Bucket Hat

Bucket Hat

This hat is one of two hats that I test knitted for Stana’s Critters. It features a wide brim and would be the perfect hat for a cool spring. It keeps the sun out of your eyes, while keeping your head warm. Of course since I live in Florida we do not need hats in the spring, but some climates do. The pattern came in a variety of sizes and knits up quickly, especially after the brim is complete.

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Blue Bell Hat


Recently I had the chance to test knit two hats for Stana’s Critters. This first hat is my favorite. It resembles a flower. Each petal is knit separately, then joined to form the base of the hat.  It used a little bit of green from my stash to create an i-cord calyx. (Why yes, I do homeschool my children and we recently studies parts of the flower.)

As I told Stana, I love, love, love this hat! I only had one problem with it. My daughter is 11 and thinks she is too big for a hat like this. It would be perfect for a little girl. So I have included in the box of hats to go to the orphanage in Kenya.

When the pattern is released I will update this post.

Happy Knitting.

UPDATE: The pattern can be purchased on Ravelry here.

A bear named Boo Boo

Boo Boo Bear

When given the opportunity to test knit for Stana’s – Critters again I jumped at the chance. This cute bear is part of a collection that she is working on that should be released the first part of 2015. My kids named him Boo Boo, after Yogi’s friend.

I absolutely loved the head of this fellow.  The outline for the muzzle makes it a little more realistic.

Once the pattern is released I will update this post for those interested.


New word for today – Balaclava

Today I learned a new word – Balaclava. Webster defines it as “a warm hat that covers the head, neck, and most of the face”. In my world we call it a ski cap.

ski hatWhen I found this free pattern I knew I wanted to make one for the orphanage in Kenya. This style hat is one of my son’s favorite and I hope that another young boy would enjoy it this winter.

I used some Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Tea Leaf Green with size 8 needles to cast of 72 stitches.  I did alter the pattern in the decrease section of the hat. I disliked how the original changed to a stockinette for the decrease. So I used the ribbed decrease I used on the Mock Cable Hat (minus the cable stitch) to create a ribbed decrease.

You can find the original free pattern here.

Happy Knitting

Update: the pattern location has moved and can know be found here. 



While the box of items for Craft Hope has left the house. I still have several items to share with you.  Today’s project is the Circle Chain Hat by Megan Poteete – Johnson.

Circle Hat

I found this pattern on Ravelry. So after I had completed my goal of twelve hats, I knew I wanted to try something a little more than your basic hat. This hat knitted up fairly quickly and the band of circles in a contrasting color made it a little special. I used more of my Red Heart Super Saver Yarn from my stash. The hat was a little small, based on my gauge it should fit the average 8-year-old. But was a little tight on my foam hat head.

If you would like to knit this yourself the pattern can be found for free here.