wor·sted[woos-tid, wur-stid] noun 1. firmly twisted yarn or thread spun from combed, stapled wool fibers of the same length, for weaving, knitting, etc. Compare woolen. 2. wool cloth woven from such yarns, having a hard, smooth surface and no nap.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Two More Days to Reach Goal!

We have 2 more days left to reach our goal of 50 followers.  I should have been more active about achieving this goal, but we have been going through the strep throat around here this week and I have been away from the computer.

If we reach this goal BEFORE the new year, we will have a huge giveaway including, but not only, a Sock Monkey Hat, a pattern, and even a free pattern for everyone for a limited time.

SO SPREAD THE WORD!  Let's make it to 50 by 2012! Pin It

Friday, December 23, 2011

Freebie Friday: Hat Ideas, Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays!

Today for Freebie Friday we just wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! We hope you all have a fun and safe Christmas.

I'm making hats for some of my nieces and nephews for Christmas so I've been making different kinds. Here a picture of some of the hats I've done, so you have some ideas for hats you might want to make. : ) Enjoy!

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Friday, December 16, 2011

Freebie Friday: Supporting the Special Olympics

For Freebie Friday I wanted to spotlight a great opportunity to help support the Special Olympics. Anyone can participate and help with this. They are asking people to crochet or knit scarves to donate for the Special Olympics. The scarves are presented to athletes, parents, coaches, volunteers, etc.

This is going on throughout the USA and even if you don't live in the US you can still send scarves in. Just go to the website and select a state. It will give you the date they want the scarves turned in by, as well as the address you can mail them to.

If you'd like to know more and participate go to this website:
http://www.scarvesforspecialolympics.org/ Or I can email you a pdf of the particulars. : )

You can either use the pattern from RedHeart or use your own. They just ask that you use their colors. You have two scarf options: Red Heart (319) Cherry Red and (387) Soft Navy or (9925) Red Heart Soft Yarn Really Red and (4604) Navy. You can match the colors as well but they want you to use these colors. They also have scarf patterns for crocheting and knitting from Red Heart, or you can use your own. Just take a look at the website, it has all the information.

Happy Crocheting and a wonderful weekend!

~Heidi Pin It

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Cat's Sock Monkey Hat Pattern for Children and Adults

I am really pleased to announce the release of my child/adult size pattern for the sock monkey hat.  It has taken me a while to get this finished, mainly because I have been so busy this holiday season.  So here it is:

Cat's Sock Monkey Hat Pattern

For Children and Adults

***This is a listing for the pattern ONLY. Not a finished product*****

This is my beloved sock monkey hat pattern for Children and Adults. It took me about a year to perfect this pattern just the way I wanted it (and I have a stack of reject hats to prove it!)

Now, I get some complaints about the price. A lot of thought went into this price. Let me tell you ALL that this pattern includes:

*3 different sizes of hats, 
*2 sizes options for the ear flaps plus a no ear flap option,
*2 different sizes of ears,
*2 different mouth patterns, and 
*other options and tips to make your sock monkey hat more personal
*This pattern is 13 pages long, and includes step by step pictures to help illustrate some of the trickier parts.

I felt that my pattern offered more than some of the $6 ones... so there it is!

This is a crochet pattern for the following sizes: 
Child size
Teen/ Women's size
Men's size

Baby and toddler sizes will be sold separately. (See my listing here:http://www.etsy.com/listing/85993567/cats-sock-monkey-hat-pattern

This pattern is written in American English crochet terms.

Once you order this, and I receive payment, it will be emailed to you in a PDF format. (So you will need Adobe to read it, which can be downloaded for free at www.adobe.com) I will send it within 24 hours of purchase or payment going through.

All sales are final, due to the nature of the pattern. If you have any questions please feel free to email me or send me a message.

© Copyright Notice: You have permission to sell the finished product for this pattern; I only ask you give credit to me, Catherine Lang, for the pattern. If you sell them online, I ask that you provide a link to the shop (http://theworstedcrochetblog.blogspot.com orhttp://www.etsy.com/shop/MamaCatsHats) for the pattern. Rewriting, reselling, distributing, or copying this pattern itself is prohibited. Thank you for so much for your support, understanding and cooperation. -Cat

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Friday, December 9, 2011

Freebie Friday: Christmas Poinsettia

I don't know about you, but I am in love with Christmas Poinsettias!  They were my wedding flower, and every time I see them I think of the day I made my vows with the love of my life.

So I was THRILLED when I found this free pattern at PlanetJune:

I have been meaning to make it for special Christmas hat for myself, but haven't gotten around to it.  But YOU can... if you do, PLEASE email us a picture!


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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Something to Motivate You!

