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Cabled pom-pom hat

Most of my inspiration comes from the word around me and lately I have been attracted by those cute cabled hats with a pom-pom on top. I love their pattern, it makes them so cozy, soft and warm, perfect to accessorize every winter outfit and what to say about pom-poms? They look so funny and always put me in an amazing mood!!

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Looking here and there on the web, I found out it is possible and quite easy to achieve the cabled texture even with a crochet hook. It only takes a bit of practice with front-post and back-post stitches, but once you ‘ve learned the technique you will even be able to design  your own pattern. In my case I went for a classic, a braid cabled pattern to make a hat 21 cm long which fits a head circumference of approximately 55-57 cm.

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I have used my trusty 6 mm hook and 150 gr of Katia Cotton Merino yarn in this beautiful grey shade. I love the way the grey and white shades blend in with the braided pattern.

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The hat is worked in three different parts : the band, the hat itself and the pom-pom.

To make the band we are going to chain 6. Ch1 and single crochet in the back loops of each chain below. Keep repeating this pattern until your band is long enough to fit your head. Since the yarn is going to stretch a bit, a trick that works for me is to measure my head circumference and subtract 3 from that measure. My head circumference measures 57 cm then I did my band 57-3 = 54 cm long. The pattern we are going to make is multiple of 6 then be sure that the final number of rows of the band is a multiple of 6 as well. After 60 rows here is how my band looked like!

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To close the band join the first and last row with slip stitch.

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For the body of the hat we are going to make an initial row of double crochet. The important thing in this row, as for the rows that follow, is that the initial chains we are going to make, do not count as a first stitch but we will call them ‘building chains’.

For row 1 chain 2 (building chains) and double crochet into the same stitch below. Keep repeating double crochet in each stitch across until you reach the end of the row where you are going to slip stitch into the first double crochet.

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And now let the cabling start !!! For row 2 chain 2 (building chains) and back-post-double crochet into the same stitch. Back-post-double crochet into the next stitch as well.

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Skip the next two stitches and work a front-post-treble crochet into the third one. Work a front-post-treble crochet into the next stitch as well.

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Now go back and work two front-post-treble crochet into the two stitches you have skipped before. You will see the cabling taking shape!

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Now continue alternate the pattern back-post-double crochet – cabling until you reach the end of the row where you are going to slip stitch into the first back-post stitch and not the second chain!!!

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For row 3 , chain 2 (building chains), *back-post double crochet into the next two stitches. Then front-post-double crochet into the next four stitches* as normal, without skipping any stitches below. Keep repeating from *to* until the end of row 3 where you are going to slip stitch into the first back-post stitch.

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Now keep repeating the sequence of rows 2-3 until you reach the total length you prefer for your hat. I stopped when it measured 21 cm, but you can make it longer if you want a slouchier effect.

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Once you have reached your desired length, fasten off your yarn leaving a long tale which we are going to use to close the hat at the top. We will just go in and out of the last stitches with a yarn needle and then we will pull it tightly. Here is an useful video on how to make this step.

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Finally it’s time to make the pom-pom! For this step you have different options, you can make pom-poms by using your hands cardboards disks or even a fork. But this time I went for the easiest way and taking advantage of the Christmas holidays I made myself a gift and  bought a pom-pom maker.

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My pom-pom maker is from Clover. The package contains two tools, one with a smaller diameter for smaller pom-poms and one for bigger ones. I wanted my pompon really to stand out on my hat, so I decided to use the one with a bigger diameter.

Using this pompom maker is really easy. When you open it you will see two arches taking shape. Let’s start wrapping a yarn thread around the first arch for about 100 times. Once you have completed the first arch close it and continue wrapping yarn on the second arch. Once you have done with the second arch too, take a scissor and start cutting the yarn in the middle of both arches. You can see your pompom coming out !! Now take a yarn thread quite long and tie couple of knots in the middle to secure your pompom. Open your pompom maker and voilà here you have it, a nice and well-shaped pompon ready to be attached on the top of your hat !!!!

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I really adore how this hat came out and that pom pom on top is simply irresistible!! Don't you think the same? I hope you guys like this pattern too and let me know how was dealing with cabling and if you also tried to design a new pattern. I love you all and see you to the next post…bye heart

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Cozy capelet | Red Heart Yarn

Even though I know for sure that winter is not my season, I don’t like to walk around wrapped like a chunky ‘snow-woman’. I like to feel pretty and glamorous even in those days when the air outside is like the frozen foods aisle at the grocery store or the wind is so strong and cold that it seems you can start flying at any moment. Even then, the piece of clothing I cannot give up on wearing is my coat and since we know it is not the warmest thing you can put on when outside is snowing, I decided to combine it with a cozy capelet to keep me warmer.

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To make the capelet, I used two balls of Tropicallane yarn which made in total 400 gr of yarn. I chose this intense blue color with red and green shades in it. I think it matches perfectly my red coat!

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yarn backI used my 6 mm hook for the body of the capelet and a 4.5 mm hook for the cowl. The pattern I followed is here below and it is a free pattern available on Red Heart Yarn website. 

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Keep in mind that the pattern is multiple of 3 +3 chains. This means that if you want your capelet look longer you are going to crochet an initial number of chain of 30+3 or 33+3 etc.

As you might have noticed, I also used smaller hooks than the ones suggested in the pattern and this caused me some adjustments to it. In fact I kept repeating the sequence of rows 3-4 until the capelet was long enough to wrap my shoulders. The cowl looked perfect to me after 7 rows as from the pattern.

cozycapeThe stitches you need to know or practice before starting this project are the front-post-double-crochet (fpdc) and the back-post-double-crochet (bpdc). No panic ladies! It was my first attempt with those stitches too and with a bit of exercise everything went out well. Basically the stitches are worked like a regular double crochet but it is the place where you insert your hook which makes all the difference.

For the front-post-double-crochet, make a first row of regular double crochet and turn your work. Then chain 2 (it counts as your first double crochet), yarn over and insert your hook from front to back between the posts of the double crochet stitch below. Yarn over and pull the yarn through the post. Yarn over and go through the two loops on the hook, twice.

tutorialfpdcFor the back-post-double-crochet, chain 2 (it counts as your first double crochet), yarn over and insert your hook from back to front between the posts of the double crochet stitch below. Yarn over and pull the yarn through the post. Yarn over and go through the two loops on the hook, twice.

bpdctutorialI really like the texture given by the front-post and back-post stitches. I also like the contrast between the way they are worked for the body (horizontally) and how they are for the collar (vertically). It is such a great combination! 

cozycapeletIILet me know guys if you like this pattern too and if maybe you are going to use it to gift someone during Christmas Holidays…A big kiss to everyone and see you to the next post…bye XX

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