Friday, December 16, 2016

The Busy Mom Crochet Hat

Hello everyone!! Welcome to my blog, and this Busy Mom Hat post.
I have the pattern here ( keep scrolling) and a video tutorial but if you wish to print off the pattern with no adds and less photos please visit my ETSY shop or my Ravelry shop.

So lets begin!

                                               The Busy Mom Hat
                                   By Siena's Maine Design

This hat is so fast and fun you'll be finishing a few in no time! Perfect for the busy mom, when you just need to put your hair in a quick tie, pop on your hat and run out the door. 
Lets face it, winter is way more fun if you get outside to play and you are cozy warm and your hair isn't in your face!! 

J 6.00MM crochet hook
1 ball Bernat Alpaca yarn Weight category: 5, 70% Acrylic/30% Alpaca, 120yd/110m. 
Yarn needle
optional hair tie and tag

Here's a description of the yarn I found at THIS website and it's perfect (not sponsored) 

"BERNAT-Alpaca Chunky Yarn. A luxuriously soft blend of natural alpaca and durable acrylic. Chunky weight yarn knits quickly with beautiful stitch definition. Sophisticated shades that knit and crochet a fabric with a lovely drape. Alpaca fiber is long, fine and without grease and is shinier, smoother, stronger and several times warmer than wool. It is also heavier and less elastic than wool. Weight category: 5, 70% Acrylic/30% Alpaca, 120yd/110m. Suggested knitting needles: 10/6mm, crochet hook: J10/6mm. Care: hand wash, dry flat, do not bleach, do not iron, do not dry clean. Imported."

I don't know about you, but I find myself buying bulky 5 yarn a lot and NEVER use it. I have so much of it, because it is so pretty yet I just don't have that many patterns for it. 

Okay on to..........................

hdc=half double crochet
hdcblo=half doub;e crochet back loop only
sc=single crochet
sl st=slip stitch
hdc2tog= half double crochet 2 stitches together
* repeat text between stars*

My video tutorial on this hat will help you if you have not done any of these before. 

To Begin~

Make a slip knot and chain 8

Row 1. hdc into second ch from hook and across. ch 1, turn (7hdc)

Row 2-34. hdcblo in each of the 7 st. ch 1, turn 

Now work shold measure about 18 inches long. Fold in half and sl st up side.

From here we will be working around the edge of the brim. 

This TAG is wooden and I got it on Etsy. I love them on hats! This yarn color by the way is Aqua. SO PRETTY! 


Now for the hat part...........................

Row 1. sc into the same ridge you just sl st up and into each row end and ridge around (see pic) sl st to join. (51sc)

Row 2. ch 1, hdc around, join (51st)

Row 3. ch 1 hdc2tog (first two st only) hdc into each st around, join (50st)

Row 4. ch1 hdc around (50st)

Row 5. ch 1 hdc around (50st)

Row 6. ch 1 hdc around (50st)

Now we begin to decrease. Your hat is almost finished!! 

Row 7. ch 1 *hdc2tog, hdc 8* repeat around (45st)

Row 8. ch 1 *hdc2tog, hdc 3* repeat around (36st)

Row 9. ch 1 *hdc2tog, hdc1* repeat around (24st)

Now you can add a hair tie or leave your hat as is

Row 10. Take the hair tie, place it on the inside of your hat. Now sc around the hair tie and into each stitch 24 sc. 

Snip yarn, sew in ends and a tag to show off your work and enjoy!
Thank you for choosing my pattern!
Don't forget to comment! I love hearing from you.
Have a lovely crochet day.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Easy Pom-Pom Brim Crochet Hat

This hat is SO much fun! you can add it simply to any beanie hat, But I adore it on the Seashell hat. You can check out that pattern HERE for free or watch my tutorial HERE

To print off this pattern and the Seashell crochet hat please go HERE

So here goes the pattern~
Also check out my Pom-Pom Brim Hat video HERE

                                                             Pom-Pom Brim Hat
                                                  Pattern By Siena's Maine Design

This pattern is written to be a modification to the Sea Shell hat pattern. Though you can use any beanie hat pattern you like. It's super fun and quick to work up.

~To view that pattern for free please check out this LINK

sc=Single Crochet
sl st= slip stitch
hdc=Half Double Crochet
dcbp=Double crochet back post

dcfp=Double crochet front post

The hook and yarn you made your hat with ( works best with worsted weight yarns)
yarn needle
two sizes of pompom makers med and small or large and med.

