Thursday, October 16, 2014

Special Hat Event

A sneak peak as to what I will have for sale at our SHOPPING EVENT on Saturday, November 15, 2014. I will have two of each style or theme unless otherwise ordered prior to the event. The character hats go fast. If you are interested, please be on time. Starts 3pm goes till 7pm.

E-mail me at Preciousyarn(at) for details about the event. There are approximately 100 hats for sale so more photos will follow.

Captain America Hats 
$25.00 each

Toddler - small child
Patterns soon to follow in additional posts

Ninja Turtles hats
$25.00 each

FROZEN themed hats include:
Anna hat w/hair - $25.00
Anna hat snowflake - $20.00

Anna hat w/crown - $30.00

Additional FROZEN hats that will available will include:
Elsa and Olaf hat - photos to follow

Elsa hat w/hair - $25.00
Elsa hat snowflake - $20.00

Olaf hat - $25.00
Will be uploaded soon

Knitted FLOWER Hats
Sizes - newborn to toddler 
$20.00 each

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Ninja Turtle Hat Pattern

This was a custom order for a small boy who loves the Ninja Turtles. I recommend reading through the pattern first before attempting it. After the event these will be available on the easy site: Precious Yarn

Size I Hook

The red mask is a little bigger than the blue mask because I did DC for all rows instead of the SC rows listed below. The pattern listed below will create the blue mask. The border of the SC around the mask makes it look more sleek.

Size G Hook


Worsted weight yarn

Used: RED Heart super saver (found it to be the best for children hats. It holds up to their rough play and doesn't break down in the wash with fuzz or get limp and withered. I recommend using the same brand of yarn (whatever you choose) for all parts. When you change yarn the thickness can change and the size of the hat can also change.

Colors: Green, mask color choice, white and black

Hook: G - toddler size (18 inches)
 - skip row 5
Hook: H child size (20 1/2 inches)

*Hook: I special child size (this is for those children who have longer heads than the average. My five year old has a 20 1/2 inch head but it is shaped different than my 2 year old with the same 20 1/2 inch head so the hats don't always sit right)

If you crochet loose you may want to use one size smaller than listed above or if you use a stretchy yarn. I prefer the crochet hooks by Susan Bates but it is your own preference. I also prefer the smaller hooks because the yarn is closely pulled together without pulling your tension tight.

Yarn needle

CH - Chain
SC - single crochet
DC - (Double Crochet)
HDC - (Half Double Crochet)
TR - Triple crochet
Sl - slip
St - stitch

Green Yarn:
Ch 3 begin row 1 in the first chain to create magic ring

Round 1: 12 DC in magic ring, slip st to top of first DC; the chain 3 do not count as a DC

Round 2: ch 2, 2 DC in same connecting st, continue with 2 DC in each st around, sl st to top first DC
there will be the ch 2 that pulls the stitches together. (12 groups of 2 DC or total 24 stitches)

Round 3: ch 2, *2 DC in next same connecting st, 1 DC in the next st*, repeat around from *. Sl st in first DC 

Round 4: ch 2, 2 HDC in next same connecting st, *2 HDC in next st, DC in next 2 sts*, repeat around from *. Sl st in first HDC - for toddler size skip row 5 move to row 6

Round 5: ch 2, 2 HDC in next same connecting st, *2 HDC in next st, DC in next 3 sts*, repeat around from *. Sl st in first HDC (60 std) 

Count all the stitches in the round. This is very important because the hat size will be determined at this point. Continue to count the stitches in each round completed if you are not experienced with crocheting in the round. It is very easy to add stitches and not realize it especially in the joining st. This is to make sure additional stitches are not added.

Round 6: ch 2, DC in each st around, do not sl st with green change to mask color and Sl st in first DC with mask color. (red)

Mask Color: (RED)
Rounds 7: ch 2 SC in each st around, sl st in first SC not the ch 2
Rounds 8 - 10: ch 2, DC in each st around, sl st in first DC
Round 11: ch 2, SC in each st around, sl st in first SC using the green

With Green:
Round 12-13: ch 2, DC in each st around, sl st in first DC
Round 14-15: ch 1, SC in each st around, sl st in first SC

Depending on the desired size the hat will measure approximately 6.5 inches if you need more length repeat round 14 and 15.

