Monday, July 11, 2016

Raspberry Hat and How My Garden Grows

I made a little tiny hat for a little tiny girl who will arrive next month.  I really enjoyed making this as I created the pattern myself.  As I followed my pattern I found some errors so I was able to add more explanations and will update it.  I'll post the pattern at the bottom in case you'd like to try it.  You can whip one of these up in an afternoon.  I also have the pattern for the flower in addition to the hat pattern.  

When I ordered my KnitPicks yarn for the hat and booties I needed to come up to a certain amount to get free shipping.. (GRIN).. so they had these really cool wire baskets so I got this one.  I'll keep it next to my easy chair (nest) to keep my current projects in, I like it because you can see all the yarn you have.  

Kristi ordered some lily bulbs last year and these lovely lemon yellow lilies are the result.  Pretty!

Do you love wire baskets like I do?  They remind me of the wire baskets in gym class of my youth.

Can you help me name the design of this hat?  I think of it as "lacey".  The fun part is it's almost all 3 double crochet shells.  

I thought I'd go out and see how the garden is growing.. it's been grey and rainy for several days.  Kristi brought home two baskets of Lantana for us and this one is very pretty with two varieties in it.

Dayle has wintered over our collection of geraniums for about 10 years now and it's always amazing to me how quickly the dried and withered plants fill up with flowers once he brings them out, waters them thoroughly and picks off the dead parts.  I highly recommend wintering over your geraniums and begonias.  He keeps ours in the downstairs basement landing which gets some light.  He does not water them ALL WINTER.

My 4th of July roses are still perking along.. love them.

I love this plant.  Kristi saw them in a garden and plucked one tiny piece off the end to show me what it was.. and I told her to stick it in a pot and see what happened.. and this happened! 

Our red Crocosmia is going well.. I just wish it didn't have a tendency to fall over.. we have to stake these up.  Wonder why it does that?

Kristi also got a Yarrow plant.. I think this is so pretty.

My succulent basket is doing very well.. do you see the flower spike coming up from the center spiky plant?

Our big hanging basket is doing well.. but the other one isn't so happy.. I am convinced it's because the other pot is much smaller and the soil dries out too quickly.  

A last snap of the Hydrangea.  I just love how long these flowers look nice.

I'm off soon to pack my swim bag so I can meet Gracie and do our lap swimming.  

Since I think of you all as my friends, I thought I should tell you that Dayle's older and only brother Allen passed away yesterday.  He lived in Oklahoma and we visited him and his wife Debbie in 2010 and 2015 when we went back for my family reunions.  I'm so glad we got to spend that time with him before he passed on.  

((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Baby Hat With Shells for Newborn - by Teresa Kasner

Size G Crochet Hook for Worsted weight yarn

Row 1: Make a magic circle, ch 1 in circle, 7 sc, join with sl st to first sc, (7 stitches)

Row 2: Ch 2, dc into same stitch, 2 dc in each stitch around, sl st to top of first ch 2   (14 dc)

Row 3:  Ch 3, dc into same stitch, 2 dc around, sl st into first ch 2 (28 stitches).  

Row 4:  Ch 2, 2 dc into NEXT stitch, *dc in next, 2dc in next* around, sl st into first ch 2.  (42 st) 

Row 5 and beyond – NOW, ch 1, skip 1 st, 3 dc into next st, sk st, sc into next st, sk st and 3 dc shell, after you go around the hat, you’ll come to a space before the first shell, do 3 dc into the ch 1 sp before first row of shells, do a sc in TOP of first shell – all next shells are done in the SC between shells with sc in top of next shell. Keep going around in continuous shell rounds until you have 10 rows of shells or the hat seems the right size.. do last shell at the point where you see the "row joins" of the crown.  I ended with a “shell” of 1 dc, 1 half double crochet and 1 single crochet and finish off.  Weave in end.  (10 or 12 rows of shells)

Flower for Hat

Magic circle, ch 1, 8 sc around, join, finish off, add another color, slip st into first stitch, ch 2, do 1 dc, 1 triple crochet, 1 dc, ch 2, sl st into same stitch - sl st into next, repeat in all 8 stitches and you should have 8 petals. - finish off.  Leave long tail for sewing flower onto SIDE of hat.  I put the flower halfway between front and side.   


  1. The baby hat is so sweet, crocheted kisses. Thanks too for another beautiful bouquet of flower photos! I am tired of our gray cool weather, and seeing the wonderful lively colors of your flowers chases my gloom away. Dayle, you and yours are in my thoughts with love as you treasure the time you had with Allen. xx

    1. Gracie, I'm glad it got sunny today.. it was a good swim with you. :-)

  2. MY condolences. The world needs good men. Sorry he's gone.

    I'd call that darling hat Esther Williams. You swim, it looks swim cap ish!

