Chocolate Orange Pompom Hats

So, despite it being November, I am having to prepare for Christmas. As part of little stocking gifts, I have accumulated some delicious Terry’s Chocolate Oranges. Inspired by various blog posts and Ravelry, I designed my own covers for the little oranges: cute little pompom hats!

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These little beauties are great for using up scrap yarn and can be made within about 20-30mins.

Pattern

US terms

4mm hook

DK yarn

Special stitches:

FPhdc: hdc around the front of the post of the previous round.

BPhdc: hdc around the back of the post of the previous round.

R1: magic ring, ch2, 11 hdc into ring (12), join with ss

R2: 2 hdc in each stitch, join with ss (24)

R3: *2hdc in first stitch, hdc in next stitch. Repeat from *. Join with ss. (36)

R4-5: hdc in each stitch around. Join with ss (36)

R6: *10 hdc, 2hdctog, repeat from *, join with ss (33)

R7: *9hdc, 2hdctog, repeat from *, join with ss  (30)

R8: *8hdc, 2hdctog, repeat from *, join with ss (27)

R9: hdc in each stitch around. Join with ss (27)

R10-11: *FPhdc, BPhdc* repeat around finishing with a FPhdc. Join with ss. Make sure the FPhdc and BPhdc stitches line up to create the ridges.

Fasten off and weave in ends. Make a pompom and sew to top off hat.

(Whilst you are welcome to make and sell items made from this pattern, please credit me for the pattern.)

And there you have it! If you do make your own, please post a picture. It would be lovely to see all the different little hats other people are making!

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For the Love of Scrap Yarn

So this last month things have been rather hectic: we’ve moved house, changed cars and my partner’s started his new job. Today is the first day for a while I’ve really had to sit down and relax.

So in true crochet addict fashion, I’ve been sorting out my yarn. I have a large plastic bag of little scraps, small leftovers from past or frogged projects that are too small to make anything significant but too big to warrant being thrown away. These little scraps get sewn together and wound into scrap balls.

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I love how these balls look. They represent my love of crochet, the pride from completing a project, the emotional toil in creating a woollen masterpiece. These are the bits that never quite made it into the intended project.

But that doesn’t mean they don’t matter. In fact, to me at least, they mean a lot. Earlier this year, I started a twelve point star blanket from these scraps. I love this blanket and it is probably the project I am most proud of. It’s not complicated or difficult but it represents me more than anything I’ve ever made before:

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The way the colours are all random and offset gives it this lovely quirky vibe. It is unique and no one will have a blanket exactly the same. And the best bit is that it is mine. Most of my projects go to other people but I can snuggle under this blanket, wrap it around me and know it is mine. That is a really satisfying feeling.

However, I am curious about what others do with their scraps. I would love to know about the creative things people do or make with their scraps so leave me a comment and let me know.

In other news I’m contemplating a Christmassy project which, if I have time, I will share with you all come December. Watch this space…