New York Giants Football Helmet Hat – Adult and Toddler

New York Giants Football Helmet Hat - Toddler

New York Giants Football Helmet Hat – Toddler

With football season almost over, I wanted to share these hats that I made for my husband and son. You can find the pattern here. The pattern is written for an Ohio State hat and as you can see I made a few modifications for my boys. We are New York Giants fans in this house!

I used I Love This Yarn™ in White and Royal (blue) and Red Heart With Love™ in Holly Berry. This was the first time I had to sew on a piece like this. I recommend pinning your stripe prior to sewing.

My Hook: I used one color throughout and only changed my color for the trim. For the stripe I again did one color and only 3 rows (sc, dc, sc).

Newborn Diaper Cover

Along with the newsboy hats I made in the post Newborn Newsboy Hat, I made matching diaper covers. The pattern I used was from Posh Patterns and can be found here. It is not free, but comes in several sizes. This pattern called for the H hook so I stuck with that size hook since that was what I used for the hats. I chose to only add one button in the middle of the cover to secure the straps. These were going to be for pictures anyway so no need to get to complicated.

Button Up Diaper Covers.

Button Up Diaper Covers.

My Hook: I used the front-loops only on both covers. It added some texture to this simple and easy pattern. Also for the grey cover, I used a lighter grey for the body of the cover and then the same dark grey I used for the hat for the trim.

Newborn Newsboy Hat

Nothing beats a baby in a hat, right? Especially a newborn baby. So I knew when I learned to crochet and I was pregnant with my son that I had to make him a newsboy’s hat. I found a FREE pattern here.

I made two hats from this pattern.

The first I made with I Love This Yarn™ in a dark grey with the optional strap and buttons.

My 1st Hook: I used a H hook instead of the G hook the pattern calls for. My first attempt was with the G hook and I got that “mom feeling” that my son’s head was going to be a little bit bigger. (I was right by the way. The H hook was the right choice!)

The second hat I used Bernat™ yarn in navy. I chose not to add the strap to this one.

My 2nd Hook: I ordered an iron Yankee patch from Amazon.com to put on this hat. My husband is from Connecticut and is a HUGE Yankee fan. To attach this to the hat (DO NOT IRON ON THE PATCH!!!) I used a fabric spray adhesive. It worked like a charm!

This pattern is a quick work-up and comes with versatility as you can see. While both of my hats were for a boy, but crocheting a flower to attach is an easy option to make this hat for a baby girl.

Bib and Burp Cloth Shower Set

This is a very cute and fun project to do if you have someone (or you yourself!) are expecting. I made this set when I was pregnant with my son. You can find the FREE pattern here.

Bib & Burp Cloth Shower Set – Front Loops

Bib & Burp Cloth Shower Set – Front Loops

This pattern is all single crochet so I used only the front loops to give it a lined look. I used I Love This Cotton™ yarn in Denim, Sage and Dove. I chose a cotton yarn so it would be softer and drape better.

You Say Both Loops, I Said Front Loops

I had a moment this weekend. A moment of sheer panic. A moment of utter doubt. A moment when I realized that the standard way to crochet is through the entire stitch (both loops) and I usually only crocheted in the front loops.

HAD I BEEN CROCHETING WRONG THIS ENTIRE TIME!? The short answer? Nope, calm down momma.

Now I will explain:

THE STANDARD CROCHET

The standard way to crochet is through the entire stitch or both loops. The final product will be uniform throughout. The right side and wrong side will look very similar.

Here are 4 rows of a standard single crochet:

Standard single crochet.

FRONT-LOOP CROCHET

Crocheting in only the front loops (the loop closest towards you) will give you less dense product. Your rows will be more pronounced and give you a very evident right and wrong side when crocheting in rounds and a lined look when turning your work.

Here are 4 rows of a front-loop single crochet (arrows indicate the lines created):

Front-loop single crochet.

BACK-LOOP CROCHET

Crocheting through the back loops with create a chunky ribbed product.

Here are four rows of a back-loop single crochet (arrows indicate the ridge/rib created):

Back-loop single crochet.

Here are all three together:

Single crochet three different ways.

Again, they are all the same stitch (single crochet), but because each is done in a different loop you get a different look.

My Hook: Unless specifically stated in the pattern, YOU can choose which loop you would like to crochet in. Each will give you a different look, feel and texture to your final product. As I post my completed projects I will indicate which crochet loop I used so you can start to see the difference.

Lionbrand.com: Learning to Crochet

Everyone learns differently. Lion Brand’s website (www.lionbrand.com)has put together a great layout for teaching the beginner crocheter. Each lesson has a description of the technique along with illustrations. Most also have a video demonstrating the technique. This is a great place to start if you are interested in learning. Go through the tutorials and practice with a skein. Once you are comfortable with the basic stitches, try out a pattern!

Don’t be afraid to get “hooked”!

Rolled-Cuff Baby Bootie: Right-Side vs. “Wrong-Side”

Rolled-cuff baby bootie using the wrong-side.

When you are crocheting there is always a right-side and “wrong-side” to your work. I put the quotations because I am not really crazy about labeling something as “wrong”. If you wish to use that side as your finished side of your work that is absolutely fine.

Here is an example:

I made these rolled-cuff baby booties for my son when I was still pregnant with him. It was maybe the fourth or fifth project I did.The sole of the bootie is the “wrong-side”.

An easy way to determine the “wrong-side” is finding the side with lines (red arrows). The cuff, after it was rolled, was the right-side (no lines). At the time I didn’t really understand the difference. I thought that they looked better this way than turned inside out.

So how would I make these booties so that the sole and cuff are the same side? If I wanted, I could turn my work at the start of the cuff which on this pattern would be at the start of row 8. This would also be the point that I would change colors as I did with these.

The bottom line?  It was the “wrong-side” and that’s okay!

I found this pattern on Ravelry.com here.

My Hook: As explained above, I used the wrong-side of my work as the finished side. I added a few more rows. I went to 15 rows. I also finished these with a button on the outside of each bootie.

The Beginning…

Beginner washcloth

This is the very first project I made when I started crocheting. It is a washcloth, right? As you can see it is not great, but this is a great starter project for any beginner. It goes through the major stitches you encounter in patterns: sc (single crochet), hdc (half-double crochet), dc (double crochet), tc (treble crochet). It also steps you through the basics of counting, edging, finishing off your piece and weaving in the ends. With this first piece my edging had too many stitches. Notice how it curls? There is the potential in this piece though…my stitches are consistent and that is what you want to be able to accomplish in the beginning.

I am currently trying to track down the book that I used for this for those that are interested in learning how to crochet. I actually have passed it on to my niece because she was learning how to sew and I thought this would be neat for her to learn too.

Here are a couple of other good books:

How to Crochet:  A Complete Guide for Beginners (Amazon)

A to Z of Crochet (Amazon)