Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Now that I Released the ALEJANDRA Crochet Turban Hat, We Will Examine the Differences Between That and The LAUREN Crochet Cloche Hat


The ALEJANDRA Crochet Turban Hat in Black (left) and LAUREN Crochet Cloche Hat in Black Hat (right)
The ALEJANDRA Hat (left) and LAUREN Hat (right)
Notice the ALEJANDRA and LAUREN crochet hats look similar. They are until you reach a certain point. Both use the same array of crochet stitches: 3 rows fp-ex-sc; 3 rows bp-ex-sc. Both have a join which allows you to crochet to the top. Both use the mobius twist. Both have embellished zigzag edges. Last but not least, both complete the look with flowers. The similarities end here. (Read more below)

The ALEJANDRA and LAUREN Hat (back views)
The ALEJANDRA and LAUREN Hat (back views)



Hold your chain flat (with your left thumb on top) and be sure the whole chain lies flat and faces up. With only your left hand, twist the chain ONE HALF, with your thumb towards your body.
Hold your chain flat (with your left thumb on top) 
and be sure the whole chain lies flat and faces up. 
With only your left hand, twist the chain ONE HALF
with your thumb towards your body.


Insert your hook through the first chain and join together the 2 ends with a slip stitch.  ROW 1: ch 1; sc 1 in backloop of every chain; when you're halfway you notice you start to crochet at the other side, in the remaing loop of the starting chain
Insert your hook through the first chain and join
 together the 2 ends with a slip stitch

Differences between the 2 are the look lengths: one is longer than the other. The flower is smaller than the other. Once completing the crochet stitches: 3 rows of fp-ex-sc; 3 rows bp-ex-sc, etc., there is no need to cut off the yarn, turn the work upside-down and continue on the top. The Alejandra allows you to not have to do that and continue after you finish the body, straight to the bottom, back on the slant, and back up to the top to complete the top of the hat all in one piece! Have you ever crocheted like this? Probably not. I invite you to do so.
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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Notice All the Hats are the Same with Different Edge Styles EXPLAINED with Pictures


Notice all the hats look the same same but have different brim edges. That's because the style of the hat is so universal. The style is simple yet complex. I published different crochet patterns because you might choose to work on one style but not on the other.

If you prefer ruffles, choose the CYNTHIA hat
CYNTHIA Crochet Beanie Hat with Ruffles
CYNTHIA Beanie Hat














If you're an extra brim kinda gal choose the JUDY hat.
JUDY Crochet Beanie Hat with Extra Wide Brim
JUDY Beanie Hat













Do you like Picots? Choose the LISA hat.
LISA Crochet Beanie Hat with Picots
LISA Beanie Hat













Do you like plain asymmetrical brims? Choose the OMBRETTA hat
OMBRETTA Crochet Beanie Hat with Plain Brim
OMBRETTA Beanie Hat













Do you like zigzags? Do you like picots? Choose the LAUREN hat.
LAUREN Crochet Beanie Hat with Zigzag Brim
LAUREN Beanie Hat













Make a hat look feminine by adding a flower like the LAUREN cloche hat that matches the same edge as the hat brim. Lots of times the mobius twist hat or infinity hat gets mistaken for a side parted hairstyle.
LAUREN Crochet Cloche Hat with Zigzag Brim and Matching Zigzag Edge Flower
LAUREN Cloche Hat













English: Mobius Strip 2
English: Mobius Strip 2 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
To better understand the twisted hat you must understand the infinity scarf. Begin with the Mobius strip














 The Infinity hats go to the next level by joining at the twist as indicated in the picture. Those of you have not tried this pattern consider this as a new challenge for you.


Join the twists before closing them
Join the Twists
Close the twists after closing them to prepare to make the top of the hat
Close the Twists








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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

In Case You Feel Afraid to Try the 7 Twisted LATTE Infinity Scarf, Here Are Some Pictures from the Ruffle Infinity Crochet Cowl Scarf Pattern to Give You the Confidence You Need



In case you are afraid to try the 7 twisted latte infinity scarf, here are some pictures from the crochet scarf pattern to give you the confidence you need.
LATTE Crochet Ruffle Infinity Cowl Scarf
LATTE Crochet Ruffle Infinity Cowl Scarf
For those of you who of crocheted my previous patterns involving the Mobius twist, you have a chance to upgrade your crochet skills with my LATTE ruffle infinity crochet scarf. Instead turning the chain one 1/2, turn it 7 half twists. The latte infinity scarf follows the same and different steps as the SNAKE infinity scarf.

