Robin Hat and Fingerless Glove Set Crochet Pattern

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I designed this set to make a matching Robin set, but you could also change the color combination and make all kinds of superhero sets from this! Ex: Gray + black + yellow = Batman.Green + Orange/Gold = Aquaman.  Red + Blue + Yellow = Superman/Supergirl. Yellow + Gray + Blue = Retro Thor. You could search Amazon.com for iron-on hero patches (and then sew them on), or get crafty and design your own symbol!

Robin Hat and Fingerless Gloves

*Use a K hook, an F hook, and Red Heart Super Saver Yarn.
*On any rounds after I switch colors, I like to work in the back loops only of the round with the new color, but this isn’t necessary unless you also like the little ‘line’ that appears as a result as well.

Hat

*Use a K hook for hat.

With Red:
Rnd 1: Ch 4, join to form a ring. Ch 2, (counts as dc here and throughout pattern), 9dc in ring. Jn in first dc to close round here and at the end of each rnd. (10 dc)
Rnd 2: Ch 2, dc in same st, 2 dc in each st around. Join. (20 dc)
Rnd 3: Ch 2, 2 dc in next st, (dc, 2dc) around. Join. (30 dc)
Rnd 4: Ch 2, Dc in next st, 2 dc, (dc, dc, 2dc) around. Join. (40 dc)
Rnd 5: Ch 2, dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc, (dc, dc, dc, 2dc) around. Join. (50 dc)
With Yellow:
Rnds 6: Ch 2, dc in next 3 sts, 2 dc, (dc, dc, dc, dc, 2dc) around. Join. (60 dc)
With Red:
Rnd 7-10: Ch 2, dc in next st and around. Jn.
Rnd 11: Repeat Rnd 7 with yellow.
Rnd 12-14 : Repeat Rnd 7 with green.
Rnd 15: Optional single crochet round. With black, jn with sl st, ch 1, sc in same st and around. Jn. Fasten off and weave in all ends. (I use a yarn needle to help me weave in the ends.

*Use an F hook for hat accents.

Strips:

Make two for the strips in the red: Ch 9, sc in 2nd ch from hook and across. Ch 1, sl st in same ch as last sc. Fasten off leaving tail long enough to sew strip to hat.
Make two for belt buckles: Ch 7, sc in 2nd ch from hook and across. Ch 1, sl st in same ch as last sc. Faste off leaving tail long enough to sew strip to hat.

Belt Buckle in Center:

Rnd 1: With black: Ch 2. Work 6 sc into the 2nd ch from hook. Jn with a sl st in first sc.

Rnd 2: Ch 1. Work 2 sc in each st around for a total of 12 sc. Jn with a sl st in first sc.
Rnd 3: Switch to yellow. Working in back loops only this round, jn with a sl st in an sc. Ch 1, (sc, 2sc) around. Jn with a sl st in first sc.

‘R’ Patch

For the ‘R’ patch, use an F hook and make another belt buckle except use black for all three rounds. Add a fourth round by: Ch 1. (sc, sc, 2sc) around and joining with a sl st.

Then use a yarn needle and yellow yarn to stitch on an ‘R’.
If you’d like some instructions to make an ‘R’: Use an F Hook, Ch 7, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and up chain, ch 8, attach end of chain to center of first slip stiched chain, ch 6, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and up the chain back to the center of the ‘R’ once again. Fasten off leaving a tail long enough to stitch ‘R’ to the patch.

I made an ‘R’ patch for the hat and then one ‘R’ patch to put on each glove. (Glove pattern below.)

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Robin glove 1

Robin Gloves

Use size K (6.50 MM) hook. I use Red Heart Super Saver Yarn.

*IMPORTANT NOTE* There is a slightly different pattern for the right and left hands. Make sure you’re working on the correct hand consistently.

Pattern:

*Join with a sl st in the top of the 1st sc or dc at the end of each round unless otherwise stated.

