• Product Reviews

    Furls Crochet Hook Review (and Giveaway)

    Image of the hooks available from the furls crochet hook product line with a word overlay.
    This post may contain affiliate links. Furls Crochet has sponsored this giveaway but in no way has requested or paid for my review. All opinions are entirely my own.

    As a crocheter, we have tons of wonderful options for crochet hooks: handcarved, polymer, ergonomic, resin, steel, aluminum – the list goes on. It can be a bit overwhelming honestly. You’ve likely heard of Furls Crochet hooks and may recognize them for their unique shape and style. But is a Furls Crochet hook worth the hype (and the price tag)? Here I share my honest review of Furls crochet hooks.

    After using these hooks for a while, I reached out to Furls Crochet and they have generously offer to sponsor a giveaway. Keep reading to learn how to enter for a chance to win a $75 gift certificate from Furls Crochet.

    They’re Gorgeous

    I first learned about Furls Crochet Hooks on Instagram. A maker shared a picture of her work in progress with this gorgeous hook laying next to it. As a self-professed hook addict, I needed to know what that hook was (and where she got it!) I quickly learned that this sleek and stylish looking hook was made by Furls Crochet. They really are a beautiful hook.

    three furls odyssey crochet hooks on a black reflective surface.

    Furls Odyssey hooks come in a bunch of fun colour combos. There are nickel tips and gold tips with different coloured handles. I personally have a black and yellow odyssey hooks with nickel tips and a red odyssey with a gold tip. They have different fun coloured resin hooks like the streamline swirls and candy shops. They even have wooden streamline hooks in various coloured woods.

    Five differently coloured crochet hooks from the Furls Crochet hook product line.
    Pictured from left to right: Furls Odyssey Gold, 2 Furls Odyssey hooks, Furls Streamline Hook, Furls Streamline Swirl Hook.

    They’re Ergonomic and Comfy

    As someone that crochets in every spare minute I have, I’m not stranger to hand pain. My first set of hooks were a set of aluminum hooks with rubber covers on the end to make them more ergonomic. As much as I loved them, I found them particularly painful to use when I crocheted amigurumi. All those tight little stitches were taking a toll on my hands.

    I wasn’t about to give up crocheting so I began looking into different hook styles and learning more about crochet ergonomics. I came across Furls Crochet hooks in my search. Furls Crochet hooks have been designed with hand health in mind. Their tear drop shape was designed to required minimal effort of the hand to hold the hook while crocheting. (Check out their videos on hand health HERE)

    Ebony Furls Crochet hook from the streamline product line.
    Furls Streamline Hook

    I use the Furls Odyssey hooks and can tell you that I do find them to be very comfortable to work with. I use hold my hooks with a knife hold primarily and can crochet for hours without issue. I also enjoy the Furls Streamline hooks but I find the shorter shaft of the Odyssey hooks to work better for me.

    Weight

    It is worth mentioning that if you’re transitioning from plastic/resin or lighter aluminium hooks, the weight of the Odyssey hooks takes some getting used to. They are heavier than other hooks I’ve worked with but I actually like that. They are well balanced. According to the Furls website, this weight assists in driving the crochet momentum into the act of crocheting, rather than hand strain.

    If the weight makes you unsure, they’re streamline hooks made of resin or wood are much lighter and may be preferred by those that hold their hook pencil style. I personally love my Streamline swirl hook and I use a knife hold.

    Furls Streamline Swirl crochet hook on a white backdrop
    Furls Streamline Swirl

    They’re Pricey

    I’m not going to beat around the bush on this one. When you compare the price of an entire set of “ergonomic” hooks on Amazon to the price of a single Furls Odyssey hook, it makes you think twice. You all know how I love a good deal so it was tough to justify at first (especially when you factor in shipping and the currency exchange since I’m Canadian). But my husband made a good point when I was mentioning the hooks to him: I crochet EVERY DAY. Every. Single. Day. When I’m really lucky, I can crochet for a few hours at a time. Crochet hooks are the most vital part of the crocheting process and good tools are worth the money. If they could help minimize future hand pain, they would be worth it. A few weeks later, my husband gave me my anniversary gift: two Furls Odyssey crochet hooks.

    Furls Odyssey Crochet Hook with yellow handle on black reflective surface.

    He ordered me 3.5mm Odyssey hook and a 4.5 streamline swirl hook to see if it made any difference in my hands. I do a lot of amigurumi projects and they are hardest on my hands so it made sense to start off with the 3.5mm size. It took a little to get used to the weight difference of the hook but I ended up loving it. I crocheted a large amigurumi bunny over the next few days and had zero issues with my hands. My stitches were just a tight as they had been before, but no pain. Months later and I’m still not experiencing any issues when I crochet with my Furls hooks.

    Are They Worth It?

    In a nutshell: YES. I personally love my Furls Crochet hooks, the Odyssey hooks being my favourite. If you’re unsure about whether a Furls Crochet hook will work for you, Furls has a money-back guarantee that if they hooks don’t help you crochet faster, more even stitches, you get your money back. They also have a $500 hand-health guarantee and a lifetime warranty on all of their hooks. So if something happens to your hook, contact them for a replacement. I personally feel they are worth the price tag. They often have free shipping events so if you’re price conscious, you can usually snag a deal and also get free shipping. Check out the full Furls Crochet hook lineup HERE.

    Image of 5 different hooks that are part of the Furls Crochet hook product line up.
    From left to right: Furls Streamlne Swirl, Furls Streamline, Furls Odyssey Gold, Furls Odysey in Lemon and Black.

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    Furls Crochet Giveaway

    Furls Crochet has generously offered to sponsor a giveaway for you guys. They’ll be providing a $75 gift certificate to the winner of the giveaway to purchase the hooks of their choice (or some of their other merchandise) from their site Furlscrochet.com.

    The Furls Crochet Giveaway on The Loopy Lamb is open to worldwide participants and ends December 20, 2019 at 12:00am Eastern Standard time.

    To enter, use the King Sumo form below. If you are on mobile and have difficulty entering, please use a desktop computer to enter. Only the Email option is mandatory – all other tasks are optional, for bonus entries only.

    Want to read some other product reviews? Check out my Knitcrate Review and Unboxing, Crochet Animal Rugs to Crochet Book Review and Christmas Ornaments to Crochet Book Review.

  • How To's

    Can I Take My Crochet Hook On an Airplane?

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    When we started talking about taking a vacation that required us to fly, my first question was obviously, “Can I take my crochet hook on an airplane?” I see this and other travel-related questions on Facebook all the time so I decided to share my travel tips and what I’ve found in my research for my own trip here for you.

    Can I Take my Crochet Hook on an Airplane?

    Crochet hooks in a case and hand dyed yarn.

