Briar Hat – Free Crochet Pattern

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I’m so excited to show you my latest project…Briar!

This project is very beginner friendly with a comfortable and easy fit. Read below about the inspiration and yarn details, or scroll on down for the free pattern.

(C) Britt Spring

Simple. Handsome. Hard Wearing.

When I started designing, back in 2012, I really wanted to focus on hats. There was something about the simplicity of the canvas that really spoke to me. Since then, I’ve designed a lot of hats. A lot. Briar, however, is my most worn make of them all.

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It’s all about the stitch here. A squishy stretchy soft single crochet (say that 10 times fast) is worked throughout with bold stripes to give this project the perfect bit of that special something. Not to mention, it keeps the hat from getting a little too boring. I love simple as much as the next crocheter…but here’s the thing…I’m not going to make a full hat of just single crochet. I’ll get bored. The stripes are the perfect remedy!

Men are picky. Really picky. We know this.

So, with that in mind, I decided to design a simple hat that was generously sized and could be customized with just a switch of color.

Want to match a sports team? Cool! Want a solid color? Cool! Want to make it exactly like I did? Cool!

I went ahead and kept this adult sized, but you can easily make it smaller/larger by changing your hook size and/or yarn. Worsted weight and an I/9 hook would make a perfect little boy hat!

Let’s chat about yarn!

I chose to use Lion Brand Heartland yarn for this hat for a couple of reasons. I need just the right marled color but didn’t want to spend a fortune. It’s a hat. For a man. He’s not hand washing this.

Trust me…if you’re giving this to a man…it’s going to need a wash. Or two. Or three.

Heck, just throw it in with the weekly laundry. Have you ever picked up a sweaty crochet hat? No one needs to live through that horror.

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Heartland features a wide range of colors that are both tweedy and heathered shades inspired by the natural beauty of the American landscape. Bottom line – you’ll find something for someone in this gorgeous range of yarns.

Pattern

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Materials:

  • Lion Brand Yarn Heartland (Category 4/worsted; 5oz/251yds; 100% Acrylic) 1 Skein each Red Wood (A) and Katmai (B)
  • US J/10 (6mm) Crochet Hook
  • Tapestry Needle and Scissors for Finishing
  • Measuring Tape

Gauge:

11 sts x 11 rows in single crochet = 4″ using a 6mm crochet hook or size required to obtain correct tension.

Sizes (finished head circumference):

Adult Men’s (20.5″) and will stretch to fit a 23.5in head circumference

Abbreviations (US terms):

Ch – chain

Sc – single crochet

Tblo – through back loop only

St(s) – stitches

Rep – Repeat

Rnd – Round

RS – Right Side

Inc’d – Increased

Skill Level:

Level 2 – Easy

Pattern Notes

  • All rounds are worked with RS facing.
  • All rounds are worked in a spiral, place a marker at the beg of the round and move up each round.
  • All sts are worked through the back loop throughout unless otherwise noted.

Pattern

With B, Ch 2

Note: Work in back loops throughout.

Rnd 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook; join to first sc with sl st, pm in first st for beg of rnd, move marker up as each rnd is completed.

Rnd 2: Ch 1, 2scblo in each st around. (6sts inc’d – 12 sc)

Rnd 3: (1sctblo, 2sctblo in next st) around. (18 sc)

Change to Yarn A.

Rnd 4: (2scblo, 2scblo in next st) around. (24 sc)

Rnd 5: (3scblo, 2scblo in next st) around. (30 sc)

Rnd 6: (4scblo, 2scblo in next st) around. (36 sc)

Change to Yarn B and continue working stripes alternating 2 rounds of each color.

Rnd 7: (5scblo, 2scblo in next st) around. (42 sc)

Rnd 8: (6scblo, 2scblo in next st) around. (48 sc)

Rnd 9: (7scblo, 2scblo in next st) around. (54 sc)

Rnd 10: (8scblo, 2scblo in next st) around. (60 sc)

Work even in stripe sequence until 22 rows are complete.

Brim

Row 1: With Yarn B, scblo in each st around.

Rows 2 and 3: Sc (through both loops) around.

