Free Crochet Pattern – Ribbed Cloche Hat

This darling hat is crocheted with a bulky alpaca yarn, and is top down, in-the-round, with triple crochet post stitches, and ribbed sides creating oodles of texture.  It is topped off with a very striking twisted cables accent that holds the flipped-up-on-one-side edge in place.  You’ll be styling with this iconic bell shaped cloche hat that is reminiscent of hat styles from the 1920’s.  The word cloche is actually a French term meaning bell, and these hats were so named because they resembled large bells.  Cloches from days gone by were close-fitting, helmet-shaped hats that hugged the skull, had deep rounded crowns with no brim or just a small curve at the edge.

Snuggle Ribbed Cable Cloche Hat Free Pattern

The Free Pattern of this contemporary style cloche is by J. Parisi on Ravelry.

Yarn

The pattern calls for a bulky yarn so I have chosen our Snuggle Yarn, a color called Pack of Purples.  I used about 130 yards, so you’ll need to get into a second skein of the Snuggle.  I found that this yarn was a little thick to obtain the correct gauge, so revised the pattern in order to make a hat that would fit.

A worsted weight yarn might work just fine with the original pattern.  Take a look at our Espiral Yarn for a worsted weight yarn.  Our new Farm Yarns made from the fiber of our own alpacas at Alpaca Meadows, are also worsted weight.

 

Supplies Needed

The pattern calls for a Crochet Hook size I-9 (5.5mm).  You’ll need a Stitch Marker, Yarn Needle for weaving in ends, and pair of Scissors, if you don’t already have those items.

I do a small amount of affiliate marketing, and there are several links in this post that lead to products that we don’t sell at Alpaca Meadows, but we do receive a small percentage of the sale should you purchase those items.  Every little bit helps pay the bills, so thank you in advance!

 

Ribbed Cable Cloche Hat

I had so much fun with the pattern, that I made two hats! For the second hat, I used a solid color in the same Snuggle yarn line, this one is called Happy … love the name, don’t you?   The crown of this hat is worked from the top down without turning. The hat body is worked in a spiral manner until the desired height is achieved. Lastly, a side twist is added that covers the spiral shaping.

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Stitches Used

ch = chain

beg = beginning

rnd = round

sc = single crochet

dc = double crochet

st = stitch(es)

sl st – slip stitch

fpdc = front post double crochet

bpdc = back post double crochet

bptc = back post treble crochet

flsc = front loop single crochet

blsc = back loop single crochet

For help with any of the stitches used in this pattern, click the links.

Front Post

The front post double crochet creates a stitch that’s raised up from the fabric.   For this stitch, yarn over and insert your hook from the front of your work.  Insert the hook from right to left around the post of the next stitch.  The diagram above shows the direction your hook should go for a front post stitch.  Yarn over and pull through the first two loops.  Yarn over again and pull through the remaining two loops.

Back Post

To work the back post double crochet, yarn over, reaching over the top of piece and working on opposite or right side of the work, insert the hook from right to left around vertical post of next stitch, yarn over and draw loop through, (yarn over, draw through 2 loops on hook) twice.

The front post treble crochet and the back post treble crochet are done in the same manner as shown above.  The difference is you will be crocheting a treble crochet, also known as triple crochet, instead of double.

Here’s a video to help you.

MEASUREMENTS

20″ in Circumference and 8″ in Height

DIRECTIONS

Crown
Ch 4, join with sl st to first ch to make a ring.
Rnd 1: 10 sc in chain loop, join with sl st to beg of rnd. Place st marker to mark beg of rnd. Move st marker up as each row progresses (10 sc)
Rnd 2: 2 dc in same st as join, *2 dc in each sc* around, do not join (20 dc)
Rnd 3: dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc, continue around, do not join (30 dc)
Rnd 4: dc in each of the next 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc, continue around, do not join (40 dc)
Rnd 5: dc in each of the next 3 dc, 2 dc in next dc, continue around, do not join (50 dc)

Ribbing
Rnd 7: bpdc in each st, around (correction made from dc to bpdc Nov 2011)
Rnd 8: bptc in each dc, around
Rnd 9-14: repeat row 8

For longer length hat, repeat rnd 8 until desired length is achieved.

