Climbing Braids Beanie – Crochet Pattern

 

Climbing Braids Beanie Crochet Pattern by The Purple Poncho

 

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Purple Climbing Braids Beanie crochet pattern by The Purple Poncho

Climbing Braids Beanie in solid Purple!

Introducing the Climbing Braids Beanie, a crochet pattern, which offers lots of great texture, interest and a braid design.   I designed this hat to keep you warm and cozy while looking fashionable this Fall and Winter season.  Braids are very popular and have always been a favorite of mine.  I hope you like them too.

Climbing Braids Beanie - Crochet Pattern - The Purple Poncho

 

This hat is worked from the brim to the crown and has been rated as beginner to intermediate level.  Stitches used consist of chains, half double crochet, double crochet, and slip stitches.  Some feedback I received was that the pattern was easy to follow, it’s pleasing to make, it’s a great pattern, it’s a great hat! 
I want to thank my awesome pattern testers, Maria and Brooke, they did a fantastic job to ensure a smooth pattern without any hiccups.  They bring expertise in pattern reading, writing, and crocheting.  I love the color combinations they chose too!

Climbing Braids Beanie Test Hat by Maria Bittner

Photographs courtesy of Maria Bittner, Pattern Paradise.

Climbing Braids Beanie Test Hat by Brooke Olson

Photographs courtesy of Brooke Olson, BD-Lish’s Stitches.

I hope you enjoy my latest pattern, and if you do make one, please “hook it up” to my Ravelry page to show it off. 

Climbing Braids Beanie in Hobby Lobby in the color Firecracker and Red Heart with Love in black.

Climbing Braids Beanie in Hobby Lobby yarn in the color Firecracker and Red Heart with Love in black.

Climbing Braids Beanie - Crochet Pattern by The Purple Poncho

Thanks for reading! Have a great day,

Carolyn  :)

 

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Appreciate a link back to my website www.thepurpleponcho.com for pattern credit if you sell items or display photographs on your social media sites as a result of this pattern.  Do not claim this pattern or photographs as your own.  If you have any questions about the pattern, please contact me HERE and I will be happy to help.  Written pattern and photographs copyright The Purple Poncho 2014.

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Cute Pumpkin Applique – Free Crochet Pattern

 

Crochet Pumpkin Applique - Free Crochet Pattern - The Purple Poncho

Cute Pumpkin Applique

Here is a cute pumpkin applique to add to your festive fall decorations.  This little pumpkin can be used alone, or make several for a fun pumpkin garland.  Another idea is make two and sew them together for a cute pumpkin treat bag.  Here we go…

Supplies:  Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver–Color Pumpkin 20 yards
Red Heart Super SaverColor Café Latte 4 yards
Red Heart Super Saver–Color Spring Green 10 yards
Yarn weight: WW #4
Hook: US J /6.00 MM
Yarn needle

Gauge: 3 dc & 1 fpdc stitches = 1 Inch
Size is 5” across by 5 1/2“ tall

Abbreviations: ch – chain; sl st – slip stitch;  hdc – half double crochet;  dc – double crochet;  fpdc – front post double crochet; st(s) – stitch(es)
 
Pumpkin Instructions:  Color – Pumpkin
Round 1: Ch 4 (counts as 1 ch and 1 dc), 11 dc in 4th ch from hook. (12 dc).
Round 2: Ch 1 (does not count as st throughout), fpdc in same st, *1 dc in next st, 1 fpdc in next st*, repeat * * around, sl st to beginning fpdc. (12 fpdc, 12 dc).
Round 3: Ch 1, fpdc in same st, *1 dc in next 2 dc, 1 fpdc in next st *, repeat * * around, sl st to beginning fpdc. (12 fpdc, 24 dc).
Round 4: Ch 1, fpdc in same st, *1 dc in next 3 dc, 1 fpdc in next st *, repeat * * around, sl st to beginning fpdc. (12 fpdc, 36 dc).
Round 5: Ch 1, sl st in each st around in back loop only. (48 sl st). End off, weave in ends.

Rind Instructions:  Color – Café Latte
Row 1: Start your first hdc by counting 3 sts to the right of any fpdc. 1 hdc in next 6 sts.  (6 hdc).
Row 2: Ch 2 (counts as st), 5 hdc across. (6 hdc). End off, weave in ends.

Curly Q Vine Instructions:  Color – Spring Green
Ch 9; *6 dc in 3rd ch from hook*; repeat ** 2 more times. (18 dc). Continue with:  Ch 30; * repeat 3 more times for the other end; sl st in next st. (18 dc, 21 chs).  End off, weave in ends. Twist curly Q’s into spirals. Using long chain, thread through pumpkin at corner of rind on either side.

Garland:  Optional
Using any string or yarn, make a long chain.  Thread pumpkins through chain, spacing them apart, hang and enjoy.

Cute Pumpkin Applique Garland by The Purple Poncho CC

Cute Pumpkin Applique  Free Crochet Pattern by The Purple Poncho

Back view of the pumpkin

 

Using my pattern book

Loving my pattern book.