    If you’re travelling in Canada or the U.S. then you can definitely travel with your crochet hooks (and knitting needles) in your carry-on luggage (and in your checked luggage). Both Canadian and U.S. TSA sites state that you can travel with crochet hooks and knitting needles of any size and material. The Canadian TSA and the U.S. TSA have handy tools where you can look up to see if something is allowed on a plain or not. (Check out the Canadian tool HERE and the U.S. tool HERE.)

    Can You Take Scissors on an Airplane?

    Scissors and crochet hooks on a piece of fabric.

    At the time of writing this, Canadian travellers can take small scissors in their carry-on luggage as long as the blades measure less than 6 cm (2.4″). In the U.S. the blades on the scissors must be less than 10cm (4″) long if packed in your carry-on luggage. Sharp objects must be sheathed or securely wrapped to prevent injury to people checking your bags so little foldable ones like THESE are perfect and require no additional work.

    The U.S. TSA site notes that “Circular thread cutters or any other cutter or needlepoint tools that contain blades must be placed in checked baggage. You are permitted to keep scissors smaller than 4 inches in your carry-on baggage. ” So if you have one of those thread cutting pendants, don’t take it with you or place it in your checked bags.

    If you’re unsure about the scissors or don’t have a small set like these, then you can always take nail clippers. They are allowed in your carry-on luggage and they can cut yarn in a pinch.

    The rules can be different depending on where you’re travelling so avoid disappointment and check out the TSA equivalent for wherever you’re going as well as wherever you’re leaving from.

    Can I Take Needles?

    Both Canadian and U.S. TSA sites note that you can take “small needles” with you. Tapestry needles should be fine as long as they are secured with your hooks or knitting needles.

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    Tips for Travelling With Your Crochet

    woman carrying a small pink suitcase

    Don’t Take Your Best Stuff With You

    Now that we’ve established that you can take your crochet hook on an airplane, let’s talk about which ones to bring with you (and which ones to leave a home). That gorgeous and expensive crochet hook you got as a Christmas gift? Leave it at home. In fact, if the thought of losing your hook in your couch makes you panic, don’t take it with you. Luggage gets lost all the time or you could potentially have something confiscated so play it safe and leave the good stuff at home. I have a set of cheap ergonomic hooks that I’ll be taking with me on vacation. It costs me $20 to replace the whole set so if I lose one, it isn’t going to devastate me.

    The TSA site does state that the final decision as to whether or not items are permitted are the TSA officers so there could be a chance that even if an item is on the allowed list, it could be confiscated if the TSA officer feels it poses a risk to safety.

    Choose Small Projects for Carry-On Luggage

    Rows of airplane seats. Can I take a crochet hook on an airplane?

    It’s not news that space on an airplane is limited. You’re not going to be making friends with the person (or people) sitting next to you if you bring your queen size afghan project with you on the flight. Maybe they’ll be into it and want to snuggle under it but odds are, they aren’t going to be thrilled. So keep larger projects in your checked bagged and only take smaller projects with you on the plane.

    Use Project Bags For Your Project

    I like to keep my project, yarn and hook case all contained in a small project bag inside my carry-on. It helps keep my stuff accessible and organized. If your bag has straps, you can keep the bag on your wrist, lap or hang it on the back of the seat in front of you on the plane. If you have space to put your bag on the floor during the flight, it helps keep your project clean. Something like THIS looks like it could do great for a trip.

    Be Realistic About How Much to Take With You

    Kneeling woman holding two skeins of yarn in front of her.

    Confession time (it’s a real shocker): I ALWAYS overpack when it comes to yarn. Everytime I have to pack I tell myself I’ll limit what I take and then next thing I know, I have more projects with me than I could realistically finish even if I was vacationing for weeks. Don’t do what I do. I have to do better with this vacation because we’re flying so I have to limit what I bring. Bring what you need for your project because running out and not being able to get more while you’re away could be upsetting. So take what you need and that’s it.

    Need some quick and easy project ideas to take with you on your trip? Check out these free one skein patterns: Once in a Blue Moon Triangle Scarf, The Ava Cowl, Arctic Gem Beanie.

    Take an Empty Bag

    If you can fit most of what you need in your checked luggage, keep your carry-on empty or near-empty. Why? So you can buy more yarn! If you’re going to a place you haven’t been before or to a place that may have yarn stores you haven’t been before, you’ll thank me for this. On our trip to Orlando, I’ve already scoped out there is a Hobby Lobby a short distance from our hotel. We don’t have Hobby Lobby’s here in Canada so you can bet I’m hoping to get a chance to go check it out and that bag will come in handy.

    Thanks for reading and safe travels! Don’t forget to take your crochet hook on an airplane with you the next time you travel! What have your experiences been like travelling with your crochet stuff on an airplane? Got any tips? Share them below!

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  • Pattern Round Up

    Free Crochet Christmas Decoration Pattern Round Up

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    Christmas is just around the corner and it’s time to get working on your holiday decor. I’ve rounded up some of the best free crochet Chrsitmas decoration patterns available on the net and put them all in one place here for you to check out.

    These Christmas Baubles by Anne Design Crochet are just beautiful and would make a great addition to any Christmas tree. Find the free crochet christmas ornament pattern HERE.

    Colourful Crochet Christmas Baubles  - Free Crochet Christmas Decoration Pattern

    Randy the Reindeer Cactus is a free crochet ornament pattern available right here on The Loopy Lamb blog. He’s fun and unique. Make a whole team of him to decorate your mantle. Get the pattern HERE.

    Randy the Cactus Reindeer , crochet cactus in a pot with christmas decorations around him

    Velvet and faux fur together? Yes please! This Velvet and Fur Christmas Stocking from Moogly just screams cozy to me. Check out the pattern HERE.

    Purple velvet crochet stocking with fur trim next to a furls crochet hook and yarnspirations yarns.

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    This Chimney Kawaii Santa by 3AMgracedesigns is just too darn cute not to make this holiday season. Get the free crochet pattern HERE.

    Amigurumi santa legs sticking out of a chimney. free crochet christmas decoration pattern

    This Caron Countdown to Christmas Advent Calendar is sure to make the little ones in your life smile. Get the free crochet Christmas ornament pattern HERE from Yarnspirations.

    Crochet advent calendar featuring tree and colourful numbers

    No Christmas tree is complete without a gorgeous tree skirt. This beautiful Happy Holidays Tree Skirt from Moogly is something you can treasure for years to come. Get the pattern HERE.

    Crochet Christmas tree skirt made in red, green and white stripes

    The Saint Prickolaus Cactus Cuddler is part cuddly stuffed animal, part decorative pillow. He is a huge hit at my house during the holidays. Get the pattern HERE

    jumbo amigurumi cactus cuddler being held in front of a woman. free 
 crochet christmas decoration pattern

    If you want a Christmas Bauble pattern to use up any left over sock yarn you may have laying around, check out this Sock Yarn Baubles Crochet Christmas Decoration Pattern from Lullaby Lodge. Get the free pattern HERE.

    pink and white crochet baubles with silver bows
    two packages wrapped in brown paper with yarn decorations

    This Holly Jolly Christmas Stocking pattern from A Crafty Concept will work up in a jiffy. Those faux fur pompoms are a great touch! Get the free pattern HERE.

