Hey hey hey it’s nearly September!

Hey Blog land!

Been crazy busy in Team Hildreth world! We’ve all just been hit with some serious sickness which has not been fun! Even Dean took a day off work which is like a mythical thing to happen he seriously never takes a day off work for sickness! We all seem to be on the mend again now – Hunter went back to school today and Peyton will go back tomorrow. Was not fun seeing my boys burning up all weekend. Hooray for super juice and lemonade iceblocks!

Eli turned four at the start of August. Had such a great little party with a few of his select friends from Kindy. Was hilarious watching him bite the head of the Thor fondant topper – easily egged on by his big brothers until we intervened as he looked like he was going to throw up. I took him to the Kids Kingdom at Rainbow’s End the next day for his actual birthday and we had the best time and was a great little intro for him to theme park rides. Disneyland is seriously going to blow my boys minds!

Speaking of which we are on the serious countdown now! 57 days people!!! We secured our Mickey’s not so scary Halloween Party tickets last week and as soon as I’m done on here I’m booking our breakfast with Mickey.

Not much else to report here – the big boys have their Kapa Haka festival in a couple of weeks and we can’t wait to watch them perform

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Crochet Crown – Free Pattern

This is just my headband pattern but reworked to add the crown peaks!

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5mm hook, worsted weight yarn of your choice

0-3mths FDHDC 56 and slip stitch together to form a circle ch 2 and turn,

Row 2 HDC in the next 5 and then decrease. Continue until you have  48 HDC’s  join, ch 2 and turn
Row 3 – ? (You can pick the height of the crown so as many rows as you like!) Finish off and weave in ends

Rejoin yarn at the top row , 4 DC in the first stitch, picot, 3 DC in the same stitch, slip stitch into the next – continue around top of crown. Finish off and weave in ends

3-6mths FDHDC 60
Row 2 – the decrease on this are uneven – it’s about every 6th and then every 7th stitch as you go around until you have 52 HDC at the end of your row. Join and ch 2 Continue as 0-3mth pattern.
6-12mths FDHDC 64
Row 2 – HDC in the next 6 and then decrease. Continue around until you have 56 HDC. Continue as 0-3mth pattern
12-18mths FDHDC 68

Row 2 – the decreases on this are uneven – space them evenly until you have 60 HDC at the end of your row – continue as 0-3mth pattern
18mths – 10yrs approx. FDHDC 72

Row 2 – HDC in the next 7 then decrease – continue around until you have 64 HDC, continue as 0-3mth pattern

Oh hey there July!

Lazy blogger reporting for duty!  We are two days out from the school holidays and I’m actually looking forward to them, I always do. Nothing like two continuous weeks of Lazy Sunday brah! (it’s a teen titan thing)

We will hit the zoo a couple of times and the library as got some cool free Matariki stuff on. The boys want Dean to take them to the new Minions movie, we got discount mini golf passes and if the rain holds off we’re going to do a little hike in Totara Park. Peyton and I did it the other weekend with his scout troop and there’s a really cool playground in the middle.

Dean’s mum and Dad have been on a mini OE across Europe the whole of June. So cute to see them keeping up with the play on instagram and using their selfie stick.

Eli is nearly 4 – plans are well underway for his Thor party in August. It’s his last week of little kindy this week. He’s really loving big kindy and has made friends! He actually talks about it when he gets home – it’s so cool to see. I went on his first field trip with him last week to the observatory and that was really cool to be able to do that with him

Crochet is keeping me busy as always! Had to stop orders again for July as also trying to get ready for a market night.

Dean had his tattoo sleeve added to and it’s amazing. Three more sessions to go and then it’s my turn to touch up my back tatt and add a bit more to it. My dolphin is looking a little lost there all by herself. I had a nice quiet birthday with all my boys. Dean made the best oreo cheesecake. Seriously it’s the shiz – I would eat it everyday and never get sick of it.

The big boys are both in Kapa Haka so really looking forward to their performance in September. We are just over 100 days from our big holiday! Dean and I follow so many Disney accounts on Instagram now to keep us excited. I’m getting fat just thinking of all the good things I’m going to eat ha ha.

That’s all for now!

Will post a july holiday up date in a couple weeks – Mr Hunter is sick from school today with vomiting so I’m at his beck and call in between washing loads!!!!

QT Head bands – free pattern!

Hi!

These headbands have been one of my best sellers this autumn season (so if you can’t crochet head on over to my facebook page QT Stitch or my instagram @qtstitch and you can order one there!)

I was in search of an easy heandband pattern but was never really happy with the ones I had found on Pinterest etc. I needed one that I could go to easily for different sizes without having to always guess chain amounts and the one I did with just a starting chain I found really tight on the one side. So for these bands you will need to know how to Foundation Half double Crochet! It still is slightly tighter but gives a lot more easier when pulling it on your head! I crochet quite tightly just a side note.

