Friday, March 29, 2013

Crock Pot Freezer Meals (for Summer!)


By the time summer rolls around I am going to be in my third trimester and I will be very very pregnant and uncomfortable. So I am planning ahead! I found some great crock pot freezer meal recipes that I think will be great for summer. By doing the prep work now, all you need to do is thaw your pre-made meal and throw it into the crock pot. No need to slave over the stove or turn your oven on during the summer heat. Easy meals mean more time outside enjoying the weather! 

There is nothing better in the summer than a ice cold Corona and lime and some mexican food! These crock pot chicken fajitas will be a great meal. Be sure to pick up some tortillas and sour cream and shredded cheese for toppings when you are ready to cook this.



Crock Pot Chicken Fajitas

- 3 Chicken Breasts, sliced into strips
- 1-2 Tbsp Fajita seasoning from packet
- 1 medium onion sliced
- 1 medium pepper sliced (I used an orange pepper)
- 1 can Rotel tomatoes and green chiles

Label your Ziploc bag and add the chicken strips. Add in the fajita seasoning and smush around. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix around. Lay flat in your freezer.

When ready to eat, thaw and dump everything into the crock pot. Cook on low for 4-5 hours.

You can find the original recipe HERE

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I chose this chili recipe because I thought it would make great chili burgers or chili dogs. We love to grill in the summer time and this will make a yummy topping for hot dogs and hamburgers.



Crock Pot Chili

- 1lb ground beef
- 1 diced onion
- 2 (14oz) cans diced tomatoes
- 1 (8oz) can tomato sauce
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 (15oz) can red kidney beans
- 1 packet chili seasoning mix
- 2 Tbsp worcestershire sauce
- 1 Tbsp sugar

Brown ground beef and diced onion together. While it is browning, mix all other ingredients in gallon size freezer bag (be sure to label your bag first!). When the meat and onion is cooled, add it to bag. Mix around and lay flat to freeze.

When ready to eat, thaw in fridge for 24 hours. Cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 7-8 hours.

You can find the original recipe HERE

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Nothing says summer like some BBQ ribs!



Crock Pot BBQ Spareribs

- 2lbs of pork ribs
- 1 1/2 cups ketchup
- 1 1/2 Tbsp seasoned salt
- 1/2 Teaspoon liquid smoke
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup white vinegar

Label your gallon size freezer bag and put in pork ribs. Mix remaining ingredients together in a separate bowl and pour over ribs. Seal bag and place in freezer.

When ready to eat, thaw in fridge for 24 hours. Cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-7 hours.

You can find the original recipe HERE

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I thought this would be a great dish for summer BBQs or potlucks. You can serve them by themselves or put over white rice!



Crock Pot Sweet and Tangy Meatballs

- 1 bag of frozen meatballs (the one I picked up was 32oz and had about 65 meatballs in it)
- 16oz grape jelly
- 28 oz bottle of BBQ sauce (I recommend Sweet Baby Rays)

Mix BBQ sauce and grape jelly together in a separate bowl. Split the meatballs between two bags. Pour sauce evenly between both bags and mix around. Lay flat and freeze.

When ready to eat, cook on low for 2-4 hours. 

You can find the original recipe HERE

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I love that this recipe included pineapple in it. It reminded me of Hawaii :)



Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken

- I medium bag of carrots
- 1 red onion cut into large chunks
- 2 large cans of pineapple undrained (I used canned pineapple chunks)
- 4 cloves of garlic
- 4 chicken breasts (I used 3 extremely large pieces which I think will be enough for our family)
- 1 cup Teriyaki sauce

Label freezer bags and split all ingredients into two bags. The ingredients are easy to split up evenly.  Smush around in bag to make sure everything is mixed. Lay flat to freeze.

When ready to eat, add 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce to crock pot  and cook on low for 6-7 hours.

You can find the original recipe HERE



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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Crochet Egg Cozy Pattern



Keep your Easter eggs from cracking with these easy-to-make crochet egg cozies! They would also make a nice alternative to dying your eggs since you could crochet them in a variety of colors (even make them multiple colors) for a colorful display!

