Basket Weave Messy Bun Hat

Being a girl, it has always been annoying trying to wear a hat if you wore your hair up. I don’t know why this didn’t go viral earlier, but the end of 2016/beginning of 2017 saw an explosion of the Messy Bun Hat. A hat that was crocheted or knitted with a hole on top to wear a bun or ponytail. Continue reading


Custom Crochet Stand Mixer Cover

My favorite aunt requested that I make her a crocheted cover for her KitchenAid stand mixer. After joking with her about only making it if I had time, I started looking for inspiration and patterns on Pinterest. After finding several crochet, fabric, and knit patterns, I sent them on to my aunt.

She fell in love with the idea of a hat being used as a mixer cover as done by this crafter. Because I’m such a wonderful niece who doesn’t listen, I looked for more inspiration and decided to use the start of a basic bag pattern that I made 2-3 years ago. Of course, since I wanted to use that pattern, I couldn’t find the book it was from. Typical, lol. Thus I went back to Pinterest and found a cool crochet tote that utilized the star stitch. 

I tried making sense of the pattern, but gave up. Being new to the star stitch, the instructions just made no sense (like when I try doing the crocodile stitch). I then went to my ever trusty books. I found the star stitch formula in one, but still didn’t get it. Thus I took to the internet for picture tutorials. I finally found one that I could wrap my head around and then it was time to start.

Since I couldn’t find my original bag pattern, I crocheted the oval in the round from memory. I’m fairly certain it is not 100% correct, but it looked okay. After I had my single crochet oval base, I moved on to the star stitch.

Since I had to rip out my oval a few times, I did not want to have to rip out my star stitches. Thus, when I realized I wasn’t doing the stitches entirely correct, I improvised. My aunt wanted a hat-like mixer cover, right? I created large pleats at the top to make it sort of like a rectangular version of a chef’s hat. Of course, it only really looks like one when it’s off the mixer. This is mainly because I made the cover to fit snuggly.

I then finished the cover off with a little mini-shell frill. My only regret isn’t taking better notes so I have an actual pattern formula. Overall, I think it turned out just fine.

This was made using two skeins of Red Heart Super Saver variegated yarn and a size H crochet hook.

Crochet Fever – Baby Sweaters

I’ve been attempting to learn crochet once more. My grandmother, before her health declined, was a crochet wizard and could quickly make beautiful things and she even made her own designs!

She did try to teach me on several occasions, but I never made it beyond the basic starter chain…sort of. I did manage to make a really wavy scarf in high school. Definitely NOT wavy by choice, but by lack of stitch control. Then my sister was pregnant with her second child a few years ago and I wanted to make her something. So I took up crochet needles and yarn once more. I bought pattern books and how to books and started on a washcloth. And that was really hard at the time. Thus, I gave it up again without finishing anything once more. Continue reading