Basic Beanie Free Crochet Pattern 2.0!


img_0854UPDATED (March 4, 2014)

Free crochet patterns for EVERY beanie size you could possibly want from Preemie all the way up to adult large.  My originally posted corhcet patterns for these beanies can be found HERE, just in case you are interested, but seeing as it was one of my earlier crochet patterns ever written, it is quite poor in quality and understand-ability (sure, that can be a word).  So, I re-worked my crochet pattern and now have it available to the public!

Stitches required

  • Ch – Chain – Yo, pull through
  • Ss – Slip Stitch – Insert hook, Yo, pull through both loops on hook
  • Dc – Double Crochet – Yo, Insert hook, yo, pull through, yo, pull through two loops on hook, yo, pull through remaining two loops
  • Inc – Work 2 Dc both into the next stitch

Materials Needed

Starting off with these basic beanie crochet patterns you could make all sorts of different hats: striped, mohawk, owl, monster, with earflaps, newsie, simple, with flowers…And, as always, if you have any questions about any of these, or need any help along the way, please do not hesitate to shoot me an email {familybugs (AT) gmail (DOT) com}.

Please note that the Ch 2 that occurs at the beginning of each round does NOT EVER count as a dc stitch throughout the crochet patterns.

These patterns are based off of the measurements taken from Bev’s Size chart, if you aren’t sure about sizing measurements…well, I’ve included that too!
Clover “Shiro” Tape Measure

  • Newborn: Head Circumference 13″ – 14 ”  33-36cm; hat circ = 11.5″ – 13″ Hat height = 5.5 to 6″ 13-15 cm
  • Baby – 3 to 6 months: Head Circumference: 14″ – 17 ”  36-43 cm; Hat height= 6.5 – 7″ 15-18 cm
  • Baby – 6 to 12 months: Head Circumference: 16″ – 19 ”  41-48 cm ;  Hat height = 7.5″  18 cm
  • Toddler – preschooler (12 months – 3 years): Head Circumference: 18″ to 20 ” 46 -48 cm; Hat height = 8″  20 cm
  • Child (3 – 10 years): Head Circumference: 19″ – 20 1/2″  48-51 cm; Hat height =8.5″  22cm
  • Pre-teens and Teens  Hat: Head Circumference: 20 1/2″ – 22″   53 -56 cm; height 9-10″  25 cm
  • Adult Woman: Head Circumference:  21.5″ – 22.5″  Hat height = 11″
  • Adult Man: Head Circumference:  23″ – 24″  58.4 cm – 61 cm; Hat height = 11″-11.5″

Gauge Swatch – This is used to determine if your tension and hook is going to create a similarly sized product at the end.  After completing this, if your swatch measures larger, you might want to choose a smaller hook and complete another gauge swatch.  If your swatch measures smaller, choose a larger hook and try again.
Ch 16
ROW 1: Sc in second ch from hook and all the way across (15) Ch 2, turn.
ROW 2: Dc all the way across (15) Ch 1, turn.
ROWs 3, 5: Repeat Row 1
ROWs 4, 6: Repeat Row 2
Finish off.  Swatch should measure pretty close to 5.5” X 3

Why double crochet? You might ask.  Well, double crochet is fast, relatively easy, and I think that it still results in a really warm product.  The looser stitches trap more air between the fibers and air is an incredible insulator (that is if you can trap it)!  Also, the looser stitching will result in a hat that has more stretch and give to it, which is more likely to fit all sorts of head shapes and sizes 😀  So, ENJOY!!

Feel free to use and distribute the finished hats however you would like, I don’t mind finished hats being sold from these patterns (That’s what I do with them), or for charity purposes, or auctions…or personal use…turn it upside down and use it as a bowl, add some handles and use it as a bag…skies the limit!

Preemie Size

RND 1: Ch 3. In 3rd chain from hook work 14 dc (14). Slip stitch to first to join.

RND 2: Ch 2 (does NOT counts as dc here or throughout). Repeat the following all the way around (8 times): Inc, dc (21) Slip stitch to first to join.

RND 3: (Last increasing round) Ch 2, repeat the following all the way around (8 times): Inc, dc 2 (28) Slip stitch to first to join.

RND 4: Ch 2 and dc in each stitch around (28). Slip stitch to top of ch 2 to join.

RNDS 5-7: Repeat RND 4.

Newborn Size

RND 1: Ch 3. In 3rd chain from hook work 16 dc (16). Slip stitch to first to join.

RND 2: Ch 2 (does NOT count as dc here or throughout). Repeat the following all the way around (8 times): Inc, dc (24) Slip stitch to first to join.

RND 3: (Last increasing round) Ch 2, repeat the following all the way around (8 times): Inc, dc 2 (32) Slip stitch to first to join.

RND 4: Ch 2 and dc in each stitch around (32). Slip stitch to top of ch 2 to join.

RNDS 5-7: Repeat RND 4.

0-3 Month Size

RND 1: Ch 3. In 3rd chain from hook work 14 dc (14). Slip stitch to first to join.

RND 2: Ch 2 (does NOT count as dc here or throughout). Repeat the following all the way around (7 times): Inc, dc (21) Slip stitch to first to join.

RND 3: Ch 2, repeat the following all the way around (7 times): Inc, dc 2 (28) Slip stitch to first to join.

RND 4: (Last increasing round) Ch 2, repeat the following all the way around (7 times): Inc, dc 3 (35) Ss to first to join.

RND 5: Ch 2 and dc in each stitch around (35). Ss to first to join.

RNDS 6-8: Repeat RND 5.

3-6 Month Size

RND 1: Ch 3. In 3rd chain from hook work 14 dc (14). Ss to first to join.

RND 2: Ch 2 (does NOT count as dc here or throughout). Repeat the following all the way around (7 times): Inc, dc (21) Ss to first to join.

RND 3: Ch 2, repeat the following all the way around (7 times): Inc, dc 2 (28) Ss to first to join.

RND 4: (Last increasing round). Ch 2, repeat the following all the way around (7 times): Inc, dc 3 (35) Ss to first to join.

RND 5: Ch 2 and dc in each stitch around (35). Ss to first to join.

RNDS 6-9: Repeat RND 5.

6-12 Month Size

RND 1: Ch 3. In 3rd chain from hook work 16 dc (16). Ss to first to join.

RND 2: Ch 2 (does NOT count as dc here or throughout). Repeat the following all the way around (8 times): Inc, dc (24) Ss to first to join.

RND 3: Ch 2, repeat the follwoing all the way around (8 times): Inc, dc 2 (32) Ss to first to join.

RND 4: (Last increasing round). Ch 2,repeat the following all the way around (8 times): Inc, dc 3 (40) Ss to first to join.

RND 5: Ch 2 and dc in each stitch around (40). Ss to first to join.

RNDS 6-9: Repeat RND 5.

12-24 Month Size

RND 1: Ch 3. In 3rd chain from hook work 14 dc (14). Ss to first to join.

RND 2: Ch 2 (does NOT count as dc here or throughout). Repeat the following all the way around (7 times): Inc, dc (21) Ss to first to join.

RND 3: Ch 2, repeat the following all the way around (7 times): Inc, dc 2 (28) Ss to first to join.

RND 4: Ch 2, repeat the following all the way around (7 times): Inc, dc 3 (35) Ss to first to join.

RND 5: (Last increasing round) Ch 2, repeat the following all the way around (7 times): Inc, dc 4 (42) Ss to first to join.

RND 6: Ch 2 and dc in each stitch around (42). Ss to first to join.

RNDS 7-10: Repeat RND 6.

img_08533-10 Years Size

RND 1: Ch 3. In 3rd chain from hook work 14 dc (14). Ss to first to join.

