Beanie Tips

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So this weeks project did not go entirely as planned… I’ve made it, frogged it,
made it again and it’s just not going to work. I really really wanted to make a hat with the yarn leftover from my Basketweave cowl but no matter what  I try so far, there just isn’t enough yarn left over.

My original plan was to make a completely matching hat using the basket weave stitch but it is a yarn eater and as you can see there wasn’t anywhere near enough.

 

 

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I then thought I’d try a granny stitch hat so there’s more holes in but while I did manage to make a bigger hat that with the basketweave stitch,  again I ran out of yarn before the end. And that’s the end of the funfetti hat story. I think I might try a more open stitch to see if I can get a full hat out of the leftover because I would love to have a cowl and hat set that used exactly 1 cake, but for now I think I’m going to take a break and try a new project.

This hat wasn’t a complete waste of time however; I have come up with a few little tips while I was making it to try and give the project a slightly more polished finish.

 

 

 


 

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An Easy Beanie
Often for hats, especially baby hats I would start with a magic ring and increase in each row to get the circumference of the head. If you like slouchy beanies however a really easy way is just to crochet a wide tube to the length you want, run a piece of thread through the stitches at the end and pull it closed to get the effect such as this riptide slouch beanie I made for a commission last year. The nice thing about this is you can continue the stitch to the length you want and make the beanie as slouchy (or not slouchy as you like). As you can see I like very slouchy.

 

 

 

The rim looks more polished when you crochet into the back of the stitch

 

A Neater Rim

Most of the time when we crochet into our starting chain we make our stitch into the top of the little ‘v’ that makes up the stitch. To make a neater edging I like to tilt the ‘v’ forward and crochet into the little ‘bump’  on the back of the stitch instead. This gives you a finish that looks like the top row of the stitches rather than the bottom and I think gives a cleaner looking edge. This method is really useful for making little headbands and such because then both edges of your project look the same. Hopefully the photos below will demonstrate what I mean.

[1] The front of the chain, you can clearly see the ‘v’ of each stitch [2] The back of the stitch with the little ‘bump’
[1] Where you normally insert your hook to do a stitch [2] Where to insert the hook into the back of the stitch
Granny Stitch seam

This was a method I used when crocheting my crocodile stitch gloves last year; when following a standard granny stitch for the arms I found that my chain 3 at the start of each row was making a line down one side of the project as they always lined up. To compensate for this rather than chaining right at the start of the round and carrying on with the row, I used the method below.

[1] Slip stitch to the top of your chain 3 [2] Flip your work
[1] Insert hook into chain gap [2] Slip stitch [3] chain 3
As you can see the slip stitch chain 3 blends into the granny stitch easily leaving no visible seam!

So those are my little tips for the week, hopefully next weeks project is more successful!

 

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