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.


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.


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.


20″ in Circumference and 8″ in Height


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)

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.


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


Farm Animal Knitted Ornaments

Our Farm Animal Knitted Ornaments made with alpaca yarn are handcrafted by a company called Lucuma Designs, who team with artists and cottage industries in Peru and Costa Rica.  Celebrating the beauty of everything handmade, seeking to benefit people and Mother Earth over making a profit, their love of nature and their traditions is inspiring.  You can read their story here.  Interestingly enough, people living at high elevations in the Andes mountains often had no access to trees or wood to carve toys, so they knitted their toys.  It is said “On the shores of Lake Titicaca, on the frigid Andean mountain plateau at 12,500 feet above sea level, everyone is a master knitter.”  The detail in these whimsical ornaments is remarkable.

Traditional Techniques

Artist Partners in Peru that knit these ornaments, love using their creativity and skills to create quality crafts that keep traditional techniques alive.  For thousands of years talented Peruvians have been knitting and perfecting their art.  Having stood the test of time, their craft techniques continue today, and are being passed down from generation to generation.  Even today many children learn to knit their own hats to keep themselves warm.

Knitting an Alpaca Ornament

Watch the video below and you’ll be amazed at the skillfulness of Peruvian knitters, 80% of them being women.

These whimsical animal ornaments hand-knit with alpaca yarn make a positive impact in the lives of the women who make them, as well as for the small-scale farmers that raise the alpacas to produce the fiber to make the yarn.  Knitters earn extra income while taking care of their children and farms, where they grow crops and raise a few animals. Thanks to Lucuma Designs’ support with innovative designs, high quality standards and access to international markets, their knitters can earn more than they would by selling products in the competitive local market.  Lucuma Designs is a proud member of the Fair Trade Federation and 1% for the Planet. With every purchase, you build a kinder and greener world!

Want to Purchase?

Purchase our Farm Animal Knitted Ornaments here.

Mothers have been knitting clothing and whimsical animal toys for their children for many years.  We also offer Alpaca Finger Puppets. Like our Farm Animal Knitted Ornaments, knitting finger puppets provides supplemental income for women, allowing them to work from home while caring for children, their llamas, alpacas, or sheep.  Your purchase makes a difference to them.  We also offer Handmade Knit Alpaca Ornaments handmade by a not-for-profit social enterprise called Global Goods Partners.

Make your Own?

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This makes me think of Amigurumi defined as the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small, stuffed yarn creatures.  Perhaps you’d like to learn to knit your own little animals.  Annie’s Craft Store offers an online knitting class to help you Learn to Knit Amigurumi as well as a number of patterns, mostly crochet.  Our Classic Alpaca Yarn is a favorite for knitting and crocheting tiny things!

Amigurumi: Woodland Animals

Craftsy offers several online crochet classes, one of them is Amigurumi: Woodland Animals.


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.


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 |
Crochet Hooks and Case – Teal |

Halloween Needle Felting Kit for Beginners

In our brand new DIY Halloween Needle Felting Kit for beginners, you will learn the basics of needle felting. The kit includes five different Halloween designs to cut out and use as stencils. Designs can be felted onto a backing fabric such as jeans, a sweatshirt, a canvas bag, a piece of felt, or onto the piece of fabric included in the kit. Designs can also be felted as individual shapes to make into pins, ornaments, magnets, or coasters.  Needle felting is the process of using a single barbed needle to repeatedly jab alpaca/wool fibers causing the fiber to tangle and become compact in order to create a two-dimensional flat piece or three-dimensional sculpture.  Needle Felting on a flat surface is an enjoyable craft that is a bit like “painting”, but with fiber.  The sky is the limit when it comes to the things you can create, and you can’t make a mistake!

Halloween Felting Kit

This kit will provide a very simple introduction to needle felting that will give you an idea of what this fun craft is all about!  Step-by-step instructions, patterns, alpaca wool roving in colors needed to produce the designs pictured, backing fabric, re-usable felting foam and two felting needles are included.  Stencils will need cut apart, and then the centers cut out with scissors or a craft knife.  The process involves placement of the stencil with the felting foam underneath, filling the stencil with fiber, and then poking.  Keeping your fingers out of the way is important.  Felting needles are sharp and it will hurt if you poke yourself!  The more you poke, the firmer the new fabric you’re making will become.

