Seaside Motifs

One of my favorite bloggers on here is Elenora from Coastal Crochet. She likes to crochet things by the seashore. I like to craft stuff with those same ocean inspired things too, so her ideas are great to explore.

She posted a cute ammonite pattern a while back (be sure to check out her other stuff too!) and I thought it would be cool to work up in my favorite coated nylon Brazilian thread, Linhasita. I also found a simple starfish pattern on Pinterest as well.

For these motifs, I really enjoyed using the Linhasita since it has a stiffness to it, allowing the piece to be shaped by hand. It’s nylon, so blocking it with your fingers is the best option. It also helped the starfish look more real since the arms could be shaped, and looked less “cookie cutter.” I love how the ammonites came out looking very lacy. I used a 2.0 mm hook with these, but I did make some size adjustments for variety. In other words, I had fun, yo.

Just had fun with these

Next, I simply whipstitched the motifs onto little 3” muslin drawstring bags from the craft store. 

Natural thread, natural muslin bags, easy

Used a simple backstitch

Lookin’ classy now. This would be nice to give to a salty, crunchy, surfer needing a little surfer’s tune-up kit (wax, fin screws, fin key) OR collect some seaglass or shells to give to your buds!

Hold yer stuff, man….

Happy Freakin’ Whatever. Let’s surf!

This sums up my ideal PAR-TAY

Beach House: Mini Air Plant Baskets

I absolutely love air plants. They’ve always had a tropical feel to them, I guess since they kind of resemble palm trees or pineapple tops. They’re

Various air plants like mine

easy to maintain, requiring just a hint of care.

I have a growing collection (pun intended) of them that I get from a local place in Brevard, Florida, Rockledge Gardens.

I wanted to bring a couple inside since they’re good for air quality, but I wanted to make sure they would get plenty of sun and ventilation.

The window in the main bathroom turned out to be a perfect spot for some mini hanging baskets. Eleanora at Coastal Crochet did a mini basket for Easter, so she inspired this craft. Thanks!

Get my pattern here. Enjoy….

Small shells make for good drainage

These Baskets stand up on their own


Since the temperature is only going to get hotter from here, these might just be the only green things left around here. Luckily, it’s rainy season now in Florida.

Still frickin’ hilarious

Everybody’s Free (to wear SUNSCREEN).

One of my favorite songs- well, it’s mostly spoken words to music- is Everybody’s Free (to Wear Sunscreen) by Baz Luhrmann. It’s kind of trite on some lyrics, but I still like to listen to it when I’m bummed.
The opening and ending lines remind the graduates to wear sunscreen. That’s the truth. Trust me, do it- the consequences can suck. And get a doctor’s check every year if you’re out in the sun a lot- glad a friend reminded me I should go.
So, on that note, I wanted this week’s craft to be something to remind you to put on sunscreen- no excuses. Here in Florida, we get sun year round. I’m very diligent about wearing a sunshirt or long sleeve rashguard (I get cold if it’s less than 90 degrees anyway) and even Lycra running pants for paddling or surfing to keep sun off my legs.
The thing is, I still have to put sunscreen on my face. My biggest complaint is that I’ll be running out the door with my board and bag, and I don’t remember to put sunscreen on until I’m at the beach. I’ll put some on my face then my hands are all greasy, which doesn’t help when surfing. Ideally, I could wipe my hands off with a dry towel (while waiting the 10 minutes to allow the sunscreen to absorb before going into the water). Problem is, my towels are always chock full ‘o sand, which won’t help keep the wax on my board from getting gritty.
When I get done with my Diva excuses, I need to come up with a solution.
I decided to make a little face sunscreen applier. Laugh if you want, but if it gets me to put the ‘screen on, I really don’t care. Instead of sewing one from plain cloth, I thought a better option would be to crochet one from undyed Kitchen cotton yarn. This stuff can be found at most any craft shop, or big box stores. It’s the stuff you make bar towels or kitchen towels out of since it’s soft and absorbent.
As a plus, the nooks and crannies of the crochet will hang on to the sunscreen better, and it can be chucked into the wash with your other towels every so often.

Kitchen cotton and G hook

Essentially, I’m going for a little mitten. Here’s my general pattern, but may need to be adjusted for your hand:

Standard unbleached Kitchen cotton
4.00 mm Crochet Hook (Size G)
DC: Double Crochet Stitch
SC: Single Crochet Stitch
Ch: Chain
st: Stitch
BO: Bind off

Make Magic Circle
1st Round: 8 DC’s into circle. Do not turn. (8 DC in round)
2nd Round: Make first stitch of next round into first st of last round (you still be making a spiral of stitches). Mark this st. Make another DC into the same st. 2 DC in each stitch of 1st round (16 DC in round)
3rd Round: 2 DC in first st of last round, mark first st of this round. Make 1 DC into next st, 2 DC in the next st, 1 DC in the next st, (*2 DC, 1 DC*) and so forth until returning to the marker. (24 DC in round)
Check size over your four fingers. You may or not need to make another increasing round. (32 DC in extra round)

If not increasing, or finished increasing, make DC in first st of last round. Mark this stitch. Make 1 DC in each st from last round.
Keep fit checking the mitten over your hand. Once you’ve made enough rounds to get down to the first knuckle of your thumb (all fingers together), stop.
Mark the place where you stopped. Ch as many loops necessary to go around your thumb to connect to the other side of the mitten:

Start of thumb opening

DC in the stitch where you connect back to the main part of the mitten’s last round. Continue to DC in each stitch until you get back to the marker you placed.
Next Round:
DC in each st around, including in each ch from previous round. Fit check. Keep making round as necessary to make comfortable fit.

