Friday, October 13, 2017

From Basic to Beautiful: Embellished Crocheted Beanies

I haven't crocheted that many hats, but this year I decided to change that.  I've been eyeing the gorogeous embellished winter hats in the Sundance catalog for years and wanted to see if I could make something in the same style.

If you've followed my work, you know that I enjoy adding embellishments to more basic crocheted items, in order to create one-of-a-kind pieces. So, I started with a simple and very well done beanie pattern, the 30 Minute Basic Beanie -- a free crochet pattern by Diane Service of Pixiebell. I really like this pattern!  I couldn't make it in 30 minutes. I love to crochet, but I am not the quickest stitcher.  It took me about an hour.

I made the beanie in a few different super bulky yarns (such as, Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick, Lion Brand Hometown USA, Big Twist Collection Natural Blend, Buttercream Collection Alpaca Solids, and Red Heart Mixology), tweaking the pattern a bit in some cases to maintain correct sizing, or as you'll see below, in one case adding a brim. I then used scraps of yarn, beads, felted crochet, and embroidery thread to create different embellishments for each hat.


Making these embellished beanies has been a lot of fun.  Choosing the materials and creating the design for each one really allowed me to exercise my creative instincts.  This is a simple way to make a basic crocheted hat into a work of art, reflecting your own unique style!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Colosseum Scarf - A Crochet Scarf for All Seasons - Free Pattern

I haven't posted in such a long time that I thought I'd offer a little treat today -- a free crochet scarf pattern.  This pattern is quite easy, and works up quickly, with an easy to remember four row repeat. Because the fringe is worked in loops of chain stitches as the final row at each end, you don't have to go through the additional steps of finishing off, measuring and cutting fringe, and attaching it.

One of the great things about this scarf is that because it is a fairly open, lacy stitch pattern, you can wear this piece comfortably in any season. For example, if crocheted in a cotton or linen blend yarn, it makes a wonderful accessory for summer.

Another nice feature of this pattern is that you can easily change the width or length; even crocheting it as a shawl, if you wish.  Just adjust your foundation chain (you need a multiple of 6 +5).  The version shown above in the blue/green, Color 42 of Plymouth Yarns Kudo, is worked on a foundation of 35 chains (30 +5).

I call this my "Colosseum Scarf" because the stitch pattern reminds me of the arched windows of the Roman Colosseum.

Below, you will also see some photos of a narrower version that I crocheted using Trendsetter Yarns Zensation.  For this one, I started with a foundation of 23 chains (18 +5).

I hope you enjoy making this pattern!  I'd love to hear from you about your experiences with making it.

Colosseum Scarf
Designed by Angela Saylor
©Angela Saylor 2016

  • 2 hanks Plymouth Yarns Kudo (55% Cotton/40% Rayon/5% Silk – 100 g/198 yards – worsted weight) Color 42 (There was a fair amount of yarn  left, I would guesstimate it took about 300 yards)
  • Crochet Hook – Size I -9 (5.5mm)

Finished dimensions: About 9 inches wide by 75 inches long (including fringe)


This scarf is worked outward from the center.  One side is completed and then the yarn is rejoined in the center and the other side is completed.

Foundation: Chain 35

First Half:

Row 1: Single crochet (sc) in 2nd chain (ch) from hook and in each ch across (total: 34 sc); turn

Row 2 (right side): ch 4 (counts as first treble [tr]), tr in each of the next 3 sc, *ch 2, skip the next 2 sc, tr in each of next 4 sc*, repeat from * to * ending with 4 tr in the last 4 sc; turn

Row 3:  ch 1, sc in each of the first 4 tr, ch 2, skip the ch 2 space, *sc in each of the next 4 tr, ch 2, skip the next ch 2 space*, repeat from * to *, until you reach the last group of tr, then end your row with 1 sc in each of the last 3 tr and 1 sc in the top ch of the ch 4 (counted as 1st tr in previous row); turn

Row 4:  ch 7 (counts as 1 tr and 3 ch), skip 4 sc, work 2 tr in the ch 2 space, *ch 4, skip the next 4 sc, 2 tr in ch 2 space*, repeat from * to *, until you reach the last 4 sc, then ch 3, skip 3 sc, tr in last sc; turn

Row 5:  ch 1, sc in first tr, ch 3, skip ch 3 space, sc in each of next 2 tr, *ch 4, skip ch 4 space, sc in each of next 2 tr*, repeat from * to * until you reach the final ch 7 , then ch 3, skip 3 ch, sc in next ch (conceptually, this is the 4th chain of the 7 chains and counted as the 1st tr in the previous row); turn

Row 6: ch 4 (counts as first treble), work 3 tr in the ch 3 space, ch 2, skip next 2 sc, *work 4 tr in the ch 4 space, ch 2, skip next 2 sc*, repeat from * to * until you reach the final ch 3 space,   work 3 tr in ch 3 space, tr in last sc; turn

Rows 7-42: Repeat Rows 3-6 nine more times (or until you reach the desired length, being sure to end with Row 6)

Row 43:  ch 1, sc in top of the ch 4 (counted as first tr in previous row), sc in each of the next 3 tr, work 2 sc in the ch 2 space – continue in this manner working 1 sc in each tr and 2 sc in each ch 2 space to the end of the row (total: 34 sc); turn

Fringe row: ch 1, sc in first sc, *ch 25, sc in next sc*, repeat from * to *, ending with a sc in the final sc (total of 33 fringe loops).

Finish off, work in your ends.

Second half:

With right side facing you, attach yarn by working a slip stitch in the unworked side of the first ch of the foundation chain.

Row 1: Work Row 2 of first half.

Rows 2-42: Work Rows 3-6 of the first half 10 times (or until you reach the desired length.

Row 43 and Fringe Row: Work the same as for the first half.

Finish off, work in your ends.

This pattern is my own design.  I don't mind if you copy it for your own personal use, but please do not sell it.  Further, please do not disseminate it to others without attributing the design to me and/or linking back to this page.  To do so is a violation of my copyright.  If you wish to sell finished versions of scarves you crochet from this pattern, that is not a problem.  However, again, I would just ask that you respect my work by indicating that I am the designer.  Thank you!