Materials:
-Vanna's Choice Yarn
- Size I (5.5mm) crochet hook (use a smaller hook for smaller eggs)
- 1/2" button
- Tapestry needle

Abbreviations:
SC= Single Crochet
SC decrease = Single crochet decrease
Magic Ring tutorial HERE

Egg Cozy Pattern (fits large eggs)
Magic Ring, 6 SC in magic ring, continue to crochet in rounds (do not join)
Round 2: 2 SC in each stitch around (12 sc)
Round 3: *2 SC in first stitch, SC in next, repeat from * around (18 SC)
Round 4-5: SC in each stitch around (18 SC)
at then end of round 5, chain 1 and turn
Round 6: SC decrease, SC in next 12, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Round 7: SC decrease, SC in next 10, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Round 8: SC in each stitch, chain 1 turn (12 SC)
Round 9: SC in each stitch (12 SC), after the last stitch, chain 14, connect with a SC in the same stitch you started your chains. Continue to SC along the dip of the cozy and join to the first stitch in round 10. Leave a long tail to sew a button on to this part of the cozy. The "chain 14" loop will hook to the button to close the cozy around the egg.



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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Crochet Corn Dog Pattern


Did you know that this Saturday March 23rd is National Corn Dog Day?! Hehe, well I didn't really expect you to know that. In fact, I recently found out myself that there is a day dedicated to corn dogs. You see, there is this little inside joke among some of my friends and I about corn dogs. I don't remember how it started, but every time someone needs a recipe suggestion, gift idea, or something of that sort, one of us always chimes in with "Corn Dogs!" It's the answer to everything :) If you happen to be a corn dog fan or maybe you feel like celebrating National Corn Dog Day, you can whip up this cute little crochet corn dog!

Materials:
-Vanna's Choice Yarn in Honey for the corn dog and Linen for the stick. Use Red or Yellow for the Ketchup and Mustard.
- Size G Crochet Hook 
- Poly-Fil
-Tapestry Needle

Abbreviations:
SC = Single Crochet
SC Decrease = Single Crochet Decrease

Crochet Corn Dog Pattern

Magic ring, chain 1, SC 5 in ring, continue crochet in rounds (you may want to use a stitch marker to keep track of your rounds) and stuff with poly-fil as you go.
Round 2: 2 SC in each around (10 SC)
Round 3: 2 SC in each around (20 SC)
Round 4-23: SC around (20 SC)
Round 24: *SC, SC decrease in next, repeat from * around.
Round 25: SC decrease 5x, change color.
Round 25-34: SC around (5 SC)
Fasten off, weave yarn through end so it closes tightly.

Ketchup or Mustard
Chain 50, sew on the top of the corn dog with tapestry needle by weaving the needle through middle of each chain and through surface on the corn dog.

Here's an idea... make the corn dogs a little smaller and shorter and make corn dog ornaments! I sent these to a friend as a gag gift for Christmas :)


Or how about a carnival themed gift for your favorite crocheter! I sent this to a different friend also as a holiday gift :) Along with my crochet corn dog, I gave her a skien of yarn in a clear Starbucks cup with a crochet hook straw and popcorn containers from the dollar store filled with a gift card to Michaels, and a bag of popcorn.


You can read more about national corndog day at www.corndogday.com.

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Monday, March 18, 2013

Chick and Bunny Candy Filled Easter Eggs


I was inspired last week by two really neat Easter candy ideas. The first were these adorable M&M Chicks by Simply Sweet Stuff and the second were these amazing White Chocolate Candy Filled Easter Chicks by the talented Hungry Happenings. So here I am making my own version: Chicks and Bunnies made from plastic easter eggs and filled with candy!

These were very simple to make and the supplies are cheap. I am sure you can find everything you need at the Dollar store. 

Materials:
- Yellow and pink plastic Easter eggs
- Yellow and pink pipe cleaners
- Goggly eyes
- Craft foam (found at Dollar store or any craft store)
- Small white pom poms (or color of your choice) for bunny tail
- My "chick and bunny feet" printable (if you need it!) You can download it HERE
- Hot glue gun
- Small candies (I used jelly beans)


You will want to start by printing out the chick and bunny feet printable and using it as a template to cut the feet out from your craft foam. Use a small corner of foam to make your chick and bunny noses as well. 

Then bend your pipe cleaners into bunny ears and little chickadee wings. Trim extra pipe cleaner. Heat up the hot glue gun and glue everything into place! Make sure you glue the egg onto the feet so the smaller part of the egg is at the feet and the wider part of the egg is the face. Use the little notch at the end of the egg as a marker for where the nose should be glued on. 



