Scrap Yarn Makes me Creative


So as I’ve mentioned I like making the twisted witch hat with bulky to super bulky yarn.  After I used all the Green Tea and Ginger Spice, the only bulky I had left was some cream white with cool threads of brown and tan twisted through it, a little bit of the black, a bit of the grey from the last of the Ginger Spice, and several yards of Green Tea left.

I put together this hat with it and honestly I love it!  I think I will keep this as mine and sell the last Ginger Spice hat.

 

Black Rose Twisted Witch Hat

I used the last of the bulky black for the brim edge, the last of the Ginger spice for the brim, the white for the rest of the hat, and the last of the Green tea for the vine and leaves.  The black roses were done using Caron Simply Soft in Black, that I had laying around from who knows what.  And it’s minor but for the vine I started with the brighter green which changes upwards to a more dark green, I like to think it’s like it’s evil and dying as it goes up.

Anyway the Twisted Witch hat pattern can be found here and I highly recommend it.  The child size in bulky or super bulky yarn seems to be ideal for most heads but I think it’s easier enough to chain around your head and just stop increasing at that point but continue to follow the pattern.

The roses I found on youtube here on She’s Crafty’s channel.

The vine is just a chain with a basic leaf pattern you can find anywhere.  It’s just a chain 7, then down one side, sc, hdc, dc dc, hdc, sc, then the same thing around the other side.

Strawberry Cream Alpaca


Well this lady took way WAY longer than she should have, but I seriously couldn’t find more Caron Simply Soft Off-White for a few months!

 

Out of all the materials I’ve used for this toy, I honestly like using Caron Simply Soft the best for the whole thing.  It holds the shape of the face, ears and feet much better than the Yarn Bee stuff and it has such a pretty sheen.

Hats are FLYING


My twisted witch hats have been flying off the shelf, so to speak.  I sold 2 on Poshmark, 2 on etsy, and another 1 on etsy that was a custom order.  They really are fun!  I enjoy making them though I will say I’m sad that I’m out of the Caron Tea Cakes yarn AND it’s been discontinued.  I don’t know why; it really was pretty and lovely to use.   I had Ginger Spice and Green Tea and both had beautiful color changes. I’m down to 2 of the Ginger Spice hats left for sale with 1 I was planning on keeping for myself.

 

Hats!


I’ve been thinking about patterns lately and specifically about the base design of things.

For example, winter hats.  There are a number of ways you can do one.

 

  1. Make a chain long enough for a head, 21 inches is usually good.  Do your stitches back and forth about 7-8 inches high.  Sew the long ends together, then sew around the top and draw it together to close.  Finish the bottom border. The trouble with this one is, you have a seam and the top will feel bulky.
  2. Make a chain long enough for a head but form a loop.  Do your selected stitch AROUND about 7-8 inches high, starting with a border or not.  Sew around the top and draw it together to close.  This one has no seam but the top is still bulky.
  3. Same as 2 but instead around 5 inches up, begin to add some decreases to make the end hole smaller. Then sew around and drawn in.  This has no seam and the top is smoother.
  4. Start from the top and expand out using increases and work down.  This one completes a smooth beanie type of look and I feel looks the most professional.  The only trouble is making sure the end result is big enough for the head, since you aren’t figuring that out with the initial chain.

 

 

Twisted Witch Hat


Oh my gosh I love this pattern.  I’ve made 3 hats so far and here’s my findings.

With a bulky yarn (6) like Caron Tea Cakes or Lion Brand Wool-ease, you don’t need to double strand.  Also, the child size is perfect for my head using yarn like this.  This was the first attempt which initially came out WAY WAY too big.  I frogged half of it and went down a hook size (8 to 6).  It was still a little loose but still wearable.

 

 

Then I tried another with the wool ease I had and some Lion brand Landscapes woven in at the hat band and top.  I like this one A LOT.

I love am in love with the reverse sc stitch for the border.  I originally learned it on the child car seat cloak but it REALLY comes out nice on the hats. I used some dusty blue scrap I had for the border.

 

I also tried the green hat again,  which was done in a frogged blanket of Caron Cakes Green Tea yarn in the child version.  It fits PERFECT.  I really think for most heads the child version is just fine for 5 or 6 weight yarns.  I would probably only do adult if I was using a skinnier double-strand 4 like Caron Simply Soft.

Though i wouldn’t advise using a slick  yarn on this

 

Pretty quick to work up but hard on the hands to do all the backpost SC’s in the 2nd row.