Hippo Earflap Beanie

Hippo Earflap Beanie

I love crochet animal hats and crochet character hats, like this Hippo Earflap Beanie. Back in 2011, I created what felt like a million character hats, and amazingly enough not only was I able to reduce a bunch of debt I had but provide an amazing Christmas for my kids. And let’s be honest, they are fun to make, and kids and adults love to wear them. Not only are they great for Halloween but they can be worn anytime you like!

Materials:
Hook: H (5.00mm)
Medium worsted weight yarn – I use Vanna’s Choice or Impeccable Yarn!
Fiberfill (optional)

Terms:
ch: chain
st: stitch
slst: slip stitch
sc: single crochet
hdc: half double crochet
dc: double crochet
tr: triple crochet
hdc2tog: hdc crochet two stitches together (decrease) dc2tog: dc crochet two stitches together (decrease
( ): repeat around
{ }: total number of stitches

Instructions:
Ch 4, join with sl st to form ring.
Round 1: ch 1, 9 sc in ring; join with sl st in first sc {9 sc}
Round 2: ch 3 (counts as dc from here forward), dc in joining space, (2dc in each sc) {20 dc} Round 3: ch 3, dc in joining space, dc in next dc, (2dc in next dc, dc in next dc {30 dc}
Round 4: ch 3, dc in joining space, dc in next two dc, (2dc in next dc, dc in next two dc) {40 dc} Round 5: ch 3, dc in joining space, dc in next three dc, (2dc in next dc, dc in next three dc) {50 dc} Round 6: ch 3, dc in joining space, dc in next 4 dc, (2dc in next dc, dc in next 4 dc) {60 dc}
Round 7-18: ch 3, (dc in each dc) {60 dc}
Fasten off.

EARFLAP
From final joining space count 9 st around the left side. Attach yarn (with the outside of the hat facing you);
Row 1: ch 3, dc in next 10 st {10 dc}
Row 2: ch 3, turn, dc2tog, dc in next 6 st, dc2tog {8 dc}
Row 3: ch 3, turn, dc2tog, dc in next 4 st, dc2tog {6 dc}
Row 4: ch 3, turn, dc2tog, dc in next 2 st, dc2tog {4 dc}
Fasten off, if you are going to add a tassel you can leave a tail if not weave in.
For the second earflap, count 21 st to the right (from the back seam), attach yarn, and repeat earflap directions.

With pink colors, sc around hat and earflaps. Ears – Make 2

With pink color
Row 1: chain 6- hdc in second chain and hdc in next 4 ch st, ch 1 – turn
Row 2: hdc in each st across, ch 1 – turn
Row 3: 2 hdc in first st, hdc across, 2 hdc in last st, ch 1 – turn Row 4: hdc across, ch 1 – turn
Row 5: hdc2tog, hdc across to last 2 st and hdc2tog, ch 1 – turn Row 6: hdc across, finish off.

With gray color – make 2 ears.
Crochet the same as the pink color. Hold two pieces together and sc around to join.

Eyes – Make 2

With black, ch 2
Round 1: 6 hdc in first chain {6 hdc}, fasten off.
Round 2: Join with white and 2 hdc in each stitch {12 hdc}

Snout/Nose/Mouth

With pink, chain 20
Row 1: Dc in 3rd chain from hook and dc across, ch 3, turn
Row 2: Dc across, ch 3, turn
Row 3: dc2tog, dc across to last 2 st, dc2tog
Row 4: Dc across, ch 3, turn
Row 5: dc2tog, dc across to last 2 st, dc2tog
Row 6: Dc across, ch 3, turn
Row 7: dc2tog, dc across to last 2 st, dc2tog

Sew on all parts to hat base – use photo as a guide. The Snout/Nose/Mouth can be stuffed with fiberfill to give it some dimension. Weave in all loose ends of yarn.

Teeth (make 2)

With white, join to the longer part of the pink piece. The placement of the teeth is up to you – close together or further apart.

Row 1: after join, sc in the same space, sc 2 more, ch 1, turn {3}, ch 1, turn {3}, fasten off. {3}
Row 2: sc across, ch 1, turn {3}
Row 3: sc across, fasten off. {3}

Nostrils: Embroider with gray 2 nostrils on the top of the pink piece (see picture)

Making Tassels

Cut chosen yarn for tassels about 40 inches in length. You could go longer if you want – I don’t recommend shorter because braiding will reduce the size a little. Depending on how many colors you want into your tassels will decide the number of strands you need. Remember that it needs to be able to be divided by 3 if you are braiding them so you can have the right proportions for the braid.

