Nov 122011

Lian Hat 3 Angelgirl Crocheted Cap

A few years ago my best friend, Mama Kelly, crocheted a cap for my daughter, Angelgirl.  She liked it so much she wanted to have a few in lots of colors.  I really enjoy crocheting, so I came up with this quick and easy little pattern and made her a few.  The photo shows one made in a lightweight yarn, great for spring and fall, but if made in a heavier yarn it is very nice for winter too.

Crocheted Cap 
Materials: Hook size G;  Yarn: 2 ply, about 4 ounces
Size – Pattern can easily be adaptedfor smaller or larger size.  This hat fit Angelgirl when she was 12, she is petite, wears size 8 to 10 clothes

When I first made it, it was about 2 sizes to small (only had 6 rows of dc and then started the shell rows).
Circumference – lessen or increase the number of double crochet rows (1-9), if increasing do two dc every 12 or so stictches evenly all around increasing in a multiple of 3 to keep circle flat.
Length – reduce or increase the number Shell\SC & Chain rows

Chain 4, slip stitch together to form a circle.
Row 1 – Chain 3 (counts as first double crochet), dc 9 in circle (total 10)
Row 2 – Chain 3 and dc in first stitch, 2 dc each of the remaining 9 stiches (total 20)
Row 3 – Chain 3 and dc in first stitch, *dc crochet in next and two dc in next*, repeat from * for a total of 30 dc
Row 4 – Same as Row 3, for a total of 45 dc
Row 5 – Chain 3 and dc in first stitch, *dc in next 8 and two dc in 9th, repeat from * for a total of 50 dc
Row 6 – Chain 3 and doc in first stich, *dc in next 9 and two dc in 10th, repeat from * for a total 55
Row 7 – Chain 3 and doc in first stich, *dc in next 10 and two dc in 11th, repeat from * for a total of 60
Row 8 – Chain 3 and doc in first stich, *dc in next 4 and two dc in 5th, repeat from * for a total of 72
Row 9 – Chain 3 and doc in first stich, *dc in next 11 and two dc in 12th, repeat from * for a total of 78
Row 10 – SC and Chain Space Row: chain 1, single crochet in first 3 dc, chain 3 and skip 3 dc, *single crochet in next 3 dc, chain 3, repeat from * all way around, end with slip stitch to first sc
Row 11 – Shell Row: slip stitch to second (middle) sc, chain 1 and sc, *five dc in chain space (shell), sc in middle sc, repeat from * all way around, end with slip stitch to first sc
Row 12 – SC and Chain Space: slip stich to 2nd dc, sc in middle three dc, chain 3, *sc in dc 2,3,4 of next shell, chain 3, repeat from * all way around, end with a slip stitch to first sc
Repeat Row 11 and 12 four more times, or more for desired length to fit the child; end with a repeat of row 12 (SC and Chain Space row)
Last row:
Single crochet in each of the sc and 3 sc in chain spaces, all way around.
Optional – For one to three more rows sc crochet in each stitch all way around. This creates a nice edge that can be worn flat or turned up. I prefer having a total of three rows of sc to finish the hat, it just gives it a more finished look to me.

Lian Hat 2 Angelgirl Crocheted Cap)O(Lian Hat 1 Angelgirl Crocheted Cap

Note: This was my first time creating a pattern, I hope the directions clear.

What crafts do you enjoy?  What gifts have you made or will be making this year for Christmas (Yule)?

Oct 152011

FamilyHarryPotter2007 257x300 How can your daughter be good?
(Angelgirl at her Harry Potter 11th Birthday Party, May. 2007)

Ask A Witch:  How can your daughter be so good when she doesn’t attend church?

This is a real question we were asked back in 2004 about our lovely daughter, Angelgirl (she was about 8 when this question was asked, she is now 15 and still very good, polite, caring, happy and healthy). The question was asked by my nephew- in-law, who at the time was studying to be a priest (he has since changed his mind and gotten married to a lovely woman). He was sincerely perplexed by the wonderful, giving, loving, and spiritual qualities that our daughter has – BUT she does not attend church.

Rather then take offense at the question, I answered honestly and we were able to have a nice discussion on the matter of religion versus spirituality and I gave him a little insight into my own opinions on the matter of “organized” religion. In my opinion, no religion (including wicca) “makes” a person bad or good, or keeps a person with harmful intentions from carrying them out. There has been so much damage and killing done in the name of the “church ” and various other religions too – that I sometimes wonder that any good comes from organized religion at all (but that is just my frustration getting the better of me). What is positive about the church or any religion are the people who have loving spirits who become members and continue to share their love and giving natures with others.

Our daughter before the age of 2 was blessed by a 108-year-old Buddhist monk, a Santeria priest, by me her wiccan priestess mom, and in a formal blessing ceremony (where she toddled down the aisle holding hands of her godmother and goddess mother) she was blessed by a Native American Shaman, a Unitarian minister, and an Episcopalian priest. Do I think all these blessings were necessary or contributed to her soul being good? Not at all. What they do represent is that we believe all positive thinking, beliefs, and energy are a good thing and I believe having that positive energy and love in her life is a good thing. It also shows her we want her to be open minded, think for herself, and follow her own path in life and teaches her that respect for the spiritual aspects of life is very important and a central part of our way of living.

If her path takes her to a particular religion to practice that is ok. If not, that is ok too. Because regardless of religion – she is a loving, giving, honest, wise, and “good” person. And even though I am a broom carrying, cauldron stirring, pointy hat wearing wiccan priestess and I have taken my daughter to an open pagan event where there were lots of arts and crafts activities for kids at a state park – I would never tell her she had to be wiccan. I will answer her questions; I will lend her age appropriate books if she wants to read them. But she has also been exposed to other religions and I would allow her to go other churches and events if she wanted to. My wish for my daughter is that she continue to be open and blossom and follow her spirit, rather then practice a particular set of rules set by any organized religion (unless of course that is what she chooses). Would parents of another faith be so open to exposing their children to the various traditions of wicca? Probably not, but that is a topic for another discussion.

For myself, it is more important to be centered, empowered and “spiritual” and not just simply follow a particular religious dogma (religion without spirituality is just empty words and actions).  It’s doesn’t matter what religion a person follows or doesn’t follow. What really matters is what is within one’s heart, being aware of one’s part in the web of life, and respecting others.  What are you thoughts?  Would you or do you expose your children to a variety of religions and spiritual paths?

Namaste, Lady Rose

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