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A Girl’s Best Friend Diamond Pattern Hat


A little over three years ago I started up this tiny little blog with my first ever pattern, the Diamond Pattern Hat. I struggled FOREVER trying to help people who messaged me in facebook or emailed me understand how it was constructed and then decided that it would probably be better to put all that information up in a spot where everyone could just come to and find it on their own. I carefully edited a series of photographs and also recorded a very primitive film (done with an old Sony Cybershot balanced precariously on top of an oatmeal container…) and, for the most part, people seemed to appreciate the effort.

It’s the feedback I got from that very first post which inspired me and encouraged me to continue doing what I found that I really loved to do, and that’s to sit down and share what I love with all of you!

So today we’re going back to those humble beginnings as we revamp the diamond pattern hat into…A Girl’s Best Friend!

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I’ve revamped the original video to this hat to put all of the parts into one cohesive tutorial and have streamlined it so that the important sections are shown without any distractions (such as background chatter or lots of unnecessary words).

If you want to get crocheting, grab some yarn and hit that play button below!

If you’re interested in snagging a FREE copy of the pattern (which I highly recommend before starting), you’re in luck! All you have to do is swing by my Craftsy or Ravelry shops to download it!

http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/crocheting/accessory/a-girls-best-friend-diamond-pattern-hat/36539

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/a-girls-best-friend-diamond-pattern-hat

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Bobble Beanie



https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com/: Bobble Beanie FREE pattern

Introducing my latest pattern: The Bobble Beanie! 

I had a ton of fun creating this hat and what made it even more special is that I turned it into a collaboration! I selected three rockstar amazing crocheters and tasked them with the challenge to take the size I created (child/teen) and turn it into one other size to complete the series.

As of this post, the TODDLER size is complete!! I have to give it up to From Home for meeting and exceeding my expectations!

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com/: Bobble Beanie FREE pattern

Sizes for ADULT has yet to be released but is currently testing and once it debuts I will update the post so you can be the first to grab a copy!

BLOG UPDATE!! 12/5/2013

The Bobble Beanie in size INFANT has just been released!! I’m proud to announce Mandie’s Krafty Kreations as the designer behind this edit for the INFANT section! She took this and ran with it, creating a 0-4 month AND a 4-12 month hat!!

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com/: Bobble Beanie FREE pattern

BLOG UPDATE!! 12/14/2013

The final installment of the Bobble Beanie hat has finally gone live!! Many thanks to Looping with Love for doing such an amazing job with it!!

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com/: Bobble Beanie FREE pattern

Where to find the Bobble Beanie:

Bobble Beanie: Mandie’s Krafty Kreations: Size INFANT

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Bobble Beanie: From Home: Size TODDLER

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Bobble Beanie: HodgePodge Crochet: Size CHILD/TEEN

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Bobble Beanie: Looping with Love: Size ADULT

Pipsqueak Hats


I love fooling with new yarn, and this week I finally pulled out a skein of Bernat Pipsqueak that I’d bought ages ago. I wasn’t sure what to do with it–washcloth, gloves, socks!! I thought a hat would probably be a good starter project so I broke out my size K hook and got to work!

I love how it turned out. For such a simple hat, you can literally take it a thousand ways. The most obvious would be cutesy animals…think bunnies, chicks, and bears, Oh My!

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com: Pipsqueak Hat Pattern
Needless to say, I now am in LOVE with this yarn! It’s soft, works up fast, and is a lot of fun to work with. It does shed a bit, but the upside is that it’s easier to work with than you think. Since the stitches melt into each other, you can keep to a general stitch placement and as long as you have the end stitch count for the round, your hat should be fine!

Want to make one of your own? Have a peek at the pattern that follows!!

Pipsqueak Hat

Materials Needed:

  • Size K hook
  • Size I hook
  • Pipsqueak yarn in any color
  • Measuring tape
  • Tapestry needle

Finished circumference of hat in inches:

  • 0-3 Months: 12-14
  • 3-6 Months: 14-16
  • 6-12 Months: 16-18
  • Toddler/Child: 18-20
  • Teen/Adult: 20-22

Using a K hook and your chosen color pipsqueak yarn: Ch 3, Join with a sl st in beginning ch.

Rnd 1: Sl st into center of ring, ch 2 (counts as dc here and throughout), work 9 dc in center of ring, sl st in top of ch 2 (10)

Rnd 2: Ch 2, 1 dc in same space as join, work 2 dc in each stitch around, sl st in top of ch 2 (20)

Rnd 3: Ch 2, 1 dc in same space as join, *work 1 dc in next stitch, work 2 dc in next stitch, continue from * around, join with sl st in top of ch 2. (30) Skip to round 8 for 0-3 months.

Rnd 4: Ch 2, 1 dc in same space as join, *work 1 dc in next stitch, work 1 dc in next stitch, work 2 dc in next stitch, continue from * around, join with slst in top of ch 2. (40) Skip to round 8 for 3-6 months.

Rnd 5: Ch 2, 1 dc in same space as join, *work 1 dc in next stitch, work 1 dc in next stitch, work 1 dc in next stitch, work 2 dc in next stitch, continue from * around, join with sl st in top of ch 2. (50) Skip to round 8 for 6-12 months.

