that I love the website Instructables.  This website is a “web-based documentation platform where passionate people share what they do and how they do it, and learn from and collaborate with others.”  I sincerely believe that today, with all the information that we have at our fingertips, there is nothing that we can’t do without a little research, and maybe some patience.

When I grew up and finally went to college, I had a hard time picking a career path because I like to do everything.  I was a Jack-of-all-trades and the Master-of-none, as the saying goes.  I also became more frustrated when my brother went to college for electrical engineering.  He grew up and you knew that electrical engineering was what he was going to do.  College was just another step towards reaching that goal.  With me it was a little more difficult.  I didn’t have that single niche that I could fall back on.  I took physics, phychology, math, english, literature courses and even got involved with forensics and speech and debate.  I loved doing all of them.  I couldn’t decide what I wanted to do.  So then I decided that being a Jack-of-all-trades IS my niche. And I wanted to exploit that.  So now I believe that there is nothing that I can’t do, and I am willing to try anything.  This website is that avenue that I needed to document and show off what I have done. 

Instructables has contests periodically for the best instructable.  Finally, they have one that I can do.  This one is called the Build with Yarn Contest.  They are simply looking for the best structure that is build out of yarn.  You can crochet, knit, wrap in yarn.  The sky is the limit.  Check it out! There are only a few entries so you have a good chance of winning.

Infant Girl’s Sherpa

February 11, 2011

I have a hat that I created that, I believe, is the most comfortable and warmest hat that you will ever wear.  It is a crocheted Sherpa style hat that comes down over the ears and neck.  I then line the hat with fleece.  This is perfect for sporting events and tailgating in cold weather.  And if it is possible I try to use fleece that had your team’s logo on it.  Anyway, this hat is my best seller and most popular.  I decided to make one for the little ones of this world.  This hat is an infant girl’s Sherpa.  I made it for my daughter but she grew out of it before she could ever use it.  In fact, the picture below shows that the hat might be a little too small. 

Adult Sports Sherpa

February 10, 2011

Here is one of my best creations.  I call it the Sherpa.  I was inspired by the Sherpa (Tibetan for “eastern people,” from shar “east” + pa “people”)  which are an ethnic group of people from the mountainous regions located in the Himalayas.  They survive cold conditions every day, and many times you see them wearing bulky hats that come down over the ears.  They sometimes have tassles on the top and off the earflaps.

The following hats are sports-related.  I have taken team colors and incorporated them in the style of the hat.  Many of my customers have used these hats tailgating at football games, and claim that they are perfect for keeping their head warm and cozy.  I crochet the outside of the hat with the team colors, and then I line the hat with a fleece fabric.  This not only makes the hat super warm and wind resistant, but it also makes the hat very comfortable.  I can’t usually wear crocheted hats because they make my head itch, but the fleece lining makes it comfortable even for my baby soft skin.  Also, if you have a favorite professional or college team, I can line the hat with their licensed fleece making the hat that much more enjoyable. 

The following hats are hats that I have made for customers.  These hats are only $30 each.  If you would like to order a hat, just leave me a comment at the bottom of this page.  I will have a page located in the column to the right where you can order these hats coming soon!

The Sherpa

February 9, 2011

Here is one of my best creations.  I call it the Sherpa.  I was inspired by the Sherpa (Tibetan for “eastern people,” from shar “east” + pa “people”)  which are an ethnic group of people from the mountainous regions located in the Himalayas.  They survive cold conditions every day, and many times you see them wearing bulky hats that come down over the ears.  They sometimes have tassles on the top and off the earflaps.

The following hat is a one-of-a-kind hat.  The outside of the hat is made of wool yarn.  Also, I used a flannel shirt that I bought at a department store to line the inside of the hat.  This Sherpa is one of the warmest hats you will ever wear and is equally as comfortable. 

If you would like to order a Sherpa, send me a message on this page.  They cost $30.00 USD.  Coming soon! I will have a page on the right-side column that will direct you in future orders for hats like this.