RND 2: Ch 2 (does NOT count as dc here or throughout). Repeat the following all the way around (7 times): Inc, dc (21) Ss to first to join.

RND 3: Ch 2, Repeat the following all the way around (7 times): Inc, dc 2 (28) Ss to first to join.

RND 4: Ch 2, Repeat the following all the way around (7 times): Inc, dc 3 (35) Ss to first to join.

RND 5: (Last increasing round) Ch 2, Repeat the following all the way around (7 times): Inc, dc 4 (42) Ss to first to join.

RND 6: Ch 2 and dc in each stitch around (42). Ss to first to join.

RNDS 7-11: Repeat RND 6.

Preteen – Teen Size

RND 1: Ch 3. In 3rd chain from hook work 16 dc (16). Ss to first to join.

RND 2: Ch 2 (does NOT count as dc here or throughout). Repeat the following all the way around (8 times): Inc, dc (24) Ss to first to join.

RND 3: Ch 2, Repeat the following all the way around (8 times): Inc, dc 2 (32) Ss to first to join.

RND 4: Ch 2, Repeat the following all the way around (8 times): Inc, dc 3 (40) Ss to first to join.

RND 5: Ch 2, Repeat the following all the way around (8 times): Inc, dc 4 (48) Ss to first to join.

RND 6: (Last increasing round) Ch 2, Repeat the following all the way around (8 times): Inc, dc 5 (56). Ss to first to join.

RND 7: Ch 2 and dc in each stitch around (56). Ss to first to join.

baby newborn preemie adult large small teenRNDS 8-12: Repeat RND 7.

Adult Small Size

With J hook

RND 1: Ch 3. In 3rd chain from hook work 16 dc (16). Ss to first to join.

RND 2: Ch 2 (does NOT count as dc here or throughout). Repeat the following all the way around (8 times): Inc, dc (24) Ss to first to join.

RND 3: Ch 2, Repeat the following all the way around (8 times): Inc, dc 2 (32) Ss to first to join.

RND 4: Ch 2, Repeat the following all the way around (8 times): Inc, dc 3 (40) Ss to first to join.

RND 5: Ch 2,Repeat the following all the way around (8 times): Inc, dc 4 (48) Ss to first to join.

RND 6: (Last increasing round) Ch 2, Repeat the following all the way around (8 times): Inc, dc 5 (56) Ss to first to join.

RND 7: Ch 2 and dc in each stitch around (56). Ss to first to join.

RNDS 8-14: Repeat RND 7.

Adult Large Size

RND 1: Ch 3. In 3rd chain from hook work 14 dc (14). Ss to first to join.

RND 2: Ch 2 (does NOT count as dc here or throughout). Repeat the following all the way around (7 times): Inc, dc (21) Ss to first to join.

RND 3: Ch 2, Repeat the following all the way around (7 times): Inc, dc 2 (28) Ss to first to join.

RND 4: Ch 2, Repeat the following all the way around (7 times): Inc, dc 3 (35) Ss to first to join.

RND 5: Ch 2, Repeat the following all the way around (7 times): Inc, dc 4 (42) Ss to first to join.

RND 6: Ch 2, Repeat the following all the way around (7 times): Inc, dc 5 (49) Ss to first to join.

RND 7: (Last Increasing round) Ch 2, Repeat the following all the way around (7 times): Inc, dc 6 (56). Ss to first to join.

RND 8: Ch 2 and dc in each stitch around (56). Ss to first to join.

RNDS 9-15: Repeat RND 8.

Basic Earflap Beanie Free Crochet Pattern


Free crochetpatterns for EVERY earflap beanie size you could possibly want from Preemie all the way up to adult large.  All you need to know is chain stitch, slip stitch, single crochet, and double crochet.   If you have access to some yarn and a J sized crochet hook, you are ready to go.  Starting off with these basic patterns you could make all sorts of different hats: striped, mohawk, owl, monster, newsie, simple, with flowers…And, as always, if you have any questions about any of these, or need any help along the way, please do not hesitate to shoot me an email {familybugs (AT) gmail (DOT) com}

Last updated: June 2, 2018

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The 12 BEST CROCHET HOOKS SET WITH ERGONOMIC HANDLES FOR EXTREME COMFORT
Clover “Shiro” Tape Measure

These patterns are based off of the measurements taken from Bev’s Size chart, if you aren’t sure about sizing measurements…well, I’ve included that too!

  • Newborn: Head Circumference 13″ – 14 ”  33-36cm
  • Baby – 3 to 6 months: Head Circumference: 14″ – 17 ”  36-43 cm
  • Baby – 6 to 12 months: Head Circumference: 16″ – 19 ”  41-48 cm
  • Toddler – preschooler (12 months – 3 years): Head Circumference: 18″ to 20 ” 46 -48 cm
  • Child (3 – 10 years): Head Circumference: 19″ – 20 1/2″  48-51 cm
  • Pre-teens and Teens  Hat: Head Circumference: 20 1/2″ – 22″   53 -56 cm
  • Adult Woman: Head Circumference:  21.5″ – 22.5″
  • Adult Man: Head Circumference:  23″ – 24″  58.4 cm – 61 cm

Why double crochet? You might ask.  Well, double crochet is fast, relatively easy, and I think that it still results in a really warm product.  The looser stitches trap more air between the fibers and air is an incredible insulator (that is if you can trap it)!  Also, the looser stitching will result in a hat that has more stretch and give to it, which is more likely to fit all sorts of head shapes and sizes 😀  So, ENJOY!!

Feel free to use and distribute this pattern however you would like, I don’t mind finished hats being sold from these patterns (That’s what I do with them), or for charity purposes, or auctions…or personal use…turn it upside down and use it as a bowl, add some handles and use it as a bag…skies the limit!

Instructions for Dc2tog stitch:

YO, Insert hook into first stitch, YO, pull through, YO, pull through two loops on hook (half of a double crochet has been completed, NOTE:  This is NOT a hdc stitch, it is half of a double crochet).  YO, Insert hook into next stitch, YO, pull through, YO pull through two loops on hook (half of another double crochet stitch has been completed).  YO, pull through all remaining loops on hook.

Preemie Size

With J hook

RND 1: Ch 3. In 3rd chain from hook work 13 more dc (14). Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2.

RND 2: Ch 2 (counts as dc here and throughout). Dc in same stitch. (Repeat the following 15 times) Dc in next space, work 2 dc in the next space. (Like a 1:2 ratio, 1 dc in one stitch, 2 dc in the next). (21) Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to join.

RND 3: (Last increasing round) Ch 2, dc in same stitch. (Repeat the following 15 times) Dc in the next two spaces, work 2 dc in the next. (this one is a 2:2 ratio, 1 dc in two stitches, 2 dc in the next). (28) Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to join.

RND 4: Ch 2 and dc in each stitch around (28). Slip stitch to top of ch 2 to join.

RNDS 5-7: Repeat RND 4.

Earflap, repeat on both sides of hat

ROW 1: Insert hook, Ch 2, dc in same stitch and in next 7 stitches (8).

ROW 2: Ch 2, turn.  Dc2tog, dc in next 4 stitches, dc2tog (6).

ROW 3: Ch 2, turn.  Dc2tog, dc in next 2 stitches, dc2tog (4).

ROW 4: Ch 2, turn.  Dc2tog twice (2).

ROW 5: Ch 2, turn.  Dc2tog (1), finish off.

For a clean look, sc around the entire hat.  For the earflaps, make sure to sc 2 into the side of each dc.  Add a braided tassel at the “peak” of each earflap to finish it off!

