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Friday, 13 January 2017

SHELLED BERET / SLOUCHY

crochet girl headwear
SHELLED BERET / SLOUCHY
( #Blogaday 13/365 )

I was working on a pattern for a pair of finger less gloves with this shelled pattern, and also made a matching cowl.. and thought that this set is just not complete without a beret/slouchy .. here’s my own original pattern and shelled creation. 
Thanks for joining me in this new creation too. 

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Materials used : Bernat baby yarn with a 4 mm crochet hook
Size : For forehead of 21” circumference
Gauge :  1 shell across x 2 shells (rows) = 1”

Stitches used : (Using U.S terminology)
fdc : Foundation Double Crochet : This is a unique way of starting a project directly with a row of double crochet stitches.  This makes your whole project neat and even.. in a way that you need to do once, to agree!  If you are familiar with fsc, you’ll wonder why you never used this start before !

Shell : (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) all in the same st or ch-sp

First shell : (ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) all in the same st or ch-sp (the first ch-3 here counts as a dc)

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.

fpdc : Front Post Double Crochet : Post stitches are stitches worked around the post of a stitch of the row below.
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

yo, hk into sp between posts of st from row below – going from front of stitch, around st and into the back of the st ; yo, pull yarn through the sps (3 lps on hk), (yo & pull through 2 lps) twice.  One bpdc complete


Abbreviations used : (Using U.S terminology)
sc : Single crochet                                  fdc : Foundation double crochet
dc : Double crochet                              sk : Skip
ch(s) : chain(s)                                         sp : Space   
st(s) : Stitch(es)                                       sl-st : Slip stitch
yo : Yarn Over                                       hk : Hook
rep : Repeat                                             lp(s) : Loop(s)
tc : Turning chain
fpdc : Front Post Double Crochet       
bpdc : Back Post Double Crochet                          

Note : The start of every round is with a ch 1, which is just for convenience.  However, I’d love to introduce you to the Chainless start for your Double crochet,  that is a great way to start a row directly with a dc, and no starting ch 1. So in case you do like this chainless start, please ignore the ch 1 (tc : turning chain) at the start of your rounds.

Pattern instructions : (Using U.S terminology)
We start our beret from the bottom (i.e from the forehead) and move up to the 
top / crown of the head.  Hence after Round 1 ( foundation fdc round), check that the round made fits easily around your forehead. Note that the yarn as well as the start st (fdc) plus the fpdc that follows offer a lot of stretch, so bear this in mind when working start number of stitches. 

 This pattern can be made to suit any size head.  Just ensure that you get the stitch count right.  The stitch count for our pattern is multiples of 4.
Pattern instructions given here are for Adult head circumference 21 - 22"

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Round 1 : Start with 80 fdc (or multiples of 4) for the circumference that you are making your project for.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st st, ensuring that you keep your chain flat. (80 fdc)



Round 2 : ch 1 (does not count as a st, now or through pattern) ;
fpdc in same 1st fdc, fpdc in the next fdc and each fdc till the last fdc. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st fdc. (80 fpdc)


graph

Round 3 : ch 1 ; fpdc in the same 1st fpdc ;
fpdc in the next fpdc and in each fpdc till end. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st fpdc.  (80 fpdc)

Round 4 : Rep Round 3.

Round 5 : ch 1 ; first shell in the 1st fpdc ;
*sk 1 fpdc , sc in next fpdc ;
sk 1 fpdc, shell in next fpdc ; sk 1 fpdc , sc in next fpdc* ;
rep from * to* till end.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st fpdc.  (20 shells)

chart


Round 6 :  ch 1 ; first shell in the 1st  sc ; sc in the ch-2 sp of the next shell ;
*shell in the next sc (between the next 2 shells) , sc in the ch-2 sp of the next shell* ;
rep from * to * till end.  Turn.  (19 / 24 shells)



Rep Round 6 till you have a width of 7 - 8” (or the width you’d like for your beret, as measured from start line)

Fasten off, leaving a 12-15” long tail. Choose the ‘finishing option’ (below) that you prefer. 
(You only need to use one finishing option)


key chart









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Top finishing A : (Same for beret or slouchy)
1.       Fold your ‘cylindrical’ project in half, mark the halfway (mid) point ; then fold again in half and mark the quarter points.
2.     Pass your embroidery needle first through the halfway or mid-point ; then through the 1st quarter point and finally through the 2nd quarter point.  You will have a ‘star’ shaped top now.
1.       Pass your embroidery needle through the mid-point of the opening closest to you, then the mid-point exactly opposite that ; followed by the next mid-point of the opening closest to you, then the mid-point exactly opposite that.
2.     Continue slowly reducing the opening till you’ve sealed it totally.  Push your embroidery needle through to the ‘under-side’ of your work. Fasten off.

Weave in ends.  Block as per yarn instructions.

Top finishing B : (same for beret or slouchy)

1.       Using your embroidery needle, do a loose ‘running stitch’ through the top end of your slouchy, all the way around.  (A “running stitch” is one where you go through the fabric from top to bottom, leaving a little space, pass your needle from bottom to top, continuing to go through “running through your fabric” till you reach the end)
2.     Pull lightly till the top bunches up neatly.
3.     Sew in the ends around the top.  Push your embroidery needle through to the ‘under-side’ of your work.  Fasten off. 
4.     Weave in ends.  Block as per yarn instructions.

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