With Fall here and winter just around the corner, the temperatures have started dropping and we’re pulling the coats out of the closet along with the usual cold weather accessories that we all don this time of the year. If you’re like me, there’s the perpetual search for the right head gear that will keep you warm and not give you the dreaded “hat hair”.
Last year, I resumed knitting and crocheting which led to a lot of craft experiments. (Translated: I didn’t quite finish a project.) A year later, I’m actually hoping to make better progress. For starters, I’ve found a crochet pattern for a slouchy beanie which I hope I can finish and wear. I have my coterie of crochet hooks in all sizes and quite the healthy stash of yarn. I picked out a spool of tweed yarn this morning and started the so-called “magic loop”. If it’s as easy as it’s touted to be, it shouldn’t take me long to find out if I’m going to make another one.
Choosing a hat can be quite the dilemma. I have no problem with wearing beanies because I have a perfectly round head (being a c-section baby), but then I have a round face and my hair used to be perpetually short which wasn’t quite flattering underneath any sort of headgear. That’s changed a bit now with my shoulder length hair. I also quite like the look of slouchy hats which aren’t as snug on the top of your head, giving your head room — literally. We will see. I haven’t seen any slouchy hats to try on so I’m making one.
So for starters, I reviewed if I am doing my double stitch right and found that I have been actually doing an extra pull all these years. This video was helpful in reminding me how it should be done. The pattern only uses the single and the double stitch and switches between two crochet hooks but only at the end. The increase in the stitches in the first 9 (original) and in mine (8) are pretty straightforward and a no-brainer to follow.
I started crocheting and finished this in less than a day, and I know I would’ve been able to finish it sooner if I wasn’t doing it during breaks only. I followed the pattern to a T and used the two hooks specified, but the hat turned out to be too big. Following the suggestion from JennyLikesYarn who authored the pattern originally, I undid the stitches to the rows where the increases stopped and am working on 64 instead of 72 total stitches in the final rounds. This was the second to the last row before you worked without increasing the rows. I am also trying to gauge how much of a slouch I want my final product to have.
Although the first was obviously too big, I liked the way the adjusted hat sat on my head and yet felt warm enough to cover my ears in a comfortable yet snug way.
This pattern is easy enough even for younger crocheters to take a stab at, and it’s a pattern you can do in various colors and dress up with a button or ribbon in unlimited ways. I’m already thinking of how I can dress up the next version I make. Just be warned that the size of the beanie changes not only depending on the hook you use or number of stitches per round you use, but the yarn itself. The nice thing it’s easy enough to make and undo as needed, and you can tailor fit it according to the style you want. More coming!!