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Hat in the Hat: the Design Process & First Giveaway!


Did I put my foot in my mouth when I said I could crochet a hat for any character as long as I had a good picture of the character? This one was a real challenge!

Normally I HATE swatching. Seems like such a waste of time and material–I want to get right to the project. But shaping and color changes in this project didn’t lend themselves to my usual “make the basic plain hat and add features” way of doing character hats. So I started with a miniature to test my solution to the the main challenges.  Here’s my mini Cat in the Hat finger puppet:

Cat in the Hat finger puppet


Things I learned: to shape the floppy top of the Cat’s hat, the top white stripe has a slight decrease in the round. Face shaping is done with increases and decreases.  The vertical color change from black to white couldn’t be worked tapestry style because the contrast showed through the stitches. So I worked those rows back and forth, slip stitching them together at the change point.Here’s the finished Cat in the Hat Character Hat:


Cat in the Hat character hat


Normally, my character hats sell for $10.Of course, the Cat is essentially a “double hat” so he’ll be priced at $15.

On Sunday, March 3, 2012, one lucky reader will win the Cat in the Hat finger puppet. To enter, just tell your Facebook friends, Pinterest followers, or blog readers about my character hats and comment below to let me know!







Hats,Gloves and Pinterest


Trying to tidy up my work area a little. So I’ll be uploading LOTS of pictures this week! Also, am finally starting to figure out how to use my Pinterest boards. Pinterest is a really cool way to share pictures. I’ve found craft ideas, recipes and organizing tips along with a few funnies and decorating ideas that make me drool!

Finished my Angry Red Bird hat this morning.

Red Angry Bird Hat

I’ve also made some knit stocking caps. I’ve noticed how hard it is to find quality handmade gifts for guys so three of these hats were made with guys in mind.

Cactus Rib Hat

Ocean Wave Hat

Hothead Hat

Told hubby he should wear the orange hat when we’re driving in traffic to warn other drivers he’s a hothead (stitches look like flames). He didn’t think that was funny. Maybe because we were driving in traffic at the time…

I just love lacy knit patterns. So I made the snowflake hat with matching fingerless gloves.

Snowflake Hat

Snowflake Gloves

So what do you think of fingerless gloves? Maybe its because I was raised up north where you need nice warm mittens for below-zero wind chills, but at first I didn’t get the appeal of fingerless gloves. But they can be really cute, like my black lace crocheted ones with the flared cuff.

Black Lace Gloves

It’s hard to see in the picture but these have ribs of front post doubles to add texture.

Making pineapple upside-down cake for Valentine’s Day.

1 can pineapple slices

maraschino cherries

1/2 c or so of brown sugar

cake mix (yellow or pineapple)

ingredients required by cake mix

In a 13×9 pan, lay out pineapple slices

place a cherry in the center of each pineapple ring

sprinkle brown sugar over pineapple slices

mix cake as instructed on the box. Pour batter over fruit and bake as directed.

Alicia’s Dishrag Sweater

Alicia’s Dishrag Sweater

I usually prefer to make small things, but a few weeks ago my friend Alicia asked me to make her “a sweater”. I had just crocheted a mint green dishrag with a new stitch that I really liked, so I showed it to her and asked if she liked the stitch. “Yes,” she said ” and I like that color too!” She was a little vague in her description of what she wanted–long, oversized, but  not too bulky.

The sweater is crocheted in one piece from side to side (remember how I said I hated piecing things together?) with just 2 seams to sew. I picked up edge and cuff stitches and knitted them, but it could also be bordered in crochet. Yarn is Lion Brand Pound of Love. 4mm hook, size 4 knitting needles.

Alicia's Dishrag Sweater

Alicia's Dishrag Sweater

It took extra time to finish because I had to go back to Walmart for more yarn and they were out. So I went to a different Walmart and found it. It’s really aggravating that it takes so long for them to restock yarn.

That’s all for today. I have an order for slippers and I’m tweaking my old faithful slipper pattern.

More crocheted purses


Finally feel like we made it through the Plague. Tim and I have been sharing the Cold from Hell all week! Kept Nyquil in business for a few more months, anyway!So now I have to play catch-up with everything–crafting, blogging, cooking, the House. . .in that order, of course! #1 grandson requested a hat of his fave Pokemon character. The basic hat is done, just need to add features. I’ve also designed a few 2-needle knit stocking caps, and still going strong on purses. I did the Rose Bag in black with red roses. Then I did a diamond design and a heart design (Hearts, flowers, and diamonds for Valentine’s day!) Both patterns and finished bags will be for sale–email me for info! Also trying my hand at fingerless gloves.

Heart Purse

Heart Purse


Diamond Purse

Diamond Purse

Yay! hubby got me an early Valentime’s present–a new digital camera! So hopefully I can start posting better pictures since I’m not limited to the webcam!

Later this week, I’ll post pix of the 2-needle knit hats as well as some of my beadwork.


What types of patterns would y’all like to find here? Let me know!

Recipe: Simple fruit salad

1 banana, sliced

1 can pineapple chunks

1 can mandarin oranges

1/2 bag miniature marshmallows

Mix together, chill, and enjoy!

Free Crochet pattern: Butterfly hat


Today’s free pattern is a quick and easy hat. I see dozens of hats online with appliqued flowers, so I HAD to do something a little different!