Thank you for your interest in my designs and I hope you enjoy the pattern and have fun with it!  If you have any questions please contact me HERE and I will be happy to help.
Have a great day!
Carolyn :)

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Back To School Beanie Pattern

Red Heart Neon Yellow Reflective yarn

The last days of summer are here and everyone is getting ready for school and daylight savings time to start. This Back to School Beanie is perfect for kindergartners to college students.  It looks great on everyone with some texture and the added safety stripe for visibility at night.  I chose the Red Heart Reflective yarn because I love that it glows and reflects the light. This unisex hat will make a perfect Back to School Beanie to wear and be “seen” in, with just enough pop of color.  

Back to School Beanie - Red Heart yarn - by The Purple Poncho 2014

Back to School Beanie Pattern

Notes:
This pattern is a spin-off of my Easy HDC Beanie pattern where I’ve added the Red Heart Reflective yarn stripe around the brim. It is made by first making a long rectangular piece of crochet. Next, sew up the crown and then whip stitch down the side to form the hat. The size can be easily changed by increasing or decreasing the beginning number of chains to form the depth of the hat or by changing the number of rows to alter the width of the hat around your head, ending with an even number of rows so the tail and working loop are on opposite ends from each other before you close the crown.  Here we go…

Gauge: 6 sts x 4 rows = 2″ in hdc

Size: Fits approximately 22”

Supplies:
Red Heart Reflective yarn – 4 yards.  Shown in color Neon Yellow.
Worsted Weight yarn – 150 yards. Shown in Impeccable Loops & Threads, color Navy.  
Hook: US J / 6 mm
Yarn needle

Abbreviations: sl st – slip stitch; ch – chain; sc – single crochet; hdc – half double crochet

Instructions:  Ch 25 (leave a long 3 foot tail to work with later)

Row 1: Hdc in 2nd ch from hook across.  Turn. (24 hdc).

Row 2:  Ch 2 (counts as st), hdc in each stitch across in back loop only.  Turn. (24 hdc).

Rows 3-44: Repeat Row 2.

You can adjust the size by increasing the number of rows here to make it wider or decreasing rows to make it smaller. Do not cut yarn, drop the loop and we’ll pick it up again after you do the next finishing step.

Finishing: Using the long 3 foot tail, weave through the top or end stitches of the hat to form a circle. Pull the stitches together tightly to close the top to make the crown. Make a knot. Use the remaining tail (same yarn) whip stitch the two sides together, going from the top of the hat to the brim, end off. Weave in end.

Pick up the loop from Row 44, ch 1, sc evenly and loosely around the brim, sl st to beginning sc, end off. Weave in ends.

Using Red Heart Reflective yarn, make a sl st and pull it up from the inside of the hat to the outside between any sc stitch and the vertical rows. Place your hook in the loop. (The working yarn should be on the inside of the hat, and your loop and hook on the outside of the hat). Sl st in each stitch around the hat back to beginning sl st. End off, weave in ends. 

Embellishments:  This would be cute with a coordinating flower applique or a pom-pom added to the top, or both!

Back to School Beanie - Red Heart Yarn - pattern by The Purple Poncho 2014

 

Back to School Beanie pattern by The Purple Poncho

 

 

Everyone needs a little Extra Credit now and then.

Everyone needs a little Extra Credit now and then.

 

I hope you enjoy this pattern!

 

          Carolyn :)

 

 

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Appreciate a link back to my website www.thepurpleponcho.com for pattern credit if you sell items or display photographs on your social media sites as a result of this pattern.  Do not claim this pattern or photographs as your own.  Would love to see your design linked to my Ravelry Shop or on my Facebook page.  If you have any questions about the pattern, please contact me HERE and I will be happy to help.  Written pattern and photographs copyright The Purple Poncho 2014.

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Project Sweet Peas Donations

Project Sweet Peas - blanket & hat sets

Project Sweet Peas – blanket & hat set donations

Every month, a group of very talented and giving ladies coordinate together and make crocheted items for donation. Behind the scenes there are numerous emails, suggestions and voting going on. Then there’s the pattern suggestions and posting of photos with an item count and then mailing them off. For me, it is the best feeling walking out of the post office after I’ve mailed my items.   I wonder who will be the recipient and hoping they’ll like it.  If you’re looking for a great group to give back, please check us out at Elk From The Heart. We’d love to have you join us.

July was designated for Project Sweet Peas and hosted by Maria of Pattern Paradise. She collected 135 hats and 33 blankets, WOW! That is the most we’ve collected so far. I’m so happy I’m able to be a part of it. I made three blanket & hat sets.  The first two are my own designs, using my Mini Granny Blanket & Hat set pattern.  Click here for pattern.

Mini Granny Blanket & Hat Set

Mini Granny Blanket & Hat Set

 

Mini Granny Blanket & Star hat set for a boy.