Finishing: Join last st to beg of last round, finish off. Weave in ends

Twisted Cable Straps
Make two – 5″ x 2″ straps
Ch 18
Row 1: sc across
Row 2: (wrong side) flsc across
Row 3: blsc, across
Repeat rows 2 & 3 until work measures 2″ wide. Finish off leaving a 8″ tail.

Finishing

Fold bottom edge on one side of hat up 2″ and using tapestry needle and extra yarn secure in place with
a few stitches. Making sure the strap will be laying flat and facing right side out when laying against the
hat, attach the two straps side by side to bottom edge of fold with the 8″ tail.

 Twist the two ribbed strips together 3x making sure
they are laying flat against the hat, anchor edges in place with a few stitches, then using tapestry needle
and leftover yarn, secure each strap to the top of the ribbing at the base of the crown.

Weave in all ends on hat, using tapestry needle

I am guilty of not swatching like I should, but I do try hats on frequently while making them.  The original pattern with our Snuggle yarn turned out too large, could have saved myself some trouble had I made a swatch, so I have tweaked the pattern to make it work with this yarn.

Prefer to Knit?

There is a knitting pattern for this hat too!  Find it here.

Purchase Hat?

Perhaps you’d just rather purchase this hat?  It’s available here, and can be custom made in the color of your choice!  The picture below shows Snuggle Hand-Dye Yarn.  For fun solid colors, see Snuggle Yarn.

If you’re looking for stitches that make your crochet pop, Post Stitches Are the Key to Crocheted Texture!

 

Need some help with hats crocheted in the round?  Check out this Craftsy online class!


Crochet in the Round: Basics & Beyond

 

FREE Crochet Pattern – Ribbed Fingerless Gloves

I found a FREE crochet pattern on Pinterest that I’ve tweaked just a little in order to use some of our Snuggle yarn by The Alpaca Yarn Company.  The original pattern is by Michele Gaylor who has named her crochet business Poochie Baby.

Fingerless Snuggle Gloves

I’m sure I’ll be making more of these as it is a very simple and quick pattern to crochet.  For my first pair I used Spring Green.

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Free Crochet Pattern – Fantail Alpaca Fingerless Gloves

This was a fun pattern that I didn’t get bored with because it was a combination of two different stitch patterns,  rounds of double crochet for the wrists and then fantail shell stitch pattern for the hands.  It is called Fantail Stitch Fingerless Gloves by Hooked by Robin.  She even has done a YouTube video tutorial for those that struggle with written patterns.

I chose one of our Paca Paints yarns, which is 100% alpaca, and the color is called Into The Pines.  This delightfully soft yarn comes in twelve different hand painted colors so be sure to click the link to see them all!

Paca Paints Alpaca Yarn - Into the Pines

I do a small amount of affiliate marketing, and there are several links in this post that lead to products that we don’t sell at Alpaca Meadows, but we do receive a small percentage of the sale should you purchase those items.  Every little bit helps pay the bills, so thank you in advance!

The pattern calls for a Crochet Hook size G-6 (4mm).  You’ll need a Yarn Needle for weaving in ends, and pair of Scissors, if you don’t already have those items.

 You can adjust the size of the gloves by going up a hook size should you need them to be larger, or down a hook size should you need them to be a little smaller.  Crochet the first couple of rows and and try them on to double check the fit, then adjust if necessary.   For me, these gloves ended up being about 8″ around using the 4mm Hook, which should fit a medium size hand.

 

Stitches / Abbreviations used:

FSC = foundation single crochet
Ch = chain
Sc = single crochet
Hdc = Half Double Crochet
Dc = double crochet
Ss = slip stitch
Sp= space

Fantail Shell Stitch = (3dc, ch1, 3dc) all into the same stitch
Click the link for a crochet tutorial to help you learn how to crochet the fantail shell stitch. This stitch creates a delicate fan textured pattern.  There are many variations of the shell stitch which is a staple of crochet.  It’s likely to be one of the first “fancy” stitches a new crocheter learns.