Newborn Size

With J hook

RND 1: Ch 3. In 3rd chain from hook work 15 more dc (16). Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2.

RND 2: Ch 2 (counts as dc here and throughout). Dc in same stitch. (Repeat the following 15 times) Dc in next space, work 2 dc in the next space. (Like a 1:2 ratio, 1 dc in one stitch, 2 dc in the next). (24) Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to join.

RND 3: (Last increasing round) Ch 2, dc in same stitch. (Repeat the following 15 times) Dc in the next two spaces, work 2 dc in the next. (this one is a 2:2 ratio, 1 dc in two stitches, 2 dc in the next). (32) Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to join.

RND 4: Ch 2 and dc in each stitch around (32). Slip stitch to top of ch 2 to join.

RNDS 5-7: Repeat RND 4.

Earflap, repeat on both sides of hat

ROW 1: Insert hook, Ch 2, dc in same stitch and in next 7 stitches (8).

ROW 2: Ch 2, turn.  Dc2tog, dc in next 4 stitches, dc2tog (6).

ROW 3: Ch 2, turn.  Dc2tog, dc in next 2 stitches, dc2tog (4).

ROW 4: Ch 2, turn.  Dc2tog twice (2).

ROW 5: Ch 2, turn.  Dc2tog (1), finish off.

For a clean look, sc around the entire hat.  For the earflaps, make sure to sc 2 into the side of each dc.  Add a braided tassel at the “peak” of each earflap to finish it off!

0-3 Month Size

With J hook

RND 1: Ch 3. In 3rd chain from hook work 13 more dc (14). Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2.

RND 2: Ch 2 (counts as dc here and throughout). Dc in same stitch. (Repeat the following 13 times) Dc in next space, work 2 dc in the next space. (Like a 1:2 ratio, 1 dc in one stitch, 2 dc in the next). (21) Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to join.

RND 3: Ch 2, dc in same stitch. (Repeat the following 13 times) Dc in the next two spaces, work 2 dc in the next. (this one is a 2:2 ratio, 1 dc in two stitches, 2 dc in the next). (28) Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to join.

RND 4: (Last increasing round) Ch 2, dc in same stitch.  (Repeat the following 13 times) Dc in the next three spaces, work 2 dc in the next.  (3:2 ration, 1 dc in three stitches, 2 dc in the next). (35) Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to join.

RND 5: Ch 2 and dc in each stitch around (35). Slip stitch to top of ch 2 to join.

RNDS 6-8: Repeat RND 5.

Earflap, repeat on both sides of hat

ROW 1: Insert hook, Ch 2, dc in same stitch and in next 7 stitches (8).

ROW 2: Ch 2, turn.  Dc2tog, dc in next 4 stitches, dc2tog (6).

ROW 3: Ch 2, turn.  Dc2tog, dc in next 2 stitches, dc2tog (4).

ROW 4: Ch 2, turn.  Dc2tog twice (2).

ROW 5: Ch 2, turn.  Dc2tog (1), finish off.

For a clean look, sc around the entire hat.  For the earflaps, make sure to sc 2 into the side of each dc.  Add a braided tassel at the “peak” of each earflap to finish it off!

3-6 Month Size

With J hook

RND 1: Ch 3. In 3rd chain from hook work 13 more dc (14). Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2.

RND 2: Ch 2 (counts as dc here and throughout). Dc in same stitch. (Repeat the following 13 times) Dc in next space, work 2 dc in the next space. (Like a 1:2 ratio, 1 dc in one stitch, 2 dc in the next). (21) Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to join.

RND 3: Ch 2, dc in same stitch. (Repeat the following 13 times) Dc in the next two spaces, work 2 dc in the next. (this one is a 2:2 ratio, 1 dc in two stitches, 2 dc in the next). (28) Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to join.

RND 4: (Last increasing round). Ch 2, dc in same stitch. (Repeat the following 13 times) Dc in the next three spaces, work 2 dc in the next. (3:2 ratio, 1 dc in three stitches, 2 dc in the next). (35) Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to join.

RND 5: Ch 2 and dc in each stitch around (35). Slip stitch to top of ch 2 to join.

RNDS 6-9: Repeat RND 5.

Earflap, repeat on both sides of hat

ROW 1: Insert hook, Ch 2, dc in same stitch and in next 9 stitches (10).

ROW 2: Ch 2, turn.  Dc2tog, dc in next 6 stitches, dc2tog (8).

ROW 3: Ch 2, turn.  Dc2tog, dc in next 4 stitches, dc2tog (6).

ROW 4: Ch 2, turn.  Dc2tog, dc in next 2 stitches, dc2tog (4).

ROW 5: Ch 2, turn.  Dc2tog twice (2).

ROW 6: Ch 2, turn.  Dc2tog (1), finish off.

For a clean look, sc around the entire hat.  For the earflaps, make sure to sc 2 into the side of each dc.  Add a braided tassel at the “peak” of each earflap to finish it off!

6-12 Month Size

With J hook

RND 1: Ch 3. In 3rd chain from hook work 15 more dc (16). Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2.

RND 2: Ch 2 (counts as dc here and throughout). Dc in same stitch. (Repeat the following 15 times) Dc in next space, work 2 dc in the next space. (Like a 1:2 ratio, 1 dc in one stitch, 2 dc in the next). (24) Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to join.

RND 3: Ch 2, dc in same stitch. (Repeat the following 15 times) Dc in the next two spaces, work 2 dc in the next. (this one is a 2:2 ratio, 1 dc in two stitches, 2 dc in the next). (32) Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to join.

RND 4: (Last increasing round). Ch 2, dc in same stitch. (Repeat the following 15 times) Dc in the next three spaces, work 2 dc in the next. (3:2 ratio, 1 dc in three stitches, 2 dc in the next). (40) Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to join.

RND 5: Ch 2 and dc in each stitch around (40). Slip stitch to top of ch 2 to join.

RNDS 6-9: Repeat RND 5.

Earflap, repeat on both sides of hat

ROW 1: Insert hook, Ch 2, dc in same stitch and in next 9 stitches (10).

ROW 2: Ch 2, turn.  Dc2tog, dc in next 6 stitches, dc2tog (8).

ROW 3: Ch 2, turn.  Dc2tog, dc in next 4 stitches, dc2tog (6).

ROW 4: Ch 2, turn.  Dc2tog, dc in next 2 stitches, dc2tog (4).

ROW 5: Ch 2, turn.  Dc2tog twice (2).

ROW 6: Ch 2, turn.  Dc2tog (1), finish off.

For a clean look, sc around the entire hat.  For the earflaps, make sure to sc 2 into the side of each dc.  Add a braided tassel at the “peak” of each earflap to finish it off!

12-24 Month Size

With J hook

RND 1: Ch 3. In 3rd chain from hook work 13 more dc (14). Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2.

RND 2: Ch 2 (counts as dc here and throughout). Dc in same stitch. (Repeat the following 13 times) Dc in next space, work 2 dc in the next space. (Like a 1:2 ratio, 1 dc in one stitch, 2 dc in the next). (21) Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to join.

RND 3: Ch 2, dc in same stitch. (Repeat the following 13 times) Dc in the next two spaces, work 2 dc in the next. (this one is a 2:2 ratio, 1 dc in two stitches, 2 dc in the next). (28) Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to join.

RND 4: Ch 2, dc in same stitch. (Repeat the following 13 times) Dc in the next three spaces, work 2 dc in the next. (3:2 ratio, 1 dc in three stitches, 2 dc in the next). (35) Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to join.

RND 5: (Last increasing round) Ch 2, dc in same stitch.  (Repeat the following 13 times) Dc in the next four spaces, work 2 dc in the next. (4:2 ratio, 1 dc in four stitches, 2 dc in the next). (42) Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to join.

