Free Rock the Block Blanket Pattern & Tutorial

I love learning new stitches with fun textures! When those stitches work up quick it is an added bonus. I know I am not the only one. Earlier this year I released a section of a CAL and everyone kept talking about how much they LOVE the stitch. I immediately knew I had to share the block stitch with everyone.

Rock the Block Blanket

This specific block stitch has so many names that I am just calling it the Rock the Block Blanket. You will also hear it called the grid stitch, boucan stitch, leaping stripes and many more… but essentially, it is one of many different types of block stitch.

Today I am going to share with you how to work up this fun stitch and give you the pattern to work up this fun blanket in any size you want! I will also show you how to get over 6 different looks with this simple stitch pattern. So make sure you stay with me to the end.

Another HUGE advantage of working this block stitch is that the edges of the blanket are left clean. There is NO need to work an edge, WaHOO!!! I can hear you all shouting with JOY right now!

One Block Stitch / 6 Different Looks

Now this is my favorite part. Check out all the different looks you can achieve by working the block stitch. As you see all these versions, just start imagining the colors and patterns you can create as you make your Rock the Block Blanket.

Rock the Block Solid Rock the Block

Rock the Block Rock the Block

Rock the Block Rock the Block

Rock the Block Pattern

What Size?

First you need to decide what size of blanket you would like to make and make a note of the width and length. Here is a good visual for blanket sizes I found online (unfortunately I don’t know who the image belongs to so I cannot give proper credit).

Blanket Size

What Pattern or How many Colors?

Yep, you have to pick one of them. I know it can be difficult but decide if you want to use one color, 2 colors or more. Then decide if you want to make your blanket with a specific pattern (1 row repeats, 2 row repeats, random, etc.), see the images earlier in this post to help you decide or watch this tutorial to see each one is worked.

Begin your Project:

Crochet a foundation row in multiples of 4 sc until the desired width is reached.

R1: Ch 1, sc in next 3 sts, [ch 2, skip next 2 sts, sc in next 2 sts], repeat [] until 5 sts remain, ch 2, skip next 2 sts, sc in next 3 sts, turn

R2: Ch 4 (counts as hdc + ch 2), skip next 3 sts, [dc in next 2 skipped sts from 2 rows prior, ch 2, skip next 2 sts], repeat [] to last st, hdc in last st, turn Note: Dc in this and following rows will be worked around/over the chain sp of the prior row, ch sp will be covered by the dc.

R3: Ch 2 (counts as a hdc), dc in next 2 skipped sts from 2 rows prior, [ch 2, skip next 2 sts, dc in next 2 skipped sts from 2 rows prior], repeat [] to last st, hdc in 2nd ch of beg ch, turn

Repeat R2 & R3 until desired length is reached

Final Row: Ch 1, sc in next 3 sts, [dc in next 2 skipped sts from 2 rows prior, sc in next 2 sts of current row], repeat [] to last st, sc in last st, fasten off and weave in all ends

Rock the Block

I hope you love crocheting the Rock the Block Blanket as much as I did. In case you wanted to know how I worked the sample blanket up, below are my specific notes. I made this blanket as a stash buster, using up some of the yarn in my closet. I used Red Heart Super Saver yarn the a Crochet Hook I.

Begin with C1 (Light Grey) Complete R1-R15

Switch to C2 (Aruba) Complete R16-R32

Switch to C3 (Turqua) Complete R33-R35

Switch to C4 (Orchid) Complete R36-R38

Switch to C5 (Aran) Complete R39-R49

Switch to C4 (Orchid) Complete R50-R52

Switch to C6 (Amethyst) Complete R53-R65

Switch to C3 (Turqua) Complete R66-R68

Switch to C4 (Orchid) Complete R69-R73

Switch to C1 (Light Grey) Complete R74-R90

Switch to C3 (Turqua) Complete R91-R93

Switch to C2 (Aruba) Complete R94-R108

Switch to C4 (Orchid) Complete R109-R111

Switch to C3 (Turqua) Complete R112-R114

Switch to C5 (Aran) Complete R115-R128

Switch to C6 (Amethyst) Complete R129-R139

Switch to C1 (Light Grey) Complete R140-R156 + Final Row

And that sums it all up! If you give this pattern a try, please share your final project on Sweet Potato 3’s facebook page so everyone can see how beautiful it really is.

 

 

Free Frog Crochet Hat Pattern with Cookie Monster Instructions too!

Animal hats are a fun way to show off someones personality, interests and is also an easy way to dress up for Halloween. I originally designed the frog hat pattern for newborn photos, a popular request years ago. To make my design stand out and feature something different I added frog feet to the ear flaps!

Frog Hat

The hat is a classic beanie that covers the ears. The pattern now includes sizes from newborn up to Children! Add a simple flower to the side to give it a more feminine touch.

Frog Crochet Hat

Frog Hat Material List

  • Crochet Hook Size J (6 mm)
  • Crochet Hook Size K (6.5 mm)
  • Optional for flower – Crochet Hook Size H (5 mm)
  • Worsted (#4) weight yarn – approximately 60-180 yards depending on the size of hat you are making
  • Yarn Needle, Scissors & Measuring Tape

Stitches & Abbreviations Used in Pattern

  • Hdc = half double crochet
  • Sc = single crochet
  • Ch = chain
  • Slst = slip stitch
  • Hdc2tog = half double crochet next two stitches together, decrease
  • Join = join with a slst
  • St(s) = Stitch(es)
  • R = Round/Row

Check Your Gauge

When the completed size of your finished crochet project is important (very important in anything you wear), you must check gauge. This will ensure that your final piece will be the appropriate sizing. Change or adjust your hook to obtain the proper gauge: if your swatch is too small go UP a hook size, if you swatch is too large go DOWN a hook size.