Crochet butterfly hat

Butterfly Hat


1 skein RedHeart SuperSaver, MC (black)

few yards CC1 (bikini)

few yards CC2 (shocking pink)

Crochet hook, size G (4.25mm)

Rnd 1: Ch2, dc in 3rd ch from hook, ch2 (2 dc, ch 2)4 times, join. (5 ch-2 clusters with ch 2 between)

Rnd 2: Sl st into ch 2 sp, ch2, dc, ch2,2 dc in same sp (ch 2, work 2dc ch2 2dc in next ch 2 sp) repeat around, join.(10 clusters)

Rnd 3: sl st into ch 2 sp, ch2, dc, ch2, 2 dc in same sp (ch2, 2 dc in next ch2 sp, 2dc,ch2,2dc in next ch2 sp) repeat around, join.(15 clusters)

Rnd 4:sl st into ch 2 sp, ch2, dc, ch2, 2 dc in same sp (ch2, 2 dc in next sp, ch2, 2 dc in next sp, ch2, 2dc, ch2,2dc in next sp) repeat around, join (20 clusters)

Rnd 5: sl st into ch 2 sp, ch2, dc ch2, 2 dc in same sp* (ch2, 2 dc in next sp)3 times (2dc, ch2, 2 dc in next sp)*repeat around, join. (25 clusters)

Rnd 6: sl st into ch2 sp, ch2,dc, ch 2,2 dc in same sp*(ch2, 2 dc in next sp) 4 times (2 dc, ch2, 2 dc in next sp)* repeat around, join (30 clusters)

Rnd 7: sl st into ch2 sp, ch2, dc,ch2,2 dc in same sp *(ch2, 2 dc in next sp) 5 times (2 dc, ch2, 2 dc in next sp)* repeat around, join (35 clusters)
Rnd. 8: sl st into ch 2 sp, ch2, dcch2,,2 dc in same sp *(ch2, 2 dc in next sp)6 times (2 dc, ch2, 2 dc in next sp)*repeat around, join (40 clusters)
Rnd 9: sl st into ch 2 sp, ch2,dc, ch2, 2dc in same sp *(ch2, 2 dc in next sp) 7 times (2 dc, ch2, 2 dc in next sp)*repeat around, join (45 clusters)
Rnd 10: sl st into ch 2 sp, ch2, dc, 2, 2 dc in same sp *(ch2, 2 dc in next sp) 8 times (2 dc, ch2, 2 dc in next sp)*repeat around, join. (50 clusters)
Rnd 11: sc in each dc around, join (100 sc)
Rnd 12: *sc in 3 sc, sc dec over next 2 sc* repeat around, join (80 sc)
Rnd 13: repeat rnd 12 (64 sc)
Rnd 14: *sc in 2 sc, sc dec over next 2 sc* repeat around, join (48 sc)
Rnd 15: repeat rnd 14 (36 sc)
Rnd 16: sc in each sc around. End off.
Butterfly Applique
With MC, ch 2. In 3rd ch from hook, work 3 sc, hdc, 3sc, sl st to join. End off.
With CC1, join in 1st sc, ch7, sl st in 3rd ch from hook (picot made) in same sc work 6 trebles, sc in front loop of next sc, fasten off.
With CC2, join in back loop of same st, sc in same loop, work 5 dc in next sc, sc in hdc, work 5 dc in next sc, sc in back loop of next sc. end off.
With CC1, join in front loop of same sc, ch 4, work 5 trebles in same st, ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch from hook (picot made) treble in same st, fasten off.
Pattern copyright 2012 by Judy Cox. You may NOT sell the pattern in any form. You MAY link to this pattern page. You MAY NOT sell finished items from this pattern online; you MAY sell finished items in local venues (craft shows, retail outlets, personal contacts).

Crochet flowers


Today’s post will be short & sweet.  I’m fighting a cold and don’t even feel like crocheting!


This vintage pattern for crocheted flowers uses fine thread.

vintage thread flowers

Crochet flowers





Today’s recipe is for the ultimate comfort food: the chocolate chip cookie ( a slightly tweaked version of the recipe-on-the-bag, thuis cookie is slightly lower in fat and softer:

Judy’s double chip cookies

3 sticks margarine

2 cups brown sugar, packed

1 cup white sugar

1 Tbsp vanilla

4 eggs

1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/2 bag butterscotch chips (or peanut butter or milk chocolate)

1 tsp soda

1/2 tsp salt

4 1/2 c flour

Cream sugars and margarine together. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in chips, soda and salt. Stir in flour. Drop by rounded spoonfuls on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 until edges are golden brown.

Sneak Preview: Rose Bag


I’m currently working on writing up the pattern for my Rose Bag. It’s the right size for a small purse, or you can use it to carry your Bible or Netbook. It’s made all in one piece for extra sturdiness ( and easy finishing!), with my unique shape-holding corners.

Rose Purse

Features include a dimensional appliqued rose and two delicate embroidered (with a Very Easy technique) rosebuds. Both the pattern and finished bags in your choice of colors will be available for sale here and the pattern will also be for sale on Ravelry.

Today’s recipe: Amish Potato Salad

4 potatoes, cut into 1 inch chunks, boiled

½ white onion, diced

2 boiled eggs

1 T mustard

Miracle Whip to desired consistency ( about ½ cup, depending on size of potatoes)

salt to taste

That’s all for today!