Hdc v-stitch = (hdc, ch1, hdc) all into the same stitch
Click the link for a tutorial from Daisy Cottage Designs on how to crochet this stitch.

If you missed the link at the top, here is the pattern one more time.  It’s a free one, did I mention?  You might want to try your gloves on now and then to make sure the glove fits your hand nicely, and because alpaca gloves feel so good!  You can always adjust your hook size as needed.

This is a great pattern for using up odds and ends, like I did in the picture below.  These gloves were made with our Astral yarn.  The cuff is with the color Virgo, the shell stitch section is using Shooting Star in the middle, and Scorpio at the top.

I’m sure I will use this pattern again, and again.  I always like combining different stitches, keeps a project interesting!  Speaking of interesting, you might want to check out the Craftsy Online Class below where you’ll learn how to make fingerless gloves with a chevron design, as well as some stunning mittens as you work through techniques for colorwork, cables, and more.

Crochet Mittens & Fingerless Gloves
Crochet Mittens & Fingerless Gloves

from: Craftsy

For other Fingerless Gloves patterns, click here.  See other projects using our Paca Paints yarn here.

Shop for Alpaca Yarn here.  Interested in purchasing these gloves, or having a pair made in the Paca Paints color of your choice?  Click here.

Free Crochet Pattern – Waved Arm Warmers

The Waved Arm Warmers FREE crochet pattern by Mon Petit Violon is a lovely pattern for our Astral yarn.  Simple, but elegant.  It is a one size fits most pattern that is adaptable to thicker yarns using a bigger crochet hook, if desired.  The Astral yarn is a DK weight yarn and suits this pattern wonderfully.

Astral yarn is a heavenly blend of 30% Alpaca, 20% Wool, and 50% Tencel with incredible luster. The Alpaca and Merino wool combination creates body and softness, while the Tencel produces a lovely drape as well as adding durability and strength.

The color I chose for these Arm Warmers is called Virgo.  A September birthday makes me a Virgo (not that I follow my horoscope), maybe that’s why I like it.  The warmers took about 130 yards, so one skein will do it.

I do a small amount of affiliate marketing, and there are several links in this post that lead to products that we don’t sell at Alpaca Meadows, but we do receive a small percentage of the sale should you purchase those items.  Every little bit helps pay the bills, so thank you in advance!

The pattern calls for a Crochet Hook size E-4 (3.5mm).  You’ll need a Yarn Needle for weaving in ends, and pair of Scissors, if you don’t already have those items.

Gauge:

5 dc and 2 rows = 1 inch

Stitches Used:

ch = chain

st(s) – stitches(es)

sc = single crochet

dc = double crochet

sl st – slip stitch

sp – space

st = stitch

Special Stitches:

Two dc together (dc2tog):

Begin to work dc in next st, but don’t complete it, leaving
2 loops on hook, work another incomplete dc in next st,
so that you have 3 loops on the hook. Yarn over and pull
through all 3 loops on the hook. Stitch completed.

Have lots of yarn leftovers?  These arm warmers would be super cute made striped, changing color every row, or every couple rows.

There is no thumb hole with this style which is designed to wear more on the arm, than hand, but a thumb hole would be easy to add.

Vita Apala is the designer behind the Mon Petit Violon brand and has many other lovely patterns on her website and in her Etsy shop.  Vita also shares some Free Stitch Patterns that she has collected along the way!

Interested in purchasing the Waved Alpaca Arm Warmers?  Click the link and they’re yours!

 

Crochet Hooks and Case - Teal | KnitPicks.com
Crochet Hooks and Case – Teal | KnitPicks.com

Free Crochet Pattern – Klaziena Alpaca Shawl

This luxuriously lacy triangular shawl is crocheted with a fingering weight yarn called  Mariquita Yarn from The Alpaca Yarn Company.  This yarn is 50% baby alpaca and 50% tencel.  It has a subtle shine and beautiful drape which makes it a great choice for this shawl with alternating lace work and solid bands of stitching. The Klaziena Shawl pattern is designed by Kirsten Bishop and her design is dedicated to a dear friend.

