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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The Vest is Yet to Come

Actually, the vest is finally finished but I couldn’t come up with a pun for that.

The torso of a woman wearing a green rib knit vest with a single green button at center neck, blue from hem, and blue crochet edging over a grey long sleeve shirt and black pants standing in a garden.

This vest came about because I had a variety of green yarn in similar weights sitting around in my stash. I wanted to do something with it, so I opened up my 101 Designer One-Skein Wonders book and searched through until I found something that matched the approximate weight category.

The front of a green knit vest with blue hem and crochet edging and a single green button at the center neck laying on a light wood floor.

The Simple Mistake Rib Vest by Karen J. Minott fit the bill perfectly. I didn’t end up having enough of the green (though I did try to gauge it by knitting with the rest of the yarn in pattern for enough stitches for the front. I did not take into account the neckline increases and fooled myself into thinking I had enough), so I added some blue at the bottom front since the vest is knit from the bottom back hem up and over to the front hem. I did both front panels at the same time so they would run out of yarn at the same time, and also because shirts take a long time and I would’ve procrastinated even more if I had to do another front panel after finishing the first one.

The back of a green knit vest with blue crochet edging laying on a light wood floor.

To tie it all together (and because I was already out of green yarn) I worked the crocheted edging all around the neck, hem, and armholes in the blue yarn. The edging is only called for on the neckline, but I thought it would look less out of place or like I had run out of yarn if I added it to the bottom and arms. I also sewed the side seams with that blue yarn, even though you don’t see it as much from the outside.

Close up of two buttons sewn together on the edge of a green knit vest with blue crochet edging.

To make the button more stable, I used two of the same button to sandwich the edge and make it sturdy.

All in all, this is a great stash-busting pattern. I would say if you have a bunch of yarn in the same weight but different colors, striping them in could make a really nice vest with this pattern. Or you could always just use the same yarn throughout and have a really polished garment.