Monday, 26 December 2016


crochet plaid unisex headwear


I saw this pattern shared on Facebook and I knew I *had* to make it.. and I do so love the whole idea. It’s so darn simple – just a mix’n’match of plaid colors with a simple double crochet stitch, and see what we can get!  I’ve made this for a really good friend who goes off trekking at the drop of a hat.. any chance he gets, he’s off.. and I thought a nice warm head is always a good thing.  I do hope he enjoys his Christmas surprise. 

I've decided to make this a larger slouchy, but just keeping it to the regular measurements given in the tables below, will keep it to a beanie size too. 

Materials used : Today I’ve used 3 skeins of the lovely Indian Oswal Cashmilon 4-ply yarn  with a 4 mm crochet hook  - I have used red, maroon and black, just fyi.

Abbreviations used :
fsc : Foundation single crochet                                 dc : Double crochet
ch : chain                                                                    ch-sp : chain space
sp : space                                                                    rep : Repeat
hdc : Half Double crochet                                      
hdc-blo : Half Double Crochet Back Loop Only

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 this lovely new way of starting a dc 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 the chainless dc start.

Here is a sizing chart for general head sizing :
How to join the two ends of your work : 

Instructions : (Using U.S terminology)

For this pattern, I have used the brilliant free pattern from Bethany of Whistle & Ivy  at  , and brilliantly written... and below is the inspirational photograph that got me kick-started on this creation.. Tell me that you can look at it and not pick up your hook n yarn ! ;)

The beauty of this pattern is that it is totally unisex and reversible too (depending on how neat you are with the pulled along yarn though).
The beauty is also shown really well with proper choice of colours. 

May I suggest here that you Google plaid colors and go first with the ‘tried-n-tested’ range – They have had an eternity to see which colours work, after all J

crochet unisex headwear

crochet plaid neckwear

So I’ve used the free pattern, but here are a few notes that I thought I’d add, mainly as our Indian yarns do not always give the gauge required by the patterns we are using.
a)   We start this lovely cap / beanie at the brim and then work our way to the top or crown
b)   Our brim is worked as a thin strip and is worked around the head – so if the number of repeats suggested by the designer do not work for you, just work till you have the length needed to go around the head of the person you are making this for – so the circumference around forehead.
c)     The pattern for the body works up in multiples of 6.  So if 72 sts as suggested by the designer does not work for you, just ensure you have in multiples of 6 when working that first round of sc, and then follow the instructions given.
d)   If you wish to have a cap in this pattern, and do not have the colours stated in the pattern sheet, may I suggest that you check the common Plaid colours, and then get a combination that works.  For this pattern you will need three colours.
e)    For the length of the hat from crown to brim – the designer has stated how many rows will work, but may I suggest that you look at the charts given above for the regular headwear sizes (in case you do not get gauge as given by designer) and work for that length accordingly.

Right then.. off you go to see the wonderful free pattern by Whistle and Ivy.

Have fun creating something beautiful and hope the recipient loves it too.

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I have a few pieces of headwear already made, and just in case you want a dekho at those free patterns … here you go  J