Another Round of Bucket Hats


While visiting my daughter, Kay the other day she told me that my brother Ted, told her that my Mom wanted a hat because everyone else had hats. He also said she needed it because her hair is so thin now she gets sun burned when she goes to the park. So I contacted my brother via Facebook to see what kind of hat she would like. I had just finished bucket hats for Kay, my son – in – law, Justin, and myself so I thought it would be a good hat for my Mom as I didn’t think she would like a tight-fitting hat. My brother agreed and gave me the colors he thought mom would like. He said to do it in beige and green to match her van. Nope, he was not kidding. Since I was making another bucket hat I thought I would make some for him, his wife, Angie,  and his son, Damen.

Pattern used for all The Bucket Hats:

Men’s Summer Bucket Hat by Sara Sach from Posh Pooch Designs

All yarns used  were 100% acrylic 4 ply worsted weight.

52 Mom's bucket hat

Hook size: J/10 – 6.00 mm

Stitches: Double crochet, Slip Stitch, Half Double crochet, and Single crochet

Colors: Red Heart Super Saver Jumbo in 0334 Buff

Red Heart Super Saver in 0406 Medium Thyme

My family has slightly larger heads and I tend to crochet tightly, so I went up a hook size from the one specified in the pattern to make sure it would fit. So the finished circumference was 22 inches rather than the 19 inches given in the pattern.

I also did a small ruffle on the edge by doing * sc in next 3 stitches, then 3sc in next stitch repeat from * around.


51b Ted's Bucket hat

Hook used: K/10 1/2 – 6.50 mm

Stitches: Same

Colors: 2 Balls no label  bright light pink from my stash of pink.

Red Heart Knit and Crochet in 814 Robin Blue

My brother has a very big head. I had to go up 2 hook sizes for him.
Yes, those are the colors he chose. I was not doing an evil older sister joke on him. 🙂

53a Angie's bucket hat

Hook size: J/ 10 – 6.00 mm

Colors: Red Heart Super Saver Jumbo in 0356 Amethyst

Light purple/pink no label ball

Again I used a larger sized hook.
I used a reverse single crochet stitch for the trim around the brim.

54 Damen's Bucket hat

Hook size: I/9 – 5.50 mm This is the actual called for hook.

Colors: Red Heart Super Saver Jumbo in 0319 Cherry Red

Red Heart Wintuk in 255 Burnt Orange

Another Heart Beanie For Martin

In Traditional Valentine’s Day Colors.


If you recall I did a post about the heart beanie I made for Martin. In it I wrote that I was giving the front post double crochet stitch another try to make a beanie. The first attempt photos are shown below.

I got to looking at the beanie and decided  I would start over. I didn’t like how it was looking with the red showing through the white and vice versa as I carried the unused color strand along and the heart was not lining up correctly. I also decided to make the larger 2T-3T size rather than the 6-12 months size. I think Martin is gonna be a big boy. 🙂

I couldn’t figure out any other way of changing to red other than  cutting and joining to get the proper look.  I kept the white attached but did not stitch it in as I crocheted the heart. I left it hang across the back and picked it back up when I returned to the main body of the beanie.

Here is the final result. I think I may have gotten the hang of the front post double crochet.

40c Martin's red heart beanie

Here is the pattern I used:

Bubblegum Heart Beanie by Amanda Evanson from MNE Crafts From her “The Emy Collection – Emy’s Beanie”

Hook used: I/9- 5.50 mm

Colors: Red Heart Super Saver Jumbo in 0319 Cherry Red and 0311 White

Stitches: FPDC for body  and SC for edge trim.


Martin’s Heart Slouchie Beanie


I saw this pattern the other day and I knew I just had to make it for Martin for Valentine’s Day.

It was a front post double crochet stitch, I still had not gotten this stitch figured out. So I decided to just do it as a double crochet stitch. Well as those of you that do crochet know the double crochet will be longer than a front post double crochet. The fpdc pulls the yarn close and forms a ridge. When it was all done I was pleased that I actually got the heart to look like a heart, but as you can see it ended up being a slouchie.

I took it over to Martin yesterday. He liked how soft it was. I let him just play with it after I showed it too him and explained how I made it. He listened well.

Kay put it on him. She thought is was the cutest. Now she wants a mommy sized one. My plan was to make them for Dave, Nick, Kay, Justin and myself. It may take a while.

After I finished this one, I decided I would try again to conquer fpdc. So I found and watched several Youtube videos. I then started a new beanie doing the fpdc. I don’t know why I had so much trouble with it before. I think that the first time I tried it the project was too small and it was fairly early in my 4th forray into crocheting.

So here is the pattern:

Bubblegum Heart Beanie by Amanda Evanson from MNE Crafts From her “The Emy Collection – Emy’s Beanie”

I used Caron Simply  Soft yarn in 9701 White and 9712 Soft Blue

The edge is single crochet using a strand of each color.


Here is the one I started using the fpdc.