Each tassel:
2 colors: hold 2 strands together and cut equal pieces 6 or 12 times 3 colors: hold 3 strands together and cut equal pieces 6 times. Fold the yarn in half; put on hook pull through earflap; pull tails through the loop Pull tight Braid or finish however you prefer

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Please do not copy and/or redistribute this pattern as your own – you can share the link or link into a blog post as long as credit is given back to me. You may make this top to sell it, again all I ask is that you link back to me, thanks! If you have any questions, please email me at contact at petramonaco dot com

The V-Stitch Pattern

The V-Stitch Pattern

The V-Stitch pattern is what I am using a blanket pattern that I will be sharing inside of the Crochet Academy that is to come in the coming weeks. It’s easy and simple that you could create squares for a blanket or use the pattern for a washcloth – which is one of my favorite patterns.

The V-Stitch pattern can be made flat for blankets, shawls, and shirts. It can also be made curly for borders, flowers, fluffy scarfs, or novelty decorations. You can use single crochet, double crochet, half-double crochet, and treble crochet – just depending on what kind of look you’re going after!

Materials:

Hook: G (4.25mm)
Medium worsted weight yarn

Terms:

slst: slip stitch
ch: chain
st: stitch
sc: single crochet
dc: double crochet
V-St: V-Stitch

The V-stitch: To complete each V-stitch, work 1 dc st, 1 ch st, and 1 more dc st in the same chain or space. 

To get started with this create your slst and ch 50

Row 1: DC in 5th ch from hook (counts as first V-st); *sk 2 chs, V-st in next ch; rep from * across; ch 4 (counts as a dc, ch 1), turn.

Row 2: DC in first ch-1 sp; *V-st in ch-1 sp of next V-st; rep from * across, end with V-st in last sp; ch 4, turn.

Repeat row 2 for pattern until you’ve reached your desired size.

Once you’ve mastered this pattern you can start creating your own blankets and scarves as mentioned earlier.

Begin with a chain multiple of 3+2 and then just follow the pattern as mentioned above.

V-Stitch made with a single crochet and cotton yarn for wash cloth

A quick note, if you want to be notified when the Crochet Academy opens, I invite you to the Crochet Bistro – where you can get started with some of the crochet basics and get access to the crochet stitch library.

Leprechaun and Shamrock for your car

Leprechaun and Shamrock for your car

St. Patrick’s day is around the corner and this Leprechaun and Shamrock for your car is a cute decoration to hang of your review mirror. You could even leave a side of the leaves open and add a piece of terra cotta with a drop of essential oil.

Material:

Sugar n’ Cream Solids:
White 1 ball
Green 1 ball
Caron Simply Soft – Chocolate 1 skein

Leprechaun Head

With white, ch 2.
1st rnd: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Join with sl st to
first sc.
2nd rnd: Ch 1. 2 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc. 12 sc.
3rd rnd: Ch 1. *2 sc in next sc. 1 sc in next sc. Rep from * around. Join with sl st to first sc. 18 sc.
4th rnd: Ch 1. *2 sc in next sc. 1 sc in each of next 2 sc. Rep from * around. Join with sl st to first sc. 24 sc.
5th rnd: Ch 1. *2 sc in next sc. 1 sc in each of next 3 sc. Rep from * around. Join with sl st to first sc. 30 sc.**
6th rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc. Rep last rnd 6 times more.
Next rnd: Ch 1. *Draw up a loop in each of next 2 sc. Yoh and draw through all loops on hook – sc2tog made. 1 sc in each of next 3 sc. Rep from * around. Join with sl st to first sc. 24 sc.
Next rnd: Ch 1. *Sc2tog over next 2 sc. 1 sc in each of next 2 sc. Rep from * around. Join with sl st to first sc. 18 sc.
Stuff Head.
Next rnd: Ch 1. *Sc2tog over next 2 sc. 1 sc in next sc. Rep from * around. Join with sl st to first sc. 12 sc.
Next rnd: Ch 1. *Sc2tog over next 2 sts. Rep from * around.
Join with sl st to first st. Fasten off. 6 sc.

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Hat

With Green, ch 2.
1st rnd: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Join with sl st to first sc.
2nd rnd: Ch 1. 2 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc.
3rd rnd: Ch 1. 2 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc
4th rnd: Ch 1. *1 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc.


