Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Aggie Hat




For decades Thanksgiving meant the Texas vs A&M game, the biggest rivalry in the state, possibly in the union, but sadly now they are in different conferences.  So in memoriam, I designed this hat just in time for Thanksgiving.  Gig'em Aggies.

Materials
  • H Hook
  • G Hook
  • Red Heart Super Saver Economy yarn, 1 skein burgundy, 1 skein soft white
  • Polyfil stuffing
  • tapestry needle
Abbreviations
ch(s)--chain(s)    dc(s)--double crochet(s)     sl st--slip stitch   st--stitch
sc(s)--single crochet(s) beg--beginning    sc2tog--single crochet 2 stitches together
rnd--round

Hat
With an H hook and burgundy yarn form a magic circle.
Rnd 1: Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), then do 11 dcs into the magic circle, sl st in top ch of beg ch, pull tail tightly to pull in the circle. (12 dcs)
Rnd 2: Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), dc again in same st, do 2 dcs in each dc to end, sl st in top of beg ch 3. (24 dcs)
Rnd 3: Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), do *2 dcs in next dc, do 1 dc in next dc* 11 times, do 2 dcs in last dc, sl st in top of beg ch 3. (36 dcs)
Rnd 4: Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), dc in next dc, *2 dcs in next dc, dc in next 2 dcs* 11 times, do 2 dcs in last dc, sl st in top of beg ch 3. (48 dcs)
Rnd 5: Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), dc in next 2 dcs, *2 dcs in next dc, dc in next 3 dcs* 11 times, do 2 dcs in last dc, sl st in top of beg ch 3. (60 dcs)
Rnd 6: Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), dc in next 3 dcs, *2 dcs in next dc, dc in next 4 dcs* 11 times, do 2 dcs in last dc, sl st in top of beg ch 3. (72 dcs) (Stop increases here for a woman's size hat, go to Rnd 9 and continue from there)

Rnd 7: Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), dc in each dc around, sl st in top of beg ch 3. (72 dcs) 
Rnd 8: Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), dc in next 4 dcs, *2 dcs in next dc, dc in next 5 dcs* 11 times, do 2 dcs in last dc, sl st in top of beg ch 3. (84 dcs)
Rnd 9 to 11: Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), dc in each dc around, sl st in top of beg ch 3. At end of Rnd 11 fasten off leaving a tail for weaving in. (84 dcs for men's 72 for women's)
Rnd 12:  Attach buff yarn in top of last carrot ch 3. Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in each st around, sl st in beg sc. (84 scs for men's hat 72 for women's)
Rnd 13: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in each st around, sl st in beg sc. (84 scs)

Now you will begin the tapestry crocheted letters.  For a more detailed tutorial on how to do tapestry crochet read this post.



I'm going to spell out how to do the first line of the tapestry chart so you know how to do it. Read the chart from top to bottom, starting with Row 14.

Rnd 14: Ch 1, sc in same sc and in next 26 scs(19 scs for woman's hat), start next sc, add burgundy yarn, sc in next sc, start next sc, add soft white yarn, sc in next 2 scs, start next sc, add burgundy yarn, sc in next 2 scs, start next sc, add soft white yarn, sc in next sc, start next sc, add burgundy yarn, sc in next 2 scs, start next sc, add soft white yarn, start next sc, add burgundy yarn, sc in next 3 scs, start next sc, add soft white yarn, start next sc, add burgundy yarn, sc in next 3 scs, start next sc, add soft white yarn, sc in next sc, start next sc, add burgundy yarn, sc in next 2 scs, start next sc, add soft white yarn, cut burgundy yarn leaving a tail for weaving in, sc in each sc around sl st in beg sc.  (84 scs)

For the next 4 rows (Rnd 15 to 18) you will start the same way,
Ch 1, sc in same sc and in next 25 scs(18 scs for the woman's size, see the W line), start next sc, add burgundy yarn, then you will follow the chart.  At the end of the chart, make sure you have switched to soft white yarn and then sc in each sc around. Make sure to sl st in the beg sc at the end of the rnd. (84 scs, men's, 72 scs, women's)

Rnd 19: Ch 1, sc in same sc and in each sc around, sl st in beg sc, fasten off leaving a tail for sewing. (84 scs mens, 72 scs women's)