The colors chosen for this ridiculously soft shawl are Blue Suede Shoes, Copperpot, and Lava Cake, a beautiful color combination for Fall and Winter.  The shawl measures approximately 33 inches from the top to the point of the triangle and 63 inches across the top edge.

I do a small amount of affiliate marketing, and there are several links in this post that lead to products that we don’t sell at Alpaca Meadows, but we do receive a small percentage of the sale should you purchase those items.  Every little bit helps pay the bills, so thank you in advance!

 

The pattern calls for a Crochet Hook size E-4 (3.5mm).  You’ll need a Stitch Marker, Yarn Needle for weaving in ends, and pair of Scissors, if you don’t already have those items.

The pattern is designed to repeat, so you can continue until the desired size of shawl is achieved.

Stitches Used:

ch = chain

sc = single crochet

dc = double crochet

dc cross = 1/1 double crochet cross

edc = extended double crochet

fpdc = front post double crochet

sk = skip

sp = space

st = stitch

*…* = repeat between

The pattern is available here.  It is also available in French, Dutch, Russian, and Polish so for a different language, look up Klaziena Shawl on Kirsten Bishop’s Ravelry page.

Triangular shawls are very versatile and there are so many different ways to wear them!  Throw it over your shoulder, wear it like a scarf, off to the side, over your head, belted around the waist, tied in the front, tied in the back … just depends on your mood and the occasion!  You may want to check out this Ways to Wear Your Knit Shawl video by Susan B Anderson.

For more Shawl Crochet Patterns, click here.  Be sure to see Mariquita Yarn Patterns. You may also enjoy my Pinterest board collection, Patterns – Mariquita Yarn. This board is a combination of knit and crochet patterns, many of them Free!  Want to purchase this shawl?  I’d love that!  Click here.

 

Want to learn more crochet stitches?  This is a great reference!500 Crochet Stitches | KnitPicks.com
500 Crochet Stitches | KnitPicks.com

Free Knitting Pattern – Darn Knit Cable Hat

This knit hat is called Darn Knit Cable Hat and the design is by Aimee Pelletier.  Aimee’s grandmother taught her to knit when she was a young girl.  She put her knitting away for many years, and then according to Aimee, her Nan conned her into it again!  She now owns her own yarn shop in Stillwater, Minnesota called Darn Knit Anyway.  To see more of Aimee’s projects on Ravelry, click here.

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Free Crochet Pattern – Go With the Flow Scarf

I found this pattern on the My Hobby is Crochet website.  It is called Go With the Flow Super Scarf, and can be made as wide and as long as you like.  For this scarf I opted for a DK weight yarn, one from our Classic Alpaca Yarn line, because well,  I just wanted to make something with this yarn!  I love how it turned out!

Here’s the yarn I used.  It is beige, light brown, black, and grey, and is 100% alpaca, so is super soft.

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Free Knitting and Crochet Pattern – Stormy Sky Shawl

Surely it will be warm weather soon, and thoughts will turn to lighter weight yarn for knitting and crochet projects.  I found this pretty shawl on Ravelry, knit by Lynn Fukutani, using Mariquita Yarn, a Fingering weight yarn, which is a luxurious blend of 50% Baby Alpaca and 50% Tencel.

Mariquita yarn has a subtle shine and a beautiful drape, and is the perfect choice for this lightweight, asymmetrical shawl.

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Alpaca and Llama Face Masks

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has issued an updated set of guidelines on wearing face coverings in public, including homemade face masks as the US struggles to fill a coronavirus-driven demand for more personal protective equipment.  If you love alpacas and llamas, like I do, you might enjoy checking out the alpaca and llama collection of face masks available.  You can click on either the picture, or the link below the picture, to purchase!

Many other designs available too!

I do a small amount of affiliate marketing so if you purchase one of the items in this post, I do receive a small percentage of the sale, and I thank you, especially during these difficult times!

