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Wheat & Cookie beanies

I call it ‘pom pom mania’ and it affects me everytime I crochet a hat. I can’t help it, I have to put a pom pom on it and this is what I did for my latest winter beanies as well. I made two beanies with two different patterns, one more elaborated and luxurious, the other one easier, quicker and achievable by any crocheter newbies in a flash.   

crochet-beaniesI simply adore how the puff stitch and the front post double crochet combine together to create this beautiful, rich and sophisticated pattern. I also think that the monochrome yarn really helps this stitch to stand out. I decided to call this project thewheat beanie, don’t you think this pattern resembles wheat stalks?

wheat-beanie

To make this beanie I have used a little bit more than 2 balls of Regina yarn in this neutral grey color and my 3.5 mm hook. Actually even if the recommended size for this yarn was a 4.5 mm crochet hook, I used a smaller size so that the stitches didn’t look too loose and the pattern less compact and less visible.

regina-yarnstitch1

I started off by chaining 12 for the band. To give it a ribbed look I followed the pattern below.

row 1: ch1 , sc in the back loop of each stitch along

row 2-84: ch1 and turn your work. Sc in the back loop of each stitch along

Once you are happy with the fitting of your band, join the first and last row with slip stitches and start the body of your beanie.

round 1: chain 2 (building chains) , 88 dc evenly spaced all around the stitches below. Sl st into the first dc.  

From round 2 until your beanie measures approximately 25 – 26 cm keep repeating the pattern in chart.

crochet-weat-patternTo close up the beanie, fasten off your yarn being sure to leave a long tale. Using a yarn needle, go in and out of the last round stitches , and pull it tightly at the end. Here you can watch a useful video about this closing hat technique.

pic2pic3While I was making my second beanie, the more I went on, the more it made me think about a giant cookie with delicious drops of chocolate inside. This is why I called this project the cookie beanie.

cookie-beanieFor it I wanted a more relaxed pattern, the kind you can follow while sipping a warm cup of tea or watching a movie with your family. At the same time I didn’t want it to be trivial, so I went for the easy double crochet stitch alternated here and there with puff stitches.

stitch-2For this beanie I used pure ecological yarn in these beautiful neutral shades of creme-beige which I think make the simple pattern more intriguing. I played with contrast for the puff stitches , making them in a standing out brown color.

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I started off by chaining 10 for the band.

row 1: ch1 , sc in the back loop of each stitch along

row 2-76: ch1 and turn your work. Sc in the back loop of each stitch along

Join the first and last row with slip stitch and check the fitting of your band.

round 1: chain 2 (building chains) , 81 dc evenly spaced all around the stitches below. Sl st into the first dc. 

round 2: chain 2 (building chains), dc in each stitch around. Sl st into the first dc.

round 3: chain 2 (building chains) , *dc into the next 9 stitches below, then switch color and do 1 puff stitch into the 10th stitch*. Repeat from * to * untile the end of the row. Sl st into the first dc.

round 4: chain 2 (building chains) , *dc into the next 4 stitches below, then switch color and do 1 puff stitch into the 5th stitch*. Repeat from * to * untile the end of the row. Sl st into the first dc.

Keep repeating alternatively rounds 3-4 until your beanie measures 25-26 cm and then close it.

For the beautiful pom pom on top, I used my Clover pom pom maker. In this post you can follow my step by step tutorial on how to use it. It’s ridiculously easy!!

pic5I really love how these two beanies turned out and I must say, they have become my essentials during these days since the weather here in Italy is getting polar..brrrr!!! And what about the weather in your country? Which pattern would you pick for your personal beanie? I can't wait to know and in the meantime I wish you happy and warm crocheting times!!! See you to the next post…byeeee!!!

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A warm cape…

2nd February 2015, Pennsylvania – It’s Groundhog Day there and hundreds of people are waiting excited for this cute, fluffy furball to know when the winter will be over. The tradition says that if the groundhog goes out from her burrow and it is cloudy, spring will come early; if it is sunny the groundhog will see its shade and scared will go back again into her burrow, meaning that winter will be around for at least other six weeks.

Same day, Italy – It’s Candlemas Day here and all the people are staring at the sky because we’ve a saying too for this day. If it is cloudy or rainy it means we’re still into winter time, otherwise a sunny day means spring will come soon.

Well this year it looks like we both got disappointed since the little groundhog went back sleeping into her burrow and here in Italy it actually snowed. So I realized there’s no escape and we’ll have to deal with this freezing winter still for a while. For this reason I decided to turn my disappointment into the chance of crocheting something warm and for me, and this beautiful cape came out.

cape1I love crocheting wearable accessories, they make your look so personal and unique. To make this cape I chose a light grey color which I think looks very elegant and versatile. You can pair it with a dark shade coat or even with a shirt.

cape2For this pattern I was inspired by a crochet magazine I bought in a shop, close to the office where I work and if you are thinking that it won’t be easy to make, you’re wrong! Even if you are a beginner, you’ll be surprised by how simple and fast this project is.

What you’ll need :

  • 4 skeins of yarn (400 gr) in the color you prefer
  • 6 mm crochet hook
  • yarn needle
  • scissors

Stitches used:

  • chain stitches (ch)
  • single crochet (sc)
  • double crochet (dc)
  • triple crochet (tr)
  • slip stitch (sl st)

Start chaining 80 stitches then join to the first ch to form a circle making sure your work doesn’t twist.

row 1-10 : ch 1, sc in each stitch around. Sl st into the first ch.

row 11 : ch 1, sc into the next stitch, *ch 4, sl st into the first ch, sc in the next 3 st*. Repeat from * to* until the end of the row. Sl st into the first ch.

row 12 : ch 5, *dc into the 3rd stitch, ch 2*. Repeat from * to * until the end of the row. Sl st into the third ch.

row 13 : ch 1, sc in each stitch around. Sl st into the first ch.

row 14: ch 6, *tr into the third st, ch 2*. Repeat from * to * until the end of the row. Sl st into the fourth ch.

row 15: ch1, *sc in the next 3 st, 2 sc into the next stitch*. Repeat from * to* until the end of the row. Sl st into the first ch.

row 16 – 17 : ch 1, sc in each stitch around. Sl st into the first ch.

Repeat from row 11 to row 17 two times, then again row 11 and at the end of it fasten off your yarn. Ta-da here is the result.

cape3cape4I hope you guys like this pattern. Let me know if you are going to try it and if you do, send to me the pictures of your works, I always enjoy seeing them. Also I am very curious about your traditions to say goodbye to the winter season , so feel free to share them with me, I am always looking for cultural exchanges. I thank you all guys from the bottom of my heart and I wish you happy crocheting…bye!!!!!

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