Saturday, 12 May 2018

BERRY BEANIE


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BERRY BEANIE

Pixie cap

This really cute beanie is a combination of post stitches and simple double crochet stitches to give this lovely furrowed effect.  The beauty of post stitches is that it gives you a feature on both sides and both are raised features. 

I am not sure if this pattern has been written up anywhere else.  This is something I dreamed up and consider this my original pattern. 

While this project has been made for an adult, I have given ideas for how one can make it to any size.  So come along.. let’s work on this beauty together.
Enjoy.

Materials used : Today I’ve used one ball of Knit & Purl acrylic 8 ply knitting yarn that I purchased in Australia.
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General yarn info : You can use any yarn to make this project.  I chose this yarn for its softness & beautiful colour.
For Indians : This yarn is slightly thicker than our Vardhaman millennium but I do not know which of our Indian yarn is an exact fit.

Skill level : Intermediate.  This pattern uses post stitches.

Abbreviations used :
sc : single crochet                                                    dc : Double crochet
ch : chain                                                    ch-sp : chain space
sp : space                                                    rep : Repeat
hk : hook
fpdc : Front post double crochet

Stitches used :
Starting slip knot :This is a neat new way to start your work without a slip knot.http://stitchesnscraps.com/tutorial-starting-chain-to-knot-or-not/

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.

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.


Here is a sizing chart for general head sizing :



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Instructions using U.S terminology

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My client wanted a pixie shaped cap and I got that by starting with 6 dc.  IN case you want a ‘flatter’ top, start with 8 dc.  The calculations and pattern stay the same.  As always, you will work this for the head circumference you need – so this means that you can make this cap to any size using any yarn with a suitable hook.
The shape of the pixie cap is ideal to pop on a lovely large pompom (which as you can see, my client did not want)

Start Round 1 : with a magic circle and 6 (or 8) dc in that circle.  
 Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.
Note : I have started with 6 dc and these instructions are for what I have done.

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If you start with 8 dc, you will get a flatter top, but your increases will be faster, so keep note that your circumference grows faster.

From our very next round, we will start on our post stitches.  Please check the top of this blog on a how to for front post double crochet stitches (fpdc)

Round 2 : (Increase round ) : 2 fpdc around the 1st dc and in each dc all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

In the following increase round, we will work both dc and fpdc.  At the end of this round, you should have three times as many stitches as you started with.
We will be working our dc in the space between two stitches.

Round 3 : (Increase round ) : fpdc around the 1st st ; 
dc in the space between this st and the next st ; fpdc around next st ;
*fpdc around the next st ; dc in the space between this st and the next st
fpdc around next st* ;
rep *to* all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

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Round 4 : (Increase round ) : fpdc around the 1st st ; 2 dc in the next dc ; 
fpdc around the next st ;
*fpdc around the next st ; 2 dc in the next dc ; fpdc around the next st* ;
rep *to* all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

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Check that your hat circumference.  This should be about right for a new born – 6 months old.  
Do remember that the circumference of the hat will depend on the yarn / hook used as well as the tightness / looseness of your yarn.

Round 5 : fpdc around the 1st st ; dc in the next 2 dc ; 
fpdc around the next st ;
*fpdc around the next st ; dc in the next 2 dc ; fpdc around the next st*
rep *to* all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

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If you are working on a newborn – 6 m baby cap, you will continue rep Round 5 till you have the length you need for your cap.  Check the top of this blog for head sizing.

Round 6 : (Increase round ) : fpdc around the 1st st ; fpdc around the next dc ; dc in the space between the 2 sts ; fpdc around the next dc ;
fpdc around the next st ;
*fpdc around the next st ; fpdc around the next dc ; 
dc in the space between the 2 sts ; fpdc around the next dc ; 
fpdc around the next st* ;
rep *to* all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

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Check that your hat circumference.  This should be about right for a toddler. 

Round 7 : fpdc around the 1st 2 sts ; dc in the next dc ; 
fpdc around the next 2 sts ;
*fpdc around the next 2 sts ; dc in the next dc ; fpdc around the next 2 sts*
rep *to* all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

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If you are working on a toddler cap, you will continue rep Round 7 till you have the length you need for your cap.  Check the top of this blog for head sizing.

Round 8 : (Increase round ) : fpdc around the 1st 2 sts ; 
2 dc in the next dc ; fpdc around the next 2 sts ;
*fpdc around the next 2 sts ; 2 dc in the next dc ; fpdc around the next 2 sts* ;
rep *to* all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

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Round 9 : fpdc around the 1st 2 sts ; dc in the next 2 dc ;
fpdc around the next 2 sts ;
*fpdc around the next 2 sts ; dc in the next 2 dc ; fpdc around the next 2 sts*
rep *to* all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 10 : (Increase round ) : fpdc around the 1st 2 sts ; fpdc around the next dc ; dc in the space between the 2 sts ; fpdc around the next dc ; fpdc around the next 2 sts ;
*fpdc around the 1st 2 sts ; fpdc around the next dc ; 
dc in the space between the 2 sts ; fpdc around the next dc ; 
fpdc around the next 2 sts* ;
rep *to* all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

If you are working on a teenager cap, you will continue rep Round 9 till you have the length you need for your cap.  Check the top of this blog for head sizing.

Rounds 11 & 12 : fpdc around the 1st 3 sts ; dc in the next dc ;
fpdc around the next 3 sts ;
*fpdc around the next 3 sts ; dc in the next dc ; fpdc around the next 3 sts*
rep *to* all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

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Round 13 : (Increase round ) : fpdc around the 1st 3 sts ; 2 dc in the next dc ; fpdc around the next 3 sts ;
*fpdc around the next 3 sts ; 2 dc in the next dc ; fpdc around the next 3 sts* ;
rep *to* all around.

Round 14 : fpdc around the 1st 3 sts ; dc in the next 2 dc ;
fpdc around the next 3 sts ;
*fpdc around the next 3 sts ; dc in the next 2 dc ; fpdc around the next 3 sts*
rep *to* all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

For a full sized adult cap, rep Round 14 till you have the length you need for your cap. 

Just for a small finish, I ended with a row of crab stitch or reverse single crochet.

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Crab stitch / Reverse single crochet : (Reverse sc) : This is your regular single crochet st, but done in reverse.  So instead of moving ‘clockwise’ as we regularly work, you move anti-clockwise or counter clockwise, and you’ll achieve a slightly ‘bumpy’ single crochet, which is your reverse sc.
How to do the crab stitch or reverse single crochet : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wE-ObvYb_Pk

I am pretty sure you love the cute pixie cap you have created. 
If you decide to add on a pompom, check this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjxJFcm16r0

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