Rnd 20: Attach burgundy yarn in beg sc, ch 1, sc in same sc, and in each sc around, sl st in beg sc, fasten off leaving a tail for sewing. Weave in ends. (84 scs men's, 72 scs, women's)



Hand (make 2)
With the  G Hook and soft white yarn, Ch 8.
Row 1:  Sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch to the end. (7 scs)
Row 2:  Ch 1, turn, sc in same sc, 1 sc in each sc, do a 2nd sc in last sc. (8 scs)
Row 3: Ch 1, turn, 2 scs in 1st sc, 1 sc in each sc to end. (9 scs)
Row 4: Ch 1, turn, 2 scs in 1st sc, 1 sc in each sc, do a 2nd sc in last sc. (11 scs)
Row 5: Repeat Row 4. (13 scs)
Row 6: Repeat Row 4. (15 scs)
Row 7: Ch 1, turn, sc in same sc, sc in each sc across the row. (15 scs)
Row 8: Ch 1, turn, sc in same sc, sc in each sc across, do a 2nd sc in last sc, (16 scs)
Row 9: Ch 1, turn, sc in same sc, sc in each sc across, do a 2nd sc in last sc, (17 scs)
Row 10: Ch 1, turn, sc in same sc, sc in each sc across, do a 2nd sc in last sc, (18 scs)
Row 11: Ch 1, turn, sc in same sc, sc in each sc across. (18 scs)
Row 12: Repeat Row 11. (18 scs)
Row 13: Ch 1, turn, sc in same sc, sc in each sc across, do a 2nd sc in last sc. (19 scs)
Row 14: Ch 6, turn, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch and sc across row. (24 scs)



Row 15: Ch 1, turn, sc2tog, sc in each sc across. (23 scs)


Row 16: Ch 1, turn, sc2tog, sc in next 5 scs, sc2tog. (7 scs)
Row 17: Ch 1, turn,, sc2tog, sc in next 3 scs. sc2tog. (5 scs)
Row 18: Ch 1, turn, sc2tog, sc, sc2tog. Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing. (3 scs)


Row 19: Attach yarn in 2nd sc from base of thumb, ch 1, sc in same sc, sc in next 9 scs, sc2tog. (11 scs)


Row 20: Ch 1, turn, sc in same sc, and in each sc to end of row. (11 scs)


Row 21:  Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next 7 scs, sc2tog. (9 scs)
Row 22: Ch 1, sk 1st sc, sl st in next sc, sc2tog, sc in each sc to end of row. Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing. (8 scs)


Assembly

With burgundy yarn backstitch around the edge of one of the the hand pieces.  Make sure the thumb is facing to the right. Then backstitch the fingers.

Whip stitch the 2 hand pieces together, stuffing as you go.




Make a stitch in the center of the back of the hand and pull it through to the front to make a crease in the hand.



Sew the hand onto the front of the hat.






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Thursday, September 25, 2014

How to Make Your Harley Afghan Bigger


Nina H sent me this picture of her beautiful finished Harley Afghan.  I asked her how she made it so large and she said that she did 2 dcs per square on the graph.  Two dcs makes a nice square so her afghan came out true to the design,  

If you would like to make this afghan, contact me at crochetparfaitpg@yahoo.com and I'll send you the chart.  

If you would like some tips on how to make this afghan and how to follow a chart in general check out my Harley Afghan Post and my Globe Pillow post.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Longhorn Hat


Are you ready for some football?  This UT fan is!


Materials
  • H Hook
  • G Hook
  • Red Heart Super Saver Economy yarn, 1 skein carrot, 1 skein buff
  • Polyfil stuffing
  • tapestry needle
Abbreviations
ch(s)--chain(s)    dc(s)--double crochet(s)     sl st--slip stitch   st--stitch
sc(s)--single crochet(s) beg--beginning    sc2tog--single crochet 2 stitches together
rnd--round