  3. I'm very sorry to hear about Allen's death. Your hat is adorable. I don't have any good name suggestions but I'm sure someone else will. Lucky baby girl getting such a special hat as soon as she's born. Your geraniums do look wonderful. I used to winter mine too, when I lived in a house with a good place to do so, but I don't have one here. We have no basement (slab foundation) and no windows in the garage so I don't think there's anywhere to do it. Great idea, though, and the plants will be big right from the beginning of the season and only get bigger. I hope you have a good week ahead, Teresa.

    1. Jennifer, you could try putting a pot of them in your garage, I'm not sure they even need light. Our old neighbor when I was a teen had red geraniums on both sides of her walkway. In the fall she'd dig them up and shake the dirt off and pile them up on a shelf, in the spring she'd plant them again and off they'd go. Pretty amazing.

  4. My sincere condolences to Dayle on the passing of his brother.
    Thank you for all the lovely flower photo's. It brings a smile to my face to see such happy bright colors.
    I think the alstroemeria's fall over because they get to tall for the weight of the blooms. But Oh I do love them, too.
    My hydrangea's are the same color as yours, a deep purple-blue, love them!
    With this recent rain everything has been given an extra breath of life. Rain is always better than the garden hose.

  5. The baby hat is adorable, Teresa. I would love to visit you so I could see all of those gorgeous flowers in person! Thanks for sharing with us! :D

  6. Wanted to sorry for the loss of Dayle's brother. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  7. So sorry to hear about Dayle's brother. Dennis and I send our love to you and to the entire family. Your flowers are gorgeous. Does Dayle leave the geraniums in the planters or dig them up first? I've heard of putting them in paper bags too. I would love to overwinter our geraniums this year so any hints are appreciated. I'm going to start making more hats for the hospital and will be making more of your pattern. They loved them last time I made a delivery. Have a wonderful day Teresa.

    1. Betsy, he puts the plants away in their pots. You should try it, it works great! I look forward to seeing your hats using my pattern.

  8. Hello Teresa what about "SHELLEY" for your lovely little hat ☺☺ Yes again very sorry to hear of Dayle's brother passing and hugs all round from me in Oz xo Lovely post of beautiful flowering and yes I love your wire basket reminds me of when milk got delivered donkey years ago lol xoxo

  9. Not Alstromeria = those red flowers are Crocosmia - Lucifer's ?
    At my mom and dad's old place she had shorter ones thast she called 'Firecrackers'. I'm not fond of the big ones because they fall over here as well. I had two hanging baskets of Million Bells that were not up to par - turned out they had aphids (already!) I blasted them with the hose to blow the aphids off and then babied them a little. They are recovering now.
    Lovely crocheted baby hat - so pretty.

    So sorry to hear about Dayle's brother.

    1. Kathy, thanks for correcting me on the name of that flower.. I should have known that but I have so many flower names in my head that sometimes I goof up.

  10. Love your little hat and must make one soon. Thanks for the pattern. Always enjoy seeing pictures of your beautiful flowers and garden. I was most interested in hearing about your geraniums and what you do with them during winter. I must try that with mine. Actually I think I might have to throw mine out as it doesn't look as if it will survive. Our winter mornings often get below zero temperatures and although the hanging basket is under the eaves of the house, I don't think it gets much protection. I was so sorry to hear about Dayle's brother - my condolences to you all. Xox

  11. What a sweet hat for the new baby. Your garden is growing beautifully many cheerful bright flowers out there. Sorry to hear about Dayle's brother xx

  12. The baby hat is very sweet. Hard to believe the geranium lasts all winter with no water and then perks back up for the summer. Next time I buy a geranium, I should see if it will survive indoors, because heat and dust aren't good for it at all.

    So sorry for the family's loss. May he rest in peace.

  13. Greetings Teresa, the little baby hat is so adorable. Thank you for sharing the pattern. I loved seeing all your beautiful flowers in bloom. My geraniums live all year long here in southern California. So sorry to hear of your sad news; sending you my sympathy and good thoughts. Take care, Pat xx

  14. Such a pretty little hat. How about lace and shell for a name. It was a pleasure to see your beautiful plants both you and Kristi have an eye for gorgeous flowers. Our condolences on the death of Dayle's brother Allan, you are in our thoughts.

  15. That hat is gorgeous and the flowers are beautiful ♥

  16. Our hat is adorable! You are such a talented lady. I get excited each time you publish a garden post . . . it's better than a copy of my favorite garden magazine. Your flowers and the photos you take are fantastic :)

  17. Hello Teresa . So sorry to hear the sad news about Dayle's brother. Condolences to everyone.
    Pretty hat and flowers. Hugs Anne x

  18. Teresa - So sorry to hear about Dayle's brother. So wonderful tho that you got to visit him just this year. Love that little hat. Your flowers are just beautiful.


  19. I am so sorry for your loss, please give Dayle an extra special hug for me, not an easy time for any of you. Love your hat, I have had my eye on those baskets!


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