Halifax Hat- Free Crochet Pattern

The Halifax Hat is another Fair Isle crochet pattern I’ve designed! This one is great if you’ve never tried Fair Isle Crochet because the repeats are very simple and repetitive!

You can purchase the ad-free, printable version of this pattern on Ravelry or Etsy!

You will need:

  • 100-150 yards worsted weight yarn in 2 contrasting colors
  • J (6.0mm) crochet hook
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Pom Pom Maker (optional)

Pattern Difficulty: 

Intermediate

Gauge: 

14 sc + 15 rows= 4″

Sizing: 

  • Toddler (18-20”)
  • Child (21-22”)
  • Adult (22-23”)

Pattern Notes: 

  • Hat is worked from the bottom up.
  • Starting chain 1 does not count as first stitch.
  • Hat is made in the Fair Isle crochet style. Unused yarn is floated behind the stitches until it is used again.
  • Watch your tension throughout the workup. Don’t pull your floats tight behind the stitches.
  • Pattern is written in toddler size with larger sizes in parentheses as follows: Toddler (Child, Adult).
  • Scroll down for graph to follow and photo tutorial.
  • Pattern is written as number of stitches to work with what color to use as follows: 2 (MC), 2 (CC).
  • Some helpful tutorial videos from Crochet Ever After  can be found HERE.

Stitches Needed & Abbreviations: 

ch- chain(s)

st- stitch(es)

sc- single crochet

blo- back loop only

sc2tog- single crochet 2 together

*- repeat from

Brim of Hat

With MC or CC.

Ch 9

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and across. (8)

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sc in blo of each st across. (8)

Rounds 3-66(72, 78)- Repeat round 2.

Sew both ends of the brim together by slip stitching through both stitches across. Turn brim to the other side and continue to Body of Hat.

Body of Hat

Working along the side of your brim:

Round 1: Ch 1, with MC, work 69(75, 81) sc around, join to 1st. (69, 75, 81)

Round 2: Ch 1, 6 (MC), 3 (CC), *3 (MC), 3 (CC)*, repeat from *, join to 1st st. (69, 75, 81)

Round 3: Ch 1, 5 (MC), 3 (CC), *3 (MC), 3 (CC)*, repeat from * to last st, 1 (MC), join to 1st st. (69, 75, 81)

Round 4: Ch 1, 4 (MC), 3 (CC), * 3 (MC), 3 (CC)*, repeat from * to last 2 st, 2 (MC), join to 1st st. (69, 75, 81)

Round 5: Ch 1, 3 (MC), *3 (CC), 3 (MC)*, repeat from *, join to 1st st. (69, 75, 81)

Round 6: Repeat round 4.

Round 7: Repeat round 3.

Round 8: Repeat round 2.

Round 9: Ch 1, with MC, 1 sc in each st around, join to 1st st. (69, 75, 81)

Round 10: Ch 1, 3 (MC), *3 (CC), 3 (MC)*, repeat from *, join to 1st st. (69, 75, 81)

Round 11: Ch 1, 4 (MC), 3 (CC), *3 (MC), 3 (CC)*, repeat from * to last 2 st, 2 (MC), join to 1st st. (69, 75, 81)

Round 12: Ch 1, 5 (MC), 3 (CC) * 3 (MC), 3 (CC)*, repeat from * to last st, 1 (MC), join to 1st st. (69, 75, 81)

Round 13: CH 1, 6 (MC), 3 (CC), *3 (MC), 3 (CC)*, repeat from *, join to 1st st. (69, 75, 81)

Round 14: Repeat round 12.

Round 15: Repeat round 11.

Round 16: Repeat round 10.

Round 17: Repeat round 9.

For adult and child sizes, repeat rounds 2-8 one more time. ( For less slouch, just do a few repeats of Round 17 instead before moving to Round 18.)

Fasten off CC.

Round 18: Ch 1, sc in 1st st, sc2tog, *sc in next, sc2tog*, repeat from *, join to 1st st. (46, 50, 54)

Round 19: Ch 1, *sc2tog*, repeat from *, join to 1st st. (23, 25, 27)

Round 20: Ch 1, *sc2tog*, repeat from * to last st, 1 sc in last st, join to 1st st. (12, 13, 14)

Finishing

Fasten off leaving a long tail to close. With a tapestry needle, weave the tail in and out of the stitches in round 20. Pull tight to close. Fasten off.  Weave in ends. Add Pompom to top of hat.

To follow chart, start with row 15 and work your way across each column, left to right. Then work your way up each row.

Row 15 = Round 2 in written instructions.

To change colors, instead of finishing out the last stitch before you go to the next color, pull the next color through the 2 loops for the last step of your stitch. This will finish out your last stitch and start you off with the new color for your next stitch.
To catch your float when working 7 stitches or more in the same color, simply grab your non-working yarn when working a middle stitch and then drop it again until your next color change.

