Sunday, 4 December 2016

EXTREMELY SIMPLE REVERSIBLE UNISEX BEANIE

crochet headwear, unisex crochet beanie

EXTREMELY SIMPLE REVERSIBLE UNISEX BEANIE


I’ve been asked to design an extremely simple for a young girl – the only requirement being it is in grey, and probably have an anchor at the end.  This is what I’ve decided to make for this special young lady.

Materials used : Today I’ve used the lovely Indian Oswal Cashmilon 4-ply yarn  with a 4 mm crochet hook 
Optional : Stitch marker

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


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 this lovely new way of starting a dc row.  Do take a look at this self-explanatory super video http://www.mooglyblog.com/chainless-starting-double-crochet/
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 : https://in.pinterest.com/pin/470063279837764548/
 
How to join the two ends of your work : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUGb9pIcsXE


Instructions : (Using U.S terminology)

For this pattern, we are going to work in all sc and in continuous rounds, without joining at the end of each round.  For your convenience, may I suggest you place a marker in the last stitch?

Start : with a magic circle and 4 sc in the circle ; and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.
Pull lightly to close the magic circle.

Round 1 : 2 sc in the 1st sc and in each sc all around (8 sts)

Round 2 - 4 : 2 sc in the 1st sc and in each sc all around (32 sts)

Round 5 : sc in the 1st sc and in each sc all around (32 sts)

Round 6 : sc in the 1st 3 sc ; 2 sc in the next sc ;  and in each sc all around (40 sts)

Round 7 : sc in the 1st sc and in each sc all around (40 sts)

Round 8 : sc in the 1st 7 sc ; 2 sc in the next sc ;  and in each sc all around (45 sts)

Round 9 : sc in the 1st sc and in each sc all around (45 sts)

Round 10 : sc in the 1st 8 sc ; 2 sc in the next sc ;  and in each sc all around (50 sts)

Round 11 : sc in the 1st sc and in each sc all around (50 sts)

Round 12 : sc in the 1st 9 sc ; 2 sc in the next sc ;  and in each sc all around (55 sts)

Round 13 : sc in the 1st sc and in each sc all around (55 sts)

Round 14 : sc in the 1st 10 sc ; 2 sc in the next sc ;  and in each sc all around (60 sts)

Round 15 : sc in the 1st sc and in each sc all around (60 sts)

Round 16 : sc in the 1st 5 sc ; 2 sc in the next sc ;  *sc in the next 11 sc ; 2 sc in the next sc* ; rep *to* 4 times ; sc in the last 6 sc (65 sts)

Round 17 : sc in the 1st sc and in each sc all around (65 sts)

Round 18 : sc in the 1st 12 sc ; 2 sc in the next sc ;  and in each sc all around (70 sts)

Round 19 : sc in the 1st sc and in each sc all around (70 sts)

Round 20 : sc in the 1st 13 sc ; 2 sc in the next sc ;  and in each sc all around (75 sts)

Round 21 : sc in the 1st sc and in each sc all around (75 sts)

Round 22 : sc in the 1st 14 sc ; 2 sc in the next sc ;  and in each sc all around (80 sts)

Round 23 : sc in the 1st sc and in each sc all around (80 sts)

Round 24 : sc in the 1st 15 sc ; 2 sc in the next sc ;  and in each sc all around (85 sts)

Round 25 : sc in the 1st sc and in each sc all around (85 sts)

Round 26 : sc in the 1st 16 sc ; 2 sc in the next sc ;  and in each sc all around (90 sts)

Round 27 : sc in the 1st sc and in each sc all around (90 sts)

At this point, I suggest you either slip this around your head (or that of intended) or measure the circumference to see if you have a good enough fit.  
Check the charts given at the top of this blog for head size measurements.  
Keep in mind that your yarns as well as your crochet tension need to be accounted and factored in when checking circumference.  So if you yarn is really stretchy and you work with a loose tension, you will need to ensure that you work less than the final circumference needed to get a good fit and obviously if you work with a tighter tension and have less stretch in your yarn, you will need to work more than final measures given.

If you decide to increase more, follow the increases for the last Rounds 21 & 22 and increase 5 stitches every two rounds till you get a good fit.

Once you think you’re done with the increases, work without any further increase till your cap is of the measurement needed from crown to brim.
Yet again, double check the length needed here on the charts provided.

Yes, I know that you would probably prefer a perfect measurement and count of how many rounds etc, but this write up is for a general adult size, and it should be easy enough to be adaptable to any size – hence the reference to the charts given. 

Right then .. off we go, and meet up when our project is about 1.5” – 2”
less than the final length needed (from crown to brim)

When you reach the length needed, continue on with the brim / border instructions.

Brim Border :



For our brim, we will continue to work in rounds, but we will join  at the end of each row with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Brim Round 1 : dc in the 1st sc and in each dc till the end. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.
Ensure that you have an even number of stitches at the end of this round.  Decrease or increase as needed to get an even number of stitches.

From the following round, we will use the fpdc or Front Post Double Crochet stitch.
For a quick refresher or “How to”, check the links below

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 


Brim Round 2 : dc in the 1st dc ; 
*fpdc in the next dc ; dc in the next dc* ; 
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Brim Rounds 3 & 4 :  Rep Brim Round 2. 
Fasten off and weave in ends.

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