Fit check

Last round: SC in each st of previous round. BO.

Making last round
Final fit check

At this point, you may wish to add a ch loop on the side to add a key chain loop, hook, etc.

Completed loop to hang

Now, anytime I need to apply sunscreen to my face, I’ll slip this on, put some ‘screen on, and no more complaints about greasy hands. Works with that spray on stuff too, since, really, you’re supposed to rub that in as well. Keep it with your sunscreen bottle and put it in a Ziploc. Done.

Hanging out on the Sunscreen Bottle

If anyone gives you a hard time about your sunscreen mitten, give ’em a wink and say “Do my back??” Bonus points if you have CRAZY back hair.

Surf Check Beanie

It seems like every surfer has a knit beanie they wear everywhere, cold or not, dredlocks or bald. Now, I know in Florida, most people don’t think it can get chilly, but those of us who are used to the warm weather get chilled fast. Especially the last two winters around here- those were brutal. In the mornings, though, for the surf check, it’s nice to have a little something on to protect against the cool beachside breeze in Winter.
Other surfers outside of Florida see this blog too, so I thought I’d post a pattern to make your own early morning surf check beanie without shelling out bucks for a surf-branded one. If you don’t know how to crochet, or don’t want to learn, you already know someone who will be thrilled have a project to do- trust me. This project is mega easy and fast, and is more useful than a TP cover.
For this, I used a bulky acrylic yarn. I figured wool would might be too itchy and hot for some, and cotton might not provide enough warmth. I used Lion Brand’s Tweed Stripes Bulky, but any bulky type yarn you’ve got around will do:

Yarn wrapper

It’s listed as a Bulky Weight “5”. To crochet this, I used a 6.0 mm/J hook and crocheted not too loose, but pretty firmly. This pattern makes a pretty generous sized beanie- other patterns I’ve seen run really small, in my opinion, and I hate super loose crocheting. This should take up most of one ball of yarn. If not, you’re making a hairnet.
A great way to recycle is to take a worn out/ugly/weird sweater and unravel it to get the yarn. If it’s not bulky, crochet with two or three strands of it together. I liked the tweed stripes in the darker range since it would look good on guys or girls- the other color ranges in the tweed are a bit too showy for most.
Anyway, I started my beanie with a techinque called the  “Magic Circle”. A good video tutorial of how to do it is here on YouTube. The beanie is worked from the top down. I worked the whole beanie in Double Crochet stitches, here is another good tutorial for that on YouTube. Only the last two rows are in Single Crochet, just to give it a more finished edge.
Here’s my circle top of the hat before I started doing rounds of crochet even on down the hat to form the sides. This part is also known as the crown of the hat.

Crown of beanie

I’ll put the pattern below, but here’s the beanie completed:

Finished beanie

It’s long enough to cover the ears, but doesn’t cling to your skull too tightly like some other patterns, even if you’ve got a big head. You can scale it down for kids, but this is an adult size beanie.

Surf Check Beanie Pattern:
SL: Slip stitch
SC: Single crochet
DC: Double crochet
YO: Yarn Over (to make loop)

Hook: Size 6.0 mm/J
Bulky Weight Yarn
Use Gauge called out on Yarn wrapper or your calibrated eyeball.

To Begin:
Make magic circle, YO to make 2 loops. These 2 do not count as a DC on your rounds, or you’ll end up with a holey seam line.
1st Round: Make 10 DC into ring, SL into first DC made in the round to join, YO twice to jump to 2nd round.
2nd Round: Make 2 DC into every stitch from 1st round (20 DC). SL into first DC made in the round, YO twice to jump to third round.
3rd Round: Make 2 DC into first stitch from last round, 1 DC in next stitch. Repeat this pattern (2 DC, 1 DC) all the way around the circle (30 DC). SL into first DC made in the round, YO twice to jump to fourth round.
4th Round: Make 2 DC into first stitch from last round, 1 DC in next stitch, then 1 DC in the next stitch. Repeat this pattern (2 DC, 1DC, 1DC) all the way around the circle (40 DC). SL into first DC made in the round, YO twice to jump to fifth round.
5th Round: Make 2 DC into first stitch from last round, 1 DC in next three stitches. Repeat this pattern (2 DC, 1 DC, 1DC, 1DC) all the way around the circle (50 DC). SL into first DC made in the round, YO twice to jump to fifth round.
—-At this point, my circle has a diameter of around 6 inches. There should be enough crown to start the sides for an average adult head.—–
6th Round- 9th Round: DC in each stitch all the way around. SL into first DC made in the round, YO twice the jump up to the next round.
Round 10: SC into each stitch all the way around. SL into first SC made into the round, YO once to jump to next round.
Round 11: SC into each stitch all the way around. SL into first SC made into the round, weave in ends to finish.
Add your own surf label, chinstrap, or whatever to make it supa cool for you…

Surfer checking the waves in the beanie


Just felt a little Jamaican… introducing RastaTiki! I don’t know why there is such a strong link with surfing and Rasta still, as those “times” have long passed in the surfing culture as a whole, but the colors are fun, and it was a blast to crochet this weekend!

Actual beanie on tiki- NOT photoshopped- looks good!

I made the cap in a size medium, with about a 6″ crown, but increasing some down the sides for a more comfortable fit (this fits humans AND tikis).
RastaTiki likes his “stoke” with an s only, and he likes keeping it stylish!
Email me if you are interested in the beanie hat pattern with the rim and bonus room for the ‘dreads. I used double crochet for the main part of the cap, and the rim is single crochet. You will need to know how to increase and decrease as well for the pattern, but overall, it’s pretty simple, just some color changes.
Rock on, TikiMan!