    Looking for something quick and cute to dress up your Christmas gifts? Check out this Christmas Tree Crochet Ornament free crochet pattern from Joy of Motion. Find the pattern HERE.

    Crochet Chrismtas Coasters in Red and White, Free crochet pattern

    Everyone needs some fun and festive coasters to complete their decor. Check out the free crochet pattern for these Crochet Christmas Coasters from Pattern Princess HERE.

    Crocheting Christmas gifts this year? Check out my Last Minute Crochet Christmas Gift Pattern Round Up and use this FREE Holiday Gift Project Tracker to keep organized. Need something to get another crocheter for Christmas? Check out my list of The Best Christmas Gift Ideas for Crocheters.

  • Crochet Patterns

    The Heather Super Scarf – Free Crochet Scarf Pattern

    Woman wearing Heather Super Scarf
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    Looking for a beginner’s scarf pattern or a crochet scarf pattern that works up quickly? Then the Heather Super Scarf is for you! This free crochet scarf pattern is made with super bulky yarn and a big crochet hook so you will be wearing it in no time. It is so warm and cozy, you won’t be worried about getting cold this winter wearing this scarf.

    The Heather Super Scarf is an execellent crochet scarf pattern for beginners or for crocheting while you’re binge-watching your favouriteT.V. shows. This scarf pattern has a simple two row repeat that doesn’t require any counting. The bulky yarn helps define the texture, makes amazing chunky tassels and keeps you super warm.

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    Special thanks to my beautiful cousin Heather for modelling this scarf for me. Doesn’t she look gorgeous in this scarf? She enjoyed the scarf so much that she ended up taking it home with her.

    Ready to get started making your own Heather Super Scarf?

    Woman facing away from the camer holding the Heather Super Scarf out behind her with her outstretched arms.

    Skill Level: Beginner

    Supplies:
    10 mm crochet hook
    4 balls (424 yards) of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick in any colour. I use the colour Mustard
    Tapestry Needle
    Scissors
    6” long piece of cardboard or a tassel maker

    Woman with face partially concelaed by scarf made with this free crochet scarf pattern.

    Abbreviations:
    CH = Chain
    ST = Stitch
    SL ST = Slip Stitch
    DC = Double Crochet
    FO = Finish Off

    Get an ad-free PDF version of this pattern HERE on Ravelry or HERE on Etsy.

    Woman looking off-screen wearing the Heather Super Scarf in mustard


    Finished size: 10” Wide by 84” Long (not including tassels)

    Gauge: 8 sts x 8 rows = 4 inches

    NOTES: The CH 1 at the beginning of each even numbered row counts as a slip stitch.

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    Woman smiling and throwing leave in the air wearing the Heather Super Scarf

    Crochet Scarf Pattern:

    CH 21.
    Row 1: DC in the 4th CH from the hook and each CH across. Turn. (19)
    Row 2: CH 1 (counts as a SL ST), DC in the 2nd st, *SL ST in the next st, DC in the next st*. Repeat instructions in ** until end of row. Turn. (19)
    Row 3: CH 3 (counts as first st. DC in 2nd stitch and each stitch across. Turn.
    Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until scarf measures 84” long.
    FO and weave in ends.

    Woman smiling, wearing the Heather Super Scarf made with the free crochet scarf pattern found on this site.

    Tassels: (make 4)

    Wrap the yarn around a piece of cardboard 6” wide approximately 20 times.  Tie the top of the tassel with another piece of yarn to secure it (ensuring that it is long enough to attach it to the scarf.  I used an 8” piece). Cut one side of the yarn that’s wrapped around the cardboard and remove the yarn from the cardboard.  Take another length of yarn and wrap it around the top of the tassel 8 to 10 times tightly.  Tie a knot and bury the end inside the tassel.   Trim the tassel ends evenly.  Attach a tassel to each corner of the scarf securely.

    I hope you enjoyed this free crochet scarf pattern. Looking for another quick crochet scarf pattern? Check out my Once in a Blue Moon Triangle Scarf. Here are some other quick crochet patterns using chunky yarn you’ll want to check out while you’re here: Super Quick and Chunky Cowl, Striped Thicket Stitch Blanket and, The Bobblelicious Bag.

    Disclaimer:

    Feel free to sell the item created by this pattern but please provide pattern credit back to me when posting online, and please provide a link to my Etsy Shop: www.etsy.com/ca/shop/theloopylamb.  Please do not resell, distribute, duplicate, or share this pattern in any printed or digital form, claiming this pattern as your own original design.  Please do not use my photos when selling your finished items.   

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  • Crochet Patterns

    Crochet Tartan Beanie Free Crochet Pattern

    Woman laughing wearing the Crochet Tartan Beanie
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    The Crochet Tartan Beanie is the 2nd pattern in my crochet tartan series. This hat was designed to match my Crochet Tartan Cowl pattern. The Crochet Tartan Beanie features a classically beautiful tartan pattern that is comprised of simple colour changes and stitches.

    The Crochet Tartan Beanie is made working in rows to create a rectangular piece of fabric. The vertical lines of the tartan pattern are then added using surface crochet stitches. Once the surface crochet is completed, the hat is seamed up and cinched closed on one end to create the beanie. Adding a pompom to finish it off, and you’re done your Crochet Tartan Beanie.

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    Close up of stitches on the Crochet Tartan Beanie with a wooden crochet hook on top

    New to Surface Crochet?

    As I mentioned, this beanie pattern uses surface crochet. If you’re unfamiliar with this technique, take a look at my post HERE to see my instructions and tips for working surface crochet stitches.

    Crochet Tartan Beanie Pattern

    Woman smiling wearing the crochet tartan beanie

    Skill Level: Intermediate

    Supplies:

    6.0 mm hook
    105 yards/96 m (1.83 oz/52 g) of Mary Maxim Woodlands in Stardust
    41 yards/38 m (0.71 oz/20 g) of Mary Maxim Woodlands in Cranberry
    41 yards/38 m (0.71 oz/20 g) of Mary Maxim Woodlands in Moss
    Faux fur pom pom (optional)
    Tapestry Needle
    Scissors

    Get an ad-free PDF version of this pattern HERE on Ravelry or HERE on Etsy.