Okay, it is kind of exciting to announce that we are half way to our follower goal!  Yay!  We are still going for 50 by the end of the year!  And I really think we can do it... especially if we have everyone's help.

Now, we have tried to bribe you all with a giveaway when we reach 50... (You can see one of the posts here). And it worked for a like a day.  BUT now to motivate you, and maybe reach a greater audience, I am going to throw in a free pattern -- not for a giveaway, but for EVERYONE.  What kind of pattern you ask?  I am going to share my flower headband pattern, FOR FREE!  AND I will include all sorts of sizes AND widths!!  Here is one of my wider ones:

The flower pattern will also be included in the free downloadable pattern.

BUT it will ONLY be available for free IF we reach our goal of 50 or more followers by 11:59 pm on Dec 31st.... so spread the word!! (Giveaway will still happen as well). Pin It

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Introducing Heidi's new Snowman Hat!

So I've been working hard on a new Snowman hat design and I have to say that I love, love, love this one! I love how cute it turned out! I'm selling this one too and am willing to customize the scarf, ear flaps, etc. Just let me know what you want. : )


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Friday, December 2, 2011

Freebie Friday

It's Friday again, yea!!! We love Fridays. : ) I'm excited to share a fun pattern e-book with you. It's December and that means the Hanukkah and Christmas holidays are here. I was looking around on a website that Cat told me about and found this way cute Santa hot pad, throws, and hats. There's so much on there. The website is http://www.allfreecrochet.com/Christmas-Crochet .

Here's a picture of the hats they have:

Holiday Hats

They have free e-books and one of them is the Holiday e-book from Red Heart Yarn. There's a ton of way cute crochet and knit patterns in it. I've downloaded it and am going to have to try some new things for this holiday season.

Holiday eBook from Red Heart Yarn

I hope you have as much fun checking it out as I did. Enjoy and have a fantastic weekend!!

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Cat's Puppy Hat Pattern

Puppy Hat pattern finally ready to sell! YAY!!!


This pattern includes:
  • sizes: Newborn - Child
  • Step by Step pictures for some of the detailing.
  • options and ideas on how to customize your hat

This is a crochet pattern for the following sizes:
Newborn (0-3 mo): 11.5-13 in
3-6 mo: 14-17 in
6-12 mo: 16-19 in
Toddler (12 mo to 3yrs): 18-20 in
Child (3 and up): 19.5-21.5 in)

Pattern is written in American crochet terms.

Once you order this, and I receive payment, it will be emailed to you in a PDF format. (So you will need Adobe to read it, which can be downloaded for free at www.adobe.com) I will send it within 24 hours of purchase or payment going through.

All sales are final, due to the nature of the pattern. If you have any questions please feel free to email me or send me a message.

© Copyright Notice: You have permission to sell the finished product for this pattern; I only ask you give credit to me, Catherine Lang, for the pattern. If you sell them online, I ask that you provide a link to the shop (http://theworstedcrochetblog.blogspot.com or http://www.etsy.com/shop/MamaCatsHats) for the pattern. Rewriting, reselling, distributing, or copying this pattern itself is prohibited. Thank you for so much for your support, understanding and cooperation. -Cat

Important note:  When ordering, make sure you tell me in the "notes" what you are ordering (ex. "Puppy Hat Pattern).  Paypal does NOT give me that information.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

How to Crochet a Star (or Two)

Here is the pattern for the star on this hat:
 You can pretty much use whatever size hook and yarn you want... depending on what size you want the star.  I used Med 4 yarn, and an I hook.

Middle of Star:
Rnd 1: Using the Magic Adjustable Ring technique (this is one of my favorite links for this technique), work 5 sc in ring. Do not join!
Rnd 2: Work 2 sc in each st around (10 sc total). Do not join!
Rnd 3:  (Sc in first st, 2 sc in next st) around (15 sc total). Join with ss in first sc. Circle round complete!

Star Points:
Rnd 4: Ss in 1st st. *(Ch 5, ss in 2nd loop from hook, sc in next st, hdc in next st, dc in next st) That's the first point! Skip next sc in circle and ss in next 2 sc. Repeat from * around circle.  After last point, make only 1 ss.

If you want your points sharp, stop here and finish off.  If you want them rounded a bit, continue:

Rnd 5: Ch 1, sc in ea st around (I think there's around 50 sc, but don't freak out if you have more or less).

Finish off!

Optional:  you can make two stars, stitch them together and make ornaments if you want.

ALSO if you want the Army Star look:

At the end of rnd 4, change to yellow yarn from white and do rnd 5 with yellow.  Then take some black yarn, thread a yarn needle and stitch around the inside to make the sharp black star outline.  Super easy!

Another star option:  This star below looks more like a starfish shape, I think.  I tried to make a wizard hat and failed miserably... but the star is cute!!