Tie off and weave in ends

Back ties: RED – read through the back tie directions to the bottom before you begin to have a clear understanding as the pattern for the large and the small are the same but minus 2 rows in the middle to shorten the length.

Slip stitch red onto the hat in the back at the top of round 11. To do this you will want to slip into the top of the double crochet so the tie lays on top of the back of the hat.

Row  1: Slip stitch ch 2 and SC  in next 7 DC. Start at the back seam and count over 7 stitches.

Row (2-6) 2-8: ch 2, 1 HDC to end of the row (7 HDC); repeat this row until row 8 or desired length. (For smaller tie: complete Row 2-6 and move to Row 9 of the larger tie).

Row (7) 9: ch 2 decrease 1 (yarn over slip stitch into first HDC do not finish the st but yarn over and slip stitch into next HDC and pull through all loops on hook creates 1 stitch in 2 spaces), 1 HDC in next 3 st, decrease 1, which will take you to the last stitch. (5 HDC)

Row (8) 10: ch 2 decrease 1, 1 HDC in next 1 st, decrease 1 which will take you to the last stitch. (3 HDC)

Row (9) 11: ch 2 decrease through all three stitches. (yarn over slip stitch into first HDC, do not finish the st, but yarn over and slip stitch into next HDC, again do not finish the st, yarn over and and pull through the last st, yarn over and pull through all loops on hook creates 1 stitch in 3 spaces to give the round bottom effect).

Row (1) for the smaller tie will be added at the top of row 10. I layered them so at the 3rd stitch of the first flap start the second flap in row 10 so they lay nicely on top of each other.

[Row (Small Tie) Large Tie:] 

Eyes: WHITE make 2
Ch 3
Round 1: 12 DC in first ch from hook to create the round or inside magic circle, pull tight to form circle

Round 2: ch 1, 2 sc in first st, 1 sc in next st, 2 HDC in next st, 1 HDC in next st, 2 DC in next st, 2 tr in each of the next 2 sts, 2 DC in next st, 1 HDC in next st, 2 HDC in next st, 1 sc in next st, 2 sc in last st. Sl st in the top of the first sc.

I hate sewing so I recommend sewing the whites of the eyes to the hat and then adding the black pupils. I know most sites suggest sewing it a different way but I have found it makes it easier to position them so they don’t appear cross-eyed.

My mom thought the eyes should be more with the mask so if you are looking for this type of effect you can take (one size bigger than what you used) hook and slip stitch the mask color around the whites of the eyes. Remember to cut a tail long enough to sew to the mask. It does make the eyes appear rounder if you choose this option.

Pupil: BLACK make 2
Ch 3
Round 1: 8 HDC into magic circle, pull tight and sl st to the top of the first HDC. Tie off cut a long tail to sew.

Using yarn needle attach each black pupil to the white piece after the eye has been positioned on the hat. Be sure to make sure they are set at the low corner so they don’t appear creepy. Sew the pupils to the hat last.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Recycled Crayon Cozy Cup Holders Pattern

Apparently my daughter is quite spoiled, considering we had enough crayons to fill each cozy with the appropriate color. The idea was to get these annoying crayons off the floor and out of random places where they did not belong. These crayon cup rainbow cozies turned out to be a great way to store all those lost crayons that are missing their home and keep ending up on the floor.

