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Thursday, September 25, 2014

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

What's your knitting designer name?



My new knitting designer name: Mad Natural.
 
LOL Fun little chart to start your Sunday with. What is your knitting designer name? Share below and for today only, BOGO!! From now until midnight CST today, Sept 21, share your knitting designer name in the comments below and receive a coupon code to buy one dishcloth pattern and get one of my dishcloth patterns of your choice for free!! After you comment I will send you a coupon code for my etsy shop: www.stayathomestitchings.etsy.com to purchase whichever dishcloth pattern you would like, and receive another dishcloth pattern for free! Or just use the code to receive $2.00 off whatever other pattern you would like! :0)
 
Happy Stitching- from Mad Natural. :0)

Stay@Home Stitchings September Giveaway


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Sunday, September 7, 2014

St. Jude September - S@HS Gives Back


For anyone who isn't aware, Stay@Home Stitchings Donates 10% of all sales revenue to charity, either in a monetary donation or in finished stitched items. For the month of September, 10% of any purchase you make in our shop will be sent in a monetary donation to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  This includes all purchases through Etsy, Ravelry and Craftsy sites (check links below). Please help us support a great cause while starting your Christmas shopping a little early! :0) Get unique finished gift items or find the perfect pattern to start stitching in time to create your own personal Christmas gifts. Thank you for your continued support of Stay@Home Stitchings !!


Happy Stitching!! :0)
 
 

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Ninja Turtle Newsboy AND Beanie Pattern

Ninja Turtle Newsboy AND Beanie Pattern


 
 




Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/listing/201643300/ninja-turtle-newsboy-and-beanie-hat?ref=shop_home_feat_4

Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ninja-turtle-newsboy-and-beanie-hat

Craftsy: http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/crocheting/accessory/ninja-turtle-newsboy-and-beanie-hat/109751


A Stay@Home Stitchings Original Design. :o) Now available for purchase at any of the links above.

This is a beautifully textured hat pattern that includes instructions for just about any size you would like to make it. It is not gender specific, so stitch one up for each person in your family, from the smallest to the biggest. :0) This pattern includes several options for finishing. You can make it a beanie or a newsboy hat. There are a variety of ways to attach the pupils to the eyes and the eyes to the hat. You also have 2 different options for the design of the tie at the back of the hat. Customize and make it your own by mix and matching any of these pattern instructions. One pattern can create many unique finished projects.

This is a one skein (less than one full skein) project. It is also extremely quick and easy to stitch up. You can have even the largest size worked up in about 5 hours or less depending on how quickly you crochet.

This pattern is worked on crochet hook sizes:
H (5.00 MM)
I (5.50 MM)
J (6.00 MM)
K (6.50 MM)
Depending on the size you are making

This pattern is for crochet skill levels of an advanced beginner. If you are just starting out, it might challenge you a little, but there is a blog link to help with any of the special stitches that you might be intimidated by. You are also free to email me with any questions you have and I can try to assist you that way as well. There is no reason to shy away from making this fun hat yourself. :0)

This pattern requires:
*1 skein green worsted weight yarn (it won't take a whole skein)
*1 skein contrast color (for mask color of your choice) worsted weight yarn (not a whole skein for *this either)
*A small amount of white worsted weight yarn
*A small amount of black worsted weight yarn

This listing is for a pattern only! If you're looking for the finished item, please check my shop: http://www.stayathomestitchings.etsy.com If none are currently listed for sale, contact the shop for a custom order and we will be happy to make them for you in the colors of your choice.

Finished hat measurements include:
Baby:Newborn-3 months (12-14")
Baby: 3 to 6 months (14-16")
Baby: 6-9 months (16-18")
Baby: 9-12 Months (18-19")
Toddler: 1-3 years (19-20")
Child: 3-10 Years (20-21")
Teen 11-18 Years/Adult Small (21-22")
Woman's/Adult Medium (22-23")
Men's/Adult Large (23-25")

You may sell any items you make from my pattern, but please provide a link to the pattern in my etsy store: http://www.stayathomestitchings.etsy.com in your item listing if you sell the item on Etsy or wherever else you may post it. Please do not sell the pattern!














Friday, August 22, 2014

How to measure hats in knit and crochet

How to Determine Your Hat Size In Knit and Crochet

 
I have recently started designing my own patterns and found myself scouring the internet for information as to how to write these patterns with accurate sizing. If I'm putting the pattern out there, I want people to be confident that I have done my homework and I know what I'm talking about.
 