RND 6: Ch 2 and dc in each stitch around (42). Slip stitch to top of ch 2 to join.

RNDS 7-10: Repeat RND 6.

Earflap, repeat on both sides of hat

ROW 1: Insert hook, Ch 2, dc in same stitch and in next 9 stitches (10).

ROW 2: Ch 2, turn.  Dc2tog, dc in next 6 stitches, dc2tog (8).

ROW 3: Ch 2, turn.  Dc2tog, dc in next 4 stitches, dc2tog (6).

ROW 4: Ch 2, turn.  Dc2tog, dc in next 2 stitches, dc2tog (4).

ROW 5: Ch 2, turn.  Dc2tog twice (2).

ROW 6: Ch 2, turn.  Dc2tog (1), finish off.

For a clean look, sc around the entire hat.  For the earflaps, make sure to sc 2 into the side of each dc.  Add a braided tassel at the “peak” of each earflap to finish it off!

3-10 Years Size

With K hook

RND 1: Ch 3. In 3rd chain from hook work 13 more dc (14). Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2.

RND 2: Ch 2 (counts as dc here and throughout). Dc in same stitch. (Repeat the following 13 times) Dc in next space, work 2 dc in the next space. (Like a 1:2 ratio, 1 dc in one stitch, 2 dc in the next). (21) Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to join.

RND 3: Ch 2, dc in same stitch. (Repeat the following 13 times) Dc in the next two spaces, work 2 dc in the next. (this one is a 2:2 ratio, 1 dc in two stitches, 2 dc in the next). (28) Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to join.

RND 4: Ch 2, dc in same stitch. (Repeat the following 13 times) Dc in the next three spaces, work 2 dc in the next. (3:2 ratio, 1 dc in three stitches, 2 dc in the next). (35) Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to join.

RND 5: (Last increasing round) Ch 2, dc in same stitch.  (Repeat the following 13 times) Dc in the next four spaces, work 2 dc in the next. (4:2 ratio, 1 dc in four stitches, 2 dc in the next). (42) Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to join.

RND 6: Ch 2 and dc in each stitch around (42). Slip stitch to top of ch 2 to join.

RNDS 7-11: Repeat RND 6.

Earflap, repeat on both sides of hat

ROW 1: Insert hook, Ch 2, dc in same stitch and in next 9 stitches (10).

ROW 2: Ch 2, turn.  Dc2tog, dc in next 6 stitches, dc2tog (8).

ROW 3: Ch 2, turn.  Dc2tog, dc in next 4 stitches, dc2tog (6).

ROW 4: Ch 2, turn.  Dc2tog, dc in next 2 stitches, dc2tog (4).

ROW 5: Ch 2, turn.  Dc2tog twice (2).

ROW 6: Ch 2, turn.  Dc2tog (1), finish off.

For a clean look, sc around the entire hat.  For the earflaps, make sure to sc 2 into the side of each dc.  Add a braided tassel at the “peak” of each earflap to finish it off!

Preteen – Teen Size

With J hook

RND 1: Ch 3. In 3rd chain from hook work 15 more dc (16). Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2.

RND 2: Ch 2 (counts as dc here and throughout). Dc in same stitch. (Repeat the following 15 times) Dc in next space, work 2 dc in the next space. (Like a 1:2 ratio, 1 dc in one stitch, 2 dc in the next). (24) Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to join.

RND 3: Ch 2, dc in same stitch. (Repeat the following 15 times) Dc in the next two spaces, work 2 dc in the next. (this one is a 2:2 ratio, 1 dc in two stitches, 2 dc in the next). (32) Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to join.

RND 4: Ch 2, dc in same stitch. (Repeat the following 15 times) Dc in the next three spaces, work 2 dc in the next. (3:2 ratio, 1 dc in three stitches, 2 dc in the next). (40) Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to join.

RND 5: Ch 2, dc in same stitch. (Repeat the following 15 times) Dc in the next four spaces, work 2 dc in the next. (4:2 ratio, 1 dc in four stitches, 2 dc in the next). (48) Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to join.

RND 6: (Last increasing round) Ch 2, dc in same stitch.  (Repeat the following 15 times) Dc in the next five spaces, work 2 dc in the next. (5:2 ratio, 1 dc in five stitches, 2 dc in the next). Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to join.

RND 7: Ch 2 and dc in each stitch around. Slip stitch to top of ch 2 to join.

baby newborn preemie adult large small teenRNDS 8-12: Repeat RND 7.

Earflap, repeat on both sides of hat

ROW 1: Insert hook, Ch 2, dc in same stitch and in next 11 stitches (12).

ROW 2: Ch 2, turn.  Dc2tog, dc in next 8 stitches, dc2tog (10).

ROW 3: Ch 2, turn.  Dc2tog, dc in next 6 stitches, dc2tog (8).

ROW 4: Ch 2, turn.  Dc2tog, dc in next 4 stitches, dc2tog (6).

ROW 5: Ch 2, turn.  Dc2tog, dc in next 2 stitches, dc2tog (4).

ROW 6: Ch 2, turn.  Dc2tog twice (2).

ROW 7: Ch 2, turn.  Dc2tog (1), finish off.

For a clean look, sc around the entire hat.  For the earflaps, make sure to sc 2 into the side of each dc.  Add a braided tassel at the “peak” of each earflap to finish it off!

Adult Small Size

With J hook

RND 1: Ch 3. In 3rd chain from hook work 15 more dc (16). Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2.

RND 2: Ch 2 (counts as dc here and throughout). Dc in same stitch. (Repeat the following 15 times) Dc in next space, work 2 dc in the next space. (Like a 1:2 ratio, 1 dc in one stitch, 2 dc in the next). (24) Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to join.

RND 3: Ch 2, dc in same stitch. (Repeat the following 15 times) Dc in the next two spaces, work 2 dc in the next. (this one is a 2:2 ratio, 1 dc in two stitches, 2 dc in the next). (32) Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to join.

RND 4: Ch 2, dc in same stitch. (Repeat the following 14 times) Dc in the next three spaces, work 2 dc in the next. (3:2 ratio, 1 dc in three stitches, 2 dc in the next). (40) Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to join.

RND 5: Ch 2, dc in same stitch.  (Repeat the following 14 times) Dc in the next four spaces, work 2 dc in the next. (4:2 ratio, 1 dc in four stitches, 2 dc in the next). (48) Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to join.

RND 6: (Last increasing round) Ch 2, dc in same stitch. (Repeat the following 14 times) Dc in the next five spaces, work 2 dc in the next. (5:2 ratio, 1 dc in five stitches, 2 dc in the next). Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to join.

RND 7: Ch 2 and dc in each stitch around. Slip stitch to top of ch 2 to join.

RNDS 8-14: Repeat RND 7.

Earflap, repeat on both sides of hat

ROW 1: Insert hook, Ch 2, dc in same stitch and in next 11 stitches (12).

ROW 2: Ch 2, turn.  Dc2tog, dc in next 8 stitches, dc2tog (10).

ROW 3: Ch 2, turn.  Dc2tog, dc in next 6 stitches, dc2tog (8).

ROW 4: Ch 2, turn.  Dc2tog, dc in next 4 stitches, dc2tog (6).

ROW 5: Ch 2, turn.  Dc2tog, dc in next 2 stitches, dc2tog (4).

ROW 6: Ch 2, turn.  Dc2tog twice (2).

ROW 7: Ch 2, turn.  Dc2tog (1), finish off.

For a clean look, sc around the entire hat.  For the earflaps, make sure to sc 2 into the side of each dc.  Add a braided tassel at the “peak” of each earflap to finish it off!

Adult Large Size

With J hook

RND 1: Ch 3. In 3rd chain from hook work 13 more dc (14). Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2.