For the frog hat use crochet hook K and work up a swatch of half double crochets to check: 9 rows with 12 hdc = 4 inches square.

Hat Sizing

Newborn (12 ¼ ” around & 5” high – fits up to 14” circumference)
3 to 6 Months (14” around & 5 ½ “ high – fits up to 15″ or 16″ circumference)
6 to 12 Months (16″ around & 6” high – fits up to 18″ circumference)
12 to 24 Months (17″ around & 6 ½ “ high – fits up to 19″ circumference)
Child (18” around & 7 ½ “ high – fits up to 20″ circumference)

Frog Hat Pattern

Follow the instructions for my Basic Hat with Ear Flap Option, then come back to this post for your final round of hat. The final round is where you will add the cute frog feet!

Frog Hat Final Round

  • You will now complete the final round of the hat, please read all instructions for this section before you begin.
  • With hook K Ch 1, sc in each stitch down side of earflap, around hat, up earflap to the tip.
  • Once you reach the center stitch on the tip of the earflap you will make the ties with feet.
  • Switch to hook J, ch 31, work 2hdc in 3rd ch from hook, Ch 2, turn
  • 1hdc in first st, 2hdc in next st, 2hdc in top of beginning ch, turn
  • *Ch 5, work 3hdc in 2nd ch from hook, slst in remaining 3ch, now insert hook into beginning stitch (that your ch 5 started from), bring up a loop, insert hook into next st, bring up a loop, yarn over and bring through all loops (sc2tog made)* repeat 3 more times eliminating the sc2tog after last one.
  • We will now work our way back up the tie, work 3 slst along the foot to bring you to the bottom of the tie
  • Switch back to hook K, 1 sc in next 5 chains, hdc in remaining chains
  • Continue your sc down the other side of the earflap, around hat, back up other earflap, repeating tie & foot pattern at earflap tip.
  • Join in the 1st sc made in your final round, fasten off and weave in all ends

Frog Eyes – make 2

  • With Hook J & Black yarn
  • R1: Ch 3, 7 hdc in 3rd ch from hook, join (8)
  • R2: Switch to White yarn, ch 2, hdc in same st as joining, 2 hdc in each st around, join (16) fasten off
  • With green yarn follow the same instructions as above through Row 2 but do NOT fasten off. At the end of Row 2, place the white eye piece on top of the green color piece (they should line up and be the same size), you will now stitch them together as you complete the final round working all the stitches through both stitches of both eye pieces.
  • Final Round: slst in the first stitch of round 2 (of both eye pieces), ch 2, hdc in the same stitch you just joined in, hdc in next st, (2hdc in next st, 1hdc in next st) repeat around, fasten off leaving enough yarn to sew to hat.

Optional Flower

  • With Hook H
  • R1: Ch 2, 10 sc in 2nd ch from hook, join in top of beg ch (10)
  • R2: Work front loops only, (ch 3, slst in next st) repeat around
  • R3: Work back loops only from R1,(ch 2, dc in same st, 1dc in next st, ch 1, slst into same st as dc, slst into next st) repeat 4 more times, fasten off (5 petals), sew to hat.

If you like the frog hat, you’ll love this twist on it!

Last week, I had a customer contact me about making a Cookie Monster Hat. I sat down to draw up the pattern and soon realized it was nearly identical to my frog hat! Yipee!!! I quickly used the same pattern with just a few minor changes and Ta Da!!

Frog Hat Pattern Cookie Monster
Cookie Monster Frog Hat

Do you see the similarity? How did I do it?

Follow the Child’s size Frog Hat Pattern exactly using blue yarn. Then crochet the eyes solid white and made a simple black round piece (with 7 hdc in the circle) and sewed them onto the eyes off balanced.

For the mouth I worked as follows (remember this is for the child sized hat):

  • Using black yarn and a Crochet Hook I (5.5 mm)
  • Foundation hdc 16 (tutorial for foundation hdc here)
  • R1: Ch 2, hdc2tog, hdc in next 2 sts, 2hdc in next st, hdc in next 5 sts, 2hdc in next st, hdc in next 2 sts, hdc2tog, hdc in last st, turn (17)
  • R2: Ch 3, dc3tog, hdc in next 8 sts, dc3tog, dc in last st, turn (12)
  • R3: Ch 3, dc3tog, hdc in next 5 sts, dc3tog, dc in last st, turn (9)
  • R4: Ch 3, dc3tog, hdc in next 2 sts, dc3tog, dc in last st, turn (6)
  • R5: ch 1, sc across entire row and around entire mouth piece, sew onto front center of hat. Make sure when you reach the top corners of the mouth to embroider a small smile line, secure with a knot and weave in all ends.

