Crocheted Cross Stitches

May I present to you the Cross Stitched Beanie! The lovely Ila Quinn of Ila Quinn Designs created this pattern to combine her love of crochet and cross stitch, and it does so beautifully.

I had the pleasure of testing this design before its release, and I created two versions of it. The first is this one in a two-tone pattern in Lion Brand Oh Baby Organic:

And the second is is this one made of the original Cozy Cotton Cloud DK from Fuzzy Whatknots, specifically the Rainbow on a Cloudy Day color:

Pattern specifics: This pattern calls for 200-300 yards of DK weight yarn and a 5.5mm crochet hook. You can also add an optional pom-pom, either yarn or faux fur, if you are so inclined. Obviously I added one to each hat. It is written in four sizes by band measurement, small at 18 inches, medium at 20 inches, large at 22 inches, and extra large at 24 inches. Mine are both the medium size, which gives me negative 2 inches ease.

More specifics on these projects: The pink and blue hat used 65 grams/ 234 yards of Lion Brand Oh Baby Organic in pink and turquoise (not including the pom-pom). The gary and rainbow hat used the full 100 grams/ 218 yards of Cozy Cotton Cloud DK plus 5 grams/ 21.8 yards of Knit Picks Comfy Fingering because I ran out a round and a half before the end. It is easily covered by the pom-pom.

The instructions in the pattern, especially the instructions for the crossed stitches, are very easy to follow and very clear. I would probably suggest an intermediate knowledge of crochet to be able to work the pattern easily. It’s a very quick make, as well. Each hat only took me about 4 hours to finish, and the finished product is very comfy, especially made in the Cotton Cloud.

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Sleeves!

Last week I wrote about the vest I had recently finished, and this week I’ve made sleeves without a shirt body.

It all started when Sam Hermes of Little Bud Creations saw something very random Zara had come out with. It was a bodiless jumper that she felt compelled to recreate. Enough people also wanted to make it that she wrote up the pattern, and now I’ve made one myself.

Unfortunately, I didn’t bother to weigh anything, so I can’t tell you specifics. But what I can tell you is the sleeves themselves are crocheted in DMC Natura cotton and the cuffs and collar are Knit Picks Stroll Brights. The collar and cuffs are shortened slightly, just because I was using stash yarn and ran out of the blue in the middle of a round, so I shortened the cuffs to match.

I made the size large to go over sleeves in California winter weather (and because I know nothing about UK sizing and kind of just winged it), but now I’m thinking I need to make a second one in a smaller size and different fiber content for going over t-shirts at the ball park near sun down.

I love how the cotton makes the sleeves so drapey and flowy. If parties or concerts ever become a thing again, I can definitely see wearing this to something in the winter.

If you want to make one of your own (the colors don’t have to be quite so loud, her original was more pastel and only had three different colors), you can find it on Lovecrafts here. And don’t forget to go check out her Instagram because she makes amazing crochet designs all the time.


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Two hands in blue Tunisian crocheted gloves holding a coffee cup, slightly backlit.

Ribbling Mitts

Don’t know how I missed it, but I have recently discovered Ribblr, a crochet, knitting, sewing and Tunisian crochet crafting platform with a new form of interactive e-pattern that translates, highlights, and lets you mark off your progress. I’ve already transferred two of my patterns into e-patterns on Ribblr, which you can find in my Ribblr shop.

In my exploring around this new platform, I came across a very cool pair of gloves made in Tunisian crochet. I had never seen Tunisian crochet used for anything other than a blanket, so I immediately set about finding a yarn to create the gloves.

This pattern is Perfect Fingerless Gloves by Hayley Joanne Robinson. It’s currently free at the time of this posting.

A pair of blue Tunisian crocheted gloves lay on a laptop keyboard. One is dark blue with a light blue thumb and the other is light blue with a dark blue thumb.

I had two colors of Knit Picks Comfy yarn that complemented each other, but neither were enough to make a full pair. So I decided instead to make each glove in one of the colors and add the other color in for the thumb so it’s a coordinating pair.

The only modifications I made were the color change in the thumbs and slip stitching the seams instead of sewing them.

Two hands in blue Tunisian crocheted gloves holding a coffee cup, slightly backlit.

I’d say this pattern is great if you are looking to learn more Tunisian crochet. It was super easy to follow and perfect for a beginner.

I know a lot of us are not using Ravelry right now, so if you are looking for a new way to buy or sell patterns, go check out Ribblr. Their pattern editor is super easy to use, so it might even be an easier way to start designing and selling patterns if you have been intimidated by figuring out how to write patterns.


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