WARNING: These might bring life back to arts and crafts and create a desire for small children to want to color

Required Materials
  1. 9 empty plastic water bottles (Use any brand. The ones that have the rings around them making it easier to size the cup holder). The plastic bottles from Whole Foods is what I used. Specifically the brand, Crystal Geyser 16.9 fl oz.
  2. Heavy Duty scissors (used kitchen scissors)
  3. Sharp small fine sewing scissors
  4. 9 skeins of yarn:  Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple, Black, Brown, White (Brand: Red Heart Super Saver or 100% acrylic yarn)
  5. Crochet Hook: Size H (smaller size if available for assistance in weaving in ends)
  6. 7-8 boxes of crayons (During back-to-school season these can be a cheap as $1.00 per box. 
Clear Plastic Cup Holder 
(Make 9 Plastic Cup Holders)

This is a great way to recycle all those accumulating water bottles. The base of the crayon holder is the bottom of a plastic water bottle. 
Start with the 9 empty plastic water bottles. 
Start cutting the tops off each one using the heavy duty scissors careful not to smash them. 
Once the tops are removed it is easier to shape the bottles to the size you prefer. I used 7 rings from the bottom approximately 5.5 inches. 

Cut along the inside of the 7th ridge from the bottom of the plastic water bottle to create the plastic cup for the crayons. This is the cup that actually holds the crayons. The crochet portion will wrap around the plastic cup holder. This should hold about one small box of crayons.
Repeat these directions for all 9 plastic water bottles. The results 9 plastic cup holders for your crayons.

If you do not want these crayon cozies to disappear into bedrooms and small cubbies, you may want to make them stationary. 

My daughter loves these so much she seems to want to carry them everywhere she goes. It has actually helped clean up time. She is actually excited to clean up her crayons, but more importantly she is learning how to keep them organized while using them rather than dumping the entire box or container on the floor.

I advise that you attach small pieces of velcro tape at the bottom of each plastic cup and the top of something sturdy enough to hold them stationary so they do not tip over while being used. 

They can be attached to the top of a kids table, plexiglass, or large plastic lid. 

Crochet Pattern for the Crayon Cozies
Ch 25 (MC)
Row 1: (MC) sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in the next 23 ch. (24 sc). Sl st into the 1st sc creating a ring. Be careful not to twist the the rnd. 
Rnd 2: (MC) ch 2 - (ch 2 does not count as a hdc - see NOTE for clarification), hdc in same st as the ch 2, continue to hdc in every st around to the 1st hdc , sl st in the top of the 1st hdc, not the ch 2 (24 hdc), fasten off.

Important Author’s Note:

Be careful not to add any additional stitches while making the rounds. The ch 2 does not count as a hdc so you want to be careful not to use the starting st twice. The 1st hdc is made in the same st as the ch 2, therefore the stitch should not be used again at the end. It might look like you are skipping the last hdc in the rnd, but if you count the stitches in that round you should have 24 hdc.                                                                               
Rnd 3: (CC) switch yarn to CC, sl st into starting st, (ch 2 does not count as a hdc - see NOTE for clarification), hdc in same st as the ch 2, continue to hdc in every st around to the 1st hdc , sl st in the top of the 1st hdc, not the ch 2 (24 hdc), fasten off. 
Rnd 4: (MC) sl st using MC into starting st, (ch 2 does not count as a hdc - see NOTE for clarification), hdc in same st as the ch 2, continue to hdc in every st around to the 1st hdc , sl st in the top of the 1st hdc, not the ch 2 (24 hdc). Do not fasten off.
Rnd 5: (MC) Repeat rnd 4, (Do not fasten off).
Rnd 6: (MC) Repeat rnd 2, (fasten off).
Rnd 7:  (CC) Repeat rnd 3, (fasten off).
Rnd 8: (MC) Repeat rnd 4, (Do not fasten off).
Rnd 9: (MC) ch 1, sc in same st as the ch 1, continue to sc in every st around to the 1st sc, sl st in 1st sc. Do not fasten off.
Rnd 10: (MC) Do not ch, sl st in every sc around to 1st sl st. cut yarn and fasten off and weave in ends.

Make 9 cozies: Brown, Purple, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Grey, and White 

I think fastening off between colors looks better than connecting colors in the rnd. If you prefer to continue without fastening off between colors, you will want to connect the alternating color at the start of each rnd when you sl st completing the rnd.

