Amanda Gorman Amigurumi doll

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Did you watch the inauguration of Joe Biden? No matter your political leanings, one has to admire the incredible performance of Amanda Gorman, the 22 year old National Youth Poet Laureate who recited her original poem, “The Hill We Climb”. She is the youngest inaugural poet in USA history. I was transfixed by the words, the rhythm and the charisma of this amazing young woman and of course by her striking beauty. I knew right away I wanted to create an Amanda Gorman doll to honor this incredible day, and I knew exactly what patterns to use to create it: Amourfou Crochet’s “Crochet Iconic Women” book.

I bought this book in the fall because I could not pick just one of these adorable dolls to make – but I knew Ruth Bader Ginsburg would be the first doll I would make! She turned out just perfectly:

The patterns in this book are extremely well written, clear and easy to follow. There are 15 patterns in the book, but the author encourages readers to use her patterns as a template of sorts to create your own iconic figures – and that is exactly what I did. Here is my Amanda Gorman doll in all her inauguration glory:

I will outline here exactly which patterns I used from the book, but will only write out detail patterns for additions I created or adjusted myself out of respect for the original designer.

Amanda Gorman Amigurumi Doll Pattern

Skill level: Intermediate

Abbreviations:

  • sl st – slip stitch
  • ch – chain
  • sc – single crochet
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • dc – double crochet
  • trc – triple crochet

Materials required:
Yarn – I Love This Cotton yarn – White, Black, Curry, Red, Brown
Scissors
Crochet hook C (2.75mm) – I used my favorite custom Clover Amour hook created by Sophari Crochet
Gold Spacer Beads and jump rings for doll jewelry
Pliers
Yarn needle

Pattern:

Legs, body, head and skirt – Rosa Parks pattern:

Follow the legs and body pattern exactly as written but using black yarn instead. Do not change colors as instructed until round 20 for the shirt; use white yarn instead. Continue as written until the skin color begins to be incorporated in the neck; use brown yarn for skin color. Follow head pattern exactly as written using brown for skin color and white for the shirt. Follow skirt pattern exactly as written using black yarn.

Hair – Marie Curie pattern:

Follow the hair pattern as written using black yarn through round 15.
Round 16: *ch 25, slst in 2nd ch from the hook and in each stitch of chain, sc in next stitch of the round, ch 25, slst in 2nd ch from the hook and in each stitch of chain, 2sc in next 2 stitches of the round*. Repeat between * until hair strands are all around the head (30 strands in total). Fasten off, leaving long tail to sew to the head. Follow hairbun pattern as written using black yarn and attach to hair. Sew hair to head at a slight angle, using tail to attach. Thread beads onto three strands of hair above the face. Gather hair strands up over hairbun and tie in place with a piece of black yarn. The ends of the hair should curl slightly over the hairbun, style as desired.

Ears – Ruth Bader Ginsburg:
Follow ears pattern as written using brown yarn. Attach to head just under the hair line, approximately in line with the nose. Attach jump rings to ears with pliers.

Coat and arms – Emmeline Pankhurst pattern:

Left Collar: Using yellow yarn, ch 10, slst in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next ch, hdc in next ch, ch 3, slst in next space of original chain, ch 4, slst in 2nd ch from hook, trc next space of original chain, hdc in next ch, dc in next ch, sc in next ch, slst in last ch, fasten off.

Right Collar: Using yellow yarn, ch 10, slst in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next ch, hdc in next ch, dc in next chain, trc in next ch, ch 2, sc three times into side of trc, sc in next space of original chain, ch 3, slst in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in next space of original chain, sc in next ch, slst in last ch, fasten off.

Follow coat pattern as written using yellow yarn through row 17. If you want coat any longer, repeat row 17 as desired.
Row 18: 1 sc in each st, rotate coat and start working 9 sc evenly along side of coat. Place left collar on top of coat and stitch another 8 sc along side of coat, attaching collar as you go. Crochet 20 sc along top of coat. Place right collar on top of coat and sc 9 sc evenly along side of coat. Finish side of coat with last 8 sc evenly spaced. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Follow arms pattern as written using brown for skin color and yellow for the arms of coat. Fasten off and leave long tail for attaching to body.

