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Friday, January 6, 2017

Free Baby Hat Crochet Pattern excerpted from Susan's Flowers Bees Butterflies and More!

Hey you guys, I thought I'd post the free little single crochet baby hat pattern that I have as a little add-on on this Spring Flowers, Bees, Butterflies and More Crochet Pattern ebook.
Susan's pattern set includes step-by-step photos and detailed instructions for darling flowers, buzzy bees and this single crochet baby hat
my sassy flowers, bees and butterflies perch nicely on this darling sc baby hat

I'd love for you to check out the entire pattern set on shopify, amazon, or etsy, but in the meantime get started on that little baby's fuzzy little hat!



Abbreviations and Terms used in this Pattern: 


 Beg   beginning (as in, “sc in beg chain” – single crochet in the chain at the beginning of this portion).
Ch   chain
Dc   double crochet
Lsc  long single crochet, in which the hook is inserted below the normal space, to a previous round, resulting in a very long post which covers previous single crochets or double crochets (depending on the situation). 
Picot   small decorative bump made by making a chain, then going back to a loop a few chains back (the pattern determines how many), inserting your hook, yarning over and pulling through a sl st to join and form the bump
Prev    previous
Rnd    round  
Sep     separated
Sl st    slip stitch (running your thread through some work to get to a new place without changing the shape of the work; or, attaching to a stitch with just a loop pulled through) Sp    space formed in your work, usually on a previous round
St    stitch

 Instructions for Hat

Newborn (for an approximate head circumference of 12” when worked in baby or lightweight yarn) 
Begin with a ring made of ch-2 (in other words, ch 2, join to 2nd ch from hook to form a small ring);  rnd 1 is 6 sc in that ring;  rnd 2 is 2 sc in every sc(an increase in every stitch);  rnd 3 is working a sc in every sc, with 2 sc (an inc) in every other sc;  rnd 4 is working a sc in every sc, inc in every third sc;  rnd 5 is sc in every sc, inc in every 4th sc;  rnd 6 is sc in every sc, inc in every 5th sc;  rnd 7 - 16 is sc in every sc;  rnd 17 is again 1 stitch in every stitch, --but make every other stitch a long single crochet, which will make a long decorative post. In other words, *(sc, lsc) around. rnd 18 is sc in every sc, with a decr at the beg of the rnd. rnd 19 is a repeat of rnd 17, *(sc, lsc) around.  rnd 20-24 is sc in every sc, with a decr at the beg of each rnd.  

Then work a decorative brim which looks a bit frilly, if you wish:

Rnd 25: ch 2, dc in every dc around, join.

Rnd 26: *(ch 3, sc in next dc)around, join. Tie off and weave ends through work.



Tie off and weave ends through work.



3 Month: (for an approximate head circumference of 14” when worked in baby or

lightweight yarn) Use 4 colors, three solids and a variegated, if desired. 

Begin with a ring made of ch-2 (in other words, ch 2, join to 2nd ch from hook to form a small ring);

 rnd 1 is 6 sc in that ring; 

rnd 2 is 2 sc in every sc(an increase in every stitch); 

rnd 3 is working a sc in every sc, with 2 sc (an inc) in every other sc;  rnd 4 is working a sc in every sc, inc in every third sc;  rnd 5 is sc in every sc, inc in every 4th sc;  rnd 6 is sc in every sc, inc in every 5th sc;  rnd 7 is sc in every sc, inc in every 6th sc;

rnd 8 is sc in every sc, inc in every 7th sc; rnd 9 - 21 is sc in every sc; rnd 22 is again 1 stitch in every stitch, --but make every other stitch a long single crochet, which will make a long decorative post. In other words, *(sc, lsc) around.

rnd 23 is sc in every sc, with a decr at the beg of the rnd; rnd 24 is a repeat of rnd 17, *(sc, lsc) around. rnd 25-28 is sc in every sc, with a decr at the beg of each rnd.  

Then work a decorative brim which looks a bit frilly, if you wish:

Rnd 29: ch 2, dc in every dc around, join.

Rnd 30: *(ch 3, sc in next dc)around, join. Tie off and weave ends through work.



Tie off and weave ends through work.



6 Month: (for an approximate head circumference of 16” when worked in baby or

lightweight yarn) Use 4 colors, three solids and a variegated, if desired. 

