Thursday, July 17, 2014

Crochet: Crossed Stitch Beanie Pattern


Today I'm sharing the pattern for my latest beanie. I've called it the Crossed Stitch Beanie because the majority of the hat is crocheted using the double crochet crossed stitch. I love the way it turned out and the crossed stitch gives the hat a wonderful texture and makes it a bit fancier than you're regular basic beanie without any extra effort.

Now I'm not very good when it comes to getting the gauge right when following patterns - you need to take into account factors such as tension, hook size, yarn - and some patterns are just too much for me to get my head around if I need to change them in anyway.

I'll include instructions for when to stop or keep going to make sure you get the right size. I made this hat for me but it would be really easy to make it smaller for a child and you can embellish it in any way you like - buttons, pom-pom, crochet flower, etc.

Hook: 4.50 mm
Yarn: Panda Magnum Soft

Ch - chain
Sl st - slip stitch
DC - double crochet
SC - single crochet

STOP INCREASING AND SKIP TO ROUND 10 AS SOON AS YOUR FLAT CIRCLE MEASURES 6.5" ACROSS.

R1: Magic circle. Ch 2 (counts as first DC, now and throughout). DC 11 times into the circle. Join with sl st to top of ch 2.

R2: Ch 2, 2 DC in each stitch around. Join with sl st to top of ch-2.

R3: Ch 2, *2 DC in next st, 1 DC in next stitch* Repeat around. Join with sl st to top of ch 2.

R4: Ch 2, 1 DC  in next stitch, *2 dc in next stitch, 1 DC into next 2 stitches* Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to top of ch 2.

R5: Ch 2, 1 DC in next 2 stitches, *2 DC in next stitch, 1 DC in next 3 stitches* Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to top of ch 2.

R6: Ch 2, 1 DC in next 3 stitches, * 2 DC in next stitch, 1 DC in next 4 stitches* Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to top of ch 2.

R7: Ch 2, 1 DC in next 4 stitches, * 2 DC in next stitch, 1 DC in next 5 stitches* Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to top of ch 2.

R8: Ch 2, 1 DC in next 5 stitches, * 2 DC in next stitch, 1 DC in next 6 stitches* Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to top of ch 2.

R9: Ch 2, 1 DC in next 6 stitches, * 2 DC in next stitch, 1 DC in next 7 stitches* Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to top of ch 2.

YOUR FLAT CIRCLE SHOULD MEASURE 6.5" ACROSS (if it's too small, keep increasing until you get the right measurement).

R10: Ch 2, *skip 1st stitch, DC in next stitch, cross over and DC in skipped stitch* Repeat from * around. 1DC in last stitch, join with sl st to top of ch 2.

R11: Ch 1, SC (BACK LOOPS ONLY) in each stitch around. Join with sl st to top of ch 1.

R12 - 25: Repeat rows 10 and 11.

R26 - 31: Ch 1, SC (BACK LOOPS ONLY) in each stitch around. Join with sl st to top of ch 1.

Fasten off and weave in ends.



Tip: Try the hat on as you go and adjust the length as necessary - make sure to leave enough room for the SC band which measures roughly 1".

If you make a Crossed Stitch Beanie using this pattern, I'd love for you to share some photos in the Monkey Makes Three Flickr group or leave a link in the comments.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Month By Month: 6/12

Simple and achievable.


We did a day trip up to Palmy - you love throwing stones into the river.

Cousins - you two are so sweet together now that J is old enough to play your games.

Stilton often sneaks in with Mummy to check on you while you're sleeping.


Watching a movie with Mummy - must be riveting judging by the expression on your face.

Still smiling even when you're sick.

Stilton had his operation and we needed to keep him inside so Dad slept in your room with him (to keep him out of mischief) and you ended up in our bed. You didn't even wake when I moved you but you did notice sometime in the night because you woke up and yelled "Ah, what am I doing here?" It would have been funny if I hadn't been so tired - I didn't sleep a wink.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Recipe: Peanut Butter and Honey Granola

This year I've been trying to be a bit more health conscious. One thing I really struggle with is eating breakfast. I'm not a morning person and by the time I've gotten R dressed and out the door to school, the last thing I feel like doing when I get back is eating. So I've been making a real effort to eat breakfast every single day and I'm not just talking a couple of slices of toast here (though I do have the occasional day where that's all I can manage but at least I'm still eating something).

I'm all about quick and healthy options so today I'm sharing my latest granola recipe which you can make ahead of time and is perfect for a quick and tasty breakfast.


Feel free to play around with the ingredients and use whatever nuts and seeds that you prefer. You can also add dried fruit once the granola has been cooked.

INGREDIENTS
3 cups whole grain oats
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup cashew nuts, roughly chopped
1/2 cup sliced almonds

1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
1/4 cup honey

METHOD
Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.

In a small saucepan, gently melt together the honey and peanut butter.

Pour the honey and peanut butter mixture over the dry ingredients and stir until thoroughly combined.

Spread the mixture out on a baking tray and bake at 120 degrees, stirring every 10 minutes until the granola is golden brown (approx 20-30 mins).

Allow to cool completely before storing in an airtight container.

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