Crochet Hat: Just Finished A Special Order

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Have been working on this hat for several days. On and off.

It is a combination of a skull cap and a shell headband from the book 1-2-3 Crochet. Then I put my own special touches to it by adding a contrasting strip above the brim and a coordinated flower.

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As you can see, the hat can be worn several ways. And the flower is detachable.

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I made this for a friend’s daughter. Hope they both like it!!

Project 101: Picking Up Where I Left Off

Can you believe it’s been 6 months? Time flies when having fun.

OK, time to get back to working on this project. Called Project 101 since there are 101 crochet squares in my book. The name of the book is 101 Crochet Squares by Jean Leinhauser.

Here’s Square 1. A giant pansy in the center of the square.

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I didn’t think I would like the pansy. It looked odd. But I just wanted to get a square done and crossed off my list. I love it!! It came out so pretty.

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Of course, I did a bit of changing. Altered the pattern. The center (gold color) was so deep you couldn’t see it. So I made a separate circle of single crochet, sewed it on top and added a picot stitch around it. I used light blue yarn for the flower, trimmed in navy. The square is white, trimmed in navy. Square measures 8 3/4″ by 8 3/4″.

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Yarn used:

  • White-Lion Brand, Vanna’s Choice, acrylic
  • Light blue-Red Heart, acrylic
  • Navy-Red Heart, acrylic
  • Mustard-Lion Brand, Vanna’s Choice, acrylic

Hook H

Now I have to decide which square to make next.

Fabric Bowl #2, Fall Leaves

Wednesday, July 22

If someone had told me I would be glued to a sewing machine for four hours and enjoying it, I would have told them “no way, not gonna happen”.

BUT… WAY, it did happen!! Well, off and on, between cutting fabric strips, wrapping the cord, sewing, stopping, wrapping, sewing, stopping…

This fabric bowl took me about 5 hours to make. The bowl posted on Craft Stylish took 4 hours. So I guess that makes me a slow sewer. I am OK with that. Especially when they come out LIKE THIS!!

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I selected the fabric to make my 2nd bowl sometime last week.

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I added some fat quarters, ended up using just one. Thread I already had. And I used 8mm macrame cord instead of clothes line. It is working out really well.

Here’s my sewing machine in action. I have a Janome Memory Craft 10001. I am actually loving it!! It does all sorts of neat tricks at the touch of a finger. I kept altering the width and length of the zig zag stitch. Cool!!

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And I put all those years in the corporate world to good use. 40 years of organizational skills learned. I created a “strip organizer”. 😀

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These are pictures taken as I was almost finished.

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The STUMPER in making this bowl is what to do with the cord end when finished. ???

I think I solved it. By twirling it around and adding a crochet flower and a button to somewhat cover it. Looks good to me.

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Go here for instructions to make your own. I altered it a bit.

http://www.craftstylish.com/item/33825/how-to-sew-a-fabric-bowl

Crochet Square 16

Friday, May 15

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Here’s the latest square. Square 16. Finished it today.

When I get 20 of these squares done, think I will take a break. Maybe work up a few of them. My stack of UFO’s is getting higher and I am itching to “make” something.

This square didn’t take long to make though the next one I will alter the instructions a bit. I think there are too many chain stitches in the beginning setting up the foundation for the petals.

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I don’t like skimpy stitches or seeing part of the chain peeking out so I added more DC’s than pattern called for. The next square like this one, I will try it with fewer chains.

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I added an extra row of single crochet stitches around the edge.

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Yarn used:
Lion Brand 100% cotton in Espresso (brown).
Lily’s Sugar ‘n Cream 100% cotton in Hot Orange and Softly Taupe (beige).

Measures 5 1/2″.


How many squares have I done? Here’s my tracker.

https://thisyearsdozen.wordpress.com/project-101/


Go here for pattern instructions.

101 Crochet Squares is by Jean Leinhauser, American School of Needlework, published 1996, ISBN 978-0-88195-715-0.

Crochet Square 33

Monday, May 11

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Whew!! Posting done. This is the last one made over the weekend. I like this square and plan to make lots more of them. I want to make a purse AND an afghan. I made the first square following the instructions but with one slight change on the placement of the double crochet stitches in between the purple flower petals.

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I went lower, under the single crochet stitch. The 2nd square I followed exactly per the pattern. You can see the difference. More purple is showing in the 2nd one. I like them both but I guess for a project, I will need to decide on one or the other.

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Yarn used:
Lily’s Sugar ‘n Cream 100% cotton in Cream and Hot Purple (Lavender).
Lion Brand 100% cotton in Purple.

Measurements: 5 1/2″


Go here for pattern instructions.

101 Crochet Squares is by Jean Leinhauser, American School of Needlework, published 1996, ISBN 978-0-88195-715-0.

Crochet Square 60

Monday, May 11

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The flower in this square is sooooooo pretty. I love it. So far, I haven’t met a crochet flower that I didn’t like. I think I could make flowers all day.

Anyhoo, back to Square 60.