Headband pattern:

Row 1: using red yarn, ch 23, sc in 2nd ch from hook and sc in next 5 ch, hdc in next 10 ch, sc in last 6 ch, ch 1, turn.
Row 2: 6 sc, 10 hdc, 6 sc, ch 1, turn.
Row 3: 6 sc, 10 hdc, 6 sc, ch 1, turn.
Row 4: 22 sc, turn and place 4 sc along side of headband, turn, 22 sc along bottom edge, turn, 4 sc along side, slst to first st in corner. Fasten off, leaving long tail for attaching to head.
I placed headband over hair along the top and sides where the hairbun is attached and loosely stitched through the hair strands. Hide end of yarn in hair.

Assemble all the pieces and you have an adorable Amanda Gorman! I love that I’m able to adapt these patterns as new iconic women emerge in our culture. Thank you for visiting my blog!

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Pooh Bear and Friends Baby Blanket – Tigger

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“ The most wonderful thing about Tiggers is, I’m the only one. .” —Tigger

Here is the final block in a series of four graph patterns, for a Winnie the Pooh themed baby blanket. This is Tigger, the bounciest member of the crew! I love me some Tigger, he’s always so happy and full of energy! As I mentioned in the first post for the Winnie the Pooh block, I finished creating these graphs almost a year ago, but am just now able to post them due to coronavirus imposed vacation.

This pattern uses the corner to corner (C2C) method to create the blanket picture. I won’t write it out step by step or create another tutorial, but I will direct you to Repeat Crafter Me‘s C2C tutorial video HERE or to Crochet Crowd‘s video HERE. Both are excellent tutorials that I used to learn this method.

Here is a picture of the finished block:

You will find the pattern graph below, or you can purchase the convenient ad-free printable PDF in my Etsy shop, HERE.

Pooh Bear and Friends Baby Blanket – Tigger

Skill level: Intermediate

Abbreviations:

  • sl st – slip stitch
  • ch – chain
  • sc – single crochet
  • dc – double crochet

Materials required:
Yarn – I Love This Cotton, colors: Black, White,Buttercup, Glowing, Aqua, Rosey II
Yarn needle
Scissors
Crochet hook G (4.0mm) – I used my favorite Clover Amour hook

Pattern:

Start in any corner, whatever your preference is. Use the corner to corner method to complete the graph. After completing the last corner (using the Aqua background color) do not finish off.

Border:
Row 1: ch 1, sc all along the first edge, evenly spacing your stitches. I used 2 sc into the side of each square and 1 sc into the space between squares. In each corner, 1 sc, ch 1, 1 sc, then repeat around entire square. Slip stitch into first sc, fasten off.
Row 2: join with white yarn, sc into each stitch all along first edge. In each corner, 1 sc, ch 1, 1 sc, then repeat around entire square.
Row 3: ch 2, dc into each stitch all along first edge. In each corner, 1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc, then repeat around entire square. Fasten off.

This is the final block in the series of four graphs! I will be back next week to share completed pictures of the whole blanket and the joining methods used.

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Pooh Bear and Friends Baby Blanket – Eeyore

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“ A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference.” —Eeyore

Welcome back to block three of our woeful buddy Eeyore in a series of four graph patterns, for a Winnie the Pooh themed baby blanket. As I mentioned in the first post for the Winnie the Pooh block, I finished creating these graphs almost a year ago, but am just now able to post them due to coronavirus imposed vacation. This Eeyore quote above is so appropriate for the current state of the world, mid-pandemic. It’s been a trying time for everyone, and I think we can all say that consideration for others has been at the top of our thoughts for weeks on end.

This pattern uses the corner to corner (C2C) method to create the blanket picture. I won’t write it out step by step or create another tutorial, but I will direct you to Repeat Crafter Me‘s C2C tutorial video HERE or to Crochet Crowd‘s video HERE. Both are excellent tutorials that I used to learn this method.

Here is a picture of the finished block:

You will find the pattern graph below, or you can purchase the convenient ad-free printable PDF in my Etsy shop, HERE.