Five pointed star:

ch 4.  Join into a ring with ss in first ch made.

Rnd 1: ch 3.  work 14 dc into the ring. Ss in 3rd of ch 3 at beginning of round.

This next part can seem a little tricky, so read through it a couple times before tackling it.

Rnd 2:  *ch 3, 2 tr together over next 2 dc, ch 3, ss through the top front loops of 2 tr together below (a picot made), ch 3, ss in next dc.  *repeat from * to * working last ss in same place as the base of ch 3 at the start.  Fasten off.


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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Holiday Giveaway!!!

Cat and I want to have a holiday giveaway next. What are some of the hats you would like to see up for grabs?? Pin It

Army Strong & The Pirate

I gave my boys the choice of what kind of hats they wanted this winter.  Of course they choose NONE of the hats I have already made and/or designed.  My 6 year old requested a pirate hat, and my 4 year old wanted an ARMY one.

So here's what I came up with:

 Now, I am pretty pleased with my pirate beanie... however, I am conflicted over the Army one.  I wanted to make the star a little slimmer and pointed, but no matter what I did, it still came out looking "Care Bear" style.  I think I will try again later....
This is my 6 year old rocking the pirate look.
And my 4 year old, showing off his Army Star.

If anyone is interested in buying one of these, please email me at nutsinanutshell(at)gmail(dot)com and we can work something out.


Update:  I just couldn't stand it!  I redid the star.  I like this one MUCH better!!
New and FINAL Update:  My little 4 year old woke up this morning to the "new" star and complained right away that I didn't put black between the yellow and white... how do kids remember this stuff?  So I indulged him:
And I have to admit, that he was right... it was just the right touch! Pin It

Monday, November 28, 2011

More Owls

Here are a couple more owls I custom made this week:

To buy an owl hat click on this post for the pay link: CLICK HERE!!

Then in the notes, let me know what colors you want, whether you want long or short earflaps, and which kind of eyes you like the best: rimmed or eyebrows.

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Turkey Hat

My friend Chelsea, over at A Click w/ Sticks, sent me this fun pattern to try out and look over.  We have a pattern exchange going to help find each other's typos.  These are her hats:
Click here if you are interested in purchasing this pattern for yourself.

Anyway, I had to make my little guy one to wear for the big day.  I made a few minor changes, not because I didn't like how she did it, because I DO!  But I didn't have any yellow yarn on hand, and I hate making puff balls... so I went for some funky turkey feather look instead:
I also ended up tacking the red gobbler (or whatever it's called) down because it kept flipping up on us.
Cutest little turkey ever, I think!!

I hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving!!

You can now purchase this hat here!
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Friday, November 18, 2011


Freebie Friday tip...

You know that line you get that runs up the back of your hat? Well here's a way to change it. Instead of getting a line straight up you can change it so that it's a spiral. It looks so much better. Ok so when you do your joining stitch instead of going right into crocheting your next row, make another single stitch in first space.

It's one that Cat taught me and I like it. I hope you like it as much as I do.
: )

I'll try to get a picture posted to show the difference but my daughter dropped my camera so I'm fixing that.

I've been super busy here the last couple of weeks, but a post from me is forthcoming! : )

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Heidi's Hats

I'm sorry I haven't posted in a while. It's been crazy busy. I have a home business and I started crocheting as a second, so I've been trying to keep up with everything I want to do. I've had an opportunity come up to do a booth at a craft fair. A friend of mine is going to do it with me. She makes bottle cap bows. I'll have to post a picture of one she made my daughter.

I've also been trying hard to get my Christmas hats done so I can post them on here as well as have an inventory for the booth. So every spare second has been crocheting, crocheting, crocheting. I even crochet in the car while my husband drives. Even if we're only going to be driving ten minutes. I can get something done and ten minutes here and there catch up. Always remember that even if you don't feel like you can get anything done, a little here and there will produce results. So don't get discouraged if you don't feel like you have very much time. You can do it. : )

Anyway, I'm excited to share the hats that I've been working on. I'd be happy to discuss any custom orders and requests you have.

Introducing Heidi's Hats:

Here's my Santa Hat and cute model. : )

I absolutely adore the gnome hats so I had to make more. : ) I have it in navy blue and purple too. I take color requests too. Here is the link of where I got my gnome hat pattern from. It was so fun to do! http://lorajeansmagazine.blogspot.com/2011/02/tutorilal-how-to-crochet-baby-gnome-hat.html


Here's my Snowman Hat. I have another version of the top hat in the works and I'll be posting it after Thanksgiving.


Here is the hat I made for myself. I can make these in other colors and can customize the flower too. :)

$18.00 USD

This is my nephew's Christmas present, shhh don't tell. : ) I designed it myself for him. If you want a hat with your favorite team on it I'd be happy to design one for you too.

