Sunday, November 20, 2011

A Rose is a Rose hat

So, this is my first free pattern post.  The pattern here is for the Rose is a Rose hat that was orignially posted by "Auntie M", but the page is rather hard to find, so I thought I should go ahead and re-post the pattern here.  I have tested this pattern, so I know that it is reliable.  The size of the hat depends on the size of the hook you use. The pattern originally calls for a 4.5 mm hook, but you can generally pick your hook size base on the size of hat you want.  Worsted weight yarn is used. If I remember right, the 4.5 hook made a 6-9 month size hat, but I could be wrong.

4.5 hook
Worsted weight yarn

Round 1Magic Ring - Ch. 3, 11 dc in ring (12 stitches)

Round 2:  Ch. 3, dc in same stitch, 2 dc in each stitch around (24 stitches)

Round 3:  Ch. 3, dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc *dc in next 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc* around. Slip stitch to join. (32 stitches)

Round 4:  Ch. 3, dc in next 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc. *dc in next 3 dc, 2 dc in next dc* around.  Slip stitch to join. (40 stitches)

Round 5:  Ch. 3, dc in next 3 dc, 2 dc in next dc.  *dc in next 4 dc, 2 dc in next dc* around.  Slip stitch to join.  (48 stitches)

Round 6:  Ch. 3, dc in next 4 dc, 2 dc in next dc.  *dc in next 5 dc, 2 dc in next dc* around.  Slip stitch to join. (56 stitches)

Round 7:  Ch. 3, dc in next 5 dc, 2 dc in next dc. *dc in next 6 dc, 2 dc in next dc* around.  Slip stitch to join. (64 stitches)

Round 8:  Ch. 1, 1 sc in same stitch, sc in next stitch *ch 3, skip 2 st, 1 sc in each of next 3 st.* around.  Slip stitch in first sc to join.

Round 9:  Ch. 1, sc in 1st sc.  *5 dc in next ch 3 space. sc in middle sc of next 3 sc group* around, ending with a slip stitch in first sc.

Round 10:  Slip stitch to second dc in 5 dc group.  Ch. 1, sc in same stitch and next 2 dc.  *Ch. 3, skip next three stitches, sc in next three dc* around, ending with ch. 3 and slip stitch to 1st sc.

Round 11:  Slip stitch to 2nd sc.  Ch. 1, sc in same sc. *skip next sc, 5 dc in next ch. 3 space, skip next sc, sc in middle stitch of next 3 sc group* around. Slip stitch in 1st sc to join.

Rounds 12 - 15:  Repeat rows 10 and 11 twice

Round 16: Repeat row 10 once.

Round 17: Ch. 3, dc in each sc, 3 dc in each ch. 3 space around. Slip stitch to top of ch. 3 to join. 

Fasten off, weave in ends.

Please let  me know if there are any errors in this pattern, or if you have any questions!  Happy crocheting!!

The flower I used for this hat can be found here.

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Hats for Little People Ministry

Hats for Little People Ministry

This is a new ministry opportunity for Pickles & Ice Cream Designs.  We will now be crocheting newborn, preemie, and micro-preemie hats, and donating them to a local NICU, Christus Santa Rosa Children's Hospital in San Antonio.  This is a ministry that will affect many, many people.  So many new parents have their children in the NICU due to premature birth, undeveloped organs, or other birth defects, like heart murmurs and tumors.  Many of these babies do not survive, but these hats, small as they may be, may help the parents see a small bit of light in the darkness that is watching your newborn baby struggle for life.  Many times, these hats are one of the few items not hospital issued that their baby gets to wear. 

If you are interested in all in supporting this ministry, please contact me.  There are many ways you can reach me - here on this blog, on my facebook page (, on my website (, by phone (830-305-2115), or by e-mail (

There are many ways in which you can help support this ministry, also. Firstly, you can help by crocheting some hats and bringing them to me for donation.  Secondly, if you do not know how to crochet, you can donate money for supplies, or the supplies themselves. 

I hope you'll share this new ministry, and I would love to hear your feedback on this concept.

Thanks for reading!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Hello everyone, and welcome to my new Pickles & Ice Cream Designs blog! Thanks for taking the time to catch up on all the happenings in my crazy, but ever so fun life! 

In case you don't know, Pickles & Ice Cream Designs makes custom adjustable ring slings, nap mats, diaper bags, grocery cart covers, and other baby accessories.  I also crochet many different products, from baby earflap hats, to adult scarves, to Christmas ornaments, coffee cozies, and other super cute gifts! 

I am also a mother of 2 boys, ages 5 and 3.  They are certainly a handful, but they are so inventive and funny!  My oldest just started Kindergarten, and he is really enjoying it! He's learning how to read, and write, and all sorts of stuff!  My 3 year old is loving being the only child at home; he gets all the attention from mommy and daddy for the majority of the day, and his language skills are improving daily. 

I currently have all my crochet products on display for sale at Lawn Tex Small Engine Service Center located at 429 Blue Stem Rd. in Seguin, TX.  If you would like more information on my products, please check out my facebook at  or my website at  I really hope you'll tak the time to check them out, and let me know what you think.