Thursday, 28 July 2016

QUICK BEANIE

QUICK BEANIE

This is a really special beanie for an awesome young boy who’s fighting “The Fight against The Big C”.  So before you head any further, please send out a positive message and thought for him.  The Universe hears it all, and Magic does happen!  Thank you. J

Materials used : Today I’ve used just under 90 gms our lovely Indian Vardhaman Millenium  acrylic yarn,  with a 4 mm crochet hook
Optional : A marker

Skill level : Easy to Intermediate.   This pattern involves around the post stitches J

Stitches used :
Magic circle : To refresh your skill, please view this easy video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLuSVyKvoUg

Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3,I’d like to introduce a lovely way of starting a double crochet row.  Do take a look at this self explanatory super video
In case you are unhappy with this start, or do not like it, do continue with the usual ch-2 or ch-3 start.  However, all instructions will be given assuming that you are using this chainless dc start.

Foundation half double crochet : A really lovely way to start a foundation row of chainless double crochet.  This unique way of starting makes your project even https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90iUfQ-_1IM

Half double crochet back loop only (hdc-blo) : If you have done the single crochet back loop only, then this is the same thing – you just work the hdc in the back loop.  However, to make it more visual, watch http://newstitchaday.com/how-to-crochet-the-back-loop-half-double-crochet/

fpdc : Front Post Double Crochet : Post stitches are stitches worked around the post of a stitch of the row below. 
How to work the fpdc :  yo, hk into sp between posts of st from row below – going from back of stitch, around st and into the front of the st ; yo, pull yarn through the sps (3 lps on hk), (yo & pull through 2 lps) twice.  One fpdc complete 


Abbreviations used :
lp(s) : Loop(s)                                                 sc : Single crochet
dc : Double crochet                                    ch : Chain
sp : Space                                                         sl-st : Slip stitch
hk : Hook                                                          yo : Yarn Over 
st(s) : Stitch(es)     
                                                 

Instructions : (Using U.S terminology)

We will start our beanie at the crown of the head and work in rounds to the bottom of the beanie.
So right off the bat, there are two suggestions –
1.       If you do not like the join line showing, then please work in a spiral without joining with a sl-st at the end of each row.  This is not an Easy Skill requirement, so I will be writing the instructions with joining with a sl-st, but what you need to do is keep a marker and work the stitches to the marker, and move the marker along each round.
2.     Joining each round with a sl-st.  This is an Easy skill requirement and I will be writing the pattern instructions like this.  Note though that your line of attachment should go around the back of the head (when worn) so that it looks neat around the front.

Instructions given are going to be general, in that, I do not specify what head size this is for.  I have attached links for several head sizing charts that I’d advise you to use for head measure.
I am writing instructions for a general adult sized head for circumference approx. 22”.
Please work according to your requirement / measurement.

Note also that with head wear, you need to work till the circumference of the forehead.  However, always keep in mind the stretch of your yarn, and the fact that post stitches afford a lot of stretch to the end product too.  So do key these factors in when working the beanie.

Finally (phew!) I am opting to use the lovely hdc or Half Double Crochet stitch and hdc-blo or Half Double Crochet Back Loop Only for the top part of my beanie – only because I love how cute and tiny these stitches are and now full they make my project.  That said, you can use the sc and sc-blo or the dc and dc-blo as well to get this effect.

Right then, on with our hookin..




Round 1 : Start with a magic circle and 6 hdc into that circle.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc. Pull lightly to close.

From this round on, you can opt to either join at the end with a sl-st or work in spirals, as mentioned before.

Round 2 : hdc-blo in the 1st hdc and in each hdc till end.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc.  (12 hdc)

Round 3 : hdc-blo in the 1st hdc ; 2 hdc-blo in the next hdc ; *hdc-blo in the next hdc ; 2 hdc-blo in the next hdc* ; rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc.  (18 hdc)

Round 4 : hdc-blo in the 1st 2 hdc ; 2 hdc-blo in the next hdc ; *hdc-blo in the next 2 hdc ; 2 hdc-blo in the next hdc* ; rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc.  (24 hdc)

Round 5 : hdc-blo in the 1st 3 hdc ; 2 hdc-blo in the next hdc ; *hdc-blo in the next 3 hdc ; 2 hdc-blo in the next hdc* ; rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc.  (30 hdc)

So as you can see, we’re increasing 6 sts each round.

Round 6 - 10 : Rep Rep Round 5, increasing 6 sts each round. (60 hdc)

Round 11 : hdc-blo in the 1st hdc and in each hdc till end.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc. (60 sts)

We’ve now completed the crown and will now start working down the head.  For this we will just work hdc-blo all the way down without increase till your project is about 7” from the crown OR about 2” from the end / final length you want for the project.

Now we’re assuming we’re 2” from the brim.
For the final 2” we will work in post stitches – fpdc or the Front Post Double Crochet. Please check the top of this blog for a “how to”.

Obviously this round is not the 12th round, but for convenience, I’m going to number it such.

Round 12 : fpdc around the 1st hdc and around each hdc till end.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc. (60 sts)

Round 13 : fpdc around the 1st dc around each hdc till end.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc. (60 sts)



Rep Round 13 till you have a 2” wide brim or for as long as you want.

Fasten off and weave in ends.


For the green ribbon, I worked a length of fdc (Foundation Double Crochet) in green and then I folded it in the ubiquitous ribbon fold, and stitched it to the side of the beanie with an embroidery needle.  This is just freehand, so there's no specific length or size. Just work a length, fold and see if you are happy with the ribbon size, and enjoy your creation.

Yes, this project has had so many choices and suggestions – but that said, this is what makes it creative.. and exclusive, so have fun.

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