Saturday, 15 May 2021

BUBBLE BEANIE

         BUBBLE BEANIE


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Materials used : Today I’ve used ~ 60 gms of (Yatsal) 8-ply Super Value acrylic yarn with a 4 mm crochet hook ; embroidery needle fabric glue to seal ends ; crochet stitch markers 

For Indians The yarn I’ve used is similar in thickness to our Vardhaman acrylic yarn or Laura knitting cotton .
You could use Anchor , Red rose , 4-ply knitting cotton , or unbranded knitting cotton or White Rose or bamboo knitting cotton , Milk cotton ; Silk yarns as well as Oswal acrylic yarns ; Baby soft acrylic yarn , Ganga Spectrum as well

General yarn info : The yarn used today is not specific to this pattern.
You can use any yarn with a suitable hook to make this project to any size.
     
International yarns :  Among the international yarns I have used in this thickness, I’d suggest Lily Sugar n' Cream cotton yarn, Caron Simply Soft , Bernat Softee chunky.
but I think you could also use Aunt Lydia Cotton 10, Aunt Lydia Bamboo-Viscose 10, DMC Petra, Sullivans knitting cotton (Australia), Milford Soft, Hilaza Rustica Eclat , Alize cotton yarn and Alize bamboo yarn
You may just have to tweak the gauge a bit.

Difficulty level : Easy to Intermediate.
If you are working the optional finish, there are calculations and that makes this intermediate - else this is an easy pattern

Stitches used :
Starting slip knot : https://youtu.be/lJcqsVcs8cw
Starting slip knot 1 or the Sloppy Slip knot :    https://youtu.be/YfC7KmGpifs
Crab Stitch or Reverse Single Crochet stitch :    https://youtu.be/cG3crwyHPnk
Whipstitch to join : https://youtu.be/wZ-9LNzftMA
Single crochet to join : https://youtu.be/6FXoW_47_dI
Here is a sizing chart for general head sizing :

Abbreviations used :
sc : single crochet            hdc : Half Double crochet
ch : chain                         ch-sp : chain space
sp : space                        rep : Repeat
hk : hook                          lp (s) : loop(s)
yo : yarn over                   sl-st : slip stitch     


Instructions using U.S terminology
Please note that I start all my rounds with a ch 1 turning chain for ease.
Please check the top of this blog for video tutorials of all the stitches used in today’s pattern.
Please note that I take a lot of trouble to give loads of tips through my pattern sheet, so please read through the full sheet before you pick up your hook n yarn.

What is a slip stitch : https://youtu.be/weB3QNbA8Iw

Round 1 : Start with a magic circle and work 12 dc in it ; 
join to the 1st st with a sl-st (12 dc)

Round 2 : Increase round
2 dc in the 1st dc 
and in each dc all around. 
Join with a sl-st to the1st st. (24 dc)

Round 3 : Increase round
2 dc in the 1st dc, dc in the next dc ;
(2 dc in the the next dc ; dc in the next dc)  ;
rep (to) all around.
Join with a sl-st to. the1st st (36 dc)

Round 4 : Increase round
2 dc in the 1st dc, dc in the next 2 dc ;
(2 dc in the the next dc ; dc in the next 2 dc)  ;
rep (to) all around.
Join with a sl-st to. the1st st (48 dc)

Round 5 : Increase round
2 dc in the 1st dc, dc in the next 3 dc ;
(2 dc in the the next dc ; dc in the next 3 dc)  ;
rep (to) all around.
Join with a sl-st to. the1st st (60 dc)

Round 6 : Increase round
2 dc in the 1st dc, dc in the next 4 dc ;
(2 dc in the the next dc ; dc in the next 4 dc)  ;
rep (to) all around.
Join with a sl-st to. the1st st (72 dc)

Let's check  circumference now 
To check, you are either going to wear the beanie, or check with the head size chart given at the top of this blog.
Remember that yarn stretches - so if it's a bit snug, it's good

1. Hat circumference = measure around the head just above ears and subtract one inch for a nicely fitted finished hat.
2. Crown width = (this is a flat circular top of the hat) you need to divide hat circumference by 3.14 (pi).
3. Hat height = Head circumference / 10 x 4.

So you need to measure circumference of the head (round head measurement) and keep checking the outer circumference of your work.  
There is another trick for measuring circumference (without running your measure tape all around the edge of your circle as you are working). 
This works for a cap that you are working top down, from the crown of the head.
It works by dividing your round head measure by pi (3.14). 
So say your head measurement is 22, divide 22 by 3.14 = 7.  
Remember when calculating diameter, you must account for the stretch of your yarn too.
So once the ‘flat portion’ for the crown (or the first few rounds while you are still increasing) of your cap is 7” diameter, you can stop increases and start increasing just the length (without increasing stitches for the round)
Right then, back to the pattern sheet.