5th rnd: Ch 1. Working in back loops only, 1 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc.
6th rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc.
7th rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc.
8th rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc.
9th rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc.
10th rnd: Ch 1. Working in front loops only, *2 sc in next sc. 1 sc in each of next 2 sc. Rep from* around. Join with sl st to first sc. 32 sc.
11th rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc. Fasten off.

Crochet a chain to desired length to attach leprechaun and shamrock. Attach the chain to the inside of the head before stuffing and sewing hat to head.

Finishing the Leprechaun

Stuff Hat lightly, sew to top of Head as shown in picture. With Black yarn, embroider eyes and mouth. Use acrylic yarn to attach and create the beard and hair for the leprechaun. I used Caron simply soft, latch-hooked it on and tied it in a knot. When finished I combed the yarn to create wavy beard and hair.

Four Leaf Clover (Make 8)
Row 1: ch 2, 2 sc in second ch from hook: 2 sc
Row 2: ch 1, turn, 2 sc in next 2 sc: 4 sc
Row 3: ch 1, turn, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc: 6 sc
Row 4: ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across- 6 sc
Row 5: ch 1, turn, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc: 8 sc
Row 6: ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across- 8 sc
Row 7: ch 1, turn, skip 1, (sc, hdc, dc) in next sc, (dc, hdc, sc) in next sc, sl st in next sc, ch 1, skip 1, (sc, hdc, dc) in next sc, (dc, hdc, sc) in next sc, sl st in next sc, finish off.

Sew 4 leaves together to shape shamrock; this gives you 2 shamrock leaves. Then sew together the shamrock leaves to create a pillow, fill with fiberfill as you go. Attach the open end of the crochet chain to the shamrock leaves.

Crochet – A Love Story

Crochet – A Love Story

This is a story about crochet – a love story if you will. Here I was, at 17 – 6-weeks pregnant and my then partner with orders to the United States. Yep, I was dating an American Soldier. But what you may not know is that up until that point I was out all the time – all hours of the night. No, 16-year-olds don’t always make smart decisions when fending for themselves in a world that feels like it has thrown you to the wolves.

I remembered in 7th grade that I learned the basics of crochet but at 13 that was grandma’ stuff and I didn’t have time for it. And yet, here I was, fascinated with the things one could do with a hook and some yarn. I went out to the store, got supplies and books to help me learn how to crochet – it was pre-internet and pre-camera (so no pictures, sorry!) for me.

Next thing was that I created doilies and placemats which later evolved to afghans and more. I started searching what else I could do, what new stitch I could learn, or a new skill I could add.

crochet - a love story
Tree + Owl Granny Stitch Blanket

And that hobby that kept me off the streets, became a right-down obsession and perhaps even a little bit of addiction to all things yarn (I think I have about 7 or 8 Rubbermaid tubs of yarn right now).  And seriously, there’s something nothing better to binge-watch your favorite TV show and create that handmade gift for a family member or a friend.

My very first personalized gift was a placemat made from filet crochet that had the names of the couple incorporated. I then learned the tunisian stitch and made my son a blanket with dinosaurs (the kid was obsessed with them).

There are times where I don’t touch the hook or yarn for weeks and sometimes months, but every time I come back to it, I remember why I started and what it has given me. It has kept me safe and home at nights where I normally would have been out and about until 2 or 3 in the morning. It has given me life because without it, who knows where I would be.

Crochet Bistro

This is my journey – crochet – a love story that I now get to share with you and it all starts with the Crochet Bistro.

When you sign up, you will get access to the mini-course, where you get to learn how to get started with crochet, the hooks. the yarn and the measurements as well as access to the crochet stitch library.

Caterpillar and Flower Pattern

Caterpillar and Flower Pattern

A fun little toy set for any little one that loves a caterpillar and flower. Replaces the button eyes for yarn made ones to avoid choking hazards.

Materials:

Hook: G (4.25mm)
Medium worsted weight yarn
Stitch marker, Safety Eyes
Fiberfill

Gauge: not needed I did use a hook size smaller than recommended for the yarn to create a fabric that does not show the fiberfill

Caterpillar, flower stem and center of flower are worked in the round

Terms:

ch: chain
st: stitch
slst: slip stitch
sc: single crochet
hdc: half double crochet
dc: double crochet
tr: triple crochet
dec: decrease
( ): repeat around
{ }: total number of stitches

Caterpillar

Head:

