DIY: Crochet Knit Stitch Beanie with Ribbing and Free Pattern

Crochet Knit Stitch BeanieCrochet Knit Stitch Beanie

This crochet knit stitch beanie is made with a fingering weight wool and made to look like knitting. I bought two beautiful colours of Schachenmayr Merino Extrafine 170 from the nearby  Ewe Knit shop and decided to make a finely crocheted hat. Since the hat is made of single crochet knit stitches, the hat fabric is quite dense and thus quite warm. I used extra Schachenmayr Merino Extrafine 170 in colour A to make a pompom to top it all off.

The hat has a back seam which gets pulled out of place when the hat is made up, so make sure you block the hat before you add the pompom. The crochet knit stitch beanie has a slightly stretchy ribbing which helps keep the hat nicely fitted to my head.

Crochet Knit Stitch Beanie

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DIY: Crochet Wavelength Beanie

Crochet Wavelength BeanieCrochet Wavelength Beanie

I made this crochet wavelength beanie designed by Sharon Zientara. The pattern for this wavelength beanie is from the Quick Crocheted Accessories (3 Skeins or Less) book by Sharon Zientara. The beanie is a relatively simple pattern of single crochet and front post double crochet stitches that looks quite chic.Crochet Wavelength Beanie

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DIY: Chunky Cabled Crochet Beanie with Free Pattern

Chunky Cabled Crochet BeanieChunky Cabled Crochet Beanie

Although it’s now spring, I’m still energetically crocheting hats – this chunky cabled crochet beanie is from Yarnspirations. Tomiko and I are trying out some new patterns (and writing our own) in beautiful yarns from our local yarn stores to eventually sell in our Kiku Corner Etsy shop!

This was the first time I crocheted twisting cables, and it took me a second look at the instructions to figure it out. However, the hat ended up being easy to put together and quite quick as well! I wanted to make a warmer hat so I used an undyed Aran weight wool from Loops & Threads from my yarn stash instead of the suggested soft and shiny acrylic. The undyed colouring of the yarn does not give the hat much stitch definition, but that doesn’t seem to matter since the cables are so large. I had enough leftover yarn to add a fat and fluffy pom pom.

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Crochet Puff Stitch Hat with Free Pattern

Crochet Puff Stitch Hat The puff stitch hat is made with a body of puff stitches attached to a ribbing made of single crochet stitches. The puffs stitches make the hat quite warm while the ribbing adds a slight stretch for a forgiving fit.

Crochet Puff Stitch Hat

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Happy Kawaii Dryer Balls

happy kawaii dryer balls

Ever heard of dryer balls? I hadn’t until recently mostly because I try to air dry my laundry as much as possible. Sometimes though, the large items such as bedding need to go in the dryer in the winter. Using dryer balls helps fluff and aerate tumbling laundry. As usual, when I found out they were made from wool, I knew had to create my own DIY.

Throwing these kawaii balls in the dryer helps speed up the drying process and means I don’t have to do a dreaded second tumble. These yellow cuties even help reduce static cling.

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