Begin with a ring made of ch-2(in other words, ch 2, join to 2nd ch from hook to form a small ring);  rnd 1 is 6 sc in that ring;  rnd 2 is 2 sc in every sc(an increase in every stitch);  rnd 3 is working a sc in every sc, with 2 sc (an inc) in every other sc;  rnd 4 is working a sc in every sc, inc in every third sc;  rnd 5 is sc in every sc, inc in every 4th sc;  rnd 6 is sc in every sc, inc in every 5th sc;  rnd 7 is sc in every sc, inc in every 6th sc; rnd 8 is sc in every sc, inc in every 7th sc; rnd 9 - 11 is sc in every sc, inc in every 7th sc;  rnd 12-26 is sc in every sc; rnd 27  is again 1 stitch in every stitch, --but make every other stitch a long single crochet, which will make a long decorative post. In other words, *(sc, lsc) around.

rnd 28 is sc in every sc; rnd 29 is a repeat of rnd 17, *(sc, lsc) around.

rnd 30--34 is sc in every sc, with a decr at the beg of each rnd.  

Then work a decorative brim which looks a bit frilly, if you wish:

Rnd 35: ch 2, dc in every dc around, join.

Rnd 36: *(ch 3, sc in next dc)around, join. Tie off and weave ends through work.





Tie off and weave ends through work. 
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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Glass Beads and Chain Stitch, awesome jewelry project for summer!!

I love making crocheted jewelry, and this redone pattern set has some new designs which are great for summer!

To make this Beaded Chain Stitch Summer Necklace...

You’ll need no. 10 crochet cotton and a size 7 steel thread crochet hook for this project, as well as the desired number of beads. I used about 220 variously sized glass beads, which when pre-strung on my thread (the first step you will read about below) stretched out to about 20”.

First, you’ll need to stiffen the neatly trimmed end of your working thread (the number 10 crochet cotton) so that you can string beads easily! Use a dab of white glue or nail polish,and while it’s not quite dry, roll it in your fingers to straighten it and make a sharp point!

Next, you will string all of your beads, in the exact order and layout that you want them, on to your crochet thread (see below).

Now comes the chaining part: start with a few chains using the end of the thread that was stiffened (you can trim that off). Then, pull up your first bead,

snug it against the chains you just worked, reach around it, (see below)

and continue on to chain 4. Sometimes you’ll need to seesaw your thread back and forth to make the area where you jump across the bead nice and tight.
Continue in this manner *chain 4, jump over bead, repeat from * to desired length (for me, that was eight feet!)

Your necklace grows as those stringed beads wait for you near your ball of thread. You’ll occasionally need to move them down, away from your work, as you need more working thread.

When you are done, knot the two ends together tightly with a double knot, then finish off the knot with a tiny dab of glue.

Your finished piece can be looped around itself three or even four times to make a beautiful piece of jewelry; you can even wrap it around your wrist many more times to make a gorgeous bracelet! The best part is, your necklace is washable and durable.
If you wish, you can work larger knots at each end of your necklace and put crimps and lobster claw closures on them to make the wearing easier. 

If you'd like to see the full pattern set , including lots of photos, 9 jewelry projects, and  a video explaining this necklace, you can check out the pattern for sale on Etsy,. If you'd like to see it on Amazon, go to my Amazon page. 

Hope you enjoy this simple little project and thanks for reading, you guys! 

Friday, May 29, 2015


Today I'm working on tapestry crochet! I love it, for some reason it never occurred to me to change colors so easily. You just start out with two or more yarns, and the ones which are not part of the design at the moment are just being carried along and are worked on top of. You can see in the photo above: that blue variegated yarn is just cruising along, hidden...UNTIL it's needed! Then you insert your hook, pick up the blue, and finish the sc with it. There's a lot more to it than that, if you want you can find any number of youtube videos on tapestry crochet.

I find it exciting to be able to create a repeating design with graph paper, the way knitters and crocheters have done for ages -- but to do so without annoying color changes! The catch is that three or more colors can get a bit bulky.

It's a switch from my usual applique and flower designs. My latest in that vein is a chameleon inspired by Pascal (in "Tangled"). You can find him in the store links below, so if you're so inclined, check out my latest at My Etsy Pattern Store or at My Ravelry Pattern Store
My 4-Chapter Mini Treasury

is also on Etsy right now for $12.99. It's one of my many small, low-commitment project collections!
Thanks for looking and keep that hook in your hand, it'll keep you out of trouble!
Susan Kennedy
www.susankennedy.com
www.susanlinnstudio.etsy.com
Also check out my patterns on Amazon!!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Remember a crocheted pigtail? Free pattern for this curly crochet stitch

Here's a little crochet smile...I know lots of crocheters from the 70's will remember the crocheted pigtail stitch, and most people will probably still see lots of it at craft fairs: it's a staple of bookmarks and hair ties! So here's the very simple way to do it!

And at the end, I'll show you a picture of a slightly more involved fashion crochet scarf I designed which elaborates on the humble crochet pigtail and makes it into statement neckwear!