For the Cookies I worked as follows:

Cookie in Hand
  • Using medium brown yarn and a Crochet Hook I (5.5 mm)
  • R1: Ch 2, work 7 sc in 2nd ch from hook, join in top of beg sc (7)
  • R2: Ch 2, hdc in first st, 2hdc in each st around, join (14)
  • R3: Ch 1, [2sc in next st, sc in next st], repeat [] around, (21)
  • If this is your first piece, using a darker color yarn (dark brown or black) embroider small lines to represent Chocolate Chips.
  • Repeat R1-R3, lay your first piece on top of your current piece and slst through the sc from R3, working through both circle pieces. This just reinforces the cookies. Make 2 cookies and sew onto the hands (or frog feet).  For the cookie next to the mouth, just make one side and sew onto the corner of the mouth, there is no need to have it stronger so do not make the back side of the cookie.

I hope you found this fun! I love seeing how others have taken a Sweet Potato 3 pattern and customized it in their own unique way. If you have done this, please share it with me, I love to be inspired! Tag me on IG or FB with @SweetPotato3Patterns or join my SP3 Crochet & Conversations group for more interactive fun.

More Free Hat Patterns that would be great for Dress Up or Halloween

  • Frankenstein Hat – click HERE
  • Pumpkin Hat – click HERE
  • Monster Hat – click HERE
  • Candy Corn Hat – click HERE
  • Elf Hat with Curved Tip and Jingle Bell – click HERE
  • Love Bug Hat – click HERE
  • Mustache Cowls – click HERE

2017 Cancer Challenge with Sweet Potato 3

October is almost here, you know what that means!
It is Cancer Awareness Month, and the 2017 Cancer Challenge is just around the corner!
This may be a long post, but it should answer most of your questions and  give you more detailed information on how it is organized.

Why are you doing the 2017 Cancer Challenge?

Many / Most of us have been effected by cancer in some way. It is difficult to see someone go through cancer and/or chemotherapy. But with a community standing beside them it makes the battle slightly less daunting.
In honor of my Uncle Jeff, who lost his battle in September of 2014,
I am hosting the 4th annual Cancer Charity Challenge.
Sweet Potato 3 Cancer Challenge

How does the challenge work?

It is pretty simple.
Basically, I am asking all of you to help make hats for cancer patients and cancer survivors.
The hats can be made for someone you know, someone your friends know,
a co-worker, teacher, neighbor, or even a complete stranger.
You can make many hats and donate them to your local cancer center.
If a cancer center is not in your area you can contact me and ship them my way. I will include them with my donation to the Cancer Center of Idaho.

How long does the challenge last?

The challenge will begin October 1.
A featured designer/pattern will be posted each day until October 31, 2017.
You will have until  the end of 2017 to complete your hats and get them donated. This is great timing for donations during the holidays.

What type of hat should I make and what sizes?

You can use any hat pattern you like. People of all ages get cancer, so all sizes are needed. Teen and adult hats are most requested because they tend to fit more people.

Where can I get patterns?

This is the FUN part!!!
Each day throughout the challenge I will be posting a FREE hat pattern.
I have some amazing designers who are graciously offering their patterns for FREE in exchange for your donation. If you download a pattern you are pledging to make a minimum of 1 hat from that pattern for the challenge. If you download the pattern, please take a minute to visit the pattern designers facebook page and tell them thank you for their generosity.

 What type of yarn is recommended?

 The best yarns for chemo patients are soft and breathable yarns. It is also important that the yarn washes well. It is recommended to use cotton blends (however, 100% cotton tends to be less soft) and/or acrylic. Some favorite yarns used in past years, according to recepients, are Caron Simply Soft, Debra Norvelle, Lionbrand Homespun and/or Heartland, Red Heart Soft, Bernat Softee, you are probably getting the idea.
I have heard comments that wool hats can be very itchy and are not preferred.
Remember that it is important to use the correct yarn weight for the pattern you are following.

 What is my goal?

My goal is to simply help others and make it easy for you to do the same.
I started this challenge on a whim 3 years ago when I lost my uncle. Each year the challenge has grown, last year reaching over 35,000 hats pledged. I am astounded with the succes and am hoping to match and beat that number this year. So grab a friend and crochet away!

How do I pledge?

To pledge to make a hat simply download the pattern.
There will be 31 patterns available. If you download all 31 patterns you pledge to make 31 hats.
I am pledging to make 31 hats, one a day, sounds doable. But, if you can only make 1 hat, you are still making a difference, and I thank you for that.

Have Fun and Get More Involved

Make sure to share pictures of your finished hats on Sweet Potato 3’s facebook page. This is not required, but it is fun to see what everyone else is making and see your own pictures shared too. When you share a picture please let me know what pattern it is from, I would love to tag that designer so they can follow the difference they are making with their donation.

Who are you Honoring?

Add a comment to this blog post to let everyone know who you are making hats in honor of.

Challenge Others

Do you know other crafters, crocheters or knitters?
Tag them in one of the facebook posts about the challenge, say “I challenge you to join!”

Get Started Early

The excitement and enthusiasm I see in everyone who has participated in the past is amazing. I have already had a few of you tell me that you already started making hats! Last year someone posted a hat they crocheted that had a beautiful cancer ribbon on it. She graciously shared the link that she used and the bonus is, it’s FREE. Click here to make a ribbon like the one below. These are great to add to your hats.
Below is an image that shows the awareness color for some of the more common cancers.
I hope this post answered all of your questions. If you think of anything I have missed, read more in this link, then just let me know so I can let others know. Enjoy crocheting those hats!