There you have it! I hope the written instructions with the chart makes it easy for you to work up, but if you ever have any questions, please feel free to contact me at any time!

Crocheting Garments – Tips to Get a Great Fit!

If you’ve been following me for any amount of time, you know that a lot of my crochet designs are clothing. I love to design sweaters and tops for both adults and children! But with crocheting garments, like a sweater, comes a lot of questions and concerns. Mostly about fit and how to get it to fit your shape and size correctly. So here are my best tips for crocheting garments and getting an amazing fit!

crocheting garments

Preparation

Crocheting a piece of clothing like a sweater takes a little more preparation than something small like a hat or a scarf. Here are some tips for preparing for your project.

  1. Choose the yarn called for in the pattern or a comparable yarn. At the very least, stay within the yarn weight that the pattern calls for. You will not get the same fit and look if you use a DK weight yarn if the pattern calls for Bulky yarn and vice versa.        
  2. Make sure you have the amount of yarn you need. I always get more than the amount needed for my size, just to be on the safe side so I don’t run out mid-project.
  3. Get measurements. If you are making the clothing for yourself, it’s a little easier because you can try it on as you go. But if you are making the piece for someone else, it’s very important to take their measurements for a good fit.
  4. ALWAYS check your gauge and match your hook size appropriately. Gauge is very important to check when working on a crochet clothing project.

Making Sizing Adjustments As You Crochet

Most of my patterns have multiple sizes for you to make, but what if you are slightly in between sizes, would like just a little bit more ease, or would like it a little tighter? There are ways to easily adjust the fit just slightly so that the garment can fit you exactly how you want it!

To adjust width

Go up a hook size or two (from the hook you met gauge with) if you’d just like a little more ease in your top. Go down a hook size or two for a slightly tighter fit.

If you are right in between sizes, I suggest going up a size, rather than down to the smaller size.

To adjust length

 Almost all of my patterns are super easy to adjust the length. You can just do more or less rounds to make your garment longer or shorter. This same trick can also be applied for sleeves.

Neckline

If the pattern calls for chainless foundation single crochet (fsc) to start, but your tension is pretty loose for this stitch, you may want to just chain, join, and sc in each stitch around. This will make it less stretchy and loose around the neck. Or if it’s the opposite and it calls for a starting chain, but you want it to fit looser and be stretchier around the neck, fsc is a great option. If you just want a slight change in the neckline, going up or down a hook size will also help with this. Just remember, the weight of your sleeves, once added, will pull the neckline out just slightly.

Armholes 

If the armholes come up too high and feel tight in your armpits, add a few more rounds of the last round you did (no increases) before going to the round that creates the armhole. This will cause the armhole to
sit lower and not be so tight around your underarms.

Sleeves

An easy fix for a slightly looser or tighter fit in the sleeves is, once again, going up or down a hook size. If the sleeves are very tight or very loose, try working the counts for the next size up or down. Also, if the sleeve tapers, and you would like it not to, just leave out any decreases throughout the sleeve. Or if you’d like it to taper more, do another round or two of decreases throughout the sleeve.

Crocheting Garments from the Bottom Up

Most adjustments work the same way for a bottom up garment, but there are a few changes that you would have to make differently. If the armholes feel too small or too high in your underarm, just make your front and back panels longer before joining. For the neckline, if you’d like a looser fit, work less stitches when stitching your two panels together.

I hope these tips are helpful to you as you tackle crocheting garments! If you’re more of a visual learner, here’s  a link to a live Facebook video I did explaining the exact same adjustments: https://www.facebook.com/TwoBrothersBlankets/videos/702587433245799/

And as always, please feel free to contact me at any time if you have trouble or questions with one of my patterns!

Pattern in photos: Savannah Sweater

Gatlinburg Hat Crochet Pattern

The Gatlinburg Hat pattern was originally designed during the devastating wildfires taking place in the smoky mountains. A portion of the pattern sales were donated to the relief efforts. The crochet community came together in such an amazing way!

This hat is made with fair isle crochet techniques. It is very much like tapestry crochet except you float your yarn along the back instead of working around it in your stitches. This technique is a great way to create different pictures within your crochet! This pattern is a great beginner pattern for those who have never done fair isle or tapestry crochet. The pattern includes written instructions, links to video tutorials, picture tutorials and a graph!

All you need is some worsted weight yarn in at least two of your favorite colors to create this hat! I personally love Hobby Lobby’s I Love this Yarn because it is so soft and warm, making it perfect for winter hats!

If you want to practice your fair isle crochet technique before purchase a pattern, you can try the Halifax Hat crochet pattern, which is free!

Go HERE to purchase the Gatlinburg Hat crochet pattern on Ravelry!