I hope you find something you like. I love to talk shop so leave a comment or shoot me an email. We hope you have a great Thanksgiving. If any of you are traveling, be safe!


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Monday, November 14, 2011

Winners of the Kick Off Giveaway!

First off, I just wanted to take a second and thank everyone for their support on this new endeavor of Heidi's and mine.  We are really excited to see it take off like it has, it's awesome!

Now to the winners:

Winner of the coveted Woman's Grey Button Hat is:
Haiku Amy!!!!

Winner of the Man Band is:
The Davis Family!!!

Winner of the Puppy Hat is:

And Merrianne and Annika were winner of the two baby hats.  However, after reading their comments I had this feeling that they didn't have much use for the baby hats.  So instead, if they would like, I would like to offer each of them 50% off a hat of their choice and free shipping.  (Unless they would like one of the baby hats anyway....)

Winners, please email me, Cat with your shipping info so I can get those hats to you!  (Merrianne and Annika -- email me and let me know what you decide) My email can be found under the contact information of this blog.

Thanks again for everyone who participated!!  Remember to spread the word about this blog.  The more people and traffic we get the more opportunities for giveaways and all other fun stuff we will be able to do.  Right now our goal is 50 followers, and then we will give away a Sock Monkey Hat (size and color of winner's choice).

Thanks again for your support!

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Cat's Sock Monkey Hat Pattern

I feel in love with the whole "sock monkey" hat idea last winter when I saw a few of them floating around campus.  But my issue was, that I couldn't seem to find one that I really, truly liked.  Sure there were things about all of them I did like, but always something that bothered me... not to mention the fact that several styles are just a little bit creepy too.

So after looking at lots of pictures of different hats and the original sock monkey dolls, I came up with my own design and have fallen in love with this little guy.  I sell a lot of these hats and have had them requested at several craft fairs or farmer's markets -- I just can't get enough of them done to do something like that.

I have to say, I have become very attached to this design.  I know it may seem silly, but when something is truly YOURS it's hard to share in some ways.  I didn't have any problem making and selling them, but any time someone requested a pattern, I shut down.  I just couldn't give away my little design secrets!

But we grow, thankfully, and we learn.  And I have finally decided to sell my pattern, so that others can enjoy making this little guy as much as I do.

I am selling the pattern in a PDF file that I will email you once the transaction goes through paypal.  The pattern is $8.  Now, before you go on and tell me that there are cheaper Sock Monkeys out there, I want you do two things:  First, if you want a cheaper one, go for it.  Second, this pattern includes 2 different sizes of ear flaps, 6 different mouths, and few other ideas so that you are able to customize your hat just the way you want it!

Note:  As of today, 11/12/11, only the newborn/baby/toddler pattern is available to buy.  I am still working on the children/ Adult sized one.  The reason they are not all bundled together in one pattern is because they are, in fact, totally different hats and so I will sell them as such.

Cat's Sock Monkey Hat Pattern
Pattern is $8.00

I am still selling these hats online here as well already made for those of you who just want to buy one.  No problem!

My hats are made of super soft wool, except for the red and black accents.  This is my little guy's favorite hat of all the ones I have made him.

Sizes/ Prices

Important note:  When ordering, make sure you tell me in the "notes" what you are ordering and what size you want.  Paypal does NOT give me that information.
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Friday, November 11, 2011

Owl Hats

Ever since I started crocheting I have been fascinated with the various types of Owl hats they have out there.  I think they are super fun and everyone has their own style and technique.  Owls are SO fun to make because you can really play around with them and do so many different fun things!

I recently had a friend ask me to make a couple for her girls.  She sent me a few pictures of examples she liked.  They were fun pastel bright colors, and I was excited to take on the challenge of doing something new!

I popped over to the store and much to my surprise, I actually found some cotton yarn that I liked (I'm not the biggest fan for many reasons).  Anyway, I got to work and had a blast putting together some of the ideas that my friend liked, and some ideas that I had swirling around in my own head.  This is what I came up with:

Cat's Crazy Fun Owl Hat!

This hat is available for purchase right here!  Just make sure you let me know in the "notes" section what colors you want and where: crown, body, iris of the eye color, flower (petal and center), and don't forget to let me know what color you would like the edging and the eye brows.  If you like these, just say "I want it like the Blue one!" Or "I want it like the pink one!"

This owl hat is 100% cotton yarn (or 100% acrylic depending on what you want), with two buttons.

To order this hat or one like it click here!!

Important note:  When ordering, make sure you tell me in the "notes" what you are ordering and what size you want.  Paypal does NOT give me that information.

Note to fellow crocheters:  This pattern will be coming soon!

I also have more natural-style owl hats for both boys and girls available as well.
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