    Abbreviations:

    CH = Chain
    ST = Stitch
    SL ST = Slip Stitch
    HDC = Half Double Crochet
    FO = Finish Off


    Finished size: Approximately 8.5” tall x 10.25” wide
    Size before seaming: 20.5” wide by 8.5” tall

    Gauge: 14 sts x 11.5 rows = 4 inches

    NOTES: You’ll be doing surface crochet stitches to create the vertical striping of the tartan. When doing the vertical striping, if you find that your fabric is losing a lot of stretch or bunching up, it means your slip stitches are too tight.  Make sure you keep your slip stitches loose.  Don’t hesitate to go up a hook size or two to keep your stitches from being too tight.

    Crochet Tartan Beanie Pattern 

    Row 1: FDHDC 72 or CH 73 and HDC in the 2nd CH from the hook and each remaining CH. Turn. (72 sts)
    Rows 2 – 3:  CH 2.  HDC in the first stitch and each stitch around.  Turn. (72 sts)
    Change to Cranberry
    Rows 4 – 5: CH 2.  HDC in the first stitch and each stitch around.  Turn. (72 sts)
    Change to Stardust
    Row 6:  CH 2.  HDC in the first stitch and each stitch around.  Turn. (72 sts)
    Change to Moss
    Rows 7 – 8: CH 2.  HDC in the first stitch and each stitch around.  Turn. (72 sts)

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    Change to Stardust
    Rows 9 – 14: CH 2.  HDC in the first stitch and each stitch around.  Turn. (72 sts)

    Crochet Tartan Beanie folded and lain flat, next to a wooden crochet hook and a coffee.


    Change to Cranberry
    Rows 15 – 16: CH 2.  HDC in the first stitch and each stitch around.  Turn. (72 sts)
    Change to Stardust
    Row 17:  CH 2.  HDC in the first stitch and each stitch around.  Turn. (72 sts)
    Change to Moss
    Rows 18 – 19: CH 2.  HDC in the first stitch and each stitch around.  Turn. (72 sts)
    Change to Stardust
    Rows 20 – 25: CH 2.  HDC in the first stitch and each stitch around.  Turn. (72 sts)

    Hat should measure approximately 8.5” in length.  If you want a slouchier hat, keep repeating rows 15 to 25 until you reach your desired length.  FO leaving a really long tail to seam up the hat.  Don’t seam up your hat yet. We’re going to add the vertical lines first.

    Adding the vertical stripes using surface crochet:

    Using Cranberry, make a slip knot.  Insert your hook into the bottom part of your sixth stitch in your starting chain of the cowl.  Inserting your hook from the right side to the wrong side, pull the slip knot through to the front of your project.  With your cowl facing you lengthwise (or whichever way you feel most comfortable doing surface slip stitches) and the right side facing you, slip stitch into the sixth stitch of every row for the entire length of your cowl.  FO.  Repeat these steps again, starting in the 15th, 24th, 33rd, 42nd, 51st, 60th and 69th stitch of each row. You will have 8 cranberry vertical lines.

    Crochet Tartan Beanie folded and lain flat with a wooden crochet hook on top. Two balls of Mary Maxim Woodlands yarn next to it.

    Using Moss, make a slip knot.   Insert your hook into the bottom part of your seventh stitch in your starting chain of the cowl.  Inserting your hook from the right side to the wrong side, pull the slip knot through to the front of your project.  With your cowl facing you lengthwise (or whichever way you feel most comfortable doing surface slip stitches), working right to left, slip stitch into the seventh stitch of every row for the entire length of your cowl.  FO.  Repeat these steps again, starting in the 16th, 25th, 34th, 43rd, 52nd, 61st and 70th stitch of each row.  You will have 8 moss vertical lines.

    FO and weave in ends.

    Finishing your hat:

    Fold your fabric in half lengthwise and line the ends of the rows up together.  Seam the ends together using the mattress stitch or your favourite seaming method.  FO and weave in end.

    Using the long tail you left after crocheting your hat, weave your tail through the last round of the hat.  Pull tightly and sew your hole shut.  If using a pom pom, secure your pom pom to your hat and weave in your ends.

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    Feel free to sell the item created by this pattern but please provide pattern credit back to me when posting online, and please provide a link to my Etsy Shop: www.etsy.com/ca/shop/theloopylamb.  Please do not resell, distribute, duplicate, or share this pattern in any printed or digital form, claiming this pattern as your own original design.  Please do not use my photos when selling your finished items.   

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  • Uncategorized

    The Best Christmas Gift Ideas for Crocheters

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    Looking for the perfect christmas gift ideas for crocheters or the yarn lover in your life? Are you a crocheter that isn’t quite sure what to tell loved ones you want for the holidays? Whether you’re just starting out with crochet or you’ve been doing it for years, you’re bound to find something worthy of making your list.

    1. Yarn

    We can never have enough yarn! No matter the size of our stash, we’ll always make room for more. Some of my favourites include: Bernat Blanket, Mary Maxim Woodlands, Lion Brand Heartland, Hobbii Rainbow Cotton and Drops Air (to name just a few). I would recommend buying more than one ball of the same brand and/or colour if you are going to buy yarn.

    2. Crochet Hooks

    This Clover Amour crochet hook set gives you 10 of the most commonly used crochet hook sizes in one convenient set. The hooks have ergonomic handles which will help keep crocheting comfortable. They are a good quality set for beginners and experience crocheters alike. For the experienced crocheter that already has a set of hooks, check out these beautiful crochet hooks by Furls Crochet. I have a few of these hooks now and they are really comfortable to work with. Should anything happen to the hook you purchase, you can contact Furls and receive a replacement. Furls sells a few different styles of hook but my preference and recommendation is the Odyssey hooks. Check them out HERE.

    Mad About Boo Crochet Pillow with Furls Odyssey Hook laying in front
    Furls Odyssey Crochet Hook pictured with my Mad About Boo Pillow

    3. Gift Cards to Buy Crochet Supplies

    Can’t decide just what to get? A gift card to Amazon or to our favourite craft store will always be put to good use.

    4. Yarn Ball Winder

    A yarn ball winder makes winding yarn into neat and compact yarn balls and is a useful tool for any crocheter or yarn lover to have in their arsenal. I personally have this Marrywindix ball winder and it works great and is really cost effective.

    5. Yarn Swift

    A yarn swift works in conjunction with a ball winder to make it easier (and faster) to wind hanks of yarn into balls. Check out this yarn swift from Knitpicks.

    6. Crochet Hook Case

    This Teamoy Crochet Hook Case was the first case I ever used and it has been great. It holds my ergonomic hooks and a few added accessories. My husband bought me this Global Materials Leather Pencil Case for my furls crochet hooks and I love it. You can store hooks on one side and accessories on the other.

    Global Materials Leather Pencil Case with fall coloured leaves
    The inside of my Global Materials Leather Pencil Case that I use for my larger handled hooks.

    7. Embroidery Scissors

    Sure, we could use any old pair of scissors but embroidery scissors are just prettier and fit nicely into smaller hook cases. These vintage style embroidery scissors and these cute stork scissors are fun choices.