I am using Red Heart Super Saver Jumbo in 0319 Cherry Red and 0311 White


This is the right (outside) side of the beanie.

I am carrying the red along. I need to find a different way of doing it so the red  doesn’t show through all the way around. I don’t want to break off and reattached for 3 red stitches then 5 white then 3 red again at the start of the heart. That would just be too many ends to weave in and would look untidy. I will figure something out. 🙂


This is the wrong (inside) side of the beanie.

This shows  the ridges.

Martin’s Santa Suit An In Depth Post



The yarns used were Red Heart Super Saver Jumbo 14 oz. /396 g, 744 yds./681 m 100 % Acrylic 4 ply Worsted

in 0319 Cherry Red and 0311 White

0312 Black Red Hear Super Saver 7 oz./ 198 g, 364 yds. /333 m 100 % Acrylic 4 ply worsted and

100 Sparkle White Red Heart Super Saver 60 % Acrylic and 40 % Nylon


The Booties

7d Martin's Santa outfit colored

I started with the booties for the suit. They were the simplest things to do. I also just finished some pumpkin booties for his Halloween costume.

I used the following pattern.
Kindle Ebook: Beginner’s Guide to Crochet Patterns by Emily Nelson Location 1499
I got this book in a free promotion for a 3 book bundle on Amazon.The bundle is now priced at $4.99 US dollars.
The amazon link


The Hat

Martin’s Santa Hat was made by altering RedHeart Santa Hat Pattern #LW 2256 designed by Edie Eckman. The reason I chose this pattern was because it was the one I used to make his daddy, Justin’s Santa Hat. I looked at several patterns, this one was the easiest for me to understand and within my skill level at the time. Also it did the best job of slowly coming to a peak. Most of the others I saw were like a dome with a cone on it. So since I was familiar with the pattern I thought it would be easier for me to alter it to fit Martin.

I used my 4.25mm G/6 hook.


Row 1: I used 6 chain stitches, sc in 2nd chain from hook sc across turn. (5)

Row 2: I Chained 1, sc crochet in back loops only across repeated unit piece measured 14 inches. (Which was the circumference of Martin’s head when he was born.)

I slip stitched the ends together to form the loop/circle for the brim.

I did rounds 1- 3 of the pattern which gave me 50 stitches around. I then skipped to round 9 of the pattern, because that round was closest to the 50 stitch count I had. I followed the pattern through to round 18. I then did the “Next Rounds ” section of the pattern. And viola, Martin sized hat. I think I nailed it.

29c Martin's Santa outfit1


I then moved on to making the pants. It was this little pattern that got me thinking I could make a little Santa suit for Martin and I also had just finished up his Pumpkin Costume for Halloween.

29e Martin's Santa outfit1

The pattern I used.
Kindle Ebook: “Crochet for Babies 20 Easy and Adorable Baby Crochet Patterns That You Can Make Today” Location: 64
By Posh Patterns copyright 2015
I got this book in a free promotion on Amazon it is now priced at $2.99 US dollars.
Amazon link:

Author’s Blog with more free patterns

The Coat

It took me a few days to find a pattern that I liked and thought would fall in to my skill level. I came across this pattern. I was familiar with her work as I had used her pattern to make Martin some little blue booties. And the all in one piece appealed to me because I didn’t want to do a bunch of different pieces that had to be sewn together or what if they didn’t match up.

Cat’s One Piece Wonder, Baby Sweater/Cardigan 0 to 3 months
By Kathy Wood circa 2011

The pattern calls for working in the back loops only. I did not want ribs for the Santa Suit, so I went through both loops.

29m Martin's Santa outfit1

The Accessories

Santa’s coat usually has a belt that goes around the middle. So I had to fashion my own belt loops to add to the coat and a little belt too.

I single crocheted 3 pieces that were about 1 inch wide and 2 inches long. One was placed on the back of the coat. The other 2 were placed on the front panels of the coat.

I used a 2 inch by 2 inch piece of plastic canvas and cut holes in it to make it look like a buckle. I then stitched it with 602 Dark Gold Red Heart Wintuk yarn. 4 oz. 100% virgin orlon acrylic fiber 4 ply worsted knitting.  I do not know how to do cross stitch, so I think I did alright.

The belt is a 4 sc chain which was started on the canvas by loosely threading the yarn through four holes on the canvas. I repeated the chain until it was 20 inches long then I decreased by doing 2sctogether until it was a point. I had to undo the belt once, the first time it was too short and scrunched up the coat.

29j Martin's Santa outfit1

I used a 5 double crochet shell stitch for the collar and single crochet to trim out the sleeve cuffs, along the bottom, and the left front panel. I found to small buttons on an old skirt and sewed them below the collar and above the belt. I didn’t have to make loops as they fit nicely through the double crochet stitches.

29t Martin's Santa outfit1

29q Martin's Santa outfit

The Coat Passed Sully’s Quality Control Inspection

29w Martin's Santa outfit

The Whole Ensemble Laid Out Together