Fasten off yarn.

Finishing

Weave in ends and block to shape.

Adalyn Rose Afghan Block – Free Crochet Pattern

I’ve never really been a huge fan of crochet afghans. I know, I know that’s heresy in the crochet world but, it was just so much work for little reward.

That all changed when I designed this beauty, The Roll Stitch Afghan.

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Since then, I’ve been obsessed with afghans! From the Palisade Throw (pictures soooooon!) to the Stained Glass Afghan (pictures sooooooon!) I’ve been stitching all the afghans I can. Not really finishing any, but that’s not important is it? It’s all in the making. Who cares If I ever finish one?


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With that said, I’ve never really designed an afghan that I LOVED, like really loved. That was until yesterday. Yep. Yesterday.

I was in the middle of stitching this hat, (stay with me…LOL), and it just wasn’t working out. Every color combo I chose was awful. AWFUL. I mean, the dang thing is STILL sitting in a box waiting to restitched. It was at that time that I jumped on an Instagram Live and started chatting it up. AND I DESIGNED A NEW BLOCK.

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Now, it’s not groundbreaking. For all intents and purposes…it’s a simple granny square. The color work is what gives this block it’s bang for it’s buck. Let me show you, it’s easier than telling you.

Pattern for the block is below. It’s only the block, not a whole afghan. You can just take the block and combine as many as you’d like to make the afghan you’d like. It’s a really fun and easy to work. You do need a pretty good knowledge of crochet and working with different colors at the same time!

I made a mock up of what this would look like as a finished afghan!

Pretty cool right? You’ll need about 30 of the blocks to make this, which would give you and afghan about 35in. x 42in. without a border. Perfect for a baby/toddler!

Pattern

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The Adalyn Rose Afghan Block is a chic, easy to stitch, colorful granny square!

Materials:
– Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in 3 Colors
– G/6 (4mm Crochet Hook)
– Tapestry Needle
– Scissors

Finished Size:
About 7 inches

Abbreviations (US terms):
Ch – chain
Dc – Double Crochet
Sl st – Slip Stitch
Rnd – Round
St(s) – Stitches

Skill Level:
Level 2 – Easy

Pattern Notes:
– Granny square is worked from the center out in joined rounds with RS facing at all times.
– Square uses color changes, to change colors, work until last two loops on hook, join new color, and finish stitch as needed.
– Weave in ends as work progresses.
– Join with a sl st.

Directions for Making:

Ch 4

Rnd 1: 2dc (ch 2, 3dc) three times in 4th ch from hook, ch 2, join to beg ch-4.
Rnd 2: Sl st in each of the next 2dc and in next ch-2 sp, ch 3, (2dc, ch 2, 3dc) in same ch-2 sp, (ch 1, [3dc, ch 2, 3dc]) three more times, ch 1, join to beg ch-3.

Rnd 3: Sl st in each of the next 2dc and in next ch-2 sp, drop A, join B [see figure 1], ch 3, (2dc, ch 2, 3dc) in same ch-2 sp, join A [Figure 2 and 3], *ch 1, 3dc in next ch-1 sp joining B before ending last dc, ch 1, (3dc, ch 2, 3dc) in next ch-2 sp, join A; rep from * around, ch 1, join with a sl st. Finish off A.

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Round 3

Rnd 4: Sl st in each of the next 2dc and in next ch-2 sp, drop B, join C [see figure 1], ch 3, (2dc, ch 2, 3dc) in same ch-2 sp (see photo below), join B [Figure 2 and 3], *(ch 1, 3dc in next ch-1 sp) twice, joining C before ending last dc, ch 1, (3dc, ch 2, 3dc) in next ch-2 sp, join B; rep from * around, ch 1, join with a sl st.

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Round 4

Rnd 5: Sl st in each of the next 2dc and in next ch-2 sp, ch 3, (2dc, ch 2, 3dc) in same ch-2 sp, *ch 1, 3dc in next ch-1 sp, joining B before ending last dc, ch 1, 3dc in next ch-1 sp, join C, ch 1, 3dc in next ch 1 sp, (3dc, ch 2, 3dc) in next ch-2 sp; rep from * around, ch 1, join with a sl st. Finish off B.

