It was a long weekend

This last weekend I was out of town at my brother-in-law’s wedding. It was a lot of fun and it was great to see family. However I wasn’t able to get a post ready before we left, and I’ve been trying to catch up on sleep and rest. We were running non-stop for the last three days and my poor pregnant body is having a hard time recovering. Crocheting posts will be up again starting on Thursday.

Kristen

Sushi scarf!!

This was my first real crochet project. When I was younger people kept trying to teach me how to crochet and it just didn’t stick until a little while ago when a friend encouraged me to try again. I’ve crocheted many a pot holder (and by pot holder I mean a slightly wonky square of single crochet stitches) with varying degrees of success. This scarf was a slightly wonky long rectangle of single crochet stitches but it turned out all right.

ImageI made some mistakes with this. I didn’t realize that crocheting in the back loops was different than just normal crocheting so the entire scarf was ribbed. I also had to figure out how to change color so the changes aren’t the prettiest. I was also crocheting really tight so I had to do a lot of redos. It was a very good learning experience.

Melanie wearing the scarfI gave the scarf to my awesome cousin for Christmas (pictured above). I got the idea from seeing pictures of other people who have done similar things. I started with the meat (pink and then as I was crocheting I rolled it to see where I was and when I needed to change color. It was a fun project and it kept me interested in crocheting.

-Nicole

Crocheted Coasters

I have some exciting news! We’re having a girl!!! I’m super excited to start making girly things, and we couldn’t be happier to be welcoming a little girl into our family. Okay, that’s my big news. On to the crocheting 🙂


Crochet coasters

I found this pretty little pattern a while back and decided to make a bunch of sets for family and friends. I adjusted the pattern a little bit to make it look a bit cleaner. Instead of chaining six to start I only chained five. This made the center a little tighter. I also only chained two at the start of each round instead of three. When I chained three to start it created too much space between the height chain and the first double crochet.

If you would like to make some for yourself, you can find the pattern at http://crochet.about.com/od/vintage/ss/aa052606.htm. Or if you’d like to buy one of the sets pictured, you can purchase them from our Etsy shop.

Crochet coasters

Crochet coasters

Happy crocheting!

Kristen

Chevron bangle

So, when I want to find a new pattern, I’ll Google image “Free crochet patterns” and see what comes up. That’s how I found this cute little pattern. Image

I had some really pretty blue yarn I’ve been wanting to use so I followed the example in the pattern and made this blue and tan one.Image

Then I thought “this was so much fun I should make another!” so I used the same blue but instead of tan I used a dark green as the second color. I think it turned out even better than the first one.Image

If you would like to have one then feel free to go to the original site! It was a very easy and quick pattern. If you are unable or unwilling to make one though then I’ll be making some for our Etsy shop! There will be more color variety than what I’ve shown here though I promise.

-Nicole

Hook reminders

Hook reminders

Happy Monday Everyone!

My week is off to an interesting start. Our dog got into some ant poison this morning (which was totally my fault and I feel awful about it) and is currently with the vet being treated. We don’t think she ate very much and she should be fine.

Today’s post isn’t so much about crochet patterns as it is about crochet tools…sorta. I’m always starting new projects before finishing older ones and when I come back to a project that’s been sitting around for a while, I’ve always forgotten which hook I was using. This is mostly because I hardly ever use the recommended hook size, because I generally crochet pretty tight, and I can’t get the right gauge with the hook the pattern says to use. I had an idea similar to this a while back but instead of using the necklace clasps, I was going to just use safety pins with a few decorative beads and a letter bead. Then, I found a fancier version here and just had to make some for myself. Now I can keep all my crochet hooks in their holder when I’m not using them and I never have to worry about misplacing one again. Best thing ever? I think so.

These beautiful little things not only keep your project from unraveling but they remind you what hook you were using for that project.

Hook reminders

The set of letter beads I bought didn’t have a J in it, which is why that one is missing.

We will be selling sets of these beauties in our Etsy shop in the near future. We’re still getting that set up and are hoping we’ll have some wonderful things for sale very soon.

Happy crocheting!

