Built-In Bow Hat

Built in Bow Hat millie on her world

Unlike the last few hats I’ve made, this one is completely intended for myself 🙂 I give you, the Built-in Bow hat!

After getting frustrated over the Honeycomb hat pattern I was trying to follow (it was more confusing than anticipated) I started looking for another hat pattern. Searching and searching, I discovered the Built-in Bow hat! Actually, the name of this hat had several names, so I don’t really know what it’s called, so I made one up heehee. I found a few patterns–but they were only in child’s sizes. However, I refused to give up! Determined to figure out how it could fit an adult I did some tweaking and managed to make a pattern. 😀 Very basic with a cute design, here’s what I did to make mine~

Materials: 5.00 mm Hook, Yarn needle, optional decorations, and any kind of size 4 yarn
St – Stitch
Dc – Double Crochet
Ch – Chain

Rnd 1: Dc 11 into a Magic Ring
Rnd 2: 2dc into each st (22)
Rnd 3: Dc, 2dc in next st (34)
Rnd 4: Dc 2, 2dc in next st (45)
Rnd 5: Dc 3, 2dc in next st (56)
Rnd 6: Dc 4, 2dc in next st (67)
Rnd 7-11: Dc 67
Rnd 12: Dc 12, Ch 12 (or desired length), Dc until end.
Rnd 13-16: Repeat Rnd 12

close up built in bow

Finishing: From the middle stitch, sew together to create the built in bow. If wanted, add some bling-bling~ (I know no one says that anymore…)

🙂 I like this hat. It’s not the warmest to wear outside (in -9 degrees like it is here today) but it is cozy enough to wear indoors or just in a warmed car xD I think I might make one in a lighter color to sport during spring.

Right now I’m gong to work on a DIY upcycle sweater tutorial. Hoping it all goes well and will look cute in the end that is. Wish me luck!

Stay warm out there all my midwest bloggers, and in general to everyone else, this winter is really fierce huh?

Sewing, sewing, sewing,
❤ Millie

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I Return—with Cupcakes ofcourse! (Short tutorial included)

With a cupcake here and a cupcake there~

With a cupcake here and a cupcake there~

Because what would Millie be without cupcakes? Sugarless and sad, that’s what!
I apologize for my hiatus, just had to adjust to my new working lifestyle. But I’ll get to that in a few– I want to share sweet new addition to my wardrobe, a cupcake hat!

Topped with sprinkles and a cherry

Topped with sprinkles and a cherry

I told myself this cupcakeness had to stop, but I really wanted a new hat and I just got this Hello Kitty Cupcake Maker so my exposure to the mini sweet cakes has them on my brain. I particularly liked this hat because of the swirl pattern, looks just like frosting in my eyes. I added little white glass beads and a cherry to top it off. Someone, make one and have matching hats with me!

The pattern, super easy and brilliant was made by Sarah Beth, and she has a Youtube tutorial that takes you step by step right here: To the Video! The video is pretty long (like 40 min), here’s a short run down if you don’t want to keep skipping though.

  1. 5.00 mm hook, Color 1 for the cake, and Color 2 for the frosting.
  2. Start the Cake:
    Measure your melon! You need to know how long to make the cake band.
    Using Color 1, Chain 11 and turn.
    Row 1: Sc 12. Ch and turn.
    Row 2: Back Loop 12. Ch and turn.
    Alternate between Row 1 and Row 2 until the band is long enough to comfortably go around your head. Leave a tail.
  3. Frosting:
    Grab Color 2 and Ch 26.
    Row 1: Starting in the 3rd st from the hook, do 2 Half Double Crochets in the same st. Do single HDC in the next 21 st. HDC 2tog (decrease) the last two st.
    Row 2: HDC 2tog, then sc 21 st, do 2 HDC in the last st.
    Alternate between Row 1 and Row until this band is as long as the cake band made before. Leave a LONG tail.
  4. Cherry:
    Magic Ring 6.
    Sc, 2sc in next st.
    Sc 2, 2sc in next st.
    Sc around.
    Sc 2, 2tog.
    Sc 1, 2tog.
    2tog closed.
  5. Assembly: Sew the Frosting to the Cake with the tail left from the frosting band. Next, sew both sides together so it looks like a normal hat. Sew the top of the hat closed, its hard to describe how she did it in the tutorial, but at 34:10 in the video she does a good job. Top off the hat with the cherry and sprinkles. And viola- ze hat iz fresh out zee oven!

This tutorial is so easy, and with the video she literally goes step by step so it is impossible to get confused. I thank her a lot, I love the way it looks! The first night I wore it, I already got a compliment. I even wear it to work and have parents complimenting me (mainly because they want one for their little girls, but still makes me happy).

Oh yea, I’m a working gal now! I work at a sports center in a small town I used to live in. Its only part time, but this job is practically a work out!! My whole shifts I’m on my feet non-stop, there aren’t even chairs for us to sit it because there is always something to do. The biggest downside though is it is a 40 min drive. While I still hope to find a less hectic full time job, for now I am content with having a job and a steady paycheck. Feels great to finally be part of the workforce.

