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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Redecorating and Finding Treasures

 

Baby blanket and dog pillow my daughter made for my son.

Adorable dog pillow my daughter made for my son.

For the past two summers, my son has wanted to redecorate his room. It’s been the same way since he was a baby. I guess part of me didn’t really want to admit that he is no longer “my baby” and had outgrown his room.  The room was decorated to match his wallpaper border in a car, airplane and train theme which went around his entire room. The walls were white on top, wallpaper border, and red on the bottom.  It was a lot of work to scrape off the wallpaper and prime the red paint for repainting. He helped me though, and it was fun to teach him how to paint and use power tools. He’s now decided that he will never have wallpaper in his home.

 

My sons car bed when he was 3 years old.

He loved his car bed!

 

Taking his car bed apart, ready for its new home.

Taking his car bed apart, ready for its new home.

After a few trips to Ikea, we finally purchased his bedframe and mattress. He picked everything out himself. We also bought his new desk, lamp and chair there too. They have the matching night stand and chest of drawers but after thinking it over for a couple of weeks, he decided to keep the ones he has.  They are old pieces that have been handed down from my Great Grandmother Leona to my Grandma Millie, and then me, and now him.  I’m glad, deep down I didn’t want to get rid of them. 

Learning how to paint.

Learning how to paint.

Once all the prepping, painting and touch ups were completed, it was time to build the actual bedframe. After building my daughter’s dresser a couple of months ago, (click here to read about that) I thought this would be a piece of cake. Nope, it was hard. The pieces were SO heavy and we had to get help from my husband to hold stuff together while we tried to secure it. It took a couple of days to complete, and he finally had a new bed. It is a super comfortable mattress and the frame is sturdy. It has four huge drawers underneath, but is still low to the ground.

Building his bed.

Building his bed.

 

I really love the paint color he picked out.  He wanted blue walls, and after sorting through lots of paint chips, he decided on this.  It turned out really great.

Building drawers and adding wheels to the bottom.

Building drawers and adding wheels to the bottom.

 

Learning how to use power tools.

Learning how to use tools.

 

New desk area.

New desk area.

While cleaning out his room and closet, we found all sorts of toys, Legos, old clothes, and to my surprise, a couple of boxes of old crafts that I had tucked away on a top shelf.   One of the treasures we found was his baby blanket I made him after he was born. It is royal blue with kelly green stripes. I really like the blanket and design, plus it’s super easy to make. I’ve washed and dried that thing so many times and it’s really held up. I put it at the foot of his new bed, trying to hang on to my little guy just a little longer.

Front of baby blanket

Front of baby blanket

 

Back of baby blanket.

Back of baby blanket.

 

All grown up now!

All grown up now!

 

  

Here’s to another throw back Thursday, thanks for going down memory lane with me.

Have a great day,

 

           Carolyn :)

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Mini Granny Blanket & Hat Pattern

 

 

Mini Granny Set - The Purple Poncho July 2014 This baby set design was inspired by a young couple who are expecting their first child, and they are waiting to find out what they’re having until the baby is born.  I’ve noticed more and more couples are waiting to find out these days, very exciting.  It’s hard to make baby items if you don’t know what colors to use though.  This is an easy pattern to make up ahead of time and have ready.  Once the baby is born, you can quickly add the appropriate colors and have a beautiful gift at a moments notice.  Here we go…

Mini Granny Blanket & Hat Pattern

Blanket Pattern:

Supplies:

Lion Brand Pound of Love – Color White

Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice – Color Raspberry

Hook size “H”

Tapestry needle for weaving in the ends

Gauge: Finished blanket measures 17” x 17 “

Abbreviations:  ch – chain; sl st – slip stitch; sp – space; sc – single crochet; rsc – reverse single crochet; Shell = 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in same space; Dc cluster – 3 dc in same space. 

Notes:  Terms are in US. This is a basic granny square pattern made in a solid color. I connect each Row with a sc and start my next Row by pulling up a long loop to the size of a finished dc stitch, this does not count as dc, but does count as ch 1, and sl st. If you prefer, you can sl st to top of ch 3, sl st in next 3 stitches over to ch 1 sp, and ch 3 to start your next Row.