Beginning on the finger end with Red:
Rnd 1: Ch 20, jn with a sl st in first chain to form large ring. Ch 2, dc in same ch and around. Jn. (20 dc not counting the first ch-2.)
Rnd 2: Flip ring so that you’re working in the original chain once again. Ch 2, dc in same ch and around. Jn.
Rnd 3-4: Ch 2, dc in same st and around. Jn. (20 dc in each round not counting the first ch-2.) Do not fasten off.
Begin thumb and palm rounds:
* Each round will end right before the thumb.
Rnd 1: Ch 1, sc in next st, ch 2, sc in next ch, ch 2, sc in next ch and around. (Remember to continue to jn in first sc unless otherwise stated.) (20 sc, 2 ch-2 spots)

Left Hand Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in same st, ch 5 loosely, 2 sc in the st between ch-2 spots. Slide thumb in the chain space and see if it fits comfortably. Adjust chain now if it needs it so you don’t have to unravel later. Sc in the st after the next ch-2 spot and around. (20 sc and one ch-5 loop for thumb. You’ll do the ‘finger’ part of the thumb after the mitten is finished…so keep in mind you’re still working down the hand from here, not up the thumb for some reason.)

Right Hand Rnd 2:Ch 1, sc in same st, 2sc in st between the two ch-2 spots, ch 5 loosely, sc in the st right after 2nd ch-2 spot and sc around to end of rnd. (20 sc and one ch-5 loop)

Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc around adding 5 sc inside thumb loop. (25 sc)

Rnds 4 and 5: Ch 1, sc in same st and around. (25 sc in each row)

Left Hand Rnd 6: Ch 1, sc in same st and sc in next 2 st, dec once. (The decrease should be in the center of the tumb.) Sc around for the rest of the rnd. (24 st; or 22 sc and one sc dec.)

Right Hand Rnd 6: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 4 st, dec (should be about the center of the thumb), sc around until you get to the last 4 st. Dec twice over those last 4 st. Join rnd with a sl st as usual. (22 st to work in now: or I mean to say there will be 3 sc decreases, and 19 sc that add up to 22 stitches to work in.)

Left Hand Rnd 7: Ch 2, dc in next 4 st, dc dec twice. (The two dec should be right after the thumb if you’ve lost count or adjusted.) Dc for the rest of the rnd. (22 st; or 2 dc dec and 20 dc)

Right Hand Rnd 7: Ch 2, dc in next st and around. (22 dc including ch-2)

Left Hand Rnd 8: Ch 2, dc in next 4 st, dec once, (should be right after thumb), dc to end of rnd. (21 st; or 19 dc and 1 dc dec) Fasten off.

Right Hand Rnd 8: Ch 2, dc dec, dc in next st and around. (21 st, or 20 dc including first ch-2 and one dc dec) Fasten off.

Lower (wrist) of glove:
*Will work back and forth in rows.

Rw 1: Ch 16, dc in 2nd ch from hook and across. (14 dc not counting skipped 2 chains.)
Rw 2: Ch 2, turn. Working in back loops only, dc in next st and across. (14 dc counting first ch-2 as a dc.)
Rw 3: Ch 2, turn. Working in front loops only, dc in next st and across. (14 dc counting frst ch-2 as a dc and remember to put one of those dc into the ch-2 from the last row at the end.)
Repeat Rws 2 and 3 until the wrist is long enough to fit around your arm. (I repeat rows 2 and 3 four times and then add one more row.)
To line the bottom of the glove, ch 1 and sc around the bottom edge of the glove, joining with a sl st as if it is a round rather than a row. Fasten off leaving a tail long enough to sew the side of the glove together. *Note* You may want to add an extra sc here and there along the side so that the end of the glove is wider than the wrist edge on the opposite side where you will sew it to the top part of the glove. Your arm gets wider further up your arm….so adding a few extra stitches here and there along the border will help that shape.

Sew the top and bottom of the glove together.

 

* Go back to the finger tips of the glove.
With black, jn with a sl st, ch 1, sc in same st as join, sc around. Jn with a sl st in first sc. Fasten off and weave in ends.
* Go back to thumb.
With red, jn with a sl st anywhere in thumb, sc in same st as join, sc around. Jn with a sl st in first sc. For the next round, ch 1, sc around and jn with a sl st. Repeat until thumb is as tall as desired.

Robin diagram

Fin-type thingies to add to arm:

Make two or three and then sew onto the lower part of the arm. Ch 6, sc in 2nd ch from hook, (sc, hdc) in next ch, dc in last 3 chs. Ch 2, sl st in same ch as last dc. Pivot. Sl st back across chain to end. Ch 2, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and join with a sl st in the very beginning sc.