First you start with a length of chains, for practice just make 25. (below)


Then, assuming you want a straight expanse of stitches before the curls, turn, skip one loop and start sc (single crochet) back toward the beginning. For this example I single crocheted 10 times, (photo below) then I was ready to start the curls!


(below) Now here's the big secret: simply start working 2 sc in every chain! First you'll see a hump. 


Then as you continue 2 sc in every ch, you'll see your work beginning to curl back on itself. (below)


Just keep working and if needed, twist the curly part behind you in a clockwise manner so that the curl lies evenly. (Below)


(Below) Voila! A curly pigtail, perfect for the end of a bookmark, the ends of a hair tie, a bow for a gift....OR (read on)


You can invent a cool fashion statement from this curly stitch by varying it a bit. If you'd like to see my "Curly Vines" statement scarf pattern, click here.

It looks like this: 
I'm so proud of it!! I love any statement scarves that reflect humble natural forms, and this one reminds me of the tendrils of a vine or seaweed. So much fun!! Stand by for some scarf patterns which look like leaves, coral and lichens!! 

Thanks for checking out my patterns! To see more, you can visit my Etsy store, check out my crochet blog or facebook page to find free tips, small patterns and inspiration, or see my Amazon Author Central page to see my patterns on the Kindle ebook store. Have a great time with your crochet!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

This is one of the Flowers in my New Flower Crochet Pattern Book, and one of the rose flower patterns is here for free! Also new free coupons for discounts on my Etsy Pattern Store!

Hello all, this is one of the flowers I wanted to be sure to show you...dang proud of it!


It's not a free pattern (to see the book it's in, click here), but I will have it singly on my Etsy pattern store soon for $1.49 AND don't forget my best free rose pattern is right here (it's the second picture)


I don't know why crocheted flowers are the thing I keep coming back to...they are such a humble but to us, instinctively beautiful a form. And I notice that as I create a ruffle with a stitch which doubles and triples, that ruffle is created in such an organic way, the way a real ruffled petal gets more crowded and hence ruffled. Love love love it! As far as natural forms in crochet go, I've simply got to finish my ruffled scarfettes which look like ginkgo leaves and lichens, and there is a mermaid "under-the-sea" scarf which looks like an almost freeform crochet interpretation of coral reef forms. So check back soon, my crochet hook is hot!! How bout yours? 

Oh, don't forget to enter your coupon codes for 10%, 15%, and 20% off your Etsy pattern purchases from me...you just enter "SAVE10", SAVE15" or "SAVE20" at checkout to get those discounts for minimum purchases of $15, $25, and $40, respectively. 

Thanks for checking in! To see more, you can visit my Etsy store, check out my facebook page to find free tips, small patterns and inspiration, or see my Amazon Author Central page to see my patterns on the Kindle ebook store. Have a great time with your crochet!

Susan


Friday, April 3, 2015

New Ruffled "Who Hat" which is my latest crochet pattern! So silly, and it comes in sizes Preemie through Adult!

You guys, this pattern is live now right here on Etsy (and soon on Amazon).
I love how silly and ruffly it works up to be, and I've written it for sizes all the way from Preemie to Adult! I'm going to make up one in my daughter's school colors, because personally I think it will make a great school spirit hat. : ) 
If you want the free pattern for these easy pom poms, click here and thanks for checking in! 

To see more, you can visit my Etsy store, check out my crochet blog or facebook page to find free tips, small patterns and inspiration, or see my Amazon Author Central page to see my patterns on the Kindle ebook store. Have a great time with your crochet!

Susan

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Free Crochet Pattern here, with my introduction of my New Flowers Pattern Collection on Etsy! It only took me two years... Flower Crochet Patterns, Big, Splashy and Easy!

Wow, I'm so proud to have finally finished this crochet flower pattern set! 


https://www.etsy.com/listing/227609198/flower-crochet-patterns-susans-14-new?ref=shop_home_active_1

Fourteen crocheted flowers, some of them collected from my individual patterns for hats and scarves in the last two years, some of them all new. BUT all of them are bossy and bold, and they make a big flowery statement! And blog readers, you get the Flower Bag and one flower pattern for free right here!  BUT heck, the whole thing's on Etsy for only five bucks, so check it out and all of my all-original crochet designs at my Etsy Store. 

I've been mulling over other new ideas from the yarn-y stew which is my brain right now, and have some interesting baby accessory crochet items coming up, so keep checking it for new patterns being published soon, and for free crochet patterns right on this blog!

Thanks for checking out my patterns! To see more, you can visit my Etsy store, check out my crochet blog or facebook page to find free tips, small patterns and inspiration, or see my Amazon Author Central page to see my patterns on the Kindle ebook store. Have a great time with your crochet!


Susan