Instructions: With white yarn-

Ch 4, sl st to first ch to form a ring.

Row 1: Draw up long loop; 1 Shell, ch 1, 1 shell. sc in first loop loosely. (2 Shells, 2 ch 1 sp).

Row 2: Draw up long loop; *1 Shell, ch 1, *repeat 3 more times, sc in first loop of row loosely. (4 Shells, 4 ch 1 sp).

Row 3: Draw up long loop; *1 Dc cluster, ch 1; 1 Shell, ch 1; * repeat 3 more times; sc in first loop loosely. (4 shells, 4 Dc clusters, 8 ch 1 sp).

Row 4 – 15: Repeat Row 3 until you have 15 rows or desired size. Shells only in the 4 corners, dc clusters on each side in ch 1 space.

End off yarn, weave in ends.

Blanket Edging: Change color to Raspberry-

Attach yarn to any stitch from previous row. Rsc in each st around. End off yarn, weave in ends.

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Hat Pattern:

Gauge: Finished hat measures 6” wide x 4” length, fits 4 to 5 lb. baby

Supplies:

Lion Brand Pound of Love – Color White

Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice – Color Raspberry

Hook – “H”

Tapestry needle for weaving in the ends

Instructions: With white yarn-

Row 1: Ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc throughout), 9 hdc in 2nd ch from hook. (10 hdc).

Row 2: Ch 2, 2 hdc in each stitch around. (20 hdc).

Row 3: Ch 2, *2 hdc in same st, 1 hdc in next st; *repeat around, sl st to top of beginning ch 2. (30 hdc).

Row 4: Ch 2, 2 hdc in same st, *1 hdc in next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st, *repeat around, sl st to top of beginning ch 2. (40 hdc).

Row 5 – 10: 1 hdc in each st around, sl st to top of beginning ch 2. (40 hdc).

Hat edging: change color to Raspberry-

Attach yarn to any stitch from previous row.

Row 11: Ch 1; 1 rsc in each st around, sl st to beginning rsc. (40 rsc).

End off yarn, weave in ends.

Embellish with flower or motif if desired.

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Chain Flower Pattern

Supplies:

Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice – Color Raspberry

DMC Cotton Floss – Color # 3845

Steel Hook – 1.7 US

Hook size “H”

Tapestry needle for weaving in the ends

Gauge: Finished flower measures 3 1/2” across

Flower Instructions: Hook size “H” and using Raspberry yarn-

Row 1: Ch 5, sl st to first ch to form a ring.

Row 2: Ch 1, 12 sc in ring; sl st to beginning sc. (12 sc).

Row 3: *Ch 10; sl st in next st; *repeat 11 more times. (12 ch 10 petals).

End off yarn – leaving a long tail to use to sew flower to your blanket or hat. I sewed the flower on with wrong side facing up. Weave in ends

Optional: Add another color for the center of the flower. Steel Hook “1.7”

Using DMC cotton floss, all strands together. This gives a 3D effect to your flower and adds a pop of color.

Row 1: Ch 5, sl st to first ch to form a ring.

Row 2: Ch 1, 12 sc in ring; sl st to beginning sc. (12 sc).

Row 3: Ch 1, 2 sc in ea st; sl st to beginning sc. (24 sc).

End off thread – leaving a long tail to use to sew to the center of your flower. Weave in ends.

 

Mini Granny Blanket set - The Purple Poncho July 2014

Chain Flower Pattern without the optional center added

 

Chain flower - The Purple Poncho July 2014

Adding the optional center made with DMC Cotton Floss.

 

Chain Flower - July 2014 The Purple Poncho

Finished Chain Flower with optional center, gives it a 3D look.

 

Baby hat July 2014 The Purple Poncho

 

Mini Granny Blanket Set - The Purple Poncho 072014

 

Mini White Granny Set Pattern- July 2014 The Purple Poncho

I hope you enjoy these patterns.  There are really three patterns in one.  You can use them together as above, or use them separately on different projects.  Have fun!

 

Carolyn :)

 

 

 

 

Appreciate a link back to my website 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.

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