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Okay.  So I couldn’t wait until January to start my challenge.  Like everything else, once I get an idea in my head, I can’t let it go.  There are no shortage of ideas clanging around in this head…just a shortage of time.

Crochet is my first love.  Not long after I learned, I jokingly told my husband that I wished I could make a living from crochet.  Thanks to etsy, that dream became a reality.  It’s the perfect job – I work from home around my kids’ schedules and my couch is my office.

I make a LOT of hats.  I’m also a big fan of ease and immediate satisfaction.  I like being able to make something QUICK without too much fuss.  This little chunky beanie is the perfect project for that.  The hat can be made in about 15 minutes and is a great blank slate for embellishment.  I decided to try a felt flower this time because I love the crisp lines in contrast to the softness of the crochet stitches. 

Enough chatter.  Let’s get down to business.  I’m splitting this into two parts – the hat and the flower.

SIMPLE CHUNKY BEANIE

MATERIALS

  • Bulky weight acrylic yarn (I used Deborah Norville Premier Serenity in Pristine)
  • Size P crochet hook
  • Yarn Needle

 SIZES

            0-3 months (3-6 months, 6-12 months)

 NOTES

            Pattern is worked in joined rounds. 

 The first ch3 at the beginning of each round counts as the first dc.

 PATTERN

 Ch 4.

 1:  Make 9 (10, 11) dc in fourth chain from hook. Join with sl st to top of first dc.

 2:  Ch 3, dc in same space.  2dc in each st around.  Join with sl st to top of first dc.  20 (22, 24) sts

 3:  Ch 3, dc in next st and in each st around.  Join. 

 4:  Repeat previous row 2 (3, 4) more times.

 Finish off and weave in loose ends.

Pretty easy, right?

And now for the flower.

FELT FLOWER TUTORIAL

MATERIALS

  • Craft Felt
  • Embroidery floss
  • Embroidery needle
  • Scissors
  • Button

First, I cut the felt into three circles of increasing size.  The circles, once cut into petals, will nest inside one another.

Next, I cut petals into each circle.  I just freehanded this part, but you can use a template it that’s easier.

I also cut out some leaf shapes and then I stacked the petal layers on top of one another. 

I sewed on the button using embroidery floss and I also added some veins to the leaves, and then I sewed the leaves to the flower.

And finally, I sewed the flower to the hat.

That’s all there is to it.  Enjoy! 🙂

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I may be crazy (okay, I KNOW I’m crazy), but I have convinced myself that despite having five kids and a home business, I somehow have the time, energy, stamina, determination and skill to do this.  I blame Pinterest.  So many projects, so little time.  The only way I’m going to do this is to make it into a JOB.  I MUST do this. 

I have a serious craft addiction.  My main art is crochet, but I’ve dabbled in knitting, scrapbooking, jewelry making, sewing, embroidery, needle felting, painting, beading, and a few others.  It’s a problem.  Every time I go into a craft store, another hobby follows me home.  I can’t help myself.  It’s a compulsion.  I see something cool and I HAVE to try it!  NOW!  The idea gnaws at me until I finally give in and do it. 

So…starting in January, one project every week.  My goal is to provide some tutorials here, or tips how I did something.  I like to take patterns and change them up, make them my own, and then share.

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