Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Newborn size cluster stitch hat: GIVEAWAY

Yesterday, I was sick. What do I do when I’m sick? Sleep. A. Lot. 
In-between my naps, I would drink some tea and crochet a little bit. Then, because crocheting was much too strenuous, I’d take another nap. With all my sleeping and a little bit of crocheting, I had a newborn baby hat done by the end of the day. Life can be so exhausting when you’re sick. Anyway, the hat I made was from this awesome pattern I found on Pinterest:  bustingstitches.blogspot.com/2012/09/candy-puffs-beanie.html.

Example of the first cluster done with the skipped stitch behind it.
The next stitch would go into that skipped stitch, meaning
you would cross over the existing stitch. 
Love the look of these stitches!

    I found a little bit of CARON Simply Soft yarn in grey so I decided to see if I had enough to make a baby hat. I followed the pattern and crocheted using two strands of yarn as one with the larger crochet hook. Since I only had one skein of yarn, it was a bit tricky. I had to stop every now and then and unwind some more yarn from the one side so the skein wouldn’t get all tangled up. 

An example of the end of a cluster stitch. See how there are
 technically 6 strands of yarn instead of 3?
 That's because I doubled up the yarn and am working
 with 2 strands instead of 1.
I love the look of these stitches – it’s basically cluster stitches crossing over each other.  It was easy enough to learn and different from anything else I’ve made. I ran out of grey yarn with only one single crochet row left. I decided that I would finish that row with an accent color and crochet the flower out of that color as well. I went with the CARON Simply Soft yarn in Passion as the accent color. I doubled up the yarn for the last row of single crochet and then made the flower with just a single strand of yarn.

I have a go-to flower pattern that I really like – here is the pattern I used: http://www.action-hero.net/blog/2004/09/crocheted-flower-pattern.html

Since I only wanted a small flower, I stopped after Row 2. Then, I found a matching grey button, sewed that onto the flower and then the flower onto the hat! J

Ta-da! I actually did something productive during a sick day.
Do you want a chance to win this hat? Well, it’s your lucky day because I’m giving it away! For a chance to win, do one or more of the following: Like the Facebook post, comment on the Facebook post, or comment on the actual blog post. You will get 1 chance for each one of those actions taken. The drawing will end on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016. I’ll draw from a hat (maybe even this one!) to see who wins. Good luck! :) 


  1. Cute hat Erin! I really want to learn how to follow patterns so I can make a wider variety of projects!

    1. Hi Zoa, I'm excited for the next crochet night so I can teach you! I miss you!