Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Melody Crochet Podcast Episode 30! (1500?!)

Hi friend!

I just posted the 30th episode of the Melody Crochet Podcast and celebrated 1500 subscribers!
(Thanks guys!!) Like always, I discussed my crochet, knitting, other crafts as they applied.

I finished knitting a pair of socks that went so fast. And I have started making a tutorial for a my
"Independence Kimono" and an off the shoulder top. I reviewed ZZ Twist by Lion Brand this last week and
will post that in a day or so and I will be sure to let you know about it here on the blog.
(spoiler...its yarn. I like it).

I had lots of crochet time on the road and while visiting places because this week was Izzys Birthday!!! He is nine now, guys. Nine! Remember when I was here and showing you the first tiny things I made for him? Oh, the feels are so strong on birthdays. I am so proud of the kind, strong, peaceful little man he has become. I could just explode. It has been a wild year and he has really helped keep our family grounded.

We got him a drum set. Yes, a drum set. 

While celebrating I went ahead and made some home purchases. I am thinking that I need another youtube channel for the non-yarn related stuff that. I feel completely comfortable sharing that here with the blog...but I feel hesitant on the Youtube channel. I worry that my friends there might just be after the yarn content. I will meditate on this for the week and decide. There are several things that I haven't shared because I didn't want to bore anyone. That is not like me!

I am also really excited to share my progress on some other projects this week, designing some projects and getting ready for the holiday shop. This is the time of year that I start thinking about the holidays. I blame Hobby Lobby for putting up the Christmas Decorations. It is delightful in the heat of Texas...but it does make you feel just a little pressure.

I talk a lot about my new yarn that I purchased for the #SummerRomanceAlong with CrochetLuna. It was not on purpose. The subject of the yarn just kept coming up in the conversation. My theme is Buffy and Spike. But, I lean more toward Spike Drucilla. #teamspuffy

I hope that you take the time (30 minutes, specifically) to hang out with me on this fine day. Grab a project to work on and a nice cup of something.

If you have any questions or comments please leave them! I love to converse...if you are wondering where to connect...

Lets Connect!

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MelodyCrochet Podcast Group on Ravelry:

The knitty gritty:


  1. Hedgehog City Roller Socks


  1. Independence Kimono out of I Love This Cotton in Turquoise on a K hook
  2. Latitia Socks for the 80s Along out of Lion Brand Cupcake (Tutu Much)on a D hook
  3. Off the Shoulder Top out of ZZ Twist in Peacock on an I Hook


What Have I Done

Errol and Amber gift yarn!
Mad Tosh Yarn - Brienne of Tarth Battles a Bear in Euro Sock
Mad Tosh Yarn - The Red Woman in Euro Sock
Mad Tosh Pin
Mad Tosh Yarn - Denarys Unicorn Tail


This week I have the 1500 subscriber giveaway on MelodyCrochet youtube channel. Here are the details and rules and stuff about that...

The 1500 Subscriber Giveaway is in no way affiliated with Youtube or Instagram. The items were purchased with my own money and you can enter the contest if you comment below with an idea about what I should call the thing in the video that I asked you to name. The result will be drawn at random before I podcast on 8/8/18 at 7am. So that is the cut off! If you have questions, comments or concerns please send me a message on Instagram. Also if you would like to add to my little prize pile please see my about section for a physical address and let me know that you are sending something so I can keep an eye out. Thank you and best luck!!!

Monday, July 23, 2018

HDC Beanie Crochet Pattern

How to Make the Half Double Crochet Beanie!

I have made 1000's of these. Thousands!

This is a fast and easy pattern that you can literally dress up in any way! You can make this into a character, you can make this frilly, add a button or an applique. Or just wear it plain and keep warm! It's so versatile.

The pattern has a Small, Medium and Large Adult size included.

1 Skein Size 4 Worsted or Aran Weight Yarn (Red Heart Super Saver or Vanna's Choice work well!)
1 Size I/9 5.5mm Crochet Hook
1 Yarn Needle
1 Scissors

The Free Printable PDF Pattern can be found by clicking here!

