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Tree-Mendous Christmas Hat | Free Crochet Pattern

December 8, 2020

INSPIRATION & DESIGN

An acquaintance of mine reached out to me to make this hat for her nephew.  She had an idea in mind and asked for me to bring it to life and that’s when this “Tree-mendous” hat was born! (See what I did there?)

Lion Brand Heartland

My go to favorite acrylic yarn lately has been Lion Brand Heartland. It’s such a soft yarn to work with and can be used for a variety of projects.  I also love the drape of it. The colorways are beautiful and earthy and I love how some have a heathered look to it.

Lion Brand BonBons

I wanted a hat with a splash of color and some sparkle for the ornaments.  So I double layered strands of the Lion Brand BonBons that I found at Jo-Anns. I was dying to have a reason to use these cute little skeins–they’re adorable!

Lion Brand Basic Stitch Anti-Pilling

I used this yarn for the pom pom, but you can use this for the ornaments too!  The Lion Brand Basic Stitch Anti-Pilling comes in a variety of colors to choose from and can be a staple to your yarn stash!

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PATTERN NOTES

  • You can get the ad-free, PDF/print version of the pattern here.
  • You can save this to your Ravelry by clicking here.
  • This pattern is based on the Toddler Size used by the original designer.
  • The hat sizing guide is based on head circumference measurements from the Craft Yarn Council. Measurements account for 2 inches of negative ease to allow for stretch
  • Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
  • US Terms
  • Approximate Time: 2.5 hours
  • Gauge:  4 in x 4 in / 13 Rows x 18 HDCs BLO
    Note:  Designer’s tension tends to be on the tighter side.
  • The pattern is designed working from the bottom (brim) to the top (crown)
  • This pattern is based on the original design of the designer; however, can be adjusted as desired.  Designer’s hat pictured is a toddler hat measuring 17 inches for the head circumference and 9 inches from the base of the earlobe to peak of the crown.
  • “Ch 1” in the beginning of the row does not count as a stitch.
  • Ornaments:
    • For the purpose and ease of this pattern, the Puff Stitch (Ornaments) can be placed anywhere to your liking and in any color you like on even numbered rows.
    • This pattern used Weight 1 Yarn, which required double layering for the ornaments—(2) 30 inch (76 cm) strands. If you prefer to use a Weight 3 or Weight 4 yarn, do not double layer the yarn.
  • Abbreviations / Stitches Used:
    • BLO.  Back Loops Only
    • Ch(s).  Chain(S).
    • Dec.  Half-Double Crochet Decrease.  Yarn over, insert hook into next stitch.  Yarn over, draw up a loop (3 loops on hook).  Yarn over, insert hook into next stitch.  Yarn over, draw up a loop (5 loops on hook).  Yarn over, pull through all 5 loops.
    • HDC(s).  Half-Double Crochet(s).  Yarn over, insert hook into next stitch.  Yarn overm draw up a loop (3 loops on hook).  Yarn over, pull through all 3 loops.
    • Puff.  Puff Stitch (Ornaments).  Yarn over, insert hook into next stitch.  Yarn over, draw up a loop (3 loops on hook).  Yarn over, draw up a loop (5 loops on hook).  Yarn over, draw up a loop (7 loops on hook).  Yarn over, pull through all 11 loops.
    • Sl St.  Slip Stitch.
    • St(s).  Stitch(es)

BRIM (TREE STUMP)

Foundation Row: Using Color 1 and a 5.00 mm / H crochet hook, Ch 8.

Row 1: Starting in the 2nd Ch from the hook, HDC 7. Turn. Ch 1. (7 Sts)

Row 2: Starting in first st, in BLO, HDC 7. Turn. Ch 1. (7 Sts)

Repeat Row 1 and Row 2 until you reach 17 inches and end on an even row number. 

To seam brim, Ch 1. Hold together both ends of the brim together with the Ch 1 closest to you. Sl St through the front and back loop of the corresponding st in the end farthest from you. Sl St across until brim is formed into a ring. Do not cut the yarn. Flip the brim so the seam is on the inside.

