By The Hair Of My Chinny Chin Chin

Loopy Flower

August 31st is still August, so I made it this month for the new Motif of the Month – The Loopy Flower Motif. 

Why so late you ask?

First, I’m moving cross country very shortly and have been working on getting ready for the move and finding housing, so that has been taking up a lot of time.

Second, I live next to the Mohave desert and it’s been too hot in my recording room (no insulation or A/C), so I have been avoiding it as much as possible.

Granted the outdoor thermometer was in direct sunlight, but right before in the shade it was at 118.
Granted the outdoor thermometer was in direct sunlight, but right before in the shade it was at 118.

I will get the video production back up to make sure there are lots of free pattern workshops and the motif of the months will be on time, so stay tuned.

In the mean time, download the new pattern and watch the video tutorial here.

Lefties click here.

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Hearts Abound Gets A Mate

 

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These mitts go with the Heart Abound Beanie pattern and are a super cute way to show some love.

A fast pattern, you can make a pair of these in a weekend.

The pattern comes in three sizes to fit most women’s hands.
(All measured around the palm right below where fingers meet.
Small Mitts: 7.5” around x 6.5 tall
Medium Mitts: 8” around x 7” tall
Large Mitts: 8.5” around x 7.5 tall

 

 

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Get 50% Off One Or Both

 

This modern snowflake Fair Isle beanie and fingerless mittens are great for all those Frozen fans out there. You can create so many different looks by changing the colors of the falling snowflakes and background color.

The beanie pattern can be made in all sizes from 15″ to 22″ circumference.

The glove pattern comes in three sizes to fit most women’s hands.
(All measured around the palm right below where fingers meet.
Small Mitts: 7.5” around x 6.5 tall
Medium Mitts: 8” around x 7” tall
Large Mitts: 8.5” around x 7.5 tall

The patterns use Fair Isle crochet which creates a double thick fabric for extra warmth.

 

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Some More Mitts To Match The Beanies

 

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These mitts go with the Checkers Beanie pattern and are a cool graphic pattern that looks great with contrasting or coordinating colors.

The intricate pattern may look difficult, but it’s actually quite easy.

The pattern comes in three sizes to fit most women’s hands.
(All measured around the palm right below where fingers meet.
Small Mitts: 7.5” around x 6.5 tall
Medium Mitts: 8” around x 7” tall
Large Mitts: 8.5” around x 7.5 tall

The pattern uses Fair Isle crochet which creates a double thick fabric for extra warmth.

 

50% Off This Week Only

 

Use promo code: checker50 during checkout to receive discount.*

*Offer good until Sunday, August 30th, 2015 midnight Pacific time.

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Make Some Mitts To Match Your Beanie ~ 50% Off This Week Only

 

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Use up your stash with this five color fingerless mittens. Small amounts of each color mean you can make a couple sets of gloves from just one skein of each color.

The intricate pattern may look difficult, but it’s actually quite easy.

The pattern comes in three sizes to fit most women’s hands.
(All measured around the palm right below where fingers meet.
Small Mitts: 7.5” around x 6.5 tall
Medium Mitts: 8” around x 7” tall
Large Mitts: 8.5” around x 7.5 tall

The pattern uses Fair Isle crochet which creates a double thick fabric for extra warmth.

 

50% Off This Week Only

 

Use promo code: diamond50 during checkout to receive discount.*

*Offer good until Sunday, August 23rd, 2015 midnight Pacific time.

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Checkers Beanie On Sale Now

 

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Another new Fair Isle pattern. This one is great for male or female. Using self striping yarn or a solid color will get you a cool criss-crossed effect.

Fair Isle is a technique where two colors are used in any particular row to create pictures or designs in your project. Don’t know how to do Fair Isle? Don’t worry, there is an extensive photo tutorial section (13 pages!!!) that will not only teach you how to create Fair Isle but also covers all of this:

1. Color Changing throughout the beanie including at the round join.

2. Catching the yarn to create short floats.

3. How to keep your yarn untangled.

4. How to keep your seam straight on your beanie.

5. How to make a magic adjustable loop.

The beanie includes full written instructions as well as a color chart for the Fair Isle portion.

