Santa Hat for Chocolate Oranges

Chocolate Orange Santa Hats for Everyone!

This Santa hat for chocolate oranges works up so quickly, it’s the ultimate last-minute gift to make! Need a gift for family, friends, teachers, neighbors? This is the project for you! And just in case your friends don’t like the chocolate orange, there are raspberry and mint flavored chocolates (shaped like oranges)!

Santa Hat Chocolate All Small

This hat is crocheted from the top down. The pattern is rather simple and quick to follow. I include my hook size and row count, but you should check your hat on the orange to make sure it fits as you go. Let’s get to it!


Chocolate Orange (I used Ovations Break-A-Parts)

Hook: J

Yarn: Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice, medium (4), colors shown include: Scarlet, Cranberry, Raspberry, Fern, Sapphire with White (Colorado hat: Colonial Blue, White, Lemon, Scarlet)

Pompom maker of your choice (I used a fork.)

2 large googly eyes


Scissors and yarn needle

Work in BLO or both loops (light red in BLO, dark red is both loops)

Work in BLO or both loops (light red in BLO, dark red is both loops)

Santa Hat Pattern

Hat color of your choice

Ch 2

Rnd 1: 4 sc in second ch from hook. (4)

Rnds 2-17: (Crochet in the back loop only or both loops.) Sc around making 2 increases in each round in different places (so you don’t get an increase line up the hat). (6-36)

Check the hat size by placing it on the chocolate orange. Continue making increase rounds if necessary.

Sl st into the next st. Cut yarn and weave in end.

Turn the hat upside down so you will be working in the opposite direction. Attach white to the back loop of any st.

Rnds 18-19: Work in both loops, sc around making one increase. (37, 38)

Rnd 20: Sc around. Join with a sl st. Cut yarn and weave in end. Fold up white to make a brim.

Make a small pompom and glue or sew to the top of the hat.

Glue googly eyes to the center front of the hat.


Colorado Hat Variations

Work Rnds 1-15 like above in Colonial Blue. Do Rnds 16-17 in White. Finish the hat in Colonial Blue.

For the Colorado C, use Lemon to make a small circle by chaining 2 and working 8 sc in the second ch from the hook. Join with a sl st, cut and weave in the end. Attach Scarlet to the back loop of any st. Work 2 sc in 4 sts, work 3 sc in the next st. Finish off. Cut yarn leaving a tail for sewing. Sew on the White section of the hat.

TURTLE Loom Review

The TURTLE Loom Hexagon Pin Loom

I received the Turtle Loom as a gift from my sister and I will say, first impressions are not always right, in this case, pleasantly so! I’ve become an avid 4″ square pin loomer (or should I say addict), and I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about the hexagon TURTLE pin loom.

IMG_0104First, I’m used to using a pin loom where the pins have no heads. The TURTLE Loom uses nails with heads. I thought I’d HATE that. Turns out, I don’t! Because the first several rows are done using bias weaving, the heads are actually very important! I think I would hate it if it didn’t have heads!

Second, I wasn’t sure I would like bias weaving. I’ve woven thousands of squares, but never on the bias. Turns out, I really enjoy it! It feels faster to me. Weave the top strand, and the bottom strand is magically done when you pull the “warp” strand down!

Third, I love the base. I like that the wooden base is round, has a nice thickness, and it’s easy to maneuver. I do like to turn it to weave with my dominant hand, it just feels smooth to use. It’s pretty too!

Fourth, I really appreciate the different colored nails, especially as I’m learning to weave on it. Two white pins, one at the top and one at the bottom, make it easy to see where to start. The four black pins are a quick visual for seeing where the bias portion of the weave stops and where the plain weave section begins.


Other impressions, the loom comes with a comb, but I’ve nearly done away with combing as I pin loom weave. If I want to comb the woven strands, I just use the crochet hook or weaving needle to gently push the strands as needed.

The last bias weave round is a little tricky as it comes right to the pins, but I think there’s no getting around this. At times, I also found using the crochet hook to weave a little cumbersome. The hook would sometimes get caught between nails. Mostly I avoided this by holding the hook above the nails while weaving, but sometimes it would still get caught. If the hook was a little narrower all around, it wouldn’t be a big deal, but it’s not a deal breaker. I think over time, it will become less of an issue for me, though I admit, right now I find it very annoying!

One delightful thing I learned about bias weaving is how easy it is to unweave a few rows! Simply remove the yarn from the last nails used, and the yarn can be pulled out! (It felt a little like crocheting, just rip it out.) Unweaving the plain woven section is not quite as easy.

I did try to do a little texture work in the hexagon. I’m going to go ahead and chalk it up as a FAIL. Though I can see how it is possible to do stranded work, it will take a little planning to do it well. The nice thing about stranded work in the bias portion is the pattern is automatically repeated on the bottom once warp strand is brought down. Once you get to the middle weaving section, you have to establish the pattern for the first half, then repeat it in backward order for the second half, if that makes sense. Here’s my attempt! Can you see the texture?