RND 2: Ch 2 (counts as dc here and throughout). Dc in same stitch. (Repeat the following 13 times) Dc in next space, work 2 dc in the next space. (Like a 1:2 ratio, 1 dc in one stitch, 2 dc in the next). (21) Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to join.

RND 3: Ch 2, dc in same stitch. (Repeat the following 13 times) Dc in the next two spaces, work 2 dc in the next. (this one is a 2:2 ratio, 1 dc in two stitches, 2 dc in the next). (28) Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to join.

RND 4: Ch 2, dc in same stitch. (Repeat the following 13 times) Dc in the next three spaces, work 2 dc in the next. (3:2 ratio, 1 dc in three stitches, 2 dc in the next). (35) Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to join.

RND 5: Ch 2, dc in same stitch.  (Repeat the following 13 times) Dc in the next four spaces, work 2 dc in the next. (4:2 ratio, 1 dc in four stitches, 2 dc in the next). (42) Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to join.

RND 6: Ch 2, dc in same stitch.  (Repeat the following 13 times) Dc in the next five spaces, work 2 dc in the next. (5:2 ratio, 1 dc in five stitches, 2 dc in the next). (49) Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to join.

RND 7: (Last Increasing round) Ch 2, dc in same stitch. (Repeat the following 13 times) Dc in the next six spaces, work 2 dc in the next. (6:2 ratio, 1 dc in six stitches, 2 dc in the next). Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to join.

RND 8: Ch 2 and dc in each stitch around. Slip stitch to top of ch 2 to join.

RNDS 9-15: Repeat RND 8.

Earflap, repeat on both sides of hat

ROW 1: Insert hook, Ch 2, dc in same stitch and in next 11 stitches (12).

ROW 2: Ch 2, turn.  Dc2tog, dc in next 8 stitches, dc2tog (10).

ROW 3: Ch 2, turn.  Dc2tog, dc in next 6 stitches, dc2tog (8).

ROW 4: Ch 2, turn.  Dc2tog, dc in next 4 stitches, dc2tog (6).

ROW 5: Ch 2, turn.  Dc2tog, dc in next 2 stitches, dc2tog (4).

ROW 6: Ch 2, turn.  Dc2tog twice (2).

ROW 7: Ch 2, turn.  Dc2tog (1), finish off.

For a clean look, sc around the entire hat.  For the earflaps, make sure to sc 2 into the side of each dc.  Add a braided tassel at the “peak” of each earflap to finish it off!

50 Blogging Topics for the craft seller


Whether you are selling your crafts, or just blogging about them…really, any sort of blog that you may write, it can be difficult to come up with topics. After a while, you start to run out of ideas. Well, here are a hundred different topics that you may choose to blog about 🙂

 

  1. How did you learn to do this craft?
  2. What is your inspiration for your products?
  3. Mais material || More supplies
    Mais material || More supplies (Photo credit: Ei! Kumpel)

    Where do you get your materials?

  4. Let your needle have a conversation with the fabric.  Or your pleater can have a conversation with the needles.  Or whatever materials you use, let them talk to each other about what is going on.
  5. Explain, in a different perspective, the creation process.  Maybe take the point of view of your left pinky fingernail.  Take your craft from the research period, to the gathering materials, to the actual creation, marketing, and all the way to the packaging and shipping out.

  6. Why do you sell what you make?  to what purpose does your business exist?
  7. Material
    Material (Photo credit: Siona Karen)

    A day in the life of… pick something, pick one of your tools, talk about yourself, maybe from the table where all of your work takes place.

  8. Tutorial.  Maybe from the very beginning.  ”How to smock: basic stitches”.
  9. Maybe throw in a “help me” post asking for suggestions, tips, advice, to fellow artists.
  10. In what ways have you grown and developed your skill set to become more efficient, faster, or increase the quality of your work since the beginning of your business?
  11. Where do you get your patterns?  Or if you design your own, when did you first start doing that?
  12. Research the production of your materials.  For example, pick your favorite brand of embroidery thread.  Find out how it is manufactured.  Then, narrate the process, or go on a factory tour.
  13. Glassworking made Querétaro an economic center...
    Glassworking made Querétaro an economic center in the 1700s, and glass crafting is still a novelty trade mark of the city today. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    Try something new.  If you normally cross stitch on the specially designed fabric, why not try to cross stitch on a pillow case?

  14. Is there something about your craft that bothers you?  Don’t be afraid to rant about it.
  15. Famous people who needle art.  Google it, do a bit of research, then blog about these historic or pop culture figures.
  16. Where do you get your inspiration?
  17. Your ideal photographing situation.
  18. Process of editing your photography.
  19. THE perfect tool of your trade (maybe it doesn’t even exist yet).
  20. Share some of your photography knowledge with your readers.  I’m sure that they also have a camera that they use upon occasion.
  21. Your ideal client/model/subject.  Feel free to be totally vague about this one, or make it quite personal (but anonymous)
  22. Photographs from a gallery in Skopje, Macedoni...
    Photographs from a gallery in Skopje, Macedonia, that mostly works on crafting and painting icons. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    What sort of classes or research or experimentation have you done to set yourself apart from the amateur?

  23. How many years have you been a crafter?
  24. Compare yourself now to yourself back when you first started.  How have you changed?  What did you do at the very beginning that was obviously noob?
  25. What about developing finished products?  You can share this process of the creation without going into huge details.
  26. Where do you get your materials?
  27. What is your favorite tools – which brush do you use to form what texture?
  28. Experiment: Use a different brush, a different brand of paint, a different canvas.
  29. Crafts for Fun and Profit 7
    Crafts for Fun and Profit 7 (Photo credit: sallysetsforth)

    What are your favorite colors to work with, and why?

  30. What are your opinions on textures and how do you go about creating different ones?
  31. Everyone had a beginning, describe yours.
  32. Describe what you think each color means (either with personalities, or with emotions, or whatever you can think of).
  33. Tutorial of something that you don’t sell.
  34. Your dream machine.  That big bad sewing machine that you would practically die for.
  35. What’s your process for creating?
  36. Where do you get your materials?
  37. How is your favorite medium created?
  38. COLORS!
  39. How do you handle custom orders?

  40. Let your tools have a “relationship” with each other.  This could be a real cute on-going theme for your blog (I caution about being too raunchy with this idea, you want to encourage readers, not drive them away).
  41. Urban Craft Uprising
    Urban Craft Uprising (Photo credit: bre pettis)

    Photograph a tour of your workspace.  Use close-ups, show your readers where you keep everything.

  42. A day in the life.  What do you spend your time throughout the day doing?
  43. How did you get started selling your particular products?
  44. Where do you get the materials?
  45. How much time do you spend on one product?
  46. Do you ever suffer craft-related injuries?
  47. What kind of material do you use?  Is it a special kind, unique manufacturing, or texture?
  48. Try a new method.  Maybe try to create your product from fabric instead of paper.  How about trying your hand at making your own paper?
  49. Urban Craft Uprising
    Urban Craft Uprising (Photo credit: bre pettis)

    What materials and tools do you typically use?

  50. Chose one of your simpler (or cheaper) products and include a tutorial (use LOTS of pictures, or better yet, a VIDEO!)
  51. BONUS: You can show your creation process without showing how you make it.  What steps do you use: gather the materials and tools, cut the paper, design the finished product in your head.  Be humorous with it.
  52. BONUS: Write from the materials perspective, starting from creation all the way through the product creation and to its new home with the customer.
  53. BONUS: Future goals for your business.  Where do you see your business in a year, in five years, in ten years?  What are you going to do in order to reach those goals.