    8. Pom Pom Maker

    These Clover Pom Pom Makers make pompom making an absolute breeze. I have the large set and I use them all the time.

    9. Good Quality Tapestry Needles

    Poor quality tapestry needles can make weaving ends in even more of a chore. These tapestry needles from Lion Brand are my favourites and the set includes a few different sizes.

    6. Compression Gloves

    Many crocheters experience hand and wrist pain after long boughts of crocheting. These compression gloves can be helpful in easing hand pain and swelling. I have a pair and they have definitely found them to be helpful.

    Compression gloves for crafters

    7. Yarn Bag

    This Teamoy Yarn Bag has enough storage to carry several skeins of yarn, a project, hook case and much more. It has a bunch of great features for both knitters and crocheters. I’ve had mine for over a year and it’s still in great shape. For travelling, I use this smaller Teamoy Yarn Bag. It holds less but it’s small enough for me to take on long car rides and still have leg room.

    8. Garment Steamer

    Blocking a completed project gives it that finishing touch and is an essential part of the crocheting process for many projects. Steam blocking is the fastest, easiest way to block and having a good garment steamer is critical. I swear by this Conair Turbo Extreme Steam Handheld Garment Steamer.

    Conair Turbo Extreme Steam handheld Garment Steamer

    9. Yarn Bowl

    A good yarn bowl helps keep your yarn from rolling all over the floor, getting messy and tangled. They come in all kinds of materials, sizes and styles. I haven’t used this one but I think this wooden yarn bowl is so pretty.

    10. Crochet Themed Mug

    There are so many cute crochet and maker themed mugs out there. 3AMGrace Designs has some really adorable mugs and so does Etsy. I also think this Accio Yarn mug from Amazon is really cute and is great Christmas gift idea for crocheters that are also Harry Potter fans as well.

    11. Personalized Tags

    If the crocheter in your life sells their projects or just likes to add a beautiful finishing touch, try getting some personalized tags for them to add to their projects. I get my personalized faux suede tags from Unwrapped Yarn on Etsy and they are perfect.

    Flatlay image of a letter board that says Brace Yourself. Beanie Season is coming.  A work in progress crochet hat project and personalized faux leather tags from Unwrapped yarn.  Christmas gift ideas for crocheters
    In the bottom right of this image are the faux suede tags I had done by Unwrapped Yarn on Etsy.

    12. Gauge Swatch Measurement Tool

    Gauge is the measurement of stitches and rows in a given measured space and it plays a huge role in crochet. I have a gauge swatch measurement tool that has a window in it to make counting my stitches to get that measurement a breeze. Unwrapped Yarn on Etsy has both pre-made styles and personalized styles. I got mine from her and it is by far one of my favourite tools to use and one of my favourite Christmas gift ideas for crocheters.

    Close up image of gauge swatch tool from Unwrapped yarn.

    13. Safety Eyes

    If your crocheter makes stuffed animals, then they need to have good quality safety eyes for that professional polished look. This set on Amazon is the one I use and order over and over again. It comes with a variety of sizes which is handy.

    Randy the Cactus Reindeer Crochet Cactus
    This Randy the Reindeer Cactus pattern uses safety eyes.

    14. Crochet Pattern Books

    There are plenty of places online to get free crochet patterns (my blog among them) but a crochet pattern book is a wonderful gift to give. I review crochet pattern books here on my blog and can testify that they make an excellent resource to have on hand. Here are the reviews of a few great titles to consider: Dinosaurs to Crochet, The Crocheter’s Skill-Building Workshop and Crochet Animal Rugs. This book called Complete Crochet Course: The Ultimate Reference Guide by Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby is also a fantastic reference and Christmas gift idea for crocheters.

    Dinosaurs to Crochet pattern book by Megan Kreiner

    15. Knitcrate Subscription Box

    A Knitcrate Subscription Box is the gift that keeps on giving month after month and is perfect for the yarn lover in your life. Every month Knitcrate sends you one or more skeins of premium yarn and a pattern book with both a knit and crochet pattern using the yarn you received in your box. I’m not sure if every crate includes a little surprise, but my crate also came with a cute little locking stitch marker. Additional to the items that come in the Knitcrate, members receive 25% purchases made in the online store at Knitcrate.com. Use code LOOPY20 to get 20% off your first crate HERE. You can see my unboxing and unbiased review of my first Knitcrate subscription box HERE.

    Contents of a Knit Crate Subscription Box.  The Knitcrate subscription box is a great Christmas gift idea for crocheters.

    16. Blocking Matts

    Blocking matts are a great asset when blocking your project. These blocking matts from KnitIQ have grid lines and raidal circles that help you block your projects more precisely.

    Thanks for checking out my list of The Best Crochet Gift Ideas for Crocheters! What are your Christmas gift ideas for crocheters? Leave me a comment down below and let me know!

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  • Pattern Round Up

    Free Crochet Sweater Pattern Round-up

    Collage of images of women wearing stylish crochet sweaters
    All opinions are my own. This page may contain affiliate links.

    Fall is upon us and it’s time to break out those cute fall sweaters. If you’re looking for a great free crochet sweater pattern to make for fall, check out this free crochet sweater pattern round up to get some inspiration for your fall wardrobe.

    Comfy Cozy Cardian by Yay for Yarn

    This Comfy Cozy Cardigan by Yay for Yarn looks so comfy it just screams fall wardobe staple. It’s a beginner-friendly garment and is available for free on the Yay for Yarn blog HERE.

    crochet raglan sweater pattern by Joy of Motion Crochet.

    The Fall Favourite Classic Raglan Carigan by Joy of Motion Crochet is a simple to make cardigan that doesn’t require any seaming since it’s made in the raglan style. Score! Check out the free sweater patter HERE.

    free crochet sweater pattern by Sewrella - the pucker pullover sweater

    The Pucker Pullover Sweater from Sewrella is a great make using worsted weight yarn and is available for sizes XS to 3XL. Check out the free pattern HERE.

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    Herringbone cardigan by Burgundy and Blush

    Grab your I hook and your worsted weight yarn to make up this pretty cardi by Burgundy and Blush using the Herringbone Half Double crochet stitch. Get the free pattern for the Hibiscus Herringbone Crochet Cardigan HERE.

    Cascading Bobbles Sweater Pattern by Stephanie Erin

    This Cascading Bobbles Sweater pattern by Stephanie Erin is simply beautiful. Check out the free pattern HERE on The Hook Nook blog.

    Caron Branching Out Crochet Pullover, free crochet sweater pattern

    I am actually swooning over the cable detail on this Caron Branching Out Crochet Pullover from the Yarnspirations website. Add this one to your list and get the free pattern HERE.