All-in-all, I really enjoyed the TURTLE Loom by Bluebonnet Crafters, LLC.  As a bonus, my 5 year old learned what a hexagon is!



Little Looms 2017 Patterns

Two New Pin Loom Patterns

Two of my pin loom patterns appear in the 2017 Little Looms magazine by Handwoven. You are going to love them.

Pin Color Flow Rug

First, the Color Flow Rug. I call it Color Flow because the colors transition nicely due to the quadrant squares between the solid squares. Because you change colors during the warping and weaving process, part of the square is solid, and part of the square is a mixed color. The twisted cord tassels really finish off the rug nicely.

Pin Geo Waves Scarves

Second, the Geometric Waves Scarves. These striking scarves are actually just solid squares sewn with a dark color on one half and a light color on the other. The lines are all embroidered on. If you use wool, it can be felted. Just be sure to make it extra long as it will shrink in the felting process!

Check out these and more great patterns in the 2017 Little Looms magazine.

What are you weaving?

Tips and Tricks: Faux Fur

Working with Faux Fur Yarn

There is no doubt that a little faux fur yarn can add a lot of pizazz to a hand crafted project. And with a little practice, one can learn to crochet or knit with it a little easier.

Tip #1: Crocht Double Stranded

It is nearly impossible to see the stitches when crocheting with faux fur. The furry strands nearly completely hide the stitches. That’s great on a finished product, but not so great when you have to work in those stitches. The problem is not as pronounced when knitting since the stitches are on the needle. If stitches have to be picked up, it will be difficult to find them.

Solution: Crochet with two strands at once, one faux fur and one non-furry yarn. It makes each stitch thicker and a little easier to see. If the non-furry strand is the same color (or nearly the same) as the fur, it almost disappears. The thicker stitches may still be difficult to see, but it is also possible to feel the stitches as you work.

A Furry Sitting

Crocheting with Vanna’s Choice and Fun Fur yarn made finding the stitches in this panda set much easier to find.

Tip #2: Count every row.

Counting the number of stitches at the end of every row or round is generally a good idea, but it is almost critical when using faux fur. It is very easy to drop a stitch or lose  track of a stitch because it can be difficult to see. You might even add a stitch because it’s not always easy to tell if a stitch has been worked in already.

Tiger Striped Scarves Crochet Pattern

Keeping track of the number of stitches per row is crucial to keeping a neat edge in projects like the tiger striped scarves.

Tip #3: There is a Right Side and a Wrong Side.

The little furry strands often get trapped within the stitches as they are worked. When working back and forth in rows, both sides will generally be equally furry. When working in the round, the inside tends to be furrier. For a furrier look, turn the project inside out when appropriate so that the furrier side is out.

A hat can often be turned inside out after it’s finished. Some items may need to be turned inside out before they are sewn together. Just note how furry the sides are before completing the project.

Monkey Hanging in Palm Tree with Banana

The parts of the monkey are turned inside out to keep the furrier side on the outside. A little faux fur on the tree makes the palm tree look more authentic too.

Tip #4: Not all faux fur is equal.

Faux fur comes in varying lengths. The furry strands can be short or long, coarse or smooth. The type of fur can significantly impact the look and feel of the finished product. Projects with the longer strands of fur tend to look fuller and are softer than the shorter stranded fur. The size and nature of the project may determine which fur to use. Generally speaking, the longer stranded fur costs a little more.

Houndstooth Trio

 La Furla from Trendsetter Yarns is long and soft making this houdstooth trio very luxurious.

Tip #5: Notice yardage.

Some faux furs come in small skeins. Generally speaking that means more skeins of fur yarn will be needed than non-furry yarn. Projects with smaller stitches will use more faux fur than larger stitches. For instance, a project  crocheted using single crochet will use more than the same project done in double crochet. Because the faux fur hides stitches anyway, you might want to change the stitch to a taller stitch to save on yarn. The project will get done faster and still look good.

Halloween Trick or Treat Bags

One skein of faux fur will work for small projects like the trick or treat bags.

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We’re Considering a Membership Option

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Winner in 2014 CGOA Design Contest

Winner at the Crochet Guild of America 2014 Design Competition

Congrats to Deborah for her winning entry at the CGOA 2014 Design Competition. That’s two years in a row! (See her owl bean bag chair winning entry from 2013) I may be a little bias since she’s my sister…but I think she totally ROCKS!

3rd Place in the Afghan and Home Decor Category


Photo: Doris Chan

Title: A Soldier’s Christmas

Do you want one of these on your front door this Christmas as much as I do? I (Dana) was blown away with this crocheted Christmas wreath. I really wish you could see it in person it’s so rich in color and texture.

There are a lot of fun details that make this so breathtaking. I love the texture that the crocodile stitch leaves add to the base of the wreath. I’m in love with the soldier (don’t tell my husband) and all the detailing on his jacket. And I adore the scales on the pine cones. I can hardly wait for Deborah to write up this pattern so I can make one of these for my home!

