Engineer hat..
I have been trying and trying for days to make this thing perfect. I'm surrounded by red and white yarn, crochet hooks, knitting needles, Tunisian needles, scissors, tapestry needles and scraps everywhere!  Just when I think I've got it and spend 3 hours on it I decided I HATE it and it's not right. Frog, re start, frog again. But I love it.  :D



 A Rather Festive Hat

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This pattern is a simple crochet hat pattern. This hat would make a great addition to your festive attire for this holiday season. Great for cosplay and getting into the holiday spirit!

Materials needed:
size H (5 mm) crochet hook
Worsted weight yarn (I used Red Heart) in: green - about 200 yards white - about 25 yards yellow - 5 yards and about 2 yards each of red, blue and black.
a tapestry needle

Measurements: 
 This hat is 24 inches around at the base and 13 inches tall.

Stitches used: 
chain
single crochet
front post single crochet (single crochet around the stitch, not through top bars)
double crochet

Inspired by my all time favorite game. I think I will still be playing it when I'm 90! Complete with crochet lights and popcorn this is a fun hat and right for the season. Who doesn't want a Christmas tree to take with them where ever they go?

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.