BODY OF HAT BEFORE CROWN (TREE STUMP AND TREE)

Except for Row 1, all rounds will be done in the BLO of the stitches

The only times that stitches are not worked into the BLO is when:

  1. Working a Puff Stitch (Ornaments)
  2. Working a HDC into a Puff Stitch

For the purpose and ease of this pattern, the Puff Stitch (Ornaments) can be placed anywhere to your liking after Row 3 in the even rows using Color 4.

Have fun with it! All Puffs need to be placed on the even numbered rows (wrong side) to allow for the stitch to “pop out”.

Row 1: (Working along the circumference of the hat’s brim) Using Color 1 and a 6.00 mm / J crochet hook, HDC evenly the number of rows used from the brim. For instance, if you had 54 rows then you need to HDC 54 evenly around the brim. Using Color 2, join in 1st HDC of the row. Turn, Ch 1. Leave an 8 inch tail of Color 1 and weave in ends.

Row 2: Using Color 2, Starting in the 1st st, in the BLO, HDC evenly the number of rows used from the brim. Join in 1st HDC of the Row. Turn. Ch 1.

Repeat Row 2 until you reach the desired hat height before the crown.

**Note: If you prefer a longer stocking cap look, then continue the repeat of Row 2 until you reach desired length before decreasing the rows

HAT CROWN (PEAK OF TREE)

To start the crown, use one of the following charts to begin your decrease.

Once you have reached your desired height, seam together the top of the hat and secure it together and weave in ends.

(Optional) Using a pom maker, add a 2 inch pom pom or any other “tree” topper you’d like (i.e., amigurumi star, 4 in pom pom) and secure the ends by weaving in on the inside of the hat. You can even use jingle bells!

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Honey Bear | Free Crochet Pattern

July 11, 2020

inspiration & Design

Woohoo! The first FREE amigurumi pattern on our blog– meet Honey Bear. You can thank our daughter for this inspiration. One day, she asked me if I could make her a crochet bear and at first I was thinking, “Aww, she loves it when I make her toys” and then my second thought was “Dang it, this is going to take some time.”

So, I went and ordered a bunch of yarn from Lion Brand and went right to it and she wouldn’t leave me alone until it was done. It was good motivation I guess. 

Lion Brand Vel-Luxe Yarn

I’ve tried a couple of velvet yarn brands and I have to say that Vel-Luxe is one of my favorites! It is Weight 4 Yarn and made up of 100% polyester chenille yarn. It is perfect for the velvet trend in fashion (i.e., hair scrunches, etc.). It is also perfect for baby and kid gifts, which is the main reason why I chose this yarn. Our daughter loves anything soft and squishy and she couldn’t stop touching her Honey Bear when I used this yarn.

Lion Brand Vel-Luxe Yarn "Dusty Pink"

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PATTERN NOTES

  • This is an amigurumi style crochet pattern and referenced to the original design.
  • You can get the ad-free, PDF/print version of the pattern here.
  • You can save this to your Ravelry by clicking here.
  • Skill Level: Intermediate; or, Advanced Beginner in Amigurumi
  • US Terms
  • Approximate Time: 2.5 hours
  • Gauge: 2” x 2” (9 Stitches x 10 Rows)
    Note:  Gauge for this pattern is not extremely important.
  • Finished Size: Approximately 10 inches tall
  • Yarn Substitution:  It is preferred you used this same yarn; however, if you’d like to substitute then any velvet yarn will do. Keep in mind that this will change the size of your bear and colors may vary.
  • This pattern is worked into X different sections to create one piece. Basic sewing skill is needed to sew together each piece.
  • Abbreviations Used:
    • Invisible Decrease (DEC):  Insert hook into front loop of the first stitch and insert hook into the front loop of the second stitch (3 loops on hook).  Yarn over, pull yarn through first two loops on hook (2 loops on hook).  Yarn over, pull yarn through both loops on hook (1 loop on hook).
    • Increase (INC)
    • Magic Ring (MR)
    • Single Crochet (SC)
    • Slip Stitch (SS)
    • Stitch(es) (st/sts)
  • This bear is made by the “joined round” technique in amigurumi. At the end of each round, SS into the first SC of the round to “Join”.