Now you can open your egg and fill it with small candies (fill about half way full). The candy will help weigh down the bottom of the egg if it seems a little tipsy :)


How cute would these be as little treats for your Easter celebration?! 


Friday, March 15, 2013

Exciting News!


Some of you may have noticed my blog has been a little sparse lately. And I've been a little slow at answering my e-mails and responding to my Facebook wall posts and messages. Well, I have a good excuse for this! I'M PREGNANT!! We are so happy to announce that we are expecting baby #3 in mid September :)

It's been a long journey to this pregnancy. I lost two pregnancies this past year. Both were very early (about 5 weeks along) but I had never had a problem getting pregnant or staying pregnant before so they came as a real shock to me. Then at about 7 weeks with this pregnancy, I started to have some weird pain and I knew something wasn't quite right. An ultrasound revealed that I had a subchorionic hemorrhage. From what I understand, this means that part of the placenta was torn away from the uterus wall, causing bleeding. The warned me that I now had an increased risk of miscarriage. I have been very nervous about this pregnancy and was taking it day by day. But fortunately at my 12 week ultrasound I got the news that everything has healed and there is no more bleeding. The baby looks perfectly healthy and all is well! We couldn't be happier and couldn't wait to share the good news with all of you!


So bear with me while I slowing try to weed through my inboxes and I will do my best to at least have 2 new projects for you each week. I've been extra tired and had a little bit of nausea to deal with. It is very unfortunate that the only time my nausea really kicks in is when I pick up my crochet hooks or look at my computer for a long time :( But I am hoping to get some energy back in the second trimester and will be able to focus on my blog a little more. Thanks for your support!

I can't wait to have a little model for all my crochet hats :) You know this means lots more patterns for next fall and winter!






Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Crochet Cupcake Hat Pattern


One of my good friends has a sweet 3 month old baby girl who sports the most adorable knitted cupcake hat. The second I saw it, I knew I had to make a crocheted version! I had the vision in my mind of how I was going to make it and am so excited that it turned out just how I had imagined it. But I am going to warn you, this hat takes longer to put together than most of my others. There are a lot of little embellishments and different stitches to make. Also, I am sure you guys were hoping for all sizes but unfortunately I only have the 0-3 month size worked up right now. This one took me awhile to figure out, so bear with me while I work on larger sizes.

Materials:
Worsted weight yarn in cream and brown. I used Ashland Bay Montana 100% Targhee wool yarn doubled up for the main part of the hat and Loops & Threads Impeccable Yarn in soft taupe for the bottom part of the cupcake. If you are using a regular worsted weight yarn like Vanna's Choice you only need to use one strand (don't double up).
- Size H crochet hook
- Tapestry needle
- Colored yarn scraps for the sprinkles
- Red worsted weight yarn for the cherry

Abbreviations:
Magic Ring= Find the tutorial HERE
ST= Stitch
SC= Single Crochet
HDC= HD
DC= Double Crochet
FPHDC= Front Post Half Double Crochet
BPHDC= Back Post Half Double Crochet



Cupcake Hat Pattern:

Size: 0-3 months
Magic Ring, chain 1, 9 HDC in ring, join, chain 1
Round 2: Work 2 HDC into each st around, join, chain 1 (18 HDC)
Round 3: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (27 HDC)
Round 4: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 2, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (36 HDC)
Round 5: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 3, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (45 HDC)
Round 6-9: HDC in each stitch around, join, chain 1 (chain 3 at the end of round 9) (45 HDC)
Now you are going to make the shell edge...
Round 10: Make 4 DC in the same stitch as your chain 3, skip 2 stitches, SC, skip 2 stitches, *make 5 DC's all in one stitch, skip 2 stitches, SC, skip 2 stitches, repeat from * the rest of the way around. Join to bottom of chain 3. Fasten off and weave in ends.
Round 11: Now it gets a little complicated. You are going to want to switch colors to brown (or whatever you are using for the base of the cupcake) and join the yarn to round 9 (not the shell edge). You will have to flip the shell edge up and look for the row of stitches from round 9. Chain 1 and HDC in each stitch around, join, chain 1. (You should end up with 45 HDC) It should look like this:




Round 12-14: FPHDC in first stitch, BPHDC in next, repeat around, join, chain 1
Here is a video tutorial on how to make the FPHDC and BPHDC:





Now begin on first earflap as written below.