Round 5

Rnd 6 and all following rounds:  Sl st in each of the next 2dc and in next ch-2 sp, ch 3, (2dc, ch 2, 3dc) in same ch-2 sp, *ch 1, 3dc in next ch-1 sp; rep from * across to next ch-2 sp, (3dc, ch 2, 3dc) in next ch-2 sp; rep from * around, ch 1, join with a sl st.

Finished Block

And that’s it! Easy peasy puddin’ pie!

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Now, here is my final tip that just didn’t fit into the pattern. You’ll notice I don’t really mention color changes. That’s simply because I know we all have a preference. Me? I will do ANYTHING to keep from having to weave in ends. ANYTHING.

So, I chose to crochet over the floats of yarn in the back, essentially where I carried the yarn from cluster to cluster. Take a look:

This was the easiest and quickest way to get from color to color. If it’s easier, you could also break the yarn and rejoin as needed!

I hope y’all love this afghan square as much as I do. I’m working on a full afghan pattern with it, so be on the lookout for that in the next month or so. In the meantime I’d love to see your finished blocks! So, if you make one and are on Instagram (first give me a follow here @rohnstrong) use the hashtag #adalynroseblock! I’ll keep an eye out and share them on Instagram!

Until next time y’all!

xoxo,

Rohn

Scipio Shawl Crochet Pattern

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I have this thing about shawls. Especially Pi shawls, those shawls that are as easy to design as they are to crochet up! If you’ve never crocheted a shawl before…The Scipio Shawl is for you!

You can purchase the pattern HERE for just $3. The price will go up on July 27th, 2018, so get it while you can.

This shawl was originally designed with the beginner crocheter in mind. It’s one of those ‘skill builder’ projects. You begin with a few stitches in single crochet and work your way up to triple crochets. All the increases are really simple to do and done all at once.

The best thing? Gauge and counting don’t really matter all that much! Seriously!

The beauty of math.

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The super simple shape and basic stitches make this piece the perfect canvas for color changing yarns, like Lion Brand Shawl in a Ball, which is what I used here, but more on that later.

You can purchase the pattern HERE for just $3. The price will go up on July 27th, 2018, so get it while you can.

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The best part about this shawl? It can be made in a number of sizes. Seriously! Because it is crocheted from the top down, you don’t have to worry about having enough yarn or getting too bored…just stop whenever you want!

The pattern is written for a nice sized shawl, about 60 inches across and 24 inches deep. Honestly, it doesn’t take long to get their either. A lot of the stitches are triple crochet, which means it flies right off the hook. I made mine in just two days.

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Let’s chat about yarn for a minute, shall we? I love color changing yarns…but I hate that I can’t choose the colors inside. I chose to use Lion Brand Shawl in a Ball in the colorway, Unique Unicorn. This was the perfect blend of colors for me…except the grey. That color just threw it all off for me. I actually didn’t work with the yarn I purchased because of that color. Then, I got an idea, why not just cut it out? So…that’s what I did. I worked right up to that color, cut the entire color out, rejoined the yarn and kept going! DIY Maker HACK!

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This shawl can be made in just about any weight yarn, you’ll just want to adjust the hook size for the yarn you have. Here’s a handy guide:

Fingering: I/9
DK: J/10
Worsted: K/10.5
Bulky: L/8mm
Super Bulky: 10mm

Keep in mind that although I used Shawl in a Ball, and it happens to be a worsted weight yarn, it works up like a fingering, which is why I chose a I/9 5.5mm crochet hook.

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My Top 5 FREE Crochet Sock Patterns

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Crochet socks are, as most of you may know, my favorite item to make. They are quick, easy, fun, and don’t take a whole lot of skill to complete. If you can crochet a hat, you can crochet a sock! Seriously!

The biggest thing you’ll have to tackle is fit. Once you’ve got the fit down, you’ve got the skills you need!

Today, I want to share with you my Top 5 FREE Crochet Sock Patterns I’ve made. They come from Lion Brand, Red Heart, and Myself. Working on these socks will help you improve your skills and set you up for success when you want to start working on more complicated socks later on.

