Sunday, 7 August 2016



A very very special person asked me for a beanie, and as its coming around at the time of the Rio Olympics, we thought we’d make one for this occasion.  This is a really simple beanie that looks so darn awesome as it has the wonderfully rich colours of the Rio Olympics & the Brazilian flag.

It’s also so much fun designing this for the Ravellenics games … you have heard of the wonderful craft group Ravelry, haven’t you. So in keeping with the Olympic games, Ravelry has it’s own version of the games called Ravellenics 2016 J

Materials used : Today I’ve used our lovely Indian Vardhaman Milennium  acrylic yarn,  with a 4 mm crochet hook

Skill level : Easy to Intermediate.   This pattern involves color changes as well as post stitches.

Stitches used :
Magic circle : To refresh your skill, please view this easy video

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.

Standard chart for head size :

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)     

I started to write out a really simple pattern, mainly to highlight the beautiful colours of Rio, and then just as I was to about to pick up my hook, I chanced on this photograph.  Remember what I’ve said about Providence, Chance, and all that blah.. This beanie had all the colour changes I am looking for (well, it has three colors) and it has this lovely post stitch confusion going on (I do so love the effect of post stitches).  I have also tested for Nancy Smith before and I know that her patterns are well written, so at this late hour (just a few hours before the Ravellenic Games are to start), I don’t need to try and figure out a pattern. 

 This photo looks so funny.. like the "Cat-in-the-hat" !! 

 I tried to embroider the logo aping the graphics as well as I could.. and methinks I did a pretty good job 

The alternating changes of colours for this section along with the fpdc post stitches give such a wonderful look, doesn't it?  

Post stitches all the way through the beanie not only give it a fantsatic feature, but also make it nice, chunky & warm. Love it.

Oh and if you want to see how they got to this logo and the color schemes etc for Rio 2016,

Ok.. enough talk.  For this pattern visit

I am going to work extra hard during the coming fortnight and whip up a whole load of projects as I *compete* in the Ravelry Olympics – pushing myself just a little further than I did during the last Ravellenics 2014 J

Do come along and join the fun .. create, inspire or cheer the participants along.

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