One Cup at a Time Coasters – Free Crochet Pattern

Some days you just need a quick, easy, but fun crochet pattern to work on.

Therefore, I am sharing one of my freebies with all of you. The One Cup at a Time Coaster pattern works up really quick, uses a fun stitch combination and your finished project is useful to have around. The coasters  can be added to a gift, it’s that handmade touch everyone loves to receive. 

One Cup at a Time Coaster

One Cup At a Time Coaster Details

The pattern uses a sports weight (#2) yarn and a G (4.25 mm) crochet hook. However, if you have a different yarn weight around, go ahead and give that a try as well. You finished coaster may come out bigger, or thicker, but it will still work.

One Cup At a Time Crochet Coaster Pattern One Cup at a Time Coaster

Each individual Coaster will be about 4″ X 4″ square, unless you use a different weight yarn. A larger coaster made in a worsted weight may be used as a small trivet. Oh, I love finding patterns that can be used for multiple purposes. 

You can download a your own copy of the One Cup At A Time Coaster, right here on my blog. No need to join a website. Download the Coaster crochet pattern by clicking HERE

One Cup Coaster

Another Cozy Pattern You May Like

FREE Coffee Cozy Sweater Wrap crochet pattern: click HERE

More Crochet Fun

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Coffee Cozy Sweater Wrap – FREE Crochet Pattern!

Today is your lucky day. I am giving everyone the Coffee Cozy Sweater Wrap!!! Grab this pattern for Free and whip up a few in time for Holiday Parties. They make great hostess gifts, are big sellers at craft fairs and are just fun to have around the house for when company comes.

Coffee Cozy Sweater Wrap Pattern

The Coffee Cozy pattern is great for beginners.

I designed the Cozy pattern for beginners to practice crocheting the basic single crochet stitch. The pattern comes with 4 options. Each option has a different look, all while using the single crochet stitch.

My hope is to help those new to crochet work on a quick project that they will get excited about completing and want to make more and learn more. Seriously, check out how different all the textures are in the photo below. Each sample is crocheted using the single crochet stitch, just in different ways.

Coffee Cozy Sweater Wrap Pattern

These cozies are perfect for quick gifts during the holidays. The Coffee Cozy Sweater Wrap fits most 8-12 oz coffee cups, or taller 16 oz cups. Cups with handles will help hold the cozy inplace but are not required.

Gift Ideas

Make a cozy and add it to a cute mug, throw in some hot cocoa packets with candy canes, or tea with an infuser, or go the coffee route and add some gourmet brew and fun creamer packs. Any theme you decide to create and give will be loved by all. They are great gifts alone or make an entire set.

coffee cozy crochet pattern

I plan on having my set out for the holidays, they make great cup markers so everyone knows which cup of coffee is theirs.

Download your copy of the Coffee Cozy Sweater Wrap by clicking HERE.

And that’s a wrap (or cozy)!

Ha, I just had to say it. But, if you love this cozy pattern and are ready to try something new I have a few other small projects you may love to:

2016 Cancer Challenge Final Pledges

The 2016 Cancer Challenge began on October 1, 2016. Each day a crochet pattern designer will sponsor the challenge. By doing this, they provide a free crochet hat pattern in exchange for a pledge to make and donate a hat.
The hats made are pledged to be donated to your local cancer center, and will be gifted to someone going through cancer. The hats may also be donated directly to a cancer patient you know.

Our Challenge Final Pledge Count

Our numbers continue to increase every year.
In 2016, you all helped to pledge 35,474 hats. This is outstanding!
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart. Each one of these hats was made with love and will be given in love. What a great way for us crocheters to touch others lives.

Cancer Challenge

If you have not completed your pledges, don’t fret! You have until the end of the year to fulfill your pledges.

Come back next year for the Cancer Challenge!

I will host the Crochet Cancer Challenge in 2017. Therefore, make sure to follow Sweet Potato 3 on facebook to stay in the loop. You can also follow my blog by email, just sign up under my picture in the right side of this post. Thank you again for your time and efforts in this years challenge.

More Crochet Fun

Follow Sweet Potato 3 on Facebook to see more pattern releases, sales and crochet fun, just click HERE.

However, if you would enjoy a more interactive group experience, you need to join my Crochet & Conversations facebook group, click HERE. It is a ton of fun and I encourage everyone to share their projects, WIPS (works in progress) and inspirations. Plus you get exclusive deals, are the first to see new releases, give input on designs and have opportunities to win patterns. Join now and get to know others who also enjoy the art of crochet.

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Free Mustache Cowl Crochet Pattern

A Cute, Fun, Unique, Sure to Make You SMILE Cowl!
The mustache cowl is all those wonderful things and is a free pattern to you from
 
free mustache cowl pattern
 
This fun cowl is quick to make and would be fun in any colors. I personally like the vibrant and bright colors for the dreary days of winter. Seriously, we haven’t seen sunshine for almost 3 weeks. I needed something bright and colorful to work on!

 

Save this pattern in your Ravelry Account for easy access.

