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Large Crochet Graduation Hat And Pattern

Ok, how do say this, my crochet, adult-size crochet hat is…not great? A failure? A partial failure? Totally cool? I’m not sure how I feel about it.

As I mentioned before, I get quite a few questions about how to adjust my small keepsake crochet graduation hats to be wearable. Well, I like a challenge (sometimes), and I decided to see what I could do. I couldn’t just increase the size of the little hats because a real human head needs something different. I went for it and this is what happened.

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Lessons learned

I actually like the beanie part. It fit really nicely on the head so I might keep this for later use on other hats.

As you could predict, a large crochet square isn’t going to be very rigid. In fact, even with two strands (I used two strands), it’s quite floppy. It looked ridiculous. I tried to think how I could fix it and came up with two ideas. Continue reading

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Life-size doll tries to steal my man!

Last summer, I left the life-size crochet doll in the classroom and instantly regretted it. I had no access to her for pictures or fun. When I returned in the Fall, the custodian told me how she kept scaring him, along with other people who entered our room. Although very funny, I didn’t want to scare anyone at work over the Summer.

At the end of this school year, I brought her home and quickly propped her up on the couch. Now you see her when you walk in the front door. I don’t want to scare the staff at the school, but I don’t mind scaring the family. 🙂

We had a graduation for my son, nephew and niece recently, and while I was running around taking pictures, I think the life-size doll was trying to cuddle up to my husband. He wasn’t even aware she was making moves on him. She looked all cozy, watching him play on his phone.

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I moved in for a picture, stealth-like.

 

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He was very suspicious.

I asked what he was doing with the doll. He acted like he didn’t know she was there.

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Where did she come from? 

He claimed she was in his spot and he just moved her out of the way. And she just happened to land like that? A likely story.

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That’s right, she just happened to land like that.

I rescued her from a summer of loneliness and misery and this is how she repays me?

P.S. All but one of the pictures is authentic, that is, hubby didn’t know what I was doing. I bet you can tell which ones were real and which one he was hamming up.

Crochet Outfit for Baby Doll

There’s one guarantee in life and that is if kids can take the clothes off a doll, they will. I don’t want to get into the kind of trouble the kids in our program get into with that. Instead, I try to make sure all the dolls have permanent clothes. If I find a naked doll (yes, this is a thing), I put it away until I can properly outfit her with locked-on, can’t-take-off, clothes. Even THEN, if I don’t make it fool proof, they find a way.

I was rummaging through an old drawer when I stumbled upon several naked dolls that I must have confiscated over the years. I’m sure I had every intention of making them clothes, or at least, permanently sewing on their original outfits. These dolls are so cute and the kids absolutely love playing with them, so I pulled them out and took them home.

I didn’t have time to make them outfits at work before school let out but I was scheduled to work a week of our summer program. The majority of the kids in the summer program are not kids I know. They are from our sister school. I figured making crochet outfits for dolls would make a nice ice-breaker with them while introducing them to crochet. It worked beautifully. I  pulled out the doll and started making her an outfit and I had a circle of kids crocheting with me in no time.

I was only there one week but I was pleasantly surprised that quite a few of them (three Kinders!) picked up chaining fairly quickly and I had two older girls trying out single crochet. It was a lot of fun. They wanted to help dress the doll so they made her a necklace and a bracelet.

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Now she’s ready to go out and play!

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Another Crochet Phone Case

The last few days of the school year brought about a slow-down in crochet projects. I’ve been wanting a pink phone case so I decided to make one. The kids liked it so much, I threw it in the prize box. Then one day, I forgot my phone case so I ‘borrowed’ the one in the prize-box. The kids called me on it so I made a new one and put theirs back in there. I’m pretty sure someone picked it so it’s a good thing I corrected the error of my ways!

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I used two strands of yarn for this one, pink and white, and used the knit stitch and simple stitch in tunisian crochet. At first I was worried it would be too thick but it was perfect. It hugged my phone just right. 🙂

Crochet Graduation Hats

The school year is over, and on the last week we have a party for our 5th graders as we send them off to middle school. It has become a tradition that I make them all a small crochet graduation hat as a keepsake.

