Mother’s Day Gift Ideas: Miss Priss Hat

To continue the series from last week of Mother’s Day Gift Ideas, I have a pattern you can crochet as a gift: the Miss Priss Hat. This Hat pattern is one that I designed 10 years ago in April 2008, and I have revised and updated the pattern to improve it. New features include all 3 sizes in one pattern, toddler, child, and adult; new recommended yarn; new hook sizes; and a new bow pattern (Southern Style Bow by Southern Day Crochet, which can be found here). The Miss Priss Hat pattern is available to purchase on Ravelry here or in my Etsy shop here.

I was also able to partner with Oak Viking Designs to create several custom polymer clay crochet hooks to coordinate with the pattern. These hooks are featured in the pattern, and you can purchase your own custom hook for yourself or as a Mother’s Day gift through her shop here. I just love how my colorful glitter hooks turned out, and they are so comfortable to use!

The Miss Priss Hat has a special place in my heart because it was designed for my sister, Heather, as she underwent cancer treatments. This was her favorite hat, and I made her at least 8 in different colors so that she would have many options to wear while she was bald. The hats were soft, washable, and breathable since it was summer in Arizona when she was going through chemo, but her head still got cold. This hat makes a great chemo cap for those going through cancer treatments. Everyone who saw Heather wearing a Miss Priss Hat loved it, and it has been one of my most popular requests in the last decade. Sadly, the above photos are the only ones I have of her wearing her pink Miss Priss hat, but I’ll never forget what she looked like while wearing them. This pattern is dedicated to her memory, Heather Nicole 1987-2009.

Give your mom the gift of handmade this Mother’s Day! Each Miss Priss hat is handmade with lots of love and care. If you purchase the pattern to make your own Miss Priss Hat on Ravelry here or Etsy here, make sure to tag your projects on Instagram with the hashtag #missprisshat and feel free to tag me @kountingsheep!

All the proceeds from patterns and items purchased in my shop go towards my daughter Ellie’s autism care. She was recently diagnosed, and we have some expenses that we need to raise funds for. Thank you so much for your support when you shop through the links on my blog posts! If you would like more information on how to donate directly to our cause, click here.

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Penelope Infinity Scarf

The newly redesigned Penelope Infinity Scarf knitting pattern is now available for sale! Grab your copy on Ravelry here or in my Etsy shop here.

Penelope Infinity Scarf is a loop of fun that is a perfect transition piece for Spring, when the weather starts teasing you of warmer days, but it’s still a little chilly. Wrap yourself up with this soft scarf that feels so squishy around your neck! Penelope Infinity Scarf uses one skein of Caron Cakes yarn. Learn how to cable without a cable needle with a picture tutorial included with the pattern.

This cozy infinity scarf is sure to become a staple in your colder weather wardrobe. Download the pattern today!

Hermione Granny Stripe Blanket [Free Pattern]

In celebration of Harry Potter’s birthday today, I decided to reread all the books while working on a special scrap blanket. I’m calling this the Hermione Granny Stripe Blanket, because I can imagine Hermione stitching away on all her scrap yarn (with her magic knitting needles [or crochet hook in this case] of course) while reading a good book.

This pattern is slightly different from my Straight Granny Blanket Pattern, because I wanted something with a tighter weave. Because I have not actually finished my blanket yet, this pattern will be a work in progress. I’ll continue to add to it when I get to the border, and might offer it as a free PDF download once it’s finished. My main reason for posting this pattern is because I wanted to make this blanket with a larger hook size. I’m not claiming to be the first person to ever come up with this, I’m just wanting to offer my version of how I’m making this blanket, and I hope you find it helpful!

If you would like to make your own Hermione Granny Stripe Blanket, feel free to use the hashtag #hermionegrannystripe on Instagram and tag me @kountingsheep because I’d love to see what you come up with! So with a big Happy Birthday to Harry, let’s get this blanket party started!

Hermione Granny Stripe Blanket

Size J crochet hook (6mm)

Worsted weight yarn scraps (examples include Vanna’s Choice, I Love This Yarn, Red Heart Soft, Caron One Pound)

Scissors, tapestry needle for weaving in ends

Gauge: not essential for this project

Note: I am using each color for two rows. If I end up running out of a color mid-row, I’ll just switch to a new color. I’m also just sort of grabbing colors randomly when it’s time to change colors.