Pooh Bear and Friends Baby Blanket – Eeyore

Skill level: Intermediate

Abbreviations:

  • sl st – slip stitch
  • ch – chain
  • sc – single crochet
  • dc – double crochet

Materials required:
Yarn – I Love This Cotton, colors: Pink, Black, White,Pewter, Aqua, Dove, Ivory
Yarn needle
Scissors
Crochet hook G (4.0mm) – I used my favorite Clover Amour hook

Pattern:

Please note: only Eeyore’s eyes are white, the other white areas are supposed to be done in the same Aqua background color as the first two blocks. Designer fail!

Start in either the top right or bottom right of the pattern, whatever your preference is. Use the corner to corner method to complete the graph. After completing the last corner (using the Aqua background color) do not finish off.

Border:
Row 1: ch 1, sc all along the first edge, evenly spacing your stitches. I used 2 sc into the side of each square and 1 sc into the space between squares. In each corner, 1 sc, ch 1, 1 sc, then repeat around entire square. Slip stitch into first sc, fasten off.
Row 2: join with white yarn, sc into each stitch all along first edge. In each corner, 1 sc, ch 1, 1 sc, then repeat around entire square.
Row 3: ch 2, dc into each stitch all along first edge. In each corner, 1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc, then repeat around entire square. Fasten off.

Stay tuned for week four – I will be sharing the last block, and then I will share the finished blanket and joining method!

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Pooh Bear and Friends Baby Blanket – Piglet

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“Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.” —Winnie-the-Pooh

Today I am posting the second block in a series of four graph patterns, for a Winnie the Pooh themed baby blanket. This block is for his smallest pal, Piglet. As I mentioned in the last post for the Winnie the Pooh block, I finished creating these graphs almost a year ago, but am just now able to post them due to coronavirus imposed vacation. Lots of projects and crafting happening during my social distancing!

This pattern uses the corner to corner (C2C) method to create the blanket picture. I won’t write it out step by step or create another tutorial, but I will direct you to Repeat Crafter Me‘s C2C tutorial video HERE or to Crochet Crowd‘s video HERE. Both are excellent tutorials that I used to learn this method.

Here is a picture of the finished block:

You will find the pattern graph below, or you can purchase the convenient ad-free printable PDF in my Etsy shop, HERE.

Pooh Bear and Friends Baby Blanket – Piglet

Skill level: Intermediate

Abbreviations:

  • sl st – slip stitch
  • ch – chain
  • sc – single crochet
  • dc – double crochet

Materials required:
Yarn – I Love This Cotton, colors: Pink, Black, White, Rosey II,Pewter, Aqua
Yarn needle
Scissors
Crochet hook G (4.0mm) – I used my favorite Clover Amour hook

Pattern:

Start in either the top right or top left of the pattern, whatever your preference is. Use the corner to corner method to complete the graph. After completing the last corner (using the Aqua background color) do not finish off.

Border:
Row 1: ch 1, sc all along the first edge, evenly spacing your stitches. I used 2 sc into the side of each square and 1 sc into the space between squares. In each corner, 1 sc, ch 1, 1 sc, then repeat around entire square. Slip stitch into first sc, fasten off.
Row 2: join with white yarn, sc into each stitch all along first edge. In each corner, 1 sc, ch 1, 1 sc, then repeat around entire square.
Row 3: ch 2, dc into each stitch all along first edge. In each corner, 1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc, then repeat around entire square. Fasten off.

Stay tuned for week – I will be sharing the third block, and then I will share the finished blanket and joining method!

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Pooh Bear and Friends Baby Blanket – Winnie the Pooh

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“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.” —Winnie-the-Pooh

Pooh may be a simple bear, but he has said many wise things with a pure heart. Thank goodness there’s no hurry, as I seem to have inadvertently taken a full three year break from my blog! I have entered a very busy season of my life, and as much as I have an incredible passion for crochet, I am just unable to dedicate the time and energy to it that I wish to. Since I last posted I was promoted at work and my three kids have all been in at least one sport year round while my husband coaches, works and finishes his Bachelor’s degree. Phew, I’m tired just reading it!

