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Monday, January 21, 2013

Basic Crochet Beanie

I did a Crochet Beanie Tutorial for my YouTube channel and decided to write out the pattern for those that prefer the written version to the video.  If you want to see the video tutorial you can watch it at the end of this post. There are many, many ways to crochet this beanie so i'm just going to show you how I make mine. =)  I'm not using anyone else's pattern. I just kind of go with the flow when I make my beanies.

Before I start the pattern I want to explain how you can adjust it to fit any size head from a newborn to grown man.

First, check out this AWESOME Chart to determine the estimated hat circumference you will need to make for the beanie to fit properly.  After you have that number you need to divide it by Pi (3.14) to determine how many increase rounds you will need.  I chose to make an adult male beanie so according to the chart an adult male's head circumference is about 23-24".  I used 24" divided by 3.14 and got 7.6.  I stopped my increase rounds at 7" because a dc stitch is stretchy.  It's better for the beanie to be a little snug than too big. Once I got to my desired circumference I stopped increasing as you will see in the pattern. =)

I hope you enjoy this very simple pattern. Let's get to it...

Basic Crochet Beanie

Round 1:
Start with magic circle OR ch 4, sl st to 1st ch, 6 dc in ch space, sl st to 1st dc
Round 2:
ch 3 (counts as 1st dc) place st marker in top of ch 3, dc in same st, 2 dc in each st around (do NOT sl st to 1st dc)
**Move stitch marker to last dc of this round and do so at end of each round
Round 3:
1 dc in next st (top of ch3), 2dc in next st (this is the increase), continue pattern around
Round 4:
1 dc in each of next 2 st, 2 dc in next st. Cont. increase in every 3rd st around
Round 5:
1 dc in each of next 3 st, 2dc in next st. Cont increase in every 4th st around
Round 6:
1 dc in each of next 4 st, 2 dc in next st. Cont. increase in every 5th st around.
Round 7:
1 dc in each of next 5 st, 2dc in next st. Cont. increase in every 6th st around.
Round 8:
1 dc in each of next 6 st, 2dc in next st. Cont. increase in every 7th st around.
Round 9 - ?
1 dc in each st around
**Repeat this round until the hat is at your desired length.

(Optional 2 additional rounds)
1st Additional Round:
hdc in next st, sc in each st around
2nd Additional Round:
sc in each st around, sl st in next st, ch1

Cut yarn and pull through last ch to create knot
Sew in tails. 

ENJOY your new beanie!!!


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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Pumpkin Pie Bars

Being that the holidays have just passed, I'm sure you have some extra cans of pumpkin and sweetened condensed milk in your pantry.  Bring them out for this yummy treat!!

This is everything you will need:

Now, let's get started.  =)

Pumpkin Pie Bars

1 1/2 C All Purpose Flour
1 C Finely chopped nuts
1/2 C Granulated sugar
1/2 C Firmly packed brown sugar
2 tsp ground cinnamon, divided
3/4 C butter or margarine
1 (15 oz) can pumpkin
1 (14 oz) can Sweetened condensed milk
2 Eggs, beaten
1/2 tsp Ground all spice
1/4 tsp salt
1 Tbsp All Purpose Flour

1. Preheat oven to 375 F
2. Combine flour, nuts, sugars, 1 tsp cinnamon.  Add butter, mix until crumbly.
3. Reserve 1 1/4 C crumb mixture. Pat remaining mixture on bottom of ungreased 13x9" dish.
4. Combine pumpkin, sweetened condensed milk, eggs, 1 tsp cinnamon, all spice & salt, mix well.
5. Mix reserved crumbs with 1 Tbsp flour. Sprinkle of pumpkin mixture.
6. Bake 30-35 minutes or until pumpkin mixture has set.
7. Let cool 10 minutes on cooling racks.  Cut into bars & serve warm.
8. Store left over bars in closed container in refrigerator.


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