Mini Granny Blanket & Star hat set

The third blanket is designed by Susan of Felted Button. This is her Pansy Parade blanket pattern available for purchase. Click here for Felted Button pattern.

Pansy Parade Blanket & hat

Pansy Parade Blanket & hat

I hope you can join us.  There’s no pressure, and just do what you can, when you can.

Thanks for reading! Have a great day,

          Carolyn :)

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Crochet Pattern Notebook

 

My first crochet pattern notebook

My first crochet pattern notebook

While going back to school shopping with my daughter, she found this pretty book for me. I love the positive message on the front, “Make Things Happen.” I’m using it as my first official crochet pattern notebook to keep all my patterns together.  I love everything about it, the fact that it is a hardback is great, and the flowers, sparkle, and colors are SO me! I don’t know about you, but most of my patterns are written on the first piece of paper I can find laying around the house, which is usually an envelope that is from some junk mail ready for the recycle trash. Well not anymore.

I’m so excited to have this beautiful book as my first crochet pattern notebook. I’ve already started using it and I noticed that at the top of the page it has nice and neat handwriting, but by the bottom of the page it’s a bit sloppy.  I find as I crochet the design I get in a hurry to write it down and get back to crocheting. I’ll have to try and write neater all the way through!  Oh well, it’s all fun and still legible.    

I love the colors they are so cheery!

I love the colors they are so cheery!

Inside pages have very faint lines.

Inside pages have very faint lines.

Pretty crochet pattern notebook

Pretty crochet pattern notebook

What do you use to write down your pattern designs and keep them organized? 

Thanks for reading! Have a great day,

          Carolyn

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Handmade Yarn Finds

Burgundy and hot pink thread mix <3

Burgundy and hot pink thread with metallic mix!

I love all yarn!

I have always loved all different types of yarn, thick, thin, threads, sparkly, variegated, it doesn’t matter! The possibilities are endless with what you can do with yarn. I could open a yarn store of my own with all the yarn I’ve collected over the years! I’m now seeking unusual yarns, such as handspun and handmade yarns. I’m also trying to visit local yarn stores whenever I travel for work to find and support the local artists in that area. I’ve recently gone on a business trip and found a couple of very pretty handmade yarns. Of course, this is adding to my list of WIP projects (click HERE to see those), but sometimes you can’t pass up a new ball of yarn because it is one of a kind and you may not visit that store again. So I just had to get them. Here are a few of the yarns I’ve recently found, aren’t they lovely?!

 

Brown tones of handspun yarn

Brown tones of handspun yarn

 

Burgundy & hot pink with sparkles - my latest yarn find!

Burgundy & hot pink with sparkles – my favorite yarn find!

 

Super soft wool yarn

Super soft beige with lavender wool yarn

Colorful Handspun Yarn

Colorful Handspun Yarn

Now to decide what to make with these…

Thanks for reading! Have a great day,

          Carolyn :)

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My Top 5 WIP Reasons

Green thread hat - just needs a brim.

Green thread hat – just needs a brim.

Have you ever wondered why you have so many WIPs (work-in-progress) projects going at the same time? Or that you’ve completed most of the work, but just never weaved in those ends or sewed on that button? I’ve been thinking about this for a while, trying to figure out why this happens to me. I really don’t like having a lot of projects bags lying around with uncompleted items that I would love to wear, use or give away. So here are my top 5 reasons (excuses) why I have so many WIPs and my decision to finish them up and have vowed not start anything new until I’ve completed them (hopefully).

#1) Boredom – at a certain point in the project, usually 75% to 90% done, I can tell if it is turning out how I envisioned. Hence, I don’t need to finish it and then I’m bored with it and want to start something else.

#2) Size of WIP – if it’s a small project, I can take it with me to work on at soccer games or riding in the car.  If it’s a large item, I prefer to work on it at home.

#3) Inspiration – seeing all kinds of awesome projects on social media has my head spinning sometimes. I want to make everything, in lots of colors!

#4) Yarn – finding a pretty color or fiber that you just have to have, and then starting another project – just because.

#5) Stitches – working on your favorite stitch, some crochet stitches take a lot of concentration and some you can make on auto-pilot.  Depending on your environment at the time could depend on which project you work on.

I know many people who enjoy crafting of all sorts have this same “problem.” It’s not a bad thing really, I just need to be organized and try to keep it to a few open projects at a time. I’ve gotten my yarn WIPs out this week and spread them all over the living room to see what I have and what I want to finish and what I’m going to get rid of or frog. Here are some of my WIPs that I’m trying to get complete so I can start some more asap!

 

Purple purse - not quite ready!

Purple purse – not quite ready, almost there.

 

Love this yarn - headband needs a border.

Love this yarn – headband needs a border.

Black Purse - just needs a button

Black Purse – just needs a button

 

Colorful Shawl - must weave in those ends asap.

Colorful Shawl – must weave in those ends asap.

 

Roses - just need to sew them up!

Roses – just need to sew them up!

Now back to those WIPs waiting to be finished.

Thanks for reading! Have a great day,

          Carolyn :)

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