As for Etsy, unfortunately I have been showing Millie’s Crochet House a little less attention due to my new schedule. But I did manage to complete my goal of making a bunch of patterns from scratch. I have 15 play food patterns <-(picture in my last post)! They are divided by fruits, veggies, and desserts. I plan to make a few more that are meals like breakfast, lunch, snack, ect. I like/dislike the challenge of pattern making, so even if they don’t sell I’m pretty proud of myself!

Life has its normal ups and downs and stresses, but I keep believing things will work out and I’ll somehow pull through. I can’t believe this time last year I didn’t know how to drive, was jobless, and fully dependent on my parents. I’ve done a complete 180 and accomplished all those things. Not to mention it helps to have a boyfriend who is actually supportive and treats me well 🙂

muah<3

He hates pictures but somehow I keep getting him to take some ;D

My goal is for there to be more crafting once again! Or atleast more blogging, I miss it here and I have a ton of other blogs to catch up on! >.<  Halloween is this month! I am really excited to experience two things for the first time: carve a pumpkin and go in a corn maze!! Simple things that the majority of the population has done since childhood, but I missed those traditions and like I really want to do them. Anyone dressing up? You’re never to old in my book. 🙂 Hope everyone has a great week! I’m off to play my 3ds, lucky me is playing 4 games at once @_@

Thanks for still checking in even though I was M.I.A!
❤ Millie

Hats n’ Snaps

Crochet HatsWe’ve all been there, those days where our hair is determined to be our worse enemy, and no amount of combing, flat ironing, or hair product can tame it. You have to accept it: you’re going to have a bad hair day. Well, I’m not gonna take that anymore! Those mornings when I don’t want an elaborate battle with my hair (usually when its curly) I claim victory with a hat! I’ve started liking hats so much this winter, that I decided to make not one, but two, and I LOVE THEM!

Puff-puff-puff

Puff-puff-puff

I love crocheting amigurumi, but there is always a thrill in trying to learn new crochet stitches and techniques, plus I really feel like I’m lacking so many cute crochet accessories. The first hat I mad was the red-salmon colored slouch hat. I discovered this cute hat on All About Ami’s blog, where she had made the same hat Vicki Howell’s pattern. The puffiness of the puff pattern is so cute, and puffy! Gives the hat a nice soft and fluffy feel and is super light on my head. I used Simply Soft yarn for both parts, took a few hours but well worth it! Originally this hat was to be two shades of purple, but my boyfriend forbid me from making anything else that color. I don’t know why, just because 90% of the things I buy are purple doesn’t mean I can’t indulge myself with a purple hat, right? 😛 Hahaha….he was right (I guess), the color combo is gorgeous.

Looks like tiny flowers

Looks like tiny flowers

My second hat was super fun to make–once I figured out how the heck to read the complicated pattern and master the cluster stitch (or is it just called “cluster”?) This pattern is on the Red Heart Yarn website, named the Charleston Cloche hat.  I used Red Heart’s Love yarn which is softer and thicker for this hat. The blue is very pretty, will look great with a lot of outfits! The pattern has you make one large flower to finish the hat, which I liked, but wondered: what if I want a different flower color, or style? Then
*DINGDINGDING!* an idea popped in my head– I’ll make more than one flower and make them  interchangeable!

 

crochet hat with snpas

Oh snap!

 

I came up with the idea, but my boyfriend yet again put the icing on the cake. I was going to make flowers, crochet chains from the back of them, and weave them inbetween the stitches of the hat. I told my boyfriend the idea, and he suggested I just buy buttons and snaps (that genius!) Off to the craft store we went, and later that night I found great flower patterns form this blog. This was the first time I’ve worked with snaps before, and I have a love/hate outlook. The look is great, but putting the snaps and buttons together was irritating. Especially since the brand I chose had their proportions wrong and we went through all 7 buttons when we only needed 3! If it weren’t for my boyfriend saving the day again and figuring out how to get all those pieces to work, and banging them together mercilessly with a hammer, I wouldn’t have this crocheted awesomeness. My only complaint is I put the snap a little too low on the hat than intended, but it still looks good. Overall, I love the option of wearing this hat with a flower, rose, or bright red bow on the side 🙂  What do you think, would you like a hat with changing flowers? I would be happy if someone else tried this!

Happy (Belated) Valentine’s Day!

Was this day special for you? Mine started right around midnight, when I ate a fresh baked marble cake and I got my adorable gift:

the worlds cutest cat!

the worlds cutest cat!

I don’t claim to have any real “obsessions” except one — Hello Kitty. If I could have a house and everything be Hello Kitty related I would! 🙂 So this duct (I always say “duck” haha) wallet made to perfection fits my theme. I like that I got  gift that was not only Hello Kitty but something that was handmade by my Valentine, that sweetie! ❤

Whelp, I’m going to look for a third hat pattern. I have one red, one blue, I’m thinking pink next, maybe with a big pom-pom on it like they have on little kids’ ones  (there shouldn’t be an age limit on those!). Check ya’ later!