Monday, November 24, 2008

Crochet cap with bill, "Johnny Reb"

Johnny Reb is a unisex fitted cap-style hat with a shady bill inspired by the caps worn by the legendary Confederate soldiers who fought in the American civil war. The pattern is available at Bandana Heads on Etsy.

Crochet cap with brim, Johnny Reb style

The crochet cap is worked in the round for a seamless, smooth finish.

Double crochet post stitches worked around stitches of the previous round create an interesting knit-like texture and make the finished fabric more flexible and comfortable than regular crochet stitches.

The comprehensive worksheet format of this crochet e-pattern features a check your work column to help you identify any mistakes as soon as they happen.

Instructions for the bill are supported by a stitch chart for quick reference.

Definitions are provided for all crochet terms and procedures used in the e-pattern.

Put your stash to good work this holiday season. You will need 3 x 50g of DK or 8 ply woolen yarn to make one Johnny Reb cap for yourself or a friend. Buy your pattern today at Bandana Heads on Etsy.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Gansey knit beanie, slouchy-style

Beanie in Gansey textured pattern
A slouchy-style beanie featuring Gansey textured diamonds is the perfect gift for women travelers. Oversized beanies care for your hair - they give complete protective cover without flattening your hairstyle.

The very easy beanie e-pattern is knitted in the round on circular needles throughout for a seamless, professional looking finish - double-point needles are not required for the ribbed top.

Whether you have no hair or a lot of hair the slouchy style beanie in sport-weight yarn is very flattering. Single-color Gansey patterns create a "damask" appearance to the knitted fabric. When knitted with a sport-weight yarn this knit fabric has a soft, elegant drape.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It is the pink month. The month we take time to focus on our mothers, sisters, daughters and girlfriends. Knit a pretty beanie for your sister this month to show you care. Knit it in her favorite color. My sister Maureen has lots of favorite colors - one of them is electric blue. This pattern is now available at Bandana Heads on Etsy.

Knit a beanie for your sister

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Aran-style beanie, knit pattern

aran beanie pattern, surf-style
Men and women look good in Aran-style beanies. Aran stitches add interesting texture and comfort to headwear. The downloadable pattern features diamond shapes and double cables that taper conveniently in the decreasing section of the crown. The beanie is knitted in the round on circular needles for a seamless, professional looking finish.

This comprehensive knit pattern comes in a worksheet format with supporting tables and charts to help you create your hat in record time. The worksheet encourages you to use the stitch charts but the complete instructions are included if you prefer to follow a script.

beanie pattern with aran-style textured stitches
Wool surf-style beanies are designed for active lifestyles. Every traveler needs to pack a wool beanie. Insulating wool beanies let you travel light. No need for extra layers of clothes to keep you warm when the weather changes. Buy the pattern and get your knit-savvy friend to make you one.

Beanie pattern, aran textured stitches
Aran-style knit beanie e-pattern available at BandanaHeads on Etsy

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Crochet beanie, unisex V-stitch

Crochet a unisex urban-style beanie for summer. Unisex V-stitch crocheted in soft cotton creates a comfortable beanie for all types of heads and hairstyles. E-pattern available soon at Bandana Heads on Etsy.

Crochet beanie, sport weight cotton

Crochet beanie, unisex V-stitch for summer

Cotton urban-style beanies are designed for active lifestyles. Whether you do martial arts down the road, take your band on the road, or travel the globe, you'll be glad you packed a lightweight, cotton beanie.

For a feminine touch, the e-pattern includes a variation in fingering-weight yarn with ribbon yarn accents to frame the face.

crochet hat, v-stitch, trim

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Free crochet headband pattern for International Women's Day

 This free crochet headband pattern is available on

This pattern was created to help celebrate International Women's Day. Choose your own colors or make a #BeBoldForChange statement with a purple and green harlequin check headband: purple for justice, dignity, self-reverence and self-respect; green for hope and new life. 

Though USA crochet terminology is used, crochet terms are defined so women everywhere can give it a go. If English is your second language the crochet diagram will assist you.

