Category Archives: Crochet

Lizard Appliqué Crochet Pattern


I was on the hunt for boy-friendly hat ideas last week, so I searched for a lizard appliqué and found this pattern. I decided it could use some improving, so I reworked the it to something that satisfied me better. I wrote it up so I could remember it, and now here it is for you to try!

lizard applique


I made this sample using Caron Simply Soft (aran weight) with a size E hook. As you can see, he’s about 6 inches long. I’m sure he’d adapt well to other yarn weights and hook sizes.

dc2tog (double crochet two together) — yo, insert hook into stitch, pull up a loop, yo, draw through 2 loops, yo, insert hook into next stitch, pull up a loop, yo, draw through 2 loops, yo, draw through 3 loops.

anchored dc — insert hook through 1 strand in post of prior stitch, pull up a loop. This loop serves as the normal yo in a dc, so proceed with a dc as usual [I don’t know if there’s an official name for this stitch, so I’m calling it an anchored dc. I’ll try to make it more clear in the pattern how to do it.]

LEG — I think it will be easier if I post the leg pattern separately, and then you can just insert it where needed. Don’t start with the leg, though. Just pop up here and follow these steps when you see LEG in the pattern.

  • ch 6
  • sl st in 4th ch from hook (1st toe)
  • ch 3
  • sl st in same st (2nd toe)
  • ch 3
  • sl st into same st and another strand opposite so you close up the gap. You’re just making one sl st, but it’ll go through two strands of yarn. (3rd toe)
  • sc in last 2 ch of the ch 6


  • sc in 2nd chain from hook
  • hdc in next chain
  • dc in next 2 chains
  • LEG
  • anchored dc in next ch of BODY FOUNDATION CHAIN. OK…here’s where we’re using that weird stitch. Basically, you want to attach it to the last dc you made so you won’t have a weird gap between the body and the leg.
  • (2 dc in next ch, dc in next ch) 3x
  • LEG
  • anchored dc in next ch of BODY FOUNDATION CHAIN
  • hdc in next ch
  • sc in next 2 ch
  • 2 dc in next ch
  • hdc in next ch
  • 4 sc in last ch

Woohoo! You’ve made half a lizard body and head! Now let’s make the other half working down the other side of the BODY FOUNDATION CHAIN.

  • hdc in back side of next ch in the BODY FOUNDATION CHAIN
  • 2 dc in next ch
  • sc in next 2 ch
  • hdc in next ch
  • LEG
  • anchored dc in back side of next ch of BODY FOUNDATION CHAIN
  • (dc2tog in next 2 ch, dc in next ch) 2x
  • LEG
  • anchored dc in next ch of BODY FOUNDATION CHAIN
  • dc in next ch
  • hdc in next ch
  • sc in next ch

OK, now we’ve got a whole lizard body. On to the tail!

  • sl st in 2nd ch from hook
  • (sc in next ch, 2 sc in next ch) 2x
  • hdc in next 3 ch
  • dc in next 5 ch
  • (dc2 tog in next 2 ch, dc in next ch) 3x
  • dc2 tog in next ch
  • sl st to 1st sc of body
  • fasten off, leaving a long end for attaching appliqué

Congrats on your new lizard! Please let me know how the pattern worked for you. Was anything too confusing? Did you spot any errors? Did it come out juuuuust right? Your feedback would be appreciated!


And here’s our little reptilian friend attached to a toddler-size* hat, ready to be bestowed on some small person at a future baby shower! The eyes are just a couple of stitches in a contrasting color yarn.


*For the sake of prolonged wearability and a better shot at having it fit the recipient for at least one winter!

(Lizard Appliqué on Ravelry)

Hot on the Heels of Bartholomew Cubbins


Of the making of babies there is no end. And likewise of the making of baby hats. I’ve made fifty hats in the last twenty months since moving to Moscow. It’s only 10 percent of Bartholomew Cubbinsʼs collection, but a girl’s gotta start somewhere. Of those pictured below, a few of them were sent back east to family, and one was made before I moved, but I know at least one I made here escaped without being photographed, so…close enough. Most have been given as baby gifts, a couple were made for Halloween costumes, and a few are stockpiled for future gifting. Not nearly enough though; there are at least fifteen expected babies on the church prayer list right now.

A bunch of them were badly shaped — way too short. I was basing them on a pattern that was just a little too short to begin with, and then I was making the pattern incorrectly, so they were even shorter. If your baby got one of those…sorry! You’ll just have to make another kid so I can make another hat! I’ve been aiming for most of them for a 6-12 month size, figuring that ought to catch one winter. But a few have been smaller and a few larger, not usually by design, but by still figuring out what I’m doing.


Small Five-Point Star Crochet Pattern


NOTE: This pattern is much better than mine!

I couldn’t find a pattern I liked for a small five-point crocheted star, so I made up my own. If you have any recommendations for improving the instructions, please leave them in the comments. Thanks!

Ch 4. SlSt in 1st chain to make beginning ring.

ROUND 1: 10 sc in beginning ring. SlSt to first sc.

ROUND 2: Ch 1. 2 sc in ea sc of rd 1. SlSt to first sc. Ch 1.

ROUND 3: (5 sc over next 4 sc of rd 2. Turn. Sk next sc, sc in next 4 sc. Turn. Sk next sc, sc in next 3 sc. Turn. Sk next sc, sc in next 2 sc. Turn. Sk next sc, sc in next sc. Ch 2. 3 or 4 SlSt down side of point.) x 5. SlSt into 1st sc.

Finish off.