Sock Monkey Hat

My sister requested a sock monkey hat. I followed the basic directions from Christine’s blog.

The basic hat is done in double crochets. I used a size H hook and Lion Brand Fisherman’s Wool yarn (color: oak tweed) for the main part of the body.

My sister wanted a fleece lining, so I sewed that inside after it was completed. She requested a ribbon pom pom for the top instead of a yarn one.

There are several modifications. I made the hat several rows longer. I did the monkey’s ears a little differently, as well as the mouth area. The ear flaps for wearer were made larger and longer as well.

The directions for the hat ended up fitting a standard medium sized head.

My sister requested a sock monkey helmet cover for her ski helmet. We’ll see if I can make one that will stay on without Velcro. Pictures of how these turned out and pseudo directions can be found at or

I’d also like to try to make the hat using single crochets. I think a double crochet hat is fast to make but more drafty. I think and unlined hat looks nice as well.


Special Olympic Stars

I recently saw on Facebook that many states are collecting scarves for the Special Olympics. The official website lets you know the colors, dimensions and addresses for the participating states. I decided to try  an interesting granny square scarf I found, but it turned out horribly. I switched over to this star pattern instead. It’s basically all half double crochet with color changes for the star.

The border is a hdc, chain stitch all around. I used a size H hook. The yarn is Red Heart blue and turqua, as the requirements stated. The dimensions are approximately 6 inches by 54 inches each. It wasn’t until after I started the second scarf that I realized that if I did the star in the same direction for the whole scarf, the stars on one end (when placed around the neck) would look upside down. Therefore I did half the stars in one direction for half the scarf, then inverted the image for the second half.

All told, the basic scarf is 19 hdc across, not including the border. Two star athletes in Colorado shall be receiving these scarves!

Melman the Giraffe

A nephew said his favorite animal was a giraffe. Thankfully Paola Navarro from Delicious Crochet came up with a fun pattern! I started this project on a road trip in November. It was a quick pattern, except for all the spots!

The pattern initially called for stitched on spots, but I decided to crochet spots and sew them on. I wanted it to look more “realistic” so the spots had to be somewhat close together. That meant more spots! I looked at pictures of giraffes and their spots pretty much cover 90% of their bodies including almost the whole leg and face. I got a little tired of spots and thought this was sufficient!

I need to go back and put in two indentations. Giraffes have two sectioned feet.




I cropped the mane close as I wanted it to stand on its own. The legs were attached so that they would move.  When you pick it up, the legs straighten. The legs look fine on the giraffe, but making them, I thought the back legs were chicken drumsticks!

A friend said she though he looked like Melman from Madagascar. Not a bad resemblance!

I used Red Heart Super Saver yarn, marigold yellow and chocolate brown, and a sized e hook.

Pony in Pink

Another pony for a niece for Christmas. I chose the pink to go along with the variegated yarn. Reminds me of the colorful “My Little Pony”.

This is a pattern from Delicious Crochet. The yarn is Red Heart Supersaver, pink, cream, and variegated.






This pony is crocheted in parts and sewn together. It uses single crochet and slip stitches exclusively, in other words, an easy project! I used a size e hook.


Sitting, the pony is one foot tall.






The completion of the dragon makes 7 of 10 Christmas projects for nieces and nephews complete. This was a fun project, but a little more awkward to make than previous projects. The body of the dragon is made from the nose to the tail. This is not a problem until about half way (the stomach area). Then the project becomes too long to sit in the lap easily! Because it is stuffed as you go, you need to put the dragon between the legs to work comfortably. I did that part while on a road trip. Not the best space saving project in tight quarters of a vehicle!

This project was crocheted with Red Heart Supersaver yarn, blue, light blue, and tan. I used a sized e hook. Even so, it’s about 3 feet long and 11 inches tall.




After I started my nephew said he wanted a black dragon! This took a while to crochet, and I still have a couple other projects to make before Christmas. A blue one will have to do!

The pattern is from Delicious Crochet. It’s all single crochet and slip stitch. This is done in parts and stitched together.