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This is from the tutorial I posted on YouTube

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The caps I gave away last year

I made the little caps again but couldn’t decide how I wanted to present them. In the past, I have placed them on top of a stack of supplies like pencils and pens. I have dangled them from a candy wreath and sometimes I just handed them over. Candy is always a hit, so this year, I filled a baggie with Skittles and tried to make it look like a little face. I stuffed the bag into the hat. I wasn’t sure it would work but the kids loved it.

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The latest round.

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The face isn’t very artistic but the kids loved it.

Around this time of year, I get more views and questions on YouTube about the graduation hat. A few times, someone has asked me how to adapt it to make a real hat. Well, you can do the same thing as in the video but just make it bigger but after thinking about it, a few minor adjustments might be needed to make it sit right. I realized some might appreciate a video on it and as  I have no other pressing projects, I started working on a wearable version.

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So far so good

I plan to make a YouTube video on it if it works out. So far, the head part seems to fit just right. I’m practicing with some yarn I had on hand which is why it’s grey, but once I have the pattern ironed out, I’ll pick a school color. I’m seeing a lot of red/burgundy and blue so it will probably be one of those colors.

Stay tuned, this might turn out interesting. 🙂

 

Crochet Saved The Day

I am convinced that crochet is the new duct tape. It can solve practically any problem. It’s true! I was going to do a photoshoot of my son and niece in their cap and gown (graduating high school) and was setting up my living room with my lights, a backdrop, tripods, and camera when I ran into a snafu. Remember when I made a vow to do more photography and actually use some equipment I bought but not never pulled out or even learned how to use? I did well with that goal and learned how to use it all…and then I forgot again because I put it away.

Well it all came out again for the shoot. Luckily, I just needed a quick refresher and I was good to go. Except that I had these brackets I bought for my lights that were still in the packaging. I pulled them out and tried to put them on my light stands and they didn’t fit. They came with with different adapters but none of them fit. Shame on me for not knowing this when I bought them. I pulled out the adapters but without them, the openings were too big!

It was solution finding time. Rubber bands? That might work. Foam? Nah. Crochet? Yes! I quickly crocheted two little sleeves for the tops of my light stands and the brackets were nice and snug and my lights were safe (breathing a sigh of relief).

 

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The photo shoot was back in session! Isn’t crochet wonderful? 🙂

Crochet Turtle, Cupcake and Pokeball

The end of the school year is coming, and the kids are amping up their crochet requests. Many are making it to the prize-box and I’m feeling generous. I’m granting their requests if I think I can finish them in time. One 5th grade boy has gone around the prize chart three times and he didn’t want anything from the regular prize box. He earned two prize-box items and asked if he could trade them for something I could make. He just wanted a Pokeball. That was doable.

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Done!

After the small turtles, a bunch of the Kinders asked me to make a bigger turtle, so I did some stash-busting and finished a rainbow turtle.

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Done!

It’s already reserved for a little Kinder. She begged me not to let anyone else have it since she was only one star away. I agreed and discovered she was four stars away. She’s a little Transitional Kinder and they often make that mistake so I agreed to keep it for her, but she has to work hard to get those stars before the end of the year. She only has ten more days!

Before I even finished the turtle, another Kinder made it to Ultimate Prize-Box and she wanted a crochet cupcake. I’d never made one before but I thought I could whip one up.

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Done!

She told me exactly what colors she wanted and it had to have yellow sprinkles. She was over my shoulder asking me again and again if it was done yet. Clearly it wasn’t done! But then it was, and she wasted no time playing with it. It’s always the best when they see me finishing something up. I think it makes it more special for them.

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Happy camper. 🙂

Someone else asked for a turtle but I can’t remember who. I’m pretty sure it was a boy. He better make it to prize box soon so I can get it done. 🙂