Go HERE to purchase the Gatlinburg Hat crochet pattern on Etsy!

Friday Top 5 – 11/11/16

This week has been a crazy week! It’s nice to take a look at my weekly sales and listing clicks to see what is doing well this week! So here are my Friday Top 5 for the week! Remember, scroll through them all to find a coupon code at the end!

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#1 Boston Slouch 

It comes to no surprise that the Boston Slouch is #1 since it is a brand new published pattern. It is a great unisex hat that works up easily and quickly! You can’t go wrong with a Boston Slouch!

dallas-hat

#2 Dallas Hat

The Dallas Hat is next on my list. Which isn’t too surprising either. It only released two weeks ago and it’s SO fun to make! This is a great hat to donate, gift, or make for yourself!

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#3 Katie Tote

The Katie Tote is easy, fun, and quick! A great project for this time of year!

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#4 Beachy Babe Halter Top

I am missing summer already! This top is perfect for a day at the beach!

#5 Easy Peasy Slouch Hat

This is a forever FREE pattern and is SO easy, just like it’s name! The pattern has been recently updated to my new template with easy to read instructions!

 

You can get 30% off on any of these paid patterns by using coupon code “FridayTop5” at checkout! Each title of the pattern below the photo is linked to that particular listing on Ravelry. Have a great weekend!

Friday Top Five!

Each week I like to look on Ravelry and see which of my patterns are being downloaded and sold the most! I’ve decided to create a segment here on my blog to share with your my Top 5 patterns of the week AND give you a little bit of a discount on them! Keep reading for details!

So my top 5 for the week of October 16- October 21st are:

#5 Katie Cardi

Still a huge fan favorite, the Katie Cardi is perfect for any season since the length and sleeve length is adjustable!

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#4 Beachy Babe Halter Top

I think we are all still trying to hold on to summer with this one! A super easy and fun workup with 3 length options!

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#3 Katie Tote

Did you know this is my first ever bag design?! I love mine! Especially the beads!

katie-tote-yarn

#2 Siesta Sweater

One of my newest designs, the Siesta Sweater is a crowd pleaser! A simple workup with an amazing result!

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#1 The Happy Herringbone Chevron Blanket

This pattern was released this week and is FREE! The color possibilities are endless!

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Click the titles of any of these patterns to be taken directly to the Ravelry listing. Use code FridayTop5 at checkout to receive 30% off any of them! (Excludes the Happy Herringbone Chevron blanket since it is already free.)

 

Happy Herringbone Chevron Blanket Free Crochet Pattern

This post- Happy Herringbone Chevron Blanket Free Crochet Pattern- may contain affiliate links, which means if you make a purchase from the links below, I will get a small percentage of the sales at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your continued support! 

I LOVE the Herringbone Double Crochet stitch and I love sport weight yarn, so I combined the two to create this fun baby blanket! The Happy Herringbone Chevron Blanket can be made in any color combo you’d like! 

I used Knit Picks Brava Sport for this pattern and it worked up beautifully! Brava Sport is one of my favorite yarns to work with because it is soft, sturdy, and very affordable at just $1.99/skein!

You can purchase the ad-free, printable pdf version on Ravelry and Etsy!

happy herringbone chevron blanket

Materials

  • 2-4 colors sport weight yarn (approximately 273 yards each color for 4 colors)
  • H/8(5.00mm) hook or hook to obtain gauge
  • Scissors
  • Measuring Tape
  • Tapestry Needle

Difficulty

  • Easy

Gauge

  • 14 herr-dc + 9 rows = 4”

Sizing

  • Baby Blanket- 30” x 34”

Pattern Notes

Starting chain does not count as first stitch.

Make the blanket as wide as you like by chaining multiples of 16 + 2 until desired width.

Blanket pictured is made with 4 different colors, changing colors every 2 rows.

Stitches Needed

ch- chain

st- stitch

herr-dc- yarn over, insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull through stitch and one loop, yarn over, pull through one loop, yarn over, pull through both loops.

herr-dc2tog- yarn over, insert hook into st, draw up a loop and pull through 1 loop on hook, yarn over, pull through 1 loop, yarn over, insert hook into next st, draw up a loop and pull through 1 loop on hook, yarn over, pull through 1 loop, (3 loops on hook at this point), yarn over, pull through all 3 loops.

herr-dc3tog- yarn over, insert hook into st, draw up a loop and pull through 1 loop on hook, yarn over, pull through 1 loop, yarn over, insert hook into next st, draw up a loop and pull through 1 loop on hook, yarn over, pull through 1 loop, yarn over, insert hook into next st, draw up a loop and pull through 1 loop on hook, yarn over, pull through all 4 loops.