Earflap 1: 
Chain 1, SC in next 10, chain 1, turn
Row 2: SC decrease, SC in next 6, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 3: SC across (8 SC)
Row 4: SC decrease, SC in next 4, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 5: SC across ( 6 SC)
Row 6: SC decrease, SC in next 2, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 7: SC across (4 SC)
Row 8: Make 2 SC decreases, chain 1, turn
Row 9: SC decrease, fasten off, weave in ends

Earflap 2:
Leave 15 stitches in front 
Join yarn, chain 1, SC in next 10, chain 1, turn
Row 2: SC decrease, SC in next 6, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 3: SC across (8 SC)
Row 4: SC decrease, SC in next 4, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 5: SC across ( 6 SC)
Row 6: SC decrease, SC in next 2, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 7: SC across (4 SC)
Row 8: Make 2 SC decreases, chain 1, turn
Row 9: SC decrease, and continue to SC around hat and earflaps, when you get to the top of each earflap: chain 40 (or as long/short as you wish), slip stitch in 2nd chain from hook and the rest of the way down the chain. Continue to SC around the hat and fasten off when you get the entire way around.

Crochet Cherry Pattern:
Magic Ring, chain 1, make 6 SC inside the magic ring, pull tight and continue to SC in rounds (do not join) use a stitch marker if needed.
Round 2: 2 SC in each stitch around (12 SC)
Round 3-4: SC in each stitch around (12 SC)
Round 5: *SC decrease, SC, repeat from * the rest of the way around, join, and fasten off leaving long tail.
You should now have an opening at the end that you will need to stuff with extra yarn or a small amount of poly-fil. Use the long tail to sew the cherry onto the top of the hat.

Sprinkles:
Use scraps of colored yarn (I used red, orange, mustard yellow, turquoise, light pink and purple) and with your tapestry needle, sew the yarn on in random spots so they look like long sprinkles.


If you are anxious to make this hat in larger sizes and want to attempt it on your own, you can follow the sizing increases on my gingerbread man hat. You will want the bottom part of your cupcake to be at least 4-6 rows long for larger hats so that is where you will make your FPHDC and BPHDC's. Follow the same instructions as above for the shell edge as well. That will go on the row before you begin the bottom of the cupcake.

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Monday, March 11, 2013

Dyeing yarn with Kool Aid in the Crock Pot


Yesterday I introduced you to some fabulous new yarns that I received from Ashland Bay. They have such a great texture and are really fun to work with. And the best part is that they are 100% domestically raised and spun; 100% products of USA. They came to me in a beautiful cream color. I love the soft neutral tone of these yarns but I also had the urge to dye some of it using a really cool technique that I came across awhile back: Kool Aid and the Crock Pot!



I first saw this done over at Leethal Blog and I had to give it a try! You will need a bunch of packets of Kool Aid in multiple flavors and your yarn wrapped in hank form.



I filled the crock pot up with water and about a cap full of vinegar. The vinegar helps the Kool Aid set into the yarn. I submerged the yarn into the water and let it soak for about 3 minutes before covering it and turning it on low. You will want to let it heat up for about 15 minutes. Then you can add your Kool Aid. I used tropical punch and cherry flavors in one crock pot to make a beautiful bright pinky red color. I used Tropical Punch and Grape in the other crock pot to create a tie-dye look of maroons and purples.


Feel free to add as may colors as you wish. Add them to different parts of the yarn and press them down with a spoon. Don't stir unless you want to dye the yarn in one consistent color. 

After you add your Kool Aid, recover and leave it on low for 2-3 hours or until all the Kool Aid is absorbed and the water is clear. Part way through, you may want to flip your yarn over and find any white spots that need more Kool Aid. Pour in additional packets to cover the white spots. Don't worry, the Kool Aid will not dye your crock pot!


When all of the Kool Aid is absorbed, turn the crock pot off and let it cool to room temperature. Then transfer the yarn to a colander and rinse with water. 


Ring out the yarn and let it dry over night. A bathroom towel rack is a good place to let it dry!


I'm not sure what I will created with my newly dyed yarn but when I figure it out I will be sure to post it right away. Who knows, I may come up with a new pattern to go along with my new yarn!


