I couldn't NOT make this hat. And here's why

I like big graphs and I cannot lie...

Maybe that's a little bit of a lie. I like the idea of a graph beanie with a design going all the way around it, but I don't love all the ends to weave in. (it looks more painful than it really was)

Backing up a little... my 5 year old son came to me with a little gleam in his eye and asked, "Mom, wouldn't it be cool if you made a hat with Pacman on it?" What was I going to do? Make the hat, that's what. And so it began.

I set out to make the radest vintage gamer beanie of all time, instantly seeing the potential. Of course it had to have the P-man himself along with his arch nemesis, the ghost.

But then I thought, wouldn't it be cool if it was even bigger? The correct answer is yes. Yes it would be.

So then came the dots - anyone know the official name for those things? - and a bonus cherry because it's wicked cool. If you don't feel like weaving in so many ends, or if you're just starting your adventures in colorwork, start with just the big yellow guy. The ghost and the cherry have the most color changes so use them at your own risk. Who knows, could be fun!

Official note: We all know that I'm not the original design of Pac-Man - I can only wish. So I decided to post the graph for free. Yup free, as in nada, zero, zip, zilch. 

Change it up however you want. Add more dots - seriously, what are they called? - change the ghost color, take out the cherry... It's up to you.

Even my daughter likes it. Or maybe she just had to do everything her big brother did.

It's true, there are no st counts on this graph. So you might be wondering "How does she expect me to make a hat out of graph paper?" If you've never used colorwork like this you might be a little lost. I've got you covered. All the specific pattern instructions and tutorials are in my Graph Beanie pattern. And score, you get to pick another free graph with it too.

So here it is, the thing you came for... Use the Pin it button so you'll never lose it.
I'll give this one tip; Start working on a WS row. If that went over your head, that means you probably don't have the Graph Beanie Pattern. If you have specific questions and don't have the pattern... go get it home skillet! That's what it's there for. Tutorials, st counts, and all the other bells and whistles that come with a full pattern. It will answer your questions, trust me. Unless your question is "How many chromosomes does a cow have?", that's not in there.

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(And to save you some Googling ... a cow has 60 chromosomes. You're welcome)


16 Real Things Hookers Say

When you have kids, you say weird things. Things you never thought you'd say.

"Stop licking the wall" happened and it got me thinking, so I asked my Facebook fans to fill in the blank...

Real things you say when you crochet: _______

WARNING: If you have gentle sensibilities, you may want to skip this post. The life of a hooker can get a little dirty sometimes.
  1. Looking for a cow leg.
  2. Oh no, do I really have to pull it out.
  3. I've lost my eyes... (when making Ami)
  4. Did I hit the hole?
  5. 20, 21, 22, 37, 38, 39, 50...
  6. I wish I got paid to be a hooker!
  7. Hand me those balls
  8. Ugh, I hate fingering!
  9. Just a minute!
  10. If I wiggle it a little more, I think I can get it in there.
  11. Please don't put your arm inside mommy's yarn.
  12. Get my yarn out of your toes
  13. Stop moving, you're wrapped in my wip.
  14. Here, you can play with this one
  15. That dolls leg is NOT a microphone!!
  16. Just one more row.
  1. Dammit if it was only an inch longer!

These are only my favorites. If you want to read all of them, check out the original post here.

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Brace Yourself for the Winner

I always try to bring you something just a little different during Playin' Hooky tee and hoodie week. I used all of my Photoshop "skills" to put a Playin' Hooky tee on Ned Stark and asked you to finish this meme. The comment with the most likes on Facebook wins a free Playin' Hooky tee.

I couldn't resist giving a little something special to my personal favorite captions. These commenters get to pick a free pattern from my shop. If you're a winner, send me an email to claim your prize.

Designer's Picks
  • Kiley Jones... They just called you a Knitter!
  • Jennifer Bibb (and Alyssa Willey)... It's time to weave in the ends!
  • Jackie Fenwick... Last minute gift requests are coming. 
  • Steff Walker... You made her lose her stitch count

And the Grand Prize winner of the free Playin' Hooky tee is...
Chellsea Hernandez

Congratulations to all the winners and thank you so much to everyone who played along. I hope we all got a smile out of it.

If you didn't win the free tee, you still have until Wednesday, 9/24 to get your Playin' Hooky gear and represent. Did you know? Every Playin' Hooky tee & hoodie is ordered and hand screen printed by a local artist. The crochet stitch design was specially created for me by another local designer. No big box companies here! I personally quality control check each one as I package them to make sure your order is perfect.

play hard ... play hooky


Tee & Hoodie Fall KickOff

Fall is here! It's time to embrace it the crisp mornings, autumn leaves, trick or treaters, and of course pumpkin EVERYTHING.

As the weather turns cooler, grab your hook and bulky yarn... and another cozy hooker accessory...
your Playin' Hooky hoodie! Represent (I'm really not that cool so I tend to fall back on my old sayings).

Get your tee or hoodie for a limited time only in my Etsy shop through Wednesday, 9/24. But if you're fast, use the code hoodiekickoff today only (Thursday, 9/18) for a special discount.


play hard ... play hooky