 

If you do end up blogging about one of these topics, I would LOVE some link back love, I would definitely read anything you wrote, and it’d be great exposure for you too!

 

Today’s blog post is brought to you by the letter B – blogging topics!!

 

If you’d like to add to this list, by all means, just leave a comment below!  If you liked this post please share it with your friends and like it!  Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog for more tips, advice, and suggestions for selling your hand-made crafts 🙂

 

 

Basic Beanie Free Crochet Pattern


An updated version of this pattern can be found HERE

Free crochet patterns for EVERY beanie size you could possibly want from Preemie all the way up to adult large.  All you need to know is chain stitch, slip stitch, and double crochet.   If you have access to some yarn and a J sized crochet hook, you are ready to go.  Starting off with these basic patterns you could make all sorts of different hats: striped, mohawk, owl, monster, with earflaps, newsie, simple, with flowers…And, as always, if you have any questions about any of these, or need any help along the way, please do not hesitate to shoot me an email {familybugs (AT) gmail (DOT) com}

Red Heart Super Saver
The 12 BEST CROCHET HOOKS SET WITH ERGONOMIC HANDLES FOR EXTREME COMFORT
Clover “Shiro” Tape Measure

These patterns are based off of the measurements taken from Bev’s Size chart, if you aren’t sure about sizing measurements…well, I’ve included that too!

  • Newborn: Head Circumference 13″ – 14 ”  33-36cm; hat circ = 11.5″ – 13″ Hat height = 5.5 to 6″ 13-15 cm
  • Baby – 3 to 6 months: Head Circumference: 14″ – 17 ”  36-43 cm; Hat height= 6.5 – 7″ 15-18 cm
  • Baby – 6 to 12 months: Head Circumference: 16″ – 19 ”  41-48 cm ;  Hat height = 7.5″  18 cm
  • Toddler – preschooler (12 months – 3 years): Head Circumference: 18″ to 20 ” 46 -48 cm; Hat height = 8″  20 cm
  • Child (3 – 10 years): Head Circumference: 19″ – 20 1/2″  48-51 cm; Hat height =8.5″  22cm
  • Pre-teens and Teens  Hat: Head Circumference: 20 1/2″ – 22″   53 -56 cm; height 9-10″  25 cm
  • Adult Woman: Head Circumference:  21.5″ – 22.5″  Hat height = 11″
  • Adult Man: Head Circumference:  23″ – 24″  58.4 cm – 61 cm; Hat height = 11″-11.5″

Why double crochet? You might ask.  Well, double crochet is fast, relatively easy, and I think that it still results in a really warm product.  The looser stitches trap more air between the fibers and air is an incredible insulator (that is if you can trap it)!  Also, the looser stitching will result in a hat that has more stretch and give to it, which is more likely to fit all sorts of head shapes and sizes 😀  So, ENJOY!!

Feel free to use and distribute this pattern however you would like, I don’t mind finished hats being sold from these patterns (That’s what I do with them), or for charity purposes, or auctions…or personal use…turn it upside down and use it as a bowl, add some handles and use it as a bag…skies the limit!

Preemie Size

With J hook

RND 1: Ch 3. In 3rd chain from hook work 13 more dc (14). Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2.

RND 2: Ch 2 (counts as dc here and throughout). Dc in same stitch. (Repeat the following 15 times) Dc in next space, work 2 dc in the next space. (Like a 1:2 ratio, 1 dc in one stitch, 2 dc in the next). (21) Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to join.

RND 3: (Last increasing round) Ch 2, dc in same stitch. (Repeat the following 15 times) Dc in the next two spaces, work 2 dc in the next. (this one is a 2:2 ratio, 1 dc in two stitches, 2 dc in the next). (28) Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to join.

RND 4: Ch 2 and dc in each stitch around (28). Slip stitch to top of ch 2 to join.

RNDS 5-7: Repeat RND 4.

Newborn Size

With J hook

RND 1: Ch 3. In 3rd chain from hook work 15 more dc (16). Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2.

RND 2: Ch 2 (counts as dc here and throughout). Dc in same stitch. (Repeat the following 15 times) Dc in next space, work 2 dc in the next space. (Like a 1:2 ratio, 1 dc in one stitch, 2 dc in the next). (24) Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to join.

RND 3: (Last increasing round) Ch 2, dc in same stitch. (Repeat the following 15 times) Dc in the next two spaces, work 2 dc in the next. (this one is a 2:2 ratio, 1 dc in two stitches, 2 dc in the next). (32) Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to join.

RND 4: Ch 2 and dc in each stitch around (32). Slip stitch to top of ch 2 to join.

RNDS 5-7: Repeat RND 4.

0-3 Month Size

With J hook

RND 1: Ch 3. In 3rd chain from hook work 13 more dc (14). Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2.

RND 2: Ch 2 (counts as dc here and throughout). Dc in same stitch. (Repeat the following 13 times) Dc in next space, work 2 dc in the next space. (Like a 1:2 ratio, 1 dc in one stitch, 2 dc in the next). (21) Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to join.

RND 3: Ch 2, dc in same stitch. (Repeat the following 13 times) Dc in the next two spaces, work 2 dc in the next. (this one is a 2:2 ratio, 1 dc in two stitches, 2 dc in the next). (28) Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to join.

RND 4: (Last increasing round) Ch 2, dc in same stitch.  (Repeat the following 13 times) Dc in the next three spaces, work 2 dc in the next.  (3:2 ration, 1 dc in three stitches, 2 dc in the next). (35) Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to join.

RND 5: Ch 2 and dc in each stitch around (35). Slip stitch to top of ch 2 to join.

RNDS 6-8: Repeat RND 5.

3-6 Month Size

With J hook

RND 1: Ch 3. In 3rd chain from hook work 13 more dc (14). Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2.

RND 2: Ch 2 (counts as dc here and throughout). Dc in same stitch. (Repeat the following 13 times) Dc in next space, work 2 dc in the next space. (Like a 1:2 ratio, 1 dc in one stitch, 2 dc in the next). (21) Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to join.

RND 3: Ch 2, dc in same stitch. (Repeat the following 13 times) Dc in the next two spaces, work 2 dc in the next. (this one is a 2:2 ratio, 1 dc in two stitches, 2 dc in the next). (28) Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to join.

RND 4: (Last increasing round). Ch 2, dc in same stitch. (Repeat the following 13 times) Dc in the next three spaces, work 2 dc in the next. (3:2 ratio, 1 dc in three stitches, 2 dc in the next). (35) Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to join.

RND 5: Ch 2 and dc in each stitch around (35). Slip stitch to top of ch 2 to join.

RNDS 6-9: Repeat RND 5.

6-12 Month Size

With J hook

RND 1: Ch 3. In 3rd chain from hook work 15 more dc (16). Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2.

RND 2: Ch 2 (counts as dc here and throughout). Dc in same stitch. (Repeat the following 15 times) Dc in next space, work 2 dc in the next space. (Like a 1:2 ratio, 1 dc in one stitch, 2 dc in the next). (24) Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to join.

RND 3: Ch 2, dc in same stitch. (Repeat the following 15 times) Dc in the next two spaces, work 2 dc in the next. (this one is a 2:2 ratio, 1 dc in two stitches, 2 dc in the next). (32) Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to join.

RND 4: (Last increasing round). Ch 2, dc in same stitch. (Repeat the following 15 times) Dc in the next three spaces, work 2 dc in the next. (3:2 ratio, 1 dc in three stitches, 2 dc in the next). (40) Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to join.

RND 5: Ch 2 and dc in each stitch around (40). Slip stitch to top of ch 2 to join.

RNDS 6-9: Repeat RND 5.

12-24 Month Size

With J hook

RND 1: Ch 3. In 3rd chain from hook work 13 more dc (14). Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2.