Yarn – pretty much anything from 8ply-12ply that is nice and soft! ( I tend to use two strands with some of the stallion 8ply is it’s on the thinner side and I like my headbands thick!)

5mm hook

0-3mths FDHDC 48 and slip stitch together to form a circle ch 2 and turn, 48 HDC’s around join, ch 2 and turn until you have 10 rows total. I found turning it gave a slight ribbed effect which I really like. When you finish off leave a long tail for wrapping around over the joins (hiding them completely and giving you a seamless look!)

3-6mths FDHDC 52 – then 9 more rows as above
6-12mths FDHDC 56 – 9 more rows as in the 0-3mth pattern
12-18mths FDHDC 60 – 11 more rows as in the 0-3mths pattern
18mths – 10yrs approx. FDHDC 64 – 11 more rows as in the 0-3 mth pattern
Tween – adult FDHC 68 – 11 more rows as in the 0-3mth pattern

I call the bands Quinn (no bow) and Taylor (bow) – these were the two top name choices for Mr 3 had he been born a girl and the Q and T work in with my crochet business name!

For the bow FDHDC 25 and work the same as the bands and to the same height as whatever size band you are making. Leave a long tail and secure on to the band before wrapping the rest of the tail around.

As you can see below the colour combos are limitless!

If you’re on instagram tag me so I can see your work!

Happy hookin’!

You may sell items made from this pattern. Please direct people back to this page and do not sell or distribute as your own. Please use your own images

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Hello Blog sorry I forget about you

So wow its nearly the end of May already! We’ve had an insanely busy past 5mths.

I’ve been crocheting left right and centre for friends, family and paying customers. Boys have been back at school a term and had school holidays and are back again! The big two are both in Kapa Haka this year, Peyton marched proudly in the Anzac parade up at Stockade hill, got three kea scout badges and turned 8. Hunter has improved his writing skills dramatically, more confident at school thanks to his awesome teacher and turned 6. They both did swimming lessons and big improvements from both of them there!

We did bowling and then across the rd for McDees for both the big two this year. Easy peasy, and no mess at my house! Bonus is do it on a Thursday and bowling is half price!!

Eli is now enrolled back at public kindy to broaden his horizons! He started swimming lessons this turn and loves them  so yah!

I went to an amazing Ed Sheeran concert and had the best side stage seats ever. Seriously fluked getting seats that good! Was Epic.Ed is amazing – seriously go see him live!

We booked our holiday! Argghhh! Super over excited! Disneyland here we come – all five of us are mega excited. !64 sleeps to go!

That’s pretty much the past few months in a nutshell. Everything is going awesome! Happy kids, happy husband happy me! Life is good

Crochet Fox hat pattern by QT Stitch

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So I am completely crap at keeping this blog updated! But I’m in an awesome little group (well ok there is over 1000 of us) on Facebook started by Sarah from Repeat Crafter me for all of us crocheters to hang out and share our work and share our love of all things crochet! It’s a pretty inspiring group and there are some crazy talented people in there!

Anyway I’m pretty good I think and seeing a hat on Pinterest and making up my own pattern but I’m not good at writing them down and recently I’ve been asked if I have a link to the pattern I used and I’m all uh no I made it up and didn’t write it down. I just keep that stuff locked up in my head which I’m sure by now my brain just looks part Mummy, part camera and the rest resembles a ball of yarn.
But but but I finally did it!!! I wrote down the pattern for the Fox hat I made. I sat there at 5.45am this morning and while it was still fresh in my brain scrawled it down in my notebook.

So bare with me! I’ve never written a hat pattern before – I’ll be careful not to make mistakes.

Sorry it’s only in a child’s size at the moment – I might figure out the smaller sizes and really making it bigger shouldn’t be that hard for a good crocheter to do (I’d just make the redish part longer and keep the white/cream the same amount of rows so the face still works nicely)

You will need

Red coloured or orange yarn in 12 ply or I used 2 strands of 8ply held together as I really liked the colour of the yarn I had found)
cream or white 12ply yarn
black 12ply
small amount of brown 12 ply
6mm hook and a 4.5mm hook
stitch markers if you don’t like living dangerously

tapestry needle for weaving in all those pesky ends

This pattern is written in US terms
Hat:
Starting with red yarn and 6mm hook Chain 2, 12 DC in first stitch. Join and ch2
2 DC in each st around. Join ch2 (24 DC)
1 DC, 2 DC (creating an increase) around. Join ch2 (36 DC)
1 DC, 1 DC, 2 DC(increase), Join, ch2 (48 DC)
1 DC in the next 7 stitches then 2 DC in the next giving you 54 DC in total, join ch2
Rows 6 – 10 are continued in the red with 54 DC around and joining and chaining 2 at the end of each around. Change to the white/cream and the end of row 10 and ch 2 with that colour.
Rows 11-14 54 DC around join, ch 2 and fasten off and then end of row 14

