What’s on My Hook – Accidental Spiral Slouch Pattern Hat

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Accidental Spiral Slouch Hat with Pom PomIt’s Wednesday.

One of the ways I plan on tackling my goal of posting twelve blog posts a month, AND sharing what I have completed or will complete for crocheting projects throughout the year is on Wednesday’s, I hope to post “What’s on My Hook” posts.

Much like the “Hookin’ on Hump Day” trend that Moogly and Petals to Picots started, I hope to highlight my crocheted projects, whether completed or not, on a regular basis – primarily on Wednesday’s!  (Hence the catchy title….)

This week I’m showing off my latest hat using the Accidental Spiral Slouch Pattern.  (The link takes you to Ravelry.)

My pattern notes/changes:

  • Overall, the pattern is written very well.
  • I know I didn’t follow the pattern she wrote exactly, and I modified the body of the hat by doing a fptc working on the row below, not on two rows below as described in her pattern.
  • I didn’t make the hat as slouchy as described in her pattern.
  • I also did six rows of hdc’s (half double crochet’s) for the brim.
  • I used an acrylic yarn I had in my stash, and oh do I think I’ll be doing this pattern again. yarn used for my accidental spiral hat
  • It probably took me about 4 hours to complete this hat, and as you can see, I added a pom pom to brighten up the top of the hat.

Thanks for checking this crocheted item out! Accidental Spiral Hat with Pom pom

I found the link itself on Ravelry, after searching for things with the word ‘spiral’ in them.

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Why I enjoy Halloween

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Believe me, I’m not going to get all philosophical on you.

THAT IS SO NOT MY THING.

You can read a ton of other blogs on how Christians “should” view Halloween, or how Halloween was started out as a pagan holiday and all the rest of the “you decide” type of blog posts that get you thinking about something that’s supposed to be something fun in America, that in my opinion, some people take way too seriously.

That’s not what I’m about so I’m just going to get to the point:

I really enjoy Halloween.

What I don’t like about it –

Zombies, bloody corpses of any kind, and things that imply our individual, impending death, etc.

What I do like about it –

Kids thinking about all the things they could be.

Kids dreaming about being someone else, even if it’s for just one evening.

Planning and preparing and getting ready for just one special evening with my kids.

Okay, I really LOVE the last one!

My oldest probably has three, maybe four years left to go trick-or-treating before he gets to old and believe me, I remember this every year!

Happy Halloween from DeAndrasCrafts

Halloween 2013 of DeAndrasCrafts kids.


 We’ve been preparing for Halloween at our house.

I start Halloween talk in late August after my birthday by simply asking my children what they want to be for Halloween.  Usually and thankfully that leads to all kinds of discussions, mainly about characters that are “in” right now, and what might make a good costume.

Since the time that each of my children were three years old, I have asked them individually what they would like to dress up as for Halloween.  My oldest, now eight and almost nine, has picked out his Halloween outfit since he was almost three.

He’s been Darth Vader, Yoda, Iron Man, Boba Fett, Han Solo and last year he was Two-Face or Harvey Dent from the Batman series.  I made that costume and the link takes you to the Instructable that shows how I did it.

You might see a trend in his choices of costumes and I will say that my husband and I have always been a huge influence for the choice….

This year he has decided to be “A Jedi.”

Just a Jedi. I cheated  a little and bought a pre-made outfit to start with, but am in the preparing & creating phase to make it a better costume.

Don’t tell him but I’m pre-planning a FB post to my friends and family before he goes trick-or-treating to ensure that he is just going to be a Jedi, not someone in particular.

 Here’s the Jedi Robe I made one Sunday in September. Jedi RobeI got the instructions from Instructables – Sewing a Jedi or Harry Potter Robe.

My daughter, now almost five years old, has been Star Wars Child’s Deluxe Princess Leia Costume, Small, Queen Amidala, Hello Kitty, and last year was Tinker Bell.

This year, she’s planning on being Queen Elsa from the movie Frozen.  Thankfully that was an easy purchase for the costume from Amazon.

(Believe me, I have no shame in saying that.  I am just too busy to try to make a really good copy of the outfit.)