RND 2: Ch 2 (counts as dc here and throughout). Dc in same stitch. (Repeat the following 13 times) Dc in next space, work 2 dc in the next space. (Like a 1:2 ratio, 1 dc in one stitch, 2 dc in the next). (21) Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to join.

RND 3: Ch 2, dc in same stitch. (Repeat the following 13 times) Dc in the next two spaces, work 2 dc in the next. (this one is a 2:2 ratio, 1 dc in two stitches, 2 dc in the next). (28) Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to join.

RND 4: Ch 2, dc in same stitch. (Repeat the following 13 times) Dc in the next three spaces, work 2 dc in the next. (3:2 ratio, 1 dc in three stitches, 2 dc in the next). (35) Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to join.

RND 5: (Last increasing round) Ch 2, dc in same stitch.  (Repeat the following 13 times) Dc in the next four spaces, work 2 dc in the next. (4:2 ratio, 1 dc in four stitches, 2 dc in the next). (42) Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to join.

RND 6: Ch 2 and dc in each stitch around (42). Slip stitch to top of ch 2 to join.

RNDS 7-10: Repeat RND 6.

3-10 Years Size

With K hook

RND 1: Ch 3. In 3rd chain from hook work 13 more dc (14). Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2.

RND 2: Ch 2 (counts as dc here and throughout). Dc in same stitch. (Repeat the following 13 times) Dc in next space, work 2 dc in the next space. (Like a 1:2 ratio, 1 dc in one stitch, 2 dc in the next). (21) Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to join.

RND 3: Ch 2, dc in same stitch. (Repeat the following 13 times) Dc in the next two spaces, work 2 dc in the next. (this one is a 2:2 ratio, 1 dc in two stitches, 2 dc in the next). (28) Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to join.

RND 4: Ch 2, dc in same stitch. (Repeat the following 13 times) Dc in the next three spaces, work 2 dc in the next. (3:2 ratio, 1 dc in three stitches, 2 dc in the next). (35) Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to join.

RND 5: (Last increasing round) Ch 2, dc in same stitch.  (Repeat the following 13 times) Dc in the next four spaces, work 2 dc in the next. (4:2 ratio, 1 dc in four stitches, 2 dc in the next). (42) Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to join.

RND 6: Ch 2 and dc in each stitch around (42). Slip stitch to top of ch 2 to join.

RNDS 7-11: Repeat RND 6.

Preteen – Teen Size

With J hook

RND 1: Ch 3. In 3rd chain from hook work 15 more dc (16). Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2.

RND 2: Ch 2 (counts as dc here and throughout). Dc in same stitch. (Repeat the following 15 times) Dc in next space, work 2 dc in the next space. (Like a 1:2 ratio, 1 dc in one stitch, 2 dc in the next). (24) Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to join.

RND 3: Ch 2, dc in same stitch. (Repeat the following 15 times) Dc in the next two spaces, work 2 dc in the next. (this one is a 2:2 ratio, 1 dc in two stitches, 2 dc in the next). (32) Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to join.

RND 4: Ch 2, dc in same stitch. (Repeat the following 15 times) Dc in the next three spaces, work 2 dc in the next. (3:2 ratio, 1 dc in three stitches, 2 dc in the next). (40) Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to join.

RND 5: Ch 2, dc in same stitch. (Repeat the following 15 times) Dc in the next four spaces, work 2 dc in the next. (4:2 ratio, 1 dc in four stitches, 2 dc in the next). (48) Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to join.

RND 6: (Last increasing round) Ch 2, dc in same stitch.  (Repeat the following 15 times) Dc in the next five spaces, work 2 dc in the next. (5:2 ratio, 1 dc in five stitches, 2 dc in the next). Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to join.

RND 7: Ch 2 and dc in each stitch around. Slip stitch to top of ch 2 to join.

baby newborn preemie adult large small teenRNDS 8-12: Repeat RND 7.

Adult Small Size

With J hook

RND 1: Ch 3. In 3rd chain from hook work 15 more dc (16). Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2.

RND 2: Ch 2 (counts as dc here and throughout). Dc in same stitch. (Repeat the following 15 times) Dc in next space, work 2 dc in the next space. (Like a 1:2 ratio, 1 dc in one stitch, 2 dc in the next). (24) Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to join.

RND 3: Ch 2, dc in same stitch. (Repeat the following 15 times) Dc in the next two spaces, work 2 dc in the next. (this one is a 2:2 ratio, 1 dc in two stitches, 2 dc in the next). (32) Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to join.

RND 4: Ch 2, dc in same stitch. (Repeat the following 14 times) Dc in the next three spaces, work 2 dc in the next. (3:2 ratio, 1 dc in three stitches, 2 dc in the next). (40) Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to join.

RND 5: Ch 2, dc in same stitch.  (Repeat the following 14 times) Dc in the next four spaces, work 2 dc in the next. (4:2 ratio, 1 dc in four stitches, 2 dc in the next). (48) Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to join.

RND 6: (Last increasing round) Ch 2, dc in same stitch. (Repeat the following 14 times) Dc in the next four spaces, work 2 dc in the next. (5:2 ratio, 1 dc in five stitches, 2 dc in the next). Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to join.

RND 7: Ch 2 and dc in each stitch around. Slip stitch to top of ch 2 to join.

RNDS 8-14: Repeat RND 7.

Adult Large Size

With J hook

RND 1: Ch 3. In 3rd chain from hook work 13 more dc (14). Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2.

RND 2: Ch 2 (counts as dc here and throughout). Dc in same stitch. (Repeat the following 13 times) Dc in next space, work 2 dc in the next space. (Like a 1:2 ratio, 1 dc in one stitch, 2 dc in the next). (21) Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to join.

RND 3: Ch 2, dc in same stitch. (Repeat the following 13 times) Dc in the next two spaces, work 2 dc in the next. (this one is a 2:2 ratio, 1 dc in two stitches, 2 dc in the next). (28) Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to join.

RND 4: Ch 2, dc in same stitch. (Repeat the following 13 times) Dc in the next three spaces, work 2 dc in the next. (3:2 ratio, 1 dc in three stitches, 2 dc in the next). (35) Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to join.

RND 5: Ch 2, dc in same stitch.  (Repeat the following 13 times) Dc in the next four spaces, work 2 dc in the next. (4:2 ratio, 1 dc in four stitches, 2 dc in the next). (42) Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to join.

RND 6: Ch 2, dc in same stitch.  (Repeat the following 13 times) Dc in the next five spaces, work 2 dc in the next. (5:2 ratio, 1 dc in five stitches, 2 dc in the next). (49) Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to join.

RND 7: (Last Increasing round) Ch 2, dc in same stitch. (Repeat the following 13 times) Dc in the next six spaces, work 2 dc in the next. (6:2 ratio, 1 dc in six stitches, 2 dc in the next). Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to join.

RND 8: Ch 2 and dc in each stitch around. Slip stitch to top of ch 2 to join.

RNDS 9-15: Repeat RND 8.

For the needle art-er (part 2)


Detail of Image:Sampler by Elizabeth Laidman, ...
Detail of Image:Sampler by Elizabeth Laidman, 1760.jpg (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We have already discussed the wide variety of crafts that needle art covers, but as a quick review: “Needlework is a broad term for the handicrafts of decorative sewing and textile arts. Anything that uses a needle for construction can be called needlework. The definition may expand to include related textile crafts such as a crochet hook or tatting shuttles.” Which covers the following: crochet, knitting, cross stitch, smocking, embroidery, felting and others.