Ch 2, 6 sc in 1st chain
Round 2: 2 sc in each sc (12)
Round 3: sc around
Round 4: 2 sc in sc, sc * repeat around (18)
Round 5: sc around
Round 6: 2 sc in sc,  sc in next 2  * repeat around (24)
Round 7: sc around
Round 8: 2 sc in sc, sc in next 3 sc * repeat around (30)
Round 9: sc around
Round 10: 2 sc in sc, sc in next 4 sc * repeat around (36)
Round 11: sc around
Round 12: 2 sc in sc, sc in next 5 sc * repeat around (42)
Round 13-15: sc around
Round 16: dec, sc in next 5 sc * repeat around
Round 17: dec, sc in next 4 sc * repeat around
Round 18: dec, sc in next 3 sc * repeat around. Add safety eyes and stuff head.
Round 19: dec, sc in next 2 sc * repeat around
Round 20: dec, sc in next 1 sc * repeat around
Round 21: dec around and close

Eyelids (make 2):

Chain 5,
Sc in each (4)
Ch 1, sc in each (4)
Sew over safety eyes

Nose:

Ch 2, 6 sc in 1st chain.
Sc in each sc, fasten off and sew on head.

Antenna:

Ch 2, 4 sc in 1st chain
2 sc in each sc
Dec around (color change)
Sc around for 3 to 4 rows, stuff and sew on the head.

Body:

Ch 2, 6 sc in 1st chain
Round 2: 2 sc in each sc
Round 3: 2 sc in sc, sc * repeat around
Round 4: 2 sc in sc,  sc in next 2  * repeat around
Round 5: 2 sc in sc, sc in next 3 sc * repeat around
Round 6: 2 sc in sc, sc in next 4 sc * repeat around
Round 7: 2 sc in sc, sc in next 5 sc * repeat around
Round 8: (color change) sc around
Round 9: dec, sc in next 5 sc * repeat around
Round 10: dec, sc in next 4 sc * repeat around
Round 11: dec, sc in next 3 sc * repeat around
Round 12: (color change) sc around.

Round 13: 2 sc in sc, sc in next 3 sc * repeat around
Round 14: 2 sc in sc, sc in next 4 sc * repeat around
Round 15: 2 sc in sc, sc in next 5 sc * repeat around
Round 16: (color change) sc around
Round 17: dec, sc in next 5 sc * repeat around
Round 18: dec, sc in next 4 sc * repeat around
Round 19: dec, sc in next 3 sc * repeat around
Round 20: (color change) sc around.
Round 21: 2 sc in sc, sc in next 3 sc * repeat around
Round 22: 2 sc in sc, sc in next 4 sc * repeat around
Round 23: 2 sc in sc, sc in next 5 sc * repeat around
Round 24: dec, sc in next 5 sc * repeat around
Round 25: dec, sc in next 4 sc * repeat around
Round 26: dec, sc in next 3 sc * repeat around
Round 27: dec, sc in next 2* repeat around
Round 28: (color change) sc around
Round 29: 2 sc in sc, sc in next 2 sc* repeat around
Round 30: 2 sc in sc, sc in next 3 sc * repeat around
Round 31: 2 sc in sc, sc in next 4 sc * repeat around
Round 32: dec, sc in next 4 sc * repeat around
Round 33: dec, sc in next 3 sc * repeat around
Round 34: dec, sc in next 2 sc * repeat around
Round 35: dec, sc in next 1 sc * repeat around. Stuff body.
Round 36: dec around,  fasten off and sew closed.

Flower

Stem

Ch 2, 6 sc in 1st chain
Round 2: 2 sc in each sc (12)
Round 3: 2 sc in sc, sc * repeat around (18)
Round 4: 2 sc in sc,  sc in next 2  * repeat around (24)
Round 5: 2 sc in sc, sc in next 3 sc * repeat around (30)
Round 6: 2 sc in sc, sc in next 4 sc * repeat around (36)
Round 7: 2 sc in sc, sc in next 5 sc * repeat around (42)
Round 8: Sc in back loops
Round 9-11: sc around
Round 12: sc in 22 st dec, sc in 22 st dec
Round 13: sc in 11 st, dec, sc in nexr 20 st, dec, sc in 11 st
Round 14-16: sc around
Round 17-19: sc in 20 st, dec, sc in 20 st, inc
Round 20-22: sc around
Round 23: dec, sc in 19 st, dec, sc in 20 st
Round 24: sc in 10 st, dec – sc in 17 st, dec, sc in 10 st
Round 25: sc in 18 st, dec, sc in 17 st, dec
Round 26-28: dec, sc in 17 st, inc, sc in 17 st
Round 29-31: sc around
Round 32: dec, sc in 17 st, dec, sc in 16 st
Round 33: dec, sc in 16 st, dec, sc in 15 st
Round 34: dec, sc in 15 st, dec, sc in 14 st
Round 35-37: sc around, fasten off, and stuff.

