Tomboy Hat – vintage crochet

From Fashion, number 185, an American Thread pamphlet from the 1960’s. The yarns specified are no longer available, but this should work with other worsted weight yarns. Click on the image at left to see enlarged instructions.

Addendum 8/1/12, for those having trouble with the instructions above:

1st round: ch4, join, ch3, work 15dc in ring, do not join. Place a marker at beg each round.
2nd round: # Skip 1 st, 5 sc in next st, rpt from # all around (8 inc pts)
3rd round: Skip 1 st, # 1 sc in next st, 5 sc in next st, 1 sc in next st, skip 2 sc, rpt from # all around.

4th round: #1 sc in each of next 2sts, 5sc in next st, 1sc in each of next 2 sts, skip 2 sts, rpt from # all around
5th round: # 1sc in each of next 3sts, 5sc in next st, 1sc in each of next 3 sts, skip 2 sts, rpt from # around
Next 7 rounds: Same manner as last round having 1 more st between pts in each round

13th round: 2sctog, # 1sc in each of next 9 sts, 3sc in next st, 1sc in each of next 9 sts, 2sctog, skip 2sts, repeat from # all around
14th round: 2sctog, # 1sc in each of next 8sts, 3sc in next st, 1sc in each of next 8sts, 2sctog, skip 2 sc, rpt from # around
15th round: 2sc tog, #1sc in each of next 15sts (no inc at pts), 2sctog, skip 2sc, rpt from # around
16th round: 2sctog, # 1sc in each of next 11 sts, 2sctog, skip 2sc, rpt from # around

17th round: 2sctog, # 1sc in each of next 7sts, 2sctog, skip 2sc, rpt from # around
18th round: 1sc in each of next 7sts, skip 2sts, rpt from beg all around
19th, 20th and 21st rounds: 1sc in each sc. Cut yarn.

Peak: Right side 1st row: with right side facing, work into front loop of sts only attach yarn in 4th sc before any dec pt, sc in same space, 1sc in each of next 8sts, cut yarn (4sts each side of dec pt with 1sc at dec pt) Do not turn at end of rows of peak.

2nd peak row: Attach yarn in 2sts before 1st sc of peak, working in front loop of sts at beg and end of rows of beret throughout 2sc in same space, 1sc in next sc, working into back loop of sts across peak sts throughout, 1sc into each of the 9sc of 1st row of peak, 1sc in next sc, 2sc in next sc, cut yarn.

3rd peak row: attach yarn in 2sts before 1st sc of previous row, 2sc in same sc, 1sc in next sc, 1sc in each sc of peak, sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc, cut yarn.
4th and 5th peak rows: attach yarn in sc before 1st sc of prev row of peak, 3sc in same space, 1sc in each sc of peak, 3sc in next sc, cut yarn
6th peak row: attach yarn in 2sts before 1st sc of prev row, sc in same space, skip next sc, 1sc in each sc of peak, skip 1sc, sc in next sc, cut yarn

Wrong side: with wrong sides of peak tog attach yarn in 1st free loop at base of 1st row of peak, 1sc in each remaining free loop of peak, cut yarn. Work 3 more rows of peak same as right side, but work through both loops of sts.
6th row wrong side: same as right side but attach in st before 1st sc, complete row.
7th row wrong side: work in sc attaching yarn in 1st sc of peak, cut yarn.

Finishing: with right side facing attach yarn and sl st both sections of peak tog, working through back loop of sts. Continue all around beret with a sl st, join, cut yarn.

Thanks to knotrune for the transcription.

Natural Curls Tote

Having naturally curly hair,  alternately the bane and joy of my existence, the title of this stylish bag caught my eye. It’s a free crochet pattern from Italian designer Nicoletta Tronci, featuring lots of single crochet to make the fabric sturdy, and some whimsical topstitching to fancy it up. It would probably look great in any color, but I really like the purple.

Knitting Tips: How to make a twisted fringe

To add a neat twisted fringe to the edge of  a scarf, blanket, or other object, use an appropriate size crochet hook and your chosen yarn.

Sl st in first st, ch 1, *pull up a loop 12″ long, turn your hook 18 times, sl st into next st letting the loop just formed fold in half and twist around itself, ch 1 * repeat across.

Fair Isle Mitts

imageOn this very snowy morning, while watching the birds flock around the feeder, I opened email to find the perfect pattern for a day like this.

The pattern , from Yarnspiration, is shown in two different color ways, and it’s easy to dream up many other combinations that would be just as pretty.   Requires worsted weight yarn and size E/4 (US) (3.5mm) hook.

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52 Dishcloth Patterns

imageFor some time now, Knit Picks has been posting a free pattern a week for dishcloths. I generally knit the same simple pattern over and over for mine, because after a few uses, a dishcloth tends to look, well, like a used dishcloth. But some of these are pretty enough to give as gifts. I like to use a nice one to gift wrap small items like soaps or shower gel. This site contains both knit and crochet designs.

So, without the proverbial further ado, here’s the link to all these great little free patterns. (Wait, isn’t ” great little” an oxymoron?”)