Thursday, November 6, 2014
In our house, it has been a tradition then when you turn 4 you can pick whatever colors you want and Mama will make you a blanket. You can even help pick out the pattern. My baby girl knew her time was coming and so she had been telling me for months and months what colors she wanted and what blanket she wanted Mama to make her. I figured for hers, instead of waiting until after she turned 4, I would have it stitched up in time for her 4th b-day since she was so confident in her color choices. They never changed!! She was persistent and insistent. LOL
I had gotten quite a few S@HS orders over the last few weeks, so it slowed my progress on her blanket down quite a bit. I missed having it to her on her b-day by ONE DAY!! DARN!! I stayed up until 1:30 in the morning the day before her birthday trying to finish and finally gave up and went to bed. 5:00 comes way too early and I'm way too old to be functioning on that little sleep. I thought I might quickly finish it throughout the day and give it to her by cartoon time that night, but as birthdays go, there are too many extra activities going on to fit in sitting and crocheting. So, I had to work on it after she went to bed. It was still a late night, but I had it done by midnight. I guess technically that means I had it done by her b-day, but my goal had been for HER to have it on her b-day and I missed that by a few hours. I wasn't about to wake her up at midnight to give it to her. I'm not that crazy!
I wrapped it up and sitting at her spot at the kitchen table when she woke up. She was very happy to "FINALLY" have her blanket (as she told me). LOL Sorry girl, these things take time!!
I'm very happy that each of my babies have a little something special from me. I went away for a weekend last fall and when I left I told my older kiddos that if they missed me when I was gone they could wrap the blankets around them like I was sitting with them and giving them a big hug. (I NEVER leave them, so it was sort of a big deal for me to not be home for a few days). To this day my kids remember me telling them that. Sometimes they'll pull their blankets out at night and one of them will say, Mama, I'm wrapping the blanket around me like you are giving me a BIG hug right now. :0) That makes my heart happy that it means as much to them as it means to me. I am thankful that all 4 now have their own Mama hug to wrap up in. :0)
(However, now my husband would like to know when I'm going to make HIM a blanket. He only started asking like 10 years ago....guess I should probably add that to my project list, LOL).
Do you have any family traditions that go hand in hand with knitting or crocheting? Or with any crafts really? We have a Christmas one I'll share coming up in the next few months that is not crochet or knitting related!! SHOCKING! I know!! :0) I'm interested to see what other crafters do to mix their skills with making family memories. :0)
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If you like the blanket in the pic, check out the Rainbows and Hearts Blanket crochet pattern by Bethany Scofield at: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/rainbow-and-hearts-blanket
Thursday, September 25, 2014
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Sunday, September 21, 2014
My new knitting designer name: Mad Natural.
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Sunday, September 7, 2014
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Ninja Turtle Newsboy AND Beanie Pattern
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
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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")
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Friday, August 22, 2014
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.
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)/email@example.com" (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.
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.....
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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*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.