I created this, the first in a series of four graph patterns, for a baby blanket gift for my daughter’s dance teacher. She is a huge fan of all things Magical Kingdom, and her nursery was Winnie the Pooh themed. I created these graphs myself and am just now getting around to sharing them with you – because everything is cancelled due to the global coronavirus pandemic! The baby who got the blanket is a year old now, so that should tell you how often I have enough downtime to blog these days!

This pattern uses the corner to corner (C2C) method to create the blanket picture. I won’t write it out step by step or create another tutorial, but I will direct you to Repeat Crafter Me‘s C2C tutorial video HERE or to Crochet Crowd‘s video HERE. Both are excellent tutorials that I used to learn this method.

Here is a picture of the finished block:

You will find the pattern graph below, or you can purchase the convenient ad-free printable PDF in my Etsy shop, HERE.

Pooh Bear and Friends Baby Blanket – Winnie the Pooh

Skill level: Intermediate

Abbreviations:

  • sl st – slip stitch
  • ch – chain
  • sc – single crochet
  • dc – double crochet

Materials required:
Yarn – I Love This Cotton, colors: Curry, Black, White, Red, Mint, Antique Gold
Yarn needle
Scissors
Crochet hook G (4.0mm) – I used my favorite Clover Amour hook

Pattern:

Start in either the bottom right or top left of the pattern, whatever your preference is. Use the corner to corner method to complete the graph. After completing the last corner (using the Aqua background color) do not finish off.

Border:
Row 1: ch 1, sc all along the first edge, evenly spacing your stitches. I used 2 sc into the side of each square and 1 sc into the space between squares. In each corner, 1 sc, ch 1, 1 sc, then repeat around entire square. Slip stitch into first sc, fasten off.
Row 2: join with white yarn, sc into each stitch all along first edge. In each corner, 1 sc, ch 1, 1 sc, then repeat around entire square.
Row 3: ch 2, dc into each stitch all along first edge. In each corner, 1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc, then repeat around entire square. Fasten off.

Stay tuned – each week I will be sharing another block, and then I will share the finished blanket and joining method!

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Interlocking Knit Look Headband

Interlocking Knit Look Headband – a FREE Crochet Pattern and Video Tutorial

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I love the look of a knitted headband- but I still haven’t mastered the art of knitting! I created this interlocking knit look headband pattern using simple crochet stitches and I love it! It can sometimes be difficult to create intricate crochet patterns like those available in knitting, but with a little creativity you can make it look just as fabulous!

Interlocking Knit Look Headband

As my crochet skills expanded and I discovered this little trick that creates a knitted appearance with crochet stitches, I was very excited. It involves using the “third loop” of the crochet stitch and is a very simple stitch once you figure out which is the correct loop. The tutorial video at the bottom of the post below shows you where the third loop is on your project.

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I loved that I could create a multi-colored woven appearance with this pattern, so I made a “Seahawks” themed headband. We must support our Seahawks in this house!

Interlocking Knit Look Headband

This pattern is just as easily converted into a single color headband, and can be made a bit smaller if that is your preference. My daughter’s headband is only 4 rows each side because she’s much tinier than me!

 

I think this is a very easy pattern to make, it looks trickier than it really is to make. The video below will show you step by step how to get this look easily!

Interlocking Knit Look Headband

You will find the pattern below, or you can purchase the convenient ad-free printable PDF in my Etsy shop, HERE.

Interlocking Knit Look Headband

Skill level: Beginner to intermediate

Size: Adult, adjustable to your preferred size

Abbreviations:

sl st – slip stitch
ch – chain
fhdc – foundation half double crochet
hdc – half double crochet

Materials required:

1 skein worsted weight yarn – my examples used Red Heart Super Saver Aran Fleck and I Love This Cotton in multiple colors.
Yarn needle
Scissors
Crochet hook H (5.0mm) I used my Clover Amour

Pattern:

Part A:
Row 1: FHDC 65 stitches. Join to first stitch with sl st. (65)
Note: the number of stitches can be increased or decreased to adjust size.
Row 2: Ch 1, HDC in 3rd loop around. Join to first stitch with sl st. (65)
Row 3: Repeat row 2. (65)
Row 4-6: Join next color. Repeat row 2 three times. Finish off, leaving a long tail for joining.