  • Gauge for this pattern is not extremely important; however, the bear shown in this pattern is approximately 10 inches tall.

  • An alternative to MR in Round 1 is to “Ch 2.  In the 2nd Ch from the hook, SC 6. This can help prevent velvet from falling apart if you have issues with the MR technique.

  • “Ch 1” at the beginning of each round (this does not count as a stitch.  Begin the first stitch of the round in the first SC of the round.

  • Bear measures approximately 10 inches tall once assembled.

  • “SC #” means SC # in 1 st (i.e., “SC 3” means SC 3 in 1 st). “# SC” means SC in the next # sts (i.e., 3 SC means SC in the next 3 sts).

Materials

  • Yarn:  (1) Skein of Lion Brand, VelLuxe 
  • Hook: G /  4.0 mm crochet hook
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Scissors
  • Poly-Fil Filling
  • (1) Hobby Lobby Tree House Studio Animal Nose, Size 0.590 in (15 mm)
  • (2) Hobby Lobby Tree House Studio Animal Eyes, Size 0.590 in (15 mm)
  • Stitch Markers (Optional)

HEAD

Round 1:  Begin with a MR. SC 6. Join. (6 sts)
Round 2:  SC 3, 2 SC, SC 3, 2 SC  Join. (10 sts)

Round 3:  SC, 2 INC, 3 SC, 2 INC, 2 SC  Join. (14 sts)
Round 4:  2 SC, 2 INC, 5 SC, 2 INC, 3 SC  Join. (18 sts)
Round 5:  18 SC. Join. (18 sts)
Round 6:  6 SC, 6 INC, 6 SC, Join. (24 sts)
Round 7:  6 SC, *(SC, INC). Repeat * 5 more times, 6 SC, Join. (30 sts)
Round 8:  *(4 SC, INC). Repeat * 5 more times. Join. (36 sts)
Round 9:  *(5 SC, INC). Repeat * 5 more times. Join. (42 sts)
Round 10:  *(6 SC, INC). Repeat * 5 more times. Join. (48 sts)

Insert safety eyes at approximately Rounds 8-9 (1.5 inches apart or to your liking) and safety nose. Begin to stuff bear’s nose with poly-fil stuffing.

Round 11-17:  48 SC. Join. (48 sts)
Round 18:  *(6 SC, DEC). Repeat * 5 more times. Join. (42 sts)
Round 19:  *(5 SC, DEC). Repeat * 5 more times. Join. (36 sts)
Round 20:  *(4 SC, DEC). Repeat * 5 more times. Join. (30 sts)
Round 21:  *(3 SC, DEC). Repeat * 5 more times. Join. (24 sts)
Round 22:  *(2 SC, DEC). Repeat * 5 more times. Join. (18 sts)

Stuff with poly-fil stuffing.

Round 23:  *(SC, DEC). Repeat * 5 more times. Join. (12 sts)
Round 24:  *(DEC). Repeat * 5 more times. Join. (6 sts)

Leave 12 inch tail.

ears & Tail (repeat three times)

Round 1:  Begin with a MR.  SC 6. Join. (6 sts)
Round 2:  *(INC). Repeat * 5 more times.  Join. (12 sts)
Round 3-5: 12 SC. Join. (12 sts)

Leave 6 inch tail. Fold in half. At approximately Round 16, sew two finished pieces (ears) on the bear head (approximately 9 stitches apart or to your liking). The last finished piece will be used later for the tail in the body section of the pattern.