Halloween Felting Kit for Beginners

Felting inside a cookie cutter is another fun way to needle felt, and there are so many shapes and sizes of cookie cutters to choose from.  Check out Needle Felting in Christmas Cookie Cutters for directions on how to do this.  When felting inside a cookie cutter, you must be careful not to poke the metal or plastic edges of the cookie cutter, which often results in needle breakage.  Felting inside of a stencil eliminates this problem.

Halloween Felting Kit for Beginners

Of course you can create your own design without a cookie cutter or stencil working directly on the piece of foam or onto something like a sweatshirt, jean jacket, or pillow.  If felting directly on the piece of foam, care must be taken to peel your design off of the foam so that it doesn’t become permanently attached.  Felting onto a piece of fabric or a piece of fabric inside an embroidery hoop is fun.  Take a look at a Fall design I’m working on below.  I call this Hoop Art Felting and I do have a kit available if you want to take a “stab” at it, click here.

Another fun felting kit for Fall is our Pumpkin Needle Felting Kit!  This is a good one for beginners, and so is our Frog Needle Felting Kit.

 Pumpkin Needle Felting Kit

Need extra Felting Supplies?  We have Felting Tools, Felting Needles, Finger Protectors, and Felting Foam as well as Roving for felting.  We even have an Alpaca Wool Roving Sampler Pack with Autumn colors for your Fall felting pleasure.

Alpaca Wool Roving Sampler - Autumn Colors

Need some inspiration?  See Felted Creations by Julie Petty, some of my own handiwork!  For more blog posts on Needle Felting, click here!  For other Needle Felting Kits, click here.   This really is a fun craft, not hard to do, an outlet for your creative juices, and great stress relief too!

Live near Mansfield, Ohio?  Perhaps you’d be interested in our Needle Felting Classes.

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 |
500 Crochet Stitches |

Knitting Pattern – Tidal Beanie

Erin Gates of Lizzy Knits reached out to me and wondered if we might do some collaborating … so we did!  She sent me some of her wonderful knitting patterns, and I sent her some of our alpaca yarn.  We both agreed to promote each other and Erin has quite a following, so that is super exciting, and I am happy to team up with another small business owner!  The first pattern I knit was Erin’s Tidal Beanie.  I used our bulky weight Snuggle Yarn in the color Tan Heather, one skein will do it.  I am very new to knitting cables and must say I’m a little less awkward than I was at first.  I love the dimension and texture that cables add to a project.  Of course, an Alpaca Pom Pom was the finishing touch!

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Alpaca 4-H Program 2020

Four kids from local 4-H clubs came to Alpaca Meadows this summer, adopted alpacas to work with and prepare to show at the Richland County Fair.   This gives kids an opportunity to learn about alpacas and select alpacas as a 4-H project, without the commitment of owning one.  Kat Krietemeyer showed Shiya, Anna Irwin showed Annalise, Arica Uplinger showed Amelia, and Carson Abbott showed Alvira.  Impressive how well they all cleaned up for the fair!

Though nervous about how to re-open our farm in a safe way during a pandemic, I’m happy we were able to offer this opportunity to a few kids whose activities have been cancelled everywhere they turn (along with the rest of the world).  Parents and kids seemed to all enjoy the diversion and a chance to focus on something besides what’s going on in the world right now.

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Alpaca Bird Nesting Balls

What is an Alpaca Bird Nesting Ball, you ask? It is a ball made of grapevine stuffed full of alpaca fiber, for the birds to pluck out and carry away to build nests for their young! Alpaca fiber is very soft, and very warm. Can you just imagine what a comfortable nest a mama bird could build for her babies!

The birds really do use this fiber and I frequently find it when cleaning out birdhouses in the Fall.  The grapevine balls are approximately 4″ in diameter and generously filled with 3 ounces or more of alpaca fiber inside, and sticking out of them. Nesting balls hang from a piece of twine, and can be hung on a branch or tied.

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