If you do not want to download anything then just keep scrolling down for the pattern. I understand that!

I also made you a Video Tutorial! I hope you enjoy the company while you crochet like I do!

HDC Beanie

By MelodyCrochet copywritten 2015 - Enjoy! (and by enjoy I mean share on social media and tag me because I love to see what you guys make!!)

This is the base for so many of my character hats. If you are using it for a plain hat use something soft and plush...if you are making a character hat I highly suggest Red Heart Super Saver! It is just so much better when you sew things on it and attach anything with glue.

Stitch Legend
Ch - Chain
SC - Single Crochet
HDC -  Half Double Crochet
FO - Fasten Off
MC - Magic Circle
IncHDC - Increase Half Double Crochet
5oz Size 4 Worsted Weight/Aran Yarn
I Hook/Size 5.5mm
Yarn Needle to weave in Ends


Small:  18” around and 8” Deep
Medium: 21” around and 9” Deep
Large: 23” around and 10” Deep


All Sizes
Row 1) 9HDC in a magic circle (9), SS into the first HDC of the row and ch 2
Row 2) IncHDC into each stitch across (18), SS into the first HDC of the row and ch 2
Row 3) HDC, IncHDC across (27), SS into the first HDC of the row and ch 2
Row 4) HDC, HDC, IncHDC (36), SS into the first HDC of the row and ch 2
Row 5) HDC around (36), SS into the first HDC of the row and ch 2
Row 6) HDC, HDC, HDC, IncHDC (45), SS into the first HDC of the row and ch 2
Row 7) HDC, HDC, HDC, IncHDC (54), SS into the first HDC of the row and ch 2
Row 8) HDC Around (54)
Size Small Stop and continue at Row “Small Row 12”

Row 9) HDC, HDC, HDC, HDC, IncHDC (63), SS into the first HDC of the row and ch 2
Row 10) HDC Around (63)
Size Medium Stop and continue to Row “Medium Row 12”

Row 11) HDC, HDC, HDC, HDC, HDC, IncHDC (72)
Size Large Continue on to Row “Large Row 12”

Small Row 12-20) HDC Around, SS into the first HDC of the row and ch 2 (54)
Medium Row 12-22) HDC Around, SS into the first HDC of the row and ch 2 (63)
Large Row 12-24) HDC Around, SS into the first HDC of the row and ch 2 (72)

After you have finished all of your rows for your hat size:

Last Row) Ch 1 and SC at the base of Ch 1 and across, SS into the first stitch of the row and FO. Weave in ends.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Melody Crochet Podcast Episode 29

Hi! This week on my crochet and knitting podcast I finished a crochet hat and shawl this week. And started a knitted shawl by Stephen West. I am really excited to share that and my progress on some other projects! I talk a lot about different Lion Brand yarn this week. Not on purpose. They just kept coming up in the conversation. LOL

The shownotes are in this post if you keep scrolling. 

A little about me? My favorite things to make are hats, shawls, blankets and socks. I love yarn, tea, coffee and making. I hope to share that love with you.

Lets Connect!

Instagram: MelodyCrochet


Fringe Triangle Shawl - MelodyCrochet - N Hook - Lion Brand Heartland
Owl Be A Messy Bun Beanie- Knots of Love with Jess - H Hook and Caron Simply Soft in Pagoda


Hedgehog City Rollers - Rose City Rollers - Hedgehog Fibers Potluck - Size 1 ChiaoGoo Bamboo DPNsStripify - Steven West - Many different sock weight/fingering weight yarns - Size 5 Nova Platina Knitting Needles
Independence Kimono - MelodyCrochet - TBA
Laticia Socks - Ling Ryan - Lion Brand Cupcake in Tutu Much - Size D Clover Crochet Hook


Off the Shoulder Top

What Have I Done

Ikea Bag and Notion Pouches
Elite Le Gran Mohair Yarn in Merlot


Pink Yarn - Crafting With Aunt Petunia
TV Along - Layered Daisy

This week