Newborn Fairy Floss Pom Pom Hat Crochet Pattern

While crocheting with this yarn, I couldn't help but think of a childhood full of carnivals and cotton candy.
The thrill of the rides, the taste of sugary snacks, not to mention the difficult decision about which games to spend your hard earned tickets on, in hope of winning a fluffy animal of some sort.
I think there's something about a fair that brings out the inner child in us all!



What You'll Need
6.00mm Crochet Hook
100g Worsted "Thick-Thin" Yarn
Tapestry/Wool Needle
Scissors

Finished Size
Newborn, 0 - 3 Months Old
{Head Circumference 13.5 inches, 34cm. Hat Height 5.5 inches, 14cm}


~ Note ~
{Chains at the start of a round count as the first Double Crochet of that round}

Round 1~ Taking your 6.00mm crochet hook and worsted yarn, start of by making a Slip Knot, then crochet 2 Chains. Crochet 9 Double Crochets into the first chain you made. Slip Stitch into the top of chain 2. You should have 10 double crochets now.
Round 2~ Chain 2, then crochet a Double Crochet into the same stitch. Crochet 2 Double Crochets into every stitch all around. Slip Stitch into the top of chain 2. You should have 20 double crochets now. 
Round 3~ Chain 2, then crochet a Double Crochet into the same stitch. *Crochet 1 Double Crochet. Then crochet 2 Double Crochets in the next stitch. Repeat from the * all around. Slip Stitch into the top of chain 2. You should have 30 double crochets now. 
Round 4 - 8~ Chain 2. Crochet 1 Double Crochet into every stitch all around. Slip Stitch into the top of chain 2.
Fasten off, and weave in loose ends.

Now make 2 Pom Poms using your yarn. I used a pom pom maker, but if you don't have one you can easily make one using THIS video tutorial.

Taking your tapestry/wool needle, attach 1 pom pom to each top corner of your hat, making sure to space them out evenly. 
Fasten off, and weave in loose ends.


Hope you all enjoyed this cozy little pattern!
If you did crochet this, please post a photo of your creation onto my Facebook Page.
I'd love to see it!
Have a lovely day crocheting,




DIY "Little Book of Hope"

Having spent many months in hospital in the past, something that always meant the world to me was a thoughtful gift. Whether it was a vase of my favourite flowers, a soft pillow or a thoughtful card, the giver's thoughtfulness never ceased to make me feel extra loved and special.

So being the sensitive person that I am, whenever someone I know is going through a difficult time, coping with loss or fighting cancer I go out of my way to make their stormy sea as smooth as possible.
This little book of hope below was created especially for a dear friend of mine who recently underwent surgery, and needed that extra bit of faith.
What's something that helped you get through a difficult time?


What You'll Need:
Pack of Playing Cards
2 Book Rings {1 inch x 1 inch}
  Modge Podge for Paper
Paint Brush {To apply modge podge}
Scissors
Hole Punch


~ Tutorial ~

Step 1~ Start of by deciding which sayings, messages, verses etc. you'd like to include in your little book of hope.  {Note: If you're not sure where to get started, have a little look through my Pinterest board of "Inspirational Quotes".}
Step 2~ Once you've decided on your messages of hope, you'll want to use a photo editing site to place your text onto the image you downloaded which you can download at Papervine. You'll also want to create a titled cover for your book. {Note: I used Picmonkey for this project, as it is a free and easy photo editing site to use.}


Step 3~ Taking your paint brush, paint a thin coat of modge podge onto your playing cards, before sticking down your messages of hope.
Step 4~ Punch 2 holes into every single playing card. {Note: I found it made it easier to align all the punches if I punched the holes over the small squares in the upper corners of the cards.}
Step 5~ Open up your 2 book rings. Then push 1 through each hole of your books cover playing card. Then start adding your cards in the order you would like them to be read. Once you've added all your playing cards, close the book rings back up. 

Hope you all enjoyed this tutorial for an inspirational little gift!
If you did create this, please post a photo of your creation onto my Facebook Page.
I'd love to see it!
 Have a lovely day crafting,




Evil Minion Inspired Baby Hat Crochet Pattern

I would be so much more productive, if I only had some minions! They love helping out and always sing the best tunes, usually followed by the most adorable {and cheeky} smile... Yep, life would be so much better filled with those little yellow guys!



What You'll Need: 
6.00mm Crochet Hook
5.00mm Crochet Hook
50g 8ply Yarn - 4 Different Colours
Scissors
Tapestry/Wool Needle

Finished Size
3 - 6 Months Old
{Head Circumference 16 inches, 40cm. Hat Height 6.5 inches, 16.5cm}

Colours
{This is the list of colours I used.}
Ash Grey
Lavender
Jet Black
Snow White


~ Note ~
{Chains at the start of a round count as the first Half Double Crochet of that round}