 

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My Heart is a Compass

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Hey ghoulz! I have finally done it! I published one of my children’s books! Yaaaay! I’m thinking it’s for around preschool/kindergarten age, but I think even adults should be able to enjoy the artwork and the message of compassion and empathy. It’s the kind of book you can read to a child up until they’re able to read it themselves and understand the message more and more fully as time goes by. I was looking to make a story that is both simplistic and complex at the same time so that hearts of all ages will thump with endearment at the pages. I think the more times I read through it, the deeper the meaning becomes to me as well, so I hope all my ghoulz and baby ghoulz out there will enjoy every page!

My heart is a Compass is an endearing story that encourages children to listen to their conscience, developing empathy and realizing the fulfillment that comes with following your heart.

I would like to get serious for a moment, ghoulz. I have a lot of limitations because I am sick, and one of the only ways I can effect the world around me is with my Facebook pages and blogs here online. Publishing this book is a really big deal to me, and it takes me a pretty long while to accomplish things like this. I would like to thank all my followers, all my ghoulz, for all your laughs, likes, comments and attention. An artist can be as crafty as their heart can muster, but if there is no one to see the artist, it all falls short of fulfilling. The old riddle goes, “If a tree falls in the forest and there is no one there to hear it, does it make a sound?” My answer to this has always been, “Does it matter if it makes a sound if there is no one there to hear it?” Thanks for hangin’ around with me, ghoulz! Thank you very much!

~ Starling

P.S.

Buy my book! Lolz!

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Pocket Kitties

 

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Pocket Kitty

I use Red Heart Super Saver Yarn and a size H hook.

Body:
Rw 1: Ch 15, sc in 2nd ch from hook and across. (14 sc)
Rw 2: Ch 1, turn, sc in same st and across. (14 sc)
Rw 3-12: Repeat Rw 2.
You should now have a rectangle. The shorter ends are the front and back. Fold each corner in on itself and sew up it to make each leg. There should be a little bit, maybe a stitch or two, left over in the very center. You’ll stuff the body from there and then finish sewing it up.

pocket kitty belly

Head:
Rw 1: First ear row: Ch 9. Sc in the 2nd ch from hook, ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch from hook, sc in next 2 ch, sl st in next 2 chs, sc in next 2 ch, ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch from hook, sc in last chain. Pivot work so that you are working beneath the top ear row you just created.

*You’ll now work down in rows making the head smaller until you get to where the chin will be, and then it will get larger again until you repeat this first ear row to mirror what you just made. It will be folded in half and sewn up. I will detail out each row for you, though, of course!

Rw 2: Sc in same st and across. Ch 1, turn. (8 sc)

Rw 3: Decrease, sc in next 4 sts, decrease. Ch 1, turn. (6 sc)

Rw 4: Sc across. Ch 1, turn. (6 sc)

Rw 5: Decrease, sc in next 2 sts, decrease. Ch 1, turn. (4 sc)

Rw 6: Decrease twice. Ch 1, turn. (2 sc)

Rw 7: (Center bottom row). Sc in each st. Ch 1, turn. (2 sc)

Rw 8: 2sc in each st. Ch 1, turn. (4 sc)

Rw 9: 2sc, sc in next 2 sts, 2sc. Ch 1, turn. (6 sc)

Rw 10: Sc across. Ch 1, turn. (6 sc)

Rw 11: 2sc, sc in next 4 sts, 2sc. Turn, do not chain. (8 sc)

Rw 12: (Ear row) Sc in the first st, Ch 3, sl st in the 3rd ch from hook, sc in next 2 sts, sl st in next 2 sts, sc in next 2 sts, ch 3, sl st in the 3rd ch from hook, sc in the last st.

*Note on whikers BEFORE you attach the head to the body*
For the whiskers, to keep them from coming off, I take one longer piece of yarn to make two whiskers, but rather than thread them from one side of the nose to the other, before I attach the head I knot the center of the long piece of yarn in the same place I’m going to sew the head to the body so that it will disguise the different color. Then I thread both ends all the way through the head and out on each side of the nose to make two whiskers. I do that three times. If you’re not worried about the whiskers coming out because you won’t be playing with the pocket kitty, then feel free to just thread a tiny piece of yarn from one side of the nose to the other.

front of pocket kitty face

back of pocket kitty face
Tail:
Ch 9, sc in 2nd ch from hook and across, ch 1 sl st in same ch, pivot work, ch 1, sc in same chain and back up the chain. Fasten off leaving yarn long enough to fold the tail in half long-ways and seam it up and then sew the tail to the body. The two rows folded together will make sure the tail will be stiff enough to poke straight up like a curious kitty.