I found equations and calculations galore and they helped tremendously. I will share these findings with you today. However, when it came down to it, when the hat was stitched up and complete, I wanted to know for sure if it was going to fit. I needed a model. I needed a head in the size category I had just created the pattern for. Well Houston...we have a problem. I don't have newborns and infants and small toddlers in the house anymore and we just moved to a new town less than a month ago and I know NO ONE with children in these age ranges. So, short of stalking poor unsuspecting mothers on the street and asking them if I could borrow their child's head for a minute to try on a hat, I needed a better solution. LOL I'm pretty sure I would go to jail for that and I'm not sure if they'd let me knit or crochet in there. ;0) So, what's a person to do when they want to know for sure if their hat is going to fit someone? If you are making a gift and sending it off or even if you are designer yourself and want to know if you are accurately writing your patterns, how do you KNOW, know? Well, hopefully today's blog post will help you all out. I'm about to take you on the journey I've been on the last 2 weeks in trying to figure out how to accurately determine a hat size.
 
 

Step 1:

Math, Math, Math and more Math. :0) So, you want to know how big to make your hat, you might need to do a little calculating. (However, if you buy any of my patterns there will be a point in the pattern where I will have done all this math for you and all you need to do is measure ;0))
 
Here is the chart from the crochet yarn council that I found on a sister blog: Crochet Geek
 
 
 
 
The website I found that on was:
 
This is your starting place. Here is the size chart that I used to calculate all the hat sizes in my patterns. Now, these of course are the average head size standards, your child may not necessarily fit exactly in their age group. On my patterns you will find at the start of the pattern the head size that the hat will fit in inches, so just take a tape measure and measure your child's head and you will know if that hat size is going to be a good fit or not.
 
So what do you do with this chart? Well, next you will need to do a little calculating. All hats start out very similarly. You start with a few stitches and start building up until you have reached the point where you are going to stop increasing  and then just stitch that number of stitches for the rest of the hat to build the sides. Well, after that last round of increases is made you should have a flat circle in front of you. You should be able to measure the circle at that point to determine if this hat is going to come out to the proper head circumference by using the following equation:
 

*Head Circumference Equation: (Desired Head Circumference ) minus 1 Divided by 3.14

For example, you would like to make the newborn size hat to fit a head circumference of 12". Well, all hats work best if they fit a little snug, so you actually want that finished hat to measure about 1 inch smaller than the head circumference you are stitching for. So, your equation will look like this:
(12-1)/3.14=@3.5" (I usually just round to the closest measureable size. In most cases going a little bigger to give room to grow, but not much or it will be too big to wear now).
For this example, then, when you have finished your last round of increases in the pattern, you will lay down that circle you've made flat on a table and take a tape measure and measure across the full circle. It should measure 3.5" at this point if you want it to fit a 12" head size.
 
 

*Hat Length Equation: (Desired Head Circumference) Divided by 10 Multiply 4

Again for the above newborn 12" size example, this would look like this:
(12/10) x 4 = 4.8
 
If you use this equation your hat length will come out different than the lengths listed in the yarn council's chart provided above. You will have to determine which works best for you as far as which length you want to aim for. I have found the chart to be a little on the longer side, as you can see for a newborn hat it has listed a length of 5.5" vs the 4.8" we got in the equation above. I have also found this to be true when I have been stitching my own hats, so I lean somewhere between the chart size and the result of the equation above.
 
 

Step 2:


You have now reached the point where you have stitched up your hat. You made all your calculations and you have the hat finished and ready to go....but you look at it and think, is that really going to fit? Did my calculations work? Did I make a mistake? How do I measure this? You run all over the house with your tape measure and measure every doll's head your kids have in sight. None of them are the size you need!! You drive over to Hobby Lobby and Michael's searching for something that will work as a head with that circumference to put the hat on....NOTHING!! You search JoAnn Fabric's website and all 3 stores only have Styrofoam heads in an adult size. I don't need that!! I have an adult size head, if I want to measure those hats I'll try it on myself! How do I measure this hat that's supposed to fit a newborn baby?? Or that 3 month old nephew I have across the country? I want to know BEFORE I send it how it's going to fit. Here's a little trick I found when I was in this dilemma yesterday.....
 
BALLOONS!!!
Yep!! That's right....balloons! Who would have thought? I was scouring the internet for a Styrofoam baby head or something I could use to measure my hat sizes and ran across a tutorial for making a paper Mache head. Well, I didn't want to get too involved or messy with my model head, I just wanted to know if my hat would fit. So...I found a bag of balloons and blew one up to the circumference of the head I was stitching the hat for and Viola!! I had a baby size head to test my hat on!! YAY!! I was quite excited about this discovery. :0)
 
In order to get a better idea of the whole picture I used the hat length I had calculated to draw the ears on to see how the hat would fit all the way down to the ears. I took the tape measure and measured from the center of the top of the head and down one side and then repeated it again on the other side.


