Goat Earflap Beanie
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Goat Earflap Beanie

This goat earflap beanie is not only fun to make but fun to wear! 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! Terms: ch: chainst: stitchslst: slip stitchsc: single crochethdc: half double crochetdc: double crochettr: triple crochetsc2tog: sc 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)…

Spider Stitch Halter Top
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Spider Stitch Halter Top

Elevate your summer wardrobe with this Spider Stitch halter top and crochet this top giving it an airy flow for those hot summer days. Material: Bramwell Duo Magic Cone Yarn (yarn has been discontinued)   Substitute 3-ply acrylic – though you might be able to find some Bramwell online.  You will be working with 2 strands at a time!   Hook size: F (3.75 mm)  Ch = chain Sc = single crochet Dc = double crochet CL = Cluster  Bra – Make 2 Triangles  Ch 5 and join with sl st in the ring. Row 1: ch 3, 6 dc, * ch 3, 7 dc*, from * till * repeat once more, ch 3, join with sl st in ther 3rd ch at the beginning  Row 2: ch 3, 6 dc in next 6 dc, * 2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc in 3-ch space, 7dc in next 7 dc*, from * till * repeat once more, 2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc in last 3-ch…

Hippo Earflap Beanie
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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: chainst: stitchslst: slip stitchsc: single crochethdc: half double crochetdc: double crochettr: triple crochethdc2tog: hdc crochet two stitches together (decrease) dc2tog: dc crochet two stitches together (decrease( ): repeat around{ }: total…

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 stitchch: chainst: stitchsc: single crochetdc: double crochetV-St: V-Stitch The V-stitch: To…

Leprechaun and Shamrock for your car
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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 ballGreen 1 ballCaron Simply Soft – Chocolate 1 skein Leprechaun Head With white, ch 2.1st rnd: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Join with sl st tofirst 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….

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…

Caterpillar and Flower Pattern
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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 yarnStitch marker, Safety EyesFiberfill 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: chainst: stitchslst: slip stitchsc: single crochethdc: half double crochetdc: double crochettr: triple crochetdec: decrease( ): repeat around{ }: total number of stitches Caterpillar Head: Ch 2, 6 sc in 1st chainRound 2: 2 sc in each sc (12)Round 3: sc aroundRound 4: 2 sc in sc, sc * repeat…

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 = chainSc = single crochet Hdc = half double crochetDb = double crochetTr = triple crochetInc 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…

Pink is the color of Love

Pink is the color of Love

If you’ve been following my 30-day blog series for March so far then you’ll know I’ve recently written about my favorite colors. And while I am a huge fan of purple and teal that doesn’t mean I don’t like other colors. Pink is the universal color of love and my favorite combination is either pink, white and red or pink, white and black. Like this Sweetheart’s Granny Square Crochet blanket. It drapes and wraps beautifully, and at 46″ by 34″  inches is sized for use as either as a small afghan, a large lapghan or toddler blanket. As someone who loves punk and heavy metal music, I know that I can’t be the only one that appreciates a little bit of skull work! And pink,…

The Hexagon Crochet Blanket

The Hexagon Crochet Blanket

Overall I’ve been crocheting since 1992 but in the last few years I had lacked the inspiration and motivation. I was trying to find my footing in the world specifically as I was building another business. I’ve been so focused on making a name in this world that I allowed the parts that make me, well me, fall to the wayside. And then gifts from heaven found me and I am trying to get all the work done for The Rebels Den so that I have time to create. And I am in this place where all things have come full circle, everything I’ve done the last 15 years now makes sense and I can finally find what I prefer to call harmony rather than…