Read this document on Scribd: crochet-headband-harlequin

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Crochet travel hat with hatband motif

Crochet a travel hat with a bold hatband design adapted from the geometric shapes found on decorative baked-clay stamps of ancient Mexico. Baked-clay stamps were used to imprint cloth or incise pottery.

Bucket-style crochet hats are lightweight practical gifts for travelers. Cotton is comfortable on all heads; braided, buzzed or bald. The small stylish brim protects your eyes from glare.

This crochet hat e-pattern available at Bandana Heads on Etsy has a do-it-yourself worksheet format with a check column to keep track of your progress. Buy the downloadable e-pattern and start making your hat today.

Yarn suggestions: Fingering/4 ply weight yarn such as Mayflower Cotton 8 by Scheepjeswol, Mandarin Petit by Norwegian Spirit, Sesia Baby by Sesia, Rowan 4 ply cotton, Panda Regal 4 ply, Circulo Linhas - Anne, and Heirloom 4 ply cotton from Australia.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Surf Beanie, Tapestry Crochet E-Pattern

Crochet your own surf beanie. Make it in a solid color or add a contrasting geometric wave motif. Downloadable pattern for this tapestry crochet beanie is available at Bandana Head on Etsy

How to knit a surf beanie

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Crochet a beanie with ear flaps

1. A pattern to crochet an ear-flap beanie with stripes
Learn how to crochet a striped beanie with Peruvian inspired ear flaps. The traditional chullo is knitted by men and boys who live in the Andes Mountains, South America. Stripes have the added attraction of using up your stash of wool or acrylic yarns.

Downloadable pattern available at Bandana Heads on Etsy.

The e-pattern includes two crochet hat designs:
1. Crochet beanie with South American style ear flaps
2. Surf-style crochet beanie with rolled edge

Crochet instructions for an ear flap hat
Intrepid travelers will enjoy wearing an original crocheted hat in their favorite colors. Make one for yourself, a friend, a brother or sister.

Crochet beanie, surf-style

The e-pattern provides crochet instructions in an easy-to-follow worksheet format with a check column to catch mistakes before moving on. You will need a 5.5 mm crochet hook and aran, chunky or equivalent weight yarn.

2. A pattern to crochet an ear-flap hat with a Blue Llama motif

This e-pattern is designed to help you use up your stash of worsted weight or 8 ply wool. Though a little more difficult than the striped pattern above, clear instructions will guide you through the color changes. This is the perfect hat for visiting cities of the world. Make one for your traveling friend or family member. Downloadable pattern available at Bandana Heads on Etsy.

If you want to keep it simple, change the motif into a hounds tooth design and forget the ear-flaps.

Ear-flap beanie, easy knit e-pattern

Knit an ear-flap hat in your favorite colors. Random striping gives an urban twist to the traditional South American chullo worn by men and boys in the Andes. Knitted on circular needles, the ear-flap hat is a quick and easy project for new and experienced knitters. The knit e-pattern comes in an easy-to-follow worksheet format with a check column to catch mistakes before moving on.

Ear-flap hat, easy knit e-pattern<br />
Ear-flap beanies in random stripes make unique, practical gifts for travelers. Buy the downloadable e-pattern from Bandana Heads on Etsy and start making your ear-flap travel hat today.

Urban ear-flap hat features random stripes

Yarn suggestions: Aran, 12 ply or chunky weight natural yarns - wool, cotton or bamboo.

How to knit a slouchy beanie hat

Friday, January 4, 2008

Crochet bucket hat pattern for children

This crochet e-pattern for children is available now at Bandana Heads on Etsy. Cotton crochet bucket-style hats with brims are ideal for children.

Crochet a stylish hat that you will be proud to offer as a gift for a boy or girl. Easy to follow instructions in a worksheet format let you do-it-yourself. You will learn how to do your color changes in a neat vertical line.

Try a combination of woodland colors, mountain colors, island colors, or your own combination that best suits the recipient. You will need light sport weight or 5 ply cotton yarn such as On line Linie 163, Bingo and a 3.5 mm (size E).

The childrens' pattern is an adaption of the “Valentina” style hat below worked in 4 ply fingering yarn in the colors of Colombia. Coffee brown contrasts with vibrant red with accents of orange and lime.