I have debated on whether I should post my patterns for free or not for quite awhile. Please do not discourage the creative community by stealing others work. 

Do not steal this pattern as your own it is plagiarism and violates copyright laws. Do not steal this pattern and sell it claiming it as your own it is dishonest, harmful, and just wrong. 

However if you choose to sell your completed projects, please reference my blog. Thank you! Please enjoy!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Free Butterfly Pattern

It's interesting when a project is started especially if its freehand it might not always turn out the way you think. This was supposed to be a flower and it sort of morphed into a butterfly.

The headband is an easy shell pattern and I added a crocheted butterfly to give it some personality.

Free 3-D Butterfly Pattern
Materials Used
Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver 100% acrylic
Crochet Hook: Size J (adjust depending on desired size of butterfly)

Ch 3 - magic ring, ch 5 (counts as sc and edge of wing).

Rnd 1: sc in ring, *ch 5, sc in ring, rep from * to make 4 (5-ch loops) ending sl st in 1st sc to join. (4 times)

Rnd 2: In 1st 5-ch loop make (sc, 2 hdc, 7 dc, 2 hdc, sc) and make the same for all remaining 3-ch loops, ending the last rep with sl st in 1st sc to join. (4 times)

Rnd 3: move to work behind Rnd 1, on back side slip st around connecting post of sc (place crochet hook through open hole and wrap the sl st around post to come up in the back)  chain 7 repeat around to make 4 parts to the 2 wings that line up with previous row. (4 times)

Rnd 4: in 1st 7-ch loop make (sc, 2 hdc, 9 dc, 2 hdc, sc) and make the same for all remaining 7-ch loops, ending the last rep with sl st in 1st sc to join. Do not fasten off. (4 times)

Antenna: *Ch 9, hdc in 3rd ch from hook, sl st in next ch until you reach the top of the butterfly* 1 antenna created. Repeat from * to create 2nd antenna. (2 times)

 Fasten off with a long tail for sewing. Tie tail and starting chain to tighten magic ring to adjust center of butterfly to liking. The looser the magic ring the more open the the base of the butterfly will be.

I use these on anything that needs just a little extra personality. Enjoy! Please let me know how they turn out and of course if you have any questions.

Friday, December 28, 2012

"Tangled" Hair

This hat took more yarn and time than I had expected. I was looking for something to make and decided to do something bold yet pretty.

My daughter loves Tangled the movie and is growing her hair out. Since sheis so tiny the Tangled hair we purchased at the Disney store is too big and rather heavy. I figured yarn would be great to make Tangled Hair out of since they made the Cabbage Patch Dolls with yarn hair for quite sometime. This is what we ended up with.

Hello Kitty Crochet Hat

This is my daughter's Hello Kitty hat. She loves it not to mention everyone else who sees it. It turned out better than I had expected. I hate to sew, but this was actually pretty simple once I got started.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Butterfly Beanie

This is my daughter modeling the lovely butterfly hat that my mother made. My three year old daughter has an extremely large head so we had to adjust the pattern slightly so it would fit properly.

I also made a few. The butterfly portion of this hat is so simple and looks awesome! I am not a fan of variegated yarn simply because it's never exact. It is just part of my OCD personality.

I prefer this particular pattern in the solid colors. We did winter white, burgundy, and a gorgeous teal deep blue color. It's an easy hat when you are in a hurry. Also it's much easier to carry than the Hello Kitty hat or Tangled hat when she doesn't want to wear it and we are out.

The pattern is posted @Vallerieskids called Olivia's-butterfly if you are interested in replicating this.

For those that don't know how to crochet, it's not difficult to learn but you can definitely buy them on etsy or email me at If you want the pattern, you don't have to pay for it. It is posted for free @Vallerieskids blogspot.

We added an extra row to adjust for my daughters large head. I also used Simply Soft Yarn. I crocheted a grey one with two strands and we actually like it better. It is thicker and fits better.