Super Saver Brand Yarn in Red, Flesh (light beige), White
Crochet Hook size G
2 -⅝ “ (16mm) black buttons
1 red button
Embroidery thread to sew features
Skill Level Moderate
Slip stitch -sl
Single crochet- sc
Double crochet- dc
Hat fits 17-22” circumference
Starting with red yarn ch 4, 10 dc in 4th ch from hook, join to first dc, ch 2.
Rnd 1: 2dc in each st around, join to first dc, ch2.
Rnd 2: 2 dc in first st, 1 dc in next st, repeat around, join to first dc, ch 2.
Rnd 3: 2 dc in first st, 1 dc in next 2 sts, repeat around, join to first dc, ch 2.
Rnd 4: 2dc in first st, 1 dc in next 3 sts, repeat around, join to first dc, ch 2.
Rnd 5: 1 dc in each stitch around, join to first dc, ch 2.
For the next 3 rows the yarn colors will change, making the face.
Rnd 6-8: 1 dc in the next 17 sts, change yarn color from red to flesh, 1 dc in the next 19 sts, change color back to red, 1 dc in each of the remaining sts on the row, join to first dc, ch 2.
Rnd 9: 1 dc in the next 14 sts, change to white yarn, 1dc in the next 26 sts, change color back to red, 1 dc in each of the remaining sts on the row, join to first dc, ch 2.
Rnd 10-11:Change back to white yarn, 1 dc in each st around, join to first dc, fasten off.
Weave in all ends.
With white yarn ch 19, skip the first st, 1 sl, 1 sl, 1 sc, 1sc, 1 dc, 1 dc, 1 tc,1 tc, 1 dc, 1 sl,
(repeat backwards) 1 sl, 1 dc, 1 tc, 1 tc, 1 dc, 1 dc, 1 sc, 1 sl, 1 sl, cut yarn and sl st to tie off. Weave in ends.
With white yarn ch 27. 1 dc in each stitch, 4 dc in 27th st. Working down the back side, 1 dc in each st. At the end of the row, 4 dc in the first st. (creates an oval) Fasten off and weave in ends.
Looking at the picture for placement, using embroidery thread attach brim, moustache, eyes.
Add a pom pom at the top if desired.
Luke 17:11-19, Revelation 21:4-5
Luke 17:11-19 says:
And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: and they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. and Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.
This passage in Luke tells the story of Jesus passing through a village and ten lepers calling out to be healed. Most of us have read about this miracle or have heard it taught in church. What struck me as much as the awesome healing that took place here is the fact that only ONE leper came back and thanked Jesus for healing him that day, falling on his face in gratitude. The other nine must have gone on their way and took for granted what had just happened and Jesus definitely noticed it. He noticed the ungrateful spirit of the other nine lepers. Jesus also told the healed man that his faith had made him whole. In many cases throughout the Bible, when Jesus healed someone (Matthew 9:22, Luke 18:42) he followed up by saying that their faith had them whole.
I want to make sure I am like that leper and thank Jesus for the healing he provided me.
Along with healing, sometimes we are left with scars. I am thankful for the scars in my life and they are a daily reminder of God's mercy and amazing grace. They are also a reminder that my faith has made me whole again.
We all have scars. Some have more emotional scars than physical scars. I would say, if we are honest, most of us have some of both. Emotional scars come in different forms: an unkind word as a child that you've never forgotten but moved on from or a broken relationship that left a hurtful scar. Can you think of an emotional scar you have endured in your life? The old saying about sticks and stones just isn't true and most of the time an emotional scar involves some sort of words that are hard to forget. I do believe forgiveness is a key to healing for the person who has been scarred emotionally, but isn't always easy.
Physical scars can come in different ways. Some scars are more serious than others and some lifesaving and /or life changing. I always think of our military and all of the scars they have endured for our freedom. In my case, after a cancer diagnosis, it was surgery, port placement and radiation that gave me my most recent scars. After all of the healing was over and the port was taken out, I was talking to my dear friend about how grateful I was to be finished and made the comment, "I have lots of scars!" She said something very profound to me that day and I will never forget it. She said, "Robin, scars are evidence that healing has occurred". As a nurse, she has seen open wounds that never healed and many scars. I know God placed her in my life that day to make me truly see His divine healing hand. I realized God had truly healed me and my scars were the evidence of that healing.
I can't help but think of Jesus and how much He loved me, gave His life and endured much worse pain and eventual scarring that day on the cross. I know He is thankful to God for those scars because it gave his children the hope of eternal life. Even though time always fades a scar of any kind, the Bible tells us in Revelation that one day our scars will be gone and we will be made new.
Revelation 21:4-5 says:
“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.”
During this season of thanksgiving, is there a scar you can physically look at and thank God for protecting you or saving your life? Is there an emotional scar from your past that you can dig deep and see the purpose in your life? Maybe there is an open wound that you want to ask God's healing. I hope I never take for granted God's healing in my life and let the scars of this life be a daily reminder of what God has done for me with the realization that one day the scars of this earthly life will be gone.
Right now, I can probably think of quite a few things that I am grateful for. Sure, life isn’t always easy but for the most part it’s pretty great! However, I can think back to times when life wasn’t so peachy. Like freshman year….. Ah poor little freshman me. In my first semester of college, I had a broken foot and was known as the “girl with the boot”. I also totaled my car and landed in the front yard of a frat house, I left my wallet on a bus that drove off and my computer consistently kept crashing and deleting my papers. Yeah friends, I was the queen of the struggle bus! Or should I say… the handicap struggle bus.
I remember constantly calling my mom and whining about some new disaster story. Then, my mom shared something very insightful about the year before when she was battling breast cancer and going through a rough time herself. She told me that during her difficult time in life, she wrote a list every morning of things that she was thankful for and she encouraged me to do the same (Moms are so wise!) So… that’s what I began to do.
As I started to acknowledge my blessings, my outlook on life began to change. It made me realize that no matter what adversities I am facing, His blessings far outweigh my struggles.
Paul reminds us in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 to “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” That says in ALL circumstances, not just the good times when it is easy and convenient. It is amazing to me how Paul was able to praise God throughout his rough times of being persecuted and imprisoned. David also suffered much in his life, yet he also remembered to praise God in all situations.
Psalm 103:1-5 says:
1Praise the Lord, my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
2Praise the Lord, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits--
3who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
4who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
5who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
This morning, I went back to my notebook and found a few of the lists and prayers of things that I was thankful for. It is amazing to see how God has worked with those blessings in my life throughout the years. It is also cool to think back on harder times and see what God has shown me and how I have grown closer to Him. God never said that life would be easy, but he did say he would always be with us, and for that I am most grateful.
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