 
For the cowl, it is a very basic crochet pattern and can easily be adjusted for any size. I made the child size but alternative stitch counts in parenthesis would be for an adult size.
 
free cowl pattern
 

The Cowl Pattern: 

 
For your gauge check use Hook K = 9 rows and 12 hdc = 4 inches square

 

Using Worsted Weight Yarn and Crochet Hook K (6.5 mm)

Work 65 (80) foundationless hdc, join in first hdc making sure not to twist, this will form a ring (tutorial here-also know as a foundation hdc- I know that doesn’t make much sense)
Row 2-18 (24): Ch 2, hdc in each st around, join, after last row is completed,
Fasten off and bury all ends, You will need to also sew/join the bottom of the first and last hdc from the foundation row.

 

Laying flat the completed measurements for the cowl are:
Child Size = 11 inches wide X 8 inches high
Adult Size = 15 inches wide X 10 1/2 inches high

 
Mustache Cowl Pattern
 
For the Mustache I used the pattern by Jessica Chong on Ravelry. Again I used worsted weight yarn but used a crochet hook K (6.5 mm) instead of what was recommended. The pattern is very easy to follow and works up quick.
 
I sewed on the mustache to the cowl so that the top of the mustache was just below the 3rd row from the top (the mustache curl tips was about 1 1/2 rows from the top).
 
Look how cute and easy they turned out. This pattern is sure to be a hit for whoever receives the finished cowl and will turn heads and make all who see it smile!
 
I hope you enjoyed the pattern and decide to follow Sweet Potato 3 Patterns on facebook for patterns, tutorials and lots of crochet fun!
 

Need a Hat Too?

Well you are in luck, I offer a FREE pattern for a basic hat that includes the options to add ear flaps. I even have a sample with the same mustache on it. Get more information on the Free Basic Hat pattern by clicking this LINK.

Crochet Hat with Earflap Option – {FREE Pattern}

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One of the most popular crochet pieces is a hat. They are fun and quick to make with the right pattern. Today I am offering my basic crochet hat pattern for free. The pattern includes the option to add ear flaps. Once you have the basic hat pattern the opportunities are endless with what you can make. 

Basic Crochet Hat Pattern

The Basic Crochet Hat Pattern includes all sizes from newborn up to adult. You can make it in a solid color, add stripes, or add the ear flaps… can you start to envisions some fun possibilities. 

Get your copy of the Basic Hat pattern by clicking this LINK.

Some fun examples of how to customize your hat

I used the hat pattern to make some fun custom Valentines Day hats. Check out how cute they turned out.

All these hats look different by adding a different colored band, or adding stripes throughout the hat. Adding ear flaps also gives it a whole new look. Then add cute appliques, like hearts or mustaches. Embroider letters to make them pop or add cute messages. You can find the Free Mustache Pattern I used from Tutus & Tea Parties, it was very simple to follow and I LOVE how it turned out (check out my free cowl pattern that I also used it on by clicking this link).

Mustache Cowl

I hope you enjoy the free hat pattern (and cowl) and come back to try some more designs by Sweet Potato 3.

Join more Crochet Fun

If you enjoyed this pattern or want to be in the loop on more fun crochet designs, interact with other crochet fanatics and show off your crochet work, join my Crochet & Conversations group. All the members are so fun and it can be a great resource for any and everything crochet related. I hope to meet you in there. Click this link to join

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Free Crochet Beaver Hat Pattern with Tail

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Over the years I have received many request for cute hat designs, usually for kids. A few weeks ago a request came in from an Oregon State fan for a Beaver Hat!

Yes, you heard that right, they wanted a cute hat to wear to the football games. I had already designed a beaver newborn photo prop so all I had to do was tweak it a little to add to a hat. But, I knew with this request it wouldn’t be just for the little ones, I had a feeling Mom & Dad would want one too.

And I was right, as soon as I sent them a photo of the little hat, they placed an order for 2 adult hats. There is a lot of gratification in designing something that is so personal to others.

Beaver Hats & Newborn Photo Props

If you think the beaver hat shown above is cute, I need you to take a peak at the newborn prop.

It isn’t cute just for Oregon State fans. I grew up in American Falls Idaho and our school mascot was also the Beaver, so I had contacted a relative who is an amazing photographer back home and sent her a prop to photograph as well. Lindsay Marie Photography did not disappoint, serious cuteness overload below:


Back to the hat pattern

Enough about the cuteness of newborns, I know you are here for the hat. The beaver hat comes in sizes from newborn up to adult.

Materials List

  • Hook size G(4.5mm) / H(5mm) / I(5.5mm)/ J(6mm)/ K(6.5mm)
  • Worsted (4) weight yarn (medium brown, dark brown, black, cream, white)
  • Scissors & Yarn Needle

Stitches & Abbreviations Used

  • Dc=double crochet
  • Hdc=half double crochet
  • Sc=single crochet
  • Ch=chain
  • Slst=slip stitch
  • St=Stitch
  • R=Row/Round

Gauge Check

Please check gauge, if you do not take the time to check your gauge, your hat may not come out the right size. Adjust your hook to obtain gauge. If your swatch is too large, go down a hook size. If your swatch is too small, go up a hook size.

Using the larges crochet hook K (6.5 mm) work 9 rows of 12 half double crochet, your swatch should be 4 inches square.

Follow the Basic Hat Pattern

As mentioned earlier, the hat comes in sizes from Newborn up to Adult. Follow the Basic Hat Pattern working with your crochet hook K and the medium brown color. I made a traditional hat for my Beaver design, but the instructions include an option to add earflaps, you are more than welcome to add them to your design.