My youngest, at three-years old, had a hard time deciding what to be for Halloween this year.  He started out thinking he wanted to be a purple minion from Despicable Me 2.  It was going to take some work, but that was a relatively easy costume that I could put together.

Well, he changed his mind and wanted to be Super Mario instead.  This was after a discussion that he couldn’t be Darth Vader AGAIN.  (He was Darth Vader last year.)

Here’s a photo of the Mario Hat in progress. Mario Hat in progressI made this hat from an Instructable as well!  I will post the link of my Instructable when it’s complete.

Hopefully I’ll update this post with the instructions as I make the pieces of the costumes, but for now, enjoy the photo of my babies from last year’s Halloween.


Crocheted Sponge Bob Square Hat

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My favorite site, other than Pinterest, is Instructables.com.

I “got started” in the web world on that site and am excited for the new opportunities it has given me in the near future.

Fair warning – that site can be addictive, almost as much as Pinterest. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Anyway, you are here for a Sponge Bob Square Crochet Hat Pattern.

SpongeBob Square HatMy three-year old asked for this hat.

I consider this pattern an easy pattern, and if you need crochet help, you can use one of the Instructables from this Collection: How to Crochet on Instructables, or a tutorial from Craftsy.

It took me about two hours to crochet the cap/beanie. Sponge Bob‘s embellishments took me about four (4) hours to make and sew on, but I was taking photos in that time too. Sponge Bob Square Hat Pattern Link

As with all of my free patterns, please feel free to make and sell anything you make from them. Do not use my photos and do not call this pattern your own. In all cases, please give me credit for the pattern and better yet, link to the Instructable or this web post.

A shout out to the basis of the square crocheted hat: Rachel’s Hat by Leslie Rudden.

I wrote my own pattern and instructions to make the square hat, and included gauge in the Instructable.

The instructions have full details and photos for three types of characters, including the Instructable Robot, Sponge Bob and Wall-E, all made from the same square yellow hat.Crochet Square Hat Pattern Link

The thing that took me the longest to make was the Instructable.  It took over a week and lets just say it was a labor of love for the site.  As always, I’m trying to win a contest (for the Instructable Robot hat) so wish me luck!

I hope you enjoy the tutorial on Instructables.  It’s called Crocheted Square Hat – Instructable Robot, Sponge Bob & Wall-E.

Drop me a line on the site that you found the pattern through this site and I’ll send you an emailed gift!

Sponge Bob Square Hat Pattern Link



What’s in My Bag – R2D2 Beanie

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R2D2 Beanie from the Star Wars Craft BookI recently finished my first R2D2 Crocheted (Slouchy) Beanie.

It’s a copy-written pattern from The Star Wars Craft Book by Bonnie Burton. Star Wars Craft Book has a pattern for an R2D2 beanie

I give my review of the pattern on Ravelry, but in a nut-shell, it’s not a pattern for beginners, and the gauge was a little off.

I used an old Red Heart royal blue yarn and silver Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice yarn.

Again, I stress, I CANNOT put the pattern here on this website!  Sorry, but I’m not breaking any copyright rules that way. Pattern marked & ready!