With first color, Ch 155. Sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across. Turn. 154 sc.

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout), 1 dc in same stitch, *skip next 2 sts, 3 dc in next st (known as 3dc group here and throughout). Repeat from * across to last 3 sts. Skip next 2 sts, 2 dc in last st, changing colors in last dc. Turn. 50 3dc groups.

Row 3: With new color, ch 3. Skip next st, and working between the skipped st and the 3dc group, 3dc group. Work a 3dc group between each 3dc group of the previous row across to the last two sts. Skip next st, dc in last st. Turn. 51 3dc groups.

Row 4: Ch 3, 1 dc in between the first st of the previous row and the first 3dc group. Work a 3dc group between each 3dc group of the previous row across to the last 4 sts. Skip next 3dc group, 1 dc in between the last two st. Dc in last st, changing colors to new color. Turn. 50 3dc groups.

Repeat Rows 3-4 until Blanket reaches desired length. [my finished measurements coming soon] Fasten off. Weave in all the millions of ends (or work them in as you go, which is my preferred method. It means more work as you crochet, but then all the ends are taken care of when you’re done).

Border: [instructions coming soon]

For a video tutorial on how to crochet this pattern, watch this video on my YouTube channel.

See more of my patterns in my shop and on Ravelry!

WIP Wednesday: Loggy Squares Blanket

I am slowly making progress on crocheting one of my old patterns in order to update it. I’m loving these bright cheery squares! These colors together make me so happy. 

For a project like this, I would normally wait until all the squares are made to see them together. However I needed to be able to visualize what they would look like in a row as well as take some measurements, so I’ll be assembling them as I go. It will be fun to see this blanket take shape one row at a time. 

Check back soon to see when the Loggy Squares Blanket Pattern goes live. 

Scrappy Squares Blanket Pattern

Introducing the newly revised Scrappy Squares Blanket Pattern. Knit up all your scrap and leftover yarn into this fun and whimsical blanket. Easy to follow instructions with tips on how to create your own fun Scrappy Squares Blanket.

Available to download from Ravelry here and in my Etsy shop here.

This pattern is great for beginner knitters looking to learn simple increasing and decreasing. These squares are addicting to knit! Download your copy of the pattern today!

Big Heart Baby Blanket Pattern

It’s been several years since I have released a new pattern, so now is the time! Introducing the new Big Heart Baby Blanket pattern! This digital pattern will help you crochet your own Big Heart blanket for the little ones in your life. Pattern includes written instructions and a color chart for the heart. You can grab a copy of the pattern in my shop here or on Ravelry here.

Big Heart Baby Blanket Pattern

Something new also available with this pattern is permission to sell finished items that you make using this pattern. Please remember that the pattern itself is for personal use only. Please do NOT distribute copies of this pattern and do NOT sell copies of this pattern. You may sell finished items that you make using this pattern, but you are required to credit the original pattern/designer as follows: Made using a pattern from Kounting Sheep by Jenny Galusha-Luna: http://kountingsheep.com

This pattern is great for beginners wanting to learn tapestry crochet, which is a technique where you carry the unused color yarn under your stitches as you do colorwork. Download your copy today!

Anna’s Shawl

imageA few months ago my friend was going through a hard time. Being the knitter/crocheter that I am, I always feel the need to make a “comforting” gift when I see my friends hurting. It’s a way for me to express my love and concern, and I usually spend the time praying for them while I’m making their gift. And that was how my new crochet shawl design was born.

Available as a free download on this new post here.

Approx. 700 yards of yarn
Size I crochet hook
Techniques include increasing, chain spaces, V-stitch

Make Anna’s Shawl for yourself or someone who needs a little bit of comfort in her life.

Want more patterns? Visit my shop here to see my available designs, like the Swiss Cross baby blanket pattern.

Straight Granny Blanket [Free Pattern]

The first free pattern I ever posted on my blog was the Straight Granny. Having crocheted for numerous years, I had come up with my own formula for the traditional square granny, but sometimes the square shape seemed awkward for a blanket. So I came up with a recipe to make a straight granny square.