Beaver Hat Details

Now for the fun, it is time to add the details of the ears, eyes, face and of course the signature teeth. The tail will be last, as it is a signature component as well.

Beaver Hat Ears

Ears – Make 2 for hat

Newborn, 3-6 month & 6-12 month sizes: use crochet hook I (5.5 mm) & medium brown yarn

R1: Ch 3, 10 hdc in 3rd chain from hook (1st ch made), join in top of beg hdc (10)

R2: Ch 2, hdc in same st you joined in, hdc in next st, ch 1, sc in the side of the hdc just made, slst in same st hdc was made in, sc in next 8 st, slst in same st as beg ch 2, slst along the side of the beginning ch 2, fasten off leaving enough yarn to sew ears to hat.

12-24 month, Child, Teen/Ladies & Adult/Men sizes: use crochet hook J (6.0 mm) & medium brown yarn

R1: Ch 3, 12 dc in 3rd chain from hook (1st cn made), join in top of beg dc (12)

R2: Ch 2, hdc in same st you joined in, hdc in next st, ch 1, sc in the side of the hdc just made, slst in same st hdc was made in, sc in next 10 st, slst in same st as beg ch 2, slst along the side of the beg ch 2, fasten off leaving enough yarn to sew ears to hat.


Beaver Hat Face Detail

Eyes – Make 2 for Hat

Newborn and 3-6 month sizes: use crochet hook H (5.0 mm) & black yarn

6-12 month size: use crochet hook I (5.5 mm) & black yarn

Chain 2, work 7 sc in 2nd ch from hook (1st chain made), join in top of beg sc (7) fasten off, leaving enough yarn to sew eye to hat. Using white yarn, embroider a small “V” on the eye.

12-24 month & Child sizes: use crochet hook H (5.0 mm) & black yarn

Teen/Ladies & Adult/Men sizes: use hook I (5.5 mm) & black yarn

Chain 3, work 9 hdc in 3rd ch from hook (1st chain made), join in top of beg hdc (9) fasten off, leaving enough yarn to sew eye to hat. Using white yarn, embroider a small “V” on the eye.

Nose of Beaver

Newborn and 3-6 month sizes: use crochet hook I (5.5 mm) & dark brown yarn

6-12 month size: use crochet hook J (6.0 mm) & dark brown yarn

Chain 3, in 3rd chain from hook (1st chain made) work the following sts (4hdc, 4sc, 2hdc), join in top of beginning hdc (10) fasten off, leaving enough yarn to sew nose to hat.

12-24 month and Child sizes: use crochet hook I (5.5 mm) & dark brown yarn

Teen/Ladies and Adult/Men sizes: use crochet hook J (6.0 mm) & dark brown yarn

Chain 3, in 3rd chain from hook (1st chain made) work the following sts (4dc, hdc, 4sc, hdc, 2dc), join in top of beginning dc (12) fasten off, leaving enough yarn to sew nose to hat.

Teeth – Make 2

Newborn, 3-6 month and 6-12 month sizes: use crochet hook G (4.5 mm) and white yarn

Chain 4, sc in 2nd chain from hook, sc in next st, 2sc in last st, rotate and work the bottom side of the beg ch, work 2sc in opposite side of chain that you just worked the 2sc in, sc in next ch, sc in last ch, fasten off leaving enough yarn to sew to hat.

12-24 month and Child sizes: use crochet hook H (5.0 mm) and white yarn

Teen/Ladies and Adult/Men size: use crochet hook I (5.5 mm) and white yarn

Chain 5, sc in 2nd chain from hook, sc in next 2 sts, 2sc in last st, rotate and work the bottom side of the beg ch, work  2sc in opposite side of chain that you just worked the 2sc in, sc in next 3 chs, fasten off leaving enough yarn to sew to hat.

Face/Muzzle of Beaver Hat (section behind Nose)

Newborn, 3-6 month and 6-12 month sizes: use crochet hook J (6.0 mm) & cream yarn

R1: Ch 9, hdc in 3rd chain from hook and in each remaining st (8) turn

R2: Ch 2, hdc2tog, hdc in next 3, hdc2tog (6) turn

R3: Ch 2, hdc2tog, hdc in next st, hdc2tog (4) turn

Final round: Ch 1, sc in each st across row 3, rotate and sc along the side of each row, rotate and sc along base of row 1, rotate and sc along the side of each row, join in top of beg sc, fasten off leaving enough yarn to sew to hat.

12-24 month and Child sizes: use crochet hook J (6.0 mm) & cream yarn

R1: Ch 11, hdc in 3rd chain from hook and in each remaining st (10) turn

R2: Ch 2, hdc2tog, hdc in next 5, hdc2tog (8) turn

R3: Ch 2, hdc2tog, hdc in next 3, hdc2tog (6) turn

R4: Ch 2, hdc2tog, hdc in next st, hdc2tog (4) turn

Final round: Ch 1, sc in each st across row 4, rotate and sc along the side of each row, rotate and sc along base of row 1, rotate and sc along the side of each row, join in top of beg sc, fasten off leaving enough yarn to sew to hat.