Sew the parts together and use a yarn needle to stitch on some eyes, a nose, and whiskers!

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Pocket kitty stand off header

Kitty piano close up

Pocket Kitty next to Mizzy Kitty

 

 

 

 

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Pocket Bunny!

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This is a picture I found online but I’m not sure of the origin of this little tutorial.

 

Okay, ghoulz. If you click on the picture above it will link to where I found this tutorial picture, but I can’t tell from that site if this is their original picture or not. If you know where the origin of this pic is, let me know!

Now that we have that out of the way, check out that kewl idea up there for a lil’ bunny! I’m imagining him as pocket size, so I’m going to do my best to follow the picture and make one of my own.

I decide to make more of a rectangle than a square, so I did this with Red Heart Yarn and a K hook:

Rw 1: Ch 13, sc in 2nd ch from hook and across. (12 sc)

Rw 2-15: Ch 1, turn. Sc in same st and across. (12 sc)

In the picture up there they use blue yarn so you can tell where they weaved the yarn through. I used white so it wouldn’t be visible. You thread your yarn through the center from left to right, then weave it in and out up to the center top of the square/rectangle, then weave it back down to where you started. After this you can pull that yarn tight so that the head closes around your stuffing/cotton ball and the ears turn in for that cute shape. Then sew it down the back, stuff the body and sew the bottom closed.

I made the puff tail by wrapping the yarn around my index finger about 20 times and then using a yarn needle to feed the yarn through the center and tie it in place…then sew it to the body. On another note, doing this I made it a little too tight and it got stuck on my finger. I cursed at it and dug until it finally came off because I was too lazy to unwind it and start over more loosely. Bunny tail at your own discretion.

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Lucky Rooster Charm

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Lucky Rooster Charm

I use an F hook, a K hook, a yarn needle to weave in the ends and sew the pieces in place, and Red Heart Super Saver Yarn. I’ve added the sunflower pattern below for the summertime rooster charm shown above as well. Both roosters are done with the same pattern and different colors.

~Hollow Shamrock~  

With an F hook:

Rnd 1: Ch 2, (sc, ch 10) three times into 2nd ch from hook. Sc again into the hook. Jn with a sl st in first sc.

Rnd 10: Along each leaf of 10 chains: Sl st 3 times, (sc, hdc, sc) into the next ch, sl st in next 2 chs, (sc, hdc, sc) into next ch, sl st in last 3 chs. Sl st into the next sc. Ch 6, sc in 2nd ch from hook. Sl st back up chain and jn with a sl st in the next sc. Fasten off.

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Rooster:

~Body~
With a K hook:
Rnd 1: Ch 2. 6sc into the 2nd ch from hook. Jn with a sl st in the first hdc. (6 sc)
Rnd 2: (Jn new color with a sl st in same place as join if you’re chainging colors.) Ch 1, 2sc in each st around. Jn with a sl st in first sc. (12 sc)
Rnd 3: Ch 1, 3hdc in each st around. Jn with a sl st in first hdc. (36 hdc)
Rnd 4: Ch 1, (hdc in next 4 sts, 2hdc) around. Jn with a sl st in first hdc. (42 hdc)

~Tail~
With an F hook:
Ch 6, sl st in 2nd ch from hook an in last 4 chs. Ch 9, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in last 7 chs. (Ch 11, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in last 9 chs) twice. Sl st 3 times across the bottom back to the beginning chain. Fasten off.
~Head~
Use an F hook. You’ll be working from the neck and then leaving a space for the beak, and then making the top of the head:
Ch 3, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in first ch. Ch 7, (hdc, dc, hdc) in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in next ch, (hdc, dc, hdc) in next ch, sl st in next ch. Fasten off. The two unworkd chains will be where the beak will be placed.

rooster tail and head

~Beak~
With an F hook, ch 3, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next chain. Fasten off and sew onto head.
~Legs~
With a K hook and leg color, ch 40. Fasten off. Leave enough yarn on each end of the chain to thread it through a button or bobble for decoration.