Hat
With an H hook and carrot yarn form a magic circle.
Rnd 1: Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), then do 11 dcs into the magic circle, sl st in top ch of beg ch, pull tail tightly to pull in the circle. (12 dcs)
Rnd 2: Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), dc again in same st, do 2 dcs in each dc to end, sl st in top of beg ch 3. (24 dcs)
Rnd 3: Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), do *2 dcs in next dc, do 1 dc in next dc* 11 times, do 2 dcs in last dc, sl st in top of beg ch 3. (36 dcs)
Rnd 4: Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), dc in next dc, *2 dcs in next dc, dc in next 2 dcs* 11 times, do 2 dcs in last dc, sl st in top of beg ch 3. (48 dcs)
Rnd 5: Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), dc in next 2 dcs, *2 dcs in next dc, dc in next 3 dcs* 11 times, do 2 dcs in last dc, sl st in top of beg ch 3. (60 dcs)
Rnd 6: Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), dc in next 3 dcs, *2 dcs in next dc, dc in next 4 dcs* 11 times, do 2 dcs in last dc, sl st in top of beg ch 3. (72 dcs) (Stop increases here for a woman's size hat, go to Rnd 9 and continue from there)

Rnd 7: Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), dc in each dc around, sl st in top of beg ch 3. (72 dcs) 
Rnd 8: Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), dc in next 4 dcs, *2 dcs in next dc, dc in next 5 dcs* 11 times, do 2 dcs in last dc, sl st in top of beg ch 3. (84 dcs)
Rnd 9 to 11: Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), dc in each dc around, sl st in top of beg ch 3. At end of Rnd 11 fasten off leaving a tail for weaving in. (84 dcs for men's 72 for women's)
Rnd 12:  Attach buff yarn in top of last carrot ch 3. Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in each st around, sl st in beg sc. (84 scs for men's hat 72 for women's)
Rnd 13: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in each st around, sl st in beg sc. (84 scs)

Now you will begin the tapestry crocheted letters.  For a more detailed tutorial on how to do tapestry crochet read this post.



I'm going to spell out how to do the first line of the tapestry chart so you know how to do it. Read the chart from top to bottom, starting with Row 14.

Rnd 14: Ch 1, sc in same sc and in next 30 scs(23 scs for woman's hat), start next sc, add carrot yarn, sc in next 3 scs, start next sc, add buff yarn, start next sc, add carrot yarn, sc in next 3 scs, start next sc, add buff yarn, start next sc, add carrot yarn, start next sc, add buff yarn, sc in next 2 scs, start next sc, add carrot yarn, start next sc, add buff yarn, sc, start next sc, add carrot yarn, sc, start next sc, add buff yarn, sc in next 2 scs, start next sc, add carrot yarn, sc in next 2 scs, start next sc, add buff yarn, cut carrot yarn leaving a tail for weaving in, sc in each sc around. (84 scs)

For the next 4 rows (Rnd 15 to 18) you will start the same way,
Ch 1, sc in same sc and in next 31 scs(25 scs for the woman's size, see the W line), start next sc, add carrot yarn, then you will follow the chart.  At the end of the chart, make sure you have switched to buff yarn and then sc in each sc around. Make sure to sl st in the beg sc at the end of the rnd. (84 scs, men's, 72 scs, women's)

Rnd 19: Ch 1, sc in same sc and in each sc around, sl st in beg sc, fasten off leaving a tail for sewing. (84 scs mens, 72 scs women's)
Rnd 20: Attach carrot yarn in beg sc, ch 1, sc in same sc, and in each sc around, sl st in beg sc, fasten off leaving a tail for sewing. Weave in ends. (84 scs men's, 72 scs, women's)



Horns
Make 2
With a G hook and off white yarn, form a magic circle
Rnd 1: Do 5 scs in magic circle, insert hook in top of beg sc and pull circle closed. (5 scs)

Rnd 2: Sc in 1st sc, mark with a stitch marker, then sc in same st, sc in next 4 scs. (6 scs)



From now on put a stitch marker in the 1st st of each rnd.  

Push the center up to form the point on the horn

Rnd 3: Sc in next sc, 2 scs in next sc, sc in next 4 scs. (7 scs)
Rnd 4: Sc in next sc, 2 scs in next 2 scs, sc in next 2 scs, sc2tog. (8 scs)
Rnd 5: Sc in next 2 scs, 2 scs in next sc, sc in next 5 scs. (9 scs)
Rnd 6: Sc in next 3 scs, 2 scs in next 2 scs, sc in next 3 scs, sc2tog. (10 scs)

From from Rnd 7 to 19 on the last sc2tog will always cross the 1st st of the previous rnd.  Don't worry just start the new rnd after that st like nothing happened.

