Big Loop Knitted Hat Tutorial

29 08 2014 DIY

Oh I know I know...none of us want's to talk about fall and winter yet, but fact is, the nights are getting colder and the season change is lingering in the air.

But I have something for you to sweeten the farewell of summer:

A super cozy and chunky hat tutorial.

So fun to make and wear!

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It's made of Loopy Mango Big Loop yarn which is available in my Shop or directly at Loopy Mango NY.

You can also use any other mega chunky yarn.

The pattern is similar to the Helsinki hat by Loopy Mango but less in height and I used much thinner needles, because I didn't have thicker ones.

This wool is just gorgeous and my goal was, not to waste even a tiny bit of this precious yarn.

So I wanted to get two hats out of a 36m skein - and it worked!

Here come the patterns for an adult size hat and a kids size hat with a fun bobble on top. 

For two hats you will need:

- About 36m of Big Loop Yarn

- A set of needles size 15mm/US size 19 ( if you have needles size 20mm/US size 36 and you want to use those, please keep in mind, that you might need more yarn)

If you want to use circular needles instead of a set there is a technique called "magic-loop-method".

Someone recently mentioned it to me in the comment section in one of my other tutorials. But I haven't tried that technique yet.

Ok! Let's start with the adult version (and of course you can also add the bobble to the adult version!!!)

Adult hat pattern 

Round 1: Cast on 18 Stitches 

The yarn length you need for casting on is about 3m. Don't pull too tight while casting on.

Generally it's better to knit this yarn fairly loose because you are using small needles for this size of yarn. The yarn needs to be able to breathe a bit.

Make sure there is no twist when you connect to a loop. 

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Crochet - Bangle

22 07 2014 DIY

I have shown this crochet bangle before but haven't done a full tutorial for it yet - so, here it is!

It's such an easy and fun little project - perfect for summer.

I like to crochet my bangles from fabric yarn because it's thick and gives the bangle a nice stability but it's still cotton and therefore feels cool to the skin. 

You could try to make it with several strands of regular cotton yarn - I think that would also be really pretty.

Just make sure your hook has the right size to create that extra chunky look.

Mine is size 12.75mm and you need about 10 meter of fabric yarn. 

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Depending on your hand and wrist size chain about +/- 20.

This crochet bangle shouldn't fit too loose nor too tight.

Making a bangle just takes minutes so you might need to redo it until you find the perfect chain amount for your hand. 

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After you did your chain simply join into a circle by placing a sc in the 1st chain.

Row 1

sc in each chain.

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Row 2:

sc but thru the back loop only. That creates a running ridge. 

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Row 3:

sc thru the back loop - skip two stitches in that last round to create a nice arch. (For example sc 7, than skip 1, sc 7, then skip 1 and finish the round)

Cut the yarn.

Now with your fingers or a needle weave the endings around and through the border stitches to create a smooth line.

Weave the endings further inside the bangle and finish with a little knot. Pull really tight and cut the endings.

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That's it!

Easy, right?

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Happy Creadienstag,


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Grow An Avocado Seedling

15 07 2014 DIY

Well - lots of plant life lately on my blog...

It's been many many years since I have grown a seedling from an Avocado pit.

I actually don't even know anymore what happened to those plants from the past.

So we recently started a new little farm for my daughter to see.

It's such a fun project! She is used to see the bountiful farm stands with loads of avocados at California farmers markets so she started to worry when our pits showed the first leaves that we will soon have too many fruits... "What will we do with so many Avocodos?", she asked. :-) Oh how I wish!

It would take about 10 years before the tree would bear fruits - if at all... besides the fact, that no avocado tree will grow in Germany.

But you can still grow a nice little house plant. 

You have probably done it before so I won't write down the details. There are lots of "how to" instructions  online  - also on Pinterest.