Pumpkin Crochet

I invited a  bunch of ladies to get together for a craft night. Just in case someone wanted to learn to crochet, I whipped up this little pumpkin from June Gilbank. It is a very quick project, much quicker than the knitted one!

The front pumpkin is crocheted. The back pumpkin is knitted. They both have crocheted vines and leaves. My husband said he preferred the crocheted one. he liked the texture.

Note: The vine and leaf are not in June’s directions.

Vine: Chain 15. 2 sc in each stitch. It will curl automatically. The leaf is not the prettiest so I won’t give instructions for that!

All the yarn is Red Heart. The pumpkin, vine and stalk were crocheted with an H hook. I used a sized E hook for the leaf.

Frankenstein Treat Bag

I saw Lion Brand yarn’s treat bag and decided to make a variation of my own. I decided to make several changes to the original pattern. 1) It had to be much larger. Who wants to go trick-or-treating with a small bag? 2) He needed wispy hair. 3) He needed a nose. 4) I thought ears might add some interest.  5) Eyebrows were a definite must. I tried some teeth but didn’t like them.

Several nieces and nephews saw this as I was making it. Several of them wanted it! Unfortunately, there isn’t time to make them all a bag and their Christmas presents. However, this does make me want to try to make Dracula, Mummy, and pumpkin treat bags!

The bag itself is about 9 inches (21 cm) tall. With the handle it is 13 inches (32.5 cm). The hair is uniform since I didn’t have a pattern and I was in a hurry to finish this project! The ears are from Kitty-bob on Ravelry. My husband thought it would be funny if one of the ears was “sewn” on crooked. I humored him on that.

The nose is one larger circle with two smaller circles attached. They are pretty much just the top part of the neck bolts redone.

It looks like the hair is wispy all around, but it’s straight in the back.

Most of this project is half double crocheted.

The eyebrows are double crocheted. The nose and bolts are single.

The tea leaf green yarn is Red Heart crocheted with a size E hook. The plum perfect purple is Caron Simply Soft yarn, which is thinner so I crocheted with a size H hook.

Ball-and Chain

I saw this chain scarf on Ravelry, but Alison Gates has made this pattern available on the Knitty blog here. There are many variations of this scarf. I thought the ball-and-chain version was especially funny. My husband doesn’t think marriage is a ball-and-chain, but I made the scarf that way anyway. I plan to use it as a Halloween decoration. Maybe I’ll wear it during the winter as well, though I’m not sure how warm it will be!

This was a fun scarf to make. I used size 8 straight needles rather than double pointed needles since I’m faster at straight knitting.

The ball is crocheted since I can increase and decrease better when crocheting!

This makes for a fun decoration though it seems a little long for the lamp.

Llamas for Two

A friend of mine adores llamas (don’t we all). For her second baby, soon to join the world, I decided to make her one. A nephew also asked for a llama, and I made him one too. I worked on them both at the same time, for some reason, and now I’m ready to work on something other than a llama!

I did a little research and found that llamas have two toes. I’m embarrassed to say that the previous llamas I made had three!

My nephew specifically requested a white llama with a blue hat. I may stitch his name on the hat.

I think the pink hat turned out especially cute. Hopefully the doctor is right that my friend is having a daughter!

The pattern for the llama comes from Paola Navarro of Delicious Crochet. I used Red Heart speckled yarn for the llama, Red Heart variegated yarn for the hats, and a sized E crochet hook for everything. The hat pattern turns out way too big, so I had to modify it to fit.

Pumpkin Knit

I saw this miniature pumpkin on Ravelry and was excited to make it. I know I’m in the middle of 10 other projects, but I thought this would be a great decoration for this fall. I thought I could whip it out as a quick gift for a family member, but it took a little longer to make than expected. I came to realize that I am a slow knitter! This took two nights instead of the one I had hoped.

I found Jan Lewis’s Harvest Pumpkin pattern on Ravelry. I used Red Heart yarn and size 8 double pointed needles. I chose to crochet the vine and leaf since I’m a better crocheter than knitter! This pattern is super easy. I would recommend it to knitters of all ability. The only difference I made was to do a long-tail cast-on rather than provisional. Happy Harvest!