~Handle~
With a K hook again: Chain 60, jn with a sl st in the 30th ch from hook to make the handle. Join the bottom of the chain to the center of the leg-color chain strip by first threading it through the center of the rooster body. Knot it so that it will stay.

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~Rainbow~
Use an F hook.
*Work in the back loops only of the rounds of the rainbow.
*Jn with a sl st in first sc at the end of each round.

Rnd 1: Ch 2, 6sc in 2nd ch from hook. (6sc)
Rnd 2: 2sc in each st around. (12sc)
Rnd 3: Ch 1, 3sc in each st around. Jn with a sl st in first hdc. (36 sc)
Rnd 4: Ch 1, (sc in next 4 sts, 2sc) around. Jn with a sl st in first sc. (42 sc)
Rnd 5: Ch 1, (sc in next 5 sts, 2sc) around. Jn with a sl st in first sc.
Rnd 6: Ch 1, (sc in next 6 ss, 2sc) around. Jn with a sl st in first sc. Fasten off leaving a tail long enough to sew rainbow together around the edges when you fold it in half. Feed the handle through the center of the rainbow, then fold it in half and sew it in place

rainbow handle

~Clouds~
Make 4 with an F hook.
Ch 4, (hdc, 3dc, hdc) into 2nd ch from hook, sl st in next chain. (Dc, 3tr, dc, ch 2, sl st, hdc, 2dc, hdc) into last chain, pivoting work so that you can sl st into the middle chain. Then join the round with a sl st in very first sc.

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~Sunflower~

The sunflower is if you are making the sunflower rooster version for a summertime charm rather than a lucky charm.
With an F hook:
Rnd 1: Ch 2, in 2nd ch from hook, (sc, ch 2, sc in 2nd ch from hook) 6 times. Jn with a sl st in first sc.
Rnd 2: In this rnd and next 2 rnds, you will only be working in the single crochet stitches that were done in the round. Not the ch-2-sc-in-2nd-ch-from-hook stitches. (Sc, ch 2, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc) in each st around. Jn with a sl st in first sc.
Rnd 3: Switch to yellow and jn with a sl st in same st as join from Rnd 2. Ch 1. (Sc, ch 2, sc in 2nd ch from hook) in same st as join. (Sc, ch 2, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc) in next st. *(Sc, ch 2, sc in 2nd ch from hook) in next st, (sc, ch 2, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc) in next st. Repeat from * back around to first sc. Jn with a sl st in first sc.
Rnd 4: Ch 1, begining in same st as join, *(Sc, ch 2, sc in 2nd ch from hook) twice. (Sc, ch 2, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc) in next st. Repeat from * around. Jn with a sl st in first sc and fasten off. Sew Sunflower to chain.

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Head Over Heels Granny Heart Hat Crochet Pattern

This is my actual hat on my favorite mannequin head, but I colored in the face and hair to give her a more anime look.

This is my actual hat on my favorite mannequin head, but I colored in the face and hair to give her a more anime look.

*A note before getting started for experienced crocheters and/or designers: I use the same basic construction to make any kind of square lined hat. I’ll go into further detail below, but to sum it up quickly for other pattern designers eager to put their own twist to this: First I create squares and sew them side-by-side until the strip is wide enough to fit my head nicely. Then I join my yarn on each side of the joined square strip and I add a single stitch round on each side as a border for the squares. For the crown, I make a circle with each round getting progressively larger at an even rate until the hate is as wide as the head I’m creating it for is. After that I switch to making single stitch rounds until the crown is long enough so that when I attach it to the square strip I already created it is the right length. When I want a slouchy beanie, I repeat the single stitch rounds several times to make the hat longer. (If you want an elf type hat, you can also add single stitch rounds to the earlier rounds I describe below instead of waiting until you get to the single stitch rounds to repeat it for length.) This is the basics of how I design all my hats. When I don’t have a square strip to add to the hat, I simply keep going when I repeat the single stitch rounds after making the crown.