Flock Of Alpacas Pattern Cloth Face Maskcom
Flock Of Alpacas Pattern Cloth Face Maskcom

(A group of alpacas is actually referred to as a herd.)

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Free Pattern – Sampler Fingerless Gloves

Loving texture, and interesting, unique patterns that also keep me interested while I’m making them, I was inspired by a blanket pattern.  Thinking about a class to teach at the farm, for those that had taken my Learn to Crochet Class, were tired of making scarves, interested in making fingerless gloves, and ready for a bit more of a challenge, I designed my first pattern!

The inspiration came from the Chunky Sampler Blanket Crochet Pattern – Wintertide Throw on the Mama In A Stitch website.  I thought that a sampling of different stitches in one project, would make a great next crochet class.  I’ve had to reschedule, and cancel, and reschedule my classes again, like many others, due to the worldwide pandemic we are currently experiencing, in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Since I still have not been able to hold the Sampler Fingerless Gloves Class, I thought I’d share the pattern, the beautiful yarn I used, and make a Kit available to purchase.  I am not a pattern designer, so please allow some forgiveness if you find an error in the pattern, and by all means, please let me know so that I can correct it.

The yarn I used is called Espiral Yarn, it is a worsted weight yarn, and 100% alpaca.  It is fairly new to the line-up from The Alpaca Yarn Company and is meant to replicate the look of hand spun yarn with every skein being unique.  I like that the randomness of this yarn just adds even more to this pattern for a fun pair of mis-matched, yet matching pair of fingerless gloves.  The yarn comes in both Natural Colors and Hand-Dyed Colors.  The color shown in the gloves is called Blue Curacao.

This pattern was meant to be shared in a class, so for that reason I’ve included links to instructions and videos to help you with the stitches that might be unfamiliar to you.   The following is a list and abbreviations of the stitches you’ll be using in this pattern.  What You Need to Know to Read any Crochet Pattern is an article you might find helpful.

Abbreviations (US) & Skills:

ch – chain
sc – single crochet
dc – double crochet
hdc – half double crochet
blo-work stitch through the back loops only
flo – work stitch through the front loops only
hdc flo – half double crochet through the front loop only
hdc blo – half double crochet through the front loop only
bphdc – back post half double crochet
sts – stitches
sk – skip
ch sp – chain space
yo – yarn over
sl st – slip stitch

Bobble Stitch
Yarn over, insert hook into st, pull up a loop, yo and pull through two, * yo, insert hook into same st, yo pull up a loop, yo and pull through two more, repeat from * three more times for a total of 5 loops on the hook, yarn over, pull through all loops on the hook.

Bean Stitch
Row 1 Insert hook in st, pull up a loop, yo, insert hook into same st, pull up another loop (4 loops on hook) yo, insert hook in same st, pull up a loop (6 loops on hook) yo, pull through all 6 loops on hook (bean stitch made), * ch1, sk 1 ch, work bean stitch in next st, repeat from * around.
Row 2 Work bean stitch in 1st ch sp, *ch 1, sk st, work bean st in next st; repeat from * around.

Granite Stitch
Sc in 2nd st from hook, *ch1, sk st, sc in next st, repeat from * across the row.

Finished Size:
Instructions are given to fit size Small. Changes for Medium and Large sizes are in parentheses (). S (M, L)

To fit Hand Circumference:  7″ (8″, 9″)

Finished Length:  9″

Hook Size: H-8, 5mm

Materials:  One Skein Espiral Alpaca Yarn

Instructions
Make 2.

CUFF
1. Ch8. Turn, Hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. Turn. – 7 st
2. Ch1. Hdc blo in 1st st and each st across. Turn. – 7 st

 

Lesson 12: How to Crochet in the Front and Back Loop

Working in the back loop

To crochet in the back loop of a stitch, insert your crochet hook underneath the back loop only and make the stitch as indicated in your pattern.

