The Matching Hat

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Hello and happy weekend! Remember the lovely dress and my promise of the soon–to-be-coming hat pattern to match?

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I have that hat pattern for you today! :mrgreen:

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Thankfully it worked up the way I remembered, so I quickly jotted down my notes.
It is for a size 6-12 months, worsted weight yarn and a 5mm hook and matches the sweet dress pattern found here:
https://thesparklytoad.wordpress.com/2015/05/27/mais-oui/

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Hat to Match the French Popover Smock
Rnd 1: Chain 3, DC 10x in chain furthest from hook. SL St into top of CH 3. (11 St)
Rnd 2: CH 4 (counts as first DC, CH 1), then DC, CH 1 between each  St around. Sl st to join at 3rd CH of starting CH 4. (11dc, CH 1)
Rnd 3: SL St to next CH 1 space. CH 3, DC, CH 1 in CH space, then 2dc, CH 1 in each CH space around. SL St to join at top of CH 3.
Rnd 4: SL st to CH 1sp, CH 4 (counts as dc, CH 1 of first v-stitch), then DC again in same St. (V-stitch made). Make DC between 2dc of previous round. *Make v-stitch (DC, CH 1, DC) in next ch 1 space, then DC between 2dc from round 3. Repeat from * around, join with SL St the 3rd CH of beginning CH 4.
Rnd 5: SL St to CH 1space, CH 3 for first DC, then DC, CH 2 2dc to make first shell. Make shell (2dc, CH 2, 2dc) in each CH 1 space around. Join with SL St to top of CH 3.
Rnd 6-9: repeat round 5.
Rnd 10: make 8dc in each CH 2 SP around, SC-ing between each shell from Rnd 9.
Finish off, weave ends.

For flower, see link above.

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And there you are! I have a dozen crochet projects to get to, and only an hour or so to spare this evening. I wish you happy hooking!

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Off to more crochet adventures I go!

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Pretty Poncho II

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Hello, friends! It was a busy weekend.
Two fundraiser dinners and a splendid pizza-making effort, also a fundraiser. ๐Ÿ™‚

Monday came quickly.

And yet, I am feeling quite rested now, because what should come after all that but a massively media driven, entirely overestimated, piddled out to next to nothing– snowstorm.

And we had two days off!

I completed my to-do list like a good girl, then took to my comfy crochet spot and picked up my hook. Oh, the bliss. โค

I haven't much for pictures, but I'll share a peek.

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The pretty poncho is so close to finished! Waiting for the glue in the pompoms to dry…so I can properly trim and attach them. I made my own pompom maker out of cardboard after watching a video. YouTube is entirely handy that way.

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To see the first part of poncho construction, go here:

https://thesparklytoad.wordpress.com/2016/01/22/making-pretty-ponchos/

Then I whipped up a sweet dress and matching hat for an order. I’ll be sharing the hat pattern for free in an upcoming blog– and a picture, it was too dark here by the time I finished:

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My blog post with the pattern for dress and flower is here:
https://thesparklytoad.wordpress.com/2015/05/27/mais-oui/

And finally, I am embarking on an adventure long overdue — the hooded fox cowl. Making a poncho, actually, for the car seat. My nephew is in need of such a contraption. ๐Ÿ™‚

My own design, after perusing a few pictures. More on that in an upcoming post as well.

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Made with lots of love, this one is…
Now to bed! Back to work in the morning!

My heart is hopeful for some lovely, long hours of crochet this coming weekend as well.
Though I do have tax paperwork that needs tending, boo. Perhaps I shall manage both! I usually do. ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy hooking!

Giant Granny Goodness, Part II

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Hello, hello and happy…well, you know. ๐Ÿ™‚

My giant grannies are coming along nicely! In fact, I am on a bit of a crochet jag and have started a dozen projects– or more– in recent weeks. Oh, my, I am having fun! And I haven’t skimped on the housework; in fact, I am also on an organizing crusade and attacking areas that have been neglected for, well, maybe years?

