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Mad Mad Me GIVEAWAY!


UPDATE: 2/19/13! THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!! 

For those of you who might not be familiar with Mad Mad Me, you should RUN on over to her facebook page and give her a like right now!! I’ll wait 😉 Her posts and facebook page are a constant source of both zany entertainment as well as inspiration and a chronic upbeat style that are rare traits to be found in today’s world of cut-throat ambition in the crochet world.

Her giveaways are somewhat legendary–as she’s known to have broken Rafflecopter a couple times… I told you–a legend! RIGHT NOW, she’s organized another amazing giveaway that you should take a few minutes to get in on! How do you enter?? I’ll tell you!

The giveaway opens on Feb 1st and ends Feb 15th. GIVEAWAY HAS SINCE ENDED!! 

There are SO MANY vendors offering really amazing prizes–everything from patterns to jewelry to store credit and so much more!

fyiWinners will be notified via the email address that is provided on the Rafflecopter form (if you used Facebook to enter on the form, please make sure your Facebook contact info is updated). 

Make sure you check back often as well as there are new vendors being added daily!

One more thing. If you take advantage and have both liked Mad Mad Me on facebook AND entered the giveaway, post below in the comments for a chance to win a copy of my latest pattern, The Queenie Shrug!

Thank you to all who entered!!

CONGRATS TO KELLY DE BIE FOR WINNING THE COMBO PACK OF THE QUEENIE SHRUG!! 

Wrangling Big Color Change Projects


Recently, I opened my MASSIVE book of ‘to do’ crochet projects and pulled out a pattern I’ve been itching to try since it first came out! It’s Playin’ Hooky DesignsStrata Beanie.

Here is what mine looks like halfway finished:

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The first thing you notice when you look at that hat is that it’s done using no less than 5 skeins of yarn. That is A LOT of yarn to attach to one project. One of the reasons I kept it on the back burner was simply because I’m not a huge fan of YARN KNOTS!!

However, thanks to Pinterest (I love that place!!) I stumbled on a really amazing technique that I tweaked a bit in order to tame my skeins so I didn’t end up with a single knot or a huge headache.

The tools you will need are cheap and readily available and you probably have them lying around the house right now!

In order to wrangle your yarn you will need:

  • One large sized paper clip
  • One canvas shopping bag
  • A chair or something to hang your canvas bag from so it’s suspended and not lying on the ground
  • All of your yarn

That’s it!

To get started, fold your paper clip so it looks like this:

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Next, hang your canvas bag onto the back of your chair and place the paper clip onto one of the handles. Then, begin your project, being sure to thread each new color through the TOP of one side of your paper clip. Once you have each of your colors threaded it should look like this:

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Quick Tip: Make sure when you are adding your skeins into your canvas bag you put them in so that the center pull is feeding up toward your paper clip!

Now for the fun part. The key to making this all work (and keeping your yarn untangled) is in how you crochet. Begin your project, working in the round, and when you get to the color change:

*Change as indicated, pull your loop out about an inch and then–turn your project one complete revolution in the opposite direction that you just crocheted. Reinsert your hook, pull your loop tight, and complete your next round. Repeat from * around.

It’s just that simple. If you follow those directions for each color change your yarn should remain tangle free and easy to work with!

As you can see here, I’m on round 18, my 5 skeins of yarn are totally tangle free, and I haven’t had to fool with rearranging skeins once this entire project!

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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!!

Tiny Turkey and Santa!


I’ve had a few new releases that need a home here at the blog! Let’s start with TURKEY!

Tiny Turkey was born out of my absolute love of Thanksgiving (turkey with gravy and all the trimmings is my favorite when the weather turns!!)

However, this year I decided to make our ole’ friend, Mr. Yummy Turkey, the star of the show in a whole other way!

Photographs taken by and used with permission from Multiple Blessings Photography
Turkey prop crocheted by Karen’s Crocheted Hats

I think this one is totally edible!!

You can find the pattern over in Craftsy!

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After turkey, you have to come to terms with WHO is making his way to town! To celebrate December (and all it means), I’ve come up with two hats that give a nod to the season.

The first hat is actually inspired by Mrs. Claus but has its roots in the children’s tale, Little Miss Muffet.

 

Lil‘ Miss Muffet is also available in Craftsy!

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And last, but not least, is one of my personal favorites, the Santa Pixie!

Santa Pixie hat crocheted by: The Whole Knit & Caboodle
Photography by: Photography by Tracy Cook

I love the slope and lines of this hat. It reminds me of a very merry vintage Christmas! You can find the Santa Pixie over on Craftsy too!

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Tink Freebie!


My good friend Jessica over at EatPrayYarn has just posted the CUTEST freebie on her blog.

Isn’t it sweet!

Copyright EatPrayYarn 2012.

I’m happy to say that it’s a pattern I actually saw being born over in our HodgePodge group–there is a really big group of talented crocheters over there. Love ya ladies (and gents)!! Don’t be shy to pop on over and join in 🙂

Tink happens to be one of my kids favorite fairies around so I think this costume is one I’ll be tackling very soon.

You can find it FOR FREE over on Jessica’s awesome blog: Free Tink Pattern 12-18 Months.

If you love it, leave Jessica a quick shout out in the comments!