Flower Petals

Ch 2, 6 sc in 1st chain
Round 2: 2 sc in each sc (12)
Round 3: 2 sc in sc, sc * repeat around (18)
Round 4: 2 sc in sc, sc in next 2  * repeat around (24)
Round 5: 2 sc in sc, sc in next 3 sc * repeat around (30)
Round 6: 2 sc in sc, sc in next 4 sc * repeat around (36)
Round 7: 2 sc in sc, sc in next 5 sc * repeat around
Round 8: sc around in back loops
Round 9: 2 sc in each sc (12)
Round 10: dec, sc * repeat around (18)
Round 11: dec, sc in next 2  * repeat around (24)
Round 12: dec, sc in next 3 sc * repeat around (30)
Round 13: dec, sc in next 4 sc * repeat around (36)
Round 14: dec, sc in next 5 sc * repeat around
Stuff a bit and sew closed.

Petals are crocodile stitch

Bottom row below back loops round
Row 1: 2 dc, ch 2* repeat every third sc –
Row 2: 5 dc around first post (dc) and 5 dc around second post.
Row 3: 2 dc, chain 4* repeat in every 6st in the back loops
Row 4: 5 dc around first post (dc) and 5 dc around second post.
Row 5: slst around in back loops

Crochet Criss-Cross Summer Top

Crochet Criss-Cross Summer Top

Grab a crochet hook and start making this criss-cross summer top. There’s nothing better than a crochet top in summer. They’re light, they’re airy, and can show off your own personal style.

Material:

3-Ply Yarn – you will work with 2 strands

Hook size: F (3.75 mm)

Ch = chain
Sc = single crochet

Hdc = half double crochet
Db = double crochet
Tr = triple crochet
Inc tr = increase triple crochet

Pattern Stitch:

  • sk sc next sc – tr in next stitch – tr in sk stitch in front – repeat Stitches will cross like this: X

Gauge is not important for this top as it is designed to be adjustable to your size. If you want to substitute a heavier worsted yarn you need to reduce the starting chain by a few stitches. Please note, you may need to increase the starting chain depending on your bust size – but the process will be the same throughout!

Bust

Measure your bust!!!
Using the F hook, Ch 26 (28, 30, 32)

Row 1: hdc in 2nd ch from hook and all remaining sts, turn. Row 2: Ch 2, hdc in all sts, turn.

Repeat rows 2 until you have a long strip that can fit around your bust comfortably, or measure around your bust and crochet the strip to that length. Do not cut yarn. Fold the stripe in half and slip stitch together. Turn RS – ch 1, sc evenly around, join with slst to first sc.

Top

Row 1: Ch 2. Sc around the top of the strip previously created (1 sc should fit in each row), sl st into first ch2.

Row 2 – 5: chain 4, *sk sc next sc – tr in next stitch – tr in sk stitch in front* repeat to the last stitch. Depending on the number of stitches – you may have one extra stitch – tr into the stitch and join with slst to chain 4.

Row 6 (inc): Lay the top with the seam from bust in the middle and place a stitch marker on each side to mark place for increase stitches. Continue with pattern until stitch marker – sk sc, 2 tr in next stitch, 2 tr in sk stitch in front of last tr. Continue with pattern until stitch maker and repeat increase stitch.

Row 7 – 12: Repeat row 2 through 5

Row 13: Repeat Row 6

Continue this pattern until you have reached desired length of the top.

Bottom edge:

ch 2, hdc around – repeat once more, finish off.

Straps:

From the center seam, measure 4 inches on each side and place marker. Note* for me that was where I wanted the straps for me – you may want to place them further apart.

Join with sl st at marker on the front of the top. Ch 2, hdc evenly around edging, join with sl st.

Ch 2, hdc in next 2 stitches, turn, ch 2 – repeat until strap measures desired length. This top its 12”, finish off leaving thread to sew strap to the back of the top.

Repeat for the 2nd strap.

Congrats! You have now completed your Criss-Cross Summer Top!

Love the Criss-Cross Summer Top but don’t know how to crochet? No worries, email me and I will be happy to make it for you!

Please do not copy and/or redistribute this pattern as your own – you can share the link or link into a blog post as long as credit is given back to me. You may make this top to sell it, again all I ask is that you link back to me, thanks! If you have any questions, please email me at contact at petramonaco dot com