I am simply on a color spree: combining, mixing, matching, layouts, rainbows, ombre, triads, contrasts…it is a good thing I have a bit of a container fetish, because my cleaning frenzy means more empty bins to collect my color nonsense and project dreams.

Here’s the one for the grannies, rounds 7-12 or so:

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I tend to be a bit matchy-matchy…so the challenge of putting dissimilar colors adjacent entertains me particularly.

The lovely afternoon sun…my favorite time to crochet.

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A trio of riotous color contrast:

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And the real challenge begins! A preliminary layout:

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The burning question…how many more rounds???

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I like it as is, but it isn’t very afghan-size, yet…only about 3×3.

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Twenty rounds– my original plan– will be too much?

Perhaps fifteen. And then a kitschy border, for certain!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kitschย ย ย  ๐Ÿ˜‰

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The more garish color to chew, the better! So rainbow-y and satisfying.

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And just for fun– my little crochet-hinderer, below. I was able to complete my latest set of rounds because she went off to the neighbor’s and asked to bake something. ๐Ÿ™‚ My sweet neighbor was happy to comply and home she came, several hours later, with yummy chocolate treats to boot. Happy summer!

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An update on another project, too…the edge is finished, and the little gift set sewn!

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For blanket information, see here:

https://thesparklytoad.wordpress.com/2015/07/14/baby-victorian-dreams/

And for the dress pattern:

https://thesparklytoad.wordpress.com/2015/05/27/mais-oui/

Happy day!

Mais Oui

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Hello and happy Wednesday-after-the-holiday!

We had a lovely weekend. It was an entire mini-vacation (I worked Friday but darling dear did not and you can bet I put him to work!) We had fun and got soooo much accomplished.

It makes me eager for summer…

I have two small sweets with birthdays fast approaching. Since my favorite crochet item is a little dress, well, does two-and-two-make-four?

My favorite little go-to dress is here: https://thesparklytoad.wordpress.com/2014/04/23/pretty-baby-dress/

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and I started with one of those, but wanted to try something different for the second…so I went a-hunting on ravelry! I love that site…

I found the most amazing pattern…free, one skein, easy AND beautiful…it doesn’t get any better than that in my happy crochet world. I used Caron simply soft in light blue and my favorite (5mm) H hook.

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/angel-pop-over-dress

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I was tickled it is called a French Pop-Over Smock as I studied French at the university. ๐Ÿ˜€

The sleeves are a delight (and so simple!)

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The triple v-stitch couldn’t be easier to work.

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The edging is nearly the same as the other pattern…and one of my favorite things to make!

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I love the pretty flower accent in the picture (on ravelry)…so of course I had to make one!

I have a love-hate relationship with flowers. Sometimes, and only sometimes, they turn out well for me.

But as I said, yesterday was a GOOD crochet day…not only did the pretty flower turn out, I designed it myself!

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And here is the free pattern for your crochet pleasure.

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Pretty Carnation Flower
Ch 36
1) Dc in 5th ch from hook (1st v-stitch made). *Sk st, dc-ch 1-dc into next st. Repeat from * across. Make v-stitch in last ch. Turn. (17 v-stitches)
2) Sl st into ch 1 sp. Ch 2, hdc 3x, ch 2, sl st all in same sp. Repeat twice. (3 hdc petals)
Sl st into ch 1 sp. Ch 3, dc 3x, ch 2, sl st into same sp. Repeat four times (5 dc petals)
Sl st into ch 1 sp. Ch 3, trp 5x, ch 3, sl st into same sp. Repeat eight times (9 trp petals)
17 petals total.
With hdc petals in the center, curl work into a spiral and sew to secure.

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Lovely little dress! Merci mille fois for free patterns โค

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And happy hooking!

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Pretty Baby Dress

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I made the sweetest baby dress! I just love this pattern. I’ve used it several times, and it always turns out so simply sweet.

First the yoke…
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Then skip to make the sleeves…
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Then just V-stitch away to desired skirt length…
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Pretty, so sweet, and so simple! Easy enough to make little shoes or a headband/hat as well.
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Here’s my preferred link, though you can find it several places:
http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/baby-pinafore.html

Happy dress-making!
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