    Mysa Sweatshirt sweater pattern by 1 Dog Woof, fall sweater pattern

    The Mysa Sweatshirt Sweater pattern from 1 Dog Woof just screams cozy and it makes me think of long fall walks and crunchy leaves. I love it. Get the free pattern HERE.

    Cabled crochet sweater free crochet pattern

    I am a sucker for cables and this Red Heart Entwined Chic Cable Sweater is no exception. The pattern is available for free from the Yarnspiration website in sizes XS – 2XL HERE.

    Thanks for checking out my free crochet fall sweater pattern round up! If you enjoy pattern round-ups, check out my Last-Minute Crochet Gifts Pattern Round Up and my Halloween Crochet Pattern Round Up.

    Looking for a great free crochet sweater pattern for fall?  Check out this round up of some stylish and cozy fall sweater patterns.
  • Product Reviews

    Knitcrate Unboxing and Review

    Open Knitcrate Subscription box showing purple yarn, pattern book and stitch markerThis post contains affiliate links. All opinions are my own.

    This month, I received my first-ever subscription box – the October 2019 Knitcrate. I’ve been interested in the possibility of getting a subscription box but wasn’t sure what kind to get. Honestly, a lot of them come with stuff that although it may be kind of cool, I would never use. When I found out about yarn subscription boxes, I knew I had to get one. Yarn delivered to my door every month? Yeah, I’m obviously signing up for that. After some research, I found Knitcrate. I was intrigued after checking them out online and decided to contact them to try it out. Once I received it, I obviously wanted to share with you my Knitcrate unboxing and review of the October 2019 Knitcrate.

    Knitcrate Unboxing: What Comes in a Knitcrate anyway?

    Every month Knitcrate sends you one or more skeins of premium yarn and a pattern book with both a knit and crochet pattern using the yarn you received in your box. I’m not sure if every crate includes a little surprise, but my crate also came with a cute little locking stitch marker. Additional to the items that come in the Knitcrate, members receive 25% purchases made in the online store at Knitcrate.com.

    Use code LOOPY20 to get 20% off your first crate HERE.

    Knitcrate unboxing and review
    *Please note the hook did not come with the crate*

    Why Knitcrate?

    One of the reasons I was intrigued by Knitcrate was the number of options available for your Knitcrate. Knitcrate.com offers the regular Knitcrate box, a Sock Crate for sock knitters and two different crates that they offer inconjunction with Malabrigo and something called Mrs. Crosby Travels Quarterly crate. I looked into the regular Knitcrate and from there, you have more options.

    Each Knitcrate is curated to fit a “vibe”. The “vibes” to choose from are “Energize Me”, “All Natural”, “Chill Out” and “Anything Goes”.Each vibe speaks to a set of colours that the yarn you receive will be selected from. Energize Me is for those that love bright, bold colours. All Natural is for those that have an affinity for earth tones and neutrals. Chill Out is a collection of relaxing tones like blues, greens and purples. And Anything Goes is for the adventurous spirit that wants to be surprised with what they receive every month. Knitcrate provides a colour pallete image for each selection so you have an idea of what you can expect for each selection.

    Knitcrate provides a colour pallete image for each selection so you have an idea of what you can expect for each selection.

    If you would like to support my blog, you can do so by doing your regular shopping on Amazon. As an Amazon affiliate, I earn a small commission on qualifying purchases made through my Amazon link, which in turn helps to support the blog so I can keep bringing you patterns for free.

    Close up of the stitch marker included in the October 2019 Knitcrate

    What is the yarn like?

    The yarn that came in my October Knitcrate is GORGEOUS. My Knitcrate came with two skeins of yarn. When I first opened the box, I was surprised by the size of the skeins and just how gorgeous the colour was. The rich purple colour is heather with pink hues and it is just beautiful. I got the Chill Out box this month and the yarn is called Vidalana Ascendance in the colourway Tassel. It’s 100% fine peruvian highland wool. It is a sport weight chainette style yarn and each skein comes with 328 yards. My first impressions upon taking it out of the box was that the yarn was very soft and it has some serious squish factor.

    Knitcrate review 2019

    I’m really impressed with the amount of yarn I received in the box. I think it’s great that there is not just enough yarn to make the patterns in the book but should I choose not to use the pattern in the book, I’ve got enough to make something else.

    October 2019 Knitcrate Review - Vidalana Ascendance Yarn in the Colourway Tassel.

    What kind of patterns came with the Knitcrate?

    The October Knitcrate I received came with a pattern book and at the front of the book, it shows which yarn was included in the different Knitcrate boxes for this month and it gives you the story behind the yarn I received. The book for this month includes a knitting pattern for a pretty shawl by Aimee Hanson and a crochet pattern for a Bundling Blanket and Bonnet Set. The book includes the patterns for the sock crates too so although the patterns aren’t meant for the yarn you received, you still get the patterns which is cool.

    Picture of the pattern book that comes in the October 2019 Knitcrate
    KNITCRATE, LLC

    Overall Thoughts on my first Knitcrate Unboxing and Review

    I am seriously impressed with my first Knitcrate. The yarn is gorgeous, the patterns look clear and easy to make and I also got this cute little stitch marker. If you’re considering getting a yarn subscription box, I definitely recommend checking Knitcrate out.

    Get a discount on your first Knitcrate

    Knitcrate has offered my followers a 20% discount off your first subscription box using the code LOOPY20. You can check out Knitcrate though this link HERE.

    Curious about what a knitcrate is and what comes in it?  Check out my unboxing and unbiased review of the October 2019 Knitcrate.

    Thanks for reading my Knitcrate unboxing and review! If you enjoy reading reviews, be sure to check out my Dinosaurs to Crochet Book Review and my Snuggle and Play Crochet Book Review.

  • Crochet Patterns

    Crochet Tartan Cowl – Free Crochet Cowl Pattern

    Crochet Tartan Cowl which is grey with green and cranberry stripes being worn by a mannequin
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    The Crochet Tartan Cowl is a beautifully classic cowl made using simple colour changes and simple stitches. If you can crochet a chain, half double crochet and slip stitch, you can make this cowl. I can’t wait to see all of the colour combos everyone comes up with!

    The Crochet Tartan Cowl is made using three different colours of Mary Maxim’s Woodlands yarn. I’ve used the colours Moss, Cranberry and Stardust. This was my first time using Mary Maxim’s Woodlands yarn and it was love at first squish. This yarn is an acrylic/alpaca blend (90%/10%) and is delightfully soft and cozy. It does have a little bit of a halo (I suspect from the addition of the alpaca fibers) but doesn’t hinder visibility or diminish stitch definition. The colours are rich and beautiful. I mean, that cranberry yarn is so awesome, that I want to use it for everything right now. This is definitely a yarn that I want to keep handy in my stash.

    Pin it for later HERE.