These socks are all beginner and listed in no particular order. Simply click the links, head to the websites and go to town!


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1. Le Becque Socks

We’ll begin with one of my favorite patterns I’ve designed. The Le Becque Socks. These were for a free Crochet Along I had with the folks over at Furls Crochet Hooks. The pattern is still available online, though. The pattern is in three parts so you’ll just want to follow weeks 1-4 for all the info. They are a lot of fun and super stretchy. So, you won’t have to be too persnickety about fit!

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2. Surf and Sand Socks

Okay so these might not be the most beginner of all the beginner socks but I can’t express just how fun they are. I designed these with variegated yarn in mind. I really wanted a type of stitch that would play with the yarn in the best way possible! I love how they came out…and that heel? So comfortable!

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3. Men’s Crochet Socks

Lion Brand hit the mark with these fresh and fun crochet socks designed for men. A reinforced heel and classic toe allow the vanilla style sock construction to shine through. I love these socks and they’d work for just about anyone – not just men. I’d only caution on the fit. Take time to make a gauge swatch and measure well! Lion Brand sock yarn doesn’t have the most amount of stretch in it.

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4. Cozy at Home Crochet Socks

I learned to crochet socks from Karen Whooley and it wouldn’t be polite to list all my fav crochet socks and not include a design of hers. The Cozy at Home Crochet Socks are made for wearing around the house and look as comfy as they probably are. I’m not a huge fan of calling slippers…socks…because, well, they’re not. But I’m forgiving this small mistake because…honestly…look at that pink!

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5. Colorful Crochet Socks

These socks are just fun to look at and easy to make. The cuff is worked horizontally which means you get all the east of working in rows and the stretch it offers! They work up super fast too. I’d work both cuffs, then move onto the feet from there! No second sock syndrome.

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Crochet Woodburn Tee

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Summer is here and I’m all about it. I get it from my Mama (who just might be my beautiful model here!!) who loves the sun just as much as I do. Summer in the south is exciting and perfect and just MADE for crochet! The Tunisian Woodburn Tee is perfect lightweight crochet project that works up in a day or two.

I knew as soon as I saw this yarn floating around Instagram, I just had to have it. Wool and The Gang XL Cotton is, by far, my fav super bulky cotton yarn I’ve seen! It’s soft, lightweight, hardwearing, and comes in a range of soft colors that are right on trend.

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I wanted to design a fun summer garment for you all that showcased this yarn and featured my favorite crochet technique, Tunisian Crochet. It’s an easy tee, worked side to side, that’s as easy to wear as it is to make! You just need to know how to work the Tunisian simple, knit, and purl stitches! Not sure how to work those? Check out some of my FAV youtube tutorials from Kim Guzman below!

Tunisian Honeycomb Stitch

Tunisian Purl Stitch

Tunisian Knit Stitch

Tunisian Simple Stitch

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You know that I LOVE Tunisian crochet and simple summer garments. I hope you’ll love working up this top as much as I did. Before we get started, just a quick note, while the bust of this top is easy to adjust once you get going, the length should be adjusted before beginning. This is a pretty standard tee length, but if you’d like a longer top, try going up a size (this won’t affect the bust just the length).

Let’s chat about yarn for a minute, shall we? I love super bulky yarn – how can you not? This top can be made in ANY super bulky yarn you have on hand. You could even hold a few strands of worsted weight together if you want.

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Let’s get started, shall we?

To make this garment, you’ll need:

1. Wool and the Gange XL Cotton (Weight: 6/Super Bulky – 100g/82yds)

  • Color A: Light Blue Jeans 2 (2, 2, 3, 3, 4, 4) Balls
  • Color B: Oh My Blush 3 (3, 3, 4, 4, 5, 5) Balls

2. Size M/N-13 (9mm) Hook (see below)

  • This is a larger hook size and I’m sure you’re wondering what the heck those letters mean, so here’s the thing. The M/N is because hook makers can’t make up their mind and change hook letters and sizes like crazy. It’s silly. So, this size has TWO letters. The number ’13’ is because it’s corresponding to a number size when the letters got all confusing. My advice is to shop based on the Millimeter size, in this case, 9mm. A quick Amazon search will yield tons of results.