Teen/Ladies and Adult/Men sizes: use crochet hook J (6.0 mm) and cream yarn

R1: Ch 11, hdc in 3rd chain from hook and in each remaining st (10) turn

R2: Ch 2, hdc2tog, hdc in next 5, hdc2tog (8) turn

R3: Ch 2, hdc2tog, hdc in next 3, hdc2tog (6) turn

R4: Ch 2, hdc in each st across (6) turn

R5: Ch 2, hdc2tog, hdc in next st, hdc2tog (4) turn

Final round: Ch 1, sc in each st across row 5, rotate and sc along the side of each row, rotate and sc along base of row 1, rotate and sc along the side of each row, join in top of beg sc, fasten off leaving enough yarn to sew to hat.


Beaver hat Tail

Tail Pattern – will be made the same for all sizes of hat

The tail will be made by crocheting two pieces (top & bottom) and sewing them together. The first section made will be the bottom. The second piece will be made with a criss-cross pattern and will be the top of the tail.

Tail (bottom section):

With Crochet Hook K (6.5 mm) and dark brown yarn.

  • R1: Ch 9, dc in 3rd chain from hook and in each remaining st (8) turn
  • R2: Ch 2, 2dc in first st, dc in next 5 st, 2dc in last st (10) turn
  • R3: Ch 2, 2dc in first st, dc in next 7 st, 2dc in last st (12) turn
  • R4: Ch 2, 2dc in first st, dc in next 9 st, 2dc in last st (14) turn
  • R5: Ch 2, dc2tog, dc in next 9, dc2tog (12) turn
  • R6: Ch 2, dc2tog, dc in next 7, dc2tog (10) turn
  • R7: Ch 2, dc2tog, dc in next 5, dc2tog (8) turn
  • R8: Ch 2, dc2tog, dc in next 3, dc2tog (6) turn
  • R9: Ch 2, dc in each st across (6) turn
  • R10: Ch 2, dc in each st across (6) fasten off and weave in ends.

Tail (top section):

The top section of the tail will be made with the same pattern as the bottom except the stitches will be made in a criss-cross pattern.

  • R1: Ch 9, dc in 3rd ch from hook, dc in next st, (skip next st, dc in next st, cross over the dc you just made and dc in the skipped st) repeat 1 more time, dc in each of the next 2 sts (8) turn (this creates a criss-cross pattern and will be used in all the remaining rows)
  • R2: Ch 2, dc in first 2 sts, cross over and dc in the first st again, (skip 1 unworked st, dc in next st, dc in previous unworked st) repeat to last st, dc in last st, cross over and dc in previous st already worked, (10) turn
  • R3: Ch 2, dc in first 2 sts, cross over and dc in the first st again, (skip 1 unworked st, dc in next st, dc in previous unworked st) repeat to last st, dc in last st, cross over and dc in previous st already worked, (12) turn
  • R4: Ch 2, dc in first 2 sts, cross over and dc in the first st again, (skip 1 unworked st, dc in next st, dc in previous unworked st) repeat to last st, dc in last st, cross over and dc in previous st already worked, (14) turn
  • R5: Ch 2, skip 1st st and dc2tog, dc in previous skipped st, (skip 1 unworked st, dc in next st, dc in previous unworked st) 4 times, dc2tog (12) turn
  • R6: Ch 2, skip 1st st and dc2tog, dc in previous skipped st, (skip 1 unworked st, dc in next st, dc in previous unworked st) 3 times, dc2tog (10) turn
  • R7: Ch 2, skip 1st st and dc the next 2 st together, dc in previous skipped st, (skip 1 unworked st, dc in next st, dc in previous unworked st) 2 times, dc2tog (8) turn
  • R8: Ch 2, skip 1st st and dc2tog, dc in previous skipped st, skip 1 unworked st, dc in next st, dc in previous unworked st, dc2tog (6) turn
  • R9: Ch 2, dc in each st across (6) turn
  • R10: Ch 2, dc in each st across do not turn, go to final round

Final Round of Tail

You will now crochet the top and bottom pieces together. Lay the top piece on top of the bottom piece so the last st of Row 10 from both pieces are together. Chain 1 and sc going through the top and then the bottom piece, work 1 sc in each st around, join in the top of the 1st sc, fasten off leaving enough yarn to sew tail to hat.

Sewing on the pieces / appliques

You are so close to finishing, all you have left is the dreading sewing. Yes, I totally agree with you, sewing on appliques is not fun. However, I put together a tutorial on how I sew on my appliques, it walks you through step by step, I hope you find this helpful.

orders of sewing on the appliques

  • Lay the ears where you like their placement and sew onto the top of the hat. Make sure you check the placement after you sew each piece. This will help ensure the second ear lines up correctly with the first one.
  • Sew the teeth to the bottom and back of the face piece.
  • Stitch the nose onto the top and front of the face piece.
  • Sew the entire face piece to the bottom of the hat making sure it is centered with the ears.
  • Sew the 2 black eyes on, making sure to check the placement after the 1st eye is sewn on.
  • The final step is to sew on the tail. Turn the hat over, making sure the criss cross stitching is on top and will be seen while wearing the hat. Center the tail with the ears, sew the tail onto the rows of sc at the base of the hat. Stitch it on going across one row of stitches then repeat again going across the next row of stitches.