The pink is made with Ashland Bay Montana yarn and the purple tie-dye in made with Ashland Bay Dakota yarn.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

CAL Cowl made with Ashland Bay Yarn


 

I hope those of you who participated in One Dog Woof's Crochet Along have enjoyed your experience and learned a couple things from her detailed tutorials! Now it's time to submit your finished cowl to the link party and show off your creation! Even if you are a non-blogger, you can still submit your photo. You can find the directions on how to do that and the link party HERE. There will also be prizes for the cowl that gets the most votes! Voting starts on Monday 3/11.

Here is the cowl I made with some gorgeous new yarn from Ashland Bay Trading Co. This yarn is 100% domestically raised and spun; 100% product of the USA! I used the Montana bulky weight yarn for the cowl. The yarn can be dyed, but I loved the off white color as it came. It's a great color for winter or those chilly spring days!


You can find out more about Ashland Bay Yarns and how to purchase them HERE.








Friday, March 8, 2013

St. Patrick's Day Candy Treat


St. Patrick's Day is March 17th and if your planning on having a party, or your little one is celebrating at school, this Pot of Gold candy treat is the perfect gift to share with your friends or loved ones.

My inspiration was from "It Is What It Is" blog and her creative pot of gold printables and treat bags.
I found these great party favor tubes on Amazon. You gotta click on the link to see other the creative projects you can make with these!



I filled my tubes with Skittles candy (sorted in rainbow colors) and then put a single Rolo candy at the bottom for the "pot of gold." I made the mistake of buying a roll of Rolos. You will want to get the individually packaged Rolos that I believe come in a bag. 13 skittles in each color ended being the perfect amount to fill the tube.


I then created a simple printable tag that says "You're my Pot of Gold at the end of the Rainbow." I printed it on regular printer paper and tied it on the tubes with a piece of gold yarn. Feel free to make your own, or you can download my version here:




And that's it! A fun little candy treat for your St. Patrick's Day celebrations!


Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Crochet Basketball Hat Pattern




Who's ready for March Madness?! In our house we like fill out brackets and watch the NCAA tournament every March. This year I thought it might be fun if the boys had basketball hats! But it doesn't just have to be for boys.. you can add one of my Simple Spring Crocheted Flowers to make it a little more "girly."


Before we begin let me remind you of some basic directions you should follow while crocheting my hats:
- Always start your rounds in the same stitch as your chain.
- Always join your rounds to the first DC, NOT the chain.
- Your last stitch should be in the stitch before your chain.
- Do NOT count the chain 2 as a stitch.

(You can find pictures of how to start and join your rounds HERE)

Materials:
- Orange worsted weight yarn (I used Vanna's Choice Lion Brand)
- Black worsted weight yarn
- Crochet hook size H-8 (5.0 mm)
- Tapestry needle

Abbreviations:
ch - chain
sl st- slip stitch
SC - Single Crochet
DC - Double Crochet
Magic Ring - Find a great tutorial including video HERE

Basketball Hat Pattern

Size: 0-3 Months
Magic ring, 11 DC in magic ring, join to first DC, chain 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join, chain 2 (22 DC)
Round 3: 2 DC in first, DC in next, repeat around, join, chain 2 (33 DC)
Round 4: 2 DC in first, DC in next 2, repeat around, join, chain 2 (44 DC)
Round 5-10: DC in each around, join, chain 2 (44 DC)
Change color to black
Round 11: SC in each around, join, fasten off, weave in ends (44 SC)

Size: 3-6 Months
Magic ring, 11 DC in magic ring, join to first DC, chain 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join, chain 2 (22 DC)
Round 3: 2 DC in first, DC in next, repeat around, join, chain 2 (33 DC)
Round 4: 2 DC in first, DC in next 2, repeat around, join, chain 2 (44 DC)
Round 5: 2 DC in first, DC in next 10, repeat around, join, chain 2 (48 DC)
Round 6-11: DC in each around, join, chain 2 (48 DC)
Change color to black
Round 12: SC in each around, join, fasten off, weave in ends (48 SC)


Size: 6-9 Months
Magic ring, 11 DC in magic ring, join to first DC, chain 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join, chain 2 (22 DC)
Round 3: 2 DC in first, DC in next, repeat around, join, chain 2 (33 DC)
Round 4: 2 DC in first, DC in next 2, repeat around, join, chain 2 (44 DC)
Round 5: 2 DC in first, DC in next 10, repeat around, join, chain 2 (48 DC)
Round 6: 2 DC in first, DC in next 11, join, chain 2 (52 DC)
Round 7-12: DC in each around, join, chain 2 (52 DC)
Change color to black
Round 13: SC in each around, join, fasten off, weave in ends (52 SC)