Just buy the book from Amazon, or put it on your wish list for your birthday.  (That’s how I got it!)

~~~~~~~~~I do have personal photos of every round that I am going to share with you below.~~~~~~~~~

Few warnings: (1) Although I did the gauge, I should have used a size G-hook.  (2) I made one mistake and very clearly marked it on the photo of that round.  (3) I re-wrote several rounds.  Those rounds are written here, but have NOT been checked for consistency.  I’m not sure if I will make another hat, although I want to.

Let’s begin with gauge –

To do the gauge: Row 1 -ch 13, dc in third chain from the hook, turn; row 2-ch 3, dc in next st (counts as first dc) & across (12) dc sts

To do the gauge: Row 1 -ch 13, dc in third chain from the hook, turn; row 2-ch 3, dc in next st (counts as first dc) & across (12) dc sts

This is the H-hook gauge, closer to what is asked for in the book and what I used to actually make the beanie.

This is the H-hook gauge, closer to what is asked for in the book and what I used to actually make the beanie.

G-hook gauge compared to H-hook gauge

G-hook gauge compared to H-hook gauge

Here are the photos of my beanie, complete with descriptions.  I hope it helps you!

R2-round1

End of round 1.

End of round 2.

End of round 2.

End of round 3.

End of round 3.

End of round 4.

End of round 4.

End of round 5.

End of round 5.

End of round 6.

End of round 6.

Outside view of round 7 complete.

Outside view of round 7 complete.

Inside view of round 7 complete.

Inside view of round 7 complete.

End of round 8.

End of round 8.

 

End of round 9.  This row begins the blue part of the eye background.

End of round 9. This row begins the blue part of the eye background.

As stated in the pattern, you will be carrying the yarn off and on throughout the remaining part of the hat.

As stated in the pattern, you will be carrying the yarn off and on throughout the remaining part of the hat.

Photo collage of round 10.

Photo collage of round 10.

I re-wrote round 11 – Sc in first st, sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st, *sc in the next 5 sts, 2sc in next st*, repeat from * to * 2 more times, sc with gray in the next st switching to blue, sc w/blue in next 10 sc, switch to gray in last st of blue, sc with gray in next st, ** sc in next 5sts, 2 sc in next st**, repeat from ** to ** 4 more times; join w/sl st to first st.  (If sts are remaining, sc in each st to slip st to first sc of round.)

Round 11 - I MADE A MISTAKE!  Don't do it.  you can get the eye section to match by ending the blue on the last stitch of blue.

Round 11 – I MADE A MISTAKE! Don’t do it. you can get the eye section to match by ending the blue on the last stitch of blue.

Again, I’m not perfect, and I messed up this row.  But I fixed it in the end.

Hints on round 12.

Hints on round 12.

I re-wrote rounds 13 and 14:

Round 13 – Place a marker in the 19th gray dc to the left of LCS (eye patch.)  Sc in joining st, *sc in next 6 sts, 2 sc in next st*, repeat from * to * 3 more times, switching to blue in last st for LCS; carry and drop yarn as in previous rounds, w/blue sc in next 11 sts.  Drop blue yarn but carry it under sts.  W/gray, **sc in next 7 sts, 2sc in next st**, repeat from ** to ** once more; w/blue sc in next 2 sts, drop and carry blue yarn, w/gray sc in next 9sts, 2 sc in next st, w/blue sc in next st, w/gray sc in next st, w/blue, sc in next st, w/gray sc in until last st.  Join w/sl st to first sc.

Note: The pattern suggests to finish off the blue yarn and re-start it.  I chose to carry it through, and you can kind-of see it in the finished product.  It’s your choice.

Round 14 – Place a marker 5 sc to the right of the right edge of the LCS (eye patch area).  W/gray ch 1, sc in same st, *sc in next 8 sc, 2 sc in next st*, repeat from * to * 2 more times; w/blue sc in next 4 sts, w/gray sc in next st, w/blue, sc in next 11 sts; finish off blue.  W/gray **sc in next 8 sts, 2 sc in next st**, repeat from ** to ** once more, sc until the last st of row, 2 sc in last st.  Join w/sl st to first st.

This collage shows both rounds 13 and 14.

This collage shows both rounds 13 and 14.

This collage shows the front and back of rounds 15 and 16.

This collage shows the front and back of rounds 15 and 16.

This is the front of the crocheted part of the hat complete.  I just need to weave in the ends.  (I know you see the mistake!)

This is the front of the crocheted part of the hat complete. I just need to weave in the ends. (I know you see the mistake!)

This is the back of the finished pattern of the beanie.

This is the back of the finished pattern of the beanie.

I sewed on buttons rather than crocheted embellishments for the eye and the red spot on the front.  R2-hat red button

I hope you make one too!  I love mine and its currently too hot to wear it, but you bet I’ll be wearing it this winter.  When and if I have time (hear me laughing in the background) I want to make one each for my family!  <Big sigh.  I can dream can’t I?>

R2D2 Beanie