Part B:

Repeat part A, but when you join row 1, loop it through the center of part A, interlocking the rings of part A and B.

Interlocking Knit Look Headband

Joining A and B:

Align the seams of A and B. Using the long tail, stitch together using mattress stitch in the 3rd loop of each side about ⅓ of the way around. Repeat on opposite side of seam using the other long tail, about ⅓ of the way around. This leaves the front twist unstitched, allowing for flexibility. Finish off and weave in ends.

Note: if you do not wish to make this a multi-colored pattern, you may skip the “join next color) part. In this case, you may make each side only 5 rows wide instead of 6 to make a narrower headband if you wish.

Writing this pattern I realized that it was a bit challenging to visualize what I was doing, so I created a video tutorial. I kind of lied at the end of the video, I promised I would show you the finished product, but then I guess I forgot to add that part *insert embarrased emoji face* but here it is. At least I have lots of photos of the finished product! I hope the video helps you!

Interlocking Knit Look Headband

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Interlocking Knit Look Headband Pattern

Interlocking Knit Look Headband Pattern

Rainbow-scarf

Rainbow Scarf – FREE Crochet Pattern using Planned Pooling

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Have you heard of “Planned Pooling”? I had never of such a thing before until this past fall. Planned pooling is working with variegated yarn that has a repetitive predictable color sequence to create a specific pattern when crocheted or knitted. Sounds complicated doesn’t it? Well don’t be intimidated, it really isn’t hard! The stitches used are deceptively simple, the only tricky part is finding the “magic number”! I’ll get to that in a minute when I show you how to make a Rainbow Scarf. Let me show you a few things first!

Here is an example of what I mean by variegated yarn:

Isn’t it beautiful? This Lion Brand Color Waves in the Rainbow colorway is the yarn I used for this project I’m about to show you. I just love the bright and vibrant colors of it! Let me just gush about this yarn for a few minutes – I am really in love with it! I am a pretty die hard cotton yarn fan, and usually avoid wool (too scratchy!) at all costs, but this yarn really won me over! It’s an acrylic/wool blend (80/20%) and it is so soft that I actually had no idea at first that it contained wool! I can’t stand most wool touching my skin, but I wear this scarf all the time and it feels amazing.

Rainbow-scarf

Now it’s hard to imagine, but when you follow the pattern, this bundle of bright softness will turn into this gorgeous argyle-style scarf:

Crochet Brain Beanie – a FREE Pattern

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So you may have heard about a “March for Science” on Washington. This is a nationally organized protest scheduled for April 22, 2017 all around the country, but primarily in Washington, D.C. at the National Mall. Scientists nationwide are planning to make their voices heard on that day, which also happens to be Earth Day, to protest the current administration’s policies on the environment and scientific evidence. Whatever your politics may be, I think it is a wonderful thing that we can peacefully protest and make our passions known in this country without fear of reprisal. What in the world does this have to do with crochet, you might ask? Well, you may remember the recent Women’s March and its universally recognized symbol of the crocheted “Pink Pussy Hat”? Well we cannot leave the scientists out – the symbol being talked about for this march is the crochet Brain Beanie!

Crochet brain beanie

My husband, a self-professed geek and lover of logic, linked me this post and said, “I want one!”

First I made this face and said:

And then I thought, well yeah that’s actually pretty cool! I started looking on Ravelry for crochet brain beanie patterns, but I couldn’t find one I was in love with, so I decided to make my own! 

Crochet brain beanie

I really love how it turned out and I think my husband looks pretty cute in it too!

Crochet brain beanie

This pattern is fairly easy, as it is a basic beanie, but with a bunch of tubing stitched to the top!

Crochet brain beanie

You will find the pattern below, or you can purchase the convenient ad-free printable PDF here in my Etsy shop, Crochet Brain Beanie.

