Ponytail and a Beanie

As much as I hate to say it, "Winter is coming".

That mean layers of cloths, hats and scarves! Well I have have been making several hats using crochet lately. Everybody seems to want one now days. I didn't even know people actually wore hand made crochet items any more. The stores are full of neat looking fashionable accessories. I guess its the "one of a kind" things that interest people now, and lets face it, the economy is slack. People just want to be conservative. So, I will continue making hats til Christmas it seems.

While crocheting a hat the other day, I got to thinking of an idea. Hats are a good way to hide a bad hair day. You pull your hair up and stick on a ball cap using the little slip hole in the back to stick your pony tail out showing you have a little bit of style to that messy do.

I thought "Why not make a toboggan or beanie so that a girl can still wear her hair up? So it donged on me. "A pony tail beanie". So I made one. It worked!

 Little did I know, if you go on line, you will see more of these from other makers that seem to have beat me to the idea. Its ok. They are fun to make. I actually made this one for my Etsy shop.
With this kind of beanie hat, I can wear all kinds of layers and not worry about getting my hair tangled in my collar, hoodie or scarf.

Crochet Slippers *Pattern*

I have been on a crochet frenzy lately, trying different patterns and techniques. After making booties, hats, scarves, key chains and blankets, I decided to make something for "me". Online, I found some patterns to make slippers. After finding a few and attempting different ones, I would end up making one and couldn't master the other. I'd have difficulty keeping my place or understanding counts.

Tired and aggrivated, I finally figured out the whole idea and decided to make my own and write it down. I'm so excited about it, I wanted to share the pattern with everyone.

Feel free to pin, make for yourself or make and sale, but please do not sale my pattern.(haha, ok like it would sale anyways).

I'm a size 8. It can be modified to fit any size by adding or deleting rounds or rows.  Enjoy.

(H hook)

Ch 2
6 sc in 1st ch (this will make your circle. do not join.)(6)
2sc in each sc around, do not join (12)
1 sc in 1st sc, 2sc in the next (continue around) do not join.(18)

sc in each st around (18), do not join.
continue for 12 rounds.
At the end of last round, sl st to join, chain 1, turn.

 I used a marker to mark the beginning of my rounds
sc in next 15 stches, chain 1 turn.
repeat 19 rows (total 20 rows of 15 sc)
Place a marker on the beginning and end of row 5.(this is where you will put a strap). Optional.
 It will look something like this. Looks small and funny but will stretch. You will see. Go ahead, try it on at this point. If it does not cover your toes or covers to much, go back and add or take out a round or two.
Once you have enough rows in length, ( it took me 20. I stopped back about 1/4 from my heel to allow it to stretch and fit snug). do not finish off yet.
sc around the side to the marker
chain 10
sc down the chain toward the slipper, connect by continuing  the sc down the side, across the toe and up the other side.
at the next marker, sc the other end of the strap into the side, continue sc ending at the heel. Leave enough yarn to sew the back of the heel together. Finish off .
Tie off, weave the ends , turn right side out , and your done!

Hope I didn't loose you like I was so lost on other patterns that I tried myself.

If you show your work using my pattern, please link back to me and also id love to have the link to yours so I can see how it turned out for you.

Ive shared this link on:
coastalcharms nifty-thrifty-tuesday
make-it-yourself-monday-link-up at an original belle
made-by-me at jaqs studio
the crafty blogstalker
friday-fun-party-and-features at craftionary