Infant Girl’s Cloche Hat

February 9, 2011

Here is a cute hat that I made for my daughter.  It is a Cloche hat.  I don’t have a pattern for this hat but I could probably come up with something if there was demand for it.  Just let me know.

Girl’s Ball hat

February 8, 2011

The following hat is another hat that I made for my daughter.  It is actually made from bamboo yarn, which I thought was interesting, and surprisingly very soft and comfortable.  I don’t have a pattern for this hat but it is a very simple concept.  I just made an oversized beanie and added ball to the top.  The bottom of the hat just rolls right up.  It is super cute.  She doesn’t look too happy but she liked it a lot.

January 21, 2011

I have recently joined the ranks of a website called Ravelry.  It came as a result of me trying to knit a pair of gloves.  I was having major problems with the knitting technique.  After all I am new to this art.  So I solicited the help of my friend Brandy who is a knitting guru.  She is amazing! Anyway, I shouted out to her on Facebook and she replied literally within 5 minutes with links to videos and other website.  She later directed me to Ravelry where I became a member. 

Now.  With all that said, I joined Ravelry which a website dedicated to crochet and knit art.  There are tons of patterns, forums and tips for you to hone your skills in the craft of yarn.  I am also a member of lion brand’s  website which is great for learning the arts with helpful videos and articles.  The only problem I have with lion brand is that their patterns are generaly lame and old fashioned.  Ravelry offers patterns that are up-to-date and more modern. 

Also, the interface is very user friendly.  It is easy to navigate.  You can easily find the pattern that you looking for in no time.  Unlike other websites where you have to read endless numbers of links before you find the one you’re looking for, this site allows you to narrow your search with criteria such as garment type, knit or crochet, whether the pattern is free or you have to pay for it and whether the pattern has photo with it.  Finally the best part of the site is it is completely free. 

So get off your tails and sign up for Ravelry!

Coffee Cup Cozy

December 16, 2010

Here is a little insulator for coffee cups I made last year.  It looks great!  I think that a small button on the front would just set it off.  I simply crocheted it out of left over Red Heart yarn.  I would post the pattern to this but this cozy is a little impractical.  I thought that if I put a collar of the “shirt” it would protect my hand from any spillage I may have.  The only problem is that the cozy itself is so fat that it is actually really hard to hold comfortably.  So I never saved wrote down the pattern.  I can tell you though that the ribs come from a simple combination of front-post double crochet and back-post double crochet stitches.  If you would like me to post a pattern I can probably come up with something for you.  Just send me a message.  Enjoy!

Gauze Man Costume

October 24, 2010

Every year around Halloween time, I participate in what is called a Mystery Bus Tour.  Basically, people board a bus without prior knowledge of where the bus is going to stop…hence the name “Mystery.”  It is a fundraising event put on by the nonprofit organization Hemophilia of Indiana which advocates and educates members of the bleeding disorder community.  This year the Tour was scheduled the week before Halloween.  Naturally, it was encouraged to dress for the occasion.  They were giving out prizes for the different categories, and the one that I was shooting for was Best Hemophilia Related Costume.  I have hemophilia so it only felt proper.  Initially I chose to go as a piece of gauze, which is commonly used by hemophiliacs to soak up/stop bleeding.  Then it evolved into Gauze Man, the hemophiliac superhero.  Needless to say I won the prize. 

Now the costume was simply made out of white fleece and cheese cloth draped over a dowel rod and secured with white yarn and white duct tape.  I cut a hole out for my head.  I then printed out a red blood drop with the letter G in it and used two-sided tape to secure it to the chest of the costume (not shown in the ** photos below).  I then crocheted a hat out of red yarn and made it in the shape of a blood drop.  Finally I finished the costume with some white socks and red shorts. Voila! GAUZE MAN!

** I sincerely apologize if these photos have scarred you for life.