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Pattern for Head Over Heels Granny Heart Hat

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I use an F hook, a K hook, a yarn needle, and Red Heart Super Saver Yarn. My heart squares are 3 inches by 3 inches, and my head is 22 inches around. The Craftyghoul hat model I made is about the same as my head, so the hat fits me exactly like it fits this model. I’m an average size adult chick.

Granny Heart Square:

I used an F hook and Red Heart Super Saver Yarn. These hearts would also make cute blankets or used in the construction of kazillions of other things! My heart squares are 3 inches by 3 inches.

Rnd 1: With heart color: Ch 4, jn with a sl st in first ch to form a ring. Ch 1, (sc, ch 2) into ring 4 times. Jn with a sl st in first sc.

Rnd 2: Sl st to ch-2 space, (5dc, ch 1) in sc, sl st into next ch-2 space, ch 1, (5dc, ch 1) into next sc, sc into ch-2 space, ch 2, sk the sc stitch, dc into ch-2 space, ch 2, sk the sc stitch, sc in ch-2 space right before the sc where you added your first 5dc, (it might be hard to see is my I specify, but once you get the stitch in there it divideds the shape nicely), ch 1, jn with a sl st in first dc.Fasten off heart color.

Rnd 3: Jn background color in the back loop of the sc right after all the double crochets that have created both arches of the heart. Ch 2, (counts as first dc), 2dc into same back loop, ch 2, add another 3 dc into the same back loop. First corner created. Ch 1, and skip the corner ch-2 space altogether, sc in the back loop of the dc, ch 1, skip ch-2 space, (3dc, ch 2, 3dc) in the back loop of the sc, ch 1, sk first dc, (sc, hdc, dc) in back loop of next dc, ch 4, sk the next 3 dc, 3dc in the center corner where you sl stiched in Rnd 2 (basically you’re putting 3dc into that corner from Rnd 1), ch 4, sk next 3 dc, (dc, hdc, sc) in back loop of next dc, ch 1, jn with a sl st in first dc.

Rnd 4: Sl st to corner ch-2 space. Ch 2, (2dc, ch 2, 3dc, ch 1) into corner chain, sk next 3 dc, (3dc, ch 1) in center sc, sk next 3 dc, (3dc, ch 2, 3dc, ch 1) into corner chain, sk next 3 dc, (3dc, ch 1) into ch-1 space, sk next 3 sts, (3dc, ch 2, 3dc, ch 1) into corner, sk one dc, (3dc, ch 1) into the center dc, sk next dc, (3dc, ch 2, 3dc, ch 1) into corner chain, sk next 3 sts, (3dc, ch 1) in next ch-1 space. Jn with a sl st in first dc.

*Note: If the squares you choose are juuuust too short when you add them next to each other to go around your head, but too long if you add another square, just add a single or double crochet row or two to one of the ends of the strip to give it those few extra centimeters.

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For border:

For the border and the rest of the hat, I used a K hook and Red Heart Super Saver Yarn.

Jn with a sl st in the back loop of any stitch. Ch 2, working in back loops only around, dc in each stitch, skipping the ch-1 spaces. In each corner you will do a double crochet deacrease. So each square will have 9 dc stitches along it, and there will be one double crochet decrease stitch between each square to join them nice and snug. Jn with a sl st in first dc. Repeat this on the other side of the strip of squares.

For the second round along the bottom of the hat, continue to work in the back loops only if you want yours to look like mine, or you can work in the entire stitch if you prefer. Ch 1, hdc in same st, and in each st around. Jn with a sl st in first hdc.

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Crown of hat:

This is the same basic pattern I use for all of my hats. There is a repeating pattern to make each round a little wider, and when it gets to your specific preference for how wide, you then simply add double crochet rounds until the hat is as tall as you’d like it, either making it fit your head perfectly, or you can even add many more rounds to create a slouchy beanie! For a children’s hat, simply make less of the growing rounds before you start the repeating double crochet rounds.