    The Crochet Tartan Cowl measures approximately 10 inches wide by 35 inches long. The cowl fits closely to the neck and you fold the top edge down to create a sort of collar. If you prefer a looser fitting cowl, the pattern gives you intstructions for making the cowl any length you prefer. If you do alter the length of your cowl, please keep in mind that it will affect how much yarn you will require.

    close up of the buttons on the crochet plaid cowl.

    How to Surface Crochet

    To make the vertical striping on the Crochet Tartan Cowl, I used a technique called surface crochet. Surface crochet is a technique to add stitches to the surface of your project using slip stitches. This is a fairly simple technique that gives you a pretty chain along the top of your project. The wrong side of your project looks like it has little dashes instead of the chain.

    The two most important things to remember when doing surface crochet are:
    1. Make sure the right side of your project is facing you and,
    2. Don’t make your slip stitches too tight!

    I cannot stress #2 enough. If your slip stitches are too tight, it can warp your fabric and your fabric will lose it’s elasticity because the slip stitches will prevent the fabric from stretching. If you need to go up a hook size (or two) in order to help keep a loose tension on your slip stitches, don’t hesitate to do it. You may kick yourself later if you don’t.

    To do surface crochet, start with the right side of the fabric facing you:

    • Insert your hook into the stitch you want to start with from right side of the fabric to the wrong side. Put your slip knot onto your hook and pull from the wrong side of your fabric to the right side of your fabric. You will be holding the working yarn on the wrong side of the fabric as you do this
    • Insert your hook into the next stitch/or spot you are wanting to make your stitch in. Pull up a loop through your fabric and pull through the loop on your hook. 1 slip stitch created.
    • Repeat these steps until you are satisfied with your surface crochet and FO. I like to pull my tail to the back of my work and then weave my ends in.

    If you want to see a video tutorial on surface crochet to see it in action, check out this video by B.Hooked Crochet HERE.

    Plaid cowl pattern, free crochet pattern, button cowl pattern free

    Crochet Tartan Cowl

    Skill Level: Intermediate

    Supplies:

    6.0 mm hook
    188 yards/172 m (3.3 oz/94 g) of Mary Maxim Woodlands in Stardust
    68 yards/62 m (1.2 oz/34 g) of Mary Maxim Woodlands in Cranberry
    68 yards/62 m (1.2 oz/34 g) of Mary Maxim Woodlands in Moss
    3 – 1.5” Buttons
    Tapestry Needle
    Scissors

    Abbreviations:

    CH = Chain
    ST = Stitch
    SL ST = Slip Stitch
    SC = Single Crochet
    HDC = Half Double Crochet
    FO = Finish Off

    Get an ad-free PDF version of this pattern HERE on Ravelry or HERE on Etsy and help keep my patterns free.


    Finished size: Approximately 35” Long by 10” wide

    Gauge: 14 sts x 11.5 rows = 4 inches

    NOTES: You’ll be doing surface crochet stitches to create the vertical striping of the tartan. When doing the vertical striping, if you find that your fabric is losing a lot of stretch or bunching up, it means your slip stitches are too tight.  Make sure you keep your slip stitches loose.  Don’t hesitate to go up a hook size or two to keep your stitches from being too tight.

    Pattern

    Using Stardust, CH 35
    Row 1: HDC in 2nd CH from the hook and each st across. (34)
    Rows 2 – 4: CH 1 and turn. HDC in the first st and each st across. (34)
    Change to Cranberry
    Rows 5 – 6:  CH 1 and turn. HDC in the first st and each st across. (34)
    Change to Stardust
    Row 7: CH 1 and turn. HDC in the first st and each st across. (34)
    Change to Moss
    Rows 8 – 9: CH 1 and turn. HDC in the first st and each st across. (34)
    Change to Stardust
    Rows 10 – 15: CH 1 and turn. HDC in the first st and each st across. (34)
    Change to Cranberry
    Rows 16 – 17:  CH 1 and turn. HDC in the first st and each st across. (34)
    Change to Stardust
    Row 18: CH 1 and turn. HDC in the first st and each st across. (34)
    Change to Moss
    Rows 19 – 20: CH 1 and turn. HDC in the first st and each st across. (34)

    Girl wearing the Crochet Plaid Cowl, made in grey, red and green.

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    Rows 21 – 97: Repeat rows 10 – 20 7 more times. (34)
    If you want a longer cowl, keep repeating Rows 10 – 20 and return to Row 98 when ready to complete.
    Change to Stardust

    Row 98: CH 1 and turn. HDC in the first st and the next 3 sts.  CH 3, SK the next 3 sts, HDC in the next 8 sts, CH 3, SK 3 the next 3 sts, HDC in the next 9 sts, CH 3, SK the next 3 sts, HDC in the remaining 4 sts. (25 sts and 3 CH spaces)
    Row 99: CH 1 and turn.  HDC in the first st and the next 3 sts.  HDC 3 in the CH space, HDC in the next 8 sts, HDC 3 in the CH space, HDC 9, HDC 3 in the CH space, HDC in the remaining 4 sts. (34)
    Rows 100 – 101: CH 1 and turn. HDC in the first st and each st across. (34)
    FO and weave in ends.

    Adding the vertical stripes using surface crochet:
    Using Cranberry, make a slip knot.  Insert your hook into the bottom part of your third stitch in your starting chain of the cowl.  Inserting your hook from the right side to the wrong side, pull the slip knot through to the front of your project.  With your cowl facing you lengthwise (or whichever way you feel most comfortable doing surface slip stitches) and the right side facing you, slip stitch into the third stitch of every row for the entire length of your cowl.  FO.  Repeat these steps again, starting in the 12th stitch of each row, the 22nd stitch of each row and the 31st stitch of each row.

    Using Moss, make a slip knot.   Insert your hook into the bottom part of your fourth stitch in your starting chain of the cowl.  Inserting your hook from the right side to the wrong side, pull the slip knot through to the front of your project.  With your cowl facing you lengthwise (or whichever way you feel most comfortable doing surface slip stitches), working right to left, slip stitch into the fourth stitch of every row for the entire length of your cowl.  FO.  Repeat these steps again in the 13th stitch of each row, 23rd stitch of each row and the 32nd stitch of each row

    FO and weave in ends.

    Sew your buttons using a length of stardust yarn onto the long side of the cowl, on the end of the piece without the button holes  To get the right placement, I fold the two ends of the cowl down so they overlap each other (the end with the button holes on top).  Place the buttons on top of the buttonholes and sew into place.  I like to shift the end with the button holes down a little bit so that end of the cowl on the bottom lines up with the last line of surface stitches rather than the edge of the cowl so there’s less chance of the corner without a button creeping out on you.

    Fold the top edge down to form a collar

    Thanks for stopping by and checking out my pattern for the Crochet Tartan Cowl. Ready to make the matching The Crochet Tartan Beanie? If you like free crochet cowl patterns, check out the free patter for my Ava Cowl or my Super Quick Chunky Cowl.