Single Crochet : Sc : yo, insert hk into st ; yo (2 lps on hk); yo, draw through both lps.  One sc made.  Check out the video at https://youtu.be/ghACqBpA-3k
First stitch for Single Crochet : This is how I like to start my row of sc. Check out the video at https://youtu.be/6pVYRfsf4_M
What is a chain stitch ?  https://youtu.be/pXx5ukBjKkY


Round 7 : Eyelet round
sc in the 1st dc ; 
(ch 1, sk next dc, sc in the next dc ; 
rep (to) all around.
ch 1 & join with a sl-st to the1st st (18 ch-1 sps)
Note : In case you have worked Round 6A, you will have 19 ch-1 sps

Now we work our bubble pattern only in the ch-sps
Our bubbles are dc 3-togs worked in the ch-sps

Double crochet 3-tog : dc 3-tog :   Here is an easy video tutorial at https://youtu.be/qlnqXDB3OUM

Round 8 : Bubble round
dc 3-tog in the 1st ch-1 sp ; 
(ch 1, dc 3-tog in the next ch-1 sp) ; 
rep (to) all around.
join with a sl-st to the1st st (36 bubbles)

Before you start Round 9, decide if you want to do the longer flap for the front.
If you do, you need to work a longer flap (i.e Rounds 15 - 17).  I'd also suggest you then work less Bubble rounds (i.e Rounds 9 - 14)
As we need to keep the length standard, you will need to tweak your length.  
So reduce Bubble rounds by 1 or 2, and increase flap rounds by 1 or 2.
Also for the optional flap, we work in post stitches.
This means that you will work only one round of all dc after the Bubble row and then work the post stitches for the flap rounds.

Right then, let's continue

I've decided to work 2 colors for the bubble round and worked 4 rows in each color.
Depending on the length you want, work the colors accordingly - or work just one color, and for as many rows as you'd like

Rounds 9 - 15 : 
dc 3-tog all in the 1st ch-1 sp ; 
(ch 1, dc 3-tog in the next ch-1 sp) ; 
rep (to) all around.
join with a sl-st to the1st st (36 bubbles)

Half Double Crochet : Hdc :  yo, insert hk into st ; yo (3 lps on hk) ; 

yo, draw through all 3 lps.  One hdc made.  

Check out the video at https://youtu.be/sDiELJdB2Dg

Chainless start for Half Double Crochet : I dislike the ch-2 start, and this is what I do to start my row of hdc. Check out the video at https://youtu.be/lWXpl1KdbZ8


Round 16 : 
2 hdc in the 1st ch-sp and in each ch-sp all around 
(skipping all he 3-dc bubbles all around).
Join with a sl-st to the1st st (72 hdc) 

Round 17 - 20 : 
hdc in the 1st hdc and in each hdc all around.
Join with a sl-st to the1st st (72 hdc) 

In case you want to work a flap-like finish, then you could always work more rounds of just hdc and the wearer can turn up the extra bit. Remember though that the underside of the last few rounds needs to be extra neat.
Else you could opt to work the optional finish. given below with post stitches.  
If you so decide, then work Round 16, and go straight to the optional finish rounds.
Please note though that for the optional finish we are working in rounds for added neatness..so before you start please check instructions for optional finish.

In case you are not doing the optional finish, fasten off and weave in ends.


I have not worked the optional finish for this project.  The instructions below are what I did for an earlier project at https://shyamanivas.blogspot.com/2020/04/birch-creative-beanie.html

Optional finish with a flap :
In case you decide to work in the flap, you will first work till you are at the length you need and then work the flap bit.  The flap will just fold over so I’ve worked a different st.  We will work in post stitches for the flap.
First work one round of hdc all around.


Here’s a neat video tutorial for the brim.  In case the video does not come on, go to https://youtu.be/K-bH1VMreAM?list=PLW2hbzH6dRHqX2cBYILfLwsKdJdJonMaX

Front post half double crochet : fphdc :  Post stitches are stitches worked around the post of a stitch of the row below. Here is an easy video tutorial for the fphdc at https://youtu.be/R_dVr9FnBkk

Back post half double crochet : bphdc :  Post stitches are stitches worked around the post of a stitch of the row below. Here is an easy video tutorial for the bphdc at https://youtu.be/9jJHgDX2MsE

Sweet Nothings Crochet free crochet pattern blog, free crochet pattern for a beanie, photo of the Birch Creative Beanie,

Sweet Nothings Crochet free crochet pattern blog, free crochet pattern for a beanie, photo of the Birch Creative Beanie,

As you’ve managed so well without joining, you could continue all the way to the end without joining and have a seamless finish. 
However, you can get a beautiful project even if you decide to join at the last st at the end of each round.

Next round : Work a hdc in the 1st hdc and in each hdc all around ;
Do not join at the last st ;
Move marker.

We will now work post stitches for the flap.
Flap round 1 : Work a fphdc around the 1st hdc ;
(bphdc around the next hdc ; fphdc around the next hdc) ;
rep (to) all around ;
Do not join at the last st.

Flap round 2 : Work a fphdc around the 1st fphdc ;
(bphdc around the next bphdc ; fphdc around the next fphdc) ;
rep (to) all around ;
Do not join at the last st.

This is how it will look.. great huh?

You do not need the marker anymore. 
You will just work a fphdc around each fphdc and a bphdc around the next bpdc – so you don’t even need to look at the pattern as this is all you do.
Continue rep Flap Round 2 till you get to the length you wish for your fold down flap.
In your last round, for the last 3 sts (just to get the stitch length right), work a post st using sc in the second last 2 sts and then work a sl-st in the last st.  You can work a sl-st for about 2 – 3 sts to get it to a neat finish.

Fasten off and weave in ends.
Block as per yarn requirement, if needed.

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