 
Now, is this an exact measurement of a real baby's head? Probably not. I'm sure it's off a bit in some way or another, but it beats trying to track down a Styrofoam head to measure it. That probably wouldn't be perfect either. The downfall is if you are looking for something more permanent to continuously measure hats in that particular size, your balloon will deflate by the next day and you'll have to make another one. It's not a long term model for sure. You may end up buying so many bags of balloons you will have wished you had just invested in the Styrofoam head. But... for a quick solution for measuring a hat for fit, this is really the best way I have found to use.
 
 
I think that about covers everything I learned about hat sizing the last few weeks. If I think of anything else I will come back and edit the post, but for now that's all I've got. I hope this helps someone else who has been as desperate as me to get this hat sizing thing figured out. :0)
 
Good luck with your hat sizing and as always....
Happy Stitching!! :0)
 
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This is a great way to keep up with any other fun discoveries in knitting and/or crochet that I find along the way. :0)
 
 
 
*I found these equations on so many different websites that I couldn't decipher who the original source was to reference here on my blog. I just wanted to notate that I did not create or come up with those equations on my own. This was information I found in my lengthy search on this topic. 
 
 
 
 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

How To Make a Magic Circle

How to Make a Magic Circle
 
Making a magic circle is about to be your new favorite trick in crochet. You are going to ask yourself, "WHY DIDN'T I TRY THIS SOONER??!!" It will change the way you look at working in the round. You will learn the trick to giving your project a clean look with a tightly closed center. You won't have that loose opening that you have to figure out how to sew closed when you are all done.
 
You can use this tip in ANY pattern that is worked in the round EVEN IF the instructions you are given are written with working a certain number of stitches into a starting chain. All you need to do in this case is look at how many stitches the pattern is calling for to be worked into the starting chain and then work that number into your magic circle instead.
 
For example, the pattern says to chain 2 and then to work 6 sc into the 2nd chain from the hook. Using the magic circle, you will make your magic circle up to Step 4 below (where you ch 1) and then on Step 5 is where you will work 6 sc into the magic circle. You will have the same number of starting stitches in round 1 as the pattern but you will have a much tighter close in the center of your project.
 
 (If you are having trouble with figuring out the start of a pattern, just message me and ask. Leave a comment here or use the email link on the side of the page. I'd be happy to help you adjust your pattern and get you started with the magic circle!) :0)  
 

Magic Circle Photo Tutorial

Step 1: Start by taking the starting end of your yarn and crossing it over into a loop (making the breast cancer awareness symbol). You will insert your crochet hook into the opening of this loop from back to front.
 
 
Step 2: Using your crochet hook, pick up the working yarn.

 
Step 3: Pull the working yarn through the center of the opening.

 
Below is what your work will look like at this point.

 
Step 4:  Chain 1 - making sure to keep that loop open
 
 
For a SC Step 5: Insert your hook back through the opening, making sure your hook is under where your loop is crisscrossed. (Working your stitches over this crisscross is how you will be able to pull this circle completely closed when all your starting stitches are made.)

 
For a HDC (or DC) Step 5: You will first YO before inserting your hook into the opening. Again you must make sure your hook is under where the loop is crisscrossed.  


 
Below is what your hook will look like if you are working a HDC from your magic circle. At this point you have YO and drawn up a loop through the magic circle from your working yarn so you have your 3 loops on your hook to make your HDC.

 
Below is what one complete HDC will look like worked into the magic circle

 
Step 6: You will continue working the number of stitches called for in the pattern you are working on for your 1st round. Below is what the starting round looks like in a hat pattern I designed that called for 8 HDC worked into the magic circle.

 
Step 7: Pull the tail end of your work tightly, drawing the center of your magic circle closed. Make sure you pull completely closed, leaving no opening in the center.

 
Step 8:  Join the circle with a slip st to the 1st st of the round. to complete the magic circle (unless your pattern specifies to not join with a slip st ).
 
 
 
I truly hope this tutorial has helped anyone that has struggled in the past with making the magic circle. As helpful as videos can be to learn a new technique, I find myself pausing and rewinding and trying to slow it down and watch it over and over and over again. That's fine when the video is short, but when I'm in a hurry and I just need to see one quick part over again to clarify if I'm doing it right, I get a little frustrated with having to watch the whole thing over again. If you are like me, I'm hoping this tutorial has been what you have been looking for. :0) If any part of this tutorial is confusing, please write your feedback so I can be sure to make adjustments for anyone else looking for a photo tutorial on this technique in the future. I'm so familiar with doing the magic circle that I might have left out a step that I didn't even realize that would make this more understandable. I won't know that unless someone who has tried to use this tutorial leaves feedback, positive or constructive. :0)
 
Good luck on your new favorite technique!!
 
Happy Stitching! :0)
 
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