April 30, 2013

Earflap Hat for 18inch Doll - Free Pattern

For any of you that have an 18 inch doll in your life than this pattern is for you!

Since Kit has become a part of our family, my daughter and I have been working on a few things to add to her ever growing wardrobe.

Who knew a doll could need so many accessories?!

Since it does get rather cold (only sometimes) around these parts, naturally Kit needed an earflap hat just like her 'big sisters' have.

This is a very quick project, and a pretty good one for a beginner also (or a good incentive to learn to crochet).



- Ball of worsted weight yarn
- Small ball of contrast yarn worsted weight (optional)
- Size G hook
- scissors


Using US terms.

  • Ch 3, join to make loop
  • Round 1: Ch 2. 9 dc into loop. Join to top of ch 2. (10 sts)
  • Round 2: Ch 2, 1 dc in same space. 2 dc in each st of previous round. Join to top of ch 2 from this round. (20 sts)
  • Round 3: Ch 2. 2 dc in next st. *1 dc in nest st, 2 dc in next st.* repeat to end of round. Join to top of ch 2 from this round (30 sts)
  • Round 4: Ch 2. 1 dc in next st, 2 dc in next st. *1 dc in the next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st.* repeat to end of round. Join to top of ch 2 from this round (40 sts)
  • Round 5: Ch 2. 1 dc in next 6 sts. 2 dc in next st. *1 dc in next 7 sts, 2 dc in next st.* repeat to end of round. Join to top of ch 2 from this round (45 sts)
  • Rounds 6-9: Ch 2. 1 dc in each st till end of round. Join to top of ch 2 from this round (45 sts)
  • Cut yarn leaving about 5 inches from hook. Ch 1 and pull tail through. (tie off)
  • Count 7 stitches to the right from where you just tied off. Attach yarn and sc in next 6 sts. Ch 1, turn. (6 sts)
  • Sc 2 tog, 1 sc in next 2 sts, sc 2 tog. Ch 1, turn. (4 sts)
  • Sc in each st (4 sts)
  • Sc 2 tog, twice. (2 sts) Tie off again.
Make another earflap the same way, counting 7 stitches in the other direction from the tie off of the hat.

  • Starting near the hat tie off, attach contrasting yarn and sc around entire hat and both earflaps. Tie off.
  • Cut 6 pieces of contrasting yarn about 12 inches in length. These will be your ties, they will be about 5 inches in length.
  • Take 3 pieces and fold in half. Take the looped end and put it through one earflap, from the outside in, and pull the tails through the loop. Braid the ties, and knot. (make 2)

Ravelry page.

Edited to add:  I would LOVE to see any projects you create with this pattern! Feel free to join & share in my Flickr group: Your Lyanna Jean Designs.

Just a reminder, my patterns are for your personal use and enjoyment only. These are not to be produced for profit of any kind. If you have any questions please email me at lyannaanderson@gmail.com.

April 27, 2013

This Month

Ahh, these past few weeks have been pretty great.

The weather has been spot on. I even got out my clothesline! Mostly to photograph this:

But, I plan to hang some clothes out in a few days (Mondays are my big laundry conquering days). Gotta love the smell!

My goal was to finish this quilt top and the back so it would be ready for quilting, and with only 2 seams to go on the back (which I am doing later today) I would say I DID IT! WooHoo! Taking a photo of said back and blogging about it anytime soon is a completely different thing, pcht.

It always feels so good to get another UFO finished and out of the sewing area. Thanks to the Lovely Year of Finishes I have had a lot more UFOs finished than usual. Here's my goal setting and mid-month for April.

At times I feel like my sewing space feels so empty, then I remember I'm being productive and cleaning things up. Did I say it feels great yet? It really does.

There have also been quite a few beach days, oh how I love the beach!

We've been going with Oma most days and it's so great to be hanging out with my Mom more.

We frequent Rehoboth Beach, it's only about an hour for us, and we like it. My Mom introduced me to Greenman Juice Bar & Bistro the last time we went, oh it was good.

In the midst of all this I was also able to finally pull all the weeds out of my garden on the side of the house. I bought some daylilys to put among my nandinas, can't wait to plant them.

Why is it that the weeds seem to do so well in my garden on that side??

It's just not fair I tell ya.

Another thing I whipped up last week was this wreath:

I saw something similar on pinterest, but I love me some hydrangeas so they were substituted. I also added a shovel, I liked the shiny in with it all.

Hopefully there will be some realy hydrangeas to grace my front garden this year too!

Is there anything you're hoping to plant this spring?

April 15, 2013

April Check In

Have I said yet that I am loving this Lovely Year of Finishes thing??

Cause I really am.

I feel super productive, and I'm actually doing instead of organizing.

You see, I have COD (yes, they spelled OCD wrong. Didn't you know??? ha ha ha) and sometimes just a touch of ADD. So, I start off sewing on a current project, then I see something that just needs to be put away. Right then! Then, while I'm putting said thing away, there is something else that just shouldn't be where it is. While that item is being return to it's needed location I find some fabric that I was in the middle of cutting the last time I was 'sewing'.

Do you see how this process goes??? It can make me insane sometimes. I feel like I have to put on blinders just so I can focus on what I'm working on, and this Lovely Year of Finishes seems to be just the 'blinders' I need.

Without further distraction...

(Sorry for the horrible picture, my sewing area is in the basement)

This is the progress I have made on my BYG quilt. The big block that is in the upper left actually has about 3 more strips sewn onto in since this photo was taken, and it's only got about 3 more 'til it's done. So excited to finsh up this one!

The back is in progress now too. I'm planning to use up the scraps in different width strips, and some of these are done/partially done. I just need to figure out which fabric I want to use as the main one on the back.

This quilt will be pieced and ready for quilting this month!! Yay!

Here's my April goal setting.

April 4, 2013

April's UFO - Blue Yellow Green

There has been much progress in these parts when it comes to organizing, and thanks to the Lovely Year of Finishes there has also been great progress in digging out and finishing up those long lost UFOs.

It feels great to have a sort of purpose given back to those once abandoned ideas and creations. The excuses have been pushed aside, and a rehashing of sorts is taking place.

It feels good.

If I were a good writer, I would relate all of this to the springtime and the beautiful changes we are seeing all around us.

That I feel somewhat like my gardens outside, clearing out the old remnants of growth last year and getting ready for planting.

New ideas, and a sort of clean slate to start off with. Maybe I will do some type of writing challenges along with all of these projects, always room for improvement.

So, without further ado, here's my chosen UFO for the month of April:

My goal is to finish the top and backing for this quilt.

Here is one of the blocks:

This quilt came about because a good friend gave me that 9-patch block with the yellow and white. I love the print she used, the yellow flowers are surrounded by a grey leafy almost plaid.

The 9-patch stayed on my design wall for almost a year before I figured out just what I wanted to do with it. In trying to use up my scraps lately, I decided to make a version of a log cabin, starting with about an 8 in block as the center of each larger block. I love how it's turning out!

I have not decided yet if I want to have it quilted or quilt it myself. I am leaning towards having it quilted though, I have never had a quilt quilted for me and it feels almost exciting.

April 3, 2013

Let there be PJs

I am so happy to say that I finished the bigger part of my goal from March by finishing the PJ pants for my boys that were cut out back before... uh... Christmas. Yup, Christmas.

Go figure that the boys have to sit on the very same couch cushion when we have the EKTORP sectional. No one else was even in the room.

And now we're ready for warmer weather. ha ha ha.
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