Much of the U.S. saw a huge influx of winter weather last week, which means it's the perfect time to make a gorgeous and cozy ski hat. If you're not a skier, don't worry, because there are plenty of reasons to wear the Sun Valley Hat!
Of course, the best reason to wear it is that it's a really cute hat. But the fact that it's January and thus way too cold to be hatless is a close second. Whatever the reason, this gorgeous and warm hat is a great choice for winter.
The Sun Valley Hat requires three skeins of Heartland® yarn -- two in the main color, and one in the accent. The sample uses Acadia as the main color and Sequoia as the secondary. It's made with a size J-10 (6.0 mm) hook, and is rated a level 5 (experienced) pattern.
Not a crocheter? There are several great knit hat patterns using Heartland® available in our database. This yarn is part of our Made in the USA line, which means starting tomorrow (January 13) and going through January 26, you can get it for 20% off (online only)!
We've all got bad habits when it comes to crafting -- those little things we do that make our crafting lives harder, but that we just can't seem to stop doing.
Personally, I have "startitis" -- I cast on project after project, no matter how many I've already got going on. As a result, I've got dozens of UFOs hidden around my apartment. Some I'll get to, but there are lots of others that will never be finished! It's something I really ought to work on, because it can be a little overwhelming to know I have all these half-knit pieces staring at me from every corner of the room.
So, come on, 'fess up -- what are your bad crafting habits?
The internet gives us a lot of things -- communication, information, the ability to anonymously argue with strangers at all hours -- and one of the gifts we have gotten from the magic of the web is a new way to share and spread trends. These can be trends in any field, of course, but social media is especially great for the quick dissemination of fun crafting ideas.
Thanks to sites like Tumblr, Instagram, and Pinterest, a creative crafter can post something new and innovative and see it go completely viral, spreading around the world in a matter of days, hours, or even less.
In recent months, we've seen a few techniques and ideas positively explode all over the crafting corner of the internet.
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Ponytail/bun hats are inescapable right now. If you look through the knitting and crochet parts of social media (or our Community Gallery), they're all you're going to see. For good reason: if you have long and/or curly hair, it can be hard to make a regular hat work. These let you play with cute designs and keep your 'do intact.
Crocheters across the web were using crocodile stitch to make unique dragon scale projects. They were seen the most in gloves, but also showed up in hats, shawls, hoods, and bags. If you can crochet it, you can crochet it in crocodile stitch.
Planned color pooling is huge, and while crocheters swear it isn't too hard to do, to a lot of us it looks like sorcery. Blogger Sewrella made a tutorial for us a few months back, and it has been one of our top blog posts ever since!
We've written about temperature blankets a couple of times now, and it's because they're such an ongoing trend! Especially at the beginning and end of each year, you see tons of posts from people who are either just finishing or just starting their blankets. They're a fun year-long project, and great heirloom pieces.
If you're a crocheter who likes the look of knitting, you don't have to frantically learn a new craft (though there's nothing wrong with being multi-talented!). Knit-look crochet is a really cool trend, where crocheters create garments that -- you guessed it -- resemble knitting. There are a lot of really cool patterns out there that will let you achieve this look.
What crafting trends have you seen around the internet? Have you decided to make any of them?