Free Simple Crochet Basket Pattern

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Today I spent cleaning out my craft room. While I was going through my huge yarn stash I found a beautiful skein of super bulky yarn. It was so soft and the colors reminded me of spring. I knew I had to make something quick and fun and wanted it to be something useful. So the Simple Crochet Basket popped into my mind!
The Simple Crochet Basket was perfect to have on a stand and keep my current WIPs (works in progress). It is small enough to keep those small remnants of yarn, my hooks and project all just fit perfectly.
Simple Crochet Basket
With my Simple Crochet Basket done, it dawned on me {face to palm… duh}, this will work for an EASTER BASKET too! I am still not sure, why that idea didn’t pop into my head first, but, somethings, this is just how it works out.
Simple Crochet Basket
I mean seriously, it is too cute! The basket is only about 8″ across the bottom. So, this is especially perfect for a small display or a small child. I have mine sitting out right now next to my entry way.
The pattern is so basic and works up quick. I couldn’t keep it to myself. I want you to go dig through your stash and then head over and grab your copy of the Simple Crochet Basket for
FREE! Get it on Raverly or Craftsy now.
If you love this idea and pattern, please make a point to visit Sweet Potato 3 on facebook. We have a ton of fun, share cute project ideas, you’ll be the first to know about pattern releases, sales and just enjoy lot’s of crochet fun!
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Simple Flower Headband Crochet Pattern {FREE}

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Spring is nearly here and it is time to start switching from crocheting cold weather hats to spring and summer items. Sometimes it is difficult to find a fun, quick summer crochet project. However, today I have a very cute and simple flower headband tutorial you are going to love.

Simple Flower Headband

A Quick Stash Buster Project for Craft Fairs

The pattern for the Simple Flower Headband works up quick. It is an easy 2 rows that you will memorize and make up a whole dozen before you know it!

Another fun feature about this pattern is you can customize it to be crocheted with any weight of yarn. That means this is an amazing stash buster project to help you use up your left over yarn.

Craft Fair Idea

A quick project that uses up your left over yarn and turns out is simply adorable! All these features make the Simple Flower Headband is a great idea for craft fairs.

Materials Needed for the Flower Headband

  • Yarn of any weight (see images below to see difference in how the headband will look with a thicker or thinner yarn weight)
  • Crochet Hook that is 1 size smaller than the recommended hook size on yarn label. In the samples on my daughter (in the photos) I used Caron Simple Soft (pink one) and Crochet Hook G (4.25 mm). The green sample was made with Lydia thread #10 and Crochet Hook 1 (2.75 mm).
  • Measuring Tape
  • Yarn Needle
  • Scissors

Stitches and Abbreviations Used

Ch = Chain
Sc = Single Crochet
Dc = Double Crochet
Tc3tog = Treble Crochet 3 Together

Treble Crochet 3 Together Instructions: [yarn over 2 times, insert hook (these will all be completed in
the same chain space), pull up a loop, yarn over pull through 2 loops, yarn over, pull
through 2 loops], repeat for a total of 3 times, you will have 4 loops on your hook, yarn
over and pull through all 4 loops

Gauge Information

Typically you will hear me preach about how important it is to check your gauge. But, for this pattern, there will be no gauge check. Since you can pick any yarn weight each headband you make may be made with a different stitch count to reach the desired size.

The pattern will be made according to measurements, so make sure you have a measuring tape, ruler or some for of measuring tool on hand.

Simple Flower Headband

Headband Sizing Guide

You can make your headband in any size and to do this, you will need to utilize the sizing guide below:

  • Newborn: desired length 12 ¼” – fits up to 14” circumference
  • 3 to 6 Months: desired length 14” – fits up to 15″ or 16″ circumference
  • 6 to 12 Months: desired length 16″ – fits up to 18″ circumference
  • 12 to 24 Months: desired length 17″ – fits up to 19″ circumference
  • Child: desired length 18” – fits up to 20″ circumference
  • Teen / Ladies: desired length 19” – fits up to 21” circumference

The Simple Flower Headband Pattern

Ch 7, dc in 4th ch from hook, [ch 8, dc in 4th ch from hook], repeat [] until you reach the *desired length (desired length can be found under the sizing guide above). Ch 5 more, do not turn, instead you will rotate the chain and work along the opposite side/this is the same as if you were to turn and work along the beginning chain).

flower headband beginning chain

Crochet the following in the dc/ch space [tc3tog, ch 6, tc3tog], repeat [] in each dc/ch
space to end, ch 2 (there will be 3 chs of the beginning ch left), slst in ch at the end.

Rotate your work, you will now crochet along the opposite side of the beg chain. Ch 2, [tc3tog, ch 6, tc3tog], repeat [] in each dc/ch space to end. Ch 2, slst in the 3rd ch of the ch 5.

For the second round begin with a Ch 1, work 3 sc in 1st ch space, [sc in top of tc3tog, 6 sc in ch space, (in top of the next 2 tc3tog work a sc2tog, 6sc in next ch sp), repeat () to end of the top part of your row. Sc in top of last tc3tog, at end of row work 3 sc in each of the next 2 ch sps, sc in top of next st. Begin row with 6sc in next ch sp, repeat () to the end of the row, sc in next st, 3sc in last ch sp, join with an invisible join (click HERE for tutorial) fasten off, leaving tail to sew ends.

Making sure the headband is not twisted, sew the ends of the row together to complete your headband. Now you know how quick and easy that was. have fun and play with different yarn weights to create the perfect look for you.

Watch a tutorial on creating the simple flower headband

Other Crochet Patterns You May Love

  • How to Make a Twist Ear Warmer / Headband (free tutorial) – click HERE
  • Addictive Angles Ear Warmers – click HERE

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