Kristen

Men’s winter hat with bill

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A few years ago my husband lost a winter hat with a bill that he loved to wear. He hasn’t been able to find one to replace it, so he asked that I make him a hat. Unfortunately, I procrastinated this project during the winter and now in the middle of April he won’t have many opportunities to wear it. Today, though, there’s a high of 49 with wind, so he was happy to put it on and wear it to school. I found a pattern that I liked from The Green Dragonfly. Since I altered it quite a bit I’ll repost it here with my changes. I don’t know if my yarn was a smaller size or if my husband just has a huge head, but I had to do several more rounds to increase the circumference of the hat.

I used Vanna’s Choice brand size 4 acrylic yarn in Navy and a G hook. One 3.5 oz skein of this yarn was plenty for this hat.

Hat

Make a magic circle and ch1, 5 sc into the ring (6sc).

Use a stitch marker at the start of each round, do not join

Round 2: Work 2 sc in each stitch around (12)

Round 3: 2 sc in next stitch, sc in next st, repeat around (18)

Round 4: 2 sc in next stitch, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat around (24)

Round 5: 2 sc in next stitch, sc in next 3 stitches, repeat around (30)

Round 6: 2 sc in next stitch, sc in next 4 stitches, repeat around (36)

Round 7: 2 sc in next stitch, sc in next 5 stitches, repeat around (42)

Round 8: 2 sc in next stitch, sc in next 6 stitches, repeat around (48)

Continue in this pattern until you’ve completed 15 rounds with a total of 90 stitches around the edge of the hat. This is the amount I needed for my husband’s head with the yarn and hook size I used.

Rounds 16 – 30: Sc in each stitch around. Fasten off.

Bill

Top Side: Using a couple of stitch markers, mark out 22 stitches on front center of hat.

Row 1: With right side facing, join yarn in first marked st, working in front loops only, sc in each of the 22 stitches.

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sc in each stitch across, sc in back loops in next 2 stitches on the hat (24)

Row 3: Ch 1, turn, sc in each stitch across, sc in front loops in next 2 stitches on the hat (26)

Row 4: Ch 1, turn, sc in each stitch across, sc in back loop in next 2 stitches on the hat (28)

Row 5: Ch 1, turn, sc in each stitch across, sc in front loop in next 2 stitches on the hat (30)

Row 6: Ch 1, turn, sc in each stitch across, sc in back loop in next 2 stitches on the hat (32)

Row 7: Ch 1, turn, sc in each stitch across, sc in front loop in next stitch on the hat (33)

Row 8: Ch 1, turn, sc in each stitch across, sc in back loop in next stitch on the hat (34)

Fasten off.

Bottom Side

Row 1: With wrong side facing, join yarn on wrong side of Row 1 of brim, sc in back loops of first 22 stitches.

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sc in each stitch across, sc in front loops in next 2 stitches on the hat (24)

Row 3: Ch 1, turn, sc in each stitch across, sc in back loops in next 2 stitches on the hat (26)

Row 4: Ch 1, turn, sc in each stitch across, sc in front loop in next 2 stitches on the hat (28)

Row 5: Ch 1, turn, sc in each stitch across, sc in back loop in next 2 stitches on the hat (30)

Row 6: Ch 1, turn, sc in each stitch across, sc in front loop in next 2 stitches on the hat (32)

Row 7: Ch 1, turn, sc in each stitch across, sc in back loop in next stitch on the hat (33)

Row 8: Ch 1, turn, sc in each stitch across, sc in front loop in next stitch on the hat (34)

Row 6: Ch 1, turn, sc in each stitch across, sc in back loop in next stitch on the hat (33)

Fasten off.

I cut down the bill from an old ball cap to create stability in the bill. Any heavy plastic cut into the right shape should work well. Using a whip stitch sew in the bill into the two pieces.

Weave in all ends, and Viola!

Have fun!

Kristen

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We’re the Yarn Hoppers

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Hello World!

We’re Kristen Davis and Nicole Smith. We were originally Hoppers but we married men with boring last names. We love to crochet and wanted to share our passion with others. We’ll be posting regularly on Mondays and Thursdays, so join us tomorrow with our first official crocheting post.

Thank you for reading!