Notes: Right side of hat is the out side of the hat.

To begin~
Make the Sea Shell hat to row 16 or add two more rows to create a slouchy style hat. 

Rows 1 and 2:
chain 1, sc crochet in each stitch around. Join with a sl st. Repeat once.

Row 3 (right side):
ch 1, hdc into each of the next 51 sc. or in next 15 inches of hat. chain 1 turn.

Row 4 (wrong side):
hdc into first st. dcbp next st. *hdc next st dcbp following st* repeat. END with a hdc into last st. ch 1, turn. 

Row 5:
hdc into first st. dcfp next st *hdc next st, dcfp following st* repeat.

END with a hdc into last st. 

Cut yarn and weave in ends if the brim is a desired length. If you wish it longer repeat rows 4 and 5 until you love it. 

Hat ties
Cut 32 pieces of yarn about 15-20 inches long.

Make two bundles and fold each in half. Loop each through the corners of the brim.

Now split one in to two, and twist both bundles to the right. Holding the two twists, cross right over left and repeat until desired length.

Tie off. Do the same for both ties.

Make three pompoms. One for the top of your hat and two for the ends of the ties. tie or sew them on. 


Get some wooden hat tags HERE

Don't for get to check out my video tutorial on this crochet hat and the pompom brim addition. 

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Hope you are having a lovely crochet day!❤️❤️❤️

Sunday, November 20, 2016

"Daisy" My HappyHippo

I fall in love with every hippo I make with Heidi Bears Happypotamus pattern.

So far I've made three, and I think they take me longer to make than other crocheters.....I tend to get so excited about a color combo, make up the motifs and then they all sit in my work bag for months. I then crochet half of them together and then they go bag back in the bag to wait yet again. It's a painful process but I simply LOVE LOVE LOVE the result!

Check out the lovely "Daisy"

Her flowers remind me of Daisies that grow in abundance in northern Maine. Isn't she so sweet? I chose to use small safety eyes instead of buttons, an F 3.75MM hook and cotton mill ends yarn. (I still have WAY too much of the stuff.) It was a bit hard to work with....lots of splitting...I don't recommend it. I did not line this hippo like my other two larger hippos.

Here she is with her amigos

The blue hippo I made using an H 5.00MM crochet hook and a worsted weight cotton yarn, with dome style buttons for eyes.
The pink hippo I made using a G 4.25MM crochet hook and the same peaches and cream cotton yarn as the blue hippo. I did find some BIG safety eyes for this one.
I had to line these bigger hippos because the holes are much bigger. I just stuffed in a large square of muslin and called it good. Then added the polly fill.

My next hippo with be with acrylic yarn for sure. Just to try something new :)

If you'd like to crochet one here is the PATTERN

Let me know in the comments the color combo you think I should try for my next hippo! And if you've made one please share any tips/tricks with all of my readers!
Have a lovely crochet day!

Friday, October 28, 2016

Crochet A Floral Coaster

Aren't these coasters lovely? I think they are just darling! Really they could be used for more than just a mere coaster............

What about a wall hanging?

Applique? ( I think this is one of my favorite words.....Applique....)


Maybe an ornament?

The possibility's are endless in my book. Watch my video, HERE and check out the pattern!
You can print it off HERE

And don't forget to comment and let me know how you are using your floral coaster, or just tell me what you think :)

All the best~ Jonna

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Getting Ready For Craft Fairs *FREE PRINTABLE TAGS*

I love craft fairs.
The more I do the more I enjoy them. Meeting new people, getting to check out other tables, and most of all getting the first hand impressions of my work. Those reactions help SO much when planing your next fair.Think of the weather, who will or may be there, and how much time you will be there.
For example, holidays or upcoming weather change has a lot to do with sales. Especially with crochet.
If you sold coffee or tea you may only change the temperature that you serve it. Crochet is SO much harder. But don't be discouraged! Thinking ahead can make the difference.

For my most recent fair it was all for fun and getting a feel for the big two day I have coming later in the year. (I only have two scheduled for this year) Though I did make money the traffic was just no so good......I won't be doing that particular one next year.

Okay speaking of not sighing up....lets talk table cost.
I highly recommend scoping out your events before sighing up of you can.
If not, try not to spend more than $50.00 for a space/table/.

My first fair I spent $100 for the table and made $9. Yes, just $9. I also drove 3 hours to get there. I never went back needless to say.