Crown of the hat:
*Use a K hook and Red Heart Super Saver Yarn.
*On any rounds after I switch colors, I like to work in the back loops only of the round with the new color, but this isn’t necessary unless you also like the little ‘line’ that appears as a result as well. In this particular hat I used the same color on everything except the heart squares.
Rnd 1: Ch 4, join to form a ring. Ch 2, (counts as dc here and throughout pattern), 9dc in ring. Jn in first dc to close round here and at the end of each rnd. (10 dc)
Rnd 2: Ch 2, dc in same st, 2 dc in each st around. Join. (20 dc)
Rnd 3: Ch 2, 2 dc in next st, (dc, 2dc) around. Join. (30 dc)
Rnd 4: Ch 2, Dc in next st, 2 dc, (dc, dc, 2dc) around. Join. (40 dc)
Rnd 5: Ch 2, dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc, (dc, dc, dc, 2dc) around. Join. (50 dc)
Rnds 6: Ch 2, dc in next 3 sts, 2 dc, (dc, dc, dc, dc, 2dc) around. Join. (60 dc)
*Note: If you want the hat wider, you can add another round here of increasing before going on to Rnd 7. I stop at round six and rarely feel like I need to add around 7 at all, but sometimes the yarn or the size of squares I used will make me add another round or two. My head is about 22 inches around. You can continue the widening pattern with a round of: (dc in next 5 sts, 2dc in next st) around. If you are using a smaller hook and find that the hat isn’t even almost big enough, add another few rounds inthe same manner before continuing on to Rnd 7, which would look like this: (Dc in next 6 sts, 2 dc in next st) around. (Dc in next 7 sts, 2dc in next st) around… In the same way if the hat is getting too wide, you can stop at round 4 or 5 and skip straight to Rnd 7. That’s useful if you’re making a hat for a kiddo.

Rnd 7: Ch 2, dc in next st and around. Jn. Repeat this round until hat his desired length when you add the square strip of the hat) If you’re making a normal beanie, this will probably only be a round or two. I personally only add Rnd 7 and sometimes only one more round before I fasten off and leave a tail long enough to sew this crown to the bottom strip of squares. When I make a slouchy beanie, though, I add round 7 and then repeat Rnd 7 six or seven more times before fastening off and sewing the top to the bottom square strip.
* Sew the crown of the hat to the strip of squares with a yarn hook by weaving the needle in and out of the back (inside) loops. Fasten off and weave in ends.

 

This heart hat design was inspired by a Zelda heart necklace my hubby, Master Betty, got for me for Valentine’s Day! I put the necklace on my Craftyghoul model so you can see the it too!

heart hat and necklace

heart square hat left side facing

 

heart square hat back view

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Prayer Shawls, Comfort Wraps, Healing Shawls

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Prayer shawls, comfort wraps, healing shawls. They’re known by many names, and their definitions and uses are just as diverse: weddings, births, mourning, birthdays, home illnesses or hospital stays, welcoming gifts, rights of passage, and so much more! The feeling of wrapping yourself up in a shawl perfectly symbolizes the emotional and spiritual message you want to convey with the gift: comfort, warmth, security, peace…

The basics to know are that you, alone or with a group of people, make shawls and give them to someone for comfort, support, celebration, etc… Sometimes you will know the person the shawl will be going to, so you can personalize it greatly, or sometimes you and/or your group wants to make piles of shawls to hand out as necessity comes along.

In the case of prayer shawls, different groups have their suggested ways of going about the prayer part, and it can be quite interesting. I’ve read that some pray for an individual person before, during, and after making the shawl for them. Sometimes there are predetermined prayers made to cover a wide range of situations so that you can make the shawls and put those positive thoughts and your energy into the project before you even know who it’s for; or even if you’ll never know who it’s for. Other times I’ve read that making the shawl is a good time to listen to your Bible on audio and simply be in the spirit while working on it. Some even get a group together and have a bible study while they stitch away taking turns reading, leading, and stitching. I don’t think you can really go wrong here with the sweet intentions and focusing on your holy text. I think that making shawls for people in the first place is very thoughtful and kind, and any more love and concern you put into the project only deepens the experience in a healthy way for you and the recipient.