Round 1~ Taking your 6.00mm crochet hook and lavender DK yarn, start of by making a Slip Knot, then crochet 3 Chains. Crochet 7 Half Double Crochets into the first chain you made. Slip Stitch into the top of chain 3. You should have 8 half double crochets now.
Round 2~ Chain 2, then crochet a Half Double Crochet into the same stitch. Crochet 2 Half Double Crochets into every stitch all around. Slip Stitch into the top of chain 2. You should have 16 half double crochets now. 
Round 3~ Chain 2, then crochet a Half Double Crochet into the same stitch. *Crochet 1 Half Double Crochet into the next stitch. Then crochet 2 Half Double Crochets in the next stitch.  Repeat from the * all around. Slip Stitch into the top of chain 2. You should have 24 half double crochets now.
Round 4~ Chain 2, then crochet a Half Double Crochet into the same stitch. *Crochet 1 Half Double Crochet into the next 2 stitches. Then crochet 2 Half Double Crochets in the next stitch.  Repeat from the * all around. Slip Stitch into the top of chain 2. You should have 32 half double crochets now.
Round 5~ Chain 2, then crochet a Half Double Crochet into the same stitch. *Crochet 1 Half Double Crochet into the next 3 stitches. Then crochet 2 Half Double Crochets in the next stitch.  Repeat from the * all around. Slip Stitch into the top of chain 2. You should have 40 half double crochets now.
Round 6~ Chain 2, then crochet a Half Double Crochet into the same stitch. *Crochet 1 Half Double Crochet into the next 4 stitches. Then crochet 2 Half Double Crochets in the next stitch.  Repeat from the * all around. Slip Stitch into the top of chain 2. You should have 48 half double crochets now.
Round 7~ Chain 2. Crochet 1 Half Double Crochet into every stitch all around. Slip Stitch into the top of chain 2. 
Round 8 - 10~ Change yarn colour to jet black. Chain 2. Crochet 1 Half Double Crochet into every stitch all around. Slip Stitch into the top of chain 2.   
Round 11 - 13~ Change yarn colour to lavender. Chain 2. Crochet 1 Half Double Crochet into every stitch all around. Slip Stitch into the top of chain 2.   
Round 14~ Change yarn colour to jet black. Chain 2. Crochet 1 Half Double Crochet into every stitch all around. Slip Stitch into the top of chain 2. 
Round 15~ Chain 2. Crochet 1 Half Double Crochet only into the next 29 stitches. {Note: This is starting to create the back of the hat as well as the ear-flaps.}
Round 16~ Chain 2, and turn. Crochet 1 Half Double Crochet into the next 29 stitches. Do NOT fasten off, as you will be crocheting the left ear-flap in the same place.

~ Ear Flaps ~

Left Ear-Flap
Round 1~ Chain 1. Crochet 1 Half Double Crochet Decrease. Crochet 1 Half Double Crochet into the next 6 stitches. Then crochet 1 Half Double Crochet Decrease.
Round 2~ Chain 1. Crochet 1 Half Double Crochet Decrease. Crochet 1 Half Double Crochet into the next 4 stitches. Then crochet 1 Half Double Crochet Decrease.
Round 3~ Chain 1. Crochet 1 Half Double Crochet Decrease. Crochet 1 Half Double Crochet into the next 2 stitches. Then crochet 1 Half Double Crochet Decrease.
Round 4~ Chain 1. Crochet 2 Half Double Crochet Decreases.
Fasten off, and weave in loose ends.

Right Ear-Flap
Start of by attaching your jet black yarn to the last stitch of Row 16.
Right across from where the left ear-flap is.
Round 1~ Chain 1. Crochet 1 Half Double Crochet Decrease. Crochet 1 Half Double Crochet into the next 6 stitches. Then crochet 1 Half Double Crochet Decrease.
Round 2~ Chain 1. Crochet 1 Half Double Crochet Decrease. Crochet 1 Half Double Crochet into the next 4 stitches. Then crochet 1 Half Double Crochet Decrease.
Round 3~ Chain 1. Crochet 1 Half Double Crochet Decrease. Crochet 1 Half Double Crochet into the next 2 stitches. Then crochet 1 Half Double Crochet Decrease.
Round 4~ Chain 1. Crochet 2 Half Double Crochet Decreases.
Fasten off, and weave in loose ends.

~ Border ~

Taking your 6.00mm crochet hook and turquoise yarn, start of by making a Slip Knot, then attach your yarn to the back of the hat, right in the middle.
Then Single Crochet all along the edge of your hat. Slip Stitch into the first single crochet.
Fasten off, and weave in loose ends.

~ Braided Tassels ~

Taking your lavender, snow white and jet black yarn, cut 12 strands of yarn (4 of every colour), each 30 inches long. Then make a simple knot into the bottom of the left ear-flap. Make a loose braid as short or long as you like, (Mine was 8 inches) then tie a knot at the end, and cut of any excess yarn.
Repeat for the right ear-flap.

~ Eye ~

Round 1~ Taking your 5.00mm crochet hook and jet black yarn, start of by making a Slip Knot, then crochet 2 Chains. Crochet 7 Half Double Crochets into the first chain you made. Slip Stitch into the top of chain 2. You should have 8 half double crochets now.
Round 2~ Chain 2, then crochet a Half Double Crochet into the same stitch. Crochet 2 Half Double Crochets into every stitch all around. Slip Stitch into the top of chain 2. You should have 16 half double crochets now. 
Round 3~ Change yarn colour to snow white. Chain 2, then crochet a Half Double Crochet into the same stitch. *Crochet 1 Half Double Crochet. Then crochet 2 Half Double Crochets in the next stitch. Repeat from the * all around. Slip Stitch into the top of chain 2. You should have 24 half double crochets now.
Round 4~ Change yarn colour to ash grey. Chain 2, then crochet a Half Double Crochet into the same stitch. *Crochet 1 Half Double Crochet into the next 2 stitches. Then crochet 2 Half Double Crochets in the next stitch. Repeat from the * all around. Slip Stitch into the top of chain 2. You should have 32 half double crochets now.
When you've completed all the rounds, take your tapestry needle and sew your eye onto your hat, right in the middle of the black stripe on your hat.
Fasten off, and weave in ends.

Hope you all enjoyed this "Despicable Me" inspired pattern!
If you did crochet this, please post a photo of your creation onto my Facebook Page.
I'd love to see it!
Have a lovely day crocheting,