Just a few tips from me:

- use only nice plump pits from really ripe avocados

- some of ours were already a bit cracked open and I think that helped speeding up the process though it still does take a while until first the roots and then the seedling shows

- I didn't change the water daily - just from time to time but I made sure there were always enough water for the pit to sit in

I could cut mine back to 3 inches now to make the stem stronger but it seems quite harsh so I am reluctant.

And they are ready to move to a pot of soil now. The pit should be half covered in soil.

How to grow an Avocado from a seed

How to grow an Avocado from a seed

Have you ever grown an avocado plant from a pit?

Happy Day,


P.S. Today is Creadienstag

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Tapestry Crochet Dishcloths

08 07 2014 DIY

Well - DIY-wise I will stick around my kitchen for a few more future projects.

I crocheted already these Chevron dishcloths which were a lot fun to make and I recently knitted these kitchen towels.

I got quite a few comments on both projects where people said the cloths and towels were way too nice to be used in the kitchen.

I do not agree at all!!!

I am not much of a person who likes kitchen work or house cleaning in general. Just think about how often you wipe the counter every day!?

Especially if you have kids like we do it feels like a thousand times every day. 

I think it's only right then to use the prettiest and nicest - and environmental friendly - cloths available for such tedious tasks because it makes them a little less dreadful! :-)

The simple cotton yarn is usually really inexpensive and you get quite some cloths out of a skein which will last for a very long time.

And really - the more you use these 100% cotton clothes and towels and the more you wash them the better and more absorbent they become!

Speaking of the yarn: Make sure you get cotton yarn without any mercerization treatment because that works best.

We got so used to these handmade cloths and love working with them in the kitchen that we don't like the store brought ones anymore!

But since they get thrown in the laundry every few days, we were always short on new clean ones and I decided to make a few more dishcloths.

Those little cloths make such a great project for every spare minute you have. You can easily get it out for working a few rows and store it quickly away if you need to. They also travel well as a handwork project and if you use several colors you never get bored starting a new one.

I got about 11 different colors Linea Pura from Lana Grossa which comes in a fabulous color palette and on top of it: it's organic!

Such a pretty yarn and I decided to try a harlequin pattern in tapestry crochet with it. 

Harlequin Tapestry Crochet dishcloths tutorial

I have never done this technique before so I was excited to learn something new. There are several video tutorials on tapestry crochet on You Tube.

Basically you always crochet with two or more colors of yarn traveling the other color always along "inside" the stitches.

As far as I know there are two different tapestry crochet techniques.

One, where you never turn your piece and work the back row just back from left to right. I didn't try that technique because I couldn't imagine being able to crochet left handed fast but this technique makes very clean and even patterns I believe. So I might try it in future.

I kept it simple for now and the technique I used is just single crochet stitches front rows and back rows following a simple pattern I drew onto paper.

That way the pattern isn't as sharp with clean lines but honestly - I don't mind! Look at these black and cream cloths I made and I think you know what I mean. 

It looks a little bit like patches, right? 

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After some trials I figured out that I like my cloths most if they measure about 20x20cm.

So my patterns are around 30+ stitches and 30+ rows. But you can easily adapt the patterns for your needs and make them larger or shorten the rows for rectangles.

And of course you don't need to make a dishcloth! :-)

You can use the pattern to make a pillow cover or a blanket or whatever you like. Or you could draw your own pattern or motif.

Maybe Chevron :) 

That's the great thing with tapestry crochet. Endless possibilities!

Because you always have the second yarn traveling with the stitches - theoretically you could even have several different colors traveling in a row - this technique makes a more dense and firm cloth with more substance than the slightly airy Chevron ones I made before. 

My husband likes the Chevron cloths better for that reason but I like the tapestry ones too.

So - let's get started!


- You ALWAYS chain 1 at the beginning of EACH row!!! 

- The charts show FRONT and BACK rows. 

- The first chain row is NOT on the chart. 

Choose a chart and chain the number of stitches on that chart.

Harlequin Pattern 1 

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Harlequin Pattern 2 

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Circles Pattern

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For the picture tutorial I have chosen Harlequin pattern 2 so I have to chain 37 stitches.

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