Using this again after so long, I decided to revamp the pattern and offer it in PDF format for free. It’s now sized for a baby blanket, with instructions for sizing to any desirable width and length. I have included a list of materials with some Amazon affiliate links to my favorite products to use. Click on the link below to download the free pdf pattern.

Materials:

Download Straight Granny Blanket Pattern Now

You can also link to Straight Granny on Ravelry here.

Want more patterns? Visit my shop here to see my available designs, like the Big Heart baby blanket.
Please note that this post contains affiliate links. This means that I receive a small commission when you purchase through the links at no additional cost to you. All pictures and opinions contained in this post are my own.

Hoodlet Pattern

My first free pattern, published back in 2007 on my blog, is now available for free in pdf format!

Click on the above link to get the free downloadable pdf version of the Hoodlet. This version has been updated with a few changes to make finishing easier and the needle size more practical. You can link to it on Ravelry here as well.

First Blogiversary Pattern

Guess what? Today is Kounting Sheep’s blogiversary. One year ago today, I started this blog with no idea how much I would become connected to the yarn community and not knowing that people would actually be reading my blog. And now, here I am a year later, celebrating with a free pattern that I know people will actually see.
Meet Ellie, the first Kounting Sheep. She may look shy, but her coat would suggest otherwise. This isn’t your ordinary sheep, she’s a Kounting Sheep with personality. She’s here to help celebrate being “one;” maybe more Kounting Sheep will join her in the years to come?
Ellie The Kounting Sheep
Amigurumi Crochet

Materials:

  • Small amounts of wool in two colors: Main Color (MC) and Contrasting Color (CC)
  • Size F Crochet Hook
  • Stitch Marker
  • Yarn Needle
  • Small amount of Polyester Fiberfill for stuffing


Gauge: Not essential for this project. If you notice your stitches are too loose, change to smaller hook to ensure stuffing will not come out.

Head:
With MC, Ch 2. 6 sc in second ch from hook.
Rnd 1: 2 sc in each sc around. Do NOT join, place marker to mark end of rnd, continue working in spiral.
Rnd 2: (1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc) repeat around.
Rnd 3: (1 sc in each of next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc) repeat around.
Rnd 4: (1 sc in each of next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc) repeat around.
Rnd 5: 1 sc in each sc around. Change to CC in last sc.
Rnd 6-9: 1 sc in each sc around.
Rnd 10: (sc in next sc, dec) around to last 2 sc, dec.
Rnd 11: Dec around, sc in last st.
Start Body:
Rnd 12-13: 2 sc in each st around. Change to MC in last sc.
Rnd 14: Sc in each sc around. Change to CC in last sc.
Rnd 15: Sc in each sc around. Change to MC in last sc.
*Note: Continue alternating colors every round from here to the end, including decreasing rounds.
Rnd 16-23: Repeat Rnd 14-15 4 times more.
*Note: Stuff sheep while decreasing.
Rnd 24: (Sc in next 2 sc, dec) around to last 2 sc, sc in last 2 sc.
Rnd 25: (Sc in next sc, dec) around to last 2 sc, dec again.
Rnd 26-27: Dec around. Fasten off. Sheep should be fully stuffed and completely closed.

Ears (Make 2):
Ch 5, 2 sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across to last ch. 4 sc in last ch, turn so bottom row is facing up. 2 sc in each loop across. Join to first sc.

Tail:
Ch 4, 2 sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across to last ch. 4 sc in last ch, turn so bottom row is facing up. 2 sc in each loop across. Join to first sc.
Legs (Make 2 in MC, 2 in CC)
Rnd 1: Ch 2, 8 sc in second ch from hook.
Rnd 2-7: Sc in each sc around. Fasten off.
Finishing:
Sew on ears to each side of the head and tail onto bottom, using pictures for placement. Stuff legs firmly and sew legs onto underside of sheep, with the 2 MC legs as front legs and the 2 CC legs as back legs. Embroider face onto sheep using CC. Tie bow around one ear.

Note: Due to the nature of Amigurumi crocheting, your finished piece may vary from my finished piece. Feel free to change pattern to fit your style, and make sure to send your crochet friends to this link. If you have any questions or find any errors, please let me know.