Toddler Size Hooded Cowl Crochet Pattern

After searching and searching for a simple, free hooded cowl crochet pattern and not being able to find one I liked, I decided to just do it myself. Here is what I came up with. It's very simple. Can be adjusted by doing a longer chain or adding more rows. I made 2, one with less rows to fit a little more snug (12 rows for the hood) and one with more rows to be looser (20 rows for the hood). This is a quick work up, it took a couple hours total to make and used less than 1 skein of Vanna's Choice (3.5oz, 170 yard). My 2yo won't model for me, so I had to improvise. Hopefully this pattern is easy to understand. Feel free to leave questions or concerns in the comments.

Hooded Cowl
Toddler Size

Yarn: Vanna's Choice
Hook: J/5.75 or 6mm

Any yarn will work. You can adjust the size by changing the hook size. 

Ch 60. Join, making sure your chain isn't twisted. * Add more chains here for a longer cowl *
Row 1- ch 1. DC around. Join in the top of 1st DC. (60dc)
Row 2-7- Repeat Row 1. (60dc)
*Add more rows here for a wider cowl.
Fasten off at the end of row 7.

Count 20 stitches on each side of where you fastened off and mark with stitch markers.
Join your yarn in the first stitch you marked on the right side.

Row 1- ch 1. DC across until you get to your 2nd marked stitch. ch 1. Turn. (40 dc)
Row 2-12- DC across. ch 1. Turn. (40 dc)
*Add more rows here for a looser hood

Turn inside out. Fold top of the hood in half and slip stitch through both sides across to join.
I work a 2nd row of slip stitch back across so I can make my edge without fastening off and rejoining. If you don't want to do an edge or prefer to fasten off and rejoin, you don't have to do the 2nd row of sl st.

Edge- Work sc evenly around the opening. I worked 2 rows. You can do however many you'd like.

** Alternate Hood ** If you prefer you can simply not fasten off when you finish your cowl and work the Hood part from there. However I prefer the seam to be in the back, hence why I fasten off. If that doesn't bother you, you do not have to fasten off and rejoin, you can just keep working from where your yarn already is.


School Year 2015-2016 3rd Grade

It's always exciting to get a box full of brand new books. Yesterday I received my order from CBD which contained most of what we'll be using for CJ this year. Here's a quick run down of what we'll be doing for CJ's 3rd grade year. As I get the year planned and we get into the school year I'll post what we're doing each week with both kids.

Math- Texting Textbooks Math 3
Language Arts- Easy Grammar 
Science- We'll be studying the human body using the Human Body book from CBD as a guideline and hands on activities from Pinterest.
History- Unit Studies on US History. I couldn't find a good us history curriculum that I liked so I decided to put together unit studies.
Spelling- I'll be putting together spelling lists based on what we are studying in science and history that week.

Another thing I'll be doing this year is getting CJ in the kitchen more. I have found several resources on Pinterest for cooking lessons for kids. He enjoys helping to cook but often times it's easier on me if he plays with his little sister while I get supper done. I want him to have all the real life skills he needs though, so I'll be making a bigger effort to get him in the kitchen and teach him how to cook.


Menu Plan Monday 7/27/15-7/31/15

It's Menu Plan Monday at OrgJunkie!

 So far this summer I haven't been cooking. On the 2nd of June I fell and broke my ankle in 3 places. Which then resulted in surgery and not being able to walk for several weeks. I'm finally able to walk on it a little bit, so I've been slowly getting back into the kitchen. This week is actually my first week back to menu planning since my fall so it's fitting that I started back blogging and am able to do Menu Plan Monday again. I'm not planning meals past Thursday for this week because we have a busy weekend and I know we'll be eating out.

Monday- Spaghetti and Salads

Tuesday- Sloppy Joes and Mac n Cheese

Wednesday- Chicken Tacos

Thursday- Chicken, rice, and broccoli Bake with biscuits

Chicken Tacos
3-4 frozen chicken breasts
Rotel Tomatoes
Taco seasoning (equivalent to 1 packet)
can of diced tomatoes
Onion, cut up

Add everything to your crockpot and cook on low until chicken is done and falling apart. Shred the chicken and serve on tortillas, rice, or salad. Sometimes I'll add a little cilantro near the end if I have it on hand. That's it! Super simple and so yummy. You can also customize it however you like by adding more veggies to the crockpot depending on what your family likes.


Here we are again

Well it's been over 4 years since I've blogged, it doesn't seem like that long ago. I've missed it! A lot has changed since 2011 when I published my last post. Most notably, our family grew! In 2013 I gave birth to our daughter, Rebekah. CJ is 8 now and about to start the 3rd grade. It's strange to think that he was only 4 when I stopped blogging. We still homeschool and love it. I'll be adding Rebekah into our homeschool routine this year. Up until now she's just played near by while I worked with CJ, or colored at the table with us. However I want to be more intentional about setting up activities for her to do. I'll post ideas and activities that we do together here to give others ideas. I know this is short but I plan to get back into blogging regularly so I'll be back soon! Until next time....