Bucket Hat Pattern






Materials: 4oz each of two colors of worsted weight yarn, size J or 6.00mm crochet hook.

Gauge: 3 sts + 4 rows = 1 inch with two strands held together

Sizes: small-18”, medium- 20”, large-22”

Abbreviations:
ch - chain
sc – single crochet
fpsc – front post single crochet (single crochet around the post of the single crochets in the previous round, not the top)
Rnd - round

Notes: This hat is made in the round with no joins (spiral) with both strands of yarn held together throughout. To start you can use the magic ring (video tutorial here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLuSVyKvoUg)
or if you'd like you can just chain 2 and crochet the first 6 single crochets in the second chain from hook.
There is one round of frond post single crochets to start the brim, this gives it a brim that instantly stands out and doesn't gradually increase.
Each increase round adds 2 inches to this hat, for in between sizes (19”, 21”, 23” etc) you can add a round and only increase by 3 stitches skipping every other increase stitch.

Starting with both strands of yarn held together and magic loop:
Single crochet 6 inside ring. Place a marker after this last sc and move it up with every round.
Rnd 1: 2 sc in each sc around.
Rnd 2: (sc 1, 2 sc in next sc) around.
Rnd 3: (sc 2, 2 sc in next sc) around.
Rnd 4: (sc 3, 2 sc in next sc) around.
Rnd 5: (sc 4, 2 sc in next sc) around.
Rnd 6: (sc 5, 2 sc in next sc) around.
Rnd 7: (sc 6, 2 sc in next sc) around.
Rnd 8: (sc 7, 2 sc in next sc) around. For small sizes end increase here and skip down to Rnd 11.
Rnd 9: (sc 8, 2 sc in next sc) around. For medium size end increase here and skip down to Rnd 11.
Rnd 10: (sc 9, 2 sc in next sc) around.
Rnd 11- 24: sc around.
Rnd 12: (fpsc 10, 2 fpsc in next st) around.
Rnd 13: (sc 11, 2 sc in next st) around.
Rnd 14: sc 6, 2 sc in next st, (sc 12, 2 sc in next st) 5 times, sc to end.
Rnd 15: sc 3, 2 sc in next st, (sc 13, 2 sc in next st) 5 times, sc to end.
Rnd 16: (sc 14, 2 sc in next st) around.
Rnd 17: sc 7, 2 sc in next st, (sc 15, 2 sc in next st) 5 times, sc to end. Break yarn, hide end.

For the hat band -

With one strand of your choice color of worsted weight yarn and size j or 6.00mm crochet hook -
Rnd 1: ch 66, join with a slip stitch to the first chain. (Try this chain out around your hat to make sure it fits before joining, if it's to long pull out some chains, if it's to short add some. The number of chains is not important here, fit is!)
Rnd 2: ch 1, sc in each ch around, join with a slip stitch to the first SINGLE CROCHET, skipping the ch 1.
Rnd 3: ch 1, sc around, join in the same way.
Rnd 4: Reverse single crochet around. (Video tutorial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhSbycwfpdo)
Rnd 5: You can cut the yarn and rejoin it to the bottom of the band on the chain round or you can slip stitch down the inside of the band and turn it around so that the bottom is the top and continue.
Reverse single crochet around along the bottom of the band. Cut and hide yarn.

Slip this band down around the hat and you can use a strand of the same color of yarn and sew it in place or just let it be there and make a bunch of different colors of bands and change them to match whatever accessories your wearing that day. : D

Illusion knitting


I've been doing some experimenting with it.  : D
My first project was a simple rose pattern-



 When looked at flat all you see are stripes but when looked at from an angle you can see the hidden picture.
Of course I needed to turn this into a hat!








Horizontal stripes are always on the outside and vertical stripes are always in the middle, no matter how much the person wearing it spins. It's an interesting hat to watch.

New Pattern - Point and Shoot









Available at Ravelry.com and right here on my sale patterns page. I've wanted to make this since the first time I saw it. This is my favorite so far, it may even go above the tyrant  : D

Short sleeve bolero Pattern










Materials: Size J or 6.00 mm crochet hook
11oz Worsted weight yarn
Gauge: 6 dc and 3 rows = 2 inches

Sizes: Small for bust size 30-32”, Medium for bust size 34-36” , Large for bust size 38-40”. Shown as s(m,l).