Lesson 12: How to Crochet in the Front and Back Loop

3. Repeat Row 2 until you have a total of 17 (19, 21) rows.

Gauge check: Your band should be 7″ (7 3/4″, 8 1/2″) long x 2″ wide

Slip Stitch the ends of the cuff together.
Turn your work as if you’re going to another row of hdc blo, but don’t ch.
Fold up the bottom row so that it is behind your top row.
Insert hook through the back loop of your top row and the bottom loop of your starting chain. Slip stitch.
Slip stitch in this manner across (this is the wrong side of your cuff).

Turn the cuff right side out. Do not cut. The first round will be worked into the side of the cuff where your hook is. You will now be working in the round, but turning after each round.

BODY
Round 1 Ch2. Work 28 (32, 36) hdc evenly around the cuff. Ss to 1st hdc. Turn. – 28 (32, 36) sts
Round 2 Ch1. Dc in next flo of same stitch and each st around. Ss to top of ch1. Turn. 28 (32, 36) sts

Working in the front loop

To crochet in the front loop of a stitch, insert your crochet hook underneath the front loop only and make the stitch as indicated in your pattern.

Lesson 12: How to Crochet in the Front and Back Loop

Round 3 Ch1. Work row 1 of Bean Stitch Pattern in each st around. Ss to top of ch1. Turn. 28 (32, 36) sts
Round 4 Ch1. Work row 2 of Bean Stitch Pattern each ch sp around. Ss to top of ch1. Turn. 28 (32, 36) sts
Round 5 Ch1. Work row 1 of Granite Stitch Pattern, working through front loops only in each st around. Ss to top of ch1. Turn. 28 (32, 36) sts
Round 6 Ch1. Hdc flo in same stitch and each st around. Ss to top of ch1. Turn. 28 (32, 36) sts
Round 7 Ch1, BPHdc in same stitch and each st around. Ss to top of ch1. Turn. 28 (32, 36) sts
Round 8 Ch 1, work Bobble Stitch in flo of same st, * dc flo in each of next 2 sts, bobble flo in next st; repeat from * across to last 2 sts, dc in last 2 sts of row. Ss to top of ch1. Turn. 28 (32, 36) sts
Round 9 Ch 1, turn, work row 1 of Granite Stitch, working through the front loops only, across the row, working last sc in the turn ch 3 of previous round. Ss to top of ch1. Turn. 28 (32, 36) sts
Round 10 Ch1, turn, work hdc flo in same st and in each ch st and sc each st around. Ss to top of ch1. Turn. 28 (32, 36) sts
Round 11 Ch1, turn, work BPhdc in each st each st around. Ss to top of ch1. Turn. 28 (32, 36) sts
Round 12 Ch1, work round 1 of Bean Stitch Pattern, working through the front loops only each st around. Ss to top of ch1. Turn. 28 (32, 36) sts
Round 13 Ch1, work round 2 of Bean Stitch Pattern in same ch sp and each ch sp around (work normally, not flo). Ss to top of ch1. Turn. 28 (32, 36) sts
Round 14 Ch 1, sc in 1st st, ch1, sk1, *sc in next st, ch1, sk1* 2 times, sc, ch4, sk4, sc in next st, ch1, sk1* until end of round. (Thumbhole made) Ss to top of ch1. Turn. 28 (32, 36) sts
Round 15 Ch1, turn, hdc blo in each st around. Ss to top of ch1. Turn. 28 (32, 36) sts.
Round 16 Ch1, turn, hdc flo in each st around. Ss to top of ch1. Turn. 28 (32, 36) sts.

The next round calls for Back Post Half Double Crochet

Yarn over, insert hook from back to front to back around post of corresponding stitch below, yarn over and pull up loop, yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook.

Back post half double crochet (BPHdc) how to article from Interweave.

Round 17 Ch 1, turn, BPhdc in same hdc space and each hdc sp around. Ss to top of ch1. Turn. 28 (32, 36) sts

Tie off and weave in ends.
Block to shape and size as desired.

 

Since I wrote this post, I’ve made another pair of these gloves in a color called Pink Lemonade.  Interested in purchasing a Kit to make these gloves in the color or your choice?  Click here.  Find the Espiral Yarn here.

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