Seasoned crocheters have told me that they have never crocheted anything like this before. They have crocheted for 30-40 years. Some of my Etsy customers consider this a new challenge. I don't want to give away too many details of the pattern. I get so many Etsy views of it everyday. I get the feeling you would like to try it but feel intimidated. Do not let it do so!!! The rest of the details you will have to purchase the pattern. I offer my email address. If you need to call me, email me your phone number and we can talk. 

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Ch 77 with your size N(9.00mm) crochet hook

Attention, this is important:
Hold your chain flat
Hold your chain flat
Hold your chain flat (with your left thumb on top) and be sure the whole chain lies flat and faced up.




twist the chain seven halves
twist the chain seven halves
With only your left hand, twist the chain seven halves, with your thumb towards your body. (your starting tail will rest on the inside during your work) If you want the scarf to twist the other way, your starting tail will rest on the outside during your work. 
Hold the chain facing the front
  1. Twist the chain 1 half towards your body. The back side now faces you.
  2. Twist the chain 1 half towards your body. The front side now faces you.
  3. Twist the chain 1 half again towards your body. The back side now faces you.
  4. Twist the chain 1 half again towards your body. The front side now faces you.
  5. Twist the chain 1 half again towards your body. The backside now faces you
  6. Twist the chain 1 half again towards your body. The front side now faces you
  7. Twist the chain 1 half again towards your body. The back side now faces you

Insert your hook through the first chain and join together the 2 ends with a slip stitch.
Insert your hook
Insert your hook through the first chain and join together the 2 ends with a slip stitch.
You work will start to look like this







The crochet chain takes shape
The crochet chain takes shape
FP-Ex-SC - Front Post Extended Single Crochet - stitch is raised to the front side of the work. Insert
hook from front to back to front again around the post of next designated stitch. Draw the yarn
through the post, yo, pull through one loop, yo, pull through 2 remaining loops. Lower case: fp-ex-sc refers to the stitch in the previous row.

BP-Ex-SC - Back Post Extended Single Crochet - stitch is raised to the back side of the work. Insert
hook from back to front to back again around the post of next designated stitch. Draw the yarn
through the post, yo, pull through one loop, yo, pull through remaining 2 loops. Lower case: bp-ex-sc
refers to the stitch in the previous row.

Ex-SC - Extended Single Crochet - insert the hook through the stitch; yo; pull through one loop; yo; pull through two loops.

Purchase the pattern here on Etsy.
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Monday, February 10, 2014

Crochet Infinity Scarf Dimensions: My Evolutions of the Crochet Infinity Scarf



LAUREN Crochet Infinity Cowl Scarf
Infinity scarf shapes up and down
Crochet infinity scarf dimensions include the traditional crochet infinity scarf that spreads up and down. My evolution of the crochet infinity scarf travels not only up and down, but outward and more shapely like a hyperbolic surface. Do you want to learn how to crochet the infinity twist? Find the crochet patterns in my Etsy shop - strawberrycouture.etsy.com

Crochet Scarf Pattern for the LAUREN Infinity Cowl Scarf
Follow these instructions when working the mobius twist for any of these scarves and twisted hats: work the infinity crochet twist, Hold your chain flat (with your left thumb on top) and be sure the wsc chain lies flat and is facing up. With only your left hand, twist the chain one half, with your thumb towards your body. Your starting tail will be on the outside. Insert your hook through the first chain and join together the 2 ends with a slip stitch.

Row 1: Ch 1; 1 SC in back loop of every chain. When you're halfway you notice you start to crochet at the other side , in the remaining loop of the starting chain. 1 SC in the back loop in the first sc of row 1 Remember: work in the BACK SIDE of the chain since you twisted it one half.

How to Twist to Make the Infinity Chain
How to Twist to Make the Infinity Chain
NOTE: When you sc 1 in the top horizontal single strand loop of the ch, the bottom horizontal single loop becomes the top horizontal single front loop in the second half of the row. That is the “magic” of the mobius. The back of the chains look like upside-down e's in the first part of the chain row. The chains in the second half of the row look like single strand bars because as mentioned earlier the horizontal bottom loops become the top horizontal loops in the second half of the row. When you're halfway, you notice you crochet at the other side in the remaining loop of the starting chain. You will see this as you go along. 



SNAKE Infinity Crochet Cowl Scarf
Infinity scarf shapes outward
Crochet Scarf Pattern for the SNAKE Infinity Cowl Scarf




LATTE Crochet Infinity Cowl Scarf
Infinity scarf shapes like a hyperbolic surface
Crochet Scarf Pattern for the LATTE Infinity Scarf
For this particular scarf, half twist like the pictures above, but half twist 7 times to give the ruffle effect.

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