Crochet Brain Beanie

Skill level: beginner/intermediate

Size: adult

Abbreviations:
sl st – slip stitch
ch – chain
MR – magic ring
DC – double crochet
HDC – half double crochet
FPHDC- front post half double crochet
BPHDC – back post half double crochet

Materials required:
2 skeins I Love This Cotton yarn in Rosey II
Yarn needle
Scissors
Crochet hook, size H (5.00mm) – I used my Clover Amour

Pattern:
Using pink yarn and H hook.
Hat body:
Row 1 – Magic ring, ch 2, 9 HDC in magic ring, pull tight, join to first HDC, ch 1. (9)
Row 2 – 2 HDC in first stitch, repeat around, join to first HDC, ch 1. (18)
Row 3 – 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next, repeat around, join to first HDC, ch 1. (27)
Row 4 – 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 2 stitches, repeat around, join to first HDC, ch 1. (36)
Row 5 – 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 3 stitches, repeat around, join to first HDC, ch 1. (45)
Row 6 – 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 4 stitches, repeat around, join to first HDC, ch 1. (54)
Row 7 – HDC around, join to first HDC, ch 2. (54)
Row 8 – 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 8 stitches, repeat around, join to first HDC, ch 1. (60)
Row 9 – 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 9 stitches, repeat around, join to first HDC, ch 1. (66)
Row 10  – 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 10 stitches, repeat around, join to first HDC, ch 1. (72)
Row 11  – 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 11 stitches, repeat around, join to first HDC, ch 1. (78)
Row 12  – 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 12 stitches, repeat around, join to first HDC, ch 1. (84)
Row 13-19 – HDC around, join to first HDC, ch 1. (84)
Row 20- 22 – FPHDC in first stitch, BPHDC in next, repeat around, joint to first FPHDC, ch 1. (84)
Row 23 – FPHDC in first stitch, BPHDC in next, repeat around, joint to first FPHDC, finish off. (84)
Weave in ends.
“Brain” tubing: (make 2)
Chain 2.
Row 1: 5 DC into 2nd ch from hook, join to first DC (5)
Row 2: ch 2, DC into each DC around, join to first DC (5)
Row 3 and up: repeat row 2 until you reach desired length. Finish off, leaving a VERY long tail for stitching to the beanie. Stitch the hole closed by gathering each loop of the 5 DC together and pulling tight.
*I did not measure the final length or number of rows for my tubing, because it is based on your preference for how you want to wrap the tubes on the side of the hat and how tight you want to make it. My tubes were more than twice as long as the length of my arm, and I still ended up needing to make another smaller piece to fill in a hole that was bothering me!
Attaching the tubing:
I would recommend you loosely run a line of dark contrasting yarn down the very center of your beanie to divide your “brain” in half and use as a stitching guide. It can be very easy to get off center when you are dealing with very long pieces! You’ll notice that mine is a bit off center from not following my own advice!
Crochet brain beanie

Pick a spot near the back of your hat, just above the brim and attach the yarn tubing. I ran the stitching INSIDE the tubing and poked it out where I wanted to attach it to make a small stitch, then ran it back inside the tubing to hide it. Randomly loop back and forth in rows and loops like the sulci on a human brain. One long tube should be attached only on the right side, and the other long tube should be attached only on the left side. The human brain is divided into halves, and they do not visibly cross, that is why there are two separate tubes! Once the entire tube is stitched down, weave the end into the inside of the beanie a few times to ensure it stays in place.

Thank you for visiting my blog, and I hope you love making your very own crochet brain beanie! You can help support CDM Handmade and ensure more great patterns in the future by sharing this post, making a purchase with my affiliate links (at no additional cost to you) or purchasing the convenient ad-free printable PDF of this pattern from my Etsy Store HERE. Happy hooking!

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valentine's day free crochet pattern

Heart Full of Love – A Valentine’s Day Free Crochet Pattern

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Hello fellow crochet lovers! I’m so excited to bring you Valentine’s day free crochet pattern today! This is my first amigurumi pattern and I hope you love it as much as I do!

valentine's day free crochet pattern

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Cabled Messy Bun Bow Hat – a FREE Crochet Pattern

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Have you made yourself a messy bun hat yet? They have become all the rage in the crochet world, and I am no different! The latest incarnation of these hats is with an adorable bow attached. I have been tagged in multiple photos of these adorable hats and have had many requests to make them! I wanted to create a hat that was cute, but with a little winter elegance too. I am currently obsessed with cabling, so I decided that a Cabled Messy Bun Bow Hat was just what we needed!