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Didn’t have many problems making it. Though I did give up at one point when it turned wavy and ruffly. Had to take apart the green section after the last peach section. After a day or two of staring at it, I tried again, this time relaxing my stitch. That seems to work better. It laid flatter.

I am developing my own little tips and tricks to making crocheting go smoother. When following along with the instructions, I place a small yellow sticky note to the page and after completing a step, I move the sticky down to the next step. That way I don’t miss a step or lose my way. I am also learning different ways corners are created. With single crochet stitches and double crochet stitches. I am storing all these things in my “to use for future projects” brain.

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Yarn used:
Lily’s Sugar ‘n Cream 100% cotton in Tea Rose (Peach) and Sage Green

Measurements: 6 3/4″


Go here for pattern instructions.

101 Crochet Squares is by Jean Leinhauser, American School of Needlework, published 1996, ISBN 978-0-88195-715-0.

Crochet Square 10 (Never Give Up!!)

Friday, May 8

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OK, this Square almost didn’t get made. It seemed easy enough in the photo in the pattern book but everyone knows looks can be deceiving.

I first tried several days ago. And then again a day or two later. I still could not figure out what the instructions were telling me to do.

Finally got it on the 3rd try. So, I guess it is true when people say the 3rd time is a charm. See the first two messes in this next photo? My 1st and 2nd attempts. Making no sense whatsoever. No wonder I couldn’t get going.

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I do like this stitch, even after all the problems I had learning it. It is one of those projects you can work on while waiting in the doctor’s office. Once you get the row started, you just keep going. Even changing colors was easy.

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No pulling and tugging, not hard on the hands. My kind of stitch. But do be warned, if you make this, some shells appear to be on the wrong side. It may look wrong but that is how the pattern works up. Worked in a triangle, like a fan. In fact, the first few rows would make a cute fan. Maybe dangling from a key chain. This square is perfect for using up your odd lengths of left-over yarn.

I still have a bit of work to do. I want to clean up the edges by adding a couple rows of single crochet stitches. I may add this cute flower to the top or center. What do you think?

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Lesson learned. Never give up.

Yarn used:
Lily’s Sugar ‘n Cream 100% cotton in Cream and Hot Green (Lime).
Lion Brand 100% cotton in Orchid (Fuchsia).

Measurements: 6″


Go here for pattern instructions.

101 Crochet Squares is by Jean Leinhauser, American School of Needlework, published 1996, ISBN 978-0-88195-715-0.

Crochet Square 83

Friday, May 8

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This square is similar to Square 21 (which is why I made it). No sense in wasting time. Two for one. The flowers are different. This one for Square 83 was a bit tougher. It has more petals and was hard on my hands getting in and out of all the sections on the backside. I like it though. Would look great as a pin on a coat or in your hair.

Colors are Bright Navy (Sugar ‘n Cream), Rose Pink (Sugar ‘n Cream) and Natural (Lion Brand). It measures 7 1/4″. Yarn for the flower is Sugar ‘n Cream Early American Ombre in navy, light blue, rose, pink, burgundy and ecru. All 100% cotton.

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Hubby asked what was I going to do with these squares. He suggested a wall hanging. I will probably use some of them for an afghan, purses and saw a cute pattern today for slippers made from granny squares.

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Go here for pattern instructions.

101 Crochet Squares is by Jean Leinhauser, American School of Needlework, published 1996, ISBN 978-0-88195-715-0.

Crochet Square 21

Friday, May 8

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Playing catch up here. Have 3 squares finished but behind in getting them posted.

Here is Square 21. Colors are Bright Navy (Sugar ‘n Cream), Hot Pink (Sugar ‘n Cream) and Natural (Lion Brand). 100% cotton. It measures 8″. Sort of looks like the weave for rugs.

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It would look great wrapped around some towels and given as a gift.

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I had no problems with the pattern instructions. I did, however, change up the flower a bit. I added two extra rows of petals to make it larger. Also 2 additional rows on the outer edge.


Go here for pattern instructions.

101 Crochet Squares is by Jean Leinhauser, American School of Needlework, published 1996, ISBN 978-0-88195-715-0.

Crochet Square 18

Wednesday, May 6

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This one was pretty easy. Begin with the center flower shaped like a starfish. Then add the sides starting with the petal tips. Goes fast once you get going. What I like about making these squares is the directions repeat after the first side. Usually.

I have LOTS of cotton yarn so these were made from Lily’s Sugar ‘n Cream 100% cotton. Hot pink & cream. Bright navy & cornflower blue. Measures 5″.

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See if you can spot the mistake I make on the navy/blue square. I never noticed it until picture taking time. Proves you should stop when tired.

I thought about ripping it all out… for a nanosecond. Nope. Moving on. Made a hot pink one instead. Now I have two of Square 18.

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I am learning to trust the directions and not second guess them. Just follow carefully and don’t miss a step.


Go here for pattern instructions.

101 Crochet Squares is by Jean Leinhauser, American School of Needlework, published 1996, ISBN 978-0-88195-715-0.