Some more beanies I made last winter from another design

purple and green beanieblue purple and orange beanie


Here are two beanies I made from another design, from Sarah Arnold,“Divine Hat”.  When I made these beanies, I had not known how to do front post double crochet before.  I taught myself from a book on how to do this stitch.  This stitch can also be found in a previous recent post of the cushion I made with the nine circles and white background.  I am left handed, so that’s why my ridges go the opposite direction to what I saw in the pattern, as I crochet from left to right instead of right to left.  I used Cleckheaton California 8 ply yarn. It wasn’t like 8 ply yarn at all though, more like 10 or 12 ply.  I had to use a 5 mm hook for the ribbing and 6 mm hook for the body, that’s how thick the California yarn was.  I made the bottom beanie first, and the purple and green beanie second. I prefer the purple and green beanie to wear as it suits me better.


Bright, happy cushion with circles

crochet cushion with fpc crochetcrochet cushion with fpc crochet other sidecrochet cushion other angleI joined Pinterest last year and saw a crocheted cushion pinned to a board I was following which I was impressed with.  I needed to make a cushion for our lounge which we have here in Auckland, as we didn’t have any cushions at that stage, and when I saw that particular image of the cushion, I wanted to make it. It was so cute!  I saw it was originally made by someone called riavandermeulen on Flickr through the Pinterest post and she has a whole range of very cleverly made and bright cushions which I thought were fantastic.  Another reason I wanted to make it was I had recently taught myself to make fpdc, (front post double crochet), when making a beanie from a pattern I found online.  I’ve taught myself every crochet stitch apart from single/double crochet.  I found this stitch to be very effective and attractive with its raised effect, and in this pattern it looks like a star shape within the circles.  The cushion I saw on Pinterest had more colours in it but I stuck with less colours here, as the cushion was big enough without making it bigger (although I love a lot of colour).  I used Shepherd’s Very Crafty Yarn which is 100% wool.  I like this yarn and I am currently making something else with it.