Ear flaps – Join white/cream and ch 1, 1sc in the same space as the join. SC across 11 more times (12 sc), ch 1 and turn
Decrease, 8 sc, Decrease, ch1, turn
Decrease, 6sc, decrease, ch 1, turn
Decrease, 4 sc, decrease, ch 1, turn
Decrease, 2 sc, decrease, ch1, turn
Decrease x 2, ch 1, turn
Decrease and fasten off.

For second ear flap repeat same as first one but do not fasten off at the last decrease. Instead Ch 2 and double crochet all the way back around then join and fasten off.

Braids – 12 long strands of the redish yarn for each ear flap

Ear outer (worked in the round) using the 6mm  hook (make 2)
Ch 2 with red yarn, 4 sc in the 1st ch
2sc in each st around (8sc)

1sc each st around (8sc)
1sc, 2sc increase (12sc)

2 rows of 12 sc
1sc, 1sc, 2sc increase (16sc)
1 row of 16sc
1 sc, 1 sc, decrease x 4 (12 sc) and fasten off

Ear inner with 6mm hook and white/cream (make 2)
I used a Foundation single crochet of 7 – of you don’t know how to foundation chain (seriously it’s like life changing in the crochet world) then I would chain 9 and sc back on the 2nd chain giving you a row of 7sc

At the end of that row ch 1 and turn
Decrease, 3 sc, decrease (5sc) ch1 and turn
Decrease, 1sc, decrease (3sc) ch1 and turn
Sc the last 3 stitches together, ch1 and turn
1sc and fasten off.

Sew the inner to the outer ear and then attach ears to the top of the hat.

Nose – red part (6mm hook)
Ch 9, Dc in the 3rd ch from the hookand then across to end of row (6dc), ch 2 and turn
DC decrease, 2 dc, dc decrease (4 dc) ch2 and turn
DC decrease x 2, ch 2 and turn
1dc, fasten off

Nose – black(6mm hook)
Ch 2, 6 sc in the 1st st
2sc, 2hdc, 2hdc, 2sc (all increase stitches) fasten off

Attach black part of nose to red part then sew on to hat so nose point is in the centre of the front of the hat

Eyes (make 2)
with 4.5mm hook and black yarn ch 2 and 6sc in the first ch, change colour to brown
2 sc in the next 4 (8sc fasten off
Small thread of white yarn to make eye catchlight

Attach eyes right where the cream meets the red on the hat on each side of the nose

Ta da your foxy little hat is done!

You may sell  items made from this pattern – just link people back here etc, don’t be a dick and sell the pattern as your own . Don’t use my images as your own

May your yarn be plenty and never have knots!

I hope like heck this pattern was easy to understand!

I ‘m on Instagram under @qtstitch if you’d like to follow all my crochet advent

The best summer

This summer is amazing! We have had hardly any rain and getting out and about while Dean’s been off work. All of us have nice little tans (don’t worry we’ve been spf 50ing it up in this house with our fave sunblock Daylong – it’s this shiznit).

Our little Staycation has consisted of school pool most days, the zoo, Funfest, lots of icecream and the funnest (so not a word but whatever) game of bowling where I had my ass whooped by all my boys but I still got the only strike. Seriously I want those bumper bars on my turn!

I might take up bowling on Thursdays once the boys are all back at school and kindy. We decided the big two can have their birthday parties at the bowling alley this year on an early Thursday evening as it’s half price! Birthday’s for under $100 suits our budget just fine this year. Hunter has already picked out the cake he wants (Peter Pan) and we are on the countdown now – only 50 days to go!

Super proud of Peyton today who took on the octopus ride at Funfest. He double pinky promised me last night and waiting in the line he nearly psyched himself out but he did it! Going up high was fine and round round at high speed too. “Mum I love this ride!!!”

Then it started bouncing up and down as it went around and poor dude got his first experience of your stomach dropping to the floor. “Mum I feel sick!” I pulled him close and told him to close his eyes. “I’m losing my appetite!!!” God I was starting to feel a bit sick too. Not sure if only having a coffee for breakfast was better for it or worse. Once he got used to the motion he was back on top of the world again and I’m sure if they line hadn’t been so long he would definitely have gone on it again.

Going to miss Dean tomorrow when he’s back at work. It’s been an awesome three weeks.10888742_10152994946030050_3019980317367853274_n 10924824_10152994946710050_3644059287357915239_n