3. Tapestry Needle 

4. Measuring tape and/or ruler

Sizes

XS (S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL)

Finished Bust Size: 32 (36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56) inches.
To Fit: 30 (34, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54)

Finished Length: 22 (22.5, 23, 23.5, 24, 24)” Length

  • Choose a size that is about 2″ smaller than your actual bust measurement. The best way to find out what size you’ll like it so measure your favorite shirt or sweater. Just keep in mind that crochet doesn’t stretch a whole lot, so if you are bustier you might want to choose a size or two larger. 

Gauge: 6.25 Stitches and 10 rows = 4inches in Tunisian Knit Stitches

Abbreviations (US Terms):

Ch – chain

Tss – Tunisian Simple Stitch

Tks – Tunisian Knit Stitch

Tps – Tunisian Purl Stitch

Sl St – Slip Stitch

St(s) – Stitch(es)

Skill Level

Level 3 – Advanced Beginner

Notes

  1. This top fits true to size. The model shown is 5’4″ tall with a 38″ bust and wearing the size medium.
  2. The pattern is written for size small with other sizes shown within the parenthesis. To make the pattern a bit more easy to follow, simply print it out, highlight your size, and work through the pattern.
  3. Read the pattern from beginning to end first.
  4. Each row of the written pattern accounts for the fwp and retp of that stitch whereas “Tss each stitch across” = work tts forward pass and return pass before moving on to Row 2.
  5. This top is worked in 2 pieces. 1 each identical front and back panels.
  6. All sizing is fitted and based on the CYC sizing regulations. Use this guide or the measurements above to determine what size range you fall into. Always choose one size up in tunisian crochet. 

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Pattern:

Front and Back

With A, Ch 50 (56, 62, 68, 74, 80, 86)

*If a longer tee is desired, choose one size up.

Foundation Row: Draw up lp in 2nd ch and in each ch across. Rtn: Yo, draw through 1 lp, *yo, draw through 2 lps; rep from * across. 

Return pass (RetP): Yarn over and draw through the first loop on hook, *yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook; repeat from * to end, ending with 1 loop on hook.

Return Pass is same throughout.

Row 1: Tps, *Tss, Tps; rep from * across to last st, Tss in last st.

Row 2: *Tss, Tps; rep from * across to last st, Tss in last st.

Rep these two rows once more. 

Next Row: Tks in each st across.

Change to Color B, if desired. 

Continue in Tks for a further 44 (45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50) rows. If a wider top is desired, simply add more rows until it is your desired width.

Change to Color A.

Next Row: Tks in each st across.

Next Row: *Tss, Tps; rep from * across to last st, Tss in last st.

Next Row: Tps, *Tss, Tps; rep from * across to last st, Tss in last st.

Rep these last two rows once more. 

Next Row: Sl st in each st across.

Finish off yarn, weave in all ends.

Finishing

Shouler Seams

Once finished, you’ll want to turn the work 90 degrees so that Color A will be on the sides of the garment, and the stitches are running horizontally instead of vertically. Beginning at the outside and working your way in, seam the shoulders using a mattress stitch. You’ll need to leave a large enough opening for your head to fit through. This can vary, so try it on and see if you like the way it looks at this point.

Also, as you’ve noticed, the tunisian knit stitch has a tendency to have a nice edge of stitches and a wonky edge. The wonky edge is often on the right side of the work. Try hiding this near the waistline.

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Side Seams

With a spare piece of yarn (about 24-36 inches long), use a mattress stitch to seam up the sides of your cardigan. The ends with Color A will be on the sides of your cardigan.

Leave armholes that measure approximately 7.5 (7.5, 8, 8, 9, 9)”

With Crochet Hook about 2 sizes smaller than that you used in the garment (that would be a K/6.5mm for me) and Color B, single crochet in each stitch around the neckline. Using the same hook and Color A, work 2-3 rounds of single crochet at the hem to finish off the tee and give it a more polished look. This is totally optional but I do love how it looks.

Finish off and weave in the remaining ends.

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