I think it’s super cute, don’t you? My daughter is a competitive cheerleader so i think this hat is perfect for all our cheer families!

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We just got home from a cheer competition, so my daughter is modeling in full cheer makeup – I promise she doesn’t normally wear sparkly false eyelashes around the house on a Sunday!

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You will find the pattern below, or you can purchase the convenient ad-free printable PDF in my Etsy shop, HERE.

Cabled Messy Bun Bow Hat

Skill level: intermediate
Size: Adult

Abbreviations:
sl st – slip stitch
ch – chain
hdc – half double crochet
sc – single crochet
dc – double crochet
dcfp – front post double crochet

Materials required:
1 skein of worsted weight yarn – I used Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek in Light Gray, available from Hobby Lobby
Yarn needle
Scissors
Crochet hooks, H and I (5mm and 5.5mm) – I used my Clover Amour

Hat band: (worked in rows) – Use H hook
Chain 9
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, ch 1, turn (8)
Row2: sc in first st (both loops), sc in back loop only of next 6 st, sc in last st (both loops), ch 1, turn (8)
Row 3 to 80: repeat row 2.(8)
Stitch band together to form a circle using one sc in each st across, turn seam to the inside 8 stitches. Ch 2, turn band sideways to start body of the hat.

Hat body: (worked in the round) – Use I hook
Row 1: dc in first st and each stitch of the side of the hat band, sl st to first dc (80)
Row 2: ch 2, *dcfp around each of first 2 dc, hdc in next dc, skip 2 dc, dcfp around each of next 2 dc, working BEHIND the previous 2 st, dcfp around each of the skipped dc, hdc in next dc (after the 4 st cable)*, repeat from * around, sl st to first dcfp (80)
Row 3-4: ch 2, *dcfp around first 2 dcfp, hdc in next hdc, dcfp around next 4 dcfp, hdc in next hdc*, repeat from * around, sl st to first dcfp (80)
Row 5: repeat row 2
Row 6-7: repeat row 3
Row 8: repeat row 2
Row 9-10: repeat row 3
Row 11: ch 2, *dcfp2tog, hdc in next hdc, skip 2 dcfp, dcfp around each of next 2 dcfp, working BEHIND the previous 2 st, dcfp around each of the skipped dcfp, hdc in next hdc*, repeat from * around, sl st to first dcfp (70)
Row 12: ch 2, *dcfp around dcfp, hdc in next hdc, dcfp2tog, dcfp2tog, hdc in next hdc*, repeat from * around, sl st to first dcfp (50)
Row 13: ch 2, *dcfp around dcfp, hdc in next hdc, dcfp2tog, hdc in next hdc*, repeat from * around, sl st to first dcfp (40)
Row 14: ch 1, hdc in each st around, sl st to first hdc (40)
Row 15: repeat row 14
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Bow: (worked in the round) – Use H hook
Chain 30, sl st to starting chain, be careful not to twist.
Row 1: ch 1, hdc in each st around, sl st to first hdc (30)
Row 2-5: repeat row 1
Fasten off, leaving very long tail for wrapping into a bow. Fold band in half and wrap long yarn tail around the middle to form bow shape, pulling tightly to get the proper shape. Use yarn needle to secure yarn tail. Attach bow to hat using yarn tail as desired.

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Here is a few photos I snapped of the cable section which is the trickiest part. It takes a bit of practice to go behind the cables to do a front post double crochet and make them twist.

I also made a video tutorial for the cabled portion of this hat. It is my very first video, so please excuse my extreme newbie skills!


I hope you enjoyed my Cabled Messy Bun Bow Hat and I would absolutely love to see your creations or answer any questions you might have! Please help support CDM Handmade by commenting, sharing this post, or showing me your work on any of my social media links above. Thank you!

xoxo-Charmaine