Rnd 6: Ch 2, 1 dc in same space as join, *work 1 dc in next stitch, work 1 dc in next stitch, work 1 dc in next stitch, work 1 dc in next stitch, work 2 dc in next stitch, continue from * around, join with sl st in top of ch 2. (60) Skip to round 8 for toddler/child.

Rnd 7: Ch 2, 1 dc in same space as join, *work 1 dc in next stitch, work 1 dc in next stitch, work 1 dc in next stitch, work 1 dc in next stitch, work 1 dc in next stitch, work 2 dc in next stitch, continue from * around, join with sl stin top of ch 2. (70)

Rnd 8: Ch 2, 1 dc in each dc around.

Repeat rnd 8 until hat measures:

  • 0-3 Months:  4.5 inches from top to brim.
  • 3-6 Months:  4.5 to 5 inches from top to brim.
  • 6-12 Months:  5.5 inches from top to brim.
  • Toddler/Child:  7 inches from top to brim.
  • Teen/Adult:  7.5 inches from top to brim.

Last round:  Change to an I hook. Working in a continual spiral, sc in next st and in each st around.

Repeat last round until hat measures:

  • 0-3 Months:  5 inches from top to brim.
  • 3-6 Months:  5 to 5.5 inches from top to brim.
  • 6-12 Months:  6 inches from top to brim.
  • Toddler/Child:  7.5 inches from top to brim.
  • Teen/Adult:  8 inches from top to brim.

Finish off and weave in tails.

Animal patterns to turn this super fun hat into something ADORABLE will follow!!

Beanie Hats: A Walkthrough


Beanie hats. We all love them because they are so adorable and they work up quick–and quick is good!

When I work a regular beanie I use a general hat size gauge:

0-6 months: Head Size (13-15in): Hat Size (12-14in): Hat Height (4.5-5in)

6-12 months: Head Size (16-19in): Hat Size (14-18in): Hat Height (5.5in)

1-3 Years: Head Size (18-21in): Hat Size (17-20in): Hat Height (6.5in)

4+ Years: Head Size (20-22in): Hat Size (19-21in): Hat Height (7.5in)

I tend to size them down according to age–so if you are wanting a hat for a 4 year old, I’d crochet it closer to 19 inches around than 21 because of the stretch in the yarn. I cringe when I make a hat that fits perfectly because I know if it isn’t a little bit snug on the first wear–by the 7th or 8th wear it’s going to be too large.

So what does that translate to in terms of increases? I’ll tell you!

Say you are crocheting a hat for an infant and you want to shoot for that infant range. Anything below 15 inches would be (in my book) considered ‘small’.

To get that size, you would have a total of three increase rounds.

Using an H (5.00mm) hook and any color medium worsted weight yarn:

Ch 5, Join with a sl st in beginning ch.

Row 1: Ch 2, work 9 dc in center of ring, sl st in top of ch 2 (10)

Row 2: Ch 2 (counts as one dc), 1 dc in same space as join, work 2 dc in each stitch around, sl st in top of ch 2 (20)

Row 3: Ch 2, 1 dc in same space as join, *work 1 dc in next stitch, work 2 dc in next stitch, continue from * around, join with sl st in top of ch 2. (30)

Row 4: Ch 2, 1 dc in same space as join, *work 1 dc in next stitch, work 1 dc in next stitch, work 2 dc in next stitch, continue from * around, join with sl st in top of ch 2. (40)

Row 5: Ch 2, 1 dc in same space as join, *work 1 dc in next stitch, work 1 dc in next stitch, work 1 dc in next stitch, work 2 dc in next stitch, continue from * around, join with sl st in top of ch 2. (50)

Beanie Hat: Size–Small

So, right there I have my three increase rounds (Rows 3 – 5) and for the next round I’d simply ch 2 and work one dc in each stitch around to get to the length I need (which would be around 5 inches.)

If you want a size ‘medium’ hat, which I would consider anything up to 18 inches, you would have to add in one extra increase round. So my next round would look like this:

Row 6: Ch 2, 1 dc in same space as join, *work 1 dc in next stitch, work 1 dc in next stitch, work 1 dc in next stitch, work 1 dc in next stitch, work 2 dc in next stitch, continue from * around, join with sl st in top of ch 2. (60)

Then I would ch 2 and work one dc in each stitch around to get my length.

Beanie Hat: Size–Medium

A size ‘large’ I consider to be anything 19 inches and up. That is worked by adding just one more increase round. So to make a large you would add in this:

Row 7: Ch 2, 1 dc in same space as join, *work 1 dc in next stitch, work 1 dc in next stitch, work 1 dc in next stitch, work 1 dc in next stitch, work 1 dc in next stitch, work 2 dc in next stitch, continue from * around, join with sl st in top of ch 2. (70)

After that round, you ch 2 and work one dc in each stitch around to get your length.

Beanie Hat: Size–Large

I suggest practicing a bit with the hook and your yarn. Once you get the general feel for the increases, you’ll be able to eyeball hat size without too much difficulty at all no matter what type of stitch you are working or what size hook you are using!