Abbreviations: ch - chain
sc(s) – single crochet(s)
st(s) - stitch(es)
dc(s) – double crochet(s)
dc2tog – double crochet two together
flo – front loop only
blo – back loop only
Notes:
This bolero is worked in rows until you get to the sleeves, they are worked in the round with joining and turning to keep a steady pattern. The border is worked in rounds with joins and no turning. I chose even rows to be the right side of the work and the odd rows to be the wrong side, tho it makes no difference other than in the pattern making.
Joining – When you are joining with a slst to the first single or double crochet I do mean that the beginning ch(s) are skipped. The first stitch of every round is worked in the same stitch as the joining slst.

ch 80(92, 104) -
Row 1: dc in 2nd ch from hook, dc across, ch 2, turn. (78(90,102) dcs)
Row 2: 2 dc in 1st dc, dc to last st, 2 dc in last st, ch 2, turn.
Row 3: dc across, ch 2, turn.
Repeat rows 2 and 3 five more times for a total increase of 12 dcs and a total of 92(102, 116) dcs, ending after a row 3.
Row 14: dc2tog, dc to within the last two sts, dc2tog, ch 2, turn.
Row 15: dc across, ch 2, turn.
Repeat rows 14 and 15 once more.
Starting right side armhole -
Row 18: dc2tog, dc 16(22,28), ch 2, turn.
Row 19: dc across, ch 2, turn.
Row 20: dc2tog, dc across, ch 2, turn.
Row 21: dc across, ch 2, turn.
Repeat rows 20 and 21 twice more for a total of 14(20,26) dcs, ending with a row 21.
Row 26: dc across, ch 2, turn.
Row 27: dc across, fasten off.

Left side armhole:
Count 18(24,30) sts in from the left (unworked) side of your work, re-attach yarn, ch 2.
Row 1: dc in same st as you've attached your yarn to, dc to within the last 2 sts, dc2tog, ch 2, turn.
Row 2: dc across, ch 2, turn.
Row 3: dc to within the last two sts, dc2tog, ch 2, turn.
Row 4: dc across, ch 2, turn.
Repeat rows 3 and 4 twice more for a total of 14(20,26) sts, ending with a row 4.
Row 9: dc across, ch 2, turn.
Row 10: dc across,fasten off.
Back:
Starting from the bottom of the right side armhole, skip two sts, attach yarn, ch 2.
Row 1: dc in same stitch as you've attached your yarn, dc across to with in two unworked sts, ch 2, turn.
Row 2- 8: dc across, ch 2, turn.
Back right side shoulder:
Row 9: dc 14(20,26), ch 2, turn.
Row 10: dc across, fasten off leaving at least an 8 inch tail for sewing the shoulder seams.
Back left side shoulder:
Count 14(20,26) sts in from left side, ch 2.
Row 1: dc across, ch 2, turn.
Row 2: dc across, fasten off leaving at least an 8 inch tail for sewing the shoulder seams.
Fold the right side front and right side back shoulder together and sew shoulder seem, and do the same for the left side front and left side back shoulder.
Right side sleeve:
With the right side of your work facing you, attach yarn at the bottom of the arm hole in the first unworked dc, ch 2.
Round 1: dc2tog, (using the st you've attached your yarn to and the other unworked dc from the bottom of the arm hole), 2 dc in each row end around, slst to the first dc, ch 2, turn. (41 sts)
Round 2: dc2tog, dc around, slst to the first dc, ch 2, turn. (40 sts)
Round 3: dc2tog, dc around, slst to the first dc, ch 1, do not turn. (39 sts)
Round 4: sc2tog, sc around, slst to the first sc, ch 1. (38 sts)
Round 5-7: (sc flo, sc blo) around, slst to first sc, ch 1.
Fasten off.
Left side sleeve:
Follow the same instructions as for right side sleeve.
Bolero border:
With right side facing, attach yarn somewhere around the lower center back (around your starting chain). With this border the joins are really hard to notice even if your trying so I did not get specific with this. Ever first flo sc of each round is worked in the same stitch as your joining slip stitch.
Round 1: sc in the space between each dc to within the last two spaces, place marker, (2 sc in next st) twice, 2 sc in each row end to back unworked dcs, sc2tog, sc across to within last 2 dcs, sc2tog, 2 sc in each row end to last row end, place marker, (2 sc in the space between dcs) twice, sc in each space between dcs across, join with a slst in the first sc, ch 1.
Round 2: (sc flo, sc blo) to marker, move marker up, (2 scs in next st) twice, (sc flo, sc blo) to marker, move marker up, (2 scs in next st) twice, (sc flo, sc blo) to end, slst to first sc, ch 1.
Round 3-4: keeping in pattern and sc flo in sc flo and sc blo in sc blo -
(sc flo, sc blo) to marker, move marker up, (2 scs in next st) twice, (sc flo, sc blo) to next marker, (2 scs in next st) twice, (sc flo, sc blo) to end, join with a slst to first actual st, ch 1.
Fasten off, hide ends.