Pattern

Ch 114

Row 1: herr-dc in 3rd ch from hook and next 6 chains, 3 herr-dc in next ch, 1 herr-dc in next 6 chains, * herr-dc3tog over the next 3 ch, 1 herr-dc in next 6 ch, 3 herr-dc in next ch, 1 herr-dc in next 6 ch*, repeat across to last 2, herr-dc2tog. (113)

Row 2: Ch 3, turn, skip 1st st, 1 herr-dc in next 7 st, 3 herr-dc in next st, 1 herr-dc in next 6 st, *herr-dc3tog,  1 herr-dc in next 6 st, 3 herr-dc in next st, 1 herr-dc in next 6 st*, repeat across to last 2 st, herr-dc2tog. (113)

Rows 3- 72: Repeat round 2.

Finish off. Weave in ends.

Optional Trim

Round 1: Ch 1, turn, sc evenly around entire blanket, working 2 sc in each corner, join to 1st st.

Rounds 2-3: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st around, join to 1st st.

Finish off. Weave in ends.

For another great free baby blanket crochet pattern, check out the Flowers & Showers Blanket!

Happy Herringbone Chevron Blanket Free Crochet Pattern

Siesta Sweater Crochet Pattern

This post- Siesta Sweater Crochet Pattern-   may contain affiliate links, which means if you make a purchase from the links below, I will get a small percentage of the sales at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your continued support! 

 

Siesta Sweater Crochet Pattern by Two Brothers Blankets

The Siesta Sweater is going to be your go to top for both spring and fall! This design has been an idea I’ve had on the back burner since last winter and I finally was able to complete it! I wanted something simple, but that looked intricate! I also wanted something great for transitioning into a new season.  It turned out just as beautiful as I had hoped!

Pattern Details

The Siesta Sweater is made with Knit Picks Brava Sport  but you can use any sport weight yarn you have on hand. The pattern difficulty is labeled as intermediate. This sweater is a bottom up sweater with sleeves added at the end. There is only a small amount of seaming at the shoulders. The instructions from this pattern come in women’s sizes XS to 2X. This sweater is fitted with only about one inch of positive ease. If you would like a looser fit, go up one size. The lacy trim is optional, but I feel that it adds a nice finish to the body of the sweater. 

This crochet pattern uses the herringbone half double crochet stitch, which you can find a tutorial for HERE. I am a left-handed crocheter. If you are a right-handed crocheter the steps will be the same, but you will be working in the opposite direction of the video. 

If you’re looking for a 3/4 sleeved sweater that is solid instead, check out the Springtime Sweater crochet pattern! It’s quite similar to the look and fit of this one, and great for spring!

You can purchase the Siesta Sweater crochet pattern on Ravelry and Etsy!

Siesta Sweater Crochet Pattern by Two Brothers Blankets

Celtic Weave Crochet Stitch- Left Handed Video Tutorial

The Celtic Weave crochet stitch is one of my favorite stitches to use in my projects! I currently have three patterns published that use the Celtic Weave stitch! This stitch is what I would consider an intermediate crochet stitch. Although once you get the hang of it, it becomes quite easy. I’ve created a video tutorial to show you how to do the Celtic Weave stitch if you are left-handed. If you are working my Celtic Weave Pillow Cover pattern, my Celtic Weave Kitchen Set pattern, or the Celtic Weave Mini Slouch crochet pattern, this tutorial should be very helpful! 

The Celtic Weave Stitch Video Tutorial is made for left handed crocheters, but it can also be helpful for right-handed crocheters. The concept is the same, right-handed crocheters will just be working from right to left, instead of left to right. 

You can find the full video tutorial on my YouTube channel HERE

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celtic Weave Crochet Stitch Tutorial

Flowers & Showers Blanket Crochet Pattern

Flowers & Showers Blanket

I’m on a blanket kick as of late and I’m loving making blankets out of some of my popular stitch patterns! My first blanket design from a previous pattern is the Flowers & Showers Blanket! I used the brand new Caron Cakes that are all the rave right now, and it turned out just perfect!

This blanket pattern comes with instructions for a baby blanket, but also has a chart with stitch counts for every size up to a King size blanket! So I’ve already done half the work for you! The Caron Cakes are fun to work with, but this blanket can be made with any worsted weight yarn! It’s a fun stitch pattern that works up quickly. Great for a baby shower or Christmas gift!

The pattern difficulty is labeled as Easy. The sizing for this blanket is 27″ x 33″ and takes about 600 yards of worsted weight (#4) yarn. 

You can purchase the Flowers & Showers Blanket crochet pattern on Ravelry and Etsy

My other Flowers & Showers crochet patterns include the Flowers & Showers Pullover and the Flowers & Showers Vest

Another great blanket pattern to check out is the Ferguson Lap Blanket

Flowers & Showers Blanket Crochet Pattern