 

50% Off This Week Only

 

Use promo code: checker50 during checkout to receive discount.*

*Offer good until Sunday, August 23rd, 2015 midnight Pacific time.

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Congrats To The Hometown Winner

Congrats to Barbara who won the two skeins of Lion Brand Hometown USA yarn with the following comment:

I started “thinking” about Christmas projects in January. I have literally hundreds of patterns. I’ve made some snowflakes and a few characters, but I plan to really get going on Christmas very, very soon. My daughter and I are planning to make some felt ornaments too. BTW I love the basket made with that the Hometown USA.

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The Diamonds Beanie is Now On Sale

 

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Use up your stash with this five color beanie. Small amounts of each color mean you can make a couple beanies from just one skein of each color.

The intricate pattern may look difficult, but it’s actually quite easy using Fair Isle crochet.

Fair Isle is a technique where two colors are used in any particular row to create pictures or designs in your project. Don’t know how to do Fair Isle? Don’t worry, there is an extensive photo tutorial section (13 pages!!!) that will not only teach you how to create Fair Isle but also covers all of this:

1. Color Changing throughout the beanie including at the round join.

2. Catching the yarn to create short floats.

3. How to keep your yarn untangled.

4. How to keep your seam straight on your beanie.

5. How to make a magic adjustable loop.

The beanie includes full written instructions as well as a color chart for the Fair Isle portion.

 

50% Off This Week Only

 

Use promo code: diamond50 during checkout to receive discount.*

*Offer good until Sunday, August 16th, 2015 midnight Pacific time.

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How I Block My Beanies

I get the question every once in awhile on how I block my beanies. So, I thought I would show you what I use in case you were wondering as well.

Hi, I'm Molly.
Hi, I’m Molly.

This is Molly, my mannequin head. I got her from Amazon. She is a cheap (don’t tell her I said that) styrofoam head that I use for blocking. Though she is a “adult female”, her head circumference and size is probably of a young girl. So when I block I make adjustments if needed.

Diamond Beanie Available Soon
Diamond Beanie Available Soon

Here you can see how much larger an adult size beanie fits on Molly. It  covers her entire face and then I pin the edges loosely around the neck area.

I am usually blocking a beanie to make it softer and to flatten out the brim. Molly is great for this because she keeps the shape of the beanie. If I were to lay it flat to pin out the brim, I can get a crease where it is laid flat.

So if you like Molly and want one of your own, she is usually can be found for under $10 US on Amazon. I think it’s worth it for the ease in blocking it provides. Let me know what you think. How do you usually block your beanies?

And if you like the beanie pictured, it will be in the shop by the end of the week. Follow the blog to get notification when it is available.

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Another Beanie To Choose From ~ Get It While It’s On Sale

 

 

 

The Drip Drop Beanie is the next Fair Isle crochet beanie available in the shop.

The color oozes in this funky beanie perfect for just about anyone.

This pattern may look spontaneous and difficult, but it is really easy and is a great introduction to fair isle crochet since it only uses two colors throughout.

Fair Isle is a technique where two colors are used in any particular row to create pictures or designs in your project. Don’t know how to do Fair Isle? Don’t worry, there is an extensive photo tutorial section (13 pages!!!) that will not only teach you how to create Fair Isle but also covers all of this:

1. Color Changing throughout the beanie including at the round join.

2. Catching the yarn to create short floats.

3. How to keep your yarn untangled.

4. How to keep your seam straight on your beanie.

5. How to make a magic adjustable loop.

The beanie includes full written instructions as well as a color chart for the Fair Isle portion.

 

50% Off This Week Only

 

Use promo code: beanie50 during checkout to receive discount.*

*Offer good until Sunday, August 16th, 2015 midnight Pacific time.

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