My best fairs I spend $15-$25 for a space. I always make over $100...*Knocks on wood*

Okay so check out my table before I load my old gold mini van.

Totes are my best craft fair friends! I tag and organize all my crochet before I load up.
Some carriers are also great risers for your table. See the blue and white box with the star currently?
Well that is wooden and I like to tip that on its side and work out of it. it keeps my cash box out of sight along with a pen and bags tissue paper ect.

Risers are very important and keep you table interesting. Having some items at eye level or a little higher draws attention. YOU WANT ATTENTION!

Okay I do LOVE my totes, and clear ones are great because you can always get the stuff you want without labeling the tote or rummaging.
Check out how to make those cute baskets in the tote like the bird says. HERE

The next thing I make double sure to have is a supply box.
In the box I want:

  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • Pen and Marker
  • Extra tags (check out my free tags)
  • Twine or yarn
  • calculator ( you never know when you're going to have a brain freeze or you phone dies)
  •  Tape
  • Yarn Needle

Baskets are so lovely to look at and are wonderful for holding little crochet things like cloths ornaments or baby toys.
Now long ago I used to do come painting. But just don't have the time and this little table easel is the perfect display for my crochet hats sign.
I edited the sign using word and printed it on old sheet music like paper. Then I popped it into a wooden frame. It was fun at the time and works for now.

Also having a mirror is great for people to try on hats. Everyone wants to make sure that hat not only feels good but looks good!

Paper lunch bags are super cheep and are so earthy. I love them if someone wishes a bag to take home there new crochet treasure.
I got a rubber stamp and place my shop name on the bags.
Last but not least, a plain table cloth and some flowers and candy in a fun bowl will bring my craft fair table prep to a finish.
Plain table cloths help your work stand out.
I love these dried flowers my cousin gave me to draw more attention.
and the bowl of candy....well, Who doesn't like candy??

Here is another photo of the candy bowl AKA lemon juicer! It looks so different as a candy bowl and so rich and sparkly. I had to take it!!

Unfortunately I only took one photo of the actual event. It is a terrible photo, but I promise to do better and take more photos for my two day coming soon!

So just a few last things about getting ready for a craft fair. Stand up, Smile, Learn, And most of ALL have lots of FUN!

Thank you so much for visiting my Blog today! And Please leave a comment and tell me all about your craft fairs.

-------Check out my FREE printable tags. FREE TAGS HERE

Monday, July 25, 2016

Crochet Virus Poncho Two Corner Pattern

The crochet virus poncho is now available! It is one of the most beautiful and comfortable ponchos you will every make. I have written up the pattern in FOUR sizes so it is sure to be your go to pattern for gift giving. 
Toddler 2T-4T, Child (Small), Regular Adult, and Large Adult
One PDF pattern

You can find it on my Ravelry shop HERE 

And also on my Etsy shop HERE

I want to make one in every color! :) It's just so comfortable and fun!

So soft like "Basil" Kitty

I love the colors of this poncho, Sunrise is the color combo,

Check it out in detail.....SO gorgeous!

Remember to #virusponcho and #virusponchotwocorner and I LOVE seeing your work so send me a message or tag me in your Instagram photos. This is my Instagram LINK 

Please also check out my 4 corner virus poncho Here

You can view the virus blanket video Here

and the virus shawl Here

Thank you all so much for reading and keeping up with my crochet life, I hope you love your new poncho and have a lovely crochet day ~Jonna

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Sewing Together Crochet Motifs

Recently I filmed this VIDEO on how to put together this super cute bag, and in the video I promise a Blog post photo tutorial on how to sew together the motifs in more detail.
Yay! Here it is! ❤️❤️
Begin with your motifs, scissor, yarn needle and yarn (use a yarn that is closest to the yarn you used in your crochet, I used white to show off the stitches)

 Check out the corresponding stitches..........................

Flip over your motifs, Wrong side up!

Take your yarn and needle and go through your first two stitches.......

Create a knot..... However you like...........

Now go from one side to the other.......

Do not cross over your work, Side to side............

Should be looking like this about.....Now..............

Keep going...............

DONE!! Yay! Good Job! That wasn't bad, Right?                                  

Now admire your beautiful crochet work...................                                     

Gorgeous! Now move on to the next one :)

Thank you all so much for reading my blog, watching my videos and supporting me!
Have a lovely crochet day.
Jonna oxo