Special Thanks & Links to Other Winners and Entries


A big thank you once again to Doris Chan for organizing a fabulous design competition. We are super thankful for all the work Doris puts into this annual competition. (And I’m sure she’s thanking Deborah for not sending in another bean bag chair like last year!)

And thank you to the judges: Jenny KingSusan Lowman and Karen Manthey. I’m sure it was a challenge to pick just three winners in each category.

It’s the 20th anniversary of the Crochet Guild of America and some of the designers incorporated that theme into their designs which was fun to see.

Visit Doris Chan’s website for all the winners and entries:

Deborah had two more entries in the competition that didn’t place. See if you can spot them in the slide show!


Published in Love of Crochet Magazine Summer 2014

Published in Love of Crochet Magazine, Summer 2014

Pattern 1: Mulberry Stitch Sampler – page 51

Summer 2014 Love of Crochet MagazineThe cover girl is wearing one of two designs I (Dana) have featured in “Love of Crochet” magazine, Summer 2014. I am thrilled!

The scarf is named “Mulberry Stitch Sampler” because it features several techniques like vertical and horizontal cables, star stitch and the shell stitch.

This was crocheted in Milky Whey by Kollage Yarns. This yarn is super soft, making it a dream to wear. It blocks well and has delightful drape.

We love extra long scarves…and as you can see, this one has been draped around the neck of this slender model several times.

Pattern 2: Victorian Lace Card Holder – page 22

Victorian Lace Card HolderI needed a gift for a friend who loves everything Victorian. So I created this Victorian Lace gift card holder for her, which she raved over, then promptly started using for her business cards.

This design was crocheted with two strands of crochet thread held together allowing the use of a D hook instead of a steel hook.

Color is added to the floral button with colored chalk.




New Crochet Patterns in the Store

Several patterns we had published in magazines are now available here on the website. Check out what’s here:

As seen in Love of Crochet magazine, Holiday 1013


This Pampered Pet Gift Set is now available in our Shop as the Dog Days Trio.

The three items are available as a set or for purchase individually.



As seen in Love of Crochet, Fall 2013

Crimson Cowl Love of CrochetThis Broomstick Lace Crimson Cowl is now available for free in our shop!

This is a simple broomstick pattern, perfect for those new to the technique.

Get the free Crimson Cowl pattern.



Vote for Mad Mad Makers 2013 Contest

Vote for your favorite!

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The Owl Set has been entered into the contest…might we suggest you vote for that?

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Beyond Broomstick Lace – A Review

My Review: “Beyond Broomstick Lace”

Online Crochet Class

Riveting…that’s how I’m describing the class, Beyond Broomstick Lace, at Craftsy. I’m a little bias…I’m a crochet addict, after all. So I’m already predisposed to like the class. But it is a combination of many, many factors that lead me to describe this class as riveting.

The instructor, Jennifer Hansen, was entertaining to watch and the subject matter, Broomstick Lace, was spellbinding.

This class has ignited my passion to make something lacey and fun. I want to drop everything else I’m working on and work up some broomstick lace!

Jennifer’s presentation style is relaxed yet her content is comprehensive. As an advanced crocheter, I learned a ton of great tips and tricks in addition to Broomstick Lace. The newer crocheter will be equally comfortable in this class because every stitch, join and component is demonstrated.

I Give “Beyond Broomstick Lace” An A+

Great Instructor:
Jennifer Hansen knocked it out of the park with this class. She was personable, professional, organized, informative and funny. I feel like we could be best buds…only we’ve never met…Drat!

Here are some of my favorite items Jennifer covered:

  • Removing the awkwardness of crocheting around the #50 knitting needle
  • Traditional Broomstick and a lot of beautiful variations
  • A seamless way to decrease on tall stitches
  • Tips for washing (without rinsing) and blocking
  • Tutorial on different hooks and needles
Those are just a few of my favorites. There are really too many to list!

Amazing Projects:

The main project, the Rebel Lace Cardi, is truly inspirational. The garment beautifully displays traditional broomstick lace and a ton of variations to the stitch. I never tired of looking at it. It seemed a special treat to see Jennifer wearing it at the end of the course.

I thoroughly enjoyed looking at all the other Broomstick Lace projects as well. It felt like pure eye candy. It’s amazing how diverse broomstick lace can be. I can’t wait to incorporate it into my own designs.

Fantastic Website:

Craftsy is a wonderful platform for learning. The video player is top notch and worked great on my laptop, tablet and smart phone! I watched several segments of the class while traveling and enjoyed taking the class and Jennifer with me on multiple devices. The video quality is very clear and the close up shots of the stitches were beautiful.

I love that we can take notes, ask questions and upload photos, too. Craftsy is easy to navigate around….I loved that the videos remembered where I was and picked up right where I left off. And the class doesn’t expire…so I can rewatch any portion I want. Oh, and I’m looking forward to connecting with my fellow classmates, too.

If you’re looking for a riveting good time, take Beyond Broomstick Lace on Craftsy!

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