Size: 9-12 Months (Should fit up to about 16 months)
Magic ring, 11 DC in magic ring, join to first DC, chain 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join, chain 2 (22 DC)
Round 3: 2 DC in first, DC in next, repeat around, join, chain 2 (33 DC)
Round 4: 2 DC in first, DC in next 2, repeat around, join, chain 2 (44 DC)
Round 5: 2 DC in first, DC in next 10, repeat around, join, chain 2 (48 DC)
Round 6: 2 DC in first, DC in next 11, join, chain 2 (52 DC)
Round 7: 2 DC in first, DC in next 12, join, chain 2 (56 DC)
Round 8-13: DC in each around, join, chain 2 (56 DC)
Change color to black
Round 14: SC in each around, join, fasten off, weave in ends (56 SC)

Size: Toddler/Preschooler
Magic ring, 11 DC in magic ring, join to first DC, chain 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join, chain 2 (22 DC)
Round 3: 2 DC in first, DC in next, repeat around, join, chain 2 (33 DC)
Round 4: 2 DC in first, DC in next 2, repeat around, join, chain 2 (44 DC) 
Round 5: 2 DC in first, DC in next 10, repeat around, join, chain 2 (48 DC)
Round 6: 2 DC in first, DC in next 11, join, chain 2 (52 DC)
Round 7: 2 DC in first, DC in next 12, join, chain 2 (56 DC)
Round 8: 2 DC in first, DC in next 13, join, chain 2 (60 DC)
Round 9-14: DC in each around, join, chain 2 (60 DC)
Change color to black
Round 15: SC in each around, join, fasten off, weave in ends (60 SC)

Size: Child 
Magic ring, 11 DC in magic ring, join to first DC, chain 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join, chain 2 (22 DC)
Round 3: 2 DC in first, DC in next, repeat around, join, chain 2 (33 DC)
Round 4: 2 DC in first, DC in next 2, repeat around, join, chain 2 (44 DC) 
Round 5: 2 DC in first, DC in next 10, repeat around, join, chain 2 (48 DC)
Round 6: 2 DC in first, DC in next 11, join, chain 2 (52 DC)
Round 7: 2 DC in first, DC in next 12, join, chain 2 (56 DC)
Round 8: 2 DC in first, DC in next 13, join, chain 2 (60 DC)
Round 9: 2 DC in first, DC in next 14, join, chain 2 (64 DC)
Round 10-15: DC in each around, join, chain 2 (64 DC)
Change color to black
Round 16: SC in each around, join, fasten off, weave in ends (64 SC)

Size: Teen/Adult 
Magic ring, 11 DC in magic ring, join to first DC, chain 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join, chain 2 (22 DC)
Round 3: 2 DC in first, DC in next, repeat around, join, chain 2 (33 DC)
Round 4: 2 DC in first, DC in next 2, repeat around, join, chain 2 (44 DC) 
Round 5: 2 DC in first, DC in next 10, repeat around, join, chain 2 (48 DC)
Round 6: 2 DC in first, DC in next 11, join, chain 2 (52 DC)
Round 7: 2 DC in first, DC in next 12, join, chain 2 (56 DC)
Round 8: 2 DC in first, DC in next 13, join, chain 2 (60 DC)
Round 9: 2 DC in first, DC in next 14, join, chain 2 (64 DC)
Round 10: 2 DC in first, DC in next 15, join, chain 2 (68 DC)
Round 11-16: DC in each around, join, chain 2 (68 DC)
Change color to black
Round 17: SC in each around, join, fasten off, weave in ends (68 SC)

Basketball stripes:
Chain 3 long chains with black yarn. Be sure to leave a long tail on one end. You will want to loosely measure the chains around the hat to make sure you have made them long enough. Don't be afraid to make them extra long. You can always unravel them at the end. 

Stitch one directly down the center, and the other two should curve along the sides. Almost in the shape of a half circle. You will stitch them on by taking your tapestry needle and weaving the long tail in and out of the chains. Feel free to pin them down or lightly tape them on so they hold their place while you are stitching them on.




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