BODY

Round 1:  Begin with a MR. SC 6. Join. (6 sts)
Round 2:  *(INC). Repeat * 5 more times.  Join. (12 sts)
Round 3:  *(SC, INC). Repeat * 5 more times. Join. (18 sts)
Round 4:  *(2 SC, INC). Repeat * 5 more times.  Join. (24 sts)
Round 5:   *(3 SC, INC). Repeat * 5 more times.  Join. (30 sts)
Round 6-8: 30 SC. Join. (30 sts)
Round 9:  *(4 SC, INC).  Repeat * 5 more times. Join. (36 sts)
Round 10:  36 SC.  Join. (36 sts)
Round 11:  *(5 SC, INC).  Repeat * 5 more times. Join. (42 sts)
Round 12-18:  42 SC.  Join. (42 sts)
Round 19:  *(5 SC, DEC).  Repeat * 5 more times. Join. (36 sts)
Round 20:  36 SC.  Join. (36 sts)
Round 21:  *(4 SC, DEC).  Repeat * 5 more times. Join. (30 sts)
Round 22:  *(3 SC, DEC).  Repeat * 5 more times. Join. (24 sts)
Round 23:  *(2 SC, DEC).  Repeat * 5 more times. Join. (18 sts)

Stuff with poly-fil stuffing.

Round 24:  *(SC, DEC).  Repeat * 5 more times. Join. (12 sts)
Round 25:  *(DEC).  Repeat * 5 more times. Join. (6 sts)

Leave 6 inch tail and weave in ends. Using the last finished piece from the ears and tails section, fold the piece in half. Starting at the last 6 rounds of the body (lower back of the body), sew finished piece (facing vertically) up towards the center of the bear’s back.

ARMS (REPEAT TWICE)

Round 1:  Begin with a MR. SC 6. Join. (6 sts)
Round 2:  *(INC). Repeat * 5 more times.  Join. (12 sts)
Round 3:  *(SC, INC). Repeat * 5 more times. Join. (18 sts)
Round 4:  *(2 SC, INC). Repeat * 5 more times.  Join. (24 sts)
Round 5-7:  24 SC.  Join. (24 sts)
Round 8:  *(2 SC, DEC). Repeat * 5 more times.  Join. (18 sts)
Round 9-10:  18 SC.  Join. (18 sts)

Stuff with poly-fil stuffing.

Round 11:  *(SC, DEC). Repeat * 5 more times. Join. (12 sts)
Round 12-20:  12 SC.  Join. (12 sts)

Leave 6 inch tail.

ATTACH HEAD AND ARMS TO BODY

use a needle and sew the 6 inch tail of one leg on the body at approximately Round 20 of the body’s pattern. Repeat for the other leg.  Weave in ends.

LEGS (REPEAT TWICE)

Round 1:  Begin with a MR. SC 6. Join. (6 sts)
Round 2:  *(INC). Repeat * 5 more times.  Join. (12 sts)
Round 3:  *(SC, INC). Repeat * 5 more times. Join. (18 sts)
Round 4:  *(2 SC, INC). Repeat * 5 more times.  Join. (24 sts)
Round 5-7:  24 SC.  Join. (24 sts)
Round 8:  *(2 SC, DEC). Repeat * 5 more times.  Join. (18 sts)
Round 9-10:  18 SC.  Join. (18 sts)
Round 11:  *(SC, DEC). Repeat * 5 more times. Join. (12 sts)

Stuff with poly-fil stuffing.

Round 12-16:  12 SC.  Join. (12 sts)

Leave 6 inch tail.

ATTACH LEGS TO BODY

use a needle and sew the 6 inch tail of one leg on the body at approximately Round 20 of the body’s pattern. Repeat for the other leg.  Weave in ends. 

DEFINE THE FACE

Cut a 20 inch strand of yarn and thread through a needle.  Insert your needle into the back of the bear’s head. Leave a 6 inch tail on the back of the head. You will weave this in later.

Angle your needle to allow it to exit near one eye of the bear. Pull the needle and yarn out of the head. Wrap the yarn around the eye 3 times until you reach back to the inner corner of the eye.

Insert your needle back into the inner corner of the eye and navigate the needle out through the inner corner of the other eye.

Wrap the yarn around the eye 3 times until you reach back to the inner corner of the eye.

Insert your needle back into the inner corner of the eye and navigate the needle out through the back of the head where you first started. Weave in ends.

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