    Disclaimer:

    Feel free to sell the item created by this pattern but please provide pattern credit back to me when posting online, and please provide a link to my Etsy Shop: www.etsy.com/ca/shop/theloopylamb.  Please do not resell, distribute, duplicate, or share this pattern in any printed or digital form, claiming this pattern as your own original design.  Please do not use my photos when selling your finished items.   

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  • Crochet Patterns

    The Aeipathy Beanie

    Woman wearing sunglasses wearing a purple Aeipathy Beanie
    All opinions are my own. This page may contain affiliate links.

    The Aeipathy Beanie is a crochet hat pattern that combines two of my favourite stitches: Bobble Stitch and Camel Stitch. I also love the colour purple. So when it was time to come up with a name, The Aeipathy Beanie seemed appropriate since Aeipathy means “a continued passion” and I definitely have a continued passion for textured stitches and crochet in general.

    To make this hat, I used Lion Brand Heartland yarn in Hot Springs which is a size 4 aran weight yarn. Some great yarns that you could use as substitute for the Heartland yarn are: Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice, Caron One Pound and Red Heart With Love yarn. Ultimately, as long as you match gauge, you can use another medium weight, size 4 yarn that isn’t in the list suggested above.

    free crochet hat pattern for The Aeipathy Beanie by The Loopy Lamb

    I like to top my crochet hats with a faux fur pompom but that step is optional. If you want to take a hand at making your own DIY faux fur pom pom, this tutorial from Heart Hook Home is really helpful. I’ve used the same process described in the tutorial to make my own pom poms with success. However, time is often limited so I generally use THESE pompoms from Amazon.

    Save it for later on Pinterest HERE.

    To make this crochet hat, you’ll need to know how to crochet in the third loop of a stitch (aka camel stitch), single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet and how to make a magic circle.

    free crochet hat pattern for The Aeipathy Beanie by The Loopy Lamb

    Aeipathy Beanie – Free Crochet Hat Pattern

    Skill Level: Intermediate

    Supplies:

    5.5 mm crochet hook
    3.8oz/109 yards of Lion Brand Heartland Yarn in Hot Springs
    Tapestry Needle
    Faux Fur Pom Pom (optional)

    Abbreviations:

    CH = Chain
    ST = Stitch
    SL ST = Slip Stitch
    SC = Single Crochet
    HDC = Half Double Crochet
    HDCINC = Half Double Crochet Increase
    DC = Double Crochet
    DC Increase = Double Crochet Increase
    Bobble = Bobble Stitch (see Special Stitches for instructions for this stitch)
    MC = Magic Circle
    FO = Finish Off

    Get an ad-free PDF version of this pattern HERE on Ravelry or HERE on Etsy.

    girl wearing The Aeipathy Beanie made with the free crochet pattern from The Loopy Lamb

    Size: One Size – Adult
    Finished size: Approximately 8.5 inches tall x 10 inches wide.

    Gauge: 17 HDC sts across x 12 rows = 4” square

    NOTES:

    – On the bobble stitch rows, the hat is worked with the wrong side facing you so that the bobble stitches will push out to the right side of the work.
    – Join indicates that you should join the last stitch of the round to the top of the first stitch of the round with a slip stitch.
    – CH 2 at the beginning of DC rounds counts as a stitch.

    Special Stitches:

    Bobble Stitch – The Bobble Stitch is essentially a Double Crochet five together cluster (DC5TOG).  To complete it: Yarn over (YO) and insert hook into indicated stitch.  YO and draw up a loop.  YO and pull through two loops on your hook. (Two loops remaining on hook). (YO and insert hook back into the same stitch, YO and pull up a loop.  YO and pull through two loops on your hook).  Repeat instructions in brackets until you have 6 loops on your hook.  YO and pull through all 6 loops on your hook.

    Pattern

    Row 1: Make a MC. CH 2 and DC 11 into the MC. Join to the top of the first DC with a slip stitch. From here on referred to as “Join”. (12)
    Row 2: CH 2. DC in the first stitch, DCINC in the next 11 stitches. Join.  CH 2 and turn (24)
    Row 3: (Bobble in the first stitch, SC in the next stitch).  Repeat instructions in brackets 12 times. Join.  CH 2 and turn. (24)
    Row 4: (HDCINC in the first stitch, HDC 1 in the next stitch).  Repeat instructions in brackets 12 times. Join and CH 2. (36)
    Row 5: In 3rd loop, HDC 1 in the first stitch, HDCINC in the next stitch, (HDC 2, HDCINC) repeat this pattern 11 times, HDC 1 in the last stitch.  Join and CH 2 (48)
    Row 6: In 3rd loop, (HDC in the first 3 stitches, HDCINC in the next) x 12.  Join and CH 2 (60)
    Row 7: HDC in the first 2 stitches, HDCINC in the next. (HDC in the next 4 stitches, HDCINC in the next) x 11, HDC in the last 2 stitches. Join and CH 2 (72)

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    The Aeipathy Beanie with handmade wooden crochet hook and scissors laid on top

    Row 8: In 3rd loop, (HDC in the first 5 stitches, HDCINC in the next) x 12.  Join.  CH 2 and turn. (84)
    Row 9: (Bobble in the first stitch, SC in the next 2 stitches) x 28.  Join.  CH 2 and turn (84)
    Row 10: HDC in each stitch around.  Join. CH 2.  (84)
    Rows 11 – 12: In 3rd loop, HDC in each stitch around.  Join. CH 2. (84)
    Row 13: HDC in each stitch around.  Join. CH 2. (84)
    Row 14: In 3rd loop, HDC in each stitch around.  Join.  CH 2 and turn (84)
    Row 15: (Bobble in the first stitch, SC in the next 2 stitches) x 28.  Join.  CH 2 and turn (84)
    Row 16: HDC in each stitch around.  Join.  CH 2 (84)
    Rows 17 – 18: In 3rd loop, HDC in each stitch around.  Join.  CH 2 and turn. (84)

    girl acting silly wearing The Aeipathy Beanie, a crochet hat pattern from The Loopy Lamb


    Row 19: HDC in each stitch around.  Join.  CH 2 (84)
    Row 20: In 3rd loop, HDC in each stitch around.  Join.  CH 2 and turn (84)
    Row 21: (Bobble in the first stitch, SC in the next 2 stitches) x 28.  Join. CH 2 and turn. (84)
    Row 22: HDC in each stitch around.  Join.  CH 2 and turn. (84)
    Rows 23 – 24: In 3rd loop, HDC in each stitch around.  Join.  CH 2. (84)
    Row 25: Repeat Row 22. (84)
    Rows 26 – 28: Repeat Row 23. (84)
    FO and weave in ends. If using pompom, secure to the top of the hat using your preferred method.

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