365days of Hats · Pattern reviews

Day 34

Mens Cabled Golf Cap design by Moogly.

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This FREE pattern can be found HERE

I always teased my dad about making him a pappy hat. The second I sent him the link for Moogly’s design, he HAD to have it! I had a blast making this hat. Watching the cables build as the rows goes was really cool. Like a kaleidoscope of stitches! I do stitch very tightly so I recommend finger blocking the cables to make them pop the way the design intended. It was fairly easy to follow and didn’t take long to make at all. Even sewing the brim was easy because the instructions in the design were listed out perfectly.

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Pattern reviews

Sucker for slippers.

Let me start by saying I am such a sucker for good crochet slippers. I’ve made a pair for ever member of my family. Here is a recent pair made for my mum! The FREE pattern written by Tamara Kelly can be found HERE. At Mooglyblog.

IMG_0241-0.JPG. They turned out so cool. My mom loved them. Mom bias aside she said ;).

My next set, was a pattern I first picked up when I was a crochet virgin.
I wanted to make these for the longest time but I just wasn’t at the right level yet. 2.5 years later I tried my hand. Threw my own signature style on them of course

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Voodoo bunny slippers! Now the sole is separate and had to be sewn on so they are extra cushy. The pattern I used was from a book entitled. Stitch n Bitch Crochet the Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller. The pattern was written by Shannon Murphee @ luckywings

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I really enjoyed making slippers as usual. It’s been a busy week/weekend for me. I’ve entered a designer contest. I am also working on TWO new patterns. One free and one paid.

P.S. Stay tuned for a very special western themed pattern roundup on Friday!!!!!<

Free Pattern

Didi’s Desert Cactus.

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California is a desert.  This means lots of Cacti.  Who doesn’t love these spunky and beautiful plants?!?!? I have quite a few real ones in my “eden” of a yard.

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It’s certainly a daily inspiration for me.   I have also made so many of these crochet beauties!

My one big regret was not writing these patterns down to begin with.  SMDH
It’s one of my most  bought and requested item(s).  Obviously i HAD to make a pattern for one eventually!  So here it is!  The very first pattern i ever wrote(not to be confused with my first posted pattern), is finally tweaked and tested and ready for you.  I named it after my mother Diane because she was the inspiration for this. I’ve made her a cactus or two so that she could have a piece of beautiful Cali desert when she has to hesitantly fly back home to Pennsylvania after her visits.

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Didi’s Desert Cactus:
What you will need:

Pattons wool solids. Colors of your choosing.

4.25mm hook

Yarn needles

Polyfil

Terms used:

CH- Chain

SC- Single Crochet

Decrease

FPSC- Front post single crochet

SLST- SlipStitch

HDC- Half Double crochet

Popcorn- Popcorn stitch.

Magic Circle. (Click HERE for Moogly’s Video Tutorial) visit Mooglyblog for more designs!!

Body:

CH26.

1.) SC in 2nd sp from hook,SC across. (25)

2.) CH2, turn, FPSC across, SC in last sp. (25)

3-7.) CH2, turn, FPSC across, SC in last sp.  (25)

SLST vertically across to join body.

Top of Cactus:

1.) CH2, *SC in next 5,Decrease. Repeat from * 4X (20)

2.) CH2, *SC in next 2, Decrease, Repeat from * 4X (10)

3.) CH2, Decrease until closed.  Fasten off and weave in end.

Arms:

arm1.) CH15, turn, SC across, CH2, turn

arm1row2.) FPSC across, SC in last sp.

Make five rows of FPSC and sew closed same as body.

Arm2.) CH10, turn, SC across, CH2 turn

Arm2row2.) FPSC across, SC in last sp.

Make five rows of FPSC and sew closes same as body.

Dirt:

Join to bottom of cactus (open part) with a SLST (brown yarn)

1.) SC in same sp as join, SC, Popcorn, *SC, 2SC in next sp, SC, Popcorn.  repeat from * 4X SLST

2.)CH2, *Popcorn, SC, 2SC in next sp, SC.  Repeat from * until end of row.  Join and fasten off.

Dirt closure:(bottom)

1.)Start with Magic circle.  If having trouble, please visit Tamara Kelly’s tutorial, from Mooglyblog  HERE.

2.) 10 HDC in circle. CH2

3.) 2HDC in each sp around.  Join with SLST and fasten off

ASSEMBLE

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Please stick around for this weekends postings.