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Sunday, 29 January 2017

TWO BEANIES FOR BOYS / MEN

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TWO BEANIES FOR BOYS / MEN
( #Blogaday 29/365 )

As you can see, early in the year I’ve made quite a few pieces of head wear – beanies in particular.

These beanies are for two wonderful men in my family. 

Thank you for joining me as we work on this lovely free pattern together.

Materials used : Today I’ve used our lovely Indian Oswal Cashmilon 4-ply yarn with a 4 mm crochet

Abbreviations used :
fsc : Foundation single crochet                                 dc : Double crochet
ch : chain                                                                    ch-sp : chain space
sp : space                                                                    rep : Repeat



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)

I recently worked on a simple beanie with a plain top (from crown down) and then a lovely base bit full of post stitches from http://snappy-tots.com/freebie-jakes-beanie/.
This pattern gives head size and when to stop pattern etc.. so please check it out and this is the really cute inspirational picture that got me started.


As I’ve told you before, I love post stitch patterns, so I’m going to use this same pattern, with a few small tweaks. 

I’m giving general instructions for this cap.  Follow the instructions till you reach the size needed for your cap.  There is a head size chart given above.

If you decide to work my pattern below, please leave about 2” from the full length needed, and our border will be worked in that extra 2”.

Start Round 1 : with a magic circle and 10 dc in that circle. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.  Pull lightly to close. (10 dc)

Round 2 : 2 hdc in the 1st dc and in each dc all the way around. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.  Pull lightly to close.  (20 hdc)

Round 3 : 2 hdc in the 1st hdc ;
(hdc in the next hdc ; 2 hdc in the next hdc) ;
rep (to) all the way around. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.  Pull lightly to close.  (30 hdc)

Round 4 : 2 hdc in the 1st hdc ;
(hdc in the next 2 hdc ; 2 hdc in the next hdc) ;
rep (to) all the way around. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.  Pull lightly to close.  (40 hdc)

Round 5 : 2 hdc in the 1st hdc ;
(hdc in the next 3 hdc ; 2 hdc in the next hdc) ;
rep (to) all the way around. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.  Pull lightly to close.  (50 hdc)

Round 6 : 2 hdc in the 1st hdc ;
(hdc in the next 4 hdc ; 2 hdc in the next hdc) ;
rep (to) all the way around. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.  Pull lightly to close.  (60 hdc)

I then worked the pattern with alternating colours as per the link above for Jakie’s beanie, so check that link out.

As I wanted the colors of the Chicago Cubs, I alternated rows of White & Red stripes in front post double crochet.

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I also made another small change with the pattern. So the original pattern has alternating stripes in front post double crochet.   I just thought of using a fpdc 2-tog (front post double crochet 2-tog) over 2 sts, for kicks and LOVED the result.

To refresh your memory on “how to work a fpdc 2-tog”, please watch this self explanatory video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLD95Ku8Z-s

So if you decide to do this, (I’ve done it in the red section of the Cubs cap), and I worked fpdc 2-tog over the 1st 2 fpdc ; work the next fpdc 2-tog over the last fpdc and the next fpdc.  So you will get a “V” shaped fpdc that is worked over the last and the next fpdc all around till the very last st. 
So what this does is that while it still keeps the number of stitches the same, it makes the stitch nice and chunky and I think it looks fab.

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For the 2nd black & white beanie, I’ve used this fpdc 2-tog as the 2nd last round (before the crab stitch I mean) and I loved that this makes the end nice and firm and then the lovely beaded ending with the crab stitch just ends it all beautifully.

In case you too want to work the round of reverse single crochet (or crab stitch) to end up your beanie, check https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wE-ObvYb_Pk

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

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Have a great day and see you soon. J

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