Rnd 7: Sc in next 3 scs, 2 scs in next sc, sc in next 6 scs. (11 scs)
Rnd 8: Sc in next 4 scs, 2 scs in next 2 scs, sc in next 4 scs, sc2tog. (13 scs)
Rnd 9: Sc in next 4 scs, 2 scs in next sc, sc in next 7 scs. (13 scs)
Rnd 10: Sc in next 5 scs, 2 scs in next 2 scs, sc in next 5 scs, sc2tog. (15 scs)
Rnd 11: Sc in next 5 scs, 2 scs in next sc, sc in next 8 scs. (15 scs)
Rnd 12: Sc in next 6 scs, 2 scs in next 2 scs, sc in next 6 scs, sc2tog. (17 scs)

Rnd 13 to 17: Sc in next 16 scs. (16 scs)

Rnd 18: Sc in next 7 scs, 2 scs in next sc, sc in next 8 scs. (17 scs)
Rnd 19: Sc in next 7 scs, 2 scs in next 2 scs, sc in next 7 scs, sc2tog. (18 scs)

Rnd 20 to 21: Sc in next 18 scs. (18 scs)

Rnd 22: Sc2tog, sc in next 7 scs, 2 scs in next 2 scs, sc in next 7 scs. (19 scs)
Rnd 23: Sc in next 8 scs, 2 scs in next sc, sc in next 10 scs. (20 scs)
Rnd 24: Sc2tog, sc in next 8 scs, 2 scs in next 2 scs, sc in next 8 scs. (21 scs)
Rnd 25: Sc in next 9 scs, 2 scs in next sc, sc in next 11 scs. (22 scs)
Rnd 26: Sc2tog, sc in next 9 scs, 2 scs in next 2 scs, sc in next 9 scs. (23 scs)

Rnd 27: Sc in next 23 scs. (23 scs)
Rnd 28: Sc2tog, sc in next 21. (22 scs)

From from Rnd 29 to 30 on the last sc2tog will always cross the 1st st of the previous rnd.  Don't worry just start the new rnd after that st like nothing happened.

Rnd 29: Sc2tog, sc in next 19 scs, sc2tog. (21 scs)
Rnd 30: Sc2tog, sc in next 18 scs, sc2tog. (20 scs)

Rnd 31: Sc2tog, sc in next 18 scs. (19 scs)
Rnd 32: Sc in next 19 scs. (19 scs)

Rnd 33: Sc2tog, sc in next 6 scs, 2 scs in next 2 scs, sc in next 9 scs. (20 scs)
Rnd 34: Sc in next 9 scs, 2 scs in next sc, sc in next 10 scs. (21 scs)
Rnd 35: Sc2tog, sc in next 7 scs, 2 scs in next 2 scs, sc in next 10 scs, sl st in next sc. Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing. (22 scs)


Stuff Horn


Ears 
Make 2
With the G hook and carrot yarn, form a magic circle.
Rnd 1: Ch 1, do 3 scs in circle, ch 1, turn. (3 scs)
Rnd 2: 2 scs in each sc, pull tail to tighten circle,



ch 1, turn (6 scs)
Rnd 3: Sc in each sc across, ch 1, turn. (6 scs)
Rnd 4: Do 2 scs in 1st sc, 1 sc in next 4 scs, 2 scs in last sc, ch 1, turn. (8 scs)
Rnd 5: Sc in each sc across, ch 1, turn. (8 scs)
Rnd 6: Do 2 scs in 1st sc, 1 sc in next 6 scs, 2 scs in last sc, ch 1, turn. (10 scs)
Rnd 7: Sc in each sc across, ch 1, turn. (10 scs)
Rnd 8: Do 2 scs in 1st sc, 1 sc in next 8 scs, 2 scs in last sc, ch 1, turn. (12 scs)
Rnd 9 to 12: Sc in each sc across, ch 1, turn. (12 scs)
Rnd 13: Sc2tog, 1 sc in next 8 scs, sc2tog, ch 1, turn. (10 scs)
Rnd 14: Sc2tog, 1 sc in next 6 scs, sc2tog, fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing. (8 scs)


Assembly









Hook 'em Horns, or should I say Happy Hooking?

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