Last post in this series, I focused on crochet, knitting, and felting. This post I want to focus on the other needle arts: cross stitch, smocking, and embroidery. Cross stitching is often done on a very specific type of material that has little holes in a grid-like pattern, but can really be done in any material. Using a needle and some embroidery thread, the crafter makes little crosses and basically pixels an image or text into the material. Smocking is similar to cross stitching except that it is done on material that has been pleated. Embroidery is also similar to cross stitching but without the cross-action, and can be hand embroidered or machine embroidery.

There is lots that you can sell that is related to these three crafts of the needle arts, so let’s get to brainstorming!

  • Clothing accents – Little details on necklines, hemlines, or pockets to change a plain garment into something fancy.
  • Interior decorations – Tapestries, wall hangings, pillows, table runners.
  • Heirlooms – Baby blankets, Wedding Hanky’s.
  • Flags
  • DIY kits (include the material, the embroidery thread, needle, hoop, directions or instructions).
  • Bookmarks
  • Smocking plates (a lot of people don’t want to do these themselves, even though it is really simple in my opinion, it still takes time and resources that they may not have or want to expend).
  • Grid pictures and patterns.
  • ANYTHING can be personalized to add an extra incentive for customers to buy.
Smocked dress
Smocked dress (Photo credit: Gauis Caecilius)

These are really time-consuming crafts, so really play-up that they are hand made with careful attention to each stitch and detail. If you make-up your own patterns market the individuality of you as the designer and artist. Hand-stitched, will probably be your key words to use on a regular basis. Don’t be afraid to let your customers know how much time and energy is going into one garment.

If you purchase pre-made garments and then personalize them in whatever way, don’t be afraid to let your customers know where you get these, and even let them supply their own garments when able.  Even if you just did the smocking on that little girl’s dress, you picked out the pattern, the colors to use, and even the dress to put it all on.  So, try marketing to that perspective.

If you are making wedding or heirloom items, make sure that your products are TOP quality, and then TELL your customers that they are such.  Always make sure that you are pricing your items competitively, and let your customers know why they are priced that way.  Higher quality goods are going to cost a little bit more…market that!

There are lots of different ways that you can advertise and market these particular niches of needle art.  I think that the biggest marketing campaign is going to be letting your customers know when something is hand-stitched.  Even if you do use a machine, people are willing to pay for customized products and cuteness!!

Blog topics – once again, I am covering 3 different crafts in this post (albeit related crafts), so I am going to have 15 blog topics instead of the normal 10

  1. How did you learn to do this craft?
  2. What is your inspiration for your products?
  3. Where do you get your materials?
  4. Let your needle have a conversation with the fabric.  Or your pleater can have a conversation with the needles.  Or whatever materials you use, let them talk to each other about what is going on.
  5. embroidered roller skate
    embroidered roller skate (Photo credit: F. Tronchin)

    Explain, in a different perspective, the creation process.  Maybe take the point of view of your left pinky fingernail.  Take your craft from the research period, to the gathering materials, to the actual creation, marketing, and all the way to the packaging and shipping out.

  6. Why do you sell what you make?  to what purpose does your business exist?
  7. A day in the life of… pick something, pick one of your tools, talk about yourself, maybe from the table where all of your work takes place.
  8. Tutorial.  Maybe from the very beginning.  “How to smock: basic stitches”.
  9. Maybe throw in a “help me” post to give suggestions, tips, advice, to fellow needle artists.
  10. In what ways have you grown and developed your skill set to become more efficient, faster, or increase the quality of your work since the beginning of your business?
  11. Where do you get your patterns?  Or if you design your own, when did you first start doing that?
  12. Research the production of your materials.  For example, pick your favorite brand of embroidery thread.  Find out how it is manufactured.  Then, narrate the process, or go on a factory tour.
  13. Try something new.  If you normally cross stitch on the specially designed fabric, why not try to cross stitch on a pillow case?
  14. Is there something about your craft that bothers you?  Don’t be afraid to rant about it.
  15. Famous people who needle art.  Google it, do a bit of research, then blog about these historic or pop culture figures.

I don’t think that hand-stitching is necessarily hard, but it does take a bit of time.  Time that a lot of people don’t want to spend.  If you have a blog about ANY needle craft, leave a comment with your page link, I sure would love to come check you out!

To check out my other “For the Crafter” posts in the series, just click a link below

INTRODUCTION

For the Bookworm (Part 1)

For the Bookworm (Part 2)

For the Cook

For the Seamstress

For the Painter

For the Photographer

For the Needle-arter (Part 1)

For the Needle-arter (Part 2)

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The types of crafts that you can do.


 

I have a facebook page (www.fb.com/familybugs) where I promote, advertise, and attempt to sell my crochet pieces (*attempt* because a majority of my sales do NOT come from facebook, but rather my etsy shop).  Just recently I threw up a status asking about other crafts that some of my fans do (either as a hobby, or to sell).  And while I didn’t get a huge response, I did get enough to write this post…so, thank you to all of my incredibly awesome fans who did respond.

 

If you are ever “in a pickle” about what to craft (like you REALLY want to make something, but don’t know what to make), or you really want to get into the selling business but have no idea where to start, then this is definitely a good place for you to be.  Here is my list of 50+ different arts and crafts that you can do…feel free to take any of them and just fly!

 

Русский:Вышивка крестом
Русский:Вышивка крестом (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Needlework

 

 

Sewing

 

  • Skirts
  • Dresses
  • Shirts
  • Scarfs
  • Capris
  • Quilts
  • Tapestries

 

Crayons
Crayons (Photo credit: mattdoucette)

 

Painting

 

  • Clothes
  • Interior decorations
  • Exterior decorations
  • Canvasses

 

Decals

 

  • Interior walls
  • Exterior vehicles

 

Dying

 

 

Art
Art (Photo credit: A.Currell)

 

Cooking

 

  • Recipes
  • Chocolates
  • Snacks (like pretzels, trail mixes, popcorn)
  • Play dough

 

Polymer clay

 

Paper working

 

  • Dolls
  • Lanterns
  • Tissue paper flowers
  • Decoupage
  • Scrap booking
  • Mache

 

A table of knitting and crochet
A table of knitting and crochet (Photo credit: Grant Neufeld)

 

Duct tape

 

  • Dresses
  • Other clothing
  • Wallets
  • Flowers
  • Jewelry

 

Moldings

 

  • Soap
  • Candles
  • Chocolates
  • Crayons

 

A Bit of Sun, By My Lovely Wife (Explore #314,...
Image by Puzzler4879 via Flickr

 

Bundled Packages (gift baskets)

 

  • For the new mother – Nursing cover, Nursing pads, Healing creams, Pampering item
  • For the busy toddler – Board book, Notepad, Crayons, Small car/dinosaur/puppy/kitten
  • Back to school – Crayons, Paper, Hand sanitizer
  • Newly wed – Bottle of wine, Massage oils, Candles

 

With beads

 

Photography

 

Templates

 

  • Patterns
  • Tutorials

 

English: Liz Brimson, scanned image. I made it.
English: Liz Brimson, scanned image. I made it. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

ANYTHING that can be personalized

 

Materials

 

  • DIY kits (includes directions, and everything needed to make it)
  • Specially designed fabrics
  • Dyed clothing
  • Specialized tools of the trade

 

Holiday-specific crafts

 

  • Christmas
  • St. Patty’s day
  • Valentines
  • New years
  • 4th of July
  • Halloween

 

Play dough
Play dough (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Other

 

  • Bows
  • Tutus
  • Buttons
  • Elastic

 

And this is just the list that came off the top of my head in about 20 minutes.  With some real brainstorming and digging, I’m sure that you can come up with a much greater and more in-depth list of all of the abundance of things that you can craft.  If you have any more ideas out there, I’d most certainly love to hear about them!