If you don’t know of a group in your area, or if this sounds like a fun project for you but you don’t really know how to zero in on where it’s needed, there are many established organizations out there you can join up with, and I’ll link to a few. These places will give you advice on what type of yarn to use, patterns, their favorite methods of prayer if that is involved, and their mission statements will let you know if they’re a place that speaks to your heart or not right away.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

The Blessing Center 

If you’re not so sure about committing to an unknown charity, or you feel that an organization is needed in your own home town or within your church, it is not very difficult to begin one on your own. If you are a busy person, you can always make a shawl here and there and give them to your church to give to anyone they feel needs the comfort. Pastor’s usually do a lot of visiting the sick and elderly, and they also are one of the first one’s to hear about when someone passes away and there are heartbroken family members in need of comfort. When people choose to do this individual style, they often times print out a little explanation about what a comfort shawl is and what went into it. For example, maybe the note would mention that you prayed for peace, God’s presence in the recipient’s life, or comfort, but be very careful what you put on there. You don’t want to say happy cliche things to someone who’s grieving and sad. It’s also never good to wind up sounding prophetic instead of just being a well-wisher. So…no promises about how things will look up, or if they wear the shawl good things will come to them and bad things won’t happen, or don’t say the next time the phone rings while they wear the shawl they’ll win a million dollars. Okay, so maybe that last part was obvious, but still…just be supportive in a calm, neutral kinda way. Lionbrand Yarn has a page with pointers about what to say with these notes, and they even have a downloadable card that you can print out and use for your project. I love how they phrase their advice on this topic. Check it out here.

Here is a note I organized that you can use as much as you need to print out or you can use the phrasing and organize it onto business cards. I made it with a white background, a black background, and a simple Times New Roman Font, and also a personalized looking font if you’d like that better. If you pick your own font, make sure it isn’t difficult to read, and again try and fit the situation. A party font might be odd for a somber situation:

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If you have more time on your hands, (or more yarn and a stitching addiction that leaves you elbow deep in shawls even after you’ve made one for everyone you know), then it’s a good time to begin looking around for someone who is always in the know of someone that needs comfort. Again I’d suggest looking to your church, but if you don’t go to a church, you can check women’s shelters, retirement homes, or even have a heart-to-heart with someone at the funeral home that can work as your eyes and ears with a stash of your shawls in their office ready to hand out to that one person that is so, so, so alone and looks like, more than anything, they could use some personal consolation. Oh, man…now I have to go watch a funny video to get that out of my mind. *Sniffle*  Sorry if that brought you down. Here, watch the trololol guy video, or the Re Dub of the Whistler Guy.

If you’re starting a group, or simply going for a few shawls on your own here and there, just remember to use soft, cuddly yarn, (my favorite for these types of projects is Lion Brand Homespun.) People like to be thought of, and they like free stuff. At least, that’s my impression of the world. For information on colors to symbolize certain awareness/support subjects, you can check out the awareness ribbon meaning chart on this wiki page for ideas!

I’ve also put together a lady wrapped in a shawl using the paint tool on my computer. I don’t mind if you use this image for charity purposes. There’s the gray background version at the beginning of this post, or you could even use it in the manner of a card:

prayer shawl art for craftyghoul card set up

I’m going to include lot’s of links to FREE shawl patterns that I’ve found in different places online. You can click on the image to take you to the pattern. Some of these were labeled as prayer/comfort shawls, and others I added because they look similar enough to me to be used as a simple shawl for the purpose. I’m also adding several shawls/wraps that have extra little details, trim, and a more complicated pattern in case the situation you’re making the shawl for isn’t for a somber subject. The right color combination and type of yarn can turn tons of patterns into the perfect shawl for a particular situation, or even make them a nice neutral shawl to be used as needed. Personally, I’m a lazy crocheter and like instant gratification, so when I choose patterns I pick ones that look like they use larger, more spread out stitches so that I can make the project more quickly. I get excited to do a project, then I’m excited to finish it and see how it turns out too! If something takes too long I lose focus, but many crocheters adore putting those finer touches on their work, and it really shows in your finished project! If you’re not sure which type of shawl pattern to choose, just go for simple. If someone is sick or elderly and you think they might get tangled in a larger/longer wrap, go for the smaller shoulder wrap variety. You don’t want to gift a tiny little ol’ lady a 6 foot shawl that she’ll wind up tripping over and putting her right back in the hospital just after her last broken hip healed! If you feel the recipient needs warmth and comfort, though, they might want something that will swallow them up so they can hide in it. Be confident with you decisions, for all you need is a little empathy to make an appropriate choice, and if you’re not sure you can choose a plain variety that is a medium size. You can do this! 🙂

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Other cute designs for random occasions:

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